Thursday, February 25, 2021

Ever noticed how some people will like you – until you say “No?”

Ever noticed how some people will like you – until you say “No?”

Well, it happened to me recently, when I refused to agree to post a guy’s “Go Fund Me” page on my Facebook wall and in my groups. Even after a lengthy explanation as to why I don’t post ANY prayer requests, “Go Fund Me” pages or anything of that nature (as I know from experience that, once I do it for one person, I’ll end up receiving hundreds more …) the man became so abusive that my husband stepped in to put a stop to his harassment.

The bottom line to this whole, sordid story was that instead of just dropping the subject and hitting up other ministries with his request (which I doubt he did!) he sent me a long, sarcastic diatribe outlining all my shortcomings. Here are a few, select snippets:

“I was asking for you to post a gofundme page. If you have a problem with people asking you to help, especially when you are not under any financial burden to do so, that is unfortunate. You could easily throw up a second page for endorsements, not a big deal. You have power to help through influence but you choose to dismiss people outright and do nothing. Wow!...”

So – this stranger I’ve never met and never will meet, who has never taken my 12 week yeshiva course, nor ever bought any of my books, nor bothered to comment on any of my Facebook teachings, or join the hard-working people in my Weekly Torah Study group, “Awakening to Torah”; nor has ever commented on any of the approximately 600 articles on my Messianic Apologetics website that my husband and I have spent 20 years building, nor knows ANYTHING that goes on “in the background” of my ministry … that man had the gall to suggest that I am NOT DOING ENOUGH for the Kingdom, and should create a special “page” just for his and other “endorsements”…

He went on to say:

“Yeshua said, Mat 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” If it’s that stressful, maybe you should reconsider what it is you’re doing, just a thought…

Well, to that I say, Yeshua’s burden IS light, which is why I’ve spent all my waking hours for more than two decades, working HARD to reveal the Truth of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah to the whole world! 

The “burden” comes from sarcastic people like this guy who obviously thinks I’m not doing enough for God …. never mind that HIS OWN Facebook page rarely, if ever, mentions God or His Word, because he’s too busy posting photos of himself constantly kissing his wife and smooching, and having fun hiking and generally goofing off….

Anyway, to drive home his point about how “worthless” I am, he closed with the following scriptures, apparently designed to educate me on “my place as a woman”…

“Luke 6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not demand it back…

This guy has no clue WHAT all I’ve “given” over the years – both monetarily and of my time, which included five years of hard teaching and counseling in a women’s prison ministry!

“Mat 23:8 But do not be called Rabbi (Teacher); for One is your Teacher, and you are all [equally] brothers…”

Hmmm. Perhaps this guy should have read one of the myriad footnotes I helped to write as editor of the Aramaic English New Testament, which explained that the focus of Yeshua's instruction had to do with desiring praise of man for self-exultation, rather than being a true servant who keeps in mind that YHWH is God, Yeshua is His Messiah, and we are simply passing along what Yeshua our REAL RABBI taught!

Yeshua ALSO told his disciples not to call anyone "father.”  Was this to be taken literally? Is it really wrong to call someone "father"? After all, it is written, "Honor your father and mother.

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are the patriarchs of our faith and often referred to as "fathers" in the Scripture.  Paul referred to Abraham as "our father" in Romans 4:1. He even went so far as to call the Corinthians his sons and his own role as father in 1 Corinthians 4:14-17.

Was Paul contradicting Yeshua's teachings? No, because this is what the prophets were called by their students! 2 Kings 2:12 shows that Elisha called Elijah "My father." The king of Israel also called Elisha "My father" in 2 Kings 6:21.

There are other examples but hopefully this illustrates the point. Is it NOT wrong to call someone "father" or "rabbi" in a spiritual sense if they "fathered" you in set-apart instruction.

In fact, YHWH gives, "some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers." Is it wrong to be called "teacher" since Yeshua is our Teacher?  No!

What we are doing is merely paying respect to a learned person's office to honor his devoted years of training and dedication. One needs to read the Bible in context and not pick and choose certain scriptures as "proof" to support their own ideas, philosophies or phobias concerning titles.

As “icing on the cake,” this illustrious, arrogant and extremely sarcastic “man of God” who saw fit to berate me because of my refusal to post his “Go Fund Me” page, then added this final scripture designed to intimidate me to the very core of my being:

“1 Tim 2:12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. “

Well, to that I say:

I am not exercising authority over ANYONE by teaching Scripture! People have the CHOICE to read my teachings and view my videos, or not. And let’s not forget that, unlike every other Messianic teacher, I don’t charge a DIME for ANY of my work!

And, oh, by the way, if there were more good MEN around who would actually TEACH the Word instead of concentrating on their own exalted opinions, then YHWH wouldn’t have to commission WOMEN to do the job!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Just when you thought TV shows couldn’t get any weirder…

Oh, I’m so confused! My husband and I recently watched a TV “doctor” show, that featured a transexual woman who was in the process of changing her gender to “male” because she wanted to be, and live as, a “gay” male.

Looking and acting very much male (beard and all) “he” was admitted to the hospital for brain tumor surgery; but during an exam, it was discovered that “he” was pregnant by his male fiancĂ©, and now the pair had a dilemma: whether or not to terminate the pregnancy, or stop the testosterone treatments….

Nobody – and I mean NOBODY in that hospital batted an eye over ANY of this. The whole scenario – handled, in part by one of the “gay” doctors - was treated as perfectly normal.

Yes, indeed – I am SO confused! My main problem is, you can hardly find ANY shows today that don’t contain similar themes….

That particular series was one of our favorites. But, lately, their writers seem to be working overtime to present "in-your-face" topics, and we're guessing that series will soon go the way of other series we've had to chuck.

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

How do I reach a mean-spirited Christian

QUESTION:

How do I reach a mean-spirited Christian who makes fun of my Messianic faith and puts “laughing” emojees on my Facebook posts?

OUR RESPONSE:

Easy!  Give them three choices:

Warn them that you intend to continue living your Torah observant faith, no matter what “their” opinion is; and if they wish to continue being your Facebook friend, they either (1) need to back off and leave you alone and respect YOUR choice to live according to God’s Divine Instructions (Torah); or (2) keep reading your posts so you can respectfully discuss your faith, and they can learn from you; or (3) they WILL be blocked. 

Nothing says you have to endure endless harassment at the hands of someone who has clearly never read the Bible from cover to cover, yet feels compelled to engage in endless arguments with those who have found YHWH’s TRUTH!

It's a true dilemma!  We who obey YHWH’s Torah get it from “all sides” and the root of the problem is that MOST (and I say that with conviction after 20+ years of being heavily involved in Messianic Apologetics), have never even READ, let alone STUDIED the Bible from cover to cover, in sequence.

Most Christians I’ve ever encountered were mired in that last FIFTH of the Bible called the "New Testament" (which many have never actually read....). Nothing else matters to them, except "going to church" for their weekly social event, so they can have their ears tickled for an hour by NT-only, grace-only fluffy stuff.

They don't know what the Bible says, and they don't care! "Looking religious and holy" is a whole lot more important to the lost souls of this world, than actually taking the time to find out WHOM they are worshiping, what “holiness” is, or trying to live/walk out one’s faith according to SCRIPTURE instead of OPINION....

So, all you can really do is to simply provide some pertinent scriptures designed to show that "Jesus" didn't come to bring a new religion, and that the ONLY thing his atoning death changed was the need for animal SIN sacrifices - and that, when he returns, he will be "vomiting out" all the lukewarm (Revelation 3:16).  If they still continue to argue, then just say a little prayer for them and let 'em go and leave 'em alone, and simply turn them over to YHWH, because you’re wasting precious time.

Scripture warns us that the "antichrist" (which actually includes ANYONE who speaks against Torah, since Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and His Torah!) "will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the Most High" by doing what?  Attempting to alter the seasons and the law;  (Daniel 7:25)

At that point, you can at least rest in the knowledge that you have sown some seeds, and person will either begin to question their own belief, OR continue to remain lost in their religiosity … never even realizing that, on Judgment Day, they WILL get to stand before YHWH to explain why they dared ignore His Divine Instructions in Righteousness AFTER being presented with His Torah Truth....

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."

Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul) acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and in the prophets.

....So much for the Christian idea of Jesus coming to abolish all his Father's Divine Instructions!

Saturday, February 20, 2021

We live in a fallen world where bad things happen to good people – so don't be discouraged!

We live in a fallen world where bad things happen to good people – so don't be discouraged about the awful things happening all around you.

Keep focused on ADONAI, and you'll notice how, even during hard times, HE IS with you - and that knowledge alone will help you to endure, and allow you to see that proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel.”

The truth is, the Bible amply warns us that SIN is the reason our world has been falling apart at the seams. Humanity has been straying from YHWH's Divine Instructions (Torah) since the Garden of Eden - and whether "the world" chooses to believe it, or not, we are STILL suffering the ripple effects!

As a matter of fact, we are now paralleling the violence and decadence of Noah's day (Genesis 6), when YHWH decided to wipe out the entire earth (except for the righteous Noah and his family) and start all over again.

Unfortunately, men keep on abusing the privilege of "free will" (Genesis 2:16-17; Proverbs 16:9; John 1:12-13) and gravitate toward “evil” – which is exactly WHY YHWH told man he could “eat of every tree of the garden … but NOT of the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’ … for ‘if you do, you shall surely die’.”  (Genesis 2:16-17) 

And so, here we are again! We’ve once again reached a point where YHWH is clearly showing humanity that HE is in charge - just as He kept reiterating throughout the entire Torah – those first five Books of the Bible that perfectly outline who YHWH is and what He has always expected of His people. Torah details how to live a holy, set apart life for Him – which is a commandment He gave us.

Why live that holy, set apart life for Him? Because it’s the ONLY way to retain “eternal life!” Our life here on earth is simply the prelude – an introduction, an overture – on what’s to come, once we are out of these “earth suits.” That is why it is so very important to learn all we can about the Holy One who created us and even saw fit to provide us with a blueprint for moral, holy living!

If you don’t bother to prepare, learn and grow while you still have a chance, then WHOM are you really worshiping?

Simply accepting YHWH as your God and His Divine Messiah, Yeshua (which, in Hebrew, means, “YHWH is Salvation”) as the One who redeemed you, WILL change your life! It is the ONLY way to gain “Eternal Life” (John 3:16; 5:24; 17:3).

And so, in closing, I leave you with these passages to ponder during these awful, trying times we are experiencing on every level:

1 Peter 3: 14. But if it should occur that you suffer on account of righteousness, happy are you. And be not terrified by those who would terrify you, nor be in uproar: 15. but sanctify Master YHWH the Mashiyach, in your hearts. And be you ready for a vindication before everyone who demands of you an account of the hope of your faith 16. in meekness and respect, as having a good conscience; so that they who speak against you as bad men may be ashamed for having maligned your good conduct in the Mashiyach.

17. For it is profitable to you that you suffer evil while you do good deeds, if this should be the pleasure of Elohim; and not, while you do evil deeds. 18. For the Mashiyach also once died for our sins, the righteous for sinners; that he might bring you to Elohim. And he died in body but lived in spirit.

19. And he preached to those souls which were detained in Sheol (Hades) 20. which were formerly disobedient in the days of Noah when the long suffering of Elohim commanded an ark to be made, in hope of their repentance; and eight souls only entered into it and were kept alive in the waters.*

21. And you also, by a like figure, are made alive by immersion (not when you wash your bodies from filth, but when you confess Elohim with a pure conscience) and by the resurrection of Y’shua the Mashiyach 22. who is taken up to heaven and is on the right hand of Elohim and Messengers and authorities, and powers are subject to him. (AENT)

NOTE: “Alive in the waters” points to the waters of the Mikveh, the complete immersion (baptism) into living waters after a soul has repented of their sin and agreed to walk in the newness of life (the Kingdom) as offered through Mashiyach.

Galatians 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. (ESV)

Galatians 5: 22. The fruits then of the Spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faith, 23. Meekness, self-control. Against these there is no instruction put in place. 24. And those who are of Mashiyach have put to death their flesh with all its passions and lusts. 25. Let us therefore live by the Spirit and surrender to the Spirit. 26. And let us not be of vacant glories that cause us to ridicule one another and envy one another. (AENT)

Thursday, February 18, 2021

A mini-lesson in "letting go of self"


Luke 18: 9. And he (Yeshua) did speak this parable against those men who relied upon themselves, that they are righteous and they despise everyone.

10. Two men went up to the temple to pray one a Pharisee and the other a publican. 11. And that Pharisee was standing by himself, and he would pray this way, “Elohim, I thank you that I am not like the rest of the people, extortioners, and covetous, and adulterers, nor like this publican. 12. Rather, I fast two times a week and I tithe everything that I earn.

13. But that publican was standing from afar and did not even desire to raise his eyes to Heaven, rather, he was beating upon his breast and said, “Elohim have compassion on me a sinner!” 1

4. I say to you, that this man went down to his house more so righteous than that Pharisee. For every man who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted. (AENT)

Friends, this is a great lesson in holiness! Every once in a while, we must stop in our tracks to ask ourselves:

Which one am I? Am I full of self-importance or ego? Do I ever remind myself that I can do nothing of my own? Do I ever ask for forgiveness for something I might have said or done that was displeasing to ADONAI? Do I truly WANT to change any “bad” habits that might reside within my soul?

Abba, WHO AM I? Am I pleasing you? If not, please convict me and teach me … cause me to become a true reflection of YOU! I pray this in the Mighty Name of Yeshua haMashiyach, Your Divine Messiah! Amein!

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Some pointed questions for the “Pagan Police”

When you make a doctor's appointment or have to go on a job interview, do you force the receptionist to give you an appointment on "the fourth day of Nisan/Yiar/Tammuz (or whatever) on the sixth hour?"

Or do you (when you can sense that the receptionist is about to hang up on you) simply give in and go along with the names of the days of the week and months listed on that Gregorian calendar (which is used in most countries of the world)?

And if you do give in, do you feel you are guilty of worshiping some pagan god, thus paving a freeway to hell? (I bet you don't, because you KNOW you're not "worshiping" something or someone else!)

See how ridiculous it can get when you try to find paganism under every rock? Why is it so hard use to use some common sense these days, and just leave people alone about things that, in the grand scheme of things, don't matter?

If someone wants to have "Thanksgiving" dinner with their family to give thanks to YHWH/Yeshua for His bounty; or if they want to give their sweetheart a card and a bouquet of roses on "Valentines Day," it's not up to you to stand there, screaming "PAGAN!" They are NOT worshiping satan or some demonic creature by doing these things, so deal with it and get over yourself!

Certainly - encourage people to NOT do Halloween or become caught up in the decadence of "Mardi Gras" or other worldly "holidays" that openly push decadence and demonic activity. But it's simply NOT biblical of you to go around around trying to police everybody on the planet, according to YOUR understanding of Scripture!

Unfortunately, many (if not most) who discover Torah, suddenly have this overwhelming tendency to go overboard on everything!

Yesterday, some new-to-Torah-holier-than-thou anti-vaxxer Facebook armchair expert attempted to tell me that I needed to check the Torah to see what ingredients in vaccines would or would not be considered "clean or unclean." (Implying that, (1) I don't know Torah, and (2) if I take vaccines of any kind, then I'm doomed to Hell - because they (the armchair expert AND their friends who also tried to jump all over me) learned about all those nasty vaccine ingredients from some conspiracy theory YouTube video....)

SIGH!

Honestly, if people want to get radically "biblical" about every little thing and live according to how people lived 4,000 years ago, then we all need to move to farms to grow our own food, kill the animals we personally raise, and make our own clothes - because practically EVERYTHING in today's world can be considered "unkosher!"

Oh, and we should also stop watching TV or using computers or cellphones because we are constantly being bombarded with "worldly" things there that YHWH strictly FORBIDS in Torah. AND, let's also quit driving cars or using public transportation, as those things are polluting the world HE made....

And while we're at it, perhaps we shouldn't be wearing socks, either, since there is absolutely NO mention of sock wearing in the Bible! (I mean, if we graze the Internet long enough, we're sure to find SOMEBODY who has discovered the "pagan origin" of socks!)

Seriously, people, we live in a fallen world, where it's up to each of us to do our best to remain as "holy" as possible, despite the "cards we’ve been dealt," thanks to Adam and Eve who are THE REASON we're all in this predicament.

But, instead of constantly mouthing off and correcting everybody else, let's just start READING and KNOWING the Bible, from cover to cover, and using our intellect and common sense while doing our BEST to live a Torah observant life.

It's truly no wonder that many Christians don't want any part of becoming Torah observant believers in Yeshua! The endless restrictions many of you attempt to force on others are just too daunting.

1 Corinthians 5:12 For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Isn’t it those who are part of the community that you should be judging? 13 God will judge those who are outside. Just expel the evildoer from among yourselves. (CJB)

Colossians 4:5 Behave wisely toward outsiders, making full use of every opportunity — 6 let your conversation always be gracious and interesting, so that you will know how to respond to any particular individual. (CJB)

If a wordly “holiday” doesn’t try to masquerade as one of YHWH’s Holy Days, then don’t sweat it or spend the day brooding…

I see so many Hebrew Roots types railing against "Valentines Day." Well, since as it doesn't masquerade as one of God's Holy Appointed Times (it doesn't pretend to be the birth, death or resurrection of Yeshua or mention YHWH, or prompt people to worship satan), what difference does it make if someone wants to give their loved on a gift on that particular day? They're not "worshiping" some man-made "god" by doing that.

You should only worry about a certain man-made "holiday" IF it (1) masquerades as one of YHWH's Holy Days (i.e., Christmas and Easter); or (2) IF it promotes evil (i.e., Halloween, which pays homage to goblins, ghouls, ghosts, the dead, and even satan himself ... in other words, "the dark side".).

Use some common sense, people! Stop believing and blindly following all the "wannabe Torah teachers" out there...especially those who find paganism under every rock!

And by the way, I'm not telling people that they should or shouldn't do Valentines. It's your choice.

What I'm trying to say is that Christmas and Easter both claim to be holy days for "Jesus"; Valentine's doesn't. It's your choice to do it or not, but if you do it, it doesn't mean you're worshiping some other god! What I’m getting at is the fact that, if you wrap yourself around the axle about every little thing you encounter, you might as well stay in bed and never get up.

Same thing goes for the names of the days of the week and months. Most of the world goes by the Gregorian calendar, and I challenge those who sit around complaining about the "names of pagan gods" in the calendar to try to make a doctor's appointment sometime on "the fourth day of Nisan/Yiar/Tammuz (or whatever) on the sixth hour." See how ridiculous this can get?