Announcement

For those of you who follow this blog, you may have noticed a real slow down in the posting of new papers in the past year. This is because we are working on the finishing editing of commentaries on Daniel and The Revelation. 

The Messianic/Hebrew Roots community has too long been prey to the Dispensationalist Futurist teachings that we have supposedly come out of. So we have produced two works intended to bring the Messianic/Hebrew Roots community back to the teachings of the Reformers so that we might continue their great work of reforming and correcting the errors within the greater Christian Church.

The Dispensationalist teach that the whole world will become corrupt when Antichrist comes. But the Text says that many antichrists have already come, they came from the church, and they were already present in the first century.

18 Children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come; therefore we know that it is the last hour.  19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us. 1John 2:18-19

Most of us have for the most part been indoctrinated with dispensationalism. Most have never been exposed to a different way of looking at prophecy. The simple rule that the Reformers used, was to go through the Old Testament and read the prophecies that are known to be fulfilled and look at the history they predicted. Then look at the unfulfilled prophecy for similar language that one should then expect to be fulfilled in a similar fashion.

Here is a brief rundown of the rules of interpretation which are called Hermeneutics.

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Which Bible Translation?

We are asked all the time “which translation is best?” Frankly all of them have problems. There is just no way to translate something as large as the Bible without letting ones preconceived notions sneak in, or outright prejudices get put in.

Aside from learning Greek and Hebrew, the best one can do, is know who did the translation that they are using, and what were their preconceived notion and prejudices. For instance the King James Version was translated by men who were making the point that James the King of Scotland was rightfully the king of England as well. Once you know it you will see the doctrine of the “Divine Right of Kings” stressed over and over.

FYI: Biblical Hebrew has about 1000 words. It is a simple language to learn.

We alway use the Revised Standard Version of the Bible in all three of our blogs. Many people have asked us over the years why we use the RSV of the Bible. Many feel that it is inferior to the King James Version, or the American Standard Version. Honestly, all of them are inferior to looking at the original languages of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. Because of this we do try to put in a many references to the original languages as we feel can be inserted.

The RSV was translated by liberal scholars, the same scholars that wrote the International Critical Commentary on the Bible. For this one reason alone, students can look up the rationale for any deviant translation. It should be noted that none of these scholarly men believed in the authenticity, or for that matter the authority of the Bible. They were proponents of the “Documentary Hypothesis” a rather dubious belief that the Pentateuch or Torah was not written by Moses, but rather several men over an extended period of time. Yes, the RSV, was translated by these Liberal scholars, giving it the rather humorous altered meaning to its abbreviation, RSV, as the Reviled Stamped on Version! However because of the International Critical Commentary, the RSV is quite simply the only English translation that gives us the reason why a particular translation was made from the original Hebrew, Aramaic or Greek. This allows the reader to study their justification. There is no other English translation that has such a reference. We can only guess at why there are Unicorns in the King James Version.

The International Critical Commentary on the Bible is out of copy-write and anyone can now use it as the title of their book.  The real International Critical Commentary on the Bible is a multi volume encyclopedia size collection, only some of which are available free on the internet.

FYI: We don’t actually recommend that anyone use these commentaries without prior reading of the first 13 chapters in Gleason Archer Jr’s. A Survey of the Old Testament Introduction. Archer carefully explains how invalid their preconceived notions are. The use of these books is a little like studying evolution in order to study biology. It is the same with theology, you must understand what these men have done in order to understand much of what has been written in the last century or so. So, although these books are absolutely wrong in their preconceived notions, they are linguistically valuable.

Recommended reading

Archer Jr., GLEASON  A Survey of the Old Testament Introduction. The best place to start is the first 13 chapters where he provides a complete overview to this late dating nonsense.

Oswald, T.  Allis – The Old Testament Its Claims and Its Critics

Unequally Yoked

What accord has Christ with Belial?

11   Our mouth is open to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide.  12 You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections.  13 In return — I speak as to children — widen your hearts also. 

14   Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?  15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  16 What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will live in them and move among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  17 Therefore come out from them, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean; then I will welcome you,  18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” 

7:1   Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, and make holiness perfect in the fear of God. 2Cor. 6:11-7:1

The RSV here uses “mismated” instead of the old English “unequally yoked.” The one verse is usually used to warn young people not to marry outside the faith. However the text is not addressing marriage. For the most part, marriages were arranged in the first century Roman Empire. It is addressing paganism within the congregation. The Greek word hererozugeo has more the idea of do not attempt to work together with unbelievers or do not become partners with unbelievers. They have not part in the work of the congregation, they cannot and should not try to make disciples.

There is great danger in working with those who interests and designs are the opposite of sound Bible teachings.

Iniquity

The average English Bible reader never asks what iniquity means. They just have a vague understanding that it has something to do with sin. The English word iniquity is the translation of the Greek word animos, means to be lawless. The post-modern church has when these lawless verse come up, taught that they are generally about civil law. The civil law at the time was Roman law, and other than paying taxes, Roman law held in distain.  The early church encouraged their people to break Roman law any time it conflicted with God’s law.  This leads us to the only conclusion that animos is one who breaks Torah or a Torah Breaker.

Torah roots from yara which means to throw or shoot. It is the instructions as to how to hit the mark we are supposed to me aiming for. You have heard that sin is missing the mark. Iniquity is saying there is no mark, or the mark in no longer valid, or here this is a way around the mark.

Belial

Belial seems to pop up out of nowhere in the English translations. In English Bibles it appears only this one time. However belial is a Hebrew word that is used of worthless people of the worse sort.

12 “If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell there, 13 that certain base fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of the city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known, 14 then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently; and behold, if it be true and certain that such an abominable thing has been done among you, 15 you shall surely put the inhabitants of that city to the sword, destroying it utterly, all who are in it and its cattle, with the edge of the sword. Deut. 13:12-15

Take heed lest there be a base thought in your heart, and you say, ‘The seventh year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye be hostile to your poor brother, and you give him nothing, and he cry to the LORD against you, and it be sin in you. Deut. 15:9

As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, base fellows, beset the house round about, beating on the door; and they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.” Judg. 19:22

Now therefore give up the men, the base fellows in Gibe-ah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel.” But the Benjaminites would not listen to the voice of their brethren, the people of Israel. Judg. 20:13

Do not regard your maidservant as a base woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 1Sam. 1:16

Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they had no regard for the LORD. 1Sam. 2:12; c.f. Psa. 41:8; Psa. 101:3; Prov. 6:12

These are the false believers that lead others astray.

Temple

The Bible clearly states that, “we are the temple of the living God.” There is no need for one of bricks and stone. The word here for temple is naos not hieron. The Greek word heiron is the brick and stone building and its surroundings. Naos is the room at the back or where the Holy of Holies was. The word heiron is only used in the Gospels and Acts except one verse 1Cor. 9:13. The rest of the epistles and The Revelation speak only of the naos. We are not the whole temple, just the naos. The room at the back were one meets God. We are the ark of the covenant. We are the seat of God. That is why the physical temple is not needed and the ark will never be found.

And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind, or be remembered, or missed; it shall not be made again. Jer. 3:16

Idols

The church has a long history of idolatry. They have rewritten the second commandment from “Thou shalt not make any graven images” except the Roman church can make all they want and at Christmas even the Protestants can have them.

Unclean

Touch nothing unclean, does not mean to causally touch something, hapto means to hold onto, seize in the hand, or light a fire.

And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone forth from him, immediately turned about in the crowd, and said, “Who touched my garments?” Mark 5:30

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matt. 5:15

The Greek work akatharton can mean ritually unacceptable or evil supernatural spirit.

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. Mark 9:25

In other words we are not to bring into our naos the fire of evil spirits. These are to be removed from our lives. The holiday spirit is not the Holy Spirit.

There is so much belial in the post-modern church that few know what the truth really is. Few read their Bibles. Fewer still pay attention to the cultural, historical, grammatical context. In our Bibliography is a list of books necessary for sound Biblical studies. Most of these book are in the public domain and free to download.

The Adoption of Sons?

As an adopted person this particular passage has always intrigued me. But recently I have been even more reflective.

. . . to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. Gal. 4:5

Last year just after my 59th birthday my biological family had the records open and made contact. I have three wonderful brothers who come with nieces and nephews not to mention cousins, it’s like being re-adopted. All this has made me think of what it means to be part of a family. There are some odd personal things; like I now have two brothers named David, my biological brothers and I all hate sweet potatoes and yellow squash, and my biological brothers and I can finish each others sentences, in spite of not having known each other.

Then there are traditions and customs that bind the family together. In my biological family I have little in common, no common history, no common stories. My guidelines, principles and rules come from the parents that raised me. Which brings me to my point, what does adoption of sons mean?

There is this teaching in theology called Justification. (See Also: Chapter 11 of our doctrinal statement on Justification) It is the explanation on how we have come to be adopted into God’s family and how one is given the grace to be considered justified before God.

And the free gift is not like the effect of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brings justification. Rom. 5:16

The problem is in the dispensational teachings that that we are under grace and that the Law has passed away, which is now taught in this post modern church have gone too far, and has lead the people into believing that they have no responsibilities to God.

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? Rom. 6:1

I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification were through the law, then Christ died to no purpose. Gal. 2:21

You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.” Mark 7:8

They misunderstand what it means to be adopted.

Israel’s Adoption

We don’t think about it much because the Old Testament does not use the word adoption but God chose Israel to be His son.

And you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my first-born son, Ex. 4:22

“For you are a people holy to the LORD your God; the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, out of all the peoples that are on the face of the earth. Deut. 7:6 (c.f. Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4)

It is an act of grace on God’s part that He sovereignly chooses His own. This adoption symbolizes our new relationship as a justified member of our new spiritual family. [John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8; 2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13]

We become children of the living God. [1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15]

What makes Hebrew Roots or Messianic different is that we then ask, How then are we to live?

Adopter or adoptee?

The post modern church gives lip service to the teaching of Adoption but practices it in reverse as if believers are the adopter and not the adoptee. They insist that God must conform to their culture and traditions and refuse to adopt His culture and traditions, preferring to call His teaching “Jewish” instead of “Biblical.”

The regular churches have decided to take their old pagan traditions and change the names to Biblical ones. The Messianic Hebrew Roots movement sees this as a departure from the true teachings of the Bible. We have decided that if we are adopted sons of Abraham we should learn the traditions and customs of our new family. We no longer wish to be partners  with those old traditions handed down by our pagan ancestors. These ancient traditions came from the worship of demons. We no longer want to commune with demons through maintaining the customs and traditions of our former families.

No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be partners with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.   1Cor. 10:20 -21

. . . but now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits, whose slaves you want to be once more? Gal. 4:9

See to it that no one makes a prey of you by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, and not according to Christ. Col. 2:8 

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, Col. 2:20 

Testing Spirits

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1John 4:1 

Human traditions can have spiritual deception in them. The Messianic /Hebrew Roots community seeks to identified and removed these deceptions or spirits from our lives.

The source of all things must be determined. If they source from the Word of God, one can be fairly certain that they are of God. If they source from the Babylonian Mystery Religions they are suspect.

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 1Cor. 6:12 

If it is not helpful why indulge in it? We seek to walk with Messiah not some long forgotten pagan god renamed and mix into our dogma.

So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham. Gal. 3:7

In The Mystery Religions

Some details may get lost due to the way translators translate. One of those things is the Babylonian god Mene.

FYI: The mystery religions always teaches the same thing where ever they are found, it is always the same, everyone is worshiping the same pagan gods under different names.

The Last Judgment (detail) by Rogier van der Weyden

The weighing of ones soul by the moon is goes back in ancient Babylon. The god of weights and measure as well as of the moon is named Mini/Mene. Mini would weigh the soul of the deceased to decide the fate of the soul. This story is retold in many mythologies around the world, In Egypt it is Anubis who performs this task, in Greek mythology the Scales of justice are erected near Cerberus, in Romanism it is the Archangel Michael who has been given the balances of God’s justice.

The “weighing of the heart,” from the book of the dead of Hunefer. Anubis is portrayed as both guiding the deceased forward and manipulating the scales, under the scrutiny of the ibis-headed Thoth.

All these false conceptions has landed in the Congregation and must be swept out.

This is what the hand writing on the wall was about. It was God stating that not Mini but God Himself who decided the fates of men.

24   “Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was inscribed.  25 And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.  26 This is the interpretation of the matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;  27 TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;  28 PERES, your kingdom is divided and

Statue of the god Anubis. 1.55m tall. White Marble. Gregorian Egyptian Museum; Room IV. Vatican Museums. http://mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/x-Schede/MEZs/MEZs_Sala04_07_014.html

given to the Medes and Persians.” Dan. 5:24-28

As well as in Isaiah where Mini is translated as Destiny

But you who forsake the LORD, who forget my holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill cups of mixed wine for Destiny;  Is. 65:11

FYI: There is a language connection between ancient Babylonian dialect that is called by scholars “Chaldee” with the ancient language of the Britons from which English is partly derived. “Fortune” in this Isaiah passage in the Hebrew is “Gad” or “God” from which we get our English word God. We didn’t have a word for Deity so the early translators used one of the ancient Druid god’s personal name to translated the Hebrew ELOHIM. In doing so they forever changed the English language.

Babylonian concepts are every where we look. This is why we are commanded to come out of Babylon.

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues; Rev. 18:4 

Psa. 1

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;  

2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.  

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.  

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.  

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;  

6 for the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

The Babylonian Church

There is the inherited church which has been contaminated by the Babylonian Mystery Religion, and then there is the Congregation of the Lord. A people struggling to remove all of Babylonian thought that has for centuries plagued the Church.

The Lord told us this was to happen in the symbolic book of The Revelation. The information is presented in a way that only those that studied the language of the prophets would ever figure out. It was meant to be hidden, it was meant to be a secret.

The great mystery of The Revelation is the woman. Everyone who reads the prophets knows that the woman comes in two-forms, the faithful wife and the unfaithful whore.

The faithful woman was given a little help to flee from Satan and escapes into the wilderness.

14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle that she might fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to the place where she is to be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time.  15 The serpent poured water like a river out of his mouth after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. Rev. 12:14-15

However the next time we see her she is a fully corrupted whore.

3 And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns.  4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication;  5 and on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of harlots and of earth’s abominations.”  6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. Rev. 17:3-6

The study of how this happened will be our long term search. We know from the epistles of the New Testament that the corruption had already begun in that first century. But from history we know that this whole scale corruption came into being at the time of Constantine. When he made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire, He put an end to the persecution of Christians. Which at first glance seemed a good thing. But the repercussions were anything but good. As everybody who wanted to be somebody in Constantine’s government, chose conversion to Christianity.  Constantine even bribed people to convert. This brought all kinds of un-repented pagans into the church. Many of their practices and beliefs were renamed with Christian names to make them acceptable to the Christians.

Over the centuries it only got worse. After the fall of Rome the light of learning was taken from the Western World, which left people with superstition and unfounded beliefs. Just as The Revelation predicted we entered the Dark Ages.

When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, Rev. 6:12 

No light of learning was even available, except in small isolated persecuted congregations. Then the light began to return with the Reformation. But the cleaning out of our temple was incomplete and the process started by them must be re-instituted with every generation. Our problem is that for every pagan idea or influenced we remove, there is always someone dragging another one in the back door.

Our struggle continues. For we are to present ourselves as a pure white bride for our king. Whatever comes from Babylon must go. To find what is of Babylon we must study Babylon in all her forms and in all her mysteries.

We will seek what is Babylon so we may put her back in her ephod and send her back to where she came from. [Zechariah 5:5-1]