Friday, March 30, 2012

You can make a difference, REALLY, you truly can!

Please make a contribution. Nothing people like me do is or can be done out of our pockets. It takes a village...heheheh! I am asking the "Kids of the Kingdom" to make a difference. It is appalling to me the number of people who do nothing! [Sorry, but I call it the way it is] You all have to do more and it simply takes money that none of us have. I get it, really, I do. We are being overwhelmed those of us who have returned to the TORAH and who have taken the GOSPELS with us. I am thankful for the Holy Spirit but what about you!!!!
I am gearing up to make a major announcement but I need your support....More to follow: This will be done via media but if you do not support this it will go no where.

I am going to come out against RACIAL stupidity and  I am going to do so publicly. Based on everything that I do on a much bigger scale...If you want to support and agree with my blog now is your time to STAND! If you are a person of faith it is a responsibility to not be apathetic. Twelve men died for standing nearly 2100 years ago, they were following a Jewish man!

If you think that antisemitism and what the media is doing to incite racial hatred is not planned...Your living in a vacuum...Please keep your money or at the very least, SNAP OUT OF IT!

If however, you are ready to get out of the bleacher, out of the pews and stand for the God of is you chance.

Sorry but I am not set up to be non profit...YET so I cannot offer a Non Tax deductible option

I am very busy at my place of employment. I cannot not share more at this time.

Tell satan or whom ever has you influenced away from "The Word of the Lord" to take a that you can be free of making what God created...UGLY!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Off to work but before I go.......

Today is a day of prayer....for Israel, for the Christian who is looking to understand more about what is happening and for those returning to TORAH with the Gospel in hand. Much is happening. I pray that folks come to realize that skin color is not identity but rather a gift from Abba. He is responsible for the beauty in all of us......

The March on Israel on the 30th is a possible domino effect. It will be interesting to see how Israel responds and what Yahweh does to support his people. The appointed time, Passover is soon and so to is the feast of Unleaven bread. Please examine yourself before the Father....Please return to his command to observe his Holy days...

Leviticus 23 & Exodus 12

Please consider a financial gift to support what I do.......YOU make the difference. If Abba puts it on your heart to support this crazy, kid of the coming kingdom it will go to good use. Just click the Pay Pal tab to the left.....[thank you]

Thank you for being a part of the world God gave to me.....I am a privileged man. I do what I do because it is far better than doing nothing at all

Yahweh bless all of you!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Following Stupid!

I am reading the headlines concerning the young kid, Trayvon Martin
who was killed. I am certainly sorry for his death and all of the other deaths that occur where our kids are concerned. I can only hope that Mr Zimmerman is not killed as a result of the frenzy that I am witnessing. Our world is nuts!

I have yet to see Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and the so called, "New Black Panther" lunatics and all of the rest of the "Plantation Nation" march in protest of the drug dealers, the gang bangers and those who accept zero accountability for the God given life that each have been given.

The "race whores' of our society are sickening. 

I have no clue what happened to cause the death of this child but with the lack of accountability that our communities, our public schools and a great deal of our parents allow many of our kids to call life, has been out of control since the 70's

Our "Good Kids" are not in the rap videos, are not on the 6:00 news and Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton never speak about these children. The show, COPS never broadcast these kids. Far to many black kids are seen chased by the cops via the liberal media run by hell itself. We all know this theme.

This was not a Jim Crow killing. We simply do not live in that generation. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and those who are like minded continue to toss the God of Creation under the bus in order to magnify sin so as to blame "White People" and race! I am appalled that far too many African Americans as opposed to AMERICANS follow stupid! Why are you all not marching against the destruction of our families, the issue of daily deaths committed by blacks killing other blacks.....?????

Mind you, I am not ignoring racism. I am simply addressing the fact that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton practice it every time these events occur. These two men are the most racist folks in our community in my opinion. [Opps, I forgot about Louis Farrakhan.]

Why not stand for being "Kids of the Kingdom" if you call yourselves faith based folks......You follow Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as though these two men are heroes...They are not heroes.

Please, UN-COLOR YOURSELF from the sins of racism. God colored all of us and he did not use sin as his canvass!

Father, help us to be better at doing your will as opposed to following madness! You commanded us to love one another. We simply do not get this but prefer to insist on agreeing with the adversary about who you created us to be. We bow down to hell itself in order to blame someone else for the sin in our country.

Jeremiah 16:19 
O Lord, my might, and my strength, and my refuge in the day of tribulation: to thee the Gentiles shall come from the ends of the earth, and shall say: Surely our fathers have possessed lies, a vanity which hath not profited them.

Get out of the bleachers, I need your help!

I will be heading to New Mexico in April and also to Las Vegas in July....Supporting what I do is somewhat critical at this point. I prayed to Abba for increase and when I opened my mail today the increase has begun...Thank you for your continued financial support. A very special thank you to Sarah in Iowa.

I believe a lot is going to happen after Pesach....Please pray for Israel and for the Christian community. A great deal of shaking is about to occur.

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I am asking those who support what I do to help me and to support what Hear and Obey and Un-Coloring Race is all about. Leading believers back to our Roots to the Torah with the Gospel in hand.



Sunday, March 25, 2012

Are you ready for Pesach?

This is a good teaching and you should tune in.

Saturday March 24, 2012: VI-YIKRA “And He Called” from El Shaddai Ministries on Vimeo.

Yes...that's me doing the opening prayer.

Islam, the death of Evil [the last great blasphemy]

The call to wipe Israel off of the map is almost a cliche today. A vast amount of people sharing the earth have been calling for the annihilation of a part of all of us. The world is on the brink of absolute chaos. Nevertheless, those of us who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob could soon witness the destruction of every Islamic nation on this earth. Unfortunately, those that push to divide Israel will most likely face catastrophic events that will in effect wipe these nations from the earth along with the horror of religion.

A march is planned on the 30th of this month [March] to overrun the borders of Israel, the lunacy never stops! The Islamic nations have vast territories and yet Israel is problematic in the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. A nation the size of a Q-tip in comparison is being targeted with death and destruction. Click Here
Even the President of the United States of America's former Pastor Jeremiah Wright Jr. of 20 years support this march.

The Bible on the other hand tells us a different story.

Zechariah 12:9 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
Zechariah  9:14-15 ADONAI will appear over them, and his arrow will flash like lightning. Adonai ELOHIM will blow the shofar and go out in the whirlwinds of the south. ADONAI-Tzva'ot will defend them; they will devour and trample the sling-stones. They will drink and roar as if they had drunk wine; they will be filled, like basins and like the corners of the altar.
Joel 3:16 Yahweh will roar from Zion, and thunder from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth will shake; but Yahweh will be a refuge to his people, and a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Walid shobat also tells us that the Islamic nations are doomed. He "switched sides"

Avi Lipkin also shares his thoughts

The bigger issue is what Yahweh is is much, much, much more significant. Islam and the world's Babylonia systems are doomed. The United Nations are soon to be obliterated.
We have an appointed time that is Pesach...What begins to happen in the year 2012 will reveal to nearly 7 billion people on the earth just who this planet truly belongs to. The year 2013 should be catastrophic! No one that I know of prepares for a wedding and coronation event in a dirty house........
A great house cleaning is soon to commence. I pray that you are not taken out with the trash.

To family members across the globe, start looking up!

I am in a sort of constant aching for my family, my kids and siblings, cousins and relatives across this nation.
I am seeing, watching and reading Biblical events declaring great events, fantastic occurrences happening everywhere. The constellations, eclipses and activities in the heavens are extraordinary. The knowledge that is increasing [about the God of Creation and the crowning of the next King of ISRAEL] is beyond anything my life has known. I am watching it because it is all happening.

 Sarah Beck of Iowa sent to me the following:
Part One: Introduction (35 mins)
Part Two: The Heavenly Wonder Sign of Yom Teruah (Feast Of Trumpets) 2011. (48 mins)
Part Three: "Another" Wonder Sign : Day of Atonement (8/9th October 2011) (57 mins)
NEW! Part Four: The Heavenly Signs Expected From Passover Through Shavuot 2012 (83mins)

If you don't watch this you will be clueless about what God has done when he created the stars. What is happening in the heavens will simply confirm his majesty over the horrific events that are soon to happen throughout the earth. You will also see that he has a wedding planned, a coronations planned and a 1000 year rest planned. Thanks Sarah for sending this to me. 

I have been following 119 Ministries revelation with curiosity as well as conviction. 
119 ministries time line

I am following the so called, "Occupy Movement" which is now planning on occupying neighborhoods across the nation. Incidentally, the word Occupy is meant to say.."If Israel can occupy Palestine we can occupy what ever we damn well feel like!"

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I point you to those who teach us!

FYI [for your information]

I started a website called "Hear and Obey" in 2007. [I hope to redo the site soon but the funds are not there] The purpose behind the site was to point folks who were looking for more meaning within the Bible to teachers of TORAH. As a result of the website I was invited to appear on GLC or God's Learning Channel in Midland, Texas. I had an experience while in Texas that caused me to write a book, "Un-Coloring Race." ABBA made me acutely aware that we are separated by racism as a result of willful disobedience...ALL RACES. This is why I detest the term "African America" Africa did not create anybody!

I was subsequently asked to speak in various places around the country. I have done television, radio and Internet interviews. I lost virtually everything I had, my career, home, marriage and moved away from my four kid who I love more than my own life. My children are all adults, two have produced my beautiful grand daughters.

I have been called a sellout, Judaiser, Jew lover, Oreo [black on the outside, white on the inside], uncle Tom, heretic, Christian basher, and words that I cannot write here. I have had death threats, from Christians, Muslims and Black Hebrew Israelites. I have never had a Jew threaten me but, man, do they disagree! Not all do but the ones who are nuts, make sure I know it....
[These are those who think Israel should be divided. These Jewish folks are insane to me!]

I have had stage four cancer and struggled to have an income. This all in the last 6 years of my life and right after the God of Creation became more real to me than my own skin. I have had a sort of JOY, EXPECTATION, and AMAZEMENT that continues to grow daily. Sometimes, my heart feels like it is going to explode because I see the preparation of the return of the Messiah everywhere. I do not see the "End-Times but rather the ETERNAL time soon to be ushered into this earth.
It is absolutely astounding to me that most Christians do not understand the Bible before the "NEW TESTAMENT" and the Jews do not understand the Bible after the OLD TESTAMENT" My gosh I hate using these two terms!!!!!!!

My point is, I am not a teacher. My role, in my mind is to be that person who shoots a grenade from a double barrel shot gun into the minds of believers......WAKE UP!

I know that a great deal of America is in a pot of water that will soon boil. The nation feels that something is wrong but they do not see that God's hand is judging us.....I really, truly in my heart could care less if you are offended. Better I offend you than to realize the God of Israel is judging you! It is a balance that I have not mastered yet. Part of me wants to scream and part of me wants to cry virtually every single day of my life. What is taking place is so crazy, awesome, so over the top, beyond anything that I have known...I simply feel privileged. For some reason the God of Creation wired me to do what I am doing. I want to do it according to how he wants it done. Many of you think I am too "In YOUR FACE" Actually, I am telling Christians....we are wrong and we don't know it! I am not purposed to speak to the Jews or the Hindus or Muslim...I am to tell Christians, Un-Color the lies we have believed and return to TORAH, take the Gospels with you. Christians on the whole think this is putting them back under the law! Having never been Jewish, when exactly were we ever under the law...If you have an answer for this question than you do not understand the issue.

If we do not repent and return to his TORAH with the GOSPELS what we will experience is another Sodom and Gomorrah correction. Abba is warning us to repent and we keep marrying a man to a man, a woman to a woman. We continue to become drug addicts, the commercials prove it! We are a mess!

The Judeo- Christian nation is collapsing and many of us see this from a very abstract perspective. A very specific action is being meted out by the hand of God himself.....

So, I continue to sound the alarm! I point you to those who know how to TEACH us what YHVY is placing into so many for such a time as this.

I present Rabbi Jonathan Cahn:

Hidden in YEHOVAH'S Bible

When you know what Moses was really learning you realize how much we have lost!   [I have known Dan and Brenda Cathcart for 35 years. You will enjoy the following]


The Hidden Story in the Letters of the Hebrew Alphabet

by Dan Cathcart on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From time to time I have posted blogs showing the unique nature of the ancient Hebrew alphabet, its ancient pictographic form and the deeper meaning that is added to the scripture when we understand the original language of the Bible.  I have shown how names are important in the context of the Bible and how they relate to the broader context of the immediate story as well as to the entire Biblical narative.  See These Are the Generations: (Toldot) The Story of Our Redemption as an example (

Each letter of the Hebrew Alephbet contains a meaning and contributes to the meaning of the words that they make.  The meaning of the letters, all 22 of them, taken in order, from the Aleph to the Tav, have a story to tell.  Remember what Yeshua said to the Apostle John in Revelation:

Revelation 1:8 MKJV 8 I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Alpha and Omega are merely the Greek equivalents to the Hebrew Aleph and the Tav.  In both cases they are the first and last letters of each alphabet.  When Yeshua says that He is the Alpha and the Omega, He is using a Hebraic idiom meaning that He encompasses all of creation, all that was, and is, and is to come.  So what do the Hebrew letters tell us?  Is there a message in the Hebrew Alephbet?  Let’s find out!

Here are each Hebrew letter and It’s associated meaning:

  • The 1st letter is Aleph  א  Ox, bull, strength, leader, first, beginning

  • The 2nd letter is Beit  ב  Tent, house, household, family, into

  • The 3rd letter is Gimel  ג  Pride, benefit, animal

  • The 4th letter is Dalet  ד  Doorway, path, enter

  • The 5th letter is Hey  ה  Window, to reveal, behold, “the”

  • The 6th letter is Vav  ו  Nail, to secure, attach, “and”

  • The 7th letter is Zayin  ז  Weapon, to cut off, cut

  • The 8th letter is Het  ח  Fence, hedge, a chamber, private, separate

  • The 9th letter is Tet  ט  To twist, a snake, to surround

  • The 10th letter is Yood  י  Hand, a closed hand, to make, a deed, work

  • The 11th letter is Kaph  כ  Arm, open hand or palm, to cover, to allow, to open

  • The 12th letter is Lamed  ל  Cattle goad, staff, to teach, , prod, control, authority

  • The 13th letter is Mem  מ  Water, massive, chaos, ocean or sea, liquid

  • The 14th letter is Noon  נ  Fish, activity, life

  • The 15th letter is Samech  ס  To prop up, support, lift up, turn

  • The 16th letter is Ayin  ע  Eye, to see, know, experience

  • The 17th letter is Pey  פ  Mouth, to speak, open, a word

  • The 18th letter is zadik  צ  Fish hook, to draw, need, desire, harvest

  • The 19th letter is Koof  ק  Back of the head, behind, the last, the least

  • The 20th letter is Resh  ר  Head, a person, the highest, the greatest

  • The 21st letter is Shin  ש  Teeth, to destroy, to consume

  • And the 22nd letter is Tav  ת  A sign, a cross, to covenant, to mark or seal

So what kind of story do these letters tell?

In the Beginning, He who is the source of all creation, built a House for our Benefit.  He opened the Door and made the Way for us to enter His kingdom that we may Behold His glory in the house by Attaching ourselves to His Torah.  No Weapon formed against us shall prosper for He is our Hedge of protection Surrounding us with his presence.  His Hands have made us, He even now is holding us in the Palms of His hands.  By keeping His covenant and Teachings we have Authority to rule over the Sea of nations and all Life therein.  When He is Lifted up for all who pierced Him to See, every Mouth will be stopped as He Draws humanity unto himself, from the Least to the Greatest.  For as a Consuming fire He will destroy the wicked and deliver those whom He has Marked with His Sign!

Hallelujah!  Our God reigns!

שלום ברוך
Shalom and be blessed
Dan and Brenda Cathcart

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Learning how to warn YOU better?

Isaiah 48:14 Have any of your idols ever told you this? Come, all of you, and listen: The LORD has chosen Cyrus as his ally. He will use him to put an end to the empire of Babylon and to destroy the Babylonian armies.

Nearly 35 years ago I was offered an opportunity to know the LORD, I was introduced to the Gospels. The person who shared the, "Good News" or Besorah asked me to dinner last night along with his Pastor. Both men are very, very good friends. I knew about the dinner and had an idea why they wanted to meet with me. I spoke with both of my Pastors [El Shaddai Ministries, Tacoma] about the meeting prior to last night. Of course, I have been in prayer.

The concern both men have is my aggressiveness towards Christianity. You see, they know my heart and understand why I do what I do. The Pastor is Torah based and has an excellent concept of what we Christians do not know...He knows that we were robbed from the ways of TORAH, knowing the Jewishness of our Messiah and the Hebraic construct of the entire Bible.

What is most amazing [and gratifying] to me is that my other friend of 35 years, a rock solid Christian man who has never wavered in his faith during these many, many years is astounded! He is one of the most loving, professional and dedicated men that my life has ever known. I cannot emphasize this more.  My friend, who is senior to me by several years (I am 52) is amazed, "AMAZED" at what is pouring out of God's word that he has never known. Many times during dinner he said, "Christians do not know any of this! What we were taught is so limited compared to what you two guys are sharing." My beautiful friend is flying the pastor and I to Las Vegas to share this message in July. This is how critical my life long Baptist friend feels about what TORAH is and why Christians must hear this...The Messiah is soon to come and the Church is not instep with his word and DOES NOT KNOW IT!

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 

What is for me the single most gratifying thing about the entire evening is that the person who lead me to the LORD back in October, 1977 understands why I do what I do. Both his Pastor and I sat for three hours just digging into the word and sharing with our buddy the impossible, the inconceivable, the incomparable brilliance being revealed for such a time as this. Most of which is in the horribly referred to "Old Testament"

I am a watchman who is sounding the alarm to Christians. I am not trashing a person's faith nor am I trashing Christians...I AM COMING AGAINST HOW WE HAVE BEEN TAUGHT THE WORD OF ELOHIM. We have been led astray from the TORAH and God's commandments as a result of the way we have been taught about the Law and Grace.  
We must return to the TORAH and we must take the Gospel with us.

If the Christian does not hear the voice of ABBA in this hour HE or SHE will possibly follow the antichrist, lucifer, satan, beelzebub, the false one, the 12th imam, the mehdi in the same way that the Germans, followed Hitler, the Catholics follow the pope. These are patterns that persist in the system that has always rebelled against YHVH and Israel. Israel is what God is doing. This includes his covenant promises, his land, his people and his Son..........

I realize that Abba is using these two men to help me do what he has called me to do. I know that Abba wants me to hear and to learn his way in this matter. I admit, I have to learn how not to anger Christians and or turn them off to this amazing "Increase in Knowledge." This was never about technology or man but rather HIS WORD! 

My heart breaks for the Christian who limits their understanding of HIS word as a direct result of Western Christianity. In the Black churches Voodoo is mixed with the the White churches,
Hellenism is mixed with the Gospels...The last 1800 years have been dominated by a Greek mindset...Our king is not Greek and neither is his Father's word.....Moses did not practice Voodoo!

In general we have learned to follow a false system and we don't know it! God is very much alive in a fallen world, this includes Judaism and Christianity. I know that Islam is EVIL but our Creator is responsible for this too. There is nothing new under the sun. All things work together for the glory of the LORD.

Note to Black folks: Imagine a Greek understanding of a Hebrew Bible with Voodoo as a theme...Now imagine this concept getting off of the slave ships. Ask yourself how did God judge this concept of his Word? You can call yourself African American if you want to but I am a "Kid of the coming Kingdom" A citizen of Jerusalem!

We have mixed the seed......and God is calling us out of the mixture. He is calling us back to his statutes, his commandments, his law.....Back to the Beginning so that we will know the end! The whole of today's Christianity is raised up in a Babylonian system. This system is being judged just as all of the mysticism, additional traditions and failures of Judaism...all are entering judgment or correction. The Messiah is coming and he won't be teaching Christianity or Judaism....But his TORAH will go forth from Zion.

Isaiah 46:10-11 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure; calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. Yea, I have spoken, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

I accepted the Gospels 35 years ago, I accepted Torah nearly six years ago. I am putting both back together and coming out of Babylon. I am telling anyone who will listen why we must do this in this hour. I am constantly learning how to be a watchman on the wall sounding the alarm. I simply cannot do this from a Christian perspective....I no longer see the Word of Elohim, the Right Hand of the Lord from a Greek or Western template but rather and eastern or Hebraic reality. The Jews were purposed to teach us and they did. The Church tossed out their concepts. Their concepts are Godly when in line with what Moses received. If you do not know what these Jews know, what you know is leading you to oblivion!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Great Deception

Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, 'My Lord, my Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name have cast out demons, and have done many mighty works in your name?' And then I will confess to them, 'I have never known you, remove yourselves far from me, you workers of evil.'
No other people group on earth would say this to him except for Catholics and Christians of the last 1800 years.
The Question should be: Why is this verse and others like this in the Holy Scriptures?

My prayer is that Abba show to me how to do what he began six years ago in my life not so as to pacify Christians but rather to sound the alarm......

I had the opportunity to share with a family member, my kid sister, someone who is very, very close to me about how God's method of communicating through the Bible is unlimited, not limited. I showed to her how the patterns are repeated or how passages in one story are actually repeated by the actions of King David or Yeshua in another part of the Bible. These are not just revealing shadows of the Messiah but also supernatural brilliance that are on display in every generation. They are purposed for the last generation which will witness the hand of the Lord move against deception. It is going to be violent beyond anything we have witnessed and it will be so in order to save Israel....Not Christianity or even Judaism as we know both today.

Matthew 11:12 “From the days of Yohannan The Baptizer until this hour the Kingdom of Heaven is led by force and the violent are seizing it.”

The great and terrible day of the Lord is not what the church thinks...

We, my sister and I were on SKYPE so I was able to see her reactions. My sister is a life long Christian, of rock solid faith. She acknowledged that the family knew that God's hand has always been on my life in a rather amazing way. I was the first to receive him and now I was bringing this message into the family 35 years later. My family is astounded. I was showing to her what most Christian Pastors do not know and therefore cannot share. I was showing to her God's word as opposed to sharing a sermon, HUGE difference. I was able to watch my kid sister's eyes get wide. I saw Abba teaching to her his word, not how to apply it alone.

I realize more and more that the Western mind raised within Christian doctrine cannot see God's word from an Eastern mindset which is how he conveyed it. His word was written by Hebrews, to Hebrews all of whom shared evolving cultures from an Eastern or Middle Eastern methodology. The term Middle East came about after the fall of the Ottoman Empire. This term presents a relatively new concept describing an ancient world. Most of us alive today see the Middle East as a place where Muslims live, or the oil is. This is our abstract concepts. We don't know the history or how the people of the ancient world still see Western culture as divisive and corrupt. Islam is simply another part of the Babylonian system that was born in the garden which gave rise to Nimrod, and which gave birth to the Greek mindset. This attitude and mindset  has always challenged God and his people.
 Ray Vander Laan addresses this issue well:
My issue with Vander Laan is that one cannot fit the beginning into Christianity. Christians must return to the beginning.

Those of us who are in Western Christianity see the world from a Greek template that has evolved. God's word was never Greek but translated into this Greek methodology from it's original Hebrew culture. The Jews were a conquered people at this time as well. America follows a Greek identity. From sports on Sunday (gladiator) to philosophy and conjecture within our academia. Even the days of the week and calendar months are Greek. The Hebrew mind cannot fit into a Greek construct which is in opposition to all that God poured into Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.  Through Israel we have his word, his alphabet, his calendar and his concepts. We have the Bible.

Nearly six years ago the God of the Bible showed to me how he sees his word and he did it in a nano second. It has taken me this long to really understand what happened to me.

While on Skype I saw a person, my kid sister who was reading along with me the Holy scriptures, experience moments of complete surprise and amazement. I was able to have her shift in her thinking so as to see how the Bible is written...not just what she was reading. I have realized for sometime now that I have much to learn about how to share with Christians the story in the Bible. The problem for me is that I cannot do it from a Christian mindset. Most, and I do mean most are oblivious to the Eastern method of understanding the scriptures. I know Christianity and most of the world has been deceived and does not know it. I continue to watch the remnant, of those called out of religious systems hearing God's voice. I am one of many. God showed to me nearly six years ago what this means. I am just now realizing why it is so hard to explain.

The argument that is immediate when I confront how we have been taught addressing Christianity is the battle that God introduced me to nearly six years ago. I am addressing a different or original construct of the Bible.... I know myself to be one sounding the alarm, a watchmen on the wall if you will and I don't try to package this so that Christians get tidbits or nice facts. Rather my heart's cry is that we start connecting the dots. When the Lord comes he won't be having a conversation about how we got it wrong....[He did that already]

I see the collapse of many nations, the war in Israel, and the death of hundreds of millions occurring very, very, very soon because, I see the patterns repeating in the scriptures. I understand that the CHURCH is not going to be raptured  like Christianity teaches in most doctrines. I understand the Terror, Famine, Disease, and War [patterns] that follow Leviticus 26:14-39. Most Christians cannot see these patterns repeating in our generation...possibly the last generation. We have not been taught to see what a remnant of the Jews have known about God for 4000 years. Furthermore, we don't understand what the remnant of Gentiles is as well. 'We only see what they don't know as a whole while we point a finger at them. We tell them to accept our understanding which has killed millions of their family members for nearly two thousand years.


I see the praise of Jerusalem about to inhabit all of creation.

Isaiah 62:6-7 I have set watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: you who call on Yahweh, take no rest, and give him no rest, until he establishes, and until he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Notice the Holy Scriptures do not say the Western or Christian Church.

Most Christians do not understand the TORAH, or God's instruction, God's appointed times, God's Calendar, the Sabbath or what, why and how Israel has always represented God. [Not as Jewish folks but, HOW GOD SEES HIS PROMISES TO ISRAEL.]

We think the Gospel and the books of the new testament are a new revelation. Most Christians do not realize that the many denominations and non denominations of those who call upon Jesus have killed more Jews than any other people group on earth. Our understanding is just as blind as are the Jews who did not accept their brother Joseph.
We believe that grace is our blessing for accepting the Messiah.... overlooking the millions of deaths caused to millions of races as a result. To quote my friend Walid Shobat, "Something is a bit fishy here."

Western Christianity does not understand the Bible, we understand the translation. Christianity was ripped off and Christians have been following these doctrines for centuries. No Christian wants to be told that he or she is wrong...Here is the truth, WE ARE WRONG! 
We don't know it. This is the Great Deception as it applies to the Christian faith and all groups whose ideology was born out of Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, Ottoman Turks and Western society. These represent "Patterns"

Walid Shobat shares with Christians "Wake Up" he is trying to show the mindset that blocks us from seeing what is really happening. I don't think we can wake up because we don't know that we are asleep!
My kid sister saw for the first time that her big brother is really on to something big...I saw it in her eyes. My problem is that I know we don't have much time. A few years of absolute hell on earth are beginning. They have begun and America is leading the charge to toss Elohim, El Shaddai...THE GOD OF THE JEWS under the bus and we are doing it as God dismantles the religious systems. All the while he is raising up the anti system. Islam is that religious system. Judgment is coming especially to the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian, Greek, Roman, Ottoman, and Western mind! The collapse of the Twin Tower and the raising up [election] of Barak Obama all occurred in America. These are both gigantic judgments and far too many do not understand how or why.

It simply destroys me when Christians say, "I am saved by grace" while living in a nation that allows men to marry one another while watching the church system be silenced. We are a nation that sacrifices God's kids. We are a nation that tosses marriage into the trash heap. We are a nation that lives on drugs and medication instead of the garden that Adam was placed into. This is God's hand raised against the church not men and Christians do not know this. We think it is the world system shutting up our voice. No, it is our lack of understanding that is causing God to shut up our voice. [Certainly our treatment of Israel] We do not understand TORAH....Our Sunday morning sermons are not having the impact that our fathers, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob had. We were never grafted into Israel so as to become Rick Warren and Jeremiah Wright Jr.

Jesus was Jewish for a Kazillion reasons and Israel is completely surrounded by the kings of the earth in order for the Lion of the Tribe of Judah to save his people.....Not the Catholic Church or the Christian denominations. This is planned, so too is Islam!

How to share this message to a people who defend a mixture of the truth with a lie is very, very difficult. I have to keep learning how to do this but I cannot do any of what I do from a Christian perspective. In my mind, in every thought that I have, every tear that I share, it is the Christians who must return to God's word. I think that much of Christianity is more lost than those that are unsaved.....

Now how many of you want to hear that sort of thing

Now you know how difficult this is. The Christians who seek after this understanding truly are those who hear his voice for such a time as this. I did not start this, Elohim did.

Those of you who are coming out of the doctrines of Western Christianity have to share your testimony if you read this....
  • Please leave a comment that shares why...
  • Please do not bash but rather be honest so that others might see.....

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Reality Check, Asia did not create the Asian race!

I was a product of my Christian Environment for about 45 years... I knew no better for I was told that the Jews Killed Jesus and they missed the boat and to stay from them... So like a good Christian, I did.....I closed my mind & heart to Jewish history, ideas, teaching and especially the people. I left no avenue for God to open my heart to His Jewish people and His teaching through them....I was doing what I was told to and that was to Guard my heart and mind from them. Yes, I will admit it. I held predacious view of the Jewish teaching and its People. In some case I will admit I had some fears of them. This is so similar to my White Society Environment that I was adopted into some 53 years ago. Stay away from the African American (The Blacks). They are like this and they are like that. Until one day at the Air Force Academy I was assigned a Black roommate... I thought hmmm I wonder how this is going to work out. I spoke to him, he did not bite me. We studied together.... I helped him with his Math and he helped me with my English. I had to listen to his music and tried some of his favorite foods, and I began to like their music and food. I actually hung around some of his Black friends. Just try to visualize a group of Blacks then there is me an Asian. Must have been a funny sight to many. We ate the cafeteria together. I began to learn about him and more about his background and his thoughts, goals, dreams, and his frustrations and fears. It reminds me of the movie the “Titans” where the football players were forced to live and learn about each other. I lived part of my life in his Black World. It didn't take me decades to over come this predacious. Just a few weeks. I held my Jewish Predacious for 45 years only to have it released in about 1 year. It was a fluke of an accident that lead me to now Love the Jewish people and what God has entrusted His Vision for the world in them. I took a chance with Gods chosen people. Today I am understanding them for I try to live, think and experience their world. It definitely is not anything what the Christians Pastors have lead and taught me to believe. So I do understand why the Christian World rejects the Jews. Oh I know they all say that they do not Reject the Jews. Those were my same words. Well it’s like this. The Jews who do not Open their lives to Christians, their glass is only half full. Like wise the Christians who do not openly embrace their Jewish counterparts, glass is also only half full. Jeff, only you and I and others that are learning our Christian Hebrew Roots see that our lives glass are Truly over flooring for we know, live and have experienced what our life of Faith used to be. I will never be 100% Jewish nor will I ever be 100% Christian...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Christian and Jewish Freedom

As I study the roots of Judaism I continue to find that a mixture of mysticism, paganism and a variety of religious traditions filtered their way into what Moses was shown face to face by God himself. It seems that from the time Adam opened his eyes men have fallen victim to our own interpretations, our own plan. Therefore, I have to believe that what we have experienced is the plan of men. What we continue to do is to depart from the plan of YEHOVAH. Adam begun this process......Men, all men have been banished from the garden ever since.

Note to the reader: I do not try to fit Christianity into God's word. I experience God's word in theTanahk and the Brit Chadasha and I do so from a Hebraic perspective.

Proverbs 19:21 There are many thoughts in the heart of a man: but the will of the Lord shall stand firm
Psalm 33:11 The LORD'S plan stands firm forever. His thoughts stand firm in every generation.
Isaiah 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

The disciples were following Yeshua. Moses was teaching the Word therefore, both were following the plan of God. Moses was commanded to teach the Word of the Father and so, he was teaching about the Festivals [Leviticus 23] God's calendar, [Exodus12] and how God wanted all of us to approach him. He reiterated the Sabbath to generations of the descendants of Jacob [Israel] Moses was chosen to reintroduced God's ways; He took them back to the beginning. When we think of how long the children of Jacob [the descendants] were in Egyptian captivity we realize years have come and gone. Several generations have come and gone. Nevertheless Moses was teaching them about the word or the Messiah. Today generations have come and gone but God's word is just as alive today as it was when Abel presented himself and his offering to Yahweh.

Abraham knew God's ways.
Genesis 26:5 because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.”
Noah  knew God's ways
Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

So what does it mean to say that Noah was a righteous man? Please click the following link so as to see what Jeff Benner explains about righteous or tsadiyq [click here]

The disciples were righteous. They kept the sabbath, they honored the festivals, knew God's calendar and followed what Noah, Abraham, and certainly Yeshua [Jesus] understood to be God's Word. The disciples were truly Christ followers having realized his authority. Yeshua took them back to the beginning. He never quoted the so called, "New Testament" or the doctrines therein, not once! He took them back to the original Christ followers....Noah, Abraham, Moses, King David, and the prophets. None of these men knew what Constantine introduced when he made his brand of Christianity the law. Unlike these men all of whom were Jews, Constantine created a religion just as did the religious leaders who followed after Moses. The men who teach to us God's ways were all raised up following God's instructions. All of them are recorded in God's word. I am sure too, that all had to repent and return to the plan of God a few times. Thank God for grace. They were all Jewish as a result of God's plan. They did not have a Sunday service that ignored the commanded, biblical sabbath. Easter, Christmas, Halloween and a host of Jewish traditions that honor other gods, and idolatry were not of their doing. None of these are in God's word.

Yeshua [Jesus] stated:

John 12:49 "For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak." He also stated in John 5:46
Aramaic translation "For if you had trusted Moses, you would also trust me, for he wrote about Me."

Moses told the children of Israel [because he kept God's word ] what was presented to him. Yehovah was teaching Moses about the planned birth of a prophet, an act of the Father that would be miraculous! He was teaching a nation how to teach us.
Deuteronomy 18:18 "I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him." He raised him up as opposed to fashioned him out of dirt.

To the Jews, including the disciples, they knew these verses. This was not foreign to them. When the disciples realized that Yeshua was the Christ, was the Savior, was that Prophet they did not stop honoring the biblical calendar, the Lord's festivals, or the sabbath. None of them stopped being Jewish. They understood the corruption of the word by many of the sects teaching Judaism which by now had a host of doctrines apart from what Moses presented. The understanding of who and what Israel was became more of a desire to be a part of.  The Kingdom was no longer a faith based, hope but an actual confirmation. The Kingdom to come was physically confirmed by a Jewish man who would return as the conquering King. Also part of God's plan and not men...the disciples got it!

James A. Fowler wrote:
"The English word "religion" is etymologically derived from the Latin word religo, meaning to "bind up." Religion binds people up in rules and regulations or in ritualistic patterns of devotion."
 I don't agree with his take on Christianity separate from the Jews and TORAH but he did get this statement right.

It is quite simple, God created Israel so as to usher into the earth a Kingdom of those who followed his word. The word leads a man out of condemnation into restoration to the Father. Moses understood this and so too did Rabbi Shaul or the Apostle Paul. The disciples did not want to be a part of a religious system but rather a Kingdom to come. This is very, very important. I am no longer a part of a religious system I too, am a "Kid of the Kingdom" That Kingdom is here and the King is coming to take his rightful place on the "Throne of David" who was himself a shadow of the Messiah and also very Jewish...a Christ follower.

John 1:1 "In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God." This verse is a form of poetry but John is quoting the books of the Tanakh, wrongly called the "OLD TESTAMENT"
part one

John is quoting verses from before the writings that the Catholic Church horribly deemed to be the Old way or the Old Testament. This term is antisemitic and means the Jews were the old way and the church is the new way. The disciples would have stood against this thinking with their lives...In fact, they did! They did so because they were Christ followers but not in the manner that most of Christianity understands the term today.
 part two

Psalm 8:23 "And before the world he was possessed by me, and from the beginning, before he would establish the Earth."

Micah 5:2 goes on to explain more of what Israel is to the Father when he says..."But as for you, Bethlehem *Ephrathah, Too little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity." Notice he never calls Israel a church and neither does Jeremiah when he states:

Jeremiah 31:31-33 “Indeed, a time is coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. It will not be like the old covenant that I made with their ancestors when I delivered them from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” says the Lord. “But I will make a new covenant with the whole nation of Israel after I plant them back in the land,” says the Lord. “I will put my law within them  and write it on their hearts and minds. I will be their God and they will be my people."  Not one time does Jeremiah say Church.

So what was a disciple of the Lord before his flesh and after his flesh? What I do is to share with Christians why we need to go back to understand this. Two thousand years have come and gone. During this time the church has not taught to us that the disciples kept the TORAH, kept the festivals, the sabbath, God's calendar and obeyed the commandments. What happened to cause us to not do what the disciples did? 
 The answer begins to show up in  3 John 1:9  Aramaic translation "I desired to write to The Assembly, but he who loves to be their number one, Diotrophes, does not receive us"

For nearly two thousand years much of Christianity has learned how to see the Bible as Diotrophes did.  The influences of Marcionism, Emperor Constantine, & Augustine destroyed what the disciples, certainly Apostle Paul [Rabbi Shaul] knew concerning the Jewish Messiah. God did not contradict himself We contradicted our teachers because they too became divided.

Aramaic translation 2 John 1-9 "No one who is a violator and does not continue in the teaching of The Messiah has God in him. He who continues in his teaching, this one has The Father and The Son."
When this was written the books of NEW TESTAMENT did not exist. So what was this Jew, who was a Christ follower, who kept the Sabbath, the Festivals and who followed God's Calendar saying? He was saying the Messiah showed to us what Moses taught to all of us. We must hear God's word, obey his voice, keep his statutes and obey his laws. The word did not tell us that these attributes of the Father were no longer practical. Emperor Constantine did and he did so because of the teachings of men like Diotrophes.

Christianity as a result of Catholicism adopted many, many beliefs that go against everything that  the disciples taught to us. A mixture plagues the last 2000 years just as was the case when the Messiah came and spoke to the Sanhedrin.  The religious system of the day had 1800 years of mixture from what Judaism adopted from years of captivity and assimilation into other cultures. My gosh Caiaphas was placed into office by Rome not the Aaronic priesthood ordained by God in Leviticus. Interestingly enough and throughout the last 2000 years God has corrected Christianity a few times. The Reformation and the Puritans as well as the Evangelical movement are all course corrections in a way, but, we never returned to TORAH in the way that the disciples knew the word.

I have freedom as a believing Christian because I understand what the Jews taught to us. I understand what was perverted and caused us to adopt over 36,000 differing doctrines based on church religiosity. I understand how the TORAH teaches us to see God's patterns, dress rehearsals, convocations and appointed times. What is most amazing is that I see them happening in our generation and so I am eager to hear his voice, keep his commandments, statutes and obey his laws just as did Adam.

Having been given grace, Noah, having been given grace, Abraham, having been given grace, Moses, having been given grace, all of the disciples, having received grace and certainly Rabbi Shaul, having been given grace. I reject Catholicism, some of Judaism, all of Islam and confront Christianity because, I live in a generation where the God of Israel [The Israel that King David understood] is also confronting much of what is now Christianity. Christianity that none of the disciples would recognize.........Judaism in my opinion is a veil covering the eyes of a very secular Israel.

To be very clear, I believe Christianity has amazing truth just as does Judaism but we have layered both with paganism and idolatry. This too is a pattern, a pattern of fallen men.

John 8:32 “And you will know the truth, and that truth will set you free.”
John 1:14 "And The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of The Only Begotten of The Father, full of grace and truth."
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice from Heaven that said, “Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with the children of men, and he dwells with them and they shall be his people and the same God is with them and shall be their God.

Israel is any nation, any man, any person, any individual who understands the plan and submits to it...... The Messiah will rule from the land of Israel and he will rule the one new man...just as he promised. It was through the descendants of Jacob that we are realizing why Israel exists at all..The enemy, through religion, was purposed to keep us studying into God's word. We had to exercise choice rather than swallow a lie. The word is our source and Israel is what God raised up to deliver that source.....The enemy parked himself right smack down in the middle....of the garden But he did not create himself!

Proverbs 25:2 It is the glory of God that hides the word, and the glory of the King that seeks for the word.

I am free therefore I am reconnecting the GOSPEL back to the TORAH so as to better understand...the PLAN......
For nearly two thousand years many have learned how to see the Bible as Diotrophes, Marcion, Constantine and Augustine taught. I am returning to the road to Damascus whereby Rabbi Shaul was forced to see what Moses saw. Moses did not see what Martin Luther saw. I can now put these two men together and realize a little bit more about the plan of redemption. The Kingdom of Israel will be full of many peoples from every nation.

Many of you think that I challenge Christianity in favor of the Jews. Actually, what I do is hopefully help us to return to what those Jews knew before we created the terms Old Testament and New Testament. To throw away all of what our brethren the Jews know is simply stupid. Likewise, to toss everything that Christianity has taught is just as stupid. Who among you is willing to build a bridge back to grace and truth? Who among all of us wants to return to the Father's ways?

Understand clearly, however, that we can no longer mix the plans of men into the words of the Bible and to expect to come out in God's plan.  We must COME OUT of our ways in order to return to HIS WAY
I have returned to the TORAH, I took the gospel with me. I keep the sabbath, practice God's appointed times or the Festivals. I am learning what the Jews know and question what Christianity has become. The more I learn, the more I realize how much I do not know....I do not go to Christian churches on Sunday as a part of my faith but I do visit many churches....I read the Talmud for perspective and the entire Bible for food....I do not believe that Jesus fulfilled the Law and I do not believe the law is Rabbinic tradition. I believe what Abraham obeyed.

May YHVH bless all of you. And please pray for ISRAEL..this includes the land, too!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Plantation Nation, meets the Run Away Slave

 I coined the term "The Plantation Nation" as a result of folks like Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters who act as though black folk never left the plantation and somehow...need them to show all of us the way. The entire repertoire of these people is a lie, lie, lie concerning America. Far too many black Americans do not know actual history. For example...How many Americans fought and died to end slavery?

It's about time! I want to know more about the following film (?

Reverend Wayne Perryman addresses quite well the truth

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The America I live in SUCKS?

 I am so damned mad right now I could scream!

Our sons and daughters are dying. They are being slaughtered as they fight a war of religious lunacy throughout the Middle East. As our government continues to pick what particular Middle Eastern country to intervene in our kids come home crippled or dead. I suppose we don't have enough lives to throw under the bus for those dying in Syria at the hand of yet another Islamic Government. I suppose this is a good thing.....?

I have been walking through the headlines on the Internet for ten years. I don't watch much American news media, FOX included because they have taken advantage of a rather pathetic American public [In my opinion] I get most of my news from credible and reliable sources. The American press is no different than the Iranian government. Ten years has come and gone and my opinion has simply been reinforced.

The only people in America who would disagree with me are the parents of the so called "Occupy Movement" or the college student who has been brainwashed against our nation by Islamic oil money (I might add). You see, these parents allowed the National Education Association to place into our school systems the wackiest people in our country many of whom are Gay on purpose. The gay and lesbian alliance is very proud of this accomplishment. Many of these folks are the product of those who sat on the grass in Woodstock, New York for two weeks in order to attend a three day rally featuring music and dope. The "Age of Aquarius" produced a society of degenerates and these are now running the country and sitting at the helm of most news outlets within America. These are the folks who think gay marriage is beautiful and full of sunshine and warmth; pink hearts, yellow moons, and green clovers. Who knows, they may be test tube babies as well. Soul-less concoctions full of preservatives and sugar substitutes.....God only knows what we are creating as we sacrifice our biological kids with forceps, emotional expedience all to the tune of Roe versus Wade sung by Joan Baez and Bella Abzug!

We have become the Jerry Springer audience ushered into existence by the oracles of Phil Donahue ...Phil Donahue is to me an American nightmare that reoccurred daily for 26 years. Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather for 1/2 a century became pillars of our society...Two of the wackiest men of my life time. Liberalism is still defined by me as, "That which insists on making no sense at all" Just go watch Maury Povich and you will see idiocy elevated to television, complete with sponsors and 25 year old grandmothers.

Our kids are dying because of the minds behind Sadaam Hussein, Assad, Khadafy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Ayatollah's, Abbas, Bin Laden and those who kill.....kill, everyone. Seems to be the hallmark of the Islamic system. You can call it a religion if you must but those of us who do not watch Oprah know better. These are all folks we should have over for a beer with our president according to his mentality, keep those religious and racial tensions down. Perhaps we should toss out the hand shake and just all learn how to bow as well?

The United States has killed hundreds of thousands of Muslims/people and we do so because they are trying to kill us or stop the world's oil flow...Gosh, we can't allow that to happen. This would cause the American public to have to think for the first time since WWII.  At the very least it would allow us to see our good kids become grandparents. Heaven forbid we offer our children that opportunity! I suppose that if this is the world we have to live in, clicking the remote, popping a bag of corn in the micro and settling down for the latest episode of "Desperate Wives" is away to cope...!

Our kids are dying because we raise them up on video games and cell phones in front of MTV [Jersey Shore or Kim Kar-superstupid-dashian] and then pack them a lunch and send them off to Afghanistan where they can burn opium fields and books while carrying an M-16...

Where the heck is the spirit of George Patton or Eisenhower? Our kids are dying and they do so for America where most of the parents don't know zip, nada...a damned thing about our History. What is taught to our children these days is how to grow up GAY, intolerant to common sense and super-stupid! Imagine a Muslim extremist looking at our military coming and knowing that a few of the proud [men] were forced to leave their new husband at home!

Meanwhile, Israel has missiles reigning down on her citizens while Calypso Louie [Louis Farrakhan] is telling the world to hate, hate, hate...from his multimillion dollar mansion, courtesy of poor, black Americans who are clueless to the millions of Africans slaughtered by Islam for centuries. Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, where our military is not dying. How we allow Louie Farrakhan to live in our country instead of a cave in the mountains of Pakistan is beyond me!

Our kids are dying overseas...for what exactly? 
Bring our kids home if your going to continue to kiss Islamic ass while sitting in our White House. And if you, the American public continue to allow this to happen...You don't deserve to complain about nothing, not one damned thing!
Hell itself would have been frozen before this man voted for Barack Obama or any Democrat
I have to vote for a Republican......Now that's something to look forward to. I would rather the sky roll back, a loud trumpet blast be heard while the King of Jews be announced! Voting this year will be like trying to determine what is in that which I just upchucked!

To the black American who votes for skin color: Enjoy your chains and cotton fields! History repeats only this time it will be opium...The ignorance in my community is demonic for sure.
Now who among you questions the fact that I am outraged today about this absurdity we call freedom? [As we watch it taken from our nation one vote at a time] For every American flag burning that the American news media shares with the world today concerning 16 dead in Afghanistan they won't show a dead American or bombs reigning down on Israel without telling the world it's our fault......

Incidentally,The Crystal Cathedral is in bankruptcy. So too, is the Judeo-Christian nation. The God of Creation is rather loudly saying...Hint, Hint, Hint? Israel is facing Goliath once again while the Grammy's celebrate a nut-ball named Lady Gaga....! What has happened to our country is shameful

Monday, March 12, 2012

Context matters, Dan & Brenda Cathcart demonstrates why!

Are Some Extra-Scriptural Writings Mistakenly Not Included in the Bible?

by Dan Cathcart on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 8:42pm ·

Because a particular extra-scriptural writing is mentioned, quoted or referenced in scripture, but not included in scripture as a whole, does that mean that it is inspired of God?  This is a question that was brought up in a discussion thread on Facebook the other day.  There are two extra scriptural books mentioned specifically in scripture, one is Jasher and the other is Enoch.  (Look at Joshua 10:13, 2nd Samuel 1:18 and Jude 1:14)  Neither of these books were accepted into the canon of scripture by either the Jews with the Tanakh or by the early Christian church with what became the New Testament.  What about the mention of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia in the Book of Esther?  I could go on with many more references as well as quotes.

The Apostle Paul quoted extensively the classical Greek philosophers and poets in his attempt to persuade the Greeks in Athens.  Most of these quotes are recorded in the book of Acts.  To understand Paul’s reasoning to quote from pagan philosophers, it is extremely important to understand clearly who Paul is in relation to his cultural and educational background as well as to whom he was speaking.  The Apostle Paul, or rather Rabbi Shaul was highly educated, and as we all know, from the city of Tarsus in Cilicia.

Acts 21:37-39a KJV 37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek? 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers? 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city:

Tarsus was an immensely important city and the location of the most famous school of philosophy in the ancient world.  Strabo, 64 BC to 24 AD was a Greek historian, geographer and philosopher.  His writings tell us of the enthusiasm of the inhabitants of Tarsus for learning, especially for philosophy.  Strabo stated that “Tarsus surpasses Athens and Alexandria and every other university town.”  It was characterized by the fact that the student body was composed almost entirely of native residents, who, after finishing their course, usually went abroad to complete their education and in most cases did not return home.

It was, as it is today, an expensive proposition to travel abroad to complete one’s education, yet it is recorded that Paul studied “at the feet of Gamaliel” recorded in Acts 22.

Acts 22:3 KJV 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

Gamaliel was the grandson of Hillel and president of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.  Paul came from a wealthy family able to afford the type of education that he received.  A passage in the Mishnah outlines the method and path of a formal education in these ancient times.  According to Pirkey Avot 5:21 Formal education began at age 5 at the Beit Sefer (House of the Book) learning the alephbet and how to read.  At age 10 one would graduate to the Beit Talmud (House of Learning).  At 12 or 13 formal education was completed, but if it was desired, a student would be sent to the Beit Midrash (House of Study) to sit at the feet of the Teachers of the Law (Torah). 

Paul’s extensive education would have given him a thorough understanding of Greek philosophy from an early age.  Having studied “at the feet” of Gamaliel, in his late teens to early twenties, his further education would have been in the most orthodox of Jewish traditions of his day.  Paul describes himself as a Pharisee among Pharisees and having dedicated his life to the study and living of the Torah (Law)!

Acts 23:6 KJV 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

Philippians 3:5 KJV 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;

With Paul’s education, he was intimately familiar with Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Strabo, Aratus and Cicero and the philosophies of the Epicureans and the Stoics among many others.  He was fluent in several languages as demonstrated in Acts 21 where it is recorded that he spoke Greek to a government official and Hebrew to the gathered crowd of Jews.

Acts 21:39b-40 (NKJV) …I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people. 40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue…

Paul could speak Greek and Hebrew, probably Latin and Aramaic as well.  He began his education in his home town of Tarsus, home of the greatest learning center of the ancient world at the time.  He studied under Gamaliel in Jerusalem as a disciple.  This level and scope of education prepared him for the mission of “the Apostle to the gentiles”.  In his various journies, when he found his way to the Greek cities of Asia minor, he most often spoke in the synagogues, reasoning with the Jew and Gentile worshipers.  He would also take the Gospel message to the public market places and in Athens, this got him into a little trouble.  Athens was the center of idolatry in the world at that time, with temples, statues, and other monuments and shrines dedicated to nearly every pagan god imaginable.

Acts 17:15-19 NKJV 15 So those who conducted Paul brought him to Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him with all speed, they departed. 16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him when he saw that the city was given over to idols. 17 Therefore he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there. 18 Then certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him. And some said, "What does this babbler want to say?" Others said, "He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods," because he preached to them Jesus and the resurrection. 19 And they took him and brought him to the Areopagus, saying, "May we know what this new doctrine is of which you speak?

So afraid, were the people of Athens that they may forget to honor an obscure god, that they erected a shrine to “the unknown god!”  To us that seems absurd, but to them, they are hedging their bets.

Acts 17:22-28 NKJV 22 Then Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; 23 "for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you: 24 "God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25 "Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26 "And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 "so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 "for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.'

This is amazing, Paul, in this passage from acts, in attempting to persuade the people of Athens as to the identity of this “unknown god” to whom they have erected a shrine.  Paul quotes from their own philosophers and poets to prove his point.  Where does the phrase “for we are also his offspring” come from?  It is taken from a didactic poem titled Phaenomena, written by Aratus from Cilicia in 300 BC!  Paul, being from Cilicia and educated in Tarsus, its greatest city, would have known this poet from an early age.

From Phaenomena 1-5:

Let us begin with Zeus, whom we mortals never leave unspoken.  For every street, every market-place is full of Zeus.  Even the sea and the harbor are full of this deity.  Everywhere everyone is indebted to Zues.  For we are indeed his offspring…

In Titus 1:12 Paul quotes another Greek philosopher, Epimenides of Knossos (Crete).

Titus 1:12 NKJV 12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons."

Epimenides was a semi-legendary Greek seer and philosopher-poet, who is said to have fallen asleep for 57 years in a Cretian cave sacred to Zeus, he reportedly awoke with the gift of prophesy.  Epimenides considered Zeus to be immortal.

The poem, Minos addresses Zeus thus:

They fashioned a tomb for thee, O holy and high one, The Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies!
But thou are not dead: thou livest and abidest forever, for in thee we live and move and have our being.

Remember Acts 17:28 “…for we live and move and have our being…”?

Here is yet another one.  Meander (342-291 BC) A Greek dramatist, the author of over a hundred comedies wrote, “Evil communication corrupts good manners” in a play titled “Thais.”  Paul uses this line from Thais in 1 Cor. 15:33

1 Corinthians 15:33 NKJV 33 Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."

Paul was largely unsuccessful in Athens and thereafter limited his mission to the Jews and the Greeks in the synagogues.

Acts 18:1-5 NKJV 1 After these things Paul departed from Athens and went to Corinth. 2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. 3 So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers. 4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. 5 When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.

Paul learned from his mistake and makes the adjustment to his approach in his mission field.  Forgetting philosophy and returning to teaching Torah!

1 Corinthians 1:17-23 NKJV 17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words (ie: philosophy), lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent." 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,

Where does one draw the line as to what is inspired of God and what is not?  Are writings that originate outside of scripture, but are then mentioned in scripture, are to be, by such association, considered inspired or in some such way an equal to scripture, included in scripture?  If that is the case, then we must accept much of the ancient Greek philosophers that the Apostle Paul quoted as being inspired of God and include their writings as scripture as well.  What kind of mess would that result in?  So the answer to the title question is clearly no! It would be “mere folly” to do so.

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Dan & Brenda Cathcart

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