The Third Temple  The Center for
Messianic Learning 

Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
ב״ה
“… out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”
(Isaiah 2:3)
Jew and Gentile (Synagogue and Church), one in Messiah. (Ephesians 2:14)
“For He is our peace, Who made both one, and broke down the middle wall of partition, …”

If your life is not in jeopardy for what you believe, you’re probably on the wrong side!
“Indeed, all who want to live a godly life united with the Messiah Yeshua will be persecuted.” (2Tim 3:12)
It is what you actually believe that determines how you walk out your faith, “but avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile.” (Titus 3:9)

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Please Note: Nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church. I am not anti-anything or anyone. I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth (see “Philosophy”), but sometimes the Truth upsets our long-held beliefs. Why isn’t my theology consistent throughout this website?
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WE ARE THE BRIDGE!
Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah!

We are the bridge!

Please Note: In order to avoid misunderstanding of the content of this website, it is very important that you first carefully study the Vocabulary Matters page. See also our summary Statement of Faith.

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I am the Watchman;
Hear my Shofar

Watchman blowing a shofarThe word of Yehovah came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people; say to them, ‘Suppose I bring the sword on a country, and the people of that country take one of their men and appoint him their watchman. Now if, upon seeing the sword coming against that country, he blows the shofar and warns the people; then, if the sword comes and takes away someone who heard the sound of the shofar but paid no attention to it, the responsibility for that person‘s death will be his own — he heard the shofar but paid no attention, so the responsibility for his death is his own; whereas if he had paid attention, he would have saved his life. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the shofar, so that the people are not warned; and then the sword comes and takes any one of them, that one is indeed taken away in his guilt, but I will hold the watchman responsible for his death.’
   Likewise you, son of man — I have appointed you as watchman for the house of Isra'el. Therefore, when you hear the word from My mouth, warn them for Me. When I tell the wicked person, ‘Wicked person, you will certainly die’; and you fail to speak and warn the wicked person to leave his way; then that wicked person will die guilty; and I will hold you responsible for his death. On the other hand, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he doesn’t turn from his way; then he will still die guilty, but you will have saved your own life.” [Ezek 33:1-9]

I AM THE WATCHMAN;
THIS WEBSITE IS MY SHOFAR

the Messianic Jewish Restoration, or Modern Messianic Judaism, is a prophetic movement uniting Jew and Gentile (1 Corinthians 12:13) into one Holy Bride (Revelation 21:9) awaiting the soon return of King Yeshua (1 Timothy 6:15), our Messiah (John 1:41). The restoration of “the faith which was once and for all passed on to God’s people” (Jude 1:3) marks the beginning of the fulfillment of a long series of Biblical prophecies. For example:

For the people of Isra'el are going to be in seclusion for a long time without a king, prince, sacrifice, standing-stone, ritual vest, or household gods. Afterwards, the people of Isra'el will repent and seek YeHoVaH[GN] their God and David their king; they will come trembling to Yehovah and His goodness in the acharit-hayamimLast Days. (Hosea 3:5)[1]

After this, I will pour out My Spirit on all humanity. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions; and also on male and female slaves in those days I will pour out My Spirit. (Joel 2:28-29)

What Identifies Messianic Judaism?

Dear Friends, I was busily at work writing to you about the salvation we share, when I found it necessary to write, urging you to keep contending earnestly for the faith which was once and for all passed on to God’s people. (Jude 1:3, CJB)
This sentence, originally penned by the brother of Messiah Yeshua, eloquently describes my ministry through this website, which began in about 1994 as an essentially Baptist outreach before I became aware of the Messianic Restoration Movement. In about 2000 HaShem began revealing to me that what I was teaching and writing about was a radical departure from “the faith” that Yeshua revealed to his talmidimdisciples and instructed them to pass on to the world. I then found it necessary to return to the ancient sources to uncover for myself — and then write to you about — the truth of “the faith that was once for all time handed down to the saints” (Jude 1:3, NASB), from which the Gentile Christian world has significantly departed. Not only must I write to you about this, I must keep contending earnestly for that faith. And so, as HaShem continues to give me strength, that shall I do.

One of the current works of Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) is to convert twenty-first century followers of the Greek “Jesus” into first century followers of the historic Hebrew Messiah Yeshua, alongside the Children of Abraham who follow Him.

“It is not the Messiah alone which identifies Messianic Judaism; the Church has the Messiah and is not Messianic Jewish. It is not Judaism that makes Messianic Judaism; the Rabbinic Temple has Judaism. Messianic Judaism can only be practiced within a Messianic Synagogue.

“Is this something exclusively for the Jewish people? Absolutely not! All who respond to the Messiah, Jew and Gentile alike, are heirs to a rich Jewish spiritual heritage and have deep Jewish roots (Romans 11:17). We invite all to to recapture the first century setting of our common faith. The walls between the Jewish people and Gentiles have been broken down as we have united in a common worship and life.

“As a Synagogue, we try to live out the principles of love and servicie that should follow from the true faith. We desire to support and build one another up and to spread the Good News of Messiah’s salvation to all men.”

— Rabbi Greg Hershberg, Beth Yeshua International (LiveStream Services)

See “What is Messianic Judaism?


The richest field for true evangelism
in 2021 is the American Church

According to the 2020 Barna “State of the Church” poll, Christianity in America is dying [video message]:

“…although we proclaim ‘In God We Trust’ on our currency, a slim 51% majority of Americans believe in a biblical view of God—down from 73% 30 years ago. Increasingly, the research finds mounting evidence that Americans are both redefining—and rejecting—God.

“Stunningly, Americans are more confident about the existence of Satan than they are of God. Overall, 56% contend that Satan is an influential spiritual being, yet almost half (49%) are not fully confident that God truly exists.

“More specifically, ‘The largest declines in possession of an orthodox, biblical perspective on the nature of God since 1991 were among individuals who attend Pentecostal or charismatic Protestant churches (down by 27 percentage points); people in the 18- to 29-year-old category (down 26 points); adults in the Elders generation, (that is, people born before 1946, down 25 points); and women (down 25 points).’”(Charismanews.com, accessed 13 July 2021)

“In addition to the viewpoint that eternal salvation can be earned, survey results show that 58% of Americans believe that no absolute moral truth exists and that the basis of truth are factors or sources other than God. Seventy-seven percent said that right and wrong is determined by factors other than the Bible. Fifty-nine percent said that the Bible is not God’s authoritative and true Word and 69% said people are basically good.

“‘If you look at some of the dominant elements in the American mind and heart today, as illuminated by the Inventory, most people believe that the purpose of life is feeling good about yourself,’ Barna said in a statement sent to The Christian Post.” (christianpost.com, accessed 13 July 2021)

“The results certainly do not reflect favorably on the churches that these people attend. Barna says it nicely ‘If the views of the people attending our Christian churches these days are any indication, we need to redirect our efforts for greater impact.’ We at Protestia are a little more direct. Half the people in this poll are unregenerate pagans and have a false assurance of salvation. They’re part of seeker-sensitive churches that don’t teach the whole counsel of God, led by emasculated betrayers of Christ who’d just as soon preach on self-help and trivialities than a mercilessly tortured Christ who was murdered on a cross because of mercilessly foul sins — slitting the throats of their sheep with bad teaching and then juggling their heads to entertain the goats. May God have mercy on us.” (protestia.com, accessed 13 July 2021) [More here]

… when the Son of Man comes, will He find the faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8b)
The Greek text is quite specific; it includes the definite article “the” identifying the word “faith” and translates into English literally thus:
    πλὴν (Nevertheless), ὁ (the) Υἱὸς (Son) τοῦ (the [one]) ἀνθρώπου (of Man)
    ἐλθὼν (having come), εὑρήσει (will He find) τὴν (the) πίστιν (faith)
    ἐπὶ (on) τῆς (the) γῆς (earth)?

That is, will He find the one and only true faith on the earth when He returns?

See also “The True Gospel.”

Watch this two-part video message on Cultural Christianity: Part 1 Part 2


Five Theologies I Disdain

There are five theological positions embraced by many who refer to themselves as “Messianic” with which I am in total disagreement, and which I consider significantly errant and abhorrent. At the top of my list of theologies too deviant to be worthy of any consideration at all are Supercessionism or Replacement Theologya>; Ephraimite Theology (a.k.a. Two-House or Two-Stick Theology)<), Sacred Name Theology, and Word of Faith Theology. You will not find anything on this website that reflects or supports those theologies.

There is another popular theology that I find especially offensive: the Theology of Cheap Grace, a.k.a. the href="articles/jewish_christian_relations/true_gospel.html#The Individual Salvation" target="_blank"> “Individual Salvation” Gospel, the “gospel” that is reduced to merely the salvation message.

A gospel that does not preach repentance is not the full gospel. A gospel message that does not preach immersion is not a full gospel message. A gospel message that does not preach discipleship to Jesus is not a full gospel message. A gospel message that does not preach the kingship of Jesus, including subjection to his Lordship, is not a full gospel message. A gospel message that does not teach the restoration of Israel and of the Jewish people is not a full gospel message. A gospel message that does not teach the coming kingdom of heaven on earth is not a full gospel message. A gospel message that does not teach the physical, literal resurrection of the dead is not a full gospel message.[3]

This so-called “gospel” teaches that all that is required to “go to heaven” when we die is to believe that Yeshyua is the Messiah, the Son of God and to accept Him as Savior.

“You believe that…? Good for you! The demons believe it too - the thought makes them shudder with fear!” (James 2:19)

This errant “theology” promotes trying to become a resident of the Kingdom and partaking of all of its benefits without accepting its responsibilities (the Torah). Isn’t that a lot like sneaking into the Kingdom by climbing over the wall or swiming the river and then participating in all the benefits of the Kingdom with none of the responsibilities? That doesn’t make you a citizen of the Kingdom; it makes you an illegal immigrant! Please see “The True Gospel.”


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Yom Kippur

 10 Tishri 5783 / 5 October 2022
Begins Tuesday 4 October 2022 at Sunset (6:46 pm)
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On that day, the “Root of Yishai,” Which stands as a banner for the peoples, the Goyim will seek Him out, and the place where He rests will be glorious. … He will hoist a banner for the Goyim, assemble the dispersed of Isra'el, and gather the scattered of Y'hudah from the four corners of the earth … There will be a highway for the remnant of His people who are still left from Ashur, just as there was for Isra'el when he came out from the land of Egypt. [Isaiah 11:10-12,16 CJB] Israel Flag
Is this the “Banner for the Goyim”?

If we believe that the Bible is the Creator’s handbook for humanity, shouldn’t we be doing Bible things in Bible ways, and naming Bible things with Bible words? Shouldn’t we be doing what the Bible says we should do?

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)

“Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah — indeed, sin is violation of Torah.” (1 John 3:4)

“… For how can righteousness and those without Torah[2] be partners? … ‘Go out from their midst; separate yourselves … Then I Myself will receive you. In fact, I will be your Father, and you will be My sons and daughters,’ says Yehovah-Tzva'otיְֽהוָ֗ה of Hosts (Armies)” (2 Cor 6:14, 17 lit, emphasis added).

Please note well: All the information on this website (except where otherwise specifically stated) is my own opinion, is sometmes highly speculative, and does not represent the opinion of any other person or organization. You are under absolutely no obligation to either agree with me or to accept my opinion; in fact, I prefer that you do not. You should simply read what I have to say, and if you are interested in what I say you should compare it to the Word of God and reach your own conclusions! [About the author]


I LOVE ISRAELNo Intent to Offend

“I have been deeply concerned for some time because it appears that Christianity has little or no understanding of true biblical faith. It has lost the real focus of biblical faith. It seems the people of God simply do not understand what biblical faith is all about. What I am about to say, I am saying not to be offensive or irreverent, and I hope you will not be offended because it is not meant to offend.

“I am concerned that in everything we see, everything we do, and everywhere we go today in Christianity, the focus is upon what? Jesus. It is all we hear. Jesus. Christianity has become an other-worldly religion to the same degree, and in the same sense, that other religious systems emphasize other-worldliness.

“Jesus has become an idol, if you will, our focus of attention, our focus of worship, and it seems that very few think about God anymore. Seldom do we hear anyone speak of the glory of God, his grandeur and mercy, the holiness of God, and the other many attributes and characteristics of God. There is very little talk about God anymore.

“Please understand that I am not trying to lessen the importance of Jesus. What I am trying to do is emphasize that, in all of the teachings of Jesus recorded for us in the gospels, his focus is not upon himself, what he is, what he is doing, or what he is to become. Additionally, Jesus has very little to say about God and, in particular, the worship of God. We do not read in the gospels of Jesus instructing people how they are to worship God, what they are to pray, or to sing, or what they are to do when they come together.

“My point is that, in the teachings of Jesus, there is not all that much emphasis upward. When the disciples come to Jesus and ask him to teach them how to pray, Jesus gives them some very specific instructions as to where the focus of those who are part of his movement is to be.”

(Blizzard, Roy B.. Mishnah and the Words of Jesus (p. 8-9). Austin, TX: Bible Scholars, Inc. Kindle Edition) 

Please note well: It is not my intent to belittle, unduly criticize, or “bash” anyone who may hold religious or political[4] persuasions or opinions other than my own, as long as you do not attempt to “convince” either me or others through any form of coercion. Neither is it my intent to cause any kind of division within the Family of God. Even though I may absolutely and totally disagree with your opinion, I will defend to the death your God-given right to hold it. Even if you are terribly wrong, you have a God-given right to remain terribly wrong. I am not “anti-anybody” — I am only pro-Truth [click HERE for the definition of “Truth”]. I firmly believe that it can be proven with absolute certainty that the Bible, and the Bible only, is the revealed Word of God. It is the standard by which all knowledge and opinion must be judged.

I also believe that for nearly 2,000 years (starting within 100 years following the Resurrection), the “Church” has been blinded to the truth of the Scriptures because of their disdain for the children of Abraham — they simply refuse to read and interpret the Jewish Scriptures (yes, all the Scriptures — all 66 books — are totally Jewish) as they were intended by their Jewish authors and as they would have been clearly understood by their Jewish recipients. I have come to believe that it is impossible to properly interpret the Scriptures apart from their ancient Jewish historical, cultural, and linguistic context.

Information on this website that concerns non-Biblical religious beliefs is provided for the sole purpose of comparing those beliefs with the Revealed Truth of the Bible. I also attempt to demonstrate, for educational and restorative purposes only, just how far the Christian Church has drifted away from its Jewish origins, and to provide a possible alternative view to what I taught for nearly 40 years as an evangelical Christian pastor (over 20 years with Baptist congregations). I earnestly await the return of King Messiah, the establishment of God’s Theocratic Kingdom here on earth, and the “Restoration of All Things” as promised by the prophets. For more on this subject, please CLICK HERE.
 


Many Gentiles will go and say, “Come, let’s go up to the mountain of Yehovah, to the house of the God of Ya'akov [Jacob/Israel]! He will teach us about His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For out of Tziyon [Zion] will go forth Torah, the word of Yehovah from Yerushalayim [Jerusalem]. (Micah 4:2; Isa 2:3)

Return in compassion to Your city, Jerusalem, and rest within it as You have said. Rebuild it speedily, and in our days, a structure forever. And may You establish the throne of David within Jerusalem speedily. Blessed are You, Lord, the Builder of Jerusalem. (The Amidah, Blessing 14)

I will bring them to My holy mountain and make them joyful in My house of prayer; their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (Isaiah 56:7)

For Tziyon’s sake I will not be silent, for Yerushalayim’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out brightly and her Yeshua like a blazing torch. (Isaiah 62:1)

So for Anerica’s sake I will not be silent, for Washington’s sake I will not rest, until her vindication shines out brightly and her Yeshua like a blazing torch.

Hear what Yehovah says to Israel: “I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)

And hear what Yeshua says to the whole world: “Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these [Jewish] brothers of mine, you did them for me!” (Matthew 25:40)

“From Your heavenly abode You will appear, O our King, and reign over us, for we wait for You. When will You reign in Zion? Soon, even in our days, may You dwell there forever and ever. May You be exalted and sanctified within Yerushalayim, Your city, from generation to generation and for all eternity. May our eyes see Your Kingdom, as it is expressed in the songs of Your Might by the hand of David, Your righteous Anointed: ‘Adonai shall reign forever, your God, O Zion, from generation to generation! Hallelujah!’” (K'doosha, the Sanctification Prayer from the Shabbat Sidur)

What This Website is All About: HaDerek


  1. Except where indicated, Scripture quotations on this website are from the Complete Jewish Bible. [RETURN]

  2. The New American Standard Bible renders this phrase, “… for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness …” The Greek word rendered “lawlessness” is ἀνομίᾳ (anomia), “without Law.” In the original Hebrew in which this was originally penned “Law” is “Torah.” So the clear intent of the phrase is to contrast those who follow Torah against those who do not. [RETURN]]

  3. Lancaster, Daniel Thomas. Elementary Principles: Six Foundational Principles of Ancient Jewish Christianity. Marshfield, MO: First Fruits of Zion, 2014, pp. 25-26. www.ffoz.org [RETURN]

  4. Absolutely nothing on this website is intended to be political in any way. That being said, when the kings of Israel did evil in the sight of Yehovah, it was the responsibility of HaShem’s prophets to call them out. I am the farthest thing from a prophet, but I still believe that as a follower of Yeshua HaMashiach, and especially as a Torah teacher, I have a responsibility to call them out when America’s elected “representatives” (we certainly can’t call more than a very few of them “leaders” these days) do evil in the sight of Yehovah. [RETURN]

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