Wednesday, January 20, 2021

“Woe to you Torah experts … for you have taken away the key of knowledge!”

Let's do a quick examination of this short passage:

Luke 11:52 "Woe to you Torah experts! For you have taken away the key of knowledge! Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter!” (CJB)

While it’s true that Yeshua was addressing the Pharisees of his time, it resounds into our world today – a world that, as in the days of Noah, is largely devoid of love and respect for God and His Torah; where morality is a thing of the past, and people no longer have respect for anyone or anything, including themselves … a world where pursuit of intellect, education, knowledge and success through hard work are ridiculed; and many feel “entitled” to endless handouts from the government….

(1) "Woe to you Torah experts!"

So, who are today’s "Torah experts?” During the early days of the “Messianic Movement,” those teachers consisted of pastors and rabbis – educated people with seminary or yeshiva training. (For instance, Conservative Baptist minister, Moishe Rosen, born into a Reform Jewish family, created “Jews for Jesus” in 1973, and ultimately led Hebrew Christian congregations for an organization now known as Chosen People Ministries.)

That all changed with the advent of the Internet and “social media” where people enjoyed a plethora of Bible teachers of various “flavors” - each of whom featured their own interpretations of the innumerable passages, which they all, of course, touted as “the proper interpretation of God’s Truth.”

Naturally, everyone began to share/recommend their favorite teacher(s) and exchange the information they had gleaned from each one. The problem is, when knowledge is shared by word-of-mouth, the original teachings tend to become skewed and generally “watered down.”

Regardless, instead of digging into Scripture, it was easier for those seeking knowledge about Torah, to read some articles or watch some videos on somebody’s “ministry” page, which they could then share and discuss … and also to fight and argue about - because they were ALL rapidly becoming “experts”….

After all, while doing their “research” they had picked up a few Hebrew terms here and there (with many constantly trying to impress others via their insertion of these terms into their regular conversation (i.e., “I wish you a tov week with lots of shalom, chaverim!”).

Proverbs 19:2 Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, And he who hurries his footsteps errs.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for want of knowledge. Because you rejected knowledge,I will also reject you as cohen for me. Because you forgot the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children. (CJB)

Still others began to impress their online friends with some info from the Talmud (which they had gleaned from some of their Hebrew Roots teachers or their more “advanced” friends); and hey, that Kaballah and Gematria stuff was too cool to pass up – especially for those who liked intrigue and conspiracy theories; it was like a brand-new twist on fortune telling. Talk about being able to IMPRESS!

Anyway, it’s no wonder that MOST of today’s "Torah experts” are mainly lay-persons - "wannabe's"- with no real knowledge, education, or formal training. They have never taken one yeshiva or seminary class, and don't have any real knowledge of Scripture, nor training in how to properly deal with people. Many reluctantly admit (when confronted) that they have never even read the Bible all the way through – and, yet, some of them will actually argue that it does NOT matter!

Matthew 24:10 At that time many will be trapped into betraying and hating each other, 11 many false prophets will appear and fool many people; 12 and many people's love will grow cold because of increased distance from Torah. 13 But whoever holds out till the end will be delivered. (CJB)

(2) "For you have taken away the key of knowledge!"

So, how did they take away the "key of knowledge?" Well, the "key" has always been Torah (the first five Books of the Bible containing all of ADONAI's Divine Instructions - which are non-negotiable.

Since most don’t have a clue as to HOW to teach, they never lead people in the pursuit of actual Bible STUDY. Instead, they concentrate all their efforts on telling people how badly they were “deceived in the pagan churches” (they LOVE to throw around the word “pagan”.) They relentlessly hammer the need for Torah observance – with each “teacher” teaching THEIR respective idea of Torah and “how to” keep it.

(Never mind that they are talking to myriad followers who haven’t got the slightest clue what Torah actually is, because they never even READ, let alone, STUDIED it to discover how and why it is applicable to ALL who accept YHWH as their God! These “teachers” with their verbal “sledge-hammers” never seem to realize they are trying to reach people who have been taught throughout their life that, “we Christians are under grace; the law was abolished at the cross, and besides, it only pertained to the Jews.” See Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 10:12-13.)

It’s truly a case of “the blind leading the blind!”

In the meantime, these illustrious “teachers” constantly sit behind their keyboards to bash Christianity (a place where most of us FOUND “Jesus” in the first place!) and endlessly fight with Christians (and even those who are already Torah observant), because – according to the self-proclaimed “experts” - nobody but they themselves are “doing it right.”

So, the “key of knowledge” was lost somewhere in the over-abundance of misinformation promulgated by the self-centered and arrogant seeking glory for themselves….

James 4:  1. From where is it, that there are among you arguments and conflicts? Is it not from the lusts which war in your members?  2. You covet but do not possess; and you kill and envy, and effect nothing: and you fight and make attacks; and you do not have, because you do not ask.  3. You ask, and do not receive because you ask wickedly, that you may feed your lusts.  4. You adulterers, don’t you know that the love of the world is hatred towards Elohim? He therefore who chooses to be a lover of this world is the enemy of Elohim.  (AENT)

(3) "Not only did you yourselves not go in, you also have stopped those who were trying to enter!”

Yes, these mostly self-proclaimed Torah teachers will often use terms such as, “Do your oown research!” or “Check it out for yourself!” But, the reality is, MOST WON’T bother, because they aren’t really interested in reading or “studying.” (Remember, the pursuit of intellect and knowledge – although easier to obtain today than ever before! - has waned considerably over the last 50 years or so. People desire “instant gratification.”)

Peruse social media and you can see for yourself that most seem to prefer “mind-numbing” things that don’t require any deep thought at all … cool-sounding memes, short blurbs found on someone’s Facebook wall, or someone droning on in a “YouTube” video (many of which, today, are made by people who can’t even speak proper English, much less, form cohesive thoughts as they meander their way through some “great findings” they wish to share with the entire world)….

As for their “research?” Well, judging by the things some of the folks on the social media circuit espouse, their “research” consisted of “browsing the ‘net’ and landing on some ear-tickling article, video or website that happened to agree with their respective ideology or taught them something “cool” they had never heard before. They didn’t actually READ the Bible or a book by some learned scholar. But they will argue that they “DID their research”, and will readily tell YOU to do YOURS, if you don’t agree with the things they say!

Titus 1:15. For to the pure, everything is pure; but to them who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but their understanding is defiled, and their conscience.  16 And they profess that they know Elohim, but in their works they deny him; and they are odious and disobedient and to every good work reprobates. (AENT)

Matthew 15: 8. “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is very far from me.” 9. And they revere me in vain, while they teach the doctrines of the commandments of the sons of men. (See Isaiah 29:13) (AENT)

Hopefully, after reading this article, you can understand how and why these “teachers” … these modern “pharisees” .... have stopped others from receiving the true Torah by taking away the “key” – and ironically, fulfilling the words of Luke 11:52…

Monday, January 18, 2021

Just a reminder … You weren’t “led astray!”

Just a reminder … You weren’t “led astray!” If you need to blame someone for not knowing what the Bible says, look in the mirror:

I truly wish the Hebrew Roots adherents and those who end up “leaving Jesus” to hang with mean-spirited, Jesus-bashing Jewish counter-missionaries, would quit insisting that they came out their churches “because they were LIED to.” Except in some cases, it is simply not true that every pastor on the planet is a lying ogre who purposely “kept you from knowing about Torah!”

If you were honest with yourself, it's more like that it was YOU who kept yourself from knowing about Torah, because you “went to church” on Sundays to warm the pews, open the Bible to whatever passage the pastor told you to, and then you went home. For many (if not most) “church” is and was just a social event. They didn’t bother to actually READ and STUDY the Bible, where they could and would have discovered the need for Torah themselves.

Every Bible contains the Torah - those first five Books of Moses that contain all the "thus saith the Lord" verses, which perfectly outline that ALL who accept the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are to do exactly as HIS people do....

So, if they had taken the time to read the Bible from the beginning, they could have started bugging their pastors about those "thus saith the Lord" verses and asking intelligent questions, such as, "since we're all one in Christ, aren't we all accountable for obeying some of those original commands that seem to pertain to everybody?" Or, "Since the Seventh Day Sabbath is a SIGN between God and his people, shouldn't we be keeping it, too? After all, we're His people, too, right?" (See Exodus 31:16-17; Ezekiel 20:11-12.)

Things might have turned out differently, if they had asked those questions of their pastors ... those men and women who had learned the “New Testament-only, grace-only” stuff in their seminaries where they typically had to sign a document before graduation that commanded them to never veer from the dogma of their respective denominations…. At least THAT could have opened a dialogue that caused YOU to learn and grow, and perhaps influence others.

But no – it seems many prefer to sit on their haunches now, to lament about the past and place all the blame their former pastors … people who simply didn’t KNOW that God’s people are to be Torah observant. How can you blame someone for not teaching something they don’t know? Furthermore, if coming into Torah suddenly made you THAT smart and "all-knowing," then you surely know that it's not nice to gossip and bad-mouth those who helped you grow during your spiritual "formative" years...

While there certainly ARE some weirdos and crooked “mega-pastors” and other hooligans in Christianity (what man-made religion DOESN’T have them?) whose only goal is to use the Word of God as a way to line their pockets, most pastors are sincere in their faith – a faith that led most of us “to Christ” at some point. THAT is what we need to concentrate on. NOT on what the pastors DIDN’T do.

We need to remember that “not knowing” something doesn't make pastors "bad" people. It just makes them "lost" people..

Here is the real crux of my little rant: It is lashon hara to go around insisting you were lied to in church and that your pastor deliberately led you astray! Honestly, if you HAVE to blame someone, blame yourself, chalk it up as "lesson learned," and move on.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Satan is like a weed, cropping up when least expected!

As pretty and as useful as dandelions are, they are still weeds. They are resilient and can crop up anywhere.

Reminds me satan, in a way. No matter how many ways he’s thwarted, or rebuffed or rebuked – he ALWAYS finds a way to return to taunt you; forcing his way into those seemingly "hard-to-reach" places of your soul, and various areas of your life.

One "rightly-timed, ear-tickling word" out of him and many people will immediately succumb to his promises and blindly follow – all the while telling themselves “This is a word from God!”....

Ephesians 6:12. For our conflict is not with flesh and blood but with principalities and with those in authority, and with the possessors of this dark world, and with the evil spirits that are under heaven. (AENT)

1 Timothy 4: 1. But the Spirit says explicitly that, in the latter times, some will depart from the faith, and will go after deceptive spirits and after the doctrine of demons. 2. These will seduce by a false appearance, and will speak a lie and will be seared in their conscience; (AENT)

In Matthew 4:3-11 we see that Yeshua himself was “tempted” by the Adversary. What did he do? He simply quoted from the Torah and Psalms!

Be like Yeshua – TEST via the Torah instructions everything your mind believes to be “from God”….

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Why SHOULD God bless America?

We keep hearing the mantra, “God bless America,” but no one ever asks: WHY should He?

Why should He bless a country that kicked Him out of schools and government buildings back in the early Sixties because some atheist didn’t appreciate prayers in school?

Why should He bless a country that embraced the ideals of “sex, drugs and rock and roll” and “if you’re not with the one you love, love the one you’re with” – right after the “birth control pill” hit the market and permitted promiscuity and relieved women of the fear of unwanted pregnancies?

Why should He bless a country that elected a man like Bill Clinton who literally attempted to redefine the words “sex” and “is” after he was “outed” by the intern he had been using to provide “certain favors” under his desk – thus, making a mockery of the Office of the Presidency … and later LYING about it all on national TV?

Why should He bless a country that reelected this “impeached” liar and adulterer – whose fiscal mismanagement ultimately caused the housing collapse crisis of 2008?

Why should He bless a country that made Barack Obama - a rabid liberal, junior Senator, and racist, who constantly fanned the flames of prejudice, and was solely responsible for the legalization of “gay marriage” (something YHWH calls “an abomination”) and the “normalization” of a “woman’s right” to murder her unborn baby?

Why should God BLESS a nation that knocks itself out to elect people into office, whose first item on their agenda is to remove “gender specific language” in Congress? (Scripture is clear that YHWH made MALE and FEMALE and nothing in between!) Why should He bless a country that caters to every “fringe element” including those pushing the sick notion of “gender fluidity”; while allowing the "gender confused” to dictate that all public restrooms should be made “gender neutral”?

Why should He bless a country that has turned racism into an art form – and elected someone who made the “prudent move” of choosing a Black female running mate (not because she’s necessarily qualified, but to ensure his election to the highest office in the United States), and who just HAD to continue “fanning the flames of prejudice” by using the January 2021 “insurrection” at the Capitol Building (by raving fringe LUNATICS) as an excuse to remind the American public that White people in this country are supposedly dirt bags who do their best to suppress Blacks?

Why should God BLESS a nation that keeps turning a deaf ear and blind eye toward candidates who are totally unqualified for the office of President, who were known philanderers and adulterers, who have lived their entire life mired “in the world?”

Instead of condemning behaviors like that and INSISTING on true GODLY people leading our country, many (including Christians, Jews, Messianic and Hebrew Roots types) insisted instead, on showing “mercy to these candidates” because they were supposedly (and suddenly) “Christians” now.

(I can’t tell you how often I’ve had that shoved down my throat when Trump got elected – even after he was caught on tape poking fun at women and talking about grabbing them by the p----!   And by the way, you can continue to twist the truth however you wish, but the bottom line is: Trump INCITED the incident on Capitol Hill. What kind of a supposedly“god-fearing” leader would do such a thing?  And now he’s being so childish he’s publicly stated that he won’t be attending the inauguration of Biden.)

Why should God BLESS a country over-flowing with hypocritical Scripture twisters who are ready, willing and able to “forgive” whoremongering adulterers, liars, bullies and cheaters; while at the same time, chastising and harassing those who wish to follow YHWH’s Divine Instructions in Righteousness?

Why should He bless a country that has never followed YHWH’s Divine Instructions on holy living (Torah)? A country that has refused to even keep the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath holy - the SIGN between YHWH and His people! (Genesis 2:1; Exodus 31:16-17; Ezekiel 20:11-12)  A country where most idolize “unclean meats” and condone and endlessly forgive DELIBERATE sin. A country that INSISTS everything YHWH deemed to be BAD, is now GOOD; and everything “good” is now “bad” - because we supposedly “have a right” to reject the Divine Instructions for moral, holy living….

People, I fear for America. We haven't been a "godly" nation for decades, and that is why this “great empire” has been steadily crumbling, and will CONTINUE to do so.

Why? Please re-read what I’ve written above, and ask yourself WHY SHOULD God “bless America?” Why WOULD He hear our prayers – when Scripture clearly tells us that the prayers of those who ignore Torah, are considered to be an ABOMINATION! (Proverbs 28:9)

(If you don’t know what “godly” or “holy” means, then please turn off your televisions, computers and all other distractions for a few months, and read your way systematically through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. It will be the most important thing you’ve ever done in your life….)

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness, who change bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter! 21 Woe to those seeing themselves as wise, esteeming themselves as clever.

22 Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine, men whose power goes to mixing strong drinks, 23 who acquit the guilty for bribes but deny justice to the righteous! 24 Therefore, as fire licks up the stubble, and the chaff is consumed in the flame; so their root will rot, and their flowers scatter like dust; because they have rejected the Torah of Adonai-Tzva’ot, they have despised the word of the Holy One of Isra’el. (CJB).

1 John 2: 15. Love not the world nor anything in it; for whoever loves the world has not the love of the Father in him. 16. For all that is in the world is the lust of the body and the lust of the eyes and the pride of the world, which are not from the Father but from the world[*] itself. 17. And the world is passing away, (both) it and the lust thereof; but he that does the pleasure of Elohim abides for ever. (AENT).

*NOTE: “The world” refers to pagan, Torahless, humanistic, evolutionary, relativistic, materialistic, sensual, unrighteous lifestyles that haSatan used to seduce mankind away from YHWH. This certainly does not refer to the earth which YHWH made according to His good pleasure.

Proverbs 28:9 If a person will not listen to Torah, even his prayer is an abomination. (CJB).

So let me ask again: Why should God bless America?

Friday, January 8, 2021

Have you ever really READ 2 Thessalonians 2? It’s mind-blowing!

Check out Stern's interpretation of 2 Thessalonians 2 in the Complete Jewish Bible! Not only can we see the constant reminder about the importance of obedience to Torah; but we are also assured that those who ignore Torah and urge separation FROM Torah, WILL ultimately be exposed and destroyed! Read every word, for there is MUCH to learn in this chapter:

2 Thessalonians 2: 1 But in connection with the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and our gathering together to meet him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be easily shaken in your thinking or anxious because of a spirit or a spoken message or a letter supposedly from us claiming that the Day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way.

For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man who separates himself from Torah has been revealed, the one destined for doom. 4 He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of God and proclaim that he himself is God.[a]

5 Don’t you remember that when I was still with you, I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is restraining, so that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For already this separating from Torah is at work secretly, but it will be secretly only until he who is restraining is out of the way. 8 Then the one who embodies separation from Torah will be revealed, the one whom the Lord Yeshua will slay with the breath of his mouth[b] and destroy by the glory of his coming.

9 When this man who avoids Torah comes, the Adversary will give him the power to work all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. 10 He will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. 11 This is why God is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. 12 The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned.

13 But we have to keep thanking God for you always, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you as firstfruits for deliverance by giving you the holiness that has its origin in the Spirit and the faithfulness that has its origin in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our Good News, so that you could have the glory of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm; and hold to the traditions you were taught by us, whether we spoke them or wrote them in a letter. 16 And may our Lord Yeshua the Messiah himself and God our Father, who has loved us and by his grace given us eternal comfort and a good hope, 17 comfort your hearts and strengthen you in every good word and deed. (CJB)

Monday, January 4, 2021

Talking back to the "intellects" who are poking fun at those of us who "fear" exposure to COVID-19!

 WHY IT IS WRONG TO PASS AROUND MEMES LIKE THIS:


 
This meme is being passed around on Facebook as “truth” (including by some anti-mask, anti-social distancing Hebrew Roots teachers who have been pushing the falsehood that “COVID and everything about it is a hoax”; that “the government is trying to control us” by supposedly “forcing” us to wear masks; and that if you “fear the virus” then you don’t “trust God”).

What lunacy!

YES, we should “trust God” in all things; but WE also have a responsibility to “fear” (respect) something that can KILL us - doing everything in our power to keep that particular thing FROM killing us! Instead, many arrogant, self-centered people are going ballistic because they believe their precious “rights” are being violated, and poking fun at those who DO “fear” exposure to a deadly virus.
Truth is, not only are those types NOT afraid of COVID-19; but they obviously don’t “fear” YHWH enough to OBEY Him and do things HIS way, so that all will go well with them (as Torah teaches) – even DURING a pandemic!

Torah tells us that people with diseases and even “discharges” had to live “outside the camp” until they were healed! (See Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:2.) Menstruating women had to live “outside the camp” because they had no real way of “keeping clean” during that time and could potentially spread disease. Did they do that because they “didn’t trust God?”

And yet, these rebellious, know-it-all “intellects” (including some Messianic Rabbis) want to tell us that we, those of us who “fear” (RESPECT) this deadly disease, don’t trust God?

Isn’t it kind of pathetic that NOTHING has caused the rebellious types to turn to YHWH/Yeshua/Torah – not even the CONTINUING pandemic of AIDS/HIV (which began BECAUSE of something YHWH calls “an abomination”) which He was using as a tool to warn us about the sin of misusing our ELOHIM-created bodies, which are made in His Image! (See Genesis 1:27; Leviticus 18:22; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Revelation 22:14-15; and 1 Thessalonians 4:3.)

Men seemingly never learn, and the Bible says there will come a point where humanity WILL see His wrath! I personally believe the COVID-19 pandemic is one of those dire warnings. Anyone with a God-given brain SHOULD know to have a healthy respect (fear) of someone or something that could KILL you! That does NOT mean you don’t “trust God!”

Anyway, the “hyper-religious” types who create memes like this (and those who post and forward them) apparently have not yet realized that ADONAI likely sent this plague to teach an arrogant, decadent, rebellious, irresponsible, self-centered and downright reprehensible humanity that HE is in charge and He’s tired of our silly nonsense!

(See all of Deuteronomy 28; Isaiah 26:21; Nahum 1:2-6; Romans 1:18, 1:28, 2:5 and 13:4; Ezekiel 25:17; Revelation 19:11-21; Hebrews 10:26-31; Matthew 7:13-14. See also the seal and bowl judgments of Revelation!)

So, YES, “trust YHWH” – but use some common sense! If you “test” Him by purposely ignoring a dangerous virus that He ALLOWED into this world, then it’s highly likely that, at some point, YOU WILL become “collateral damage” … as ignoring COVID and YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES concerning this deadly virus, is just as ridiculous as a life spent abusing your body via sexual promiscuity, cigarette smoking, drugs, alcohol and all the “wrong” foods; and then, when you suddenly end up with lung, stomach, liver and pancreatic cancer and 15 strains of incurable STD’s, you expect Him to “just heal” you….

Just for kicks, let’s examine the passage mentioned on the meme:

2 Timothy 1: 7. For Elohim has not given us a spirit of fear,[*] but of power and of love and of instruction. (AENT)

[*] A spirit of fear here refers to the fear of man, fearing things in every day life, or anything other than Fearing YHWH.

Let’s dig deeper for a clearer picture:

1 Timothy 6: 3. But if there be anyone, who teaches a different doctrine and does not agree to the foundational Words of our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach and to the doctrine of the Fear of Elohim,[*] 4. he is one that exalts himself while he knows nothing; and he languishes in the search and inquiry about words from which come envy and contention and railing and evil suspicions 5. and the constant arguing of men whose minds are corrupt and devoid of the truth, and who suppose that gain is without Elohim. But from these stand away. 6. But great is our gain which is the Fear of Elohim, with the use of our competence. (AENT)

[*] Isaiah 11:2-3 “And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Yirah (Fear) of YHWH; And shall make him of quick understanding in the Yirah (Fear) of YHWH:” A picture of the Menorah is seen here with its seven branches. The center is the Spirit of YHWH while the six other attributes are joined into the center pillar. These seven Spirits also signify perfection or completeness.

The Fear of YHWH Elohim is a “Spirit” of YHWH; it is a vital spiritual quality for Life in Mashiyach. The Fear of YHWH is a personal guide; Hebrew yirah means fear, as in fear/awesome/terrifying contrary to Christian teaching that the Fear of YHWH is not really “fear” but love and respect. Isaiah 29:13 reveals how “the Fear of YHWH is taught by the commandment of men”; in other words, man’s religious theology and tradition has made void the Fear of YHWH.

Many Christians prefer the term “reverence” over “fear”; Christians also use a title of “Reverend” for their clergymen and ministers; therefore, the term “Fear of YHWH” was first negated and then given a theological/semantic twist to apply to their own leadership, as in the case of “reverend.”

The Fear of YHWH is noted throughout Scripture; B’resheet/Genesis 20:11; 42:18; Shemot/Exodus 9:30; 18:21; Vayikra/Leviticus 25:17; D’varim/Deuteronomy 10:12 and in more than a hundred places. Without the Spirit of the Fear of YHWH, people will fear man, materialism, relativism and all form of idols, including their religious leaders.

….And there you have it, folks! If you truly feel that you can ignore the prudent behavior to wear a mask and do some social-distancing and generally exercise YOUR personal responsibilities during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC, then you not only don’t have a “fear of YHWH,” but you have no common sense, either. That’s just the bottom line.



Saturday, January 2, 2021

How do we know Paul was a true Apostle?

How do we know Paul was a true Apostle?  Well, he called himself one in many verses, for example:

1 Timothy 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Saviour, and Christ Jesus our hope" (ASV)

1 Corinthians 9:2 "If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord" (ESV)

Romans 1:1 "Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother," (ASV)

There are many other passages where Paul refers to himself as an Apostle, but the main reason we can know he truly was one, is because Scripture says he was called and commissioned by יהוה (YHWH) Himself!  

Acts 9:1-22, specifically verse 15, says: "But the Lord said to him, 'Go, for he [Paul] is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel'." (ESV).

Let’s take a look at this entire passage in the Aramaic:

Acts 9: 1. Now Shaul was yet full of intimidation and the fury of murder towards the disciples of our Master. 2. And he asked for letters from the chief priests to give to Darmsuq to the assemblies that if he should find men or women who follow in this path he might arrest (them and) bring them to Urishlim. 3. And as he traveled and approached Darmsuq, suddenly a light from heaven shone upon him.

4. And he was thrown upon the ground, and he heard a voice that said to him, Shaul! Shaul! Why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick the stakes. 5. And he answered and said, “Who are you my Master?” And our Master said, I am Y’shua the Nasraya, He whom you persecute! 6. But rise up (and) enter into the city, and there will be spoken to you concerning what you should do.

7. Now the men who were traveling with him on the road were amazed because they heard only a sound, but a man was not visible to them. 8. Shaul got up from the ground and he was not able to see anything though his eyes were open. They brought him by his hands to Darmsuq. 9. And he was not able to see (for) three days. And he did not eat and he did not drink.

10. Now there was a certain disciple in Darmsuq whose name was Khanan-Yah. And Master YHWH said to him in a vision, Khanan-Yah! And he said, “Behold, (it is) I [1] my Master.” 11. And our Master (Y’shua) said to him, Arise. Go to the street that is called Straight and inquire at the house of Yehuda for Shaul who is from the city of Tarsus. For behold while he was praying 12. he saw a man in a vision whose name (was) Khanan-Yah [2] who entered and placed a hand upon him so that his eyes might be opened.

13. And Khanan-Yah said, “My Master (Y’shua), I have heard from many concerning this man how much evil he has inflicted on your Set Apart ones in Urishlim. 14. And behold even here he has authority from the high priests to arrest all those who call (upon) your Name!” 15. Then Master YHWH [3] said to him, Arise! Go because he (is) a vessel to me, chosen to carry my Name among the Gentiles and among kings and among the sons of Israel. 16. For I will reveal to him how much he will suffer because of my Name. [4] (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Notice how Khanan-Yah is reproved not by Y’shua, but by YHWH Himself, as indicated by the Aramaic word MarYah. This represents a profound dichotomy because Khanan-Yah himself may not even be aware that the Father is responding to him. Khanan-Yah’s point is that those who proclaim YHWH’s Mashiyach are being persecuted because they “call upon your Name.” But YHWH points out that it is His Name, in Mashiyach that is being rejected, so when all is said and done, Shaul is preaching YHWH’s Torah (instructions) to the Gentiles.

[2] Aramaic here presents a critical distinction lacking in Greek, once again due to the bifurcation of MarYah (YHWH) and Maran/Mari (Y’shua). In verse 5 of Acts 9, Y’shua gives a command that is questioned. This act then prompts the speaker to switch from Y’shua to YHWH; therefore, it is YHWH’s name that Paul will suffer for!

It is also important to note that while Y’shua was on earth, any teaching about Y’shua being YHWH refers to the divine nature within Him. Y’shua was both conceived through the Ruach haKodesh and He breathed the Set-Apart Ruach into His disciples. Here, the resurrected Y’shua speaks to Paul in the vision. Y’shua’s human nefesh reanimated with his Ruach in a spiritual resurrection body, as described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15.

[3] Ha ana is the Aramaic equivalent of hineni, the famous Hebrew phrase uttered by Awraham when called by YHWH, “behold it is I” or “here am I”. Awraham responds to YHWH during a time of testing, similarly Khanan-Yah is being tested when asked to give aid to someone who could imprison him or even kill him for his faith. Being asked to go to the street called “Straight” is a major Hebraic idiom, as we are to walk the straight street when we live according to YHWH’s Torah.

[4] The name “Khanan-Yah” means “Yah is merciful.” The play on his name demonstrates the mercy about to be shown to Shaul through the restoration of his eyesight. This is only apparent in Aramaic.