by Christopher from Schtix and Stones
To quote my friend Ed Harris of the radio program ConfrontNation, "sometimes we get too messianic". I am starting to see what Ed means by that. I recently put up something on my facebook asking, where I should get my snack after work. The choices were a chain of restaurants known for it's roast beef sandwiches and another that has awesome buffalo tenders. Seems pretty innocent right? WRONG!!!!! It seems that many of us in the hebraic roots movement are more paranoid than Alex Jones on a meth-bender, and more afraid than Scooby and Shaggy of EVERYTHING!!
This is not how Yeshua wanted us to live, we have abandoned that man made doctrines of the church and for some coming out of orthodox judaism you are abandoning the torah made by men and given to the sheep being lead to the slaughter (aka the Tamlud). So why in the world are we reverting back to such false claims such as, "we should all be vegan, it is biblical". Really? Where in Scriptures does it say that? As a matter of fact notice the most consumed food by the prophets, the talmidim and followers of the almighty Yah was.....MEAT!!!
Then you have some in another group that will say you cannot eat at a certain place because, a man who dated a girl who's cousin works with a guy who's brother works at Halal foods is the CEO of this particular company. That sounds ridiculous but I have actually seen the 7 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon tactic used when it comes to certain eateries.
Many of us are becoming legalistic just like those Yeshua spoke out against. I even had one such person tell me that there is no way I am keeping Torah because I take a 70/30 insulin for my diabetes. I was told by this person that my insulin contained pork. I then took a picture of the vile with the ingredients showing that it was 100% humalin. Then I was told, that the pharmaceutical companies are trying to trick me and that there is some sort of grand conspiracy. This is utter insanity.
So what in the world are we doing people? I will tell you what we are doing, we are in danger of becoming everything Yeshua spoke against, we are becoming the authors of confusion, we are adding to Yahweh's Word, we are trying to over intellectualize the Scriptures, and I do not remember Yeshua traveling with doctors and lawyers and rocket scientists. His talmidim were people after Yahweh's heart, who were broken in their own way. But at times we act like the Pharisees and say "look at me I keep Shabbat, I eat only vegetarian foods, I do not even look at someone who works at McDonalds etc". This is not spiritually healthy. If you read Galatians 2:19-21, you will see the Apostle Paul speak against this very sort of legalism. We are focused on things like enzymes in foods, who makes it etc, that is the very legalism that the Apostle Paul talked about and it is the same legalism that Yeshua spoke against. Man's interpretation building and adding to Scripture through the implied is what will cause the Nazarene/Messianic/Hebrew Roots movement to be no better than the Christians because we follow the same trend. By worrying about who made our foods if they are Halal certified, we are then giving those false, false and blasphemous gods credence, and saying they have power over us, which they do not.
A cheeseburger made by whomever that does not have bacon on it, ladies and gentlemen is kosher. Lets stop being so legalistic, and lets keep the Torah, and stop adding to it. We will then become the very thing we detest. Shalom
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by Christopher (From Schtix and Stones)
We have been seeing the images on TV, the testimonials from the victims of these horrendous attacks in Normandy. The first of these attacks was at a youth camp now known by the AP as the Island of the Dead, where a 32 year old radical Christian fundamentalist by the name of Anders Behring Breivik, shot and mutilated the bodies of 84 children and adults, as reported by the BBC. On the same day another attack was carried out by fundamentalist Islamic extremists in the Capitol city of Oslo. The numbers of those dead and injured are not readily available in AP sources at this time, but the guess is it will not be a few.
We are told on the news that the religious doctrines of Islam and Christianity are at war with each other. However, it is interesting that many look at the Oklahoma City bombings during the Clinton administration which was the deadliest terrorist attack before September 11th 2011 and this such attack was carried out by another Christian fundamentalist. We can go through the history of Christiandom and see that they, like the muslims have blood on their hands all throughout history dating all the way back to the Christian Crusades. And it is common knowledge in the Hebraic Roots movement that the Catholic Church indeed created Islam and trained Mohammad. In an odd way the Christians/Catholics, and Islam compliment each other very well when it comes to death and destruction.
When we look at prophecy however, we see the two very much work together a great deal. Christians will be waiting for a pre-tribulation rapture that has no Scriptural basis, and they will be trying to pull their Muslim brothers and sisters out of Islam and into Christianity. When the rapture does not happen, the opposite effect could then take place. The commonality is also Isa (aka Iseous) aka Jesus, the Greek messiah. Many Christians hold onto the doctrinal talking point that "Jesus will place HIS mark upon us", well the Quran says just that. It is written that Isa will come from out of the underground, (very possibly with holes in his hands and a crown of thorns on his head) and he will be the one to distribute the mark. Then when he bows to the Mahdi, the Christians will then follow.
We need not be confused, Jesus Christ is a fictional messiah who did away with Torah, thus by Deuteronomy 13 making him a false prophet. Yeshua will return after the lasy shofar blast and he will bring up his people after that final shofar blast as written in 1 Thessalonians 4. Many hebraic roots followers could very well be snookered into accepting Jesus' (Isa's) mark as opposed to awaiting the return of the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach.
Lets not fool ourselves Islam, and Christiandom have the same track record and were spawned from each other, so why should we be surprised that in these two attacks in Norway, one was a Christian fundamentalist and the other, and Islamic fundamentalist? They are one in the same same, history proves it, the prophecy in the Scriptures proves it and their actions prove it.
However we must all be in prayers for the victims and their families and ask that YHWH touches them in a very special way, and is able to ease the suffering of the injured, and the families of the mourning, and we as these things in Yeshua's name.
Joseph Israel will be premiering his new EP "Be Not Dismayed" on the Midrash Roundtable this Tuesday (July 26th 2011) on The Nazarene Radio Networkat 9pm EST. Some of the Nazarene Radio Network gang such as Paul Nison, Christopher and JJ Roxx from Schtix and Stones, Jim Morgan from Come Out of Her My People and others will be discussing with Joseph about Messiah Yeshua, his music, his influences and of course his new album Be Not Dismayed. You will not wanna miss this episode of The Midrash which can be heard exclusively on The Nazarene Radio Network at NazareneSpace.com
Here is an acoustic version of one of Joseph's new songs titled "Be Not Dismayed"
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah at Beit Geulah in Morganton, NC (www.BeitGeulah.com)