by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
In doing my radio series "The Garden of Peace" I have been pondering a great deal on the attributes of Elohim and how our roles in our family exemplify the 3 echad attributes of Elohim.
The past few months I have been studying countless hours on what it means to be a servant, what it means to be a man of YHWH. While studying and meditating on the Word in terms of edification, and being at the age of 32, I tended to focus a little on my own mortality, and I then had to ask the question, "How do I want to be remembered? What would be my legacy when I leave this world?". This is something we as men do not like to think about but it is something that we must address in our own lives. I concluded I would want my legacy to be not that, "Christopher was a great teacher" but rather, "Christopher was a good man, and a servant". Though there is more prestige in being "a great teacher" I think our hidden intention can cause eternal problems if that were our reason for servitude and as a man, I often need a gut check. There is a balancing mechanism that YHWH put into place that causes us to be able to live a set apart life and to be able to properly apply the Torah. And that is the family unit....what do I mean?
Though an unmarried manm who has never been married, I notice that many of us men have interpreted the role of "head of the household" horribly incorrectly, we tend to recite the hold line from the Honeymooner's "King of the castle, Lord of the manor" and we think we are a towering man on a horse that demands respect and must be revered. Let me ask this, "Does anyone revere a tyrant? Or do they simply just try and not be killed?".
Shalom Bayit (Peace in the Home) is always the goal and should be the goal of a man, but it is important for him to realize his role and the role of his wife and children at the same time, and it is not the role that is taught in many cult like sects of the Hebrew Roots (and there are some within our faith I am sad to say). The man is commonly the face of the family, when a wife goes to lunch with a new friend, the conversation seems to always turn to, "so what does your husband do, how long have you been married etc" and these are questions wives are asked often, and it is to be expected given that she took his last name. Now she knows this, and she realizes that he is her mirror. I get men telling me often about marital problems and a "nagging wife", yet they do not realize why their wife nags them. The thing us men must realize is that a woman's family is her honor, especially her husband, and she wants the world to see the amazing things within her husband that sometimes only she sees. Thus her job is to refine him, so that the world will see him as a tzaddik.
Isaiah 11:2 refers to the Ruach haKodesh as "wisdom", notice as well that the Ruach haKodesh grammatically is female. Thus one's wife is his wisdom, she is the one who helps refine her husband because he is her honor and her love for him wants the world to see what she sees in him, this is why when a wife is distressed it is usually because she is trying to get her husband to see something that he does not see. Notice that the women in the Scripture seem to be the ones who understood the underlining things. Remember when Yeshua told Martha, "your brother will rise again" and she responded with, "I know my Master on the resurrection day". One's wife is their refiner, they correct not for selfish reasons but actually for the most selfless reasons in the world, it is because they care how it is how their husbands are perceived and they want to be echad with their husband they want to dance together with their husband in their walk in Torah and Messiah as well as in other aspects of their lives together and when we act as two polar magnets we see this cannot be achieved. The walk together must feel like a gliding motion where one knows when to glide to the right and two the left and back and forward with their spouse without tripping, and it is through a constant correction from one's wife this can be achieved, and it then becomes natural and as you grow together there are new moves added in which symbolizes the love for one another growing through marriage as opposed to fizzling out.
And it is important for men to understand, their role is that of a servant, notice YHWH the father fed the children of Israel when they were hungry, notice on their journey they had the shekinah over-seeing them. Notice as well how he provides for you each and every day the things we take for granted, could your house stand without him? Of course not. Could you breathe without him assembling the system he did for the plants to produce oxygen and the plants to breathe in our CO2? Of course not. This is why us men are called to be providers, and there is a parallel in heaven of what we experience here on earth, which is why YHWH put great emphasis on on His very own family model so that we may conduct ourselves as a mirror in the same way.
I am amazed when I see a young person put on their tallit, and their tzit tzit, maybe a kippa. They are so proud of the significance of these things, and they are the first to tell a grandparent or a family friend what it is, what it represents and they bring honor to these things. Often times we are like the stubborn Galatians, we wear our tzit tzit, because it us commanded and at times even forget it is there, it is a part of a routine for many of us. I think children really help us get the proper context of these things, by seeing their eyes light up when they get excited to serve their Melek Yeshua and they help remind us of what it is we have forgotten and taken for granted. This is why Yeshua always loved to be around the children and said we must be like them. Sometimes, we hit a part in our walk where we become callus, we become uninterested and the fire fizzles out a little. I think this is why children are vastly important in the family unit, their reactions, and their wonder and their kindness helps remind us of what us adults have lost at stages in our walk. And it is interesting that Yeshua came as "The Son of the Father", though he came to re-establish the marriage covenant and he also fulfilled the role of the child in your own family as well, cause he reminded us, why we keep Torah, why we must honor the Father and he gave us that heart of flesh like we had when we were children by setting the halaka straight. Just like your children do when they put on their tallit, tzit tzit and kippa on for the very first time. When you see them do that, you are reminded and you see Yeshua through them.
This is why I dare say, that many of the commandments we cannot fully fulfill and apply outside of the family model, we cannot see and experience the 3-D model of our walk in Torah and Messiah outside of the family model.
by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
As many of you know I personally of you know I find edification to be the key to real change in the Hebrew Roots, that rids the body of sickness, disease, emotional, spiritual and physical ailments. Does the Scripture back up this concept? And does the original languages prove that our words are not just simply verbiage, and not just something written. Let us look at John 1:1, and notice the original words used in this verse as we also progress on into other verses used throughout the Scripture and we will be able to see from the Hebraic/Jewish concepts within the Scripture what "words" actually are
In the beginning was the Miltha (מֶלתָֿא). And that Miltha (מֶלתָֿא) was with Elohim. And Elohim was that Miltha (מֶלתָֿא)."
Often times we word "miltha" is translated as "word" in the New Testament, and in places in the Tanakh, now it is important to understand that translators, main job is to decipher words they are not necessarily always theologians or religious scholars in practice. But the original Aramaic word "Miltha" is really interesting given that it can mean many different things.
The phrase B’resheet aytohi hwa miltha breaks a most basic rule of Aramaic grammar by combining a feminine noun (miltha) with two masculine verbs for “to be” (aytohi, hwa). This is unheard of in Aramaic literature other than right here in this passage and in 1 John. This shows YHWH has male and female “images/spirits” even though YHWH remains a He. It may also be a midrash on Isaiah 11:1-2, which describes the Spirit of YHWH descending on Mashiyach using both masculine and feminine suffixes."
(Footnote pg. 232 AENT 4th edition)
Miltha has no direct English equivalent. It can mean ‘Word’, ‘Manifestation’, ‘Instance’ or ‘Substance’ among other things. In this context, it may best be left untranslated."
(Footnote pg. 232 AENT 4th edition)
So we see that the word "miltha" can mean "WORD", "MANIFESTATION", "INSTANCE: or "SUBSTANCE" this is very interesting and I decided to go back into the Targums and look at what word was used in a verse I have been quoting often, in Proverbs and what I found was startling.
Pleasant Mitha (words, manifestations, instances, substances) is like honeycomb, Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones."
Let us also look at another passage from the words of Yeshua.
You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery. But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart.
Now the question we must pose is are our words just something that comes out of our mouths, or are they something much more?
Yose ben Yohanan of Jerusalem said: Let your house be wide open and let the needy be members of your household, and do not engage in too much idle talk with a woman. They said this of a man’s own wife, how much more so of his fellow’s wife. Hence the Sages said: Whoever engages in too much idle talk with a woman brings evil upon himself, and neglects the study of the Torah, and ultimately will inherit Gehinom.
(Pirkei Avos 1:5)
The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.
The miltha of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body.
Jerusalem staggers, Judah is falling; their Miltha (and deeds) are against the LORD, defying his glorious presence.
The thing I find interesting is in the above verse from Proverbs 16:24 as well as the wisdom from the Rabbi's in the Pirkei Avos as well as all the parallel verses in Proverbs and Isaiah, what we tend to see is that words are synonymous with "Manifestation", thus we see Yeshua in Matthew making the point of where our words and actions start. Let us look at it in this instance for a clearer understanding of what Yeshua was saying and how it relates to our words:
A man craves a hamburger, he has been craving it all day, his mind says, "Dude go get a burger from your favorite burger joint", the man then physically gets into his car, drives to his favorite burger joint, and tells the waitress, "Mam, I would like a hamburger with some pepper jack cheese, mayo, mustard and ketchup" he vocalized what it was he wanted and the waitress puts in the order and the cooks in the kitchen then make the hamburger. What we see here is how a though brought about these actions:
- The man physically gets in his car
- The man vocalizes his order to the waitress
- The waitress puts in the order
- The cook makes the order
- The waitress brings out the cheeseburger
- The man eats the cheese burger thus satisfying his craving
- He then exchanges currency for the burger and tips the waitress
What we see is how a thought leads to action and vocalization that affected the people around him in the burger joint. There was a positive inclination for him cause he got what he wanted, the waitress got a tip, the cooks had to do physical labor and the restaurant stays open cause many people wanted hamburgers from that particular establishment. So what we see has happened here is the inclination for the burger started with a thought that later engaged in words being spoken to produce the hamburger which ended up in his stomach. Thus is the same with other dealings with people especially in terms of the Scripture and our halaka (walk).
If a person, is prayed for, and they are edified through kind words, and words of encouragement and it comes from the heart then what is expected to happen? Well the person is expected to get better. However, if words of bitterness are expressed, is there a physical manifestation through the miltha as well? Well of course there is, how often do we read about children whom have committed suicide in high school or college because they were bullied? It is a common occurrence. We have the choice of bringing forth life or death in our words and most importantly in our thoughts. Cause in our thoughts is where these words originate thus, the manifestations originate in our thoughts.
One of the things I often teach is for new converts to first learn the 2 most important commandments, which are to love YHWH you Elohim with all your mind heart soul and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself, a premise taught by both Hillel the Elder and Yeshua our Messiah and to avoid confusion by taking baby steps in their walk and therefore I advocate the 3 year Torah cycle for new converts. The reason for this is for a person to find shalom within themselves and to not allow in an unclean ruach of confusion which manifests by throwing them in and saying, "read just read now, read" which is the usual mindset, this brings a flood of questions and stresses, and it takes them forever to find the inner shalom, therefore anger is felt within cause they do not understand and their frustrations are vocalized, confusion sets in and unedifying words are spoken because someone may show them something different than what they were taught and what ends up manifesting are not only these unclean spirits within a person but also sickness, depression disease etc and they are surrounded by a bickering community that only makes things worse. And each unedifying word has a "manifestation" which the original languages show us in the oldest texts, cause our ancestors of the faith understood this premise and this is why YHWH despises and evil tongue. And evil tongue is destruction to not only the person manifesting the words and thoughts but it is also something that infects the body like a cancer and it is almost impossible to stop.
Let us be mindful of our words and our thoughts, let us find shalom from within, let us take that shalom into our homes and exemplify it there, and lets work towards bringing that shalom with us in our daily dealings with everyone we come in contact with cause a single unedifying word is a poison with the power to kill and the power to spread to the innocent who then become collateral damage in the process. Shalom Shalom
by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
In John 18:40, in many of your Bibles, you see that the people wanted Barabbas released from captivity. Now this seems to be a rather odd request that in the Greek really does not seem to give us any sort of indication as to why. However, in the Aramaic, Barabbas' name alone tells the story when we look at the original copies of the Khabouris Codex.
First of all who was Barabbas? Well it is said that we was a rabble rouser, he was a revolutionary he is one who has many followers and he was a tyrant. Why release such a man back into society? Well the Talmud actually gives us a little bit of the backstory on this in terms of what the Jewish people were expecting to perspire at this time in history.
The Tanna debe Eliyyahu teaches: The world is to exist six thousand years. In the first two thousand there was desolation; two thousand years the Torah flourished; and the next two thousand years is the Messianic era, but through our many iniquities all these years have been lost.... Rab said: All the predestined dates have passed, and the matter [now] depends only on repentance and good deeds.
Basically what the Rab is saying here is, "oops I think we missed him". Notice that the magi in the gospels were expecting the return of Messiah when they saw the star in the sky, by going by what the Torah says in terms of appointed times in relation to the sun moon and stars. But also notice Yeshua pointed out numerous calendar issues the ruling body was keeping, notice in Luke 22 Yeshua and his Talmidim were keeping Pesach on a different day than the Pharisees. Now the modern Jewish calendar which is actually Hillel's calendar has over 400 years missing in it because of time lost during the times in captivity. The fault cannot be out upon the Pharisees in this particular case cause a great deal of history was lost and Rav Hillel did this best he could. In Acts 22:3 we see that Paul actually studied under Hillel's grandson Gamilel. The rabbis still have this...."what if style of approach" as we see as well in the Talmud when they are asking about the date of the coming of Messiah.
The Targum of the Prophets was composed by Jonathon ben Uzziel under the guidance of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi... and a Bat Kol (voice from heaven) came forth and exclaimed, "Who is this that has revealed My secrets to mankind?"... He further sought to reveal by a Targum the inner meaning of the Ketuvim, but a bat kol went forth and said, "Enough!". What was the reason?-- Because the date of the Messiah is foretold in it.
Obviously they saw they missed something. Now back to the Aramaic manuscripts of John in the Khabouris Codex. When we look at the name given to Barabbas in its original form we see the reason he was released. His given name was Bar-Abba. Bar-Abba translates to "Son of Abba" or "Son of the Father", where Yeshua's name means "Salvation". Now, it starts to make sense now one would question, why then not Yeshua? Why would the crowd overwhelmingly say, "give us Bar-Abba!!!!"? Well when we look at the mindset of the teachings of that time we see exactly why they missed Yeshua and why Bar-Abba was their big mistake.
It has been taught for thousands of years in Rabbinical Judaism that the first coming of Messiah would not be as the suffering servant, in fact in modern Judaism anti-missionary groups such as the Karaites, Jews for Judaism and other splinter groups even go against the ancient Rabbis when they had even written that Isaiah 53 and try and make the claim that Isaiah 53 is not about the Messiah but rather about Israel and/or the affliction of the Jewish people. Yet the rabbis in the Talmuds and other rabbinical writings agree that this verse is indeed about the Messiah, so they are playing clean up.
But the teaching at the time and even still today is that the first coming of Messiah would not be that of the suffering servant or Messiah ben Yosef but rather of that of the Melek, the King as Messiah ben David. And the mindset is that the King must come into power and then he becomes the servant afterwards to serve the people. Because in Jewish thought and through the history of the Tanakh the King, is the servant so first he must rise into power to serve the people like King David did. So in their minds Messiah ben David coming first makes sense, and to them a rabble rouser, with a history of violence and a revolutionary such as Bar-Abba fit the mold and Yeshua coming lowly and riding on an ass did not fit the teaching at the time coming from the understanding of the traditions of the elders of the time. And this theology found its way in by believe it or not the minority sect of the Sadducees cause they did not believe in the resurrection of the dead. As noted in Acts 23:8 and in Mark 12:18-27. This teaching made it's way in through the back door with the teachings of Shemmai as a reversal to the common sense approach which was a King must be a servant first if he is to be able to rule and judge rightly. Notice that Yosef was born way before David in the progression of history we also see very much a Purim message in the way that YHWH uses a chain of progression to do things in His timing and placing the puzzle pieces in such a way that differs from the way we tend to understand it.
by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
All too often because of the lack of real leadership in the Hebrew Roots, individuals often look for the big bad wolf or the monster under the bed in order to make sense of certain illnesses and we often like to point fingers. The blame often falls in the conspiracy circles to the doctors, to the pharmaceutical companies, sin, generational iniquity, GMOs etc.
As covered many times before the Scripture clearly states:
Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Have we ever taken the time to notice that edification is almost non-existent and finger pointing is always the thing that seems to bring a displaced comfort to many, find the big bad wolf and let me not look at myself cause YHWH is not in control some other entity is that is strictly that of the flesh. Yeshua himself encountered this mentality as well.
And when he crossed over he saw a man who was blind since his mother’s womb. And his
disciples asked him and said, “Our Master, who had sinned, this man or his parents that he should be born blind?” Y’shua said to them, “He did neither sin nor his parents, but that might be seen in him the work of Elohim. It is necessary for me to do the works of Him who sent me while it is daytime. The night is coming that man is not able to work As long as I am in the world I am the Light of the world!” And when he said these things he spat upon the ground and mixed clay with his saliva and he rubbed it upon the eyes of that blind man. And he said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Shilokha.” And he went and washed and he came seeing!
The words of Yeshua displays the lack of faith within his disciples, if this event would have taken place today, it would have read something like this:
And when he crossed over he saw a man who was blind since his mother’s womb. And his disciples asked him and said, “Our Master, who had sinned, this man or his parents that he should be born blind? He needs nuts and berries, he needs a miracle elixir that is made from the earth, I bet his parents ate GMO foods, it is the government trying to kill us the bilderbergers and the illuminati and the trilateral commission and the Skull and Bones are behind this, quickly get him to the health food store.”
It may sound goofy but ya notice the parallels between the statement of the disciples and that of the knee jerk reaction of people in the Netzari Faith today when someone is sick. And I do not fault those who wish to help those in need, for they do it in order to help, and they should not be thought any less of because of their misguidance. But this stems from an overwhelming problem found in the Hebrew Roots, it is a focus on the "letter of the Torah" as opposed to the "spirit of the Torah". Many, subconsciously do not believe that YHWH is actually in control for some reason we think we are. And we submit to popular talking points. Let me tell you a short story.
At the age of 7, in October of 1987 I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. I had the highest ever recorded blood sugar at grace hospital, it was 1,250. Just to give you some insight into how dangerous that was, for those who do not know about diabetes, a person's blood sugar should be between 60 and 120. Here I was withering away to less than 50lb and the doctors did all they could and said, "He will not make it through the night so get your things in order to make arrangements", but the doctors at Grace Hospital worked hard to get my blood sugar down to a normal level though they thought it may have been too late and I may have been at the point of no return. I remember waking up the next day with IVs in the joints of my arms and in my wrists where they were giving me the things I needed to stay alive, and my blood sugar came down over the duration of several days and I never went into any kind of shock or anything afterwards, nor a coma. The question I then have to pose is this, "Did YHWH use the doctors? And was He there? And did he perform an amazing miracle?"
I take insulin to stay alive, I have been lured by many herbalists who believe that YHWH does not use doctors but He does use them and I have tried many of the nastiest things in the world cause I was told these things, "cure type 1 diabetes" none of them did but 3 out of the 6 individuals who used me as a guinea pig have claimed on their websites that I was cured of type 1 diabetes by using their teas or concoctions they have made. However, this was never the case.
This is not to put down herbalists either, I have seen some great things done with herbal medications most specifically purified salt which makes sense considering Numbers 18:19,
Leviticus 2:13, Jeremiah 33:20-21, Isaiah 8:14-16; 8:20, and Matthew 5:13.
It is important to not throw the baby out with the bathwater and to not think that YHWH is not moving among the unbelievers in Torah and Messiah. At the age of 7 I had some great doctors who helped me and I also was not a believer in Torah at this stage in my life. Much like the message of Purim, YHWH puts certain chains of events into play which link together as a piece of a puzzle. The greater truth is then revealed.
When I was in political talk radio, I would hear many of my colleagues discuss what the other side was doing and I took a different approach and my show was much different cause instead of worrying about the daily news bits, I put my energy behind educating people on economic and social principles and working towards solutions. Newt Gingrich was so impressed with my solution to the failed bureaucracy of social security he put it on his website American Solutions in the Solution's Lab. And often times in the Netzari Faith we tend to focus on different entities, whether read or fairy tale in today's society and make the claim that YHWH is not in control essentially and that we are oppressed and slaves to real and fictional entities. That then becomes our focus and it adds to the confusion. The confusion would not be there if we held on to the main thing we must learn at the beginning of our walk, which I am saddened to say many have gone away from, and that is that YHWH is who He says He is. Torah based communities have become a battle of wit and knowledge and basically a social club. We have become the very thing we are against in that respect.
Often times we also do not want to think that our words of edification and that finding that inner shalom and shalom in the home (shalom bayit) can bring about the necessary healings. We can only get to this point of trusting in that by giving of ourselves in full submission to the Father and knowing that it is His will for us to be healed, and that it does not serve His purpose to give up at all, cause then all we are is a wasted victim, there is no testimony to carry on. Let us also give credit to where credit is due, YHWH is in control,
(By Christopher from Brutal Planet)
Through the years of my walk as a Netzari Jew, it has been one heck of a learning experience. I have noticed that many, just starting in their walk are experiencing the same frustrations, confusions and changes I was in my walk. I was not privileged to have a mentor, someone to show me the way and steps towards conversion thus I carried over some bad theologies and picked up some along the way. I found myself constantly floundering around like a fish on various interpretations in terms of doctrine. As I progressed I attributed it to, the old saying “2 Rabbis, 3 Opinions”. Yet I found myself still pulling many weeds. There were numerous times I would take time off of radio and ministry work to re-evaluate and re-read the Scripture. In the past 3 years I have read the entire Scripture + Enoch, Sefer haYashar (aka Jasher), and The Apocrypha twice during these times of re-evaluation. Each time with a different emphasis, the first time to basically know what I was talking about before I spoke, and the second time for translational reasons to try and connect some dots in terms of how to keep certain commandments and for context reasons. I would find myself studying points of interest and trying to get too deep too fast, basically I was playing spiritual Twister and not following any sort of order in which is needed for a smooth transition into the Netzari Faith. I have since out together a plan for new converts so they they do not make the same mistakes I did and become a liability to the body as I once was in terms of spreading bad theology and becoming a stumbling block for the body as a whole. I pray this edifies and helps you if you are new in your walk. Step 1: The Noahide Laws
Because one has chosen to follow the Biblical path does that mean it is time for them to enter into the synagogue/study/assembly? Absolutely not we see in the books of Exodus and Leviticus that the stranger was not allowed to take part in the Passover. Why is this? Notice at the entrance of the tabernacle there was a basin of water, which was to signify the purification of the priest and of those attending. There are several covenants that are carried out and taught within YHWH's house and just the entering in of YHWH's house cannot be taken lightly because there are several covenants that one's heart must understand so we can come to YHWH pure of heart.
Some may ask when a person is ready to enter into a congregation? As Paul mentions in Acts 15 they must first observe the Noahide laws, which are found in Sanhedrin 56a in the Bavli Talmud which states:
“Our Rabbi's taught 7 precepts were the sons of Noah commanded social (mishpatim) laws, to refrain from blasphemy, idolatry, adultery, bloodshed, robbery and eating the flesh cut from a living animal (eating blood)” (Sanhedrin 56a)
“You should stay away from that which is sacrificed to idols, and the blood from a strangled thing, and from fornication (with women and other gods)......” (Acts 15:29)
Given that Paul was indeed a Pharisee, he knew the concepts of which he was teaching that was engrained in Rabbinic Judaism. This dealt with purity and not defiling the temple which is what was done during the times of the Maccabees, Jeremiah, and Esther. This is why this wall was instituted so that bad theology and division does not make it's way into the temple nor that of deviating spirits making their way into the temple that a person does not know they have. The Noahide laws are one of the first steps before, Shabbat, before the Feasts, before all the other mitzviot because it is a time of purification of one's self so that they may come before YHWH pure.
Many invite people who want to learn more about Netzari Judaism to a study and this is a bad, bad, bad idea because of the things listed in the Scripture that says they must do this first. Our Gregorian minds always said, “well invite them to church” and this seems to have carried over into the Netzari faith as well. This is not only to safeguard the assembly but also the individual as well who is a probable attendee. They must show they are dedicated and trusted with the little things before they can be entrusted with safeguarding the Torah and the 613 mitziot. Otherwise it will be too overwhelming for them and a spirit of confusion will come over them. One must start on milk and grow until they start eating meat. It is a purification process and it is baby steps.
Many teachers will bypass this step and what ends up happening is they gravitate towards anyone or anything labeled “Hebrew Roots” and they will become frustrated and confused and not knowing what to believe because of the armchair experts out there. These armchair experts are the ones who have caused many to leave the Netzari faith and either go the way of orthodox Judaism or back to Christianity.
There is no minimum or maximum amount of time one must observe the 7 Noahide laws before they are then ready to learn the rest of the Torah. One litmus test I tend to use is observing how many times when asking to study they start their sentences with the word “I” and later how often they use the word “I” and the focus then shifts to “haShem” or “God” or “YHWH”. A person must want to do the Torah for the sake of their love for YHWH, and not for head knowledge and head faith. That is one of the toughest things for many cause often times we want to go into the synagogue to bring others in and witness to others and we do not want to focus on our own growth and learning to know the Father more and feel him move within us. If we want to come to the assembly to learn how to witness, then we are not going there for the right reasons. This is what the Noahide laws are to teach us, to show us, that we need more of YHWH that we desire more of Him and that we want to be changed. Not on changing someone else but because we want all of Him. And purging out the things that cause us not to be able to do that, is the correct start. Step 2: Choose you This Day A Rabbi
Everyone needs a mentor, someone who is there for you at any time to ask a question or for guidance. Now does one just choose any person who bears the title? Of course not and there are a few things to look for in terms of a Rabbi. Now this is vitally important to understand, when you choose for yourself a Rabbi you are choosing a person with whom you are to represent, your actions are a reflection upon that of your Rabbi and visa versa..
- He must be a believer in Yeshua
- He must have been walking in Torah and Messiah for at least 20 years
- He must be a person whom people say takes correction often and graciously
- He must above all else love and care for the people and not treat the Torah like a textbook
- He must not place an overbearing focus on prophecy, and bring a sense of paranoia over his congregation.
- He must be well versed in not only the Scripture but the ancient Jewish texts
- He mustn't have an emphasis on blood line theology
- He must often talk about YHWH's love for people as a whole and not just his congregation or himself.
- He mustn't be egotistical he must be humble before YHWH and humble before you
- Believers and unbelievers alike must speak highly of this individual and the reason unbelievers speak highly of him is because of how he exemplifies the love of YHWH
- He mustn't be one who brags about accomplishments or titles he has earned or his extensive knowledge of the ancient languages, his focus is instead edification.
- Every word he speaks must be a word of encouragement and that of life as opposed to condemnation.
- He must have patience.
- And he mustn't teach that a person born Jewish is different from those who are not.
The reason for these listed criteria is because in the internet age there are many who bear the title Rabbi, and are often individuals whom have given themselves that title without earning it and those who wish not to use the title or see anything negative within the title “Rabbi” should also be kept away from cause they do not understand the tenants of Judaism, chances are they will hold onto the label “Messianic” so that they may find favor in the Gregorian World Wide Church of God and take the verse, “Call no man Rabbi” out of context. That verse is often cited by individuals who dismiss the title because they, do not understand the tenants of what it means to be a Rabbi and the honor that comes with it. When the Pharisees came before Yeshua and called him Rabbi, and he said, “Call no man Rabbi” was he saying that it is wrong to have the title? No, what he was saying is that they did not honor him as a Rabbi (a teacher) and thus should not have used a title of exaltation if they did not intend to exalt and honor the one they were calling “teacher”. Thus bringing the title to naught. If you call someone Rabbi, you better make sure to honor them in your words, and your actions and do not bring dishonor to the one you call Rabbi. Aside from choosing a wife or husband this is the most important decision you will make after you chose to convert to Netzari Judaism. It is not to be taken lightly and do not expect the Rabbi you chose to take it lightly as well. And remember every Rabbi even has his own Rabbi who keeps him in check as well, so you are getting generations of wisdom when you chose your Rabbi which will help you along your walk as well cause the same wisdom will be passed on down to you as well, generations upon generations of the wisdom of many successes and many failures which builds when it reaches you so choose wisely. Step 3: One Year/Three Year Torah Cycle
Now you are at the point to where you are ready to learn the 613 mitzviot, yet it can still be overwhelming to learn 613 commandments in the duration of one year and understand them adequately enough to be able to apply them. There is an average of 13.7 commandments taught every week in the 1 year Torah Portion cycle and it is still overwhelming going from a duration of time learning and applying 7 commandments over a long period of time an then learning 13-14 commandments every single week. It is a heck of a jump. And this is why I am an advocate of the 3 year Torah cycle that allows the Torah student to learn at a slower pace. The only issue with this is chances are your Rabbi goes by the 1 year Torah cycle, where a person would learn the entire Torah within 1 year as opposed to 3 years. There is a solution however.
I would suggest applying both Torah cycles in the first 3 years of learning but making your emphasis your personal study on the 3 year cycle and keeping a journal of what you have learned each week in the 3 year Torah cycle and writing in that journal every week. Do not only document what you have learned from the Torah reading that week, but also each week reflect on how you applied the commandments that you studied the previous week in the portion. Then when you go to the synagogue and hear your Rabbi teach you can as well get some extra information that you will dig deeper into a few week's later on your 3 year cycle and it will give you time to contemplate on those commandments and give you a bit of a base before you write about them in your journal.
After completing the three year cycle, you can then fully jump into the 1 year cycle, cause you will have already completed the entire Torah at a slow, yet consecrated pace 4 times in 3 years. I would also suggest to start the cycle after Sukkot when the Torah cycle starts back over on the 1 year cycle, if you are unsure of when that is, do not be embarrassed and ask your Rabbi or someone who knows (but preferably your Rabbi). That would be the perfect time to move from just the Noahide laws into learning the entire Torah. And it is a perfect place to start cause the scene gets laid out and the mitzviot start coming slowly and not as quickly as they do when we go from Genesis to Exodus. Starting at the Portion Bereshit is the perfect place for someone to get their feet wet before they dive in. It also makes the transition easy as well cause you do not get a sense of starting right in the middle of the cycle and not being able to piece together what all is happening with Moses and the Children of Israel. It is always best to start at Bereshit (The Beginning).
I also suggest different points of emphasis within the first 3 years of study to help with the growth process within our walk (as shown below)
- Year 1: Learn what the mitzviot are in the 1 year and 3 year cycles and try to apply them to the best of your ability, allow yourself some wiggle room for things that are outside of your understanding. If you are still celebrating Christmas and Easter during this time do not stress out if you have children. But let them know next year chances are these things will not be celebrated. So allow yourself to ease in, cause things are tough in terms of children and help them make the transition.
- Year 2: Apply atleast ¾ of the mitzviot as best as you can you should have grown a great deal at this point, and start to ask, “Why do we keep this mitzviot, what does it mean spiritually? And how does it affect us physically as well?”
- Year 3: At this point you should know the mitzviot and have a greater understanding as to why certain commandments are in place in the 613 and you will see not all 613 apply to you personally, that some are based upon your sex, and occupation etc. This is where I would place the emphasis on marriage covenant with the Creator and being able to fully look at the commandments as such you will see you will have a better life at home with your spouse and you will also understand these things more fully and I would place the emphasis on the spirit of the Torah at this point cause it is no longer school anymore it is putting into place your own halakah and making the decisions on how you will keep the mitzviot.
Thought I do not advocate Rabbinical studies during these first 5 years, I do believe the Pirkei Avos offers amazing insight for the beginner. I would suggest picking up 2 commentaries on the Pirkei Avos in the first year to help with applying the mitzviot. I would suggest both Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomyer's commentary on the Pirkei Avos as well as Rabbi Tuvia Basser's commentary on it. Both commentaries are highly practical for the beginner student into understanding basic tenants of the mitzviot and how to fulfill them. The reason I suggest the two commentaries is because Tuvia Basser beautifully assembles the Chassidic view which is very similar to the Netzari view and I find Basser's commentary to be scholarly yet easily understandable for a beginner in Torah to have the proper outlook on the Torah lifestyle. I also suggest Rabbi Yehudah ben Shomeyr's commentary because it is important to see these things as well in the New Testament to help understand that yes, the New Testament is indeed a Jewish document as well as the Old Testament. With many teachers today they fail to properly show that and the reasons are contributed to the fact that even they do not see it. In order to take the next step this is an important concept to understand and be confident in. Many leaders say they are but I am sad to say they are not. Step 4: Talmud and Zohar
Those whom condemn such texts have a lack of understanding and this is why it is important to have a Rabbi who is knowledgeable on these texts yet does not flaunt them around as required reading or study. It is ok and actually helpful in taking the next step if they say in their teachings at times, “The Mishna says...........” and use that as a reference point for deep emphasis on something. But Talmud and Zohar is NOT something that should be something someone jumps into immediately. The Sages say that a person must wait between 10-20 years before even glancing at the texts. I would not suggest saying to be liberal with these figures. It is important to have a deep understanding of the Scripture before referencing these texts or teaching on them. But a good Rabbi will prepare his congregation for when they are ready. When they are able to adequately understand Paul in every single verse, then I believe a person is on their way to be able to properly understand the writings of the Rabbis, cause Paul was one of these guys.
I will not say how long a person must study until they are ready to look at the rabbinical texts, I would trust the opinion of your Rabbi and consult with him. If he however says within the first few years, I would have to respectfully disagree but each person is different. Some might be ready in the 5th year and some may not be ready until the 20th year to jump into Talmud. However, the Zohar is a different animal entirely. I would not suggest Zohar study until at least 20 years in the faith. Some may find 20 years to be rather excessive, but it is important to realize the eccentricities of this text known as the Zohar. It is easily taken out of context by many of those whom are unlearned and has even been used in different variations in paganism and is used as a base text cause it is so easy to manipulate and get it wrong and be very dangerous. It is like putting a 5 year old behind the wheel of a race car. Watching race cars race can be very fun but if a 5 year old is behind the wheel then you know disaster is eminent. Thus is the Zohar, it is like having a high school student brain surgery, though he may really want to be a brain surgeon he has not been possibly trained yet. The Zohar deals a great deal with each Hebrew letter in each Torah Portion and treats it as a “Miltha” (Aramaic word for “word” or “manifestation”) and the fact is in Proverbs it shows us the two are one in the same that there are physical attributes to words and letters that make up those words. The Zohar is very intense, hard to follow even for the seasoned veteran in Torah and Messiah, thus again makes it easy to manipulate.
Just know I am not saying these texts are in anyway evil or bad, but it is irresponsible to give a 10 year old the keys to a Ferrari. The unlearned damn these texts however, because they are unlearned. Stay away from those who want you to jump into them right away, and stay away from those whom are unlearned who pretend to be teachers who say they are evil and quote them out of context. Such teachers are the same ones who would quote Galatians 2:19-21 and say that the Torah has been done away with. This is why it is important to be responsible in our walk and objective as well as open to correction and criticism.
I would also suggest that an unmarried woman NEVER pick up the Talmud or Zohar. A woman is more susceptible to contextual problems without her covering with her. Many of these mitzviots discussed amongst the Rabbis deal with setting a halakah that is to be practiced within a person's life. If a woman is ever to be married at some point in her life, then issues will arise with differing halakah and it should be for the man and wife to determine their halakah amongst each other. It is the job of the man to establish the halakah and the job of the wife to fulfill it. It is a team effort.
by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
A few days ago I realized I did not have the shalom I needed and the shalom a believer in Yeshua is supposed to have. I felt hurt, pain, negativity and the complete opposite of shalom festering within me. This had been a problem for some time and I felt as thought I was supposed to feel this stress and this unrest in my life. Look at Paul, he was beaten, arrested shipwrecked etc, his grievousness are a mile long on Corinthians, yet we tend to forget he however had shalom in his trials.
Brethren, I was awoken in the middle of the night with this overwhelming feeling to write here to you today what our Adon told me as I was resting my head. We have a problem. Sickness is spreading throughout the body. I see cancer, I see mental disorders, addiction issues, divorce, double lives, sexual immorality and my first inclination is to ask, "Why is this happening within the body?!" There is a reason for this and it is something that can be reversed.
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." (Proverbs 15:1)
Kind words are like honey- sweet to the soul and healing to the body" (Proverbs 16:24)
Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have made firm the feeble knees." (Job 4:4)
Let no hateful language come from your mouth, but that which is beautiful and useful for edification that is may convey grace to those who hear" (Ephesians 4:29)
Therefore comfort one another and support one another....." (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
It is not what enters the mouth, but what proceeds from the mouth that defiles a man" (Matthew 15:11)
Condemnation is very much the name of the game in religiosity, whether it be in Christiandom or in Netzari Judaism. Our words have a spiritual manifestation, which are just as powerful as our actions and thoughts. Notice Proverbs 16 says that kindness has healing attributes.
Scientists have even proven that the mental state of an individual is directly relevant to being able to fight off disease and sickness. A happy and positive person is able to live a healthier life and able to fight off sickness and disease much better than a person who has a weakened self-esteem.
Feelings of worry, depression, anxiety, lack of worth, and so on manifest in the physical. And this is the reason we have so much sickness right now in the Netzari faith.
Notice that the love of our Creator is not taught in the Hebrew Roots, instead there is a feeling of condemnation for falling short, and a sense of worry as to if we are keeping the mitzviot correctly. People tend to get so worried if they have everything positioned right on their table during the feasts cause this type of anxiety is being spread through the congregations because the main element of the Torah is not being taught.
Our Rabbis taught: A certain heathen once came before Shammai and asked him, 'How many Toroth have you?' 'Two,' he replied: 'the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.' 'I believe you with respect to the Written, but not with respect to the Oral Torah; make me a proselyte on condition that you teach me the Written Torah [only]. [But] he scolded and repulsed him in anger. When he went before Hillel, he accepted him as a proselyte. On the first day, he taught him, Alef, beth, gimmel, daleth; the following day he reversed [them] to him. 'But yesterday you did not teach them to me thus,' he protested. 'Must you then not rely upon me? Then rely upon me with respect to the Oral [Torah] too.'
On another occasion it happened that a certain heathen came before Shammai and said to him, 'Make me a proselyte, on condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.' Thereupon he repulsed him with the builder's cubit which was in his hand. When he went before Hillel, he said to him, 'What is hateful to you, do not to your neighbour: that is the whole Torah, while the rest is the commentary thereof; go and learn it." (Shabbat 31a in the Babylonian Talmud)
Notice as well our Messiah Yeshua said the same thing.
And one of the scribes drew near and heard them disputing and saw that he answered them the matter well. And he asked, “What is the first Commandment of all of them?”. And Y’shua said to him, “The first of all the Commandments is ‘Hear O Israel. Master YHWH our Elohim is one. And you should love Master YHWH your Elohim with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind, and with all of your strength.’ This is the first Commandment. And the second that is like it is that, ‘you should love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other Commandment greater than these.” That scribe said to him, “Well said Rabbi! You have spoken in truth that he is one and there are no others apart from him. And that a man should love him with all the heart and all the mind and with all the soul and with all the strength, and that he should love his neighbor like himself. This is greater than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And Y’shua saw that he answered the matter wisely. He answered and said to him, “You are not far from the Kingdom of Elohim.” And no man again dared to question him!" (Mark 12:28-34)
The words we bring forth must be that of edification and that of love for one another. This is the basis of all the Torah. Yet we have an Achilles heel.
And if you are of the world, the world would love its own. But you are not of the world for I have chosen you from the world. Because of this, the world hates you. (John 15:19)
Therefore being that of the remnant, we have a bit of a Napoleonic Complex at times where we feel that we must be validated for our own self assurance that the road less traveled is indeed the right road. So we tend to want to get into theological debate complete with name calling, and exaggerations being verbalized, in in some instances believed, about the spiritual condition of the person we are having the altercation with. This then leads us into anger, which then leads us into sin. The feeling of anger then may stay with us for an hour, a few hours or maybe even a couple of days. Our own words defile us. Our own words cause us to not uphold the basis of all the Torah which Rebbe Hillel and Messiah Yeshua both spoke of as being the most important commandment.
The angst then becomes a comfort to our ego, it then starts to effect the psychological elements of thoughts and actions that start within the "id" then the "ego" and "super ego". To please the id we feel that validation is in order. The ego then says you have two options, edify or attack and attack ferociously. Then the super-ego our actions carry it out. When we become like Pavlov's dog and we tend to salivate when we see bad theology (or just theology we do not agree with) and we turn into an attack dog, we are then the product of what we have done for so long and that is what we have been used to for so long so we even then find validation in not keeping the most important of commandments.
You have heard that it has been said that you should not commit adultery. But I say to you that all who that looks at a woman as lustfully at once has committed adultery in his heart. And if your right eye stumbles you, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand stumbles you, cut it off and cast it from you for it is better for you that one of your members should perish and not all of your body be thrown into Gehenna. (Matthew 5:27-30)
Yeshua understood this, he was there since the beginning of creation so he was able to figure out what psychologists did not figure out until 1800 years later.
If we want to see healing happen withing the body of Messiah, then we must learn to work together and to keep the most important of the mitzviot. I guarantee we will see more healing, we will see happier marriages, happier people, and less mental and physical ailments. It is important to realize that when we do the opposite of what is commanded, and obviously edification is one of the biggest of commandments, we allow the negativism to fester like a soup until it makes the nastiest brewing stuff ever smelled or tasted on the planet. We then dump it down the sink and it gets into our water supply and it effects others whom do not even know us.
This is why it is important to release the anger from our lives, our doubts, our fears, our feelings of needing validation and we must start dancing with YHWH our Elohim. I messaged Tamara the other day, when I finally released all the things that were holding me back and I started to allow every word that came out of my mouth to be that of edification, and if I was attacked well then I spoke nothing at all and did not focus on what was being said. I decided not to allow the fuel of anger to be put into my gas tank which I was so accustomed to doing before. And I felt like I was dancing with our Creator YHWH. It is a feeling of gliding as opposed to fearing that I will fall. It is a feeling of being led this way and that way and feeling fully submitted and each time of being gently glided in one direction there is a blessing that is picked up. It is being able to feel His presence and being assured in the moves He wishes for you to make. It is a feeling of assurance in His promises. It is utterly incredible. When we reach this point is when we truly die to ourselves so that we might live or Messiah.
In my prayers for Tamara and for the children as well as for myself, I have felt an electricity that has pulsated through me like a live wire because of that submission and to allow myself to surrender it all and to dance with the Father. I found myself grabbing my tzitzit a little tighter in prayer, I feel an assurance that I am being heard.
This is a tough thing to have to learn especially after the need to feel validated has been carried for 32 years but let me say brethren this is the most effective way to eradicate all the things that YHWH does not want in our presence, the things that oppress us, that harm us, that make us sick and that cause us to question him is used through the negative elements and it is time we stop spreading the negativity through the body of Messiah and learn how to lead through the servitude that Yeshua, David, Moses, etc all had. We are able to serve YHWH through edification by being that encouragement to the world. Being that helping hand, being the person who roots on someone who need encouragement by giving of ourselves. The way that we treat our family and the way we treat people in our communities, whether it be friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates or some random person walking down the street we are being a representative of our El through our actions. This is why the Chassidics often talk about the mirror, Rebbe Nachman, and Rabbi Arush both talk about the mirror in great detail, cause our spiritual condition and our relationship with our Father is reflective through our daily dealings, public and hidden.
But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only; and do not deceive yourselves. For if any man will be a hearer of the Word and not a doer of it, he will be like one who sees his face in a mirror: for he sees himself and passes on and forgets what a man he was."
Love is patient, and is kind; love is not envious; love does not shout loudly; and is not boastful; And does nothing that causes shame; and seeks not her own; is not passionate; and thinks no evil; (It) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; (It) bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all, and endures all. Love will never cease. But prophesying will end; and tongues will be stopped; and knowledge will disappear.
(1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
Finally, my Brothers, what things are true, and what things are honest, and what things are
just, and what things are pure, and what things are beautiful, and what things are honorable in reporting, and deeds of praise and virtuousness; on these your thoughts should focus. (Philippians 4:8)
The fruits then of the Spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faith, Meekness, self-control. Against these there is no instruction put in place. And those who are of Mashiyach have put to death their flesh with all its passions and lusts. Let us therefore live by the Spirit and surrender to the Spirit. And let us not be of vacant glories that cause us to ridicule one another and envy one another. (Galatians 5:22-26)
Shalom Aleichem, brethren.
by Christopher (from Brutal Planet)
Brethren every year I get the question..."How do I do Passover?" Often times in the Hebrew Roots at this time everyone is so worried about the paganism associated with Easter that seems to be the topic of conversation as opposed to how to do Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. So what I did was I grabbed the archives of the past 2 years, audio teachings and PDF's on the subject that we have here in our database on Nazarene Media and on YeshuaCast and what we have here is a slew of media with a few Haggadahs, a Siddur and a few other things to help you along with learning about Passover and how to do Passover. I pray this helps you and is a blessing to you. Also it is important to make sure we start on the right day as well. Given that the conjunction is when the month begins it is important that we go by the proper times in Scripture as follows:
The 1st of Abib
The 14th of Abib
The Lamb is Slaughtered
(Feast of Unleavened Bread at Sunset)
The 15th of Abib
(Day 1 of Passover)
The 16th of Abib
Sheaf waved this morning
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by Christopher (From Brutal Planet)
A small remnant within the faith of Torah and Messiah is moving in an incredible direction and it appears to be happening in a synonymous moment.
In my walk in Torah and Messiah over the past 3 years I have seen many things, experienced many things, studied many differing halachas and I have never seen in 3 years what I have noticed in the past few months and I must say it is exciting.
But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.'
Daniel 12:4 (JPS)
In July of 2012, Nazarene Media was going through a spiritual renovation process. I resigned from the Nazarene Radio Network, and knew this was a time of renewal and there was a next step in my own personal spiritual growth in Torah and Messiah Yeshua. I took time from radio, and for a few months there was not a radio station on Nazarene Media. I found many flaws with the former station I managed with many teachers and I felt it was time to distance myself from many of them. I did not know why I felt this way at the time and felt that there was something wrong with me. I decided to take charge of my own spiritual walk in Torah and Messiah Yeshua and I put down my rabbinical studies for a little while and decided to read the Tanakh and Brit Chadasha start to finish. This took 2 months but the task was completed, I realized we have many problems in the Hebrew Roots.
I again felt so alone, like I did when I first discovered this whole "Torah thing". So I decided to start PaRDeS Radio with the hosts that I want to listen to, it started as basically something for myself to listen to as I would go to sleep or to listen to throughout the day. I did not expect it to grow into what it has grown into since that time, and it has grown into something that is very unlike many other stations. I was getting tired of constant "teachings" about "The Name", "Christmas", "Easter", "Tammuz", "Nimrod", "Catholicism", "Constantine" and the "sins of Christianity". I asked myself are we at a standstill as a body in our walk in echad as a body? I realized we had some major issues when listening back to some of the teachers I used to listen to and at the same time I was receiving emails asking me, "I already know about the paganism in the church, how come no one can tell me how to do sukkot?". It was at that time I felt like Yochanan (John), I felt I needed to be a lone voice crying in the wilderness. The radio schedule then changed again until we only had 3 shows left that I felt YHWH wanted me to keep. And I knew it was time for a restructuring of PaRDeS Radio around the time of Hanukkah 2012. The new vision for PaRDeS Radio was going to be edification, correction and growth. Instead of the most popular and smartest teachers, I was looking at hearts for the new lineup. New shows are being added of course and it is a slow process, all in YHWH's time.
Through this time, I have had several people in other ministries that seem to be separating themselves from the big name Hebrew Roots teachers and seeing the same things I have been seeing and without even saying anything the confirmation has been presented to me on a silver platter when I have not even said a word. Tons of conversations with people separated from my past, early in my walk and even at midway points in my walk has presented many things to me and confirmed many things that YHWH is doing something really incredible that I can only explain through an increase in knowledge. And the knowledge is not what we tend to think, it is knowledge of the heart and through application through the ancient paths. Not by learning Hebrew and Aramaic words or by custom or anything of that matter but rather application and a drive to leave the past where it belongs, which is miles behind us and to not worry with it or to look back at it and to listen to YHWH's voice and realize we have problems within the Hebrew Roots in terms of leadership, in terms of application, in terms of the greatest commandment and in terms of callousness brought on by those who wished to run before they could walk and have been elevated to the position of leadership.
I have kept my mouth shut on many of these things but it seems many of the new hosts of PaRDeS Radio have been experiencing the exact same things at the exact same points in their walk as I have and I feel a small remnant in the Hebrew Roots being called to lead the pack and to tear down the alters of the current leaders because we have been taught World Wide Church of God theology. There is a new breed of leaders rising up in the Hebrew Roots and it is not like the former that are in self exalted positions of authority now who focus on mainly words, language, and the sins of the former religious institutions.
These new leaders that will arise very soon, come in humility, a love for YHWH and a love for people. They are arising as servants, and are focusing on matters of the heart, and helping the body move forward in the faith through heart knowledge as opposed to head knowledge. These new leaders could care less about Christmas and Easter, they care more about showing you how to celebrate the major and minor feasts and moedim in Scripture. The new leaders that are arising, do not know they are coming up through the fold cause their hearts are not in how many DVDs they can sell or how many people sign up for their website, their hearts are truly in how to impact lives one day at a time and the focus is not on them but on the love of the Creator and his Son Yeshua and they are truly living in the Spirit of the Ruach. The head knowledge is with these new leaders that will arise but they rely on the wisdom, joy love, and shalom of the Ruach haKodesh that is within them.
The fruits then of the Spirit are these: Love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faith. Meekness, self-control. Against these there is no instruction put in place. And those who are of Mashiyach have put to death their flesh with all its passions and lusts. Let us therefore live by the Spirit and surrender to the Spirit. And let us not be of vacant glories that cause us to ridicule one another and envy one another.
Galatians 5:22-26 (AENT)
This is the increase in knowledge that Daniel spoke of, the book is being open, the Ruach haKodesh is being poured out on a remnant of the body, and they are being called to lead and many are still remaining as students as they are coming to terms with how YHWH is calling them.
And haSatan is is throwing a fit and throwing everything he can at this remnant like he did to Job. In the past few months haSatan has initiated sickness, cancer, depression, physical and mental ailments, as well as financial difficulty and he has been using political focus to sway our minds so that the mud is not removed from our eyes so we can focus on the mud stinging our eyes as opposed to moving forward.
It is important we know who is against us and that he is working hard to sway our focus so that these called leaders cannot fulfill their calling. It is important we realize this and realize that there is a spiritual battle taking place and it is time to claim our victory and realize how precious we are in YHWH's eyes, that we realize His love for us and His love for those around us despite their religious institution cause many of them will one day wish to learn, even if the time is not now, the time will indeed come.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, shall even 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.'
These things are happening now and it will continue to happen, and it is time that we take a stand and say, "our former religious institutions will no longer be the topic of discussion when we proclaim the name of YHWH our Elohim and His Son Yeshua the Messiah, for my tongue will confess the love of our Daddy in Heaven and my teachings will be the things He has asked me to teach to show His glory and awesome and Mighty Power, and to show His love and have the body move forward in one cohesive unit in Echad with one another, not missing any limbs but as an awesome solider made up of brethren each with unique gifts from the Father"
When we collectively say it is not against each other that we take our stand but against the one who wishes to control us instead and that our focus is not on the religious institutions of the past but rather in shalom and edification, we will see the body move. And until the current leadership is replaced with those who are out for YHWH's exaltation as opposed to their own we will continue in a path of confusion, hate and destruction. The time is now and I must say I am excited in what I am seeing and the confirmation that is taking place with many within the body. Hold onto your seat and fasten your seat belt. Your starting lineup is getting ready to be announced soon.
Affiliation is something often asked when you are in ministry. Everyone feels that someone needs to affiliated with a certain group that defines your walk in Torah and Messiah. Cause then they can look at materials by someone else (as opposed to your own) so that they can peg you in your beliefs and put you in a sociological box. The reason why many consciously or subconsciously do this is because this is what they are used to seeing. But putting yourself into a box is where the trouble comes and it breeds division hate and strife.
This is a problem that is prevalent within the Hebrew Roots and it does not have to be, and it should not be. I remember during my days of political study I was always focused on the individual. When I spoke at the TEA Party rallies in my area my catch phrase was "Power to the MEople, M.E.O.P.L.E the individual." And that had crossed over with me in the Hebrew Roots cause it was objectivism that brought me to this point. I was heavily influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand and Ludwig Von Mises and Henry Hazlitt as well as many others and the thing that was always taught was individualism as opposed to group think. The apocalyptic writing of George Orwell's 1984 I find to be very prophetical in many ways (In a fictional sense) to what we see that has and will happen in Biblical prophecy. And the people were controled through the ideal of group think, and being blindly led. And the question I then have to ask is, "how is this any different than when we were in Christiandom?". In Christiandom we identified ourselves as one of the over 30,000 denominations out there and that is what dictated to us our theology. And yet we fall for it again? Cause someone says they have the truth we for some reason do not question we just stand up and say, "oh ok sounds good" and become lemmings once again.
This is something that we must take seriously, and to be able to take correction as individuals. I think in many ways we have drifted away from the Scripture and have instead gravitated towards "teachers" many of which self proclaimed and in the internet age anyone can dub themselves as a teacher, make the right connections and then be lifted up to many venues and the fact is a majority of "teachers", around 90% should not be classified as such and get a huge following. What ends up happening is someone, when they wish to push their point home they send a blog, or a video or audio "teaching" from their favorite teacher or from their favorite group of "teachers". Notice, this is much like in Christiandom when we used to say, "you need to go and talk with the Pastor, and he will tell you". As we see we have followed into the same mess all over again, yet we fail to realize it and we wish not to do the work and the study and the research ourselves and be open to another person's take on something in Scripture.
Through my entire walk in Torah and Messiah the question I often get is either, "who do you listen to?" or "Who do you work with in ministry" thinking that that defines me and my halakah, and the reason they think this way is because for a majority of people that is the case. I was recently shut out by all the big name two house teachers because of this group mentality. Some of them wanted me to work on projects not only for them but their tight nit group, and I declined respectfully by saying I do not want to be pegged nor affiliated with individuals who teach many good things but there are some other things that I find to be a major problem. I was asked what these problems were and the issue did not want to be addressed and I was then treated as a leper, much like a Nazarene would in a Christian church. And it is this type of group think, this "them vs us" mentality that is the biggest stumbling block in the Hebrew Roots and it is not going to get any better I am sad to say.
However, we can make the difference in our own lives, and realize that Yeshua wants a personal relationship with us, the key word is personal. He does not want us to have the same mentality as the Catholics do in which we need to go through a teacher to get to him. And subconsciously we think this way. When watching videos, reading books, listening to radio programs we must be able to eat the meat and chew out the bone. If a person starts out their walk with commentary from others, as opposed to picking up the Scripture and forming their walk through study then they are going to have problems. They will be pegged in the group in which they started and they will not know anything else and as soon as someone tells them something on the contrary that may be accurate they will then disassociate from the person who challenges them and then cause a division between two individuals, thus forming two different groups.
Do you realize, I could right now post something outlandish on facebook and there would be cheerleaders there agreeing with it, and the person who disagrees with have their cheerleaders as well. This goes to show unbeknownst to us we want the pack mentality and unfortunately do not want to break from it free from it cause it makes us feel important and puffed up, we want people to agree with us. The question then becomes are we in this for YHWH or are we in this for ourselves? Who do we want to have the glory? This causes a downward spiral that causes our situation to get harder and harder in terms of trying to get close to our King. Pride is a dangerous thing. Yet, we learn more when we find out we are wrong, when we need to be corrected and we take a different road, YHWH blesses us from learning from the mistakes we have made and that is an amazing gift cause we are then granted wisdom in certain areas of failure and through repentance we are then a much mightier warrior for the truth of Torah and Messiah, cause our focus chances it is not about acceptance in a social club but rather it is a yearning to live for YHWH and Him alone.
by Christopher (From Schtix and Stones)
In the Hebraic Roots is it very important to realize what got us on this walk in Torah and Messiah. There are usually two ways people come out of Christiandom, Orthodox Judaism, Occultism, etc. The premise behind the Netzarim belief, in a nutshell is to learn how to walk in righteousness with the Father. So this is the point we must all strive for and come to. However, for some it is tougher than others and this comes from the beginning of our walk. Half of individuals I know come into the Netzarim faith through objectivism, the individual looks at the facts, and comes to the conclusion that they need to do their best to pursue a Torah observant lifestyle. The other comes into the Hebrew Roots out of hatred towards their former religious institution.
Fact is we cannot change how we got here, but it is important to realize how our beginnings have effected our walk and have set the course of conversation with others and ability to learn.
The objectivist is the humble one. They are teachable, they tend to have less sacred cows than the person whom came into the Hebrew Roots through hatred. The objectivist will research many teachings look at the Scripture afterward and draw their own conclusion. Their views change on many things the more they learn. They are like children soaking in every bit of information they get, yet in many ways they are also try and prove wrong many of the things they are taught. But the objectist has a gift that works to their advantage in their walk in this way, cause they can admit they are wrong, and before they adopt and ideology they first try and prove it wrong and try and search for any holes in the story they can find. The objectivist knows what brought them into the truth of the Netzarim faith so they realize that it is dangerous to fall into the same level of trust they had in previous religious institutions, with the ideal “if the pastor/rabbi says it then it must be true. The objectivist digs and digs and digs and they look for contradictions and look at both sides of the issue. The objectivist will never take your word for anything they will always say, “let me fish this out myself”. They will then return to you with a reply as to whether the interpretation you presented they feel is accurate or it is not.
The objectivist tends to focus a majority of the time in moving the body forward and are easily teachable with new information and they get excited through new revelation of the Scriptures. The objectivist has no problem in admitting they are wrong about a subject and do not revel in intellectual superiority for those whom have been incorrect, they will simply say, “it is all a part of the walk brother/ sister”
The 2nd group, I like to call the “haters”, feel it is their job to expose Christianity around every turn, or another religious institution. This second group is the biggest in the Hebrew Roots I am sad to say, and they cause the most problems and give the most flawed theology. Though they feel their intentions are right, many do not do the research themselves like the objectivist does. The hater most often tries to find pictures, articles, audios, videos etc that will fuel their rage for their former religious institution. Face checking is not an option with the hater, the ideology is if someone made a video of it, an audio of it, a picture of it, etc then they know what they are talking about and that is good enough for me.
In many ways the hater is rising up a militia of other haters much in the same way the Nazis and the KKK did, propaganda campaigns are the backbone of the hater as well as quoting Scripture out of context, especially when the phrase “My name” is used in Scripture. When Yeshua said in the gospels to “love your neighbor as yourself” the hater believes that condemnation and name calling to a person is showing them love cause they claim, “I am loving them by showing them the Torah”.
The hater instead of evolving in Scripture tends to de-evolve in many ways, they then start focusing on secret societies that may or may not exist (I tend to believe they do not) and they gravitate towards any prediction of world disaster within the coming weeks. This Achilles heel then drives the hater further and further away from their Scripture and more into focusing on pop culture, government, and conspiracies. These in many ways are the same people whom condemned Yeshua cause they only believed in what they were told about him and did not research Yeshua out for themselves.
The hater also tends to think that everyone else needs to change except for them. They adopt a superiority complex and in many ways unknowingly. On social networks the hater often sets a stage of paranoia, in this they often love to copy and paste from their favorite websites or they will give you an audio or video “teaching” they found to verify their point. You will see them get more and more paranoid as times rolls on.
Why is this a liability, well the fact is the hater often times likes to adopt incorrect theology and everything to them is pagan. They do not do the research on mistranslated words such as “Jesus” and often have the theory that “Jesus means Hail Zeus” but when a person looks at the greek we see the word Jesus is not even close to Zeus but however that it is a bad translation is all. When an objectivist sees this in Christianity, and the objectivist researches it out for themselves and finds the flaws in the teachings of the hater, the objectvisit Christian then dismisses the Hebrew Roots all together, cause their objective minds say, “well these people are nuts”. This is the biggest liability in the Hebrew Roots combined with a lack of accountability. Every person in the Hebrew Roots on the side of the hater has their own ideal as to who the Anti-Messiah is the problem is none of them agree. YouTube has a total of 300 new candidates for the Anti-Messiah posted on their video service every day and many use out of context Scripture to prove their point. So the objectivist sees that and knows through common sense the liability of YouTube theology and how incorrect it is and stays away from such teachings.
Now the objectivist also has their flaws as well (or what perceives to be a flaw) it takes the objectivist a few years to have a grounded theology, they often waver on positions, then when new evidence is presented they then start to change again. The haters see this as them not having a foundation. But for the objectivist it takes time to have a foundation on their theology in the Netzarim faith. Many objectivists will as well for a short time spend time in a flawed theology until they are corrected and presented with new evidence. Lunar sabbatarianism is one of the flawed ideologies that many of the objectivists have spent time in at some point, but after about a year or so, they then come out of that and go back to the 7th day Shabbat. The same is true with the rabbinical texts, many start out Solo-Scripturous, and then they see a few quotes from the rabbinical materials and they say, “I need to prove my position or disprove my position” and they research out the rabbinical texts for themselves and usually see them as a valuable resource however classify it correctly as not being Scripture. There are many other positions they change on through their walk as well, for instance books taken out of Scripture such as Enoch an a few others. Now the hater on the other hand loves to take out and add books into Scripture. The hater often times will dismiss Hebrews but find that they feel the Gospel of Thomas is a valuable source, and they come to this conclusion because they do not have a foundation cause they have been chasing after Babylon their entire walk.
Many haters also often try to get so far away from Christianity that they cannot see a few subtle truths within it, though there are not many, there are some real gems in it that the hater cannot see. Through the hater's frustrations, some dismiss the Apostle Paul, why? Because they do not have understanding of what Paul says just as Kefa says, “The unlearned twist the words of Paul to their own destruction”. So many denounce Paul and say his writings are a Christian addition which is not the case. So they then take a Drash level teaching such as Galatians 3 and try and justify the Drash level by the Parshah level and it just does not work, because they do not have the understanding. While the objectivist was learning about the writings of Paul in the light of him being a Pharisee the hater was chasing Babylon holding up signs and screaming at cars. But the de-evolution of the hater then goes deeper, after they dismiss Paul, the hater then adopts the claims of even more of the unlearned and they dismiss Yeshua as Messiah all in an attempt to get away from Christianity. The hater then claim the Hebrew Roots are Christianity, and that the followers of Yeshua are pagan idolaters, They then become anti-Missionaries.
Many of you in reading this may have taken an honest look at yourselves and you have classified yourself into one of these groups, and the fact is to be honest with yourself and to be honest with YHWH. If you are classified in your heart and mind after reading this as “a hater” (and there is no shame in admitting it if we have the heart to correct ourselves) then I would suggest a couple of things to help you in your walk. First of all, put down the computer, YouTube, Facebook, etc. Pull out your Bibles and start reading it without commentary and then write down some questions you have or some things that you feel may be incorrect in what you have been taught before. And then ask an objectivist, someone whom you may not know, so you do not have a bias towards and ask them the questions. In my experience the best teachers are the ones who do not give you the answer but they will show you where to find the answer. Next I would suggest conversing with people whom do not necessarily always agree with you but whom you know are wanting to build up the body and show the real thing as opposed to the counterfeit, these individuals have the wisdom that we all must strive for. 3rd it is important to have that humble heart and to realize we have nothing to gain if we always perceive ourselves as always being right and being a figure of authority, the world finds shame in being wrong about certain things, but YHWH rejoices in us admitting when we are wrong, and he shows us there is no shame in evolving and growing by simply saying to friends, family members, etc “Hey, I was wrong and I am sorry”. The body of Messiah is very receptive to this and they gravitate towards those whom are humble enough to admit when they are incorrect, cause they know they can trust such a person and grow with that person in Torah and Messiah. The question we often have to ask ourselves whom have been in the “hater group” and I think many of us have been there is to ask ourselves, “If we cannot be honest with ourselves and those around us, how in the world can we attempt to be honest with YHWH?” The fact is...we can't.
As for the objectivist, I think the objectivist needs to become more stable, and the reason I say this, is often times positions are changed as mentioned above as they evolve, do not stop evolving you objectivists. But when you teach something or present something to someone make sure you only speak about what you are sure of, so you do not come off as a floundering fish 2 months down the road. If someone asks you about a certain passage, there is no shame in saying, “brother/sister I do not know I have not studied that yet but as soon as I have a position on the matter after I study it out, I will present you my opinion and we can midrash it out to gain understanding”. But do not make a “hunch” public in social media. And realize this is an ongoing process, a person does not get to be an elder in Judaism until they are 60 years in the faith. We must realize that our walk of learning never ends. It is an egotism that causes us to feel superior, yet has any one of us moved mountains? Are we greater than the prophets and the Talmidim? I say no, yet we must realize our gifts given to us by the Ruach HaKodesh, and we must use these gifts in a matter for not our own glorification cause we are not experts. That is a tough conclusion to objectively come to.