Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time to awaken from our slumber….

Many today, it seems, are “asleep at the wheel.” They live more by personal opinions and "religiosity" than by the plain meaning of the Word – a Word that tells us how to be holy for the One and only Creator who never suggested there would rbrt be different rules for different people groups. Throughout Scripture we see the messages that scream: Same ELOHIM, same rules!

Yeshua’s death didn’t change that. His death changed the need for men to kill innocent animals to atone for their sins. His death didn't change Torah - YHWH's Divine Instructions in Righteousness, without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living. Yet men keep twisting the Word to suit their own agendas.... Please read the following passage and ask yourself WHY or WHEN this message would have changed, just because Yeshua died.

Jeremiah 10:1 Hear the word which יהוה speaks to you, O house of Yisra’ĕl. 2 Thus said יהוה, “Do not learn the way of the gentiles, and do not be awed by the signs of the heavens, for the gentiles are awed by them. 3 “For the prescribed customs of these peoples are worthless, for one cuts a tree from the forest, work for the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. 4 “They adorn it with silver and gold, they fasten it with nails and hammers so that it does not topple.

5 “They are like a rounded post, and they do not speak. They have to be carried, because they do not walk. Do not be afraid of them, for they do no evil, nor is it in them to do any good.” 6 There is none like You, O יהוה. You are great, and great is Your Name in might. 7 Who would not fear You, O Sovereign of the nations? For this is Your due, for among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their reigns, there is none like You. (ISR)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Fall Festivals are upon us!

Hey, everybody, the Fall festivals are coming up! Check it out:

• Yom Teruah (Trumpets)/Rosh Hashana is Thursday, Sept. 21: This Feast on Tishri 1 is also considered the New Year (http://therefinersfire.org/two_new_years.htm) ; it is the Jewish Civil New Year; the creation of the world, according to tradition; the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their first actions toward the realization of man's role in the world; of the first sin that was committed and resulting repentance; a day when YHWH takes stock of all of His Creation, which includes all of humanity. It's a rehearsal for the day when the bridegroom will come to claim us, his bride, who are betrothed to Him.

Leviticus 23:23-25: ADONAI said to Moshe, "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'In the seventh month, the first of the month is to be for you a day of complete rest for remembering, a holy convocation announced with blasts on the shofar. Do not do any kind of ordinary work, and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI.'" (CJB)

According to tradition, during this time YHWH's people are to concentrate all their efforts into making amends with their brethren and apologizing for past offenses. However, what most traditional Jews do not yet realize is that this Feast is the next one to be fulfilled by Yeshua, because when the trumpets will sound and the true believers in Messiah Yeshua will be gathered/resurrected (I Thess. 4:13-18, I Cor. 15:50-54).

• Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) this year falls on September 30: Celebrated ten days after Yom Teruah; represents the need for the sacrifice/sin offering that must be made for the sins of the nation. Yeshua WAS that Sacrifice and He will be recognized for it at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb which will take place immediately after Rosh Hashana/the "rapture" just BEFORE we all return with Him to fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles, wherein Yeshua will "tabernacle" among us for the next thousand years! Celebrated on Tishri 10, this Feast falls in the September/October timeframe.

Leviticus 16:29: "It is to be a permanent regulation for you that on the tenth day of the seventh month you are to deny yourselves and not to do any kind of work, both the citizen and the foreigner living with you. For on this day, atonement will be made for you to purify you; you will be clean before ADONAI from all your sins. It is a Shabbat of complete rest for you, and you are to deny yourselves. This is a permanent regulation." (CJB)

• Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) this is on Oct 5-12. The first and last days are high holy days: Sukkot as seen in Leviticus 23: 33-37, is celebrated five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot is a week-long holiday that reminds us of the hardships of Israel's 40 years in the wilderness and provides us with insight into the correct birth date of our awesome Messiah. Yeshua, our Savior was born during the Feast of Sukkot (not on the 25th of December, which is a Christian myth!) and He was circumcised on the eighth day.

Because there was no room at the inn because of the census (Luke 2:7), Miriam and Yosef (Mary and Josef) ended up in a "sukkah" - a temporary dwelling. Bethlehem is only about 5 miles from Jerusalem and so Y'shua was born there because there was no room at the inn. The name Bethlehem means "House Of Bread". And as we all know, Y'shua is the Bread of Life" (see John 6:43-51).

Leviticus 23: 33 ADONAI said to Moshe, 34 "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to ADONAI. 35 On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work. 36 For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work.

37 "'These are the designated times of ADONAI that you are to proclaim as holy convocations and bring an offering made by fire to ADONAI -a burnt offering, a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, each on its own day - 38 besides the Shabbats of ADONAI, your gifts, all your vows and all your voluntary offerings that you give to ADONAI. (CJB)

In Deuteronomy 16:13 - 15, YHWH tells the Israelites: "You are to keep the festival of Sukkot for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and winepress. Rejoice at your festival - you, your sons and daughters, your male and female slaves, the L'vi'im (Levites), and the foreigners, orphans and widows living among you. Seven days you are to keep the festival for ADONAI your God in the place ADONAI your God will choose, because ADONAI your God will bless you in all your crops and in all your work, so you are to be full of joy! (CJB)

For more about God’s Feasts, please check out our article!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It’s time to embrace the whole picture….

Continuing with my challenge of the offensive idea that Paul said "everything except Jesus is crap," I pose the following.

Did Paul, a mere human, have the authority to suggest that Torah is "crap" or that everything concerning YHWH is crap, and that the ONLY thing that matters is "Jesus"? Or were the writings of Paul perhaps a tad misunderstood?

Does your Bible read: In the beginning was Paul, and Paul was with God, and Paul was God? If it doesn't then why would you place his writings over what the Messiah is recorded as saying? Stop being a part of the group Peter spoke of in 2 Peter 3!

2 Peter 3: 15 And account the long suffering of Master YHWH to be redemption; as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom conferred on him, wrote to you; 16. as also in all his letters speaking in them of these things in which there is something difficult to be understood; (and) which they who are ignorant and unstable pervert, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, [1] to their own destruction. (AENT)

Footnote: It’s rather shocking that Peter writes of how Paul’s letters had already been turned into a Torahless fiasco, even in Peter’s day! Certainly it was not the Pharisees who were renouncing Torah Observance, but the humanist, pagan and materialist, “modernists” who operated under “Christian” labels.

We CANNOT separate YHWH from Yeshua, or Yeshua from YHWH as they are ONE! Yeshua was YHWH's "arm" - Isaiah 53:1. What happens if you separate an arm from the "brain" (so to speak)? Can it do ANYTHING on its own? So HOW can Yeshua be the ONLY thing in Scripture that matters

Please read my indepth article on this issue.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hate groups are evil, ungodly swines with nothing to offer the world

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"Neo-Nazis" and all the other maniacal hate groups have NO clue they are catering to satan, who walks this earth, seeking to devour and destroy! (Job 1:7, 1 Peter 5:8) My Jewish mother (who had to hide her Jewishness in WWII Germany) was a product of the Hitler regime - an insidious evil that played a large part in her ending up a mental wreck and an alcoholic. The photo above shows my mother marching in a “Hitler Youth” parade. Hitler Youth was an organization that all German children were required to be members of….

The thing the world seems to have forgotten is that YHWH hates hatred, and He WILL ultimately turn it all around and use it for good! (Genesis 5:20; Genesis 50; Exodus 1:1-2:10; Matthew 16:13-17:9, Psalm 21:11-13, etc.) He used Hitler to make TWO of His “end times” prophecies come true: (1) Israel would become a nation again and (2) it would happen in one day! (See my short article: http://therefinersfire.org/israel_born_in_one_day.htm)

Knowing YHWH is in control, one would think the world would have learned its lesson, but mankind seems hell-bent on destruction, as evidenced by the fact that we once again are forced to witness the rise of “hate groups” – with the media eagerly promoting their sick agenda by granting them an endless air time. Hardly anyone would know about the likes of "grand wizard" David Duke or "neo-nazi" and other “white nationalists” nut jobs IF the media would simply IGNORE those brainless "white trash" dregs of society who have nothing, whatsoever to offer the world except demonic swinery….

America – and pretty much the rest of the world – seems to be out of control; ready to fall into a bottomless pit. Not only is the earth experiencing some natural disasters of “biblical proportions” now; but humanity is doing exactly what Scripture foretold – with most turning away from God and falling prey to their carnal natures. The Bible tells us that most will take that “wide gate that leads to destruction” (Matthew 7:13-14); and that only a “remnant” will stand strong and endure to the end for YHWH’s sake (Matthew 24:13).

2 Thessalonians 2: - 9. For the coming of that (Evil One) is the working of haSatan with all power and signs and lying wonders 10. and with all the deceptiveness of iniquity in them that perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth by which they might have life. 11. Therefore Elohim will send upon them the strength of a deception that they may believe a lie; 12. and that they all may be condemned who believe not the truth but have pleasure in iniquity. (AENT)

I pray that ALL who read this blog will research what is required of them to be able to pass through that “narrow gate” that leads to life….

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What was it that the Apostle Paul considered “dung”?

Several people have asked what Paul considered to be “dung” (or “crap” as one “Hebrew Roots” teacher so colorfully referred to anything outside of “Jesus”). Let’s check out the context of what the Apostle Paul wrote:

PHILIPPIANS 3

Finally, my Brothers, rejoice in our Master (Y’shua). To write these (things) again and again to you is not bothersome to me because they make you more careful. 2. Beware of dogs; beware of evil doers; beware of the circumcised in flesh (alone). 3. For we are the (real) circumcision who worship Elohim in spirit and glory in Y’shua the Mashiyach, and place no reliance on the flesh,[1] 4. And though I might place reliance on the flesh. For, if any one thinks that his reliance should be on the flesh, I might (do so) more than he.

5. Circumcised when eight days old; of the stock of Israel; of the tribe of Benjamin; a Hebrew, descendant of Hebrews; as to Torah, a Pharisee; 6. as to zeal, a persecutor of the assembly (of Messianic believers); and as to the righteousness of the (Oral) Torah,[2] I was without fault. 7. But these things which had been my mastery, I have accounted a detriment because of the Mashiyach.

8. And now also I account them all a detriment, because of the superiority of the knowledge of Y’shua the Mashiyach my Master; for the sake of whom I have parted with all things and have accounted (them) as dung that I might gain the Mashiyach[3] 9. and be found in him; since my righteousness is not (now) that from Torah, but that which is from faith in the Mashiyach, that is, the righteousness which is from Elohim; 10. that thereby I might know Y’shua and the power of his resurrection; and might participate in his sufferings and be assimilated to his death: 11. if so be, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

{1} Torah teaches that we must not rely on our flesh (for dust you are, and to dust shall you return), but that we obey our Father YHWH as His children. We are the real circumcision if we obey YHWH and do His will. Circumcision counts for nothing if we are unwilling to turn to YHWH’s instructions and follow in the steps of His Mashiyach (Jeremiah 9). Rav Shaul repeatedly teaches that circumcision of the heart must come first; circumcision of the flesh can never begin to substitute the perfect work of the Ruach haKodesh.

{2} By including Pharisaic tutelage, Rav Shaul is specifically referencing the “Oral Law” in which he was without fault. Y’shua rebuked the Pharisees (contrary to popular Christian opinion), for not keeping the Torah of Moshe, but for superseding Torah with their traditions (Matthew 15:1-20). Y’shua clearly advocates Torah observance (Matthew 5:17-20). Rav Shaul never referred to the Torah of YHWH as anything detrimental to Faith (Romans 3:31, 7:12). Rav Shaul quotes extensively from Torah – indeed, from all the Tanakh – to uphold every teaching he puts forth! There is nothing Paul upholds which is not based in the Torah of YHWH, so those who preach Paul must not be unbelievers, but also follow what Paul taught, which is the Torah of YHWH, not the traditions of men.

[3] Because Rav Shaul knew that the halacha (way to walk) of Y’shua was superior to that of the Pharisees. It was not that Y’shua abandoned Torah, Elohim forbid! But that Y’shua understood, clarified and revealed Torah far better than any other teacher that Rav Shaul knew, and Paul associated with the greatest souls within Judaism! (Luke 24:44-45). Sadly, many have never even been able to enter into the discussion as it pertains to Y’shua, Paul and Torah, as they’ve been led to believe by false religion that Paul was anti-Torah!

The coming eclipse is NOT a biblical “sign”….

By now you've surely seen several teachers trying to use the upcoming eclipse as yet another biblical "sign" … Question:  WHY would a regular, common, completely predicable (in advance) astronomical occurrence be a prophetic SIGN? 

These same teachers were also warning you that the "blood moons" of 2014-2015 were portends/signs of horrific things to come during that period.  Well, as usual, nothing out of the ordinary happened as my husband revealed in his short article that attempted to debunk the hype

Yet many on FB are following these false teachers AGAIN… never mind that Scriptures warns us to stay clear of their nonsense!  People, it would be a "sign from God" IF something in the heavens occurred that was UNUSUAL and inexplicable!

A note to those who like to make fun of older people

Psalm 71: Elohim, You have taught me from my youth; And to this day I declare Your wonders. 18 And also when I am old and grey, O Elohim, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to a generation, Your might to all those who are to come. 19 For Your righteousness, O Elohim, is most high, You who have done great deeds. O Elohim, who is like You? 20 You who have shown me great and evil distresses, Revive me again and bring me up again From the depths of the earth. 21 You increase my greatness, And comfort me on every side. (ISR)

Every once in a while, I see people being attacked by some Facebook smart aleck for “being old.” Normally, these people are uneducated loudmouths with a grudge against older folks; but not always. I personally was once attacked by a Jewish Rabbi who wrote under one of my teaching videos: “Who’s that old lady with the bony fingers?”

When I contacted him and told him I was “that old lady with the bony fingers,” and was writing to give him a chance to apologize, he became even more belligerent and silly – proving that his title had given him neither knowledge of Scripture nor common sense. In the end, realizing I was getting nowhere with him, I forgave him and blocked him. That’s really all you can do with people who give in to their carnal nature.

People who attack someone for “being old” obviously have never paid attention to the many scriptures that tell YHWH’s people to RESPECT their elders. Here are but a few examples:

Proverbs 16:31 White hair is a crown of honor obtained by righteous living. (CJB)

Leviticus 19:32 ‘Rise up before the grey-headed. And you shall favour the face of an old man, and shall fear your Elohim. I am יהוה. (ISR)

Job 12:12-13: With the aged is wisdom, and understanding with length of days. With Him are wisdom and might, He has counsel and understanding. (ISR)

If you’re among those who likes to poke fun at older people, take heed!  First of all, you are SINNING by engaging in this silly, juvenile behavior!  Secondly, the human life span is very short, and so you’d better hope that you will have the privilege of living to old age.  Finally, God is NOT happy with those who like to pretend they belong to Him while constantly allowing themselves to fall prey to their carnal natures. Deliberate and continued sinning WILL result in YOU losing your salvation!