Messianic Mikveh/Mikvah

The mikvah, the Jewish ritual bath, has an important place in the history of traditional Judaism, Christianity, and Messianic Judaism. Mikvah was a part of the Jewish people and their religious practices long before Yeshua (Jesus). Today, in Israel, archaeologists have discovered Baptismal pools that predate the era of Christianity, telling us very clearly that Mikvah was known and accepted before Yeshua.

Water Baptism by immersion, (immersion is "baptize" in Greek and means completely cover with water), originating from the Jewish ritual immersion, (Mikvah), is an outward, public symbol of inward reality. It is a public testimony of something that must have occurred within the individual first, an acceptance of Yeshua as Savior, which is being born again. It should be observed only by those Believers, both Jewish and Gentile, who have:

    1) Reached the age of understanding

    2) Have truly repented in their hearts

    3) And believe in Yeshua, as Savior.

Baptism (Messianic Mikvah), is for believers only, not infants. All Scriptures point toward Baptism being of both Jewish and Gentile Believers who are old enough to state that they are Believers and to grasp that concept. Scriptural Baptism is never of infants or any one without first having knowledge of God's saving grace through Yeshua.

These scriptures taken in context with the bible as a whole explain what the immersion baptism is, and why. Matthew 3:16, Acts 8:36-38, Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:12-13, Acts 9:17-18, Acts 10:47-48, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Acts 16:13-15, Mark 1 and Hebrews 9:22, Acts 22:15-16, Matthew 18:12-14

Messianic Jews and biblical Christians know that infants and children have a special place with God and will go to be with Him in heaven should they die before reaching the age of understanding or the age of accountability. There is no set age for that, it differs for each individual. Only that individual and God knows the truth. The age of understanding or accountability is when a person knows about Yeshua and has been able to personally accept Him as Savior. Parents are encouraged to dedicate their children to the Lord. This is not a baptism or christening. Luke 2:21-23, Matthew 19:14-15, Luke 18:15-17 In dedicating their child the parents vow before God and the congregation to set a Godly example for the child and a commitment to lead the child to Messiah Yeshua at an early age.