Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Christian is “outraged” at some of our teachings

READER COMMENT TO OUR WEBSITE:

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

OUR RESPONSE:

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

Verse 7- “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. in heaven.” This verse does NOT exist in the Peshitta nor the oldest Greek manuscripts of Aleph, A, B and the Vulgate. Christo-Paganism, which originated before Constantine, taught that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are numerically three separate beings, but yet “all the same” is a blatant violation of the First and Second Commandments (see Sh’mot/Exodus 20:1-6).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, March 11, 2019

Do you have a problem acknowledging Yeshua as Messiah?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No blood sacrifice is necessary?

COUNTER-MISSIONARY COMMENT:

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

THE NETZARIM RESPONSE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you?

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

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

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

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

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

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

With whom did God make His “New Covenant?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To reiterate:

As you can see: Same God, same rules!

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

HINT: ADONAI doesn’t work that way….

Thursday, March 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

Parashah 24: Vayikra (He called) Leviticus 1:1 through 5:26

Halleluyah - another Shabbat is on the horizon!  As always, you can find a synopsis of this week’s Torah portion (Parashah 24: Vayikra (He called) Leviticus 1:1 through 5:26) on our website.

This week's parashah is another hard to grasp study as it's all about the offerings of various kinds, to include sin, guilt, peace and burnt offerings. While it can be boring, confusing and downright hard to read about these offerings with our modern mindsets, we must always remember that the idea was for people to learn to obey and please YHWH with their whole being … to recognize the horrible consequences of sin … to appreciate that His desire for people was to be HOLY in every aspect of their lives.

Holiness begets holiness; while sin begets more sin and leads to death (eternity away from YHWH). YHWH simply wanted (and still wants) His people to be CLEAN from the inside-out and to keep Him constantly in mind in all things.

The message that comes across loud and clear in this parashah, however, is that YHWH's intentions were to draw and keep us close at all times. What we have witnessed over and over again in the last several parashahs is the fact that He cares enough to admonish us into doing things HIS way so that we can truly know Him and have a real relationship with Him - even though it often meant that He would employ some very harsh measures to force His people to GET what He was saying. (He wants us to "be holy" - look ahead to Leviticus 11:44).

Note that, whenever YHWH's people sinned, He didn't say, "If you love Me, go to the field and pick me a flower."  No! He demanded something much harsher: Blood from an innocent animal that had to die to atone for the sins of man. He expected His people to KILL something to atone for their guilt and sin, thus driving home the point that He is very adamant about mankind's refraining from sin, as much as possible. Drawing blood sticks in our minds a lot longer than picking a flower or something equally as simple....

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

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Monday, March 4, 2019

What did Yeshua really mean when he said, “Eat my flesh and drink my blood?”

The plain and simple fact is, he certainly didn't mean it to be literal - yet,many are rejecting Messiah Yeshua and flocking to traditional Judaism because of this passage! Let's check it out:

John 6:53. And Y’shua said to them, Amen, amen I say to you, that unless you eat the body of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in Qnoma.[1] 54. And he who eats from my body and drinks from my blood has life that is everlasting, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55. For truly my body is food and truly my blood is drink.

FOOTNOTE:

[1] Qnoma, usually translated here as “you”, “self”, or “yourselves”, but literally means “Underlying substance.”. The body/blood imagery is metaphoric. Y’shua, of course, knows very well that it is an abomination to drink any kind of blood, let alone human blood (Leviticus 17:11).

Consuming human flesh is also an abomination that is strictly prohibited. Rabbis even suggest that part of the reason swine’s flesh is forbidden is because it resembles human skin.

There are two underlying parts:

Part 1 recalls the imagery of Ezekiel 3:1-15 where the prophet actually ate a Torah scroll; the imagery symbolizing the prophet being sustained by and proclaiming Torah, which is the essence of what Y’shua is teaching.

Y’shua’s example and teaching are to be part of our innermost being, literally taken in and ingested into our hearts. This imagery is also seen in Mark 7:19 which distinguishes between physical food and spiritual (heart) “food”, and Jeremiah 31:33 which speaks of writing Torah upon the heart.

Part 2 is the life which Y’shua refers to; it is not physicality, as “self”, but the core essence of being, literally of the neshama, (spirit of man).

Moving on to the next part of that particular passage, which Jewish counter-missionaries and their followers love to tout as a reason to "reject Jesus.":

John 6:56. He who eats my body and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him. 57. As the Living Father has sent me, and I live because of the Father, and whoever eats of me he also will live because of me. 58. This is the Bread that has descended from Heaven. It is not as manna your forefathers ate and died. He who eats this Bread will live forever! [2] (AENT)

FOOTNOTE:

[2] Clear evidence that opposes the “communion” model of mainstream Christian institutions. Nothing is being eaten while Y’shua is making this statement; he had just levied a rebuke for their desire of physical rather than spiritual “bread.”

It is Faith in Y’shua as Mashiyach which causes a person to “eat the flesh and drink the blood.” The “wafer” (transubstitution) is a Pagan adulteration against Y’shua’s teaching.

Y’shua observed Torah to perfection; his perfect atoning sacrifice would be remembered specifically on the Moedim (YHWH’s feasts) as the Word of YHWH instructs.

TO SIMPLIFY:

The wine and wafer custom used in communion is "pagan" because it represents Yeshua's blood and body - a thing that is considered cannibalism in Scripture, which is a terrible evil. God commands His people NOT drink blood or eat human flesh:

Genesis 9:4 only flesh with its life, which is its blood, you are not to eat. 5 I will certainly demand an accounting for the blood of your lives: I will demand it from every animal and from every human being. I will demand from every human being an accounting for the life of his fellow human being. 6 Whoever sheds human blood, by a human being will his own blood be shed; for God made human beings in his image. (CJB)

The bottom line is that Yeshua was simply using a metaphor! And in case you’re wondering about the verse in the NT that says the Messiah is the Torah made flesh, there is a great explanation about this passage in the Aramaic English New Testament.

Let's check it out:

John 1:1. In the beginning[1] was the Miltha.[2] And that Miltha was with Elohim. And Elohim was that Miltha. 2. This was with Elohim in the beginning.[3]

John 1: 14. And the Miltha[4] became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw his glory,[5] the glory as the Only-Begotten[6] who is from the Father who is full of grace and truth. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1] 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 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.

[2] Miltha has no direct English equivalent. It can mean ‘Word’, ‘Manifestation’, ‘Instance’ or ‘Substance’ among other things. In this context, it may best be left untranslated.

[3] Fulfilling Messianic prophecy: Mashiyach (ruler of Israel) to have origins of the ancient past Micah 5:2; Isaiah 48:16. Bear in mind that Micah is referring to the spiritual “Israel of Elohim,” those of the Kingdom of Heaven according to the circumcision of heart.

[4] Miltha refers to the “Manifestation” of the Ruach haKodesh within Mashiyach. The physical body of Mashiyach is not the Word of YHWH, but his words and actions demonstrate the Will and Word of YHWH, which upholds observance of Torah.

However, Christo-Pagans like Marcion and Constantine taught that Y’shua’s body and spirit manifest a different “word” that did away with Torah. The Word of YHWH was substituted with dispensational and replacement “theologies,” which are very popular among Christians.

[5]  Isaiah 42:8; 48:11

[6]  Ekhadaya is a beautiful term used among Eastern theologians and poets; it literally means “THE ONE”

It is a real shame that many people – including some learned Jewish Rabbis! – cannot see the Hebraic context in the passages of the New Testament!

Did Yeshua commit blasphemy?

There is a huge faction on the Internet who are busy berating ADONAI's Divine Messiah, accusing him of "being a Christian idol" who committed blasphemy, and presented himself as God.

Well, that's not exactly true! Let's check out John 10 in context:

John 10:25. Y’shua answered and said to them, I have told you and you do not believe! And the works that I do in the Name of my Father they testify concerning me. 26. But you do not believe because you are not of my sheep, just as I have told you. 27. My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they come after me. 28. And I give to them life that is eternal and they will not perish and no man will ever snatch them from my hands.

29. For my Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no man is able to snatch them from the hands of my Father. 30. I and the Father are one. 31. And again the Yehudeans took up rocks to stone him. 32. Y’shua said to them, Many pleasing works from the presence of my Father I have shown you. For which of them do you stone me?

33. The Yehudeans said to him, “It is not because of the pleasing works that we stone you, rather because you do blaspheme and that while you are a Son of man you make yourself Elohim!” 34. Y’shua said to them Is it not written in your Torah that “I have told you that you are Elohim.” 35. If those people he called Elohim because the Miltha of Elohim was with them and Scripture is not able to be broken

36. To him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world you say, “You blaspheme!” concerning that I had told you that “I am the Son of Elohim.” 37. Unless I do the works of my Father, do not believe me. 38. If, however, I do them even if you do not believe me, you believe the works that you may know and believe that my Father is in me and I am in my Father. (AENT)

What Y’shua was trying to say in the verse 33, above, was that the Ruach of YHWH is within him, (Isaiah 11:1-2, Zechariah 12:10). He taught that while his nefesh would die, YHWH would reanimate both his neshama (human spirit/ruach) and nefesh (soul). Y’shua never claimed his nefesh was anything other than human and that as such, it would die.

Let's also remember that GOD cannot be born or die; which means there was more to Yeshua than meets the eye!  Please check out our indepth discussion on the phrase, “I and the Father are one” referring to verse 30.

In verse 34, he is referring to Psalm 82:6.

Referring to verse 38, in Isaiah 22:20-25 a priestly father is named Hilkiah (“my portion is YHWH”) and his son is Eliakim (Elohim raises) which foreshadows Mashiyach whose “portion” is YHWH, and who is raised up by Elohim.

Mashiyach is the first begotten of YHWH who suffers, then is raised up and then is given governance over all nations, kindreds, tongues and peoples as foreshadowed in verses 21-22:

“And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah. And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.” (Source: AENT)

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Jews are correct in their attempts to keep their own from rejecting Torah in order to “accept Jesus" … but there’s more to it!

(A recent video by counter-missionary Rabbi Tovia Singer - asking for donations to his Jews for Judaism organization, prompted me to write the below.)

It’s no secret that I don’t like “counter-missionary” organizations such as Jews for Judaism – a network of Jewish rabbis who make their living berating Jesus; and spending all their time and energy “proving” that the New Testament is a myth.

On the other hand, I can certainly understand where Singer is coming from, because he is trying very hard to keep his Jewish brethren from falling into the gnarly clutches of Christian organizations such as Jews for Jesus, who knock themselves out to take Jews away from YHWH’s Torah (Divine Instructions in Righteousness) to bring them into one of the 40,000 different Christian “denominations”.

The truth is, Christianity, as a whole, is doing a great disservice to the Jews (and anyone else who obeys ADONAI’s Torah) because it insists “the law (Torah) is a curse” that was supposedly “abolished at the cross”; and suggests that Jews “aren’t completed” UNTIL they leave “that Old Testament stuff behind” and just “believe in Jesus.”

HUGE MISTAKE! By trying to take Jews away from Torah and all of their Jewish history, you are denying the importance, not only of God’s Torah, but also of the first two-thirds of the Bible. The last third is NOT the “only important part!”

The Bible – when read IN CONTEXT – in no way suggests that Torah was abolished, just because "the Son of God died.”

Yeshua (Messiah’s given Hebrew Name which means YAHWEH is Salvation) came NOT to bring a new religion called “Christianity”; he came to proclaim the Kingdom of ADONAI and do everything his Father commanded him to do (Luke 4:43; Luke 8:1; Acts 28:23 and Acts 24: 14).

YHWH said HE would send a prophet who was to do everything He ordered him to do (Deuteronomy 18:15-18, which ends with, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kinsmen. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I order him.” Yeshua was that prophet!

Yeshua Himself said He came to do HIS FATHER's will; not His own (John 6:35-40). The Truth is, Yeshua was the Word or the "Manifestation" or the "Will of" YHWH coming down from heaven to do the Will of YHWH upon earth. His Spirit was of YHWH, but his nephesh (soul) and body were human and temporal. This shows that Yeshua was NOT in charge while on earth; HIS FATHER WAS!

So, the Jews are actually correct in trying to protect their own from this thing called “Christianity” – a religion that insists on turning the Messiah into God, over and above the Father Himself….

The bottom line is, Christianity is based NOT on Torah, but on the misunderstood writings of Paul (who, by the way, NEVER negated Torah!)…. (For more on the errors of Christianity, please check out the articles on our Examining Christianity page: https://therefinersfire.org/challenging_christianity.htm)

Now – back to Rabbi Singer and his urgent request for donations….

It would be one thing if he were simply trying to keep his fellow Jews from “Jesus”. But that is NOT all that Jews for Judaism does! They have, for decades now, been actively taking not only Jews away from Jesus; but also Christians, as well as Messianic and Hebrew Roots types – which is just as bad as Christians trying to take Jews away from Torah!

(Check out some of the counter-missionary viper pits sometime to see exactly what they say and do. You can read some of their allegations – along with our responses - on our website’s Countering the Counter-Missionaries page; as well as on my Facebook page of the same name.)

The truth is, because – no matter whatever else the Jews attempt to twist it into – Isaiah 53 foreshadows YHWH’s Messiah. Plain and simple. (See our article.)

It is an absolute death knell to the Word of God to TWIST His Word in ANY way, or to try to separate the Truth of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah. When you do those things, WHOM are you really worshiping?

BOTH sides need to snap out of their slumber and read the WHOLE Bible without their respective prejudices. YHWH and His Torah belong to everyone; not just the Jews! His Divine Instructions in Righteousness pertains to ALL - not just the Jews. And Yeshua and "Grace" weren't given only to the Christians.

SCRIPTURE SAYS SO!