Psalm 22:16

They pierced my hands and feet. Kari כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י can be K’ari, “like a lion” or the Aramaic Kari, “they have pierced”. which is it? it’s clear from context that the Aramaic makes more sense (“Like a lion my hands and feet” lack the clear sense that “They have pierced” has) – but even if you’re a purist, okay! Let’s look at the Hebrew and ask a simple question – what does that mean? “They did to my hands and feet like a lion did… either claw and rend, or more likely, bite. Tigers shred, lions bite. Lions prefer to jump at you, dig their claws in only to keep you from getting away, then start biting. So, what would that mean, “they did to my hands and feet what a lion would do?”

It would mean… “they have pierced.”

Argument over.


Answering Rabbinic Judaism #34

I’ve heard it taught that we atone for our sins by prayer and charity. Let’s look at that.

‏כָּפַר‎ is the root word for “to atone”. ‏כָּפַרה‎ is the usual sense we see it in our Hebrew Bibles. As a matter of fact, it’s in the siddur, too. Look it up.

Kapparah (the dagesh in the peh is mighty small – I can’t see it) first found in Exodus 29. It’s connected with the atonement needed before the Kohenim could serve. Their sins had to be forgiven, because you could not offer anything with a blemish or not perfect… that includes the one officiating. There are laws that the High Priest, the Kohen, was invalid if suffering from certain injuries or birth defects.

In Bible study, we understand the rule that since this is the word of God, then God defines His words. Thus, the rule of first usage is studied. The first time a word is used, the context tells us the meaning of the word throughout the Bible. Literally, in one of the first Bibles put in English, there was at that time no English word for Kapparah. So, two words and a suffix were combined to make the word atonement.


20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. Exodus 29:20-21 (KJV)

33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. Exodus 29:33 (KJV)

Prayer is not mentioned here. Atonement, by the Bible’s own definition, requires blood.

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)

24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:24 (KJV)

Prayer does not atone for the soul.

Neither does charity.

35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. 36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Leviticus 25:35-37 (KJV)

That’s really the first reference in the Bible to charity. Just to be honest and fair, let’s look at another one.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)

Two passages on Charity. nothing in there about Atonement. Nothing.

Blood is required to atone for the soul. There are several words in the Bible by which we understand this concept. In many ways, the New Testament (a thoroughly Jewish book, by the way) helps to illuminate what we’ve studied in our Tanakh.

Propitiation is one word used – this means “satisfaction of a debt.” Since blood is required to atone for sins, our blood must be shed for so much as a single lie. How much blood? Can you just cut your arm or something? No. “A part is the same as a whole”, is how the Gemara explains it. The Bible speaks of “Ha’dam” or “ha’Damim” – thus, the bloods, meaning ALL OUR BLOOD.

That means if you sin, you must die. That’s explained to Adam and Eve when they rebelled in the Garden. By putting our hands upon the sacrifice, our sins are transferred to the animal. It doesn’t mean the animal has now sinned, but the responsibility passes to that animal. And the animal must be put to death.

Without the Beis Miqdash, there’s been no way to atone for our sins for 2,000 years. The Gemara says that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Miqdash. the temple, that they used to tie the doors shut on Yom Kippur with a red cloth, and it would turn white, showing that the sacrifices were accepted. In AD 30, it stopped turning white. The atonement was no longer accepted.

Guess who was crucified that year?

It means that sins the propitiation, the satisfaction of a debt, was paid that year. On Pesach, Passover. So, that year, there was no need for the atonement of Yom Kippur.

Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #33

If you follow the category links on the right hand side, you’ll find the old entries on this. During my first venture into this, I first put up about 170 of the Taryag Mitzvos (613, in case you never spent any time as a Chassid).

Then I put up about 170 prophecies from the Bible of who the Messiah was.

These were important, especially since I discredited the Oral Torah. THe Torah She’beaal Peh, or Oral torah is just what it reads like – The P’rushim movement in Roman era Israel was a strong minority, trying to push for a renewed Judaism based upon the Oral Torah. But the problem was – there was no oral torah (hold that thought – I’m about to re-rpove that for those recently joining this newly resumed discussion). So, they had to invent one. The first thing they did was start with Pirke Avos, which became the heart of the Mishneh. After that, they began serious work on the Mishneh.

The mishneh came to an abrupt halt, and then the Gemara was started. We all know this. If you went to Cheder, you were probably taught this. I had to learn this from self study, since my family was extremely assimilated, and my parents wanted nothing to do with any form of Orthodoxy.

So, if the Oral Torah ALWAYS Existed…. why then didn’t it mention any Rabbi’s before the Mishnaic period???



“Well, there WERE no Rabbi’s. It was the Priesthood. But Ezra taught the Oral Torah at the Great Synagogue.”


So, Ezra, at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the repairing of the gates and the Beis Miqdash… stood there and read to the Kehillat, “Rabbi Judah The Prince taught, there are seven kinds of…”?

This would be the same Rabbi Judah who would not be born for six centuries, right?

“Well, no. The Oral Torah back then didn’t have the Gemara in it.”

Okay, then they read the Mishneh. Like, the teachings of Choni the Circle Drawer, who was born after the Maccabees.

“well, no. They didn’t have that part either.”

Okay, find me ONE PART of the Mishneh, which existed in Ezra’s time. Where are these teachings that Ezra and Nehemiah taught Kehillat Yisrael?

Hm. There are no parts of the Mishneh that old. Everything is post-Maccabbee.

The real issue here is, God put in place the Kohenim. The priests, if you speak as much Hebrew and Yiddish as I did growing up, which was little. I actually learned more Yiddish growing up, and zero Hebrew.

Man put in place the Rabbi’s. Who do we find quoted in the Gemara? The Rabbi’s. Not the priests.

Really, when you look at it… today’s Judaism looks about as much like Biblical Judaism as the Talmud looks like the Bible.

The Bible is full of Authority. “And the LORD Spoke unto Moses, saying….”

THe Talmud is full of man’s opinions and arguments. “And so taught Rabbi Zusya. But there is a PROB-lem….”

So, where do we turn to?

The Gemara. The Talmud.

We’re supposed to be the people of the book, but we actually abandoned it! We read the Torah portion, and the Haftarah, and if you’re part of the Lubavitch tradition, you read the Psalms every month.

What about the parts of the Bible that AREN’T the haftarah? What about Proverbs? What about Isaiah? What about Jeremiah? CAn you quote me ONE verse in the Bible from Isaiah or Jeremiah?

I can think of gentiles who can. A lot of them, as a matter of fact. About 200 of them read this blog. They read their Bibles. Many of them study it the way you study the Daf.

And they know more about God’s word than Jews.

Let’s try this. Read God’s word. Put aside the writings and opinions of man. Read God’s word. Read the Bible.

And ask yourself if what’s in your daily Daf is really Judaism? Or something the Rabbi’s invented?

Watch: Historic Omer Offering Held in Jerusalem – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva

Watch: Historic Omer Offering Held in Jerusalem – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva.

Time is running out…

Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual – Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews

Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual – Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews.

If you have a ministry you’ve always wanted to do before the Lord returns… go start today. You’re running out of time.

Thinking seriously

Reading yesterday’s poll about Evangelicals getting serious doctrines wrong – and I mean “difference between heaven and hell serious…” almost makes me think I should restart my “Correct doctrines” series.

I absolutely do not care if you get bored with that. If only one person reads an article and thinks, “oh, no… I’ve got that one wrong!”,  I will have taught a person – and if it’s one of those “serious” doctrines, hey, then I helped get a soul saved, and that’s crucial.

As far as the proofs for my Jewish people, hey… I need to get that one moving soon too. I think everyone’s spiritually mature enough to tolerate a week of that at a time!

What’s been the least popular series so far?

At this point, I’ve done a lot of series’ in the 15 months my blog has been public. Now, I’ve discounted the first year of blogging, because that was all the stuff I’d written in private, before I took this public. And despite repeated hints, very few of those have actually been read by anyone except… me.

So that means VERY few people have read the entire “Answering the Roman Catholic Church” series. Actually, my stats say most of those remain unread.

the Word Faith movement one was my most successful, with people still reading it. Jehovah’s witnesses runs a close second. I’m guessing from my stats, that JW’s are still coming back and reading. Interesting that one pro-JW site links to one of those in an attempt to discredit me, but of course, in the interest of honesty and integrity, they refuse to link to the page where I answered all of their so-called refutations.

Nice try, but God keeps leading JW’s to the other pages, people. I haven’t had a JW yet email me and say, “hey, your blog helped me to decide to leave.” If even one JW gets saved as a result of that work, it’ll be more than worth the work.

The second least popular was the exposition on Romans. I kind of expected that, because that was all about the Bible, and despite Christians saying they love their Bible, few of them actually want to read it. Brothers and sisters, if you take any one point away from reading this blog, all 110 of you, it is this… read your Bibles. Study your Bibles. I’m going to say that the cults far surpass Christians in their reading and studying of the Bible. I actually had a Christian tell me back before I was saved that I knew the New Testament better than most Christians! My response to him was, “That’s a shame.”

So what’s been the least popular one out of all the writings I’ve done, that people have actually read? Judging from traffic, likes, and comments?

Answering Judaism.

Wow. Out of all the series’, the one that has the most meaning to me – and if you’re a Bible believing Christian, should have the most meaning to you as well. Since I started the series’, I’ve watched my stats drop in half.

Now, I’ve written a lot on the Great Apostasy. I’ll tell you this, I am 100% convinced we’re smack dab in the middle of it. And I’ve grown more and more convinced that the number of people who think they’re Christians vs. the ones that are is a 100 to 1 ratio.

I’ve put statistics online showing that 1.5% of the earth’s population is saved. That should bother you.

But here’s a barometer of the current state of Christianity. When you absolutely can care less about the very people that God describes as the apple of His eye, I’m going to say now I understand why Jesus Christ threatens to vomit those of us who call ourselves Christians out of His mouth.

Here’s a reading assignment for you all, as I move on to other topics for a little while before resuming the series on the Jews. I want you to read Romans 9-11.

That’s all. Three chapters of the Bible. If you’ve got the “King James Study Bible” that used to be the “Liberty University Study Bible”, and you’re REALLY MOTIVATED to know what God has to say on that subject – and God HAS A LOT TO SAY ON THIS SUBJECT – start following all the references in the center column.

Brothers and sisters, God swore an oath to Abraham, and will uphold it. Are you the seed of Abraham? Yes, by faith. But ye are a wild branch ingrafted upon the true vine. And if you boast that the natural branches were broken off that you may be part of it, reflect on the fact that God has said he can – and will – change His focus RIGHT BACK to the natural branches.

Is the Tribulation about the Gentiles?


It’s about the Jews. Sure, there’s going to be massive numbers of gentiles who are saved. But you guys… it’s about the Jews. The Bible talks about 144,000 sent ones, and they’re Jews. It talks about the two witnesses, and guess what? They’re Jews. It talks about Jewish territory, and the only real Gentile territory the bible discusses is… Babylon.

If you are not motivated to reach your Jewish brethren with the Gospel, then you are at the very least, terribly backslidden.

If you are not motivated to see Jews saved, and come to Christ, you are very probably PART of the Great Apostasy.

If you hate and despise the Jews… well, I don’t know the condition of your heart, or your life. I’m just going to advocate reading the Bible. If that doesn’t change your heart, then… see my pages on the Gospel, and Salvation.

22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. Zechariah 8:22-23 (KJV)

14 But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. 15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. 16 Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me. Isaiah 49:14-16 (KJV)

So I’ll deal with some other topics for a little while, then we’ll come back to this.