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.

Why The Torah?

Torah ImageI have been on this planet for over half a century and have come to the conclusion that the only thing that makes sense to me in 2015 is the Torah of our Almighty Father. When Abba (A title the Father's Son, Yeshua (Jesus), gave the Father which means 'Daddy' in Aramaic.) was giving His instructions to Moshe (Moses) he was very detailed as to how to run the Nation of Israel and any nation that was willing to adopt these instructions. This Torah was the blueprint for running a successful society. Without adherence to the commands of Torah a society enters into a state of moral corruption and decay. It will spiral down to the dredges of anarchy. Our Father in Heaven is the Supreme Being and he KNOWS human beings. He knows how frail we are and how rebellious we can be. He also knows that it is imperative for us to follow all of the Torah Commands that apply to us today. We are seeing everywhere on this planet where people have forsaken the Father and his ways. An important thing to note is that I am after the pure unadulterated Torah, free from the traditions of men, free from omissions, just the pure Holy Word of the Father. 

So why is it that people do not want to follow Torah? Is it because Torah is too difficult to follow, or is it because no one can ever keep all of the Torah commands that apply to them? The reality is we can and are able to follow the commands of Torah! Consider,

Deu 30:11  For this mitzvah (command) which I am giving you today is not too hard for you, it is not beyond your reach. 

Deu 30:12  It isn't in the sky, so that you need to ask, 'Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?' 

Deu 30:13  Likewise, it isn't beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, 'Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?' 

Deu 30:14  On the contrary, the word is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it! 

 So, we see from the Scripture that we are definitely able to keep the Torah commands, in fact, we bring ourselves under a curse when we disobey the commands of Torah. Consider,

Deu 27:26  " 'A curse on anyone who does not confirm the words of this Torah by putting them into practice.' All the people are to say, 'Amen!' 

Obedience to Torah brings blessings and plenty of them! Here are the blessings for obeying the Torah Commandments of our Father in Heaven:

Deu 28:1  "If you listen closely to what Adonai your God says, observing and obeying all his mitzvot which I am giving you today, Adonai your God will raise you high above all the nations on earth; 

Deu 28:2  and all the following blessings will be yours in abundance – if you will do what Adonai your God says: 

Deu 28:3  "A blessing on you in the city, and a blessing on you in the countryside. 

Deu 28:4  "A blessing on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the fruit of your livestock – the young of your cattle and flocks. 

Deu 28:5  "A blessing on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. 

Deu 28:6  "A blessing on you when you go out, and a blessing on you when you come in. 

Deu 28:7  "Adonai will cause your enemies attacking you to be defeated before you; they will advance on you one way and flee before you seven ways. 

Deu 28:8  "Adonai will order a blessing to be with you in your barns and in everything you undertake; he will bless you in the land Adonai your God is giving you. 

Deu 28:9  "Adonai will establish you as a people separated out for himself, as he has sworn to you – if you will observe the mitzvot of Adonai your God and follow his ways. 

Deu 28:10  Then all the peoples on earth will see that Adonai's name, his presence, is with you; so that they will be afraid of you. 

Deu 28:11  "Adonai will give you great abundance of good things – of the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land in the land Adonai swore to your ancestors to give you. 

Deu 28:12  Adonai will open for you his good treasure, the sky, to give your land its rain at the right seasons and to bless everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow; 

Deu 28:13  Adonai will make you the head and not the tail; and you will be only above, never below – if you will listen to, observe and obey the mitzvot of Adonai your God 

Deu 28:14  and not turn away from any of the words I am ordering you today, neither to the right nor to the left, to follow after other gods and serve them.

Now with any instructions from the Torah there comes a curse for disobedience. We always have two options, obey or disobey, one option comes with a blessing and the other with a curse, so here are the curses the Father lists for disobedience of his Torah commands:

Deu 28:15  "But if you refuse to pay attention to what Adonai your God says, and do not observe and obey all his mitzvot and regulations which I am giving you today, then all the following curses will be yours in abundance: 

Deu 28:16  "A curse on you in the city, and a curse on you in the countryside. 

Deu 28:17  "A curse on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. 

Deu 28:18  "A curse on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the young of your cattle and flocks. 

Deu 28:19  "A curse on you when you come in, and a curse on you when you go out. 

Deu 28:20  "Adonai will send on you curses, disasters and frustration in everything you set out to do, until you are destroyed and quickly perish, because of your evil actions in abandoning me. 

Deu 28:21  "Adonai will bring on you a plague that will stay with you until he has exterminated you from the land you are entering in order to take possession of it. 

Deu 28:22  Adonai will strike you down with wasting diseases, fever, inflammation, fiery heat, drought, blasting winds and mildew; and they will pursue you until you perish. 

Deu 28:23  "The sky over your head will be brass and the earth under you iron. 

Deu 28:24  Adonai will turn the rain your land needs into powder and dust that will fall on you from the sky until you are destroyed. 

Deu 28:25  "Adonai your God will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you will advance on them one way and flee before them seven. You will become an object of horror to every kingdom on earth. 

Deu 28:26  Your carcasses will become food for all the birds in the air and the wild animals, and there will be no one to scare them away. 

Deu 28:27  Adonai will strike you down with the boils that broke out on the Egyptians, tumors, skin lesions and itching, all incurable. 

Deu 28:28  Adonai will strike you with insanity, blindness and utter confusion. 

Deu 28:29  You will grope about at noon like a blind person groping in the dark, unable to find your way. "You will be continually oppressed and robbed, and there will be no one to save you. 

Deu 28:30  You will get engaged to a woman, but another man will marry her. You will build a house but not live in it. You will plant a vineyard but not use its fruit. 

Deu 28:31  Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you won't eat any of its meat. Your donkey will be taken away from you by force as you watch, and you won't get it back. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and there will be no one to help you. 

Deu 28:32  Your sons and daughters will be handed over to another people; you will watch for them longingly all day but not see them; and there will be nothing you can do about it. 

Deu 28:33  A nation unknown to you will eat the fruit of your land and labor. Yes, you will be continually oppressed and crushed, 

Deu 28:34  till you go crazy from what your eyes have to see. 

Deu 28:35  Adonai will strike you down in the knees and legs with painful and incurable boils; they will spread from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. 

Deu 28:36  Adonai will bring you and your king whom you have put over yourselves to a nation you have not known, neither you nor your ancestors; and there you will serve other gods made of wood and stone. 

Deu 28:37  You will be so devastated as to become a proverb and a laughingstock among all the peoples to which Adonai will drive you. 

Deu 28:38  "You will carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, because locusts will devour it. 

Deu 28:39  You will plant vineyards and dress them but neither drink the wine nor gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 

Deu 28:40  You will have olive trees throughout your territory but not anoint yourself with the oil, because your olives will fall off unripe. 

Deu 28:41  You will father sons and daughters, but they won't belong to you, because they will go into captivity. 

Deu 28:42  The bugs will inherit all your trees and the produce of your land. 

Deu 28:43  "The foreigner living with you will rise higher and higher while you sink lower and lower. 

Deu 28:44  He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him; he will be the head and you the tail. 

Deu 28:45  "All these curses will come on you, pursuing you and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you didn't pay attention to what Adonai your God said, observing his mitzvot and regulations that he gave you. 

Deu 28:46  These curses will be on you and your descendants as a sign and a wonder forever. 

Deu 28:47  Because you didn't serve Adonai your God with joy and gladness in your heart when you had such an abundance of everything; 

Deu 28:48  Adonai will send your enemy against you; and you will serve him when you are hungry, thirsty, poorly clothed and lacking everything; he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he destroys you. 

Deu 28:49  Yes, Adonai will bring against you a nation from far away that will swoop down on you from the end of the earth like a vulture, a nation whose language you don't understand, 

Deu 28:50  a nation grim in appearance, whose people neither respect the old nor pity the young. 

Deu 28:51  They will devour the offspring of your livestock and the produce of your soil, until you have been destroyed. They will leave you without grain, wine, olive oil, or your young cattle and sheep – until they have caused you to perish. 

Deu 28:52  They will besiege all your towns until your high, fortified walls, in which you trusted, collapse everywhere in your land, which Adonai your God gave you. 

Deu 28:53  Then, because of the severity of the siege and distress that your enemies are inflicting on you, you will eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your own sons and daughters, whom Adonai your God has given you. 

Deu 28:54  Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will be without pity for his brother, his beloved wife or his surviving children, 

Deu 28:55  to the degree that he will refuse to share with any of them the flesh of his children whom he is eating; because if he did, he would have nothing left for himself — in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in all your towns. 

Deu 28:56  The most delicate and sensitive woman among you, so sensitive and delicate that she wouldn't think of touching the sole of her foot to the ground, will so begrudge her own beloved husband, son and daughter 

Deu 28:57  that she will secretly eat the afterbirth that comes out of her and even her own children as she bears them — so desperately hungry will she be in the severity of the siege and distress your enemies are inflicting on you in your towns. 

Deu 28:58  "If you will not observe and obey all the words of this Torah that are written in this book, so that you will fear this glorious and awesome name, Adonai your God; 

Deu 28:59  then Adonai will strike down you and your descendants with extraordinary plagues and severe sicknesses that go on and on. 

Deu 28:60  He will bring back upon you all the diseases the Egyptians had, which you were in dread of; and they will cling to you. 

Deu 28:61  Not only that, but Adonai will bring upon you all the sicknesses and plagues that are not written in this book of the Torah – until you are destroyed. 

Deu 28:62  You will be left few in number, whereas you were once as numerous as the stars in the sky – because you did not pay attention to the voice of Adonai your God. 

Deu 28:63  "Thus it will come about that just as once Adonai took joy in seeking to do you good and increase your numbers, so now Adonai will take joy in causing you to perish and be destroyed, and you will be plucked off the land you are entering in order to take possession of it. 

Deu 28:64  Adonai will scatter you among all peoples from one end of the earth to the other, and there you will serve other gods, made of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 

Deu 28:65  Among these nations you will not find repose, and there will be no rest for the sole of your foot; rather Adonai will give you there anguish of heart, dimness of eyes and apathy of spirit. 

Deu 28:66  Your life will hang in doubt before you; you will be afraid night and day and have no assurance that you will stay alive. 

Deu 28:67  In the morning you will say, 'Oh, how I wish it were evening!' and in the evening you will say, 'Oh, how I wish it were morning!' – because of the fear overwhelming your heart and the sights your eyes will see. 

Deu 28:68  Finally, Adonai will bring you back in ships to Egypt, the place of which I said to you, 'You will never ever see it again'; and there you will try to sell yourselves as slaves to your enemies, but no one will buy you." 

We see that these curses are very severe and the punishment for disobedience will bring among other things, mental illness, physical illness, financial crisis, and a whole host of other terrible symptoms and signs of a life devoid of Torah adherence. Is this what we want? To suffer like this in our lives today and have no thought of tomorrow? Someone once said to me, "Obey the Father for a lifetime and have blessings forever. Disobey the Father and reap punishment for a lifetime and have nothing in the next." I want the blessings! I don't want the curses and I don't think anyone does. So, why don't people want to obey the Torah? I think we believe that obedience to Torah means having no fun and sheer drudgery. Nothing could be further from the truth! Consider,

Pro 29:18  Without a prophetic vision, the people throw off all restraint; but he who keeps Torah is happy.  

Obedience to Torah brings happiness and joy, while disobedience brings heartache and pain. I know, I have been on both sides of the fence. If we are to have a fun-filled, happy and joyous life, it is imperative to obey the Commandments of our Father in Heaven, as prescribed in his Torah. Torah observance doesn't suffice for Salvation in Yeshua, but if we have Salvation in Yeshua we WILL follow His Commands. Consider,

Joh 14:15  "If you love me, you will keep my commands; 

When our Messiah spoke these words there was no New Testament written at that time, so what commands was Messiah talking about? They were the commands of Torah! Consider,

Pro 6:23  For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light, and reproofs that discipline are the way to life. 

To me, Torah is light and life, and without it I will suffer and perish. Torah and Yeshua are synonymous. They are like love and marriage, you can't have one without the other! May our Abba bless you today and give you a hunger, thirst and passion for his Messiah and Torah. Have a nice day! Paul.