Category Archives: Joyfully Growing in Torah

Lame Excuse

We’ve all heard the excuse “You can’t keep the Sabbath perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try!” from those who reject God’s Word. But let’s apply that line of reasoning to the rest of life, and see if that holds up:

“You can’t play softball perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”

“You can’t love your neighbor perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”

“You can’t stop lusting perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”

“You can’t obey your parents perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”

“You can’t obey American laws perfectly, so you shouldn’t even try”

As you can see, once broken down logically, this line of reasoning falls apart almost instantly. Why do we apply broken logic to commandments like the Sabbath that we would never use for anything else? No parent on earth would tell their child not to try to obey them because they can’t be perfect, so why do we think that our Heavenly Father operates any differently?

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Poll: 45% Would Rather Skip Christmas

According to CNBC, a recent poll found that 45% of Americans would rather ignore Christmas altogether this year, citing “financial pressure”. Now I don’t know about you, but last I checked, Christmas was supposed to be about JESUS, not buying overpriced junk for people you don’t really even like that much. Anyone ever wonder why so many people who couldn’t care less about the Messiah celebrate His birth (supposedly)? This is yet another piece of evidence supporting the growing idea that Christians should have nothing to do with Christmas, and that’s not even going into its clearly pagan origins and practices. If Christmas is really about Jesus, then why do we have to fight so hard to convince ourselves of that every year?

The fact is, folks, that Jesus never had anything to do with Christmas, and neither should we. When you even have atheists “celebrating His birth”, something is terribly wrong. Even if Christmas had nothing to do with paganism at all, the fact that the unsaved world runs around celebrating it is proof that Jesus is nowhere to be found in it. We need to be celebrating the holidays that HE ordained and stop pretending that X-mass is honoring to God. The world runs far, far away from His holy days, which is a sure sign that we need to be running toward them.

Jesus isn’t going to be instituting Christmas when He’s ruling the Earth for a thousand years, I can promise you that. For more information on the historically pagan origins of Christmas, see HERE.

You can find the referenced CNBC article HERE.


Eric Bissell – Paleo Hebrew

A friend of mine has recently brought this gentleman to my attention, and I want to take this opportunity to help him spread the word! Eric Bissell is just an ordinary Joe who the Father has blessed with tremendous insight into the original language of Paleo Hebrew, which the modern Hebrew script evolved from. Basically, the Paleo script is a bunch of pictures that represent ideas, similar to Egyptian hieroglyphics. This 10 minute video is just an introduction to who Eric is, and what he does. He has almost 60 hours of seminars available on Youtube HERE.

Enjoy the video, and check out his stuff! He is truly blessed by Yahweh!


The Holy Spirit or Just a Sock Puppet?

I found this quote today and thought it worth sharing.

If your “holy spirit”

a) tells you anything contrary to scripture
b) tells you it’s okay to indulge a sin this one time, it’s atoned for
c) tells you whatever you feel comfortable with is okay, your conscience is the guiding light
d) tells you that no one should judge you no matter what you do
e) tells you that it’s most important that you be happy
f) tells you to rest firmly on the teachings of men, even though you can’t find their equivalent in scripture
etc.

then there’s a really good chance you really don’t have the Holy Spirit, but rather have a “holy spirit” sock puppet, which is really your personal ego reaffirming itself.

taken from a commenter at wnd.com

I think that just about says it all, doesn’t it?


Is Jesus Yahweh?

One of the most debated topics within the Torah-pursuant Body of Messiah these days is whether or not Yeshua (Jesus) was actually divine, or just a very special guy that was filled with the Holy Spirit. Many folks, in their rush to dismantle the logically impossible Trinity doctrine, decide to throw out the deity of Jesus entirely, marking it as a relic of Greek polytheism that infiltrated the church around the 4th century. There is some merit to this line of reasoning, and I am certainly no defender of the Trinity hypothesis (yes, Hastings Dictionary of the Bible defines the Trinity doctrine as a “hypothesis” that is “not demonstrable by logical or Scriptural proof”. But that’s another article entirely). However, I believe that this approach fails to take into account some very critical Scriptures. After spending a good deal of time researching and studying this topic, I would like to submit my personal conclusions on the matter. Perhaps someone will find it edifying and helpful in their journey.

First of all, let’s start with my premise. I believe that Jesus is indeed divine. Scripturally, I can’t see any way around that. However, where I differ majorly from Trinitarians and even Unitarians/Oneness groups is that I don’t see Jesus as either the second person of a trinity floating around in God’s head, nor do I view Him as the exact same being as the Father with a different name. Some of you may be thinking, “Well heck, what other option is there?” I’m glad you asked. Let us work through some Scriptures together and use some logic along the way.

In Scripture and ancient Eastern culture, the right arm/hand was a symbol of power and authority. To state that someone was your “right arm” was basically giving them the same authority that you had, and empowering them to speak and act on your behalf. It was especially common for kings to delegate authority in this manner. With this in mind, let’s look at some key Scriptures to see if they give us any clues about the ultimate identity of Jesus. All of them are speaking directly of Messiah:

Mark 12:36  For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Matthew 26:64  Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

Mark 16:19  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

Acts 2:33  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

Acts 5:31  Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Acts 7:55  But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,

Acts 7:56  And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.

Romans 8:34  Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

There are many more. This is only about half of the verses that directly refer to Jesus being at/on the right hand of the Father, YHWH. An interesting note here is that the Greek word translated “at” or “on” in these verses is the preposition ex. It can also be rendered “out from”, “by”, “from” or “out among from” in English. This will become important in just a moment.

With all these verses fresh in our minds, allow me to bring you to my conclusion with a final verse. This one blew my mind.

Isaiah 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

The Hebrew word translated “arm” in this verse is zeroaw, which literally means “the stretched out arm of mighty power”.  As we discovered earlier, the arm that was associated with power and strength throughout Scripture is the RIGHT arm. The Hebrew word for “salvation” in this verse is yeshua; Yeshua is also the Hebrew name for Jesus, and is His real name. This should be causing bells to go off in your head right now. Combine this with the verses we just saw in Acts, Romans, etc. and we have the picture of Jesus in a state of being “out from/by/of” the Father, as if He were a part of Him.

So, to put all the pieces together, these Scriptures tell us that YHWH our God has bared his holy, stretched out arm of mighty power to reveal Yeshua, our salvation, to the entire earth, sent Him forth from within Himself and gave Him all the power and authority of YHWH!

Wow. Simply amazing. When I saw this for the first time, my heart leaped for joy. Our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) is most assuredly divine; He is in fact, the Right Arm of YHWH, who is revealed to give salvation to the entire world.

Praise God! May you be blessed by these Scriptures as much as I have been.


Law and Grace for Dummies

This is the clearest, simplest video I’ve ever seen that describes what the Bible says about God’s grace and God’s Law/Torah. If you can’t follow this simple logical train of thought and agree with it, then you shouldn’t be debating either grace or law with anyone.


Did Jesus Die for Pigs Too?

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Is this REALLY what Jesus died for?

One of the most disturbing trends that I have noticed in debating the validity of God’s Torah with Christians is the notion that the death of Jesus somehow magically made unclean, filthy bottom feeders into something that the human body can digest. The Christian argument typically is something along the lines of “Well, I know God said pigs are unclean, but Christ’s death on the cross changed all that! He died to free us from His Father’s Law! The Law is Jewish and not for Christians. Halleluyah and pass the pork chops!

Uh, excuse me? Let’s set aside the absurdity of Jesus coming to contradict His Father and get rid of His Law for a moment and deal with what these people are really saying here. They’re telling us that an infinite, omniscient God chose a group of people, gave them a bunch of arbitrary rules about what they could eat, said that violating His rules was sin and worthy of death, told these people that His rules would last FOREVER, then sends His Son to pay for their sins, and now supposedly His “forever” rules go away, meaning He lied to His people, which makes God a liar, which means He’s no better than Satan. Oh, and Jesus died so I could eat pigs. How dare you say otherwise, you legalist Judaizing HERETIC!

Ouch. There are other logical fallacies in play here, but we’ll save those for another time.

Now, I highly doubt that most lay Christians have thought about things this far. Most are simply content to believe whatever their favorite pastor/speaker has to say and leave it at that. Let’s face it; most Christians aren’t Bereans. While the average Joe does bear some responsibility for not testing everything the way he should, the bulk of the blame falls squarely at the feet of the church/seminary system that trains our pastors and theologians. The doctrines that we see today are nothing like what the apostles preached.

Case in point, Peter’s vision in Acts 10 commonly gets so twisted that the interpretation of the vision that Peter gives us in the text and has nothing to do with food whatsoever is discarded and replaced with “God is telling Peter to violate Leviticus 11 and eat ham sandwiches. Hooray for lobster and shrimp!”. This false teaching comes straight out of the seminaries, because it’s nowhere to be found in either your Bible or the logical, thinking brain that the Creator gave you.

We’re left with two choices here: Either God is commanding Peter to sin, or the seminary people are hoping you won’t notice verse 28 where Peter tells you that the vision was about human beings, NOT  what we eat. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to stick with Peter’s interpretation, not what some seminary graduate wishes it said.

This false teaching relies on basic ignorance and human selfishness. We want to do what WE want to do, and by golly, bacon tastes GOOD! This attitude is at the heart of sin. We need to keep in mind that sin almost always feels good. We war against the flesh constantly. What better way for Satan to ruin our witness than by having the church leaders make Leviticus 11 null and void for God’s people?

Remember, absolute truth is universal and constant, like the law of gravity; not intermittent, sporadic, and only applicable to people with certain DNA. That’s called “relativism”. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, no matter how many Bible degrees they have.


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