Khata חָטָא

America has problems.

The biggest problem is the “silent majority” everyone keeps talking about.

Those of us who are ‘trying’ to ‘wake people up’ are being vilified, written off, marginalized.

I want America to wake up; NOT to a ‘q-anon’ movement, which I do think is doing ‘some’ good things. Unfortunately, there are a lot of whack jobs in that movement, perhaps merely to bring it into ill repute.

I desire that America should wake up to the FACT that as a nation she turned her back on G-d, YEARS AGO!  The seed-bed of this betrayal was early in the 20th century, when socialism started. But, the fruit of it began to manifest in the sixties, and then really rear its ugly head in the seventies. First, there was the ‘sexual revolution’. It seems that sex is usually the start of decay in a nation. It became ‘okay’ to have sex outside of marriage. And not long after, it then became ‘okay’ to MURDER babies that are a result of that moral depravity of having sex outside the bounds of marriage.

After that, our nation quickly started touting homosexuality as a norm, offering ‘entertainment’ to make it ‘normal’ that same-sex relationships should be accepted as mainstream. It took some years, but after it became normal in our ‘entertainment’, then it was put before the court that ‘same-sex marriage’ should be normal as well. And the ‘silent majority’ capitulated. Now, we see it rampant in society, being far more prevalent in entertainment than it actually is. But, because of that, it is becoming more ‘acceptable’, and too many young kids are giving in to the notion that they were ‘born that way.’ Our G-d did NOT create people such that they are forced to commit a sin. And it is sin.

As soon as that conquest was won by the liberal democrats, all manner of sexual deviance came to the surface. Now, pedophiles are pushing to normalize their behavior. This is moral decay of the worst kind. And Americans are sitting by and allowing the public conversation to be willing to debate it! THAT SHOULD NOT BE!!!! IT SHOULD BE ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING that people want to harm children, and CALL IT NORMAL! WHY would they want to do that? So that more people will become SICK in their sin.

And now, it is coming out that political leaders and public figures of every ilk ARE SEXUAL DEVIANTS, PEDOPHILES, RAPISTS, and the majority of people are keeping silent, turning a blind eye. Are they hoping it will just ‘go away’. Are they simply not willing to admit that it exists? OR, will our society capitulate to that, too, that so-called LEADERS can do WHATEVER THEY WANT.

These SICK PEOPLE, former presidents, congressmen, professors, movie-stars, LIVE OFF OF OUR DIME, commit the sickest of crimes against humanity, and LECTURE US, and PROSECUTE US for the non-crime of simply DISAGREEING with them, all the while committing the most heinous acts against other humans, including torture and murder.

10If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small indeed. 11Deliver them that are taken away unto death; and those that are ready to be slain will you forbear to rescue? 12If you say, “Behold, we knew not this”, does not He that weighs the hearts consider it? And He that keeps your soul, does not He know it? And shall not He render to every man according to his works?

Americans of all faiths seem to me to be turning a BLIND EYE to ALL of the outcries against injustice, JUST BECAUSE IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE. The very FACT that it IS uncomfortable DEMANDS that we SPEAK UP.

2You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you bear witness in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to pervert justice.

2“How long will you judge unjustly, and respect the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3Judge the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute4Rescue the poor and needy; deliver them out of the hand of the wicked.

There are SO MANY passages in our bibles that DEMAND that we SPEAK UP!!!!!!! You call yourself a believer? You’d BETTER ‘Selah’, or STOP AND THINK ABOUT THIS! G-d will NOT hold us ‘innocent’ if we turn a deaf ear to their cries. Ever hear of a guy named “Kappy”? HE CRIED OUT, and he was murdered. Of course, his death was counted a suicide. So many have tried to speak, and suddenly died!

Even IF you think Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman, or with those two young women they took to pervert island, do you simply turn a blind eye to the number of their ‘friends’ and associates who have all died early deaths? It is statistically IMPOSSiBLE for two people to associate with 50+ people to die untimely deaths. Do you think it a mere ‘coincidence’ that John Podesta has pornographic  child “art” in his home, and emails that seem to point to pedophilia? Do you REALLY think Obama ordered $60,000 worth of HOTDOGS for the Whitehouse? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY HOTDOGS THAT WOULD BE?

ALL of this is the result of America turning away from G-d and HIS MORAL CODE, and living lives of sin. Yeshua told us that in the last days it would be like it was in the days of No’akh: “they will be marrying and giving in marriage”. What does that mean.  Just that people will get married? NO! What does Torah say happened in the days of No’akh?

“the sons of G-d [mankind] saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took women unto themselves, whoever they chose. ….. And  יהוה  saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

They slept around. Plain and simple. And that was the beginning of their demise. It got to the point where they thought NOTHING of righteousness. They practiced ‘moral relativism’. And so does America. And now, godless people are trying to burn down our federal buildings, our cities, BURNING BIBLES! And our so-called “REPRESENTATIVES” are SITTING SILENTLY BY!!!!!!!!  And SO ARE MOST AMERICANS!

I cannot. It burns within me to TRY to get ONE person to WAKE UP. NOT to some conspiracy theory, BUT TO THE BLATANT SIN ISSUES THAT PLAGUE US ALL.  And this is the world over, and not just America. BUT, America is the last bastion of hope for freedom in the world, the only true Democratic Republic that is based on FREEDOM. But, most of our rights have already been abrogated. We are simply watching the democrats play Jenga with the rest of them. And now, they don’t even do it in secret anymore. They are brazen and public about tearing down our Republic. And far too many Americans cower in their homes and wear masks to appease these tyrannical democrats who run our society through social media and CNN.  I am livid. And I am NOT ashamed to be livid.

But, I don’t know what to do. I do not have the means to find children who are being abused. Our federal law enforcement is supposed to, but they WILL NOT. Did you know that the FBI investigation in to Epstein began in 2005? While MUELLER was the head of the FBI? And that it mysteriously came to a halt after they spoke to Epstein? WTH? I have been writing my governor, my senators, and my representative, to no avail, it seems. DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am SICK of being told to be silent by fb, and by the media, and passively by society itself. I wonder if I wanted to march on D.C. on Labor Day if anyone would go with me? To at least DO SOMETHING. TO SPEAK! Who knows the logistics of getting that done. I’d go in a heartbeat.

I do think it is entirely possible that ‘end things’ could start very soon. But, if I have to live in this country for any great length of time beyond a few months, I WANT TO LIVE IN FREEDOM. I want to SPEAK UP against the ATROCITIES that our society is trying to NORMALIZE.  And against the MARXIST agenda that the DNC is foisting on us through all their channels [BLM, CNN, CONGRESS]. I have VERY FEW READERS here, and fewer still who will dare to share this. But, here I speak.

We [Messianics/Jews] are about to enter a season of “Teshuvah”, or TURNING BACK TO our G-D. It starts on Aug 20, and goes through Yom Kippur. This puts labor day right smack in the middle of REPENTANCE. Our tradition is to pray TRUE prayers of repentance, and in the Messianic Peshitta community, we add to that tradition the prayer of Dani’el 9:4-19. THIS SEASON means MORE THAN EVER this year. Not only for us, but for our nation.

We can disagree on certain doctrines. But, we should NOT disagree on what SIN is: SIN IS BREAKING THE TORAH. [ 1 John 3:4 ]. Our founders had an ‘idea’ about that, and our Supreme Court told the world that we were founded on JUDEO-Christian principles. Our laws were based on BOTH sides of the book. We SHOULD agree that we need to restore THAT. And we NEED to speak up for the INNOCENT CHILDREN who are being TRAFFICKED into our country for SICK PEOPLE to abuse. They cannot speak for themselves. Will you?

Labor Day :: Monday, Sep 7, 2020…

 

The Counselor was Executed!

Yesterday our little congregation had a great, ad-hoc study session! In it, we looked briefly at the passage below, from Yesha-Yahu [Isaiah] 9:5-6. This morning, in formatting the Hebrew-English version of “HaDavar, D’var יהוה “, I ran across it again, and could not help but ruminate on this very Messianic passage.  Then, it “dawned” on me:

For a boy is born unto us, a Son is given unto us; and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name is called Peleh Yo’etz El Gibor Avi Ad Sar Shalom [Wonderful Counselor (of the) Mighty G-d (the) Eternal Father, Prince of Shalom]; that the government may be increased, and of Shalom there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon Malkhuto, to establish it, and to uphold it through justice and through Tzedaka, from henceforth, even forever. The zeal of  יהוה  Tzeva’ot does perform this.”

This is a very familiar passage to those who study Messiah. I’m not going to debate the interpretation of the phrase in question, but point to the fact that punctuation can change the meaning of it. It is subtle. But, in ruminating on the Hebrew version of: “Wonderful Counselor (of the) Mighty G-d (the) Eternal Father, Prince of Shalom,” my eye turned to “Yo’etz”, or ‘Counselor’. And that is what Yo’etz means.  BUT, I “saw” it in its pieces and parts:

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Above is the word from the Hebrew text. The root word is the third and fourth letters from the right, “etz” which is the idea of ‘counsel’, BUT, is ALSO the word for ‘tree’. Is it any wonder that Elohim used two ‘trees’ to represent LIFE and KNOWLEDGE? And that the word for tree also means ‘Counsel’?

The first letter is a yod, and is seen here:

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The second letter is a vav and is seen here:

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These two letters are very significant concerning Yeshua, whose name is spelled ישוע , and so are the other two letters by themselves, seen in the word Yo’etz, but I’ll get to that later.

The “yod” is the first letter in the name Yeshua, and in the Name יהוה . Our Jewish people understand that this letter represents Yah the Creator. It is the image of a ‘hand’. The second letter is the vav, and is the image of a NAIL, and is the third letter in Yah’s Name, AND in Yeshua’s name.

So, the word, Yo’etz, for “Counselor”, can be seen this way:

YAH/HAND NAIL TREE

Or perhaps, “The Hand of Yah nailed to a tree”.

Etzah [counsel/tree root word] is also the “Ru’akh Etzah” mentioned in Yesha-Yahu 11:1-2, the “Spirit of Counsel”, the FOURTH “Ru’akh” mentioned among the seven spirits there.  That is the middle branch on the “Menorah”, the TREE of the Menorah, which is the Ru’akh HaKodesh/Consecrated Breath/Spirit. The Menorah itself is an Olive Tree, the source of oil for light and anointing. Messiah [anointed one] is the LIGHT of the World.

I just thought I’d share this little tidbit before I start my day.

Shalom! And set your eyes upon the Wonderful Counselor [Yah nailed to a tree] of the Almighty G-d the Eternal Father, our Prince of Shalom! Especially in these days!

 

 

Calm y crazy

I’m crazy. I know that’s what many think, simply because I call Him “Yeshua”, and not His English name.
I’m crazy because I embraced my Jewish heritage.
Because I follow the Torah, and keep the Sabbath, and HIS FEASTS, and not the papal mandate of “sunday”, “saturnalia/christmas, and ishtar/easter.
I’m crazy for thinking that most of today’s congregations, including christian, jewish, AND messianic, are part of the world system of religion called “Bavel”, because they sign contracts with the state.
I’m crazy for believing that the brotherhood of Messiah could actually be compassionate and deeply affectionate, in these last days, when Messiah said that MOST people’s love would be cold and hard, perverting ‘love’, because we’ve turned away from the Torah.
And of late, I’m CRAZY for believing that there has been a plot to overthrow our Republic from within.
I have believed that for years and years. WITHOUT following ONE SINGLE ‘conspiracy theorist’ website. “Q” and “Qanons” are LATE in the game in seeing and reporting that. I began to voice it nearly 30 years ago. The more I ‘see’, the crazier I get.
This video SUMS UP what I believe about our current state of affairs. It was SENT TO ME by a friend; I did NOT go out looking for it, nor do I follow “Q”. I have ONE alternative news source that tracks Q, but that is only part of what they do, and I do not even have time to watch all their posts.
But, THIS VIDEO shows that I am NOT the only one who KNOWS what is going on.
AMERICA, YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE YOUR REPUBLIC IF YOU DO NOT WAKE UP!
Once again, MY LOYALTY lies to the Kingdom of Messiah FIRST and FOREMOST. But, I would PREFER to declare His TRUTH in FREEDOM, and live in a free REPUBLIC versus a communist DICTATORSHIP, which is what we will have if we do not wake up and STOP the LEFT’s power surge.
Where I differ from Q and many others who DO see the evil going on, is that I do not think for a MOMENT that Trump is our salvation. However, I do think that he could be America’s “Yiftakh”, who was a rejected ‘base’ man, yet successful, who came to the aid of Gilad over its enemies. I think perhaps our Elohim COULD be using Trump to rid us of this scourge of leftist wickedness.
BUT, I also WISH that those who are ‘seeing’ all this corruption would SEE their part in it! By sitting silently by, participating in the immorality of rejecting all of THE WORD except the word ‘grace’.
HE IS DEEPLY COMPASSIONATE, but HE WILL ALSO PUNISH HIS PEOPLE.
Pence and other leaders who espouse doctrines of faith have often quoted the famous passage, “if My people, upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land….”
SO OFTEN it is editorialized as above, and leaves out one key phrase:
“If My people, upon whom My Name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, AND REPENT FROM THEIR EVIL WAYS; THEN will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land…”
Q’s message does not implore our country to REPENT. And those who do seek ‘repentance’ have PERVERTED the meaning of it! “Just believe”. POPPYCOCK! SATAN believes and trembles at HIS NAME!
TURN FROM BREAKING HIS LAW!
The perversions and lies that rule this world go FAR DEEPER even than the Qanons understand. It is the PERVERSION of HIS WORD and the LACK of COURAGE to change OURSELVES that is preventing TRUTH to prevail.
So, YES, I’M CRAZY.
But, so was No’akh, who warned the WHOLE WORLD for ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS that a flood was coming, when for 1100 years it had never rained, while building a huge ship in the middle of dry land. THEY THOUGHT HE WAS CRAZY TOO.
I am of the mind that Yeshua could come back for His Bride VERY, VERY soon, bringing a STORM of FIRE on earth BEFORE the November elections. I’m crazy. But, I’m also studied enough to know that this COULD go on for another generation, just like Isaac Newton guessed about 300 years ago. [The man died in 1727, but before that, he wrote copiously about the Messiah’s prophetic timeline, and surmised He would not return before about 2067]. IF Messiah should linger for another yovel, I PRAY that even HALF of what Q is asserting is true: but more importantly, that AMERICA becomes again what it ONCE was: A REPUBLIC, ONE people, unified in the belief that ALL OF US ARE EQUAL in the eyes of the CREATOR

And THAT THERE ARE MORAL ABSOLUTES.

THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT THINGS:

“I am יהוה your Elohim [God], who brought you out of the land of Mitzrayim [Egypt], out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
You will not make unto you a graven image, nor any manner of likeness, of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you will not bow down unto them, nor serve them; for I, יהוה your Elohim, am El Kanah [Jealous God], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing compassion unto the thousandth generation of them that love Me and keep My Mitzvot [commandments].
You will not take the Name of יהוה your Elohim in vain; for יהוה will not hold him guiltless who takes His Name in vain.
REMEMBER Yom HaShabbat [the SABBATH DAY], to keep it kadosh [distinctly consecrated, holy]. Six days will you labor, and do all your work; but the SEVENTH day is a Shabbat unto יהוה your Elohim, in it you will not do any manner of work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates; for in six days יהוה made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore יהוה blessed Yom HaShabbat, and hallowed it.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which יהוה your Elohim gives you.
You will not murder.
You will not commit adultery.
You will not steal.
You will not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You will not covet your neighbor’s house; you will not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor any thing that is your neighbor’s.

Learn those in TRUTH, and then we can talk about REPENT.
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“May They Be One, Even As We Are”

I’m truly disappointed and sad for my black family and friends, even though I know they are holding up strong. I hope they all know that I truly care about their lives; not because they are black, but because they are my fellow human beings, and in most cases, my brothers and sisters in Messiah Yeshua. I genuinely love them. I have spoken with some of them since the George Floyd incident, and read some of their hearts in their posts online, and had dinner with a very good brother, one of the most intelligent and righteous men I know, with whom I had a very in-depth conversation, and even though they all have similar backgrounds, their perspectives on the BLM vary quite a bit. But, I’m disappointed and sad, because they all have very legitimate feelings, and grievances with society, but their message has been hijacked, and the BLM movement has made it very difficult for many in the white community to hear the actual message of good people who have genuine concerns.

I despise Marxism, Communism, Socialism, and left-wing thinking, and its agenda to ‘transform’ America. I do not think for a moment that Trump or Republicans are the cure, but I do see some very few on the right standing in the way of this Marxist/Communist revolution that is boiling in our country. Though I do not think anyone is standing up enough, soon enough.  This has already gone too far. Sadly, the BLM movement has been proven to be a Marxist wing of the DNC, and ALL the donations that people have made, some of whom genuinely thought their funds would further the cause of the Black community, go to the DNC through a Soros organization. Not ONE dime is going to the survivors of the dead killed in the BLM and Antifa riots, nor to rebuild the black communities and businesses torn down by BLM and Antifa, nor to help bury the black men, women, and children killed in the riots, but to try to get democrats elected and re-elected.  And only that.

Many of my black friends and family believe that the democratic party has never truly helped the black community, but has used the black community, pandering to them to earn their votes, and to keep them bound to the DNC perpetually, dependent on the government.

I have been trying for going on thirty years now to get all my family, friends, and acquaintances ‘aware’ of the undercurrent of political evil that has been at work in our country for years.  I told my son yesterday that when he was an infant, I was in a chat-room on “AOL” asserting that we were, in the mid 90’s, seeing the beginning of a push to ‘socialize’ America, which was for the purposes of making us a Communist nation. I further asserted that this was [already, in the 90s] heading to the point of vilifying the righteous, blaming faith for America’s woes, and creating a scapegoat class of citizens, just like they did in Germany in the 1930s… I wrote a ‘futuristic’ novel, and in it, posited that China and Russia would destroy America. People scoffed and said both those nations were ‘friends and partners’ with America. While it took longer than I thought, the gloves have come off over the past few months, and faith in G-d is now being blamed for America’s woes. Believers in the Messiah [christians and Messianics] and Jews, are being vilified, blamed, painted as ignorant and evil, and that from MAJOR NEWS SOURCES on national broadcasts. “Celebrities” are insulting anyone who is of the faith, and we still line their pockets with our hard-earned money every day. It took nearly thirty years for the signs I saw back then in the mid 90s finally to manifest and become overt, and yet here we are, and MOST PEOPLE STILL think this is just a phase. I specifically remember being ridiculed and mocked those 24 or so years ago, and then losing very good friends back in 2007 for trying to expose Obama’s communism and islamist evil. He did not go as far as I thought he would while he was president, but I guarantee you he is a major player in the BLM and Antifa insurrection going on right now.

I said already in previous posts that we are watching a revolution against our Republic unfold right before our eyes.  People are thinking and hoping this will just die down and go away. What most in the ‘lukewarm’ category of citizens do not realize is just how bereft of compassion and reason devout communists are, how willing they are to deceive and play clandestine games, feign for years to be friends, and then pull out the knife and betray. Communists have stated openly and proved through history that they have a right to kill any political opponent. The same is true of Islam.  This is why they share goals. Is it any wonder that George Floyd’s face ended up on flags in the Islamic nations? I hope my black friends here realize that they are being duped, if they think “BLM” is a compassionate outcry for the lives of black people against ‘systemic racism’. It is not. It is a Marxist attempt from several ‘spinoff’ organizations of the DNC and Soros funded efforts to tear down the Republic. All of it is classic Alinsky tactics from avowed communists masquerading as “Democrats” for the last thirty years.

The mandate of my life has been to “Show the House of G-d to Israel”, to show how the Body of Messiah is One, by declaring the Flesh and Bone Resurrection of the Jewish man, Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of G-d. My loyalty lies to His Kingdom first. But, since I live in, grew up in, volunteered and served in wartime in the US Navy, and have been blessed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to speak freely that Good News for most of my 54 years, I do have a sense of alarm that this country will be destroyed, possibly from within, by electing a democrat in November, and giving the house and senate back to those evil people, who will have no qualms about further enslaving ALL of the American people to the yoke of communism.

My concern over the BLM movement is that it will cause racism where it did not before exist. They are attempting to force white people to choose their whiteness over their patriotism. They are forcing black people to choose their blackness over patriotism. They are causing tension between white and black friends and family members, that right now is simply unspoken frustration, but could end up becoming an ultimatum of choosing one’s race over one’s citizenship.

I truly do not see ‘systemic’ racism in this country, until NOW. I KNOW that there were injustices done by a few police, and that many blacks have been wronged in their life simply because they are black. But the overwhelming DATA shows that MOST police officers do their jobs well. And are not racist. Do we not find it odd that the places from where people are crying out the most about systemic racism are cities that have black mayors, police chiefs, and civil leaders who have been in office for years? “Systemic” means ‘from the top down,’ ‘at every level of’ government. As I stated before, statistics do not lie. Black men are indeed killed FAR more often by black men. Unarmed white men are killed more often by police of all races than unarmed black men. The numbers do not lie.

I lost friends over posting that I was suspicious that George Floyd’s death, which is VERY UNJUST AND SAD, was rife with suspicion. People think me a ‘conspiracy theorist’ for simply noticing issues with the videos. I do NOT follow any websites nor any conspiracy theorists. Ask anyone who knows me at all; I simply do not have the time. But I have studied the various videos of George Floyd on my own. The woman that asked “How long are you going to hold him down” was absolutely just in her question. His death ANGERS me. But, I see too many holes in the public narrative, and have legitimate questions. NOT because I’m a racist and do not care, but because I know just how evil Marxists are, and the lengths they will go to in order to create division. I KNOW they are following Alinsksy’s playbook to the letter, and that most people are oblivious to the attempt to rid the world of the Republic of the United States. And I see discrepancies in the Floyd story: the man in the video looks far too different from the man they arrested. Why were we shown a personal photo that was called a mugshot, when Europe and Asia showed his actual mugshot on television, which is clearly a different man than in the video. If the man they arrested IS the guy in the video, why does he look JUST as tall as George Floyd in the video, who is well over six feet, when Chauvin’s height is reported as just 5’9? My Dad was 5’9, and I’m 6’2, and our height differential was very noticeable, even if we weren’t standing side by side, and I understand Floyd to be upwards of 6’6. Why is George’s head hirsute in one shot, and bald in the final shot? Why do his tattoos appear in one video, and not in the other? Why are we ignoring the fight Floyd put up in the other video shot from around the corner? Why did ARMED and VESTED COPS come and pick up his body , and not Medics? Where was the Medical Examiner? Why did they pick him up so quickly, without checking his pulse, and without the requisite investigation by an M.E.? Why did that transition happen so quickly, when most murder scenes are combed over for hours. Why are the timestamps so different on the various videos? Why am I considered a nut-case for asking these questions? Or racist? I WANT JUSTICE, and I don’t think we are getting it.  And I KNOW that BLM did not care ONE SECOND about his life, because they don’t care one iota about the BLACK LIVES lost in the riots, and BLACK BUSINESSES destroyed by the rioters. BLM is a COMMUNIST MOVEMENT in league with Antifa, Soros, and the DNC, bent on destroying this country through DIVISION of FRIENDS AND FAMILY. Don’t believe me? Watch for it.

I WISH we could have honest discussions about race. I don’t think some of my black friends are willing to hear how I have been the victim of racism, for being white, and for being Jewish. I have ancestors, white and Jewish, who were slaves, and who were murdered SIMPLY because of their race. Is it really only racism if a black person is the victim? Or is ALL racism bad? THAT is why white people echo back “ALL lives matter”; NOT because they are insensitive to the issues in the black community, but because all white people are being called racists by a whole group of black people, who are admitted marxists and revolutionaries, and most white people are simply NOT racist. Remember Harvey? How WHITE PEOPLE in Houston and from parts far away FLOODED into Houston’s black communities to RESCUE our black friends and neighbors? Police included?

I also lost friends over not drinking the Covid coolaid. I know very much that the disease is real. But, way back in Jan-Feb, I was asking questions about the Harvard Bio-chemists who just returned from Wuhan, and their connection to the lab from where the virus originated. These ‘scientists’, biochemists, were on the very generous payroll of China, above and beyond their already exorbitant Harvard salaries. Why? The MSM and Chinese COMMUNIST government TRIED to blame the virus on a bat, while I was saying it came out of the lab, and was deliberately designed and released in order to do EXACTLY what it did. I was asking why Bill Gates had a practice-run pandemic one week before the virus was released. People do not think these are legitimate questions? Still? I believe it was probably a joint effort by China and the previously mentioned groups. For the purpose of fulfilling their agenda. This does NOT negate the severity of the disease, nor does it mean I do not care. People who know me KNOW EXACTLY how much I care for covid victims. I’m just angry that such a big part of our population so quickly swallowed the garbage ‘science’ coming out about how to respond to this pandemic. We are now stigmatized and marginalized, our jobs threatened, simply because we ask LEGITIMATE questions about the ‘scientific why’ of wearing a mask. And I’m angry that so many were so quick to refuse to even think for a moment that the Chinese government and some American scientists would be dastardly enough to release such a thing on the public. Do you think Cuomo and four other Democrat governors did not know that American elderly [republican, likely] citizens [voters] would DIE when Covid positive patients were forced back into nursing homes, against federal guidelines, when they LIED about having done it? They knew, and they wanted them dead, for the SSI and to eliminate their votes. Evolution is partly to blame for this bizarre acceptance of the c19 narrative: they think life forms simply spring from nowhere. NO NEW LIFE FORM has EVER MANIFESTED since Creation. Yet they expect me to believe this ‘new’ disease was not manufactured, a manipulation of an existing virus, and that communists are not so evil they would attack us with a biologic. And I am mocked for even considering the possibility of it, and for asking the questions, and seeing the ‘coincidences’ that abound. It just recently came out that MANY American ‘scientists’ are on the chinese payroll in our universities. Hmmmm.

Humans in the lukewarm category are basically good, but have a tendency for ‘group-think’, even if it goes against their better judgment. I suppose that since I’ve always been side-lined in every peer group I’ve ever had, I don’t tend to follow the crowd; I don’t ‘go with the flow’, but I stand up against group think, before the ‘group’ realizes that their ‘think’ stinks. In Germany, so many otherwise good people went with the crowd on trying to exterminate the Jews. They had a ‘gut feeling’ about it, but they didn’t want to ‘rock the boat’ and not be ‘part of the group’ [think]. They didn’t want to be rejected by the group. ALL the tactics used there in the 30s and in Russia in the 1910s are on display before our eyes here now. I even saw a ‘christian’ just two days ago assert that Jews eat the children of christians at Passover in our Matzah. This is the same exact accusation that was used in Europe to incite the lukewarm christian population against Jews. And NO ONE is speaking out about it. I’m trying, but I have all of 200 people who MIGHT read this, and maybe 10 who will read it all the way through.

Because of our debased forms of entertainment, America is NUMB to atrocity: we have murdered 60,000,000+ babies in 50 years, and thought NOTHING of it. Evil democrats now want also to SLAUGHTER babies AFTER they are born, for the mother’s convenience. And we are not SHOCKED by it. We are not SHOCKED that men are marrying men, and women are marrying women. They demand us to and shame us to think it’s normal. We are not shocked that men claim to be women in men’s bodies, and vice versa. We are forced to say its ‘normal’.  It is NOT. We are not SHOCKED that pedophiles are becoming ‘normalized’ in our society. We are not SHOCKED that children fornicate, and adults commit adultery; in fact, we CELEBRATE it. We are instead SHOCKED that anyone would be shocked by any of these, and those who are shocked by these things are MOCKED and vilified, and censored. This is GODLESSNESS. It is the result of years of changing the public’s mindset on G-d.

Whom do I blame? Lukewarm Christians, Messianics, Jews. Pastors who simply earn a paycheck and do not DECLARE the truth. The ones who supposedly believe in a Righteous G-d, in MORAL ABSOLUTES, but have capitulated, have bent to the will of the PC police known as the democratic party. Republicans who equivocate over moral issues, and do not speak out against the ridiculous and obvious attacks on our constitution. I blame the ‘silent majority’, those who are lukewarm in their faith, for sitting silently by thinking it will all go away. We’ve allowed all the issues pointed out in my last blog to overtake us, by being silent. This is NOT what is meant when Yeshua said ‘we are like sheep led to the slaughter.’

The believing community needs to repent. To TURN BACK to His Ways. To stop committing as much adultery and fornication as the rest of the 30% of ‘unbelievers’ in this country. Stop supporting the vulgarity and perversion of Hollywood. And stop ‘normalizing’ all this deviant and communist behavior that we are so readily accommodating today.

My prayer is that Messiah would come back this fall: “”Surely I am coming soon.” Amein. Come, Adon Yeshua.”” But that if He does not, that enough people will finally wake up to the tactics of the dirty and disgusting left that have been undoing all the racial and economic progress we had made; they are dividing us by skin, class, religion, etc.  And more importantly, I pray that the lukewarm believers will confess and LIVE the faith they claim, and that ALL of us would be BETTER at showing AND declaring the Compassion of Yeshua the Messiah, the Son of G-d, who died for us, so that we would not sin against each other like we have been, especially these last few months. If we sin against each other, we sin against G-d, and we trample the blood of Yeshua underfoot. We make a mockery of His Gospel, and our confession is moot. Let us turn, and instead LOVE ONE ANOTHER, DECLARE THE DEATH, BURIAL, And RESURRECTION of Yeshua, and His forgiveness for us, and His call to ALL of us to come out of the harlot of vain religion and SERVE HIM in truth and compassion.

“For eternal righteousness will return justice, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. Who will rise up with me against the evil-doers? Who will stand up with me against the workers of iniquity?”

“The compassion of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh be with you all, all you K’doshim. Amein.”

 

 

 

To the Press!

The blog has been silent for a spell.  This due only to the fact that so much is going on, and there are so many things that could be addressed.

We are so overburdened with information and opinion.  We seem not to be able to listen to one another with genuine love, actually to ‘hear’ what our friend or neighbor is saying.  And yes, I said ‘we’, a 1st person pronoun.

So, I went on ‘radio silence’ for a bit.

I am one who does think that the constitutional republic founded by a collection of men who were able, after having fought a revolution against the biggest world power, to come together for about a year to hammer out the details of our constitution and the resulting form of our government.  Immediately thereafter, about a year and a half, the bill of rights as we know it was finally ratified.

Were all of these men ‘christian’ men?  No.  But a great deal of them were.  But, our modern version of christianity differed from what they knew, and many of them had become part of the ‘age of reason’, and had very ‘unbiblical’ views of the faith.  But, most of them yet had a great deal of respect for individual and communal faith, and for the Creator, as seen in the preamble, and as seen in George Washington’s first act as president of the United States.

The attack on our constitutional republic is the overt war we are now in, whereas the attack on truth through subterfuge and deceit has been going on since our inception.  What I mean is this: spiritually, our country has been in a battle of morals since the beginning. It was believers in Messiah who first formed the Republican Party and started the abolitionist movement.  They rightly determined that slavery was an egregious sin, and that it was a scourge on our Republic.  And even though the south held far more slaves, and the vast majority of them at the time of the civil war, it was only a small handful of elites in the South, roughly 6 percent, which included Whites, Jews, AND Blacks, who owned slaves.  If we include the northern states, then only 1.4% of free people owned slaves.  This is NOT stated to diminish the horror of chattel slavery.  I am one that believes the scriptures, that one is NOT to enslave another human, nor to treat them as sub-human property.  And that is what chattel slavery is.  And the practice was committed by christians and Jews, and defended AND opposed by christian and Jewish leaders.  It took years of public conversation and an eventual war in order to purge the country of this atrocity.  And from 1860 to 1933 every president was a Republican.

What many people are not aware of, however, is that before the revolution, there was “The Great Awakening“, which many believe led to the revolution.  During that time, the Declaration of Independence was penned, which reads in part:  ‘the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them….. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights … appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions … And for the support of this Declaration, with firm reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor’ …

And before the Civil War there was “The Second Great Awakening“, which many people believe led to the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation after the Civil War. During that time, when President William Henry Harrison died in office, the next President, President John Tyler, declared a National Day of Fasting, stating on April 13, 1841: “When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence.”

And before 1900, many believe there was a ‘Third Great Awakening”.  And during that time, the Supreme Court justice, James Brewer, writing the majority opinion on a major case brought before the highest court, wrote: “While the separation of church and state is often affirmed, there is nowhere a repudiation of Christianity as one of the institutions as well as benedictions of society. In short, there is no charter or constitution [among the several states] that is either infidel, agnostic, or anti-Christian. Wherever there is a declaration in favor of any religion it is of the Christian … I could show how largely our laws and customs are based upon the laws of Moses and the teachings of Christ; how constantly the Bible is appealed to as the guide of life and the authority in question of morals.”

Each of these were periods of a re-invigoration of FAITH among the American general public, and each period is rife with political statements about the veracity and necessity of FAITH in the Creator.  The general public came to conclude that the scriptures of holy writ common to both the Jewish and Christian faiths were foundational to the Constitution and the Republic it formed.  So widely held was this belief, that BHO had to say in 2014 that America is ‘no longer’ a Christian nation.  He may be right.

Why do I say that? Because the godless now people prevail in Congress. They use the idea of faith when it suits them.  They pervert the scriptures when they can bend them to match their godlessness. Instead of encouraging faith in our society, they oppose it. And they do so overtly, allowing renegades and belligerents to ‘assemble’ to destroy, loot, and murder, while demanding that assemblies of faith cease and desist. Instead of encouraging morality, they debase the public mind, so much so that now the Supreme Court redefines the word ‘sex’, so that anyone who imagines themselves to be something other than a man or a woman is justified in forcing all of society to participate in their fantasy.

America is doomed.  Because people of faith do not exist, not in the same manner they did before the revolution, or before the Civil War, or before the turn of the 20th century, or even as they did in the 1950’s.  People of faith today blend in so much with the rest of society.  We consume godless entertainment along with the godless. We tattoo our bodies in vanity, which are supposed to be His Temple.  We dress provocatively and not modestly, and many times even in a congregational setting.  We talk disrespectfully to one another and gossip about one another as much, if not more than the godless. We commit adultery and fornication as much as the godless do, and the divorce rate in the community of faith is just as high as that of the godless. And the religious leaders do not cry out against these things. They do not raise the standard.  We have lowered the bar on righteousness, far away from the standard of Moses and of Messiah.  At the same time, many of those that do say they have a walk of faith are so far on the other side of the pendulum, that they condemn anyone with whom they do not agree doctrinally, and they act as if they have no sin whatsoever, like they are above reproach, like there is no wrongdoing on their part.

And so what is the cause of all this acceptable debauchery? What is the root of the lack of an acceptable standard of morality?  Turning away from the common belief in The Creator and Supreme Judge of the World. And for the christian community, turning away from the righteous conduct He demands, to a ‘grace’ that is accepting of every sin, where “Go and sin no more” means nothing.

Is it a coincidence, then, that the theory of evolution emerged during that last Great Awakening? As the Civil War began in America, where a just people were trying to overthrow the notion that there was a sub-human species among us that deserved to be treated as such, and just then Darwin posits that we all emerged from the same source, we, apes, bananas, birds, all of us come from some magical cosmic event. Darwin’s ‘theory’ could in fact be used to justify slavery: “Survival of the fittest”.  By casting off the notion of a CREATOR and THE CREATION, and that ALL men are CREATED equally, we cast off moral constraint.  We are no longer answerable to our CREATOR, but in fact are self-determinative, and as such can make up our own individual morality. Out of this same “intellectual” climate comes Marxism, the “will to power”, and communist nations emerged that proceeded to slaughter all who disagreed with their new ‘moral code’.  This is when man began to slip into the decay of immorality, ‘relative morality’ versus absolute morality, by casting off Judeo-Christian, biblical ethics and the common belief in the CREATOR. So much so, that in less than 150 years we now have men marrying men, and women marrying women. We have the justification of pedophilia, the acceptance of every kind of evil in the congregations.  It is staggering to think that in a country that still supposedly is predominantly christian in population, we have so much consumption of pornography and drugs, so much alcoholism, adultery, divorce, et cetera.  American christians are following in the footsteps of our European forebears in casting off the Creator and His ways, and now we are reaping the benefits of it.

The 1960s were a turning point in moral decay.  The ‘sexual revolution’ and the ‘love the one you’re with’ mentality swept the country. The creation of the welfare system, and taking prayer out of schools, came on the heels of this relative moralism being taught in the universities. And this new crowd of ‘educated’ people began to take control of the public school system, to ensure not only that children did not pray, but that they not BELIEVE!  This was part of the overall plan to ensure that the public had the mind that there was NO CREATOR and no NEED of SALVATION from sin. And then the highest court in the land decides that killing babies is more important than teaching righteousness. Since the 1970’s, we’ve sat idly by and watched the MURDER of 60,000,000 + BABIES, and have not batted an eye.

And we wonder why now, today, the Democratic party, the party of slavery, is erupting in all our major cities under the guise of ‘black lives matter’ to destroy the rule of law. All of this boils down to a great, dichotomous battle: right versus wrong.  Truth versus lies. And the community of faith refuses to speak with the voice of Messiah.  The voice of SALVATION rooted in the compassion of a SAVIOR.  Instead, we bog ourselves down in the argument of who killed whom.  We bog ourselves down in the argument of who wronged whom.  We all conveniently forget that it was whites, blacks, and Jews all sacrificing everything, being willing to and dying together to create a new REPUBLIC; we forget that it was whites, blacks, and Jews all working together to throw off slavery; we forget that it was whites, blacks, and Jews all working together to throw off Jim Crow laws. Was it EVER the ‘majority’?  No.  It always started with a small group of the courageous, who believed in the CREATOR, who knew that biblical morality should WIN.

I have a very small circle of influence.  But I pray that anyone who reads this comes to understand that we are living in the last of the last days, and that it is critical NOW to STAND UP and DECLARE that SALVATION is more dire and necessary now than it ever has been.  Shimon Kefa stood up some 1,990 years ago and declared to the Jewish people, “Save yourselves from this sinful generation.” That generation was only a hypocritical, self-righteous generation that put its trust in its own ability to keep the laws of religious men in order to save themselves. Kefa told them to trust in the one that the CREATOR, in whom they ALL believed, and sent His Son, whom they, along with the nations, executed, to save them from their sin, and that G-d, the Creator, raised the man Yeshua from the dead, to deliver all mankind from SIN. Here we sit some 2,000+ years later, and that message is rarely declared.  We, people of faith, have capitulated to the godless.  We sit idly by and allow the sins of the godless to be among us. We allow them to make our laws. We allow them to pervert our history, to destroy it. We allow them to teach our children, run our universities, and commandeer the public conversation, such that we cannot declare sin to be sin!  We allow them to call us ‘intolerant’ of the people who are intolerant of us. We allow them to scare us into NOT declaring the death, burial, and resurrection of the Messiah for the sake of SALVATION from SIN.  And we have allowed religious leaders to redefine sin and grace, so that we can run amok with the godless.

There are those who think another ‘Great Awakening’ is coming.  I can only hope; but I don’t see it. I desperately pray for it, should Messiah tarry from His return for another generation. I work toward the end of affecting the awakening of as many people as I can, praying, fasting, writing these blog posts, teaching the scriptures, ‘declaring’ His truth on social media and to any in-person encounter I may have. One soul is enough. But not.  But there is so much confusion of truth and distortion of facts, and so much lethargy of thought, that it is sometimes exasperating, to do these things. But, I HOPE.  I DECLARE. And more importantly, I “press on toward the goal to receive the prize of victory of the highest calling of Elohim through Yeshua HaMashi’akh”.  Just like Sha’ul, I have not attained to it, but I press on.

We are in the last of the last days. I cannot say precisely when Yeshua will return, nor would I dare to set a date.  I have ideas, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt it will be sooner than later. Two passages come to mind.  One of which I read to my children back in 2001, on 9/10 at about 8:00 pm. “1Know this, that in the Akharit HaYamim [last days] disastrous times will come.  2And men shall be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, proud, conceited, blasphemers, disobedient to their own people, ungrateful, wicked, 3false accusers, addicts to lust, brutal, haters of good things, 4traitors, hasty, boasters, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of Elohim; 5having a shade of the fear of Elohim [Our Creator G-d], but far from the power of Elohim; from such turn away.  6For of this sort are those who creep into houses and captivate women sunken in sin, led away with diverse lusts, 7ever striving to learn, and never able to come to the knowledge of HaEmet [The Truth].” And then, Yeshua’s thoughts on those times: “34But take heed to yourselves that your hearts may not become heavy by extravagance and drunkenness and the worries of this world, and that day come suddenly upon you.  35For like a downpour it will entrap all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.  36Therefore keep watch always, and pray that you may be worthy to escape all these things which are to happen, and that you may stand before Ben HaAdam.”  Those ‘things’ are the ‘tribulations’ of the time of Mashi’akh HaSheker, and if ever the world was ready for a false leader, a fake Messiah, it is today.  The character of Yeshua has been so distorted, that anyone with ‘charisma’ could rise up and claim to be the Messiah, and the world would consent.  Not me.

“Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the Name of  יהוה  Yeshua, for the remission of sins…”

Remember and be his witness!

Last week, our ‘Haftarah’ portion, the scripture from the “Prophets” portion of the Tanakh [OT], was very ‘visual’ and ‘powerful’ for me.  So much so, that during the Shabbat service, I was overcome to do a demonstration of it, and to ruminate on ‘facets’ of it I had not even seen until that moment.  And, the “awe” of it has carried with me into this week, and it was the one thing on my mind at 3 a.m. this morning when I woke briefly and began to pray.

The portion follows chapter 1 of Zekhar-Yah [Zechariah].  In that chapter, ‘four’ riders on horses have roamed the earth and found all the nations at rest, while Yerushalayim [Jerusalem, “Established on Shalom / “He will see [to] Shalom”] is a shambles.  The Navi [prophet] had heard G-d Himself lamenting the sins of Israel, and then Zekhar-Yah was visited by the Malakh יהוה [Messenger/Angel of יהוה ] standing among the myrtles.  That Messenger is a temporary manifestation of The Word of G-d, יהוה , in the form of an angelic body, which looks like a man: “behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees ….” “the Malakh  יהוה  that stood among the myrtle trees…” [1:8,11] The prophecy He gives to the Navi is that the city, which was a waste, would be rebuilt, that Jerusalem and the House of G-d would be rebuilt, and the city of Yerushalayim will be yet ‘chosen’ by G-d.

This vision is immediately followed by another, and it is the foretelling of the destruction of the nations that had put His City in such a sad state [Bavel and other nations].  And then the Navi is told that G-d will again dwell in Jerusalem when His House is rebuilt.  And then, we get to chapter 3.  And, even though we have a chapter division, the vision is still the same vision.  The Kohen Gadol, Yehoshua [Joshua], who was the current “High Priest” of Israel at that time, appears before the very throne of G-d, with Zekhar-Yah behind, looking on; Yehoshua is standing in the middle.  The Malakh יהוה is standing on his left, on the right side of the throne of the creator G-d, and HaSatan is standing on the right hand of Yehoshua.  This Kohen Gadol is the religious figurehead of Israel.  The prophet had just been reminded of Israel’s sins, and why they were in such a state.  In this part of the vision, the Kohen, Yehoshua, is standing there in a very sad state: “clothed with filthy garments”… he’s the Kohen Gadol, but he’s not dressed that way.  The high priest of Israel is supposed to be dressed in ‘garments of splendor’, a beautiful blue robe, an ephod, a breastplate with 12 gemstones on it, a beautiful mitre with a golden crown upon it.  But, Yehoshua, whose name is the Hebrew long form of the Hebrew name Yeshua, our Messiah’s Hebrew name, is standing there in filthy clothing. HaSatan was standing there, accusing Yehoshua, the High Priest, the leader of Israel’s congregation of faith.  And the Malakh יהוה , who is the Word of G-d in an angelic manifestation, says, “Is not this man a brand plucked out of the fire?”  That is a defense!  That is a question that has an OBVIOUS ANSWER!  YES!  He is a man who HAS been plucked out of the fire!  And the divine messenger says, ”Take the filthy garments from off him.” And, “Behold, I cause your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with robes.”  This is NOT the practical priestly clothing that Yeshua [before He became a human being] is speaking of!  This is TZEDAKA!  This is RIGHTEOUSNESS.  This is the imagery of SALVATION, when Yeshua gives all who trust in Him their robe of righteousness!  Did you notice that Yehoshua did not speak on his own behalf?  But, one of the most beautiful things I saw even more clearly, or perhaps appreciated even more this time in the reading of it, was the outcry, which to me seemed almost jubilant: “Set a fair mitre upon his head!”  The Navi, the prophet Zekhar-Yah, a fellow human, anticipated the priestly garments! He wanted his friend clothed properly! Fully, as a kohen gadol.  The mitre holds the crown of pure, fine gold that reads, “קדש ליהוה” , “Consecrated to Yah” upon it! The ‘enthusiasm’ of the prophet to see the kohen restored to the service of G-d, DRESSED IN RIGHTEOUS APPAREL with his crown of authority and consecration on his head, leaped off the pages in my mind.  And the Navi did so without a judgmental spirit for Yehoshua, but in fact countermanding the judgment of HaSatan. Even though the prophet knew the guilt of Israel, and by that also of Yehoshua.  Yehoshua to Zekhar-Yah was a contemporary with the prophet, and perhaps even a friend, they likely knew each other. And instead of judging him, he LONGS for the kohen to be restored to his role of service in the House of G-d.  He so longed for it that he interjects his exuberance into the courtroom of the Almighty!  The Almighty is sitting on His throne, an advocate called “The Messenger of יהוה ” is defending the human, the high priest of Israel, and HaSatan, the adversary of those who trust in יהוה , is accusing him [notice that the sins are not named? Might that be because Yeshua, who would come in a mere 500+ years, which the Nevi’im longed to see, would die for ALL sin?], and suddenly, Zakhar-Yah blurts out, “Set a fair mitre upon his head!”

If ONLY we would think of our brethren that way!  If we are kohanim, [and we are], and are yet fallible [and we are, to a man], and err [and we all do], why do we not ‘root’ for our brethren, who may be disheveled, beaten down, ACCUSED by HaSatan, in the same way Zechariah did for Yehoshua?  With so much exuberance that the Almighty doesn’t even ‘scare’ us enough NOT to root for him?  Zekhar-Yah, did he understand the compassion of G-d so much, that he knew he could blurt out before the Creator in a courtroom?  I contemplated the meaning of this man’s name as I thought on these matters: Remember Yah [or Yah Remembers], A Son [who is the] Blessing of Yah, a Son is His Confessor/Witness [or His Eternal Son].  Zekhar-Yah’s own full, legal name says that the Son of G-d is ‘his witness’… Whose?  The one who CALLS ON  יהוה  …. !!!  “Zekhor” is the imperative of ‘remember by CALLING TO MIND’….  To whom was the Navi speaking when he blurted?  To the Messenger who said to clothe Yehoshua!

Of course, Yehoshua, the man in this image who is being clothed with priestly garments,  after having been accused by the adversary, for whom both the Messenger and the Prophet intercede, has always, in my mind, prefigured Yeshua, our Kohen Gadol.  However, Yeshua STOOD IN OUR PLACE and became FILTHY for EACH ONE OF US, so, in that sense, Zekhar-Yah is blurting out for the believer’s sake, for the ONE WHO REMEMBERS Yah!

I have tried to teach others that when we accuse our brother of sin, or even ‘suspect’ them of sin, and most especially when we run our mouths about our brother’s faults, true or not, that we are taking on the mantle of HaSatan, the adversary and accuser.  WE are putting ‘filthy garments’ on one who is PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE!  Would that we would take on the role of “his [our brother’s] witness”, “the blessing of Yah,” “calling out to Yah”, and not that of the adversary who accuses.  Would that we could ‘see’ that YESHUA HIMSELF is our defense, SALVATION! and that our brother DESERVES to have us cry out, “Put a fair mitre upon his head!”, because he trusts in the One who shed His blood for us. Would that we would do so in concert with Yeshua’s declaration: “SEE!!! I HAVE CAUSED YOUR INIQUITY TO PASS OVER YOU! AND I HAVE CLOTHED YOU WITH ROBES!!!!!” Anyone who has confessed and repented of their iniquity and sin CERTAINLY deserves Yeshua’s defense, and that of ‘his witness’, the brethren.  May we echo, “Crown him in the role of kohen, restore to him righteousness!”  Yeshua then encourages Yehoshua to obey, and if so, Yehoshua will have ‘free access’ to the throne room.  “Come boldly before the throne of His Compassion,” which is EXACTLY what the prophet did, FOR HIS BROTHER!!!  And for the one so accused, I know very well how difficult it is to believe that Yeshua would say to my accuser, “Is not this man a brand SNATCHED from the fire?”  In other words, “DID I NOT RESCUE THIS MAN?”  From what ‘fire’?  From the ‘fiery accusations’ of the adversary, who too often is able to use people, even who profess to believe in Yeshua, to ACCUSE the brethren.  They do not understand that the ‘accuser of the brethren’ should NOT be the brethren!  That is NOT Yeshua’s behavior, nor role, but is the role of HaSatan, the Evil One.  I am learning that I have hidden myself in Yeshua, who became FILTHY for MY sake!  Who has caused MY iniquity to pass from me.  Who clothes me in robes! AND, who, when TRUE brothers ask, also ‘sets a fair mitre’ upon my head.

I have learned that the compassion of the Creator, which is manifested in His Son Yeshua, goes FAR beyond the boundaries of the self-righteous, religious people who will not give that compassion to their brothers.  And that Yeshua speaks IN MY DEFENSE to my adversary.  And that, in His throne room, there ARE brethren who stand by, and when the accuser accuses [in heaven, which is echoed on earth in that realm], the TRUE brethren SPEAK UP, in exuberance, “SET A FAIR MITRE UPON HIS HEAD”, because THEY believe that the one who bears Yeshua’s name HAS ALREADY been plucked out of the fire!

I call Pinnochio!

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In yesterday’s post, I cited Acts 21, but was off by one chapter.  Acts 20:7 was the verse I had in mind.  In THAT verse, we read,

“And at the beginning of the week, when we assembled to break bread, Pavlos declared to them, and because he was going to leave the next day, he prolonged his speech until midnight.”

And from that ONE verse, many people ‘think’ the early, Jewish believers met on ‘sun-day’ morning to ‘have church’.  Why?  Because later translators ADDED a word to the English texts, to support the already imposed false doctrine [teaching] that our early JEWISH believers turned away from the Sabbath, despised it, and chose a new day on which to worship G-d.

While I am very passionate for Shabbat, because of the great BLESSING it was to my family IMMEDIATELY when we started observing it, in spite of the fact that for all our lives, my wife and I were taught it was a BURDEN, this post is not about Shabbat.  It is about the infectious virus that is plaguing the world. LIES.  They are SO EASY to believe, when EVERYONE is doing it.

Perhaps my wrong citation yesterday was because this week’s portion of scheduled reading from the Brit Khadasha [NT] is in Ma’asei HaShlikhim, “Acts” 21.  In that portion, There are SO MANY TRUE FACTS [I realize that is redundant] that readers today, including highly educated ‘theologians’ and ‘scholars’, IGNORE.  And worse, they PERPETUATE the LIES that these passages overturn!  As I read the readings this morning, these things worked on my nerve, because theologians of yore now remind me of the FB and other social media ‘fact checkers’ who simply want THEIR ‘interpretation’ of the ‘facts’ to be received as ‘truth’, apart from scrutiny, and at all costs.  Especially the high cost of the death of honesty.  And they willingly LIE in order to achieve their objective.  In the case of the theologians, that objective may simply be to maintain the religious  status quo, whereas today’s ‘opinion imposers’ masquerading as guardians of ‘facts’ have the objective of establishing a new status quo.

But, it is not the originators of the lies that bother me.  Liars lie.  It is what they do.  And they are very good at it at times.  It is the mob that follows the liars blindly into their lies that greatly disappoints me today.  My wife and I love stories of justice, where the truth comes out, and the oppressed eventually win.  We are enjoying such a story last night, and while we were watching the intrigue, where people from every side in the convoluted story were lying and deceiving, vying for control, I realized how very naive and trusting I am at times.  But, back to what frustrates me most about these types of ‘lies’: those who BELIEVE them!  Do you realize how many Germans ‘believed’ in the ‘goodness’ of Hitler, including German Jews who would NOT leave, like a very small number of their kinsmen who ‘saw through’ it all did when the drumbeat of Jewish persecution started?  There are so many people today who do not even believe the holocaust happened, in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary.

I could go on.  But, I want to get to the matter at hand.  The LIES that people today believe in spite of MOUNTAINS of evidence to the contrary.  As I read this morning, the sensation surfaced when I got to this passage:

20And when they heard it, they glorified Elohim and said to Pavlos, “Our brother, see how many thousands there are in Y’hudah who are believers, and they are all zealous for the Torah: 21but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Yehudim who are among the Goyim to forsake the Torah of Moshe, stating that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to follow after the customs of the Torah.  22Now, therefore, they have heard that you have come here.  23Do, therefore, what we tell you. We have four men who have vowed to purify themselves; 24take them and go purify yourself with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; then everyone will know that what has been said against you is a lie, and that you yourself uphold the Torah and obey it.  25As for the believers amongst the Goyim, we have written that they should abstain from the things sacrificed to idols, and from fornication, and from what is strangled, and from blood.”  26Then Pavlos took the men and on the next day he was purified with them, and he entered into the Heikhal, informing them how to complete the days of purification until the gift of every one of them was offered.

The first lie that people today believe that is overturned in this passage in the bold above.  The lie today is that the Jewish believers in Messiah in the first century TURNED AWAY From the Torah, the same Torah that is the foundation of the Word of G-d, the WORD that manifested in Yeshua.  For nearly 1800 years the lie has gone out that the Jewish believers simply abandoned their faith AND their customs, throwing  away their whole ‘religion’ to follow Yeshua down a non-Jewish path bereft of any obedience to the commands of G-d.  Whereas, our text tells us that there were MANY THOUSANDS of JEWS who TRUSTED in Yeshua AND were ‘zealous for the Torah’.

The next LIE that most EVERYONE in the christian community today STILL believes is that Sha’ul, whom they call Paul because they THINK Yeshua changed his name, which is also a lie, [perhaps I’ll explain why that is a lie in a post script below?] turned away from ALL JEWISH TEACHINGS because he was called to be the Shali’akh to the gentiles.  THAT IS A BIG FAT LIE.  And that very lie is contested in our text!:

“but they [The Jewish believers who are ALL zealous for the Torah] have been informed about you that you teach all the Yehudim who are among the Goyim to forsake the Torah of Moshe, stating that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to follow after the customs of the Torah.”

What I LOVE about this passage is that in this case the Z’kenim, the ELDERS, did NOT believe the lie!  They had NO REASON not to follow the mob and believe the lie!  Wisdom seems to be what prevented them from believing the lie!  Love for Sha’ul?  Perhaps.  But,  they didn’t know him real well, but they could ‘see’ the work of G-d, hear his testimony and true confession, and observe the presence of Messiah in his life.  They needed nothing more NOT to believe the LIE that was spoken against him.  What is not so obvious here is that it was other ‘leaders’/’elders’ that were foisting the LIE on the people!  It wasn’t satanists!  Or democrats [maybe they were 😉 ].   But today, MANY THOUSANDS, no MILLIONS, believe the LIE that Sha’ul STOPPED observing Torah and taught others to do the same!

The impact of yesterday’s citation follows.  Sha’ul, in the previous chapter, stayed in Troas for seven days.  At the beginning of the next week, we learn that on that ‘day’, the day they assembled TO BREAK BREAD, which is what Havdalah is in the Jewish CUSTOM of closing out Shabbat, we see that Sha’ul was going to leave Troas the next day, ‘sun-day’.  This is customary!  Jewish people did not go on long journeys starting on Shabbat!

In our text this week, however, we see further that Sha’ul not only kept the Torah, but even went into the Temple TO MAKE A SACRIFICE!  Oy!  A believer in Yeshua, who trusts in the blood of Messiah, went into the Temple OF THE JEWS [G-d’s Temple] to make a BLOOD SACRIFICE?  Sacrilege! Blasphemy!  The reason the modern Messianic community is reading this portion this week is because our Torah portion for the week is called “Naso”, from BaMidbar [Numbers], where the details of a Nazarite vow are given to us.

The following is the very tricky passage that the four men in Acts 21 had to adhere to when the time of their vow was over.  These four men mentioned above had each become a Nazir, and chosen a period of time to be just as consecrated before G-d as the Kohen Gadol was.  Note one thing.  THESE WERE BRETHREN!  These four men TRUSTED IN MESSIAH.  They were JEWISH.  KEEPING TORAH.  And Sha’ul joined them in the last days of their vow, and since he was TRAINED in the Torah and in the Temple practices, HE guided them in HOW to complete the final days and rites of their vow, because the rules were complex:

13And this is the instruction of the Nazir, when the days of his consecration are fulfilled: he shall bring it unto the door of the Ohel Mo’ed; 14and he shall present his offering unto  יהוה , one he-lamb of the first year without blemish for an Olah, and one ewe-lamb of the first year without blemish for a Khatat, and one ram without blemish for Sh’lamim, 15and a basket of Matzot, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers spread with oil, and their Minkhah, and their Nesekh. 16And the kohen shall bring them before  יהוה , and shall offer his Khatat, and his Olah. 17And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of Sh’lamim unto  יהוה , with the basket of Matzot; the kohen shall offer also the Minkhah thereof, and the Nesekh thereof. 18And the Nazir shall shave his consecrated head at the door of the Ohel Mo’ed, and shall take the hair of his consecrated head, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of Sh’lamim. 19And the kohen shall take the shoulder of the ram when it is sodden, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazir, after he has shaven his consecrated head. 20And the kohen shall wave them for a Tenufah before  יהוה  ; this is kodesh for the kohen, together with the breast of waving and the thigh of heaving; and after that the Nazir may drink wine. 21This is the instruction of the Nazir who vows, and of his offering unto  יהוה  for his Nazir, beside that for which his means suffice; according to his vow which he vows, so he must do after the instruction of his Nazir’.”

But wait, Yeshua is our final sacrifice!  HOW can these men, these Jewish believers in Messiah, go into that dirty Jewish temple and offer a BLOOD SACRIFICE, they must be being LEGALISTIC and under the ‘weight of the Torah’!!!!  LIE!  They were NOT trusting in the Khatat [sin offering] they brought for SALVATION.  They took a vow of their OWN FREE WILL in order to be ‘purified’ before G-d.  They followed the instructions of Torah in order to complete the vow, because IT IS FITTING TO DO, it is what G-d TOLD them to do.  And “Paul”, this Jew-turned-gentile Pharisee Rabbi TOOK THE VOW WITH THEM and walked them through the final rites.  After he’d been preaching Yeshua for YEARS!

There are SO MANY lies about the Bible, that the Bible says are lies, that MOST people still believe TODAY.  “The Sabbath doesn’t matter”; “Jesus is my Sabbath”; “There were giants in the promised land”, “Paul abrogated the Torah”, “Jesus broke the Sabbath, so we can”, and on and on.  “Jesus changed his name to Paul”.  Let’s just go over that last one.  The ONLY thing the SCRIPTURES say about why the text first calls him Sha’ul [Saul] and THEN calls him Pavlos [Paul], is: “WHO WAS ALSO CALLED PAVLOS”.  NOWHERE does the writing say that Yeshua changed his name!  What is TRUE, what is FACT, is that unlike some of the other “Shlikhim”, Sha’ul was born in a ROMAN city, OUTSIDE the land of Israel.  Because he lived in a Roman city that spoke GREEK, his parents ‘also called him’ Pavlos/Paul, so that he would fit in a bit.  Our Jewish people today, here in America, STILL DO THIS!  Today, a Jewish boy receives his English name on his birth certificate, and at his Brit Milah [circumcision] eight days later receives his HEBREW name.  Might that be one reason Yeshua chose Sha’ul to be the ‘sent one’ to the nations?  He understood both Jewish and Greek CULTURE, AND both languages of those two dichotomous cultures.

This brings me to the NEXT lie that is overturned in this chapter!

“The apostles and all Jews in Israel in the first century spoke GREEK.”

LIE!

35And when Pavlos reached the stairs, the soldiers carried him because of the violence of the people, 36for a great many people followed after, crying out and saying, “Away with him!”  37And as Pavlos was about to be led into headquarters, he said to the chief captain, “May I speak to you?” The captain said, “Can you speak Greek?  38Are you not that one from Mitzrayim who some time ago created disturbances and led out into the desert four thousand malefactors?”  39But Pavlos said, “I am a Y’hudi of Tarsus in Cilicia, born a citizen of a well-known city; I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.”  40And when he had given him permission, Pavlos stood on the stairs and beckoned with his hand to them. And when they were quiet he spoke to them in the Hebrew language and said to them:

Oy!  He’s in Jerusalem.  He’s arrested and tried in the Temple!  The captain of the Roman army spoke Greek. [Israel was in the eastern side of the Roman empire, and many of the centurions assigned there spoke Greek and NOT latin.]  The captain seems to be SURPRISED that Sha’ul spoke greek!  At the least, he had to ASK this Jew if he spoke greek!  Sha’ul did!  Why?  NOT because it was the lingua franca, but because HE GREW UP IN A GREEK-SPEAKING CITY until he came of age and moved to Jerusalem to study Torah under a famous Jew named Gamli’el.  Notice how Sha’ul addressed the JEWS:  IN HEBREW!  Which means that the Hebrew language was the lingua franca of Israel, and NOT the other way around.  THAT is a LIE.  To what end?  To make the Bible a gentile book, rob it of everything Jewish, and support years and years of religious deceit and trickery, namely, that the scriptures of the sent ones were ALL written in Greek originally.  Lie.  And that they turned away from all things Jewish, not the least of which is the Shabbat of  יהוה  that even Yeshua observed.

The people who accused Sha’ul of abrogating Torah took a tiny sliver of truth, that Trophemus was with him, and accused Sha’ul of bringing a gentile in the Jewish Temple, which would have been a violation of Torah.  That one little piece of ‘evidence’ is all MOST people needed in order to believe a LIE.  Thank G-d for the elders who followed Torah and trusted in Yeshua.

The whole world gets 10 Pinnochios from me.  We live among a pack of liars, and a mob that will believe anything.

 

X-con text or context

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Context is as much a part of biblical interpretation as is reading the plain meaning.  All of us are x-cons in regard to our being convicted of the crime of breaking His Torah, which is what sin is:  “He who sins breaks the Torah, for sin IS the breaking of Torah.”  1 John 3:4

Our believing brothers, who LOVE Messiah, have to confront their violation of the Sabbath, and they often return to the vomit of  self-righteous religious leaders to do so.

Many people get offended when a believer who keeps the Sabbath simply says they keep the Sabbath.  They get very ‘animated’, “NO ONE CAN KEEP ALL THOSE LAWS!”  And yesterday, they just said, “I can do all things through Christ…”  but today, that verse is only applied to playing sports or earning money!  The context is actually better suited to the latter, as Sha’ul was talking about his ability to endure the hardship of poverty, even though he knew what it was like to be wealthy.  Going in THAT direction financially was the point; NOT getting rich.  “Getting poor”.  But it is seldom cited or used for those purposes today, but instead glamorized for the prosperity gospel.

Many today glamorize the scriptures in regard to why they ‘choose‘ NOT to observe His Sabbath.

They insist that the passage in Kolosim [Colossians] 2 concerning new moons and sabbaths was Sha’ul’s denigrating the keeping of them, abrogating them [khodesh and Shabbat] and all the Torah.

“Let no one therefore create a disturbance among you about eating and drinking, or about the distinctions of feast days, the beginning of the khadashim and of Sabbaths. These are shadows of things to come; but HaGuf, it is Mashi’akh. Let no man, by pretense of sincerity, doom you so that you worship Malakhim [messengers, ‘angels’]; for he is bold about the things he has not seen, and foolishly he is proud of his intellectual powers; that very person does not uphold the Head by whom the whole Body is constructed and stands, with the joints and members, and grows through the discipline of Elohim. Therefore, if you have died with Mashi’akh and are apart from the principles of the world, why then should you be doomed as though living in the world? Do not touch; do not taste; do not follow; for these things are customs which are changeable and they are the commandments and doctrines of men. And it appears there is some word of wisdom in these things when presented by the humble person in reverence for Elohim, provided they disregard the things of the flesh, not those things which are honorable, but only those things which satisfy the pleasure of the flesh.”

And, to further establish context, let’s look at the prior passage:

“And you, who once were dead in your sins [sin IS breaking Torah] and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has granted to live with Him, and He has forgiven you all your sins; and by His mitzvot He cancelled the written record of our sins, which stood against us; and He took it [the written record of our sins] out of the way, nailing it [the written record of our sins] to His stake; and by putting off His mortal body, He exposed the powers of evil, and through His nature put them openly to shame.”

To firmly establish context, let’s remember a few things.  Sha’ul is writing to Gentiles of the first century.  Not one ‘church’ as we know it existed, but the believers met in SYNAGOGUES and homes, ON THE SABBATH.  Find ONE place in scripture where a Gentile believer in Yeshua worshipped G-d on Sunday, and you’ve got me.  It CANNOT be done.  And let me pre-empt you: Acts 20:7 is NOT the ‘first day of the week’.  Look closely, if you have a good bible: ‘day’ is in italics, because it is NOT in the greek.  It says, ‘at the beginning of the week’.  A Jewish man’s beginning of the week is SATURDAY NIGHT.  It was the END of Sabbath!  AND, Sha’ul had CHOSEN NOT to travel on that day, but to wait to travel the NEXT day.  Further, the ‘gathering’ they had was a Havdalah service, saying goodbye to the Sabbath!  Lighting ‘lapidot’, celebratory lamps for “Motza’ei Shabbat”.  This was a VERY Jewish ‘celebration,’ that happens on the end of Sabbath, and is the ‘beginning of the week’, the ‘first of the week’, its ‘start”.

Second, we MUST consider historical context here.  Kolosse was a city that ALREADY had a pagan cult that mixed doctrines of greek philosophy and paganism with Judaism!  BEFORE the ‘B’sorah’ [good news of Messiah] arrived there.  The new believers there had to contend with forbidden foods [pagans were vegans/vegetarians], worship of the archangel Michael [the Jewish part of their mixed worship], and ‘how to determine the sabbaths and the months’, NOT the keeping of them itself, because they were MIXING the Jewish method of SETTING feasts with the PAGAN method!  He wanted them to learn from G-d!  And NOT from MAN.  THAT is what Sha’ul is addressing in Kolosse with his letter.  There were JEWS in Kolosse who were WRONG, before the gospel got there.  THAT is what Sha’ul is dealing with!  He wanted them to learn from G-d!

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and to ask that you might be filled with the knowledge of the will of Elohim in all wisdom and in all spiritual understanding, that you might live a righteous life, please Elohim with all good works, and bring forth good fruits and grow in the knowledge of Elohim…” [Kol 1]

There is only ONE source for the knowledge of Elohim: SCRIPTURE!  And Sha’ul certainly would bow to SCRIPTURE and NOT presume to change it.  There is also NOT ONE PLACE where Sha’ul can be seen worshipping G-d on sunday, but around 80+ places where he can be seen worshipping Him on Shabbat.  He taught SCRIPTURE.  And SCRIPTURE never ONCE says to move the Sabbath or profane it, but in fact has MANY mandates NOT to do so.  Whom do you follow?

Sha’ul makes this perfectly clear, AFTER he tells them not to be troubled by those who confuse them concerning determining WHEN the Sabbath is.  There were those who wanted to follow a LUNAR Sabbath, and not the SEVENTH DAY of the week, which the Temple still kept at the time, and ALL Jews did, including EVERY ‘apostle’ and recorded, biblical believer.  There were already those who wanted to MOVE it to the first day of the week, due to their anti-semitism, although no evidence of that is seen in Kolosse.  It seems the issue there was merely the PAGAN CULT of Judeo-pagan worship.  THEIR customs and traditions were the issues! “Therefore, if you have died with Mashi’akh and are apart from the principles of the world, why then should you be doomed as though living in the world? Do not touch; do not taste; do not follow; for these things are customs which are changeable and they are the commandments and doctrines of men.”  Are you REALLY going to tell G-d on Judgement Day that His Sabbath was MANMADE?  REALLY?

“And the heaven and the earth were finished, and all the hosts of them. And on the seventh day, Elohim finished His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And Elohim blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it; because that in it He rested from all His work, which Elohim, in creating, had made.”

Imitating the very CREATOR of the universe is a WORLDLY PRINCIPLE?  REALLY? Are you SURE that on Judgment Day you want to hunt THAT dog?

Again, Sha’ul is addressing Kolosse in THEIR ‘traditions’. “Let no one therefore create a disturbance among you about eating and drinking, or about the distinctions of feast days, the beginning of the khadashim [months] and of Sabbaths. These are shadows of things to come; but HaGuf, it is Mashi’akh. Let no man, by pretense of sincerity, doom you so that you worship Malakhim [messengers, ‘angels’]; for he is bold about the things he has not seen, and foolishly he is proud of his intellectual powers…” Pagan cults are vegans, and did not eat or touch meat on FRIDAY [some catholics still do this].  Pagans determine the START of the month between the last crescent and the new one.  Pagans do not keep HIS SABBATH; Constantine, a life-long pagan and founder of catholicism, MOVED the Sabbath from SATURDAY, the SEVENTH DAY of the Bible, to the ‘day of sol invictus’, the day of worshipping the in-conquerable sun, the god of Constantine until a week before he died.  In mixing pagan faith with Judaism, BEFORE the gospel got to Kolosse, they were arguing over the BEGINNINGS or ‘setting’ the new moon and Sabbath, but they WERE keeping them!  “These ARE SHADOWS of things to come!”  This is exactly why we teach ALL the ‘set times’, because they are IMAGES of the return of Messiah!  They will help people NOT to choose the lying Messiah that is about to deceive even the elect, if they do not have the knowledge of GOD!

Many ‘sincere’ OR ‘pretentious’ men deceive people today!  Sincere people who have been deceived by pretentious people perpetuate the lies of the pretentious, who enter into religion in order to control people, placate their conscience, or other reasons.  Sincere people are being deceived by sincere people, even though Sha’ul warned us NOT to be deceived by the PRINCIPLES OF THE WORLD, sincere OR pretentious.  I can assure you, the Sabbath is STRAIGHT FROM HEAVEN!  These pretentious people are PROUD of their intellectual powers, the way they REASON AWAY the PLAIN meaning of scripture, and lead millions into error. Look what Sha’ul told Kolosse: “for these [pagan rites mixed with some truth] things are customs which are changeable and they are the commandments and doctrines of men.”  Again, are you telling me the Sabbath came from MAN?  Further, the sincere ones turn around and teach the error in sincerity:  “And it appears there is some word of wisdom in these things when presented by the humble person in reverence for Elohim…”  There are TRUE, sincere, HUMBLE people perpetuating these errors!  Misinterpreting scripture because they trusted the person[s] who taught them!  Breaking the Sabbath satisfies the flesh.  It is difficult to change one’s whole life, and to be so different from the masses, not going to football games on fri night and sat, not going out dancing, taking in the sites of the world, gratifying the sinful nature…it is difficult to ask one’s boss for a day off, knowing the ‘reason’ is not very strong [even though the constitution protects the right to worship on Saturday].  And, it is FAR more difficult to do when so many well-meaning, sincere people perpetuate the custom of MEN [MAN moved the sabbath. HIS sabbath is immovable], and denigrate the ones who want to do it the way G-d Himself did.  And SO did Yeshua.  And SO did Sha’ul.

These sincere people say things like, “Jesus is my Sabbath”.  Well, if you mean, He is my comfort/rest [the idea behind Sabbath] you’d be partly right.  It’s sincere.  Are you going to say “Jesus is my faithfulness to my wife,” and justify committing adultery?  I hope not.  But that is the very principle by which many sincere people operate. But, Yeshua Himself KEPT the Sabbath.  WWJD?  “And He came to Natzrat, where he had been brought up; and He entered the Beit K’nesset [Synagogue] on Yom HaShabbat, as was His custom…”  WWPD? Paul followed Mashi’akh: “You, then, should imitate me, even as I also imitate Mashi’akh. Now I praise you, my brethren, that you remember me in all things, and keep the customs as I delivered them to you.” [1 Kor 11:1-2] Sha’ul/Paul, in this message to another gentile congregation, told them that He follows/imitates Messiah Yeshua, and then turns right around and tells them to keep the ‘customs’.  This translation came from the Aramaic, but, for the sake of Gentiles, let’s use the greek.  “Paradosis” is the word for ‘customs’ here, and that is a greek word that Jews used to speak of the JEWISH LAWS.  Sha’ul was a follower of Yeshua, taught the JEWISH CUSTOMS, and KEPT THEM HIMSELF.  Again, show me ONE place where HE worshipped G-d on sunday, and I’ll be with you in church on Sunday.  It CANNOT BE DONE.  Shaul also twice told those of Thessaloniki to follow the Jewish customs as HE TAUGHT THEM.

And no, it is NOT ‘judgmental’ simply to state that scriptures teach us to keep the Sabbath.  Where is ‘judgment’ in that? By stating merely a desire to obey the scriptures rather than men, we are ‘judgmental’?  Count us judgmental, then: “Then Shimon Kefa with the rest of the Shlikhim answered, saying to them, “We must obey Elohim rather than men.”  Perhaps, just perhaps you ‘feel’ judged because it is the very WORD OF ELOHIM speaking!  And your soul KNOWS it to be right, and you feel the guilt of breaking HIS WORD?  Is that not at all possible?  Just so the reader knows, it is not our place to judge, and we do not sit in the seat of the scornful.  But, our DELIGHT is in HIS TORAH [Ps 1], and in HIS WILL.  The ONLY way to know the will of G-d is through HIS WORD.

Let’s look at the original congregation of Jews, and what they told the Gentile believers, who were being LIED to by FALSE/FAKE ‘believers’: [Acts 15:1-2, Gal 2:4] Ya’akov, Yeshua’s own brother, settled the issue about what to do with Gentiles IN THE SYNAGOGUES [that assemble on Shabbat]:

“The works of Elohim are known from the very beginning. Because of this, I say do not trouble those who turn to Elohim from among the Goyim [gentiles]. But let us send word to them that they abstain from defilement by sacrifices to idols, and from fornication, and from creatures strangled, and from blood. For Moshe [a pseudonym for the Torah], since early generations, has those who declare him in the Beit K’nessets in every city who read him [The Torah of Moshe, Genesis-Deuteronomy] on every Yom Shabbat.” [Acts 15]

Ya’akov [James] laid the ‘burden’ on the Gentiles of about SIX CHAPTERS of the Torah: Lev 18-19 defining many different acts of fornication, Lev 11 and Deut 14 defining foods that should not be eaten [road-kill being one], Lev 17 prohibiting imbibing blood, and several that show us many forms of idolatry, Ex 20 being probably the best citation.  This is HARDLY a departure from scripture.  Especially when he then references the TORAH and the SYNAGOGUE and SHABBAT!  Can you not see that the GENTILES were LEARNING the TORAH in the SYNAGOGUE on SHABBAT!?  The ‘burden’ about which Kefa spoke previously was NOT the Torah!  The Torah is NOT a burden!  The burden is SIN, and in that context, the sin was of Jewish people ADDING TO THE TORAH and teaching MEN’S DOCTRINES INSTEAD of TRUTH!  This is the very same thing those who deny Shabbat are doing.

Moving the Sabbath is the very same premise.  It obliterates what GOD SAID AND DID, what YESHUA SAID AND DID, and even what beloved Paul SAID AND DID.

MUST you keep the Sabbath, ‘to be saved’?  NO!!!  And no good Jewish believer in Messiah will EVER say that, or he violates SCRIPTURE.  But, the SAVED should follow the SAVIOR.  HE said ‘If you love me, you will keep my mitzvot.’  We do what He did and taught out of an expression of LOVE for HIM and to show the TRUE Messiah to this dark world.  THAT is the purpose of a believer and all his actions, including keeping the Sabbath.

“Beware, lest any man mislead you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the teaching of men, after the principles of the world, and not after Mashi’akh.”  The Sabbath is SO MUCH a principle of Heaven that G-d Himself kept it, and gave the Sabbath to ALL of MANKIND in the very beginning; and we will be observing it with Messiah when He returns to rule on earth! [Ez 46:1-3, Is 66:23] You sure you wanna call it manmade and ignore it now?