“Why People Will Believe Almost Anything?”
In the recent book, “Trust Us We Are the Experts,” authors Stauber & Rampton reveal to us some compelling evidence describing the science of manipulation of public opinion. They trace the art of this manipulation all the way back to the early part of the 20th century and to a man by the name of Edward L. Bernays, the nephew of Sigmund Freud, who gave a full confession in his book “Propaganda.” (“The Father of Spin, Edward L. Bernays & the Birth of Public Relations” by Larry Tye)
You may have never heard of him but you are a product of his manipulation. Edward L. Bernays dominated the PR industry until the 1940’s and is still a significant force behind this art even today. Mr. Bernays’ first assignment fresh out of University was with the Committee on Public Information that was hired to sell WWI to the American public. He developed the slogan: “Make the World Safe for Democracy,” even though at that time most governments in Europe were monarchies. (“A Social History of Spin” by Stuart Ewen)
Then the Pork Lobby hired him to sell pork meat as a healthy alternative to chicken and beef. Edward L. Bernays’ genius was to go one step beyond and popularize the idea of bacon for breakfast as a companion to eggs.
Edward L. Bernays believed it was the media’s job to frame an issue to create a desired image that put a particular concept or product in a desirable light. He said that the public masses were a “herd that needed to be led.” And the best PR happens when people don’t know they’re being manipulated. “…the scientific manipulation of public opinion [is] necessary to overcome chaos and conflict in a democratic society.” (“Trust Us We Are the Experts” by Stauber & Rampton)
A few years later he pulled off a social coup in the 1929 Easter Parade in New York City. The parade’s highlight was the marching of the “Torches of Liberty.” Sounds like a celebration of American patriotism in reality he had organized a group of feminists to march publicly smoking as a mark of woman’s liberation. From then on, women worldwide have felt free to destroy their own lungs in public in the same way men have done for years.
Fresh on this success, the Tobacco Lobby hired Edward L. Bernays to set up the advertising format coupled with the duplicity of the American Medical Association that lasted for 50 years selling the world on the false idea that smoking was actually good for your health.
Once the value of media manipulation became apparent leaders from around the world sought out the services of Edward L. Bernays. Even Hitler’s propagandist, Joseph Goebbels, studied the principles of Mr. Bernay when Germany was developing the popular rationale that races must remain pure and those inferior humans must be eradicated. (“Trust Us We Are the Experts” by Stauber & Rampton) This was the birth of genetic engineering. [rebirth – FTM]
As the art of manipulation evolved principles developed such as these:
- Dehumanize the opposition by labeling and name calling.
- Speak in generalities using emotionally charged words.
- When covering something up do not use plain language; rather use technical terms and odd words.
- Get celebrity, religious, intellegencia and especially man-on-the-street endorsements.
- Sell the public that the powers-that-be are just like you.
- When minimizing outrage say nothing memorable and point to the benefits of what has happened.
- Avoid moral issues, rather speak of the social good.
Remember ^these^ principles the next time you watch the nightly news especially the next time something earthshaking happens.
In his book “Propaganda,” Edward L. Bernays said, “Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested – largely by men we have never heard of. This is the logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smooth functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental process and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public minds.”
This is just a perversion of the Jeffersonian principle that says: “I know of no safe depository of ultimate power of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise the control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not take it from them, but to inform their discretion.” And Edward L. Bernay believed that only a few possessed the insight enough to be entrusted with the sacred task of informing society discretion. Edward L. Bernays single handedly developed the language of spin.
Armed with Freud’s psychology Edward L. Bernays soon became the Doctor of Spin and had more corporate clients than his firm could handle. And all the way to today, all PR firms can trace themselves either physically or philosophically to Edward L. Bernays.
In the mid-1990s social scientist, Joseph P. Overton, the senior vice-president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy from 1992 to 2003, a Michigan based free-market think-tank, noticed there was s range of public reactions to ideas in public discourse. He also noticed certain opinions fall into the “window of possibility” if presented with the lesser of two evils because they are acceptable to the public. He called that the “Overton window.” The “window” presents a menu of possibility choices: Relatively safe choices are inside the window, and relatively risky or radical choices are outside the window to affect change, one has to focus on changing mainstream opinion. Overton described a method for moving that window, thereby including previously excluded ideas, while excluding previously acceptable ideas. The technique relies on people promoting ideas even less acceptable than the previous “outer fringe” ideas. That makes those old fringe ideas look less extreme, and thereby acceptable. This is done by priming the public with other ideas allowed to remain unacceptable, but which make the real target ideas seem more acceptable by comparison.
The reason why the Overton Window works is for a lot of reasons, not all of them bad, most people don’t like feeling like they’re disconnecting themselves from the majority of their fellow human beings. Most people, being perceived as eccentric is something to be feared. This isn’t fundamentally because most people are corrupt, it’s fundamentally because most people are social animals, and feeling connected with the pack is critical to our sense of well-being. This is why “moving the goalposts” works, even when those doing so barely bother to conceal it.
The real question most of us shy away from when it comes to deception is, “Have you ever been deceived?” If so do we need to find out what’s going on. Think about the news, do you really suppose that the evening’s major stories that dominate the headlines are what’s really going on in the world? Do we have any way of verifying the details, even if we wanted to? What is the purpose of the news? Is it really just to inform us? I believe the purpose of news and advertisement is to keep the public in a state of uncertainty and dependency to manipulate the society to go into a desired direction.
However, the most frightening thing is when this principle is applied to religion.
“Therefore, since Messiah suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of Yahweh. For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. (1 Peter 4:1-3)”
I want to ask you another question, What if you discovered a diabolical plot decades in the making to transform America into something sinister that could strip away your freedoms? Would you do all you could to reveal the plan and try to save the country, even if speaking out might destroy your life? What if you if you found out the devil has devised a plan, scheme and a network to deceive the entire world, by taking the truth and slightly spinning it into a lie.
I wonder, has it worked on you. Have you been deceived? What about those creeping biases rolling around in our psyche? Our bias is formed by our beliefs and values. Our bias is programmed into us when we were very young. It is still very possible that some of us still have attitudes, concepts, ideas, impressions of people – the way we evaluate another human being or even old stray doctrines – the way we evaluate Scripture, that are totally untrue. Its time to give them up. Haven’t we wasted enough of our time acting like Gentiles in a Culture of Corruption?
“Surely Elohim is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart (lev).
But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well near slipped. For I was envious of the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no pains in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. They wear pride like a necklace; they clothe themselves with violence. Their eyes bulge out with abundance: they have more than the heart could wish for. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak with arrogance. They set their mouth against the Heavens (shamayim), and their tongue parades through the earth.
Therefore His people return here: And waters of abundance are drunk by them. And they say, ‘How does El know?’ And is there knowledge in El Elyon? See, these are the wicked, who prosper in the Present World (olam hazeh); they increase in riches.
Surely in vain, I have cleansed my Heart and washed my hands in innocence. For all the daylong have I been plagued, and chastened every morning. If I say, I will speak this; see, I would have deceived the generation of your children. When I thought to know this, it was
too painful for me; Until I went into the Sanctuary of El; then I understood their end.
Surely You did set them on a slippery slope: You cast them down into destruction. How are they brought into ruin, as in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors. As a dream when one awakes; so, O Yahweh, when You awake, You shall despise their image. So my heart broke, my mind was pierced. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before You. Nevertheless I am continually with You: You have supported me by my right hand. You shall guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to glory (kavod). Who have I in the Heavens but You? And there is none upon the earth that I desire beside You. My flesh and my heart fails: but Elohim is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever (le-olam-va-ed).
For, look, they that are far from You shall perish: You have destroyed all them that go whoring away from You. But it is good for me to draw near to Elohim: I have put my trust in the Sovereign Yahweh, that I may declare all Your works. (Psalms 73)”
Again I ask you, “Have you ever been deceived?”
“And the great dragon was cast out, that head serpent, called the Slanderer (Akel Kartza) and HaSatan, who deceives the entire Present World (olam hazeh): he was cast out into the earth, and his heavenly kingdom (malachim – Sitre Ahurah) were cast out with him. (Revelation 12:9)”
Ministers who try to distance their Jesus from the historical Rebbe YahShua portray him as opposed to the Judaism of his time, and as an “anti-Jewish Jew.” 1900 years of Christian anti-Semitism has stripped the Jewish Messiah, in the mind of most people, of His Jewishness? He is not a Gentile. He was not a Christian! YahShua was born a Jew and is glorified a Jew. For the Messiah of Israel said in Revelation 22:16;, “I, YahShua, sent my angel to you with this testimony for the chosen ones. I am the Root and the Seed of David…”
After the maryrdom of the Apostle Peter and the Apostle Paul; and after the assassination of James the brother of YahShua, the counterfeit was developing rapidly — especially in the West. Many people who were listening to the false teachers began to look for new leaders and new headquarters in the Gentile World. They did not look to Messiah! Where else could they turn but to the capital city of the West – Rome? It was the Government of Rome that aided these renegades in their hijacking of the True Faith of the Messiah and his followers and gave it to the Gentile World.
When Alexander the Great conquered Babylon he brought back into the West its ancient mystery cult, by the time Rome inherited it, it had become wildly popular in Europe. Rome had long been a cosmopolitan center of religion. And the most important part of Rome was Vatican hill. “The Vatican sanctuary … seems to have been a well-known … cult center … of the worship of Cybele the Roman equivalent of Ishtar (the “Mother of God”) … No less than nine inscriptions referring to the same cult have long been known from the immediate vicinity of St. Peter’s …” (from The Shrine of St. Peter and the Vatican Excavations, by J. Toynbee and J. W. Perkins, p. 6).
In the days of Apostle Paul a “pagan cemetery lay on a knoll called Vaticanus” — Vatican hill, where the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church is today. “The Latin word “vatis” means a ‘prophet’ or ‘soothsayer.’ In days gone by there had been an Etruscan oracle on this spot,” writes Werner Keller in The Bible as History, p. 389.
In the Babylonian Mystery Cult, Nimrod, was “the opener” of secrets. In the Chaldaic (a dialect of Hebrew) the word for opener was “PETER”! (See Young’s Concordance.) Their prophets were called patres or keys to the secret door and the faithful drew on the wordplay and called them padres, fathers.
An apostate by the name of Anacletus, calling himself a bishop, dedicated the ancient shrine of the pagan Peter Nimrod to the apostle “Peter” redefining Rabbi Kepha into a Gentilized Bishop around 80 CE, according to a record in the Liber Pontificalis (i, p. 125).
It was a small jump for Anacletus to convince the drifting, unemployed pagan population of Rome — which was becoming interested in the mysteries — that the shrine at Rome was the site of burial of the Bishop “Peter” — for had not the Rabbi Kepha been at Babylon! And to cement his authority, he claimed to have been ordained by Rabbi Kepha that he now referred to as Bishop Peter.
Anacletus claimed to be the SOLE SUCCESSOR to Peter. He insisted that Rome should be the new headquarters of all the congregations and that they take on the Cercian title Church.
When the news of the apostate authority of the bishop of Rome spread abroad, many other false teachers saw the advantage of casting in their lot with him “to draw away the disciples after themselves. It now became a struggle to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.
The Catholic historian Eusebius relates how the faithful Netzarim viewed the apostates: “But Polycarp also was not only instructed by the apostles, and conversed with many who had seen [Messiah], but was also, by apostles in Asia, appointed [overseer] of the [Congregation] of Smyrna … He it was who, coming to Rome in the time of Anicetus” — bishop of Rome around 154 CE — “caused many to turn away from the … heretics to the [assembly of Yahweh], proclaiming that he had received this one and sole truth from the apostles … While at Rome, Polycarp discussed with the Roman bishop the matter of the introduction of the pagan Easter in place of the Passover.
Irenaeus continued: “For neither could Anicetus (the bishop of Rome) persuade Polycarp not to observe it” — the Passover — Because he had always observed it with [Yochannan], the disciple of our King, and the rest of the apostles, with whom he associated; and neither did Polycarp persuade Anicetus to observe it, who said that he was bound to follow the customs of the presbyters before him” (Quoted from Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, book 5, chap. 24, in the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1).
“You have let go of the commands of Yahweh and are holding on to the traditions of men. (Mark 7:8)”
After Anicetus came Victor of Rome who for 35 years fought with the leadership of the Netzarim disfellowshipping whole congregations who returned to the True Faith. “As for us, then, we scrupulously observe the exact day, neither adding nor taking away. For in Asia great luminaries have gone to their rest, who shall rise again in the day of the coming of the King … I speak of Pinchas (Philip), one of the twelve apostles … Yochannan (John), moreover, who reclined on the Sovereign’s bosom … Then there is Polycarp … These all kept the Passover on the 14th day of the month in accordance with the [Full Messianic Message] without ever deviating from it, but keeping to the rule of Faith.” (Vol. 8 of the Ante Nicene Fathers, pp. 773-774).
Even the anti-Semitic John Chrysostom had to admit: that “formerly it (the Passover) prevailed also at Antioch” from where Paul (Rabbi Sha’ul) began many of his apostolic journeys.”
Synagogue of Satan
“I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. (Revelation 2:9)”
The church claims that they are spiritually Jews. Why is it so important for the counterfeit to constantly refer to the True? Why is it so important for the Church to be identified as New Israel? Because, silly, “salvation is from the Jews. (John 4:22)”
The Church loves to quote: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16 King James Version)”
“But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. (Romans 2:29 King James Version)”
In fact, the Church interprets Romans 11:16-27, as Paul explaining that Israel, namely the Jews, to whom salvation belonged, were broken off because of unbelief in Jesus. Gentiles were grafted in their place because they believed in Jesus. But once grafted in, they were no longer Gentiles — “Being in times past Gentiles in the flesh,” (Ephesians 2:11). Now they were all one in Christ Jesus, “no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the Christian saints,” (Ephesians 2:19), the New Jew. So the church made up of Gentiles, claiming the Birthright, claiming salvation, claiming to be Jews inwardly, masquerading as a “Christian” church, became the very synagogue of Satan, the apostate church which developed after 70 CE.
After “Emperor Hadrian had conquered Jerusalem in the year 135, all Jews, and that included Jewish [Netzarim], had been forbidden to enter Jerusalem under pain of instant death. (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, Cardinal Walter Martin, College of Cardinals, Jesuit)” “…when the people of the [Natzarim] in Jerusalem, having been commanded by an oracle, given by revelation to men there approved, before the war, to depart from the city and to dwell in a certain city of Paraea, namely, Pella (Petra), and when those who believed on [Messiah] had migrated thither from Jerusalem . . .the judgment of God then fell upon the unbelieving Jews in the form of the Roman armies..” (Eusebius’ Ecclesiastical History, Book 3. v. 2-3). Eusebius goes on to add that all of Palestine at that time was completely emptied of Netzarim. The Natzarim believed this was the dawning of the Great Tribulation and that Messiah commanded them to flee to Petra to await His second coming. So they moved the Mother Congregation there. “That the [Netzarim] here subsisted not merely as an intimidated flock in hiding, but continued its communal living and its propaganda, is undoubtedly probable” (J. Weiss, Earliest Christianity, N.Y., Harper and Row, 1959, Vol. 2, p. 716).
Epiphanius, another Catholic historian exposes the Netzarim: “We shall now especially consider heretics who… call themselves Nazarenes; they are mainly… Jews and nothing else. They make use not only of the New Testament, but they also use in a way the Old Testament of the Jews; for they do not forbid the books of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings… so that they are approved of by the Jews, from whom the Nazarenes do not differ in anything, and they profess all the dogmas pertaining to the prescriptions of the Law and to the customs of the Jews, except they believe in [Messiah]…They preach that there is but one [Elohim], and his son [Messiah YahShua]. But they are very learned in the Hebrew language; for they, like the Jews, read the whole Law, then the Prophets…They differ from the Jews because they believe in [Messiah], and from the Christians in that they are to this day bound to the Jewish rites, such as circumcision, the Sabbath, and other ceremonies …Otherwise, this sect of the Nazarenes thrives most vigorously in the state of Berea, in Coele-Syria, in Decapolis, around [Petra], and in Bashan…After they departed from Jerusalem, they made their start from here, as all the disciples dwelt in [Petra], having been admonished by [Messiah] to depart Jerusalem and emigrate because of imminent danger (Epiphanius; Panarion 29).”
The Jews, especially the Pharisees, who originally saw us as brothers, resented the Netzarim flight to Petra as an act of betrayal. In 90 CE, Rabbi Sh’muel HaKatan (Samuel the Lesser) was commissioned to add to the synagogue liturgy a prayer against the Netzarim, called the Birkat haMinim to the Eighteen Benedictions of the Amidah: “For the renegades let there be no hope, and may the arrogant kingdom soon be rooted out in our days, and the Netzarim and the Minim perish as in a moment and be blotted out from the book of life and with the righteous may they not be inscribed. Blessed are you, Yahweh, who humbles the arrogant. ”
It was the Government of Rome that aided these renegades in their hijacking of the birthright from Israel and gave it to the Gentile “church.” At the Council of Nicea in 325 CE . The Roman emperor Constantine organized the Roman Church and unified its doctrines. Constantine appointed Sylvester as the first Pope. “A meeting between Sylvester and the Jewish [Netzarim] leaders took place in 318…. [Rabbi] Joses, the oldest of the [Netzarim] Jews, spoke on behalf of the desposyni (Family of Rebbe YahShua) and the rest….They… asked Sylvester to revoke his confirmation of Greek Christian bishops in Jerusalem, in Antioch, in Ephesus, in Alexandria, and to name instead desposynos [leaders]…. Sylvester curtly and decisively dismissed the claims of the Jewish [Netzarim]. He told them that the mother church was now in Rome, with the bones of the Apostle Peter, and he insisted that they accept Greek bishops to lead them. (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, Cardinal Malachi Martin, College of Cardinals, Jesuit)”
Jerome, an official of the Roman church sent to Israel to retrieve a full copy of the Scriptures, something the Church did not possess, says concerning the Netzarim: ‘desiring to be both Jews and Christians, they are neither the one nor the other” … while adhering as far as possible to the Mosaic economy as regarded circumcision, Sabbaths, foods and the like, they did not refuse to recognize the apostolicity of Paul (Rabbi Sha’ul) or the rights of heathen Christians (Jerome’s Commentary on Isaiah 9:1).”
The Netzarim had no place in a church structure. Constantine ordered the Roman garrisons to hunt the Netzarim especially the Desposyni (YahShua’s immediate family) as outlaws of the State and execute them.
“Victor Constantinus, Maximus Augustus, to the heretics: “… To speak of your criminality as it deserves demands more time and leisure than I can give … Why not at once strike, as it were, at the root of so great a mischief…Forasmuch, then, as it is no longer possible to bear with your pernicious errors, we give warning by this present statute That none of you henceforth presume to assemble yourself together. We have directed, accordingly, that you be deprived of all the houses in which you are accustomed to hold your assemblies: and (we) forbid the holding of your superstitious and senseless meetings, not in public merely, but in any private house or place whatsoever… Take the far better course of entering the Catholic Church ….We have commanded … that you be positively deprived of every gathering point for your superstitious meetings, I mean all the houses of prayer … and that these be made over without delay to the Catholic Church; that any other places be confiscated to the public service, and no facility whatever be left for any future gathering, in order that from this day forward none of your unlawful assemblies may presume to appear in any public or private place. Let this edict be made public” (The Life of Constantine, book 3 Eusebius). By the fifth century the Roman Church had almost totally replaced the True Faith. And Eusebius gives full credit to Constantine: “And the credit of having achieved this mighty work” (of stamping out the truth) “our Heaven-protected Emperor alone, of all who had gone before him, was able to attribute to himself” (The Life of Constantine, book 3 ch. 66).
At the Council of Nicea in 325 CE, the Roman Emperor Constantine organized the Roman Church and unified its doctrines resurrecting MYSTERY, BABYLON. At this council all ties to Israel were outlawed. Constantine made Christianity, a cohesion of all the religions of the realm, the state religion. Constantine retained the title of chief priest of the state cult until he died.
Constantine appointed Sylvester as the first Pope. Following the sin of Jeroboam, who split Israel, they were afraid of split loyalties amongst Believers in the Diaspora “A meeting between Sylvester and the Jewish [Netzarim] leaders took place in 318….The vital interview was not, as far as we know, recorded, but the issues were very well known, and it is probable [Rabbi] Joses, the oldest of the [Netzarim] Jews, spoke on behalf of the desposyni (Family of Rebbe YahShua, literally Greek, “belonging to the Lord”) and the rest. Ever since the Emperor Hadrian had conquered Jerusalem in the year 135, all Jews, and that included Jewish [Netzarim], had been forbidden to enter Jerusalem under pain of instant death….They therefore asked Sylvester to revoke his confirmation of Greek Christian bishops in Jerusalem, in Antioch, in Ephesus, in Alexandria, and to name instead desposynos [leaders]…. Sylvester curtly and decisively dismissed the claims of the Jewish [Netzarim]. He told them that the mother church was now in Rome, with the bones of the Apostle Peter, and he insisted that they accept Greek bishops to lead them. (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church, Cardinal Walter Martin, College of Cardinals, Jesuit)” This was the last known discussion between the Netzarim and the Church. The Netzarim had no place in a church structure. Constantine ordered the Roman garrisons to hunt the Netzarim especially the Desposyni as outlaws of the State and execute them. By the fifth century the Roman Church had almost totally replaced the True Faith.
Do you think Christians see themselves as Gentile worshippers of the Elohim of Israel, or do they view their religion as having replaced the outmoded religion of Judaism? A popular Christian magazine published an article giving the Church’s view on the position of Israel a number of years ago. “It is a mistake for Christians to exalt Israelis to the position of being ‘God’s chosen people…The progressive revelation of Scripture makes it clear that, today, God has only one people, and it is the church…We must not apply Old Testament prophecies to the State of Israel when Jesus, Peter and Paul have radically redirected our thinking concerning the covenants of promise. They are now directly to the Church…The Israeli claim to Palestine as a Jewish State by divine right is incorrect, and their continued enforcement of this claim by military oppression is unjust.”
The Council of Antioch in 341 CE prohibited Christians from celebrating Passover.
At the Laodicean Council in 363 CE doctrine was further defined: “It is not lawful [for Christians] to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.” It was also at this council that Christians were forbidden from observing the Jewish Sabbath. Christians were forbidden under penalty of death to marry Jews.
“From the apostles’ time until the Council of Laodicea, which was about the year 364, the holy observance of the Jews’ Sabbath continued, as may be proved out of many authors: yea, notwithstanding the decree of the council against it.” (“Sunday a Sabbath.” John Ley, p.163. London: 1640).
The Council of Trullo in 692 CE declared, “If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall celebrate the holy day of Easter before the vernal equinox, with the Jews, let him be deposed…He who has mutilated (circumcised?) himself, cannot become a clergyman, for he is a self-murderer, and an enemy to the workmanship of God. If any man being a clergyman shall mutilate (circumcise?) himself, let him be deposed, for he is a self-murderer. If a layman mutilate (circumcise?) himself, let him be excommunicated for three years, as practicing against his own life…If any clergyman or layman shall enter into a synagogue of Jews or heretics to pray, let the former be deposed and let the latter be excommunicated…If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, or any one of the list of clergy, keeps fast or festival with the Jews, or receives from them any of the gifts of their feasts, as unleavened bread, any such things, let him be deposed. If he be a layman, let him be excommunicated. If any Christian brings oil into a temple of the heathen or into a synagogue of the Jews at their feast, or lights lamps, let him be excommunicated.”
Constantine may have built the Church, but the true father of Christian Theology is a man by the name of Marcion. It was Marcion that gave us Replacement Theology. “Replacement Theology is a misguided systematic approach to the Holy Scripture that has not only led millions astray over the years but it has, in addition, birthed evil of the most horrific proportions. Replacement Theology played a role in the persecution of Jews by the church through the centuries, including the Holocaust.” (Malcolm Hedding, International Director for the International Christian Embassy, Jerusalem)
Marcion taught that the entire Hebrew Scripture should be rejected because it belonged to an evil, inferior deity (Yahweh), and not to “the God revealed by Jesus of Nazareth.” He also rejected any of the Messianic writings, which appeared to speak favorably of “Jewish practices” (like keeping Torah). He said: “We Christians worship an entirely different God from that of the Jews. We have absolutely nothing in common with them. Their scriptures bear witness to a completely different divinity. Indeed, our Christian religion was founded with the purpose of putting the Jewish heritage to rest once and for all.” Marcion taught the law was something obsolete and of little use to a Christian. The Torah that he began to call the Old Testament and its commandments is opposed to his New Testament founded on grace. Following this school of thought you end up with either a schizophrenic deity, or Marcion’s two gods.
In “Against Marcion,” Tertullian accuses Marcion and his followers of “forbidding what [Yahweh] commands and commanding what He forbids. (IV.1)” Following Marcion, Mainstream Christianity often commands what Yahweh forbids: “Forget the Sabbath. Ignore the holy days and dietary laws. And shave that beard, so you will look like a Christian!” “Marcion sets up unequal gods.” Tertullian writes, “The one a judge, fierce and warlike (Yahweh), the other mild and peaceable (God), solely kind and supremely good. (Tertullian, Against Marcion I.6.)”
A spirit of lawlessness has been hanging over the Church for all of its history. Tertullian shows the importance Rebbe YahShua attached to keeping Torah when he writes about the rich young ruler who approached Rebbe YahShua: “So when he is asked by that certain man, “Good Rabbi, what shall I do to obtain possession of eternal life?” he inquired whether he knew –which means, was keeping, the Creator’s Commandments—.Come now, Marcion, and all you companions in the misery and sharers in the offensiveness of that heretic, what will you be bold enough to say? Did Messiah here rescind those former commands—? (Against Marcion IV.36)”
Who are we supposed to believe? Marcion’s perversion of what Scripture says or Messiah YahShua’s teachings based on what Yahweh says.
As the Sabbath is the identifying sign of the people of Yahweh, so Sunday is the mark that identifies the AUTHORITY of MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS“–because Sunday carries no authority. The substitution of the pagan Sunday to counterfeit the Sabbath is the primary strategy of HaSatan in deceiving all nations, and counterfeiting the Truth as well as the Faith of Yahweh.
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am YAHWEH, that sanctify them… And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you that ye may know that I am YAHWEH your Elohim. (Exodus 20:12&20)”
“And YAHWEH spake unto Moses, saying Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YAHWEH that doth sanctify you… Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel forever. (Exodus 31:12,13,16, 27)”
“Do not learn the way of the Heathen… (Jeremiah 10:2)”
At the beginning Christianity separated itself from the true Faith of Yahweh. Nothing was so obvious than the setting up of its Sabbaths. “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. Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ. For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people…We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews…our worship follows a…more convenient course…we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews…How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded.”
Since the Catholic church changed the Scriptural liturgical calendar out of a dislike for anything “Jewish,” the Holy Days of Scripture that were celebrated by Messiah, His apostles, and the early Nazarenes were changed for the pagan and heathen holidays celebrated by most Christians today. Among the most economically important are Sunday, Christmas, Easter, and Halloween.
“For the past times of ignorance Yahweh overlooked; but now [He] commands all men every where to make teshuvah (return to Yahweh): Because He has appointed a Day of Judgment (Yom Din), in which He will judge the World (olam) in righteousness (tzedakah) by that Man (YahShua) whom He has ordained; by which He has given proof to all men, in that He has raised Him from the dead. (Acts 17:30, 31)”
All humanity is being compelled to choose between the commandments of Yahweh and the Traditions of Men. Between Yahweh’s Sabbaths, which He has commanded us to keep and the popular Pagan Substitutes; between the Signature of the Most High and that satanic counterfeit.
In 1 Kings 18:20-46 we find Israel trying to serve both Yahweh and Ba’al (the Lord). But Yahweh, “He Who Is,” is the only true and living Elohim. And King Messiah YahShua is the Redeemer and Savior of mankind, the Son of Yahweh: “He is the image of the invisible Elohim, the firstborn of all creation. For in Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17.) It is for this reason that Yahweh commanded his people, Israel, “You shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might….for only in Him will you have life. (Deuteronomy 6:5, 30:20)”
In his farewell address Joshua offered to the elders of Israel this challenge: “Now…be in awe of Yahweh and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the elohim which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve Yahweh. And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve Yahweh, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the elohim which your fathers served…or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh.” (Joshua 24:14-15.)
For the New Covenant that was ratified by the Blood of YahShua declares: “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love Yahweh your Elohim, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him. For Yahweh is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 30:19,20)”
Millions of sincere believers all over the world are of the opinion that Sunday, the first day of the week, is the New Covenant Sabbath, the LORD’S DAY!
It is the Spirit of Anti-Christ that seeks to change the Sabbaths.
“And he (the Moshiach Neged or Anti-Christ) shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.( Daniel 7:25)”
The only laws in Scripture which deal with the element of ‘time’ are the Sabbath laws of the Most High. These laws are directly linked with the Feast days in the sacred calendar. The Moshiach Neged vainly imagines that he can change Yahweh’s law.
Catholicism admits: “Sunday is a Catholic institution, and its claims to observance can be defended only on Catholic principles… From beginning to end of Scripture there is not a single passage that warrants the transfer of weekly public worship from the last day of the week to the first.” (The Catholic Press, Sydney, Australia, August, 1900).
“Protestantism, in discarding the authority of the (Roman Catholic) Church, has no good reasons for its Sunday theory, and ought logically to keep Saturday as the Sabbath.” (John Gilmary Shea, American Catholic Quarterly Review, January, 1883).
In the Catholic Catechism this question is posed: Have you any other way of proving that the (Catholic) Church has power to institute festivals of precept (to command holy days)?”
“Answer- Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her: she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” (Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism, page 176).
In Isaiah 56, Yahweh states, “My salvation is about to come, and My righteousness to be revealed.” Salvation is coming to whom? Righteous will be revealed to whom? Those “who has joined himself to Yahweh.” How do they join themselves to Yahweh? By embracing the Kingdom. What is the sign of surrender to the Kingdom? “…keep My Sabbaths, and choose what pleases Me, and hold fast My covenant… love the name of Yahweh…be His servants.”
The substitution of the pagan Sunday to counterfeit the Sabbath is the primary strategy of HaSatan in deceiving all nations, and hijacking the Faith of Yahweh.
The Seventh day Sabbath is the divine Sign, Yahweh’s Signature, which He inscribes on the Believer’s mind to commemorate his work of creation, sanctification and salvation through King Messiah YahShua. The Sabbath is, in fact, the eternal memorial token of the perpetual covenant between The Almighty and the Commonwealth of Israel. What’s more, it will continue to be so even in the New Heavens and the New Earth.
“Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths to be a SIGN between me and them, that they might know that I am YAHWEH, that sanctify them… And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a SIGN between me and you that ye may know that I am YAHWEH your Elohim. (Exodus 20:12&20)”
“And YAHWEH spake unto Moses, saying Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am YAHWEH that doth sanctify you… Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel forever. (Exodus 31:12,13,16,27)”
Yahweh values His Sabbath days more than any human mind can appreciate. They are to Him a unique, spiritual treasure of inestimable worth. Try to understand His pleadings in these amazing words:
“And I gave them my statutes, and showed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am YAHWEH that sanctify them. (Ezekiel 20:11-12)”
“For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will make shall remain before Me,” says YAHWEH, “So shall your descendants and your name remain. And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,” says YAHWEH. (Isaiah 66:22-23)”
“Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our Yahweh into a license for immorality and deny Messiah YahShua our only Sovereign and King. (Jude 1:2-4)”
Rebbe YahShua said that it was to Israel and only to Israel that He came to seek and save.
“[Messiah said] I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. (Matthew 15:24)”
“…the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10)”
It is for the reconciliation of the Lost Sheep of Israel, primarily, and through them all of the other nations that would convert and be engrafted into Israel, that Messiah had come.
“I have become its servant by the commission Yahweh gave me to present to you the word of Yahweh in its fullness— the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them Yahweh has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Messiah in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:25-27)”
The mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations is, there is a Majority of the posterity of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob lost to their identity and inheritance among the nations of the world. Thus, there is a race of people living among the other races who do not know their family origin yet bare all the markings of Scripture in their lives causing not only themselves to suspicion but the rest of humanity to take notice and declare they are Israel.
“All the nations will ask: “Why has Yahweh done this to this land (Israel)? Why this fierce, burning anger?” And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of Yahweh, the Elohim of their fathers…and when you and your children return to Yahweh your Elohim and obey Him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, then Yahweh your Elohim will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where He scattered you… For Yahweh is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Deuteronomy 29:24,25; 30:2,3,20)”
Rebbe YahShua said that before the restor[ation of] the Kingdom [of] Israel could happen we must preach the Full Messianic Message of the Kingdom to the Majority of the whole world because the majority of the people on this earth at this present time are Israelites and don’t even know it. “…this full Messianic message of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (Matthew 24:14)
“For surely I will command, and will sift the House of Israel among all nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground. (Amos 9:9)”
The history of the Talmidim (disciples) of the one True Faith was to be the same as those they came to minister to. This preacher of the Full Messianic Message of the Kingdom was to be PERSECUTED — -SCATTERED! King Messiah YahShua said, “Remember the word that I said to you [Apostles], “A servant is not greater than his master.” If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also (John 15:20)” On the night of the crucifixion, Rebbe YahShua revealed: “You will all fall away…for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ (Mark 14:27)” Earlier that same evening He had already told them: “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. (John 16:32)” And Rabbi Sha’ul told the young rabbinical student Timothy, “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Messiah YahShua will be persecuted (2 Timothy 3:12).”
From the beginning Yahweh began to scatter the Talmidim abroad so that we would penetrate the Diaspora and sift Israel from the nations. “…On that day (of Brother Stephen’s death) a great persecution broke out against the ‘Called Out Ones’ at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. (Acts 8:1)”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)”
Still there were pockets of the True Faith. As late as the beginning of the fifth century in Asia Minor, the bishop John Chrysostom became angry when members of the Roman Catholic Church, that upon learning the True Message from the scattered remnants of the True Faith, repented of their ways and began to observe the Sabbath and “the feast of trumpets (Yom Teruah) , the feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot), and the feast of the great expiation (The Eighth Day)” (Antiquities of the Christian Church, Bk. 16, ch. 6, Bingham).
In about 650 CE, there was a man ironically by the name of Constantine of Mananali. By some miracle of Yahweh he got a hold of portions of the Scriptures. “These books became the measure of his studies and the rule of his faith; and the Catholics, who disputed his interpretation, acknowledged that his text was genuine and sincere. But he attached himself with peculiar devotion to the writings and character of Paul and the name of Paulicians is derived by their enemies (of “wretched little Paul”)… but I am confident that they gloried in their affinity to the apostle to the Gentiles” (Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Ch. 5. p. 386). As he read he became amazed at the truth contained in its pages. He began to preach, convincing even some Catholic ministers, and with their help he literally began converting thousands back to the Faith in Cappadocia and Armenia. Fearing the loss of these provinces from the Catholic Church and the Empire, men were sent to kill Constantine of Mananali. After twenty-seven years of ministry he was stoned to death in 684 CE by the command of the emperor.
However, one of the officers sent to kill Constantine, a man by the name of Shimon, was so stirred by the way Constantine of Mananali died that he became converted and carried forth his message until he was burned at the stake six years later!
The Empress Theodora instituted a Holocaust against the Paulicians in Armenia in which one hundred thousand are said to have been exterminated between 840 and 860 CE.
Driven by desperation, these Paulicians rose up and threw off the yoke of persecution and in the ninth century and established in Armenia the, free state of Teprice. “…it was [in a] huge recess or circular dam formed by the Taurus mountain range that furnished a comparatively secure abiding place for this ancient form of Christianity” (A Manual of Church History, volume 1, page 381). They gave absolute freedom of opinion to all of its inhabitants. They sent missionaries to convert the Slavonic tribes of Bulgaria, Bosnia, and Serbia to the True Faith. (Historical View of Bosnia, p. 30 Evans) “And one point in their favor must be noticed, and it is this, their system was, like that of the European Cathars, in its basal idea and conception alien to persecution; for membership in it depended upon immersion, voluntarily sought for, even with tears and supplications, by the faithful and penitent adult. Into such a community there could be no dragooning of the unwilling. On the contrary, the whole purpose of the scrutiny, to which the candidate for immersion was subjected, was to ensure that his heart and intelligence were won, and to guard against the merely outward conformity which is all that a persecutor can hope to impose. It was one of the worst results of infant baptism, that by making membership in the Christian church mechanical and outward, it made it cheap; and so paved the way of the persecutor (The Key of Truth, page 12 Conybeare).
In the late 19th century. British scholar and theologian Fred C. Conybeare discovered a seventh- or eighth-century Paulician manuscripts that had been stored in an Armenian monastery. This amazing find was called The Key of Truth. In it were the customs and beliefs of these Believers. Conybeare says he had at last ‘Understood who these Paulicians really were. All who had written about them had been misled by slander. I now realized that I had stumbled on the monument of a phase of the [Faith] so old and so outworn, that the very memory of it was lost.’ ” They preached the reality of the Kingdom; They believed only adults could receive immersion and that true repentance was a prerequisite for immersion; they denied the perpetual virginity of Miriam, the mother of YahShua, nor could they accept her as a mediator; they rejected the rudiments of the Catholic religion such as adoration of the cross, mass, communion and confession; they believed a true Believer was one who knows Messiah and keeps the commandments of Yahweh they believed in the laying on of hands for the receiving of the Holy Spirit; they kept the Sabbaths. “The general impression which the study of [The Key of Truth] leaves on us is that in it we have before us a form of [the Faith] not very remote from the primitive Jewish Christianity of Palestine” (The Key of Truth, page 193 Conybeare).
HaSatan took notice of this pocket of the Faith, knowing he could not overtly overthrow the Faith he began to introduce false teachers bringing with them the “doctrine of Ba’al Olam.” “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Ba’al Olam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Revelation 2:14)” Looking at Numbers 31:16 we see that “these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Ba’al Olam, to commit trespass against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of Yahweh.” These false teachers began to introduce them to the observance of Christmas and Easter and to forsake the Jewish custom of Passover or the other Sabbaths. Trusting in their worldly political alliances with neighboring Arabs, Teprice lasted 150 years, when it was overcome betrayed and slaughtered, one hundred thousand of them!
The few True Believers, escaped into Southeastern Europe and were called Bogomils. “There they throve for centuries, and … spread … their tenets into Bohemia, Poland, Germany, Italy, France, and even into … England” (The Key of Truth, page 104 Conybeare).
As a result of the work of the missionaries sent by Paulicians of Bulgaria into the Alpine regions there arose numerous ministers and faithful congregations around 1000 CE One of these men was Peter de Bruys who preached the message of the Kingdom in the south of France (Jones’ Church History, ch. 4, sec. 3). Two other preachers of the time were Arnold and Henry. They were charged by the Catholic Church with remaining faithful to the whole law of [Yahweh] and of observing the Sabbath (Ecclesiastical History, by Peter Allix, pp. 168-169).
“As late as the eleventh century Cardinal Humbert still referred to the Nazarenes as a Sabbath-keeping Christian body existing at that time.” (History of the Sabbath and the First Day of the Week, J.N. Andrews & L.R. Conradi, p 545)
Mosheim, the Lutheran historian, admits that the congregations of the remnants of the Netzarim in the twelfth century held “a notion that the observance of the law of Moses, in everything except the offerings of sacrifices, was obligatory upon [believers] … they abstained from those meats the use of which was prohibited under the Mosaic economy, and celebrated the Jewish Sabbath. The second tenet which distinguished this sect was advanced in opposition to the doctrine of three persons in the divine nature.”
In the 1100’s, a man by the name of Peter Waldo began publicly preaching the Truth. Waldo came from Dauphiny, the same area of France as did Peter de Bruys. Peter came from an extremely wealthy family. However he committed a portion of his wealth to the translation of the Scriptures into the language of the people. He diligently began a personal study of Yahweh’s word. He was earnest in his search for the True Faith. Yahweh opened Peter’s mind to understand the Scriptures. He left the business to the family and he struck out to preach what he had found, his translation of the Scriptures always with him. As he preached people began to gravitate to him. He was educated and well spoken. As he went he found pockets of the True Faith in Picardy (in north of France), Flanders and the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and especially Bohemia. They kept the Sabbaths. And each Sukkot they held at their headquarters a great “conference.” As many as 700 persons attended from all over Europe. New students were chosen, ministerial assignments were made, and crowds gathered daily for sermons as they lived in tents.
The Waldenses, as Rome began to call them, began to be viewed as a threat by the Church. The archbishop of Lyons launched a persecution against the Waldenses. The Church officially forbade them from preaching in 1176. By 1197, all Waldenses were commanded to he tracked down and slaughtered or burned at the stake.
As late as the 12th century, the Netzarim were called Pasagini, “so named by the Italians from the Latin word ‘passagium,’ meaning ‘passage,’ because of the ‘wandering, unsettled life of these people.” (Article entitled: The Forgotten History of Messianic Judaism, Richard Chamberlin)
Concerning the Pasagini, the Catholic writings of Bonacursus says, “Let those who are not yet acquainted with them, please note how perverse their belief and doctrine are. First, they teach that we should obey the law of Moses according to the letter – the Sabbath, and circumcision, and the legal precepts still being in force. Furthermore, to increase their error, they condemn and reject all the Church Fathers, and the whole Roman Church.” (Article entitled: How Long, O Lord, how Long?: A History of Anti-Semitism, Luana Fabry)
In a History of the Faith written in 1404 it says: “We do not find anywhere in the writings of the Old Testament that the light of truth and of holiness was at any time completely extinguished. There have always been men who walked faithfully in the paths of righteousness. Their number has been at times reduced to a few; but has never been altogether lost. We believe that the same has been the case from the time of [Messiah YahShua] until now; and that it will be so unto the end. For if the [Community of Faith] was founded, it was in order that it might remain until the End of Time… We do not believe that the [Community of Faith] absolutely departed from the way of Truth; but one portion yielded, and, as is commonly seen, the majority was led away to evil.”
In 1315, a Waldenses preacher, Walter Lollard, came to England to preach the Truth. Through Lollard’s ministry, thousands were coming to the knowledge that baptism means immersion; that the world’s religious holidays came from paganism and that Sunday was not the Sabbath. “When confronted with imprisonment at the hands of Protestant “reformers” for their faith, several ministers gave up the Faith even though some of their followers remained steadfast (Cox’s Sabbath Literature, Vol. 1, p. 162).” The movement went underground. It was not until about 1650 that there were again enough True Faith Believers to establish local congregations out in the public in Europe.
From England the True Faith spread to America. From the beginning there were a number of Puritans that held to Word, they were called Separatists. They separated themselves in the colonies from Sunday worship and what they viewed as paganism of the rest and kept the Sabbaths. In 1664, Stephen Mumford, came to Newport, Rhode Island, to raise up a small community of Believers mainly from Puritan converts. Even today, the custom of the American Thanksgiving came from the Separatists custom of Feast of Tabernacles.
At the same time, there was a counterfeit faith trying to destroy the True Message. “…contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our Yahweh into a license for immorality and deny Messiah YahShua our only Sovereign and King. (Jude 1:2-4)”
“[Yahweh] declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. (Psalm 147:19)”
From the beginning there have been powers sent by the Sitre Ahurah (Dark Forces) to sabotage our Kingdom and hijack our Faith. We live amidst false teachers who propagate lies. And a lie is a deception that is intentionally constructed in order to be believed.
“…many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our Elohim into lasciviousness, and denying the only Sovereign Yahweh, and our King Messiah YahShua.” (Jude 1:4).
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Messiah. And no wonder! For haSatan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-14)
“…for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)”
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. ” (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
“For this reason Yahweh sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:11,12)”
Amazing, but it’s true – most people are deceived. How have the majority been deceived? Simply by preaching lies about the person of Messiah — extolling His virtues, worshipping Him, yet denying His Full Messianic Message of the Kingdom — His character —by substituting pagan myths for truth and by reinterpreting Him portraying Him as opposed to the Judaism of his time, and as an “anti-Jewish Jew!” What a clever counterfeit!
Concerning such men our Messiah quoted Isaiah 29:13, “’They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men’… Thus you nullify the word of Yahweh by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that. (Mark 7:7,13)”
The sad thing is the Majority has been so drugged, so poisoned, so deceived by haSatan’s counterfeit that even the pro-Torah teachings of Messiah YahShua are difficult to believe, so they must be twisted to fit into the teachings of the counterfeit faith.
“Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says Yahweh. ‘For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters (as revealed in His word), And hewn themselves cisterns (a Counterfeit Faith) — broken cisterns that can hold no water (have no anointing).” (Jeremiah 2:12-13)
“Do not learn the way of the Heathen; do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, for the Heathen are dismayed at them. (Jeremiah 10:2)”
The True Faith
“…what advantage remains to the Jew? (How is he favored?) Or what is the value or benefit of circumcision? Much in every way. To begin with, to the Jews were entrusted the oracles (the communications, the intentions, the utterances) of Yahweh. What if some did not believe (in the oracles of Yahweh) and were without faith? Does their unbelief and their lack of faith nullify and make ineffective and void the fidelity of the Faith of Yahweh (to His Word)? By no means! Let Yahweh be found true though every human being is false and a liar, as it is written, ‘That You (Yahweh) may be justified and shown to be upright in what You say, and prevail when You are judged [by sinful men] (Psalm 51:4).’ (Romans 3:1-4)”
“[Yahweh] declares His word to Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances to Israel. (Psalm 147:19)”
“All Scripture is Yahweh-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of Yahweh may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)”
“Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that Yahweh swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:18-21)”
Theologians and Prophets have wrestled with the question, “Who Is True Israel?” Why is this question so important? It is because the True Faith lies with True Israel. Rabbi Sha’ul wrote, “just as Abraham “believed Yahweh, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:6)” Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. (Galatians 3:6,7)”
Rabbi Sha’ul tackles this question, “Who is true Israel?” “Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the Torah, and make your boast in Yahweh, and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the Torah, and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the Torah. You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who make your boast in the Torah, do you dishonor Yahweh through breaking the Torah? For “the name of Yahweh is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,” as it is written. ‘For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the Torah; but if you are a breaker of the Torah, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the Torah, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the Torah, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the Torah? For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from Yahweh. (Romans 2:17-29)” The truth is, one who does not keep the Faith is not “True Israel!”
Rabbi Sha’ul spoke about his “kinsman according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the Torah, the service of Yahweh (liturgy), and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Messiah came, who is over all, the eternally blessed Elohim. Amien.
But it is not that the word of Yahweh has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham (Romans 9:3-6)”
All of this was given to Israel. “What if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the Faith of Yahweh without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let Yahweh be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, and may overcome when You are judged (Psalm 51:4).” (Romans 3:3,4)”
Then comes this bombshell, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” In other words, it is not the natural children who are Yahweh’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. (Romans 9:7,8)” Now do you see the importance of believing the Sacrifice of Isaac is a perfect type of the death, burial and resurrection of our Messiah.
“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. (Galatians 4:28 )” The “children of promise” are those who “receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:14)” In other words, “True Israel” are those who keep Covenant and we who were Gentiles get the Covenantal blessing of Abraham “through Messiah YahShua; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” as a part of the Commonwealth of Israel.
Like Abram, we must hear the call and seek Yahweh.
“I will whistle for Ephraim (1 King 19:9-18), and gather the remnant; for I have redeemed them, and they shall increase as they increased when I sowed them among the nations, and they shall remember me in far countries; and they and their children will live and return. (Zechariah 10:8-9)”
For only Yahweh can immerse you into His Spirit making you His own. “For we were all immersed by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (1 Corinthians 12:13)”
It is interesting to note that at the birth of the Commonwealth of Israel, they were immersed into the Spirit as they left Egypt readying themselves for the giving of Torah 49 days later on Shavuot (Pentecost). And at the rebirth of the Commonwealth on the Shavuot after the Messiah ascended Rabbi Shimon Kepha standing on the Temple Mount for all to hear proclaimed: “Repent and be immersed, every one of you, in the name of Messiah YahShua for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)”
And what name was Messiah YahShua proclaiming, not His own, but the name of the Heavenly Father, Yahweh. The last thing on Messiah’s mind as He ascended was: “…and no more am I in the world, but these are in the world, and I come unto Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, whom Thou hast given to me, that they may be one as we (John 17:11).”
The Talmidim (disciples) of Messiah YahShua went into the nations along the Diaspora route to bring the Full Messianic Message of Redemption in the person of King Messiah YahShua to the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.” Because of this, Ephraim has held on to the person of Messiah. The counterfeit has tried to reinterpret and destroy what the Talmidim did but True Israel has heard the call and is returning to the Faith of Yahweh bringing the revelation of Messiah with them.
“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? …My heart churns within Me; My sympathy is stirred. …They shall walk after Yahweh. He will roar like a lion (Taking on the characteristics of Judah). When He roars, then His sons shall come trembling from the west. (Hosea 11:8,10)”
“They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. Hear the word of Yahweh, O nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over his flock like a shepherd. (Jeremiah 31:9-10)”
From the smoldering ashes of every great revival in which elements of the True Faith has resurrected came the New Netzarim Movement. From the Baptists we received the realization of immersion; from the Methodists, the knowledge of holiness; from the Adventists that the Coming of Messiah was immanant; from the Pentecostals, that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is still for today; and from the Messianics that we must return to Torah. And especially from Batya and Angus Wooten, that the two houses – Judah & Ephraim – and their companions had to unite in Messiah. Since the early seventies I have watched as the One True Faith has resurrected for these last days.
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:23-25)”
Yahweh did not plant the counterfeit weeds. We, the True Believers, are the planting of Yahweh.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases Yahweh. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:8-11)”
Yahweh has given you eyes to see the Truth and that revelation is a “Pearl of Great Price.”
“See to yourselves that ye may not lose the things that we wrought, but a full reward may receive; every one who is transgressing, and is not remaining in the teaching of the Messiah, hath not Yahweh; he who is remaining in the teaching of the Messiah, this one hath both the Father and the Son; if any one doth come unto you, and this teaching doth not bear, receive him not into the house, and say not to him, `Shalom!’ for he who is saying to him, `Shalom,’ hath fellowship with his evil works. (2 John 1:8-11)”
We cannot have fellowship with the Sitre Ahurah and their followers – the Counterfeit.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Messiah YahShua. We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: Yahweh is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of YahShua, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:1-7)”
“And this Full Messianic Message of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14)”