Sunday, December 10, 2017

Debating Yeshua’s lineage? Look no further!

The anti-Y'shua crowd will go to any length to negate Him! They are adamant that He cannot be Messiah because His lineage came through a woman (since Joseph wasn't His biological father; just someone who "adopted" Y'shua...), and they insist the genealogy (according to Judaism), must come through the male.

Also, according to the anti-Y'shua crowd, women cannot inherit or pass on an inheritance. Hence, on several levels, Y'shua's messiahship - according to them - is null and void.

Well, let's examine what SCRIPTURE says:

Numbers 27:8 Moreover, say to the people of Isra'el, 'If a man dies and does not have a son, you are to have his inheritance pass to his daughter. 9 If he doesn't have a daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers. 11 If his father doesn't have brothers, give his inheritance to the closest relative in his family, and he will possess it. This will be the standard for judgment to be used by the people of Isra'el, as ADONAI ordered Moshe.'"

That, all by itself, negates the idea that women cannot have an inheritance. Now, let's move on to the genealogy thing, where we see that Mary should be disqualified to transfer the rights of her lineage to her son, Yeshua - except for a little known exception to the rule! Read on....

In Matthew 1:1-16 and Luke 3:23-38 we are presented with two genealogies of Yeshua. On the surface these different listings would appear to be a contradiction in the scriptures. Not only are the two genealogies listed in the reverse chronology from each other, but the genealogy found in Matthew's gospel is the lineage of Yeshua's mother, Mary, while the genealogy found in Luke's gospel is the lineage of Yeshua's earthly father Joseph. (Note: this is completely opposed to most teachings! But there is no doubt that Matthew's genealogy is that of Mary, and not her husband Joseph, as is usually assumed.)

However, many people fail to realize or address a major problem associated with the genealogical listing found in Matthew's gospel - the lineage of Mary. Once you have established that the line is indeed Mary's, you must deal with a second difficulty: The rights of the line are NOT passed through the mother; but rather, through the father. Even though Mary, through her lineage, was of the Davidic bloodline (as was her husband, Joseph), she should be excluded from being able to pass those rights of the bloodline because she was female (Deuteronomy 21:16).

So, it is not enough to prove that Mary was an unblemished descendant of David; she had to be a male to transfer the rights. Therefore, she would be disqualified to transfer the rights to her son Yeshua - EXCEPT for a little known exception to the rule.

AND LOOK AT THIS! In Numbers 26 we are introduced to Zelophehad. Zelophehad, we are told, had no sons; only daughters. In Numbers 27, following the death of Zelophehad, the daughters of Zelophehad came before Moses and argued their plight. Because their father had died with no sons, all of their rights of inheritance were to be lost and they felt this was unfair.

So Moses prayed to YHWH and He gave Moses an exception to the rule! He told Moses that the inheritance CAN flow through a female, IF they fulfill two requirements: There must be no male offspring in the family (Numbers 27:8) and if the female offspring should marry, they must marry within their own tribe (Numbers 36:6).

Now, returning to Mary. On the surface she should be unable to transfer the rights to her Son. But when you research you find that Mary had NO brothers, she was of the line of David, AND received the inheritance of her father because her father had no sons, AND Mary did indeed marry within her own tribe to Joseph.

End of argument!

Footnote to Matthew 1 from the Aramaic English New Testament:

The word gowra designates a protector-male or guardian; the context of this verse determines its specific meaning. Y'shua elsewhere says "which one of gowra, if he has a son...."; obviously "father" is intended. "Gowra" also applies to other forms of protector-male type relationships depending on the context, such as "husband", "son", and so forth.

Ancient Aramaic Matthew ends at verse 17, not verse 25. The text not only establishes the subject, but shifts from "background history" into the present, from intro to body. This means that the Yosip in verse 16 (the guardian or adopted father of Miriyam (Mary)) is not the same Yosip as the husband of Miriyam in verse 19.

There is no reason for Matthew to use two different words for the same individual, whereas gowra sometimes means "husband" but can also mean "father". The other term baalah can only mean "husband". On the other hand, there would most definitely be a reason to differentiate two men named Yosip, one being the adopted father, the other the husband of Miriyam.

With this differentiation we now have three full sets of 14 generations, which satisfies the demands of verse 17.

Furthermore....When you read thoroughly the details of Zelophedad's daughters it is clear that is exactly what it is about: Females inherit the assets of their father when there is no male heir. This is stated DIRECTLY:

Numbers 27: 7 'Zelophehad's daughters are right in what they say. You will indeed give them a property to be their heritage among their father's kinsmen; see that their father's heritage is passed on to them. 8 Then speak to the Israelites and say, "If a man dies without sons, his heritage will pass to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, the heritage will go to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, his heritage will go to his father's brothers. 11 If his father has no brothers, his heritage will go to the member of his clan who is most nearly related; it will become his property. This will be a legal rule for the Israelites, as Yahweh has ordered Moses."' (NJB)

Proof of this is also indirectly stated with Joseph and Mary returning to Bethlehem. Mary is attached to that inheritance through her husband but she also inherits from her family without there being a male heir.

And let's not forget, Talmud says a child is considered Jewish if his MOTHER is Jewish....And Torah says land can only pass WITHIN THE TRIBE it is allotted to. YHWH calls it an INHERITANCE. And with the Levites YHWH says, "I am their inheritance"...so obviously being from a tribe is an asset if you inherit YHWH..

We disagree that the King James is the “best” version….

Some people keep pushing the King James Version as the ONLY version to adhere to. Well, it's fine it you like that version, but please don't attempt to push it as "the only" Bible version that contains the Truth - because it doesn't. And here's why:

The KJV contains LOTS of problems - all from King James' skewed viewpoint! Here are just a few examples:

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 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).

Hopefully, the above information will give you a new perspective on the King James version!

Satan’s greatest lie

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Clearing up the apparent discrepancy between Genesis 46:27 and Acts 7:14

READER COMMENT:

Would you mind shedding light on Acts 7:14 [75 souls in number]. Acts 7:14, according to some Rabbis and counter-missionaries, counters Genesis 46:27. They make claims that this is among many of the errors of the B'rit Chadasha. Please, silence this notion especially for those infant believers who by every whim are tossed to and fro.

OUR RESPONSE:

Thank you for your request!  This issue comes up from time to time and many are "quick" to cite "discrepancy" and blame the B'rit Chadasha as "erred"! But that's folly. Yes, there "appears" to be a discrepancy. To wit, the verses you cited:

Genesis 46:27 "Thus all the people in Ya‘akov’s family who entered Egypt numbered seventy."

Acts 7:14. "And Yosip sent for his father and brought Ya’akov and all his family. And they were seventy and five souls in number."

But let me say right up front: The discrepancy is only in our incomplete knowledge of the numbers presented in the Masoretic Text (the accepted Hebrew Tanakh) and the B'rit Chadasha. To conclude the B'rit Chadasha is somehow in error is the epitome of bias and arrogance. Scholars can't even agree on how the number "70" is arrived at in the Masoretic Text! Is Ya'akov counted? Are the two, named females counted (Dinah, verse 15 & Serach verse 17)?

(From my own counting of the names in Gen 46, I conclude that the numbers presented in the Masoretic Text are at least consistent, that is, "66" is correct in verse 26 because 66 includes all the names of sons and daughters and excludes Ya'akov, Yosef, M’nasheh and Efrayim). And "70" is correct because it INCLUDES all names including Ya'akov, Yosef, M’nasheh and Efrayim. But that DOES NOT mean "70" is "correct" because the Masoretic Text is nothing more than an amalgamation of many ancient documents! The Masoretic Text is NOT from an original ancient Hebrew manuscript.)

So let's look at the number "75" in the B'rit Chadasha, Acts 7:14. The number is presented by Stephen during a speech he made in which he summarized pretty much then entire history of Judaism! Guess what version of the Tanakh Stephen would likely have been familiar with in his time? It would NOT have been the Masoretic Text as the Masoretic Text would not appear for another 800+ years! It would have been the Septuagint from which Stephen was drawing his history!

And the Septuagint differs from the Masoretic Text in Genesis 46! It not only differs in the cited verse 27, but in other verses as well! In fact, verses 20-22 in the Septuagint cite grandsons of Yoseph not named in the Masoretic Text, adding 4 names to the total! So there's a total of 74 without much effort. (The problem is not resolved though. The Septuagint does not account for how it arrived at 75!)

But the Septuagint is probably what Stephen knew, and it said "75"! So, given that Stephen in Acts 7 was likely referring to the Septuagint which (I emphasize) pre-dated the Masoretic by hundreds of years, why aren't the naysayers complaining about the Septuagint instead of the B'rit Chadasha? Why aren't the naysayers questioning the Masoretic Text instead? After all, it disagrees with the far-older Septuagint!

The bottom line? The available manuscripts don't seem to provide enough information to come to a definitive conclusion. The Masoretic Text is biased (being the result of a "committee" of Rabbis who "decided" what was "original" from a number of sources), and the Septuagint is a Greek translation from now-lost original, ancient Hebrew manuscripts, and contains its own biases from the 70 scholars who assembled it!

Is this a "deal breaker"? That is, are we not to believe the B'rit Chadasha because of Acts 7:14? Of course, I would say "no", but if someone insisted, I'd simply point out to them the shady origin of the Masoretic Text and demand they prove its in-errancy.

About that odd Chapter, Genesis 38

In this week’s Torah portion about the Yosef saga, did you wonder about the odd insertion of Judah’s life into the text which stops abruptly in Chapter 37 and resumes in Chapter 39? How strange to suddenly dump Joseph by the wayside and begin discussing the life of Judah! (See Genesis 37:38 - 38:30). Was it accidental, or just “shoe-horned” in because the story didn’t fit anywhere else?

Nope! You see, this is the beginning of Y’shua’s genealogy!

Everett J. Fox, author of “The Schocken Bible, Volume I, The Five Books of Moses” concludes the following:

“The other function of this story seems to be to carry out the major theme of Genesis as we have presented it: continuity and discontinuity between generations. What is at stake here is not merely the line of one of the brothers, but the line which (as the biblical audience must have been fully aware) will lead to royalty – King David was a descendant of Peretz of v.29.

“This should not be surprising in a book of origins; we noted the possible mention of Jerusalem in 14:18. Apparently, a popular early theme, connected as we have noted to the power of God in history, continuity/discontinuity is repeated in somewhat similar circumstances in the Book of Ruth (which contains the only other mention of ‘begettings’ outside of Genesis and Numbers 3:1.”

Torah contains many messages – overt, covert, easy or hard to understand, repetitions, redundancies … you name it! Torah is perfect, concise and deliberate, containing NO mistakes! Every word is there for a reason. And the bottom line is, it makes perfect sense for the Yehuda story to have been inserted exactly where it was because of his importance in Bible history … especially in view of the fact that his line would one day produce our divine Messiah!

Please note, one of the keys to the Judah/Tamar/Peretz insertion is found within the short Book of Ruth which took place hundreds of years later, leading us straight to the “hidden” meaning of the Judah/Tamar/Peretz story.

Here’s a quick synopsis gleaned from the mind author Avigdor Bonchek, from his book, “Studying the Torah, A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation”:

The book of Ruth discusses the marriage of Ruth to Boaz and the birth of their son, Oved who is the father of Yeshai, the father of David (Ruth 4:17). The generations of Peretz includes his son Hezron father of Ram, father of Amminadab, father of Nahshon, father of Salmah, father of Boaz, father of Obed,father of Jesse, father of David the King of Israel, “the Messiah” (Ruth 4:18–22).

Bonchek questioned why David’s predecessors are mentioned through Boaz all the way back to Peretz; but not back to Judah, especially in view of the fact that David was of the tribe of Judah! He said, “it suggests that the reason the Book of Ruth highlights Peretz is the same reason that the Book of Genesis ends the Judah/Tamar affair with Peretz’s birth. The point is to lead us to free-associate—Peretz . . .

When we read of David’s genealogy and hear Peretz’s name, we think back to the last significant time Peretz was mentioned, at the conclusion of the Judah/Tamar story. And when we think forward to the Book of Ruth, Peretz’s name becomes associated with the birth of David, and the Messiah! Thus, our midrashic message of God creating the light of the Messiah is clarified.

Don’t be mad at Trump about Jerusalem….

Many seem to be angry at President Trump for acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, to where the US embassy will eventually be moved.. I guess these angry people don't realize that TRUMP is NOT the one who started this; he simply finished what CLINTON began back in 1992! (You can Google it.)

This was accomplished with the stipulation that the US Embassy would move to Jerusalem by 1999. But that didn't happen because Clinton and every President since then has waived that embassy move every six months - until now, when Trump FINALLY went ahead and authorized the move.

I, for one, am GLAD that he did, because it's part of Bible prophecy that ALL nations will go up against Israel. Take a look at this meme:

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Don’t be too angry with the Pope about “The Lord’s Prayer”

Don’t get too upset at the Pope who apparently wants to change “The Lord’s prayer” :

While the Pope definitely does NOT have the right to “change” Scripture”; he is actually correct in that God doesn't "lead” anyone into temptation. Satan does that! Since YHWH gave mankind “free will,” we are free to “fall into temptation” or even to pursue it, which many, unfortunately, do…

The problem actually lies in Bible translations. You see, copyright laws state that every Bible version has to be something like 20 percent different from any other version, and so they all say something different, rendering some meanings useless or too far OFF the mark.

....Which is actually the case with “The Lord’s Prayer.”

You see, the original languages don’t say anything about “leading into temptation.” Check out the Aramaic, which says the following:

Matthew 6:9. Therefore, you pray like this: Our Father in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. 10. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done. As in heaven so on earth.[1] 11 Give us the bread of our need this day. 12. And forgive us our offences as we also have forgiven those who have offended us. 13. And not bring us into trial,[2] but deliver us from the evil one, for Yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Heavens always come before the earth in terms of the creation order, importance and having heaven’s laws rule on earth (Job 38:31-33).

[2] YHWH does not lead His people into “temptation”, but He does test and proves them. Deut. 13:3; Job 1:7-12; James 1:14.

Parashah 9: Vayeshev (He continued living) Genesis 37:1 through 40:23

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah! Yes, it’s that time again – time to get really serious about your Weekly Torah Studies – Halleluyah! A synopsis of this week’s Torah portion can be found on our website.

In last week's Torah portion we saw Ya'akov (renamed Israel) going back to his homeland. By that time he had twelve sons who were to become the twelve tribes of Israel. His father Yitz'chak (Isaac), our second Patriarch, died at the age of 180, and Ya'akov (our third Patriarch) and his twin brother, Esav, buried him.

In this parashah beginning in Genesis 37 we find Israel's (formerly known as Ya'akov/Jacob, Genesis 32:28) son Yosef (Joseph) as an object of jealousy for his brothers who realized that their father loved Yosef more than any of them. After revealing a series of dreams that seemed to indicate Yosef would eventually be their leader in some way, his brothers plotted to kill him - but ultimately sold him to the Goyim (Gentiles) after his oldest brother Reuven insisted they simply throw him into a cistern. Reuven planned on rescuing him later, but the story took a turn when the brothers decided to sell Yosef to a passing caravan which took him on to Egypt.

For more, please read our synopsis and the actual Torah portions and other readings.

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Did Y’shua have two different fathers?

Let’s quickly address the false allegation that Y’shua had two different fathers. Messiah-Deniers attempt to use poor translations of Matthew 1:15-16 and Luke 3:23-24 as supposed "proof".

Matthew 1:15 And Eli'ud begat Elea'zar; and Elea'zar begat Mat'than; and Mat'than begat Jacob; 16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Yehoshuah, who is called Messiah.

Luke 3:23 And Yeshua himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi,

Note how they don't mind using the New Testament "against" us whenever it suits their purposes; but if we try to correct the misunderstanding, they will immediately hide behind "the New Testament is a myth" argument!

The truth is, many have mistaken the genealogy in Matthew as that of Joseph, while the genealogy in Luke is taken as that of Mary. This is backwards! The genealogy in Matthew is of Mary and Luke's is of Joseph, Mary's husband!

Matthew 1:16, does not read "Joseph the husband of Mary" as most poor English translations say; rather it is: "Joseph, the guardian of Mary." What's happening here is that the Greek translators failed to understand the Aramaic "gowra", meaning "guardian" in the context, and instead translated it as "husband", the error of which is simply carried forward in English translations.

This means that the "Joseph" in Matthew 1:16 is the name of the guardian of Mary, not the "Joseph" who became her husband, who simply had the same name! Indeed, if you just keep reading in Matthew 1, Matthew goes on to say: "But Yosip [Joseph], her husband was just and did not desire to expose her, yet he was thinking in secret that he would dismiss her." Even Matthew understood that in verse 19 he needed to clarify that there he was talking about "Joseph", Mary's husband, rather than "Joseph", Mary's guardian whom he was naming in verse 16, son of Jacob!

We need to understand, Yeshua HAD to come from the line of David through Solomon! You see this in Matthew 1:6. But if you insist that the genealogy in Luke is the genealogy of Mary, then you would incorrectly cause the birth line of Yeshua to come from Natan, not Solomon! (See Luke 3:31). But Luke 3:23, is very clear that Luke here is addressing the line of JOSEPH, Mary's husband, of whom Yeshua is rightfully claimed as Joseph's son because Joseph did marry Yeshua's mother!

Anyway, here is one final response to their myriad allegations: A Messiah-Denier on Facebook recently ridiculed Yeshua's comment, "Let the dead bury the dead" in Matthew 8:22. This person insisted He was being "anti-Torah" which "proves" He cannot be THE Messiah....Well, the meaning is perfectly clear for those who understand the whole of the Bible. Yeshua wasn't talking about physically dead people (dead people can't DO anything!); rather, He meant the spiritually dead. If someone is spiritually dead, NOTHING you can say to them will matter, because they don't and can't understand (see 1 Cor. 2:14).

In other words, "leave those people alone and move on. Don't waste your time because they don't want to hear what you have to say. Let the dead bury their dead."

…Which is exactly what we ALL should do whenever challenged by some Yeshua-denier, for anyone who is able to deny Yeshua, never knew him, in the first place

About that “don’t use the Lord’s Name in vain” thing…

Once someone rejects Y'shua, one of the first things they will do is begin to harp about our use of the Name of God. They will even type out the mere title of "God" as "G-d" as a form of respect. Well, fine, but I question why we shouldn't use YHWH's Name or any of His Titles, when we see in Exodus 3 that ADONAI personally gave His Name to Moshe/Moses. Seems to me, if He didn't want anyone to know or use His Name, He would have kept it a secret!

Exodus 3:13-15 Moshe said to God, "Look, when I appear before the people of Isra'el and say to them, 'The God of your ancestors has sent me to you'; and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what am I to tell them?" God said to Moshe, "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh [I am/will be what I am/will be]," and added, "Here is what to say to the people of Isra'el: 'Ehyeh [I Am or I Will Be] has sent me to you.'" God said further to Moshe, "Say this to the people of Isra'el: 'Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh [YHWH/ADONAI], the God of your fathers, the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz'chak and the God of Ya'akov, has sent me to you.'This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation." (CJB)

One woman wrote to tell me "'I am what I am' isn't a name! It's HIS presence!" and another wrote: "Leviticus 22:32 tells us to sanctify his name and to not profane it. Using G-d's holy name cavalierly is Chilul Hashem - a desecration of His name. It shows a lack of respect."

My question is, then WHY do we see Exodus 3:13-15 telling us that YHWH said, "Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh (Yahweh), 'This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation'"?

Has "forever" ended? NO! And that "don't use the Lord's Name in vain" thing refers to attributing something to YHWH that He didn't do or say! It's got nothing to do with NOT using His Name!

If we only refer to Him as "G-d" which is how most Jews refer to our ELOHIM, then in my opinion, we are hiding from the world WHO He is. Exodus 23:2 tell us: "Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of your mouth" which prohibits the use of alternative names and titles that replace the Name of YHWH and His Mashiyach Yeshua; both are absolute.

Whether it's His "Presence" or His Name – He gave it to Moshe to tell to the people of Israel! And then He said: 'This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered generation after generation." If you don't wish to use the Name He gave to Moshe, then don't! It's that simple.

But please do not tell the rest of us that we are "using the Lord's name in vain" whenever we say YHWH! And please don't tell us we can't even write it due to some misapplication of Deuteronomy 12:3-4! Using His "Name in vain" would be assigning something to God that He never said or did. We are not to misrepresent His Character or what He stands for. It's got nothing whatsoever to do with NOT using the Name He gave to Moshe when you are glorifying Him when you use it!

For more on this topic please check out our article about the Name of God, or see Carmen Welker’s video #29.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

You're welcome, PM Netanyahu!


You're welcome, PM Netanyahu! We love you and we love Israel. Halleluyah!  Hang in there.  You know how The Book ends! (Please take two minutes to listen to PM Netanyahu’s speech.) 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Discussion with a counter-missionary

EVERY ONCE IN AWHILE, a counter-missionary will pose some challenges we can't resist. The following conversation was borrowed from the wall of Jason N Lyn, where tons of Yeshua-bashing takes place:

MIRIAM WROTE: Jason was challenging a specific verse in Luke 24, and that is not at all addressed in your response. Where - chapter and verse - is there any reference in the Tanach about the Messiah rising from the dead on the third day, or repentance in his name being preached?

The bigger question is why all his apostles and disciples DIDN'T KNOW this, especially when the gospels says that HE TOLD THEM before his death - just go back a few chapters in Luke 19:33, where they were told, "they [the Gentiles] will scourge him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise."

Let's assume you were told that, back then, and you heard him say that with your own ears. Wouldn't you burn that into your memory so that you knew, and were confident, at the time of his death, that he was going to be resurrected either on the third day or after 3 days and 3 nights (take your pick)? How completely difficult is that to understand or remember when you believe that Jesus is the Messianic King? Even after being told by eye-witnesses that of Jesus was raised from the dead and seen, his 11 apostles chalked it up to OLD WIVES' TALES - "but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them." (Luke 24:11).

My approach, as you probably know, is that the books in the Christian bible are NOT inspired scripture; they have some element of truth mixed in with an unknown amount of fiction. So, for me, Jesus is "off the hook" for anything he is quoted as having said - because he was dead, likely for decades, before the unknown writers of the gospels took up their pens to write contradicting things in his name from their memories.

The "New Testament" needs to be exposed as containing falsehood so that gullible Jews don't, for example, test their faith by drinking poison (Mark 16:18), and so they don't run to a church to get baptized in an effort to stay out of hell. The gospels have a number of threats that say, if you don't believe, you'll be damned, and these threats are lies. There is no commandment to believe that any man is the Messiah when the messianic prophesies remain to be fulfilled.

As Jason said, we gotta watch out for those phony "The bridge is safe" signs. It isn't. It's a slippery slope to idol worship, apostasy, and assimilation.

CARMEN WELKER RESPONDS:

MIRIAM ASKED: “Where - chapter and verse - is there any reference in the Tanach about the Messiah rising from the dead on the third day, or repentance in his name being preached?”

MY RESPONSE: In other words, Miriam is saying: “Show me chapter and verse or I won’t believe it!” The very question presupposes that the answers are elucidated in the Tanakh; yet a complete reading and study of the Tanakh reveals that much of it is not clear at all - about quite a lot!

The counter-missionary crowd is simply abusing the two verses in Luke 24, specifically verses 46 and 47, to claim that “Jesus does not know the Bible” (Jason’s words); when in fact, it is they who clearly don’t know Scripture - or the Messiah! They’ve failed to see that earlier Luke 24:25-27 explains that the proper evidence was revealed to those on the road to Emmaus – it simply was not revealed to “us”!

Consequently no one knows which verses from the Tanakh Yeshua addressed revealing that he would rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance in His name would be preached! Does that mean the verses don’t exist? Of course not. So, what we have to do is turn to the Tanakh with unbiased eyes and ears to see what it reveals. Unfortunately, any two people can read the Tanakh and come away with a divergent understanding. (This is why it took Yeshua to reveal the meaning to those on the road in Luke 24:27!)

Fact is, there are hundreds of messianic prophecies in the Tanakh (Micah 5:2, 6; Zechariah 9:9-10 to cite a couple), and YHWH Himself declared He would be Israel’s salvation (many verses, including Exodus 15:2, Isaiah 45:17, 46:13, etc.); and while some understand “Yeshua” in “salvation”, others don’t see it. So, sadly, there is little agreement on which verses in the Tanakh are Messianic and which are not.

But as to the question, “is there a verse in the Tanakh which suggests the Messiah would die and rise on the 3rd day?” There is, but again, it is up to the reader to see it. Take Hosea 6:1-3:

6:1 “Come, and let us return unto the LORD; for He hath torn, and He will heal us, He hath smitten, and He will bind us up. 2 After two days will He revive us, on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His presence. 3 And let us know, eagerly strive to know the LORD, His going forth is sure as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter rain that watereth the earth.”

Does this specifically mention Yeshua? No. Does it address that there will be a death with a resurrection on the 3rd day? Yes. Does it ask that YHWH will come to them? Yes. (Since YHWH can’t come to them in His form because no one can look upon Him and live (Exodus 33:20), we realize that YHWH must be “seen” in another form.) It is not that hard to see the Messiah in these verses!

See also Isaiah 53:3-5 and Psalm 16:8-10 which include the prophecy of death and resurrection of the Messiah. And for what it’s worth, the author of Acts (accepted as Luke) said in Acts 17:2-3 that Paul went into Synagogues teaching from the Tanakh how the Messiah had to suffer, die and rise again. But here again, we aren’t told which scriptures Paul would have used from the Tanakh prophecies.

And so, what about “repentance in His name being preached?” Again, WE aren’t TOLD which verses Yeshua explained, but there are many in the Tanakh linking YHWH and Yeshua (as savior and mashiyach) of YHWH. Here are a few which can be understood when one realizes how YHWH can be savior:

Hosea 13:4 “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt; and thou knowest no God but Me, and beside Me there is no saviour (moshia).”

Isaiah 43:11 “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour (moshia).”

And here are two sources identifying the Messiah as the Savior: Micah 5:2 & 6; Zechariah 9:9-10.

And in Isaiah 53:1-12 (which, for brevity, I won’t reproduce here), Isaiah reveals details of the Moshia. (Yes, I know the counter-missionaries poo-poo these verses and explain them away but that does not negate what the verses say.)

And Micah 6:6-8 reflects repentance (without using the word) to walk righteously with YHWH.

As Yeshua explained in Luke 24:25, people were foolish and did not comprehend the meaning in the words of the prophets. It should not be surprising that it takes the lifting of blinders for the message to become clear how the Tanakh reveals the Messiah.

By the verses cited here alone, one can conclude that 1) YHWH is the savior, 2) Yeshua is the mechanism, and therefore YHWH and Yeshua are “one”. And wouldn’t you know it, Yeshua actually said that (John 10:30)! When one repents in the name of Yeshua, then they are repenting in the name of YHWH. (Can one repent in the name of YHWH and not Yeshua? Certainly. But since everyone must be redeemed for their individual salvation, and Yeshua is the redeemer, why give up your redemption and only seek forgiveness through repentance?

Repentance, i.e., returning to a state of righteousness through remorse and being forgiven for innocent acts against Torah; and Salvation, i.e., the continual possession of an everlasting life with YHWH through redemption, are two different things. Nowhere in the Tanakh do we find eternal salvation obtained only upon turning from one's sinful behavior through repentance. Eternal salvation in the Tanakh was obtained solely upon turning to YHWH in faith and being redeemed by a blood sacrifice.)

As to the posed “bigger question”, i.e., “why all his apostles and disciples DIDN'T KNOW this, especially when the gospels says that HE TOLD THEM before his death - just go back a few chapters in Luke 19:33 [sic], where they were told, ‘they [the Gentiles] will scourge him and kill him, and on the third day he will rise.’

(The intended verse is Luke 18:33.) This person is complaining that the disciples are portrayed as having not known the Messiah would be killed and rise despite being told, because a later verse (Luke 24:11) describes the disciples as scoffing at the events. Yet Luke 18 goes on to say in the very next verse: “However, they understood none of this; its meaning had been hidden from them, and they had no idea what he was talking about.” (Curious isn’t it. It’s the same situation still today! Meaning remains hidden.)

So: scripture TELLS us that understanding was being hidden from them. Today someone dares complain that the disciples are portrayed later as not knowing? Come on! This is not actually the “bigger question” at all! This is ignorance! Today, the question only surfaces as a result of not understanding scriptures.

We are told several times in the Gospels that the disciples were having difficulty accepting and comprehending what Yeshua was telling them about who He was and what had to happen. (Again, the same situation remains today!) And this person apparently fails to realize that Yeshua later rebuked the disciples for their unbelief and hardness of heart (Mark 16:14).

As to the rest of the comments, they merit no response as they are simply the ramblings of misguided personal opinion from someone who has already decided, and will likely not change....

Responding to a “sneaky” counter-missionary

Below is our final correspondence with a woman who has over the last week written to our website several times in hopes of converting us away from Y'shua. She has been pretending to be in a "seeking" and "questioning" mode, all the while pushing her "OT-only" agenda down our throats. Well, what she clearly failed to realize is that, unlike many, we KNOW Scripture and are no wishy-washy pushovers, blowing in the wind! Unlike many, we are NOT "seeking." We have read the Bible through MANY times, and know what it says and doesn't say, and no amount of Scripture twisting on someone's part is going to sway us!

We are posting this as a warning to others who may be receiving emails or private messages from someone "seeking your help" to clear up their "confusion about Jesus"... Chances are, the "seeker" is a former Christian converted by Jewish counter-missionaries, who is being used to reach as many as possible for the purposes of taking them away from Y'shua and the NT so they will stop pushing the YHWH/Yeshua/Torah Truth and thus "confuse" some Jews who are seeking Messiah.... BE VIGILANT! DON'T FALL FOR THEIR AGENDA!

Hello Susan,

This will be my final correspondence because I don't have time to engage in a daily pen-pal type of situation where you keep cutting and pasting and reiterating the same things - the Paul bashing, the "God has a better plan for the Jews" ideas, etc. It's clear you're not reading my responses or anything on my website. In other words, you're doing your level best to waste my time in hopes of bringing me around to a skewed theology that pushes "separation" and "elitism" and "OT only" ideology.

You are clearly pushing your agenda, which appears to be to tell us Messianic Believers that God has different rules for different people, and that the NT doesn't apply (i.e., you wish me to forget about that "ONE in Messiah" thing AND ignore passages such as Numbers 15:13-16 where YHWH Himself tells us FOUR TIMES IN A ROW that ALL who accept Him are to do the same as HIS people).

You tell me you're busy studying Talmud, when it's clear from the things you've written, that you really don't yet have a good grasp of Torah, Tanakh OR the "New Testament" - and yet you feel qualified to "teach" me everything you know. You've made it abundantly clear that you're all about "the Jews" and their beliefs, yet, you keep insisting you'll "never leave Jesus!" - which makes absolutely NO sense!

I know from 20 years of experience in challenging counter-missionaries, that you WILL leave Him at some point! Everything you've written to me indicates that you either already have, or you're headed in that direction. And if you WERE Christian, then - like most Christians - you never bothered reading the ENTIRE Bible at the pshat level (plain meaning) where you would have understood the simplicity of who God is, what He expects of HIS people (which includes ALL who accept Him as their ELOHIM); and that He gave us a "rest of the story" via the New Testament which reveals WHO His Divine Messiah is, and which perfectly lines up with Torah - which reveals ALL must be Torah observant AND believe in His Divine Messiah who willingly lowered himself to become our Final Sin Sacrifice/Offering.

Clearly you don't believe that, and it's all because you are hooked on the teachings of an Orthodox Rabbi whose goal is to use former Christians against their own kind.

So, this is it. I wish you well, but I'm done. But, here's a final word for you if you truly are a "Christian" as you proclaim: In my 20 years of experience in challenging Jewish counter-missionaries, I can promise you that you WILL reject him, at some point, because you're already hooked into the "Judaism minus Jesus" mindset - which is a HUGE mistake and I pray you would re-read the entire Bible WITHOUT the "help" or advice of your Orthodox Rabbi BEFORE going over that cliff.

That Jewish Rabbi whose teachings you're so in love with - he is just "using you." He will never accept you as a Jew or an equal, no matter how much "converting" you may do! You're his "patsy" - someone who is willing to do exactly what you've done here with me, in your efforts to pretend to be seeking while secretly pushing the "OT-only" ideology down my throat. Scripture doesn't teach "elitism" - it teaches ONE IN MESSIAH, same God, same rules. Please let that sink in!

I wish you well.

Blessings,

Monday, December 4, 2017

Countering MORE “counter-missionary” nonsense!

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We don't believe the words in this screen shot for a second, do you? It's just another of the counter-missionaries' attempts to keep Y'shua out of the picture! WHY would Jacob - after 20-some years - have been fighting his brother, Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of soup, and married pagan women? When Jacob "fought" this entity, he hadn't even seen Esau yet! And HOW could Esau, the mere man be responsible for changing Jacob's name to Israel? No...this fight was with God!

Note verse 24 where "some man wrestled with him until daybreak." As we continue reading, you should have noticed that this couldn't be just any man; it was Yeshua, the arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1) sent in the form of a man to wrestle with Ya'akov!

How do we know this? Please refer back to Genesis 32:3-5 and also Genesis 35:1 where YHWH says: "Get up, go up to Beit-El and live there, and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled 'Esav your brother. (Genesis 32:3-5)"; plus nobody but YHWH has the power to rename someone - especially the man who would end up giving birth to what became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel!

Plus, as we read on, Ya'akov himself says:

Genesis 32: 29 Ya'akov asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he answered, "Why are you asking about my name?" and blessed him there. 30 Ya'akov called the place P'ni-El [face of God], "Because I have seen God face to face, yet my life is spared." 31 As the sun rose upon him he went on past P'ni-El, limping at the hip. 32 This is why, to this day, the people of Isra'el do not eat the thigh muscle that passes along the hip socket - because the man struck Ya'akov's hip at its socket.

This is confirmed in our Haftarah reading in Hosea 12:4-5 (3-4 in some versions):

Hosea 12: 3 "In the womb he took his brother by the heel; in the strength of his manhood he fought with God. 4 Yes, he fought with an angel and won..."

We know from Exodus 33:20 that nobody can look upon God without dying, and so YHWH in His Mercy and Grace, sent His "Son" in His place. If this doesn't bring tears to your eyes....

So here comes that "million dollar question" that is surely on everyone's mind:

"You believe 'the man' that Ya'akov was wrestling was Yeshua, yet in the Hosea reading it refers to Ya'akov wrestling with an angel. Yeshua is higher than the angels in that He is ONE with YHWH and he came from Him, so why would he be called an angel? Angels don't 'forgive' or 'save'...."

One possible answer is: Perhaps Ya'akov didn't have the words to describe exactly "whom" he was fighting and saw the entity as an angel. In the Genesis account, Ya'akov said he saw a "man" and yet called him "my lord"....Hosea is simply describing the event as if it was a spiritual thing. And don't forget that Yeshua comes long AFTER Hosea, so what else is Hosea going to describe Him as, except as an angel?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Some quick facts about “Shabbat”

As another Shabbat comes to an end, I just wanted to make a quick comment about "Shabbat", which is the Fourth Commandment (of the Aseret HaDibrot - Ten Words/Commandments) that YHWH spoke to Israel.

The fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is DALET, the Door - and it just so happens that the Shabbat is a "door" into the Kingdom of Elohim (Matthew 16:19, Isaiah 66:2, Ezekiel 44:24, Zechariah 14:16, etc.).

Interestingly, Y’shua, the Word of the Living Elohim, is ALSO the "Door" or the "Gate" (John 10:9-16). NOBODY comes to the Father except through THAT Door! (John 14:6)

Please remember that Shabbat is "eternal" and not for "the Jews only,” but for ALL Believers (see scriptures such as Numbers 15:13-16). All true disciples of Y’shua are able to enter into YHWH’s Shabbat as the “Bride” of Mashiyach (Messiah) from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset, according to Revelation 21:9; Hosea 2; Jeremiah 17; Isaiah 56; 58; 62; 66; Ezekiel 46; Psalm 92, etc

Friday, December 1, 2017

Parashah 8: Vayislach (He sent) Genesis 32:4 through 36:43

Shabbat shalom, everyone! A synopsis of this week's Torah study can be found on our website. In the previous Torah portion we saw Ya'akov (Jacob) fleeing from his father-in-law Lavan as he heads back to his homeland and his own father. Unfortunately, he still needed to face his twin brother, Esav (Esau), who squandered his his birthright in exchange for a bowl of lentil soup (Genesis 25), and later, getting his father Yitz'chak (Isaac, the second Patriarch) into giving him (Ya'akov) the blessing of the firstborn (Genesis 27).

Please read Genesis 32:4 - 22 to get a feel for Ya'akov's anxiety and frustration about meeting Esav for the first time in more than 20 years.

This week's parashah is exciting on several levels because we get to see YHWH's "grand plan" in birthing Israel as a people and a nation! To see how it all unfolded, please read our synopsis AND the actual Torah portions, etc. mentioned in our article.

Live feed showing Rabid anti-Semitism against the Jews

These anti-Semites in this live video fee who  protesting "the Jews” are completely IGNORANT of Scripture, but yet they're out there "protesting"... LOST, PATHETIC Bible illiterates! Perhaps they would do well to READ the Bible for a change?

"White Supremacists" like to justify their hatred of the Jews because "the Jews killed Jesus." Perhaps they need to ask themselves: Who nailed Him to the cross? It was the Romans! Why was He nailed to the cross? Because He offered Himself up as the FINAL SIN SACRIFICE for all sinners! Why did He agree die? For the SIN OF ALL! If Yeshua hadn't done this, then we would ALL be headed for hell - including the "White Supremacists" who wouldn't even have a "Jesus" if it weren't for "the Jews"....

Let's always remember that Yeshua HAD to die to offer eternal life to the believers of this world. Let's remember that if God hadn't scattered the Jews, then nobody on earth, except tiny Israel would ever have known about YHWH, our Creator! There certainly wouldn't be any "Christians" because - had they never heard of YHWH - they never would have heard about His Son Yeshua who came to die in exchange for our sins!

Let's always remember that God gave us a new (or rather, "renewed" covenant; NOT a new Torah! Covenants can change; YHWH's laws do not!

Let's also remember that the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is the unfolding of YHWH's "Big Picture". HE is God; WE are His Creation. He tells us what to do; our job is to obey. When we obey, we reap God's blessings. When we disobey, we end up with only our big toes dipped in God's "swimming pool" and staying on the sidelines while the TRUE believers who have immersed themselves with Truth are being used to further His ultimate agenda - which is to usher in His Kingdom.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Looking for some holiday gifts? Check out these books!

If you’re in the mood to read a good book, or wish to get one as a gift, why not books with a real message?  I have written several Messianic books covering everything from why we ALL should be Torah observant, to why homosexuality is a sin, to discussing the end times.

Simply visit Be Torah Observant and click on the book or books you want (you can purchase the Kindle versions as well). 

Thank you, in advance and God bless!

- Rabbi Carmen Welker

Saturday, November 25, 2017

What’s the Seventh Day Sabbath really all about?

Many who have found their way to Torah will immediately cling to the false teaching that “Sunday worship” is pagan, and “the church is wrong by having Sunday worship sessions.” They will try to tell you, “Saturday is God’s day of worship; Sunday is not!” Well … that’s not exactly true.

You see, Saturday is YHWH’s Day of REST, not just “worship”; it’s His “weekly date” with us. According to Scripture, we’re supposed to REST on Shabbat (which, on our Gregorian calendars happens to fall on Saturday). And, yes, we are also to worship – but, really, aren’t we supposed to worship Him EVERY day and all the time? (Romans 12:1–2).

Exodus 20:8 "Remember the day, Shabbat, to set it apart for God. 9 You have six days to labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Shabbat for ADONAI your God. On it, you are not to do any kind of work -not you, your son or your daughter, not your male or female slave, not your livestock, and not the foreigner staying with you inside the gates to your property. 11 For in six days, ADONAI made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. This is why ADONAI blessed the day, Shabbat, and separated it for himself. (CJB)

Exodus 31:16 The people of Isra'el are to keep the Shabbat, to observe Shabbat through all their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between me and the people of Isra'el forever; for in six days ADONAI made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day he stopped working and rested.'" (CJB)

Ezekiel 20: 11 I gave them my laws and showed them my rulings; if a person obeys them, he will have life through them. 12 I gave them my shabbats as a sign between me and them, so that they would know that I, ADONAI, am the one who makes them holy. (CJB)

If you want to accuse Christians of something, then accuse them of not RESTING on the Sabbath, and of committing commerce on the Sabbath, which is also forbidden (see Nehemiah 10:28-39). But don’t ever tell them they shouldn’t “worship” on Sunday or any other day…

And for those who attempt to suggest that this Old Testament Jewish stuff doesn’t apply to them because Jesus somehow abolished it, here’s a little history:

No matter who instituted Sunday worship, in Yeshua's time, both Jews and Gentiles alike, regularly attended the synagogue for worship on the seventh day - which, on our Gregorian calendars falls on Saturday), and the fact that interested Gentiles in Antioch requested further instruction of Paul "on the next Sabbath" is irrefutable evidence that no separate Sunday (1st day) meetings were being held there by those early Christians.

The Gentiles were willing to wait an entire week, till the next Saturday, for a meeting because they knew that Paul and his companions did not normally meet for worship on a Sunday. Acts 13:42-44 tells us that, on the next Sabbath (Saturday) almost the whole city arrived for the meeting.

And by the way, some insist that Acts 20:7 reveals “Sunday worship,” but this is not true. Fact is, Jewish believers in Yeshua continued meeting at synagogue (or the Temple) for Sabbath. Common practice would be havdallah - meeting in homes after sundown on Saturday to continue discussions and praise from the Sabbath, which explains Paul "preaching until midnight" in Acts 20:7. The first day of the week for Jews (like Paul) began at sundown at the end of the Sabbath - Saturday evening - not "Sunday."

Furthermore, the SEVENTH DAY Sabbath is a HOLY day! Fact is, neither the Father nor the Son has ever claimed the first day as His own in any higher sense than He has each or any of the other laboring days. Neither of them has ever placed any blessing upon it, or attached any sanctity to it. The Bible tells us God expressly reserved the seventh day to Himself, placing His blessing upon it, and claimed it as His holy day. (Genesis 2:1-3.) Moses told Israel in the wilderness of Sin of the sixth day of the week, "Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto the Lord." (Exodus 16:23)

BOTTOM LINE: There’s not a thing wrong with “worshiping” on Sunday. Christians need to learn that when YHWH says to REST on HIS Sabbath, He means REST! Cease from doing your weekly “stuff”; your income-producing work and anything else that your mind and body needs REST from.

These rules were never meant to be “just for the Jews.” Since we are “one in Messiah” (Galatians 3:28 and Numbers 15:13-16) we are to do exactly as HIS people do! And HIS people (which includes YOU) REST on His WEEKLY and YEARLY Shabbats….

Friday, November 24, 2017

Parashah 7: Vayetze (He went out) Genesis 28:10 through 32:3

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah! Time to unwind, stop working and REST. As always, you can find the weekly Torah portion on our website.

In last week's portion we saw that Ya'akov (the younger of Yitz'chak's twins) bought the birthright from his brother Esav in exchange for a bowl of lentil soup, and then tricked his aging father Yitz'chak into thinking he was Esav so he could also receive the blessing of the firstborn. Thus, Ya'akov became our third Patriarch. AND saw YHWH condoning it!

This week's Torah portion, however, is a true "soap opera" of human behavior as we learn the history of Ya'akov (Jacob), the son of Yitz'chak (Isaac), who - in order to escape the wrath of Esav - was sent to live with his grandfather B'tu'el (his maternal grandfather) and told to choose a wife from the daughters of his Uncle Lavan, Rivkah's brother (who, although he was "family" did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).....

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Photo seen at the "Burning Man" festival in 2017

OUR LOST WORLD TODAY:

This photo was seen at the "Burning Man" festival in 2017 - the annual gathering of folks at the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada (100 miles NNE of Reno), to "express themselves" and basically be stupid. Description: "Burning Man is an annual experiment in temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance." For more, see this web page.

Deuteronomy 32:28 "For they are a nation lacking in counsel, And there is no understanding in them.

Psalm 53:3 Every one of them has turned aside; together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know over what they stumble.

Isaiah 59:7-8 Their feet run to evil, And they hasten to shed innocent blood; Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity, Devastation and destruction are in their highways. They do not know the way of peace, And there is no justice in their tracks; They have made their paths crooked, Whoever treads on them does not know peace.

BOTTOM LINE: If you mess with God, guess who wins!

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This is what our world is coming to….

A new book that promotes transgenderism is receiving accolades from our godless world.  This book promoting transsexuality to toddlers and preschoolers, is about a transgender man and his horse who claims to be a dog, has been published in Sweden.

The articles goes on to descrube that the stars of Hästen & Husse are a man and a horse that lives with him. The man is depicted as a transgender who wears women’s clothing and lipstick when he returns home from work, while the horse is “trans-species” and believes that he is a dog.

Author and university lecturer Susanne Pelger says that she hopes the book will allow toddlers and preschoolers to “be who they want”, SVT reports.

Pelger, who has a PhD in genetics and biology, says she was inspired to write the 32-page picture book after meeting several students at Lund University who had gone through gender transition.

For more, please click on the link above.

Folks, this is just one more sign of the “end times!”  If you are tolerant of, or in any way engaged in things YHWH calls “an abomination” then you have chosen where you will spend eternity.  There is no “gray area” when it comes to God!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A word about trees

Oh my goodness, this passage hit me right between the eyes while I was doing a Bible search on another subject!

Matthew 13:31. He spoke another parable in figure to them and said. The Kingdom of Heaven is likened to a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32. And it is smaller than all the small seeds, but when it grows, it is greater than all the small herbs, and becomes a tree so that the birds of heaven come and nest in its branches. (AENT)

WOW! Even though I've read this passage a gazillion times, what came to me as I read it this morning was that we humans are like that tiny mustard seed. We all have the ability to grow and bloom right where we are planted, and thus become a "tree" where the "birds of heaven" can come to nest.

Trees, no matter what kind or size they are, have their roots firmly planted in the earth (which is their physical sustenance) as they relentlessly strive to grow upward, toward the heavens. They are symbols of life and strength and steadfastness. Children climb them, people admire them; they provide fruit, nuts, homes for certain animals and insects; shade, or simple conversation for old folks sitting on their porch reminiscing.

They've been used to build houses and strong fortresses and boats, wagons, tools and toys.

A tree, through no fault of its own, helped cause the downfall of man (Genesis 3:5-7), but Y'shua died on a tree - and the death of our perfect and sinless Messiah ultimately resulted in the salvation of mankind (Matthew 27, Acts 10:34-39, etc.)....

Monday, November 20, 2017

A book about the most heinous sex crime of all: Pedophelia

With all the sexual harassment allegations making daily headlines, I'd like to remind everyone that I wrote my autobiography, Rags to Rabbi, to expose the most heinous sex crime of all - pedophelia. While my life as a sexually abused baby, child and teenager was heartbreaking, it has a happy ending, thanks to the healing that only God Himself could bring! Here is a quick synopsis, taken from the back of the book (which, by the way, also features suggestions on how to heal from abuse):

This autobiography by author and webmaster, Carmen Welker, is a straight-forward, no-nonsense expose about the ramifications of childhood sexual abuse. Her story, which unfolds chronologically from early childhood on, is one of rejection, abuse and indescribable horrors at the hands of her mother and adoptive father.

Born in post-war Germany near the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, Carmen was given away at birth and lived with a poor but loving foster family until the age of nine, when she was literally ripped from her foster home by her natural mother who had to get Carmen back in order to be able to leave Germany with her new, American soldier husband.

Unbeknownst to Carmen, whose young life had been violently shaken, the real horrors were yet to come, because her new "father"– a respected Army First Sergeant – happened to be a raving pedophile.

Seeking to escape her abusive past, Carmen joined the U.S. Army at age 18 where she ultimately made it to the top in the field of journalism.

Her personal life, however (thanks to haSatan, who ensures that our "baggage" follows us around) never got off the ground.

She was 44 years old before she found YAHWEH, who completely delivered her from the horrors of her past and provided healing from the inside out.

"Rags to Rabbi" reveals the struggle between YAHWEH and Satan in our lives, and shows that there IS healing through faith and obedience!

(My book can be found at Amazon.)

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God is surely NOT happy with “trophy hunting”

“Trophy hunting is the selective hunting of wild game for human recreation. The trophy is the animal or part of the animal kept, and usually displayed, to represent the success of the hunt.” - Wikipedia

You’ve all seen photos of some smiling, kill-happy “hunters” kneeling by their dead giraffe or lion, or some other exotic animal – scenarios that make normal human beings angry and sick to their stomachs. The thing is, we see these “heroes” every once in awhile - proud “game hunters” posing next to their “trophy kill.” Recently, one of these sickos posed next to a giraffe he had just killed – a docile animal that wasn’t bothering anyone, but would certainly look great stuffed and mounted on a wall….

What bothers me is that some have the audacity to use scripture to suggest that “trophy killing” is perfectly fine because “God gave us dominion over animals.”

Well, not so fast! If you’re going to quote the Bible, you had BETTER know what you’re talking about because Scripture doesn’t say one word about “trophy killing!” YHWH gave us the right to kill and EAT – NOT to kill for the sheer joy of killing so you can get your name into the Guiness World Book of Records!

Here’s proof:

In Genesis 6:5-8, we discover that the Fall brought man to new depths. YHWH was sorry that He created mankind and planned to destroy every living thing (which He repeated in verses 17-19):

Genesis 6: 5 ADONAI saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. 6 ADONAI regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart. 7 ADONAI said, "I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them." 8 But Noach found grace in the sight of ADONAI. (CJB)

Now, pay close attention to this: Most children's stories center around the idea that Noah took two of every animal onto the ark. However, Genesis 7:2-4 reveals that He did ordered "two of every kind" of UNCLEAN animal, and "seven of every CLEAN animal!" Why? Well, the answer lies in Genesis 8:17-22. Noah's first act, upon setting foot on dry land, was to sacrifice one of every clean animal. With "clean" animals being sacrificed, it seems that more were needed so that they could survive and reproduce….

In Genesis 9:1-5, we see YHWH making His covenant with Noah, wherein Noah is reminded of the elements of the covenant with Adam - and we discover that this new covenant did not "replace" the old; rather, it augmented it. BUT NOW, we also discover the reason why animals suddenly came to FEAR MAN: Because animals now "became food" for man:

Genesis 9:2 The fear and dread of you will be upon every wild animal, every bird in the air, every creature populating the ground, and all the fish in the sea; they have been handed over to you. 3 Every moving thing that lives will be food for you; just as I gave you green plants before, so now I give you everything - 4 only flesh with its life, which is its blood, you are not to eat. 5 I will certainly demand an accounting for the blood of your lives: I will demand it from every animal and from every human being. I will demand from every human being an accounting for the life of his fellow human being. 6 Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed; for God made human beings in his image." (CJB)

And check this out, as we also discover, to our utter amazement, that YHWH established His covenant not just with MAN but also with the ANIMALS and BIRDS and EVERY LIVING CREATURE!

Genesis 9:9 "As for me - I am herewith establishing my covenant with you, with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you - the birds, the livestock and every wild animal with you, all going out of the ark, every animal on earth. 11 I will establish my covenant with you that never again will all living beings be destroyed by the waters of a flood, and there will never again be a flood to destroy the earth." (CJB)

If animals were of no consequence, then WHY would our Creator have bothered to include them in a covenant? He clearly viewed them as living, breathing beings with the ability to THINK and COMPREHEND and UNDERSTAND! (After all, they are able to live their entire lives outside in the elements, eating, breeding and taking care of their young.)

Take, for instance, the story about Balaam's donkey in Numbers 22, which certainly seems to suggest that animals THINK and have a "sense of self."

In this story we are told that the donkey sees an angel while its master, Balaam, does not. While there is no mention of YHWH "opening the eyes of the donkey to see the angel"; the passage says that Balaam did not see the angel until God opened his eyes. Why? Could this be because animals have a different awareness, or spirit?

Anyone who has ever owned a pet knows they have some special, uncanny "senses" that sometimes leave us wondering, "How did it KNOW?" ... But, obviously, no one can say for sure - except, of course, for YHWH - who cared enough for the animals that they were allowed to enter the post-flood world AND to, in the future, enter the "new heaven and new earth!"

By the way, note that when YHWH "opened the mouth of the donkey", the donkey didn't speak God's words. Instead, it complained of the ill treatment at the hands of Balaam! The donkey let Balaam know in no uncertain terms that it has always been an obedient donkey, and did not deserve to be mistreated! This would seem to allude to the fact that the donkey had "a sense of self".

So, Mr. and Ms. Trophy Hunter – please consider the above the next time you callously take an animal’s life, just to make a name for yourself!

Here are some examples of men proud of their “killing” drive. Even though deer are considered “clean” animals, it is sickening to know that there are people killing for the sheer JOY of killing and getting a trophy! They aren’t hunting to “eat”; they’re hunting to get their names into the Guiness World Book of Records!

Check out this “brave hunter” who, after four years of stalking a 39-point buck, finally managed to “bag him”…  And this “trophy buck” was a 47-point.   And just for good measure, here are tons of photos of “brave hunters” with their “trophy kills.”

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Oh, great, the “pagan police” are out bashing Thanksgiving again….

Okay, the illustrious Hebrew Roots "pagan police" are crawling out of their holes again - this time, to (like every year) bash Thanksgiving. SIGH! No surprise, we're seeing the usual plague of gnat-straining camel-swallowers rising up to insist Thanksgiving is "pagan" and providing all kinds of "historical proof" for their idea that present-day Americans should all be crucified for "taking this land away from the Native Americans."

Fine. Then every modern-day German should be burned alive in mass ovens for what their ancestors did to the Jews.

My goodness. It never ends....

Here's the thing from my perspective. Thanksgiving doesn't masquerade as one of YHWH's Holy Days, and it doesn't cater to the forces of darkness, as does Halloween. So, what's your problem with it?

There is NOTHING wrong with a NATION getting together as a NATION to thank God for what we have, so snap out of it!

A word about the Jacob/Esau saga in this week's Torah study

While the story of Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25-28), seems to make it appear that Jacob is a scheming person who “stole” Esau’s birthright and blessing, it is important to remember that all is not as it seems, when viewed through the Hebrew mindset. We need to recognize that Esau was a very passionate and sensual person (hence, his name which means “red”). He lived in the moment, not caring what the future held; while Jacob, sat in the tent, thinking and planning his future.

To understand the story, we must go back to the beginning of the saga where ADONAI Himself TOLD Rebecca (Rivkah) Isaac’s (Yitz’chak’s) wife, that the older will serve the younger! (As the saga winds down, we see that Mom made sure this would come to pass!)

Genesis 25:20 Yitz'chak was forty years old when he took Rivkah, the daughter of B'tu'el the Arami from Paddan-Aram and sister of Lavan the Arami, to be his wife. 21 Yitz'chak prayed to ADONAI on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. ADONAI heeded his prayer, and Rivkah became pregnant. 22 The children fought with each other inside her so much that she said, "If it's going to be like this, why go on living?" So she went to inquire of ADONAI, 23 who answered her, "There are two nations in your womb. From birth they will be two rival peoples. One of these peoples will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger." (CJB)

We see the babies emerging with the firstborn, very hairy Esau (who seemed to be the stronger and more aggressive of the two), and clasping his heel was his brother Jacob. The story then immediately continues with the boys as adults. Dad, Isaac, favored the firstborn Esau because he was a skilled hunter and had a taste for game (v. 27-28). Mom Rebecca preferred Jacob, the quiet, thoughtful, young man.

What we must understand also is that Esau was a passionate, boisterous womanizer (he took a total of 3 wives (Genesis 26:34 & 28:9), two pagan Caananites and one from the line of Ishmael, who is the forefather of today’s Arab nations), “lived in the moment” and liked instant gratification. Hence – because he was starving one day, he simply sold his birthright when Jacob mentioned it to him….

Here’s what author Avigdor Boncheck asserts in his book, Studying the Torah: A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation, concerning the two issues about how Jacob got the birthright and the blessing:

In adumbrated fashion our story now looks like this:

+ And Jacob made pottage.

+ And Esau came from the field.

+ And Esau said, Let me devour. And Jacob said, Sell me today.

+ And Esau said, Behold I am going to die.

+ And Jacob said, Swear to me today.

+ And he swore and he sold his birthright.

+ Now Jacob had given Esau bread and pottage.

+ And Esau ate and drank and rose and went away.

+ And Esau despised the birthright.

The sense here is that Jacob had already given the food to Esau before their discussion of the birthright and its sale. Needless to say, this is radically different from our first impression of the events of this story. The picture we now get is that when Esau came in from the field and asked to devour the red, red stuff, Jacob gave it to him immediately, with bread and drink to boot.

And while Esau was engrossed in wolfing down his food, Jacob brought up the topic of the birthright and offered to buy it from his brother (for cash, we can assume). Esau couldn’t be bothered with such inanities for he was going to die, in any event. So he cavalierly sold it to Jacob. And thus Esau “despised” his birthright!

With this interpretation, offered by the Hak’tav V’Ha-kabbalah, the question of the morality of the pottage/birthright sale evaporates. Not only had Jacob not taken advantage of the desperate Esau, he had, instead, graciously served him. Only later did they work out a deal about the birthright. The fact that Esau would sell his birthright while under no duress only highlights the last words of our text, “And Esau did despise the birthright.”

The reader might protest that we have prettified the story. But this interpretation, in fact, has told it as it is. The text bears it out. That this jars our accustomed way of understanding the story only highlights the importance of approaching the Torah-text with openness and without preconceived notions. Well, you say, if Jacob was really in the right in this case, what can we say about him deceiving his blind father, Isaac, and stealing the blessing intended for Esau? Ah … but that’s another story!

And here it is:

The biblical story of Esau selling his birthright (Genesis 25:19–34) to his younger brother Jacob for a pot of porridge is proverbial. Several chapters later (chapter 27), we read of Isaac blessing Jacob, who had come in disguised as Esau:

“And the lads grew up; and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a plain man, abiding in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison; but Rebecca loves Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage; and Esau came from the field, and he was faint. And Esau said to Jacob, Let me devour, I pray thee, from this red, red thing, for I am faint: therefore his name is called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day your birthright. And Esau said, Behold I am going to die; and what is this birthright to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he swore to him; and he sold his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentils, and he did eat and drink, and he rose, and went, and Esau despised the birthright.” (Genesis 25:27–34)

The key word in chapter 25 is “birthright” or “firstborn” (both in Hebrew have the same root “bechor”) but it appears only four times. When we cross over (chapters and years) to the culmination of the birthright sale, when Jacob comes to take the fruits of his earlier purchase as Isaac blesses his son (chapter 27), we find the word “firstborn” (or birthright) again.

“. . . And he (Jacob) came to his father and said, My father; and he said, Here I am; who are you, my son? And Jacob said to his father, I am Esau your firstborn; I have done as you have spoken to me: arise, I pray you, sit and eat of my venison, that your soul may bless me. And Isaac said to his son, How is it that you found it so quickly, my son? And he said, Because the Lord God has caused it to happen before me. And Isaac said to Jacob, Step near, I pray you, that I may feel you, my son, whether you are my son Esau himself or not. … And he stepped near, and kissed him, and he smelled the odor of his garments, and blessed him, and said, See, the odor of my son is as the odor of a field which the Lord has blessed. … And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the face of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.

“And he also made savory meats, and brought them to his father, and said to his father, Let my father rise and eat from his son’s venison, that your soul may bless me. And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, the firstborn, Esau. And Isaac trembled with an exceedingly great trembling, and said, Who then is he that has hunted venison and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? Yea, and he shall be blessed. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and exceedingly bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, even me also, O my father. And he said, Your brother came subtly, and has taken your blessing. And he said, Is it because he was called Jacob that he has supplanted me these two times? he took my birthright and, behold, now he has taken my blessing.” (Genesis 27:18–36)

Here the code word in Hebrew, bechor, is repeated three times. The “Seven Key”[*] clues us in to the connection between the two events: four plus three equals seven. Jacob receiving his father’s blessing as a grown man is the ineluctable denouement of the childhood barter between the rash, impetuous Esau and the farsighted Jacob.

[*] In numerous passages throughout the Torah, we find that individual words or word combinations are repeated in patterns of seven or multiples of seven. This is done with an encompassing consistency and a fascinating ingenuity. The Seven Code can be found in every one of the five Books of Moses.

(You can learn more in Avigdor Boncheck’s book, Studying the Torah: A Guide to In-Depth Interpretation.)

Friday, November 17, 2017

This week’s Torah study–Parsha 6

Shabbat shalom, everyone.  Click here for a synopsis of this week’s teaching (Parsha 6).  This week we learn the history of Yitz'chak (Isaac), Avraham's son - and discover that YHWH doesn't choose those who believe themselves to be qualified; but rather, He qualifies the chosen....

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A word about “X-Mas”

Brothers and sisters, even though I don't "do" Christmas because it's not a biblical holy day, it always pains me to see people writing "Christmas" as "X-mas". When you do that, you take the Messiah completely out of the equation!

... Which, in a way, is what "Christmas" is, anyway - a man-made holiday that seems to be all about "us" and buying and going into senseless debt. Christ is usually nowhere in sight. The stores are all about their sales; and most households seem to be all about giving presents to each other. Messiah Y'shua is the last thing on anybody's mind.

I don't say this maliciously; that's just the way it is. Some people don't even go to church (much less, do their own Bible studies), except on "X-mas Eve." How hypocritical is that?

Nobody seems realize that our Messiah wasn't even born in December, or that nothing says we're to celebrate his birth, at all. Nobody seems to realize that sheep are NOT in the fields in December, or that "the three Wise Men" didn't give presents to each other; they came to give them to the baby Messiah. (And truth be told, they weren't even there in time for his birth.)

Oh! And, let's not forget "Santa" - who has NOTHING whatsoever to do with X's birth, or that he's the first LIE we tell to our children. (Isn't lying a sin, no matter how it's cloaked?)

It's not even Thanksgiving, but yet, "X-mas" lights are up and stores are playing "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire " -
all just ploys to get YOU to part with your money. Old "X" himself is nowhere in sight....

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Be careful about all the various Internet “teachings”….

Be careful about what you see, read or hear! Many "ear-tickling" teachings are concocted by those who don't necessarily know what they're talking about. They "hear" or "read" something, then put their own twist on it - and, suddenly, it becomes "doctrine."

For instance, there's a "teaching" on the Internet that suggests YHWH's Name supposedly means "Behold hand, behold nail" - and they post the attached meme to "prove" it.

According to Hebrew and Aramaic scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth, the "Behold the Hand Behold the Nail" assertion is not really about YHWH; but rather, it is symbolism and meanings that some Paleo folks think is hidden in the arrangement of the letters.

The VAV/WAW means "hook, hang, nail" - and in the ancient Hebrew form it actually looks kind of like a nail and the reference to it is made in the Torah, where a hook or nail in the Tabernacle is called VAV.

"Yahweh" however, is THIRD person whereas "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh" (I am that I am) is FIRST person. The latter is what Yahweh calls HIMSELF; the former is what we are supposed to call Him, as it parses out to "Yah Who is" or "Yah, He Who exists".

But the third person Name (Yahweh) is on another level "targummed/understood" as referring to the other Name; hence, "I am that I am" when the other Name is linked to it.

Poster_behold nail

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

What a sick, sick society we live in!

What a sick, liberal society we live in, when someone like Kaepernick can make the cover of GQ and be considered "an inspiration."  Someone who “makes a statement” by stepping on our flag and our veterans – the very people who fought and died for our freedoms.  The Kaepernicks of this world are nothing but rich, spoiled-rotten, liberal loudmouths who push the idea of rioting to get their way. 

Unfortunately, many brain-dead types who blame everyone else for their self-made problems, are ready, willing and able to jump on Kaepernick’s bandwagon.

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)

So, what can we do about it?

Keep clinging to the TRUTH and never allow “the world” to steal our morals or our shalom. We must continue to  "keep on keeping on", enduring until the end because the same will be saved (Matt 24:13).

BOYCOTT THE NFL!  Let them get a real job, like the rest of us!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Are African Americans the original Hebrews?

READER COMMENT:

Hello,

I recently ran into a group of men who claim that African Americans were/are the original Hebrews. That Jesus skin color was black as well as everyone in the old testament. I simply told them, that's not so. Miriam was punished by Almighty God for mocking Moses Ethiopian wife who was dark skinned.

What does Refiner's Fire say about this fallacy?

OUR RESPONSE:

In short:  Nonsense.

Since the first "Hebrew" (meaning "to cross over") mentioned in scripture was Avram, a Caldean from the middle east, it is folly for anyone except extremely biased, arrogant, and opinionated people to say they were "black"!  Further, since Avram was the ancestor of all the 12 tribes, which were subsequently scattered, it is additional folly to argue a "black" origin! All peoples on earth today descended from Noah's three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth, as recorded in Genesis 10.  To argue a "skin color" today, and claim they are the original Hebrews is the epitome of folly!

Writing to The Refiner’s Fire

We believe The Refiner’s Fire is one of the few on-line ministries that will actually take time to answer questions from our readers.  We take pride in providing Biblically-based and defended answers to legitimate questions and try to answer them all.  (It is our observation that not many ministries do that – and, by the way, we don’t ever ask for a dime...)

Unfortunately, we have found that when we answer, a large number of correspondents suddenly seem to believe we are “their new best-friend,” and begin barrage us with endless additional questions! Inevitably, we will begin to realize that the person doesn’t have a good grasp of Scripture at all, and we may be wasting our time doing research and providing answers to someone who doesn’t really understand our responses. When that happens, we usually come right out and ask: “Have you read the Bible cover-to-cover (Genesis to Revelation)?”  And “If so, how many times?”

The reason we ask is this:

Many ask questions about Scripture, having only preconceived ideas from what they’ve “heard”. They’ve either never read the Bible, or read only snippets here and there; yet they feel qualified to inundate us with tons of questions – many of which take a lot of time to research … which then prompts more questions.  Once we figure out that they really don’t know much about the Bible, we will ask them to discuss the novel, “War and Peace” with us – to which they reply that they can’t, because they’ve never read it.  “Okay,” we reply, “you’ve never read the Bible, either, so why are you posing all these questions for us to research?”

Somehow, it seems the Bible is a “free-for-all” that can be picked apart by those with absolutely NO knowledge of Scripture, but they don’t hesitate to argue their opinion on it, regardless.  It can be quite maddening! 

So, why would we ask “how many times” someone has read the whole Bible?  Because it’s critically important!  First of all, if someone has never read the Bible, or only picked through a few verses, they are wasting our time.  And reading through the whole Bible only one time can only leave one with many (seriously: MANY) unanswered questions.  It’s no secret that each time you read through, you’ll gain a bit more understanding.  In fact, we at The Refiner’s Fire  continue to read through scripture year after year, even though we have done so many times already.  There is so much to learn!  Everyone who claims to be a Believer should do this.

Christians are, unfortunately, the worst. They often quote a scripture, out of context, from the New Testament; and attempt to tell us what it means (because they’re challenging us concerning the NT); or they’ll ask what we think it means, and then become belligerent when we refer to the proper understanding drawn from the Tanakh (Old Testament) to clarify why their preconceived (i.e., erred) understanding was incorrect. 

But here is a fact to any and all people, including Christians:  If you have NOT read the Tanakh, then you simply don’t understand the New Testament.  You can’t understand the New Testament UNTIL you’ve studied the “Old Testament.” Period! It simply is not possible to understand the New Testament without the foundation of the Torah!

Jews, on the other hand, hardly bother to write to us, but those who have rejected Jesus and joined other “counter-missionaries” in their attempts to bash Jesus and the New Testament, certainly do!  And they do exactly as Christians do:  Twist Scripture to suit their own purposes, and challenge us to prove them wrong.  Well, it’s easy to allow Scripture to explain Scripture – but whenever someone’s heart is set on trying to force Scripture to line up according to their present understanding, there’s really nothing much you can say.  It’s fruitless to argue with someone whose mind is made up.

That being said, while we DO appreciate your correspondence, we would ask you to be aware that sometimes our answer may not be what you were expecting. If it’s not, please don’t hound us to death about it.  A couple of emails will suffice.  In the end, if you don’t agree with our response, let it go.  

In the meantime we would ask that people start taking responsibility for their own spiritual growth by studying the Word on their own.  Get into Scripture for yourself so you can KNOW what it says or doesn’t say.  That way, you will at least be able to come from a knowledgeable viewpoint, and not waste anyone’s time with frivolous questions.

Be careful how you depict Jesus in paintings!

Every once in a while on Facebook, I see someone's drawing or meme depicting Jesus hugging some woman in a very intimate way - and I cringe because that is NOT what the actual Y'shua would have done! Y'shua, a Jewish Rabbi, the Divine Son of YHWH, would never have touched a woman in a sensual way because in the Orthodox Jewish culture the behavior is strictly prohibited.

I especially dislike pictures depicting the "wedding feast" where Mashyiach is hugging his "female bride" – because, while "we" ARE metaphorically his "bride", the "wedding" has absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with sex or intimate, bodily contact. It won’t be a free-for-all orgy; it will simply be a joyous gathering together of YHWH’s people who, by that time, will have received their “new, heavenly bodies” (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 and Revelation 21:1-4) which have no use for sex or procreation.

Matthew 22: 30. For in the resurrection of the dead, men do not marry women, nor are women given to husbands. Rather, they are as the Messengers (angels) of Elohim in Heaven. (AENT)

Being intimate in the way we humans think of intimacy, is NOT what YHWH is all about. I don’t care how “beautiful” the paintings or memes of the “wedding” (or any other “picture” depicting a loving Jesus hugging some woman) might be; it’s offensive to think that Y’shua will be fondling women (or men, who are also part of the “bride”) when he returns as the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5)!

Deuteronomy 4: 15 "Therefore, watch out for yourselves! Since you did not see a shape of any kind on the day ADONAI spoke to you in Horev from the fire, 16 do not become corrupt and make yourselves a carved image having the shape of any figure - not a representation of a human being, male or female, 17 or a representation of any animal on earth, or a representation of any bird that flies in the air, 18 or a representation of anything that creeps along on the ground, or a representation of any fish in the water below the shoreline. (CJB)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A mini-lesson on the arrogance of man

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

The most recent Hollywood sex scandals reveal that Scripture is absolutely correct about man’s “fallen nature,” and how secrets always have a way of coming out. Although it took decades for some of the secrets to come to light, we suddenly see an avalanche of filth coming out of the closets of Hollywood’s “elite” – those whom America has idolized to the point where we've even allowed these hooligans to influence our political decisions.

Daniel 2:22 He reveals deep and secret things; he knows what lies in the darkness; and light dwells with him. (CJB)

Luke 8:17. For there is not anything that is hidden that will not be revealed, nor that which is concealed that will not be known and come out openly. (AENT)

Luke 12:2 And whatever is concealed shall be revealed, and whatever is hidden shall be known. 3 So, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms shall be proclaimed on the house-tops. (ISR)

Throughout history we’ve seen empires crumble and powerful, decadent people brought to their knees. Scripture makes no secret about the fact that ALL the arrogant will be brought down, in the end. No one can hide!

Psalm 46:6 The gentiles shall rage, Reigns shall topple; He shall give forth His voice, The earth melts. 7 יהוה of hosts is with us; The Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ is our refuge. Selah. 8 Come, see the works of יהוה, The ruins He has wrought on the earth, 9 Causing all fighting to cease, Unto the end of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariot with fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am Elohim; I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth! 11 יהוה of hosts is with us; The Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ is our refuge. Selah. (ISR)

Isaiah 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, the pride of men shall be bowed down, and יהוה alone shall be exalted in that day. :12 For יהוה of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up, so that it is brought low; 13 and against all the cedars of Leḇanon that are high and lifted up, and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14 and against all the high mountains, and against all the hills that are lifted up; 15 and against every lofty tower, and against every strong wall; 16 and against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the desirable craft. 17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the pride of men shall be brought low. And יהוה alone shall be exalted in that day, 18 and the idols completely pass away. (ISR)

We cannot fool YHWH! He knows our hearts. He knows those who are truly His – and “His” refers to the humble, meek and broken; those who live by His Divine Instructions because they have realized that the ONLY way to live a proper and fulfilling life on earth is to become a holy/set apart servant of YHWH …

Take a look at this awesome parable which perfectly illustrates that truth:

Luke 18:9 And He also spoke this parable to some who relied on themselves that they were righteous, and looking down on others: 10 “Two men went up to the Set-apart Place to pray – the one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.:11 “The Pharisee stood and began to pray with himself this way, ‘Elohim, I thank You that I am not like the rest of men, swindlers, unrighteous, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. 12 ‘I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I possess.’ 13 “But the tax collector standing at a distance would not even raise his eyes to the heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, ‘Elohim, show favour unto me, a sinner!’ 14 “I say to you, this man went down to his house declared right, rather than the other. For everyone who is exalting himself shall be humbled, and he who is humbling himself shall be exalted.” (ISR)

YHWH isn’t looking for perfection. He isn’t looking for those who view themselves holy in their own eyes. He is looking for those who are willing to drop their silly, human pride and recognize that "they” are NOT in charge of anything except their God-given free will which allows them the choice to do things according to HIS Holy Ways … or not.

The following scriptures illustrate what happens to those whose lives are centered on "the ways of the world":

Isaiah 13:11 And I shall punish the world for its evil, and the wrong for their crookedness, and shall put an end to the arrogance of the proud, and lay low the pride of the ruthless. 12 “I shall make mortal man scarcer than fine gold, and mankind scarcer than the gold of Ophir. 13 “So I shall make the heavens tremble, and the earth shall shake from her place, in the wrath of יהוה of hosts and in the day of the heat of His displeasure. (ISR)

Galatians 5: 19. For you know the works of the flesh, which are these: adultery, impurity and lasciviousness, 20. idolatry, witchcraft, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, stubbornness, treacheries, heresies, 21. Envy, murder, drunkenness, revelry and all like things. Those who do things like these, they will not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim. (AENT)

Galatians 6: 7. Do not deceive yourselves, as Elohim is not deceived; for what the sons of men sow, they will also reap. 8. That which is from the flesh, sowed from the flesh, reaps corruption. But for those who are sown in the Spirit, from the Spirit eternal life is given. (AENT)

The Apostle Paul summed it up thusly:

Romans 12:1. I plead to you, therefore, my brothers, by the mercies of Elohim, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, Set Apart and acceptable to Elohim by a rational service (of him). 2. And be not conformed to this world; but be you transformed by the renovation of your minds: and discern you what is the good and acceptable and perfect pleasure of Elohim. 3. And, by the grace given to me, I say to you all: Do not carry thoughts beyond what you should think; but think with modesty, as Elohim has distributed to each one his measure of faith. (AENT)

My prayer for all who are reading this little teaching is that you would choose to follow YHWH and not the world whose sinful pleasures will eventually reap carnal rewards with a less than desirable ending…. Let what is happening right now in Hollywood be a lesson for you! There will be NO sinners in Heaven!