Thursday, January 13, 2022

AN OBSERVATION ABOUT “THE BIG QUIT" or "THE GREAT RESIGNATION" that seems to be all the rage today:

Wonder if it has ever dawned on all the people who are walking off their jobs to draw unemployment (or welfare, or whatever) that, if NOBODY is working, there will eventually be:

(1) no more food or clean water, and no groceries to put on your tables (as farmers and ranchers will have no help ...better learn quickly how to grow your own, and figure out how to protect it from vandals!);

(2) no food deliveries means no more restaurants or coffee shops;

(3) stores will have to close because nothing is being delivered (mainly because there will be nothing to deliver anymore (better start hoarding that toilet paper NOW!!! ... and yeah, don't be flushing your toilets because the sewers will ALL be backed up);

(4) there will be no garbage collectors, mail service, road or house builders... because everybody will be sitting at home waiting for that government check to come in ... which can't be cashed because banks can't work without tellers or computers.....

(5) no electricity nor cellphone service (as there will be no one to run the power plants, etc.);

(6) no gasoline for your cars (it requires processing and delivery, and since no one is working ... hmmmm... looks like we'll all be WALKING...)

(7) no way to pay your rent or mortgage because - as mentioned above - banks will have to close if no one is there to dig through all the paper files (or whatever backup system they will use when the electricity is gone);

(8) and last but not least - eventually, "the government" will go bankrupt and the useless welfare and unemployment checks will stop, anyway, because there will be no workers to stuff the envelopes or mail them to you, and no one to deliver them - and, oh yeah, did I mention, the worker-less banks won't be able to cash them?

(9) even the evil "smash-and-grabbers" who steal from stores will have to find another way to make a living, because with no money coming in, NOBODY will be able to buy their stolen goods. (Of course, those worthless creeps will probably come to YOUR house and take whatever you have, and if you're lucky enough to be left alive after they steal you blind, the ONLY possession you'll have left will be your MEMORIES of better days, when you had a JOB WITH AN INCOME!)

SOUNDS TERRIFYING, doesn't it? But this IS where the world is headed....

Read all of Matthew 24 and the following, written in no particular order:

Zephaniah 1:18 - Neither their silver nor their gold Will be able to deliver them On the day of the Lord's wrath; And all the earth will be devoured In the fire of His jealousy, For He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, Of all the inhabitants of the earth."

Deuteronomy 32:23-25 - I will send wasting famine against them, consuming pestilence and deadly plague; I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts, the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.

Luke 21:10-12 - There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Revelation 6:7-9 - I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Revelation 18:7-9 - Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.

Mark 13:7-9: - "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains."

Jeremiah 16:3-5: "They will die of deadly diseases. They will not be mourned or buried but will be like refuse lying on the ground. They will perish by sword and famine, and their dead bodies will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth."

Sunday, January 9, 2022

It’s not a good idea to bash Jewish people….

I recently landed upon the wall of a Facebook “friend” whose posts reek of Jew hatred and blatant anti-Semitism. Obviously, this person (and all those who are in agreement with him), doesn’t realize that YHWH chose a Jewish woman to become pregnant with His Divine Messiah Messiah, who – consequently - was a Jew!

This person’s posts also show that he apparently doesn't understand that both, Christianity and his present, Torah observant belief, originated in JUDAISM – which is the ONLY “religion” that took its cue directly from the Word of YHWH, as revealed in Torah (the first five Books of the Bible that contain all of YHWH’s Divine Instructions, along the history of His Chosen people and their original Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).

This person also doesn’t seem to realize that the ONLY reason the world outside of Israel even knows about YHWH and His Torah, is because He chose the Tribe of Yehudah/Judah (where we get the term “Jew”) to safeguard and preserve the Torah during the Diaspora; and to be a light unto the nations by exemplifying the covenant with God as described in the Torah. (See Genesis 49:10, the Book of Deuteronomy, Isaiah 11:11-12; Ezekiel 20:34; Micah 4; Hosea 3 and 6; and 1 Thessalonians 2.)

In other words, if it hadn’t been for “the Jews,” the world would still be writhing in paganism! Believing Jews are Torah observant, as YHWH instructed; and the “grafted-in” (Romans 11:17-18) - instead of being arrogant about their status as Christians or Torah observant believers in Messiah Yeshua - should be GRATEFUL to the Jews for introducing them to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and His Torah!

Also featured on the wall of my "Facebook friend" are myriad “forwards” (memes, videos and articles “borrowed” from others) about the Jews’ supposed "rabid adherence to Talmud and Zohar" – all designed to make Jews appear to be downright evil and satanic.

MY RESPONSE: (1) Gossip and lies are SINS. (2) Unless one is an actual, LEARNED SCHOLAR on Talmud and Zohar, they aren’t qualified to espouse ANY kind of personal opinions on those writings! (3) How sad that Internet anonymity has given a voice to anyone with an opinion; and allowed the arrogant with no boundaries to believe themselves to be “experts” on any given subject, simply because they watched a video, or read an article somewhere!

Here are some BIBLE READINGS for the "grafted-in" who are under the erroneous impression that they have somehow replaced the Jews:

Genesis 49: 10 The scepter will not pass from Y'hudah, nor the ruler's staff from between his legs, until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; and it is he whom the peoples will obey.

Genesis 12:2 I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (CJB)

Deuteronomy 7: 6 For you are a people set apart as holy for Adonai your God. Adonai your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his own unique treasure. 7 Adonai didn’t set his heart on you or choose you because you numbered more than any other people — on the contrary, you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 Rather, it was because Adonai loved you, and because he wanted to keep the oath which he had sworn to your ancestors, that Adonai brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from a life of slavery under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

9 From this you can know that Adonai your God is indeed God, the faithful God, who keeps his covenant and extends grace to those who love him and observe his mitzvot, to a thousand generations. 10 But he repays those who hate him to their face and destroys them. He will not be slow to deal with someone who hates him; he will repay him to his face. 11 Therefore, you are to keep the mitzvot, laws and rulings which I am giving you today, and obey them. (CJB)

Romans 11:11 “In that case, I say, isn’t it that they have stumbled with the result that they have permanently fallen away?” Heaven forbid! Quite the contrary, it is by means of their stumbling that the deliverance has come to the Gentiles, in order to provoke them to jealousy. 12 Moreover, if their stumbling is bringing riches to the world — that is, if Isra’el’s being placed temporarily in a condition less favored than that of the Gentiles is bringing riches to the latter — how much greater riches will Isra’el in its fullness bring them! (CJB)

Isaiah 11:10 On that day the root of Yishai, which stands as a banner for the peoples - the Goyim will seek him out, and the place where he rests will be glorious. 11 On that day Adonai will raise his hand again, a second time, to reclaim the remnant of his people who remain from Ashur, Egypt, Patros, Ethiopia, 'Eilam, Shin'ar, Hamat and the islands in the sea. 12 He will hoist a banner for the Goyim, assemble the dispersed of Isra'el, and gather the scattered of Y'hudah from the four corners of the earth. (CJB)

Jeremiah 31: 34(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: 35(36) “If these laws leave my presence,” says Adonai, “then the offspring of Isra’el will stop being a nation in my presence forever.” 36(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)

Romans 11:25 For, brothers, I want you to understand this truth which God formerly concealed but has now revealed, so that you won’t imagine you know more than you actually do. It is that stoniness, to a degree, has come upon Isra’el, until the Gentile world enters in its fullness; 26 and that it is in this way that all Isra’el will be saved. As the Tanakh says, “Out of Tziyon will come the Redeemer; he will turn away ungodliness from Ya‘akov 27 and this will be my covenant with them, . . .when I take away their sins.” (CJB)

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Please read this if you don’t believe Torah observance is necessary…

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW DOESN’T BELIEVE THAT TORAH OBSERVANCE IS NECESSARY, here are just a few passages showing why that is a dangerously “lukewarm” attitude. We’ll start with what YHWH Himself said:

Exodus 20:6 …but displaying grace to the thousandth generation of those who love me and obey my mitzvot. (CJB)

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore, you are to love Adonai your God and always obey his commission, regulations, rulings and mitzvot. (CJB)

Proverbs 4:2 "I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah."

We see YHWH commanding His people to OBEY throughout the entire Torah (first five Books of the Bible) … and this was reiterated in the “rest of the story” called the “New Testament” (which wasn’t “new” at all; rather, it’s YHWH’s Word reiterated by Messiah Yeshua and his followers!).

(By the way, if you "believe in Jesus" aren't YOU also "His people?" Do you honestly believe that Messiah Yeshua came to bring a new religion, or to abolish His Father's Divine Instructions that show humanity how to be HOLY?)

1 John 5: 1. Whoever believes that Y’shua is the Mashiyach, is born of Elohim. And whoever loves the begetter, loves him also that is begotten of him. 2. And by this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and follow his Commandments. 3. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his Commandments: and his Commandments are not burdensome. (AENT)

1 John 2: 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in him. 6 He who says he abides in him ought himself also to walk just as he walked.*

*And how did Yeshua walk? In Torah! Yeshua didn't make up new rules. He kept Torah and expected US to follow suit. You can only know the him through the law and the testimony! Revelation reveals this:

Revelation 12: 17 "The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God's commands AND bear witness to Yeshua." (Note: I capitalized the word “AND”.)

Revelation 14: 12 "This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God's people, those who observe his commands AND exercise Yeshua's faithfulness." (Note: I capitalized the word “AND”.)

Please note, the above scriptures don't refer only to the "Ten Commandments". They simply refer to "the Commands" or "the Commandments", depending on which Bible version you use.

John 15:10. If you keep my Commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the Commandments of my Father,* and I abide in His love. (AENT)

*The “Commandments of my Father” always refers to Torah; see also John 15:5. Y’shua and his Talmidim (disciples) keep his Father’s Commandments, but mainstream Christianity is not only anti-Torah; they turned rebellion against Torah into a “fashionable” form of lawlessness. See Daniel 7:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; 2 Timothy 2:19; Titus 2:14; 2 Peter 2:21; 1 John 3:4; Hebrews 2:2-4; Romans 4:15; Matthew 7:23; 13:41

Paul said:

Romans 3:31 Do we then nullify Torah by faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish Torah. (AENT)

Scripture is clear that YHWH commands us to be holy and set apart. How are we "set apart" if we refuse to OBEY His Divine Instructions? How likely is it that people who consider Torah a CURSE and REFUSE to obey God’s Divine Instructions, will end up in heaven?

Yeshua said:

Revelation 3: 15. I know your works, that you are neither hot, nor cold; I would desire that you would be either cold or hot. 16. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to vomit you from my mouth. (AENT)

(And by the way, judging by everything that is happening today, Yeshua’s “second coming” is not that far off. Are YOU TRULY READY for his return?)

So, you want to believe the Jewish counter-missionary argument that Yeshua was NOT born to a virgin?

I thought the “anti-missionaries” had forgotten all about me, because I haven’t heard a peep from them in a couple of years now.  But, yesterday, someone sent me a private message, trying to draw me into a lengthy conversation designed to show me that the counter-missionary Rabbi Tovia Singer has a video out that supposedly PROVES that Yeshua's "virgin birth" is a lie.
 
I didn’t bother joining the arguments, because I’ve learned that arguments are a waste of time, and nobody wins.  The only thing you can really do is to present the truth as you know it, and let the chips fall where they may.  People are going to believe whatever they want, anyway, no matter how much common sense you use, or how much actual proof you can present. 

As far as I’m concerned, if somebody wants to reject Messiah Yeshua because the “counter-missionaries” managed to pull the wool over their eyes, that’s THEIR problem, and they can take it up with YHWH on Judgment Day.

Anyway, here is “my rebuttal” to Rabbi Singer’s arguments, presented in an article that has been on my website (The Refiner’s Fire) for many years, which thoroughly discusses the “almah vs. betulah” argument. 
  
You are free to believe whatever you want, but at least first consult the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit) as you check the WHOLE BIBLE and ALL the facts before rejecting YHWH's Messiah on the word of someone who makes their living by bashing Yeshua and the entire New Testament: (BTW, this is Singer’s “proof” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7hcyEtpXTA.)

Sunday, January 2, 2022

A note about the 2022 calendar….

A QUICK NOTE FOR THOSE WHO LIKED TO FOLLOW BILL's CALENDAR, which was based on the actual sun, moon, and stars; not the traditional Jewish calendar which is based on an "average moon", and rabbinical additions and changes.

Before his death in May 2021, Bill managed to create the 2022 calendar (Hebrew year 5782) for those who are interested. I am neither knowledgeable nor qualified in the field of astronomy, and so once this Hebrew year is over with, I will – like you – have to decide “whose calendar” to follow.

No matter whose calendar you decide to follow, I believe the MAIN thing is to DO the weekly Shabbats (our weekly “date” with YHWH); and study the respective weekly Torah portions so you can KNOW the history of His people and who HE is and what He expects of His people: AND keep the seven yearly mo-edim/feast times (our yearly “dates” with YHWH). Unless you do these things, you cannot possibly know or understand who Messiah Yeshua is!

Since I did not renew the HTML editor we used for our website, I no longer have any way of making changes or updates; however, the website with its approximately 600 articles will remain on the ‘net. For more on the calendar, you can click on this link and scroll toward the bottom of the page until you see the heading, "Free calendars, Siddurs & Pesearch Seder"...

May Abba bless and continue to enlighten to HIS Truth all those who are doing their best to obey His Divine Torah commands!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Stop listening to all the various voices telling you whether or not to take the vaccine!

Take the vaccine, my friend! Wear a mask and practice plenty of “social distancing.”  It’s simple common sense, given to us by the Creator who expected us to USE that common sense!  (Chances are, we could have probably already rid ourselves of this dreaded virus IF we had stopped being selfish and belligerent and following those with ear-tickling conspiracy theories!  But no, people just HAD to whine about their rights being taken away because they were expected to stop gathering in groups for a while….)

There is no doubt that, like every other natural disaster, pandemic or disease, etc., COVID was sent by God Himself as a warning to reconcile us back to himself through Teshuvah (Repentance).

Instead of recognizing that fact and trying to keep ourselves protected via common-sense precautionary measures (including masking, sanitizing, hand-washing, social distancing, and yes – taking vaccines designed to help us survive against a deadly VIRUS that basically came out of the blue without any warning, so that we CAN LIVE to have a chance to repent and turn back to Him), we are listening to, and even following the myriad smart-alecks, “armchair experts” and “holier-than-thous” who insist we’re “not trusting God” by doing these things.

If you wish to believe every word that spews forth from the mouths of those self-proclaimed “experts” or conspiracy weirdos, then don’t ever seek out professional medical help or take any pills or shots EVER AGAIN!  If you do, then let everyone on social media KNOW, so they can see what a hypocrite you are…

Be that as it may, I personally am convinced COVID and its ever-evolving variants will NEVER go away BECAUSE of the endless rebellion against “the vaccine and mask wearing” by those who believe COVID is a hoax (or at least nothing to worry about)!  Matter of fact, I’m thinking that perhaps COVID is one of the things that will help to cause 1/3 of the earth’s population to die off (Ezekiel 5:11-13; Zechariah 13; Revelation 6:8; 8:7-12; 9:15-18).

What people don’t get is that they are TESTING God; not “trusting” Him…

YHWH has warned His people since the beginning of mankind about the consequences of ignoring His Divine Instructions (Torah) – and people, since the very beginning, have WITNESSED those consequences -  yet we keep doing the same thing over and over and over ad nauseam. We HAVE access to His Word which tells us exactly how to life healthy, wholesome and safe lives; yet we simply never learn!

Most don’t even realize that we keep reaping what we have been sowing for millennia, and that YHWH is finally unleashing His wrath because we are now in the proverbial “Twelfth Hour” and smack, dab in the middle of the End Times as outlined in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. In other words, HE IS GATHERING HIS PEOPLE, and separating the sheep from the goats!  He is laying low the arrogant, loud-mouthed and rebellious!

People - “the government” isn’t trying to kill you, as so many are claiming! ((f anybody is trying to “kill you” it’s Satan – and boy, is he doing a great job!) 

God authored this pandemic, and the authorities have shown us ways of protecting ourselves from it – yet most refuse. In other words, they are following the advice of godless humans, instead of recognizing that ELOHIM is DONE allowing mankind to continue ruining themselves and the rest of HIS Creation by ignoring His Divine Instructions.

My suggestion – for what it’s worth, is to do everything in your power to prevent being killed by COVID because you can’t be of any use to God if you’re dead. Nobody is guaranteed the next day, but at least, if you manage to stay ALIVE, you can continue to do something you CAN’T if you’re dead – and that is, to help spread the Word of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah … which, after all, is ALL that really matters. (Please read the powerful words of Zechariah 13.)

In Deuteronomy 31:29 we see this dire warning from a dying Moshe:

“… because I know that after my death you will become very corrupt and turn aside from the way that I have ordered you, and that disaster will come upon you in the acharit-hayamim, (end of days) because you will do what ADONAI sees as evil and provoke him by your deeds.”

We have been doing that, in spades!

Humanity (which has been made in YHWH’s Image – Genesis 1:27) has been given lots of freedom, choices and "rights"; but we seem to have forgotten the “personal responsibility” aspect that underpins those things. WE have the RESPONSIBILITY to help stem the tide of the thing that is literally killing us! WE have the RESPONSIBILITY to STOP rebelling against our God-given ability to reason and use common sense during a crisis.

Instead of LISTENING to, and taking advice from actual experts (doctors, virologists, epidemiologists, etc., and trying our best to weed out the kooks among them), most seem to be attracted to, and even seeking out the nonsense spewed forth by the world’s outcasts and rebels who are suggesting that any attempts by authorities to try to contain the pandemic is “mind-control” or an effort to annihilate the human race - or even a way to implant us with a microchip, which they insist is “the mark of the beast”…

SNAP OUT OF IT!  YHWH doesn’t need a man-made thing to be a “mark!”

The bottom line is, people DON'T WANT to obey ANYTHING. Most prefer to be in charge, and to shove their personal opinions down the throats of the entire world!

They keep ignoring the very thing they LOVE to point out, which is, "GOD IS IN CONTROL!"  Yes, He sure is – and He never said He's going to save a godless, Torah-less society from a pandemic that HE SENT to teach us a lesson and to open our eyes to the fact that WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL…

What He DOES want (according to the myriad passages we see throughout the Torah) is for HIS people to use their God-given brains by living according to HIS Divine Instructions which were designed to keep us HOLY so that we AND the land would NOT become defiled through SIN! (Our Torah-less ways continue to RUIN His Creation! We've ruined not only the earth and its atmosphere, but now we're busy sending junk into Outer Space!  Mankind has been VERY destructive!)

Suffice it to say, NOBODY has a "right" to be irresponsible during a worldwide pandemic sent by God, that is designed to awaken us from our slumber. Refusing to cooperate with the common-sense safety precautions is "testing God" … and guess who wins whenever we do that....

On asking Congress to spend the money to “fight diseases”

Today, I watched a short TV interview with basketball great, Magic Johnson, discussing his life after his AIDS/HIV diagnosis. I'm glad to know he's still around, but was very disappointed to hear him say (not surprisingly) that he had implored Congress to "spend money to fight the disease."

What a typical, human response! It seems that whenever we face life-threatening adversity of any kind, we’re always demanding that doctors, epidemiologists, virologists, scientists, and/or the government “DO something to help me beat this thing!”

It never dawns on them to say, “Gosh, this is my own fault, and now I have to live with the consequences; let me see what I can do to remedy this, in order to take care of myself and protect others from having to experience the same fate.”

WHEN is it going to dawn on people that, if they were to get INTO Scripture and live according to Torah (refraining from sexual promiscuity, eating only “clean” foods, and generally taking proper care of our “temples” by refraining from all manner of sin), we wouldn't even have any sexually transmitted diseases ... nor other diseases caused by our respective lifestyles - such as lung cancer caused by smoking, or cirrhosis of the liver caused by an over-abundance of alcohol!

But noooo! It's always, “Somebody, FIND A CURE, quick, so I can continue doing whatever I want ….”

Bottom line: As long as we continue to ignore Torah, we will continue to be plagued by diverse issues. The Bible says so. (Matthew 5:12; Luke 6:23; 1 Cor 15:42-44; 2 Cor 5:1-4 and 9:6; 1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 22:4)

Deuteronomy 27: 26: "'A curse on anyone who does not confirm the words of this Torah by putting them into practice.' All the people are to say, 'Amen!' (CJB)

(“All the people” includes ANYONE who has accepted YHWH as their God and Yeshua as His Divine Messiah. (See Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 10:12-13.)

Proverbs 4:2 "I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah!"

And Yeshua said:

Matthew 5: 17 Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened.

(Has "everything happened that must happen," yet?)

Matthew 5:21. It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master.” Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master. By your name, have we not prophesied? And by you name have we cast out demons? And by your name have we done many miracles?” 23. And then I will profess to them that from everlasting, I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!* (AENT)

NOTE: Psalm 6:8, 9 “workers of iniquity” is a common phrase in the Tanakh. Iniquity is lawlessness (without Torah). “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Your Torah.” Psalm 119:53. Each and every teaching of Y’shua is based on Torah.

Torah means instruction in righteousness. To be anti-Torah is to be anti-Mashiyach; therefore every “authority” will be judged according to whether they uphold Torah or not. According to Y’shua, Torah is “the will of My Father.” Matthew 7:21;12:50.