by Rabbi Hector Gomez on June 17th, 2014

What Is Shavuot?


The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) marks the end of the Spring Feasts. It is the climax of the Israelites’ story of redemption, which started with Passover. God saved and delivered His people by the blood of the Passover Lamb and then brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

It was at this time that YHVH (the God of Israel) betrothed His people. Wedding vows were given there in the presence of YHVH (when the people spoke as one, saying “all that YHVH has spoken, we will do” – Exodus 19:8) and the marriage contract, or ketubah, was written down in the form of the Torah. When God’s people walk according to Torah, we as the bride are choosing to follow our wedding vows. We are saying “I do” to our Bridegroom all over again!

Furthermore, as with all the Spring Feasts, Yeshua prophetically fulfilled this Feast by giving the Holy Spirit to His disciples on this very day (Acts 2). Shavuot, therefore, celebrates true, biblical worship. It was on this day that God gave both the Truth of His Word (Torah) and His Spirit, thus enabling His people to worship in both Spirit and Truth: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).


Don’t Miss our upcoming Shabbat Service June 7th,2014 at 5PM when you actually witness the Vows of the bride being lived out when we do our congregational Betrothal Service for my daughter Sarah and on  this Shavuot!

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath & Keeping Your Job

"I'd like to keep the Sabbath, but I can't - I have to work on Saturdays."

Wrong. You may think so, but you are mistaken. No one who believes in keeping the Sabbath has to work on Saturdays, at least not in America. No one is pointing a gun at the heads of American Christians and Jews and forcing them to work on Saturdays. Americans who work on the Sabbath do so by their own choice, not because they have to.

There were many Sabbath-keeping Christians in Communist Russia who were ordered by their oppressive government to work on Saturdays. Many of these Christians chose to obey God rather than man, and they lost a lot more than some crummy job. They suffered imprisonment 1 exile, and torture for refusing to break God's holy Sabbath. When we stand with these faithful saints before the Lord on Judgment Day, will any of us have the gall to say, "Well, Lord, I wanted to keep the Sabbath, but I couldn't - I had to work on Saturdays"?

How does a disciple of the Messiah go about getting every Sabbath off from his job? First of all, you do not go in and ask your employer if you can have Saturdays off. You are not there to make a request; you are there to inform. You inform your employer (politely and respectfully, of course) that you will not be available to work from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Your employer may respond in a number of ways:

·         "I'll see what we can do to accommodate you, but in the meantime you'll have to keep working Saturdays."

·         "We can give you Saturdays off, but you'll have to work for a few hours on Friday nights."

·         "We'll do our best to accommodate you, but we may have to occasionally ask you to come in on a Saturday if we're short of help."

None of these responses is acceptable. Pharaoh tried three times to persuade Moses and Aaron to compromise the Lord's demands. (See Exodus 8:25-29, 10:8-11.) Moses and Aaron steadfastly refused to accept Pharaoh's offer of a compromise solution, and we must likewise refuse to accept an employer's offer of a compromise.

What if your employer refuses to accommodate you? One solution is to look for a different job. However, that may not be necessary. If this particular job is important to you, you may want to inform your employer of his legal obligation to accommodate employees' religious practices. This should be done in a polite, respectful manner, not in an obnoxious or threatening way.

Many people do not realize that federal law requires employers to accommodate employees who need time off for religious reasons, "unless the employer demonstrates that accommodation would result in undue hardship on the conduct of its business." You, the employee, do not have to prove the validity of your case. It is the employer who must try to prove that letting you keep the Sabbath would cause undue hardship to his business. The burden of proof is on the employer, not on the employee.


Federal law considers the following solutions to be "reasonable accommodation" which would not cause undue hardship to an employer's business:


·         Securing a substitute worker (even if the employer has to secure the substitute).

·         Flexible scheduling (flexible arrival and departure times; floating or optional holidays; flexible work breaks; use of lunch time in exchange for early departure; staggered work hours; permitting an employee to make up time lost due to the observance of religious practices).

·         Lateral transfer and change of job assignment.

The employer "must offer the alternative which least disadvantages the individual [i.e., the employee] with respect to his or her employment opportunities. The employer can also be required to bear the extra costs of accommodating the employee, unless the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determines that it is "more than a de minimus cost."

Sometimes an employer is afraid to give an employee every Saturday off for fear that other employees will see this and likewise demand every Saturday (or Sunday) off for religious reasons. However, according to federal law, this is not proof of undue hardship: "A mere assumption that many more people, with the same religious practices as the person being accommodated, may also need accommodation is not evidence of undue hardship."

The above legal information can be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended [section 701(j), 703 and 717] and in Part XII Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion. These same laws apply to labor organizations as well as to employers. The laws pertain not only to scheduling (though this is the most frequent accommodation needed), but also to other religious practices such as a man's right to wear a beard because of his religious convictions.

The employer's legal obligation to accommodate "pertains to prospective employees as well as current employees." This means that employers conducting a job interview must be very careful when asking about the need for religious accommodation: "The Commission will infer that the need for an accommodation discriminatorily influenced a decision to reject an applicant when: (i) prior to an offer of employment the employer makes an inquiry into an applicant's availability without having a business necessity justification; and (ii) after the employer has determined the applicant's need for an accommodation, the employer rejects a qualified applicant. The burden is then on the employer to demonstrate that factors other than the need for an accommodation were the reason for rejecting the qualified applicant, or that a reasonable accommodation without undue hardship was not possible."

I do not wish to bore readers with a lot of legal jargon, but Sabbath-keepers need to know that employees have legal rights to reasonable accommodations, and that some employees take their employers to court to enforce these rights. Even as I was writing this article, a story appeared in the 11/27/98 Jewish Press about a Seventh-Day Adventist whose employer tried to refuse to accommodate her: "Lisette Balint, a resident of Carson City, Nevada, was offered a position in the city's sheriff's department, [and] the department refused to excuse her from working on the Sabbath" ("U.S. Court Defends Religious Rights," p. 62).

Sometimes the employer wins the case, of course, because sometimes it truly would cause undue hardship for the employer to accommodate the employee. When undue hardship is not an issue, though, the law is on our side.

Most employers are reasonable people and are intelligent enough to know that it would be wiser for them to accommodate your need than it would be to refuse you. Many employers will actually respect you for taking a firm, but polite, stand for what you believe. If they are smart, they will know that a person with strong convictions is likely to be a reliable, honest worker with some integrity. They will want to find a way to accommodate you. Some employers are not so kind and understanding, and will simply tell you, "No, you have to work on Saturdays." If that is the case, then you must pray and ask the Lord to show you what He would have you to do. Would the Lord have you take your employer to court, or would the Lord have you look for a different job? (You don't need to pray about whether or not the Lord would have you keep working on the Sabbath; He's already told you in the Ten Commandments not to do that!)

Fighting for your legal rights in court is one issue, but there is also the issue of maintaining a good testimony as a disciple of the Messiah. Some questions you might want to consider:

·         Do I really want to work for an employer who lets me have the Sabbath off only because he was forced to do so by the court?

·         Will going to court result in resentment and/or jealousy in my workplace, and do I want to work in such an atmosphere?

·         Is this job really worth fighting for?

·         Is it possible that letting me have every Sabbath off really would cause undue hardship for my employer's business?

·         Even if the court rules in my favor, would there still be some hardship (though not "undue"), and would it be right to let my employer bear this inconvenience?

Keeping your job should really be your third priority in this arena. Keeping the Sabbath and keeping your testimony should be the first priorities. If you can do this and also keep your job, that's great. Personally, I would not feel comfortable forcing my employer to pay extra costs in order to accommodate me, even though the law can require the employer to bear these minimal costs. For the sake of my testimony as a disciple of the Lord, I would prefer to not exercise this legal right, and would pay for the extra costs myself, unless my employer voluntarily and cheerfully insisted on bearing the cost. I would also be reluctant to demand my legal right to "the alternative which least disadvantages the individual with respect to his or her employment opportunities." If an employer was willing to accommodate me, I would want to find the solution which least disadvantages both of us. If my employer is willing to bear some minor inconvenience in order to accommodate me, then I should be willing to bear some minor inconvenience to keep the Sabbath.

Every situation is unique and has many factors to consider. This is why it is important to pray before deciding whether or not to take your employer to court if he refuses to let you have the Sabbath off. If you do lose your job for the sake of obeying the Lord, the Lord will honor your sacrifice. He may not provide another job immediately, but He has promised to meet your physical needs if you "seek first the kingdom of God" (Mathew 6:33).

In closing, always remember that you are not called to be a slave to your job. Although you are to treat your employer with honor and respect, your employer is not your Owner and Master. If you are a disciple of the Son of God, then He is your real Owner and Master. You are called to be a servant in His Kingdom. You are not called to be a slave to the world system. So don't let your employer or anyone else tell you that you have to work on the Sabbath. Amen!

Shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Testing Of The Heart

There's a testing of our hearts taking place right now, and the outcome will be according to our decision. God will not violate our free will and we must live with the consequence of the choice we make. Will we follow after Him or continue on our own path according to our fleshly desires?

When Elijah found Elisha and threw his mantle on him, Elisha's first response was to run back and kiss his parents goodbye, then he would follow Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:20). Elisha was functioning in the carnal realm, or natural senses. And being a good son, his first response would be to honor his parents and tell them he was departing to follow after and be trained by this powerful man of God. Elisha, like the woman that missed the boat, had a choice to make. Elijah put him to the test, just like we are being tested today. Will you follow after Me or follow after your own fleshly desires?

So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you." And he [testing Elisha] said, "Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.]" So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him. 1 Kings 19:19-21 AMP

Elijah heard directly from God. But God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. The Lord was in the still, small voice. Today God is stretching forth His hand the second time to deliver the keys of David into the hand of the righteous who have followed the Father in spirit and truth. They have forsaken all others for the work of the Cross of Yeshua Messiah.


The Fiery Sword

We've come to the place in history being written that God will rewrite what man has done in his own will. God is sending forth a fiery sword out of the mouth of His true prophets in this day that will cause division. It is His division that conquers the false, because truth will trump the false every time. It may not look like it at first, but watch as God begins a small work and brings increase through the nations of the world. He's coming in power in this day and we must be ready to move quickly. There is no obstacle in our life that God can't cover or remove.

The Book of Jude gives a warning about the false teachers (Those who teach outside of the Torah and Yeshua) that would creep in unnoticed for the purpose of turning God's grace into lewdness and deny Yeshua as Messiah (see verse 4). They are dreamers that defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of whatever they do not know because they don't know the person of the Word. They have never established a personal relationship with the Lord, and therefore operate from the flesh. And because they lack personal relationship with God and the desire to know His will, they corrupt themselves. Therefore they fall into apostasy and cause others to stumble (see verses 8-10).

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. Jude 11

We're given three examples in the above verse, and I believe it is a progression. Man begins with hatred in his heart that leads to greed, and in time, as they mature in the nature of the evil one, it manifests itself in rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (see 1 Samuel 15:23), and God rejects those who partake of it.

The Way Of Cain: Cain had enmity in his heart. It was a deep-rooted hatred toward his brother that in time caused Cain to murder Abel. Cain's hatred and jealousy toward Abel was greater than his love for God. He had a choice to make. He chose to satisfy his flesh instead of following after God's heart and ruling over his fleshly desire. Cain had never established personal relationship with the Father, where I believe Abel did. That is why God rejected his offering.

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. Genesis 4:7

The Error Of Balaam For Profit: Balaam was a soothsayer who mixed truth with false doctrine. His error was greed, or covetousness, because he was paid well to bring a curse upon the people of Israel. God's anger was kindled against him when he disobeyed Him and later withstood the Angel of the Lord three times. Balaam repented and brought the word of the Lord, refusing to curse Israel (see Numbers 22-23).

The Rebellion Of Korah: Korah rejected true leadership, causing many to perish. He was one of the richest leaders of the Levites and a cousin of Moses and Aaron. He was jealous and felt overlooked for leadership, and therefore gathered 250 leaders of the assembly to rebel against Moses and Aaron. This angered God and He separated the holy from the profane. God did a new thing (see Numbers 16:30-32) and the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed them and their households – and a fire consumed the rest of the 250 men (see Numbers 16).

Crossroads In Time

The Body of Christ has come to a crossroads in time, a juncture on their heavenly journey in the Messiah Yeshua. Each one must decide for themselves which way to go, either you follow  your own flesh and doctrines of man! Some will want to turn back for fear of the unknown, yet others will proceed in faith. It is there that God meets them head-on, and they will move into a new dimension in Him. Those who choose to proceed in faith must be space aviators and explore the uncharted waters of the Spirit.

Yeshua is coming for His Bride without spot or wrinkle ( In other words without the pagan practices that they have adopted). She will be scarred from the many battle wounds she sustained, but she will be worthy as she praises Him. The world has set itself on a course of self-destruction, and day-by-day she lingers in her own filth. But His Bride will be set aside, a glory to be witnessed as she stands out among the rest.

Don't miss the boat. Step out in faith and follow God in His truth of your Hebrew Roots which is all about Yeshua Messiah with a whole heart. Let Him be the Loving Father that steers you through uncharted waters by the winds of His Holy Spirit of Truth and witness the new dimensions in Him. Just dare to believe and stand for what’s right! Amen!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

The APOSTLE PAUL -- Commandment Breaker, or Commandment Keeper?


Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

MILLIONS of professing Christians assume Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. If you keep the law of YEHOVAH God, it is claimed, you are under a curse! Chances are, you, too, have heard this teaching from childhood and have assumed it to be true.

To be sure, many have sincerely thought and assumed that this is New Testament teaching. But YEHOVAH God commands us to quit assuming -- to "Prove all things" (I Thessalonians 5:21).

Does it make any difference to YEHOVAH God whether you obey Him? Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

How many have stopped to personally examine the writings of Paul -- to really PROVE what Paul taught concerning the Ten Commandments? Have you?

How to Begin

Some of what Paul wrote is admittedly difficult to understand. Peter was inspired to say that Paul wrote "some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable WREST, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (II Peter 3:16).

But on the other hand, Paul also wrote much which is clear, plain and EASY to understand. In those passages it would be impossible to MISunderstand what he is saying.

The logical way to understand Paul's teachings about the Ten Commandments is to go first to his plain, clear, straightforward statements on this subject. Only when we first understand these, are we ready to intelligently study Paul's more difficult passages.

However, because the natural mind of man has a built-in hostility toward YEHOVAH God and His Ten Commandment law (Romans 8:7), men don't follow this logical approach.

Instead of understanding Paul's difficult statements in the light of his PLAIN, CLEAR, easy-to-understand words, many do just the opposite. They totally discard, reject and IGNORE Paul's direct, straightforward, UNMISTAKABLE statements about the Ten Commandments. They then twist and distort his more difficult-to-be-understood statements to their own fancy -- and their own DESTRUCTION.

Let's not be guilty of such a mistake! Let's examine Paul's direct, straight-from-the-shoulder POSITIVE teaching about the Ten Commandments first. Only then can we hope to understand those passages which are more difficult.

What Paul Clearly Taught

Now what are some of Paul's clear statements about the Ten Commandments? One such statement is found in I Corinthians 6:9-10. Here Paul warns: "Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,..nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God."

In this one short passage the apostle Paul names the breaking of FOUR of the Ten Commandments -- idolatry, adultery, stealing and coveting -- and dogmatically states that any found guilty of breaking these commandments will not inherit YEHOVAH's Kingdom! And he sternly warns us not to deceive ourselves by thinking otherwise!

Notice another unmistakably clear and easy-to-understand passage: "Now the works of the flesh are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,...wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).

This passage repeats two commandments -- those pertaining to adultery and idolatry -- and adds one more -- the command against murder or killing.

This makes a total of FIVE commandments which Paul has specifically and unequivocally stated Christians must keep if they are to inherit or enter YEHOVAH's Kingdom. And since idolatry, which is mentioned in both of these passages, automatically breaks the First Commandment, which is "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3), Paul has actually commanded obedience to six of the Ten Commandments in just two short passages!

Now turn to Colossians 3:5-9. This passage reads: "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of DISOBEDIENCE...But now ye also PUT OFF ALL THESE: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. LIE NOT one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds."

This scripture names and condemns disobedience to two more of the Ten Commandments -- bearing false witness or lying, and taking YEHOVAH's name in vain through blasphemy and filthy talk (See also Ephesians 4:29).

Next open your Bible to Ephesians 6:1-2. Here we read, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise." This is a direct quote from the Commandment in Exodus 20:12. Yet here Paul explicitly COMMANDS Christians to obey it!

This makes a total of NINE Commandments which Paul has distinctly and separately named as being binding on Christians. Only the Sabbath Command is left. Let's see what Paul taught about it.

Paul and the Fourth Commandment

Every argument imaginable has been advanced against the Command to keep holy the day YEHOVAH God made holy (Exodus 20:8). Men want to use time as they please. They don't want YEHOVAH God telling them what to do! Men hate this Command more than any other, it seems. It is the Test Commandment to show who YEHOVAH's people really are.

Did Paul obey this Commandment? Did he personally keep the day YEHOVAH God made holy -- and did he teach others to obey it? Let's not just guess or assume. Let's examine the Scriptures and "prove all things."

In Acts 13 we have the account of Paul and Barnabas coming to Antioch in Pisidia. There they "went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."

Then Paul stood up and spoke, preaching the Messiah to them.

"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES besought that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH" (Acts 13:14-15, 42).

Now since Paul was preaching "the grace of God" (v. 43) , here was his opportunity to straighten out these Gentiles. Notice what Paul did.

"And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the whole city together to hear the Word of God." Here Paul waited a whole week in order to preach to the Gentiles upon the day YEHOVAH God made holy!

But this is not the only passage showing that Paul obeyed this Commandment.

In Acts 18:1-11 there is the account of Paul living with Aquila and Priscilla for one and one-half years (vs. 11). During this time we read that he "reasoned In the synagogue EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks" (verse 4).

Notice it! This passage tells us in plain language that Paul labored the six working days -- not just five days -- and taught in the synagogue every Sabbath for one and one-half years!

Likewise in Acts 17:2, Paul "as his manner was, went in unto them, and three SABBATH DAYS reasoned with them out of the Scriptures."

It was Paul's MANNER -- his CUSTOM -- to keep YEHOVAH's day holy. Did he follow the Messiah in this? Certainly! Yeshua, "as his custom was...went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY" (Luke 4:16).

It was the Messiah's custom to keep the Sabbath. Paul followed the Messiah and he commands Christians: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1). Paul kept the Fourth Commandment and he commands Christians to follow him in this regard.

For a final clincher of this fact, turn to Hebrews 4:9. Here, according to the original Greek, Paul makes the direct statement, "There remaineth therefore a Sabbath observance to the people of God."

This passage is obscured in the King James Version which reads, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." But the word translated "rest" comes from the Greek word "sabbatismos" and, as the marginal readings in many Bibles show, means "keeping of the Sabbath" or "Sabbath observance." Because the King James translators didn't believe this verse meant what it said they translated "sabbatismos" by the obscure word "rest."

This verse, then, tells us point blank that those who really are YEHOVAH's people will be keeping holy the day He made holy.

Yes, Paul commanded obedience to the Fourth Commandment just as surely and firmly as he did to each of the other nine.

What Will YOU Do?

The evidence is overwhelming! Paul personally kept ALL TEN of YEHOVAH God's Commandments. In doing this he followed in the steps of Yeshua the Messiah. This is why Paul could say, "Be you followers [imitators] of me even as I also am of Christ."

The question for us today is, are WE willing to follow the Messiah, too? If we, like Paul, are crucified with the Messiah (Galatians 2:20) , and the Messiah lives HIS life in us by his spirit, the Messiah IN us will still keep YEHOVAH's Commandments, for he is the SAME, yesterday, today and forever.

There are hundreds of additional New Testament passages covering obedience to YEHOVAH God and His Law, both from the writings of Paul and others. Space does not permit it all to be included here. We have, however, given sufficient information to prove conclusively and beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paul DID teach obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Don't be deceived by those who teach disobedience! Many who hate YEHOVAH's law are very skillful at putting a clever twist on certain of Paul's more difficult passages to make it appear that the Ten Commandments are "done away."

Heed Peter's warning! Don't be deceived!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy - Basic Rules For Observing the Weekly Sabbath


We who have committed ourselves to keeping covenant with Elohim are commanded to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." (Sundown Friday to Saturday Sundown) (Exodus 20:8) 'Holy' means "separate" or "special". We are to give honor to the Sabbath. In order to accomplish this, we must plan and prepare – and be out of step with the world – in order to keep the Sabbath holy.

Honoring the Sabbath is an outward sign of the covenant that we make with Elohim. "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily, My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am Yahweh that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath, therefore; for it is holy unto you…Six days may work be done, but in the seventh, it is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh… It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever." (Exodus 31:13-17)

"Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctify them." (Ezekiel 20:12,20) Observing the Sabbath is one sign that we are the people of Elohim.

"And Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:3) There is no mention made anywhere in the scriptures of the Bible that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh day of the week (commonly known as Saturday) to the first day (Sunday).

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have openly admitted that their church, and not the Messiah, changed the Sabbath. "Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer, Yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week, and did the (Catholic) Church exchange the seventh day, Saturday, for Sunday, the first day? I answer, Yes. Did Christ change the day'? I answer, No!" (James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore) "For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, which is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the (Roman Catholic) church, outside the Bible." (Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947) "Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." (The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine)

The Messiah kept the Sabbath. "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read." (Luke 4:16) "And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue." (Mark 6:2) "And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath." (Luke 13:10)

Paul, whose writings many people misinterpret, continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath. Gentile believers, as well as Jews, met together on the Sabbath. "As they (Paul and his Jewish companions) left, they were urged by the Gentiles to continue this preaching the following Sabbath … The next Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44) "Every Sabbath, he (Paul) spoke in synagogues, trying to convert Jews and Gentiles". (Acts 18:4)

Prophecy clearly points out that the Elect in the Last Days, and during the Millennium will observe the Sabbath. The Redeemer spoke of the Sabbath in the Last Days, in regard to the time of the future Tribulation. (Matthew 24:20) Isaiah referred to keeping the Sabbath in the time we commonly call the Millennium. (Isaiah 66:23)

Those who keep the Sabbath commandment are promised a special place within the Eternal Kingdom. Those who keep the Sabbaths are promised "a place and a name better than of sons and daughters…an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5-6; 58:13-14)

Because of upbringing, previous religious practices, as well as the customs of our culture and communities, the fact is that most people are inexperienced at keeping any sort of Sabbath (other than attending a church meeting). Especially over the past 30 or 40 years, Western church-goers have become less and less observant of any sort of Sabbath. Even among those who (incorrectly) believe that Sunday is the Sabbath, that day is generally not honored as a day of rest. To be sure, there are many who worship on Sunday – but most of them do not set apart the day to the honour of God. Though they may go to church meeting on Sunday, they stop by the restaurant or the stores on their way home from worshipping. They go to athletic matches, or the amusement park, or the movie theaters in the afternoon or evening of the day that they call the Sabbath.

The fact is that when someone begins go observe the Sabbath of Yahweh, quite often he or she is very inexperienced. Most people have little concept of what it means to observe "the Sabbath day to keep it holy?" As you will see, it means far more than assembling for worship on the Sabbath.

This paper is a summary of our halachah of keeping the weekly Sabbath. (Halachah is a Hebrew word that means 'interpretation' or 'path'. It is how a particular commandment is interpreted and put into practical application.) Though commandments are clearly stated in the scriptures, there is quite often need for interpretation, added explanation, and clarification. Though we can read what the commandment is, we are sometimes left to ponder how to apply it. Sometimes uncertainty or confusion arises regarding how to keep the Sabbath day holy.

For example, the scripture instructs: "Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the Sabbath day." (Exodus 35:3) What does that mean for us in the present? How should those who wish to keep the Sabbath holy understand this commandment? The explanation and interpretation of this commandment is known as the halachah.

Sabbath rules are vague in some instances, or may even seem to be at odds with each other. One purpose for this apparent conflict is to cause us to think, ponder, and pray about the matter.

When two Sabbath rules seem to conflict, we apply the "greater than - less than" principle. For example, the commandment to assemble together with the Saints (believers) is 'greater than' the commandment not to travel on the Sabbath day. Circumstances make the difference. When in doubt, ask!

The Sabbath was made for man. (Mark 2:27) It was made by Yahweh-Elohim on the seventh day of creation. "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:2-3)

Assembling together

·         "The seventh day is…an holy convocation (sacred assembly)…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

·         "Let us...not forsak(e) the assembling of ourselves together..." (Hebrews 10:24-25) (In other words, don’t be like the heathens who break the Lord’s Sabbath)

Rest

·         "The seventh day is the Sabbath of rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

Rest means rest. Rest does not mean work. Building, manufacturing, assembling, and planning projects or commercial pursuits are work. Planting, watering, gathering, cleaning, doing laundry, etc, are also not resting.

We should do that which is uplifting and restful – not tiring.

No Work

"You will work for six days, but the seventh will be a day of complete rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

What is work?

By the strictest definition, breathing is work. Digestion is work. Moving is work. So a halachah regarding work is necessary in relation to Sabbath.

This means no work for yourself…and…not causing others to work for you. This includes employees, children, and those under your control. Just because someone is 'working anyway' such as an employee at a restaurant, does not give us an excuse to eat there on Sabbath.

On the Sabbath we admire and give thanks for the Creation – we don't alter the Creation on the Sabbath.

"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger, that is within thy gates" (Exodus 20:10)

We are to do no work – even in harvest time. (Exodus 34:21) Farmers or gardeners ought not to harvest on the Sabbath.

The Apostles picked corn (barley) to eat one meal, because they were hungy…but did not harvest.

We are commanded, "You will not light a fire on the Sabbath day…" (Exodus 35:3) The key to understanding this instruction is in the word 'light' (or 'kindle' in another translation) – which means to start a fire. The concept behind this is that we ought not begin a new project on Sabbath. The commandment does not prohibit us from having the furnace on in cold weather, or from having a gas hot water heater or stove lit.

Starting an automobile results in internal combustion within the engine. A spark is created, which ignites the mixture of fuel and air, to move the cylinders. This is an example of a 'greater than – less than' halachah. The commandment to assemble together with the saints is greater than the commandment against traveling or starting a car engine. Driving to and from Sabbath meeting is appropriate.

Cooking, on the other hand, should be avoided on the Sabbath. We should do the work of cooking the day before (Exodus 16:23) But warming food that has been previously prepared, serving it, and cleaning up afterward are acceptable.

We are not to plan other activities while it is still Sabbath. (Amos 8:5) On the Sabbath we ought not plan our future work, plan shopping, etc.

We ought not to ask someone for advice that involves his or her occupation on the Sabbath. For example, it is not appropriate to ask a person in the congregation who is a mechanic a question about a problem you are having with your car, on the Sabbath day.

The commandment regarding the weekly Sabbath is for no work of any kind.

On some of the annual Sabbaths, the commandment relates only to servile work. (Servile work is mainly occupational or domestic work.)

The following are ridiculous examples of Sabbath prohibitions among certain Talmudic Jews, past and present. They lost perspective of the purpose of the Torah, and invented unreasonable notions and restrictions.

·         The most conservative of Jews prohibit dragging a chair across the floor because it might form a rut, which would be digging.

·         Taking a bath is forbidden by Jewish sects, because steam rising from the hot water might lift up some dirt, resulting in cleaning – which is work.

·         Orthodox Jews forbid killing a mosquito or other biting insect.

·         Certain Jews have ruled that a radish may be dipped into salt – but not left there too long, because this would begin the pickling and preserving process – which is work.

·         Some Jews have forbidden clapping one's hands on Sabbath.

·         In case of a fire, only that which would be needful on that Sabbath day could be rescued; everything else must be allowed to perish.

·         Orthodox Jews will not carry a handkerchief or eyeglasses on Sabbath, nor wear anything that might need to be taken off later in the day, and have to be carried home from synagogue. If the weather gets warm, for example, it is forbidden to remove one's jacket to be more comfortable.

·         Some Jews will not look in a mirror on Sabbath, lest they see something, such as a gray hair, that they might be tempted to pull.

·         Some sects forbid taking out or putting in of false teeth on Sabbath.

·         Many forbid opening the refrigerator, because a light would turn on.

·         In ancient times, having a bowel movement on Sabbath was considered work. Or, because the latrine was so far outside the city walls, people within the city would have to travel more than a Sabbath day's journey to get there!

·         Thrashing was forbidden – therefore, rubbing heads of barley together in one's hands, as the disciples did, was considered work by some of the Jews in Messiah's time. (Matthew 12:1+)

·         Healing the sick was classified as work by popular Jewish sects in Jesus' day. Picking up and carrying one's sick-bed or crutches was considered to be work.

No Buying or Selling

"They...entered into...an oath to walk in God's law...and to observe and do all the commandments of Yahweh our Lord...and if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals (food) on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the Sabbath..." (Nehemiah 10:29-31)

"Work" actually includes commerce: buying, selling, and trading are each work.

Shopping is planning to buy.

Buying over the Internet, for example, is still buying.

Among the transgressions of backsliding Israel, Nehemiah observed things that they ought not be doing on Sabbath.

"In those days I saw in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles (leaders) of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon our city? …Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath." (Nehemiah 13:15-19)

Carrying a burden is prohibited on Sabbath

This form of work is specifically forbidden in Jeremiah 17:21-22, (and probably also in Exodus 36:6).

While the commandment against carrying a burden refers to literal work, we ought to consider it metaphorically, as well. The Sabbath is a day to lay aside mental and emotional burdens as we gather to study, worship, and praise Yahweh-Elohim.

Sabbath is a state of mind and condition of the heart, as well as an appointed day on the calendar.

Travel

"Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." (Exodus 16:29) The word translated as "place" can mean home, camp, locale or neighborhood.

A Sabbath day's journey is referred to in Matthew 24:20 and Acts 1:12. This was 2000 cubits (which is 0.57 mile) in one direction

Traveling ought to be limited for the purposes of attending church meetings, visiting family, visiting the sick, etc. Traveling out of one's neighborhood ought not to be for the purpose of pursuing other interests on the Sabbath.

"Place" can be interpreted to mean our mental condition or attitude. We ought not to leave the mental attitude of holiness on the Sabbath day.

"If you turn away your foot from...doing your pleasure...not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words..." (Isaiah 58:13)

Sabbath is to be a God-centered day, instead of a self-centered centered day.

This means we are to avoid doing the things that take our minds away from Yahweh-Elohim, away from the commandments, away from the Kingdom of Heaven, etc.

We ought to avoid going places on Sabbath where it is not observed.

We should center our attention, conversation and activities on Yahweh-Elohim.

Participating in secular entertainment should be avoided on Sabbath.

Activities should be focused on fellowship…not on competition. The attention should not be scoring and winning, but on communion and relaxation. Serious competition is striving to win something – which is work.

Playing games is permitted on the Sabbath, depending on the game. For example, Phase 10 is appropriate, but Monopoly (which is based on buying and selling) is not appropriate for the Sabbath.

Regarding Sabbath activities, ask yourself the question: Does this activity result in inappropriate feelings or thoughts? Keeping the Sabbath holy involves the spirit of the Sabbath – which includes our intentions.

We need to avoid attending events or entering places that charge admission (even if we have a free pass).

What about free public places, such as the library or municipal swimming pool? To go to either of those places requires someone else to work – the librarian or the lifeguard. So we ought avoid those types of places on Sabbath

How about listening to radio, watching television or videos, being on the computer, or playing video games? Regardless of the day of the week, we are instructed not to find pleasure watching sinful behavior. (Romans 1:29-32) Radios, televisions and computers are not in and of themselves either evil or good. It is the content that maybe good or evil. The rule against finding pleasure watching wicked behavior restricts us from certain types of programs or games. There is nothing sinful about watching news programs, or wholesome programming or movies. (However, if you derive your income from the stock market, for example, you should not watch a financial news program on Sabbath.)

What about dating on Sabbath? As with other things, it depends upon the context and intent of the date, obviously. Going on a date for a walk in the park is much different than going to dinner at a restaurant and a movie theater, obviously.

Six Days Shalt Thou Work

We are supposed to work six days. It must be remembered that part of the Sabbath commandment deals with work. "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath." (Exodus 20:8-10; 31:15) "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day..." (Exodus 35:2)

Examples of 'exemptions' permitted on Sabbath

Certain occupations and circumstances require aiding or protecting others. This includes medical occupations, emergency services, military, police, etc. (However, the individual should seek to have a balanced schedule – that is, avoiding taking a shift on Sabbath except when it is unnecessary. Whenever circumstances permit, an individual should try to observe the Sabbath as completely as possible.)

The work of the ministry is necessary on Sabbath. Healing on the Sabbath is appropriate. (Matthew 12:10; John 5:5)

Feeding and watering pets or livestock is appropriate. Milking cows is a necessary task on the Sabbath.

"And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift (it) out?" (Matthew 12:11; Luke 13:15)

Emergencies should definitely be attended to on Sabbath.

Work that relates to safety, sanitation, and prevention of wastefulness (such as shutting off a valve to stop a water leak), or preventing loss of property (such as extinguishing a building that is on fire.)

Carrying a baby and a diaper (nappy) bag are exempt from the commandment against carrying burdens. Likewise, changing a diaper (nappy) is a necessary type of work. Naturally, caring for children or the sick should be performed on Sabbath

Cleaning up after eating is most appropriate because it is a sanitary practice.

Acts of personal hygiene are proper, including bathing, brushing teeth, etc.

Staying in a house that is rented is not forbidden (although we are actually 'paying' for that day).

Using electricity or phone is acceptable, because this service is provided automatically.

Whenever any work can be postponed, it should be.

We are commanded to remember the Sabbath day.

This includes remembering to plan for the Sabbath. Planning shopping, work, and other things in order to be prepared for the Sabbath.

'Preparation day' is a title for Friday, because during in it our minds should think ahead to what we need to do to get ready for Sabbath. (There is also a 'preparation day' before the annual appointed Sabbaths, such as Passover.)

How does the death penalty for breaking the Sabbath relate? (Exodus 31:12-17)

This is a perfect example of the 'curse of the law' that Paul wrote of. (Galatians 3:13) Although breaking the Sabbath commandment is still a sin, our repentance and our faith in the Messiah saves us from the penalty of death.

What happens when we decide not to keep Sabbath?

Having understanding of the Sabbath commandment, when we decide not to keep it holy, we are out of covenant. Sabbath breaking is equated with apostasy. (Ezekiel 20)

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven". (Matthew 5:19)

When we disobey the Sabbath commandment, we invite the cursings listed in Deuteronomy 28 into our lives.

There is a penalty for breaking Sabbath. Although it is not the physical death penalty in our day, there is still a penalty for committing sin. Sabbath-breaking is a sin – and the 'wages of sin is death'. Messiah's death pays the penalty of broken laws for those who covenant with Him, and do their best to obey His commandments (and also little children, and those who do not know the law).

As we strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, we must adopt the attitude of being willing to obey. It takes effort and time to rearrange our lifestyle and schedule to comply with Sabbath. Yahweh-Elohim expects us to work toward obedience, and not procrastinate or make excuse.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

Anti-Semitism is Alive and Flourishing In Modern "Christianity"!


The spirit of Anti-Semitism is staging a worldwide revival. Why do so many people hate the Jews? Why do even some of YEHOVAH God's people have a strange fear of  anything "Jewish"? Yeshua the Messiah was a "Jew." Salvation is "of the Jews." Why do so many people today fear and tremble at the thought of being identified with the Jews in any way? 

Today, there is widespread and growing hatred, bigotry, jealousy, strife, enmity, and hostility toward the Jews, both in Europe, amonst the Arab world, and even in the United States of America! Synagogues have been defaced, graves and tombstones in France have been smeared with paint and swaztikas, and graffiti has been scrawled on Jewish buildings, homes, and businesses.

Why is there so much hostility toward the Jews? Even many "Christians," even some in YEHOVAH's Church, ridicule the Jewish people out of ignorance and self-righteousness .

Yet Yeshua the Messiah said, to the contrary, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do" (Matt. 23:2-3).

Centuries ago, YEHOVAH God said to Abraham, our forefather, and the father of the Jews, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that blesseth thee, and curse them that curseth thee..." (Gen. 12:2-3). In a very real sense, those who bless the Jews will be blessed, and those who curse them and revile and reproach them, will suffer the curses of Almighty God! They are the seed of Abraham, and they are special -- for they are the ONLY people that have maintained and preserved the Torah and the LAWS and Word -- the "oracles" -- of Almighty GOD! (Romans 3:1-2).

Clearly, we should BLESS the people of YEHOVAH God, and BLESS the Jews, who have maintained and preserved the holy oracles of YEHOVAH God so that we can obey His commandments and statutes!

The apostle Paul was no anti-Semite. He wrote, "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew" (Rom. 11:1-2). Paul wrote, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."

Paul went on, saying, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Rom. 10:1-3).

Paul loved his brethren after the flesh. He truly sought the conversion and salvation of the Jewish people -- their repentance. He lamented their spiritual blindness. Yet he knew there was a purpose in it all, and that eventually the blindness would be removed.

Paul pointed out, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall t he receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Rom. 11:12-15).

Paul concluded, "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when Ishall take away their sins" (Rom. 11:24-25).

Even though the Jewish people as a whole have not at this juncture accepted the identity of the Messiah, Yeshua of the New Testament, but still remain blinded to this wonderful truth, we must remember that YEHOVAH God can also remove that blindness. Many Jews cannot see the truth of YEHOVAH God regarding the Messiah, today, because of the garbled state of this world's "Christianity" and its perversion of the truth of YEHOVAH God. When they look at "Christianity," they see a religion full of pagan practices derived from the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Babylonians. They see a paganized "Messiah" who is long-haired, effeminate, sallow-complexioned, hanging on a "cross." They also see a "church" which has persecuted Jews, down through the centuries, forcing them to convert or be tortured, confess "Christ" or die on the rack! Some of the most vicious, savage persecution meted out against the Jews historically has come from supposed "Christians" and "Catholics" in Europe!

Nevertheless, YEHOVAH God will bring the Jews back to Jerusalem and Israel, and He will open their eyes and minds to the glory of Yeshua the Messiah! Zechariah the prophet wrote: "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn" (Zech. 12:10-11).

Why, then, is there so much hatred and virulent hostility toward the Jews in the Christian-professing world, and even among the off-shoots of the Worldwide Church of God?

An Overview of Anti-Semitism

The truth is, the spirit of anti-Semitism is the spirit of Antichrist! This is the same spirit and attitude as that of Antiochus Epiphanes, who viciously persecuted the Jews in 167-164 B.C., because they would not conform to the prevaling worldview of Hellenism and Greek religious philosophy. Those who held on to the Torah and Law of YEHOVAH God were hunted down, tortured, killed, and their property confiscated.

The attitude of the Antichrist was summed up by Emperor Constantine in the fourth century of the present era. He exhorted the so-called nominal "Christians" of the visible church, with its headquarters at Rome, in the council of Nicea in 325 A.D. to establish a worldwide church free from any and all vestiges and influences of the Jews. His attitude was distinctly hostile and full of venom and hatred of everything Jewish. He wrote in a conciliar letter:

"It appeared an unholy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast that we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of the soul...Let us then have NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THE DETESTABLE JEWISH CROWD: For we have received of our Saviour a different way...Strive and pray continually that the purity of your souls may not seem in any thing to be SULLIED BY FELLOWSHIIP with these most wicked men...All should unite in demanding that which sound reason appears to demand, and AVOIDING ALL PARTICIPATION IN THE PERJURED CONDUCT of the Jews" (Eusebius, Life of Constantine, 3, 18-19, NPNF, 2nd, I, p. 524-525).

Writes Dr. Samuel Bacchiocchi in From Sabbath to Sunday, a fascinating study of the origin of Sunday worship, and the history of the early Church:

"The anti-Judaic motivation for the repudiation of the Jewish reckoning of Passover could not have been expressed more explicitly and forcefully than in the letter of Constantine. Nicaea represents the culmination of a controversy initiated two centuries earlier and motivated by strong anti-Judaic feelings and one which had Rome as its epicenter" (p. 206).

The spirit of hostility to the truth and people of YEHOVAH God is an age-old spirit -- it is the spirit of Satan the devil, who hates the ways of YEHOVAH God (John 8:44). He reviles the things of YEHOVAH, and tramples on that which is holy. The carnal mind of man follows him in rebellion and enmity against the laws of YEHOVAH God (Rom. 8:7).

However, the spirit of YEHOVAH God LOVES the things of YEHOVAH, the people of YEHOVAH, and the TRUTHS and LAWS of YEHOVAH God (Acts 5:32; Rom. 5:5; I John 5:3).

As Paul wrote to the Gentile Ephesians, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19). Paul wrote to the Galatians, likewise, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:28-29).

"Salvation Is of the JEWS"

Yeshua the Messiah, our Saviour and Messiah, of course, was a Jew. He was descended from king David, himself a Jew, of the tribe of Judah. The apostle Paul wrote in the book of Hebrews, "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood" (Heb. 7:14). He is called "the lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5-6). He "came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

Yeshua told the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria, "YE worship ye know not what: WE know what WE worship: for SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS " (John 4:22). The apostle Paul wrote further, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).

Do these comments suggest in any way that true Christians should repudiate the Jews, or have nothing to do with them? Salvation itself, Yeshua says, comes THROUGH them!

The original Church of YEHOVAH God, founded at Pentecost on 31 A.D., with the coming of the holy spirit, was composed overwhelmingly of JEWISH people, primarily those who had followed or were considered Pharisees (Acts 2:15) -- "devout men, out of every nation under heaven" who were assembled that year in Jerusalem for the holy day of Pentecost or Shavuot! Since the public Temple Pentecost services were conducted according to the rules and customs of the Pharisees, these "devout" men were diligent observers of the LAWS of YEHOVAH God, as taught by the Pharisees! They were, therefore, observant JEWS!

Should YEHOVAH's people today FEAR to be looked upon by others, or apostacizing church members, or friends or former associates, as "Jews" because they observe the SAME HOLY DAYS as the Jews do? YEHOVAH God forbid! Yeshua the Messiah himself observed the same days, and taught us to do so, following in his footsteps (I Pet. 2:21; I John 2:6). Yeshua is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He will observe the SAME holy days in you today that he observed 1900 years ago, in the days of his flesh (Gal. 2:20) -- and none other!!!

The apostle Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was not ashamed of being looked upon as 'Jewish." He said, "Follow ME, as I follow Christ " (I Cor. 11:2). He wrote, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach " (Heb. 13:12-13). David wrote, prophetically of Christ, "Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children [not just physical family, but other "church members"!]. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me" (Psalm 69:7-9).

Suffering Reproach

The apostle Paul applied this to the Messiah, saying, "For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me" (Rom. 15:3). If being looked upon as a "Jew" causes you embarrassment and shame, then perhaps you should consider the words of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, "For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (I Tim. 4:10).

Likewise, Peter wrote, "If ye be REPROACHED for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you" (I Pet. 4:14). "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him NOT BE ASHAMED; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (I Pet. 4:16-18).

True Christians should not be ashamed of being called "Jew," "Jewish," or any epithet, which identifies them with the customs and LAWS of YEHOVAH God as revealed in the Torah, the Scriptures, and the entire Word of the living GOD. Paul wrote, to the contrary, "For he is not Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God" (Rom. 2:28-29).

We should not be ashamed of being looked upon as "Jewish" merely because we TRULY follow in the footsteps of Yeshua the Messiah, who was a TRUE JEW in every way. The apostle Paul wrote, "What advantage therefore hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the ORACLES OF GOD" (Rom. 3:1-2).

The apostle Paul refers to the Jews as "the natural branches" of YEHOVAH God's olive tree (Rom. 11:16-24), and Gentiles as "a wild olive tree, grafted in among them" (verse 17). We should not despise or look down our noses at the "natural branches," but rejoice that together we can stand by faith and obedience to YEHOVAH God, through His holy spirit!

Getting Back to Our "Jewish" Roots!

Those of us who truly desire to follow the Messiah, and the apostles, and recapture the faith which was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), need to re-examine our attitudes toward the Jews and the things regarded as "Jewish." Ignorance creates fear. But as the old song goes, "To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him." To really get to know the Jews, is to LOVE them. To live in ignorance and fear of them, is to grow in hatred, hostility, enmity, and folly.

The day is coming, very soon now, when as the prophet Zechariah foretold, that the whole attitude of the world will change toward the Jews. Zechariah declared:

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of HIM THAT IS A JEW, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that GOD IS WITH YOU" (Zech. 8:20-23).

If we are truly converted people, then in YEHOVAH God's sight we are "true Jews."  The truth of the Hebrew Roots does not deny either the laws and commandments of YEHOVAH God, the Torah, nor does it deny the Messianic aspect of  the Hebrew Roots and our Hebrew Messiah Yeshua and His message -- and its fulfillment in the Messiah, Yeshua! Hebrew is the language and DNA of our God and Messiah Yeshua, and that DNA is in all of us, whether you want to recognize that or not. So if you are indeed a "true Jew," then rejoice -- for your name is written in Heaven and in the Book of Life! Amen! 

 In Yeshua Messiah’s Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

An Overview of the Festivals of Messiah Yeshua

UNDERSTANDING THE FEASTS

       The festivals are blueprints through which G-d revealed His overall plan of redemption for both man and the earth following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden) as well as the role that the Messiah (Yeshua) would play in that redemption. The festivals are divided into two major portions, depending upon whether they occur in the spring or the fall. The spring festivals teach about the first coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the fall festivals teach about the second coming of the Messiah Yeshua. In Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 it is written, "...His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." The "latter and former rain" in this passage is commonly interpreted and understood to be the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). This is indeed a valid interpretation and application; however, the former and latter rain also refers to the first and second coming of the Messiah (Yeshua).

      G-d set up the festivals in an agricultural context. G-d gave the natural for us to understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47). During the course of the year, the rains come in Israel at two primary times--the spring and the fall. If we cross-reference Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 with Joel (Yoel) 2:23, we see that the former rain is the Hebrew word moreh which means "teacher," and the word moderately in Joel 2:23, is the Hebrew word tzedakah, which means "righteousness." The teacher of righteousness was a term for the Messiah. Yeshua (Jesus) was the teacher of righteousness sent by G-d as can be seen in John (Yochanan) 3:2. Yeshua was sent by G-d to the earth to faithfully teach us righteousness, just as G-d faithfully sends us the rain (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 55:10-11). The harvest (believers in the Messiah) is the product that the rain (the Messiah) produces.

      In Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "......the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations...." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:2,4 is miqra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that G-d gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because G-d gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what G-d was teaching us by these rehearsals. The purpose of this book is to show how the "rehearsals" teach us about the real events in the redemption and the role of the Messiah (Yeshua) in these events.

      In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, G-d instructed the people to come to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three times a year to observe the feasts. As they came, they observed ceremonies given by G-d that were performed in both the temple (Beit HaMikdash) and the home. These ceremonies were twofold in nature. They looked forward and they looked backward. Many of these ceremonies and the specific instructions concerning what was done during these feasts and how they were done can be found in the Mishnah, the oral teaching of Judaism, in the section called Mo'ed. The Mishnah is divided into six orders. Each order is divided into tractates, or different sections of each order. The order called Mo'ed speaks of the festivals. Mo'ed, which we saw earlier means "an appointed time," has two meanings. First, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, the Jewish people have an appointment to be at a specific place (Jerusalem) at a specific time (the time of the three major pilgrimage festivals). Secondly, G-d has an appointment to perform certain events in the redemption at this time. There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the seven great festivals of the L-rd:

1.     All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic.

2.     All of the festivals teach about the Messiah (Yeshua), or Jesus.

3.     All of the festivals are agricultural in context.

4.     All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with G-d and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.

      It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of G-d; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of G-d.

OVERVIEW OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS

      The four spring festivals are Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), First Fruits (Bikkurim), and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

1.     Passover (Pesach) occurs in the first month of the religious calendar (Aviv, also called Nisan), on the fourteenth day, Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:5.

2.     Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) immediately follows the first day of Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first month (Aviv/Nisan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:6-8).

3.     The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest (Bikkurim) is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). It will always be the day following the weekly sabbath, the first day of the week (Yom Rishon), which we call Sunday (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:9-11). Anciently, on this day, sheaves of barley were waved before the L-rd in a prescribed ceremony. Today, this festival is not observed in traditional Judaism.

4.     The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is also known as Pentecost. Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the counting of the omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) or Pentecost (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word that literally means "fiftieth.")

      These four spring festivals are joined together as an interrelated unit. The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion or atzeret to Passover. The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.

The Exodus Story: From Pesach to Shavuot

      Pesach (Passover) begins in Egypt (Mitzrayim) (a type of the world), where the children of Israel had become slaves. When the children of Israel cried out to G-d to remember the promises He made to Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak), and Jacob (Ya'akov), G-d called forth a deliverer named Moses (Moshe). G-d told Moses (Moshe) that He was going to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt (Mitzrayim) to the Promised Land (Exodus [Shemot] 3:8). When G-d sent Moses (Moshe) to Pharaoh, G-d did not tell Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land. Instead, G-d only instructed Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to take a three-day journey into the wilderness to make a sacrifice to G-d (Exodus [Shemot] 3:18). Moses (Moshe) obeyed G-d's instructions exactly as can be seen in Exodus (Shemot) 5:1-3. Pharaoh's first deviance of the Almighty One of Israel was his refusal to allow the people of G-d to observe a feast and to sacrifice to Him!

      After a remarkable series of plagues inflicted on Egypt (Mitzrayim) because of Pharaoh's continued stubbornness, the children of Israel were finally released to leave Egypt laden with the spoils of the Egyptians. The children of Israel came to the banks of the Red Sea on the seventeenth day of Aviv/Nisan, which is three days after the day of Passover in the first month of the religious calendar. The Passover Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan and the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim) before midnight in the evening of the fifteenth after the death angel struck the firstborn of Egypt (Mitzrayim). When Pharaoh saw that the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, he foolishly decided to pusue them with his army (Exodus [Shemot] 14:1-9). The children of Israel became afraid, but Moses (Moshe) rose up and said, as it is written, "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation [Yeshooah in Hebrew], of the Lord..." (Exodus [Shemot] 14:13). Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means salvation or Savior (Matthew [Mattityahu] 1:21).

      At this point, the sea divided and the children of Israel crossed the floor of the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army, along with Pharaoh, pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned (Exodus [Shemot] 14:26-28; 15:4,19). The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6,12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-32; Hebrews 1:3).

      It is important to note that Pharaoh, along with his army, drowned in the sea. In the days of Joseph (Yosef), there was a famine in Israel and the children of Israel went down to Egypt (Mitzrayim) and gave themselves to rulership under Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh had legal ownership over the people. This ownership could be broken only by the death of Pharaoh, thus freeing the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. Because of this fact, G-d did not violate His word to Pharaoh through Moses (Moshe) when he asked Pharaoh to let the people go on a three-day journey into the wilderness, but later continued to go to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh died, his rulership over the children of Israel was legally broken and the people were free to go to the Promised Land. For this reason, the season of Passover (Pesach) is called "The Feast of Our Freedom".

      Spiritually speaking, Pharaoh is a type of satan (Ha satan). Until you accept the Messiah (Yeshua) into your life, Satan (Ha satan) has legal ownership over you. By the death of Yeshua (Jesus), the legal ownership that satan (Ha satan) has over our lives is broken and we are free to enter into the spiritual promised land of G-d and receive all the promises that He has promised us.

Fifty Days From the Red Sea: Shavuot (Pentecost)

      From the crossing of the Red Sea (Nisan 17) to the day Moses (Moshe) met G-d on Mount Sinai were 47 days. For 47 days the children of Israel traveled through the wildemess before they came to Mount Sinai on the third day of the third month (Sivan) (Exodus [Shemot] 19:1). G-d instructed the people through Moses (Moshe) to sanctify themselves before He visited them three days later on Mount Sinai, which would be the sixth day of the third month of Sivan (Exodus [Shemot] 19:10-11). This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Red Sea; it came to be known as the revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai. This day being the fiftieth day from the crossing of the Red Sea on Nisan 17 would be the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

      Therefore, from the Exodus story, we can see that the Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan, the day of Passover (Pesach). On the fifteenth of Nisan, the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), the people left Egypt; on the seventeenth of Nisan the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; and 50 days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost, G-d gave the Torah (instruction) on Mount Sinai. In the following chapters, we will see how Yeshua (Jesus) died on Passover (Pesach) (Nisan 14), was in the sepulcher on the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) (Nisan 15), and was resurrected on the day of First Fruits (Bikkurim) (Nisan 17), and the Holy Spirit empowered the believers 50 days following Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). We will also discover what these feasts mean to the individual believer and how they relate to our personal relationship with G-d.

FALL FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

      The fall festival season begins with a 40-day period called, in Hebrew, Teshuvah, which means "to repent or return." This 40-day period begins in the sixth month of the religious calendar, the month of Elul, and concludes on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. Each morning in the synagogue following the morning prayers, a shofar is blown (except on sabbaths and the day preceding Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets). Psalm (Tehillim) 27 is read every day. Rosh HaShanah is the thirtieth day into this 40-day period of Teshuvah or repentance. The biblical name for Rosh HaShanah is Yom Teruah, which means "the day of the awakening blast." Non-Jews call this the Feast of Trumpets. It is observed on the seventh month (Tishrei) and the first day of the month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:23-24). G-d gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more. This day is both the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Yom Kippur. Therefore, the last 10 days of the 40-day period of Teshuvah, beginning on Elul 1, is also called the High Holy Days.

      The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishrei 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2,13). The seven-day period from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im). G-d gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth (Chevlai shel Mashiach). These seven days will correspond to the seven years of the tribulation known in Hebrew as the "birthpangs of the Messiah" (Chevlai shel Mashiach).

      Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is observed on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:26-32). Since Rosh Hashanah teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah and the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation (Chevlai shel Mashiach), Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of the Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

      The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is observed the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei to the twenty-first day. This festival teaches us the joy of the Messianic Kingdom, known in Hebrew as the Athid Lavo or to non-Jews as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishrei, the last day of Sukkot, is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:36) and is the twenty-second day of Tishrei.

      Another festival called Simchat Torah is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means "rejoicing" in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah." In ancient times, this festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishrei, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as "one long day." It is only one of two instances in the biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as one long day. The other is Rosh HaShanah, which spans the first and second days of Tishrei. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by G-d to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.

FEASTS OF THE L-RD

Biblical/Hebrew Name - English Name - Time of Observance

1. Pesach - Passover - Nisan/Aviv 14


2. Hag HaMatzah - Feast of Unleavened Bread - Nisan/Aviv 15-21


3. Bikkurim - First Fruits of Barley Harvest - The morrow after the sabbath during Hag HaMatzah


4. Shavuot - Feast of Weeks/Pentecost - Fifty days from the Feast of First Fruits


5. Yom Teruah - Feast of Trumpets - Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah)


6. Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement - Tishrei 10


7. Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles/Booths - Tishrei 15-21


a. Shemini Atzeret - The eighth assembly/conclusion - Tishrei 22

b. Simchat Torah - Rejoicing in the Torah - Tishrei 23

HISTORICAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                              HISTORICAL ASPECT


1. Passover    -       Israel's deliverance out of Egyptian bondage (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The going out of Egypt (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits  -     Crossing the Red Sea (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost     -    Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai  (Shavuot)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -    Blowing the Shofar/Jewish New Year  (Yom Teruah)


6. Day of Atonement  -  Priest entered the Holy of Holies (Yom Kippur) Cleansing of the people's sins


7. Tabernacles   -    Entering the Promised Land/Great Rejoicing (Sukkot)

MESSIANIC APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                   MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT


1. Passover    -       Death of Yeshua on the tree (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The Burial of Yeshua  (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits   -    Resurrection of Yeshua  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost         Pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)  (Shavuot) on Shavuot (Acts 2)


5. Rosh HaShanah   -  The Resurrection of the Dead /(Yom Teruah)  Rapture (Natzal) of believers


6. Day of Atonement  - The Day of Messiah's Second Coming (Zech 14:4) (Yom Kippur)      


7. Tabernacles   -     The Messianic Era/Millennium (Sukkot) (Athid Lavo)

   SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

         FEAST                                     SPIRITUAL APPLICATION ( Halacha )


1. Passover   --  Repent (Teshuvah) and trust by faith (Emunah)   (Pesach)  n the shed blood of Yeshua


2. Unleavened Bread  --  Sanctification and separation from evil represented (Hag HaMatzah) by water immersion (Mikvah)


3. First Fruits   --   Walking (Halacha) in newness of life  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost    --   Immersion in the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot)  and growing in faith (Emunah) in G-d

                            (making spiritual aliyah)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -- Hear (Shema) the calling (Shofar) of (Yom Teruah) for our lives      


6. Day of Atonement  --  Yielding ourselves to G-d so we may live (face to face)  (Yom Kippur)  in His Presence


7. Tabernacles   --  A daily rest (shabbat) in the Messiah and (Sukkot) having the rest (menuchah) of His Kingdom in our hearts

Hope and pray this teaching has blessed your heart and will guide you to a fuller life with your savior Yeshua Messiah!

In His Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014


Vanity Another Characteristics of an Orphan Spirit




• When a person seeks public accolades for achievements or accomplishments, they are seeking worldly approval and showing that they desire to be seen of men. This is vain glory because we should not do anything as believers to receive glory. Gal. 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one, envying one another.


• Sure, people may desire to recognize us, celebrate us, or promote our ability or even tell of our accomplishments, but when we do it, it's vanity! Eccl. 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.


• Being blessed of God is one thing, but using it to get attention is another. We should always esteem our brothers and sisters higher than ourselves, so this means that we cannot increase ourselves in the eyes of others. Phil. 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

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For the past few weeks I have been teaching on the subject of “An Orphaned Spirit” You do not want to miss the upcoming message that God is revealing to us!

John 14:5-14 – Yeshua Messiah is the way to the Father and His Kingdom!

Romans 8:12-17 – Those who are led by the spirit are sons of God !

When we are adopted into the family of God it is a permanent change. It alters our identity and gives a permanent security in belonging to this new family.

An orphan spirit causes us to lose our self-identity!  This the reflection of Islam and produces a constant need to “find ourselves” and to know our own value.

Orphans become desperate to establish their own identity without the aid of others. An orphan spirit leads to a need to be totally intendant. It causes us to push others away even when they are offering much-needed help

Characteristics of an orphan spirit: 

A feeling that should only get what has been earnedRelies only on self (not willing to have hope in God)Distrust of othersUpset/Angry when other are praised because it is seen as a threat to own successEasily Offended Unable to set down rootsGoes from Church to Church and unable to adapt to a true spiritual teacher and leader

Adoption provides an inheritance and an identity. The orphan spirit is seeking a reference for how to define itself but adoption meets this need.

An orphan’s primary focus is survival. An orphan spirit makes a person overly competitive and highly sensitive to any criticism.

Matthew 10:27-31 – We are highly valued by God

The kingdom focus is one where we operate in power and authority and peace. We are designed to live in authority and not from a lowly attitude.

 I urge you to not to miss the Part 3 “The Origin of an Orphan Spirit” this coming Sabbath February 22, 2014!

 In this series I will  also reveal the Spirit of Islam which is actually rooted in the Orphan Spirit! You will see how this will play in the coming days, and God is revealing it in His Word !

  So please come and learn what God is revealing to us! Remember  God will reveal from the beginning what will happen in the end!!!!Isaiah 46:10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)


10 At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do.

In His service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

Breaking the soul ties of an Orphan’s Spirit

Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of the sin of ___________ (name the sin which caused the evil soul tie, such as adultery or fornication), and I ask that you forgive me of this sin.

[Now is a good time to destroy or get rid of any physical gifts or other objects that could hold the soul tie together, such as a gift given in an adultery, etc. Anything that could hold the bond together between you and that person.]

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all unholy soul ties formed between ___________ (name the person) and myself, through the sin of ____________ (name the sin which caused the evil soul tie, such as adultery or fornication).

I now command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of this unholy soul tie to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

(Repeat this prayer if you have more than one evil soul tie to break)

Renouncing ungodly vows

Heavenly Father, I repent and renounce the vow I made to ____________ (name the demon or person, or even God, that you made the vow to) to preform ______________ (describe what the vow entailed). I realize this was foolish and rash on my behalf, and I ask that you will forgive me and release me from the bondage that this vow has brought me under.

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and nullify the vow to ________________  preform ___________, and I confess that I am released from this vow and it's bondage in Yeshuas' name.

I now command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of this unholy vow to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

(Repeat this prayer if you have more than one unholy vow to break)

Renounce involvement with unhealthy (demonic) music

Heavenly Father, I confess that I used to listen to unhealthy demonic music. I ask that you will forgive and cleanse me from this sin.

In the name of Yeshua, and through the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all soul ties that have been formed between myself and the unhealthy music (name specific songs and artists/groups if possible) I used to listen to and enjoy, as well as any soul ties formed between myself and the artists and groups (name them specifically if possible) and demonic influences that have produced these unhealthy songs and music.

In Yeshuas' name, I also renounce, break and nullify any curses that I may have come under as a result of listening to he unhealthy music I used to listen to and enjoy.

In the name of Yeshua, I now command all evil spirits to leave me that have taken advantage of these soul ties I have just renounced. In the name of Yeshua, I also renounce and command any evil spirits that have taken advantage of any curses that I have come under as a result of listening to unhealthy music to leave me now in Yeshuas’ name! I also renounce and command any evil spirits that have entered me through my listening to this unhealthy music to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

Breaking generational curses

In the name of Yeshua My Messiah , I confess the sins and iniquities of my parents to the tenth generation (name specific sins if known), grandparents (name specific sins if known), and all other ancestors.

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all cords of iniquity and generational curses I have inherited from my parents, grandparents and all other ancestors and break and sever all unholy soul ties formed between myself and my parents, grandparents and all other ancestors.

In the name of Yeshua, I now loose myself and my future generations from any bondages passed down to me from my ancestors and I command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of these cords of iniquity, generational curses and unholy soul ties to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 8th, 2012


Before you begin please understand that the knowing the Hebrew Roots of your
faith is not about Judaism, or becoming a Jew! It's about learning the true
language of the Spirit of God, and knowing His thoughts, His mind. Remember
Judaism became a religion just like many other religions.
The Hebrew roots of your faith is truly knowing who is Yeshua/Jesus our
Messiah and Lord!
Also,remember the Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrews too Hebrews. The
word Hebrew means:
"crossover" crossover from what? Pagan Idolatry Worship, this is how our
Holy God will judge the church in the end of days! Hope you learn from this
teaching, and your eyes to the Spirit of God be truly open! Amen!

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez


>> Why do you need the Hebraic Roots of your faith?
>>
>> Why should you care what the original language of the "New Testament"
>> was?
>>
>> Because Messianic Jewish Scholars have admitted that Messianic
>> Judaism's highest authority must be the Bible/Torah and that it must
>> be objectively understood in context of the original language in which it
was revealed.
>> Messianic Leader Daniel Juster writes:
>>
>> It is crucial to understand that the highest authority and court
>> of appeal for all teaching in Messianic Judaism is the Bible.
>> However, what a person understands the Bible to teach varies
>> from reader to reader. . The only objective means of sorting
>> varying interpretations is to understand Scripture in context.
>> . part of the context for better understanding is the original
>> language of revelation (Hebrew or Greek).
>> (Jewish Roots; Dan Juster; p. 158; 1995)
>>
>> Moreover Messianic Jewish Scholar David Stern admits that at least
>> portions of the New Testament were originally written in Hebrew or
>> Aramaic and can only be properly understood by turning to the
>> original Hebrew and Aramaic itself:
>>
>> .a number of scholars. believe that portions of the New Testament
>> were written in Hebrew or Aramaic. this case has been made for
>> all four Gospels, Acts, Revelation and several of the General
>> Letters..
>> In fact. some phrases in the New Testament make no sense unless
>> one reaches through the Greek to the underlying Hebrew
>> expressions.
>> (Jewish New Testament; Introduction; David Stern; p. xvii;
>> 1989)
>>
>> In fact various scholars have made the case for a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> rather than Greek origin for each and every portion of the New Testament:
>>
>> When we turn to the New Testament we find that
>> there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John
>> and for the apocalypse.
>> (Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text of St.
>> Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii)
>>
>> I. THE GOSPELS
>>
>> The material of our Four Gospels is all Palestinian, and the
>> language in which it was originally written is Aramaic,
>> then the principal language of the land..."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p. ix)
>>
>> The pioneer in this study of Aramaic and Greek relationships was
>> Charles Cutler Torrey (1863-1956),... His work however
>> fell short
>> of completeness; as a pioneering effort, in the nature
>> of the case,
>> some of his work has to be revised and supplemented.
>> His main
>> contention of translation, however, is undeniably correct.

>> ...
>>
>> The translation into Greek from Aramaic must have been made from
>> a written record, including the Fourth Gospel. The
>> language was
>> Eastern Aramaic, as the material itself revealed, most
>> strikingly
>> through a comparison of parallel passages. ...
>>
>> One group [of scholars], which originated in the
>> nineteenth century
>> and persists to the present day [1979], contends that
>> the Gospels
>> were written in Greek...
>>
>> Another group of scholars, among them C. C. Torrey ...
>> comes out flatly
>> with the proposition that the Four Gospels...
>> including Acts up to 15:35
>> are translated directly from Aramaic and from a
>> written Aramaic text....
>>
>> My own researches have led me to consider Torrey's
>> position
>> valid and convincing that the Gospels as a whole were translated
>> from Aramaic into Greek.
>> (Frank Zimmerman; The Aramaic Origin of the Four
>> Gospels; KTAV; 1979)
>>
>> A. MATTHEW
>>
>> ...certain linguistic proofs... seem to show that the Hebrew
>> text [of DuTillet Matthew] underlies the Greek, and that certain
>> renderings in the Greek may be due to a misread Hebrew
>> original.
>> (An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew's Gospel; Hugh Schonfield;
>> 1927, p. 17)
>>
>> B. MARK
>> Some years ago I came to the conclusion that a new Hebrew
>> translation of the New Testament was badly needed... I
>> chose
>> the Gospel of Mark... preliminary study of the Greek text of Mark
>> turned up the conclusion that the Greek word order and
>> idiom was
>> more like Hebrew than literary Greek... I wondered if
>> the Gospel
>> might not be a literal translation from some Semitic
>> original.
>> (Robert Lisle Lindsey; A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel
>> of Mark; p. 9)
>>
>> C. LUKE
>> In regard to [Greek] Lk. it remains to be said, that
>> of all the Four
>> Gospels it is the one which gives by far the plainest
>> and most
>> constant evidence of being a translation [from Aramaic]."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p.
>> lix)
>>
>> D. JOHN
>> Thus it was that the writer turned seriously to tackle the
>> question of the original language of the Fourth
>> Gospel; and
>> quickly convincing himself that the theory of an
>> original Aramaic
>> document was no chimera, but a fact which was capable
>> of the
>> fullest verification...
>> (Charles Fox Burney; The Aramaic Origin of the Fourth
>> Gospel; 1922; p. 3)
>>
>> II. THE APOSTLES
>>
>> A. ACTS
>>
>> ...the presence of Semitisms... in Acts once again
>> raises the
>> whole question of its composition.
>> (Max Wilcox; The Semitisms of Acts; 1965; p. 157)
>>
>> The ultimately Semitic nature of the traditions
>> enshrined in a
>> number of parts of the New Testament- especially in
>> Acts- must
>> not be underestimated or otherwise left out of account."
>> (ibid; p. 185)
>>
>>
>> B. THE EPISTLES
>>
>> 1. The General Epistles
>>
>> ...a number of scholars,... believe that portions of
>> the New
>> Testament were written in Hebrew or Aramaic... this
>> case has been
>> made for... the General Letters."
>> (David Stern; Jewish New Testament; 1989; p. xvii)
>>
>> 2. Pauline Epistles
>>
>> The Pauline Epistles were letters written by Paul to small
>> Christian congregations in Asia Minor, Greece and Rome.
>> These
>> early Christians were mostly Jews of the Dispersion,
>> men and women
>> of Hebrew origin. Paul on his journeys always spoke in
>> the Jewish
>> synagogues. His first converts were Hebrews. Then came
>> Arameans...
>> Paul emphasizes Hebrew law and history. He refers to Abraham,
>> Isaac, and Jacob as our fathers. In his letters and
>> teaching he
>> appeals to the Jewish people to accept Jesus as the
>> promised
>> Messiah. Paul's mission was first to his own people...
>> Paul was
>> educated in Jewish law in Jerusalem. He was a member
>> of the
>> Jewish Council. His native language was western
>> Aramaic but he
>> acquired his education through Hebrew and Chaldean or
>> Palestinian
>> Aramaic... He defended himself when on trial in the
>> Hebrew tongue.
>> Acts 22:2... Very early the Epistles were translated
>> into Greek
>> for the use of converts who spoke Greek. Later they were
>> translated into all tongues."
>> (George M. Lamsa; The New Testament according to the
>> Eastern Text; 1940; pp. xi-xii)
>>
>> C. REVELATION
>>
>> ...the Book of Revelation was written in a Semitic language, and
>> the Greek translation... is a remarkably close
>> rendering of the
>> original."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Documents of the Primitive
>> Church; 1941; p. 160)
>>
>> We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse
>> as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...
>> (RBY Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse
>> 1928; p. 6)
>>
>>
>> The HRV "New Testament" text is taken from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic
>> manuscripts. (Shem Tob, DuTillet and Muster Hebrew Matthew; Munster
>> Hebrew Hebrews; The Old Syriac Aramaic Gospels; The Aramaic Peshitta
>> NT and the Crawford Aramaic Revelation.)
>>
>> Unlike most translations this edition is not rooted in a Greek
>> Hellenistic text. Instead this translation seeks to understand the
>> text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was
>> originally
>> written: Hebrew and Aramaic. This is important because there are
>> some passages in the NT which do not make sense at all in Greek, but
>> only begin to make sense when we look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.
> I urge you to study your Hebrew Roots of your faith and get the
> Complete Jewish Bible or the Restoration Scriptures, it will change
> your life and your walk with Yeshua your Messiah. Now this coming week
> May 6th 2006, I will be teaching Part 2 of "The Spirit of Adoption" it
> will change your life. If you have ever felt that you have been
> fighting Stagnation and not able to have spiritual breakthroughs then
> you must receive this message into your heart! Learn it through the
> Hebrew Mindset and be truly set free! I urge you, don't miss this
> coming service and teaching on "The Spirit of Adoption" Part 2, and
> get Part 1 now, just call our office 813
> 968-4896 or 813 264-4714 or email us. Better yet, join the tape of the
> month club called "Daily Manna" and receive 8 Tapes every month for
> $30.00. You will receive the weekly Tuesday Night Torah Teachings and
> our Teachings on Shabatt, including the teachings of the book of
> Revelation. I pray that you truly be spirtually blessed, and please
> continue to pray for Yahweh's Favor for the Relationship Enrichment
> Center, that the Holy Spirit will continue to bring His people to
> learn there Hebrew Roots and who are hungry the truth of His word. Amen!
Subject: Why study the Hebrew Roots?

Before you begin please understand that the knowing the Hebrew Roots of your
faith is not about Judaism, or becoming a Jew! It's about learning the true
language of the Spirit of God, and knowing His thoughts, His mind. Remember
Judaism became a religion just like many other religions.
The Hebrew roots of your faith is truly knowing who is Yeshua/Jesus our
Messiah and Lord!
Also,remember the Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrews too Hebrews. The
word Hebrew means:
"crossover" crossover from what? Pagan Idolatry Worship, this is how our
Holy God will judge the church in the end of days! Hope you learn from this
teaching, and your eyes to the Spirit of God be truly open! Amen!

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez


>> Why do you need the Hebraic Roots of your faith?
>>
>> Why should you care what the original language of the "New Testament"
>> was?
>>
>> Because Messianic Jewish Scholars have admitted that Messianic
>> Judaism's highest authority must be the Bible/Torah and that it must
>> be objectively understood in context of the original language in which it
was revealed.
>> Messianic Leader Daniel Juster writes:
>>
>> It is crucial to understand that the highest authority and court
>> of appeal for all teaching in Messianic Judaism is the Bible.
>> However, what a person understands the Bible to teach varies
>> from reader to reader. . The only objective means of sorting
>> varying interpretations is to understand Scripture in context.
>> . part of the context for better understanding is the original
>> language of revelation (Hebrew or Greek).
>> (Jewish Roots; Dan Juster; p. 158; 1995)
>>
>> Moreover Messianic Jewish Scholar David Stern admits that at least
>> portions of the New Testament were originally written in Hebrew or
>> Aramaic and can only be properly understood by turning to the
>> original Hebrew and Aramaic itself:
>>
>> .a number of scholars. believe that portions of the New Testament
>> were written in Hebrew or Aramaic. this case has been made for
>> all four Gospels, Acts, Revelation and several of the General
>> Letters..
>> In fact. some phrases in the New Testament make no sense unless
>> one reaches through the Greek to the underlying Hebrew
>> expressions.
>> (Jewish New Testament; Introduction; David Stern; p. xvii;
>> 1989)
>>
>> In fact various scholars have made the case for a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> rather than Greek origin for each and every portion of the New Testament:
>>
>> When we turn to the New Testament we find that
>> there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John
>> and for the apocalypse.
>> (Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text of St.
>> Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii)
>>
>> I. THE GOSPELS
>>
>> The material of our Four Gospels is all Palestinian, and the
>> language in which it was originally written is Aramaic,
>> then the principal language of the land..."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p. ix)
>>
>> The pioneer in this study of Aramaic and Greek relationships was
>> Charles Cutler Torrey (1863-1956),... His work however
>> fell short
>> of completeness; as a pioneering effort, in the nature
>> of the case,
>> some of his work has to be revised and supplemented.
>> His main
>> contention of translation, however, is undeniably correct.

>> ...
>>
>> The translation into Greek from Aramaic must have been made from
>> a written record, including the Fourth Gospel. The
>> language was
>> Eastern Aramaic, as the material itself revealed, most
>> strikingly
>> through a comparison of parallel passages. ...
>>
>> One group [of scholars], which originated in the
>> nineteenth century
>> and persists to the present day [1979], contends that
>> the Gospels
>> were written in Greek...
>>
>> Another group of scholars, among them C. C. Torrey ...
>> comes out flatly
>> with the proposition that the Four Gospels...
>> including Acts up to 15:35
>> are translated directly from Aramaic and from a
>> written Aramaic text....
>>
>> My own researches have led me to consider Torrey's
>> position
>> valid and convincing that the Gospels as a whole were translated
>> from Aramaic into Greek.
>> (Frank Zimmerman; The Aramaic Origin of the Four
>> Gospels; KTAV; 1979)
>>
>> A. MATTHEW
>>
>> ...certain linguistic proofs... seem to show that the Hebrew
>> text [of DuTillet Matthew] underlies the Greek, and that certain
>> renderings in the Greek may be due to a misread Hebrew
>> original.
>> (An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew's Gospel; Hugh Schonfield;
>> 1927, p. 17)
>>
>> B. MARK
>> Some years ago I came to the conclusion that a new Hebrew
>> translation of the New Testament was badly needed... I
>> chose
>> the Gospel of Mark... preliminary study of the Greek text of Mark
>> turned up the conclusion that the Greek word order and
>> idiom was
>> more like Hebrew than literary Greek... I wondered if
>> the Gospel
>> might not be a literal translation from some Semitic
>> original.
>> (Robert Lisle Lindsey; A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel
>> of Mark; p. 9)
>>
>> C. LUKE
>> In regard to [Greek] Lk. it remains to be said, that
>> of all the Four
>> Gospels it is the one which gives by far the plainest
>> and most
>> constant evidence of being a translation [from Aramaic]."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p.
>> lix)
>>
>> D. JOHN
>> Thus it was that the writer turned seriously to tackle the
>> question of the original language of the Fourth
>> Gospel; and
>> quickly convincing himself that the theory of an
>> original Aramaic
>> document was no chimera, but a fact which was capable
>> of the
>> fullest verification...
>> (Charles Fox Burney; The Aramaic Origin of the Fourth
>> Gospel; 1922; p. 3)
>>
>> II. THE APOSTLES
>>
>> A. ACTS
>>
>> ...the presence of Semitisms... in Acts once again
>> raises the
>> whole question of its composition.
>> (Max Wilcox; The Semitisms of Acts; 1965; p. 157)
>>
>> The ultimately Semitic nature of the traditions
>> enshrined in a
>> number of parts of the New Testament- especially in
>> Acts- must
>> not be underestimated or otherwise left out of account."
>> (ibid; p. 185)
>>
>>
>> B. THE EPISTLES
>>
>> 1. The General Epistles
>>
>> ...a number of scholars,... believe that portions of
>> the New
>> Testament were written in Hebrew or Aramaic... this
>> case has been
>> made for... the General Letters."
>> (David Stern; Jewish New Testament; 1989; p. xvii)
>>
>> 2. Pauline Epistles
>>
>> The Pauline Epistles were letters written by Paul to small
>> Christian congregations in Asia Minor, Greece and Rome.
>> These
>> early Christians were mostly Jews of the Dispersion,
>> men and women
>> of Hebrew origin. Paul on his journeys always spoke in
>> the Jewish
>> synagogues. His first converts were Hebrews. Then came
>> Arameans...
>> Paul emphasizes Hebrew law and history. He refers to Abraham,
>> Isaac, and Jacob as our fathers. In his letters and
>> teaching he
>> appeals to the Jewish people to accept Jesus as the
>> promised
>> Messiah. Paul's mission was first to his own people...
>> Paul was
>> educated in Jewish law in Jerusalem. He was a member
>> of the
>> Jewish Council. His native language was western
>> Aramaic but he
>> acquired his education through Hebrew and Chaldean or
>> Palestinian
>> Aramaic... He defended himself when on trial in the
>> Hebrew tongue.
>> Acts 22:2... Very early the Epistles were translated
>> into Greek
>> for the use of converts who spoke Greek. Later they were
>> translated into all tongues."
>> (George M. Lamsa; The New Testament according to the
>> Eastern Text; 1940; pp. xi-xii)
>>
>> C. REVELATION
>>
>> ...the Book of Revelation was written in a Semitic language, and
>> the Greek translation... is a remarkably close
>> rendering of the
>> original."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Documents of the Primitive
>> Church; 1941; p. 160)
>>
>> We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse
>> as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...
>> (RBY Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse
>> 1928; p. 6)
>>
>>
>> The HRV "New Testament" text is taken from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic
>> manuscripts. (Shem Tob, DuTillet and Muster Hebrew Matthew; Munster
>> Hebrew Hebrews; The Old Syriac Aramaic Gospels; The Aramaic Peshitta
>> NT and the Crawford Aramaic Revelation.)
>>
>> Unlike most translations this edition is not rooted in a Greek
>> Hellenistic text. Instead this translation seeks to understand the
>> text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was
>> originally
>> written: Hebrew and Aramaic. This is important because there are
>> some passages in the NT which do not make sense at all in Greek, but
>> only begin to make sense when we look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.
> I urge you to study your Hebrew Roots of your faith and get the
> Complete Jewish Bible or the Restoration Scriptures, it will change
> your life and your walk with Yeshua your Messiah. Now this coming week
> May 6th 2006, I will be teaching Part 2 of "The Spirit of Adoption" it
> will change your life. If you have ever felt that you have been
> fighting Stagnation and not able to have spiritual breakthroughs then
> you must receive this message into your heart! Learn it through the
> Hebrew Mindset and be truly set free! I urge you, don't miss this
> coming service and teaching on "The Spirit of Adoption" Part 2, and
> get Part 1 now, just call our office 813
> 968-4896 or 813 264-4714 or email us. Better yet, join the tape of the
> month club called "Daily Manna" and receive 8 Tapes every month for
> $30.00. You will receive the weekly Tuesday Night Torah Teachings and
> our Teachings on Shabatt, including the teachings of the book of
> Revelation. I pray that you truly be spirtually blessed, and please
> continue to pray for Yahweh's Favor for the Relationship Enrichment
> Center, that the Holy Spirit will continue to bring His people to
> learn there Hebrew Roots and who are hungry the truth of His word. Amen!

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


Soul tie is not a term used in the Bible just like the words trinity or rapture are not biblical words but are words given to explain biblical concepts. The Bible uses the words knit and cleave depending on the translation.

The word knit comes from a Hebrew word qashar (kaw-shar') which means to tie, bind up, or join together physically or mentally. The word cleave comes from the Hebrew word dabaq (daw-bak') which means to adhere to, fasten together, and to be glued together.

Breaking soul ties is uprooting tentacles of enslaving thoughts, emotional longings, and sexual bondages to those in your past or outside of marriage. Spiritually, it is like cutting a spiritual umbilical cord and stopping the garbage that has been feeding you and keeping you connected to ungodly soul ties.

Soul ties can be either Godly or ungodly.

We can soul ties with:

· Family Members: Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life and his soul knit with the lad's soul,

(AMP) it will happen, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. (KJV) (Genesis 44:30-31)

· Leaders: So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 20:2)

· World: Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. (Joshua 23:12-14)

· Spouse: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

· God: Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

· Friends: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own

· Sexual Partners: What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (1 Corinthians 6:16)


Sexual soul ties have the strongest spiritual ties because the Bible speaks of the two becoming one:

· Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

· Matthew 19:5-6 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (KJV) So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (NKJV)

· Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

· 1 Corinthians 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

The Hope: Yeshua Our Messiah/ Jesus Christ

God can take even those who have been defiled through sexual and worldly involvements and restore them to innocence and purity through the redemptive work of Yeshua/Jesus on the cross!

How to break soul ties:

1. Make a list of names.

Take a moment to ask the Lord to bring to your remembrance anyone that you need to break soul ties with. Make a list of everyone the Lord brings to mind or you think you may possibly have a soul tie with. Make sure you list all sexual partners. This includes previous spouses (even a current one if you had sex before marriage), members of the same gender, incestuous relations, molestations, rape, and any sex involving ritual or cult abuse. If you can't remember names, write down something that reminds you of them like a place or an occasion. Involvement in prostitution may require listing a more generic term such as John Does.

2. *Confess and *Repent of any sins leading to the soul ties.

It is vital that you confess and repent of any sins related to soul ties such as fornication, lust, pornography, adultery, homosexuality, idolatry, etc. Then receive God's forgiveness.

Example: Dear Lord, I come to you right now in the name of Yeshua/Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and I confess my sins of sex before marriage. Your word clearly speaks against this and I repent for being disobedient and sinning against my body. Please forgive me. I repent of lust and following my sinful desires. It is my desire to walk according to your word and in a way pleasing to you. I choose this day to seek your will and your ways. I choose to walk away from a lifestyle of sin and walk in the righteousness you died to give me. Thank you Lord that my sins are forgiven and are far as the east is from the west. Thank you for cleansing me now Lord, in Jesus name. I receive your forgiveness and I forgive myself too.

3. *Renounce the sin and any covenants made.

Renounce the sins and giving the enemy any footholds in your life. In addition, renounce covenants made such as tattoos, blood brothers, piercings, and spoken covenants such as wedding vows or sayings such as, "I will love you forever." Words and actions have power in the spiritual realm to bind a soul to another person.

Example: By the authority given me by Yeshua/Jesus Christ, I renounce the rights I gave you by sinning against the Lord. In the name of Jesus I remove the legal rights and command you to loose me and let me go! The blood of Jesus washes me clean and I stand forgiven from the accusations you have held against me. I also renounce the words I spoke to __________ when I said, I will always be yours. I renounce all vows we made to each other. They no longer have a hold on me in the name of Yeshua/Jesus.

4. *Break the soul ties in Jesus' name.

Verbally break off all soul ties in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Cut the spiritual umbilical cord and proclaim that all ties are severed and you are cleansed by the blood of Yeshua/Jesus Christ.

Example: Now in the name of Jesus I break, sever, and cut off all soul ties connected to me. (It can be meaningful to make physical motions around you as if cutting off invisible cords or connections around your body.) I proclaim that I am free and all soul ties have been cut off and removed from me.

5. Tear up or burn the list.

Destroy the list as a symbol of what has been accomplished in the spiritual realm and praise the Lord.

Example: Tear up list and stomp on pieces as a symbol of putting the devil under your feet while praising the Lord for your freedom. Thank you Lord, that you have made a way by dying on the cross for my freedom. Thank you for my freedom today! Praise you, Jesus!

6. Get rid of material items connected to a soul tie.

Gifts or items from people on your list can reinforce or hold a soul tie in place. If a person has personal gifts, love letters, or jewelry (especially symbols of covenant like a wedding ring) from a previous relationship, then it is time to get rid of them. Pray for discernment in this area.

Pray in faith and believe God! He sent His son, Yeshua/Jesus Christ to die for your sins and to destroy the works of the devil. Receive God's forgiveness. Walk in your new purity. Keep your temple pure! As Yeshua/Jesus said, Go and sin no more.

Testimonies:

In one case, a man had rededicated his life to the Lord and said a former lover had recently called him wanting to get back together. He told me he knew she was bad for him, but she would continually return even after losing touch with one another. He said he had a difficult time saying no to her, and they would end up sleeping together even though he knew he shouldn't. He showed me that he had a tattoo of her name on his back. He received great freedom after breaking soul ties with her and anointing the tattoo of her name as he broke the tie. A week later, he told me that she had called and said she was done and didn't want to see him anymore.

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


HERE IS A TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE HAVADALAH SERVICE,

THAT IS NORMALLY DONE IN MANY MESSAINIC CONGREGATIONS
WE HAVE NOT DONE ONE IN A WHILE, AND I WILL MOST LIKELY DO

ONE FOR THE FEAST OF DEDICATION/CHANUKAH THIS YEAR IN DECEMBER!

SO HERE IS A MESSIANIC ISRAEL GUIDE FOR HAVDALAH. THE WORDS IN BOLD ARE TO BE SPOKEN
OUT LOUD. "HAVDALAH" IS THE HEBREW WORD FOR SEPERATION OR DIVISION.
AND THIS CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS THE SEPERATOIN BETWEEN SHABBAT AND THE
REST OF THE WEEK.

Havdalah is a ceremony for concluding Shabbat It is mentioned in
Acts 20:7-8 where it says that there were "many lights in the upper
chamber where they were gathered together".

KJV Acts 20:7 And upon the first of the week, when the disciples
came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart
on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

KJV Acts 20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where
they were gathered together.

Havdalah Ceremony

1. Lighting and Blessing the Candle:

The Havdalah candle is lit before the Havdalah ceremony begins. A
child or adult holds the candle, as all present gather around a table.

Reading:

"The candle with many wicks, stands tall and bright. Together as
one, we stand gazing at the blaze of light. In the light of Shabbat we
have learned more of what it is to love one another, not withholding and
holding back who we are from the other. In so doing, we stand up as
one into the fullness of who we are as the body of Messiah, lifting up
the head, the Light of the world. It is He that brings Light into the
darkness of life. It is as He said, they shall know who He is by the
way we love one another! If instead, we the body of Messiah live
under our choosing to walk in the flesh then how can He be seen in our
world for who He really is? We would be covering over the Light of the
World who lives in us, veiling Him from view! Our prayer is that we be
reminded that we are children of the Light. Let us walk in the light
as He is in the light."

A blessing is now recited over the light of the Havdalah candle.

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam borey m'orey ha-eysh
Blessed are You, Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe,

Who creates the light of the fire.

(While this blessing is recited, the head of the household and
Messianic believer it would seem good to examine a passage from the Bible in
the light of the candle and then read it.)

2. Scriptures:

The head of the household recites the following prayer based on the
Scriptures.

"Behold, Yahweh is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid
for Yahweh Elohim is my strength and song, and He is become my
salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells
of salvation. Salvation belongs to Yahweh: Your blessing be upon your
people. Yahweh of hosts is with us. The Elohim of Jacob is our
refuge.

The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honor. So be it with us.
I will lift the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of Yahweh."

This Week's Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:1-3 / Isaiah 57:13-14 /
Hebrews 4

3. Blessing Over The Wine:

The wine is poured until it overflows the cup. Then it is held in the
right hand and blessed as follows:

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam borey p'ri ha-gafen.

Blessed are you Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, Who creates
the fruit of the vine.

4. Blessing Over the Bread

The bread is presented, covered on a plate decorated with birds. The
birds symbolize the freedom Messiah Yahshua has given us to live
Torah. The bread is taken from the Shabbat table from the night before. It
is eaten in remembrance of the rest of Yahweh.

Reading:

"As at the Shabbat table we celebrated and thanked Abba for His every
provision during the week, so at Havdalah we look to this new week
ahead of us now by faith. Abba Yahweh has faithfully provided everything
that we need in order to serve Him each new day. One such provision is
the Ruach-given strength to let the Messiah's life flow from us in order
to meet any given situation that we may encounter. In addition, Yahweh
has already provided what we need to obey His call in any one moment by
virtue of Yahshua's life in us and in our being His new creation.
Anything that He would ask of us is not complicated nor is it beyond
our reach. Each moment of this coming week can be met in the place of
faith on the basis of this truth. It is this portion of the Shabbat
challah that we now partake and choose to help us remember this fact as this
is the bread from the Shabbat table."

The bread is blessed as follows:

Baruch atah Yahweh Eloheinu melech ha'olam hamotizie lechem min
ha'aretz.

Blessed are You, O Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe Who brings
forth bread from the earth.

5. Blessing over Spices:

The spice box is taken and the following blessing is said:

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam, borey miney b'samim.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, Who creates
various kinds of spices.

Reading:

"As we pass the box let us inhale deeply and savor the sweet, pungent
aroma. Let us hear the words of Romans 12:1 & 2 "Therefore, I urge
you, brothers, in view of Yahweh's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
sacrifices, holy and pleasing to the Ruach HaKodesh-this is your
spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern
of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you
will be able to test and approve what Yahweh's will is-his good,
pleasing and perfect will." Our new creation lives should be lived
out consistently before the throne of Yahweh like a sweet smelling aroma
rising to His nostrils. Our life should be as the burn offering of
the Mishkan. Again, let us yield our life as a living sacrifice, not
going the way of our flesh and thereby withholding who we really are from
one another. Let us pass the spices and offer a prayer of thanksgiving
to Yahweh for this past Shabbat and this new week."

(The spice box is passed around so that everyone can smell the
fragrance. A spontaneous prayer can be offered at this point that
Yahweh would help each one present to carry the fragrance of Messiah into
the new week. A prayer that our Shabbat rest in Messiah might be a
reality each and every day would be appropriate here, as well as a petition
that our lives might be a love song to the Messiah.)

6. Havdalah Blessing:

The cup of wine is taken again in the right hand as the Havdalah
ceremony concludes with a special blessing that emphasizes the
separation theme as follows:

"Blessed are You Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, who makes a
distinction between holy and profane, between light and darkness,
between Israel and the heathen nations, between the seventh day and
the six working days. Blessed are you, Yahweh Who makes a distinction
between holy and profane."

(All present now partake of the "fruit of the vine." The Messiah
desires that each of us have fullness of joy.)

7. Candle Extinguished:

The Havdalah candle is extinguished in the wine that spilled over
into the saucer. The following is said as a remembrance to what has taken
place:

... we have seen the symbols of Havdalah.

... we have tasted the wine.

...we have smelled the fragrant spices.

... we have felt the flame.

... and we have heard the Word of Yahweh

In this way we consecrate our five senses to Yahweh as we return to
the labor of the coming week.

8. Prayer for the Coming Week:

A prayer for the coming week is usually said at this time. A
suggested prayer might be as follows:

"Blessed are You, our Father, our King who has given us this holy
day, a holy calling and Your Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) within us. We
thank you, Father, for calling us out of darkness into Your marvelous
Light. We give You praise for separating us from our sin through the atoning
sacrifice of our Messiah Yahshua. Help us, Yahweh our Elohim, to
follow You in this new week, to walk in the light, to walk in love and to
glorify You in our lives. In Yahshua's Name we pray. Au mein"

(At this point it is totally appropriate for anyone who feels led to
pray spontaneously about the coming week, asking for specific
guidance, wisdom, blessings, etc. We serve Yahweh who is concerned about each
and every detail of our lives. HE HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYER.)

Reading of traditional scripture for this time:

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good
news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things,
who proclaims salvation who says to Zion, Your Elohim reigns!" (Isaiah
52:7) Au mein. This is an appropriate verse for Messianic Israel as well,
as we go forth this week to tell our people the Good News of Yahshua
HaMashiach.

9. Worship:

This is a time to life your song to Yahweh! This should include a
time of praise, dance, prayer, and worship to Yahweh.

10. Conclusion and Blessing:

The Havdalah ceremony ends with a wish for SHAVUA TOV (have a good
week).

Reading:

Psalm 91.

"You who live in the shelter of 'Elyon, who spend your nights in the
shadow of Shaddai, who say to Yahweh, "My refuge! My fortress! My
Elohim, in who I trust!" - he will rescue you from the trap of the
hunter and from the plague of calamities; he will cover you with his
pinions; and under his wings you will find refuge; his truth is a
shield and protection.

You will not fear terrors of night or the arrow that flies by day, or
the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc
at noon. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right
hand; but it won't come near you. Only keep your eyes open, and you
will see how the wicked are punished.

For you have made Yahweh, the Most High, who is my refuge, your
dwelling place. No disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near
your tent; for he will order his angels to care for you and guard you
wherever you go. They will carry you int heir hands so that you
won't trip on a stone. You will tread down lions and snakes, young lions
and serpents you will trample underfoot.

Yahweh says, "Because he loves me, I will rescue him; because he
knows my name, I will protect him. He will call on me, and I will answer
him.

I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and
bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life and show him my
salvation." This verse is said to thank Yahweh for His protection
during the coming week."

(The Aharonic blessing and the blessing of the children may also be
prayed.)

11. Oneg:

All Israel eats. So, enjoy a light dessert and delight in Yahweh.
Taste and see that He is good.

This is an adaptation of the booklet, HAVDALAH by Neil and Jamie
Lash, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and from an article from First Fruits of Zion
Issue 58 pages 7 and 16.

Shalom, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


howing by symbolism and timing
Yeshua’s dedication and conception on Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication),
His birth on the first day of Hag Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles),
and His circumcision and naming on Shimini Atzeret (the Eighth Day).



To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.



The Dedication of Yeshua on Hanukkah



God, through the angel Gabriel, dedicated Yeshua at conception to be the ultimate Temple.



“Hanukkah” is a Hebrew word meaning dedication. The term is found in Numbers 7:10, 11, 84, & 88, 2 Chronicles 7:9, Ezra 6:16-17, Nehemiah 12:27, Psalm 30:1, and John 10:22 (translated into Greek egkainia, thence into English Feast of Dedication). Psalm 30 is Biblically titled: A Psalm for Hanukkah / Dedication of the Temple. Following the listing of Holy Days in Leviticus 23, the elements of Hanukkah appear for the dedication of the Tabernacle.

“Command the sons of Israel that they bring to you clear oil from beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually” – Leviticus 24:1-9.



The Tabernacle and Temple were to be built exactly according to the pattern from heaven, because they were temporal pictures of Messiah.

“And see that you make them according to their pattern, which was shown you in the mount” – Exodus 25:4.

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it”
– Revelation 21:22.



Hanukkah was from creation the time established for the Temple of God to be dedicated: the Temple at Jerusalem, and the heavenly living Temple of God after which the former was patterned. The oil used in the Temple menorahs (candelabra, a major symbol in the celebration of Hanukkah) is symbolic of the Spirit of God, by which Yeshua was conceived to be the Light of the World. The Hanukkah dreidel, which proclaims “A great miracle happened there,” refers to the lasting menorah oil – symbolizing the miracle of the virgin’s conception of the eternal Messiah by the Spirit of God.



When Zechariah was ministering in the Temple, he received an announcement from God of a coming son. The second course of Abia, when Zechariah was ministering, was a week in the middle of the month Sivan. If Zechariah’s promised son – John the baptizer – were conceived soon thereafter, then Yeshua’s conception, which was six months later, would be late Kislev to early Tevet, at Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication); His birth nine months later would thence be at mid Tishri, at the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).



5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years. 8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” 21 The people were waiting for Zechariah, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.” 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month” – Luke 1:5-36.



7 Now the first lot came out for Jehoiarib, the second for Jedaiah, 8 the third for Harim, the fourth for Seorim, 9 the fifth for Malchijah, the sixth for Mijamin, 10 the seventh for Hakkoz, the eighth for Abijah , 11 the ninth for Jeshua, the tenth for Shecaniah, 12 the eleventh for Eliashib, the twelfth for Jakim, 13 the thirteenth for Huppah, the fourteenth for Jeshebeab, 14 the fifteenth for Bilgah, the sixteenth for Immer, 15 the seventeenth for Hezir, the eighteenth for Happizzez, 16 the nineteenth for Pethahiah, the twentieth for Jehezkel, 17 the twenty-first for Jachin, the twenty-second for Gamul, 18 the twenty-third for Delaiah, the twenty-fourth for Maaziah. 19 These were their offices for their ministry when they came in to the house of Yahweh according to the ordinance given to them through Aaron their father, just as Yahweh God of Israel had commanded him – 1 Chronicles 24:7-19. The first two courses served one week each, all served at Feast of Unleavened Breads, the next five courses served one week each, all served at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), then the eighth course of Abijah served in mid-Sivan.



Yeshua used Hanukkah, the winter Feast of Dedication of the Holy Temple (see John 10:22-36), as an occasion to explain how He was sanctified and sent into the world.

“22 And it was at Jerusalem at (Hanukkah) the Feast of the Dedication, 23 and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews came round about him, and said to him, ‘How long will you make us to doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly . . . 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God '?” – John 10:22-24.



The Birth of Yeshua on Sukkot



Messiah’s birth, about AM 3750 - 3756 (10 - 4 BC), was expectantly awaited (Matthew 2:1-18) because within about 40 years Daniel’s prophecy concerning Him must be fulfilled.



The prophet Micah wrote that He was destined to be born in Beth-Lechem (Bethlehem) — the House of Bread (Micah 5:2). God called Him the Bread from Heaven (John 6:32-36), though men say Manna (Exodus 16:31) – What is It? It was because of Micah’s prophecy that King Herod had the children of Bethlehem killed, to protect his throne against the coming promised king.



The sages who translated the Septuagint taught from the prophet Isaiah that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) and would be called Immanuel – God with Us. (Modern rabbis deny this interpretation.)



In the expected time and place, on the Festival of Sukkot,* in a succah (tabernacle, temporary dwelling) where Passover lambs were raised in the city of the shepherd David, a Son was born to a virgin descended from that Messiah David (Matthew 1, Luke 3:23-38). At an angel’s command (Matthew 1:21), He was named Yeshua, meaning “Yahweh is Salvation.” God would dwell with us in a sukkah of humanity that would be bruised by the serpent, then crush that old serpent!



The apostle Yochanan (John) tells us that the Word (of God) became flesh and “dwelt in a sukkah” (tabernacled) among us (John 1:14). The author views Sukkot as figurative of Messiah"s coming to dwell among His people; this reference is not submitted as proof of a dogmatic date.



The month of Tishri (Sukkot begins on Tishrei 15 – in the fall) also fits with the season of shepherds being out with their flocks by night, as they were when Yeshua was born; during winter the lambs are kept indoors.



Later in His life, Yeshua celebrated His birthday on a mountain with three of His disciples (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:1-10). In contrast to birthday parties, such as Herod’s (Matthew 14:6-12), where people were killed for entertainment, His was a celebration of life. On the Festival of Sukkot, Moses and Elijah, from centuries past, representatives of the Torah and the Prophets, appeared and talked with Yeshua. One disciple, Kepha (Peter), suggested building three sukkot for Yeshua, Moses, and Elijah, because it was required for the festival, but he did not understand (Mark 9:6) that these three were fulfilling that which the festival symbolized: they were dwelling in their sukkot (temporary tabernacles) of flesh, awaiting their eternal resurrection temples.



Eighth Day Circumcision and Naming



Immediately following the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles is Shimini Atzeret – the Eighth Day, a Holy Day (Leviticus 23:36).



A male child is to be circumcised on his eighth day of life.

“On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” – Leviticus 12:2.



Yeshua was circumcised and named on His eighth day after birth, as symbolized by Shimini Atzeret.

“And when eight days had passed for His circumcision, His name was then called Yeshua, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” – Luke 2:21.



Drawing Out Living Waters



“Whoever did not see the rejoicing of (this water drawing ceremony) never saw rejoicing in his lifetime” – Mishnah: Sukkah 5:1.



On each of the seven days of Sukkot, the High Priest took a golden pitcher and filled it with water drawn from the Pool of Siloam. It was brought into the Temple through the Water Gate (hence the name), and poured into a bowl at the Altar, alongside the pouring of the wine, during the daily burnt-offering (Talmud: Sukkah 4:9). This water libation was performed only during Sukkot.



The Talmud states (Sukkah 4:4), "Why is the name of it called the Drawing Out of Water? Because of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, according to what is said: ‘With joy shall ye draw out of the wells of salvation’ (Isaiah 12:3)".

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet glorified – John 7:37-39.



Light of the World



At the end of the first day of the Feast, three eighty foot high golden candlesticks were set up in the Temple’s Court of Women. Four golden bowls were placed on each candlestick, and four ladders rested against each. A youth of priestly descent stood at the top of each ladder, pouring oil from a ten-gallon pitcher into the bowl (Talmud: Sukkah 5:3) The worn-out liturgical garments of Priests were used for wicks. The light from these candlesticks was so bright that it was state, "There was no courtyard in Jerusalem that was not lit up with the light at the water-well ceremony" (Talmud: Sukkah 5:3).



Yeshua spoke publicly on Sukkot, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)




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LIGHTING the HANUKKIAH





On the evening Dec 4th 2007,

before lighting the candles,
light shamish, then candle on right with shamish. The shamish is the servent candle in the center that represents our Messiah Yeshua!






The hanukkiah (eight-branch Hanukkah menorah) is lighted each of the eight nights and placed where outsiders may see it through a window.



One candle (in the center or on one side) is taller; it is called the shamish (meaning servant) and is renewed each night. It is lighted first and used to light the branches. It represents Messiah. The candles on the eight branches represent the eight days, from right to left.



On the first night after sunset, the shamish is lighted, then it is used to light a candle placed on the right branch.



On the second night after sunset, a new candle is placed on the right branch and another on the second from right branch, but they are lighted from left to right, the current day's candle first.



On the third night after sunset, new candles are placed on the right two branches and another on the third from right branch, but they are lighted from left to right, the current day's candle first.



This order is followed through the eighth night. They are lighted after sunset except on Erev Shabbat (Friday night) when they are lighted before sunset -- before the Sabbath candles. At Havdallah (Saturday night), they are lighted after the Havdallah candle.



The following blessings are recited: (After the first night, omit the third blessing.)



Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe, Who sanctified us by Your Word,
and taught us to kindle Hanukkah lights.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe,
Who performed miracles for our ancestors long ago at this season.
Blessed are you, Yahweh our God, king of the universe,
Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season





DREIDEL GAME

Do you know what a dreidel is? Well, it’s a four-sided dancing dandy top. Give it a twist and it will dance and spin and prance and when out of energy, the dancer will bow and then ever so gently fall – plop – on its Nun, Gimmel, Hay or Shin.

This dancing dancer has a magnificent story to tell. Each of its four sides has one Hebrew letter - Nun, Gimmel, Hay or Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew words, Nes Gadol Haya Sham: in English this means, "A great miracle happened there."



Firstly, in Israel over 2,100 years ago, the Syrians conquered the tiny land of Israel and enslaved the Jews. Under the leadership of Judah Maccabee, the Jews fought back and defeated the Syrians. On this date, they recaptured and cleansed the Holy Temple. They wanted to relight the golden Temple Menorah, but, alas, there was just one tiny jar of Holy Oil, enough for only several hours. But, "A great miracle happened there," and the oil burned for all eight days and nights of the Feast of Dedication (according to the Talmudic story).



Secondly, about this date over 1900 years ago, a Jewish girl named Miryam (Mary in English) was visited by an angel. She was told that, while still a virgin, she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit – a child dedicated to be the Holy Temple of God. "A great miracle happened there!"



"You shall call His name Yeshua (Jesus), for He shall save His people from their sins."



The four Hebrew letters make up a sprightly Hanukkah game. Each player places some candies, nuts, or if you’re rich, some money into a kitty. Now, spin the dreidel and follow the instructions. May the player with the best and longest spin win!





Nun means "nisht" or nothing. You win nothing, lose nothing.

Gimel means "gantz" or all of the pot – you take all.

Hay means "half" or take half of the pot.

Shin means "shel Tzu" or put one item or coin in the pot.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


Or a Hindu, Latin, Chinese, or HEBREW term to describe it?

Is the Creator's Name Hebrew? Adam, Noach, Abraham, Daniel, are Hebrew; would their Messiah take on a Greek name? Let’s not hide from the Hebrew roots, but embrace them.

A name is a mark of identification. What we call something by name may be inherited error. What we practice may also be inherited error (see Jeremiah/YermeYahu 16:19).


When we consider the really BIG questions, we're usually "outside the box" compared to where most people operate. Religion can be defined in a variety of ways. In the most basic, foundational sense of the idea, religion is a "WAY" of living one's life. This will impact the person, and others around them. We all know what "radical" religious behavior can produce, and how it can impact others. For a moment, imagine that you'd like to learn what the "religion" (way) of the Creator is. It is highly probable that His way is much simpler and yet superior to every other "way" that we normally see around us. Religions are followed by billions of people alive right now, yet the vast majority of these people have hardly guessed that they are involved in mixtures of various Pagan traditions brought together by men over many centuries, or even millennia.


Who can we trust? Whose words can we read that will always be true, and what evidence can be found to authenticate that what has been stated by that person is trustworthy? Because He is the only One that claimed to have the authority, and because He died and yet rose from the dead, that person could only be:

Yahushua of Natsarith, the Mashiach of Yisrael.


He is the KING of ISRAEL, in contrast to being the king of any other people. The others don't want to be ruled by Him, otherwise they'd show it by obeying His Covenant. The Hebrew idea conveyed in the title “Mashiach” certainly means the “anointed” one, and only one can have this title — the KING. The Greek word “CHRIST” was used as a title for several Pagan deities:


CHRESTOS MITHRAS pure, sacred, good, holy. (Roman meaning was interchangable: "good Mithras", or "holy Mithras")


CHRIST HELIOS (Mandaean -- Augustine, a "Church father", was formerly Mandaean, a sun-worshipper)


CHREISTOS OSIRIS (Alexandrian)

People have made and inherited plenty of unintentional mistakes. What if each of us could find one mistake to correct while we’re alive; wouldn’t that be a good thing? What does it mean if a person practices "Christianity", and then they are asked to find this word in a concordance, and it's not found? Something has to be wrong, and many of you have felt it deep down inside you. It's fairly certain that once a person dies that's pretty much all they'll be doing under their own power; they'll be needing some "supernatural" help to ever manage to do anything else. After 7 or 8 minutes without breathing, there's no coming back to pay any more taxes. Some of the people who have stopped breathing are Buddha, Ras Tafari, Joseph Smith, Muhammad, John F. Kennedy, Don Knotts, Winston Churchill, and about 25 billion other people that have lived on this planet since 4004 BCE. They're all sleeping, and they’ve left us with a diverse assortment of individual ideas about an “after-life”. Muhammad expected something quite different than Kennedy did. One or both of them could be shocked when they awaken in the resurrection to discover they had been misled. In fact, all of these people have a high probability of being shocked by what they will experience. So, as frightened as people are of dying, the scariest thing of all will really be awakening to discover that reality is nothing like they ever expected. The "Torah" of Yahuah will still be the "Word", and it will never pass away.

The HEBREW ROOTS

The “Hebrew roots” are being investigated by many diligent seekers here in the end times, and knowledge is increasing; blinders are falling from eyes. The religion of Christianity is BASED on the teachings of the Messiah of Israel, Yahushua, however they call Him by a Greco-Latinized name. "Christianity" is not the religion of the Messiah (the Creator, Almighty), nor Israel, but rather is a religion ABOUT the Messiah. It is not the religion practiced by the early followers of the Messiah either, although it is promoted to be.


Christianity is fragmented into over 1000 distinct "denominations". Each is exclusionary of the other. A house divided against itself cannot stand - and many who realize that something is very wrong are investigating the Hebrew roots of the faith. This is causing many people to fall away from men's traditions, and grow closer to their Creator, and His Way (or path, religion). He does not change, or break His covenants. Learn about who Israel really is, and how Israel is the only bride Yahuah has, or ever will have. Those who don't keep His Covenant may want to be His, but only those who keep it actually are.


We know there is quite a bit that’s correct in Christianity, but at the same time there are inherited errors from past generations. Yahushua’s Spirit is causing us to search out what is of the Truth, and separate the errors from our “walk”. The Greco-Roman faith called Christianity promotes a "belief only" doctrine, and indoctrinates its followers against being "legal" by calling obedience to the Covenant "legalism". And yet, it will be "illegalists" who will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Yahushua is calling forth a remnant, rebuilding the maiden Israel, those who will be faithful to the Covenant. Read Jer / YermeYahu chapters 3 & 16 to better understand the “fishers” and the “hunters” that are being set to search for the remnant of Israel among the nations. The Covenant (Torah) is inseparable from Israel. If anyone leaves the Covenant, they are no longer Israel.


“And I shall give you shepherds according to My heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.


And it shall be, when you have increased, and shall bear fruit in the land in those days, declares YHWH, that they no longer say,


‘The ark of the Covenant of YHWH’, neither would it come to heart, nor would they remember it, nor would they visit it, nor would it be made again.


At that time Yerushalyim shall be called the throne of YHWH, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the Name of YHWH, to Yerushalyim, and no longer walk after the stubbornness of their evil heart.


“In those days the House of Yahudah shall go to the House of Yisrael, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.” YermeYahu/Jeremiah 3:15-18


When people realize that the Messiah of Israel doesn't have a Greek name (Yahushua as opposed to "Jesus") or title (Mashiach as opposed to "Christ"), they may ask themselves why the Creator's religion would have a Greek name (Christian, Christianity).


Yahuah’s “way” is the Torah of Yahuah, so this should be the “way” of His people also. There's only one body of Mashiach. So, in the world-to-come when Adam, Mosheh, Daniel, Abraham, and many others we know from Scripture are resurrected, will they be Catholics? Will they even be Christians? Will there be anyone practicing anything remotely called "Christianity" in the world-to-come? They will be practicing the Torah of Yahuah, and there will not be anyone present who isn't doing so. Where does that leave the rest of the religious patterns? There's one body we must become joined to, and it's called the "commonwealth/citizenship (qahal, assembly) of Israel" (Eph. 2:8-13). In the final analysis, we will either be judged to be FELLOW CITIZENS of the assembly of Israel, or strangers/outsiders to the Covenant, practicing lies instead of the Truth. What do you suppose might be the outcome of those choosing to remain outside the Covenant people Israel? Can anything in Scripture be found for their salvation? The answer is clear. Former strangers must be engrafted into the olive tree, Israel. The only path to eternal life is through the re-newed Covenant in Yahushua's blood, and allowing Him to write His Covenant upon our hearts.


I would like to close this by saying, Yahweh Our God will not be pleased if we now go and become Torah Terrorists. We are not beat everyone over the head, and let them know how wrong they are. I still use the name Jesus and Christ and of course Yeshua Our Messiah and Yahweh when teaching His word. There is even different ways of spelling Yeshua or Yashusua, but let's not get legalistic. This teaching is to just make you aware, how far we have gone from the truth of His word! Many just like myself, was confused for many years, because of the lack of knowledge of His truth. Yes, there is allot of confusion out there, and we do need to learn the truth, and it's my assigment from Yahweh Our God. To teach the truth of the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith, to everyone who wants to learn it! So please learn from this, and use it faithfully and with mercy and compassion. Amen! Be Blessed and be loving in your instructions to our brethren, remember, you too was once confused! Be Loving in Yeshua! Amen!!!!





In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


The traditional teaching that the Lord's Day is Sunday is a false doctrine pushed by Christian churches to further their agenda which revolves around doctrines deeply embedded in pagan sun worship and another attempt to legitimize the keeping of Sunday as their day of worship.

The Lord's Day a Sunday?

It has been taught in the traditional Sunday churches that the Lord's Day is Sunday. I can't even count how many times I have heard that the Bible calls Sunday the Lord's Day. In fact this has actually been used as the most ridiculous excuse that I have heard for Christians keeping Sunday as their day of worship in replace of the true Sabbath of the Lord which begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Let's go to the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and see what this passage that refers to the Lord's Day has to say.


I was in the Spirit on Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, (NKJV Revelation 1:10)

I did not read in this passage or in any other passage anything about it being Sunday or any other day for that matter. There is no reference in that paragraph, chapter or even the whole book for that matter about John having his vision on a Sunday. This is because this passage is not directly referring to any day of the week but a day of prophecy.



For the sake of argument...

For the sake of argument, let's pretend that this passage is actually referring to a particular day of the week. Let's go to the book of Matthew and see what day is the Lord's: Sunday or the Sabbath.


"For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." (NKJV Mathew 12:8)

Now let's go to the book of Mark to double check on the last statement. You know how some would like to claim that the Word is so inconsistent and therefore open for individual interpretation, right?


"Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (NKJV Mark 2:28)

Now let's go to the book of Luke and triple check the statement just for the die-hard Sunday advocates out there and see one more time once and for all just which day is the Lord's day.


And He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (NKJV Luke 6:5)

I really hate to be the one to break the bad news to all the loyal Sunday goers out there and I honestly don't know how it happened but unfortunately the Scripture somehow seems to be clear and consistent on this particular issue. If the passage in the book of Revelation is referring to a specific day of the week, the Lord's day obviously is not Sun-day, the pagan day of sun-worship, but rather the Sabbath of the Lord.



Do not forget this one thing

The reality of the matter is that the passage in revelation is not referring to a specific day of the week. It is referring to a day in prophecy. The period of time that the prophets refer to in prophesy concerning the Lord's return is the Lord's Day. Let's read some commentary out of 'The Scriptures' about the Lord's Day.


Day of Yahweh This expression appears some 30 times in the Scriptures, and this particular day is also referred to by means of equivalent phrases, about 300 times. It speaks of the visitation, the punishment, when Yahweh actively intervenes to punish sin, especially at the end of the ages. (SISR Explanatory Notes)

Now that we know that the passage in the book of Revelation is not directly referring to any particular day of the week, let's see how it is actually indirectly referring to the Sabbath after all. We now know that it is referring to prophecy, and it is a well established fact that in prophecy a day is one thousand years. We all should know this passage by memory.


But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (NKJV II-Peter 3:8)

Something that should be of interest is that if you continue reading, we read about what? That's right, the Lord's Day! I find it interesting that these verses are together but of no coincidence though. Let's see what it says about the Lord's Day.


But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (NKJV II-Peter 3:10)

It is as though someone was trying to tell us to think about a thousand year period when we think about the Lord's Day. This makes sense because the Lord's Day will mark the beginning of the Millennial Reign.



The Millennial Reign

The Millennial Reign is a thousand year period when the Messiah reigns and rules the earth for a thousand years. This is not just any thousand year period though, it is the seventh millennium, a sabbath millennium. Just as there are six days of the week for man and one for the Lord, there were six millennium for man and one for the Lord. Let's go to the book of Revelation once more and see who's millennium this is, the Lord's or mans.


...And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (NKJV Revelation 20:4)

Here in this passage it is evident that the Messiah reigns during this thousand year period. This is the Lord's Millennial Reign. When we apply the passage in II-Peter 3:8 that Peter told us not to forget, it becomes even clearer. This time let's look at the flip side of this passage.


But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (NKJV II-Peter 3:8)

Somehow I get the idea that our six thousand year history and thousand year future is only a week to the Lord. This would make the Lord's day (the beginning of the Millennial Reign) the Lord's Sabbath. It is evident that the weekly Sabbath is not unlike any other Sabbath of the Lord, they are all Feasts and Holy Days that were and are still foreshadows of things to come. Apparently the weekly Sabbath is no different. Hope this help you understand that the Sabbath was never changed by God but by man. This teaching is never intented to offend but to bring truth to the Word of God, and to honor our Messiah Yeshua! I went to church on sunday for many years until the Holy Spirit revealed to me the truth of God's word and it has truly sent me free, and knowledge comes responsibility. Amen! Be Blessed as you honor the Lord!

In His Service In Messiah, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


"Hebraism and Hellenism – between these two points of influence
moves our world."

Irrational Man, By Steve Barrett

The Bible, in its original languages, is, humanly speaking, a product of the Hebrew mind. The first and original manifestation of what we now call "The Church" was also an expression of the Hebrew mind. At some point in ecclesiastical history, someone snatched away the inceptive Hebraic blueprint by which Jesus’ movement was being constructed and replaced it with a non-Hebraic one. As a result, what has been built since is at best a caricature of what was intended. In many respects, it is downright contrary and antagonistic to the spirit of the original believing community.

The Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, appears, in our time, to be returning his people to the original blueprint. The Hebrew Roots movement, led I believe by the Holy Spirit, is doing much to restore to the Body a sense of its first foundations.

In this research paper, we will analyze some of the fundamental differences in the mindset of the Hebrews of Biblical times, and the Western, Hellenistic way of thinking, out of which has emerged the bulk of Christian theology.

Doing vs. Knowing
William Barrett, quoted above, explains that one of the most fundamental differences between the Western, Hellenistic mind and the Hebrew mind is found in the area of knowing vs. doing. Says Barrett, "The distinction…arises from the difference between doing and knowing. The Hebrew is concerned with practice, the Greek with knowledge. Right conduct is the ultimate concern of the Hebrew, right thinking that of the Greek. Duty and strictness of conscience are the paramount things in life for the Hebrew; for the Greek, the spontaneous and luminous play of the intelligence. The Hebrew thus extols the moral virtues as the substance and meaning of life; the Greek subordinates them to the intellectual virtues…the contrast is between practice and theory, between the moral man and the theoretical or intellectual man."

This helps explain why so many Christian churches are focused on the issues of doctrinal orthodoxy (however they may define it) -- often at the expense of godly living. In many Christian circles, what one believes or espouses is treated as more important than how one lives – i.e. how one treats his or her neighbor.

In Biblical Judaism, it is precisely the opposite. Christians are inclined to subject each other to litmus tests of orthodoxy, while Jews are concerned mainly with behavior. As Dennis Prager writes, "…belief in God and acting ethically must be inextricably linked…God demands right behavior more than anything else, including right ritual and right belief."

It was gentile Christians, influenced by Greek philosophy, who both intellectualized and systematized Christian doctrine. Worse, they radically changed much of it. The Biblical Hebrews, and the Apostolic Era of the Church, had no formal theology as such. Nothing was systematized. The believing community had no entrenched hierarchy or magisterium through which all doctrine had to be filtered and approved. As with the unbelieving Jews, opinions varied from sage to sage.

What the apostles taught about any given subject was either learned directly from Jesus, then passed on, or determined situationally -- on an "as you go" basis. They determined Halakha for believers in much the same way the sages of Israel did – as circumstances changed they rendered decisions about the application of Torah (cf. Matthew 18:18). Acts 15 provides an account of how at least one teaching concerning requirements for gentile believers was formed around 50 AD. Note the participatory nature of the discussion. The whole of the Church (Acts 15:4,12,22), not just an elite hierarchy, was involved.

In fundamentalist Christian circles, it is often more important to believe and espouse "the right thing," than to live the right way. This is why we are so obsessed with creeds, doctrinal statements, Systematic Theologies, orthodoxy vs. heresy, and creating "Evangelical" or "Sabbatarian" or "Trinitarian" theologies. This mode of thinking is thoroughly Western, utterly Greek.

For many of us Westerners, the Hebrew mindset is so strange, so alien, so impossible to fathom, that we quickly snap back into the comfort zone of the Hellenistic mold when studying the Hebrew Scriptures. We then impose this distorting grid over the Hebrew text – or for that matter, over the Greek text of the New Testament.

We think, for example, in terms of "prophetic timetables." Here again is the Western concept of time – points on a line. The Hebrew minds thinks of "the day of the Lord" – that is, the day or time when the Lord acts. The sequential order in which God will do things is of no concern to the Hebrew – only that he will act. The Western mind wants to have the "prophetic timetable" neatly arranged in time and space. We want to "tick off" events as they occur according to the pre-ordained schedule. This mentality is foreign to the Hebrew mind.

In Western theology, we have sometimes abandoned the literal interpretation of Scripture in favor of allegorical interpretations. This too is very Greek. It opens the door to a myriad of "creative" expositions that leave the student of Scripture confused and disoriented.

In the table that follows, we compare the Hebraic mode of thinking with the Western, Hellenistic mode in a variety of categories.

Hebraic vs Western Thinking
– A Comparison




Western Approach


Hebraic Approach




Life analyzed in precise categories.


Everything blurs into everything else.




A split between natural & supernatural


Supernatural affects everything.




Linear logic


Contextual or "block" logic




"Rugged Individualism"


Importance of being part of group




Equality of persons


Value comes from place in hierarchies




Freedom orientation


Security orientation




Competition is good


Competition is evil (cooperation better)




Man-centered universe


God/tribe/family-centered universe




Worth of person based on money/material possessions/power


Worth derived from family relationships




Biological life sacred


Social life supremely important




Chance + cause & effect limit what can happen


God causes everything in his universe




Man rules nature through understanding and applying laws of science


God rules everything, so relationship with God determines how things turn out.




Power over others achieved through business, politics and human organizations.


Power over others is structured by social patterns ordained by God.




All that exists is the material


The universe is filled with powerful spirit beings




Linear time divided into neat segments. Each event is new.


Cyclical or spiraling time. Similar events constantly reoccur.




History is recording facts objectively and chronologically.


History is an attempt to preserve significant truths in meaningful or memorable ways whether or not details are objective facts.




Oriented to the near future


Oriented to lessons of history




Change is good = progress


Change is bad = destruction of traditions




Universe evolved by chance


Universe created by God




Universe dominated and controlled by science and technology


God gave man stewardship over his earthly creation. Accountability to God.




Material goods = measure of personal achievement


Material goods = measure of God’s blessing




Blind faith


Knowledge-based faith




Time as points on straight line ("at this point in time…"


Time determined by content ("In the day that the Lord did…")


Sources: Irrational Man, by William Barrett; Christianity With Power by Charles Kraft; Hebrew Thought Compared With Greek by Thorleif Boman; Judaism and Christianity – The Differences by Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Our Father Abraham, by Marvin Wilson, God in Search of Man by Abraham Heschel.

When we bring our Western "scientific" approach to the study of Scripture, without due consideration for the mentality behind it, we may find ourselves producing exegetical distortions. To understand the Hebrew cultures of Biblical times, as did those who lived through those times, is to experience culture shock. Their worldview was very different than ours. Their patterns of thought were often quite distinct from our own. Their values and perceptions were also radically unlike ours. The whole Bible was written in a pre-Scientific age. The Hebrew language itself is quite unlike our own in many respects. Much has been lost in translation.

When we study Scripture, or when we consider the nature of the early New Testament Messianic community, we must take into account the myriad differences between Hebrew and Greek thought. Intellectually, we are Greeks, not Hebrews. We apply Aristotelian and Socratic thought patterns to practically everything. It is surprisingly difficult to escape these patterns and enter into the Hebraic mindset. We insist on rendering everything into logically consistent patterns, on systematizing it, on organizing it into tight, carefully reasoned theologies. We cannot live with inconsistency or contradiction. We feel compelled to think antithetically. The Godhead must be tightly defined and structured. We cannot live with the Hebraic idea that God is simply ineffable, and that God’s Book doesn’t lend itself to systematization. As Abraham Heschel wrote, "To try to distill the Bible, which is bursting with life, drama, and tension, to a series of principles would be like trying to reduce a living person to a diagram" – God in Search of Man by Abraham Heschel, p. 20.

The Western mind, when seeking to understand Scripture or what it means to be a "Christian," creates its own exegetical and theological dilemmas. ("If God is all-powerful, could he build a rock too heavy for himself to lift?" or "If God is love then why does he allow…?") We relentlessly attempt to organize everything into manageable intellectual blocks and structures. We want all questions answered, all problems solved, and all contradictions resolved.

In our relentless quest to turn Scripture into a systematized textbook of theological answers about God, we have ended up distorting its meaning time after time. We have turned it into something that it is not.

We have sought to understand the incomprehensible God in concrete, yet abstract, terms. But, "To the Jewish mind, the understanding of God is not achieved by referring to a Greek way to timeless qualities of Supreme Being, to ideas of goodness and perfection, but rather by sensing the living acts of His concern, to His dynamic attentiveness to man. We speak not of His goodness in general but of His compassion for the individual man in a particular situation" (Heschel, p. 21). In other words, God is not "known" in the abstract, but in the specific situations into which He has asserted Himself. God is what He has revealed Himself to be, not what we have theorized Him to be.

Heschel points to the reason for Western confusion about God, "The categories within which philosophical reflection about religion has been operating are derived from Athens rather than from Jerusalem" (ibid. p. 25).

If we are to understand the Bible, and what it means to be a follower of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah), then we will have to understand it Hebraically, not Hellenistically. This will require a philosophical and intellectual paradigm shift on our part. It will mean coming at Scripture from an entirely different angle. It will mean learning to think like the Hebrew who thought more like God.

Heschel also writes, "The Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere. The modern man learns in order to use" (ibid. p. 34). We want a religion of utility. We want techniques we can apply situationally to get into, or out of, some situation. We see much "technique-oriented" Christianity these days. We want techniques for understanding, systematizing and structuring the "prophetic timetable" so that we can know "what’s going to happen next" or so that we can know when to stock food and flee into the mountains to await the Lord’s return. Some people want to know so they can have something to market to other Christians who want to know. These are they who seek to gain from "godliness" or religion (cf. I Timothy 6:5).

We seek "Christian" techniques for inner healing, outer healing, exorcism, financial prosperity, or for receiving spiritual power. This way of thinking is alien to the Hebrew mind.

In our culture, we have commercialized everything, including Christianity. We no longer preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples – we market tapes, booklets and trinkets. We make music, not to worship God, but to sell CDs. Evangelists are selected because they "know how to get the dollars in the door" or "attract the crowds" or "get the numbers up." Ministerial power has been commercialized and politicized as much as that of regular politicians. Christian publishing houses publish celebrity Christian books – not because they are well written, or because they say something important – but because they will sell and make money for the company.

In the days when Jesus’ Kingdom movement was known as the "Sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5,14), being a "Christian" was about relationship with God and with fellow man (Matthew 22:36-38; John 13:34-35). In the centuries since, we have de-emphasized relationship, and at the same time have intellectualized, politicized and commercialized the "faith once for all delivered." These three deleterious influences have radically changed the nature of the Church. The spirit of anti-Judaism and later anti-Semitism has done much to destroy the original personality of the believing community. This explains why it is so difficult for many to understand either Testament.

To truly grasp what it means to be a follower of Yeshua, one must return to the Hebrew roots of his movement, and of the documents we now refer to as "The New Testament." Amen!

In His Service Together, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011

"Sound the Shofar in Zion and sound the alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the Land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, it is nigh at hand" (Joel 2:1)

As stated in Chapter 1, the festivals are blueprints through which G-d revealed His overall plan of redemption for both man and the earth following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden) as well as the role that the Messiah (Yeshua) would play in that redemption. The festivals are divided into two major portions, depending upon whether they occur in the spring or the fall. The spring festivals teach about the first coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the fall festivals teach about the second coming of the Messiah Yeshua. In Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 it is written, "...His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." The "latter and former rain" in this passage is commonly interpreted and understood to be the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). This is indeed a valid interpretation and application; however, the former and latter rain also refers to the first and second coming of the Messiah (Yeshua).

G-d set up the festivals in an agricultural context. G-d gave the natural for us to understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47). During the course of the year, the rains come in Israel at two primary times--the spring and the fall. If we cross-reference Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 with Joel (Yoel) 2:23, we see that the former rain is the Hebrew word moreh which means "teacher," and the word moderately in Joel 2:23, is the Hebrew word tzedakah, which means "righteousness." The teacher of righteousness was a term for the Messiah. Yeshua (Jesus) was the teacher of righteousness sent by G-d as can be seen in John (Yochanan) 3:2. Yeshua was sent by G-d to the earth to faithfully teach us righteousness, just as G-d faithfully sends us the rain (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 55:10-11). The harvest (believers in the Messiah) is the product that the rain (the Messiah) produces.

In Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "......the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations...." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:2,4 is miqra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that G-d gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because G-d gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what G-d was teaching us by these rehearsals. The purpose of this book is to show how the "rehearsals" teach us about the real events in the redemption and the role of the Messiah (Yeshua) in these events.

In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, G-d instructed the people to come to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three times a year to observe the feasts. As they came, they observed ceremonies given by G-d that were performed in both the temple (Beit HaMikdash) and the home. These ceremonies were twofold in nature. They looked forward and they looked backward. Many of these ceremonies and the specific instructions concerning what was done during these feasts and how they were done can be found in the Mishnah, the oral teaching of Judaism, in the section called Mo'ed. The Mishnah is divided into six orders. Each order is divided into tractates, or different sections of each order. The order called Mo'ed speaks of the festivals. Mo'ed, which we saw earlier means "an appointed time," has two meanings. First, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, the Jewish people have an appointment to be at a specific place (Jerusalem) at a specific time (the time of the three major pilgrimage festivals). Secondly, G-d has an appointment to perform certain events in the redemption at this time. There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the seven great festivals of the L-rd:
1.All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic.
2.All of the festivals teach about the Messiah (Yeshua), or Jesus.
3.All of the festivals are agricultural in context.
4.All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with G-d and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.

It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of G-d; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of G-d.




OVERVIEW OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS

The four spring festivals are Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), First Fruits (Bikkurim), and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.
1.Passover (Pesach) occurs in the first month of the religious calendar (Aviv, also called Nisan), on the fourteenth day, Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:5.
2.Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) immediately follows the first day of Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first month (Aviv/Nisan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:6-8).
3.The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest (Bikkurim) is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). Anciently, on this day, sheaves of barley were waved before the L-rd in a prescribed ceremony. Today, this festival is not observed in traditional Judaism.
4.The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is also known as Pentecost. Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the counting of the omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) or Pentecost (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word that literally means "fiftieth.")

These four spring festivals are joined together as an interrelated unit. The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion or atzeret to Passover. The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.




The Exodus Story: From Pesach to Shavuot

Pesach (Passover) begins in Egypt (Mitzrayim) (a type of the world), where the children of Israel had become slaves. When the children of Israel cried out to G-d to remember the promises He made to Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak), and Jacob (Ya'akov), G-d called forth a deliverer named Moses (Moshe). G-d told Moses (Moshe) that He was going to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt (Mitzrayim) to the Promised Land (Exodus [Shemot] 3:8). When G-d sent Moses (Moshe) to Pharaoh, G-d did not tell Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land. Instead, G-d only instructed Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to take a three-day journey into the wilderness to make a sacrifice to G-d (Exodus [Shemot] 3:18). Moses (Moshe) obeyed G-d's instructions exactly as can be seen in Exodus (Shemot) 5:1-3. Pharaoh's first deviance of the Almighty One of Israel was his refusal to allow the people of G-d to observe a feast and to sacrifice to Him!

After a remarkable series of plagues inflicted on Egypt (Mitzrayim) because of Pharaoh's continued stubbornness, the children of Israel were finally released to leave Egypt laden with the spoils of the Egyptians. The children of Israel came to the banks of the Red Sea on the seventeenth day of Aviv/Nisan, which is three days after the day of Passover in the first month of the religious calendar. The Passover Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan and the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim) before midnight in the evening of the fifteenth after the death angel struck the firstborn of Egypt (Mitzrayim). When Pharaoh saw that the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, he foolishly decided to pusue them with his army (Exodus [Shemot] 14:1-9). The children of Israel became afraid, but Moses (Moshe) rose up and said, as it is written, "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation [Yeshooah in Hebrew], of the Lord..." (Exodus [Shemot] 14:13). Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means salvation or Savior (Matthew [Mattityahu] 1:21).

At this point, the sea divided and the children of Israel crossed the floor of the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army, along with Pharaoh, pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned (Exodus [Shemot] 14:26-28; 15:4,19). The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6,12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-32; Hebrews 1:3).

It is important to note that Pharaoh, along with his army, drowned in the sea. In the days of Joseph (Yosef), there was a famine in Israel and the children of Israel went down to Egypt (Mitzrayim) and gave themselves to rulership under Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh had legal ownership over the people. This ownership could be broken only by the death of Pharaoh, thus freeing the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. Because of this fact, G-d did not violate His word to Pharaoh through Moses (Moshe) when he asked Pharaoh to let the people go on a three-day journey into the wilderness, but later continued to go to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh died, his rulership over the children of Israel was legally broken and the people were free to go to the Promised Land. For this reason, the season of Passover (Pesach) is called "The Feast of Our Freedom".

Spiritually speaking, Pharaoh is a type of satan (Ha satan). Until you accept the Messiah (Yeshua) into your life, Satan (Ha satan) has legal ownership over you. By the death of Yeshua (Jesus), the legal ownership that satan (Ha satan) has over our lives is broken and we are free to enter into the spiritual promised land of G-d and receive all the promises that He has promised us.




Fifty Days From the Red Sea: Shavuot (Pentecost)

From the crossing of the Red Sea (Nisan 17) to the day Moses (Moshe) met G-d on Mount Sinai were 47 days. For 47 days the children of Israel traveled through the wildemess before they came to Mount Sinai on the third day of the third month (Sivan) (Exodus [Shemot] 19:1). G-d instructed the people through Moses (Moshe) to sanctify themselves before He visited them three days later on Mount Sinai, which would be the sixth day of the third month of Sivan (Exodus [Shemot] 19:10-11). This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Red Sea; it came to be known as the revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai. This day being the fiftieth day from the crossing of the Red Sea on Nisan 17 would be the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

Therefore, from the Exodus story, we can see that the Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan, the day of Passover (Pesach). On the fifteenth of Nisan, the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), the people left Egypt; on the seventeenth of Nisan the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; and 50 days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost, G-d gave the Torah (instruction) on Mount Sinai. In the following chapters, we will see how Yeshua (Jesus) died on Passover (Pesach) (Nisan 14), was in the sepulcher on the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) (Nisan 15), and was resurrected on the day of First Fruits (Bikkurim) (Nisan 17), and the Holy Spirit empowered the believers 50 days following Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). We will also discover what these feasts mean to the individual believer and how they relate to our personal relationship with G-d.




FALL FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

The fall festival season begins with a 40-day period called, in Hebrew, Teshuvah, which means "to repent or return." This 40-day period begins in the sixth month of the religious calendar, the month of Elul, and concludes on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. Each morning in the synagogue following the morning prayers, a shofar is blown (except on sabbaths and the day preceding Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets). Psalm (Tehillim) 27 is read every day. Rosh HaShanah is the thirtieth day into this 40-day period of Teshuvah or repentance. The biblical name for Rosh HaShanah is Yom Teruah, which means "the day of the awakening blast." Non-Jews call this the Feast of Trumpets. It is observed on the seventh month (Tishrei) and the first day of the month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:23-24). G-d gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more. This day is both the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Yom Kippur. Therefore, the last 10 days of the 40-day period of Teshuvah, beginning on Elul 1, is also called the High Holy Days.

The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishrei 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2,13). The seven-day period from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im). G-d gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth (Chevlai shel Mashiach). These seven days will correspond to the seven years of the tribulation known in Hebrew as the "birthpangs of the Messiah" (Chevlai shel Mashiach).

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is observed on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:26-32). Since Rosh Hashanah teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah and the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation (Chevlai shel Mashiach), Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of the Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is observed the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei to the twenty-first day. This festival teaches us the joy of the Messianic Kingdom, known in Hebrew as the Athid Lavo or to non-Jews as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishrei, the last day of Sukkot, is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:36) and is the twenty-second day of Tishrei.

Another festival called Simchat Torah is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means "rejoicing" in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah." In ancient times, this festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishrei, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as "one long day." It is only one of two instances in the biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as one long day. The other is Rosh HaShanah, which spans the first and second days of Tishrei. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by G-d to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.




FEASTS OF THE L-RD



Biblical/Hebrew Name English Name Time of Observance
1. Pesach Passover Nisan/Aviv 14 2. Hag HaMatzah Feast of Unleavened Bread Nisan/Aviv 15-21 3. Bikkurim First Fruits of Barley Harvest The morrow after the sabbath during Hag HaMatzah 4. Shavuot Feast of Weeks/Pentecost Fifty days from the Feast of First Fruits 5. Yom Teruah Feast of Trumpets Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah) 6. Yom Kippur Day of Atonement Tishrei 10 7. Sukkot Feast of Tabernacles/Booths Tishrei 15-21 a. Shemini Atzeret The eighth assembly/conclusion Tishrei 22b. Simchat Torah Rejoicing in the Torah Tishrei 23




HISTORICAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST HISTORICAL ASPECT
1. Passover Israel's deliverance out of Egyptian bondage (Pesach) 2. Unleavened Bread The going out of Egypt (Hag HaMatzah) 3. First Fruits Crossing the Red Sea (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai (Shavuot) 5. Rosh HaShanah Blowing the Shofar/Jewish New Year (Yom Teruah) 6. Day of Atonement Priest entered the Holy of Holies (Yom Kippur) Cleansing of the people's sins 7. Tabernacles Entering the Promised Land/Great Rejoicing (Sukkot)




MESSIANIC APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT
1. Passover Death of Yeshua on the tree (Pesach) 2. Unleavened Bread The Burial of Yeshua (Hag HaMatzah) 3. First Fruits Resurrection of Yeshua (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot) on Shavuot (Acts 2) 5. Rosh HaShanah The Resurrection of the Dead / (Yom Teruah) Rapture (Natzal) of believers 6. Day of Atonement The Day of Messiah's Second Coming (Zech 14:4) (Yom Kippur) 7. Tabernacles The Messianic Era/Millennium (Sukkot) (Athid Lavo)




SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST SPIRITUAL APPLICATION ( Halacha )
1. Passover Repent (Teshuvah) and trust by faith (Emunah) (Pesach) in the shed blood of Yeshua 2. Unleavened Bread Sanctification and separation from evil represented (Hag HaMatzah) by water immersion (Mikvah) 3. First Fruits Walking (Halacha) in newness of life (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Immersion in the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot) and growing in faith (Emunah) in G-d (making spiritual aliyah) 5. Rosh HaShanah Hear (Shema) the calling (Shofar) of (Yom Teruah) for our lives 6. Day of Atonement Yielding ourselves to G-d so we may live (face to face) (Yom Kippur) in His Presence 7. Tabernacles A daily rest (shabbat) in the Messiah and (Sukkot) having the rest (menuchah) of His Kingdom in our hearts

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011

Exodus 34:6-7 - "And He [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.' "

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse - the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known."

Generational curses are judgments that are passed on to individuals because of sins perpetuated in a family in a number of generations. Generational curses are similar to original sin curses because they can be passed down on a generational basis. They differ in that generational curses do not impose eternal judgment. They bring judgment or bondage during an individual's life, reducing the quality of life, until that individual addresses the sin issues that put the curses into place.

Moses addressed this issue when the Israelites were preparing to enter the promised land. He told the new generation that was preparing to enter in that they would not enter unless the dealt with their own personal sins and also the sins of their fathers. The account can be found in Leviticus 26:39-42

"Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sin they will waste away. But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers - their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies - then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land."

As I have said in other writings, curses take away the quality of life. They can bring failure, shame, sickness and even physical death. They are temporal in nature, causing much grief. They are administered to get our attention and encourage us to turn back to God. Those who are humbled by them, repent and find restoration and renewed freedom from the Lord. Those who become angry, self-righteous and rebel against what God has permitted, and thus remain unrepentant, go deeper into bondage and darkness.

The Scriptures reveal a two prong approach for dealing with generational bondage. We have to address (1) Personal sins and also (2) Generational sins (in the family).

At this point, I know that many Christians will reason, "I thought that all the past is under the blood when I received Jesus as my Savior!" As far as your salvation and eternal destiny is concerned, that is true. But our enemy loves to cause us grief when there are sins connected to our lives (personal or generational) that has not been addressed through repentance and confession. Do you remember that time when you received Jesus into your life? You acknowledged your sin in a general way and asked Him to be your Savior and forgive you and cleanse you. The Lord was very gracious with your general confession, but later on the Holy Spirit began to convict you of sins in your past. You were led to repent of them and confess them specifically to the Lord. Why did the Spirit do that? He wanted you to be free of any legal claims of the enemy upon your life. It had nothing to do with your salvation, but the quality and freedom of your new life in Christ.

Why does God permit the enemy to do be such a hindrance? Because the Lord, in His sovereignty, can use even the enemy's activities to accomplish something good in our lives. Some of the effects include chastisement, testing of faith, a guard against complacency, humility, and the motivation to pursue a sanctified life.

How do we begin to address the problem of generational curses and bondages? First, you must develop two sin lists - one personal and one for your family (including parents and the members of each of their families). You must be specific and thorough. Take your time. Go before the Lord and ask Him to help you prepare those lists.

The following is a list of sin categories to help you prepare your lists. Check the following:




IDOLATRY: _Eastern Religions (list) _Meditation _Chanting/mantras _Cults (list them) _Secret Orders/Lodges _Material things _Money _People

OCCULT: _Astrology _Fortune telling (various types) _Ouija Board _Seances _Dungeons & Dragons (or similar games - board or computer) _Hypnosis/Self-hypnosis _ESP _Crystals _Psychic healing _Occult literature _Occult beliefs _OOBE (Out of body experiences attempted/experienced) _Spiritism _Parapsychology _Psychic beliefs and practices _channeling _mind control

WITCHCRAFT & SATANISM: _Incantations _Spells _Dedications _Rituals _Ritual abuse _Blasphemy/Mockery _Literature _Beliefs _Sacrifices _Perversions _Magic _Santeria _Voodoo _Wicca _ Powwow healing witchcraft (Pennsylvania Dutch) _Maloike (Italian witchcraft) _Druidism (Celtic witchcraft)

SEXUAL SINS: _Fornication _Adultery _Pornography _Rape _Incest _Lust _Masturbation _Homosexuality _Abortion _Bestiality _Pedophilia _Exhibitionism _Abuse _Fantasy _Other perversions

DRUGS/ADDICTIONS: _Illegal (list) _Alcohol abuse _Smoking (abuse of body) _Prescription drug dependency _Food dependency

BELIEVING SATAN'S LIES: _Regarding self-image _Regarding God _Regarding religious beliefs _Regarding people _Regarding behavior _Regarding world standards and philosophies

FEAR: _Fear of failure _Fear of success _Fear of Rejection _Miscellaneous fears (list) _Anxiety _Worry _Despair _Hopelessness

UNBELIEF: _Lack of trust _Double-mindedness _Doubts _Skepticism

DECEIT/DISHONESTY: _Lying _Stealing _Exaggeration

PRIDE: _Self-righteousness _Self-focused _Vanity _Arrogance

REBELLION: _Disobedience _Disrespect _Self-will _Desire to be in Control _Stubbornness

ANGER: _Hatred _Bitterness _Resentment _unforgiveness _Rage _Revenge _Slander/Gossip _Critical/Judgmental _Blame-shifting _Prejudice/Bigotry _Malice

WISHING DEATH: _For self _For others

VIOLENT ACTS: _Attempted suicide _Abuse _Murder

VULGAR & ABUSIVE LANGUAGE: _Cursing (Lord's name in vain) _Sarcasm _Condemning _Off color stories and jokes

MUSIC: (Regarding content of message or performers' lifestyles) _Occult _Satanic _Sexual _Rebellion _Drug oriented _Focus on Death

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: (with roots in false religious beliefs or with psychic/occult influences) _Reiki _Therapeutic Touch _meditation techniques (emptying the mind) _Transcendental Meditation _acupuncture _acupressure _sonopuncture _iridology _chromotherapy _sound therapy _kinesiology _radionics _astrologic medicine _orgonomy _bioenergetics _biofeedback _hypnotic regression _reflexology _polarity therapy _Rolfing _Do'in _Shiatsu _yoga _Kirilian photography _autogenics _iridology _Ayurvedic Medicine _Tai Chi _Qigong _Traditional Chinese medicine _visualization techniques _psychic diagnosis _psychic healing.

Please Note: that Chinese Herbs are not Traditional medicine as prescribed b our friend Dr. Israel. Dr Israel 's methods of healing are Biblical, I know! they work for me and my family and many in our congregation!

UNSCRIPTURAL SEEKING OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS OR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: _Priming the pump to receive tongues _Accepting any personal experience without testing it by the Word of God _Receiving personal prophecies without testing them and having them confirmed by God and the body of Christ and especially your Pastor or Elders.

This is only a guide to aid you in preparing your sin lists. It is not comprehensive. Not every sin is listed. Add whatever is applicable to your situation.

Make sure that you are truly repentant as you confess these sins. Otherwise the confession means very little. It is important to be repentant on behalf of your family. If you continue to be angry and bitter towards your family, your prayers will not be effective. Ask God to give you a spirit of forgiveness for yourself and anyone in your life dead or alive.

After you have confessed all sins on each list, renounce any claims of Satan upon your life in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Declare that you have placed all his claims against you under the blood of Yeshua/Jesus, your Savior.

Then spend a time of worship and praise to the Lord and in His Torah/Bible. Thank Him in advance for the deliverance and healing that He is going to bring into your life.

Don't expect everything to come at once. The Lord will unfold to you new freedoms in the days that follow. Don't compare yourself with anyone else. His work in your life will be different than in other lives. He knows what you need and when you need it. Keep close accounts with the Lord. Stay in His Word, His Torah and in prayer. Stand against the enemy and confess the Word of Yahweh your God . When you have new freedoms, remember that the enemy will visit you trying to steal them away from you. Keep your eyes on the Yeshua and His Torah. The Yeshua loves you and He is faithful to redeem you.

NOTE: If family members continue to sin in the present, their sins should be confessed each day, on their behalf, until they repent of their sins. Doing this will continue to bring grace/favor into their lives and it will also hinder the efforts of the enemy.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


Many Christians believe we were given a new commandment – “If it seems right to you, go ahead and do it!” They say that Paul taught we now have freedom to do anything we want. We are under grace, so all things are legal now. We are not under that nasty old law anymore. Peter told us that some of Paul’s writings were hard to understand. So, is it possible that we don’t really understand some of the things he said? Let’s examine some of these things in order to see how this may or may not be true.



1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.



Wow! Does this give us license to do anything we want? All we have to do is become believers and we can do everything the pagans do without the consequences. All things are now legal to eat or do? If we are now under grace and cannot sin, then why does Paul go into all his diatribes against sin? Why bother if all things, while maybe not expedient, are now legal for us to do?



Or, Heaven forbid, maybe we really don’t understand what he meant. After all, he had just spoken the following words:



1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of Yahweh .



Now this really doesn’t make much sense if we understand it this way. It is legal to do all these things, but if you do, you won’t make it into the kingdom of Yahweh. Obviously, we’re not getting the whole picture. There is a word play here in the Greek that cannot be accurately conveyed in the English language. Perhaps, a better rendering of this would be that all these things are in Paul’s power to do, but not proper to do so. Paul made the same argument in chapter 10 about eating things sacrificed to idols.



Paul would hardly be teaching anything that conflicted with Torah. From the way Paul expressed things, the Greek scriptures and our unfamiliarity with Torah, some things have been lost in the translation. A better approach might be to do as Paul did, not necessarily what you think he said to do.



Some like to use Romans 14 to prove they may eat anything now.



Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for Elohim hath received him.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for Elohim is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto Yahweh; and he that regardeth not the day, to Yahweh he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to Yahweh, for he giveth Elohim thanks; and he that eateth not, to Yahweh he eateth not, and giveth Elohim thanks.





These verses are contrasting the eating of clean meats to vegetarianism. They are not saying it is okay to eat anything. Contrary to what some of you might think, Paul never ate a pork chop in his entire life. Another thing to be noted here, there is nothing in these verses about the Sabbath. Some use verse 5, to their own peril, to prove they can establish their own “Sabbath” day on any day of the week. Paul was talking about fasting in this verse. The Jews fasted, according to their own traditions, twice a week on the 2nd and 5th days. Others did not fast on those days or at all. It was a man made tradition, not the commandment of Yahweh to do so. They were not to judge each other if one fasted and the other didn’t.



Well, what about verse 14 then?



Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Master Yahshua, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Rom 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Messiah died.



Note again, this is a continuation of Paul’s exhortation not to judge our brother in his eating habits. Whether anything is unclean of itself or not is debatable. I find it hard to believe Paul is saying a buzzard or a spider, for example, is not unclean of itself. There are many things that are unclean of themselves, so it is doubtful that Paul had in mind unclean things that Yahweh had already placed off limits for food. Whether the things listed in Lev. 11 are unclean of themselves or not, hardly matters, they are unclean to us and forbidden for food because Yahweh said so. Let’s move on to another verse that causes problems for some:



Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Mesiah



Paul was warning the Colossians they were being judged by deceivers who were trying to impose their paganistic doctrines upon them. Some have tried to say that this proves the Sabbath and food laws were abolished. It does nothing of the sort. The word “therefore” in verse 16 refers to all that he has just told them. He was forbidding the adoption of pagan practices, the commandments and doctrines of men, which would eventually perish. The only ones who were to judge them was “the body of Messiah.” The little italicized word “is” is not in the Greek in verse 17. The translator obviously didn’t understand what Paul meant and didn’t think you would either, so he added the word “is” to help clarify it for you. Leave out the “is” here and it makes perfect sense (No one is to judge you, but the body of Messiah). See how the addition of punctuation and little italicized words can cloud the whole meaning of a verse.



The things mentioned in verse 16 are called types and shadows of things still to come. The Feasts of Yahweh and the weekly Sabbath represent prophetic events, some of which will be fulfilled when Yahshua returns.



Here is another scripture used to justify eating anything:



1Co 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to Elohim: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

1Co 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.



This whole chapter is talking about eating meat sacrificed to idols. Of course, Paul is not talking about eating a pig. He is speaking of meat that would be considered clean according to Lev. 11. If you carefully read verse 8, it says you are not better if you eat it, nor are you worse off if you don’t eat. It is a complete wash, you gain nothing either way.



1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which Elohim hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1Ti 4:4 For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer.



Now, an unlearned person would just read this on the surface and believe it is saying that it is a doctrine of demons to abstain from meats, which Yahweh created for food. All you have to do now is pray over your ham sandwich and Presto! It is now clean. The key is in verse 3, “meats which Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth”. He tells us what those things are in Lev. Chapter 11. These are the clean things He ordained that we could use for food. Nowhere in the Word of Yahweh are unclean foods ever sanctified (set apart). The unbelievers can eat anything they so desire, but Yahweh’s people are to be set apart (kadosh) unto Him. Your body is the temple of the Ruach HaKodesh, why would you want to defile it by eating unclean things?



If you still believe pork has somehow been sanctified by the word of Yahweh and prayer, then let’s read what Isaiah had to say would take place on the Day of Yahweh.



Isa 66:15 For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will Yahweh plead with all flesh: and the slain of Yahweh shall be many.

Isa 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith Yahweh.



Note what it does NOT say. “Pork eating Christians won’t be wiped out with the pork eating heathen because they will have already been “raptured” out in a secret coming of Yahshua.” The problem here is, there will be no secret coming of Yahshua. He told his disciples in Matt. 24:25-26 that he was warning them beforehand, that there would be false prophets that would say his coming would be in secret. Rev. 1:7 plainly states EVERY eye will see him when he returns. So, we’re still left with a dilemma. Who are these pork eaters? They’re not the Moslems, so who could they possibly be?



Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name (or not calling upon my name – how many call upon the name of Yahweh?).

Isa 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

Isa 65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

Isa 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

Isa 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day



Paul tells us who they are.



Rom 10:20 But Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Rom 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.



According to the Apostle Paul, they are Israel. They are us! When you become a believer, you are grafted into Israel. You become no different than any other Israelite. All the prophecies that apply to Israel now pertain to you. Yahweh has no other people apart from Israel. If you are not Israel, you do not belong to Him PERIOD.



Actually, Isaiah 66: 19-21 also gives us the same information as to the identity of this pork-eating people. The survivors of this group of people will help gather Israel from all nations and present them to Yahweh, as an offering in a clean vessel. He will then take of them for priests and Levites. These are the ones who commonly refer to themselves as Christians. They are lost identity Israelites in dispersion. It doesn’t sound like Yahweh is completely pleased with them either. If Yahweh is pleased with the “Church”, then He has changed!



Did Messiah say anything about changing the law? Did he condone eating unclean food? Did he ever eat swine’s flesh? Some people think he said it was okay to eat anything, so let’s see what he did say. First of all, he made it very clear in his very first recorded sermon that he did not come to change the law (Torah).



Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.



That sounds pretty clear, doesn’t it? Heaven and earth are still here and all things are not yet fulfilled. So, if he taught anything different, then this statement was not true and we have a big problem and no savior. Remember, the law included the clean/unclean food laws. So, let’s look at one scripture that some think was Yahshua’s okay to now eat anything.



Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mat 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.



There it is, the smoking gun… Yahshua plainly states that it isn’t what you eat that defiles you, but what comes out of your mouth. So, now you can go eat your ham sandwich, it doesn’t defile you anymore. I guess what he is saying here then, is that anyone teaching you that it is forbidden to eat pork is teaching man’s commandments.

If you just listened to these Christian sound bytes, taken out of context, you would get that same impression. But, why not read the whole chapter to see what he is talking about. The “commandments of men” that Yahshua referred to was about washing your hands before you eat. This is what the whole thing is about. Was this a commandment of Yahweh or of man? Yahshua clarifies this a few verses later.



Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Mat 15:20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man



It is clearly a doctrine of man. Compare the Mark chapter 7 version of this account.



What about Peter’s vision in Acts Chapter 10, wasn’t Yahweh showing him that it was now okay to eat all those abominable things?



Act 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

Act 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

Act 10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

Act 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

Act 10:14 But Peter said, Not so Yahweh; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What Elohim hath cleansed, that call not thou common.



Again, many read these sound bytes and stop right there. Elohim has cleansed all those unclean things, so they are now okay to eat. But, this is not the meaning of Peter’s vision. He explains what it meant in verse 28.



Act 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but Elohim hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.



It wasn’t about food at all. It was about Yahweh cleansing the gentiles also by the blood of Yahshua.



Part of our problem is a lack of understanding of the scriptures from a Jewish perspective. If any part of the Renewed Covenant (New Testament) conflicts with Torah, it is to be discarded. Fortunately, it does not conflict. There are areas we don’t understand because of a lack of understanding of Torah. We think Paul and Peter are telling us something when the opposite may be true. To the Hebrew mind, unclean things were never even considered to be food. Consider the following scripture from the Torah:



Deu 12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of Yahweh thy Elohim which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.



Did this mean that they could eat anything their soul lusted after? Of course not! That would have been a violation of Torah. However, they could kill and eat of any of the clean animals, two of which were mentioned here. The ritually clean and unclean person alike could eat of them.



We know that the Apostle Paul kept the law, which included the Feasts, the clean food laws, the Sabbath and all that was written in the Torah.



Act 25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

Act 25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.



Paul never taught that the law (Torah) was abolished. He kept it in all it’s aspects and taught his followers to do likewise. He laid out some initial guidelines for the returning Israelites (gentiles) to begin a full torah walk. He didn’t try to lay everything on them all at once. But, from what he did tell them, we can see that the clean food laws and full Torah observance was in view.



Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Elohim: ( the Greek word “Epistrepho” means to return or come back to)

Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.



The idols and fornication were obvious no-no’s, but why the prohibition against things strangled? It is because this was a common way the pagans sacrificed an animal. When an animal was strangled, the blood was never drained from it. In contrast, when an animal was sacrificed by the Jews, its throat was slit with a sharp knife which resulted in a quick painless death for the animal. The blood was then drained as commanded in the Torah. Many gentile (grafted in Israelites) believers still consume blood in violation of Paul’s instructions and Torah. Rare steak anyone?



Paul’s intentions are clearly in view here. He didn’t want to dump everything on them all at once. In verse 21, he explains that they can learn all the other necessary things as they go to the synagogues each Sabbath day.



There is nothing in any of Paul’s actions that even remotely suggest he violated Torah. He admonished us to be imitators of him as he followed Yahshua (I Co.4:16). By his own admission, he did not offend in anything at all in the Torah. He was fully Torah observant.



Why would he have taught us otherwise? Hope and pray this has been an enlightenment of the misunderstanding of what has been taught from traditions and customs of man. Please read: Mark 7:6-9 & Colossians 2:8-10.



P.S. Please remember that the Torah means God's teaching and instruction,and commandments, not the "Law" so Paul was teaching from the word of God, there was no "King James Version Bible back then! Amen! Hope this has cleared up allot things for you.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

THE pig or swine is a very popular food item with most Christians. Yet Christians are unaware that the God they profess to believe in had condemned the eating of swine's flesh. The condemnation was based on some very sound biological principles. Here are some facts on pork that prove it to be a very unhealthy food to eat:


Error! Filename not specified.A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.


Error! Filename not specified.The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.


Error! Filename not specified.When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.


Error! Filename not specified.Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.


Error! Filename not specified.Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.


Error! Filename not specified.Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.


Error! Filename not specified.When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal's flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.


Error! Filename not specified.Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts,and eggs will be killed.


Error! Filename not specified.Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.


Error! Filename not specified.Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine's one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.


Error! Filename not specified.The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why YAHWEH commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).


Error! Filename not specified.The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.


Error! Filename not specified.The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.


There are other reasons grounded in biological facts that could be listed to show why pigs and swine should not be eaten. But a true believer should only need one reason why not to eat this type of food because YAHWEH prohibited it.


"And the swine, because it divides the hoof, yet does not chew the cud, it is unclean unto you: you shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase." - Leviticus 11:7,8; Deuteronomy 14:8


Those who say YAHWEH abolished the law condemning pork are motivated by their stomach not Scripture. The problems with pork are biological, and YAHWEH never changed the laws of biology. Ask any doctor if pork is good for you, and if they tell anything different that what these facts show, then change your doctor! All they want is for you to keep coming back to them, and then it's all about your money, and not interested in your health! If they are honest they will tell you the truth!

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

(DIVIDING THE LAND OF ISRAEL AND THE RED HORSE)

Ezekiel 33:1 Again the word of YHVH came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 33:2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:

Ezekiel 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Ezekiel 33:4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.

Ezekiel 33:5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.

Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand.

Ezekiel 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me

WATCHMAN UPON THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM


Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of YHVH, keep not silence,

Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

O WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT ?

Isaiah 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night?


O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(ISRAEL CRACKS DOWN ON GAZA DISENGAGEMENT PROTESTORS)

Police Riot - They were only following orders. When the police and military follow orders of corupt evil leaders, they must know one day they will have to answer to the people for their actions. Thousand of Police Break into Kfar Maimon; Serious Clashes Reported 16:41 Jul 19, '05 / 12 Tammuz 5765 (IsraelNN.com) - Soldiers and police broke into Kfar Maimon a short while ago in an attempt to stop the marchers. Serious clashes have broken out. Zviki Bar Hai, head of the Har Hevron Council and head of security in the Yesha Council has been arrested. - Posted by Yoni Tidi Maj. IDF Intel. ret. at July 19, 2005 07:30 AM - http://www.yoni4knesset.com/mt/archives/000864.html

Israeli marchers besieged - Massive chain of soldiers blockade protesters, leaders vow to march on --WND - http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45348

Sharon orders 10,000 anti-retreat protesters penned by 15,000 police and army troops at Jewish village - Joel Greenberg Thursday, July 21, 2005 05:04:43 AM EDT - http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0705/penned_in.php3?printer_friendly

300 pullout protestors arrested; government considers earlier expulsion - Updated 07/21/05 10:38 Israel time - Police on Wednesday night arrested several hundred anti-pullout protestors for entering the "closed military zone" of the Gaza Strip to reach Gush Katif. One soldier was lightly injured by protestors at the Kissufim crossing. According to settler leaders, who vowed to continue infiltrating Gush Katif "little by little", some 1,000 nevertheless succeeded to get in. The government considers moving forward the mid-August expulsion date. - http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Politics/6079.htm

Prison Service announces it can absorb 2,300 pullout foes - Prisons Service director Ya'akov Ganot released the number at a special Knesset meeting, as part of a plan for the absorption of potential detainees. - http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Briefs/6072.htm

VOICES OF THE ROAD-MAP FROM HELL!... "I want arrests and I am telling you to use water cannons without holding back. Don't call me, just use the cannons. Shit on them. Let them burn. Use the cannons and batons. Hit them on their lower body and work the way you know how." Negev police commander Brigadier-General Nisso Shacham, who was summoned to a disciplinary hearing for inciting police to use violence against anti-expulsion activists. 07/24/2005 - Israel Insider

SHIMON PERES CONDEMNS SETTLERS AND THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM - Democratic values with no freedom of assembly, speech or movement with arrests in the middle of the night. Peres stay pimping for the PLO, PA for you know nothing of democracy or freedom. Peres: Security Forces Are Defending Democracy 10:59 Jul 20, '05 / 13 Tammuz 5765 (IsraelNN.com) Vice Premier (Labor) Shimon Peres told members of the Ministerial Disengagement Committee Wednesday morning that "security forces are defending our democratic values". Mr. Peres added, "The settlers are attempting to lead us to anarchy and as such, they are endangering the laws and legal structure on which the State of Israel relies". Peres called "on the entire nation to condemn the path they have chosen, those who benefited from IDF protection, who must now surrender and retreat to their homes". Posted by Yoni Tidi Maj. IDF Intel. ret. at July 20, 2005 07:08 AM - http://www.yoni4knesset.com/mt/archives/000867.html

SUPPRESSING FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN ISRAEL - Their is no freedom of speech in Israel. Sharon = Stalin - Civil Administration Offices Forbid Entry to Cars With Orange Strips 12:45 Jul 20, '05 / 13 Tammuz 5765 (IsraelNN.com) As of this morning, the Judea, Samaria and Gaza Civil Administration offices in Beit El are not allowing vehicles flying orange pro-Gush Katif strips to park in the building's lot. The guard at the entrance to the lot and building is removing all orange strips on cars belonging to those seeking to go to the Civil Administration offices. The Civil Administration is meant to serve the civilian needs of all the residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Posted by Yoni Tidi Maj. IDF Intel. ret. at July 20, 2005 07:06 AM - http://www.yoni4knesset.com/mt/archives/000866.html

IDF chief Halutz increases penalties for refusing orders - Refuseniks will no longer be able to serve as combat soldiers, and they will be sent to prison. - http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/602683.html

WATCHMAN COMMENT: The Israeli government crackdown on those who support the settlers and suppression of freedom of expression indicates that they are fully committed to the withdrawal from the Gaza so therefore the withdrawal from the Gaza is inevitable. The Bible says that Gaza is forsaken in the 'Day of the YHVH'

Zephaniah 1:14 The great day of the YHVH is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the YHVH: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zephaniah 1:15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zephaniah 2:4 For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up.

O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(ISRAELI GOVERNMENT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO THE WITHDRAWAL FROM GAZA)

Knesset Rejects Disengagement-Delay Bill - 07/20/05 - By a margin of 69-41, the Knesset rejected a bill proposed by MK Zevulun Orlev to postpone the expulsion/withdrawal plan by three months. Likud government ministers voted against the delay. - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86193

TOP ISRAELI MINISTERS SAY WITHDRAW FROM GAZA EARLIER…Two of Israel’s most senior government ministers are calling for the Gaza withdrawal to take place earlier than planned. Shimon Peres and Ehud Olmert have raised the idea after unprecedented confrontations between Israeli police officers and opponents of the pullback. Israel is scheduled to withdraw all civilians and soldiers from the Gaza Strip in an operation slated to begin on August 15. - The Media Line Israel - 07/21/05 - http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=10704

Last political maneuver to postpone disengagement fails - Jerusalem Post Wednesday, July 20, 2005 08:49:32 AM EDT - http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/Printer&cid=1121796128233&p=1119925650407

UPDATE: Israel Plans Surprise Early Withdrawal - JERUSALEM [MENL] 07/24/05 -- The government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, in an attempt to prevent massive resistance, has ordered the military to prepare for an early withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. - http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/july/07_24_2.html

Voices in Favor of Condensing Expulsion Process - Army officers and officials now say that the expulsion should not be carried out in four separate stages, as per the Cabinet decision, but rather in one fell swoop of between two and four weeks. - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86454

IDF to blow up 30 synagogues in Gaza - Sharon had vowed to dismantle,... religious buildings -- London Times - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0%2C%2C251- 1703493_2%2C00.html

Army Likely to Blow up Katif Synagogues - The Defense Ministry acknowledges that one of the possibilities under consideration for the synagogues and yeshivot in Gush Katif is to blow them up. Army officials say this is the likely choice. - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86319

Army to Residents: Some of Your Property Will Be Left Behind - An outstanding issue in the ever-so- complicated disengagement/expulsion issue is what to do with the residents' property. The army's threats represent psychological pressure against the residents. 07/22/05 - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86326

WATCHMAN COMMENT: The Israeli government led by Ariel Sharon (Prime Minister) and Shimon Peres (Vice Premier) and Ehud Olmert (former mayer of Jerusalem) are fully commited to the withdrawal from the Gaza. Seeing the large protest by those who support the settlers by Zionist Jews in the land of Israel has created concern within the Israeli government to not allow the opposition forces to continue to gain strength and thus has decided to move up the withdrawal from the Gaza.

For the same reasons (concern that those opposed to the withdrawal from the Gaza and ultimately a PLO state will be able to unify and gain strength against the Israeli governments policies), the Israeli government will seek to create a PLO state in 2006. A PLO state is now inevitable given that the state of Israel is committed to it.

O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(ISRAELI GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS A PLO STATE AND THE DIVIDING OF JERUSALEM)

Peres: Divide Jerusalem and hand over Hebron - Vice Premier Shimon Peres said on Sunday that there is no chance for peace with the Palestinians unless Israel partitions Jerusalem and cedes Hebron. - http://web.israelinsider.com/Articles/Briefs/6100.htm

Envoy Ayalon: Expulsion Part of US-Israeli Policy - The Sharon government's plan to expel Jews from Gaza and turn the area over to the PA is part of an overall Israeli-American agreement, according to Danny Ayalon, Israeli ambassador to the U.S. 07/22/05 - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86336

WATCHMAN COMMENT: When the vice premier of the government of Israel (Shimon Peres) indicates that Jerusalem should be divided (which means support for a PLO state), a PLO state and the dividing of the land of Israel is inevitable. This is also the policy of the US government. BOTH the Israeli government and the US government is committed to a PLO state and a divided Jerusalem. It is a done deal. All that remains is the timing for the implementation of the policy.


The Bible says that the land of Israel will be divided duirng a period of time known as the 'day of YHVH'.

Joel 2:1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the YHVH cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.

Joel 3:2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.


O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(PLO TERRORISM WILL INCREASE WHEN A PLO STATE IS CREATED)

Shin Bet Chief Reveals Some Painful Facts of the Oslo War - But we still want to give these terrorist scum our land, the Land G-D gave us. - 10:43 Jul 20, '05 / 13 Tammuz 5765 (IsraelNN.com) Addressing members of the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee on Tuesday, Shin Bet Director Yuval Diskin presented some facts regarding Arab terrorism during the period since October 2000 until today, the Oslo War, referred to by the Government of Israel as the Second Intifada. There have been 25,375 terror attacks including 142 suicide bombing attacks in which 1,048 persons were murdered and 5,600 injured. 18,000 Palestinian Authority (PA) residents and 225 Israeli Arab citizens played a role in the perpetration of the attacks. This number includes 83 women of which 67 were suicide bombers. 90% of the 18,000 terrorists are males between 16 and 35. Posted by Yoni Tidi Maj. IDF Intel. ret. at July 20, 2005 07:11 AM - http://www.yoni4knesset.com/mt/archives/000869.html


WATCHMAN COMMENT: The Oslo accords signed in 1993 did not bring peace to the Israel / PLO conflict. On the contrary, there have been more terrorist attacks after the Oslo accords than any period since the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 prior to the Oslo accords. In like manner, a PLO state will bring about greater terrorism and a regional war to the Middle East between Israel and her neighbors who want to destroy her.

For this reason, the prophet Joel tells us that when the land of Israel gets divided, the nations of the world are to prepare for war.


Joel 3:6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.


Joel 3:9 Proclaim ye this among Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:

Joel 3:10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.


O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(AFTER A WITHDRAWAL FROM THE GAZA, THE USA IS COMMITTED TO ESTABLISHING A PLO STATE)


McClellan: Gaza EVACUATION 'historic opportunity' - Spokesman says important disengagement plan succeeds --WND - http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45380

RICE URGES RETURN TO ROAD MAP … United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in Israel on Friday for meetings with top government members. During a meeting with her Israeli counterpart Sylvan Shalom on Thursday evening, Rice urged Jerusalem and the Palestinians to return to the peace Road Map as laid out by the international Quartet: Russia, the United Nations, the European Union and the U.S.... - The Media Line Israel 07/22/05 - http://www.themedialine.org/news/news_detail.asp?NewsID=10718


Rice Visiting Israel; PA Wants More Concessions - Condoleezza Rice set up a two-day visit Thursday and Friday to Israel to keep the PA-Israel talks from collapsing, but Abu Mazen is counting on her to back him for more Israeli concessions. - http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=86282


DEBKAfile Exclusive Report: Visiting US Secretary Rice warns Sharon. No extra US economic aid for evacuations and IDF redeployment without coordination with the Palestinians - July 22, 2005, 2:36 PM (GMT+02:00) - She spent Friday morning, July 22, on Sharon’s Sycamore Farm before flying off to Beirut for a surprise visit. Secretary Rice returns Saturday for talks with Palestinian leaders. Our Washington sources report the Bush administration is furious with the Israeli prime minister for holding back final answers to Egypt and the Palestinians on key issues.... - http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=382


WATCHMAN COMMENT: The punishment for dividing the land of Israel and Jerusalem is NUCLEAR WAR against those who do so. What this means is that nuclear bombs will come upon cities in the USA.


Zechariah 14:1 Behold, the day of YHVH comes, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.


Zechariah 14:2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.


Zechariah 14:12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.


O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(A USA CONFRONTATION WITH IRAN)


The Iran War Buildup - Story posted by Research2 - Repeating what was said at the outset, there is no evidence that President Bush has already made the decision to attack Iran.But there are many indications that planning for such a move is well under way--and if the record of Iraq (and other wars) teaches us anything, it is that such planning, once commenced, is very hard to turn around - Michael T. Klare/The Nation - http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050801&s=klare


US Military Ordered To Prepare Nuke Attack On Iran? - Off Libertyforum The American Conservative - transcribed from hard copy page 27 7-22-5 - ...The Pentagon, acting under instructions from Vice President Dick Cheney's office, has tasked the United States Strategic Command (STRATCOM) with drawing up a contingency plan to be employed in response to another 9/11-type terrorist attack on the United States. The plan includes a large-scale assault on Iran employing both conventional and tactical nuclear weapons. Within Iran there are more than 450 major strategic targets, including numerous suspected nuclear-weapons-program development sites. Many of the targets are hardened or are deep underground and could not be taken out by conventional weapons, hence the nuclear option. As in the case of Iraq, the response is not conditional on Iran actually being involved in the act of terrorism directed against the United States. Several senior Air Force officers involved in the planning are reportedly appalled at the implications of what they are doing - that Iran is being set up for an unprovoked nuclear attack- but no one is prepared to damage his career by posing any objections.... - http://www.libertyforum.org/



WATCHMAN COMMENT: The fall of the USA (the spiritual land of Babylon) as a world superpower (as a result of WW III) will be triggered by a confrontation with the Medes (Iran). This happens during a period of time known in the Bible as the 'day of YHVH.



Isaiah 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Isaiah 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Isaiah 13:17 Behold, I will stir up the Medes against them, which shall not regard silver; and as for gold, they shall not delight in it.



Jeremiah 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: YHVH hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

Jeremiah 51:28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes, the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.



O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(WHO IS THE RED HORSE ??)



The following analysis comes from Rick Taylor. In the last few years, Rick has become a 'Messianic believer' in Yeshua. The original article was written by Rick after 9/11 but prior to the USA invation of Iraq. At this time, Rick wasn't a 'Messianic' believer in Yeshua but a 'traditional Christian'.



The article that follows the first article was also written by Rick after the USA invasion of Iraq as an update to the original article. Rick is now a 'Messianic' believer in Yeshua and has a congregation in Wellsville, NY.



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(Congregation of the God of Israel)

We are meeting at our new facilities, 76 S. Main Street, Wellsville, NY at 10:00 a.m. every Shabbat for our Shabbat service, and

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While Rick was given a thought (by YHVH) after 9/11 but before the USA invastion of Iraq that the USA might be the white horse and the red horse was an attack against the USA in response to the events of the white horse, this thought only entered my mind (Eddie Chumney) in June 2005. I was NOT aware that Rick had written these viewpoints and this article until THIS WEEK. Since Rick mentioned these articles in an e-mail that I received from him this week, I asked him to send to me the original articles that he wrote. The following is a copy of those articles.



Eddie,

I was able to find these articles faster than I had supposed. Since I had written them, I had a computer completely crash and needed to replace it, and wasn't sure if I had transferred them to my current computer. I did, and am present them to you. The first article was before I was sure where I stood asa Messianic and was written for a ministry outreach called The Potter's Wheel, the reprint reflects the changes in my life.

Dear Ministry Friends,

Four Horsemen Today?

I recently wrote a book on Revelation titled “Revelation: Coming Soon to an Earth Near You,“ which took me about a year. I wrote it while I was teaching it. I wish that I had taken longer time to write the Revelation book, because events are happening now that make me think I was wrong in part of it. I had always thought the white horse was the anti-Christ, because it is the popular idea. However, now I think I might be wrong. I’m not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, so this is not a “Thus saith the Lord,” but it is a concept that is worthy of consideration. Follow me in this, and I’ll share with you what came to me the other evening.

Open your Bible to Revelation 6:1-8, and ask the Lord to speak to you concerning what I am about to say:

The White Horse and Rider -

Before we look at this one, we must note that many have interpreted this to be the anti-Christ, as I have myself, and it still may be. However, as I have been considering this prophecy, it came to me that in order for the prophecy to be consistent, that it not refer to a specific person, or else each of the horses and riders must represent a specific person. Therefore I came to the conclusion that while the events by the white horse and rider may usher in the anti-Christ, they do not represent him.

The white horse and rider represents a person or event that comes across as heroic, defending the rights of others. The bow represents battle from a distance, and this is what we are doing with Afghanistan at the moment, fighting a war primarily with bombs and missiles. The Living Room War as some call it, with American’s watching it from their TV or computer screens.

The crown represents authority. The rider on the white horse is representative of one who is given authority to go forth and conquer. This horse and rider is perceived at least at first, to be a rescuer. Here we have the scenario.

On September 11, 2001 the United States came under attack by terrorists. Suddenly the US knew what it meant to be a victim. We moved to the international community, stated our intentions to war on terrorism. We drew a line in the sand and asked who was on our side. We made alliances, determined we would find those guilty, and punish them. Our alliances became a coalition against terrorism, however ill defined the goals. We are now battling in Afghanistan, suffering from a limited attack by anthrax, and preparing to possibly go to war with Iraq. We, along with our allies, have authority to wage war on the terrorists granted by the United Nations. We are commissioned to conquer and to continue conquering terrorism.

I believe that this coalition and war against terrorism could possibly be what the white horse and rider represent.

The Red Horse and Rider -

The red horse and rider represent blood from warfare. Remember the disturbing pictures on television, newspapers and on the net which showed Muslims from all over the world cutting themselves to make themselves bleed, and rejoicing by dancing in the streets over the attack on the US? When the coalition wages its war on terrorism, its major enemies are those of the Moslem world. Already there is a call from Osama bin Ladin for Jihad (holy war) against the US and its allies. In life he is now a legend, in death he will be a martyr. When we expand our war into Iraq and possibly other areas, the call for Jihad will take on greater significance, and the world will be plunged into war from the Islamic front. If we take the time to notice, we will see that red is a primary color on the flags of many Islamic nations. Red is also the primary color of many communist countries. I believe that it is possible that some of these communist countries will change sides and join the Moslems (with the hope of gaining oil reserves), and this war may also include the Gog/Magog war of Ezekiel 36,37. I believe the great sword is also the symbol for Islam. Islamic nations and individuals will begin to attack the US, the coalition, and the people as individuals (also and especially Israel).

The Black Horse and Rider -

When war occurs the land is decimated and with it crops are destroyed. Food reserves are used up quickly and famine occurs. The scales call for an exact measure, since there will not be an abundance. What we see during this time is that a days worth of food (just the basics) will cost roughly a days wages. A penny in the Bible in the first century was often a day’s wage (worth about 15 cents today). Food lines will grow, setting the stage for the next horse and rider.

However, for some there appears to be hope during this time. The command from heaven is to not hurt the oil and the wine. Oil and wine were very expensive, so this may represent the rich that have enough to live on for awhile, but more than likely it represents something else. Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and wine symbolic of the blood of Yeshua. When a person was anointed with oil in the Bible, that person was set aside by God for a special ministry, whether it be prophet, priest or king. I believe that God is saying that during this time he will provide protection for those who are bought by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and who are living a life consecrated to him. I do not believe that God’s protection will be available for those who are saved but living carelessly without giving thought to their responsibility before God. I think that if we wait until war is upon us, it will be too late.

Pale Horse and Rider -

The word pale is from the Greek word ‘chloros’ and means “pale green.” It is also the word from which we get our English word cholera. This horse and rider represents death. Hell is the companion of death, for the majority of these people will be unbelievers. (There will be a great number of believers martyred, but this will be during the fifth seal. When world war ensues, there will be wide spread destruction with massive food shortages and famine. Pestilence and disease from contaminated food and water, increasingly poor sanitary conditions, as well as corrupted air from biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, will add to the death toll. With the ensuing chaos, wild animals will become more bold as they forage for food, but the worst threat will be domesticated animals that have lost their caregivers and have to forage for their own food. They have already lost their fear of humans, and humans will make an easy prey. The pale horse and rider will usher in the death of one/fourth of humanity. (Not just Jews.)

I realize that this is a pretty bleak forecast, but I am beginning to believe that this is where we are in God’s timetable. The good part is, we are that much closer to our redemption and our redeemer.



UPDATE TO THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AFTER THE USA INVASION OF IRAQ

The Four Horses and Riders

Revelation 6:1 – 8

There seems to be a lot of confusion on what the four horses and riders represent, and most of it is shadowed in the error of pre-tribulationalism. This error alone makes it difficult for people to properly interpret the meaning of the riders and their horses. It is my attempt to show what they are in light of recent world events.

“1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

When the Lamb opened the first seal, it opened with a sound of thunder, and the first beast / living creature cried out, “Come and see.”

At the opening of the first seal. There came a white horse and rider. The rider had a bow (but no arrows are mentioned) and was given a crown. He went forth conquering and to conquer.

There are different opinions about who this white horse and rider might be. Many believe and teach this is Yeshua (Jesus), while others believe it is the anti-Messiah (anti-Christ). I do not want to lead anyone astary, and so cannot speak dogmatically on this, but I do not believe the rider is either Yeshua or the anti-Messiah. Let me explain, but seek the guidance of Ruach haKodesh (the Holy Spirit) on this.

As I have been studying this prophecy, it came to me that in order for this portion of prophecy to remain consistent with the rest of the prophecy, that it must not refer to a specific person, or else each of the other riders must also represent specific persons. Therefore I came to the conclusion that while the white horse and rifer may usher in the anti-Messiah, they do not represent him.

Neither can the white horse and rider represent Yeshua, because it is Yeshua who is opening the seals. It is true that the rider arrives on a white horse like Yeshua does in Revelation 19:11, but it is there the similarities end. Conquerors have often rode white horses. In early westerns the good guy often rode a white horse. The white horse and rider represent a person or event that comes across as heroic, defending the rights of others. The bow represents battle from a distance, and this is what we are doing in Afghanistan at the moment, fighting a war primarily with bombs and missiles. The Living Room War as some call it, with Americans watching it from their TVs and computer screens.

The crown represents authority. The rider on the white horse is someone who has been given authority to go forth and conquer. This horse and rider is perceived, at least at first, to be a rescuer. Here we have the scenario.

On September 11, 2001, the United States came under attack by terrorists. Suddenly the US understood what it meant to be the victim. We moved to the international community and stated our intentions to war on terrorism, drew a line in the sand and asked who was on our side. We made alliances and determined we would find the guilty and punish them. Our allies became a coalition against terrorism, however ill- defined its goals. We are now battling in Afghanistan, suffering from a limited terrorist attack by mailed anthrax, and possibly preparing to go to war with Iraq. We, along with our allies, have authority to wage war on terrorists. We are commissioned to conquer and continue conquering terrorism. I believe this coalition and war on terrorism is what the white horse and rider represent.

Since I first wrote the above as part of a newsletter, we have expanded our war on terrorism, and have taken it to Iraq. This latest has been declared a victory, but it is far from over, and will likely expand in other directions, maybe Syria or Iran. There is “positive” talk of reinstituting the draft and expanding the draft age to 34, and drafting women. The talk is also that draftees may come from several specialized medical fields. This has an ominous sound to it, from a nation that is not planning an expanded war.

“3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. 4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.”

The second living creature announces the opening of the second seal. Out from this seal comes a red horse. Its rider had authority to take peace from the earth. The red horse and rider represent the blood from warfare.

Remember the disturbing pictures on television and in newspapers and magazines following the attack on the Twin Towers? In these pictures we saw Muslims from around the world dancing and clapping their hands, cutting and covering themselves in blood to celebrate the attack on America. When the coalition wages war on terrorism, its major enemies are those of the Muslim world. Osama ben Ladin has called for Jihad (holy war) against the US and its allies, and has even recently offered a reward of gold to those who kill key US and Iraqi leaders in the rebuilding of Iraq. When this war expands into other Muslim nations, the call for Jihad will take on greater significance, and the world will soon be plunged into war from the Islamic front.

Since we have become involved in war against Iraq, we have lost major European backing, who have chosen to somewhat side with the Muslim contingent. President Bush has somewhat mollified some of the Muslims by his everchanging stance on Israel, but I believe much of this is a pre-election smokescreen. After the elections, whoever becomes President will make known his stance on Israel, and the Muslims will act accordingly. A pro-Israel stance will argue for US strength and will cause a more cautious response, while an anti-Israel will show US weakness and make us ripe for the picking.

I believe the great sword to be symbolic of Islam. Red is the primary color on the flags of many Islamic countries (as well as Communistic countries with strong ties to Islamic countries). At some future point however, Islamic individuals and then countries, will begin to attack the US and its interests, its failing coalition, and its people. This will blossom into world war (that may be part of the Gog / Magog War of Ezekiel 38, 39).

It is interesting to note that as the support for the war on terrorism is waning, the price of petroleum is increasing. The need of petroleum products is a powerful incentive politically, for the powers to be to continue the war and expand its boundaries, even if those boundaries are limited to the production of oil in a conquered land. The “fuel” to continue many wars that had started out nobly, has been an increasing economic need.

5 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The third living creature announces the opening of the third seal, and coming from that seal is a black horse and rider. This rider carries a pair of balances in his hand, as what may be found in an open air market, or which is carried by Blind Justice. When war occurs, the land is decimated and its crops destroyed. Food reserves are quickly depleted and famine occurs. The scales call for an exact measure, there will not be an abundance. What we see during the time of this horse and rider is that a measure (Greek choinix – dry measure, less than a quart) of wheat for bread and three measures of barley each is worth a day’s wage. A penny (Greek - dinera) in the first century Bible times was often a day’s wage. Food lines will grow, setting the stage for the next horse and rider.

However there seems to be some hope here, for the command is given to “hurt not theoil and the wine.” There can be two possible applications here: 1) the wine and oil can apply to the rich who have bought and paid for their protection – temporarily; or 2) they may refer to believers in Yeshua haMashiach, the wine representing the blood of Messiah, and the oil representing Ruach haKodesh (the Holy Spirit) – this may mean that Yahweh is making provision for His people during this time of famine.

“7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

The opening of the fourth seal is announced by the fourth living creature. This is a pale horse and rider. The word pale is from the Greek word chloros, from which we get the words “chlorophyll” (the green pigments found in photosynthetic organisms) and “cholera” (a wasting disease). Chloros refers to a pale or sickly green color, therefore the pale horse is probably sickly green. This is the only rider who is named – Death; and his companion is Hell. This horse and rider has the authority to take 1/4th of humanity through violence, starvation, death (of various means), and through the uprising of the wild animals. Many of the deaths will occur from the war that is being waged, while others come from murder or in the struggle to survive. Pestilence and disease will come from contaminated food and water, corrupted air as a result of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons will also contribute significantly to the death toll. Others will simply die from a loss of the will to live. Then there are the animals. When war breaks out and the natural food supply is destroyed, then wild beasts will become bolder and bolder,even attacking humans in the effort to survive. Likewise, domestic animals, without someone to care for them, will grow wild. Having no natural fear of humans, these animals will pack and turn on man as a food source.

There are those who also compare the wild beasts to the Muslim contingent, especially those who came from Ishmael, and say they will destroy most of the world. This may be a good analogy, I don’t know. However, I do believe that one major source for the high death toll numbers will be the wide spread martyrdom of believers.

The above four horses and riders are also the first four seal judgments. The events transpiring today certainly appear to be in line with what has been prophesied. I believe we are near the end of the last two thousand year period of human history. Soon the Tribulation period will begin, with the anti-Messiah making a treaty with Israel. This treaty marks the beginning of the Tribulation Period.



WATCHMAN COMMENT: Selah !! (Think about it)





O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(THE ATTACK OF THE RED HORSE - WW III)



UPDATE: China Build Up Could Mean Threat To US - Washington (UPI) July 19, 2005 - The Pentagon released Tuesday the long-awaited annual Chinese military power report, painting a picture of a nation bent on building up its military and learning the technological lessons of the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. China's primary military focus remains Taiwan, specifically its interest in forcing the island nation to reunite with mainland China.... - http://www.spacewar.com/news/china-05zzzzs.html



UPDATE - Pentagon: China's Military Strengthening... - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050719/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_china_8



CHINESE Build-up includes missiles, jets, warships... - http://cnn.netscape.cnn.com/ns/news/story.jsp?id=2005071918360002086436&dt=20050719183600&w=RTR&coview =



UPDATE: Russia, Turkey Discuss Defense Cooperation - MOSCOW [MENL] 07/20/05 -- Russia and Turkey have resumed defense cooperation efforts. - http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/july/07_20_4.html



UPDATE: Chinese military looking beyond Taiwan, Pentagon says - SF Chronicle Wednesday, July 20, 2005 08:25:32 AM EDT - http://www.sfgate.com/cgi- bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/07/20/MNG8CDQIK71.DTL&type=printable



China Arms Budget Has Tripled, Says Pentagon - Story posted by Research1 - China is spending far more than it admits on its military as part of a modernization process that signals long-term ambitions to extend its power not only over Taiwan but also deeper into the region, according to the Pentagon. -Times UK - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,3-1702139,00.html



China's New Destroyers Feature Aegis Tech Copied from U.S. - July 21, 2005 World Tribune - China's military put its new guided missile destroyers on display last week, disclosing its two new warships that are equipped with Aegis-type battle management systems.... - http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/05_Global/050722.CH.Aegis.html

Taiwan's Chen: China A Threat - CNA 21 Jul 2005 -- President Chen Shui-bian said that a US report on the PRC's military power has shown that China's rise has not been peaceful, and that it is not an opportunity, but a threat. - http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/taiwan/2005/taiwan-050721-cna02.htm



Potential cruise missile test-launched in China - Amid continuing reports of several developmental cruise missile programmes in China, new evidence has emerged of a previously unknown long-range tactical missile system. Subscriber Link Non-Subscriber Extract 22-July- 2005 - www.janes.com



UPDATE: Chinese Military Power - Story posted by Research1 - China is moving quickly to develop and deploy advanced missile systems. For example, the Chinese air force (People's Liberation Army Air Force, or PLAAF) is preparing to deploy its first active radar anti- air missile. - Charles Smith/NewsMax 07/25/05 - http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/7/24/174404.shtml



How Osama bought bomb - Al-Qaida directs poppy crop under noses of American occupation of Afghanistan -- WND -- http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45426



Defector: N. Korea has atomic bomb - Man claimed he had been in country's parliament --Agence France- Presse - http://sg.news.yahoo.com/050720/1/3tm49.html



Poll: Americans Say World War III Likely... - http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050724/ap_on_re_us/world_war_ii_poll_4



RECAP: America in The End Times: In the Cross-hairs Of Apocalypse - By Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst - WASH—Jul 19—KIN— A nuclear end to the United States within the next year is predicted by several intelligence analysts if a plan by Osama bin Laden is executed, sealing an apocalyptic fate for the beacon of the free world and Western civilization. Paul Williams, award-winning investigative journalist, former FBI consultant and author of "Osama’s Revenge: The Next 9/11," has conducted extensive interviews with the intelligence community and has connected many reports and news stories that lead to the conclusion that al Qaeda terrorists have nuclear weapons, some of them are in the United States, and they plan to coordinate a simultaneous devastating attack in the near future. His information is given more credibility by a recent book written by House Armed Services Vice Chairman; Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Curt Weldon entitled "Countdown to Terrorism." Weldon references a similar operation dubbed "The 12th Imam" by an Iranian terrorist coordinating committee that gives organizational and strategic direction to al Qaeda, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and others... {Subscription service} - http://www.watch.org/showart.php3?idx=69970&rtn=/index.html&showsubj=1&mcat=1



Uncle Sam wants you – even if you’re 42 years old - By Rick Maze Times staff writer - The Defense Department quietly asked Congress on Monday to raise the maximum age for military recruits to 42 for all branches of the service.... - http://www.armytimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925- 983408.php



And Then They Came After Us - We’re at war. How about acting like it?! - http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson200507220816.asp



WATCHMAN COMMENT: While the USA talks 'peace' in the Middle East by agreeing to the original goals of Yasser Arafat (persue terrorism to achieve a PLO state), Russia, China and Al-Qaida is preparing for a nuclear attack against the USA.





O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(THE END OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE USA)



UPDATE: Our merger with Mexico - Exclusive: Joseph Farah hammers elites' plan to establish EU-type union in North America --WND - http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45352



WATCHMAN COMMENT: If the goals of the CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) is to have the USA merge with Canada and Mexico by 2010, I doubt if it will ever happen. The USA will get nuked for the dividing the land of Israel (Zechariah 14:12) prior to 2010.





O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(AS THE DAYS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH)



ABOMINATION! - Canada Legalizes Gay Marriage - Wednesday, July 20, 2005 - TORONTO — Canada legalized gay marriage (search) Wednesday, becoming the world's fourth nation to grant full legal rights to same-sex couples.... - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,163054,00.html



ABOMINATION: U.N. Group Wants Abortion for Girls Age 10 - http://newsmax.com/archives/articles/2005/7/22/103434.shtml



O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(ANYONE WANT A CHIP IMPLANT ??)



GOP star to get chip implant - Tommy Thompson signs up with VeriChip - Posted: July 22, 2005 9:12 p.m. Eastern - © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com - http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=45409 - Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson has volunteered to get an RFID electronic chip implant to show the world just how safe the new technology is....

The Mark of the Beast Payment System Here - Albertson's, the No. 2 supermarket chain, is one of hundreds of retailers testing biometric payment systems that let customers pay for purchases with a mere swipe of a finger.... - http://www.raidersnewsupdate.com/lead-story296.htm



O WATCHMAN, WHAT DO YOU SEE ?

(DO YOU HAVE A HEBRAIC VIEW OF THE END OF DAYS ??)



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RESTORING THE TWO HOUSES OF ISRAEL

Who are the Two Houses of Israel? Historically, they were the Northern Kingdom (house of Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (house of Judah). Today, they are known by the names of Christianity (house of Israel) and Judaism (house of Judah). Why are the two houses of Israel divided? How and when will they be reunited? This book examines some of the doctrinal issues which have historically divided the two houses of Israel like Torah, grace, Sabbath, who is the Jewish Messiah (Mashiach) and eschatology (study of the last days). It will also examine how the Israel / Arab peace process is associated with the reunification of both houses of Israel (Ezekiel 37:15-28) in the end of days.



ENMITY BETWEEN THE SEEDS

In the beginning, God placed enmity between the woman's seed and the seed of the serpent, thereby ensuring that there would be no mingling between the two. Yet, as Bill will show, the serpent has been trying to do exactly that, and moreover, has attempted throughout history to reverse the decision made against him in Genesis 3 by crushing the head of the woman's seed. By thoroughly researching the Hebrew text, Bill Cloud will show just how the war between the seeds began, how it affected principal characters in the Bible, and how the current War on Terror may be revealed in the opening passages of Genesis. In this book you will learn: Why God conceals truths within Scripture to be revealed in their time. What Cain and Abel teach about the end of days. What identifies the seed of the serpent. How the War on Terror may be revealed in the beginnng.



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by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

"For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures." 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Let there be not doubt that Christ died for our sins, was buried and He rose again! That is a 100% sure thing. But, I have to tell you, from the time I was a youngster, I could never figure out the "Good Friday" timetable, but I liked the day. Why? It was a holiday and we either had just a half-day of school or the entire day off, because, they said, Good Friday (Great Friday to the Greek Orthodox; Charfreitag or Sorrowful Friday in German) was the day of the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. However, I knew about Matthew 12:40 which says, "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth." Try as I would, I could not get three days and three nights using the "Good Friday" reckoning. After trying to count it out on my fingers without success, I brushed aside the problem, figuring the adults knew something I didn’t.

Now, as an adult, I decided to look into the matter much more seriously. There are several reasons I reject "Good Friday" as the day of death of Christ. Here is a brief account of my findings.
•"Good Friday" Was Not Celebrated In The Early Church

Jewish Christians in the early church continued to celebrate the Passover, regarding Christ as the true Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7 – "Christ our passover is sacrificed for us."). This naturally developed into a commemoration of the death and resurrection of our Lord because he was the true Passover sacrifice. But, while this Pascha or Passover celebration lasted three days, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, I must point out that this Passover celebration was a moveable celebration like Pentecost. It occurred on different days each year. There was NOT a "Good Friday" under this scheme! In fact, another encyclopedia stated this -- prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. So, obviously there was no "Good Friday" before this time, because Easter could be celebrated on any day and from time to time, was celebrated on Friday.

All that changed in 325 A.D. when the Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea, which issued the Easter Rule, which states that Easter shall be celebrated on Sunday, but did not fix the particular Sunday. It was left to the Bishop of Alexandria to determine the exact Sunday, since that city was regarded as the authority in astrological matters. He was to communicate the results of his determination to the other churches. But there was disagreement among the churches about doing it that way. It was not until the 7th century that the Easter matter was settled. Easter was to be on the first Sunday that occured after the first full moon, on or after the vernal equinox. However, there is still a twist I need to mention here. The "full moon" in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation (whatever that is), where day one corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occur on the same date as the astronomical full moon. However, I do know this. The ecclesiastical "vernal equinox" is always on March 21. Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

Now, back to the key issue – "Good Friday!" Historians can trace the development of "Good Friday" to the 4th century Catholic festivals held in Jerusalem. "Good Friday" was an evolution out of the early Pascha celebrations that took place at Jerusalem that I mentioned earlier. A procession was staged from Gethsemane to the Catholic Church Sanctuary of the Cross, in Jerusalem. The assembled group then heard readings about the death of Christ.

Let me review briefly what I have just told you. "Good Friday" is a man-made invention. It evolved after 325 A.D. because prior to that, there was no set day for Easter and therefore there would not have been a "Good Friday." It is the invention of the Roman Catholic Church. So where did Rome come up with the idea? It comes from a misunderstanding of Mark 15:42 "And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath…" We will unravel the mystery a bit later in this article.
•A "Good Friday" Death Conflicts With What Christ Said

The second reason I reject the "Good Friday" view of the death of Christ is because of what Christ said in Matthew 12:40. I must tell you that I do not believe Christ was mistaken. I believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures. Therefore, what the Bible says, I deem to be wholly true. So, when our Lord said, "For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" I believe that is true! And, no matter how you slice "Friday" you cannot get three days and three nights from late Friday afternoon until early Sunday morning? At the most, there could only be two nights, 1 day, and a part of another! If Christ had only said three days, I could have understood Him to mean PART of three days, since both in and out of the Scriptures we use the word to mean only a portion of a day. However, the Lord Jesus Christ specifically said, "three days and three nights," and thus verbal inspiration demands three twenty-four hour days.
•A "Good Friday" Death Does Not Take Into Account The Issue of Floating Sabbaths

Before we look at the Sabbath issue, let’s look at the different ways days are divided. While all cultures work on the basis of a 24-hour day, not all cultures begin and end their days at the same time. There are MAJOR difference in the Roman Day, the Jewish Day, and our Modern Day. The ROMAN DAY began at 6:00 A.M. and closed at 6:00 the next morning. The JEWISH DAY began at sunset and closed at the next sunset (or from about 6:00 P.M. to the next 6:00 P.M.). OUR DAY begins at midnight and closes the next midnight. Here is an example of what I am talking about.

The Lord Jesus was placed on the cross "…the third hour…" according to Mark 15:25. The context of this time delineation is Roman. The third hour of the day in Roman time was 9 A.M., which was the time of the daily sacrifice of the morning.

We also know from verse 33 that "there was darkness over the whole land" from the 6th to the 9th hour (Noon to 3 p.m. our time). According to the account in Luke’s Gospel, Christ "gave up the ghost" or died some time after that. I find it interesting that the evening sacrifice of the Jews took place at the 9th hour (3 p.m.). I contend that Christ died on Wednesday sometime after 3 p.m. and was buried before sunset or about 6 p.m., which would be their Thursday and still our Wednesday.

How can I say that? It has to do with fixed Sabbaths and floating Sabbaths. Here’s what we know for sure. The Lord was taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb before sunset, before the beginning of the Sabbath. We read in John 19:31 "The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."

The parenthetical clause is the key to understanding the entire problem. While it is true that a normal weekly Sabbath begins on sunset on Friday (about 6 p.m.), did you know that there are seven other "High Sabbaths," all but one of which are floating Sabbaths? By "floating Sabbaths," I mean they could occur on any day of the week. Therefore, there could have been two Sabbaths in one week, a high or floating Sabbath and a weekly Sabbath.

Can this be true? The answer is "Yes." An example of this is found in Luke 6:1 "And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands."

In fact, Christ was Crucified on the day before an High Sabbath (floating Sabbath), not the day before the normal Sabbath! Which high Sabbath was it? It was the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which was always held on the 15th of Nisan (see Exodus 12:16; Leviticus 23:3-7; Numbers 28:17). The first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread was an Holy Convocation or High Sabbath and though always on the 15th of Nisan, that High Sabbath might fall on any day of the week, depending on the year. And, do you know what the day before the Feast of Unleavened Bread was? PASSOVER (see Leviticus 23:5). Christ our Passover (1 Corinthians 5:7) was sacrificed for us on the day of Passover!

Now, back to specific biblical support for Christ being crucified just before the High Sabbath instead of Friday, the day before the weekly Sabbath. Consider Matthew 28:1 "In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre." The Greek word for Sabbath in this verse is sabbatwn-sabbaton, which J. P. Green’s Interlinear Bible, (1985; p. 766) says is Sabbaths – "In the end of the Sabbaths…" Likewise, my Schofield Bible notes that the grammatically correct reading, according to the Greek is, "the end of the Sabbaths." This indicates that Christ was not crucified on the day before the weekly Sabbath but the day before the "floating" Sabbath, which fell before the weekly Sabbath.
•"Good Friday" Does Not Allow For Enough Time

Those who claim a "Good Friday" death for Christ have another MAJOR problem. It just is not possible for all of the "red tape" and preparations to have been accomplished in less than three hours. I say less than three hours because we know that Christ’s death took place some time after 3 p.m. on Friday by their reckoning. The weekly Sabbath began at 6 p.m. Consider the list below. There is not enough time to do all those things. However, if Christ died on a Wednesday after 3 p.m. and arose Saturday after 6 p.m. there is ample time to do all of the things the Gospels list.
•At 3 p.m. Christ calls out "with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46. Yet, at this point there are still three other times Christ spoke – "I thirst" (John 19:28); "It is finished" (John 19:30) and "Into thy hands I commend my spirit" (Luke 23:46). How much time elapsed after 3 p.m.? I don’t know. But, it is safe to say that it was after, and I think well after 3 p.m.

•John 19:31 – The Jews went to Pilate and requested the legs be broken of those who were crucified to hasten his death.

•John 19:32-33 – Pilate accepted the request and sent a message to Calvary instructing the victim’s legs be broken but when they came to Christ, they found him dead. How long would all that discussion and implementation of orders have taken?

•John 19:38 – "After this, Joseph of Arimathea" travels to Pilate and begged for the body of Jesus. We are not told how much later this was.

•Mark 15:44-45 – Before Pilate would turn over the body of Jesus to Joseph of Arimathea he sends for the Centurion to be sure Christ is dead. Once that is affirmed, he gives the OK.

•Mark 15:44 – Joseph of Arimathea goes shopping and buys fine linen for the burial. Then he and friends take Christ down from the cross.

•Mark 15: 46-47 & Luke 23:55 – Christ is transported to Joseph’s tomb, placed inside and the opening is sealed with a stone. All of this is done while the women watch.

•Luke 23:55-56 – The women return to the city and buy the supplies required for embalming our Lord. Preparing these things requires boiling and grinding and that took time.

•John 19: 39-40 – Nicodemus brings 100 pounds of embalming materials. The stone had to be rolled away. They washed and prepared the body for burial and then wound it in the linen packing in the 100 pounds of spices as they go.

All of the "red tape", procedures and preparations would have taken TIME! Advocates of a "Good Friday Crucifixion" must have all these things occur in less than three hours. All of these things could NOT have been accomplished in less than three hours! However, if Christ was crucified on the 14th of Nisan (Passover), on Wednesday and put in the grave before sunset of that day, (the beginning of the Jewish High Sabbath was at sunset on the 15th of Nisan, which was the Feast of Unleavened bread), there been all day Friday to fit in the many things that needed to be done before the weekly Sabbath (sunset Saturday) began.

When you understand that, you realize that Joseph of Arimathaea arranged to get the body of Christ, wrap it and put it in his grave, all before sunset or about 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening when Jewish High Sabbath began (Luke 23:52-54). Therefore, at about sunset on Thursday He had been in the grave one day and one night. At about sunset on Friday, He had been in the grave two days and two nights. Then, on Saturday, just about sunset He had been in the grave three full days and nights. Then what happened? Some time after 6 p.m. (still Saturday by our reckoning until midnight) CHRIST AROSE!!! According to Matthew 28:1 "In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week…" the women came early Sunday morning, our time, but He was already gone.

Many have Sunrise services commemorating the resurrection. There’s nothing wrong with that. But, perhaps we should have a Sunset service. Christ arose about sunset on Saturday. Then in the early morning hours according to Mark 16:1-2, the two Mary’s discovered the Resurrection. Praise God. He IS RISEN!

In conclusion, I cannot accept "Good Friday" as the day our Lord died because –
•"Good Friday" Was Not Celebrated In The Early Church.
•A "Good Friday" Death conflicts with what Christ said.
•A "Good Friday" Death Does Not Take Into Account The Issue of Floating Sabbaths.
•A "Good Friday" Death Does Not Allow For Enough Time To Accomplish All The Things In The Gospels.

I believe that Christ died on the Cross for our sins on Sorrowful Wednesday! But, regardless of what you believe, remember the most important thing is that He did die for our sins and rose again for our justification. Is Christ your Savior? If not, there is no better time to repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Yeshua/Jesus Messiah than right now! Amen!

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


The God of Israel hates those who sow discord among brethren (Proverbs 6:16, 19). It is the heart of the God of Israel that His family dwell together in unity (Psalm 133:1). By dwelling together in unity, the God of Israel promised that HE would command a blessing (Psalm 133:3). In John 17:21-22, Messiah prayed that His body would be one. When we become one body and show love for one another (John 15:12), it will be a witness to the entire world that Yeshua / Jesus is the Messiah (John 17:23). It is with the heart and spirit for a greater unity within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement in the body of Messiah that a meeting was held on March 27, 2003 in Jacksonville, Florida between Messianic / Hebraic roots leaders. The time has come for men of goodwill and a heart for the entire sheepfold of Messiah to stand up, lead and be counted. It is our prayer that other leaders within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement will follow in our efforts for unity among the brethren. Pastor Paul Zink hosted the meeting.

Today, the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement is divided over a variety of issues. One of the most heated areas of contention within this movement is the controversy surrounding the teaching of the two houses of Israel (house of Israel / Ephraim and the house of Judah / Judah). Monte Judah of Lion and Lamb Ministries and Eddie Chumney of Hebraic Heritage Ministries International actively teach that Yeshua / Jesus, the Messiah, died on the tree (John 10:14-17, 11:49-52) to redeem and restore both houses of Israel (Ephraim and Judah). In doing this, Yeshua / Messiah made salvation available to the entire world (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, I John 4:9). Currently, disagreement over the issue has eroded and become an issue of fellowship within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement. As a result, Messianic / Hebraic roots ministries and individual brethren are being harmed by this behavior. In order to try to bring about a more positive situation and bring healing to those who are bring harmed, Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney expressed a desire to meet with Dan Juster of Tikkun Ministries about the subject matter. Dan Juster has been a pioneer of the Messianic Jewish movement over the years and was a former General Secretary of the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations). Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney would like to formally recognize the efforts of Dan Juster and express our appreciation for his positive influence within the Messianic Jewish movement over the years.

Dan Juster agreed to meet with Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney. This meeting was made possible by the efforts of internationally recognized Messianic song leader, Paul Wilbur, through his friendship with all parties. Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney would like to personally thank Paul Wilbur for his efforts to make this meeting possible and his heart of love and compassion for the unity of the brethren.

The meeting basically lasted from 9AM – 5PM with a break for lunch. The meeting was conducted in a professional manner. All parties came with a spirit of humility and a desire to listen, learn and understand. The dialogue was inquisitive, explanatory, productive and fruitful. As a result, a common understanding was reached. All parties expressed a desire to communicate the results of our meeting to the rest of the body of Messiah and especially to the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement so that there can be a greater unity among the brethren. It is our prayer that through these efforts that misunderstandings and misinformation can be clarified. We pray that where division over this issue has caused misbehavior that one will ask for forgiveness and it will be granted so that our wounds can be healed.

The following represents what Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney were able to affirm to Dan Juster regarding our understanding and our teaching on the two houses of Israel (Ephraim and Judah). Much of the information in this paper was discussed at the meeting in a general manner. It is the prayer of Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney that from the affirmations presented in this paper that the teaching of the two houses of Israel will no longer be labeled as being "heretical". We pray that the following affirmations listed below will enhance the understanding for those who have been opposed or misunderstand the teaching. Hopefully, these affirmations will create an environment so that there can be a greater dialogue and closer fellowship among all Messianic / Hebraic roots brethren in the future.



THE NAME OF THE COVENANT FAMILY OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL



The God of Israel including Yeshua / Jesus made a covenant with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3, 15:1-18, 17:1-7, John 8:56, Galations 3:16). Through the redemptive work of the Messiah, all members of the body of Messiah from all the nations regardless of physical descent are heirs of this covenant (Genesis 12:1-3, Galations 3:8, 29). Physically, this covenant was made with the promised seed of Abraham through Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 26:1-4, 28:10-14). The God of Israel told Abraham that his promised seed would sojourn in Egypt and be redeemed (Genesis 15:12-16). After the children of Israel went to Egypt (Genesis 46:1-27) and went into bondage, the God of Israel remembered His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and redeemed the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage when they cried out to Him (Exodus 2:23-25). Those who were redeemed from Egypt were required to put the blood of the Passover lamb upon their doorpost (Exodus 12:1-14). Those who put the blood of the Passover lamb upon their doorpost consisted of two groups of people. They were the physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the mixed multitude (Exodus 12:37-38). The mixed multitude were not physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but were from native born Egyptian families and other slaves. Together, the physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob along with the mixed multitude are called the house of Jacob (Exodus 19:3).

The mixed multitude had a Torah status of being strangers, aliens and sojourners. They were grafted into the covenant made with the physical descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The mixed multitude from the historical Egyptian redemption foreshadowed those from among the nations (Isaiah 2:3, Isaiah 11:10, Romans 15:8-13) who could become adopted into the new covenant made with the house of Israel and the house of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) through the redemptive work of the Messiah. The name of the redemptive family in Messiah is also called the house of Jacob (Luke 1:33). Among the redeemed house of Jacob are those who are physical descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and those who are grafted in from among the nations. Therefore, the God of Israel has a covenant with the physical house of Jacob (descendents from Mount Sinai) (Exodus 19:3) and the redeemed house of Jacob (Luke 1:33) and their companions (Ezekiel 37:16-17). The Apostle Paul makes a distinction between the physical house of Jacob and the redeemed house of Jacob in Romans 9:1-8. The unredeemed physical house of Jacob still has a plan and a purpose in the redemptive plan of the God of Israel (Romans 11:11).



THE JEWISH PEOPLE ARE PHYSICAL HEIRS
OF THE COVENANT MADE WITH ABRAHAM



It was Jacob’s name that was changed to Israel (Genesis 32:24-28). Those who are physically descended from Jacob are all Israelites. In the history of the physical descendents of the house of Jacob (Exodus 19:3), they were divided into Northern Kingdom (house of Israel / Ephraim) and Southern Kingdom (house of Judah / Judah). We believe that the Jewish people (the house of Judah) are the legitimate heirs of the promise made by the God of Israel to the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We believe that the house of Judah is composed of primarily physical descendants of the tribes of Judah, Levi and Benjamin. There may be other physical descendants from the other tribes sojourning with the house of Judah; however, they are on an individual basis and are a minority within the house of Judah. There also are Gentile companions in the house of Judah; however, they have been joined to and integrated with to such an extent that they can no longer be distinguishable for purposes of separation from the house of Judah. All Jews (house of Judah) are Israelites (members of the house of Jacob) but not all Israelites (those from the Northern Kingdom / house of Israel / Ephraim) are Jews (house of Judah). There have been Jews in every generation who have accepted the redemptive work of Yeshua / Jesus, the Messiah.



WHO IS THE NORTHERN KINGDOM (HOUSE OF ISRAEL) ???



We believe that the physical descendents of the Northern Kingdom (house of Israel / Ephraim) who was taken captive by the Assyrians are still alive in the earth and that the God of Israel knows where every descendant has been scattered (Amos 9:9). We believe that this house of Israel is not so easily distinguishable. They are primarily physical descendants of the tribes of Israel not associated with the house of Judah, the Jews. These include the tribes of Ephraim, Reuben, Simeon, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Issachar, Zebulun, Manassah, and Dan. They also may be physical descendants of the other tribes sojourning with the house of Israel / Ephraim; however, they are on an individual basis and a minority within the house of Israel / Ephraim. We believe there are also Gentile companions in the house of Israel / Ephraim. Whereas the house of Judah is somewhat distinguishable by custom and tradition, the house of Israel appears to be assimilated within the Gentile world. They, too, are legitimate heirs of the promise of the God of Israel by the fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We further believe that the greater group in physical number of the two houses is the house of Israel. There are physical descendants from the Northern Kingdom who have accepted the redemptive work of Yeshua / Jesus, the Messiah, in every generation. However, the exact percentage that has done so is unknown. Their percentage within the entire body of Messiah is also unknown.



THOSE WHO ARE SAVED FROM AMONG THE NATIONS



We believe that the body of Messiah includes those from among the nations who are not physically descended from the twelve tribes of Israel. As it relates to being a member of Messiah’s kingdom, we believe that being a physical descendant from any tribe of Israel carries no special status or merit within Messiah's Kingdom. We believe that those from among the nations who are not physically descended from any of the tribes of Israel carry no special status or merit within His Kingdom. We also believe that being Jewish, Israelite, or Gentile carries no handicap either. We believe that the true heirs of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob are descendants by promise of and faith in the God of Israel (Romans 9:6-8). Therefore, whether a person is physically born Jewish, Israelite, or Gentile is of no matter within the Messiah's Kingdom. We are all co-heirs with Messiah (Romans 8:15-17, Galations 3:8, 16, 29)



THE ROLE OF JEWISH CUSTOM AND TRADITION FOR JEWISH BELIEVERS



We believe that Jewish custom and tradition is rich in history and heritage. Many of its practices go deep into our faith and are very expressive of our faith in Messiah. We believe honor and respect is due where honor and respect is, and therefore, Jewish observance, custom, and community is important and worthy for Jewish brethren. Therefore, those joining with Judah in the Messianic movement should observe the custom and culture with proper protocol rendering no disrespect to anyone. We also believe there is a difference between commandment and custom and teaching the observance of commandment while honoring custom. Most of all, we teach Yeshua / Jesus is the Messiah and we are to be His bond servants.



THE ROLE OF BELIEVERS WITHIN THE BODY OF MESSIAH



The new covenant (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) was only made with the house of Israel / Ephraim and the house of Judah / Jews. Those from among the nations may choose to believe in the redemptive work of the Messiah and be grafted into this covenant. The entire body of Messiah consisting of believers who are physically descended from both houses of Israel and those from among the nations should see themselves as one body and one faith (Ephesians 4:4-6). The redeemed body of Messiah is known as the house of Jacob (Luke 1:33). We believe that the Kingdom of Messiah is characterized and defined within the whole house of Israel (the house of Jacob) model. They are the redeemed olive tree of Romans 11.

Those who are in Messiah's Kingdom, those who would desire to be the bride of Messiah should seek to identify with their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Isaiah 51:1-7). After we are saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 3:28-30), we should love Messiah and keep His commandments (Exodus 20:6, John 14:15, I John 5:2). Believers in the Messiah saved by grace through faith should establish the Torah in their lives (Romans 3:31) through the help and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, Romans 7:22). The Torah is holy, just and good (Romans 7:12). Keeping the commandments of the God of Israel is not grievous (I John 5:3). He who abides in Messiah (John 15:1-8) ought to walk (lives their lives) as Messiah walked (lived His life) (I John 2:6). The stranger who is adopted into the covenant made with our fathers is to observe the commandments of the God of Israel. One Torah (set of commandments) is for both the stranger / sojourner and for the native born Israeli (Numbers 15:15-16). This includes observing the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:1-8, Luke 4:16) and the Biblical Festivals (Zechariah 14:16-17, Luke 2:41-42, 22:15). The new covenant is a Torah based covenant (Jeremiah 31:33, Hebrews 8:10). Those who break the commandments are least in Messiah’s Kingdom. Those who keep the commandments are great in Messiah’s Kingdom (Matthew 5:19). The reward for keeping the commandments of the Messiah is the tree of life and access to the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 22:14). The Torah and the Prophets teach about the Messiah (Psalm 40:7, Hebrews 10:7, John 5:46-47).

Historical Christianity has separated themselves from the people of Israel, the fathers and the teaching of Moses with the Prophets. They have falsely testified that the death of Messiah did away with the teachings of Moses (Acts 6:13-14). We believe this separation in theology and practice is error. The Israel of God, the remnant of Israel, and chosen people (the elect of God) are those who desire to subscribe fully and completely to all that the God of Israel has manifested through the Scriptures. While the body of Messiah has many members (I Corinthians 12:12), the head of that body is Yeshua / Jesus, the Messiah (Ephesians 4:15, 5:23). All members whether Jewish or non-Jewish are to keep the commandments of the God of Israel (I Corinthians 7:18-19). We believe that there is one body of Messiah and one faith (Ephesians 4:4-6). Therefore, we do not subscribe to the definition that the believing world is composed of two groups: believing Jews and the Gentile Christian Church (with some of Ephraim in it). We believe that there is one body in Messiah Yeshua. That one body consists of descendants from the house of Judah with their Gentile companions and the house of Israel with their Gentile companions. Believing Gentiles are not an entity in and of themselves within the Messiah. Believing Gentiles are to be welcomed into the commonwealth of Israel and adopted into that Kingdom (Ephesians 2:12, 19). Torah teaches us that the adopted can never be disinherited and receives the inheritance of the first born. The believers in the Messiah have the status of being a first-born family (Hebrews 12:22-23) which is not based upon genealogy (I Chronicles 5:1). While all believers in Messiah are required to love Him and keep His commandments (John 14:15) and to keep what is written (Deuteronomy 30:10-14, I Corinthians 7:18-19) not adding or taking away from what is written (Deuteronomy 4:1-2), non-Jews are not required to observe customs and traditions which are uniquely Jewish and not specifically commanded in the Bible.



THE ROLE OF CIRCUMCISION WITHIN THE BODY OF MESSIAH



With regard to the matter of Torah and the rite of circumcision, both Moses and the New Testament testify to the importance of the rite being the circumcision of the heart first and foremost. Abraham was first circumcised in heart (his faith was counted for righteousness) (Genesis 15:6, Galations 3:6-8). Later, the God of Israel required him to be circumcised in the flesh (Genesis 17:9-11). The God of Israel required in the Torah that we be circumcised in the heart (Deuteronomy 10:12, 16). The New Testament further states that those coming from among the Gentiles (both Gentiles and those of the house of Israel) are not required to be circumcised in the flesh at this present time while living in exile from the land of Israel.

During the Messianic Era, the redeemed in Messiah's Kingdom will not be allowed to enter into the Temple of the Messianic Era without being circumcised in the flesh and the heart (Ezekiel 44:6-9). Therefore, in this present age, Jews practice circumcision of their sons and those who come from among the Gentiles are not required to do so. However, studies made by medical science have proven a benefit for all males who get circumcised at their birth. With regard to Torah, Torah is to be taught to the sons of Israel and to the alien and sojourner who is among them (Numbers 15:15-16). Therefore, any person regardless of ethnicity is to receive the teaching of Moses "on Sabbath in the assemblies in every city" (Acts 15:21) if they are in fellowship with the sons of Israel. Therefore, if a non-Jew would choose to get circumcised, they should not be hindered from doing so being an heir of the promises which were made to Abraham (Genesis 17:9-11, Galations 3:29) through the Messiah.



THE MESSIANIC AGE NATIONAL REDEMPTION OF EPHRAIM AND JUDAH



In the days following the reign of Solomon, the united kingdom of David was divided (I Kings 11:9-13). Jeroboam, an Ephratite, was the first king over the Northern Kingdom (house of Israel / Ephraim) (I Kings 11:28-35). Rehoboam was the first king over the Southern Kingdom (house of Judah) (I Kings 12:21). This division of the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom was part of the plan and purpose of the God of Israel (I Kings 12:24). This separation began when Ephraim led the Northern tribes away in opposition to the house of David (I Kings 12:12-20). Eventually, the Northern Kingdom was taken captive to Assyria (II Kings 17:7-23). From this captivity, the Assyrians intermingled the Northern Kingdom with their own people and mixed the worship of the God of Israel with their own religious customs (II Kings 17:24-41). The Southern Kingdom was taken captive by the Babylonians (Jeremiah 25:9-14). In the fullness of time, the prophets of Israel foretold that the Northern Kingdom and the Southern Kingdom would be reunited and return to the land of Israel and appoint themselves one king (the Messiah) (Isaiah 11:12-13, Jeremiah 3:14, 18, Ezekiel 37:15-24).

Their spiritual redemption would be through the blood of the covenant (Zechariah 9:9-13, John 10:14-17, John 11:49-52). Upon their redemption, those who were near (house of Judah) and those who were far off (house of Israel / Ephraim) among the nations where they were scattered (Daniel 9:7) would become one new man in Messiah (Ephesians 2:13-17). While the spiritual redemption has been made possible through the blood of Messiah, we believe in this present time, as in times past, the house of Judah and the house of Israel have been physically separated and have not physically joined together and have not been physically reunited as a corporate people in the land of Israel as described by the prophets. The prophets of Israel associate this event with the Messianic Era when Messiah will set up His tabernacle with His people and establish a covenant of peace (Ezekiel 37:24-27) where they will never again be scattered into the nations of the world (Amos 9:14-15).

The prophesied physical joining together of the two houses is the future restoration of Jacob. We believe that the future restoration of the two houses will be completed in conjunction with other events known as the Greater Exodus, Jacob's trouble, the Great Tribulation and the return of the Messiah (Jeremiah 30:1-7). Therefore, teachings and discussions in our day concerning how the two houses of Israel will be physically reunited are primarily eschatological (study of the end of days) in nature and substance. This physical reunion of both houses of Israel in the end of days is like a song of joy (Revelation 15:3). The future redemption of Jacob is patterned after the historical Egyptian redemption (Hosea 2:14-15, Micah 7:14-15). When this happens, those from among the nations who are not physically descended from the tribes of Jacob will be allowed to sojourn with the tribe of Jacob and inherit the land of Israel with them (Ezekiel 47:21-23). The Scriptures teach us to be both anticipatory and patient (Isaiah 8:14-17) for this event. In that day, Messiah will be king over all the nations (Zechariah 14:9) and will set up a Kingdom which will never end (Daniel 2:44). Therefore, we teach our brethren to anticipate and wait on the Lord for His perfect timing for these prophecies to come to pass.



THE NATION OF ISRAEL TODAY



We believe that the modern nation of Israel is primarily the house of Judah returning to the land of Israel as the first installment of all Israel returning in accordance with end time Bible prophecy. The God of Israel said that He would save the tents of Judah first (Zechariah 12:7). The house of Israel / Ephraim will join with the house of Judah and be reunited with them sometime in the future. We believe that Jerusalem plays a central role in the events of the last days (Zechariah 12:3, 14:1-2) and that there will be a controversy of Zion (Isaiah 34:8). As a result of the battles that take place in the end of days, there will be a greater Israel with expanded borders to facilitate a greater return to the land for all descendants of Israel. This land will include Lebanon, Carmel, Bashan, Gilead and the mountains of Israel (Jeremiah 50:19, Ezekiel 37:22, Micah 7:14, Zechariah 10:10). Only the God of Israel knows how He will expand the present borders of the nation of Israel so that the house of Israel / Ephraim can be physically reunited and join with the house of Judah. Any suggestion at this time that the modern state of Israel held by Jews should be further divided or shared with the house of Israel / Ephraim who is still mostly living in the nations is in error.



OUR OPPOSITION TO REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY



We believe that the house of Israel, led by Ephraim, who is scattered in the nations and their future reunion with the house of Judah is one of the most significant Messianic prophecies concerning the role and function of the Messiah of Israel. Yeshua / Jesus stated that He needed to die on the tree so that His two houses or sheepfolds could become one (John 10:14-17). Caiaphas prophesied that Yeshua / Jesus died on the tree to redeem and reunite both houses of Israel (John 11:49-52). However, the physical reunion of both houses of Israel from the nations and their return to the land of Israel has not yet taken place. Messiah was asked by His disciples when this event would happen (Acts 1:6). The Apostle Paul preached the regathering of both houses of Israel after the death of Messiah on the tree (Acts 26:6-7). Since the New Covenant was given distinctly to both houses of Israel (Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8) and the Messiah commissioned fishermen (Matthew 4:18-20) to go seek and find the scattered "lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 10:6), the Messiah's role as the Great Shepherd (John 10:14) is best pictured in the redemption, restoration and regathering of Ephraim with Judah.

By not understanding the role of the Messiah to redeem and restore both houses of Israel (John 10:14-17, John 11:49-52), we believe that historical Christianity has through much misunderstanding misappropriated the Good News, the Great Commission and the promises made to the house of Israel by the Messiah. This is a form of Replacement Theology. We, therefore, are strongly opposed to any form of Replacement Theology. This includes any teaching which rightly takes away the covenant promises made to either the house of Judah or the house of Israel / Ephraim and appropriate them to a "Gentile Christian church" from among the nations.



THE GOSPEL OF MESSIAH IS FOR ALL NATIONS



The Gospel of Messiah is for the entire world (John 3:16). This includes those from all nations, kindreds, people and tongues (Revelation 7:9). You do not need to be physically from the tribes of Israel to be redeemed in Messiah. However, we believe that the day is coming and very soon when the house of Israel / Ephraim who is presently scattered among the nations will be physically united with the house of Judah in the land of Israel at the time when the God of Israel expands the present borders to include a greater Israel. At that time, the Kingdom will be fully restored to Israel (Acts 1:6) and the Messiah will rule and reign from Jerusalem (Isaiah 2:3) and the Messiah will be King over all the earth (Zechariah 14:9). In that day, Judah will repent of treachery (Jeremiah 3:8) and Ephraim of unfaithfulness (Hosea 8:11-12). At that time, Ephraim will not vex Judah and Judah will not vex Ephraim (Isaiah 11:13). Joseph will be reconciled to all of his brethren (Genesis 45:1-5). We further believe that our stated identity will not be Judah, Ephraim, or Gentile. Instead, we will say, "We are all children of One Father." (I Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:6).



MAY BRETHREN DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY



We would like to thank Dan Juster for working with us to help to promote a greater unity within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement. We pray that this paper affirming what we teach about the two houses of Israel will be a positive catalyst within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement to promote further unity among the brethren. We pray that those in position of authority and congregational leaders will share this paper with their members to help promote a more common understanding of the two house teaching. We pray that these same leaders within the Messianic / Hebraic roots movement will take responsibility and use the efforts made by Monte Judah and Eddie Chumney with Dan Juster through the help and encouragement of Paul Wilbur to help promote a greater unity and fellowship. Hopefully, we all can do our part to help realize the prayer of the Messiah for us to love one another (John 15:12) and thus testify to the world that Yeshua / Jesus is the Messiah (John 17:21-23). When we show ourselves to be one body in Him, the God of Israel can command His blessings upon us (Psalm 133) when we dwell together in unity.



Shalom in Messiah,

Monte Judah Eddie Chumney

Lion and Lamb Ministries Hebraic Heritage Ministries

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

In this study, we are going to discuss a subject that has the potential to affect a person's life in a major way, especially if one was raised in a Gentile home. I realize that this study has the potential to greatly impact a person's lifestyle. Eating is something we do every day. But what we put into our bodies (Yahweh's temple) is very important. If you don't believe me, just ask Adam and Eve. It was the eating of something that Eve thought was "good for food" that resulted in the fall of man and brought us into the condition we are today. Will we follow their example?

It has been taught by mainstream Christianity for nearly 2000 years that Yahweh has abolished or set aside various commandments dealing with the eating of unclean meats. For this reason, most Christians have no problem with consuming pork, rabbits and other rodents, lobsters, shrimp, and various kinds of shellfish.

Based on a thorough reading of all New Testament scriptures regarding the law, it is evident that the law of Yahweh has not been abolished. This fact alone demonstrates that we should be observing the commandments regarding the avoidance of eating unclean animals. The purpose of this study is to further demonstrate the understanding that Yahweh desires us to eat only the clean animals that He created. It will also address various "new testament" verses that some claim to be evidence for abolishing these commandments.

The word "unclean" denotes defilement or dirtiness. In the same way we would not want to serve a meal to our family or friends that we regard as contaminated with filth, Yahweh also has a certain standard of clean and unclean. He doesn't want us eating things that are 'dirty' or defiled. Since He created the animals and He also created our bodies, He knows quite well what is fit for us to eat.

Today, some of us are finding out that Yahweh knew what He was doing when He told us to refrain from unclean animals. Various books have been written which conclusively prove that pork and shellfish are very unhealthy for our bodies. If man had only chose to listen to Yahweh's word already written in the scriptures, it would have saved a lot of people from the harmful effects of eating unclean animals long ago.

These animals are the garbage cleaners of the earth, and generally speaking, they don't have the digestive system to filter out the contaminants from the carcasses and feces they like to eat. Shellfish sit in the bottom of the sea, cleaning up the garbage. Hogs roamed the earth eating carcasses or disgusting thing they could find until man put them in pens and fed them slop. It's time that we go back to the true "Maker's diet" and put away these abominations.

What is clean and what is unclean?

In the scriptures, Yahweh declares certain animals "unclean" and therefore unfit for human consumption. Yahweh plainly speaks of the kind of animals He wants us to eat and the kinds of animals He does not want us to eat:


Leviticus 11:3-8 'Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud -- that you may eat. 4 'Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 5 'the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 6 'the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; 7 'and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. 8 'Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.

Yahweh says "Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud -- that you may eat." One animal that Yahweh points out in particular is the swine. Even in those days, swine (pigs/pork) was often eaten just as they are today. He made a special point that we are not to eat the swine. Some might claim that since we have now domesticated the swine and the swine is fed grains and such, that it is a clean food. But since the pig still does not chew the cud, it is still unclean according to the word of Yahweh. Truly, Yahweh knows best.


Leviticus 11:9-12 ' These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers -- that you may eat. 10 'But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. 11 'They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. 12 'Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales -- that shall be an abomination to you.

According to the above verses, we should only be eating fish that has both fins and scales. Because of this, all shellfish are considered unclean.

Today, shellfish and other unclean fish are very popular in various restaurants. Shrimp, lobster and oysters are commonly served in spite of what the the Creator of those fish says about them.

This can be likened to a man who decides to drive his car into the ocean because he wants it to be a boat. It wasn't created to be a boat. It has no propeller and it would only sink to the bottom of the ocean. If the man had listened to the designer and builder of the vehicle, he would have known that his vehicle would not float. In the same way a road vehicle wasn't created to float and drive across the sea, shellfish and various unclean animals weren't created to be eaten by man. If man will listen to the Creator of animals and fish, he will learn that Yahweh did not create pigs and shellfish to be "food" any more than a car was created to be a boat. We need to get the idea that these things are "food" out of our minds. Yahweh marked them at creation for a good reason. We need to cleave to His will in spite of what the people around us may do.

Here is a list of birds and insects that Yahweh declares to be unclean:


Leviticus 11:13-23 And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, 14 'the kite, and the falcon after its kind; 15 'every raven after its kind, 16 'the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind; 17 'the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; 18 'the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture; 19 'the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat. 20 ' All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you. 21 'Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth. 22 'These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. 23 'But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you.

Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit:


1 Corinthians 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who] [is] in you, whom you have from Yahweh, and you are not your own?

If the body we have is not our own, but rather given to us by Yahweh, then we must take care of it and not defile it. We must present our bodies as holy and acceptable to Yahweh:


Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yahweh, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to Yahweh, [which] [is] your reasonable service.

Holiness is the reason Yahweh gave for us to avoid eating unclean animals. He wants us to be a clean people, a holy people. When Yahweh gives the commands regarding clean and unclean He will say that He wants us to be holy as He is holy.


Leviticus 11:44 For I am Yahweh your Elohim. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

Knowing this, let's consider some other scriptures that speak of the importance of not eating unclean animals.

Futuristic prophecies

Here is a scripture that has yet to be fulfilled:


Isaiah 66:16 - For by fire and by His sword Yahweh will judge all flesh; And the slain of Yahweh shall be many. "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, [To] [go] to the gardens After an [idol] in the midst, Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says Yahweh.

Checking the context, we find that it is very clear that this is yet future:


Isaiah 66:15-24 For behold, Yahweh will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword Yahweh will judge all flesh; And the slain of Yahweh shall be many. 17 "Those who sanctify themselves and purify themselves, To go to the gardens After an idol in the midst, Eating swine's flesh and the abomination and the mouse, Shall be consumed together," says Yahweh. 18 " For I know their works and their thoughts. It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory. 19 "I will set a sign among them; and those among them who escape I will send to the nations: to Tarshish and Pul and Lud, who draw the bow, and Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands afar off who have not heard My fame nor seen My glory. And they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles. 20 "Then they shall bring all your brethren for an offering to Yahweh out of all nations, on horses and in chariots and in litters, on mules and on camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem," says Yahweh, "as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of Yahweh. 21 "And I will also take some of them for priests and Levites," says Yahweh. 22 " For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says Yahweh, "So shall your descendants and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass That from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says Yahweh. 24 "And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

So, judging by the context we see that the prophecy of Yahweh destroying those who eat swine's flesh is yet future. Why then do so many believe that it is now acceptable to eat unclean animals?

The main reason is they do not read verses like these because they are taught to avoid the Old Testament or not even bother trying to understand it. Secondly, because they already have this idea that it must be acceptable to eat unclean meats, they read the "New Testament"

Did Messiah abolish Yahweh's clean/unclean commands?

Many believe that Yahushua declared all foods clean in Mark 7:19. Let's take a look at the context here..


Mark 7:1-3 Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him, having come from Jerusalem. 2 Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.

Note that this is a tradition of the elders and not a commandment from Yahweh. Although it is not wrong to eat with washed hands, it is not a commandment from Yahweh either. Nevertheless, the Pharisees and scribes said that their hands were "defiled" or unclean.

Yahushua responds by saying their priorities are wrong in whom they choose to obey. They placed the commandments of men over the commandments of Yahweh. Continuing on...


Mark 7:4-7 When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?" 6 He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

It is vain to worship Him with the doctrines and commandments of men.


Mark 7:8-18 "For laying aside the commandment of Elohim, you hold the tradition of men -- the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do." 9 He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of Elohim, that you may keep your tradition. 10 "For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' 11 "But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban" -- ' (that is, a gift to Elohim), 12 "then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, 13 "making the word of Elohim of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do." 14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 "There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!" 17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, "Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 "because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?"

Other translations such as the New International Version will end this verse with the following statement: "(In saying this, Yahushua declared all foods clean)." But this statement is not in the majority of Greek manuscripts and is not found in the King James Version or Young's Literal Translation.

Even so, all "foods" are clean because shellfish and pork aren't food to begin with. Yahushua was not being criticized for eating pork, He was being criticized for eating without washing his hands according to the "tradition of the elders." They believed his hands were defiled, so everything he ate was also defiled. But failing to wash your hands did not defile His hands or the food he was eating. So Yahushua declared to them that the food was not defiled by eating with unwashed hands. Then He gave a "parable." We know his statement, "There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man." was a parable and not intended to be taken literally because His disciples later "asked him concerning the parable."

Then He gave an explanation of the parable:


Mark 7:20-23 And He said, "What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 "thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."

To confirm He was not speaking of unclean meats not defiling a man, consider the parallel of Yahushua's saying here in the book of Matthew where the same story is told:


Matthew 15:19-20 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

So it was the evil coming out of the heart that defiled a man, not eating with unwashed hands. Yahushua spoke nothing of eating pork chops here, nor would He have ever approved of anyone breaking Yahweh's commandments.

Think about it for a minute: Yahweh clearly commanded them to refrain from eating unclean meats... why on earth would He sharply rebuke the people of His day for keeping the very things that Yahweh commanded them to keep? The context is clearly speaking of the eating with "unwashed hands." Therefore, it is clear that Yahweh's perfect law was not changed here.



Kepha/Peter's vision

Many believe that this commandment was abolished later in Acts chapter 10. Once again, let's take a close look at the context:


Acts 10:1-14 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared Elohim with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to Elohim always. 3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of Elohim coming in and saying to him, "Cornelius!" 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, "What is it, lord?" So he said to him, "Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before Elohim. 5 "Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 "He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do." 7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually. 8 So when he had explained all these things to them, he sent them to Joppa. 9 The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat." 14 But Peter said, "Not so, Master! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean."

Now consider this, Peter (Kepha) declares that he has never eaten anything common or unclean. Yet this is many years after Yahushua's resurrection and ascension. If Yahushua had declared all foods clean in Mark 7:19 or in any other instruction to the disciples, why would He refuse any request to do so? Continuing on...


Acts 10:14-17 But Peter said, "Not so, Master! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean." 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What Elohim has cleansed you must not call common." 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again. 17 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant...

Now many would like to stop right here and declare that it it is now acceptable to eat unclean animals. But according to the previous verse, Peter/Kepha himself didn't even know what the vision meant. How then can we interpret the vision? Kepha knew that it was always considered an "abomination" to eat the flesh of unclean animals and that we should not make ourselves "abominable" by eating them (Leviticus 20:25).


Leviticus 20:25 'You shall therefore distinguish between clean animals and unclean, between unclean birds and clean, and you shall not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or by any kind of living thing that creeps on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.

He knew that to eat such things was to make himself "abominable" in Yahweh's eyes. He also knew that for Yahweh to change His mind and say that what was once considered to be an "abomination" to eat is now perfectly holy and acceptable was not possibly what Yahweh meant.

We can be sure He also knew that the Day of Yahweh would one day come and Yahweh would destroy those who ate swine's flesh. Therefore, to understand what was meant by the vision we must continue reading:


Acts 10:17-28 Now while Peter wondered within himself what this vision which he had seen meant, behold, the men who had been sent from Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate. 18 And they called and asked whether Simon, whose surname was Peter, was lodging there. 19 While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men are seeking you. 20 "Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them." 21 Then Peter went down to the men who had been sent to him from Cornelius, and said, "Yes, I am he whom you seek. For what reason have you come?" 22 And they said, "Cornelius the centurion, a just man, one who fears Elohim and has a good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was divinely instructed by a holy angel to summon you to his house, and to hear words from you." 23 Then he invited them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter went away with them, and some brethren from Joppa accompanied him. 24 And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, "Stand up; I myself am also a man." 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But Elohim has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.

So this vision had nothing to do with Yahweh trying to show Kepha that it is now okay to eat unclean foods, but rather Yahweh was trying to show Kepha and the rest of the disciples that they needed to go to the Gentiles with the good news of Yahushua too! Yahushua had commanded the disciples to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.." in Matthew 28 but up until that point they had not done so. So Yahweh sent a vision to Kepha to show him that contrary to popular opinion during that time it was not 'unlawful' or against the commandment of Yahweh to go "keep company with or go to one of another nation." The Jews would not do so because they considered the people too defiled and unclean to even keep company with. This was above and beyond anything Yahweh had ever commanded. Such enmity was never intended by Yahweh at all! It wasn't unlawful according to the Torah/Law of Yahweh, but the traditions of man. The word "unlawful" in the above verse is translated from the Greek word Athemitos (#111) which carries the following meaning:


"This term refers primarily not to what is forbidden by ordinance but to violation of tradition or common recognition of what is seemly or proper." Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Third Edition

In Yahweh's law, it never says to separate yourself from the Gentile and treat him with contempt. Rather it says:


Exodus 22:21 " You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Leviticus 19:34 But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am Yahweh your Elohim.

Therefore, it is clear that Yahweh never inspired or intended such practices. The mainstream teachers of Judaism were so obsessed with cleanliness that they added hundreds of laws to the Torah which Yahweh never intended or inspired. Kepha needed to be corrected in this area and this was the purpose of the vision.


Acts 10:28-35 Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But Elohim has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. 29 "Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?" 30 So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, 31 "and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your alms are remembered in the sight of Elohim. 32 'Send therefore to Joppa and call Simon here, whose surname is Peter. He is lodging in the house of Simon, a tanner, by the sea. When he comes, he will speak to you.' 33 "So I sent to you immediately, and you have done well to come. Now therefore, we are all present before Elohim, to hear all the things commanded you by Elohim." 34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: "In truth I perceive that Elohim shows no partiality. 35 "But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.

We'll stop here but later in the chapter, Yahweh works a miracle when He pours out His spirit unto the gentiles in the presence of the Jews by having them speak in tongues. So by reading the context of this vision, we gain understanding of what it means. What I have shared with you is exactly what it means because Kepha himself declared the meaning of the vision. If anyone speaks of any other meaning behind Kepha's vision, they are not speaking according to the scriptures.

So why would Yahweh liken the Gentiles to unclean animals and tell Kepha to kill and eat them? This was Kepha's interpretation of Yahweh's vision, but He never did explain why he interpreted the vision this way. I believe the scriptures are able to illustrate clearly why he understood this vision this way, but this may require a deep understanding of what Yahushua has done for us if any of you are not already familiar with it.

At one time Kepha was told by Yahushua:


Mark 1:17-18 Then Yahushua said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men." 18 They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

Now if you are a fisherman, the thing that you will do is catch fish, clean them and eat them. Thus, we have a similar statement by Yahushua in another place. When we become a believer in Yahushua, we must die to self so that Yahushua can live in us. In fact, we participate in Yahushua's death when we are baptized:


Romans 6:4-6 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Thus, when we receive Yahushua and are baptized in His name, we are made dead (spiritually) because it is no longer we who live but Messiah who lives in us. We are cleansed and He lives in us. We are now the "body" of Yahushua.


1 Corinthians 12:27 Now you are the body of Messiah, and members individually.

Romans 12:4-5 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Messiah, and individually members of one another.

In light of this, remember that Yahushua said:


John 6:54-56 "Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 "For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.

Mark 14:22-24 And as they were eating, Yahushua took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, "Take, eat; this is My body." 23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, "This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.

Thus, when we partake of the body & blood of Messiah we are actually partaking of one another as well, for we are His body and we have been cleansed by His blood.

So when it was told Kepha to "Kill and eat," it was a spiritual way of telling him to go to the Gentiles so that they can also be "crucified with Messiah" and be "buried with Him in baptism" so that they can also be a part of the body of Messiah, of which we all partake.

This is exactly what happened. Kepha went to the Gentiles who were cleansed by Yahweh because of their faith and belief in Him, and they were baptized. But the Jews (those "of the circumcision") who were with Kepha were amazed:


Acts 10:45-48 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify Elohim. Then Peter answered, 47 "Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?" 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Master. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

So the correct interpretation is revealed when we hear the correct interpretation as spoken by Kepha himself and we see what actually took place. It had nothing to do with Yahweh cleansing abominable animals. It had to do with Yahweh cleansing men who wanted to receive Yahushua.

Doctrines of demons?

Another scripture that some point to to say that Yahweh has changed His mind on His commandment not to eat unclean foods is found in the book of 1 Timothy:


1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

Now up to this point we have not been able to find a single scripture which advocates the eating of unclean animals. For those who are already pork eaters it would be fairly easy to look at this scripture through from their own perspective and assume that Paul is calling those who only believe in eating clean animals as those who follow "doctrines of demons" and have their "conscience seared with a hot iron." But demons aren't the ones who came up with the idea of eating only clean animals. It was Yahweh who commanded it.

The scripture actually says that some will be "commanding to abstain from foods which Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." Those who believe and know the truth are those who understand that Elohim created certain animals (such as sheep and cattle) to be received with thanksgiving. It is the vegetarianism that is being spouted by the New Age movement and other eastern religions that is false doctrine. Those who believe and know the truth will understand that pork and shellfish aren't even considered to be "food" to begin with and never were intended to be "food." With this in mind, let's read the following verse:


4 For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer.

After reading the above verses, some have mistakenly thought that as long as they pray before they eat an unclean animal, Yahweh cleanses it for them. But this is not what is meant. Suppose such a person forgot to pray one time before they had their breakfast sausage? They would guilty of committing an abomination. If it really meant every creature is good to eat then we can have buzzards, bats, lizards, rats and skunks for breakfast too.

So what is meant by these words? If we examine them closely, we can find that actual meaning of what is being said. Here are the three characteristics of what is being said in this scripture:

1) Every creature of Elohim is good
2) Nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving (vs. 3) by those who who believe and know the truth (vs.2)
3) The creatures are sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer

So first of all, verse 5 speaks of "every creature of Elohim." Could there be a creature which is "of Elohim" and another creature which is not "of Elohim?" We do know that there are some men which we would consider to be men "of Elohim" and other men which are not "of Elohim." Consider:


2 Peter 1:21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of Elohim spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Men who are "of Elohim" are holy men, while men who are not "of Elohim" are unholy. Can we not say the same of all Yahweh's creatures? Though He created all men, some men and all creatures, some are "of Elohim" and others are not. The same is true of animals. Creatures that are "of Elohim" will be clean and capable of being sanctified/holy. Creatures which are not "of Elohim" are animals which are not able to be sanctified/holy because they are not clean.

Being clean and being holy are intricately linked all throughout the scriptures. Consider these scriptures:


Leviticus 10:9-11 Do not drink wine or intoxicating drink, you, nor your sons with you, when you go into the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations, 10 "that you may distinguish between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean, 11 "and that you may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which Yahweh has spoken to them by the hand of Moses."

Ezekiel 22:26 "Her priests have violated My law and profaned My holy things; they have not distinguished between the holy and unholy, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.

1 Corinthians 7:14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.


Leviticus 11:44 'For I am Yahweh your Elohim. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.

So holiness and sanctification are intricately linked with cleanness. Becoming unholy is intricately linked with being defiled or unclean. Typically, the animals who are not holy (and thus, not "of Elohim") are scavengers and garbage cleaners of the earth.

The second characteristic states that nothing is to be refused if it is "received with thanksgiving." The previous verse said there were foods which "Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." Therefore, in context it is obvious that those are receiving it with thanksgiving in verse 4 are those who "believe and know the truth." Those who believe and know the truth are going to know which creatures of Yahweh are set apart as food and which ones are not. They will not fall prey to doctrines/words of demons. Why? Because the word of Elohim tells us the truth. His word is truth and those who know His word recognize this truth.

Thus, no creature "of Elohim" is to be "refused if it is received with thanksgiving (vs. 3) by those who who believe and know the truth (vs.2)." Those who believe and know the truth will know which creatures are sanctified (a word meaning "set apart") by the word of Elohim. Let's remember that when Paul wrote Timothy, there was no "new testament" in existence. The holy scriptures in the "old testament" were the words of Elohim he would be referring to. Leviticus 11 speaks specifically about which animals Yahweh are unholy and abominable, and which animals are set apart for holy use. The unclean animals are not sanctified in the word of Yahweh.

Yahweh set apart which animals are clean and which animals are unclean prior to the laws in Leviticus. Noah was told to take the unclean animals by pairs but the clean animals in groups of seven:


Genesis 7:1-5 Then Yahweh said to Noah, "Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. 2 "You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are unclean, a male and his female; 3 "also seven each of birds of the air, male and female, to keep the species alive on the face of all the earth. 4 "For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made." 5 And Noah did according to all that Yahweh commanded him.

So, long before Yahweh gave His commandments in the law, He made a difference between the clean and unclean. Noah knew what Yahweh was talking about and "did according to all that Yahweh commanded him".

Getting back to 1Timothy 4, we see that creatures "of Elohim" are to be "received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth." When we pray to Yahweh in thanksgiving, the food is recognized as coming from Yahweh and not from any other elohim. Thus, the food is sanctified/set apart for the ones who know and believe the truth. We are called to be holy as Yahweh is holy and not regard the words/doctrines of demons.

Like in former times, there is a complete misunderstanding of holiness today. Those who claim holiness while doing unholy acts and eating unclean animals are not pleasing to Yahweh:


Isaiah 65:3-5 - A people who provoke Me to anger continually to My face; Who sacrifice in gardens, And burn incense on altars of brick; 4 Who sit among the graves, And spend the night in the tombs; Who eat swine's flesh, And the broth of abominable things is in their vessels; 5 Who say, 'Keep to yourself, Do not come near me, For I am holier than you!' These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day.

So Isaiah says in another place:


Isaiah 52:11 - Depart! Depart! Go out from there, Touch no unclean [thing]; Go out from the midst of her, Be clean, You who bear the vessels of Yahweh.

Paul quotes this verse in 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.


2 Corinthians 6:17 -7:1 - Therefore "Come out from among them And be separate, says the Master. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you." 18 "I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says Yahweh Almighty." Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim.

Notice that in order to really be "perfecting holiness" we must seek to cleanse ourselves from defilement of the flesh AND spirit. It isn't just a spiritual cleansing that Yahweh is seeking from us. Yahweh desires a clean people. People who live clean, think clean and eat clean so that we are a fit temple for Yahweh's Holy Spirit. To fill His temple with the flesh of abominable things is not cleansing yourself from filthiness of flesh or spirit.

Therefore, let's maintain the purity of flesh and spirit that Yahweh seeks, that we might be among those "perfecting holiness in the fear of Elohim." Let's set aside the traditions of men and the whole idea of just assuming that because everyone else does it, it must be right. Let's look straight into the scriptures and receive what they really say about holiness and sanctification, and seek to walk therein. Yahweh knows best; let's diligently follow His will for our lives.

May Yeshua our Messiah bless you as you seek His ways of life and truth.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


It's exciting whenever a new child enters a family. There's no greater moment when parents sense that children are a gift from God. In these joyful moments, pastors have the privilege of sharing how parents can express their full appreciation to God through baby dedication. While some Christian ministers baptize babies, the following order of service is for those who prefer what the Bible/ Torah states is correct!

Counseling for Baby Dedication

Dedicating a child acknowledges God's sovereignty not only over the child, but also Mom and Dad. Parents present their child before God and His people asking for grace and wisdom in carrying out their responsibilities. Parents also come praying that their child might one day trust Yeshua- Jesus Christ as Savior for the forgiveness of sin.

Before the actual ceremony, it is crucial that the Pastors counsel parents about the meaning of dedication. The best passage for discussion is Deuteronomy 6:4-7. First, it commands parents to love God; if they truly wish for their child to one day love and follow God, their lives must be an example. This is a good time to ask parents about their own personal relationship with Christ.

Second, Deuteronomy makes clear that the duty of teaching children belongs to parents; bibical schools can provide weekly instruction, but parents must seize the teachable moments that arise throughout life. Explain the value of prayer (for example, repetitious prayers like "Now I lay me down to sleep . . .") at meal times and before bed. Urge them to read aloud Bible stories for devotions. Give them practical ideas they can implement into their daily family routines.

Sometimes it is custom for parents to choose godparent(s). Often viewed simply as an honorary title, its value however can be greatly enhanced by defining how this role will be carried out. Many godparents assume responsibility to provide cards and gifts of a Christian nature for the child on birthdays and holidays. Some periodically ask the parents how they are doing in training their child (Proverbs 22:6). Still others have arranged that in the event of the parents' unexpected death, the godparents will take the child into their home (This of course requires legal documentation).

Conducting the Ceremony

On the day of dedication, meet with the parents or parent a few minutes before the service in order to explain where they should stand. For the services given below, the following advice is suggested. With the pastor standing front and center in the sanctuary, the father or parent should stand immediately to the pastor's right, with Mom next to Dad, accompanied by any other children. Godparents and grandparents should stand to the pastor's left. Have the wife hold the baby as the family comes forward. During the service, the wife will pass the child to the father for the vow of dedication; the father holding the child during this time symbolizes that the husband is the family's spiritual head. Afterwards, the father is then able to pass the baby to the pastor for the prayer of dedication.

Be sure to recognize everyone who stands before the church, especially siblings. Though this is not their special day, it's important to confirm that they too are important participants. When grandparents stand, you may want to insert the following into the ceremony: "Standing before us are three generations. Seeing this brings to mind Proverbs 17:6 which tells us that 'Grandchildren are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of children.'

(NAME OF GRANDPARENTS), we know you're very proud of these grandkids. And (NAME OF PARENTS), we trust that the step of faith you're taking today will make (CHILD'S NAME) one day proud of your actions."

Finally, keep in mind that babies are unpredictable. Some may sleep during the dedication, but others might cry, especially while you're holding them! Humor is a delightful way to make light of the situation and dissipate any of your own uneasiness. It is moments such as these that makes baby dedications so special. The sacred and the mundane collide. And through it, we see a glimpse of the glorious gospel--God being found in the appearance of man.

Service of Dedication I

Children are a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him." As believers we are called to recognize that children belong first and foremost to God. God in his goodness gives children as gifts to parents. They not only have the awesome responsibility of caring for this gift, but also the wonderful privilege of enjoying the gift. Because children belong to God and are given by grace as gifts to parents, it is only proper and appropriate that children be dedicated back to God.

We are told in 1 Samuel 1 that Hannah presented her son Samuel to the Lord. In Luke 2:22 we read that Mary and Joseph brought their baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem in order to present him before the Lord. In the same way, (PARENTS) today bring their (SON/DAUGHTER + CHILD'S NAME), presenting first themselves and then their (SON/DAUGHTER) before the Lord our God.

Accompanying them in making this commitment are (CHILD'S) godparents, (GODPARENT'S NAME). And witnessing this as well are (PARENT'S OTHER CHILDREN).

(PARENTS), I call your attention to the commands of God recorded in Holy Scripture. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 tells us:

Shema, "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on their children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Ephesians 6:4 says:

"fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." God's instructions are plain.

(PARENTS), love God with every ounce and fiber of your energy and teach (CHILD) to do the same. As you love God, one another, and (OTHER CHILDREN), you will model before (CHILD) a wonderful love for God that he will want for himself.

(PARENTS), by coming forward before God and his people, do you hereby declare your desire to dedicate yourselves and your (SON/DAUGHTER + CHILD'S NAME) to the Lord? If so, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Having come freely, I ask now that you enter into the following commitment in the presence of God and his people (Wife hands child to husband as a sign of his spiritual headship in the family). So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you (PARENTS) vow by God's help and in partnership with the church, to provide (CHILD) a Christian home of love and peace, to raise him in the truth of our Lord's instruction and discipline, and to encourage him to one day trust Yeshua-Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord? ("We do.")

Modeling this kind of love can not be done alone. It requires the help of others. For this reason, (PARENTS) call upon the help of (GODPARENTS). I now direct my questions to you. By coming forward before God and his people, do you hereby declare your desire to help PARENTS fulfill the vow they have just made by becoming (CHILD'S) godparents? If so, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Having come freely, I ask now that you enter into the following commitment: So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you vow by God's help, to encourage, through praise and correction, (PARENTS) in their effort to raise (CHILD) in the fear of the Lord, to uphold them in prayer, and if anything should happen to (PARENTS), to assume responsibility in helping (CHILD) receive our Lord's guidance and instruction? ("We do.")

Finally, I ask that the congregation make a vow as well. There's an old proverb that says "it takes a village to raise a child." Parents have first responsibility. But parents need the help and support of the community. So I direct my questions now to the church. By being present in God's house today, do you hereby declare yourselves to be the children of God because you trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life? If this is true, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Would you please stand? Having come freely, I ask now that you make the following commitment to those who stand before you: So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you vow by God's help, to be faithful in your calling as members of the body of Christ, to help (PARENTS) be faithful to God, and to help teach and train (CHILD) in the ways of the Lord so that he might one day trust him as Savior and Lord? If you accept this responsibility, please respond by saying "we do."

(Dad hands child to pastor for prayer of dedication)

(Presentation of Certificate and Gift) Dedication II

God delights in children. He takes great pleasure in them.

Service of the greatest gifts He gives to husbands and wives. Psalm 127:3 proclaims that "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from Him." Because children are a gift from God, it is natural that Christian parents present and dedicate their child to God. In the Gospels we read that people brought little children and babies to Jesus so that he might place his hands on them and pray for them.

In the same way, (PARENTS) today bring their (SON/DAUGHTER + CHILD'S NAME), presenting first themselves and then (CHILD) before the Lord our God. Accompanying them in making this commitment are (GRANDPARENTS). And witnessing this as well is (OTHER SIBLINGS).

(PARENTS), I call your attention to the commands of God recorded in Holy Scripture. Deuteronomy 6:4-7 tells us:

Shema, "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on their children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up."

Years ago the music group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young had a hit song with the words "teach your children well." Indeed there is no higher calling for parents. Proverbs 10:1 reminds us that "a wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother." The best thing Moms and Dads can teach their child is the "fear of the Lord," for Proverbs 1:7 tells us this is "the beginning of knowledge." In other words, the successful application of all that (CHILD) learns in life depends on him first learning to fear and follow God. So the church urges you (PARENTS) to love God with every ounce and fiber of your being and teach (CHILD) to do the same. As you love God, one another, and (OTHER SIBLINGS), you will model before (CHILD) a wonderful love for God that he will want for himself.

(PARENTS), by coming forward before God and his people, do you hereby declare your desire to dedicate yourselves and your (CHILD) to the Lord? If so, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Having come freely, I ask now that you enter into the following commitment in the presence of God and his people (Wife hands child to husband as a sign of his spiritual headship in the family).

So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you (PARENTS) vow by God's help and in partnership with the church, to provide (CHILD) a Christian home of love and peace, to raise him in the truth of our Lord's instruction and discipline, and to encourage him to one day trust Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord? ("We do.")

For encouragement in fulfilling these vows, (PARENTS) call upon (GRANDPARENTS). Proverbs 17:6 declares how "Grandchildren are the crown of the aged." There is great pride in seeing a new generation of family. And how that joy is reinforced when children are raised to fear God. To this end, I ask you the following questions.

By coming forward before God and his people, do you hereby declare your desire to help (PARENTS) fulfill the vow they have just made by becoming (CHILD's) godparents? If so, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Having come freely, I ask now that you enter into the following commitment: So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you vow by God's help, to pray for and encourage (PARENTS) in their effort to raise (CHILD) in the fear of the Lord, so that (CHILD) might receive our Lord's guidance and instruction? ("We do.")

Finally, I ask that the church make a vow as well. As believers in the body of Christ, we have a responsibility to teach the Gospel story to our younger generation. In fact, the Old Testament prophet Joel commands us to tell of God's work "to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation" (1:3). So I direct my questions now to the congregation.

Being present in God's house today, do you hereby declare yourselves to be the children of God because you trust in Yeshua- Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life? If this is true, please respond by saying "we do." ("We do.")

Would you please stand? Having come freely, I ask now that you make the following commitment before God and those who stand before you: So that (CHILD) may walk in the abundant life that Christ offers, do you vow by God's help, to be faithful in your calling as members of the body of Christ, to help (PARENTS) be faithful to God, and to help teach and train (CHILD) in the ways of the Lord so that he might one day trust him as Savior and Lord? If you accept this responsibility, please respond by saying "we do."

(Dad hands child to pastor for prayer of dedication)

(Presentation of Certificate and Gift)

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

The shema & the amidah prayer are displayed with an introduction.
One should try to wash his hands before reciting the prayer.Why? Shows a change of status from unclean to clean!

(Read - what is prayer & what affects does it have?)

Shema Introduction:
The Hebrew Pledge of Allegiance: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one"

(Deut. 6:4 & Mark 12:29)
The Recitation of the Shema certainly does solidify one's acceptance of God as King. It discusses loving God, sacrificing for God, Torah study, God's Oneness, tefillin, mezuzah, and many more facets to serving Him.." We begin life with the Shema. From our earliest days, our parents said it with us as they put us to sleep in our cribs, we declare the Shema twice each day and aspire to say these as the last words before we die

Before the creation of the world, only God existed. There was no separate entity in any form.
Even after creation, everything in the world remained part of God.
The only difference is that through the miracle of creation, God gave each human being free will. With this, we have the unique ability to think for ourselves and to act upon those thoughts. It's as if from within God, we maintain a certain autonomy.

Yet we're still part of God. Because that's all there is.
So what was the purpose of making us a separate entity from God?

Rabbi M.C. Luzzatto (18th century Italy) explains in his famous book "Path of the Just": The purpose of creation is to earn pleasure. The ultimate pleasure is attachment to God. Where is this pleasure most manifest? In the eternal World of Souls, where we have absolute clarity of God's unity, and recognize that we are totally attached to Him, as we always have been.

Every word should be said out by carefully.
Each word of the Shema represents a particular limb of your body; every time you say a word of the Shema clearly, it strengthens that particular limb; it's simple and powerful.


The Amidah

The Amidah Introduction:
The Amidah is the central prayer of all four services: shacharit (morning), mincha (afternoon), maariv (evening), and mussaf (additional)on the Sabbath. The word Amidah literally means standing, because it is recited while standing. It is also known as Shemoneh Esrei, meaning eighteen, because it originally consisted of eighteen blessings, and as prayer because it is the most important Hebrew prayer. The should try to pray three times a day, which was established by Ezra and codified in the Talmud (Berakhot 26b), is fulfilled by reciting the Amidah.

Question: Every Hebrew recites the same Amidah, yet every human being needs different things from god, so we do we all recite the same Amidah?

Answer: The Amidah was composed enormously powerful, that it becomes everyone's personal prayer. One can want wealth, the Amidah will focus on that. One can want health, it will focus on that. That's the power of the Amidah.

One should stand with one's feet together while reciting the Amidah as a show of respect for God. If one is unable to stand such as in a car or perhaps ill, you may sit. The rabbis add that this pose mirrors the vision of angels that Ezekiel had in which the feet of the angels appeared as one (Ezekiel 1:7). The custom is to face the direction of Israel,( from the USA its East, the rest do the math) and if one is in Israel, to turn to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. Because all prayers head tours the Temple Mont and then rise up. This also shows respect for the Temples, which were central to Hebrew life, and reminds one that the synagogue was established to try to fill the gap in Hebrew life left by the Temples' destruction. In many synagogues in the west, the ark is on the eastern wall of the synagogue for this reason.

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To begin: take three steps backward, then three steps forward. Remain standing with the feet together while reciting Shemoneh Esrei.
It should be recited with quiet devotion and without interruption.

Recite: When I call out the Name of Yahweh, ascribe greatness to our Yahweh.
My EloHim/ Lord, open my lips, that my mouth may declare Your praise.



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The Sabbath amidah is different
1. THE GOD OF HISTORY:

Blessed are You, O Lord our God and God of our fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the
great, mighty and revered God, the Most High God who bestows
loving kindnesses, the creator of all things, who remembers the good deeds of the patriarchs and in love will bring a redeemer to their children's children for his name's sake. O king, helper, savior and shield.
Bend the knees at 'Blessed;' bow at 'You;' straighten at 'Lord'
Blessed are You, O Lord, the shield of Abraham.
Bend the knees at 'Blessed;' bow at 'You;' straighten at 'Lord'
2. THE GOD OF NATURE:

You, O Lord, are mighty forever,You revive the
dead, You have the power to save. * You sustain the living with loving kindnesses, You revive the dead with great
mercy, You support the falling, heal the sick, set free the bound and keep
faith with those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, O doer of mighty
acts? Who resembles You, a king who puts to death and restores to life,
and causes salvation to flourish? And You are certain to revive the dead.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who revives the dead.
* From the end of Sukkot until the eve
of Passover, insert:
You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall.
3. SANCTIFICATION OF GOD:

Only with a group of ten, recite

[Reader] We will sanctify Your name in this world just as it is sanctified in the highest heavens, as it is written by Your prophet: "And they call out to one another and say:
[Cong.] 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.'" [Isa. 6:3]
[Reader] Those facing them praise God saying:
[Cong.] "Blessed be the Presence of the LORD in his place." [Ezek. 3:12]
[Reader] And in Your Holy Words it is written, saying,
[Cong.] "The LORD reigns forever, Your God, O Zion, throughout all generations. Hallelujah." [Ps. 146:10]
[Reader] Throughout all generations we will declare Your greatness, and to all eternity we will proclaimyour holiness. Your praise, O our God, shall never depart from our mouth, for You are a great and holy God and King. Blessed are You, O Lord, the holy God. You are holy, and Your name is holy, and holy beings praise You daily. (Selah.) Blessed are You, O Lord, the holy God.


By Yourself Recite

You are holy and Your name is holy and holy beings praiseYou evrey day forever

4. PRAYER FOR UNDERSTANDING:

You favor men with knowledge, and teach mortals understanding.
O favor us with the knowledge,
the understanding and the insight that come from You.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the gracious giver of knowledge.
5. FOR REPENTANCE:

Bring us back, O our father, to Your Instruction;
draw us near, O our King, to Your service;
and cause us to return to You in perfect repentance.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who delights in repentance.
6. FOR FORGIVENESS:

Forgive us, O our Father, for we have sinned; pardon us, O our King, for we have transgressed; for You pardon and forgive.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who is merciful and always ready to forgive.
7. FOR DELIVERANCE FROM AFFLICTION:

Look upon our affliction and plead our cause,
and redeem us speedily for Your nameís sake,
for You are a mighty redeemer.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the redeemer of Israel.
8. FOR HEALING:

Heal us, O Lord, and we will be healed;
save us and we will be saved, for You are our praise.
O grant a perfect healing to all our ailments, * for You, almighty King, are a faithful and merciful healer.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the healer of the sick of his people Israel.

* At this point, one may interject a prayer for one who is ill:
May it be Your will, Hashem my G-d, and the G-d of my forefathers, that You quickly send a complete recovery from heaven, spiritual healing and physical healing to the patient (name) son/daughter of (mother's name) among the other patients of Israel. - continue: For You ...
9. FOR DELIVERANCE FROM WANT:

Bless this year for us, O Lord our God,
together with all the varieties of its produce, for our welfare.
Bestow ([from the 15th of Nissan insert:] dew and rain for) a blessing upon the face of the earth. O satisfy us with Your goodness, and bless our year like the best of years.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who blesses the years.
10. FOR GATHERING OF EXILES:

Sound the great shofar for our freedom,
raise the ensign to gather our exiles,
and gather us from the four corners of the earth.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who gathers the dispersed of his people Israel.
11. FOR THE RIGHTEOUS REIGN OF GOD:

Restore our judges as in former times,
and our counselors as at the beginning; and remove from us sorrow and
sighing. Reign over us, You alone, O Lord, with lovingkindness and
compassion, and clear us in judgment. Blessed are You, O Lord, the King
who loves righteousness and justice.

12. FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF APOSTATES AND
THE ENEMIES OF GOD:

Let there be no hope for slanderers, and let all wickedness perish in an instant. May all Your enemies quickly be cut down,
and may You soon in our day uproot, crush, cast down and humble the dominion of arrogance.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who smashes enemies and humbles the arrogant.

13. FOR THE RIGHTEOUS AND PROSELYTES:

May Your compassion be stirred, O Lord our God,
towards the righteous, the pious, the elders of Your people
the house of Israel, the remnant of their scholars, towards proselytes,
and towards us also. Grant a good reward to all who truly trust in Your
name. Set our lot with them forever so that we may never be put to shame, for we have put our trust in You.
Blessed are You, O Lord, the support and stay of the righteous.

14. FOR THE REBUILDING OF JERUSALEM:

Return in mercy to Jerusalem Your city, and dwell in it as You have promised. Rebuild it soon in our day as an eternal structure,
and quickly set up in it the throne of David.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who rebuilds Jerusalem.
15. FOR THE MESSIANIC KING:

Speedily cause the offspring of Your servant David to flourish,
and let him be exalted by Your saving power,
for we wait all day long for Your salvation.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who causes salvation to flourish.
16. FOR THE ANSWERING OF PRAYER:

Hear our voice, O Lord our God; spare us and have pity on us.
Accept our prayer in mercy and with favor,
for You are a God who hears prayers and supplications.
O our King, do not turn us away from Your presence empty-handed,
for You hear the prayers of Your people Israel with compassion.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who hears prayer.

17. FOR RESTORATION OF TEMPLE SERVICE:

Be pleased, O Lord our God, with Your people Israel and with their prayers. Restore the service to the inner sanctuary of Your Temple,
and receive in love and with favor both the fire-offerings of Israel and their prayers. May the worship of Your people Israel always be acceptable to You. And let our eyes behold Your return in mercy to Zion.
Blessed are You, O Lord, who restores his divine presence to Zion.

18. THANKSGIVING FOR GOD'S UNFAILING MERCIES:

We give thanks to You that You are the Lord our God
and the God of our fathers forever and ever.
Through every generation You have been the rock of our lives, the shield
of our salvation. We will give You thanks and declare Your praise for our
lives that are committed into Your hands, for our souls that are entrusted
to You, for Your miracles that are daily with us, and for Your wonders and Your benefits that are with us at all times, evening, morning and noon.
O beneficent one, Your mercies never fail; O merciful one,
Your lovingkindnesses never cease. We have always put our hope in You.
For all these acts may Your name be blessed and exalted continually,
O our King, forever and ever. Let every living thing give thanks to You and praise Your name in truth, O God, our salvation and our help. (Selah.)
Blessed are You, O Lord, whose Name is the Beneficent One,
and to whom it is fitting to give thanks.
19. FOR PEACE:

My G-d, guard my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully. To those who curse me, let my soul be silent; and let my soul be like dust to everyone. Open my heart to Your Torah, then my soul will pursue Your commandments. As for all those who design evil against me, speedily nullify their counsel and disrupt their design. Act for Your Name's sake; act for Your right hand's sake; act for Your sanctity's sake; act for Your Torah's sake. That Your beloved ones may be given rest; let Your right hand save, and respond to me. * May they be acceptable the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart, before You Adonoy, my rock and my redeemer.Bow and take three steps back, Bow left and say 'He Who makes peace in His heights 'bow right and say 'may He make peace among us' bow forward and say 'and upon all Israel... Amen.'


* A special personal
name remembrance








by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


I would begin with a warning that this study is somewhat deep. This study will require a certain level of concentration. Please pray before reading this. May Yahweh guide us all. To all I would like to ask the question "Are you under the law?"

According to scripture, IF you are 'under the law'... then:

1) The law was written just for you.
2) Sin has dominion over you
3) You are without faith
4) You are in need of redemption

While this study is deep, we cannot underestimate its importance. Those who are under the law are in a lot of trouble! They have no salvation! The interesting thing about these 4 characteristics I listed is that they couldn't possibly be speaking of someone who is walking in obedience to the law.

Instead, they indicate that those who are 'Under the law' are faithless, unsaved, unrepentant and have sin reigning over them.

Now let's examine the scriptures in question:


Romans 3:19 - Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before YAHWEH.

This verse speaks of those who are 'under the law'. This group of people is whom the law is speaking to. ie "what things soever the law saith, it saith to them" One characteristic of this group of people is that when the law speaks to them, their mouths are stopped, they are guilty before Yahweh.

Could this be speaking of those who are walking in obedience to Yahweh's law? Impossible! If this group of people were walking in obedience to Yahweh's law, then why would their mouths be stopped and declared guilty before Yahweh when it is read to them?? This makes no sense! In fact, it MUST be saying just the opposite. It must be saying that those who are 'under the law' are those who are not obeying the law...therefore their mouths are stopped and they are guilty before Yahweh.

Let's look at this verse again:


Romans 3:19 - Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before YAHWEH.

It says here that 'all the world' is guilty before Yahweh. Does this mean every person in this entire world who has heard His law either is or has been under the law at some point? It must! But why?

The answer is that EVERYONE at some point in their life has sinned


1John 1:8 - If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Therefore it makes perfect sense that those who are 'under the law' are those who have sinned. They are 'guilty before Yahweh'

Now let's look at the next verse:


Romans 3:20 - Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

This point is driven further home by this verse. The important word here is "Justified". By the deeds of the law (elsewhere translated "works of the law"), no man will be justified. Why is this?

The answer is in the previous verse. "All the world" is guilty before Yahweh because of the law. The law can't justify us when we have not kept it. The law only tells us what sin is! Paul even says by the law is the knowledge of sin!

Let's read on:


Romans 3:20 - Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 - But now the righteousness of YAHWEH without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

There is a certain righteousness that was predicted in the law and the prophets that was to be given unto men. However, it is written in the law and prophets that this righteousness was not going to come from the law.

This righteousness was going to come from Yahweh Himself:


Jeremiah 23:5 - Behold, the days come, saith YAHWEH, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. 6 - In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, YAHWEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

This is a prophecy about Yahushua the Messiah. Why is He called "Yahweh tzidkenu" (Yahweh our righteousness) ?


Isaiah 45:23 - I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. 24 - Surely, shall one say, in YAHWEH have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed.

Only in Yahweh can we have righteousness and strength through Yahushua the Messiah! It is because Yahushua died for our sins and paid the penalty for our sins that we can have eternal life! Why can we have eternal life? Because when we accept Him, it is not our righteousness that Yahweh sees..but the righteousness of Yahushua the Messiah covering us!


Galatians 2:20 - "I have been impaled with the Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but the Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of YAHWEH, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

So in this Yahweh became our righteousness in Yahushua the Messiah. In fact, this is what the next verse declares..now in context:


Romans 3:21 - But now the righteousness of YAHWEH without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 - Even the righteousness of YAHWEH which is by faith of Yahushua the Messiah unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of YAHWEH;

These verses sum up well what the true meaning is here. It isn't our righteousness (keeping His law) that saves us. It isn't our righteousness (keeping His law) that justifies us. It is HIS Righteousness that we will have to rely upon...through faith...that is going to save us, justify us and make us His sons and daughters! Oh, some thought this was just some Pauline doctrine...but this is not true! This is straight from the law and the prophets as well!


Isaiah 54:17 - No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of YAHWEH, and their righteousness is of me, saith YAHWEH.

Kepha (Peter) also knew this doctrine:


2Peter 1:1 - Simon Kepha, a bondservant and apostle of Yahushua the Messiah, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of YAHWEH and of our Savior Yahushua the Messiah:

So don't think for a moment that the doctrine of 'not being justified by the works of the law' is a Pauline idea. This doctrine is clearly stated in the so called "Old Testament" as well. Let's now move onto other scripture dealing with those who are 'under the law'


Romans 6:12 - Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

Paul is telling the Romans to not let sin reign in their "mortal body". Yes, we are at this time in our lives 'mortal'. There will come a time when we will no longer be mortal..but be immortal when we rise from the dead...at that time we will be totally sinless people....but we should be living that way now!

Next verse:


Romans 6:13 - Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto YAHWEH, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto YAHWEH.

We need to yield ourselves unto Yahweh as one immortal, alive from the dead and let our members be instruments of righteousness...not unrighteousness.

Next verse:


Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

It is promised that sin shall not have dominion over us because we are not under the law, but under grace/favor! What does this mean? According to the other scripture in Romans we discussed, being under the law is referring to those who are relying on their own righteousness/law-keeping to be justified on that final day...they will be judged guilty for their sins. But those who have accepted Yahweh's righteousness through Yahushua the Messiah are 'under grace/favor'!

They have been forgiven for their sins now and are relying on Yahushua's righteousness to justify them. Can we go back and sin/break that law once again?


Romans 6:15 - What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under favor? By no means.

Why would we go again into that life we led before? We sinned! Sin is transgressing His law!


1John 3:4 - Whoever commits sin trangresses also the law, for sin is the transgression of the law.

We sinned, this is why Yahushua had to die for us in the first place! As Paul said "Yahweh forbid!" or more accurately translated "By no means!"


Romans 6:16 - Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

So are we going to serve sin 'unto death' or be a servant of Yahweh walking in obedience unto righteousness? Sadly, the idea of disobeying Yahweh's law because we are 'under grace' is a concrete doctrine of mainstream Christianity! Indeed the entire world is deceived by this teaching! Now let's look at one final scripture that is very popular among those who believe in this doctrine:


Galatians 3:21 - Is the law then against the promises of YAHWEH? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.

In context of Galatians 3, the law is not against the promises of Yahweh that we would be justified and blessed through a son of Abraham..Yahushua the Messiah. We CAN'T be justified by keeping His law when we have broken it.

We NEED the righteousness of Yahweh!


Galatians 3:22 - But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahushua the Messiah might be given to those who believe.

We were all 'under the law' and 'under sin'.


Galatians 3:23 - But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 - Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to the Messiah, that we might be justified by faith.

In this, the law was our schoolmaster....guarding us from sin but in our failures it was also teaching us that we were sinners! In our sins it taught us that we have no choice but to be justified by faith in Yahweh alone. We needed a Righteous One to be a mediator between us and a holy Elohim!


Galatians 3:25 - But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

The law was our tutor, we were "under the law." But now that we have put our faith in Yahushua the Messiah, trusted in the one called "Yahweh our Righteousness" and been cleansed, sanctified and redeemed by His blood...we are no longer 'under the law'!

If we were under the law, the only way we could possibly be saved is if we NEVER SINNED.

There is only ONE who 'never sinned'. He was born under the law...yet without sin


Galatians 4:4 - But when the fullness of the time had come, YAHWEH sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 - to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

We are adopted sons of Yahweh through the righteousness of Yahushua the Messiah! We are saved from having to live a perfect and sinless life.. Therefore, again our salvation cannot come by our own righteousness/law-keeping..but by HIS righteousness alone.


Galatians 5:18 - But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now if we were to take the conclusion that many would love to take in this verse, we would be saying "If we are led by the Spirit, we don't have to be obedient to Yahweh's law". But how can this possibly be? Every verse we have examined thus far has said just the opposite. Fact is, we have found out that those who are DISOBEDIENT and apart from the Messiah are the ones under His law. Indeed even the following verses in this Galatians 5 prove that one who is walking in the Spirit is NOT free to be disobedient!


Galatians 5:18 - But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 - Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 - idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 - envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of YAHWEH. 22 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 - gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

The works of the flesh are disobedience to Yahweh's law. The fruits of the Spirit is obedience to His law...how clear! To say we are not 'under the law' can't possibly mean we are free to break it!

In fact, it means just the opposite! So who is this group of people who are 'under the law'?

In Paul's day, it was those Jews who were trusting in their righteousness to be saved rather than accepting Yahushua the Messiah and letting Yahweh be their righteousness. Today though, it is those that do not have Yahushua or those who have chosen to purposely sin/break His law again after accepting the Messiah. They are putting themselves right back under the law!

If this is what you have been taught to do then I warn you today that you have been taught a serious error! The law of Yahweh has been blasphemed for 2000 years, it's time to lift it up as the standard for all men to live by. Once we are justified by the Righteousness of Yahweh, we need to let all men know that we are not to go back to that old sin again.

Yahweh hasn't removed the standard, He has merely forgiven us for not living up to that standard. To have Yahweh as our righteousness..truly there is no greater blessing in the world! Yahushua died for you so that you would be forgiven for failing to live up to that standard. Let us not return and insult the spirit of grace...but let's live a new life... Walking in HIS obedience.. Walking in HIS mercy... Walking in HIS Spirit! Hope this has clarified the truth, please remember that the U.S.A. has more laws that any other nation and yet we are the most free, the law makes us free not bound! Hope this helps you come away from legalism. which Yeshua our Christ has set us free from that law,but not the Torah. Read John 5:41- 47.

In His Service in Messiah,Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


As far as the history of Christianity is concerned, Constantine was one of the most influential men that ever lived. From the Gospels, until Martin Luther nailed his theses to the church door in 1517,--there was no single person that so changed the course of church history as did Constantine. Indeed, his influence was so vast that it continues to tower over Christendom in this our own time. Both in church customs and in church government we owe a lot to Constantine's intervention.

It is for that reason that this biography has been prepared. Here is the man who changed history. If you are a Christian, you will want to read this brief story, for it will explain many things to you. Without a clear understanding of what took place during the life of Constantine, it is difficult to understand the simple, pure life, doctrines, and church government that the people of God had before he came on the scene of action.

After the crucifixion, the followers of Christ carried the good news of salvation to lands near and afar off. But that message was carried in spite of the rulers of Rome who worshiped heathen deities and frowned on the new religion. In the 240 years between A.D. 64 and 304, there were several major persecutions of Christians by the Roman Emperors. Fortunately, each period of persecution was short-lived or the faithful followers of Christ would have been blotted from the earth.

Yet, as it always does, persecution had a purifying effect on the Christians, whether they were located in the wicked cities or out in the farm lands. In the providence of God, problems and trials were needed, for many of the Christians were gradually uniting with the world in the observance of heathen belief and practices.

A surprisingly large number of the pagan concepts that entered the Christian Church in the first three centuries of the Christian Era originated in Alexandria (in Egypt) or in the city of Rome. For some reason, those two local Christian churches were more modernizing than the other congregations.

At that time, Alexandria was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire. A worldly Christian seminary was located there, and its faculty occupied itself with an ongoing new-modeling of the Christian faith. Heathen ideas from pagan religions in Egypt, Babylon, Persia, and Asia Minor were explored, adapted, and taught to the ministerial students at the seminary.

From there the ideas had a way of going to Rome, where the leaders of the local church there divided their time between copying worldly customs and trying to urge their adoption by all the other Christian congregations of the Roman Empire.

In brief, Alexandria was surprisingly innovative in transforming Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, and Greek paganism into Christianity, and Rome was amazingly bold in seeking to require acceptance of those new ideas by the other Christian churches.

What were some of those beliefs that began infiltrating into the Christian religion between A.D. 96 and 304? Let us consider a few:


Because pagan priests cut a circular bald spot on top of their heads in honor of the solar disc (the sun god). Christian leaders, first at Alexandria and Rome, copied this hair style, called the tonsure (Lev. 21:5; Deut. 14:1). It is still used today by certain monastic orders.

At about the same time, so-called "holy water" began to be used for baptism, which itself soon degenerated into a mere sprinkling instead of immersion (Acts 8:35-38; Rom. 6:3-5).

A large part of what would later become basic Roman Catholic liturgy came into the church at that time, as the Alexandrian church copied the Egyptian worship of Isis, the Egyptian Queen of Heaven (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-19, 25). Here is how the Egyptian Mother Goddess and her Child were worshiped by the pagans in Egypt:


"The daily ritual of Isis, which seems to have been as regular and complicated as that of the Catholic Church, produced an immense effect on the Roman mind. Every day there were two solemn offices [services], at which white-robed, tonsured priests, with acolytes and assistants of every degree, officiated. The morning litany and sacrifice was an impressive service. The crowd of worshipers thronged the space before the chapel at the early dawn. The priest ascending by a hidden stairs, drew apart the veil of the sanctuary, and offered the holy image to their adoration. He then made the round of the altars, reciting the litany [mystic words in an unknown tongue], and sprinkling the holy water from the secret spring." -Samuel Dill, Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius, page 577-578. [2 Tim 2:15-16; Lk 20:3-5].

The "Queen of Heaven, the Mother of God" concept came directly into the Christian church from the Mother and Child cult in Egypt--the worship of Isis and Horus. When this concept entered the church, it was accompanied by the idea that Mary was to be worshiped as the "mother of God." This caused a split in the church and the banishment of Nestorius, a Christian who opposed the new teaching. Images (statues) of Isis holding Horus had already been accepted for worship by pagans all over the Roman Empire, for they were patron gods of Roman sailors.

But then in the fifth century a very significant thing happened. The names "Isis and Horus" totally disappeared, and in their place appeared Mariolotry--the worship of the Virgin Mary holding her Child (Mark 3:31-35; Luke 11:27-28; Matt 10:37).

It is interesting to note that the very same thing happened to Mithra. Just as soon as the essential aspects of Mithraism had been officially brought into the Christian church,--Mithra disappeared within a century! Mithra was no longer needed, for his worship was now within the Christian church.

Who was Mithra? In the Roman Empire, he was the most important pagan god of the first three centuries after the time of Christ.

In order to better understand Mithraism, we need to go back in history. The various days of the week were in ancient times called "the first day, the second day," etc. Those were their Bible names. But just before the birth of Christ they were given new names: "the day of the Sun," "the day of the moon," etc., in honor of different heavenly bodies. This was known as the "planetary week."

Each day was ruled over by a different god, but the most important of them was the sun god that ruled over the first day of the week. It was his day, the day of the sun, and all the worship of the week had its focus on the worship of the sun on the first day.

Now, although these names for the week were relatively new, the worship of the sun god was not. It was one of the most ancient forms of worship and is represented by solar-disc worship found on nearly every continent in the world.

Fausset tells us that "sun worship was the earliest idolatry." (Fausset's Bible Dictionary, page 666.) The Arabians appear to have worshiped it directly without using any statue or symbol (Job 31:26-27). Abraham was called out of all this when he went to the promised land. Ra was the sun god in Egypt, and On (Heliopolis) was the central city of sun worship in ancient Egypt.

Entering Canaan under Joshua, the Hebrews again met sun worship. Baal of the Phoenicians, Molech or Milcom of the Ammonites, and Ha-dad of the Syrians were sun gods. Later came the Persian sun god, Mithra (also known as Mithras). Shemish was an especially important sun god in the middle east. Later, in Egypt, the god of the sun disc was known as Aton. The temple at Baalbek was dedicated to sun worship.

By associating with sun worshipers, the Israelites frequently practiced it themselves (Lev. 26:30; Isa. 17:8). King Manasseh practiced direct sun worship (2 Kg 21:3, 5). Josiah destroyed the chariots that were dedicated to the sun, and also removed the horses consecrated to the sun worship processions (2 Kg 23:5, 11, 12). Sun altars and incense were burned on the housetops for the sun deity (Zeph. 1:5), and Ezekiel beheld the "greatest abomination" of them all: direct sun worship at the entryway to the temple of the true God. This was done by facing eastward to the rising sun (Ezek. 8:16-17).

All during that time, there was no particular day that was set aside for this heathen worship. But within a few years, prior to the birth of Christ, the various days of the week were dedicated to specific pagan gods: "dies Solis" the day of the sun; "dies Lunae"--the day of the Moon, and so on.

All through Bible times, and for several centuries thereafter, the sacred day of the people of God was the Seventh day, the Bible Sabbath. It was the memorial of Creation and the only weekly Sabbath given in the Bible.

The sacred day of paganism was the memorial of the sun-god, the first day of the week. His day was called "the venerable day of the sun."

Now, this is where Mithra comes in, for just as the planetary week (each day named for a different planet in the sky) played a very important part in the worship of the sun, so Mithra became important as the leading sun god after the time of Christ.

By the beginning of the first century, Mithraism had become the largest sun-worship cult of the Western World. Within the next two hundred years, it had become the largest pagan religion in the Roman Empire,--surpassing all others.

The Romans called him by a new name: Sol Invictus, "the Invincible Sun."

It is impossible to properly explain the dramatic changes that took place in Christianity without mentioning Mithraism, for, during the first three centuries after the death of Christ, it became the greatest pagan rival of Christianity.

And Mithraism was an outstanding counterfeit. It had such features as a dying, rising saviour-god, special religious suppers, a special holy day in the weekly cycle that was different than that of the Christians--the Sun Day, an introductory baptism of its converts (in the blood of a slain bull), as well as several other similarities. It counterfeited the religion of the true God more cleverly than did any other religion up to that time in history.

Mithra was especially worshiped by the Roman soldiers, and wherever they went throughout the empire, they spread the worship of Mithraism. When Augustus Caesar became emperor (several decades before the birth of Christ), Mithraism was already spreading westward from Asia into Europe, and throughout the Roman Empire. Since it was the Roman generals that frequently took command on the death of an emperor, this hastened the spread of Mithraism.

As might be expected, with the passing of time the more worldly Christians of the Roman Empire began keeping the first day as well as the seventh day.

By the middle of the second century, Mithric sun worship was very popular among the influential Romans. Antoninus Pius (emperor from A.D. 138 to 161) erected a temple to Mithra at Ostai, a seaport town a few miles from the city of Rome. The emperor Aurelian (270-275), whose mother was a priestess of the Sun, made this solar cult the official religion of the empire. His biographer, Flavius Vopiscus, tells us that the priests of the Temple of the Sun were called "Pontiffs". They were priests of their dying-rising saviour, Mithra, and reigned as his vicegerents.

Under Emperor Antoninus Pius, Mithra was by official decree entitled Sol Dominus Imperil Romani ("The Sun, the Lord of the Roman Empire"), and his holy day was declared to be "the Day of the Lord". This name, and his other name, Sol Invicto ('Invincible Sun") appeared together on his coinage.

Sun worship continued to be the official religion of the empire until the time of Constantine.

Cumont, Olcott and other scholars clearly show that December 25 was the yearly date of the annual birth of Mithra. On that date, his followers held a special celebration of the fact that the sun was beginning to rise again higher in the sky. (It was lowest at the winter solstice, December 21, and not until the 25th could its rising be clearly seen.) This birthday of the sun-god was made an official holiday in the Roman Empire by Aurelian about the year 273. Here is what Williston Walker, a well-known church historian, has to say about this:


"December 25 was a great pagan festival, that of Sol Invictus, which celebrated the victory of light over darkness, and the lengthening of the sun's rays at the winter solstice. This assimilation of Christ to the sun god, as Sun of Righteousness, was widespread in the fourth century and was furthered by Constantine's legislation on Sunday, which is not unrelated to the fact that the sun god was the titular divinity of his [Constantine's] family."--Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church, third edition, page 155.

The Christians living in the larger cities of the empire were gradually leaning toward pagan practices, while their rural brethren more carefully maintained the true faith. The people of God were gradually nearing a crisis, and only the intermittent persecutions kept them relatively pure. But then Constantine entered the picture--and the Christian Church has never been the same since. Here is how it came about:

The Decian persecution of Christians began in A.D. 250 and was ended by an edict of Gallienus in 260. Again, there was peace for Christians for a few years, until Diocletian's heavy-handed persecution of 304-305. He became emperor in 284, and the next year he appointed three men to help him manage the government: Maximian, Galerius, and Constantius Chlorus. In February, 303, he began an intense persecution of Christians. Four edicts followed one another in quick succession, each more severe than the one preceding it. The fourth, in 304, ordered all Christians to offer sacrifice to the pagan gods or be slain. Constantius Chlorus was the only one of Diocletian's commanders that did little to persecute Christians in his territory of Gaul (modem France) and Britain.

In 305, Diocletian retired due to poor health, and Maximian abdicated from his position. This left Constantius Chlorus, Galerius, and two new co-rulers (Maxentius, and Licinius) as the leaders of the empire. Constantius Chlorus died in 306, and his son, Constantine took his place. A bitter fight between rival claimants for the throne began. Its outcome would determine the new master of the Roman Empire.

In April, 311, an edict of toleration was extended to the Christians by Galerius and Constantine. Galerius died the next month. Fighting for the throne continued. The crucial military engagement took place on October 28, 312, in what is generally considered to be, one of the decisive battles of history: the Battle of Mulvian Bridge.

A rapid march southward, and several successful battles in northern Italy, brought Constantine to Saxa Rubra a small town north of Rome. Just south of him, on the north side of the Tiber River, was the encampment of Maxentius. Near it was the Mulvian bridge that spanned the large river. In the battle which followed, Maxentius was slain.

Was Constantine a Christian at that time? There is no doubt that he was tolerant to Christians, but heathen emblems continued to be used on his armor and coins, and he retained the pagan title of Pontifex Maximus.

Early in 313, Constantine and Licinius met at Milan and agreed to permit, not merely toleration, but full freedom to the Christians. Their decision is known as the "Edict of Milan." Christianity was now legally equal to that of any religion of the empire. All confiscated church property was ordered to be restored. (Licinius, co-ruler of the empire, later began persecuting Christians in the eastern third of the empire, but he was defeated by Constantine in 323.)

The mother of Constantine, Helena, had turned to Christianity when her husband, Constantius (Constantine's father) had divorced her. But Constantine never clearly became a Christian until, perhaps, as he neared his own death. In all of his contacts with Christianity, Constantine used it as a political springboard. In his court, he consulted with pagan philosophers and scholars, as well as Christian ones. Regarding Christian doctrine, he chose always to favor that which certain church leaders wanted in order to insure unity; beyond that, he had no personal interest in the beliefs of the Church.

Yet, through it all and afterward, Constantine continued to be a pagan.


"He continued to use vague monotheistic language that any pagan could accept. During the earlier years of his supremacy he carried out patiently the ceremonial required of him as Pontifex maximus of the traditional [heathen] cult; he restored pagan temples, and ordered the taking of the auspices [by examining livers of freshly-killed animals]. He used pagan as well as Christian rites in dedicating Constantinople. He used pagan magic formulas to protect crops and heal disease."--Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, page 656.

Yet, in spite of this mixing of Christianity and paganism in the mind of Constantine,--he became the most influential determinant of Christianity for more than a thousand years! For it was through his political support that the apostate local Christian church at Rome, together with several other major city churches, grasped control of Christendom--and imposed their worldly ways upon Christians scattered in cities and villages all over the vast Roman Empire. And the changes that took place then, have continued on down to our own time. How very important it is that we understand what those changes were.

On March 7, 321 A.D., the first National Sunday Law in history was issued. This was the first "blue law" to be issued by a civil government. Here is the text of this, Constantine's first Sunday law decree:


"Let all judges and townspeople and occupations of all trades rest on the venerable day of the Sun [Sunday]; nevertheless, let those who are situated in the rural districts freely and with full liberty attend to the cultivation of the fields, because it so frequently happens that no other day may be so fitting for ploughing grains or trenching vineyards, lest at the time the advantage of the moment granted by the provision of heaven may be lost. Given on the Nones [seventh] of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls, each of them, for the second time."--The Code of Justinian, Book 3, title 12, law 3.

Five additional Sunday laws were to be issued by Constantine within a very few years to strengthen this, his first Sunday edict.

When Constantine was issuing his Sunday laws, was he a consistent Christian? Hardly. At that very time he was embellishing the Temple of the Sun in Rome. In the same year that he proclaimed his first Sunday law, he made several decrees maintaining pagan practices, such as consulting with heathen priests for guidance, who would then watch the flight of birds, or cut open animals, in order to know the advice to give. All this Constantine legalized.

The very next day after giving his famous Sunday Law of March 7, 321, quoted above, Constantine made another law for pagan soothsayers. When lightning should strike a public building, the heathen prophets were to be consulted as to its meaning.

Constantine's Sunday law was made to favor both the Christians and the Mithrites. In that law, Christianity is not mentioned. The day is called "the venerable day of the Sun" (venerabili die solis). That was the mystical name for the worship day of Mithra, the sun god. Both the heathen and the Christians knew this.

The objective of Constantine and high Christian Church officials was to bring peace through mutual compromise. It was on the doctrine of Sunday that the religions of the empire could best unite. Sunday sacredness was common both to the Sun-worshipers and to compromising Christians. Making that day the sacred day of Christendom could bring the heathen into the Church. And so it happened.

It is a historical fact that when Constantine issued this first imperial Sunday edict of A.D. 351, enforcing the observance of Sunday by the people of the Roman Empire,--he himself was still a worshiper of Sol Invictus, "the Invincible Sun" (Mithra), as well as being the Pontifex Maximus (supreme pagan pontiff or priest) of Roman heathen worship as the state religion. Both he and the Christian leaders at Rome were half-converted Christians and together they worked to unite all under one church roof.

In another of his six Sunday laws, he gave the order that the soldiers be marched out into the field every Sunday morning for a sunrise service, there to recite a prayer as, with closed eyes, they faced toward the rising sun. Pagan ritual had required that they face the sun in a sunrise service as they gave their prayers to the sun god, so this feature was required in this Sunday edict.

Victor Duruy, a French historian, tells us more about this:


"He [Constantine] sent to the legions, to be recited upon that day [Sunday] a form of prayer which could have been employed by a worshiper of Mithra, of Serapis, or of Apollo, quite as well as by a Christian believer. This was the official sanction of the old custom of addressing a prayer to the rising sun."--Victor Duruy, History of Rome, Vol. 7, page 489.

Franz Cumont (in Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans, page 55) explains that Sol Invictus (Mithra) was the family god of both Constantine's father as well as himself.

Careful historians have concluded that Constantine passed his Sunday laws at the instigation of Christian leaders. Eusebius, bishop of Caesarea (270-338), was one of Constantine's closest religious advisors. He later wrote this:


"All things whatsoever it was duty to do on the [Seventh-day] Sabbath, these WE [the church leaders] have transferred to the Lord's day."--Commentary on the Psalms, in Migne, patrologia graeca, Vol. 23, col. 1171.

Commenting on this heaven-daring change, one historical writer wrote this:


“Not a single testimony of the Scriptures was produced in proof of the new doctrine. Eusebius himself unwittingly acknowledges its falsity, and points to the real authors of the change. 'All things' he says, 'whatever that it was duty [commanded by God] to do on the Sabbath, these we have transferred to the Lord's day.'”

This was the beginning of something new and ominous for the Church. Sylvester (314-337) was the pope during the reign of Constantine. His attitude toward the Bible Sabbath, which God gave to mankind at the Creation of this world is shown in the following quotation:


"If every Sunday is to be observed joyfully by the Christians on account of the resurrection, then every Sabbath on account of the burial is to be regarded in execration [loathing or cursing] of the Jews." --quoted by S.R.E. Humbert, Adversus Graecorum calumnias 6, in Patrologie Cursus Completus, Series Latina, ed. J.P. Migne, page 143.

By the year 325, Constantine had come to fullest power, and a large council was called to which leaders of the Christian Church, from all over the Empire, were commanded to come. This was the Council of Nicaea, during which the church leaders decreed that Easter must be kept only on a certain Sunday of each year, instead of the Biblical manner in which it had been observed by Christians up to that time. Immediately afterward, Constantine issued a decree that everyone must obey the rulings of this council, on pain of imprisonment or death.

As soon as Church and State unite, the result is always persecution of religious dissenters. Trouble was ahead for the people of God.

Shortly after this, the first recorded church legislation commanding Sunday was enacted at the Council of Laodicea, which convened a year or two before Constantine's death in A.D. 336.

In order to avoid the gradually-intensifying persecution by church and government authorities, many humble Christians tried to keep both days. They knew that the Seventh-day Sabbath was the only weekly holy day anywhere in Scripture, but at the same time they sought to avoid trouble with the authorities. For this reason, Sozomen, a church historian of that time, tells us that many "were assembling together on the Sabbath as well as on the first day of the week, which custom is never observed at Rome or at Alexandria."--Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History, Book 7, chapter 19.

Sozomen lived a hundred years after the time of Constantine. Even at that late date, many local churches were still trying to keep the Bible Sabbath. Notice that Rome and Alexandria were the exceptions; they totally ignored the Bible Sabbath.

Here is what the church historian, Socrates, who died in A.D. 440, wrote nearly a hundred years after Constantine's Sunday Law Decree was issued:


"Although almost all churches through the world celebrate the sacred mysteries on the Sabbath week, yet the Christians of Alexandria and at Rome, on account of some ancient tradition, have ceased to do this."--Socrates, Ecclesiastical History, Books, chapter 22.

People cannot "cease" to do what they have never done, and so we can know that even at Rome and Alexandria the Bible Sabbath was once kept in earlier centuries.

But, at the same time, we see that 400 years after the death of Christ, and 100 years after Constantine's linking of Church and State by his Sunday law edict,--Rome and Alexandria were the only places in the world where many of the Christians kept only Sunday, and not the Bible Sabbath.

This is truly remarkable. In spite of decrees and punishments, church leader threats and governmental decrees,--the true Sabbath of the Bible was still being widely kept a hundred years after the church-state religious cartel began enforcing Sunday observance.

We can understand why Rome and Alexandria should not bother to keep it, for they had not done so for 200 years. Throughout the entire history of the changeover from Sabbath to Sunday, Rome and Alexandria had worked together: Alexandria providing philosophical reasons for the changes; Rome providing the decrees and anathemas.

Constantine's help was given only to the worldly church leaders at Rome; those Christians that resisted the errors that were being introduced into the church met with his opposition. "Unite with the bishop of Rome or be destroyed," was Constantine's position.


"Great as were the favors which Constantine showed to the church, they were only for that strong, close-knit, hierarchically organized portion that called itself 'Catholic.' The various [so-called] 'heretical' sects could look for no bounty from his hands."--Williston Walker, A History of the Christian Church, page 105.

It was May of A.D. 337--the thirtieth year of his reign,--and the emperor felt that the end was near, so he called for his close friend, bishop Eusebius of Nicomedia to baptize him. He had for decades decided that he would not be baptized until just before his death.

Only eleven years earlier, he had his favorite son, Crispus--who had helped him so much in the campaigns against Licinus,--put to death. Shortly thereafter his second wife, Fausta, was slain at his command. His had been a long life, and now it was over.

But the effects of that life reach down to our own time. The errors that he helped establish within the Church are with us to this day. Without his help it is questionable whether the Roman Catholic church-state control of Europe could have begun, been as strong, or lasted for so long a period of time. He laid a foundation upon which church leaders have built for centuries.


"Wiser than Diocletian, he gave new life to an aging Empire by associating it with a young religion, a vigorous organization, a fresh morality. By his aid Christianity became a state as well as a church, and the mold, for fourteen centuries, of European life and thought. Perhaps, if we except Augustus, the grateful Church was right in naming him the greatest of the emperors." -- Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, page 664.

The shift from the Bible Sabbath to Sunday was completed by the seventh century, as the popes, consolidating their enormous power, persecuted all who resisted their innovations.

The only solution for those who would today seek the true Bible faith is to read and obey the holy Scriptures. There you will find the pure faith and the only correct teachings, uncorrupted by the errors that Constantine and others brought into the Christian Church more than a thousand years ago.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

CHRIST'S MASS

The word Christmas is a shortened form of “Christ’s Mass”. The word “Mass” is a Latin word meaning “offering”. Thus “Christ’s Mass” literally means “Messiah’s Offering”. Messiah’s offering was of course his crucifixion, not his birth. When a person says “Merry Christmas” they are actually saying “Merry Crucifixion of Messiah.” Moreover Christians observe “Christmas” (Messiah’s Offering) once a year. However the Scriptures tell us that Messiah was offered once for all time and is not offered again and again once a year (Hebrews 10:1-4, 10-14). An annual “Christ’s Mass” is therefore clearly unscriptural.

JESUS’ BIRTHDAY?

The Christian Book of Why admits that December 25th was NOT the birthday if Messiah:

…Most biblical scholars agree that the birth, in fact,
did not take place in December at all…
(CBW p. 205)

When Yeshua was born the shepherds were at watch in their fields (Lk. 2:8) which could not have been in the Winter. In fact it can be shown that Messiah was born at Sukkot (Boothes/Tabernacles) in 4 B.C.E..

The key to calculating the date of the birth of Messiah is Luke 1:5 where we learn that Zechariah the father of Yochanan was a priest of the course of Abijah.

The priests became to numerous to all serve at the Temple all the time, so they were divided into 24 courses (1Chron. 24). Each course served for two weeks each year, once in the former rain (first half of the year) and once in the latter rain (second half of the year). There were also three weeks in which all the priests were required to serve, these were the three pilgrimage festivals (Dt. 16:16). 24 times 2 is 48 plus three is 51. 51 weeks is 357 days fitting nicely within the 360 day lunar year.

The course of Abijah is the eighth course (1Chron. 24:10) which serves the tenth week during the former rain portion of the year (this is because during Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) all fo the priests serve together Dt. 16:16). Zechariah had his vision while serving in the course of Abijah in the tenth week (It will become apparent that he was serving his first course not his second as the timing will show as we progress). Thus Zechariah's vision took place during the 10th week of the year (The religious year beginning at Nisan/Abib around 14 days before Passover). We must add two additional weeks before Yochanon (John) could be conceived, due to the purity laws (Lev. 12:5; 15:19, 25). So Yochanon was concieved in the 12th week of the year. He was born about 40 weeks later during the 52nd week of the year (12 + 40 = 52) which brings us to Passover. Thus Yochanon was born at Passover, the very time that Elijah was, according to Jewish tradition, supposed to appear.

Yeshua was conceived 6 months (about 25 weeks) after Yochanon's conception. This means Yeshua was conceived around the 37th week around Chanukah. This would mean the light of the world was conceived during the festival of lights.

Yeshua was born 40 weeks later (around week 77 that is week 25 of the following year) this brings us to the time of the fall feasts.

There are several clues that Yeshua was born at Sukkot:

1. Bethleham was "booked solid." This would not have been due census which would have taken place over the period of a year. Every Jew was required to come to Jerusalem for Sukkot (Dt. 16:16) this would have over run Jerusalem as well as Bethleham just five miles away.

2. Yeshua was born in a stable. The Hebrew word for "stable" is "sukkah"
(as in Gen. 33:17) so it is likely that Yeshua was born in a Sukkah/booth.

3. If Yeshua was born on the first day of Sukkot then he would have been circumcised on the "eighth great day" a festival following Sukkot. This day was the original "Simchat Torah" (Rejoicing in the Torah) which is now held the following day in Rabbinic Judaism. So Yeshua would have entered the covenant on the day of "rejoicing in the Torah."

4. When the angels appeared to the shepherds they made a statement which closely echos the ancient Sukkot liturgy "...behold, we have come to declare to you glad tidings of great joy." (Lk. 2:10-11)

5. Sukkot is symbolic of God dwelling in a "tabernacle" (body?) with us.

Now in Mt. 2:7-8, 16 Herod kills all the children two and under. The fact that he killed such a wide range indicates that he did not know quite how long ago Messiah had been born. Yeshua's parents fled to Egypt until they heard Herod was dead. They were back in Bethleham in time to perform Miriam's (Mary's) purification and Yeshua's dedication on the 4oth day after Yeshua's birth (as required by Torah) (Luke 2:22-38.

By this time Herod had to be dead or they could not have come to the Temple in Jerusalem. Herod had to have died during the 40 days between Yeshua's birth, and his dedication 40 days later. Herod is known to have died in September of 4 B.C.E. So Yeshua had to have born in the fall (this rueles out that Zechariah could have been serving during Abijah's second course of the year, since that would place Yeshua's birth in the Spring and not allow for Herod's death during the 40 days after his birth in the fall). This also tells us that the year of Yeshua's birth was 4 B.C.E.


THE PAGAN ORIGIN OF CHRISTMAS

As early as the first century converts from Pagan backgrounds (who “did service unto them which by nature are no gods”) were attempting to incorporate their old pagan festivals into the Messianic movement and Paul rebuked them for this:

8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9: But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,
how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10: Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11: I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(Gal. 4:8-11; KJV)

About the year 230 the Gentile Christian "Church Father" Tertullian wrote:

By us [Gentile Christians] who are strangers to (Jewish)
Sabbaths, and new moons, and festivals, once acceptable
to God, the Saturnalia, the feasts of January, the Brumalia,
and Matronalia are now frequented, with gifts being carried
to and fro.

That Christmas is of pagan origin is hardly a matter of debate. It is a matter of fact that the same date was celebrated by the Pagan Romans as the Birthday of the Sun god and had originated in the Babylonian Mystery Religion.

Most encyclopedias readily admit this fact under their articles on Christmas. Even the Christian Book of Why CBW) (which in general advocates observance of Christmas) admits the pagan origin of Christmas.
One of the first questions this book answers about Christmas is “Why was Christmas not celebrated by Christians of the Early Church?” (a point even the Christian Book of Why does not dispute). The CBW answers this
question:

Christians of the first century did not celebrate the
festival honoring the birth of Jesus…. It was the feeling
at that time by all Christians that the celebration…
was a custom of the pagans. In an effort to divorce
themselves from all pagan practices, the early Christians
refused to set aside a date marking Jesus’ birth. As
a result, the first celebration of Christmas by Christians
did not take place until the fourth century.
(CBW p. 205)

The next question answered by the Christian Book of Why is “Why is Christmas celebrated on December 25th?” The CBW answers:

…Most biblical scholars agree that the birth, in fact,
did not take place in December at all… Why then the
25th of December? Actually, the date was chosen not
by Christians, but by Romans, the traditional antagonists
of the Early Church. … the Romans celebrated the “Feast
of Sol Invictus” (The Feast of the Unconquerable Sun) on
December 25th. Bishop Liberius of Rome ordered in 354
that all Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child on
that day.
(CBW pp. 205-206)

To obtain more adherents to Roman Catholicism it was the policy of the papacy to amalgamate the heathen festivals with things of Christendom.
Pope Gregory wrote to Augustine the first missionary to the British Isles (C.E. 597):

Do not destroy the temples of the English G-ds;
change them to Christian churches. Do not forbid
the "harmless" customs which have been associated
with the old religions; consecrate them to Christian use.

Thus Rome retained a pagan form for "Xmas" but could not restrain its pagan spirit-- existing to this day. Most of the major elements one generally associates with Christmas can be shown to be of pagan origin.

Mistletoe, holly berries, wreaths, Christmas ham, the Christmas goose, the yule log, the Christmas tree and even Santa Clause can be traced back to pagan origins.

Mistletoe is a parasite which the Druids used as a charm. Holly Berries were believed to be sacred to the Sun god. Wreaths were used by pagan Druids as well. The boar and goose were animals commonly offered by Pagans to the Sun god. The Norse and Anglo Saxon tribes would burn a “Yule Log” to honor Thor. The Scandinavians even adopted the word Yule (wheel, sun) as their word for “Christmas”. The Christmas tree may be traced back to the worship of Oak trees by the Anglo and Germanic tribes but goes even further back to the use of trees in the worship of Tammuz by the Babylonians.

Santa has a pagan origin as well. When the Norse burned the yule log they believed that the goddess Hertha would appear in the fireplace and bring good luck upon the home. Christians replaced the goddess Hertha with St.
Nicholas, and anti-Semitic fourth century “Saint” whose feast day was near Christmas time. The Dutch called St. Nicholas “Sinter Klause” which was picked up in America as “Santa Clause”. Santa Clause retains godlike qualities. He is apparently omnisent (he knows who is naughty and nice) omnipresent (visits all of the children of the world in one night) and perhaps even omnipotent (at the very least has magical powers). It is interesting that “Santa” is an anagram of “Satan” and that both are often called “Old Nick”.

In fact because of its well known pagan origins Christmas was actually illegal in early colonial America and only gradually became a legal holiday in the United States. In fact the Christian Book of Why even includes the Question “Why was the celebration of Christmas once banned in the United States?” (p. 206). It was not until 1856 that Christmas was made a legal holiday in Massachusetts, the last of the US states to accept Christmas as a legal holiday.

Although many Christians see Christmas as a “Christian” holiday, Christmas is actually a very worldly holiday. Non-Jews do not join with Jews to celebrate Jewish holidays. Non-Muslims do not join with Muslims to celebrate Muslim holidays. So why do non-Christians join with Christians in the celebration of Christmas? Why do pornographic magazines feature special Christmas issues? Why do topless bars, gay bars and strip joints host Christmas parties? Why do non-believers love Christmas? Because Christmas is clearly a worldly holiday. On this day Christians and non-believers join in the celebration of the high carnival of the year, while Nazarene Jews and others abstaining from this pagan holiday are called “ignorant”, “narrow minded” and “crack pots” for objecting to Christmas observance. On this day the whole world pretends to love Messiah, even though Messiah said the whole world hates him (Jn. 7:7).

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them."
(Eph. 5:11).

The birth of Jesus is remembered each year but Yeshua is contemptuously set at naught.

The Torah reminds us:

"You shall not follow a multitude to do evil"
(Ex. 23:2)

And as Yeshua himself said:

"That which is highly esteemed among men is abominable in the sight of Elohim"
(Luke 16:15)

And as Paul writes:

"Be you not conformed to this world but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may know what is that good and acceptable and wholehearted will of God."
(Rom. 12:2)

We are commanded to come out from Babylon, be separate and not to partake of her sins (2Cor. 6:14-18; Rev. 18:2-5; Is. 48:20; 52:11; Jer. 50:8; 51:6, 45; Zech. 2:6-7).


Meat Offered to Idols

It has been suggested that Paul's statements in 1Cor. 8:1-13; 10:7, 14-28 conflict with the ruling against eating meat offered up to idols (Acts 15:10, 29; 21:25; Rev. 2:14, 20). However there is in reality no conflict.
Let me explain:

Acts chapter 15 does not give an exhaustive enumeration of all of the laws which apply to gentiles, but rather the "greater burden" or outer lying limits of the Noachdic or Gentile Law (Acts 15:28). This is based on a Jewish principle called "KOL V'KHOMER" (light and heavy) which recognizes that certain commandments are of greater weight than others (see Mt. 23:23; the principle is used in Mt. 12:11-12 & Jn. 7:22-23). There was never any question as to whether Gentiles could forsake justice, blaspheme, murder or steal; so there was no need to list these with the greatest burden of Gentile Law.

The Noachdic Law against idolatry is given very strict borders. Idolatry is to include eating meat offered to idols.

Now in 1Cor. 8:1-13; 10:7, 14-28 Paul agrees that one may not knowingly eat meat offered up to idols. The halachic issue Paul questions, is whether or not one must ask, when purchasing meat, whether or not it has been offered to idols. Paul argues (based on Ps. 24:1=1Cor. 10:26, 28) that meat is not actually altered by the idol but that eating such meat appears to others to endorse the idol to which it was offered. If meat is advertised as having been offered to idols, then believers may not eat it, since this would appear to endorse the idol. However, since the idol has no real power over the meat, believers are not required to ask, since this would imply that the believer believed that the idol had power over the meat, thus ascribing power to the idol and endorsing idolatry by acknowledging the idol's alleged power.

A basis for Paul's argument can be found by comparing Paul's summation of his argument in 1Cor. 10:28 to the story of the martyr Eleazar in 2Maccabbes 6:1-29. Eleazer was a prominent Jew under the Helene rule. A day came when all of the Jews were to show their loyalty by eating meat offered to idols at a public feast. Eleazar was not willing to do so, but because of his prominence, the authorities offered to allow him to sneak kosher meat into the feast and eat it instead, thus only appearing to eat meat offered up to idols. Eleazer refused, knowing that this would appear to endorse idolatry, despite the fact that the meat would be kosher. As a result Eleazar was executed. This story demonstrates that eating meat offered to idols is wrong, not because of the meat itself, but because of the implied endorsement of the idolatry. Thus, Paul's interpretation does not conflict with Acts 15 but actually implies a very strict interpretation, by which eating kosher meat would also be forbidden, if the meat were falsely advertised as having been offered to an idol.

The December 25th holiday (Christmas) is a holiday which has been offered up to idols. The idols have not changed the day, but observance of December 25th appears to support idolatry. It is a well known fact (found in most any encyclopedia and even the Christian Book of Why) that Christmas is simply a Christian adoption of a pagan holiday. Believers who observe Christmas appear to endorse idolatry. This can have the effect of making the believers testimony to his faith appear false (or hypocritical) while driving non-believers to other faiths which may be apostate in other areas but which abstain from Pagan holidays (for example the Jehovah’s Witnesses). Those who witness to the truth in other areas but observe Christmas dishonor the truth and make it look as if it must be false. And this is part of the message of Chanukah as we will see later.


What about Romans 14?

Some Christians will quote Romans 14:5-6 in an effort to prove that we should not object to observing Christmas as a special day. The problem is that they take Rom. 14:5-6 out of context.

In Romans 14 Paul is comparing those who are weak in the faith with those who are not (14:1-2). He first compares non-vegetarians to vegetarians (14:2) and finds that while vegetarians are weak in the faith, we should not “despise” them (14:3).

Then Paul compares those who “esteem one day above another” to one who “esteems every day alike” (14:5). If we compare with the parallelism of the previous example it would seem that Paul is saying that those who esteem every day alike are weak in the faith just as vegetarians are weak in the faith. Thus the “correct” position described in Rom. 14:5 is to “esteem one day above another” (as required by Torah). In context those who “esteem one day above another” in Rom. 14:5 are those who observe sacred days as laid out in Torah. They are NOT those observing pagan festivals. The ones we are told not to judge are not Christmas keepers either but the ones who “esteem every day alike” (i.e. who do not observe any holidays at all).

The following chart will help illustrate the point:

[One who is not weak] “One who is weak”
“Believes he may eat all things” “eats only herbs”
“esteems one day above another” “esteems every day alike”

Paul is saying that these weaker brothers should be strengthened in the faith, not despised and judged. However Paul speaks very differently about those who attempt to incorporate Pagan holidays into the true faith:

8: Howbeit then, when ye knew not God,
ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9: But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God,
how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements,
whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10: Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11: I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.
(Gal. 4:8-11; KJV)


Chanukah not Christmas

While the early believers did not observe Christmas, Yeshua himself observed Chanukah as recorded in John 10:22-23:

And it was at Jerusalem the Feast of the Dedication (Chanukah),
and it was winter.
And Yeshua walked in the Temple in Solomon’s porch.

It is sad that Chanukah is often thought of a Jewish equivalent of Christmas. Christmas and Chanukah are complete opposites. Christmas is the result of assimilation into Pagan Helenistic culture. Chanukah has to do with resisting assimilation into Pagan Helenistic culture, even to the point of death. Why do we observe Chanukah?

When the Greek Helene Empire was split after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE, there were continuous attempts by the Greeks to force our people to abandon Torah and Judaism and adopt Helenistic ideas, customs and practices. In 175 BCE King Antiochus force was employed to persecute all Jews who held to Judaism. He looted the Templeforced all Jews to bow down to idols he placed there and sacrificed a pig on the Holy Alter.

Of course this defilement of the Temple and persecution resulted in a Jewish uprising. The leader of this uprising was Judah Maccabee. On the 25th of Kislev, exactly three years to the day after the defilement of the Temple, the Greeks were driven out in the year 165 BCE. Thus on the 25th of Kislev the Temple was rededicated.

This event is recorded in the First Book of the Maccabees as follows:

Then said Judas and his brothers, "Behold, our enemies are crushed; let us
go up to cleanse the sanctuary and dedicate it."
So all the army assembled and they went up to Mount Zion.
And they saw the sanctuary desolate, the altar profaned, and the gates
burned. In the courts they saw bushes sprung up as in a thicket,
or as on one of the mountains. They saw also the chambers
of the priests in ruins.
Then they rent their clothes, and mourned with great lamentation, and
sprinkled themselves with ashes.
They fell face down on the ground, and sounded the signal on the trumpets,
and cried out to Heaven.
Then Judas detailed men to fight against those in the citadel until he had
cleansed the sanctuary.
He chose blameless priests devoted to the law, and they cleansed
the sanctuary and removed the defiled stones to an unclean place.
They deliberated what to do about the altar of burnt offering, which had
been profaned.
And they thought it best to tear it down, lest it bring reproach upon them,
for the Gentiles had defiled it. So they tore down the altar,
and stored the stones in a convenient place on the temple hill until there
should come a prophet to tell what to do with them.
Then they took unhewn stones, as the law directs, and built a new altar
like the former one.
They also rebuilt the sanctuary and the interior of the temple, and
consecrated the courts.
They made new holy vessels, and brought the lampstand, the altar of
incense, and the table into the temple.
Then they burned incense on the altar and lighted the lamps on the
lampstand, and these gave light in the temple.
They placed the bread on the table and hung up the curtains. Thus they
finished all the work they had undertaken.
Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is
the month of Chislev, in the one hundred and forty-eighth year,
they rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of
burnt offering which they had built.
At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it,
it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes
and cymbals.
All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who
had prospered them.
So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and offered
burnt offerings with gladness; they offered a sacrifice of deliverance and praise.
They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and furnished them with doors.
There was very great gladness among the people, and the reproach of the
Gentiles was removed.
Then Judas and his brothers and all the assembly of Israel determined that
every year at that season the days of dedication of
the altar should be observed with gladness and joy for eight days,
beginning with the twenty-fifth day of the month of Chislev.
(1Maccabees 4:36-59)

The Talmud add the following information:

What is the reason for Chanukah? For our Rabbis taught:
On the 25th of Kislev begin the days of Chanukah,
which are eight, during which lamentation for the dead
and fasting are forbidden. For when the Greeks entered
the Temple, they defiled all the oils in it, and when the
Hasmonean dynasty prevailed against and defeated them,
they [the Hasmoneans] searched and found only one cruse
of oil which possessed the seal of the High Priest, but which
contained sufficient oil for only one day's lighting; yet
a miracle occurred there and they lit [the lamp] for eight days.
The following year these days were appointed a Festival with
the recitation of Hallel and thanksgiving.
(b.Shabbat 21b)

(See also: 2Macc. 10:5-8 and Josephus Ant. 12:7:6-7)

Let us remember the true message of Chanukah and what for us is the "reason for the season"... resisting Pagan helenistic influences such as Christmas.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


Keeping the fall feasts are all a part of the blessings our congregation at the Relationship Enrichment Center in Tampa Florida, and I have enjoyed as a result of our belief that the Torah/Teaching and Instruction/Law of Yahweh is for today. Considering that the fall feasts are a wonderful time for brethren to gather together and magnify Yahweh Elohim for all the blessings He has given, it is hard for me to understand how anyone could view the law/Torah as a burden. The church has been robbed for too long and the enemy Satan needs to be exposed, we were never to stop celebrating the Feast that Yahweh has commanded us to keep!

The feasts are based on the timing of Yahweh's calendar in scripture. There are different understandings as to what moon phase designates the first day of a month, but we watch for the first new crescent of the moon after the moon has been dark. It is visible just to the left of the sun within an hour after sunset.

Feast of Trumpets

On the 1st day of the 7th month, Yahweh commanded us to keep the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets is mentioned in the following verses:


Leviticus 23:24 - Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a Sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation.

And again:

Numbers 29:1 - And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

As you can see, this day is to observed as a Sabbath day. It is a time of shouting, blowing trumpets and rejoicing. The Hebrew name for this day is "Yom Torah" which literally means "Day of Alarm or Day of Sounding". I also believe that it's a Trumpet Blast for the Awakening for the body of the Messiah those who are seeking truth need to be awaken!

8643 teruw`ah {ter-oo-aw'} Meaning: 1) alarm, signal, sound of tempest, shout, shout or blast of war or alarm or joy

Now let's examine Numbers 10, which gives us some details on the trumpets used:


Numbers 10:1 - And YAHWEH spake unto Moses, saying, 2 - Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps. 3 - And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 4 - And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee. 5 - When ye blow an alarm, then the camps that lie on the east parts shall go forward.

The word "Teruah" is used in the above verse "blow/sound the Teruah". Blow the alarm.

Numbers 10:6 - When ye blow an alarm the second time, then the camps that lie on the south side shall take their journey: they shall blow an alarm for their journeys. 7 - But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. 8 - And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations. 9 - And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before YAHWEH your Elohim, and ye shall be saved from your enemies. 10 - Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your Elohim: I am YAHWEH your Elohim.

Many believe that this feast is symbolic of Yahushua's return, or our own advancement toward the promised land (Yahweh's kingdom) at Yahushua's return. It is true that scripture says Yahushua will return at the 'last trump':

1Corinthians 15:51 - Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 - In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Day of Atonement( Yom Kippur)

Another holy day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. It is not a day of feasting. Rather, it is a day of fasting:


Leviticus 23:27 - Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH. 28 - And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before YAHWEH your Elohim.

Some believe that since there are special offerings given at these feasts, it must mean that they are not for today. However, just because sacrifices are given at certain times throughout the year, it does not abolish the observance of Yahweh's seven Annual Sabbaths (First and Last days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles, and the Last Great Day). There are also special sacrifices given on the regular Sabbath, yet we keep the regular weekly Sabbath as commanded.

Continuing in Leviticus 23:


Leviticus 23:29 - For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 - And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 - Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 - It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.

Considering the warnings given, we would do well to obey the commandment here to fast. Some believe this is symbolic of when Yahushua will completely destroy the last enemy (death) at the end of the 1000 year reign when Satan will finally be thrown into the lake of fire. Then all sin will be atoned for and those who have chosen righteousness will forever be with Yahweh.

This day is casually mentioned in the book of Acts:


Acts 27:9 - Now when much time was spent, and when sailing was now dangerous, because the fast was now already past, Paul admonished them, 10 - And said unto them, Sirs, I perceive that this voyage will be with hurt and much damage, not only of the lading and ship, but also of our lives.

Luke, the writer of Acts was using the "fast" as a reference point of time. Apparently, sailing was more dangerous in late autumn. On this day, we do fast. We neither eat bread nor drink water. It is a somber time of considering our ways and recognizing the atonement found in Yahushua the Messiah who is now seated at the right hand of Yahweh:

Psalms 110:1 - YAHWEH said unto my Master, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2 - YAHWEH shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3 - Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 4 - YAHWEH hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek. 5 - YAHWEH at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath. 6 - He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

Yahweh anointed the Messiah Yahushua as both king and priest. He is High Priest after the order of Melchizidek (meaning "King of Righteousness"). Melchizedek was the king that Abraham paid tithes to. Mechizedek was also the King of Salem, which most say is modern day Jerusalem.

Notice in verse 1 we see that Yahushua is seated at the right hand of Yahweh. According to the Torah, the High Priest was only permitted to enter the holy of holies on the Day of Atonement:


Leviticus 16:29 - And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: 30 - For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before YAHWEH. 31 - It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. 32 - And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest's office in his father's stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: 33 - And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. 34 - And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as YAHWEH commanded Moses.

This is written of in Hebrews 9:6:

Hebrews 9:6 - Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. 7 - But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people's sins committed in ignorance; 8 - the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. 9 - It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience-- 10 - concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. 11 - But the Messiah came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 - Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 - For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sets apart for the purifying of the flesh, 14 - how much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

...and later in this chapter:

Hebrews 9:24 - For the Messiah has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of YAHWEH for us; 25 - not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another-- 26 - He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 - And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 - so the Messiah was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

The Feast of Tabernacles

Now let's look at the feast of tabernacles, which was just after the fall harvest:


Deuteronomy 16:13 - Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: 14 - And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates. 15 - Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto YAHWEH thy Elohim in the place which YAHWEH shall choose: because YAHWEH thy Elohim shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

Why is it called the feast of tabernacles?

Leviticus 23:24 - Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation. 25 - Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH. 26 - And YAHWEH spake unto Moses, saying, 27 - Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH.

We can see that Yahweh lists these days in succession in Leviticus 23. This is a good place to start when learning about the feasts. Continuing:

Leviticus 23:34 - Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto YAHWEH. 35 - On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 - Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein. 37 - These are the feasts of YAHWEH, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto YAHWEH, a burnt offering, and a meat offering, a sacrifice, and drink offerings, every thing upon his day: 38 - Beside the sabbaths of YAHWEH, and beside your gifts, and beside all your vows, and beside all your freewill offerings, which ye give unto YAHWEH. 39 - Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto YAHWEH seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 40 - And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before YAHWEH your Elohim seven days. 41 - And ye shall keep it a feast unto YAHWEH seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 - Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 - That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am YAHWEH your Elohim. 44 - And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of YAHWEH.

This feast is also known as "Sukkot". Sukkot means "booths, tabernacles". All of Israel is commanded to dwell in booths during the 7 days of the feast. This is the first and eighth day mentioned in the above verses. The last day is also known as the "Last great day". The first and eighth days are Sabbaths and holy convocations. This is a very popular feast among brethren. At this feast, it is good to build a "Sukkah" or temporary dwelling place made with surrounding trees and branches. We usually dwell in tents or other temporary dwellings. It is especially delightful for the children. This feast will be most enjoyed if you have the chance to gather and dwell among brethren for the entire length of this feast. It is a time to remember how temporary this life really is and to consider that one day we will tabernacle with Yahweh forever:

Revelation 21:3 - And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of YAHWEH is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. YAHWEH Himself will be with them and be their Elohim. 4 - "And YAHWEH will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 5 - Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful." 6 - And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 - "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his Elohim and he shall be My son.

Spiritual Symbolism

The feasts are powerful symbols and standing memorials of Yahweh's plan of salvation for all men.

Starting at Passover, I would like to take the opportunity to share some thoughts that I have had concerning the meanings of these feasts. The following words are not inspired, but the correlation between these feasts and Yahweh's plan of salvation is very difficult to ignore.

Early in the book of Exodus, we learn that children of Israel were in bondage to slavery. Egypt represents the sin laden world and all its glory. We were in bondage, in slavery to satan while in our sins. Satan is the ruler and god of this world. Pharaoh is symbolically satan because Pharaoh ruled Egypt (symbolic of the world). Just as Pharaoh tried to destroy Israel, Satan also tries to destroy the predestined children of Israel lest we be large in number.

The children of Israel were oppressed and in the bondage of slavery to the Egyptians. The taskmasters, symbolic of demons (the servants of satan), afflicted those in bondage. The land flowing with milk and honey is symbolic of the "promised land", the eternal kingdom of Yahweh. Yahweh heard the cry of the children of Israel who wanted to be delivered from their bondage. We also knew the bondage that sin had brought upon us. We too, cried out to Yahweh. As we shall see, Yahweh delivered us in the same manner as He delivered Israel from their bondage.

Pharaoh did not want to let them go out of Egypt. So Yahweh sent plagues upon the Egyptians who worshiped idols. Yahweh showed His superiority over dumb idols by sending 10 plagues. Yahweh has revealed to us His superiority over the gods of this world whether they be lusts, pride, drugs, money or whatever sins might come between us and Yahweh. Just as He revealed to the children of Israel that He was all powerful and worthy of their faith, so He revealed Himself to us!

On the tenth day of the month of Abib, the lamb was to be set aside and examined for defects from Abib 10 to Abib 14. Yahushua the Messiah entered Jerusalem and went into the temple on Abib 10. He was on display until Abib 14. Just as the lambs of the children of Israel were required to be without spot or blemish, Yahushua, our lamb was totally without sin. The Lamb of Yahweh was examined many times by the chief priests and elders, as well as Pilate. When we examine Yahushua, we can see that He was without spot and without blemish. Even Pilate declared "I see no fault in him" (Luke 23:4, John 18:38, 19:4-6).

Consider also that to Yahweh a day is as 1000 years (Psalm 90:4). The Messiah was also hidden from the sight of man for 4 days (4000 years) until He became the Lamb of Yahweh.

So the whole assembly was to kill the lamb and place the blood on the lintel and doorposts of their homes. They would then eat the lamb. We must partake in the body and blood of the Lamb. It is not a literal flesh and blood (this would be an abomination), but flesh and blood symbolic of 2 things. Bread is also known to represent His word in scripture. The word of Yahweh convicts us of our sin and shows us our sin. Therefore we need redemption. This is why we take from the cup. It is the blood of Yahushua that covers and cleanses us from all sin.

Soon after the Passover, the children of Israel were baptized via the Red Sea and the Cloud and delivered from that old life of sin and bondage. We also were baptized into the name of Yahushua the Messiah and delivered from that old life of sin and bondage. After the Passover, we have the feast of unleavened bread. Throughout scripture, leaven represents sin. This represents the cleansing that Yahushua had done for us. Our house was cleansed from all iniquity.

Next, we have the feast of weeks, or Pentecost. This feast was the time that Yahweh is said to have spoken the commandments from Mount Sinai. It was also the time of the outpouring of Yahweh's Spirit in Acts 2. Indeed, Yahweh's word is Spirit!

Next, we have the feast of trumpets which may signify the Day of Yahweh when Yahushua will set up His 1000 year reign over all the earth. As previously mentioned, the trumpets were also used to advance the children of Israel to the promised land. We will enter the promised land at the "last trump".

The Day of Atonement, as we said can represent the atoning of all the world from sin and the penalty of sin, death. Finally, we will tabernacle with Yahweh forever and the last enemy will be defeated. Until then, we (like Israel) are in the wilderness and are being taught the law of Yahweh as we encounter tests, trials and tribulations. We will need to overcome and do so without murmuring or complaining if we expect to make it to the promised land.

Let's remember also that it was not Moses that ultimately brought Israel to the promised land, but his successor Joshua. What does this signify? Joshua is the same name in Hebrew as the name of the Messiah, Yahushua. I believe that it teaches us that although Moses can show us the way to enter the promised land, it takes a man named Yahushua to take us there. Even so, come Master Yahushua! In His Service, Pastor Hector & Evelyn

Posted on October 11th, 2011


Shalom and Blessings in the Name of Yeshua,

Today, we will be talking about the lie of the rapture, and about the truth of the resurrection.

To lay a foundation for this teaching, let us first establish some fundamental things crucial to the interpretation of Scripture and Prophecy.

First, it is important to understand that the Scriptures, including the good news (gospel) written within them, are wholly and entirely Hebrew in thought, language and concept.

The second item important to understand is that Messiah Yeshua (Christ), who died on the execution stake for our violations of Torah (sin), was wholly and entirely Jewish Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 1:1-17 (Paternal) & Luke 3:23-38 (Maternal), and the King of the Jews. Mark 15:2,9,12,18,26.

The third item important to understand is that the stewardship of the good news (gospel), that is, the responsibility of taking the good news of the Torah and the Testimony to the nations is the chief responsibility of the Jewish people.

As Yeshua states in Yahchanan (John) 4:19-22, “Salvation is of the Jews”, and as such, it is the chief responsibility of our people to preserve, obey, and teach, the Torah and the Testimony to ourselves and to the nations around us.

And a fourth item important to understand is that all of the apostles were Jewish. That is, they were all either descendents of Judah, or Israelites who had returned from abroad to the Faith of Avraham that had been revived through Moshe (Moses) and preserved by the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

In first century Israel people worked in the same community they lived. All of the apostles, likewise, lived and worked in Judah (Yahudah). Yeshua, accordingly, found and appointed all His apostles in Judah. That is why the people of Judah (Yahudah) are called Jews (Yahudim), because they are either from the tribe of Judah, from one of the three tribes of the Southern Kingdom of Judah, or were one of the other 10 tribes that had returned, or a Gentile who had converted, to the Faith of Avraham preserved by Judah.

So what exactly then was a Jew in the first century setting of Scripture?

It was a descendent of the tribe of Judah who practiced the faith of Avraham (a Hebrew), revived through Moshe (Moses), and preserved through the Hebrew Kingdom Nation of Judah up until the time of the destruction of the Temple in 70CE, as well as anyone who attached themselves to Judah, and the faith of Avraham preserved by Judah.

And all who came to be associated with Judah, through this Faith of Avraham preserved through Judah, became known as Jews (as Yahudim) - irregardless of what tribe or nation they came from initially.

After 70CE, the faithful stewards of the faith were effectively extinguished and rooted out as a mainstream influence, and the faith of Avraham was divided into two new religions (even as King David‘s Kingdom was divided after Shlomo/Solomon), neither of which Yeshua, or the Apostles, or the former religion of the sages, taught.

The first new religion came out of the former Faith which had been preserved by Judah. It was a religion that continued to uphold the Torah of Yahuweh, but which had ultimately, by 70 CE, completely rejected Yeshua as Messiah.

This rejection, which began its process at the time of the death and resurrection of Yeshua, resulted in the expulsion of all openly professing leaders from out of the synagogues. Once the leaders who believed had been effectively expelled and ex-communicated from their positions and power in the Jewish community, the once thriving institution of the Faith became a tomb for the unbelieving.

And approximately eight years after the resurrection (around 40 CE), this movement, which had been started by the Yeshua and the apostles, began to grow a new branch, out of which came the second new religion distinguished by it‘s profession of Yeshua as the Messiah, but which rejected the Torah as the standard for the community of believers.

This second movement was the result of the flood of Hellenistic Jews, that entered into the community of believers after 40 CE, who were content with the Greek customs, culture, and lifestyles of the time that they had become accustomed to (much in the way that the modern churchianity has adopted American culture and values). And who, though receptive to the concept of Yeshua as their Messiah, had no desire to change their lifestyles to conform to the standard of Torah passed down to us through our forefathers.

This unwillingness to completely convert to the Faith of Avraham from their Hellenistic culture is reflected by the very name they attached to Yeshua; that is, by the Name of Jesus, which in Greek is pronounced “ea-zeus” (ye-sus), and which means in Greek “Zeus the healer”.

This is totally contrary to Yeshua‘s Hebrew Name, which means in Hebrew, “Yahuweh brings salvation”.

And why did these Greek converts refer to Yeshua with this pagan name, rather than by His Hebrew Name given to Him by Yahuweh Himself? Because they wanted to relate everything about Yeshua to their own familiar Greek culture and religion rather than to the Hebrew culture and religion that Yeshua and our forefathers represent. Because to them, Yeshua was just another god. Another god among many.

And because they wanted to continue in the path of hybrid religions that catered to the ideals of individuals, in accordance to their human appetites; rather than accept and believe in Yahuweh’s way as the only path of truth and life.

The first new religion is known today as Judaism. And the second new religion is known today as Christianity. Neither religion represents accurately the Faith of Avraham, revived through Moshe, and preserved by Yahudah, and perpetuated through Yeshua and the Apostles, for each only holds to half of the gospel, but rejects the other half.

That is, Judaism understands the need to apply the Torah of Yahuweh as the standard of His community, but rejects Yeshua as the Messiah. And Christianity accepts Yeshua as the Messiah, but rejects the Torah of Yahuweh as the standard of His community.

And to make matters worse, Judaism has taken the Torah that they once held firmly to and have replaced it with the counterfeit torah of rabbinical rulings. And Christianity has taken the Messiah that they once held firmly to and replaced it with a counterfeit, Torahless Messiah. The two religions effectively replacing the Torah of Yahuweh and Testimony of Yeshua with the traditions of men.

But the gospel that these two religions teach today is not the gospel that was taught to Avraham, to the children of Israel in the wilderness, or by Yeshua or the apostles.

As it is written, “To the Torah and the Testimony, if anyone does not speak according to these words, it is because they have no light in them.” Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 8:16-20.

And as it is stated also in Revelation 12:17 and 14:12, that the remnant of faithful believers in this world are those who obey the mitzvoth (commandments) of Yahuweh and have the Testimony of Yeshua, the Son of Yahuweh, who died for the remission of sins past (violations of Torah past). Romans 3:25.

And the fifth and final important item to know is that the 144,000 spoken of in the Book of Revelation are likewise, all Hebrews - all from the 12 tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:1-8; 14:1-5); and that in the New Jerusalem, which comes down from above when the new earth is created, contains only 12 gates on it. One gate for each tribe of Israel. There is no 13th tribe or 13 gate for the nations (the gentiles). Revelations 21:9-12

The reason is because if you are a believer in Yeshua as Messiah (as Savior and King of Israel) and are a follower of the Torah (the legal code, instruction, and standard of Israel), then you have been grafted into the Olive Tree of Israel as a natural branch of the Olive tree, and as such, are no longer a gentile (a person of the nations, a wild branch of an olive tree) Romans 11:1-24.

As Rav Shaul (the Rabbi “apostle” Paul) says in Ephesians 2:11,19

2:11 “You who were at one time Gentiles in the flesh

2:19 …are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the separated ones, and members of the household of Elohim.

The scepter shall not depart from Judah; B‘resheet (Genesis) 49:9,10, and out of Zion shall go forth the Torah; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 2:2,3.

And where is Zion? In the city of Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).

Which is located where? In the Southern Kingdom of Judah.

And where is Judah listed in Revelation 7:5? It is listed at the head of the tribes. Why? Because Yeshua as a Jew, and as a descendent of Judah, and teacher of the Faith of Avraham, revived through Moshe (Moses), and preserved by the Kingdom of Judah, is the head of the body of the redeemed of Yahuweh.

That’s why the city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, is located where? In Judah; and why the Torah and the Scepter go out from there.

I want to make this very clear.

Understand, that the Scriptures, in their entirety, are the Hebrew writings of the Jewish people.

That includes the books of Mattit’yahu (Matthew) through Revelation. And every single writer of Scripture was from the Southern Kingdom of Yahudah either by birth or by teshuvah (by returning to the Faith associated with Judah).

It was written by Hebrews, for Hebrews, who in turn were to take it to the nations, to bring the nations to repentance through knowledge of the Torah (the “Law” of Yahuweh given through Moshe), and to salvation, through the Testimony of the Blood of Ha Mashiach Yeshua (Yeshua Messiah), our Redeemer, for the remission of sins (of Torah violations) that are past; Romans 3:25.

That is, through revelation of the Torah and the Testimony. For the true people of Yahuweh are those who obey His mitzvoth (commandments), and believe the Testimony of the Blood of His Son, Ha Mashiach Yeshua; Revelations 12:17; 14:12.

And His Sabbaths - plural, are part of the mitzvoth (commandments) of His Torah, of the Torah of Yahuweh; and the resurrection (redemption from death) - not the “rapture,” are part of the Testimony of His Son. So if you oppose His Torah and the Jewishness of the Messiah and of the Holy Scriptures, then Almighty Yahuweh shall oppose you. And what a fearsome thing it is to be found in opposition to the Creator.

It is of no benefit to teach a compromised Gospel which does nothing but confuse the sheep of Yahuweh’s flock. And those who represent the Scriptures have no license to be people-pleasers, or to cater to the whims of the masses, or to tickle people’s ears with doctrines appealing to the sinful, self- centered nature; but have a responsibility to teach the uncompromisable Word of Yahuweh in Truth only - and without compromise.

Our duty to Yahuweh, and to our neighbor, is to teach that pure, uncompromised Torah of Yahuweh, the Almighty Creator of the heavens and earth; and the Testimony of His Son, Ha Mashiach Yeshua, our King and Redeemer.

To reach His people with His Word. To let His Word separate the sheep from the goats; and to encourage leaders to come out and boldly, and courageously, do the same. To oppose the works of this darkened world, and to oppose the polluted doctrines of the mainstream religions that have opposed the Torah of Truth - the Word of Almighty Yahuweh, or the Testimony of His Son.

It is our sacred duty to rebuke those who are leading millions of souls to their spiritual deaths by presenting the Truth of Yahuweh with all manner of unrighteousness and deception. Who teach the need to repent, without teaching how to repent. Who teach the need to obey Elohim’s commandments, while teaching that His commandments are done away.

Who proclaim to be upholders of His Word, while at the same time opposing His Word.

Who teach the corrupted, contaminated feasts of christmas, easter, and halloween, while opposing the pure unadulterated Feasts appointed by Yahuweh Himself.

Who teach that our Holy Messiah has sanctified the unholy pig as “food”, while they themselves avoid salt and sugar, and saturated fats; and who would never consider eating a poisonous plant or vulture, while telling you all things are “clean.” Who teach nothing but the traditions of men in place of the commandments of Elohim, as if their traditions constituted the word and commandments of Elohim.

Lying preachers, ministers of ha satan - repent while there is time. Repent of the souls you are destroying with your fabricated lies and demonic doctrines. The first of which I am going to rebuke right now, and that is the demonic lie of the “rapture”.

And I don’t mean that there won’t be a rapture. What I do mean is that the “rapture” that is being taught throughout mainstream religion today is a lie, and a deception, that will be used to catapult the Beast and the False Prophet into power as the “messiah” through what will be nothing but a counterfeit of the resurrection.

I tell you right now, the Beast and False Prophet will not be coming on the scene to oppose Christianity - but to pose as the “savior” of Christianity, as the “Messiah”, and as “God”; II Thessalonians 2:3,4.

And that’s why I don’t call him the anti-Messiah, because he will not come to openly or clearly oppose Messiah, but to claim that he is Messiah.

And as such, the Beast will proclaim the two witnesses in Revelation 11, to be anti-Messiah, and will use their upholding of the Torah and Temple sacrifices as his evidence against them.

Make straight the paths of Yahuweh as one crying in the wilderness. Repent, that you may receive remission of your sins (remission of your violations of Torah) and obtain life. Repent, and come out of her my people, that you partake not of her disasters. For Yahuweh in times past has momentarily closed His eyes to our ignorance, but now commands men everywhere to repent.

In Mattit'yahu, (Matthew) 24:29, 31 it is made very clear when Yeshua will return. It reads:

24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light, the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

24:30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven; and then, all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great splendor.

24:31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a shofar, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

So the Scriptures state that Yeshua will return when? Immediately after the tribulation.

And it says He is going to send out His angels to gather up His elect when? At the sound of the shofar.

And the shofar is blown when? After the tribulation. Which ties into what verse?

In I Thessalonians 4:15-17 we read,

4:15 For this we say to you by the word of Yeshua, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of Yeshua will under no circumstance precede those who are asleep.

4:16 For Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with a voice of the archangel, with the shofar of Yahuweh: and the dead in Messiah shall rise first.

4:17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be gathered up together with them in the clouds to meet Yeshua in the air...

And I Corinthians 15:52 says,

15:52 In a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last shofar blast, for the shofar will blast, and the dead will be raised...

Then in II Thessalonians 2:8 it says,

2:8 …that lawless one” will be revealed, whom Yeshua will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

So the Scriptures state that Yeshua’s return will be after the tribulation.

That at the blowing of the last shofar the dead in Messiah shall rise first, and then those who are alive and remain shall be gathered up afterward.

Then after these things the Beast and False Prophet will be consumed with the brightness of Yeshua’s coming and be thrown into the Lake of Fire; II Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:19,20.

And if the Beast has been consumed in the brightness of Yeshua’s coming then he cannot continue to rule, or to persecute any believers that have supposedly been left behind.

In fact, when Yeshua returns, the affairs of this world are all going to come to a very sudden and abrupt halt.

And isn’t amazing how every Scripture here just quoted states the exact opposite of what the lie of the “rapture” teaches.

The Scriptures just stated that Yeshua would come after the tribulation, but the “rapture” teaches that He comes in the middle of the 7 year covenant, and prior to the tribulation.

The Scriptures just stated that the dead shall be raised first, and then the living shall be gathered up second - to meet Yeshua in the air; and stated emphatically that the living shall not be gathered up before the dead are resurrected.

But the “rapture” doctrine teaches that Yeshua returns before the tribulation, in the middle of the 7 year covenant, and “raptures” up those who are alive at this coming prior to the resurrection of the dead.

The rapture lie, in fact, teaches nothing about the dead being resurrected at that time, and implies quite clearly that the dead are going to be raised up after the so-called “rapture” at some imaginary, non-scriptural, third coming.

And it is interesting that the rapture lie teaches that those who are left behind are left to go through the tribulation in order to purify them. That the tribulation is somehow necessary to purify them so that they can become “saints”. They will sometimes even go so far as to say that those left behind are unbelieving Jews who can only come to belief in Yeshua by missing out on the “rapture boat” and going through the tribulation.

I say this is interesting because the beast is going to proclaim to be the Messiah, is going to rapture up world leaders, and is going to come back down on this earth with those leaders to run the earth under a new one world government; and is going to declare all who do not conform - to be unbelievers and heretics; and is going to persecute these so called heretics until they either die or convert.

And that is why this is all so interesting, because that is what Christians have done over and over to our people in the past whenever they persecuted us. They would take anyone who didn’t believe the way they do and would persecute them until they either died or converted.

Christianity isn’t doing that now is because it’s full of believers who haven’t yet been perfected or cast out. Just like the assembly of faith in Yeshua’s time was full of believers until the completion of the expulsion in 70CE, the expulsion of which was made complete when the Romans came against Jerusalem in 70CE, even as the unholy Roman Empire will come against Jerusalem in the end.

So where is this lie of the rapture coming from? Why is it being taught? And why is it being taught as a separate event from the resurrection, and being taught as a mid-covenant, pre-tribulation event? All teaching of which is completely contrary to the plain text of scripture. And why is it so popular?

Nothing about Yahuweh is ever popular with mainstream religion. The fact that it is the predominant end-time doctrine of mainstream religion should be enough to tell a person it is a lie. The truth is never popular with the masses - ever.

II Corinthians 4:4 refers to ha satan (the Accuser), as the god of this world.

In Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 4:8 this “accuser” offers all the kingdoms of this world to Yeshua, if Yeshua would only bow down and worship him.

In Revelation 12:9 it says that the Accuser deceives the whole world.

And says in II Corinthians 11:14 that the Accuser can present himself as a messenger of light, and his ministers as servants of righteousness.

The Scriptures state that the Accuser deceives the whole world. And how did he deceive Adam and Havah (Eve)? He did it by misrepresenting Scripture, and when he attempted to deceive Yeshua in Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 4:8, he attempted to do it by misrepresenting Scripture.

The Scriptures declare the “accuser” to be the father of all lies; Yahchanan (John) 8:44, and the Scriptures declare the “rapture” doctrine to be a lie.

Does that mean it’s not going to happen? No. Of course its going to happen. The “accuser” doesn’t create lies out of boredom, or out of lack of things to do. He doesn’t create them to amuse himself.

He creates lies for one reason, and one reason only. To deceive and to destroy in order to exalt himself at the destruction of others.

He lies because there is no truth in him, and lies in order to cast down the truth so that he may be exalted. And to accomplish the purpose of self-exaltation, he will lie, murder, steal, and destroy to no end, until he himself is destroyed. Yahchanan (John) 10:10

So why then is the “rapture” taught as a separate event from the resurrection? Because the “accuser” cannot resurrect from the dead, so he instead produces a counterfeit of the resurrection through the so called rapture doctrine.

And in light of the rapid advancement of technology, it is not difficult to conceive a counterfeit “gathering up” of world religious leaders and followers through some kind of levitation device.

The absence of a visual “resurrection” before this rapture could likewise be explained away as a spiritual event that could not be seen with the naked eye.

He could also conceivably arrive in the clouds of the sky with a host of UFO’s, or some other type of aeronautical flying device over the largest of cities, and cause the event to be televised throughout the world. All things of which would cause amazement in those who do not believe the testimony of the two witnesses in Revelation 11. But which, in fact, will be nothing compared to the true event of the Second Coming.

So, if a rapture is something that can be potentially counterfeited through advanced technology, then why in the timing of mid-covenant/pre-tribulation? Why is the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine taught to occur in the middle of the 7 year covenant, and why is it the view that is promoted the most?

Because it is in the middle of the 7 year covenant that the Beast arises to kill the two witnesses of Yahuweh; Daniel 9:27, and when the Beast will stand in the Temple of Yahuweh; Daniel 8:9-12; 11:31; II Thessalonians 2:3,4; Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 24:15-20, and proclaim himself to be the “God”; Daniel 11:36,37, and declare the two witnesses to be anti-christ.

This in turn will result in a great tribulation against the “Saints”; Daniel 7:25; 8:23,24; Revelation 12:17;13:4-7, who, according to the rapture lie, are supposedly “Jews” who are “left behind” to be purified, while the so called “Church” gets the easy way out.

And indeed, the tribulation will purify many people - but not because the they were “left behind”; Daniel 12:10, but in order to separate the wheat from the chaff, the holy from the unholy, the righteous from the wicked, the sheep from the goats.

However, the tribulation is actually a 7 year tribulation that begins and ends at the same time as the 7 year covenant.

The 7 years of tribulation and 7 year covenant are parallel to each other, and in many respects, synonymous with each other.

This 7 years of tribulation is likewise, broken into two parts. The first part is a 1260 day period, which will be the period of tribulation against the world due to the testimony of the two witnesses; Revelation 11:3-7, during which time the “holy” people, the saints, will be protected; Revelation 12:6.

This will be followed by the second part, which will be 42 months in length. It will be the tribulation against the holy people, it will be the time of persecution against the saints; Revelation 13:5, and where the sanctuary shall be trampled under foot by the nations (by the gentiles) after the murder of the two witnesses; Revelation 11:1; 13:5-7.

The first 1260 day period is tribulation for the world because of the Testimony of the two witnesses of Revelation 11; and the second, 42 month period, is tribulation on the community of believers, because of the rise of the beast into power through the killing of the two witnesses and deception of the rapture.

II Thessalonians 2:3,4 states,

2:3 Let no one deceive you in any way, for that day will not come, except the apostasy from truth comes first, and that man of Torah violation (sin) is revealed, the son of Torahlessness (lawlessness/perdition);

2:4 who opposes himself above all that is considered deity or that is worshipped, so that he will sit in the Temple of Yahuweh showing himself to be God.

How do we know this is in the middle of the 7 year period?

Because Revelation 11:3-7 states,

11:3 I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1260 days

This is a period of approximately three and one-half years.

11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the Elohim of the earth.

11:5 …and if anyone tries to harm them, fire will proceed from their mouth and devour their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this manner.

11:6 And they will have power to shut heaven, so that no rain falls in the days of their prophecy; and they will have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with all plagues as often as they desire.

11:7 And when they have finished their testimony (1260 days later) the Beast that comes out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them and kill them.”

This point, 1260 days later, is when the Beast sits in the Temple of Yahuweh and proclaims himself to be God. This is where he uses the deception of the “rapture” to catapult himself into world power as the Messiah.

Now to show the completeness of this counterfeit and deception, consider these other events that ha satan mimicks.

In II Thessalonians 2:8 says,

2:8 He [Yeshua] will slay them [the beast and false prophet] with the brightness of His coming.

So what does the Beast do at his coming to counterfeit this event? He slays the two witnesses.

And after he does these things, Revelation 13:5-7 states,

13:5 And he (the Beast) was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemes, and he will have authority to continue for 42 months (approximately three and one-half years more)

So he continues for almost the exact amount of time as the two witnesses did.

13:6 and he will open his mouth to blaspheme Yahuweh, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle and those who dwell in heaven.

Even as the two witnesses spoke against ha satan’s name, against his kingdom, and against those who dwell on the earth.

13:7 And he will be given authority to make war with the saints and to overcome them.

Even as the two witnesses and the saints were able to make war against ha satan’s people for 1260 days and overcome them.

This makes it sound like it will be easy to identify him, but do not be deceived. The Scriptures state plainly that if it were possible even the very elect could be deceived. And I’ll tell you why.

Because the Beast will not blaspheme Yahuweh or His name directly, or His tabernacle, or the host of heaven directly. No, he is going to be opposing and blaspheming the two witnesses’ teachings concerning these things.

He is going to declare the two witnesses to be false prophets, to be anti-Messiah, and is going to blaspheme the pure Word that they taught as being demonic and apostate.

He is going to declare these things by declaring that he is the “Messiah”, and that he has come to take over the governments of the earth, and to redeem the earth from its sin.

And he is going to begin his objective by declaring the holy people (the “saints“), who responded to the message of the two witnesses, as “false” disciples and followers of the so called “false” witnesses. And he will weed them out and build allegiance to himself by imposing his mark on every person of every language and nation.

But you will know the Beast, for when he arrives on the scene, there will be doubts as to his identity; Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 24:23,24 regarding the false messiah and false prophet in 24:24, and the affairs of this world will continue on.

However, when Messiah Yeshua returns, the veil that separates the physical world from the spiritual world shall be removed from the eyes of all the inhabitants of the earth, as it was in the days of Elisha; II Kings 6:8-17, and everyone on the face of the earth will know that Yeshua, and the Great Day of Yahuweh, has come; Revelation 6:15-17.

In that day there will no longer be such a thing as an atheist; and the affairs of this world will come to an abrupt end.

For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west (instantaneously), even so shall the coming of the Son of Man be; Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 24:27.

At that time the sun will become black as sackcloth of hair and the whole moon as like blood. And the stars of heaven will fall to the earth as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind; Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 24:29, Revelation 6:12,13.

And the sky will recede like a scroll when it is rolled up (i.e. the veil between the spiritual world and physical world will be removed from our eyes) Mattit'yahu (Matthew) 24:30; Revelation 6:15-17 and every mountain and island will be moved out of its place.

The kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave, and every free man will hide themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains; and will say to the mountains and rocks,

6:16 fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb. For great is the day of His wrath and who is able to withstand it? There will be no doubt who Messiah is when He returns. For He will cause every mountain and valley to be removed from its place, and return with great fury so that not even those in the mountains will be hidden from His presence.

Every eye shall see Him and know that it is He, for the veil that separates the physical realm from the spiritual realm will be removed instantaneously like a scroll being rolled up; and as quickly as the lightening shines from the east to the west the entire earth shall be suddenly, and utterly, surrounded by the mighty armies of Heaven.

And the inhabitants of the earth who dwell in darkness will be utterly terrified, and will know that the end of their kingdom has come, and that the opportunity for repentance has gone.

The armies of this world will be utterly cut in pieces, and the horses struck with blindness; II Kings 6:18; Zechar’yahu (Zechariah) 12:1-4, when Yahuweh takes vengeance on the inhabitants of the earth with chariots and flames of fire. II Kings 6:17; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 66:15,16.

And the affairs of this world be come to an abrupt halt; and the kingdoms of this world, and its inhabitants, will fall to never rise again.

The “Church” says that the Torah of the Almighty and its curses have been done away, “nailed to the cross“. But as it says in Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 24:1,3-6,

24:1 Behold Yahuweh will empty the earth and lay it to waste; distort its surface and scatter abroad its inhabitants…

24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly ruined, for Yahuweh has spoken this word.

24:4 The earth will mourn and fade away. The world will wail and fade away. The arrogant people of the earth will wail.

24:5 The earth has become contaminated under its inhabitants because they have violated the Torah, changed the appointed times and broken the everlasting covenant.

24:6 Therefore, the curses of the covenant are devouring the earth, and those who dwell in the earth shall be desolate. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth shall be burned and few men left.

The windows from on high shall be opened and the foundations of the earth shaken. The earth will be violently broken. The earth will be split apart. The earth shall be shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel back and forth like a drunkard and shall totter like a hut. For its violation of Torah shall be heavy upon it, and it shall fall and never rise again; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 24:18-23.

And Yahuweh of the mighty armies will reign on Mt. Zion and in Jerusalem, and before His elders with great splendor. For by fire and by His word Yahuweh will judge all flesh, and those slain by Yahuweh shall be many. And those who set themselves apart and are pure in their own eyes, and who go into the gardens after an idol in its midst; and those who eat pig meat, and mice, and detestable things shall be altogether consumed; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 66:15-17.

And it shall come to pass that the House of Yahuweh shall be established on top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. And we shall walk in His paths, for out of Zion shall go forth the Torah (“the Law”) and the Word of Yahuweh from Jerusalem. He will judge between the nations and shall rebuke many people. They shall beat their swords into farming equipment and their spears into farm tools. And nations will no longer lift up sword against nation, and neither shall they learn war anymore; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 2:1-4.

And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up every year to worship the King, Yahuweh of the mighty armies, and to celebrate the Feast of Sukkoth (of Tabernacles); Zechar’yahu (Zechariah) 14:16-19.

And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon celebration to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before me, saith Yahuweh; Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 66:22-24.

End-time prophecies are full of Torah, full of “the Law” of Yahuweh, that has been supposedly “nailed to the cross.” You can’t get away from it. The earth is being devoured by the curse because of our refusal to obey His Torah; and when He returns He is going to destroy those who violate His Torah, and who eat pig meat and other detestable things.

Then He is going to establish His Father’s throne in Mt. Zion, in Jerusalem, and the Torah shall go forth from Mt. Zion and fill the earth with the knowledge of Yahuweh - with the knowledge of Torah.

And from one New Moon celebration to another and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh will come up to Jerusalem to worship before Him, and to keep the Feast of Sukkoth (Tabernacles).”

But these things don’t sound very Christian do they? But they do sound very Jewish, very Hebrew; and so they are!

And whose Sabbaths are being spoken of in these Scriptures? The world’s “Sabbaths” which say you can rest on any day you want - or the days and years that Yahuweh says are His Sabbaths? That’s right, Sabbaths - plural.

For all those out there who oppose the Sabbath and the Torah of Almighty Yahuweh, there are not one, but ten Sabbaths ordained by Yahuweh. And the “law” that people say is done away is the Law He says He is going to rule the earth in righteousness with. And those who eat pig meat and other unclean things He says He is going to utterly destroy.

Now go to II Thessalonians 2:8-12. In verse 8 it says,

2:8 And that lawless one (or some translations say, that wicked one) will be revealed, whom Yeshua will consume with the breath of His mouth, and destroy with the brightness of His coming.”

The one everyone likes to call the “anti-Christ”, but who is actually the Beast posing as “Messiah”, the Scripture here refers to him as the lawless one, or wicked one.

This is interesting because these words “lawless” and “wicked” are translated from the Greek word “anomos” which specifically refers to one who will not, and does not, submit to Torah - to “the Law” of Yahuweh.

Isn’t it fascinating that the Beast - the so called “anti-Christ” is going to teach against the Torah (“the Law”) just like contemporary christianity does? And that he is going to oppose it just like mainstream churchianity does?

In fact, Daniel 7:25 says that very thing; that the Beast shall seek to change the appointed times and the Torah.

Think about it. If the Law is done away, then why do the preachers of churchianity invest so much effort into trying to convince people of it? Hey, if it was done away, it would be self-evident.

Come on, black slavery was done away in the 1800’s. Do we need to go around every opportunity we get and state that fact to people to convince them of it? No. Of course not. So, why so much investment into a point that is supposedly moot and irrelevant?

I’ll tell you why. Because if they did not continuously teach this demonic doctrine, then the truth of the Torah would be too easily seen.

Think about it. The doctrine against Yahuweh’s Law, against His Torah, is precisely the doctrine that the Scriptures I just read declare the Beast will be teaching.

So you have a Hebrew book called a Bible, that was written by Jews in the Jewish language of Hebrew, who identifies Yeshua as a Jewish Messiah, and as the King of the Jews, who in turn chooses twelve Jews to be His apostles; and states that salvation is the stewardship of the Jews.

And these twelve Jewish apostles, likewise, in turn, take this Jewish gospel to the Jewish world first, and then eight years later to the world of the gentiles.

Then you have the 144,000 who are from the 12 tribes of Israel; and the New Jerusalem in new earth that contains 12 gates - one for each tribe, with no 13th tribe among the 144,000 or 13th gate in the New Jerusalem, for Gentiles; and what does ha satan - the “accuser”, convince the world of? He convinces the world that Jews are “anti-Christ.” What an anomaly, what a contradiction of truth!

He has taken our people - the stewards of Torah, and of the Gospel of Salvation, and has convinced the world that we are “anti-Christ”. And has the world believing that anyone who obeys the Torah is a legalist, and that anyone who disobeys the Torah is righteous, despite the fact that the Scriptures plainly state the exact opposite - that is, that those who disobey the Torah are sinners performing the unrighteous works of ha satan.

The fact is, the only way to enter Yahuweh’s Kingdom is by being grafted into the natural olive tree of Israel.

And the only way to be grafted in to the natural olive tree is to obey the Torah which was given as the standard and Constitution of Israel, and to receive the Blood of Yeshua for the remission of sins past (past violations against Torah).

And once a person does this they are no longer a “gentile”; they are no longer a person of the nations, but an Israelite. And that’s why the New Jerusalem, in the new earth, will only contain 12 gates, because the only nations on earth at that time with be the 12 nations of the tribes of Israel.

But it makes sense that if Yeshua declares the Jews to be the stewards of the Gospel, that the “accuser” would work diligently to convince people of the exact opposite. Beware precious flock. Beware of those who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but who inwardly are ravenous wolves.

And one last thought before we run out of time. We have been taught traditionally that the word “saint” in Scripture is always referring to a christian. And the Scriptures throughout the Books of Daniel and Revelation declare that it is the “saints” who are going to go through the tribulation; but the rapture doctrine teaches that it is only the unbelieving Jews who will be left behind to go through the tribulation, in order that they may be purified.

So if the Scriptures teach that it is the saints who are going to go through the tribulation; and as the rapture crowd claims, it is only the Jews who will go through the tribulation, then one can only conclude that the saints are Jews - and not Christian as traditionally taught.

My recommendation. Stop being a gentile, and find yourself an Israelite tribe to attach yourself to so that you can enter into one of the gates into the city, and have right to the tree of life. For in the new heaven and new earth, their will no longer be just Judaens or Gentiles, but through the perfection of the Torah of Yahuweh, and Testimony of Yeshua, there will be only Israelites.





In His Service Together, Rabbi Hector Gomez


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