Tuesday, May 26, 2015

VOM Radio: Middle East: How the ME Persecution is Converting Muslims!

Yehovah-Yeshua always has a plan, even with our "free will" to do EVIL! Please listen to this 30 min. broadcast. God does not "allow" the evil - He allows free choice.

Freedom, Liberty, and Love is what our God is always about! This basic misunderstanding about the character of God (that He allows/causes evil) is common. Yeshua did not create a mindless slave "creature" - in a Christian or Muslim!

Click the link below to listen.

VOM Radio: Middle East: 'Even if you take my life'.

The Observer

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 5

... beginning the Scroll of Acts, written by Luke:

Act_5:34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time.

[Note: The context is that the Apostles were preaching and healing in public. Miracles were abundant and publically acknowledged! Throngs of people were coming to them and word was spreading throughout Jerusalem concerning the power of Yehovah-Yeshua evident in these men! The authorities arrested the Apostles and threw them in jail. Overnight, without any awareness of the prison guards, the Apostles were miraculously set free! The jail bars were not even opened! And, they continued healing and preaching. Enter Gamaliel, a Pharisee of the highest order. We find out later (Acts 22) that he is the mentor/teacher (Moreh) of Sha'ul (Paul). This is important to note because some have suggested Paul does away with the Torah (Law) in his teaching. He does not! Paul was also a Pharisee of the highest order, trained as an elite teacher of the Law! Read all of Ch. 5.]

Act_6:13 They put forward false witnesses who said, "This man incessantly speaks against this holy place and the Law;

[Note: This is the wonderful story about the stoning of Stephen. He was dragged before the Sanhedrin and it's when he gives his wonderful speech, before being killed, his clothes being laid at the feet of Sha'ul (Paul). You must read Ch. 6 and 7 to get the full impact, but there is something I wish to point out. Everywhere, in the B'rit Hadashah (the new Testament), when the Apostles are FALSELY accused of speaking against or denying Torah, it is shown that they, in fact, DO NOT speak against or deny Torah! Please contemplate what I just said! The New Testament and the Apostles support and proclaim Torah! So, when your preacher or priest denies Torah, he is simply lying, at worst, or being ignorant, at best! Remember Joseph Goebbels of NAZI fame? If you tell a lie often enough and with authority, people will believe a lie!?! This is exactly what our preachers and priests have done to us! Has Torah been nailed to the Cross? Stephen would say no and he said no until death! In fact, his entire speech before the Council confirms Torah!]

Act 7:51 "You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did.
Act 7:52 "Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 
Act_7:53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it."

[Note: This is near the end of Stephen's dialogue. In verse 53 Stephen is referring to the man-made rules implemented by the Council and Teachers of the Law which actually deny Torah, by not keeping it.]

Act_13:15 After the reading of the Law and the Prophets the synagogue officials sent to them, saying, "Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it."
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Act_13:39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.

[Note: By this point in the narrative Paul (Sha'ul) has had his conversion experience and is now preaching with other Disciples in the Synagogue at Antioch. Readings from the Torah and Prophets is standard practice in the liturgy of a Synagogue. (As always, read the entire Chapter.) Paul is in the middle of an exhortation very similar to Stephen's but the emphasis is on the Root of Jesse, the Son of David - Jesus! Verse 39 is sometimes used as an argument against Torah, but all Paul is saying is that no man is Justified and receives Salvation through obedience to Torah. When One is "freed from all things" it does not mean that One is now free to sin - which is defined as the breaking of Torah! (1 John 3, Lev. 4) Obedience to Torah is an act of love, after receiving Salvation! When a person truly begins to change and his heart transforms from a "heart of stone to a heart of flesh" (Ezek. 11, Ezek. 36, and many more) his natural enmity against Torah will change to a love of Torah. (Romans 8) This true LOVE of GOD and His Torah can only occur when a person is spiritually "born again". Most Churchy folks don't even realize and understand that Jews have never believed the Law (Torah) justifies them! (Gal.2, Psalms 143:2, Gal. 3, Gen. 15:6, Lev. 18, Hab. 2, Heb. 10, Romans 5 and many more) A person who truly has Salvation and is changed will do his best not to sin (therefore breaking Torah)! It's simple logic, folks. Torah in of itself does not bring justification and salvation or free you from sin. Yet, when true Salvation is received through faith a person DOES NOT wish to SIN and break Torah! TORAH is NOT our enemy, man's tradition IS! Grace, btw, is the empowerment to not sin (break Torah)!]

Act_15:5 But some of the sect of the Pharisees who had believed stood up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them and to direct them to observe the Law of Moses."

[Note: One can almost look at my argument above and dismiss this one, but let's unzip it a little. Some Pharisees, who are believers in Jesus, btw, argue that the new Gentile converts should be circumcised immediately to be in compliance with Torah! In Ch. 15, Peter (Kefa) very eloquently reminds them that the Tanakh speaks of the Gentiles coming to the LORD and that how can we Jews require them to keep Torah so well when we ourselves have failed in keeping it perfectly. Peter also reminds the Pharisees that these Gentiles will be attending Synagogue and will receive teaching of the Torah and upon learning, will do what is right. In the meantime, while they are growing in faith, Peter gives some basic rules in verses 19 and 20. In no way, is the context of Ch. 15 saying that one should not be circumcised! First comes Faith by hearing, then Learning, then Salvation, then Obedience.]

Act_18:13 saying, "This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law."
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Act_18:15 but if there are questions about words and names and your own law, look after it yourselves; I am unwilling to be a judge of these matters."

[Note: Sha'ul is reasoning with Jews at Corinth. Once again, a false accusation is leveled at Paul, saying he is teaching "men to worship God contrary to the Law". A man named Gallio is speaking in verse 15, saying he is "unwilling to be the judge of these matters". That's all these verses are saying.]

I would like to reemphasis, folks. You should read these chapters and books to ensure I am giving the correct context. I do not claim to be your teacher. This blog is simply my personal study of the biblical text. However, it is becoming more and more clear to me that Torah HAS NOT been done away with and that the "Church" is teaching an error.

I would also recommend a homework assignment. Do a word study on the word, "Righteousness". You will find that "Righteousness" literally means, "Right Standing in Torah"!

The Observer

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Yom HaBikkurim - First Fruits

An in-depth study from Michael Rood. One hour long. Enjoy!  : )

The Observer

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Don't Even Mention the Name of the Sex Goddess

Do you still worship as the pagans did?

The Observer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 4

Continuing ...

Joh_8:17 "Even in your law it has been written that the testimony of two men is true.

This is the continuation of, the "woman accused of Adultery". After releasing her, Yeshua informs the group that He (Jesus) is "the Light of the World". The Pharisees that are present then chide Him, saying that One cannot testify in his own behalf, it's takes at least two, according to Torah (see Deut. 19)! It's interesting to note here that this group had just tried to stone a woman based on accusation alone, without producing at least two witnesses, or the man who was involved, yet they are quoting Torah requirements to Jesus! He, Yeshua, declares that the Father, Yehovah and Himself are the two witnesses! He once again claims a "oneness" with the Father and , thus, His preexistence from the beginning of all things! Remember, Jesus has a duality of being human and God and "One" with Yehovah. It is worthwhile to read it in context - deeply, not superficially.

Joh 8:18 "I am He who testifies about Myself, and the Father who sent Me testifies about Me."
Joh 8:19 So they were saying to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father; if you knew Me, you would know My Father also."
Joh 8:20 These words He spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one seized Him, because His hour had not yet come.
Joh 8:21 Then He said again to them, "I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going, you cannot come."
Joh 8:22 So the Jews were saying, "Surely He will not kill Himself, will He, since He says, 'Where I am going, you cannot come'?"
Joh 8:23 And He was saying to them, "You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world.
Joh 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."

[Note: "unless you believe I am". The word, "He" was added by translators. To me, this is more evidence that Yeshua and the Father are "One"!]

Joh 8:25 So they were saying to Him, "Who are You?" Jesus said to them, "What have I been saying to you from the beginning?
Joh 8:26 "I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and the things which I heard from Him, these I speak to the world."
Joh 8:27 They did not realize that He had been speaking to them about the Father.
Joh 8:28 So Jesus said, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.
Joh 8:29 "And He who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to Him."
Joh 8:30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

Joh_10:34 Jesus answered them, "Has it not been written in your Law, 'I SAID, YOU ARE GODS'?

The conversation with the Pharisees has reached a point where they are about to stone Yeshua for claiming to be One with God. So, Yeshua reminds them of what the Tanakh actually says. He references Psalms 82 and Isaiah 41, where men are spoken of as "gods" (little "g") because we are "sons of God" and thus inheritors of godly things. It is amazing that Yeshua consistently quotes the Torah and the Prophets in order to remind these men that they, themselves, are not following Torah!

Joh_12:34 The crowd then answered Him, "We have heard out of the Law that the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"

The Pharisees are not misunderstanding who the "Son of Man" is. They know from scripture that the title refers to a great Prophet and/or the Messiah. Instead, they are confused because they have an image of the Messiah in their minds represented by King David, a conquering King who remains with them for eternity - one who cannot be "lifted up" (crucified). They cannot comprehend the two characteristics of Messiah, admitted to by many Jewish sages, that the Messiah will come first as a suffering servant, and lastly, as a conquering King! The "Law" references both, but the Pharisees are looking for the Messiah that conquers militarily.

Joh_15:25 "But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, 'THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.'

Chapter 15 of John is very relevant to today's churchy attitude. Yeshua is speaking directly to His followers here. He is referencing; Psalm 35, Psalm 69, and Psalm 109. He is telling them that a person will either be part of the "World" and hate Him, or, they will be part of the "Light" and love Him. And a "qualifier", or "fruit" that can be observed to tell the difference between the two types of people, will be the fact that the "lover" will follow His commandments! A "lover" will follow Torah, celebrate the Feasts, actually do what Yeshua says to do. A "lover" will demonstrate his love by doing! What does the modern Church do? It makes excuses for not following the commandments!

Joh_18:31 So Pilate said to them, "Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law." The Jews said to him, "We are not permitted to put anyone to death,"

This is the famous interaction between the mob, Pilate, and Jesus, when Pilate finds no fault and wants to release Him, but the mob calls for the release of Barabbas, instead. The "Jews", under the control of Rome, were not allowed sentence anyone to death without Pilate's permission.

Joh_19:7 The Jews answered him, "We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God."

We are still in the interaction with the mob, and this is after Jesus has been scourged (severely beaten). By saying, "Son of God", the Pharisees are saying that Jesus has proclaimed Himself to be God, and therefore should be killed. For me, this is more proof that Yeshua is God in the flesh, just as He claims to be. You see, Yeshua does not break the Law by claiming this, because He is God! The Pharisees, of course, do not understand.

I'll stop here, before getting into the Book of Acts. This exercise will get very interesting when we eventually get into Paul's writings. I will show that Paul, like Jesus, never denies Torah!

The Observer