This Guy?

 

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Kefa said of the writings of Sha’ul these words:

“And consider that the longsuffering of Adoneinu is for Salvation; even as our beloved brother Pavlos also, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters he speaks concerning these matters, in which there are certain things so hard to be understood that those who are ignorant and unstable twist their meaning, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, my beloved, seeing that you know these things beforehand, beware, lest you follow the error of those without Torah, and fall from your own steadfastness.”

Yes, I reference this scripture a lot, but today I do so for a slightly different reason, other than discussing the importance and relevance of Torah in our lives.

Kefa said that those who twist the scriptures are ‘ignorant and unstable.’  It is difficult to prove ignorance in someone who has been long dead.  But, thankfully, history has left a trail to show us that Calvin was indeed ignorant and unstable.

Not the cute guy in the cartoon above.  But the beast of a man that was a so-called ‘reformer’, who is the pride of many religionists today: John Calvin.  His adherents look on him as innocently as newspaper comic fans look on Calvin, of Calvin and Hobbes fame, saying his antics were harmless.  I don’t buy it.

This is not meant to be a dissertation on his theology, which is indeed twisted, but more an infomercial on who the man was, and how mentally deranged and prideful he was. Most of his adherents are not aware of the many people he executed.  Yes, murdered.

How could a man of such ‘notoriety’ and acclaim be heralded a father of the reformation, and have so many people look to him for guidance on what salvation is?  Because people did not heed or continue to heed Kefa’s warning.

Calvin believed that a saved person was saved ONLY because of the will of G-d, and that a person who would not accept his Christ was predestinated to go to hell, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.  He believed this so strongly that he executed anyone who would not submit to him, or that opposed him in any way.  This is the ‘instability’ Kefa warned us about.  He forced most of the people of Geneva into conversion, deeming them worthy of death and hell if they did not submit.

Many are not aware of Calvin’s one-time friend, Michael Servetus.  He was much like myself, half Jewish, but a believer in Messiah.  He opposed the Catholic church, and that was the basis of their friendship at the first.  But when Calvin published his “Institutions,” Servetus read it, wrote comments on it in the margins of his copy, and sent it to Calvin.  Calvin swore publicly that if he ever saw Servetus again, he’d kill him.  And he did.  He burned him at the stake, making sure the wood was green so it would take longer, and increase his suffering.  He never once showed any remorse for having done it, but instead nine years later was still rejoicing in his decision.  He believed that it was his duty to kill Servetus, and that Servetus was predestined for that fate, and the fate of burning in hell, in spite of Servetus’ confession of trust in Messiah.

This is the man too many today follow, in their ‘plan of salvation.’

They cannot read the word with any clarity, seeming to prefer the socratic, twisted logic of John Calvin, which is laced with hatred and pride.

The two main passages they use to justify their doctrine are so distorted by their logic, and so many today pride themselves in being able to follow that twisted train of logic, that they think the logic must be true.  They dismiss and discourage the plain reading of the text itself, and completely ignore two-thirds of scripture in order to perpetuate Calvin’s lies, and forgive him of his heinous crimes against mankind, though he himself remained unrepentant.

The scriptures that are twisted are these:

“And we know that those who love Elohim are helped by Him in everything, for the good, to those who from the beginning are destined to be called. He knew them in advance and He marked them with the likeness of the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren. Moreover, those whom He marked in advance, He has called, and those whom He has called, He has declared righteous, and those whom he has declared righteous, He has glorified.”  Rom 8:28-30

A couple of things to point out:

He marked in advance those who ‘would’ love Him,’ knowing them ahead of time, and THEN HE ‘called’ them, and THEN he declared them righteous, because THEY responded to the call, and THEN He glorified them.

Another passage that they twist is Efisim 1:

“Since, as from the beginning, He has chosen us through Him before the foundation of the world, that we may become consecrated and without blemish before Him, in love, as at the first, for Himself. And He marked us for Him, and appointed us to be sons through Yeshua HaMashi’akh, as was the pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His compassion that He has poured upon us by His beloved one. ….. And He marked us from the beginning, so He would carry out everything according to the good judgment of His will, that we should become the first to trust in Mashi’akh, to His honor and His glory. In Him you also have heard the Davar HaEmet, which is HaB’sorah for your life; in Him you have trusted, so you are sealed with The Ru’akh HaKodesh that was promised, which is the pledge of our inheritance for the redemption of those who live, and for the glory of His honor.”

Nothing in this indicates that there is no response on the part of the one who trusts.  On the contrary, the impetus of trust is put on us.  A response is elicited.  The response to the call of those who were marked to be called is clearly seen.  Yet Calvinists ignore the many, many places in scripture, invent new terms to explain their doctrine, and condemn anyone who does not believe their ‘idea’ about how salvation works.  They’re arguing semantics over the trust that must be in us, and dismissing everyone of the duty to trust and to obey, and further think that there is NOTHING they can do thereafter that would fate themselves to hell.  I would sooner believe Calvin in hell than many others I know, based on his life AFTER his so-called “Institutions” were written.

The short of it is this: G-d knows ahead of time who will respond to His call, so He marks them ‘to be called.’ The trickiness of Sha’ul’s writing here cannot outweigh all the many passages of Yeshua’s words that tell us WE must believe.  He indeed GIVES US the ‘power’ and the ‘authority’ to become sons of Elohim.  But we must do the ‘becoming.’  Just because Elohim ‘marked’ us for that purpose ahead of time, does not remove the impetus of us to believe, and to love Elohim, and WE must obey Him.

I wish I had time to further expound and explain the foreknowledge of Elohim.  But, what I really want to point out in this is the CHARACTER of John Calvin, the man who twisted these writings of Sha’ul, and invented the doctrine that so many today are following again.  “You shall know them by their fruits.”  Here is a man who very cruelly tortured and murdered a Messianic Jewish man, simply because he disagreed with him doctrinally.  And he did so standing on the foundation of his ‘predestination’ doctrine, which gave him the seared conscience one would need in order to so murder someone without any guilt.  No one can claim to follow the Son of G-d and commit murder without calling his very salvation into question.  Calvin simply became the alternative pope of Geneva, guilty of the very same crimes of the ‘church’ he left.  That is NOT the fruit of the Spirit of Messiah Yeshua.

And Servetus is NOT the only one Calvin murdered.  Some that he murdered he did so for even less serious ‘crimes’ than Servetus.

Some of John Calvin’s ‘accomplishments’ while ‘religious magistrate’ in Geneva:

A man was banished from the city for three months because he heard a donkey bray and said as a joke: “He prays a beautiful Psalm.”

Three men who had laughed during a sermon were imprisoned for three days.

Three children were punished because they remained outside of a church to eat some cakes.

A child was whipped publicly for calling his mother a thief.

A girl who slapped her mother’s guiding hand away was beheaded!!!!

A person was imprisoned for four days because he wanted to call his child Claude instead of Abraham.

In Geneva, a secret police was forged under the name of The Consistory. Every home was compulsorily examined and searched. The City was divided into districts and committees of the Consistory were empowered to search and interrogate all residents without previous notice. Attendance at public worship was commanded and watchmen were directed to see that people went to church. The one thing that Calvin did not endorse was religious liberty.

From 1541 to 1546, John Calvin caused 58 people to be executed. His victims ranged in age from 9 to 80. All executions were public, and Geneva residents were forced to watch. The executions were spaced out so as to exert a continuing policy of fear and terror. Others were killed for advocating local church autonomy; opposing the tie-in of church and state: and preaching that Messiah died for all sinners.

While in Geneva, Servetus made the mistake of attending church on Sunday where he was recognized and arrested. It was on Calvin’s information to the magistracy that Servetus was put in prison, which fact Calvin did not deny. The trial lasted over two months and Calvin himself drew up a document of thirty-nine accusations against Servetus.

On the way to the stake, Servetus asked G-d to pardon his accusers. Because of the use of green wood, Servetus suffered for half an hour, while Calvin watched.  No one with the mind of Messiah could burn a fellow believer simply because he disagrees, and revel in his torture.  This is the pinnacle of instability, and is the work of HaSatan, and is the product of ignorance of the Torah.  Just as Kefa predicted.

Yet so many today are beginning again to follow this man.  It is disgusting and abhorrent.

Dogs returning to vomit: YUK!

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

L’Khayim! No, REALLY!

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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!]

Messianic! Be Careful!

Yeshua

What does being “Messianic” mean?

Many people simply have never heard of us!

And they mistake us for other groups, which are occult groups.  WE ARE NOT!

We are “OF MESSIAH”, Messiah meaning ‘Anointed One,’ and in our case, the Anointed One of G-d, Yeshua the Natzri, the Son of G-d.

First of all, names and classifications of people-groups are irrelevant to G-d in His Kingdom. On earth, they serve a purpose of identity, however, and can be useful. But, they can also be harmful by segregating people, creating confusion, and engendering pride. This is not an attempt to do that, but to explain why we ‘identify’ with a wider group of people worldwide who are called “Messianic”.
It has recently come to my attention that some folks do not understand what it means when a person says he is “Messianic”.
I guess one technical definition would be “of or pertaining to Messiah”.
For those of us who say we follow “Messianic Judaism”, however, it is even more narrow than that.
First, being Messianic means that we follow the Messiah of the Jews. In our case, we believe that Messiah to be Yeshua of Nazareth. Are we “christian”? That depends on one’s understanding of what ‘christian’ means. The word “christian” is similar to the word “messianic”; it means “little christ”, in the sense of one who follows ‘christ’, just as “Messianic” means one who follows “Messiah”. Messiah means “anointed one”, and the greek word ‘christ’ is very similar. But, we who are “Messianic” are not ‘christian’ in the WAY we follow the Jewish Messiah, distinct from the way some say they follow ‘christ’, who is a very ‘greek’ person devoid of all things Jewish, including his name.
Christianity today has evolved from what the original followers of Messiah believed and practiced. The twelve apostles were all Jewish, and they continued in the instructions of the Jews for the rest of their lives, teaching Gentiles to follow the customs of the Jews. [I Cor 11:2, 2 Thess 2:15, 3:6, Matt 5:19] And they called themselves followers of “The Way”, “HaDerekh”, a Hebrew synonym for “Torah”. [Acts 19:23, 21:5, 24:22] They did not consider themselves to be outside the auspices of Jewish life, then, and defended that fact in court and before kings. It was the greeks who first called them “christians”, [acts 11:26]. But the apostles did not call themselves that until much later, and then only once [I Peter 4:16], and there is no evidence they called themselves that very often at all, since they suffered at the hands of greeks as ‘christians’. It was a derogatory term, an insulting pejorative. The Jews called the believers in Messiah “Nazarenes”, since they followed “The Way” of Yeshua the Nazarene. [Acts 24:5] Historically, LATER ‘christians’ called Jews who followed Yeshua “Nazarenes” as well.
So, we who call ourselves “Messianic” follow the Messiah, the word that would be translated as ‘christ’. But, we do not follow a greek ‘messiah’, or ‘christ’, or one who is divorced from the Torah of Israel. We follow the Messiah, Yeshua, the one who was executed as “King of the JEWS”. We follow Him the way He said to: “If you love me you will keep my commandments”.
Briefly, we believe that Yeshua of Nazareth was born miraculously, and is the Son of G-d, and that the final proof of that fact is that G-d raised Him from the dead. He died to atone for our sins, or to forgive us of all our violations of the Torah, freeing us from our guilt and from fear of punishment for it. But, where we differ from much of modern ‘christianity’ is that we believe He did not free us to go on living in those violations, but that we should strive to be like Him. He kept the Torah perfectly.

This means that He believed יהוה was the only G-d, and only ONE. [Mark 12:29, Deut 6:4] So do we. This means He went to the synagogue on Shabbat, the SEVENTH day. [Mat 12:9, Mark 1:21, Luke 4:16] So do we. This means He ate kosher according to Leviticus 11 and other Torah texts. So do we. This means He wore a four-cornered garment with “tzit-tziyot” as reminders of the Sabbath and all other commands. [Numbers 15, Matt 9:20, 14:36] So do we. This means He kept all the feasts of G-d, along with the Sabbath. [Lev 23, Matt 26:18, Mark 14:1, John 7, 8] So do we. This means that He prayed often. [Luke 5:16, 22:32] So do we.
We also see Him as a Jew, and not just a ‘guy’. This means He called Himself Yeshua, and Messiah. So do we. This means that He knew that the name of His Father, G-d, was יהוה , and He called Him that. [Mark 12:29, Matt 4:7, Matt 22:44] So do we. This means that He prayed with his head covered, and wore a head-covering everywhere. [Exodus (28:4, 37, 40)] So do we. This means that He did not eat the meat of the inner thigh. [Genesis 32.32] Neither do we. This means He honored Khanukah. [John 10] So do we.
So, while we agree that we are not to commit adultery, nor to steal, nor to kill, nor to lie, nor to covet, nor to worship idols, we as Messianics also believe the fourth command is still just as binding as the other nine. And, we see that all the feasts will be kept in the Millennial Reign [Zekh 14, Isaiah], so we also keep them now, as did Yeshua. Further, we see that the first commandment tells us explicitly that our G-d is יהוה , and not just any “concept” of god which man might contrive, and NOT a ‘god’ that goes by any other name, ie, Allah, Buddah, etc….
In short, we follow HIM, and not men. We are instructed to see HIM as our example, and not anyone else. “ANYONE who SAYS he abides in Him ought himself also to walk HIS halakha”. I John 2:6
[Halakha is a Jewish word meaning “how one walks the Torah”. Yeshua walked it in a “pure” way, not adding to it nor taking away from it. That is what He came to Israel to correct: adding to and taking away from the commands of G-d. See Mark 7:1-11]
This means that NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE says, or how lofty the argument, nor how passionately we are opposed, no one can show us in scripture that He worshipped on ‘sun-day’, or ate pork or catfish, or dressed like a Babylonian, or neglected prayer, or studied any other sacred writ than Torah and Nevi’im. He did not add to the commands, and neither did He take away. Christians teach that He took them ALL away! “I did NOT come to abolish the Torah”. “Whoever shall DO and TEACH the commandments, that one shall be called greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” [Matt 5:17,19]
It truly is that simple. And, this applies to Jew and Gentile, as “anyone” is all-encompassing.
So, being Messianic means following the “way” of the quintessential Jew: Yeshua of Nazareth. Is it “christian” to do so? Well, if one goes back to the origin of that word ‘christian’, then YES, as we are “little messiahs”, or little ones who are anointed with His anointing. If one asks whether we are ‘christian’ in the sense of other doctrines that paint a confusing picture about the Jewish Savior who died on a tree [not a ‘cross’, a word that is not even in the texts], then, no, we are not ‘modern-day christians’. We do not see three “people” stuffed into one “body” as Constantine insisted, we do not worship on the day of the Sun as Constantine commanded; we do not keep Easter as Constantine commanded, we do not keep ‘christmas’ as was imposed on christianity in early antiquity, and we do not recklessly eat anything we want; not because we are forbidden, but because we love our G-d, and choose to follow His instructions [Torah], which are good for us. [Psalm 119] We choose to follow the only example that is SURE! One cannot go wrong by imitating the Messiah Yeshua! [Phil 3:12, 1 Cor 11:1] That is what being Messianic is; it is being a Jew INWARDLY , [Rom 2:29] and that inward ‘circumcision’ being expressed in the whole life of the follower of Yeshua of Nazareth, and His Way.

Our Congregation could further define itself as a “Messianic Jewish Peshitta” community, as we also believe the Brit Khadashah was written in Aramaic first, and is best preserved in the Peshitta community’s Aramaic scriptures.  Further, the above description is basically defined as “Peshitta”, meaning we follow the PLAIN MEANING of the texts.  The Ancient Aramaic community of faith REJECTED the Constantinian takeover of the community of faith, and were dubbed “Peshitta” by Rome, meaning “simple”, because they rejected the new ‘trinity’ doctrine, standing firm on what the ‘plain meaning’ of the text says.  In Judaism, there are four levels of studying scripture: Peshat, Remez, D’resh, and Sod.  The Peshat level is the ‘plain meaning,’ and NO other means of interpreting scripture can violate the PLAIN MEANING.  Example:  “יהוה is our Elohim, יהוה is ONE.”  This is very, very plain.  So, when we then understand that HE MANIFESTS in His Son and in His Ru’akh, we cannot then say that He is THREE…..this is a violation of the plain meaning of the text.

The Menorah of Genesis!

Yeshua was born on 1 Sukkot, the 15th day of the 7th month. He had His Brit Milah [circumcision] on the eighth day of His life, the 22nd day of the 7th month:

“And when eight days were fulfilled to circumcise the child, His name was called Yeshua; for He was named by the Messenger before He was conceived in the womb.” [Luke 2:21]
Yosef and Miriam fulfilled the command to Avraham [Gen 17:12], and to all Yisra’el [Lev 12:3], by having Yeshua’s Brit Milah on this day.

This is also known as The Eighth Day: Lev 23:39, and, Simkhat Torah, the Day of Rejoicing in the Torah. It is the last “Moed” [appointed time] and the last “Mikra Kodesh” [called-out assembly] of the sacred year. It is the day that the last scripture in the Torah is read [Deu 33-34], and then the FIRST scripture [Gen 1-2:3] is read, showing the continuation of ‘life,’ the eternal nature of creation, and the ETERNAL NATURE OF HIS TORAH.

As seen in the Luke passage referenced above, a Jewish boy receives his name on the Eighth Day.

We will ALL receive this ceremony in the future! On the EIGHTH DAY of Mankind, at the end of the 7th millenium and the beginning of the 8th:

“He who has ears, let him hear what HaRuakh says to the congregations: To him who overcomes, I will give to eat of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a NEW name written, which no man knows except he who receives it.” Hitgalut 2:17 (Rev),

The Eighth Day is a picture of the eighth millennium, when the new heavens and the new earth appear. Life continues again with CREATION, the Creator Himself ‘renewing’ the heavens and the earth. Hitgalut 21:1-8

This is the ultimate goal of our faith, and, as I expounded yesterday, is reserved for those that overcome, through the blood of the Lamb and THE WORD….

Simkhat Torah is a GREAT day of REJOICING! After SEVEN days of dwelling in the Sukka, waving the lulav, remembering our wanderings and the temporary nature of our lives here, and looking forward to our eventual permanent home, we then rejoice in His Torah. The Torah is a ‘photograph’ of the soul of Messiah Yeshua and His purity and perfection.

Simkhat Torah hearkens to the time when Elohim Himself will do away with all sin, sorrow, pain, strife, disease, and suffering, and we will see the POWER of the creator when He alters the universe for us, and shows us things even the ‘brightest minds’ of man CANNOT imagine. We read the first chapter of B’reshit [Genesis], to remind us of His creative power by HIS WORD, and we look forward to the new creation when He renews ALL THINGS.

Circumcision itself is a picture of ‘renewal,’ and the ‘cycle’ of life. It is the hope that the child will have the more important circumcision, that of the HEART. This is the hope in TORAH. Shaul [Paul] did not invent the concept! Deu 10:16 “Circumcise, therefore, the foreskin of your HEART, and no longer be stiff-necked.” It is a picture of doing away with ‘rebellion’.

We all are undergoing that process now, but on The Eight Day, we will finally be there! We will be done with this painful process, and finally be in His Presence!

Yeshua IS the Torah. The first seven words in this greatest book show us a picture of this whole thing, and of Messiah’s first and second visitations:

Et and Et

You will notice that the bet, the very first letter of Torah, is ‘supsended,’ or ‘lowered.’ It is ‘coming down out of heaven.’ The ‘bet,’ the SECOND Hebrew letter, is a ‘HOUSE,’ a ‘Temple’, and it is seen in the very first verse as ‘coming down out of heaven.’ The VERY FIRST LETTER of scripture points to the book of Revelation’s LAST story!

“I am Alef and Tav, the beginning and the end,” Elohim tells us, when He tells us that the ‘House’ will come down out of heaven!

Then, the next red word in the picture is ET, the Alef and the Tav!

This word has no ‘definition,’ but only ‘function.’ It points to the recipient of the action of the verb that precedes it. This is a picture of Yeshua! Notice that it is the FOURTH word. Yeshua showed up on the FOURTH ‘day’ of creation: at the end of the 4th millennium; [also notice that on the fourth day in Genesis the sun, the moon, and the stars were created…. ] His earthly ministry ended and ours began on the 5th ‘day.’ This את precedes ‘Shamayim,’ or ‘the heavens,’ as did Yeshua!

The SIXTH word is ALSO the ‘alef and tav.’ It precedes ‘earth,’ as did Yeshua. The verb associated with both these pointing words is ‘CREATED.’ Yeshua created heaven and earth!

Yeshua will return at the end of the 6th millennium [which is very fast approaching!] The letter in front of this את is a ‘vav,’ a ‘hook/nail/fastener,’ Yeshua will bring the BET [House/Temple] to earth!

THIS is why I rejoice in the Torah, every day, but most especially on the GREAT DAY of rejoicing, Sh’mini Atzeret, Simkhat Torah!

I always get so ‘excited’ about doing this, and there is always something NEW to see in the Torah when the WHOLE THING is opened up to us at once!

Song

The Song of Moshe and Yehoshua