by Rabbi Hector Gomez on June 17th, 2014

What Is Shavuot?


The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost) marks the end of the Spring Feasts. It is the climax of the Israelites’ story of redemption, which started with Passover. God saved and delivered His people by the blood of the Passover Lamb and then brought them to Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

It was at this time that YHVH (the God of Israel) betrothed His people. Wedding vows were given there in the presence of YHVH (when the people spoke as one, saying “all that YHVH has spoken, we will do” – Exodus 19:8) and the marriage contract, or ketubah, was written down in the form of the Torah. When God’s people walk according to Torah, we as the bride are choosing to follow our wedding vows. We are saying “I do” to our Bridegroom all over again!

Furthermore, as with all the Spring Feasts, Yeshua prophetically fulfilled this Feast by giving the Holy Spirit to His disciples on this very day (Acts 2). Shavuot, therefore, celebrates true, biblical worship. It was on this day that God gave both the Truth of His Word (Torah) and His Spirit, thus enabling His people to worship in both Spirit and Truth: “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).


Don’t Miss our upcoming Shabbat Service June 7th,2014 at 5PM when you actually witness the Vows of the bride being lived out when we do our congregational Betrothal Service for my daughter Sarah and on  this Shavuot!

Chag Sameach,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath & Keeping Your Job

"I'd like to keep the Sabbath, but I can't - I have to work on Saturdays."

Wrong. You may think so, but you are mistaken. No one who believes in keeping the Sabbath has to work on Saturdays, at least not in America. No one is pointing a gun at the heads of American Christians and Jews and forcing them to work on Saturdays. Americans who work on the Sabbath do so by their own choice, not because they have to.

There were many Sabbath-keeping Christians in Communist Russia who were ordered by their oppressive government to work on Saturdays. Many of these Christians chose to obey God rather than man, and they lost a lot more than some crummy job. They suffered imprisonment 1 exile, and torture for refusing to break God's holy Sabbath. When we stand with these faithful saints before the Lord on Judgment Day, will any of us have the gall to say, "Well, Lord, I wanted to keep the Sabbath, but I couldn't - I had to work on Saturdays"?

How does a disciple of the Messiah go about getting every Sabbath off from his job? First of all, you do not go in and ask your employer if you can have Saturdays off. You are not there to make a request; you are there to inform. You inform your employer (politely and respectfully, of course) that you will not be available to work from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset. Your employer may respond in a number of ways:

·         "I'll see what we can do to accommodate you, but in the meantime you'll have to keep working Saturdays."

·         "We can give you Saturdays off, but you'll have to work for a few hours on Friday nights."

·         "We'll do our best to accommodate you, but we may have to occasionally ask you to come in on a Saturday if we're short of help."

None of these responses is acceptable. Pharaoh tried three times to persuade Moses and Aaron to compromise the Lord's demands. (See Exodus 8:25-29, 10:8-11.) Moses and Aaron steadfastly refused to accept Pharaoh's offer of a compromise solution, and we must likewise refuse to accept an employer's offer of a compromise.

What if your employer refuses to accommodate you? One solution is to look for a different job. However, that may not be necessary. If this particular job is important to you, you may want to inform your employer of his legal obligation to accommodate employees' religious practices. This should be done in a polite, respectful manner, not in an obnoxious or threatening way.

Many people do not realize that federal law requires employers to accommodate employees who need time off for religious reasons, "unless the employer demonstrates that accommodation would result in undue hardship on the conduct of its business." You, the employee, do not have to prove the validity of your case. It is the employer who must try to prove that letting you keep the Sabbath would cause undue hardship to his business. The burden of proof is on the employer, not on the employee.


Federal law considers the following solutions to be "reasonable accommodation" which would not cause undue hardship to an employer's business:


·         Securing a substitute worker (even if the employer has to secure the substitute).

·         Flexible scheduling (flexible arrival and departure times; floating or optional holidays; flexible work breaks; use of lunch time in exchange for early departure; staggered work hours; permitting an employee to make up time lost due to the observance of religious practices).

·         Lateral transfer and change of job assignment.

The employer "must offer the alternative which least disadvantages the individual [i.e., the employee] with respect to his or her employment opportunities. The employer can also be required to bear the extra costs of accommodating the employee, unless the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determines that it is "more than a de minimus cost."

Sometimes an employer is afraid to give an employee every Saturday off for fear that other employees will see this and likewise demand every Saturday (or Sunday) off for religious reasons. However, according to federal law, this is not proof of undue hardship: "A mere assumption that many more people, with the same religious practices as the person being accommodated, may also need accommodation is not evidence of undue hardship."

The above legal information can be found in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended [section 701(j), 703 and 717] and in Part XII Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Religion. These same laws apply to labor organizations as well as to employers. The laws pertain not only to scheduling (though this is the most frequent accommodation needed), but also to other religious practices such as a man's right to wear a beard because of his religious convictions.

The employer's legal obligation to accommodate "pertains to prospective employees as well as current employees." This means that employers conducting a job interview must be very careful when asking about the need for religious accommodation: "The Commission will infer that the need for an accommodation discriminatorily influenced a decision to reject an applicant when: (i) prior to an offer of employment the employer makes an inquiry into an applicant's availability without having a business necessity justification; and (ii) after the employer has determined the applicant's need for an accommodation, the employer rejects a qualified applicant. The burden is then on the employer to demonstrate that factors other than the need for an accommodation were the reason for rejecting the qualified applicant, or that a reasonable accommodation without undue hardship was not possible."

I do not wish to bore readers with a lot of legal jargon, but Sabbath-keepers need to know that employees have legal rights to reasonable accommodations, and that some employees take their employers to court to enforce these rights. Even as I was writing this article, a story appeared in the 11/27/98 Jewish Press about a Seventh-Day Adventist whose employer tried to refuse to accommodate her: "Lisette Balint, a resident of Carson City, Nevada, was offered a position in the city's sheriff's department, [and] the department refused to excuse her from working on the Sabbath" ("U.S. Court Defends Religious Rights," p. 62).

Sometimes the employer wins the case, of course, because sometimes it truly would cause undue hardship for the employer to accommodate the employee. When undue hardship is not an issue, though, the law is on our side.

Most employers are reasonable people and are intelligent enough to know that it would be wiser for them to accommodate your need than it would be to refuse you. Many employers will actually respect you for taking a firm, but polite, stand for what you believe. If they are smart, they will know that a person with strong convictions is likely to be a reliable, honest worker with some integrity. They will want to find a way to accommodate you. Some employers are not so kind and understanding, and will simply tell you, "No, you have to work on Saturdays." If that is the case, then you must pray and ask the Lord to show you what He would have you to do. Would the Lord have you take your employer to court, or would the Lord have you look for a different job? (You don't need to pray about whether or not the Lord would have you keep working on the Sabbath; He's already told you in the Ten Commandments not to do that!)

Fighting for your legal rights in court is one issue, but there is also the issue of maintaining a good testimony as a disciple of the Messiah. Some questions you might want to consider:

·         Do I really want to work for an employer who lets me have the Sabbath off only because he was forced to do so by the court?

·         Will going to court result in resentment and/or jealousy in my workplace, and do I want to work in such an atmosphere?

·         Is this job really worth fighting for?

·         Is it possible that letting me have every Sabbath off really would cause undue hardship for my employer's business?

·         Even if the court rules in my favor, would there still be some hardship (though not "undue"), and would it be right to let my employer bear this inconvenience?

Keeping your job should really be your third priority in this arena. Keeping the Sabbath and keeping your testimony should be the first priorities. If you can do this and also keep your job, that's great. Personally, I would not feel comfortable forcing my employer to pay extra costs in order to accommodate me, even though the law can require the employer to bear these minimal costs. For the sake of my testimony as a disciple of the Lord, I would prefer to not exercise this legal right, and would pay for the extra costs myself, unless my employer voluntarily and cheerfully insisted on bearing the cost. I would also be reluctant to demand my legal right to "the alternative which least disadvantages the individual with respect to his or her employment opportunities." If an employer was willing to accommodate me, I would want to find the solution which least disadvantages both of us. If my employer is willing to bear some minor inconvenience in order to accommodate me, then I should be willing to bear some minor inconvenience to keep the Sabbath.

Every situation is unique and has many factors to consider. This is why it is important to pray before deciding whether or not to take your employer to court if he refuses to let you have the Sabbath off. If you do lose your job for the sake of obeying the Lord, the Lord will honor your sacrifice. He may not provide another job immediately, but He has promised to meet your physical needs if you "seek first the kingdom of God" (Mathew 6:33).

In closing, always remember that you are not called to be a slave to your job. Although you are to treat your employer with honor and respect, your employer is not your Owner and Master. If you are a disciple of the Son of God, then He is your real Owner and Master. You are called to be a servant in His Kingdom. You are not called to be a slave to the world system. So don't let your employer or anyone else tell you that you have to work on the Sabbath. Amen!

Shalom, Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Testing Of The Heart

There's a testing of our hearts taking place right now, and the outcome will be according to our decision. God will not violate our free will and we must live with the consequence of the choice we make. Will we follow after Him or continue on our own path according to our fleshly desires?

When Elijah found Elisha and threw his mantle on him, Elisha's first response was to run back and kiss his parents goodbye, then he would follow Elijah (see 1 Kings 19:20). Elisha was functioning in the carnal realm, or natural senses. And being a good son, his first response would be to honor his parents and tell them he was departing to follow after and be trained by this powerful man of God. Elisha, like the woman that missed the boat, had a choice to make. Elijah put him to the test, just like we are being tested today. Will you follow after Me or follow after your own fleshly desires?

So Elijah left there and found Elisha son of Shaphat, whose plowing was being done with twelve yoke of oxen, and he drove the twelfth. Elijah crossed over to him and cast his mantle upon him. He left the oxen and ran after Elijah and said, "Let me kiss my father and mother, and then I will follow you." And he [testing Elisha] said, "Go on back. What have I done to you? [Settle it for yourself.]" So Elisha went back from him. Then he took a yoke of oxen, slew them, boiled their flesh with the oxen's yoke [as fuel], and gave to the people, and they ate. Then he arose, followed Elijah, and served him. 1 Kings 19:19-21 AMP

Elijah heard directly from God. But God was not in the wind, the earthquake, or the fire. The Lord was in the still, small voice. Today God is stretching forth His hand the second time to deliver the keys of David into the hand of the righteous who have followed the Father in spirit and truth. They have forsaken all others for the work of the Cross of Yeshua Messiah.


The Fiery Sword

We've come to the place in history being written that God will rewrite what man has done in his own will. God is sending forth a fiery sword out of the mouth of His true prophets in this day that will cause division. It is His division that conquers the false, because truth will trump the false every time. It may not look like it at first, but watch as God begins a small work and brings increase through the nations of the world. He's coming in power in this day and we must be ready to move quickly. There is no obstacle in our life that God can't cover or remove.

The Book of Jude gives a warning about the false teachers (Those who teach outside of the Torah and Yeshua) that would creep in unnoticed for the purpose of turning God's grace into lewdness and deny Yeshua as Messiah (see verse 4). They are dreamers that defile the flesh, reject authority, and speak evil of whatever they do not know because they don't know the person of the Word. They have never established a personal relationship with the Lord, and therefore operate from the flesh. And because they lack personal relationship with God and the desire to know His will, they corrupt themselves. Therefore they fall into apostasy and cause others to stumble (see verses 8-10).

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. Jude 11

We're given three examples in the above verse, and I believe it is a progression. Man begins with hatred in his heart that leads to greed, and in time, as they mature in the nature of the evil one, it manifests itself in rebellion. Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft (see 1 Samuel 15:23), and God rejects those who partake of it.

The Way Of Cain: Cain had enmity in his heart. It was a deep-rooted hatred toward his brother that in time caused Cain to murder Abel. Cain's hatred and jealousy toward Abel was greater than his love for God. He had a choice to make. He chose to satisfy his flesh instead of following after God's heart and ruling over his fleshly desire. Cain had never established personal relationship with the Father, where I believe Abel did. That is why God rejected his offering.

If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it. Genesis 4:7

The Error Of Balaam For Profit: Balaam was a soothsayer who mixed truth with false doctrine. His error was greed, or covetousness, because he was paid well to bring a curse upon the people of Israel. God's anger was kindled against him when he disobeyed Him and later withstood the Angel of the Lord three times. Balaam repented and brought the word of the Lord, refusing to curse Israel (see Numbers 22-23).

The Rebellion Of Korah: Korah rejected true leadership, causing many to perish. He was one of the richest leaders of the Levites and a cousin of Moses and Aaron. He was jealous and felt overlooked for leadership, and therefore gathered 250 leaders of the assembly to rebel against Moses and Aaron. This angered God and He separated the holy from the profane. God did a new thing (see Numbers 16:30-32) and the earth opened up its mouth and swallowed them and their households – and a fire consumed the rest of the 250 men (see Numbers 16).

Crossroads In Time

The Body of Christ has come to a crossroads in time, a juncture on their heavenly journey in the Messiah Yeshua. Each one must decide for themselves which way to go, either you follow  your own flesh and doctrines of man! Some will want to turn back for fear of the unknown, yet others will proceed in faith. It is there that God meets them head-on, and they will move into a new dimension in Him. Those who choose to proceed in faith must be space aviators and explore the uncharted waters of the Spirit.

Yeshua is coming for His Bride without spot or wrinkle ( In other words without the pagan practices that they have adopted). She will be scarred from the many battle wounds she sustained, but she will be worthy as she praises Him. The world has set itself on a course of self-destruction, and day-by-day she lingers in her own filth. But His Bride will be set aside, a glory to be witnessed as she stands out among the rest.

Don't miss the boat. Step out in faith and follow God in His truth of your Hebrew Roots which is all about Yeshua Messiah with a whole heart. Let Him be the Loving Father that steers you through uncharted waters by the winds of His Holy Spirit of Truth and witness the new dimensions in Him. Just dare to believe and stand for what’s right! Amen!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

The APOSTLE PAUL -- Commandment Breaker, or Commandment Keeper?


Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

MILLIONS of professing Christians assume Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. If you keep the law of YEHOVAH God, it is claimed, you are under a curse! Chances are, you, too, have heard this teaching from childhood and have assumed it to be true.

To be sure, many have sincerely thought and assumed that this is New Testament teaching. But YEHOVAH God commands us to quit assuming -- to "Prove all things" (I Thessalonians 5:21).

Does it make any difference to YEHOVAH God whether you obey Him? Some claim Paul taught Christians to disobey the Ten Commandments. What did the Apostle really teach?

How many have stopped to personally examine the writings of Paul -- to really PROVE what Paul taught concerning the Ten Commandments? Have you?

How to Begin

Some of what Paul wrote is admittedly difficult to understand. Peter was inspired to say that Paul wrote "some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable WREST, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (II Peter 3:16).

But on the other hand, Paul also wrote much which is clear, plain and EASY to understand. In those passages it would be impossible to MISunderstand what he is saying.

The logical way to understand Paul's teachings about the Ten Commandments is to go first to his plain, clear, straightforward statements on this subject. Only when we first understand these, are we ready to intelligently study Paul's more difficult passages.

However, because the natural mind of man has a built-in hostility toward YEHOVAH God and His Ten Commandment law (Romans 8:7), men don't follow this logical approach.

Instead of understanding Paul's difficult statements in the light of his PLAIN, CLEAR, easy-to-understand words, many do just the opposite. They totally discard, reject and IGNORE Paul's direct, straightforward, UNMISTAKABLE statements about the Ten Commandments. They then twist and distort his more difficult-to-be-understood statements to their own fancy -- and their own DESTRUCTION.

Let's not be guilty of such a mistake! Let's examine Paul's direct, straight-from-the-shoulder POSITIVE teaching about the Ten Commandments first. Only then can we hope to understand those passages which are more difficult.

What Paul Clearly Taught

Now what are some of Paul's clear statements about the Ten Commandments? One such statement is found in I Corinthians 6:9-10. Here Paul warns: "Be not deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers,..nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the Kingdom of God."

In this one short passage the apostle Paul names the breaking of FOUR of the Ten Commandments -- idolatry, adultery, stealing and coveting -- and dogmatically states that any found guilty of breaking these commandments will not inherit YEHOVAH's Kingdom! And he sternly warns us not to deceive ourselves by thinking otherwise!

Notice another unmistakably clear and easy-to-understand passage: "Now the works of the flesh are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,...wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying’s, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God" (Galatians 5:19-21).

This passage repeats two commandments -- those pertaining to adultery and idolatry -- and adds one more -- the command against murder or killing.

This makes a total of FIVE commandments which Paul has specifically and unequivocally stated Christians must keep if they are to inherit or enter YEHOVAH's Kingdom. And since idolatry, which is mentioned in both of these passages, automatically breaks the First Commandment, which is "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3), Paul has actually commanded obedience to six of the Ten Commandments in just two short passages!

Now turn to Colossians 3:5-9. This passage reads: "Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of DISOBEDIENCE...But now ye also PUT OFF ALL THESE: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. LIE NOT one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds."

This scripture names and condemns disobedience to two more of the Ten Commandments -- bearing false witness or lying, and taking YEHOVAH's name in vain through blasphemy and filthy talk (See also Ephesians 4:29).

Next open your Bible to Ephesians 6:1-2. Here we read, "Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor thy father and mother which is the first commandment with promise." This is a direct quote from the Commandment in Exodus 20:12. Yet here Paul explicitly COMMANDS Christians to obey it!

This makes a total of NINE Commandments which Paul has distinctly and separately named as being binding on Christians. Only the Sabbath Command is left. Let's see what Paul taught about it.

Paul and the Fourth Commandment

Every argument imaginable has been advanced against the Command to keep holy the day YEHOVAH God made holy (Exodus 20:8). Men want to use time as they please. They don't want YEHOVAH God telling them what to do! Men hate this Command more than any other, it seems. It is the Test Commandment to show who YEHOVAH's people really are.

Did Paul obey this Commandment? Did he personally keep the day YEHOVAH God made holy -- and did he teach others to obey it? Let's not just guess or assume. Let's examine the Scriptures and "prove all things."

In Acts 13 we have the account of Paul and Barnabas coming to Antioch in Pisidia. There they "went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY, and sat down. And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on."

Then Paul stood up and spoke, preaching the Messiah to them.

"And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the GENTILES besought that these words might be preached to them THE NEXT SABBATH" (Acts 13:14-15, 42).

Now since Paul was preaching "the grace of God" (v. 43) , here was his opportunity to straighten out these Gentiles. Notice what Paul did.

"And the NEXT SABBATH DAY came almost the whole city together to hear the Word of God." Here Paul waited a whole week in order to preach to the Gentiles upon the day YEHOVAH God made holy!

But this is not the only passage showing that Paul obeyed this Commandment.

In Acts 18:1-11 there is the account of Paul living with Aquila and Priscilla for one and one-half years (vs. 11). During this time we read that he "reasoned In the synagogue EVERY SABBATH, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks" (verse 4).

Notice it! This passage tells us in plain language that Paul labored the six working days -- not just five days -- and taught in the synagogue every Sabbath for one and one-half years!

Likewise in Acts 17:2, Paul "as his manner was, went in unto them, and three SABBATH DAYS reasoned with them out of the Scriptures."

It was Paul's MANNER -- his CUSTOM -- to keep YEHOVAH's day holy. Did he follow the Messiah in this? Certainly! Yeshua, "as his custom was...went into the synagogue ON THE SABBATH DAY" (Luke 4:16).

It was the Messiah's custom to keep the Sabbath. Paul followed the Messiah and he commands Christians: "Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ" (I Corinthians 11:1). Paul kept the Fourth Commandment and he commands Christians to follow him in this regard.

For a final clincher of this fact, turn to Hebrews 4:9. Here, according to the original Greek, Paul makes the direct statement, "There remaineth therefore a Sabbath observance to the people of God."

This passage is obscured in the King James Version which reads, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." But the word translated "rest" comes from the Greek word "sabbatismos" and, as the marginal readings in many Bibles show, means "keeping of the Sabbath" or "Sabbath observance." Because the King James translators didn't believe this verse meant what it said they translated "sabbatismos" by the obscure word "rest."

This verse, then, tells us point blank that those who really are YEHOVAH's people will be keeping holy the day He made holy.

Yes, Paul commanded obedience to the Fourth Commandment just as surely and firmly as he did to each of the other nine.

What Will YOU Do?

The evidence is overwhelming! Paul personally kept ALL TEN of YEHOVAH God's Commandments. In doing this he followed in the steps of Yeshua the Messiah. This is why Paul could say, "Be you followers [imitators] of me even as I also am of Christ."

The question for us today is, are WE willing to follow the Messiah, too? If we, like Paul, are crucified with the Messiah (Galatians 2:20) , and the Messiah lives HIS life in us by his spirit, the Messiah IN us will still keep YEHOVAH's Commandments, for he is the SAME, yesterday, today and forever.

There are hundreds of additional New Testament passages covering obedience to YEHOVAH God and His Law, both from the writings of Paul and others. Space does not permit it all to be included here. We have, however, given sufficient information to prove conclusively and beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paul DID teach obedience to the Ten Commandments.

Don't be deceived by those who teach disobedience! Many who hate YEHOVAH's law are very skillful at putting a clever twist on certain of Paul's more difficult passages to make it appear that the Ten Commandments are "done away."

Heed Peter's warning! Don't be deceived!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 19th, 2014

Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy - Basic Rules For Observing the Weekly Sabbath


We who have committed ourselves to keeping covenant with Elohim are commanded to "remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy." (Sundown Friday to Saturday Sundown) (Exodus 20:8) 'Holy' means "separate" or "special". We are to give honor to the Sabbath. In order to accomplish this, we must plan and prepare – and be out of step with the world – in order to keep the Sabbath holy.

Honoring the Sabbath is an outward sign of the covenant that we make with Elohim. "Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily, My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am Yahweh that doth sanctify you. Ye shall keep the Sabbath, therefore; for it is holy unto you…Six days may work be done, but in the seventh, it is the Sabbath of rest, holy to Yahweh… It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever." (Exodus 31:13-17)

"Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am Yahweh that sanctify them." (Ezekiel 20:12,20) Observing the Sabbath is one sign that we are the people of Elohim.

"And Elohim blessed the seventh day and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:3) There is no mention made anywhere in the scriptures of the Bible that the Sabbath was changed from the seventh day of the week (commonly known as Saturday) to the first day (Sunday).

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church have openly admitted that their church, and not the Messiah, changed the Sabbath. "Is Saturday the seventh day according to the Bible and the Ten Commandments? I answer, Yes. Is Sunday the first day of the week, and did the (Catholic) Church exchange the seventh day, Saturday, for Sunday, the first day? I answer, Yes. Did Christ change the day'? I answer, No!" (James Cardinal Gibbons, Archbishop of Baltimore) "For example, nowhere in the Bible do we find that Christ or the Apostles ordered that the Sabbath be changed from Saturday to Sunday. We have the commandment of God given to Moses to keep holy the Sabbath day, which is the 7th day of the week, Saturday. Today most Christians keep Sunday because it has been revealed to us by the (Roman Catholic) church, outside the Bible." (Catholic Virginian Oct. 3, 1947) "Question: Which is the Sabbath day? Answer: Saturday is the Sabbath day. Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday? Answer. We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday." (The Converts Catechism of Catholic Doctrine)

The Messiah kept the Sabbath. "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read." (Luke 4:16) "And when the Sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue." (Mark 6:2) "And He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath." (Luke 13:10)

Paul, whose writings many people misinterpret, continued to keep the seventh-day Sabbath. Gentile believers, as well as Jews, met together on the Sabbath. "As they (Paul and his Jewish companions) left, they were urged by the Gentiles to continue this preaching the following Sabbath … The next Sabbath almost the whole town assembled to hear the word of God." (Acts 13:42-44) "Every Sabbath, he (Paul) spoke in synagogues, trying to convert Jews and Gentiles". (Acts 18:4)

Prophecy clearly points out that the Elect in the Last Days, and during the Millennium will observe the Sabbath. The Redeemer spoke of the Sabbath in the Last Days, in regard to the time of the future Tribulation. (Matthew 24:20) Isaiah referred to keeping the Sabbath in the time we commonly call the Millennium. (Isaiah 66:23)

Those who keep the Sabbath commandment are promised a special place within the Eternal Kingdom. Those who keep the Sabbaths are promised "a place and a name better than of sons and daughters…an everlasting name that shall not be cut off." (Isaiah 56:5-6; 58:13-14)

Because of upbringing, previous religious practices, as well as the customs of our culture and communities, the fact is that most people are inexperienced at keeping any sort of Sabbath (other than attending a church meeting). Especially over the past 30 or 40 years, Western church-goers have become less and less observant of any sort of Sabbath. Even among those who (incorrectly) believe that Sunday is the Sabbath, that day is generally not honored as a day of rest. To be sure, there are many who worship on Sunday – but most of them do not set apart the day to the honour of God. Though they may go to church meeting on Sunday, they stop by the restaurant or the stores on their way home from worshipping. They go to athletic matches, or the amusement park, or the movie theaters in the afternoon or evening of the day that they call the Sabbath.

The fact is that when someone begins go observe the Sabbath of Yahweh, quite often he or she is very inexperienced. Most people have little concept of what it means to observe "the Sabbath day to keep it holy?" As you will see, it means far more than assembling for worship on the Sabbath.

This paper is a summary of our halachah of keeping the weekly Sabbath. (Halachah is a Hebrew word that means 'interpretation' or 'path'. It is how a particular commandment is interpreted and put into practical application.) Though commandments are clearly stated in the scriptures, there is quite often need for interpretation, added explanation, and clarification. Though we can read what the commandment is, we are sometimes left to ponder how to apply it. Sometimes uncertainty or confusion arises regarding how to keep the Sabbath day holy.

For example, the scripture instructs: "Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the Sabbath day." (Exodus 35:3) What does that mean for us in the present? How should those who wish to keep the Sabbath holy understand this commandment? The explanation and interpretation of this commandment is known as the halachah.

Sabbath rules are vague in some instances, or may even seem to be at odds with each other. One purpose for this apparent conflict is to cause us to think, ponder, and pray about the matter.

When two Sabbath rules seem to conflict, we apply the "greater than - less than" principle. For example, the commandment to assemble together with the Saints (believers) is 'greater than' the commandment not to travel on the Sabbath day. Circumstances make the difference. When in doubt, ask!

The Sabbath was made for man. (Mark 2:27) It was made by Yahweh-Elohim on the seventh day of creation. "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it." (Genesis 2:2-3)

Assembling together

·         "The seventh day is…an holy convocation (sacred assembly)…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

·         "Let us...not forsak(e) the assembling of ourselves together..." (Hebrews 10:24-25) (In other words, don’t be like the heathens who break the Lord’s Sabbath)

Rest

·         "The seventh day is the Sabbath of rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

·         "There remaineth a (Sabbath) rest for the people of God." (Hebrews 4:9)

Rest means rest. Rest does not mean work. Building, manufacturing, assembling, and planning projects or commercial pursuits are work. Planting, watering, gathering, cleaning, doing laundry, etc, are also not resting.

We should do that which is uplifting and restful – not tiring.

No Work

"You will work for six days, but the seventh will be a day of complete rest…" (Leviticus 23:3)

What is work?

By the strictest definition, breathing is work. Digestion is work. Moving is work. So a halachah regarding work is necessary in relation to Sabbath.

This means no work for yourself…and…not causing others to work for you. This includes employees, children, and those under your control. Just because someone is 'working anyway' such as an employee at a restaurant, does not give us an excuse to eat there on Sabbath.

On the Sabbath we admire and give thanks for the Creation – we don't alter the Creation on the Sabbath.

"But the seventh day is the Sabbath of Yahweh thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger, that is within thy gates" (Exodus 20:10)

We are to do no work – even in harvest time. (Exodus 34:21) Farmers or gardeners ought not to harvest on the Sabbath.

The Apostles picked corn (barley) to eat one meal, because they were hungy…but did not harvest.

We are commanded, "You will not light a fire on the Sabbath day…" (Exodus 35:3) The key to understanding this instruction is in the word 'light' (or 'kindle' in another translation) – which means to start a fire. The concept behind this is that we ought not begin a new project on Sabbath. The commandment does not prohibit us from having the furnace on in cold weather, or from having a gas hot water heater or stove lit.

Starting an automobile results in internal combustion within the engine. A spark is created, which ignites the mixture of fuel and air, to move the cylinders. This is an example of a 'greater than – less than' halachah. The commandment to assemble together with the saints is greater than the commandment against traveling or starting a car engine. Driving to and from Sabbath meeting is appropriate.

Cooking, on the other hand, should be avoided on the Sabbath. We should do the work of cooking the day before (Exodus 16:23) But warming food that has been previously prepared, serving it, and cleaning up afterward are acceptable.

We are not to plan other activities while it is still Sabbath. (Amos 8:5) On the Sabbath we ought not plan our future work, plan shopping, etc.

We ought not to ask someone for advice that involves his or her occupation on the Sabbath. For example, it is not appropriate to ask a person in the congregation who is a mechanic a question about a problem you are having with your car, on the Sabbath day.

The commandment regarding the weekly Sabbath is for no work of any kind.

On some of the annual Sabbaths, the commandment relates only to servile work. (Servile work is mainly occupational or domestic work.)

The following are ridiculous examples of Sabbath prohibitions among certain Talmudic Jews, past and present. They lost perspective of the purpose of the Torah, and invented unreasonable notions and restrictions.

·         The most conservative of Jews prohibit dragging a chair across the floor because it might form a rut, which would be digging.

·         Taking a bath is forbidden by Jewish sects, because steam rising from the hot water might lift up some dirt, resulting in cleaning – which is work.

·         Orthodox Jews forbid killing a mosquito or other biting insect.

·         Certain Jews have ruled that a radish may be dipped into salt – but not left there too long, because this would begin the pickling and preserving process – which is work.

·         Some Jews have forbidden clapping one's hands on Sabbath.

·         In case of a fire, only that which would be needful on that Sabbath day could be rescued; everything else must be allowed to perish.

·         Orthodox Jews will not carry a handkerchief or eyeglasses on Sabbath, nor wear anything that might need to be taken off later in the day, and have to be carried home from synagogue. If the weather gets warm, for example, it is forbidden to remove one's jacket to be more comfortable.

·         Some Jews will not look in a mirror on Sabbath, lest they see something, such as a gray hair, that they might be tempted to pull.

·         Some sects forbid taking out or putting in of false teeth on Sabbath.

·         Many forbid opening the refrigerator, because a light would turn on.

·         In ancient times, having a bowel movement on Sabbath was considered work. Or, because the latrine was so far outside the city walls, people within the city would have to travel more than a Sabbath day's journey to get there!

·         Thrashing was forbidden – therefore, rubbing heads of barley together in one's hands, as the disciples did, was considered work by some of the Jews in Messiah's time. (Matthew 12:1+)

·         Healing the sick was classified as work by popular Jewish sects in Jesus' day. Picking up and carrying one's sick-bed or crutches was considered to be work.

No Buying or Selling

"They...entered into...an oath to walk in God's law...and to observe and do all the commandments of Yahweh our Lord...and if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals (food) on the Sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the Sabbath..." (Nehemiah 10:29-31)

"Work" actually includes commerce: buying, selling, and trading are each work.

Shopping is planning to buy.

Buying over the Internet, for example, is still buying.

Among the transgressions of backsliding Israel, Nehemiah observed things that they ought not be doing on Sabbath.

"In those days I saw in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day; and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended with the nobles (leaders) of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon our city? …Yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath." (Nehemiah 13:15-19)

Carrying a burden is prohibited on Sabbath

This form of work is specifically forbidden in Jeremiah 17:21-22, (and probably also in Exodus 36:6).

While the commandment against carrying a burden refers to literal work, we ought to consider it metaphorically, as well. The Sabbath is a day to lay aside mental and emotional burdens as we gather to study, worship, and praise Yahweh-Elohim.

Sabbath is a state of mind and condition of the heart, as well as an appointed day on the calendar.

Travel

"Let no man go out of his place on the seventh day." (Exodus 16:29) The word translated as "place" can mean home, camp, locale or neighborhood.

A Sabbath day's journey is referred to in Matthew 24:20 and Acts 1:12. This was 2000 cubits (which is 0.57 mile) in one direction

Traveling ought to be limited for the purposes of attending church meetings, visiting family, visiting the sick, etc. Traveling out of one's neighborhood ought not to be for the purpose of pursuing other interests on the Sabbath.

"Place" can be interpreted to mean our mental condition or attitude. We ought not to leave the mental attitude of holiness on the Sabbath day.

"If you turn away your foot from...doing your pleasure...not doing your own ways, nor finding your own pleasure, nor speaking your own words..." (Isaiah 58:13)

Sabbath is to be a God-centered day, instead of a self-centered centered day.

This means we are to avoid doing the things that take our minds away from Yahweh-Elohim, away from the commandments, away from the Kingdom of Heaven, etc.

We ought to avoid going places on Sabbath where it is not observed.

We should center our attention, conversation and activities on Yahweh-Elohim.

Participating in secular entertainment should be avoided on Sabbath.

Activities should be focused on fellowship…not on competition. The attention should not be scoring and winning, but on communion and relaxation. Serious competition is striving to win something – which is work.

Playing games is permitted on the Sabbath, depending on the game. For example, Phase 10 is appropriate, but Monopoly (which is based on buying and selling) is not appropriate for the Sabbath.

Regarding Sabbath activities, ask yourself the question: Does this activity result in inappropriate feelings or thoughts? Keeping the Sabbath holy involves the spirit of the Sabbath – which includes our intentions.

We need to avoid attending events or entering places that charge admission (even if we have a free pass).

What about free public places, such as the library or municipal swimming pool? To go to either of those places requires someone else to work – the librarian or the lifeguard. So we ought avoid those types of places on Sabbath

How about listening to radio, watching television or videos, being on the computer, or playing video games? Regardless of the day of the week, we are instructed not to find pleasure watching sinful behavior. (Romans 1:29-32) Radios, televisions and computers are not in and of themselves either evil or good. It is the content that maybe good or evil. The rule against finding pleasure watching wicked behavior restricts us from certain types of programs or games. There is nothing sinful about watching news programs, or wholesome programming or movies. (However, if you derive your income from the stock market, for example, you should not watch a financial news program on Sabbath.)

What about dating on Sabbath? As with other things, it depends upon the context and intent of the date, obviously. Going on a date for a walk in the park is much different than going to dinner at a restaurant and a movie theater, obviously.

Six Days Shalt Thou Work

We are supposed to work six days. It must be remembered that part of the Sabbath commandment deals with work. "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath." (Exodus 20:8-10; 31:15) "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day..." (Exodus 35:2)

Examples of 'exemptions' permitted on Sabbath

Certain occupations and circumstances require aiding or protecting others. This includes medical occupations, emergency services, military, police, etc. (However, the individual should seek to have a balanced schedule – that is, avoiding taking a shift on Sabbath except when it is unnecessary. Whenever circumstances permit, an individual should try to observe the Sabbath as completely as possible.)

The work of the ministry is necessary on Sabbath. Healing on the Sabbath is appropriate. (Matthew 12:10; John 5:5)

Feeding and watering pets or livestock is appropriate. Milking cows is a necessary task on the Sabbath.

"And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift (it) out?" (Matthew 12:11; Luke 13:15)

Emergencies should definitely be attended to on Sabbath.

Work that relates to safety, sanitation, and prevention of wastefulness (such as shutting off a valve to stop a water leak), or preventing loss of property (such as extinguishing a building that is on fire.)

Carrying a baby and a diaper (nappy) bag are exempt from the commandment against carrying burdens. Likewise, changing a diaper (nappy) is a necessary type of work. Naturally, caring for children or the sick should be performed on Sabbath

Cleaning up after eating is most appropriate because it is a sanitary practice.

Acts of personal hygiene are proper, including bathing, brushing teeth, etc.

Staying in a house that is rented is not forbidden (although we are actually 'paying' for that day).

Using electricity or phone is acceptable, because this service is provided automatically.

Whenever any work can be postponed, it should be.

We are commanded to remember the Sabbath day.

This includes remembering to plan for the Sabbath. Planning shopping, work, and other things in order to be prepared for the Sabbath.

'Preparation day' is a title for Friday, because during in it our minds should think ahead to what we need to do to get ready for Sabbath. (There is also a 'preparation day' before the annual appointed Sabbaths, such as Passover.)

How does the death penalty for breaking the Sabbath relate? (Exodus 31:12-17)

This is a perfect example of the 'curse of the law' that Paul wrote of. (Galatians 3:13) Although breaking the Sabbath commandment is still a sin, our repentance and our faith in the Messiah saves us from the penalty of death.

What happens when we decide not to keep Sabbath?

Having understanding of the Sabbath commandment, when we decide not to keep it holy, we are out of covenant. Sabbath breaking is equated with apostasy. (Ezekiel 20)

"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven". (Matthew 5:19)

When we disobey the Sabbath commandment, we invite the cursings listed in Deuteronomy 28 into our lives.

There is a penalty for breaking Sabbath. Although it is not the physical death penalty in our day, there is still a penalty for committing sin. Sabbath-breaking is a sin – and the 'wages of sin is death'. Messiah's death pays the penalty of broken laws for those who covenant with Him, and do their best to obey His commandments (and also little children, and those who do not know the law).

As we strive to keep the Sabbath day holy, we must adopt the attitude of being willing to obey. It takes effort and time to rearrange our lifestyle and schedule to comply with Sabbath. Yahweh-Elohim expects us to work toward obedience, and not procrastinate or make excuse.


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

Anti-Semitism is Alive and Flourishing In Modern "Christianity"!


The spirit of Anti-Semitism is staging a worldwide revival. Why do so many people hate the Jews? Why do even some of YEHOVAH God's people have a strange fear of  anything "Jewish"? Yeshua the Messiah was a "Jew." Salvation is "of the Jews." Why do so many people today fear and tremble at the thought of being identified with the Jews in any way? 

Today, there is widespread and growing hatred, bigotry, jealousy, strife, enmity, and hostility toward the Jews, both in Europe, amonst the Arab world, and even in the United States of America! Synagogues have been defaced, graves and tombstones in France have been smeared with paint and swaztikas, and graffiti has been scrawled on Jewish buildings, homes, and businesses.

Why is there so much hostility toward the Jews? Even many "Christians," even some in YEHOVAH's Church, ridicule the Jewish people out of ignorance and self-righteousness .

Yet Yeshua the Messiah said, to the contrary, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do" (Matt. 23:2-3).

Centuries ago, YEHOVAH God said to Abraham, our forefather, and the father of the Jews, "And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that blesseth thee, and curse them that curseth thee..." (Gen. 12:2-3). In a very real sense, those who bless the Jews will be blessed, and those who curse them and revile and reproach them, will suffer the curses of Almighty God! They are the seed of Abraham, and they are special -- for they are the ONLY people that have maintained and preserved the Torah and the LAWS and Word -- the "oracles" -- of Almighty GOD! (Romans 3:1-2).

Clearly, we should BLESS the people of YEHOVAH God, and BLESS the Jews, who have maintained and preserved the holy oracles of YEHOVAH God so that we can obey His commandments and statutes!

The apostle Paul was no anti-Semite. He wrote, "I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew" (Rom. 11:1-2). Paul wrote, "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."

Paul went on, saying, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God" (Rom. 10:1-3).

Paul loved his brethren after the flesh. He truly sought the conversion and salvation of the Jewish people -- their repentance. He lamented their spiritual blindness. Yet he knew there was a purpose in it all, and that eventually the blindness would be removed.

Paul pointed out, "Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fulness? For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall t he receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" (Rom. 11:12-15).

Paul concluded, "For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that BLINDNESS in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when Ishall take away their sins" (Rom. 11:24-25).

Even though the Jewish people as a whole have not at this juncture accepted the identity of the Messiah, Yeshua of the New Testament, but still remain blinded to this wonderful truth, we must remember that YEHOVAH God can also remove that blindness. Many Jews cannot see the truth of YEHOVAH God regarding the Messiah, today, because of the garbled state of this world's "Christianity" and its perversion of the truth of YEHOVAH God. When they look at "Christianity," they see a religion full of pagan practices derived from the ancient Romans, Greeks, and Babylonians. They see a paganized "Messiah" who is long-haired, effeminate, sallow-complexioned, hanging on a "cross." They also see a "church" which has persecuted Jews, down through the centuries, forcing them to convert or be tortured, confess "Christ" or die on the rack! Some of the most vicious, savage persecution meted out against the Jews historically has come from supposed "Christians" and "Catholics" in Europe!

Nevertheless, YEHOVAH God will bring the Jews back to Jerusalem and Israel, and He will open their eyes and minds to the glory of Yeshua the Messiah! Zechariah the prophet wrote: "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn" (Zech. 12:10-11).

Why, then, is there so much hatred and virulent hostility toward the Jews in the Christian-professing world, and even among the off-shoots of the Worldwide Church of God?

An Overview of Anti-Semitism

The truth is, the spirit of anti-Semitism is the spirit of Antichrist! This is the same spirit and attitude as that of Antiochus Epiphanes, who viciously persecuted the Jews in 167-164 B.C., because they would not conform to the prevaling worldview of Hellenism and Greek religious philosophy. Those who held on to the Torah and Law of YEHOVAH God were hunted down, tortured, killed, and their property confiscated.

The attitude of the Antichrist was summed up by Emperor Constantine in the fourth century of the present era. He exhorted the so-called nominal "Christians" of the visible church, with its headquarters at Rome, in the council of Nicea in 325 A.D. to establish a worldwide church free from any and all vestiges and influences of the Jews. His attitude was distinctly hostile and full of venom and hatred of everything Jewish. He wrote in a conciliar letter:

"It appeared an unholy thing that in the celebration of this most holy feast that we should follow the practice of the Jews, who have impiously defiled their hands with enormous sin, and are, therefore, deservedly afflicted with blindness of the soul...Let us then have NOTHING IN COMMON WITH THE DETESTABLE JEWISH CROWD: For we have received of our Saviour a different way...Strive and pray continually that the purity of your souls may not seem in any thing to be SULLIED BY FELLOWSHIIP with these most wicked men...All should unite in demanding that which sound reason appears to demand, and AVOIDING ALL PARTICIPATION IN THE PERJURED CONDUCT of the Jews" (Eusebius, Life of Constantine, 3, 18-19, NPNF, 2nd, I, p. 524-525).

Writes Dr. Samuel Bacchiocchi in From Sabbath to Sunday, a fascinating study of the origin of Sunday worship, and the history of the early Church:

"The anti-Judaic motivation for the repudiation of the Jewish reckoning of Passover could not have been expressed more explicitly and forcefully than in the letter of Constantine. Nicaea represents the culmination of a controversy initiated two centuries earlier and motivated by strong anti-Judaic feelings and one which had Rome as its epicenter" (p. 206).

The spirit of hostility to the truth and people of YEHOVAH God is an age-old spirit -- it is the spirit of Satan the devil, who hates the ways of YEHOVAH God (John 8:44). He reviles the things of YEHOVAH, and tramples on that which is holy. The carnal mind of man follows him in rebellion and enmity against the laws of YEHOVAH God (Rom. 8:7).

However, the spirit of YEHOVAH God LOVES the things of YEHOVAH, the people of YEHOVAH, and the TRUTHS and LAWS of YEHOVAH God (Acts 5:32; Rom. 5:5; I John 5:3).

As Paul wrote to the Gentile Ephesians, "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19). Paul wrote to the Galatians, likewise, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all ONE in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Gal. 3:28-29).

"Salvation Is of the JEWS"

Yeshua the Messiah, our Saviour and Messiah, of course, was a Jew. He was descended from king David, himself a Jew, of the tribe of Judah. The apostle Paul wrote in the book of Hebrews, "For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood" (Heb. 7:14). He is called "the lion of the tribe of Judah" (Rev. 5:5-6). He "came unto his own, and his own received him not" (John 1:11).

Yeshua told the Samaritan woman at the well in Samaria, "YE worship ye know not what: WE know what WE worship: for SALVATION IS OF THE JEWS " (John 4:22). The apostle Paul wrote further, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto SALVATION to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16).

Do these comments suggest in any way that true Christians should repudiate the Jews, or have nothing to do with them? Salvation itself, Yeshua says, comes THROUGH them!

The original Church of YEHOVAH God, founded at Pentecost on 31 A.D., with the coming of the holy spirit, was composed overwhelmingly of JEWISH people, primarily those who had followed or were considered Pharisees (Acts 2:15) -- "devout men, out of every nation under heaven" who were assembled that year in Jerusalem for the holy day of Pentecost or Shavuot! Since the public Temple Pentecost services were conducted according to the rules and customs of the Pharisees, these "devout" men were diligent observers of the LAWS of YEHOVAH God, as taught by the Pharisees! They were, therefore, observant JEWS!

Should YEHOVAH's people today FEAR to be looked upon by others, or apostacizing church members, or friends or former associates, as "Jews" because they observe the SAME HOLY DAYS as the Jews do? YEHOVAH God forbid! Yeshua the Messiah himself observed the same days, and taught us to do so, following in his footsteps (I Pet. 2:21; I John 2:6). Yeshua is the SAME, yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8). He will observe the SAME holy days in you today that he observed 1900 years ago, in the days of his flesh (Gal. 2:20) -- and none other!!!

The apostle Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, was not ashamed of being looked upon as 'Jewish." He said, "Follow ME, as I follow Christ " (I Cor. 11:2). He wrote, "Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach " (Heb. 13:12-13). David wrote, prophetically of Christ, "Because for thy sake I have borne reproach; shame hath covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children [not just physical family, but other "church members"!]. For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me" (Psalm 69:7-9).

Suffering Reproach

The apostle Paul applied this to the Messiah, saying, "For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me" (Rom. 15:3). If being looked upon as a "Jew" causes you embarrassment and shame, then perhaps you should consider the words of Paul to Timothy, who wrote, "For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe" (I Tim. 4:10).

Likewise, Peter wrote, "If ye be REPROACHED for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you" (I Pet. 4:14). "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him NOT BE ASHAMED; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" (I Pet. 4:16-18).

True Christians should not be ashamed of being called "Jew," "Jewish," or any epithet, which identifies them with the customs and LAWS of YEHOVAH God as revealed in the Torah, the Scriptures, and the entire Word of the living GOD. Paul wrote, to the contrary, "For he is not Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God" (Rom. 2:28-29).

We should not be ashamed of being looked upon as "Jewish" merely because we TRULY follow in the footsteps of Yeshua the Messiah, who was a TRUE JEW in every way. The apostle Paul wrote, "What advantage therefore hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the ORACLES OF GOD" (Rom. 3:1-2).

The apostle Paul refers to the Jews as "the natural branches" of YEHOVAH God's olive tree (Rom. 11:16-24), and Gentiles as "a wild olive tree, grafted in among them" (verse 17). We should not despise or look down our noses at the "natural branches," but rejoice that together we can stand by faith and obedience to YEHOVAH God, through His holy spirit!

Getting Back to Our "Jewish" Roots!

Those of us who truly desire to follow the Messiah, and the apostles, and recapture the faith which was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3), need to re-examine our attitudes toward the Jews and the things regarded as "Jewish." Ignorance creates fear. But as the old song goes, "To know, know, know him, is to love, love, love him." To really get to know the Jews, is to LOVE them. To live in ignorance and fear of them, is to grow in hatred, hostility, enmity, and folly.

The day is coming, very soon now, when as the prophet Zechariah foretold, that the whole attitude of the world will change toward the Jews. Zechariah declared:

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: and the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of HIM THAT IS A JEW, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that GOD IS WITH YOU" (Zech. 8:20-23).

If we are truly converted people, then in YEHOVAH God's sight we are "true Jews."  The truth of the Hebrew Roots does not deny either the laws and commandments of YEHOVAH God, the Torah, nor does it deny the Messianic aspect of  the Hebrew Roots and our Hebrew Messiah Yeshua and His message -- and its fulfillment in the Messiah, Yeshua! Hebrew is the language and DNA of our God and Messiah Yeshua, and that DNA is in all of us, whether you want to recognize that or not. So if you are indeed a "true Jew," then rejoice -- for your name is written in Heaven and in the Book of Life! Amen! 

 In Yeshua Messiah’s Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

An Overview of the Festivals of Messiah Yeshua

UNDERSTANDING THE FEASTS

       The festivals are blueprints through which G-d revealed His overall plan of redemption for both man and the earth following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden) as well as the role that the Messiah (Yeshua) would play in that redemption. The festivals are divided into two major portions, depending upon whether they occur in the spring or the fall. The spring festivals teach about the first coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the fall festivals teach about the second coming of the Messiah Yeshua. In Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 it is written, "...His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." The "latter and former rain" in this passage is commonly interpreted and understood to be the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). This is indeed a valid interpretation and application; however, the former and latter rain also refers to the first and second coming of the Messiah (Yeshua).

      G-d set up the festivals in an agricultural context. G-d gave the natural for us to understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47). During the course of the year, the rains come in Israel at two primary times--the spring and the fall. If we cross-reference Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 with Joel (Yoel) 2:23, we see that the former rain is the Hebrew word moreh which means "teacher," and the word moderately in Joel 2:23, is the Hebrew word tzedakah, which means "righteousness." The teacher of righteousness was a term for the Messiah. Yeshua (Jesus) was the teacher of righteousness sent by G-d as can be seen in John (Yochanan) 3:2. Yeshua was sent by G-d to the earth to faithfully teach us righteousness, just as G-d faithfully sends us the rain (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 55:10-11). The harvest (believers in the Messiah) is the product that the rain (the Messiah) produces.

      In Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "......the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations...." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:2,4 is miqra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that G-d gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because G-d gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what G-d was teaching us by these rehearsals. The purpose of this book is to show how the "rehearsals" teach us about the real events in the redemption and the role of the Messiah (Yeshua) in these events.

      In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, G-d instructed the people to come to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three times a year to observe the feasts. As they came, they observed ceremonies given by G-d that were performed in both the temple (Beit HaMikdash) and the home. These ceremonies were twofold in nature. They looked forward and they looked backward. Many of these ceremonies and the specific instructions concerning what was done during these feasts and how they were done can be found in the Mishnah, the oral teaching of Judaism, in the section called Mo'ed. The Mishnah is divided into six orders. Each order is divided into tractates, or different sections of each order. The order called Mo'ed speaks of the festivals. Mo'ed, which we saw earlier means "an appointed time," has two meanings. First, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, the Jewish people have an appointment to be at a specific place (Jerusalem) at a specific time (the time of the three major pilgrimage festivals). Secondly, G-d has an appointment to perform certain events in the redemption at this time. There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the seven great festivals of the L-rd:

1.     All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic.

2.     All of the festivals teach about the Messiah (Yeshua), or Jesus.

3.     All of the festivals are agricultural in context.

4.     All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with G-d and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.

      It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of G-d; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of G-d.

OVERVIEW OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS

      The four spring festivals are Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), First Fruits (Bikkurim), and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

1.     Passover (Pesach) occurs in the first month of the religious calendar (Aviv, also called Nisan), on the fourteenth day, Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:5.

2.     Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) immediately follows the first day of Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first month (Aviv/Nisan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:6-8).

3.     The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest (Bikkurim) is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). It will always be the day following the weekly sabbath, the first day of the week (Yom Rishon), which we call Sunday (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:9-11). Anciently, on this day, sheaves of barley were waved before the L-rd in a prescribed ceremony. Today, this festival is not observed in traditional Judaism.

4.     The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is also known as Pentecost. Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the counting of the omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) or Pentecost (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word that literally means "fiftieth.")

      These four spring festivals are joined together as an interrelated unit. The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion or atzeret to Passover. The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.

The Exodus Story: From Pesach to Shavuot

      Pesach (Passover) begins in Egypt (Mitzrayim) (a type of the world), where the children of Israel had become slaves. When the children of Israel cried out to G-d to remember the promises He made to Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak), and Jacob (Ya'akov), G-d called forth a deliverer named Moses (Moshe). G-d told Moses (Moshe) that He was going to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt (Mitzrayim) to the Promised Land (Exodus [Shemot] 3:8). When G-d sent Moses (Moshe) to Pharaoh, G-d did not tell Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land. Instead, G-d only instructed Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to take a three-day journey into the wilderness to make a sacrifice to G-d (Exodus [Shemot] 3:18). Moses (Moshe) obeyed G-d's instructions exactly as can be seen in Exodus (Shemot) 5:1-3. Pharaoh's first deviance of the Almighty One of Israel was his refusal to allow the people of G-d to observe a feast and to sacrifice to Him!

      After a remarkable series of plagues inflicted on Egypt (Mitzrayim) because of Pharaoh's continued stubbornness, the children of Israel were finally released to leave Egypt laden with the spoils of the Egyptians. The children of Israel came to the banks of the Red Sea on the seventeenth day of Aviv/Nisan, which is three days after the day of Passover in the first month of the religious calendar. The Passover Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan and the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim) before midnight in the evening of the fifteenth after the death angel struck the firstborn of Egypt (Mitzrayim). When Pharaoh saw that the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, he foolishly decided to pusue them with his army (Exodus [Shemot] 14:1-9). The children of Israel became afraid, but Moses (Moshe) rose up and said, as it is written, "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation [Yeshooah in Hebrew], of the Lord..." (Exodus [Shemot] 14:13). Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means salvation or Savior (Matthew [Mattityahu] 1:21).

      At this point, the sea divided and the children of Israel crossed the floor of the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army, along with Pharaoh, pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned (Exodus [Shemot] 14:26-28; 15:4,19). The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6,12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-32; Hebrews 1:3).

      It is important to note that Pharaoh, along with his army, drowned in the sea. In the days of Joseph (Yosef), there was a famine in Israel and the children of Israel went down to Egypt (Mitzrayim) and gave themselves to rulership under Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh had legal ownership over the people. This ownership could be broken only by the death of Pharaoh, thus freeing the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. Because of this fact, G-d did not violate His word to Pharaoh through Moses (Moshe) when he asked Pharaoh to let the people go on a three-day journey into the wilderness, but later continued to go to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh died, his rulership over the children of Israel was legally broken and the people were free to go to the Promised Land. For this reason, the season of Passover (Pesach) is called "The Feast of Our Freedom".

      Spiritually speaking, Pharaoh is a type of satan (Ha satan). Until you accept the Messiah (Yeshua) into your life, Satan (Ha satan) has legal ownership over you. By the death of Yeshua (Jesus), the legal ownership that satan (Ha satan) has over our lives is broken and we are free to enter into the spiritual promised land of G-d and receive all the promises that He has promised us.

Fifty Days From the Red Sea: Shavuot (Pentecost)

      From the crossing of the Red Sea (Nisan 17) to the day Moses (Moshe) met G-d on Mount Sinai were 47 days. For 47 days the children of Israel traveled through the wildemess before they came to Mount Sinai on the third day of the third month (Sivan) (Exodus [Shemot] 19:1). G-d instructed the people through Moses (Moshe) to sanctify themselves before He visited them three days later on Mount Sinai, which would be the sixth day of the third month of Sivan (Exodus [Shemot] 19:10-11). This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Red Sea; it came to be known as the revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai. This day being the fiftieth day from the crossing of the Red Sea on Nisan 17 would be the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

      Therefore, from the Exodus story, we can see that the Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan, the day of Passover (Pesach). On the fifteenth of Nisan, the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), the people left Egypt; on the seventeenth of Nisan the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; and 50 days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost, G-d gave the Torah (instruction) on Mount Sinai. In the following chapters, we will see how Yeshua (Jesus) died on Passover (Pesach) (Nisan 14), was in the sepulcher on the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) (Nisan 15), and was resurrected on the day of First Fruits (Bikkurim) (Nisan 17), and the Holy Spirit empowered the believers 50 days following Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). We will also discover what these feasts mean to the individual believer and how they relate to our personal relationship with G-d.

FALL FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

      The fall festival season begins with a 40-day period called, in Hebrew, Teshuvah, which means "to repent or return." This 40-day period begins in the sixth month of the religious calendar, the month of Elul, and concludes on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. Each morning in the synagogue following the morning prayers, a shofar is blown (except on sabbaths and the day preceding Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets). Psalm (Tehillim) 27 is read every day. Rosh HaShanah is the thirtieth day into this 40-day period of Teshuvah or repentance. The biblical name for Rosh HaShanah is Yom Teruah, which means "the day of the awakening blast." Non-Jews call this the Feast of Trumpets. It is observed on the seventh month (Tishrei) and the first day of the month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:23-24). G-d gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more. This day is both the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Yom Kippur. Therefore, the last 10 days of the 40-day period of Teshuvah, beginning on Elul 1, is also called the High Holy Days.

      The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishrei 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2,13). The seven-day period from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im). G-d gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth (Chevlai shel Mashiach). These seven days will correspond to the seven years of the tribulation known in Hebrew as the "birthpangs of the Messiah" (Chevlai shel Mashiach).

      Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is observed on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:26-32). Since Rosh Hashanah teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah and the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation (Chevlai shel Mashiach), Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of the Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

      The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is observed the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei to the twenty-first day. This festival teaches us the joy of the Messianic Kingdom, known in Hebrew as the Athid Lavo or to non-Jews as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishrei, the last day of Sukkot, is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:36) and is the twenty-second day of Tishrei.

      Another festival called Simchat Torah is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means "rejoicing" in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah." In ancient times, this festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishrei, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as "one long day." It is only one of two instances in the biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as one long day. The other is Rosh HaShanah, which spans the first and second days of Tishrei. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by G-d to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.

FEASTS OF THE L-RD

Biblical/Hebrew Name - English Name - Time of Observance

1. Pesach - Passover - Nisan/Aviv 14


2. Hag HaMatzah - Feast of Unleavened Bread - Nisan/Aviv 15-21


3. Bikkurim - First Fruits of Barley Harvest - The morrow after the sabbath during Hag HaMatzah


4. Shavuot - Feast of Weeks/Pentecost - Fifty days from the Feast of First Fruits


5. Yom Teruah - Feast of Trumpets - Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah)


6. Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement - Tishrei 10


7. Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles/Booths - Tishrei 15-21


a. Shemini Atzeret - The eighth assembly/conclusion - Tishrei 22

b. Simchat Torah - Rejoicing in the Torah - Tishrei 23

HISTORICAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                              HISTORICAL ASPECT


1. Passover    -       Israel's deliverance out of Egyptian bondage (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The going out of Egypt (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits  -     Crossing the Red Sea (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost     -    Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai  (Shavuot)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -    Blowing the Shofar/Jewish New Year  (Yom Teruah)


6. Day of Atonement  -  Priest entered the Holy of Holies (Yom Kippur) Cleansing of the people's sins


7. Tabernacles   -    Entering the Promised Land/Great Rejoicing (Sukkot)

MESSIANIC APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

                FEAST                                   MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT


1. Passover    -       Death of Yeshua on the tree (Pesach)


2. Unleavened Bread  -  The Burial of Yeshua  (Hag HaMatzah)


3. First Fruits   -    Resurrection of Yeshua  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost         Pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh)  (Shavuot) on Shavuot (Acts 2)


5. Rosh HaShanah   -  The Resurrection of the Dead /(Yom Teruah)  Rapture (Natzal) of believers


6. Day of Atonement  - The Day of Messiah's Second Coming (Zech 14:4) (Yom Kippur)      


7. Tabernacles   -     The Messianic Era/Millennium (Sukkot) (Athid Lavo)

   SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS

         FEAST                                     SPIRITUAL APPLICATION ( Halacha )


1. Passover   --  Repent (Teshuvah) and trust by faith (Emunah)   (Pesach)  n the shed blood of Yeshua


2. Unleavened Bread  --  Sanctification and separation from evil represented (Hag HaMatzah) by water immersion (Mikvah)


3. First Fruits   --   Walking (Halacha) in newness of life  (Bikkurim)


4. Pentecost    --   Immersion in the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot)  and growing in faith (Emunah) in G-d

                            (making spiritual aliyah)


5. Rosh HaShanah  -- Hear (Shema) the calling (Shofar) of (Yom Teruah) for our lives      


6. Day of Atonement  --  Yielding ourselves to G-d so we may live (face to face)  (Yom Kippur)  in His Presence


7. Tabernacles   --  A daily rest (shabbat) in the Messiah and (Sukkot) having the rest (menuchah) of His Kingdom in our hearts

Hope and pray this teaching has blessed your heart and will guide you to a fuller life with your savior Yeshua Messiah!

In His Service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014


Vanity Another Characteristics of an Orphan Spirit




• When a person seeks public accolades for achievements or accomplishments, they are seeking worldly approval and showing that they desire to be seen of men. This is vain glory because we should not do anything as believers to receive glory. Gal. 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one, envying one another.


• Sure, people may desire to recognize us, celebrate us, or promote our ability or even tell of our accomplishments, but when we do it, it's vanity! Eccl. 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.


• Being blessed of God is one thing, but using it to get attention is another. We should always esteem our brothers and sisters higher than ourselves, so this means that we cannot increase ourselves in the eyes of others. Phil. 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

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For the past few weeks I have been teaching on the subject of “An Orphaned Spirit” You do not want to miss the upcoming message that God is revealing to us!

John 14:5-14 – Yeshua Messiah is the way to the Father and His Kingdom!

Romans 8:12-17 – Those who are led by the spirit are sons of God !

When we are adopted into the family of God it is a permanent change. It alters our identity and gives a permanent security in belonging to this new family.

An orphan spirit causes us to lose our self-identity!  This the reflection of Islam and produces a constant need to “find ourselves” and to know our own value.

Orphans become desperate to establish their own identity without the aid of others. An orphan spirit leads to a need to be totally intendant. It causes us to push others away even when they are offering much-needed help

Characteristics of an orphan spirit: 

A feeling that should only get what has been earnedRelies only on self (not willing to have hope in God)Distrust of othersUpset/Angry when other are praised because it is seen as a threat to own successEasily Offended Unable to set down rootsGoes from Church to Church and unable to adapt to a true spiritual teacher and leader

Adoption provides an inheritance and an identity. The orphan spirit is seeking a reference for how to define itself but adoption meets this need.

An orphan’s primary focus is survival. An orphan spirit makes a person overly competitive and highly sensitive to any criticism.

Matthew 10:27-31 – We are highly valued by God

The kingdom focus is one where we operate in power and authority and peace. We are designed to live in authority and not from a lowly attitude.

 I urge you to not to miss the Part 3 “The Origin of an Orphan Spirit” this coming Sabbath February 22, 2014!

 In this series I will  also reveal the Spirit of Islam which is actually rooted in the Orphan Spirit! You will see how this will play in the coming days, and God is revealing it in His Word !

  So please come and learn what God is revealing to us! Remember  God will reveal from the beginning what will happen in the end!!!!Isaiah 46:10 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)


10 At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do.

In His service,

Rabbi/Pastor Hector Gomez


by Rabbi Hector Gomez on February 24th, 2014

Breaking the soul ties of an Orphan’s Spirit

Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of the sin of ___________ (name the sin which caused the evil soul tie, such as adultery or fornication), and I ask that you forgive me of this sin.

[Now is a good time to destroy or get rid of any physical gifts or other objects that could hold the soul tie together, such as a gift given in an adultery, etc. Anything that could hold the bond together between you and that person.]

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all unholy soul ties formed between ___________ (name the person) and myself, through the sin of ____________ (name the sin which caused the evil soul tie, such as adultery or fornication).

I now command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of this unholy soul tie to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

(Repeat this prayer if you have more than one evil soul tie to break)

Renouncing ungodly vows

Heavenly Father, I repent and renounce the vow I made to ____________ (name the demon or person, or even God, that you made the vow to) to preform ______________ (describe what the vow entailed). I realize this was foolish and rash on my behalf, and I ask that you will forgive me and release me from the bondage that this vow has brought me under.

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and nullify the vow to ________________  preform ___________, and I confess that I am released from this vow and it's bondage in Yeshuas' name.

I now command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of this unholy vow to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

(Repeat this prayer if you have more than one unholy vow to break)

Renounce involvement with unhealthy (demonic) music

Heavenly Father, I confess that I used to listen to unhealthy demonic music. I ask that you will forgive and cleanse me from this sin.

In the name of Yeshua, and through the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all soul ties that have been formed between myself and the unhealthy music (name specific songs and artists/groups if possible) I used to listen to and enjoy, as well as any soul ties formed between myself and the artists and groups (name them specifically if possible) and demonic influences that have produced these unhealthy songs and music.

In Yeshuas' name, I also renounce, break and nullify any curses that I may have come under as a result of listening to he unhealthy music I used to listen to and enjoy.

In the name of Yeshua, I now command all evil spirits to leave me that have taken advantage of these soul ties I have just renounced. In the name of Yeshua, I also renounce and command any evil spirits that have taken advantage of any curses that I have come under as a result of listening to unhealthy music to leave me now in Yeshuas’ name! I also renounce and command any evil spirits that have entered me through my listening to this unhealthy music to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!

Breaking generational curses

In the name of Yeshua My Messiah , I confess the sins and iniquities of my parents to the tenth generation (name specific sins if known), grandparents (name specific sins if known), and all other ancestors.

In the name of Yeshua, and by the power of His blood, I now renounce, break and sever all cords of iniquity and generational curses I have inherited from my parents, grandparents and all other ancestors and break and sever all unholy soul ties formed between myself and my parents, grandparents and all other ancestors.

In the name of Yeshua, I now loose myself and my future generations from any bondages passed down to me from my ancestors and I command any evil spirits which have taken advantage of these cords of iniquity, generational curses and unholy soul ties to leave me now in the name of Yeshua!



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on May 8th, 2012


Before you begin please understand that the knowing the Hebrew Roots of your
faith is not about Judaism, or becoming a Jew! It's about learning the true
language of the Spirit of God, and knowing His thoughts, His mind. Remember
Judaism became a religion just like many other religions.
The Hebrew roots of your faith is truly knowing who is Yeshua/Jesus our
Messiah and Lord!
Also,remember the Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrews too Hebrews. The
word Hebrew means:
"crossover" crossover from what? Pagan Idolatry Worship, this is how our
Holy God will judge the church in the end of days! Hope you learn from this
teaching, and your eyes to the Spirit of God be truly open! Amen!

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez


>> Why do you need the Hebraic Roots of your faith?
>>
>> Why should you care what the original language of the "New Testament"
>> was?
>>
>> Because Messianic Jewish Scholars have admitted that Messianic
>> Judaism's highest authority must be the Bible/Torah and that it must
>> be objectively understood in context of the original language in which it
was revealed.
>> Messianic Leader Daniel Juster writes:
>>
>> It is crucial to understand that the highest authority and court
>> of appeal for all teaching in Messianic Judaism is the Bible.
>> However, what a person understands the Bible to teach varies
>> from reader to reader. . The only objective means of sorting
>> varying interpretations is to understand Scripture in context.
>> . part of the context for better understanding is the original
>> language of revelation (Hebrew or Greek).
>> (Jewish Roots; Dan Juster; p. 158; 1995)
>>
>> Moreover Messianic Jewish Scholar David Stern admits that at least
>> portions of the New Testament were originally written in Hebrew or
>> Aramaic and can only be properly understood by turning to the
>> original Hebrew and Aramaic itself:
>>
>> .a number of scholars. believe that portions of the New Testament
>> were written in Hebrew or Aramaic. this case has been made for
>> all four Gospels, Acts, Revelation and several of the General
>> Letters..
>> In fact. some phrases in the New Testament make no sense unless
>> one reaches through the Greek to the underlying Hebrew
>> expressions.
>> (Jewish New Testament; Introduction; David Stern; p. xvii;
>> 1989)
>>
>> In fact various scholars have made the case for a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> rather than Greek origin for each and every portion of the New Testament:
>>
>> When we turn to the New Testament we find that
>> there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John
>> and for the apocalypse.
>> (Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text of St.
>> Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii)
>>
>> I. THE GOSPELS
>>
>> The material of our Four Gospels is all Palestinian, and the
>> language in which it was originally written is Aramaic,
>> then the principal language of the land..."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p. ix)
>>
>> The pioneer in this study of Aramaic and Greek relationships was
>> Charles Cutler Torrey (1863-1956),... His work however
>> fell short
>> of completeness; as a pioneering effort, in the nature
>> of the case,
>> some of his work has to be revised and supplemented.
>> His main
>> contention of translation, however, is undeniably correct.

>> ...
>>
>> The translation into Greek from Aramaic must have been made from
>> a written record, including the Fourth Gospel. The
>> language was
>> Eastern Aramaic, as the material itself revealed, most
>> strikingly
>> through a comparison of parallel passages. ...
>>
>> One group [of scholars], which originated in the
>> nineteenth century
>> and persists to the present day [1979], contends that
>> the Gospels
>> were written in Greek...
>>
>> Another group of scholars, among them C. C. Torrey ...
>> comes out flatly
>> with the proposition that the Four Gospels...
>> including Acts up to 15:35
>> are translated directly from Aramaic and from a
>> written Aramaic text....
>>
>> My own researches have led me to consider Torrey's
>> position
>> valid and convincing that the Gospels as a whole were translated
>> from Aramaic into Greek.
>> (Frank Zimmerman; The Aramaic Origin of the Four
>> Gospels; KTAV; 1979)
>>
>> A. MATTHEW
>>
>> ...certain linguistic proofs... seem to show that the Hebrew
>> text [of DuTillet Matthew] underlies the Greek, and that certain
>> renderings in the Greek may be due to a misread Hebrew
>> original.
>> (An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew's Gospel; Hugh Schonfield;
>> 1927, p. 17)
>>
>> B. MARK
>> Some years ago I came to the conclusion that a new Hebrew
>> translation of the New Testament was badly needed... I
>> chose
>> the Gospel of Mark... preliminary study of the Greek text of Mark
>> turned up the conclusion that the Greek word order and
>> idiom was
>> more like Hebrew than literary Greek... I wondered if
>> the Gospel
>> might not be a literal translation from some Semitic
>> original.
>> (Robert Lisle Lindsey; A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel
>> of Mark; p. 9)
>>
>> C. LUKE
>> In regard to [Greek] Lk. it remains to be said, that
>> of all the Four
>> Gospels it is the one which gives by far the plainest
>> and most
>> constant evidence of being a translation [from Aramaic]."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p.
>> lix)
>>
>> D. JOHN
>> Thus it was that the writer turned seriously to tackle the
>> question of the original language of the Fourth
>> Gospel; and
>> quickly convincing himself that the theory of an
>> original Aramaic
>> document was no chimera, but a fact which was capable
>> of the
>> fullest verification...
>> (Charles Fox Burney; The Aramaic Origin of the Fourth
>> Gospel; 1922; p. 3)
>>
>> II. THE APOSTLES
>>
>> A. ACTS
>>
>> ...the presence of Semitisms... in Acts once again
>> raises the
>> whole question of its composition.
>> (Max Wilcox; The Semitisms of Acts; 1965; p. 157)
>>
>> The ultimately Semitic nature of the traditions
>> enshrined in a
>> number of parts of the New Testament- especially in
>> Acts- must
>> not be underestimated or otherwise left out of account."
>> (ibid; p. 185)
>>
>>
>> B. THE EPISTLES
>>
>> 1. The General Epistles
>>
>> ...a number of scholars,... believe that portions of
>> the New
>> Testament were written in Hebrew or Aramaic... this
>> case has been
>> made for... the General Letters."
>> (David Stern; Jewish New Testament; 1989; p. xvii)
>>
>> 2. Pauline Epistles
>>
>> The Pauline Epistles were letters written by Paul to small
>> Christian congregations in Asia Minor, Greece and Rome.
>> These
>> early Christians were mostly Jews of the Dispersion,
>> men and women
>> of Hebrew origin. Paul on his journeys always spoke in
>> the Jewish
>> synagogues. His first converts were Hebrews. Then came
>> Arameans...
>> Paul emphasizes Hebrew law and history. He refers to Abraham,
>> Isaac, and Jacob as our fathers. In his letters and
>> teaching he
>> appeals to the Jewish people to accept Jesus as the
>> promised
>> Messiah. Paul's mission was first to his own people...
>> Paul was
>> educated in Jewish law in Jerusalem. He was a member
>> of the
>> Jewish Council. His native language was western
>> Aramaic but he
>> acquired his education through Hebrew and Chaldean or
>> Palestinian
>> Aramaic... He defended himself when on trial in the
>> Hebrew tongue.
>> Acts 22:2... Very early the Epistles were translated
>> into Greek
>> for the use of converts who spoke Greek. Later they were
>> translated into all tongues."
>> (George M. Lamsa; The New Testament according to the
>> Eastern Text; 1940; pp. xi-xii)
>>
>> C. REVELATION
>>
>> ...the Book of Revelation was written in a Semitic language, and
>> the Greek translation... is a remarkably close
>> rendering of the
>> original."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Documents of the Primitive
>> Church; 1941; p. 160)
>>
>> We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse
>> as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...
>> (RBY Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse
>> 1928; p. 6)
>>
>>
>> The HRV "New Testament" text is taken from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic
>> manuscripts. (Shem Tob, DuTillet and Muster Hebrew Matthew; Munster
>> Hebrew Hebrews; The Old Syriac Aramaic Gospels; The Aramaic Peshitta
>> NT and the Crawford Aramaic Revelation.)
>>
>> Unlike most translations this edition is not rooted in a Greek
>> Hellenistic text. Instead this translation seeks to understand the
>> text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was
>> originally
>> written: Hebrew and Aramaic. This is important because there are
>> some passages in the NT which do not make sense at all in Greek, but
>> only begin to make sense when we look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.
> I urge you to study your Hebrew Roots of your faith and get the
> Complete Jewish Bible or the Restoration Scriptures, it will change
> your life and your walk with Yeshua your Messiah. Now this coming week
> May 6th 2006, I will be teaching Part 2 of "The Spirit of Adoption" it
> will change your life. If you have ever felt that you have been
> fighting Stagnation and not able to have spiritual breakthroughs then
> you must receive this message into your heart! Learn it through the
> Hebrew Mindset and be truly set free! I urge you, don't miss this
> coming service and teaching on "The Spirit of Adoption" Part 2, and
> get Part 1 now, just call our office 813
> 968-4896 or 813 264-4714 or email us. Better yet, join the tape of the
> month club called "Daily Manna" and receive 8 Tapes every month for
> $30.00. You will receive the weekly Tuesday Night Torah Teachings and
> our Teachings on Shabatt, including the teachings of the book of
> Revelation. I pray that you truly be spirtually blessed, and please
> continue to pray for Yahweh's Favor for the Relationship Enrichment
> Center, that the Holy Spirit will continue to bring His people to
> learn there Hebrew Roots and who are hungry the truth of His word. Amen!
Subject: Why study the Hebrew Roots?

Before you begin please understand that the knowing the Hebrew Roots of your
faith is not about Judaism, or becoming a Jew! It's about learning the true
language of the Spirit of God, and knowing His thoughts, His mind. Remember
Judaism became a religion just like many other religions.
The Hebrew roots of your faith is truly knowing who is Yeshua/Jesus our
Messiah and Lord!
Also,remember the Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrews too Hebrews. The
word Hebrew means:
"crossover" crossover from what? Pagan Idolatry Worship, this is how our
Holy God will judge the church in the end of days! Hope you learn from this
teaching, and your eyes to the Spirit of God be truly open! Amen!

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez


>> Why do you need the Hebraic Roots of your faith?
>>
>> Why should you care what the original language of the "New Testament"
>> was?
>>
>> Because Messianic Jewish Scholars have admitted that Messianic
>> Judaism's highest authority must be the Bible/Torah and that it must
>> be objectively understood in context of the original language in which it
was revealed.
>> Messianic Leader Daniel Juster writes:
>>
>> It is crucial to understand that the highest authority and court
>> of appeal for all teaching in Messianic Judaism is the Bible.
>> However, what a person understands the Bible to teach varies
>> from reader to reader. . The only objective means of sorting
>> varying interpretations is to understand Scripture in context.
>> . part of the context for better understanding is the original
>> language of revelation (Hebrew or Greek).
>> (Jewish Roots; Dan Juster; p. 158; 1995)
>>
>> Moreover Messianic Jewish Scholar David Stern admits that at least
>> portions of the New Testament were originally written in Hebrew or
>> Aramaic and can only be properly understood by turning to the
>> original Hebrew and Aramaic itself:
>>
>> .a number of scholars. believe that portions of the New Testament
>> were written in Hebrew or Aramaic. this case has been made for
>> all four Gospels, Acts, Revelation and several of the General
>> Letters..
>> In fact. some phrases in the New Testament make no sense unless
>> one reaches through the Greek to the underlying Hebrew
>> expressions.
>> (Jewish New Testament; Introduction; David Stern; p. xvii;
>> 1989)
>>
>> In fact various scholars have made the case for a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> rather than Greek origin for each and every portion of the New Testament:
>>
>> When we turn to the New Testament we find that
>> there are reasons for suspecting a Hebrew or Aramaic
>> original for the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, John
>> and for the apocalypse.
>> (Hugh J. Schonfield; An Old Hebrew Text of St.
>> Matthew's Gospel; 1927; p. vii)
>>
>> I. THE GOSPELS
>>
>> The material of our Four Gospels is all Palestinian, and the
>> language in which it was originally written is Aramaic,
>> then the principal language of the land..."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p. ix)
>>
>> The pioneer in this study of Aramaic and Greek relationships was
>> Charles Cutler Torrey (1863-1956),... His work however
>> fell short
>> of completeness; as a pioneering effort, in the nature
>> of the case,
>> some of his work has to be revised and supplemented.
>> His main
>> contention of translation, however, is undeniably correct.

>> ...
>>
>> The translation into Greek from Aramaic must have been made from
>> a written record, including the Fourth Gospel. The
>> language was
>> Eastern Aramaic, as the material itself revealed, most
>> strikingly
>> through a comparison of parallel passages. ...
>>
>> One group [of scholars], which originated in the
>> nineteenth century
>> and persists to the present day [1979], contends that
>> the Gospels
>> were written in Greek...
>>
>> Another group of scholars, among them C. C. Torrey ...
>> comes out flatly
>> with the proposition that the Four Gospels...
>> including Acts up to 15:35
>> are translated directly from Aramaic and from a
>> written Aramaic text....
>>
>> My own researches have led me to consider Torrey's
>> position
>> valid and convincing that the Gospels as a whole were translated
>> from Aramaic into Greek.
>> (Frank Zimmerman; The Aramaic Origin of the Four
>> Gospels; KTAV; 1979)
>>
>> A. MATTHEW
>>
>> ...certain linguistic proofs... seem to show that the Hebrew
>> text [of DuTillet Matthew] underlies the Greek, and that certain
>> renderings in the Greek may be due to a misread Hebrew
>> original.
>> (An Old Hebrew Text of St. Matthew's Gospel; Hugh Schonfield;
>> 1927, p. 17)
>>
>> B. MARK
>> Some years ago I came to the conclusion that a new Hebrew
>> translation of the New Testament was badly needed... I
>> chose
>> the Gospel of Mark... preliminary study of the Greek text of Mark
>> turned up the conclusion that the Greek word order and
>> idiom was
>> more like Hebrew than literary Greek... I wondered if
>> the Gospel
>> might not be a literal translation from some Semitic
>> original.
>> (Robert Lisle Lindsey; A Hebrew Translation of the Gospel
>> of Mark; p. 9)
>>
>> C. LUKE
>> In regard to [Greek] Lk. it remains to be said, that
>> of all the Four
>> Gospels it is the one which gives by far the plainest
>> and most
>> constant evidence of being a translation [from Aramaic]."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Our Translated Gospels; 1936; p.
>> lix)
>>
>> D. JOHN
>> Thus it was that the writer turned seriously to tackle the
>> question of the original language of the Fourth
>> Gospel; and
>> quickly convincing himself that the theory of an
>> original Aramaic
>> document was no chimera, but a fact which was capable
>> of the
>> fullest verification...
>> (Charles Fox Burney; The Aramaic Origin of the Fourth
>> Gospel; 1922; p. 3)
>>
>> II. THE APOSTLES
>>
>> A. ACTS
>>
>> ...the presence of Semitisms... in Acts once again
>> raises the
>> whole question of its composition.
>> (Max Wilcox; The Semitisms of Acts; 1965; p. 157)
>>
>> The ultimately Semitic nature of the traditions
>> enshrined in a
>> number of parts of the New Testament- especially in
>> Acts- must
>> not be underestimated or otherwise left out of account."
>> (ibid; p. 185)
>>
>>
>> B. THE EPISTLES
>>
>> 1. The General Epistles
>>
>> ...a number of scholars,... believe that portions of
>> the New
>> Testament were written in Hebrew or Aramaic... this
>> case has been
>> made for... the General Letters."
>> (David Stern; Jewish New Testament; 1989; p. xvii)
>>
>> 2. Pauline Epistles
>>
>> The Pauline Epistles were letters written by Paul to small
>> Christian congregations in Asia Minor, Greece and Rome.
>> These
>> early Christians were mostly Jews of the Dispersion,
>> men and women
>> of Hebrew origin. Paul on his journeys always spoke in
>> the Jewish
>> synagogues. His first converts were Hebrews. Then came
>> Arameans...
>> Paul emphasizes Hebrew law and history. He refers to Abraham,
>> Isaac, and Jacob as our fathers. In his letters and
>> teaching he
>> appeals to the Jewish people to accept Jesus as the
>> promised
>> Messiah. Paul's mission was first to his own people...
>> Paul was
>> educated in Jewish law in Jerusalem. He was a member
>> of the
>> Jewish Council. His native language was western
>> Aramaic but he
>> acquired his education through Hebrew and Chaldean or
>> Palestinian
>> Aramaic... He defended himself when on trial in the
>> Hebrew tongue.
>> Acts 22:2... Very early the Epistles were translated
>> into Greek
>> for the use of converts who spoke Greek. Later they were
>> translated into all tongues."
>> (George M. Lamsa; The New Testament according to the
>> Eastern Text; 1940; pp. xi-xii)
>>
>> C. REVELATION
>>
>> ...the Book of Revelation was written in a Semitic language, and
>> the Greek translation... is a remarkably close
>> rendering of the
>> original."
>> (Charles Cutler Torrey; Documents of the Primitive
>> Church; 1941; p. 160)
>>
>> We come to the conclusion, therefore that the Apocalypse
>> as a whole is a translation from Hebrew or Aramaic...
>> (RBY Scott; The Original Language of the Apocalypse
>> 1928; p. 6)
>>
>>
>> The HRV "New Testament" text is taken from ancient Hebrew and Aramaic
>> manuscripts. (Shem Tob, DuTillet and Muster Hebrew Matthew; Munster
>> Hebrew Hebrews; The Old Syriac Aramaic Gospels; The Aramaic Peshitta
>> NT and the Crawford Aramaic Revelation.)
>>
>> Unlike most translations this edition is not rooted in a Greek
>> Hellenistic text. Instead this translation seeks to understand the
>> text of the New Testament from the languages in which it was
>> originally
>> written: Hebrew and Aramaic. This is important because there are
>> some passages in the NT which do not make sense at all in Greek, but
>> only begin to make sense when we look at them in Hebrew and Aramaic.
> I urge you to study your Hebrew Roots of your faith and get the
> Complete Jewish Bible or the Restoration Scriptures, it will change
> your life and your walk with Yeshua your Messiah. Now this coming week
> May 6th 2006, I will be teaching Part 2 of "The Spirit of Adoption" it
> will change your life. If you have ever felt that you have been
> fighting Stagnation and not able to have spiritual breakthroughs then
> you must receive this message into your heart! Learn it through the
> Hebrew Mindset and be truly set free! I urge you, don't miss this
> coming service and teaching on "The Spirit of Adoption" Part 2, and
> get Part 1 now, just call our office 813
> 968-4896 or 813 264-4714 or email us. Better yet, join the tape of the
> month club called "Daily Manna" and receive 8 Tapes every month for
> $30.00. You will receive the weekly Tuesday Night Torah Teachings and
> our Teachings on Shabatt, including the teachings of the book of
> Revelation. I pray that you truly be spirtually blessed, and please
> continue to pray for Yahweh's Favor for the Relationship Enrichment
> Center, that the Holy Spirit will continue to bring His people to
> learn there Hebrew Roots and who are hungry the truth of His word. Amen!

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


Soul tie is not a term used in the Bible just like the words trinity or rapture are not biblical words but are words given to explain biblical concepts. The Bible uses the words knit and cleave depending on the translation.

The word knit comes from a Hebrew word qashar (kaw-shar') which means to tie, bind up, or join together physically or mentally. The word cleave comes from the Hebrew word dabaq (daw-bak') which means to adhere to, fasten together, and to be glued together.

Breaking soul ties is uprooting tentacles of enslaving thoughts, emotional longings, and sexual bondages to those in your past or outside of marriage. Spiritually, it is like cutting a spiritual umbilical cord and stopping the garbage that has been feeding you and keeping you connected to ungodly soul ties.

Soul ties can be either Godly or ungodly.

We can soul ties with:

· Family Members: Now therefore, when I come to your servant my father and the lad is not with us, since his life is bound up in the lad's life and his soul knit with the lad's soul,

(AMP) it will happen, when he sees that the lad is not with us, that he will die. (KJV) (Genesis 44:30-31)

· Leaders: So every man of Israel went up from after David, and followed Sheba the son of Bichri: but the men of Judah clave unto their king, from Jordan even to Jerusalem. (2 Samuel 20:2)

· World: Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you. (Joshua 23:12-14)

· Spouse: Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)

· God: Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name. (Deuteronomy 10:20)

· Friends: And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own

· Sexual Partners: What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (1 Corinthians 6:16)


Sexual soul ties have the strongest spiritual ties because the Bible speaks of the two becoming one:

· Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

· Matthew 19:5-6 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? (KJV) So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate." (NKJV)

· Proverbs 6:32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.

· 1 Corinthians 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

The Hope: Yeshua Our Messiah/ Jesus Christ

God can take even those who have been defiled through sexual and worldly involvements and restore them to innocence and purity through the redemptive work of Yeshua/Jesus on the cross!

How to break soul ties:

1. Make a list of names.

Take a moment to ask the Lord to bring to your remembrance anyone that you need to break soul ties with. Make a list of everyone the Lord brings to mind or you think you may possibly have a soul tie with. Make sure you list all sexual partners. This includes previous spouses (even a current one if you had sex before marriage), members of the same gender, incestuous relations, molestations, rape, and any sex involving ritual or cult abuse. If you can't remember names, write down something that reminds you of them like a place or an occasion. Involvement in prostitution may require listing a more generic term such as John Does.

2. *Confess and *Repent of any sins leading to the soul ties.

It is vital that you confess and repent of any sins related to soul ties such as fornication, lust, pornography, adultery, homosexuality, idolatry, etc. Then receive God's forgiveness.

Example: Dear Lord, I come to you right now in the name of Yeshua/Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior and I confess my sins of sex before marriage. Your word clearly speaks against this and I repent for being disobedient and sinning against my body. Please forgive me. I repent of lust and following my sinful desires. It is my desire to walk according to your word and in a way pleasing to you. I choose this day to seek your will and your ways. I choose to walk away from a lifestyle of sin and walk in the righteousness you died to give me. Thank you Lord that my sins are forgiven and are far as the east is from the west. Thank you for cleansing me now Lord, in Jesus name. I receive your forgiveness and I forgive myself too.

3. *Renounce the sin and any covenants made.

Renounce the sins and giving the enemy any footholds in your life. In addition, renounce covenants made such as tattoos, blood brothers, piercings, and spoken covenants such as wedding vows or sayings such as, "I will love you forever." Words and actions have power in the spiritual realm to bind a soul to another person.

Example: By the authority given me by Yeshua/Jesus Christ, I renounce the rights I gave you by sinning against the Lord. In the name of Jesus I remove the legal rights and command you to loose me and let me go! The blood of Jesus washes me clean and I stand forgiven from the accusations you have held against me. I also renounce the words I spoke to __________ when I said, I will always be yours. I renounce all vows we made to each other. They no longer have a hold on me in the name of Yeshua/Jesus.

4. *Break the soul ties in Jesus' name.

Verbally break off all soul ties in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Cut the spiritual umbilical cord and proclaim that all ties are severed and you are cleansed by the blood of Yeshua/Jesus Christ.

Example: Now in the name of Jesus I break, sever, and cut off all soul ties connected to me. (It can be meaningful to make physical motions around you as if cutting off invisible cords or connections around your body.) I proclaim that I am free and all soul ties have been cut off and removed from me.

5. Tear up or burn the list.

Destroy the list as a symbol of what has been accomplished in the spiritual realm and praise the Lord.

Example: Tear up list and stomp on pieces as a symbol of putting the devil under your feet while praising the Lord for your freedom. Thank you Lord, that you have made a way by dying on the cross for my freedom. Thank you for my freedom today! Praise you, Jesus!

6. Get rid of material items connected to a soul tie.

Gifts or items from people on your list can reinforce or hold a soul tie in place. If a person has personal gifts, love letters, or jewelry (especially symbols of covenant like a wedding ring) from a previous relationship, then it is time to get rid of them. Pray for discernment in this area.

Pray in faith and believe God! He sent His son, Yeshua/Jesus Christ to die for your sins and to destroy the works of the devil. Receive God's forgiveness. Walk in your new purity. Keep your temple pure! As Yeshua/Jesus said, Go and sin no more.

Testimonies:

In one case, a man had rededicated his life to the Lord and said a former lover had recently called him wanting to get back together. He told me he knew she was bad for him, but she would continually return even after losing touch with one another. He said he had a difficult time saying no to her, and they would end up sleeping together even though he knew he shouldn't. He showed me that he had a tattoo of her name on his back. He received great freedom after breaking soul ties with her and anointing the tattoo of her name as he broke the tie. A week later, he told me that she had called and said she was done and didn't want to see him anymore.

In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


HERE IS A TEACHING AND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE HAVADALAH SERVICE,

THAT IS NORMALLY DONE IN MANY MESSAINIC CONGREGATIONS
WE HAVE NOT DONE ONE IN A WHILE, AND I WILL MOST LIKELY DO

ONE FOR THE FEAST OF DEDICATION/CHANUKAH THIS YEAR IN DECEMBER!

SO HERE IS A MESSIANIC ISRAEL GUIDE FOR HAVDALAH. THE WORDS IN BOLD ARE TO BE SPOKEN
OUT LOUD. "HAVDALAH" IS THE HEBREW WORD FOR SEPERATION OR DIVISION.
AND THIS CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS THE SEPERATOIN BETWEEN SHABBAT AND THE
REST OF THE WEEK.

Havdalah is a ceremony for concluding Shabbat It is mentioned in
Acts 20:7-8 where it says that there were "many lights in the upper
chamber where they were gathered together".

KJV Acts 20:7 And upon the first of the week, when the disciples
came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart
on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

KJV Acts 20:8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where
they were gathered together.

Havdalah Ceremony

1. Lighting and Blessing the Candle:

The Havdalah candle is lit before the Havdalah ceremony begins. A
child or adult holds the candle, as all present gather around a table.

Reading:

"The candle with many wicks, stands tall and bright. Together as
one, we stand gazing at the blaze of light. In the light of Shabbat we
have learned more of what it is to love one another, not withholding and
holding back who we are from the other. In so doing, we stand up as
one into the fullness of who we are as the body of Messiah, lifting up
the head, the Light of the world. It is He that brings Light into the
darkness of life. It is as He said, they shall know who He is by the
way we love one another! If instead, we the body of Messiah live
under our choosing to walk in the flesh then how can He be seen in our
world for who He really is? We would be covering over the Light of the
World who lives in us, veiling Him from view! Our prayer is that we be
reminded that we are children of the Light. Let us walk in the light
as He is in the light."

A blessing is now recited over the light of the Havdalah candle.

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam borey m'orey ha-eysh
Blessed are You, Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe,

Who creates the light of the fire.

(While this blessing is recited, the head of the household and
Messianic believer it would seem good to examine a passage from the Bible in
the light of the candle and then read it.)

2. Scriptures:

The head of the household recites the following prayer based on the
Scriptures.

"Behold, Yahweh is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid
for Yahweh Elohim is my strength and song, and He is become my
salvation. Therefore with joy shall you draw water out of the wells
of salvation. Salvation belongs to Yahweh: Your blessing be upon your
people. Yahweh of hosts is with us. The Elohim of Jacob is our
refuge.

The Jews had light and joy and gladness and honor. So be it with us.
I will lift the cup of salvation, and call upon the Name of Yahweh."

This Week's Scripture Reading: Genesis 2:1-3 / Isaiah 57:13-14 /
Hebrews 4

3. Blessing Over The Wine:

The wine is poured until it overflows the cup. Then it is held in the
right hand and blessed as follows:

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam borey p'ri ha-gafen.

Blessed are you Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, Who creates
the fruit of the vine.

4. Blessing Over the Bread

The bread is presented, covered on a plate decorated with birds. The
birds symbolize the freedom Messiah Yahshua has given us to live
Torah. The bread is taken from the Shabbat table from the night before. It
is eaten in remembrance of the rest of Yahweh.

Reading:

"As at the Shabbat table we celebrated and thanked Abba for His every
provision during the week, so at Havdalah we look to this new week
ahead of us now by faith. Abba Yahweh has faithfully provided everything
that we need in order to serve Him each new day. One such provision is
the Ruach-given strength to let the Messiah's life flow from us in order
to meet any given situation that we may encounter. In addition, Yahweh
has already provided what we need to obey His call in any one moment by
virtue of Yahshua's life in us and in our being His new creation.
Anything that He would ask of us is not complicated nor is it beyond
our reach. Each moment of this coming week can be met in the place of
faith on the basis of this truth. It is this portion of the Shabbat
challah that we now partake and choose to help us remember this fact as this
is the bread from the Shabbat table."

The bread is blessed as follows:

Baruch atah Yahweh Eloheinu melech ha'olam hamotizie lechem min
ha'aretz.

Blessed are You, O Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe Who brings
forth bread from the earth.

5. Blessing over Spices:

The spice box is taken and the following blessing is said:

Baruch ata Yahweh eloheynu melech ha-olam, borey miney b'samim.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, Who creates
various kinds of spices.

Reading:

"As we pass the box let us inhale deeply and savor the sweet, pungent
aroma. Let us hear the words of Romans 12:1 & 2 "Therefore, I urge
you, brothers, in view of Yahweh's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
sacrifices, holy and pleasing to the Ruach HaKodesh-this is your
spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern
of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you
will be able to test and approve what Yahweh's will is-his good,
pleasing and perfect will." Our new creation lives should be lived
out consistently before the throne of Yahweh like a sweet smelling aroma
rising to His nostrils. Our life should be as the burn offering of
the Mishkan. Again, let us yield our life as a living sacrifice, not
going the way of our flesh and thereby withholding who we really are from
one another. Let us pass the spices and offer a prayer of thanksgiving
to Yahweh for this past Shabbat and this new week."

(The spice box is passed around so that everyone can smell the
fragrance. A spontaneous prayer can be offered at this point that
Yahweh would help each one present to carry the fragrance of Messiah into
the new week. A prayer that our Shabbat rest in Messiah might be a
reality each and every day would be appropriate here, as well as a petition
that our lives might be a love song to the Messiah.)

6. Havdalah Blessing:

The cup of wine is taken again in the right hand as the Havdalah
ceremony concludes with a special blessing that emphasizes the
separation theme as follows:

"Blessed are You Yahweh our Elohim, King of the universe, who makes a
distinction between holy and profane, between light and darkness,
between Israel and the heathen nations, between the seventh day and
the six working days. Blessed are you, Yahweh Who makes a distinction
between holy and profane."

(All present now partake of the "fruit of the vine." The Messiah
desires that each of us have fullness of joy.)

7. Candle Extinguished:

The Havdalah candle is extinguished in the wine that spilled over
into the saucer. The following is said as a remembrance to what has taken
place:

... we have seen the symbols of Havdalah.

... we have tasted the wine.

...we have smelled the fragrant spices.

... we have felt the flame.

... and we have heard the Word of Yahweh

In this way we consecrate our five senses to Yahweh as we return to
the labor of the coming week.

8. Prayer for the Coming Week:

A prayer for the coming week is usually said at this time. A
suggested prayer might be as follows:

"Blessed are You, our Father, our King who has given us this holy
day, a holy calling and Your Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) within us. We
thank you, Father, for calling us out of darkness into Your marvelous
Light. We give You praise for separating us from our sin through the atoning
sacrifice of our Messiah Yahshua. Help us, Yahweh our Elohim, to
follow You in this new week, to walk in the light, to walk in love and to
glorify You in our lives. In Yahshua's Name we pray. Au mein"

(At this point it is totally appropriate for anyone who feels led to
pray spontaneously about the coming week, asking for specific
guidance, wisdom, blessings, etc. We serve Yahweh who is concerned about each
and every detail of our lives. HE HEARS AND ANSWERS PRAYER.)

Reading of traditional scripture for this time:

"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good
news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things,
who proclaims salvation who says to Zion, Your Elohim reigns!" (Isaiah
52:7) Au mein. This is an appropriate verse for Messianic Israel as well,
as we go forth this week to tell our people the Good News of Yahshua
HaMashiach.

9. Worship:

This is a time to life your song to Yahweh! This should include a
time of praise, dance, prayer, and worship to Yahweh.

10. Conclusion and Blessing:

The Havdalah ceremony ends with a wish for SHAVUA TOV (have a good
week).

Reading:

Psalm 91.

"You who live in the shelter of 'Elyon, who spend your nights in the
shadow of Shaddai, who say to Yahweh, "My refuge! My fortress! My
Elohim, in who I trust!" - he will rescue you from the trap of the
hunter and from the plague of calamities; he will cover you with his
pinions; and under his wings you will find refuge; his truth is a
shield and protection.

You will not fear terrors of night or the arrow that flies by day, or
the plague that roams in the dark, or the scourge that wreaks havoc
at noon. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right
hand; but it won't come near you. Only keep your eyes open, and you
will see how the wicked are punished.

For you have made Yahweh, the Most High, who is my refuge, your
dwelling place. No disaster will happen to you, no calamity will come near
your tent; for he will order his angels to care for you and guard you
wherever you go. They will carry you int heir hands so that you
won't trip on a stone. You will tread down lions and snakes, young lions
and serpents you will trample underfoot.

Yahweh says, "Because he loves me, I will rescue him; because he
knows my name, I will protect him. He will call on me, and I will answer
him.

I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and
bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life and show him my
salvation." This verse is said to thank Yahweh for His protection
during the coming week."

(The Aharonic blessing and the blessing of the children may also be
prayed.)

11. Oneg:

All Israel eats. So, enjoy a light dessert and delight in Yahweh.
Taste and see that He is good.

This is an adaptation of the booklet, HAVDALAH by Neil and Jamie
Lash, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and from an article from First Fruits of Zion
Issue 58 pages 7 and 16.

Shalom, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


howing by symbolism and timing
Yeshua’s dedication and conception on Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication),
His birth on the first day of Hag Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles),
and His circumcision and naming on Shimini Atzeret (the Eighth Day).



To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted – Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.



The Dedication of Yeshua on Hanukkah



God, through the angel Gabriel, dedicated Yeshua at conception to be the ultimate Temple.



“Hanukkah” is a Hebrew word meaning dedication. The term is found in Numbers 7:10, 11, 84, & 88, 2 Chronicles 7:9, Ezra 6:16-17, Nehemiah 12:27, Psalm 30:1, and John 10:22 (translated into Greek egkainia, thence into English Feast of Dedication). Psalm 30 is Biblically titled: A Psalm for Hanukkah / Dedication of the Temple. Following the listing of Holy Days in Leviticus 23, the elements of Hanukkah appear for the dedication of the Tabernacle.

“Command the sons of Israel that they bring to you clear oil from beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually” – Leviticus 24:1-9.



The Tabernacle and Temple were to be built exactly according to the pattern from heaven, because they were temporal pictures of Messiah.

“And see that you make them according to their pattern, which was shown you in the mount” – Exodus 25:4.

“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it”
– Revelation 21:22.



Hanukkah was from creation the time established for the Temple of God to be dedicated: the Temple at Jerusalem, and the heavenly living Temple of God after which the former was patterned. The oil used in the Temple menorahs (candelabra, a major symbol in the celebration of Hanukkah) is symbolic of the Spirit of God, by which Yeshua was conceived to be the Light of the World. The Hanukkah dreidel, which proclaims “A great miracle happened there,” refers to the lasting menorah oil – symbolizing the miracle of the virgin’s conception of the eternal Messiah by the Spirit of God.



When Zechariah was ministering in the Temple, he received an announcement from God of a coming son. The second course of Abia, when Zechariah was ministering, was a week in the middle of the month Sivan. If Zechariah’s promised son – John the baptizer – were conceived soon thereafter, then Yeshua’s conception, which was six months later, would be late Kislev to early Tevet, at Hanukkah (the Feast of Dedication); His birth nine months later would thence be at mid Tishri, at the Feast of Sukkot (Tabernacles).



5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both advanced in years. 8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division, 9 according to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were in prayer outside at the hour of the incense offering. 11 And an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the altar of incense. 12 Zechariah was troubled when he saw the angel, and fear gripped him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your petition has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will give him the name John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. 15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord; and he will drink no wine or liquor, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the sons of Israel back to the Lord their God. 17 "It is he who will go as a forerunner before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers back to the children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, so as to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How will I know this for certain? For I am an old man and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you shall be silent and unable to speak until the day when these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time.” 21 The people were waiting for Zechariah, and were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 But when he came out, he was unable to speak to them; and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he kept making signs to them, and remained mute. 23 When the days of his priestly service were ended, he went back home. 24 After these days Elizabeth his wife became pregnant, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months, saying, 25 “This is the way the Lord has dealt with me in the days when He looked with favor upon me, to take away my disgrace among men.” 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30 The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month” – Luke 1:5-36.



7 Now the first lot came out for Jehoiarib, the second for Jedaiah, 8 the third for Harim, the fourth for Seorim, 9 the fifth for Malchijah, the sixth for Mijamin, 10 the seventh for Hakkoz, the eighth for Abijah , 11 the ninth for Jeshua, the tenth for Shecaniah, 12 the eleventh for Eliashib, the twelfth for Jakim, 13 the thirteenth for Huppah, the fourteenth for Jeshebeab, 14 the fifteenth for Bilgah, the sixteenth for Immer, 15 the seventeenth for Hezir, the eighteenth for Happizzez, 16 the nineteenth for Pethahiah, the twentieth for Jehezkel, 17 the twenty-first for Jachin, the twenty-second for Gamul, 18 the twenty-third for Delaiah, the twenty-fourth for Maaziah. 19 These were their offices for their ministry when they came in to the house of Yahweh according to the ordinance given to them through Aaron their father, just as Yahweh God of Israel had commanded him – 1 Chronicles 24:7-19. The first two courses served one week each, all served at Feast of Unleavened Breads, the next five courses served one week each, all served at the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), then the eighth course of Abijah served in mid-Sivan.



Yeshua used Hanukkah, the winter Feast of Dedication of the Holy Temple (see John 10:22-36), as an occasion to explain how He was sanctified and sent into the world.

“22 And it was at Jerusalem at (Hanukkah) the Feast of the Dedication, 23 and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch. 24 Then the Jews came round about him, and said to him, ‘How long will you make us to doubt? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly . . . 36 do you say of Him, whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God '?” – John 10:22-24.



The Birth of Yeshua on Sukkot



Messiah’s birth, about AM 3750 - 3756 (10 - 4 BC), was expectantly awaited (Matthew 2:1-18) because within about 40 years Daniel’s prophecy concerning Him must be fulfilled.



The prophet Micah wrote that He was destined to be born in Beth-Lechem (Bethlehem) — the House of Bread (Micah 5:2). God called Him the Bread from Heaven (John 6:32-36), though men say Manna (Exodus 16:31) – What is It? It was because of Micah’s prophecy that King Herod had the children of Bethlehem killed, to protect his throne against the coming promised king.



The sages who translated the Septuagint taught from the prophet Isaiah that He would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14) and would be called Immanuel – God with Us. (Modern rabbis deny this interpretation.)



In the expected time and place, on the Festival of Sukkot,* in a succah (tabernacle, temporary dwelling) where Passover lambs were raised in the city of the shepherd David, a Son was born to a virgin descended from that Messiah David (Matthew 1, Luke 3:23-38). At an angel’s command (Matthew 1:21), He was named Yeshua, meaning “Yahweh is Salvation.” God would dwell with us in a sukkah of humanity that would be bruised by the serpent, then crush that old serpent!



The apostle Yochanan (John) tells us that the Word (of God) became flesh and “dwelt in a sukkah” (tabernacled) among us (John 1:14). The author views Sukkot as figurative of Messiah"s coming to dwell among His people; this reference is not submitted as proof of a dogmatic date.



The month of Tishri (Sukkot begins on Tishrei 15 – in the fall) also fits with the season of shepherds being out with their flocks by night, as they were when Yeshua was born; during winter the lambs are kept indoors.



Later in His life, Yeshua celebrated His birthday on a mountain with three of His disciples (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:1-10). In contrast to birthday parties, such as Herod’s (Matthew 14:6-12), where people were killed for entertainment, His was a celebration of life. On the Festival of Sukkot, Moses and Elijah, from centuries past, representatives of the Torah and the Prophets, appeared and talked with Yeshua. One disciple, Kepha (Peter), suggested building three sukkot for Yeshua, Moses, and Elijah, because it was required for the festival, but he did not understand (Mark 9:6) that these three were fulfilling that which the festival symbolized: they were dwelling in their sukkot (temporary tabernacles) of flesh, awaiting their eternal resurrection temples.



Eighth Day Circumcision and Naming



Immediately following the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles is Shimini Atzeret – the Eighth Day, a Holy Day (Leviticus 23:36).



A male child is to be circumcised on his eighth day of life.

“On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised” – Leviticus 12:2.



Yeshua was circumcised and named on His eighth day after birth, as symbolized by Shimini Atzeret.

“And when eight days had passed for His circumcision, His name was then called Yeshua, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb” – Luke 2:21.



Drawing Out Living Waters



“Whoever did not see the rejoicing of (this water drawing ceremony) never saw rejoicing in his lifetime” – Mishnah: Sukkah 5:1.



On each of the seven days of Sukkot, the High Priest took a golden pitcher and filled it with water drawn from the Pool of Siloam. It was brought into the Temple through the Water Gate (hence the name), and poured into a bowl at the Altar, alongside the pouring of the wine, during the daily burnt-offering (Talmud: Sukkah 4:9). This water libation was performed only during Sukkot.



The Talmud states (Sukkah 4:4), "Why is the name of it called the Drawing Out of Water? Because of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit, according to what is said: ‘With joy shall ye draw out of the wells of salvation’ (Isaiah 12:3)".

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, "If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.’" But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet glorified – John 7:37-39.



Light of the World



At the end of the first day of the Feast, three eighty foot high golden candlesticks were set up in the Temple’s Court of Women. Four golden bowls were placed on each candlestick, and four ladders rested against each. A youth of priestly descent stood at the top of each ladder, pouring oil from a ten-gallon pitcher into the bowl (Talmud: Sukkah 5:3) The worn-out liturgical garments of Priests were used for wicks. The light from these candlesticks was so bright that it was state, "There was no courtyard in Jerusalem that was not lit up with the light at the water-well ceremony" (Talmud: Sukkah 5:3).



Yeshua spoke publicly on Sukkot, saying, "I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life." (John 8:12)




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LIGHTING the HANUKKIAH





On the evening Dec 4th 2007,

before lighting the candles,
light shamish, then candle on right with shamish. The shamish is the servent candle in the center that represents our Messiah Yeshua!






The hanukkiah (eight-branch Hanukkah menorah) is lighted each of the eight nights and placed where outsiders may see it through a window.



One candle (in the center or on one side) is taller; it is called the shamish (meaning servant) and is renewed each night. It is lighted first and used to light the branches. It represents Messiah. The candles on the eight branches represent the eight days, from right to left.



On the first night after sunset, the shamish is lighted, then it is used to light a candle placed on the right branch.



On the second night after sunset, a new candle is placed on the right branch and another on the second from right branch, but they are lighted from left to right, the current day's candle first.



On the third night after sunset, new candles are placed on the right two branches and another on the third from right branch, but they are lighted from left to right, the current day's candle first.



This order is followed through the eighth night. They are lighted after sunset except on Erev Shabbat (Friday night) when they are lighted before sunset -- before the Sabbath candles. At Havdallah (Saturday night), they are lighted after the Havdallah candle.



The following blessings are recited: (After the first night, omit the third blessing.)



Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe, Who sanctified us by Your Word,
and taught us to kindle Hanukkah lights.
Blessed are You, Yahweh our God, King of the universe,
Who performed miracles for our ancestors long ago at this season.
Blessed are you, Yahweh our God, king of the universe,
Who has kept us alive, sustained us, and brought us to this season





DREIDEL GAME

Do you know what a dreidel is? Well, it’s a four-sided dancing dandy top. Give it a twist and it will dance and spin and prance and when out of energy, the dancer will bow and then ever so gently fall – plop – on its Nun, Gimmel, Hay or Shin.

This dancing dancer has a magnificent story to tell. Each of its four sides has one Hebrew letter - Nun, Gimmel, Hay or Shin. These letters stand for the Hebrew words, Nes Gadol Haya Sham: in English this means, "A great miracle happened there."



Firstly, in Israel over 2,100 years ago, the Syrians conquered the tiny land of Israel and enslaved the Jews. Under the leadership of Judah Maccabee, the Jews fought back and defeated the Syrians. On this date, they recaptured and cleansed the Holy Temple. They wanted to relight the golden Temple Menorah, but, alas, there was just one tiny jar of Holy Oil, enough for only several hours. But, "A great miracle happened there," and the oil burned for all eight days and nights of the Feast of Dedication (according to the Talmudic story).



Secondly, about this date over 1900 years ago, a Jewish girl named Miryam (Mary in English) was visited by an angel. She was told that, while still a virgin, she would conceive a child by the Holy Spirit – a child dedicated to be the Holy Temple of God. "A great miracle happened there!"



"You shall call His name Yeshua (Jesus), for He shall save His people from their sins."



The four Hebrew letters make up a sprightly Hanukkah game. Each player places some candies, nuts, or if you’re rich, some money into a kitty. Now, spin the dreidel and follow the instructions. May the player with the best and longest spin win!





Nun means "nisht" or nothing. You win nothing, lose nothing.

Gimel means "gantz" or all of the pot – you take all.

Hay means "half" or take half of the pot.

Shin means "shel Tzu" or put one item or coin in the pot.



by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


Or a Hindu, Latin, Chinese, or HEBREW term to describe it?

Is the Creator's Name Hebrew? Adam, Noach, Abraham, Daniel, are Hebrew; would their Messiah take on a Greek name? Let’s not hide from the Hebrew roots, but embrace them.

A name is a mark of identification. What we call something by name may be inherited error. What we practice may also be inherited error (see Jeremiah/YermeYahu 16:19).


When we consider the really BIG questions, we're usually "outside the box" compared to where most people operate. Religion can be defined in a variety of ways. In the most basic, foundational sense of the idea, religion is a "WAY" of living one's life. This will impact the person, and others around them. We all know what "radical" religious behavior can produce, and how it can impact others. For a moment, imagine that you'd like to learn what the "religion" (way) of the Creator is. It is highly probable that His way is much simpler and yet superior to every other "way" that we normally see around us. Religions are followed by billions of people alive right now, yet the vast majority of these people have hardly guessed that they are involved in mixtures of various Pagan traditions brought together by men over many centuries, or even millennia.


Who can we trust? Whose words can we read that will always be true, and what evidence can be found to authenticate that what has been stated by that person is trustworthy? Because He is the only One that claimed to have the authority, and because He died and yet rose from the dead, that person could only be:

Yahushua of Natsarith, the Mashiach of Yisrael.


He is the KING of ISRAEL, in contrast to being the king of any other people. The others don't want to be ruled by Him, otherwise they'd show it by obeying His Covenant. The Hebrew idea conveyed in the title “Mashiach” certainly means the “anointed” one, and only one can have this title — the KING. The Greek word “CHRIST” was used as a title for several Pagan deities:


CHRESTOS MITHRAS pure, sacred, good, holy. (Roman meaning was interchangable: "good Mithras", or "holy Mithras")


CHRIST HELIOS (Mandaean -- Augustine, a "Church father", was formerly Mandaean, a sun-worshipper)


CHREISTOS OSIRIS (Alexandrian)

People have made and inherited plenty of unintentional mistakes. What if each of us could find one mistake to correct while we’re alive; wouldn’t that be a good thing? What does it mean if a person practices "Christianity", and then they are asked to find this word in a concordance, and it's not found? Something has to be wrong, and many of you have felt it deep down inside you. It's fairly certain that once a person dies that's pretty much all they'll be doing under their own power; they'll be needing some "supernatural" help to ever manage to do anything else. After 7 or 8 minutes without breathing, there's no coming back to pay any more taxes. Some of the people who have stopped breathing are Buddha, Ras Tafari, Joseph Smith, Muhammad, John F. Kennedy, Don Knotts, Winston Churchill, and about 25 billion other people that have lived on this planet since 4004 BCE. They're all sleeping, and they’ve left us with a diverse assortment of individual ideas about an “after-life”. Muhammad expected something quite different than Kennedy did. One or both of them could be shocked when they awaken in the resurrection to discover they had been misled. In fact, all of these people have a high probability of being shocked by what they will experience. So, as frightened as people are of dying, the scariest thing of all will really be awakening to discover that reality is nothing like they ever expected. The "Torah" of Yahuah will still be the "Word", and it will never pass away.

The HEBREW ROOTS

The “Hebrew roots” are being investigated by many diligent seekers here in the end times, and knowledge is increasing; blinders are falling from eyes. The religion of Christianity is BASED on the teachings of the Messiah of Israel, Yahushua, however they call Him by a Greco-Latinized name. "Christianity" is not the religion of the Messiah (the Creator, Almighty), nor Israel, but rather is a religion ABOUT the Messiah. It is not the religion practiced by the early followers of the Messiah either, although it is promoted to be.


Christianity is fragmented into over 1000 distinct "denominations". Each is exclusionary of the other. A house divided against itself cannot stand - and many who realize that something is very wrong are investigating the Hebrew roots of the faith. This is causing many people to fall away from men's traditions, and grow closer to their Creator, and His Way (or path, religion). He does not change, or break His covenants. Learn about who Israel really is, and how Israel is the only bride Yahuah has, or ever will have. Those who don't keep His Covenant may want to be His, but only those who keep it actually are.


We know there is quite a bit that’s correct in Christianity, but at the same time there are inherited errors from past generations. Yahushua’s Spirit is causing us to search out what is of the Truth, and separate the errors from our “walk”. The Greco-Roman faith called Christianity promotes a "belief only" doctrine, and indoctrinates its followers against being "legal" by calling obedience to the Covenant "legalism". And yet, it will be "illegalists" who will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. Yahushua is calling forth a remnant, rebuilding the maiden Israel, those who will be faithful to the Covenant. Read Jer / YermeYahu chapters 3 & 16 to better understand the “fishers” and the “hunters” that are being set to search for the remnant of Israel among the nations. The Covenant (Torah) is inseparable from Israel. If anyone leaves the Covenant, they are no longer Israel.


“And I shall give you shepherds according to My heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.


And it shall be, when you have increased, and shall bear fruit in the land in those days, declares YHWH, that they no longer say,


‘The ark of the Covenant of YHWH’, neither would it come to heart, nor would they remember it, nor would they visit it, nor would it be made again.


At that time Yerushalyim shall be called the throne of YHWH, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the Name of YHWH, to Yerushalyim, and no longer walk after the stubbornness of their evil heart.


“In those days the House of Yahudah shall go to the House of Yisrael, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.” YermeYahu/Jeremiah 3:15-18


When people realize that the Messiah of Israel doesn't have a Greek name (Yahushua as opposed to "Jesus") or title (Mashiach as opposed to "Christ"), they may ask themselves why the Creator's religion would have a Greek name (Christian, Christianity).


Yahuah’s “way” is the Torah of Yahuah, so this should be the “way” of His people also. There's only one body of Mashiach. So, in the world-to-come when Adam, Mosheh, Daniel, Abraham, and many others we know from Scripture are resurrected, will they be Catholics? Will they even be Christians? Will there be anyone practicing anything remotely called "Christianity" in the world-to-come? They will be practicing the Torah of Yahuah, and there will not be anyone present who isn't doing so. Where does that leave the rest of the religious patterns? There's one body we must become joined to, and it's called the "commonwealth/citizenship (qahal, assembly) of Israel" (Eph. 2:8-13). In the final analysis, we will either be judged to be FELLOW CITIZENS of the assembly of Israel, or strangers/outsiders to the Covenant, practicing lies instead of the Truth. What do you suppose might be the outcome of those choosing to remain outside the Covenant people Israel? Can anything in Scripture be found for their salvation? The answer is clear. Former strangers must be engrafted into the olive tree, Israel. The only path to eternal life is through the re-newed Covenant in Yahushua's blood, and allowing Him to write His Covenant upon our hearts.


I would like to close this by saying, Yahweh Our God will not be pleased if we now go and become Torah Terrorists. We are not beat everyone over the head, and let them know how wrong they are. I still use the name Jesus and Christ and of course Yeshua Our Messiah and Yahweh when teaching His word. There is even different ways of spelling Yeshua or Yashusua, but let's not get legalistic. This teaching is to just make you aware, how far we have gone from the truth of His word! Many just like myself, was confused for many years, because of the lack of knowledge of His truth. Yes, there is allot of confusion out there, and we do need to learn the truth, and it's my assigment from Yahweh Our God. To teach the truth of the Hebrew Roots of the Christian faith, to everyone who wants to learn it! So please learn from this, and use it faithfully and with mercy and compassion. Amen! Be Blessed and be loving in your instructions to our brethren, remember, you too was once confused! Be Loving in Yeshua! Amen!!!!





In His Service, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


The traditional teaching that the Lord's Day is Sunday is a false doctrine pushed by Christian churches to further their agenda which revolves around doctrines deeply embedded in pagan sun worship and another attempt to legitimize the keeping of Sunday as their day of worship.

The Lord's Day a Sunday?

It has been taught in the traditional Sunday churches that the Lord's Day is Sunday. I can't even count how many times I have heard that the Bible calls Sunday the Lord's Day. In fact this has actually been used as the most ridiculous excuse that I have heard for Christians keeping Sunday as their day of worship in replace of the true Sabbath of the Lord which begins at sundown on Friday and ends at sundown on Saturday. Let's go to the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and see what this passage that refers to the Lord's Day has to say.


I was in the Spirit on Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, (NKJV Revelation 1:10)

I did not read in this passage or in any other passage anything about it being Sunday or any other day for that matter. There is no reference in that paragraph, chapter or even the whole book for that matter about John having his vision on a Sunday. This is because this passage is not directly referring to any day of the week but a day of prophecy.



For the sake of argument...

For the sake of argument, let's pretend that this passage is actually referring to a particular day of the week. Let's go to the book of Matthew and see what day is the Lord's: Sunday or the Sabbath.


"For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." (NKJV Mathew 12:8)

Now let's go to the book of Mark to double check on the last statement. You know how some would like to claim that the Word is so inconsistent and therefore open for individual interpretation, right?


"Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (NKJV Mark 2:28)

Now let's go to the book of Luke and triple check the statement just for the die-hard Sunday advocates out there and see one more time once and for all just which day is the Lord's day.


And He said to them, "The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath." (NKJV Luke 6:5)

I really hate to be the one to break the bad news to all the loyal Sunday goers out there and I honestly don't know how it happened but unfortunately the Scripture somehow seems to be clear and consistent on this particular issue. If the passage in the book of Revelation is referring to a specific day of the week, the Lord's day obviously is not Sun-day, the pagan day of sun-worship, but rather the Sabbath of the Lord.



Do not forget this one thing

The reality of the matter is that the passage in revelation is not referring to a specific day of the week. It is referring to a day in prophecy. The period of time that the prophets refer to in prophesy concerning the Lord's return is the Lord's Day. Let's read some commentary out of 'The Scriptures' about the Lord's Day.


Day of Yahweh This expression appears some 30 times in the Scriptures, and this particular day is also referred to by means of equivalent phrases, about 300 times. It speaks of the visitation, the punishment, when Yahweh actively intervenes to punish sin, especially at the end of the ages. (SISR Explanatory Notes)

Now that we know that the passage in the book of Revelation is not directly referring to any particular day of the week, let's see how it is actually indirectly referring to the Sabbath after all. We now know that it is referring to prophecy, and it is a well established fact that in prophecy a day is one thousand years. We all should know this passage by memory.


But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (NKJV II-Peter 3:8)

Something that should be of interest is that if you continue reading, we read about what? That's right, the Lord's Day! I find it interesting that these verses are together but of no coincidence though. Let's see what it says about the Lord's Day.


But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (NKJV II-Peter 3:10)

It is as though someone was trying to tell us to think about a thousand year period when we think about the Lord's Day. This makes sense because the Lord's Day will mark the beginning of the Millennial Reign.



The Millennial Reign

The Millennial Reign is a thousand year period when the Messiah reigns and rules the earth for a thousand years. This is not just any thousand year period though, it is the seventh millennium, a sabbath millennium. Just as there are six days of the week for man and one for the Lord, there were six millennium for man and one for the Lord. Let's go to the book of Revelation once more and see who's millennium this is, the Lord's or mans.


...And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (NKJV Revelation 20:4)

Here in this passage it is evident that the Messiah reigns during this thousand year period. This is the Lord's Millennial Reign. When we apply the passage in II-Peter 3:8 that Peter told us not to forget, it becomes even clearer. This time let's look at the flip side of this passage.


But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. (NKJV II-Peter 3:8)

Somehow I get the idea that our six thousand year history and thousand year future is only a week to the Lord. This would make the Lord's day (the beginning of the Millennial Reign) the Lord's Sabbath. It is evident that the weekly Sabbath is not unlike any other Sabbath of the Lord, they are all Feasts and Holy Days that were and are still foreshadows of things to come. Apparently the weekly Sabbath is no different. Hope this help you understand that the Sabbath was never changed by God but by man. This teaching is never intented to offend but to bring truth to the Word of God, and to honor our Messiah Yeshua! I went to church on sunday for many years until the Holy Spirit revealed to me the truth of God's word and it has truly sent me free, and knowledge comes responsibility. Amen! Be Blessed as you honor the Lord!

In His Service In Messiah, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011


"Hebraism and Hellenism – between these two points of influence
moves our world."

Irrational Man, By Steve Barrett

The Bible, in its original languages, is, humanly speaking, a product of the Hebrew mind. The first and original manifestation of what we now call "The Church" was also an expression of the Hebrew mind. At some point in ecclesiastical history, someone snatched away the inceptive Hebraic blueprint by which Jesus’ movement was being constructed and replaced it with a non-Hebraic one. As a result, what has been built since is at best a caricature of what was intended. In many respects, it is downright contrary and antagonistic to the spirit of the original believing community.

The Head of the Church, Jesus Christ, appears, in our time, to be returning his people to the original blueprint. The Hebrew Roots movement, led I believe by the Holy Spirit, is doing much to restore to the Body a sense of its first foundations.

In this research paper, we will analyze some of the fundamental differences in the mindset of the Hebrews of Biblical times, and the Western, Hellenistic way of thinking, out of which has emerged the bulk of Christian theology.

Doing vs. Knowing
William Barrett, quoted above, explains that one of the most fundamental differences between the Western, Hellenistic mind and the Hebrew mind is found in the area of knowing vs. doing. Says Barrett, "The distinction…arises from the difference between doing and knowing. The Hebrew is concerned with practice, the Greek with knowledge. Right conduct is the ultimate concern of the Hebrew, right thinking that of the Greek. Duty and strictness of conscience are the paramount things in life for the Hebrew; for the Greek, the spontaneous and luminous play of the intelligence. The Hebrew thus extols the moral virtues as the substance and meaning of life; the Greek subordinates them to the intellectual virtues…the contrast is between practice and theory, between the moral man and the theoretical or intellectual man."

This helps explain why so many Christian churches are focused on the issues of doctrinal orthodoxy (however they may define it) -- often at the expense of godly living. In many Christian circles, what one believes or espouses is treated as more important than how one lives – i.e. how one treats his or her neighbor.

In Biblical Judaism, it is precisely the opposite. Christians are inclined to subject each other to litmus tests of orthodoxy, while Jews are concerned mainly with behavior. As Dennis Prager writes, "…belief in God and acting ethically must be inextricably linked…God demands right behavior more than anything else, including right ritual and right belief."

It was gentile Christians, influenced by Greek philosophy, who both intellectualized and systematized Christian doctrine. Worse, they radically changed much of it. The Biblical Hebrews, and the Apostolic Era of the Church, had no formal theology as such. Nothing was systematized. The believing community had no entrenched hierarchy or magisterium through which all doctrine had to be filtered and approved. As with the unbelieving Jews, opinions varied from sage to sage.

What the apostles taught about any given subject was either learned directly from Jesus, then passed on, or determined situationally -- on an "as you go" basis. They determined Halakha for believers in much the same way the sages of Israel did – as circumstances changed they rendered decisions about the application of Torah (cf. Matthew 18:18). Acts 15 provides an account of how at least one teaching concerning requirements for gentile believers was formed around 50 AD. Note the participatory nature of the discussion. The whole of the Church (Acts 15:4,12,22), not just an elite hierarchy, was involved.

In fundamentalist Christian circles, it is often more important to believe and espouse "the right thing," than to live the right way. This is why we are so obsessed with creeds, doctrinal statements, Systematic Theologies, orthodoxy vs. heresy, and creating "Evangelical" or "Sabbatarian" or "Trinitarian" theologies. This mode of thinking is thoroughly Western, utterly Greek.

For many of us Westerners, the Hebrew mindset is so strange, so alien, so impossible to fathom, that we quickly snap back into the comfort zone of the Hellenistic mold when studying the Hebrew Scriptures. We then impose this distorting grid over the Hebrew text – or for that matter, over the Greek text of the New Testament.

We think, for example, in terms of "prophetic timetables." Here again is the Western concept of time – points on a line. The Hebrew minds thinks of "the day of the Lord" – that is, the day or time when the Lord acts. The sequential order in which God will do things is of no concern to the Hebrew – only that he will act. The Western mind wants to have the "prophetic timetable" neatly arranged in time and space. We want to "tick off" events as they occur according to the pre-ordained schedule. This mentality is foreign to the Hebrew mind.

In Western theology, we have sometimes abandoned the literal interpretation of Scripture in favor of allegorical interpretations. This too is very Greek. It opens the door to a myriad of "creative" expositions that leave the student of Scripture confused and disoriented.

In the table that follows, we compare the Hebraic mode of thinking with the Western, Hellenistic mode in a variety of categories.

Hebraic vs Western Thinking
– A Comparison




Western Approach


Hebraic Approach




Life analyzed in precise categories.


Everything blurs into everything else.




A split between natural & supernatural


Supernatural affects everything.




Linear logic


Contextual or "block" logic




"Rugged Individualism"


Importance of being part of group




Equality of persons


Value comes from place in hierarchies




Freedom orientation


Security orientation




Competition is good


Competition is evil (cooperation better)




Man-centered universe


God/tribe/family-centered universe




Worth of person based on money/material possessions/power


Worth derived from family relationships




Biological life sacred


Social life supremely important




Chance + cause & effect limit what can happen


God causes everything in his universe




Man rules nature through understanding and applying laws of science


God rules everything, so relationship with God determines how things turn out.




Power over others achieved through business, politics and human organizations.


Power over others is structured by social patterns ordained by God.




All that exists is the material


The universe is filled with powerful spirit beings




Linear time divided into neat segments. Each event is new.


Cyclical or spiraling time. Similar events constantly reoccur.




History is recording facts objectively and chronologically.


History is an attempt to preserve significant truths in meaningful or memorable ways whether or not details are objective facts.




Oriented to the near future


Oriented to lessons of history




Change is good = progress


Change is bad = destruction of traditions




Universe evolved by chance


Universe created by God




Universe dominated and controlled by science and technology


God gave man stewardship over his earthly creation. Accountability to God.




Material goods = measure of personal achievement


Material goods = measure of God’s blessing




Blind faith


Knowledge-based faith




Time as points on straight line ("at this point in time…"


Time determined by content ("In the day that the Lord did…")


Sources: Irrational Man, by William Barrett; Christianity With Power by Charles Kraft; Hebrew Thought Compared With Greek by Thorleif Boman; Judaism and Christianity – The Differences by Trude Weiss-Rosmarin, Our Father Abraham, by Marvin Wilson, God in Search of Man by Abraham Heschel.

When we bring our Western "scientific" approach to the study of Scripture, without due consideration for the mentality behind it, we may find ourselves producing exegetical distortions. To understand the Hebrew cultures of Biblical times, as did those who lived through those times, is to experience culture shock. Their worldview was very different than ours. Their patterns of thought were often quite distinct from our own. Their values and perceptions were also radically unlike ours. The whole Bible was written in a pre-Scientific age. The Hebrew language itself is quite unlike our own in many respects. Much has been lost in translation.

When we study Scripture, or when we consider the nature of the early New Testament Messianic community, we must take into account the myriad differences between Hebrew and Greek thought. Intellectually, we are Greeks, not Hebrews. We apply Aristotelian and Socratic thought patterns to practically everything. It is surprisingly difficult to escape these patterns and enter into the Hebraic mindset. We insist on rendering everything into logically consistent patterns, on systematizing it, on organizing it into tight, carefully reasoned theologies. We cannot live with inconsistency or contradiction. We feel compelled to think antithetically. The Godhead must be tightly defined and structured. We cannot live with the Hebraic idea that God is simply ineffable, and that God’s Book doesn’t lend itself to systematization. As Abraham Heschel wrote, "To try to distill the Bible, which is bursting with life, drama, and tension, to a series of principles would be like trying to reduce a living person to a diagram" – God in Search of Man by Abraham Heschel, p. 20.

The Western mind, when seeking to understand Scripture or what it means to be a "Christian," creates its own exegetical and theological dilemmas. ("If God is all-powerful, could he build a rock too heavy for himself to lift?" or "If God is love then why does he allow…?") We relentlessly attempt to organize everything into manageable intellectual blocks and structures. We want all questions answered, all problems solved, and all contradictions resolved.

In our relentless quest to turn Scripture into a systematized textbook of theological answers about God, we have ended up distorting its meaning time after time. We have turned it into something that it is not.

We have sought to understand the incomprehensible God in concrete, yet abstract, terms. But, "To the Jewish mind, the understanding of God is not achieved by referring to a Greek way to timeless qualities of Supreme Being, to ideas of goodness and perfection, but rather by sensing the living acts of His concern, to His dynamic attentiveness to man. We speak not of His goodness in general but of His compassion for the individual man in a particular situation" (Heschel, p. 21). In other words, God is not "known" in the abstract, but in the specific situations into which He has asserted Himself. God is what He has revealed Himself to be, not what we have theorized Him to be.

Heschel points to the reason for Western confusion about God, "The categories within which philosophical reflection about religion has been operating are derived from Athens rather than from Jerusalem" (ibid. p. 25).

If we are to understand the Bible, and what it means to be a follower of Yeshua ha Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah), then we will have to understand it Hebraically, not Hellenistically. This will require a philosophical and intellectual paradigm shift on our part. It will mean coming at Scripture from an entirely different angle. It will mean learning to think like the Hebrew who thought more like God.

Heschel also writes, "The Greeks learned in order to comprehend. The Hebrews learned in order to revere. The modern man learns in order to use" (ibid. p. 34). We want a religion of utility. We want techniques we can apply situationally to get into, or out of, some situation. We see much "technique-oriented" Christianity these days. We want techniques for understanding, systematizing and structuring the "prophetic timetable" so that we can know "what’s going to happen next" or so that we can know when to stock food and flee into the mountains to await the Lord’s return. Some people want to know so they can have something to market to other Christians who want to know. These are they who seek to gain from "godliness" or religion (cf. I Timothy 6:5).

We seek "Christian" techniques for inner healing, outer healing, exorcism, financial prosperity, or for receiving spiritual power. This way of thinking is alien to the Hebrew mind.

In our culture, we have commercialized everything, including Christianity. We no longer preach the Gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons and make disciples – we market tapes, booklets and trinkets. We make music, not to worship God, but to sell CDs. Evangelists are selected because they "know how to get the dollars in the door" or "attract the crowds" or "get the numbers up." Ministerial power has been commercialized and politicized as much as that of regular politicians. Christian publishing houses publish celebrity Christian books – not because they are well written, or because they say something important – but because they will sell and make money for the company.

In the days when Jesus’ Kingdom movement was known as the "Sect of the Nazarenes" (Acts 24:5,14), being a "Christian" was about relationship with God and with fellow man (Matthew 22:36-38; John 13:34-35). In the centuries since, we have de-emphasized relationship, and at the same time have intellectualized, politicized and commercialized the "faith once for all delivered." These three deleterious influences have radically changed the nature of the Church. The spirit of anti-Judaism and later anti-Semitism has done much to destroy the original personality of the believing community. This explains why it is so difficult for many to understand either Testament.

To truly grasp what it means to be a follower of Yeshua, one must return to the Hebrew roots of his movement, and of the documents we now refer to as "The New Testament." Amen!

In His Service Together, Pastor Hector Gomez

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011

"Sound the Shofar in Zion and sound the alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the Land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, it is nigh at hand" (Joel 2:1)

As stated in Chapter 1, the festivals are blueprints through which G-d revealed His overall plan of redemption for both man and the earth following the fall of man in the Garden of Eden (Gan Eden) as well as the role that the Messiah (Yeshua) would play in that redemption. The festivals are divided into two major portions, depending upon whether they occur in the spring or the fall. The spring festivals teach about the first coming of the Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) and the fall festivals teach about the second coming of the Messiah Yeshua. In Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 it is written, "...His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." The "latter and former rain" in this passage is commonly interpreted and understood to be the coming of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh). This is indeed a valid interpretation and application; however, the former and latter rain also refers to the first and second coming of the Messiah (Yeshua).

G-d set up the festivals in an agricultural context. G-d gave the natural for us to understand the spiritual (1 Corinthians 15:46-47). During the course of the year, the rains come in Israel at two primary times--the spring and the fall. If we cross-reference Hosea (Hoshea) 6:3 with Joel (Yoel) 2:23, we see that the former rain is the Hebrew word moreh which means "teacher," and the word moderately in Joel 2:23, is the Hebrew word tzedakah, which means "righteousness." The teacher of righteousness was a term for the Messiah. Yeshua (Jesus) was the teacher of righteousness sent by G-d as can be seen in John (Yochanan) 3:2. Yeshua was sent by G-d to the earth to faithfully teach us righteousness, just as G-d faithfully sends us the rain (Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 55:10-11). The harvest (believers in the Messiah) is the product that the rain (the Messiah) produces.

In Leviticus 23:2 it is written, "......the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations...." The Hebrew term translated as convocation in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:2,4 is miqra, which means "a rehearsal." From this we can see that G-d gave the festivals to be yearly "rehearsals" of the future events in the redemption. Because G-d gave the "rehearsals" to teach us about the major events in the redemption, if we want to understand the major events in the redemption, then we need to understand what G-d was teaching us by these rehearsals. The purpose of this book is to show how the "rehearsals" teach us about the real events in the redemption and the role of the Messiah (Yeshua) in these events.

In Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, G-d instructed the people to come to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) three times a year to observe the feasts. As they came, they observed ceremonies given by G-d that were performed in both the temple (Beit HaMikdash) and the home. These ceremonies were twofold in nature. They looked forward and they looked backward. Many of these ceremonies and the specific instructions concerning what was done during these feasts and how they were done can be found in the Mishnah, the oral teaching of Judaism, in the section called Mo'ed. The Mishnah is divided into six orders. Each order is divided into tractates, or different sections of each order. The order called Mo'ed speaks of the festivals. Mo'ed, which we saw earlier means "an appointed time," has two meanings. First, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:16, the Jewish people have an appointment to be at a specific place (Jerusalem) at a specific time (the time of the three major pilgrimage festivals). Secondly, G-d has an appointment to perform certain events in the redemption at this time. There are four important aspects to remember when dealing with each of the seven great festivals of the L-rd:
1.All of the festivals are, at the same time, both historical and prophetic.
2.All of the festivals teach about the Messiah (Yeshua), or Jesus.
3.All of the festivals are agricultural in context.
4.All of the festivals teach about your personal relationship with G-d and how you are to walk (halacha) with Him as you grow in the knowledge of Him, from being a baby believer to a mature believer.

It is important to remember that as an entire unit, the festivals teach and reveal the complete plan of G-d; however, each festival centers on a particular theme in the plan of G-d.




OVERVIEW OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS

The four spring festivals are Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), First Fruits (Bikkurim), and the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.
1.Passover (Pesach) occurs in the first month of the religious calendar (Aviv, also called Nisan), on the fourteenth day, Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:5.
2.Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) immediately follows the first day of Passover (Pesach). It is observed in the first month (Aviv/Nisan) from the fifteenth day to the twenty-first day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:6-8).
3.The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest (Bikkurim) is observed during the week of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah). Anciently, on this day, sheaves of barley were waved before the L-rd in a prescribed ceremony. Today, this festival is not observed in traditional Judaism.
4.The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is also known as Pentecost. Beginning on the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim), we begin to count 50 days. This is called the counting of the omer. On the fiftieth day following the Feast of First Fruits (Bikkurim) is the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) or Pentecost (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:15-21). (Note: Pentecost is a Greek word that literally means "fiftieth.")

These four spring festivals are joined together as an interrelated unit. The Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) is considered the conclusion or atzeret to Passover. The season of Passover (Pesach) is not considered totally over until Shavuot (Pentecost) is completed.




The Exodus Story: From Pesach to Shavuot

Pesach (Passover) begins in Egypt (Mitzrayim) (a type of the world), where the children of Israel had become slaves. When the children of Israel cried out to G-d to remember the promises He made to Abraham (Avraham), Isaac (Yitzchak), and Jacob (Ya'akov), G-d called forth a deliverer named Moses (Moshe). G-d told Moses (Moshe) that He was going to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt (Mitzrayim) to the Promised Land (Exodus [Shemot] 3:8). When G-d sent Moses (Moshe) to Pharaoh, G-d did not tell Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land. Instead, G-d only instructed Moses (Moshe) to ask Pharaoh to allow the children of Israel to take a three-day journey into the wilderness to make a sacrifice to G-d (Exodus [Shemot] 3:18). Moses (Moshe) obeyed G-d's instructions exactly as can be seen in Exodus (Shemot) 5:1-3. Pharaoh's first deviance of the Almighty One of Israel was his refusal to allow the people of G-d to observe a feast and to sacrifice to Him!

After a remarkable series of plagues inflicted on Egypt (Mitzrayim) because of Pharaoh's continued stubbornness, the children of Israel were finally released to leave Egypt laden with the spoils of the Egyptians. The children of Israel came to the banks of the Red Sea on the seventeenth day of Aviv/Nisan, which is three days after the day of Passover in the first month of the religious calendar. The Passover Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan and the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim) before midnight in the evening of the fifteenth after the death angel struck the firstborn of Egypt (Mitzrayim). When Pharaoh saw that the children of Israel were trapped against the sea, he foolishly decided to pusue them with his army (Exodus [Shemot] 14:1-9). The children of Israel became afraid, but Moses (Moshe) rose up and said, as it is written, "...Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation [Yeshooah in Hebrew], of the Lord..." (Exodus [Shemot] 14:13). Jesus (Yeshua) in Hebrew means salvation or Savior (Matthew [Mattityahu] 1:21).

At this point, the sea divided and the children of Israel crossed the floor of the Red Sea on dry ground while the Egyptian army, along with Pharaoh, pursued the Hebrews into the Red Sea and were drowned (Exodus [Shemot] 14:26-28; 15:4,19). The Bible says that the L-rd's right hand destroyed the Egyptians (Exodus [Shemot] 15:6,12). The right hand is a term for the Messiah, Yeshua (Psalms [Tehillim] 44:3; 48:10; 63:8; 74:10-11; 89:13; 98:1; 110:1; 118:16; 138:7; Isaiah [Yeshayahu] 41:10; 53:1-5; 62:8; Acts 2:32-36; 5:31-32; Hebrews 1:3).

It is important to note that Pharaoh, along with his army, drowned in the sea. In the days of Joseph (Yosef), there was a famine in Israel and the children of Israel went down to Egypt (Mitzrayim) and gave themselves to rulership under Pharaoh. Because of this, Pharaoh had legal ownership over the people. This ownership could be broken only by the death of Pharaoh, thus freeing the children of Israel to go to the Promised Land. Because of this fact, G-d did not violate His word to Pharaoh through Moses (Moshe) when he asked Pharaoh to let the people go on a three-day journey into the wilderness, but later continued to go to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh died, his rulership over the children of Israel was legally broken and the people were free to go to the Promised Land. For this reason, the season of Passover (Pesach) is called "The Feast of Our Freedom".

Spiritually speaking, Pharaoh is a type of satan (Ha satan). Until you accept the Messiah (Yeshua) into your life, Satan (Ha satan) has legal ownership over you. By the death of Yeshua (Jesus), the legal ownership that satan (Ha satan) has over our lives is broken and we are free to enter into the spiritual promised land of G-d and receive all the promises that He has promised us.




Fifty Days From the Red Sea: Shavuot (Pentecost)

From the crossing of the Red Sea (Nisan 17) to the day Moses (Moshe) met G-d on Mount Sinai were 47 days. For 47 days the children of Israel traveled through the wildemess before they came to Mount Sinai on the third day of the third month (Sivan) (Exodus [Shemot] 19:1). G-d instructed the people through Moses (Moshe) to sanctify themselves before He visited them three days later on Mount Sinai, which would be the sixth day of the third month of Sivan (Exodus [Shemot] 19:10-11). This day would be the fiftieth day following the crossing of the Red Sea; it came to be known as the revelation of G-d at Mount Sinai. This day being the fiftieth day from the crossing of the Red Sea on Nisan 17 would be the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost.

Therefore, from the Exodus story, we can see that the Lamb was slain on the fourteenth of Nisan, the day of Passover (Pesach). On the fifteenth of Nisan, the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah), the people left Egypt; on the seventeenth of Nisan the children of Israel crossed the Red Sea; and 50 days later on the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot), or Pentecost, G-d gave the Torah (instruction) on Mount Sinai. In the following chapters, we will see how Yeshua (Jesus) died on Passover (Pesach) (Nisan 14), was in the sepulcher on the day of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzah) (Nisan 15), and was resurrected on the day of First Fruits (Bikkurim) (Nisan 17), and the Holy Spirit empowered the believers 50 days following Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection on the day of Pentecost (Shavuot). We will also discover what these feasts mean to the individual believer and how they relate to our personal relationship with G-d.




FALL FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

The fall festival season begins with a 40-day period called, in Hebrew, Teshuvah, which means "to repent or return." This 40-day period begins in the sixth month of the religious calendar, the month of Elul, and concludes on the tenth day of the seventh month, which is Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement. Each morning in the synagogue following the morning prayers, a shofar is blown (except on sabbaths and the day preceding Rosh HaShanah, the Feast of Trumpets). Psalm (Tehillim) 27 is read every day. Rosh HaShanah is the thirtieth day into this 40-day period of Teshuvah or repentance. The biblical name for Rosh HaShanah is Yom Teruah, which means "the day of the awakening blast." Non-Jews call this the Feast of Trumpets. It is observed on the seventh month (Tishrei) and the first day of the month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:23-24). G-d gave us this day to teach us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah, the wedding of the Messiah, and much more. This day is both the Jewish New Year and the beginning of a period of soul-searching known as the High Holy Days, culminating on Yom Kippur. Therefore, the last 10 days of the 40-day period of Teshuvah, beginning on Elul 1, is also called the High Holy Days.

The first and second days of the 10 High Holy Days (Tishrei 1-10) are collectively known as one day (Nehemiah 7:73; 8:1-2,13). The seven-day period from Tishrei 3 through Tishrei 9 is called the Days of Awe or the Awesome Days (Yamim Nora'im). G-d gave these special days on His calendar to teach us about the future tribulation period on earth (Chevlai shel Mashiach). These seven days will correspond to the seven years of the tribulation known in Hebrew as the "birthpangs of the Messiah" (Chevlai shel Mashiach).

Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is observed on the tenth day of the seventh month (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:26-32). Since Rosh Hashanah teaches us about the resurrection of the dead, the coronation of the Messiah and the wedding of the Messiah, and the Days of Awe teach us about the tribulation (Chevlai shel Mashiach), Yom Kippur teaches us about the literal second coming of the Messiah Yeshua when He will set His foot down on the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4).

The Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) is observed the fifteenth day of the seventh month of Tishrei to the twenty-first day. This festival teaches us the joy of the Messianic Kingdom, known in Hebrew as the Athid Lavo or to non-Jews as the Millennium. This can be found in Leviticus (Vayikra) 23:33-44. The day following the twenty-first day of Tishrei, the last day of Sukkot, is a special day called Shemini Atzeret. It is known as the eighth day (Leviticus [Vayikra] 23:36) and is the twenty-second day of Tishrei.

Another festival called Simchat Torah is observed in conjunction with Shemini Atzeret. Simchat means "rejoicing" in Hebrew, so Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah." In ancient times, this festival was observed on the twenty-second of Tishrei, the same day as Shemini Atzeret. Today it is celebrated on the twenty-third of Tishrei. The celebration of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah spans a 48-hour period, but it is referred to as "one long day." It is only one of two instances in the biblical year when there is a 48-hour period known as one long day. The other is Rosh HaShanah, which spans the first and second days of Tishrei. Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah were given by G-d to teach us how things will be following the Messianic age or the Millennium when the world will enter into eternity.




FEASTS OF THE L-RD



Biblical/Hebrew Name English Name Time of Observance
1. Pesach Passover Nisan/Aviv 14 2. Hag HaMatzah Feast of Unleavened Bread Nisan/Aviv 15-21 3. Bikkurim First Fruits of Barley Harvest The morrow after the sabbath during Hag HaMatzah 4. Shavuot Feast of Weeks/Pentecost Fifty days from the Feast of First Fruits 5. Yom Teruah Feast of Trumpets Tishrei 1 (Rosh HaShanah) 6. Yom Kippur Day of Atonement Tishrei 10 7. Sukkot Feast of Tabernacles/Booths Tishrei 15-21 a. Shemini Atzeret The eighth assembly/conclusion Tishrei 22b. Simchat Torah Rejoicing in the Torah Tishrei 23




HISTORICAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST HISTORICAL ASPECT
1. Passover Israel's deliverance out of Egyptian bondage (Pesach) 2. Unleavened Bread The going out of Egypt (Hag HaMatzah) 3. First Fruits Crossing the Red Sea (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Giving the Torah at Mount Sinai (Shavuot) 5. Rosh HaShanah Blowing the Shofar/Jewish New Year (Yom Teruah) 6. Day of Atonement Priest entered the Holy of Holies (Yom Kippur) Cleansing of the people's sins 7. Tabernacles Entering the Promised Land/Great Rejoicing (Sukkot)




MESSIANIC APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST MESSIANIC FULFILLMENT
1. Passover Death of Yeshua on the tree (Pesach) 2. Unleavened Bread The Burial of Yeshua (Hag HaMatzah) 3. First Fruits Resurrection of Yeshua (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Pouring out of the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot) on Shavuot (Acts 2) 5. Rosh HaShanah The Resurrection of the Dead / (Yom Teruah) Rapture (Natzal) of believers 6. Day of Atonement The Day of Messiah's Second Coming (Zech 14:4) (Yom Kippur) 7. Tabernacles The Messianic Era/Millennium (Sukkot) (Athid Lavo)




SPIRITUAL APPLICATION OF THE FEASTS



FEAST SPIRITUAL APPLICATION ( Halacha )
1. Passover Repent (Teshuvah) and trust by faith (Emunah) (Pesach) in the shed blood of Yeshua 2. Unleavened Bread Sanctification and separation from evil represented (Hag HaMatzah) by water immersion (Mikvah) 3. First Fruits Walking (Halacha) in newness of life (Bikkurim) 4. Pentecost Immersion in the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) (Shavuot) and growing in faith (Emunah) in G-d (making spiritual aliyah) 5. Rosh HaShanah Hear (Shema) the calling (Shofar) of (Yom Teruah) for our lives 6. Day of Atonement Yielding ourselves to G-d so we may live (face to face) (Yom Kippur) in His Presence 7. Tabernacles A daily rest (shabbat) in the Messiah and (Sukkot) having the rest (menuchah) of His Kingdom in our hearts

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on November 10th, 2011

Exodus 34:6-7 - "And He [the Lord] passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet He does not leave the guilty unpunished; He punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation.' "

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 - "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse - the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known."

Generational curses are judgments that are passed on to individuals because of sins perpetuated in a family in a number of generations. Generational curses are similar to original sin curses because they can be passed down on a generational basis. They differ in that generational curses do not impose eternal judgment. They bring judgment or bondage during an individual's life, reducing the quality of life, until that individual addresses the sin issues that put the curses into place.

Moses addressed this issue when the Israelites were preparing to enter the promised land. He told the new generation that was preparing to enter in that they would not enter unless the dealt with their own personal sins and also the sins of their fathers. The account can be found in Leviticus 26:39-42

"Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers' sin they will waste away. But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers - their treachery against me and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies - then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land."

As I have said in other writings, curses take away the quality of life. They can bring failure, shame, sickness and even physical death. They are temporal in nature, causing much grief. They are administered to get our attention and encourage us to turn back to God. Those who are humbled by them, repent and find restoration and renewed freedom from the Lord. Those who become angry, self-righteous and rebel against what God has permitted, and thus remain unrepentant, go deeper into bondage and darkness.

The Scriptures reveal a two prong approach for dealing with generational bondage. We have to address (1) Personal sins and also (2) Generational sins (in the family).

At this point, I know that many Christians will reason, "I thought that all the past is under the blood when I received Jesus as my Savior!" As far as your salvation and eternal destiny is concerned, that is true. But our enemy loves to cause us grief when there are sins connected to our lives (personal or generational) that has not been addressed through repentance and confession. Do you remember that time when you received Jesus into your life? You acknowledged your sin in a general way and asked Him to be your Savior and forgive you and cleanse you. The Lord was very gracious with your general confession, but later on the Holy Spirit began to convict you of sins in your past. You were led to repent of them and confess them specifically to the Lord. Why did the Spirit do that? He wanted you to be free of any legal claims of the enemy upon your life. It had nothing to do with your salvation, but the quality and freedom of your new life in Christ.

Why does God permit the enemy to do be such a hindrance? Because the Lord, in His sovereignty, can use even the enemy's activities to accomplish something good in our lives. Some of the effects include chastisement, testing of faith, a guard against complacency, humility, and the motivation to pursue a sanctified life.

How do we begin to address the problem of generational curses and bondages? First, you must develop two sin lists - one personal and one for your family (including parents and the members of each of their families). You must be specific and thorough. Take your time. Go before the Lord and ask Him to help you prepare those lists.

The following is a list of sin categories to help you prepare your lists. Check the following:




IDOLATRY: _Eastern Religions (list) _Meditation _Chanting/mantras _Cults (list them) _Secret Orders/Lodges _Material things _Money _People

OCCULT: _Astrology _Fortune telling (various types) _Ouija Board _Seances _Dungeons & Dragons (or similar games - board or computer) _Hypnosis/Self-hypnosis _ESP _Crystals _Psychic healing _Occult literature _Occult beliefs _OOBE (Out of body experiences attempted/experienced) _Spiritism _Parapsychology _Psychic beliefs and practices _channeling _mind control

WITCHCRAFT & SATANISM: _Incantations _Spells _Dedications _Rituals _Ritual abuse _Blasphemy/Mockery _Literature _Beliefs _Sacrifices _Perversions _Magic _Santeria _Voodoo _Wicca _ Powwow healing witchcraft (Pennsylvania Dutch) _Maloike (Italian witchcraft) _Druidism (Celtic witchcraft)

SEXUAL SINS: _Fornication _Adultery _Pornography _Rape _Incest _Lust _Masturbation _Homosexuality _Abortion _Bestiality _Pedophilia _Exhibitionism _Abuse _Fantasy _Other perversions

DRUGS/ADDICTIONS: _Illegal (list) _Alcohol abuse _Smoking (abuse of body) _Prescription drug dependency _Food dependency

BELIEVING SATAN'S LIES: _Regarding self-image _Regarding God _Regarding religious beliefs _Regarding people _Regarding behavior _Regarding world standards and philosophies

FEAR: _Fear of failure _Fear of success _Fear of Rejection _Miscellaneous fears (list) _Anxiety _Worry _Despair _Hopelessness

UNBELIEF: _Lack of trust _Double-mindedness _Doubts _Skepticism

DECEIT/DISHONESTY: _Lying _Stealing _Exaggeration

PRIDE: _Self-righteousness _Self-focused _Vanity _Arrogance

REBELLION: _Disobedience _Disrespect _Self-will _Desire to be in Control _Stubbornness

ANGER: _Hatred _Bitterness _Resentment _unforgiveness _Rage _Revenge _Slander/Gossip _Critical/Judgmental _Blame-shifting _Prejudice/Bigotry _Malice

WISHING DEATH: _For self _For others

VIOLENT ACTS: _Attempted suicide _Abuse _Murder

VULGAR & ABUSIVE LANGUAGE: _Cursing (Lord's name in vain) _Sarcasm _Condemning _Off color stories and jokes

MUSIC: (Regarding content of message or performers' lifestyles) _Occult _Satanic _Sexual _Rebellion _Drug oriented _Focus on Death

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE: (with roots in false religious beliefs or with psychic/occult influences) _Reiki _Therapeutic Touch _meditation techniques (emptying the mind) _Transcendental Meditation _acupuncture _acupressure _sonopuncture _iridology _chromotherapy _sound therapy _kinesiology _radionics _astrologic medicine _orgonomy _bioenergetics _biofeedback _hypnotic regression _reflexology _polarity therapy _Rolfing _Do'in _Shiatsu _yoga _Kirilian photography _autogenics _iridology _Ayurvedic Medicine _Tai Chi _Qigong _Traditional Chinese medicine _visualization techniques _psychic diagnosis _psychic healing.

Please Note: that Chinese Herbs are not Traditional medicine as prescribed b our friend Dr. Israel. Dr Israel 's methods of healing are Biblical, I know! they work for me and my family and many in our congregation!

UNSCRIPTURAL SEEKING OF SPIRITUAL GIFTS OR SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE: _Priming the pump to receive tongues _Accepting any personal experience without testing it by the Word of God _Receiving personal prophecies without testing them and having them confirmed by God and the body of Christ and especially your Pastor or Elders.

This is only a guide to aid you in preparing your sin lists. It is not comprehensive. Not every sin is listed. Add whatever is applicable to your situation.

Make sure that you are truly repentant as you confess these sins. Otherwise the confession means very little. It is important to be repentant on behalf of your family. If you continue to be angry and bitter towards your family, your prayers will not be effective. Ask God to give you a spirit of forgiveness for yourself and anyone in your life dead or alive.

After you have confessed all sins on each list, renounce any claims of Satan upon your life in the name of Yeshua/Jesus. Declare that you have placed all his claims against you under the blood of Yeshua/Jesus, your Savior.

Then spend a time of worship and praise to the Lord and in His Torah/Bible. Thank Him in advance for the deliverance and healing that He is going to bring into your life.

Don't expect everything to come at once. The Lord will unfold to you new freedoms in the days that follow. Don't compare yourself with anyone else. His work in your life will be different than in other lives. He knows what you need and when you need it. Keep close accounts with the Lord. Stay in His Word, His Torah and in prayer. Stand against the enemy and confess the Word of Yahweh your God . When you have new freedoms, remember that the enemy will visit you trying to steal them away from you. Keep your eyes on the Yeshua and His Torah. The Yeshua loves you and He is faithful to redeem you.

NOTE: If family members continue to sin in the present, their sins should be confessed each day, on their behalf, until they repent of their sins. Doing this will continue to bring grace/favor into their lives and it will also hinder the efforts of the enemy.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011


Many Christians believe we were given a new commandment – “If it seems right to you, go ahead and do it!” They say that Paul taught we now have freedom to do anything we want. We are under grace, so all things are legal now. We are not under that nasty old law anymore. Peter told us that some of Paul’s writings were hard to understand. So, is it possible that we don’t really understand some of the things he said? Let’s examine some of these things in order to see how this may or may not be true.



1Co 6:12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.



Wow! Does this give us license to do anything we want? All we have to do is become believers and we can do everything the pagans do without the consequences. All things are now legal to eat or do? If we are now under grace and cannot sin, then why does Paul go into all his diatribes against sin? Why bother if all things, while maybe not expedient, are now legal for us to do?



Or, Heaven forbid, maybe we really don’t understand what he meant. After all, he had just spoken the following words:



1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of Yahweh .



Now this really doesn’t make much sense if we understand it this way. It is legal to do all these things, but if you do, you won’t make it into the kingdom of Yahweh. Obviously, we’re not getting the whole picture. There is a word play here in the Greek that cannot be accurately conveyed in the English language. Perhaps, a better rendering of this would be that all these things are in Paul’s power to do, but not proper to do so. Paul made the same argument in chapter 10 about eating things sacrificed to idols.



Paul would hardly be teaching anything that conflicted with Torah. From the way Paul expressed things, the Greek scriptures and our unfamiliarity with Torah, some things have been lost in the translation. A better approach might be to do as Paul did, not necessarily what you think he said to do.



Some like to use Romans 14 to prove they may eat anything now.



Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for Elohim hath received him.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for Elohim is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto Yahweh; and he that regardeth not the day, to Yahweh he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to Yahweh, for he giveth Elohim thanks; and he that eateth not, to Yahweh he eateth not, and giveth Elohim thanks.





These verses are contrasting the eating of clean meats to vegetarianism. They are not saying it is okay to eat anything. Contrary to what some of you might think, Paul never ate a pork chop in his entire life. Another thing to be noted here, there is nothing in these verses about the Sabbath. Some use verse 5, to their own peril, to prove they can establish their own “Sabbath” day on any day of the week. Paul was talking about fasting in this verse. The Jews fasted, according to their own traditions, twice a week on the 2nd and 5th days. Others did not fast on those days or at all. It was a man made tradition, not the commandment of Yahweh to do so. They were not to judge each other if one fasted and the other didn’t.



Well, what about verse 14 then?



Rom 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Master Yahshua, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

Rom 14:15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Messiah died.



Note again, this is a continuation of Paul’s exhortation not to judge our brother in his eating habits. Whether anything is unclean of itself or not is debatable. I find it hard to believe Paul is saying a buzzard or a spider, for example, is not unclean of itself. There are many things that are unclean of themselves, so it is doubtful that Paul had in mind unclean things that Yahweh had already placed off limits for food. Whether the things listed in Lev. 11 are unclean of themselves or not, hardly matters, they are unclean to us and forbidden for food because Yahweh said so. Let’s move on to another verse that causes problems for some:



Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Mesiah



Paul was warning the Colossians they were being judged by deceivers who were trying to impose their paganistic doctrines upon them. Some have tried to say that this proves the Sabbath and food laws were abolished. It does nothing of the sort. The word “therefore” in verse 16 refers to all that he has just told them. He was forbidding the adoption of pagan practices, the commandments and doctrines of men, which would eventually perish. The only ones who were to judge them was “the body of Messiah.” The little italicized word “is” is not in the Greek in verse 17. The translator obviously didn’t understand what Paul meant and didn’t think you would either, so he added the word “is” to help clarify it for you. Leave out the “is” here and it makes perfect sense (No one is to judge you, but the body of Messiah). See how the addition of punctuation and little italicized words can cloud the whole meaning of a verse.



The things mentioned in verse 16 are called types and shadows of things still to come. The Feasts of Yahweh and the weekly Sabbath represent prophetic events, some of which will be fulfilled when Yahshua returns.



Here is another scripture used to justify eating anything:



1Co 8:8 But meat commendeth us not to Elohim: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.

1Co 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.



This whole chapter is talking about eating meat sacrificed to idols. Of course, Paul is not talking about eating a pig. He is speaking of meat that would be considered clean according to Lev. 11. If you carefully read verse 8, it says you are not better if you eat it, nor are you worse off if you don’t eat. It is a complete wash, you gain nothing either way.



1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

1Ti 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which Elohim hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

1Ti 4:4 For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of Elohim and prayer.



Now, an unlearned person would just read this on the surface and believe it is saying that it is a doctrine of demons to abstain from meats, which Yahweh created for food. All you have to do now is pray over your ham sandwich and Presto! It is now clean. The key is in verse 3, “meats which Elohim created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth”. He tells us what those things are in Lev. Chapter 11. These are the clean things He ordained that we could use for food. Nowhere in the Word of Yahweh are unclean foods ever sanctified (set apart). The unbelievers can eat anything they so desire, but Yahweh’s people are to be set apart (kadosh) unto Him. Your body is the temple of the Ruach HaKodesh, why would you want to defile it by eating unclean things?



If you still believe pork has somehow been sanctified by the word of Yahweh and prayer, then let’s read what Isaiah had to say would take place on the Day of Yahweh.



Isa 66:15 For, behold, Yahweh will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will Yahweh plead with all flesh: and the slain of Yahweh shall be many.

Isa 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith Yahweh.



Note what it does NOT say. “Pork eating Christians won’t be wiped out with the pork eating heathen because they will have already been “raptured” out in a secret coming of Yahshua.” The problem here is, there will be no secret coming of Yahshua. He told his disciples in Matt. 24:25-26 that he was warning them beforehand, that there would be false prophets that would say his coming would be in secret. Rev. 1:7 plainly states EVERY eye will see him when he returns. So, we’re still left with a dilemma. Who are these pork eaters? They’re not the Moslems, so who could they possibly be?



Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name (or not calling upon my name – how many call upon the name of Yahweh?).

Isa 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;

Isa 65:3 A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

Isa 65:4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

Isa 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day



Paul tells us who they are.



Rom 10:20 But Isaiah is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Rom 10:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.



According to the Apostle Paul, they are Israel. They are us! When you become a believer, you are grafted into Israel. You become no different than any other Israelite. All the prophecies that apply to Israel now pertain to you. Yahweh has no other people apart from Israel. If you are not Israel, you do not belong to Him PERIOD.



Actually, Isaiah 66: 19-21 also gives us the same information as to the identity of this pork-eating people. The survivors of this group of people will help gather Israel from all nations and present them to Yahweh, as an offering in a clean vessel. He will then take of them for priests and Levites. These are the ones who commonly refer to themselves as Christians. They are lost identity Israelites in dispersion. It doesn’t sound like Yahweh is completely pleased with them either. If Yahweh is pleased with the “Church”, then He has changed!



Did Messiah say anything about changing the law? Did he condone eating unclean food? Did he ever eat swine’s flesh? Some people think he said it was okay to eat anything, so let’s see what he did say. First of all, he made it very clear in his very first recorded sermon that he did not come to change the law (Torah).



Mat 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

Mat 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.



That sounds pretty clear, doesn’t it? Heaven and earth are still here and all things are not yet fulfilled. So, if he taught anything different, then this statement was not true and we have a big problem and no savior. Remember, the law included the clean/unclean food laws. So, let’s look at one scripture that some think was Yahshua’s okay to now eat anything.



Mat 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mat 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

Mat 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.



There it is, the smoking gun… Yahshua plainly states that it isn’t what you eat that defiles you, but what comes out of your mouth. So, now you can go eat your ham sandwich, it doesn’t defile you anymore. I guess what he is saying here then, is that anyone teaching you that it is forbidden to eat pork is teaching man’s commandments.

If you just listened to these Christian sound bytes, taken out of context, you would get that same impression. But, why not read the whole chapter to see what he is talking about. The “commandments of men” that Yahshua referred to was about washing your hands before you eat. This is what the whole thing is about. Was this a commandment of Yahweh or of man? Yahshua clarifies this a few verses later.



Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Mat 15:20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man



It is clearly a doctrine of man. Compare the Mark chapter 7 version of this account.



What about Peter’s vision in Acts Chapter 10, wasn’t Yahweh showing him that it was now okay to eat all those abominable things?



Act 10:10 And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance,

Act 10:11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth:

Act 10:12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air.

Act 10:13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.

Act 10:14 But Peter said, Not so Yahweh; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What Elohim hath cleansed, that call not thou common.



Again, many read these sound bytes and stop right there. Elohim has cleansed all those unclean things, so they are now okay to eat. But, this is not the meaning of Peter’s vision. He explains what it meant in verse 28.



Act 10:28 And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but Elohim hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.



It wasn’t about food at all. It was about Yahweh cleansing the gentiles also by the blood of Yahshua.



Part of our problem is a lack of understanding of the scriptures from a Jewish perspective. If any part of the Renewed Covenant (New Testament) conflicts with Torah, it is to be discarded. Fortunately, it does not conflict. There are areas we don’t understand because of a lack of understanding of Torah. We think Paul and Peter are telling us something when the opposite may be true. To the Hebrew mind, unclean things were never even considered to be food. Consider the following scripture from the Torah:



Deu 12:15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of Yahweh thy Elohim which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.



Did this mean that they could eat anything their soul lusted after? Of course not! That would have been a violation of Torah. However, they could kill and eat of any of the clean animals, two of which were mentioned here. The ritually clean and unclean person alike could eat of them.



We know that the Apostle Paul kept the law, which included the Feasts, the clean food laws, the Sabbath and all that was written in the Torah.



Act 25:7 And when he was come, the Jews which came down from Jerusalem stood round about, and laid many and grievous complaints against Paul, which they could not prove.

Act 25:8 While he answered for himself, Neither against the law of the Jews, neither against the temple, nor yet against Caesar, have I offended any thing at all.



Paul never taught that the law (Torah) was abolished. He kept it in all it’s aspects and taught his followers to do likewise. He laid out some initial guidelines for the returning Israelites (gentiles) to begin a full torah walk. He didn’t try to lay everything on them all at once. But, from what he did tell them, we can see that the clean food laws and full Torah observance was in view.



Act 15:19 Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Elohim: ( the Greek word “Epistrepho” means to return or come back to)

Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.



The idols and fornication were obvious no-no’s, but why the prohibition against things strangled? It is because this was a common way the pagans sacrificed an animal. When an animal was strangled, the blood was never drained from it. In contrast, when an animal was sacrificed by the Jews, its throat was slit with a sharp knife which resulted in a quick painless death for the animal. The blood was then drained as commanded in the Torah. Many gentile (grafted in Israelites) believers still consume blood in violation of Paul’s instructions and Torah. Rare steak anyone?



Paul’s intentions are clearly in view here. He didn’t want to dump everything on them all at once. In verse 21, he explains that they can learn all the other necessary things as they go to the synagogues each Sabbath day.



There is nothing in any of Paul’s actions that even remotely suggest he violated Torah. He admonished us to be imitators of him as he followed Yahshua (I Co.4:16). By his own admission, he did not offend in anything at all in the Torah. He was fully Torah observant.



Why would he have taught us otherwise? Hope and pray this has been an enlightenment of the misunderstanding of what has been taught from traditions and customs of man. Please read: Mark 7:6-9 & Colossians 2:8-10.



P.S. Please remember that the Torah means God's teaching and instruction,and commandments, not the "Law" so Paul was teaching from the word of God, there was no "King James Version Bible back then! Amen! Hope this has cleared up allot things for you.

by Rabbi Hector Gomez on October 11th, 2011

THE pig or swine is a very popular food item with most Christians. Yet Christians are unaware that the God they profess to believe in had condemned the eating of swine's flesh. The condemnation was based on some very sound biological principles. Here are some facts on pork that prove it to be a very unhealthy food to eat:


Error! Filename not specified.A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.


Error! Filename not specified.The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.


Error! Filename not specified.When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.


Error! Filename not specified.Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.


Error! Filename not specified.Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.


Error! Filename not specified.Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.


Error! Filename not specified.When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal's flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.


Error! Filename not specified.Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts,and eggs will be killed.


Error! Filename not specified.Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.


Error! Filename not specified.Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine's one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.


Error! Filename not specified.The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why YAHWEH commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).


Error! Filename not specified.The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.


Error! Filename not specified.The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.


There are other reasons grounded in biological facts that could be listed to show why pigs and swine should not be eaten. But a true believer should only need one reason why not to eat this type of food because YAHWEH prohibited it.


"And the swine, because it divides the hoof, yet does not chew the cud, it is unclean unto you: you shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase." - Leviticus 11:7,8; Deuteronomy 14:8


Those who say YAHWEH abolished the law condemning pork are motivated by their stomach not Scripture. The problems with pork are biological, and YAHWEH never changed the laws of biology. Ask any doctor if pork is good for you, and if they tell anything different that what these facts show, then change your doctor! All they want is for you to keep coming back to them, and then it's all about your money, and not interested in your health! If they are honest they will tell you the truth!





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