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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)

Please Note: Absolutely nothing on this website should be taken as anti-Church or anti-Rabbinic. I am not anti-anything or anti-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?”

Developing a
Systematic Messianic Theology

“The purpose of careful theological formulations is not to put barriers in the way of people who are seeking salvation, but to define clearly the truths upon which genuine [Biblical] faith rests, so that people will not be misled by false doctrines.” [Bowman]

“It must be clearly and unequivocally stated that theology cannot save you. Only faith in Messiah Yeshua can save you. Theology can only give you sound doctrine.” [RLS]

Unless otherwise specified, throughout the Theology section of my website I use the term “Torah” in the wider sense of including the entire body of inspired Scripture: both the Tanakh and the Apostolic Writings. I personally do not consder any other so-called “sacred writings” either inspired by God or authoritative for the Believer’s walk of faith. Thus, I do not consider the Mishnah (the “Oral Torah”) as part of Torah. You should make up your own mind.

[Explanations of rabbinic citations are HERE]

Israel: God’s Chosen People

God’s purpose for Israel is that they should be “a kingdom of kohanim [priests] for Me, a nation set apart” (Exodus 19:5-6). The responsibilities of a priest are to be a representative of God to the people and a representative of the People to God. It was through Israel that God introduced monotheism to the world. It was through Israel that God introduced his standard of righteousness (Torah) to the world. It was through Israel that God introduced the concept of “salvation” to the world. It was Israel who provided a written record of God’s words and deeds (the Bible) to the world. In fact, the entire Bible is the record of God's dealings one one man, Abraham, his ancestors, and his descendants. It was through Israel that God brought His Messiah/Redeemer into the world. And it will be through Israel that God rules over His entire creation throughout the Messianic Kingdom Age and in the Olam Habah (the World to Come). Anyone who claims to love God and yet holds His set-apart people in disdain is a liar, and there is no truth in him. To hate Israel is to hate Israel’s Messiah and to hate the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

The Bible teaches that Israel has been elected by HaShem out of all of the families of man to be His chosen people, to serve as an example to the world of His love, compassion, providence, and righteous judgment, and to lead all the nations (goyim) into faith in HaShem. Moreover, HaShem chose Avraham and his descendants to be the human family from which His own Son, Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach, would be born after the flesh, to be Israel’s Messiah and the Redeemer of all who would come to Him.

The People

The Bible teaches that, although many individual Israelites (many “myriads”-- as much a third of the population, including many of the kohenim) immediately received the Good News of Mashiach and became His talmidim, corporate Israel (that is, the political leaders of Israel, not the Jewish people) fell from her exalted position among the nations of the world because of her repeated idolatry and her corporate rejection of Mashiach when He first appeared. Therefore, HaShem allowed the destruction of the Temple and the dispersion of political Israel throughout the nations of the world, and allowed Eretz Yisra'el (the Land of Israel) to be overrun by the Gentile nations (the Goyim) for a period of time known as “the time of the Goyim.” This was a temporary exile from which HaShem promised to call forth His people at the end “the time of the Goyim.” The establishment of the modern State of  Israel in 1948 marked the end “the time of the Goyim,” and He is now returning His People to their Land, from which they will never again be exiled.

The Covenants

The Bible teaches that HaShem has made numerous unilateral, unconditional, and eternally irrevocable covenants with the household of Abraham, many of which have not yet been fulfilled, and that because of His unchangeable nature He is faithful to fulfill all His promises. It should therefore be accepted as self-evident that HaShem is not yet finished with His chosen race. They will again live corporately in fellowship with and obedience to Him, and in peace and safety within the geographical boundaries of their ancestral home, Eretz Yisra'el, under the Kingship of His Messiah Yeshua. I specifically and categorically reject as heretical the dogma known as “Replacement Theology” which teaches that “the Church” has replaced Israel in HaShem’s plan, and that Israel has been temporarily “set aside” in favor of the Gentiles. [More HERE.]

The Land

The Bible teaches that HaShem owns all the land of the world, and that kings, potentates, and nations occupy that land only with HaShem’s permission, and that He gives and revokes that permission according to His sovereign will. The Bible teaches that HaShem explicitly gave to Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya'akov, and to all their descendants forever an irrevocable land grand of all the territory from “the river of Egypt” (the Nile River) to the Euphrates River, and that land was then, as it is now, Israel’s irrevocable possession.

Occupied Territories


    1. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Lebanon
    2. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Syria
    3. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Iraq
    4. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Kuwait
    5. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Saudi Arabia
    6. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Jordan
    7. Israel’s territory currently occupied by Egypt

It is therefore obvious that almost of all of Eretz Yisra'el is being illegally occupied by the nations of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. (Click here for more details.)

The dark black border indicates the territory that HaShem gave as a land grant to Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya'akov, and to their descendants forever as an everlasting covenant. It also marks the territory that the United States and the United Nations are trying to steal from Israel and give to the Muslims. HaShem says that He will not permit this, and that he will “curse” anyone who tries to make it happen. If implemented, America’s “Road Map for Peace” may very well cause the downfall and destruction of the United States of America as we now know it.

The Palestinian Conflict

As Israel owns all of the land from the Nile to the Euphrates, anyone besides Israel who lives on any part of that land is an illegal occupying force, and HaShem has given Israel both the right and the responsibility to drive them out.

I will drive them out from before you gradually, until you have grown in number and can take possession of the land. I will set your boundaries from the Sea of Suf [Red Sea] to the sea of the P'lishtimPhilistines [Mediterranian] and from the [Sahara] desert to the [Euphrates] River, for I will hand the inhabitants of the land over to you, and you will drive them out from before you. You are not to make a covenant with them or with their gods. They are not to live in your land; otherwise they will make you sin against me by ensnaring you to serve their gods. [Allah?] (Exodus 23:30-33)

Any nation who resists Israel in their God-given responsibility of governing all of their land is not resisting Israel, but rather they are resisting the God of Israel!

Now ADONAI said to Avram, “Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father's house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. 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 12:1-3)

How lovely are your tents, Ya'akov; your encampments, Isra'el! They spread out like valleys, like gardens by the riverside, like succulent aloes planted by ADONAI, like cedar trees next to the water. Water will flow from their branches, their seed will have water aplenty. Their king will be higher than Agag and his kingdom lifted high. God, who brought them out of Egypt, gives them the strength of a wild ox. They will devour the nations opposing them, break their bones, pierce them with their arrows. When they lie down they crouch like a lion, or like a lioness-- who dares to rouse it? Blessed be all who bless you! Cursed be all who curse you! (Numbers 24:5-9)

I believe that most of the natural disasters and calamities that have occurred in the United States over the past two decades (especially) have been the direct result of America’s actions against the sovereign State of Israel and against the God of Israel. That’s right. I said that America is corporately acting against the God of Israel. I believe that HaShem repays “measure for measure” (Exod. 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21; Matt 7:2; Luke 6:38). When America forces Israeli citizens off their land and into refugee camps, (by forcing Israel to surrender “land for peace”) HaShem sends hurricanes to America to force American citizens off their land and into refugee camps. Measure for measure!

In addition to America’s elected officials applying pressure on Israel to negotiate with the self-called “Palestinians” (against the clear command of Torah), the apostate “Church” is corporately acting against the God of Israel by participating in the Palestinian-led “Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” (BDS) movement. As of April 2019 the following American denominations are officially boycotting Israel, thus aligning themselves with the so called “Palestinians” and against the God of Israel: the Alliance of Baptists, Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Mennonite Church USA, Presbyterian Church (USA), Roman Catholic Church, Unitarian Universalist Association, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, World Communion of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches Central Committee. [Source: Steven Sellers Lapham, “Ten U.S. Churches Now Sanction Israel — To Some Degree, and with Caveats” in Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, March/April 2019, pp. 51-53. Accessed 30 October 2019.

The Return of Messiah

The Bible teaches that the world will experience seven years of strife and tribulation known as “Ya'akov’s Trouble” and that the return of Yeshua HaMashiach will be related to that strife. However, I am not personally convinced that Scripture clearly indicates whether His return will be before, during, or after that period.

The Bible teaches the literal and physical return of Adonai Yeshua HaMashiach to the earth just as He went, in Person and in the body in which He was crucified, now glorified, coming on the clouds of heaven, with all His Saints, and with power and great glory to establish His earthly Kingdom, to bind HaSatan and place him in the abyss, to lift the curse which now rests on the whole creation, to restore a united Israel to her own land and to give her the realization of every single element and every single provision of HaShem’s covenant promises, to bring the whole world to the personal knowledge of HaShem, and to personally and bodily reign over the whole earth for a thousand years from His throne in Jerusalem.

When Messiah returns to rule from His throne in Jerusalem, Israel will resume her rightful place as an example of righteousness and a “light to the Goyim.”

ADONAI-Tzva'ot says, “When that time comes, ten men-- speaking all the languages of the nations-- will grab hold of the cloak [literally, take hold of the tzitziot (fringes) of the tallit (prayer shawl)] of a Jew and say, ‘We want to go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” (Zechariah 8:23)

Additionally, when Mashiach returns to establish His earthly kingdom, all nations of the earth will be judged by the way they have treated Israel (Matt. 25:31-46):

“… The King will say to them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you did these things for one of the least important of these brothers of mine [the Jewish people], you did them for me!…’”

Both the Temple and the Aharonic Priesthood will be completely restored, that the sacrifices will be practiced as a memorial reminder that our redemption has come only through the shed Blood of the Lamb, and that all the nations of the world will come to the Temple in Jerusalem to observe the Feasts of HaShem (particularly Sukkot, which is Yeshua’s “birthday party”) under the tutelage of their teacher Israel. Further, I specifically believe that the advent of “Messianic Judaism,” which coincided with Israel’s liberation of Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967, is the beginning of the process of the goyim placing themselves under that tutelage.

I believe that King David, resurrected and glorified, will reign over Israel as Mashiach’s co-regent, and that Father Avraham, resurrected and glorified, will rule over all Eretz Yisra'el from the Nile River in the west to the Euphrates River in the east.

Israel and the “Jesus” of “the Church”

To be broken off from the “Olive Tree” requires the rational act of unbelief. The natural branches who have not known or heard of the true Messiah of Israel are not “broken off.” Most Jewish people today have not yet heard about their Jewish Messiah Yeshua in truth.

Rejection of a “Gentile Christian Jesus”-- who came to destroy HaShem’s Torah and who rejects his own Jewishness, who is at best only a crude and extremely inaccurate caricature of the historical Yeshua HaMashiach-- is NOT a rejection of the true Messiah of Israel.

Therefore, many Jewish people who “call on the name of ADONAI” (Joel 2:32; quoted in Romans 10:13) remain in the covenant promises, even though they may be partially blinded to the truth of Messiah. Gentile Believers who do not realize this fact are themselves are partially blinded. Once the fullness of the Gentiles has come into Israel the blindness on all parts will be lifted, then all of Israel, Jews and non-Jews, will be saved together by the Deliverer, Yeshua HaMashiach. It is He Who has turned away unrighteousness from Israel. The truly righteous ones, both Jewish and non-Jewish, must accept their covenant place in Israel, given through Yeshua HaMashiach.

If ADONAI is echad (one), (Deuteronomy 6:4), and if Yeshua and Abba are echad (John 10:30), and if “every tongue will confess that Yeshua HaMashiach is ADONAI, to the glory of HaSham the Father” (Philippians 2:11), then it follows that Yeshua HaMashiach is ADONAI. If Yeshua HaMashiach is ADONAI, then Yeshua HaMashiach appeared to Avraham at Mamre (Genesis 18); Yeshua HaMashiach made the covenant with Avraham (Genesis 15); Yeshua HaMashiach spoke to Moshe from the burning bush (Exodus 3); Yeshua HaMashiach wrote the Torah in stone with His finger (Exodus 24:12; 31:18).

And it is Yeshua HaMashiach Who today stands behind the Western Wall in Jerusalem and hears the prayers and receives the worship of His people Israel, who cannot see Him in the grossly distorted “Jesus” created by the Gentile “Church.”[1]

For thus is is written:

• “Whoever calls on the name of ADONAI will be saved” (Joel 2:32; quoted in Romans 10:13)

• “He who believes in it [Him, the cornerstone of Zion] will not be disturbed.” (Isaiah 28:16; quoted inRomans 10:11)


 1. The “Jesus” of “the Church” is a “different Yeshua” and the “Gospel” of “the Church” is a “different Gospel” the than the Yeshua HaMashiach and the Gospel that are presented in the Bible. The “Church” has much for which it must answer to HaShem.

“For if someone comes and tells you about some other Yeshua than the one we told you about, or if you receive a spirit different from the one you received or accept some so-called ‘good news’ different from the Good News you already accepted, you bear with him well enough!” (2Cor 11:4)

I am astounded that you are so quick to remove yourselves from me, the one who called you by the Messiah's grace, and turn to some other supposedly “Good News,” which is not good news at all! What is really happening is that certain people are pestering you and trying to pervert the genuine Good News of the Messiah. But even if we -- or, for that matter, an angel from heaven!-- were to announce to you some so-called "Good News" contrary to the Good News we did announce to you, let him be under a curse forever! We said it before, and I say it again: if anyone announces "Good News" contrary to what you received, let him be under a curse forever! (Galatians 1:6-9)

For more information about this idea, please see “Jesus the False Prophet” and “The True Gospel.” [BACK]

Page revised on Wednesday, 30 October 2019.
Page revised on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Page last updated on Tuesday, 26 September 2023 01:32 PM
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