Who do you Worship?

The world today, is under an influence of deception. While mankind battles in the flesh, there is spiritual warfare that is taken place here on earth today. Man when given power, money, and authority, will attempt to have you follow man. This is the carnal nature of us all. So who do you worship? The word worship can mean: to submit oneself to.

So who do you submit yourselves to? Yahweh gave us a Covenant with a Promise, and we are told in no uncertain terms to submit ourselves to it, and he will give us the Promise written within this Covenant. We find a question that the Creator Yahweh asks us:

Judges 2:1, 2 "And a messenger of the Yahweh came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I swore unto your fathers; and I said 'I WILL NEVER BREAK MY COVENANT WITH YOU,'  And you shall not make no league, or treaty with the inhabitants of the land, you shall pull down their places of judgment and their Covenants with strange gods; But you have not obeyed my voice (by submitting to Yahweh's Covenant), WHY HAVE YOU DONE THIS?"

This is a great statement to us all. Why have we broken the Everlasting Covenant of Yahweh? Well the answer can be found within many articles that you will find here on this site. We reveal the deception of man. Through their translations, transliterations, devotion, and other means, the whole world has been deceived by the spirit that brings forth deception. This deception is found within the carnal minded man. Of course this deception is not concerned whether it is a man or woman, an organization that uses the name of Yahweh, for the deception is real and it means business.

It is up to you to ask your Father in Heaven for guidance, for answers to your prayers, and to heal you of your wounds. Sin is deadly. It destroys the body and mind. Think about what it means to submit oneself, and examine whether you are truly submitting to the whole Covenant of Yahweh. Yahweh gives you a choice, so choose this day whom you will serve!

We are offering for your examinations some links here to help you in your pursuit of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. We do not ask for money,  "freely we have received, and freely we give." If you find it in your heart to contribute, we assure you any donations will only go to further the cause of bringing forth the Everlasting Covenant of Yahweh. May Yahweh bless you in all that you put your hands to do concerning Him.

Here is some links to help you in your studies of the word of Yahweh, and some to warn you of deceptive men. May they richly bless you and bring you to the Great Teacher, Yahshua called Messiah!

http://www.eliyah.com/lexicon.html
http://www.ancient-hebrew.org
http://www.youtube.com/user/telarad613?feature=mhee
http://www.governmentofpeace.com/
http://www.themanbehindthename.com

The Los Lunas Stone and the Lost Tribes examined:

http://www.truthontheweb.org/comstone.htm
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/israel/losttribes2.html

UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGINS OF FALSE WORSHIP

For those who love the teachings of the Book of the Covenant, with it’s promises of truth and hope for life, we look at our heritage of being part of the great family of Yahweh, which is giving through the hope and promises that was agreed upon by Abraham and ratified in blood by Yahshua our Messiah. If it was possible for any other man to save us, he would have to be perfect, but then Yahweh only needed one man to do this, Yahshua, who fulfilled the ratification of the Covenant by His shed blood. This has eliminated the need for animal sacrifice for sins. Now if you can’t accept Yahshua Messiah as the One Sent, for salvation, then it would be only appropriate according to the Law to sacrifice animals for the reminder of your sins. But make no mistake they would not take them away! So we see the foolishness in any person allowing any man or woman to be their head and salvation. As teachers, preachers, apostles, ambassadors, fathers, mothers, etc.., we do have a responsibility to share the hope of the message that lies within us, as given through gift by Yahweh. But make no mistake this gift is not to exalt us as El, or to take worship in any form or fashion from Yahweh or His son, Yahshua. I can speak from experience that when you do this, you will suffer the consequences of your actions, and will have no one to blame but yourself!

CONSIDER OUR FOREFATHERS, THE FOUNDERS OF WHAT IS CALLED THE 12 TRIBES OR ESTATES OF YAHWEH’S FAMILY AND THOSE WHO ENTER THROUGH COVENANT

The twelve tribes of Israel, each had their own boundaries, their own families, their own Houses of Yahweh established, to worship within. When they were in the wilderness, with approximately several million people, there were synagogues, or Houses to worship Yahweh, places of worship amongst this large group of people. As an example, the greater Abilene, Texas area only has approximately 300,000 people. And there are literally hundreds of churches among this population. When leaving Egypt history shows and the scriptures number the men and it appears that the 12 tribes of Israel had millions of people in it’s exodus. Is it possible that all of them went to one tent of meeting every sabbath? Of course not, it is not logistically impossible, especially without internet, t.v. cable, etc... So every Sabbath, there were literally thousands of places where they worshiped Yahweh amongst the 12 tribes. Is it possible that every place of worship had the same sermon preached at sabbath services? Is it possible that every place of worship had the exact same belief, concerning every subject of torah, traditions of each tribe, and their viewpoint and understanding of the Law? Even when they came into the land, it was not possible for every tribe to have the same exact understanding of every law of Yahweh. However, what they did have in common was that they followed the Covenant of the Laws according to what was brought to them as Mosheh taught the elders of the congregation. Example: Today I have seen some sacred name believers say you can’t buy meat from the meat market, where others say as long as the meat is clean it is o.k. While both are right, both are not wrong! Each believer is following what they believe is the proper way to purchase meat, neither are not in unity, but neither are they breaking the Law! Yet this belief would separate some from each other? But are they separated from Yahweh? Do we have the right to be condemned or condemn a group of believers, because we don’t have the same understanding of Torah, yet we are keeping Torah? Let’s look at scripture of those who branched off from their teachers.

I Samuel 25:10 “And Nabal answered David's servants, and said, Who [is] David? and who [is] the son of Jesse? there be many servants now a days that break away every man from his master.”

II Chronicles 10:16 “And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and [we have] none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: [and] now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.”

This has been the way of the Hebrew as the word is defined: "Hebrew" is generally agreed to come from a group known as Habiru (or 'Apiru), a people who have lost their status in a community to which they had originally belonged. This name is possibly based upon the root "ˁ-b-r" (עבר) meaning "to cross over". Interpretations of the term "ʕibrim" link it to this verb; cross over and homiletical or the people who crossed over the river Euphrates.

Those who follow Yahweh, as Hebrew branch off or break away from those who don’t follow Yahweh according to each man and his family. This is not an unrighteous thing to do. But what is an unrighteous thing to do is to say “Our group has the ONLY truth and every other group (tribe) is deceived, liars, and are cut off from Yahweh!”

Yaaqob 3:13-18;6,8,9Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his righteous conduct, by works in the meekness, from wisdom. But if you have bitter rivalry and strife in your hearts, do not boast, and lie against the truth! This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, and demonic. For where rivalry and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and righteous fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the tongue is like a fire, a world of iniquity; so the tongue is set among our members, defiling the whole body, and destroying all creation. And for this, is subject to the fire of Gehenna. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”

We see this defilement by religious leaders who attempt to destroy the believers of Yahweh,  the Hebrew people, and judge Yahweh’s creation, condemning them to destruction, by their made up words of bullying and hatred towards their fellow tribesmen.

I have made every attempt to reveal the works of darkness within this teaching at a House of Yahweh, where I spent 23 years and am more qualified than most to expose this darkness as the scripture commands. Since coming out and visiting my fellow Hebrew tribesmen in other assemblies, I see no basis of truth, for the lies and hatred that is being promoted by those of a House of Yahweh in Abilene, against the Sacred Name believers.

Ephesians 5:11 “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].”

I don’t see unfruitful works of darkness in the Assemblies that I have congregated with! And since no one in Yisrayl Hawkins church can go to any Assemblies, what gives them the right to condemn, what Yahweh has created? Well they have no authority from Yahweh to do this, but they do have authority.

I Yahchanan 2:9 “He that says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

This is part of the darkness, to hate your brother, a House of Yahweh, condemning the sacred name believers (other tribes or estates of Yahweh) to hell fire, because they don’t want to worship Yisrayl Hawkins and follow his doctrines.

So is it unrighteous, in these modern days with all the 12 tribes scattered, throughout the USA and other countries, who all worship Yahweh according to the teachings of Mosheh, as they define them, for the sermons to be exactly the same? And is it possible for each Assembly or House of believers to be able to believe exactly the same? Is it not possible that all who worship Yahweh according to the teachings of Yahshua Messiah and according to the Laws given by Mosheh are doing what is required by the Law, each according to their boundaries?

Deuteronomy 32:8 “When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.”

So why should evil be spoken of the brothers, when they are worshiping Yahweh? How can a House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas who claim to be an only House of Yahweh in the world (which is their truth, but not the facts) say that they love their brothers when they do not communicate with the other tribes? In fact, what tribe are they? No one knows for sure what tribes they are from exactly, but Yahweh does say that He will gather back those who have been scattered. Rule by force is the way of Cain, not of Yahweh! The body is made of many members not one tribe.

Zephanyah 3:20 “At that time will I bring you [again], even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Yahweh.”

The name and praise among all people of the earth is given to those brought back by Yahweh. But yet, a House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas has not fulfilled this prophecy. In fact, they are a dishonor to the name Yahweh. They have made the name of Yahweh a ridicule among the sacred name believers, among their own neighbors in the Abilene area, and before the whole world. Yet, they condemn the other Sacred Name believers, the churches and so many people who love Yahweh, yet are not in their church. So how do they dishonor the name of Yahweh? Let’s examine the following:
  • They worship a man who they represent by a white buffalo, the creation, which shows that they are in violation of worshiping the creation and not the creator
  • They have cut off any communication with any body of believers who don’t believe as they do, even if the assembly has a proven track record of following Yahweh
  • Their El, Yisrayl Hawkins, has made so many false predictions about nuclear war that he is worst than the boy who cried wolf (of course he may eventually be right, after all anything can occur in this world, but highly unlikely that any superpower is stupid enough to do such a horrible thing, as it would wipe out all of mankind, but there is a possibility of a small exchange with some radical nations. However, after 23 years of him getting it wrong a dozen times, I think it would be smart to stop naming dates, don’t you?)
  • They have destroyed the lives of many a righteous man and woman, along with destruction of the family unit, through lies, deceit, stealing, and murder
  • They have stolen, robbed and plundered the fatherless, widows, and the stranger
  • They have made themselves a laughingstock to all of the Abilene area with their cultic like worship revealed to many as being a mind control cult, comparable to Jim Jones, David Koresh and the like kind
  • Yisrayl Hawkins in his bullying attitude has made so many enemies, that the only friends he has, is the ones who worship him. Anyone that I have talked to that know him outside the church, only have horrible truths (that all are familiar and patterned) about him that would scare my dog. So if he is like the modern day Messiah of his church followers, why is it that he has so many people who hate him, abhor him, pity him, and think he is a bi-polar control freak? (This coming from his ex-wife of over 20 years and his children)

www.bayithyahweh.org  http://jesus-messiah.com/apologetics/cults/yisrayl-hawkins.html  

    http://www.exitsupportnetwork.com/letters/ltrs01.htm#House%20of%20Yahweh
    http://www.angelfire.com/ill/hebrewisrael/Articles/hoy.html
    http://www.christianmediaresearch.com/houseofyahweh.html
    http://www.orgsites.com/tx/yahwehs-people/index.html

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/15938/house-of-yahweh-cult-those-who-laugh-at-us-will-perish

http://factnet.org/vbforum/showthread.php?5825-Yisrayl-Hawkins-and-the-House-of-Yahweh

  • I could put up more but I think you get the idea! This doesn’t include the numerous youtube videos exposing the shame that Yisrayl Hawkins has brought to Yahweh’s name. Some are from former members, some are from local and national news agencies, and some are just, well, you have to look at them. Here are but a few:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4o7ZCFDIrY
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfdL_2FVn9M
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RsGK1CA34Y
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v07LFm63Hmo&feature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7uBxCEujIM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cX4-Dg5fOd4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2TMf6WRUlo&feature=related
  • Here is some videos from active members of a House of Yahweh that also shame the name of Yahweh with their deception and mind control:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwGu6qmEcIs Here is the land sales pitch video!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK36gJH0PHI Nuclear War sales pitch video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CArsvmjtoo  Their finest salesman doing his pitch for Yisrayl Hawkins, not Yahweh!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWaF6gGITk8&feature=related Their new bible sales pitch video!

http://www.youtube.com/user/HOY613#p/u/23/cFQ7yLarfoo Probably the saddest video of them all!

   
So are we to believe that this is what the creator of the universe, the father of mankind, the one whose name means righteousness, great teacher, shepherd, Yahweh, wants people to understand and feel about his family name, “House of Yahweh.”

Yahshua Messiah who was the House of Yahweh established according to Isayah 2:2 and Micahyah 4:1, a tabernacle built without hands, was persecuted for upholding the name of the creator, and for standing for the Laws and Prophets, not for what Buffalo Bill Yisrayl Hawkins and his followers calls persecution. This is not persecution, this is exposing the man of sin. There is a big difference between standing for righteousness as Yahshua did, and standing for child molesters, like Yisrayl Hawkins has done with Yedidiyah Hawkins. I am sure that some would be offended in the church, by my strong words. But if it will get Yisrayl Hawkins and those who worship him to repent of this evil sin, then I am satisfied with the results. If I can save one soul from this abominable practice of making Yisrayl Hawkins into an El, who is worshiped and save one soul from the deception, then all of this is worth it.

To show the extent that they will go to deceive people and twist information to promote their god, please notice a comment from a member, Deaconess Micahyah Dina Hawkins, who has put more propaganda online. It can be found at:

http://sites.google.com/site/brightlightezine/home

Yisrayl Hawkins is about to stand trial for being a Hebrew. His pending court case is based on his religious beliefs and HEBREW faith. I would like to draw your attention to just one aspect of the deliberate religious hatred and prejudice toward him and in essence, ALL Hebrews. The Texas town that intends to try Mr. Hawkins has set his court date for:

NOVEMBER 9

November 9 is a famous day in world history. NOVEMBER 9 is known by historians as "the night of Broken Glass". This event is often referred to as the beginning of the Holocaust. This night changed the nature of the Hebrew persecution from economic, political and social to the physical with beatings, incarceration, MURDER and GASSING. This event foreshadowed the GENOCIDE to come. That night, the Hebrew people were called "parasites" - it was printed in an article released on November 11 by Joseph Goebbels. He was a German politician and Reichsminister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933-1945. Propaganda? Parasites? Much like the E.W. Scripps Company printing the word "worms" and allowing Mr. Hawkins and his Hebrew friends to be referred to in such a manner. What began on November 9 in 1938 ended with millions of Hebrew people being slaughtered. Genocide.

NOVEMBER 9 is NOT a coincidence.


The HEBREW RELIGION IS NOW ABOUT TO BE PUT ON TRIAL. IF YOU PUT RELIGION ON TRIAL, YOU PUT THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE ON TRIAL....... and if you do that, then we ALL MUST BE A WITNESS TO THIS HISTORICAL EVENT!


Now the above article wants the reader to believe that November 9th is shown to be a date that somehow relates to Yisrayl Hawkins and that he is a Hebrew being persecuted.

Let’s look at another date then and see how it relates to Yisrayl Hawkins number two spiritual leader, Elder Yedidiyah Jandresevits Hawkins.
  • On October 16, 2007 Yedidiyah Hawkins, an Elder at the House of Yahweh and purported number-two spiritual leader for the group, was arrested for sexual assault of his 14 year old stepdaughter. During a forensic interview at the Abilene Police Department's Child Advocacy Center, the child disclosed that the abuse began when she was eight. Documents released by the Callahan County District Attorney's Office following the arrest allege that Yedidiyah Hawkins was preparing to marry the unnamed stepdaughter. Yedidiyah Hawkins was subsequently indicted by a Callahan County, Texas Grand Jury on December 12, 2007 and remains incarcerated while awaiting trial.
  • 16th October, 1946: Ten Nazi leaders were hung today after a military tribunal sentenced them to death for war crimes including crimes against humanity.
  • 16th October, 1991 : George Jo Hennard drives his pickup truck through the front window of a Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas and shot and killed 23 people, wounded another 20 and after being cornered and wounded by police committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
  • Yedidiyah Hawkins was indicted on December 20th.
  • December 20th, 1945 : At Nuremburg, Nazi doctors and soldiers were charged with cruel and bizarre torture of concentration camp prisoners. Experiments such as shooting poison bullets through the prisoners’ legs and oxygen deprivation of prisoners were only a few of the atrocities that were committed. Seven hundred and fifty thousand SS soldiers faced criminal charges for their participation in torturing victims.

So is this related? And are we supposed to believe that Elder Yedidiyah Hawkins was sold down the river and persecuted by the D.A. of Callahan County and the News Media? I think you reap what you sow! This is Yahweh’s judgment, not mine. I pray that Elder Yedidiyah Hawkins repents of his evil ways and the mental illness that he has with what he has done to children. I have no animosity, nor hatred towards this man, but will not stand by and listen to lies and propaganda by those who have not investigated the matter concerning this child molester. Nor will I do as the Church (any 501c3, non-profit, is a member of the State church) does and protect the Priesthood at any cost!

The members, Elders, and leader do not have anything to do with any Assemblies or any other sacred name believers unless these believers acknowledge their church as the only truth? Isn’t it strange how nothing has changed in over 6,000 years. The brothers still can’t get along, because someone is always trying to push their power and authority over another. If given enough power and authority, any charismatic leader would want to make their other brothers, slaves! The 11 brothers who sold their brother Yahseph into slavery were concerned that He would make them slaves. Yisrayl Hawkins makes his slaves worship him. So if the other tribes or brothers don’t want to be a slave of his deception and lies, and act like Yahseph who would not make his brothers his slave, isn’t is appropriate for the other brothers, tribes, Assemblies to not want to be associated with a House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas in it’s present state of mind? After all they would all have to be subject as slaves to Yisrayl Hawkins in order to be in unity with him and the church, contrary to the Torah which states to not make your Hebrew brother a slave!

Leviticus 25:39 “And if your brother that dwelleth by you be waxen poor, and be sold unto you; thou shalt not compel him to serve as a slave.”

Are the Elders of a House of Yahweh, Abilene, who promoted this man into Godlike status, really thinking that they will save the world, when they can’t even have dialogue with Sacred Name Assemblies, who do follow the Laws of Yahweh, as it is taught to them, through the Law and Prophets, as taught to them by Yahshua Messiah, by the Holy Spirit which is in them? I have not seen any of them reject Yahshua as the Messiah! So according to the scripture, they have Holy Spirit!

I Corinthians 12:3 “Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of Yahweh calls Messiah accursed: and that no man can say that Yahshua is the master, but by the Holy Spirit.”

This House of Yahweh, Abilene, can’t even have open dialogue with their own, whom they remove from their congregation and have not committed a sin worthy of dismemberment, other than to be told, “you are not in unity with this House of Yahweh, because you won’t declare yourself a slave of Yisrayl Hawkins.” This was personally told to me by none other than, the now second in command, Elder Shaul Schneider Hawkins, in the presence of Elders Michael Hawkins, Elder Tsephanyah Owens Hawkins, and Elder Charles Palmer Hawkins.

If any of the Sacred Name group believers see their leader getting the swell head, and obtaining El (God) like status, they either ask them to step down or they do as I did, and get kicked out, or as others have done, they leave the cult like personality and it’s deception. Why? Because like me, they have determined that they can only follow Yahweh and Yahweh has only given mankind one Rabbi/Teacher at this time, Yahshua Messiah, who was ordained from the beginning to be our Teacher and the ONE SENT to bring us to salvation through the law and the prophets. He is the door way into the most Holy Place, where Yahweh dwells. Think of it in this way, earthly fathers who have loyal sons, put their sons in charge of their affairs when they are gone, on a journey, or just to give them experience in running the business. This is what Yahweh has done with his first born son. He has put Yahshua, not Yisrayl Hawkin, in charge of all his business and affairs.

Psalm 8:6 “You made him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; you have put all [things] under his feet.”

Ephesians 1:22And has put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over  all [things] to the church.”

All things are put into Yahshua’s hands and He never spoke about Yisrayl Hawkins coming in our time period to save us! So why should me or any Assembly fall for such buffalo scatology? Yet, thousands, have and to their own destruction. They are in so much fear at the church that they dedicate entire Feast workshops attempting to show the fellow buffalo’s how not to fall away. Why not teach them how to serve Yahweh by teaching the Law and Prophets. They seek a sign in the clouds, looking for donkeys, but none will be given to them except the sign of the prophets. And that sign has been given!

Isayah 7:14Therefore the Yahweh Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Mattithyah 12:39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Yahnas.”

According to Yisrayl Hawkins birth certificate of which I have attached a copy in this email. He was not born the first begotten son of a virgin, but was the sixth child of a Oklahoma sharecropper, so we know he is not the One Sent to bring salvation according to the sign of the prophets. Looking to the clouds for donkeys will not bring you closer to Yahweh, nor does it prove that Yisrayl Hawkins is anything but a dreamer.

Yeremyah 23:25-28 “I have heard what the prophets say, who prophesy lies in My Name, saying: I have dreamed! I have dreamed! How long will this be in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy lies? Yes, they are prophets of the deceit of their own minds; Which cause MY PEOPLE to forget My Name through their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbor, just as their fathers have forgotten My Name for Baal. The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream! He who has My Word, let him speak My word faithfully! What is the chaff compared to the wheat? says the Yahweh.”

Yechetzqyah 14:7-10 “For any one of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel, who separates himself from Me, taking his gods into his heart and putting the stumblingblocks of inquity before his face, and yet comes to a prophet to inquire for himself of Me, then I the Yahweh, will answer him by Myself! I will set My face against that man, and make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people; and you will know that I am the Yahweh! But if that prophet is deceived to speak his own words, I the Yahweh have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out My hands against him, and will destroy him form the midst of My people, Israel. And they both will bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet will be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired.”

You reap what you sow!

So will Yahweh come down from heaven to deal personally with someone like Yisrayl Hawkins or any false prophet? Not according to scripture! He will be dealt with by Yahweh’s people, who reveal his sins!

Deuteronomy 1:16,17 “And I charged and commanded your judges at that time saying; hear the disputes between your brothers, and judge righteously and fairly between a man and his brother, or a man and the stranger who is with him. You must not show partiality in judgment. You shall listen to the small man as well as to the mighty man, and you must not be afraid in any man’s presence; for the judgment you render is the judgment of Yahweh. Bring to me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”

II Chronicles 19:6,7 “And instructed the judges; Consider carefully what you do, for you do not judge for a man, but for the Yahweh, Who is with you in the judgment! Now may the reverence of the Yahweh be with upon you! Be careful what you do, for in Yahweh the mighty one there is no injustice, no partiality, nor taking of bribes!

And so it is, this letter, as with so many that started last year, the judgment of Yahweh is upon the leaders of a House of Yahweh, Abilene, Texas. May Yahweh have mercy on whom He will have mercy, and may He have compassion, on whom He will have compassion!

HOW TO DEAL WITH FALSE TEACHINGS AND FALSE PROPHETS

Blessed be Yahweh, our father and salvation, who through mercy has pardoned us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Yahshua Messiah. Without the mercy of Yahweh, we would not have a way into the most holy place where Yahweh dwells. In times past, Yahweh has shown us through written record of those who did not heed the word of Yahweh. Let this be an example to those of us, who through faith, serve the eternal father with a pure heart and mind. This heart and mind is being judged by Yahweh, and our testing is a testimony of our diligence in serving Yahweh. It is not up to any of us to judge one another, but we are judged by the Book of the Covenant and we judge the actions of people according to the law to see if they are of the faith or not. Now we do this to test the spirits to see whether they are from Yahweh or not.

This week I read the story of King Shaul and his disobedience to Yahweh and it reminded me, how we should be obedient to the written word of Yahweh as instructed to us by the Law and the Prophets.  What I found interesting that Shaul had become disobedient to Yahweh after only being King for 2 years. He has disqualified himself as King in such a short time!

I Samuel 13:1,8-14 “Shaul was king for one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel. Then he waited 7 days, the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were deserting him. So Shaul said; Bring out the burnt offering and the peace offerings. Then he offered the burnt offering. Just as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. And Shaul went out to meet him, so he might greet him. Then Samuel said; What have you done? And Shaul said; When I saw that the people were deserting me, and that you did not come within the time you set, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, Then I said; The Philistines will fall on me at Gilgal, and I have yet to make supplication to Yahweh. So I felt compelled, and offered the burnt offering. Then Samuel said to Shaul; You have behaved foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of Yahweh your mighty one, which He commanded you. If you had, Yahweh would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now, your kingdom shall not endure. Yahweh will seek for Himself a man after His own heart, and Yahweh will appoint him to be leader over His people, because you have not obeyed what Yahweh commanded you.”

Here is a reminder of how important it is to follow what the Law and the Prophets have told us to do. We are under the tutelage of our King, Yahshua Messiah, who has bought us with a price. We are to be obedient to the Great Teacher, Yahshua Messiah. His message is clear and if we disobey, then Yahweh will not establish us in His kingdom. We will not have a part in the Kingdom that Yahweh has established through Yahshua Messiah.

King Shaul was disobedient to the Law of Yahweh. He was not authorized to offer any sacrifices and disobeyed the Prophet and teacher Samuel, who had given him specific instructions. Because of his lack of faith in Yahweh and instead placing his trust in himself, he was found lacking to be a king and servant to Yahweh. Through his faith in himself and not in Yahweh, he was disobedient to the Law of Yahweh. Samuel was chosen as the one to train the people and the King in the Laws of Yahweh. We find this in I Samuel the 12th chapter.

I Samuel 12:23-25As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against Yahweh by failing to pray for you. But I will teach you the proper and the right way. Only reverence Yahweh, and serve Him in truth with all your heart, and think about the great things He has done for you. But if you persist in doing evil, both you and your king shall be swept away.”

Samuel did his job, but did Shaul do his? As King he was obligated to not only keep the Laws but to set an example to those he ruled over, as King over Israel. We know how the story ends with King Shaul. His disobedience is an example of how a leader should not reign over the people of Yahweh. There are some today who have been appointed by Yahweh as teachers, overseers, elders, and in positions of authority to teach men. Some appoint themselves and sometimes it is hard to tell the difference, if they are of Yahweh or of themselves. Either way, they are being judged by Yahweh. Some of us are drawn to men who seem to be leaders, others won’t submit themselves to men, knowing that many men are driven by the unlawful lust of power and authority, and instead of being righteous leaders, they enslave men with their worthless words of delusion. That is why we are shown in the scriptures that we have a teacher and King, who if we follow, we will be saved, not consumed or condemned. Yahshua Messiah has proven Himself to be worthy of one to follow. If we follow Him, we don’t have to worry about being deceived or being led into a strong delusion. Any teacher of men, who preaches contrary to Yahshua Messiah, should not be followed, nor listened to. Any righteous teacher of Yahweh will point you in a direction to follow Yahshua Messiah, and if he doesn’t, then one should be on guard, being aware that they may find themselves in a strong delusion of a fleshly man.

The Apostle Kepha had much to teach us, concerning following Yahshua Messiah. That is why we consider him an Apostle and one to believe concerning the message of the kingdom. Because he didn’t preach to follow Kepha, but instead preached to follow Yahweh and acknowledge Yahshua Messiah as our King and teacher,  and because he did so we follow his teachings and learn from them. Let us read some of his words of wisdom.

I Kepha 1:3-5 “Blessed be Yahweh, the mighty one of our King Yahshua Messiah, who, according to His abundant mercy, has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Yahshua Messiah form the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and which does not fade away, reserved in the heavens for you, Who are kept by the power of Yahweh through the faith, for salvation ready to be revealed at the end time.

I Kepha 1:10-12; 4:11 “Concerning this salvation, the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the mercy that would come to you; Searching for what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Yahweh, which was in them, made clear to them, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Messiah, and the glory that would follow. To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things, which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the message to you by the Holy Spirit, sent from Yahweh, things which the malakim long to look into. If anyone speaks, let him speak as uttering the very words of Yahweh. If anyone ministers, let him serve as with the strength which Yahweh supplies abundantly; in order that in all things Yahweh to whom belongs the glory and the power forever and ever, may be glorified through Yahshua Messiah. HalleluYahweh!”

The prophets and apostles uttered the words of Yahweh and ministered by preaching the Law and the Prophets. They were teaching what Yahweh taught them. They promoted the Son of Yahweh, and acknowledged him as the ONE SENT to bring salvation. They specifically showed that HE, Yahshua Messiah, was the ONE SENT in these last days to bring salvation to mankind. They showed us that the prophets spoke the word of Yahweh, inspired by Yahweh to reveal to us the ONE who would bring salvation to mankind.

Hebrews 10:1,2Yahweh, who are various times and in different ways spoke in times past to our fathers through the prophets, Has in these last days spoken to us through His son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, for whom He also made the world.”

Please notice that in these last days, Yahweh has spoken to us through His Son, whom is appointed the heir and high priest over us! He is our teacher! He is the only one who can give us salvation by the authority of Yahweh. Now I realize that there are some who would disagree with me on this scripture, in order to promote their leader or some man whom they want to guide them into the kingdom. While they have a right to disagree, it doesn’t make them scripturally correct! After all these words spoken by the prophets and apostles are inspired and given to us for salvation. The words just mentioned in Hebrews tell us, in no uncertain terms, that Yahweh in these last days has spoken only through His Son, Yahshua Messiah. So if we listen to any other voice, we will be deceived!

Romans 1:15,16For I am not ashamed of the message for it is the strength/power of Yahweh to salvation for everyone who believes : to the Yahdaim first, and also to the Gentile. For in this message is the righteousness of Yahweh revealed, from faith leading to faith; as it is written: The just will live by faith.”

II Timayah 4:1 “Therefore, I charge you before Yahweh, and Yahshua Messiah Who will sentence who is to live and who is to die at His appearing and His Kingdom.”

Hebrews 10:19,21 “Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Yahshua, And having a High Priest over the House of Yahweh, Let us hold fast the confession of the faith without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

Now does that mean that we can’t preach? Of course not, but we need to preach Yahweh, Yahshua Messiah, and the Law and Prophets, not ourselves! If someone does, be forewarned that you may be deceived by a false prophet.

I Kepha 2:1,2 “But there were false prophets among the people then, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Redeemer Who bought them and bringing swift destruction upon themselves. And many will follow their perniscious (perishing, destructive) ways, and because of them, the way of truth will be defamed (to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at).

So how do these men deny the Redeemer?

Titus 1:10,11,16For there are many unruly (not subjected to control) men, vain, foolish talkers (uttering empty senseless things) and deceivers (a mind deceiver, seducer), especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert, whole Houses of Yahweh, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of filthy lucre. They profess that they know Yahweh, but by their works, they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and to every righteous work, reprobate.”

Did you get the points of one who denies the Redeemer?
  • Unruly men, not subjected to control.
  • Foolish talkers uttering empty senseless things.
  • Deceiver of the mind, seducing men and women.
  • They subvert Houses of Yahweh (you are a House of Yahweh if the spirit of Yahweh dwells with you)
  • They teach Yahweh for the sake of money, greedy for money and base gain.
  • They profess to know Yahweh, but by their works, they deny him. (How can one know Yahweh and destroy people and families, which is the essence of Yahweh’s plan?)
  • These men are abominable. (Deuteronomy 27:15 “Cursed be the man that makes any graven (made of wood) or molten image (cast image), an abomination unto the Yahweh, the work of the hands of the craftsman (articifer of destruction), and puts in secret (clandestine-often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose, hiding). And all the people shall answer and say, so be it.”
  • They are disobedient by not obeying the words of Yahweh.
  • To every righteous work, they are reprobates.

This should be a warning to us all and should we know such men who meet these qualifications, it would be wise and advised to not follow them, unless you want to be deceived by them. That is why their mouths must be stopped. My way is to expose them for what and who they really are. If they repent, then Praise Yahweh, if they don’t then I can only hope that those who follow them will repent. Either way it is up to Yahweh who searches the hearts and minds. May Yahweh bless your understanding.

MODERN DAY PHARISEES, ALIVE AND WELL!

Greetings to those who love truth and pursue it. I cannot speak for anyone except myself, concerning truth. I have come to realize that everyone has their own concept of truth. But for the most part, many of you have exhibited the desire of knowing the truth. That is something that is important for the continued growth in knowledge.

Truth is defined as: 1) firmness, faithfulness, truth a) sureness, reliability b) stability, continuance c) faithfulness, reliableness

It also means: Conformity to fact or actuality. Fidelity to an original or standard.

I Samuel 12:24 “Only reverence the Yahweh, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he has done for you.”

The prophets of Yahweh, were prophets who were called by Yahweh. They had a belief in Yahweh that gave them the power to put their trust in Him and serve Him in truth. They served Him in sureness, firmness, faithfulness, and this was done in conformity to facts. The facts that caused them to put their trust in Yahweh was their belief in what Yahweh said was true and they believed in the Covenant that He made with their forefathers. But most importantly they were called by Yahweh, because Yahweh knows who are His. Not everyone is a child of Yahweh. But everyone has the opportunity to be a part of His family.


Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for righteousness to them that love Yahweh, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”

From the beginning Yahweh has had a plan. In this plan was the building of a family which included children. The scriptures show us that Yahweh’s children follow his every word. Before Yahweh called his children, He laid out His plan and it was told to His children at first, by them being called by Yahweh, and believing what was revealed to them. At a point in time, it was written down, the first recorder being Enoch, and then the Law given to the prophet Mosheh was recorded for the nation. Once written down the covenant was then passed down from generation to generation by scribes. These scribes were to write what was written and not put in their opinion. However, as the nation of Israel was conquered by other nations, the language of the torah was transcribed by scribes who didn’t record the scriptures from the original Hebrew language, but instead incorporated the language and grammer of the nation that they were residing in captivity. So the scripture was translated and transliterated through another language. The Babylonian language, was one such nation that contributed to the corruption of the written word. However, this corruption cannot override what Yahweh places within each one of His children. Because we are shown that the Laws are written in our hearts and minds, by Yahweh. This is something that gives one the advantage over corrupted translations/transliterations, or the opinions of men.

Hebrews 10:16This is the covenant that I will renew with them after those days, says Yahweh; I will put My Laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them.”

Take notice that this is the covenant that Yahweh renews with us. It is a covenant that is made up of Laws that Yahweh puts into our DNA, handed down from generation to generation. It is within us before we were ever born!

Daniel 4:34 “And at the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation.”

Psalm 139:16Your eyes saw our unformed substance; but in your book all the days ordained for us were written, even before one day even existed for us.”

Yahweh has written a book, and in this book is His family tree, recorded just like families do here on earth. He records His plan, the intentions of His plan, and the outcome of His plan and through His plan, we find the truth of Yahweh. It is His doing, not ours! There are people who search their whole lives never finding truth, nor ever coming to the knowledge of Yahweh’s truth. It is something that we can’t do without Yahweh’s intervention. We don’t call Yahweh, He calls us according to His mercy and His plan of salvation. Yahweh’s plan for mankind was for us to be saved. Salvation was given to us in Yahweh’s plan, through the revealing to us of His Son, who would redeem us from our sins, which lies to us, by us thinking we can save ourselves.

II Corinthians 5:21For Yahweh made Him, who knew no sin, to be a sin offering for us, that we might become the righteousness of Yahweh, through Him.

That is why no man can save other men, except the One Man, Yahshua called Messiah, who was ordained to bring salvation according to Yahweh’s plan. How does Yahshua do such a thing? By revealing the truth of Yahweh to us!

II Timayah 1:9Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and mercy, which was given to us in Yahshua Messiah before the world began.

Deuteronomy 32:4 “[He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a mighty one of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.”

Mattithyah 22:16 “And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that you are true, and you teach the way of Yahweh in truth, neither do you care for any [man]: for you regardest not the person of men.

Yahshua, anointed into the office of Messiah, taught the way of Yahweh in truth. He didn’t care what other men taught, or were concerned with men who may have thought that they were important because they held offices in the priesthood. If they taught contrary to Yahweh’s laws, Yahshua was quick to point them out to them, because he taught the truth! He was respectful of the Priesthood, but if men were not righteous in their offices, he had no problem in pointing out their deficiencies. He did this because He knew that they were required to teach the truth, not their own opinions or traditions attached to the Law of Yahweh.

Mattithyah 23:2-5 “Saying; The scribes and Pharisees are appointed into Mosheh’s office; Therefore, everything they tell you to observe, obey and practice. But do not imitate their works; for they preach but they do not practice! For they tie up heavy burdens, hard to be carried, and lay them upon men’s shoulders, but they would not lift a finger to move them. But all the works they do are practiced to be seen by men. They widen their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments.”


Please notice what Yahshua said:
  • The scribes and Pharisees are appointed to Mosheh’s office
  • Do everything they tell you concerning the law of Yahweh
  • Don’t imitate their works
  • They preach the law of Yahweh, but don’t practice them
  • They tie up heavy burdens (oral traditions) hard to be carried
  • Their works are practiced to be seen great by other men

So who were the Pharisees, whom Yahshua said to follow concerning their teaching of the Law, but to not follow their works or traditions that they placed upon the law, for those who wanted to follow the law. Let’s examine who the Pharisees were.

THE PHARISEES

The Pharisees (Latin pharisæus, -i; from Hebrew פְּרוּשִׁים pĕrûšîm, pl. of פָּרוּשׁ pārûš, meaning “set apart”, Qal passive participle of the verb פָּרָשׁ pārāš, through Greek φαρισαῖος, -ου pharisaios) were at various times a political party, a social movement, and a school of thought among Hebrews during the Second Temple period beginning under the Hasmonean dynasty (140–37 BCE) in the wake of the Maccabean Revolt. Conflicts between the Pharisees and the Sadducees took place in the context of much broader and longstanding social and religious conflicts among Jews dating back to the Babylonian captivity and exacerbated by the Roman conquest. One conflict was class, between the wealthy and the poor, as the Sadducees included mainly the priestly and aristocratic families. Another conflict was cultural, between those who favored Hellenization and those who resisted it. A third was juridico-religious, between those who emphasized the importance of the Second Temple, and those who emphasized the importance of other Mosaic laws and prophetic values. A fourth, specifically religious, involved different interpretations of the Torah and how to apply it to current Jewish life, with the Sadducees recognizing only the Written Torah and rejecting doctrines such as the Oral Torah and the Resurrection of the Dead. Josephus (37 – c. A.D. 100), himself a Pharisee, claimed that the Pharisees received the backing and goodwill of the common people, apparently in contrast to the more elite Sadducees. Pharisees claimed prophetic or Mosaic authority for their interpretation of Hebraic laws, while the Sadducees represented the authority of the priestly privileges and prerogatives established since the days of Solomon, when Zadok, their ancestor, officiated as High Priest.

After the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE Pharisaic beliefs became the basis for Rabbinic Judaism, which ultimately produced the normative traditional Judaism which is the basis for all contemporary forms of Judaism except for Karaism.

Outside of Hebrew history and writings, the Pharisees have been made notable by references in the New Testament to conflicts between themselves and Yahchanan the immerser and with Yahshua Messiah. There are also several references in the New Testament to Shaul of Tarsus being a Pharisee. Christian traditions have been a cause of widespread awareness of the Pharisees.

The first surviving historical mention of the Pharisees is from the Jewish-Roman historian Josephus (37–100 CE), in a description of the "four schools of thought," or "four sects," into which the Hebrews were divided in the 1st century BCE; the other schools were the Essenes, who were generally apolitical and who may have emerged as a sect of dissident priests who rejected either the Seleucid-appointed or the Hasmonean high priests as illegitimate; the Sadducees, who were the main antagonists of the Pharisees; and the "fourth philosophy" possibly associated with the anti-Roman revolutionary groups such as the Sicarii and the Zealots. Other sects emerged at this time, such as the Early believers in Jerusalem and the Therapeutae in Egypt.

The book 2 Maccabees, which in the Christian tradition is a deuterocanonical book of the Bible, focuses on the Hebrews revolt against Antiochus IV Epiphanes and concludes with the defeat of the Syrian general Nicanor in 161 BCE by Judas Maccabeus, the hero of the work. It was likely written by a Pharisee or someone sympathetic toward Pharisees, as it includes several theological innovations: propitiatory prayer for the dead, judgment day, intercession of saints, and merits of the martyrs.

The Mishnah is an authoritative codification of Pharisaic law, ediced by Judah haNasi around 200 CE. Most of the authorities quoted in the Mishnah lived after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE; it thus marks the beginning of the transition from Pharisaic to Rabbinic (i.e. modern normative) Judaism.

The deportation and exile of an unknown number of Jews of the ancient Kingdom of Judah to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar II, starting with the first deportation in 597 BCE and continuing after the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple in 587 BCE, resulted in dramatic changes to Jewish culture and religion. During the 70-year exile in Babylon, Hebrew houses of assembly (known in Hebrew as a beit knesset or in Greek as a synagogue) and houses of prayer (Hebrew Beit Tefilah; Greek προσευχαί, proseuchai) were the primary meeting places for prayer, and the house of study (beit midrash) was the counterpart for the synagogue.

In 539 BCE the Persians conquered Babylon and in 537 BCE Cyrus the Great allowed Hebrews to return to Judea and rebuild the Temple. He did not, however, allow the restoration of the Judean monarchy, which left the Judean priests as the dominant authority. Without the constraining power of the monarchy, the authority of the Temple in civic life was amplified. It was around this time the Sadducee party emerged as the party of priests and allied elites. However, the Second Temple (completed 515 BCE) had been constructed under the auspices of a foreign power, and there were lingering questions about its legitimacy. This provided the condition for the development of various sects or "schools of thought," each of which claimed exclusive authority to represent "Judaism," and which typically shunned social intercourse, especially marriage, with members of other sects. In the same period, the council of sages known as the Sanhedrin codified and canonized the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), which, following the return from Babylon was read publicly on market-days.

The Temple was no longer the only institution for Jewish religious life. After the building of the Second Temple in the time of Ezra the Scribe, the houses of study and worship remained important secondary institutions in Hebrew life. Outside of Judea, the synagogue was often called a house of prayer. While most Hebrews could not regularly attend the Temple service, they could meet at the synagogue for morning, afternoon and evening prayers. On Mondays, Thursdays and the Sabbath, a weekly Torah portion was read publicly in the synagogues, following the tradition of public Torah readings instituted by Ezra.

Although priests controlled the rituals of the Temple, the scribes and sages, later called rabbis (Heb.: "my master") dominated the study of the Torah. These sages identified with the Prophets and developed and maintained an oral tradition that they believed had originated at Mount Sinai alongside the Torah of Moses. The Pharisees had its origins in this new group of authorities.

The Hellenistic period of Jewish history began when Alexander the Great conquered Persia in 332 BCE. The rift between the priests and the sages developed at this time, when Hebrews faced new political and cultural struggles. After Alexander's death in 323 BCE, Judea was ruled by the Egyptian-Hellenic Ptolemies until 198 BCE, when the Syrian-Hellenic Seleucid Empire, under Antiochus III, seized control. Then, in 167 BCE, Antiochus IV invaded Judea, entered the Temple, and stripped it of money and ceremonial objects. He imposed a program of forced hellenization, requiring Hebrews to abandon their own laws and customs, and precipitating the Maccabean Revolt. Jerusalem was liberated in 165 BCE and the Temple was restored. In 141 BCE an assembly of priests and others affirmed Simon Maccabeus as high priest and leader, in effect establishing the Hasmonean dynasty.

After defeating the Seleucid forces, Judah's nephew John Hyrcanus established a new monarchy in the form of the priestly Hasmonean dynasty in 152 BCE — thus establishing priests as political as well as religious authorities. Although the Hasmoneans were heroes for resisting the Seleucids, their reign lacked the legitimacy conferred by descent from the Davidic dynasty of the First Temple Era.

The Pharisee ("separatist") party emerged largely out of the group of scribes and sages who harked back to Ezra and the Great Assembly. The meaning of the name is unclear; it may refer to their rejection of Hellenic culture or to their objection to the Hasmonean monopoly on power. It is difficult to state at what time the Pharisees, as a party, arose. Josephus first mentions them in connection with Jonathan, the successor of Judas Maccabeus ("Ant." xiii. 5, § 9). One of the factors that distinguished the Pharisees from other groups prior to the destruction of the Temple was their belief that all Jews had to observe the purity laws (which applied to the Temple service) outside the Temple. The major difference, however, was the continued adherence of the Pharisees to the laws and traditions of the Jewish people in the face of assimilation. As Josephus noted, the Pharisees were considered the most expert and accurate expositors of Jewish law.

The Pharisees were one of at least four major schools of thought within the Hebrew religion around the 1st century. They were also one of several successor groups of the Hasidim (the "pious"), an anti-Hellenistic Hebrew movement that formed in the time of the Seleucid king, Antiochus Epiphanes (175–163 BCE). The social standing and beliefs of the Pharisees changed over time, such that the role, significance, and meaning of the Pharisees evolved as political and social conditions in Judea changed.

At no time did any of these sects constitute a majority; most Jews were non-sectarian. Josephus indicates that the Pharisees received the backing and good-will of the common people, apparently in contrast to the more elite Sadducees associated with the ruling classes.
In general, whereas the Sadducees were conservative, aristocratic monarchists, the Pharisees were eclectic, popular and more democratic. (Roth 1970: 84) The Pharisaic position is exemplified by the assertion that "A learned mamzer takes precedence over an ignorant High Priest." (A mamzer, according to the Pharisaic definition, is an outcast child born of a forbidden relationship, such as adultery or incest, in which marriage of the parents could not lawfully occur. The word is often, but incorrectly, translated as "illegitimate" or "bastard.")

Sadducees rejected the Pharisaic tenet of an oral Torah, and created new interpretations based on a literal understanding of verses. In their personal lives this often meant an excessively stringent lifestyle from a Hebrew perspective, as they did away with the oral tradition, and in turn the Pharisaic Hebrew understanding of the Torah. An example of this differing approach is the interpretation of, "an eye in place of an eye". The Pharisaic understanding was that the value of an eye was to be paid by the perpetrator. In the Sadducees' view the words were given a more literal interpretation, in which the offender's eye would be removed. From the point of view of the Pharisees, the Sadducees wished to change the Hebrew understanding of the Torah.

The sages of the Talmud see a direct link between themselves and the Pharisees, and historians generally consider Pharisaic Judaism to be the progenitor of Rabbinic Judaism, that is normative, mainstream Judaism after the destruction of the Second Temple. All mainstream forms of Judaism today consider themselves heirs of Rabbinic Judaism and, ultimately, the Pharisees.

We can see that after returning from exile in Babylon, the whole concept of Priesthood had changed. The influence of Babylonian captivity upon the children of Israel, had taken the faith into different directions. There were splits in the office of Priesthood and the Hebrew faith took on a different perspective, compared to what they had when they had come out of Egypt with Mosheh, up until the time of the captivity into Babylon.

Yahshua Messiah came at a time when the children of Israel, as a people, were involved in religious and political turmoil. Yahshua recognized the office of Mosheh, but by no means was in unity with the political/religious mindset of those who were in that office. He did agree with their teaching of the Torah, but not their additions to the Torah, or their oral interpretation. If you look throughout the new Testament of the Covenant, you will find that Yahshua’s differences with the Pharisees, were differences of interpretation of the Law.

Pharisaic views were non-creedal and non-dogmatic, and heterogeneous. No single tractate of the key Rabbinic texts, the Mishnah and the Talmud, is devoted to theological issues; these texts are concerned primarily with interpretations of Hebrew law, and anecdotes about the sages and their values. Only one chapter of the Mishnah deals with theological issues; it asserts that three kinds of people will have no share in "the world to come:" those who deny the resurrection of the dead, those who deny the divinity of the Torah, and Epicureans (who deny divine supervision of human affairs).

Yahshua Messiah was challenged by the religious authorities, and the religious climate during his day was one of hot debate amongst the different religious movements in the territories of Israel. The Sadducees and Pharisees were the religious/political parties in power under Roman governmental rule.

PHARISEE AND SADDUCEE PRACTICES

Fundamentally, the Pharisees continued a form of Judaism that extended beyond the Temple, applying Hebrew law to mundane activities in order to sanctify the every-day world. This was a more participatory (or "democratic") form of Judaism, in which rituals were not monopolized by an inherited priesthood but rather could be performed by all adult Hebrew individually or collectively; whose leaders were not determined by birth but by scholarly achievement. In general, the Pharisees emphasized a commitment to social justice, belief in the brotherhood of mankind, and a faith in the redemption of the Hebrew nation and, ultimately, humanity. Moreover, they believed that these ends would be achieved through halakha ("the walk, or how to walk"), a corpus of laws derived from a close reading of sacred texts. This belief entailed both a commitment to relate religion to ordinary concerns and daily life, and a commitment to study and scholarly debate.

Many, including some scholars, have characterized the Sadducees as a sect that interpreted the Torah literally, and the Pharisees as interpreting the Torah liberally. R' Yitchak Isaac Halevi suggests that this was not, in fact, a matter of religion. He claims that the complete rejection of Judaism would not have been tolerated under the Hasmonean rule and therefore Hellenists maintained that they were rejecting not Judaism but Rabbinic law. Thus, the Sadducees were in fact a political party not a religious sect. However, according to Jacob Neusner, this view is a distortion. He suggests that two things fundamentally distinguished the Pharisaic from the Sadducean approach to the Torah. First, Pharisees believed in a broad and literal interpretation of Exodus (19:3–6), "you shall be my own possession among all peoples; for all the earth is mine, and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation," and the words of 2 Maccabees (2:17): "Yahweh gave all the people the heritage, the kingdom, the priesthood, and the holiness."

The Pharisees believed that the idea that all of the children of Israel were to be like priests was expressed elsewhere in the Torah, for example, when the Law itself was transferred from the sphere of the priesthood to every man in Israel (Exodus 19: 29–24; Deuteronomy 6: 7, 11: 19; comp. 31: 9; Jeremiah 2:8, 18:18). Moreover, the Torah already provided some ways for all Hebrews to lead a priestly life: the precepts concerning certain parts of the torah were intended originally for the priests, but were extended to the whole people (Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14:3–21). The Pharisees believed that all Hebrews in their ordinary life, and not just the Temple priesthood or Hebrews visiting the Temple, should observe rules and rituals concerning purification.

So why were the Pharisees so against Yahshua Messiah?

Mattithyah 22:15,16Then the Pharisees went out, and plotted together how they might entangle Yahshua in what He said. So they sent out their disciples, with the Herodians...

THE ORAL TORAH OF THE PHARISEES

The Pharisees believed that in addition to the written Torah recognized by both the Sadducees and Pharisees and believed to have been written by Moses, there exists another Torah, consisting of the corpus of oral laws and traditions transmitted by Yahweh to Moses orally, and then memorized and passed down by Moses and his successors over the generations. The Oral Torah functioned to elaborate and explicate what was written, and the Pharisees asserted that the sacred scriptures were not complete on their own terms and could therefore not be understood.

The sages of the Talmud believed that the Oral law was simultaneously revealed to Moses at Sinai, and the product of debates among rabbis. Thus, one may conceive of the "Oral Torah" not as a fixed text but as an ongoing process of analysis and argument in which Yahweh is actively involved; it was this ongoing process that was revealed at Sinai, and by participating in this ongoing process rabbis and their students are actively participating in Yahweh's ongoing act of revelation.

As Jacob Neusner has explained, the schools of the Pharisees and rabbis were and are holy
"because there men achieve sainthood through study of Torah and imitation of the conduct of the masters. In doing so, they conform to the heavenly paradigm, the Torah believed to have been created by Yahweh "in his image," revealed at Sinai, and handed down to their own teachers ... If the masters and disciples obey the divine teaching of Moses, "our rabbi," then their society, the school, replicates on earth the heavenly academy, just as the disciple incarnates the heavenly model of Moses, "our rabbi." The rabbis believe that Moses was (and the Messiah will be) a rabbi, Yahweh dons phylacteries, and the heavenly court studies Torah precisely as does the earthly one, even arguing about the same questions. These beliefs today may seem as projections of rabbinical values onto heaven, but the rabbis believe that they themselves are projections of heavenly values onto earth. The rabbis thus conceive that on earth they study Torah just as Yahweh, the angels, and Moses, "our rabbi," do in heaven. The heavenly school men are even aware of Babylonian scholastic discussions, so they require a rabbi's information about an aspect of purity taboos.

The commitment to relate religion to daily life through the law has led some (notably, the Apostle Shaul and Martin Luther) to infer that the Pharisees were more legalistic than other sects in the Second Temple Era. The authors of the Gospels present Yahshua as speaking harshly against some Pharisees (Josephus does claim that the Pharisees were the "strictest" observers of the law, but he likely meant "most accurate"). It is more accurate to say they were legalistic in a different way.

In some cases Pharisaic values led to an extension of the law — for example, the Torah requires priests to bathe themselves before entering the Temple. The Pharisees washed themselves before Sabbath and festival meals (in effect, making these holidays "temples in time"), and, eventually, before all meals. Although this seems burdensome compared to the practices of the Saducees, in other cases, Pharisaic law was less strict. For example, Biblical law prohibits Hebrews from carrying objects from a private domain ("reshut ha-yachid") to a public domain ("reshut ha-rabim") on the Sabbath. This law could have prevented Hebrews from carrying cooked dishes to the homes of friends for Sabbath meals. The Pharisees ruled that adjacent houses connected by lintels or fences could become connected by a legal procedure creating a partnership among homeowners; thereby, clarifying the status of those common areas as a private domain relative to the members of the partnership. In that manner people could carry objects from building to building.

It is these interpretations of the law that caused the division between the Pharisees and Yahshua’s teachings. Yahshua never condemned the teachings of the Law of Yahweh, but he did condemn the oral torah in some of it’s interpretations, by the Pharisees. Yahshua respected righteous men, righteous teachings, and even quoted phrasings taught by certain past Rabbinical teachings. His scriptural disagreements with some of the authorities of His day, and His rising popularity, caused the Pharisees to use their powers, aligned to the government of Rome, to place Him before the Roman authorities and have Him condemned to death. Defending their position in the Priesthood and attempting to suppress any who would challenge their authority, they did what any religion does. They put down any rebellion to their teachings and kingdom, even to the point of condemning someone to death, who they felt was breaking their laws. Thinking they would hold and extend their power among the people, they used their power and influence with Rome, to condemn Yahshua to death. They did not recognize Him as the Messiah, for had they done so, He wouldn’t have been sacrificed. I am not condemning their actions, nor the actions of Rome, because the sacrifice of our brother Yahshua was necessary for the fulfilment of His entrance into the Office of Melchizadek and the sealing of the covenant. His actions allowed Him to become the surety/guarantor of the Covenant.

Hebrews 7:22 “And by this, it is so much better, because Yahshua has become the surety of a better covenant.”

A surety is defined as: One who has contracted to be responsible for another, especially one who assumes responsibilities or debts in the event of default. In Law: a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults. In Law: security given against loss or damage or as a guarantee that an obligation will be met.

In the Hebrew language, the word surety is defined as: to exchange, interchange; to be surety for the life of another. To give in pledge to; to expose one’s life to most imminent danger.

I am sure you have heard some say that in the Law of Yahweh, Yahweh condemns human sacrifice. While this is a true statement of the Law of Yahweh, no where does it say that He wanted His son to be sacrificed to Him in human sacrifice, like it was a part of hi
Deuteronomy 18:18,19 “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brothers, and I will put My words in His mouth, and He will tell them everything I command Him. Whoever will not listen to My words which He speaks in My Name, I will judge him for it.”

Yahweh did not want human sacrifice and it was not Yahweh who sacrificed His son, it was ;;gg. It was the physical House of Yahweh, that sacrificed the Prophet raised up from among their brothers. Yahweh did not stop it or intervene, in order that no one can say that Yahweh is a respecter of persons, otherwise Yahweh would have to stop or intervene in the death of every righteous man or woman. Yahshua allowed himself to be sacrificed because He trusted in Yahweh, knowing that Yahweh would resurrect Him. Yahweh has always wanted complete obedience to His Covenant, by us, His creation. Abraham was an example of complete obedience to Yahweh and His Covenant. Abraham was instructed to sacrifice His only son, and was willing to do that in complete obedience to Yahweh. If Yahweh wanted or allowed human sacrifice by His children, He would have allowed Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.

For those who are not familiar with Covenants, and the importance of a Covenant, then let’s examine them to get a better understanding and insight into the most important Covenant ever created and written for mankind.

Covenant is defined as: A binding agreement; a compact. A suit to recover damages for violation of such a contract. In the Bible, Yahweh's promise to the human race.
In the Hebrew language, Covenant is defined as: a covenant, so called from the idea of cutting, since it was the custom in making solemn covenants to pass between the divided parts of victims. An eating together, a banquet. The covenant of anyone is the covenant entered into with him.

To show you the importance of a covenant or compact as the word is defined. The Constitution of the united States of America is thought by many, to be one of the greatest constitutions ever written for a nation. It is a compact. Compact is defined as: An agreement or a covenant.

The people of the united States of America feel that their Constitution is the best covenant to be found among a body politic of all the nations on earth. For the Hebrew believer and follower of Yahweh, the Torah is the most important Covenant to be found on earth. And to the believer who follows the Hebrew faith, or the Holy Scriptures, the Covenant of Yahweh, which is not only the written words, but also an oath that He made between Abraham, and His seed, is considered a binding agreement, that all who enter into, keep as the most important Covenant relationship one can have here on this earth. It is an agreement between the creation and the creator, which should be taken seriously and not broken, should one enter it. It is considered the most important agreement one can make, overshadowing contracts made between men. Because it has been broken, Yahweh within His Covenant made a provision to provide relief, from our debt caused by sinning. Let us consider this important Covenant that was made by Yahweh and given, by oath, to mankind by Yahweh, and only to those whom He chose!

Genesis 6:18 “But with you will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee.”

Genesis 9:9 “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.

Genesis 17:7 “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.”

Genesis 22:16-18 “And said: By myself I have vowed, says the Yahweh, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son. That in blessing, I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars in heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies. And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice.

This Covenant which was established thousands of years ago, holds the same power, authority and is just as real and enforceable today, as it was when it was agreed upon. This Covenant has never been done away with, because the one who made it vowed by Himself and therefore He can be the only one who can annul it. Mankind breaks it, but that doesn’t do away with it, nor make it void. And today, anyone who enters this Covenant agreement, is required to believe it, hold fast to it, trust it, and honor it, if they want to be a part of it’s blessing. Everything in it, has or will, come to pass. The blessings hold true today, as well as the curses, to those who dishonor it.

Yahshua volunteered to be the one who would die for the children of Israel, as one who would be the surety of the Covenant agreement. Without His sacrifice, none of us would be able to be a part of the Covenant, because we have dishonored it by our disobedience to it’s body of laws, statutes, commandments, ordinances, and judgments. Even though we were called by Yahweh into this Covenant relationship, we have broken it by disobeying it’s requirements in it’s precepts and are not worthy to be a part of it and the debt we have incurred is death.

However, that is why Yahweh draws us to His son, in order to be reconciled back to this Covenant. Yahweh has put Yahshua in charge of the Covenant because Yahshua has qualified through obedience, to become the surety for us, to enter the Covenant. This was written into the framework of the Covenant. Yahweh knew that many of us would fall short and not keep the Covenant, and by sending us a perfect example of one who He knew would keep it, has now given each and every one of us salvation through Yahshua, who has become the surety for those of us who dishonored the Covenant.  

We must remember that there are parts within the Covenant that are to be kept, by different men, at different time periods. (For ex: Noah was given the rainbow as a covenant agreement by Yahweh; Abraham was given the Covenant of Circumcision on the 8th day for future generations.) Each one has a part to play in the perfect working order of this Covenant agreement. This Covenant has been revealed to us and it’s contract terms are given a time period in how long it will take to bring it into full action. One day we will all see the fruition of our works and the works of Yahweh. And it is by obedience that we show Yahweh that we do believe and take the Covenant serious and wait on Him, in His time.

Exodus 19:5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then you shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine.”

The word peculiar treasure is #5459 which means: possession, property, wealth, private property. Often used of the people of Israel.

We can see here that we are Yahweh’s private property, His possession, His wealth, the people of Israel, if we obey His voice. Now I realize that we have a choice, and the choice we make is not by pressure or influence. It is our choice! When we enter the Covenant of Yahweh, it is by choice. Yahweh opens our minds to understand who He is, and who His son is. After that, it is our choices that determine the path that we will follow and take!

It is recorded that Kings, who were not Hebrew, recognized the King of Heaven and that Yahweh is truth.

Daniel 4:37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works [are] truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

If Gentile Kings recognize the greatness of the Father in Heaven, how much more should we honor the King of Heaven? Yahweh’s kingdom is from one generation passed on to another generation. Yahweh is fulfilling His plan, according to His time, and only those to whom He calls, will have the opportunity to be a part of this Kingdom. All who want to be a part of the Kingdom, and are invited, will have to enter into contract or covenant or they will not be a part of this Kingdom.  

Yahchanan 6:44 “No man can come to Me (Yahshua), unless the Father, Who has sent Me, draws Him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Hebrews 8:10For this Covenant is the same Covenant that I will renew with the House of Israel: After those days, says Yahweh; I will put my Law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and I will be their Father, and they will be My people.”

Yahshua understood this Covenant and what Yahweh expected of His children. It put Him at odds with the Priestly authority of His day. Today, is no different. If you choose to follow Yahweh and be a part of His Covenant, you will face persecution, trials, and tribulation.

Acts 14:22 “Confirming the souls of the disciples, [and] exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of Yahweh.”

The reason we must encounter tribulation, because there are some who are before, ordained of old, who will attempt to stop the Covenant of Yahweh from being fulfilled, according to it’s time and plan. We must do our part and Yahweh will do His part.

Yahdah (Jude) 1:4 “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the lovingkindness of our mighty one into lasciviousness, and denying the only master, Yahweh the mighty one, and our master, Yahshua Messiah.”

Yahshua 22:27 “But [that] it [may be] a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the Yahweh before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, you have no part in the Yahweh.”

Remember our forefathers who committed to this Covenant promise and were obedient to it. They knew that there would come others, like themselves, who would commit to Yahweh and they made intercession, not only for themselves, but for us.

Hebrews 11:39,40 “And all these, having obtained a righteous report through faith, have not received the promise: Yahweh having provided some better thing for us: that they, without us, would not be made perfect.”

For anyone to think that the Holy Scriptures is not for real, or the Covenant of Yahweh is just like any other governmental covenant on earth with it’s religious/political system, then I would have to say that they are blind to not see the Hebrew Covenant and it’s plan, and something that is real and alive this day! In fact, if they were to examine their government and it’s constitution, they would find that the worldly constitutions have roots in the Hebrew constitution. There is much to write on this subject, but it will have to be for another day!
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