Sometimes I wonder about this new found faith that slapped me in the face a few years back. I wonder if I will ever fit in again. Although it’s exciting unraveling all the wrong doctrine and discovering the truth that was there all along, it can be lonely. My husband and I were both raised in the Christian faith in an assembly’s of God church. It was a large church and featured television and radio ministry as well as many outreaches and alms deeds. We are thankful for our time there, but once your eyes are opened and enlightened to the scriptures you can’t go back. I see more and more pastors, teachers, and members of Christendom coming out and starting blogs, home meetings, and gathering with whoever they can.
One of the most annoying things is how we were fed lies by well-meaning people, but those well-meaning people won’t even look at scripture with you. Of course, many of us used to be those people.
I tried to have a conversation with someone about a topic the other day and they honestly did not even look at what I said or the verses I was trying to show them. Instead, they just kept showing me verses that were not even complete thoughts or about the topic. Honestly, while I was lying in bed that night I said Father it’s as if a Chinese man was reading a recipe in an American cookbook for a Rueben sandwich. And this is really what has happened. Let me explain. Westernized mindsets and Greek thought equal polluted doctrines of Christenese.
One of my teachings was compared to a “well-known cult.” What many don’t understand is that we created a man-made religion and named it Christianity and any off-shoot or denomination/non-denomination is just that “a cult.” I don’t want to upsets folks, but even the Apostle Paul in Romans chapter 11 called us a wild olive, grafted in among them, becoming partakers with them of the rich root of the olive tree–not the other way around.
My intent is to explain truths that have been twisted. I know many good people who love the Lord Adonai who are being taught false doctrines. But can I share a Reuben with you? Yes, let’s start with our sandwich.
Take a man who is from the other side of the world and translate your recipe into his language. Ready? This is probably going to sound more like an Abbott and Costello skit.
Reuben, now that’s a nice name. Thousand Island or Russian dressing? I wonder where all those islands are located? Hey, Reuben likes corn and beef. Still following me? Now add some lingo from our culture and era. This sandwich is wicked good! It’s the bomb. Hmmm, is the sandwich a bomb? Wicked?
I worked in restaurants for years and what most people don’t realize is restaurants have their own language. So did the Jewish people of Jesus/ Yeshua’s day. Let me explain.
When a restaurant runs out of a product whether it’s salmon or lettuce they tell the staff, “We are 86 Salmon.” So the number 86 means ZERO. When the restaurant gets busy and tables are full and Servers are running around like crazy, they have a name for it in the business, it’s called, “In the weeds.” If you just heard someone say, “I am in the weeds,” you, a foreigner, learning a new language would picture high tall grasses. 86 chickens would not register 0 chickens.
A dishwasher is referred to as a bubble dancer and “Campers” are people who stay at your table all night. Now let’s see where confusion can set in. We have 86 wicked bubble dancers setting up tents in the weeds on a thousand islands, dressing like Russians with bombs named Reuben.
That may sound extreme but let me show you how it has affected you and your church doctrine. Take our King James Bible and the doctrine we take so seriously and a word such as “tent” that Paul was making. Let’s look at that verse.
“Paul lived and worked with them, for they were tentmakers just as he was.” Acts 18:3… This more than likely wasn’t camping equipment but a tallit (little-tent) that is a four-cornered prayer shawl spoken of in Numbers 15:38-39. “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: They shall make for themselves fringes on the corners of their garments… And this shall be tzitzit for you, and when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of G-d, and perform them” (Numbers 15:38-39).
These garments had fringe tassels on the corners called tzitzit. Their strings and knots are a physical representation of the (Law) Torah’s 613 do’s and don’ts. Christians know all the blessings for keeping the “do’s” and are sure to quote, “I am blessed going in and blessed going out…The head and not the tail.” It works like this: Each letter in the Hebrew alphabet has a corresponding numerical value. The numerical values of the five letters that comprise the Hebrew word tzitzit add up to 600. Add the eight strings and five knots of each tassel, and the total is 613.
The Apostle Paul, years and years after Jesus-Yeshua had ascended was making prayer shawls with 613 Torah commandments and selling them. Why wasn’t he telling people not to wear the law around if they were now Christians and didn’t need to keep it? Don’t tell me because he was a Jew and it was a Jewish thing because that just is not true. “The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner residing among you.” Exodus 12:49. “‘A foreigner residing among you is also to celebrate the LORD’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the foreigner and the native-born.'” Numbers 9:14. And Yahweh said it was an everlasting commandment to keep not something He threw away or nailed to the cross. A covenant may get a new better layer added, but you don’t throw them away. The curse was nailed to the cross.
Now before you start telling me that I need to read Galatians and Romans and learn about the slave woman and the free woman, perhaps you may need to rethink what you think you know about 1,000 Islands of Russian dressed men living in the weeds. Perhaps you have missed something. A very popular saying in Jesus-Yeshua’s day was not “the devil is a lie” but Torah is the way, Torah is the truth and Torah is the light. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. When we read about 5 foolish virgins and 5 wise virgins, we learn that 5 had no oil. This oil was not speaking in tongues. Back then the mitzvah (commandments and precepts) were referred to as oil lamps. His word is a lamp to our feet and it lights up our path. That verse is from the old section of your Bible.
Five thousand men were born again after Peter preached his message. There was no New Testament then. No John 3:16, no letters from Paul, no wafers and welches grape juice and no one told them to run to an altar and invite Jesus into their hearts. Don’t get mad at me because I tell you the truth. The truth will set you free but first, as a wise woman once said, it will piss you off. Now running to an altar and asking Jesus-Yeshua to be Lord of your life is not a bad thing but it’s sort of like signing your name on a marriage contract.
Let me give you another example. Take Peter and a vision he had. It wasn’t about fat cows or skinny cows or a roll of bread going through the camp it was about food and when the Father said, “Get up, Peter, Kill and eat.” It had been years since Jesus-Yeshua ascended up into heaven and yet Peter says, “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” Acts 10:13-14. This sheet had both clean and unclean animals on it. Why didn’t he get up and kill a chicken and eat it? Why did he say I have never eaten anything UNCLEAN. If he was no longer to keep the Torah (Law) he would not say this. Why wasn’t he now a Sunday morning Christian going to get pork BBQ and fried shrimp? Because the vision wasn’t about fat cows or skinny cows or clean and unclean animals but about Gentiles coming into the covenant that wasn’t thrown away.
Why is there so much confusion in the body? This is the reason. We have a guy named Reuben who lives on a 1,000 islands and eats corn and beef and dresses like a Russian. Take a look at your Sunday morning portrait of Jesus-Yeshua wearing a red Roman robe and ask yourself where the hem of His (garment) tallit is? Where’s the tent the lady with the issue of blood grasped on to? You won’t find it. Jesus/Yeshua warned us that there would be a people who call him “Lord” and yet He does not know them. He says these people are without the Law and that they have thrown it away and they work lawlessness.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ Matthew 7:21-23.
I’m just happy that blinders are falling off many people’s eyes in this hour. Many are getting new glasses which really aren’t new at all but spectacles from before Constantine and others corrupted the text and the message.
In closing, I would like to also point out I know many great Christian people who love The Lord Adonai with all their hearts and they feel His presence and worship Him, but Yeshua said The Father seeks those who worship in Spirit and Truth. WE need both.
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