About the Founder
Maria Merola, is the founder of “Double Portion Inheritance” since August of 2007.
Born August 18, 1960 into an Italian Roman Catholic Family, Maria’s parents were both born in Naples Italy, and later came to America after World War II.
Although she is 100% first generation Italian, Maria has had a great love for Yisra’el and the Yahuwdiy (Jewish) people since her conversion to the Messiah, Yahuwshuwa in 1981. But what she did not know until recently in 2006, (when she decided to trace her genealogy through a professional) was that there is Yisra’elite DNA in her family lineage on both sides of the family. Maria’s mother’s maiden name (Conte) traces back to the Jewish nobleman named “Giacomo Conte” who was imprisoned by the Queen of Spain for his YaHuW’diy (Jewish) faith and he later fled to Italy. The name “Conte” comes from “Cohen” which in Hebrew means “priest” (Kohan). Maria’s father’s last name,“Merola” traces back to the priestly line of singers in the temple called “the sons of Merari” (Numbers 3:17-4:33).
Interestingly, the last name “Merola” means “song bird” in Italian. Hence Maria’s family (on both sides) traces back to the priests (Levites) from the House of Levi & Judah. They are considered Sepharidic (Spanish) Yahuwdiy (Jews).
In 1981, Maria was called out of Roman Catholicism into a life of faith in Yahuwshuwa. She soon recieved the baptism in the Holy Spirit & fire with the evidence of speaking with new tongues. This is promised to every believer by Yahuwshuwa himself as “sign” of the Renewed Covenant (Acts 2, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16).
Maria believes that when one is “born-again” through the blood of Yahuwshuwa our Messiah, we have his blood (life) in us.
Yahuwshuwa himself told us that if we “eat his flesh and drink his blood” we have his life in us. (John 6:54-56) This means that all of those who are in covenant relationship with Yahuwshuwa the Messiah of Yisra’el are grafted into his tribe according to Ezekiel 47:22-23. When we are engaged to be married to the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5), we are now part of the tribe of Yahuwdah (Judah) and this means that we are Yahuwdiy or “Jewish” because we are sojourning with him! The Apostle Sha’uwl (Paul) even confirmed this in Romans 2:26-29 citing that those whose hearts are circumcised and obey the Towrah (Mosaic Law) are Yahuwdiy (Jews). Belonging to a religion called Judaism or being able to trace one’s lineage to the tribes of Yisra’el does not qualify us alone. We must have our hearts circumcised by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who then deposits the Mosaic Law (Towrah) in our hearts and in our minds (Jeremiah 31:31-33, Hebrews 8:10, 10:16).
Maria is by no means teaching what is known as “Replacement Theology.” Replacement Theology was first started by the Roman Emporer Constantine in the 3rd Century. This false doctrine purports that the natural born Yisraelites (and the house of Judah/Jews), the collective 12 tribes of Yisra’el (physical descendants of Abraham), are no longer heirs to the promises of YaHuWaH, largely because of their rejection of Yahuwshuwa (Jesus) the Hebrew Messiah. While Maria strongly does not adhere to this false doctrine, she also does not believe in another false teaching in today’s Christian Church called“Dispensationalism.”
Dispensationalism teaches that the Christian “Gentile” Church and Yisra’el are two completely different entities, and that YaHuWaH Elohiym (God) will deal with the “Gentile” Church in what is called “The Church Age” and at a later time, Yah will then “Rapture” the Christian Church out of the world only for the Jewish people to be “left behind” to suffer in what is called “Jacob’s Time of Trouble.”
But Jacob’s “Time of Trouble” or what is known as “The Great Tribulation” is a 3.5 year period at the end of “Daniel’s 70th Week” whereby all believers in Messiah both Yahuwdiy (Jew) & Gentile will gather the wheat in the harvest of souls as “laborers” in his end-time harvest field (like Ruth). Both Yahuwdiy (Jew) and Goyim (Gentile) will come together in the last days to form what is called the “Two Witnesses” (two corporate groups of people) as seen in Revelation 11:4-6. These two corporate groups of people are called “the two olive trees and the two candlesticks” (Revelation 11:4). The two olive trees are defined by scripture as “The Two Houses of Yisra’el” (Judah & Ephrayim). We see in Jeremiah 11 that YaHuWaH likened the nation of Yisra’el as “an olive tree.” And then in 1st Kings 12, they became two separate nations called “The House of Judah” and “The House of Yisra’el” (also called Ephrayim).
In Ezekiel 37:16, and in Romans 11, the “two olive trees” are defined as two separate groups that together form one tree in the end of days.
The “two candlesticks” are defined by our Messiah in Revelation 1:20. He tells us “the mystery” of the“seven golden candlesticks” (the seven-branch menorah).
He tells us that they each represent one of the “seven assemblies” in Asia Minor. In the first three chapters of Revelation, we find out that only two of these assemblies are found blameless in the eyes of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. These “two candlesticks” are the Congregation of Smyrna and the Congregation of Philadelphia.
When the Angel told the Apostle Yahuwchanon (John) who the “two witnesses” are, he described them as“two candlestick and two olive trees” (Revelation 11:4).
Now we know who these two corporate groups are!
The Two Olive Trees are: The Two Houses of Yisra’el (Ephrayim & Judah) coming together and becoming “one stick” in the hand of YaHuWaH (Ezekiel 37:16-18).
The Two Candlesticks are: The Two Overcoming Congregations (Smyrna & Philadelphia) coming together and becoming “one” as they join the tribes of Yisra’el.
During the “Great Tribulation” these two corporate groups will prophesy in “one accord” as they bring together two elements: Spirit & Truth!
These “two witnessses” will be persecuted by the Anti-Messiah for their witness and faith in Messiah Yahuwshuwa. The purpose of the “Time of Trouble” is for the believers to be “purified and made white”(Daniel 12:10) while at the same time become that powerful witness in the earth (Revelation 11:4-6).
After these two corporate groups are resurrected, they shall be made “one stick” in the hand of YaHuWaH according to Ezekiel 37:16-19.
Maria has been called to uproot false man-made religion that exists in both the Christian Church, as well as Rabbinic Judaism. Maria’s mandate is to be “a watchman to the House of Yisra’el” according to Ezekiel 3 & 33. Maria wants to demonstrate through scripture, that neither of these doctrines, (Replacement Theology & Dispensationalism) are correct and that both camps of Yahuwdiy & Goyim (Jew & Gentile) have been divided since the days of King Jeroboam in 1st Kings 12. But now in these last days, the Holy Spirit is gathering both groups together into “one stick” (one tree) one new man (Ephesians 2:15)!
The “engrafting” of both the “Gentile” Christian believers and the Yahuwdiy (Jews) into “one marriage covenant” is seen in Exodus 12:49 when the “mixed multitude” of Yisra’elites as well as “strangers” left Egypt and were commanded to obey “one Towrah” (Law). This Exodus will be repeated again in these last days, only on a much larger scale. The gathering of these two groups make up the “whole” of the 12 Tribes of Yisra’el into “One Olive Tree” through Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach.
Maria Merola is called by Yahuwshuwa to teach and preach the message of the kingdom “to the Jew first, and then to the Gentile” (Romans 1:16). In other words, the Besowrah (Gospel) must go first to the mature believer (the older son typified in Judah) and then to the unlearned (the younger prodigal son typified in Ephraiym) who was “afar off.”
As an avid student of the Old and New Testament Scriptures since 1981, and especially eschatology, (end time prophecy), Messianic Prophecy, and doctrine, Maria has a dynamic prophetic teaching anointing.
Maria describes her calling as first and foremost that of a “watchman on the wall” (Ezekiel 3) and a full time prayer intercessor. Maria has received the word of YaHuWaH to be like “Anna the Prophetess” (Luke 2:36) who remained in the temple “day and night” watching and praying for the coming of Messiah.
Out of that ministry as an intercessor, Maria is also called to give prophetic messages and to teach the Christian Church about the Hebraic Roots of the faith in order to do two things. First, to call and to exhort those in the Christian Church out of the pagan “traditions of men” which only serve to hinder the word of Elohiym in the life of the believer. Maria believes that Yahuwshuwa Messiah is calling a remnant to come out of “MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS.” Her exhortation to the modern day Christian Church is to obey the call of YaHuW’shuwa in Revelation 18:4 “...Come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.”
Secondly, Maria’s calling is to equip the Yahuwdiy & Goyim (Jewish & Gentile) believers and to help “mobilize” them as that mature end-time “Two Witness” army. During the final period of Daniel’s 70th Week, there will be a period of 1,260 days where these two groups come together as “one new man”and they will prophesy against the doctrines of the Anti-Messiah for 1,260 days under the anointing ofMosheh & Eliyahuw (Moses & Elijah), bringing together the two elements of Law & Prophets, Spirit & Truth.
Maria is especially called to help people identify the differences between the “Doctrine of the Nicolaitanes” (Revelation 2:6) which Yahuwshuwa “hates” and the pure doctrine of the 1st Century Yahuwdiy (Jewish) Natzarim Apostles.
Maria is available for speaking engagements at conferences, retreats, workshops or any church function whether in a Christian Church or a Messianic Congregation.
She has been actively involved in ministry since 1981 as a “one on one” prayer counselor, evangelist, vocalist, and prophetic teacher. Maria desires to implement the vision of the “Double Portion Inheritance”with those who have the calling to plant Hebraic Roots Congregations all over the world. Not only does she teach on what the “Double Portion Anointing” is, but Maria truly operates in that anointing to do the signs, wonders and miracles as prophesied would happen in the last days (Joel 2:28-29).
Below is Maria Merola’s Personal Testimony:
Yahuwshuwa Called Me
By Maria Merola
1st Corinthians 1:9 “Elohiym is faithful, by whom you were called unto the fellowship of his Son Yahuwshuwa Messiah our Master.”
Ever since I was a six-year old child in Catholic School, I can remember having a genuine hunger to know my Creator and to understand truth. My experiences were no doubt designed by Elohiym to prepare me for the calling that he would later place upon my life to “warn the church about the religion of the Antichrist.”
I experienced much emotional and mental abuse as a child in Catholic School from the nuns. This abuse took place during my 1st grade year all the way through the 6th grade. During this time, my impression of “Christianity” was that it was oppressive and frightening. Little did I realize at that time in my life, that what I had experienced as a child was NOT Christianity at all, but rather, man-made, occult-oriented, paganistic religion dressed up by Satan to look like the true faith of our Messiah.
My exposure to “praying to the saints” and saying the Rosary Beads heightened my awareness of the occult, as I became more and more fascinated with séances, necromancy (calling on the dead), horoscopes, psychics, clairvoyants, and witchcraft. Each time I prayed with the Rosary Beads to whom I thought was Mary, I was actually praying to Satan (2nd Corinthians 11:14) as an “angel of light.”
I would see apparitions of ugly, grotesque, demonic faces in my bed-room while praying the Rosary. I knew even then, as a six-year old child that there was something very wrong about praying the Rosary, and to saints, yet I did not have any biblical basis for this, since we were not taught the Bible in Catholic School. My fear of the unknown drove me to search deeper into spiritism and the occult as I rationalized that if I knew more about the spirit world, maybe it wouldn’t frighten me so much.
Elohiym was showing me then, the real spirit behind the idol worship and paganism of the Roman Catholic religion. I believe that he allowed me to see these things in preparation for the calling he would later place on my life to warn the “end-time” church about what Revelation 17 calls “The Mother of Harlots.”
As a teenager, I sought hard after the truth and spiritual reality. I had been disillusioned with what I thought was “Christianity,” because of the intense rejection and condemnation I had experienced at the hands of abusive nuns. Like Yahuwshuwa (Jesus), I too had become a victim of religion as it was the religious Pharisees who sentenced Yahuwshuwa to the cross. Now, I can see that same religious spirit which the Bible calls “Mystery Babylon” was trying to destroy me, just as it tried to destroy our Messiah Yahuwshuwa. But my heavenly Father was using all of these bad experiences to train me for this calling he would eventually place on my life.
At the age of 14, I encountered a young man in my neighborhood that was only 17 years old. This young man had become a “born-again” Christian. He was so full of the Holy Spirit, that I was drawn to the presence of Elohiym in him. I could not comprehend how this young man could have so much love for people. He always had such a joyful and peaceful countenance about him that he radiated with the beauty of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. He would often testify to me about his relationship with Yahuwshuwa ha’Mashiyach (Jesus Christ) as I would listen in amazement.
One day in 1974, when I was 14 years old, I said a “sinner’s prayer” with this young man, but I had not reached rock-bottom yet. I believe that the seed of faith was planted in my heart at that time, yet I had not been converted or transformed. The seed would lie dormant for six more years before it would germinate in the soil of my heart to produce the “fruit” of true repentance in my life.
At that time, my deep emotional scars and insecurities left me feeling like I had to prove something to the world. I had the ambition of becoming a Rock n’ Roll star, consequently, I was not interested in “denying myself” and taking up my cross to follow Yahuwshuwa. This young man gave me a Bible, which I tried reading, but since I had not been “born-again” yet, most of what I read in the Bible did not make sense to me, so I quickly lost interest.
By 1981, when I was 20 years old, I had finally hit rock-bottom. I had by this time, experimented with everything imaginable to find “spirituality” in order to fill the void and emptiness in my life. I had dabbled in eastern religions, transcendental meditation, self-hypnosis, reincar-nation philosophies, astral-projection, witchcraft, sciences of the mind, psychology, psycho-cybernetics, visualization techniques, bio-rhythms, psychic readings, horoscopes, etc. I had become totally demonized by this time and I felt as if I was going insane. I hated my parents, I hated authority, and most of all, I hated what I had become. I had been traveling on the road with a Rock n’ Roll band as a lead vocalist at the time, which I thought would bring me true fulfillment. But every night when my performance was over, I felt very empty, depressed, and suicidal.
It was on February 10th 1981, that I finally called out to the Messiah Yahuwshuwa (back then I called him Jesus) in my hotel room while traveling with the Rock band. That night, I was desperate to know if Yahuwshuwa (who I called Jesus) was real or merely some historical figure I had learned about. I felt the tremendous weight of my sin suffocating me as if I were trapped under a ton of bricks. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that night what an evil sinner I really was. I had never thought of myself as a sinner before until that night when the “veil” which covered the eyes of my soul had been lifted. I could see myself for the first time in his light as I felt tremendous pain and anguish over my utter depravity and wickedness. I cried out to “Jesus Christ” asking him to show me if he was real. In that very moment, he revealed himself to me as his presence filled the room.
As Yahuwshuwa came into my heart, I felt and heard many demons leaving me. I cried and wept for hours as he healed and cleansed me from years of abuse and deception. I had totally forgiven all of those who had abused me as I gave all of the bitterness, rage and anger to Yahuwshuwa Messiah. I was completely set free that night!
Yahuwshuwa came to me in his awesome presence of love, joy and peace and I felt absolutely incredible! I had never experienced that kind of love and joy in my life until that night when Yahuwshuwa touched me. I knew that he was real and that he was right in the room with me!
The very next day, the guys in the band took one look at me, and they all stepped back as if Holy Spirit’s presence all over me pushed them back. They all gasped as they noticed a dramatic change in my count-enance. They all began exclaiming “what happened to you!!??”
I immediately beamed with excitement and joy as I told them of my dramatic encounter with the Messiah Yahuwshuwa! I had been “born-again” and I knew it. Of course the guys in the band did not receive the news of my conversion with the same excitement as I did. They instead, began to hate me because my “light” shined on their darkness, and they “comprehended it not!” not” (John 1:5).