Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Parashah 50: Ki Tavo (When you come) Deuteronomy 26:1 through 29:8

If you're "chomping at the bit" to start reading this week's Torah portion, you can find a synopsis of Parashah 50: Ki Tavo (When you come) on our website.

For those who have already read and understood the words of this parashah at the "gut level" it was obvious that YHWH's words through Moshe (Moses) have reverberated throughout the millennia to reveal that the state of the world today is a direct result of our disobedience to Torah (YHWH's Divine Instruction in Righteousness)! Please allow His words to speak to your heart as you follow along with this study, beginning with Deuteronomy 26:16-19, where we discover what it takes to be a holy people for ADONAI:

Deuteronomy 26: 16 "Today ADONAI your God orders you to obey these laws and rulings. Therefore, you are to observe and obey them with all your heart and all your being. 17 You are agreeing today that ADONAI is your God and that you will follow his ways; observe his laws, mitzvot and rulings; and do what he says. 18 In turn ADONAI is agreeing today that you are his own unique treasure, as he promised you; that you are to observe all his mitzvot; 19 and that he will raise you high above all the nations he has made, in praise, reputation and glory; and that, as he said, you will be a holy people for ADONAI your God."

How could ANY believer who reads the above miss the very clear message that YHWH's people (which includes all who accept the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!) are to OBEY His mitzvot (words/commands), which is WHAT MAKES THEM HOLY? YHWH's people are not about "religion"; they are all about HIM!

But today, how many actually know what it means to "be holy?" For many of the Hollywood types and our government officials, for instance, "being holy" means occasionally attending, and being seen, at their respective churches of whatever religion they adhere to, or the wearing of huge crosses around their necks to show the world how "holy" they are. Do they even realize that the "cross" was a Roman DEATH device?

Yes, Y'shua died on a thing similar to "a cross" but why would anyone want to wear it around their neck? (It's a good thing Y'shua wasn't hanged, or else they would all be wearing nooses around their necks....) How many truly "godly" actors, singers or dancers and government officials do we know? How many have given themselves to YHWH and actually bother to obey His Torah?

To read the rest of our synopsis, simply click on the link above to read our synopsis, and then read all of the Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadasha portions outlined in our article.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Let’s do a little indepth study of Mark 16:16-18…

Mark 16: 16. Whoever believes and is immersed will live, and whoever does not believe will be condemned.  17. These signs will follow those who believe in my name: they will cast out demons and they will speak in new tongues, 18.  And they will handle serpents, and if they should drink a deadly poison, it will not harm them.  And they will place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.  (AENT)

Cool, huh?  We can now cast out demons and handle poisonous snakes, just because we’re believers.

Or can we?

Let’s study this a little more, using the “Hebrew mindset.”

The reason I say “Hebrew mindset,” is because I know from experience that a “Greek” mindset  reading this passage (Mark 16:16-18) would immediately tend to view it at the “pshat” level, or “plain meaning” which seems to suggest that, just because we “believe”, we are automatically imbued with special magical powers!  (There are some cults that believe this and, as a result, some have died while handling poisonous snakes.)

The truth is, to properly understand Scripture, we must always remember to use some common sense – especially when it comes to the more hard-to-understand passages. 

Here’s what I mean:

First of all, we must realize that WE aren’t like the Apostles in Yeshua’s time who were granted some special “gifts” and “authority”.  (Remember, already before the Holy Spirit was given, the apostles received “power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease” (Matthew 10:1, Mark 3:15, Luke 9:1).  Then later, in Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:8 we see after Yeshua’s ascension, the promise of being endued with power from on high via the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit….)

Returning to the subject passage, YES, by all means, we MUST “believe and be immersed” … but we must also be careful to NOT become sucked into “religiosity” in passages such as this, which SEEM to suggest that, just because we ordinary folks “believe” we now have some special powers and can actually “handle” poisonous serpents and “cast out demons” all by ourselves. 

NO!  Not even Yeshua in his human body dared taunt satan while being “tempted”  (Matthew 4:1-11).

What the above passage means for “ordinary folks” like you and me is that we, by being Believers in YHWH/Yeshua/Torah have the privilege of calling on YHWH/Yeshua to handle the situation for us!  (“In the mighty Name of Yeshua, demons GET OUT of my house!”) 

But don’t try this with a poison snake!  (For instance, don’t be presumptuous enough to mess with one and then command YHWH to tell it not to bite you.  That would be stupid – especially since normal people don’t have any reason to fiddle around with poison snakes!  Furthermore, Mark 16:16-18 does NOT tell you to do that….)

So now, having said the above, let’s take another look at that passage with our “new mindsets”….

Mark 16: 16. Whoever believes and is immersed will live, and whoever does not believe will be condemned.  17. These signs will follow those who believe in my name: they will cast out demons and they will speak in new tongues, 18.  And they will handle serpents, and if they should drink a deadly poison it will not harm them.  And they will place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.  (AENT)

Many fail to notice that the imagery in that passage is from Psalm 91:13 which relates to our faith in YHWH that overcomes the obstacles of the world. 

Psalm 91: 13 Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins, so that they won't control me. Then I will be blameless and free of great offense. (ISR)

You see, “presumptuousness” can be an absolute death knell.  You don’t go around “testing” YHWH!  Even Messiah Y'shua told haSatan, "you shall not test Master YHWH your Elohim" … In view of that, shouldn’t we assume that it is safe to say this admonition also applies to his followers?

As for that “snake handling” thing, yes, Paul recovered from a poisonous snakebite (Acts 28:3-6), and so did many Israelites who looked to the “fiery serpent” on the pole (Numbers 21:8, 9) – but NOT as “testing” of YHWH; but simply an exercising their Faith according to His will.

I hope this little mini-study has helped you to understand that the Word is “deeper” than we know….

Monday, August 12, 2019

The great "falling away" is here....

Scripture tells us that in the end times there would be a “falling away” – and, folks, it has started, and it is happening in droves!

I’m seeing it place especially within the ranks of those who have a habit of “religion hopping” – those Christians who found their way to Torah and became Torah observant believers in Y’shua … and then, after grazing around on Facebook or somewhere, they got hooked into traditional Judaism by other “religion hoppers” who had found “real rabbis” who make their living drawing people into traditional Judaism....

But that’s how it all starts, and what’s sad is that these new “unbelievers” fool themselves into believing they are “thinking for themselves” while singing the praises of atheists and pantheists and agnostics and generally those who haven’t got a clue about God and the Bible but yet have the audacity to proclaim themselves to be “experts”!

So, in essence, these newly-deceived people are willing to believe the messages of MAN, but not God Himself.  It makes absolutely NO sense!

Regardless, the Bible did warn us that these things would happen.  Let’s take a look at just one of the pertinent passages in the Aramaic English New Testament, with footnotes:

2 Thessalonians 2:9. For the coming of that (Evil One) is the working of haSatan with all power and signs and lying wonders  10. and with all the deceptiveness of iniquity in them that perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth by which they might have life.  11. Therefore Elohim will send upon them the strength of a deception that they may believe a lie;[1]  12. and that they all may be condemned who believe not the truth but have pleasure in iniquity.

13. But we are bound to give thanks to Elohim always on your account, my Brothers, beloved of our Master (Y’shua), that Elohim has from the beginning chosen you to life through sanctification of the Spirit and through faith in the Truth.  14. For to these it was that Elohim called you by our preaching;[2] that ye might be the glory to our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach.

5. Therefore, my Brothers, be established and persevere in the Commandments[3] which you have been taught, whether by word or by our epistle.[4]  16. And may our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach himself, and Elohim our Father who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and a good hope through his grace,  17. comfort your hearts and establish in yourselves every good word and in every good work. (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1]  The price for not receiving the “love of the truth” is to become overly self-confident in false religion.  The “love of the truth” is the spirit of truth which must be sanctified by thought and action.  One cannot “love the truth” and, at the same time, break the Commandments.

[2]  The phrase “called you by our preaching” is another instance of the implied wordplay between “called” (qirakon) and the Hebrew name for the priestly book of Leviticus (Vayiqra), which is derived from the first words “and he called.” The same can be said of “preaching” which is once again being tapped by the Aramaic sebar (Good News/Hope).  The final repetition is also a favorite implied wordplay of Paul’s, with miltha “Word” being contrasted with “Commandments” which comes from the fact that the “Ten Commandments” are originally called “The Ten Words” YHWH spoke. One cannot also help but see the similarity with the use of “miltha” in the way John opens his Good News/Preaching; “the Miltha was with Elohim and the Miltha was Elohim.”

This idea is reinforced further with the phrase “from the beginning,” dovetailing with the title of the Book of Genesis, which is called B’resheet in Hebrew, and rendered min reshita here by Paul. The fact is, there is very little difference between the two terms, coming down to a small alteration in how prepositions are used between “in the beginning” and “from the beginning.” Either way, this revelation that Paul is addressing cannot be a “new commandment” but the one that has always been, calling Jew and Gentile alike into the righteousness of Torah through its foremost interpreter, who is Mashiyach.

[3] The biggest misunderstanding of the Pauline Epistles is that Paul’s encouragements nullified or superseded Torah rather than complemented Torah, and most of this is due to erroneous Greek translations, such as in this verse which reads: “So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the paradoesis (traditions) which you were taught, whether by word or epistle.” Paradoesis could mean “traditions” but may also be rendered “teachings” as in the NIV. However, there are BIG problems with both phrases as they imply a new “wisdom” has supplanted the Eternal Word.

Many theologians suggest that Paul the Jew is saying to the Gentiles, “Don’t concern yourself with Torah, it’s just a Jewish thing; just listen to me (Paul) and follow to the new teaching.”  However, Aramaic reads: “Henceforth, my brethren, stand fast and hold to the Commandments which you have been taught, either by word or by epistle.” (Lamsa)  The Aramaic porqadona, unlike the Greek paradoesis, can only mean “Commandments”. The question is then, what commandments?

According to Matthew 5:19, Y’shua taught Torah and the Commandments of YHWH from the very beginning of his ministry.  According to Matthew 15:3, Y’shua warned the Pharisees against making void the “Commandment of Elohim” by their traditions.  In Matthew 19:17 Y’shua spelled out the Commandments to the rich young ruler, teaching that “if you will enter into Life, keep the Commandments.”  The rich young ruler asked which ones?  Y’shua gave him Torah Commandments!

Being led by the Ruach haKodesh to observe YHWH’s Torah (instruction in righteousness) is a perquisite to entering the Malchut Elohim; in fact, Torah is magnified (made great) by Y’shua according to Yesha‘yahu/Isaiah 42:21. In 2 Peter 2:21, 22, Peter levies a sharp rebuke; “…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.”

John teaches in 1 John 2:4; “For he that says I know him and does not keep his Commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  There can be NO doubt these are YHWH’s Commandments because John teaches in 1 John 3:22: “And whatever we ask, we receive from Him because we keep His (YHWH’s) Commandments and do acceptable things before Him.”  But some theologians teach that if you “love” you don’t need to keep any Commandments; however, this is the tradition of the Laodicean Church who interprets “love” according to religious tradition (see Definition of Love in Appendix).

“And the dragon was enraged against the woman; and he went to make war upon the residue of her seed who keep the Commandments of Elohim and have the testimony of Y’shua.” (Revelation 12:17).  The true remnant, the Israel of Elohim, keep the Commandments of Elohim and they know Y’shua is Mashiyach ben Yoseph.

The evidence supporting Torah Observance among Y’shua’s followers is overwhelming, but there are multitudes of doctrines and church traditions that make war against the Word of YHWH.  It’s one thing for a person to choose to disobey YHWH’s Commandments, but it’s quite another to teach others to also be disobedient.  Y’shua warns that it would be better for a millstone be hung around your neck and be sunk into the sea than to be guilty of causing one of his little ones to stumble (Matthew 18:6).

Paul and all of Y’shua’s disciples, even the Pharisees knew that the “Word of Elohim” can only mean Torah! Therefore, this verse clearly demonstrates that Paul is determined to bring everyone including the Gentiles, the Tribes of Israel, and all Jews into the Grace of Y’shua so they could have Torah written upon their hearts.  Grace is power given by YHWH to live as a Kedoshim (holy people).

[4] Most Gentiles are unaware of the fervent debates between Netzarim Jews (Nazarenes) and traditional Jews regarding Y’shua being Mashiyach or his divinity. In particular, the issue that frequently comes up is the idea that Christians exalt a man as God. As we will see, part of the problem again lies with inaccurate Greek translations and, of course, there is a marked difference between Catholic, Protestant, “Messianic Jewish” and Netzarim beliefs.

It is most intriguing that some traditional Jews would label Paul’s letters as pagan, given his admonition to a pagan audience:  “Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come unless it is preceded by a rebellion, and the man of sin be revealed as the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is reverenced; so that even in the Temple of Elohim, he sits as a god, and shows himself as though he were a god.”  2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (Lamsa).

The phrase “son of perdition” in Aramaic, breh d’abadana is the same as the Hebrew abaddon, meaning “destruction” and is torn from the pages of the Dead Sea Scrolls, alluding to sons of light and sons of darkness. Of course, such a metaphor makes little sense in Greek. However, more pointed to our discussion is the fact that Paul is describing a great deception whereby “Christians” would be entrapped into worshipping a man!  “And with all deceitfulness of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved thereby. For this reason Elohim shall send them a strong delusion that they should believe a lie, that all who did not believe in truth but preferred unrighteousness might be damned.”  2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 (Lamsa).

Since the Wicked One in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 is clearly a man sent from Satan, we can rightly infer that this sort of man-worship is heartily and forcefully condemned by the Shaliach/Apostle Paul. That being said, it is odd that his critics would continue to accuse him of being an idolater himself, when all evidence in Scripture points to his keeping Torah! Furthermore, if the heresy is as Paul says, “a strong delusion” it seems likely that it is a popular one as well!  Certainly this vision of the distant future from Paul’s era drives a spike in the coffin to Replacement Theology (Supercessionism) and Dispensationalism, which are as “fathers” to polytheistic Christianity.

In the end, the true Good News is linked inextricably to the Word that came before, while the “other Gospel” teaches Torah is done away with, and/or that paganism rules the day. As we will also see later on, since Paul condemned as heretical the “man-god” idea, it seems very unlikely that the Shaliach would simply substitute the agent of Satan with the Hellenized “Jesus” who essentially does the same thing.

It was Paul who made statements as in 1 Corinthians 12:3 that “Y’shua is YHWH!” We must certainly differentiate between a man who would wrongly aspire to be YHWH, with a pure understanding of Aramaic/Hebrew and Torah that demonstrates how YHWH can take on any form He desires.  One is the age old pagan counterfeit from haSatan which entered the world by confusion in the Greek “New Testament” while the other is the ultimate understanding of Mashiyach as revealed in Torah and the prophets of YHWH as truth, and it’s Jewish to the very core.

So this "falling away" (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3) is being manifested in our time! Sure, we still have no idea of the ultimate unfolding of events, but the signs are unmistakable!

The bottom line is, those who have left “God” by rejecting either YHWH or His Son, and spoken against His Word, they are guilty of "blaspheming the Holy Spirit" – which is an unforgivable sin!

Matthew 12: 30. Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever did not gather with me, scatters. 31. Because of this I say to you that all sins and blasphemies will be forgiven to the sons of men, but blasphemy that is against the Spirit will not be forgiven to the sons of men. 32. And anyone who says a word against the Son of man, he will be forgiven, But anyone who will speak against the Ruach haKodesh, he will not be forgiven - not in this world or in the world that is to come. (AENT)

If a person committed one of the capital offenses that are mentioned in Torah, but confessed and pleaded for forgiveness, there were ways to receive atonement. But those who blaspheme against the Spirit of YHWH have no way to make atonement for themselves, nor can they make an appeal in the name of Yeshua. See also Acts 5:1-11 and Hebrews 10:28-30.

Matthew 13: 32. And anyone who says a word against the Son of man, he will be forgiven, But anyone who will speak against the Ruach haKodesh,[1] he will not be forgiven – not in this world or in the world that is to come.

It is "defiant irreverence" - a term that can be applied to such sins as cursing Yahweh or willfully degrading things relating to Him, or attributing some evil to Him, or denying Him some good that should be attributed to Him. For instance, in Matthew 12:31-32, the Pharisees, having witnessed irrefutable proof that Yeshua was working miracles in the power of the Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit), claimed instead that He was possessed by the demon "Beelzebub" (Matthew 12:24).

Mark 3: 28. Truly I say to you, that all sins and blasphemies that the sons of man will blaspheme will be forgiven them. 29. But he who blasphemes against the Ruach haKodesh has no forgiveness ever, rather he is guilty before the eternal judgment. 30. This is because they were saying that an unclean spirit is in him.

Hebrews 10: 28. For if he who transgressed the Torah of Moshe, died without mercies at the mouth of two or three witnesses; 29. how much more, do you think, will he receive capital punishment who has trodden upon the Son of Elohim and has accounted the blood of his covenant by which he is sanctified, as the blood of all men and has treated the Spirit of grace in an insulting manner?

Acts 5: 32 And we are witnesses of these words and the Ruach haKodesh; He Who Elohim gives to those who obey Him.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Let’s discuss 2 Corinthians 3 in context

The Brit Chadasha readings for Parsha 21 (Ki Tissa) was 2 Corinthians 3:1-8, which is often used by Christians to show that Torah was “abolished at the cross”; and by Jewish “counter-missionaries” and their adherents to “prove” that the New Testament is full of myths and anti-Torah rhetoric, and that Y’shua couldn’t possibly be the Messiah.

Yet, the astute person who is able to view this chapter in context, recognizes that Paul constantly refers to YHWH’s Torah (Divine Instruction in Righteousness without which we would have NO blueprint for moral, holy living!).

It’s truly way past time for both Christians and Jews to start recognizing that maybe – just MAYBE – they have misunderstood the writings of Paul!  Contrary to popular belief, Paul – a mere human - didn’t “change” YHWH’s Torah or attempt to negate the teachings of Mashyiach Y’shua! He merely tried to interpret into plain language the deep and often hard-to-understand Hebrew mindset and concepts.

Unfortunately, he didn’t always succeed. Peter even warned of this (2 Peter 3:15-16) by explaining that Paul’s letters had already been turned into a Torahless fiasco, even in Peter’s day! Certainly it was not the Pharisees who were renouncing Torah Observance, but the humanist, pagan and materialistic “modernists” who operated under “Christian” labels…

Having said that, let’s check out 2 Corinthians 3 in context:

2 Corinthians 3:1. Do we begin again to show you who we are? Or do we need, like others, that letters of recommendation from us should be written to you? Or, that you should write recommendations of us? 2. You are our epistles, written on our hearts and known and read by every man. 3. For you know that you are an epistle of the Mashiyach, ministered by us; not written with ink, but by the Spirit of the Living Elohim; not on tablets of stone, but on the tablets of the heart of flesh.[1]

NOTE 1: Paul is clearly referencing Jeremiah 31:33, indicating Torah is being written upon the heart. See also Ezekiel 18:31; 36:26-28.

2 Corinthians 3:4. And such confidence we have in the Mashiyach towards Elohim; 5. Not that we are sufficient to think anything, as of ourselves; but our efficiency is from Elohim: 6. Who has fitted us to be ministers of the Renewed Covenant[2] not in the letter, but in the Spirit; for the letter kills[3] but the Spirit gives life. 7. Now if the ministration of death was engraved upon stones in writing, and was so glorious that the children of Israel could not look on the face of Moshe[4] on account of the glory upon his face which vanished away; 8. How then will not the ministration of the Spirit be still more glorious?

NOTE 2: Again, a reference to Jeremiah 31:33. See also Matthew 26:28.

NOTE 3: The “letter” and “Spirit” are not opposites. In verse 1 Rav Shaul begins by explaining how a “letter” in itself is not sufficient for his purposes, and how those in Corinth are not epistles written with ink, but in the Spirit of Elohim. The letter points out flaws. When we study the letter, sins of the weak flesh are exposed; our “natural” man is condemned to death to create a new birth according to YHWH’s Spirit.

Christian theology, however, teaches the “letter” refers to Torah, and that Torah is contrary to the spiritual man (which is a rather evil theology considering that mainstream Christians are already keeping over 60 percent of Torah)! Torah contains righteous directives of how to live and love, as well as the Covenant of promise that necessitates Mashiyach.

In this discourse Rav Shaul is juxtaposing condemnation as a function of the letter; he is most certainly not discrediting the Torah of YHWH as it pertains to the Spiritual Man (Romans 7:14; 8:4). Torah is the Word of YHWH: “For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life: and through this WORD you shall prolong your days in the land.” Deuteronomy 32:47

NOTE 4: Shemot/Exodus 34:29 “And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.”

2 Corinthians 3:9. For if there was glory in the ministration of condemnation[5], how much more will the ministration of righteousness excel in glory? 10. For that which was glorious was as if not glorious in comparison with this which excels in glory. 11. For if that (condemnation) which is abolished[6] was glorious, much more must, that which abides be glorious.

NOTE 5: Ministration of death is also the ministration of condemnation which comes against the sins of the carnal man. If a man steals he is condemned; if he commits adultery or lies, he is condemned when he reads the Letter.

NOTE 6: Condemnation is abolished when the Ruach haKodesh writes Torah upon the heart, which brings the end of breaking Torah! However, Christian theologians twist this verse to teach that Paul brought an end to Torah itself.

2 Corinthians 3:12. Seeing therefore we have this hope, we the more, speak with boldness; 13. And are not like Moshe, who threw a veil over his face that the children of Israel might not behold the termination of that (condemnation) which was abolished. 14. But they were blinded in their understanding because until this day, when the Ancient Covenant is read, the same veil rests upon them; nor is it manifest (to them), that it (condemnation) is abolished by the Mashiyach.

15. And to this day, when Moshe is read, a veil is thrown upon their hearts. 16. But when any of them is turned to Master YHWH, the veil is taken from him[7]. 17. Now Master YHWH Himself is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of Master YHWH is, there is freedom. 18. And we all, with uncovered faces, behold as in a mirror the glory of Master YHWH; and are transformed into the same likeness, from glory to glory, as by Master YHWH the Spirit. (AENT)

NOTE 7: The reading of Torah does not blind, nor does the reading of the “Renewed Covenant” bring Grace: but in each, one must “turn to Master YHWH with their hearts” to remove the veil. MarYah/YHWH is used here, rather than Y’shua.

Rather than people turning to Y’shua as the deciding factor, the point is that both Jews and Gentiles must be truthful, and not just use prayers or Scripture readings as some sort of magical incantation, but to turn their hearts to YHWH. In many places Y’shua teaches that he came to bring Glory to the Father, and to turn hearts unto YHWH.

Reader question about the New (renewed) Covenant: do both parties have to agree to make it binding?

READER QUESTION:

I have a question about the New (renewed) Covenant. I hope I can ask it the correct way---when Moses came down from the mountain with the tablets of stone and he told the people what all God had spoken and what they were to do, the people said that they would do it. I think that is what made the Covenant binding, that they agreed to do what God said (similar to a marriage covenant---both parties agree to the terms and say, "I do" to each other.)

So if I have that part correct, then the question is, is that agreement/Covenant that was made at that mountain in Moses' presence the very same one in force today, or did/do people have to agree a second time to that very set of terms at the mountain, or do they agree to another set of terms upon Yeshua's death?

In other words, don't we have to agree to a set of terms in order for there to be a Covenant with God, and if so, what is it if it is different than the one with Moses?

Thanks again!

OUR RESPONSE:

An outstanding question and topic - but not an easy one!

There are actually two kinds of covenants in scripture: bilateral and unilateral.  That is, the bilateral covenant is when both parties must agree to the conditions or terms of the covenant. On the other hand, a unilateral covenant is one expressed by one party alone and that sole party is responsible to carry out the terms. 

So no, we don't "have to agree to a set of terms in order for there to be a Covenant with God".  Indeed, 5 of the 6 covenants in scripture involving God are considered "unilateral": the Noahic, Abrahamic, Priestly (or Levitical), Davidic, and the New.  For example, in the Noahic covenant (oversimplifying): God promises that He will never again flood the world.  No one else had to "agree" to that. 

Thus, the consensus of the theological community (not that we agree with the theological consensus) is that the "New" covenant is unconditional.  Conventional wisdom thus says that God provided His Messiah, and all are covered - nothing required on our part. 

Notice that the Mosaic covenant, the one you brought up, is not in the list of the "unilateral" covenants! Why? Well, there was a "binding".  You have observed that the binding might be the fact that the people agreed. They all said they would do it.  But, in this case, scripture provides the answer. 

It is found in Exodus 24:5-8. After the people said they would do and obey everything, the covenant was sealed with the blood of the oxen (vs. 5) being sprinkled (figuratively) on "all" the people with Moshe saying: "This is the blood of the covenant which Adonai has made with you in accordance with all these words."  Thus the covenant was sealed, and was bilateral.

That covenant still holds. Look at what the Mosaic covenant says.  It says, in a nutshell, that we (the people) agreed to the WORDS of the covenant (Exodus 24:7)! These are the Words of God which tell us how to live holy lives. Our part of obeying the words of the covenant has never been abrogated!

You go on to ask: "do they [the people] agree to another set of terms upon Yeshua's death?"  No, the people are not agreeing to another set of terms, the terms never changed.  But this is where we differ from the "consensus" who think the New Covenant is "unconditional". The New Covenant provides for everlasting life with YHWH, to all people, by a required blood redemption (Yeshua's blood, the promised Messiah, or “savior”)... PROVIDED, the individuals accept YHWH as their God and Yeshua as their redeemer. 

So, the New Covenant is NOT, as the consensus says, a "unilateral" covenant! Though no "binding" was required which would cover all people, the "binding" was left up to each individual - accepted or not. 

We find this in the words of Yeshua himself in John 17:2-3: "Just as you gave him authority over all mankind, so that he might give eternal life to all those whom you have given him.  And eternal life is this: to know you, the one true God, and him whom you sent, Yeshua the Messiah." 

Thus, our part of the covenant is to KNOW God and KNOW Yeshua and in turn, we are offered eternal life. The New Covenant is therefore bilateral.  There is a part we are obligated to fulfill and in turn, we are provided everlasting life.

How can one "know" God and Yeshua? By OBEYING the WORD (Torah!) (1 John 2:3, Hebrews 10:26, 1 John 3:4).

Sure, some of the Torah no longer applies to us who live today as most of those original "613" commands (which were numbered by MAN, not ADONAI) were directed at the cohens (priests); some were only for men; some only for women, and some were only for a certain timeframe.

But some were meant to last FOREVER, and for ALL to obey - and those are the ones that believers must pay attention to. Therefore, it is a pitiful excuse to argue that "Torah" (what is erroneously referred to as "The Law") was somehow "done away with" just because the Messiah died for us.

Again, thanks for the great question and may YHWH richly bless you and yours!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Can you outline the many errors in this meme?

I’ll start off by showing how the person who created this meme didn’t understand the context of Hebrews 8:7.  Let’s take a look at that whole passage from the Hebrew mindset….

Hebrews 8: 7. For, if the first (covenant) had been faultless, there would have been no place for this second (one).[1]  8. For he rebukes them and says: Behold the days come, says Master YHWH, when I will complete with the family of the house of Israel and with the family of the house of Yehuda, a renewed covenant;[2]  9. not like the covenant which I gave to their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; (and) because they continued not in my covenant, I also rejected them, says Master YHWH.  (AENT)

FOOTNOTES:

[1]   Most Christians seem to forget that without the first covenant, the second one is impossible!  In very short order Rav Shaul will quote Jeremiah 31:31-34, indicating that the Renewed Covenant is a contingency triggered by, and deriving authority from, the first covenant.  YHWH declared that the Ancient Covenant He made with Israel was good; it was to bring life, but the people of Israel chose to willfully break this Covenant and treat it as a vain thing.  See Deuteronomy 32:46, 47.

[2]  Paul makes reference to the Renewed Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) nine times in this letter.

READ ON:

10. But this is the covenant which I will give to the family of the house of Israel after those days, says Master YHWH: I will put my Torah in their minds and inscribe it on their hearts; and I will be to them a Elohim, and they will be to me a people.  11. And one will not teach his son of the city nor his brother, nor say: You shall know your Master YHWH: because they will all know me, from the youngest of them to the oldest.  12. And I will forgive them their iniquity; and their sins will I remember no more.  13. In that he said a Renewed (Covenant), he made the first old; and that which is old and decaying, is near to disappearing.[3] (AENT)

FOOTNOTE:

[3]  The context is Jeremiah 31:31-34, what is “near to disappearing” is the sinful nature of man that breaks Torah, not the standard of Torah. Remember that we broke Torah, not YHWH.  YHWH did not drop the standard of Torah because Israel chose disobedience; rather, He installed a Renewed Covenant to write Torah upon the heart through the work of the Ruach haKodesh, according to Mashiyach.  The fact of the matter is that in Mashiyach,

YHWH raised the bar; He magnified Torah; see Isaiah 42:21.  Because mankind broke Covenant, YHWH requires complete renovation on our part, not YHWH’s part of the Covenant.  This verse in its twisted form, became one of the “crown jewels” of Torahless Christianity which teaches that Torah is decaying and is near to disappearing, but nothing could be farther from the truth. 

Here is the key that sets the context for Hebrews 8:13.  Throughout chapter 7, it is the “instruction” (Torah) of the Levitical priests being discussed, pointing towards Awraham submitting his sons to be into the line of Melchisedec (Malki-Tzedek), by tithing to this man in advance.  What happens is a switching of priestly modalities within Torah where the priestly model in Exodus gives way to its predecessor from Genesis, in accordance with all the prophecies in the Tanakh. 

Again, Pagan tradition uses this passage to teach that it is the “Law” that is passing away.  Another vital component to understanding this priesthood is that the akeida (binding of Isaac) points to the Malki-Tzedek priesthood, not to the Levitical priesthood.  The akeida is fully realized in Mashiyach ben Yoseph, the Suffering Servant who is Y’shua.

So, as you can see, basically, it's playing with fire when you attempt to present Hebrews 8:7 as "proof" that God's original covenant was "faulty".... NOTHING coming out of the Kingdom is faulty!





Stone your rebellious son? Really?

1 Corinthians 2:14 - But a natural man [John 14:17] does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

Atheists love to use some of the teachings in this week's Torah portion (Parashah 49:  Ki Tetze -  Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19) to show why they refuse to believe in God.  because a "GOOD god wouldn't say those things!"

Unfortunately, atheists who don't know ELOHIM, cannot possibly understand the context of some harsh passages, such as, for example, this one:

Deuteronomy 21:18  "If a man has a stubborn, rebellious son  who will not obey what his father or mother says, and even after they  discipline him he still refuses to pay attention to them; 19  then his father and mother are to take  hold of him and bring him out to the leaders of his town, at the gate of  that place, 20  and say to the leaders of his town,  'This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he doesn't pay attention  to us, lives wildly, gets drunk.' 21  Then all the men of his town are to  stone him to death; in this way you will put an end to such wickedness  among you, and all Isra'el will hear about it and be afraid. (CJB)

At first glance it would seem that "God is mean."  But the context - when understood from ADONAI's viewpoint - is very simple:

If anything or anyone in your holy community (where everyone belongs to YHWH and adheres to His Holy Commands) purposely defiles or rejects the set- apart way of life, get rid of it (or them).  Don't allow it (or the rebellious person) to continue being a bad influence, lest it (or they) "rub off" on others and the "bad" will eventually be viewed as "good" and acceptable...

Sound familiar?  It's all around us today!  The whole world seems to have become lax and "tolerant" when it comes to morality. 

So, yes, atheists (and the lukewarm who don't bother reading or studying Scripture) cannot possibly understand that YHWH had (and still has) some stringent requirements for HOLINESS!  Those things didn't vanish just because Yeshua died on our behalf.  Yeshua didn't abolish YHWH's Torah....

But only YHWH's people are able to recognize that fact.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Let's debunk that "law is a curse" nonsense, shall we?

It always amazes me to see people making comments about how the "law is a curse."  My goodness, the "law" (which actually refers to TORAH) CANNOT be a curse!  YHWH's Commands have never been a curse!  It's blasphemy to even suggest that! The bottom line is, those who able to make ignorant comments like that that are completely Bible illiterate....

So, let's see why they are in error:

As you all know, even Peter said that Paul would be hard to understand (2 Peter 3:15-16). However, the answer to this "under a curse" situation is really very simple.

First,  look who Paul is writing to. The congregations in Galatia, Galatians  1:2. Why is he writing to them? Because they have already fallen away  from faith in the Messiah and had been confused and challenged by men  who do not believe in the Messiah (1:6-7). What does Paul say about  these teachers?

He says they "are men who agitated you and desired  to pervert the Good News of Mashiyach" (1:7), and that these men  "preach outside from what was preached to you, let them be cursed. ...  Whichever man preaches to you outside of what you have received, let him  be accursed" (1:8-9).

Now, read Galatians 3 with this in mind, but first, understand that Torah says: "A curse on anyone who does not confirm the words of this Torah by putting them into practice"  (Deuteronomy 27:26).

In  Galatians 3, Paul is teaching (again) that righteousness does not come  through "works", rather, that righteousness is through faith, and faith  is demonstrated by works (Galatians 3:2-6). Then, referring to  Deuteronomy 27:26, Paul says in 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 on all that is written in this book  of Torah.”

Paul goes on through the rest of Galatians 3 to  explain that he's talking about those very men whom he mentioned back  in Galatians 1:7; that those men are cursed because they teach Torah,  but they do not live by Torah!

Read the way Paul puts it in Romans 2: "13.  For not the hearers of Torah are righteous before Elohim; but the doers  of Torah are being made righteous. 14. For if Gentiles who have not  Torah will, by their nature, do the things of Torah; they, while without  Torah, become a Torah to themselves.

15. Additionally, they show the  work of Torah as it is inscribed on their hearts; and their conscience  bears testimony to them, their own reflections rebuking or vindicating  one another." (Romans 2:13-15)


But about the Torah-teachers he says:

"17.  But if you who are called a Jew, and rely yourself on Torah and glory  in Elohim, 18. (And further that you think) that you know His good  pleasure and discern obligations because you are instructed in Torah;  19. And (that Elohim) has confidence in yourself, that you are a guide  to the blind, and a light to them who are in darkness,

20. And an  instructor of those lacking knowledge, and a preceptor to the young; and  you have the appearance of knowledge and of verity in Torah (then what  do you all say to the following):

21.  You therefore, who teach others, teach you not yourself? And you who  teach that men must not steal, do you steal? 22. And you who say, “Men  must not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? And you who condemn  idols, do you plunder the sanctuary? 23. And you who glory in Torah,  don’t you, by acting contrary to Torah, insult Elohim himself? (Romans 2:17-23)


So, there you have it. When Paul says in Galatians 3:10 that those who are servants of Torah  are still under a curse  [that is, they demand serving Torah, but they  are not living by Torah], it is because they, themselves, don't live by Torah as true servants for YHWH.

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


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Everyone who becomes Torah observant has the same story to tell: They are lonely and sad because they are rejected by family and friends. Many (like this sister in the screen shot, below) cannot handle it and ultimately return to the church.

How sad for them, because Scripture tells us that for those who refuse to obey YHWH's Torah, even their prayers are considered to be an abomination (Proverbs 28:9). How - if they have ever READ the Bible from cover to cover - can they possibly ignore all the verses from YHWH Himself who says those who OBEY His Torah will be blessed, and those who don't will be cursed?

As I keep saying, we are in the process of witnessing the "great falling away" right now (2 Thess. 2:1-3). One of the main reasons for this "falling away" is because, rather than to READ THE BIBLE from cover to cover, and STUDYING it for themselves, many spend their time grazing the 'net, picking up all their "vast knowledge" from various teachers and those who pass themselves off as teachers, who actually picked up their "knowledge" by grazing the 'net....

This is exactly what this particular sister did, despite my myriad warnings that she would become VERY confused! Instead of heeding those warnings (even after I showed her how and why some of the teachings she was picking up, were way off the mark) she became a master at copying and pasting, and trying to teach others by sharing the "vast knowledge" she had picked up NOT from Scripture, but from Facebook Land and various websites....

Therefore, just as I feared, this was the end result ... she became so confused and disillusioned that she decided to head back to where she once felt loved and accepted.

Unfortunately, this happens a lot. Many people simply have NO discernment, and when they find their way to Torah, they can't handle all the "new knowledge" that comes their way, and they suddenly "go crazy" with a desire for more, more, more!

And then, as "more" comes pouring in (thanks to the Internet and all its supposed "teachers"), they ultimately end up overwhelmed, because they couldn't discern "good" from "bad" teachers and teachings.

Over the years, I've seen disillusioned people either becoming atheists, continue "religion hopping", or return to Christianity, OR rejecting Yeshua and the New Testament altogether by swinging clear to the other side on that pendulum to follow Judaism. Until they become bored with that, or something "more interesting" comes along...

The bottom line is: If you're not obeying YHWH's Divine Instructions in Righteousness, then whose instructions are you following? Sorry to break an age-old myth, but "grace and mercy" and just "believing in Jesus" isn't going to cut it on Judgment Day!

Don't take MY word for it; READ THE BIBLE to find out why!

It all boils down to WHOM you cherish more: YHWH and His Divine Son who died for you? Or yourself? Your family? Your friends and "the world"? Yeshua warned us that it wouldn't be easy....

Romans 16: 17. And I plead with you, my Brothers, that you beware of them who cause divisions and stumblings apart from the doctrine which you have learned: and that you stand distant from them. 18. For they who are such do not serve our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach, but their own belly: and by bland speeches and good wishes, they deceive the hearts of the simple. (AENT)

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

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Feel like doing an indepth study of 1 John 1:1 in context?

1 John 1:1. WE announced[1] to you that which was from the beginning which we have heard and have seen with our eyes, looked upon, and handled with our hands, that which is the Word of Life. 2. And the life was manifested, and we have seen and do testify and announce to you the life which is eternal; which was with the Father and was revealed to us.

FOOTNOTE 1:

The use of “we” is probably John referring to other Elders and Apostles in the Faith that have reviewed or sanctioned the letter. It was common for even the “pillars” as Rav Shaul referred to some of them, to appeal to the Twelve as a whole for certifying proper halakha or relating events as they actually happened. It is also a key “fingerprint” of John’s writing as he has done this before (John 21:24).

Continuing:

1 John 1:3. And what we have seen and heard, we make known to you also that you may have fellowship with us; and our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Y’shua the Mashiyach.[2]

FOOTNOTE 2:

As in The Good News According to John, Yochanan bar Zawdee (Shaliach/Apostle John) writes with a poetic flair that breaks grammatical conventions and marks his texts as both an Aramaic original and as a unique creation that could only come from his pen.

The first sentence in the Good News begins with four words that “break all the rules” in order to make a spiritual point about all divine attributes resting on and in Mashiyach, which we will briefly review here for easy comparison with his First Epistle: Breshit aytohi hwa Miltha:-- In the Beginning was the Miltha (Word).

Once again, we have the unusual ‑ and unprecedented ‑ mating of two male terms (there, was) with one female noun miltha, (word). This usage is so unique as to constitute a literary fingerprint for John’s style, as it appears nowhere else in either the Renewed Covenant or any known Aramaic/Syriac literature, with the exception of those works that draw directly on John.

Paul never breaks this grammatical rule, and the same can be said of Peter, James and Yehuda. However, in the first line of his letter here, John makes it clear that he is returning to teach: “He who was with us from the beginning, the one whom we have heard and have seen with our own eyes, have looked upon and have touched with our hands, we declare to you is the Word of life.” 1 John 1:1 (Ref. Assyrian and native Aramaic speaker, George M. Lamsa).

Just as the opening words from the Good News, John again packs an amazing degree of spiritual depth into very few words. The first aspect is the exact poetic construction; only it is one male verb and female noun which has essentially the same effect (aytohi miltha).

The parallels continue with the word B’resheet (in the beginning), which dovetails with the first lines of both his Good News as well as that of Genesis. In fact, if we compact this text we still have the phrase, “from the beginning there was the Word.”

Perhaps the greatest comparison is with the foundational statement of Torah itself: Shema Yisrael YHWH Eloheinu, YHWH echad. Hear O Israel, YHWH is our Elohim, YHWH is one.

If we examine various translations of this text, an interesting pattern emerges. Some translate this as “that which we have heard and seen,” as opposed to Lamsa’s “The One whom we have heard and seen”. Why? The answer is that this phrase in the first line of John’s Good News (eykhadaya) is implied in Aramaic. Choosing a literal translation, using the word “what” here gives a reading that could refer to the truth, a precept, teaching, and so on.

Lamsa takes a different view, perceptively pointing out that there is only one “Who” that has been from the very beginning, and that same Individual is the Word of Life. The “Word” then is neither a concept nor a teaching, but an all-powerful Being.

However, what is not entirely wrong; English has two ways of expressing “who” but Aramaic only has one. It is just as correct to say, for example, “the man who was good to me” as it is to say “the man that was good to me.” The Lamsa rendering, Elohim is a Who rather than a That and, of course, He is the only One who existed before creation.

Further, it is in this uniqueness where we find the idea of The One (eykhadaya) staring back at us by subtle inference. These details showcase, conceptually, the linkage between Aramaic 1 John, and the Shema declaration of Deuteronomy 6:4.

In the Shema, Israel is being asked to hear; in 1 John members of Israel respond to what they have heard. Similarly, the Shema proclaims that Elohim is ONE (echad). Aramaic in 1 John reflects this with implied eykhadaya.”

In fact, the One whom we have heard strongly and clearly reflects the Aramaic mindset of John. It is simply a connection indicative of a Semitic mindset, in much the way Isaiah’s (26:3) use of the phrase shalom shalom (perfect peace) is.

Continuing:

1 John 1:4. And these things we write to you, that our joy in you may be complete.[3] 5. And this is the announcement which we have heard from him and declare to you, that Elohim is light and no darkness at all is in him. 6. And if we say that we have fellowship with him and we walk in the darkness, we are liars and walk not in the truth.

7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other and the blood of Y’shua his Son cleanses us from all our sins. 8. And if we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all our iniquity. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not with us. (AENT)

FOOTNOTE 3:

Perhaps the most beautiful pattern in 1 John has to do with another incredible implied wordplay where the multiple meaning of an Aramaic root is exploited two or more times in a phrase. A statement by Ben Franklin was used to highlight this concept where he stated, “Gentlemen we must all hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately.”

But what if, instead of a direct exploitation of hang’s dual meanings, Franklin referred to one meaning of the word while indirectly referencing its other use. In other words, what if he had instead said: “Gentlemen, we must all hang together or most assuredly they will string us up with rope separately.”

Granted while not nearly as graceful as the first foray, it would nevertheless be clever. The joke then would rely on a slight delay mechanism, since it may take a few seconds for the hearer to rationalize ‑ “Right, string up with rope is hang too, I get it.”

The same thing is happening in these two passages from 1 John: And these things we write to you that our joy in you may be complete. 1 John 1:4 (Lamsa). There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear because fear is tormenting. He who fears is not made in perfect love. 1 John 4:18 (Lamsa).

The key to this bit of genius is found when looking at what is described as opposed to what is being stated. Put simply, if perfect love casts out fear, or complete joy fills you up, what else can the result be other than shalom (peace)? And so, once again, we see a direct root relationship between perfection/completion (mshamliya) and peace (shlama), and the meaning of the first occurrence is clearly describing the end product of the second!

(The above was borrowed from the Aramaic English New Testament)

Neo-Nazis pervert MAGA hat into becoming MGHA hat (Make Germany Hate Again!)

We saw on the news last night in a short clip by correspondent Richard Engel that Neo-Nazi groups in Germany have confiscated the "MAGA hat" and made it into MGHA hats: "Make Germany Hate Again." I guess these godless, stupid, brainless bozos didn't learn anything from their sordid, bloody history....

1 Corinthians 15: 33 Don't be fooled. "Bad company ruins good character." 34 Come to your senses! Live righteously and stop sinning! There are some people who lack knowledge of God - I say this to your shame. (CJB)

Titus 1:12 Even one of the Cretans' own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons" - 13 and it's true! For this reason, you must be severe when you rebuke those who have followed this false teaching, so that they will come to be sound in their trust 14 and no longer pay attention to Judaistic myths or to the commands of people who reject the truth.

15 To all who are themselves pure, everything is pure. But to those who are defiled and without trust, nothing is pure - even their minds and consciences have been defiled. 16 They claim to know God, but with their actions they deny him. They are detestable and disobedient; they have proved themselves unfit to do anything good. (CJB)

Romans 16: 17. And I plead with you, my Brothers, that you beware of them who cause divisions and stumblings apart from the doctrine which you have learned: and that you stand distant from them. 18. For they who are such do not serve our Master Y’shua the Mashiyach, but their own belly: and by bland speeches and good wishes, they deceive the hearts of the simple. (AENT)

2 Timothy 3: 1. But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: 2. and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, 3. unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, 4. treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, 5. having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you. (AENT)
 
 

Monday, August 5, 2019

Parashah 49: Ki Tetze (When you go out) Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

If you're "chomping at the bit" to start reading this week's Torah portion, you can find a synopsis of Parashah 49: Ki Tetze, on our website.

This Torah portion features 74 commandments, more than any other Torah portion. Some of the commandments discussed include the law of the rebellious son, the obligation to bury the dead without undue delay, the requirement to return a found object, the prohibition against causing pain to any living creature, the prohibition against prostitution, the laws of marriage and divorce, the procedure of the Levirate marriage, and the obligation to eradicate the memory of Amalek.

Regardless as to how YHWH's commands sounds to "modern ears", we must always remember that, throughout the Torah, we are exhorted by God through Moshe/Moses to "cleave" to YHWH our Elohim who was attempting to show His people the necessity and benefits of being holy from the inside-out. The repeated emphasis should cause us to stop and think about the meaning and importance of cleaving to/holding fast to Him and behaving according to HIS desires!

To get started, imply click on the link above to read our synopsis, and then read all of the Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadasha portions outlined in our article.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Another day, another mass murder….

So, last week (the last week of July 2019) some moron killed innocents in California at a food festival. Yesterday, some sicko killed 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, and this morning, yet another kook with a gun killed 9 and wounded 20 in in Dayton Ohio at a community event.

The gunman used a .223-caliber high-capacity magazine and was wearing body armor, according to the Mayor. The suspect had additional magazines. Officers neutralized him in under a minute, and killed him.

I don't care what anyone says - there is NO WAY to "predict" that someone will do this! Our society is completely out of control. Why? Because we don't pay any attention to YHWH's Divine Instructions! There's no respect for anything or anybody anymore. We're a totally me-oriented society that doesn't like rules of ANY kind and tends to "side" with criminals instead of the law.

How sad, because there is no turning back now.

And for those who will insist we "pray" and endlessly remind us that "God is in control" here's a wakeup call:

YHWH gives us all FREE WILL! He isn't going to stop lunatics with guns from committing mass murders - just like He hasn't stopped Israel's enemies from attacking; just like He hasn't stopped the endless wars in the Middle East, nor has prayer eradicated pedophelia, sex or human trafficking, or beastiality, or child abuse, or poverty.

Prayer hasn't stopped the ills or diseases of the world. It hasn't stopped man's destruction of our planet and our environment, or entire species of animals from being driven into extinction by mankind.

Prayer also hasn't put a stop to prejudice, pedophelia, spouse abuse, "gay marriage" or anything else YHWH hates; nor did it stop the two world wars or the Holocaust where at least six million of HIS people were killed by a raving lunatic and his blind and brainless followers.

Wanna know why? Because most of the world does NOT belong to YHWH, and consequently He doesn't hear the prayers! (Please think about that before posting a response!)

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

1 Corinthians 6:19 Or don't you know that your body is a temple for the Ruach HaKodesh who lives inside you, whom you received from God? The fact is, you don't belong to yourselves; 20 for you were bought at a price. So use your bodies to glorify God. (CJB)

1 Corinthians 3:12 Some will use gold, silver or precious stones in building on this foundation; while others will use wood, grass or straw. 13 But each one's work will be shown for what it is; the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire - the fire will test the quality of each one's work.

14 If the work someone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward; 15 if it is burned up, he will have to bear the loss: he will still escape with his life, but it will be like escaping through a fire. 16 Don't you know that you people are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? 17 So if anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you yourselves are that temple. (CJB)

One has to wonder whether those who refuse to adhere to the WHOLE Bible and are only "believing in Jesus" and NOT OBEYING Torah, truly belong to Him....Surely, those who pick and choose and dismiss one "testament" over another, are not His servants....

Countering yet another comment made by a Jesus-rejecter

The reason we created our website, The Refiner's Fire, was to defend YHWH's Truth from all those who attempt to skew or even debunk His Word, and to try to keep people focused on HIS WORD, and not man's opinion...Our whole goal was to not only to present and teach the Bible to the world, but also to show how and why "religions" and various teachings and opinions are completely off the mark.

One of several "pages" on our site is the "Countering the Jewish Counter-Missionaries" page, designed to "talk back" to the Jewish Rabbis and their followers, who do their best to "debunk Jesus" and the New Testament.

The screen shot below, is but one of myriad examples of the opinions and rants of Jewish counter-missionaries who do their level best to trash our Divine Messiah....

Here, we're going to examine the comments made by someone who clearly views himself qualified to discuss and debunk YHWH's Truth:

Ignoring the deliberate and sarcastic misspellings of "Jesus" by this "intellect", my first thought was that Yeshua wasn't "hanged" - he was crucified. That aside, it's quite sad that this guy couldn't remove his "narrow-minded glasses view" long enough to use the "PaRDeS" method to discern the true Hebrew and meaning of Isaiah 53:9-10.

Just for fun, let’s even track this back a little further to verse 7 in order to get a fuller picture:

Isaiah 53: 6 We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way; yet ADONAI laid on him the guilt of all of us. Or: and in fellowship with him 7 Though mistreated, he was submissive - he did not open his mouth. Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth.

8 After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves.

9 He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive, 10 yet it pleased ADONAI to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering. If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand ADONAI's desire will be accomplished.
(CJB)

This “NT intellect” who wrote such evil about Yeshua, doesn’t seem to realize that the “grave of the wicked” that Yeshua ended up in for a short while was She’ol (Matthew 12:38-41, Ephesians 4:7-10). And that his human body, his mortal flesh, DIED – like any other human ... and that he did this for a reason: To - like the Passover Lamb - OFFER HIMSELF to become our substitute, our redemption: https://blog.therefinersfire.org/2019/03/the-passover-connection-to-yeshua.html.

Take a good look at verses 9 and 10, where you will see that ADONAI would be pleased to see His Son choosing to obey him, and that IF Yeshua did obey Him, He would prolong his days (in other words, give Yeshua, the human Messiah with a divine nature the right to “sit at the right hand of ADONAI” forever (Acts 7:55–56; Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; etc.)

I’d say that Yeshua’s life was prolonged, wouldn’t you? “Forever” is a long, long time! YHWH prolongs the days of ALL who do HIS will through willing obedience.

Yeshua, His Son, was destined to martyr himself on our behalf at a specific time, and yet this Jewish-wannabe “intellect” has the audacity to try to debunk what YHWH clearly outlined in Isaiah 53….

And by the way, Yeshua wasn't "supposedly single" (as our “intellect” suggests) - he WAS single! He was never destined to have a wife, for YHWH wouldn’t have expected His Son to purposely turn a woman into a widow, leaving her with no income and no place to go….

And last but not least, the "seed" Yershua left was the seed of YHWH's Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven which true believers will get to enter. Yeshua came to Israel to show people HOW to do that.

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.


And the Apostles wrote about what YHWH commanded and what Yeshua taught. Anyone who attempts to debunk that needs to go back to school and learn how to read!

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.

 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Parashah 48: Shof'tim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9

Shabbat shalom, mishpocah!  As always, you can find a synopsis of our weekly Torah portion on our website.

This week’s treasure:

Parashah 48: Shof'tim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9

Haftarah reading: Isaiah 51:12 through 53:12.

B'rit Hadasha suggested reading: Matthew 5:38-42; 18:15-20; Acts 3:13-26; 7:35-53; 1 Corinthians 5:9-13; 1 Timothy 5:17-22; Hebrews 10:28-31.

Remember, we’re in the process of discussing Moses' "last will and testament."  It was what he said the day he departed from the Israelites as they were making their Exodus through the desert.

In this parashah we see YHWH handing down further instructions to His people that still apply to us today, yet are - unfortunately - ignored by most. (Remember, ALL who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are HIS people!) Please read the following very carefully:

Deuteronomy 16: 18 "You are to appoint judges and officers for all your gates [in the cities] ADONAI your God is giving you, tribe by tribe; and they are to judge the people with righteous judgment. 19 You are not to distort justice or show favoritism, and you are not to accept a bribe, for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of even the upright. 20 Justice, only justice, you must pursue; so that you will live and inherit the land ADONAI your God is giving you.

It's a sad commentary on our society to see our current judicial system ignoring this! We've thrown God out and are judging by man's laws today....

"You are not to distort justice or show favoritism" .... Whose justice - man's or God's? "...you are not to accept a bribe...." How many of our "worldly" judges and leaders are guilty of this? How many votes have been "bought" by our political leaders, and how many people have bribed their favorite candidates with money? "The land" YHWH promised His people was, of course, Israel at that time. But the thing is, "Israel" consists of all believers in YHWH who are all supposed to obey HIS commands for all time - and "their land" must be free of all "other gods" and idols and pagan ways....How much of America (or the world, for that matter) is free of pagan ways and "other gods"?

To get started, imply click on the link above to read our synopsis, and then read all of the Torah, Haftarah and Brit Chadasha portions outlined in our article.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Did Jesus really only come to “bring the Gospel?”

Mainstream Christianity insists "Jesus" preached the Gospel - the Good News about the Messiah's death, burial, and resurrection - which is all some people tend to focus on. But Scripture, read in context, reveals He did NOT preach those things at all; rather, He preached the Kingdom of YHWH (Yahweh)!

Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua/Jesus) said, "I must preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent."

Luke 8: 1.And it happened after these things that Y'shua was going around in the cities and in the villages and was preaching and declaring the Kingdom of Elohim.

Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of God and tried to convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets."

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

So, while his death, burial, and resurrection are an important part of the Good News, it's not the whole story! YHWH isn't just in the business of "saving" people. As Creator and law giver, He is in the business of teaching us how to be good subjects in His Kingdom to come! If His Messiah "Jesus" supposedly abolished Torah at the cross" then why was EVERY believer completely Torah observant for one hundred years after Yeshua's death, including the Apostle Paul who was "caught" being Torah observant 29 years after Yeshua's death (Acts 21:23-24)! Was Paul a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another; or were his teachings, perhaps, misunderstood?

YHWH said HE would send a prophet who was to do everything He ordered him to do:

Deuteronomy 18: 15 "ADONAI will raise up for you a prophet like me from among yourselves, from your own kinsmen. You are to pay attention to him, 16 just as when you were assembled at Horev and requested ADONAI your God, 'Don't let me hear the voice of ADONAI my God any more, or let me see this great fire ever again; if I do, I will die!' 17 On that occasion ADONAI said to me, 'They are right in what they are saying. 18 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 Himself said He came to do HIS FATHER's will; not his own!

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,[1] 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. (AENT)

[1] 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!

Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and to do everything his Father commanded. He tore down the fences of man's legalism. Neither he nor his Apostles ever advocated against 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] (AENT)

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

[2] Y'shua 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 Y'shua 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.

Yeshua was sent by the Father NOT to do his own will, but the Father's! So many seem to think he came to replace the Father and abolish Torah....Yet he came to restore man's relationship with YHWH and remind us to totally rely on YHWH for everything.