Live and let live.

You have your truth and I have my truth, right?

LaVada sitting by the fire under the sukkah, 2018.

He has his truth and she has her truth… It’s all good, right? Let’s just don’t get in each other’s way, right? Live…and let live?

That may be your philosophy. And, it might even work, if every person on the planet agrees with you and lives it out. But, tell me, what are the odds of that?

There must be a “standard.”

Who decides what that “standard” is? If you think you can set your own standard, then you are setting yourself up as your own “God.” Good luck with that!

So… what is truth?

Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah [instructions] is truth.

Psalm 119:142

Make them holy [set apart] in the truth. Your word is truth.

John 17:17

What “word?”

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being.
And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-3;14

I guess it all boils down to whether or not one wants to consider that there really is a Creator God of the Universe…He really did give His “Word” to His prophets, who wrote it all down thousands of years ago and we still have it today (the Hebrew Scriptures, erroneously referred to as the “Old” Testament)…He sent His Living Word in human form, as John 1:14 said two thousand years ago, and we still have written accounts of that.

No one is “forced” to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We are given free will. Take it, or leave it. He tells us what our life will be like if we believe and obey, and what our life will be like if we don’t. (Deuteronomy 28 & 29) Choose life, He said! (Deuteronomy 30:19)

The thing is…we have to humble ourselves! Ooooh! It’s hard to be humble! We have to admit that He is God and we are not! WE are not! HE sets the standard! We do not! And the standard is the Torah…His “instructions.”

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:15

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Quid Pro Quo?

I have been here for eighty years now…

LaVada, at 80

I have had a good life… lots of ups and downs…  Through it all, I have to say that I have had very few times, if any, that I felt defeated, or totally alone.  I have always somehow felt “connected”…  I can only believe it is my Creator…the God of the Bible…the God (YHVH) of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. He was always drawing me to Him…causing me to seek Him and His Truth…His Way…His Life.   I can’t think of a time when I did not believe in Him.

Granted, there have been many times when I was NOT seeking Him or His Way!  Just thinking about that saddens me and makes me ashamed of myself!  Makes me repent! —see Acts 3:19

I watched a documentary recently on a group of guys in show business referred to as “the Rat Pack,” Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Peter Lawford… five guys from out of the fifties and sixties responsible, at least in part, (along with the gambling underworld of Chicago and Las Vegas and the movie moguls of Hollywood, etc.,) for the downward spiral of our culture.

I see that now…  But, of course, at the tender age of ten, twelve, fifteen, seventeen, and yes, twenty (by 1960)… I didn’t have a clue.

Observing those “stars” now, I can see their pursuit of fleshly desires, materialism, fame, fortune, etc. The  Bible says, There is a way that seems right to a man,  it’s end is the way to death.  —Proverbs 14:12

I look back now and I can see.  

It is amazing how your vision improves through the lens of the Word of God.  

The Word of God instructs us in how to live our lives.  In fact, “instructions” is exactly what the Hebrew word, “Torah,” means!   

If we would only seek His Truth… His Way…   

Psalms 119:142 tells us His Torah is the truth!  Yeshua, Himself, tells us He is the Way, the Truth AND the Life!  —John 14:6.

Read Deuteronomy 6:17-18… Deuteronomy 30:15-20 … Matthew 5:17 and, also… John 3:36. Belief and obedience are synonymous.

Why is it that we just don’t want to follow the Creator’s instructions, we just don’t want to obey?  

He says clearly, If you will do this, I will do that!  

Hmmm….. this for that?  Sounds like quid pro quo!

See you next time!

LaVada

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New? Or, Renewed?

[Note: This was too good not to ‘capture’ & save! This is “KEY’ for every believer in Yeshua (Jesus) to understand!]

From Ken Rank, 9/14/19:

When God gave the covenant at Sinai, He called it everlasting (Psalm 105:8-10). Now, since God is everlasting (outside of time) then He would know whether or not something else is. And, He said the covenant was everlasting, so it is… whether or not that agrees with our theology. 

Jeremiah 31:31 says He will make a new covenant. The word for new is chadashah, it is a verb (chadash) that means, “to renew,” and it is being used as an adjective to describe the covenant (hence the slight form change). Literally, it is “covenant renewed.” That word is also the root for new as in “new moon.” We know it isn’t a different moon each month, it is the SAME moon renewing its cycles but we call it new, and translate it as new, because it introduces a new month. The word month comes from moon… and the moon, biblically, ushers in the “new moonth.” 🙂  But, again, it is the SAME moon just renewing it’s cycle. 

Now… if what I just said about chadashah and renew is correct, then Hebrews 8:8 HAS TO agree, and it DOES! The Greek word for ‘new’ there is kainos. That word means “new in regards to FRESHNESS” and there is another word, nehos, that means “new in regards to age.” So, a 1968 Mustang that you buy and restore and make look like new, is kainos. A 2020 Mustang is nehos. In Hebrew AND in Greek, “I will make a new covenant” is renewed. Again, whether or not that stands in harmony with our theology, the words mean what they mean and if we seek truth, then we have to just let them mean what they mean. 

Lastly… what has passed away isn’t the law, or the everlasting covenant… it is the law written on STONE. God is taking that which was on stone and writing it directly on our hearts. Same law, same God, different location for the text. So the old (stone) passes away, and is replaced by a heart of flesh (writing law on heart). Hence…

Ezekiel 11:19 I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. 

This is key…… God gave the law on stone and commanded it be kept on the heart by His people (Deuteronomy 6:6); Israel failed, and now He will be writing that law where His people couldn’t keep it on their own. Same words, same God, different location. The anomian church, the church that says the law of God has been done away with, is why this isn’t understood. We’re born into a bias that we don’t even know exists and thus, this just sails right over our heads when it should have been obvious.

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“Sons of Zion versus Sons of Greece: Volume One – Survival of The Hebrew Gospels & the Messianic Church”

I just heard from my friend, Dr. Miles Jones, that the first volume of his book is now out! I am taking this opportunity to let you all know about it immediately! Gene and I have read it and we were completely captivated! This should be “required reading” for every believer in Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah!

Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece…

Dr. Jones has uncovered the earliest Hebrew manuscript of the Gospels – and authenticated its first century origin! The initial translation of The Hebrew Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John – reveal a new depth of knowledge of our Hebrew Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Heretofore, everything we know about our Hebrew Messiah has come down to us through the Greek filter of a different language, culture, and thought. Sons of Zion reveals a secret power given to the Hebrews upon Mt. Sinai, and transferred in some degree to the Greeks. The subsequent history of the transmission of the Word has been the story of the war between the Sons of Zion vs Sons of Greece. The Hebrew Gospels were carefully preserved, and spread, by the original Messianic Church. Both The Hebrew Gospels and the Messianic Church were targeted for extinction by the Greco-Roman Church of Constantine.

This is the untold story of their survival!

Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece is now in publication – go to writingofgod.com — Click on “Buy the Book” page to order your copy!

Early reviews of – Sons of Zion vs Sons of Greece: Survival of The Hebrew Gospels and the Messianic Church…
“I purchased this book and left a five star review! I’m 2/3s of the way thru it and found it hard to put down. The review was tough to do as there is so much good info, it was hard to describe to the public. A great “Hebrew Roots Primer” or a “Messianic Church Foundational Basics.” Your book is truly many things covering cutting edge material for today’s Hebraic Messianic Church. I can not imagine the hours of research and effort you put into this book.
“I can say well done!
“I have but two questions. The first being how soon can I expect Vol II!? Tomorrow would be none too soon! The second question is when will the translation of the Hebrew Gospels be available for purchase? Your book should be on every true Christian’s bookshelf!
“Keep up the great work-please!”

[An enthusiastic reader.]

Here is his five-star review on Amazon…
“This book covers so much material it becomes an instant must have reference book. It is well researched and up to date with cutting edge revelation. The book does not present a denominational view point but instead is based on Biblical truths and facts. If you read the book with an open mind and no preconceived agenda (and please verify the material independently for yourselves) you are sure to learn much and develop a deeper appreciation for Yehovah and His Word. You will learn about such things as; the name of God, the location of the real Mount Sinai, the original Writings of God, the Hebrew Gospels, the real time line of history, dating methods, the Exodus, the Pharaoh of Egypt in Moses time (hint-its not who [you] think!), and many other relevant subjects. In fact the above material is found in the first chapter alone! The author, by the Grace of God, has produced a valuable work for believers and non believers alike in these end times and has revealed a rare commodity by today’s standards, THE TRUTH. Do not think that this book is a boring, dry, “Religious” dissertation- it is not. It is a fascinating read! Volume II, according to the author, is due out in 2020.”

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About the author…

WoG-2013

Dr. Miles Jones has earned three degrees in languages and linguistics, culminating in a doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1985. He is the author of The Writing of God, in which he translated ancient Hebrew inscriptions from Mount Sinai in Midian, in Arabia. Their story speaks of events straight from the pages of Exodus. These inscriptions provided physical proof of the location of the real Mount Sinai, and that the “writing of God” (Ex 32:16) was the original alphabet of letters! He is now translating The Hebrew Gospels of Catalan.

The new updated 2019 edition of The Writing of God is also available at:
writingofgod.com

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Ponder this…

…….what are we supposed to be doing until the appearance of the Messiah?
…….are we immortal right now, or do we become immortal at the resurrection? …..(at the “appearance” of our LORD, the Messiah.)
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Our friend, Dr. Miles Jones, to appear on “A Rood Awakening” for next 4 weeks!

Our personal friend, Dr. Miles Jones, historical linguist, author and expert in accelerated learning techniques,  will be the featured guest on A Rood Awakening television broadcast for the next four Friday evenings at 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time— beginning tonight!  We are forwarding his email below announcing each week’s segment for your information.

We originally met him when we hosted four appearances of Jim & Penny Caldwell here in our area a few years ago.  Jim and Penny discovered the real Mt. Sinai in Saudi Arabia and now travel the country presenting their photo and video evidence.  We  are fortunate that Dr. Jones lives just an hour away from us!  We enjoy having him speak at our home fellowship fairly frequently!  He is the author of The Writing of God and is currently working on his next book, Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece: Survival of the Hebrew Gospels.  
We hope you will tune in!  (If you have never watched Michael Rood’s Shabbat Night Live before, just know that it’s about 30 minutes before the guest arrives on the set.)  We don’t think you will be disappointed!  Please share with your pastor or congregation leader.

Here are some links to access the show:
A Rood Awakening online television broadcast
A Rood Awakening youtube channel:
Other television channel listings (Dish, DirecTV, AngelOne, TBN, Roku, & many more):
The Writing of God, book by Dr. Miles Jones
B’nai Emunah Institute for Accelerated Learning  (Dr. Jones’ website for homeschoolers and anyone interested in accelerated learning):
If you have any questions, please let us hear from you!
Blessings and shalom,
Gene and LaVada
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This month,  Shabbat Night Live will begin a new four-part series on the Hebrew Gospels bringing you the exciting discoveries of Dr. Miles Jones, the historical linguist who translated the inscriptions from the base of the real Mount Sinai in Midian, Arabia.  That evidence of the Exodus will be covered in one of the four broadcasts of Shabbat Night Live starting June 29, 2018.   In the first segment Dr. Miles Jones and Michael Rood will be making a challenge to all Messianic/Hebraic Roots congregants to participate.  Don’t miss it!
Friday June 29, 2018 – The Great Secret
Jews throughout history have risen to the highest levels of achievement in every field of endeavor.  The Great Secret of their success is spelled out in Scripture in the call from Sinai.  The good news is that this secret to success is meant for all believers regardless of race, rank, or riches!   Dr. Jones does not speak in vague generalities but outlines specifically how this great secret can transform the lives of you and your children.
For 30 years he has implemented this program now provided through the B’nai Emunah Institute for Accelerated Learning.  The results are authentic and phenomenal!  (go to jonesgeniuses.comfor more)
Click on the link below for an in-depth preview and tune in to Shabbat Night Live June 29, 2018.
Friday July 6, 2018 – Inscriptions from Sinai
Dr. Jones is an historical linguist who has devoted a lifetime of research to the early alphabet.   The inscriptions found at the base of Mount Sinai in Midian, Arabia are written in the oldest alphabetic script know to linguistic science, called Thamudic, referred to in Exodus 32:16 as “the writing of God.”  Dr. Jones translated these, mostly funerary, inscriptions.  They are written in ancient Hebrew and tell a story straight from the pages of Exodus.
The story of this discovery is related in his book The Writing of God.(more info at writingofgod.com).
Click on the link for more on the inscriptions from Sinai and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 6, 2018.
Friday July 13, 2018 – The Underground Church
The original Church was that of  Yeshua Ha Massiach, known in Greek as Jesus Christ, his Hebrew Apostles and his Hebrew followers.  For the crucial first decades the good news of the Savior spread throughout the world by virtue of these Apostles and their followers.  Eventually Gentile followers split off forming a Greek Church, and later the Roman Church whose language was Latin.  The Messianic Church was declared heretical and its congregants targeted for extinction.   Many were martyred over the centuries.  The Messianic Church went underground.  This is their untold and heretofore unknown story, the story of the Underground Church.
See the link below for the survival of the Messianic Church and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 13, 2018.
Friday July 20, 2018 – The Hebrew Gospels
All Christian denominations adhere to some form of Replacement Theology.  The chosen people are now the Christian Church and that mantle of election as well as all promises and blessings in the Bible belong to the Gentiles now, not the Messianics.  You can see how the original Gospel written in Hebrew would challenge that false claim to authority.  The Hebrew Gospels are the most targeted, for destruction, manuscript in human history.
It has long been declared that they did not survive.   They did!  Bound beneath another Hebrew manuscript they survived in the Vatican archives for 500 years before being discovered in 1956.  Dr. Jones is translating the Hebrew Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  He explains the fascinating story of the original Messianic Church they reveal in his upcoming book, Sons of Zion vs. Sons of Greece: Survival of the Hebrew Gospels.
Click below for more on the survival of the Hebrew Gospels and tune in to Shabbat Night Live July 20, 2018.
Please forward this to anyone you feel would be interested in The Great Secret and the Challenge to Messianic/Hebraic Roots homeschoolers, or in the startling new discoveries on the Hebrew Gospels presented by Michael Rood, Nehemia Gordon, and now Dr. Miles Jones.   Shabbat Night Live can be seen online at aroodawakening.tv at 7 pm CST on Fridays or on cable television on the Uplift channel and Sky Angel channel. These broadcasts will be available anytime afterwards on the Michael Rood TV channel of Youtube.com.
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Housekeeping!

We will be making some transitions in the communications realm of our Menorah Music Ministry.  We plan to decrease our presence on Facebook and increase our ministry blog presence!

If you are receiving this Newsletter Blog and would like to continue to receive our blogs in the future, you do not need to do anything.  However, if things have changed and you would like to be removed from our list, please reply with “UNSUBSCRIBE” on the subject line and we will quickly remove you.  It certainly is not our intent to plague your inbox with unwanted emails!  

We thank you for being our friend!

Blessings and shalom,

Gene and LaVada

MMIR

Menorah Music Internet Radio – MMIR

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO “GO BACK UNDER THE LAW?”

By Gene Triesch
I have been trying to get a grip on this for a long time and have been researching, especially since around 2008 or 2009. I am by no means a scholar. The more I learn, the more I come to know how much there is to learn. My initial questions have centered on why there seems to be a conflict between Paul’s teaching on the Law (Torah) and that of Jesus’ (Yeshua’s) words in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them.”
If we have one God and I think we can attest to that, then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are One. We are told God does not change (Malachi 3:6) and Jesus/Yeshua is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8.) I have questioned why would God have one set of instructions for Israel and another for Gentiles when Scripture clearly says,  You have one law, both for the stranger and the native of the land (Numbers 9:14).” This makes me think that maybe we don’t really understand what Paul is teaching.
Peter tells us in 2 Peter 3:15-17 that some things in Paul’s letters are hard to understand and that unstable people twist his writings. He is cautioning his readers not to be carried away with the error of lawless (Torahless) men.
Could it be that Paul is not talking about Torah but about all the laws that the Pharisees and Sadducees had been adding to the Law (Torah), consequently, making it a burden for the people? Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees, so he would certainly have been familiar with these “additional” laws. This would fit in and explain what Jesus meant in Matthew 23:2-3, “The scribes and Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.” It is my understanding that even today synagogues have what is called a “Moses’ seat” and rabbis, or whoever is called upon to sit there are only allowed to read the Torah verbatim. They are not allowed to add to or discuss it.
I do agree that believers need to be careful about falling into “legalism.” The Law was not meant to be our salvation! And there is no way we can earn a right standing with God. We are saved only and completely through faith by the Grace of God! LaVada and I do the best we can in keeping the Commandments out of our love for what Jesus/Yeshua did at the cross. He said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).  ” John also tells us in 1 John 2:3, “And by this we may be sure that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.”
We study and listen to many teachers comparing their teaching against the Scriptures and trusting that the Holy Spirit will guide us in what is true. We once heard a teaching that perhaps shed a new light on Romans 10:4.  “Christ is the end of the law.”  The teacher pointed out that the word “end” is a translation of the Greek word, “telos,” which according to Strong’s concordance means “end, aim or purpose.”  It comes from the root word “tello,” which means to set out for a definite point or goal.  In our football lingo, it would mean to cross the goal line to reach the end zone!  
Our aim or purpose should be to become like Yeshua who fulfilled the Law perfectly. Paul kept the Law, according to Acts 24:14. There may be variations in translations of Colossians 2:1-1, but mine, the RSV, says, “And you, who were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, having cancelled the bond that stood against us with its legal demands; this He set aside, nailing it to the cross.”  So, my understanding of this translation would be that it is our sins… the bond, or our debt, that stands against us….that is what was nailed to the cross! The Law (Torah) was not nailed to the cross, for without the Law there is no debt!
I am still working on gathering scripture and still trying to come to a greater understanding on all this. One of the teachers we listen to pointed out Isaiah, Chapter 42, which seems to be a prophetic word for the Church today, especially these verses… “Behold my servant [Yeshua], whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon Him, He will bring forth justice to the nations (Verse 1.) And, “He will not fail or be discouraged till He has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for His Law [Torah] (Verse 4).” And then, “Who among you will give ear to this, will attend and listen for the time to come?  Who gave up Jacob to the spoiler, and Israel to the robbers? Was it not the Lord, against whom we have sinned, in whose ways they would not walk, and whose Law they would not obey (Verse 23, 24)?”
LaVada and I believe we are living in “that time to come.” Perhaps this gives a little insight on where we are in our walk. We’re still looking to learn something new every day!
Blessings and shalom,
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The Blood

The "Kippah Twins"

The “Kippah Twins”

The Blood

Are you washed in the Blood? Oh, the Blood of Jesus! There is power, power, wonderworking power in the Blood of the Lamb!

Have you ever sung those songs? I have. More times than I can count.

Little did I know all those years ago, starting when I was about ten or twelve years old, that those words, I would later find out…many years later, were “festival terminology!” Do you know “festival terminology?” Well, neither did I, because the Festivals, i.e., the “Festivals of the LORD” [see Leviticus 23:1-4] were said to be “for the Jews.” Those were “Jewish Feasts!” Don’t concern yourself with those! Well, that is not the Truth!
Are you a Truth Seeker? I challenge you to take a few minutes and watch this pastor explain “festival terminology” in a way you may never have heard it explained before. This pastor (Gary Simons, Triumph Family) has laid it all on the line for the sake of Truth! Career…pensions…notoriety…mega church…you name it…he gave it all up for the sake of Truth! Are you willing to do the same? Am I?
It’s relatively easy for me… I am not a career preacher, I am not even a Bible teacher…what have I got to lose? Perhaps just a friend or two, or perhaps a family member here or there who thinks LaVada now “wants to be a Jew!” No, I don’t “want to be a Jew”…I am perfectly happy being a “grafted in” Gentile believer, who has “crossed over” and is now a member of the Commonwealth of Israel! [Ephesians 2:12-13]
Here it is..take a look!

Be blessed…
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Passover Week

In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating this most important “Feast of the LORD (YHVH)” — I just found this very informative chart produced by a wonderful ministry called, “Faith, Grace & Torah,” which I am re-blogging here.  It gives us a good ‘handle’ on understanding just how things happened in the last week in the life of our Savior, Yeshua (Jesus)!  Take a look…

 

Passover Week

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