Stephen Yulish Testimony
I was a Professor at the age of 28. I had the world by the
tail, at least that I thought that I did. I published a book and numerous
academic papers. I gave papers at National Conferences. I shared the stage
with Stephen Jay Gould. I wrote a novel, "The Other World" which was a
modern day fable of the demon goddess, Lilith. It bounced around New York
for years. I even did a reading of it in a loft in Greenwich Village. I
knew that Stephen Speilberg's mother had been a member of Beth Joseph
Congregation in Phoenix. I tracked her down to the Milky Way Deli in LA. I
sent her a letter to please tell her son about my book-it would make a
good screenplay for him. She refused. I sent it to Speilberg, anyway. To
Amblin Entertainment c/o Paramount Pictures. They sent it back unopened.
This book was the most New Age, demonic book that you could
imagine. I glorified evil and Satan. I blurred the distinctions between
good and evil, reality and dream and even male and female. I quoted from
the lost gospels found at Nag Hammadi. I even gave to my future wife Paula
to read when we first met in 1987. This sweet Christian lady read a
chapter and gave it back to me appalled!
Here I found myself working for a Christian telemarketing
firm selling precious metals to Christian listeners of a radio program.
Me, a Professor, a leader in the Phoenix Jewish community working for
Christians. My life had been turned upside down by the trauma of loss of
job in Jewish community, divorce, my children had moved to Charleston, SC,
my father had died and my health had begun to falter. I went into Barrows
Neurological Center in Phoenix and they found extensive brain lesions with
an MRI and other tests (diagnosis-Multiple Sclerosis...
prognosis---wheelchair?). All of this, and I was now working for
Christians to boot.
The staff (Paula) prayed for me, my clients prayed for me.
How nice. When my coworkers tried to preach to me I slammed them. After
all, I had not only been a Director of the Jewish National Fund, but I was
also a part of the Community Relations Council in the Jewish community
which investigated missionaries. I had lectured at the University of
Arizona on anti semitism and the Holocaust. Who did these people think
that they were?
I acted like Shaul to them. I flogged them with my tongue, a
frequent Jewish tactic. We fight with our tongues , not our fists. One
fellow said that he was so frustrated with me that he felt like throwing
me over the balcony. I replied, "Oh that's Christian!" They waved the
Bible in my face. "read Isaiah 53" read Psalm 22". I replied, "Read
this!", shaking my fist!
One day I went to Philip's house for dinner while my new
girlfriend, a Jewish New Ager, was at work. After dinner, we all stood in
a circle holding hands. He had fed me dinner so I decided to humor him
(actually his love was tugging at my heart). We prayed---at least they
prayed. I closed my eyes and saw an image darting across the plane of my
vision. I blinked. It came back. When we were finished, Philip asked me
what I had seen. I said, "Nothing". How did he know ? He must have opened
his eyes and seen me grimacing. He said again, "What did you see, Jewboy?"
Finally I answered that it was stupid, "forget it".
Well Philip kept insisting. Finally I told them. I saw a man
in a suit of armor waving his sword at a being in a monk's robe with no
face. Philip's mouth fell open. He ran and got his Bible and showed me
Ephesians 6:12f. I did not know what he was talking about. I did not know
the Bible. Things like that began to happen as the Holy Spirit was showing
me the word visually.
Not too much later, I was sitting at my desk at the office.
We all had cubicles. I was trying to close a large deal when an image
appeared in front of me. I looked around to see if anyone else saw it.
Nobody! It was Jesus on the cross. His head was down. It was night, or the
sky was dark, and there was lightning all over the sky. Quite a sight for
a nice Jewish, New Age, College Professor, Pharisee-type person. I was
dumfounded. I told no one.
The next day, I saw another vision. This time Jesus was on
the cross, but it was daylight. He lifted up His head and light poured out
of His eyes. He broke the fetters and got off of the Cross. He then
proceeded to walk all over the earth with the light still pouring from His
eyes. Remember that I did know the Bible at that time especially the New
Testament, i.e. Jesus is the light of the world!
I had told Philip that I would not believe unless I saw the
burning bush for myself. Scripture says that Jews seek signs. Well God was
showing me! That night I had a dream that I had to die (be crucified) for
all my friends to live. I anticipated the flogging on my back and the
nails though my hands. It was a powerful experience which cannot truly be
put into words. I knew instantly what Jesus had done for me. I awoke
looking at my hands (Galatians 6:17).
The next day I said the sinners prayer and accepted Jesus
into my life. My sister said that they had got me. Praise God. That was on
October 3, 1988. Paula and I married on March 30, 1990. I had to leave the
company in April of 1991. My health had been to hamper me. but do not pity
me. God all along had a plan for my life. Do I miss my former accolades
and achievements? No! As Paul said I count them as rubbish in order that I
may gain Christ (Philippians 3:8).
I feel stronger and healthier than ever. I spend every day
serving the Lord because He was there for me. He never failed me nor
forsook me. He is my rock and my comforter and supplies me with all my
needs. When I am weak physically as Paul said, then I am strong
spiritually. His grace is sufficient for me.
And I am still not in the "Chair"! Praise His Holy Name
forever and ever!
About the Author:
Stephen M. Yulish, born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947, received
his BA from Case Western Reserve University in 1969, his MA in 1972, and
his PhD in 1975 from the University of Illinois. His first book, The
Search for a Civic Religion, was published in 1980. He was an Assistant
Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson and then became a Jewish
Community Professional in Phoenix. Currently disabled with Multiple
Sclerosis, the author is co-leader of Chayim Chadashim Messianic
Fellowship and is on the Board of Reference for Jewish Voice Prophetic
Magazine. He lives in Flagstaff, AZ, with his wife Paula and daughter
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