Monday, June 29, 2015

King James is the "best Bible version?" I heartily disagree!

Ugh!  I just love it (NOT!) when someone tells me they have “a word from God” for me, and then proceed to tell me in fluffy “King James English” terms how much God loves me – “I the Lord God say to thee, I love thee and thy family.”

Actually, I could provide an entire dissertation about just that one sentence, but I don't want to make this too long, so I will concentrate on just this point for now:  Honestly – did YHWH, Y’shua or any of the Apostles speak in King James English? King James did some major damage in his “version” because he mistranslated and twisted some MAJOR concepts that made YHWH appear to have contradicted Himself!

Check out, for instance, passages like Leviticus 12:8, 15:29 and Numbers 6:10 where KJV mistranslated the SLANG word "turtles" - meaning "TURTLE DOVES" - supposedly being used as sin sacrifices. The problem is "turtles" could NOT POSSIBLY be used as sin sacrifices because they're not kosher!

And here’s a shocker:  King James perpetuated the “trinity” concept.  Yes, it's true! Nowhere in Scripture do we ever see our ELOHIM referred to as a “trinity” or the Holy Spirit called a “person.”  (Being “saved” in a Baptist church in January 1995, I always wondered how the heck a person would get inside another person to guide their life….)  Let’s see what happened:

I John 5: 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (KJV)

So, what's wrong with it? Well, the undiluted truth is: King James added the line! He worded it to make it seem as though John was defining the Father, Son and Spirit as three separate beings in one.

And oddly, all the other "versions" completely omit everything after the word "heaven" in verse 7! For instance the NIV says: “For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” This is TOTALLY different from the KJV! (Knowing this, and realizing all the various versions added, omitted and mistranslated, is it any wonder why we have nearly 40,000 different Christian "denominations"?)

Here is a footnote from the NIV referencing 1 John 5:7-8:
"Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven, the Father, the Word and Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify in earth--not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century."
This shows that both verses are late additions. Obviously, 5:7 is an addition post-397 CE, after the Council of Carthage and 5:8 is so late as to be meaningless. This is true because trinity was never, and is not, an original Biblical doctrine! It was a formulation of Constantine, Eusebius and others.
 
Here is the passage as seen in Andrew Gabriel Roth’s Aramaic English New Testament:

I John 5: 6. This is he who came by the water and the blood. Y'shua the Mashiyach; not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit testifies; because the Spirit is truth. 7. (Verse 7 is nonexistent in the Eastern Peshitta!) 8. And there are three witnesses, the Spirit and the water, and the blood: and these three are in union.
(AENT)
Footnote:  Appended text:  (For there are three that testify in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Ruach haKodesh: and these three are one.), which is why Murdock puts the brackets and adds: “This verse is not wanting in most MSS., and is omitted in the edit. London, 1826.” The fact is that this line was inserted under the authority of Constantine to promote the Trinity doctrine.  It does not exist in the Peshitta nor the oldest Greek manuscripts of Aleph, A, B and the Vulgate.  Christo-Paganism which originated before Constantine taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are numerically three separate beings, but yet “all the same” is a blatant violation of the First and Second Commandments (see Sh’mot/Exodus 20:1-6).
For more, please see Aramaic scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth’s explanation of “Trinity”.

Disheartening, isn't it?  It would be great if we could all read the original manuscripts...but that's just not possible.  All we can really do is to possess several different Bible versions for comparison purposes - and constantly seek the guidance of the Ruach haKodesh to help us discern the REAL meaning of Scripture.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

GOD'S love will win in the end, so let the heathens rejoice while they can....

I've been slightly despondent over the fact that the United States has become a nation that caters to sinners - those who deliberately mock and/or attempt to twist God's Word.  

But, it came to me this morning that, regardless as to what “the world” is doing, WE Believers need to continue being a set-apart light to the nations. Yes, they will mock us (they mocked and killed Y’shua and He warned us these things would happen; and they mocked His disciples and apostles, too. We MUST stand strong and be witnesses for “the lost” – whether they appreciate it, or not. No one ever said this would be easy! YHWH never – to coin a hackneyed phrase – promised us a rose garden. People of Yah have NEVER had it easy, so why should we expect a ticker parade whenever we speak His Truth? Y’shua said:

Matthew 10:22. And you will be hated by all men because of my name, but whoever that endures until the end, he will live. 23. But when they persecute you in this city, you flee to another. For truly I say to you that you will not complete all the cities of the house of Israel until the Son of man will come. (AENT)

We who have “died to self” and given our life, body and soul to YHWH/Y’shua, are no different from the original shlichim/apostles/sent ones. Adam was sent forth from Gan Eden/Garden of Eden – and he taught YHWH’s Truth to his children and his children’s children, etc. Later, Y'shua's disciples were sent forth to bring souls into the Kingdom. And the shlichim went out and preached the Truth, often with much opposition.

Instead of mourning the demise of "good" and "morality" and and "traditional marriage," and lamenting that our country is lost, pray instead that YHWH chooses you to serve in some way in these end times. And if He chooses you to be a shaliach/apostle, REJOICE and OBEY! Don’t be afraid! Get up every morning with the thought in mind that on THIS day you will kick satan’s ugly butt!

Yes, you will encounter opposition, but so what? The world HATES Truth! But chances are, WE might be the ONLY “light” the world will see on the ever-darkening horizon....

Saturday, June 27, 2015

It's Extraordinary

I was rather stunned at the response to the June 26th US Supreme Court announcement on homosexual marriage.  I was not stunned that it happened; no, it was clear all the time that was going to happen.  It was inevitable.   Tell a lie often enough.....

No, what stunned me was seeing people shouting: "Love Won!"  Really?  Love won? Love? Love was on trial?

During the snowball of the last couple of decades the gay mantra was centered on "equal rights", and then eventually homosexuals hid behind "supporting family values".  (Family values?  Now that is a picture! Anyone can say they "support family values" as long as they get to define those values!)  So now they succeeded in forcing gay marriage on the whole country, and they say "love won"?  Well, I disagree.  "Love" did not "win".  "Love" was not on trial.  Yahweh was on trial.  Yahweh sets the values!

Yahweh lost.  
"Sh'ma, Yisra'el! ADONAI Eloheinu, ADONAI echad [Hear, Isra'el! ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one];  and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.  These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart;  and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9, CJB)
I don't see love of Yahweh (Adonai) in forcing YOUR morality, your "values", your "love" of the same sex as "love wins".  If "love won", we'd all be on our knees honoring Him instead of in the streets participating in "gay pride" parades celebrating the godless US Supreme Court decision.

Some gays who have convinced themselves they are accepted by God will say: "Oh, that's just Old Testament nonsense.  It doesn't apply today."  Well, they would be wrong, because God's Word is just as applicable today as it's always been.  God doesn't conform to the world; that much was clear the day He put Adam and Eve out of the Garden!  He hasn't changed His mind about His Divine Rules for moral, holy living ...whether "the world" believes it, or not!
“You should love Master YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might and with all your mind.”  This is the first and the greatest Commandment."  (Matthew 22:38, AENT)
These are the words of Yeshua (commonly called "Jesus") in the NEW TESTAMENT!  When asked which is the GREATEST commandment, he made this reply! Can you guess who He quoted?

No.  Love did not win.  Litigants won.  And that is not love.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dark Day for the USA (United Sodom and Amora)

Today, June 25, 2015 the US Supreme Court ins a 5-4 vote sided with the gay bandwagon and declared that two men or two women can marry each other in all 50 states.   The first thing I thought of upon hearing this dreadful news was the "Dark Spanish Symphony".   (You can hear it here: Dark Spanish Symphony ).

I immediately though of this dark and despairing melody because the US has sunk so low as to now completely abandon any values and morals of the ultimate authority in favor of the mindless masses who see nothing wrong with the sexual deviancy of gays and have finally forced their will on the nation.  It only took a liberal court.  A court whose origins are found in scripture - has taken upon themselves to "be" the authority and permit this abomination to be the "law of the land".

Dark day.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter!
Woe to those seeing themselves as wise, esteeming themselves as clever.

Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, men whose power goes to mixing strong drinks, who acquit the guilty for bribes but deny justice to the righteous!

Therefore, as fire licks up the stubble, and the chaff is consumed in the flame; so their root will rot, and their flowers scatter like dust; because they have rejected the Torah of ADONAI-Tzva'ot, they have despised the word of the Holy One of Isra'el.

This is why ADONAI's anger blazed up against his people, why he stretched out his hand against them and struck them [so hard that] the hills shook, and corpses lay like trash in the streets. Even after all this, his anger remains, his upraised hand still threatens.(Isaiah 5:20-25, CJB)
Because they knew Elohim and did not glorify him and give thanks to him as Elohim, but became vain in their imaginings and their unwise heart was darkened. And, while they thought within themselves that they were wise, they became fools.  And they changed the glory of the incorruptible Elohim into a likeness to the image of a corruptible man, and into the likeness of birds and four-legged animals and reptiles on the earth.  For this cause, Elohim gave them up to the fill your lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies with them.  And they changed the truth of Elohim into a lie; and worshipped and served the created things, much more than the Creator of them, to whom belong glory and blessing, forever and ever: Amen.  For  this  cause, Elohim gave them  up  to  vile  passions:  for  their females changed the use of their natures and employed that which is unnatural.  And so also their males set aside the use of females, which is natural, and burned with lust toward one another; and, male with male, they did what is shameful, and received in their core substance the just recompense of their error.  And as they did not determine with themselves to know Elohim, Elohim gave them over to a vain mind; that they might do what they should not. (Romans 1:21-28, AENT)
'A curse on anyone who does not pay attention to the words of this covenant,  ...  I have frequently warned them, "Listen to my voice!" But they have not listened or paid attention; instead, each one has lived according to the stubbornness of his own evil heart. For this reason I have brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I ordered them to obey, but which they did not obey.'" Then ADONAI said to me, "The men of Y'hudah and the people living in Yerushalayim have formed a conspiracy. They have returned to the sins of their ancestors, who refused to hear my words, and they have gone after other gods to serve them. The house of Isra'el and the house of Y'hudah have broken my covenant which I made with their ancestors." Therefore ADONAI says, "I am going to bring on them a disaster which they will not be able to escape; and even if they cry to me, I will not listen to them.  Then the cities of Y'hudah and the people living in Yerushalayim will go and cry to the gods to whom they are making offerings; but they will not save them at all in their time of trouble. For you have as many gods, Y'hudah, as you have towns; and you have erected as many altars for sacrificing to that shameful thing, Ba'al, as there are streets in Yerushalayim. "So you, [Yirmeyahu,] don't pray for this people! Don't cry or pray on their behalf, because I won't listen to them when they cry to me because of their troubles. What right does my beloved have to be in my house, when she has behaved so shamelessly with so many? (Jeremiah 11:4, 7-15 CJB)
Dark day.

Supreme Court voted to make homosexual "marriage" legal in all 50 states ... America is doomed!

Well, folks, it's done; the US is doomed because the Supreme Court voted to make homosexual "marriage" legal in all 50 states!   If you thought we've been undergoing trials and tribulations before, just wait to see what's in store! SHAME ON AMERICA! It's not enough that we have been tolerant/accepting of other sins, but this is truly "in your face."  What part of IT'S AN ABOMINATION is too hard to understand?

This is YHWH speaking in the "Old Testament" - which many don't realize still applies TODAY!

Leviticus 18: 22 - You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination.

And here is a "New Testament" quote:

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality....

Check out what else the "New Testament" says God does with those who don't take YHWH's Word seriously!

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies. 25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he for ever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.

28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarreling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.


These unbelieving "lost souls" who voted FOR homosexual marriage in the US, went straight into the Face of YHWH who calls it an abomination! (Leviticus 18:22) They have just voted severe judgment for the United States. May YHWH protect those who are His!

2 Peter 2: 19. And they promise them liberty while they themselves are the slaves of corruption: for, by whatever thing a man is vanquished, to that is he enslaved. 20. For if, when they have escaped the pollutions of the world by the knowledge of our Master and Redeemer Y'shua the Mashiyach, they become again involved in the same and are vanquished, their latter state is worse than the former. 21. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after having known (it), to turn back from the Set Apart Commandment that was delivered to them. 22. But the true proverb has happened to them: the dog returns to his vomit and the pig that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

Take a look at some of these other random Scriptures that reveal how our ELOHIM feels about SIN:

Leviticus 26: 23 If, in spite of all this, you refuse my correction and still go against me; then I too will go against you; and I, yes I, will strike you seven times over for your sins.

Numbers 15: 30 "'But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people. 31 Because he has had contempt for the word of ADONAI and has disobeyed his command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him.'"

Deuteronomy 7: 9 From this you can know that ADONAI your God is indeed God, the faithful God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot, to a thousand generations. 10 But he repays those who hate him to their face and destroys them. He will not be slow to deal with someone who hates him; he will repay him to his face.

Isaiah 66: 24 "As they leave, they will look on the corpses of the people who rebelled against me. For their worm will never die, and their fire will never be quenched; but they will be abhorrent to all humanity.

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies.

1 Corinthians 6:9. Or don't you know, that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim? Make no mistake! Neither sexual sinners, nor idol-worshippers, nor adulterers, nor the corrupt, nor men who lay down with other men, 10. Nor the oppressors, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of Elohim. (Aramaic English New Testament)

Revelation 22: 12 "Pay attention!" [says Yeshua,] "I am coming soon, and my rewards are with me to give to each person according to what he has done. 13 I am the 'A' and the 'Z,' the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." 14 How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city! 15 Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood."


Let’s spread the Word about how YHWH feels – check out Carmen Welker’s book, Free to Sin,  which is the true story of Tamra and Eve, a lesbian couple who - after years of not realizing homosexuality was a sin - discovered YHWH's Truth and ultimately decided that one cannot be actively "gay" and belong to YHWH at the same time....This book reveals how one can come out of their sin and dares to take on the various misguided ideas about homosexuality and the Bible espoused by Oprah and certain Christian pastors who insist that "God condones homosexuality"....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Designer water" that costs around $75 a case? Has America gone completely nuts?

This morning on the news we saw that some people in California (as explained by a woman speaking “Valley Girl Talk” who sounded like she had the IQ of an earthworm) drink only “designer water” – some of which costs up to $75 per case.  Anyway, this “intellect” (who said "water is important to my lifestyle" - LOL!) went on to tell us about the “water tastings" in which she participates, where the host - for just $50 a head - allows people to try six bottles of water.....

Honestly - I find that absolutely amazing! America is a spoiled rotten nation with “privileged” people (most drowning in debt, but hey, gotta have that “designer water” and breast implants and fast late-model cars and huge mansions with swimming pools…) who are blind and deaf to the world around them! Those types of people have no clue about “the real world” in which we have thousands of Syrians escaping their chaotic homeland, risking their lives to cross the waters into EuropeThey have no clue about the dangers Israel faces every single day from surrounding nations.

They have no clue about the horrors in the Middle East and in some African countries where women are being raped and tortured and killed, where babies suffer horrific deaths from flying bullets and bombs; where innocents are being hunted down and beheaded by crazed and brainwashed Muslims and “wannabes” who just like the thought of killing; where millions have become homeless with nowhere to go. They seem blind to the ongoing situation between Russia and Ukraine, or the fact that Greece's economy is on the verge of collapse.

They don't even have a clue about America's own "illegal immigrant" problem from the South American continent; let alone that we are experiencing some ugly racial tensions around the nation....No, their thoughts are on the importance of "designer water" which is "important to their lifestyle"....

The world has gone crazy! There are wars pretty much everywhere these days – if people are not fighting some foreign neighbor, then they’re fighting their neighbor next door, or they’re fighting “the system” for some pet cause. Everybody’s fighting about something. And if that’s not enough, how about all those earthquakes, fires, floods, droughts, tornadoes, volcanic activity … all manner of devastation? Truly, we are experiencing the Books of Daniel and Revelation unfolding before our very eyes.

But hey, make sure you stock up on that “designer water” so you can meet your end in style…..

Matthew 24: 3. And while Y'shua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and were saying among themselves and to him, "Tell us when these things will be and what is the sign of your coming and the end of the world." 4. Y'shua answered and said to them, Beware, let no man deceive you. 5. For many will come in my name and will say that "I am the Mashiyach." And many they will deceive. 6. For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumor of wars. Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end.

7. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places. 8. But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows. 9. Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. 10. Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another. 11. And many false prophets will arise and deceive many. 12. And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. 13. But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life. 14. And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come....
(AENT)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The ridiculous excuses some use to reject Yeshua....

I just saw an article written by a former Christian who “left Jesus”, and he started out with these words: “When Christians or Messianics discover that all the purported "messianic prophecies" in the Christian writings are without exception based on distortions, misreadings, mistranslations and passages taken out of context, they are often left with a burning question: if Jesus/Yeshua was not the promised Messiah, who will be?  The short answer – Who cares?”

Who cares?  Well, everyone should because Scripture tells us, unless we believe that Y'shua is the Messiah, they won't get to see the Father!  (John 14:6)  Scripture did NOT say, "everyone EXCEPT for the Jews!"

Another wrote:  "Jesus can't do anything for you that you can't do alone. In fact, you can do plenty that he can't do for you at all. Only you can turn to the Creator, repent of your mistakes and be forgiven, then move on and do better. Ez 18. You sinned, own it and move on. Trying to get someone else to 'take on your sin' for you, simply is not biblical."

Well, perhaps THEY believe "it's not biblical"; but according to MY Bible, YHWH sure seems to think it is.  He gave us a "rest of the story" via the "New Testament" - which perfectly lines up with the "Old"...no matter HOW MUCH anyone attempts to twist it!

SIGH!  Just sigh....

I'm so sick of former Messianics being used to proseletyze for Judaism and enticing each other to do it in a most vile manner, making it seem there is a new war in progress - and it’s not just with ISIS, Al Qaida or Boko Haram or crazed nut jobs with guns shooting unarmed people during Bible study!One of the things that most upsets me about these “converts” or “convert wannabe’s” is that they are so mean about it, setting up entire networks of supporters who encourage each other to be vocal against those of us who believe in Y’shua, and to seek us out to harass and berate us in any way possible.  They don't even realize they're just puppets being controlled by the rabbis (the "anti-missionary" rabbis who spend all their days "debunking Jesus") who provide all kinds of “great-sounding, ear-tickling” teachings designed to show that the New Testament is a myth.

Another former believer in Yeshua recently wrote the following in an anti-missionary thread:  “It’s really only since leaving the NT that I have been in a place where I am happy to explore the text for myself and make up my own mind...I’ve seen a gigantic wave of new or empowered characters rising up to lend a hand, a heart and a shoulder to the thousands of souls who are leaving the church each month and it fills me with joy.”

Well, my question to this person would be:  Why couldn’t you explore the text all along?  What was stopping you?  Did being Christian for most of your life automatically make you illiterate, blind, lazy, stupid, too tired to study the Bible - or what?  And just because you ultimately found your way to Torah, and you finally had THE WHOLE TRUTH which caused you to read the WHOLE Bible for once in your life, did that somehow make you too dense to comprehend the things you were reading – for instance, the fact that Y’shua was foreshadowed throughout the Tanach and in the mo’edim? 

Both as a former Christian and as a former Messianic/HR type, WHO, exactly stopped you from seeking YHWH’s Truth yourself BEFORE you became so all-fired “enlightened” and found Judaism where some rabbis suggest you pre-tear your toilet paper before Shabbat so that you won’t be guilty of “work”?  Does that make more sense to you than “believing in Jesus?”  If so, then perhaps you should consider pre-chewing your food, as well...God forbid, you be guilty of causing your jaws to work on Shabbat!

So, back to the question as to WHO, exactly stopped you from seeking YHWH’s Truth yourself BEFORE you became so all-fired “enlightened” and found Judaism?

The answer is:  YOU DID, you dummy!   People like you, who go religion-hopping because you were too dense to seek the Holy Spirit for guidance in your earlier years, embody the following – because this is exactly what I see in those who have rejected Y’shua, and now feel obligated to spend all their waking hours bashing those of us who still believe in Him:

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come:  2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked,  3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good,  4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim,  5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you.  6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts,  7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth. (AENT)

Colossians 2:  8. Beware, or else any man make you naked by philosophy and by vain deception, according to the doctrines of men, according to the rudiments of the world, and not according to the Mashiyach  9 in whom dwells all the fullness of Elohim bodily.
(AENT)

If you didn’t “explore the texts for yourself and come to your own conclusions” while you were a supposed Christian or Messianic/HR believer, then I have to be blunt and tell you, you must have been awfully dense or lazy, because the answer to YHWH/Y’shua/Torah is contained in every Bible version there is.  YOU were the problem, not “Christianity” or “the church” or anyone else.  YOU!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

About that "eye for an eye" thing in Matthew 5:38


About that "eye for an eye" thing in Matthew 5:38 - did you know that wasn't mean to be literal? Some are interpreting it literally - but that is not what Scripture teaches.
 

When Y’shua says, “you have heard it said” he refers to oral tradition; when he says “it is written” he refers to Scripture. The matter of an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth, according to Torah, refers to fair restitution; not literally taking out an eye or tooth. The amount to be restored must be commensurate to the loss; the loss of an eye must be rewarded the value of an eye. See Exodus 21:24; Leviticus 24:20; Deuteronomy 19:21. Torahless ultra-religious judges or pagan cultures opted for barbaric punishment as crime for crime, however this is not a Torah principle.

As everyone knows, a person who unjustly assaults or steals from his fellow man is subject to penalty and discipline, and is required to make restitution. In ancient times it was not uncommon for some to try to “get even” with an adversary by killing them over very minor offenses, even going so far as to murder that person’s family. Therefore YHWH put a limitation on vengeance (i.e. take one eye for an eye), the opposite of what has been taught in the Christian West which views “eye for an eye” as the judgments of a wrathful Elohim.

So, this simply means, do not react with evil towards evil; rather let patience and temperance prevail when accosted by evil doers. Torah instructs the strong to protect the weak, Deut 22:27. Ya’akov teaches to “stand firm” against Satan, James 4:7. Paul teaches to stand against the strategies of the Accuser in Ephesians 6:11; neither does he mince words in Acts 13:10. Isaiah 14:15 states that haSatan will be brought down to hell and a slaughter is prepared for his children (verse 21). Rev 20:10 promises a date for Satan in the lake of fire, in the meantime we are to recognize that our battles are not against flesh and blood, and to act accordingly. (Source, Aramaic English New Testament)

Monday, June 22, 2015

The "anti-missionaries" are still trying to "debunk" the Messianic prophecies....

Australian radio host Jono Vandor just can't leave it alone.  He's still out there "debunking" our Messianic Prophecies article on The Refiner's Fire on his podcasts.  (See Truth2U.)  Jono wrote in response to someone trying to defend Y'shua:   “Hosea” means salvation, “Yehoshua” (Joshua) means YHVH saves. Jesus’ name, according to the New Testament, which was written in Greek, was “Iesous” and he failed to fulfill even one messianic prophecy." 

Yup, he's right.  For those who like to sit and twist Scripture "Jesus" didn't even fulfill one messianic prophecy, LOL!  However, for those of us whose eyes have been opened to ALL of YHWH's Truth, you can bet your bottom dollar YESHUA has fulfilled at least 300 of them!  Not one other "messiah" - dead or alive - has ever accomplished this!  See Messiah Qualifications and Biblical Feasts.  

Amazing that so many believers in Yeshua today (who came out of Christianity to accept Torah) are going  a step further to REJECT Y'shua in order to follow the Jewish anti-missionary rabbis and people like Jono who sit around "debunking Jesus" all day long!  Ironically, it has apparently never dawned on all these "intellects" that if YESHUA is a myth, then how can anyone honestly  believe the "Old Testament" stories? 

I mean - come on!  - they frown on the idea of Yeshua and the New Testament and refer to them as myths, while at the same time they speak of a God who – in all honesty - nobody has ever seen because “we cannot look upon God without dying” (Exodus 33:20)…who supposedly breathed the heavens and earth into being in just 7 days, and made a man out of dirt who got kicked out of a place called Eden for taking a bite out of an apple.  Noooo - they don’t question that!   All that apparently seems perfectly logical.

They don’t question the passages that tell us God became so angry with the world that He sent a flood that wiped out everybody except for Noah and his family who ended up populating the earth all over again.  And they have no problem believing that Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt, or that God spoke to Moshe through a “burning bush” or that a donkey talked!  And they have no problem visualizing Moshe parting the sea to allow a couple million Israelites to cross on dry land – which, believe me, took more than a few hours! - and then drowning Pharoah and the Egyptians who gave chase....

And honestly, has anyone seen a video of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego going into a burning oven and coming out unscathed? Do we really know for certain that Lot’s daughters committed incest with their own father?  I’m one hundred percent positive that no one alive today can claim that their ancestor was in that cave with Lot and his daughters to witness this – yet the Jewish anti-missionaries and those who have defected to "their side" (who are being used as weapons against "us" now - and may I say I have personally been the victim of their vicious verbal bashings!) accept it as completely true!  And they also see nothing unusual about millions of animals being slaughtered to atone for Israel’s sins....

But to suggest that YHWH would send His Son to teach believers how to walk in Torah and then to be a divine substitute, martyring Himself – now that’s just too much to expect!

I mean, after all, they insist, "Jesus" didn't bring about peace during his time on earth, along with a few other things.  ...Well, it just so happens, we have an answer for that, too!

May Y’shua return very soon to put an end to all the nonsense and put us on HIS Path, where we belong!

A word about the recent "gay pride" parade in Tel Aviv

“Gay pride” in Tel Aviv ....

QUESTION:  What the heck are they PROUD of? Obviously, they are quite proud of the perversion because they certainly don't mind parading around almost naked in the streets, sporting spiked collars and leashes and other sadi-masochistic garb!

And this is ISRAEL - the HOLY LAND!

When is Israel going to learn to put their foot down and rid the Holy Land of such evil?  YHWH calls this behavior an ABOMINATION! See 1 Corinthians 5:13, Deuteronomy 19:19, James 4:7, Romans 12:21, Exodus 20:1-26, Leviticus 26:1-46, Numbers 32:13; Matthew 7: 20-23, or simply Google “evil” on an online Bible and prepare to be amazed at how many times YHWH has warned His people to refrain from ANY kind of evil.

Yet, Israel is crawling with it – just like the rest of the world!  This is how we can KNOW we are in the end times as outlined in the Books of Daniel and Revelation....

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies. 25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he for ever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.

28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarreling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.

Leviticus 18:22-30 (CJB) You are not to go to bed with a man as with a woman; it is an abomination. 23 "'You are not to have sexual relations with any kind of animal and thus become unclean with it; nor is any woman to present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; it is perversion. 24 "'Do not make yourselves unclean by any of these things, because all the nations which I am expelling ahead of you are defiled with them.25 The land has become unclean, and this is why I am punishing it-the land itself will vomit out its inhabitants.

26 But you are to keep My laws and rulings and not engage in any of these disgusting practices, neither the citizen nor the foreigner living with you;27 for the people of the land have committed all these abominations, and the land is now defiled.28 If you make the land unclean, it will vomit you out too, just as it is vomiting out the nation that was there before you.29 For those who engage in any of these disgusting practices, whoever they may be, will be cut off from their people.30 So keep My charge not to follow any of these abominable customs that others before you have followed and thus defile yourselves by doing them. I am ADONAI Eloheinu.


How much clearer could it be? YHWH created men and women for each other's pleasure and to procreate: 

Malachi 2:14 Nevertheless, you ask, "Why is this?" Because ADONAI is witness between you and the wife of your youth that you have broken faith with her, though she is your companion, your wife by covenant. 15 And hasn't he made [them] one [flesh] in order to have spiritual blood-relatives? For what the one [flesh] seeks is a seed from God....

But instead of turning toward our ELOHIM, people sit around to make excuses for their sinful behavior, insisting He condones it.  And many churches are playing along.  Shame on them!

What a sad, sad world we live in!

Friday, June 19, 2015

What's the difference between at "Greek" and a "Hebrew" mindset?

Have you ever thought about what it means when someone tells you you have a "Greek mindset?"  Well, "Hebrew mindset" and the "Greek mindset" refers to the fact that there is a difference in their respective way of thinking about life, about God, and about Truth. Both the Hebrews and the Greeks were "set" in their thinking about what and how they believed. To the Hebrew God was an easy concept; He was their Creator.

The Greeks, on the other hand, were more prone to be atheistic or agnostic. That is why Rav Shaul (the Apostle Paul) used different approaches when he spoke to the Hebrew and Greek cultures. In speaking to the Hebrews, he could preach the Gospel directly because they already believed in God and in creation. But in his dealings with the Greeks, he first had to present Messiah Yeshua as the Creator God before actually giving them the Gospel.

Rav Shaul (Paul) points out that the "arm of YHWH" is Y'shua who, while on Earth, is addressed in human terms, where Mari (my Master) is more appropriate. This does not mean that Y'shua is not called YHWH elsewhere but, rather, is a forceful way of identifying the source of this "arm" which relates directly to YHWH's name and His chosen messenger. He is the only "messenger" in the Tanakh with the ability to forgive sin and to officiate in the Name of YHWH, as opposed to the title of "El" (Exodus 23:20-22). The angels all have only YHWH's "title" within their names: Gabri-el, Rapha-el, Micha-el....

Here's something that will blow your mind: The "Greek" mindset imagines a tatoo or something similar on the thigh of Y'shua (Jesus) when he returns as "King of Kings, and Lord of Lords" (Rev. 19:11-13,16). But the Hebrew mindset sees something more realistic: The tzit-tzits (braid/knots/tassels) of Yeshua's tallit (prayer shawl) falling across his thighs when He returns to earth atop a white horse!

What are we saying? Well, each letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value. Consequently, the knots of the tassels on the four corners of a tallit spell out the name of YHWH....(There are actually different trains of thought about this, depending on how the knots are tied. The Sephardics tie the knots in windings of 10, 5, 6, 5 which spells out the numeric values of "YHWH" but the Ashkenazies use windings of 7, 8, 11, 13 which, adds up to 39, which is the numerical equivalent of Deuteronomy 6:4 which cites the Shema.)

Another example of a Hebrew as opposed to Greek mindset can be seen in their respective calendars/timelines. For instance, according to God, a "day" is from "sunset to sunset" (Genesis 1:5) as opposed to "midnight to midnight". He called the days of the week the "first day", "second day", etc., whereas "the world" has named its days and months after pagan gods....

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Two Forms of Ignorance

There are two forms of ignorance:  remedial and willful.  One can be "ignorant" of a subject, but that ignorance can be resolved through study and education.  But when one chooses not to learn they have willfully chosen to remain ignorant.

Thus, "Willful" ignorance is the condition in which the individual chooses to remain ignorant, relying instead on false, incomplete, or prior knowledge which the individual never challenged.   For example, one might have heard, as a young person, the statement "the Earth is flat".  If that person grows up retaining the belief that the Earth is flat, despite the preponderance of evidence and facts to the contrary, that person remains willfully ignorant.

But "willful" ignorance today has, in my opinion, no grounds for existence because no one (and I mean no one) in any civilized society needs to remain ignorant!  Resources are at their fingertips!  Ignorance today is fully remedial! 

To remain ignorant therefore is a choice.   Many today, will refuse to believe something because they choose to retain only what they know (or think they know),  and will not take the time to remedy their lack of knowledge.   Evidence to dispel their ignorance may be all around them, but they simply will not make the effort to improve themselves.

Ignorance itself is not "bad".  We are all born "ignorant".  Ignorance is simply the lack of knowledge of a subject.  Ignorance is not a synonym of "stupid" and is nothing to be ashamed of!  Simply not knowing something does not make one "stupid"; rather, ignorance simply means the knowledge of the subject has not yet been obtained.
   
One can find willful ignorance all the time in both Christianity and Judaism. 

Christians, having grown up being exposed only to Christian theology and dogma, will deny that there is actually any obligation on their part to OBEY God which will help them retain their salvation.  They will deny there are instructions given to us by YHWH, our God, showing us how to live a sin-free life so we can remain holy for Him.  These instructions called "Torah" are rejected by almost all of Christianity today.   Christians accept the Messiah, but miss the all-important message of His Torah and obedience.  That may seem shocking but it is true!  Since Christians accept the Messiah, but deny His commandments, they have, in fact, denied God!  Consequently, they are blind to HIS truth due to the doctrine they hold dear, and therefore they remain ignorant. 

And this I say and testify by Master YHWH, that from now on you do not walk  as the other Gentiles who walk in the vanity of their mind:  And they are dark in their understandings and are alienated from the life of Elohim because there is not in them knowledge; and  because  of  the  blindness  of  their  heart.     They  have  cut  off  their  hope  and  have  given themselves over to lust and to the practice of all uncleanness in their greed.  But you have not learned this from the Mashiyach;  If you have truly heard him, and by him have learned as the truth is in Y’shua. (Ephesians 4:17-21, AENT)

Christians, when informed of Torah, will usually respond with one of two claims:  "Torah is written on our hearts," or "Torah was abolished at the cross."   (The latter is but one of the many mistaken interpretations of the misunderstood writings of Apostle Paul.)  Making either of those claims is in complete ignorance which can be resolved - yet they choose only to believe the claims, never attempting to come to any other understanding that would allow them to grow. 

Judaism, on the other hand, recognizes Torah as absolute but they deny that the Messiah has already come!  For the most part, Jews cannot see the Messiah in scripture.  For example, in Judaism, Isaiah 53 is about Israel and not the Messiah:  

Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of ADONAI revealed? For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground. He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us. People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him. In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises we are healed. (Isaiah 53:1-5, CJB)

(Jews do believe in the Messiah; they just don't believe that "Jesus" was the Messiah.  They see the Torahless "Jesus" of Christianity as a "false god" - and believing in another god (rightfully so) is forbidden in Torah. In this they are, ironically, correct!  "Jesus", as espoused in most of Christianity is indeed a Torahless "god" who (according to Christian dogma) came to replace God the Father and "forgive" all sin, while at the same time “abolishing Torah at the cross.”  If only the content of the New Testament were not so twisted in so many biased translations, Messiah Yeshua (the real name of Jesus) would NEVER have been viewed as having "replaced" His Father,  or as abandoning Torah!  Indeed, Torah and Everlasting Life through Yeshua are intimately connected, yet most of Christianity abandons Torah on the false belief that "Jesus" did away with it!)  

Judaism refuses to see the true, Torah obedient Messiah in scripture because -- just as Christians will refuse to understand Torah, Jews will refuse to "give up" the idea that "Jesus is a false god" and they will simply not come out of their ignorance and learn the truth.  And most Jews simply will not go against the teachings of their rabbis so they never get exposed to the real Yeshua , preferring instead to deny "Jesus" based on long-held untruth. 
 
So there you have it.  Christians remain in their ignorance of Torah, choosing instead to believe in a "Jesus" who "did away with His Father's instruction" to "give grace"; and Jews remain in their ignorance of the Messiah, choosing instead to remain steadfast in their denial that He has already come.

Remediation is possible in both cases.  There is no excuse today for the existence of these two opposing  positions.   All it takes is a little effort.

"From the cowardice that shrinks from new truth,
From the laziness that is content with half-truth,
From the arrogance that thinks it knows all truth,
Oh, Elohim of Truth, Deliver us."
-- Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Why Honey is Kosher

We get asked many times, "Is honey kosher?  I mean, it's from a BEE and the bee is not kosher!"

It's a good question, but not to worry for honey is completely kosher, not violating any of the dietary restrictions found in scripture!

Honey bees convert nectar from flowers into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation.  Regurgitation may not sound kosher, but it is okay here.  Bees store the honey as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside their beehive.  Humans extract the honey from the beehive and bottle it.

So let's look at the process in a bit more detail and see how the honey comes about.

Foraging bees land on flowers and use their long, tube-like tongues to suck nectar from the flowers. They swallow the nectar but store it in a "honey crop", a special type of stomach which comes before the actual digestive system stomach of the bee. The nectar never enters the bee's digestive system! The honey crop is more of "pouch" used to port nectar back to the hive and transfer it to worker bees. 

The worker bees "chew" the nectar for a period (about 30 minutes or so) during which time enzymes break complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars.  This final form of nectar is then spread throughout the honeycomb which allows remaining water in the mass to evaporate. As the water evaporates, the nectar thickens and becomes honey.  Honey is more digestible to the bees than the nectar, and it is also protected from any bacteria.  At some point, the worker bees "assess" the thickness of the honey, and they seal off the end of the honeycomb with a cap of wax.  This keeps the honey in permanent storage until it is eaten by the bees - or as in our case - a beekeeper harvests the honey for us humans!

Honey consists of mostly fructose, glucose, and the water which did not evaporate. It also contains other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids.  But most importantly, it is only converted nectar, not a product of the bee itself, and completely kosher consisting of nothing forbidden by our Creator!  

A word on obedience for ALL....

In this week’s Torah portion we see one of my favorite scriptures - Numbers 15:13-16, where YHWH says four times in a row there is NO difference between His people and anyone else who chooses to accept Him as their God.  ALL must obey His Torah.

Numbers 15:13 "'Every citizen is to do these things in this way when presenting an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI. 14 If a foreigner stays with you - or whoever may be with you, through all your generations - and he wants to bring an offering made by fire as a fragrant aroma for ADONAI, he is to do the same as you. 15 For this community there will be the same law for you as for the foreigner living with you; this is a permanent regulation through all your generations; the foreigner is to be treated the same way before ADONAI as yourselves. 16 The same Torah and standard of judgment will apply to both you and the foreigner living with you.'" (CJB)

Then He goes on to reiterate it further on in that same chapter:

Numbers 15:28 The cohen will make atonement before ADONAI for the person who makes a mistake by sinning inadvertently; he will make atonement for him, and he will be forgiven - 29 no matter whether he is a citizen of Isra'el or a foreigner living with them. You are to have one law for whoever it is that does something wrong by mistake.
(CJB)

YHWH never ever suggested that the Gentiles were to have different rules.  Even after Yeshua was “crucified” that never changed YHWH’s Torah/Instructions in Righteousness. He never said He would have different rules for His natural and adopted children!

Note that “deliberate” sinning is NOT forgiven. CHOSING to ignore YHWH's Divine Rules is a sin which can and will cause eternal separation from Him.  If you know the ELOHIM you serve and you have the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) living within, you are never supposed to commit intentional sin.  (If you do, you will be forcing YHWH to “sin” with you…Please think about that.)

Numbers 15:30 "'But an individual who does something wrong intentionally, whether a citizen or a foreigner, is blaspheming ADONAI. That person will be cut off from his people. 31 Because he has had contempt for the word of ADONAI and has disobeyed his command, that person will be cut off completely; his offense will remain with him.'"  (CJB)

Hebrews 6: 4. But they who have once descended to immersion and have tasted the gift from heaven and have received the Ruach haKodesh 5. and have tasted the good Word of Elohim and the power of the world to come, 6. cannot again sin and a second time be renewed to repentance; or a second time execute him on a stake and insult the Son of Elohim. 7. For the earth that drinks the rain which comes often upon it and produces the herb that is of use to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a blessing from Elohim. 8. But if it should put forth thorns and briers, it would be discarded and be approaching closely to a curse, and its end would be a conflagration. (AENT)

NOTE: Huge contrast between Aramaic and Greek. The Greek reads: "once having been enlightened..." This "enlightening" seems logical until we look at Aramaic: "But they who have once descended to immersion..." The difference is acute, since baptism is clearly a subject being introduced just two verses earlier. The reason for the Greek redaction to "enlightenment" may well have been due to early Gnostic influence that stressed Mashiyach's knowledge over his actual power and incarnation of Deity. See also Hebrews 10:32.

Hebrews 10: 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies. (CJB)

The above Scripture is not referring to those unclean bondages that dwell in our flesh but to the “conscious” choices believers make. It refers not to our unintentional sins but to those we pursue knowingly and willingly!

How many of today's believers behave in a way they know is sinful and yet they go ahead and do what they feel like doing, anyway? That's because they mistakenly think Divine grace covers intentional sin. That is a huge misconception! Divine grace has made wonderful provision for unintentional sin. But there is no provision for intentional sin. The Bible tells us so.

2 Peter 2:17. These are wells without water, clouds driven by a storm, persons for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness.  18. For, while they utter astonishing vanity, they seduce with obscene lusts of the flesh, them who have almost abandoned these that walk in error.  19. And they promise them liberty while they themselves are the slaves of corruption: for, by whatever thing a man is vanquished, to that is he enslaved.  20. For if, when they have escaped the pollutions of the world by the knowledge of our Master and Redeemer Y’shua the Mashiyach, they become again involved in the same and are vanquished, their latter state is worse than the former.  21. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after having known (it), to turn back from the Set Apart Commandment that was delivered to them.  22. But the true proverb has happened to them: the dog returns to his vomit and the pig that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire. (AENT)

Deliberate, premeditated sin is willful disobedience and rebellion against our ELOHIM. It results in severe punishment or even loss of our salvation.

Leviticus 26: 23 If, in spite of all this, you refuse my correction and still go against me; then I too will go against you; and I, yes I, will strike you seven times over for your sins.  (CJB)

1 Corinthians 6: 9. Or don't you know, that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim?* Make no mistake! Neither sexual sinners, nor idol-worshippers, nor adulterers, nor the corrupt, nor men who lay down with other men, 10. Nor the oppressors, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, will inherit the Kingdom of Elohim. (AENT)

FOOTNOTE: Compare this to Matthew 5:17-20, where we are told that breaking the least commandment of Torah and teaching others to do the same makes a person "least in the kingdom" but they still get in. Y'shua implies that those with more serious sins won't make it in: "Depart from me, workers of iniquity, I never knew you"; but here, Rav Shaul gives a more specific list of what will keep them out.

1 Corinthians 6: 17. But he that joins himself to our Master (Y'shua), is with him one spirit. 18. Flee from sexual sin. For every (other) sin which a man commits, is external to his body*; but he that commits sexual sin, sins against his own body. (AENT)

FOOTNOTE:Actually the sexual sin goes deeper than the body, as the note on Romans 1:26 shows. But the other point is also that a sexual sinner brings sin upon himself rather than his partner, and vice versa, unless rape or abuse is involved.


It is not sin per se that causes a person who professes to be a believer to be eternally estranged from YHWH but, rather, it is our surrender to sin which causes our faith and faithfulness to dim or completely die out.

We flirt with spiritual disaster if we - by our thoughts, words, and conduct - deny Messiah, reject grace, spurn redemption, and push away the Holy Spirit.

Under the Old Covenant, YHWH put to death people who willingly disobeyed His commands or offered "strange fire" (Lev. 10:1-2). There was no atonement for intentional sin - and there still isn't. All of the sin offerings of the Levitical Law were for unintentional sin.

Case in point, Numbers 15:32-35 tells us: While the Israelites were in the desert, a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day. Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, and they kept him in custody because it was not clear what should be done to him. Then YHWH said to Moses, "The man must die. The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp".

The man who sinned willingly was not deceived in any way. He was not driven by uncontrollable impulses. He simply decided to ignore what God had said about the Sabbath. His reward was death.

Leviticus 4: 27 If an individual among the people commits a sin inadvertently, doing something against any of the mitzvot of ADONAI concerning things which should not be done, he is guilty.  (CJB)

Since the death of Y'shua, people are no longer put to death for their sins.  However, as we see above, the ultimate consequences for DELIBERATE and CONTINUED sinning ultimately result in eternal death/separation from YHWH/Y'shua.

For more, please see our article on “deliberate sinning” ....


Thursday, June 11, 2015

What Yeshua did when tempted by Satan....

Did you ever notice that Yeshua didn't argue with satan while being "tempted?"  Instead of calling down legions of angels/messengers to have them dispose of ol" Ratface, guess what He did -  He quoted Torah and Psalms!  Take a look:

Matthew 4: 1. Then Y’shua was taken by the Ruach haKodesh to the desert to be tempted by the accuser.  2. And he fasted forty days and forty nights and after which he hungered.  3. And approached he that was tempting and said to him “if you are the son of Elohim, say to these rocks become bread,”  4. and he answered and said, It is written that the Son of man does not live by bread alone, but by all the Words[1]  that proceed from the mouth of YHWH.[2]   5. Then the accuser took him to the Set Apart city and raised him upon the edge of the temple,[3]   6. and said to him, “If you are the son of Elohim, cast yourself down for it is written that his Messengers he commands concerning you, and upon their hands they will bear you up that your foot should not strike upon a rock.”[4]  

7. Y’shua said to him, Again it is written that you will not test Master YHWH your Elohim.[5]   8. Again the accuser took him to (a) mountain that (was) very high and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory,  9. and said to him, “These all I will give to you if you will fall (and) worship me.” 10.  Then Y’shua said to him Leave enemy, for it is written that you will worship Master YHWH your Elohim and Him alone you will serve.[6]   11. Then the accuser left him alone and behold, Messengers approached and were ministering to him.
(AENT)

[1]  Y’shua declares that he himself, along with all of mankind, is required to live by the “Words” of YHWH, and that the Commandments Y’shua teaches are in fact YHWH’s Commandments from Torah. However, Greek/English translators inserted the title Kurios/Lord, for both YHWH and Y’shua, rather than using original Names.  Christian theologians then began teaching the fallacy that their “New Testaments” were the “new” Word, or new “Commandments of Y’shua” that replaced the original Word of YHWH, which is Torah.  See John 8:36 (47); 12:48-50; 13:34; 14:10-21; 1 John 2:3-8; 2 John 1:5,6.

[2]  Deuteronomy 8:3

[3]  A dark foreshadowing of the martyrdom of Ya’akov HaTsaddiq (James the Just) brother of Y’shua. Ya’akov, who routinely prayed at the Temple to ask YHWH’s forgiveness for the sins of his people, was highly regarded for his meekness, devotion and service to the Jewish people.  It was said that Ya’akov had camel’s knees because he very often prayed while on his knees.  He was ultimately thrown off the top of the Temple by demonized religious fanatics because of his allegiance to Y’shua Mashiyach. Ya’akov taught that Y’shua is the Arm of YHWH revealed, and he refused to renounce his belief in Y’shua Mashiyach.  Origen criticized Josephus for attributing the fall of Jerusalem to the martyrdom of Ya’akov, rather than to Y’shua.

[4]   Psalm 91:11, 12.

[5]  Deuteronomy 6:16

[6]   Deuteronomy 6:13

Monday, June 8, 2015

Don't jump on any "gossip bandwagons"

Social networks are teeming with “conspiracy theories – most of which were started by one person and keep being passed around by those who ignorantly believe them.   If America isn't "funding ISIS" then the Pope is "gay" or "chemtrails are the government's way of poisoning us!" or “we’ve been lied to by our governments, because the earth really IS flat!” or we need to "arm ourselves to the teeth because our own government is out to get us," or some other silly nonsense.  Unfortunately, when you try to tell some "conspiracy theorist" that it's just a rumor, they become fighting mad...

Scripture warns against spreading rumors and those who engage in gossip. Proverbs 20:19 says, “A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid anyone who talks too much.” Words are powerful. They can build up or destroy (Proverbs 18:21).
James 3:2–12 instructs YHWH's people to control our words, beginning with verse 5: 5. So likewise the tongue is a small member and it uplifts itself. Also a little fire inflames large forests.  6. Now the tongue is a fire, and the world of sin is like a forest. And this tongue, which is one among our members, corrupts our whole body; and it inflames the series of our generations that roll on like a wheel; and it is itself on fire.  (AENT)   

Spreading “harmless” rumors, then, can cause great destruction. YHWH desires that we use our words to praise Him (Psalm 34:1), to speak wisdom (Proverbs 10:13), and to encourage and edify each other (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Ephesians 4:29).

Scripture often includes gossip in lists of specific evils (i.e., 2 Corinthians 12:20; Romans 1:29). Spreading rumors is so repulsive in YHWH’s sight (Leviticus 19:16)! First Timothy 5:13 sternly warns against using idle time to spread slander, and Proverbs 17:4 implies that those who eagerly listen to gossip have low character....

Proverbs 26:22 “The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts.”

It's thrilling to our carnal natures to hear scandalous information about someone - and many fall for it!!  Please don’t be a follower of MAN!  Think for yourself.  Ask YHWH for discernment and THEN make up your own mind about the latest rumor.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Why is Paul so misunderstood? Because people take his writings out of context!

Those who have publicly turned their backs on Messiah Yeshua take many NT passages out of context.  That is because they focus only on a sentence or two while ignoring the REST of the passage; and, consequently, they are missing the bigger picture.  One such Messiah denier has made a video to prove that Paul “removes the Creator from various verses and gives them to Jesus.”  (These people never use the Name “Yeshua” because its meaning kicks them squarely where they sit, because His Name means “YAH is Salvation!”  Yeshua is the ONLY “heavenly entity” who has the name of YHWH within his own name!) 

Well, if this poor, deluded soul had only read the CONTEXT of his supposed “proof texts”, he might have been very surprised to learn that YHWH gave us a “rest of the story” that extends outside the Tanach (OT)!  This person used Romans 14:10-12 and Philippians 2:10 to “prove” that Paul totally detracted from Isaiah 45:22-24, which says:

Iasiah 45:22 Look to me, and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God; there is no other. 23 In the name of myself I have sworn, from my mouth has rightly gone out, a word that will not return - that to me every knee will bow and every tongue will swear 24 about me that only in ADONAI are justice and strength." All who rage against him will come to him ashamed, (CJB)

So, let’s take a look at the CONTEXT of those verses – a context that reveals that Yeshua, as the “ARM OF YHWH” – Isaiah 53:1) is ONE with His Father; not some “new god” or some idol who came to usurp YHWH’s power:

Romans 10: 8. Because if we live, to our Master (Y’shua) it is we live; or if we die, to our Master it is we die. Whether we live, therefore, or whether we die, we are our Master’s.  9. Moreover, for this cause Mashiyach died and revived and arose; that he might be Master YHWH of the dead and of the living.[1]  10. But you, why do you judge your brother? Or, why do you despise your brother? For we must all stand before the judgment seat of Mashiyach!  11. As it is written: As I live, says Master YHWH, to me every knee will bow; and to me every tongue will give praise.  12. So then, every one of us must give account of himself to Elohim.  (AENT)

Footnote:   By rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, Y’shua becomes the Word that is with Elohim and is Elohim (John 1:1-5).  Y’shua is the exact reflection of YHWH’s nature (Hebrews 1:1-5) and will bear the name, “Word of Elohim” when he comes out of heaven again at the second coming (Revelation 19:13).

Philippians 2: 5. And think you so in yourselves, as Y’shua the Mashiyach also thought;  6. who, as he was in the likeness of Elohim, did not regard it sinful to be the coequal[1] of Elohim;  7. yet disinherited himself and assumed the likeness of a servant, and was in the likeness of men and was found in fashion as a man;[2]  8. and he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake.  9. Wherefore, also, Elohim has highly exalted him and given him a name[3] which is more excellent than all names;  10.  that at the name of Y’shua every knee should bow, of (beings) in heaven and on earth and under the earth;  11. and that every tongue should confess that Y’shua the Mashiyach is YHWH,[4] to the glory of Elohim his Father.  (AENT)

[1]  For a comparative analysis of the Greek translation and Tanakh insights see Coequal of Elohim in AENT Appendix. (Note from Carmen: If you don’t have an AENT, I highly recommend you get one because it’s truly amazing!)

[2]  Khabouris Codex reproduces the first four letters of the next word, and for the fifth letter, substitutes the kaph for a beyt, which are similar looking letters. The word reproduced is "and in the form of."

[3]  More that his literal birth name Y’shua (which was and is a common Hebrew name), and more than the perfect reputation that his name represents. Y’shua bears the Name of YHWH, the “name above all names”!  Y’shua has the Name and reputation of the Father YHWH in him (John 17:11) and the name means “YHWH is Salvation” (Matthew 1:21).

[4]  See Mashiyach Y’shua is YHWH in Appendix.  Also see Philippians 2:6-11.)