Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Is honey kosher?

We get asked many times, "Is honey kosher? I mean, it's from a BEE and the bee is not kosher!"

It's a good question, but not to worry for honey is completely kosher, not violating any of the dietary restrictions found in scripture!

Honey bees convert nectar from flowers into honey by a process of regurgitation and evaporation. Regurgitation may not sound kosher, but it is okay here. Bees store the honey as a primary food source in wax honeycombs inside their beehive. Humans extract the honey from the beehive and bottle it.

So let's look at the process in a bit more detail and see how the honey comes about.

Foraging bees land on flowers and use their long, tube-like tongues to suck nectar from the flowers. They swallow the nectar but store it in a "honey crop", a special type of stomach which comes before the actual digestive system stomach of the bee. The nectar never enters the bee's digestive system! The honey crop is more of "pouch" used to port nectar back to the hive and transfer it to worker bees.

The worker bees "chew" the nectar for a period (about 30 minutes or so) during which time enzymes break complex sugars in the nectar into simple sugars. This final form of nectar is then spread throughout the honeycomb which allows remaining water in the mass to evaporate. As the water evaporates, the nectar thickens and becomes honey. Honey is more digestible to the bees than the nectar, and it is also protected from any bacteria.

At some point, the worker bees "assess" the thickness of the honey, and they seal off the end of the honeycomb with a cap of wax. This keeps the honey in permanent storage until it is eaten by the bees - or as in our case - a beekeeper harvests the honey for us humans!

Honey consists of mostly fructose, glucose, and the water which did not evaporate. It also contains other sugars as well as trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. But most importantly, it is only converted nectar, not a product of the bee itself, and completely kosher consisting of nothing forbidden by our Creator!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Yep, Jewish "counter-missionaries" ARE busy getting people to reject YHWH's Divine Messiah!

Found on the wall of Rabbi Tovia Singer who makes his living bashing YHWH's Divine Messiah. Think they're not taking "our" people away with their smooth-talking lies? Snap out of it and think again!


Reader wants to know if Melchizedek was a pre- incarnate Christ

READER QUESTION:

My question today is was Melchizedek  a pre- incarnate Christ?  I have seen many theories about who Melchizedek was and what was meant by ( the order of Melchizedek). Your thoughts as always are appreciated and eagerly awaited.  Thankful for your help

OUR RESPONSE:

People for centuries have been trying to argue that Melchizedek was a "pre-incarnation" of the Messiah. (For example Ambrose of Milan in the 4th century, CE, tried to show the same in his writings called "On the Mysteries".  But Ambrose was already anti-semitic, and very Catholic in his thinking).  However the whole point in the comparison of the Messiah to Melchizedek in Hebrews is not to suggest that at all.  The idea is rooted in a complete lack of understanding the scriptures.

Hebrews 7 seems to paint a picture of Melchizedek as some sort of divine being with no parents and who still lives (Hebrews 7:8).  This perception from Hebrews led to the idea that Melchizedek is some sort of "Pre-incarnate Messiah".  But it's all wrong.

Look at it this way:  Without Hebrews, the only thing we truly know of Melchizedek is from 4 verses in the Tanankh. Four! Three from Genesis 14:18-20, and one in the Psalms (110:4).  Hebrews 7 has only these 4 verses to draw from, yet Hebrews 7 itself is 28 verses long!  If, today, we read Hebrews only to conclude that Melchizedek was some sort of a pre-incarnate Messiah, we truly should stop right there and examine the issue because something is amiss.

The central problem, I believe, is that we, today, are trying to interpret scripture which has been translated from language to language and the original meaning has in many cases been lost.  Here, we have the book of Hebrews which has been translated over and over with significant bias since at least the 4th century CE, and most of us can only read scripture in English using our English-only understanding of the meaning of any particular word or phrase.  I make that last point because it causes a big problem here in this discussion.

Case in point:

Take Hebrews 5:6 and 7:15 which read (in the typical English translation) respectively:
"as he says also in another place, 'You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek'." (ESV).

"And it is still more abundantly clear because He said that another priest would arise according to the order of Melchizedek." (HRB).

But BOTH verses in Hebrews refer to Psalm 110:4: "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek'," (ESV).

The problem is that the English word "order" in these verses from Hebrews is NOT the same word from Psalms which is also translated into English as "order"!

In Hebrews 5 and 7, the Aramaic word translated as "order" is from the root word "d'ma", [dalet-mem-aleph], meaning "to resemble".   We can see the same root word in Hebrews 1:1: "In days gone by, God spoke in many and varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets", (CJB), where the word is not understood as "order", but as "varied ways".

But in Psalm 110:4 which reads: "The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek'," (ESV), the Hebrew word is "dibrah'ti" [dalet-bet-resh-tav-yod] meaning "a reason, suit or style: - cause, end, estate, order, regard."  The importance of the verse in Psalm is to refer to the royalty, the "estate", the regard due Melchizedek - to compare to the one being elevated in the Psalm.  And we see the one being elevated is not Melchizedek or David, but the Messiah.

Just to be clear, let's look at the intent of the phrase "after the order of Melchizedek" used in Hebrews and in Psalm 110.  In Psalm 110, the intent is best seen in how other translations write the phrase, such as found in the JPS which reads: "Thou art a priest for ever after the manner of Melchizedek."  (More on that in a moment).

But in Hebrews "after the order of Melchizedek", (where the original word for "order" was from a Aramaic root word meaning "to resemble"), we see that the author's purpose was only to compare the resemblance of Yeshua's Kingship to Melchizedek and not to suggest that Yeshua somehow "was" Melchizedek or replaced Melchizedek.  So just what was the comparison?  Was the author or Hebrews trying to say Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Messiah, or did he intend something else?

He intended something else!

The meaning of Hebrews 7 is NOT that Melchizedek was like any sort of  pre-incarnate Messiah or that Melchizedek had no mother or father or that he remains alive - that is nonsense.  Rather, when the author of Hebrews wrote in 7:3 "He [Melchizedek] is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling* the Son of God he continues a priest forever", all he is saying is this:

Melchizedek was chosen not by his genealogy, but by divine appointment (Genesis 14:18, "he was priest of God the Most High" (JPS) - clearly not by blood, and not by the later Levitical line).  Melchizedek was both a High Cohen and King, and that his "chosen" status never ended - the message is not that Melchizedek never died.  The Messiah's role as King and Cohen is of that same origin, that is, divinely appointed.  Therefore the Messiah is "of the order of Melchizedek", that is, his appointed reign is never ending. 

The difference is that Melchizedek was but a mortal man, and though we have no record of his death, he no doubt died, but the type of kingship he had, by appointment from YHWH, did not "end".  Yeshua's kingship on the other hand does not end since Yeshua was the one resurrected and is now sitting at the Right Hand of YHWH as Psalm 110 declares.

If we examine this further, we see that the author of Hebrews and the author of Psalm 110 were in complete agreement.  I referred to the JPS version of Psalm 110:4 more correctly reads "after the manner of Melchizedek" instead of "of the order of Melchizedek".  The author of Hebrews therefore correctly used Psalm 110 in Hebrew 7 arguing that it was the "manner" of the Messiah's kingship that is important, that of "being chosen" or appointed, and was certainly not trying to argue that Melchizedek was some sort of pre-incarnate Messiah.

And with that, I conclude that the problem is with Biblical interpretation and not that Melchizedek was a pre-incarnate Messiah.

*"Resembling" in Hebrews 7:3 is from the same root word in Hebrews 1:1, 5:6 and 7:15.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Putting Hollywood in its proper place….

By Robin Refaela Gould  

The fallout from Golden Globes felt like a sign. This will make some people mad, so if you're one of those people, stop here.

To see if you qualify, say the following 5 times fast:
"Hollywood Jumps Trump and Trump Trumps Hollywood."

If you could do that it is safe to proceed.

Let's start with a question.

Remember when Hollywood actors knew their place in society?

Me neither.

Some remember. However, most of these people are long since dead. Let's pick someone from the past (let me clarify; dead but not the dead people who voted democrat in the 2016 election). Let's go with Henry VIII. He had it figured out (Indeed, I've watched The Tudors). The equivalent then of Hollywood actors were the court Jesters. These feckless entertainers would be summoned for their craft, instructed to perform it, and after they did their little thing, they would bow and disappear until they were summoned again. It was a mere diversion from reality and everyone understood that.

The current "Hollywood Elite" has forgotten that they belong next to the box checked "people who perform for our amusement." This mishap crept in when actors started to believe their own press. They forgot that the category of Hollywood Elite was their own manmade pond, stocked with engineered, farmed fish, and appraised using its own auditing system.

The straight A's they gave themselves inundated us as we read tales of their heroic theatrical endeavours. Points were merited based on how many people watched their "work" to escape reality for 120 minutes. And because MANY people like to escape reality for 120 minutes every now and then, Hollywood attributed this to the inescapable fact that they were special people who had special powers. Your mail carrier is NOTHING if not a messenger of Vanity Fair so you can do your daily devotions to them.

They no longer saw themselves as people pretending to be somebody else as a profession. Instead, they started to see themselves as icons of what the "regular Joe" should WISH he could be. What should the "little people" wish they were? According to the ruling class (AKA those with lots of microphones and very little humility), the little people should aspire to be THEM. The little people should desire to eat what they eat, dress as they dress, and wait on tenterhooks for glorious words and ideas from this artificial pond.

Suddenly, almost overnight (1980's, I'm looking at you), this small group of millionaire-hating millionaires decided that they would saturate the culture with their insignificant jesting, but cleverly reframe it as life-altering magic, generated in their demigod benevolence THAT EVERYONE NEEDS.

This voice of pseudo wisdom ubiquitously bestowed upon our Walmart-brand-Q-tipped ears was supposed to move US to elevate THEM. Rather than accepting that they were a temporary escape from reality, they strove to CREATE a reality about themselves that they could sell and we would buy.

They thought they had us in the bag. Cameras everywhere on their every move. MILLIONS of dollars deposited into their bank accounts if they would wear a costume and dramatically portray victims of a social issue, imitate a fictional superhero, or dress up like a cat person. Their opinions MUST be heard! Their instruction MUST be golden! Their spray tan MUST be something to emulate! They eat chia seeds? We must eat chia seeds! Bring me to the nearest teeth whitening center as fast as you can, and I'm talking TOILET BOWL WHITE, y'all.

When challenged in any way, statements from the starlets' "publicists" (that survived a focus group vote) were aimed at chiselling us into the Pied Piper followers we turned out to be. Yes, it worked for a while. We devoured magazines about how they exercise, how they clear up their acne, how they decorate their homes, and for the love of all that is good, they gave us the recipe for the divine avocado. They INVENTED the avocado actually, or at least that is what I read somewhere while I was living my pitiful life bereft of stardom.

But here is what happened when you have a loaded deck;
You overplay your hand.

And then there is Trump.

The Hollywood Elite knew who they wanted the little people to vote for. They instructed us in their late-night interview rounds, on their early morning talk show chattering, and in the mainstream media that iconoclasts them. Their message was made clear, and, seriously, aren't they in charge?

Apparently not.

So why is Hollywood so viscerally attacking Trump supporters? It's not because they think he is an ineffective leader. It is because he demonstrated the lack of importance of the ruling class of elites.

When it comes to the regular Joe showing up and thinking for himself, you've got yourself a swamp teeming with hostility. Far from worshipping at the altar of celebrity, regular, normal, everyday awesome people went against the Avocado class. They ignored their opinions. They laughed at their outbursts. They made memes of their hypocrisy. They ate avocado toast ALL ON THEIR OWN.

Gone is the golden globish era of the jester ruling the jested. Done is the tail wagging the dog. Youtube explodes with regular people who are FAR more interesting than the Hollywood Elite. People figured out that they don't need the jesters, the jesters need them!

THUNK.
(That is the sound of the fury falling off the pedestal of fame.)

These wannabe rulers are not finding Trump lacking in success. Quite the opposite, in fact. They see him belligerently flaunting it in their faces. HOW DARE ANYONE NOT OBEY THEM?! The little people are finding that the fruit of Los Angeles was not their placenta after all. The "important people" were right there in the mirrors of their house all along.

Hollywood, we have a message for you. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR MALIBU MANSIONS WITH 4 PIZZA OVENS, A YOGA STUDIO, AND A BOWLING ALLEY. We care about our own lives. Your role, Hollywood, is to simply entertain us as we summon you per our whims. You are not influencers. You are actors, clowns, jesters... you are merely the people who make pretend for a living. Real life is in OUR OWN HOMES, not at your cinema premieres. I see your limo, and I raise you one Toyota 4-Runner. I win because my hand beats your hand. My REALITY is better than your movies. I am not the deluded one. You are.

Here is some free advice, red carpet walkers. The more reactive you are to anyone who dares to neglect genuflecting to you, the more swampy you are revealed to be. You are no more or less important than any of us. You've been tested and you have failed, Hollywood. You are not the deities you've been portrayed as in those glossy paged magazines that decry glossy page magazine production. You are silly and self-important, and your 15 minutes are up.

That is my Trump theory when it comes to the pontificating elite. I stand by it. I might not have invented the avocado like De Niro’s people, but I live in the real world and I don't require your jesting. What we need is an escape from YOU.

The velvet ropes have been torn down. Deal with it.

(The author of this article, Robin Gould, divides her time between Alaska and Antarctica, and is in the process of moving.)

Rabid Jewish counter-missionary bashes Messiah Yeshua

The following is comment from a rabid Jewish “counter-missionary” – posted exactly as written, with my responses below:

JOEL BERGER WROTE:

… if you will close your mouth and open your ears would be glad to explain to you why he is not, using your Bible, he did not live to be past 70 years and have two sons, Isiah 53:10, Psalm 90:10 he did not bring all the Jews back to the land he did not end sickness, hunger, war, bring the knowledge of Hashem to all mankind, build the third and eternal temple begin again animal sacrifice for accidental sin Ezekiel 34-48 the animals did not stop fighting, Isiah 11:2, also Isiah 11:2 he will be an observant Jew who fears Hashem, Hashem, does not fear anything, all men do and will. No man can die for your sins Jeremiah 31:29-3o G-d speaks only against human sin, calls it an abomination and G-d doe not lie or change his mind. Numbers 23:19. He gave is specific instructions ; animals only, only certain animals, and a drop of blood had to be and will again be dropped at the alter, the food was and will again be given to the poor. No instruction on sacrificing man except not to, if he did give instructions, which he did not as he does not lie or change is mind, than Jesus would have had to have a drop of his blood dropped to burn on the alter. 200,000 Jews were crucified, not one had their blood, not one drop put on alter. If you do not like to hear the truth, leave, have a nice day.

MY RESPONSE: Let’s dissect what Mr. Berger said, shall we? Here goes:

BERGER WROTE: “if you will close your mouth and open your ears would be glad to explain to you why he is not, using your Bible, he did not live to be past 70 years and have two sons, Isiah 53:10, Psalm 90:10”

MY RESPONSE: And I am happy to explain why Y’shua IS the Messiah! In response to your first comment, Isaiah 53 isn’t about Israel; it’s all about Y’shua! Why? Well - can Israel DIE for Israel? (No, but Y’shua did! See Matthew 27.) Can Israel be wounded for our transgressions? (No, but Y’shua was! See Matthew 27.)

Can people take Israel's garments and divide them? (No, but that certainly happened in Y’shua’s case! See John 19:23.) WHEN was "Israel" wounded for our transgressions or crushed because of our iniquities? Has the world been HEALED by "Israel"? Not hardly! Y'shua has filled myriads of Tanach prophecies - and people can reject it all they want, but they cannot CHANGE those facts!

You can argue that until you’re blue in the face, and suggest that Y’shua isn’t mentioned in Torah by name and that NT scriptures don’t count because you feel the NT is a myth, etc. - but the fact remains just because YOU believe that the NT is a myth, doesn’t make it so. I believe in God’s “rest of the story” for many reasons, including the fact that Yeshua has so far fulfilled at least 300 prophecies! Who else can make that claim?

Oh, and by the way, the EARTH is God’s altar! 

Leviticus 17:11 says that the blood of the sacrifice must be placed "upon the altar to make atonement for your souls".

NOTHING says that the "altar" is to be a place of supreme importance! YHWH never said that an "altar" had to be a "special place" made out of special materials; the altar was simply the place where the sacrifice was offered. Yes, there has to be an altar for the sacrifice and, yes, the altar is a holy place - but the altar is not the central issue.

In Exodus 20:21 (which is verse 24 in some Bibles), YHWH says: "For Me, you need only make an altar of earth...." He goes on to say that if you do make an altar out of stone, not to use cut stones because if you use a tool on it, you profane it....

When Yeshua offered Himself on our behalf, where did his blood spill? On the Earth! The Earth was the altar! Yeshua's blood was sprinkled on the altar to make atonement for us! He WAS, in essence, the final sin sacrifice! He martyred Himself on our behalf. He chose to do that! He could have called down legions of angels to take him off that stake, but He KNEW WHO HE WAS - and He obeyed His Father's Will....

BERGER WROTE: “he did not bring all the Jews back to the land he did not end sickness, hunger, war, bring the knowledge of Hashem to all mankind, build the third and eternal temple begin again animal sacrifice for accidental sin Ezekiel 34-48 the animals did not stop fighting, Isiah 11:2, also Isiah 11:2”

MY RESPONSE: So, who said Messiah would have to do all these things at once according human standards? Do you see any passages in the Tanach that suggest YHWH’s Messiah would have a certain timeframe in which to accomplish all he had to accomplish?

It’s not enough for you that Yeshua has so far fulfilled at least 300 Messianic prophecies? As the Word (John 1:1, 14) and the “Arm” (Isaiah 53:1) he was an intercessor between YHWH and man, who came to proclaim the Kingdom of YHWH and do everything His Father commanded (see Luke 4:43 and 8:1; Acts 28:23), all while leading people back to the Source: YHWH and His Divine Instructions for mankind, without which we would have no blueprint for moral, holy living!

BTW, while certainly “divine” Yeshua wasn’t GOD (God cannot be born or die); nor was he created in the womb of an almah to come onto the scene and "change any rules" as Christianity teaches. For a list of what he accomplished so far, please check out our article.

And BTW – even though your rant didn’t mention it, I’ll just say it anyway:

The Rabbis are correct that Isaiah 7:14 was NOT referring to the future birth of Yeshua; the 7:14 prophecy unfolds within 65 years - the lifetime of the two Kings mentioned in Isaiah. The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 was used by Matthew, but there was an expectation in Matthew's writings that the reader would understand the reference to Isaiah as he did. Matthew clearly knew the remainder of Isaiah, chapters 9-11 was a progressive revelation of the future Messiah, and that the tie between the prophecies included the word "virgin" (which in the Hebrew translation became "almah").

The prophecy in Isaiah 7:14-25 is about the salvation and regathering of Israel, and that salvation as the prophecy was being revealed, involved a sign of a birth, first to Achaz in Chapter 7, then of a future birth of chapters 9-11. I could go on, but surely you get the gist.

The bottom line is, the BIBLE contains at least 300 prophecies that have already come to pass exactly as was written, and there is no way they could all be "coincidences." (According to scientist and mathematician, Professor Peter Stoner, the probability of even just 48 prophecies being fulfilled by one person (referring to Y'shua) is the incredible number of 1 in 10^157 power - one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion…)

BERGER WROTE: “he will be an observant Jew who fears Hashem, Hashem, does not fear anything, all men do and will.”

MY RESPONSE: Which Yeshua certainly was! He was a Torah-observant, Sabbath-and Mo’edim-keeping, tallit-wearing, synagogue-attending, kosher Jew who did not come to start new religions called "Catholicism" or “Christianity”; but, rather, to fulfill the Old Covenant promises and become the LIVING Word of God.

As our “substitution” (he martyred himself against which there is no law!), he did not come to abolish the Torah, or to nullify God's original commandments in any way. The simple Truth is, Yeshua martyred himself, thus redeeming us by voluntarily shedding his divine blood; and, in doing so, he redeemed us for our past sins (“our” referring to those who accepted YHWH [the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob] as their ELOHIM, and recognized that Yeshua was His Divine Messiah who martyred himself on our behalf).

If you’ll recall, YHWH always demanded blood sacrifices as a substitution/redemption for our lives, as you can see fully explained in our blog (https://blog.therefinersfire.org/2016/02/what-sins-did-jesus-die-for-exactly.html). The bottom line of the article is that one’s salvation always required that blood substitution or redemption of one nephesh (soul) for another.

The possibility of that substitution of an animal at the Temple is gone; it has been replaced by your acceptance that the Messiah died for you, and redeemed you, so you can receive eternal life.

Yeshua volunteered to substitute His nephesh for yours, and yet, today, many reject the offer. Yeshua, sinless, MARTYRED himself, offering His blood for yours, against which there is NO Torah prohibition!

So, how do we know he was a Jew? Well, many people fail to realize or address a major problem associated with the genealogical listing found in Matthew's gospel (which counter-missionaries LOVE to use to prove Yeshua a lie) … The lineage of Mary.

Once you have established that the line is indeed Mary's, you must deal with a second difficulty: The rights of the line are NOT passed through the mother; but rather, through the father. Even though Mary, through her lineage, was of the Davidic bloodline (as was her husband, Joseph - Luke 3:23-38), she should be excluded from being able to pass those rights of the bloodline because she was female (Deuteronomy 21:16).

So, it is not enough to prove that Mary was an unblemished descendant of David; she had to be a male to transfer the rights. Therefore, she would be disqualified to transfer the rights to her son Yeshua - EXCEPT for a little known exception to the rule.

In Numbers 26 we are introduced to Zelophehad. Zelophehad, we are told, had no sons; only daughters. In Numbers 27, following the death of Zelophehad, the daughters of Zelophehad came before Moses and argued their plight. Because their father had died with no sons, all of their rights of inheritance were to be lost and they felt this was unfair. So Moses prayed to YHWH and He gave Moses an exception to the rule!

Numbers 27:8 Moreover, say to the people of Isra'el, 'If a man dies and does not have a son, you are to have his inheritance pass to his daughter. 9 If he doesn't have a daughter, give his inheritance to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, give his inheritance to his father's brothers. 11 If his father doesn't have brothers, give his inheritance to the closest relative in his family, and he will possess it. This will be the standard for judgment to be used by the people of Isra'el, as ADONAI ordered Moshe.'"

YHWH told Moses that the inheritance CAN flow through a female, IF they fulfill two requirements: There must be no male offspring in the family (Numbers 27:8) and if the female offspring should marry, they must marry within their own tribe (Numbers 36:6).
Now, returning to Mary. On the surface she should be unable to transfer the rights to her Son. But when you research you find that Mary had NO brothers, she was of the line of David, AND received the inheritance of her father because her father had no sons, AND Mary did indeed marry within her own tribe to Joseph.

BERGER WROTE: “No man can die for your sins Jeremiah 31:29-3o G-d speaks only against human sin, calls it an abomination and G-d doe not lie or change his mind. Numbers 23:19. He gave is specific instructions ; animals only, only certain animals, and a drop of blood had to be and will again be dropped at the alter, the food was and will again be given to the poor. No instruction on sacrificing man except not to, if he did give instructions, which he did not as he does not lie or change is mind, than Jesus would have had to have a drop of his blood dropped to burn on the alter. 200,000 Jews were crucified, not one had their blood, not one drop put on alter. If you do not like to hear the truth, leave, have a nice day.”

MY RESPONSE: Well, then, how do you explain YHWH’s telling Abraham to sacrifice Isaac?  While Isaac wasn’t meant to be a “sin sacrifice,” the command was still to “sacrifice” him.

And how do you account for the following passages in Torah?

Exodus 28: 36 "You are to make an ornament of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal, 'Set apart for ADONAI.' 37 Fasten it to the turban with a blue cord, on the front of the turban, 38 over Aharon's forehead. Because Aharon bears the guilt for any errors committed by the people of Isra'el in consecrating their holy gifts, this ornament is always to be on his forehead, so that the gifts for ADONAI will be accepted by him.

Leviticus 6: 25 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is slain the sin offering shall be slain before the LORD; it is most holy. 26'The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the tent of meeting. 27'Anyone who touches its flesh will become consecrated; and when any of its blood splashes on a garment, in a holy place you shall wash what was splashed on.…

Leviticus 10: 16 Then Moshe carefully investigated what had happened to the goat of the sin offering and discovered that it had been burned up. He became angry with El'azar and Itamar, the remaining sons of Aharon, and asked, 17 "Why didn't you eat the sin offering in the area of the sanctuary, since it is especially holy? He gave it to you to take away the guilt of the community, to make atonement for them before ADONAI. (CJB)

Also, read Numbers 18 to get a tiny glimpse of the weight that was placed upon the shoulders of Aaron and the other cohanim.

Excerpt from the website MessianicTorah.org

Priests were established to help the people live in an intimate relationship with the Eternal. Many times people would, by mistake, enter the sanctuary being impure which generated guilt among the people. That guilt had to be removed in order for the people to keep enjoying the Eternal's presence without being exposed to the danger of His anger against sin.

In order to eliminate that guilt, they had to burn on the altar part of the animals destined for this purpose and then eat the rest. So, on the one hand, part of the sin that was transmitted to the animal that bore the guilt of the people was burnt on the altar; and on the other hand the priests ate the rest of the animal and the sin within it. Through these two ways of consuming the animal, sin was removed from the people who, thus, were atoned before the Eternal.

In the Torah this offering is not called "sin offering" but just "sin" chatat – חטאת. In other words, it is written in this verse that the priests had to eat the sin. Since the people's sin was transmitted to the animal through hand imposition, sin was in the sacrifice itself, so it is then called "sin". So when the priests ate from the sacrifice, sin entered in them, and in that way it decomposed in their intestines in the natural way and then got disposed of.

This teaches us that a priest may introduce the sin of the people in his own body, in the form of meat. This makes us think of the Messiah who took the sin of the people of Israel and the world in his body so the Eternal could forgive our sins and cleanse us to be sacred dwellings for Him and also to be able to enter the heavenly tabernacle without danger.

"...who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed." (1 Peter. 2:24 NKJV)

"In a loud voice they sang: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!" (Rev. 5:12 NIVUK)

Blessed be the Eternal for having given us Yeshua as heavenly priest who took our sins in his body and eliminated them! And blessed be Yeshua for his faithfulness as priest becoming responsible for our sins and taking them away to give us everlasting hope! And blessed are those who believe in the Messiah's sacrifice!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Yeshua wasn’t a “sacrifice”–he offered himself, against which there is no Torah prohibition!

As you all know, God never demanded a human sacrifice - which is what Jewish counter-missionaries attempt to use against Yeshua...because Christianity insists he was a "sacrifice".

Truth is, Yeshua - like the Passover lambs, which were also NOT "sacrificed" (because nobody "sacrificed" them) Yeshua OFFERED himself ... and there is no Torah prohibition against that! He was a human martyr who had a divine qnoma/nature, and by his divine blood, we are cleansed from our PAST sins.

However, while we weren't supposed to offer HUMAN SACRIFICES, YHWH - as our Elohim and Almighty and Creator of the entire universe - certainly can do anything He wants!

And what He obviously wanted (as evidenced in Isaiah 53 and in all the Mo'edim/Feasts) was for His Messiah to be born. to teach and preach and do everything his Father commanded, and then to die ... so that mankind (not just the Jews but ANYONE who accepted Him as their ELOHIM) could have a way to become redeemed without the Temple, which was destroyed in 70 AD.

And - as we all know - YHWH's Divine Messiah chose to martyr Himself....as a sin OFFERING, against which there IS NO TORAH LAW! According to a footnote in the Aramaic English New Testament:


Offerings "qurbana" and sacrifices "dabekha" are two different entities. Although there are certain aspects to Mashiyach's death that are utterly unique to him (Zechariah 12:10, etc.), his death nevertheless echoes aspects of offerings and sacrifices that came before.

The qurbana is the human life (nefesh) that Y'shua voluntarily offers up on the stake. The result of that offering is his blood put out on the "altar"; hence dabekha.
However, this is certainly not, as some critics suggest, human sacrifice. Rather, this indicates Y'shua's status as Mashiyach ben Yoseph.

Per strict accordance with Isaiah 53 and Genesis 22:8, Mashiyach ben Yoseph was required to suffer and die. After his death, the offering of himself became a sacrifice that was taken up, and he was resurrected three days later. Many of YHWH's prophets also suffered and were martyred at the hands of those who fought against the Malchut Elohim.

In the case of Mashiyach, his shed blood is counted as the acceptable offering, the Lamb of YHWH, which is most Set Apart unto YHWH.

A strong Message in 2 Chronicles 15….

Here's something to really think about if you're "lukewarm" in the least bit:

2 Chronicles 15:1 The Spirit of God came on ‘Azaryah the son of ‘Oded; 2 he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa, and all Y’hudah and Binyamin! ADONAI is with you, as long as you are with him; if you seek him, you will find him; but if you abandon him, he will abandon you!

3 For a long time Isra’el was without the true God, without a cohen who could teach, and without Torah. 4 But when, in their distress, they turned to ADONAI the God of Isra’el and sought him, they found him.

5 In those times people going about their business were insecure, and great disturbances afflicted all the inhabitants of the lands; 6 so that they were shattered to pieces, nation against nation and city against city, as God troubled them with every kind of distress. 7 But you, be strong, and don’t slack off; for your work will be rewarded.” (CJB)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Nobody deceived you but YOU!

A message for those who are thinking of “rejecting Jesus” because they felt they were “lied to and deceived” in church:

I hate to tell you this, but NOBODY lied to you or deceived you!

You have nobody else to blame but yourself because you personally never bothered to actually read or STUDY Scripture from Genesis to Revelation! If you had, you would have known who God is and what He expects of HIS people.

You would have KNOWN that ADONAI expects ALL who believe in Him to be Torah observant – keeping His COMMANDED Seventh Day Sabbath and His Mo’edim/Feasts, and to refrain from eating “unclean” meats… (See Exodus 12:49, Numbers 15:13-16, Isaiah 56:6, and Romans 10:12-13.)

But, you didn’t know that. Instead, you blindly clung to that last THIRD of the Bible and the misunderstood writings of Paul (who seems to negate Torah, which in fact, he NEVER did – but, hey, you never really bothered to investigate how a mere MAN would or could possibly have dared to speak against what YHWH commanded and what His Divine Messiah taught)….

And then one day you happened upon some “enlightened” folks on Facebook who brought all this to your attention – and suddenly – BAM! – your eyes were opened to THEIR “truth” – and, of course, you began to view yourself as an instant “expert” on Torah!

And now you’re sitting there on your high horse, joining the Jewish “counter-missionaries” in their aggressive quest to deceive others into “leaving Jesus” – that is, those like yourself who have done nothing but warm the church pews on Sundays propping their Bibles on their laps (if they even bothered to carry one) opening them to the chapter and verse their New Testament-only, grace-only pastors told them to turn to, while presenting their fluffy “God loves you and nothing is required of you but to believe in Jesus” sermons….

And now since you’ve swung from one end of the pendulum straight to the other, you’re going to tell others how they’ve “been deceived and lied to” by their pastors. YOU HYPOCRITES!

Matthew 23: 13. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven before the sons of men. For you are not entering yourselves, and those who would enter you do not allow to enter.

14. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees! Hypocrites! For you consume the houses of widows, and that for a pretense you lengthen your prayers. Because this you will receive a greater judgment.

15. Woe to you scribes and Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you traverse sea and land that you might make one proselyte, and when he has become one, you make him double the son of Gehenna that you are yourselves. (AENT)

Monday, January 13, 2020

We are “Under the law” and “ignoring grace?”

People need to start realizing that "grace" has ALWAYS been around! If YHWH hadn't provided "grace" Adam and Eve would have been worm fodder, and none of us would have existed!

But, since certain people continue to bring up the issue, let's discuss this, shall we?

1 John 2: 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in him. 6 He who says he abides in him ought himself also to walk just as he walked.

How did he walk? By Torah! Y'shua didn't make up new rules. He kept Torah and expected US to follow suit. You can only know the him through the law and the testimony! Revelation reveals this:

Revelation 12: 17 "The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who obey God's commands and bear witness to Yeshua."

Revelation 14: 12 "This is when perseverance is needed on the part of God's people, those who observe his commands and exercise Yeshua's faithfulness."

Please note, the above scriptures don't mention the "Ten Commandments". They simply refer to "the Commands" or "the Commandments", depending on which Bible version you use....God warns us in Proverbs 4:2 - "I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah."

Here's more...

"And by this we know that we love the children of Elohim, when we love Elohim and follow his commandments. For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome. Because, whoever is born of Elohim overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith" (1 John 5:2-4).

"If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept the commandments of my Father, and I abide in His love." (John 15:10).

"And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My Commandments" (Sh'mot/Exodus 20:6); and, "Therefore you shall love YHWH your Elohim and keep His charge and His Statutes and His Judgments and His Commandments, always." (D'varim/Deut. 11:1).

"Only take great care to obey the mitzvah and the Torah which Moshe the servant of ADONAI gave you - to love ADONAI your God, follow all his ways, observe his mitzvot, cling to him, and serve him with all your heart and being." (Joshua 22:5). He declared "...as for me and my house, we will serve YHWH." (Joshua 24:15).

And Paul said:

"Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we ESTABLISH the Law" (Romans 3:31).

The thing is, Scripture is clear that YHWH hates paganism. He is holy and commands us to be holy and set apart. How are we "set apart" if we refuse to keep the commanded Seventh Day Sabbath - which is a SIGN between YHWH and His people! - and make up our own "holy days" (Christmas, Easter) both of which are steeped in paganism?

Ezekiel 20: 11 I gave them my laws and showed them my rulings; if a person obeys them, he will have life through them. 12 I gave them my shabbats as a sign between me and them, so that they would know that I, ADONAI, am the one who makes them holy.

So, the question remains: How likely is it that people who consider Torah a CURSE and refuse to obey God will end up in heaven?

Women – don’t be deceived! Scripture does NOT “command” women to wear head coverings…

A GUY ON FACEBOOK WROTE THE FOLLOWING:

Headcoverings are beautifully modest, because they are obedient to Yahuah and the Torah keeping Husband. HalleluYah! Amein Ladies remember the Bible says you are to cover your heads during prayer time and while prophesying. It also says in another place in the Scriptures that all servants of Yahuah should be in constant prayer at all times.

So does this mean the female daughters of Yahuah should have a covered head at all times even though there isn't a forced permanent covering listed? I say you should do it for love and obedience. You and your husband should talk about this and pray too for a revelation. Ladies remember if your husband would like you to wear a headcovering regularly you should obey him, because the Bible says you must always.

NICE TRY, BUT THAT’S NOT EXACTLY TRUE!

I’ll be honest – I truly hate it when men attempt to use Scripture out of context to force women to obey them! Case in point – women’s head coverings.

At first glance, the man's words seem benign enough, but upon further examination, you can see that, while this guy even ADMITS there are NO scriptures commanding women to wear head coverings EXCEPT when praying and prophesying, he goes on to blatantly suggest that women MUST wear them in order to please YHWH and their husbands.

CAN ANYBODY SAY "SCRIPTURE TWISTING?"

What saddens me is that most people will read the type of nonsense and immediately agree – because a Hebrew Roots “teacher” said it; and therefore, it MUST be true!

Truth is, there is NO scripture in the entire Bible that commands women to keep their hair covered 24/7. None!

Don't take my word for it - let's examine the main passage in question, which some men love to read out of context, concentrating only on verse 6 and ignoring the rest:

1 Corinthians 11: 3. And I desire that you know that the head of every man is the Mashiyach, and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of the Mashiyach is Elohim.

4. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered, dishonors his head. 5. And every woman, who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered, dishonors her head; for she is on a level with her whose head is shaven. 6. For if a woman be not covered, let her also be shorn; but if it be shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered....

13. Judge for yourselves, among yourselves; is it becoming that a woman pray to Elohim with her head uncovered?[1] 14. Does not nature teach you that in a man, if his hair grows long, it is a reproach to him? 15. But for a woman, if her hair is abundant, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.[2]

Footnotes:

[1] It's a shame for a man to grow long hair, if his goal is to look like a woman. Torah requires that there be a clear distinction between male and female (Deuteronomy 22:5). Each person must be clearly recognizable according to their natural birth gender. Long hair on a man is NOT the sole issue; those taking Nazarite vows wore long hair some for life (Samson) and others for a season.

Paul himself took a Nazarite vow. Rav Shaul is teaching against pagan sexuality practices, of those who do things to make themselves appear as the opposite gender. This an issue of gender distinction and understanding the Image of Elohim in both male and female.

[2] Or rather, as an additional covering, i.e., on top of proper clothing for worship and having her head covered. This does not mean a woman's hair is in place of a head covering.

GET IT?

First of all, if someone wants to insist that PAUL SAID women have to wear coverings – let’s remember that PAUL IS NOT GOD! End of argument!

But, that’s a moot point, because as you can see for yourself, Paul DIDN’T say it to force women to cover constantly.

Now, just for kicks, let’s respond to that guy’s comment:

HE WROTE:

“So does this mean the female daughters of Yahuah should have a covered head at all times even though there isn't a forced permanent covering listed?"

MY RESPONSE:

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was, "'Female daughter?" Is there such a thing as a 'male' daughter?

Secondly, sincere PRAYER isn't just babbling to God all day long while you're doing your daily chores; it is getting on your knees during quiet time, with head covered, to go before our HOLY ELOHIM with open heart and soul.

I've never been down on my knees before Him in prayer 24/7 - and neither has anybody else! NOBODY is able to physically do that, therefore, it's truly unfair to suggest that "female daughters" should remain covered "just in case"...

But if you want to push the issue, then I suggest MEN start wearing DRESSES because that's what men in biblical times wore! PANTS are a fairly modern invention, so, if men want to be truly biblical, they should wear tunic type "dresses"...

This silly argument could go on forever, but let’s just leave it for now, because there will always been men who wish to subdue women, and women who will allow them to.

And that’s just fine. As long as you don’t attempt to push YOUR “truth” on the rest of us! If neither YHWH nor Yeshua commanded it, then it's NOT NICE to suggest we need to do it, anyway.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

About that "turn the other cheek" thing

I'm writing this because a couple of people on Facebook truly managed to push me over the edge today, I don't mind people disagreeing with me, but I cannot handle being continuously provoked.

When it gets to the point where I ask nicely for you to back off, I MEAN, BACK OFF - especially if you're a repeat offender who likes to return to my wall to provoke me again and again! Today, the only way to get rid of those two guys was to block them, because it was the ONLY way to get them to shut up. I only have two cheeks to turn, and after that, all bets are off, because I “tell it like it is.”

While Scripture commands us to do everything in our power to maintain shalom, there are provisions for self-defense. Torah instructs the strong to protect the weak, Deut 22:27. Ya'akov teaches to "stand firm" against Satan, James 4:7. Paul teaches to stand against the strategies of the Accuser in Ephesians 6:11; neither does he mince words in Acts 13:10.

Isaiah 14:15 states that haSatan will be brought down to hell and a slaughter is prepared for his children (verse 21). Rev 20:10 promises a date for Satan in the lake of fire, in the meantime we are to recognize that our battles are not against flesh and blood, and to act accordingly.

We must remember that Y'shua taught his followers to make sacrifices for the Kingdom and to "take up their cross" and follow him. Many Christians take these ideas literally, knowing what he did on the stake; and, at certain times of the year, they parade large wooden crosses through the streets of their cities.

While Y'shua predicted hardships for his followers, he also told them to rejoice when it happened - but this didn't mean he wanted them to roll over and play dead. Clearly he intended his followers to live! .

Y'shua calls his followers to be beyond reproach so that false accusations against them will not have a negative impact. He knows that "they will lay hands on you and persecute you" on account of his name's sake (Luke 21:12) and he tells us: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first." (John 15:18-25) Nevertheless, the fact remains that Y'shua always expects the best possible efforts from his followers, and this is where "turning the other cheek" really comes into play.

Keefa (Peter) was rebuked for cutting off the ear of a member of the arresting party. Y'shua felt so strongly about this being wrong that he restored the stricken man's ear. Why? Because he didn't want to escalate the situation and risk the safety of his own disciples.

Y'shua wanted the assaulter to have an opportunity to re-think his actions. Oftentimes assaults are made during momentary acts of emotion. For these reasons, Y'shua says turn your left cheek, and then see if your attacker is running on their emotions. Most people, if given a moment to think about what they are doing, would probably not resort to violence.

However, even if someone did, the act would indicate the intent and be so blatant that it would virtually guarantee either arrest and/or conviction of assault. Either way, this would again serve as an opportunity for both parties to make one final attempt toward reconciliation before escalating the matter further and winding up in court.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Reader asks “What is the ‘Call of God’?”

Hello. I have a question that I've been pondering. What is "The Calling of God?" In Jeremiah 1:5 YHWH calls Jeremiah ; Sh'muel was called (set apart). There are many other accounts of this "Call of God." In the book of Romans 11:29 "For Elohim is not changeable in his free gift and His calling" (AENT). I've seen this "Calling of God" erroneously stated, even "prophesied" over people, advocating "gifts assessments", aka: "God's got a call on your life..." I know many are called and even fewer chosen or choose to listen to God.  Thank you for all you do. Your ministry has been instrumental in my life. Shalom.

Our Reply

This is a very good question "What is the calling of God?"… and a wise observation. It's difficult to answer as there is no "correct" answer. Nevertheless, the phrase "Call of God," as you’ve clearly witnessed, is very much misused and abused. Christianity, for example (speaking very broadly), tends to read Romans 11:29, "For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable" (ESV) to be all about A) individual "gifts", i.e., "God has given you spiritual gifts" and B) "it is your personal calling..." Of course, that is not what the verse means. Since both the concept of the "Call of God" and Romans 11:29 are mentioned, let me first address the latter:

Romans 11:29

In the verse, Paul is not talking about "Christians" (Christianity did not yet exist.) He is talking about how the people of God rejected His gift and that Gentiles, begin grafted-in to the tree, have every much the same responsibility as do His chosen people. But Paul had just explained that His chosen People had rejected God's gift, yet they remain His people and their destiny remained open for them to "return" to Him (carefully read Romans 10:1-11:27). Indeed he summarized in 11:28:

"Now, in the Good News, they are enemies for your sake; but in the election, they are beloved for the father's sake" (AENT). Not such an easy verse to understand, but here is what it means derived from the context preceding the narrative:

- "They" in "they are enemies for your sake" are the Jews who have rejected the Messiah. (Romans 10:2-3).

- But "they" (the Jews) are the "elect" and "they" remain beloved and that God has destined that "they" will return to a close relationship with Him as they come to faith in the Messiah at some point in the future (Romans 11: 25-27).

Thus, the meaning 11:29 comes into focus: "For Elohim is not changeable in his free gift and in his calling" declares that God chose His people and He has not turned His back, and his "gift" of redemption remains for His people whom He called to be His.

Paul then goes on to say that "you [gentiles] too were formerly disobedient..." ...and now have the same mercy He offers His chosen whom He still loves. (11:30-36.)

So, finally, I can say that the "calling" is not about what we are individually called to do or be, rather the "calling" refers the unchanging fact that God called people to be His and that still holds.

The Call of God

Now, I can return to my thoughts on the "Call of God". I'll keep this brief:

  • We are all made in His image. (Genesis 1:26-27.)
  • We are called to be His people and to be holy. (Genesis 17:7-8, Exodus 6:7, Leviticus 19:2., Deuteronomy 7:6, and others.)
  • For we are His creation who are created in Y’shua the Mashiyach for good works which Elohim has before prepared for us to walk in. (Ephesians 2:10.)
  • Since he delivered us and called us to a life of holiness as his people. It was not because of our deeds, but because of his own purpose and the grace which he gave to us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua. He did this before the beginning of time. (2 Timothy 1:9.)

Thus the "Call of God" is eternal to all humankind. Each person is born with the "call" already in them as the image of God. But that "call" is dormant unless the individual takes action to cause it to bloom (Ezekiel 18:27-28).  Once it blooms, then the way which was ALWAYS prepared for him (Ephesians 2:10) is opened for him to walk.

As you saw in Jeremiah 1:5, we, too, are known before we are born, but as it has always been, part of the "gift" is our acceptance of it and what we do with it. That is the Call of God.

“If God opened the Red Sea for the Jews to escape from Egypt, why didn’t He open WWII Concentration Camp gates?”

I recently found a meme I found on some atheist’s wall that asked the following question:

“If God opened the Red Sea for the Jews to escape from Egypt, why didn’t He open WWII Concentration Camp gates?”

That is actually a very valid question – and our careful response COULD very well be the catalyst that serves to open an atheist’s eyes! We don’t have to sit around and debate them (as that usually resolves nothing anyway); but there’s nothing wrong with “sowing seeds” as you never know whom you might reach!

Plus, YOU might be the one YHWH chose to reach that particular person…. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6; Ecclesiastes 11:6; Proverbs 11:24-25; Luke 8:11; Matthew 13:1-58; Luke 8:15, etc.)

So, here is some interesting info you could share with someone who attempts to debunk the Bible. Share these things with them:

Whether or not you “believe in God,” the Books of Daniel and Revelation are unfolding before our very eyes! In them, you’ll read about unusual phenomena such as the strange weather patterns we’re experiencing right now, along with the increasing, horrific occurrences of natural disasters of ALL kinds; and wars and rumors of wars (terrorist activities), and the increasing decadence and viciousness of humanity. You’ll even discover the fact that Believers will be BEHEADED for their belief. (Not shot, stabbed, hanged or drowned, but BEHEADED! (See Revelation 20:4.) And much, much more….

Now, to answer the question posed on that meme:

To begin with, YHWH does things in His OWN timing. And while myriads have died waiting on Him (like they did, for instance, during the Holocaust), the fact remains, we ARE in a “fallen world” where bad things happen to everyone (and no one is exempt). YHWH didn’t cause the Holocaust, nor was He punishing the Jews (as some assert) … HOWEVER, He USED what Hitler did to make His Grand plan unfold.

I’m not kidding! Please read on because this gets really interesting!

FIRST:

Because of what Hitler did, YHWH allowed mankind to witness the unfolding of TWO end-time prophecies: (1) that Israel would become a nation again, and (2) that it would happen in just ONE day! (See Isaiah 66:7-8.)

We must remember that, in the end, the ONLY thing we can count on is the Promise of Eternal Life after we die (no matter what the cause). (Proverbs 8:35; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:16; John 10:28-30; 1 John 2:17; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Revelation 21:3-4; etc.)

As awful as the Holocaust was, YHWH allowed a certain number of His people to die: SIX MILLION. The number 6 represents not only man, but, in Scripture, it is also used as a symbol of sin and imperfection. In Scripture the number 6 is also used as a symbol of work, because a man was supposed to work 6 days and to sow the earth during the period of 6 years and rest on the Seventh….

SECONDLY, please read this very carefully, or you’ll miss where I’m going with this:

The Bible reveals Y’shua was born during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), died on 14 Nisan (Passover) and resurrected exactly three days later at the end of the seventh day Sabbath.

The Israelites were led out of Egypt and given physical liberation on 14 Nisan/Passover (Exodus 12:1-13) which foreshadowed Yeshua, the “Passover Lamb” whose atoning death provided SPIRITUAL liberation [see Matthew, Mark, Luke and John].

Well, here’s a mind-blowing fact: Many of the European concentration camps were liberated ON or around 14 Nisan (which on our Gregorian calendars, falls during the March/April timeframe). It is also reported that Hitler committed suicide during this timeframe [April 30, 1945].

Coincidence?

Perhaps, but YHWH does nothing without a specific reason ... EVER! Every single one of His Feasts/Mo’edim represent an important event in His grand plan – and so far, Y’shua has fulfilled FOUR of the SEVEN! The next one (Trumpets) signifies his “second coming” during which there will be a “catching up” of dead and still living believers who will rule and reign with Y’shua during the Millennium (1 Corinthians 15:35-58).

This "catching up" will occur at the return of Mashiyach, which will be around the same time that the Earth will be going up in smoke (2 Peter 3:10-12) at the end of Jacob's Trouble.

Am I 100 percent correct on this? I don’t know. Check my facts and see for yourself (and then please share your findings).

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Let’s discuss Titus 3:8-9

Have you ever wondered about the “deeper meaning” of Titus 3:8-9?

Titus 3: 8. Faithful is the Word: and in these things I would have you also establish them; so that they, who have believed in Elohim, may be careful to cultivate good works: these are the things which are good and profitable to men. 9. But foolish questions and stories of genealogies and the disputes and contests of the scribes, avoid: for there is no profit in them and they are vain.* (AENT)

What does this mean?

Well, the truth is that the ancient world is not alone when it comes to “stories of genealogies.” The Internet teems with Jewish, Christian, Messianic, Hebraic Roots, Ephraimite or Two-House identity teachings that tend to endlessly focus on bloodlines, DNA and genealogies – all focusing more on the importance of “who” we are, than on the Truth of YHWH/Yeshua/Torah, and totally ignoring the fact that we are actually all ONE in Messiah (Ephesians 2:15); and that in Messiah there is no Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free (Galatians 3:28)….

Some Ephraimite leaders even teach that ONLY the 12 Tribes of Israel will be “saved!”

Some have lost sight of Y’shua altogether, swinging completely to the “other side of the pendulum” to adopt different forms of Orthodox or Karaite Judaism for their spirituality - all because of their pursuit of bloodline theology, identity, and “Hebraic” teachings.

The “lost sheep of the house of Israel” is another example of an 18th century Christian doctrine that takes the focus off the Kingdom of Heaven and puts it on ancient maps of Europe, Assyriology, self, and Jewish and Israelite history in a bid to link bloodline connections between British and American Christians with the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.”

Rav Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) specifically told us to “avoid” these things!

Titus 3:9 But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile. 10 Warn a divisive person once, then a second time; and after that, have nothing more to do with him. 11 You may be sure that such a person has been perverted and is sinning: he stands self-condemned. (CJB)

The following excerpt was borrowed from a footnote on Titus 3:9 in the Aramaic English New Testament (AENT):

One of the ironies of the Ephraimite, Two-House, and British Israel movements is that the key word for “lost” sheep in Hebrew is “abad” (destroyed or perished) from which the term “Abaddon” destroyer is derived. The movement has produced leaders who are highly influenced by Rabbinical and Karaite Judaism, some of whom no longer believing that Y’shua is the King of Kings, or that Y’shua did not make atonement on the stake; but rather, that he came to “gather the 12 Tribes of Israel.”

However, Hebrews 13:8 says Y’shua is “the same yesterday, today and forever”. So, if Y’shua cannot change, if he is not King of Kings now, he never will be King of Kings. By focusing on self and identity, many have elevated their genealogy theories over and above the Redemptive work of Mashiyach, and put the Kingdom of Heaven as a secondary pursuit.”

(End of footnote excerpt.)

What people seem to forget is that “tribal identity” is secondary. Why? Because, the bottom line is that there is only one Torah for the Jew and the foreigner (Numbers 15:15-16) and the righteous from the nations become part of the commonwealth of Israel (Ephesians 2:11-16) …which includes ALL 12 tribes in unity (Revelation 7:1-8).

As believers in Y’shua Mashiyach, our ONE, TRUE SPIRITUAL IDENTITY is that we love him by keeping His Father’s Commandments (Revelation 22:14). That is also why Jeremiah 31:31-34 starts with Two Houses and ends with One—Israel.

Continuing with another excerpt from the AENT footnote on Titus 3:9:

Ezekiel goes even further: “And for all there is One Shepherd from David to rule over them all, the two sticks being the shepherd’s staff in his hand: And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms.” (Ezekiel 37:22-NAU)

Since it is clear that there is no Mediator between humanity and Abba YHWH other than Y’shua, why does it seem as extremists from all camps are promoting their man-made hierarchies, whether Jewish, Christian, Catholic, Messianic, Hebrew Roots or Ephraimite?

In part the answer must reside with the deceptions of the enemy that are reflected in the root level of the Hebrew language itself. Ephraim first appears in Genesis 41:52; “He named the second Ephraim for he said, Elohim has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

There are two concepts brought into sharp juxtaposition here. First, is the word para (fruitful), which according to Brown Driver Briggs becomes “Ephraim” in Hiphil form. So, when Joseph’s children—or anyone else for that matter—lives in righteousness, they can be fruitful even in tough times. That’s the good news. However, the sense of affliction (oni, anah in Hebrew) could also be viewed as a warning of what will befall those who choose rebellion and unrighteousness.

Very often in Hebrew a “blessing” word starts with the letter Aleph but turns “corrupt” by swapping it with the similar sounding Ayin. For example, “light” is spelled Aleph-Waw-Resh, but “blindness” is spelled Ayin-Waw-Resh (see Exodus 4:11). Similarly, Ephraim is spelled with an Aleph but if we swap it for an Ayin we get Epher which means “ash heap”.

In Psalm 44:24-26 we find “affliction” not with “fruitfulness” as it is in Genesis 41:52 but with dirt, dust, ashes via Epher: “Why do You hide Your face and forget our affliction (oni) and our distress? For our core beings have sunk down into the dust (epher/apher). Our body clings to the earth. Rise up! Be our help! And redeem us for the sake of Your loving-kindness.”

Therefore, just as “light” degrades to “blindness” so too can “Ephraim” stop being fruitful and become ashes, the ultimate symbol of surrender or mourning. The same choices apply to everyone, not for Ephraim alone.

Adam was formed from Epher/Apher and was told; “For Apher (dust) you are and to Apher (dust) you shall return” (Genesis 3:14). The Good News is that all of humanity is called to fruitfulness through righteous behavior—regardless of what man-made teachings say—to celebrate and rejoice in Mashiyach and Torah.

When we open our hearts to Torah we are fruitful, but when we rebel and turn a blind eye we come to ashes. On that score, when we walk in humility and repent of our sins in sackcloth and ashes we become “fruitful” again.

(End of footnote excerpt.)

The bottom line is. while it’s “nice to know” where we came from and “who we are” here in our “earth suits,” our TRUE identity lies in YHWH/Y’shua! Divisions concerning our respective places in that identity are totally unnecessary and uncalled for. We are ONE IN MESSIAH! End of story.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

How sad that so many fall for deception!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the myriad “anti-missionary” Jewish Rabbis who spend their lives taking people away from Yeshua. Over the last couple of decades, they’ve become very skilled at their chosen profession, and have managed to not take many away from Yeshua, but they USE those same people against other believers!  They’re very skilled in “proving” to Christians and Hebrew Roots/Messianic adherents that “Jesus, Paul and the New Testament are myths….

Well, I’m here to say it’s truly sad that they’re very deceived!

How often throughout Torah and Tanakh was YHWH upset with His people for their stubbornness and refusal to obey and behave themselves? My goodness, after witnessing YHWH’s miracles upon their escape from the bondage of Egypt (including the parting of the sea and being supernaturally kept alive by the regular appearance of manna), they ultimately – led by Aaron the High Priest! – made a golden calf to worship (Exodus 32) while Moshe was in the Presence of YHWH, receiving the Ten Mitzvot! (And Aaron, when confronted by Moshe, basically goes: “DUH! The people made me do it. They gave me all their gold and I threw it into the fire, and poof! – out came this golden calf!”)

Exodus 32: 21 Moshe said to Aharon, "What did these people do to you to make you lead them into such a terrible sin?" 22 Aharon replied, "My lord shouldn't be so angry. You know what these people are like, that they are determined to do evil. 23 So they said to me, 'Make us gods to go ahead of us; because this Moshe, the man that brought us up from the land of Egypt - we don't know what has become of him.' 24 I answered them, 'Anyone with gold, strip it off!' So they gave it to me. I threw it in the fire, and out came this calf!" (CJB)

A HIGH PRIEST was guilty of catering to the whiners and loudmouths – and they're STILL doing it ... only now, they're busy taking “the nations” with them…those who used to “believe in Jesus” and have allowed themselves to be sucked into a vortex of untruths because they never knew or understood Scripture in the first place! They are the same people who have been led around by the nose by Christian pastors of the myriad “denominations” – and now they’re angry about how they were “deceived” – never mind that they would NOT have been deceived had they actually READ the Bible from cover to cover WITH the aid of the Holy Spirit!

If you or someone you know is thinking of kicking Yeshua in the face to follow these rabid anti-missionaries, I urge you to think twice, for if you deliberately deny Yeshua and thereby trample YHWH's Son, you will have sold your soul to haSatan!

Matthew 10:32. Whoever, therefore, that confesses me before the sons of men, he also I (will confess) before my Father who is in heaven. 33. But whoever denies me before the sons of men, he will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven. (AENT)

1 John 2:22. Who is false but he that denies that Y’shua is the Mashiyach? And that person is a false Messiah. He that denies the Father denies also the Son. 23. And he that denies the Son also does not believe the Father. He that confesses the Son confesses also the Father. 24. And what you heard from the first, let that remain with you. For if that which you heard from the first remains with you, you also will remain in the Father and in the Son. 25. And this is the promise which he has promised us: (even) life eternal. 26. And these things I have written to you on account of those who seduce you. (AENT)

Anti-missionaries and their converts seem to spend all their waking hours bashing those of us who believe that Yeshua is Messiah, while building themselves up as the most righteous and misunderstood people on earth. Well, I urge you to reach the very short chapter 3 of Malachi, which reveals just ONE of the many times YHWH was disappointed in, and angry with His people - not to mention, it is a huge Messianic prophecy! Here are just a few passages from Malachi 3:

Malachi 3: 1 "Look! I am sending my messenger to clear the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple. Yes, the messenger of the covenant, in whom you take such delight - look! Here he comes," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot. 2 But who can endure the day when he comes? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner's fire, like the soapmaker's lye. (CJB)

Malachi 3:6 "But because I, ADONAI, do not change, you sons of Ya'akov will not be destroyed. 7 Since the days of your forefathers you have turned from my laws and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says ADONAI-Tzva'ot. "But you ask, 'In respect to what are we supposed to return?' 8 Can a person rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, 'How have we robbed you?' In tenths and voluntary contributions. 9 A curse is on you, on your whole nation, because you rob me. (CJB)

Malachi 3:13 "You have spoken strongly against me," says ADONAI. "Yet you say, 'How have we spoken against you?' 14 By saying, 'There is no point in serving God. What good is it to obey his orders or to walk about as mourners before ADONAI-Tzva'ot? 15 We consider the arrogant happy; also evildoers prosper; they put God to the test; nevertheless, they escape.'" (CJB)

Malachi seems to speak of two messengers- one who will prepare the way for YHWH - Yochanan the Immerser who is foretold in Isaiah 40:3-4. He is, “The voice crying out in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Matthew 11:10 quotes this as a confirmation of Yochanan the herald of Yeshua Mashiyach. “For this is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.'

Notice also that Malachi explains that YHWH himself, the one who made covenant with Israel in Torah will come to visit his temple personally. Matthew states to prepare His way - Isaiah says God will come to them. When did this happen? Many times in Yeshua's ministry! He did his ministry on the steps of the Temple, and even healed the people in the temple (Matthew 21:23;26:55). Not to mention, he drove out those who were desecrating the Temple on Shabbat! He said, “It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.’”(Matthew 21:12; Mark 11:17; Luke 14:23; Mark.11:11). The Temple was His own possession and he had a personal interest in what was taking place – so WHO are the Scripture-twisting anti-missionaries to “debunk” who he was and what he did?

Anti-missionaries don’t seem to understand that Yeshua never, ever spoke against Torah! He was the LIVING Torah, the WORD of YHWH (John 1:1 and 1:14, John 14:6). As a matter of fact, Yeshua and his apostles upheld Torah at every turn:

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.

It is at once both sad and maddening to see people on all sides TWISTING Scripture to force it to fit into their own, limited understanding! I’m afraid this won’t stop until the Second Coming, when Yeshua haMashiyach will put an end to our stupid human nonsense….

In the meantime, we have on the one hand, Christians who take Scripture out of context to suit their respective "beliefs"; and on the other hand we have anti-missionary Jews and those they've managed to entice onto their side, who are doing the exact, same thing! Christians concentrate only on the "New Testament" - twisting its passages and basing their beliefs on the very much misunderstood writings of Paul; while anti-missionary Jews and their converts (those who hate Jesus and live every second of their life to "disprove" him) ALSO concentrate on the New Testament, poking fun at passages they, too, have misunderstood and are trying to “put in a box”....

But this is exactly WHY we can know we are IN the end times!

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. 6. For of them are they who creep into this and that house and captivate the women who are plunged in sins and led away by divers lusts, 7. who are always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth. (AENT)

Friday, January 3, 2020

Defending YHWH’s Messiah against “counter-missionary” barbs

Torah “experts” assert:

Deuteronomy 13: 1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The LORD your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.

Christians and "Messianic Jews and Gentiles" worship Jesus as God; he is nothing but an idol! If Jesus, as he professes, is truly the son of the one God of Israel, then why would he only partially complete his task? Why didn't he fulfill ALL the OT prophecies like he was supposed to?

Until Jesus returns and fulfills all the remaining prophecies, he is nothing but a prophet who "produced great signs and wonders" in our midst. Beware, Hashem is "testing us"! If we are commanded to fear the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:13), anything less than a total fulfillment of prophecy will not suffice.

The Netzarim Response:

You're right: Christians have their own "god" going. They've effectively taken the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and put him in a box, decided that the Son has replaced the Father, and changed the dates of His birth, death and resurrection and come up with their own "holy days" of Christmas and Easter....

And so we're not addressing what Christians believe, as they are hooked on the many mis-translations and misunderstandings of the writings of Rav Shaul who they seem to believe over and above the things Yeshua actually taught.

Our responses are coming from the Netzarim perspective - those who knew the Torah observant Yeshua and obeyed YHWH!

Having said that, some of the prophecies the prophets of old (Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.) did not come true while they were alive - and some of the events have not come true yet.

Yet the rabbinic types still believe Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. are still True Prophets of G-d. Some of the same rabbis know Gog-Magog war is soon to take place so Ezekiel's prophecies did not all occur when he was alive. This shows the rabbis who hold to the above statement are hypocrites and that the above argument by unbelieving rabbis against Yeshua is ludicrous.

Furthermore, the "Old Testament" (Tanach) assures us that God DOES have a "son" and that that "son" shall be called "ADONAI Our Righteousness". In "Old Testament" times, God spoke through Himself, dreams, visions, and the prophets.

Today, He speaks through His Son - through Whom He also made the world (John 1:3, 10; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:2):

Proverbs 30:4 - Who has gone up to heaven and come down? Who has cupped the wind in the palms of his hands? Who has wrapped up the waters in his cloak? Who established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son's name? Surely you know!

Hebrews 1: 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamin (these last days) he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownershp of everything and through whom he created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh'khinah (Spirit), the very expression God's essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had HaG'dulah BaM'romim (the Majesty on High).

Micah 5:2 - But you, Beit-Lechem near Efrat, so small among the clans of Y'hudah, out of you will come forth to me the future ruler of Isra'el, whose origins are far in the past, back in ancient times.

Jeremiah 23: 5 "The days are coming," says ADONAI when I will raise a righteous Branch for David. He will reign as king and succeed, he will do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Y'hudah will be saved, Isra'el will live in safety, and the name given to him will be ADONAI TZIDKENU [ADONAI our righteousness].

Question 1:  How many "signs and wonders" can one person perform - especially some really extraordinary ones such as raising people from the dead and walking on water - before someone realizes something truly supernatural is happening?

Question 2: Exactly where in the Bible are we told that Messiah would fulfill all the prophecies at once, and/or in his lifetime? Where does the Bible give us a timeframe for all the prophecies to be fulfilled?

Question 3: Does the "Old Testament" - specifically Psalm 110 - tell us that Moses or any of the prophets are sitting "at the right hand of God"? The prophets of old might have been good men, but they - like ALL humans - sinned and disobeyed God.

So, if Moses, a sinner, isn't sitting "at the right hand of God", who is?

As usual, the "learned rabbis" are putting God in a box and are insisting on understanding Him through their limited, human mindsets. Psalm 90:4 tells us that a "thousand years is like a day" in the eyes of the Lord. In other words, time as we know it, means nothing to Him. So, what makes you think God is working within YOUR idea of a timeframe when it comes to the prophecies?

Think about this fact: God said that the Jews would be a "light to the nations" (Isaiah 42:5-8). How would we have been that "light" without Yeshua, without all the controversy surrounding Him, and all the subsequent "religions" that originated because of Him? Without Him, Judaism would have been kept a huge, insignificant secret, confined to tiny Israel! Because of Yeshua - God's promised New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) - the entire world eventually heard about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob!

Matthew 28:18 Yeshua came and talked with them. He said, "All authority in heaven and one earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore, go and make people from all nations into talmidim (disciples), immersing them into the reality of the Father, the Son, and the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember! I will be with you always, yes, even until the end of the age."

Unlike any other "rabbi" who ever lived, Yeshua spoke with authority!

The rabbis of old would always refer to Torah, but Yeshua dared to say, "I say unto you..." What made Him different from all the others? Different enough for the rabbis to want Him completely out of the way? Different enough for them to eventually have the Roman soldiers nail him to the cross?

He taught God's Word properly, removing all the "rabbinic" bondage that the rabbis of the day had inserted into their teachings! He performed miracles beyond comprehension, including raising people from the dead, casting out demons, curing lepers, allowing the blind to see, the lame to walk, and the deaf to hear! The Tanach told us this would happen:

Isaiah 35: 5 Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped; then the lame man shall leap like a deer, and the mute person's tongue will sing....

What other Jewish rabbi has ever accomplished these things? Did Rabbi Menachim Schneerson (whose coffin many Jews are still watching in case he ever rises from the dead) do any of these things?

Granted, Yeshua and all His miracles mean nothing, unless one "believes" that the "New Testament" is true.  So, let's step back into the "Old Testament" - TANACH! - for a moment to show how it foreshadowed what was to become part of the "New Testament"....

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore ADONAI himself will give you people a sign; the young woman will become pregnant, bear a son and name him 'Immanu El [God is with us].

(The word "Immanu El" is repeated in Isaiah 8:8.) (Jewish anti-missionaries will argue to the death about the word "alma" NOT meaning "virgin".

Isaiah 9: 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo'etz El Gibbor Avi'Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace], 7 in order to extend the dominion and perpetuate the peace of the throne and kingdom of David, to secure it and sustain it through justice and righteousness henceforth and forever. The zeal of ADONAI-Tva'ot will accomplish this.

When YHWH gave us His New Covenant, as seen in the Brit Chadasha (Renewed Covenant), YHWH's Son was physically walking among us! (Yeshua was human with a divine qnoma [nature] sent by YHWH Himself and he did everything His Father commanded - see Luke 4:43, Luke 8:1, Acts 28:23 and Acts 24:14!)

If YHWH can speak through a burning bush or a donkey, or reveal Himself as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, WHY wouldn't He be capable of sending a Divine Messiah in the form of His own "Son"?

Lest we forget, Yeshua fulfilled the prophecy of the Tzit-Tzit and the healing he has in his wings:

Malachi 4:2 - But to you who fear my name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings...."

Airstrike kills Iran’s top general … now what? (Suggestion: Get yourself right with God while there’s still time!)

Trump ordered an airstrike overnight that killed Iran's top general. HUGE outcry now against America, and the Iranian leadership has threatened SEVERE retaliation. And, of course, the moronic Democrats are criticizing the action. They prefer to see the endless "red line drawn in the sand" that Obama used to threaten while he was doing nothing about anything...

But, make no mistake: This WILL rile up the Muslim terrorist groups around the world. The Middle East has been a hotbed of wars and tension since seemingly forever - and the ONLY one who will be able to put an end to man's nonsense is Yeshua. And he WILL - when he returns to fulfill the rest of the prophecies!

"For behold the stone I have set before Joshua; upon that stone are seven facets; behold I will engrave the graving thereof, saith YHWH of hosts: And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. In that day, saith YHWH of hosts, shall ye all visit every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree." (Zechariah 3:9-10).

(The key element in Zech 3:9-10 is the part about removing all iniquity from Israel in a single day and having the world at peace, neither of which happened during the Second Temple period. Therefore, this prophecy is definitely far removed from the lifetimes of Joshua or his men. Who else EXCEPT Yeshua can accomplish this?)

People - look around you and open your eyes. Research all the changes in humanity, weather patterns and increasing natural disasters, etc. that we have witnessed in just the last century, to get a glimpse of the fact that the Books of Daniel and Revelation ARE unfolding. There's NOTHING we can do to change that!

Mankind, for the MOST PART, is NOT on YHWH's Path, and so the time is getting closer by the day for Yeshua's return. That means, the time to get yourself "right" with our Creator is NOW! Nobody is guaranteed the next day - whether death by natural causes, natural disasters, war or terrorist acts! We're not guaranteed complete safety just because we "believe in Jesus"...

What we ARE guaranteed is eternal life IF we have accepted YHWH as our ELOHIM, and Yeshua as His Divine Messiah who martyred himself on our behalf - with the stipulation to be WHOLEHEARTED by doing His Will. There will be NO "halfhearted" people in Eternity with YHWH and Yeshua....

So, devour His Word; truly STUDY and LEARN it. LIVE IT! If you've been lukewarm, STOP it! Yeshua won't be kidding around when he returns. There will be NO "tolerance" on his part. We cannot know exactly when he will return, but we CAN know when it is near, even at the door (Matthew 24:33; Mark 13:29; Luke 21:31, etc.)

Revelation 3:16. So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to vomit you from my mouth.  (AENT)

Mankind has always strayed, and God has always warned us - yet few are paying attention:

Romans 1: 22 Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! 23 In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! 24 This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts' lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other's bodies. 25 They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshiping and serving created things, rather than the Creator - praised be he for ever. Amen.

26 This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; 27 and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion. 28 In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things.

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

Leviticus 18:25 The land has become unclean, and this is why I am punishing it - the land itself will vomit out its inhabitants. 26 But you are to keep my laws and rulings and not engage in any of these disgusting practices, neither the citizen nor the foreigner living with you; 27 for the people of the land have committed all these abominations, and the land is now defiled. 28 If you make the land unclean, it will vomit you out too, just as it is vomiting out the nation that was there before you.

29 For those who engage in any of these disgusting practices, whoever they may be, will be cut off from their people. 30 So keep my charge not to follow any of these abominable customs that others before you have followed and thus defile yourselves by doing them. I am ADONAI your God.'"  (CJB)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Well, the Muslims just keep beheading!

Well, the Muslims just keep beheading! The latest is a Muslim attack on a Christian bridal party beheaded on their way to a wedding….

While Christianity has quite a checkered past when it comes to killing innocents for not converting, my personal opinion is that Islam is the "beast" of Revelation.

WHY? Because they're very forceful and adamant about spreading their religion - WHATEVER it takes! To that end, they have been infiltrating foreign countries throughout the millennia....

Think about it: WHO ELSE besides Muslims are going around beheading today? And every time they do, they shout, "Allah akhbar!"

The Book of Revelation tells us that many believers in Messiah will be beheaded (not shot or stabbed or hanged, but BEHEADED!)....

Revelation 20:4. And I saw thrones, and (persons) sat on them, and judgment was given to them, and to the souls that were beheaded for the testimony of Y'shua and for the Word of Elohim: and these are they who had not worshiped the beast of prey nor its image; neither had they received the mark upon their forehead or on their hand; and they lived and reigned with their Mashiyach those thousand years. (AENT)

Let's not forget that Islam has been THE major thorn in Israel's side for the last 4,000 years because of, starting with the conflict between the half-brothers Ishmael and Isaac: https://www.therefinersfire.org/ishmael_and_isaac.htm Israel has done its level best (even given up their sacred Temple Mount!) for the sake of "peace" with the Muslims...and yet, the Muslim attacks against Israel continue to this day!

Despite the world’s best efforts to stay out of that ancient conflict, the world HAS been dragged into it - and people are "taking sides." (We all know what happens to those who are against Israel...) Unfortunately, this 4,000 year old conflict is destined to ignite the last war of the world, according to the Bible prophets.

One day, the nations of the Earth will take up arms against Israel, and YHWH's chosen people will be surrounded. But He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep, (Psalm 121:4) and HE will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights in the day of battle. (Zechariah 14:3)

"I will make Yerushalayim a cup that will stagger the surrounding peoples. Even Y'hudah will be caught up in the siege against Yerushalayim. When that day comes, I will make Yerushalayim a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who try to lift it will hurt themselves, and all the earth's nations will be massed against her. (Zecheriah 12:2-3).

The final battle in the Age of Man will be for control of Jerusalem, a place no one wanted until YHWH chose it as His own. (2 Chronicles 6:5-6). Since then the forces opposed to Him have ceaselessly tried to take it from Him, for in the spiritual realm control of Jerusalem signifies victory over ELOHIM.

You see, Israel is quite simply the most important piece of Real Estate in the entire Universe - and for all those who would seek to divide it or give it to someone else or even "internationalize" it, need to be advised YHWH still wants it and HE is NOT going to give it up!.

"He said, "Human being, this is the place for my throne, the place for the soles of my feet, where I will live among the people of Isra'el forever. The house of Isra'el, both they and their kings, will never again defile my holy name by their prostitution, by [burying] the corpses of their kings [on] their high places." (Ezekiel 43:7)

Yes, brothers and sisters - Islam is a MONSTER sneaking in the back door while everybody else is looking to the Catholic Church to be the "Beast". But, the Catholic Church (pagan as it is) isn't urging their followers to infiltrate foreign countries (making sure NOT to assimilate with the local populace), nor is it urging anyone to BEHEAD THE INFIDELS..

ADDITIONAL NOTE:

Just for clarification’s sake, Islam was created by Mohammed approximately 6 to 7 hundred years after the death of Yeshua.  While Islam wasn’t around 4,000 years ago in Ishmael’s time, Islam may NOT have existed at all, if Avram and Sarai had trusted YHWH about giving them a child, instead of taking matters into their own hands and producing a child through Hagar ... a child that, while not the one YHWH made His covenant with, was promised to become a "great nation" despite the fact that he was a "great donkey of a man whose foot would be against everyone."  (Genesis 16:13-16)

Ishmael was sent to live in the wilderness region of Hejaz in what became known as the Arabian Peninsula (see Genesis 21) ... who had twelve patriarchal sons who became associated with the peoples known as Midianites, Edomites, Egyptians and Assyrians. The Bible and Islamic tradition both agree that Ishmael became the leader of all the great desert peoples of the Middle East - of which Mohammed, the founder of Islam, was a citizen....