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... a light for the revelation of the Gentiles.
And a glory to your people Israel.
Isaiah 49:6 CJB| Luke 2:32 AENT
The Fruit of Replacement Theology
The Double Bind
Truly, before the rebirth of Messianic Judaism, Dad was right! But after a lifetime suffering in that double bind, I was finally free. In 2007 I discovered that The Ruach HoKodesh (Holy Spirit) was given on Shavuot1 and that Christian Pentacost Sunday2 using Easter Sunday timing was really just a false Christian replacement for Shavuot. That Shabbat I excitedly drove straight from Shul to my Father’s home to show him what I had found. His reaction was classical and typical Christian Replacement Theology. After explaining, I stood there waiting for his surprise, excitement and enthusiasim to match mine. His words spit out in definace took me totally by surprise. “You are a Jew or a Christian, make up your mind!” I sat down and calmly said: “Dad what you are saying is totally false. It comes from false Christian Replacement Theology. Dad, look, this whole thing is Jewish!”
I ask you, how did we get to this place where an observant Jew who comes to faith in Y’shua is in a double bind? The answer – Christian Replacement Theology. Indeed – When I was in The Lutheran Church, the entire of what I was taught to be “Holy Week”, is replacement theology and tradition for what Y’shua did during the “Festival of Matzah” (Lev 23). An observant Jew who comes to faith in Y’shua is required to ditch critical things that YAH has ordained in Scripture, and Y’shua confirms (!), and replace it with the traditions and theology of men.
But again, I ask you, how long can a person live in a double bind3? On the one hand, the evidence, if one will study prophecy, is that Y’shua is the fulfillment of prophecy. Indeed - Y’shua is the Messiah of Israel. On the other hand, in “The Church” what a Jew is required to do to claim Y’shua the Messiah is totally unacceptable. Let’s just deal with one thing -- the “biggie” – Sunday of tradition (day of Helios) replacing Biblical Shabbat.
To reject Y’shua is false. To reject being a Jew is false. To reject either is totally unacceptable. So what do we do? It’s time for “The Church” to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for teaching false theology. It’s that simple. Oh, yes, you are right – it’s very complex. On the other hand, the most fearsome passage I have ever read in Scripture – from Genesis to Revelation, is:
Matthew 7: 15-23. (AENT) Beware of false prophets that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves. But you will know them by their fruits. Why (what do you think)? Do men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil tree bears evil fruit. A good tree is not able to bear evil fruit, and an evil tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them. It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master!” Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master! By your name, have we not prophesied? And by your name have we cast out demons? And by your name have we done many miracles? And then I will profess to them that from everlasting, I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!
Note 1: Shavuot has a double significance. It marks the all-important wheat harvest in Israel (Exodus 34:22), and it commemorates the anniversary of the day when God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai—although the association is not explicit in the Biblical text between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot.
Note 2: The Christian feast day of Pentecost is seven weeks after Easter Sunday: that is to say, the fiftieth day after Easter inclusive of Easter Sunday. It commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles. Some Christians believe that this event represents the birth of the Church. The Feast of the Ascension occurs 40 days after Easter, so Pentecost is a moveable feast. In Eastern Christianity,
Note 3: A double bind is an emotionally distressing dilemma in communication in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, and one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a successful response to one message results in a failed response to the other (and vice versa), so that the person will automatically be wrong regardless of response. The double bind occurs when the person cannot confront the inherent dilemma, and therefore can neither resolve it nor opt out of the situation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_bind
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ACTS OF THE SHLICHIM 2: : (Aramaic English NT –Roth)
1. And after the (fifty) days of Shavuot (Pentecost)14 were fulfilled,15 all were assembled as one.
2. All of a sudden there was a sound from heaven like a roaring wind16 and all that House17 in which they were sitting was filled.
3. And (it) appeared to them like tongues divided, and fire sat upon every one of them.
4. And all of them were filled with the Ruach haKodesh, and they were compelled to speak in different tongues18 just as the Spirit had given them to speak.
Note 14: The loan word pentaqostia (fiftieth day) appears here and in 1 Corinthians 16:8. Tradition has it that Luke translated for Paul, who would have used this term for the benefit of a Gentile audience. Luke’s upbringing in Syrian Antioch prepared him for toggling between Semitic and Gentile terminology. On the other hand, in Israel where the Gospels originated, Aramaic paskha, the direct cognate of pesach, was being used for “Passover” and was later loaned into Greek. Loanwords going either from Aramaic into Greek or vice versa are the effect of this time when Semitic culture was dominated by Greco-Roman power. Without loanwords, the Peshitta could not be authentic.
Note 15: This means, “after the days counting the Omer were fulfilled.” The English could be misconstrued to mean after the days of the feast itself were completed. However, Aramaic literally reads “after the days of pentaqostia were fulfilled” or, “after the 50 day period was reached.” “Pentecost” is used here as both a technical term to refer to the feast and a time marker. Also the actual day was Shabbat (Saturday) morning, not Sunday as many Christians assume. The last day of the omer count ended at sunset on Friday, May 24th in the year 30 CE, so the disciples were “assembled as one” on the following morning after Shavuot ended, when the Ruach haKodesh came.
Note 16: Or “groaning spirit.”
Note 17: “House” here refers to the Temple; see Matthew 12:4; 21:13; Luke 2:49; John 2:16, 17, not the “upper room” of 1:13. It is the Day of Shavuot; Y’shua’s disciples are gathered together in the Father’s House. Luke 24:53 states the disciples were “at all times in the temple.” The Ruach haKodesh is openly poured out in full view of those in attendance at the Temple, not in some hidden place. Y’shua was known to visit the Temple daily. In the early mornings he taught those who came to learn of the Kingdom of Elohim; see Luke 21:36-38.
Note 18: The universal remedy to the confusion of language at Bavel, Genesis 11:9, is to learn the language of the Spirit that unifies all souls in righteousness.
Note 19: All the tongues listed here are man-made; these are not angelic or heavenly. The gift of angelic tongues, the issue of genuineness aside, cannot be linked to this event in Acts 2 or to the Shavuot-Pentecost holiday. Please see footnotes on 2:17, Yochanan 20:22, and Founders of the all Gentile Church: Tertullian 155-230 CE in Appendix.
THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW 7: (Aramaic English NT –Roth)
12. All that which you desire that the sons of men should do for you, also like this you do to them. This is for Torah and the prophets.
13. Enter by the straight door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many are they, those that go in it.
14. How narrow the door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those that find it.
15. Beware of false prophets90 that come among you in the clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves.
16. But you will know them by their fruits. Why (what do you think)? Do men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles?
17. Like this every good tree bears pleasing fruit, but an evil tree bears evil fruit.
18. A good tree is not able to bear evil fruit, and an evil tree cannot bear good fruit.
19. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut and thrown in the fire.
20. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.91
21. It will not be that just anyone who says to me “My master, my master!” Will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
22. Many will say to me in that day, “My master, my master! By your name, have we not prophesied? And by your name have we cast out demons? And by your name have we done many miracles?
23. And then I will profess to them that from everlasting,92 I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!93
Note 90: See Priesthood and Religious Leaders in Appendix.
Note 91: By using the “grapes from thorns or figs from thistles” analogy Y’shua ties his teaching to Judges 9:8-15 where the bramble (thorn) tries to pull rank over all the other trees (trees symbolize types of leaders). HaSatan’s religious leadership hierarchy is: 1) Abimelech (my father is king) a self or religiously qualified or appointed father/king leader; 2) Ahab (father’s brother) empty and reckless men, sons of Belial; 3) Jezebel (Baal/the lord exalts) false prophetess, false counsel, a mouthpiece of witchcraft, chief gossip; 4) Balaam (not of the people) self-appointed false prophet who prophecies and teaches for money; 5) Balak (devastator) a person of wealth and/or having secular or religious credentials, destabilizes, manipulates and controls, a “player”. YHWH’s leadership structure is comprised of: 1) Shoftim (judges), 2) Shoterim (officers), 3) Neviim (prophets), 4) Cohanim (priests) and 5) Melachim (kings) and Y’shua plainly tells us that, “he who is the greatest among you, let him be a servant” (Matt 23:11). Please see footnote on Mark 11:13. (See Below)
Note 92: Khabouris’ word choice of d’memtuom is preferred here over 1905’s metom, although both present the idea of “always, forever, everlasting.” This usage and spelling is also retained in 9:33.
Note 93: Psalm 6:8, 9 ‑ “workers of iniquity” is a common phrase in the Tanakh. Iniquity is lawlessness (without Torah). “Horror has taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake Your Torah” (Psalm 119:53). Each and every teaching of Y’shua is based on Torah. To be anti-Torah is to be anti-Mashiyach; therefore every “authority” will be judged according to whether they uphold Torah or not. According to Y’shua, Torah is “the will of My Father” (Matthew 7:21;12:50). Torah means instruction in righteousness.
THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO MARK 11: (Aramaic English NT –Roth)
13. And he saw a certain fig tree from afar that had leaves on it. And he came towards it to see if he could find anything on it. And when he arrived, he did not find anything on it except leaves. For the time of figs had not yet arrived.
14. And he said to it, “Now and forever, man will not eat fruit from you.”52
Note 52: There are numerous concurrent elements here; “the time of figs had not yet arrived”, and Y’shua obviously knew when figs are ready for harvest. The spiritual fruit he sought was most certainly not “in season”. Next, Y’shua enters the Temple in Jerusalem and drives out the money changers (rotten fruit). Then the chief priests and scribes seek how they might destroy him (rotten fruit). When Y’shua says; “Now and forever, man will not eat fruit from you”, he is referring to the religious and political “justice system” that governs YHWH’s people, it is incapable of bearing good fruit. What was then the money-changer culture of the Temple in Jerusalem is now very apparent throughout the earth being seen in extravagant synagogues, churches and buildings that portray various religions “about” “HaShem”, “the LORD” or “Gawd” and these institutions are consistent regardless as to what tradition we are talking about. Modern religious “priesthoods” continue the same self-indulgent, self-entitlement, American Dream, materialistic values that Y’shua brought judgment against. Non-profit religious organizations abound, leadership is neither accountable to YHWH or the common good of His people.
Religion is second only to government when taking money from its subjects (members). Every year Judaism, Christianity and Islam collectively take in trillions of dollars, the majority goes into bigger buildings, marketing strategies to win more converts, and luxury living for those who sit on or near the top of the hierarchy. Notice what his disciples saw; “that fig tree which you cursed has dried up!” And Y’shua answered and said to them, “Let the faith of Elohim be in you.” Please see footnote on Matt 21:19. See Below
THE GOOD NEWS ACCORDING TO MATTHEW 21: (Aramaic English NT –Roth)
18. And in the morning when he hungered, he returned to the city.
19. And he saw a certain fig tree by the road and came to it and he did not find anything on it except only leaves. And he said to it, “Let there never again be fruit on you forever!” And at once, that fig tree214 withered.
20. And the disciples saw and marveled and were saying, “How quickly the fig tree withered.”
Note 214: The fig is first mentioned in Genesis 3:7. The Law of First Mention provides a remez (hint) of the symbolic meaning of the fig tree. It is connected to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and relates to judgment between good and evil. The fig tree represents the Beit Din (House of Judges), or the Sanhedrin which in that generation were found wanting and without fruit (see the parables of the fig tree, Matthew 24:32; and Luke 13:7). In Luke 10, seventy are sent out, correlating with the seventy elders of Israel in Shemot/Exodus 24. Often times the Olive Tree which represents Israel, is erroneously confused with the symbol of the Fig Tree.
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