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)