Beulah Land, Some Thoughts

Beulah Land, Some Thoughts

Written by Squire Parsons years ago, I have sung this song so many times, and even have it recorded on one of our albums (Set Free). But it wasn’t until we were in the process of “crossing over” and going into our Menorah Music Ministry, that the truth of Beulah Land was revealed to me! I am grateful for Pete’s blog entry here on this beautiful song… finally, somebody says it!

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The song keeps running through my head and is a beautiful lilting melody.

Beulah Land

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won’t matter anymore.

(Chorus)
Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
and some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

The lyrics need some mild adjustment, though.  Isaiah tells us exactly where Beulah Land is, and a rapturous flight is not necessary unless El Al is really that good.

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7 Scriptural Proofs For Two House (Theology), following up on Zac Bauer

I don’t think I’ve ever done this before…. “re-blog” a “re-blog!”   But, in this case, it seems warranted!  Our friend, Al McCarn, The Barking Fox, re-blogged Pete Rambo’s blog, Natsab,  regarding Zachary Bauer’s video, Seven Scriptural Proofs For Two House Theology… My reason for re-blogging them both is that I want to share what each of them had to say about this important topic!  We need to get this down, folks!  We need to get hold of this…it will help a great deal in understanding what is going on today!

So, here goes… please watch the video and read what Pete and Al have to say.

From The Barking Fox:

Last week I had the pleasure of being in a meeting with Frank Houtz, one of the most accomplished Bible scholars I have known. In that meeting, Frank noted that doctrines are often established on surprisingly few Bible passages – five or less, and some as few as two. These would be considered strong doctrinal positions even though their scriptural basis might be considered flimsy at best. Why, then, is the idea of Two Houses of Israel considered heretical and wacky?
As you will see in this post by my seminary-trained colleague Pete Rambo, there is far more scriptural evidence for the existence and prophetic significance of Israel’s Two Houses than there is for the pre-Tribulation rapture. Pete starts building his case by referring to a recent video from Zachary Bauer which in itself is a powerful presentation simply because he lets the Bible speak for itself. Watch, read, and ponder these things prayerfully.

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One of the large theological stumbling blocks in Hebrew roots and Messianic circles today is a doctrinal position termed ‘Two House theology.’  It is a topic I have covered on this blog before, but recent conversation has led me to understand that we need to go over it again.  I firmly believe that Scripture, and especially prophecy, cannot be rightly understood until one fully grasps and embraces the Two House position.  That is not to say one cannot be saved, but I do not believe one will understand what is happening and how prophecy is being fulfilled until they fully understand and embrace Two House.

Here is an opening video that will begin our discussion.  Please watch, then read on…

Zac begins with seven verses that clearly demonstrate that the idea of two houses, and the meaning of the phrase, is not only entirely Scriptural, but connected to multiple significant future prophecies and many doctrines.  What Zac didn’t mention, and he should have, is that in 1 Kings 12:24 God clearly says,

“this thing is from Me.”

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Christians Returning to the Jewish Roots of the Saturday Sabbath

Indulge me for just a moment here…

I remember on our first date… a date where –believe it or not– I brought along my daughter, Sandy, one of her girlfriends, my Aunt Lyn (my ‘other mother’), and Kyle, a friend of the Triesch family!  After going over to A Night in Old Fredericksburg, we came back and had a midnight snack of spaghetti sandwiches down on the patio by the river…the rest of the gang camped out, but Gene & I sat on the patio at the old wooden picnic table and talked all night long about our belief in God and what that looked like to each of us.

We both had come through studies that clearly indicated the Sabbath was on the 7th day of the week, NOT the first. It took us longer than we both prefer to admit to actually begin the practice of “keeping the Sabbath”… But, we have now “crossed over” and will never turn back.

I hope you will read the article below all the way to the end… this is a phenomenon that is making headlines in Israel!

We have met David Nekrutman…he spoke at the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church… We love to read Pete Rambo’s blog articles…and we listen to Hebrew Nation Radio out of Salem, Oregon!

Oh….and one more thing…we do NOT keep the 7th day Sabbath in order to acquire, hang onto, or preserve our salvation!  No one does, that we know of.  It is because we love Him that we keep His commandments! (John 14:15)

Blessings and shalom…

Christians Returning to the Jewish Roots of the Saturday Sabbath

“I am Hashem your God; walk in My statutes and keep Mine ordinances and do them; and hallow My Shabbatot and they shall be a sign between Me and you that ye may know that I am Hashem your God.” Ezekiel 20:19-20 (The Israel Bible™)

 

Illustrative: a cup of wine, candles and challah that typically adorn the Sabbath table. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

Illustrative: a cup of wine, candles and challah that typically adorn the Sabbath table. (Photo: Shutterstock.com)

More and more Christians are seeking their Hebrew roots and, as a result are changing their Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday. This one practice immediately sets them apart, pushing them into a no-man’s land in between Christianity and Judaism.  But they find the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.

Laura Densmore, production manager at Hebrew Nation radio, explained her journey away from a Sunday sabbath towards a practice resembling the Jewish. She changed her sabbath from Sunday to Saturday, but changed her practice as well. She described herself as a Hebrew roots believer to Breaking Israel News.

 

Laura Densmore (Photo: Courtesy)
Laura Densmore (Photo: Courtesy)

“We have crossed over and returned to the Hebrew roots of our faith,” Densmore explained, “And often, the very first step in that journey is to begin by keeping the Shabbat.”

“Keeping the Shabbat began with a change in identity.  I came OUT of the religious church system, where we did Sunday church for years and years. I knew that if I was going to be serious in my walk in following the God of Israel, that I needed to keep His commands as a sign of my love for Him.”

For Densmore, the benefits were obvious.

“It is a ‘little taste of heaven’,” Densmore said. “It’s a foreshadow of what it will be like when end of 6,000 years ends and day one of the final 1,000 years begins, when Moshiach (Messiah) will come and rule and reign for 1000 years.”

Pete Rambo is Operations Director of the B’ney Yosef movement and  an ordained, seminary-trained, Reformed Presbyterian minister. Rambo blogs about his Shabbat experience, which he says is a family journey. HIs family changed their observance to Saturday after his 16-year-old son researched the subject at length, leading to what he calls a “Hebraic perspective of Scripture”.

“Nine times Hashem (God) clearly articulates that the seventh day is the Shabbat,” Rambo explained to Breaking Israel News. “At no point, ever, does He even hint at a change. This is true even in the Apostolic writings (New Testament). Simply put, the day of the Sabbath never changed.”

Sunday church attendance is a communal event, and changing the day of his observance has cost Rambo dearly.

“Changing from Sunday worship to Shabbat cost me my job, many family relationships, many friends, but I would make the change all over again!” Rambo stated emphatically.

We encourage you to CLICK HERE to read the complete article…

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES… a book review by Pete Rambo

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Review

Review by Pete Rambo

For some weeks, I have had a new book laying on my nightstand, but time as not been available to read it until yesterday.  Gene Triesch’s Second Edition Truth or Consequences: Truth or ConsequencesThe Church in a Rearview Mirror is a terrific second book for the Truth seeker. (My best recommendation for first book is here.)  Available in paperback and for Kindle, I recommend this book as a solid general overview of the history of, and a brief articulate case for the future of, Israel.

Chapter six begins with a great summary paragraph for the whole book,

As I stated in the Foreword, the primary focus of this book is to emphasize the scriptural basis for Israel’s right to the land of Israel and to expose the error in the anti-Semitic teachings of the Church.  At the root of the divide between Jews and Christians is the Christian lack of understanding and practice of God’s Law, which has been handed down through the teachings and traditions of the Church.  Because of and across the divide, there is separation, which often results in enmity.  Much of the discord between Jews and Christians with regard to the Messiah is attributable to the Christian understanding of Paul’s writings and their inclination to minimize the importance of the Old Testament.

Besides considerable Scriptural quotes to make his case, Triesch offers many historical insights.  He cites from a broad number of sources within mainstrean Christianity as well as many contemporary Jewish, Messianic and Hebrew roots resources.  His case is well made in 200+ pages that could easily be expanded to thousands.

I especially enjoyed chapter nine, Modern Israel: The “Bully” of the Middle East?   Triesch does a fine job of introducing the complexity of the current Israeli situation and the ludicrous nature of world media’s claim that Israel is the problem.  He provides a thumbnail sketch of the last hundred years and how the unfolding of Arab oil influence has affected politics, media and ultimately negative public opinion of Israel, and opinion that is grossly undeserved and solidly anti-Biblical.

Of additional interest in the book are various ‘Personal Notes…’ and side bars with interesting additional information, stories and vignettes.

A personal, albeit minor, quibble in the book would be Triesch using Hebrews 8:13 in uncorrected format to make a point regarding the old and new covenant, stone v. heart.  I just know I have written about translator error in this verse, but cannot for the life of me find the post right now.  The fact is, the word ‘covenant’ does not appear in any Greek manuscript for this verse and as Triesch previous and correctly pointed out on the previous page, ‘the fault was with them,’ and I maintain as Triesch agrees that the subject of this section of Hebrews is the Priesthood, not the Covenant.  Maybe I need to add to my Lying Pen of the Scribes series to address this verse since I can’t find that post…  Hmmm.  Bottom-line, his point stands, but Hebrews 8:13 is not speaking about the covenant.

I do recommend this book to all, but especially those who need a solid retooling of errant Church tradition that minimizes the importance of Israel in present and future history and prophecy.  Order a copy for yourself and one to give away!!

Blessings. 

Click here to read complete review… AND, read the comments below where you will see the explanation of the Hebrews 8:13 point that Pete raised in his Review above.  It is a very valid point that Pete makes and the note in the comment section explains it very well!

Blessings & shalom to you all,

Gene & LaVada

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Truth? or… Consequences? Which will it be?

The following is an excerpt from TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Rearview Mirror (SECOND EDITION) and our comments.

“A true Messiah would never be one who changes God’s Law, i.e., one who rejects the Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD. To do so would disqualify Him as Messiah. The New Testament actually corroborates the fact that it was common practice for Yeshua and His followers to keep the Sabbath and the Feasts. Where did the Church get the idea to eliminate these practices?

“The issue of keeping the seventh day Sabbath and the Feasts of the LORD has been an indefensible breach of scripture for the protestant, who claims “Solo scriptura” or “scripture alone.” The Catholic Church does not hesitate to defend its authority for changing the Sabbath.

“For example:

Roman Catholic  

  • “Which is the Sabbath day? Saturday is the Sabbath day. Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday.” –Rev. Peter Geiermann,
    S.S.R., The Converts’ Catechism of Catholic Doctrine
  • “It is well to remind the Presbyterians, Baptists, Methodists, and all other Christians, that the bible does not support them anywhere in their observance of Sunday. Sunday is an institution of the Roman Catholic Church, and those who observe the day observe a commandment of the Catholic Church.” –Priest Brady, in an address reported in the Elizabeth, N J News, March 18, 1903
  • “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and… can be defended only on Catholic principles… From beginning to end of scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” –Catholic Press, August 25, 1900
  • “If Protestants would follow the bible, they would worship God on the Sabbath day. In keeping Sunday they are following a law of the Catholic Church.”— Albert Smith, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, replying for the Cardinal, in a letter dated February 10, 1920.

“There are many such sources that verify the ‘perceived’ authority that the Catholic Church claims to have for changing the Sabbath.”

–End of excerpt–

Here’s what we know…

  • God gave the Law (Torah)–His everlasting Covenant–to all twelve tribes of Israel on Mt. Sinai (not just the Jews, i.e., the tribe of Judah). (Exodus 19:3)   [Point cursor over scripture ref. to read.]
  • To be obeyed “forever.” (Exodus 19:9, 31:16-17 & many other places)

“Therefore the people of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, observing the Sabbath throughout their generations, as a covenant forever. It is a sign forever between me and the people of Israel that in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.”

There is a very good article by Pete Rambo on “forever.”  You can access it here.  I highly recommend it!

  • The Sabbath Day we are commanded to “remember,” and keep it “holy” (set apart), resting from our daily work. (Exodus 20:8-11)
  • He said “do not add to or take away.” 

“Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.”  (Deuteronomy 12:32)

Gentiles who believe in Jesus/Yeshua are “grafted in” to the “olive tree”—Israel—(Romans 11); also called the “commonwealth of Israel” (Ephesians 2)

  • According to Paul, “unbelieving” Jews are seen as branches that have been cut off, but are “grafted back in” when they believe in Yeshua as their Messiah.
  • Jesus didn’t think too highly of those who added to His Commandments to establish their traditions….Here’s what he had to say:

“And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”  And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!  (Mark 7:6-9)

Bottom line… the Commandments were given to Moses by the Living Word of God, Yeshua/Jesus for “forever!”  There are blessings attached when obeyed, and there are curses attached when disobeyed.  Read Deuteronomy 28 & 29. We are instructed not to add to or change in any way.

Until next time, remember…

The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.  (Romans 11:29)

Shalom,

LaVada

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Newsletter Update – January 2016 – Gene & LaVada

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Been thinking again…

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Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re my dad…

You have brought me up to do my chores and do my homework; you’ve brought me up to respect you and my mother and my grandparents…I know how to say yes ma’am and no sir…please, and thank you, etc.  You’ve been there to help me with my homework… I love you soooo much, I only want to please you…I want you to be proud of me …I know you love me and I want to show you that I love you, too!

So, I work hard at making good grades in school, doing my chores around the house, etc.  But, then as I get out into the world of all my friends, I begin to take on characteristics of some of the ones I hang out with…

I decide that I don’t really like cleaning my room and taking out the trash, helping with the dishes, etc.  So, I stop doing those things….instead I hang out with my friends and do what they do.   I don’t honor your wishes anymore…I don’t honor the rules of the household… In fact, I don’t honor you at all.

How does that make you feel?  Do you feel like maybe your child does not really love you anymore??

That is exactly what “the church” has done to Our Father in Heaven…  Our Creator loved us so much that He sent His only begotten Son, the Word, (the Way, the Truth and the Life) so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Jesus (Yeshua) was the Word (John 1:1), “in the beginning.”  He brought everything into existence (John 1:3)… was the One who provided the ram in the thicket for Abraham (Genesis 22:13)… He was the One who wrestled with Jacob (Genesis 32:24-31)… He was the Voice that Moses heard in the burning bush (Exodus 3:2)…

And on top of Mt. Sinai, He laid out all His Feast Days …His “Appointed Times,” he called them, (Exodus 34:18-26 & Leviticus 23) for all the tribes of Israel…they were all at the foot of Mt. Sinai that day.  ALL the tribes of Israel…(only one of them was the tribe of Judah…Jewish).  The Feasts/Holy Days are NOT just Jewish festivals.  The Sabbath Day is NOT just for the Jews…it was given at the first week of Creation (Genesis 2:3).  Then, after the Exodus, in that list of ten instructions…the “outline” for all the rest of His ‘instructions for living,’ He said to “remember” the Sabbath Day (Exodus 20:8-11)…it was to be a sign of the Covenant for ALL generations.

Jesus said he was sent ‘only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel’ (Matthew 15:24).  He instructed his disciples NOT to go to the gentiles, but go only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matthew 10:5-6).  His main thing was, and still is, to bring the House of Israel together with the House of Judah! One Kingdom, at last (Ezekiel 37:15-22)!  The Kingdom that He, Himself, rules from Jerusalem for a thousand years!

Regarding that day when the church “no longer endures sound doctrine” and turns away from the truth (2 Timothy 4:3)… well, that day has already come.  It happened around 325 A.D., when they turned away from the Biblical root of Yeshua… and changed God’s Sabbath Day to the “venerable Day of the Sun” (See the Edict of Constantine written in 321 AD and also the Council of Laodicea, 365 AD).   They maintained their celebration of Ishtar, a fertility goddess, and celebrated the day of the Resurrection of Jesus, calling it “Easter,” after that goddess!   They kept right on worshiping the Sun god on December 25 and called it Jesus’ birthday! (Look up the history of Christmas and Easter.)

We need to go back to “The Way” that the first believers in Jesus (Yeshua, in Hebrew) lived…we need to imitate Paul (1 Corinthians 4:16)… because he imitated Jesus!!   Paul kept the Sabbath; he celebrated the Feasts of the LORD (1 Corinthians 5:8); he never said you had to become a Jew to be saved, or that you had to keep the commandments to be saved… but he never said that you should not keep the commandments, the Torah!  (See Matthew 15:1-9; 16:12; Mark 7:5-13)  When Paul outlined the four main things that gentiles, upon their conversion, needed to adhere to, he went on to say that they would get the rest of the teachings in the synagogue on Shabbat (the Sabbath)!!! (Acts 15:19-21)

Jesus said to listen to the one who “sits in Moses’ seat” and do what he says.  But, DON’T DO WHAT HE DOES, because he does not practice what he preaches!  (Matthew 23:2-3)  The one who “sits in Moses’ seat” is reading from the Torah only, not preaching or giving a commentary, just reading exactly what it says in the first five books of the bible.  This, to me, sounds like an endorsement from Jesus of the Torah!  It was the “Oral Law,” the Traditions of the Elders that Paul was against, and that was true for Jesus, too.  (Mark 7:10-13)  After all, Jesus did say that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it!  (Matthew 5:17-20)

Jesus said, “if you love me you will keep my commandments (John 14:15).”  and, “If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in His love (John 15:10).”
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.  (1 John 5:2-3)

The keeping of the Law (Torah) is NOT for salvation…we keep the Torah because we LOVE OUR FATHER!  We want to show Him how much we love Him…we want Him to be pleased with us!

This same Father, our Father, said of David that he was a man after God’s own heart.  David wrote 176 verses in one psalm about how much he loves the Law… the Torah!!  Read Psalm 119…it is an astounding endorsement of the Word of God, the Torah, the “Law”.  It is segregated into 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  In many places in the “Old Testament”, the “Law” or “Torah” is called “the way,” the “truth,” “life,” “liberty,” “light,” ….sound familiar?  Amazing, isn’t it?

If you would like to know more, please check out our website.  We also recommend 119 Ministries for extremely valuable teaching of biblical truth!

Blessings and shalom,

LaVada

 

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A Hard Subject…

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Re-posted from December 9, 2013 by LaVada

Hard, because it seems like, at least to some, that I am being totally ‘anti-Christian’ when I try to explain that we don’t celebrate Christmas anymore!  But, quite the contrary, it is our goal to be like those first believers in the first century “church!”  I know many who are my friends and family on Facebook think that I am a Bible fanatic!  But, please, just indulge me one more time… and please think about this…

In many churches today, Christians hold up their Bibles, the Holy Scriptures, and proclaim that it is the TRUTH, and indeed, it is (Psalm 119:142); and, they say that they believe EVERYTHING that it says! (Exodus 19:8)  They proclaim Jesus/Yeshua is THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER! (Hebrews 13:8)  

There is a scripture verse where Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17) But somehow, from that verse, we assert that Our Savior did not mean what He said here, and that He did, in fact, abolish at least the Laws that have to do with eating or not eating certain clean and unclean animals, and, possibly, the observing of the “Feasts of the LORD,” (Leviticus 23) and, the seventh day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11), of which He also proclaimed that “He” is the LORD! (Matthew 12:8; Mark 2:23; Luke 6:5)

It’s interesting that the only commandment that begins with the word, “remember” is the commandment that we have, uh… “forgotten!”

Why do we not question what we say we believe?  Why do we not compare what we say we believe to what is actually taught in the Bible?

Most people, when they first become Christians, are told to read the Book of John.   From that, we learn that He is “the Word,” from the beginning. (John 1:1) So, He had to have been the Word who spoke to Moses in the burning bush, and gave Moses the Torah on Mt. Sinai.   We know, from this Book of John, that He, Jesus/Yeshua, said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)

We also know from this same Apostle John…

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3)

So, what “commandments” are we talking about here?  

Jesus… “as was His custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.” (Luke 4:16)   What did He read?  He read from what is called the “Torah Portions,” a group of scriptures read weekly on a schedule.  We know this from the passage in Luke 4 when Jesus gets up to read from the Torah scroll.  He read the exact scripture that was on the schedule for that week that had been set up by the rabbis during the Babylonian exile and is still being read in synagogues today.

In Matthew 23, we find, “Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples, “The scribes and the 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.”  (Matthew 23:1-3)  

In other words, when they sit in Moses’ seat, they are reading from Moses…so, do what they tell you!  For it is good to follow the Commandments written down by Moses, but don’t do what the Pharisees do, because they don’t practice what they preach!  It is obvious from this scripture that Jesus/Yeshua was teaching from the Torah.  

So, the “commandments” Jesus was referring to in John 14:15 are, no doubt, the same commandments He gave to Moses… the same ones that all His disciples and Paul kept.

Now, — if you’re still reading — back to my original subject matter…

The “Christ Mass” is not a biblical mandate.   In fact, Christmas is not in the Bible…. any check of history for December 25 will tell you that this was the birth date of the sun god, Mithra, and Constantine knew that in order to control the people, he needed to bring about a unification of the sun god worshipers and the “Christian” worshipers… political expediency.   Aurelian (a predecessor to Constantine) was emperor of Rome about 270-275 A.D. and he declared December 25 the official birthday of Mithra, which was to be celebrated by all citizens.  

In contrast, it is very likely that Jesus/Yeshua was conceived during Hanukkah, and born
nine months later on the first night of the Feast of Tabernacles.  This timing is revealed through scripture regarding Zacharias, and the timing of his temple service.  Zacharias was the husband of Elizabeth and father of John the Baptist.   You can see the details of this study at:  http://www.herealittletherealittle.net/index.cfm?page_name=Jesus-Birthday

You can find the Messiah in all the Feasts of the LORD.  He fulfilled, in His First Coming, the first four “Feasts of the LORD,” given to the followers of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, i.e., Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Shavuot (Pentecost), and He will, in His Second Coming, fulfill the last three, i.e., Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Feast of Tabernacles!  

You can also find instructions from Our Creator, in His Word, to not worship Him in the same way that the heathens worship their false idols. (Deuteronomy 12:1-5)

Simply put, we have decided to follow Jesus/Yeshua!  And, He kept the Sabbath, the Feasts of the LORD, and all the instructions of the Book of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings and taught all His followers to do the same.

No, we do not think or believe that we “have arrived” at all knowledge! But He has told us, in His Word, if you seek me with all of your heart, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13) ….so, that is what we seek to do!

It is an exciting and fun-filled journey!  We have many resources; if you have any questions or would like to know a little more about this, please contact us!

Blessings and Shalom,

LaVada

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TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Rearview Mirror

Excerpt – Second Edition of TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES: The Church in a Rearview Mirror

“God revealed through the prophet, Isaiah, that He would accomplish His purpose. “I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My council shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’…(Isaiah 46:9-10).”  God allows man free will but also allows man to reap the consequences of his word, action and disobedience. Every incident of God’s wrath recorded in the Bible is the result of sin and man choosing his own path and reaping the consequences. These same principles are true today.the_content()  Israel had been warned prior to their establishment as a nation of the consequences of spurning God’s laws.   Consequences, as described in Deuteronomy 28:

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“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law which are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, The LORD [YHVH] your God, then the LORD will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. And He will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cleave to you. Every sickness also, and every affliction which is not recorded in the book of this law, the LORD will bring upon you until you are destroyed.”

“See also Deuteronomy 29, and Leviticus 26.

“These are some pretty serious consequences! The United States Government and the Supreme Court has been and is increasingly in a state of rebellion against God’s word, i.e., removing prayer and the Bible from schools, Roe v. Wade, and the recent ruling on same-sex marriage. And much of the Church is complacent, or worse, complicit. Could the curses described in this scripture, and perhaps something even worse, be in store for the Church and society in the U.S., as well? Without repentance, it is very probable.”

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“RESTORING GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE”

I just have to share this….  I know that most think that I dwell on “bible, religion,” or “things spiritual” way too much for their taste.  But I have come to the ‘place’ in my life where, if I believe the Bible is true (and I do), if I believe that God is, indeed, the Creator of the Universe (and I believe He is), and “He is the same yesterday, today,  & forever,” then… I simply MUST place all that at the top of my priorities.  Gene and I began several years ago taking the Bible for what it plainly says….and we found out that it does NOT contradict itself…that Jesus (Yeshua) and His disciples were not schizophrenic! Including Paul!  What they said and taught in the “new” testament was the same thing that was taught in the “old” testament! Nothing was ‘done away with’ or ‘abolished!’

So, here is an excerpt from an article by Dr. Karl D. Coke, Ph.D., in Restore! magazine.  Have you ever thought about ‘what is God’s will for your life?

“RESTORING GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE

Are Believers Missing God’s Will for Their Lives Today?”

by Karl D. Coke, Ph.D.

“What is God’s eternal purpose for believers?  God’s eternal purpose for believers has always been for them to walk with Him in a “God-pleasing” lifestyle (Micah 6:8).  God’s Word gives all believers clear instruction on how to walk out that lifestyle.  However, the lack of knowledge concerning the word commandments causes most believers to set aside the idea of following God’s instructions and rely completely on God’s grace.

“Many Western believers naively call God’s instructions commandments.  Why?  The word commandments appears in English Bibles.  However, the English word commandments is a fourth generation translation of the original Hebrew word Torah.  The Hebrew root word for Torah means “to instruct.”  Yet, it remains translated commandments in English Bibles.  As the result, the very word commandments remains a negative, bondage-laden word among English-speaking believers who are told repeatedly, “You are freed from the Law.”  

Commandment is not a direct or an accurate translation of TorahTorah was firstly translated nomos in the Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Bible.  Secondly, the Latin Vulgate version of the Greek Septuagint Bible translated nomos as  lex.  Thirdly, English translators, using the Latin Vulgate word lex chose the law.  This progression changed the original meaning of instruction to law.  So, today’s Believers avoid being put under the law–they are now allegedly freed to disobey God’s instructions due to God’s grace.

“Since the English word law is the only word known by English-speaking believers, they learn to walk comfortably with God in disobedience.  Walking with God in disobedience is done out of ignorance not deliberately.  When asked about disobeying God’s commandments, most explain their carnality by saying, “We are not under the Law, we are under grace.”  Sadly, this phrase is learned and then reinforced from pulpits.

[Excuse me….did you see that?  He said, “they learn to walk comfortably in disobedience.”  !!  “Disobedience“… we are ‘comfortable’ in our disobedience!!  Yes, we have been taught that we “don’t have to obey the Law because Jesus did it for us!”  That is a lie and we have bought it hook, line and sinker!  Now, I AM NOT saying that we must obey the “Law” for our Salvation!!!  Not at all!  BUT, it is the fruit of our salvation…we obey our Father BECAUSE WE LOVE HIM!]

“All believers are saved by grace through faith by the complete work of Jesus Christ.  No exceptions.  However, walking with God following one’s salvation is a completely different matter.  Once saved, how then shall we live?  While God continues to be gracious to all who believe, far too many rely upon His grace to hide their disobedience.  Remember, God’s Word gives all believers clear instructions on how to walk with God following their salvation.  If God’s own Word does not teach believers how to walk with Him, what other book does?

“Believers will always disobey God’s instructions following their salvation (Romans 7).  This is inevitable.  The solution to this inevitability is to not hide disobedience under God’s grace.  Rather each believer must determine to make it their goal to please Him (2 Corinthians 5:9).  This is not optional.  Once pleasing God is fixed as life’s goal, believers are then obliged to find out what pleases the LORD (Ephesians 5:10).  Finding out what pleases God according to John is to “…obey his commands and do what pleases him…”  (1 John 3:22).  In short, obeying His instructions pleases God.”

 This excerpt is used with permission by Dr. John Garr, of Restore! Magazine, Reformation Issue.  To order your copy, visit:  www.HebraicCommunity.org

Thank you for reading this blog entry!  I may continue more of these excerpts soon!

Blessings and shalom,

LaVada

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