Forgiveness without Repentance

Oh how many times do we hear from sinners that we have to forgive them or not judge them? The “What would Jesus Do?” people seem not to remember that He took a whip to the sinners outside the temple. Like little children who say they are sorry after they intentionally hit their sibling, or the man in the Parable who was forgiven a great debt, yet extracted money from others. Sinners think they should be allowed their sin or mishaps as they are trying to do better.

Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him; Luke 17:3

It doesn’t help that the congregation ignores the actual laws of God while producing a whole list of new prohibitions that are not sins at all. All this causes confusion as to what is right and what is wrong. There was a time when the Ten Commandments were part of every liturgy, but this is now viewed as old fashioned and out of date, and if might hurt people feelings, and we can’t have that. People with hurt feeling don’t stay and put money in the plate.

Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in thy commandments. Psa. 119:66

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Is. 5:20

True forgiveness only comes after repentance. In English repentance means regret and/or remorse, however in Greek metamelomai means to change directions, to change one’s mind, to turn and go the other way. Crimes must be paid for and victims must be restored. I’m sorry, just doesn’t cut it for the truly repentant.

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, but worldly grief produces death. 2Cor. 7:10

The first step in repentance is a full recognition of the sin. Then and only then can there be forgiveness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1John 1:9

The congregation must return to the teaching of our Messiah. We have lost our way. We have forgotten our commission.

. . . and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

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Daniel 9: Proof that Yeshua/Jesus is the Messiah

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem 1867 by Francesco Hayez

The Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem 1867
by Francesco Hayez

Many long years ago when I was in Bible college, I asked the Old Testament professor how we knew that Jesus was the Christ. He told me that I already believed, or I wouldn’t be at a Bible College. I pressed him on the point, and he became angry with me. This really threw me for a loop, as I couldn’t understand why asking a question so important would be treated as if I were rebellious. It was years later, I figured out that his anger was because he didn’t know a good answer and I had embarrassed him in front of the whole class. He was a Dispensationalist, and therein lies the problem.

The Dispensationalists destroyed Daniel 9. They have incorrectly positioned their views of a future tribulation and antichrist in the Seventy Weeks prophecy. All is a muddled confusion when one does this. It is so pervasive throughout the Church, we need to address what it has done to our sure foundation. (Not to mention Jewish Evangelism.) Continue reading

Ezekiel 18, Choose Life

Lets have a look at one of the most neglected passages in the Bible. It is one of those passages that make the whole congregation squirm with anxiety. No preacher wants his congregation squirming, so they never mention this one. A squirming congregation is not a generous congregation, nor is it growing in numbers.

Having said, that we have nothing to fear. We don’t make our living from this. So lets squirm together, shall we?

FYI: The death and life here is the eternal kind.

Sour-Grapes-CentralSour Grapes

Many don’t approve of God’s laws. They say they have passed away, that they are null and void. [Rom 3:31] They hate them while claiming to love God. Their teeth are on edge.

1   The word of the LORD came to me again:  2 “What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?  3 As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.  4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.

Basically God is saying that their current exile in Babylon is their own fault. They had agreed to God’s conditions and they had not lived up to their end of the bargain. [Ex. 19:8] He states that they all belong to Him and He will discipline them as He see fit.

5   “If a man is righteous and does what is lawful and right —  6 if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife or approach a woman in her time of impurity,  7 does not oppress any one, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,  8 does not lend at interest or take any increase, withholds his hand from iniquity, executes true justice between man and man,  9 walks in my statutes, and is careful to observe my ordinances — he is righteous, he shall surely live, says the Lord GOD. 

Now that nice and comforting, eternal life is given to the righteous. So why do the preachers skip this? Because there is no Messianic sacrifice, no salvation by grace. That is salvation by works, and we can’t have that. But there it is. (It’s in James too.)  James 2:10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. James 2:26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.

10   “If he begets a son who is a robber, a shedder of blood,  11 who does none of these duties, but eats upon the mountains, defiles his neighbor’s wife,  12 oppresses the poor and needy, commits robbery, does not restore the pledge, lifts up his eyes to the idols, commits abomination,  13 lends at interest, and takes increase; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominable things; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself. 

The righteous cannot guarantee the salvation of their children. Remember there once was a perfect parent, with perfect children, in a perfect environment, with only one rule, DO NOT EAT OF THAT TREE. Good parenting in not enough, salvation is a work of God and no one else.

However the unrighteous can have righteous children.

14   “But if this man begets a son who sees all the sins which his father has done, and fears, and does not do likewise,  15 who does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor’s wife,  16 does not wrong any one, exacts no pledge, commits no robbery, but gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment,  17 withholds his hand from iniquity, takes no interest or increase, observes my ordinances, and walks in my statutes; he shall not die for his father’s iniquity; he shall surely live.  18 As for his father, because he practiced extortion, robbed his brother, and did what is not good among his people, behold, he shall die for his iniquity. 

Again righteousness by works.

19   “Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is lawful and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live.  20 The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 

We are not responsible before God for another’s action. There are some that teach that this does away with the generational curse and the blessing.

. . . you shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, Ex. 20:5

. . . keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” Ex 34:7

However this curse and blessing is exactly what God confirmed to Ezekiel. The more of God’s law a person, a people, a nation, apply to their lives, the more blessed they are, and their descendants. The more a person, a people, or a nation rebel against God’s laws the more cursed they are, and their descendants. Individuals are alway free to step out of their circumstances and change sides.

Now it gets Scary

21   “But if a wicked man turns away from all his sins which he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is lawful and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die.  22 None of the transgressions which he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness which he has done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live?  24 But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity and does the same abominable things that the wicked man does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds which he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, he shall die. 

Everything was fine till we get half way through, then the “once saved, always saved” people got a board upside the head. Just one sin, just one slip, just one temptation not dealt with, and your out. Is this unjust? The Lord says, “NO.”

25   “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?  26 When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die for it; for the iniquity which he has committed he shall die.  27 Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is lawful and right, he shall save his life.  28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just?  

You can hear the inherited church people yelling at the top of their lungs, “But that’s just the OLD Testament.” However there is a whole book on the same subject in the NEW Testament, James.

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26

Repentance is a Choice

30   “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.  31 Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?  32 For I have no pleasure in the death of any one, says the Lord GOD; so turn, and live.” 

Everyone will be judged by his own deeds. Not your fathers and not your sons. We cannot inherit eternal life. It is a free gift that we must then live to keep.

I don’t know about you but I want more blessings, not curses. I want more of God’s law, and not stand in judgment saying that they are Jewish.

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live, Deut. 30:19

Children of Abraham

In the comment section of our paper on the Blood Moons Hoax there was this rather odd and out of place comment. From Zacuto that we have never really replied to because it really was not relevant to prophecy, so we thought we would deal with it here. For it is an attitude that some in the Messianic/Hebrew Roots congregations have, and it causes great disunity.

Zacuto | April 15, 2014 at 7:05 am

There are NO ‘gentiles’ in the Kingdom of Elohim. All are Yisrael and Judah.

Zacuto never explained what he meant by Yisrael and Judah, or what he or she considered the Kingdom of Elohim.

Our Answer

holding.hands.around.the.world.1We are adopted sons of Abraham, not Jacob. Therefore Gentiles are not Jews.

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. Gal. 3:29 

The promise referred to is Messiah. (See Also: Son of Abraham) Because of Messiah we can be Abrahams offspring. However the really important point is that Abraham was not an Ysraelite nor was he a Jew. He was in fact a great Gentile.

. . . seeing that Abraham shall become a great Gentile, and all the Gentiles of the earth shall bless themselves by him? Gen. 18:18 

Specifically an Armenian by birth.

“And you shall make response before the LORD your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father; and he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number; and there he became a Gentile, great, mighty, and populous. Deut. 26:5 

Gentiles remain Gentiles or else these passages would not be true.

“Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the Gentiles, I am exalted in the earth!” Psa. 46:10

All the Gentiles thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. Psa. 86:9

In that day the root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign to the peoples; him shall the Gentiles seek, and his dwellings shall be glorious. Is. 11:10 

. . . these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. Is. 56:7 

The Greek word for nations is ethne from which we get our words ethnic and ethnicity.

The kingdom was taken away from the Jews, and given to a new kingdom made of all peoples, nations, and tongues. Some of those people will indeed be of Jewish decent, but that is not what binds us together. Ethnicity is not what the Nation of Heaven is about.

Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it.” Matt. 21:43

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1Pet. 2:9 

. . . and they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy art thou to take the scroll and to open its seals, for thou wast slain and by thy blood didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation, Rev. 5:9 

The Kingdom has come, the Kings reigns in our lives. He reigns in the lives of those who are obedient, and seek first the Kings wills.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Matt. 6:33

Psalm 127

Oriental Procession A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. 

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, 

those who build it labor in vain. 

Unless the LORD watches over the city, 

the watchman stays awake in vain. 

2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, 

eating the bread of anxious toil; 

for he gives to his beloved sleep. 

3 Lo, sons are a heritage from the LORD, 

the fruit of the womb a reward. 

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth. 

5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! 

He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. 

Our first thoughts are of a literal house with wall and windows, however that is not the house we are building. We are building a spiritual house or mansions. In order to do this we must live a submissive life to the Lord, so that He can build a place for the Holy Spirit to live in our lives. For we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We may be raising physical children, who are blessing from the Lord, but we are also raising spiritual children fit for the Lord service? This was our charge.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt. 28:19 

Our spiritual children should be cared with the same care as physical children. They must be carefully taught all the things that the Lord requires of them. A teacher becomes responsible for the information imparted to the disciple. James admonished that not all should become teachers because of the great responsibility.[James 3:1] Yet we are still responsible to fill the Congregation of the Lord with more souls.

Presently the USA has left its Southern Border open and all manner of people are streaming in. Although this is politically disturbing in a time of war, as believers it is an opportunity to reach people we would never otherwise never meet.

As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. Gen. 50:20 

Time to fill the quiver with a few more souls, and shame the enemy while we are at it.

Why it got dark at the Crucifixion

crosstwilightNow from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. Matt. 27:45 c.f. Mark 15:33; Luke23:44

FYI: Six to nine would be from noon till 3:00 pm on our Babylonian time scale.

 

None of us are meteorologists or astronomers, so we don’t know HOW it got dark, we only know why it must be.

 

Even the inherited churches understand that the Passover lambs were symbolic of the Redeemer’s final and complete payment for sin.

For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed. 1 Cor 5:7b

Lost to the inherited churches is understanding anything about Passover and those lambs. They so avoid all things “Jewish” that they can’t seem to read the whole Bible. Continue reading

I stand at the Door and Knock

knocking_at_doorThe inherited church teaches that this is a salvation verse. It is not. Don’t let them rob you of the truth with their constant need to find salvation is every verse. This illustration is in a letter to a congregation not a sinner. A congregation that has locked Messiah out.

 14  “And to the angel of the church in La-odicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. 

15  “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot!  16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.  17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.  18 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.  19 Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent.  20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.  21 He who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.  22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Rev. 3:14-22 Continue reading