Redeeming the Time


16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:16-20 (KJV)

Christians,

This is the time. Seriously. I am becoming more and more convinced that the Rapture of the Christians is nearing. Many of you have blogs… this is the time to get serious about this.

Contend earnestly for the faith. Witness to the lost. Try to reach those who call themselves Christians, whose entire claim for a hope in Heaven but who actually claim nothing but a wet forehead as a baby. Try to reach those who think they are a god, and can speak things into existence. Try to reach those who believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s faithful servant on this earth. Try to reach those who believe that Joseph Smith was visited by an Angel who used to be a man named Moroni. Try to reach those who believe they have to keep the laws of Moses to be saved. Try to reach those who think “the Sunday Sabbath is the number of the beast”. Try to reach those who think Hinduism is the way. Who think their Buddhist faith will get them reborn if they redeem enough karma points. Try to reach those who think the vibration of cosmic crystals will allow them to ascend into a higher order of sentient being. Try to reach those who think, “My whole family is Baptist, so I guess I go to heaven too…”

You’re going to get arguments. You’re going to offend many. You’re going to risk a lot of heartache just to finally reach one person – but that one person will avoid Hell forever, and that’s the point.

And you may be planting a seed for when (after we disappear) they may wake up and realize, “This was real, and I just missed it.”

But if you do nothing… they all are lost. Condemned.

Redeem the time, for the days are evil.

Messianic Judaism 56 – The Oral Torah


9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:9 (KJV)

3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 1 Kings 2:3 (KJV)

The issue of the Oral Torah is one that few Messianics bother with. Most Messianics simply refuse the Oral Torah. No issues.

But if you become one of those Messianics who follow the Oral Torah, then be prepared – you’re on a roughly one year countdown of denying Christ. It won’t take long. Some take as long as three years, hovering in the emotionally painful time of wallowing between the Oral Torah and the Written Torah. Eventually, conversion to Judaism or a return to Judaism if you’re Jewish is not far behind.

The Oral torah is a major danger point. Any kind of dedicated study of the Talmud leads to acceptance of the Talmud, which leads to following of the Talmud.

If the Oral Torah was real… wouldn’t they be mentioned in those verses I just quoted? Yes? No? Why is it ignored as if it did not exist?

Because it didn’t. It started in the Maccabean period as traditions of the elders, something the Lord makes mention of. He makes no acceptance of that oral Torah. Instead, the Lord asks several times, “Have ye not read?” or “is it not written?”

The vast majority of the Oral Torah comes about centuries after Jesus Christ.

There’s no validity for the existence of the Oral Torah. An open minded reading of the Talmud reads like this – a group of men who have absolutely no idea what the Bible literally means, so they sit and make up stories, come up with fanciful allegorical interpretations, argue with each other’s interpretations, and then a building upon it.

That’s how it read to me when I was in Chabad. That’s how it reads to me today. I remember reading the Talmud back then and thinking, “I must be stupid. I must be missing something. Everyone talks about how difficult it is to understand it, yet it looks easy to understand to me!”

Basically, you take the Talmud seriously. What it says is what it means.

But you’re not allowed to interpret what the Bible says in the same manner. It has to be allegorical. And you have to take the Rabbi’s word for it that the Talmudic Sages possessed insight you do not.

I’ve got problems with that. Because if you can’t interpret the Bible without the Talmud, you’re placing the Talmud over the Bible. That’s like any other cult, that places their writings above the Bible, like Roman Catholicism or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This is how they keep Judaism Jewish. It’s like the Sanhedrin knew if Israel accepted Jesus, they’d be out of a job. So the Pharisees won, by writing their special texts that you needed a “teacher” to understand, that kept you blindly following an allegorical interpretation of the Bible. And as I’ve said before, the members of a religion that takes the Bible allegorically are slaves to the very teachers that possess the key to the allegory.

If you’re a messianic, RUN NOW. Get out of that cult. It’s not Christianity, it’s a Christ-denying cult. It may well be that Messianic Judaism is the synagogue of satan.

Messianic Judaism Answered 55 – Is The Holy Spirit God?

Is the Holy Spirit God? Read here to find out!


This one’s a short one… As I pointed out yesterday, the levels and degrees to which one rejects the Trinity in Messianic Judaism basically runs the entire gamut. And as I pointed out, not EVERY Messianic denies Christ. A lot of them do…

Since Messianic Judaism calls every part of Christianity into question, including “what is canon and what is not”… one area that is targeted pretty heavily by some is… the Trinity, and the deity of Christ.

Yesterday I did a gloss article on the Deity of Christ, because literally I could talk for days on that subject. The first thing I did is denounce the “Memra'” tactic. If you have never studied Aramaic in an academic setting, then don’t quote what you don’t understand.

The Holy Spirit remains kind of an afterthought of Messianics… They mostly accept it, but somehow ignore the subject. “Well uh, the Ruach Ha’kodesh is, uh…”

Let me fill it in for you… God.

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2 (KJV)

Ta-da.

I kind of never bought it back in Judaism when I’d read Joseph Telushkin and people like that try to stretch logic to fit a preconceived conclusion (“there’s no Trinity…”), instead of taking the Bible at what it says literally. The Spirit of God is… God the Spirit.

Yay, that was easy, wasn’t it?

1 But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things. Acts 5:1-11 (KJV)

Read that in context. “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost…. thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”

The Bible says the Holy Spirit is God.

16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: Matthew 3:16 (KJV)

5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:5 (KJV)

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24 (KJV)

14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)

It’s that simple! Why deny Him?

Messianic Judaism Answered 54 – Is Jesus God?


This is apparently an area where we could say, “Two Messianic Jews, three opinions.” Very often it’s not the Jews who come to faith in Christ who have a problem with this – it’s the Gentiles who have adopted a Jewish identity, who tells their families, “I’m Jewish now” and takes on Hebrew names, dropping Barbara for Batya, Linda becomes Yaffa, Joel becomes Yoel, Marky Mark becomes “Yitzchaq, etc.

And their family watches and wonders, “Should I be worried about this?”

uh… I would.

Okay, so, the words written here will not apply to all Messianics. MANY have no problem with the Deity of Christ. But it becomes really obvious that the more Jewish your identity becomes, the more and more and more you have trouble believing in the Deity of Jesus Christ.

Worry no more. I can explain it. And… I’m really not going to explain anything new, anything you didn’t already know.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (KJV)

okay, let’s get this straight right off the bat. If you have not studied Aramaic in an academic setting, spare me all your interpretations of Memra’. There’s a lot of speculation about the meaning of the word Memra’ and what it boils down to is… “I don’t believe Jesus Christ is God, and here’s my excuse. I’m going to baffle you with obscure wording until you leave me alone.”

Certainly Avi Ben Mordecai is such a person, speculating about the meaning of Memra’. All I’m going to say is, the same kind of speculation goes on from people who don’t know Greek, don’t understand how it works, and try to tell me fanciful things based on their lack of understanding, when I took the class for a year, did my homework, studied my flashcards, and passed all my tests. Trust me when I say what I had was bare minimum, and does not qualify me as an expert. If I’m not an expert and I had to pass 5 tests, then you aren’t one either.

The citing of Aramaic (when you haven’t studied it) to support your argument is a classic case of one of Henry Thouless’ 31 Examples of Faulty Thinking, “Use of technical jargon”. I haven’t referred to that book in over a year and a half, so longtime readers should admire my restraint…

58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58 (KJV)

14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 (KJV)

It’s not hard to understand.

18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. John 5:18 (KJV)

24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:24 (KJV)

If you understand that Jesus Christ was pre-existent, that He is Lord, that He is He, that He is equal with God… behold, you’re getting to understand…

…that Jesus Christ is obviously God. In Human flesh.

“I don’t understand it! It’s too hard to understand!!!”

So… you can perfectly understand God? Just because you don’t understand something doesn’t mean it isn’t so!

What’s even more incomprehensible is how people try to do textual juggling to try to justify the claim they want for some reason to make… that Jesus Christ is “just some guy who was really good.”

No, the Bible makes that clear. “If you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.”

Unless you believe he’s just some cool dude who kept the law perfectly, you’ll die in your sins??? Nope. The text just can’t read that way.

If you believe not that Jesus Christ is God, one third of the Trinity, God in Human Flesh, Eternally the Son of God… ye will die in your sins.

Okay, that seems to make more sense if you compare John 8:24 with John 1:1, John 5:18, and John 8:58.

There’s a lot of verses I could cite. And since I’m sure some Messianic will come across this page sooner or later, I’m sure in the comment section I’ll have to finally list all of them.

Trust me when I say I posted all of them in the Jehovah’s Witness section.

Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, the Son of God. This cannot be used to mean some cool torah observant guy who was really frum and God as a reward made him become God. That’s impossible, and doesn’t conform to the Psalms, to Isaiah, etc.

Try this… read your Bible. Believe what it says. Thanks.

Messianic Judaism answered 53 – Can the Law save you?


Can keeping the Law of Moses save you?

No careful reader of the New Testament can fail to observe the fact what doctrinal strife obtained at the very opening of the Christian dispensation. This controversy was concerned mainly with the question of whether law or grace furnishes the governing principle for Christian conduct. Although the New Testament contains specific and lengthy warnings against both the legalizers and their teachings, and their systems are therein proven to be opposed to the doctrines of pure grace, their successors from generation to generation to the present time have ever sought to discredit the grace of God. Their messages, though steeped in error, have often exhibited great zeal and sincerity; but zeal and sincerity, greatly to be desired when well directed, fail utterly in God’s sight as substitutes for a consistent presentation of the truth.

Lewis Sperry Chafer, Grace: An Exposition of God’s Marvelous Gift, WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 73.

19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Romans 3:19-21 (KJV)

21 Is 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. 22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Galatians 3:21-22 (KJV)

3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:3-6 (KJV)

1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Hebrews 10:1-4 (KJV)

That’s the bottom line. The law is of the flesh. If you are still of the flesh, not yet born again, then you need the law to educate you about sin and death – because that’s what the law brings.

The blood of bullocks could not take away sins – merely cover them. So, we need to be born again, to repent of our sins, understand our sinful nature, and ask Jesus Christ to save us. Belief is of the spirit, not the flesh.

The law is of the flesh and brings death. The spirit brings belief and gives eternal life.

The law is what YOU do. The Spirit is what God does.

Messianic Judaism 51 – Eternal Security


I’ll make my yearly disclaimer that when I’m talking about Messianic Jews, very often I’m talking about the majority. Dan Juster disagrees with me and refuses to acknowledge there’s something extremely rotten in Denmark. Juster maintains that the cultishness and doctrinal issues in Messianic Judaism is confined to an overly vocal minority… I point out again that if you do a search on issues like “sabbath for Christians” “should Christians keep the law” and “Yeshua”,… you quickly start running into a very large number of Messianics, all of whom apparently are Greek Scholars, Hebrew Scholars, experts in Judaism and Judaica, etc.

MY experience in this is… the vast majority of Messianics are law oriented. In other words – I’ve never met a Messianic who wasn’t a law keeper. The attitude about it always ran from “you probably should” to “you’re not saved if you don’t.”

It would be marvelous, I would think, to run into a Messianic congregation where the attitude is, “we just like yarmulkes and the music, and the traditions. Should you keep the law? Absolutely not!”

So. There you go.

Doctrinal stance among messianics tend to be Armenianist & Charismatic. I’ve dealt a little with this. Armenianism to a certain point is not too bad. I’m not a Calvinist by any stretch of the Imagination. Theologically, you could call me a traditional Independent Baptist.

However, the burden of trying to keep a law that man cannot keep to keep yourself saved… is terrifying and crushing.

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. John 3:16 (KJV)

How long is that life? Everlasting. When does that end? uh… never.

47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John 6:47 (KJV)

Same questions.

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37 (KJV)

39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John 6:39 (KJV)

Anyone who fears they can lose their salvation needs to do a serious doctrinal study of the Gospel of John and 1st John. The two verses in John 6 above show quite seriously that we will not be cast out, and that of those who are saved, not one will be lost (“I should lose nothing…”).

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: 2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Jude 1:1-2 (KJV)

How about that??? “To them that are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ…” Preserved!

I think the issue was forever settled for me when a man was giving a sermon, and he made an aside that clearly was not in the text of his sermon. “You can’t lose your salvation, it’s not yours to lose.”

Not yours to lose. Think about that.

If you are set free, ye are free indeed. Baptists have stood for centuries and proclaimed “once saved, always saved!” The Messianic ignores it.

I’ve just come to the understanding that there is NO teaching of doctrine in Messianic assemblies. None. I mean, you get Judaism 101 lessons, peculiar to the preference of the Rabbi over that congregation. And you get the same brainwashing that “you need to keep the law, and here’s all the out of context verses, translated our way, that prove it…”

But the important stuff is never taught.

This one’s kind of important.

This is a short article, by no means exhaustive. But it’s important. You want a specific verse that says you cannot lose your salvation? Here it is.

28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:28-29 (KJV)

Messianic Judaism Answered 50 – How Salvation works


Salvation.

Messianics really confuse themselves and everyone else when they¬† start talking about salvation. What it boils down to is your saved by faith through grace, and you’re not. You’re not saved by works but you are.

Essentially, take the statement of faith of any Messianic synagogue,¬† and you’ll see that their statement of faith boils down to Jesus paid it all… but somehow you have to keep paying for it yourself.

Essentially, it’s lying by telling the truth, and telling the truth by lying.

Let’s boil it down even further… this is the answer they hem and haw around. “can you be saved by faith through grace, never keep the Torah once, and still go to heaven?”

What they want to tell you is, “No.” but they understand if they say that, they’re going to be recognized for the cult they are! The Messianic knows that telling people they have to be saved by works is a heresy. But that’s what they believe.

So, let’s examine the Messianic understanding of salvation, then we’ll look at the Biblical view of salvation. They’re not the same.

The Messianic view of salvation is very tricky, because it changes in the life of the Messianic. At first, they wholeheartedly believe in salvation by faith through grace. Then they add in Torah, because it’s fun. Okay, STOP THERE!!!

It’s not fun. At first, yeah, it’s cool. I remember getting all nutty about getting mezuzot, a menorah, channukiahs, tallis, yarmulkes. I mean, hey, I remember as a kid talking with someone I knew who talked about Passover, and it blew his mind when I said i was Jewish too. He answered, “but your family doesn’t do anything!!!” Well, there’s a lot of that in America. Canada and England too. At least in Israel you have Israeli’s who’ll choose, “I’ll do this, but that’s all.” You get some Jewish identity from doing a couple of things, at least.

So to get into this stuff, get a bunch of yarmulkes, mezuzot for every doorway, etc was cool at first. If you just bought the stuff because it was cool, hey, great, stop there. Because once you start using it, you now are obligated to keep the Law.

All 613 commandments.

10For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. James 2:10-12

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Gal. 5:1-4

Eventually, this becomes your mindset. You have to keep the law to maintain your salvation. Eventually, it becomes, only Jews go to heaven, and you must keep the Law.

The mindset keeps changing.

This originally is Armenianism, the need to maintain your salvation because, well – you can lose it. And many, many messianics live in fear they’ve lost their salvation because the crushing burden of the law collapses in on you.

Really? You can’t lose your salvation – it’s not yours to lose.

We are saved because… well, we are utterly powerless to save ourselves. We have violated God’s law. We have all sinned. All we like sheep have gone astray… none are righteous, no, not one.

So God had mercy on us and came to earth to die. God the Father sent God the Son to die for us, that we could live.

By paying the penalty for our sins Himself, by taking the penalty upon Himself who knew no sin, He rose from the dead. Guiltless. Free. Death penalty paid. Sin wiped out.

free.

And He smiling, gave that to us. Free! All you have to do is believe! Repent, accept, believe!

BORN AGAIN.

If you are born once, you will die twice.

If you are born twice, you will die once.

If you are born again, you have died. The law is wiped away. Sin is wiped away.

The blood of Jesus is applied to you, to walk in mercy.

Here’s the problem – if you are born again, you can’t give that birth and death back. “Um.. I died in error, and I’d like to return that…”

If you are saved, you are saved indeed. Done deal. Neither death, nor life, nor principalities nor powers, can separate us from Christ. I paraphrased that, but I know all of you have read it before.

You can’t go to something like Torah Observant Messianic Judaism, espouse that kind of nonsense, start deriding the deity of Christ, and be saved.

That’s why i’m writing this. Too many gentiles are getting caught up in this stuff. You’re chasing something that is deadly, And if you join the ranks of so, so many Christians who deny the deity of Jesus Christ… you were never saved to begin with. Don’t worry about losing something you never had!

Come out of Messianic Judaism. Get saved.

Before it’s too late.