What Does It Really Mean to be Born Again? It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 71

What Does Being Born Again Truly Mean—It May Not Be As You Perceive it to be—Episode 71

How many of us entered into Christianity, regardless the denomination for the most part, under the assumption that we have or are “born again?” Or I should probably ask, how many of us have entered into Christianity having been told or instructed that we were at the time “born again?” What was the prescription or the protocol for being born again? Do you recall? Try this on for size: you responded to a call or some form of admonishment related to your eternal destiny; that is, where you will spend eternity. Along with that concern for where you’d spend eternity when you died came self-awareness: the awareness that you existed—that you existed in a state of total depravity—a state of condemnation that would ultimately end in you spending an eternity in hell. And let’s face it, no one wants to burn forever—it’s a “no-brainer” once you come to the realization that your life is missing something very important. That missing element from one’s life is different for each of us: for one, it’s sobriety; for another it’s healthy personal relationships; for another it’s finances; for yet another it’s a moment of emotional weakness that succumbs to a soul-rousing message that awakens feelings and thoughts about your unique situation.

We all have a breaking point—maybe better stated, a soft-spot that when we come to see the futility of our ways, that we naturally seek out a solution to our depraved state. Let’s face it: no emotionally healthy individual wants to go to hell nor do they want to go through the rest of their lives uncertain whether the centuries of talk in religious circles about a heaven and hell are actually true. It would stand to reason that it’s better to just hedge one’s bets and assume that a blissful heaven is a better place to go than a fiery hell for all eternity. What’s there to lose apart from maybe some ribbing from time to time as it relates to one having to act or live like a so-called Christian, right? Needless to say, some of the most well-known members of our society proudly wear the moniker of Christian and it has proved to be a positive experience for them. And then, there are those times when there is some emotional attachment to the religion that tugs at one’s being: be it the music; the messages of hope and positive living; or just being around people that at least pretend to really care about you. It’s not a bad thing is it? It can actually be good, right? In fact, everyone should be born again. No one wants to nor should go to hell to spend eternity.

I hope I did not offend anyone with the above monologue. I come from a place of having actually experienced this very thing in my own life. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church where I gave my life to Jesus Christ and was born again. Or so I once thought.

It’s interesting how life takes the course it can take. I would never have imagined back in 1973 when I “said the sinner’s prayer” and “gave my life to Jesus” that I would some day question the whole Christian concept of being “saved” and being “born again.” And that is exactly what happened to me during the summer of 2004 in the city of Kingston, Jamaica. I actually experienced a crisis of belief or better a crisis of my Faith when I was asked: How did I know that I was saved? How did I know that I was born again? Of course I replied with all the canned answers that have been vetted after years of Christian doctrinal processing. But those “canned” responses were just that: “canned responses.” And it was those questions and my “canned” responses that ignited my crisis of Faith and started my search and journey for the truth about this issue of salvation and being born again. What I ultimately came to find out was that the truth about being “born again” was not as I had ever perceived it to be. For that matter, the phrase, “born again,” is really not what the vast majority of the Christian believing world perceives it to be at all. In fact, the Christian concept of being “born again” is entirely a misnomer. It is that misnomer that has extremely dire ramifications that is leading millions around the glob down a road of certain disappointment and in many cases, destruction.

It was on Saturday, April 12, 27 CE, in Jerusalem, during the Passover celebration, that a prominent Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin came to Jesus by night so as not to be seen by others of his sect. He is identified by the Gospel writer John as Nicodemus. It was this covert night meeting that would forever define and bring to the consciousness of mankind, what the establishment of a true relationship with the Most High looks like and what was necessary to enter into that relationship with the One True God. There was no discussion about a “sinners’ prayer” nor was there a “right-hand of fellowship” offered; not even a signing up for a church roster was proposed to Rabbi Nicodemus by Jesus. The content of this discussion is something that is completely foreign to that which is taught in today’s fundamental Christian Churches. The content of this conversation has and remains today, critically fundamental to the so-called Christian Faith. Sadly, few in all of Christiandom, throughout the last two-millennia have accurately fathomed its true meaning. Contained in this covert conversation is the truth of the ages; the fountain of life; that which separates the hangers-on—the chaff—the tares, from the Creator’s elect.

The Born Again Conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus

The Born Again Conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus

Nicodemus starts off this crucial conversation with what I would call, stage-setting, but profound accolades of our Master:

“Rabbi, we know that you were sent from Elohim, for a man teacher is not able to do these miracles that you do except he who Elohim is with.” But if John can be trusted to have not left anything in between, Master wastes no time getting to the crux of the matter and point of Nicodemus’ crucial visit. It is not entirely clear from John’s narrative why Nicodemus came to Jesus—clearly the fact that he came to Jesus by night is indicative of Nicodemus not wanting to be seen by certain others in his community. But curiosity seems to be a safe bet and certainly Jesus had by this point in John’s chronology been the subject of much discussion and debate in and around the Sanhedrin. But we must not marginalize that, based upon what we ultimately know of Nicodemus, he was destined to become a disciple of our Master, and thus this visit was simply a precursor to Nicodemus’ conversion to the true Faith that was once delivered. Of Nicodemus’ opening statement to the Master: “Y’shua (Jesus’ Hebrew name) answered and said to Him, ‘Amen, amen I say to you, that if a man is not born from the beginning, he is not able to see the Kingdom of Elohim.’” (John 3:2&3, Roth’s Aramaic Translation)

Now we find in the ASV, DBY, ERV, and the ETH (Etheridge Translation of the 1849 Peshitta, “born from the beginning” is instead rendered “born anew”; and in the KJV, NET, NJB (the New Jerusalem Bible); RSV, YLT and a host of other translations use instead the phrase “born again,” obviously the most familiar and the most widely used rendering.

At first I had serious problems applying the Roth Aramaic translation of the Greek phrase “gennao anothen” to the English phrase “born from the beginning” for it just didn’t make much sense to me. But when one actually teases apart the Greek terms of “gennao” and “anothen” and then reconnect them to see what the synergistic meaning would or should be, “born from the beginning” makes all the sense in the world.

The phrases “born again,” “born from the beginning,” “born anew,” all stem from the Greek phrase “gennao anothen” which according to Friberg’s Lexicon means: “a place from above; a past time from an earlier period from the beginning, from the first, and of a future time indicating repetition anew, again.” The Louw-Nida Lexicon further defines the Greek term “anothen” as “extension from a source which is above—from above, from the top of.” But the term “gennao” in the Greek generally refers to “men begetting children” according to the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. When the two terms are put together according to the Louw-Nida Lexicon, the phrase takes on a meaning of one “experiencing a complete change in one’s way of life to what it should be, with the implication of return to a former state or relation.”

Fundamental and Charismatic Christianity’s understanding and doctrinal stance on the issue of “being born again” or “born anew,” from my research, fails to adequately describe or support the Louw-Nida Lexicon definition, whereby the would-be born again believer experiences a change in their life to a state that it should rightly be and or a return to an established former state and relationship. Now that’s a lot of words simply to say that one’s entire life would change to a state that it always was meant to be—back to that state that Adam lived prior to the fall. A state that is completely different than any known to man. A state that is determined by the rules and regulations of the Creator of the Universe. A pure and undefiled state, devoid of man-made traditions and Satan’s influences. In my mind, it would sort of be like hitting the default button on our human existence and going back to a time when we were in a proper or right standing with our Creator. The Louw-Nida definition of “born-anew” or “born again” is in no way describing an idealistic or idiomatic concept whereby that change is somehow inputted or accomplished by Christ as our proxy. No, the Louw-Nida definition seems to be talking about a real-to-life change in one’s day-to-day life; a change in one’s perspective; one’s habits; one’s desires; one’s hopes; one’s demeanor; one’s loyalties.

But such a change is rarely if ever spoken of or alluded to by Christian leaders and teachers of the 21st-century, who push their man-made denominational agendas and doctrines that they claim defines what being “born again” is all about. Certainly I can attest to this from my upbringing in the Baptist Church of my youth. The act of being born again was more of a “going through the motions” of achieving a perceived state of regeneration and acceptance by both Christ and the believer, through an initial “accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her personal savior” (whatever that actually looks like); and in some circles, additionally being baptized; receiving the “right hand of fellowship” and one’s name on a church roster; in some Christian sects, speaking in ecstatic languages or tongues; still in others it may include the individual giving up cigarettes, alcohol, sleeping around, attending services each Sunday and Wednesday and the like. But the bottom line to being born again according to Fundamental Christianity, has become an exercise in doing exactly what the specific Christian denomination has required in their “rule books” (that is, their statement of belief in most cases). It’s following the instructions of the denomination’s teachers and leaders.

According to Wikipedia, being “born again” is a phrase used by Protestants to “describe the phenomenon of gaining faith in Jesus Christ.” According to gotquestions.com, being “born again” is more of an “act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the believer.” According to gotquestions.com, there is a “renewal” or change in the believer’s life, but that change is more of a change in title or spiritual status, whereby the believer is then called or seen as a “child of God.” That change in status comes about through a trusting in the name of Jesus Christ (whatever that may look like or however it is manifested), even though Jesus Christ is NOT the Savior’s true name. Certainly, no one person or organization is more trusted and respected in this subject than Billy Graham. According to billygraham.org, “a born-again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation; and as a result has become part of God’s family forever. All this takes place as God’s Spirit works in our lives.” And then there are 100s if not 1000s more sites that declare essentially the same sentiments.

But nowhere in these definitions is there anything mentioned about a verifiable and actionable change in one’s life. Why is that? Oh, I can think of a few reasons: one being the fear of supporting a definition and practice whereby believers have an active role in that process of being renewed or starting over again. Protestants have never liked the idea of believers working out their salvation or being obedient to God’s eternal Laws. Grace—outrageous grace as some have dubbed it, has become the ordained spiritual process whereby a believer’s utter depraved existence or state makes it impossible for him or her to experience a Godly fundamental change in his or her life. There is nothing to do but say the sinner’s prayer and make the conscious effort to believe that Jesus Christ died for one’s sins. In so doing, salvation and the new birth is automatically inputted to the believer. The fundamental change in the believer’s life comes when he or she is raptured from this earth and is whisked away to heaven where he or she will live with Jesus Christ for the rest of eternity. If one’s salvation is guaranteed and the change in one’s life happens at the rapture, there is nothing to do but wait or occupy till Jesus returns. Could this be one of the reasons why there is no discernible difference in the lives of most individuals who do not profess Jesus as their Savior and self-professing Christians? But is this truly what being born again or anew or from the start really means? How does God view the Christian definition of “born again;” or for that matter, how does God view the average fundamental or charismatic Christian?

The Born Again Experience. What is it really about and what is it like?

The Born Again Experience. What is it really about and what is it like?

What if I were to tell you that the bible’s explanation of being born from the beginning or born from above or being born anew does not connect with Christianity’s explanation and practice of the new birth? What if I were to tell you that the phrase “being born again” was likely imposed, intentionally, upon the Christian psyche so as to further prop up the hijacked doctrine of “grace?” Would these revelations prompt you to maybe look into this subject more closely? Are you man or woman enough to put your denomination and her leaders and teachers and preachers and pastors and ministers off to the side so that you may uncover the truth of this matter? Are you capable and willing to take off your denominational glasses and see the truth of this matter through the unbiased lenses of sound biblical exegesis and the leading of the Holy Spirit?

Jesus (who’s true Hebrew Name is Yahoshua meaning God or Yahovah/Yahweh is our salvation)told Nicodemus that if one is not born from above or anew or from the beginning, he or she is not able to see the Kingdom of God. (John 3:3) This concept of being born anew or from above or from the beginning is so crucial to every would-be believer—that is it ranks up there to being a salvation issue—that every single person who desires to enter the Kingdom of God better get this thing spot-on right. There is no room for error here.

As with many passages of the bible, context-context-context is an absolute requirement to understanding this historical conversation between the Master and Nicodemus. The practice of taking single bible verse “soundbites” and making doctrines and teachings from them has been common in much of the Church’s history. So we’ve grown up hearing only that one must be “born again” in order to get into heaven. The entire Christian doctrine of salvation pretty much is based upon this single verse—verse 3 of the 3rd chapter of the Gospel of John. However, without a sense of context—that is taking into account the whole conversation between the Master and Nicodemus, the concept of being born again is easily misconstrued and can certainly be twisted to mean and say anything the imaginations of church leaders and organizations want it say. And indeed, that has been the case here.

If we continue to read along in this chapter of John and follow the conversation between these two men, we find some key concepts take shape: “water;” “spirit;” “flesh;” “heaven;” and “Moses.” All these elements must be placed into their proper perspective before we can even begin to understand what our Master meant when he said to Nicodemus that one must be born of water and spirit. The Father’s Spirit in us is the most important element of this whole equation, for without the Father’s Spirit taking up residence in a believer, all bets are off. For Father’s Spirit, once it takes up residence in our being, a process begins whereby a default switch is pushed in our lives—a switch that moves us to a place where we should have always been—thus the being “born from the beginning” rendering of this passage as found in the Aramaic translation of this passage. We then begin a steady transformation where we begin to hunger and thirst after righteousness; we have an unquenchable desire to please our Father; we see life in an entirely different perspective; all of which is evidence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Instead of blindly following directions from church leaders and organizations, we faithfully seek out opportunities to obey Father because of our love for Him. We don’t obey the Father and His Laws because we fear death or punishment as the nation of Israel once did upon coming out of Egypt and wandering in the desert for some 40-years. No, we obey because we seek to please our Father. We no longer seek to please men, but please Father. Before you know it, we start to conform to the image of our Master Jesus Christ (more accurately known as Yahoshua HaMashiach). We establish and maintain a true and meaningful relationship with the Creator of the Universe. We begin to despise sin and purge it from our lives. We search God’s Word frequently because we realize that our sustenance is really contained in its pages. Our minds and attention are more in-tune to spiritual matters than the carnal. We begin to realize that our bodies are true Temples of the Most High and we treat them accordingly. We abstain from forbidden foods despite what our counterparts in Church may say to the contrary. We structure our lives, no longer to suit ourselves and our individual conveniences and personal pleasures, but structure them around spiritual matters and the Feasts of our God. Our Faith in God is undeniable. We are heaven minded. We pray without ceasing. We’re willing to leave friends, communities, jobs and even families if given an ultimatum between serving man or serving the Most High.

No friends, the change begins here on earth, right after we commit to becoming disciples of our Master. In fact, Master paid our debt and His sacrifice set the default button back to the beginning of time where we are deemed righteous before the Almighty God (better known by His Hebrew Name as Yahovah). But that’s when we come in. We then strive to maintain and live holy and righteous lives. How do we do this: by becoming Torah observant, Jesus/Yeshua-style. To help us navigate this turbulent ocean, Father implants His precious Holy Spirit (better known as the Rauch Kodesh) within us and it is through this gracious act that we can live a holy and righteous life in the midst of a sick and corrupt world. Contrary to popular Christianity, being born again is not a sit back and enjoy the ride experience. It is a tough journey that takes everything you have in you, along with some help from the Holy Spirit, order to make it to the end.

Master taught that our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees and sages before we’d be permitted to enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20). Yet Christianity contends that righteousness is inputted unto every believer upon he or she asking Jesus Christ to enter into their hearts and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Indeed, righteousness is inputted unto all of us who become disciples of Jesus—or better, Yeshua. But that inputted righteousness sets things right between us and the Father—Yeshua’s work on the cross permanently paid our sin-debt and instead of being the wretched beings that sin has made us before Father’s eyes, we are deemed, instead, righteous. But that inputted righteousness then demands that we take up our crosses and follow the Master. Following the Master is not simply possessing a cognitive understanding of who He is and what He’s done on our behalf. Christianity defines that cognitive understanding of Yeshua’s work as faith. But having a cognitive understanding of who the Master is and what He did for us is not true faith. That is knowledge. Even the demons know who the Master is and what He’s done. James, the half-brother of our Master, wrote:

“You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe and shudder! Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; and the scripture was accomplished which said that Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness—and he was called a friend of God.” (James 2:19-23, ESV)

So with belief or cognitive understanding of Jesus Christ and what He did for us, must come some form of action. When we believe something in our day to day lives, we act upon those beliefs. It’s simply human nature to act according to one’s belief. If you believe a chair will sustain your weight, you’ll sit on it. If you believe your car will successfully operate and get you where you need to go, you’ll drive it. If you believe you have a job, you’ll go to work each day you’re suppose to in order to feed you and your family. Then why have we bought, lock-stock-and barrel, the belief that all we need to do is have a cognitive understanding and acceptance of Jesus Christ and then we’re good to go. It defies reason and it defies what the bible says about faith and the born again experience.

The born again experience is exactly what the name implies, but the Church fails miserably to fully grasp and teach the truth about the “born again” message/concept that was delivered to us by our Master. The true meaning and understanding of this message/concept has undeniable existential ramifications attached to it—that is, it is a salvation issue, no questions asked.

Bottom line friends: Being born again according to our Savior refers to a new beginning in a believer’s life, whereby he or she receives the indwelling of the Holy Spirit; is baptized; and begins to walk in strict obedience to the teachings and commandments of our Master. But make no mistake: our Master’s commandments are the very same commandments contained in Torah, or as popularly referred to today as the Law.

Master taught:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more. But you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day, you will know that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:15-23, ESV)

In the next chapter of John, Master taught:

“If you keep my commandments and will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:10-12, ESV)

You may think that Jesus no where in these two passages mentions anything about our obeying or keeping the Law or Torah. Oh, but the above passage is not entirely as you may perceive it to be, for our Master did not give us a separate set of commandments. He did add some commandments to our plate, so to speak, such as the commandment to go into all the world and make disciples for Him; to wash one another’s feet; love one another, and to rehearse the last supper. But regarding the overall commandments that He gave us, most Christians believe that He gave only two: to love God and love our neighbor—Matthew 22:35. Simple, right? But how does one love Father and neighbor? Certainly there are at least 30,000 ideas or ways to love the Father and our neighbor, depending on one’s denomination. But Master never advocated nor intended there to be 30,000 denominations associated with the Faith that He delivered. For there is only ONE true Faith that He delivered—Jude 1:3. Additionally, there is only one way to love Father and neighbor. And where precisely do we find the instructions related to how we are to love Father and neighbor? Well, it’s actually found in your bible. In fact, it is found in Torah—the Law—contained in the first 5 books of the Old Testament. Surprise!

Now, Christianity would strongly contend that it is impossible to keep the Law of Moses or Torah. However, if one is given the spirit of the Living God, how in the world is it impossible to keep Father’s commandments. The bible shows that many of our Hebrew forefathers kept Torah. Luke 1:5,6—refers to Zachariah and Elizabeth—the parents of John the Immerser—who are described as being blameless in their keeping of the Law.

Speaking of his commandments and instructions and requirements of us, our Master told us that His yoke was easy and His burden light. How can this be? Especially given that the world believes it is impossible to keep the Law, which is a total lie from the pit of hell. To the contrary: our Master supplies us with the Holy Spirit and it is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that makes our obedience and loyalty to the commandments of Yahovah joyful and effortless. If we simply give ourselves over to Father and His way of life—the born again/born anew/born from above/born from the beginning experience will radically and profoundly change one’s life such that he or she will be in the place that Father has always wanted him or her to be.

 

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Erecting Temple of Baal Archways–What Does It Mean

Last week I stumbled upon several articles and YouTube videos addressing a new phenomenon that is taking place in many of the world’s western metropolitan cities and that is the erecting of dozens of Baal Temple entrance-ways or archways. These are imitations of the original Temple of Baal gate or archway that once stood in Palmyra Syria, but that ancient temple was destroyed by ISIS late last year. That destruction, along with a few other ancient archaeological structures over the last couple years, has outraged the Western World, and the world at large has demanded that an end be put to ISIS’ indiscriminate murdering and destruction. Unfortunately, ISIS continues to terrorize much of the world. Now, the West has decided to erect an imitation or model of the famous archway in dozens of their metropolitan cities. The latest ones to be erected and officially dedicated as monuments of some sort was in Trafalgar Square in London England and New York City. There is a viral YouTube video of the ceremony marking the dedication of the archway in Trafalgar Square that suggests these archways are actual portals into a spirit realm that we as a race have no business tapping into.
Temple of Baal Archway in London England

Temple of Baal Archway in London England

The Faith-based conspiracy theorists believe that the construction of these archways is not an innocent venture to honor ancient history and the human spirit. There is a general belief among many (with me included) that maybe this is a contrived endeavor designed to bring Baal worship right-smack into the center of major Western cities as well as point a proverbial finger upwards towards Father, signaling that we humans can choose whom we will worship and our choice is Baal, Moloch, Osiris, Zeus, what have you. These Faith-based conspiracy theorists contend that these archways may be portals into the forbidden demon world which could serve to open the door to evil spirit entities entering into our Western cities. This sounds all well and good, but don’t we already have evil spirit beings dwelling in virtually every segment of our world today?
I believe the construction of these archways is more to offend the Creator and to remind the world at large of the preferred worship of Baal.
Zachary Bauer and Rob Skiba recently did fantastic YouTube videos on this very subject that I would encourage you to take a look at. If you are so inclined, simply click on their names and it will take you to their postings.
Zachary Bauer

Zachary Bauer

Skiba focuses more on the return of Nimrod in the last days while Bauer does more of a focus on the Mark of the Beast. Both videos address ancient Babylon and the world religions that have emerged from that ancient culture and peoples. Both tie in the construction of these archways to Baal worship. Rob Skiba believes that the anti-Christ will be some type of Nimrod incarnation.
As it relates to these planned 100-Baal Temple archways being installed around the world, Skiba asks the question: “These are gates, but gates to what? They must be gates to something.” I love what Skiba has to say about such endeavors that aim to unite the “so-called” civilized world with ancient pagan ways which the west seems to be fascinated with of late. There seems to be absolutely no interest in restoring the paths that the Creator of the Universe set before us; of rebuilding the old waste places that Father once anointed; of raising up the foundations of the lost and forgotten generations that He once embraced; of having that breach that was severed, once again repaired (reference Isaiah 58:12).
Rob Skiba says that we in Hebrew Roots are given a list of rules we are to follow–contrary to the beliefs and doctrines of our Christian cousins. I would add to this statement of Skiba, that we in Hebrew Roots signed up for a job–to be disciples of Yahoshua Messiah. That job is a full-time job that doesn’t end at a set time each day or that we are on duty only on the Shabbat. But our ultimate jobs are to be priests to the world and who keep Yah’s laws. And as Skiba rightly says in alignment with Scripture, it is our transformation into that nation of priests that will ultimately cause the world to have the scales drop from their eyes, realize the error of their ways and discern the countless lies that they’ve been told about the Father and His Son and their expectations of us, and to become children of Yahovah (Reference: Exodus 19:6; 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:6). No greater promise nor purpose has ever been given to men–and once we embrace our role in Yah’s grand plan, we then begin to appreciate what we’re up against in this world as hasatan knows that he has but little time remaining before those archways fall on him–figurative speaking.
Rob Skiba

Rob Skiba

I also agree with Bauer’s take on this whole Temple of Baal thing and in his assertion that the world is already worshiping the beast. But Bauer in his video also believes that the Mark of the Beast, prophecied in the Book of Revelation a multitude of times, is actually world currency. In his video, Bauer shows the viewers an Iraqi Dinar, which has printed on it Babylonian symbolism. We know also that our national currency–United States currency that is–has Babylonian symbolism imprinted on it. In ancient times, Caesar’s image was engraved on Roman currency and we know that Caesar was considered and worshiped as a god in his day. What better way is there to propagate Baal worship throughout the world than through the world’s currency. That is hasatan genius, unfortunately.
Some feel that the Mark of the Beast could not possibly be currency since many believe that common currency/hard currency will be done away with in the end times. These same folks believe that the Mark of the Beast will, instead, be biometrics-based, such that to buy or sell, one must have chips implanted in one’s head and arms/appendages. I agree with Bauer that this system is still currency, regardless the physicality of the currency. If the world goes towards biometrics as many believe it will, then the world system, which is essentially Babylonian-based, will be behind that biometrically based currency.
Rob Skiba agrees with Bauer in that the whole world worships the beast and has been doing so for centuries, although the world at large is oblivious to their participation in this worship. The Christian Church, especially Catholicism, has through the centuries, sought to “Christianize” paganism as a means of bringing in more and more adherents into the Universal Church. Protestantism believes that she was successful in escaping the paganism of Catholicism, but to her chagrin, Protestantism never left or abandoned paganism, and to this very day, she continues to worship a Greek God and Jesus through her various traditions and doctrines and practices and teachings. Holidays such as Easter and Christmas remain Christianity’s hallmark symbols of her adoration and worship of the Greek/Babylonian-based god and religion. Many in Churchianity have come to learn and realize that maybe we in Hebrew Roots are correct about the pagan origin of some of their practices and holidays. But the vast majority of churched adherents refuse to abandon Church and the trappings of their religion because it makes them comfortable and happy and content.
I love Skiba’s statement that handsomely sums up the predicament facing the world–that single dividing question and mindset: “Will we be divisive in Truth or united in lies?” And that is the million dollar question my friends. The Truth is out there, and don’t be fooled: today, more folks in the Church realize the Truth than we could ever fathom. But those that know the Truth are willing to hedge their bets, that they will be given a pass by Judge Yahoshua in the last days, because “He knows my heart.” Well, indeed, He does know our hearts and He will judge accordingly. For He knows and the Father has revealed to us: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
I’ve read some of Rob’s materials as well as we’ve attended a couple of Rob’s lectures and I think he has some very important things to say about our world today and where we may be heading as the human race. Check it out. But Rob treats the viewer of his YouTube video to snippets of his book, “Babylon Rising,” and he reveals, in connection to the Baal Temple archway construction in London and New York, that Nimrod is at the heart of it all. Nimrod, according to Skiba, and a host of other experts on the subject, is none other than Baal; none other than Marduch or Moloch; is none other than Apollo, Gilgamesh, Osiris, Dionysius and a host of other such pagan deities throughout the course of human history. Skiba holds that Nimrod founded Babylon and was the first Global Leader and Babylon was the first superpower, new world order of the post flood era. As time has gone by and the spirit of Nimrod has taken on various entities and deities and religions, there has been a never ending line of men who have kept the candle burning for Nimrod and looking forward to Nimrod’s return to earth to re-establish absolute reign and control over this world. Skiba believes that Nimrod (I believe more, a spirit of Nimrod) is going to be the prophecied anti-Christ in the end times. That being the case, by constructing these various Baal Temple archways throughout the world, which are believed to be portals to the spirit realm (bad spirit realm that is), is the world then “putting out a welcome sign to Baal?”
I pulled up before and after images of the Ancient Syrian Temple of Baal (i.e., before and after ISIS destroyed the edifice) and I have to say that it looks frighteningly similar to proposed images of Solomon’s Temple. We know that hasatan is a consummate counterfeiter and spiritual fraud. The coming anti-Christ will claim to be Yahoshua Messiah and the many signs and wonders that he will do will be so sophisticated that it would potentially deceive Yah’s elect.
Temple of Baal Palmyra Syria before ISIS destroyed it

Temple of Baal Palmyra Syria before ISIS destroyed it

Skiba brings up an interesting point related to the erecting and dedication of the Temple of Baal archway in Trafalgar Square in London last week: that this whole thing comes right smack in the middle of the Feast of Baal–which is, again, a counterfeit of the Feasts of Yahovah–a week-long celebration and worship of Baal that generally falls between 4/19 and 5/1. The culmination of this week-long festival is the celebration of Beltane–5/1, which symbolizes the rebirth of Baal. Is it not suspicious that this archway was dedicated in Trafalgar Square London during one of paganism’s holiest holiday seasons? Yet no one in the secular world has protested or rejected the erection of this archway. No one is sounding out an alarm to the world about the 99 or more of these things that are being installed in cities throughout the world. Churchianity is still asleep at the wheel on this thing. Not only are they oblivious as to the True Faith once delivered, they are oblivious as to this serious of portals being constructed around the globe. For what purpose we can only surmise.
At the very least, assuming I’m wrong and I could very well be wrong; at the very least, we were warned by the Almighty to not inquire into the ways of the heathen nations of the world about us. And by erecting and dedicating these archways, we are violating Yahovah’s Torah and in doing so, man is going to at some point, have to pay and pay dearly. I wholeheartedly agree with Skiba: “We can’t erect monuments of the 10-commandments in this country of ours, but we sure as hell can erect a pagan archway in the heart of New York City. Give me a break.
It is interesting indeed that we in the West and in various parts of the East, were outraged over the destruction of the Temple of Baal by ISIS last year. But we as Natsarim know Father’s position on the subject of pagan worship. Father simply abhors any suggestion His people inquiring after false god.
As the Father’s elect, Deuteronomy 12 is our reference as it relates to how we are to view and react to false gods: “And these are the statutes and the ordinances which you shall be careful to carry out in the land which the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess all the days that you live on the earth. You shall surely destroy all the places where the nations that you dispossess have served their gods: on the high mountains, and on the hills, and under every green tree. And you shall break down their altars, and dash their pillars to pieces and burn their Asherim with fire; you shall hew down the graven images of their gods; you shall obliterate their name from that place. You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God.” (vss. 1-5)
Essentially, Father is telling us directly that we should have nothing whatsoever to do with false gods. Thus, by our inquiring about such things as the Temple of Baal and then seeking to erect a similar monument in dozens of Western cities throughout the world, we are in total and utter violation of Torah. We are thus cutting our own throats by doing this. Father will not tolerate an “in your face” gesture such as this and not exact punishment upon these cities and those that are leading millions down a road of eternal destruction. It is imperative that we pray earnestly for our nations; that Father spare the nations from His coming wrath and that any evil that may come from these structures will be staved. I believe that we must intercede on behalf of the world as long as there is a chance that she may turn from her wicked ways: “If my people who belong to me, humble themselves; pray, seek to please me; and repudiate their sinful practices–turn from their wicked ways; then I will respond from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV)

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INAYP-70–When Is the True Believer’s New Year’s Day?

When is the True Believer’s New Year’s Day?

It’s Not As You Perceive–Episode 70

When is the true believer’s new year’s day?

The vast majority of “Churched” believers in the world celebrated or recognized Jan. 1, 2016 as the beginning of the calendar year. It would not be too much of a stretch to say that many of these same “churched” believers celebrated with gusto that very day with various activities designed to usher in the beginning of a new year. That special day on the world’s calendar was celebrated and recognized as the beginning of the new calendar year of 2016 by churched believers and secular people alike.

That being said, of all the brick and mortar churches around the world, it is a fair bet that the overwhelming majority of pastors, ministers, preachers, teachers, etc.; none of these would have the wherewithal or understanding to refute or deny to their members that Jan. 1, 2016, is the actual new year. These church leaders, if they were brazen enough to stand before their followers and denounce Jan. 1, 2016 as not the beginning of the believer’s new year, but is actually of pagan origin, would likely be dismissed as a fool or actually dismissed from their position in the church. Simply put, the world is so intricately linked to the Gregorian calendar and the established Roman reckoning of time that any suggestion that Jan. 1, 2016 is not the beginning of the calendar year would be seen as cultic or something born out of ignorance or ridiculous folly. But the fact of the matter is that so-called cultic, ignorant or ridiculous church leader would be in the absolute right. Jan. 1st is NOT the true believer’s new year day nor is it the beginning of any true believer’s calendar year.

Sadly, the vast majority of self-professing Christians in the world believe themselves to be true believers or followers of Jesus Christ. Certainly, the majority of the world’s so-called Christians or believers in Jesus Christ are just what they say they are: these are believers in a Westernized–Greek–even pagan-based entity, some contending deity, certainly not the true Son of the Creator of the Universe as foretold of by the prophets of old and as documented in the Gospel accounts and the writings of the apostles. The nominal–2+ billion strong in number–Christian, believes in a savior that will return some day and snatch them from this earth and transport them to heaven where they will gaze upon the glory of their savior for all eternity. The Gospel according to these is based upon eliciting an emotional response from the would be convert who will go through the motions of inviting Jesus into their heart and accepting Jesus as their personal savior–whatever that actually means or looks like. For these, that is all that will ever be required of them until such time that they are whisked away to heaven at the rapture, apart from obeying the rules of their select church organization. But is this indeed the person that the Gospel records portray and describe? Or is this a formulated–packaged–fairy tale of a being that was made up under a Constantinian–religious system that has survived in the grandest of fashion, even to this very day?

And this widely accepted entity that a third of the world claims as their savior seems to mesh well with the world’s understanding and acceptance of the Jan. 1st new year’s day–as both are by-products of a man-made system that has captured the imaginations and hearts and lives of billions throughout time. Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, the vast majority of these individuals understanding and knowledge of when the New Year begins is NOT as they perceive it to be at all. Is it possible, then, that the true believer’s new year’s day is actually recorded in the true believer’s very own bible; the very place where he or she should consult as it relates to the understanding of their all aspects of their Faith? The instruction manual? And if they were to read it in their bibles, would they actually accept it or even recognize whether it pertained to them or not? Certainly, a great deal of their potential acceptance and recognition would have to rely upon their understanding of who they must ultimately become, who their true redeemer and Messiah is, and what they must do to become a true believer, not in a Westernized–Constantinian–pagan-based savior, but in the Messiah–the true Son of the Living God whose name is Yahovah.

Friend–you who are either reading this blog or listening to this podcast posting–would you be open to learning what the true beginning of the calendar year is? Would you be open to learning that the new year is actually not Jan. 1st? Would you be shocked to learn that a true believer in the Hebrew Messiah–not Jesus Christ–but Yahoshua–the Hebrew name of the Messiah–not Christ–but Messiah or Mashiyach–would you be shocked to learn that 4/10/2016 was the start of the true believer’s –or better, the disciple of Messiah’s new year?

First off, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, be you a Methodist, Baptist, Episcopalian, Charismatic, whatever, you would be best served to make a course correction in your Faith and consider accepting and adopting the true Faith once delivered to the first century saints by Y’shua Messiah–Jude 5, 5. What was it that the earthly brother of our Master wrote? He wrote–beginning with verse 3:

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation (speaking of their communal or general understanding), I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (speaking to those first-fruits of the first-century who braved all sorts of danger to live in accordance to the teachings of Y’shua Messiah).  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (in Hebrew, Yahoshua HaMashiyahc).

Yes, it’s not until you realize that you are NOT on a highway to heaven but more so on a highway to destruction; that the Faith that you should actually be linked to is of Hebrew origin and not that of Rome, which the Christian is actually and truly linked to; that you are not your own–that you have been bought with a price (reference 1 Corintians 6:20) and that you can not simply live according to the old way in which you have been taught by the church that it’s okay to live; that we have been grafted in to the Hebrew tree that is our Faith through the agency and work of Yahoshua (reference Romans 11), then you will be in a position to make the proper course correction as it relates to your Faith and your eternal life. Yahoshua (erroneously referred to as Jesus Christ by churchianity–that is Christianity that believes in churching people as opposed to discipling people in accordance with the instructions of the Master just before he ascended to His Father in heaven–He said to his disciples–in Hebrew disciples is talmidim– He said to them,

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey–obedience is something that most churches neglect to teach their members to do–obey everything I (remember this is Yahoshua speaking)–everything I have commanded you. And remember, I ham with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20, NET)

Sadly, church–Christianity–teaches that you have come into you Faith to be saved and then churched, and that your job is to find someone else and get them saved and then churched. But I’ve been reading Matthew 28:18-20 over and over again, for a number of years, and I can not for the life of me find where we were instructed by our Master to get people saved and then get them indoctrinated and set up in a church. But it finally drills home to me, after I let go the church and the salvation thing, that our job is to make disciples of Yahoshua Messiah and to obey that which Master instructed us to do. It’s a simple formula that Christianity–that churchianity–has for whatever reason, elected to NOT tell you, but instead has elected to fill your head with the idea that you must escape eternal damnation in hell fire, get your singed bottom in heaven, and live out eternity in the glory of Jesus Christ–the 2nd Person of the Godhead, right? But what about the true instructions that Master left with His disciples on the Mount of Olives? Did He not say, make disciples of all nations, one; then baptize those who would become disciples; then three, teach those brand new disciples to be obedient to everything that Master commanded us to do? So where is the salvation thing that seems to always be tied to Matthew 28? Is it possible that the whole thing is a big misunderstanding? Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, certain folks crept into the early Assembly of true believers, and sold them a bill of good that was contrary if not diametrically opposed to the true Gospel message that Y’shau originally brought to the world?

Let me ask you this truth seeker–assuming you are open to learning truth–are you Catholic; are you Baptist; are you Methodist, Episcopalian, whatever; is your eternal destiny worth more to you than your relationship with your church organization? Is your eternal destiny and your true relationship with the Creator of the Universe worth everything to you? Are you willing to die for your Faith? Are you willing to walk away from everything you’ve ever been taught if what you’ve been taught is proven to be false? Is wife, children, friends, work, affiliations, community; are these more important to you than your relationship with the Messiah Yahoshua? Are you man or woman enough to say to the world that I belong to the one who purchased me from your previous owner, satan?

If you can not answer yes to any of the above, that’s alright? In fact, you are where you’re supposed to be my friend. You see, Father has never forced Himself on anyone and He never will. And I’m talking about the true Father–not some Constantinian concept of a Greek–Romish God out of the Greek and Roman Pantheon that the average “Christian” has been brainwashed to accept. Very little about the so-called “God the Father” is actually based upon what the Bible has to say about the Creator of the Universe. Instead, to the average Christian, if you will, God of the Old Testament is a cruel and callous deity that mercilessly destroys all those who for whatever reason, fail to conform to His rules and obey His directives. The Christian God of the Old Testament is all about death and harshness. Yet the God of the New Testament, whom they say is actually Jesus Christ, is all about love, inclusiveness, mercy and acceptance. But the fact of the matter is that Yahoshua (as opposed to Jesus Christ)  was in lock-step with His Heavenly Father Yahovah–yes that same Being of the Old Testament–and everything that happened in the so-called Old Testament, under the direction of “God,” was actually done for our benefit–1 Corinthians 10:11–that we may not think that we have “arrived” or that we somehow stumble upon a life of sin and be caught in sinful bondage–1 Corinthians 10:12, 13). But then, most Christians believe that Jesus Christ is God of the Old Testament. In so thinking, God to the average Christian is a multi-faceted Being with at least two personalities. This bifurcation of the Divine Being is something that we won’t tackle here today, but will certainly consider in future postings. But this non-biblical view of the Creator of the Universe and His Son, has left for the scholars and sages of history a blank pallet by which they can paint and augment their own concepts of God and from there, structure a system by which mankind, through their contrived rules (the sages and theologians that is), will connect with their Creator and their Redeemer.

Consequently, the true identity of the Creator and His Son has been lost to the world as a whole. The things that Father and His Son has revealed of themselves to man through their elect has been hidden from the world by the hubris and spite of  men who are loyal (be it intentional or unintentional loyalty) to their boss, satan (or in Hebrew, hasatan). Given the hidden identities and natures of the Creator and the Savior (whom Yahoshua said they were unified–John 10:30), all of the pertinent elements of the lifestyle that the Creator of the Universe requires of man to follow have also become hidden and lost to man for the most part; although those requirements have always been codified and protected in the bible by His eternal providence and grace. That’s why the world celebrated New Year’s Day on 1/1/2016 and by default rejected 4/10/2016 as New Year’s Day–even though every christian bible on the planet clearly states the following:

“Guard the month of Aviv and keep the Pesach unto Yahovah your God: for in the month of Aviv Yahovah your God brought you forth out of Mitsrayim (i.e., Egypt) by night.” (Deuteronomy 16:1, Cepher/CJB)

Some of you will no doubt say to yourself: what?????? And that would be a natural response, especially if you are steeped in the religion of Christianity that has taught you that such things as recorded in Deuteronomy and the other 38-books of the Christian Bible Old Testament were written and directed to the Jews; that we Gentiles; we Christians are under a new covenant that has nothing to do with the Jew or much of the Old Testament. Sadly, the hundreds of lies taught to the unsuspecting peoples of the world who come into Christianity, have all but alienated the average Christian from the truth and the life that Father has always intended for mankind–the true relationship that He has always insisted that He wanted with man, but wanted with man on His (Yahovah’s) terms; not on man’s terms–man’s religiosity–man’s contrived notions as to what constitutes a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. And one of the big issues in this equation is understanding the Creator’s reckoning of time that He entrusted to Israel and subsequently the Jews. Churchianity wrongly teaches that the Jew and their Laws have been done away with and that now is the age of the Christian who has the full attention of Father Yahovah. But recall dear friend, that when we come into the Faith, the true Faith once delivered that is, we have been engrafted into the commonwealth of Israel–we have been engrafted INTO Isreal–not Israel has been engrafted into the commonwealth of the Gentile. Thus, if we have been “naturalized” (if you will) into the commonwealth of Israel, all of the requirements and resulting benefits that Israel once enjoyed when they were in alignment with Father, naturally would now apply to us. And that includes adopting and following Yahovah’s reckoning of time.

Therefore, I would ask you to carefully read and re-read the entire chapter of Romans 11. For that matter, read the entire book of Romans in order to establish a fuller context of what Paul was writing to the Roman Assembly of believers about. But if you are truly seeking and open to receiving truth, seek the guidance and revelation of the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the true meaning of the concept of the true Believer in Yahoshua Messiah being grafted into the commonwealth of Israel. Just maybe you will come to see that the New Year or New Year’s Day may not be as you originally perceived it to be.

Be blessed friend.

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Who’s Your Boss? Episode 69

Who’s Your Boss?

The other day, as I gathered my things and readied myself to go to the office, I glanced at my iPhone and saw an email that sent me sideways. I guess there’s something about me you should know: I am a creature of habit and anything that adversely affects and alters my routine and thoughts, especially in the morning, will simply jack me up for the better part of the rest of the day. The email was not a really big deal in the whole scheme of things, but it had to do with my Captain getting into my operational affairs and making changes. Now I realize that he does have the absolute authority and wherewithal to do such things, as he is the boss of me, if you will. But the problem I had with him getting into my “cheerios” was that he has absolutely no idea what he’s doing and how his changes will adversely affect the division’s operations which I oversee. It’s almost like–and yes, I’m embellishing just a little–it’s almost as if you went in for surgery and you instructed the surgeon how to perform the surgery on you. Essentially you hired the surgeon to perform a service for you, so in a way, you are his boss for the duration of time that he is operating on you. But, no one in his right mind would presume to be so forward and arrogant as to instruct him or her how to conduct the surgery. Why? Well, because you most likely have no idea of what is involved in the surgery in the first place. And secondly, you’ll most likely be asleep, under the effects of anesthesia. So for one to presume to direct the surgeon how to perform the surgery would be at the utmost heights of arrogance.

So back to me: seeing my Captain’s email to me, directing me to make changes to my operations that he essentially knows nothing about was not something I needed to see as I began my day; and of course my trip to the office was filled with a great amount of grumbling and gnashing of teeth and angry verbal outbursts. But as I was about three or so miles from the office, something came to me. The thing that came to me was: why do I allow myself to get upset over such things? I did answer myself: because he’s my boss and he is messing around in my business and is going to likely mess things up. The retort to that was: who is your boss? My response was of course: the Captain. The second retort was: really? The Captain is your boss? Are you sure? Who is your boss in all reality? Well, after reflecting about this a few seconds longer, I came to the embarrassing conclusion that my boss, the Captain, is just a figurehead in my life and that my true boss is Yahovah. That being the undeniable case, there was no reason for me to get as worked up as I became over this figurehead getting into my business. His wrangling into my affairs should be looked at, from my perspective–with full knowledge of who my true boss is–as mere noise that I simply have to deal with when I get to the office and not allow it to steal my joy and my purpose.

This reality goes beyond that example of course. I run into a great deal of situations that are quite similar to the one that I just described. We work for the Creator of the Universe. Not only do we work for the Creator, we also have a pedigree that has been bestowed upon us that above any known to man. We are essentially royalty and we’ve been given authority over stuff. Thus, when we walk into anyplace, if we are truly His–our presence alone will cause things to change and happen for the better simply because of who we work for and the authority and pedigree we carry. Yes, it goes beyond the carnal and is way over into the spiritual realm.

Friends, I humbly submit to you today that we have for the most part been duped by the Christian establishment. How has the Christian establishment duped us in relation to this issue of identifying who we work for and who our bosses are? The Christian establishment has duped us by teaching us that (1), we must come to Jesus just as we are–faults, hang-ups, misperceptions, troubles and everything else that plagues us. Secondly, the Christian establishment has taught us that once we ask Jesus into our hearts and accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we are new creatures in Christ and we are free from the scourge of sin and alienation from God. Thirdly, the Church establishment fails to instruct us on day-to-day living in accordance with God’s Word, but instead, begs for money from us so that their operations may continue to spread the Gospel around the world. This all has been packaged and sold to us as “The Work of the Gospel” and “Discipleship.” Sadly, there’s nothing about this process that is even remotely related to the Gospel and certainly nothing related to discipleship. It’s all become a big smoking mirror and parlor trick that the vast majority of Churchianity has fallen for, lock-stock and barrel. So we enter into this thing that I choose to call Churchianity and we are given a false start and we are not taught the truth of what is in the Word of the Most High and we are not equipped to live lives that are consistent with what Father has always required of His chosen ones. Furthermore, and this is the kicker: we have never been told who the true boss of us truly is. We’ve been led to believe that we are our own bosses because we have freedom in Christ. (Galatians 5:1)

The truth of the matter is that those folks that hire us to do a job; that pay us; that seemingly rule our lives 8 to 12-hours a day, are really not our bosses. The world about us–our community; our county; our state; our federal government; even our home owners’ associations–these entities are not our bosses and they are not in charge of us. Well, they all are, if we allow that mindset to rule within us. Indeed, the great Apostle Paul taught us that we should live as servants of the Most High and be subject to all earthly authority: be they governors, rulers and institutions; and that would certainly pertain to those who are over us in terms of our vocations and jobs. But that is a basic level of existence that we all are encouraged and to a great degree, as good servants of Yahovah, encouraged to attend to. But like so many things in this life, there is a higher-level of existence that we must attend to as well and that has to do with understanding and being obedient to the ultimate authority over all life–God–Yahovah. The earthly folk who pay our checks and give us orders were placed in our lives for a purpose–whatever that purpose turns out to be. Paul wrote to the Roman Assembly:

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.
2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,
4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. (Rom 13:1-5 ESV)

Paul is teaching us that the Creator has placed our earthly bosses over us for His purpose and perfect will. But that’s about as far as these earthly entitles go–they have a job to be over us–they are essentially contractors. But there is an ultimate boss who has complete, total and absolute authority over us. It is this simple but overarching fact that we must always keep in mind if we are not to fall into the trap of allowing the cares of the world to take hold of us and cause us to lose our sense of purpose and mission in the service of Y’shua Messiah (aka Jesus Christ).

As the redeemed of the most High (Galatians 3:13) and having been grafted into a heritage that is rooted in the Hebraic Faith (Romans 11:17-24). Thus we are partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and we then share the very heritage of those who traversed and dwelt in the Sinai desert. It was there, in the Sinai desert, at the foot of Mount Sinai (aka the Holy Mountain or the Mountain of God) where we convenanted with the Creator of the Universe. Moses wrote:

On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai.
2 They set out from Rephidim and came into the wilderness of Sinai, and they encamped in the wilderness. There Israel encamped before the mountain,
3 while Moses went up to God. The LORD called to him out of the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel:
4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself.
5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for ball the earth is mine;
6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
7 ¶ So Moses came and called the elders of the people and set before them all these words that the LORD had commanded him.
8 All the people answered together and said, “All that the LORD has spoken we will do.” And Moses reported the words of the people to the LORD. (Exo 19:1-8 ESV)

The Septuagint, also known as the LXX, describes our status and positions as being “peculiar people above all nations of the world.” This speciality–this peculiarity–did not apply to just the priestly tribe of Levi, but to the entire nation. Thus, this peculiarity–speciality–applies to each of us who embrace and honor the true Faith once delivered.

According to the NET Bible, the Hebrew word for “peculiar or special possession” is “sequllah”, which the prophet Malachi and a writer of the Psalms suggests applies to the “faithful remnant.” Although all the earth belongs to Yahovah (of which He holds complete sovereignty over), we being grafted in of Israel “stand in a place of special privilege and enormous responsibility.” (NET Bible; Mal. 3:17; Psm. 135:4) It is that privilege and responsibility  that strikes right at the heart of the question of “who’s your boss,” does it not?

The great Apostles Peter instructs that before we entered the true Faith once delivered, “We once were not a people but now we are Yahovah’s people…” (I Pet. 2:9)

Our job, according to The Boss–Yahovah–is to be priests and to live holy lives. (Exo. 19:5, 6) We have a unique and special mission–we have been fashioned through His Ruach Hakodesh and the atoning work of Y’shua, for special work that is far and above that which our earthly “bosses” could ever purpose for us to accomplish. (Eph. 2:10)

Thus we have no reason to be so ensnared and feel and act as though we are in bondage to our earthly jobs and bosses. If we find ourselves in such a mindset or reality, we probably should do something about it. That may include finding a new vocation or start our own businesses.

As Yahovah’s peculiar treasure and people, we are essentially enslaved to Yahovah who is our one true Boss. We agreed to this arrangement when He extended the call and invitation. Upon our acceptance of Him being our Boss–our God–He then purchased us from all other bosses we have been under or that hold claim to us, and that includes hasatan–through the sacrifice of Y’shua Messiah. (Reference: I Cor. 6:20; 7:23; Act. 20:28; I Pet. 1:18)

Realizing that we are now under new supervision and employment, Y’shua taught us that we cannot be slaves to two-masters: doing so will short one master and cause greater allegiance to the other. (Matt. 6:24; Luk. 16:13) We will always choose one over the other, that’s just the nature of man. This is not to say, however, that we not perform as stellar employees at the behest of our earthly bosses. For it is because of who we are and to whom we belong, we are compelled to be stellar employees: not because our earthly bosses require it, but our heavenly Father has fashioned us unto the performance of good works. (cf. Eph. 2:10)

Finally, we are not to get worked up over the demands and concerns placed over us by our earthly bosses. We are to seek to please Yahovah and not seek after the accolades of men. The great Apostle Paul (aka: Shaul) wrote: “Am I now trying to gain the approval of people; or of Yahovah? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people I would not be a slave of Messiah.” (Gal. 1:10) Here in the book of Galations, we find indications of Paul being challenged by Judaizers who sought to steer the Faith that Paul brought to the Galatian assembly over to Judaism, but we can see that Paul stood firm and rebuffed their attempts to sully the pure Gospel message. We must have this same mind–to please Yah and not seek after the approval of men.

So I ask you again: who is your boss?

Shalom

Faithfully submitted by Rod Thomas

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Perceptions on the Death of Antonin Scalia–Episode 68

Perceptions on the Death of Antonin Scalia

The big news story this week, of course, has to do with the sudden, unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Naturally the death of such a key player on the U.S. political scene would make every conceivable headline on every conceivable news forum and after a few days when the novelty of the death would have faded from the public’s immediate attention, Americans would go back to focusing on the Kardashians and racially driven boycotts of award shows. But the death of Justice Scalia has essentially polarized our nation. Not that we’ve learned of some obvious heinous act that caused the man’s death, but our nation is split over his death because a great number of us in this nation do not trust our government. We do not trust our government to provide for our common safety nor to have our best interests at heart. In fact, a growing number of us actually feel that our government, in many respects, is working against us–is planning to do us wrong–to stab us in the back. The death of Justice Scalia is more of an indicator of just how much distrust we have for the good or noble intentions of our government towards her people.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Our nation has entered a period of angst and uncertainty as our concerns rotate around a variety of social, political, cultural, economic and international issues. For decades we’ve turned to our government to resolve these circular issues or concerns for us. Be that they were handled well or poorly, the American public generally accepted the fact that the U.S. government dealt with the problem. The perception of the public has generally been–in the past–that our government has our best interests at heart, regardless how badly the issues are resolved. 911 was a prime example of this. Terror struck our nation and our government reacted, although that reaction in hindsight, some 14-years later, was for all intents and purposes the wrong thing to do. Iraq did not attack our shores, yet the nation of Iraq paid dearly for something that other, as of today, unnamed entities did to us. Yet we for the most part went along with the destruction and destabilization of Iraq. The Kennedy assassination, some 52-years ago: the same thing–Lee Harvey Oswald is deemed the lone assassin of a sitting president of the United States, as impossible as this scenario has been shown by a host of experts over the decades, we like sheep accepted the lame story given to us and we’ve moved on with our lives. And these are just the big events that made the national headlines. God only knows about the untold hundreds, if not thousands, of little known events that occur each day, month and year in this country, that we never hear about. Yet we simply continue to trust. Well, maybe not so much today. Maybe we are finally waking up to the fact that governments are not where one should place their trust.

Does it make sense that a Supreme Court Justice, who was set to rule on key constitutional issues in the court such as “gun control” and “environmental taxes” among so many other vital issues–all in support of conservativism and adherence to the Constitution of these United States–does it make sense that a man who had no known reason to suddenly die, is found dead in bed at a resort ranch in Texas–some report with a pillow covering his head–yet the powers that be over our nation have quickly swept his death under the proverbial carpet? Does it make sense that one of the most powerful men in the world is left unprotected (that is his protection detail told to stand down for the weekend) at a resort over the weekend and ends up dead, yet the majority of leaders in our government don’t even bat an eye? Does it make sense with so much national angst over this death that our beloved government has taken it upon itself to deny the nation a true accounting and explanation of this man’s death through the use of a postmortem examination, especially when so many experts in the field of forensics and law enforcement are screaming at the top of their voices that something stinks to high heaven about this death?

Indeed, our nation is split–split because of distrust of government than over the death of Mr. Scalia. I prefer to call this situation polarizing. Yet poll after poll shows an undeniable distrust among the American populous towards her government–some polls showing as high as 87% of Americans distrust the United States Government. Simply conduct a simple Google search and you will see that our nation has serious trust issues. And the timing could not be any more incendiary than it is now with the advent of republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leading the charge against “establishment government” and bringing to the forefront of popular discourse in this country, the issue–the boldface issue–of American distrust of her government. Other leaders in our society are also trumpeting this distrust and eliciting positive action in response to this distrust–Alex Jones, Matt Drudge and Michael Savage to name just a few.

But what about the true believer in Y’shua Messiah? Where should a true believer in Y’shua Messiah fall out as it relates to this question of trust in man and in his governments? The writer of Psalms 146 states:

“Do not trust in princes, or in human beings, who cannot deliver!2 (Psa 146:3 NET)

For whatever reason, we tend to always put our trust in men. It’s easily explained as it relates to the secular world–men are all they know. But for us, the so-called redeemed of the Most High–His Elect–His Chosen–we have the same propensity to place all our trust in men before we place even the slightest trust in Yahovah. Take myself for instance: I often stress about a great many things and I am so quick to turn to others to resolve issues that I need to have resolved. I will tend to avoid going to Yahovah for fixing of my problems, but choose instead to go to others or even rely upon myself to fix those problems. And it’s not until it’s way too late that I realize that I never once considered turning my cares over to Yahovah. Why do I choose to trust man over Yahovah, especially when we’ve been advised not to? Consider:

Psa 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes.
Isa 2:22 Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath, for of what account is he?
Jer 17:5 Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Psa 60:11 Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man!

The great Apostle Peter wrote:

6 ¶ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
(1Pe 5:6-11 KJV)

Yahovah is pleading with us to cast our cares upon Him and not rely upon man, nor the governments of this world. These are elements of the enemy that cannot deliver us from the pending destruction that is certain to overtake us unless we find refuge in His perfect will for our lives. Oh, man’s handling of things on our behalf may lend some momentary relief from the angst we may feel over the things in life that challenge and trouble us, but in the end, man is incapable of really delivering us from the onslaught of evil and destruction that hangs over our heads like the sword of Damocles. I believe our government, be it as a result of inability or be it as a result of intentional harm; our government can not be trusted to do the right thing for its people. The government is run by men who in turn are run by satan (aka: hasatan). We know that hasatan has no love for men and his purpose is to harm men and humiliate them in front of Yahovah at every turn.

The Law--Does it apply to Christians?

The Law–Does it apply to Christians?

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is not what most of us perceive it to be. In reality, the death of Mr. Scalia should concern us as citizens of this country that our government does not have our best interest at heart and that our government may, for all intents and purposes–being a puppet of hasatan–have less than honorable intentions towards us. The death of Antonin Scalia should, conversely, push us to seek after the care and providence of Yahovah and the only way that we can be secure in Yahovah’s care is for us is to turn our cares over to Yahovah and obey His commandments. If we fail to do just that, we may as well trust our ratty ole government to in the end, throw us under that proverbial bus. It’s just that simple.

Shalom Saints!

Humbly and Lovingly Submitted–Rod Thomas

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