TORAH- THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD WORD IN SCRIPTURE

TORAH and the translation of the word Torah are greatly misunderstood by Christians.  The word “Torah” appears over two hundred times in the Hebrew Scriptures.  The Greek word for Torah, “Nomos”,  is actually used in excess of two hundred times in the new writings, or New Testament.  Nomos is the word that was used by the translators of the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew word “Torah” into Greek.  The Christian translators nearly always translate both Torah and Nomos as “Law”, even though that is not the meaning for either the Hebrew or the Greek. 

Torah means teaching or instruction, NOT law.  Please make a conscious effort to erase what you have heard about “LAW” in biblical teachings.  The first five books of the Bible are referred to as “Torah” although sometimes the word is loosely applied to all Scripture.  The emphasis on the teachings from Genesis through Deuteronomy are to instruct us to live the kind of  life that the Father wants us to live.  They are His instructions that let Him know we are willing and obedient.

Paul admonished in 1 Corinthians that believers should bring their differences before the Sanhedrin instead of the judicial system of the heathens.  Each synagogue and local Sanhedrin were made up of elders who were well versed in the Torah and that was the only tool they used for resolution of wrongs and differences among the community.  In other words, “What does YHVH have to say about this?”  Then every legal decision was guided by what was found in Torah.  We have not understood that most of the instructions in Torah deal with personal relationships.  This use of Torah for legal decisions is most likely where Torah began to be referred to as LAW by those who were unaware of the fundamental differences between Torah and law.  However, understanding those differences are crucial to understanding New Testament truth.  This is a whole different context from the mind sets we have acquired from Christian teachings.

Remember, Torah means teaching or instruction, so substitute the word “Torah” for law when reading your Bible.  This will help you gain the needed perspective to walk in obedience to the Father.

YESHUA FULFILLED PASSOVER

HOW DID YESHUA (JESUS) FULFILL THE PASSOVER?

We know that all the feasts commanded of YHVH are dress rehearsals.  Passover was observed in remembrance of the past and in preparation of the future.  Once Yeshua came, it gave us all the more reason to celebrate but also to know God is faithful to fulfill His promises outlined in these dress rehearsals.

Many years after the Passover in Egypt, Yohannan ben Zechariah (John the Baptist) pointed to Yeshua and proclaimed, “THIS IS THE LAMB OF GOD!”

LET’S LAY THIS OUT STEP BY STEP: 

  1. The sacrificial lamb was a yearling.  Yeshua’s ministry lasted for one year.
  2. On the 10thof Aviv (10th day of first month of the years) the priest would go to Bethany to get the Passover lamb.  The lamb was lead back into the city through the streets with thousands singing the Hallel. (Psalms 133-118) They would wave palm branches as the lamb came past them.  Yeshua rode from Bethany.  On the 10th of Aviv, Yeshua rode from Bethany through Jerusalem as the people sang, praised YHVH and waved palm branches.  He was on a donkey, which also fulfilled the prophecy of Zechariah 9:9.
  3. The lamb that was to be slain by the high priest was led into the temple and put on prominent display for 4 days, as it was inspected for fault or blemish.  Likewise, Yeshua went on public display when he entered the temple.  The Leaders questioned Him with their hardest questions for 4 days.  He showed Himself to be without spot or blemish.  He fulfilled Exodus 12:5.
  4. On the 14thof Aviv, at 9:00 am, the high priest took the lamb and ascended the altar to tie the lamb in place.  At that same time on that same day, Yeshua was tied to the execution stake on Mount Moriah.  Mount Moriah, where Abraham proclaimed all those years before in Genesis 22 that YHVH HIMSELF would provide the Lamb.
  5. At the time of the evening sacrifice for Passover, which is 3 pm, the high priest ascended the altar, cut the throat of the lamb with a knife and said the words, “IT IS FINISHED!”These are the exact words said by Yeshua at exactly 3 pm when He gave up His spirit and died as the perfect, blameless, sinless sacrifice for you and me.
  6. The Passover lamb was then roasted before sundown.  It was roasted on an upright pomegranate stick with a cross piece to hold the lamb open.  The intestines were wrapped around the head of the lamb in a crown-like fashion.  This lamb was referred to as the “crowned sacrifice.”
  7. (Matt 27:50-53)  And Yeshua cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up His spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  The tombs were opened.  And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were coming out of the tombs. After His resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.   We don’t have any other information from Scripture about this event.  But!  When Yeshua presented Himself in the heavenly tabernacle, He also presented those who came out of their graves.  It was His duty as Our HIGH PRIEST to present the First Fruits.
  8. At the very moment the Temple High Priest waved the sheaf of the First Fruits before the Lord, OUR HIGH PRIEST, Yeshua, presented His sheaf of first fruits, HIS BLOOD, as the perfect blood sacrifice.  He fulfilled the Feast of First Fruits perfectly also. (1 Cor 15:20)-23)

Just another thought to consider…  When Yeshua presented those from the graves, could this explain the 24 elders Yohannan saw in the book of revelation?

 

WHY DOES GOD HATE DECEMBER 25?

Do you hunger and thirst for the truth in God’s Word?  Is it of utmost importance to you to worship Him as He instructs us? When we are ignorant of His instructions it is easy to follow the ways of Babylon. If this sounds foreign to you, we are instructed in Revelation to come out of Babylon. The traditions of men are often in opposition to God’s word. Not all traditions are improper, but celebrating the birth of our King on December 25th is!

Why? Most Christians are fully aware Yeshua  (you may know Him by His nickname Jesus) most likely was not born on December 25 but believe if that is what is in their heart,  it’s ok to pick that day. Most people don’t realize the significance of Dec 25th. Do you? In the pagan world, sun god worship rituals took place on winter solstice,  or December 25. The Babylonian sun god  Tammuz was born on that day, so it was already an active day when Yeshua was born. Babies were sacrificed in the Tammuz cave in Israel and under evergreen tree groves during winter solstice. The first born were burnt alive. The creator of the universe would never have chosen such a day for the birth of His Son. Yeshua was born in the fall and, actually, with NASA technology to  look up the sign/star of His birth we can accurately pinpoint that great day to September 26, 3 BCE. That date has more significance, but that can be for a later discussion.

The question remains, why does God hate December 25? Because he admonishes us not to learn the ways of the pagans. He calls mixing the profane with holy an abomination.  (Deuteronomy 12:29-32, 18:9 and 2 Corinthians 6:14-16) Jeremiah 10:4 mentions cutting down evergreen trees , bringing them in the house and decorating them with gold and silver balls as being an abomination. He doesn’t care one bit what your family traditions are.

Jeremiah 10:9 prophesies that in the last days we will cry out knowing we have inherited lies from our fathers. Listen! The traditions of men cannot take precedence over God’s instructions. Coming out of the Babylonian system we inherited is not easy. It is, however, necessary if your heart is really in pleasing God. Don’t continue teaching your children lies when you now have been told the truth. YOU are responsible for it. Eternity is a long time. Choose this day whom you will serve. He puts before you blessings and curses, life and death. Choose life!

Please don’t take our word. Holy Scripture is for your instruction and there is a wealth of information on the internet.  Look it up and ask Holy Spirit to guide you in all Truth.

Have you set out your invite to evil spirits yet?

I am on my yearly rant about the evils of halloween. I don’t post views that conflict from the majority of well-meaning folks for any reason other than concern. I am always hoping for one seed planted, one lost sheep recovered. The truth is, so much of what we do as a matter of routine traditions are steeped in evil. Many good people have evil and pagan practices deeply rooted from childhood—things presented as harmless fun but are not. No matter your intent you can’t make something good out of an evil foundation. It doesn’t matter in the spirit realm. Halloween! The more ghoulish and creatively demonic you can be the better, Right? Outdo your neighbors’ decorations! Dress your kids up to “trick or treat.”
When I have the opportunity to talk to someone on a one-to-one basis, I hear how parents don’t want to take away their kids fun. Really? Let’s put this in perspective…..
Pagan religions believed Oct 31 was a day spirits left the grave looking for a home to reside in. The superstitions for thwarting these spirits were dressing up in scary costumes and treating to avoid tricks of these spirits. Pumpkin faces were carved and lit to keep the spirits away from the doorways of homes. Bonfires were lit for human and animal sacrifices. Witches and satan worshippers use this day as their celebratory day. Can’t buy a black cat from the pound around halloween.
Deuteronomy 18:9 specifically states we are to have nothing to do with the occult. God only instructs us to stay away from things that He, in His infinite wisdom, knows is harmful to His children.
Like attracts like. In other words, you set out an invitation to the evil side of the spirit world to take up residence at your house when you put out evil replicas. You are literally calling evil in, and then wondering why your children don’t sleep well and act out, you wonder why pornography has a hold on your spouse, and why you are depressed all the time. Folks, these are not the fruits of God’s spirit but they are fruits of satan’s spirit.
Not only that, if you say you love God, why do you go around looking and acting like the enemy? Who do you really serve?

CAN YOU COUNT TO THREE?

 

I have, since I was old enough to count and reason, wondered how Jesus could claim He would be in the grave 3 days and 3 nights and we give His crucifixion, burial and resurrection a day and a half and 2 nights, at the most? (Matthew 12:40Friday at 3 pm until Sunday morning does not equal 3 days and nights-yet all Christian churches celebrate this as if it were gospel.

I read a story as a child called “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”  In this story, a deceitful tailor made the emperor some pretend clothes.  He convinced the emperor he was actually wearing clothing when he had none on.  The emperor, in turn, asked everyone who worked for him how they liked his new wardrobe.  No one had the courage to suggest he might be naked, instead of finely attired.  Finally, one person had the audacity to tell him he had no clothes on.  Everyone else was very relieved to have the truth come out.  I suspect that was a difficult charade to keep up.  I find the Friday to Sunday story of our Savior’s crucifixion just as crazy.

The real truth is in the Bible.  Jesus was the Passover Lamb/Sacrifice for our sins.  Those aren’t just words.  The “Last Supper” Jesus partook of with His disciples was Passover.  The day after Passover is a high Sabbath-the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  The Jewish leaders did not want His body hanging there the next day after the crucifixion because it was a “Sabbath.”  (John 19:31) Most assume this meant a Saturday, but it was the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  There were two separate Sabbaths that week-the Feast Sabbath and the regular Sabbath on the 7th day of the week.

The Bible is also unclear, if you really look, on when Jesus actually rose from the grave.  The tomb was empty on the first day of the week (Sunday).  No one saw him rise.  The Bible only clearly states He would be in the grave a full three days and three nights.  The Bible tells us his death occurred at 3 pm.  To achieve a full 72 hours from a 3 pm death, He most likely was crucified on Wednesday and rose on Saturday (3 pm perhaps?).

Passover is the true holiday God gave us to celebrate.  It is one of His feast days, and is rich with the foretelling promise of our Messiah.  He never took back that commandment and Easter is nowhere to be found in the Bible. *  Easter is a pagan holiday based on the spring equinox.  It doesn’t matter that the Christian churches decided to paste Jesus in there. Some churches now say “Resurrection Day” and still have an easter egg hunt.  The Bible is full of stories of people mixing God and His commandments with pagan tradition.  It doesn’t really even matter how good your intentions are, it is still mixing the Holy with the profane.  (Ez 44:23).  The Easter bunny laying eggs has no place in the Holy day commemorating the greatest Gift ever given to Humanity.

I spent many years celebrating easter and hiding easter eggs.  I am so grateful that God has shown me the Truth.  If you have doubts about what you have just read, I encourage you to start your own spiritual journey.  Don’t take a journey based on what you have been told.  Ask our Lord to open your eyes to read the truth in His word, as if you were reading it for the very first time.  You will be amazed!

Please note:  Older versions of the King James Bible mistakenly had one reference to “Easter” in Acts 12:4 that should have been translated “Passover” since it was the word “Pesach” .  It is my understanding it has been corrected

UNDER THE SAFETY OF GOD’S LAWS

Warning!  I am about to jump on a soap box against the lies of Bayer, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, etc.   I am going to do my best not to rant, because I have a different opinion to share-a voice that needs to be heard.  Most who are reading this have most likely already formed an opinion about GMO food, vegetable seed that is herbicide resistant, and things like corn that produces its own pesticide.  Big business, especially Monsanto, would love you to believe this has no ill effect on your body.  Maybe you believe that, or maybe you simply don’t care.  A lot of terrible things have happened in our world because we choose to be apathetic.  There are so many dangers to everything I mentioned, that I would scarcely know how to begin to tell you all of them; from our personal health to the risk of a world-wide famine.  One of the most disheartening days for me was the day I read a full-page ad touting the benefits of GMO seed in my trusted local farmer’s cooperative publication.  As ranchers, my husband and I have taken a stand against feeding GMO-based feed to our livestock.  We choose vegetable seeds and fruit trees that are old stock and heirloom.  Meaning, it has the ability to correctly reproduce itself from the seeds of the fruit or vegetable.  We consume what we raise, and sell lamb, pork and eggs.  At this point, I make a trip into Kentucky from time to time and bring back as much feed as I can haul.  Why?  Because it is impossible to find non-GMO certified feed anywhere close to us.

You ask, what do genetically modified organisms have to do with God?  Absolutely everything!  You see, God has a very prescriptive way of life for us, his children, that is designed to keep us healthy well into old age.  Before I get into scripture, I have a question to propose… If God made (and we know He did) tomatoes, corn, soybeans, and every other edible plant-what makes human beings think they can modify it and make it better without there being serious consequences?  Haven’t there always been serious consequences for playing God?

God specifically tells us in two different places (Leviticus 19:19 and Deuteronomy 22:9-11) not to mix two different kinds of seed. The phrase “two kinds” is from “kilayim” meaning two things of different kinds.  In other words, this does not mean a golden delicious apple and a cameo apple.  It means an apple and an orange; which is exactly what genetic modification is.  There is actually animal DNA in some fruits and vegetables now.  God warns that the increase of such will be defiled.  It is no wonder that food allergies, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and other grave illnesses are on the rise.  Our food is raised to be stable for shipping instead of nutrient dense.  I would urge you to read those passages in the Bible, and read up on some supporting evidence against the chemical companies who are now in charge of producing our food.  There is a very good documentary on Netflix called GMO-OMG.

What can you do for the health and safety of your family?  First, follow God’s rules and God’s commandments.  Believe Him above anything man says.  Stand up for the sake of your health and your family’s health.  Try to buy locally-grown food, but be sure and ask about the GMO status of the farm.  Not all home-grown is created equal.  Pay attention to when these big chemical giants are lobbying their agendas.  A good and upcoming one is a Monsanto/Bayer merger that is proposed.  Let your representatives know you are tired of being sick and tired because of the quality of your food.  Did you know a lot of other nations will not even allow GMO foods to be sold?  Those nations that do require labeling showing them as being genetically modified.

In short, anytime man has thought he was smarter than the Creator of the Universe, there have been dire consequences.  Do your best to be a set-apart people.

DON’T LET THE WORLD STEAL YOUR HALLELUYAH

 

I guess if you have a spell check you might be thinking I forgot to use mine when I wrote the word “hallelujah”.  I know my own spell checker is fussing at me right now with a red line underneath the word.  Halleluyah is actually the original spelling, rooted the in the Hebrew language.  The breakdown is like this….  Hallelu– Hebrew for command to praise

Hallel– Hebrew songs of praise used for feast days and celebrations-Psalms 113 – 118.

Yah-one of the many names of God

In Christian circles, the word is used loosely-kind of like “Praise the Lord!”.   However, as you can see, hallelujah is a command to praise God.  We were designed to bring God praise.  King David understood this, and his worship of the Lord in song and dance covered a multitude of his sins in a world before Christ.  The Bible says to Praise God IN all our circumstances (Psalm 145 and 1 Thessalonians 5:18).   Many people misquote this to think we are to be super Christians without feeling of tragedies of life.  No.  Instead, we are to remember that no matter what happens on this earth our Father in Heaven cares about us.  He and He alone is worthy of our hallelujah.  That sacrifice of praise to His Holy Name when times are hard is what is required of us.  Often the circumstances we find ourselves in seem insurmountable and the last thing we want to do is dance and sing to the Lord.  The SACRIFICE of praise moves heaven on your behalf-connecting the Father’s heartbeat with your own.

There was a popular song a few years ago called Broken Hallelujah by the Afters. I love the words to that song, and would encourage you to listen to it.  So many times, all we can say is “Here I am Lord.  Thank you for your goodness and your mercy.  The world is beating me up right now, but I still praise You!”   When your hands are empty and your heart is broken, look up to the Holy One.  No one can steal your song of praise unless you let it go.  Fight the good fight.  The battle is the Lords but you are the victor!

THE WALKING DEAD

 

Satan is on a mission to desensitize the church to unholy and ungodly things.  Keep in mind that everything that is good and of God has a counterfeit knock-off in the other realm—the realm of Satan.  We are fooled into thinking there are grey areas but there are not.  Everything we encounter is either light and of God, or it is dark.  The latest craze is the whole zombie/walking dead; creatures that appear human and alive and are not.  Dead resurrected, everything dark. A body with no hope and evil intent. If I understand correctly, none of them have that willingly happen to them.  Satan personified.

With God, death brings life, hope and joy.  Lazarus was literally raised from the dead.  Four days in the grave and Jesus cried, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43)  Body, spirit and soul reunited.  A living testimony to the power and goodness of the Creator.  All the saints resurrected from the grave with Christ went to heaven.  Christians are the walking dead.  There are many testimonies today of God giving life to the dead in a literal way.  Always, always the body, soul and spirit are reunited.  These people are rich with testimony of their experiences.

What about our spirits when we give Jesus our lives?  We are to die to an old way of life, symbolized by baptism.  The Bible puts it this way—“I have been crucified with Christ and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2:20)  Dead to sin and alive to Christ.  We, as Christians resurrected in spirit, are the true walking dead!  It’s a win-win situation.  We live on this earth with all the power and authority of heaven. Sealed by the Holy Spirit.  (Luke 10:19  Ephesians 1:13)  When we do give up our spirits and go to heaven, we are in the presence of God for eternity.  Death has lost its sting!  (1 Corinthians 15:55)  Those who die in Christ now will one day be reunited with their bodies.  Complete and whole in the way only God can do.

Satan can keep his cheap imitation of the walking dead.  His best works are laughable in the light of the majesty of God.  God does not force Himself on you.  You always have a choice to make.  I chose the power of the Blood of Jesus—light over darkness.  Will you make the same decision?

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Abba Father

Abba Father…  In my heart I believe there is no sweeter cry we can voice to our Heavenly Father.  The Word says the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him.  (2 Chronicles 16:9)  Jesus was my savior quite a while before I realized how very important I was to God.  If you digest this verse, it can be a life changer and a game changer.  Sometimes early life experiences make it hard to believe in the pure, never-changing, love of God.  Those who had bad experiences with an earthly father generally have a hard time overcoming those ideals toward our Heavenly Father.  I have heard wounded souls try to replace the Father figure with a motherly figure.  While it is true that Holy Spirit is our Comforter, it is never sound doctrine to replace the Father with a mother.  Abba Father certainly understands our wounds and His heart breaks when ours does, but there is healing for any wound we may have experienced.  Rather than shut out the Father image, we need to go to Him and express our struggles and ask for healing.  After all, He already knows what is in our hearts.  The word says He searches our hearts.  (Jeremiah 17:10)

It is important to believe God is for you and that He cares about your every circumstance.  No matter what trials and tribulations are going on in your life, remember He is a good, good Father.  See your circumstances as if Abba Father is waiting on you to cry out to Him.  Know that He promises to show Himself strong.  Never blame Him for causing your troubles.  Instead, remember where your help comes from!  (Psalm 121:1)  ABBA FATHER!