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May 2, 2014 Posted by | Faith, Religion | , | Leave a comment

The Fir Trees Rejoice

This post must begin with a simple truth. The truth is that most Christians do not study to show themselves approved. Many are content with going to church on Sunday and listening to the wise words of their pastor as he tickles their ears with fanciful stories of how their grace has saved them and they will now enter the Kingdom of heaven without having had to accomplish any deed whatsoever. They fail to realize that they are sitting in a pagan house and listening to one of the many wolves we had been warned would enter the body of Messiah to drag believers away from the truth.

Most have never cracked open a history book, learned how to parse Greek or Hebrew or attempted to understand the times or situations in which the words were spoken. John 4:24: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” And yet there is no search for the truth and no discovery of the Word. They allow others to tell them what to believe instead of discovering the Truth on their own.

One would think that after reading articles, such as presented in this blog, that there would be some inquiry made. But in most cases there is nothing but rejection. These are not just “closed minded” people. These are the minds that hate the things of YHWH.

We have all heard someone say “God knows my heart.” And they are absolutely right. Here is what YHWH has to say about the heart: Jeremiah 17:9:  “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Let us look at the very next verse: Jeremiah 17:10:  “I YHWH search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

“To give every man according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings.” In my recent posts I have attempted to demonstrate that “obedience” is the fruit of the faith we have obtained through grace. A great many Christians reject this teaching by claiming that we are “saved by grace.” I do not disagree that we are saved by grace. I just disagree that there is nothing more required of us. Do these Christians honestly believe that once they are saved there is nothing further they need to do?

Christians will not argue the fact that modern holidays are rooted in pagan origin. They still believe that these practices are allowed based on the fact that they are done in the name of Christ. The church has done away with all observances commanded in the Word and replaced them with pagan observances in defiance of the Word. When considering that YHWH is the Word, that’s a very strong statement.

1 Corinthians 10:21 tells us that “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”

And this is repeated in 2 Corinthians 6:14 where it says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”

These verses tells us that we cannot mix that which YHWH has found to be evil or profane with the things of righteousness and truth. And yet, the church has done just that by slapping the name of Christ to pagan observances and adopting them as their way of worship. Here is what the Creator of all things has to say about that:

Deuteronomy 12:30 – 31 “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.  Thou shalt not do so unto YHWH thy elohyim: for every abomination to YHWH, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”

And this verse brings up another “excuse” men use to reject proper worship: they do it for the children. The children would be crushed if they were forced to give up Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. Parents believe it to be more proper to teach their children how to disobey the Word than to abide by it. Parents believe it more proper to teach their children how to feebly justify their wrongdoing instead of turning from it and performing righteousness. Once again we see how the “heart” is “deceitful above all things” as it attempts to justify the wickedness that men seek after.

Note also Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” How can one “hold truth in unrighteousness?” Is this the mixing of the things of the world with the things of YHWH? Is holding truth in unrighteousness putting a mask of righteousness over something evil and calling it righteous? Are Christmas and Easter a good example of this? I believe they are.

How arrogant it is of man to tell YHWH how they will worship Him instead of worshiping Him in the way He has commanded. It amazes me that so many Christians can read their Bible and overlook the numerous times the New Testament tells us to: “obey the commandments.” They allow their “hearts” (remember those “deceitful above all things and desperately wicked” hearts?) to deceive themselves with false justification so that they may have it THEIR WAY… instead of His way. It isn’t enough that YHWH has told them how to worship Him. It isn’t enough that His Grace has been poured out upon the earth and given them the opportunity to partake of His kingdom. Would this arrogance of man extend to His kingdom? Would they dare attempt to tell Him how to run His own kingdom?

Romans 6:1 asks a very pertinent question:  “What then shall we say? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?”

Knowing what we know about Christmas, Easter and all the other “holidays” of they church, should we continue in these practices? Or should we NOT allow the Law of Sin and Death to “reign in our mortal body, to obey it in its lusts?” (Romans 6:12). Romans goes on to say: “Neither present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as one living from the dead, and your members instruments of righteousness to God. For your sin shall not lord it over you, for you are not under Law, but under grace. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under Law, but under grace? Let it not be! Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or obedience to righteousness?” Romans 6:13-16.

These are strong, bold statements. Note that we present ourselves as “slaves for obedience” and we are “slaves to whom we obey.” In other words, if our “works” are works of righteousness, then we are righteous. And righteousness is found within the cover of your Bible. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, so that the man of God may be perfected, being fully furnished for every good work.”

In a previous article I stated that there must be some sort of gauge that would determine each mans reward that Messiah brings with Him upon His coming. That gauge must be a mans works of faith. “Faith” is not the act of just “believing” as some would think. Faith is the foundation and source of all our behavior. Our actions demonstrate the extent of our faith. Our “works” are a result of our Faith. Obedience is a result of our Faith.

We cannot hide from these facts. YHWH finds the practices of Christmas, Easter and the like to be an abomination. Therefore, we should view them as such. There is no “mixing” of the profane with the righteous, as pointed out above. It cannot be done and must not be done simply because He has stated He will not accept worship in those ways. He has commanded a specific way of worship and that should be the only acceptable way of worship.

In the coming kingdom these pagan practices will not be observed. The end of Christmas is prophesied of in Isaiah 4:8 “Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.” These prophets surely saw the future. They knew these pagan practices would be in full swing at the time of Messiah’s coming.

The time is close at hand when all the earth will worship in “truth” … in the way commanded in the Word. If you have plans to enter the coming kingdom, why not start those ways of worship now? Why not get into practice for what will be? Believe me, you won’t miss the pagan ways.



November 22, 2013 Posted by | Christianity, Christmas, Faith, Holy Days, Pagan, Pagan Religions, Religion, Scripture | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

God Changed?



People keep trying to tell me that God changed something… the Sabbath, the Holy Days and even the Law. And it seems that no amount of facts will convince them otherwise. For these people I have a suggestion. Read Malachi Chapter 3.



In Mal. 3:6 we find this:

For I am YHWH, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”



Even in the first verse of this chapter we are given support of the covenant:

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and adon, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith YHWH of hosts.”



Even the messenger of the covenant” will come to “refine” and “purify.” But why would anything of YHWH need to been refined? Did He not make everything perfect? He shall purify the sons of Levi, but there is more. Verse 3:7

“Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith YHWH of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?”



So the messenger came to bring them back into line with YHWH’s Law and to purify the sons of Levi. It wasn’t anything of YHWH’s that needed “purified” or “refined.” It was man’s failure to abide by the covenant properly that needed tuning.



We go on to read that He will “rebuke the devourer” that “destroys the fruit” of our ground. “Fruit?” That sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Doesn’t it say that we will be known by our “fruit?” And who is this devourer? Could it be the wolves we were warned about that would lead us away from Truth? What fruit would we produce if we were worshiping YHWH as He prescribes?



And here is something that continues thru today. Mal 3:13-14:

“Your words have been stout against me, saith YHWH. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve elohiym: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before YHWH of hosts?”



People speak proud against Him and His ordinances. It’s been “done away with” and “nailed to the cross” they exclaim. But has it? Not one of these would tell you that the coming kingdom will not be under the Law because it plainly states in the Word that it will be. The question one must ask is: Why would He Who does not change, change it for the period between Messiahs first and second appearance? The truth is that He didn’t.



The Third chapter of Malachi leaves us with this promise: Mal 3:18:

“Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth elohiym and him that serveth him not.”



We shall return to serving YHWH in righteousness and truth. His Word is Truth. And let me add this one last thought: John tells us that YHWH is the Word and that the Word is YHWH. If YHWH does not change then the Word does not change. It should be simple enough for people to understand.

After all, doesn’t HOW you worship define WHO you worship?




















November 21, 2013 Posted by | Christianity, Covenant, Faith, Holy Days, Religion, Sabbath, Torah | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Explaining Myself

My Christian friends call me a “legalist.” My Jewish friends call me a Christian even though some of them are not quite sure how to label me due to my belief that the whole Word of God is to be obeyed. It is difficult for those that reject Yahshua as Messiah to understand that He brought me to obedience. Regardless, the Word has promised that I have been “grafted in” with Israel by the Grace of God through my Faith.

How can I explain what seems to be a contradiction to Christians? What are the missing pieces of the puzzle? It’s not like I haven’t tried to explain. But isn’t there something more to Christianity than just “believing?” Does Gods Love end there? Is there something greater promised that Christians, and the world, can avail themselves of?

At no time have I ever told a Christian brother or sister that they are not “saved” by their faith. That would be the most ridiculous of statements to make. The Word is very clear on this matter: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:Eph_2:8

I ask them now: What comes next? Now that you are saved by grace through your faith, what do you do now? “Spread the Word and the Love of Jesus” is one answer, that is said in many different ways, that comes to mind. Spread the Word? All of it? Or just part of it? So many more questions come to mind with every answer given.

But what comes next on a personal basis? Is “believing” all there is to it? Is that the end of it? This is where it gets difficult. They know that if they say anything about obedience they will be in agreement with me. Wouldn’t that be the end of the discussion? It appears not.

For the moment lets focus on the foundation of the main issue. We can come back to the finer details at another time. No sense in taking a side track to questions that will most certainly arise and can be answered as we continue to enrich our faith through study of His Word with prayer.

We all agree that Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God shown towards man and that grace cannot be “earned.” We also agree that Sin results in death and Grace results in being saved from death.

Faith is the believing, committing and trusting in God and His Word. It is the foundation and source of all of our behavior. Christians agree with the New Testament claims that Yahshua is the Word. Yahshua walked and practiced Gods Word perfectly and thus was defined as “the Word made Flesh.” Yahshua is the ultimate manifestation of Grace and Love from God. Therefore, Faith in God, Faith in Gods Word and Faith in Yahshua are all one and the same.

Now the difficult part. “Obedience.” If I were to ask a Christian if they thought they were “obedient” to Christ the answer would be in the affirmative. But why is obedience to Torah questioned? Why is obedience to Torah (instructions) anathema? Where is the hypocrisy found when someone that believes Yahshua is Messiah falls into obedience with Torah? How can Christians support the claim that Torah is for Jews only? Isn’t that the essence of the claim? Were there not “strangers” among Israel during the Exodus? Are we not “grafted in” with / to Israel? And did we not receive the same “Gospel” as they did? [The answer to the last 3 questions are easily found within the Scriptures.]

Obedience is the resulting output of believing, committing and trusting Gods Word after Faith has already been established. It is the “doing” of your proclaimed inward faith. Obeying God is simply a matter of obeying His “instructions.” Torah = Instructions.

When one believes with all their heart, soul and mind that something is true, consequently, one behaves and acts as though it is true by completely applying it in their life to the best of their ability.

There are two paths available to us. The broad path is in unbelieving and leads to the curse of death. The narrow path is the desire, through faith, to practice the Word demonstrating evidence of our faith which results in Blessings.

Blessings. This is the part that a lot of us miss. I know I did. There was a time when I thought being saved was blessing enough! But there is so much more that God wants to give us if we would just allow it.

The Law Blesses (obey) and Curses (disobey).

Deu 11:26 – 28 “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”

Psalm 112:1 “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.”

Psalm 119:1-2 “ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.

Psalm 128:1 “A Song of degrees. Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.

Isaiah 56:2 “Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.”

See also Matt. 5:6, Luke 11:28, and Matt. 5:10

James 1:25 “But who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in what he does.”

Revelation 22:12 “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Obedience is what leads to our reward. This is precisely why Yahshua states that those who remove a “jot or tittle” from the law will be “least in the Kingdom” as they mitigate their reward.

Matt: 5:17-19 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 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. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Note: “according as his work shall be” in Rev. 22:12. We are not saved by our “works” but by the grace of God alone. It is the blessings and rewards we receive apart from our salvation according to our “works” that are derived from obedience to the law.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Is it not quite clear that obedience leads to blessings and rewards? So if a man teaches that God has abolished His Sabbath or actually believes that God would abolish an eternal sign of His covenant, regardless of who you are or what else you have done, you will still be saved but you will be “least in the Kingdom” of heaven for all eternity according to Scripture.

It is my hope that this post will explain the truth as I have come to know it and allow my Christian brothers and sisters insight into the foundation of my beliefs. May it be a blessing to all that read.


November 4, 2013 Posted by | Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus Christ, Law, Obedience, Religion, Torah, Torah, Yahshua | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Pauline Paradox

Challenge Your Faith! Test Everything!

How can something that’s declared “Perfect” be made MORE “Perfect?”

Pauline Paradox Part 1

Pauline Paradox Part 2

The two videos that should be viewed before the above for a better understanding:

Acts 10

Legalism or Obedience

December 13, 2012 Posted by | Apostle Paul, Apostle Peter, Bible, Faith, Messiah, Religion, Scripture, Torah, Yashua | , , , , , , | Leave a comment