Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Parashah 25: Tzav (Give an order) Leviticus 6:1 (6:8 in some versions) through 8:36

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah/family/friends!  As always, a synopsis of this week’s Torah portion (Parashah 25: Tzav (Give an order) Leviticus 6:1 (6:8 in some versions) through 8:36) can be found on our website.

In this week's parashah we will be studying the various offerings Israel was to make for YHWH: Burnt, grain, sin, guilt, consecration and peace (see Leviticus 7:37-38). Try to put yourself in the desert with YHWH's people who were doing their best to obey the commands He was relaying to them through Moshe. What a horrible sight it must have been to see hundreds of innocent animals sacrificed; how awful it must have been to hear their screams; how powerful the overwhelming stench of blood - and being reminded again that we are NOT to eat blood....

Leviticus 7: 26 You are not to eat any kind of blood, whether from birds or animals, in any of your homes. 27 Whoever eats any blood will be cut off from his people.'"

Leviticus 17: 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for yourselves; for it is the blood that makes the atonement because of the life.

We today, can only surmise why YHWH ordered the killing of these animals, while literally putting Israel through some strange gyrations! The people (and remember, they numbered in the MILLIONS at that point!) were constantly reminded how powerful these sacrifices were, and that they were to be taken VERY seriously.

An "unclean" person was not allowed to eat any meat from the sacrifice of peace offerings made to ADONAI! If they did, they were to be "cut off" from YHWH's people! And yet today, we believe we can sin over and over again and get away with it, just because "Jesus died"? We believe we can ignore the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath and the Feasts and come up with our own "holy days"?

Please understand, we at The Refiner's Fire are NO experts when it comes to YHWH's sacrifices, but we do understand how significant they were/are to our Elohim. As a matter of fact, they were gifts for ADONAI (Leviticus 7:14)! The enemy has attempted to use these sacrifices in order to turn them into something seemingly evil, as is evidenced by the fact that they are mimicked (to a great extent) by satanists and other lost folks who sacrifice animals and drink their blood, etc. (Notice that YHWH was adamant that NO ONE is to ever drink blood, as the life force is in the blood [Leviticus 17:11-14.])

For more on this week’s Torah portion, please click on the link, above!

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Christian is “outraged” at some of our teachings

READER COMMENT TO OUR WEBSITE:

I’m a King James-only, trinity-believing Christian who, frankly, is outraged at some of the things you teach! I find it sad that you and your ilk reject the Greek Primacy of the New Testament Scriptures, thus, opening up all kinds of new interpretations of the writings to the Body of Christ as they purpose to substitute specific Greek language that the Apostles actually used in their writings with what Hebrew Roots teachers consider to be Hebrew or Aramaic 'equivalents'. Give me a break!

OUR RESPONSE:

Thanks for your comments. You actually mentioned two things that must be addressed. First, since you are a King James-only adherent, we feel obligated to tell you that King James was solely responsible for creating the “trinity” concept – all because he chose to ADD a line to 1 John 5:7-8,

Verse 7- “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. in heaven.” This verse 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).

Rather than to type it all out here, we’ll just ask you to read our short article on this issue.

As for your comment about “Greek primacy” - you mean the primacy that resulted in not only mistranslated words, but entire concepts that totally removed the Hebraic meanings; and which have skewed the writings of Paul into oblivion, while making what you THINK Paul wrote, more important that what YHWH commanded and what Yeshua taught?

As an example, you're referring to the "primacy" that has turned "Miltha" to "logos" and the word "rope" into "camel" in Matthew 19:24, thus suggesting a camel was to go through the eye of a needle?

NOTE: In Matthew 19:24, the Aramaic word, Gamala, referred to a "heavy rope" rather than a "camel". Greek scholars puzzled over a camel passing through the eye of a needle, which is a physical impossibility. But, Yeshua was clearly not saying a rich man can't enter!

The footnote to this scripture in the Aramaic English New Testament explains that the "heavy rope" lesson teaches about a rich man entering into heaven, after he "unravels" his fortune strand by strand as Y'shua instructs. If his wealth was bound tightly and strong like a rope, it is to be unwound like threads which will pass through the eye of the needle! Careful attention is required to thread a needle; so are the rich obligated unto YHWH for how their wealth is acquired and dispersed. Theological attempts to "prove" the eye of the needle to be a geographical location have utterly failed.

And also, how about the word "cock" in Matthew 26:34, which became "rooster" (a concept around which entire Christian sermons have been built!); which, in reality was simply a slang Hebrew word “gaver”, referring NOT to an actual “rooster” but to the temple crier blowing his shofar!  The gaver was responsible for opening the temple before dawn and calling out loudly, two or three times to announce the early morning services.

If you really believe a chicken could do this, then we will gladly start believing in “Greek primacy!”

People are free to bash and rant about the Hebrew and Aramaic originals all they wish, but that in no way negates them and in no way makes the "Greek" versions somehow correct! The above are only a couple examples of mistranslated words; we haven't even begun to touch on the mistranslated/misunderstood CONCEPTS and CONTEXTS of certain subjects, or the horrific misunderstandings about Paul's writings....

If you wish to know more about this subject, please search the articles on our website, The Refiner’s Fire.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Do you have a problem acknowledging Yeshua as Messiah?

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MESSIAH YESHUA, KNOW THIS:

Y'shua haMashiyach was a Hebrew born into the Tribe of Yehudah (Judah). He had to be, to inherit David's throne and fulfill Messianic promises. The prophets didn't talk about a Gospel being fulfilled by a Roman or a Philistine or a Babylonian.

If being a HEBREW were only confined to Israel, then how do we explain the ministry of Jonah to Nineveh? How do we explain ALL RACES being judged and perishing in the flood of Noah? What about Melichzedek, Jethro and Job - all righteous and obedient servants ACCORDING TO TORAH and ALL being outside of Israel?

Torah and Gospel are the same thing. Why? Because the Gospels refer back to the Torah, which is YHWH's Divine Instruction in Righteousness, without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living! The "New Testament" in no way replaced the "Old"; it serves to affirm Torah!

Yeshua summarized the Gospels through the Ten Commandments and Deuteronomy 6:4. His disciples, like James, talk about "the perfect Torah that is liberty," and Paul to Timothy says "ALL Scripture is fit for reproof" including that inconvenient "Torah of the Jews" that the Bereans themselves followed and were praised for following.

Rav Shaul (Rabbi Paul) kept a Nazirite vow, performed circumcision at least once and fasted on Yom Kippur. He had to rush home for Shavuot (Pentecost) and kept Saturday Shabbat 84 times - just in the book of Acts alone.

John defined sin as "transgression of the LAW" - Torah. And this is 30+ years after the resurrection and 15 years after the events of Acts 15....

As John says, "the new commandment is the old one that you have had from the beginning" - so, please don't try to suggest that the Brit Chadasha is a bunch of malarkey!

No blood sacrifice is necessary?

COUNTER-MISSIONARY COMMENT:

It says in Ecclesiastes 12:13 the sum of it all to fear the L-rd and keep his commandments, no blood sacrifice, and the other thing if yeshua is our final sin sacrifice why is animal sacrifice coming back? But right now just like Hosea 6'6 - for I desire goodness not sacrifice, over and over he does tell them to repent, that is why when the messiah does it will be the final redemption.

THE NETZARIM RESPONSE:

No blood sacrifices? Hmmm. Let's check this out in context:

Ecclesiastes 12: 11 The sayings of the wise are as sharp as goads, and those given by leaders of assemblies are like well-fixed nails; [in this case,] they are presented by a single shepherd. 12 In addition, my son, take heed: one can write many books - there's no end to it; and one can study so much that it wearies the flesh. 13 Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about. CJB)

Yes, as humans we ARE to fear God and keep His mitzvot. But WHERE and HOW does this scripture suggest that we no longer require SIN sacrifices? The entire Torah is about who YHWH is and how to worship Him by keeping His Mitzvot - which include over and over again the need for SIN sacrifices!

By suggesting that the above has somehow abolished the need for sin sacrifices, you are doing exactly what you are accusing Christians of: You are picking and choosing and MISQUOTING! You have done exactly what all other counter-missionaries do, which is to take Scripture out of context. Let's take a look:

Hosea 6: 1 Come, let us return to ADONAI; for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has struck, and he will bind our wounds. 2 After two days, he will revive us; on the third day, he will raise us up; and we will live in his presence. 3 Let us know, let us strive to know ADONAI. That he will come is as certain as morning; he will come to us like the rain, like the spring rains that water the earth.

4 "Efrayim, what should I do to you? Y'hudah, what should I do to you? For your 'faithful love' is like a morning cloud, like dew that disappears quickly. 5 This is why I have cut them to pieces by the prophets, slaughtered them with the words from my mouth - the judgment on you shines out like light. 6 For what I desire is mercy, not sacrifices, knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7 "But they, just like men, have broken the covenant, they have been faithless in dealing with me.

8 Gil'ad is a city of criminals, covered with bloody footprints; 9 just as bands of robbers wait to ambush someone, so does a gang of cohanim. They commit murder on the road to Sh'khem! Their conduct is an outrage! 10 In the house of Isra'el I have seen a horrible thing; whoring is found there in Efrayim, Isra'el is defiled. 11 For you, too, Y'hudah, a harvest will come! "When I restore the fortunes of my people, (CJB)

The deeper answer is basically that the sacrifices return as a REMEMBRANCE because per Hebrews, Yeshua is now our high priest with atonements "better than these". That is why Yeshua said, "someone greater the Solomon is here" because Solomon built the Temple in the first place.

The idea of the remembrance is no real stretch because if Yeshua is our atonement, the atonement can't be in the sacrifices of beasts and the reality is, IT NEVER WAS! (Micah 6, Hosea 6:6, Isaiah 1)...It seems that YHWH demanded blood sacrifices because the life force is in the blood ( Lev. 17:10-14; Deut. 12:23-28). It was an act of obedience we were to comply with to make us realize how very bad SINNING is....

Finally, the "sacrifice" of Messiah on the execution stake (ever notice that NOBODY "sacrificed him; he martyred himself, against which there is no law!) has UNIQUE RULES that have no precedent prior, nor will ever be repeated again.

This is not just in Hebrews 9, by the way. It is also in Zechariah 12:10 where Messiah houses YHWH's spirit (YHWH is speaking and is metaphorically "pierced" but they MOURN FOR HIM AS AN ONLY [YACHID] BEGOTTEN SON.)

The word YACHID is an exclusive singularity, as in never before and never again. Therefore, while some aspects of Yeshua's time on the stake RESEMBLE sacrifices of animals and such, THERE ARE PARTS OF IT THAT ONLY RELATE TO HIM EXCLUSIVELY. One of these is the eternal atoning power of believing in that sacrifice, but there are others.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you?

Someone recently requested clarification of Genesis 9:3 which says:

Genesis 9:3 [Speaking to Noach] "Every moving thing that lives will be food for you; just as I gave you green plants before, so now I give you everything"

[Now don't get ahead of me here! In Genesis 9:3, YHWH is NOT saying that "every" animal is food for Noach and his family; rather, see Genesis 7:2 - YHWH tells Noach to take into the Ark "Of every clean animal you are to take seven couples, and of the animals that are not clean, one couple". So Noach already knew which animals were clean and which were unclean! Thus, by the commandment in Genesis 9:3 which says "Every moving thing that lives will be food for you", it can only mean "clean moving things" to Noach.]

Do take note that the first we hear of what humans can eat is in Genesis and it is "every seed-bearing plant" and every tree with "seed-bearing fruit". Therefore we already have a sense that YHWH intended only certain things for us to eat, for while telling us we can eat seed-bearing fruits and plants, it simultaneously implies that plants that do not bear seeds, we cannot eat! This is a most important understanding!

Take note also that during the creation, YHWH gives every wild animal, bird in the air, and creature crawling on the earth "as food every kind of green plant"! So it seems that YHWH intended EVERY animal, bird and creature to eat green plants!

For more on this issue, please check out our two articles explaining what constitutes "clean" food": Clean food? and Eating kosher.

With whom did God make His “New Covenant?”

As you all know, ADONAI, through the Prophet Jeremiah, spoke of the New Covenant … a covenant still in the process of unfolding. Notice with whom this covenant was to be made: the Torah observant Houses of Israel and Judah! (It was NOT made with Catholics, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Hare Krishnas, Buddhist, Gentiles, or anyone who worships gods other than THE Creator – יהוה (Yud Hey Vav Hey), the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)

Jeremiah 31: 31 "Here, the days are coming," says ADONAI, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra'el and with the house of Y'hudah.  32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them," says ADONAI.

33"For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra'el after those days," says ADONAI: "I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, 'Know ADONAI'; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more."

35 This is what ADONAI says, who gives the sun as light for the day, who ordained the laws for the moon and stars to provide light for the night, who stirs up the sea until its waves roar -- ADONAI-Tzva'ot is his name: 36 "If these laws leave my presence," says ADONAI, "then the offspring of Isra'el will stop being a nation in my presence forever." 37 This is what ADONAI says: "If the sky above can be measured and the foundations of the earth be fathomed, then I will reject all the offspring of Isra'el for all that they have done," says ADONAI. (CJB)

Notice that this “New Covenant” is still unfolding because people still don’t yet have Torah “written on their hearts”. Nobody is born “knowing the Torah”; they still have to be open to receiving it.

Notice also that the “offspring of Israel” will remain a nation forever... and that this is contingent upon obedience to His Torah laws. So, what does this mean for those who are grafted in to Israel?

Simple: Same God, same rules! Torah applies to ALL who have accepted YHWH as their God and who believe that He sent His Divine Messiah to earth to proclaim the Kingdom (Luke 4: 43; 8:1) and do everything he was commanded to do (Deuteronomy 18:15-17; John 12”44-49) – and willingly martyred himself on our behalf.

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

Deuteronomy 29:9 Therefore, observe the words of this covenant and obey them; so that you can make everything you do prosper. 10 "Today you are standing, all of you, before ADONAI your God - your heads, your tribes, your leaders and your officers - all the men of Isra'el, 11 along with your little ones, your wives and your foreigners here with you in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water.

12 The purpose is that you should enter into the covenant of ADONAI your God and into his oath which ADONAI your God is making with you today, 13 so that he can establish you today for himself as a people, and so that for you he will be God -as he said to you and as he swore to your ancestors, to Avraham, Yitz'chak and Ya'akov. 14 "But I am not making this covenant and this oath only with you. 15 Rather, I am making it both with him who is standing here with us today before ADONAI our God and also with him who is not here with us today. (CJB)

To reiterate:

As you can see: Same God, same rules!

So, the question remains: Are YOU part of the “New Covenant” … or are you among the myriads simply “religion-hopping”; who keep playing around with the Word in an attempt to force God to be and do what they imagine in their minds?

HINT: ADONAI doesn’t work that way….

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A meme created by someone who doesn’t know Scripture!

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Oh, what a great and "set apart" world we would have if only people read their Bibles from cover to cover, without those "Greek glasses!"  But they don't ... and that is why "Jesus" was turned into a Torah-less entity who seems to teach against Torah, thus defying his Father's commands.

Would the REAL Messiah (Yeshua, whose name means "YHWH is Salvation"; and who was the "Word" and the "Arm" - John 1:1, 14 and Isaiah 53:1) EVER have taught against Torah?

NO! Please check out our article to find out why the idea behind this meme is straight from the pits of hell.