Thursday, November 14, 2019

The world as I see it through the lens of Scripture and common sense…

BOTTOM LINE:  Our world is sick, and getting sicker by the day!

Something has happened over even just the last 20 years – and, honestly, I believe one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) contributors to this travesty is Hollywood … that satanic industry that has been instrumental in making the “F word” dominant in the English vocabulary, and helped turn our young folks into selfish, me-oriented “binge watchers” of R-rated films that, in the not-so-distant past, would have been considered pornography.

Hollywood is a pawn of satan, rabidly influencing "good" to appear "bad" and "evil" to appear “normal” or even "righteous". (Please humor me as I continue generalizing my way through this rant….)

Satanic Hollywood has been stealing the minds of generations of children and turning them into mindless, disrespectful and even hateful zombies who trudge through life without any real work ethics or ambition (except perhaps to influence them into the pipe-dream of becoming singers, actors, entertainers or ballplayers - because, after all, that’s where the REALLY big money is).

Many live in their parents’ basement, rent-free, playing video games (or even becoming “gamers” because real jobs are just … er… “too hard” to find….) and expect to be taken care of till the end of time because … well, because they feel entitled to do so. And don’t even think of asking them to help around the house or even take out the trash because that’s their parents’ job. It’s THEIR house, after all….

If today’s young folks attend college at all, many are somehow led to believe and/or feel entitled to enter the work world, starting “at the top.” (I use the term, “attended” lightly, because colleges today seem to be nothing more than big party places, from which many graduate being able to tick off the names of every ballplayer since the beginning time, and they can recite the lyrics of every “rap” song; but they have NO CLUE about how to reconcile their checkbooks; nor can they tell you how many moons the earth has. You ask them that, and their eyes glaze over.)

One of the biggest reasons as to “who they are and HOW they are” today is because THAT is what they learned from watching the “boob tube” and the “big screen” where they, since early childhood, watched unsupervised, whatever they wanted while Mom and Dad were out making a living (to keep up with those pesky Joneses) or were out, partying somewhere.

I’ve LIVED through it all, and WITNESSED the changes happening before my very eyes! I even saw it in my own, unbelievably dysfunctional childhood home (another term I use loosely!) where I was raised with an iron hand (more like an iron fist) not being allowed to attend high school ballgames, dances or other activities, while expected to be a “little housewife” and babysitter for my partying mother who provided me with “kid brothers” to take care of.

By the time my baby brother came along, she was “too tired” to care what he ate, drank, thought or did, and he was allowed to do “whatever”, whenever he wished - and she loudly admonished anyone who tried to stop him. Today, he’s a middle-aged “has-been” who was kicked out of the Army for desertion (because he never learned nor accepted any discipline); never bothered to keep a real job because he was forever seeking “his destiny” - and has spent most of his life living with women gullible enough to take him in, until they figured him out – basically living from hand-to-mouth … ALL BECAUSE HE WAS TAUGHT to be that way! He was RUINED by “bad parenting” and Hollywood….

My baby brother was born in the mid-Sixties, after God had been kicked out of schools and government buildings; and sex, drugs and rock and roll became the “in thing” … around the time when famous liberals like Timothy Leary urged people to "turn on, tune in, drop out."

And, of course, there were movies where outlaws and criminals were “cool” – outlaws making the idea of running from the law a GOOD thing – to wit, Henry Fonda’s “Easy Rider”. Yes, Hollywood showed my brother that it was “okay” to be a good-looking loner, loser, an outlaw … the “runnin’ kind” whose every front door found him hopin' he would find the back door open, because there just had to be an exit for the runnin' kind… (Lyrics from Merle Haggard’s song, “Running Kind”.)

Oh, people, I’ve been watching YHWH’s adversary influencing every single aspect of our lives! I’ve seen the Hollywood influence over and over again as the years went by. I watched the world slowly morphing from a time where no bad language or behavior was tolerated in public or in schools; where girls were expected to “dress decently” in skirts and dresses that had to at least hit the top of your kneecaps; and where teachers were allowed to smack unruly children with a ruler … into a time where EVERYTHING started being “against the law” and you couldn’t slap your own out-of-control teenager for punching a hole in the wall - because he saw on TV or heard on the radio that he had “rights” and was able to call the police to have you arrested for child abuse!

Even over just the last 20 years (actually since April 1997, when Ellen “came out of the closet” – which, at first, destroyed her career…), I’ve watched that mythical “frog” (the dumbed-down, dead-from-the-neck-up viewing audience) being tossed into cold water, with the heat slowly being turned up to where he never even noticed that he was about to be blissfully boiled to death, as homosexuality was introduced and quickly turned into a “new normal” – a point where sexual identity is now “fluid” and no one bats an eye over the fact that little Johnny and Janie have “two mommies” or “two daddies” ….

We live in a time where all THAT’s perfectly okay, and if you have a problem with it, YOU are WEIRD and “intolerant”. Matter of fact, if you dare say anything - you intolerant pig! - YOU can be taken to court for harassment, prejudice or discrimination. Hey – even men today can’t look at a woman without being accused of sexual harassment – no matter if she’s dressed like a hooker, wearing a skirt so short you can see what she had for breakfast.

SHE has a “right” to look and dress like a whore, but MEN better NOT dare look or get turned on, because THAT can be viewed as a crime! (And yes, I realize that’s not always the case, but come on! The “Me Too” nonsense has gotten out of hand with women crawling out of the woodwork to make accusations about someone supposedly did something 50 years ago … never mind that, oops! – yeah, okay, they DID voluntarily go to the guy’s hotel room….)

In my humble opinion, ALL of that is a direct result of Hollywood’s influence! Stupid is “in” today, common sense is dead, “wrong” is now “right” and the godly and decent are “out”.

That’s what the world wants us to think – and ONLY the strong will survive the onslaught of the lunatics who have been taking over the proverbial asylum, in a world that has completely lost its way!

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)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

So you’re trying to tell us that the King James is the "best Bible version?"

I just sit and shake my head whenever someone tries to tell me they have “a word from God” for me, and then proceed to cite via fluffy “King James English” terms how much God loves me – “I the Lord God say to thee, I love thee and thy family.”

Honestly – did YHWH, Y’shua or any of the Apostles speak in King James English? King James did some major damage in his “version” because he mistranslated and twisted some MAJOR concepts that made YHWH appear to have contradicted Himself!

Check out, for instance, passages like Leviticus 12:8, 15:29 and Numbers 6:10 where KJV mistranslated the SLANG word "turtles" - meaning "TURTLE DOVES" - supposedly being used as sin sacrifices. The problem is "turtles" could NOT POSSIBLY be used as sin sacrifices because they're not kosher!
And here’s a shocker:  King James perpetuated the “trinity” concept.  Yes, it's true! Nowhere in Scripture do we ever see our ELOHIM referred to as a “trinity” or the Holy Spirit called a “person.”  (Being “saved” in a Baptist church in January 1995, I always wondered how the heck a person would get inside another person to guide their life….)  Let’s see what happened:
I John 5: 7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. (KJV)
So, what's wrong with it? Well, the undiluted truth is: King James added the line! He worded it to make it seem as though John was defining the Father, Son and Spirit as three separate beings in one.
And oddly, all the other "versions" completely omit everything after the word "heaven" in verse 7! For instance the NIV says: “For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.” This is TOTALLY different from the KJV! (Knowing this, and realizing all the various versions added, omitted and mistranslated, is it any wonder why we have nearly 40,000 different Christian "denominations"?)
Here is a footnote from the NIV referencing 1 John 5:7-8:
"Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven, the Father, the Word and Holy Spirit, and these three are one. And there are three that testify in earth--not found in any Greek manuscript before the sixteenth century."

This shows that both verses are late additions. Obviously, 5:7 is an addition post-397 CE, after the Council of Carthage and 5:8 is so late as to be meaningless. This is true because trinity was never, and is not, an original Biblical doctrine! It was a formulation of Constantine, Eusebius and others.

Here is the passage as seen in the Aramaic English New Testament:

I John 5: 6. This is he who came by the water and the blood. Y'shua the Mashiyach; not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit testifies; because the Spirit is truth. 7. (Verse 7 is nonexistent in the Eastern Peshitta!) 8. And there are three witnesses, the Spirit and the water, and the blood: and these three are in union. (AENT)

Footnote:  Appended text:  (For there are three that testify in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Ruach haKodesh: and these three are one.), which is why Murdock puts the brackets and adds: “This verse is not wanting in most MSS., and is omitted in the edit. London, 1826.” The fact is that this line was inserted under the authority of Constantine to promote the Trinity doctrine. 

It 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).

Disheartening, isn't it?  It would be great if we could all read the original manuscripts...but that's just not possible.  All we can really do is to possess several different Bible versions for comparison purposes - and constantly seek the guidance of the Ruach haKodesh/Holy Spirit to help us discern the REAL meaning of Scripture.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Examining the term “Fear of YHWH”

Here’s something really interesting that many have never realized before:

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

First - that term, “Fear of Elohim” - did you know that a picture of the Menorah is seen here with its seven branches? Let’s examine this from a Hebraic/Aramaic viewpoint:

Isaiah 11:2-3 “And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Yirah (Fear) of YHWH; And shall make him of quick understanding in the Yirah (Fear) of YHWH”….

The center is the Spirit of YHWH while the six other attributes are joined into the center pillar. These seven Spirits also signify perfection or completeness. The Fear of YHWH Elohim is a “Spirit” of YHWH; it is a vital spiritual quality for Life in Messiah!

The Fear of YHWH is a personal guide for us; Hebrew “yirah” means fear, as in fear/awesome/terrifying, contrary to the teachings that the Fear of YHWH is not really “fear” but rather, “love and respect.” (Isaiah 29:13 reveals how “the Fear of YHWH is taught by the commandment of men.”)

In other words, man’s religious theology and tradition has made void the FEAR of YHWH!

As a matter of fact, many (if not most) Greek versions suggest “reverence” over “fear”. Consequently, titles such as “Reverend” for clergymen and ministers, for instance, totally negate the term “Fear of YHWH, because they were given a theological/semantic twist to apply to their own leadership, as in the case of “reverend.”

The bottom line is:  The Fear of YHWH is noted throughout Scripture: Genesis 20:11; 42:18; Exodus 9:30; 18:21; Leviticus 25:17; Deuteronomy 10:12, and in more than a hundred other places. Without the Spirit of “the Fear” of YHWH, people will fear man, materialism, relativism and all form of idols, including their religious leaders.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Is “looking the other way” biblical?

A STERN WORD for those who choose to "look the other way" and admonish others to do so, when they see evil being perpetrated:

You're going against Scripture, which commands us to DO something about those types of people! If we don't, then we will be held responsible! Take a look:

Ezekiel 3:16 After seven days the word of Adonai came to me: 17 “Human being, I have appointed you to be a watchman for the house of Isra’el. When you hear a word from my mouth, you are to warn them for me.

18 If I say to a wicked person, ‘You will certainly die’; and you fail to warn him, to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his wicked way and save his life; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death.

19 On the other hand, if you warn the wicked person, and he doesn’t turn from his wickedness or his wicked way, then he will still die guilty; but you will have saved your own life.

20 Similarly, when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and commits wickedness, I will place a stumblingblock before him — he will die; because you failed to warn him, he will die in his sin; his righteous acts which he did will not be remembered; and I will hold you responsible for his death.

21 But if you warn the righteous person that a righteous person should not sin, and he doesn’t sin; then he will certainly live, because he took the warning; and you too will have saved your life.” (CJB)


I have always thought these scriptures were in reference to the prophet Ezekiel. A better understanding might help me be more bold in doing the right thing. Do you have an article on this?


We have referred to Ezekiel 3 (and Ezekiel 33) in several articles, yet have not addressed whether or not the words to Ezekiel apply to us as you seem to be questioning. This message came to Ezekiel twice - first in Ezekiel 3:17-21 and the second in Ezekiel 33:2-9. The revelation in Ezekiel 33, (the verses mentioned above), begin in verse 2 where we learn that we all are the "watchmen" over Israel, so the vision did not apply only to Ezekiel. The watchman is responsible to warn citizens. The citizen is responsible for heeding the warning.

Note that Ezekiel is called "ben a'dam" - son of man. The sages interpret it to denote mankind generally, that is, not a deity. So Ezekiel is called a "son of man", not so much being addressed only to him, or that he is something special above the rest of us, rather, because he is a righteous human in the position to speak for YHWH - because he was righteous.

The sages say the the time of prophecy is past. That means that there are no more "Ezekiels" for our time. And if that is true, then who is to fulfill Ezekiel's role to warn those who are sinning against YHWH if not us?

Further, Ezekiel (as are we supposed to be), was living righteously because he obeyed Torah. Torah commands us all to rebuke our brothers so we don't carry sin because of them. (Leviticus 19:17). This command is the origin of YHWH's pronouncement to Ezekiel to warn those who were sinning. The only difference in Ezekiel is that in Ezekiel's case, YHWH is talking about people who are about to lose their eternal lives due to their behavior and that is so serious that if WE know they are heading down that path, and WE don't warn them, then YHWH's message is that their blood is on our hands!

So yes, the words spoken to Ezekiel to warn those who are sinning and teaching falsely most certainly applies to us.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Are you, or is someone you know, struggling somehow?

We all know people who are undergoing financial struggles, or who are suffering from health, lifestyle, marital problems, addiction, etc..

Whether they ask for prayer, or whether we simply offer to pray for them, we must always remember that nothing will change for them UNLESS they are employing YHWH's will and His Torah in their lives ... being responsible stewards of their money, their marriages, etc..

What I'm suggesting is that the only thing we can really pray for is for THEIR hearts to be changed! YHWH isn’t going to magically “fix” someone’s bad lifestyle habits, marriage, addiction problem, broken relationships, or their financial situation unless they are willing to make some changes in their own behavior.

Turning to YHWH is always the first step. But it also takes some effort on our parts. For instance, if we're prone to whipping out that credit card to buy whatever we want – then we MUST cut it up. Nip that habit in the bud!  If you can't afford to pay cash for it, don't buy it, unless it's an absolute necessity - something you cannot do without.

If you're addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, or whatever, and you cannot stop on your own, seek professional help. If you're overweight and wish to lose a few pounds, change your eating habits and start exercising. If you can't do it on your own, find a support group or professional help.

One huge deterrent to help you break a "bad" habit is to remember that your body is your TEMPLE! It's YHWH's Temple! Every time you feel the urge to abuse it in some way, remember, you're forcing the Holy Spirit to do it with you!

There are all sorts of little "tricks" to help you stay of His Path - but you first have to be WILLING and WHOLEHEARTED toward our awesome Creator. Everything we do should be for Him! (Colossians 3:17-24)

What has to happen is for each individual to seek HIM, repenting of their carnality and turning everything over to Him - and to begin DOING His Will, instead of just sitting around asking Him to bless whatever they’re doing, or to “fix” the messes they got themselves into by making unwise decisions.

Take a look at what Scripture says:

Matthew 25:20-21 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (ESV)

Matthew 25:20-21 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ (ESV)

Luke 16:10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. (ESV)

Psalm 90: 1 A prayer of Moshe the man of God: Adonai, you have been our dwelling place in every generation. 2 Before the mountains were born, before you had formed the earth and the world, from eternity past to eternity future you are God. 3 You bring frail mortals to the point of being crushed, then say, "People, repent!"

4 For from your viewpoint a thousand years are merely like yesterday or a night watch. 5 When you sweep them away, they become like sleep; by morning they are like growing grass, 6 growing and flowering in the morning, but by evening cut down and dried up. 7 For we are destroyed by your anger, overwhelmed by your wrath.

8 You have placed our faults before you, our secret sins in the full light of your presence. 9 All our days ebb away under your wrath; our years die away like a sigh. 10 The span of our life is seventy years, or if we are strong, eighty; yet at best it is toil and sorrow, over in a moment, and then we are gone.

11 Who grasps the power of your anger and wrath to the degree that the fear due you should inspire? 12 So teach us to count our days, so that we will become wise. (CJB)