Praise The Almighty Creator of Heaven and Earth!
First of all, before anyone assumes anything,
1. I do accept we are saved by Grace and the Blood of The Messiah and NOT by the laws.
2. I respect the Hebrew roots of Christianity AND I observe and Teach The Ten Commandments, The Sabbath & The National Holidays (Holy Days) of The Kingdom. As a person with some Jewish ancestry, I understand the desire of many Christians to get in touch with their Hebrew roots.
With those things said, I hereby write this article for the Edification and Benefit of The Church as directed to me by The Almighty. Our Creator told me to write this article many months ago. It has been a work in progress. Please take the time to read this entire page and then fast and pray.
There are MANY ministries that have taken the "Hebrew Roots Movement" too far. Their FOCUS has become the Torah, Hebrew Words and the Law. Their focus, their ministry, their words, their writings, their sermons have been redirected off the Gospel of the Kingdom and redirected to a return to old things that ARE still in effect but takes our eyes off Christ if we dwell on them TOO MUCH. Most of these groups descended from the old Worldwide Church of GOD and it's descendants. They were Already observing the Torah. It's not like they did not already observe the Torah. They already understood the need to obey the Almighty in all the Scriptures (except those rituals that were nailed to the cross which were replaced by the Blood of The Messiah). But after the churches split off into hundreds of small groups, there came an uprising of men who felt a need to spread the truth of The Creator's Laws (as should be done). But somewhere along the way, they have lost their focus in what they call themselves, how they identify themselves and what they focus on in their teachings and ministries. They have become Jews who are not Jews (Rev. 2:9 Rev. 3:9). Of course many will say that we first must have a relationship with Christ and their obedience is out of respect and WANT to obey THE ALMIGHTY and not out of "necessity" while others say it is out of necessity that they return to the Torah (of which they never left). Then you immediately say, "but we got to teach it to others who have not yet known the Torah". True, We must teach the His Commandments, but we must do so according to The Spirit in which those laws were created. We must reach the world, all nations, all peoples with the truth of all of The Creator's Word. But WHY alienate yourself and others by identifying yourself with Hebrew words and descriptions? If you are living in 2012-2017 modern day English and Spanish speaking America, Why are you focusing on Hebrew words AS MUCH as you are? Again, there's nothing wrong with teaching people some Hebrew words to better understand what the Scriptures are teaching. But the problem occurs when your teachings and ministries look and act more like the Pharisees than the New Testament Church. The problem again occurs when your teachings and ministries are so focused on the Torah, Hebrew roots & "Sacred Names" that Christ, Grace, Mercy, Love and the Holy Spirit are diminished by comparison! And it's also wrong when they present Aramaic and claim it's Hebrew. They claim that yeshua, yahweh, etc are the Hebrew Names of the Creator, yet those are NOT Hebrew names and are actually very easily proven as Babylonia Aramaic names for allah! See TOTAL UNDENIABLE PROOF, CLICK HERE!
You may call me a Greek. You may call me whatever you want to call me. But I know that GOD is telling me to NOT limit his message to a Torah Ministry.
Sorry but I am NOT a pleaser of men but rather of GOD and I will boldly proclaim what He leads me to write, however much it may hurt those that be guilty. GOD chastens those who He Loves. We must ALL be branching out from our previous understandings and grow in the word and be weaned off physical lawful milk and come to the Spiritual MEAT of the Word.
Since writing this article the Lord has continued to confirm that it was His Will for me to write this article despite the persecution I have received because of it. Your eyes must be on Jesus, when you take your eyes off Jesus to look at your feet, your roots or to the Left or Right, you loose your focus and begin to sink. That is the pitfall of the Hebrew Roots Movement. Now, if you just want to explore and learn about the Hebrew roots, that's certainly okay as long as it is to help you understand more about Jesus, how to live for him, etc. But you must be careful to not take your eyes off Jesus. Don't go into hours of learning the Hebrew Language or a Jewish dance and start living like you are a Jew unless you plan on moving to Israel. Make Sense? I have taken an interest in Hanukah, the Menorah, tassels, prayer shawl, Purim, etc. These help me in my relationship with Him. But I have not taken it to the extremes of teaching that a Hebrew pronouncing of His Names are more sacred thus MUST be used, I have not focused my ministry on just the first 5 books of the Bible, the Torah, I have not called for a return to the Torah, I have not called for a return to a historical national culture. I teach all books of the bible with a New Testament spiritual element, that is that the Messiah has come and He is our High Priest and Shepard and we should be looking to Him and Him Only by having a FULL GOSPEL ministry, focusing on ALL HIS WORDS, by the way, that would include "I am the Alpha and the Omega" and that He will Return Soon therefore we must be repenting and proclaiming ALL His Words. We need to be baptizing, we need to be traveling and feeding the poor and helping the homeless and laying hands on the sick and healing the blind, not teaching people things that would cause them to spend hours, days and weeks on changing their language and dance style. Look at the Fruits of Your Own Ministry and stop looking at how many people are attending services with me. It's very interesting and telling, that a Torah minister who has made several accusations against me used the same words as a homosexual drug dealer! Sorry if that hurts. It hurts to be bent and molded when you don't want to be bent and molded. We need to become flexible to GOD's Will and follow His lead. Since I was able to give that Torah Minister a small block of bible verses with his name on it, part of the title of the article that offended him, the word "offended" and the answer to his accusation about public rebuke ALL within the same small block of Bible Verses, it would seem He would have turned around. But instead he was blind thus far and remains unrepented. I have not written this just to continue my rebuke of him but rather in hope that he will come to see that the bible verses I sent to him from GOD were truly from GOD, whereas I cannot understand why He could not see this in the first place, what with his name on it, the name of the article, the word "offended" AND the answer to his accusations. It would seem clear cut to me.
Update: 12-6-2007 Evening
As usual, God continues to Confirm!
I just received a newsletter with the following words:
"Impassioned preaching is seldom heard nowadays. It certainly is not taught in the seminaries, which the Jesuits promised and did infiltrate. Impassioned preaching is considered to be unsophisticated. Impassioned preaching is considered unnecessary and even thought to be ineffective today, in this pluralistic, advanced, high tech world in which we live. The passionate preacher proclaiming truth boldly and without reservation is now considered an outrageous obstacle to the people of this enlightened age.
Most would be quick to tell the outrageous passionate preacher that he must change the way he preaches because it just looks foolish to the world. May I say that such an attitude toward preaching is proof that we have lost our bearings in the Evangelical and or Messianic Community. Why? Because it is GOD who has ordained the foolishness of preaching to be the means by which the saving message of the Gospel is to be brought to the world. That is not to say that preaching should be foolish, and certainly not illogical.
What is to be preached is NOT the contemporary opinions of a deceived and corrupt culture, that is wise in its own eyes. GOD said that is foolish in Rom 1:22 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Many believe that today's culture cannot tolerate the type of preaching that was so effective during the great awakenings and revivals of the past. The vast majority seems to think the preaching of John Wesley and other Holy Spirit empowered preachers of that bygone era would be mocked, ridiculed, and considered to be outrageous and ineffective. They do not seem to realize that those Holy Spirit empowered preachers were ridiculed, mocked, and scorned by the majority, especially by the religious majority of their time.
We are to preach The Word. True Gospel preaching will always be foolishness to every culture. Every time one tries to remove the offense, and make preaching proper, suitable, or inoffensive, one QUENCHES the power of the Gospel. It defeats the purpose for which GOD chose preaching as the means of saving men Ã‚Â– so that men's hope might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of GOD.
Paul was given by GOD to express it perfectly in 1 Cor 1:18-31 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of GOD. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not GOD made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of GOD the world by wisdom knew not GOD, it pleased GOD by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of GOD, and the wisdom of GOD. Because the foolishness of GOD is wiser than men; and the weakness of GOD is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But GOD hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and GOD hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath GOD chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of GOD is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Our culture of these last days of strong delusion is bound in sin like bands of iron. The idolized popular puppeteer with his entertaining, soothing, comforting and encouraging philosophy and stories has NO real power against such bondage to sin. To the preacher who is fearful of losing people, I can only say, better to lose people than to lose GOD. It really is like the choice between serving GOD and mammon. One really can NOT do both. GOD said it is impossible, and it truly is. When you please GOD, then you will only be left with God's people, and you will NOT fit in the church growth movement. "End of this quote from the newsletter.
Update 12-6-2007 Later same evening:
Again GOD continuing to confirm this article and His Will! I just came in from services where the Evangelist said things like "too many ism in the church today", "too many clicks and circles in the church where if you don't belong to their click, they think you are wrong", "church lost it's vision and focus", "it's not the number of people in your congregation but rather that you are where God wants you to be", "too many people getting caught up in position rather than submission", "too many people thinking they don't need fed, they think everything is well with their soul", "lean not on your own understandings and carnal wisdom but rather focus on Jesus", "the church has sores in it coming from the inside out where people are focusing on pass kingdoms and current kingdoms, their empires, size of their congregations and not on Jesus" and many other confirmations that our focus in the church has been turned wrong and we need to get our focus back on Jesus!
Let's NOT be looking to our own branches, figs, fruits, roots and feet. Let's Look into the eyes of the Father and Face of Christ and feet of Christ, NOT our own feet and roots. If you want to look at your roots, Look at Christ, the Alpha! The Word of God! God of all the universe! Praise GOD the Father and Jesus the Christ! Don't do like Peter did. He looked at his feet. He looked down. We are to be looking up at Jesus the Saviour, not down at our roots or our feet. If you want to look at your roots, go all the way back. When you do your family tree, you don't stop at the roots, you go as far back as you can. Let's not stop at our roots to be our focus. Let's go back to the Seed of the Roots, before there were roots. And even the Creator of that seed.
"In the Beginning God..." Gen. 1:1
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
2 Cor. 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
People are saying "Let's return to our roots" and "Let's return to the Torah". But I say "Let's Return to the giver of our roots and the giver of the torah, Let's really return to Christ and Let Him be our FOCUS!"
JESUS!!! JESUS!!! JESUS!!!
KJV Verse Count Old Testament
Leviticus 1 time
Numbers 1 time
Nehemiah 1 time
Proverbs 1 time
Ezekiel 1 time
______ Total 5
King James Word Usage (Old Test.)- Total: 5
shew 1, scatter 1, declare 1, distinctly 1, sting 1
How did the Pharisees separate themselves? Answer: Wrong FOCUS on the LAW. Since orginally posting this article and this update, GOD continues to confirm. Please see latest update at bottom of page.
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Jesus Christ is the Chief Corner Stone that holds everthing together! The Torah is NOT what holds everything together. Yes that's right the torah is NOT the chief doctrine nor message. Jesus is!!!
6That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
The above 3 verses and many other Holy Scriptures teaches us that the Gospel and Salvation is to all nations and peoples, NOT just the Hebrews. Let's Remember that!!!
2This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
10For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
21Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Galatians 4 1Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
:10Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
Romans 2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
:18 And knowest [his] will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.
Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.
:7 What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.
Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
Romans 9:32 Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;
Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you.
:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
Please also read 2 Cor. 3.
Of course these verses are NOT saying that the law is done away. Paul kept and taught the Law as do I. But Paul and the verses in Isaiah are saying that the keeping of the law is NOT what saves you and your focus is not to be the law. It is also saying that the law is now written in our hearts and we follow the law by the Holy Spirit. We keep the Feast days and Sabbaths NOT because it is the law BUT rather because we are a Holy Nation which seeks to celebrate our King and Remember the things He has done for us. Our Focus is on the Creator Himself and therefore we automatically with our heartfelt love, Celebrate and Remember these Sabbaths and Feast Days, Again, NOT because of the Law but because of our Love. IS that your reason for keeping the appointed times? OR is it because of the Law? Are you under bondage? Are YOU under the Law? Unfortunately Many are. I say it is time that we mature in our relationship with GOD and really really worship Him above everything and Put Him first in our thinking and focus. Let's have our email addresses as "JesusLover@whatever.com" instead of "email@example.com" OR let's have "firstname.lastname@example.org" instead of "email@example.com". Let our Ministries be "Jesus Teacher.com" instead of "Torah Teacher.com". Let our sermons be "Love Your Neighbor" instead of "Torah this, Torah that...". Can you get my point yet? Jesus is coming soon. Are you walking toward Him right now? OR are you walking backwards toward your roots?
Finally, I am not saying that all Hebrewic Roots groups are guilty in these things. But many are. If you are NOT guilty in having a wrong focus toward your roots, the torah, the sacred names doctrine, etc. BUT rather your primary focus truly is on Christ, then this article is NOT about you, so then you should not take offence if you are not one of the guilty ones.
This story is not literal but rather symbolic and is a parable with hidden meaning. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees (vs. 14).Quoting from "The Rich Man & Lazarus" by Dennis Crews of Amazing Facts Library of Sermons #28: QUOTE: "The Jews had been blessed above measure by a knowledge of God and His plan of salvation for all mankind. They had received the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises Romans 9:4. Only a Jew would pray "Father Abraham as we find the rich man doing later in the story. The Jewish nation was clearly represented by this character. By contrast, Lazarus symbolized all those people in spiritual poverty- the Gentiles- with whom the Israelites were to share their heritage. ..Unfortunately, the Jews had not shared their spiritual wealth with the Gentiles at all. Instead they considered them as "dogs" who would have to be satisfied with the spiritual crumbs falling from their masters' tables. The metaphor was known. Jesus had used it before, testing the faith of the Canaanite woman: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs." She responded accordingly; "truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table" Matt. 15:26, 27. The rich Jews had hoarded the truth and in so doing had corrupted themselves. ....The Jews had enjoyed the good life while on earth, but had done nothing to bless or enrich their neighbors. No further reward was due... Luke 6:24,25. Conversely , the poor in spirit, symbolized by Lazarus, would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven...The "dogs" and sinners so despised by the self-righteous Pharisees, would enter heaven before they would: "Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you" Matthew 21:31. The parable concludes with the rich man begging for his brethren to be warned against his fate. Asking Abraham to send Lazarus on this mission, he alleges that "if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent Luke 16:30" Abraham replies, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." (Vs. 31). END Of Quote from Amazing Facts Booklet.
Rev.2:9 and Rev.3:9 "...of them which say they are Jews, and are not..."
Since receiving this revelation, GOD has confirmed it!!! I have not been more sure of anything else in my life! Please take this page into intense prayer and fasting!!!
Please take the time to take this entire article in Prayer And Fasting!!! The intent of this article has NOT been to harm or separate, But rather to bless & edify in Loving correction and instruction so we ALL will reach the Promised Land. I look forward to meeting you there!!! GOD Bless You!!!
What is the Message? Is the Message the Law? Guess what! No it isn't!
Please read this very important New Article: The Law versus the Blood
I have listened to HR/Messianic teachings off and on (not really getting "into it") but I heard enough to get me to stop eating "non kosher" meats and become afraid of breaking Sabbath, etc. When you sent out these two newsletters, I did not actually know what to think, so I just left it alone. But later, I realized that your letters were seeds of truth that God would use to bring me out of these deceptions. I want to share with you how He pulled me out of it because this movement is far more dangerous than people realize.
Over the past 3 years, I was lured into the HR/Messianic movement. At first, it is like a "gateway" drug, just listening to "soft" Hebrew roots teachings like Mark Biltz and Bill Cloud. But later, it's like you need stronger drugs, so then you start dabbling into Monte Judah and Rico Cortez. By this time, spiritual bondage begins to set in because so many seeds have been planted into the heart and mind, that now it's time for an even stronger drug. That's when people begin to move into the more extremes like Michael Rood and Avi Ben Mordechai, etc.
By the time a believer has made his way into the more extreme groups, the bondage is full-blown and very difficult to get out of. Fortunately, I never made it to the more extreme teachers, but it was enough to blind me severely.
The Lord has recently opened my eyes and brought me correction concerning the doctrines and teachings of the HR/Messianic movement. By His grace, I was able to break from from the very powerful demonic bondage of those false doctrines they teach. After He opened my eyes, it felt like I came out of a very long dream -- I was stunned, and it almost did not seem real. That is how powerful those demonic spirits are.
I would also like to add that in the process of the Lord bringing me out of this demonic stronghold, He showed me something that I think every Christian must become aware of: this HR/Messianic movement is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and EXTREMELY DECEPTIVE. I do not make these statements lightly nor in exaggeration. I will share with you part of the process of how He brought me out of this so you can understand my concern.
First, the Lord permitted the adversary (through demonic spirits of various sorts) to torment me, both body and mind. As I sought Him in extended fasting, He showed me various visions to lead me to the truth; two of these visions occurred back-to-back, that is, two nights in a row. These two visions were messages telling me that there was a "breach" in my hedge of protection. The following night, He gave a vision and a verse of Scripture. Rather than detailing the vision itself, I'll just share the main message of the vision, which was this: "You have lost your ability to receive forgiveness." As you can tell, this is no light matter!! To put it in Paul's terms: "You have fallen from grace."
The verse that accompanied this last vision was 2 Corinthians 4:2 --
"But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."
He then led me to look up the word "craftiness" in the original Greek, which is "Panourgia,"Strong's 3834. The meaning that the Holy Spirit slapped me in the face with was "specious wisdom." I had not heard this word before, so I looked it up, and this is what it means: apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false.
So the HR/Messianic movement looks true on the surface, but it is fundamentally wrong! It's on the wrong foundation altogether! Our foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is the apostles and the prophets -- not the Torah. I'll expound more on this in a bit.
I share all these things to show the absolute danger and gravity of this movement. I hear Christians always tell the Messianic's, "well it's okay for you to believe that, just don't tell me to do it, and we can continue in fellowship." I used to think this was okay, but it is NOT okay. After much prayer and fasting, the Lord put it all together for me and showed me that joining the HR/Messianic movements is spiritual suicide, and so is opening up our minds to their teachings and arguments, even just out of curiosity. Joining them is coming out from under the Blood of Jesus and getting placed back into the status of unbelievers. Why? Because unbelievers get judged by the Law of God. When a person who is a Christian leaves the New Covenant and goes back to the Old, they ALSO get judged by the law they are trying to keep. This is very clearly stated in Paul's letter to the Galatians.
After He showed me this error and explained to me that the Messianic movement is "apparently true but actually false," He led me to read the book of Galatians and Hebrews in order to help me understand the fundamental error of the HR/Messianic movements and correct my thinking. Messianic's believe the Old Covenant and the New Covenant are both simultaneously active; therefore, they want to do both. (they call it a "renewed" covenant, essentially meaning it is the same as the old) They want to do both old testament laws and follow the Lord's teachings in the NT, but they actually don't. They lose focus on Jesus and focus 95% of their attention to the old testament laws. The truth is, according to both Galatians and Hebrews, that the Old and New Covenants are different and separate: you are either under one or the other, but you cannot do both. You cannot walk in the Spirit AND do works of the law.
The HR/Messianic teachings "sound" good and "look" good because it is using a lot of seemingly good arguments to make their points, but this is specious wisdom (duplicate or false wisdom), not at all from the word of God. I believe the brethren who are trapped in this movement are sincere in their devotion to God, but they are in a powerful deception that can cost them their salvation if they continue on that path. It is only by the grace of God and the prayers of saints like you, that these demonic bondage's can be broken. It is impossible to confront people in this movement with the pure Word of God for correction because the demonic strongholds are so powerful that they are completely blind. It is an extremely evil end-time deception (of a unique flavor). It is utterly important to protect brethren from listening to these arguments because they plant seeds of doubt that the devil can use later to lure the believer (that is what happened with me).
We must treat people in this movement as "false brethren," as Paul called them in Galatians, simply because they have fallen from grace and are trying to pull other believers down into that same pit, even though they don't realize it. They are being driven and inspired by demonic spirits, even as I was also. Every Christian must become aware of how incredibly dangerous this is. I see more brethren entering the HR/M movement than I see coming out of it. This is heartbreaking!
All we can do is pray for God to help these people break through the strongholds so they can get back under the Blood. There is much more I can write on this issue, as the Lord has now shown me, but I think this information is adequate for the message I am trying to convey to you.
I do not believe all the teachings of the HR/Messianic movement are completely false, like restoring the Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday, and learning the meaning of the feasts; but what started as a desire to learn from the Old Testament was used by the adversary to lure the unsuspecting into severe bondage. I am thankful to my heavenly Father for His grace and mercy in breaking me out of that bondage, and I will be in prayer for these believers whose salvation is in grave danger. I do hope you will remember them in your prayers, as well. Peace and Love in Christ.
UPDATE: 10-15-2012: House of Judah and House of Israel has much gentile blood!
Abraham and Sarah beget Isaac. Abraham was Hebrew (Gen. 14:13)
Isaac married Rebecca who was a Syrian.
Genesis 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram (land of Syria), the sister to Laban the Syrian.
Isaac and Rebecca beget Jacob. Rebecca was a Syrian. From Syria. Therefore, Jacob/Israel is half Syrian!
Gen. 28:5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram (the land of Syria) unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.
Then, Jacob (the half hebrew, half syrian) beget children by the Syrian women, Rachael & Leah. Their children would then be 3/4 Syrian!
Gen.29:10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
:16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
:33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.
Gen. 30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.
Genesis 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
Jacob was half Syrian. The following were 3/4 Syrian: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah (the Jews!), Joseph (Father of Manasseh/USA & Ephraim/British Commonwealth), and Benjamin.
Deut. 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian (Joseph or Jacob) ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
bashar assad, the son of perdition, will probably use this Fact to claim ancestry to Israel/Jacob,
Thereby ancestry to Jesus Christ and even could try to re-claim Esau's Birthright.
In fact, there are muslims that do still bring up the debate of Esau's Birthright.
Now, GOD has led me to find an islamic Website which claims that the mahdi will claim that he is descended from Jacob
AND that the mahdi came to power between 11 September 1999 (assads annual birthday) and 29 September 2000 and that he will begin his global activities in Sept. 17, 2012-Sept. 2013.
This is MAJOR because not only does it confirm that assad can claim ancestry to Jacob & Jesus but also because of the fact that assad DID take office in Syria on July 17, 2000 which
fits perfectly within the stated time frame. This also continues to confirm The December 21, 2012 date for the spiritual empowerment of assad as the son of perdition.
The islamic website is http://harunyahya.com/en/works/103073/highlights-from-mr-adnan-oktars
Quote from website: "It is quite clear in there that the way of the Mahdi will pass to the ascendancy in 1999, between 11 September 1999 and 29 September 2000, and that he will begin his global activities in 2012-2013." END quote.
Another Quote: "and the whole world will gather around the line of Jacob.” Who is the Mahdi descended from? From Jacob." END Quote.
bashar assad is a Jew!
he is the descendant of a Jewish Dynasty of a man named Suliman al-Wahash (assad's great grandfather), who arrived in Syria in 1860 or 1870 from Isfahan, Iran.
Ali Suleyman (assad's grandfather) changed the family name to "Assad" in the 1920s.
The original family name meant "the beast". The new family name means "the lion".
Critics of Bashar Assad over the years have also claimed he had a Jewish lover and that one of his daughters was married to a Jew.
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducee's come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Gentile Blood in Jesus, Our Kinsman Redeemer:
Rehab was from Jericho. Ruth from Moab. Ruth 1:22, 2:10
Tamar Matt. 1:3 Canaanite.
Ruth 4:12,18 Perez Matt. 1:3=Canaanite son of Tamar.
Focus on Hebrew Roots NOT Necessary, and in fact, very dangerous:
There is absolutely NOTHING good that we can learn from Hebrew/Jewish roots studies/cults that we cannot learn just from fasting, praying and reading the entire Bible in sincerely and thirst for Truth. Many times the Jews forsook the Almighty Creator and went after pagan false gods and adopted Babylonian religious traditions and customs such as keeping the days from sunset to sunset, the names of the months, the Babylonian Talmud, the Syrian language and the names of Assyrian gods AND the rejection of CHRIST JESUS, just like the modern Hebrew roots cults. We should NOT follow them. We don't need to learn from them, except to NOT do as they did. Follow JESUS THE CHRIST, not Hebrew roots!
The Law Versus The Blood
Oldness of the Letter Vs. Newness of the Spirit
Proof Judaism & Islam are the Same
Proof JEsus Did Cleanse All Animal Meats
Who is Yeshua, Yahweh?
The Assyrian Origin of the So Called "Star of David"
Lunar Sabbath Theory Debunked
When Does each 24 hour day Start? Sunset or Sunrise?
Is Circumcision required for Salvation?
The Pitfalls of the Hebrew Roots Movement
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