Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Romans 2 – Judging, practice what you preach and circumcision

Romans chapter 2 has a couple of teachings that are misquoted so many times and used for so many false doctrines. The one that is the most evident is that of, ‘Don’t judge me, because if you judge me, then you will also be judged.’ Another one is that of, if one subjects themselves to follow the Torah, then that person is under the law. This chapter is also one of the most used verses used to justify that one does not need to be circumcised in the flesh. All of these points are totally false and I will show you why in this article, by using what Shaul wrote here in Romans 2.

One key point that we do not always remember about the letters that Shaul wrote is that they did not originally have chapters or verses, but were written as a continual piece of writing as they were letters sent to the Gentile believers living in Rome.

There are many valuable lessons that can be learnt from Shaul’s letters and even in this chapter in Romans. But in order to learn from these lessons, we need to understand what is being taught in the correct context. If we do not read it in its correct context, we stand the chance of failing to learn what Shaul was teaching, and even worse, we could learn the total opposite of what is being taught, like millions of people around the world because they follow the people who incorrectly interpret Shaul's teachings.

Now let us break this chapter into sections, and I will point out the things that Shaul was really trying to say. 
Therefore, O man, you are without excuse, everyone who judges, for in which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you who judge practice the same wrongs. And we know that the judgment of Elohim is according to truth against those who practice such wrongs” (Rom 2:1-2). This verse is so wrongly used by millions of people to try and hide or justify their sinful behavior. As soon as someone tries to point out their error(s), the first reaction to this is a very defensive reaction with the phrase, something like this, “don’t judge me, for you will also be judged if you do!”

People only judge when they deviate from the ‘Judgment’ of YHWH. Quoting His Judgment and staying within His Judgment is not being judgmental! Only when one deviates from the Judgment of YHWH, then that person elevates himself above YHWH and will then be judged by YHWH accordingly.

The church has taught us all to be too thin skinned, so that we are incapable of accepting correction for our sinful actions, which is a very dangerous matter, and can lead us into destruction. The fact of the matter is that the majority of the time, when someone points out errors, it is done out of love, in order to help that person become aware of the problem and to fix the problem. Even if the rebuke seems harsh, it is not to be met with a defensive reaction, but rather a personal soul searching on the matter to see if the matter is true. Then we can repent of the error and continue to grow in faith.

And do you think, O man, you who judge those practicing such wrongs, and doing the same, that you shall escape the judgment of Elohim? Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, and tolerance, and patience, not knowing that the kindness of Elohim leads you to repentance? But according to your hardness and your unrepentant heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of Elohim, who “shall render to each one according to his works”: everlasting life to those who by persistence in good work seek for esteem, and respect, and incorruptibility; but wrath and displeasure to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness” (Rom 2:3-8). Here Shaul is speaking to those who are hypocrites, who judge other people while, they themselves, do the same evils. He is also clarifying that a person only judges if he judges outside the judgment of YHWH (as stated above).

Notice how Shaul points out that those who practice the same wrongs by which they judge others are hard and unrepentant and that these people will be met with the wrath of YHWH in the day of wrath.  These people will be judged by Elohim through His Torah (righteous judgment of Elohim) according to their works.

Also notice how clear Shaul is making the distinction between the righteous and the unrepentant sinners. He shows us here that only those who persist in good works (the Torah of YHWH) and seek for esteem and respect and incorruptibility, will inherit everlasting life. And those that do not obey the Torah (truth) but rather obey unrighteousness (anti-Torah) will receive the wrath and displeasure of YHWH.

affliction and distress on every human being working what is evil, of the Yehuḏite first, and also of the Aramean” (Rom 2:9). Aramean, as apposed to “Greek” or “Gentile” who have no ancestral ties to Israel. Almost all our English translations of the Bible have the word “Greek” instead of “Aramean” here, which is again a twisting of Scripture. Shaul is extremely clear throughout his epistle to make proper distinction between these two, although the point of the message is clear that YHWH is no respecter of persons.  

but esteem, respect, and peace to everyone working what is good, to the Yehuḏite first and also to the Aramean. For there is no partiality with Elohim” (Rom 2:10-11). Now do not think that a Greek or any other nationality cannot be saved because the verse reads “Aramean” instead of “Greek”, that is not what Shaul is teaching. Shaul is teaching that esteem, respect, and Shalom (peace) to everyone that obeys the Torah of YHWH, whether it be Jews or anyone else as Elohim accepts everyone who submits themselves to Him. If a person submits to YHWH, then he has to follow YHWH’s instruction which is His Torah (instruction in righteousness).

For as many as sinned without Torah shall also perish without Torah, and as many as sinned in the Torah shall be judged by the Torah. For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of Torah (the law) shall be declared right” (Rom 2:12-13)

So those who sin, not knowing the Torah, will perish without the Torah. In order to gain everlasting life, one needs to have the Torah and subject themselves to it. Also notice how those “under Torah” and those “doers of Torah” are put in opposition to one another; therefore, both cannot simultaneously be in error. This is clarified with the phrase “for the doers of Torah will be made righteous.” So, if Torah-doers are made righteous, it stands to reason Torah itself is NOT passing away! The fact that such deep pro-Torah statements are being sent to Gentiles in Rome speak volumes of how mainstream Christianity is perverting Shaul’s teachings. “Under Torah” means to look to its rituals as a form of magic; a power that needs no purity of intent to bring about blessing, but merely fixed repetition. Torah in itself provides no authority of magic. Rather, Torah has authority because it is YHWH’s instruction to man! So “under Torah” is a false teaching that has never been true according to the Tanakh: YHWH blesses man for Torah observance, which is obedience to His Commandments and obedience to Him. Notice in Matthew 15 how Yehoshua rebukes the Pharisees on this very issue, how they set aside YHWH’s Torah (instructions) in favor of their traditions.

For when gentiles, who do not have the Torah, by nature do what is in the Torah, although not having the Torah, they are a Torah to themselves, who show the work of the Torah written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or even excusing” (Rom 2:14-15)

Shaul does not suggest that Gentiles are spontaneously Mastering Torah. Even common logic will prove this to be true. The point is that they should learn the written Torah without the distraction from Pharisaic or any other man-made traditions which are not rooted in the plain understanding of the Torah.

in the day when Elohim shall judge the secrets of men through  יהושע (Yehoshua) Messiah, according to my Good News” (Rom 2:16). Here is a scary thought for many people, that in the end on the return of the Messiah, those that have sinned but have not been “caught out”, will be judged for all the sins that they committed in secret. YHWH knows your thoughts and even the intentions of your thoughts too. "According to my Good News" is that of the Messiah who also lifted up and magnified the Torah of His Father. So everyone will be judged according to the Torah of YHWH.

See, you are called a Yehuḏite, and rest on the Torah, and make your boast in Elohim, and know the desire of Elohim, and approve what is superior, being instructed out of the Torah, and are trusting that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of foolish ones, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and of the truth in the Torah” (Rom 2:17-20). Wow, Shaul makes it VERY clear in this piece that we are all to learn and conduct ourselves according to the Torah! It is very clear through out the entire Scriptures, and stated here again by Shaul, that in order to know the desire of the Almighty, then you must study the Torah. The Torah is a very beautiful Word, however, many false teachers try and claim that it is a curse and that all that subject themselves to it are under a curse.

Is that really what Shaul is teaching? Can that statement or idea be found anywhere in Scripture? Certainly not! The Torah is the Living Word of YHWH, it is the marriage contract between the bride and the bridegroom, it teaches us how to love the Almighty and also to love each other. One can only start reading the Torah and see for themselves that if the world was governed by the Torah (which it will be with the return of the Messiah), then there would not be any hunger or poverty or theft or murders or unrighteousness in any way.

You, then, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who proclaim that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abominate idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the Torah, through the transgression of the Torah do you disrespect Elohim? For “The Name of Elohim is blasphemed among the gentiles because of you,” as it has been written” (Rom 2:21-24)

Now here Shaul is once again addressing the hypocrites, or is at least warning the readers to not be hypocrites. He shows us that if we claim to be followers of the Almighty and we have any influence on other people, even if it is by being observed by how we live our lives, then we are to live our lives totally according to the Torah of YHWH. If we do not do this, then we are guilty of blaspheming the Name of Elohim.

What Shaul is also saying here is one of the most important keys to deciphering all his letters (which is the majority of the Renewed Covenant). He is saying here that one has to practice what you preach. Now that is a very important statement! Let me explain why, it is taught by all of Christianity that Shaul taught that it is not any more necessary to follow the Torah, because of the death and resurrection of the Messiah. This false doctrine is never supported anywhere in Scripture nor anywhere in Shaul’s letters.

You see, if Shaul taught that we are to practice what we preach, then he himself would also have to practice what he taught, or else he would also be a hypocrite! So if it was not necessary to follow the Torah anymore, then why did Shaul subject himself to following the Torah till the day he died? He did not deviate one bit from the Torah, in fact, he went out of his way to keep the Torah even when he was in captivity.

For circumcision indeed profits if you practice the Torah, but if you are a transgressor of the Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. So, if an uncircumcised one watches over the righteousness of the Torah, shall not his uncircumcision be reckoned as circumcision? And the uncircumcised by nature, who perfects the Torah, shall judge you who notwithstanding letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the Torah! For he is not a Yehuḏite who is so outwardly, neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But a Yehuḏite is he who is so inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in Spirit, not literally, whose praise is not from men but from Elohim” (Rom 2:25-29)

Once again, here is a small piece of Shaul’s letter that is grossly mistranslated and many false doctrines are based on these few verses. The false teachers use this piece to teach that it is not necessary to be circumcised in the flesh. This of course is a totally false teaching.

Once again, we need a key to understanding what Shaul really meant here. Why do we need a key? Because Shaul wrote with a Hebrew mindset as he himself was a Hebrew and used Hebrew idioms. We, who are English speaking, are not Hebrews and do not read the Scriptures with a Hebrew mindset. In order to understand these Hebrew idioms we have to actually learn them and that is what the key is and not some magic formula that was “revealed in a divine way” to a single person, like many false teachers claim when they try and teach a new false doctrine to the people.

Now the key to this section is that of the circumcised and the uncircumcised. Shaul is not necessarily classifying the physical circumcision here, but is rather speaking of two different groups of people. Whenever he talks of the circumcision, he is referring to the Hebrews or Jews as that is how they were known, and the uncircumcision are the Gentiles or those that are not native to Israel.

Now with this point clear, you can read the section in the correct context. Those who are of the ‘circumcision’ who transgress the Torah, will become ‘uncircumcision’. If you do not use the key in this instance, you can try and imagine what people might believe, that those who are circumcised must be uncircumcised…. ? Who is going to have their foreskin sewn back on? OUCH!

No, what is being taught is that the Jews who transgress the Torah, will be cut off from YHWH’s people as stated in Romans 11.

Also, because a person could be physically circumcised and be a thief, liar, murderer, etc.
On the flip side, those who are of the uncircumcision (Gentiles), who keep the Torah of YHWH, will be reckoned as the circumcision (grafted into the good olive tree) again explained in Romans 11. You see, the true faith of YHWH and His Son the Messiah is to love Him and to watch over the righteousness of the Torah and to become righteous by doing the Torah of YHWH.

So are we to be circumcised in the flesh too? Well…. What does the Torah (the Living Word of YHWH) teach us on this subject? I am sure you can look it up for yourself!

So if you read Shaul’s letters in the correct context, it makes so much more sense and dismisses all the false teachings that stem from them. Shaul NEVER taught that it was not necessary to keep the Torah, but rather that it was absolutely necessary to keep the Torah of YHWH in order to inherit everlasting life.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Obeying The Faith

One teaching that is very dangerous that is being taught to millions of people by the Christian churches to deceive their faithful followers, is that the Torah does not apply to the Gentiles but rather only applies  to the Jews. The church teaches that Paul (Shaul) taught this doctrine. However, this is not the case, as we will see in the following verses.  

Shaul, a servant of Yehoshua the Mashiyach, called and sent and separated to the Good News of Elohim” (Romans 1:1) Notice here that this is YHWH’s Good News about His Son. Let us read further, “(That) He (Elohim) had before promised, by His prophets, in the Set Apart Scriptures” (Romans 1:2). Now what are these ‘Set apart Scriptures’ that Shaul is speaking of? It certainly is NOT the ‘New Testament’ as it never existed during the time of the writing of his letters. Shaul quotes the Hebrew Tanakh (Old Testament) over 80 times in this letter to the Romans. Without understanding the original context of Torah (first 5 books of the Scriptures), Neviim (Prophets) and Ketuvim (writings) which he quoted from, it will be impossible to thoroughly comprehend his teachings. Shaul never heard the words “Old Testament” in his lifetime, nor would he ever permit such a dishonoring title to be given to the Word of YHWH which is Mashiyach preincarnate.

Let us carry on reading, “Concerning His Son who was born in the flesh, of the seed of the house of Dawid, and was made known as the Son of Elohim by power, and by the Ruach haKodesh (Set Apart Spirit), who arose from the dead, Yehoshua the Mashiyach, our Master, by whom we have received favor and a mission among all the Gentiles to the end that they may obey the faith in His Name. Among whom, you also are called by Yehoshua the Mashiyach” (Romans 1:3-6)

When Shaul says “the faith in His Name”, YHWH is being referenced here: “YHWH is salvation” which is also the Name of His Son (Yehoshua means ‘YHWH is salvation). This context is established in the next verse: “among whom, you also are called by Yehoshua the Mashiyach,” meaning that Yehoshua is not intended as the subject of this passage as it relates to Name.

What is also interesting here is that Shaul is teaching that the Gentiles are to obey the faith of YHWH, just as the Mashiyach did. Did YHWH change his mind about His Torah? Does He now allow, what was once evil and abominable in His eyes, to become acceptable to do? Does the Torah only apply to the Jews and another set of instructions to the Gentiles? What Shaul is teaching here is that the Torah is for the Jews and the Gentiles alike.

One thing that is very important to understand is that the Torah is NOT the Jewish law, but rather YHWH’s Law. Anyone who desires to follow the Almighty, just as His Son the Mashiyach did, needs to subject themselves to His Torah.

I will continue on this subject in my next post where I cover what Shaul was saying in Romans chapter 2. You will then notice that he carries on with the teaching that we are all to subject ourselves to the Torah of YHWH if we desire to inherit eternal life.

Monday, September 19, 2011

First Fruits Of Zion “FFOZ” and Boaz Michael is a False Teacher

Now what would you think when a very reputable so called Torah teacher said the following,I do not believe that "One Law" means the "Same Law" for everyone”? Yes, big red flags should be going up at this point. Now what would you think if this same “teacher” taught that we should not use the Name of the Almighty because Yehoshua the Messiah Himself did not mention His own Fathers Name out of respect for the Rabbinical teachings? Let me quote this so called teacher here too, “To me those that speak the Name violate the very act of discipleship--since Yeshua did not use the name and disconnect themselves from the Jewish people as the Jewish people have placed guards in place to protect the Name from improper use.” He says what? Is that what the Torah or the Messiah teaches? Absolutely NOT. Yes, you should by now also agree that this is preposterous and that this person, who is teaching such idiotic doctrines, is ignorant and certainly not a teacher of the Word of YHWH.

This is probably why the Messianic and Hebrew Roots movements are just as lost now, then they were while still in the church. There is not much of a difference except that they are adding a Hebrew (Jewish) flavour to it. This is because venomous false teachers like Boaz Michael of ‘First Fruits Of Zion’ (FFOZ) (and yes, it is he that teaches these missguided doctrines quoted above) teach them that it is okay to carry on in their churchy system and that they can pick and choose which Commands they want to apply to themselves or not, as seen from the statement above. And why do they teach this? Because they too, make money from their followers, which makes their ‘ministry’ a business just like the church does.

Now let me give you some background on this matter before I carry on. My wife and I were invited to go to one of Boaz’s teachings in a very large church in Pretoria on one Shabbat when he was here in South Africa. We did not go because we did not wish to dishonour the Sabbath of YHWH by entering into a pagan temple on the Sabbath. The following Monday I heard that my dad and a friend were going to attend another of his teaching sessions that was organised close by to us. My wife and I went along because I did not want my dad to learn what was being taught by FFOZ and so that I could point out the errors of their teachings according to the Scriptures. While sitting in the front row, I was shocked to hear what nonsense was being taught and how the people were just eating it up. I kept quiet and took notes of what was being said. 

I then wrote to Boaz in a private message asking him questions on why he taught those things (I wrote to him in private because I did not want to embarrass him in a public message before I got his reply). I waited a month and got no reply. Then I asked in a public thread, where I was accused of being contentious and got some hate mail from his followers too (it is amazing how people follow a man rather than Scripture). Now I am going to expose some of those false teachings of Boaz 

Let us break down what Boaz teaches into sections and tackle them one by one.

Now to say that Yehoshua the Messiah respected the way of the Pharisees over the Torah of His Father is totally untrue, but that is what Boaz teaches. Let me quote Boaz’s statement here again quick, “To me those that speak the Name violate the very act of discipleship--since Yeshua did not use the name and disconnect themselves from the Jewish people as the Jewish people have placed guards in place to protect the Name from improper use.” What he is saying is that anyone who speaks the Name of YHWH violates the very act of discipleship... now please tell me, where that is written? Let us see for ourselves what YHWH Himself teaches us regarding this matter, “And Elohim said further to Mosheh, “Thus you are to say to the children of Yisra’ĕl, ‘יהוה (YHWH) Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Yitschaq, and the Elohim of Ya’aqov, has sent me to you. This is My Name forever, and this is My remembrance to all generations” (Exodus 3:15). Also let us read the following, “And I appeared to Abraham, to Yitschaq, and to Ya’aqov, as ĚlShaddai. And by My Name, יהוה (YHWH), was I not known to them?” (Exodus 6:3). So you can clearly see that YHWH never intended for His Name to be hidden for any reason whatsoever. 

Let us read the third commandment together: “You do not bring the Name of יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim to naught, for יהוה (YHWH) does not leave the one unpunished who brings His Name to naught” (Exodus 20:7) Now do you think that the Son of YHWH could directly transgress against one of the very ten Words that His Father wrote with His own finger? 

So did Yehoshua transgress against His Father’s Word and follow the Rabbinical teachings of hiding the Name? Or did He obey His Father in heaven and reveal His Fathers Name? “saying, ‘I shall announce Your Name to My brothers, in the midst of the congregation I shall sing praise to You.’” (Heb 2:12) “I have revealed Your Name to the men whom You gave Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have guarded Your Word” (John 17:6) “And I have made Your Name known to them, and shall make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me might be in them, and I in them” (John 17:26). So is what Boaz is teaching Scriptural, or is it utter rubbish? Clearly Boaz does not know what is written in the Scriptures because if he did, he would not teach what he is teaching now. As you can see, what he is teaching does not have ANY Scriptural backing, and he is calling Yehoshua the Messiah a liar.

Let us read some actual verses where Yehoshua physically said the Name of YHWH to prove what Boaz is teaching to be false. I have only gone through the book of Matthew for these examples, also know that these are only the times that it is recorded that Yehoshua revealed the Name of His Father. He could have used the Name of YHWH thousands more times in normal conversation with His disciples and the people he spoke with, that was not recorded here. Let us read now, יהושע (Yehoshua) said to him, “It has also been written, ‘You shall not try יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim.’” (Mat 4:7) “Then יהושע (Yehoshua) said to him, “Go, Satan! For it has been written, ‘You shall worship יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim, and Him alone you shall serve.’” (Mat 4:10) “Again, you heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to יהוה (YHWH).” (Mat 5:33) יהושע (Yehoshua) said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures, ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner-stone. This was from יהוה (YHWH), and it is marvellous in our eyes’?” (Mat 21:42) “And יהושע (Yehoshua) said to him, “‘You shall love יהוה (YHWH) your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’” (Mat 22:37) “יהוה (YHWH) said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool of Your feet” ’?” (Mat 22:44) “for I say to you, from now on you shall by no means see Me, until you say, ‘Blessed is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה (YHWH)!” (Mat 23:39).

Wow... it is written so many times even in the first book of the Renewed Covenant, Matthew. How can someone who supposedly studies the Scriptures so intensely, like Boaz, fail to miss these verses? Knowing what these verses say, can one honestly believe that Yehoshua the Messiah had more respect for the Pharisees than He did for His Father? Did the Messiah feel the need to hide the Name of His Father? It is certainly made clear by just reading the Scriptures to see that it is not so. Why then would Boaz teach such falsehood?

Did Y’hoshua the Mashiyach disconnect Himself from the Jewish people? Let us see what He said about the Jewish traditions that were being followed by the Jewish people, “But He answering, said to them, “Why do you also transgress the command of Elohim because of your tradition?” (Mat 15:3). Y’hoshua went on to say, “Hypocrites! Yeshayahu (Isaiah) rightly prophesied about you, saying, ‘This people draw near to Me with their mouth, and respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men.’” (Mat 15:7-9) Does that sound like the Messiah respected the traditions of the Jewish people?

So as you can see, What Boaz is teaching is the total opposite of what the Scriptures are teaching.  It seems as though Boaz is following after Rabbinical Judaism rather than the Scriptures itself. I say this because Boaz does not wear tzitzit as is commanded us to wear in at least two places in the Torah, but he rather wears a kippah that is taught in Rabbinical Jewish tradition and does not appear once in the Scriptures (did the Messiah wear a kippah?). He also seems to follow the fixed Rabbinical calendar rather than observance of the moon. 

Now here is another heresy that Boaz teaches, “I do not believe that "One Law" means the "Same Law" for everyone” He uses this statement to justify his blatant disrespect and disobedience to the Word of YHWH. Now think for yourself... is this statement of Boaz’s supported by the Torah, or anywhere else in the entire Scriptures? Or is Boaz making this up and teaching this false doctrine to thousands of people? Let us have a look at a few verses in the Scriptures again, “There is one Torah for the native-born and for the stranger who sojourns among you.” (Exodus 12:49) “And when a stranger sojourns among you, then he shall perform the Passover of יהוה (YHWH). He shall do so according to the law of the Passover and according to its right-ruling. You have one law, both for the stranger and the native of the land” (Num 9:14) “One Torah and one right-ruling is for you and for the stranger who sojourns with you” (Num 15:16) “For him who does whatever by mistake there is one Torah, both for him who is native among the children of Yisra’ĕl and for the stranger who sojourns in their midst” (Num 15:29). If there is only One Law for the native and for the stranger, then what other law can there be? If one thing applies to one person, then it should also apply to the next person. Otherwise the Law would not be a righteous Law.

Boaz taught that it was interesting that Y’hoshua did not once mention anything about the wearing of tzitzit, the keeping of the Sabbath or that of eating kosher, when He spoke, on the Mount, to the people in Mat 5-7. This is one of Boaz’s very poor excuses for not wearing tzitzit etc. This is one of the issues that I asked Boaz about in my letter to him. I asked him if it was necessary for Y’hoshua to have spoken about these three issues to the people. This is because ALL the people there were already doing all three these things (wearing tzitzit, keeping the Sabbath and eating kosher). Why should the Messiah teach these people to do something that they were ALL already doing? Boaz could not answer me on that.

In 1 John 2:3-6 it states the following; ”And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands. The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked” So what commands are these that are being spoken of? Does this apply to everyone? Well according to Boaz, No it does not. Boaz, is clearly not walking as the Messiah did as he does not keep the commands required to do so. So it is very safe to say that he does not have a love for the Messiah or His Father YHWH and the truth is not in him.

Boaz claims that he has a problem with the church teaching paganism, and yet he himself still uses the pagan substitutes for the Name of the Father and His Son the Mashiyach. Boaz claims that the names “God” and “Jesus” and “Lord” are not of pagan origin (Click on the links provided here to see the evidence of the fact that they are from pagan idol origin). Clearly Boaz is disillusioned and cannot see the truth. Why would Boaz teach such heresies? Because if he did teach the absolute truth of the Scriptures, he would not have such a following as he does now and therefore not be able to make a living from what he does. 

Now when I asked Boaz about these points he was making (in the public thread), I was immediately accused of being contentious and attacking. This is a typical Christian response to someone who shows them their errors. Was the Messiah contentious and attacking when he rebuked the Pharisees for transgressing the Torah of His Father by their man-made teachings? Was He being contentious and attacking when He called the Pharisees adders and hypocrites because they do not do what they teach (Mat 15:3-9)? Was He also contentious when He made a whip and drove the people out of the temple by overthrowing their tables etc. (Mat 21:12)? It is clear that Boaz is trying to accuse me of being attacking to try hide his own faults, because if he had to have a proper dialogue with me and answer those questions truthfully, his false teachings would be brought to light and he would look like a fool.

It is very clear to see that Boaz Michael and his organisation FFOZ are exactly the same as the mystery Babylon church, only with a Jewish flavour and does not teach the true faith of the Messiah. If the Messiah heard what Boaz was teaching, He too would have rebuked Boaz for transgressing the Torah of YHWH by his traditions and called him a hypocrite. His rebuke to Boaz would look something like this, Hypocrites! Yeshayahu rightly prophesied about you, saying, ‘This people draw near to Me with their mouth, and respect Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commands of men.’” (Mat 15:7-9).

Now that you know Boaz is teaching falsehood, do you think it is wise to follow or learn from him? Those who are deceived by his teachings are not rooted in Scripture themselves and are going to be held responsible for themselves in the day of judgment. 

I pray that Boaz Michael repents of his unrighteousness and continues to teach only what is written in the Word of YHWH rather than the rubbish he is teaching now.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Origin of the word “God”

A prophecy for the end-time is given in Isa 65:11 wherein our Mighty One warns of the apostasy of His people, “But you are those who forsake YHWH… who prepare a table for Gad, and who furnish a drink offering for Meni.” All commentators agree that Gad is a pagan deity, and so is Meni. Gad is usually interpreted as the well-known Syrian or Canaanite deity of “Good Luck” or “Fortune,” and Meni the deity of “Destiny.” This Gad is written in the Hebrew as GD (gimel dalet), but the Massoretes afterwards vowel-pointed it, adding an “a,” to give us “Gad.” However, we find other references in Scripture to a similar deity, if not the same one, also spelt GD in the Hebrew text but this time vowel-pointed to read “Gawd” or “God” (Josh 11:17, 12:7, 13:5), where we find “Baal-Gawd” or “Baal-God,” according to the vowel-pointed Massoretic Hebrew text. This Baal-Gawd or Baal-God was obviously a place named after their deity.

The Astrologers identified Gad with Jupitar, the Sky-deity or the Sun-deity. Other sources of research also testify of “Gad” being the Sun-deity. Rev Alexander Hislop wrote, “There is reason to believe that Gad refers to the Sun-god… The name Gad… is applicable to Nimrod, whose general character was that of a Sun-god… Thus then, if Gad was the ‘Sun-divinity’, Meni was very naturally regarded as ‘The Lord Moon.’”

Keil and Delitzsch, Commentaries on the Old Testament, comments on Isaiah 65:11, “There can be no doubt, therefore, that Gad, the god of good fortune… is Baal (Bel) as the god of good fortune… this is the deified planet Jupiter… Gad is Jupiter… Mene is Dea Luna… Rosenmuller very properly traces back the Septuagint rendering to this Egyptian view, according to which Gad is the Sun-god and Meni the lunar goddess as the power of fate.”

Isaiah 65:11 tells us then that YHWH’s people have forsaken Him and in the end-time are found to be serving Gad, the Sun-deity as the deity of “Good Luck,” and Meni, the Moon-deity of “Destiny.”

As pointed out above, this Gad (GD with an “a” vowel pointing) is probably the same deity as we read of in the book of Joshua, GD with a vowel-pointing of “aw” or “o,” making it “Gawd” or “God.” The vocal-pointing of the Massoretes cannot always be relied on, but we can rely on the Hebrew Scriptures before the vocal pointings was done. It could well be that GD of Isaiah 65:11 is the same as the “Gawd” or “God” of the book of Joshua. But, let us not try to establish a fact on an assumption. Let us rather do some research on the word “God.”

The word God (or god), like the Greek Theos (or theos) is used in our versions as a title, a generic name, usually. It translates the Hebrew Elohim (or elohim), El (or el), and Eloah. However, in quite a few places it is used as the substitute for the Tetragrammaton, the Name of our Father, e.g. Matthew 4:4 (quoted from Deut 8:3), Romans 4:3 (quoted from Gen 15:6) etc. If the word God is then used as a substitute for the Name, it must be accepted that the word God has become a name again.

How and when did this title or name become adopted into our modern languages? Encyclopedia Britannica, 11th edition, says, “GOD – the common Teutonic word for a personal object of religious worship… applied to all those superhuman beings of the heathen mythologies. The word ‘god’ on the conversion of the Teutonic races to Christianity was adopted as the name of the one Supreme Being…”

Webster’s Twentieth Century Dictionary, Unabridged, 1st edition, says, “The word is common to Teutonic tongues… It was applied to heathen deities and later, when the Teutonic peoples were converted to Christianity, the word was elevated to the Christian sense.”

James Hastings, Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, vol. 6, pg 302, reads, “After the conversion of the Teutons to Christianity the word came to be applied also to the Christian Deity… Its etymology and its original meaning are obscure, and have been much debated.”

J.G.R. Forlong, Encyclopedia of Religions, on “God,” says, “It is remarkable that philologists are unable to decide the origin of this familiar Teutonic word.” Once again, we are strongly suspicious of the rulers of darkness or the Prince of Darkness, having succeeded, once again, in hiding yet another work of darkness.

There is much confusion in the European languages between the words gud (good) and god. The Scandinavian languages, like the old Anglo-Saxon, called god gud and called gud (good) god. Calling good god and god gud is bad enough to confuse us. Even worse is that the Old Netherlands languages regarded god as an idol and gud as the correct deity! Jacob Grimm recorded this for us, as well as Julius Pokorny and Jan de Vries.

This inconsistency of spelling confuses us, as it must have confused the people in those early centuries who were still completely or partially ignorant of the True Mighty One and His Name. Jacob Grimm asserts that this was done because of fear, “Such a fear may arise from two causes: a holy name must not be abused, or an unholy dreaded name, e.g., that of the devil, has to be softened down by modifying its form,” and then gives examples.

Other scholars have explained that the names of national deities were either hid, or modified, in order to prevent their enemies getting hold of these names – enemies who might use it as a magic word against them.

Another reason for this changing of spelling of idols’ names was the ritual of abrenuntiatio, i.e. a solemn renouncing of the names of major deities, whenever a pagan person became converted to Christianity. One of the three major idols of the Teutonic tribes was called Saxnot. It is well documented how this name was renounced and later on came back in a disguised form, Saxneat. We even found that some idols’ names were spelt 17 different ways.

We found further evidence that “gott” or “god” was not only a title, but used as a name too, amongst the Teutonic tribes. Simrock discovered songs wherein “Gott” was used as a Beiname for the deity Odin. In German, Beiname means: surname (or epithet, or appellation).

We further found “Goda” as a proper name of an idol. Moreover, the same author relates how Woden, “The name of the highest god,” also called Woten and Odan, was also called Godan. The Teutonic masculine deities each had its female consort or counterpart. Thus we read that this deity’s female consort was frau Gode. It is commonly known that our Wednesday was named after Woden or Wotan. In Westphalian we find this day being called Godenstag.

Although the majority of dictionaries do not acknowledge it, there are some that frankly admit it and clearly state that the origin of the word “god” is uncertain or unknown. Why uncertain or unknown? What was there to hide?

Other dictionaries propose that the most likely origin of the word “god” is the Indo-Germanic (or Sanskrit) word huta. Some dictionaries prefer to spell this ancient word ghuta. Huta (or Ghuta) was of course an appellative or another name for Indra, Indian Sun-deity, as the more comprehensive dictionaries duly admit. We do accept this, but would be happier to find a word with an “o” instead of a “u.”

In the Indo-Germanic dictionaries there is only one word which resembles the word “god,” in fact, it is pronounced exactly the same. This is the word ghodh. Dictionaries which are not Indo-Germanic, usually spell this word with an “a.” Julius Pokorny, Indogermanisches Etomologisches Wörterbuch, vol. 1, pg 423 says the word ghodh means: union, also sexual union or mating. He says that from this root the following Germanic (European) word came forth: gaden, gatten, gaten, g????d, gader, guot, gut, g????oda, godina, etc.

Sanders-Wulfling, Handwörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, pg. 234, as well as Grimm, Deutsches Wörterbuch, under “gatten,” say that gatten means, to mate. In Dutch this word is commonly used for a marriage partner, a consort, a spouse. This word is also found in the English “beget, begat, begotten.”

Prof. Dr. Eduard Kuck, Luneburger Wörterbuch, vol. 1, pg 594, admits that Gott, got, gode, gade, god and guth (gud) are all the same word! Note well: God is the same as gade! Schiller & L3bben, Mittelniederdeutsches Wörterbuch, says the same on pg 135: got, gode, gade and Gott are the same!

A third witness is that of Wossidlo-Teuchert, Mecklenburgisches Wörterbuch, vol. 3, pg 231, which confirms this and says that the word Gott was anciently known as Gade.

Dr. Arnold Walder, Germanisches Urzeit, pg 300, says that the following words are the same or related: the German GUT, the German GOTT, the Aramaic GAD-a, the Arabian GUD, and also the Greek AGATH-os. Oskar Schade, Altdeutsches Wörterbuch, vol. 1, pg 342 and 359, still tries to distinguish between gut (gud) and got (gott, god), but the lists of variants of these two words are virtually interchangeable!

The evidence is clear: Although the two concepts “good” and “god” developed in two different directions, the one European nation called good “god” and called god “gud,” while another nation called them vice versa. This confusion or interchangeability between the words, as well as the evidence from the above-named sources, brings us to the conclusion that these words had a common origin, namely the concept of “good,” which in turn originated from the concept “union” or “mating,” namely the word ghodh, as revealed to us in Julius Pokorny’s dictionary.

Remember: the Hebrew word “Elohim” has been translated as “God.” But “Elohim” means Mighty One(s), while ghodh (or ghadh) means: union, even sexual union (to mate). The original meaning and concept of “Elohim” and “God” differ totally, especially because of the latter’s carnal or sensual meaning.

Such then was the spirit of paganism which started creeping in at Alexandria in the 2nd century and which finally took over at Rome in the 4th century. From there syncretistic mixed religion spread to Europe where it took a few more centuries for it to become further mixed with the pagan elements of our Germanic (Teutonic) ancestors.

If the Teutonic pagans called all their idols by the generic name “gott” or “god,” shall we continue to call the One that we love by the same generic name-title, or name? Why do we not translate the title Elohim (or El or Eloah) with its proper meaning: Mighty One? Also, in those places where “God” has become a substitute name for “YHWH,” shall we continue to invite the wrath of Elohim by doing this?

He has commanded us that we should not destroy His Name (Deut12:3 and 4). He is sorely displeased with those who have forgotten His Name for Baal (Jeremiah 23:27), remembering that Baal rally was the Sun-deity. “Therefore My people shall know My Name” (Isaiah 52:6). “YHWH’s voice cries to the city – wisdom shall see Your Name” (Micah 6:9).

For Elohim will save Zion… and those who love His Name shall dwell in it” (Psalm 69:35-36). Also read Isaiah 56:6-7. If we love Him, we will love His Name. If we love His Name, we will not destroy it (Deut 12:3-4), we will not forget it (Jeremiah 23:27), we will not substitute it with anything else, let alone substitute it with a title, a generic name, or a name, which had been used for a pagan deity (Exodus 23:13).

Also, and even more applicable to this present study, we will stop substituting His Name with Baal (Jeremiah 23:27 and Hos 2:16) – that great Sun-deity, also known as Bel, who was the primary deity of Babylon – whether “Baal” applies to the name of the Sun-deity, or whether “Baal” is merely used as a title. We are to stop substituting His Name with anything that pertains to a Sun-deity, or even only a title with an idolatrous origin, notwithstanding attempts to justify the “changed meaning of the word.”

There is not a single text in all Scripture which prohibits us from calling Him by His Name. They called upon His Name right back in Gen 4:26. Abram called upon His Name in Gen 12:8 and 13:4, and as “Abraham” again in Gen 21:33. Abraham called the place in Moria “YHWH Yireh” (Gen 22:14). Isaac called upon the Name YHWH (Gen 26:25). Jacob used the Name (Gen 28:16). Leah used it (Gen 29:33 and 35). Moses proclaimed the Name of YHWH (Deut 32:3). David declared YHWH’s Name (Psalm 22:22), and so did our Messiah (Heb 2:12, John 17:6 &26). Finally, Yehoshua promised to do it again (John 17:26) – which you and I are now experiencing!

(Article from a book called: "Come Out of Her My People" by Chris Koster)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Christianity teaches Lawlessness unto death

Now here is another article that exposes the lies that the Christian faith teaches. It seems that I am mostly writing to expose the Christian religion and not writing against the other religions like Islam, Hinduism Buddhism etc. This is to an extent true for the simple reason that the Christian faith claims to base their doctrines on the Scriptures, which is an outright lie. I also write exposing certain Jewish, Messianic and Hebrew Roots doctrines as they also falsely claim to base most of their doctrines on the Scriptures. 

Probably the biggest lie coming out of the Christian church is that its followers, Christians, do not have to keep the Torah of YHWH, also known as the Living Word or the Word of YHWH, because “Jesus” set them free from the law through his “crucifixion” and being raised up from the grave. They go on to teach their followers that all they need for salvation is to ask “Jesus” into your heart and you will be saved. The problem with these claims is that it is not written anywhere in the Scriptures. It is based on their superstitious man-made doctrines and magic formulas.

It is true that the Messiah set us free from the law through His blood, but what law is being spoken of? The Messiah set us free from the law of sin, NOT the Torah of YHWH which is instruction in righteousness. How could the Messiah set us free from the Word of His Father in heaven that teaches us how to love Him and each other? It is just a preposterous idea.

The Church has however fooled so many people into believing this heresy. They did this with force and tactics of “follow us or die” during the time of Constantine and during the crusades. Furthermore the Church has brainwashed their followers by translating the Scriptures into Latin, which the common people could not understand, so that the Church could control the people by their own doctrines. Later when the Latin was translated into German by Martin Luther it was then translated from German into the other languages, from where we get our English Bibles from. The problem with this is that it has gone through so many translations that it is so far removed from the original that there are many mistranslations, some unintentional and others very intentional.

Now we have to make a decision to either follow what the Church teaches or what the Messiah teaches. The Church teaches us not to keep the Torah of YHWH, whereas the Messiah teaches us that we must keep the Torah of His Father. Why does the Church teach not to keep the Torah? Because if all their followers kept the Torah, then there would be no need for a church and hence, they will not make money from their followers. Now, as I have mentioned, the Messiah Yehoshua teaches us to keep the Torah of YHWH. You should not believe me because I said so, but rather because of what the Messiah Himself says. Let us have a look at what our Saviour said in one of His parables:

Another parable He put before them, saying, “The reign of the heavens has become like a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed darnel among the wheat and went away. And when the blade sprouted and bore fruit, then the darnel also appeared. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? From where then does it have the darnel?’ And he said to them, ‘A man, an enemy did this.’ And the servants said to him, ‘Do you wish then, that we go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the darnel you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I shall say to the reapers, First gather the darnel and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my granary.’” (Mat 13:24)

Now the disciples asked Yehoshua to explain what the parable was about. Now the key to the truth lies in His explanation. Let us read

And He answering, said to them, “He who is sowing the good seed is the Son of Adam, and the field is the world. And the good seed, these are the sons of the reign, but the darnel are the sons of the wicked one, and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. And the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the messengers. As the darnel, then, is gathered and burned in the fire, so it shall be at the end of this age. The Son of Adam shall send out His messengers, and they shall gather out of His reign all the stumbling-blocks, and those doing lawlessness, and shall throw them into the furnace of fire – there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous shall shine forth as the sun in the reign of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mat 13:37-43)

Notice that the Messiah says that during the end of days, that the Messengers will be throwing those who do not keep the Torah into the furnace of fire. Also notice that Y’shua makes a very clear distinction between the righteous and the lawless. There is no other option, you either keep the Torah of YHWH and are declared righteous or you do not keep the Torah of YHWH and fall into the category of lawless. Let us have a look at another place where Y’shua is teaching on this subject 

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’” (Mat 7:21-23)

Once again our Savior is teaching us what is needed to be saved in the end and what the consequence is of not meeting the requirements. These verses are very clear and easy to understand, why then do the readers of the bible not heed these words of the Messiah? This is because they blindly follow the church and its leaders thinking that they have their best interests at heart. But the truth is that all the church is interested in is taking the money off of their followers, and if it means deceiving them, then they will gladly do that and continue to do that to make a profit.

Now because Christians believe that they are the true believers, Let us have a look at what is written in Revelation about who the TRUE believers are, “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those guarding the Commands of Elohim and possessing the witness of  יהושע (Y’shua) Messiah” (Rev 12:17). Notice that the true believers are those that keep the Commandments of YHWH AND who have the testimony of Y’shua the Messiah. Now let us not rely on just one verse prove this fact, let us read on, Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the Commands of Elohim and the belief of  יהושע (Yehoshua)” (Rev 14:12). Once again Revelation reveals to us who the true believers are, these are those who guard to keep the Torah of YHWH and who have the belief of the Messiah Y’shua. Notice that I have bolded and underlined the 'of' because the church teaches belief IN the Messiah, not of – His faith that he had in his Father.

Now let us have a look at what Revelation teaches us about who is going to enter into life and have access to the tree of life in the end, “Blessed are those doing His (YHWH’s) Commands, so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life, and to enter through the gates into the city, but outside are the dogs (See Deut 23:18 – dogs [male] and whores [female]) and those who enchant with drugs, and those who whore, and the murderers, and the idolaters, and all who love and do falsehood” (Rev 22:14-15). Once again we see that only those who DO the Torah of YHWH will have access to the tree of life and who will enter into the gates of the city of YHWH. There is also a very clear distinction between those who keep the Torah and those who don’t.

So, are you going to chose life by following the Word of YHWH and keep His Torah which is righteous? Or are you going to choose death by following the Church by not guarding to do the Torah (Word of YHWH)?

Now one thing to remember is that once you choose to follow the path of righteousness, you will not fit into any group of people and will be persecuted and hated by your friends, family and any Christian and Jew etc. the Messiah prophesied about his when He said, “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Mat 7:13-14)