How I ‘see’ christians… just so you know…
Many people over the years have misunderstood me, and it is because they have in their own head preconceptions and misconceptions about what it is to keep the Torah of Elohim [Instructions of G-d].
There are thousands of years of theological banter that get in the way of good communication on this matter.
Last night, I awoke in the middle of the night with this on my mind. I don’t know if a dream prompted it, or why I had this in my mind so strongly.
Perhaps it is because of the season we are now in, Teshuvah, leading up to The Season of Our Joy, the time of the Jewish Messiah’s birth, as recorded in SCRIPTURE, and how many who profess faith in Him will not even acknowledge it, but will ‘try’ to celebrate it on the day of the birth of the chief god of Roman paganism, the ‘son’ of a ‘trinity’ of Mithraism, in a few months.
Many think that by my previous statement, and generally my support of His Torah, that I condemn or ‘judge’ those who follow these teachings.
I DO NOT.
I merely do not hesitate to point out the error and hypocrisy of the DOCTRINE of men. If one chooses to abide in the DOCTRINE, that is between them and The Creator, who does indeed look into the heart. But, He judges our hearts according to HIS TORAH, and NOT our ‘desire’, or how we ‘feel’ about a matter.
I see that many among western ‘christianty’ are really partly Torah Keepers… they just do not realize it!
The Torah, or the “Instructions” of G-d, are summarized in the Ten D’varim.
Here is where the confusion begins. Christianity calls these the Ten Commandments. In Hebrew, they are “The Ten Words,” or, “The Ten [most important] Things.” The Western mind views these as ‘cruel directives’ from a ‘god’ who is ruthless and vengeful.
But, these are a foundational model of ALL HIS TORAH/INSTRUCTIONS.
The first four deal with our relationship to The Creator, Blessed is He.
I am יהוה. You shall have no other gods before me.
Do not make for yourselves graven images and bow down and worship them.
Do not take up the Name יהוה for vain reasons.
REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY, to set it apart, because I created the world in SIX DAYS and rested on the SEVENTH DAY, so also you shall rest from all your work on the SEVENTH DAY, to CONSECRATE IT [make the 7th day different from every other day].
The last SIX deal with our relationship with one another, man to man.
You will honor your father and your mother, and you will live long because of it. [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not commit murder [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not commit adultery [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not steal [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
You will not bear false witness against your neighbor [If I, יהוה , am your G-d].
You will not covet. [If I, יהוה, am your G-d].
Now, western believers who profess faith in the Son of G-d as “Salvation” [Yeshua means ‘salvation’], would seem to agree with most of these.
Many do not realize that the Father has a Name: יהוה. But, they understand, to some degree, the Sovereignty that name establishes, and the eternal nature of The Creator… and, they do believe He is the only G-d to be worshipped; so, I myself see them as keeping the first ‘Important Thing.’ IF they DO understand that HE is the ETERNAL CREATOR and SOVEREIGN of all the earth.
Some of those who claim to know the Son of G-d also will not make an idol to bow down to, or pray to a ‘fashioned thing.’ Now, many, many who claim to be ‘christian’ do in fact pray to ‘things’ that they say ‘represent’ someone they claim is not a ‘god.’ They do not understand that if they pray to a ‘spiritual being transcendent of humanity,’ that it is a ‘god.’ Man has fashioned it, and assigned a ‘spirit’ to it. They are breaking this command. They cannot know the Creator, יהוה , until they come to realize this. He is clear that our worship, reverence, genuflection, adoration, supplication, cry for help, and for salvation, is to be directed to HIM, because only HE is Sovereign, and able to save us! But, some, who do say they trust in the Son of G-d, reject all forms of idolatry. They keep this Important Word.
The third is a mite tricky, not to take HIS NAME up in vanity. The vast majority of those believers do not know that His Name is יהוה , so they do not break this command. Sadly, many who CLAIM to keep His Torah DO take up this Name for vain reasons, and misuse it. THEY would be the ones breaking this ‘Important Word,’ and NOT those who trust in the Son of G-d and do not know/use this Name! And, many ‘think’ that ‘God’ is His name, or that ‘Jesus’ is His name, and they try to reverence it. So, I see them as honoring this Important Thing.
Here is where many, if not most, err against His Instruction. But, we will see that MOST who err in this fashion do so because they have been MISINFORMED.
The fourth Important Thing is REMEMBER the SABBATH DAY, to CONSECRATE IT [from the six days for working].
The Sabbath Day is the SEVENTH DAY. It is the ONLY day of the week in scripture that has a NAME.
Constantine, the pagan who hijacked the Congregations, forced a ‘union’, and rejected/expelled Jewish LEADERS who trusted in Messiah the Son of G-d, CHANGED THIS DAY. He put all the resources of his empire in play to make sure of what the 7th day of JEWS was, and FIXED the Roman calendar, to make sure that ‘christians’ did NOT KEEP the Jewish Sabbath. By ROYAL DECREE he mandated changes in the Sabbath and Pesakh [Passover, the most important feast of early Messianic Jews and Gentiles] saying, “henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people [The Jews].” HENCEFORTH is the operative word. This was a CHANGE in the ‘seasons,’ just as Dani’el said the spirit of the lying one would bring, and Yokhanan affirmed this spirit was already in the congregations! Because MANY did NOT STOP keeping the Jewish Sabbath, it became royal decree less than 100 years later, in Laodicea!, that if any ‘christian’ DID keep the “Jewish Sabbath,” which is actually the Sabbath of יהוה , or the Pesakh, HE WOULD DIE. THIS FEAR is still in the ‘spirit’ of that change, and affects MANY who still keep it this way, even though they KNOW that HIS SABBATH is the SEVENTH DAY even on the calendar of Rome. The Jewish people have preserved this Seventh Day! ALL THE WORLD KNOWS this is the Sabbath of the Creator!
Part of our worship on the Sabbath is to remember that we are CREATED. But, many who profess faith in the Son of Elohim DO ‘keep’ ‘a sabbath.’ But it is NOT HIS. But, they have an understanding that they should ‘keep a sabbath,’ so they wrongly call the first day of the week a ‘christian sabbath.’ They ‘say’ they worship on this day because the Son rose from the dead on this day. But, the issue is that he did NOT rise from the dead on the Roman ‘sun day.’ He rose from the dead at the end of the SABBATH! WHEN THE 1st DAY WAS STARTING. (Sat night) So, even the excuse does not fit SCRIPTURE. BUT! They know they ‘should’ keep “a” day for Him. And, they know they should assemble on a ‘seventh’ day. Does He ‘give us credit’ for that? No. Does He ‘excuse’ it? No. But, He does offer grace, UNTIL we are convinced of truth. But, does a ‘christian’, a true believer, give a NOD to ‘a’ Sabbath?
YES. By doing so they admit the authority of the Ten D’varim, but at the SAME time fight that authority, and yield to Mashi’akh HaSheker, who MOVED the feasts!
But, there is an impetus to keep ‘something’! A Torah Command! NOWHERE in the Brit Khadasha are we instructed to ‘keep a seventh day of assembly.’ WHY, then, do they ALL DO IT, even though it is on the wrong day? Yeshua did not rise EVERY 1st day of the week, but only on the one after Passover. So, honest worship on the day of His Resurrection would dictate a frequency of only ONCE A YEAR. WHY, then, EVERY SEVENTH DAY? The heart of a real believer WANTS to obey; the heart of a deceiver wants to REPLACE.
So, while these who profess the Son do not keep His Sabbath, deep down they know there is a ‘need.’ They have His Torah being written on their hearts, but they have not yielded to His Will, not fully. Yet. They ‘know’ that this is the fourth “Important Word.” He did not say, however, ‘remember ‘a’ seventh day,’ but remember THE SABBATH DAY and keep it HOLY.
You will honor your father and your mother. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and do this. False ones do not.
You will not murder. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not commit adultery. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not steal . Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not bear false witness against your neighbor. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
You will not covet. Real believers in The Son of G-d agree this is TRUTH, and adhere to this. False ones do not.
So, I see my brothers in Messiah who trust that Yeshua, the Son of G-d, is their salvation, as having an impetus to obey. They ARE TORAH KEEPERS…
They simply do not do the SABBATHS of יהוה the way HE said to, and the way YESHUA DID!
My great desire is to see all His People doing what HE said we WILL do for 1000 years WITH HIM when He is on this earth, to see them doing it NOW, to SHOW the world that HE IS NOT WISHY WASHY, or duplicitous, HE does NOT change with man’s desires or whims, is NOT subject to Constantine, the Popes, Luther, Calvin, Wesley, et al, but is THE SOVEREIGN OF CREATION.
The Sabbath sends that message, every week, that we honor HIM and HIS POWER over the universe when we assemble and REST together when HE said to rest. The other seven Mo’edim, or Appointed Times, are for a similar purpose, but also to show US the map of creation, and what will happen when He returns. This is what the book of Kolosim teaches! It is very, very basic! It does NOT put us ‘under the law,’ because being under any law only happens when one BREAKS that law.
In a ‘free’ government, one does not come under the ‘heavy hand’ or ‘long arm’ of the ‘law’ until one BREAKS THE LAW. Then, the judge will, after determining if indeed the ‘law’ has been broken, will apply the requisite punishment. THAT is what being ‘under the law’ means, in any form of government!
Learn this, that in ancient AND modern Judaism, just like in 4th century and modern ‘christianity,’ there is a ‘law of man’ that supersedes the Instruction of G-d [Torah], and THAT is what men follow! THAT is the ‘law’ from which we are set free. THAT is the ‘law of sin and death’ about which Sha’ul [Paul] wrote. “DO NOT CALL THE TORAH OF ELOHIM SIN. WHAT PROFANITY!” [Rom 7:7] Following MAN’S religious ‘law’ puts man ‘under the law’ of G-d, because they are breaking HIS INSTRUCTION in order to keep THEIRS! [Mar 7:6-7, 15:9, Kol 2:22, Is 29:13] A real, honest citizen of that government will not deliberately ‘break the law,’ because he wants to be an honest citizen. He will throw himself on the mercy of that government when he learns he has broken the law, and a merciful judge will lift the punishment, BUT NOT IF HE PERSISTS TO BREAK THAT LAW! Is Elohim any less just? NO. And real believers know this about all the other NINE ‘Important Words,’ but seem to equivocate over that fourth, and thereby the OTHER feasts of Lev 23.
MAN changed the Sabbath. Dani’el the prophet, who wrote the book on what was revealed about last things, sealed it up. That book was opened by Yokhanan years later. They both told us that the Mashi’akh HaSheker would:
CHANGE THE SEASONS AND THE TORAH! [Daniel 7:25]
MAN did this. CONSTANTINE did this. The FINAL Mashi’akh HaSheker [Lying Messiah] will again do it, worldwide, in the name of “Jesus,” of Allah, Mohammed, of Buddha, of Hinduism, and of every named god.
Read Isaiah 56-58 without preconceived notions. Consider the eternal nature of the promises He makes there. Know that “LORD” is יהוה, and “Lord” is Adonai. יהוה only applies to G-d Eternal. Abba has ONE people, The Jews who trust in Messiah, and the Gentiles who join Yisra’el in trust in Messiah. There is ONE set of instructions for all HIS children. He does NOT equivocate, or vacillate, and is not duplicitous. Yeshua UPHELD the Torah, and TAUGHT it. So did Sha’ul. So does ANYONE who genuinely trusts in Messiah Yeshua. Just keep reading HIS WORD, and by IT, trim your OWN lamp, by doing what HE says.
Only GOD can overturn His Own word, and He DID not and WILL not do it! I challenge anyone to find where Messiah Yeshua abolished the Sabbath and Passover [and the other feasts]. IT CANNOT BE DONE. BUT, I have shown and it is well-known HISTORY that Constantine DID!
There are many real believers who are Torah keepers. They just need to break from Constantine in regard to The Appointed Times of יהוה, and be more correct in their obedience. He is teaching His children to do this. Because we ARE in the last days.
“Choose you TODAY whom you will serve! As for me and my house, we will serve יהוה.”