My name is Ruben Israel, I was not assembled as speculated from body parts of dead Christian martyrs, pieced together in some deep catacomb somewhere by monks and brought to life during some healing service.  I am Hispanic, with real parents, born and raised in Los Angeles. 

 

I’ve been a Christian since the age of 18 right from high school.  I grew up in the Catholic faith following all the traditions but after my conversion I began reading the Bible for the first time.   In which I now had numerous questions regarding what I read vs. the faith I grew up with.   So I met with my local priest to discuss my conflict, and to my amazement I was told not to read the Bible for that will only confuse me.  As he (the priest) was the one educated on Biblical matters and my job was just to attend mass.  That meeting infuriated me, that the following Sunday I did attend mass.   Only I was outside on the sidewalk preaching at the bottom of the steps with my Bible raised exhorting those walking up into Church.  I knew most of the people walking in, they were my neighbors, people I saw or knew in school and even my mother was seated in Church.  That day was my first time I’ve ever preached in public and that one preach killed my flesh more than any other venue I’ve since preached at.  My message was very simple that day.  Everyone was admonished to know the God of the Bible and that message has not changed in almost 30 years of public preaching across sidewalks in America.    As I now look back, I do not begrudge my youth and wished I sinned more, I am thankful to God for taking full advantage of my youth and my parents raising me in a home.  I never struggled with booze or drugs because I never bit that apple, even though most people I assumed I became a Christian in prison or baggage from drugs or bakers by the way I look.

 

 I am the youngest of five children.  I thank my parents who were a great dynamic duo in my life which gave me character.  My mother was a stepping stone to my faith and my father taught me to stand up for what I believed and I will always been grateful to them.  As my two brothers served in the military, my father would call a family meeting as we prayed for our government and my brothers every month at the kitchen table.  One brother did 4 years as a chaplain’s assist and my older brother did 20 years in the 82nd air borne.   I was raised with a very pro-God and country childhood and to this day I am thankful for living in America and our military.   My father owned a barber shop, while my mother stayed home to raise us kids in a three bedroom one bath home.  As a young child my father would take me to the shop with him on Saturdays, my job would be to sweep the floor around the barber chairs, clean the mirrors and shine shoes.   This was the watering hole for men, where they come and talk politics, religion, sports or the latest current events while waiting for their hair cut.   Where everyone that walked into the shop contributed to this market place of thought.

 

 I am not a full time preacher, I work with my hands as per the curse of Adam with the sweat of my brow.   I own my own a contacting business and I make time to preach the God of the Bible often.  I do not solicit money nor do I push a newsletter seeking people to support me and my exploits.   And frankly preaching in public is not my calling, not my ministry, not even my gift, it is my duty as a believer.   I have preached nationwide on the streets, beaches, concerts, big events (city-state-nation-world wide), and colleges since 1980.   Over the many years I have been jailed, detained by police, beat, punched more times than I call recall by hearten, had hundreds of gallons of spit and liquor on my body and even had someone ejaculate on my leg, not once but twice as they mocked God.  I have seen humanity at its worse and understand why a holy God can hate both the sinner and sin.  I comprehend why God flooded the earth and will put His very creation in fire.   My life is threatened so often I lost count, not because of my skin color, not because of my politics beliefs, nor my surname, but because of my faith in Jesus THE Christ.  Years ago Steven Keeler and I were arrested at Mardi Gras for “disturbing the peace” during a Mardi Gras parade, go figure??   I am honored to serve God, I am humbled to not just read the scriptures but taste them.   Where your biblical scholar or pastor will at best cross reference a Bible text on persecution or give a history lesion on the issue, I have had the privilege to sit in a cell for my faith.  In America, to date.   I am willing to fight for my country, even with all of its flaws, but for my faith, THAT I will die for.   My hope is to encourage believers and Churches to be bold and defend the faith outside the four walls. 

 

My wife Colleen and I have raised our children and our Christianity is beyond just a Sunday thing.   For example when we married, the city we were honeymooning in just happened to host a sodomite parade, so the next day after I said “I Do” I was out doing for God.   We live in a quiet neighborhood, where I water my lawn, wash my cars, and take the trash out when my wife asks, just a regular Joe.  Yet when moved by the Father from the bull-pin I spare not my voice and make no small stir.  My life is one massive debate contesting the standard of a holy God to mankind, yet when I come home my wife takes my shoes off and makes our home a place of refuge for me.   We love to walk our dogs and our home is a revolving door where street preachers and active Christians worldwide stay.  We have home Bible studies on Monday nights as we read verse by verse, with those meeting taking up to 3 hours long.  These meetings are not for the speed readers, because it has taken over 10 years just to plow the four Gospels, as we consider every angle.

  

We work with many Churches from many denominations nationwide as those that work with us understand the reason for confrontational evangelism.  Most ministries are a bit more glamorous, but street preaching is the armpit in the Body of Christ. The Rodney Dangerfield of Christianity if you will, for we get “no respect.”   Never the less the Body of Christ has many parts and that is one fraction of many.  For the big picture is, when a sinner dies and meets God, that sinner has had every opportunity to know Jesus.  The Father in His great wisdom will send someone knocking on their door, another trying to befriend him, some inviting him to Church, others leaving booklets or pamphlets to read, others will pray or weep for this lost soul, AND THEN GOD WILL EVEN SEND SOMEONE LIKE US IN YOUR FACE TYPE TO GET THEIR ATTENTION.   Now that sinner has no excuse not to believe in Jesus, nor can he pled ignorance on that Great Day, for he has heard the full gospel from every scenario.

 

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 Ministry

 

*STREET PREACHER FOR OVER 30 YEARS

*PREACHED AT UNIVERSITIES FROM BERKELEY TO HARVARD

*PREACHED AT BIG EVENTS NATIONWIDE FOR OVER TWO DECADES

 

*PREACHED MARDI GRAS FOR 27 YEARS

*PUTTING "JOHN 3:16" SIGNS ON BIG GAMES SINCE 1984

*SEEN ON TV SHOWS SUCH AS:

"E" ENTERTAINMENT

"COPS"

"THE LEARNING CHANNEL"

SEVERAL P.B.S. SHOWS

"CURRENT EVENTS"

 

"THE TRAVEL CHANNEL"

"THE HISTORY CHANNEL"

“DR. PHIL”

"SHOWTIME" AIRED TWO DOCUMENTARIES LAST PAST JUNE

*ONE HOLLYWOOD MOVIE CALLED "DRACULA 2000"

 

*DOCUMENTARY CALLED “ARTICLE IV FAITH-POLITICS-AMERICA”

 

*DOCUMENTARY CALLED “THE MORMON PROPOSITION ON PROP 8” DUE OUT 2010

*WORKING ON A HBO ON A DOCU-DRAMA ON CONFRONTATIONAL EVANGELISM

*THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL, DOING A SERIES OF 'RELIGION IN AMERICA'

*ONE OF THE THREE FOUNDERS OF "BIBLE BELIEVERS" WITH NOW 54 CHAPTERS NATIONWIDE, WITH THE EMPHASIS ON OPEN AIR PREACHING IN THE MARKET PLACE.

*ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF "WORLDWIDE STREET PREACHERS FELLOWSHIP", HEADQUARTERED IN PENNSYLVANIA.

*BOARD MEMBER OF SOPA CENTERED IN ATLANTA

*VICE PRESIDENT OF "CAMPUS MINISTRIES U.S.A."

*BUSINESS OWNER AND FAMILY MAN, FROM LOS ANGELES

 

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We all know the story of Adam and Eve who sinned in the garden.  After they disobeyed God, He called them in the cool of the day saying “Adam where are you” as they hid their nakedness from Him knowing what they had sinned against God.  Well, today the 21 century Adam does not hide its bareness.  The 21 century Adam is proud to be naked, he boasts in his nakedness and laughs or mocks at God without shame.  He flaunts his nudity, has public parades proclaiming his pride of his nakedness and being embarrass is beneath him.  I have been used of God as a mouth piece or vessel to publicly proclaim to the twenty first century Adam to come forth. 

 

And I exhort you to be as bold as the 21 century Adam and allow the Holy Ghost to use you to be a witness as per Acts 1:8.  Preach the way the blueprint teaches, proclaiming a message out loud to unwanted ears and if we offend people, I say so what.  Be concerned that you do not offend a holy God.

 

Over my 30 years of preaching I’ve had gallons of spit on me, been pushed, shoved and punch more times that I can count.  Had knives pulled, banners destroyed, megaphones smashed, clothes ripped.  Been cigarette burned, whipped with rosary beads, beaten, had people urinate on me, poured gallons of drinks on me and twice sinners ejaculated on me while I preached about the kingdom of God.  Not to mention being jailed for my faith, once arrested in New Orleans during Mardi Gras for ‘disturbing the peace’……go figure? 

 

And no Bible study, seminar, DVD, Church service, Bible college can prep you for sitting in a cell for your faith.  The Bible is not just a book, I have tasted AND IT IS GOOD.  I beseech you, if you wish to see the Bible come alive, preach like the book teaches.  Jesus said  “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”  If you are not being hated or persecuted, maybe you are not testifying against it, maybe you have become a friend to the world?

 

Do not keep your faith personal and private, if God dwells in your heart it will be conformed by your words.  “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh”

 

Get out and love your neighbor, hold a sign and people will come up to you or wear a Christian T-Shirt and that will provoke conversations. 

 

In Mark chapter one we find a leper beseeching and kneeling down to Jesus to be healed and he was.  The scriptures say, “immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed” and Jesus told him “See thou say nothing to any man: but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing those things which Moses commanded.”  These were simple instructions “say nothing.”   However he went out and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter. 

Now my question is who is the disobedient person this leper who was told not to say anything yet blazed abroad the matter or the modern day Christian.  Who are given a commission to go out and preach yet they say nothing?  This leper told everyone, he was on fire and he only got healing, Christians are promised eternal life and yet they keep their faith personal and private.…….Selah…….

 

People around the water cooler talk or argue politics, sports, current events and believers do not contend for the faith.  Get inspired by the Holy Ghost, get inspired by the Bible, get inspired by the cross AND GO TELL SOMEBODY

Ruben Israel

 

 

 

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