Monday, December 11, 2017

Could this be the real reason why the Name of God is no longer pronounced by Jews?

I find some things very ironic about the Jewish people, a people close to my heart. For example, thought the Temple with the Ark of the Covenant and all its daily and special sacrifices were the central theme of this covenant (which we call the Old Covenant) today Judaism is so different from this type of Biblical Judaism. In my view, this was one of the most obvious signs that this Old Covenant administered by Moses was fulfilled (not cancelled, abolished or put in a rubbish bin!) but fulfilled in every way.
Here is The Name written in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Link
The second thing is how today’s Jews do not pronounce God’s name. I don’t understand how they can accept being the people of God, named after Him, and yet have either forgotten how to pronounce God's Name or are being deliberately kept in the dark about His Name (I tend to think its the former).

The reason for both of these is due to the emergence of Talmudic Judaism. The predecessor of this now dominant form of Judaism were actually the Pharisees of Jesus’ time and include Saul’s (Paul’s old name) teacher, Gamaliel. Talmudic Judaism removed the centrality and direct connection of the Jews to the books that comprise the Tanakh or Old Testament. The Prophets and Writings (e.g. Psalms, Proverbs, etc) became even less important. The Talmud’s commentaries on the Torah were developed exceedingly and today the spirit of Judaism is one of not only simply obeying God’s commandments but going an extra mile to ensure that His Laws are not broken. Of course, there are degrees of how far this is taken but the essence is the same – a righteousness obtained by obeying the Law WITHOUT the Temple and sacrifices is the essence of the Talmud.

So on the surface, the reason God’s name is not pronounced, is really within this type of Talmudic thought – “We don’t want to even give ourselves a chance to say The Name in vain so we will never pronounce altogether, not even when we read the Scriptures.”

O the guileness of the devil!

Make no mistake of it, there was not such regulation nor is there ANY Law in the Bible that say you can pronounce the tetragrammation of Yahowa (yod-he-vav-he). None what so ever! It is written “And whoever shall call on The Name of YAHOWA shall be saved.” The Talmudic man-made law disqualified one of the most quintessential precepts of Biblical Judaism and the Tanakh.

This was echoed by Kephas (Peter) who said, “There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other Name under the Heavens that has been given among men in which it behoves us to be saved.” Acts 4:12

So you want to really know why the Jews have been cajoled by a mindset of false godliness when it comes to God’s name?

Because Yeshua revealed the True Name above all other names. It is YAHOWA SAVES, i.e. YESHUA. So on the one hand The Name of God has been forgotten and on the other all is done to keep the Jewish people covered with the ancient spiritual Veil (cf Exo 34:35, 2 Cor 3:13) from seeing The Revealed Name – Yeshua.

It is no coincidence that these unbiblical regulations came into effect after the Crucifixion of Jesus, His Resurrection and the events that unfolded in Jerusalem in the decades that followed. Slowly, the Jews began to blind themselves from the Name of the God of their Fathers (through the Talmud) and from the Name of God’s only Begotten Son (also through the Talmud).

Years ago, David cried out the Name of Jesus and the Name of Yahowa. They are One. See for yourself (Ps 27:1).

Yahowa (God's Name) Ori (is my Light) wa (and) Yeshua-i (My Salvation) mimay (from who) ayrah (I shall fear)!
Here’s to the veil being taken away in the Messiah Jesus. Amen.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Could Israel's Enemies be Really One with Israel???


I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Paul, Rom 11:25-27

So much is happening these days in Israel. I am of the view that though the events of the Middle East have a flavor of Biblical prophecy I understand very clearly the tragedies they have caused in thousands of lost lives, the displacement of hundreds of thousands and seeing generations living as refugees some only miles from what used to be their homes. 

Many think that this battle is between Ishmael and Isaac, the Jews and Arabs living in the Land of Israel and in their immediate vicinity, in particular Lebanon - which boasts Israel's most potent enemy in Hizbollah (an Iranian funded, Lebanese Shi'ite force that initially resisted Israeli occupation of Lebanese lands from 1984-2000).

I would like to flip this narrative on its head. Having read the history of the Tribes of Israel for many years in the Bible, I think this War is most probably a conflict between the Tribes of Israel themselves! Judah (the Jews) and the descendants of the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel - the Tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Mannaseh half tribes), Dan, Asher, Zebulun, Levi (who were spread across ancient Israel) and other tribes. In fact, the Bible does show how the political dynasties of Israel and Judah fought many battles and existed side-by-side, bonded by their blood ties but somehow were very tense and hostile towards each other throughout most of their history. This is actually very similar to the state of affairs in region (except the "blood-ties" have been mostly wiped from these communities' memory).

Paul's prophecy doesn't just speak about the return of Judah to the Lord but says "all Israel". In the Bible, the distinction was very, very clear (see Ezek 37 as a perfect example). We don't see the difference today but that is a shame since Jews of Israel and the world are descendants of Judah and maybe some are from the tribes of Benjamin, Levi and Simeon among others. In the end, Judah was one son and Tribe of 12 Sons and Tribes of Israel. The term Israel (Jacob) became synonymous with the Northern Kingdom after Solomon's son, Rehoboam, saw his kingdom torn apart with him only ruling Judah. Israel and Joseph's sons' and their Tribes - Ephraim and Manasseh also became synonymous.

So Paul speaks about this amazing turning of ALL ISRAEL to the Lord, but who in the world are the descendants of the Israelites who came from the Northern Kingdom?

The most robust studies using the best technology of DNA analysis show that the multiple peoples of the Levant are related to the Jewish peoples more than any other people - and to varying degrees. (e.g. Maronites and Druze are descendants of Jews, Shi'ites from Israel, Palestinians have a shared ancestral heritage with Jews that has been more diluted than the above two groups).

So what?

I'm not saying that this should change the way anybody acts now that we really are more than just 'cousins'. Jesus died for every person on earth, from every tribe, nation, language and family. He called us to love even our enemies and to be peacemakers.

However I believe that revealing these genetic similarities may help us reformulate the narratives that have enforced these endless wars. For example, the Jews are not outsiders but long lost brothers returning home. Maybe if the peoples warring each other understood that they are really family that would bring a common point for them to build peace on.

Well... I did say maybe!


Jerusalem 2017- Did Trump just kickstart these 3 Bible prophecies?

1917 - The Balfour Declaration states the commitment of the British Empire to establish a home for Jews in the Land known then as Palestine. 

1967 (50 years later) - the modern State of Israel conquers all of Jerusalem in a six day war and now encompasses territory from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River.

2017 (50 years after 1967, 100 years after the Balfour Declaration) - President of the US, Donald Trump announces they recognize that Jerusalem is the capital of the modern State of Israel. 


Are we seeing events following the biblical pattern of seven periods of seven years plus one called the "Jubilee" concerning Jerusalem?

Some verses to consider: 

Something will happen in Zion (Jerusalem) in the Last Generation.
You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, And show favor to her dust. So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, And all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. He shall regard the prayer of the destitute, And shall not despise their prayer. This will be written for the last generation [Hebrew: Dor Acharon], That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord.  David, Ps 102:13-18
Paul spoke about the salvation of Israel coming from Jerusalem (Zion = Jerusalem in the Bible) and receiving of the New Covenant of Grace as Jews begin to accept en masse Yeshua as the Lamb and Son of God who takes away their sins and the sins of the world. 
I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in, and in this way all Israel will be saved. As it is written: “The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. And this is my covenant with them when I take away their sins.” Paul, Rom 11:25-27
In the midst of many nations gathering against Israel (we might be seeing this now), we see the Yehudim realizing that they "pierced" and crucified their Messiah  who is God. They will receive the New Covenant of Grace.
And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on Me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only Child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn..." Zech 12:10-12

Did Jesus really say we didn't need to follow the Torah?

Jesus was very clear that He did not come to abrogate the Torah, the Prophets or the Writings, what Christians call the Old Testament. He said “not one yod” (yod being the smallest letter of modern Hebrew that resembles an apostrophe) would disappear from the Torah.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.  For I tell you truly, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single jot [yod], not a stroke of a pen, will disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” Matt 5:17,18
Courtesy of Flick-Torahdr

I once asked a Jewish person what the difference between an Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jew was. He told me that with the Ultra-Orthodox, whatever the mitzvoth (commandments) say, they go and do more than is required. If they say don’t cut the side burns a certain length, they will go and make it grow as long as possible. In a way, I admire their zeal. But to be blunt, it is primitive.

God’s Law was not primitive. When it was given to the Israelites the Torah was the most progressive, human rights oriented (even animal rights) way of thinking possible. It even had medical concepts that would be known to mankind for millenia.

But the Real Essence of the Torah is not just about “murder”, “adultery”, “lying” etc. Its always about love. Loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and secondly loving your neighbor as yourself. But Jesus went further to expound this. He said “murder” was an act of darkness not at the level of committing it… but just by thinking evil of someone, by saying to yourself “You fool!”. Or adultery wasn’t about intimacy with someone other than your spouse, but about even lusting in your mind!

Firstly, He drew out the Real Essence of the Torah in Matthew 5-8. Secondly, He sets the bar so high that it becomes impossible to achieve it. No one according to the Torah as revealed by Jesus – can ever be righteous. That was what the Torah was supposed to according to Jewish thought – practice it perfectly and you become righteous before God. But He took the level of impossibility of being righteous by the Torah to an extent never seen neither before nor after – its not what you do or don’t do, its what you think!!! The slightest blotch of darkness, just a hint of hatred, only a split-second thought indulging in covetousness, jealousy, envy, conflict, lust, etc. That’s all it would take be a transgressor of God’s Law.

Jesus completely upended the way the Law was being interpreted. It wasn’t meant to be followed like a cooking manual. It was meant to be 1) a shadow of heavenly things in the sacrifices and temple ways and 2) it was meant to show we needed a Savior, a Lamb of God that could once and for all declare us clean, righteous, justified, sanctified. And He was that Lamb of God.

Jesus came to fulfill the Law by being the Sacrifice (that every sacrifice of the Law alluded to) and the Temple (the very presence of God on earth). His Sacrifice cleansed eternally the believer from sin and made them justified. His prophetic name “Immanuel” meant God was with us – there, in a Person, Living, Breathing, Eating just as we do. In other words He Himself was the embodiment of the Torah! He was the Living Torah!

Some say Jesus did not say we should not follow the Torah, but Paul did. Paul only elaborated on what Jesus said. You see, Paul really understood the Law as a student of Gamaliel – who was one of the ancient founders of the current Judaic thought which adapted to a reality without a temple. But Paul had great respect and adoration for the Law and never said it should be cancelled. He wrote about the fulfillment of the Law and what it practically meant for the believer in Yeshua the Messiah of Israel and the World alike. In fact, Paul was arguably the reason why the Torah and other Jewish Scriptures (and note that the Christian Bible is almost written entirely by Jews) became the world’s most translated, copied, recited, and read book, that was, is and will be.

When you have Jesus saying its not what you eat that makes you unclean (Kosher, etc), but rather what comes out of your heart that does, He is revealing that the essence of the Law wasn’t in actions taken or avoided but in thoughts. He was confirming the fact that you don’t get a single inch closer to God or more justified by any degree of Torah keeping.

So yes, some people want to do the Law and Believe in Jesus. Fine. Do the Law. But every Law you do to be righteous in front of God is another fall from Grace. It’s that simple. Such people completely miss the Real Essence of the Law. Righteousness in God’s eyes was never meant to be achieved by you or I following the Torah.  Jesus did that for us and gave us freely this Righteousness.
 “Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, 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 Yahweh But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, 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.” Jer 30:31-34
I'm saying this right if some think that I may be hinting that it indulging in sin is ok. But those who think like that only do so because they do NOT understand the Grace of Yeshua!

Tackling Judaism’s 3 Main Objections that Yeshua is the Messiah

In Judaism, Christianity, Islam and every other religion, the majority of adherents are born into the religion. Ancient books, echoing chants and bearded men give some sort of credibility to claims of religion to its adherents. When Jesus said 

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it." 

He was referring to the fact that very, very few people seek the Truth from the Eternal Source of Truth.

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There is no way I or anyone else can convince you of this Eternal Truth. I chose to follow Jesus as an atheist of 17 years old many, years ago ;), but it was not because of what people or books said, not even what the Book said. Many today believe in Jesus because “the Bible says so”. You can not believe the Bible is even God’s Inspired Word just because others tell you it is or even relying on what the Bible says of itself. I call this “second-hand faith”. This kind of faith doesn’t work and that is the kind of faith that leads to religious, political, ethnic and tribal conflict and wars.

So how do you know Truth?

“Anyone who wants to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.”

Jesus couldn’t have said it any better. The key is to have the desire to know God, His Truth and be prepared to both ask and receive an answer – an answer only you can hear. Before you hear you have to listen and before that you have to ask.

Having said, here are three objections Jewish people face who are considering whether Yeshua is the Massiach of Israel or not. But what I write below is just food for thought. The basis of faith is far different.


1) The Messiah isn’t supposed to be God

Throughout the Torah we have examples of God appearing as Man to His people – Hagar, Abraham, Jacob and Moses. This pattern repeats itself elsewhere in the Tanakh (which consists of the Torah, Ketubim-Writings and Nebaim-Prophets make up the what the Christians call the ‘Old Testament’). Think of Joshua bowing to the “Captain of the host of YHVH” in Hebrew (Sar-Tzeba Yahweh) and being commanded by the Man to take his shoes off for the ground was holy – the same thing happening with Moses and the manifestation of Elohim as a burning bush!

That God is a compound unity is evident from these Scriptures. 

David declares in Psalm 110, “YHVH said to my Adonai [Lord] sit at My Right until I make Your enemies a footstool for Thy feet”. How is it that Yahweh speaks to the Adonai of David? Who could have been David's lord if he was the King?!

Isaiah 9:6 speaking of the Messiah calls Him “El Gibor” or Mighty God and “Abi-Aad” or Everlasting Father. 

Religious leaders deliberately twist this entire passage (Isa 9:6) and transform it into meaningless poetry when they are forced to examine it because they can not explain Isaiah's prophetic outburst within the confines of Jewish thought.

If such a cursory look at the Scriptures reveals this how much will deeper study!

For an excellent response to the concept of Trinity please see https://jewsforjesus.org/answers/the-trinity-questions-and-answers/

2) The Meshiakh is supposed to come only once!

The New Testament speaks about the second coming of Jesus. Many Jews thinks this is completely outside the scope of Jewish thinking. They say that Jesus’ disciples invented this doctrine because everyone, including themselves, understood that when the Messiah came there would be the reestablished Kingdom of Israel, with complete deliverance from their enemies and world peace. When Jesus died, His disciples were shocked and reinvented the narrative to include a second coming where Jesus would do all that as a way to explain that He is the Messiah.

You see, Jewish mainstream theology does not teach the truth about the Messianic prophecies. They purposely cover up the ancient texts revealing that the Messiah had to DIE before bringing to life this Kingdom. The main passage that describes in mind boggling detail the crucifixion of Christ is Isaiah 53. Psalm 22 is considered a Messianic Psalm and Psalm 16 speaks about the Resurrection. Zechariah 14 speaks about the Israelites looking upon the One who they Perceived. Even the first words of the Bible in Genesis 1:1 speaks about the Son of God crucified on a cross… stay tuned for that!
3) The Messiah was not supposed to abolish the Eternal Torah!

“Behold, the days come, saith Yahweh, 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 Yahweh But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith Yahweh, 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.” Jer 30:31-34

Jesus came to fulfill the Law by being the Sacrifice (that every sacrifice of the Law alluded to) and the Temple (the very presence of God on earth). His Sacrifice cleansed eternally the believer from sin and made them justified. His prophetic name “Immanuel” meant God was with us – there, in a Person, Living, Breathing, Eating just as we. In other words He Himself was the embodiment of the Torah! He was the Living Torah!

For more on how Jesus came to reveal the Real Essence of the Torah, please click here.

When all is said, all you have to do is believe... not!

When all is said and done, please do not take my word for it. Instead, seek the Witness of Holy Spirit who speaks to every one who is willing to listen. He is the Only One to Reveal the Truth. Amen.