Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A Warning Concerning Hebrew Roots

Hi Folks!

Some in the "Hebrew Roots Movement" are beginning to suggest that "we" need to organize. They are saying we need to establish councils and leadership within these councils.

If you run into any teacher or brother who agrees with this, treat them as anathema!

Biblically, this is called Nicolaitanism. It is an abomination. We all know what this is. It goes by many names but essentially it is; Judaism, Messianic Judaism, and all of "Churchianity"!

So please remember, we have but one Rabbi; Yeshua Ha Mashiach!

Zachary Bauer has published a good vid on this topic.

So, what if some people do organize and establish a man-made hierarchy? That's OK! They are simply the dross left over by the refinement of silver!

The Observer

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Torah in 1 John Chapter 2

Once you notice Torah in the B'rit Hadashah you see it everywhere! I was reading Ch. 2 of 1 John and light bulbs started popping in my head with every other word.

With great shame and humility, I admit that most of my life I did not recognize Torah. But, I am so grateful to Yehovah/Yeshua that my blindness has passed.

(ESV used)

... and as always, folks, I don't claim to be a teacher. I am just someone who has blogged my own personal Bible study with the hope that the light of day will expose the truth.

1Jn 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
1Jn 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
1Jn 2:3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
1Jn 2:4 Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1Jn 2:5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
1Jn 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

[Note: So much here! We already know what sin is (verse 1). Sin is the breaking of Torah (1 John 3). As true believers we do not wish to sin (transgress Torah) but if we make a mistake and do, we have One who will argue on our behalf - Yeshua! Yeshua is "righteous". That is, He lives Torah perfectly. Yeshua is the propitiation for our sins. He is our atoning sacrifice - our personal atonement, not just for us, but for the whole world - if the "world" avails themselves of the opportunity.

I have heard people argue that Christ has made atonement for all of us, for the entire world, and therefore the whole world and all the people in it will be saved. These verses are not saying this. These verses apply to those who accept His free offer of Salvation. Yes, Yeshua is the Judge, I am not, but one must ignore most of scripture to argue ALL people will be forgiven.

Also, some have argued that no matter how we sin and how often, we are forgiven. In light of Hebrews 10, this is a very dangerous heresy. If we continue to sin (break Torah) after learning the truth there remains no forgiveness!

In fact, as we continue to verses 3-5, John makes it very clear what the standard is. If we follow Torah (His commandments) we know we have come to know him! And furthermore, if we say we know Him but do not follow His Torah, WE ARE LIARS AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN US! Please keep in mind that we must know the truth of His Torah and what sin is before this harsh statement applies. But, do we really want to depend on our supposed ignorance?

What is His and our "walk" (verse 6)? It is our behavior, our moral actions in life. It is our relationship with one another and our relationship with Yehovah. It is our true worship of Yehovah in the way He prescribes, not in the way we decide. We ought to behave and practice just like He practiced. What did Yeshua practice? Torah!]

 ... John continues ...

1Jn 2:7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard.
1Jn 2:8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
1Jn 2:9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.
1Jn 2:10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling.
1Jn 2:11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
1Jn 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.
1Jn 2:13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father.
1Jn 2:14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

[Note: Has John just contradicted himself here? No, he tells us plainly in verse 1, this is no new commandment but an old one we had from the beginning. It is "new" only in the sense that we now have the true light among us, the true shining light which was there from the beginning - Yeshua the Messiah! This is why John continues eloquently with his discourse on having received the "Light". Many churchy folk will argue that we have a new commandment coming from Yeshua which supersedes the "old", thereby annulling Torah and it's "requirements".. This is ridiculous, of course, because Yeshua, the living, breathing, walking Torah was there from the beginning, long before Moses. Any repudiation of Torah would also make Yeshua a false prophet, just as Deut. 13 states. Since my own awakening to the truth of Torah I have been amazed at how the church will argue so intently for Rome, but not for the Light of Yeshua. Of course, I forgive them because they are still in ignorance, just as I was!]

1Jn 2:15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.
1Jn 2:17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

[Note: whoever does the will of God = Torah. "does" = action. Just resting on your Salvation is not the answer. It must be worked out!]

1Jn 2:18 Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
1Jn 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.
1Jn 2:20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge.
1Jn 2:21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
1Jn 2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.
1Jn 2:23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.
1Jn 2:24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you too will abide in the Son and in the Father.
1Jn 2:25 And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.
1Jn 2:26 I write these things to you about those who are trying to deceive you.
1Jn 2:27 But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.

[Note: Folks, how could it be any clearer. John has just mentioned the teaching that was present from the beginning of all things - Torah. If you have the Son, you have the Father also. Does the Father deny Torah? Of course not! How you can accept Yeshua as the Messiah (verse 22) and the knowledge that He and the Father agree, but still deny Torah? By denying Torah does this make you antichrist? Just a rhetorical question, of course!]

1Jn 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.
1Jn 2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

The Observer

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Please enjoy this Hanukkah teaching from 119 Ministries!

The Observer

Saturday, November 19, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 21

The Scroll of Hebrews is written to the "Jews" of Sha'uls day. Paul is teaching on the supremacy of the Messiah, Yeshua, and the "change" which has occurred in the "Law" When Hebrews is read in context we know that Torah has not been altered or modified, but that certain elements within it have been suspended, not because Torah was itself flawed, but because Man's implementation of it was. Remember, Yehovah's Torah is perfect and comes directly from Him (Psalm 19). It is man who has the problem!

In chapter 7 Sha'ul is speaking of the suspension of the Aaronic priesthood:

Heb_7:5 And those indeed of the sons of Levi who receive the priest's office have commandment in the Law to collect a tenth from the people, that is, from their brethren, although these are descended from Abraham.

[Note: It has always puzzled me that Pastors will denounce Torah, except for the giving of tithes! Here, Paul is saying that those of us who are descended from Abraham (yes, spiritually that includes you Christians, if you want to be part of the Kingdom) were required to give a tenth of everything! But now? The Aaronic priesthood has changed (been suspended) - read further.]

Heb_7:11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?
Heb_7:12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also.
Heb_7:16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
Heb 7:18 For, on the one hand, there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its weakness and uselessness
Heb_7:19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.

[Note: Why do I keep saying that the Law has not been changed when the text clearly says it has (see verse 12)? This is because the words; "changed, change" in verse 12 are wrong! Yep! Wrongly translated! The base Greek word used is, "metathesis", which means transferred. There has been a transfer of authority from the Aaronic priesthood back to the Melchizedek priesthood. Same Law, different Administration. Why do I say "back to"? Because the Melchizedek priesthood has existed through all time (yet another study!). Now, it also makes sense that I use the word suspended. Why? Because the Aaronic priesthood will return one day! (see Ezekiel 40 - 48 and Isaiah 24,25) Most Christians confuse something very important here concerning what is being said in Ezekiel. For the Antichrist to stop the daily sacrifices as described in Daniel only a Tabernacle is needed, not a complete temple as described in Ezekiel. Ezekiel is referring to the Millennial Reign. All this talk of a new or third Temple before the Second Coming is an error, IMO. Will a third Temple ever be built? Yes! In the Millennial Reign! What about verse 18? Has Torah been set aside? No, the Aaronic priesthood's administration has been set aside (for now). But, mankind will need the Aaronic priesthood again in the millennium.

One more point, please. Does following Torah make one perfect? (Verse 19) Does your Salvation come from following Torah? Are you Saved by keeping Torah? The answer has ALWAYS been NO! One follows Torah because he IS Saved! The entire context of the New Testament says this and the Church misses the point entirely.

And no, we are NOT required to give a tenth of everything to Pastors and Priests nowadays!]

Heb_7:28 For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.
Heb_8:4 Now if He were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law;
Heb_9:19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
Heb_9:22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Heb_10:1 For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.
Heb_10:8 After saying above, "SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS AND WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND sacrifices FOR SIN YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, NOR HAVE YOU TAKEN PLEASURE in them" (which are offered according to the Law),
Heb_10:28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

[Note: Much is said concerning Ch.10, verse 1. Is the Law "only" a shadow of the good things to come? Firstly, the word "only" has been added by translators. What this is saying is that the Heavenly is higher than the Earthly. The earthly is a reflection of the true image of the heavenly, so therefore our earthly enactment of Torah is but a shadow of the true Torah, Yeshua. But trying to emulate Yeshua by living Torah is something we must do, if we love Him!

(See, Ex. 25:40, Heb. 8:5, Rev. 11:19)]

For additional clarity, please see the following video from 119 Ministries:

The Observer

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It's Time To "Lay Down the Law" - Part 20

... continuing with the word study on "law" ...

1Ti 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God our Savior, and of Christ Jesus, who is our hope,
1Ti 1:2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
1Ti 1:3 As I urged you upon my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus so that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines,
1Ti 1:4 nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith.
1Ti 1:5 But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
1Ti 1:6 For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion,
1Ti 1:7 wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions.
1Ti 1:8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
1Ti 1:9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers
1Ti 1:10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,
1Ti 1:11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

[Note: Much is made of these few verses; by churchy folk, as well as anti-missionaries (those who wish to deny Yeshua). But this simple letter to Timothy, from Paul, is a reminder to the congregation at Ephesus to continue in the instruction (Torah) and ignore divisive people. I've also had church folk tell me these verses are a repudiation of Torah! They quote verse 9. Verse 9, however, simply restates what Paul has stated in previous letters. The Law exists to show us what sin is. If is useful for the sinner. A "righteous" person (one who follows the Torah already) does not need the Law to correct him. The very term, "righteousness" means; "right standing in Torah"!]

Later, in Titus, this comes up again.

Tit_3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless
Tit 3:10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning,
Tit 3:11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.

For more on this subject, please watch this short vid from 119 ministries.

The Observer