It’s a Mystery

It’s a Mystery

Remarking on a Face book thread on a recent Succoth event at the Western Wall or Kotel inside Jerusalem’s Old City, a Christian remarked how:

“They do have such joy under the old covenant!!! Lol Fantastic!”.

mysteryThey of course are the Jews having such fun under the ‘old’ covenant. What amazed me was how much the Christian was under the spell of nearly two millennia’s semantic theological agenda by the Church where the New has absorbed the Old. The Church has absorbed Israel, the Jewish people are stripped of their essence, if not their very existence and their suffering proves the Christians right! Very quickly the two millennia Church agenda, not to mention the inquisitions/ blood libels etc., was smoothed over by an apology by the Christian that they meant the “Hebrew Scriptures” and not the ‘old’ testament. Jews who mention inquisitions/ blood libels etc., are just plain intolerant!

The above re-wording to ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ did not stop folks on the thread however; to insist that there is a ‘new’ covenant in the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’ (Jer 31:31-34) which is more fully explained in the ‘new’ testament. The problem with the ‘new’ covenant in the ‘Hebrew Scriptures’  per Jer 31:31-34, is that it is not new in terms of content but rather how the content is applied to a person from the House of Israel and the House of Judah:

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. Jer 33:33,34

No mention of a messiah or believing in a messiah here folks! No mention of a messiah dying as the atonement either. SomystNT where do the Christian folks in the thread and Christians get it from? The answer is that they get it from the New Testament alone, nowhere else! And just how this life threatening ‘new’ covenant, believe in Jesus and his sacrifice alone or otherwise it’s the eternal BBQ for you[1] supposed to be understood? Well that is the easy part for the Christian; it’s not meant to be understood it’s simply all a mystery! By definition of the term mystery it’s anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown like the mysteries of nature or any truth that is unknowable except by divine revelation. The New Testament has 28 such mysteries[2] and the whole Jesus thing is the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people[3]. Which means that nobody knew about the whole divine/ human sacrifice atonement eternal BBQ thing or else until Jesus came on the scene because it had been kept hidden for ages and generations.

The convenient use by Christians of the term mystery allows deliberate ignorance of context of scripture and the role of the Jewish people as part of G-d’s plan for the whole of humanity. It is little wonder that Christians can make the wild claims for Jesus based on their misrepresentation and false idea that Jesus came on the scene because it had been kept hidden for ages and generations.

In stark contrast there are no mysteries in the ‘old’ testament. In fact it is quite the opposite:

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. Deut 29:29

I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacob’s descendants, ‘Seek me in vain.’ I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right. Is 45:19

If the Torah is considered, God sets down before His people a passage[4] which gives a clear portrait of the Messianic era. The clear portrait is not one that is ambiguous and murky. Rather, God used sharp and well-defined brush strokes to paint this portrait. From the passage, the return of Israel to her land will be precipitated by her repentance. The passage teaches that repentance means turning back to obedience of God’s law as Moses taught it (i.e. all 613 commandments). The passage also teaches that repentance is effective even when Israel is in exile and when it is not possible to bring a blood offering. Further, the passage shows that God will accept exiled Israel’s repentance even before He circumcises their heart. Finally, from the passage it is learned that the commandments that Moses taught us, will be fully observed in the Messianic era. In stark contradistinction, Christianity teaches that Israel’s return to the teachings of Moses, will play no part in the ushering in of the Messianic era (cf Mal 4:4 – 6).

A defining feature of the messianic age is the desire of gentiles to learn the Torah:

And many peoples shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the law (Torah), and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Isaiah 2:3

In sum if G-d had wanted the Jews to know the importance of Jesus as per Mark 16:16 he would have told us way back then would he not?

Dagon

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[1] see Mark 16:16

[2] The Greek word “musterion,” translated “mystery” means a truth given and revealed only to a select few that was unknown until it was revealed.

[3] Col 1:26

[4] “1 And it shall be that all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse that I have set down before you, and you will bring it to your heart amongst all the nations that the Lord your God has driven you. 2 And you shall return unto the Lord your God and you shall hearken to His voice according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul. 3 And the Lord your God will return your captivity and He will have compassion upon you, and he will return and gather you from all the nations that the Lord your God has scattered you there. 4 If your outcasts be at the ends of the heaven, from there will the Lord your God gather you and from there will He fetch you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your ancestors inherited and you shall inherit it, and He will do you good and He will multiply you more than your ancestors. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your children to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul for the sake of your life. 7 And the Lord your God shall place all these curses upon your enemies and upon those that hate you who have persecuted you. 8 And you will return and hearken to the voice of the Lord and you shall do all His commandments that I command you today. 9 And the Lord your God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hands, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your land, for good, for the Lord will turn to rejoice over you for good just as he rejoiced over your ancestors. 10 When you hearken to the voice of the Lord your God to keep His commandments and statutes which are written in this book of teaching, when you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-10).

Rejects

“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

“But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The descendants of Abraham My friend. You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and have not cast you away: Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 44:8-10

I had a strange encounter recently with a missionary at the Kotel. The missionary was originally born and brought up in Israel on a secular Kibbutz. Like most secular Israelis after army service he went on a spiritual journey to find himself. The crowing glory of finding himself was tied to his travels in a country which he now has gained citizenship of. There in the country, whilst travelling he was influenced and converted to Christianity by some locals offering ‘free’ accommodation. Now post conversion he has hit on an idea of providing a ‘free’ service to Israeli travelers to the country in Hebrew/ English which gives lots of useful information and discounts to the ‘secular’ Israeli traveller. Included in the information is the similar ‘free’ accommodation and other attractive services provided by Christians, who else of course?

By his own admission he grew up to hate and failed to see the relevance of Judaism. What can you expect from a secular Kibbutz? So irrelevant was Judaism to him that he did not undergo a bar mitzvah since he decided to do such a thing would be hypocritical! Well you have to at least admire his honesty!

So now we are at the Kotel, we go through all the usual proof texts. Nothing doing here I am afraid. The same route of him jumping to another text when things do not work out with his arguments. It’s nearly the end of our time together and where have we got to? In conversation I realise that he cannot be convinced about the verses or that in reality he does really not have a clue about Jews or Judaism in particular. No wonder he was a prime candidate for conversion to Christianity and now he is the poster boy for the international messianic/ church circuit with their fool-proof idea of “if a Jew believes it, it must be true!” Strange how this fool-proof idea does not extend to those secular Jews who in search of spirituality in different parts of the world become Buddhists or Hindus!? I pointed this out to him too by the way but I was treated to the standard response of “just look at how believing in Jesus changed my life” etc.. Strange how converted Jews to Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism etc have in common in their personal testimonials, how their religious faith has transformed their lives miraculously. It seems as if they all somehow belong to the same religion, their testimonials all pulsate with the experience of an encounter with the divine!

Wandering_jew copyThe simple fact is of course is that God permits man to become enraptured with false religions for the same reason He permits a married man to be attracted to women other than his wife. Freewill is within the grasp of everyone! Virtue is only possible when sin is alluring. If alien religions were unappealing, there would be no merit for rejecting their blandishments. If this tender balance of freewill were ever injured or compromised, virtue would be impossible.

The blindness of my missionary friend in the context of the Kotel was astounding. Like it or not as a Jew he is bound to the words of the Torah!

See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. If, though, your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live. (Deuteronomy 30:15-19)

In stark contrast the Christian philosophy of those who aided him in his conversion to Christianity resonates forth the idea that the jews a carnal people were destined to misapprehend the Bible:

It is a wonderful thing, and worthy of particular attention, to see this Jewish people existing so many years in perpetual misery, it being necessary as a proof of Jesus Christ, both that they should exist to prove Him, and that they should be miserable because they crucified Him; and though to be miserable and to exist are contradictory, they nevertheless still exist in spite of their misery. Page 180, Pascal’s Pensées, by Blaise Pascal.

To show that the true Jews and the true Christians have but the same religion.—The religion of the Jews seemed to consist essentially in the fatherhood of Abraham, in circumcision, in sacrifices, in ceremonies, in the Ark, in the temple, in Jerusalem, and, finally, in the law, and in the covenant with Moses. I say that it consisted in none of those things, but only in the love of God, and that God disregarded all the other things.  Page 167, Pascal’s Pensées, by Blaise Pascal.

According to Pascal, the New has absorbed the Old; the Church has absorbed Israel. The Jewish people are stripped of their essence, if not their very existence and their suffering proves the Christians right! Here at the Kotel of all places my missionary friend echoed the same sentiments: nobody ever kept anything or keeps anything even now and Judaism is a failure. There at the Kotel in front of his eyes were Jews keeping the very same mitzvots as commanded by Moses just like Jews did way before Jesus and now way after Jesus. What are these Jews here doing here I asked him. Is this not proof in front of your very eyes that Jews are doing excatly what G-d has asked them to do, I asked him. ….silence from my missionary friend……And the Kotel wall said …………Amen!!

The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah:  “This is what the Lord says: ‘If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time, then my covenant with David my servant—and my covenant with the Levites who are priests ministering before me—can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne. I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless as the stars in the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.’

”The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Have you not noticed that these people are saying, ‘The Lord has rejected the two kingdoms he chose’? So they despise my people and no longer regard them as a nation. This is what the Lord says: ‘If I have not made my covenant with day and night and established the laws of heaven and earth, then I will reject the descendants of Jacob and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.’ ” Jer 33

“1 And it shall be that all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse that I have set down before you, and you will bring it to your heart amongst all the nations that the Lord your God has driven you. 2 And you shall return unto the Lord your God and you shall hearken to His voice according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul. 3 And the Lord your God will return your captivity and He will have compassion upon you, and he will return and gather you from all the nations that the Lord your God has scattered you there. 4 If your outcasts be at the ends of the heaven, from there will the Lord your God gather you and from there will He fetch you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your ancestors inherited and you shall inherit it, and He will do you good and He will multiply you more than your ancestors. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your children to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul for the sake of your life. 7 And the Lord your God shall place all these curses upon your enemies and upon those that hate you who have persecuted you. 8 And you will return and hearken to the voice of the Lord and you shall do all His commandments that I command you today. 9 And the Lord your God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hands, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your land, for good, for the Lord will turn to rejoice over you for good just as he rejoiced over your ancestors. 10 When you hearken to the voice of the Lord your God to keep His commandments and statutes which are written in this book of teaching, when you return to the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul.” (Deuteronomy 30:1-10).

In Deuteronomy 30:1-10, God sets down before His people a passage which gives a clear portrait of the Messianic era. The clear portrait is not one that is ambiguous and murky. Rather, God used sharp and well-defined brush strokes to paint this portrait. From the passage, the return of Israel to her land will be precipitated by her repentance. The passage teaches that repentance means turning back to obedience of God’s law as Moses taught it (i.e. all 613 commandments). The passage also teaches that repentance is effective even when Israel is in exile and when it is not possible to bring a blood offering. Further, the passage shows that God will accept exiled Israel’s repentance even before He circumcises their heart. Finally, from the passage it is learned that the commandments that Moses taught us, will be fully observed in the Messianic era. Theologians presentations of the Jewish arguments are often inaccurate at best. In stark contradistinction, Christianity teaches that Israel’s return to the teachings of Moses, will play no part in the ushering in of the Messianic era (cf Mal 4:4 – 6). Christianity teaches that repentance without a blood offering is not accepted by God. Also, the Church teaches that with the advent of Christianity, the law of Jesus has superseded the Law of Moses. How do theologians answer the Scriptural challenges from the passage, to the doctrines of Christianity?

Theologians claim that after the advent of Jesus, the central issue is; believing in Jesus, obeying Jesus, following Jesus and honoring Jesus. Speaking of the ‘inferiority’ of Israel’s high-priests when compared to the High priesthood of Jesus, Hebrews states, “The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless…”

Theologians often say that there is a divergence of views amongst followers of Jesus. Some Theologians understand that obedience to Torah which the passage speaks of, is a reference to obedience and faith in Jesus. Other theologians say that other followers of Jesus believe that the passage, a Scriptural prophecy, will never be fulfilled because of Israel’s failures. Both of these positions are openly refuted by the text. Moses told the people that they will return to obey God, “according to all that I (Moses) command you (Eternal Israel) today”. These words were spoken by Moses more than 1000 years before Jesus was born. Moses made it clear that he expected the last generation of Jews to look back to him (Moses) as their ultimate teacher, and that he expected them to follow his commandments as they were understood on the day he presented them to Israel. These words of Moses clearly preclude the Christian belief that Jesus is the ultimate teacher, and that the teachings of Jesus are somehow superior to the teachings of Moses. The second position that Theologians attributes to followers of Jesus, is also invalidated by the passage itself. The passage opens with words: “And it shall be that all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse…” The curse that Moses is referring to is the curse that God warned would befall Israel should they fail to obey His voice. How then can one make the claim that on account of Israel’s failure to obey God, the Scriptural prophecy will never be fulfilled?

The Scriptural prophecy clearly predicts Israel’s failure to obey and tells how, after Israel’s failure, Israel will ultimately return to God. It is clear that God took Israel’s failures into consideration when He encouraged Israel with these words, and God’s promises are irrevocable. The two Christian explanations that theologians offer readers of the passage are therefore, clearly refuted by the words of the passage itself. Theologians, therefore do not even begin to provide a textual justification for the Christian interpretation of Deuteronomy 30. The real question is: What do the Hebrew Scriptures teach? This passage in Deuteronomy clearly teaches that Israel’s repentance is the precursor of the Messianic age, this passage teaches that repentance is efficacious while Israel is still in exile, and this passage clearly teaches that the Law of Moses, as Moses taught it, is going to be observed in the Messianic era. Each of these issues is central to the debate between Judaism and Christianity.

Noach

Noach

7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons’ wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. Gen 7

Rashi on this verse notes the strange ordering of this verse ‘And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife’ to indicate that marital relations did not take place on the Ark as the men and women were separated from each other. Otherwise the verse would say ‘And Noah went in, his wife and his sons’ and their wives’.

According to the sages the wife of Noah was Naamah.

22 And Zillah, she also bore Tubal-cain, the forger of every cutting instrument of brass and iron; and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah. Gen 4

Naamah descended from the ignoble line of Cain and yet chooses the ark and lives separate from her husband. Was the flood not an opportunity to wipe out the line of Cain? May be this teaches us something: Naamah demonstrates that it is indeed possible to repent and choose to do the right thing, after all choice was offered to all was it not? But has it always been the case that the choice and the power to choose has always been with us?

6 And the LORD said unto Cain: ‘Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7 If thou doest well, shall it not be lifted up? and if thou doest not well, sin coucheth at the door; and unto thee is its desire, but thou mayest rule over it.‘ Gen 4

Puts ideas of original sin and total depravity where one is incapable of doing anything into the ‘falsehood’ bin somewhat?

Cheating on G-d with Jesus

Menashe Dovid (מנשה דוד):

Light the blue touch paper!!

Originally posted on Daily Minyan:

married to JesusThe other day I have went out to lunch with an old Christian friend of mine. He already knew about my return to Judaism and wanted to talk about my life and especially what led me out of Christianity (a.k.a. “Messianic Judaism”). He told me that he’s not going to attempt to talk me out of it. As I was relaying to him all of the reasons and happenings, he listened very intently, shocked not so much at my choice, but rather from all the things he was hearing, as if for the very first time. As I quoted the Hebrew Bible for him and compared it with the New Testament, he acquired a worried look on his face. As I brought up the biblical verses, one after another, where G-d over and over said to Israelites that He was not a man, that He can’t ever die, that we…

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The Rosh Hoshana Conspiracy

Fake Rabbis Shapira and Burton of the messianic movement doing their best to mangle meaning in their own inimitable style!

Fake Rabbis Shapira and Burton of the messianic movement doing their best to mangle meaning in their own inimitable style!

Yehoshua ben Yehotsadak, and Yeshua ben Yotsadak are the same person. He was the High Priest at the time of the rebuilding of the Temple and together with Zerubavel led the people who returned to Israel from Babylon. Spelling changes occur quite often in the Bible. The spelling Yeshua (without the hey) is in the books Ezra and Nehemia, while the other spelling [with the hey] is in Hagai Zecharia and Divrei Hayamim.

A devious plan by modern day Jewish prayer books to acknowledge that Jews have always prayed to Yeshua? Or is it simply that a word in old Rosh Hoshana Machzor (prayer book for Rosh Hoshana) has been subject to Christian censorship and is now indeterminable? Perhaps there is another explanation? Here is just one possibility:

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The actual prophecies about the Jewish Moshiach

Originally posted on Noach ben Avraham:

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LOOK CLOSER at this picture… Christianity and Messianic Judaism(as well as other religions) are all claiming that their messiah is THE Messiah sent from HaShem. If this is true, then HaShem is not the Creator we all think He Is. What kind of Creator has such a bad memory that He would do things out of order, put things in the wrong place(like in the picture) and then say “you’re blind” when you start spotting all the errors? Who would set up “rules for assembly” and then NOT follow His Own Instructions? NOT HaShem!!!

Please understand that if the “final product” is NOT according to The Masters Design(like in this picture), it must be recalled and NOT put into circulation.

NOTE: “HaShem” = G-d/Adonai/ praise His Name (just in case some are not familiar with the term) ~ wil’Liam Hall

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The actual prophecies about the Jewish Moshiach

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Everyone Hates Menashe?

Menashe Dovid (מנשה דוד):

Light the blue touch paper!!!

Originally posted on Menashe's Blog:

derek&menasheWell he is at it again, that Menashe!! What with taking folks writings, reading them and then drawing conclusions from them. What a nerve of Menashe to actually use his own G-d given brain and buck the trend of a whole trail of ‘yes men and yes women’, heaping praises on a book just recently published. Imagine, Jews having the chutzpah to own an i-pad and then using it to download books, read them and then offer an opinion online. Of course if you only write complementary things which maintain book sales at the very least, the other issue of whether you have read the book or not are of no significance, apparently. Otherwise if the comments come from Menashe and the like…well its just Loshon Hara or just downright devious according to the standards which do not apply to messianics! Then again the classic weasel out clauses of “we…

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