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Unapologetically Pro-Torah
Unashamedly Pro-Israel
Irrevocably Zionist
“… 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!
If you don’t believe Genesis 1-11, how can you possibly believe John 3:16?
“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)

Random Thoughts

Ideas that occur to me that may or may not be of any significance, may or may not make any sense to anyone, and may or may not ever actually become web pages.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016 12:14 p.m.

Don’t keep trying to “convert” the world. Just make sure the world doesn’t convert you.

Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) is your spiritual GPS-- God’s Positioning System. He tells you where you need to go and the best route to travel to get there. You can either listen to or ignore His leading. Whenever you choose to ignore His directions and get on the wrong path, He “recalculates” and provides you with new direction. [Thanks to Rabbi Greg Hershberg of Beth Yeshua International for the illustration.]

Rabbi Sha'ul of Tarsus (a.k.a. the Apostle Paul) was one of the most brilliant Jewish rabbis to have ever lived. At a very young age he was selected out of all the boys in the Diaspora to study at the feet of Gamliel the Elder (called Gamaliel in the English version of the Apostolic Writings; Acts 5:34, 22:3), who was the leading authority in the Sanhedrin in the early first century of the Common Error. Gamliel was the grandson of Hillel the Elder (also called Hillel HaGadol), who is considered to be one of the greatest Jewish Sages, if not the greatest Sage, of all time. Hillel is associated with the development of the Mishnah and the Talmud. Renowned within Judaism as a sage and scholar, he was the founder of the House of Hillel school for Tannaïm (Sages of the Mishnah) and the founder of a dynasty of Sages who stood at the head of the Jews living in the Land of Israel until roughly the fifth century of the Common Era. It is a relatively safe assumption that Sha'ul was being groomed as Gamliel’s successor. Had he not met Yeshua face to face on the Damascus Road, it is likely that he would have ultimately been recognized as the greatest of all the Sages.

God’s “unconditional love” as taught by the Church simply does not exist. God’s amazing and boundless love initiates an intimate relationship with Him, and we do not have to do anything to “earn” His love; however, we do have to actively do something to accept His relationship. Without true repentance (Acts 2:38) and obedience (John 14:15) there can be no relationship.

If you wonder why you (or your ministry) are not being blessed, consider God’s conditional promise. A conditional promise is one that applies only if we meet the conditions established for the fulfillment of that promise.

3If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, …

Leviticus 26:3 sets the conditions for receiving the promise of verses 4 thru 7.

4then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. 5Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. 6I shall also grant peace in the land, so that 6you may lie down with no one making you tremble. 7I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and no sword will pass through your land.

If you do not live out the condition (requirement) of Leviticus 26:3 and you are being “blessed,” that “blessing” is not coming from God and there will be an eternal price to pay for it.

Sunday, 17 April 2016 4:53 p.m.

If you claim to be a “New Covenant Believer” you are claiming that God has written His Torah on your heart:

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law [Torah] within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (Jer. 31:31-33)

The New Covenant is made “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” If you deny your citizenship “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (i.e., the Commonwealth of Israel), then I would submit that you are not actually a New Covenant believer, are you? If you look for reasons to not obey the Torah, then I would submit to you that the Torah is not actually written on your heart, is it? If you do not have the Torah written on your heart, how can you claim to be a New Covenant believer? If you are not a  New Covenant believer, how can you possibly claim to be “saved”?

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