Righteousness; What God Requires, He Also Provides…Romans

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for therein the righteousness of God is revealed…Romans 1:16

The book of Romans is unique among the epistles in that it isn’t polemic, that is it isn’t trying to refute any error. Romans is therefore  a clear rendering of the Gospel of salvation . Paul calls it the “Gospel of God” , and takes us from the bankruptcy of Jew and Gentile to the glorification of man and creation, all realised by the gospel.

Paul begins with the declaration that in the Gospel, “the Righteousness of God is revealed”. In order to appreciate and grow in the gospel, a thorough grounding in the teaching of Romans is necessary, and for that to happen, the meaning and use of the term “Righteousness” has to be defined. Biblically, there are several possible definitions;

Righteousness, dikiaosune – refers to uprightness of conduct, equity of character. It means to have all good qualities in perfection.

Righteousness- can also mean uprightness, rectitude,  conformity to God’s standards.

Righteousness- is also a status- Right-Standing- being “in the right”,”Right with” a law , authority or person in authority.

The Beginning of the Gospel in Romans is an emphasis on the bad news first. God is a Holy God and can only accept perfect Righteousness from man. There is a saying that illustrates this and is quite profound

“The Righteousness that He (God) requires , is the Righteousness that His Righteousness requires Him to Require.”

Furthermore we are warned of the coming day of Judgment, in which the standard will be absolute Righteousness and Truth. At the great accounting God will require perfect Righteousness of each person.

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;Who will render to every man according to his deeds…(Romans 2:5-6).

This is the bad news, that we are all on our way to a Judgment of our lives by a Holy God who can accept nothing less than absolute Righteousness from those whom He made in His Image. Eternal, happy Fellowship with Him requires total Righteousness and we have none to offer Him. We have not been morally upright, we have not conformed to God’s standards, by our sins we have forfeited the right to dwell in God’s universe. What are we going to do?

God himself offers to us the answer. Romans declares that it is Jesus,

…Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:25

Jesus is the offering God made unto Himself. God has “set him forth” as the ‘satisfaction ‘ offering, His life offered to God for us satisfies the requirements of the Righteous nature of God, the broken law of God, the offended Holiness of God. By the resurrection God testified that He is satisfied in the offering of Jesus.

In short, here is the Gospel ; A Righteous God, has made a righteous way to cleanse and renew unrighteous sinners, by exchange. In God’s plan, Jesus assumed our unrighteousness before God, and was judged with our judgment, so that we could be given his righteousness as a gift. As Paul put it,

For He hath made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might be made the Righteousness of God in Him.(2 Cor 5:21) 

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Two Simultaneous Realities… Romans 3

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: (Romans 3:23-24)

The subject of Romans chapter three has been thus far,  AllAll of us are under a Divine sentence of condemnation,  All of us like sheep have gone astray from God.  There are no exceptions, not even  Israel,  All of us have defected from God.

Yet to that same ALL,  God has provided a gift,  even the very Righteousness that He demands of us, in the person of Jesus Christ.  The gift is “Unto all ,  but only “upon all who believe”.

The text literally reads, “For all have sinned and are coming short of the glory of God”.

There is an up to this moment dimension to it. Indeed,  I have sinned and even now up to this very moment,  in thought, attitude,  motive,  etc,  I am coming short of the Glory of God that I was created to reflect.

This is because sin is more than a mere act- it is a state of being. Breaking God’s laws is sin, but so is “the plowing of the wicked“, as Proverbs testifies.

A high look, a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked is sin . (Proverbs 21:4)

Romans 3:23 is true of All of us,  it describes our current earthly situation. What am I to do about my moment by moment sin,  my continuous falling short of God’s glory?

In Romans 3;24,God has provided an existential answer to the sad reality that I have sinned and am currently falling short right up to this moment of God’s glory.

The same subject,  ALL,  are currently being justified (moment by moment) before God, through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus. This said to be done by God as an expression of His grace,  He didn’t have to do this, He did does it for us freely.

For every second that I live my life on earth, continuously falling short of God’s glory, Jesus in heaven is continuously justifying me before God, making up for every shortfall, failure and transgression. Sin is a status that is existential,  but even more so is redemption.

Moment by moment Jesus saves me. He represents me before God, He has offered himself as my Righteousness before God. His death on the tree satisfied the Righteous requirements of the broken law of God, the offended Holiness of God, he answered for the shattered Image of God by dying my death.

But His life before God as our High Priest also saves us, in this moment by moment sense. These are the simultaneous realities Paul reveals in his gospel,

1) The Earthly reality; Yes I have sinned against God, and even up till now I am coming short of God’s glory,

2) The heavenly reality ;Nonetheless I, and all who believe and have received the redemption of Jesus, are constantly and currently being justified before God by Jesus himself

As the chorus so beautifully puts it,”He is all my righteousness, I stand complete in Him, and worship Him…”. And Paul again, in I Corinthians 1:30 tells us, :

But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, andrighteousness and sanctification, and redemption,so that, just as it is written, “LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.”(I Corinthians 1:30)

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The Love Of God … Romans 5

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.(Romans 5:6-10)

I have come to realize that my deepest need, spiritually, is twofold. First of all I see that my need is salvation, justification of life, forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to God. The gospel of the Holiness and Love of God as outlined in Romans 1-4 is the answer to that need. Jesus is that answer.

Secondly, having been saved, I need to stay saved. I need to remain in Jesus, to grow as a christian, to “continue in the Love of God” no matter what comes. Romans 5 shows us that in this need also, The Love of God as revealed in Jesus alone  is the answer. I have proven myself all too ready to defect.

Behold in Romans 5 one of the most profound passages in all of scripture, for it expounds the love of God ,

For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.(Romans 5:6)

Realise what this verse is revealing to us, understand it and let God’s love infuse your soul.

While we were without strength…in other words when we were utterly helpless. In the incarnation, God did something for us that we could never do for ourselves. When we realize our own inability and spiritual bankruptcy, the Love of God staggers us.

In Due time...God saw our need and was moved toward us, to send His Son. Jesus came at a set and predetermined time, planned  before the foundation of the world. God knew what you and I would do, He made provision for it before the world began.

Christ died for the ungodly…Jesus did what had to be done to procure our justification, he died the shameful death on the cross as our substitute, this is the proof of God’s love.

Who are the ungodly? God created us to bear His Image, but we shattered the Image of God, by our sin and defection from Him. Did God create us to be petty?Lustful? Hateful or envious? These are the perversion of the Image of God, this is ungodliness.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,Christ died for us…

Who would do that for we, the ungodly, marred and misshapen by sin,haters of God and enemies of all that is good and true? Yet Jesus died for us, and as the apostle John tells us

The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world…(I John 4:14)

God’s salvation is a whole package. The ground of justification is Jesus ‘ death on the cross, His blood and his life of perfect obedience. The cross of Jesus was enough to justify us, how much more shall He by His life, be able to complete the work begun in us, sancitifying and even glorifying us?

All is dependant upon Him. Doesn’t His very blood wash away our sin and commend us to God, and is it not absolute proof of God’s love for us, even while we were sinful enemies of God ? Then how much more shall He be able to “save us to the uttermost” by his life?

For what Jesus is doing now, is as significant as what He did when He died on the cross, as far as our salvation is concerned.If we were totally dependent on Jesus to justify us in the first place, we are certainly no less utterly dependent on Him to keep us until the end.

What is Jesus currently doing? He is saving us to the uttermost by his ongoing life and ministry as a priest. Keeping us in the Love of God, making up for our shortfalls, cleansing us from all sin and unrighteousness, in short, continuously saving us by His life!

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.(Hebrews 7:25)

This is the Holy logic of Divine love, it is the calculus of the Saviour and of the Father who sent the Son . If He loved us then…than how much more now that we have believed on Him? God’s love as revealed in Jesus never decreases, it only increases.

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God Loves Sinners Before They Are Saved!

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. ( Romans 5:11)

Romans chapter Five is one of those places in the Bible which “established (me) in Righteousness”(Isaiah 54).

I had a very finely tuned conscience, I was keenly aware of the “sinfulness of (my) sin” and needed constant reinforcement of the assurance of salvation. I needed to know that in spite of my sins, I was right with God.

How can a righteous and Holy God accept a grievous sinner such as myself? How can He go on loving me, who stumbles, falters and falls daily as his disciple?

But here in Romans we learn that God loved us, before we were saved and before he brought us into his family. Though We were enemies, estranged from God himself, haters of God and all that is truly Holy, God set his Love upon us.

If God loved us when we were at our worst, How much more does He love us since we have been reconciled to Him through the death of his Son?

The LORD doesn’t wait for us to clean up our lives, or even to turn to Him, in order to love us. God’s love took the initiative, He loved us in our unsaved conditioned, and sent His Son to Redeem us!

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Romans 5: 8-9)

If God could love me while I was an estranged enemy from Him, running from him, cursing and rejecting Him, How Much More does He love you and I who have accepted the justification which he purchased for us by His blood?

God loves You! It is no wonder, that often with trembling lips and upraised hands we sing “Amazing Love, How Can it be, that thou my God shouldst die for me?”. Another hymn that brings to us the astounding truth, “Oh How He loves you and me, Oh how He loves you and ME! He gave his life, what more could He give, Oh how He loves you, Oh How he loves me, Oh How he loves you and Me!”.

In the logic of Romans 5, if God could love us in our miserable, fallen state, what of those of us, who have accepted his offer of salvation? Even in spite of our constant false starts, lapses and stumbling steps, does He love us less now or More?

Ephesians 2 expresses a similar thought,

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (Ephesians 2:1-4)

What a dismal picture of our true condition! Dead, rotting in sn and lust, slaves to the enemy of God, Satan, on a well oiled path, (the course of this God rejecting World), and even liable to the Wrath of the Holy God, which is sure to come upon the world, and rightly so…

BUT GOD… (so rich in mercy) …It staggers us, that God could love us so, in that state of rebellion and estrangement, when we were unholy, ungodly, unrighteous, BUT GOD… think about it and rejoice!

FOR THE GREAT LOVE WHEREWITH HE HATH LOVED US… did that love come before or after you were born again? It preceded it.

God knew we would fall from the very foundation of the world, and made the provision, which his Righteousness would require. God loved us…God loves us…God will always love us, in Jesus.

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Why Acts 17 doesn’t apply to the Metatrone Controversy

… Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. (Acts 17:22-23)

Would referring to the LORD Jesus Christ, as the Metatron, be the same as Paul preaching to the Greeks, revealing to them the true identity of the “unknown god” that they had made altars to?

When Paul came to Athens, He saw that the city was wholly devoted to numerous Greek gods, whose shrines, images and statues were venerated throughout the city. The Greeks were polytheists, and wanted to appease whichever gods they perceived to exist. Paul also noted a rather curious phenomenon, for throughout the city, were various altars which were dedicated to “the unknown god”.

Evidently there had been a very serious plague in Athens, which had been interpreted to require the appeasement of the gods, and to which the entire city devoted itself to. Which god was responsible for the Plague? Athens would seek to appease all of them.

However the plague was not stayed, in spite of the multitude of devotions.Evidently these pagans didn’t know which god they should offer sacrifice to. This was a humble admission of their ignorance of God, and a desperate attempt to appease him.

A wise man was consulted who instructed the elders of the city to let loose a flock of goats, and wherever those goats would rest, they were to erect an altar to “the unknown god”, and offer sacrifices there.

Centuries later the Apostle came to Athens to preach Christ. Where to start?

Paul would tell them the identity of the unknown God.

There are many who are saying that what Jacob Prasch is doing, by referring to the Kabbalistic “Metatron” as the “One mediator between God and men”, and the “Angel of the LORD” and even as Jesus, is the same thing Paul did.

I don’t think the analogy applies.

Here is why.

The many altars to the “unknown god” amounted to an admission that the Greeks really didn’t know who God is, and to the limitations of their own Pantheon to stay the plague. In their desperation, they cried out to the “Unknown God”. (Incidently, the plague stopped shortly afterwards according to the story).

Paul could respectfully build upon that admission, and let them know that the God who did what none of their own gods could do, (ie stopping the plague), has an identity, is a person, their Creator, and Judge, as well as their Redeemer, the LORD Jesus Christ.

In the case of Jewish evangelism, (The gospel should indeed go to the Jew first), The Metatrone is in no way an admission of ignorance of the Only True God. In fact the Metatrone is the product of a very sophisticated (but errant) theology which developed over the centuries, has a highly developed persona , and springs out of literature that was designed to destroy faith in Jesus Christ deliberately, particularly among the Jews.

Unlike the Greeks, the Rabbis and their disciples do not think that they are ignorant of God, in fact they are gnostics who believe that they alone know who God is. Thus the analogy breaks down. Why bolster their unbelief by trying to label Jesus with the title that they know well, of a figure,”Behind the Throne”?

Metatrone, is not Jesus Christ. Not even close. It was not the Metatrone who wrestled with Jacob, it was God. The Patriarch Jacob saw the face of God and lived. Metatrone is an occult imagination, an idol, a distortion of reality, a terrible, ominous substitute for our Saviour.

When Paul engaged in Jewish evangelism in the synagogues, did he refer to the Metatrone? ** Would he have pointed to the various myths and fables of the Rabbis which he so often warned against? How did Paul go about Jewish Evangelism?

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.(Acts 17:1-3)

And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.(Acts 18:4-5)

Admittedly I do not speak Hebrew, but I am a Christian, I have the Spirit, and it grieves me to see the LORD Jesus Christ, compared to a mystical figure, and openly referred to as Metatrone. We must be discerning brothers and sisters. Pray for discernment on this, please, we beseech you.

**( It could be that the Metatrone developed later, but the point is the same, for their were plenty of Jewish Myths Paul could have drawn from as analogies.)

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Why Calling Jesus The Metatron is Problematic…

Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. 2 John 8-11

… not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. Titus 1:15

There are two entirely different concepts which I am forced by necessity to contrast, because they are being blurred and confused past what I deem to be the danger point, regarding the integrity of the Gospel.

First of all, there is the Messiah of the Scriptures, The “Seed of the Woman” promised in Genesis, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David, who has come into this world from His Father, in order to save us by the propitiation which He offered on the cross for our sins. “The Volume of the Book” is written of Him, the Bible cannot be understood without taking him into account. He is the LORD Jesus Christ.

Second of all there is a Jewish mythological creation, “the Metatron”, the one supposedly “behind the throne” of Almighty God, is never mentioned in the Torah or the Prophets, nor is he mentioned in the New Testament. He is a figure in the Kabbalah and the Zohar, two occult Jewish books which offer a metaphysical view of scripture.

It should be obvious that there is no connection whatsoever between these two figures, nor does one need to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar in order to understand this. Jesus Christ is real! He is the fulfillment of the scriptures, and is coming again in the flesh to judge the world in Righteousness.

Metatron is false, he emerges from a book designed by Satan to deceive Jewish people into rejecting their only Messiah. The descriptions of Him range from Him being considered a deified Enoch, all he way to being the “second Pillar of the Godhead” and he is considered the “only mediator between God and man”, and the Angel of the LORD. It should be obvious that this is AntiChrist territory.

Metatron has served to turn Jews away from Jesus for centuries. Now JA Prasch (among others) is glorifying Metatron in the Gentile church as well, and that concerns me deeply.

I know that Jacob’s stated reason for teaching Metatron, is Jewish Evangelism. I have no doubt he started out with just that goal, ( I know He has had a longtime, deep concern for Jews). He says He uses Metatron to show the Jews that they have had a longtime concept of a plurality within the godhead, and that such a notion is not a mere “Christian invention”.

As JA Prasch says in the Article, The Metatron,

So the rabbinic arguments that Christian belief in Jesus the Messiah being God is a Gentile belief of pagan origin can be refuted. It does not pervert the Jewish Scripture; nor are these ideas alien to Jewish thought – contrary to what the rabbis want people, Jew and Gentile alike, to believe. They may still reject the Messiahship of Jesus, but they cannot reject His deity based upon the idea being alien to Jewish thought. To do so would be a rejection of their own Jewish sages.( Moriel Quarterly September 2009,’The Metatron”)

But using Jewish Mythology to analogize Christ, has obviously become a slippery slope, and the clear lines of demarcation between the real Christ and the (fake) Metatron have become blurred, as I will show you, from the Moriel Quarterly, September 2009 edition.

The article is called “The Metatron” and is illustrated with an old painting of Jacob wrestling the Angel of the LORD.

The teaching starts out with the concept of God coming in human form, as the Angel of the LORD. Then Jacob mentions Melchizedek, whom he considers a Christophany, God coming again as He did with Jacob, in human form. Jacob mentions “The Angel of the Covenant” whom Malachi promised would come, He then mentions “the Word became flesh” as in John 1:14.

So far so good, we have no problem with that.

But immediately after this, in the article ,Jacob P makes this leap,

The Word of the Lord is not only called “melech habrit” (the Angel of the cov- enant), but also the Metatrone, from Greek meta – “middle of the throne”.(ibid)

JA Prasch doesn’t say whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the above statement, that the Metatron is the “Angel of the Covenant”, He simply states it, then launches into a discussion of the Kabbalah it came from.

Rabbi Simeon Ben Yochai taught that according to the Zohar, volume 3, page 227 of the Amsterdam edition, the middle pillar in the Godhead is the Metatrone, who has accomplished peace above according to the glorious state there. They identify this Angel, with whom Jacob wrestled and who appears in Malachi, as God Himself. They say it is through Him that God shall bring peace on earth as He has brought it in Heaven, and that God would answer prayers offered in the name of the Metatrone.

Kabbalah teaches that God is plural, one God in three persons, or as we say in Hebrew “Shma Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai eched, baruch haShem kvodo u malchuto la’olam v’ed amen.(ibid)

My problem here is that JA Prasch talks about the Kabbalah, seemingly without making a judgment of it, he just states it as a matter of fact, then mentions the deviations of a “Heretical Rabbi, Maimonides” who distorted scripture indeed, turning “oneness” to “One” in the Shema.

But aren’t they all heretical? Maimonides, the Zohar and the Kabbalah?

The article is too blurred, Jacob seemingly doesn’t distinguish between the truth as revealed in Scripture and the Kabbalh’s parallel but errant spin on scripture. For example, again from the article,

God is worshipped in his plurality according to the Zohar. The Kabbalah talks about the tree of life; prayers are answered in the name of the Metatrone; and it is the Metatrone who will bring peace. In Exodus24:1 it says: “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD.”( Moriel Quarterly September 2009, The Metatron)

Rabbi Verchai taught the following: “God said to Moses, come up unto the Lord. This is Metatrone. He is called by his name Metatrone because in this name are implied two significant things which indicates his character. He is both Lord and messen- ger. There is also a third idea implied in the name Metatrone. It signifies a keeper. For in the Chaldee (which is Aramaic), a keeper or watchman is called ‘Matherot’ and because he is the keeper or preserver of the world he is so called the keeper of Israel.”(ibid)

There is no editorial comment after these distortions, they are just in the article, the very definite (and blasphemous saying) that God is Metatron , that’s it. One wonders whether the author agrees with Rabbi Verchai’s interpretation of Exodus 24:1 or not, it just simply states that God is Metatrone.

Furthermore, we cannot tell by the font whether the following is JA Prasch’s thoughts or Rabbi Verchai, or the Kabbalah or the Zohar,

So we see that in Exodus 24:1, the God who is exalted is the God who is speaking to Moses, “sayeth unto him that he should come up to Jehovah, Adonai, Yahweh,” which is Metatrone. So the Metatrone, the Messenger of Yahweh, the Angel of the Lord, is Yahweh who is oftentimes connected to the name of God, alluding to the Shekinah, the glory of the Lord. Hence God is in the Shekinah, the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh.(ibid)

Here is another problematic paragraph,

We Jews believe Moses was instructed in all divine knowledge by none other than the Metatrone (Haraba Dalet from the Mentuah edition). And the Metatrone is not only God, but the Redeemer. Jacob sees this Metatrone and lives because the Meta- trone comes in a human form, the only way you can see God and live to tell about it.(ibid)

Is it JA Prasch who is speaking when He says “We Jews Believe…“? One cannot tell by the font in the Moriel article, but it looks like Jacob is saying He believes that the Metatron is God! Do you see what I meant by slippery slope?

In this article, the Kabbalah and Zohar are quoted, often without any condemnation of them, as though they offer common ground with the gospel, but the writing blurs the distinction between the true Messiah and the Metatron, badly, as in this example,

Reading this passage and knowing that my nation, the children of Israel, never ap- proached God without the mediation of a priest or a high priest, I went to Rabbi Simeon Ben Voccai to enquire whether any mortal and sinful man dare approach God without a mediator. I received the follow- ing instruction: This is an extract from the Kabbalah, the Zohar volume 2 on Exodus page 51 of the Amsterdam edition.(ibid)

“To keep the way of the tree of life, there is but one mediator between God and man and that is Metatrone.”

Yet the high priest is a mediator, but somehow he is not a good enough mediator. What does it say in the book of Hebrews? We have a more perfect high priest from a different order. It was Melchizedek (i.e., the Metatrone) – the only mediator between God and man; the middle pillar of the Godhead who preexisted, through whom God made the world and sustained it. God would answer prayers made in His name only; the government would be on His shoulders; the mystery of salvation is in Him. He is the Redeemer and the only me- diator between God and man. And Jews ask where do we Christians get this? The Zohar!Ibid)

Who is speaking here? Are these reflecting the author of the article’s beliefs? Is JA Prasch saying that Melchizedek is the Metatron? That Metatron is the only mediator between God and man? If so, shouldn’t we have a problem with this?

The very essence of Anti-Christ is the substitution of anything in the place of Jesus Christ.

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To My Friends At Moriel

To my dear family, especially those of you who follow Moriel ministries, or allow it to feed them. I am writing out of genuine concern, and I come as a friend and a brother.

Do you realize that you are about to come face to face with a real loyalty test?

I think I know what drew you to Moriel and to the influence of Jacob Prasch. I get the hunger for deeper and more substantial teaching, the appreciation for the Old Testament types and Shadows, as well as the boldness and aggression by which Jacob seemed to confront the compromised and Lukewarm ministry.

Jacob Prasch seemed to come out of the blue in the days of the “Toronto Blessing” and who was so bold in rebutting, exposing and in many cases mocking the heretics who were ruining the Pentecostal and Charismatic churches at the time (the 1990s). He had his flaws, (as all men do) but he was right at the time, when it came to the doctrines he was calling out.

Are you comfortable with the knowledge that Jacob has been drawing from the Kabbalah, to teach that the occult figure “the Metatron” is Jesus?

I know the rationalizations that are being offered, that Jacob is merely doing a sophisticated outreach to the Jews, teaching them that they themselves have entertained something of a theology of a plurality in the godhead. It sounds reasonable, and has sufficed so far to suppress the various complaints which I and others have raised about Jacob’s Metatron teaching.

These rationalizations of Jacob just cannot hold water. The Metatron is an Occult imagination, a literal AntiChrist figure, drawn from a body of literature which is designed to turn the Jewish people away from their true Messiah. Jacob, how could you resort to this?

Frank Rogers released this segment of Jacob actually teaching that Jesus is the Metatron! In the recording, Jacob is leading an altar call to the Metatron! He tells people that the Patriarch Jacob wrestled the Metatron, and cites the Zohar, saying the Angel of the LORD is the Metatron.

It is extremely painful to see Jacob try to find the Word “Metatron” in the text of the New Testament. This was a painful act of Self Justification and sophistry by Jacob. He knows that what He has taught about the Metatron has no connection to the text of the New Testament, but in order to justify himself, He went ahead and put a good many of you through it, distorting the text.

It grieves me to see Jacob go there, but what are you going to do about it?

My dear friends, many of whom I have known and walked with, this is your moment of Truth. Didn’t Jacob always say, “If I ever depart from the faith, get away from me!” ?

I know it is painful to recognize that someone we have respected very highly in the past, is in error, and that to follow him is to prop him up. REMEMBER THAT YOUR DEEPEST LOYALTY IS TO JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF, and not to Jacob or any other preacher.

Over the years I have seen Jacob “take up the sword” (as he describes it) against brothers that He once walked with whom He considered to be in error. Many of you appreciated that and applauded the fact that Jacob “Tells it like it is” and saw his aggression as boldness.

It pains me to say this but what I am telling you now, is “what is”. Jacob has gone into error and he only doubles down on his error. I encourage you to pray for him, and to check out the links I have given in this article.

There are no doubt going to be some very heavy ‘ad hominem’ attacks from Moriel, on me, Frank Rogers and Chris Roseborough. Please go through the links and at least educate yourself, don’t just dismiss this open letter. I do not write this out of anything but genuine love and brotherhood. I do not nor have I ever, wished anything but good for Jacob, but it is obvious that he is falling into the very pit that He has often thrown other people into.

It hurts to admit we are wrong but the scripture tells us, “Rebukes of instruction are the way of Life”, ( Proverbs 6:23) .Remember, your loyalty is to the Word of God, and not to any man.
Please be advised, Your friend, Pastor Bill

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The Nations That Forget God…Part 2

The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:17)

In my last article I related how I recently prayed an exasperated prayer to God, not really expecting an answer. I literally cried out “WHY?” because I was grieved and upset at the rapid deterioration of the USA and the West, spiritually, morally and otherwise. Almost immediately I had received a very clear answer in my soul, which consists of three passages of Scripture, Romans 1, Psalm 2, and Deuteronomy 28.

Please consider the lesson taught in Deuteronomy chapter 28 with me, and it’s implications fo us as a possible answer to this heartfelt question, “Why are we disintegrating?”.

First of all before I take you to the scripture, I wish to assure you that I am well aware that there is a specific context to the 28th chapter of Deuteronomy. It was given to the Theocracy which God ordained, to Israel. It contains the sanctions of the Covenant God made with Israel.

America (my country) is not Israel and has no national covenant with God, I realize that. Israel is the only nation on earth which God made a covenant with.

However the Law of God is extremely beneficial in it’s teaching aspect, and has application in many ways to all of humanity.

What do I see in Deuteronomy 28 that explains in part our current dilemna?

 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (Deuteronomy 28:1-5)

The first part of Deuteronomy 28, which consists of fifteen verses, give us a picture of what God considers to be “the good life” which is possible for a nation, or a people. It is what national blessing looks like. This is what Israel could have had, and did have when they met the covenant conditions. The Prophets speak of “Every man under his vine, and under his fig tree”.

I repeat, America has no such covenant with God, and no claim on a national covenant with God.

But when she was “Judeo Christian” in consensus, America in part, truly experienced much of what this looks like. We have to admit that we have been greatly blessed. I really believe the lines of the song “America the Beautiful”, which says over and over again,

“America, America, God shed His Grace on thee, and crowned thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea”.

I am not saying we earned our blessing by any unique goodness, but you have to admit, in her short history, blessing is the only way to describe what we have experienced.

The Covenant with Israel had a condition set for the Blessing. They were to “Listen diligently to the voice of the LORD…and obey his commandments”.

The application in our case is that to the extent that this nation remembered God, in individuals, families and even in National Institutions, we experienced unique blessings. In spite of our flaws, we were a meritocracy, a self correcting Republic, and a blessed people.

But with the cultural Revolution of the last century, which had been long simmering, but which took off in the 1950s and 1960s, we lost sight of God, and of our religion, (Christianity in various forms), and secularized.

Eventually enough of us jettisoned the old Judeo Christian outlook, in favor of a secular humanist worldview. To put it in Deuteronomic terms, we would not listen to the voice of the LORD.

And things have rapidly been deteriorating ever since. I will highlight four notable examples from Deuteronomy of what it looks like when a nation forgets God;

The Destruction of marriage and Family, and the poverty and loss that comes with it, and the vulnerability this brings to individuals.

Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof. Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them. (vs 30)

Under the good life, (the Blessing) people married, bought a house and generally expected to get old together, after raising children that would honor and love them. But in our modern times, Divorce has become a plague, a good many children are now raised in broken homes, or marriage is dispensed with altogether, and children are raised by single parents.

What has that done to the psyche of children?

The Moral and Spiritual Loss of Children. Perhaps most horrible of all, the division and wide separation which our culture encourages between parents and children. When scripture warns of Children being given to another, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are physically removed, what about morally and spiritually? Why does this culture produce so much alienation between parents and children?

He says you will long for them “…all day long” but there won’t be a thing you could do about it!

 Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day long; and there shall be no might in thine hand.( vs 32)

Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity. (vs 41)

Children are “going into captivity” every day in America, often it is captivity to the various vain philosophies and toxic proclivities which abound in this darkened culture. Our Sons and Daughters are constantly being conditioned to detest and despise the faith of their parents and of their grandparents, and thus are carried very far away indeed. Only God can save us and restore our families.

The coarsening and brutalization of the people. Fifty years ago the only tattooed people that anyone around me knew of, were veterans of the war, carnival workers, and convicts. Now , young women sport them, preachers and professionals wear them also, in short, nearly everyone is“tatted up”. This is a measure of the paganization of our society. This is what successive “sexual revolutions” produce in people.

Our generation is experiencing the loss of the sacred, and deep despite of the Body, which we once considered a temple of God.

The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.( vs 56-57)

Did that “tender and delicate woman” who probably once nurtured a toy baby doll, ever dream she would be reduced to an acceptance and even to being a promoter of the killing of her own child in the womb for convenience? What happened to her? How did she come to the place of such a rejection of the truly feminine? Our Toxic culture happened, that is what happened to her and millions like her.

God is saying here, “You have no idea how low you can go, when you turn away from me”.

Mental and spiritual instability, fear, depression, and the whole range of spiritual pathologies which have given us an entire Billion dollar pharmacological industry and various narcotic dependencies.

And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life: In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see. (Deuteronomy 28:66-67)

God told me that Deuteronomy 28 is part of the answer to my anguished cry of “Why”?, when I lamented the destruction of our nation.

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Why The Nation Is Dissolving…( A Biblical Analysis) pt 1

A few years ago I went to pray and cried out to the LORD an exasperated Prayer, “WHY?”. What I was referring to was the moral, spiritual and cultural disintegration of our Nation. It was one of those cries, to which I didn’t even expect an answer, I was just pouring my heart out before the LORD, in prayer and sorrow.

But I did receive an answer, a very clear thought came to me which I am sure was of the Holy Spirit of God.

It come in the form of three passages of Scripture… Psalm 2, Deuteronomy 28, and Romans 1 came to me as the answer to the question of “Why” the disintegration we are experiencing, in America and around the world.

I will begin with Romans 1.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. ( Romans 1:18-21)

Right away in this passage we are confronted with the answer. What we are seeing is the “wrath of God” being worked out in our society. God is angry with us, and day after day the anger is being revealed.

He is angry at two attributes among us, our ‘unrighteousness‘ and ‘ungodliness’. Unrighteousness has to do with how we treat each other. Sexual sins, the violence which is prevalent, dishonesty, and the use and abuse of persons, this is unrighteousness and God hates it.

Ungodliness takes us deeper into our sinfulness, it has to do with the way we approach God himself. The tendency to develop and worship other ‘gods’, the lack of the fear of God, the use of the name of the LORD in vain, distorting the vision of God into something more compatible with our own personal likings. This is ‘ungodliness.

Ungodliness is what the first table of the Ten Commandments addresses, and unrighteousness is covered in the second. The one is the fountainhead of the other. Ungodliness is the root of all of the other sins. It is because we neglect and ignore our duty to know God, and to worship Him in truth, that we fall prey to other sins such as murder, adultery and theft.

All of our sin problems are theological, and require theological solutions. The most important and determining aspect of any person, is how they see God, whether rightly or wrongly.

Our western world is different, it is uniquely blessed and prosperous due to the Judeo Christian heritage. But we have been pushing God out of our lives and are reaping the bitter whirlwind.

The Wrath of God is not a wild, erratic passion, it is instead a settled and steady opposition to all that is evil, false and sinful. God sees it all, and gives men a chance to repent, but he reveals it in a sense every single day. How? By Giving men over to their sins, passions, and debased lusts.

He is angry , not because of our ignorance of God, but because men do know God, at least they know enough to make them accountable. Paul tells us, that “They are without excuse…”, because between the wonder, power and order of Creation, and the conscience which God has put into the hearts of all men, and the fact that men have a capacity to make judgments about good or evil, it is obvious that all men know in their hearts that there is a God, a Creator to whom they owe their existence, and thus their worship.

It is not what they don’t know about God , but what they do know and suppress about him that brings wrath upon all men.

They Knew God ,but would not glorify Him as God… This is the root of all sin. The refusal to acknowledge God, and to seek to know Him. All other sins flow out of this refusal, this rebellion of Creatures made in His Image.

The Wrath of God is revealed in the vanity and darkness which clouds the minds, heart and imagination of fallen men.

We now see this darkness working in our cultural leaders, our “experts” ,pundits, decision makers and shapers, educators, and so forth. There is confusion now as to what is right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or rejectable. Isaiah prophesied that God has mingled a “Perverse Spirit in Egypt”

 The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit. ( Isaiah 19:14)

Where is the moral clarity to stand up to obvious evil such as “Planned Parenthood”, or the murderous “Black Lives Matter”? When a nation comes under Judgment the Wise men go unheeded or are ignored, in favor of fools and even worse.

We marvel at the perversity on display in America; the District Attorneys refusing to press charges against violence looters and arsonists, the Moral paralysis which is literally leading to real consideration of disbanding Police in a time of violent crisis, the exaltation of the vilest of society, and the contempt, hatred and resentment of those who have played by the rules, but who dare to say “The Emperor has no clothes”.

This is the Divine displeasure working out, it is the partial answer given me to an exasperated prayer,”Why?”, for which I expected no answer.

When Wrath is working, there are exchanges which people end up making, to their own detriment and destruction;

  1. (They)… exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.( Romans 1:23) When people push God out of their thinking, unwittingly they forfeit the only real validity a person has, “The Image of God”. Why is human life special? Why do all Lives matter? What is special about man, Why shouldn’t a man be treated like an animal? The answer is that Man was made in the Image of God, and that alone gives him an intrinsic “human dignity” which is to be respected by all.
  2. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.( Romans 1:25 Men will worship, for worship is an intrinsic part of what we were created to be and do. But there is only one object of ‘worship’ worthy of all of man’s heart, soul, mind and strength. The Creator and Redeemer God of the Bible. All other worship debases and corrupts man.
  3. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: ( Romans 1:26) When wrath is revealed, men’s desires become perverted and debased, this is not the cause of wrath, it is Wrath itself in operation.

It should be obvious by now, according to this passage of the Bible, that America is under wrath, we are being given over to that which was truly in us, but which God, in His mercy had restrained for the most part. Anyone can do anything, we are all capable of the most heinous of sins, and now those sins are being put on display for all of us to see.

The design is to get us to turn to God with all of our hearts, and in holy fear. There is forgiveness in God, for those who repent. But this is the initial answer to why we as a nation are literally coming unglued and disintegrating. God help us!

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Leftism; The Difference between Spiritual and Political-

Evidently it is very offensive for some who read this blog, when I decry “the Left”, and when I espouse somewhat of a conservative outlook. More than a few of my brothers and sisters in Christ have challenged me that I am being “political”, and not Spiritual.

I appreciate the concern, and the willingness of those concerned to call me out on what they think is a drift away from the Prophecy analysis and Biblical Exposition, which I usually offer. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend”.

I don’t consider myself ‘political’, I think of myself as ‘Spiritual’. As far as I can tell, I write and think from a God centered and Biblical perspective.

I don’t have a ‘party’ which I identify with, (I loathe the Republican Party, almost as much as I loathe the Democrat party). I do not believe there is a political solution to our national problems. I have no doubt that our nation will go the way of all nations that ‘forget God’. Psalm 9 tells us:

  The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. (Psalm 9:17)

I realize this and mourn over it greatly. All that remains is to try to urge people to see what is happening, and to get them to repent and receive the gospel. That is not a political perspective by any measure, it is a Kingdom of God, realism perspective.

Having said that, I do decry “Leftism”, or “the left”, and for that there are some who passionately warn me against being ‘political’.

First of all they think I am being one-sided, ‘why don’t you criticize the right?”, as if I have to be careful to constantly balance everything out in the name of fairness.

For example, would a critic of Naziism in the 1930’s who happened to be a Pastor, have to make sure his criticisms of Naziism are balanced with criticisms of the Social Democrat party or any other of the German political parties that were in existence in those days? Would criticizing Naziism make him any less Christian, if he didn’t also criticize the others? Would criticizing Naziism prove that the pastor was political and unspiritual?

I think not. That should be obvious. Naziism was and is blatant evil, it would be the job of German Pastors to criticize and call it out in the same ways the Prophets of the Bible called out the Baals and other idolatries.

It is as a Christian that I call out Leftism. In fact Leftism has infiltrated all of our political Parties. It is a cancerous blight, an idolatry based on a Utopian fantasy, which ruins everything precious in society. Leftism in both major political parties has given us the Abomination of Abortion on Demand and has thus cheapened human life, desecrated the sacredness of women, and perverted the natural instincts to love, nourish and cherish human life.

Leftism has also spawned Abortion’s deformed twin, so called Gay marriage and sexual anarchy.

I hate leftism, because it is evil. has nothing to do with any political party, the cancer is in both lungs of America now, and we are dying. We are to hate and decry evil.

As a Pastor shouldn’t I be able to make a diagnosis, and call out for repentance. I know that our nation is under judgment and is dying, but didn’t all of the prophets explain to sinners what they were dying of and call them to repentance?

There are some who accuse us of loving and worshipping President Trump. I do love Trump, but not as a Savior, but as a sinner who God has allowed to be our leader for the time being. I pray for him, but I do not believe in him the way I believe in Jesus. He has some remarkable gifts and qualities about him, I must admit, but for all I know he could turn out to be the AntiChrist. Who Knows?

He certainly will not save our nation, but in my view he is a reprieve from the deadly, sickening, downward spiral that the Philosophy of leftism has inflicted on us. This sickness is definitely unto death. Are we not to hate it and warn against it?

Some misunderstood our joy when Trump took power in 2016.

It wasn’t ‘political’ it had more to do with the fact that the Clintons are manifestly evil people, who do not have scruples and have engaged in criminal behaviors at the highest levels. Why shouldn’t we be happy we dodged that bullet?

So many Christians are conflicted, due to the humanistic pablum that passes for Bible teaching thee days in some churches. They do not get that ,Yes we are to love the LORD and each other, but also we are to hate Evil! The Clintons are not Christians, they are AntiChristians. After covering our nation with soot for 8 years, they went on to be the advocates of LGBT, Abortion, Planned Parenthood, and virtually everything godless that is bringing judgment on America.

Should I criticize the right? Why? What do you mean ‘Right”. In theory, one group (the right) stands for personal responsibility, the right to self defense, religious liberty, freedom of speech, and the conservation of our Judeo Christian culture.

On the other hand the other group, (the Left), stands for the deconstruction of our borders, group identity, Abortion, sexual anarchy, State control of Education and every other facet of life, Government funded illegitimacy… so on and so forth.

Has nothing to do with Party, both Democrat and Republican are totally infiltrated by Leftism.

The real urgency I have is that I see leftism as an alternative religion which will damn people’s souls. I do not believe one can be a leftist and a Christian. How could any Christian belong to a movement which promotes abortion, and sexual anarchy.

Another form of Leftism is currently making many into converts, through the use of false guilt. I speak of the BLM movement, (Founded by a Lesbian) and yet which is responsible for the murder of policemen in Dallas and God knows where else, and which openly calls for the slaying of Policemen.

And yet so many are taking to the streets, (indeed in many, many cases peacefully) but chanting the slogans of this hateful and in fact ‘racist’ movement, which condemns and criticize people who insist that “All Lives Matter”. God says? Man was made in the Image of God”, therefore all lives matter.

I have come to realize that Leftism is a powerful, godless political religion, which is a rival to Christianity, and will one day persecute us as they have in every nation that adopted it’s tenets in the last century. It demands sacrifices, brings judgment on those it hates, and is virulently atheist at the core.

Should I ignore that, as a man of God, and just stick to preaching?

I Am Preaching! Maranatha!!!!

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