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
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 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.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
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
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?
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!
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.
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
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!
Friday, November 10, 2017
Shabbat shalom, everyone. A synopsis of this week’s Torah portion can be found on our website. In this week's lesson we discover that Sarah has died and that Avraham - our first Patriarch, whom YHWH has blessed greatly for his obedience in becoming a "Hebrew" (which means, "to cross over") - is actually the first person we know of in the Torah to bury anyone.
We are told that he purchased a grave site from "the sons of Het" to bury Sarah's remains - and a huge deal was made out of his insistence that he buy the land, instead of accepting it as a gift. (Please note, although YHWH promised Avraham that all the land he walked over during his lifetime would be given to him and to his descendants forever (Genesis 15:18), by the end of his life Avraham owned only one small field at Hebron - a transaction that was recorded in Genesis 23. For more, please click on the link above!
Thursday, November 9, 2017
The answer to the question posed in this meme is this:
Individual sins can be forgiven by repentance and prayer. But saying "Torah does not require a blood sacrifice for forgiveness of sins" is, by itself, not an accurate statement!
The blood sacrifice made by the Levite Priest at the Temple, was the guarantee of everlasting life! Leviticus 17:11 makes this abundantly clear! "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have assigned it to you for making expiation for your lives upon the altar; it is the blood, as life, that effects expiation." (JPS Tanakh). Let's examine this verse a moment because its significance is lost in the English:
While the word "life" is used in the verse a total of three times, the actual Hebrew word in the verse is "nephesh" - more properly translated as "soul" rather than "life". The English word "life" does not convey an accurate meaning of nephesh. Actually, the English word "soul" does not convey a proper understanding either, but a more accurate English translation might be: "For the soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I have assigned it to you for making expiation for your souls upon the altar; it is the blood, that effects expiation of the soul."
That is pretty clear! One "nephesh" is given for another "nephesh". The reason blood sacrifices were specifically called for, was not just that "they forgave sins"; rather, it assured your place in the Kingdom! This was the special significance of the blood sacrifice, because it is about the soul not the sin! The blood from the animal, carrying the nephesh, ceremonially splashed on the altar, substituted for your nephesh/soul and made you "whole" again, so you could be considered worthy of being with YHWH after you physically die.
Otherwise, you are nothing but a filthy body, not worthy of being in the presence of YHWH. In a minute you will see that this verse in Leviticus 17 is very important because it demonstrates that the substitution saves the soul, the nephesh, and prevents it from dying!
For more, see our website's article.
A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.
The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while."
Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, And some days you're the statue.
* Always keep your words soft and sweet, Just in case you have to eat them.
* Always wear stuff that will make you look good If you die in the middle of it.
* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be "recalled" by their maker.
* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.
* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
* When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
* We could learn a lot from crayons... Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Suggestions for new Torah observers on how to handle their “unbelieving” family during the upcoming holidays
Every year around this time, we get new Torah observant believers writing to our website to ask for suggestions on how to handle their “unbelieving” families during the holiday season. My husband and I always cringe whenever we see these questions because, in all honesty, it varies from family to family. Some slide into it very easily, while for others, it’s the start of World War III. We have known some who actually ended up divorced because their spouses refused to accept the idea of Torah observance!
It’s hard, folks. And the bottom line is, you can’t just force Torah on someone who doesn’t “get it.” All you can do is be as loving and gentle as possible, while at the same time consistently continuing your own Torah walk. Chances are, your spouse/family is going to take a long time to “come around.” Some never accept it….
If you have a spouse, family members or relatives who believe you’ve “put yourself back under the law,” then all you can really do when the Christmas (or Easter) holidays come around is to tread lightly, while remaining firm in your belief and gently explaining why you don’t wish to participate - all while allowing them the leeway to bring that Christmas tree in and buying presents.
First, and foremost, you MUST remember that, just because you found your way to Torah, it does not give you the right to become a raging dictator who makes "overnight" changes. The change in your home has to happen gradually. If you suddenly forbid Christmas at your house and scream bloody murder at the thought of them bringing in a tree to decorate, you may risk losing your family!
On the other hand, don't be a "shrinking violet," either. Go ahead and explain that "Christmas" is NOT the birth of our Savior and that "Santa Claus" has nothing, whatsoever to do with his birth. If someone suggests that "it's just fun for the kids," and "it doesn't matter when we celebrate the birth, as long as we celebrate it," then ask if they've ever seen "Santa and his reindeer" in a "manger scene"; and whether or not it would be okay if, from now on, if the family celebrates their own birthdays on some day other than on the day they were born... Chances are, this will initiate some conversation....
But yes, by all means, let them do Christmas - especially if you have young children, because they won’t understand your sudden aversion toward this man-made, gift-giving, debt-creating holiday. When the holidays are over, have a family gathering to educate them on God’s commanded Holy Days, explaining that Christmas and Easter are not biblical and have nothing, whatsoever to do with the birth or death of Jesus. Explain that Jesus was born on the first day of Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles, and circumcised on the 8th day (see Luke 2:21-23); and he died and rose on the High Holy Days of Passover (1 Cor 5:7 and 1 Cor 15:20-23).
This year Hanukah starts at sunset, December 12 and ends at sunset, December 20th, so, buy or make a Hanukiah (9-branch candle holder) and “do” Hanukah in your home. (Hanukah normally falls around, or within a few weeks of "Christmas" though the holiday is not related to Christmas in any way.) Explain that, while it’s not one of the seven Biblical feasts, it is a remembrance of the victory of a small band of Jews over the occupying army of Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus, who came to power in 175 B.C.E. forbade the Jews to practice their religion, and desecrated their Temple....
If you have young children, give them a little surprise gift throughout the Hanukah week (doesn't have to be much, just a little something - candy, cookies, a little toy, books or whatever) and simply use this time as a teaching tool about God and His Appointed times.
You could read the story of Hanukah to them on the first night while letting them help you light the candles. (Here's our shortened version, if you like: https: About Hanukah. We also feature a short article explaining the difference between the "daily" menorah and the Hanukah menorah. Also, check out our longer version of how to handle your family during the holidays.)
May YHWH be with you and your family as you attempt to make it through these upcoming holidays in a way that will be edifying for everyone! And may your whole family eventually come to realize the importance of the "echad-ness" of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah.
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20, 24 KJVA)
I recently saw the above on the wall of a Y’shua rejecter and thought of several ways this applies to many of today’s supposed “believers”:
- WOE to those who twist Scripture to suit their own purposes and dare speak against YHWH’s Divine Messiah, Y’shua!
- WOE to those who twist the Word to try to force it to line up with their own theology and ideas about God – which they then try to pass off as Truth.
- WOE to those who have never actually read the Bible, but are here on Facebook, picking up all sorts of “ear-tickling” things from others - which they then use in their attempts to “teach and preach” with authority ….
- WOE to those who proclaim to be Believers, yet see nothing wrong with cussing, telling dirty jokes, committing adultery, lying, cheating, being verbally or physically abusive; or engaging in sexual perversion of any kind.
- WOE to those pretending to be Bible scholars and “pastors” etc., when they’ve never even read the Bible through one time; let alone, taken any classes to expand their Bible knowledge. (Many today seem to think THEY have the knowledge, experience and authority to teach themselves when it comes to Scripture. Unfortunately, they often don’t have the proper education, discernment or understanding to be able to accurately dissect the Word. No matter how much they try to convince you that they’ve “done their own research,” the fact of the matter is, much of their “knowledge” comes from what they gleaned from Facebook and other self-proclaimed Internet “scholars”.)
- WOE to anyone “talking the talk” but never bothering to actually “walk the walk.”
What a stupid, liberal society we live in! I hope Bergdahl doesn't get any POW medal, because he is a TRAITOR who PUT HIMSELF into that situation by deserting!!! He deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison!
Some soldiers were seriously hurt while they were out hunting for him when he deserted. I don't care how much he has apologized, he needs to be punished, not molly-coddled! Giving him a POW medal will only serve to pour salt in the wounds of not only those who were hurt and maimed because of him, but it's a slap in the face of all those who have served HONORABLY!
What's really sickening is that this little weasel will probably get a book and movie deal out of this!
Monday, November 6, 2017
When asked if he was an “atheist” in an interview in 1982, Asimov replied:
“I am an atheist, out and out. It took me a long time to say it. I've been an atheist for years and years, but somehow I felt it was intellectually unrespectable to say one was an atheist, because it assumed knowledge that one didn't have. Somehow it was better to say one was a humanist or an agnostic. I finally decided that I'm a creature of emotion as well as of reason. Emotionally I am an atheist. I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”
“I don't have the evidence to prove that God doesn't exist, but I so strongly suspect he doesn't that I don't want to waste my time.”
How sad that an educated, otherwise well-rounded intellect would be willing to make such an ignorant statement! It makes one wonder whether or not he “believed” in wind, because you can’t “see” it. You can feel it, you can hear it rustling through the trees, and you can see leaves trembling in a breeze, etc., but you can’t SEE wind. Therefore, “wind” must not exist…
Asimov admitted he didn’t have the evidence to prove that God doesn’t exit, yet he chose to go with his “gut feeling” that it wasn’t worth his time - which reveals unbelievable arrogance on his part, because he was, in reality, too dense to recognize the “Master Engineer” of a well-oiled universe where everything works in perfect tandem.
If Asimov were alive today, I would have this to say to him: “If there is the 100 gazillion in 1 chance that this universe is a result of something akin to the "big bang" theory, then there must also be a respective equal chance that there exists a God who created it. As each probability is evaluated, we would surely see that the evidence is in more favor of a Master Engineer being responsible for Creation, rather than dice rolling "lucky seven" a gazillion times in a row”….
Asimov said about religious education:
"I would not be satisfied to have my kids choose to be religious without trying to argue them out of it, just as I would not be satisfied to have them decide to smoke regularly or engage in any other practice I consider detrimental to mind or body."
How is the idea of a Creator “detrimental to the mind or body”? What a ludicrous and disgusting statement! In other words what this “genius” was saying was, “I control my children and their every thought, and I insist they believe what I believe because, unless they believe what I believe, they’ll get sick.”
In his last volume of autobiography, Asimov wrote,
“If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words. I think he would prefer an honest and righteous atheist to a TV preacher whose every word is God, God, God, and whose every deed is foul, foul, foul.”
That last sentence is ironically, almost correct. “Almost” in that there is no such thing as a “righteous atheist.” YHWH made the Rules for holy living, and unless an atheist follows those Rules, he isn’t righteous! Period.
And yes, God DOESN’T like money-grubbing, hypocritical preachers who wouldn’t know The Word if they fell on it. Those preachers don’t belong to Him. But, judging from what one can see throughout Scripture, God ALSO couldn’t care less about atheists. He once wiped out the entire world by flood - a world that was busy ignoring Him!
“If I were not an atheist, I would believe in a God who would choose to save people on the basis of the totality of their lives and not the pattern of their words….”
Well, how lucky for Asimov that God gave him a brain with which to THINK and CHOOSE “what” to believe! Yes, we ARE free to “believe” in whatever “god” we wish – but that doesn’t negate the fact that YHWH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is THE CREATOR and everything else is make-believe!
According to Scripture (Genesis 1) YHWH made the universe and everything in it, including human life. He set some Divine Rules for humans to follow – and if those rules are followed by those who know and “believe” in Him, they get to have eternal life. Everyone else gets to be worm fodder – a thing Asimov will discover when he is awakened on Judgment Day, long enough to find out just how badly he messed up by thinking he was smarter that the One who made him!
YHWH gave us all free will … the free will to “believe” in Him and do HIS will … or not.
I used to love to read Asimov before I became a Believer. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t helped to make this atheist rich – but then, at least I helped to make his brief earthly life a happy one and I hope he enjoyed it while it lasted because, for Asimov, that was it; his life was just a tiny blip in eternity. He is dead and gone.
YHWH is still here, and will be forever.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
This lunacy has obviously become the norm in the United States. If some nutcase isn't shooting people, then they're knifing them or mowing them down with cars or trucks. This is just another sign of the end times! Scripture warns us that people would be out of control! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/several-casualties-reported-texas-church-shooting-n817751
Jude 1:18-19 “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions. It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit.”
Matthew 24:21-22 “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”
Matthew 24:10-12 “And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.”
Those who mock YHWH are in for a RUDE awakening!
Isaiah 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil And the wicked for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! It will go badly with him, For what he deserves will be done to him.
Psalm 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
So, what can we do about the evil that walks among us right now? Pray for YHWH to keep His people safe. Continue to pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. (Romans 14:19) and "keep on keeping on" - stand strong against ALL evil, enduring until the end because the same will be saved (Matt 24:13).
Time to stop kidding ourselves when it comes to Muslims and Islam! While most Muslims are peace-loving people just like you and me, there are the lunatics who take that devilish Koran seriously .. Yes, that entity that commands everyone to “kill the infidel.” And make no mistake, as evidenced by the latest attack in New York by a MUSLIM, they ARE being allowed to enter our country! Let me tell you a little story:
I've been watching this influx of Muslims happening in Europe for at least 45 years. I was born and raised in Germany for the first ten years of my life, until my mother married an American and moved us to the US.in 1960. I joined the US Army in 1969 and was stationed in Germany from '73 - 76. And WHOAH! - Muslims were everywhere! No biggie, I thought. They were just looking for a better life.
Got stationed in Stuttgart in '78-80. MORE Muslims. Hmm...Looked like Germany was being overrun.....Oh well. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder why they didn't bother to assimilate into German society....
Got stationed in Heidelberg from '85-Dec. 89. WOW! Even as a "unsaved" person at the time, I could tell SOMETHING was going on. No clue as to what, though. No assimilation on their part to be seen... As a matter of fact, they seemed to HATE everybody who wasn’t Muslim.
Got "saved" in January 1995. Married my “forever” husband in 2000. In 2001 we had our European honeymoon, and the truth of this endless Muslim “invasion” FINALLY hit me when I discovered that Muslims had even started invading my tiny little hometown, population 8.000! They were everywhere, glaring at any non-Muslims. The men looked mean, the women looked unhappy, and the kids were being trained up as typical Muslim, with the little boys bullying the little girls:
Yes - this was a Muslim invasion into Europe! NO DOUBT about it!
Muslims in Europe are very unfriendly, giving "dagger-eyes" to everyone who isn't Muslim. My cousin, Uschi, recently told me that these days in her hometown of Dortmund, Muslim youths were shoving old German ladies off the sidewalks if they dared come out at night. She said Muslims are out of control, buying up old churches to use as mosques so all of Dortmund can hear their daily prayers! They've even managed to weasel their way into the government leadership!
Stupid, stupid Germany! Did anybody ever notice? Naaah! So, guess what, Liberal America! You need to wake up because the same thing is going to happen in the United States! Mark my words. Their plan is to one day be in every city and town on earth so they can all gang up at once and hold knives to everyone’s throat, uttering the words, “Convert of Die!”
America - so tolerant and blind. While blind Believers are busy trying to tell the world that the Pope is the Antichrist and the cause of the world's problems, Muslims are creeping into the back door getting ready for jihad and giving you the choice to "convert or die!"
Revelation 20:4 tells us that believers will be BEHEADED for their belief. Not shot, stabbed or hanged, but BEHEADED! Who are the ONLY people today who still behead? MUSLIMS!
Saturday, November 4, 2017
One wonders why YHWH "tested" Avraham in Genesis 22 when He commanded him to "sacrifice" Isaac. Well, the answer can actually be found as far back as Genesis 15, where we see our first Patriarch complaining to YHWH that he had no heirs to pass an inheritance on to - and YHWH TOLD him he would one day have a child of his own. But neither Avraham nor Sarah believed it! Take a look:
Genesis 15: 1 Some time later the word of ADONAI came to Avram in a vision: "Don't be afraid, Avram. I am your protector; your reward will be very great." 2 Avram replied, "ADONAI, God, what good will your gifts be to me if I continue childless; and Eli'ezer from Dammesek inherits my possessions? 3 You haven't given me a child," Avram continued, "so someone born in my house will be my heir."
4 But the word of ADONAI came to him: "This man will not be your heir. No, your heir will be a child from your own body." 5 Then he brought him outside and said, "Look up at the sky, and count the stars - if you can count them! Your descendants will be that many!" 6 He believed in ADONAI, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (CJB)
Did you notice verse 4? Hello! The typical human reaction! "Naaaah! Surely we can't get pregnant at our age!" And so in Genesis 16 we see Abraham and his wife Sarah panicking about not having an heir yet, and (at the urging of Sarah) they took matters into their own hands to have Avraham sleep with his wife's pagan/Egyptian servant Hagar, the result of which was a son they named Ishmael (who was the forefather of today's Arab nations, most of which are Muslim...).
But YHWH, filled with patience, grace and mercy, continued to work in Avraham, constantly revealing that He could and should be trusted. And then one day, He "tested" Avraham - for the purpose of showing Avraham just how much he (Avraham) had grown when it came to his belief in God. This "testing" resulted in Avraham being so trusting of, and dependent on YHWH in ALL things, that he was even willing to kill his own son! If YHWH commanded it, the Avraham was DOING it - no questions asked!
THAT is how YHWH wants us all to be!
This was a hard Torah portion to comprehend, wasn't it? So many things happening; so many questions.
To begin with, we see the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah being so vile and wicked that the occupants were determined to have their way with the "men" (messengers/angels) who came to visit Lot:
Genesis 19: 4 But before they could go to bed, the men of the city surrounded the house - young and old, everyone from every neighborhood of S'dom. 5 They called Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to stay with you tonight? Bring them out to us! We want to have sex with them!" (CJB)
"We want to have sex with them." WOW! Perverted people have been around since the beginning! And this type of behavior is still with us today! The Bible tells us that Yeshua would return when the world was once again as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27)....
Atheists love to use these particular passages to show that we have a "mean" God and that believers can be "perverts" and "hypocrites" because in Genesis 19:6-8 we see Lot offering his virgin daughters to the throng who demanded to have sex with the angels. "What kind of a man would offer his virgin daughters to a gang of sex-crazed men?" one atheist asked of us via our website, The Refiner's Fire.
The kind who feared God! This man, Lot, knew that the angels were holy beings, and that Lot and his entire household would be doomed forever if he allowed the angels to be sexually molested while under his roof. (Of course, the angels would never have allowed these perverts to get near them, in the first place; but be that as it may, Lot knew he HAD to try to prevent harm to them, at ANY cost!) Even though it would have killed him to see his daughters defiled, maimed or even murdered, Lot's fear of, and respect for, YHWH overrode everything in this particular situation!
This is a perfect example where "Fear of God" must override everything else because, in the end, HE is ALL that matters....
Friday, November 3, 2017
Shabbat shalom, mishpocah! A synopsis of this week's Torah portion can be found on our website. In this lesson we learn more about Avraham, who, in the last Parashah, had learned he had been chosen to receive a covenant from YHWH, to be the father of a great, obedient nation. Despite the magnitude of this great honor, we learn that Avraham is but an ordinary man, a frail human, with all the associated human desires, and human erring and human lack of faith....
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
One interesting to contemplate: Christians "insist" that "Jesus abolished the Torah." At least since the late 1700s, Christians have compromised Scripture (mainly Genesis 1-11) through such beliefs as the gap theory and theistic evolution. Do you think this is why so-called believers accept evolution and millions of years?
Absolutely! The main problem, IMHO, is that most are lukewarm, knowing ABOUT God and the Bible, but not really KNOWING Him (because, at most, they read the last third of the Bible only and yet believe themselves to have the market cornered on Truth). Most don't seem to notice or care that Scripture has been watered down by "intellects" who have come up with supposed explanations for Creation. They're not that much into God. Too much of a hassle. For those types I always like to ask: "If you knew someone was putting just a little horse manure into the brownie dough, would you still be willing to eat it?"
Of course, they always say, "NO!" And then I come out with the clincher: "So, why are you so ready, willing and able to depart from Scriptural Truth, just because someone suggests some scientist can disprove what the Bible contains?"
The Bible - no matter what version you use - contains the basics about God, His commands, His Son and what is expected of mankind. The Bible tells us GOD created the Universe and everything in it.
We may not know exactly how long a "day" was "in the beginning," but we know there were seven of them, and that the last was when He rested from creating. We may not know exactly how the universe was formed, but we see there was a process that continued until Man was formed and commanded to be "fruitful and multiply."
That's ALL we know concerning what happened "in the beginning." Scientists have no actual proof that the universe is is billions of years old. That's simply the "scale" they have chosen to estimate the physical appearance of things. They also have no proof about how planets were formed. They can only speculate based on theory. But we also don't have proof that the Garden of Eden existed! All we have is what we read in the Bible! We either believe what read see in there, or we don't.
Conjecture doesn't equate to proof. Fact of the matter is that the opening chapters in Genesis were never meant to be a scientifically accurate description of the creation yet nothing it says there contradicts what we see today as the physical universe. Some years ago we wrote an article about this.
We recently had a wonderful reader question to our website:
Was Yeshua sinless? If he was a man, which I believe, and he was tempted, would he have been able to never sin? People like to throw out Matthew 5:48. But they leave out the previous words leading up to 48. Yeshua was speaking about LOVING perfectly NOT LIVING perfectly.
I feel a huge nudge from YHWH to find an answer to this question. I prayed and "accidentally" found your website just now. How incredibly joyous was I when I read your blog on the trinity!!! HALLELUYAH IM NOT CRAZY. Anyway, did Yeshua sin? Please help!!
Thanks for taking the time to write to The Refiner's Fire! Excellent question: Did Yeshua sin.
The answer is NO! First of all, he wasn't "Just a man." He was a human with a divine qnoma/nature since He came straight from YHWH for the purpose of presenting God to Israel "face-to-face" and do everything His Father commanded:
Luke 4:43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."
Luke 8:1 And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.
Acts 28:23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."
As the Son of YHWH, put into the womb of Miriam supernaturally (untouched by the sin of the world, Miriam's hymen was broken from the inside-out when Yeshua was born!). A mere man could never have gone through life without committing some sins; but Yeshua wasn't a mere man....
We don't adhere to the "He was God in the flesh" mantra, necessarily, because YHWH is God. Yeshua was/is His Divine Messiah. Yeshua, however IS a part of YHWH because he is the Word (John 1:1, 14). He is YHWH's "arm" (Isaiah 53:1), and an arm is part of the body. Explaining Yeshua, as you can see, is complicated!
We're never told of any incidences wherein Yeshua sinned. As a matter of fact, Luke 2:41-52 tells us he taught the Rabbis in Temple when he was just a boy! Boys who are able to keep the Rabbis mesmerized concerning Torah, wouldn't dare to commit purposeful sins....
As far as we know, he never would have sinned in ANY situation, whatsoever, because he adhered to Torah - as we see when he was "tempted by the devil" in Matthew 4:1-11. It must have been a HUGE temptation to see someone offering you the whole world (and sparing the awful death on the cross that he knew would one day come).
Matthew 4:8 Once more, the Adversary took him up to the summit of a very high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their glory, 9 and said to him, "All this I will give you if you will bow down and worship me." 10 "Away with you, Satan!" Yeshua told him, "For the Tanakh says, `Worship ADONAI your God, and serve only him.'" (CJB)
As a human being, Yeshua encountered the same situations we all do, and he had the CHOICE to follow YHWH, or not - just as we all do. He knew who he was and therefore surely never gave into his fleshly desires. If he had, then he would have been "blemished" in his soul, and could NOT have become our Final SIN Sacrifice!
As for your mention of Matthew 5:48, which says: "You therefore be perfect as your Father in heaven who is perfect." Nothing about "loving perfectly"; YHWH is all about LIVING a holy/set apart life. Take a look at what King David wrote:
Psalm 101: 1 A psalm of David: I am singing of grace and justice; I am singing to you, ADONAI. 2 I will follow the path of integrity; when will you come to me? I will run my life with a sincere heart inside my own house. 3 I will not allow before my eyes any shameful thing. I hate those who act crookedly; what they do does not attract me. 4 Deviousness will depart from me; I will not tolerate evil. 5 If someone slanders another in secret, I will cut him off. Haughty eyes and proud hearts I cannot abide. 6 I look to the faithful of the land, so that they can be my companions; those who live lives of integrity can be servants of mine. 7 No deceitful person can live in my house; no liar can be my advisor. 8 Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, cutting off all evildoers from the city of ADONAI. (CJB)
See? "Grace" in no way negated obedience to YHWH's commands on how to be holy.
And no, you are NOT crazy! There is no such thing as "trinity." King James made that one up by adding to the Word.
Thanks again for writing! Please don't hesitate to write, should you have any more questions!
Well, surprise, surprise, the Internet continues to teem with loud-mouthed, government-hating, riot-seeking types who know nothing about anything, yet love to stand on their soap boxes to shout out their narrow-minded thoughts designed to terrorize the gullible. This is no different from the "blood moon" and "rapture happening on a certain date" hypes, yet many are falling for their nonsense.
So here’s the scoop, people - and please use some common sense to discern the LIES this woman is spreading, with what's actually going to happen:
NOTHING is going to happen to the USA! With that N. Korean lunatic threatening nuclear war, there's going to a military exercise that will SIMULATE a massive power disruption. That's ALL. The US military is constantly performing simulations. It's what they do to remain prepared for any emergency.
The US is simply conducting a test of a communication plan as if there had been a nationwide disruption of the power grid by a giant solar storm. It is a TEST so radio operators would know which frequencies to use to receive and send information should such a disaster ever happen.
It is only the untrustworthy conspiracy websites and YouTube videos spinning this into a frenzy of LIES. Nothing is going to happen! It's a military exercise and only SIMULATES a massive power disruption.