Yokhanan, Yeshua’s most beloved friend, told us that a FALSE or LYING Messiah would come. He intimated also that there were already many “Meshikhei sheker” in the world 2,000 years ago. [1 Yo 2:18] Most do not realize or even translate correctly what that second one actually is…. so, most people think of “false ‘christs’,” or the likes of David Koresh or Jim Jones. But, this is actually just the average ordinary ‘believer’ who LEAVES the TRUTH. These are people who reject the identity of Yeshua, as defined by HaDavar [The Word] and by the Shlikhim [The Apostles]. Yokhanan makes this very plain in the very next verse: “They went out from among us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they left us, that it might be known they did not belong to us.” So, in reality, these are “False Messianics”, or anyone who claims to believe in the Messiah but does not actually follow HIM or KNOW Him. Yokhanan further stresses that the issue is that Yeshua is the SON of G-d, and that G-d the Father and His Son are BOTH critical to the true faith:
v 22-24 :
“Who is a liar but he who denies that Yeshua is the Mashi’akh? He is a false Mashi’akh [a false ‘anointed one’], and whoever denies HaAv [The Father], denies HaBen [The Son] also. Whoever denies HaBen, the same does not believe in HaAv; but whoever acknowledges HaBen acknowledges HaAv also. As for you, let that, therefore, abide in you which you have heard from the very beginning. For if that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in HaAv and in HaBen.“
This makes it abundantly clear that ANYONE who says that Yeshua is NOT the very Son of G-d, meaning, a MAN of divine origin, and a perfect image of His Father, Elohim [Yokhanan makes it clear that HaAv is the Elohim of the scriptures, ie, יהוה ], then this person is a FALSE believer…. Anyone who does not know the SON CANNOT believe in THE FATHER. Whether He says he believes or not!
This is why I am so sad about our Jewish people. They ‘think’ they believe in the G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak, and Ya’akov, their progenitors who did know יהוה , but, in truth, they do NOT! They believe in fables made up by their false teachers, who REJECTED THE VERY SON OF G-D! And so MANY who ‘say’ they are Messianic follow these ‘teachers’ who REJECT the truth and hold to the LIE that Yeshua is not the Son of G-d. Yeshua was executed by Rome, but put on trial by the upper ‘religious’ class of Jews, including the Kohen HaGadol [High Priest]. They were ALREADY teaching men’s doctrines as if they were “mitzvot,” commandments, and already teaching people to err against the scriptures. But, the most important thing they did wrong was to reject THEIR Messiah, the Son of G-d, Yeshua HaNatzri. Today, that same religious class of Jews still rejects the Son of G-d, and teaches our Jewish people NOT to believe in Him, making them fear hell for even considering Yeshua as Messiah. It bewilders me sill that so many Messianic Jews, who are rejected by their families for this very reason, yet turn to the Rabbis for ‘guidance’ and ‘wisdom,’ thinking them to hold the keys to the kingdom. NO! The keys to the kingdom are the confession that Yeshua is the Messiah, the SON of the LIVING Elohim! We read in Matti 16:16 “Shimon Kefa answered and said, “You are the Mashi’akh, Ben Elohim Khayim.” Yeshua answered and said to him, “Happy are you, Shimon Bar Yonah, for flesh and blood did not reveal it to you, but Avi [MY Father] Sh’baShamayim. I tell you also that you are a stone, and upon this stone I will build my Congregation; and the doors of She’ol shall not shut in on it. I will give you the keys of Malkhut HaShamayim….” The Shlikhim of Yeshua hold the KEYS to interpreting Scripture, NOT the Rabbis!
One of the most revered of their Rabbis is a man named Maimonides, also called Rambam. Not only did he lay out 13 principles in which he starts his efforts to keep Jewish people way from faith in Messiah, but he also openly called for the execution of Jewish people who did believe in Messiah, specifically anyone who believes in Yeshua as the Shlikhim declared Him:
“So if one sees a gentile worshiper of an alien deity perishing or drowning in a river, one should not extricate him; if one sees him taken to [his] death, one should not rescue him. But to directly destroy [his life] or to push him into a pit, and the like, is prohibited, because he is not at war with us.
The aforesaid pertains only to gentiles: but Israelite informers and heretics and epicureans we are bidden to destroy directly and cast down into the pit of perdition, because they beleaguer Israel, turning the [Jewish] people from the Lord, like Yeshua the Nazarene and his disciples…”
His last sentence PROVES he does NOT know The Father, because to turn someone to Yeshua turns Him TO THE FATHER, “The LORD,” יהוה .
This guy is called “Rambam”, which is supposed to be a mnemonic for “Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon,” but is also easily seen as “Ram b’am”, or ‘Great among the people.” And that is indeed how he is viewed by religious Jews. But, he is a FALSE one, and hence, a ‘ram,’ BAM! [Ram is the symbol of Sheker HaMashi’akh] One of his 13 principles is that the ‘oral torah’ is equal to the very Torah of G-d given at Mt. Sinai. “Oral Torah” is a term invented by the religious class of Jews in the 1st century, the very people who initiated the execution of Yeshua, in reference to not only the customs of Moshe but also to the FALSE commandments they taught. They invented this term to assert their authority over the Jewish people through fear, to control them. This is the very issue in the book of Galatians and in Acts 15. Yeshua preached against this very phenomenon of sin. But, this Moses [Maimonides] was a FALSE TEACHER, as he REJECTED YESHUA THE SON OF G-d, teaching AGAINST Him, and goes further, to demand the DEATH of anyone that believes in Yeshua! Is this NOT the spirit of Sheker HaMashi’akh? As scripture tells us plainly? It is. And most “Rabbinic” Jews today, including many Messianics, are beholden to this bad Rabbi. Anyone who excuses ‘Rambam’ of this great blasphemy is lying to himself, and probably does not really know who Yeshua is. That person has made this 12th century, arrogant, self-absorbed ‘scholar’ his Rabbi, and rejected Rabbi Yeshua, whether they think so or not. This was the message of Yokhanan HaShali’akh, and is MORE applicable today than in his day, because HaSatan has indeed deceived more people into the lie.
The religious class of Jews who teach our Jewish people LIES about Yeshua are NOT our teachers! Anyone who ascribes authority to them in ANY MEASURE has rejected the Son. The religious leaders among Jews have OPENLY and willingly rejected the Son, and as such, DO NOT KNOW THE FATHER. Yeshua said this very plainly to them, and it was one reason they executed Him, for saying that the Jewish leaders DID NOT KNOW G-d! Yet, Messianic people today reading these words will excoriate me and count me a heretic. Just as they did Yeshua. Just as “Rambam” did Yokhanan and all the Shlikhim. So be it.
My dear, Messianic friends. Be careful what you read! Be careful to whom you listen, what websites and synagogues you visit. If they will not say that Yeshua IS יהוה in a body, then they do NOT KNOW G-d! Even IF they ‘think’ or ‘say’ they follow Yeshua. Sha’ul says effectively the same thing as Yokhanan on this matter:
“Therefore I want you to understand that no man speaking by Ru’akh HaElohim calls Yeshua accursed; [Rambam and most Rabbis do] and that no man can say that Yeshua is יהוה but by The Ru’akh HaKodesh.” Many Messianic teachers, who follow the Rabbis, will not confess that last phrase, for fear of offending Jewish Rabbis. That betrays their lack of trust in the Son of G-d.
Why is this important? Because there are many ‘Rabbis’ today deliberately going after TRUE Messianic believers and trying to turn them from the faith. And they often succeed. But worse, there are SO MANY Messianic Rabbis, teachers, and others who MIX their faith with that of FALSE believers and follow the Rabbinic community. They are OUTSIDE of Torah, teaching that the thoughts of Rabbis are EQUAL to the Word of G-d, and even SUPERIOR to it. Yet they think they believe in Yeshua. They try to reconcile Yeshua’s plain meaning with the twisted words of people who openly say that Yeshua is NOT the Son of G-d. That is the FALSE MESSIAH speaking, who is about to manifest in flesh. That is the ‘ram.’ BAM.