How Long?


Well, let’s put it this way.

jerusalem_temple3-600x386 They’re building a “replica” of the Temple on the Dead Sea… that they can in a few months simply disassemble and relocate to Jerusalem.

sanhedrinWe’ve got a Sanhedrin.

There’s a group of Levites with numbers 1 through however many for the role of High Priest. Hint – it’s going to be #1. Baruch Kahane is his name.

kahane-150x150 No kidding. This guy.

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Training for the offerings… note the altar is there.

priest-omer-barley-sacrifice-altar-2 Offering of the Omer in a “Re-enactment”.

temple-institute-altar-3 a Levite learning how to prepare the altar for burnt offerings.

No, we’re not close at all.

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Use of the word Pharisee


I constantly encounter the word Pharisee by Christians, mostly Evangelicals. Recently, I encountered a hyper-grace believer on this blog, who was quick to try to subtly worm her way in by asking questions, subtly finding a way to slam Fundamentalists, and seized on that as a chance to argue with me that I was a Pharisee, full of works, because I wrote about… repentance and prayer.

Okay, Let me translate the word Pharisee for my Gentile readers, and let’s see if you understand how that word sits in my ears.

“Fundamentalist narrow minded Pharisee!”

In my ears means, “You Bible believing Jew!”

Jew.

You know, It’s been many years since I was called “Jew Boy” in school. Anti-Semitism still reigns in today’s society. Obama’s America in the last years of the reign of his regime had institutionalized Jew Hating. Schools of higher education were encouraged to be racist – against Jews. They used phrases to disguise it – “Divestiture”, “Censure”, “Israel”.

What it amounted to is that America has become increasingly intolerant, in the name of tolerance.

It’s bad enough I have to endure that from the unsaved, but to have my Christian brothers and sisters routinely engage in antisemitism is too much.

When you call someone Pharisee, understand this – you are being a racist. You are being a bigot. You are being an anti-Semite. You’re being a Jew Hater.

in 2008, one night late at night, while reading a book by John MacArthur and searching for the truth, I broke under the weight of my guilt over sin, and I cried out to God to save me from Hell. I called upon Jesus Christ in desperate need, and He answered. At that moment, my heritage ceased to be of importance. yet it’s thrown in my face over and over again.

We as Christians should not be racist. You should not say hurtful words. Don’t you think, if you call someone a Pharisee, you might have to explain that to Jesus Christ? When God says Israel is the apple of His eye, don’t you think you might want to be cautious about that?

When God says those who bless the seed of Abraham shall be blessed and those who curse Abraham’s seed will be cursed… you might want to be more careful?

You Gentiles reading this, understand this – you are a wild olive branch, grafted onto the vine of Israel. You’re joined into the vine along with me. We’re together. You have to live in the same place I do – forever, and ever, and ever.

Christians as a whole have examined their racism, realized its a sin, and repented of it. Except where the Jew is concerned. You look at someone who embraces the Bible as God’s instructions, and you snarl, “Jew!”

You say “Pharisee”, but I hear “Jew.” And it’s right back to 6th grade, and people shouting Jew Boy, and doing the Sieg Heil salute in my face, and shouting “Heil Hitler” as they spit on me.

I’ve gotten over that – certainly 6th Grade was a long time ago. But that feeling comes back when I hear Christians say, “Pharisee”.

To explain it, the Sadducee party disappeared in AD 70 with the destruction of the Temple. The only group to survive was the Pharisees. Jews today are the heirs of the Pharisees, and certainly it took a long time to break free of the mindset of the Chassidic teachings I’d learned, the Orthodox lifestyle. Seriously, it took a long time for me to be able to cut my fingernails without water nearby (if you don’t understand that, it’ll take too long to explain).

If you want to call me Fundamentalist, that’s fine. If you want to call me a literalist, someone who believes the Bible literally, that’s great! If you think I’m self-righteous, say that!

But anti-Semitism should NEVER be in the mouths of Christians. NEVER. If you harbor any anti-Semitic thoughts, pray about them. It’s like all sins we struggle with.

Don’t ever call anyone a Pharisee ever again.

Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel


Abbas says Palestinians no longer bound by pacts with Israel

Well, you know, that’s nothing new. The Palestinians NEVER felt bound by pacts with Israel. As soon as the ink dried on every peace treaty with Israel, the Palestinians engaged in ANOTHER round of terrorism.

You know, it’s not freedom fighting when you strap explosives to yourself and blow up old women and children at a bus stop.

To My People


Today I heard on BBN the exhortation to share the gospel. They mentioned how 20 years can go by in a flash, and your friends and family won’t be there to hear the Gospel.

So, here’s one to my people.

We’ve been misled.

It really doesn’t matter who or why. It doesn’t matter if the Talmudic Sages knew who the Messiah was and deliberately lied to us (this is actually what the Bible tells us, by the way – they knew and betrayed Him BECAUSE He is the Messiah).

The bottom line is -what we all really fear deep down inside is true. Our Messiah came – and we killed Him.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:24-26 (KJV)

There you go. That’s what the Bible says about the coming of the Messiah. That’s when it says it has to happen. The week of years is seven years. Seven weeks of years is 7X7, or 49.

In this case the seventy weeks of years prophesied are 490 years. But it mentions 62 + 7 also. The 483 years talked about, from 445 BC when the order by King Achashverosh (Artaxerxes) puts the deadline at 30 AD.

Bottom line – EVERY possible applicant for the role of Moshiakh after 30 AD stops cold – ruled out. The prophecy is, the Messiah must come by 30 AD.

So, who showed up at 30 AD? You know and I know. WE deny it, we find excuses, because why… we’re afraid someone will find out we all really believe, deep down inside, that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. And then we’ll be accused of not being Jewish anymore.

Well, that not being Jewish anymore is an invention of the Rabbi’s. There’s NOTHING in the written Torah at ALL where a Jew can cease to be a Jew.

25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; 26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them. Jeremiah 33:25-26 (KJV)

So if He’s the Messiah of the Jews, how can worshiping the Jewish Messiah cease to make you a Jew?

It’s time we stopped the foolishness. There are over 365 prophecies of Jesus Christ as Messiah.

We’ve got to stop the games and accept Him, before it’s too late.

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 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.