Sunday, December 9, 2018

Do we really need to label everything "pagan"?

Lately, everyone seems to be throwing around the word "paganism".... But - do we really need to label everything "pagan"?

It's true that both Christmas and Easter are steeped in paganism while at the same time, masquerading as religious holy days. Many who find their way to Torah immediately begin preaching that EVERYTHING is pagan. Christmas, Easter, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Mother's Day, Father's Day - you name it. The holier-than-thou Hebrew Roots types even insist "folding your hands in prayer" is pagan, and that your kids' birthday celebrations are pagan.

I got into a huge argument with some Facebookian once who tried to push down my throat the fact that the days of the week and Gregorian calendar months are pagan. Well, golly-gee, that happens to be what our world has adopted, and nobody is worshiping any strange gods by making a doctor’s appointment for Wednesday, the third of January, 2019! I dared him to try to use his silly argument on his doctor’s office by requesting an appointment at “the sixth hour of Yom Revi’I or “the third day” of Adar, 5779, or whatever! Good luck with that, buddy!

The thing is, if you think about it, EVERYTHING we do in life that isn't mentioned in Scripture as "good" can be considered as "pagan." But where do we draw the line? Should we all just hole up in our homes and never come out for fear that we might accidentally participate in paganism?

Life was meant to be LIVED! If you know YHWH/Yeshua/Torah, then you should be discerning enough to recognize the difference between "good and bad" and whether or not something today is "pagan". For instance, you should know NOT to attend a Hexenbrut (witch dance); or attend a "Rap" concert where you already know in advance that it's all about rebellion and hatred using the most foul and demeaning language possible.

If you truly KNOW Scripture, then you should be discerning enough to know that YHWH wants you to obey HIS Divine Rules and celebrate the Feasts HE commanded, and to live by HIS Rules (His Torah) to the best of your understanding.

But that doesn't mean you can't do ANYTHING anymore except sit around and pray all day and quote Scripture and speak in King James English. We live in a world that was meant to be enjoyed, so go watch a movie or take your kids to baseball game, or whatever. And yes, celebrate their birthdays, using some common sense (i.e., don't go into debt to do it, because that definitely goes against Torah). There's nothing wrong with celebrating the fact that YHWH gave you and your children life. After all, our “birth days” ARE all about HIM!

So, back to the idea of Christmas. Do you think you'll go to hell if a neighbor asks you to come over and join his family in their Christmas dinner? NO! Be a good neighbor and simply accept the invitation (or not, your choice); and if the conversation somehow comes around to them asking you why you don't have a Christmas tree in your house, simply explain that you only do the BIBLICAL Feasts – you don’t have to demean their celebration.

At least that way, you've sown a seed instead of turning them off by screaming, "Well, I don't celebrate Christmas because it's PAGAN!" All that does is to make them mad, turn them off, and cause them to think you're a lunatic.

After that, it's THEIR choice as to whether to investigate further the things YOU believe... If they don't, oh well. It ain't your problem. If they do ask more questions of you, chances are, they'll think you're crazy for "putting yourself back under the law" ... and that's okay. It's their choice as to whether they want to keep you as a friend once they know you're Torah observant. As you know, actually obeying God's Rules is NOT a popular thing to do in this lost world. MOST refuse to take that narrow gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14) and they’ll pound you to death for your choice to obey….

The bottom line is, Hebrew Rooters are way too quick to become arrogant and are constantly yelling and screaming and "looking down" on everyone else. That is NOT how YHWH wants us to treat people. We cannot show them the beauty of Torah life if all we ever do is yell at them.

It took me 44 years to even become a Believer BECAUSE of the hyper religious types who were constantly shoving down my throat that I was going to hell if I didn't "believe in Jesus!" In my mind, WHY would I believe in someone who RAPED me into believing in him by threatening me with hell?

Well, the Hebrew Roots is doing basically the same thing by finding paganism under every rock and trying to force the world into compliance with Torah. It doesn't work that way!

YHWH doesn't work that way, either. He has presented His Word and we have the choice to take it or leave it. In the end, anyone who rejected it will discover what a HUGE mistake they made. But it's not up to us to FORCE them to see. They CAN'T see if their spiritual eyes haven't been opened....

In closing, if you’re interested, I’ve written an article about how to deal with relatives at Christmas time.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Is Yeshua “God”? Let’s allow Bible hermeneutics to decide!

We, at The Refiner’s Fire, do not view YESHUA – while he was on earth as a man - as "God" … simply because GOD cannot be born or die. Yeshua came from YHWH. He was His Messiah, the Word made flesh (John 1:1, 14) caused to be born as a human being with a divine nature, who was placed into the womb of a virgin by YHWH Himself. (Remember, Isaiah 53 calls him the “arm” of YHWH! An arm is attached to “the whole body” and only does what the brain commands - which is exactly what Yeshua did!)

Yeshua was NOT “the seed” of a human being. He was placed into the virgin (almah) Miriyam, whose hymen was broken from the inside-out (not from the outside-in!) when Yeshua was born – for the purpose of doing YHWH’s will, proclaiming the Kingdom of YHWH and doing everything His Father commanded. He never said he was YHWH/ADONAI/ELOHIM; he said he was “sent” by the Father; and he constantly deferred to YHWH, giving Him ALL the credit and proclaiming HIS Word.  He knew he was special; he knew he was the Messiah!

Scripture confirms those facts:

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.

John 6: 35. Y'shua said to them, I am the Bread of Life. Whoever comes to me will not hunger. And whoever believes in me will not ever thirst. 36. But I have said to you that you have seen me, and you do not believe. 37. All who my Father has given to me will come, and whoever comes not to me I will cast outside!

38. For I came down from heaven,[*] not to do my will, but to do the will of Him who sent me. 39. And this is His will, that of Him who sent me, that all that He has given to me I do not lose even one. 40. For this is the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in Him, will have life that is eternal. And I will raise him up on the last day. (Aramaic English New Testament)

NOTE: As in the context of Miltha (the Word) or the "Manifestation" or the "Will of" YHWH coming down from heaven to do the Will of YHWH upon earth; his Spirit is of YHWH but his nephesh (soul) and body are human and temporal. This shows that Yeshua was NOT in charge; HIS FATHER WAS!

As mentioned above, Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and to do everything his Father commanded. He tore down the fences of man's legalism; and neither he nor his Apostles ever (EVER!) advocated against YHWH’s Torah!

John 12: 44. But Y'shua cried out and said, He who believes in me, it is not in me he does believe, but in Him who sent me.[1] 45. And he who sees me sees Him who sent me! 46. I have come as the light into this world that all who believe in me might not remain in the darkness! 47. And he who hears my words, yet does not keep them, I do not judge him, for I have not come to judge the world but to give life[2] to the world.

48. He who rejects me and does not receive my words, there is something that judges him. The word that I have spoken, it will judge him on the last day. 49. For I have not spoken from my soul, but the Father who sent me. He gave a Commandment to me what I should say and what I should speak. 50. And I know that His commands are eternal life.[3] Therefore, these things that I speak just as my Father told me, thus I speak.[4] (Aramaic English New Testament)

[1] Yeshua does not bring a new Faith, but reveals the original Faith of YHWH the Father.

[2] Yeshua proclaims that he came to give life, then he declares that his father's Commands are eternal life! The Father's "Commands" are instruction in righteousness; this is Torah which contains Commandments, Judgments, Testimony and Witness regarding the Kingdom of Elohim. Those who enter into Covenant with Mashiyach are entering into Covenant with his Father YHWH; therefore, it is evil - an outright lie - to teach that Torah is done away with and replaced by a new theology!

[3] The Commands of YHWH bring eternal life. YHWH's "Commands" refers to all of His Commandments; these are one and the same as every Word that proceeds out of the Mouth of Elohim. These are not Commands only between Yeshua and His Father, but they are universal for all souls who will enter into the Malchut Elohim.

[4] Y'shua speaks the Word of YHWH, not his own words; therefore, he conveys the revelation of YHWH according to the Ruach haKodesh without the baggage of man's religious tradition. Religion has a propensity to reinvent or interpret the Word of YHWH to make it "acceptable" to man's standards; whereas Mashiyach came not to please men, but to honor and bring Glory to his Father.

So, as you can see from the above, Yeshua was sent by the Father NOT as a human “god” and NOT to do His own will; but rather, the holy and perfect will of YHWH! Unfortunately, many seem to think He came to replace the Father and abolish Torah, which is a huge and dangerous misconception. He came to restore man's relationship with YHWH and remind us to totally rely on YHWH for everything.

In closing, many attempt to use Philippians 2 as “proof” that “Jesus is God” because the text says so.  Well, properly translated, here is what that passage, translated from the original Aramaic, says and means:

Philippians 2:5 And think you so in yourselves, as Y'shua the Mashiyach also thought; 6. who, as he was in the likeness of Elohim, did not regard it sinful to be the coequal of Elohim; 7. yet disinherited himself and assumed the likeness of a servant, and was in the likeness of men and was found in fashion as a man; 8. and he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake.

9. Wherefore, also, Elohim has highly exalted him and given him a name which is more excellent than all names; 10. that at the name of Y'shua every knee should bow, of (beings) in heaven and on earth and under the earth; 11. and that every tongue should confess that Master YHWH is Y'shua the Mashiyach. (AENT)

Footnote: "Name" in verse 9 is more than his literal birth name Y'shua (which was and is a common Hebrew name), and more than the perfect reputation that his name represents. Y'shua bears (reveals) the Name of YHWH, the "name above all names!" Y'shua has the Name and reputation of the Father YHWH in him (John 17:11) and the name means "YHWH is Salvation" (Matthew 1:21).

Let us examine and test our ways and return to ADONAI

A friend of mine asked the question: “Have you ever noticed that people won’t take the time to read their Bible, or study or look up information; BUT they will take a 15 minute quiz to find out what kind of potato they are?”

Truer words were never spoken! It's SO disheartening to see so many seeking "religion" and "religiosity" and trying to find God everywhere EXCEPT in the Bible. Every day I meet people on Facebook who are new or still fairly new to the Torah faith, whose posts reflect a mixture of good and bad teachings and memes copied from a wide variety of weird and/or self-proclaimed teachers who clearly have their own thing going and are busy leading people completely away from the Word.

No wonder so many people have absolutely NO discernment when it comes to Scripture! I believe the reason they don’t is because, rather than to GET INTO Scripture for themselves, they’re blindly swallowing articles and videos by a random selection of people, and just generally grazing Facebook for cool memes to copy and forward – and then THAT, in turn, constitutes what they know about God and the Bible.

How very sad!

If my words in the least bit tweaked someone’s conscience, I would ask that you search your heart and decide to stop grazing around so much, and finally get serious about the Word.

“Let us examine and test our ways and return to ADONAI.” (Lamentations 3:40)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Parashah 10: Mikketz (At the end) Genesis 41:1 through 44:17

Shabbat shalom, everyone! As always, a synopsis of this week’s Torah portion can be found on our website.  Simply put, the bottom line of this week’s lesson is: YHWH's Will was (and is) done, regardless how much we humans attempt to interfere or take matters into our own hands!

For more, please click on the link above!


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

A warning to Believers: Be careful!

It seems there seem to be four types of people that comprise Believers in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob:

(1) Those who are true, Ruach-filled Believers in YHWH/Yeshua/Torah, who KNOW the Word because they constantly study it; who are teachable and constantly learning and growing, who uncompromisingly LIVE their faith.

(2) Those who are completely lukewarm and couldn't care less, one way or the other.

(3) Those who who believe themselves to be great Bible teachers, even though they have clearly twisted Scripture to suit their own purposes; and they are, consequently, leading the gullible into the pits of hell; and ...

(4) those who tend to fall for any ear-tickling nonsense that comes their way... who don't know Scripture well enough to recognize skewed or downright false teachings, but are ready to swallow anything that's tossed at them - EXCEPT for actual Truth.

This post is aimed at the last two types, who seem to be the most dominant on the Internet:

Timothy warned YHWH's people that these things would happen (2 Timothy 3:1-7); and then he said this:

2 Timothy 4: 1. I charge you before Elohim and our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach who is to judge the living and the dead at the manifestation of his Kingdom 2. Proclaim the Word and persist (in it) with diligence, in time and out of time; admonish and rebuke with all patience and instructiveness.

3. For the time will come when they will not give ear to sound teaching; but, according to their lusts, will multiply to themselves teachers in the itching of their hearing; 4. and will turn away their ears from the truth, and incline after fables. 5. But be vigilant in all things; and endure evils and do the work of a proclaimer of the Good News, and fulfill your ministry. (AENT)

As you know, we are living in some really perilous times. Be CAREFUL and be VIGILANT, for haSatan is prowling around, seeking to devour YOU! (1 Peter 5:8)

Sunday, December 2, 2018

We need to know the importance of Shabbat!

With another Shabbat in our "rearview mirror," I want to make a quick comment about "Shabbat", which is the Fourth Commandment (of the Aseret HaDibrot - Ten Words/Commandments) that YHWH spoke to Israel.

The fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is DALET, the Door - and it just so happens that the Shabbat is a "door" into the Kingdom of Elohim (Matthew 16:19, Isaiah 66:2, Ezekiel 44:24, Zechariah 14:16, etc.).

Interestingly, Y’shua, the Word of the Living Elohim, is ALSO the "Door" or the "Gate" (John 10:9-16). NOBODY comes to the Father except through THAT Door! (John 14:6)

Please remember that Shabbat is "eternal" and not for "the Jews only,” but for ALL Believers (see scriptures such as Numbers 15:13-16). All true disciples of Y’shua are able to enter into YHWH’s Shabbat as the “Bride” of Mashiyach (Messiah) from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset, according to Revelation 21:9; Hosea 2; Jeremiah 17; Isaiah 56; 58; 62; 66; Ezekiel 46; Psalm 92, etc.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Countering the anti-Jesus rhetoric of Rabbi Stuart Federow and Jason “SpiritualBabies”

Please take some time to watch this 26-minute video for a wake-up call on how cleverly counter-missionaries will twist Scripture in their attempts to “debunk Jesus.”

People like these two in this video are the reason why I created my “Countering the Counter-Missionaries” pages both on my website (The Refiner’s Fire) and on Facebook. The first thing you’ll encounter in this video is the learned Rabbi Federow starting off his teaching about Isaiah 53 with a silly and sarcastic little joke about Jesus. After a good guffaw, he and Jason then set out to present several supposed “proof texts” that Isaiah 53 is all about “Israel”; and NOT Jesus.

Unfortunately for them, their opinions fail to line up with Truth, as I’ve shown, below, where I have presented some counter-arguments for you to consider. To get the “whole picture,” I wholeheartedly recommend you read my responses AFTER you have listened to their show. In the end, you can make up your own mind as to who you believe was “right or wrong.”

While these guys clearly believe they’re doing the world a favor by making videos such as these, I would hope most people are astute enough to catch the errors, the Scripture twisting and the poorly-concealed sarcasm as they chuckle their way through this latest attempt to convince people that Messiah Yeshua is a huge hoax perpetrated upon the world.

Here are a few major points from this video that I chose to challenge:

FIRST POINT:

The insistence that Isaiah 53 is all about Israel as the “son” or the “servant”:

Just because several scriptures refer to Israel as the “firstborn son” or God’s “servant” does NOT prove that Isaiah 53 is all about Israel! Let’s employ some logic here – and if you choose to respond, please provide scriptures to back up your assertions!

· Can Israel DIE for Israel? (No, but Yeshua did! See Matthew 27.)

· Can Israel be wounded for our transgressions? (No, but Yeshua was! See Matthew 27.)

· Can people take Israel's garments and divide them? (No, but that certainly happened in Yeshua’s case! See John 19:23.)

· WHEN was "Israel" wounded for our transgressions or crushed because of our iniquities?

· Has the world been HEALED by "Israel"? Not hardly! Yeshua has filled myriads of Tanach prophecies - and people can reject it all they want, but they cannot CHANGE those facts!

Count the number of times you see the word “he” or “him” in just these two following short verses:

Isaiah 53:13 Behold, My servant shall prosper, he shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high. 14 According as many were appalled at thee - so marred was his visage unlike that of a man, and his form unlike that of the sons of men - 15 So shall he startle many nations, kings shall shut their mouths because of him; for that which had not been told them shall they see, and that which they had not heard shall they perceive.

Isaiah 53: 1 'Who would have believed our report? And to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he shot up right forth as a sapling, and as a root out of a dry ground; he had no form nor comeliness, that we should look upon him, nor beauty that we should delight in him. 3 He was despised, and forsaken of men, a man of pains, and acquainted with disease, and as one from whom men hide their face: he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Please read the rest of Isaiah 53, while continuing to count the “he” and “him” references and ask yourself how many people the above could possibly be referring to. (The nation of Israel certainly consists of more than one person!)

Can the word “servant” refer to a plurality to denote “Israel”? Sure. But then the rest of the sentence structure would have to match….

SECOND POINT:

The duo also expressed their opinion that Matthew 21:1-7 is misleading and misinterpreted, etc. as Matthew 21:1-7 talks about “two donkeys”; while Mark 11 mentions just one. Rabbi Federow’s exact words were that, in Matthew, “Jesus is balancing on two animals” and then he went on to explain some dual meanings of certain words in Hebrew, positing that there were never “two donkeys.”

My contention is, SO WHAT?  What difference does it make how many donkeys were mentioned, or that Matthew went on to say that the donkey Yeshua rode was a foal?  Surely, Yeshua didn’t “balance” on the Momma AND her baby! That is an asinine statement – not to mention, it was also a not-so-veiled attempt to make “Jesus” look like the wishy-washy, lying buffoon that Rabbi Federow wishes to make him out to be…

Please read the following passage (paying special attention to verse 7) and see if you can visualize Yeshua “balancing” on both animals:

Matthew 21:1. And when he approached Urishlim and came to Beth Pageh on the side of the Mount of Olives, Y’shua sent two of his disciples, 2. And said to them, Go to this village that is in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey that is bound and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to me.

3. And if anyone says anything to you, tell him that they are needed for our Master, and immediately he will send them here. 4. And these things happened (so) that the thing that the prophet spoke might be fulfilled, (for that prophet) said, 5. “Say to the daughter of Tsiyon, behold your king comes to you meek and mounted upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey.” [1]

6. The disciples departed and did as Yeshua had commanded them. 7. And they brought the donkey and the colt and placed their garments upon the colt and Yeshua mounted upon it. (AENT)

[1] Refers to Zechariah 9:9-10.

If you are confused by the phrase in verse 7 “behold your king comes to you meek and mounted upon a donkey, and upon a colt the foal of a donkey”, thinking the text does imply Yeshua is “balancing” on both animals, then you should look at the way it is presented in Zechariah 9:9:

“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion, shout, O daughter of Jerusalem; behold, thy king cometh unto thee, he is triumphant, and victorious, lowly, and riding upon an ass, even upon a colt the foal of an ass.” (JPS)

The language in no way is meant to convey anyone is attempting to ride two animals at once, but it does make you wonder why Rabbi Federow doesn’t also bash Zechariah while he’s bashing Matthew!

And now Mark’s version:

Mark 11: 1. And when he drew near to Urishlim, towards Beth-Pageh and Beth-Anya, by the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples. 2. And he said to them, Go to that village that is opposite to us, and at once when you enter it you will find a colt that is tied up which no man has ridden. Loose it and bring it to me. 3. And if anyone should say to you, “Why are you doing this?” say to him that “Our Master requires it.” And immediately he will send him here.

4. And they went and found the colt which was tied up at the door outside on the street. And while they loosed him, 5. Some of those who were standing there said to them, “What are you doing loosing the colt?” 6. And they said to them as Yeshua had commanded them, and they allowed them. 7. And they brought the colt to Yeshua and placed their garments upon it, and Yeshua rode upon it. (AENT)

Okay, so Mark 11 doesn’t mention the colt’s mother; he is writing from a different perspective, but Mark did mention something important in verse 2: That Yeshua rode upon a young donkey upon which NO ONE ELSE had ever ridden. That seems pretty important and apropos for YHWH’s Messiah….

THIRD POINT:

One of Rabbi Federow’s comments about Christians was, “They make up stories about Jesus to make it look like fulfillment of Scripture.”

My response is: Granted, Christianity is guilty of “reading into” Scripture and consequently, twisting some things; but just because the “Greek mindset” cannot comprehend the deeper things of Judaism doesn’t mean they purposely made up anything to force the fulfillment of Scripture. 

Whether counter-missionaries like it or not, Yeshua HAS fulfilled at least 300 Messianic prophecies!  (According to scientist and mathematician, Professor Peter Stoner, the probability of even just 48 prophecies being fulfilled by one person (referring to Yeshua) is the incredible number of 1 in 10157 - one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…)

FOURTH POINT:

Jason made the comment that Luke 1:54 proves that “Israel is the servant of God.” Okay, so, Luke 1:5 says, “He has helped his servant Israel and he has remembered his mercy.”  So what?  If you’ll read that whole passage, you’ll see that it wasn’t only “about Israel”; the two women (Miriam and Elizabeth) were singing God’s praises, and listing several of His accomplishments; among them being that YHWH had been good to His servant Israel.

Let’s not forget that the tiny embryo within Miriam - God’s SON, was a JEW who would ALSO become His servant in ways “Israel” could never even pretend to be!

Let’s take a look at the context of that passage:

Luke 1:42. And she cried out with a loud voice and said to Maryam, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” 43. “How did this happen to me that the mother of my Master[1] comes to me?” 44. “For behold when the sound of your greeting fell upon my ears, the infant in my womb leaped with a great joy.” 45. “And blessings to she who believed, because there will be fulfillment to those things that were spoken to her in the presence of Master YHWH.”

46. And Maryam said, “My soul magnifies Master YHWH. 47. And my spirit has rejoiced in Elohim my Savior. 48. Because He has looked at the meekness of his handmaid,[2] for behold from now on will give me blessings to all generations. 49. Because He has done great things for me, He who is mighty and Set Apart is his Name.

50. And His mercy is upon generations for ages of those who fear Him.[3] 51. And He has accomplished victory with his arm and has scattered the proud hearted. 52. He has cast down the mighty from the seats and exalted the meek. 53. He has satisfied the hungry with good things, and the wealthy he has dismissed empty-handed. 54. He has helped his servant Israel and he has remembered his mercy. 55. As he spoke with our fathers Awraham and with his seed forever.” (AENT)

Footnotes:

[1] The Aramaic word used here, Mari, my Master, refers to Mashiyach who is Miriam’s womb, not YHWH.

[2] 1 Samuel 1:11; 2:1

[3] Psalm 103:17; 111:9

So, how does Luke 1 take anything away from Yeshua, ADONAI’s “Son” with whom He was well pleased? (See Matthew 3:17, Mark 3:22, 2 Peter 1:17.) At least Yeshua – unlike the constantly disobedient and straying “servant” Israel – NEVER displeased or disappointed YHWH! He even willingly laid down his life for ADONAI. 

Can “Israel” say the same?  Hardly!

FIFTH POINT:

The duo also discussed the supposed dilemma that, if Mary is a “kinswoman” of Elizabeth (see Luke 1:36), then she (Mary) has to be a Levite, as well; and therefore, she wasn’t of Judah and therefore, Jesus wasn’t either. (Honestly, if that were the case, then Jesus wasn’t just “King” but also a “priest”!)

The nature of the kinship between Elizabeth and Mary is not provided. Elizabeth was an elderly woman (Luke 1:7, 18) and Mary a young woman (Luke 1:34) so they are of different generations.  Therefore Mary and Elizabeth may have been first cousins, or they may have been fourth cousins. All we know for sure is that they were kin. Second, Mary and Elizabeth could have been from different tribes and still have been first cousins. It may be that their mothers were sisters. Their mothers could have been from the tribe of Judah or Levi. Rabbi Federow is therefore erred insisting that Mary had to be a Levite!

However Mary and Elizabeth were related, tribal heritage among the descendants of Jacob was passed down through fathers, not mothers. Thus, Elizabeth and Mary were descendants of Aaron and David, respectively, by their fathers.

The fact is, the astute reader will recognize that the genealogy in Matthew 1 is that of Mary, from Avraham, through David, to her guardian or adopted father, named Yoseph (note: not her husband Yoseph) – who was decidedly from the line of David. We find that Mary had no brothers and there were no siblings to take care of her while she was alive since Yeshua commanded her into John's care before he died (see John 19:26-27). No brothers means Mary had full right of inheritance from her father.

Finally, while Matthew provides the lineage of Mary, Luke provides the lineage of Yoseph, her husband. Thus the two genealogies demonstrate that both of Yeshua's parents are from the same tribe and Yeshua’s right of kingship is established.

For more, please read our article on Yeshua’s lineage.

Ironically, the same people who espouse Scripture out one side of their mouths, are able to post this kind of smut:

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“The Law is a curse?” What does that really mean?

Christianity insists that the Law is a curse because one cannot possibly fulfill all its requirements. It is said that, while the Law (Torah) itself is perfect and holy, those who try to justify themselves before its holy Author bring not His blessing, but His curse upon themselves.

To begin with, this “Law is a curse” thing stems from a misinterpretation of Galatians 3:10-14. The “Law” actually refers to YHWH’s Torah (first five Books of Moses, which contain all of YHWH’s Divine Instructions in Righteousness, without which we would have no blueprint for moral, holy living)

Secondly, the thing we must ask ourselves is this: Where in Scripture are we told that everyone must fulfill ALL the requirements of Torah, OR that anyone would be justified by “the Law?” The answer to both questions? Nowhere!

YHWH always required the blood of innocent animals to atone for our sins (Leviticus 17:11), accompanied, of course, by prayer and repentance (2 Chronicles 7:14, Acts 3:19, etc.) along with a genuine desire to turn from our sins! After all, why bother offering a sin sacrifice if you’re not truly repentant or serious about refraining from committing that same sin in the future?

And here’s the thing about those original “613” Torah rules: They were NEVER a “curse” to mankind! They were Divine Rules for people to follow! (How could YHWH’s Divine Rules EVER be considered “a curse?”) Most were for the Levite priests; not the people. Some were only for men, and some were only for women. Consequently, nobody could, nor was ever expected to, “do all 613.” That is simply NOT what YHWH asked of us!

So, concerning the Galatians 3 misunderstandings by Christianity, to reiterate, we must understand from this passage is that the curse does not refer to “the Law.” The curse is the penalty levied for not keeping the Law! Torah points out what is good and bad, and where we fail and fall short of God’s will; but it cannot pronounce us “righteous”; that was NEVER its purpose.

The main problem here is that the Greek mistranslates as “law” the word “Torah”. The ONLY remedy is to view Scripture from a “Hebrew” instead of the “Greek” mindset.

So, let’s take a look at that pesky Galatians 3 passage, as it appears in the Aramaic English New Testament, along with footnotes designed to help you understand the Hebraic context:

Galatians 3: 10. For those who are servants of Torah are still under a curse, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not act[1] on all that is written in this book of Torah.” 11. But that no man is made righteous by Torah before Elohim is evident, for it is written, “the righteous will live by faith”.[2]

12. Thus Torah is not made by faith, but whosoever will do the things that are written in it, will live in it.[3] 13. But Mashiyach has redeemed us from the “curse of Torah”[4] by becoming accursed[5] for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”.[6] 14. That the blessing of Awraham might come to the Gentiles through Y’shua the Mashiyach; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Deuteronomy 28:26

[2] Habakkuk 2:4

[3] Leviticus 18:5

[4] See Deuteronomy 21:22-23. Y’shua committed no capital crime. Pharisees were warning Jews off Y’shua by saying that he had become a curse because he hung on the torture stake. The Pharisees tried to vilify Y’shua before the Jewish people. Paul is repeating this accusation of the Pharisees for the benefit of “Messianic Pharisees” (see Tosefta Sanhedrin IX.7).

“Messianic Pharisees” (Galatians 2:4) were likely weary of being shunned by their people (see Matthew 10:39) and wanted back into the synagogues, so they were posturing themselves as Ebionites (a Judaistic Christian Gnostic sect of the 2d century a.d. that observed the Torah in part, rejected Paul, accepted only the Gospel of Matthew, and held an adoptionist Christology).

Today “Messianic Pharisees” or Ebionites, attend Orthodox synagogues and are enamored with traditional Rabbinical Judaism; they believe Y’shua is Mashiyach, but not the Arm of YHWH or YHWH Tsidkenu revealed. Paul is using the strongest words possible to affirm the Truth by reminding certain Galatians that they are trying to dilute the Netzarim Faith with traditional Pharisaism.

In 2,000 years, little has changed; many Orthodox Rabbis still call Y’shua a bastard and a curse of the Jewish people because he “hung on the stake.” Some Rabbis will even provide a mock funeral for Jews who follow Y’shua, and teach that the family member is as though they never existed; so if one can understand the duress that certain “Messianic Pharisees” were under, then one can understand why Paul chose such severity of words!

[5] There are 12 specific curses mentioned in Deut. 28:15-26; however, one can also apply this to the entire Torah simply because if anyone knowingly or unknowingly sins but does not seek forgiveness and restitution, they are under a curse, certainly not a blessing. There is a "Y" in the road of every choice we make; one road leads to blessing, the other to a curse.

[6] Y'shua was "accursed" by his accusers, but Christians teach that YHWH and Torah accused Y'shua. However, Y'shua was the Perfect Lamb. He never broke Torah; therefore could never come under any curse of Torah. We come under the curse when we sin and refuse to turn to YHWH!

There is SO much more that could be added to this, but the bottom line is: Torah is NOT a “curse.” Torah shows us what sin is and sets a standard for Perfection. Torah points us to Redemption, Salvation and Deliverance and a time of reckoning when those who are dead will awake to everlasting life or everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:1-10).

As Paul wrote:

Romans 3: 31 "Do we then nullify the Torah through faith? Not at all! Rather, we ESTABLISH the Torah."

Friday, November 30, 2018

Parashah 9: Vayeshev (He continued living) Genesis 37:1 through 40:23

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah!  Time to get serious about this week’s Torah portion again!  This week, we are studying Parashah 9: Vayeshev (He continued living) - Genesis 37:1 through 40:23.  As always, a synopsis of the Torah portion can be found on our website.

In last week's Torah portion we saw Ya'akov (renamed Israel) going back to his homeland. By that time he had twelve sons who were to become the twelve tribes of Israel. His father Yitz'chak (Isaac), our second Patriarch, died at the age of 180, and Ya'akov (our third Patriarch) and his twin brother, Esav, buried him.

In this parashah beginning in Genesis 37 we find Israel's (formerly known as Ya'akov/Jacob, Genesis 32:28) son Yosef (Joseph) as an object of jealousy for his brothers who realized that their father loved Yosef more than any of them. After revealing a series of dreams that seemed to indicate Yosef would eventually be their leader in some way, his brothers plotted to kill him - but ultimately sold him to the Goyim (Gentiles) after his oldest brother Reuven insisted they simply throw him into a cistern. Reuven planned on rescuing him later, but the story took a turn when the brothers decided to sell Yosef to a passing caravan which took him on to Egypt.

Jealousy, as you know, can make one do strange things. Cain killed Abel over jealousy because God had accepted Abel's sacrifice and not his own (Genesis 4). Psalm 106 tells us the Israelites in the wilderness became jealous of Moshe and Aharon who were being used mightily by YHWH Himself. In the Gospels we see that the Pharisees were jealous of Y'shua - and their jealousy eventually nailed Him to the stake. In Galatians 5:19-21 we see that jealousy is considered a "work of the flesh."

And here, in this parashah, we see the jealousy of Yosef's brothers driving them to the point of wanting to kill him. However, because YHWH was with him, they ended up selling him into slavery in Egypt, instead….

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Was Yeshua born on Yom Teruah/Trumpets?

Every once in awhile, we encounter people who insist that Yeshua was born on Yom Teruah/Trumpets.  But we urge people to please think about this logically:

YHWH doesn't do anything "out of sequence." This means, Yeshua HAD to be born before he could die and rise and fulfill all the feasts in sequence that lead up to his return.

Let’s check it out:

According to what we can see in the "New Testament," he was born on Sukkot/Tabernacles (remember, he was only here on earth temporarily and the Sukkot booths/sheds are just temporary dwellings), and he died on Passover (thus also fulfilling Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot).

The NEXT feast to be fulfilled after Shavuot (the giving of the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit), is Yom Teruah/Trumpets, when YHWH calls His people together - who will then atone on the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur. After that comes the millennium, where he "tabernacles" among us for a thousand years...

Now, take a look at this: As you know, there are TWO Jewish new years. One falls on Yom Teruah/Rosh haShana, and the other on Passover (when Yeshua died).
Here's what I'm getting at:

Exodus 12: 1 ADONAI spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Egypt; he said, 2 "You are to begin your calendar with this month; it will be the first month of the year for you.

In Exodus 12:1-2, Yahweh tells Moshe that the year from then on will begin "this month", but it is not for the purpose of counting years; rather, it is in commemoration of the momentous transformation, from slavery to physical liberation from Egypt!

WHO delivered us from the slavery of sin and debt? Yeshua, who was born on Sukkot, died on Passover and will return at the next Feast to be fulfilled, which is Yom Teruah (where YHWH calls His people together with a loud trump – which results in the "catching up" of believers - 1 Corinthians 6:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

So … If Yeshua was born on Yom Teruah, then how could he have fulfilled Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement, because he hadn't died yet! EVERYTHING would have been out of sequence, and YHWH doesn't work like that….

Monday, November 26, 2018

It’s that time of year where we see plastic Santas, sleighs and reindeer popping up all over the place….

So, I ran a bunch of errands this afternoon, and guess what I saw starting to spring up all over the place .... big plastic Santas, sleighs and reindeer and huge candy canes, etc. (Not surprisingly, I haven't yet seen any manger scenes.) And everywhere I went, I was inundated with songs like "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" and a plethora of other secular Christmas songs .....

So, yeah, nothing about the "Christ child." Of course. Because - let's be honest here - "Christmas" IS nothing more than just another commercial "holiday" designed to part you with your money! (Sure many Christians will attend Christmas eve services at some church, but that's just a couple of hours out of the whole "Christmas season"... Big deal.).

Anyway, you can't watch TV or go to any shopping establishment without being inundated with all the "Christmas shopping deals." Buy! Buy! Buy! After all, that's what Christmas is all about for most, right? You certainly don't ever see any advertisements about how it's supposedly the birthday of Jesus (which is it is NOT, by the way!) , or any manger scenes at the malls. All you see is "bargains" for your Christmas shopping experience.

QUESTION: What's with this "gift-giving," anyway? The "Three Wise Men" gave gifts to the Messiah, not each other! (And that actually didn't happen until a week or so later, sometime after he was circumcised.  See the explanation below by author and Aramaic and Hebrew scholar Andrew Gabriel Roth.)

No, really, why give presents to each other - with many going into debt to do so, which is actually another thing that goes against Scripture? (See Romans 13:8, Psalm 37:21, Proverbs 28:8; Matthew 25:27 and Leviticus 25:35-38.)

Oh, and let's not forget the millions or even billions of trees being chopped down and then discarded like trash all over the world at this time of year! What, exactly do trees have to do with "the birth of Jesus? (Check out Jeremiah 10 to see what YHWH thinks of our traditions!.) Did someone drag a pine or fir tree into the Sukkah where Y'shua was born (during the Feast of Sukkot, in the September/October time frame)?

If people wish to celebrate Christmas, that's fine. My wish is that if they choose to do so, they would at least concentrate on making it all about GOD, instead of themselves. Better yet, learn about His commanded Feasts/Appointed Times outlined in Torah, which ARE all about HIM and what HE did for man....

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Borrowed from "Nativity in the Stars" by Andrew Gabriel Roth, which addresses the timeframe of the arrival of the Three Wise men at the time of Messiah’s birth:

Notice both Matthew and in Luke the shift in language goes from calling Y’shua an INFANT to calling him a CHILD or a BOY. This is true in Greek and in Aramaic.

The most significant place that “child” or “boy” appears rather than “infant” is in Matthew 2:11 and 13:  “And they entered the house and they saw the boy with Maryam, his mother, and they fell (and) worshipped him, and they opened their treasures and offered to him gifts (of) gold and myrrh and incense…the messenger of Master”

YHWH appeared to Yosip in a dream and said to him, Matthew 2:13: "Arise, take the boy and his mother and flee to Misrayin and there remain until I tell you. For Herodus is going to seek the boy as to destroy him.“

So, by the time the Magi see Y’shua, he is called a BOY, or talia in Aramaic. The Hebrew equivalent to this is zakhar, but the question is:  What is the one time in Scripture when it is appropriate to call an “infant” by the name “boy” (talia/zakhar) instead?

“This is my covenant which you must keep between myself and you, and your descendants after you: every one of your males (zakhar/רָכָז) must be circumcised. You must circumcise the flesh of your foreskin, and that will be the sign of the covenant between myself and you. As soon as he is eight days old, every one of your males (zakhar/רָכָז ) generation after generation, must be circumcised, including slaves born within the household or bought from a foreigner not of your descent.” (Genesis 17:10-12 NJB)

So, this is the only time that an infant is a MALE or a BOY, at circumcision!

The Greek version of the NT also seems to support the Jewish understanding.

The same Greek word paidon (παιδίον) can refer either to an infant (Luke 1:59, John 16:21) or to a toddler.

In Greek, Luke 1:59 calls Y’shua this literally when he is an 8-day old infant, so the Magi’s arrival to see the “child” is actually pointing to an 8-day old infant in the Greek!

The text is also very clear that the Magi left very soon after seeing the Set-Apart family, and the family also left for Egypt immediately thereafter.  This means the Magi must have seen Y’shua just AFTER his circumcision on the 8th day of his life; which is, in turn, sometime during Jupiter’s “pause” over Bethlehem (September 19-26).

Eight days before September 19-26 would put Y’shua’s birth sometime between September 11th and 18th , 5 BCE.

Why did Paul circumcise Timothy but not Titus?

In Acts 16:1-5, we find that Timothy was the son of a Jewish mother, and a Greek father, therefore, he had not been circumcised. But Timothy was well regarded in the community and Paul wanted him to go with him as he spread word of the decision in Jerusalem on what aspects of Torah, the gentile would need to observe immediately (Acts 15:19-30) as they came to their new faith in YHWH, and left their paganism.

Sidebar: Circumcision was a central and divisive issue at the time, with the believing Jewish rabbis arguing that circumcision was required for salvation. The apostles and elders came together to consider the matter at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:1-6). This meeting was largely held to clarify the reasons why circumcision was not necessary for salvation. In fact, Peter gave a marvelous speech that all should read and understand. It's found in Acts 16:7-11.

Returning to Timothy and Acts 16:3: Paul knew that the believing Jews in the communities they were traveling to would not be receptive of their message, as he, Paul, was circumcised and Timothy was not. Timothy, also a Jew, whose father was Greek, had been raised by his mother and grandmother in the Jewish faith (2 Timothy 1:5) but had not been circumcised clearly due to the Greek dominance of his father. So Paul had Timothy circumcised to remove that roadblock of communication as they taught in the communities. It mattered to the Jews, but not to the Gentiles. It's as simple as that.

Now Titus was a Greek, and in a similar situation, when Paul was going into Jerusalem with Titus to teach the believing Jews (Galatians 2:2), Titus was not circumcised because it would have given the wrong impression to both Jews and Gentiles - exactly what they were trying to avoid – that Gentiles need to be circumcised in order to obtain salvation (Galatians 2:3).

Even then, there were unbelieving Jews present who, once again, tried to ensnare Paul and Titus and negate their message, but Paul and Titus held firm in their message. (Galatians 2:4-5).

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Hanukkah is around the corner!

REMINDER: Hannukah, the Festival of Lights, this year starts at sunset on Sunday, December 2, and ends at sunset on Tuesday, December 10. While it is not one of YAHWEH's Appointed Times, it is - like His commanded Mo'edim - extremely significant AND all about HIM!

Hannukah serves as a remembrance of the victory of a small band of Jews over the occupying army of Syrian king Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus, who came to power in 175 B.C.E. forbade the Jews to practice their religion, and desecrated their Temple...But YAHWEH showed them all who was boss!

By the way, Yeshua our Messiah - the "Light of the World" - was conceived during this "Festival of Lights"; and, as we can see in John 10:22-38, he participated in the feast of Dedication! (You can count exactly nine months from Hanukkah to Sukkot!)

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A wonderful explanation about the concept of God!


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I don't know who the author of this little article is, but it is truly a wonderful explanation about the concept of GOD! Take a look:

In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her, this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.”

Friday, November 23, 2018

The "million dollar question": Should Christians become Torah observant?

The plain and simple answer: YES! Once they accept the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, they are no longer considered “Gentiles”; they are “Hebrews” – which, in Hebrew, means “to cross over.”  They can still call themselves “Christians” if they choose, but the fact remains, once you accept YHWH, you MUST obey His “forever” commands.

Many are under the erroneous impression  that Torah is “just for the Jews,” but that can’t be true, because Torah consists of God’s Divine Instructions in Righteousness, without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living.

Simply “believing in Jesus” doesn’t cut it because “belief” requires “action.”  What does our worship of YHWH (most likely pronounced Yah-way) consist of if we don’t bother with His Divine Rules for holy/set apart living?

Still, many (if not most) attempt to wriggle out of obedience to YHWH’s “forever” commands (i.e., the Seventh Day Sabbath and the Feasts/Mo’edim) because the concept of Torah is simply too foreign. It’s all “Old Testament” to them, which they’ve been told doesn’t pertain to Christians.  (Never mind that believers in Jesus are “one in Messiah” (Galatians 3:28-29, John 17:21) and are therefore, bound to the same rules.)

They therefore attempt to twist passages such as Acts 15 into meaning that Christians only need to adhere to certain Torah rules. This is simply not true because, for instance, Numbers 15:13-16 tells us four times in a row that ALL who accept Him are to do exactly as His people do.

And HIS people have always been Torah observant!

Speaking of Acts 15, it is imperative to remember that Acts 15 is referring to man-made laws and not the Torah itself!  Yet, the "million dollar question" that has successfully split the Messianic Faith today is: Are Gentiles required to obey Torah?

The answer, of course, is a resounding, "YES!"

Why? Well, let’s allow Scripture to explain itself:

Acts 15:19. Because of this (I) say that you should not be those oppressors who from the Gentiles are turning to Elohim. 20. But we will send (word) to them that they should abstain from uncleanness of sacrifices (idols) and from adultery and from things that are strangled and from blood[1]. 21. For from ancient generations in all cities Moshe had preachers in the synagogues that on every Shabbat they read him.[2] (AENT)

Note verse 19 which, in plainer language, says: "It is my opinion is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Goyim who are turning to God!”  In other words, Acts 15 plainly states that the expectation of the non-Jewish converts was that they would learn Moshe (Torah) as they grew in their relationship with Mashiyach and his people. 

Read in context, Acts 15:20-21 shows there is one Torah for Israel and the Gentile who dwells with her - yet, many try to use it as "proof" that Christians don't have to keep Torah. That is because they don't realize that Acts 15 is referring to man-made laws and not the Torah itself....

Footnotes from the AENT concerning this issue:

[1]  That which is "sacrificed" unto other gods according to YHWH's Word in D'varim/Deuteronomy 32:17 is sacrificed unto devils. Vayikra/Leviticus 17:12-16 commands that Jew and Ger (foreigner) NOT eat blood, or any animals that die of themselves. The prohibition against fornication is wide spectrum, against all manner of physical perversion and spiritual whoredom. These Torah directives are eternally binding on all who follow Y'shua Mashiyach and who seek the Malchut (Kingdom) of Elohim.

[2]  It's a very clear fulfillment of Isaiah 56:1-9. Gentile converts are observing Shabbat and learning Torah as one body along with Jews. Shortly thereafter, Marcion, whom Polycarp referred to as "the firstborn of the devil" built the first all-Gentile church to promote Christo-Paganism. Marcion held his services on Sunday which blended with Zeus (the sun god) culture and projected a hybrid Je-Zeus identity in opposition to the Jewish Mashiyach.

The modern theologies of "Jesus Christ" are based more on Hellenism than on original fundamental Hebraic values. Marcion coined the words "Old - New Testament" and did his very best to warn Gentiles away from Torah and "the God of the Old Testament." Marcion invented theologies known as replacement, dispensational, supercessionism, etc., which are very popular among Christianity today.

Yes -  Read in context Acts 15 plainly states that the expectation of the non-Jewish converts was that they would learn Torah as they grew in their relationship with Mashiyach and his people.  What a beautiful thing for those who know they are “one in Messiah!”

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Parashah 8: Vayislach (He sent) Genesis 32:4 through 36:43

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah/family/friends!  As always, a synopsis of this week’s Torah study can be found on our website.

In the previous Torah portion we saw Ya'akov (Jacob) fleeing from his father-in-law Lavan as he heads back to his homeland and his own father. Unfortunately, he still needed to face his twin brother, Esav (Esau), who squandered his his birthright in exchange for a bowl of lentil soup (Genesis 25), and later, getting his father Yitz'chak (Isaac, the second Patriarch) into giving him (Ya'akov) the blessing of the firstborn (Genesis 27). Please read Genesis 32:4 - 22 to get a feel for Ya'akov's anxiety and frustration about meeting Esav for the first time in more than 20 years.

This week's parashah is exciting on several levels because we get to see YHWH's "grand plan" in birthing Israel as a people and a nation! Here's how it unfolded:

Genesis 32: 22 He got up that night, took his two wives, his two slave-girls, and his eleven children, and forded the Yabok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, then sent his possessions across; 24 and Ya'akov was left alone. Then some man wrestled with him until daybreak. 25 When he saw that he did not defeat Ya'akov, he struck Ya'akov's hip socket, so that his hip was dislocated while wrestling with him.

26 The man said, "Let me go, because it's daybreak." But Ya'akov replied, "I won't let you go unless you bless me." 27 The man asked, "What is your name?" and he answered, "Ya'akov." 28 Then the man said, "From now on, you will no longer be called Ya'akov, but Isra'el; because you have shown your strength to both God and men and have prevailed." (CJB)

Please note verse 24 where "some man wrestled with him until daybreak." As we continue reading, you should have noticed that this couldn't be just any man; it was Yeshua, the arm of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1) sent in the form of a man to wrestle with Ya'akov! How do we know this? Please refer back to Genesis 32:3-5 and also Genesis 35:1 where YHWH says: "Get up, go up to Beit-El and live there, and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled 'Esav your brother. (Genesis 32:3-5)"; plus nobody but YHWH has the power to rename someone - especially the man who would end up giving birth to what became known as the Twelve Tribes of Israel!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Responding to a counter-missionary Rabbi

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Our response to counter-missionary Rabbi Federov's comment is this:

Paul can only be understood from a Hebrew viewpoint. Surprisingly, most counter-missionaries insist on using a "Greek" mindset in their interpretations of Paul's writings.

Here's the pertinent passage explained using the HEBREW mindset:

Galatians 3:11. But that no man is made righteous by Torah before Elohim is evident, for it is written, “the righteous will live by faith”.[1] 12. Thus Torah is not made by faith, but whosoever will do the things that are written in it, will live in it [2]

13. But Mashiyach has redeemed us from the “curse of Torah,”[3] by becoming accursed[4] for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”.[5] 14. That the blessing of Awraham might come to the Gentiles through Y’shua the Mashiyach; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] Habakkuk 2:4

[2] Leviticus 18:5

[3] There are 12 specific curses mentioned in Deut. 27:15-26; however, one can also apply this to the entire Torah simply because if anyone knowingly or unknowingly sins but does not seek forgiveness and restitution, they are under a curse, certainly not a blessing. There is a “Y” in the road of every choice we make; one road leads to blessing, the other to a curse.

[4] Y’shua was “accursed” by his accusers, but Christians teach that YHWH and Torah accused Y’shua. However, Y’shua was the Perfect Lamb. He never broke Torah; therefore, he could never come under any curse of Torah. We come under the curse when we sin and refuse to turn to YHWH!

{5] See Deuteronomy 21:22-23. Y’shua committed no capital crime. Pharisees were warning Jews off Y’shua by saying that he had become a curse because he hung on the torture stake.

The Pharisees tried to vilify Y’shua before the Jewish people. Paul is repeating this accusation of the Pharisees for the benefit of “Messianic Pharisees” (see Tosefta Sanhedrin IX.7). “Messianic Pharisees” (Galatians 2:4) were likely weary of being shunned by their people (see Matthew 10:39) and wanted back into the synagogues, so they were posturing themselves as Ebionites (see footnote Titus 3:9).

Today “Messianic Pharisees” or Ebionites, attend Orthodox synagogues and are enamored with traditional Rabbinical Judaism; they believe Y’shua is Mashiyach, but not the Arm of YHWH or YHWH Tsidkenu revealed. Paul is using the strongest words possible to affirm the Truth by reminding certain Galatians that they are trying to dilute the Netzarim Faith with traditional Pharisaism.

In 2,000 years little has changed; many Orthodox Rabbis still call Y’shua a bastard and a curse of the Jewish people because he “hung on the stake.” Some Rabbis will even provide a mock funeral for Jews who follow Y’shua, and teach that the family member is as though they never existed; so if one can understand the duress that certain “Messianic Pharisees” were under, then one can understand why Paul chose such severity of words!

So, what are you all thankful for?

Let us count the ways. I’ll start:

I'm thankful that YHWH opened my spiritual eyes and allowed me to see after stumbling around in the darkness for so long! Thankful for each storm that served as a learning experience on life’s long and winding, pot-hole-filled road. Thankful that He considered me worthy of being His humble servant; someone who once was lost, but finally found, and who knows - beyond that proverbial “shadow of a doubt”- where she is going. (Psalm 82:5, Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 3:17; John 10:30, 11:10, 12:35; 1 John 1:6.)

Originally from Germany, I'm thankful that YHWH caused me to be brought to America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where I was given the opportunity to serve my adopted country via 22 years in the US Army where I was educated and groomed to “be all I could be ”… an organization that actually helped to prepare me to become a soldier in HIS Army!

I'm thankful for the sweet husband YHWH gave to me, just when I had decided to give up on men, altogether. Thankful for all His provisions, and for allowing Bill and me to be used as His willing vessels to help others find their way to YHWH/Yeshua/Torah in this lost and fallen world.

Most of all, I'm thankful that He sent to earth His Son, His “arm” - His Messiah with a divine nature who willingly martyred himself on our behalf; shedding his holy blood that took away our sins: Isaiah 53; John 1:1, 14 and 19:7; Luke 1:35 and 3:22; Mark 9:7; Hebrews 1:3, etc.

I’m thankful to recognize the fact that I once was blind, but now I see! Halleluyah!

Okay, YOUR turn!

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Examples of a world that is lost and fallen

This synagogue in San Fransisco "Congregation Sha'ar Zahav", says "Pride Shabbat is this LGBTQ synagogue’s highest holiday"!

And this synagogue in Israel adopts the "liberal Jewish tradition of North America of celebrating a Pride Shabbat"!

Now, let’s check to see what GOD says:

The first thing to keep in mind is that YHWH is not a God of confusion. When He created man, He made them male and female - two genders that are called to not only reflect the image and likeness of God, but to also represent Him in the stewardship of His good and wonderful creation (Genesis 1:28-29).

Male and female also reflect YHWH in the unity in marriage when they become "one flesh" (see Genesis 2:23-24; Matthew 19: 3-6; Mark 10: 6-9; Ephesians 5:28-32) and thus bring forth new life that will also reflect His Holy Image (character).

When we are "fruitful and multiply and fill the earth," we spread God's image around the world (Genesis 1:28). To actively deny or reject this privilege by attempting to tamper with the gender HE assigned you, is not only a grievous sin, but it is also basically a slap in the Face of our Creator!

Genesis 1:27 So God created humankind in his own image; in the image of God he created him: male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them: God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it..." (CJB)

Deuteronomy 22:5 "A woman is not to wear men's clothing, and a man is not to put on women's clothing, for whoever does these things is detestable to ADONAI your God. (CJB)

Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies.

25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he for ever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion.

28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. 29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarreling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.

2 Peter 2: 19. And they promise them liberty while they themselves are the slaves of corruption: for, by whatever thing a man is vanquished, to that is he enslaved. 20. For if, when they have escaped the pollutions of the world by the knowledge of our Master and Redeemer Y'shua the Mashiyach, they become again involved in the same and are vanquished, their latter state is worse than the former. 21. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after having known (it), to turn back from the Set Apart Commandment that was delivered to them. 22. But the true proverb has happened to them: the dog returns to his vomit and the pig that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

Revelation 22:14 How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city! 15 Outside are the homosexuals, those who misuse drugs in connection with the occult, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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. (Aramaic English New Testament)

1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality....

Hebrews 10:26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, or raging fire that will consume the enemies.

Hebrews 10:29 Think how much worse will be the punishment deserved by someone who has trampled underfoot the Son of God; who has treated as something common the blood of the covenant which made him holy; and who has insulted the Spirit, giver of God's grace! 30 For the One we know is the One who said, "Vengeance is my responsibility; I will repay," and then said, "ADONAI will judge his people." 31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

Jewish counter-missionary argument: Why would Messiah come through Jeconiah's lineage - a man that YHWH cursed?

As you all know, Jewish "counter-missionary" Rabbis and their followers keep knocking themselves out to prove that Yeshua and the New Testament are myths. Among their arguments is, "Why would Messiah come through Jeconiah's lineage - a man that YHWH cursed? Our response can be found in this article.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A word about our “lost and fallen world”…

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, "food" was the focus of CBS's "Sunday Morning" show today, and ,y husband and I cringed, because every segment contained the lauding of something YHWH considers to be "unclean" - with bacon naturally being the main focus of most dishes.

Of course, most can't even be bothered to keep YHWH's commanded Seventh Day rest holy (Exodus 20:8-11 and 31:16-17; Isaiah 56:2-7; Ezekiel 20:11-12; etc.), let alone, be bothered to think about the food they put in their mouth...

It was depressing to be reminded of exactly how lost our world is. Hardly anybody cares about our Creator or His desire for humanity. We're so into ourselves and what "we want," that the idea of "God" is pushed way into the background. He's simply someone we can take down off the shelf whenever we need or want something. It's not a "two-way street" at all.

Scripture amply warns us that humanity would NOT be taking that "narrow gate that leads to life" (Matthew 7:13-14) in the end times. Here are some real, in-your-face examples of that:

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies.

25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he for ever. Amen. 26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion. 28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things.

29 They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarreling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; 31 they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. 32 They know well enough God's righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same. (CJB)

2 Peter 2: 19. And they promise them liberty while they themselves are the slaves of corruption: for, by whatever thing a man is vanquished, to that is he enslaved. 20. For if, when they have escaped the pollutions of the world by the knowledge of our Master and Redeemer Yeshua the Mashiyach, they become again involved in the same and are vanquished, their latter state is worse than the former.

21. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after having known (it), to turn back from the Set Apart Commandment that was delivered to them. 22. But the true proverb has happened to them: the dog returns to his vomit and the pig that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

Matthew 24: 3. And while Y'shua was sitting on the Mount of Olives, his disciples drew near and were saying among themselves and to him, "Tell us when these things will be and what is the sign of your coming and the end of the world." 4. Y'shua answered and said to them, Beware, let no man deceive you.

5. For many will come in my name and will say that "I am the Mashiyach." And many they will deceive. 6. For you are bound to hear of revolutions and rumor of wars. Watch out and do not be disturbed, for it is necessary that all these things happen, but it is not yet the end. 7. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and plagues and earthquakes in different places. 8. But all these things are only the beginning of sorrows. 9. Then they will deliver to afflictions and they will kill you and you will be hated by all nations because of my name.

10. Then many will stumble and will hate one another and will betray one another. 11. And many false prophets will arise and deceive many. 12. And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold. 13. But whoever has patience until the end, he will have life. 14. And this Good News of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.... (AENT)

Friday, November 16, 2018

Parashah 7: Vayetze (He went out) Genesis 28:10 through 32:3

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah!  As always, a synopsis of this week’s Torah portion can be found on our website. This week's Torah portion, is a true "soap opera" of human behavior as we not only hear about “tithing” for the first time; but we also learn the history of Ya'akov (Jacob), the son of Yitz'chak (Isaac), who - in order to escape the wrath of Esav - was sent to live with his grandfather B'tu'el (his maternal grandfather) and told to choose a wife from the daughters of his Uncle Lavan, Rivkah's brother (who, although he was "family" did not worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).

For more, please click on the link above!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

With all the bad news we're hearing lately, is there any GOOD news?

Fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsnamies, volcanic eruptions, sickness and disease, mass murders, wars, rumors or wars and evil all over the world ... With all the bad news we're hearing lately, is there any GOOD news?

YES - Yeshua's Second Coming! Halleluyah!

YHWH's Messiah will put an end to wickedness and evil on this earth. He will rule and reign for a thousand years upon the Earth after he defeats the Antichrist at Armageddon. After that, on Judgment Day, every soul that has ever lived will stand before YHWH to give an account of their life. (Psalm 2:2; Daniel 2:44; Ezekiel 39:7; Revelation 16:14-16, 19:11-16 and 20:1-15.).

In Matthew 24 we begin to see that Believers will be translated (cease to exist here on Earth to suddenly find themselves in the Presence of Yeshua). This does not necessarily mean that our physical bodies, upon Yeshua's return, will float up into the air, as depicted by Christian artists! We don't know for sure what will happen; but we do know that, according to 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, it will be "in the twinkling of an eye." Matthew 24:40 reveals that this "translation" from physical to spiritual bodies will be sudden. (See also John 5:28-29.)

Note that these scriptures also tell us that the "resurrection of life" is the first resurrection, which happens just prior to Yeshua's Second Coming; and that the "resurrection of judgment" does not occur until a thousand years later at the end of Messiah's millennial reign, when everyone who has ever lived will stand before YHWH on Judgment Day. These things are outlined in Daniel 12: 1-3; Acts 24: 15; Luke 14: 14, and Revelation 20.

(NOTE: This "catching up" will be when Yeshua returns to Earth; not before! According to Daniel 9:26-27, t will occur at the end of that seven year period which will begin when the "Antichrist" makes a seven year peace treaty with Israel. The day we hear of someone making a seven year peace treaty with Israel, we'll be able to count exactly seven years until Yeshua's return!)

Revelation 20:11. And I saw a great white throne and Him who sits upon it; from whose presence the earth and heaven fled away, and this their place was not found. 12. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is (the book) of life. And the dead were judged from the things written in the books, according to their deeds.

13. And the sea gave up the dead in it; and death and Sheol gave up the dead in them. And they were judged, each one according to his deeds. 14. And death and Sheol were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death (namely,) this lake of fire. 15. And if any one was not found enrolled in the book of life, he was cast into this lake of fire. (AENT)

So, YES, that IS good news … for BELIEVERS!

Atheists and "religion hoppers" and the "lukewarm" and anyone who didn't accept THE Creator, YHWH - the ELOHIM of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - as their God, are facing eternal separation from Him! It will be as if they never existed. (See 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15.)

Unfortunately, most people today don't seem to be concerned with the "hereafter"; let alone YHWH or His Word. Even many Believers don't know the meaning of the word, "wholehearted" - and, as a result, they will NOT be taking that narrow gate that leads to life (Matthew 7:13-14).

John 3:36, 11:25 and 17:3, etc. reveal that "eternal life" does not consist of simply "believing in Jesus," but living for YHWH according to His Torah rules. (Remember: Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH, do everything His Father commanded, and teach Torah, and then martyr himself on our behalf.)

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.

Most, according to what we read in Scripture, will end up separated from YHWH forever BECAUSE of their refusal to become "wholehearted"; but the believing and obeying remnant will get to spend eternity with Him in "the new heavens and the new earth."

As you know, Yeshua was the "arm" of YHWH (Isaiah 53:1) and the Word (John 1:1-4, 14), and to "believe" in Him is to gain eternal life. Nobody is guaranteed the next day, but we at least have the assurance of salvation, when our life here on earth ends!

So, YES - there are some evil days ahead; but be encouraged ... The indwelling Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) will guide us, with Torah as our Light (Psalm 119:105) – so, go out and BE that light while there is still time!

Isaiah 51:4 "Pay attention to me, my people! My nation, listen to me! For Torah will go out from me; (Yeshua’s spirit embodies Torah; it is the Word!) I will calm them with my justice as a light for the peoples. 5 My righteousness is at hand, my salvation (Yeshua) goes out, my arms will judge the peoples. The coastlands are putting their hope in me, trusting in my arm (Yeshua - Isaiah 53:1).

6 "Raise your eyes toward the skies, look at the earth below. The skies will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like clothing. Those living on it will die like flies; but my salvation (Yeshua) will be forever, and my justice will never end.

7 "Listen to me, you who know justice, you people who have my Torah in your heart: don't be afraid of people's taunts, don't be upset by their insults. 8 For the moth will eat them up like clothing, the worm will eat them like wool; but my justice will be forever, and my salvation for all generations." (CJB)

John 17:1. Y'shua spoke these things and he lifted up his eyes to Heaven and said My Father the hour has come. Glorify your Son so that your Son might glorify you. 2. Just as you have given him authority over all flesh that whomever You have given him, he will give to him life that is eternal. 3. Now this is life that is eternal, that they might know You, that You are the Elohim of Truth, and he alone whom You have sent, the Mashiyach Y'shua.

4. I have glorified You on earth. The work that You have given to me to do I have finished it. 5. And now glorify me my Father with You in that glory that I had with You from before the world was. 6. I have made Your Name known to the sons of those men whom You had given to me from the world. They were Yours and You have given them to me, and they have kept Your Word.

7. Now they have known that everything that you have given to me I have given to them and they received them. 8. And they know that I have truly proceeded from your presence, and they believe that You have sent me. (AENT)

Friday, November 9, 2018

Parashah 6: Tol'dot (History) Genesis 25:19 through 28:9

Shabbat shalom, everyone!  As always, a synopsis of this week’s Torah portion can be found on our website.  (Be sure to read not just our synopsis, but the entire Torah portion!)

In this week's parashah we learn the history of Yitz'chak (Isaac), Avraham's son - and we will discover that YHWH doesn't choose those who believe themselves to be qualified; but rather, He qualifies the chosen....

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Reader question concerning which commandments to keep

READER QUESTION TO OUR WEBSITE:

I have a question. Are there specific commandments that should be kept only by Hebrews and commandments that we all should keep? Or everything is for everybody?  And if there are specific commandments only for Hebrew people give me some examples, please!

OUR RESPONSE:

Thank you for writing to The Refiner's Fire! The answer to your excellent question is simple:

First of all, once you accept YHWH, the ELOHIM of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as your God (and recognize His Son Yeshua as His Divine Messiah), you automatically become a "Hebrew" (a word which in Hebrew means, "to cross over" - which is what Abraham did in Genesis 12).

When you do that, you are obligated to obey His Divine Instructions in Righteousness (Torah), because YHWH doesn't hand down separate rules for different people (Numbers 15:13-16). Galatians 3:28 tells us that we are one in Messiah; there is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free. (See also Ephesians 2.).

The thing to remember is this: Most of those original "613 commandments" were directed at the Levite cohens (priests) of the day; some were only for men; some only for women, and some were only for a certain time frame. (See our article on the commandments.)

But some were meant to last FOREVER, and for ALL to obey - and those are the ones that believers must pay attention to.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

This is the type of hateful rhetoric espoused by those who have rejected Yeshua!

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"Stick boy" is obviously a childish and demeaning reference to Yeshua. If you're thinking of rejecting Messiah Yeshua, do you really wish to be associated with people like this? The Ruach is nowhere in sight here.....

And yet another counter-missionary comment challenged!

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A virgin birth is not a "sign"? Gee, how many virgins are there who ended up becoming supernaturally pregnant, with their hymens broken from the inside-out when the baby was born? To top it off, this "expert" can actually sit there and suggest "there never was a 'virgin' birth prophecy?

DRUM ROLL, please!

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

Immanuel means “God with us.”

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 


Challenging more counter-missionary comments

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Oh, this is just too easy! "The word Torah is feminine, not masculine?" SO WHAT?

According to a footnote on John 1:1 in the Aramaic English New Testament....

"The phrase B'resheet aytohi hwa miltha, breaks a most basic rule of Aramaic grammar by combining a feminine noun (miltha) with two masculine verbs for "to be" (aytohi, hwa).

“This is unheard of in Aramaic literature other than right here in this passage and in 1 John. This shows YHWH (Yahweh) has male and female "images/spirits" even though YHWH remains a He. It may also be a midrash on Isaiah 11:1-2, which describes the Spirit of YHWH descending on Mashiyach using both masculine and feminine suffixes. This is not something easily translated, let alone when it occurs within the first four words.”

If William Hall would read the Bible in context, he would discover that, while Yahweh might have male and female "images/spirits" He is always referred to in the masculine gender - as is His Son!

In Hebrew, the Shekinah, the manifestation of God's presence that fills the universe (Holy Spirit), is conceived of in feminine terms, and the word Shekinah is a feminine word. But that does not make our Creator or His Son female! The foreshadowed Messiah of Israel both in the Bible and in the Talmud (Jewish "oral Torah") is referred to in the masculine gender. Even all the angels referred to in the Bible are male!

And, oh by the way, a sin offering didn't necessarily have to be FEMALE - that is a LIE! Click here to see what SCRIPTURE says!

Challenging the comments of some Yeshua-rejecters

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One has to wonder what Bible these Yeshua-rejecting women are reading, because it certainly isn't the one God "breathed!"

First, who are these women to suggest that YHWH has to do things according THEIR timeline?  How arrogant can you get?

Secondly, if Y'shua had had a wife and kids, He would never have chosen to die on that stake, to leave behind a widow and orphans! YHWH would not have expected Him to do that. Y'shua's mind - as we see in Luke 2:49 - was always on YHWH. He knew who He was, and He didn't have time for a wife and family.

That would have been a huge distraction. So, this attempt by the anti-missionaries is like ALL their attempts to discredit Y'shua - it's weak, and it's a slap in the face of YHWH whom they are calling a liar. (See Isaiah 53 and all of the Feasts/Appointed Times which foreshadow Y'shua.)

God is preparing a BRIDE for Messiah from His body. Please feel free to search on the word "bride" in the Bible, and you'll see what that means.... It would seem that "in the end" the beginning will be fulfilled.

Plus, on some level, YHWH fulfilled the "be fruitful" by begetting a Son who has opened the Kingdom to everyone who believes in the reality of this Son. There's a LOT of fruitful and multiplying going on through Messiah, but just not "in the flesh" - and remember, when Adam and Eve were told this, they were still "unfallen."

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Christians asks, "Why did demons flee in the name of JESUS?"

A Christian recently asked: "Why did demons flee in the name of JESUS?"

OUR RESPONSE:

The early Netzarim (Nazarene) Believers didn’t use the name of “Jesus.” “Jesus” is a later, Greek translation of his given Hebrew name of Yeshua (which means “Yahweh is salvation.” (Please see our short article on this issue.)

The original language (Aramaic) translated directly into English, says the following, concerning demons fleeing at the mention of his name:

Acts 19: 13. Moreover certain Jews, who went about exorcising demons, were disposed to exorcise in the name of our Master Y’shua over those who had unclean spirits, by saying: “We command you, in the name of that Y’shua whom Paul preaches.” 14. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did this. 15. And the evil demon answered and said to them: “Y’shua I well know, and Paul I know, but as for you, who are you?”[1]

16. And the man in whom was the evil demon leaped upon them, and overpowered them, and threw them down: and they fled out of the house beaten and bruised. 17 And this became known to all the Jews and Gentiles, who resided at Ephesus. And fear fell on them all, and the name of our Master Y’shua Mashiyach was exalted. 18. And many of them that believed, came and narrated their faults, and confessed what they had done. (Aramaic English New Testament)

Footnote:

Spiritual worlds operate within the boundary of ownership set by YHWH (Yahweh). When we properly surrender to Y’shua, we are surrendering to YHWH’s ownership; the correct answer is: “I belong to Y’shua, that is who I am. For Y’shua to claim me (this is where religion and truth are divided), I must serve Him, be obedient to Him, live a life pleasing to Him, surrender to Him and love Him.” If we refuse these elements of His boundaries he will say, “I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!” (Matthew 7:23)

Y’shua is casting out unclean spirits on a daily basis for those with Faith and discerning of spirits (1 Cor 12:10). If you’ve tried to cast out unclean spirits and weren’t successful, next time try repentance and obedience to YHWH.

We have no authority in Him unless we are a kedoshim (Set Apart people), and our vessels are being made clean and free of sin. If demons aren’t being cast out in your local community that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening in others. Consider visiting a Faith-based Torah observant community that believes in YHWH and being obedient to His Word.