Messianic Judaism Answered 31 Two House


Years ago, I was at Beis Chabad, and met a shochet (animal slaughterer) who had a sefer toldot (geneology). now, a lot of Jews have geneologies, and you’re doing good if you can trace things back to the 1600s or so.

His went to Adam. Literally, he could prove what tribe he was descended from.

That’s very rare, as the two Babylonian captivities, the Antiochus Epiphanes years, the destruction of Jerusalem, the diaspora, the Russian pogroms, the Spanish expulsions and forced conversions, the British Expulsions, and for all I know the Luxenbourg Necktie Straightening years routinely saw Jews losing everything they have and being sent out into the world with only the clothes on their backs, and sometimes not even that!

I can think of no less than five major incidents of “get out this very minute” and about half a dozen “we’ll just burn your synagogues with you still in it” incidents…

It’s no wonder most Jews don’t have a Sefer Toldot. It’s no wonder that with the designation “Kohen, Levi, Israelite” that most Jews were willing to sit back and say, “I don’t know” when asked about what tribe they were from. That information sometimes didn’t stick with people. When you’re told something when you’re three, often that information doesn’t retain. And Jews learned simple things like “it takes a village” when the very real killing of both parents was often a reality before “what tribe are we?” was passed down.

Then you’ve got things like what happened during the 1880 influx of Jews from Europe, where America decided to severely limit the number of Jews emigrating to America. Those that managed to get over here sometimes simply threw away everything Jewish and decide, “It’s a new start – we are American now.” During the influx from Germany and Prussia, that was a regular occurence.

So, what does this have to do with the Ten Lost Tribes? I made a Scriptural case that there weren’t any. There were several people in the New Testament who were of tribes that supposedly were lost into Gentiledom, such as Benjamin and Asher.

Now, every civilization on earth – as antisemitic as many of them are – are quick to point out the supposed reasons they think they’re one of the lost tribes of Israel. And every one of them have been met with polite responses from the Israeli Embassies that amount to, “We’ll make a note of your claim and give it to the Messiah when He comes.”

Indeed, about fifteen years ago, there was a rumor in India that descent from the lost tribes was proved, and literally thousands of people jammed the doors of the Israeli Embassies trying to submit their paperwork. It was insane.

About the only country that has ever made a claim of being a lost tribe – the only one – where Jewish scholars sat back and said, “You know, it makes sense…” was… Japan. Yup. Japan. Shinto priests have a number of ancient practices that appear to be vestiges of ancient Jewish practice – including the wearing of clothing somewhat reminiscent of a High Priest’s garb, and the wearing of Tefillin (!).

That’s one nation out of, how many?

Since the Two House theory is re-warmed British Israelism, it’s more slanted toward anglo-europeans. Yes, if you’re a white man or woman who traces any lineage through the UK, chances are good you may be one of the literal lost tribes of Israel! Good news – I guess we don’t need that Salvation by Grace thing – why, if the UK was any more exalted, then the British Prime Minister could atone for our sins!

Sorry, Sarcasm again. The funny thing is, there’s not a shred of evidence of Ten Lost Tribes-ism, and most assuredly not through the UK. The Japanese connection was probably (according to their theory) either a later group that made its way from China, or were part of Jeremiah’s original group. I’m thinking the later group from China, as that best fits the facts. So that would be an intertestamental or Roman era group.

There’s a good reason that we can’t find any evidence of where the ten lost tribes went – there are no ten lost tribes.

I did a search on the ten lost tribes, and I was dumbfounded to find something by a church called Bible Believers’ Church, where the Pastor’s main argument against the Ten Lost Tribes was… William Branham didn’t believe it!

wow… when that’s your authority for your position – time to chance the name of your church! LIsten, Branham isn’t the prophet of Revelation 10 or revelation anything! He denied the Trinity, and I guarantee that right now, he’s regretting that – and will for all eternity. The next time someone in Siberia sticks a microphone inside a cave, you might just hear Branham’s voice in with the rest of the screams.

Returning to the Ten Lost Tribes (already in progress…), here’s a quote from Bible.CA

An obscure person named Richard Brothers who lived in England between 1757 to 1824 is credited with the origination of this farfetched fantasy. He was true to the form of religious fanatics and his movement was strikingly parallel with Joseph Smith and the Mormons. Richards was as eccentric as Smith was ignorant. There is a distinct similarity in the origination of these episodes, a resemblance in the characters of the men, and in the cues to their religious fictions, particularly in the purported saga of the ten tribes of Israel upon which the respective movements were founded. The religious lunacy of these men was about identical in degree, the difference being in the circumstances of Richard Brothers’ commitment to an asylum and Joseph Smith to a jail. The dignity which the movement lost by this circumstance in connection with its originator was later regained by one Piazzi Smyth, a Scot astronomer, who evolved the British Israel theory by complicated mathematical calculations in some remote connection with the Great Pyramids upon which he based the claim that the throne of England is the throne of David, and the kings and queens of England Queen Victoria in 1800 and George VI in 1944— are of the royal lineage of David, and the British people, therefore, the real Israel today, which they claim descends not through Judah or the Jews but from the ten tribes. The true Israel, they claim, does not include Jews but are the Anglo Saxons.

I’d like everyone to focus on the state of the first man to invent the British Israelitism theory… he was confined to a mental institution. Small wonder I spent much of yesterday calling it lunacy! The person who expanded upon it was the kind of person who’s read the National Enquirer, and believe it.

From the same website…

Now what is Anglo-Israelism? It is the doctrine that the Jews are not Israel. That is all a mistake, we are told. Jews are one thing and Israel quite another. It is a doctrine tha t originated in England, largely surrounding the British people. The doctrine asserts that the Anglo-Saxon peoples are the ten tribes the true Israel. And it is Israel, not the Jews, who will be restored in the millennium. This restored Israel, the Anglo Saxon people, with Jesus Christ seated on the reestablished earthly throne of David as king, will rule the whole world. Anglo-Israelism teaches that the literal throne of David exists today in the throne of the English kings, and when Jesus Christ returns he will simply occupy the throne which the British kings now hold, and have been holding for centuries, for him until he comes, until the millennium commences. That millennium will surround the Anglo-Saxon peoples, not the Jews at all. The Anglo-Saxon peoples of the earth will be gathered together in the millennium, and with Jesus Christ on the throne now held by England’s House of Hanover, they will rule the world. Fantastic, do you say? That is not half of it – it is utterly false.

Yup. I couldn’t agree more. Wooten disguises her British Israelitism by making it more generic (expanding it to “possibly all gentiles”) … but more specifically those of Anglo heritage. It is to be noted that in their refutation of the Two House theory, the MJAA (specifically David Sedaka and Dan Juster) quickly picked up on the anglo thing from Wooten’s book as well.

When one of your opening arguments is, “I know this sounds insane…” it’s time to take the floppy disk from your word processor and deposit it in the trash. Wooten even admits that she knows Herbert W. Armstrong preached this same message… that right there would have given me pause.

Actually, there’s not a whole lot in Messianic Judaism that ISN’T Worldwide Church of God/Armstrong (since Tkatch, I differentiate between WWCOG and WWCOG/A). The only thing is that Armstrong has been replaced by Chumney, Ben Mordecai or Trimm. I’ll be addressing that soon.

It’s very possible that Batya Ruth Wooten was influenced by Armstrong’s literature in the past. I can’t say for sure, I’ve never talked with her. But it just seems a little too close for comfort that she writes a book advancing British Israelitism, and even mentioned Armstrong right in the beginning pages of the book!

Look, it’s very simple – if you’re not Jewish, but you align yourself into a system by which the Jews are exalted, you end up with yearnings to be one. Well, unless you convert, there’s no way.

So, in desperation you look around and begin to allegorize many passages about the diaspora, and the regathering of exiles.

Well, the regathering of exiles began in 1946-48, as many nations, comfortable in that they’d finally gotten rid of their Jews, were stuck with the thought of, what do we do with the concentration camp people? The answer was obvious to me… let them go back to their homes, or assist them in going to Israel if they wanted. If the Jews got forced out by a foreign power and you moved into their house as a squatter, tough. If Jews were forced out of their own country by an empire and finally were allowed to go home – and you moved into their homes as a squatter… tough.

With the announcement of Israel as a nation, the regathering of exiles began. “We need to find the application to all these prophecies about the regathering!”

Who made you God? God will take care of it, trust me! He knows in advance what the outcome will be!!! sadly, much of the regathering may not truly take place until the end of the Tribulation. But it IS taking place and being fulfilled.

And we don’t require anything to explain any part of it. It’s happening. Every time a Jew makes Aliyah, it happens. Trust me. Read the Bible and take it in context… it explains a LOT. All those verses Batya Wooten cites are all either fulfilled already by the return from Babylon, or will be fulfilled by the return of all Jews to Israel in the extremely near future.

And we don’t require british Israelitism to explain things.

The other problem, and I don’t think this is Wooten’s problem, is anti-semitism. If you hate the Jews and read the Bible, you’ve got a conflict. A conflict like that can be disasterous for a mentally ill person, so you have to search for something to reduce that ideological conflict. The myth of the ten lost tribes satisfies that. Next, the antisemite has to diminish the role of the Jews as Israel, and many turn to the Khazars to do that.

Wooten’s only weak way of dismissing the Jews is A). most don’t believe in christ (so, pass out some tracts, then!!!) and B). all it takes is one lying grandmother.

I don’t recall if she brought up the khazars or not – the khazars are one of the weakest lame excuses I’ve ever heard of. What is the khazars? The Khazar story is that a tiny country in the slavic states converted to Judaism, The king converting and so did all the subjects.

Well, supposedly, they dissapeared (like the ten lost tribes) and so, somewhere, you can still here them dragging their chains back and forth… oh, and somehow all Jews alive are descended from khazars, and aren’t really Jews.

I describe the fallacies of arguments like this as “A plus B plus equals D.”

Uh, dude… you left out “C”. How, pray tell, did a small kingdom somehow populate the world with ten million descendants? And…what happened to all the Jews that should be descended from the original Jews?

And… what do you call someone who converts to Judaism? A… Jew.

what do you call the children of two married converts? A Jew!

So… even if the Khazar myth was true (and there’s no evidence for it… indeed, much against it), what would all the descendants of the Khazar be called? Jews.

The Khazar myth annoyed experts so much, they did DNA studies, and found that less than half a percent of the Jews population have DNA from that area of Eurasia. That’s the ENTIRE REGION, not just the Khazar kingdom!

So much for one of the most often repeated myths spread by anti-semites. it’s right up there with “jewish bankers run the world!” I’ve seen both, advocated by Christians, who really should know better.

The ten lost tribes thing is a myth.

If British Israelitism is a myth, and the Ten Lost Tribes is a myth, and the regathering is a combination of the first regathering of exiles from Babylon and the current regathering today…. then why are we even having to talk about the Two House nonsense?

Messianic Judaism Answered 30 – Two House


One of the more bizarre belief sets of the Messianics is the completely lunatic Two House doctrine. The Two House doctrine was invented supposedly by Batya Wooten, and quickly championed by a number of Messianics. The whole doctrinal stand arose so quickly that within a few years, almost every major Messianic organization all had to issue papers detailing their doctrinal stands on the Two House belief set.

The Two House theory has undergone a number of monikers since its inception – Two Stick, Messianic Israel, Two House, Ephraim-Judah, and I suppose even Gilbert-Sullivan. Well, maybe not the last one.

What does the doctrine teach?

The doctrine claims that the “Ten lost tribes” of Israel disappeared in the first captivity into Babylon, and that they in the few short years between the First Captivity and the Second, totally Assimilated (you’ll discover eventually Messianic Judaism’s obsession with the word assimilated) into the Babylonian peoples, never to be seen again.

The doctrine then goes through all kinds of mental gymnastics and gyrations, stretching every verse out of context that contains the word “Ephraim” or “Israel”. Batya Wooten (a gentile) makes the gross error at this point of concluding that the name Israel (for the northern Kingdom) and the tribe of Ephraim are synonymous.

She also makes the mistake of assuming that Ephraim is now Gentile, and searches for every use of the Hebrew word “Goy” in her Strongs until she’s taken all of the verses out of context. Now in her mind, the words Israel, Gentile and Ephraim all are synonymous. Which is really confusing as Israel also happens to mean “The Jewish People” – who are NOT gentiles!

Reading through her books incidentally is like wading through a punctuation factory – she is addicted to the exclamation point!!!! Most of her sentences, when she’s got a point she wants you to swallow without thinking about it too much, all end in FOUR EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!! IF NOT MORE!!!!! And a overly free, liberal policy of SENTENCES IN ALL CAPS!!!!!!

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Just in case I myself haven’t used a lot of exclamation points this morning.

Literally, Wooten makes a point in one of her books (I haven’t noticed anyone else comment on this point, so I’m wondering if she removed it from later editions) was her dragging “The elder shall serve the Younger” verse out of context, in that Manasseh suddenly becomes Judah – and now in her theology the Jews must serve the Gentiles, who are now the new Israel, while the plain old Jews are just the Jews. but Israel are the believing Jews, because they are Gentiles, and thus are more Jewish than Jews, because they’re Israel, and thus physically Jews and spiritually Jews, while Jews are just the Jews, but being believing Jews doesn’t get them any brownie points, because “All it takes is one lying grandmother”.

I no longer have the books, so I can’t quote editions and page numbers, but reading through the Two Stick book will reveal that quote. Yes, she really casts doubts about the legitimacy of Jews being Jews, because “All it takes is one lying grandmother.”

If that’s the case, then… all it takes to invalidate the claims of the “Ephraimites” is… one lying grandmother!

You REALLY can’t have it both ways.

If all this sounds familiar, you’re right. It’s British Israelitism, first concocted by the Mormons, was picked up on by the Seventh Day Adventists, and (if you’ve ever read my pages on the Word Faith movement) spread far and wide by one Frank Sandford of Shiloh, Maine, where it spread to Charles Parham, to Azuza Street, where it slid down to the Assemblies of God, existing today only in the vague Replacement Theology of the “Kingdom Now!” dominionism. The same teachings of the Seventh Day Adventists who came up with this British Israelites theory was discovered by Herbert W.Armstrong. Incidentally, it was the first doctrine examined by Joseph Tkach after Armstrong died, and led ultimately to the Worldwide Church of Tomorrow!!! becoming… well, Christians.

The slant placed by Wooten on the whole confusing, deranged theology is this – Ephraim is now Gentile, and not only can one not prove they are Ephraim, but nobody can prove they are not!!!!!!! And if that’s the case, all the prophecies about faith, or belief, or New Covenant/Renewed Covenant, then apply to Ephraim, who are the Gentiles, and thus are the real Israel based upon faith. Literal, physical descendants of Israel by blood – because they are showing the evidence of it by having faith in Jesus Christ.

Well, I suppose it makes a lot more sense than saying “Well, London has a Fish market gate, and so did Jerusalem, so Britain is Israel and America is Judah…”

If the whole belief system sounds like incoherent lunacy… good job! You’ve been paying atttention!

It’s always this way when you’ve got some oddball theology – strip it into its basic belief system, and see if it sounds like rantings and ravings. If it sounds like the ramblings of a wide eyed saliva flecked mouth of a homeless doomsday preacher, its’ usually nonsense.

Too bad it has MILLIONS of adherents! Both the MJMI and Jew for Jesus all have issued papers refuting this nonsense.

The only twist is (and Wooten even admits it sounds like British Israelitism) Wooten ties it to faith and belief. The Gentile, upon being saved, now becomes Messianic Israel. The Jew remains the Jew, but will serve the younger (Ephraim) in some undisclosed way in the Eternal State.

Quick Question: how is this not Replacement Theology? Replacement Theology, for those of you who’ve never heard of it, is that as of the rejection of Jesus by the Jews as their Messiah, the Church now is Israel, and inherits all the blessings of Israel. It holds such adherents as John Piper and R. C. Sproul.

Batya Wooten defends it by saying, well, Ephraim doesn’t replace Judah – after all, Ephraim still needs slaves in the Coming Kingdom, and the Jews will do nicely – Ephraim is physically Israel, while those old dirty Jews are just, well, Jews.

The entire Two House belief system is simply British Israelitism mixed with Replacement Theology and Anti-Semitism. And the most amazing thing is, many, many Messianics adhere to it – mostly Gentiles who rejoice, “Yes! i’m now part of Israel physically, due to my faith in Jesus Christ! I’m better than those old Jews!”

To be completely honest – I think the anti-Semitic elements of Wooten’s theory somehow escape most Two House believers. I think most of them never connected the dots and realized Wooten was claiming that if the elder had to serve the younger, and if Judah is the elder and Ephraim is the younger…

And I think most of the adherents never seemed to notice that her books champion Ephraim in glowing terms, but dismiss Judah (the Jews) in an offhand, almost contemptuous fashion.

Except me. The books were recommended to me when they first came out, and a good friend let me borrow both of them because I simply didn’t have the money to purchase them.

I returned them to her in a month and told her what they said. She looked it up, realized with some discomfort I was right, but loved the basic doctrine too much to give it up.

Okay, lets’ look at it from the Bible (hey, remember that thing you’re supposed to be reading???)

5 And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. 6 Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. 7 And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? 8 And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? 9 Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, 10 Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God. 12 And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Acts 2:5-12 (KJV)

Interestingly, the Bible only refers to Judeans and Israelites during the divided kingdom period. While in captivity, and afterwards up to the present day and including the Tribulation, they are all called Jews. You know, the very thing that Wooten preaches against.

17 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand. 19 And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. 20 But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the LORD, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live. Jeremiah 38:17-20 (KJV)

“The Jews that have fallen to the Chaldeans…” that’s the Northern tribes. You know, Ephraim. At this time, have they become Gentiles? Nope, still Jewish.

Well, what about the supposed disappearance of the Ten Tribes?

36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. Luke 2:36-37 (KJV)

Uh… that’s not Judah or Levi. Thats Asher. That’s the Northeastern most territory of the Northern Kingdom. Anna should have disappeared, according to Wooten’s “ten lost tribe” theories. And yet, the bible depicts her as being in Jerusalem in the days of the Lord Jesus Christ.

so… maybe the ten lost tribes weren’t lost after all!

1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. Romans 11:1 (KJV)

Paul here is claiming to be both of the tribe of Benjamin, one of the “Ten lost tribes”, and also a…Jew. AND an Israelite.

So, if Paul is claiming to be A). one of the ten “lost” tribes, B). Jewish and C). of the nation and people of Israel…. then there’s HUGE flaws with Wooten’s theory!

Much of her theory is based upon the presupposition that the ten tribes are “lost”.

OK, let’s start examing her claims in detail. Wooten makes much of every use of the word “goy” or “goyim” as meaning “Gentiles” – which when lifted out of its context would seem to be logical. However, it’s not the case Biblically.

17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow. Genesis 48:17-22 (KJV)

The problem is, the Wootens show themselves incapable of understanding hyperbolic language. Ephraim was to become a multitude, a great peoples, vast in number.

The problem is, the verse uses the phrase “nation”. The Hebrew word for Nation is “goyim”. yes, it means Gentile, but it also means nations. When referring to the nations of people at large, yes, Goyim means “Gentiles”, as we would be differentiating between Israel (the Jews) and all the other nations (gentiles).

When speaking of peoples WITHIN Israel, “Goyim” can be synonymous with tribes, or it can refer to vasts numbers of peoples.

5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Exodus 19:5-6 (KJV)

v’goy qadosh… And a Holy nation. The word “goy” is attributed to Israel as a NATION. a large people group. Does this mean that the Jews became Gentiles in Exodus 19? Biblically, this can’t be, as we see them referred to as Jews in Jesus’s day.

23 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods? 2 Samuel 7:23 (KJV)

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men: 27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this. 28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. 29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end! Deuteronomy 32:26-29 (KJV)

12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. Joshua 10:12-13 (KJV)

All three of these verses refer to Israel as “Goy”. And yet, we see Israel referred to as “Jews” over and over again. So the obvious understanding would be, either the Jewish people became Gentiles prior to the giving of the 10 commandments (which cannot be, as the Bible uses the words “Jew” and “Israel” interchangeably)… or it must mean “nation” or “people”, depending on context.

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 3 The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. 4 Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Isaiah 1:2-4 (KJV)

Who is this talking about? The Jewish people, the nation of Israel. What’s the word used for nation? Goy.

So, I think I’ve made my point that the starting two assumptions of Wooten are flawed to the core.

If the ten tribes are not missing, her entire theory goes right in the trash can.

If the word “Goy” or “Goyim” does not always mean “gentile”, then her entire theory is busted from the start – as she plays very fast and very loose with many prooftexts she has found, to make a contention that “Goy” always means Gentiles”, and the presence of that word so many times in conjunction with Israel and with Ephraim must mean that the Jews would become Gentiles, and thus any Gentile who gets born again both prophetically and physically must be a Jew!!!! But… better than Jews, because the Jews aren’t as important as Ephraim!

There’s a reason that it is called the “Ephraim-Judah” theory, and not the other way around. Wooten makes a great deal of emphasis that most readers miss about how important the Gentiles are, and how they supplant the Jews as Israel. I find myself wondering why I was the only person who caught the “elder must serve the younger” phrase she used!

We’ll examine more on this tomorrow!

Messianic Judaism Answered 29 – Salvation and the Law


One of the contentions of many Messianics is that we are saved by grace – but then are required to keep the law afterwards to maintain our salvation.

That’s a major heresy. It implies that the Lord began the work of our salvation – but that we must then do the rest.

Again, I have to ask – did the Lord say on the Cross, “It has begun!” or “it is finished!”

Now, among Messianics, this covers all territories from “You must earn your salvation by keeping the Torah” to “We’re saved by faith through grace, but you should evidence this by wanting to keep the Torah.”

And I guarantee that you cannot pin a Messianic down on his position accurately, as they’re caught in a logical dilemma – they know we’re saved by grace through faith, but by reading the Bible through brainwashed eyes and cultism, verses that speak to us of grace, discipleship, and growing in the Lord speak to them of bondage, slavery to obsolete sets of rules, and legalism. Entire chapters in the Bible become neglected (entire books!!!), such as Romans 5-8, Galatians, Colossians 2&3, verses in Ephesians, all in favor of isolated verses in Matthew, James, Revelations, etc.

It’s funny how Messianics can in the same sentence speak of being required to keep the law, but we shouldn’t be under legalism!

Here’s the question I can’t seem to get answered, because they ignore it, or give evasive answers – so if someone is saved, and because the New Testament tells them they don’t have to keep the law, they decide they don’t want to – are they saved? What will happen to them?

In short, WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR NOT KEEPING THE LAW?

A great deal of Messianics are convinced the answer is, “Hell.”

Others don’t answer the question, or answer it evasively.

Because if you’re going to tell me that it means a loss of rewards, then you’re telling me that Torah observance is mandatory, and not voluntary.

The Bible, as I pointed out several times in Galatians, comes right out and tells you that you do not have to keep the law, that you have died to it. One of the issues of Galatians is that all we are told is that the Galatians had turned to Torah observance, and Paul argued with them for an entire book.

We really aren’t told why the Galatians turned to Torah observance. It’s as if God didn’t want that preserved, although we can guess some reasons from the text. The bottom line, someone came to them and told them they should be keeping laws that they had already died to.

The Law is for those who are still alive to it. If you’re born again, you are not under it any longer.

1 Know ye not, brethren, (for I speak to them that know the law,) how that the law hath dominion over a man as long as he liveth? 2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband. Romans 7:1-2 (KJV)

Any questions?

3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:3-4 (KJV)

Any questions? Remember, don’t skip over the verses!!! You have toi read the Bible! This is the Bible! This is what it says about your born again state! If you are born again.

5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. 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. Romans 7:5-6 (KJV)

Six consecutive verses, all from the same book, that specifically state that once you are born again, you are beyond the law. You are no longer required to keep it.

8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. 9 But 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? 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Galatians 4:8-11 (KJV)

While many of these “Torah teachers” claim we should WANT to keep the law, Paul comes right out and questions the Galatians salvation for doing so! That should give everyone in the Torah movement pause.

Look, what were the things that the Lord spoke about on the earth? Those things should be the important considerations!

Let’s ask the average back row Baptist, the ones that the Messianics make fun of. You know, the “I just know Jesus died for me” crew. Biblically illiterate. Has kind of read through the Bible once or twice, and depends on the Pastor to study it (I hear people like this exist – I’ve never met any in my church! Matter of fact, I’ve found many of the Baptists in my church almost seem to fester to talk about the Bible!)

“What was important to the Lord?” “Uh, let’s see, ummm… He wants people saved, and doesn’t like the poor to go hungry. I guess.”

Good answers. The Lord specifically spoke against people worried about making sure their tsitsis were long enough and their tefillin was an appropriate size, and completely neglecting charity, forgiveness, loving their neighbor. Where was ahavat Yisrael, the love for other Jews?

14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. Matthew 23:14 (KJV)

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Matthew 23:23-24 (KJV)

IT’S FAR MORE IMPORTANT TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST THAT YOU LOVE OTHER CHRISTIANS, THAT YOU ARE FORGIVING, THAT YOU GIVE TO THE POOR – THAN WHETHER YOU WEAR A TALLIS OR NOT! And these were the words of the Lord to UNSAVED MEN!!!

We can hem and haw, point to isolated verses and say, “But what about this????” Or we can read the entire message of the Bible, which can be boiled down to the essential, “Get saved, tell others about the Gospel, love one another as I have loved you.”

nothing in that about Tallises, tefillin, mezuzot, kashrus, shomer shabbos, etc.

Again, I point out, if Torah observance was something even at the level of “you should voluntarily want to do this”, then WHY ARE THERE SO FEW VERSES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT THAT CAN BE TWISTED TO READ THIS?

Yes, twisted! The plain sense reading of Romans is that you are DEAD TO THE LAW! The plain sense reading of Colossians and Galatians is that you should NOT KEEP IT ANY LONGER! So if that’s the “pshat” (plain sense reading), why are you searching for “hints” and “secret readings” and “midrash” (allegory) that you should be keeping it?

Because here’s the truth – you want all the pretty toys. You want to be able to say, “I’m a jewish believer!” – especially if you’re not one!

The messianic Gentile who talks about being ingrafted INTO a called out assembly is closer in truth to those who espouse a doctrine about either two house nonsense, or that by faith in Jesus you’ve converted to a form or sect of Judaism, or worse the geneology searchers!

I’ve already spoken very highly of Gentiles. Your nature is to set up a lump of carved stone and worship it. But you overcome that to accept Jesus Christ, and do by nature the things of mercy commanded in the law, without any worry about keeping rituals. Rituals are DEAD! Don’t put yourself under a system that causes you to lie, and secretly feel an anguish you weren’t born a Jew, in some kind of exclusive Hebrew-Calvinism!

If the Temple and the ritual observances are so important, why is there no temple in the New Jerusalem?

Gentiles are great. As you can tell, I’m something of a fan. Yay! i’m not kidding. Jews should be lined up at the altars in every Baptist church every sunday, pushing and shoving to be the next to make a profession of faith. But who’s there? Gentiles. It’s not in the Gentile nature to seek God. The Judeo-Christian culture of the United kingdom, Canada, and the United States all contribute to Gentiles knowing of the Lord, and knowing they need to be saved – but still, in Katmandu and in Bombay and in Tokyo, there’s FAR MORE Gentiles lined up at altars to make confessions of faith than Jews.

And so, you Torah teachers want to take this away, and place a heavy, stifling burden on them?

25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. Matthew 23:25-28 (KJV)

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Matthew 23:38-39 (KJV)

Off Topic – A Response About Doctrine


Just briefly I wanted to address something. It’s not about Messianic Judaism, but rather about a prevailing attitude in Christianity today.

The tendency is to want to argue against sound doctrine. “Will sound doctrine get you into heaven?” I read just a few minutes ago.

Okay for starters, it’s a question with built-in assumptions.

  1. I’m wrong for trying to write articles teaching people sound doctrine – along with other Bible Believing Christians, Pastors who feel 1 Tim. 4 orders us to teach sound doctrine to our churches. 13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:13-16 (KJV) 
  2. The second assumption is that one does not need sound doctrine to get into heaven. Hold that thought.
  3. The third assumption that sound doctrine is somehow harmful for Christians.

Really?

Lets remember that the word ‘Doctrine’ means… teaching.

Doctrine

The act or result of teaching.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound DOCTRINE; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4), “Doctrine,” in King James Version Dictionary, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Doctrine”.

What teaching (doctrine) do you need to understand how to get into heaven?

  • Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven (John 14:6)
  • You must be born again (John 3:3)
  • You aren’t able to earn your way there (Eph. 2:8-9)
  • If you do not believe Jesus Christ is  God, one third of the Trinity, you aren’t saved. (John 8:24)

Um… that sure sounds like having faulty doctrine can keep you out of heaven.

What if I say that I’m predestined to be saved, and therefore I don’t need to be born again? I must be saved before I can be born again, and thus, if I’m already saved, there is no need to be born again? There are men saying these things!

Many of the people I address on this blog are holding to doctrines that either are evidence they are not saved, or are doomed to hell by false doctrine.

I think sound doctrine is ESSENTIAL. What about the man in Africa who can’t read his Bible, you ask?

Well, why didn’t you ask about the man in Malaysia? Why does it have to be Africa? I don’t understand that. For starters, not everyone in Africa (it’s a very big continent) lives in a mud hut. They have some VERY nice cities in Africa, with a high literacy rate… and by the way, they’re a little better in some cities in Africa about laying out sensible traffic patterns than we do in America. I mean, they took the time to think, “hey, this intersection is a little jammed up… let’s widen it..”

Sounds pretty smart to me.

Yes, there’s poverty in Africa. There’s poverty in London, Edinburgh, and New York City. What about those men in Malaysia, or Russia, or Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that can’t read? They have Pastors who preach the Bible. There you go. The PASTOR is called to HOLD to sound doctrine and TEACH sound doctrine in 1 & 2 Timothy, and Titus.

That’s called argument by bad analogy, by the way.

And yes,  there are different requirements for a Pastor and for a member of the congregation. Forgive me please, for trying to bring souls to Jesus Christ and for trying to teach sound doctrine to people who want to learn on my blog.

The devil’s favorite math is not division, it’s subtraction. He’s trying to subtract from the number of Bible believing Christians. If the devil can’t keep you from getting saved, he can distract you by getting you lined up in Ecumenism and partnering with unSaved men “for the sake of the Gospel” (how can they help with something they obviously don’t understand???)…

Or he’ll discourage you by drawing contentious people to you, to spin you around and keep you busy.

So, there’s your answers. I really don’t know if your article was to me, or just people in general? I’m still in Seminary for a few more months, and I immediately knew the problem with your contentions when I read it, and could spot the flaws in your argument.

The question is, why couldn’t you?

okay, back to our regularly scheduled series’ on Messianic Judaism.

Messianic Judaism Answered 28 The Sabbath pt. 2


These points (after my introduction) come from David Cloud. Originally, he wrote this about Seventh Day Adventism – however, the same theological issues apply to Messianics except for how they became convinced of the Seventh Day Sabbath.

With the SDA (who I’ll be dealing with sooner or later, I promise), the seventh day sabbath was due to a vision allegedly recieved by a girl with brain damage, in which she saw the ten commandments, and the 4th commandment glowing, and rising above the others. The image seems a little contrived, and sounds to me like a lie based upon a hidden desire to make the entire cult adhere to a personally held conviction about sabbath observance.

With the Messianics, it has to do with alleged purposeful Bible mistranslation on the basis of anti-semitism.

Let me deal briefly wtih the illogic of their contention:

You mean to tell me, that each and every Bible translating committee (in some cases the Bible was translated by a single man) and EVERY ONE OF THEM was anti-semitic, and anti-nomianistic?

Surely, out of 200 committees and individuals who translated the Bible, one of them would have paused and said, “I’m sorry, God’s word says we must keep the laws of Moses.”

But no, they didn’t. Not one. They all basically translated the Bible (every one of them) to show we are saved by grace through faith, and not of works, it is a gift of God, lest any man should boast. That we are saved by faith, and not by our own deeds. Every one of them.

Until of course, David Stern.

I’m sorry, it seems a little foul to me that everyone independently translates the passages that Messianics claim are mistranslated to show salvation by grace through faith, and that we should not keep the law – except for the people with a bias towards Sabbath and Torah observance.

It’s al ittle like Jehovah’s Witnesses who are pre-disposed against the deity of Christ, and against the saved going to heaven… nobody but they translate the bible their way. Funny how, if the Messianics are so fired up about accurate Bible translations, they don’t translate the verses the same as the Jehovah’s witnesses. Well, that tells me the Jehovah’s Witnesses are translating their Bibles to suit their pre-concieved doctrines.

Well, same thing applies – if the Jehovah’s witnesses aren’t translating their Bibles to show you must keep the law – which incidentally is one of their doctrines! – then the Messianics are deliberately mistranslating their Bibles to suit their preconcieved doctrines.

So now, here’s David Cloud, on the Seventh Day verses the First Day… (see Seventh Day Adventism on the way of life web site for more…)

 

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS

1. The sabbath, though mentioned in Genesis 2:2-3, was not delivered to man until it was given to Israel in the wilderness (Nehemiah 9:13-14). Ellen White added to Scripture when she taught that Adam and the patriarchs kept the sabbath.

2. The sabbath was not given to mankind in general, but to Israel alone as a special sign between her and God (Ex. 31:13, 17). If the sabbath had been kept by mankind from the creation, it could not have been given as a special sign to Israel.

3. The New Testament teaches that the believer is not bound by the sabbath law. See Colossians 2:16-17.

4. The sabbath was a type of salvation. “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his” (Heb. 4:9-10). As God rested on the seventh day from His work of creation, the believer today rests in the completed work of Christ. In order to enter into God’s rest, a person must accept God’s work and must cease from his own work (Jn. 6:28-29). Salvation must be accepted as God’s gift.

5. Jesus kept the sabbath because He was born under the law to fulfill the demands of the law. See Galatians 4:4-5. The Lord Jesus made Himself a servant and was born under the law of Moses that He might redeem sinners from the curse of the law and bring them into the eternal liberty of sonship.

6. It cannot be proven that the apostle Paul and the early churches observed the sabbath. It is true that Paul met in the synagogues on the sabbath in order to preach to the Jews assembled there, but this does not mean that he observed the sabbath. According to the Bible, the reason Paul visited synagogues on the sabbath was to preach the gospel. Paul’s desire was to preach Christ. He was burdened for his own people, the Jews. So he went where the Jews were to preach Christ to them. Consider Acts 13:14-44; 16:13-14; 17:2-4; 18:4.

7. There is much evidence in the Bible and elsewhere that the early Christians met and worshiped on the first day rather than on the sabbath.

  • On the first day Jesus rose from the dead (Mk. 16:9).
  • On the first day Jesus first appeared to his disciples (Mk. 16:9).
  • On the first day Jesus met with the disciples at different places (Mk. 16:9-11; Mt. 28:8-10; Lk. 24:34; Mk. 16:12-13; Jn. 20:19-23).
  • On the first day Jesus blessed the disciples (Jn. 20:19).
  • On the first day Jesus imparted to the disciples the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn. 20:22).
  • On the first day Jesus commissioned the disciples to preach the gospel (Jn. 20:21; with Mk. 16:9-15).
  • On the first day Jesus ascended to Heaven, was seated at the right hand of the Father, and was made Head of all (Jn. 20:17; Eph. 1:20).
  • On the first day the gospel of the risen Christ was first preached (Lk. 24:34).
  • On the first day Jesus explained the Scriptures to the disciples (Lk. 24:27, 45).
  • On the first day the Holy Spirit descended (Acts 2:1). Pentecost was on the 50th day after the sabbath following the wave offering (Le. 23:15-16). Thus, Pentecost was always on a Sunday.
  • The Christians met to worship on the first day (Acts 20:6-7; 1 Cor. 16:2).

Since those days, the vast majority of Christians have met to worship on the first day of the week. They do this in honor of the resurrection of their Savior. Christ was in the tomb on the sabbath and rose as the firstborn from the dead on the first day. The sabbath signifies the last day of the old creation (Gen. 2:2). Sunday is the first day of the new creation.

8. Sunday is not the sabbath. Bible-believing Christians do not observe the sabbath by assembling on Sunday. The New Testament believer is redeemed from the obligations of the Law of Moses. Romans 14:1-13 and Colossians 2:16 clearly state that believers are not to be judged in respect to holy days. The Galatians’ respect of holy days caused the apostle Paul to fear that they were not even saved! See Galatians 4:10-11, 20. 9. The idea that Sunday observance will be the mark of the beast is not found in Scripture. This idea came from Ellen White. It is true that the Antichrist will “think to change times and laws” (Daniel 7:25), yet nowhere does the Bible say that this will involve the sabbath or Sunday. The Bible does not reveal exactly what laws the Antichrist will change.

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Messianic Judaism Answered 27 – The Sabbath


Shomer Shabbos.

It’s a big thing in Messianic Judaism. However, as I pointed out before, Messianic Judaism is fond of teaching about the law – but not keeping it, while claiming they do!

For those not familiar with the words, its a mixing of Yiddish and Hebrew – kind of typical of “Frumspeak”, the language that observant Jews use (a blend of Yiddish and Hebrew words and phrases added to English). Shomer is to “keep or guard”, and Shabbos is the Yiddish word for “Shabbat”. Ashkenazi Hebrew tends to pronounce a Tav at the end of the word as an S, and the Qamatz vowel point almost with an O sound (like the last syllable in Robot).

So, Shomer Shabbos = keep the Sabbath.

Messianics routinely use Sephardi Hebrew, whether they are of European descent or not. And trust me, the well meaning’ed among them will try to correct your use of Ashkenazi Hebrew until you get testy with them.

The contention of the Torah Observant Messianic is that we must still keep the Sabbath, because (as they teach wrongly) we are still under the law. So, the first step they advise is adding the Sabbath first.

Sabbath observance in Messianic Judaism is usually limited to …

making sure you take the day, or most of it, off from work. And then you drive to the Messianic Synagogue, and have a Shabbat service. The Messianics carry their Bibles in, plus whatever they need to perform the Davidic dance stuff – flags, props, rubber chickens and whatnot. Then usually a bunch of them will go out to dinner at a favorite restaurant afterwords, enjoying greatly the sitting around and talking about Messianic stuff, and “Why the Christians get so offended when you talk about the law! I love the Torah!”

You love it… but you broke it about a dozen times this Shabbos!

  • 23 And he said unto them, This is that which the LORD hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. Exodus 16:23 (KJV)
  • 25 And Moses said, Eat that to day; for to day is a sabbath unto the LORD: to day ye shall not find it in the field. Exodus 16:25 (KJV) 26 Six days ye shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the sabbath, in it there shall be none. Exodus 16:26 (KJV)
  • 29 See, for that the LORD hath given you the sabbath, therefore he giveth you on the sixth day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the seventh day. Exodus 16:29 (KJV)
  • 8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8 (KJV)
  • 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: Exodus 20:10 (KJV)
  • 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:11 (KJV)
  • 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Exodus 31:14 (KJV)
  • 15 Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. Exodus 31:15 (KJV)
  • 16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. Exodus 31:16 (KJV)
  • 3 Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day. Exodus 35:3 (KJV)

Okay then… what did we read from a cursory look at the Sabbath in our King James Bibles?

You can’t make food on the Sabbath. You make it Friday afternoon, in preparation for the Shabbos day. Usually this is done by buying a blech (a metal sheet you cooked on), and then you prep up a Shabbos stew called Cholent. Yeah, man… of all the things I miss about Judaism, Cholent is pretty much tops. What’s in it? Nonya bizness! Everyone’s cholent recipe is a little different. Beans, meat, and the rest is a secret. My Rabbi always said he’d tell me what was in his, but then he’d have to kill me. That was one of the things about a Seudah (sabbath day get together) was the surprise of tasting someone else’s cholent, and seeing what their special take on it was.

So you’d cut up the salad, get everything pre-made, cook up the cholent… my wife actually used to make the Challah herself (the sabbath bread). Everything was done before the Sabbath. Then you’d put the blech on the stove, turn the heat down as low as it would go without turning it off, and set the prepped up cholent in a pot on the blech. It now starts cooking and simmering, from prior to the sun setting Friday night. And it’s going to cook until shortly after noon…. wow, I’m getting hungry.

So… why can’t you cook on Shabbos? It’s WORK. The Bible specifically forbids work on the Sabbath. You cut things. You activate a heat source by turning on electricity (which produces a spark – you cannot start a fire on the Sabbath). You mix things.

Okay, we’ll go out to eat! No, you have to abide in your home. bad news, buddy! Besides… the Torah will not allow you to work on the Sabbath… or allow Gentiles to do the work for you. So, you’re going out to eat? what about the cooks, bus boys, waitresses, all working for you? And you’re spending money. Can’t do that either.

How’d you get there, walk? “No we drove.” You can’t start a car on the Sabbath. That starts a fire. Cars run from internal combustion… spark plugs light, igniting gas vapors, which burn the gasoline, turning the engine, which turns the tires. Really clever. And really prohibited on the Sabbath.

29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them. 30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him. 32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day. 33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation. 34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him. 35 And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp. 36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses. Numbers 15:29-36 (KJV)

In addition, one may not carry a burden in or out of a dwelling place on the Sabbath. It’s work. So those carrying in and out all the davidic dance props was a violation of the Shabbos.

So, tell me again, why do Messianics claim to keep the Sabbath? Keeping the Sabbath for them seems to be A). take most of the day off from work on the Sabbath and B). Go to the Messianic synagogue on Sabbath. The rest they conveniently ignore.

Why?

“Because since Moshiach came, those requirements are lifted…”

Ok, here’s where I’m going to agree with you. Why? Because you’re not under the law! You are DEAD to the law if you are saved!

But you can’t have it both ways. You can’t say that we must all keep the Sabbath – and then not keep it yourself! That’s the kind of hypocrisy that the Lord discussed in Matthew 23.

Either don’t keep the sabbath, or teach it and keep it. My recommendation is the easiest one – quit being a false teacher who advocates legalism and a return to bondage Christians are not meant to be under… and enjoy that Saturday afternoon trip out to Cracker Barrrel. When someone asks you why your church meets on Saturdays, just practice saying this…

“we’re a Messianic synagogue. We like meeting on Saturdays.” “Oh, so you guys keep the sabbath?” “Naw, we just like meeting on Saturdays.”

Final question for the Messianic – if you were trying to keep the sabbath the way you do now in ancient Israel, do you think you’d have lived to see the end of that Sabbath?

Think about that for a bit.

Here’s an experiment for the Torah Observant Messianic – I want you to try keeping an Orthodox Shabbos for the rest of the month. Not just one day. The entire month. Oh, let’s pick… all of July. Be Shomer Shabbos all four weeks, from prior to sundown Friday Night to just after three stars become visible on Saturday night.

No tearing toilet paper. Get boxes of kleenexes for the bathroom. No driving. No watching TV. no internet. No electronic devices. If your synagogue is close to you, you can walk, as long as it’s a Shabbos day’s journey or an Eruv (joined together area). If it’s got overhead power lines, you can walk quite a distance. But you’ve either got to use their Bibles, or bring yours there long before the Shabbos. No writing, either. No playing musical instruments.

Let’s see if you REALLY like keeping the Torah. Really. Do it right.

Matter of fact, now that you’ve started, start keeping the Torah. Complete Kashrus, but you gotta pick a hecksher – either OU, or ChK (Chabad). Well, i guess you can mix the two, but do it Chabad style – ChK where ChK differs from the OU hecksher.

Don’t forget you have to go to Jerusalem three times a year. And you better hope they finish the Temple soon, because much of the Torah requires sacrifices.

Here’s my prediction… the first Shabbos will be fun. Enjoyable. Relaxing.

The rest are going to be an exercise in tedium.

And as you feel yourself trapped in the Torah, turn… and look at the Cross. LOOK AT THE CROSS.

Suddenly you’ll understand why Jesus Christ came. You’ll understand why we no longer need the Torah.

The Torah is a crushing burden, that you cannot bear. You’re aware of your sin, and it’s crushing weight. The Torah is beautiful. Powerful. Holy.

We are not. We are fallen. We cannot keep the Torah.

The Talmud tells a story of the angels, protesting as God prepares to give the Torah at Sinai. “Master, they cannot keep the Torah! Give it to us, we can! They can’t possibly keep it!”

“That’s why I’m giving it to them. They can’t keep it.” is the answer.

And then the second person of the Trinity came to earth, and allowed Himself to be put to death for us.

And when He raised Himself from the dead, He rose us up with Him.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17 (KJV)

Messianic Judaism 26


         Almost done with.. well, no, I’m not. I’ve barely started. I’ll have to ask the indulgence of my readers, as I know they’re used to me dealing with a subject for two weeks to a month, and then moving on. But there’s so much wrong with Messianic Judaism it just about rivals Roman Catholicism for sheer heresy!

And rest assured… I’m not done with Roman Catholicism either. As I begin to finish my initial writings on many cults, I plan on returning to examine in far more depth many of the subjects I dealt with before! this also includes Mormonism, because I felt I didn’t give that enough attention. I’ll just say that I only found a few issues to talk about for a couple of weeks, but there’s another blog I’ve seen where they’re up to over 900 doctrinal errors and inconsistencies of Mormonism, so I’ve got a lot more study and catching up to do! And sadly. not a single Calvinist ever found my articles on that sorry doctrine, as I doubt they ever could have let that go without recycling their same old tired arguments that they think they were predestined to utter.

Anyway, today will be short.

It has to do with the taking of Hebrew names.

Listen, there’s a lot of Jews with Gentile names. You know, like… Harrison Ford. Philip Dean.

Sometimes parents give you a horrible name. Our parents, God bless them, sometimes aren’t thinking clearly when they give us names. Or they have funny quirks. My parents were as quirky and odd as, well, me. Apple didn’t fall far from the tree there, I guess.

If you’re given a name like Maushe, and you don’t like it, change it. Be honest and say, “you know, my birth name was horrible.” So, if you take a different name… like say, Marshall… that’s fine. Nothing wrong with that. There’s no inconsistency there. You don’t have to defend it.

“His name was Marshall! And he now uses Moishe to sound more Jewish!!!”

Yeah, well, there were a LOT of Jews at Ellis Island who changed Jewish, old country, greenhorn-ish names to sound more American. Why? To fit in. it’s a whole new world, a new beginning!!! Yes, I am a GOY now!!!

well,maybe not THAT extreme. So WHAT if Marshall Koinechowsky’s name was originally Maushe, and he changed it to Marshall? Big deal! You know how much grief he must have gone through in school? Have you EVER been beaten up in school? Attacked on the school bus? I tell you, it’s enough after the 20th time to make you swear you’re going to take up Karate or Kung fu, and the next idiot that tries to punch you in the mouth you’re gonna….

Sigh. Okay, anyway. So Marshall gets in the Hebrew roots movement, and changes his name back to Moishe, but with a less Greenhorn-ish pronunciation. So he’s going more for a Deutsche-Litvaki pronunciation, big deal.

As you can tell, I’m not overly worked up about if someone wants to change their name.

I just think with over a billion doctrinal issues and heresies, we’ve got bigger fish to fry with some argument about, “You should NEVER change your name!!!”

Listen, if Marshall wants to change his name to Pierre LeGrand Cousteau, let him! He’s still a heretic teaching false doctrine and promoting a vague reconstructionist British Israelitism!

Just to make sure none of you worried I was getting soft. 😉

If someone wants to change their name to fit in, fine. No problems. It’s just a name.

“You can’t EVER change your name! You hear me Jacob Ben Avraham???”

Well, I don’t suppose God changing Jacob’s name to Israel has any bearing on that odd prejudice!

Here’s my advice. As you can see, we can spend SO MUCH TIME dealing with Messianic heresies, that silly little things like “what’s your name, REALLY???” are absolutely foolish.

Like Dr. James Trimm. Someone made a big deal about his name originally being Scotty. OK, whatever. He wants to be known now as “James”. Who cares. I don’t care. Maybe he got picked on a lot by older sisters who would turn and twist that name until the very mention of it brought up teeth clenching anger.

cut the guy some slack.

Umm…. who else? There’s a lot. I don’t care. There’s even a Messianic whose name is Don Doherty, and who – with an overabundance of cheeky humor – preferred the nickname “Donbam”. It’s funny. I laughed the first time I saw it.

But people are raking the guy over the coals because he did a tongue in cheek play on the phrase “RaMBaM” over Rabbi Moses Ben Maimonides. So he uses a nickname, and people flip out.

We take things too far, looking for something to criticize. Let’s deal only with Biblical issues, heresies… and drop the small, inconsequential stuff.

The Messianic sub-culture, with its Ethnodolatry of worshipping anything Jewish, is to blame. Gentiles come in and try to fit in, like millions of Jews who came through Ellis Island. And many Jews who are given Gentile names at birth start adopting Hebrew names, to get in touch with their roots. No big deal.

I’m not worried about it. Let’s stop wasting time about silly things like, “his name was originally Arthur! And Now he wants to be called Chiang Hu!”

Now, let’s look at the flip side.

A prime technique of cults is to change a person’s identity. Take away their name, and you take away their identity.

Some Messianic congregation (I would say “many” but in view of Dan Juster’s protest that the extremists are a “minority” I’ll say “some”) encourage new members to either take up their given Hebrew names, or if your parents never bothered to give you one, choose one. And Gentiles are encouraged to take a Hebrew name upon joining.

Identity taken away. You’re no longer Henry Wallenstone, but Yitzchaq Rabin, or something like that.

Then they takeaway your holidays you grew up with. “Christmas is pagan.” so suddenly you are losing all the holidays you grew up with. Wedge driven between family now. Separated from family, and lost your identity.

You now hold more loyalty to Israel than to your birth country. loyalties changed. You’re isolated, new viewpoints, new family, new holidays, new name… indoctrinated. Brainwashed.

And the Moonies are taking notes. “What did you do then? Ohhhh…. wow, we never thought of that!”

See now why I say Messianic Judaism is a cult?