Please Use The Scriptures To Answer The Following:
(Try not to use personal interpretations or extra-Biblical, man-made writings) Was YAHSHUA a Jew or a Gentile?
Answer: YAHSHUA was a Torah observant, tallit wearing, synagogue attending, Sabbath and feast-keeping, kosher Jew who observed the seven commanded holy days. Are today’s Christians, for the most part, walking in Torah, keeping the Biblical feasts, or the seventh day Sabbath? (And please check your calendars to see that the 7th day falls on Saturday, not Sunday.) Various sects of Catholicism and many Christians denominations claim to be the “true religion” that YAHSHUA established. Yet, modern day “Christianity” has very little in common with the founder of their “faith”….
Why do Christians refer to the Jewish Messiah as “Jesus” when YAHSHUA was His given Hebrew name? It’s not that hard to pronounce….
Answer: The Jewish Messiah’s given name was YAHSHUA. “Jesus” is the Hellenized-Anglicized form of “YAHSHUA”. “Jesus” doesn’t mean anything, while YAHSHUA means “Salvation”. YAHSHUA never heard the name “Jesus” in His lifetime. Some people have said that this is irrelevant, but our question is this: If your name is “John” or “Mary”, why would you answer to “Charles” or “Betty”? Yes, YAHSHUA knows who we are talking about when we call Him “Jesus”, but it’s a lot more rewarding to call Him by His given Name – the name that has a meaning….
Where in the Scriptures does Yahweh tell us to ignore the original, seventh day Sabbath – the day He Himself blessed and made holy (Gen 2:1-2)?
Answer: You won’t find anything in the Scriptures that references the changing of the Sabbath to Sunday. Some argue that it’s because “YAHSHUA rose on a Sunday” – but you need to ask yourself: Why would that, in itself, change the seventh-day Sabbath that ELOHIM ordained “in the beginning”? (First of all, please see our article which proves that YAHSHUA did NOT rise on a Sunday!) Some argue that Constantine was responsible for changing the Sabbath because he hated the Jews. No matter who instituted Sunday worship, in YAHSHUA’s time, both Jews and Gentiles alike, regularly attended the synagogue for worship on the seventh day, and the fact that interested Gentiles in Antioch requested further instruction of Paul “on the next Sabbath” is irrefutable evidence that no separate Sunday (1st day) meetings were being held there by those early BELIVERS : The Gentiles were willing to wait an entire week, till the next Saturday, for a meeting because they knew that Paul and his companions did not normally meet for worship on a Sunday. Acts 13:42-44 tells us that, on the next Sabbath (Saturday) almost the whole city arrived for the meeting.
Some insist that Acts 20:7 reveals Sunday worship, but this is not true. Fact is, Jewish believers in YAHSHUA continued meeting at synagogue (or the Temple) for Sabbath. Common practice would be havdallah – meeting in homes after sundown on Saturday to continue discussions and praise from the Sabbath, which explains Paul “preaching until midnight” in Acts 20:7. The first day of the week for Jews (like Paul) began at sundown at the end of the Sabbath – Saturday evening – not “Sunday.”
Furthermore, the fact is, neither the Father nor the Son has ever claimed the first day as His own in any higher sense than He has each or any of the other laboring days. Neither of them has ever placed any blessing upon it, or attached any sanctity to it. The Bible tells us God expressly reserved the seventh day to Himself, placing His blessing upon it, and claimed it as His holy day. (Genesis 2:1-3.) Moses told Israel in the wilderness of Sin of the sixth day of the week, “Tomorrow is the rest of the holy Sabbath unto YAHWEH.” Exodus 16:23. (Please see The True Sabbath Day.)
Christians insist that “the law” was abolished. How is that possible when sin is transgression of “the law”? When and by whom was it abolished? Certainly not by YAHSHUA! He said He came NOT to abolish but to confirm (Hebrew: koom which means “establish/confirm)”. Why would YAHSHUA’s role as FINAL SIN SACRIFICE in any way negate Torah – ELOHIM’s original teaching and instruction? Did He ever say, “I came to abolish Torah and render my original teachings void”? YAHSHUA is our “New Covenant” and “Sin Sacrifice”. Period. ELOHIM gave us a New Covenant, not a new Torah! Did He even mention Torah at all as He spoke about giving us a New Covenant (Jer.31:30-33/Heb.8:8-12)? You won’t find anything in the Scriptures to show that Torah was ever abolished.
Matthew 5: 17 Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah – not until everything that must happen has happened. If “ALL” hasn’t happened yet, and heaven and earth have not passed away, then that must mean that His Torah is still valid….
Why do Christians insist that “the law” was “written on our hearts” (Jeremiah 31:33-34; Romans 10:4-8) but somehow, the “OT” no longer pertains to them?
Answer: Many Christians have decided that when ELOHIM said, “I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts” He meant that His original Torah (teachings) would be rendered null and void and that they would somehow “just know” right from wrong. But since we are born into sin, that is impossible! Until one actually studies and understands Torah, they can’t possibly have His Torah “written on their hearts.”
How many of today’s people automatically know Yahweh’s laws? NOBODY! How many actually keep his laws? If this were truly the case that ELOHIM’s laws were somehow imprinted in our hearts, there would be no adultery, divorce, murder, hate crimes, abortion, lying, stealing, coveting – things that many Christians are certainly guilty of….
Having “the law written on our hearts” means we now have the desire for Torah! The heart is the “seat of desire”. Why? Because it is the battleground over which ELOHIM and Satan fight continually. Allegiance comes from the heart; as do concepts such as honor, loyalty, and commitment. The heart sets apart greatness from merely “good”. Without the heart no endeavor reflects the fact that we are created in the image of ELOHIM.
Since Yahweh said to celebrate the Biblical feasts FOREVER (Leviticus 23:21, 31, 41, Exodus 12:14), why do you believe He wants you to ignore them now, simply because His Son died on the cross? Has “forever” come and gone, or ended somehow?
Answer: No – “forever” has not come and gone. Torah observant believers celebrate the Biblical feasts because it is instructed by ELOHIM in the Torah for Israel (“Israel” includes EVERYONE who accepts the ELOHIM of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – see Numbers 15:13-16) to observe these festivals forever (Leviticus 23:21, 31, 41, Exodus 12:14). Messiah YAHSHUA observed these festivals as did the early Messianic Jews and apostles such as Rabbi Shaul/Apostle Paul (Acts 20:16, 1 Corinthians 16:8, Acts 28:17). When YAHSHUA returns to this earth these festivals will be re-established worldwide (Zechariah 14:16-21). God has His appointed times! He does nothing without purpose. What makes us think we can simply ignore what He says?
Here’s something to ponder. YAHSHUA has only fulfilled the first four of the seven Biblical feasts. If He fulfilled the first four, what makes you think He won’t fulfill the last three? If everything goes according to ELOHIM’s Plan and the first four feasts have been fulfilled, then the next feast to be fulfilled is Rosh Hashana – the Feast of Trumpets: the “Rapture”. Since Christians choose to believe the entire “OT” has been “nailed to the cross”, then does this mean there won’t be a “Rapture”? Why should there be, since you don’t “believe” in the Biblical feasts..
Did Rav Sha’ul (Apostle Paul) actually say that, since YAHSHUA’s death, we can eat whatever we want, meaning there is no more “Kosher”?
Answer: 1 Timothy 4: 1 The Spirit expressly states that in the acharit-hayamim some people will apostatize from the faith by paying attention to deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come from the hypocrisy of liars whose own consciences have been burned, as if with a red-hot branding iron. 3 They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods which ELOHIM created to be eaten with thanksgiving by those who have come to trust and to know the truth. 4 For everything created by ELOHIM is good, and nothing received with thanksgiving needs to be rejected, 5 because the word of ELOHIM and prayer make it holy. First of all we have to remember that Paul was talking to the Jews and Gentiles – who were KOSHER and adhering to ELOHIM’s “clean and unclean” laws. They wouldn’t dream of going against what ELOHIM said in Leviticus concerning what He considered to be food. (Although many prefer to think otherwise, Paul constantly confirmed Torah: Romans 3: 31 Do we then nullify the Law through faith? May it never be! On the contrary, we establish the Law….)
Paul tried to warn people against doctrines of demons which twist ELOHIM’s Word. Every creature is good and not to be refused IF it is made holy by the Word of ELOHIM and prayer (thanksgiving). The Word of ELOHIM in Leviticus tells us what is holy and not holy. That is what Kosher means, because it comes from the same root as kodesh, meaning holy.
Where in the Scriptures did YAHSHUA ever attend a “church”?
Answer: The Bible tells us that He attended “synagogues”: Matthew 12:9, Matthew 13:54, Mark 1:21, Mark 1:29, Mark 3:1, Mark 6:2, Luke 4:16, Luke 4:20, Luke 4:28, Luke 4:38, Luke 6:6, Luke 7:5, John 6:59, John 12:42, John 18:20, Acts 13:14, Acts 13:42, Acts 14:1, Acts 18:4, Acts 18:26, Acts 19:8 to mention just a few….
Andrew Gabriel Roth’s Aramaic English New Testament – translated directly from the original Aramaic into English – never mentions “church” but, rather, uses the words “congregation” or “community”. This is a good place to mention that Messiah YAHSHUA was NOTHING like the modern New Testament representation that most Christian denominations have made Him into. The apostle Paul warned against what was already beginning to happen 1,900 years ago – the world had already embraced “ANOTHER YAHSHUA”, a totally different person from the One revealed in Scripture! Paul warned the Corinthian church:
II Corinthians 11: 2 For I am jealous for you with ELOHIM’s kind of jealousy; since I promised to present you as a pure virgin in marriage to your one husband, the Messiah; 3 and I fear that somehow your minds may be seduced away from simple and pure devotion to the Messiah, just as Havah (Eve) was deceived by the serpent and his craftiness. 4 For if someone comes and tells you about some other YAHSHUA than the one we told you about, or if you receive a spirit different from the one you received, or accept some so-called “good news” different from the Good News you already accepted, you bear with him well enough!
If, as you believe, the Torah was “abolished” and the “Old Testament” is to be ignored – why are Christians still teaching the Ten Commandments or telling church members to tithe? Isn’t it hypocritical to pick and choose what we want to believe of the “Old Testament?
Answer: The Ten Commandments appear in two places in the Bible: Both are in the “Old Testament” – Exodus, chapter 20; and in Deuteronomy, chapter 5. Neither version conveniently lists the commandments from one to ten, which is presumably how they would appear when posted. In the most commonly referenced passage, Exodus 20, the commandments cover 17 verses and encompass at least 14 imperatives. Concerning tithing, in the New Testament tithe and tithing are found eight times (Matthew 23:23; Luke 11:42; 18:12; Hebrews 7:5-6,8-9). But all of these passages refer to the Old Testament usage “under the law!”
In view of the above, it seems that today’s church pastors should never ask for tithes because, according to the Christian train of thought, tithes are “old testament”….
Do the Scriptures command us to celebrate the birth or resurrection of the Messiah via Christmas and Easter? What’s more, is it okay to lie to your children about the existence of Santa Claus and egg-laying rabbits? What do these things have to do with YAHSHUA’s birth and death? For those who want to answer: “It’s fun; it’s tradition”, then please check the Bible to see what ELOHIM says about man-made traditions…
Answer: You won’t find Christmas and Easter anywhere in the Bible. Those “holy days” were strictly man’s idea – in the same way that Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, decided to offer a sacrifice with “unauthorized fire before YAHSHUA,” thus disobeying His instructions. For that, they were immediately consumed by ELOHIM’s fire…So what makes us today think it’s okay to “add or subtract” anything to the commands to keep His seven holy feast days? (Please see The Pagan Origins of Christmas and The Pagan Origins of Easter.)
What’s more, it is NOT okay to lie to your children about the existence of Santa Claus and egg-laying rabbits. Lying is a sin! The Ninth Commandment is: Thou shalt not lie. Can you honestly say that you’ve never said to your kids: “Santa Claus is coming soon to bring you toys, so you’d better be good!” or “Look! The Easter bunny brought you some colored eggs!” Is it okay to tell a “little” lie? Since when? Is human tradition worth the cost of making us guilty of sinning in ELOHIM’s eyes?
When exactly did Gentiles come into faith, and how can they claim that THEIR “church” is the “original church that YAHSHUA built” when none of them observe Torah, and MOST of them ignore the seventh day Sabbath and the Biblical feasts! Does YOUR church in any way resemble anything that YAHSHUA originally taught? Please check the Bible thoroughly before answering. In the beginning, Gentiles were considered to be immoral heathens and Pagans because they worshipped every kind of “god” except Yahweh. But yet, it was always YWHW’s will for the Gentile nations to receive His Salvation (Is. 49:6, 42:6). ELOHIM told Abraham that through him all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Gen. 12:1-3). Early Messianic Jews did not understand that this was ELOHIM’s will and proclaimed the Good News of the Messiah only to Jewish people. The controversy in the first century was not if it was Jewish to believe in YAHSHUA but whether Gentiles could be included without having to become Jewish. This was addressed by the Jerusalem council (Acts 15:1-31). (NOTE: Many people have misunderstood the proceedings at the Jerusalem Council to mean Gentiles were only required to perform certain acts – without realizing that Acts 15 is referring to man-made laws and not to the Torah itself!)
When the early Messianic Jews took the Good News of the Messiah to the Gentiles, a great number were brought into the Messianic faith. By the end of the first century A.D., the number of Gentile believers outnumbered the Jewish believers by a ratio of two to one! This occurred primarily because there were (and still are) more Gentiles in the world than Jewish people. Through the years, as the number of Gentile believers increased, they began to dominate this Messianic faith. Some Gentile believers, not understanding the Jewish roots of their faith and God’s eternal covenant with Israel, wanted to split off and form a separate religion divorced from their Jewish roots (Romans 11:1-2). This “de-Judaizing process” continued until Gentile Christianity emerged as the dominant representative faith in the Messiah. In one of the greatest paradoxes in history, it became alien for a Jew to believe in YAHSHUA as his Messiah!
YAHSHUA said He came NOT to abolish but to fulfill/establish/confirm (Matthew 5:17). He also said that until all has been accomplished, and heaven and earth have passed away, not one “jot or tittle”/the smallest letter or stroke would disappear from the Torah (Matthew 5:18). Has ALL been accomplished yet? Have heaven and earth passed away yet? If not, why are you ignoring Torah?
Since YAHSHUA said He did NOT come to abolish Torah, we MUST adhere to Torah! The Bible clearly shows that YAHSHUA was a devout Jew who did not come to abolish the Torah of His Father and bring a new “religion”; but to magnify, establish, and confirm it! As we continue to read Matthew 5, verse 19 and 20 clench the previous two: 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot (words/commands) and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness is far greater than that of the Torah-teachers and P’rushim, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Bible in several places states that ELOHIM’s Word is FOREVER. “Forever, O YAHWEH, Your word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). Did “forever” end at the beginning of the “New Testament”? Has “forever” come and gone?
Answer: Yahweh said His Word is FOREVER. “Forever” didn’t end last Tuesday, so why are Christians negating His Torah NOW? “Forever, O YAHWEH, Your word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89). “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says YAHWEH: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says YAHWEH, “from now and forever.” (Also see Isaiah 59:21 and 1 Chronicles 16:15.)
“Forever” hasn’t come unless “everything has happened that must happen” and “heaven and earth have passed away” (Rev.21:1). Has the heavenly Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) already come down from heaven to the earth (Rev.21:2)? Has Satan already been punished and cast into the lake of fire? (Rev.20:10.) Has the Great White Throne Judgment occurred already? (Rev.20:11-12.) Has YAHSHUA already returned and established the Kingdom of ELOHIM (Rev. 10:1-7 and Rev.19:6, 11-16)?
ELOHIM said in Proverbs 4:2 – “I give you good instruction: Do not forsake my Torah (teaching, instruction, law).” What makes you think YAHSHUA abolished that command?
ELOHIM clearly told us NOT to ignore His teachings! The overwhelming decadence of today’s world is clear evidence as to how much we have strayed from ELOHIM’s Word…
Do you really believe that by ignoring Torah you are provoking the Jews to jealousy (Romans 11:11:12)? Do you think they’re going to be jealous of the Christians who ignore the true Sabbath and the Biblical feasts, and ask the Jews to give up the first two-thirds of the Bible (which contain all of Yahweh’s “forever” commands) and adhere to the last third only?
Answer: Christians have killed millions of Jews and been responsible for persecuting them in one way or another for centuries. And now you want to tell them that the ELOHIM you borrowed from them – the ELOHIM of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – has come in the form of a man they are supposed to worship now, and who demands they throw away His Torah because YAHSHUA.s ‘ death on the cross automatically negated all of Yahweh’s original teachings? You want them to believe they should throw out the original ELOHIM-breathed Word and adhere to “New Testament” writings only? You want them to give up the idea of the original Sabbath and the Biblical feasts – the very feasts that YAHSHUA is STILL in the process of fulfilling??? (Please see YAHSHUA Has Fulfilled Only the First Four Feasts) and Jewish Holidays, in a Nutshell.
Please think about how you would feel if someone came and told you to throw YAHSHUA out the window and start believing in some strange god that veered YAHWEH’s original Word! In order to win the heart of a Jew, you must first remember the correct Name of “YAHSHUA” who was Torah observant, and realize that the reason the Jews do not and cannot believe in your “YAHSHUA” is because (1) Jesus was NOT the Torah observant Messiah who actually walked this earth; and (2) their “spiritual eyes” have not yet been opened to the Truth of YAHSHUA. Yahweh Himself will open their eyes in due time.