Understanding The True Eloah (NEW)
Biblical Foundations ARE Hebraic Foundations
In the New Testament book of Acts we read of some Jews in a town called Berea. These Jews are the perfect example of how we are to receive anyone that comes laying claim to knowledge of truth. In fact, the writer gave them unique praise by calling them a “noble” people.
When Shaul came to them proclaiming the Goodnews of the Kingdom they did something woefully few modern Christians do – they sought to test his words against the Set-Apart Scriptures – the Tanakh. How many Christians verify what they are taught from the Tanakh (Older Testament)? We read of them in Acts 17.
Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
It must be realized that the Scripture these noble people searched was NOT the New Testament, since it did not exist. The Scripture was the Tanakh, commonly referred to by the sadly irreverent name of the “Old” Testament. Thus, the truly noble search the Tanakh daily to see if what is taught to them is truth The Greek word rendered “searched” in this verse is anakrino. Pick up any reputable Greek lexicon and you will find it means to investigate, to examine closely, to judge, to interrogate, to scrutinize, to sift, to question.
How many Christians do you know that truly interrogate, scrutinize, sift, examine, and question what they hear from their assembly or adopt as their traditional family religion? If you are honest you must admit that very few Christians do. Virtually all Christians take what is fed them from the pulpit without ever searching or investigating to verify its truth. Indeed, it is for this reason we have hundreds of different denominations.
Christians today are easy prey for the great deceiver because they rarely use the only weapon available to thwart his deceptions – The Word of Eloah. Worse still, as these “unquestioning” believers go forward in their “unscrutinized” direction they often unknowingly join in contributing to and expanding the great deception. Satan is finding it increasingly simple to achieve his goals as Christians by the millions unwittingly carry out his work for him.
However, there are still some that actually do scrutinize what they are taught. They never take as truth anything that cannot be proven from the entire context of Scripture. They refuse to stay parked in the roadside rest stop of tradition or charismatic chaos (i.e. “Eloah told me”, “the Lord spoke to me”, “the Set-Apart Spirit is guiding me”, or “my feelings tell me this is right”).
They prefer to continue their journey in the study and search for truth. It is a sad commentary on today’s Christian world that those that possess the nobility of the Bereans often find themselves opposed or even openly condemned by many over one particular issue that is ridiculously obvious.
My own personal experience, which is shared by others, is that assemblies today are actually somewhat suspicious and fearful of any within their flock that truly hold to a lifelong, rigorous, unbiased approach to the study of the Word of Eloah. Those that according to the author of Acts are “more noble” endure slander, patronizing sighs, and even accusations of being a “cult” whenever they find that something being taught within the assembly is clearly wrong.
Well, I wish to expose this one particular error that is so clear even a child can see it since small children hold no bias. By the way, this unbiased approach is a central meaning to what YAHSHA (Jesus) meant when He said one must come to him as a child. Also, the natural curiosity (eager searching, examining) of a child is implied.
The error to which I refer concerns the incorrect standard approach taken within Christianity to the very study and interpretation of Scripture. It is a foundational mistake common to almost all denominations. Its origins can be traced all the way back to the early centuries of the “assembly” and results from the almost unanimously bitter anti-Judaic, anti-Semitic worldview of the early “church fathers” who sometimes openly stated that they wished to erase all remnants of Judaic thought from the “Christian” religion.
This traditional error to which I refer is the failure to approach Scripture from the social, religious, and political context of every Biblical author – a context that is totally Hebraic.
There is an almost universal absence of knowledge among Christians of how far their beliefs, their interpretations of Scripture, and their overall mindset differs from the Hebraic beliefs, interpretations, and mindset of the Biblical authors.
That original mindset, of which Christians are horribly ignorant, was present in YAHSHA the Messiah, ALL the original followers of Messiah YAHSHA and, indeed, the general populace of Israel during the life and times of Messiah in the first century. The more I study this, the more certain I become that Christians are absorbing misinformation and, in my opinion, often outright intentional lies by those they esteem as Biblically expert Christian leaders.
Understanding the first century mindset is a critical necessity if Scripture is to be properly understood. The real tragedy is that grasping the actual Hebraic first century context of Scripture is rather easily accomplished. All it takes is study of any one of a widely available assortment of books, such as those by James Dunn, Sir Anthony Buzzard, Dr. Brad Young, David Flusser, and a multitude of other outstanding Biblical scholars. Unfortunately, traditional Christians are, frankly, too lazy or arrogant to undertake this simple study. It is a constant source of sadness for me to see how utterly deceived the typical Christian is and how unwilling they are to sincerely scrutinize their beliefs to see if they actually equate to Scriptural truth.
As harsh as it may sound, the ultimate reason for this laziness is a general LACK of true devotion and love for the Almighty Eloah. Whenever I mention this issue to Christians, instead of displaying a hungry desire for truth, they almost always display a complete lack of interest or, in most cases, hostility towards me and others who dare suggest their understanding of Scripture is based upon a fundamentally incorrect foundational mindset that differs in drastic ways from the mindset of the first century believers.
Let me be clear about this. I am not saying one should step outside Scripture for truth. I am not saying the Scriptures is faulty. In fact, it is traditional Christianity that has stepped far outside of truth by interpreting Scripture from a context completely foreign to the Biblical authors! The Hebraic/Judaic mindset is very different than the Constantinian, Gnostic-filled, Greek philosophical, mystery Babylon based mindset on which traditional Christian theology is built and that Christianized teachers use as the basis of their (mis)interpretations of Scripture – FAR DIFFERENT.
By infecting and polluting the Hebrew Scriptures with anti-Hebraic interpretations truth has been grossly distorted and the faith of the original followers of YAHSHA (falsely named “Jesus”) has been hidden from the typical Christian! And yes – I will include in the “Hebrew Scriptures” the New Testament, since its authors were thoroughly Hebraic!
I will present basic facts to prove that the study and application of the Hebraic foundations (roots) of Biblical truth is the only proper way to study Scripture.
Hebraic = Biblical
Greek = Non-Biblical
Anti-Semitic = Non-Biblical
Ultra-Semitic = Non-Biblical
Hebraic is NOT EQUAL to Greek
Truth = Biblical = Hebraic!
If one studies or interprets the Scriptures outside the context of Hebraic truths one will never arrive at a proper understanding of Scripture. NEVER! Very few Christians realize the immense importance of approaching Scripture from the proper HEBRAIC perspective. They assume just because their particular flavor of assembly has historically taught something that it must be correct. It takes very little time and effort to discover this is not the case, and it is easily proven to those that are sincere and unbiased in their desire to draw near to Eloah and His truths.
Unfortunately, as mentioned previously very few Christians are actually seeking truth. Most are simply zealous for whatever traditions they prefer or grew up with and have never looked into the history or basic foundational worldview behind the beliefs they now hold. They seem to think what they now believe is what was believed in the first century. WRONG! Frankly, I do not know of a single Christian denomination that practices the faith of the first century believers. Not one!
The primary reason is because the faith practices of the first century assembly were thoroughly Hebraic, and those practices are shunned, censored, or openly condemned by Christianity!
The deep, unexplainable, often unconscious resentment most Christians have to the mere suggestion of this is evidence of the Satanic power of anti-Semitism that dwells in the heart of many that dare to claim to follow a Jewish Lord and Savior. This Beastly power holds them within the grip of error that may ultimately lead to their eternal death. A devilish deception plagues the Christian world. Very few Christians ever invest any time studying the history of their faith, or if they do they generally only study the standard party-line version that often goes no further back than the 4th century.
If they go further, particularly to the very birth of the “assembly” in the first century and the changes following the defeat of Israel in 135CE by the Romans, they would find that the “assembly fathers” intentionally removed virtually all remnants of Hebraic/Judaic things from “Christianity”. One of the primary actions taken during the days of Constantine when the “assembly” first began to solidify its dogmas was to erase, kill-off, and “rid the world” of every remnant of the original Judaic faith practices and beliefs of the first century followers of YAHSHA the Messiah!
By what authority did they do this? Answer – By their own authority with Satan’s guidance. Christians have little knowledge of what happened in the first few centuries of the “assembly” and implicitly declare infallible the “assembly fathers” without ever studying for themselves. ALL one truly needs to study to find what the original practices were of Messiah’s followers is to read Acts. It is the purest, clearest record we have of the religious practices of the Messianic faith, and it is the only inspired record that we can be relatively certain is not tainted by bias and error.
It is amazing how many Christians correctly oppose the teachings of the Catholic assembly regarding the Pope’s infallibility; however, they commit the exact same error by assuming the early “fathers” were perfect in their opinions and decrees. Additionally, they implicitly show the same infallible adoration of their own pastors – giving them a status of almost divine perfection! It is shear hypocrisy for non-Catholics to condemn the Catholic faith while they practice virtually the exact same error.
Even though the first century “assembly” was a sect within Judaism, the early “fathers” took it upon themselves to divest Christianity of many of the very faith practices which the apostles themselves so fervently adhered to! Christians mistakenly assume they are practicing the faith just as Shaul (Paul), Kefa (Peter), Ya’akov (James), and others.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately, because of an almost universal ignorance of the true beliefs and practices of the first century most Christians are tragically cruising along in error. Without an understanding of the Hebraic/Judaic foundations of the original faith Christians are guaranteed error.
Far more troubling is the fact that most Christians don’t care! They are happy with their traditions and are unmotivated to verify if they truly adhere to the eternal Truths of the Eternal Eloah as taught, understood, and written of by the HEBRAIC authors of Scripture.
Even those closest to us that we would hope would listen to our case often seem to be locked in some blind, passive, spell, showing no desire whatsoever to even discuss the issue – much less study it! My own family is like this. I am constantly reminded of the Master’s warning that “the whole world will follow after the Satanically empowered Beast…” Those of us that fervently seek to honor YHWH (Eloah) per HIS instructions (versus tradition) are despised, condemned, or censored.
Thankfully, we currently live in a country where freedom of religion is still present; otherwise, I have no doubt we would find ourselves undergoing far worse persecution at the hands of “loving Christians” – just as the early true believers did. The assembly’s hands are stained with blood, and I suspect the day is approaching when the stain may grow. Ok. Let us go to the only source required – the Set-Apart Scriptures.
Who wrote the Scriptures? Perhaps you consider that an outrageously simplistic question. Well, implicit within the question are the following 2 points:
1. What was their ethnic heritage?
2. What was their world view or mind set?
Since “a picture is worth a thousand words”, I will begin with a listing of the books of the Scriptures, the consensus-opinion author of that book, the ethnic heritage of the author, and the worldview of the author. This information, though clear and very basic, is often ignored. It seems the “assembly” doesn’t want people to dwell very long on the origins of the very Scriptures they claim to exalt, especially the thought patterns of the Biblical authors.
Most Christians seem to implicitly believe that the authors of Scripture were “Christians” much like themselves. Such an outlandish assumption is almost laughable since the authors were all Jews firmly adhering to the Judaic practices of the Messianic Sect of Judaism they birthed. The “assembly” has done such a superb job of evading the issue that most Christians seem convinced the westernized, Greek philosophical, Nicaean worldview promoted by the assembly is the same as the Biblical authors.
This is a tremendously false assumption and lies at the very core of virtually all scriptural misinterpretations within many Christian organizations. After this list is composed the answer to the aforementioned questions will be obvious to all but the most anti-Semitic or deceived. The authors shown are taken from the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry website, www.carm.org.
Now, look at the list of books and its authors and also the scriptures indicating the obvious. Look again. Please, look closely again. Forgive the repetition, but there is something about this list that seems to somehow bi-pass the minds of most Christians. What is it about the list that figuratively SCREAMS out at you? What is it about the list that is obvious?
If you look closely starting from Genesis and on thru Revelation the authors of these books had many things in common. What were they??? The first thing to stand out was that they were Hebrews, second was that they kept the Law of Moses (Torah) which included commandments, statutes and ordinances which YAHUAH himself states in various chapters that “Ye shall therefore keep my statutes, and judgments; which if a man do, he shall live in them”.
Do a search for yourself and you will find the same answers that I did. That our forefathers kept the Torah of YAHUAH and were counted Righteous before YAHUAH. Abraham, Issac and Jacob, praise YAHUAH for He lives and so does His word even till today.
The Importance of the word “HEBREW” in scripture:
Hebrew definition: Hebrew (Ibrit or Ebrit) An Eberite or Descendant of Eber
Gen 14:13 – And there cameH935 one that had escaped,H6412 and toldH5046 AbramH87 the Hebrew;H5680 for heH1931 dweltH7931 in the plainH436 of MamreH4471 the Amorite,H567 brotherH251 of Eshcol,H812 and brotherH251 of Aner:H6063 and theseH1992 were confederateH1167 H1285 with Abram.H87
Gen 39:14 – That she calledH7121 unto the menH376 of her house,H1004 and spakeH559 unto them, saying,H559 See,H7200 he hath brought inH935 an HebrewH376 H5680 unto us to mockH6711 us; he came inH935 untoH413 me to lieH7901 withH5973 me, and I criedH7121 with a loudH1419 voice:H6963
Gen 41:12 – And there was thereH8033 withH854 us a young man,H5288 an Hebrew,H5680 servantH5650 to the captainH8269 of the guard;H2876 and we toldH5608 him, and he interpretedH6622 to us(H853) our dreams;H2472 to each manH376 according to his dreamH2472 he did interpret.H6622
Exo 1:15 – And the kingH4428 of EgyptH4714 spakeH559 to the HebrewH5680 midwives,H3205 of whichH834 the nameH8034 of the oneH259 was Shiphrah,H8236 and the nameH8034 of the otherH8145 Puah:H6326
Exo 2:7 – Then saidH559 his sisterH269 toH413 Pharaoh’sH6547 daughter,H1323 Shall I goH1980 and callH7121 to thee a nurseH802H3243 ofH4480 the Hebrew women,H5680 that she may nurseH3243 (H853) the childH3206 for thee?
Exo 2:11 – And it came to passH1961 in thoseH1992 days,H3117 when MosesH4872 was grown,H1431 that he went outH3318 untoH413 his brethren,H251 and lookedH7200 on their burdens:H5450 and he spiedH7200 an EgyptianH376H4713 smitingH5221 an Hebrew,H376 H5680 one of his brethren.H4480H251
Deu 15:12 And ifH3588 thy brother,H251 an Hebrew man,H5680 orH176 an Hebrew woman,H5680 be soldH4376 unto thee, and serveH5647 thee sixH8337 years;H8141 then in the seventhH7637 yearH8141 thou shall let him goH7971 freeH2670 fromH4480H5973 thee.
Jon 1:9 And he saidH559 untoH413 them, IH595 am an Hebrew;H5680 and IH589 fearH3372 YAHUAH,H3068 the Eloah H430 of heaven,H8064 whichH834 hath madeH6213 (H853) the seaH3220 and the dryH3004 land.
Luk 23:38 AndG1161 a superscriptionG1923 alsoG2532 wasG2258 writtenG1125 overG1909 himG846 in lettersG1121 of Greek,G1673 andG2532 Latin,G4513 andG2532 Hebrew,G1444 THISG3778 ISG2076 THEG3588 KINGG935 OF THEG3588 JEWS.G2453
Joh 5:2 NowG1161 there isG2076 atG1722 JerusalemG2414 byG1909 theG3588 sheepG4262 market a pool,G2861 which is calledG1951 in the Hebrew tongueG1447 Bethesda,G964 havingG2192 fiveG4002 porches.G4745
Joh 19:13 When PilateG4091 thereforeG3767 heardG191 thatG5126 saying,G3056 he broughtG71 JesusG2424 forth,G1854 andG2532 sat downG2523 inG1909 theG3588 judgment seatG968 inG1519 a placeG5117 that is calledG3004 the Pavement,G3038 butG1161 in the Hebrew,G1447 Gabbatha.G1042
Act 21:40 AndG1161 when heG846 had given him licence,G2010 PaulG3972 stoodG2476 onG1909 theG3588 stairs,G304 and beckonedG2678 with theG3588 handG5495 unto theG3588 people.G2992 AndG1161 when there was madeG1096 a greatG4183 silence,G4602 he spoke untoG4377 them in theG3588 HebrewG1446 tongue,G1258 saying,G3004
Act 22:2 (AndG1161 when they heardG191 thatG3754 he spakeG4377 in theG3588 HebrewG1446 tongueG1258 to them,G846 they keptG3930 the moreG3123 silence:G2271 andG2532 he says,)G5346
Act 26:14 AndG1161 when weG2257 were allG3956 fallenG2667 toG1519 theG3588 earth,G1093 I heardG191 a voiceG5456 speakingG2980 untoG4314 me,G3165 andG2532 sayingG3004 in theG3588 HebrewG1446 tongue,G1258 Saul,G4549 Saul, G4549 whyG5101 persecutestG1377 thou me?G3165 it is hardG4642 for theeG4671 to kickG2979 againstG4314 the pricks.G2759
Php 3:5 CircumcisedG4061 the eighth day,G3637 ofG1537 the stockG1085 of Israel,G2474 of the tribeG5443 of Benjamin,G958 an HebrewG1445 ofG1537 the Hebrews;G1445 as touchingG2596 the law,G3551 a Pharisee;G5330
YAHUAH says to you, return my son/daughter from the wandering that has kept you back from the promise and be ye saved.
Jer 6:16 ThusH3541 saithH559 YAHUAH,H3068 StandH5975 ye inH5921 the ways,H1870 and see,H7200 and askH7592 for the oldH5769 paths,H5410 whereH335 H2088 is the goodH2896 way,H1870 and walkH1980 therein, and ye shall findH4672 restH4771 for your souls.H5315 But they said,H559 We will notH3808 walkH1980 therein.
Isa 58:12 And they that shall be ofH4480 thee shall buildH1129 the oldH5769 waste places:H2723 thou shall raise upH6965 the foundationsH4146 of many generations;H1755H1755 and thou shall be called,H7121 The repairerH1443 of the breach,H6556 The restorerH7725 of pathsH5410 to dwellH3427 in.
Mal 4:6 And he shall turnH7725 the heartH3820 of the fathersH1 toH5921 the children,H1121 and the heartH3820 of the childrenH1121 toH5921 their fathers,H1 lestH6435 I comeH935 and smiteH5221 (H853) the earthH776 with a curse.H2764
What is it about the list that strongly infers an understanding of basic Hebraic thought is important to an understanding of Scripture? Finally, what is it about the list that makes opposition to the study of the Judaic/Hebraic roots of Scripture so absurd? From viewing the list doesn’t it appear obvious that one must approach Scripture from a Hebraic perspective? If not, would someone please justify why they feel otherwise? EVERY SINGLE AUTHOR WAS HEBRAIC AND THE PRODUCT OF A THOROUGHLY HEBRAIC WORLD VIEW!
Also, since Torah (loosely interpreted “Law” by many) is the very heart and soul of Hebraic thought, what can be derived from the list regarding the need to truly understand Torah (“teaching” or “instruction”) beyond the simplistic and almost always false understandings of it in the assembly?
How much of your “Christian” teaching has been spent in detailed study of Torah? Most Christians do not even know what “Torah” is! Most pastors that claim to be “educated” and “qualified to teach” have NEVER even studied Torah from a Hebraic perspective – the very basis of Biblical thought! Furthermore, they do not even realize Torah is important and ignorantly consider us to be the ones requiring teaching without ever even considering that their arrogance may be misplaced.
That’s equivalent to claiming to be able to cross the ocean by water yet not knowing what a boat is – much less how to construct one! They are ignorant of their ignorance and too proud, apathetic, profitable from their preaching, or deceived to admit it.
Those of us that have studied a bit of Torah find it increasingly difficult to sit idly by while men and women brazenly claim the Torah (“Law”) is abolished without EVER even spending time in a study of what they claim is dead! And please, do not think you can learn about Torah by studying from anti-Torah biased Christian teachers. Baptists will study “The Law” from Baptist literature and incorrectly think they know all there is to know.
That’s the old fox guarding the henhouse scenario. All they will learn is the traditional Baptist view of Torah which, like most other denominations, is very wrong! Even more frustrating are the hybrid-Torah teachers – traditional Christian organizations that conceal their orthodox Christian teachings behind “Messianic Judaism” garb. Sadly, these are among the most glaring examples of the deceived and a significant reason for growing opposition from groups like Jews for Judaism. In such cases I sympathetically tend to side with the Jews for Judaism.
Believe it or not those of us that approach Scripture from the Hebraic perspective and have a bit of understanding of Torah see little evidence (or none) in the New Testament that the Torah has somehow been “superceded” or abolished – not even in the writings of Paul. This is certainly the case when the Tanakh is followed. However, I did not always feel this way.
At one time I too was deceived into reading Scripture from the traditional non-Hebraic perspective; thus, I did not realize that tradition and a core anti-Semitic spirit prevalent in Christian teaching tainted my understanding. I will not dwell on this except to say there ARE other interpretations of New Testament Scripture FAR different than is often taught in assemblies and to understand them one must be aware of Hebraic – and sometimes Rabbinic – thought patterns.
Let’s summarize the findings in the list. EVERY SINGLE AUTHOR of Scripture, 66 out of 66, is Hebraic (Jewish). The only possible exception is Luke; however, many scholars feel he was actually a Jewish proselyte, thereby placing him firmly within the confines of Hebraic thought. Each and every author of Scripture viewed the world, TORAH, eternity, Messiah, the Kingdom message (which is the actual “Goodnews”), and Eloah from a purely Hebraic perspective.
Do you grasp the importance of this? Can you begin to see why failure to study from a Hebraic perspective places you outside the realm of the context of the original authors? It is like trying to study the moon with a cheap pair of binoculars. Is it becoming obvious why those of us that desire to study the Hebraic foundations of truth are so astounded to find opposition to this simple concept? Do you see why it is VERY clear that those who prefer to NOT study Hebraic foundations are the ones in error?
How can anyone be so foolish to suggest Hebraic roots are not important to an understanding of Scripture? Such rejection of so clear a principle is not just a rejection of the principle, BUT IS A REJECTION OF THE VERY INSTRUCTIONS OF THE ONE TRUE Eloah GIVEN THROUGH THE HEBREW (HEBRAIC) PEOPLE.
Since Eloah chose the Hebrew mind through which to present His truths it is imperative for us to understand that mind! Rejection of the Hebraic approach is rebellion against Eloah! Christians the world over are choosing “to do what is right in their own eyes” by interpreting Scripture from a worldview that is often in direct conflict with the very authors of the Set-Apart Writings.
Oh, and let’s not forget this crucial tidbit of information. YAHSHA (Jesus) is a Hebrew (Jew). YAHSHA was, is, and forever will be JEWISH! Is it not odd that Christians the world over worship a Jew (though many try to ignore that point) while refusing to study Scripture from His Hebraic world view?
They even refuse to use the actual Hebrew name of our Lord because it sounds too Jewish or because their assembly intentionally hides the true name from them! Most Christians have no interest in Judaic things despite the fact the one they call “Lord” is a Jew, a Hebrew, thoroughly Judaic! Instead of accepting the true Messiah for what he is, Christian leaders have created a false Messiah based upon what they want him to be, and in so doing have created a very ungodly Messiah!
Millions the world over claim to “follow Christ” yet haven’t the foggiest idea of the Hebraic foundations of Christ’s teachings or of the Set-Apart Scripture HE studied and revered! They care little for the teachings (Torah) of the Eloah He worshipped! The attitude of some Christians borders on spiritual insanity! The apathy displayed by these Christians and absolute refusal to consider they may be wrong locks them into deception.
They find it much easier to hate the Jew or simply be apathetic than love the Jewish man they call Christ. They “have eyes yet they see not and ears yet they hear not…” regarding this most fundamental concept. They live in a self-imposed state of blissful ignorance, and many will ultimately hear YAHSHA the Jewish Messiah tell them, “depart from me I never knew you!” They are – by rejecting the foundational Hebraic principles of Scripture – rejecting Messiah and Eloah! They have, like Jeroboam of the Tanakh (Older Testament), set up their own flavor of religion because they wish not to practice the Hebraic true faith of Scripture. IF they are fortunate enough to enter into the coming Kingdom they will find it to be FAR different than they expected and will then definitely begin to see the Hebraic roots.
So why does the assembly censor or teach against the Hebraic approach? Why is it that assemblies would fear a return to the Hebraic roots of Christianity? There are a number or specific reasons which will be discussed in other articles; however, ultimately it comes down to one dominant reason – a reason of which we were warned would be the case in the end times. That reason is because in the end (these last days) the whole world was prophesied to follow after the Beastly Harlot, which represents the counterfeit teachings of Satan.
Be Blessed my Brethren and much Love