For Such a Time

What a great weekend…

The purpose of this blog really is to try to encourage people to see truth.

The best manifestation of truth in humanity is fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, self control…. The Torah does not speak against these things…

I wish I could take the ‘fruits’ that I see in our congregants, that I enjoyed this weekend, and share them with the whole world.

It started at Purim on Erev Shabbat. There are many in the believing world, especially among Messianics, that have begun to dismiss the book of Esther, say it’s not divine, etc, and condemn those of us who simply want to teach the book, just because some Jews tend to go wild with Purim, and because “Esther” is so closely associated with ‘Easter.’ But, what I see, is that Hadasah, her actual name, was hidden from the world by and because of the pagan culture in which she was trapped against her will, herself having been born in the ‘captivity’ of paganism, until “Such a time as this.” What ‘time’ was that? The time of Jacob’s trouble! The time when being a Yehudi[t] was DANGEROUS. When Amalek again reared his ugly head! That day is upon us all again! And it is for ‘such a time as this’ that Messiah is causing His Bride to reveal herself to the world in TRUTH… to come out from under the cloak of Ishtar [easter], and to reveal her Jewishness… TO SAVE JEWS! AND GENTILES WHO JOIN THEMSELVES TO JEWS!! Yeshua IS Jewish. NOT ‘was.’ IS. [ See the ninth chapter]. And our congregants were jubilant. Not simply to dress up, but to ‘see’ SALVATION, to celebrate it, and see BOTH sides of the ministry of Yeshua, so clearly depicted in the Megillah.

Then, we had a powerful Shabbat service. Abba ministered, reaching down into peoples’ hearts. And then, we all gathered AGAIN to say farewell to the Sabbath together…to love each other with joy and shalom. To sing and dance before Messiah and with each other…. To share life…. To pray for our congregation…. My wife and I both were overwhelmed in silent moments when we had time just to ‘observe’ what our Creator is doing in this tiny group of people. We are so fortunate to be able to witness HIM taking two rednecks and making a fellowship that is truly one born of love and devotion to Messiah Yeshua, and NOTHING ELSE. No money, no glory for man, no selfish endeavors, no pride… FAMILY. ONENESS.  BROTHERHOOD.

Those who have left us in their fits of anger and pride, I pity them. They do not know what they are missing. Those who have ‘faded away,’ I miss them, and wish they would partake of the ‘sap’, of the richness of His compassion that is growing in these hearts. We are by no means perfect. And we do not pretend to be. I, and most of us, are bent NOT to put on airs and put up a false front of self-righteousness, pretending to be lily white in this earth: we are PEOPLE. Imperfect; seeing each other’s flaws. Offending each other at times. But always praying for each other. Forgiving each other. Knowing we are perfected before His throne by the blood of our ONE Messiah!  In spite of our imperfections, which we are not afraid to admit exist.

I truly wish more people could understand what is going on at Bat-Tzion. And appreciate HIS work in us. Too many simply dismiss us, deride us, belittle us… but ABBA…. He is indeed our DADDY. And He is binding these children together in HIS COMPASSION.

If you’re in the Houston area, join us. Especially if you used to be a part of us.

If you’re distant, join us online. If you want a fellowship of this kind, DO THE WORK. And we can make your work easier, by sharing our experiences, and our resources, spiritually as well as in the natural. Messiah truly is bringing His Bride, His Hadasah, out in the open, dangerously, for the salvation of the world.

 

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Judas Followed Yeshua Too!

But in the end, his will was NOT in line with Abba’s will.  He desired an earthly kingdom.  One he could ‘see’ with his eyeballs.

All this week I have been thinking, praying, and meditating on the vast numbers of ‘denominations’ of faith.  This is not limited to the number of denominations in Judaism only, which are many, nor only to those of xtianity, which are many more than that of Judaism, but considering all of them together.  Never mind all the many streams of paganism, humanism, and all the other philosophies of man.  But, concerning belief in the G-d of Avraham, Yitz’khak and Ya’akov, whether that belief includes Yeshua the Messiah or not, there are SO MANY approaches to faith.  It is no wonder so many people have written off faith altogether!  Or turned to paganism and humanism.  They see so many people who claim to have ‘authority’ to teach people about G-d, its overwhelming, and they conclude that no one really knows, and they take their chances by living a life absent of faith, hoping to blame G-d and/or people, should judgment day actually come.

Judgement Day will come!  And what will we do, when we stand in front of Him and tell Him ‘why’ we did what we did?  Or did not do what we did not do?  On whose auspices will we stand, and to whom will we point when we answer for every deed done, and every word spoken, and every thought thunk?

Do we even really think about that day?

I do!  I speak a lot, write a lot, and encourage and exhort people to check their faith.  And my deepest desire is simply to help others make certain that what they do in regard to the practice of their belief is actually according to His Word.  That is all.  And I know that anyone who presumes to teach on His behalf will be held to a higher level of accountability for what they taught, than someone who is only a recipient of that teaching.  So, I am constantly devouring His Word and checking what I do and what I teach others they should do against His Word, to make sure that what we do is consistent with what He told us to do [and not do].  It is indeed a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living Elohim [ and it is the Brit Khadashah scriptures [NT] that say that! ].

As I started thinking on the many, many streams of thought, I also started seeing others post things this week that prove that very idea, and that wrest authority away from the Word of G-d and give it to different groups of men, Jews AND Xtians.  And when I post something that tries to guide people back to His Word, and the PLAIN MEANING of it, someone, usually with the best of intentions and the notion that they speak on behalf of G-d Himself, tries to advise me or counsel me as to my error.  Usually, that is done with a measure of venom, having taken offense to some small word I wrote/said.  Some people who believe in the Messiah, for instance, take offense to the fact that I write xtianity versus the full, usual spelling of that moniker.  Without asking “why” I would do that, they simply charge into an attack, taking it as an offense that I would not write out the customary word for Messiah and/or His followers.  Why get offended?  Because they think I am insulting them personally, or insulting true believers in Messiah who still go by that moniker.  And there are some who do.  I realize fully that it may be off-putting for some.  But, what most people in America do not realize is that to most of the world, xtianity is Catholicism.  While I do not condemn all catholics, as many of them would condemn me, I cannot support the notion that G-d is a trinity IN ANY WAY, and that the ‘church’ has authority to MOVE HIS SABBATH, which are foundations of that faith.  The Creator Himself said, “ יהוה  IS OUR ELOHIM, יהוה  IS ONE.”  And His Son, Yeshua the Messiah, said that the greatest command was the same, “ יהוה   IS OUR ELOHIM, יהוה  IS ONE.”  And the Father kept the Sabbath, resting on the Seventh Day, and the Son kept the Sabbath, assembling in the Jewish Synagogue EVERY WEEK.  Trinity means THREE.  The constantian/catholic takeover of Messianic Faith purged ALL Jewish doctrine and custom from its NEW religion, and BEGAN to call god a ‘trinity’.  He is NOT ‘three in one.’  He is ONE, who MANIFESTS in His Son by His Ru’akh… so simple.   But, instead of asking ‘why’, many believers get offended.  I am NOT against Messiah, nor against Christians who call themselves still by that name.  I am against foul doctrine that opposes the very BASICS of scripture, wresting authority from G-d and giving it to men.  No one should be offended by that.  “GREAT SHALOM have they who love Your Torah, for nothing shall offend them.”

I am absolutely NOTHING, and not worthy at all to be called a son of G-d….  But, He has washed me, and saved me, and given me of His Ru’akh, which has taught me that His Word is to be followed above EVERY MAN.  I believe His Word and His Ru’akh [Breath/Spirit] ALWAYS agree.  And that His Torah is the foundation of ALL His Word.  Just because a person uses His Name, be it “God”, “Jevohah” , “ יהוה” , “Yeshua”, “Jesus”, “Messiah,” “Christ,” “Christian”, or any other appellation referring to our Manifest Creator and/or His Son, that does NOT mean that I am to bow to them and give obeisance.  And for me, that is especially true if they kill anyone in order to get others to follow them, which is what Catholicism/Christianity has done for centuries.  Protestants think they are exempt from that accusation, but refuse to admit that their ‘founders’, namely Calvin, Luther, et al, were as much murderers of the innocent as were the popes.  ANY doctrine that has to be enforced with MURDER is NOT Messiah!  His doctrine is enforced with SELF sacrifice.  Yeshua said it, “It is not everyone who merely says to me, ‘My Adon, my Adon,’  [My Lord, My Lord] who will enter into Malkhut HaShamayim [The Kingdom of Heaven], but he who does the will of Avi [My Father]….”  So, in regard to the moniker ‘xtian’, the word was a pejorative given to greek believers by unbelievers as an insult.  But, it has been transformed into a badge of honor [which was originally a good idea, given by Kefa/Peter for those who suffered being insulted as a ‘kristianay’ in Antioch] for those who support the constantinian, greek perversion of the faith.  And it WAS a perversion!  For me, also, I disagree with greek primacy in regard to origins of Brit Khadashah texts.  Others disagree, thinking myself and others are mere renegades.  But, I prefer to call Him “Messiah,” and myself “Messianic”, an emulator of Messiah.  Messiah is untouched by greek, coming straight into English from Hebrew.

Disagree if you will, but don’t presume to instruct me/advise me on what to do, say, write, in regard to conveying the message that I am compelled by His Word to give, which is “Come OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE.  Who is “She?”  The Great Harlot.  She is the mixture of some of the truth of Messiah with the religious practices of this world.  I have ZERO DOUBT that The Creator is calling TRUE BELIEVERS OUT of “her,” and calling them BACK to the ROOT, Yeshua, the JEWISH Messiah, who kept the Sabbath and deferred ALL GLORY to His Father.  “She” has practically forgotten the Father, or claims to be His ‘queen,’, telling Him what to do, much like Izavel bossed Akhav [Ahab] around.  [Interestingly, “Akhav” means ‘brother is Father.’  Coincidence?  I think not].  “If someone takes offense to the notion that true believers must leave behind manmade xtianity, I trust that Abba will continue to speak TRUTH to them in regard to the error they follow.  That is not condemnation; that is declaration.  A message I am compelled to declare, in spite of being so ‘singular’ in the effort.  And while the number of those offended who do eventually turn anyway is small, it has indeed happened.  In fact, some of those who are offended by me the most and lashed out the worst have been the FIRST to examine themselves and see their own error, and TURN.  The TRUTH is indeed offensive against manmade doctrine.  Always has been, and always will be.  Yeshua told His followers to EXPECT people to lash out.  “Come OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE  has been the call given to me, a message for His congregation in these last days.  We are in the last of the last of the last days.  There is NO TIME to equivocate and coddle people, and tickle their itching ears.

So, whom do we follow?  Given that there are SO MANY who presume to teach.  They have crowns on their heads, robes, degrees on the wall, lofty words, Socratic logic, hermeneutics, homiletics, religious pedigree, miracles, high hair, silk suits, jet planes, palaces, mansions, limousines, bank accounts, mammoth sanctuaries, pearly teeth, beautiful smiles, benevolent deeds, success…. Are these the things we are to look for? NO!  “Each tree is known by its FRUIT.”  And we FOLLOW MESSIAH!  I do not, nor have I ever, wanted “followers”… but only BROTHERS who will decide to walk WITH me/us.  NOT ‘behind’ me.  Not in ‘my’ line.  But BESIDE me, to correct me, and help me see Messiah Yeshua and His Way more clearly.  And this what I desire to do for my brothers.

As I said at the start.  Judas followed Messiah.  Many in the Brit Khadashah ‘followed’ Messiah who were yet rejected by Kefa, Sha’ul, Ya’akov and Yokhanan, and all the Shlikhim.  They all warned all of us of ‘false christians,’ false teachers, false prophets.  Yeshua warned about them.  Do not follow ANY man.  “Who is Kefa?  Who is Apollos?  Who is Sha’ul?”  NOBODY in regard to our Salvation.  And their teaching deserved SCRUTINY against the Scriptures, as the Bereans gave it.  NO ONE deserves any less than that, especially today.

So, what to do? Come along side someone who admits he himself is still learning, and learn WITH them.  “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”  Most ‘teachers’ today are themselves unteachable.  They think that they have made it, and are in need of nothing.

The time is indeed SHORT.  Shorter than ever.  The ‘signs’ Yeshua and His Followers gave us are RAMPANT upon us these days.  It is NOT good to be caught up in bad doctrine.  It is not good to be content with the status quo, to stay with pack, to follow a multitude into error.  To commit harlotry with/as the great harlot AND her daughters.  Abba and His Son Messiah Yeshua indeed CRY OUT, “COME OUT OF HER…”   “Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the road which leads to Abadon, and many are those who travel on it.  O how narrow is the gate, and how difficult is the road which leads to life, and few are those who are found on it.”  I LOVE His people!  I desire to walk WITH EVERYONE who follows Yeshua!  But, NOT if that means returning to error!  I will go it alone first.   If I am alone in His footsteps, I am content.

 

What’s the DIFF?

Recently, I’ve had several comments and questions concerning the difference between the first covenant and the renewed covenant. I tried to have a civil fb conversation with a xtian about the subject, but it quickly turned to their insulting me and accusing me, condemning me to hell. That’s not unusual, either.

By now, I’ve accepted that wider xtianity is not going to converse with us beyond the very very milk of The Word. Not with civility… The accusation is that we are either ‘unorthodox’ or ‘heretical.’ The truth is, catholic/constantinian xtianity and its daughters are unorthodox and heretical against scripture! And we do NOT condemn the people who are within her boundaries, who actually DO trust in Yeshua, the SON of G-d; but we do call out to them, as did Messiah, saying “Come out of HER, MY people.” Believers have long trusted the leaders who spin lofty arguments to create new doctrine, the same as they rightly accuse the Jewish Sages of doing. The beautiful thing is that Abba is merciful to us within our error. But right now, He is definitely calling out for us to “Hear,” and “Do,” and have nothing to do with mixture religion, to come out from under the doctrines of corrupt man. That was his message to Yisra’el’s religious people, and that is His message to us today. He reiterated it in the letters to the seven Aramaean congregations in the Hitgalut. [ He addressed “Nicolaitans,” or ‘controllers of the people,’ or ‘Clergy v. Laity’; Jezebel, or false prophecy and mixing the faith of G-d with Ba’al, committing spiritual harlotry against Him; the Synagogue of Satan, which is people claiming Jewishness based on personal torah-keeping and/or DNA/Identity religion; and more ]

In the drash from this previous Shabbat, I address the difference between the offerings offered in the original covenant, and that of Yeshua offering Himself for us. What is the difference between the forgiveness that the Jewish people DID receive when they made an offering of a lamb, a goat, or a bull, and the forgiveness that we as believers receive by trusting in the offering of Messiah in His blood? Most people truly do NOT understand this. There is indeed a difference.

The covenant was not obliterated, but ‘renewed.’ It was indeed for the Jewish people FIRST, and then also for the Goyim [all the other nations], because, after having been offered to ALL of Yisra’el through the Shlikhim [apostles]. Yeshua instituted the renewed covenant BEFORE He shed His blood! He kept His part of the agreement by shedding it, and they kept their part of the agreement by TRUSTING in Him for “Salvation” through the blood He shed. Those first believers, ALL JEWS, trusted in Yeshua and kept the Torah HIS WAY through HIS POWER. They rejected the doctrines of MEN [Rabbinic/Talmudic doctrine that went beyond Torah, AND later doctrines brought into the Messianic community by greeks!]. They taught the TORAH [WORD/SCRIPTURE] to GENTILE believers. They gave them the rites of Yisra’el through which to worship Elohim and His Son, Yeshua. They kept the Sabbath and the yearly feasts of G-d. CHECK THE WORD! Forgiveness did NOT mean “go and sin all you want,” but, “GO AND SIN NO MORE.” Sin IS the breaking of Torah. [1Jo 3:4] Breaking the Sabbath is STILL sin. That is NOT condemnation; that is declaration.

Understanding the difference between the forgiveness our Jewish people received and that which we all receive through Yeshua is life changing. At least one person who heard the drash [linked below] experienced it this Shabbat, Hallelu Yah. I hope more did, who just have not communicated it to me. THIS is why I strive each week to ‘hear’ G-d and ‘do’ what HE says. My words herein are not perfect, I misspoke a couple of times, maybe more; but Abba DID communicate through these words what HE was trying to say. “Let he who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Ru’akh is saying to the Congregation.”

The drash starts at 1:11:30; we sing a lot of original music starting at about 13:30.

Be blessed! B’shem Yeshua.

Paul was a liar!

If we listen to modern translations and interpretations of his letters, then this Jewish teacher, a former Rabbi of the highest order, lied to the world.

He told us that the carnal, or natural mind is ENMITY [hatred, opposition] against G-d. [Rom 8:6]  And immediately after he writes, “for it [the carnal mind] is not subject to the TORAH of God”.

What theologians do is tell us that ‘this’ “law” of G-d is NOT the ‘torah,’ when anyone cites this verse.  They say THIS ‘law’ is the spiritual law of G-d, not the Torah given to Moshe…

But, when we cite the previous verses, a mere three verses before this one, and ask, was Sha’ul [Paul] also writing about a ‘spiritual law’ in verse 3, when he writes, ‘the Torah [nomos in greek, law in English] was weak because of the flesh’?  they say no.  If not, which is what EVERY Bible teacher teaches, then when did the gears shift off of THAT ‘law’ and onto this esoteric, unwritten law in verse 6, that is also good?  One HAS to assume that the ‘law’ of verse 6 is good, because the FLESH, natural man, opposes that law… but the Twister crowd wants us to believe that this is another ‘law’ entirely, apart from the Torah of Moshe.  They stubbornly will not cede that it might be speaking indeed about the SAME law that the author was describing in verse 3.  Clearly, this Jewish, former Rabbi was writing about the Torah.  In. Both. Verses.

Can you say ‘gymnastics’?  This is indeed the TWISTING of Sha’ul’s letters that Kefa [Peter] warns us about.

Those who cannot accept the goodness of the Torah are in opposition to GOD.  GOD wrote the commandments, ALL of them.  And some of them He wrote with His own finger into earthly stone.  Right in front of Moshe.  One of those is “Remember the Sabbath,” the SEVENTH Day on which God rested Himself.  Not to accept that command is a matter of living in the FLESH…. OPPOSING the Torah of God.  The Ru’akh, the power and inspiration of the Torah, and indeed the WHOLE Word of God, wrote the fourth commandment.  And, His Word is immutable, for eternity!   In just the previous chapter, Sha’ul had said, “The Torah IS RU’AKH”, [of the spirit].  [7:14]

It is the CARNAL MIND that cannot accept the Sabbath, and the rest of His instructions for mankind.  Flesh resists TRUTH.

 

A Brit in a Renewed Brit

Just because I am of 70% British stock…I do NOT think the word “Brit,” meaning a person of British origin, is of the “covenant” people [Jews, children of Avraham in the flesh], simply because ‘brit’ looks like ‘brit,’  though it is pronounced ‘breet’ in Hebrew, meaning ‘a covenant ratified in blood’.  This is just one of many lies told by people who are guided by their flesh and not by His Ru’akh [Breath, Voice, ‘spirit’].

So many people misunderstand the ‘brit’ in its simplest form, and then so many more twist words to make it fit into their desired outcome/definition. This is an old fb post I made that a dear friend reposted today.  Perhaps someone needs the brevity and clarity it offers:

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Covenant?
Posted for a christian friend:

The ‘Torah’ isn’t the covenant.
The Torah is the ‘instructions;’ the covenant is the AGREEMENT that Yisra’el would FOLLOW the instructions of G-d. Because Yisra’el did NOT follow the instructions, THEY broke the AGREEMENT.
So, Messiah Yeshua came to REINFORCE the instructions, CLARIFY them, remove MANMADE ‘instructions’ that erred against the Torah, and RENEW the AGREEMENT [covenant] between G-d and Yisra’el. This ‘agreement’ was ratified ONCE in HIS OWN BLOOD, instead of having to be ‘re-ratified’ every year on Yom Kippur. The AGREEMENT did not change! The RATIFICATION of it did, doing away with the old ‘ministry’ [Priesthood], establishing Yeshua as the new Kohen Gadol =[High Priest] of the renewed AGREEMENT, once and for all atoning for the sins of those who enter into the Agreement [COVENANT] to FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTIONS: TORAH.
Sin is still sin, and Yokhanan defines sin as BREAKING TORAH.
I John 3:4
Anyone who sins BREAKS TORAH, for sin IS BREAKING TORAH.. [a-nomos in greek means ‘outside of Torah’]. Anyone who DOES NOT FOLLOW the COMMANDMENTS / INSTRUCTIONS of G-d DOES NOT BELONG TO MESSIAH. Unless they ‘try’ to follow Him but their teachers deceive them. Which is sadly the state of many true believers. But, G-d is calling out HIS PEOPLE from that great deception.
“If you love ME, you WILL keep my commandments.”
Do not expect that I have come to weaken the Torah or the prophets; I have not come to weaken it, but to CONFIRM 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 [torah commandments], and teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small in the Kingdom of Heaven; but anyone who OBSERVES and TEACHES them [Torah Commandments], he shall be regarded as great in the Kingdom of Heaven.