The Exile of Israel is a Covenantal Punishment …

See, I set before you today life and good, death, and evil. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will have life and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But, if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. (Deuteronomy 30:15-18)

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.( Hosea 3:4-5)

I am not a Jew nor am I a Hebrew speaker. I am a gentile Christian, a lover of the God of Israel, and of the Jewish people. I am passionate about the Jewish Bible, (translated into English) and since my Savior Jesus came into my life, I have a love for the children of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob.

Anti-Semitism is repugnant to me, and is always a sign of the Devil, as far as I am concerned.

However it is really important in this discussion I am having about Neo-Pharisaism, to explore the question, “Why have the Jews been in Exile all these 2000 years?”.

I have been listening to scads of Orthodox Rabbis, who tell me that as a Gentile I cannot possibly understand the Hebrew scripture as they can, and that Christians somehow corrupted the Text, to suit their own ends, (Which is amusing since the Septuagint came into being before there even was a Christianity, and that is the text that many of the Apostles obviously preached from).

I have also been told by the likes of Rabbi Tovia Singer, Michael Skobac and others, that Christianity has been a scourge, and has caused unfathomable suffering for the Jewish people.

Furthermore, Rabbis assert that Christians have distorted the entire concept of the Messiah, and that the Rabbis are the only real experts on Messiah, and that Torah has made it clear what the Messiah will achieve when He comes.

Was it not Orthodox Rabbis who proclaimed Simon Bar Cochba to be the Messiah, in the calamitous third Jewish revolt?

I would agree with someof the above, for example, that the Jews should be the guides and teachers of we blind Goyim, and the day will come indeed that ten Goy will grab the shirt of a Jew and ask for instruction.

But there is something wrong with this picture, and I would love to hear these neo-Pharisees acknowledge it.

Since the Rabbis are experts on the Torah itself, and also on the entire subject of the Messiah, and since they alone are truly devoted to the One God, Why are the Jews yet in Exile from the Holy land?

What went wrong, about two thousand years ago? It wasn’t the Christians, or the Romans or the Muslims who drove the Jews into Exile… only Hashem could have done that, because it is a matter of the covenant, the Torah.

I want to know from the experts what happened? How did you get to the point where Hashem actually inaugurated a two thousand year exile from the Land God gave unconditionally to Abraham, Isaac an Jacob? Why are these Torah observant experts among the Pharisees, still in exile?

Have the Parushim really turned back to God? He says they will in “the latter times”… .

Why does the LORD say in Ezekiel, that even when the Jews do return to the Land it will not be because of their own holiness or devotion.

Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went. And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.* Ezekiel 36:22-25)

Why Does the Lord God tell us that Israel will be brought back into the Land in a state of uncleanness and filthiness, and that then they will be cleansed, and renewed in heart? If the Rabbis and their Torah devotion is such a holy and pure religion, why hasn’t the exile ended?

What has been the dominant orthodoxy of Judaism, since shortly after the Temple was destroyed? Has it not been Pharisaiasm, since the councils of Jamnia?Weren’t the founders of what has become post temple Judaism, Akiva, and Johannan ben Zakkai? Whatever Orthodox Judaism is, is in direct continuity with the Pharisees. Why was Israel exiled for two thousand years shortly afterward?

Something happened about two thousand yeas ago which proved so catastrophic, it sent the Jews into exile for two thousand years. God did that to His own people, not Christians or Romans. Whatever they did to merit that must have been some massive violation of the Covenant.

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What Happened To Cause The Exile?… Noahide error

Between 70 AD and 120 AD, The Jewish people were driven out of the Holy Land, and the Nation of Judea was extinguished. The Jews would remain in exile, for almost two thousand heartbreaking years. Why? What happened two thousand years ago that brought this heartbreaking circumstance about?

The Land of Israel was given to the seed of Abraham ,Isaac and Jacob, by none less than God himself, in an unconditional covenant.

Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.

I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
( Genesis 12:1-3)

That Land belongs to the children of Israel to this very day, but for the most part, the last two thousand years have been an exile to them, and the exile is still not ceased.

My question is, What happened two thousand years ago? Why has this exile befallen the people to whom God gave the Holy Land?

Moses foresaw that the children of Israel would be blessed by God and “wax fat”, (become self sufficient), and eventually fall into idolatry. He taught them a national song, with this prophecy in it, to impress it upon the hearts of all of the children of Israel forever. This is the song of Moses, and it is in the Torah,

But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger ( Deuteronomy 32:15-17)

All of this is in the song, Moses our teacher taught the children of Israel, long before these events took place…

Moses predicted a temporary suspension of the Jewish people, by God himself, (never total), and a provocative blessing of a non people,

They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.( verse 21)

He then predicted by the Spirit of God, the scattering among the nations of the Holy People,

I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men: vs 26.

In the years following 70 AD, just such a mass “scattering ” happened, by the hand of God.The slave markets of the world were glutted, the city of Jerusalem was nearly razed to the ground, the Temple of God was destroyed, and Jews were spread all across the entire Gentile world.

As Jonah was once cast into the Sea, Israel was thrown to the Gentiles, and the national polity was removed. The scepter had departed from Judah.

Had Shiloh come? (see Genesis 49) Is that what happened? There are descendants of Abraham,Isaac and Jacob everywhere, from the Jungles of India, into China, All over the Muslim world, in Africa, throughout Europe and Eurasia. Moses’ prediction had come to pass. God has scattered his beloved people. As Moses once prayed, “Who knows the power of your wrath?”.

Why did it finally happen after many centuries of idolatry, defection, good Kings and Bad Kings of both Judah and Israel, and even after a seventy year deportation and captivity to Babylon? What happened two thousand years ago that the “axe fell ” to the root of the Tree?

What was the peculiar circumstance? It seemed that in Jewish History, the Babylonian Captivity really did cure the Jews of the crass idolatrous practices of their forefathers. The first century was not a time of Baal and Asherah worship, or household idols as in earlier centuries. So what was it about two thousand years ago, that caused the Exile?

Here again is the Torah;

When thou shalt beget children, and children’s children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger:  I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you (Deuteronomy 4: 25-27)

The Romans could not have destroyed the Jewish nation, no matter how mighty their armies, unless God had allowed it. Over the centuries, it is true, that people claiming the name of Jesus, have caused much evil to befall the scattered Jews, but Christianity, or Christendom hasn’t caused the exile. Neither has Islam. All will answer to the Holy God of Israel for the treatment they extended towards the Jews, but God himself is the one who scattered them.

My question is why? I would love to know what Torahists believe about this question.

Why is it that God scattered the Jews, driving them out of the Land he gave them and putting them into exile these long millennia? What was the pivotal point of departure, two thousand years ago?

I think it a notable and astonishing miracle that the Jews were preserved, and in a sense, have been put on display as a very visible sign of the existence of God. Furthermore, no one should gloat or feel superior, for If God would do thus to His own people, whom He loves with Hesed, (Steadfast Love), what is going to happen to the rest of the World.

God has told us that there remains a bright people for the children of Israel, but it is predicated upon an acknowledgement of a national offense, and a true, heartfelt seeking of the Lord. From the Torah again,

But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. ( Deuteronomy 4:29-31)

If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.( Leviticus 26:40-42)

The condition of national restoration is the confession of a national offense… Even the Prophet of the Tanakh, Hosea predicted the same,

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early. ( Hosea 5:15)

What could it be? Two thousand years is a long time…

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How The Rabbis Lie About Atonement… Noahide law

‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
 They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’
( Isaiah)

The Neo Pharisees make a great pretense of honoring and observing the Torah, but in truth, they lead those who are wrongly impressed with their “piety” into the pit. These are the blind guides Jesus warned us of; the blind leading the blind into the eternal pit of perdition.

For example let us look at the subject of atonement by Blood sacrifice.

The Perushim, (Pharisees) downplay sacrifice, as if it is not that important, instead the way to be forgiven by God according to them, is by Teshuvah,(repentance) prayer, alms and other “Mitzvoth”,(good works). Supposedly blood is not necessary for forgiveness.

For example here is a quote by Rabbi Daniel Asor, which is typical of the Pharisaic movement,

Christianity’s obsession on the subject of ‘atonement for sins’ through someone else’s pure blood, comes from the Pagan idolatry of ancient religions.” From Article, “Is Blood Necessary for the forgiveness of Sins?”

Such is the Pharisaic way to deal with the problem of Christian theology, just dismiss us as Pagans and Idolators. But the Christian teaching on atonement is rooted in the Torah itself, in Genesis,Exodus and Leviticus, all of which teach atonement by blood. What was the meaning of the first blood shedding in the garden of Eden?

Furthermore why was Cain’s offering rejected whereas Abel’s was accepted by God? What was the difference? How is it that the entire nation of Israel was delivered from Slavery? What was the God ordained sign of faith? The blood of the Lamb!

The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 12:13)

The Pharisees are lying when they discount the need for blood atonement. They have to lie about it, because modern “Orthodox Judaism” encoded it’s doctrine at the council of Jamnia, sometime after the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed. They had to refashion Judaism, since the old Temple worship, with it’s Priests and sacrifices was no longer possible to practice. Now instead of Priests and Levites, there would be Rabbis. Instead of sacrifices of blood, (Life for life), there would be Good works,( Repentance, prayer, Alms). No wonder they are forced to discount blood as a necessity.

Leviticus ( In the Torah) flows with blood of sacrifice,

The Book of Leviticus, the book which is dedicated in detail to the sacrifices and atonement for sins, talks about atonement 49 times! Each time, the context is always the blood sacrifices. Why blood is so important to God?
In Leviticus 17:10, God commands not to eat blood, and in the next verse, He explains why the blood is so important: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.” (Lev. 17:11)

I have heard Rabbis assert over and over again, that when Christians are asked “where in the Torah is the need for blood sacrifice taught?” that the only answer given of them, is Leviticus 17:11. Then the Christian is told that Leviticus 17 is not about atonement, but about dietary laws.

This is disingenuous, a straw man , easily knocked down. On the one hand, the Torah has much, much more to say on the subject, than Leviticus 17:11, although that is a powerful enough argument.

 “And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, ‘All that the LORD has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.’ And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words.’” (Ex. 24:6-8)

“Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year. With the blood of the sin offering of atonement he shall make atonement for it once in the year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.” (Ex. 30:10)

I could easily fill this page with quotes from the Torah which make the point that fellowship with God can only be attained by the blood of a perfect God appointed sacrifice. The Rabbis are lying to people.

Those who once knew Jesus are in fact trampling under foot the blood of Jesus, as Hebrews warns.

Even many Jewish Sages disagree with Singer, Skobac and others, according to this “One for Israel” article,

Even the Sages recognized this. Yalkut Shimoni says on Exodus 29: “There is no atonement but in the blood.” In tractate Yoma 5a it says: “And he shall lay his hand… and it shall be accepted for him. Does the laying on of the hand make atonement for one? Does not atonement come through the blood?” Rashi himself said: “There is no atonement without blood.”The Sages also recognized this principle and repeated it in Zevachim 6; Minchot 93; Sifra 4, and more.

Pharisees always come across so authoritative, pious and supposedly reverent of scripture, but I hope you can see on this all important concept, the Pharisees are actually lying about the Torah. Where is the reverence in that? In order to justify their existence as post Temple Jews, the Pharisees have literally downplayed a huge concept in God’s Torah, the importance of atonement by Blood sacrifice, appointed by God.

This is a dangerous game, spiritually. Those impressed by the modern Pharisees who have renounced the blood of Jesus, will have eternity to regret their decision.

More to come-

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The Gap Between Church and Synagogue… Noahide

I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,[a] my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.(Romans 9:1-5)

I have been listening to a lot of Rabbis lately, because I have been moved to find out why it is that a good many Christians have been swayed by these Rabbis to the point where they have converted to Judaism, and in the process, they have denied Jesus. This is a subject of eternal consequences.

This movement is called “Torahism” , according to Christian author, RL Solberg. Many churches and Christians are “Going Torah” to various degrees, and accepting the Pharisaic interpretation of Torah, as well as the Pharisaic critique of Christianity.

When I use the word “Pharisee” I am not being derogatory. In an earlier article I mentioned that to an orthodox Jew, Phariseeism has a good name. The celebrated Rabbi, Tovia Singer openly acknowledges that he is of the “Perushim”, ie Hebrew for’ the Pharisees’. They consider themselves faithful to the Torah and indeed the entire Tanakh, and as in the days of Jesus, and the early church, they are fierce opponents of the gospel.

So many Christians I have met over the years are naive about the differences between Judaism and Christianity. They do not realize the extent of the gap, while at the same time, they are enamored of much about the Jewish people, simply because of their love for Jesus, the Jewish Messiah.

I have seen a spectrum that ranges from simply realizing and appreciating that ours is a Jewish faith, and that Jesus was a practicing Jew, (all of which is very healthy and enriching), to the other extreme of Christians sitting under Rabbis, taking on the trappings (Skullcaps, prayer shawls, Shofar blowing, keeping feasts, Sabbaths )and eventually what we are seeing today in the Noahide movement, which is apostasy away from Christ.

Because of my faith in Jesus, I love Jews. I appreciate them, and what they have given us, and the whole world. I agree with my Savior’s evaluation when he told the woman at the well, ‘Salvation is of the Jews”. My heart aches for them, for the “time of Jacob’s trouble” which is coming as well as for the two thousand year exile which they have suffered.

However I am under no illusions as to the tremendous gap in theology which exists between the Jews and their understanding of the Bible, and our Christian revelation. Like many I used to think it trivial, “They are still waiting for the Messiah, But we know He has come” , that was all it amounted to as far as I knew, and one day they will be able to see “Him whom they pierced”.

Here is a brief treatment of three tremendous chasms which exist between Judaism as it stands today and Christianity-

  • Judaism emphatically denies the need for a sacrifice- especially a blood sacrifice. I have heard Rabbis such as Michaell Skobac of Jews for Judaism, and Tovia Singer among others, emphatically deny the need for any sacrifice whatsoever. They cite scriptures such as Micah 6:8 And Psalm 40;
  • He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
  • Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required.

The Rabbis even cite the 14th chapter of Hosea, which gives a word for word prayer of repentance,

O israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

By these verses and others the Rabbis vigorously assert that God requires “Teshuvah”, repentance, a heart for Him, and not sacrifice.

Christians on the other hand, read the same Old Testament that Jews read, and see the requirement of blood, from the very beginning, in the garden of Eden, through the bloody sacrifice of Abel, the sacrifices offered by the Patriarchs, and the blood on the door of the Passover, and to the rivers of blood which flowed from the Temple of the LORD. All of this was appointed by God.

We would say, All of this points to the once and for all final offering, of the body of Jesus Christ for the sins of the World.

Jews would say that human sacrifice is forbidden in the Torah and is considered an abomination.

This is a major difference between Judaism and Christianity. The blood of sacrifice is an offense to the Jews, and they do not see it as a requirement in their Torah. It is particularly offensive to Jews when Christians speak of the ‘blood of Jesus’.

I have been transformed by the news that Jesus died for me, but ‘torahists” stumble over it.

The Nature of the Messiah- Jews and Christians both believe in a Messiah, an “anointed” King to come, and who will set the world right and restore the Kingdom to Israel. In that there is agreement, but the gap is so great in what they believe about the nature of Messiah, and the “Messianic age” it is truly amazing.

The Rabbis all refer to Messianic passages such as Isaiah 11, Isaiah 2, and show that the point is not any given person, but the characteristics of the Age. Michael Skobac in teaching on this subject acknowledges that yes there will come a man who will be a direct descendant of King David, and who will rule on a throne in Righteousness, establishing Peace on Earth. But Skobac says that in Biblical descriptions of the Messianic age, little is given to emphasis on Messiah, the person, but the Age itself.

Tovia Singer points to similar passages and exclaims, (for example Isaiah 11) that there is nothing in there about Messiah dying for our sins! Furthermore he is emphatic that the Messiah could not be Divine, because Isaiah 11 says He will have the “spirit of the fear of the LORD”, and ‘How could God fear himself?’.

We who are Christians believe in the dawning of the same age, (We call it the Millenium, they call it “the Messianic age), but all emphasis with us is on the Man who is the Messiah. Jesus is everything! By his sacrifice he made us worthy to partake in the glory of the age to come, and we just cannot get over that!

But the Jews say that since the Messianic age obviously did not commence at the coming of Jesus, Jesus couldn’t be the Messiah. One Jews for Judaism tract even says that the words “The Messiah” , as one supreme person, and the focus of faith, never occurs in the Hebrew Bible,

The Hebrew word “HaMashiach” (lit. the Messiah) describing a future anointed person to come does not appear anywhere in the Bible.  Since the Bible makes no explicit reference to the Messiah, it is unlikely that it could be considered the most important concept in the Bible. Indeed, in Jewish thought, the Messianic idea is not the most crucial.  However, in Christian thought, the Messiah is paramount- a difficulty in light of its conspicuous absence from scripture.

I disagree with the Jewish view, but it has been helpful looking at everything from a completely different perspective.

The Oneness of God, (Monotheism)– Perhaps this is the greatest division between Jews and Christians. The Jewish witness against polytheism, is remarkable in History and can only be attributable to a Revelation from God. The entire world was involved in idolatry, but on Sinai, God did reveal himself to his people as One God.

Christians also believe in only one God, but a God who has revealed himself in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I am a monotheist. All of the ‘gods of the nations are nothings, they are idols” there is only one God. The Torah is right, as it is the Word of God.

“This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent…” (John 17:3)

Christians have a hard time describing the person of God. For example how could Jesus be God and yet pray to God? But shouldn’t it be difficult to describe the infinite personal God?

The Jews have some problems too, in the Torah and Prophets; for example how could God tell Moses,

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.( Exodus 23:20-21)

Why did Hashem say that the Angel would not pardon their sins? Isn’t the forgiveness of sins the perogative of God alone?

There is more to say on this subject but I hope this is a start. There are people who once knew Christ who have come under the teachings of the Rabbis and consequently are defecting from Jesus. Souls are in the balance, spirituality is not just a matter of “fads” which one can go thru and replace at will without consequence…

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Tovia Singer’s Deception on Psalm 110 … Noahide pt 6

The Neo Pharisee, Tovia Singer has employed a very deceptive tactic in his all out assault on Christianity. He uses his mastery of the Hebrew language, which is indeed the language of the original scripture, to accuse early Christian teachers of distorting the texts of the Hebrew Bible, in order to cast doubt on long held Christian teaching on Jesus’s fulfillment of Messianic scripture.

Obviously most Christians do not speak Hebrew, and though they may quote traditionally Messianic verses such as Isaiah 53, Psalm 22 and Psalm 110, they couldn’t answer a when challenged to debate the actual Hebrew. In this way Singer has seriously undermined the faith of many, and openly calls for a defection from faith in Jesus Christ.

In his many lectures and sermons, the non Hebrew speaker is expected to sit by as Singer ‘demolishes’ the messianic verses which he claims Christians distorted to validate Jesus.

My concerns about this man and the work He is doing to attack and undermine the faith of so many, have led me to find resources, and answers to his many charges. I have found some excellent and irrefutable arguments put forth by Hebrew speaking Christians, Who have answered Singer’s challenges.

We will look at a few of the boldest claims, and where I cannot answer adequately, (I do not speak Hebrew, but I do believe the Bible), I will point you to those who do.

Singer’s lecture on Psalm 110 is an example of what we are up against,

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.( Psalm 110:1)

This is the most repeated Old testament passage in all of the New testament, nd from the beginning has been pointed to as being a Messianic prophecy pointing to Jesus. Jiesus himself challenged the Pharisees on it, in the last week of his earthly life,

While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions. ( Matthew 21:41-46)

I am going to allow a new friend, a Hebrew Speaking Christian who goes by the name of Nakdimon answer this, from his Blog,

The psalm 110 lecture of rabbi Tovia Singer’s “Let’s get Biblical” series is not about all of Psalm 110 but about the first verse. It is also one of the easiest to refute, simply because it is abundantly clear that David is the speaker here and speaks of the Messiah and of no one else. This is one of the lectures where I really wanted to be in the audience asking the very same question that was asked him. Namely, that there is more to the subject of this chapter than one might think. Of course he would tell me then that it was obvious from my question that I didn’t read or understand a word of Hebrew. If you didn’t know already, this is the standard anti-missionary scare tactic. They will challenge you on the Hebrew! Although the rabbi is right about one thing, which is that this verse doesn’t prove that the Messiah is God. But it does affirm the view that the Messiah was to be more than human. Because who can be more than king David? King David is the greatest king ever known to mankind. He was the king of kings. And yet he speaks here of someone as “his lord/master”. There is not a king that can come forth from the Gentiles, nor from the Jewish people, that could excel David. All the kings that followed him, were always compared to him in their righteousness. As the rabbi said it correctly “he was their measuring rod”. 

You might say “this isn’t King David speaking, but the Levites for whom the Psalms were written to sing in the Temple”, just as the rabbi claims, hereby following the reading of the Ramban (aka Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman or Nachmanides). This is what the Ramban wrote (emphasis mine) 

King David was the composer who wrote the Psalms with the aid of the holy spirit. He composed them for the purpose of having them sung before the altar of God. He himself did not sing them, nor was he permitted to do so, for that function was forbidden to him by law of the Torah. (Deuteronomy 18:6-7) Instead, he gave the Psalms to the Levites, so that they would sing them. This is clearly written in the book of I Chronicles 16:7 Therefore, King David perforce expressed the psalm in the language appropriate for utterance by the Levites. Thus, if King David had said; “The Eternal said to me”, the Levites repeating these words would be uttering falsehood. Instead, it is proper for the Levite to say in the Temple: “The Eternal saith unto my lord: (that is to King David) Sit thou at My right hand.” The purport of the term ‘sitting’ is to state that the Creator, blessed be He, will protect him during his lifetime and that He will save him and cause him to prevail over his enemies. So it was, for he lifted up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. This is the right hand of God.

Is this reading actually valid? Let’s examine the text: 

L’David, mizmor: N’um Yahweh l’adoni, shev limini; ad-asit oyveycha, hadom l’ragleicha1A Psalm of David.
The LORD saith unto my lord: ‘Sit thou at My right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.’

This is how rabbi Singer’s argument goes: This is a verse speaking about king David, who wrote it for the Levi’im (Levites) to sing in the Temple. And because he wrote it for them to sing in the Temple it was necessary for him to write it from their perspective, because would he write it from his perspective and said “the LORD said to me” and the Levi’im would say it likewise, then they would be lying. So that’s why he wrote it from their perspective and therefore had to write “the LORD said to my lord” referring to king David and then they would be truthful. (9:00) 

Again, we ask the question: Is this a valid reading? Let’s look at the validity of this claim: 

It starts out with   (L’David mizmor) which means “a psalm of David”. It can also mean ”a psalm for/to David”. This is actually subject of dispute. The more likely form is the former, however, as mentioned, it can also mean the latter. The first claim is that it was exclusively written for the Levi’im to sing in the Temple. Well, the common phrase “lam’natseach” [for the leader], meaning the leader of the worship, is completely absent here. We find it in a lot of Psalms. We find it in Psalm 51 through 65, for example. The second claim is that this is written from the perspective of the Levi’im. But I couldn’t find one instance where David did this. In fact, he had a lot of Psalms where he could have used this method of writing. Let’s take the most striking example of all the Psalms: Psalm 51. This is a Psalm David wrote after he had sinned greatly and taken Batsheva, the wife of the Hittite Uriah, whom he murdered. He there goes all out to confess to God and what does he write? 

 Lam’natseach. Mizmor l’David1 For the Leader. A Psalm of David;

This is beyond any doubt a Psalm written for the Levi’im to utter in the Temple. But what does king David do next? You would think that, if the rabbis were right, he would go on to write from the perspective of the Levites, right? Not so! He then goes on to speak from his own perspective and not from the perspective of the Levi’im. So according to the reasoning of rabbi Singer and the Ramban, the Levi’im would be lying if they uttered this Psalm in the Temple, because it didn’t happen to them, but to someone else, and therefore they couldn’t sing this as if it happened to them. That would be misleading. But this is not at all implied by the psalmist and this never occurred to him even once, otherwise he would have written this in the third person. Notice the expression in verse 16: Hatsileini midamim, Elohim 16Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God….

Where is the perspective of the Levi’im when it is needed the most? How about Psalm 59? Let’s look at how David writes there and never considers the perspective of the Levi’im: 

1 For the Leader; Al-tashheth. [A Psalm] of David; Michtam; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him. 2 Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God; set me on high from them that rise up against me. 3 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from the men of blood. 4 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul; the impudent gather themselves together against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.

Well, do you see David writing from the perspective of the Levi’im? I certainly don’t! And we can’t imagine the Levi’im singing these Psalms, saying “Deliver him from his enemies” or anything of that kind. So it’s obvious that David never considered their perspective in the first place. And where does this leave the charge of deceit made by rabbi Tovia Singer? Absolutely nowhere! David wrote this Psalm, not for the Levi’im to sing in the Temple referring to him, but what God said about the Messiah. 

Then there is of course the charge of the New Testament account that the Messiah raises this question to the Pharisees and says to them “if he is supposed to be the son of David, then how come David calls him “lord”?” According to rabbi Tovia Singer this is an unlikely event because the people who know a little Hebrew would point Yeshua to the fact that the two “lords” aren’t the same. But is that the point Yeshua wanted to make? That both “lords” in that psalm are the same and therefore the Messiah is God? Not at all! All he was trying to tell the people is exactly what he said there; how come that David, the greatest of kings in the history of all of Israel, calls the Messiah, who is supposed to be his son by many generations, his lord? 

So whether the first lord and the second lord are or aren’t the same has never been the question. The question was if the Messiah is actually king David’s lord, then what does this tell us about the Messiah? So it is clearly demonstrated that rabbi Tovia Singer is totally  wrong in his analysis and wrongly points us to the Ramban. But because it is the Ramban, the rabbi takes his analysis as the absolute truth and doesn’t ask any questions. If he would have been half as critical towards the commentary of the Ramban as he was to the New Testament, he would have seen that this analysis is, sad but true, wrong and therefore their conclusion is false. Apart from HaShem, it is the Messiah and the Messiah only who is David’s lord. Who else fits the bill

What then do we make of rabbi Tovia Singer’s claims? They are totally untrue!  

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The Pharisees are Alive and Well… Noahide movement pt 5

The Word “Pharisee” has been very much overused in our church culture.

These days, anyone who calls on Christians to take devotion, and Obedience to God seriously is labeled a Pharisee, and dismissed out of hand in this antinomian age. So also are those who call upon the church to exercise due discernment in this age of false prophets and other religious charlatans. Furthermore those who do not fall in lock step with the abominable “unconditional security” teaching are also called “Pharisees”.

Most people who throw this name out have no idea what the real Pharisees represent, they just call any theological opponent “Pharisee” as a way to dismiss criticism. To any Christian, being called a Pharisee would be an insult.

The Pharisees in the gospels, were at one time the “back to the Bible ” movement of their day. They tried to maintain the only true faith against the Hellenism (Greek humanistic culture) which sought to impose it’s pagan values on the whole world.

At a time when the High Priest of Israel took on a Greek name and a Pagan Gymnasium was established in Jerusalem, and untold thousands of Jews were defecting from the faith, the Pharisees took on the task of preserving the observance of the Torah. I believe God used them mightily in the intertestamental period.

But by the time of the coming of Jesus, the Pharisees had developed a system of rigid external observance of the Torah, and would resist Jesus and his disciples. Ironically the Pharisees were closer theologically to Jesus than the Sadducees, Essenes or any other Jewish sect. Many of the first disciples of John the baptist were Pharisees, as were many of the first Christians.

The destruction of the Temple in 70 AD created a crisis in Judaism, how to practice the faith without a Temple or Priesthood. A council in which the Pharisaic school in great part attempted to resolve. Pharisaic leaders such as Rabbi Akiva and Johannan Ben Zakkaiestablished a new religious center for Judaism in Jamnia and redefined Judaism completely.

From an Israel Biblical Studies article,

According to Rabbinic sources, when the Jerusalem Temple was destroyed by Titus in 70 AD, Yochanan ben Zakkai (a leading Pharisaic proto-rabbinic leader who opposed the Saddusaic leadership) established a center of learning in Jamnia. This attracted proto-rabbinic scholars to this area. After the Temple’s destruction, Jamnia gradually became a new spiritual center in Israel. Israel’s legislative body (the Great Beit Din later referred to as the Sanhedrin) relocated to Jamnia (Babylonian Talmud, Rosh Hashanah 31a). Other names often associated with Jamnia are Gamliel II, the leader of Bet Din and Akiva ben Joseph, a charismatic leader from the days of Bar Kochba Revolt.

The relevance of this is that this redefinition of Judaism along Pharisaic lines, has continued in direct continuity to this day, and is currently launching an effective attack on Christian claims about scripture, the Deity of Christ, his sacrifice , the need for blood atonement, etc. the Noahide deception is part of the fruit of this virulent assault by neo-Pharisees.

One of the most notable of the neo Pharisees is a Rabbi named Tovia Singer. He is a winsome, adept communicator who is launching a direct assault on loot ever tenet of the Christian faith. He is open about being a “Parushim’, (Hebrew for Pharisee). He is right, there is a direct line from the councils of Jamnia , to the Hasidic and Orthodox, rabbinic Judaism of today. It is not an insult to Rabbi Singer to be called a Pharisee.

Singer considers himself zealous for the Torah, a defender of the faith against the corruption of Christian theology. He reminds me of Saul of Tarsus ,(May God grant him the same end). Most importantly he is getting to people. The internet now has numerous testimonies of former Gospel preachers who have been talked into renouncing Jesus, repudiating the ministry , and denying blood atonement, etc, in part due to Pharisees such as Singer.

I was going to give a rebuttal to one of Rabbi Singer’s popular antiChristian Argument, (That the Psalms do not say, “They Pierced my Hands and My Feet”, which is one of the Christian arguments for the prophecies predicting Messiah would be crucified. This is what Singer and the other neo-Pharisees do, they attack every Christian understanding of fulfilled prophecy concerning the Messiah.

However I have found a beautiful rebuttal by a fellow Christian Pastor who is also concerned about this, so I will give you the link. I feel I need to show you what many are up against, and how others are defending our faith in the face of so many defections.

This brother is named RL Solberg, and He has written a book about this subject, (Which I plan to order, called “Torahism”. Here is the Link to his rebuttal of Singer’s argument,

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Reversing Romans 10: 1-4 …Noahides pt 4

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. ( Romans 10:1-4)

The Apostle Paul’s heart for his kinsmen, Israel , has always touched me in the depths of my spirit. Perhaps because of Him and of course because of Jesus, I have long loved and pined for the salvation of the Jewish people myself, although I came from a part of the country where one didn’t encounter many Jews.

The love is deep, and with it there is sympathetic sorrow and pain, for their sufferings.

There is no doubt, the Jews (in some cases) have a zeal for God. But Paul, like a good friend, tells the truth, that their zeal is not according to knowledge. That hurts, because knowledge is something the Orthodox Jews take much pride in. They know the Torah, they speak the original language of scripture, to them were committed the oracles of God.

Rabbis spend their lives poring over the texts, commentaries and collections of teachings, in order to obtain knowledge. They love the Torah, and the Prophets and writings. Such knowledge has replaced the sacrificial system in Judaism, since the Temple was destroyed.

How is it that the Apostle , by the Holy Spirit can accuse them of “zeal without knowledge”? What is it that they do not know, that they should?

What they are ignorant of is “God’s Righteousness”. Not the fact that God is Righteous, they know that quite well, nor is it that they are ignorant of what God requires of us morally and ethically. In the case of the Orthodox, they have codified the entire Bible, into 613 commandments, which it is their life’s goal to observe.

When Paul accuses Israel of being ignorant of God’s righteousness, He is talking about ignorance of Righteousness as a gift from God through Grace and faith. God’s righteousness is a gift to be submitted to, to be received as a gift. Even the Torah proclaims, “Abraham believed God and it was imputed to Him as Righteousness”.

Isn’t this basic Christianity? Were we not taught this from the beginning? Righteousness with God (Right Standing) can’t be earned, it can only be submitted to. The Gospel is a Gospel of the Righteousness of God… .

The Holy God has made a Righteous way to redeem sinners and save them, through the offering of His Son, “By His Knowledge shall my Righteous Servant Justify the many…”(Isaiah 53).

It has struck me as I look at this “Noahide Movement” , that it is a reversal of Romans 10.

People who once received the Gospel, and the gift of “Rightstanding ” with God, have come to a point where they are enamored with Rabbis, such as Tovia Singer, who present a “Righteousness by Works of the Torah”, Mitzvoth. According to the teaching of these Rabbis, the only option for “Righteousness”, for Gentiles, is to convert to Judaism with it’s 613 Mitzvoth, or to subscribe to the 7 fold “Noahide Laws”, which supposedly confers upon Gentiles, “Righteousness”.

This is madness! How did so many come to this point of abject defection?

We now there is an appeal to “Works Salvation”, and that people like the Rabbis seem to be serious, committed, zealous for the Torah, in contrast to the too often silly, trivial versions of Christianity which the evangelical subculture has devolved into.

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but this is a defection from the faith! People will be going to hell for this, because they talk about “leaving xtianity” and turning their back on Worshipping Jesus…This is infiltrating churches, and breaking up fellowship, (Legalism always does, it puffs up people, making them feel “Holier than Thou”,, as Isaiah said of his own people.

 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;… Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.( Isaiah 65:3,5)

I am concerned about the defections, the apostasy which looks so “holy and Good” but which ignores the Revelation of the entire Bible, that “By the Works of the Law shall no flesh be Justified”.

Grace humbles the soul, we can only boast in Christ, for we know we merited nothing for our Righteousness. What are people doing, pursuing Torah Righteousness or Noahide Righteousness? How will they ever come back to grace? Why isn’t the sacrifice of Messiah sufficient?Isaiah preached substitutionary atonement before Peter or Paul ever did.

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Rabbinism is a Poison Well…Noahide pt 3

Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. ( Jeremiah 2:11-12)

The Noahide movement, which is literally attracting hundreds of former Christians, drawing them into Torah observance, and even to the point of renouncing Christ, comes straight out of Rabbinic Judaism.

Rabbis are the engine driving this resurgence of the Galatian heresy, and the sin which the book of Hebrews was written to warn against, as the point of no return.

I wish to say at the outset, that as Christian, I love the Jewish people. I love them because of Messiah, and for the Fathers sake. I also appreciate deeply the pain and sacrifice which they have paid for being chosen to be custodians of the Scripture, and the revelation of Monotheism, and mostly for being the receptacle of the Messiah’s incarnation.

God definitely has a plan, a “future and a hope” for them, the Jews are destined to inherit the earth, and to be re-instated as the Priestly teachers they were called to be. Satan definitely hates them, because they are the sign and witness to the existence of God and the veracity of His Word. I also want to say, that AntiSemitism is Satanic, the very mark of Lucifer is virulent hatred of Jews.

On the other hand, there is an almost idolatrous love and affection for all things Jewish, in many christians and churches. It is one thing to appreciate that the Bible, the Messiah, the Apostles and even the New Testament are completely Jewish in outlook and orientation. It is another entirely to become enamored with Rabbis, the Talmud, the “Oral law” and even the Kabbalah.

As our scripture tells us, the Jewish people have changed their own religion, with the exception of a small remnant, they have forsaken God, the true source of Life, and hewn out broken cisterns which cannot truly give life, but have the appearance of doing so.

After the destruction of the Temple, the Jews had a severe problem. How do you practice the Judaism of the Prophets, of David and Solomon and Elijah and Jeremiah, without a Temple, Priesthood, Sacrifices, etc? One answer would be to repent and turn to Messiah, as the believing Remnant of Israel had done.

Another option would be to re-invent the entire religion. Rabbi Akiva and Johannon Ben Zakkai literally re-invented a new “temple less” form of Judaism, which we call “Rabbinic Judaism”. Instead of Sacrifices, they would offer “Mitzvoth” ie Good Works”. there would be Rabbis instead of Priests and Levites, and deep devotion to God would take the form of Study of scripture and the Sages.

Thus modern Judaism, as it has evolved, is not the religion of the Old Testament.

The Noahide community, was a Rabbinic answer to Gentiles who did not wish to fully convert to Judaism; they would be conferred as Righteous if they subscribe to the seven universal laws, supposedly given to all men.

When Pastors stand up and tell their congregation, that “we are going Torah” or when they begin promoting concepts out of the Kabbalah or Zohar, such as teaching on the “Metatrone”, beware. They are falling into the slippery slope of the Noahide apostasy.

The Rabbis of today seem much more astute and aggressive than I ever remember them to be, there are excellent communicators among them, charismatic men who seem to exude a passion for the Torah, and a zeal to defend it against Christian desecrations of it. These Rabbis are using the internet to mass produce their ideas. Many are following their lead and apostatizing from the faith in a serious way, as I demonstrated in the first of this series.

Part of the problem is that The Torah is scripture, it is the Word of God, and Christians should recognize that. So also is the rest of the “Tanakh” ( an acronym, Torah, Neviim, and Ketubah, ie the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings ). One aspect which has set Christians up for this deception is the dearth of appreciation within the church for the Old Testament, which has created a serious void.

One example of this new kind of Rabbi, is Tovia Singer. This man is dangerous because he is an excellent communicator, an aggressive evangelist for Torah, and at times happens to be very interesting when he expounds on scripture, although he comes from a decidedly anti-Christian position.

Singer uses this method; According to the Rabbi, the only true scripture is the Tanakh, and the Tanakh was given to us in Hebrew. Therefore a non Hebrew speaker is at the mercy of the Rabbis to tell him what scripture truly means. The Rabbi then systematically strips away every Christian argument that Jesus is the Messiah, such as Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Daniel 9 and Isaiah 9 and 14, asserting that the Apostles and even that Jesus were distorting the Hebrew scriptures, and even lying about them to put a “Christian spin” on the identity of Jesus.

He has filled the internet with his mini teachings, savaging Christian theology, seeking to dismantle the faith of Christians, ridiculing the concept of the Blood of Jesus, of Sacrifice, Righteousness as a free gift, Original sin, the virgin birth etc.

I am warning you that though he is quite wrong, He is very effective in this day of uncertainty and deficient theological knowledge. The comments after his teachings are the most shocking to me, for they consist of hundreds of testimonies stating, something to the effect of, “I left Xtianity years ago…”.

Singer did enter into a debate with Dr Michael Brown*, an expert in ancient near eastern languages, in which Brown pretty handily refuted his claims on the basis of the Hebrew Scriptures. Not everybody is as equipped to deal with this, however.

In order for individuals, pastors, or Churches to “go Torah”, or even to “go Noahide”, they must turn their backs on the Righteousness of God in Christ, the worship of the Savior and Messiah, Jesus Christ, Salvation by faith and grace, and countless other blessings purchased by the blood of Jesus.

  • I know that Michael Brown is a defender of the Toronto false revival, and the moderation is by Sid Roth, a hyper charismatic, but the Truth prevailed nonetheless.

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What Is the Noahide Movement and Why is it toxic ?

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”(Galatians 2:21)

There is a rapidly growing movement, which springs out of Orthodox Judaism, Apostate Messianic Christianity, and other streams of neo Judaistic sects within and on the fringes of Christianity, which is called the Noahide movement.

It is not new, of course, in fact it predates the coming of Jesus our Lord, into this world.

The problem it addresses is for those who are not Jewish, and who do not seek to fully convert to Judaism, but yet who are attracted to the Torah, and the Synagogue. Can they be ‘saved’ ? Can they be made right with God?

The Synagogue has an answer, as does the church.

According to the Rabbis, those Gentiles who want to be made Righteous, and to seek to live a Righteous life, are pointed to the Seven Noahide Laws. Supposedly , if they prescribe to those seven (categories of) laws, they will be granted the designation, “The Righteous among the Gentiles” and will share in the Messianic blessings at the end of the Age.

This concept is ancient, we see shades of this in the Gospels and book of Acts, when we see terms such as “God fearers” and “Proselytes”, among those who heard Paul preach in synagogues. Even the council in Acts 15 attempted to deal with a similar problem, “What to do with the Gentile converts…put them under the Mosaic system? …Or do we consider them full members of the congregation upon new birth?”.

They were given a brief list of prohibitions of some of the more outrageous practices which heathenism was rife with, but not as “Righteousness”. Righteousness came by Jesus, not law, Moses or otherwise.

“It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.  Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.  For the law of Moses has been preached in every city from the earliest times and is read in the synagogues on every Sabbath.”(Acts 15:19-22)

The “Noahide laws” are designated thus, because of the acknowledgment that all men are direct descendants of Noah and his Sons, therefore there must of necessity be a law binding on them, as opposed to the 613 laws which apply to the Jews, according to Orthodox judaism.

The laws are thus,

The Seven Laws of Noah include

  • prohibitions against worshipping idols,
  • cursing God,
  • murder,
  • adultery and sexual immorality,
  • theft,
  • eating flesh torn from a living animal,
  • as well as the obligation to establish courts of justice.

I have no problem with any of those laws, in and of themselves. They would all be included pretty much in the law of God as revealed in the Old Covenant and the NEW Covenant as well, the Law of Christ.

My concerns,(and many others) stem from the fact that a good many former Christians, including quite a few evangelical ministers, are jettisoning Christianity entirely, and subscribing to either the Torah, (under the instruction of Rabbis), or to the Noachide “community”.

The following is typical of the bitterness and hatred for Christianity which the Noahide movement if teeming with,

Is Reject The Right Word?

To reject something is to pretty much admit that it exists.  This is the case when dealing with people who ask the question: “have you rejected the messiah?”
Perhaps the better question can be posed back: “So, you bought into the lie of a false messiah?”
(warning: if you ask someone that, they’ll get angry)The issue at hand is whether the Tanach truly speaks of a long-prophesied, virgin-birthed, “son” of God, born of himself, accomplish little except to be willingly killed for supposed atonement for all mankind, failed to complete any real messianic prophecies but will come back (soon) in order to do so, and perhaps (maybe) rapture some people away at some point.

We are seeing an increasing number of testimonials, on the freedom of beauty of walking away from the world of Evangelical Christianity, and “going Torah”, by various degrees, from wearing a skullcap, to reading the Talmud and sages as well as the Hebrew Bible, to keeping Jewish Feasts, Sabbaths and in some cases, coming to a point of repudiation of the cross, the blood, the Christian understanding of Key OldTestament passages such as Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22.

These Testimonials borrow heavily from the fervor of born again evangelicalism, people are speaking of being “Born Again, again” by repudiating Jesus. They are trying to make it seem so fresh and alive, and novel.

I notice they don’t often come out and say “I repudiate Jesus Christ”, instead many use euphemisms, such referring to “the JC man”.

People are seeking righteousness itself by subscribing to these Noahide laws, and of course powerful Rabbis such as Tovia Singer are conferring upon these apostates who are drawn to Torah and the Noahide movement, the title of “Righteous Gentiles”.

The very first heresy to attack the church was the Judaizing heresy which Peter and Paul had to face, and which has inspired the book of Hebrews and the book of Galatians in particular. Salvation by law, or even Spirituality by Law, are both errors, which the gospel speaks to. “By the Works of the Law shall no flesh be justified in His Sight, for by the Law is the Knowledge of Sin…if Righteousness could come by Law, then Christ died in vain…”. Who knew we would be facing it again in these last days?

Much of this is a reaction against the shallow, lawless, easy believism culture of the modern Evangelical church. Very few modern churches even refer to the “Old Testament” in their teaching and preaching , leaving a huge gap in the knowledge of the congregation.

Others go in the other ditch, virtually worshipping everything considered “Jewish”, skull caps, insisting on “Yeshua”, over “Jesus”, Shofar blowing for spiritual effect, special ceremonies of women lighting sabbath candles, Jewish feast days, and so forth. There are many false teachers such as Michael Rood who market their “Jewish” background, wrapping themselves in Prayer mantles, but denying the Deity of Jesus.

Christians already have a Law, the Law of Messiah. We also happen to have a Righteousness, it is “In Christ” and was purchased for us by our Lord and Savior on the cross. It is no small thing to repudiate these sacred gifts, but many former evangelical, born again Christians are doing so as though it is merely the next step in their “Spirituality”.

I find this whole phenomenon heartbreaking. God help us to pull some back from the fire…

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Blatant, Flat Out Apostasy On Display… Noahide Community

“In the Last days, many shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Devils…” (I Timothy 4:1)

If you want to see shocking apostasy on display, look no further than what is called the Noahide movement.

Noachides, are gentiles who do not want to convert to Judaism, but are intrigued by it, attracted to it, and open to it’s vigorous criticism of Christianity. Since all living men are descended from Noah and one of his Sons, Rabbis teach that Righteousness for Gentiles comes by subscription to one of the seven General laws for all men. It is shocking how appealing this has become to many who had been Christian at one time.

I have been involved as a Pastor and Author in the defense of the Faith for about thirty years now critiquing the errant Spiritual Warfare movement the Toronto Blessing and Pensacola phenomenom and have written books on how to discern false Prophets and false movements.

But I have not seen apostasy as blatant and dangerous as what I have been seeing coming out of the so called “Noahide Movement”.

What is it about this movement that I find so disturbing?

I have recently been witness to the open testimony of “Pastors” calling themselves “ex Christians”, referring to our LORD as “JC man”, and in effect denouncing the cross, the deity of Christ, the need for the blood of Jesus, being born again, and the New Testament, in the name of the Torah of God!

Here is a link to just one example of a “testimony” of a former Pastor who has renounced Christianity, and become “Torah Observant”.

I have no problem with the recognition of the fact that Jesus Christ is Jewish as are the Bible, the Apostles, the epistles and the majority of the early church. Our religion is thoroughly Jewish and an appreciation of it is very important to take into account if one wants a deep and rich understanding of our faith.

Furthermore, I believe that the near ignorance promoted in many churches of the so called, “Old Testament” has set many up for this apostasy, which will damn the souls of all of those who take it as far as the former pastor whose testimony I have linked above.

It is one thing for Christians to come to an appreciation for the Jewish roots of our faith. It is another to “go Torah”, study under Rabbis such as Tovia Singer, and others, ( Who have launched direct, intense and devastating assaults on nearly everything we Christians believe. What is the end of this Journey?

For some, the end is an interest in Jewish roots, the feasts of the LORD, Sabbath observance, perhaps going Kosher, calling Jesus “Yeshua” etc. But for an increasing number of others, the end is much more ominous… Joining the Noahide community, (which means reconverting as a “Righteous Gentile”), seeking Righteousness by subscription to the, “seven Noahide laws”, (instead of Righteousness by Faith in Jesus), and renouncing Jesus as LORD and Savior.

I don’t recommend everybody listen to the testimony above, I shared it because it is a perfect illustration of the phenomenom I am warning about. Here we had a very “successful” evangelical Pastor, whose spiritual emptiness in the world of shallow church; growth, success, etc, led him to Rabbis, the Torah, and neo Judaism. (The Judaism of today is not the same Judaism as that of the Prophets and of Jesus).

The comments afterward scared me as much as the testimony. They numbered in the hundreds and frequently began “Since I left xtianity…”, or made reference to “jc man”,

Here are some examples (No names)

I said the exact same thing when I left xtianity for Torah Judaism: I was born again –  again! That’s exactly what it felt like. I’d been a xtian from age 18 to 62. It only took a few study groups & videos for me to see the truth. Baruch Hashem!

This is 2018 and for 4 years i struggled – the same struggle. All my life i have been a so called christian and i am tired. I need to be home with the Adonai that is echad. Thank you. This is happening to many christians. Hashwm is doing a great work.

this testimony was very inspiring. I have went through close to the same discoveries that He went through coming out of Idolartry ie Xtianity! it’s great to hear such amazing stories of devout Gentiles seeking Truth, finding truth in Torah and Judaism!

There are hundreds more of these. It all sounds so appealing and nice. It sounds a lot like Christian testimonies that we have all heard over the years, and rejoiced in. Until you really realize what each of these testimonies entails; the repudiation of Jesus…His deity…his claims…his sacrifice as a propitiation… .

Much of this apostasy is an indictment of the increasingly shallow aspect of modern evangelicalism, the “seeker sensitive movement”, church growth programs, teeny bopper worship leaders, etc, etc, leaving serious minded seekers of God empty and disillusioned as this response to the apostate pastor’s testimony heartbreakingly relates,

When you talk about reading the book on the ‘pastor’s guide to building a church’ and you felt sicker the more you read it. I had a similar experience but in a different way. I was attending church for 2 years and by the 3rd year, I found I couldn’t sit in teachings anymore because I would literally feel so sick in my stomach. I would feel like I wanted to vomit. All I saw was a promotion, a business, an entertainment venue. I had this overwhelming feeling like they were desecrating the word of G-d and it made me sick. I had to walk out. In fact, I walked out of a conference by a mega-church that I’d paid $300 to attend. I walked out not even half way through the 1st of of 3 day conference and gave my tickets away. I’ve been in the Messianic movement for 7 months but i’m just now seeing the truth about who HaShem really is. That Jesus is not the Messiah whether you call him Jesus, or Yeshua. He’s still not it! Only the Jews have the knowledge of HaShem. There is only one G-d!

We are living the book of Hebrews again. People who had at one time converted to Christ, knew Him, and many who had actually served in the ministry, are being persuaded to cast all of that aside, in the name of “Hashem” and the “Torah”.

Hebrews has very powerful warnings to the apostates,

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

( Hebrews 6: 4-8)

I will be explaining what the Noachide movement is, and talking about the new breed of super enthusiastic, aggressive Rabbis on the scene today, who are attacking Christianity on every level, they call the Apostles and the Jesus into Question, accuse us all of AntiSemitism, discredit the Bible and accuse Apostles of daring to distort the test of scripture.

I see this movement as being potentially devastating to the many, who for various reasons are disillusioned with “church as usual” or as it has developed to be, with shallow and humanistic preaching, and are at a point where the newness and mystique of “going Torah” could send them over the eternal precipice forever. Jesus is LORD.

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