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!
If you “curseGod’s Bride, Israel, you “curse” the God of Israel!
If you don’t believe Genesis 1:1-11:32, 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)

Caricature of Rick Sawyer pointing to the paragraphPlease Note: Absolutely nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church or anti-Rabbinic. 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. I know it certainly upset mine! For example, see “Why Isn’t My Theology Consistent Throughout the Website?”

For Yehovah of Armies says this: “In pursuit of His glory, He sent me against the nations plundering you, for whoever touches you touches the pupil of My eye.” (Zech 2:8)
Illustration of a waving Israel flag   WE STAND WITH ISRAEL, WITHOUT QUESTION!  
Read the UN Report “Sexual Violence in Conflict
Illustration of a waving Israel flag
The UN expert working to end rape during wartime remains gravely concerned for the safety and well-being of hostages still being held by Hamas militants, especially the 15 women captives, 75 days after the extremist group’s brutal incursion into southern Israel.

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WE ARE THE BRIDGE!
Jew and Gentile, one in Messiah!

We are the bridge!

Here is what Yehovah[GN] says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not take it.’” (Jeremiah 6:16)[1]

Photo of Dr. Rick SawyerPlease 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 my summary Statement of Faith.

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On this page:


Israel Flag Waving We Stand With Israel Israel Flag Waving

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Israel matters to God! Therefore, Israel should matter to you!
This war is not a war between Israel and the so-called “Palestinians!”
Do not be deceived. This war is a war between ADONAI and HaSatan!
What is “Palestine”? Who are the “Palestinians”?
Red flashing arrowList of Killings in the Name of Islam: Last 30 Daysred blinking arrow
Please see “What the World Needs to Understand About Radical Islam
Please listen to Rabbi Greg Hershberg’s message, “Israel Matters.”


IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE FINAL WAR? Images of the opening battles of world war three


January 25, 2023: This morning I received an email from the Venture Church Network (formerly known as the Conservative Baptist Association, the organization of churches through which I was ordained) that said, “Nearly 70% of pastors see an increasing sense of fear among their congregations regarding the future. We want to help! … This captivating video serves as a gentle reminder that God calls us to embrace boldness, casting aside fear. Drawing inspiration from the comforting words ‘Fear Not’ echoed in challenging moments throughout the Bible, this video encourages reflection on how embracing courage can reshape our response to contemporary challenges. Seize the opportunity to download and share this empowering message of fearlessness with your congregation today!” So here is that short video.


I am firmly convinced that we are now in the last of the Last Days.
The Great Apostasy is among us now!
The Pope Francis End-Time Apostasy
Jonathan Cahn Prophetic


Will we make it to the next Holy Day?


The next Holiday is
Shavuot (Pentecost)

6 Sivan 5784 / 22 June 2024
Begins Tuesday, 11 June 2024 at Sunset (8:35 pm)

Click here for a list of Holy Days
Candle Lighting Times


Why is all this “religious stuff” important?

Use all the armor and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. So take up every piece of war equipment God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. (Eph. 6:11-13, CJB)

Focus Article

Traitors In Our Government
are actively participating in Iran’s plan to destroy the United States of America!

(I’m also posting these important videos under
Rumors of War”)


 “FACT-CHECK” THIS, FARCEBOOK!

Old English Capital Letter Oon June 28, 2006, then-president Barack Obama declared, “… we are no longer a Christian nation …” Granted, the words are here taken out of context,[6] but that does not matter in the slightest. Regardless of whatever the context may or may not be, as the elected spokesperson for the United States of America, his declaration stands as the “official” position of the whole nation, and the actions of the government in the past few decades prove the statement to be true. Contrary to the First Amendment of our Constitution guaranteeing religious liberty, true Biblical faith has been banned from the public square. Secular Humanism has become the “official religion” of the United States of America and is given precedence over all other faiths. The ancient gods of the nations have returned in full force to completely drive true Biblical faith from the nations of the earth, and to regain their dominion over the nations. More information about these gods is here.

The Hidden Prophetic Warning of America’s Judgement
July 4th Message | Jonathan Cahn Sermon


 

The Mystery Island and The Warning to America
Jonathan Cahn Sermon


 

Pride Month may be used to INVESTIGATE churches in America?
Glenn Beck


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.” [Ezekiel 33:1-9]

I AM THE WATCHMAN;
THIS WEBSITE IS MY SHOFAR

Even though the nation’s founding documents clearly declare that our country is to be one that recognizes the authority of the Creator, all three branches of government — Executive, Legislative, and Judicial — have openly declared war on Christianity,[10] and any war waged against Christianity is a war against the God of Christianity — the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. And God will hold the entire nation accountable for that declared position.

Once a major textbook in all public schools, the Bible has been banned from the classroom and the biblical truth of creation has been replaced by the Humanist religious doctrine of evolution.[7]

The Ten Commandments are no longer allowed to be displayed in public schools or on any government property. Not even the scene of the historical event of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth may be displayed on public property, even though the day designated by the Government as His supposed birthday is still a federal holiday and our secular calendar recognizes the event of His birth, life, death, and resurrection by dividing history in terms of BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini, the Year of the Lord).

The Supreme Court has ruled that “the Lord’s Prayer” — or even a very “ecumenical” prayer (one that simply acknowledges a “Higher Power”) — may no longer be uttered in any government-sponored public assembly or on government property (except in the halls of Congress), nor may any form of prayer, even if it is student-led or student-initiated, be uttered at any public school or in any school-sponored event.

Little by little pastors across the land who teach God’s standards of conduct have begun to be accused of “hate speech.” And I believe that it is only a matter of time before the government orders that this website be taken down for the crime of “misinformation.”[13]

Yet across the country, and even at some distant American embassies, the “rainbow flag” will be seen flying over government buildings during the month of June.

source: https://bookjoy.livejournal.com/37140.html
Source: https://bookjoy.livejournal.com/37140.html

Since the Roe v. Wade decision in January of 1973 over 63 million unborn children[8] (over ten times the number of Jews murdered by Hitler) have been sacrificed on the altars of Molech, primarily for financial prosperity or to avoid financial or social burden associated with a child.[9] And it is no secret that the nation’s primary infantacide mill targets a minority population.[12]

When the rulers of ancient Israel permitted the worship of false gods in their land, God punished the entire nation by sending them into captivity. There were two major captivities: one to Assyria and one to Babylonia. If the rulers (and people) of America continue to reject the God of the Bible and permit the worship of false gods in our land, will the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob be somehow more tolerant of us?

If we claim to be followers of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, then we must accept His Torah as true. If the Torah (that is, the entire Torah from Genesis through Revelation) is true, then it must form the foundation for our worldview, and must therefore be the standard by which all other knowledge is to be measured. So, yes, this “religious stuff” is really important! ב״ה

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How Did America Become a Pagan Nation?

Old English capital letter WWhat does the Emperor of the Universe think about the direction in which America is currently going? (i.e., all the above)

Woe to those who call evil good

and good evil,

who change darkness into light

and light into darkness,

who change bitter into sweet

and sweet into bitter! (Isa. 5:20)
 

THIS Is Causing a MASS Exodus from the Church
Ken Ham

Most Christians Don’t Know THIS About Babylon
Martyn Iles | Answers in Genesis


 

America is Fallen – What Do You Do? | Jonathan Cahn

 
Why Gen Z Is MUCH Different from Previous Generations | Ken Ham

 
Escaping the Descent Into Paganism (Full Series)
[Occult Influence]
Allen Jackson Ministries

 
The Pagan Entities Ruling Over America | Zeitgeist 2025
ISN – It's Supernatural! Network

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Messianic Jewish Restoration

Old Entglish Capital Tthe 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 their God and David their king; they will come trembling to Yehovah and His goodness in the acharit-hayamimLast Days. (Hosea 3:5)

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)

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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)

Old English capital letter TThis 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 Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) 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 which was once and for all passed on to God’s people” (Jude 1:3), 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 service 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) ב״ה

red flashing arrowSee “What is Messianic Judaism?”   

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The richest field for true evangelism in 2023 is the American Church

Ornate Letter AAccording to the 2020 Barna “State of the Church” poll, Christianity in America is dying:

“…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 this video about the so-called “sinner’s prayer.”

See also “The True Gospel.”

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

Video: Warning in Scripture: False Teachers and Prophets ב״ה

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Five Theologies I Disdain

Old English capital TThere are five theological positions embraced by many who refer to themselves as followers of Yeshua/Jesus with which I am in total disagreement, and which I consider significantly errant and abhorrent. At the very top of my list of theologies too deviant to be worthy of any consideration at all are Supercessionism or Replacement Theology, which is part and parcel of the doctrinal position of virtually every Christian denomination (and what I taught for over 35 years). The second on my list of deviant “Christian” theologies that is also embraced by some who call themselves “Messianic” is Word of Faith Theology. The top two deviant theologies (in my opinion) within nominal Messianic Judaism are Ephraimite Theology (a.k.a. Two-House or Two-Stick Theology) and Sacred Name Theology.

There is a fifth popular theology among those who self-identify as “Christian” or “Messianic” that I find especially offensive: the Theology of Cheap Grace, a.k.a. the “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 Yeshua 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, CJB)

About 40 years ago, when I was a Baptist pastor, I owned a book titled Damned Through the Church by John Warwick Montgomery, and now I have very real concerns about how true that may really be! For many Christians their concern is, “Can a Jew be saved without the Church?” My personal concern has become “Can a Christian be saved without the Torah?” It literally makes me weep as I write the articles for my website.

This errant theology promotes trying to become a resident of the Kingdom of God and partaking of all the benefits of the Kingdom without accepting its responsibilities (the Torah[4]). 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.”  You will not find anything on this website that reflects or supports any of those five theologies. ב״ה

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Israel Flag Next Year in Jerusalem! Israel Flag
Planning and Building the Third Temple
The Restored Temple in Jerusalem
Year 1 of Melech Yeshua HaMashiach’s Reign
On that day, the “Root of Yishai,” Which stands as a banner for the peoples, the Goyim [Gentiles] 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 Corinthians 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 sometimes 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]

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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[5] persuasions or opinions other than my own. 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, as long as you do not attempt to “convince” either me or others through any form of coercion. Even if you are terribly wrong, you have a God-given right to remain terribly wrong.

Does that mean I am tolerant of non-biblical positions or of deviant behavior? No, I am not at all tolerant of either. But I do believe that everyone has the God-given right to defy God and His Torah and to suffer both the temporal and eternal consequences! I am not “anti-anybody” — I am only pro-Torah and pro-Truth. Do I believe that I hold the corner on Truth? Absolutely not; I am far from omniscient! [Click HERE for my very lengthy definition of “Truth”].

But I do 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), because of their disdain for the children of Abraham the Adversary has blinded the Gentile “Church” to the truth of the Scriptures — 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.[11] I have come to believe that it is impossible to properly interpret the Scriptures apart from their ancient Jewish historical, cultural, and linguistic context. The first fifteen minutes or so of this video explains why this context is so terribly important

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. ב״ה

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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; Isaiah 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 America’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) ב״ה

Please Don’t Call Me “Christian”

What This Website is All About: HaDerek

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

  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. [BACK]

  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 (my emphasis added) [BACK]

 4. Whenever I use the word ”Torah” I am referring only to the written Word contained the 66 books contained in the generally-accepted canon of Scripture. More about that HERE. [BACK]

 5. 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. [BACK]

 6. The complete quote is, “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.” He also often spoke of this country as “post-Christian America.” As the elected spokesperson for the United States of America (and as a self-proclaimed but often denied Muslim), his declaration stands as the “official” position of the nation. Defenders of his position argue that what he meant was that America is an “inclusive” nation and that people of all faiths are welcome here. The plain truth of the matter is that Judeo-Christianity — as defined by the Bible — is simply no longer tolerated in America, nor is it compatable with religions that worship false gods. [BACK]

 7. Dictionary.com defines “religion” as “the set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe … a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons … something one believes in and follows devotedly; a point or matter of ethics or conscience …” (dictionary.com) The “theory of evolution” is a totally unproven and unprovable theory presented by Charles Darwin in 1859, and is a cornerstone belief of Humanism. Thus Secular Humanism is by definition a religion and evolution is one of its prime tenets. The United States now tolerates virtually all of the world’s religions (except Judeo-Christianity) and openly promotes the Secular Humanist religion. [BACK]

 8. www.foxnews.com/politics/abortions-since-roe-v-wade accessed 30 May 2023 [BACK]

 9. “In addition to sexual rituals, Moloch worship included child sacrifice, or “passing children through the fire.” It is believed that idols of Moloch were giant metal statues of a man with a bull’s head. Each image had a hole in the abdomen and possibly outstretched forearms that made a kind of ramp to the hole. A fire was lit in or around the statue. Babies were placed in the statue’s arms or in the hole. When a couple sacrificed their firstborn, they believed that Moloch would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children.” (www.gotquestions.org/who-Molech.html accessed 30 May 2023) [BACK]

Venn Diagram of Christians, Jews, and Followers of Messiah

10. Why don’t I include Messianic Judiasm as a target of the government’s war against Believers? Because I don't feel that it’s necessary to point out that any war against Christians is a war against Messianic Believers, and any act of anti-semitism is an act against Messianic Believers. As the group that “forms a bridge” between the two faiths and includes both, anything that affects Jews also affects Messianic Believers and anything that affects Christians also affects Messianic Believers. [BACK]

11. One might argue, and fairly so, that all of the letters that Rebbe Sha'ul (the Apostle Paul) wrote to congregations were written to a primarily gentile audience. While that may be true, it was the ruling of the Jerusalem Council that the Gentiles would be admitted to fellowship only if they would abstain from those activities the Jews felt were particulary offensive, and that they would be taught to “walk Torah” in their synagogues each Shabbat (Acts 15:19-21 NASB95). So those gentiles were living in Torah-persuant communities that were under the ecclesiastical authority of Jewish Rabbis who were engaged in training them to live a lifestyle compatible with the greater Jewish communities. Their lifetyle would therefore of necessity looked very Jewish to any observer. [BACK]

12. See, for example, just one of many articles: “Margaret Sanger’s Racist Legacy Lives On At Planned Parenthood” at washingtonexaminer.com, accessed 4 June 2022.  [BACK]

13. On September 16, 2023, I asked the Microsoft Edge browser’s Artificial Intelligence (Bing AI), “What are the new laws against misinformation and disinformation?” Here is one response I got.

“I found a few articles on the topic. One of them is from The Washington Post. According to the article, a recent court ruling has freed the Cyber security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) from restrictions on countering misinformation and disinformation. However, the FBI still has restrictions on countering misinformation and disinformation.
   Another article from The Guardian reports that top state officials are pushing to make the spread of US election misinformation illegal. The proposed laws come in the absence of federal protection against election misinformation. Democrats in Congress have proposed the Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act, most recently in 2021, which would prohibit deceptive practices, false statements, and voter interference regarding federal elections.
   I hope this helps.”

Does “election misinformation” include the empty promises that every political candidate makes? Does it include the “misinformation” and blatant lies they tell about their oponents? Probably not! Even though the supposed intent of this new legislation is to protect against “election fraud” (like what happened when someone dared to exercise his Constitutional right to question the 2020 election results?), it is a clear violation of the Constitution’s “free speech” protection. Once that protection is even slightly infringed upon, the precedent will have been established and no spoken or written opinion against “the current regime” will be tolerated, especially if those who hate God are allowed to inherit the current regime and the decline into Godless totalitarianism is allowed to continue. No information has yet been provided (that I could find) regarding who is to determine what constitutes “misinformation” or “disinformation” or who will arbitrate disputes. And what areas of “speech” will be prohibited? Will opinion against the “gender confusion” delusion be permitted? Will outspoken objection to child abuse or human trafficking be permitted?  The best answer to this question that I got from Bing AI was that it is a “complex issue that involved multiple stakeholders… However, experts predict that the rapid acceleration and quality of artificial intelligence tools will help in this regard.” Wonderful! We’re going to entrust this issue to AI. But who is programming the AI? That’s a terrifying thought! “Be afraid! Be very afraid![BACK]

 

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