Shalom! I thought this was from 2012 but now I think it was from 2017. In any event, I am happy to re-post this wonderful interview with Rabbi Joe!
Joseph “Joe” Bell was raised in a Jewish home in the Boston area. He
has a strong Orthodox Jewish pedigree, and attended synagogue with such
luminaries as Sheldon Adelson, Robert Kraft (New England Patriots owner)
and family, Barney Frank, etc. It was a very prominent synagogue and
Bell was very comfortable being Jewish and practicing Judaism.
is also where he began his search to know God at the age of 28. It was
then that he began to read the Bible (his Bar Mitzvah Bible) looking for
God, seeking His power to change the direction of his life. He prayed
at that time and asked God to come into my life if He was real.
says, “I wasn’t looking for Jesus. After I began reading the Tanakh,
people began to pop into my life and tell me about Messianic prophecies.
Finally somebody connected me to a Jews For Jesus missionary who I
agreed to talk by phone with. Her name is Sharon. But before Sharon, one
of my employees saw me reading the Bible and pointed me to Messianic
prophecies. She challenged me to read Isaiah 53. After reading it, she
asked me who it was talking about? I said it sounds like Jesus. She said
it is Jesus. So after months of reading and talking with my employee
and with Sharon by phone, I decided to go meet with my Rabbi.
told the rabbi that people were sharing prophecies with me and pointed
out Isaiah 53. The rabbi became visibly irritated and barked ‘That’s not
Jesus Christ!’ I said, ‘Fine, who is it?’ He had no answer… And I knew
that he really didn’t know. About ten months passed and a series of
events led me to read the New Testament Gospels and within a month I
invited Jesus into my heart as my Messiah and Lord. God immediately
spoke to my heart and told me to go out to the Jewish people and to the
Gentiles and tell them about Him. I received this message after going to
Church for the first time with a Christian friend who saw me seeking. I
had spent the day fasting and confessing my sins to God after Church. I
went through some sort of deliverance that day alone in my home, then I
believe God spoke those words to me in my house that night.