Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 19

At this point Paul is in prison. He writes a letter of encouragement to the Philippians and gives notice of two people he is sending to speak with them, Timothy and Epaphroditus.

Php 3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you.
Php 3:2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision;
Php 3:3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh,
Php 3:4 although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more:
Php 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee;
Php 3:6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

[Note: Many times Sha'ul has to remind people of his heritage. Paul is frequently blamed for speaking against Torah (the Law), even up to these modern times. Nowadays there are groups of "Christians" out there who completely ignore Paul and his teachings and refer to him as an anti-"Apostle" or an anti-Disciple. Churchy folk even misuse these verses to say Paul is speaking against circumcision again. None of this is true. Paul is simply referencing the truth we have seen already. The truth that no act of obedience gives one Salvation. No obeying of rules can somehow qualify one with Salvation. It is a free gift which has simply to be accepted. Physical circumcision is not a qualifier, it is an act of love and obedience which is a result of ones Salvation. Many times I have quoted biblical text to believers who simply say; "Well, that's not what I believe!". If you will not believe in Moses and the Prophets then you will not believe in One who rises from the dead!]

Php 3:7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Php 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
Php 3:9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Php 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
Php 3:11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

[Note: Paul once again confirms that FAITH is the basis of our righteousness! "Righteousness", or "right-standing-in-Torah" can only be done if FAITH is present! Righteousness is a RESULT of our FAITH, not our human effort. Righteousness is an indication of a circumcised heart. The heart of stone has been replaced by a heart of flesh. Simply put folks, if you still have enmity against Torah you have a heart of stone and you still need a spiritual circumcision. You see, the Church tells us its either Salvation through Faith OR you believe in Salvation through Torah. Wrong! It is Salvation through Faith so one may do Torah and walk as Yeshua walked!

Please notice also; Paul mentions the Resurrection of the Dead. When does this happen? Paul tells us in a different place:

1Th 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep (dead), so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
1Th 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1Th 4:15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
1Th 4:17 Then (afterwards) we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
1Th 4:18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

And what does most of the Church teach? They teach that dear-departed Mom is walking around in Heaven with Jesus right now! What is the purpose of His Second Coming (which this text refers to) if a Resurrection of the dead person has already happened? Is Sha'ul lying to us here?

It all boils down to this; do you believe in Man of God?]

The Observer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 18

Ahhh! Ephesians! This is one of my favorite scrolls (books) of Scripture. It is often quoted with the intent of denying the goodness and usefulness of Torah. Of course, it actually states the opposite. Only one verse has the word "Law" in it, throughout the entire scroll, but there's so much to see and to understand concerning Torah and many other subjects.

Paul gives an amazing introduction in Ch.1. Much argument concerning predestination is centered around Ch.1. The man-made development of Calvinism and "once saved, always saved" proceed from such argument. This subject is for another time, however. Paul firmly establishes the connection between Yehovah, Yeshua, and the Assembly (incorrectly translated as church) in Ch.1.

Concerning Ch.2, however, we must go much deeper.

Eph 2:1 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,
Eph 2:2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Eph 2:3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.

[Note: The transition from Ch.1 to 2 has Paul describing us in our former state, "walking", that is; producing "works" as "sons of disobedience", according to Satan's rules. Please notice how; "walk", "work", and "living" are synonymous. You see, Lucifer has his "Torah", which is "Anti-Torah", and Yah-Yeshua has Torah. Torah is our set of rules for walking, working, and living. I know this because I allow Scripture to explain Scripture:

1 Jn 2:3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. (Torah)
1 Jn 2:4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments (Torah), is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
1 Jn 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
1 Jn 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (Yes, Yeshua walked Torah perfectly)
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1 Jn 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
1 Jn 3:5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. (lawlessness)
1 Jn 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

It's disturbing to some folks, but the Good Book says, literally; if you claim Messiah and don't walk according to Torah - YOU ARE A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN YOU! ]

... now, back to Ephesians

Eph 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
Eph 2:5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
Eph 2:6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Eph 2:7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;
Eph 2:9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

[Note: This is one of the most wonderful statements in Scripture! And it is one that is so misunderstood! By GRACE we are saved, a free GIFT, not by WORKS, LEST WE BOAST! This is so TRUE and WONDERFUL! ... Now, after accepting this gift through FAITH, what do we do? We walk in good works as described in verse 10! Just as Abraham did; remember? What did God prepare beforehand so we could walk correctly? TORAH! ... our instructions!

Unfortunately, the "Church" stops, dead in the water, after reading verse 8 and 9. That's it! I don't have to do anything. I'm saved, thank you Jesus! This "sound bite" theology is what's killing the Church. The Church has become an irrelevant social club which has no effect on society. They "sound bite" everything in order to establish their man-made doctrine. The Good Book has the doctrine laid out already; they just ignore it, for their own glory - not His!

... Look at what they have done to John 3:16:

Joh 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (my churchy friends quote this and stop! All you have to do is believe, they say. But, let's keep reading!)
Joh 3:17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
Joh 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (what does it mean to believe in the name? - see below)
Joh 3:19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. (Ahhh! So we are judged for our works (deeds)!)
Joh 3:20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Joh 3:21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." (Our deeds (works) do matter!)

... and what about James?

Jas 1:25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (James (Ya'a'kov) is referring to Torah here)
- - -
Jas 2:12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. (do Torah!)
Jas 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.
Jas 2:14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,
Jas 2:16 and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and be filled," and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
Jas 2:18 But someone may well say, "You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works."
Jas 2:19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. (Sounds just like the Church doesn't it?)
Jas 2:20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless?
Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar?
Jas 2:22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected;
Jas 2:23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS," and he was called the friend of God.
Jas 2:24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.

What does it mean to believe in His name (John 3:18)? It means we call Him Lord!

Php 2:9 For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
Php 2:10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
Php 2:11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Question: If we call Yeshua "Lord" do we then do what He says to do? Why yes, of course. But the Church? No, the Church says we don't do what He says (follow Torah), therefore He is not Lord to them!]

... continuing

Eph 2:11 Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcision" by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands--
Eph 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall,
Eph_2:15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
Eph 2:16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.

[Note: Another mistranslation by our "wonderful" English translators (please note the sarcasm). These last two verses are simply saying Yeshua has broken down the enmity against Torah. Remember when "enmity" was used before?

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. (KJV)

Question: If it is carnal to be against Torah, how can a person claiming Christ be against Torah? ]

Folks, much more can be said here but I don't have time to write such a volume!  : )  Please read our God-given Scripture carefully. Do not follow man's doctrine. Use Scripture to interpret Scripture!


The Observer

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Israeli Rabbi Responds to Obama Speech

... American churches are still worshipping the sun god, the Libs are still worshipping Molech, the Conservatives are still worshipping what the Libs have.

... America is ripe for the slaughter and takeover just like the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom of biblical times.

 ... Come Out of Babylon folks!

The Observer

Saturday, June 04, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 17

... "Law" study continued ...

Gal 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,
Gal 4:5 so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

[Note: These two verses mean exactly what they say. Yeshua was born under the guidelines of Torah, so He might redeem us under Torah, that we might receive adoption. Here, Paul is stating that true "sons" of God are under Torah and in the following verse, a little later, Paul speaks of the Galatians doing what they should be doing;

Gal 4:10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. (the Mo'edim)

And he laments that all this effort they are doing will be to no avail if they turn to teachings that say Salvation is earned. Remember the circumcision party? This is the context of the letter to the Galatians and continues with Ch. 4. Please remember, following Torah is by no means establishing Salvation, but is simply an expression of love and obedience; a result of Salvation!]

In the next few verses Paul does an extraordinary thing. He compares and contrasts the Spirit, which wants you to follow Torah out of love and obedience, to the Flesh, which wants to follow the idea that works produces Salvation. He does this by using Sarah and Hagar!

Gal 4:21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law?
Gal 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.
Gal 4:23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.
Gal 4:24 This is allegorically speaking, for these women are two covenants: one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.

[Note: These are only allegorical covenants; one, a covenant of slavery and another, a covenant of freedom. Paul will use this to make a point!]

Gal 4:25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. (fleshly Jerusalem, Hagar)
Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. (Jerusalem above, spiritual, Sarah)
Gal 4:28 And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. (spiritual children)
Gal 4:29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also.
Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.

[Note: Do not turn to earning your Salvation, metaphorically becoming a slave to fleshy pursuits, but stay under the Spirit and be free!]

... staying in context, remember, this is one letter, ignore the chapter breaks!

Gal 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
Gal 5:2 Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision (for the sake of your Salvation), Christ will be of no benefit to you.
Gal 5:3 And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision (for the sake of your Salvation), that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.

(Remember, if you break one point of the Torah you are guilty of breaking the whole Torah! This is the very reason we need Salvation!)

Gal 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

[Note: It's so easy to understand why people get confused with Paul's writings. In the context of this letter, Paul is referring to the use of works to establish Salvation. Verse 5:4 reaffirms this truth. You have fallen from grace if you, "are seeking to be justified by law". No one is justified by Torah, but by Faith, as we have already covered in this study. Churchy folk will tell you that if you attempt to follow Torah you have fallen from grace! But Sha'ul is not saying this. He is saying, if you seek to be justified by Torah, you have fallen from grace.

Then what is Torah for, you may ask? Torah is there to show us what sin is, so we may not sin (break Torah). If we are in the Spirit we will NOT want to sin (break Torah), and are free (free from sin and death); but if we are in the Flesh (allegorically, like Hagar/Ishmael), then we are still under the "law" of sin and death and are slaves to sin!]

Gal 5:14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF."
Gal 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. (to be circumcised for Salvation's sake)
Gal 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.
Gal 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. (that is; if one is not sinning the "curse" of Torah does not come into play)

Gal 5:19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
Gal 5:21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (All of these things are breaking Torah!)
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Gal 5:23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Indeed!)
Gal 5:24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Gal 5:25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. (what is "walk"? Our actions - how we conduct our lives according to Torah)

[Note: You see, folks! If you read carefully, these verses compare walking with Torah in the Spirit to walking in the Flesh against Torah. Paul is NOT destroying Torah! He is destroying the concept that one can earn their way by following Torah without Faith. It's impossible to follow Torah without Faith. Abraham had great Faith, then followed Torah and received circumcision.

Pharisees (modern Judaism and 1st Century "Jews") don't follow Torah, they follow man's tradition that claims to follow Torah. They are trying to earn Salvation like the Circumcision Party! Churchy folk use grace to keep on sinning and don't necessarily try to follow Torah (to not sin). A Church person does not even understand that attending church on Sunday, and celebrating Christmas and Easter means you're worshipping another god, thereby breaking Torah (sinning)! Why! Because they are NOT in the Spirit. They DO NOT have Torah written on their hearts! Frightening isn't it? Incredibly frightening!]

Gal 6:1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted. Gal 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.

[Note: The "law of Christ" is simply the law of God - Torah. If you think it is some other "law" then you worship a different God, a different Jesus! We must "fill full" the Torah of Yeshua by living it as best we can, out of love!]

Next, Paul sums up Galatians and it's entire context ...
Gal 6:11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.
Gal 6:12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.
Gal 6:13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. (Paul is referring to the Circumcision Party)
Gal 6:14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Gal 6:15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
Gal 6:16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
Gal 6:17 From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.
Gal 6:18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

The Letter to the Galatians is all about NOT trying to earn your way to Salvation. Men were requiring the Galatians to be circumcised as a means to Salvation, not as an act of obedience. They were doing this to please man, not God. Yes, Paul is easily misunderstood. But Yehovah's perfect Law, Torah, cannot be made void by Yeshua. This would actually make Yeshua the Antichrist!

Please see the vid below! ...

The Observer

Sunday, May 15, 2016