What They Don't Teach You at Church

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

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

Posted By on September 23, 2013

What must I do to be saved?”

The question is fundamental to any religious discussion.

Most churches will give you an answer along these lines:

a) all you gotta do is believe, or

b) say a prayer to invite Jesus into your heart, or even –

c) go to confession and do your penance.

But none of these agree with the answer that Messiah gave, when asked that very question. We should all know and trust His simple, straightforward response as recorded in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18. This short study

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

explains Messiah’s answer, and why what so many churches teach today is so different from what Messiah taught.

May Yah bless you richly in your pursuit of truth.

Shalom.

Stop Listening to Serpents!

Posted By on June 5, 2013

Messiah said plainly, “If thou wilt enter life, keep the commandments.” (a)

So on judgment day, when He says to you “I never knew you – depart from me, you worker of lawlessness” (b), it won’t do you any good to plead “but the law was nailed to the cross…”

If you try, the laughter you hear behind you will be Satan, because he’s gotten you to buy into the same tired old lie he’s been using since he tempted Eve in the garden: “You don’t need to obey your Creator’s instructions. You won’t surely die.” (c)

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (d)

SKIP CHURCH.

READ SCRIPTURE INSTEAD.

(a) Matthew 19:17

(b) Matthew 7:23

(c) Genesis 3:4

(d) Matthew 5:17-19

 

 

Happy New Year?

Posted By on March 17, 2013

And Yah spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. (Exodus 12:1,2)

Which month was He referring to?

And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Yah brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten. This day came ye out in the month Abib (green barley). (Exodus 13:3,4)

Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month of Abib (green barley); for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty: (Exodus 23:15)

The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt. (Exodus 34:18)

Observe the month of Abib (green barley), and keep the passover unto Yah thy Elohim: for in the month of Abib (green barley) Yah thy Elohim brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. (Deuteronomy 16:1)

This year (2013), multiple witnesses in Israel observed the barley green before the first visible crescent marked the new month on the night ending March 11th; and many are celebrated the scriptural New Year on March 12th. So, what’s the problem?

Spring hasn’t started yet. The spring equinox isn’t until March 21. A “New Year” on March 12th puts Passover on March 26th (starts the evening of March 25), and the First Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread on March 27th (starts the evening of March 26). This will also put the “Fall Feasts” in the Summer. Trumpets will fall about September 5, Atonement September 14th, and Tabernacles starts September 19th; all before the fall equinox (September 21).

Is there other evidence of when the year begins?

And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And Elohim made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And Elohim set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and Elohim saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. (Genesis 1:14-19)

Genesis 1 says that the seasons (moed, or appointed times) and years are determined by the lights of the firmament. It makes sense that Israel would have a way to determine the New Year, and the timing of the Feasts, during the forty year travels in the wilderness before entering the promised land — when they had no crops, no barley to observe, and no way to know the condition of barley in the land inhabited by Canaanites. It also makes sense that the same signs would be available to us today, no matter where in the world we live.

What signs do we see in the sky at the time of the spring equinox? The constellation virgo stands upright on the horizon, and the moon rises under her feet — exactly as described here:

And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: (Revelation 12:1)

Is it just a coincidence that Virgo carries a sheaf of barley?

Virgo will stand on the horizon, with the moon rising under her feet, and the other constellations over her head, at the time of the next new moon — around the evening of April 10th. This will make April 11th the start of the New Year, put Passover around the 25th of April, and put the Fall Feasts in the Fall — October, after the fall equinox.

http://therefinersfire.org/barley.htm

 

The Greatest Commandment

Posted By on March 10, 2013

Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Yashayah said to him, “‘You shall love Yah your Mighty One with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:35-40)

Hear, O Israel: Yah our Mighty One, Yah is one! You shall love Yah your Mighty One with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.  (Deuteronomy 6:4-9)

‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your Mighty One: I am Yah.  You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning. You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your Mighty One: I am Yah. You shall do no injustice in judgment. You shall not be partial to the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty. In righteousness you shall judge your neighbor. You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am Yah. You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am Yah. (Leviticus 19:11-18)

Whoever believes that Yashayah is the Messiah is born of Yah, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of Yah, when we love Yah and keep His commandments. For this is the love of Yah, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:1-3)

 

The Meaning of Hanukkah

Posted By on December 14, 2012

As Hanukkah nears its end, it’s important to remember that the candles and gifts are just distractions. The true meaning of the celebration, important for Messianics and Jews, is VITAL for Christians.

With Hanukkah falling so close to Christmas, and sometimes overlapping, have you ever wondered if they are connected? It turns out they are…

About 175 years before the birth of our Messiah, the Greek empire occupied Israel.  As part of “Hellenization”, the Greeks outlawed many aspects of Jewish life. Resting and worshiping on the Sabbath were forbidden. Mothers risked certain death – for themselves and their children – by having their sons secretly circumcised. But Antiochus Epiphanes sparked revolt when he slaughtered a pig on the altar of the temple, in honor of the rebirth of the sungod at the winter solstice. The Maccabees — outarmed and outnumbered, chose to fight rather than submitting to eat this “Christmas Ham”. Their successful rebellion against the powerful Greek army set the stage for the cleansing and rededication of the temple, commemorated in Hanukkah.

At one time, Yah’s people risked death so that they could keep His commandments, and not defile themselves with unclean food sacrificed to idols. Today, your church teaches to ignore those same commandments, and instead embraces celebration of the sungod’s birthday at the winter solstice — December 25th when our Roman calendars were established.

“But IN VAIN they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” Matthew 15:9.

“We ought to obey Yah rather than men.” Acts 5:29

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Jude 1:3.

I Am Not A Christian

Posted By on December 8, 2012

Christianity teaches us to ignore our Creator’s instructions, because they have been “nailed to the cross.” But it was our Messiah who was sacrificed, and He said “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:17-20)

Christianity teaches us to ignore the feast days that Yah said we are to observe “forever, throughout your generations, no matter where you live.” (Leviticus 23:14, among others) These appointed times — Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, the Feast of Weeks, Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles — reveal Yah’s plan for our salvation. The first four were fulfilled by our Messiah on the very days of the feasts, as he walked the earth almost 2,000 years ago. The last three, the fall feasts, will be fulfilled at His return.

Instead, Christianity teaches us to keep the Feasts of Ba’al:

CHRISTMAS, celebrating the birth of Tammuz (the reincarnated sungod) at the winter solstice, December 25th when our Roman calendars were established.

EASTER, named for ISHTAR / ASHTORETH / ASHERAH, the wife of Ba’al and mother of Tammuz.

LENT, originating from Ishtar’s forty days of weeping for Tammuz, prior to his claimed resurrection on the first Sun-day after the first full moon after the vernal equinox.

SUNDAY WORSHIP, as decreed by Constantine: “On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. (Given the 7th day of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls each of them for the second time [A.D. 321].)” Constantine’s coins were minted with a picture of the sungod, and the words “Sol Invictos Comiti” — “Committed to the Invincible Sun”.

“We ought to obey Yah rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Christianity is Babylon. “For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and Elohim hath remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:3-5)

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:13-15)

Your pastor or priest, no matter how friendly, nice, or well intentioned he may seem, is a WOLF. He blindly repeats the same lie told by the serpent in the garden — You can ignore Yah’s instructions, “you shall not surely die…”

Sin, The Spirit, & Circumcision of the Heart

Posted By on November 1, 2012

Q: What is the role of the Holy Spirit?

A: Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (John 16:7,8)

Q: What is sin?

A: Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4)

Q: Can all sin be forgiven?

A: Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. (Matthew 12:31)

Q: What is blasphemy against the Spirit?

A: You stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you. (Acts 7:51)

Q: In what way are we stiffnecked, and uncircumcised in heart?

A: And now, Israel, what does Yah your Mighty One require of you, but to fear Yah your Mighty One, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve Yah your Mighty One with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of Yah and His statutes which I command you today for your good? Indeed heaven and the highest heavens belong to Yah your Mighty One, also the earth with all that is in it. Yah delighted only in your fathers, to love them; and He chose their descendants after them, you above all peoples, as it is this day. Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. (Deuteronomy 10:12-16)

Q: What will happen when our hearts are circumcised?

A: Now it shall come to pass, when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where Yah your Mighty One drives you, and you return to Yah your Mighty One and obey His voice, according to all that I command you today, you and your children, with all your heart and with all your soul, that Yah your Mighty One will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where Yah your Mighty One has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from where Yah your Mighty One will gather you, and from there He will bring you.  Then Yah your Mighty One will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.  He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.  And Yah your Mighty One will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love Yah your Mighty One with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Also Yah your Mighty One will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. And you will again obey the voice of Yah and do all His commandments which I command you today. (Deuteronomy 30:1-8)

Q: What is our fate if our hearts are not circumcised?

A: Circumcise yourselves to Yah, and take away the foreskins of your hearts, you men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, lest My fury come forth like fire, and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. (Jeremiah 4:4)

Q: What determines whether we receive the blessing, or the curse?

A: Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of Yah your Mighty One which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of Yah your Mighty One, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)

Love, and The Torah (Commandments)

Posted By on October 18, 2012

In church I was taught that as a New Covenant believer, I don’t have to keep God’s commandments — only Love. Or rather, that “Love” is the way in which New Covenant believers keep the commandments. Turns out scripture says Pastor had it backwards —
HOW do we love YHWH our Elohim with all of our heart, soul, and strength?
HOW do we love our neighbors as ourselves?

“By this we know that we love the children of Yah, when we love Yah, and keep his commandments.
For this is the love of Yah, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” (1 John 5:2,3)

In Spirit, and In Truth!

Posted By on September 22, 2012

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Elohim is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23,24)

In many Bibles, these words appear in red, because they were spoken directly by our Messiah.

Most of us never question the things our pastors say, but the truth is easy to verify.

“Christmas” was instituted hundreds of years before Messiah was born, to commemorate the birth of the sungod at the winter solstice… December 25th when our Roman calendars were established. Messiah never told us to celebrate His birthday, and doing so on the date of a pagan god is simply wrong.

“Easter” comes from the German name (Eostra) of the fertility goddess Asherah, wife of the sungod, and the most notorious false goddess found in scripture. The date for celebrating “Easter” is calculated so that it never coincides with Passover – the day Messiah actually died, and the feast scripture commands us to keep “forever, throughout your generations, no matter where you live”.

Sunday worship was mandated by Roman Emperor Constantine, about 300 years after Messiah walked the earth. Messiah, his Apostles, and the early church observed the 7th day sabbath, as commanded by scripture, instead. Constantine, who had “committed to the invincible sun” printed on his coins, made no mention of the Messiah or His resurrection in the edict that made Sabbath-keeping a crime.

Pastors teach that we no longer need to follow our creator’s instructions, because “the Law” was done away with. This is exactly the opposite of what Messiah said: “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-20)

Heaven and earth have not yet passed away!

“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Matthew 15:9, also in red…)

Signed, Sealed, Delivered!

Posted By on July 10, 2012

Have you ever wondered about the Mark of the Beast?  Are there other “Signs” in scripture that believers should recognize?  Hopefully the attachment will answer those questions, and more.  Please feel to contact us if you would like a printed copy at no charge.  FOR PDF VERSION, CLICK HERE ==>  Signed Sealed Delivered