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Bavel is the Hebrew name for ‘Babylon’, and it means ‘confusion.’
Bavel is the birthplace of self-righteous, humanistic thought. It is seen in the Hitgalut as a ‘whore/harlot’. Many times, the scriptures call anyone who is blending the faith of G-d with the religions of the world a whore or a harlot. The Revelation does exactly that, and in the end of the End of Days, the Great Whore, with her harlot daughters, is finally destroyed. This is no doubt ‘blended religion,’ and all those who participate in it. This is why G-d says to His people, “Come out of HER.”
Keeping the Torah is NOT about salvation, but about being separated from the world and being distinctly purposed for G-d, clean, and without contamination. The world has blended the faith of the scriptures with pagan practices, and most organized faiths are now part of the Great Whore, adopting the days of the heathen and calling them ‘holy,’ and arbitrarily assigning them as the holy days of G-d. Dani’el prophesied that this would happen, when he said that the false Messiah would ‘change the appointed feast days.’ Dani’el also said the false Messiah would change the Torah.
Both of these things were done before Constantine, in the minds of many believers who were anti-Semitic and did not want to appear Jewish. Many gentile believers, however, were faithful to the Sabbath and Pesakh, and to the Torah. But, these changes became the ‘official’, decreed position of all of ‘christendom’ in 325 A.D., when Constantine forced the western world to accept the new day of worship, his day of worshipping Sol Invictus, as the ‘Christian sabbath’. It is still called ‘sun-day’ today. This was a paradigm shift, a CHANGE in the ‘seasons.’ [Mo’ed in Hebrew, from Lev 23, where Sabbath is the first mo’ed of G-d.] He also decreed that Pesakh would now be called ‘Easter’, and be moved to the equinox, the same time that the goddess Ishtar, a fertility goddess, was worshipped. His purpose was to de-Judaize the faith, to be ‘distinct and separate’ from the Jewish believers. He further added the heresy of ‘trinity’, saying that G-d and Iesous and Spiritu Sancti were THREE SEPARATE BEINGS who share a body. Since many did not accept this heresy, nor the new holy days, they were eventually given the death penalty. Many thousands were murdered all at once, and the killing went on for years. Protestant ‘leaders’ perpetuated this spirit of murder as well.
“Hallelu Yah! Yeshua[h] and power and glory and honor to our Elohim, for His judgments are true and righteous; for He has condemned the great harlot who has corrupted the earth with her harlotry, and has avenged the blood of His servants at her hand.”
Again, a harlot/whore is one who cheats on her husband/espoused. One who blends two houses/faiths. One who creates ‘confusion’ in faith, by mixing the divine with the corrupt. Because of this corruption, ‘she’ persecutes those who are faithful only to G-d. In her self-indulgent intellect and pride, she thinks she can add to His Word with her own counsel, and that she does not need His law. She has created her own.
While this ‘sounds’ like we might be condemning anyone who worships on Sunday or does not keep His Pesakh, no, we are not. But, just like G-d, who says, “Come OUT of HER, MY people,” so do we. This is no more a condemnation of those who are in ‘her’, than it is for any person of faith to say to a homosexual not to ‘practice’ that sin.
Breaking His Sabbath is still a sin. If it is not, then NONE of the other ten commandments apply either. But, it is a perversion of truth to say that ‘now WE can worship on the ‘great day of Sol Invictus’ [see Constantine’s decree], because NOW we have ‘christ’ in our hearts. No, your heart deceives you, you liar. Only HIS WORD is true.
People are confused, because so-called ‘intellectuals’ and high-minded individuals have perverted the Word of Truth, and have insisted that others simply are not capable of understanding scripture. They read the Word, yes: but they do intellectual gymnastics with it, in order to confuse people, and thereby subvert the Living Word of G-d, and subject His people to THEIR confusion, and their manipulative handling of His Word.
Today, many ‘believers’ whitewash the history of paganism in the ‘church’ [which is not the ‘congregation’ at all, but is the Harlot and her daughters], and the murderous spirit that accompanies it, in order to perpetuate the tradition of man that flies in the face of the Ten Commandments. The Creator, יהוה , the Blessed above all, is to be feared, and His Word is ABOVE ALL other conclusions of man. He wrote in stone with HIS OWN FINGER, “Remember the Sabbath Day, to set it apart”. Nowhere does SCRIPTURE change that or overrule it. Man did it. And MOST people follow MAN and not G-d. His Sabbath will be part of His Millennial Reign. All of His Mo’edim will be part of His Millennial Reign. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar and servant of the Whore, Bavel.
Yeshua made it abundantly clear, and these liars IGNORE the PLAIN MEANING of HIS WORD:
“Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the Nevi’im; I have not come to weaken it, but to expound it. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a stroke [of the pen] shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim; but anyone who observes and teaches them, [Torah, Mitzvot] he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim.
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I read an extra Tehilla this morning, and the following came to mind. That is the one referenced herein.
It is difficult for me not to try to expound the ‘whole’ concept of Salvation in the Tanak, and doing so in one sitting would be a monumental effort. But, in the interest of time, I am going to try to summarize, and show that doing the works of the Torah was NEVER about being ‘saved’ by them, but that salvation was and is ALWAYS by TRUST in יהוה, and doing His Torah was always an expression of gratitude and obedience. That is what it is for me. Because it glorifies Elohim for us to do as He says to do, and it benefits us so greatly, in every way.
[For summative purposes, Yeshua IS יהוה in the flesh, and ‘was’ יהוה in the burning bush, and standing before Yerikho in Yehoshua 5, and appearing to Shmu’el in Shiloh, 1 Sam 3:21, etc, etc. [Heb 1:1], and will be יהוה in the Millennial Kingdom, the perfect ‘express image’ of HaAv, His Father, here on earth.]
The faithful in Israel ALWAYS believed that יהוה is Salvation, and therefore always trusted in Yeshua! Though they could only anticipate the coming of the Messiah in their future, they trusted that Salvation would come! And because of that, He saved them! Before He died for them! Just as He died for us before He saved us! The faithful of Israel LONGED for His coming! “Hinei, El Yeshua-ti, evtakh, v’lo efkhad!” “Behold, G-d is my Yeshua [Salvation], I will TRUST, and not be afraid.” [Is 12:2]
Yes, the Pharisees and others in Yisra’el DID teach salvation by works, but the Torah NEVER did! And this is what Sha’ul is explaining in the book of Romans.
The question for many is, ‘were the ‘patriarchs’ saved?’ There are many in the catholic-dominated mind-set [to include some ‘lutherans’ and ‘calvinists,’ ] who do NOT think they were/are saved! And, many ‘teachers’ completely neglect the topic of ‘salvation’ in the Torah, because it does not fit their [anti-Semitic] narrative.
Sha’ul points out that Avraham was ‘justified’ by His TRUST in יהוה . To be ‘justified’ means to have one’s record expunged, and to stand ‘free and clear’ before Yah. That is the beginning of Salvation. Sha’ul quotes the Torah in order to tell us this. But many ‘new testament’ readers completely ignore this fact. “Avraham trusted in יהוה and He [יהוה] considered it as tzedakah unto him [Avraham].”
Justification is what Shaul is teaching in Romim, saying that we obtain justification by trust alone. Salvation and justification go hand in hand, but are not the same thing. But, ‘justification’ is the inception of the process of salvation. And ‘salvation’ is then ‘worked out’ by the one who trusts. Sha’ul teaches this, saying,
“He [Yeshua] humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the stake; therefore, Elohim also has highly exalted Him and given Him a name which is above every name, that at the Name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of those in heaven, of those on earth, and those under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that He is יהוה , Yeshua HaMashiakh, to the glory of Elohim His Father. From now on, my beloved, just as you have always been obedient, not only in my presence, but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with reverence and trembling.”
King David was a “man after G-d’s own heart,” and anyone who is a Bible reader knows this. But Sha’ul had not been that way, and admits it to us in his letters, calling himself the ‘chief of sinners.’ He was trained thoroughly as a Pharisee, and had believed for most of his life that salvation was by his own works, his own ‘achieving’ of ‘tzedaka,’ or compelling G-d to ‘save’ him by his works of the Torah. The Torah NEVER teaches that! So, yes, the Jewish leadership, then and now, was wrong! And Sha’ul was corrected about it by Messiah Himself!
All Messiah said to Sha’ul when He ‘saved’ him was, “Why do you kick against the goads?” Sha’ul was a ThD, a theological Jewish scholar. He knew the reference Yeshua was making! “The WORDS [a synonym for the commandments, see Exodus 34:28 and look at the HEBREW!] of the wise are like GOADS, and like nails, firmly FIXED [permanent!]; they are collected sayings, given by ONE SHEPHERD…… FEAR ELOHIM and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS!” Eccl 12.
Sha’ul then learned that the whole point of the Torah was to direct us to Messiah, and this is what he taught to Gentiles. [Rom 10:4… it does NOT say ‘end of the law’ as most render it! Messiah is the goal at which the Torah aims; Torah guides us TO Messiah! The Torah is the ‘goads’ of which Yeshua reminded Sha’ul ]
But King David did understand this! The clearest place where we see that David understood that trusting יהוה is salvation is in the Tehillah, the ‘song’ he wrote when he repented about his sin concerning Bat Sheva.
First, he asks G-d to ‘grace me’ according to your loving compassion.’ And to ERASE his transgressions according to His MERCY. [Kollosim teaches us that the record of TRANSGRESSION is ‘blotted out,’ and our sin was nailed to a tree…NOT the Torah!]
Many teach that ‘grace and mercy’ was ‘new’ in the ‘new testament.’ Selah.
Then David pleads for G-d to wash him with hyssop [alluding to Pesakh/Passover].
Then, he admits that he was sinful from birth!
He understood that ‘in Adam all die, but in Mashiakh all live.’ He understood that NO MAN is ‘righteous/justified’ by his own merit, but we come into this world rife with sin, with the ‘law of sin’ or OUR ‘sin nature’ burning within us. It is this ‘law of sin,’ or our SIN NATURE from which Yeshua sets us free!
In verse 12, David shows us that he is ‘born again,’ ‘renewed,’ by the Ruakh [Spirit] of יהוה .
“Create in me a pure heart, O Elohim, and renew [khadesh, like in ‘Brit Khadasha,’ RENEWED Covenant; ‘born again?’] a ru’akh nakhon [he who is ‘born’ of the Ru’akh]: a RIGHT spirit, within me. Do not cast me away from your Presence, and do not take your Ru’akh HaKodesh [Holy Spirit] from me. RETURN TO ME the JOY of your YESHUA [Salvation!]”
David goes on to say that G-d does not ‘desire’ sacrifices. And this is true. BUT, He does REQUIRE sacrifices! “Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness.” [Heb 9:22] And David knew this too! He ‘righted’ his heart through CONTRITION about having broken the Torah of G-d, and THEN he could come and make the required sacrifices. See verse 21!
David, and every Jew, before Yeshua came into the world, was saved by his contrition, and his continued/renewed trust in the mercy of Elohim, and he followed that up with obedience by offering the requisite offerings. This is also true of Avraham. He trusted, and was declared ‘just/righteous,’ having no sin counted against him, though he was still a sinner. But, THEN, he obeyed the statutes, laws, decrees and TORAH of יהוה . [Gen 26]. David therefore concludes, “THEN [after contrition] you WILL DESIRE sacrifices of TZEDAKA, with burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; THEN shall they offer bulls upon YOUR altar.” Ps 51:21
The SACRIFICAL SYSTEM is what ‘changed,’ when Messiah rose from the dead and ascended. The PRIESTHOOD shifted and the BLOOD OFFERING became ONE FINAL OFFERING: the body and the blood of Messiah Yeshua. But, we STILL make that ‘offering,’ and the same offering as David: our own contrition, our own heart broken and contrite…confessing trust in Yeshua’s shed blood for receiving forgiveness, and for receiving the Ruakh HaKodesh.
Recently a ‘preacher’ was reported has having told the world [sic] ‘the holy spirit does not tell you what is wrong with you…’ and followed it with more new age ‘christian’ garbage. BALONEY! Yeshua’s own words:
“But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I should go away; for if I do not go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I should go, I will send it to you. And when it is come, it will rebuke the world concerning khata [sin], concerning tzedaka [justification] and concerning mishpat [judgment.]” [Yokh 16:7-8]
The Ru’akh ‘leads and guides’ us INTO TRUTH, according to Yeshua:
“But when the Ru’akh HaEmet [The Spirit of Truth] is come, it will guide you into all THE TRUTH; for it will not speak from itself, but what it hears it will speak…”
“Your Torah IS TRUTH.”
“The Torah IS RU’AKH.”
The Ru’akh is sent to guide us to Truth, to convince us of Truth, to teach us of Truth, rebuking us when we err. And when we err, we grieve Elohim, and thereby grieve His Ru’akh…
“And do not grieve the Ru’akh HaKodesh of Elohim, whereby you are sealed for Yom HaPedut.”
David had ‘grieved’ the Ru’akh, and Elohim had withdrawn Himself from David. Are we greater than David? The Ru’akh of Elohim is ‘pictured’ in the tabernacle of Moshe as the Menorah, and ‘seen’ in the Throne Room in the book of Revalation as a Menorah, seven ‘lamps’ burning ‘before the throne.’ Yeshua warned the congregation at Efesus, “Remember therefore from whence you have fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I will come to you very soon, and I will remove your Menorah from its place, unless you repent.”
Repent, and do. Efesus is warned to continue to ‘work out’ salvation! Yeshua and the Ru’akh are speaking to them, telling them, ‘REPENT!’ and “DO!”
This is an ‘organic’ process that will continue from the moment we believe, until we die, so that we might be conformed into the image of Messiah Yeshua, the Son of Elohim.
Into whose image are we being ‘transformed’ if we do not follow the SAME HALAKHAH that Yeshua followed? Halakha is ‘Torah walk,’ and Yokhanan is referencing Yeshua’s Torah Walk when he writes:
“And hereby we know that we know Him, if we keep His [Yeshua is יהוה] mitzvot [more than one commandment]. He who says “I know Him” and does not keep His mitzvot is a liar, and the truth [Torah, Jer 31:32] is not in him. But whoever keeps His WORD [Commandments and Word, again, the same thing!], in Him truly is the love of Elohim perfected. Hereby we know that we are in Him: He who says “I am in Him” ought himself also to walk His halakha.”
[Another proof that they wrote in a Semitic tongue: Halakha is a distinctly Jewish concept, and is one’s ‘torah walk.’]
Avraham met Yeshua. Moshe met Yeshua, David met Yeshua, they all looked forward to His ‘Salvation,’ His sacrifice. They trusted in the COMPASSIN and MERCY of יהוה , and not in their own works; but, they performed the works of the Torah in OBEDIENCE, out of a loving and grateful heart, recognizing His ‘khen,’ ‘khesed,’ and ‘rakham.’ Grace, Compassion, and Mercy. They were and are saved, because they continued in that trust, until they died. “Well done, good and FAITHFUL servant.” They offered offerings because HE SAID to, because Messiah’s own blood had not been offered yet. But, they trusted in Him, nonetheless! And not in their offering what was yet required.
Yokhanan 1 says, “For the Torah was given by Moshe; and truth and compassion came into being by Yeshua HaMashiakh.” Once again, Exodus 34:6-7 shows us that יהוה declared Himself FULL of khesed v’emet, ‘grace/compassion and truth.’ This is Yeshua! It was not ‘new’ when He appeared in a Body: it was MANIFESTED in His Body, and in His death and resurrection, but it certainly was not sprung on Israel as a ‘new thing.’
We are told that we will go to the Bosom of Avraham when we die. We are told that there is a great ‘cloud’ of witnesses, and many of them are named, in the Brit Khadashah, as being there BY TRUST/FAITH [Heb 11].
They are saved by their trust in יהוה , just as are we. So, what is ‘different’ in the renewal of the covenant? We are, each ONE of us, given the Ruakh [Spirit], whereas then, it was only for the prophet, or the priest, or the king. Israel went to the Beit HaMikdash to be in His Presence, three times a year. We have access to Him, EVERY DAY, because of Yeshua! The High Priest, Yeshua, ministers for us in the sanctuary above, and we go there by our trust in Him.
Salvation, therefore, has ALWAYS been by trust alone. And it still is.
So, why do I keep Torah? If you believe in Messiah Yeshua and want to please Him because you love Him, if you want to be like Him, YOU KEEP TORAH TOO!!! “ יהוה is your Elohim. You shall have no other gods.” “Do not make for yourselves idols and bow down to them in worship.” “Do not lift up the Name of יהוה for vanity.” “Honor your Father and your Mother.” “Do not murder.” “Do not commit adultery.” “Do not steal.” “Do not bear false witness.” “Do not covet anything.”
What about that. These are the 9 Commandments…. These were written in STONE by the very finger of G-d. They seem to be ‘ETERNAL’ to me…
10 you say?
“Remember the SABBATH DAY, to SET IT APART. Six days shall you labor and do all your work, but the SEVENTH DAY Is the Sabbath of יהוה your Elohim.”
So, do not debate me on the merits of the nine, and be duplicitous about the one! Either breaking that command is sin, just like breaking the other nine is, or we are lying to ourselves. Read YeshaYahu [Isaiah] 56-58. Then, show me where Yeshua Himself did not observe Sabbath [and I’m not talking about manmade/rabbinic ‘rules,’ but true honoring of Shabbat]. Show me where the Shlikhim [Apostles], any ONE of them, turned from the Sabbath. Or from the other Sabbaths listed in Lev 23. They did NOT.
My point is that our obedience has to be to Yeshua, who we claim was in the mountain with Moshe….our emulation has to be of Yeshua… not of Constantine, Tertullian, Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, et al, but The MASTER of the Sabbath. Yeshua HaMashiakh. We obey because we are saved! We obey HIM, and NOT man. We emulate Him, and not the popes! “I must keep Torah” because I’m saved! “If you love me, (you will) keep my commandments.” “I and my Father are One.”
There are those who will be obedient in many areas, but persistently stubborn on this and other things. The difficult things of the Torah are to learn justice and mercy, to be better humans to one another. But, Yeshua teaches us to do the difficult things of the Torah, without forsaking the easy things of the Torah, like keeping His Sabbath! Avraham, Moshe, Yehoshua, David, Yeshua, Kefa, Sha’ul, they are all Sabbath Keepers! They all kept Passover! They all LOVE THE TORAH. They all trusted in HIS MERCY for salvation. But, they all learned to OBEY! The WHOLE THING, not just the verses that were convenient to their doctrine, conscience, tradition, or lifestyle.
Yeshua called Epharaimites ‘dogs’, saying they eat the crumbs from the table of the Master. Most don’t realize a Samaritan is actually from the former ‘Northern Kingdom of Israel, and they are only “1/2” Israeli. The KINGDOM of Israel, which was rebellious, was scattered and FORGOTTEN. The REMNANT of that KINGDOM joined Israel and are now called “Jews”, blended into the DNA pool of Judah. They were scattered with Judah, finally, as prophesied, in 70-150 AD, and will return as Jews. [See my former post “Yeshua’s Brother found the lost tribes of Israel”].
The “Ephraimites” movement today says that they are the “fulness of the nations”, because of the blessing that Yisra’el spoke over Ephraim in Gen 48.19
‘I know it, my son, I know it; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.’
Their reasoning is that this means that Ephraim would become the gentiles, and that this happened when Ephraim was ‘scattered’ or ‘lost’, and so the gentiles who believe in Messiah are the Ephraimites, and therefore Israelites. They reason that since Yeshua said He came to save the “lost sheep of the house of Israel”, that He must be speaking of Ephraimites, and that is who gentile believers are today. No. The lost sheep of the house of Israel were the twelve tribes, called Jews, to whom Yeshua sent His Talmidim for a BRIEF SEASON while He was with them here on earth! And they came back to Yeshua from going to those lost sheep in “Judea”, saying they could not cast out demons. They were not ‘geographically’ lost and in need of google maps. They were LOST SOULS, because Israel, the religious class, was not teaching them TRUTH! They were teaching them they are saved by their DNA and by THEIR righteousness. Today’s “Ephraimites” of the movement do the same.
They also add to this that Avraham’s promise of having a multitude of descendants is fulfilled through Ephraim.
This is a twisted LIE.
They misread the prophets.
And, they conveniently FORGET what יהוה promised would happen when Israel, which includes Judah, would disobey and be scattered:
Deut 4:27 only a FEW of you will survive among the nations to which יהוה will drive you.
This was spoken to ALL TWELVE TRIBES. NOT just the ten of the north.
Deut 28:62 And you shall be left FEW IN NUMBER, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because you would not obey the voice of יהוה your Elohim.
They had become “as the stars of heaven for multitude” when they left Egypt. G-d said so.
“יהוה your G-d has multiplied you, and, behold, you are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.” Deut 1:10
So, the “stars of heaven for multitude” promise is negated concerning Israel after the flesh, by the promise of יהוה that they would be FEW IN NUMBER if they got expelled from the land!
Today, Isra’el of the flesh, including all 12 tribes, known as “Jews” to the world, are indeed FEW IN NUMBER. There are only maybe 20 million worldwide.
When the days of the gentiles are finally over, there will only be 144,000 men from ALL TWELVE TRIBES assembled in Yisrael, and Ephraim is NOT EVEN MENTIONED! Rev 7:5-8
Even though Ephraimites are of the tribe of Yosef, and they could be included in that 12000 men for Yosef, they have no such preeminent place in the last days as ‘two-house Ephraimite/Israelite people like to hope. These 144k are today’s JEWS, a small portion who will come to faith during the Time of Jacob’s trouble.
[Remember, יהוה does not add women and children to the counting, so it will be more than 144,000 total people].
These are the only ones sealed with the Torah and Faith in Messiah during the tribulation. That’s a TINY number, and it is made up of today’s Jews. And many are already in Israel!!!!
יהוה clearly shows us that there are members of the Northern Kingdom who basically became “Jewish”. Khanah, in the Brit Khadasha, who recognized the infant Messiah, was of the tribe of Asher. II Chronicles tells us that many from the north joined Yehudah in the south. Khanah is a descendent of those, as are many JEWS today!
This “multitude” in Revelation is seen as JEWISH today, but יהוה alone knows their true tribal lineage. And that theory has more scriptural weight by far than any “Ephraimite/Two House” conjecture.
Jews share as much DNA with China, Africa, and Native Americans as they do with Europeans. So, there is no person who can know what their “Israelite Tribe” is, unless they are Jewish, and then many of them do not know! DNA is showing that there is NO ‘pure’ ‘race’ of Jewish people, only threads of common DNA, in small percentages. And there is NO evidence of Danes and Brits being from the middle east.
This lie DIVIDES Jewish believers in Messiah from Gentile believers in Messiah. There usually is not one Jew in Ephraimite “congregations”. This LIE divides the Body of Messiah. It causes distress and argument. And it serves absolutely NO PURPOSE but division. It is a SAD doctrine, and I hate it almost as much as I dismiss the catholic trinity doctrine, since it turns the Body of Messiah into a two-headed beast, as much as the catholic trinity turns god into a 3-headed monster.
Ephraim’s sin, which got him expelled from the HOLY LAND, was creating TWO HOUSES! And blaming it on יהוה :
כו וַיֹּאמֶר יָרָבְעָם, בְּלִבּוֹ: עַתָּה תָּשׁוּב הַמַּמְלָכָה, לְבֵית דָּוִד. 26 And Yaravam [The Ephraimite king] said in his heart: ‘Now will the kingdom return to the house of David.
כז אִם-יַעֲלֶה הָעָם הַזֶּה, לַעֲשׂוֹת זְבָחִים בְּבֵית-יהוה בִּירוּשָׁלִַם, וְשָׁב לֵב הָעָם הַזֶּה אֶל-אֲדֹנֵיהֶם, אֶל-רְחַבְעָם מֶלֶךְ יְהוּדָה; וַהֲרָגֻנִי, וְשָׁבוּ אֶל-רְחַבְעָם מֶלֶךְ-יְהוּדָה. 27 If this people goes up to offer sacrifices in Beit [the house of] יהוה at Yerushalayim, then will the heart of this people turn back unto their lord, even unto Rekhavam Melekh Yehudah; and they will kill me, and return to Rekhavam Melekh Yehudah.’
כח וַיִּוָּעַץ הַמֶּלֶךְ–וַיַּעַשׂ, שְׁנֵי עֶגְלֵי זָהָב; וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם, רַב-לָכֶם מֵעֲלוֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַם–הִנֵּה אֱלֹהֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל, אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלוּךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם. 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold; and he said unto them: ‘You have gone up long enough to Yerushalayim; behold your gods, O Yisrael, which brought you up out of the land of Mitzrayim.’
כט וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת-הָאֶחָד, בְּבֵית-אֵל; וְאֶת-הָאֶחָד, נָתַן בְּדָן. 29 And he set the one in Beit El, and the other put he in Dan.
ל וַיְהִי הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה, לְחַטָּאת; וַיֵּלְכוּ הָעָם לִפְנֵי הָאֶחָד, עַד-דָּן. 30 And this thing became a sin; for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
לא וַיַּעַשׂ, אֶת-בֵּית בָּמוֹת; וַיַּעַשׂ כֹּהֲנִים מִקְצוֹת הָעָם, אֲשֶׁר לֹא-הָיוּ מִבְּנֵי לֵוִי. 31 And he made [two] houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.
That is exactly what today’s “Ephraimite/Israelite” people are doing. And they will be scattered and forgetten, barring true repentance.
יהוה has ONLY ONE HOUSE, and our genealogy is irrelevant to our salvation, AND to whether or not we ever live in the Land of Yisrael during the Millennial Reign. Speculating about what tribe we are from is a distraction from building us up in Messiah Yeshua, and building the ONE Body of Messiah.
Heed the words of Shaul:
“Command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer, or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing the work of Elohim—which is by trust.” I Tim 1:3-4
וְנֹחַ, מָצָא חֵן בְּעֵינֵי יהוה
V’Noakh matza khen b’einei יהוה
And Noakh found grace in the eyes of יהוה
Noakh and Khen are mirror images….
They mean “comfort” and “favor” respectively.
There is some irresistible imagery here: Noakh ‘looked into the eyes of יהוה and saw his reflection….’ the two letters in these words are “khet” and “nun” and they are symbols for “life” and ‘man.’
Effectively, the lifespan between Khanokh and Noakh was that of one man, Metushalakh.
Khanokh predicted that his death would bring ‘comfort’ in the struggle.
Noakh’s father said of Noakh:
“This same shall comfort us in our work and in the toil of our hands, which comes from the ground which יהוה has cursed.’
This has many, many overtones to it concerning Noakh. He was the first vintner! “Wine gladdens the heart.”
He gave the world a shelter that came out of the earth, which contained food for every animal on earth.
He caused ‘man’ to survive the flood, being the link between the first created man, Adam, whom he knew! and the rest of mankind on our side of the flood. There are about 1100 years from Adam to the flood; Adam live 930 years, Noakh was 600 years old when the flood came, so Noah was about 430 years or so old when Adam died. [I’ve done the math before, but this is from memory, don’t shoot me if I’m wrong; I’m certain I’m off by some few digits, but the impact holds nonetheless]
So, Noakh looked into the eyes of יהוה, poetically, and saw himself there. This is especially compelling, in that יהוה says that we are the “apple of his eye;” That is actually not the best/only translation of that verse:
שָׁמְרֵנִי, כְּאִישׁוֹן בַּת-עָיִן; בְּצֵל כְּנָפֶיךָ, תַּסְתִּירֵנִי
Shamarti k’ishon bat-eiyin; b’tzel kanfekha tastireini
“Protect me as the LITTLE MAN in your eye! Hide me under the shadow of your wings…” Ps 17:8
The fact that it is a reflection is further ‘amplified’ in the following similar verse:
שְׁמֹר מִצְוֹתַי וֶחְיֵה וְתֹורָתִי כְּאִישֹׁון עֵינֶֽיךָ
Shamor mitzvotai v’khiyeh, v’torati k’ishon eineikha
“Protect my commandments and LIVE, and my Torah as the ‘little man’ in YOUR eye!”
Our request, then, to be ‘in His eye’ is doubly joyous, as the ‘wings’ about which he writes is the place where the tzit-tziyot are ‘wound,’ the corners of the outer garment.
When I am under my tallit in the morning, reading His Words, ‘looking’ into the “Little Man” [me] in His eye and He looking into mine and seeing His Word in them, this time is going to be even better. I’ve known this little gem for quite some time, but it always ‘gets’ me when we read this portion. Abba truly does want to be face to face with us. “Favor” from Him is having intimacy with a Holy G-d who, without the blood of His Son, Messiah Yeshua, must remain distant from us. With it, He draws as near to us as we are willing to draw near to Him!
“Ya’akov, a servant of Elohim and of Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, to the twelve tribes which are spread out among the Goyim: Shalom.” ~ Ya’akov 1:1 [James]
So, many who know me know that I have been frustrated in the past by the ‘two-house’ doctrine. The very nature of it divides the body of Messiah, and that alone is enough for me to despise it. It separates “Jews” and “Gentiles”. Don’t get me wrong, many of our Messianic people who are Jewish do contribute to this division. They say the gentiles do not need to keep all the Torah, that it is our job [Jews]. They are, of course, wrong. Yet so many think for some reason that Messianic Jews cannot commit error. But, the ‘two-house’ people who think, in WHATEVER measure, that they were given Salvation because they are of the “ten lost tribes”, are far more guilty of that division. They will not worship with anyone who disagrees with them, unless they feel they can persuade them to believe in this erroneous myth.
The verse above was written by the brother of Yeshua. Ya’akov lived at the same time as Yeshua, obviously, since he was his younger, half-brother. The theory of two-housers is that people who today are gentiles who believe in Messiah are in fact descended from one of the ten ‘lost’ tribes. They believe that this is why they received the gospel; that it was directed at them, because of their newly-discovered genealogy. They say that the migrations of the ten tribes show that they went north to Europe, and then west, and that all of Europe, especially Brits, Irish, Celts, and Danes, et al, are the lost tribes of Israel. There is not ONE shred of historical evidence to support this, other than made-up ‘evidence’. No serious historian agrees with them [including this author, a historian].
If this is so, that they were ‘lost’ into Europe, why did Ya’akov take up his quill to write to them? Those peoples, Brits, Irish, Celts, Danes, already existed in the time of Ya’akov, but NOT ONE had as yet become a believer! Ya’akov died around 62Ad. So, his letter had to be written before then. There was not ONE Talmid of Yeshua who had made it into those outer reaches to declare the B’sorah of Yeshua! That did not happen until the mid 6th century! 500 Years LATER! Neither had they made it as far as going beyond the Euphrates river, where Josephus, a Jewish historian of the first century, claimed the ten tribes who were scattered had actually gone [this is where scripture says they went]. So, NOT ONE PERSON who two-housers today claim they descend from had as yet received the B’sorah of Yeshua when Ya’akov wrote to them! NOT ONE!
To whom, then, was Ya’akov writing?
The answer is SO SIMPLE.
First, NOTHING that is a doctrine of scripture, including CREATION itself, has to use ANY history or outside evidence in order to be established as the Truth of G-d! If man’s interpretations of history are now our standard for interpreting the Word of Elohim, then mankind is in a far bigger mess than any of us will ever understand.
My personal stance, and hopefully that of our congregants, is that it is the WORD of Elohim, and that ALONE, that settles matters of doctrine. And ‘two-house’ thinking IS a doctrine. They SAY they use the word of Elohim, but in truth, they do not. Every single one of these people with whom I have discussed this issue have gone to outside sources to prove their point. Sure, they cite scripture, but they have never successfully refuted my corrections to their bad Hebrew [most of whom do NOT read Hebrew at all], but they turn to maps of migrations written by pseudo- or quasi-historians, to etymological gymnastics on English words, conjectural assertions based on DNA of the wishful, in order to support their THEORIES.
Ya’akov wrote to a KNOWN audience. Or, do we really want to go down the rabbit hole of mythology and say that Ya’akov wrote to “Lost Tribes.” If so, how did HE find them? And would that not have been the BIGGEST NEWS of the day? “Jewish man discovers the lost tribes of Israel and writes them a letter!” Can’t you see the headlines? Can’t you see CNN lining up in front of Ya’akov’s house in Yerushalayim to get the scoop?
The truth of the matter is that the REMNANT of the ten tribes, that ABBA SAID that He would preserve, returned to Yehudah! ALL of the tribes who returned BECAME “JEWS”. They submitted to the rulership of Yehudah, having ‘lost’ their KINGDOM, and are now, to a man, called Jews.
Sha’ul is the proof. He is of the tribe of Binyamin. Yet, he calls himself a Yehudi [Jew], as well as he calls himself an Yisra’elite. The two words are INTERCHANGEABLE in scripture. One does NOT have to be purely of the tribe of Yehudah [Judah] in order to be JEWISH.
But, more importantly, the ten tribes of the northern Kingdom were invited back to become part of Yehudah again. THAT is the REMNANT of the NORTHERN KINGDOM that Abba said He would set aside, and He did. And they RETURNED! ALREADY. Some of the prophecies about their returning HAVE ALREADY BEEN FULFILLED! Because they already returned.
Divrei HaYamim Bet Chapter 30 [2 Chron]
“5So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Yisra’el, from Be’er Shava even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Pesakh unto יהוה Elohei Yisra’el, at Yerushalayim; for they had not kept it in great numbers according as it is written. 6So the posts went with the letters from HaMelekh and his princes throughout all Yisra’el and Yehudah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, “You B’nei Yisra’el, turn back unto יהוה , the Elohim of Avraham, Yitz’khak, and Yisra’el, that He may return to the remnant that are escaped of you out of the hand of the kings of Ashur. 7And be not like your fathers, and like your brethren, who acted treacherously against יהוה , the Elohim of their fathers, so that He delivered them to be an astonishment, [They are FORGOTTEN! NO WHERE does Scripture call them ‘lost’; that is a MANMADE idea! ]as you see. ….. 10So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Efrayim and Menasheh, even unto Zevulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11Nevertheless many of Asher and Menasheh and of Zevulun humbled themselves, and came to Yerushalayim. 12Also in Yehudah was the hand of Elohim to give them one heart, to do the commandment of HaMelekh and of the princes by the D’var יהוה . And13 there assembled at Yerushalayim much people to keep Khag HaMatzot in the second khodesh, a very great congregation. 14And they arose and took away the altars that were in Yerushalayim, and all the altars for incense they took away, and cast them into the brook Kidron. 15Then they killed the Pesakh lamb on the fourteenth day of the second khodesh; ….. For18 a multitude of the people, even many of Efrayim and Menasheh, Yisakhar and Zevulun, ….did eat the Pesakh ……. For Khizki-Yahu had prayed for them, saying, “May יהוה HaTov pardon 19every one that sets his heart to seek Elohim, יהוה , the Elohim of his fathers, though he is not [cleansed] according to the purification that pertains to HaKodesh.” 20And יהוה hearkened to Khizki-Yahu, and healed the people. 21And B’nei Yisra’el that were present at Yerushalayim kept Khag HaMatzot seven days with great gladness; and the Levi’im and the Kohanim praised יהוה day by day, singing with loud instruments unto יהוה .”
It is very important to know, WHEN did this happen?
This happened AFTER the ten northern tribes were destroyed and SCATTERED to the four winds!
The short of it is this: Elohim said that He would DESTROY the Northern Kingdom and FORGET THEM FOREVER! Yet, at the same time, He said He would preserve a REMNANT of them. And that this remnant would become ONE with Yehudah! And HE records in His Word that He did keep a REMNANT, and that they DID return JUST AS HOSHEAH and Yekhezkel prophesied!
So, when you now see END TIME prophecies of ALL TWELVE TRIBES coming back to be ruled by Messiah in Ha’Aretz, that is because ALL TWELVE TRIBES were driven OUT of the land TOGETHER in 70-150 AD, and they are our JEWISH PEOPLE!!!!!!
Zekhar-Yah said that in the last days, ten men from every tribe and nation would grasp the Kanaf [where the tzit-tzit hangs] of a YEHUDI, a JEW! And say, ‘we will go with you, because we have heard that Elohim is with you.’ And of course, bible-believers know that one is a true Jew, no matter the DNA, who has circumcised his HEART by keeping the Torah of G-d.
So, Ya’akov was not writing to the ten “LOST” tribes, as two-housers claim. Surely they did not get lost after this letter was written? But, if we believe they ARE lost, then we MUST believe they got lost after this letter! Otherwise, Ya’akov would be a fool to write to people for whom he had no address!
He was writing to ALL TWELVE TRIBES! JEWS! Most especially those who believe in Yeshua! But, nonetheless, he was NOT writing to the people east of the Euphrates, or the Celts, Danes, Brits, et cetera. His audience was Jewish people who had BELIEVED IN THE MESSIAH….
The TWELVE TRIBES live TOGETHER today as JEWS, all over the world. And when Messiah comes back, they will all indeed RETURN to the land, just as predicted, when they come to trust in Yeshua. Danes are Danes, and NOT ‘Danites’; Brits are Brits, and not ‘covenant people’. All of these arguments are trite, and make their adherents look like fools.
Scripture tells us the Jews today are ALL TWELVE TRIBES, and THAT is two whom the letter of Ya’akov was penned.
I’m not one for thinking that images in clouds mean anything at all. But this is just an opportunity to show that random patterns in clouds sometimes lean in another direction…and I don’t blame Jews for pointing this one out! Since there are so few of us, these get pointed out far less often, but are probably ‘available’ just as often as others’ hopes.
This is, however, a VERY distinct “Khet”, the eighth letter of the Alef Bet.
It is the Hebrew symbol for ‘infinity’, and also the symbol worn around the neck of many Jews, including my brother Kefa Berg, as it means “Khai,” which means “LIFE”. The theme of the letter, then, is ‘eternal life’.
This happens also to be the symbol that would have been painted over the houses in the Pesakh [Passover], the blood of the lamb being painted over the doorposts and lintel [side posts and top] as instructed in Shemot [Exodus] 12:7 . It is not a coincidence that this forms the “Khet”, the symbol for eternal life.
Messiah Yeshua IS our “Pesakh”, our ‘pascal lamb offering’, [1 Cor 5:7 ] and is our source of life ETERNAL, for those who turn to the Way of G-d, the Torah as taught by Yeshua, and trust in His shed blood.
It is also the first letter in “Khermon,” or Mount Hermon…. now, go read Psalm 133…., and pay attention to the “Dew of Khermon,” in the LAST verse….
L’khayim! [To LIFE!]
I took a leisurely walk today during lunch, enjoying the rare, cool, sunny day, probably our one day of Fall here in Houston. As I walked, I noted the weather, and the lack of much of a crowd walking on this Friday, and some of the old hotels, one of which was just completely refurbished. I am a fan of many of the older style buildings here in the city, such as the old court house. And at least the new one has a throw-back theme. I don’t like but maybe two of the more modern buildings in Downtown Houston. As I turned up Smith street today, one of those hovered over the skyline, and I saw more of it than I usually do, as the east side of Smith street had shorter buildings, so I could almost see the whole building from that approach. It’s the tall one in the picture, hovering over the old Houston Library, which is another of my favorite Houston buildings.
Before I could see the library, I walked while staring up at the modern building behind it. Its top emerges as stone from amidst the modern glass. Nothing is more boring architecturally, to me, than a square, glass building. But, this one changes at the top, and enough so, such that it causes me to really like the design. I mused over it a bit, wondering if the architect had any point he was trying to make: if so, would it be, ‘the old emerging again from the new,’ or, ‘the new swallowing the old’? As a man getting up toward his senior years, I’m ‘cautiously pessimistic’, and first thought it should be the new swallowing the old. But, the old, in this case, is the only beauty the building has to offer, other than the sky and clouds reflected in the glass of the rest of the edifice. So, perhaps it is more about the old retaking a place in our new, ‘flat,’ homogenous society, exerting independence and individuality again. We certainly need it! When I got to the vantage point of this picture, the theme in my head rang true, as the old library is very much pre-modern architecture, and out of it stems the boring, flat part of the building in question, and then, from the top of that an old style bursts out again. It’s encouraging to me, as I must forge the latter half of my career better than the first.
But, the reason I write is not to bore those disinterested in Houston’s or any architecture, but to say that it meshes with the theme I’ve been forced to meditate over for the last week or so. Our society has gone the way as much as these two buildings imply. We are in the middle of a struggle, where the new, ‘homogenous’ generation wishes to blur the lines of distinction between any two paradigms, and create a single, behemoth society that decries any individuality of thought, of politics, of faith, of economy; and it wishes to swallow the old, which, in spite of its issues, does possess much beauty. And, they do it while ‘saying’ that they are championing the individual. The truth is, they champion only those individuals who think as they think. The left is effectively the ‘borg’ of our society, and resistance, in their minds, is futile. But, I resist.
What started my thinking was an ad I saw concerning “LGBT” month. It was posted by someone professing to be a believer in Messiah. It was a subtle push at conformity. “Show them you love them just for being themselves.”
Many times these days, the left makes these ridiculous statements, clothed in flowery words that make them ‘sound’ as if they care. They pre-impugn anyone who would dare to take a differing view. It’s a depth charge; a booby-trap. If anyone takes an opposite view, they are ransacked with judgmental accusations of lack of love and civility, which truly betrays their own lack of such worthy commodities.
LGBT people are victims. They are victims of a society that has abandoned not only ‘norms’, which they decry, but also simple, biological truths. It was not good enough that they be given the ‘right’ to practice sexual depravity. But, they needed to force the rest of us not to think of their behavior as depraved. They needed to force us to accept their very public displays of affection, which go beyond the bounds of affection to near pornographic at times. They needed to force us now to disbelieve simple, biological facts, that there is a boy, and there is a girl, male and female, and they are NOT “equal” physically, but are very different. That wasn’t good enough. They further needed us to be forced to believe that there is no wrong in their actions. While this post I saw tells us to love them, quietly shouting the imperative, it also says that they are just being themselves. No, they are not. And it is not hateful for me to say that. It is not ‘incorrect’ for me to assert that there are wrongs in their behaviors. They are forcing their BEHAVIORS on us, as if they are inherent to who they are. And they use the virtues of ‘love’ and ‘tolerance’ to excuse their hate and intolerance of us! That is the evidence of their sick desire to pervert anything true. They are re-inventing even our vocabulary, in order to incriminate anyone who does not change with them.
LGBT behaviors are learned behaviors. Society teaches them these behaviors, passively and actively, through media, people, our education system, and more. And they succumb. They give in. And in order to make themselves feel good for bending to the temptation, they assert that it is not temptation to wrong, but it is just their ‘being themselves.’ No. They are becoming what they are not.
No one is born who is forced to practice those behaviors. They may be born with a greater proclivity to succumb to the temptation and the resulting behavior; or, they may be born with that proclivity into circumstances surrounding them that promote and encourage that behavior. But, no one person is born that way. Every baby is born “male” or “female”, and has no reason to overturn that role. Modern psychobabble and a failing ‘church’ has poured gasoline on what was a very small fire of temptation, once held at bay by society clinging to the truth that once was the norm: it is wrong. It is sin. The congregations have failed people with this proclivity, because instead of TRULY loving people who are born with the proclivity to be weak to these temptations, they bend to a society that has accepted psychobabble as truth. Our Society has replaced the Word of G-d with the ramblings of academes who say they know better than G-d. True love for these people would be to tell them that this behavior is a perversion. It is sin. And since it is sin, it CAN be overcome, by the blood of the Lamb, and by their confessing their NEED for Messiah. Other people, ALL other people, have other sins from which they need to be cleansed. They are not better than these. But, for society to tell these people that their sin is normal, and acceptable, is opening pandora’s box for normalizing all OTHER heinous activities. And we are already seeing that happen. Soon, those who have a perversion for mating with animals will be demanding their ‘right’ to have sex with and even marry whatever beast they encounter or choose, due to some perverted affinity they developed. Muslims are already demanding we allow them to marry nine-year-old girls, as did their so-called ‘prophet,’ that liar, Mohammed. Others will come forth with their demands too. And since we have abandoned the foundation of our laws, The Word of G-d, there is nothing that will stop them from twisting the minds of society further. Our land will be uninhabitable, much as Europe is becoming, if it goes unchecked.
Before someone goes off half-cocked, I do NOT give anyone a pass. The reason we are here, and dealing now with THIS sin becoming ‘normal’ and acceptable, is because some time back the notion that adultery and fornication are normal and acceptable became the new rule. We stopped treating the body as a temple. We stopped looking at sexual behaviors outside of marriage as sin. We have become base in our thinking, and driven by our passions instead of by truth. My forefathers left Europe to escape this very kind of thinking. Now, there is nowhere on earth to go in order to escape the open acceptance of sin, not only as ‘not wrong,’ but as a very ‘human right’, and as part and parcel to who we are at birth. So, we, those who say we believe, had better start dealing with the sins in our own houses, and then begin to deal with these further perversions of truth being forced on us. Anything short of that, and G-d will have no choice but to judge this nation as He has others in the past who have turned from truth to the lie, and stopped worshipping the Creator, and instead worshipped the creation.
The other big monster under the bed is abortion. Believers seem so very afraid to confront the abortionist left. Politicians placate the left with laws that permit one of the most BASIC violations of the law of G-d: YOU SHALL NOT MURDER.
It is ludicrous that the so-called ‘elite’ can say with any sincerity that killing a baby just on the other side of the vaginal wall is not murder, no matter at what stage of ‘life’ (!) that baby is. Most do not know that Roe, the person who pushed this issue to the supreme court, was NOT raped as she said, but LIED, in order to cause those justices to make their decision based on EMOTION and not on fact, and on what is RIGHT and MORAL. So very rare it is that a baby needs to die to save a mother’s life. So very rare it is that a victim of rape gets pregnant. Yet we allow promiscuous people to kill 50 million babies, for the POSSIBLITY that some day, some one woman will be raped and conceive. FIFTY MILLION babies died, for a LIE.
These perversions of simple, basic FACT and TRUTH are going to be the death of this country. There is but ONE way to recover from this. TURN from this heinous behavior, and TURN to the WORD of G-d AGAIN, and believe the TRUTH. Common sense is good. A boy is a boy, and a girl is a girl. But TRUTH is unimpeachable. G-d CREATED MAN and WOMAN, MALE AND FEMALE. And G-d HATES MURDER. Those of you who say you believe in G-d, you better start defending these SIMPLE TRUTHS, publicly. You better start voting for people who do so. Or, your children and grandchildren will never have a chance.