Is the Church the Bride of Christ?

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I have heard many people in my day tell me that the Church is the bride of Christ. I want us to look at the word Church and understand where that actual word or term came from. Does the word ‘Church’ accurately depict what the New Testament writers were trying to convey to mankind? What is the deeper meaning of Church?

The word church comes from the old English and Germanic word kirke, (pronounced “keer – kay”), and which itself came from Babylonian for the goddess Circe (pronounced “seer-say”) Circe is a word from which we get circumference, and circle, among other words. When pertaining to circle, the word Kirke refers to ‘circle of worship’. Therefore, church means, at the least, a pagan circle for worship, and at the worst, the worship of the goddess Circe, or the worship of the sun.

The term Church is a pagan word that never had a true translation in the word of God. Nowhere in the bible can there be found a word that translates to Church; it’s not there. The term Ekklesia or Ecclesia is a Greek word which means, called out or called out ones. Ekklesia was used more than one hundred times in the Old Testament, even at the time of Messiah. It was translated by the King James translators as Church because of their anti-Semitism. The word Church cannot be found anywhere and it is definitely not synonymous with Ekklesia.

So, when we say the Church is the bride of Christ, we are actually referring to a group of pagan sun-worshippers, thus, the Church could never be the bride of Christ. Therefore, a question remains: who is the bride of Christ and where does this bride come from?

Now, I am not going to quote Scripture with you, but let’s reason a little about this thing called marriage. In Jewish customs, a man could be ‘betrothed’ to his wife, that is, they were considered married, although neither party had actually performed the act whereby the marriage had been consummated. So, it was during this point that the man or the woman could actually call the whole thing off. To do this, they would need to divorce one another. Consider Joseph, he was betrothed to Mary, yet when he found she was pregnant, he had in mind to divorce her quietly and send her away. They were betrothed to each other, yet had never been intimate. Mary was a virgin.

Does virginity have anything to do with being a bride of Christ? I mean, can Messiah take a person and clean them up to the status that they are just like Mary, virginal? I don’t know, but let’s look at this; do we really believe that God would use someone who isn’t pure or who has spots or wrinkles to be his Son’s bride? I mean could just anyone become the bride of Christ or would it take someone very special to achieve that position? Could I be betrothed to Yeshua, the Messiah, if there were issues in my life that didn’t meet the mark? What if I had sin in my life? Yes, I might be struggling with something and I don’t have the victory yet, but would that still qualify me to be the bride of Christ?

I really don’t believe at this time, that any of us are worthy to be called the bride of Christ. I just don’t see it. I’ve spent close to thirty years in organized religion as a Catholic, Baptist, United Baptist, Apostolic, Pentecostal, Messianic, and Messianic Jewish believer. Of all the people I have met, including myself, there are none I could call the bride of Christ. None, not one. I have met very lovely people in certain circles, but of those I met, there are none I could say were the bride of Christ. I saw too many spots and wrinkles.

Why do I say this? It’s because many Christians have a disdain for certain parts of the word of God. They believe that some of God’s most cherished commandments have been done away with, or simply don’t apply to believer’s life in this day and age. So, how could they be considered ‘the bride of Christ?’

If we look to Judaism, we see that many Jewish people esteem the words of the Talmud to be equal to or above the written word of God. Not only this, but they have many traditions that they have also elevated above the word of God. So, how could the modern day Jews be ‘the bride of Messiah?’

If we look to Islam, well… enough said.

So, if none of these people are what I would call the bride of Christ, then is there anywhere in the bible that refers to any people group as the ‘bride of Messiah?’

Consider Revelation Chapter 7:

Rev 7:4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:

Rev 7:5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,

Rev 7:6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,

Rev 7:7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,

Rev 7:8 12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 from the tribe of Benjamin were sealed.

Maybe the Bride of Christ consists of only these 144,000 people? Consider what is written afterwards,

Rev 7:9  After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands,

Could it be that this great multitude are the ones that are going to serve the Messiah and his Bride? It says that they went through the tribulation and had their robes washed in the blood of the lamb. If we are all the Messiah’s bride then who is going to watch the wedding and serve? Every wedding I have attended had a small wedding party and sometimes hundreds and hundreds of guests. If we compare this to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb we see the same thing, 144,000 virgins, with the seal on their foreheads, hearing a song known only to them, and a large multitude that cannot be counted. Speaking of the 144,000, consider;

Rev 14:4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as first fruits for God and the Lamb,

Rev 14:5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

I can honestly say that most of us here are living a lie or believing one and in doing so, we are telling others the lies we believe. It might even be safe to say that the 144,000 are all males who don’t lie and are blameless. Why are they called blameless? I believe it is because they chose to follow God’s word completely and had no regard for the oral law or the traditions of men. They adhered to and delighted themselves in the keeping of God’s commandments.

So, you might ask the question: “But I thought I was going to be the bride?” To which I would tell you, so did I! But it’s really all OK, it doesn’t matter that you are not the bride. Isn’t it nice just to be invited to the wedding? Just to share in the joy of the Lamb and His Bride? Just to be with God and serve one another? To me that means just as much, if not more, than being the Bride of Christ.

Numb and Number

Numb and Number

Numb and Number

Have you ever noticed that regardless of how heinous a piece of news or video that circulates on social media is, that it blows over in a month or less? Remember when we watched the gruesome scenes of ISIS decapitating people how upset we were? Or what about the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, or what about the leader of Planned Parenthood caught on video selling human body parts of aborted babies?

It seems that no matter what the crime is, or how intense it is in severity to the norms of our society, we simply forget about it and go on. Little is done, and in a few weeks the tragedy, no matter how severe, is all but forgotten. Why is this? The answer is really quite simple: We are so engrossed in our own lives and our own issues that we have little regard for the plight of others on this planet. Greed and lust are at an all-time high, as is the desire to covet the things we don’t have, but want.

When describing the people of today the bible is quite clear on what most people on earth would be like. Brace yourself. Here is a mirror for most of us:

But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 2Timothy3:1-7 ESV

This is quite a bucket list of vile ways and motives which many of us possess. We couldn’t care less about the needs of others, and we continually lust for more for ourselves, more pleasures, more drugs, more money, more booze…it’s party time!

The sad reality for most people, there is no party. Most of us have been hurt deeply in the formative years of our lives and we have never recovered from it. All we know is bitterness and hatred, as Messiah Yeshua stated:

And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12 ESV

And that is the two-fold problem with most of us today on planet earth. Our lawlessness is increasing more and more as mankind forsakes the commandments of God, resulting in the love of many growing cold; we have nothing but apathy for our fellow man. We simply don’t care about the needs of another person because our focus is only on ourselves. People who feel this way are growing more in number every day. With each new disappointment, setback, failure, breakup, manipulation, abusive relationship, addiction, etc., people are falling deeper into despair. It’s not even so much that we choose to turn our backs on our fellow man, it’s more like we are incapable of caring about the needs of others. We have all but given up – let someone else help them – I can’t do anything for them –  I have to take care of me –  have to feed me, me, me, me.

We’ve become such a selfish and self-centered generation that I fear that regardless of what happens on earth, going forward, we will never be able to stop it. Never. All we care about is having that new car, house, cell phone, or going to that new watering hole that just opened up with all the cool lights and cheap drinks. Drugs, suicide and porn -the devil sells you cheap.

As I see it, no one cares about abortion, the selling of fetal body parts, the ISIS crisis, the Syrian problems or anything else. We don’t care about any of it. Period.

So, what will it take? Will it be the Messiah returning and we all jump on board and escape the wrath slated for this world? No! We’re going through the tribulation, just as the Jews will realize they killed their Messiah, Yeshua, Christians will realize there actually is something good about Torah observance. Don’t fool yourself. Just because you go to Church or pay tithes doesn’t mean you have a fast track ticket to Heaven. We’re not getting the message: We are called to love one another. Remember that Scripture? And others, those who don’t know Messiah, will know we have a relationship with God as evidenced by our love for one another. Such a thing exists only in a few places today, and such places are becoming extinct.

It’s not having a ‘touchy-feely’ relationship with Messiah that will reverse our lack of love for others. The only thing is our desire to please God through the love and obedience we have for his word (Torah), and his commandments (Torah). Until that happens there will be no peace on earth, in fact, things will keep deteriorating till the things we see happening on the earth start happening in our own communities; in our own backyard. It’s coming to us, to all of us; this is our just reward for our complacency towards those who are suffering. I am including myself in this, so this is not a finger of judgment. I’m saying we are all guilty of this horrible apathy towards those who need our help, but will most likely never receive it from us.

Right now there are infants being decapitated during a ‘routine’ abortion. There are young boys and girls being introduced to Crystal Meth for the first time. There are young boys and girls who have no one to turn to for help after being molested by an adult. There’s an addict who is thinking about suicide, there are so many people in need, and all we do is sit on our blessed assurances watching their plight on that accursed television, and do absolutely nothing about it!

What will it take to reverse this horrible slippery slope that most of us are on; Jew, Muslim and Christian? It’s adherence to God’s Torah! Why do you think that with all of these new ministries, Churches, Mosques and Synagogues starting up, that the world is growing darker and darker? Don’t you dare blame the devil! He has absolutely nothing to do with this. He hasn’t changed in thousands of years. He only has the same garbage to offer people, and that has never changed.

So, what will it take to make a change? Actually I don’t believe anything will. We’re too far gone. Our heads are stuck so far in the sand and we are so numb to the suffering of those around us, that we’ll never be able to escape the coming wrath and judgment of God. Nothing is going to spring us into action to help the plight of those needing our resources. Don’t you get it? Is your mind so dull? Humanity needs a father and we need to abide by his rules for safety. If you have a two year old child holding your hand while crossing the street of busy traffic, would you suddenly let her go if she protested holding your hand? Well, why in God’s name would it be any different with our Father in Heaven? Do you think he gave us the Torah for his benefit or ours? Foolish people. It’s not a sermon about ‘7 Steps to this’, or ‘5 Steps to that.’ God is done with that kind of vanity. He wants us to learn his Torah and keep his rules to give us a safe place to live.

Look around. Everything pertaining to God is being removed from society, and no one, that’s you and me, are doing anything about it. Wait until the government takes your children to raise them in institutions. “That will never happen!” you say. Foolish people. It already has happened, and will happen again.

In closing, if you want a change in this world, don’t expect it to be a Christian revival that will sweep the world. It will never happen. Don’t expect Islam, Christianity or Modern day Judaism to solve our problems. Here is the answer::

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

If you are not aware, or still think you have no wicked ways, then you need to read this over until you understand. We all have fallen short. All of us. That’s you and me. STOP thinking you’re righteous. If you have done nothing about the things listed here, then you’re part of the problem and far from being a part of the solution. God have mercy on our souls, or better yet, please put a fire inside us that burns for your Torah. Amen.

The Covenants of God

The Covenants of God

The Covenants of God

Covenant defined:

Literally, a contract. In the Bible, an agreement between God and his people, in which God makes promises to his people and, usually, requires certain conduct from them. (Good conduct requires obedience to his Torah.)

A covenant is an agreement that God makes between himself and those who wish to enter into that agreement with him. Anyone who has a desire to have a relationship with God can enter into covenant with him. The covenants that God makes with his children are based on the promises he makes to his children in return for their obedience to his covenant requirements. In other words, if God makes an agreement with a person, or people, they are required to uphold their part of the agreement and, if they do, there is a reward for their obedience.

Many people think that if they say a prayer to God, they have entered into covenant with him. This may or may not be correct, as it depends on what was prayed and how much understanding a person has concerning making a covenant with God.

Many people think they have entered into a relationship/covenant with God by saying what is commonly called, the ‘sinner’s prayer’. Sadly, there is no such thing as a ‘repeat after me’ prayer that will attain a secure standing with the Father. When a person hears the Gospel (Good News) for the first time, they are required to repent of their sins and be baptized. This would be the start of someone who desires to enter into covenant with God.

The sad thing for many people who call themselves believers is that most never go beyond baptism. Many have the presumption that once you have repeated a prayer and were baptized, you could do whatever you deem as right in your own eyes and that is OK because you said the sinners prayer, have been baptized, and that means you go to heaven, guaranteed.

The reality is that many people forget that in order to enter into covenant with God, there is a great emphasis on being obedient to him, as disobedience without repentance will stop us from entering into a covenant with him. Consider the curses spoken of by God for disobeying God’s commands in Deuteronomy. God lists paragraph after paragraph of curses that will come upon a person for disobeying his commandments. One such curse is insanity or what we would call today, mental illness. Our desire to disobey God’s commands is making us crazy, literally! That is why God has sent his son to tell us the Good News.

So, what is the Good News? The Good News contains three promises that God makes with us when we enter into covenant with him; this occurs after hearing the Good News and immediately repenting of our sins and being baptized.

First, God promises to write his commandments on our hearts. Consider,

Jeremiah 31:33 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 

Hebrews 8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” 

Hebrews 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”

The next promise was that God would send his comforter after Messiah returned to Heaven. This comforter is the Holy Spirit who would teach God’s Torah commands to us.

The next promise that makes up the Good News was Messiah’s sacrificial death, burial and resurrection that meant God would remember our sins no more. He will not hold us accountable for our sin.

So, what is sin? Well, for starters, sin doesn’t mean resisting grace, nor does sin mean breaking God’s will. Sin occurs when someone directly violates a commandment of God from his Torah, or anywhere else in the bible. Consider,

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4

In a nutshell, sin is breaking any of God’s commandments from Genesis to Revelation.

Many people say it is enough to love God and love his Messiah and that is all we need to do. “I’m just loving God and Jesus!” Here are some scriptures that need to be looked at for naïve believers who state this:

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3

And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 

Scripture is quite clear that we have to keep his commands in order to show God we love him. God doesn’t give rewards for disobedience, nor does he bless sin. We learned that sin is the breaking of God’s laws, or Torah commands.

When we enter into covenant with God we are making, in most cases, a verbal contract with the Father, telling him that we will keep our end of the agreement, just like the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. As stated, in most cases, this simply means to obey him, whether it is a commandment from Torah, or he tells us to do something for him or another person. God requires obedience to his commands from those who say they love him. If we say we love God and don’t keep his commandments, we make ourselves out to be liars and the truth is not in us. Liars do not inherit the Kingdom of God.

Entering into covenant with God is the most serious thing a person can undertake in their lives. It’s more important than getting married, having children or buying a house. Indeed, entering into covenant with God and keeping our end of the agreement through obedience is the greatest undertaking we can do to secure the success of our marriage, the well-being of our children and everything else pertaining to life.

If we have never entered into covenant with God, we are living outside the promises he has to offer us. Yes, he might give us scraps of blessings, but we will never be truly blessed until we find out what are the terms of his covenant and, reciprocally, we live according to those terms. I can’t emphasize enough the importance and gravity of entering into covenant with God.

God sent his Spirit to us as a deposit. We are marked by God when we enter into covenant with him. He places his Spirit deep within us thus guaranteeing that we will be taught all things by God himself. We no longer have to say to anyone, “Know the Lord”, because God will teach us all things pertaining to himself. Again, this teaching God gives us is only afforded to those who have entered into covenant with him. Outside the covenant we may only get scraps of insight or a little understanding. I say this because most Pastors in the churches I attended or talked to, told me that God nailed his Torah to the cross when he nailed Messiah to the cross. Thus, God made his Torah null and void. There is nothing from scripture that supports this notion. Yes, we can take the writings of Apostle Paul and twist them to mean whatever we want, but we forget that like Messiah, Paul taught and upheld the Torah.

The reason why this world is spiraling downward to anarchy in many countries has to do with two key things: first, we have forsaken the Torah commands of God and second, because of our disobedience, we have never entered into covenant with God. Consider,

Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 

Matthew 7:22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 

Matthew 7:23  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” 

That last phrase in Matthew 7:23, “workers of lawlessness” can be translated as those who work at disobeying God’s Torah commands, they do not keep such commands themselves, and instead, teach others to break the commands as well. I have heard many people who call themselves believers say we don’t have to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, that we can eat whatever we want, clean or unclean meats, and it is OK to lie to our children about a jolly old fellow who says “ho, ho, ho”.

Not only are we teaching heresy to our children, we are bringing the wrath of God upon us because of our willful disobedience to His commandments. There is nothing more I can say at this time except it is time to repent and be baptized. It is time to enter into covenant with our Father in Heaven. 

Finally, when one enters into covenant with the Father, they are grafted into Israel. They now are now Israelis. As Paul states, we are grafted into the vine who is Messiah, Yeshua. This means that all the promises that are slated for an obedient Israeli belong to us. If we are from the USA or Canada, or any other country, we now have dual citizenship, however, our first and greatest love should be our grafted in Israeli heritage. Many forget that Yeshua was a Hebrew, a Jew who was born to a Jewish mother and father. He never converted to Christianity, nor did Peter or Paul and all the other Jewish fathers of the faith. God desired to have Israeli Torah Keepers having a relationship with him which included a relationship with Messiah Yeshua. He never wanted a Messiah (Jesus) who was stripped of his Hebrew heritage, who nullified the Torah, gave permission to eat unclean animals, and substituted man’s holidays for God’s Holy Days.

In a nutshell, here is what I believe people need to do to enter into covenant with God:

  1. They must hear the true Gospel that was preached by Messiah Yeshua.
  2. Upon hearing that Gospel, they need to get baptized as soon as possible.
  3. They need to be taught by God how to keep and observe ALL of God’s commandments from Torah.
  4. In doing this, they have entered into covenant with God, and a sign of keeping that covenant is that they are obedient to God’s word, from Genesis to Revelation. 
  5. Some signs that will follow someone who has entered into covenant with God is that they will become Torah Keepers and share with others the need to keep Torah. They will start to keep the Seventh Day Sabbath, which is a sign to God and the world that they are in covenant with God. They must observe all the Rules and Ordinances found in the Torah that pertain to them.

In doing these things, a person has entered into covenant with God and, provided they are OBEDIENT to his Torah, they will find their life followed by many blessings. I’m not saying that there won’t be hardships, because the devil hates those who keep covenant with God. Those in Churches, Mosques and Synagogues who give him lip service, but whose hearts are far from him, who disobey God’s Commandments and teach others to do so, are not in covenant with him. In essence, such people are operating in darkness and may even belong to the devil.

I don’t believe that too many people have heard the Gospel, thus many people who call themselves believers, who twist Scripture to support their disobedience of keeping God’s Commandments, will find themselves at the end of time, looking at a very angry God. Will they enter into Heaven? I don’t know; that is not my call. All I can say is that if you erroneously taught others to break God’s Commandments, there may not be much of  a reward waiting for you. 

I hope you can see the importance of keeping covenant with God. He is a covenant keeping person who desires that all people hear the Gospel and upon baptism, repent of breaking his Commandments. The only way to the Father is through Messiah Yeshua, who was the word, that became flesh. What was that word? It was the Torah of God. God bless you.

6 Questions That Need An Answer

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A tremendous article by Chris Pope of Torah Babies

This resource is unlike any of our other resources. It is designed for Torah followers who are looking for a way to introduce family and/or friends to the Torah, but it is also self-explanatory, so it is relevant to people who are searching for the truth on their own. By asking a series of questions in a very specific order and answering those questions using scripture, a foundation is laid which proves that Torah is still applicable in the lives of believers today.

How do we love YHWH (God)?

What is Sin?

What is the Law?

What is Lawlessness?

What are Commandments?

What is Righteousness?

These questions along with their corresponding answers are designed to keep a person on topic and guide them to the conclusion that the law, AKA Torah, is still applicable today.

How do we love YHWH (God)?

For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden, 1 John 5:3

And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. 2 John 1:6

“If you love Me, you will keep My commands. John 14:15

The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn’t keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 

What is Sin?

Everyone who commits sin also breaks the law; sin is the breaking of law. 1 John 3:4

What is the Law?

Also: The Law, Gods Law, Mosaic Law

Merriam-Webster

  1. a binding custom or practice of a community : a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority 2 a often capitalized : the revelation of the will of God set forth in the Old Testament
  2. the first part of the Jewish scriptures : pentateuch, torah

Strong’s

H8451 towrah or torah – (from H3384 yarah – to throw, shoot, to point out, show, to direct, teach, instruct) law, direction, instruction, Mosaic Law

G3551 nomos – anything established, anything received by usage, a custom, a law, a command

a law or rule producing a state approved of God, the Mosaic law

Scripture References

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Psalm 119:136 Streams of tears run down my eyes, because they don’t observe your law.

1 Corinthians 14:21 In the law it is written, “By men of strange languages and by the lips of strangers I will speak to this people. Not even thus will they hear me, says YHWH.

1 Timothy 1:8 But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

Commentary

The law in the bible is referring to Torah. Translating Torah as law gives it a somewhat negative tone. A much better translation would be ‘instruction.’ The root word for Torah carries the idea of shooting or aiming to hit a mark. Torah is YHWH’s instructions for righteousness, or His way of showing us how to aim our lives towards righteousness. Torah has more to do with ‘hand’ led instruction than ‘rod’ following legalism.

What is Lawlessness?

Merriam-Webster

1: not regulated by or based on law

2 : not restrained or controlled by law

Strong’s

G458 anomía (from 459 / anomos “destitute of (the Mosaic) law”) – properly, without law;

  1. the condition of without law (because ignorant of it), (because of violating it)
  2. contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness

Scripture References

Matthew 13:41 “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

2 Corinthians 6:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?

1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Commentary

1 John 3:4 defines exactly what lawlessness is…SIN. Sin is defined as the breaking of the law and the law that defines sin is Torah. Breaking Torah is Lawlessness. 2 Corinthians 6:14 makes a very clear distinction between righteousness (obeying Torah) and lawlessness (breaking Torah).

What are Commandments?

Merriam-Webster

1: the act or power of commanding

2: something that is commanded; especially: one of the biblical Ten Commandments

Strong’s

H4687 mitsvah – commandment (of God) (of man)

G1785 entolē – an order, command, charge, precept, injunction

Scripture References

Leviticus 22:31 “Therefore you shall keep my commandments, and do them. I am Yahweh.

Deuteronomy 4:40 You shall keep his statutes, and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which Yahweh your God gives you, forever.

Matthew 5:17 But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Matthew 22:40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Commentary

A commandment, statute, or judgment is anything YHWH commands us to do or observe. Commandments are YHWH’s instructions for righteousness and they are found in the first five books of the bible, known as the Torah. The verses we have listed show the importance of keeping YHWH’s commandments, forever, throughout our generations. Even the New Testament verses show the commandments are to be observed today. Matthew 22:40 is often used to say that believers are only required to keep two commandments, love your neighbor and love YHWH, but Y’shua makes it clear that all of the Law (Torah, Commandments) depend on those two, NOT that those two are the only ones we are required to keep today.

What is Righteousness?

Merriam-Webster

1: morally good: following religious or moral laws: caused by something that you believe is not morally right or fair

2: acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin

Strong’s

H6664 – tsedeq (from 6663 / tsadaq “to be just, be righteous”) – justice, rightness, righteousness

  1. what is right or just or normal, rightness, justness (of weights and measures), righteousness (in government), of law

G1343 – dikaiosýnē (from 1349 /díkē, “a judicial verdict”) – properly, judicial approval (the verdict of approval); in the NT, the approval of God (“divine approval”).

  1. in the broad sense, the state of him who is such as he ought to be, righteousness; the condition acceptable to God

Scripture References

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to you, because of your righteous ordinances.

Psalm 119:137 You are righteous, Yahweh. Your judgments are upright.

Psalm 119:138 You have commanded your statutes in righteousness. They are fully trustworthy.

Psalm 119:160 All of your words are truth. Every one of your righteous ordinances endures forever.

Psalm 119:172 Let my tongue sing of your word, for all your commandments are righteousness.

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Commentary

Righteousness is simply the condition of being acceptable to YHWH. Romans 10:3 shows us that there is a difference between YHWH’s righteousness and our own righteousness. David makes it very clear in Psalm 119 that YHWH and his ordinances and commandments (Torah) are righteous, so it only stands to reason that following and observing YHWH’s ordinances and commandments is what leads us to the state of righteousness that is acceptable to YHWH. Following Torah is righteousness.

Conclusion

Loving YHWH is expressed by our keeping of his commands or laws. Sin is defined as breaking YHWH’s laws or commands. The law or commandments are known as the Torah or YHWH’s instructions in righteousness. Following Torah is righteousness. When we set aside the Torah as if it does not apply to modern day believers, we are sinning and also not loving YHWH, or at least not loving him the way He wants to be loved. Without Torah there can be no righteousness. The Torah is love!

When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is: fear YHWH and keep His commands, because this is for all humanity. Ecclesiastes 12:13 

Yom Kippur: Day of Atonement

Paul Moore's photo.

Today I am observing Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. For many, today is just another day, Thursday September 24, 2015 and on it goes, but for some (A very few {Narrow is the gate to life and ‘few’ find it.}) it is a day to look forward to what will happen when Messiah returns to this planet and judges EVERYONE who has ever lived and is living on this planet. For some (few) it will be a day where we stand before God and because we have separated ourselves from this polluted world with all of its man-made practices and religions, Messiah will welcome us into his Kingdom.

But for many (wide is the road that leads to destruction and ‘many’ travel it.) it will be a day filled with unspeakable terror and fear. For every person who has mocked or made fun of those who have tried to enter the Kingdom of God by accepting the work Messiah accomplished on the tree AND by observing God’s Holy Torah, it will be a dreaded day, where the ‘goats’ will be cast into the lake of fire.

For every Priest, Pastor, Rabbi and Imam, or anyone else who calls themselves a leader, or teacher, who did not strive to teach the commands of Torah to their Congregation, and who grew fat, financially, by teaching a ‘strange’ gospel to their people, one devoid of the Torah and its teachings, this will be the day God avenges himself on you.

If we think we can teach ‘tickling ear’ messages to naive people who give us money, thinking they are giving to God when we know it is the leadership who benefits from this form of manipulation, then we are bringing the dread of this day, Yom Kippur, upon our own heads.

Mark my words, Sir or Ma’am you will NOT escape the fire that is slated for the devil and his angels. You are living in utter darkness as Isaiah states, darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples, you need a wake up call before it is too late. THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!!!

Spiritual Metamorphosis: Becoming a True Believer

Beautiful Butterfly

Spiritual Metamorphosis

Becoming a True Believer

In the life of a butterfly there are four stages, the first is the egg, next the larva, then the pupa and finally the adult. Butterfly eggs are usually found underneath leaves. The leaves that the parent butterflies lay their eggs on are the leaves that the tiny larva, when hatched from the egg, will eat to make themselves grow.

Now let’s look at the first state of a believer’s life from the example of the egg. Many believers, when they come to faith in Messiah, are put into an egg environment (an assembly) where they stay and hopefully begin the process of coming out of the world and into the Father and Son’s glorious light. This is like growing inside the egg for the butterfly.

Keep in mind that many new believers, for some reason, stay in the egg and never come out of that environment. They never mature to the point where they are ready to go on to the next stage of growth. They like the comfort of their assembly, yet never venture outside the four walls of their initial state of habitat.

Fortunately for some believers, God moves them on to the next phase of their lives, the larva. Butterflies, that are in the larva stage eat and eat and eat. They consume everything in their path. A believer who has been born into the right ‘leaf’ (assembly) will now begin the process of consumption – consuming the word of God. They will read and read and read and thus begin the process of digesting and growing spiritually from the word of God. The problem develops when a believer, who comes out of the egg environment, finds themselves in an environment where there is little consumption going on or there is nothing to eat. By that I mean that they are not taught and fed true biblical teachings, but instead, are taught heresy or a man’s opinion. A spiritual leader should always promote an individual in the larva stage to learn from ALL of God’s word and try to objectively teach the student (larva) instead of showering them with tradition or opinions.

It is during the larva stage that one engages the process of discipline and searching the word of God for its truth and merit. There are many believers who get hung up on following a man or become satisfied only with hearing about God at a service once a week. They never come to the place where they learn the process of rightly dividing the word of God, nor do they care to. Instead, they are satisfied with, “If my religious leader says it, I believe it!” They forget that the leader is simply a man who can be wrong in what he teaches.

So, because the budding believer (larva) never reaches the place where they are ready to go to the pupa stage, they never attain true maturity and have to be constantly fed the milk of the word, instead of solid food. They engage in many traditions, not even knowing why they do the things they do. “My leader does it and that is good enough for me.” 

The next stage of the butterfly is the pupa stage. It is during this stage that the caterpillar forms the pupa around themselves, this is known as Chrysalis, where the caterpillar starts the process of transformation known as metamorphosis. Within the chrysalis the butterfly’s old body parts are changing to become the beautiful body parts that make up the butterfly.

Very few believers ever experience the pupa stage of their lives. They either stay in the egg or larva state and yet, many never fully obtain the pupa stage. For a believer, going through the pupa stage is one of the greatest experiences that they will ever have. This stage is brought about when a believer begins to question their faith and what they have been told from the leader and compare it to the word of God. If they truly search and dig deep enough, they will learn many truths about God and his word. They will also learn about the many lies that have been passed on down to them through tradition, like pagan holidays and other things which have nothing to do with following God.

It’s in the pupa state that a believer may cut off all ties with other believers, so as to form true ideals and true doctrines based on the word of God. They will begin to feel what God feels and start the process of spending more time with Him. What happens is that they learn to discern the still small voice of his and engage in long talks and discussions with the Father about anything and everything.

It is during this stage that the believer is disciplined by God and will have much of their pride removed. These can be painful experiences for the believer, who by now has come out of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and all other world religions to embrace a true relationship with the Father through His Son, Yeshua (commonly, but incorrectly called ‘Jesus’).

This emerging ‘Butterfly’ believer has disassociated themselves with all forms of organized religion to embrace a true and meaningful relationship with his or her Father in Heaven. The traditions are gone, the lies are gone, and as the believer undergoes the final stage of metamorphosis, they emerge as soldier and servant of the most-high God, they are now in the fourth stage of their growth in God. They are adult butterflies, beautiful to behold, just like the Messiah. Their lives emulate the love of God and the compassion Messiah had for the lost. A believer in this stage knows that most people in organized religion are lost in lies and religious rhetoric.

This new believer has undergone the training from God the Father’s word and the school of hard knocks to have acquired an understanding of what God is doing on the earth, as his word says, those who seek God will understand everything.

Their past is just that, their past. They have forgiven those who have hurt them from their parents to friends, former religious leaders and siblings, everyone. There is no avenging themselves against anyone as they know that it is God who will fight for them. The promises stated in Psalm 91 are theirs for the taking as are all the promises and blessings outlined in fifth book of the bible called Deuteronomy.

They have come out from under the curse to live in God’s prosperity and abundance. This is accomplished through a desire to obey God and his word from the Book of Genesis to Revelation. Their love for God and his word are insatiable. The only thing that matters to them is the will of God, they have no agenda of their own. They only want to bring other people, Christians, Jews and Muslims and all others, into a true relationship with God.

Such people are warriors and have no fear of man or the devil. In fact, they have set their faces like flint against the devil and his schemes, so as to free those who are still caught in them. Adult believers have learned the art of caring and sharing with others. They have moved on from the milk of the word to solid teaching, solid doctrines and a true understanding of their life purpose and why they were put on earth in the first place.

As stated, very few people have arrived at this stage and as Messiah has stated, the harvest is ripe. The sad reality is that there is little true discipleship for any of us who are coming out of organized religion, and into the Father’s light and love. This is why it is so important to spend time with him every day and learn to discern that still small voice of his.   

An adult believer knows that their lives on earth are over shadowed by God the Father. They are led by the Spirit of God to do whatever God wants them to do. As stated, they have no fear of man or what man can do to them. They aren’t afraid of dying or suffering for the Kingdom’s sake. Their only desire is to do the will of the Father.

They have disciplined themselves, with the help of God, to seek the Father each day for their daily mission to help others. They read the bible, they pray, they fellowship with God and other like-minded people, they lay hands on the sick and watch them recover, they cast unclean spirits out of the demonized, and they do many more things thought humanly impossible. Such believers cannot be stopped by the devil and are totally enveloped in God’s mighty hand and held close to his heart.

God is calling all of us into this vibrant and exciting life. There are many who may desire it, but don’t have the determination to see it truly happen in their lives. They get stuck and want to stay stuck. They choose tradition and man’s opinions over God’s word and ways. I fear for such people who could have it all, yet settle for much, much less. If you are an egg or larva, I pray the following prayer for you.  

May you begin to search out that which is truly important to God and his Kingdom. May you start to question everything you have been taught or heard from a religious leader. May you begin to see how wonderful and complete God’s instructions and ways are. May you develop a passion for Messiah and his word, from Genesis to Revelation.  May you come out of this world and into God’s marvellous light. May you seek the Father and Son and begin to understand everything that is going on in this world. May Father bless you with everything you need to go through these four stages of growth. Amen.

Pre Trib Rapture: Is the Church Ready?

Pre trib rapture

PRE-TRIB-RAPTURE

IS THE CHURCH READY?

There are many schools of thought concerning ‘the rapture’ of the Christian Church from the earth. I’ve heard things like the Church is the Bride of Christ and that He is coming back for her to be raptured away with him and the two, God and the Church will enjoy sweet fellowship forever. This will all start after the Church (Bride) will be seated with the Father and Son and all the angels to enjoy the wedding feast of the lamb.

So, what is the rapture according to the Christian Church? According to what I heard in the 20 years I spent in hardcore Pentecostalism, I understand that there are different schools of thought on the rapture. Some believe in and advocate a pre-tribulation rapture. This is where all the Christians on earth who have said the ‘sinner’s’ prayer are going to be caught up with Jesus in the air before the tribulation begins, and thus, they will avoid any harm. Those who are on the earth and haven’t said the sinner’s prayer are going to experience horrible calamities.

Some believe in a mid trib rapture and some in a post trib rapture. Personally, I believe mankind (all of us) will go through the tribulation. For those who have accepted the work of Messiah, Yeshua, to their lives, and have a Passion for his Torah, the promises of Psalm 91 will apply to them. For those who are law-breakers, they will go through the tribulation experiencing God’s wrath for their disobedience to his Torah commands. 

The whole crux of this is that one must adhere to the commands of our Father’s Torah. (The Torah is the first five books of the bible, and the instructions found therein.) Yeshua is the Torah in the flesh. In the beginning was the word (Torah) and the word (Torah) was with God and the word (Torah) was God. The Word (Torah) became flesh and dwelt among us. Yeshua (Jesus) said “If you love me, keep my commands.” What commands was he talking about? It wasn’t the New Testament because the New Testament wasn’t even written when he made that statement. So, what word was he talking about or what commands was he talking about? He was talking about the commands of Torah. 

The Torah has always existed, in the beginning was the word… So, why do many Christians have such a disdain for the Torah of God? I’ve heard things like, “Why would you want to keep all of those commandments? Jesus nailed the Torah to the cross.” Let me explain something to you. There are actually two laws in the bible and both are mentioned in the New Testament. There is the Law, or more appropriately, Torah, or Instructions. The instructions God gave us in the Torah which were meant to give us life and have it more abundantly. (Sound familiar?) Just look at the blessings found in the Book of Deuteronomy concerning obedience to the commands, instructions, Torah of God. 

So, what happens when one disobeys the Torah, commands, instructions of God? Such people become cursed and begin to live under the second law, the law of sin and death, small ‘L’. When Messiah died he took the curse of the law of sin and death and nailed it to the tree. What that means for those of us who had broken the Torah of God in times past, is that we are now aware of his commandments and we’re to practice repentance. A 180 degree turn from disobedience to God’s word and 100% obedience to his Torah Commands. 

I have heard it said that the commandments of Torah are burdensome and no one can keep all of them perfectly. This is a direct violation and unbelief in what God said in Deuteronomy. He was point blank in saying that we can obey and adhere to these commandments, that we are well able to keep them. There were many, many people who adhered to the commands of Torah and their lives were truly blessed. These blessings are available to us when we desire to obey his commandments.

Keep in mind that many of the Torah commands do not apply to everyone. There were commandments for Sacrifices, Temple Worship (The temple is no longer there), Married couples, Priest and Levites, those in the land of Israel, etc. So there are many that do not apply to us here in North America and all other parts of the world. That being said, there are commandments that are very dear to our Father in Heaven and he commands us to keep them.Violating these commands will no doubt bring the curse of the law of sin and death upon us. We see this everywhere on earth. Nations disintegrating before our eyes because of their disobedience to the commandments of God. 

To be very honest with you I don’t know all of the commandments that God has commanded for me to keep and obey. Here are some of the commandments I keep and adhere to, or am learning about. 

1) The seventh day Sabbath

2) The dietary laws of Leviticus chapter 11

3) God’s Holy Days as outlined in Leviticus chapter 23

4) The tying of Tzit Tzits to have on the four corners of our garments.

5) All of the Ten Commandments. 

Humanity has been in a deep sleep concerning the Torah of God. (Darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples) The Hebrew language was dead for many years, so we don’t have the exact, accurate translations of God’s word. The only way we are going to find out the truth is to seek God and he will give us the answers. 

To sum up what I am saying here is this: Saying a prayer (commonly called ‘the sinner’s prayer) to secure your spot in Heaven is a myth, or a vapor. The only way to Heaven is through accepting the work that Messiah performed on the tree, AND the obedience to his commands. Do we really think God is going to reward disobedient people? The Israelites were kicked out of their land and made a byword (a laughing stock) for their disobedience to the Word of God. Are we any different than the Israelites? The answer is ‘no’.God sent his word and healed us. That word is Yeshua, and that word is the Torah. Yeshua is the Torah in the flesh. Yeshua and Torah are synonymous. 

So, if we think that we can somehow be caught up in the air with Jesus and all the time have had contempt for his Torah commands, we have deceived ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we truly believe that our Messiah did away with the Torah commands and we have no desire to keep them, that is, we pick and choose which commandments we are going to keep and throw out the rest of them, we will find ourselves standing before a very angry God. In the 20 years I spent in Christianity, I heard many, many sermons, but in that time I never once heard a Pastor who taught on the commandments of the Torah, not once. 

Is the Church ready for the rapture? No, she is not, nor will she ever be without the tribulation. It will be that during the tribulation that the Jews will learn about their Messiah, Yeshua and Christians, those who God will have favor on, will realize the truth about adhering to the commands of Torah. This is a strong warning for those who say they are teachers and leaders within the Christian faith. I have heard many Pastors talk about their judgment being more severe than the congregants. To which I would like to add: 

If you have never taught God’s Torah, you have only been a resounding gong or cymbal. Your religion is futile and worthless.

Repent while there is still time, my Christian brothers and sisters. We all, like sheep, have gone astray. If we truly want to see the hand of God move in our lives we MUST obey his Torah. God Bless you and may the scales of our eyes fall off, so we can look into, and behold that perfect Law of liberty.

Is The Torah Only For Jews?

Abrahams Descendants

By Chris Pope from Torah Babies

Who are the Jews and is Torah just for them?

One of the first things we have to realize when it comes to the Torah, is who was it given to and who was it for? Ask most people and they will tell you that the Law or Torah was given to the Jewish people. Keeping the Sabbath, observing the seven Feast of YHWH, eating only those animals that were declared good for food, and keeping any of the Torah, is only for the Jews, most people will tell you. Let’s take a look and see how the Bible defines Jews and see exactly who the Torah was given to. First we have to take a step back and define Hebrew. Hebrew means to transverse or crossover. Who was the first Hebrew or person to cross over?

“One who had escaped came and reported this to Abram the Hebrew” Genesis 14:13.

The first person mentioned in the Bible as a “Hebrew” is Abram, who was renamed Abraham. This makes sense considering that Abraham “crossed over” and left the comfort of his country, his home, and his family to follow YHWH into the wilderness.

“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12: 1-3.

Abraham was Hebrew and most likely he was the first Hebrew. This would make all the descendants of Abraham Hebrews as well. Isaac, Jacob, King David, and even Y’shua would have been Hebrew’s because they were all descendants of Abraham.

Now we need to define Israel biblically. Today, Israel is a country in the Middle East, with physical borders and a group of people that live inside of those boarders who call themselves Israelites and/or Jews. When we read about Israel in the Bible, is this the Israel that is being referred to?

9Then YHWH appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him. 10YHWH said to him, “Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, But Israel shall be your name.” Thus He called him Israel. Genesis 35:9-10.

When we see Israel in the Bible, assuming it is referring to the country of Israel can cause some confusion. When the Bible refers to “the sons of Israel,” it is talking about Jacobs’s twelve sons and their descendants. Jacob or Israel’s twelve sons and their descendants were the first Israelites. Now we can safely say that all of Abraham’s descendants were Hebrew, and all of Jacob’s descendants were Israelites, but Abraham wasn’t an Israelite.

Now we can start to break down the 12 Tribes and see where each group originated. Jacob’s sons; Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin made up the twelve tribes of Israel and each tribe would have been named according to the name of each son. So all the descendants of Judah were known as Jews, Dan’s descendants would have been called Danites, and descendants of Levi were known as Levites. With this understanding, it becomes clear that only 1/12 of Israel was Jewish.

So far we know that Jews are descendants of Judah, and all Jews are Israelites and Hebrew, but not all Israelites are Jews. All this can be very confusing, so let’s recap what we know so far. Abraham was Hebrew, but not an Israelite or a Jew because neither existed yet. Isaac, Abraham’s son, was Hebrew, but not an Israelite or a Jew because neither existed yet. Jacob, who YHWH renamed Israel, was Isaac’s son. Jacob was Hebrew, but not a Jew because Jews originated with his son Judah. Judah, one of Jacob’s twelve sons was Hebrew and an Israelite, but before his children, there was no such thing as a Jew. The descendants of the other eleven sons were not Jews, but were named accordingly e.g. from Levi came the Levites, from Benjamin came the Benjamites and so on.

It’s critical to realize that while all Jews are Israelites, not all Israelites are Jews. Only the descendants of Judah are Jews. There is a deception at work that has a majority of people believing that most if not all of the Old Testament was written for the Jews. Most people believe that YHWH led the Jews out of Egypt, and while that is true, there is much more to the story. He also led the other eleven tribes out of Egypt as well as foreigners who chose to “crossover” and worship YHWH.

According to the Bible, YHWH’s chosen people are the descendants of Israel who we now know are not just Jews, but all of the twelve tribes.

“Hear, O Israel! YHWH is your Elohim, YHWH is one! 5You shall love YHWH your Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Deuteronomy 6:4-5.

For you are a holy people to YHWH your Elohim; YHWH your Elohim has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6.

So who is this verse talking about as a “chosen people”? These verses tell us that Israel, as in all 12 tribes are YHWH’s chosen people. Even if we are not natural born Israelites, we can still become one. According to the Bible anyone who chooses to believe in and follow the commands of YHWH can be “grafted in.” This has been happening since the Exodus when foreigners came out of Egypt along with Israel.

There shall be one law for the native and for the stranger who sojourns among you. Exodus 12:49

The natives would have been descendants of Jacob’s twelve sons, and the strangers would have been everyone who wasn’t one of Jacob’s twelve sons, but they were ALL a part of Israel. Even though they were not born Israelites they were grafted in and therefore under the same law. Romans 11 talks in depth about being grafted in, but to sum it up we could say that if you believe in Y’shua and follow the commands of YHWH, you are Grafted In and have become a part of His “chosen people.” We hope this study has cleared up some common misconceptions. The Jews alone are not YHWH’s chosen people and it was not only the Jews who were brought out of Egypt. Also, the thought that the Torah was given ONLY to the Jews is not accurate. Israel (not the country) is YHWH’s chosen people; Israel (both natural born and Gentiles who were “grafted in”) were lead out of Egypt; and YHWH’s commandments, statutes and judgments were given to all of Israel.

“Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which YHWH, the Elohim of your fathers, is giving you. 2You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor takeaway from it that you may keep the commandments of YHWH your Elohim which I command you. Deuteronomy 4: 1-2

At the end of King Solomon’s reign, 10 of the 12 tribes split off and became the Northern Kingdom of Israel. The tribes of Judah and Benjamin made up the Southern Kingdom. YHWH divorced the ten northern tribes for not following the Torah and whoring after other gods. They were scattered among the nations. Because the tribe of Judah was the dominant tribe they all became known as Jews. Today, because of bad translations of the Bible and the lack of or desire to study the word and test everything, most people falsely assume that the Torah does not apply to them, because it was ONLY for the Jews! As we have hopefully shown, this is a grievous error and the Torah, Feast Days, and Sabbath are not just for the Jews, but for anyone who wishes to be in covenant with YHWH.

This was written by Chris Pope, Click to go to his site called Torah Babies.

Standing on Quicksand?

standing-on-the-promisesStanding on Promises or Quicksand?

Many of us in organized religion love to quote and claim Scripture to heal us, bring us money, give us peace, prosperity, love, but is there something we are missing? Do we blindly spout off at the mouth Scriptures that we assume will bring us good luck or happiness and blessings? Is there more to it than that? Let’s look at some of the common Scriptures people quote from the New Testament to have God’s hand move in their lives. Let’s look at the most common Scripture known to most Christian believers.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever would believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

The Key word here that I understand is the word ‘believe’. But what does it mean to believe? What does the word believe mean? Here is the Strong’s definition from www.blueletterbible.org:

KJV Translation Count — Total: 248x

The KJV translates Strongs G4100 in the following manner: believe (239x), commit unto (4x),commit to (one's) trust (1x), be committed unto (1x), be put in trust with (1x), be commit to one's trust (1x), believer (1x).

Outline of Biblical Usage

I.                to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in

A.            of the thing believed

i.                to credit, have confidence

B.            in a moral or religious reference

 .                used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul

i.                to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something: saving faith

ii.                mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith

II.                to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity

 .              to be intrusted with a thing

 

For me, I struggled many years wondering if I was really going to Heaven. What qualified me for Heaven? Was it obedience to the word of a Pastor, or was it more than that? What did it mean to believe in Jesus? I think, for me, it now means to believe in what Messiah taught, Yeshua (Jesus) taught Torah. He didn’t preach ‘feel good’ messages. Most of the time when he opened his mouth, he upset someone, so much so, that many of those whom he upset wanted him dead. What did Messiah say to make people hate him so? The answer is he told them the truth.

Many people in this day and age don’t want the truth, we want that old time religion: Sunday, no work, eat whatever you want, Christmas and Easter, etc. To believe in Messiah Yeshua means to believe in the words he taught, and not just believe in them, but put them into practice.

Another Scripture that many quote to bring financial prosperity is the following,

Luk_6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

I think this is a wonderful Scripture, but what comes to mind for me is, who do we give to? Do we give to a wealthy Pastor? Do we give our money to affluent people or ministries? Will this cause us to receive a good measure, pressed down…? Messiah stated in Matthew 25:31-46 that we are to do things for the 'least of these' like providing food, clothing and shelter to people who have nothing.

Some Christian ministries are multi-million dollar businesses, nothing more, nothing less. Do we really believe that sowing our money to such individuals will reap us a sure reward? I think not!

Here is a Scripture on peace that many of us are familiar with:

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

So, where does this peace that passes all understanding come from? Does it come obedience to God and His word or does it come from disobedience to God and His word? Will we have peace by disobeying his word? Many people in the world have no idea what peace is or what it means to obey the word of God. Neither do many in the realm of organized religion. We do what is right in our own eyes, adhering to man-made traditions with no regard for God and his pure and unadulterated word. How can anyone have peace when they blatantly disobey God’s word? What day do you observe as God’s Sabbath? If you tell me Sunday, you are in ignorance and are disobeying the word of God. Period.

There are many more promises that people stand on, but because of their disobedience, they are actually not standing on the promises of God, but on religious rhetoric, or in other words, quicksand. If we don’t obey all of the word of God, and we are disobedient to His Torah commands, how can we say any of these promises will be ours (in abundance?)?

People, don’t fool yourself. God is not stupid. He knows those who are his own and he knows those who assume they are his through the following of their own devices. If you want the promises of God, you have to follow ALL of His commandments, Genesis to Revelation.

There are no promises from the word of God that apply to a Torah violator. I would love to see the blessings of God come to all of humanity, but first things first, you have to obey his word. God doesn’t reward people for disobedience, you wouldn’t either, so why would it be any different for him? Find out which commandments you need to obey and watch the hand of God start to move in your life.

Do These Two Commandments…?

Two Commandments

Do These Two Commandments Replace the Torah?

A recurring theme among some of my brother and sisters in the Christian faith is the belief that God somehow did away with the Torah when His Messiah was nailed to the tree. They have told me that when Messiah died he nullified the Law and thus rendered it as old and outdated scripture, devoid of any merit in a person’s life in this current generation. Many will say that there are only two Commandments with which to offer to God as our obedience to His word. They are:

Deu 6:5 and you are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources.

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

Here is the same Scripture as reiterated by Yeshua (Jesus) our Messiah,

Mat 22:36  “Rabbi, which of the mitzvot (commandment) in the Torah is the most important?”

Mat 22:37  He told him, ” ‘You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

Mat 22:38  This is the greatest and most important mitzvah.

Mat 22:39  And a second is similar to it, ‘You are to love your neighbor as yourself.’

Mat 22:40  All of the Torah and the Prophets are dependent on these two mitzvot.”

One might think that Messiah is making a preference of a portion of Scripture over another when in essence he is showing us that on these two commandments hang all the other Torah commandments. What does that word hang or dependent mean? Here is a definition of the word ‘hang’ from the Strong’s definition from blueletterbible.org,

 

1 Strong’s Number: g2910

Greek: kremannumi

Hang:

is used

(a) transitively in Act 5:3010:39; in the Passive Voice, in Mat 18:6, of a millstone about a neck, and inLuk 23:39, of the malefactors;

(b) intransitively, in the Middle Voice, in Mat 22:40, of the dependence of “the Law and the prophets” (i.e., that which they enjoin) upon the one great principle of love to God and one’s neighbor (as a door “hangs” on a hinge, or as articles “hang” on a nail); in Act 28:4, of the serpent “hanging” from Paul’s hand; inGal 3:13 the word is used in a quotation from the Sept. of Deu 21:23.

If we look at the definition we don’t see anywhere that the Torah and Prophets are nullified, instead they are joined to those two commandments and they support them. In other words, if we truly want to follow God, we will love Him with all of our heart, soul and strength and we will love our neighbour as ourselves, but what the Torah does is that it shows us how to do this. Those two commandments can never be the only two stand-alone commandments. We love God and our neighbor based on how that love is outlined in his Torah and the writings of the Prophets.

Look at,

Lev_19:18 Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am Adonai.

This scripture shows us how we are to love our neighbor by not bearing a grudge against our neighbor or having vengeance on them. This is what Torah does for those who are willing to listen to and obey it. It shows us the ‘how’ of it.

If we throw out all of the commandments of Torah and the Prophets to observe only two commandments, we will never achieve the ability to truly love God or our neighbor. We show our love for God by obeying his commandments. If your child said to you, “I love you so much…”, but never listened to a word you said, wouldn’t you begin to wonder if they truly loved you? Obedience is tied tightly to love. If I disobey my Father’s Torah Commands by committing adultery with another woman, am I truly showing him I love him? I have to obey his word from Genesis to Revelation. There is no way around this.

The notion that these two commandments replace or nullify the Torah and Prophets is not rightly dividing the word of God.

Father, wake us from our slumber, restore our minds to sanity, heal our broken hearts and give us a passion for your Messiah who is our Torah. Amen.