INAYP56–Rejection of the Law–The Fatal Error of Christianity

Traditional Christianity has over the course of some two millennia spoken out against Christians having anything to do with the Law. The Law, often referred to as the Law of Moses, the Torah and the commandments, has for all intents and purposes become an anathema in the minds and hearts of most Christians today. The basis for this negative mindset towards God’s Law seems to be centered around denominational Christianity’s understanding of many of the teachings of the Apostle Paul pertaining to this subject. Yet millions of Christians, while abhorring any concept of obedience and observance of the Law, reject the teaching of one whose title the Church has claimed as her own, specifically on this subject. How can the Master–Jesus Christ–teach one thing and then years later one of His hand-picked apostles teach a contrary doctrine? Something smells awfully rotten here doesn’t it? Could it be that the vast majority of Christians are sadly mistaken about their rejection of the Law? What if I were to show you Prima fascia that traditional Christianity’s perspective on this subject is entirely wrong and even grossly non-nonsensical, would you be inclined to re-examine any anti-law biases you may currently have? Let’s discuss this critical issue of the Christian Faith with open honesty and truth. This is It’s Not As You Perceive, Episode 56–Rejection of the Law, The Fatal Error of Christianity.

Arguments against Christians following/obeying/observing the Law

  1. Christians must obey the law of the land first according to Rom. 13:1-7
  2. The Law was given solely to the nation of Israel (http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-law.html)
  3. The Laws of God are instructive but not imperative or valid for today’s Christian to follow (https://www.gci.org/bible/torah/exodus2a)
  4. It’s impossible for men to keep the Law because of man’s innate depravity and innate sinful nature (https://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/IVP-NT/Matt/Christians-Must-Obey-Gods-Law)
  5. The Law was nailed to the cross of Jesus and thus we are not compelled to keep the Law (Col. 2:14)
The Law--Does it apply to Christians?

The Law–Does it apply to Christians?

Why those arguments against the Law are invalid

  1. According to Maimonides and other rabbinic scholars, there are 613 commandments/laws
  2. There are some 2.4 million secular laws worldwide
  3. An actual read through of the Law will reveal that any argument against Christians keeping the Law is ludicrous at best. Here are examples
    1. Acknowledge that God exists; that we should fear Him; that we should obey and love Him; and not worship any other God(s); to sanctify His name (Yehovah)
    2. To love fellow believers and not sanction the wrongdoings of fellow believers
    3. Not to oppress those among us who are weak
    4. Not to intentionally and opening embarrass another
    5. Not to gossip
    6. Not to seek revenge
    7. Not to hold and bear grudges
    8. Not to seek after idolatrous religions; not worship  idols; not to make unto ourselves idols
    9. Not to blaspheme God
    10. Not to perform as a medium or magician/seer; avoid astrology; not engage in witchcraft; not consult medium; not engage the dead
    11. Not sacrificing our children to satan
    12. Avoid being superstitious
    13. Not to have sex with any woman who is not your wife
    14. Not to have sex with your mother, your step mother, your siblings, your step-siblings, your siblings, your daughter, your grandchildren, your aunt/uncle
    15. Not to marry a woman and her children
    16. Not to engage in bestiality
    17. Not to engage in homosexuality
    18. Not take (steal) and hold things that do not belong to you
    19. Not to lie in court or commit perjury
    20. Give to charity
    21. Be honest in one’s business dealings
    22. Don’t engage in kidnapping
    23. Don’t change the boundaries of your land in order to steal land from your neighbors
    24. Don’t rob anyone
    25. Pay your bills
    26. Not engage in activities to take another’s possessions
    27. If you see someone drop something or you find a lost object, return it to the rightful owner
    28. Don’t commit murder
    29. Don’t care not neglect the safety of your guests in your home or on your property
    30. Don’t cause a blind person to trip and fall
    31. Don’t overcharge for an article you put on sale nor grossly under pay for an article
    32. Don’t insult people
    33. Don’t disrespect your parents; don’t assault your parents
    34. Don’t be a rebellious child

What did Jesus say regarding the Law

17 ¶ “Do not think that I came to abolish the aLaw or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill.  18 “For truly I say to you, auntil heaven and earth pass away, not 1the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished.  19 “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and so teaches 1others, shall be called least ain the kingdom of heaven; but whoever 2keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

  20 “For I say to you, that unless your a righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:17-20 NAS)
 
  • Abolish–kataluo–dissolve or disunite
  • fulfill–pleroo–According to the Louw-Nida Lexicon, pleroo means to give the true or complete meaning to something; to give the true meaning to, to provide the real significance of
  • accomplished–ginomai–according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, ginomai means to come to pass, happen, or events
    • what events; what must come to pass? Matt 24:35–Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (KJV); Luk 16:17–And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail (KJV)
  • the warning–those who break the law and teach others to do so shall be called least in the Kingdom
  • Our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, otherwise we will not enter the Kingdom
    • righteousness refers to attributes of God and the behavior that God requires of us (Friberg Lexicon); integrity, virtue, purity of life, uprightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting
    • imputed righteousness? obedience and compliance? both? 

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INAYP 55–We Must Deal with the Stronghold in our Life

We Must Deal with the Stronghold in our Life

  • The Challenge–Causes of Strongholds
  • What is a stronghold?
We Must Deal With The Stronghold in our Life

The Stronghold in our Life

 

  • The true, exegetical explanation of strongholds as I’ve learned this past Sabbath through Arthur’s message and my own studies of the chapter has completely changed my understanding of the term
  • As it relates to the concept of strongholds and the need for them to be pulled down in a believer’s life, I now understand that much of the problems facing us (in the Messianic and Hebraic Roots communities as well as traditional christianityisn’t always related to demon possession or demonic influences
  • Much of the problem actually rests with and within each of us
  • strongholds are deeply ingrained systems of thought/worldviews/perceptions that have taken hold within our psyches as a result of our environment, our personal dispositions, history, culture, etc.
  • That which we inherit shapes our world views (environment–conditioning) and thus strongholds develop
    • DNA
    • Culture
    • Education
    • Television/media/books/water cooler
  • These systems prevent us from operating or walking out our Faith
  • The enemy will blind the mind. Sustainable deliverance comes only through Yehovah
  • Trying to cut through these systems or strongholds is impossible through normal, carnal means
    • I believe the reason why the Messianic/Hebraic Roots Faith is having such a difficult time being accepted in Christian circles, is because we have failed to understand that the problem is not only a religious problem, but in most cases the problem is spiritual in nature
    • dealing with spiritual problems requires a specialized arsenal of weapons
    • my entire focus with this ministry has been to reason with people to understand the necessity to return to the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith. But I now understand that I may have approached how I carried out this commission and conducted many aspects of my life entirely wrong
  • Indeed, this past Sabbath caused me to see that many of the things I’ve done in my life, I did or failed to do through the existence of strongholds in my life (personal issues that I am currently working through after being convicted of them this past Sabbath)
    • As a result of those strongholds and realizing that at times I had been too weak or spiritually ill-equipped to tear them down through conventional means–i.e., physically trying to correct them vs. using the spiritual weapons provided only through the grace of Yehovah, my walk with Yeshua Messiah has not been as it should and certainly not as it could
    • I know that some of those strongholds still linger and require spiritual weapons to bring them down in my life
  • Mat. 11:25-30–there are people carrying burdens (i.e., strongholds) that prevent them from enjoying life– 

25  aAt that 1time Jesus answered and said, “I 2praise Thee, O bFather, Lord of heaven and earth, that cThou didst hide these things from the wise and intelligent and didst reveal them to babes. 26 “Yes, aFather, for thus it was well-pleasing in Thy sight. 27 a“All things 1have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one 2knows the Son, except the Father; nor does anyone 2know the Father, bexcept the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 a“Come to Me, all 1who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you, and alearn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and byou shall find rest for your souls. 30 “For aMy yoke is 1easy, and My load is light.” (Mat 11:25-30 NAS)

  • Fear keeps us from making charges
  • why fear?
  • Is it fear or more so, personal comfort; unwillingness to step outside our comfort zones?
  • Certainly for some, fear of change is a plausible factor. But what about those who know better but are caught in the clutches of things that prevent us from walking out our faith
  • we are typically willing to make changes in our lives when we find out that it is for our own well being–changes in diet; changes in life practices

Jer 17:5-11- 5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.1  9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jer 17:5-10 KJV)

  • Strongholds exists in even the most spiritually solid of us:
    • 2 Sam 11 & 12–>the story of David’s adultery and treachery
  • David
  • Uriah the Hittite
  • Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah
  • Nathan, the prophet
  • NAS 2 Samuel 12:1 ¶ Then the LORD sent a Nathan to David. And bhe came to him, and 1said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 3 “But the poor man had nothing except aone little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his 1bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he 1was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this 1adeserves to die.
  6 “And he must make restitution for the lamb afourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion.” 7 ¶ Nathan then said to David, a“You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, b‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 ‘I also gave you ayour master’s house and your master’s wives into your 1care, and I gave you the house of Israel and Judah; and if that had been too little, I would have added to you many more things like these! 9 ‘Why ahave you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? bYou have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, chave taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon.

 

  10 ‘Now therefore, athe sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 “Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you from your own household; aI will even take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your companion, and he shall lie with your wives in 1broad daylight. 12 ‘Indeed ayou did it secretly, but bI will do this thing before all Israel, and 1under the sun.'” 13 Then David said to Nathan, a“I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has 1btaken away your sin; you shall not die. 14 “However, because by this deed you have agiven occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.” (2Sa 12:1-14 NAS)
  • The problem with holding on to strongholds and not taking care of them expeditiously is that they lead to spiritual failures and sin. Sin leads to spiritual death, in many cases even physical. Especially when we know better. There are no free lunches in life. Whatever a man sows, thus shall he reap
  • We are all victims of strongholds to some greater and lesser extent–if we are honest and true to ourselves. Wouldn’t you agree. What strongholds exist in your life that go unattended and left to hinder your walk with Yeshua Messiah?
The Issue and the Solution Expounded Upon Brilliantly by Shaul

Now aI, Paul, myself burge you by the cmeekness and gentleness of Christ– I who dam 1meek [lowly] when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! (2Co 10:1 NAS)

  • In other words, Shaul is making appeals to the Corinthian assembly in a spirit of meekness and forebearance that is characteristic of Yeshua Messiah
  • Shaul admits that when he was in their presence he was timid but when absent he was as the CJB describes-intimidating and the NAB as brave

NAS 2 Corinthians 10:2 I ask that awhen I am present I may not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against bsome, who regard us as if we walked caccording to the flesh. (2Co 10:2 NAS)

  • Shaul begs the Corinthians not to put him into a position to be intimidating towards them when he finds himself again in their presence as he is often forced to do when he is dealing with those outside the faith who see him as simply one of them
  • For the next several verses of the 10th chapter, Shaul tackles the challenging topic of spiritual warfare and strongholds
    • spiritual warfare in the Hebraic Roots and Messianic Communities has become sort of taboo
      • reminds Hebraic Roots and Messianics too much of their former lives in evangelical churchianity
      • but has coming over to the Hebraic Roots of our faith and rejecting spiritual warfare and the work of the Ruach Kodesh resulted in us collectively throwing the “baby out with the bath water?”
      • I went through a phase initially where I rejected the works of the spirit and in many cases I even wondered as some have suggested, that miracles were not of the Ruach Kodesh (yes, a sticky, risky position to be in I realize that now)
      • Arthur Bailey’s ministry helped me to realize that Messianics and Hebraic Roots folks must put the Ruach back in to the Faith if we are to maximize our potential as disciples of the Messiah
      • Going to a few conferences over the last couple years and seeing for myself the lack of interest on the part of Messianics for Arthur’s message was disheartening to me. Initially I struggled having that same temperament and attitude
      • In fact, the current state of the Messianic and Hebraic Roots Faith is too focused on the carnal and Torah. Certainly Torah is huge to our Faith. Yet each day that we are in this world, we are dealing with things that are spiritual in nature and have very little to do with the flesh, although these things tend to manifest in the fleshly state.
      • If we are to succeed in this very difficult walk–walk out our Faith–our dealings with these issues which turn out to be spiritual, must be done through spiritual methods and spiritual methods alone
  • But as Shaul writes in verse 3:

 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war aaccording to the flesh,  4 for the aweapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but 1divinely powerful bfor the destruction of fortresses [stongholds.  5 We are destroying speculations and every alofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the bobedience of Christ,  6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever ayour obedience is complete. (2Co 10:3-6 NAS)

  • a stronghold according to the Friberg Lexicon is a military technical term “fortified place or a bastion.” In the renewed covenant, it stands for a strong system of philosophy and reasoned arguments such as false arguments, that are opposed to the knowledge of Yehovah
  • this is the only place that this term is used to describe ingrained philosophies and reasoned arguments against the things of Yehovah
  • the Louw-Nida Lexicon suggests rendering this verse as follows: “powerful weapons with which to destroy false arguments in the same way that people would destroy fortresses”
  • I recall growing up in the Southern Baptist Church and later on in my young adult life, attending charismatic churches, the terms strongholds was always used to describe “demon possession” or places and situations where demonic activity was suspected and aimed to be eradicated through intense prayer, anointing with oil, the laying on of hands (which seemed to always result in the alleged victim being “slain” in the spirit)
  • The weapons of our warfare are not carnal
    • We can’t simply deal with some of the issues plaguing us as individuals and our brothers and sisters in the Faith by carnal methods
    • Even our prayers are lacking the power and intensity to handle many of these problems
  • vs. 5–casting down imaginations requires that we confront self
    • imaginations in the Greek translates as a plural when used in the renewed covenant, according to the Friberg Lexicon, as the activity of one’s reasoning powers, thoughts, calculations, reflections; in a negative sense misleading arguments
      • these thoughts, reasonings, calculations and reflections don’t only manifest in debates over whether one should worship on the Sabbath or obedience to Torah, but also manifest ever so powerfully in our own minds
      • we rationalize about many of the things that we are doing in our lives–some things worse than others–and that it’s justifiable or that we can get away with them
      • how many times have we heard the argument that God knows my heart?
      • it’s not until these reasonings and arguments, be they external or internal, are cast down that the true knowledge of Yehovah can be realized in our lives
      • once these imaginations are finally brought down in our lives, it falls upon us to bring every thought to the obedience of Messiah
        • that is the challenge!!
        • this walk is impossible without the aid of the Rauch Kodesh
        • I struggle with this constantly in my life
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  • What strongholds exist in your life? Pornography? Adultery? Idolatry? Greed? Anger? Hatred? Lying? Stealing? Denial of the truths that you know exist yet you rationalize them and justify them and give credence to them such as working on the Sabbath, allowing others to keep you captive in a Faith/religion you know is not right? Do you continue to succumb to them because it is easier to give in than to resist or seek assistance and guidance from Yehovah as to how you show eliminate them from your life
  • Are you woman enough; man enough to own up to them?
  • Are you aware of the origin and cause of these strongholds?
  • What defense mechanisms have you erected to justify the existence of the strongholds in your life that overshadow the knowledge and Yehovah and His will for our lives? Are you able to face those imaginations and cast them down?
  • this is the work that Shaul had in front of him. By virtue of our calling as disciples of Yeshua Messiah, we have been given no less a task–tearing down strongholds through the employment of spiritual warfare; casting down those arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of Yehovah; and then teaching self-control that leads to bringing every thought to the obedience of Messiah
    • but in order for us to be effective in our calling, we must deal with the strongholds in our own lives. This is not at all easy
    • there is nothing like this in existence. This passage, like several others in the holy writ, delineates the true followers of Yeshua Messiah from the wanna be’s

Arthur Bailey’s Teaching on Pulling Down Strongholds

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INAYP 54–The Paris Terrorist Attacks


 

The Big Story

The big news story last week that caught my attention and gave me cause to pause and reflect had to do with a terrorist attack by radical Islamics on the offices of the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. This incident occurred Wednesday the 7th, about 11:30 A.M. Paris time. According to the latest information on this incident as reported by CNN.com, a number of terrorists suspects forced their way into a building that happened to be just 2 doors down from the Charlie Hebdo offices. The suspects demanded to know from the occupants of that building where they would find the Charlie Hebdo office. Upon receiving the correct building location, the suspects headed for the correct building, murdering a security officer in the process. Upon reaching the correct building that housed the Charlie Hebdo offices, the suspects accosted one of the newspaper’s cartoonists who had at that moment been heading out of the building. The suspects forced the cartoonist to lead them to the newspaper’s office. Upon reaching the office hallway, they forced the cartoonist to use her security code to allow them access to the office spaces. The group barged into what was described as a staff lunchtime editorial meeting. The suspects separated the men from the women and called out the names of the newspaper employees they intended to murder.

paris terrorists 1

A physician treating some of the wounded survivors of the attack learned and revealed the details of the executions. The suspects claimed to that they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed and shouted “Allhu akbar” (meaning Allah is great). A handful of newspaper employees managed to escape to the building’s rooftop and record video as the suspects departed the offices and fired upon responding police. The suspects escaped.

One of the most disturbing parts of this story was the videoed execution of a Parisian police officer whom the group encountered as they fled the scene in a car along a Parisian boulevard. In all, it is believed that 12 people died in this attack. That evening, countless Parisians took to the streets of Paris in a show of solidarity in defiance of the attacks and to honor the victims. Later that same evening, an 18-year old male, believed to have been one of the attackers, turned himself in to authorities. In the interim, heavily armed police searched France for what they believed to be the two remaining suspects—two brothers, apparently known terrorists to French and international intelligence agencies. I will not honor these individuals by mentioning their names on this program. Besides, they haven’t been proved guilty of these attacks, and given the state of the world today as it relates to truths put out by any government, we can’t be at all sure that these individuals were indeed the true attackers.

Thursday morning in France was met with the execution of a French female police officer by individuals whom witnesses contend were wearing the same attire the suspects wore in the previous day’s attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices. In another part of France, witnesses contend that the two wanted suspects stole food and gas from a gas station. This of course prompted what was described as a “massive manhunt” in the area of that gas station. That afternoon, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls raised the terror alert level in that region where the manhunt was underway to the highest level.

Paris terrorists 2

Friday morning, French special forces surrounded a building believed to be housing the two outstanding suspects. The authorities had received word (allegedly from the two wanted brothers) that they wanted to die as martyrs. As this situation played out, schools in the area were placed in a lock-down state while shoppers, shop owners and residents were told to stay put where they were. Forces stormed the building and killed both suspects with no apparent harm to the assaulting officers.

Back in Paris that same Friday afternoon, the suspect believed responsible for murdering the female police the previous day, entered a kosher store and took hostages. An assault by security forces resulted in the hostage taker and four hostages being killed. Fifteen hostages survived the assault. That hostage taker apparently had an accomplice who is believed to have escaped when the hostages in mass fled from the store.

Once again, the western world has experienced terror. This attack obviously disturbed me when I heard about it from the Alex Jones show Wednesday afternoon. I wondered to myself what was actually going on with this particular incident: was this the work of radical Islamic terrorists or some other nefarious situation contrived and controlled by a western government or some other global entity. I’m not sure. The news reported rather confidently that this was a radical Islamic attack on a satirical newspaper that printed rather offensive stories and cartoons about Islam, especially radical Islam. It certainly appears to be that way. But looking at this from a spiritual perspective, especially from the perspective of a truth seeking believer in Jesus (aka Yeshua) Messiah, I sense that there is definitely something bigger at play here. Of course the default is satan being the puppet-master and certainly this is a likely probability. But why? Why is this happening? Is there a solution? Is there something that could have been done to prevent this attack? The obvious answer to this would be to eliminate free-speech and free-expression throughout the world and to succumb to Sharia law. But is this really the answer? In other words, if the world were to cow tow to radical Islam, would such attacks cease? Absolutely not. We see attacks on peaceful and compliant Islamic groups all the time. Evil has no favorites. I came across a story this past week of the execution of one of the most prolific Islamic State executioners to date. Apparently this fellow upset someone within the Islamic State and that cost him his life.

I sense that this latest attack will not be the last. If anything, future attacks by terrorists will only ramp up in intensity and numbers. And yes, there is a way to stop these and future attacks. The world at large, however, would not be interested in entertaining the concept nor implementing the solution. But before I speak to the solution, let me discuss the cause from a biblical perspective.

To begin with, we must establish whether or not we believe every word that is contained within our Bible. This must not be the tacit cognitive understanding that Christianity has conditioned us with; that our bible is a mystical, magical and conceptual book that provides the born again believer in Christ with comforting and idealistic words of advice by which he or she can choose to live by or not. Churchianity teaches there is freedom in Christ, thus the would-be believer in Jesus Christ is not held to anything contained within the pages of the bible apart from an open acknowledgment that Jesus Christ is Lord and king and that He died for the sins of the world. What is that passage that evangelical Christianity clings to over anything else: Christ and Him crucified? Thus, everything of any concern that is contained in the Holy Writ was literally nailed to the cross with our Savior.

My purpose here is not to persuade you to believe that Christians are held to every applicable standard contained in the bible, or what has become the cuss word in churchianity, held to the Law of Moses! Indeed, if you hold to this Greek inspired, western worldview of Christianity (that by the way is being challenged by ever growing numbers of believers) you may want to save some time and move on to another website that caters to your “taste.” I mean, isn’t that what Christianity has become: a suggestive lifestyle that seems to fit quite nicely into our personal life; sort of a nice addition to everyday western living? Hasn’t Christianity lost the flavor that the Master once foretold would be the norm for those who would seek to follow Him, that being a believer and following after Him would require personal sacrifice; that following Him was a journey through a narrow gate and down along a rough and narrow path? I recall my former boss who by the way, was a staunch evangelical Christian believer who sought to bring to her chosen interdenominational church a sense of affluence or class. She and her husband made substantial income and they were quite cognizant of the apparent poverty that defined much of the congregation they attended. So they routinely financed a number of events in the Church that included couples weekends in a posh hotel. After each event, my boss would describe the event to me and based upon how the congregation reacted to the event would determine what she got out of her efforts. I remember distinctly one of those couples weekends where she described that some of the couples were less than appreciative of her efforts and that upset her. She was looking for acknowledgment of her efforts and fine gesture. She didn’t receive it and she became somewhat jaded over doing anything more for the congregation. Well, that attitude lasted but a short time and before too long, she was planning similar events in the hopes of gaining some accolades from the impoverished congregation.

Certainly, Christianity for her was a “hobby” like attachment to her life. She remained a bitter, angry, vindictive, hard and unpleasant believer (for the sake of argument I choose to refer to her as a believer) up to the time she retired. I understand that she continues to function in her church as she did when I was working for her. I did, by the way, have a number of conversations with her regarding a believer’s responsibility to observe the Sabbath and Feast Days and the avoidance of pagan holidays. Of course she rejected my stance passionately, standing on at least two of the mainstays of evangelical Christendom—there is freedom in Christ and the Law was nailed to the cross of Jesus. Needless to say, those conversations went no where beyond her (remember that she was my boss) insistence that I behave according to my Christian profession—as far as she was concerned, I was not behaving accordingly.

Nevertheless, I realize there are many who will read or hear this content and not be on the same spiritual page, so to speak. But if we are to walk together, it is important that we agree (to a great extent) that (1) the Bible is viable and relevant today; (2) the Bible contains the thoughts and to a great extent the Words of our Creator and His Son; and (3) we are responsible for obeying the commands of the Father. Failure to agree on these three points may cause us to disagree and you may dismiss what I have to say in this episode. But if by chance you don’t agree on one or more of these points, then that’s okay. We are all on a journey and we are not all going to be on the same spiritual page if you will. What I promise is that my focus for the remainder of this posting is based upon what is contained in the Bible as it relates to why terror exists and what can be done to stop it (at least for the most part).

The Likely Cause

One of the most likely reasons we have terror in our midsts is due to the west’s refusal to obey the commandments of the Father. The world is naturally contrary to the ways of the Creator. Thus, it would not make too much sense that the world at large would follow the commandments of the Most High. However, the world is filled with billions (last count about 2.5 billion) of self-professing Christians. These folks—us if you will—have been given the Scriptures and the knowledge of who God is and who our Redeemer is. Yet the body has failed to do what she was commanded to do and that is to be servants of the Most High. As servants of the Most High, we are not our own for we have been “bought with a price” and ought not to be “servants of men” (1 Cor. 6: 20; 7:23). Every new, assumed born again believer in Christ is taught this simple truth. But for whatever reason, Christians as a whole reject obeying the commandments of the Father. In many cases, this rejection is filled with highly-charged emotions. The Church has taught that to obey the commandments is to reject the work of the Savior and rebuff the grace of God. But nowhere in the Holy Writ did the Savior nor his chosen apostles (although some would argue against this) teach that we are to disobey God’s Laws. This thinking; this doctrine; this teaching is contrary to the understanding that God doesn’t change (Mal. 3:6). So somewhere in the course of the redemption story, Christianity contends that God changed His mind on the issue of His children obeying Him. Somewhere, it became common teaching and doctrine to reject any and everything associated with Judaism and to a great extent the Law was thrown in that mix. This rejection of everything perceived to be Jewish took off during the rule of Emperor Constantine, but I won’t belabor that point in this post.

But we being grafted in to the tree that was Israel (read the entire 11th chapter of Romans), are held to the same standards as Israel was and continues to be. The only difference being that we are servants of the Master, Jesus the Messiah. Our obedience then to the Law is specific to the living out, spiritually, of the commandments of the Father and adhering to the way of life that He has prescribed for man; not simply blind obedience to a set of 613-commandments (as the Jewish rabbis count). Jesus Messiah showed us how to live according to the Law (aka as Torah) and in doing so, he commanded us to obey His commandments. He said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). He gave two general commandments: love the Father and love one another. Christianity acknowledges this, even the Jehovah’s Witnesses agree. However, what does love of the Father and love for man look like? My definition of love of the Father and for my neighbor will likely be different than yours. And would it not stand to reason that the Father’s concept of man’s love for Him and man’s love for one another is different than man’s definition? Indeed it is. And the Father spells out how we are to love Him and love one another in His Torah. I know that doesn’t jive with how most Christians see the Law of God today and that’s okay. Hopefully you will leave this posting and meditate on His Word and pray for the truth to be shown to you in a powerful and real way.

Millions are leaving Christian churches today in droves. One of the primary reasons for this exodus (reference the Barna Group’s work on the subject) is that they are not being challenged by their Faith. The Church is failing to spell out for them what it is that they must do to live victorious, powerful and successful lives in Messiah. Thus they are becoming disenchanted and have lost the zeal they once had when they first came to Jesus. Could it be that Christianity as it exists today is only a hollow, rotted out shell of what it originally was intended to be? Could it be that Christianity today has failed to do what her Chief Cornerstone and Foundation commanded and that is to love Him by keeping His commandments?

Certainly, failing to do what the Father and the Son has commanded us to do must have certain associated consequences. Granted, the hijacked doctrine of grace has proved to be one of the greatest spiritual anesthesias of any faith. The doctrine of grace assumes that we are not responsible, whatsoever, for obedience to the Laws and ways of God. Reasons provided: that the Master kept Torah perfectly, therefore we are not required to do so, nor should we ever think to or desire to keep the Torah. Doing so, according to the perverted doctrine of grace, nullifies the work of the Master in our lives because we delude ourselves into thinking that our salvation is gained through works. Faith is all that is required. Indeed, Faith in the work of Messiah, repentance from sin and following Messiah are the prerequisites for salvation. Where the doctrine of grace leaves off, however, is the simple fact that following Jesus (aka Yeshua) Messiah necessitates obedience to Him and conforming to the lifestyle that He has commanded us to live. And what does that lifestyle look like? It’s all contained in the Word of God, specifically Torah. Thus, living as a Believer in Jesus Messiah is not simply a cognitive exercise of acknowledging that Jesus is our redeemer. James, the brother of our Lord and Savior said it best:

“But someone may well say, ‘You have faith, and I have works; show me your faith without the works (modern day grace supported Churchianity), and I will show you my faith by my works.’ You believe that God is one (speaking to the Jews and referencing Deuteronomy 6: 4, 5, aka the Shema), you do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless…You see that a man is justified by works, and not by faith alone” (James 2:18-24-NAS).

One can see quite clearly the reason why Calvin did not want the book of James in the canon. Thus, all of protestant Christianity has to this day followed in a unified mindset—that being a rejection of the Laws and ways of the Father. Instead, the insistence is upon the doctrine of “sola gratia.”

Simply because Calvin vehemently advocated for the doctrine of “sola gratia” doesn’t mean that it is biblical. Yet believers will follow any wind and doctrine that supports a dismissal of any personal responsibility to do and live how the Father has commanded us. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Roman assembly: the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.1 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. (Rom 8:7-8 KJV)

Therefore, there must be inherent consequences for the nations who know better but choose to do otherwise. As distasteful and seemingly disrespectful as this may sound, this and virtually every other terror attack on the west is a result of the nations’ refusal to obey the Laws of the Almighty and turn their hearts and souls to Him. Yehovah said to us in His Word:

14 ¶ ‘But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, 15 if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant, 16 I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, (Lev 26:14-16 NAS).

Granted, the Father here was addressing the children of Israel. But if we accept Paul’s illustration of the true believer’s identity in Messiah as being graffed in to the family that is Israel—that we are in a manner of speaking, spiritual Israelites, no less and no better than the original nation of Israel (reference Romans 11), expecting all of the blessings that were to be enjoyed and inherited by Israel, then how presumptive of the modern day Christian to think that he/she gets a free pass in to heaven without any responsibility towards loving the Master by keeping His commandments and His commandments are the same commandments given by the Father to the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai.

Then there is this passage:

6 “Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and unwise people? Is not He your Father who has bought you? He has made you and established you. 7 “Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you. 8 “When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance, When He separated the sons of man, He set the boundaries of the peoples According to the number of the sons of Israel. 9 “For the LORD’s portion is His people; Jacob is the allotment of His inheritance. 10 “He found him in a desert land, And in the howling waste of a wilderness; He encircled him, He cared for him, He guarded him as the pupil of His eye. 11 “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. 12 “The LORD alone guided him, And there was no foreign god with him. 13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he ate the produce of the field; And He made him suck honey from the rock, And coil from the flinty rock, 14 Curds of cows, and milk of the flock, With fat of lambs, And rams, the breed of Bashan, and goats, With the finest of the wheat– And of the blood of grapes you drank wine. 15 “But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked– You are grown fat, thick, and sleek– Then he forsook God who made him, And scorned the Rock of his salvation. 16 “They made Him jealous with strange gods; With abominations they provoked Him to anger. 17 “They sacrificed to demons who were not God, To gods whom they have not known, New gods who came lately, Whom your fathers did not dread. 18 “You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth. 19 “And the LORD saw this, and spurned them Because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. 20 “Then He said, ‘I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness. 21 ‘They have made Me jealous with what is not God; They have provoked Me to anger with their idols. So I will make them jealous with those who are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation, 22 For a fire is kindled in My anger, And burns to the lowest part of Sheol, And consumes the earth with its yield, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains. 23 ‘I will heap misfortunes on them; I will use My arrows on them. 24 ‘They shall be wasted by famine, and consumed by plague And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts I will send upon them, With the venom of crawling things of the dust. 25 ‘Outside the sword shall bereave, And inside terror– Both young man and virgin, The nursling with the man of gray hair. (Deu 32:6-25 NAS)

Those who in the past have brought similar messages that such events are the result of the Christian nations not being obedient to the ways of the Almighty have been called heretics and a whole host of other unsavory names. I used to think the same thing until I came to understand the relevance of the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith. If we continue along in our walk as professing Christians with no true understanding of what it means to be a true disciple of the Master, then we are destined to commit the same life-mistakes over and over again and then reap the consequences. The politicians of the world have sought to fix the terror problem. Having failed miserably, the military has tried to wipe out the terrorists, but then the terrorists come back stronger and more resolute than ever to create terror, destruction and death throughout the world. Thus, there seems to be no solution to the problem. But there is a solution, if we only choose to listen and obey.

The Solution

Certainly, any well meaning, objective believer would give some credence to the “cause and effect” of such terrorist attacks on the west. I vaguely recall in the aftermath of the 911 alleged terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers that Conservative Christian Minister Jerry Falwell, appearing on the 700 Club, hosted by Pat Robertson, attributed the attacks on the proliferation of homosexuality, abortion and liberal civil rights activists in this country. Falwell told Robertson, “ America had been wonderfully protected these 225-years. And since 1812 this is the first time that we’ve been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. Throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools…the abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40-million little innocent babies, we make God mad. The pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, people for the American way—all of them who have tried to secularize America, I point the finger in their face and say ‘you helped this happen.’” Certainly, Falwell was vehemently condemned for those seemingly incendiary statements—from the farthest left straight through the farthest right on the political spectrum. At that time I was not yet in the Hebrew Roots Faith but was attending (I believe it was during that time) Rick Warren’s conservative mega-church here in Southern California, Saddleback Church. I recall that publicly, the prevailing spirit in the conservative and charismatic churches was that Falwell had crossed the line. However, many church leaders actually thought that he was on to something. I sort of felt that Falwell was correct, but I remained silent on the issue, not fully invested in the reason he gave for the attack, but more focused on the evil that I saw to be Islam. I think that was the prevailing thought throughout much of conservative Christendom, that Islam (especially radical-Islam) was evil and only an evil religion could carry out such a heinous thing on an innocent people. In other words, I cared more about the effect than the cause.

Today, I believe that Falwell in great part was correct. However, I think Falwell had only scratched the surface of a much bigger issue. The bigger issue being that the west, supposedly overflowing with Christians, had for all intents and purposes rejected the ways of God for a liberal, westernized ideal of the Christian Faith that does not at all match the True Faith once delivered to the first century saints by the Master (Jude 1:4 & 5). And yes, as we’ve read in portions of the original covenant (i.e., the Old Testament), the Father utilized evil, pagan nations to punish and correct Israel when they steered off that narrow path that He had given them to follow. What makes us here in the west believe that we are immune to similar correction and punishment? I submit to you that a great deal of this has to do with the anti-Jewish stance that has defined much of western and to some extent eastern Christianity for so many centuries. Rejection of anything Hebrew or Jewish by Christians, initiated by Emperor Constantine in the 4th century C.E., has all but steered the attentions of millions of self-professing Christians throughout the centuries away from the True Faith once delivered, over to a counterfeit faith delivered to us by the Universal Church (Roman Catholicism). I would refer you to my discussion on this in “It’s Not As You Perceive—Episode 53—Hanukkah’s Greatest Hidden Secrets, Part 2,” where I go in to detail about the anti-Jewish/Hebrew roots of modern-day Christianity (http://itsnotasyouperceive.com/episode-53-hanukkahs-greatest-hidden-secrets-part-2/).

If Christianity is able to get over her biases against Judaism and anything having to do with the Hebrew Roots of the Christian Faith, she will quickly come to the conclusion that she has followed in the same footsteps as ancient Israel. Rejection of the Creator’s way of life which also translates into a breaking of the covenant between the Father and His chosen ones, will always result in dire consequences. I believe what we saw in Paris last week is an example of such consequences.

But the Father is a caring and loving God who wishes to bless his children. Deuteronomy 28 delineates for the true believer and follower, the blessings to be had for obedience. Moses told the people:

Deuteronomy 28:1 ¶ “Now it shall be, if you will diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you will obey the LORD your God. 3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be ain the 1country. 4 “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. 5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. (Deu 28:1-6 NAS)

My question to you is, how could any well meaning, true believer reject this? Certainly, western Christianity has done her adherents no favors by perpetuating a doctrine that the Law was nailed to the cross along with Jesus. Nowhere is this ever mentioned in the Holy Writ. What was nailed to the cross was the penalty of sin which is death. A simple exegetical examination of what “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us” would reveal that those ordinances against us was not the Law but as the New American Standard Bible (one of the top-rated, accurate translations of the Bible on the market today) translates the passage—”…canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us…had been taken out of the way” (Colossians 2:14). Thus Christianity has led her adherents astray with false instruction and those who would perpetrate such a fraud will have to answer to their spiritual crimes. Besides, what benefit has Christianity provided us today? Apart from a nice little side distraction in the form of a social club, Christianity has all but led most of her people through the wide gate and down the broad road towards destruction. Today, we’re reaping the fruits of Christianity’s labors. It’s not working is it?

What will work? Obviously, God’s way seems to be the only true solution to the problems facing our world today, including the problems associated with terrorism. Moses went on to say that:

7 ¶ “The LORD will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way and shall flee before you seven ways. 8 “The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you. 9 “The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you will keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and walk in His ways. 10 “So all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of you. 11 “And the LORD will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 12 “The LORD will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 “And the LORD shall make you the head and not the tail, and you only shall be above, and you shall not be underneath, if you will listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14 and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. (Deu 28:7-14 NAS)

The solution to the problem of terrorism in our world is for the true believers to repent, turn to Yehovah  our God and obey Him. From there, we are to live lives worthy of our calling and status as Children of the Most High. It will be that as a result of Christians prospering in all areas of their lives that many outside of the Faith will desire to have what the prospering Christians have and they will turn to God. As verse seven of the 28th chapter says, the enemies that rise up against us will be smitten before out faces for they will come out against us one way but flee before us seven different ways. Doesn’t it make perfect sense to try life Yehovah’s way as opposed to a Christian denomination’s way? My call to action for you as I close this post is that you give serious consideration to living God’s way and reject denominational Christianity’s life instructions. It’s greater than a fair bet that turning to God is the only true solution to the problems plaguing our world, including terrorism.

May you be most blessed, fellow believers in Yeshua Messiah.

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Happy New Year? What’s on Your Calendar for 2015?

Well, as I write this post, we in the western world are well into the start of a new year. The year 2015 A.D./C.E. For most, this will be the start of simply another year, not anticipated to be dissimilar to the previous year, 2014. For these, life will go on as a continuation of jobs and careers that are less than fulfilling and finances that are disappointingly beggarly; their family-life more stressful than their jobs; and their “funk-a-meter” needles teetering on the lower-end—-that red-colored end–of the overall happiness scale. Sure, these folks will endeavor to delude themselves with a mindset that sees January 1st as a new beginning and that 2015 will hold great promises for the year ahead. But in their heart-of-hearts, their realty-man/realty-woman is sitting there annoyingly upon their shoulders whispering in their ear that noth’n’s really gonna change for them in 2015. Thus, the only hope to be had is that the year ahead is not going to be worse than the previous year was. Living for the weekends and dying for the one or two weeks of vacation later on in the year becomes their primary guiding light through the dimness that defines their yearly existence.

Yet there are those who see the start of 2015 as an opportunity to experience or accomplish great things. For these individuals, the new year holds great promise for a life that is notably better than the previous one. These ones will endeavor to create goals and mission statements that will guide them towards some desired greatness or accomplishment. These folks are filled with enthusiasm and their “funk-a-meter” needles will consistently peg over at the green-end of their overall happiness scale.

Then there are those who see the start of 2015 from a more “cautiously optimistic” perspective, for lack of a better descriptor. I think I tend to fall within this category. We are cognizant of reality and unforeseen life influences that may cause 2015 being a banner year, as well as we are equally cognizant that great and powerful things came come out of 2015, not just for us as individuals but for those who fall within our circle of influence. We realize that life is a journey, especially those of us who are disciples of Messiah. Each day is a continuation of our overall life-journey: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Some days are going to be days of amazing accomplishments and undeserved blessings; other days will transpire in blah, disappointing or even deplorable tones. But even the deplorable days can have the potential to be amazingly positive ones. I guess it comes down to how we see each day; how each day defines that portion of our life’s journey with Messiah. I’m reminded of that passage where Paul (aka Shaul) admonished the Thessalonian and Ephesian assemblies to give thanks to the Father in the name of our Messiah for everything that comes their way (my wording)—reference 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and Ephesians 5:20. I recall just a few weeks ago, I developed a kidney stone—the worse pain I’d ever experienced in my life. It was so horrendous in terms of the continuous pain that I was filling in my lower left rear quadrant that I could do nothing apart from moan in utter agony for several hours. That episode landed me an ambulance ride to a very crowded emergency room here in Southern California. While I was laying in that emergency room hallway (yes, hallway because they didn’t have any available rooms for the first part of my visit) feeling sorry for myself and wondering when those emergency room people were ever going to give me something to ease that unbearable pain, these verses eerily came to my remembrance. I smiled to myself, in the midst of the pain, and realized that it was incumbent upon me to act upon my Faith and give thanks to the Father in the name of the Master for that which was happening to me in that hallway of Saddleback Hospital. As strange and counter-intuitive as this evolution would seem to the average non-believer, I was going to take the time—it wasn’t like I was going anywhere at that moment—to give God the glory and thank Him for my present situation. I thanked the Father, not expecting any immediate improvement in my condition, but was willing to bear with the pain even longer—like I had any choice—if it were the will of Yehovah.

Well, within minutes of me thanking the Father for my situation, as suddenly as my pain hit, it subsided. I am, of course, convinced there was a nexus there.

I woke up this New Year’s Day with a mindset that our present day, western, smart phone tracking, mathematically projected, easy to figure out reckoning of time—-that is the Gregorian calendar (marking the passing of 2014 and the first-day of 2015) is lacking on many levels—primarily in its history and pagan-based underpinnings along with its undeniable influence over virtually every aspect of our modern western lives. Sadly, most everyone on the planet, more so Christians, are unaware of the existence of at least two other competing calendars: the Pharisaic—Rabbinic-Jewish calendar and the Creator’s-Hebrew calendar. These two competing calendars of course hold no candle to the Gregorian calendar in terms of its worldwide acceptance and corresponding applicability. All three calendars have to varying degrees, impacted and influenced my life. It would also stand to reason that to most of the two-plus billion Christian adherents throughout the world today, these two competing calendars hold absolutely NO influences over their individual or collective lives. Nevertheless, the point of the matter is that at least one of these two competing calendars should hold as much sway over every believer’s life as the Gregorian calendar does on a day-to-day basis. In fact, to the truth-seeking believer in Messiah, the Gregorian calendar should hold only as much influence as he or she could not possibly avoid or prevent.

Oh, I suspect that many of you reading this post will either be confused or put-off by this seemingly crazed diatribe about calendars. The Gregorian calendar for all intents and purposes is one of the most present but generally out of sight components of modern-day western life. Every aspect of modern life is governed in whole or in part by the Gregorian calendar: everything from the clothes we wear to the foods we purchase in our grocery stores; everything from the holidays we celebrate to the debts to government we pay; from the important or unimportant appointments we make and keep to the hopes and fears we project in our psyches for the future. The Gregorian calendar for all intents and purposes governs us as individuals, and to a lesser extent, as a collective or whole in society. But under the Gregorian calendar, little to no attention or provision is given to the Creator. Now, I’m certain that some would point out that each year, on December 25th and in the spring of each year, either March or April, Easter is determined. Indeed, they would be correct. But I stick with what I said a few sentences earlier: the focus remains on everyone or everything but the Creator. As it relates to Easter and Christmas, these dates are all man made, pagan-based holidays. The incidents of occurrences on the Gregorian calendars of these so-called holy days are mathematically determined on the pagan-based calendar we’ve come to know as the Gregorian calendar.

And this brings me to the issue of the Gregorian calendar. The Gregorian calendar, from a historical perspective, is a refinement of the Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar in 46-C.E. It was instituted by Rome to standardize the reckoning of time throughout the known world of Caesar’s day. Inherent problems in maintaining the proper reckoning of Easter and other key dates led to refinements that the Gregorian calendar, introduced in 1582, was designed to remedy. However, the Julian calendar, by virtue of its construct and focus, outright rejects the Creator and His desires and will for mankind. The Julian calendar teaches or leads men to think and behave independent of the Creator. And to add insult to injury, the Julian calendar introduces and fosters a pagan mindset/worldview, unbeknown to much of modern western mankind. Simply consider that many of the months of the Julian calendar are named after pagan-gods, all of which are of Babylonian origin. Secondly, the Julian calendar is based upon days of the month beginning at midnight, the months, the beginning and end of the year, all occurring based upon mathematical calculations. The elements of the Julian calendar fly contrary to the elements of the Creator’s or Hebrew calendar, which define the start and end of a day at sundown, the beginning and end of a month at the sighting of the renewed moon, and the start of the calendar-year with the sighting of aviv barley in the land of Israel in conjunction with the sighting of the renewed moon. The Creator’s calendar utilizes no pagan deities for the identity or names of the month. The Creator’s calendar forces man to rely more upon the Creator for determination of when Feasts days are to take place as opposed to when man desires for certain events such as pagan holidays to occur each year.

One would think that the Pharisaic or Jewish calendar would be in sync with the Creator’s calendar. The reality of the matter is that the Jewish calendar is in many respects quite similar to the Julian/Gregorian calendar. Yet many believers in Messiah have been “hood-winked” into adopting the Jewish calendar as their preferred means of tracking the holy days of the year. However, a simple Google search would reveal that the Jewish calendar is, like the Julian/Gregorian calendar, a time-reckoning device of convenience and self-indulgence that pays little to no respect to the Creator and His sovereignty over the lives of His chosen. In fact, the Jewish calendar, often mis-identified as the Hebrew calendar, was significantly influenced by Babylon paganism.

Although it was developed over the course of several centuries, beginning in the first century C.E. and formally initiated by Hillel I in 359 C.E., the Jewish calendar didn’t achieve its fullest implementation and acceptance until around the 12th-century C.E. Like its counterpart, the Julian/Gregorian calendar, the Jewish calendar is mathematically-based. Thus, the occurrences of Feasts of the Lord, the public reading of Torah portions, the daily Psalm readings and the dates to commemorate the deaths of relatives were been pre-determined several centuries in advance. Consequently, like the Julian/Gregorian calendar, the beginning of the calendar year is mathematically pre-determined, and thus it is not determined by the observance of the aviv barley in the land of Israel in connection to the sighting of the renewed moon. It should also be mentioned that the beginning of the calendar year was moved to the 7th-month, Tishri 1 or the Day of Trumpets, also referred to as Yom Teruah. Although the sentiment in this calendar’s development and implementation may appear noble—that is to provide a means for the scattered Jews throughout the world to be able to plan their year in advance—like its counterpart the Julian/Gregorian calendar, it served more so to further separate believers and Jews from the Creator, foster continued and even greater ignorance in regards to a true understanding of the historical and prophetic meaning of the Feasts of the Lord, and further cement the influence of paganism into the lives of every human being on the planet.

So I ask you, does it really matter what calendar we use? Well, I believe that depends. I guess it depends upon where one’s values rest: not just in terms of idealistic values, for every self-professing Christian would most likely say that their values rests within the influence of the Almighty. Yet, the proof of anything in life is always “in the pudding” so to speak. As I’ve mentioned earlier in this tome, both the Pharisaic-Jewish and Julian/Gregorian calendars focus upon self and society and by virtue of their construction, rejects the sovereignty of the Creator over His creation. Granted, there is absolutely no way for most of us to get entirely around having to use and refer to the Julian-Gregorian calendar in our western lives. However, as true Believers of Messiah, we must ask ourselves, where does Father fit in to our plans for the year? If we intend to include the Father in our lives, we can pretty much use any or all of the three-calendars either independent of the others or collectively/concurrently. If, on the other hand, we intend to have the Father rule over every aspect of our lives, then we must reject the Pharisaic-Jewish calendar, utilize/consult the Julian/Gregorian calendar only out of necessity and sensibility, but live within the framework of the Creator’s calendar. By living within the framework of the Creator’s calendar, we then place ourselves into positions that facilitate a true understanding of the will of the Father for mankind and for our individual lives. Furthermore, it is imperative that we submit ourselves to the will and obedience of the Creator. In placing ourselves into the framework of the Creator’s calendar this and every Biblical-year, we become His truest servants and disciples of the Master. So I ask you fellow truth-seekers, what’s in your New Year? As a Believer in Messiah and observer of the Creator’s calendar, I am not compelled to wish you a Happy New Year or any variation thereof. I am compelled to wish you every possible blessing for the remainder of the Biblical year. There’s still two or three months to accomplish the will of the Father in the name of Yeshua HaMaschiach.

Reference:

Julian Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_calendar

Gregorian Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

Jewish-Pharisaic Calendar–http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_calendar

The Astronomically-Agriculturally Biblically Corrected Hebrew Calendar–http://www.aroodawakening.tv/biblical-hebrew-calendar/

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Episode 53–Hanukkah’s Greatest Hidden Secrets Part 2

Part 2–A Case of Anti-Jewish/Anti-Hebrew Sentiments Leading to Christianity’s Profound Ignorance

  • On the Keeping of Easter–From the Letter of the Emperor to all those not present at the Council (Found in Eusebius, Vita Const., Lib. iii., 18-20)
  • Jude 1:4 speaks to those ungodly men who crept into the Body and corrupted the Faith
  • Hanukkah and Purim are not mandated Feasts of the Lord as listed in Leviticus 23. Hanukkah is a historical account of the Maccabean Revolt against Hellenism and the destruction of Torah and Torah Living that was inflicted upon the Jewish nation in the 2nd century B.C. The story is chronicled in the apocryphal book of I Maccabees
  • The Maccabean army defeated the mighty Seleucid military, headed by Antiochus Epiphanes and restored the Temple and the Torah to the people
  • Jeremiah 10:2-5 directs that we learn not the ways of the heathen
  • Secrets of Hanukkah include gaining and adopting a clear understanding of the holy, the clean, the authentic, the truth and the True Messiah
  • Christianity today in many ways parallels that of the Israeli nation during the time just before the Maccabean Revolt–both adopted Hellenism and replaced the true faith with a pagan-based religion and lifestyle

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