What They Don't Teach You at Church

Resources for those seeking a closer relationship with the God of the Bible.

Peter and Paul

Posted By on June 25, 2016

This letter is attributed to Peter, and addressed to James.

If this is a forgery, it is a very old forgery, as it is part of the “Clementine Homilies”, of which there are manuscripts dated to around 410 AD. At the very least, a forgery this old shows that the modern interpretation of Paul’s letters (specifically, that the law was “nailed to the cross”), was not universally accepted in the early church; and that the idea that believers in Messiah should instead be keeping the law goes back to the earliest days of Christianity.

If this letter is authentic, it changes *everything* you thought you knew about the New Testament, and what it means to follow the Messiah.

 

Peter Letter To James

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Lost Scriptures

The Coming Destruction

Posted By on June 25, 2016

Most Christians know that the rainbow is a sign of Yah’s promise that He will not use a global flood to destroy the earth again. And many are familiar with 2 Peter 3, in which we are told that next time, the earth will be destroyed by fire. But did you know that we are also told this in Isaiah? And Isaiah tells us WHY the destruction comes —

Behold, Yah makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface and scatters abroad its inhabitants.
And it shall be: As with the people, so with the priest; As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress; As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower; As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered, For Yah has spoken this word.
The earth mourns and fades away, The world languishes and fades away;
The haughty people of the earth languish.
The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
BECAUSE THEY HAVE TRANSGRESSED THE LAWS,
CHANGED THE ORDINANCE,
BROKEN THE EVERLASTING COVENANT.
Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, And those who dwell in it are desolate.
Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, And few men are left.
(Isaiah 24:1-6)

When Does The Day Begin – Morning, or Evening?

Posted By on May 6, 2016

When Does the Day Begin

We Have Been Deceived!

Posted By on January 23, 2016

Jude exhorts his readers to earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints. Messiah warns of a coming deception so powerful that if it were possible, it would deceive even the elect. He tells us that few will find the straight and narrow way, but many will travel the broad path that leads to destruction. Peter warns that Paul’s writings contain things that are difficult to understand, and that ignorant and unstable people will twist Paul’s writings, and fall from grace. John, in Revelation, predicts a great harlot, ruling over the kings of the earth, and drunk with the blood of martyrs and saints.

Some churches don’t address these verses at all. Those that do, treat them as some future trial coming in the very last days – perhaps the tribulation. The reality is that we already in the last days, and the deception is already here. We have been deceived. The faith taught by the Christian church is not what was originally delivered to the saints. Instead, it is the religion of the harlot.

Early believers in Messiah, both Jew and gentile, worshiped in the synagogues every Sabbath day, right alongside Jews who did not recognize the Messiah. For nearly 300 years after the resurrection, the Sabbath was the believers’ day of worship, study, and rest; and the Holy Days of Leviticus 23 were their annual celebrations of faith.

Change came in the early 300s AD. There had long been tension between Rome and the Jews. In 321 AD, Constantine made it a crime, punishable by death, to observe the 7th day Sabbath. Instead, he decreed “the venerable day of the Sun” as a day of rest throughout the Roman empire. Although frequently referred to as the “first Christian emperor”, Constantine made no mention of Messiah, or His resurrection, in issuing his decree. Rather, he continued to print “Sol Invictos Comiti” – committed to the Invincible Sun – on the coins of his empire up until his death.

To establish one Catholic (Universal) religion for the entire Roman empire, Constantine pushed a blended faith that combined elements of early Christianity with sungod worship tracing back to Babylon. Easter, named for the springtime fertility goddess married to the Sun, replaced Passover. Forty days of “weeping for Tammuz” was institutionalized as Lent. The pagan Saturnalia at the winter solstice (December 25 when our Roman calendars were established) was set as the “holiest” day of the year. Yes, Christmas was originally “Dies Natalis Solis Invicti”, the “Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun”. It was a death penalty meted out by Rome that caused early believers to relinquish Yah’s feasts, and accept these counterfeit Roman traditions in their place.

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, ‘Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.’

So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.

But the angel said to me, ‘Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns…

‘Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits… And the woman whom you saw is that great city which reigns over the kings of the earth.’ (Revelation 17:1-7,9,18 NKJV)

If you have any doubt about which city is referred to here, simply Google the phrase “seven hills of Rome”. Christian churches today, both Catholic and Protestant, still keep the counterfeit traditions of Rome, instead of following the truths of scripture. Christianity is Babylon — the broad road that leads to destruction.

And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:4 NKJV)

The Way is straight and narrow, and found only in scripture. Start with Leviticus 23. Then read Psalm 119. Then James. Peace.

James and Galatians

Posted By on August 4, 2014

James 1 1 James, a bondservant of Elohim and of the Master Yashayah Messiah, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Elohim, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Master; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.   9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits.   12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by Elohim”; for Elohim cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.   16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.   19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of Elohim. 21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.   22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.   26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before Elohim and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.

Galatians 2 11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.   14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, “If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Yashayah Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah Yashayah, that we might be justified by faith in Messiah and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

James 2 1 My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Master Yashayah Messiah, the Master of glory, with partiality. 2 For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, 3 and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” 4 have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?   5 Listen, my beloved brethren: Has Elohim not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? 7 Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?   8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; 9 but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.   14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Galatians 2 17 “But if, while we seek to be justified by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Messiah therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 For I through the law died to the law that I might live to Elohim. 20 I have been crucified with Messiah; it is no longer I who live, but Messiah lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of Elohim; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Messiah died in vain.”

Galatians 3 1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Yashayah Messiah was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?   5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?— 6 just as Abraham “believed Elohim, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that Elohim would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

James 2 18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that there is one Elohim. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? 23 And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed Elohim, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” And he was called the friend of Elohim. 24 You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.   25 Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Galatians 1 1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Yashayah Messiah and Elohim the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from Elohim the Father and our Master Yashayah Messiah, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our Elohim and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.   6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Messiah, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Messiah. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.

James 3 1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.   See how great a forest a little fire kindles! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. 8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Elohim and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of Elohim. 10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh.   13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Why was Stephen stoned?

Posted By on June 29, 2014

8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. 9 Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. 11 Then they secretly induced men to say, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12 And they stirred up the people, the elders, and the scribes; and they came upon him, seized him, and brought him to the council. 13 They also set up FALSE WITNESSES who said, “This man does not cease to speak blasphemous words against this holy place AND THE LAW; 14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and CHANGE THE CUSTOMS WHICH MOSES DELIVERED TO US.” 15 And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at him, saw his face as the face of an angel. (Acts 6)

 

FALSE WITNESSES accused Stephen of saying that Messiah came to change the Law.

The witnesses were false, which means that Stephen said no such thing.

Why does your pastor insist that this is so?

 

Here are Messiah’s own words —

17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)

 

Babylon!

Posted By on January 2, 2014

“The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, salutes you; and so does Marcus my son.” (1 Peter 5:13)

This seemingly simple verse is the key to unlocking some of the most important parts of scripture. When Peter says “Babylon”, he is referring to ROME. This was common knowledge when written in the days of the early church, so there aren’t long explanations or a whole lot of fuss about it. It was taken as matter-of-fact, assumed knowledge. Babylon is Rome. Rome is Babylon. Once you understand this one concept, so many other things simply fall into place.

Mystery Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth? (Revelation 17:5). ROME.

Daniel predicted that the Beast would “think to change times and laws”. Scripture says the New Year starts in the Spring. ROME changed it to start in the dead of winter, shortly after the solstice. Scripture gave us Holy Days that reveal the Father’s plan for our salvation, and told us to keep them “forever, throughout your generations, no matter where you live.” (see Leviticus 23). ROME institutionalized cheap counterfeits, including Easter and Christmas, inherited from Babylonian sungod worship. Your church doesn’t have to be Catholic to be part of Rome – Protestant churches came from the Roman church, and still keep her traditions. If your church teaches the Roman holidays instead of the scriptural feasts, you are being led astray. The choice is simple – either you serve the Most High, and follow your Creator’s instructions; or you follow Rome, and keep her Babylonian traditions instead.

“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:4)

Printable “Christmas Cards”

Posted By on December 9, 2013

Print duplex (flip on short edge), fold, and distribute!

Designed for legal size.

 

The History of Christmas

The Fast

Posted By on October 16, 2013

The 27th chapter of Acts records the story of Paul sailing to Rome, after appealing to Caesar in his trial before Agrippa. The journey happened around 60AD, almost 30 years after the death and resurrection of Messiah. Scholars believe that the book of Acts was written well after the events it describes, with some estimates as late as 150AD. Written to an audience of new Gentile believers, verse 9 describes the season of Paul’s journey with the simple explanation, “the Fast was already over”. First and second century Christians knew that this referred to the Day of Atonement, the second of the Fall Feasts, between Trumpets and Tabernacles. The early church kept Yah’s Feasts, described in Leviticus 23.

“Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)

And Yah spoke to Moses, saying: “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to Yah. And you shall do no work on that same day, for it is the Day of Atonement, to make atonement for you before Yah your Elohim. For any person who is not afflicted in soul on that same day shall be cut off from his people. And any person who does any work on that same day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a sabbath of solemn rest, and you shall afflict your souls; on the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, you shall celebrate your sabbath.”  (Leviticus 23:26-32)

Trumpets 2013

Posted By on October 7, 2013

Trumpets 2013 7oct

Study on the Feast of Trumpets, 7-Oct-2013.