Thursday, July 9, 2020

Did you know that it's not correct to suggest that "the Jews" are God's Chosen?

Did you know that it's not correct to suggest that "the Jews" are God's Chosen?

Now since I have your attention, let me explain what I mean.  YES, the Tribe of Yehudah (Judah) was special because it was CHOSEN to take Torah into the world and safeguard and preserve it (Genesis 49:10, Micah 4:2). The religion of JUDAISM (where the term "Jew" originated) took its cue from the Word of YHWH which has been around for as long as man has been alive - or at least 6,000 years. Believing Jews are Torah observant as YHWH instructed! (And let's not forget that YHWH caused Yeshua to be born into the Tribe of Yehudah/Judah).

So, YES, Jews ARE special!

BUT - the term "Jews" has simply become a blanket description for all Israelites. In actuality, only someone born into the Tribe of Judah can claim they are Jews. The fact is, there were no Jews until after Jacob begat the Tribe of Yehudah (Judah - Genesis 29:35; Matthew 1:1-2). The Torah reveals that His Chosen were called HEBREWS (Genesis 14:13). (See the lives of our first Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). 
Sooo, what am I getting at?

Well - simply this:  Scripture read in context reveals that EVERYONE, beginning with Cain and Abel, was Torah observant (which actually negates the Christian claim that they don't have to obey God's Divine Instructions!) ANYONE who believes in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is to be Torah observant, and He even said so FOUR TIMES IN A ROW in Numbers 15:13-16!

YHWH (Yahweh) chose Abraham (a pagan Chaldean) because He wanted to (see Deuteronomy 7:6-8) and He reiterated this in Jeremiah 31:32 by making His New Covenant with the Houses of Israel and Judah - both of whom were Torah observant.  (Notice, He didn't make any covenants with Gentiles or even Christians....)

THE GOOD NEWS IS, believing Gentiles who are grafted into the Olive Tree (Israel) automatically become part of Israel. They are "ONE" in Messiah - which doesn't mean they are Jews, BUT they can now call themselves HEBREWS (the word "Hebrew" means "To cross over" - which is what Abraham did when he accepted YHWH as his God, and went to live in the land God commanded him to go to in Genesis 12).

Being a "Hebrew" or a "Torah observant Believer" means you have accepted YHWH and His Divine Messiah and become Torah observant believers. (Remember - same God, same rules!)

The bottom line is, Yehudim (Jews) literally translates "those who praise Hashem," which is why that specific tribal name is used to describe all adherents to Torah, from any tribe and including converts... because all praise Hashem. 
According to Scripture, anyone who accepts YHWH as their ELOHIM, and believes that His Divine Messiah (Yeshua) redeemed them, constitutes His "CHOSEN".... (See Deuteronomy 14:2; 1 Peter 2:9; John 15:16, etc.)

A cool tidbit about the letter "Shin"

Here's a cool tidbit for those who have never heard this before:

The Hebrew letter "Shin" (which looks like this שׁ and has an "S" or "Sh" sound, and is an emblem for Shaddai, “Almighty [God]”), was ironically first introduced to "the world" by the mythical Star Trek character, Spock (played by the Jewish man Leonard Nimoy), who decided to use the Hebrew sign, as the salutary Vulcan hand signal conveying the message, to “live long and prosper.”

Monday, July 6, 2020

Bad things happen in our fallen world….

It always pains me to see movies where someone's loved one dies, and the survivor's pastor, -when asked, "Why did God do this?" - will, with a sad expression, give some nonsensical reply, like: "Gawd works in mysterious ways. It was His will that your baby/spouse/brother/sister/ whoever died from AIDS/COVID-19/Rubella/a rapid-growing cancer ... or was killed in that awful, horrible accident/fell off a cliff/was burned to death in a horrific house fire/hanged him/herself ......"

It makes me want to shout, "OH, SHUT UP, YOU DUMMY! God didn't 'do this' to your loved one! The answer is: "We live in a fallen world, where bad things happen. Nobody is exempt, including innocent little babies who haven't even had a chance to 'sin' yet"...

My goodness - where do supposed "pastors" come up with those lame answers they supply? Scripture TELLS us why bad things happen:

We inherited our sinfulness from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) and since then, God has constantly reached out to "fallen man" to show us how to become reconciled to Him via His Torah, which perfectly outlines HOW to live holy and set apart lives.

My goodness - He even sent us His Divine Son, Yeshua, who martyred Himself on our behalf, to make it easy on us to become reconciled to God, merely by "believing" in him!

Truth is, there no easy answer as to why God allows "bad things to happen to good people!" But we CAN know that YHWH does some of His best work in and through "broken vessels" - those who have suffered pain and loss and grown stronger in their faith BECAUSE of their suffering. (Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15; Proverbs 3:5-6, etc.)

We must learn to recognize that "bad times" are part of our growing process. We cannot truly understand "good times" UNLESS we've suffered through "bad times."

Borrowing from an old Oak Ridge Boys' song: "Where the sun always shines, there's a desert below."...

Borrowing from the BIble:

2 Corinthians12:9. And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you; for my power is perfected in weakness.” Gladly, therefore, will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of the Mashiyach may rest upon me. 10. Therefore I have pleasure in infirmities, in reproach, in afflictions, in persecutions, in distresses, which are for the Mashiyach’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (AENT)

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Yeshua brought "his own commandments?

Many insist that Yeshua brought "his own commandments", and that these are somehow new and improved over the ones given in Torah.  Could that really be true?

Let’s examine a few verses that are often twisted right out of context:

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” 

Mark 8:38 “For all who are ashamed of me and my words in this sinful and adulterous generation, the Son of man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with his Set Apart Messengers.”

John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment: That you love one another, as I have loved you.”

The truth is that Yeshua's words, commandments and commands, were all according to, and validated by,Torah:

Luke 24:44 “Now He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things that are written about me in the Torah of Moshe and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 

John 5:39-47 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to me so that you may have life.

I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of Elohim in yourselves. I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only Elohim?

Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; the one who accuses you is Moshe, in whom you have set your hope. For if you believed Moshe, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, howwill you believe my words?"

In these other passages, Yeshua makes it very clear that his teachings do not even come from himself:

John 7:16 “My teaching is not my own, but His who sent me.”

John 12:49 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own initiative, but the Father abiding in me does His works.”

John 14:10 “For I did not speak on my own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent me has given me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak.”

John 14:24 “He who does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine, but the Father's, who sent me.”

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Jewish "counter-missionaries" continue to try to find ways to bash our divine Messiah

Those who hate Yeshua and the Renewed Covenant don't have the slightest clue about who he is. In the screen shot below, we see one such "teacher" making ridiculous comments about the "Son of man" supposedly ALWAYS referring to Yeshua. Well, it didn't.

In some cases, the term "Son of man" in Scripture did NOT always refer to Yeshua; sometimes, it simply denotes mankind generally, with special reference to the human weakness and frailty (Job 25:6; Psalms 8:4; Psalms 144:3; Psalms 146:3; Isaiah 51:12, etc.)

But since these Yeshua haters brought it up, let's discuss YHWH's Divine Messiah, the Son of Man!

To begin with, Yeshua was an arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1). He was not the "Father", but he was divine because he came directly from the Father:

II Samuel 7:14 - I will be a father for him, and he will be a son for me. IF he does something wrong, I will punish him with a rod and blows, just as everyone gets punished;

Psalm 2:7 - "I will proclaim the decree" Adonai said to me, 'You are my son; today I became your father...

YHWH was not referred to as the "Father" before Yeshua's birth. The Father's existence was not even fully understood until after the Messiah came:

Matthew 11:27 - "My Father has handed over everything to me. Indeed, no one fully knows the Son except the Father, and no one fully knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

Luke 10:22 - "My Father has handed over everything to me. Indeed, no one fully knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.

It was not until Messiah's birth to a human mother, that he was given the title "Son of Man." We must realize it was necessary for Yeshua to come as a human (albeit, a human with a divine qnoma/nature, because he was not born of human sperm, but by supernatural methods from YHWH, his "Father") - and there were several reasons for this:

GOD Himself cannot be born or die; and so He sent a human Messiah - whose ultimate goal was to preach the Kingdom, do everything his Father commanded, and then martyr himself, thus shedding his divine blood to become our redemption. (See Luke 4:43 and 8:1; and Acts 24:14 and 28:23.) Being a suffering human helped Yeshua (and consequently, YHWH Himself)...

Hebrews 4:15 - For we do not have a cohen gadol (high priest) unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that he did not sin.

This entire scenario was part of YHWH's Master Plan of salvation for mankind. Among the many titles by which Yeshua was known in the Old Covenant, "Son of Man" reveals one of Messiah's many important characteristics.

Daniel 7: 9 I beheld till thrones were placed, and one that was ancient of days did sit: his raiment was as white snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, and the wheels thereof burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him; thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the judgment was set, and the books were opened. 11 I beheld at that time because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke, I beheld even till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed, and it was given to be burned with fire.

12 And as for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the Ancient of days, and he was brought near before Him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Whether "Yeshua haters" like it or not, Scripture is clear throughout that YHWH planned to send His Messiah; that He SENT him; and that Messiah was born and died willingly on our behalf.

Those who reject YHWH's "rest of the story" known as the "New Testament" are seriously putting their souls in danger, for anyone who refuses to acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah will NOT receive eternal life in YHWH's Presence!

Two thousand years ago Yeshua said, "No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14:6).

Friday, July 3, 2020

A mini-lesson of the unfathomable power of YHWH

A mini-lesson of the unfathomable power of YHWH, and why it is imperative to know and heed Scripture:

2 Chronicles 7: 13 If I shut up the sky, so that there is no rain; or if I order locusts to devour the land; or if I send an epidemic of sickness among my people; 14 then, if my people, who bear my name, will humble themselves, pray, seek my face and turn from their evil ways, I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land. (CJB)

As you can see, this is just a SMALL example showing that YHWH is NOT kidding around!

If you've been paying attention to world events, you know that parts of Africa have been suffering horrific locust plagues....

...And the world is right now undergoing the COVID pandemic which seems to be hanging on. In the meantime, most seem to have forgotten about the HIV/AIDS epidemic that began in the mid-1970s in the homosexual and bisexual communities - and is STILL around today!

Check your history books to see how many epidemics and pandemics we've suffered and understand that the worst is still yet to come!

That's because YHWH is NOT kidding around. We either belong to Him, or we don't. There is no "gray area."

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Israel, the Church and Replacement Theology:

Most of you have head of a doctrine known as replacement theology. This theology actually began in early all-Gentile Christian churches that presented the idea that all the blessings of the Bible were somehow transferred to Christians; and that all the curses in the Bible fell upon Jews.

While this may remain as a popular Christian belief, it is nevertheless very unscriptural.

Take a look:

Isaiah 49:13-17: “Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For YHWH has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their sorrow. Yet Jerusalem says, "YHWH has deserted us; YHWH has forgotten us." Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for a child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on my hand. Ever before me is a picture of Jerusalem's walls in ruins. Soon your descendants will come back, and all who are trying to destroy you will go away.”

Romans 3:1-4: “What then is the superiority of the Jew? Or what is the advantage of circumcision? Much in every way. And first, because to them were entrusted the words of Elohim. For if some of them have not believed, have they, by their not believing, made the faith of Elohim inefficient? Far be it: for Elohim is truthful, and every man false: as it is written: That you might be upright, in your declarations; and be found pure when they judge you.”

Obviously, both of these passages refer to Jews and not Gentile Christians, since Christians are assumed to be Paul’s audience in Romans. Also please read Romans 11:1, 11-17 and verses 25-29.

Paul clearly attacked hypocrites (who happen to be Jewish), rather than all Jews (which would include himself). What is also clear is that Jewish sinners are not the only people Paul rebuked in his writings. (See 1 Corinthians 5:1-13)

So, if all Israel is saved, where is the “Church” in all this?

Well, the answer can be found in Ephesians 2:11-14.

But, the reality is, there never was such thing as the “Church” in the days of the original Apostles only a renewed Israel that Gentiles were welcome to join!

Gentiles do not “replace” Israel; they become part of Israel! Read Jeremiah 31:31 which very clearly references the recipients of the Renewed Covenant.