Saturday, August 01, 2015

The Least, The Greatest, and The DEFIANT!

I hope everyone is resting and celebrating this weekend's Sabbath! Please enjoy this 15 min. vid which relates to the on-going study on the "Law". Notice the definition of "righteousness" and it's relationship to the Law.

What happens to your loved one who dies without Torah? Also, what if you do have a "Torah of your own"? Is that good or bad? Watch to find out.

Shabbat Shalom and Baruch ata Yehovah! B'Shem Yeshua ha Mashiach, Sar Shalom!

Sabbath Peace and Blessed be Yehovah! In the name of Jesus the Messiah, the Prince of Peace!

The Observer

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 7: And, A Message for America

Welcome to the Scroll of Romans. Please remember Peter's warning!  BTW, when studying Paul it becomes clear you're inside the mind of a genius! Bear with me, please, because Paul's contextual reference sometimes stretches over several chapters. And, CONTEXT is everything!

One cannot begin Romans without acknowledging Paul's introduction. It's important!

Rom 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God,

[Note: Paul was the 12th Apostle, selected by Yehovah-Yeshua, to replace Judas Iscariot. Remember how Peter and the others selected Matthias to replace Judas, but then you never heard about Matthias again (Acts 1)? It's because Matthias was the wrong choice - man's choice, not God's.]

Rom 1:2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures,
Rom 1:3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh,
Rom 1:4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord,

[Note: Sha'ul acknowledges Yeshua and acknowledges Scripture (Old Testament Scripture) as confirmation and validation of Yeshua.]

Rom 1:5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for His name's sake,

[Note: Paul was the Apostle to the Gentiles, not Peter. If the RCC wants to claim a first Pope, they should have proclaimed Sha'ul! (Yes, I know about the "Key", but that's for another blog.) Please notice, Paul's work is to bring about "obedience of faith among all the Gentiles". Obedience infers "doing", "action". What is this "obedience of faith"? It's the following of Torah, as we'll see later. Also, "grace" is not a N.T. notion! Grace has always existed!]

Rom 1:6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ;
Rom 1:7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[Note: Please notice that Yehovah-Yeshua calls Saints. Man cannot ever "create" a Saint. So much for the RCC and it's man-made silliness!]

... I can't continue without quoting more! Because it is so apropos for today's World!  ARE YOU LISTENING - AMERICA? ...

Rom 1:13 I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented so far) so that I may obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles.
Rom 1:14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. Rom 1:15 So, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "BUT THE RIGHTEOUS man SHALL LIVE BY FAITH."

[Note: When did the "gospel" start? It started way back, at the beginning, for the Jew first, and was a matter of faith to them as well as to us Gentiles. Sha'ul is quoting Habakkuk. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus is a continuation of the "faith once delivered to the Saints". For in it, the "old" teachings, the righteousness of God is revealed. Righteousness. Let's look at that word. It is defined as someone being innocent, pure, without sin, holy, and just. By definition it is one who has "right standing in Torah" since sin is defined as the breaking of Torah. And, those who live by faith, not those who simply have faith, but those who's actions demonstrate a life of faith, shall be righteous!]

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,

[Note: May Yehovah-Yeshua forgive me for ever thinking Torah was done away with!]

Rom 1:19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Rom 1:21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23 and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.
Rom 1:24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
Rom 1:25 For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

... listen America!

Rom 1:26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural,
Rom 1:27 and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.
Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

[Note: How many Churches in America give hearty approval to these practices? Many do! Some even make them Pastors and Priests!]

Rom 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.
Rom 2:2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things.
Rom 2:3 But do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
Rom 2:5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,

[Note: Yes! We are judged by what we DO, or, Don't DO! Not what we say we believe in!]

Rom 2:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;
Rom 2:8 but to those who are selfishly ambitious and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.
Rom 2:9 There will be tribulation and distress for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek,
Rom 2:10 but glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
Rom 2:11 For there is no partiality with God.
Rom_2:12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law;
Rom_2:13 for it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the doers of the Law will be justified.
Rom_2:14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves,
Rom_2:15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them,

[Note: Paul begins to do something interesting here. Over the next chapter he begins to develop an academic concept of, "those under Torah", and "those under their own personal "Torah". Please notice, the text says, if you have sinned and don't have Torah you will perish. But also, if you have sinned while trying to live under Torah, you will be judged by Torah. Then Paul explains further, being hearers of Torah is not enough, one MUST DO TORAH! Verses 14 and 15 are argued by Churchy types to say that persons in the Church have the "Law" written on their hearts and do "Torah" instinctively. This kind of "sound bite" verse selection is a rampant disease in most denominations. The two verses actually say, a Gentile who does not have Torah (meaning an unbeliever), who does things of Torah instinctively has a "Torah" to himself, in that it shows Torah written on his heart.]

... then Paul continues ...

Rom_2:17 But if you bear the name "Jew" and rely upon the Law and boast in God,
Rom_2:18 and know His will and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law,
Rom_2:20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,
Rom_2:23 You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God?
Rom_2:25 For indeed circumcision is of value if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
Rom_2:26 So if the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
Rom_2:27 And he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?

[Note: Very clear language here. If you live under Torah, teach it to others, and profess it's obvious truths (Paul is actually bragging on Torah), yet break Torah - YOU DISHONOR GOD! Sha'ul reemphasizes this in the next 3 verses using circumcision as an example - to make his point. In other words, if an uncircumcised man who instinctively keeps Torah, notices a Torah keeper sinning, will he not regard the Torah keeper as a sinner? This instructive teaching, btw, is not arguing against circumcision (required by Torah). Paul is academically using circumcision as an example to show that if BELIEVERS, who have Torah, don't actually live by Torah, they are transgressors (sinners) of Torah!]

Folks, I hope you see how the writings of Paul CANNOT be "cherry-picked" and singled out as sound bites. You will go in the wrong direction every time! I hope you have enjoyed this intro to Romans.

The Observer

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 6

Please pardon the delay, folks. I've been super busy, lately - "fighting" the New World Order. Or, would that be, "New World Odor"?

You may have noticed, I placed 5 videos to the right of the blog. They will stay there for a long time - for your benefit. These 5 vids, produced by 119 Ministries, are an in-depth study of Paul's (Sha'ul's) N.T. writings. The Pauline Paradox Series is ongoing. The boys have done a great job! My feeble effort is just a simple word study on "Law". These guys have gone much deeper. We are about to enter the book of Romans so we must be forewarned about Paul's writings.

Why? Because Peter (Kefa) said so:

[Note: It's important to show the context. Bold emphasis is mine.]

2Pe 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,
2Pe 3:2 that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior spoken by your apostles.
2Pe 3:3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts,
2Pe 3:4 and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
2Pe 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
2Pe 3:6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
2Pe 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
2Pe 3:8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat!
2Pe 3:13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.
2Pe 3:14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
2Pe 3:15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
2Pe 3:16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
2Pe 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
2Pe 3:18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

[Note: So much here! Peter admonishes; you must believe in His Word, which has always been, for mankind only has 6,000 years to get it right, then we look forward to a New Heaven and Earth in which "Right Standing in Torah" dwells, so, when you read Brother Paul's writings, do not make the error of LAWLESS men! The word, "unprincipled" actually means lawless in Greek. Other translations get it right and use the word "lawless".

ESV Translation - 2Pe 3:17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.

Peter is literally telling us that a misunderstanding of Sha'ul's writings will lead to ignoring Torah and it is WRONG! How much more proof do we need, folks? Yet, the Church says Torah has been "nailed to the Cross"! BTW, Churchy folk are going to be disappointed in the Millennium, because TORAH WILL BE THE LAW!]

On that note ... let's continue the study ...

Act_21:20 And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, "You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law;

Act 21:21 and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.

Act 21:22 "What, then, is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come.

Act 21:23 "Therefore do this that we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow;

Act_21:24 take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law.

Act 21:25 "But concerning the Gentiles who have believed, we wrote, having decided that they should abstain from meat sacrificed to idols and from blood and from what is strangled and from fornication."

Act 21:26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day, purifying himself along with them, went into the temple giving notice of the completion of the days of purification, until the sacrifice was offered for each one of them.

[Note: The context here is that Paul had just finished a long tour, preaching the gospel and bringing in many Gentile converts. Paul's friends have begged him not to return to Jerusalem because so many of his former Sanhedrin companions wish to kill him. Paul returns to Jerusalem anyway and promptly meets with James and the Elders. Why? Because James (Ya'a'kov - Jacob) is the Apostle in charge in Jerusalem. Jacob tells Paul that the Jewish coverts to Yeshua (who are zealous for Torah) are being told by Jewish unbelievers, that Paul is teaching Gentiles to forsake Moses and the Torah. Once again, Paul is being dishonestly accused of teaching against Torah (which he is not). Jacob recommends that Paul take a Nazarite Vow, along with four others, because it will publically and assuredly indicate that Paul is also zealous for Torah. Another great biblical figure that underwent a Nazarite Vow was Sampson. The B'rit Hadashah never shows that Paul or any of the others forsook Torah!

Jacob gives Paul a few guidelines for the Gentiles to start with, as they learn more about Torah. Nowhere does the context speak of Torah for Jews, but not for Gentiles. In fact, this would be unscriptural! Please notice how today's Church has more in common with the unbelievers of Jacob's day by teaching the very error that Paul was falsely accused of !]

Act 21:27 When the seven days were almost over, the Jews from Asia, upon seeing him in the temple, began to stir up all the crowd and laid hands on him,

[Note: the 7 days of purification mentioned in verse 26. Paul is arrested.]

Act_21:28 crying out, "Men of Israel, come to our aid! This is the man who preaches to all men everywhere against our people and the Law and this place; and besides he has even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place."

[Note: Again, the false accusation! Deut. 7 states that "Jew" cannot not marry "Gentile". Under Rabbinic "law", a "Jew" cannot even associate with a Gentile, not under Torah mind you, but Rabbinic law. So, has Paul somehow denied Torah? No! These Greeks were CONVERTS, grafted in members of the One Olive Tree! In the Commonwealth of Israel, there is no Jew and no Gentile - only brothers and sisters! Rabbinic law ignores Scripture! Noah was no Jew, neither was Abraham, etc. Did "strangers" and "foreigners" leave Egypt with Israel? Of course they did!]

Act_22:3 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God just as you all are today.

[ ... Paul reminds them of his birthright and Pharisee education. He begins to tell them of his experience on the Road to Damascus. Please read all of Ch. 22.]

Act_22:12 "A certain Ananias, a man who was devout by the standard of the Law, and well spoken of by all the Jews who lived there,

[ ... Ananias tells Paul to speak and tell his story.]

Act_23:3 Then Paul said to him, "God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Do you sit to try me according to the Law, and in violation of the Law order me to be struck?"

[Note: Ananias, after hearing the story, orders Paul to be struck in the mouth. Paul was unaware that Ananias was a High Priest. Please read Ch. 23, as well.

Act 23:4 But the bystanders said, "Do you revile God's high priest?"
Act 23:5 And Paul said, "I was not aware, brethren, that he was high priest; for it is written, 'YOU SHALL NOT SPEAK EVIL OF A RULER OF YOUR PEOPLE.'" ]

[ ... Paul is brought before Felix the Governor.]

Act_23:29 and I found him to be accused over questions about their Law, but under no accusation deserving death or imprisonment.

Act_24:6 "And he even tried to desecrate the temple; and then we arrested him. [We wanted to judge him according to our own Law.

Act_24:14 "But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;

Act_25:8 while Paul said in his own defense, "I have committed no offense either against the Law of the Jews or against the temple or against Caesar."

[Note: Before Felix, Paul acknowledges that Followers of the Way (followers of Jesus) in no way violate Torah!]

Act_28:23 When they had set a day for Paul, they came to him at his lodging in large numbers; and he was explaining to them by solemnly testifying about the kingdom of God and trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets, from morning until evening.

Folks, Sha'ul does not ever deny Torah and explains that Followers of Yeshua in no way deny Torah! But the Church does!

... Next, The Scroll of Romans!

The Observer

Friday, June 26, 2015

God's Judgment On America Will Be Harsh

It is a time for REFINEMENT! Thank You, Yehovah-Yeshua, for this opportunity!

The Chaff will be separated from the Wheat. We will know who is a BELIEVER, and who is not!


BTW, this judgment will begin at the CHURCH!
The Observer

Friday, June 19, 2015

An Illustration of Why the Church is in Deep Trouble

All of us should ask for God's forgiveness. None of us are perfect. But, let's call evil - evil, and good - good. We humans cannot determine right from wrong without God. That is why we need Yehovah's Torah and the Ruach Kodesh (Holy Spirit).

One cannot serve two masters.

This video is disturbing. It has been published by a "Minister of God". But, it is not for us to judge. Jesus will be the Judge of ALL of us! Even so, we are to use discernment.

Rom 1:28 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,
Rom 1:29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips,
Rom 1:30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;
Rom 1:32 and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

2Ti 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2Ti 3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
2Ti 3:3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,
2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

2Ti 3:5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.
The Observer