Category Archives: Teaching
Examine it for yourself and let’s discuss. These are questions you should be asking yourself.
But He [Yeshua] answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that comes from the MOUTH of יהוה.’ ” ~ Matthew 4:4
Where do we find the WORD of God?
In the BEGINNING was the WORD, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. ~ John 1:1
What was in the beginning?
In the BEGINNING Elohim created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1
Why did God create these TWO things?
“At the MOUTH of TWO or three WITNESSES shall he that is to die be put to death. He is not put to DEATH by the mouth of one witness. ~ Deut 17:6
So what? Heaven and Earth are witnesses. To what?
“I have called the HEAVENS and the EARTH as WITNESSES today against you: I have set before you LIFE and DEATH, the BLESSING and the CURSE. Therefore you shall CHOOSE LIFE, so that you live, both you and your seed, to love יהוה your Elohim, to obey His VOICE, and to cling to Him – for **He** is your LIFE and the length of your days – to dwell in the land which יהוה swore to your fathers, to Aḇraham, to Yitsḥaq, and to Ya‛aqoḇ, to give them.” ~ Deut 30:19-20
Sunday actually made very little headway as a Christian day of rest until the time of Constantine in the fourth century. Constantine was emperor of Rome from AD 306 to 337. He was a sun worshiper during the first years of his reign. Later, he professed conversion to Christianity, but at heart remained a devotee of the sun. Edward Gibbon says, “The Sun was universally celebrated as the invincible guide and protector of Constantine.”
On the venerable Day of the sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits: because it often happens that another Day is not so suitable for grain sowing or for vine planting: lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost.
Chamber’s Encyclopedia says this:
Unquestionably the first law, either ecclesiastical or civil, by which the Sabbatical observance of that Day is known to have been ordained, is the edict of Constantine, 321 A.D.
Confusion & Clarity
Yeshua is the point of all of the Feasts. The Feasts are YHVH’s prophetic teaching appointments, rehearsals to teach us about Him and His redemptive and restorative purpose through His Son Yeshua. Yeshua did/does/will do, all of this work on the “appointed time” of the Feasts – they are YHVH’s “appointed times” that He says He will do His redemptive and restorative work. They are “shadow” pictures that teach us spiritual Truth, Col 2:17, Heb 8:5, 10:11. All caps are for emphasis only.
Moshe said, “Here is what YHVH says: ‘About midnight I will go out into Egypt, and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt will die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the slave-girl at the handmill, and all the firstborn of the livestock. There will be a horrendous wailing throughout all the land of Egypt — there has never been another like it, and there never will be again. ~ Exodus 11:4-7
This was to be the final plague against Pharaoh and Egypt – the death of the firstborn. YHVH gave His people, and any Egyptian who followed, instructions on how to survive this plague. A sign of their faith that He would pass over their homes.
If you’re living with someone without making the covenant vows, how do you think God sees that in relation to our Messiah and His supposed bride? I don’t think God approves of the common law marriage process for His son.
Ever wonder why it’s called the Ark of the Covenant? It’s because it contains a copy of the marriage vows in it.
We are the Bride and we are to be submissive to our Husband. In exchange, He has made a covenant of promise to provide for us.This is the Bible in it’s most simplistic form. It’s all about COVENANT.
As we all walk in the freedom that Yeshua/Jesus has blessed us with, many times we find that we tend to slip away from the promised blessings of the Holy Scriptures. Many Christians go to church every Sunday and Wednesday, are very active in their participation, and generally try to live their lives in a manner that is pleasing to YHVH. What I hear quite often though from these devoted followers of Yeshua/Jesus, is that even though they believe, and even though they love YHVH, and even though they do all the things that they are taught by the Pastors and Sunday School teachers, they still somehow feel a million miles apart from the relationship and intimacy that the Holy Scriptures promise for them that “believe”. I hear the same sermons over and over on the radio and from the pulpits, covering the same topic as we are here. The Pastors and Apologists are always seeming to have sermons on being patient, and telling believers to be faithful, even if they feel their prayers are not being answered, even if they are experiencing tribulations, even though they may feel as if God had forgotten them. When I hear these things it saddens me, because there truly is an easy fix to all these problems. If a believer is not experiencing the promised blessings we get in the scriptures, there is a reason, and it is NEVER that YHVH has forgotten about them. We have an issue here. Believers are truly trying to gain that intimate relationship, but the churches all seem as if they are shallow graves, a lot of praise and worship, but really and truthfully, they bring no real change in people’s lives.
For anyone who has been in this walk of T’shuva – returning to YHVH’s Word, it seems like a pretty simple question. However, while discussing our beliefs with family members and/or friends this is a common question that sometimes leaves me stunned. Then we must not forget everyone starts this walk by crawling. Baby steps. So, we’re introducing a “Back to Basics” series that will do just that; take us back to the basics for those who are new to Torah observance or are simply looking for answers – simple answers.