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I don’t know yet if I will post this, but I have been fighting the urge to write something of this nature for quite some time, and have finally given in at least to write it. It is currently July 30. If the post date is later than that, that’s how long it took me to write it, and to pray and decide to post it or not to post it.

Thirty years ago, I began to take my faith seriously. I was a submarine sailor, and I was confused about many of life’s issues, such as career, money, family, marriage, friendships, and righteousness. I was not a happy young man. My grandmother had given me a bible when I was fourteen years old, and I always took it to sea with me; it rested in a cubbyhole at the head of my bunk for two and a half patrols, and I never read it. On my third patrol, my circumstances drove me to read it. I had been seeing a girl named Noelle, and she had hurt me pretty badly after my second patrol, just before the third one started. I had a close friend on the boat who clammed up at sea. My family was not writing letters nor using “family-grams” to stay in touch with me. The crew was miserable due to a sour command that seemed to stoke bad morale deliberately. But, most importantly, I was not walking with my G-d. This ‘perfect storm’ of chaos in my mind drove me to the point where I finally reached in and picked up my Bible. Before I opened it, I prayed, “Father, I want to know what Jesus would say to me if He were standing here,” and I could practically ‘see’ the Messiah standing at the side of my top bunk as I prayed that prayer. I meant business.

[I’ll be citing the Aramaic-sourced ‘new testament’ text, as I trust it better than the greek-sourced texts I used to read. Given where Messiah has led me, and what was revealed to me that day some 30 years ago, I feel it necessary to stay true to the root of the scriptures, even in relating what happened that day. Let me say that I ALWAYS viewed Yeshua as Jewish, even as a child. And on this day I ‘saw’ Him that way.]

I opened the book to Matthew 5 and began to read.

When Yeshua saw the crowds, He went up to the mountain; and as He sat down, His Talmidim drew near to Him. And He opened His mouth and taught them, and He said, “Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs is Malkhut HaShamayim. Happy are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Happy are those who hunger and thirst for tzedaka, for they shall be well satisfied. Happy are the merciful, for to them shall be mercy. Happy are those who are pure in their hearts, for they shall see Elohim. Happy are those who make shalom, for they shall be called sons of Elohim. Happy are those who are persecuted for the sake of tzedaka, for theirs is Malkhut HaShamayim.  Happy are you, when they reproach you and persecute you, and speak against you every kind of bad word, falsely, for my sake, then, be glad and rejoice, for your reward is increased in heaven; for in this very manner they persecuted the Nevi’im who were before you.”

Even though it has been so long ago, I still remember very vividly and deep within me that these words, though I had heard them all of my life, were brand new to me that day. I ‘saw’ that Yeshua was not describing several different groups of people, as I had for some reason always understood this passage, but that He was describing ONE PERSON: HIS TALMID [follower/student]. Each of these attributes is a facet of the total character of each person who follows Messiah, refracting slightly different strata of the same light, like facets on a diamond. Combined, this is the ‘goal’ of a believer, since Yeshua Himself embodied all of these qualities. Immediately, I knew that I did not have any of these attributes. I was hording money, I was callous, proud, unclean, merciless, impure, violent, and so far from anyone knowing that I had confessed “Jesus” years before, that I had not experienced persecution for the sake of righteousness since the fourth grade. My heart was broken.

I read further. Yeshua explained that we are to light our lamp and set it on a table for everyone to see. Clearly my life was shrouded in darkness, as I would only ‘talk to the LORD’ in private, when I was in need. Then, I read three more verses:

“Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the Nevi’im; I have not come to weaken it, but to expound it. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not even one yod, nor a stroke, shall pass away from the Torah until everything comes to pass. Whoever therefore tries to loosen even one of these smallest mitzvot, and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in Malkhut HaShamayim; but anyone who observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded as great in Malkhut HaShamayim. For I say to you that unless your tzedaka exceeds that of the Sofrim and P’rushim, you shall not enter Malkhut HaShamayim.”

These verses had a profound effect on me that day, even though I did not fully understand their impact then. But, what I did do was determine that I would learn. During the rest of that third patrol, I read the whole “Brit Khadasha” [Matthew to Revelation] twice.

Yeshua went on and taught the Torah in Matthew 5-7 and I continued reading that day. He was teaching about murder and offerings in the House of G-d, about adultery and its relationship to lust, about divorce and what Torah meant in prescribing divorce, about oaths of the Torah, and how to fulfill them, about how to love our neighbor according to Torah, about tzedaka [righteous deeds of Torah], about proper attitudes in prayer in the House of G-d, about forgiveness and helping us to understand the depth of it, about fasting, about trusting Elohim, about judgment and mercy, and that only those who DO these things the way HE taught them would be accepted into the Kingdom of Elohim at the judgment. I determined in my heart to learn how to do these things, His way. I knew then that I was so far off the mark, even though I believed. I knew that I ‘said’ I was a ‘christian’, but that the Messiah’s ‘anointing’ [the root word of ‘christian’] was not evident in my life very much at all. He was anointed according to Torah. He did what His Father instructed. He lived out the intent of Torah in His life here.

It has been a long road. I first went back into the Baptist churches, because that’s where I had been raised. I quickly saw that they were not really interested in the things of Messiah, but only in getting other people to ‘join the church’, and after that, maybe they’d try to get them to be “nice”. They did seem to be interested in bringing people to Messiah, but not in teaching them HOW He expects them to live, but how THEY expected them to live. They lopped off the commandments, and misrepresented the ‘new testament’ scriptures with lofty ‘hermeneutics’. It frustrated me. The text was plain. Why could they not just read it and ‘hear’ what it said?

I investigated all major protestant faiths, visiting churches of most of the major denominations, but I found that they were not teaching the ways of Messiah in any great measure either, but most of them were perpetuating the idea that grace means one does not have to obey: sins are forgiven, and the same behaviors forever abided. Perhaps each person prayed, “forgive me of my sins” each night, but there was no effort to find out what those sins were, and no effort to change them. Since I was devouring the Psalms daily, phrases like “search me O G-d, and see if there is any wicked way in me”, and “show me my hidden faults”, showed me that the attitude of prayer in scripture did not match the attitude being taught. I believed in grace still, wholeheartedly, but I learned that the grace of G-d compels me to obey: “It is His kindness that leads us to t’shuva [repentance, returning to Torah].” Rom 2:4

Most of you know that I am now Messianic, if you have watched my facebook page at all. A mere year and a half after what I described above, I ‘found’ myself in a Messianic Jewish Synagogue in Jacksonville, Florida. I was moved to tears that very first visit. The Shabbat started, I was wearing a kippah for the first time in my life, feeling a bit odd doing so, but I was moved by the sanctity in the room, by the reverence and the joy. I soon got lost in the Torah with the ‘Rabbi’, who was showing the Messiah from the book of Genesis. I distinctly remember telling myself that day, “If I EVER practice “religion” with men again, it will be in this way, because THIS is the WAY of Messiah.” I had no idea where that thought would lead me to thirty years later. I also had no idea I had Jewish ancestry on both sides of my family, until about eight years later. Some say that is why it moves me so; I don’t know. I believe it to be His Breath in me that moves me when I hear His Word rightly expounded.

I said all of that to say this: Since that time, that day on the submarine thirty years ago, I have been compelled to try to lead people to the faith of Messiah. I have had some great successes, and sadly some great failures. I have failed Messiah in far too many ways. But, for some reason, He continues to lift me up, dust me off, and push me back into the mix. He practically has had to force me in past times to continue to try to bring people to Him and His Word, His Torah, [Is 2:3], because there simply is not a great desire on people’s parts to leave their sins behind, and there is such a great misunderstanding among christians about the beauty of Torah. One day I actually told Him that I would NOT talk about Him and the Torah again. I remember saying, “I’m done. Find someone else.” That day was about twelve or thirteen years ago. On that VERY DAY, mere moments later, a Catholic man came up to me and started asking me questions about the Bible again [not the first time that’s happened], out of the blue. I smiled inside and obliged.

Today, and very often over these past few months, I begged Abba to allow me the privilege of speaking about Messiah Yeshua and His Torah to anyone, even though I do it before a congregation every week on Shabbat. I plead with Him to give me a chance to proclaim the death of Messiah, the Son of G-d. Hence this epic post. The nature of my new job has not allowed for that, as I have been by myself most of the time during the day. On my last job, I had many opportunities to tell people that G-d’s Son had been sent, that He had opened the Way to the forgiveness of sin, to freedom from the guilt of our many trespasses, and that He has enabled us to gain eternal life through faithfulness to His Word.

What is my motivation? Many might think that I just want to make a name for myself, feel good about myself, promote some commodity or product from which I can profit, or any such other manmade, selfish motivation. That is not it at all. So: Why? Why do I want to shout from the rooftops that Messiah Yeshua, the Jewish Savior, has died for the transgressions of the world and called all who would trust in His Resurrection BACK to the Tzedaka of Torah?

Because the world we know is about to change DRASTICALLY.

I ‘saw’ it coming twenty years ago, and thought I would write a book and try to warn people. I wrote the book, gave it away, publishing it myself, just to TRY to get people thinking about their own walk with Messiah Yeshua, about their own lamp, whether it had light, whether it had died out, whether it was blackened with the soot of sin.

Recently I have been posting things to facebook, scriptures that tell of the wonder of the Torah, of the great benefit of it, of Messiah’s own call to obey it. Why?

Because our world is about to go up in smoke.

Our whole way of life is about to vanish. The prosperity that America has enjoyed is about to disappear. The whole world is likely about to be at war again, and this is going to bring our country to its knees this time. There is NOTHING we can do politically to fix what is coming. I want you to understand, if you have read this far, that I am NOT a republican, NOT a democrat, NOT a libertarian. I could not care less about political parties and the governments of men. I am a follower of Messiah who understands that when a people reject righteousness to the degree our country has, our world has, for over 100 years, there is eventually a tipping point. We have already crossed it. The ship has already hit the unseen iceberg, and here I am, a mere boatswains mate trying to tell the passengers, “we’re sinking!”  Much like the Titanic, we are lost in our comfort and wealth, and oblivious to it.  For a season.

I am one who has studied prophecy for more than thirty years. The book I wrote starting twenty-nine years ago, published almost 18 years ago, was wrapped in prophecy, because I do see the signs of the return of Messiah in the world. But, even without THOSE things, I see our world changing, merely as a result of the audacity of sin. Man has become ARROGANT in his sin. He mocks G-d. Those who don’t want to obey Him at all say that He does not exist. That is absolutely laughable. Those who want to give Him lip service SAY they love Him, and they do things for Him that they think will gain His favor, but they refuse to obey HIS WORD. And they continue in their disobedience, almost flippantly, touting ‘grace’ as an excuse for disobedience. Man has gotten to the point where he abides every kind of wickedness, and teaches his children that all of it is “okay”, “don’t judge”, simply because Almighty G-d has, to them, been silent for so long. Yet His Word rings EVER LOUDER: “REPENT”. [“Turn back to His Torah”]

Forty years ago, the things that our children now view as “normal” would have SHOCKED us: babies slaughtered every day, into the millions; babies killed as they leave the birth canal, or even AFTER birth, having scissors plunged into their necks; boys holding hands in school [and worse], girls holding hands in school, men marrying men, women marrying women; babies being born out of wedlock at alarming rates, 50% + of ‘christian’ marriages ending in divorce; fornication is now the normal sexual practice even for kids as young as 10 years old; drugs have become even more ‘glamorous’; psychotics eat the faces off of their neighbors; people kill for sport; politicians expose themselves publicly without any remorse; so-called ‘intellitgence’ communities tear at the government and spy on the people, people, even children, tattoo their bodies and faces, embedding pagan symbols into their flesh, remembering the dead in their flesh, decorating their bodies given to them by Elohim, defacing the Sanctuary of Elohim [‘christian’ bodies] with graffiti, yet claiming to believe in Him. These and many other things would have turned our stomachs forty years ago. Never mind all the political mayhem and circus politics that has been going on. These atrocities are enough to know that we are about to reap what we have sown. The worst of it all is this:

Those who do not do such things as these sit idly by and allow certain ones to dare them to say anything about it.

Those who say they believe in G-d have capitulated into silence.

So, what do I think is going to happen? Well, first, let’s talk about how I might ‘know’ anything is going to happen at all. In the midst of all of the iniquity listed above, the political arena in this country has suffered. “Where Tzedaka is PERVERTED there is no justice.” Because all the iniquity described above is smiled upon, winked at, ‘tolerated’, we have elected lawmakers who do not understand real justice, since our voting base does not understand righteousness anymore, to ANY degree. Since that is true, our laws have actually become such that they not only do not heed the words of the Almighty as they once tried to, but they completely contravene His principles. Today, it has reached its zenith, where the whole country is subject not only to unrighteous lawmakers and their laws, but to leadership that is bereft of conscience whatsoever, who lie to the people daily; the public conscience has been seared as with a hot iron. Most are completely and utterly contemptible toward protecting life, toward faithfulness in marriage, toward purity, and toward self-governance. People are so violent against any hint of a call for a return to righteousness that they paint anyone who would dare voice it as an enemy of the state. Count me in!

Government “of the people” was understood by the founders this way: that the people themselves were submitted to the Almighty, and would choose the proper legislators and executives as a result. They even warned us of what would happen if we did not. That has not been the case in quite some time. Consequently, we are now being forced into submission to a nanny state. Why? Because, though most claim to be ‘christian’, the behaviors above run through all strata of society, and anyone who is faithful to His Word is silent about it. Not only so, but most who confess the Messiah still participate in all of the wickedness, watching movies that promote sexual debauchery, witchcraft, mythology, foul language, etc. Do we not realize that the money spent in these endeavors goes to promote all the wickedness described above,  and is used to make sure the next generation has no memory of clean living?

The ‘powers that be’ know that economically it is all about to crumble, they’re not fools; and they will need MORE power to retain their high status when it does crumble, because the people will move into utter anarchy when they are starving. History proves this over and over again.

I warned people in ’08 that all of this would be ushered in by the former ‘head-what’s-in-charge’ if they put him in the office. Some of you may remember, as I tried to get people to see it coming then. I was shocked at how many of my peers were already sold on the “hope and change”, and actually voted for this guy. I, a person who has black family members who love me, and whom I love, was accused of being racist simply because I suggested not voting for the first black presidential candidate. They did not care to hear that I voted for Alan Keyes in primaries several times, a very intelligent BLACK man, when voting for a black man wasn’t en vogue! And in the future, I’d happily vote for Allen West, an intelligent, articulate, and sensible man, who happens to be of color, and make him president instead.  Or any person whose character is true, regardless of color. It is not color of skin that compels me to vote, but the integrity of the person I might choose to represent me.

Now, before you jump to conclusions, NO, I do not watch conspiracy theory movies, nor do I visit websites that might tout what’s coming. I read from the Jerusalem Post occasionally for all my news, including US news. And things look pretty good right now, as we have had an economic turn-around of late.  But, have we truly had any real ‘repentance’ toward G-d and His ways?  If not, then we are not out of the woods yet.

BUT, this is not a message of “doom and gloom”. But a message that there IS a place of safety in Messiah Yeshua! I wholeheartedly predict that many will begin to ‘seek the truth,’ finally. But, unfortunately, the ‘shepherds’ of the people will be salivating even more for money during that time, rejoicing in the full pews and NOT in the opportunity to teach Tzedaka to the people. [Ezekiel 34] They will still tout “grace” as a means to ignore the Torah and perpetuate sin. They do not understand grace at all. In all likelihood, scapegoat-ism will rear its ugly head, and it will not surprise me if the Jewish people get blamed somehow, along with the few who dare to keep His Torah and preach Tzedaka [Righteousness].

So, allow me to solicit your thoughts on certain matters, if I may. I am asking those of you who know you love the Messiah to consider that His Father was Elohim, the Almighty G-d. That Almighty G-d created the Sabbath for all mankind, to which Yeshua attested:

“The Sabbath was made for MANKIND, and not mankind for the Sabbath”.
Mark 2:27

Yeshua is referring to Genesis 2, here, where G-d blessed the SEVENTH DAY. He did not bless the first day. He created the Sabbath as His last act of creating. We pray a prayer, “though made last…” concerning Sabbath in our congregation. The Sabbath was made…for all of us.

My question, then, is an honest question offered in love: Who changed the Sabbath Day?

Did G-d? Did the Messiah change it, after declaring that it was made for all mankind? Do you understand that the word Sabbath means “Seventh Day”? It is a day of rest, but it is the SEVENTH DAY, and it was instated at the creation, NOT for the Jews only! But for all mankind.

So, WHO changed it? I beg you to consider this. And I ask you to read further and allow me to show you who changed it. Not only so, but I would like you also to consider, with all my heart, who changed the other Holy Days of G-d, which the Messiah Yeshua also observed? Passover, Matzot, First Omer, Shavuot, all of which detail the first coming of Messiah and his death, burial and resurrection, as shadows of what is to come. Also Yom Teru’ah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, which teach us very clearly of the details of His return. [Colossians 2:17]

Who changed these feasts to Easter, Halloween, and Christmas? Who changed the Sabbath to “Sun-day”.

I will tell you: the Spirit of the Lying Messiah. You may call it “Antichrist”.

This is the spirit that will one day possess an individual who will rule the world, very soon. But, this ‘spirit’ has been in the world for millennia. It does not go after the lost, but after believers, to deceive them. It was in the world in the first century, and already lying to ‘christians’ then, those who confessed that they believed in Yeshua as the Messiah. Yokhanan [John] had to remind them that this spirit was already around, as a warning of great danger:

“My little children, it is the last days; and as you have heard that the Lying Messiah will come, even NOW there are many lying messiahs, and from this we know that it is the last days”.
I John 2:18

“The Ruakh of Elohim [Spirit of G-d] is known by this: every spirit that declares that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is from Elohim. And every spirit which does not declare that Yeshua the Messiah is come in the flesh is not from Elohim. This is the spirit of the Lying Messiah, which you have heard that it should come into the world, and even now is already in the world.”
I John 4:2-3

This is a clear warning that there is a presence in the world that means to deceive the people of Messiah. Shaul [Paul] wrote of it too:

“Now the Ruakh clearly says that in the last days some shall DEPART from the faith, giving ear to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons.”
1 Tim 4:1

Both Yokhanan and Sha’ul declare that the believers had heard of and that the Ru’akh had spoken of this “lying Messiah”. Many think that the “Holy Spirit” whispered in their ears and told them this, but do not realize that the Ru’akh wrote the Tanakh [the Torah, Prophets, and Poets], and that reading of him is how they had ‘heard’ of the lying Messiah:

“He shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.”
Gen 49:17

“In that day יהוה with His sore and great and strong sword will punish Leviathan the slant serpent, and Leviathan the tortuous serpent; and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Isaiah 27:1

“He shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the set apart ones, and HE SHALL THINK TO CHANGE THE APPOINTED TIMES [FEASTS] AND THE TORAH.”
Daniel 7:25

“Appointed Times” are specific: Leviticus 23:2, “These are the Appointed Times of  יהוה .” The first one is the Sabbath, and the other seven are listed above in the same order they are listed in Leviticus.

So, it is the spirit of the Lying Messiah, that has been in the world for at least 2000 years, [really, it was in the garden of Eden too, however, but Yokhanan’s letter was written before 90AD, so it has been at least that long], that would CHANGE THE FEASTS and the TORAH.

But, when did this happen? When did the christian world CHANGE? Most of you may think that it was very, very early in the cycle of ‘christian’ observance. It was not. True, there were second century ‘confessors’, a handful, who observed the ‘Sunday Sabbath’ as the “Lords Day”, but were they right to do so? Does that mean that no ‘christians’ were still keeping the Sabbath and the Passover? No. Look at history carefully. More importantly, where is it written that Almighty G-d gave authority to men to CHANGE HIS FEASTS and to IGNORE SCRIPTURE?  That is the claim for those who adhere to sunday and easter-keeping.  It is not written that we have that authority, but it is written that the “Antichrist”, the “Anti-Messiah”, the Lying Messiah, the “Son of Perdition”, would do so. And, it is written that the ‘spirit’ that would possess him was already in the world in the first century. So, WHEN, I ask you lovingly, did your forefathers STOP observing the Sabbath?

Check the book of Acts, and you will see that ALL believers, Jewish and Gentile, worshipped Elohim on the Sabbath, and that it was a LIE that was spread that they changed the Torah for Jews and for Gentiles.  Go ahead.  Read the book of Acts.  I’ll wait…..

It happened ‘officially’ starting in 325AD.

“On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.”

This is Constantine. It is after he called the Pagan sign “Sol Invictus” the “Sign of the Cross”, and went to war in the name of ‘christ’. It was at the Battle of the Milvian bridge in 308 where he ‘claimed’ to be ‘christian’, and shortly thereafter declared HIS empire to be a ‘christian’ Empire. And 11 years later, he made it LAW that “The Venerable Day of the Sun” would be the day of rest. He changed the ‘law’.

So, indeed, the first thing he did was change the Appointed Times and the Torah. But, it did not end there. He further declared the Passover of the Jews to be “disgusting”. Even though MOST of his ‘empire’ who believed in the Messiah actually KEPT THE PASSOVER WITH THE JEWS! He was a rabid anti-Semite, and it did not take long for it to manifest, and to officially change the other “Appointed Times”.

“Therefore, this irregularity [keeping the Sabbath and feasts with Jews!] must be corrected, [it was a CHANGE in the FEASTS as Daniel predicted] in order that we may no more have any thing in common with those parricides, and the murderers of our Lord. … no single point in common with the perjury of the Jews.” [Ecclesiastical History by Theodoret, Book 1, Chapter 9, concerning the matters transacted at the Council, addressed to those overseers who were not present]

Now, if you’re an anti-Semite, this rings true for you. But, if you recognize that he is saying that things must CHANGE, you see that many in the empire were STILL keeping the Passover, TOGETHER WITH JEWS. Check the History, the believers in Messiah got along with the wider Jewish community for a long, long time, even though some gentiles were already trying to break away from the Jewish community. Constantine, however, and his followers, made it LAW! He FORCED CHANGE, and a subsequent division between Jews and “Messianic” believers.

If you read history further, you find that another law had to be written a mere 80 some odd years later, to FORCE people to QUIT observing the Sabbath and the Passover, STILL, and the other feasts, with Jews, on PAIN OF DEATH. Can you really justify a DEATH PENALTY sentence for KEEPING THE SABBATH of of GOD ALMIGHTY with the JEWS? If you can, you are of the spirit of the Lying Messiah.

The overseers who were not present at his ‘council of churches’ were the Jewish Overseers of the congregations around the empire, and the Gentile overseers who would NOT go to the council of Nicea, because Constantine would not permit the Jewish Overseers to go! Out of some 2500 overseers around the empire, only around 250 actually went. So, a TEN PERCENT showing of overseers decided the fate of the ‘christian empire’; and that 10 percent began KILLING anyone who disagreed with them on these two matters, and on one more: Who Messiah is.

The Council of Nicea DENIED that Yeshua is come in the FLESH!

They delared this: “He is said to be “one in being with The Father”. Eusebius of Caesarea attributed the term homoousios, or “consubstantial, i.e., “of the same substance” (of the Father), to Constantine, who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous, and it would be hotly contested for centuries, before the final ‘Trinitarian formula’ was accepted. It, too, was forced on the wider ‘christian empire’ by the DEATH PENALTY.

“Homoousios” is the issue. “One SUBSTANCE”.
This DENIES that Yeshua is FLESH AND BONE!

“Behold, my hands and feet, that it is I myself: HANDLE ME, and SEE, for a SPIRIT DOES NOT HAVE FLESH and BONES, as you see me have.” Luke 24:39

For Constantine to declare that “jesus” is the same SUBSTANCE with the father is to make him NOT A HUMAN, it denies Him of His BODY, since the scriptures say that the Father, Elohim, is SPIRIT! Yeshua said so HIMSELF!

“Elohim is RUAKH [Spirit], and they that worship HIM must do so in spirit, and in TRUTH”.
John 4:24

THIS IS THE “SPIRIT OF THE LYING MESSIAH”, that Yokhanan warned us about!

“The Ruakh of Elohim [Spirit of G-d] is known by this: every spirit that declares that Yeshua the Messiah is come IN THE FLESH is from Elohim. And every spirit which does NOT declare that Yeshua the Messiah is come IN THE FLESH is not from Elohim. THIS IS THE SPRIIT OF THE LYING MESSIAH, which you have heard that it should come into the world, and even now is already in the world.
I John 4:2-3

Please pray, read the scriptures, and see if this is not true! OUR FATHERS INHERITED LIES!

And the liar who foisted these deceits on the ‘christian empire’ was NOT EVEN A BELIEVER! He waited until his DEATH BED to consider being ‘immersed’, and when he did, he was ‘baptized’ by a man who did NOT accept his ‘homoousios’ clause! Eusebius!

THIS is the man who began to ‘change the seasons and the torah’ officially, with the backing of the state. And those who came after him eventually had to use MURDER in order to get the majority of the people to comply. One day soon, this SAME SPIRIT will govern the whole world. And, I tell you now, our country is governed by this SAME SPIRIT.

They are now changing the Torah: making it ‘legal’ for men to marry men, women to marry women, and for babies to be murdered in the womb and out. This was done in the ‘churches’ first through capitulation to sin, and now it is becoming the law of the land. So, we cannot utterly blame the lawmakers. ALL of this stems from that acquiescent, fearful attitude of those 250 “bishops” nearly 1700 years ago, who had no courage to stand for the TRUTH. They caved, because the world leader told them they needed to. They wanted the power he offered, and feared death. They themselves were not of Messiah, because the people of Messiah do not fear the death threats of MEN: Rev 2:10, 12:11, Matt 10:28.

Is this really who you want to follow? Or would you follow Messiah, and imitate Him, who Himself kept the Appointed times of His Father?  As did ALL His first-century followers, Jewish AND Gentile.

If you check the rest of scripture, you find that this ‘spirit of the lying Messiah’ is a killer of the people of Messiah. It always has been, and always will be. Since “Tzedaka” means ‘innocent’, this spirit goes to killing the ‘innocent’ first. Babies. Before it has to oppose thinking adults. It does so to eliminate the possibility of children hearing of the truth, and following the truth. It does so to ‘destroy’. But, eventually this spirit begins to kill the adults as well, realizing that tactic is not working swiftly enough, so they begin targeting those who oppose the wickedness. The prophets wrote of it:

“In that day יהוה with His sore and great and strong sword will punish leviathan the slant serpent, and leviathan the tortuous serpent; and He will slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Is 27:1

“And he shall constantly harass the set apart ones of Elyon [The Most High].” Dan 7:25

“The dragon was infuriated over the woman and went off to fight the rest of her children, those who OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim AND bear witness to Yeshua.”

“So it [the beast] opened its mouth in blasphemies against Elohim to insult His Name [יהוה] and his Sh’khinah, and those living in heaven; it was allowed to make war on the holy people of Elohim and to defeat them; and it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.” Rev 13:6-7

“and it was allowed to cause anyone who would not worship the image of the beast to be put to death.” Rev 13:15

Notice the passive wording in the last two verses? “It was allowed to…” Elohim is allowing this. For what purpose? To bring ‘tribulation’ on HIS OWN PEOPLE! Those who confess Him, but do not obey Him! The ‘tribulation’ of the ‘end times’ is NOT for the wicked! It’s to make the people of Elohim choose one way or the other! It is to ‘sift’ wheat and tare. It is to PROVE who REALLY belongs to Him, and who is just giving Him ‘lip service’. It’s to bring a lukewarm heart to a point of decision, to make it either ‘hot’ or ‘cold’. And the beautiful thing is that many of His People finally will choose the right [Torah] and oppose wickedness, but it will be through fire. It will be through great affliction that the decision will finally be made to quit pandering to evil, compromising with it, mixing truth with lies. It will be through hardship like no one has ever known that will finally purify the people of faith to “OBEY THE COMMANDMENTS of Elohim AND bear witness to Yeshua!”

The US has more people per capita that confess to believe in the Messiah by conversion [not born into Catholicism]. At the same time, the US spends more money on wickedness than any other nation. The people of the US collectively elect officials who do not meet the requirements of “Shoftim”. The Torah tells us to put qualified people in charge of interpreting the law.

“They shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not twist judgment; you shall not respect persons; nor shall you take a bribe; for a gift does blind the eye of the wise and pervert the words of the righteous. Justice, Justice shall you follow…”

Our lawmakers spend most of their time taking bribes/gifts, getting money written into laws to placate a few, so that they can guarantee their re-election. Many such other twisted things are done in the name of our law, it would take forever to expose all of it. But the point I want to make is that in spite of the number of people who call themselves believers in this country, the wickedness far outweighs the righteousness, even among believers. And the absence of worshipping G-d the way HE would have it and interpreting the scriptures the way Messiah taught us is one of the main reasons.

A child can see that S-nday is not the seventh day of the week; all he has to do is look at his calendar. A child soon learns that mommy and daddy are okay with lying to him, when he hears that ‘sant-a clau-se’ is not ‘real’. Most christian children eventually have to struggle with the reality that the Messiah was not born at ‘christmas’, but by the time he does, usually there is no sense of recognizing compromise, no realization that the original use of that day was for the celebration of the slaughter of babies, of Jews, and of sexual revelry, and that most of those customs today are the ones used to actually celebrate the ‘mass of the infant’; a mass is an execution, and this particular one was done at the base of trees on that day. Most kids understand that rabbits do not lay eggs, yet their parents insist that they hunt for eggs year after year, put there by the e’ster bunny, the two symbols of the fertility goddess, ‘Ishtar’ who was worshipped at ‘quartodecimen’, the catholic-calculated time of the roman goddess of fertility: Easter.  This was the religion of Constantine before AND after he took over and created ‘Catholicism’.

When the colonies were founded, these things were illegal. They were not celebrated here in large part for nearly 100 years after the revolution. But people abandoned that sense of ‘purity’, and yielded to ‘grace theology’ that ignores the fact that יהוה is STILL a jealous G-d, and does not want His people having ANYTHING to do with the likes of these.

The scriptures alone instruct us on how to approach G-d; and yes, it is by way of the Messiah Yeshua. But, Messiah Yeshua did not practice any of these things. He worshipped His Father on the seventh-day Sabbath in an assembly house, and NOT a ‘church’ on s-nday.
Luke 4:16, 6:6, John 6:59, 18:20

He kept the Passover, Matzot, Firstfruits, and Shavuot, teaching them as shadows of His own ministry on earth; He kept Yom Teru’ah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot [John 6-8]. He even kept Khanukkah [John 10]. He was born during Sukkot, in a sukka [not an animal shed], in the fall season of the “Light of the World”. He was The Word in Flesh, not “god in flesh”. His Father was still on His throne, and Yeshua communed with Him perfectly, but He was flesh and bone, tempted as every other man is. God cannot be tempted. He deferred all glory and allegiance to His Father, and did not claim perfect equality with Him: He testified that there were things only His Father knew. He is not ‘consubstantial’ with His Father, but is a glorified, resurrected MAN with a flesh and bone body, now standing at the right hand of His Father. Forever.

He does NOT like the practices of men’s religions [Rev 2-3] mixed with the pure faith of the Torah. But since the majority of believers in the US reject this knowledge, and perpetuate the practice of mixing paganism with worshiping the creator [some even believing that the creation was not done mightily in six days], this country will eat the fruit of its own making, and soon be shown that faithfulness and purity with G-d is what matters, and not a spirit of compromise and capitulation. The USA will at some point become a third-world, impoverished, nanny state, unless things change. Of this I have no doubt. It will be weakened to the point of being completely irrelevant in world politics. He has given us space to repent. But, will anyone truly ‘hear’ HIS VOICE [The Torah]?

It is noble when ‘christians’ site II Chronicles and assert “If my people, which are called by MY Name [יהוה  – see II Chron 7:12], will humble themselves and pray, and seek MY face, and TURN from their wicked ways, then I will hear in heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

But, there are several things that are not heeded when this verse is [mis]quoted.

It is יהוה speaking. The G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak and Ya’akov, and NOT the god of Constantine. To “turn” is to RETURN to the Torah, since wickedness is defined by breaking the Torah.  Usually when quoting this verse, most leave off the ‘repent’ part of it.  Curious.

Christianity has been deceived for far too long; [Dan 9:4-19] but, there ARE many within the institutions of christianity who do know quite simply that Yeshua the Messiah is the Son of G-d, and that He died in their place for their sins against the Torah. It is to those I appeal. And they do strive to live circumspectly. But, in these last hours, He is calling those people out of harlotry, out of spiritual adultery, out of the mixing of paganism with the worship of the Almighty, out of religion for profit.

He put us in this place for His own reasons, just as He put Yisrael in Babylon for His own reasons, but He then called Yisrael OUT of Babylon so he could destroy it, and He is calling His people OUT of spiritual Babylon again: Babylon is the mixture of worshipping ‘whatever one wants’ with some truth. It is the spirit of compromise, which ALWAYS eventually puts a man at the top, deified, ‘infallible’, unchallenged. We are there in this country today, just as Rome was in 325AD. The ‘spirit’ of anti-Messiah has most people trapped. Do not be one of them. And do not think that a delay in turning from pagan worship will get you any ‘favor’. If the shofar sounds, and THE anti-Messiah rises to power, and you have not turned back to Torah, G-d HIMSELF will force you to believe THE LIE. What lie? That lie that the man at the top is “Jesus”. This anti-Messiah will say he is Jesus, and Buddah, and Mohammed, and god, and all that is holy. And you will believe him! Because יהוה will not allow you to ‘see’ THE LIE as a lie, but force you to believe it. Do you not hear that? G-D ALMIGHTY WILL FORCE YOU TO BELIEVE in the lying Messiah! II Thess 2:7-12.

“For the mystery of iniquity is already at work, until that which now hinders is taken out of the midst of them. Then shall the Wicked One be revealed, that one whom Adoneinu Yeshua shall consume with the breath of His mouth, and shall destroy with the revelation of His coming, even he whose coming is due to the working of HaSatan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceitfulness of unrighteousness in those who perish, because they received not the love of HaEmet, that they might be saved thereby.  For this reason Elohim shall send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie, that all who did not believe in HaEmet, but preferred unrighteousness, might be condemned.” 

HaEmet is “The Truth,” a biblical name for the Torah.  See Psalm 119.

Babylon is mixture religion: “Come out of HER my people, that you not be partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues”. Rev 18:4

Is it really so hard to realize that S-nday worship is OFFENSIVE to G-d?

“Also the gentiles that join themselves to יהוה , to minister unto Him, and to love the Name of יהוה , to be His servants, every gentile that keeps the Sabbath, from profaning it, and holds fast by My covenant: Even them will I bring to My holy mountain [above], and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be acceptable upon My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” Is 56:6-7 [Also quoted in the ‘new testament’]

“And they that shall be of you shall build the old waste places, you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of PATHS to dwell in. IF you turn away your foot because of the Sabbath, from pursuing YOUR business on MY HOLY DAY; and call the Sabbath a delight, and the Kadosh One of יהוה honorable; and shall honor it, not doing your wonted ways, nor pursuing your business, nor speaking thereof; THEN shall you delight yourself in יהוה , and I will make you to ride upon the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage of Ya’akov your father; for the mouth of יהוה has spoken it.” Is 58:12-14

The ‘Sabbath’ is the SEVENTH DAY. HIS SABBATH was never changed. That is a LIE:

“And they set up FALSE witnesses [LIARS!] , which said, This man ceases not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and against the TORAH: For we have heard him say that this Yeshua of Natzrat shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moshe delivered us.” Acts 6:13-14

“And when they heard [it], they glorified יהוה , and said unto him, You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe [in Yeshua]; and they are all zealous for the Torah: And they are informed of you, that you [Sha’ul/Paul] teach all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses [Torah], saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, NEITHER TO WALK AFTER THE CUSTOMS.” Acts 21:20-21

IT WAS A LIE THEN; IT IS A LIE NOW!!!!!!

Is it so unpalatable to think that  יהוה , the Almighty, might not like His Children moving their ‘sabbath’ away from HIS Sabbath? The penalty for denying the Sabbath, for forgetting the Sabbath, was DEATH. Yes, Yeshua has removed from us the penalty [weight] of the Torah, because He bore OUR death penalty in His BODY; but, only until the JUDGMENT DAY. At that point, anyone who does not confess Him AND walk in His Ways will suffer the weight of the Torah and be denied by Yeshua. And yes, believers, any who reject His Ways, when they have learned of them, will endure the punishment, because they have proven that their faith is vain! “Depart from me, you breakers of Torah: I NEVER KNEW YOU!” Matt 7:21 , Luke 13:27. “DEPART FROM ME, you workers of iniquity, FOR I WILL KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF MY G-D”. Ps 119:115

Observance of the Torah, indeed, does not cause one to earn the gift of the Ruakh HaKodesh nor forgiveness of sin. Faith does. But, once one has that gift, that forgiveness, one is supposed to LEARN to walk as Messiah walked. “He that says he abides in Him [Yeshua] ought himself to walk HIS HALAKHA”. Halakha is a Jewish term that means “how one follows the Torah”. It gets lost in translation. Yeshua walked the Torah! He taught us how to walk it. It is now time for the Ru’akh to teach all of His followers how to do so. May we be so inclined! Wake up, and trim your lamp [your understanding of the Torah!].

“It is time for יהוה to WORK. For THEY have made void YOUR TORAH”. Ps 119.126

Constantine and the catholic/christian leaders did obliterated the Feasts and The Torah! NOT YESHUA! [Matt 5:17-19]

Yeshua’s whole ministry was about restoring people to the Torah, the Word of יהוה , rightly divided in guidance of the Ru’akh HaKodesh. Grace is completely misunderstood, with most people using it as an excuse for pandering to their sin-nature. We will ALWAYS fight our sin-nature, our human propensity to disobey G-d: but, we must FIGHT. The simplicity of the fight is given to us in Torah: “Stand still, and ‘see’ the Yeshua [Salvation] of יהוה .”

Yeshua has indeed given us His Ru’akh [Breath/”Spirit”]. For the purpose of showing us our infractions against the Torah [sins]! He does NOT want us blending the faith of G-d with paganism. If you have not ‘seen’ that yet, my prayer is that you do. And that you repent. Why is it when one calls for repentance in the people of Elohim, that one is attacked and hated? Yeshua explains it: they did not come to the Light [Torah/Messiah] because they LOVE their “po’alei aven”. Their ‘evil deeds’: their infractions against His Word/Torah. Do you love the traditions of MEN [Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Sunday worship, grace theology that does not deal with sin] so much that you cannot HEAR HIS VOICE? His VOICE is HIS TORAH!

“If you shall hearken to the VOICE of יהוה your G-d, so that you obey HIS mitzvot and regulations which are written in this BOOK OF TORAH, if you turn to יהוה your G-d with all your heart and all your being; For this mitzvah which I am giving you today is NOT TOO HARD FOR YOU, it is not beyond your reach. It isn’t in the sky, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will go up into the sky for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ Likewise, it isn’t beyond the sea, so that you need to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea for us, bring it to us and make us hear it, so that we can obey it?’ On the contrary, the WORD is very close to you – in your mouth, even in your heart; therefore, you can do it!

VOICE=BOOK OF TORAH=WORD=YESHUA=RUAKH [Rom 7:14]

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5 thoughts on “Shofar so good….

  1. “NOT for the Jews only! But for all mankind! “…
    I have NO ANSWER for these two questions that I have:
    (1) What will we do without the Shabbath?
    (2) How did we LIVE IN THOSE DAYS when we were NOT observing shabbath?
    I don’t know the answer, and I probably won’t have an answer.
    But, what I know is….hardly 48 hours until my next shabbath….I am holding my breathe very hard until I LIGHT MY CANDLES…
    My kiddos said this week,” mom”….” bat-zion shabbath at our synagogue is much more fun than our home Erev Shabbath….BECCCAAAUUUSSSSS….WE stay longer and the whole day in the synagogue. They did not said such things when we were worshiping on sUNDAYS…

    Shabbath shalom in 48 hours folks…

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  2. Daniel, this is very compelling!

    Thank you for the historical review of how the first group of believers in Yeshua worshipped and how everything got changed through the influence of the Lying Messiah.

    We are in the final days and way past the time for our nation to get serious about its faith in
    G-d. I have seen what you described as the rapid moral descent of our country since the 1960s. Our nation needs to repent and “render its heart not it’s robe.” I believe we are past the tipping point and perhaps after a brief reprieve now, hard times will follow.

    YAH, help us to remain faithful and true to Your Word in the face of the opposition and adversity we face as a community of believers and followers of Yeshua Hamashiach, in an angry, hostel and depraved world. Help us to be bold in proclaiming Your Word to the dying world we live in.

    Thank you very much for posting this Daniel, and may Elohim Bless you!

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