Are you ABSOLUTELY SURE you’re ‘in a good way’?
Even if you feel you are, it is ALWAYS healthy, spiritually, just to ‘check yourself’. Maybe the ‘check engine’ light is on, but you’ve been ignoring it.
The New Testament Scriptures have plenty of admonishing verses telling the reader to ‘examine’ himself, to ‘see’ whether he is ‘of the TRUE/SURE FAITH’.
We realize, within the TINY “Messianic Peshitta” community of Faith, that our ‘language’ can be off-putting, since we transliterate a decent amount of Hebrew words into “Eng-brew”. But, there is a pure motivation for doing so, and it really is a significant LEARNING tool, getting us all to understand better our Messiah and His Father. But, I’m going to try to refrain from too much of that within this article, and just speak plainly about being honest with oneself about FAITH and WALK.
Many people really do have the ‘faith’ part down, but the ‘walk’ part has been so confused and muddled, that there are nearly as many ‘denominations’ as there are people these days. Our purpose here at the Fellowship is to ‘call out’ and cry for UNITY in the Body of Messiah. We personally believe He is doing this, and that very few of us actually see how very GOOD at His job HE is. Most of us, including ourselves, do not ‘see’ ALL that Yeshua is doing in the preservation of His Own Body. Our hope is to provoke REAL believers to both LOVE AND GOOD WORKS, as Sha’ul [Paul] compels us to do: “Let us remain firm in the profession of our absolute trust, without wavering, for He who has promised us is faithful. And let us consider one another, to stir up love and good works…” Hebrews 10:23-24
Tonight begins Khanukah. Yeah, I realize most of the Jewish community began a couple of nights ago. But this is exactly what I’m talking about. MANKIND changed the calendar of Israel about 1,000 years ago, beginning to do so some few hundred years before that. Our Jewish people followed, because the Rabbis had them over a barrel. This is similar to the “Christian”/Gregorian calendar changing, and I don’t mean the dates. I mean the ‘feasts.’ Our Jewish people MOVED ONE feast of God from its biblical day, during the time of the Pharisees, namely Passover, moving it from the 14th to the 15th of the first month. Israel was not unified in this until about the third century, after the Messianic community had finally been banned from the Synagogues, and the Shamai Pharisees took over utterly, and created the current Rabbinic community of authoritarian, works doctrine. Similarly, Constantine kicked out the Messianic Jews from the “Christian” community in 320 AD, and MOVED PASSOVER to the date of Ishtar’s “Easter”, and moved Sukkot and Khanukah to Mithras’ “Christmas”, and moved the Sabbath to Sol Invictus’ “sun-day”. Khanukah was in tact in Yeshua’s day, as He was seen in the temple during Khanukah in John 10, and it started on the 25th night of the 9th BIBLICAL “month”.
On the “Jewish” calendar today, yes, Khanukah started on the 25th night. The problem is, that is a CALCULATED month, and NOT an ‘observed’ month. THAT is why we in the Messianic Peshitta community will not start until TONIGHT. The ‘Khodesh”, or ‘month’ in the Bible is OBSERVED, and NOT CALCULATED.
The observation of the ‘Khodesh’, or ‘renewed crescent moon’, was on Nov 6th this year, putting the 25th day of it on Nov 30, tonight [as I write].
People have accused us of being ‘divisive’, rebellious, and detracting from unity, since we are such a SMALL group of people who do it differently.
But, if anything, we need to be consistent. Our goal is to follow YESHUA, AT ALL COSTS. The confusion over the calendar itself was not an issue in Yeshua’s day. They still ‘observed’ the renewed crescent to set the feast days, as made plain in the oldest sacred Jewish writings, other than the scriptures themselves, the Mishnah. Again, at that point, the only day our Jewish people had moved was Passover. Any wonder they didn’t ‘SEE’ Messiah, who kept the Passover on the evening of the 14th, 24 hours before the Pharisees? They were already victims of “Sheker HaMashi’akh”, the SPIRIT of the false Messiah, denying that יהוה would come IN THE FLESH, AS the SON of God, while God was still on His throne. Even though the scriptures showed them over and over, and they STILL understand today, that the Malakh יהוה WAS GOD in an angelic Body, while God was still on His throne! OVER, and OVER. And that “Messenger” THEN became “D’var יהוה” “The WORD of יהוה” in an angelic body, appearing before and speaking to the Prophets THOUSANDS of times. So, when THE WORD became a human BODY, they did not “SEE”, because they had followed the ‘spirit’ of the False Messiah [anti-christ], foretold by Daniel, that he would CHANGE THE SEASONS AND the Torah! And our ‘christian’ community did the EXACT same thing!
THIS is why we are SO DETERMINED to “walk His halakha”, or “Walk His Torah Walk”, as John said of anyone that wishes to be named a student of Yeshua should.
“But whoever keeps His D’var [HIS WORD], in Him truly is the love of Elohim perfected. Hereby we know that we are in Him: 6he who says “I am in Him” ought himself also to walk His halakha.” [1 John 2:5-6]
“Walk as he walked” is a weak translation. Good; but weak. It actually says “His Halakha” in Aramaic, the original version of the New Testament scriptures. Halakha is a Jewish term meaning how a particular Rabbi teaches the Torah. Yeshua very plainly says that HE is our ONLY RABBI. This makes the field of real ‘teachers’ VERY NARROW. Anyone teaching anything contrary to what YESHUA said and DID, is NOT “IN HIM,” in the sense of how they are walking.
Dates are VERY IMPORTANT to God. HE said NOT to move or ignore HIS FEASTS, and ALL of them are HIS. We in the Messianic Peshitta community follow Him in regard to the Passover. Why would we capitulate for the sake of unifying with Jews who have REJECTED Him in order to keep Khanukah sacrosanct IN THEIR EYES. Why would we ‘unify’ with unbelief?
Of course, these types of deviations from HIS WORD are BECAUSE of the spirit of the False Messiah, which is VERY DECEPTIVE and beguiling!
People today do not understand and cannot confess that Yeshua IS יהוה IN THE FLESH. He is NOT ‘very’ GOD, as some purport. But He IS UTTERLY DIVINE, and is the PERFECT MANIFESTATION of the CREATOR, יהוה , IN A HUMAN BODY, STILL. People who cannot confess this, with confidence, DO NOT KNOW HIM. They have a ‘Jesus’ or a Yeshua who is deceiving them. They do not have a RESURRECTED MAN, who was SENT by God, RECEIVING all authority FROM His Father; they have a hybrid, greek deity. Our Jewish people, who do not know Yeshua, have a gaseous deity bereft of form, the form being the image in which we were created, and they REFUSE to SEE the Son of God! Even though GOD Himself said that they would CONFESS Him:
“Who has ascended up into heaven, and descended? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has bound the waters in his garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son’s name, for you will CONFESS it.” Proverbs 30:4
It is because of this that there is so much confusion in the believing community. Our hope, however feeble it may appear to be, is to unify people around THAT FACT, and around the BLOOD that the HUMAN, Yeshua, the SON of God, shed for our sakes, to FREE us from our SINS against His Torah, and to compel us to obey HIS TORAH/WORD ALONE.
THAT is why we celebrate the CONCEPTION of Yeshua the Messiah, the SON OF GOD, who was CONCEIVED on the first night of Khanukah @2,000 years ago, and born in the fall, 9 months later, on the first night of Sukkot. It is the CONCEPTION of the Son of God that makes Him HIS SON, and NOT His birth. He was born the way of every other man, through the birth canal. He was conceived by the SPIRIT OF GOD, without man’s help, in the womb of a Jewish virgin, on the first night of Khanukah, the Festival of Lights. We celebrate it by reckoning its start the way the Bible says to do. Count us fools; count us wrong; count us rebels. “As for me and my house, we shall serve יהוה.”
“Then Shimon [Peter] with the rest of the Shlikhim [Apostles] answered, saying to them, “We must obey Elohim rather than men. The Elohim [God] of our fathers has raised up Yeshua whom you killed when you nailed Him on the tree. This very One, Elohim has appointed a Prince and a Savior, and has lifted Him up to His right hand so that He may grant repentance and forgiveness of sins to Yisra’el.”
Shalom, and KHAPPY KHANUKAH!