Learn Torah | Read On – Outcry Ministries

I’ve become a man obsessed.  I cannot read a single bible verse anymore.  Every time I see a verse on some “verse of the day” or bumper sticker or one of those gas-station signs outside a big church (you know the ones, they have to use a backward 2 to make an ‘S’ because they didn’t have enough?)  I am suspicious.  I have to go read the whole chapter. I’ve stopped starting in the middle of a chapter.  I’ve stopped referencing CONCEPTS within the bible by their verse, only by the chapter.  You see, we’ve been duped. But it’s our fault.  We’re SO hurried, but lazy, that we would much rather pull a quippy inspirational quote than to understand the context in which it was written.  We can prove almost anything by taking it out of context.  

We’ve just gotten through another election season, and it doesn’t take a genius to tell that every ad is a lie.  By lie I mean, ‘Part truth’  It’s the oldest trick in the book.  Taking a few words that a person says, and hanging them on them, is the basis of our democratic process.  For instance, At the top of this article I said, and I quote, “I cannot read a single bible verse anymore.” See? It’s right there in black and white. This man hates the bible. But what was that man really saying?  Did he stop believing the bible?  Is he illiterate?  Read on. He reads whole chapters instead.

Read On.  This is my new motto.  This applies to the bible in a huge way.  So many, who have come before us, have taken verses out of context to make their point.  I’m certain we do it too.  For instance, in Joshua 1, Yehovah is placing Joshua in charge of all the Israelites, to be their military leader.  He’s being bolstered up and encouraged by his creator. We’ve heard these quotes before, “Be Strong and Courageous”  and “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life” and “I will not leave your or forsake you”.  Yup, Joshua’s got it made. But read on.  The very next verse. The Terms and Conditions:  

“Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.”

If he doesn’t follow the Torah, he will NOT have those protections.  In fact, if you read on, The second battle Israel entered, they got whipped.  Why? Because one soldier had broken the instructions by keeping plunder which was devoted to destruction.

There is a very famous verse in Acts 10 about Yehovah declaring all food clean. Peter is shown in a vision all kinds of clean and unclean animals which he refuses to eat. But Yehovah says, “What God has made clean, you must not consider unholy.”  If you stop here, put down your bible, pick up your pork rinds and turn the game back on, you’ve got it made. But if you read on to the end of the chapter, Peter explains the lesson to the house full of unclean gentiles.  A good Jew would never have even entered a house full of gentiles, except for his vision.  But read on.  In the next chapter, Peter is challenged by other Jews and criticized for eating with such slime, but he explains his vision and it’s meaning a second time.  It’s not about food.

Leviticus 26 holds amazing blessings and promise of great abundance, if you only read verses 4-13.  Rain for your crops, Grapes for your wine, Peace, Military power, Tons of food, and Freedom from bondage. Sweet! Oh wait, I forgot to read the terms and conditions.  Back to verse 1.  IF you obey my sabbaths..IF you don’t bow down to idols, IF you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments.  But read on. You might want to sit down for this. The next 15 verses line out what we’ll get when we don’t obey. Panic, Disease, Starvation, Military destruction, Wild beasts, Desolation.  Utter removal from our own land so it can have the sabbatical without us.  Eating your own children.

We must not continue along this path of highlighting his goodness and blacking-out his terms.  We must not continue along this path of ignoring the wages of sin.  If you think God is love, you’re right, but he’s much more as well, he is justice and fury and destruction.

If I stop here, then I’ve cheated you.  Did you catch me?  We’ve only gotten part way through Leviticus 26.  Have we learned nothing?  READ ON.  Although he’s cast us out of the land, and we’re in the land of our enemies, there is a promise.  IF we confess, IF we humble, and IF we make amends, he will remember his covenant with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham.  IF we turn, he will not utterly destroy us that he may be our Elohim and fulfill his promise to our fathers.

You’ve read this far. If you haven’t opened your bible to Leviticus 26 yet, then you’re trusting some guy on the internet who’s done the same old trick.  Cherry-Picked verses to prove himself right.  Trusting in human nature to skim the cover and claim you’ve read the book.

Read on.

Messiah’s Torah | Who Are You?

Long ago I had a teacher challenge us to answer the question, “Who are you?”, without associating yourself with a group.  I thought it would be simple. I’m a Student, Christian, Drummer, Nerd, American.  Any adjective I chose for myself came with an association.  I am one of the students, a resident of America, in the drumline, follower of Messiah.  It was then that I realized that I was inescapably grouped with those who were similar.  When telling someone who I was, there was an automatic assumption that they knew many things about me because of those with whom I had associated myself. That’s the problem with stereotypes, they’re a real time saver.  So, like it or not, the question, “Who Are You?” is really asking, “Who are you with?”

Who Are You With?

For decades, I’ve thought I knew who I was.  I especially knew who I WAS NOT.  I was not a Jock, I was not a Canadian, I was not a Jew.  I thought I understood that I, a Christian, believed in God, believed in Messiah, and that I was in the newest and luckiest religion, because I didn’t have to do anything.  I was lucky to not be a Jew and have all those complicated rules, but just believed in Messiah and got a pass. Grace Rocks!  I knew that Messiah was born a Jew, but he was constantly telling the Jewish leaders that their traditions were silly, so he obviously switched to not being a Jew right?

I had it all figured out except for one nagging phrase: His Chosen People.   I was a Gentile. Because there’s only two things, Jews and Gentiles, right? But Israel was his chosen people, not just the Jews. I didn’t know the difference between Israel and Jews.  To my mind, Israel was a place, the Jews were a religion, and I was neither. I now understand that the Jews were the part of Israel’s 12 tribes that kept the laws, but added additional layers just to be safe. If Israel was his chosen people and they had to obey a bunch of laws throughout their generations, how did I fit in?  I don’t do those laws, I just believe and read the New Testament. How is it that his Chosen People still have to follow all those laws, but I, a nobody, get in for free?

In fact, I had it wrong.  I didn’t know who I was.  I didn’t even know who I was with.  Yehovah chose Abraham, and his son Isaac, and his son Jacob.  He renamed Jacob to Israel and claimed all of his offspring for himself. His mark on them was their obedience of his rules.  His inheritance to them was the covenant to obey and continue to be his.  And the children of Israel did everything right and no one ever joined them and no one ever left and they lived happily ever after. The End.

Who Is Israel?

Actually no.  Throughout the Old Testament others joined with Israel and were allowed to take part in the promise.  Even at the Exodus, many Egyptians left and became Israelites. The mixed multitude.  The Torah states repeatedly that strangers could be part of Israel if they obeyed his commands. They are adopted by following his laws. On the flip side, many left Israel by choosing to disregard his laws and became scattered into all the nations.  These are the lost sheep of Israel.  Still part of his Chosen People, but scattered across the globe.  They’re still out there and they don’t know who they are either.

So, we have Israel, Lost Israel, Adopted Israel, and Me.  Messiah came for me right?  

Then I read something very scary. Matthew 15. From his own mouth,

“I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. It is not right to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.”  But the Canaanite woman begs, “Even the dogs eat the crumbs from the master’s table.”

And he does it. He heals her daughter by the words of his mouth.  

Maybe I’m the dog.  Not of Israel.  The woman above was Canaanite. Not a Jew who kept the Torah, and not of Israel. I have no proof that she began keeping his laws, but for that moment, he treated her like an heir. In Matthew 8, he heals the centurion’s servant and commends the centurion’s faith.

“Even in Israel, I have not seen such faith.”  

But read on.

“.. And I say unto you, that many shall come from the east and the west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.”

Messiah’s Torah

That’s me. But how will I sit down WITH Abraham?  Simple. Become like THEM. Follow their creator. Our creator.  Hear and do his words, his commandments, his law. Return from the pig-slop and beg to be WITH the father.  He made his word into flesh (John 10) and sent his son to pass over our former sins (Romans 3) to give all the nations a chance to hear his commandments again and obey. The Messiah said in John 7 that his commandments are not his own, but from the one who sent him. He’s actually quoting Isaiah 29 when he mocks the Jewish leaders in Mark 7. He’s mocking their additional traditions, because they were ignoring the original law. The law given from the beginning that was to be observed throughout all our generations. Even now. Even by me.

Since Israel was so prolific and scattered in every direction, his bloodline is likely in every continent. I MAY be a part of that line, I may not. I’ll never know.  I may be the prodigal son or I may be a Sojourner. I may be the dog or the lost sheep or the lion of Judah. Numbers 15 says that the the same law applies to us all, stranger and native born alike.
Now I know who I am. I know who I’m with. If I hear and do his law, I am Israel. Who are you?

 

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Law Of Gravity – Learn Torah

I was lying awake last night for a few hours, and Yehovah was teaching me how we ALL live according to Law, everyday. The laws that most of us live under are for our protection and it is NO different in regards to the Torah! Lets take the law of gravity for instance. What goes up, must come down. So in other words, if you jump off the empire state building, without any flying device or parachute, it will most definitely not end well for you! So, one could say the punishment of the law of gravity, when jumping off a tall building, is DEATH! We have a choice to make!

Do we jump and fall into the punishment category, or do we abide by this law and live? Most of us would choose the latter and live! We would be foolish to jump, knowing the outcome would be death! Either foolish or arrogant, thinking we are untouchable! Either way, its not a good decision! Well, what about the person that may not know about the law of gravity, or doesn’t fully understand the law? Well, if they jumped, because that’s all they knew to do, without anything or anyone to save them, they would most definitely end up just like the first guy! But, this is where a “savior” comes in! Lets switch stories here!

Torah Covenant

Yehovah gave His Torah for our instruction! Torah was given so we could live in freedom from this world and in the Fathers house! We, as humans, transgressed the Torah, which most definitely deserves death, unless we had someone or something to save us! Much like the person who doesn’t understand the law of gravity jumps, without a savior we would go splat! But Yehovah came and replaced us with himself! Just like when He made the covenant with Abraham. Yehovah put Abraham into a deep sleep and walked through the split animals by Himself. He was telling Abraham, “I got this.” In the same way, He took the punishment of the Law upon Himself so that we could live! This is the true Gospel, that we can now live without the punishment of the law because he took it for us! He has made right, our wrongs, and calls us to go sin no more!

We know that according to our bibles, sin is transgression of the Torah! Its important to remember here, that His Torah is for our protection! Much the same as understanding the Law of gravity, when we understand the Torah, we can live at peace and have life! Ok, so back to the person who jumps and doesn’t know better! That was us, until we heard the Torah! Lets look in the scriptures to a similar account! Lets go to the book of 2nd Chronicles and take a look at King Josiah!

2nd Chronicles 34:14-21

When they were bringing out the money which had been brought into the house of Yehovah, Hilkiah the priest found the Torah of Yehovah given by Moses. Hilkiah responded and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Torah in the house of Yehovah.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. Then Shaphan brought the book to the king and reported further word to the king, saying, “Everything that was entrusted to your servants they are doing. They have also emptied out the money which was found in the house of Yehovah, and have delivered it into the hands of the supervisors and the workmen.”

Moreover, Shaphan the scribe told the king saying, “Hilkiah the priest gave me a book.” And Shaphan read from it in the presence of the king. When the king heard the words of the Torah, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah the king’s servant, saying, “Go, inquire of Yehovah for me and for those who are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book which has been found; for great is the wrath of Yehovah which is poured out on us because our fathers have not observed the word of Yehovah, to do according to all that is written in this book.”

Prevenient Grace – Life Before Torah

At the beginning of this chapter we read that King Josiah did right in the sight of Yehovah. He followed His father not turning to the right or the left. Before they found the Torah, Josiah was doing his best to follow what he knew to be right. Which is what Yehovah wants all of us to do. But, upon finding the Torah as they were cleaning out the temple, Josiah wept, and had to ask what was going to happen to them. He realized at that moment, that his fathers did not follow all that was written in it and knew that he had to repent! Josiah is like the person who jumps because it’s all he knew! But, when the Word was revealed, he realized that his life didn’t match up and wept! He received the word with a humble heart and lived according to it for the rest of his days!

Not Too Difficult

2nd Chronicles 34:33

Josiah removed all the abominations from all the lands belonging to the sons of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel to serve Yehovah their God. Throughout his lifetime they did not turn from following Yehovah, the God of their fathers.

Throughout his lifetime??? Many churches teach that the Law is too difficult to follow. This is why their messiah came, to free them from the law! This is NOT true! The Torah is liberty, life, easy, on our hearts and lips that we may observe all the He commanded us! You see, the pastor that teaches the Law is done away with, is like the first person who jumps off the building. He knows that the Law is good, but doesn’t take the time to live according to it, because he would rather live according to what he defines as freedom. The book of Hebrews tells us what happens to someone who defies the law even though they know better.

No Grace For Willful Sin

Hebrews 10:26-31

For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Torah given by Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “Yehovah will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Blood Of Torah

The blood of the sacrifice does not cover the man who willfully continues in his own way of life, after hearing the truth of the Torah. The ground is going to feel pretty hard, and there will be no grace for him. If I know about the law of gravity, and jump off the building anyways, I will get what I deserve. Yeshua came to save the Lost sheep of Israel. He came to bring them back to His Father. The sheep are not free to live however they want! The Shepherd protects them through His commands and they live in freedom from death! Yehovah catches us, and places us on solid ground. If we again jump willfully, we have trampled the Son of Elohim underfoot, and insulted the spirit of Grace!

So What Now?

May you receive His truth with a humble heart, knowing that His ways are higher than yours, and your pastors! Don’t take man’s word for it, but test everything according to the scriptures. The scriptures that Yeshua read and taught. The Berean’s used these Scriptures in the Book of  Acts. Their Scriptures did NOT include the New Testament that is in your bible. Paul was not referring to your bible when he said, “All Scripture is Elohim breathed!” He was referring to the scriptures that they had. This is called the Tanakh, or what Christianity refers to as the Old Testament. If the Bereans tested the scriptures to find out that Paul was speaking truth, this means that Paul taught TRUTH! IT WAS NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MOSES TAUGHT!

We have to leave behind the traditions of men, and receive His word. With humility we must begin to follow it as evidence of our love for Him! Our protection comes from the Torah! May Yehovah bless you as you seek His word. Let Him renew your mind, and repent in order to walk on solid ground! Shalom.

Torah Ministry | Do Not Fear – A Scary Trend

Shalom. As we have been simplifying our lives the past few years, I have more time to notice the lives around me. As good as this is, sadly the majority of the lives around me have been filled with fear. By fear I mean, fear of the government. Fear of radical religion. Fear that our closest friends may not enter into the kingdom. Etc… Yehovah commands us to NOT fear more than the majority of any command in the scriptures. Granted, we live in a world that is chaotic at best, and bound for destruction at worst. If it’s not the imminent collapse of the world system that breeds fear, it’s the threat of radical religious war that has many people in the bonds of fearful assumption.

Why did Yehovah instruct us to not fear? I know, I know, “Fear is the beginning of wisdom.” I guess the question we must ask ourselves is, “What is fear?” I would like to submit to you that “Fear” is WORSHIP. Worship? YES! Worship! Sadly most people have missed this simple fact. Why is the Fear of Yehovah, the beginning of wisdom? Because when we begin to worship Him in the correct way, we are granted revelation of His truth! Sadly, the very people who say they have revelation, messianics included, fear MEN more than Yehovah. The compromise in the message of some of the most influential “Hebrew Roots” teachers proves my point. Not to mention the countless young “ex-christians” who are trying to be “christians” to save their “christian brothers.”

Who do you fear? Or maybe the question should be, “Who do you WORSHIP?”

I saw a comment on a youtube video the other day. This video was made by an individual who used to be one of the boldest truth teachers out there. He has since compromised his message greatly because of compromise he has allowed in to his own life by justifying that certain instructions are up for our interpretation. So, back to the comment. This individual, who confesses a “Torah Pursuant” lifestyle, said this, “I totally understand that the Torah is the Truth. Amen! But no other definition of truth?” He went on to say that the idea that Torah is the ONLY definition of truth was going to turn christians off to the truth. So, who is being worshiped if our goal is to keep men turned on to the truth? MAN! The truth is, people love their neighbor more than they love Yehovah and they will leave truth in certain areas in order to please the ones who are walking in lawlessness. How do we convince someone their lives are lawless, if we tell them what they want to hear?

For this is a rebellious people, false sons,
Sons who refuse to listen
To the instruction of Yehovah;
Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions”;
And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right,
Speak to us pleasant words,
Prophesy illusions.
“Get out of the way, turn aside from the path,
Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
Therefore thus says the Holy One of Israel,

“Since you have rejected this word
And have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them,
Therefore this iniquity will be to you
Like a breach about to fall,
A bulge in a high wall,
Whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant,
Whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar,
So ruthlessly shattered
That a sherd will not be found among its pieces
To take fire from a hearth
Or to scoop water from a cistern.”
For thus Yehovah Elohim, the Holy One of Israel, has said,

“In repentance and rest you will be saved,
In quietness and trust is your strength.”
But you were not willing,
And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses,”
Therefore you shall flee!
“And we will ride on swift horses,”
Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.
One thousand will flee at the threat of one man;
You will flee at the threat of five,
Until you are left as a flag on a mountain top
And as a signal on a hill. (Isaiah 30:9-17)

When we try to convince our neighbors by being relevant and telling them what they want to hear, or “pleasant words,” we are helping them stay exactly where they are and taking their position upon us. Yehovah is not the one who is being worshiped here, but the neighbor who doesn’t want to walk in the way of Truth. How are we and our neighbors saved? IN REPENTANCE AND REST. You see, the last part of the passage above ends with people fleeing. Why are they fleeing? Because they are worshiping the oppressor. They turned their ears from the instruction of Yehovah and their cries have become an ABOMINATION (Proverbs 28:9). I write all of this to warn those of you who are being caught in this “Christian Roots movement,” or whatever else you want to call it, that relevance to man is never what saves man! Stand in truth! Speak it! Live it! Repent and rest in HIM! That is where salvation is. YOU CANNOT SAVE ANYONE! Especially if you are bending the truth in efforts to not offend them! Yehovah is the one who draws hearts unto himself. Woe to you if you stand in the way of a heart seeking for truth, because you are trying to make them feel good about the house from which they came! WAKE UP! His word is Truth. His Torah is truth! THERE IS NO OTHER DEFINITION! Yeshua has not added to the Torah. HE IS THE TORAH! Hear the sound of the Shafar and fear (worship) Yehovah! The fear (worship) of man will kill you. Shalom.

Learning Sex From The Harlot? – Some Things Never Change

I often lay awake at times, thinking about relationships that have been lost because of different traditional mountains that we must cross in our fellowship with others. This Journey of “crossing over” is definitely not the easiest journey I have ever been on, but it sure is the most rewarding! I have realized along the way, that some things never change! I have seen so many people catch a glimpse of truth, but instead of digging further in to find more revelation, they take their small treasure back to the location they were leaving, only to get their treasure stolen, and be told that it wasn’t worth anything in the first place. This saddens me greatly! Along these lines is where I get my inspiration for this post!

The question will always come up in the life of a “christian” who has caught a glimpse of truth. “Do I have to leave the church?” Or even better, “Do I have to leave this christian school?” I think most of us that have actually crossed over from man’s ways into YHVH’s truth, have most likely dealt with this question at some point in our journey. This is one of the toughest questions, and likewise has one of the toughest answers that we will encounter on this wilderness journey. Having to leave EVERYTHING that you have been taught is not an easy feat, but it is a NECESSARY prerequisite for any individual looking to be born again.

We are taught in the Torah, to not learn the ways of the nations (Jeremiah 10:1-10). We are told that we shouldn’t bow down at their high places (Exodus 23:24), and that if we encounter their images, idols, or religious items, we are to TEAR THEM DOWN. So, in this post, we will be touching on one who is frequenting these places in the same manner as everyone else who is there. If you are not “teaching”, you are being taught.

NOWHERE in Scripture do we have an account of Righteous men sitting quietly in a pagan sun temple, minding their own business, whispering to the person next to them about truth. If Hebrews were in a sun temple, it was because they were tearing it down. They DEFINITELY were not there to try and “chew the meat, spit the bones.” Daniel didn’t learn in a sun temple, and he didn’t eat the kings meat, so he didn’t have to worry about spitting bones! The idea that we can get truth from a place that is founded on outright defilement of the Scriptures, is the same as saying, “I am going to learn how to please my spouse, by learning from the Harlot!” THIS IS FOOLISHNESS! If you learn sex from a harlot, you will be promiscuous before sundown! It’s time to step up and be Hebrews! What is a Hebrew? Someone who crosses over from old self to new self. I mentioned earlier that leaving everything is a prerequisite for being born again. Let me explain it this way. If you still have things from your past, you have not died to self, therefore you CANNOT be born again. We must die to self (leave everything! Names, beliefs, songs, titles, family, etc.). Then we must be born AGAIN into His likeness. The one who does this does not frequent the sun temple, but stands against them and tears down their idols. I have said this many times along this journey. If you are truly standing for Torah in a sun temple, you will be asked to leave, or everyone will help you tear it down! If we know what the word says but in attempt to not offend someone who is not submitted to that word, act differently, we are transgressing HIS WORD!

“These are the laws and right-rulings which you guard to do in the land which יהוה Elohim of your fathers is giving you to possess, all the days that you live on the soil. “Completely destroy all the places where the nations which you are dispossessing served their mighty ones, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. “And you shall break down their altars, and smash their pillars, and burn their Ashĕrim with fire. And you shall cut down the carved images of their mighty ones and shall destroy their name out of that place. “Do not do so to יהוה your Elohim, but seek the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His Name there, for His Dwelling Place, and there you shall enter. “And there you shall take your burnt offerings, and your offerings, and your tithes, and the contributions of your hand, and your vowed offerings, and your voluntary offerings, and the firstlings of your herd and of your flock. “And there you shall eat before יהוה your Elohim, and shall rejoice in all that you put your hand to, you and your households, in which יהוה your Elohim has blessed you. “Do not do as we are doing here today – each one doing whatever is right in his own eyes. “Because you have not yet entered the rest and the inheritance which יהוה your Elohim is giving you. “But you shall pass over the Yardĕn, and shall dwell in the land which יהוה your Elohim is giving you to inherit, and He shall give you rest from all your enemies round about, and you shall dwell in safety. “And it shall be, that unto the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses to make His Name dwell there, there you are to bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings, and your offerings, and your tithes, and the contributions of your hand, and all your choice offerings which you vow to יהוה.” (Devarim 12:1-11)

So, can we learn sex from a harlot? We absolutely can, but this would be the most detrimental decision that we would ever make! If you learn from a harlot, you become a harlot.

Shalom

Learn Torah | Born Again – Are you?

Why do people not see or hear the TRUTH? Because they don’t want to hear it. It is as simple as that!

It is not the enemy’s fault that the majority of people, including the majority of those who claim Torah, are not willing to hear the truth! It is the choice they make to follow their heart. When we use our emotional connections to any certain event or circumstance, while interpreting the Scriptures, we will be led astray. This is why we MUST be born again. Being born again means that you have DIED. If you have not left your beliefs behind, you are NOT born again, but just living a slightly different lifestyle. Being born again means NEW LIFE! It does not mean remodeled life, but NEW. You CANNOT be born again and still believe things you were taught while you lived in the previous life. You MUST give up your LIFE in order to find it!

There are many today that believe that some of the things taught in the church are ok to bring over into Torah. This is a perfect example of someone who is NOT born again. Is it hard to become born again? Yes and no. It is hard on your flesh, and this is why MOST will not go through with it. On the other hand, it is easy for the fact that you are laying down man made burdens and picking up the foundation which יהוה already laid for you. All you have to is walk on it.

So, don’t listen to people who tell you what you want to hear. Listen to those who tell you the things that יהוה wants to hear. Don’t listen to those who tell you that you don’t have to obey ALL of Torah. They won’t be around for much longer. Listen to the WORD, and DO what it says. Oh, and one more thing, don’t believe the lies, or you will think that you are born again, when in fact you have never died in the first place. Shalom.

Torah Ministries | Are You Dead Yet? – Follow Yeshua

So many people out there are claiming TRUTH, but are they TRULY walking in it? It is important to remember that when we claim something, and don’t have the actions to back it up, our claims are actually FALSE.

ARE YOU DEAD YET?

We must constantly be taking an inventory of ourselves to see if there is ANYTHING in us from our past lives. Some will tell you that it is ok to keep some of your past with you, especially the “good stuff”, but what is actually good? Can a bad tree produce good fruit? Yeshua gives us a clear answer to that question in Matthew 7.

 

“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7:15-20)

So how do we know if a tree is good or bad, or should I say, how do we know if we had good in us before “crossing over”? By the fruit! What is good fruit? Well lets look a little close at Yeshua’s words…

“Beware of false prophets…”

What is a false prophet? We must go to the foundation of the Scriptures to find the answer to this question.

 

“If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other mighty ones (whom you have not known) and let us serve them, ’you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Yehovah you Elohim is testing you to find out if you love Yehovah you Elohim with all your heart and with all your soul. “You shall follow Yehovah you Elohim and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. “But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against Yehovah you Elohim who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which Yehovah you Elohim commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)

So again, what is a false prophet? Anyone who speaks, and or teaches that you don’t have to obey ALL of the instructions in Torah. So, was there anything good in your past life? Well, were you obeying all of Torah? If the answer to the latter question is “no”, then there was nothing good there… The vast majority would say this is not true, but that is because they haven’t DIED to themselves, and are trying to carry the baggage of man-made religion with them everywhere they go. Sadly, they will not inherit the kingdom, for Yeshua clearly says that we are to DIE to ourselves. Remember, a dead man can take NOTHING with him. The good, the bad and the ugly, die with him, and he is laid to rest empty handed. We are then re-born by the very WORD in which we are to be following, if we allow that to take place. In this rebirth, we are a NEW CREATION! The OLD HAS GONE, and the NEW HAS COME! Then and ONLY THEN, are we reborn into truth, in which we have not brought ANYTHING with us from the past life. Another way to say it is this… If we bring something with us into this “new life”, we are not actually dying, nor are we reborn in truth, but only deceiving ourselves in thinking that we have arrived. This is the plague that haunts the MASSES in the Torah, Messianic, Hebrew Roots movement today. They have only partially come out of their past ways, which is actually not leaving at all… It is our desire to shout from the rooftops, this calling of COMPLETE abandonment, which is an echo of what the Messiah taught and lived. He was never concerned with His own will, but His Father’s will was of utmost importance. We must find ourselves in this same place if we want to inherit the Kingdom to come. After all, Yeshua called us to FOLLOW HIM!

May you find yourselves in a place of complete surrender to Yehovah’s will, and may you be willing to LOSE YOUR LIVES, in order to find them.

Shalom.

TRUTH – It’s Never Too Late to Tell it.

As I was waiting in the High School office this morning (I am a substitute teacher in the local High School.), I noticed a poster on the wall outside the principal’s office. It said, “TRUTH – It’s never too late to tell it!” That poster inspired this post!

It’s absolutely amazing how important telling the truth is in this culture! Growing up in public education systems and not to mention living in the Bible belt, telling the truth was and still is a very important thing. I can remember multiple times in school when I was caught in a lie that I had told about a friend, or whatever else I was involved in, and shuttering as the administration would shake the truth out of me. Whether it was at school or at home, I’m sure we all have had similar situations in our lives. Why is telling the truth so important?

As I remember my childhood, there is no doubt in my mind that telling the truth was far more respectable, and pleasing to our own conscience than the alternative. The thing that blows my mind is, when the “Truth” goes against what some might believe to be true, it is not received as truth, but a LIE! Did you read that? When truth goes against what is believed to be true, it is considered a lie!

The other thing I can remember is, when I truly didn’t want to get caught in a lie, I would have to manipulate multiple people into believing that what I was saying was true. Therefore, the lie that I had told, was beginning to be believed as true, thus making the absolute Truth, a lie. Well, at least it seemed that way. The truth is, TRUTH is truth and lies are lies.

LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!

If someone believes a lie to be truth, and teaches it as truth, are they a liar? This is a hard question! The one who told the original lie is a liar, but are those who spread that lie, even if they wholeheartedly believe it to be true, liars as well? The answer, though hard to swallow, is YES!

The Brit Hadasha (commonly referred to as the “New Testament”) teaches us to test everything according to the scriptures, to find if it is true or not. What scriptures could it be referring to? Is it referring to Galatians, or Romans? When the Berean’s tested Shaul’s (commonly referred to as “The Apostle Paul”) teachings with the scriptures, to find that what he was teaching was true, what “scriptures” did they use? Why did they use these “scriptures” as the foundation for Truth? Could this mean that the scriptures the Berean’s used are Truth? So things like, “the swine, though it has a split hoof, does not chew the cud, so it is not food for you….” are truth? The Berean’s could NOT have used Shaul’s letters to test his own teachings! They had to use the Scriptures that they had, which by the way are the same scriptures Yeshua quotes from.

So, we have established the fact that just because you believe something to be true, it does NOT make it truth. We have to test everything according to the “Scriptures” (Tanakh or, commonly referred to as the ” Old Testament”) in order to find if it is really true, or just a cultural lie that has been taught as truth. If truth is such an important thing in little, every day things, it MUST be important in our spiritual lives as well!

“PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL.”
Yeshua

I find it very interesting, that when you challenge common thought, even if you have plenty of evidence against it, it is not well received. It reminds me of a quote from the True Messiah, Yeshua, “Pride comes before the fall.” Common thought will be held in the light of truth and fall when it does not line up with His word.

Test EVERYTHING according to the scriptures to see if it is truly the TRUTH, or a lie that has been received as truth!

Shalom.

What is Love?

1 John 2:3-6
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of Elohim has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.

Did he just say, “Whoever KEEPS his word, in HIM the LOVE OF ELOHIM IS PERFECTED??! What is Love? The bible defines it as OBEDIENCE to the WORD of the FATHER! John says “if you say you love HIM, but DO NOT obey HIM, you are a LIAR.” Remember, Yeshua’s commands ARE NOT NEW! They are the Fathers commands.

John 14:23,24
Yeshua answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.

He Lived perfectly according to the Torah, NOT to do away with it, but to show us how we can lay down MAN’s traditions, and live in GOOD Doctrine! HIS TORAH. So according to our bibles the TRUE definition of LOVE, is OBEDIENCE! How do we love our neighbor as ourself? If we obey Yehovah’s Torah, it gives us perfect instruction on how to love our neighbor! We must STOP defining love with our own understanding, and turn to good doctrine! May you learn to truly LOVE Yehovah by receiving Yeshua’s testimony, and walking as HE HIMSELF WALKED!

What is His name? – A Follow Up

I decided to make a follow up post helping explain a little bit more, the previous entry I made. What is His name? It has become very obvious to me that this a “hot topic” in the religious world! My last post stated that we should be proclaiming His name, which is יהוה.

Nowhere did I state that we couldn’t refer to Him as Adonai. The problem with Adonai, is not the title, but the use of it. The rabbis taught the people long ago to read יהוה as אדוני, thus helping the enemy remove His name from our lips. This is not a bash on the rabbis. They were trying to save their tails in a time of horrible persecution. I cannot judge them. What I can do, is assess the situation with the text. The text has His name written out, יהוה, over 6800 times. Does Adonai appear in the text? Absolutely it does! Again, the problem is not “Adonai”, but the use of it.

As I explained in the previous post, calling him master, or lord, is not setting Him apart. If we are in a room full of men, and I holler out, “Thanks guy!”, who am I referring to? Eliyahu said, ” If Baal is Elohim, worship him! If יהוה is Elohim, worship Him.” You see, in a mixed multitude of religious beliefs, saying “praise the lord” applies to everyone. But when I proclaim His name, יהוה, it sets Him apart from all other mighty ones. With little research on the word Lord, one could say that’s what they were calling out when they said, “oh Baal, oh Baal, answer us!”

The name Adonai is used to try and make יהוה relative to all religions today. The religious giants in the day of the rabbis, didn’t want to hear the name יהוה spoken. The religious giants of today are accomplishing the same thing.

The Christian god, is not the same mighty one as יהוה. That’s hard to swallow for some, and quite apparent to others. The ones who understand this truth, look and act quite different, and are set apart from Christianity. Ironically, people who claim to have “crossed over”, try and bring their idolatry with them, into their new lives. Sadly they are still in the same boat they were in, before they had revelation of the other side. When we die to ourselves and become new, we have to leave our ideas, our beliefs, our titles, EVERYTHING behind. If we still have some of the beliefs from our past, we survived the “crucifixion with messiah” and are actually still living in our old form.

I call my wife all sorts of titles when I’m alone with her, in the privacy of our own home, but when I need to get her attention in a group a various people, I use her name. People! We are in a large group of religious nonsense! We MUST begin using His name and set Him apart from all other mighty ones. If not, you might be calling upon Baal and not even know it!

Shalom.