An old fb post that has been requested…
I don’t know yet if I will post this, but I have been fighting the urge to write something of this nature for quite some time, and have finally given in at least to write it. It is currently July 30. If the post date is later than that, that’s how long it took me to write it, and to pray and decide to post it or not to post it.
Twenty-six years ago, I began to take my faith seriously. I was a submarine sailor, and I was confused about many of life’s issues, such as career, money, family, marriage, friendships, and righteousness. I was not a happy young man. My grandmother had given me a bible when I was fourteen years old, and I always took it to sea with me; it rested in a cubbyhole at the head of my bunk for two and a half patrols, and I never read it. On my third patrol, my circumstances drove me to read it. I had been seeing a girl named Noelle, and she had hurt me pretty badly after my second patrol, just before the third one started. I had a close friend on the boat who clammed up at sea. My family was not writing letters nor using “family-grams” to stay in touch with me. The crew was miserable due to a sour command that seemed to stoke bad morale deliberately. But, most importantly, I was not walking with my G-d. This ‘perfect storm’ of chaos in my mind drove me to the point where I finally reached in and picked up my Bible. Before I opened it, I prayed, “Father, I want to know what Jesus would say to me if He were standing here,” and I could practically ‘see’ the Messiah standing at the side of my top bunk as I prayed that prayer. I meant business.
[I’ll be citing the Aramaic-sourced ‘new testament’ text, as I trust it better than the greek-sourced texts I used to read. Given where Messiah has led me, and what was revealed to me that day some 26 years ago, I feel it necessary to stay true to the root of the scriptures, even in relating what happened that day. Let me say that I ALWAYS viewed Yeshua as Jewish, even as a child. And on this day I ‘saw’ Him that way.]
I opened the book to Matthew 5 and began to read.
“When Yeshua saw the multitudes, he ascended a mountain; when He sat down, his talmidim drew near to Him, and he opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for Tzedaka, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be upon them. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see Elohim. Blessed are those who make shalom, for they shall be called the children of Elohim. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of Tzedaka, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they treat you with reviling, and persecute you, and say concerning you every evil word, for my sake, in falsity. Then be glad and exult, for your reward is great in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.”
Even though it has been so long ago, I still remember very vividly and deep within me that these words, though I had heard them all my life, were brand new to me that day. I ‘saw’ that Yeshua was not describing several different groups of people, as I had for some reason always understood this passage, but that He was describing ONE PERSON: HIS TALMID [follower/student]. Each of these attributes is a facet of the total character of each person who follows Messiah, refracting slightly different strata of the same light, like facets on a diamond. Combined, this is the ‘goal’ of a believer, since Yeshua Himself embodied all these qualities. Immediately, I knew that I did not have any of these attributes. I was hording money, I was callous, proud, unclean, merciless, impure, violent, and so far from anyone knowing that I had confessed “Jesus” years before, that I had not experienced persecution for the sake of righteousness since the fourth grade. My heart was broken.
I read further. Yeshua explained that we are to light our lamp and set it on a table for everyone to see. Clearly my life was shrouded in darkness, as I would only ‘talk to the LORD’ in private, when I was in need. Then, I read three more verses:
“Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets; I came not to abolish, but to expound. For, truly I say unto you, that until Heaven and earth shall pass away, not one yod nor one point shall pass from the Torah until all is done. Everyone, therefore, who shall set loose any one from the least of the commandments, and shall so teach the children of men, he shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven. But, everyone who shall DO and TEACH them, that one shall be called GREAT in the kingdom of Heaven.”
These verses had a profound effect on me that day, even though I did not fully understand their impact then. But, what I did do was determine that I would learn. During that third patrol, I read the whole “Brit Khadasha” [Matthew to Revelation] twice.
Yeshua went on and taught the Torah in Matthew 5-7 and I continued reading that day. He was teaching about murder and offerings in the House of G-d, about adultery and its relationship to lust, about divorce and what Torah meant in prescribing divorce, about oaths of the Torah, and how to fulfill them, about how to love our neighbor according to Torah, about tzedaka [righteousness, ie righteous deeds of Torah], about proper attitudes in prayer in the House of G-d, about forgiveness and helping us to understand the depth of it, about fasting, about trusting Elohim, about judgment and mercy, and that only those who DO these things the way HE taught them would be accepted into the Kingdom of Elohim at the judgment. I determined in my heart to learn how to do these things, His way. I knew then that I was so far off the mark, even though I believed. I knew that I ‘said’ I was a ‘christian’, but that the Messiah’s ‘anointing’ [the eventual root word of ‘christian’] was not evident in my life very much at all. He was anointed according to Torah. He did what His Father instructed. He lived out the intent of Torah in His life here on earth.
It has been a long road. I first went back into the Baptist churches, because that’s where I had been raised. I quickly saw that they were not really interested in the things of Messiah, but only in getting other people to ‘join the church’, and after that, maybe they’d try to get them to be “nice”. They did seem to be interested in bringing people to Messiah, but not in teaching them HOW He expects them to live, but how THEY expected them to live. They lopped off the commandments, and misrepresented the ‘new testament’ scriptures with lofty ‘hermeneutics’. It frustrated me. The text was plain. Why could they not just read it and ‘hear’ what it said?
I investigated all major protestant faiths, visiting churches of most of the major denominations, but I found that they were not teaching the ways of Messiah in any great measure either, but most of them were perpetuating the idea that grace means one does not have to obey: sins are forgiven, and the same behaviors forever abided. Perhaps each person prayed, “forgive me of my sins” each night, but there was no effort to find out what those sins were, and no effort to change them. Since I was devouring the Psalms daily, phrases like “search me O G-d, and see if there is any wicked way in me”, and “show me my hidden faults”, showed me that the attitude of prayer in scripture did not match the attitude being taught. I believed in grace still, whole heartedly, but I learned that the grace of G-d compels me to obey: “It is the compassion of Elohim that leads us to t’shuva [repentance, returning to Torah].” Rom 2:4
Most of you know that I am now Messianic, if you have watched my facebook page at all. A mere year and a half after what I described above, I ‘found’ myself in a Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Jacksonville, Florida. I was moved to tears that very first visit. The Shabbat started, I was wearing a kippah for the first time in my life, feeling a bit odd doing so, but I was moved by the sanctity in the room, by the reverence and the joy. I soon got lost in the Torah with the ‘Rabbi’, who was showing the Messiah from the book of Genesis. I distinctly remember telling myself that day, “If I EVER practice “religion” with men again, it will be in this way, because THIS is the WAY of Messiah.” I had no idea where that thought would lead me twenty-four years later. I also had no idea I had Jewish ancestry on both sides of my family, until about ten years later. Some say that is why being in a synagogue moves me so; I don’t know. I believe it to be His Breath in me that moves me when I hear His Word rightly expounded.
I said all of that to say this: Since that time, that day on the submarine twenty-six years ago, I have been compelled to try to lead people to the faith of Messiah. I have had some great successes, and sadly some great failures. I have failed Messiah in far too many ways. But, for some reason, He continues to lift me up, dust me off, and push me back into the mix. He practically has had to force me in past times to continue to try to bring people to Him and His Word, His Torah, [Is 2:3], because there simply is not a great desire on people’s parts to leave their sins behind, and there is such a great misunderstanding among christians about the beauty of Torah. One day I actually told Him that I would NOT talk about Him and the Torah again. I remember saying, “I’m done. Find someone else.” That day was about nine years ago. On that VERY DAY, mere moments later, a Catholic man came up to me and started asking me questions about the Bible again [not the first time that’s happened], out of the blue. I smiled inside and obliged.
Today, and very often over these past few months, I begged Abba to allow me the privilege of speaking about Messiah Yeshua and His Torah to anyone, even though I do it before a congregation every week on Shabbat. I plead with Him to give me a chance to proclaim the death of Messiah, the Son of G-d. Hence this epic post. The nature of my new job has not allowed for that, as I have been by myself most of the time during the day. On my last job, I had many opportunities to tell people that G-d’s Son had been sent, that He had opened the Way to the forgiveness of sin, to freedom from the guilt of our many trespasses, and that He has enabled us to gain eternal life through faithfulness to His Word.
What is my motivation? Many might think that I just want to make a name for myself, feel good about myself, promote some commodity or product from which I can profit, or any such other manmade, selfish motivation. That is not it at all. So: Why? Why do I want to shout from the rooftops that Messiah Yeshua, the Jewish Savior, has died for the transgressions of the world and called all who would trust in His Resurrection BACK to the Tzedaka of Torah?
And If people are not ‘ready’ for Messiah’s return, they perish.
So, allow me to solicit your thoughts on certain matters, if I may. I am asking those of you who know you love the Messiah to consider that His Father was Elohim, the Almighty G-d. That Almighty G-d created the Sabbath for all mankind, to which Yeshua attested:
“The Sabbath was made for MANKIND, and not mankind for the Sabbath”.
Yeshua is referring to Genesis 2, here, where G-d blessed the SEVENTH DAY. He did not bless the first day. He created the Sabbath as His last act of creating. We pray a prayer, “though made last…” in our congregation. The Sabbath was made…for all of us.
My question, then, is an honest question offered in love: Who changed the Sabbath Day?
Did G-d? Did the Messiah change it, after declaring that it was made for all mankind? Do you understand that the word Sabbath means “Seventh Day”? It is a day of rest, but it is the SEVENTH DAY, and it was instated at the creation, NOT for the Jews only! But for all mankind.
So, WHO changed it? I beg you to consider this. And I ask you to read further and allow me to show you who changed it. Not only so, but I would like you also to consider, with all my heart, who changed the other Holy Days of G-d, which the Messiah Yeshua also observed? Passover, Matzot, Reysheet Omer, Shavuot, all of which detail the first coming of Messiah and his death, burial and resurrection, as shadows. Also Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, which teach us very clearly of the details of His return. [Colossians 2:17]
Who changed these feasts to Easter, Halloween, and Christmas? Who changed the Sabbath to “Sun-day”.
I will tell you: the Spirit of the Lying Messiah. You may call it “Antichrist”.
This is the spirit that will one day possess an individual who will rule the world, very soon. But, this ‘spirit’ has been in the world for millennia. It does not go after the lost, but after believers, to deceive them. It was in the world in the first century, and already lying to ‘christians’ then, those who confessed that they believed in Yeshua as the Messiah. Yokhanan [John] had to remind them that this spirit was already around, as a warning of great danger:
“My little children, it is the last days; and as you have heard that the Lying Messiah will come, even NOW there are many lying messiahs, and from this we know that it is the last days”.
I John 2:18
“The Ruakh of Elohim [Spirit of G-d] is known by this: every spirit that declares that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is from Elohim. And every spirit which does not declare that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is not from Elohim. This is the spirit of the Lying Messiah, which you have heard that it should come into the world, and even now is already in the world.”
I John 4:2-3
This is a clear warning that there is a presence in the world that means to deceive the people of Messiah. Shaul [Paul] wrote of it too:
“Now the Ruakh clearly says that in the last days some shall DEPART from the faith, giving ear to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons.”
1 Tim 4:1
Both Yokhanan and Shaul declare that the believers had heard of and that the Ruakh had spoken of this “lying Messiah”. Many think that the “Holy Spirit” whispered in their ears and told them this, but do not realize that the Ruakh wrote the Tanak [the Torah, Prophets, and Poets], and that is how they had ‘heard’ of the lying Messiah:
“He shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.”
“In that day יהוה with His sore and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the slant serpent, and Leviathan the tortuous serpent; and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
“He shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the set apart ones, and HE SHALL THINK TO CHANGE THE APPOINTED TIMES [FEASTS] AND THE TORAH.”
“Appointed Times” are specific: Leviticus 23:2, “These are the Appointed Times of יהוה.” The first one is the Sabbath, and the other seven are listed above in the same order they are listed in Leviticus.
So, it is the spirit of the Lying Messiah, that has been in the world for atleast 2000 years, [really, it was in the garden of Eden too, however, but Yokhanan’s letter was written before 90AD, so it has been atleast that long], that would CHANGE THE FEASTS and the TORAH.
But, when did this happen? When did the christian world CHANGE? Most of you may think that it was very, very early in the cycle of ‘christian’ observance. It was not. True, there were second century ‘confessors’, a handful, who observed the ‘Sunday Sabbath’ as the “Lords Day”, but were they right to do so? Does that mean that no ‘christians’ were still keeping the Sabbath and the Passover? No. Look at history carefully. More importantly, where is it written that Almighty G-d gave authority to men to CHANGE HIS FEASTS and to IGNORE SCRIPTURE? It is not, but it is written that the “Antichrist”, the “Anti-Messiah”, the Lying Messiah, the “Son of Perdition”, would do so. And, it is written that the ‘spirit’ that would possess him was already in the world in the first century. So, WHEN, I ask you lovingly, did your forefathers STOP observing the Sabbath?
Check the book of Acts, and you will see that ALL believers, Jewish and Gentile, worshipped Elohim on the Sabbath, and that it was a LIE that was spread that they changed the Torah for Jews and for Gentiles.
It happened ‘officially’ starting in 312AD.
“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.”
This is Constantine. It is after he called the Pagan sign “Sol Invictus” the “Sign of the Cross”, and went to war in the name of ‘christ’. It was at the Battle of the Milvian bridge in 308 where he ‘claimed’ to be ‘christian’, and shortly thereafter declared HIS empire to be a ‘christian’ Empire. And four years later, he made it LAW that “The Venerable Day of the Sun” would be the day of rest. He changed the ‘law’.
So, indeed, the first thing he did was change the Appointed Times. But, it did not end there. He further declared the Passover of the Jews to be “disgusting”. Even though MOST of his ‘empire’ who believed in the Messiah actually KEPT THE PASSOVER WITH THE JEWS! He was a rabid anti-Semite, and it did not take long for it to manifest, and to officially change the other “Appointed Times”.
“It was, in the first place, declared improper to follow the custom of the Jews in the celebration of this holy festival [Pesakh/Passover], because, their hands having been stained with crime, the minds of these wretched men are necessarily blinded. … Let us, then, have nothing in common with the Jews, who are our adversaries. … Let us … studiously avoiding all contact with that evil way. … For how can they entertain right views on any point who, after having compassed the death of the Lord, being out of their minds, are guided not by sound reason, but by an unrestrained passion, wherever their innate madness carries them. … lest your pure minds should appear to share in the customs of a people so utterly depraved. … Therefore, this irregularity must be corrected, in order that we may no more have any thing in common with those parricides and the murderers of our Lord. … no single point in common with the perjury of the Jews.” [Ecclesiastical History by Theodoret, Book 1, Chapter 9, concerning the matters transacted at the Council, addressed to those overseers who were not present]
Now, if you’re an anti-Semite, this rings true for you. But, if you recognize that he is saying that things must CHANGE, you see that many in the empire were STILL keeping the Passover, TOGETHER WITH JEWS. Check the History, the believers in Messiah got along with the wider Jewish community for a long, long time, even though some gentiles were already trying to break away from the Jewish community. Constantine, however, and his followers, made it LAW! He FORCED division between Jews and “Messianic” believers.
If you read history further, you find that another law had to be written a mere 80 some odd years later, to FORCE people to QUIT observing the Sabbath and the Passover, and the other feasts, with Jews, on PAIN OF DEATH. Can you really justify a DEATH PENALTY sentence for KEEPING THE SABBATH of the JEWS? If you can, you are of the spirit of the Lying Messiah.
The overseers who were not present were the Jewish Overseers of the congregations around the empire, and the Gentile overseers who would NOT go to the council of Nicea, because Constantine would not permit the Jewish Overseers to go! Out of some 2500 overseers around the empire, only around 250 actually went. So, a TEN PERCENT showing of overseers decided the fate of the ‘christian empire’; and that 10 percent began KILLING anyone who disagreed with them on these two matters, and on one more: Who Messiah is.
The Council of Nicea DENIED that Yeshua is come in the FLESH!
They delared this: “He is said to be “one in being with The Father”. Eusebius of Caesarea attributed the term homoousios, or “consubstantial, i.e., “of the same substance” (of the Father), to Constantine, who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous, and it would be hotly contested for centuries, before the final ‘Trinitarian formula’ was accepted. It, too, was forced on the wider ‘christian empire’ by the DEATH PENALTY.
“Homoousios” is the issue. “One SUBSTANCE”.
This DENIES that Yeshua is FLESH AND BONE!
“Behold, my hands and feet, that it is I myself: HANDLE ME, and SEE, for a SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE FLESH and BONES, as you see me have.” Luke 24:39
For Constantine to declare that “jesus” is the same SUBSTANCE with the father is to make him NOT A HUMAN, it denies Him of His BODY, since the scriptures say that the Father, Elohim, is SPIRIT! Yeshua said so HIMSELF!
“Elohim is RUAKH [Spirit], and they that worship HIM must do so in spirit, and in TRUTH”.
THIS IS THE “SPIRIT OF THE LYING MESSIAH”, that Yokhanan warned us about!
“The Ruakh of Elohim [Spirit of G-d] is known by this: every spirit that declares that Yeshua the Messiah is come IN THE FLESH is from Elohim. And every spirit which does NOT declare that Yeshua the Messiah is come IN THE FLESH is not from Elohim. THIS IS THE SPRIIT OF THE LYING MESSIAH, which you have heard that it should come into the world, and even now is already in the world.”
I John 4:2-3
Please pray, read the scriptures, and see if this is not true! OUR FATHERS INHERITED LIES!
And the liar who foisted these deceits on the ‘christian empire’ was NOT EVEN A BELIEVER! He waited until his DEATH BED to consider being ‘immersed’, and when he did, he was ‘baptized’ by a man who did NOT accept his ‘homoousios’ clause! Eusebius!
THIS is the man who began to ‘change the seasons and the torah’ officially, with the backing of the state. And those who came after him eventually had to use MURDER in order to get the majority of the people to comply. One day soon, this SAME SPIRIT will govern the whole world. And, I tell you now, our country is governed by a man and his followers who follow this SAME SPIRIT.
They are now changing the Torah: making it ‘legal’ for men to marry men, women to marry women, and for babies to be murdered in the womb and out. This was done in the ‘churches’ first, and now it is becoming the law of the land. So, we cannot utterly blame the lawmakers. ALL of this stems from that acquiescent, fearful attitude of those 250 “bishops” nearly 1700 years ago, who had no courage to stand for the TRUTH. They caved, because the world leader told them they needed to. They wanted the power he offered, and feared death. They themselves were not of Messiah, because the people of Messiah do not fear the death threats of MEN: Rev 2:10, 12:11, Matt 10:28.
Is this really who you want to follow? Or would you follow Messiah, and imitate Him, who Himself kept the Appointed times of His Father?
If you check the rest of scripture, you find that this ‘spirit of the lying Messiah’ is a killer of the people of Messiah. It always has been, and always will be. Since “Tzedaka” means ‘innocent’, this spirit goes to killing the ‘innocent’ first. Babies. Before it has to oppose thinking adults. It does so to eliminate the possibility of children hearing of the truth, and following the truth. It does so to ‘destroy’. But, eventually this spirit begins to kill the people as well, realizing that tactic is not working swiftly enough, so they begin targeting those who oppose the wickedness. The prophets wrote of it:
“In that day יהוה with His sore and great and strong sword will punish leviathan the slant serpent, and leviathan the tortuous serpent; and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Is 27:1
“And he shall constantly harass the set apart ones of Elyon [The Most High].” Dan 7:25
“The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim AND bear witness to Yeshua.”
“So it [the beast] opened its mouth in blasphemies against Elohim to insult his name [יהוה] and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; it was allowed to make war on the holy people of Elohim and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” Rev 13:6-7
“and it was allowed to cause anyone who would not worship the image of the beast to be put to death.” Rev 13:15
Notice the passive wording in the last two verses? “It was allowed to…” Elohim is allowing this. For what purpose? To bring ‘tribulation’ on HIS OWN PEOPLE! Those who confess Him, but do not obey Him! The ‘tribulation’ of the ‘end times’ is NOT for the wicked! It’s to make the people of Elohim choose one way or the other! It is to ‘sift’ wheat and tare. It is to PROVE who REALLY belongs to Him, and who is just giving Him ‘lip service’. It’s to bring a lukewarm heart to a point of decision, to make it either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. And the beautiful thing is that many of His People finally will choose the right [Torah] and oppose wickedness, but it will be through fire. It will be through great affliction that the decision will finally be made to quit pandering to evil, compromising with it, mixing truth with lies. It will be through hardship like no one has ever known that will finally purify the people of faith to “OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim AND bear witness to Yeshua!”
The US has more people per capita that confess to believe in the Messiah by conversion [not born into Catholicism]. At the same time, the US spends more money on wickedness than any other nation. The people of the US collectively elect officials who do not meet the requirements of “Shoftim”. The Torah tells us to put qualified people in charge of interpreting the law.
“They shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not twist judgment; you shall not respect persons; nor shall you take a bribe; for a gift does blind the eye of the wise and pervert the words of the righteous. Justice, Justice shall you follow…”
Our lawmakers spend most of their time taking bribes/gifts, getting money written into laws to placate a few, so that they can guarantee their re-election. Many such other twisted things are done in the name of our law, it would take forever to expose all of it. But the point I want to make is that in spite of the number of people who call themselves believers in this country, the wickedness far outweighs the righteousness, even among believers. And the absence of worshipping G-d the way HE would have it and interpreting the scriptures the way Messiah taught us is one of the main reasons.
A child can see that S-nday is not the seventh day of the week; all he has to do is look at his calendar. A child soon learns that mommy and daddy are okay with lying to him, when he hears that ‘sant-a clau-se’ is not ‘real’. Most christian children eventually have to struggle with the reality that the Messiah was not born at ‘christmas’, but by the time he does, usually there is no sense of recognizing compromise, no realization that the original use of that day was for the celebration of the slaughter of babies, of Jews, and of sexual revelry, and that most of those customs today are the ones used to actually celebrate the ‘mass of the infant’; a mass is an execution, and this particular one was done at the base of trees on that day. Most kids understand that rabbits do not lay eggs, yet their parents insist that they hunt for eggs year after year, put there by the e’ster bunny, the two symbols of the goddess ‘Ishtar’ who was worshipped at ‘quartodecimen’, the catholic-calculated time of the roman goddess of fertility: Easter.
When the colonies were founded, these things were illegal. They were not celebrated here in large part for nearly 100 years after the revolution. But people abandoned that sense of ‘purity’, and yielded to ‘grace theology’ that ignores the fact that YHWH is STILL a jealous G-d, and does not want His people having ANYTHING to do with the likes of these.
The scriptures alone instruct us on how to approach G-d; and yes, it is by way of the Messiah Yeshua. But, Messiah Yeshua did not practice any of these things. He worshipped His Father on the seventh-day Sabbath in an assembly house, and NOT a ‘church’ on s-nday.
Luke 4:16, 6:6, John 6:59, 18:20
He kept the Passover, Matzot, Firstfruits, and Shavuot, teaching them as shadows of His own ministry on earth; He kept Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot [John 6-8]. He even kept Khanukkah [John 10]. He was born during Sukkot, in a sukka [not an animal shed], in the fall season of the “Light of the World”. He was The Word in Flesh, not “god in flesh”. His Father was still on His throne, and Yeshua communed with Him perfectly, but He was flesh and bone, tempted as every other man is. God cannot be tempted. He deferred all allegiance to His Father, and did not claim perfect equality with Him: He testified that there were things only His Father knew. He is not ‘consubstantial’ with His Father, but is a glorified, resurrected MAN with a flesh and bone body, now standing at the right hand of His Father.
He does NOT like the practices of men’s religions [Rev 2-3] mixed with the pure faith of the Torah. But since the majority of believers in the US reject this knowledge, and perpetuate the practice of mixing paganism with worshiping the creator [some even believing that the creation was not done mightily in six days], this country will eat the fruit of its own making, and soon be shown that faithfulness and purity with G-d is what matters, and not a spirit of compromise and capitulation. The USA is about to become a third-world, impoverished, nanny state. Of this I have no doubt. It will be weakened to the point of being completely irrelevant in world politics. He has given us space to repent. But, will anyone truly ‘hear’ HIS VOICE [The Torah]?
It is noble when ‘christians’ site II Chronicles and assert “If my people, which are called by MY Name [יהוה – see II Chron 7:12], will humble themselves and pray, and seek MY face, and TURN from their wicked ways, then I will hear in heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
But, there are several things that are not heeded when this verse is [mis]quoted.
It is יהוה speaking. The G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak and Ya’akov, and NOT the god of Constantine. To “turn” is to RETURN to the Torah, since wickedness is defined by breaking the Torah.
Christianity has been deceived for far too long; [Dan 9:4-19] but, there ARE many within the institutions of christianity who do know quite simply that Yeshua the Messiah is the Son of G-d, and that He died in their place for their sins against the Torah. It is to those I appeal. And they do strive to live circumspectly. But, in these last hours, He is calling those people out of harlotry, out of spiritual adultery, out of the mixing of paganism with the worship of the Almighty, out of religion for profit.
He put us in this place for His own reasons, just as He put Yisrael in Babylon for His own reasons, but He then called Yisrael OUT of Babylon so he could destroy it, and He is calling His people OUT of spiritual Babylon again: Babylon is the mixture of worshipping ‘whatever one wants’ with some truth. It is the spirit of compromise, which ALWAYS eventually puts a man at the top, deified, ‘infallible’, unchallenged. We are there in this country today, just as Rome was in 308AD. The ‘spirit’ of anti-Messiah has most people trapped. Do not be one of them. And do not think that a delay in turning from pagan worship will get you any ‘favor’. If the shofar sounds, and THE anti-Messiah rises to power, and you have not turned back to Torah, G-d HIMSELF will force you to believe THE LIE. What lie? That lie that the man at the top is “Jesus”. This anti-Messiah will say he is Jesus, and Buddah, and Mohammed, and god, and all that is holy. And you will believe him! Because יהוה will not allow you to ‘see’ THE LIE as a lie, but force you to believe it. Do you not hear that? G-D ALMIGHTY WILL FORCE YOU TO BELIEVE in the lying Messiah! II Thess 2:7-12.
“For the mystery of lawlessness [torah-lessness :: religion of ‘christ’ outside of Torah] is already at work; only, if that which now holds is taken out of the midst, then shall the wicked one be revealed, whom Adon Yeshua will consume by the breath of His mouth, and will abolish by the revelation of His coming. For the coming of that wicked one is the working of HaSatan, with all power, with signs, and false miracles, and with all unrighteous deception which is done in them who perish, because they received NOT the LOVE of the TRUTH by which they might be rescued. Wherefore, Elohim [God] will send them the working of deception, that they will believe THE LIE, and all of them will be judged who have not believed the TRUTH, but have had pleasure in unrighteousness”.
Babylon is mixture religion: “Come out of HER my people, that you not be partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues”. Rev 18:4 Is it really so hard to realize that S-nday worship is OFFENSIVE to G-d? “Also the gentiles that join themselves to יהוה, to minister unto Him, and to love the name of יהוה, to be His servants, every gentile that keeps the sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast by My covenant: Even them will I bring to My holy mountain [above], and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon Mine altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Is 56:6-7 [Also quoted in the ‘new testament’]
“And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of PATHS to dwell in. IF you turn away your foot because of the Sabbath, from pursuing YOUR business on MY HOLY DAY; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy of יהוה honourable; and shall honour it, not doing your wonted ways, nor pursuing your business, nor speaking thereof; THEN shall you delight yourself in יהוה, and I will make you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father; for the mouth of יהוה has spoken it.” Is 58:12-14
The ‘Sabbath’ is the SEVENTH DAY. HIS SABBATH was never changed. That is a LIE:
“And they set up FALSE witnesses [LIARS!] , which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and against the TORAH: For we have heard him say that this Yeshua of Natzaret shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moshe delivered us.” Acts 6:13-14
“And when they heard [it], they glorified יהוה, and said unto him, You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe [in Yeshua]; and they are all zealous for the Torah: And they are informed of you, that you [Shaul/Paul] teach all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses [Torah], saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, NEITHER TO WALK AFTER THE CUSTOMS.” Acts 21:20-21
IT WAS A LIE THEN; IT IS A LIE NOW!!!!!!
Is it so unpalatable to think the יהוה, the Almighty, might not like His Children moving their ‘sabbath’ away from HIS Sabbath? The penalty for denying the Sabbath, for forgetting the Sabbath, was DEATH. Yes, Yeshua has removed from us the penalty [weight] of the Torah; but, only until the JUDGMENT DAY. At that point, anyone who does not walk in His Ways will suffer the weight of the Torah and be denied by Yeshua. And yes, believers, any who reject His Ways, when they have learned of them, will endure the punishment, because they have proven that their faith is vain! “Depart from me, you breakers of Torah: I NEVER KNEW YOU!” Matt 7:21 , Luke 13:27. “DEPART FROM ME, you workers of iniquity, FOR I WILL KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF MY G-D”. Ps 119:115
The Torah, indeed, does not get one the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh nor forgiveness of sin. Faith does. But, once one has that gift, that forgiveness, one is supposed to LEARN to walk as Messiah walked. “He that says he abides in Him [Yeshua] ought himself to walk HIS HALAKHA”. Halakha is a Jewish term that means “how one follows the Torah”. It gets lost in translation. Yeshua walked the Torah! He taught us how to walk it. It is now time for the Ruakh to teach all of His followers how to do so. May we be so inclined! Wake up, and trim your lamp [your understanding of the Torah!].
“It is time for יהוה to WORK. For THEY have made void YOUR TORAH”. Ps 119.126
Constantine and the catholic/christian leaders did it! NOT YESHUA! [Matt 5:17-19]
Yeshua’s whole ministry was about restoring people to the Torah, the Word of יהוה, rightly divided in guidance of the Ruakh HaKodesh. Grace is completely misunderstood, with most people using it as an excuse for pandering to their sin-nature. We will ALWAYS fight our sin-nature, our human propensity to disobey G-d: but, we must FIGHT. The simplicity of the fight is given to us in Torah: “Stand still, and ‘see’ the Yeshua [Salvation] of יהוה.”
Yeshua has indeed given us His Ruakh [Breath/”Spirit”]. For the purpose of showing us our infractions against the Torah [sins]! He does NOT want us blending the faith of G-d with paganism. If you have not ‘seen’ that yet, my prayer is that you do. And that you repent. Why is it when one calls for repentance in the people of Elohim, that one is attacked and hated? Yeshua explains it: they did not come to the Light [Torah/Messiah] because they LOVE their “po’alei aven”. Their ‘evil deeds’: their infractions against His Word/Torah. Do you love the traditions of MEN [Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Sunday worship, grace theology that does not deal with sin] so much that you cannot HEAR HIS VOICE? His VOICE is HIS TORAH!
“If you shall hearken to the VOICE of יהוה your G-d, so that you obey HIS mitzvot and regulations which are written in this BOOK OF TORAH, if you turn to יהוה your G-d with all your heart and all your being; For this mitzvah which I am giving you today is NOT TOO HARD FOR YOU, it is not beyond your reach. It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ On the contrary, the WORD is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it!
VOICE=BOOK OF TORAH=WORD=YESHUA=RUAKH [Rom 7:14]