Truth — 10/09/2021
A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More
This is Part 6 of Part 6 of our study on A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More. If you missed Part 1, click HERE, if you missed Part 2, click HERE, if you missed Part 3, click HERE., if you missed Part 4, click HERE, if you missed Part 5, click HERE.
YOU HAVE HEARD IT SAID
We have all been taught and have heard taught that we are not to “swear” because the Bible teaches us this. What we want to do at this point is take a look at this more closely to see if in fact we are commanded not to swear. I believe you will be surprised as I was when I learned this recently.
We will first start off by looking at Matthew 5:33-37 “33 Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I (Yeshua) say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (NKJV) [Emphasis mine.]
As we can see here the “Greek Jesus” was very clearly saying not to make vows but only to say “yes” or “no.”
Before we can dive in here, it will be necessary to lay a foundation so it will all come together at the end and make sense.
We will start my taking a look at Exodus 3:15 where it is written “And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD (יהוה [Yahweh]) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me (Moses) unto you (Israel): this is My Name for ever, and this is My Memorial unto all generations.” (KJV, Emphasis mine.)
As we see here in this verse the King James translation has LORD where it should have been translated as יהוה or Yahweh. I understand there are other variations of the spelling and pronunciation of our Heavenly Father’s Name and we will not get into this here. I have learned that He has given us what He wants us to call Him by. Thus, He honors all these variations by which we are addressing Him. So, we need not get all hung-up in how we write His Name nor how we pronounce His Name. There is coming a day in which He will give us a pure tongue (language) so that we will be able to speak His Name correctly. Until then, we are to do the best we know how until Messiah comes.
When we say “Lord, God, Master” or any of His other “titles,” we are not speaking His Name, but rather one of His titles. Even in Orthodox Judaism and in some Messianic Jewish groups they will not speak His Name even though the Hebrew text clearly has יהוה, they will say Adonai which translated is Mighty One or Lord. How sad! This brings to mind Jeremiah 5:21 “Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not:” (KJV) We cannot point our finger only toward the Jewish people because if we look closely, we will see there are three fingers pointing back at us. Those of us who do not use His Name are just as guilty as the Orthodox Jews and some Messianic Jewish groups are. We need to be speaking His Name more, not less. If your Bible translation has “LORD” or “GOD” replace it with Yahweh. A good study Bible will tell you up front that they have chosen to use LORD and GOD in place of using His Name. It baffles me why they have done this. There are many today who are using His Name to try to restore what has been lost for many years. It is time we get back to His basics of doing things His Way and not our own way.
Have you even thought about the part in Exodus 3:15 where it says “My Memorial unto all generations?” On the surface it sounds like it is saying that Yahweh is dead that He has a “memorial!” This is what we “think” of when we hear the term “memorial.” The Hebrew word for memorial is usually translated zeker (Strong’s #H2143). This word comes from the root of zakar (Strong’s #H2142) which actually has a broader meaning than simply “memorial.” It means “to refer to something” either with the mind (“remember/memorial”) or with the mouth (“mention”). The same exact root appears in Exodus 23:13, which says, “...make no mention (zakar – Strong’s #H2142) of the name of other mighty ones (gods), let it not be heard from your mouth.” (KJV, Emphasis mine.) In Exodus 3:15 it really says “this is My Name for ever, this is my mention, from generation to generation.” This means we are “required” by Scripture to mention Him by His eternal Name Yahweh! This fits with the “explicit commandment” to swear by the Name Yahweh. For example: In Deuteronomy 6:13 it is written “You shall fear the LORD (Yahweh) your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths (swear--shaba Strong’s #H7650) in His Name.” (NKJV, Emphasis mine.) This is a clear and explicit commandment to make oaths in the Name of Yahweh. Similarly, in Deuteronomy 10:20 “Thou shalt fear the LORD (Yahweh) thy God; Him shalt thou serve; and to Him shalt thou cleave, and by His name shalt thou swear.” (KJV, Emphasis mine.)
The practice of swearing in the Name of Yahweh is something seen throughout the Tanach/Old Covenant/Testament. For example, in 1 Kings 2:23 we read where King Solomon vows by invoking the Name of Yahweh “Then king Solomon swore (made a vow/oath) by the LORD (Yahweh), saying: God do so to me, and more also…” (KJV, Emphasis mine.) He is basically laying a curse upon himself that Yahweh shall punish him in such and such a way that IF he is lying or does not fulfill the terms of his vow to Yahweh, Yahweh has legal right to curse him. In 1 Samuel 20:3 we find David making a vow “…as יהוה (Yahweh) lives…” (The Scriptures Translation) There is actually a very important end-time prophecy in Jeremiah 12:16 related to the vow formula we are looking at here—“As Yahweh lives…”
“And it shall be, if they learn well the ways of My people, to swear by My Name, ‘As יהוה (Yahweh) lives,’ as they taught My people to swear by Baʽal (a Phoenician deity), then they shall be established in the midst of My people.” (The Scriptures Translation, Emphasis mine.)
This prophecy is speaking to the Gentiles and not to Israelites which is very interesting. It is directed at those Gentiles who taught Israel to swear by Baʽal. If these Gentiles will learn to swear “As Yahweh lives” then they will become a part of the covenant nation of Israel. Obviously this has not happened yet. At this point in time most Israelites have forgotten how to swear “As Yahweh lives” and I am not aware of many people who do swear. I know I have heard sermons in Church where we were taught “not” to swear at all much less by His Name. This is a promise that in the end of days the Gentiles will learn to swear in the Name of Yahweh and through this they will be built into Israel.
In the Greek version of Matthew 5:33-37 the way it is written, Yeshua did away with swearing, even saying that he who swears was of “the evil one.” If this is really what Yeshua/Jesus was saying, then He would not only be annulling Torah but He would be delaying the fulfillment of the end of days prophecy in Jeremiah.
Now, when we look at the Hebrew version of Matthew 5:33-37, we will find a small difference but it is the difference between night and day. In the Hebrew version of Matthew, it says:
“33 Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I (Yeshua) say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (NKJV) [Emphasis mine.]
What Yeshua is saying in the Hebrew is not to swear falsely! The Torah/Law had said in Leviticus 19:12 not to swear falsely in the Name of Yahweh. It seems that some Pharisees took this as permission to swear falsely as long as the Name of Yahweh was not used. The strange doctrine/teaching was based on an over-literalization of Leviticus 19:12, “you shall not swear falsely by My Name.” The Pharisees took this to mean that as long as you do not swear by the Name of Yahweh, you are free to swear falsely. Yeshua protests that it is forbidden to swear falsely by anything. It does not matter if the vow is “by Yahweh” or “ by Jerusalem.” Any vow “by anything” is binding, period. If you say, yes, I swear to do such and such, no matter what you vowed by, you must keep your word. I remember growing up and being taught that if I make a promise/vow, I must keep it. My word was my integrity. I was taught this at a young age. If I swore something, I must keep my word. I have witnessed some people making vows and never fulfilling their vow. Thus, their “word” is empty and without meaning. It also reflects upon “who” they are as a person. Can you rely on what they say? So, if you vow something like “I swear not to do such and such,” you are obligated to stand by your word. Period!
Yeshua ends His exhortation with a paraphrase of Deuteronomy 4:2 which says not to add to the Torah: “Anything added to this is evil.” Yeshua/Jesus is reaffirming for us this basic Torah principle to silence anyone who might “think” he is adding to the Torah. The fact that He includes swearing falsely by anything in the prohibition “You shall not swear falsely by My Name” (Leviticus 19:12) is not intended as an addition to the Torah. Instead, He is simply bringing out the underlying principle of the Torah commandment which is to prohibit false vows of any kind, not just those made in the Name of Yahweh. Yeshua reiterates the prohibition not to add to the Torah/Law nor would He ever do that because anything added to the Torah is evil! Unfortunately, this is happening in our Churches today and those doing this will have to answer to the Great I AM for what they have done. So, we can see there is a big difference in the way the Greek Matthew reads verses the Hebrew version of Matthew. For me, I have to wonder about all the other New Covenant/Testament text we have. I have not heard of nor come across other Hebrew text for any of the other New Covenant/Testament writings. We will have to do the best we can with what we currently have until Messiah Yeshua comes.
Nehemia was asked if there are any writings to back up where the Pharisees could make a vow and not keep it as long as they did not make the vow using the phrase “As Yahweh lives.” He checked and did not find anything. However, when he looked at the Hebrew Matthew, he found his answer. Interesting!!!
Hebrew Matthew 23:16-20 reads “16Woe to you, you blind chairs, who say that he who swears by the sanctuary is not obligated but he who vows by anything that is sanctified to the sanctuary building is obligated to pay. 17Mad men and blind men! Which is greater, the sanctuary or the thing which is sanctified to the sanctuary? 18And [you say] he who vows by the altar is not obligated but he who vows to bring a sacrifice must give it. 19Which is greater, the sacrifice or the altar? The sanctuary or the sacrifice? 20He who swears by the altar swears by it and by all that is in it.”
All throughout these verses Yeshua is speaking to the Pharisees. Earlier He had said that they sit in the seat of Moses and now He calls them in the Hebrew “you blind chairs;” they sit in the seat or “chair” of Moses but they are proverbially blind. Then Yeshua/Jesus criticizes them for saying that if a person swears “by the sanctuary” or “by the altar” he is not bound by this oath. This is exactly the view that Yeshua is speaking in Matthew 5:33-37 when He says not to swear falsely by anything not even “by Jerusalem.” What is significant about Matthew 23:16-20 is that the Hebrew and Greek are not substantially different. In both texts Yeshua says that oaths and vows are binding no matter what they are made by. He gives no hint that He is against making vows nor does He indicate that a person who swears “by the sanctuary” or vows “by the altar” is of “the evil one.” On the contrary, in both Hebrew and Greek, Yeshua upholds the principle behind the prohibition not to swear falsely in the Name of Yahweh, which is really a prohibition against any false oath. Here again the Hebrew Yeshua was trying to return the people to the Torah after the Pharisees led them astray.
If Yeshua were here today, He would do the very same thing to those in the Church. All too many good pastors are not reading and teaching His Word in context nor are they doing their homework to make sure they are teaching His Word correctly according to the best text we have. This is why it is so important for us to be diligent to study His Word for ourselves because we are ultimately responsible for what we think, believe and do. Our actions are directly linked to what we believe.
I hope this study of our Father’s Word is helpful in learning a little bit more of what He really meant for us to learn. I hope everyone who reads this study will take to heart His Word more seriously and apply His Word to your daily life as He gives you breath.
Yahweh (יהוה – He who exists) will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection; Yahweh (יהוה – He who exists) will illuminate the wholeness of His being toward you bringing order and He will provide you with love, sustenance, and friendship; Yahweh (יהוה – He who exists) will lift up wholeness of being and look upon you and He will set in place all you need to be, whole and complete. (Numbers 6:23-26)
This concludes our study of Part 6 of Part 6 on A Study of Matthew 23:2-3 And More.
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I am One Crying In The Wilderness!
Eddie Rogers, Minister, D.D.
September 20 — October 5, 2021
Deuteronomy 23 – Joshua 4 & 2 Corinthians 12 — Philippians 2
Shalom Dearly Beloved! We arrived back at our temporary house SAFELY. Thank You ABBA FATHER for Your hedge of protection! This has been the most AWEsome 2 weeks, away at our FATHER’s Feast of SUKKOT!! ABBA Father’s FEAST of SUKKOT, Tabernacles, Booths (Mangers, when most likely MESSIAH was born) was our VERY BEST EVER! If I may ask: Why the title, “DIRT BAG”? As a handful of us sat under a shade tree and visited with Lion & Lamb Ministry Founder Monte Judah, who was in the NAVY during the same years I was in the Air Force, he explained his NAVY specialty of troubleshooting and repairing McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom fighter jet radar. The particular radar, in this case, tested good on the workbench; but, it needed to be tested in the aircraft — IN ACTION. He, an enlisted Sailor, was ordered to take the back seat of an F-4, fly with the pilot (who was in the front seat) and troubleshoot this piece of equipment. The “TOP GUN,” the BEST fighter pilot, did not want him. Monte was assigned to fly with the WORST fighter pilot — “DIRT BAG.” In flight, in the course of tweaking the radar, “DIRT BAG” got in a “dog fight” with “TOP GUN.” Monte knew this radar inside-and-out, had read and virtually memorized the manual and knew all the FEATURES of it, by which he locked in on (not only TOP GUN but) first TOP GUN’s wing man, and ultimately taking out both TOP GUN AND his wing man!! Back on the aircraft carrier, the hoopla was ENORMOUS and the fact remains — Monte knew the equipment better than many of the Commissioned Officer Navigators, who asked Monte many questions – such as, “HOW DID YOU DO THAT?” In my humble opinion, Monte is no dirt bag. He is not the President of the United States, nor the Commander of the US NAVY; BUT, he is TOP GUN in my opinion! This was only a snippet of the GRANDEUR of 2021 SUKKOT with LION & LAMB Ministries. I came away with my “radar” of coming events TWEAKED with BIBLICAL INSTRUCTIONS for the rapidly approaching DOG FIGHT AHEAD.
For the past two weeks, I have been away from my desk; and yet, my DAILY BIBLE READING, in consecutive order, as-it-is-written, has continued. On Tuesday September 28, 2021, my chapters were Deuteronomy 31 and Ephesians 1, which whispered to me who i am in the midst of Israel:
Deuteronomy 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger [this “stranger” is me! And possibly you] that is within thy [Israel’s] gates, that they [ALL People of ALL nations upon this globe] may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law [“law” H8451 TORAH, the 5 books written by Moses!]:
Deu 31:13 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
Deu 31:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thy days approach that thou must die: call Joshua, and present yourselves in the tabernacle of the congregation, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tabernacle of the congregation.
Deu 31:15 And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.
Deu 31:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers [of whom i was until I Repented, Reconciled and am currently en route for my Return to HIM Whom i departed from in rebellion as spoken of me in Luke 15 and Ecclesiastes 12:7 — The 3 - Rs] of the land [in which you and I are currently dwelling temporarily], whither they go to be among them, and will forsake ME, and break MY Covenant which I have made with them.
On Thursday September 30, 2021, Deuteronomy 33 spoke to me:
Deuteronomy 33:14 And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
“precious things put forth by the moon” ? What, pray tell, do we receive from the moon that is so “precious”? If we receive an invitation to be special guests at a very special banquet — do we respond affirmatively; or, do we say that we have better things to do?? Genesis 1:14 tells us that the moon is our SIGNAL for The LORD’s APPOINTED TIMES; and, it is up to us to R.S.V.P. !
It is my understanding that lunar eclipses are SIGNALS to ISRAEL and solar eclipses are SIGNALS to the other 70 nations. On this basis, I wrote the following account in 2017:
August 22, 2017
Judges & Hebrews
You are invited to the WEDDING. On August 21, 2017, at the edge of the solar eclipse’s totality — the bright diamond gem gleamed brightly on the engagement ring which has been offered to me and all who are in love with Yeshua—and I said— “I do.” For Israel, this is the offer to re-new her wedding vows with YeHoVaH, Her HUSBAND. Israel is the Mother — the Elect Lady — of our Jewish Messiah, YESHUA. YESHUA is my Bridegroom and I am HIS Bride — formally engaged on August 21, 2017. Soon, YESHUA’s FATHER (and mine) will be my Father-in-law… FATHER-in Law… FATHER-in-LAW.
My FATHER-in-LAW… what is that? “Law” was translated from the Hebrew Word, “TORAH.” TORAH is our wedding Ketubah, our prenuptial wedding agreement, our instructions for LIFE in HOLY matrimony. Now is the time for purification. Now is the time to fill my lamp with oil. Now is the time to awake, wash my eternal spirit in the Word-of-GOD, and now is the time to be ready for the shout of the BRIDEGROOM!
YeHoVaH (my soon-to-be Father-in-Law) IS adding HIS blessing to the reading of HIS entire HOLY BIBLE. Amen.
1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
Apostle Paul is speaking, as though we know:
Tekiah — One long blast CALL TO ATTENTION
Shevraim — Three medium length blasts CALL TO WORSHIP
Teruah — Nine short staccato blasts CALL TO MOVE THE CAMP &/or CALL TO WAR
Tekiah Gedolah — One extra long blast CALL TO PEACE – SHALOM
It is NOT our calling to remain DIRT BAGS; BUT, to learn and memorize the entire BIBLICAL INSTRUCTION MANUAL in order to be TOP GUNS in-the-air:
(which I read on Sunday October 3, 2021)
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
You are invited to our FATHER’s next SUKKOT — Wedding Rehearsal. The Mother of The BRIDEGROOM will be there! The BRIDE will be there! I will be there! I hope you will be there TOO ! Because:
YHVH IS adding HIS blessing to the reading and even memorizing HIS Instruction Manual — HIS entire Holy Bible. B’shem Yeshua. Aw-mane’
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
October 6, 2021
Joshua 5 Philippians 3
Joshua is, indeed, directing our attention to our “schoolmaster” (TORAH, as Apostle Paul reminds us of our “schoolmaster” in Galatians 3:24); and, as little children, when we had “show-n-tell” in first grade, Joshua is SHOWING us “BOLD HUMILITY”:
Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn [read that 9mm GLOCK!] in his hand: and Joshua went unto him [hey folks, that’s BOLD!], and said unto him [while lOOking into the business end of a deadly weapon], Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
Joshua 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship [that’s HUMILITY!], and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
Joshua 5:15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot [what’s that shoe removal all about?]; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
The difference between self-defense and violation-of-the- law is a hair-trigger fine-line! I am still sorting through the pros and cons of these things and I suppose influence during my youth is my biggest obstacle: I grew up with shoot first, ask questions later John Wayne western movies and a few years ago, in a novelty shop, I saw a roll of John Wayne toilet paper with this print on the wrapper: “It’s rough It’s tough and it doesn’t take s**t of anyone” (in Philippians 3:8, Paul says “dung” — same-o-same-o :o). Today, in the face of a gunslinger/switchblade wielder — how bold am I? How humble am I?? What’s the difference??? I was once fingerprinted, vetted, and issued a concealed pistol carry permit; and yet, I was always reluctant to carry because I do not think fast enough on-my-feet. “On-my-feet”? What’s that bit about “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot” ? The first mention is:
Deuteronomy 25:9 Then shall his brother's wife come unto him in the presence of the elders, and loose his shoe from off his foot, and spit in his face, and shall answer and say, So shall it be done unto that man that will not build up his brother's house.
This is mentioned again in Joshua 5 (as we have already mentioned) and then we see this again in Ruth:
Ruth 4:7 Now this was the manner in former time in Israel concerning redeeming and concerning changing [H8545 exchanging], for to confirm all things; a man plucked off his shoe, and gave it to his neighbour: and this was a testimony in Israel.
Ruth 4:8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.
Was this done away with, during the “silent years” between the Malachi papers and Matthew? lOOkie, into the NEW Testament:
John 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John 1:27 HE it is, Who coming after me is preferred before me, Whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
Do you see the lacing that threads its WAY from TORAH through the NEW Testament, declaring to us the END from the BEGINNING ?! (Isaiah 46:8-10!)
Isaiah 46:8 Remember this, and shew yourselves men: bring it again to mind, O ye transgressors.
Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like ME,
Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, MY counsel shall stand, and I will do all MY pleasure:
But, no. NEW AGE religion has come up with the silliest LAWS of their own making, as they TOOT-SCOOT—and BOOGIE into their own pew — never removing their shoes, never coming boldly to The THRONE in humility and obedience of HIS LAW/TORAH and i wonder, shall i pull the trigger OR approach mystery-man, who has the weapon, boldly and take off my shoes, as did mighty warrior Joshua? Milquetoast OR warrior?? These thoughts are tumbling in my mind as clean laundry in the dryer and my task is now to neatly fold and organize. Our Apostle Paul is helping me to think:
Philippians 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead [WHOA! Screech – STOP. “the dead”? can a rock die? Only something living can die, right? This gets deep as we drill down and plant the seed. John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. That’s an ALL-DAY-LOLLIPOP to taste and savor the actual FLAVOR! Joshua approached the man with the drawn sword FULLY PREPARED to die! Do i?].
Philippians 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after [who and what?? False prophets and Bovine Scatology laws of their own making OR the LAWS/TORAH/INSTRUCTIONS for LIFE given to us throughout the ENTIRE Holy Bible??], if that I may apprehend [take eagerly, possess, attain, obtain] that for which also I am apprehended [taken easily, possessed, attained, obtained] of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13 Brethren [and Sisters], I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things [as Rabbi Shaul formerly apprehended/arrested and brutalized MESSIANIC Believers and as in my drunken young adult life, wherein, on two different occasions with two different men, in a drunken fit of rage I beat them so badly that i prayed, each time, for days, that they would not die!! As Apostle Paul had his “Damascus road” experience, so did i. The ALMIGHTY saved the life of those two men and gave me a new lease on LIFE!!! Hence, those things] which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
BOLD HUMILITY, is not always easy; but, The HIGH CALLING. i have not arrived; and yet, my short sojourn on this created battle field is drawing to “the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” i’m still a coward WITHOUT HIM. That “coward” in me is what eagerly pulls the trigger in fear. It IS MASHIYACH YESHUA Christ Jesus within me that removes my shoes, approaches boldly, and causes me to fall on my face to the earth, and worship. Will I take a weapon on The GREATOR Exodus (the coming Exodus will be so GREAT that the departure out of Egypt will no longer be the buzz Word, per Jeremiah 23:7-8 see The GREATER Exodus book.)
O! FATHER!! Thank YOU for breathing into me YOUR image that died in Adam the very day he violated YOU and is only restored in us by the Second Adam YESHUA Who IS in YOUR image. Thank YOU, PAPA. Ken Todah B’shem YESHUA.
YeHoVaH IS adding HIS blessing to the SHEMA of HIS entire Holy Bible.
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
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October 7, 2021
Joshua 6 Philippians 4
Joshua 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark
seven trumpets of rams' horns:
and the seventh day
ye shall compass the city seven times,
and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.
When multiplying 7 x 7 x 7th x 7 exponentially, we have yet to account for the number of my errors; and, once again, I have errored *.
If "errored" is not a valid word, then how should I say:
The program errored at line 44
I guess I could say:
The program threw an error at line 44
But why is "errored" wrong? Is there a better alternative?
All that to say that I love you and want only to speak The TRUTH. Sometimes I am influenced by theologians and ALWAYS, I need to do my “homework.” Case in point:
A year or two ago, I heard a sermon about “Rahab the harlot” and it was stated emphatically that she was not necessarily a prostitute but more likely a chaste INN KEEPER, especially considering that Rahab became an ancestor of our MESSIAH and I climbed aboard that train-of-thought and even sent out a devotional emphasizing Rahab’s chastity. If, perchance, I influenced anyone erroneously — I apologize and ask your forgiveness, as well as your admonition when I error. This morning, as I read Joshua chapter 6 verse 17 (in the KJV):
Joshua 6:17 And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot* shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.
If credit is due, I give it to The HOLY SPIRIT for inspiring me to actually lOOk up what the WORD “harlot” was translated from and this is what I found:
H2181 (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)
A primitive root (highly fed and therefore wanton); to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple forniciation, rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah): - (cause to) commit fornication, X continually, X great, (be an, play the) harlot, (cause to be, play the) whore, (commit, fall to) whoredom, (cause to) go a-whoring, whorish.
WOW ! That spun me on my heel! Maybe this leads me to another error!! It is my understanding that one of the two spies, whom Rahab hid under the flax upon the roof, namely Salmon, married Rahab, per:
He was the son of Nahshon, married "Rachab" of Matthew 1:5 (possibly Rahab, of Jericho), and Boaz (or Booz) was their son. Thus, according to the biblical genealogies, Salmon is the patrilineal great-great-grandfather of David. Salmon is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 2:10–11, Ruth 4:20,21, Matthew 1:4–5 and Luke 3:32. Nahshon was one of the Israelite leaders present with Moses during the exodus from Egypt who undertook a "census of all the congregation of the children of Israel" and therefore Salmon would probably have been a contemporary of Joshua and part of the generation of Israelites who entered the promised land.
Rahab's marriage to Salmon is not mentioned in the account of her hiding Joshua's messengers sent out to spy out Jericho, although the narrative regarding her role concludes that "she dwells in Israel to this day".
As i sat at the feet of The ALMIGHTY this morning with HIS written WORD in my lap, realizing that very possibly i had errored again — a peace that passeth all understanding came upon me.
ABBA PAPA YHVH loves the vilest — even the likes of me! HE only asks that we listen to HIM and obey what HE says for us to do, even as Rahab did exactly as she was told by GOD’s ISRAELI People — AND — my MESSIAH is an ISRAELI!! Of the lineage of a spy, a harlot, and The ALMIGHTY!!! If anything ever gave me HOPE — this DOES! And the old hymn is echoing in the corridors of my mind:
Oh, come to The FATHER, through Jesus the Son, And give HIM the glory; great things HE hath done.
In closing, Apostle Paul speaks for us (and Epaphroditus penned what Paul said):
Philippians 4:20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.
Philippians 4:22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.
Philippians 4:23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. To the Philippians written from Rome, by Epaphroditus.
As global chaos is escalating and “The GREATER Exodus” is nigh at hand, i am most grateful for the eternal mercy and grace of our GOD Who bears with HIS Children who love HIM and are making every effort to DELIGHT HIM, even as David, another ancestor of our MESSIAH :o))) HalleluYAH!!! (Praise GOD!)
YHVH IS adding HIS blessing to the SHEMA* of HIS entire Holy Bible. AW-mane’
Shema (Hear & Obey) YeHoVaH's instructions for Yeshua is coming soon. Read ALL YeHoVaH'S BOOK!
What is the Gospel: Understanding All of the Gospel - Part 4 (In part 4 of What is the Gospel? we look at what Paul calls the mystery of the gospel. We will look at why Messiah had to die and how the prophets of Hosea, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah all work together to reveal the Father’s plan for Israel’s, and ultimately the world’s redemption.)
What's the meaning of it all? The Kingdom Perspective - Follow Messiah #1 (Life can be difficult, and there's many things in scripture and in the events of our own life that are difficult to understand. But when we understand God's perspective and priorities it helps us see life and God's purpose with a clearer view. How did your faith change your worldview? Let us know in the comments!)
Study like a Berean - Messiah In The Hebrew Bible - Dr. Seth Postell (Ever wanted to study the scriptures like the Berean? Dr. Postell dives into a new course we're offering online in English where we will dive into the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible, and find the roots to which the New Testament authors interpreted and quoted the Torah and Prophets. This Masters level course starts October 6 - December 15, every Wednesday 4-7pm GMT+3 (ISRAEL TIME) on Zoom and is available for course credit or for those taking the course alone without a degree.)
by Brad Scott
We were continuing our study of being under the law. This is an important subject to me. I believe that it is a foundational phrase used by modern Christian teaching that has ultimately led to the current moral collapse of our culture. As I have stated, there are ten occurrences of this phrase in the New Testament. We have covered three, (Romans 3:19, 6:14-15) and now we will go to a slightly different context in 1 Corinthians 9:20. First, keep in mind that Romans 3 and 6 showed us two clear insights. We are ALL under the law until we are under grace, and to be under the law is to be under the dominion of sin.
In 1 Corinthians 9:19-22, we have the popular Sha'uline (or Pauline ha ha) discourse concerning his desire to be all things to all men that he might by all means save some. This alone has been used erroneously to justify immoral behavior by some, but that is not really our purpose here. We need to go back to verses 19-21 for our study. Here is how the narration goes:
Verse 19 "For though I am free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
Verse 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, not being myself under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
Verse 21 To them that are without law, as without law (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ), that I might gain them that are without law."
Sha’ul begins by stating that he is not controlled or led by any man, but rather he is a servant to all men that he might gain them. His purpose is to win their trust. He will do this by empathizing with them. He will approach them from their perspective and from their point of view and needs. This in no way teaches that he will take on their behavior or even mystically become them. This is verified by his first statement: "to the Jews I became as a Jew". Sha’ul states emphatically many times that he is a Jew, or that he has remained a Jew. So he certainly did not become a Jew to win the Jews. He also does not equate the Jew as being the one under the law. This statement is listed separately. These statements cover various situations that Sha’ul, in his ministry, confronts. Sha’ul obviously does not run away or shy away from anybody. He strives to understand a persons circumstances. He is not teaching that he becomes a drunk with the drunks in order to save the drunks, but rather he will not turn away from the drunk because he is a drunk. So Sha’ul will minister to the drunk from the drunk's world. He will minister to the Jew from his world. He will confront those under the law from their mind set, considering their way of thinking and their kinds of problems. Remember that those who are under the law can be Jew or Gentile and have chosen to reject God's gift of grace, and chose rather to remain under the dominion of sin because they cannot keep the law. Sha’ul is not under the law because he has confronted the Messiah and has seen his condition and has received His grace. He is unabashed in his zeal to win those who are without the law, who do not know the law for whatever reason. Then he says, "being not without law to God, but under the law to Messiah." This is somewhat difficult to understand for Sha’ul has used a double negative here. Sha’ul is simply stating that he is not outside the true Torah of God, which is under the law of the Messiah. Perhaps better stated is that he is not subject to the letter of the law but the spirit of the law. The letter and spirit of the law is a very Hebrew concept that I will explain later. Sha’ul then becomes as weak to those who are weak. This, I believe, is a reference to those addressed in Romans chapter 14:1-12. All Sha’ul is saying here is that he is a witness of the Messiah to all, no matter what there condition. These passages do not teach that Jews are the ones under the law, or that being under the law means obeying Torah.
It is now time to address a few of the tough ones. The majority of the occurrences of this phrase are in the book of Galatians. I want to set a basic foundation for the phrase before we get to these very misunderstood verses. First we must keep in mind to whom Sha’ul is addressing his concerns. He is writing to Gentile believers who have been deceived by some Jewish believers into believing that works of Torah are required to enter the kingdom of God or to stay in the kingdom of God. Sha’ul reminds them in the beginning of Galatians chapter three that they did not receive the Spirit of God by works of Torah and they will not keep the Spirit by works of Torah. Torah is not and has never been designed to justify man before God, but rather, faith justifies man before God. Sha’ul goes on to say that if man were justified by Torah then he would have to continue in all things which are written in Torah which man cannot do (Galatians 3:10-12). Remember that if you reject God's grace then you are under the law and subject to the law. Sha’ul explains that the law then becomes a curse rather than it's intended blessing. Devariym (Deuteronomy) chapter 11 tells us that if you obey the law then you are blessed and if you disobey you are cursed. So the law is a curse only when it is disobeyed. If entrance into the kingdom of God is dependent upon our obedience to the law, which none of us keep, then we are all cursed and doomed. This we have seen in Romans chapter three and will see again in the latter part of this discourse. Sha’ul is re-teaching, if you will, these Galatian believers what God has done for them, and not only them but Sha’ul himself. In verse 13 Sha’ul tells us that we are all redeemed from the curse of the law, remembering that the results of our inability to keep the law is the curse of the law. In verse 14 he tells us that what happened to Abraham has now come upon the Gentiles, that the promise of the Spirit is by faith. He then reminds us that this promise was made to Abraham and his seed, and that there is only one seed. Sha’ul then expounds on the fact that the inheritance of this seed comes, not by the law, but by faith, and that the law was given because we sin. The seed is received by faith. For Abraham, it was through the promise of the Messiah. For all Old Testament believers, it was through the promise of the Messiah. For Sha’ul and us it is through the same seed fully manifested, i.e. Yeshua‘ the Messiah. To only those of the seed were the promises made, and there is only one seed. There cannot be one way of salvation for the Jew and another way for the Gentile, for there is only one seed and one way, by faith in the Messiah. For the Old Testament saint it is through the promise and for us it is the fulfillment of that promise. We are all kept under the law until faith comes. Verse 22 concludes that all are under sin and that the promise by faith of Yeshua‘ the Messiah would be given to those who trust. Sha’ul then states that before faith came, we were kept under the law, until faith is revealed. Sha’ul is not teaching that all Jews were kept under the law until Jesus came, but rather we are all under the law until faith comes, and that the law is our schoolmaster that points us all to that faith or the promise of that faith. Torah teaches us all what is right and what is wrong. It shows us our sinful nature and our need for the deliverer. Sha’ul is saying here precisely what he was teaching in Romans chapter 6. If you have not received God's grace then you are under the law. If you are striving to keep the law then the law will teach you that you need the Messiah. It will point you to Him and show you your desperate need for Him and your complete inability to do it yourself. Nowhere in these passages does Sha’ul teach that Torah has been cancelled or even temporarily suspended. He teaches its purpose only. If I am relying on obedience to Torah to receive the inheritance then faith has not come to me.
This is not hard to understand if we keep in mind that being under the law is being under the dominion of sin, and being without His grace. Sha’ul takes up a lot of scripture time discussing this subject, yet it is the most taken for granted doctrine in all of the New Testament. There is a very fine line between being under the law and obeying the law. Sometimes it seems like an oxymoron. In 1 Corinthians 9:19, Sha’ul makes a casual statement relating to this very thing. He says, "For though I am free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all ..." He is free from them yet he is a servant to them, as well. Remember that Sha’ul taught us in Romans 6 that we have been set free from the body of sin so that we can be servants of righteousness. Only Torah determines what is righteous.
Next time we will spend a considerable amount of space discussing Galatians 4:1-7. These verses will make a lot more sense when seen from Sha'uls culture and not a Greek one.
Shalom Alecheim! [Peace be upon you!]
October 6, 2021
It's not by accident the we live in a extreme selfishness world. A message to this generation from Charles Lawson that everyone needs to hear in 2021.
We are living in the last days, please share with all your loved ones! May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you all! https://youtu.be/QxjqtCE5ER4
Pastor Charles Lawson https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL2vG9wSyB40UCvO-vFy-6w
October 6, 2021
Do you believe for one minute that the government cares if you live or die? So, the next time "They" come out with something that takes your freedoms away to protect your health watch it closely.
I marvel at our generation because our generation lives as if it is the only generation that has ever lived. I marvel at that. I marvel at the arrogant bullshit that comes out of these people where they think they are entitled to everything.
A Powerfull message from Pastor Charles Lawson. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL2vG9wSyB40UCvO-vFy-6w
October 8, 2021
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October 2, 2021
Are Daniel's 4 Beasts from Daniel 7 actually 4 Fallen Angelic Rulers not just ancient kingdoms like Babylon and Persia? Did you ever notice the 4th Beast comes out of the sea with his 10 horns already in place? This is something that hasn't happened yet. And in Revelation11 we learn the 4th Beast comes out of the Abyss. So is Daniel's "sea" actually the Abyss? Hang onto your hats for an amazing new understanding of Daniel's vision in this Nelson Walters video.
October 1, 2021
May 25, 2010
A large number of Christians are unaware that literally truck loads of counterfeit Christians have gained access to pulpits, wormed their way into Church leadership, Christian organizations and they are deeply entrenched in the so-called Christian entertainment industry. Call them what you will — false teachers/prophets, liberals/progressives, cultists, misinformed, misled, even looney tunes — the one thing they all have in common is that they have strayed from the truth.
Unbiblical teaching has been going on since the early church took root. Peter cautioned that "there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction" (2 Peter 2:1).
Today there is a damnable heresy in the Church that many Christians haven't yet heard of: The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) a.k.a. Dominionism/Kingdom Now/Replacement Theology. Those who disagree with their false gospel must be removed through intense "spiritual warfare" and by raising up a "new breed "of Christian they call an "Army of God."
The NAR is not new at all. Only the name has been changed — many times — to fool people into thinking there is a "New Wave" or a "Paradigm Shift" taking place in Christendom. Over the years they have dubbed themselves Joel's Army, Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God, and the list goes on. They're ushering in "a reformation greater in scale than the reformation of the 1500's."
A liberal pundit lamented that NAR is on a mission to "take control of communities and nations through large networks of 'prayer warriors' whose spiritual warfare is used to expel and destroy the demons that cause societal ills. Once the territorial demons, witches, and generational curses are removed, the 'born-again' Christians...take control of society."
The concept of spiritual warfare comes from the Bible. It warns of invisible beings who want to harm us and advises us to put on armor (spiritual armor) in order to ward off their vicious attacks. Problem is, the way in which NAR practices spiritual warfare is both unorthodox and extra-biblical. First of all, they teach three levels of spiritual warfare:
"Ground-level" involves casting demons out of individuals; "occult-level warfare" involves more organized "powers of darkness" [They target here New Age thought, Tibetan Buddhism, Freemasonry, etc.]; and "strategic-level warfare" directly "confronts 'territorial spirits' assigned by Satan to coordinate activities over a geographical area."
In addition, they carry out other extra-biblical practices such as "binding Satan," "rebuking demonic spirits," "tearing down strongholds," and "taking control of cities and situations."
Why go to all the trouble of demolishing demonic strongholds, even if such things do exist, when the Bible teaches that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is sufficient for demolishing strongholds! (2 Cor 10:3-5).
Liberals/progressives actually fear born again Christians who hold a place of power, have political influence, and are well-connected. One reason the Left hated George W. Bush is because he purported to be a born again Christian. For daring to openly profess his faith in Jesus Christ, liberal elitists labeled him a religious zealot. The liberal press relish portraying individuals who professes a belief in Christ as not the sharpest knife in the tool shed. Never mind that a number of our Founding Fathers, who most will concede were brilliant men, were born again Christians.
Now it seems liberals have a bit of anxiety over "movement operative's" plans to take dominion:
"The movement's notion of 'spiritual warfare' has spread from the California suburbs to an East-Coast inner city, and has impacted policy decisions in the developing world. Movement operatives are well-connected enough to have testified before Congress and to have received millions of dollars in government abstinence-only sex-education grants, and bizarre enough to maintain that in its prototype communities, the movement has healed AIDS, purified polluted streams and even grown huge vegetables." (Note: Michelle Obama has also grown huge veggies in her garden at the White House.)
With all due respect, most progressives/liberals haven't the foggiest idea what spiritual warfare even means. What they don't quite "get" is that spiritual warfare is a metaphor for what is taking place in the invisible realm. The Bible tells us that Satan is the ruler of this world until Christ returns to judge the world. Moreover, the demonic forces control the minds of individuals. Jesus said to the Pharisees: Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it" (John 8:44). What does this mean? John Wesley explains:
He was a murderer — In inclination, from the beginning — Of his becoming a devil; and abode not in the truth — Commencing murderer and liar at the same time. And certainly he was a killer of men (as the Greek word properly signifies) from the beginning of the world: for from the very creation he designed and contrived the ruin of men. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own — For he is the proper parent, and, as it were, creator of it. See the origin not only of lies, but of evil in general!
Suffice it to say that Satan and his demons influence people's thinking — and not in a good way. Since Bible-believing Christians hold that the devil exists, we prepare ourselves for battle by putting on the "armor of God." (Eph 6:10-19) (Learn how to get dressed for battle by clicking here.) We are commanded to be discerning: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try [test] the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1).
Let us apply this principle to dominionists.
The movement is made up of Charismatics and Pentecostals. There is a movement of charismatic Catholics as well. NAR is growing at a rate of 9 million per year. Charismatics hold that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit seen in the first century Christian Church are still available today and can be experienced and practiced and that the Holy Ghost has endued them with supernatural gifts such as prophetic utterance, speaking in tongues, casting out demons, breaking down strongholds, healing, and other "signs and wonders" to include bringing dead people back to life, although no documentation exists to prove this claim.
The "High Priest" of NAR is C. Peter Wagner, former professor of Church Growth at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. Wagner, born in 1930, is the founder of Global Harvest Ministries and the presiding apostle of the International Coalition of Apostles, which he also founded, and co-founder of World Prayer Center.
There is a hierarchy in NAR that resembles the Roman Catholic Church. Once world dominion is accomplished, those at the top level will have apostolic authority over other ministries. Are you seeing the danger yet? This could mean literally thousands of ministries with so-called apostles and prophets at the helm! Every person will have an apostle or prophet to whom they are accountable.
According to one source the coalition includes "several hundred apostles across the U.S. and about 40 nations, international training centers and prayer warrior communication networks in all 50 states and worldwide."
Some readers are sitting there with their mouths agape, thinking "This smacks of imperialism!" Bingo!
Sarah Leslie of Discernment Ministries has written on this very subject. In her article "Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism" She reveals what the Dominionism teaches. Here is an excerpt:
"The Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the 'Kingdom of God' as a literal and physical kingdom to be 'advanced' on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can 'incarnate' Christ and function as His body on Earth to establish His kingdom rule. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man's efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished."
Any student of the Bible will understand that the type of thinking described above is highly unbiblical. Where in Scripture does it teach that the sheep, as Jesus refers to His followers, will be given the power to incarnate Christ?
Also mentioned in Sarah Leslie's article is Pastor Rick Warren. She says Warren "intends to amass the world's largest volunteer 'army' of 'one billion foot soldiers' to implement his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan."
On Sunday, April 17, 2005 Speaking before 30,000 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Rick Warren announced his plan:
"The bottom line is that we intend to reinvent mission strategy in the 21st century. As I stated, this will be a new Reformation. The First Reformation returned us to the message of the original church. It was a reformation of doctrine — what the church BELIEVES. This Second Reformation will return us to the mission of the original church. It will be a reformation of PURPOSE — what the church DOES in the world."
"Our goal will be to enlist one billion foot soldiers for the Kingdom of God, who will permanently change the face of international missions to take on these five 'global giants' for which the church can become the ultimate distribution and change agent to overcome Spiritual emptiness, Self-serving Leadership, Poverty, disease and ignorance (or illiteracy)."
Pastor Warren also made these comments:
"Who's the man of peace in any village — or it might be a woman of peace — who has the most respect, they're open and they're influential? They don't have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they're open and they're influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that's going to bring the second Reformation."
"'I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody," he said. Noting he has theological differences with many of the diverse denominations that invite him to speak, Warren added, "That doesn't stop me from fellowshipping with them." When he heard of the SBC's withdrawal, he added, "I thought, 'This is silly! Why would we separate ourselves from brothers and sisters in the world?'"
What Warren is purporting is ecumenicism. Actually, we are moving beyond ecumenicism into interspirituality (interfaith spirituality) or interdenominational cooperation. "In the name of peace and unity," says Ray Yungen, "the world's religions are more and more joining together. And with that joining together will come a consensus that it is narrow minded and even hateful to say there is only one way to salvation."
There's not enough space here to cover interspirituality, so I'll more on.
Peace and unity has a nice ring to it. But traditional, historic, evangelical Christianity holds that there is only one path to God, one door to enter through. Peter left no doubt when he said, "Salvation is found in no one else" (Acts 4:10). (Also see John 3:16, John 6:66-68, John 14:6, Acts 16:30-31, 1 Tim 2:3-6, 1 John 2:1) The Bible clearly teaches that all paths do not lead to God. Those who take a different path will spend eternity in hell. So the loving thing for a committed Christian to do is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost. In fact, Jesus commanded His followers to go out into the world and spread the good news. Those who keep the good news to themselves fail to understand that God gives no second chances. Jesus said, "Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Mat. 7:22).
I've drifted from my point. Most Christians have no clue that false teachers abound in the Church. And if they're aware, they're ignoring it — or they just don't care! Some may think the Bible teaches that believers must set up a kingdom here on earth to usher in the Second Coming of Christ. But let me assure you, this is extra-biblical teaching.
Christians have got to put up their discernment antenna. We must start probing to see what other Christians believe and then ask ourselves, "Is it scriptural?" There is nothing wrong with examining teaching coming from the pulpit! Paul praised the Bereans for checking his teaching against the Word of God. (Acts 17:11) We must scrutinize Bible teachers, evangelists, missionaries, speakers, writers, politicians, entertainers, health practitioners, bloggers, and look into "Christian" businesses to see what they're really selling. Anyone can use a Christian symbol or quote Bible verses to make themselves or what they're selling sound Christian because they know that gullible folks buy into it! Is it any wonder God warns us to be on the lookout for the spirit of error that comes from Satan and his demons? Satan was a liar from the beginning which is why believers have to be armed with the sword of the spirit — the Word of God!
It is imperative that Christians guard (tend to carefully) God's Word. Deuteronomy 11:17-20:
"Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates..."
When his words are written on our hearts we are not so easily taken in by charlatans, false teachers or enticed into a cult.
Paul admonished Timothy to "keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called" (1 Tim 6:20). In other words, "continue in the simplicity of sincere doctrine."
Knowing the truth is essential to the faith. Yet neo-evangelicals are inept at protecting biblical truth. Biblical truth is not found in so-called Christians who abandon Church doctrine and rely on what God or so-called angels say to them in visions and dreams. Never, never, never abandon the Bible to follow the teachings of these men and women! Run from those who deny the Deity of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is not God, Christianity is a sham.
One last thing. Nowhere in Scripture does it say that we are to treat false teachers with charity and Christian love. In fact we're taught just the opposite:
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 1:9-11).
Abortion is a hot topic; one argued passionately from both sides. Surprisingly, some believe that the Bible is ambiguous on this topic. In this teaching, we’ll take a quick look at the topic of abortion and the Bible.
Paths of Old - Ancient Paths
Jeremiah 6:16; 18:15; Acts 15:21
“Thus said יהוה (Yahweh), “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; and find rest for yourselves....” (Jeremiah 6:16)
“But My people have forgotten Me, they have burned incense to what is false, and they have stumbled from their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in bypaths and not on a highway.” (Jeremiah 18:15)
Regular public reading of the Torah was introduced by Ezra the Scribe after the return of the Jewish people from their Babylonian captivity (c. 537 BCE), as described in the Book of Nehemiah 8. In the modern era, adherents of Orthodox Judaism practice Torah reading according to a set procedure they believe has remained unchanged in the two thousand years since the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE).
“For from ancient generations Mosheh has, in every city, those proclaiming him – being read in the congregations every Sabbath.” (Acts 15:21)
Genesis בְּרֵאשִׁית (Bereishis = Beh-rey-sheet)
Meaning = “in beginning”
Bible readings for October 8, 2021. In the 10th solar month of the Hebrew 8th month.
NOTE: The New Moon was sighted at sunset on October 7, 2021 in Israel. Thus, starting the 8th Hebrew month of Cheshvan [October-November].
Torah: Genesis 6:9—11:32
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1—55:5
Brit Chadashah: Matthew 24:36-51; Luke 17:26-37; Acts 2:1-21; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:18-22; 2 Peter 1:3—2:22, 3:17-18; Revelation 14:8, 16:19, 17:1-17, 18:1–24
If you are interested in downloading the annual Torah reading schedule with projected new moon sightings, Feast Days, click HERE.
Three Year Bible Reading Schedule
Genesis to Revelation
If you are interested in downloading the complete 3 year Bible reading schedule, click HERE. You can break up your Bible reading into 5 days of your choosing or combine the above readings of your choice.
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October 5, 2021
October 6, 2021
Does this miraculous video of a cell dividing look like what you see in the science textbooks, or does it look like the Spark of Life from God Almighty?
This is done using a special dye and a high-powered microscope. It's real, no special effects or computer enhancements. The Abomination-Shot was created to defile this. Do you think man can improve on something so wondrous?
October 6, 2021
Israel has 1 month to stop Iran from becoming nuclear. Experts say Iran will have weapon grade uranium in one month. Yes, in one month! How will Israel stop Iran. Naftali Bennett, Israel's new prime minister gave a speech at the United Nations saying that Israel's tolerance of Iran's program has come to an end. So what is Israel about to do and what does the Bible say will be the result of their efforts? Watch this LAST DAYS Breaking NEWS episode with Nelson Walters to find out.
October 7, 2021
Around 1650 B.C. there was a great city in the south of the Jordan Valley. It was the largest center of the southern Levant. The city was 10 times the size of Jerusalem and 5 times the size of Jericho. - It was an extremely important place. Much of the area's cultural image was formed here. Soon after, the history of the city came to an abrupt end.
October 6, 2021
“For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.” ~Matthew 24:21 https://aliveafterthefall.com/nht_v63/front-ctrl.php
DYING PRIEST SHARES TERRIFYING PROPHECY OF AMERICA’S FUTURE IN HIS FINAL MOMENTS https://aliveafterthefall.com/nht_v63/front-sl.php
EZEKIEL 38 TELLS OF RUSSIA COMING TO THE BORDER OF ISRAEL https://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/is-russia-in-ezekiel-38/ https://www.cogwriter.com/ezekiel-38-russia.htm
On December 6th President Trump’s words shook the world. For the first time in over 2000 years, Jerusalem was recognized as the capital of Israel. Whether he knows it or not, President Trump fulfilled his part in a frightening biblical prophecy exactly as the scriptures predicted. https://ethan2k21.wordpress.com/2021/05/21/this-terrifying-bible-prophecy-is-unfolding-before-our-eyes/
The Weapon of Indignation (EMP) http://www.paulstramer.net/2018/08/the-weapon-of-indignation.html
October 4, 2021 - Russia test fires submarine-launched hypersonic Tsirkon missile for first time. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russia-test-fires-submarine-launched-hypersonic-tsirkon-missile-for-first-time/ar-AAP81jN https://www.cbsnews.com/news/russia-hypersonic-missile-tsirkon-submarine-test-launch/ https://www.thedefensepost.com/2021/10/05/russia-submarine-launched-hypersonic-missile/
October 8, 2021
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