Messianics 22


“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? 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 7:1–6, KJV)

“Surely you know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who understand Torah—that the Torah has authority over a person only so long as he lives? For example, a married woman is bound by Torah to her husband while he is alive; but if the husband dies, she is released from the part of the Torah that deals with husbands. Therefore, while the husband is alive, she will be called an adulteress if she marries another man; but if the husband dies, she is free from that part of the Torah; so that if she marries another man, she is not an adulteress. Thus, my brothers, you have been made dead with regard to the Torah through the Messiah’s body, so that you may belong to someone else, namely, the one who has been raised from the dead, in order for us to bear fruit for God. For when we were living according to our old nature, the passions connected with sins worked through the Torah in our various parts, with the result that we bore fruit for death. But now we have been released from this aspect of the Torah, because we have died to that which had us in its clutches, so that we are serving in the new way provided by the Spirit and not in the old way of outwardly following the letter of the law.” (Romans 7:1–6, CJB)

Stern here resorts to serious scripture twisting. “the part of the Torah that deals with husbands” cannot be found in the Greek.

η γαρ υπανδρος γυνη τω ζωντι ανδρι δεδεται νομω εαν δε αποθανη ο ανηρ κατηργηται απο του νομου του ανδρος

νομου του ανδρος – Law of the man (husband). Gune (woman) is tied to Andros (man) in the text. The noun Nomou (law) is tied to Andros as well by tense.

Greek students are nodding, because the’yd already spotted it. And now they’re looking at Stern’s paraphrase and frowning – because what he said there is a meaning that cannot really be found in the Greek text.

You are in this sense the woman. THe law is the husband.

When the husband dies, you are freed from the law, because you’re no longer married to it. Stern seems to be suggesting that PART of that law is relaxed.

That’s a distinction the text does not make.

Is the woman free to remarry? Yes. Are there restrictions? No.

So what is Stern talking about?

He’s attributing meaning where there is none.

In short, he’s lying and adding words to the text where they are not present in the Greek, to add to the Bible.

Adding words to the Bible to support your doctrines is not how we do it.

That’s what heretics and cults do.

If the husband (the law) is dead, you are no longer bound by it.

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Messianics 21


“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.” (Galatians 3:6–15, KJV)

Read the above, slowly. Digest it.

Abraham believed.

It was counted him as faith.

Why?

he believed.

All nations would be blessed by him.

Because he believed.

If you believe, you are blessed in the same way.

The law is not blessing.

It is curse.

Abraham believed and life occurred.

The law came and death occurred.

Do you want blessing or curse?

Do you want life or death?

We are dead to the Law, because we live forever more.

Messianics 20


“Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:24–29, KJV)

“Accordingly, the Torah functioned as a custodian until the Messiah came, so that we might be declared righteous on the ground of trusting and being faithful. But now that the time for this trusting faithfulness has come, we are no longer under a custodian. For in union with the Messiah, you are all children of God through this trusting faithfulness; because as many of you as were immersed into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah, in whom there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one. Also, if you belong to the Messiah, you are seed of Avraham and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:24–29, CJB)

This is a very misinterpreted verse, and I’m not going to deal with the common mis-interpretations here.

If we are under the law as a Schoolmaster, the law’s sole job is to bring us to Christ. I’m going to keep these short for a little bit, because either these have to be very short, or Master’s Thesis size.

We need to understand the seed of Abraham first. abraham believed, and it was counted as righteousness.

Salvation is by faith, not works.

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

Once you come to faith in Christ, you are born again.

If you have been born again, it must be that you also have died to sin. Sin still wars in your members, because the old flesh is dying, and sin is bound up in you. But it is not in your soul, except when your flesh temporarily gains ascendancy. We can’t go into it here, in the interests of keeping it short.

But if the law is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, then once you have come to Christ, the lesson is learned. You’re done with school.

You’re done with the law.

Put it away.

Messianics 19


“And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.” (Jeremiah 3:16, KJV)

“‘ “And,” says ADONAI, “in those days, when your numbers have increased in the land, people will no longer talk about the ark for the covenant of ADONAI—they won’t think about it, they won’t miss it, and they won’t make another one.” (Jeremiah 3:16, CJB)

What’s missing there?

You don’t need eagle eyes to spot it…

…neither shall that be done any more.

Wild horses couldn’t drag out of David Stern the suggestion that the Old Testament would say the day would come when Jews wouldn’t need to keep the law any more.

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17–18, KJV)

““Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah—not until everything that must happen has happened.” (Matthew 5:17–18, CJB)

Stern chooses to render the word πληρῶσαι “fulfill” as “complete”… But γίνομαι is used in the second verse.

“So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.” (Matthew 18:31, KJV)

“When the other servants saw what had happened, they were extremely distressed; and they went and told their master everything that had taken place.” (Matthew 18:31, CJB)

What’s inconsistent with Stern’s translation? The King James in both uses shows γίνομαι in the past tense as completed, come to pass, fulfill. Stern shows it as completed, finished, fulfilled, come to pass also – except when it refers to the Torah.

Messianics are not Sola Scriptura. They tend to get their Bible software and read and study the pro-torah Passages – and they avoid the others.

Like Hebrews and Galatians.

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.” (Luke 16:16, KJV)

“Up to the time of Yochanan there were the Torah and the Prophets. Since then the Good News of the Kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is pushing to get in.” (Luke 16:16, CJB)

Oops! Stern forgot this one. Or maybe short of lying, there’s just no other way to translate this!

Ο νομος και οι προφηται εως Ιωαννου απο τοτε η βασιλεια του Θεου ευαγγελιζεται και πας εις αυτην βιαζεται

Yup. Essentially that’s what you’ve got. Luke 16:16 cannot be translated any other way.

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will make a new covenant With the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers In the day that I took them by the hand To bring them out of the land of Egypt; Which my covenant they brake, Although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, And write it in their hearts; And will be their God, And they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: For they shall all know me, From the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: For I will forgive their iniquity, And I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31–34, KJV)

““Here, the days are coming,” says ADONAI, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers on the day I took them by their hand and brought them out of the land of Egypt; because they, for their part, violated my covenant, even though I, for my part, was a husband to them,” says ADONAI. “For this is the covenant I will make with the house of Isra’el after those days,” says ADONAI: “I will put my Torah within them and write it on their hearts; I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, ‘Know ADONAI’; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickednesses and remember their sins no more.”” (Jeremiah 31:30–33, CJB)

The Old Testament is very specific twice in Jeremiah – the Old Covenant will pass.

Messianics 18


The entire cult is run by gentiles who suddenly – after reading Stern’s heretical translation – feel a Jewish spirit in them. So they engage in half baked geneology studies, hoping to find a connection to someone Jewish somewhere. The minute they find an ancestor with a Biblical name – or even something remotely similar – they announce they’ve found proof they’re Jewish.

And now, they begin to evidence an anti-semitic streak by concluding “Those Jews had it wrong”, and since you’re suddenly Jewish for the first time in your life and you’ve of course got all the answers – you begin re-inventing everything.

Mezuzas should now be laser printed Hebrew script, and clear plastic pounches – because the commandment is that you see the Hebrew.

Well, here’s the commandment.

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, KJV)

“And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil. And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full. Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.” (Deuteronomy 11:13–21, KJV)

Technically, if you’re going to observe this literally, you’d need to engrave them into the wood of your gates and door frame. Printing it on parchment paper and printing it out is not writing it.

And I remember seeing one really expensive mezuzah with a see through pane on it that showed the Holy Name. If you left the parchment alone and just nailed it up, you were good to go.

The part of the Torah that applies is that it be on your gates and door posts for a SIGN. That’s the word to cue in on, and you’d miss out on that by simply Strong’s Hebrew.

So a Mezuzah is fine.

What these former Gentile Pastors who call themselves Rabbis have is revisionism. They unconsciously hold to replacement theology. The Jews messed up – they think – and so it’s up to them to get it right. So they look at it, and can’t figure a rational way to change it, and those Jews apparently had it right all along. But we can’t stand for that, so let’s get into the irrational.

Irrational is pretty much status quo in the Messianic movement.

The Tallis works, but some of them need to find a way to change that, so you either order Reuven Praeger’s tekheles tsitsis, or you can just get blue string from the dollar tree, cut off a length, put a piece of tape in the middle, and sell it from your website for $9.95, including instructions.

Here’s where they draw the line.

Gentiles don’t like Tefillin. So the so-called Messianic Rabbi’s issue “Beit din” rulings that Tefillin aren’t a Biblical mandate (really???), and we shouldn’t do that.

I’ve had someone I know go into the Messianic movement despite my warnings, and they said something about they didn’t want to follow man made traditions like Passover.

Don’t we read our BIBLES?

These two practices – Passover and Tefillin – are SOUND Biblical doctrine!

But for a dispensation that – as a born again follower of Jesus Christ – you are not required to do.

The modern trend among the Torah observant among Messianics is part right – the law was never intended for Gentiles.

But if you’re born again – Jews no longer need to keep the law.

Messianics 17


Sorry – I ended up having to work all last weekend, and that left me no time to write.

Today I’m dealing with a spot on my glasses, right over the center of my right eye, and it sure is annoying. At least I don’t have a raging sinus headache today, like I did two weeks ago.

As we delve into the Messianic thing, Let’s address the cultural issue. I suppose, if you got a pastor who was solid on his doctrine and just wanted a church that had the fun tallis thing and the Yeshua thing and the yarmulke thing and the feast days… I suppose that MIGHT be okay. At first.

You’ d have to preach long and hard – continuously – that Jews and Gentiles ALIKE are not to keep the law. You’d have to preach entire sermon series on not keeping the law, the law is done away with, you shall not add to, not by might nor power but by spirit, dispensationalism, etc.

Here’s the problem – with Stern’s translation, the Trimm study Bible and all the other Messianic translations out there, unless you were staunchly King James Only (which you should be anyway), you’d find that eventually you’d have to address it more and more, until one Sunday you’d come in to find the pro-torah group had lobbied behind your back and a motion to dismiss was now being put forward to the congregation.

Jews For Jesus had the right idea. Reach out to the Jewish people, and get them into Bible Believing Churches.

The sentence above is guaranteed to anger Messianics. The problem with a lot of messianics (well, one problem anyway) is that they believe what they’ve got should be mandatory for everyone else.

Here’s the truth – yeah, Messianic Judaism is FUN. At first.

As an assimilated Jew, I didn’t know the FIRST THING about being Jewish. I knew about synagogue, yarmulke, and I knew that Chanukah was the Jewish Christmas. Except somehow I had it confused with you need to have nine Christmas trees in front of the window, and every day you lit another one?

Coming into a Messianic synagogue, I found everyone there was welcoming, you were part of a family, and now you had to go buy all the manorah’s, the shofar, the yarmulke, the tallis, mezuzahs. And you found you could be REALLY INDIVIDUALISTIC! One guy has this tallis… well, I want the desert dweller tallis from Source For Everything Jewish!

He’s got the antelope Shofar, well, I wanted a real Ram’s Horn. These Mezuzahs were okay, but if you get gold leaf… wow.

And you had to get the Temple Mount Faithful tsitsis. Plain white tsitsis? Bleh. Mneh. Get the tekheles ones. So I got them. Hey, that’s almost a little purple, not blue. Whatever.

And the cut time klezmer music praise songs are addictive. I still miss the Jewish Party Music CD.

But see, that’s the stuff that hides the poison. And we began to hear the same things from people who’d move hundreds of miles to join our synagogue – “I went to a synagogue, and it was like the Jews were the Chosen People or something, and Gentiles were second class citizens.”

Now, me – I’ve got a weird personality glitch none of you know about. If I’m in charge of giving something out, I try to make sure everyone has an equal amount. If I’ve got 5,200 fritos and you’ve got 5,125 fritos, it bothers me. You might look at your spilling over bowl of corn chips and think wow, but I’m in misery because you don’t have as much as me.

So to hear that Jews have all the privileges in Messianic Synagogues and Gentiles were associate members really bothered me. Still does.

Of course, some investigation showed me that it’s not really the Jews who are the privileged in Messianic Synagogues, it’s the Gentiles who suddenly are Jews that have it.

Jews in Messianic Synagogues tend to be regarded solely as “those troublemakers”.

It’s not until you get OUT of the Messianic movement you realize WHY the congregations are so welcoming – once you join.

It’s a cult, and now you’re part of it.

Messianics 16 – Cultishness


One thing that absolutely drives me NUTS about Messianics is this – weirdness.

I think a lot of people would leave the Messianic movement if you just prescribed lithium to about 10%, and seratonin-reuptake inhibitors to about a third.

Elemental Hebrew shows that Hebrew has 22 letters, right? Aleph Bet Gimmel Dalet Heh Vav Zayin Chet Tet Yod Kaph Lamed Mem Nun Samech… you get the point.

The sixth letter is Vav. Not Waw. Everyone good on that?

No, not with Messianics! Some, yes, others no.

So if Israel is pronounced Israel, then Salvation is Yeshua. Not Yashua. Not Yahushua, Yahushoshuaheh, Yashaneshareshalamadingdong.

But that’s the kind of inconsistency a lot of Messianics have. “It’s gotta be Yashahushouoaleh!” “Okay, so how do you say Israel?” “Israel.”

The same vowel points that are in Yeshua are in Israel. If you say it’s gotta be Yashua (which is the wrong vowel point, and you’d get that if you bothered to learn some Hebrew), then it’s got to be Israal.

“Um….”

No, you’ve got to be consistent! There’s no justification for changing it just to suit your theories!

Here’s the real secret, why there’s so many sacred name adherents. The revisionist theories they put out stem from antisemitism.

“WHAT???”

Yes. The Jews obviously got it wrong, so some Gentile who doesn’t speak any Hebrew is going to correct them, because I’m such a macher that I know more than the people who speak the language.

Here’s an elemental Hebrew lesson. Yod with two dots under it is pronounced “Yeh”. Shin Vav is Shev or Shu, depending on if the Vav is acting as a vowel or consonant.

Yeh Shu a.

Jesus.

Yahshua would be Jases.

Yehoshua would be Joshua.

Yahushua would be Jahushua. And I have no idea what that means or who that is.

Yaohushua (those people were around in the 90’s and have either gotten medicated by now, or they’re in a state institution somewhere) would be Jaohushua.

There’s no justification for Jao, because that would be Yod Vav Shin Heh Ayin. The word Salvation (and hey, the King James text literally is saying in Luke “his name is Salvation” – “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart In peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,” (Luke 2:29–30, KJV)) is pronounced Yesha or Yeshua depending on tense. The name would be put into the tense intended and frozen. My name for instance wouldn’t be Yeshua in one minute and Yesha the next!

Elementary Hebrew, people. elelmentary Hebrew.

If you are making a claim that you, a Gentile with no degree in Hebrew know so much more than the people who’ve studied it for years and can identify the various tenses by name – then publish your work. Make your apparatus available to scholars for them to test. Publish your theory as a dissertation and be prepared to defend it academically.

PROVE that everyone on earth has been mispronouncing Hebrew until you came along and looked in a Strong’s, and made a sudden discovery that “whoopie skip, them Jews been sayin’ it wrong fer 3,500 years! Whew, thank the Lord I came along!”