Friday, September 09, 2016

Still Believe Torah Is Not For Christians? Then, Please Study This

Thanks to "Mike", a commenter on http://www.new2torah.com/2011/04/torah-is-dead-not-according-to-208-new-testament-verses/

1.) Is.2 [The Torah will be taught in the Millennial Kingdom]
2.) Is.8:20 [Those who are against the Torah have no light in them]
3.) Is.42:4 [The coastlands will wait for YHWH’s Torah]
4.) Is.42:21 [YHWH will exalt the Torah and make it honorable]
5.) Is.51:7 [The Torah mentioned to be on people’s hearts before Jer.31:33]
6.) Jer.31:33 [The Torah will be on our hearts during the Millennial Kingdom]
7.) Micah 4:2 [Nations will come to learn the Torah in the Millennial Kingdom]
8.) Zech.14:16-19 [The Feast of Tabernacles will be kept in the Millennial Kingdom (Lev.23)]
9.) Lam 2:9 [Jeremiah lamented that the Torah is no more. Why lament if it will be done away with?]
10.) Psalm 119 [David exalted the Torah]


-The Gospels-

*Matthew:
11.) Matt.4:4-10 [Yeshua used the Torah to rebuke the adversary (Deut 8:3; 6:16; 6:13)]
12.) Matt.5:17-19 [Those who teach against Torah will be least in the Kingdom of Heaven]
13.) Matt.7:12 [The Golden Rule (Midrash on Torah)]
14.) Matt.9:20 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
15.) Matt.11:13 [Yeshua used the Torah & the Prophets to prove John the Baptist valid]
16.) Matt.12:5 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
17.) Matt.14:36 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
18.) Matt.22:36-40 [Yeshua taught the greatest commandments from the Torah USING the Torah]
19.) Matt.23:23 [Yeshua emphasized the weightier matters of the Torah USING the Torah]


*Mark:
20.) Mark 3:4 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
21.) Mark 6:18 [John the Baptist used Torah to rebuke Herod (Lev.20:21)]
22.) Mark 6:56 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
23.) Mark 10:5-12 [Yeshua taught on divorce using the creation account]


*Luke:
24.) Luke 2:21 [Yeshua circumcised on the eighth day (Lev.12:2-3)]
25.) Luke 2:22-39 [Yeshua was presented before YHWH as the first born (Ex.34:19)]
26.) Luke 2:24 [An offering was made for Yeshua being the first born (Lev.12:6)]
27.) Luke 4:16 [Yeshua’s custom was to attend Synagogue on the Sabbath day not Sunday]
28.) Luke 6:3-9 [Yeshua is Master of the Sabbath]
29.) Luke 10:26-28 [Yeshua encouraged Torah observance by elevating the weightier commandments]
30.) Luke 10:30-37 [Yeshua gave a parable of the good Samaritan/love your neighbor]
31.) Luke 14:5 [Yeshua preserved life on the Sabbath]
32.) Luke 16:16 [Yeshua used Torah and the Prophets to prove John the Baptist is valid]
33.) Luke 16:17 [It is easier for heaven & earth to pass away than for Torah to do so]
34.) Luke 24:44 [Suffering Servant Prophecy fulfilled]


*John:
35.) John 1:17 [Through the Torah, Messiah’s Grace was manifested] *
36.) John 1:45 [Phillip used the Torah & the Prophets to convince Nathaniel about Yeshua being Messiah]
37.) John 5:8 [Yeshua healed a lame man on the Sabbath]
38.) John 7:19 [Yeshua used the Torah to defend Himself]
39.) John 7:22-23 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
40.) John 7:24 [Yeshua taught to judge righteously (Lev.19:15)]
41.) John 7:49 [Yeshua said those who do not know Torah are accursed]
42.) John 7:51 [Nicodemus used the Torah to prove Yeshua innocent]
43.) John 8:5-12 [Yeshua won the challenge concerning the woman in “adultery” (Lev.20:10)]


-Acts-
44.) Acts 2 [The disciples celebrated Shavuot (Pentecost)]
45.) Acts 6:13 [False witnesses accused the disciples of teaching against the Torah]
46.) Acts 13:14 [Paul went to Synagogue on Sabbath]
47.) Acts 13:15 [Paul attended Synagogue on Sabbath]
48.) Acts 13:39 [Paul taught the Torah and the Prophets in Synagogue]
49.) Acts 13:42 [Gentiles wanted to hear more about Torah and Messiah next Sabbath]
50.) Acts 13:44 [Almost the whole city came the next Sabbath and wanted to learn]
51.) Acts 13:46 [Paul and Barnabas decided to teach Torah/Prophets to the Gentiles (Is.49:6)]
52.) Acts 13:48 [Gentiles were filled with gladness because they get to learn about Yeshua & Torah]
53.) Acts 13:49 [Torah and the Prophets were spread throughout all the region of Antioch]
54.) Acts 15:21 [Moses was taught in all the cities in Synagogues on the Sabbath Day]
55.) Acts 15:28-29
[New gentile converts were to keep the kosher laws of Torah before learning the rest of it]
[Foods offered to idols/eating blood/eating things strangled/sexual immorality]
[(Ex.20:3/Lev.7:26;17:12; 22:8/Deut.14:21)]
56.) Acts 16:13 [Prayer was customarily made on the Sabbath Day]
57.) Acts 17:2-4 [Paul taught Yeshua and Torah for THREE Sabbaths not three Sundays!]
58.) Acts 18:4 [Paul persuaded Jews and Greeks about Yeshua EVERY Sabbath!]
59.) Acts 18:13 [False witness accused Paul of teaching against Torah]
60.) Acts 18:18 [Paul takes a Nazirite vow and shaves his head (Num.6)]
61.) Acts 20:6 [Paul sails to Philippi AFTER Unleavened Bread. Why mention this if it’s done away with?] 62.) Acts 20:7-12 [Paul kept the Sabbath and taught for Havdallah until midnight]
63.) Acts 20:16 [Paul wanted to arrive in time at Jerusalem to keep Shavuot (Ex.34:22/Lev.23:15-22)]
64.) Acts 21:20 [New converts were ZEALOUS for the Torah!]
65.) Acts 21:24 [Paul showed that he keeps the Torah]
66.) Acts 21:28 [More false accusations saying that Paul taught against the Torah]
67.) Acts 22:12 [Paul used the Torah to say Ananias was a devout man]
68.) Acts 23:3 [Paul used the Torah to defend his position]
69.) Acts 23:4 [Paul quoted the Torah (Ex.22:28)]
70.) Acts 24:14 [Paul believed all things in the Torah and the Prophets]
71.) Acts 28:23 [Paul taught people the Torah and the Prophets]


-Pauline Epistles-

 *Romans:
72.) Rom.2:13 [Those who do the Torah and not just hear it are considered justified]
73.) Rom.3:31 [Faith does not make void Torah]
74.) Rom.6:15 [Grace is not permission to sin]
75.) Rom.7:2 [Paul taught the laws of marriage & divorce (Deut.24)]
76.) Rom.7:7 [The Torah is not sin]
77.) Rom.7:12 [The Torah is holy, just, and good]
78.) Rom.7:26 [The Torah is good]
79.) Rom.7:22 [Paul delighted in the Torah of YHWH]
80.) Rom.13:18 [Love fulfills the Torah]
81.) Rom.13:10 [Love fulfills the Torah]


*1 Corinthians:
82.) 1Cor.1:18 [Paul quoted Isaiah 29:14 for his doctrine]
83.) 1Cor.1:31 [Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:24]
84.) 1Cor.2:9 [Paul quoted Isaiah 64:4]
85.) 1Cor.2:16 [Paul quoted Isaiah 40:13]
86.) 1Cor.3:19 [Paul quoted Job 5:13]
87.) 1Cor.3:20 [Paul quoted Psalm 94:11]
88.) 1Cor.5:1 [Paul used Torah to rebuke sin (Lev.20:11)
89.) 1Cor.5:6-8 [Paul encouraged believers to keep Passover (Lev.23)]
90.) 1Cor.5:9-11 [Paul taught to not be yoked with the sexually immoral (Lev.20)]
91.) 1Cor.5:12-13 [Paul quoted Deut.17:7; 19:19; 22:21; 24:7]
92.) 1Cor.6:9-10 [Paul listed immoral actions defined by Torah (Lev.20)]
93.) 1Cor.6:16 [Paul quotes Gen.2:24]
94.) 1Cor.7:10-11 [Paul taught on marriage and divorce (Deut.24)]
95.) 1Cor.7:19 [Paul taught that keeping the Torah is more important than IMMEDIATE circumcision]*
96.) 1Cor.7:39 [Paul taught the laws of marriage and re-marriage]
97.) 1Cor.9:9-12 [Paul did a midrash on Deut.25:4]
98.) 1Cor.9:21 [Paul kept YHWH’s Torah when ministering to those who didn’t have the Torah]
99.) 1Cor.10:1-22 [Paul did a midrash on Ex.32:6]
100.) 1Cor.10:26 [Paul quoted Psalm 24:1]
101.) 1Cor.14:21 [Paul quoted Isaiah 28:11-12]
102.) 1Cor.15:27 [Paul quoted Psalm 8:6]
103.) 1Cor.15:32 [Paul quoted Isaiah 22:13]
104.) 1Cor.15:45 [Paul quoted Gen.2:7]
105.) 1Cor.15:54 [Paul quoted Isaiah 25:8]
106.) 1Cor.15:55 [Paul quoted Hosea 13:14]


*2 Corinthians:
107.) 2Cor.3:12-17 [Paul did a midrash on the veil of Moses (Ex.34:33-35)]
108.) 2Cor.4:13 [Paul quoted Psalm 116:10]
109.) 2Cor.6:2 [Paul quoted Isaiah 49:8]
110.) 2Cor.6:16 [Paul quoted Lev.26:12/Jeremiah 32:38/Ezekiel 37:27]
111.) 2Cor.6:17 [Paul quoted Isaiah 52:11/Ezekiel 20:34; 41]
112.) 2Cor.6:18 [Paul quoted 2 Samuel 7:14]
113.) 2Cor.8:15 [Paul quoted Ex.16:18]
114.) 2Cor.9:9 [Paul quoted Psalm 112:9]
115.) 2Cor.10:17 [Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:24]
116.) 2Cor.13:1 [Paul quotes Deut.19:15]


*Galatians:
117.) Gal.3:6 [Paul quoted Gen.15:6]
118.) Gal.3:8 [Paul quoted Gen.12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14]
119.) Gal.3:10 [Paul quoted Deut.27:26]
120.) Gal.3:11 [Paul quoted Habakkuk 2:4]
121.) Gal 3:12 [Paul quoted Lev.18:5]
122.) Gal.3:13 [Paul quoted Deut 11:26-28; 27:15-26]
123.) Gal.3:16 [Paul quoted Gen.12:7; 13:15; 24:7]
124.) Gal.4:27 [Paul quoted Isaiah 54:1]
125.) Gal.4:30 [Paul quoted Gen.21:10]
126.) Gal.5:14 [Paul quoted Lev.19:18]


*Ephesians:
127.) Eph.4:8 [Paul quoted Psalm 68:18]
128.) Eph.4:25 [Paul quoted Zechariah 8:16]
129.) Eph.4:26 [Paul quoted Psalm 4:4]
130.) Eph.5:31 [Paul quoted Gen.2:24]
131.) Eph.6:2 [Paul quoted Deut.5:16]


*Philippians:
132.) Philipp.2:17 [Paul related himself to a drink offering (Lev.23:13)]


*1 Thessalonians:
133.) 1Thess.4:2 [Paul taught to walk in the Commandments of YHWH]
134.) 1Thess.4:3 [Paul taught to avoid sexual immorality (Lev.20)]
135.) 1Thess.5:1-11 [Paul taught that those who don’t know the Feast Days are in darkness/blind]


*2 Thessalonians:
136.) 2Thess.1:8 [Paul quoted Isaiah 24:23]


*1 Timothy:
137.) 1Tim.1:8 [Paul taught that the Torah is good if one uses it right]
138.) 1Tim.5:18 [Paul quoted Deut.25:4]
139.) 1Tim.5:19 [Paul taught the concept of two witnesses (Deut.19:15)]


*2 Timothy:
140.) 2Tim.3:15 [Paul said Timothy had known the “Holy Scriptures” (Torah/Prophets) since his youth]
141.) 2Tim.3:16 [Paul referred to the Torah/Prophets when he said “Scripture, Doctrine, Instruction”]
142.) 2Tim.4:6 [Paul related himself as a drink offering (Lev.23:13)]


*Titus:
143.) Titus 2:9 [Paul taught obedience to the Torah concerning bondservants & masters (Deut.15:12-18)]
144.) Titus 2:14 [Paul taught that Yeshua died so we will have zeal for good works (Torah)]


-Other Epistles-

*Hebrews:
145.) Heb.1:5 [quoted Ps.2:7/2Sam.7:14]
146.) Heb.1:6 [quoted Deut.32:43/Psalm 97:7]
147.) Heb.1:7 [quoted Ps.104:4]
148.) Heb.1:9 [quoted Ps.45:6-7]
149.) Heb.1:12 [quoted Ps.102:25-27]
150.) Heb.1:13 [quoted Ps.110:1]
151.) Heb.2:8 [quoted Ps.8:4-6]
152.) Heb.2:12 [quoted Ps.22:22]
153.) Heb.2:13 [quoted 2Sam.22:3/Isaiah 8:17-18]
154.) Heb.3:11 [quoted Ps. 5:7-11]
155.) Heb.3:15 [quoted Ps.95:7-8]
156.) Heb.4:3 [quoted Ps.95:11]
157.) Heb.4:4 [quoted Gen.2:2]
158.) Heb.4:5 [quoted Ps.95:11]
159.) Heb.4:7 [quoted Ps.95:7-8]
160.) Heb.5:5 [quoted Ps.2:7]
161.) Heb.5:6 [quoted Ps.110:4]
162.) Heb.6:14 [quoted Gen.22:17]
163.) Heb.7:17 [quoted Ps.110:4]
164.) Heb.7:21 [quoted Ps.110:4]
165.) Heb.8:5 [quoted Ex.25:40]
166.) Heb.8:12 [quoted Jer.31:31-34]
167.) Heb.9:20 [quoted Ex. 24:8]
168.) Heb.10:7 [quoted Ps.40:6-8]
169.) Heb.10:16 [quoted Jer.31:33]
170.) Heb.10:17 [quoted Jer.31:34]
171.) Heb.10:30 [quoted Deut.32:35-36]
172.) Heb.10:37 [quoted Hab.2:3-4]
173.) Heb.11:5 [quoted Gen.5:24]
174.) Heb.11:18 [quoted Gen.21:2]
175.) Heb.12:6 [quoted Prov.3:11-12]
176.) Heb.12:20 [quoted Ex.19:12-13]
177.) Heb.12:21 [quoted Deut.9:19]
178.) Heb.12:26 [quoted Hag.2:6]
179.) Heb.13:5 [quoted Deut.31:6-8/Josh.1:5]
180.) Heb.13:6 [quoted Ps.118:6]


*James:
181.) Jam.1:22-24 [James taught to be a doer of the Word]
182.) Jam.1:25 [The Torah is liberating]
183.) Jam.2:8 [James quoted Lev.19:18]
184.) Jam.2:11 [James quoted Ex.20:13-14/Deut.5:17-18]
185.) Jam.2:23 [James quoted Gen.15:6]
186.) Jam.3:2-12 [James did a midrash on the evil tongue (Lev.14)]
187.) Jam.4:6 [James quoted Prov.3:34]
188.) Jam.4:12 [James said YHWH is our Lawgiver. Why need a Lawgiver if the Law is done away with?]


*1 Peter:
189.) 1Pet.1:16 [Peter quoted Lev.11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7]
190.) 1Pet.1:25 [Peter quoted Isaiah.40:6-8]
191.) 1Pet.2:6 [Peter quoted Isaiah 28:16]
192.) 1Pet.2:7 [Peter quoted Ps.118:22]
193.) 1Pet.2:8 [Peter quoted Isaiah 8:14]
194.) 1Pet.2:22 [Peter quoted Isaiah 53:9]
195.) 1Pet.3:12 [Peter quoted Ps.34:12-16
196.) 1Pet.3:14 [Peter quoted Isaiah 8:12]
197.) 1Pet.4:8 [Peter quoted Prov.10:12]
198.) 1Pet.4:11 [Peter taught to speak as the Oracles of YHWH (Heb.5:12; Acts 7:38; Rom.3:2)]
199.) 1Pet.4:18 [Peter quoted Prov.11:31]
200.) 1Pet.5:5 [Peter quoted Prov.3:34]


*2 Peter:
201.) 2Pet.2:22 [Peter quoted Prov.26:11]


*1 John:
202.) 1Jo.2:3-5 [We are YHWH’s children if we keep His commandments]
203.) 1Jo.2:6 [We are to walk as Yeshua Messiah walked (Torah)]
204.) 1Jo.3:4 [Sin is violating the Torah]
205.) 1Jo.3:22 [We are to do YHWH’s commandments and do things that are pleasing to Him]
206.) 1Jo.3:23 [To believe in Yeshua as Messiah is a Torah based faith]
207.) 1Jo.3:24 [Those who keep YHWH’s commandments abide in Him, and He in them]
208.) 1Jo.5:2 [We are YHWH’s children if we keep His commandments]
209.) 1Jo.53 [It is the love of YHWH to keep His commandments and they aren’t a burden]


*2 John:
210.) 2Jo.1:6 [It is love to walk in His commandments]
211.) 2Jo.1:9 [Violators of Torah do not abide in the teaching of Yeshua which is to follow Torah]
[Those who abide in the teaching of Messiah has both YHWH and Yeshua]
212.) 2Jo.1:10 [John said to have nothing to do with those who teach against the teaching of Messiah]


*Jude:
213.) Jude 1:12 [“love feasts” were the Feast Days (Lev.23)]


-Revelation-
214.) Rev.1:6 [The Torah comes forth from Yeshua’s mouth]
215.) Rev.12:17 [The adversary is enraged mainly with those who keep Torah & believe in Yeshua]
216.) Rev.14:12 [Those who endure are they that keep the Torah and believe in Yeshua]
217.) Rev.19:15 [Yeshua judges and strikes the nations with the Torah (Word of YHWH/His Sword)]
218.) Rev.22:14


Luke 16:31 He said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.'"

The Observer

Friday, September 02, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Does the Church Teach "Another" Jesus?

Have you ever wondered? How is it that a sin described in the "Old Testament" (the Tanakh) is not a sin in the "New" (the B'rit Hadashah)? This is especially perplexing when the N.T. seems to agree with the O.T. by defining what sin is, but then one is taught by the Church to sin anyway. Specifically, I'm referencing 1 John 3. This famous verse tells us what sin is:

1 Jn 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. (NASB)

1 Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. (KJV)

Sin is the breaking of Torah, as prescribed in the O.T. (the N.T. did not exist when this verse was written). Torah is the set of instructions for living with each other and worshipping the Creator; given to us by God. Chapter 3 of 1 John goes to great length to show how sin within us separates us from God. Man, being carnal in nature and unequipped to make such decisions because of our fallen state cannot define what sin is on his own. The Church cannot define sin either; it's simply an institution of man. The Bible is very clear on this point. Torah defines what sin is! Wait! Didn't Adam and Eve commit sin in the Garden? Was Torah active then? Yes, of course they did commit sin in the Garden and Torah was active then. It always has been. Our walking, living, breathing Torah has been here from the beginning - Jesus (Yeshua)! Just go read the book of John. Now, let's look at one sin and follow it's path through history. It's time to get piggish!

Eating pork has always been a sin. Oh wait! Pork was made clean when all foods were made clean! Uh, no, but we'll get to that - let's look through biblical history first. Searching on the Internet for, "did humans eat meat before the flood" will bring up all manner of sources showing how man was a vegetarian in the antediluvian period. Most of the sources also cover the beginning of meat eating with the story of Noah and the 7 pair of "clean" animals post flood. Please notice that Noah and family knew the difference between clean and unclean animals even then. Clean animals were to be for food, not unclean! As biblical history progresses through Abraham and up to present day it's readily apparent to all that Israelites and 'Jews" never ate pork. Lev. 11 makes this prohibition against pork very clear. Later, in Isaiah 66, pork eaters are spoken of as to be destroyed by God at the Second Coming. But didn't Christ make all "foods" clean? Watch this teaching and tell me if you still believe that.

Speaking of Christ, the Church teaches that Jesus made many changes. They tell us Torah has now been "nailed to the cross" and discarded. They tell us it's OK to sin now by eating pork.

If this is true, folks, then the Church worships another Jesus (2 Cor. 11)! They worship a Greco-Roman antinomian pagan "Christ" that has NOTHING to do with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob! And, this is exactly why our Jewish brothers and sisters WILL NEVER accept the Messiah presented by the Church! The Church literally presents the world with an anti-Messiah, an antichrist! This makes the teachers in the Church FALSE teachers and ministers who teach us to go after other Gods!

Deu 13:1 "If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
Deu 13:2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,'
Deu 13:3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deu 13:4 "You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.
Deu 13:5 "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you.
Deu 13:6 "If your brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods' (whom neither you nor your fathers have known,
Deu 13:7 of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end),
Deu 13:8 you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him.
Deu 13:9 "But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
Deu 13:10 "So you shall stone him to death because he has sought to seduce you from the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
Deu 13:11 "Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.
Deu 13:12 "If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that
Deu 13:13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods' (whom you have not known),
Deu 13:14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you,
Deu 13:15 you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword.
Deu 13:16 "Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God; and it shall be a ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.
Deu 13:17 "Nothing from that which is put under the ban shall cling to your hand, in order that the LORD may turn from His burning anger and show mercy to you, and have compassion on you and make you increase, just as He has sworn to your fathers,
Deu 13:18 if you will listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping all His commandments which I am commanding you today, and doing what is right in the sight of the LORD your God.

The Observer

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Who Are the Many Who Have Been Deceived?

A very poignant video from Zachary Bauer. (~7 min.)

... from Zachary,

Published on May 30, 2012
How "Many" is "Many". Jesus said WIDE is the gate to destruction and narrow the path that leads to life AND FEW WILL FIND IT. Yet today, we have millions of Christians who claim they are saved and believe in Jesus?

So what gives?



The Observer

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