Stunning rainbow…

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Two days ago, I witnessed what was easily the most stunning rainbow I have ever seen.  My camera phone does not do it justice.  It was so close and so vivid the tree it appears to come from literally looked like it was on fire.  Amazing!!

I cannot look at a rainbow, though, without remembering the Sabbath.  God uses EXACTLY the same terminology when He gives the Covenant of the Sabbath as He does with the Covenant of the Rainbow.

Each of those covenants promise that He will DO something.  Rainbow = no flood, Sabbath = sanctify the keeper.  Both are FOREVER.  The Rainbow nor the Sabbath ever change.  (In fact, a great study is the word ‘olam’ meaning ‘forever’ and where God uses it…. You may be surprised that Passover and the Feasts are… forever, regardless of doctrine or theology to the contrary.

http://bible.com/100/exo.31.13-17.NASB

Countering the Mark of the Beast…

The ‘Mark of the Beast’ is a pretty common prophecy topic, but have you ever noticed that holy to the Lordthere are several ‘marks’ God puts on HIS people?  By those ‘marks’ can you KNOW that you are one of His?

The mark of the Beast is supposed to be a sign on the ‘right hand or on the forehead,’ as Revelation 13:16 reveals. The exact same terminology* is used in 14:9, 11; 16:2 (2); 19:20 and 20:4.  “Head and/or hand…”

But, what if you knew what the mark or sign of God’s people is?  Would it be worth researching and studying it out??

In fact, Scripture gives several very clear signs or marks that distinguish God’s people.  Consider these very clear verses: Continue reading “Countering the Mark of the Beast…”

The Way : A Documentary

The Kickstarter Campaign has already been all over the internet and the trailer is a ‘must-see!’  I have had communication with the Producer and the Director for The Way and I feel VERY good about where this documentary is going and the story it is going to tell.

The campaign reached its goal in 36 hours, but now, having exceeded its goal, it is reaching for additional funding that will further improve the final product.  If you are curious about a hard look into this movement, or want to see THE Story told, here is an opportunity to help out with a pledge.  And, pledges have benefits 

I would ask this of my readers: Would you be willing to forego your personal name and picture being on the poster and instead, have the name ‘B’ney Yosef’ put in to draw attention to the BIG picture?  The Two Stick Prophecy and the fact that an organization exists that is actively seeking to gather the Sheep of the House of Joseph is part of this story!  We can draw attention to this fact by having the name appear in the credit…

We and several here have made gifts to that end.   Our goal would be a dozen or so gifts that create a ‘pool’ resulting in an Executive Producer label for the B’ney Yosef Congress.  When the email comes requesting a name and picture for the poster, we will simply answer that we desire that ‘B’ney Yosef’ be listed.

Please join me!

 

Puzzling Theology

I love jigsaw puzzles.  There is something both compelling and satisfying in assembling the pieces of a puzzle and watching a picture slowly emerge.

IMG_20151116_053153691A few days ago a co-worker brought a puzzle to work and many in the office helped assemble the 1000 piece seaside scene over the course of a week.  While the social dynamic of passersby stopping to add a piece or two was interesting, I pondered the unspoken pattern which was naturally followed by all of the participants.  First the corners and border were put in place, then major obvious parts of the image before the less clear and detailed pieces were assembled.

I’ve put puzzles together with many groups and the largely unspoken pattern is almost always followed.   Start with the most obvious and work toward the less clear. Continue reading “Puzzling Theology”

Heresy Hunting, or Truth Telling?

I love James Pyles, my friend who hosts and writes My Morning Meditations.  I pretty much knew that when I posted my ‘rather provocative challenge‘ that he would show up…  I just didn’t expect to be described, albeit tongue in cheek, as a heresy hunter.  Honestly, I’ve read his blog long enough to know the shoe fits his foot.  But, it is funny, anyway.

His post, however, made me consider several thought trails…

My first thought was, “What would Rav Shaul/Paul have done if he had access to the internet?  Would he have contended for truth on a blog among other medium?  Would all of his blog posts have been cookies and cream, hugs and ‘get along,’ or would he have occasionally brought the hammer?  Isn’t he provocative at points?”

That led to my immediate second thought, “Don’t we have more than just one tool in the tool bag?  Continue reading “Heresy Hunting, or Truth Telling?”

Breaking the Sabbath… another way…

It occurred to me the other day as I was reading some Scripture that even IF the Sabbath was moved to Sunday, and IF Christendom need only keep the Ten Commandments, they are still in continual violation of the fourth!  Now, we have proved over and over that these two allowances are patently false, but, for the sake of argument, let’s allow them for a moment.

Christendom claims to keep the 4th-commandmentSabbath, even if NOT on the seventh day as we are clearly commanded more than seven times.  However, despite their claims to the contrary, Christendom breaks the fourth commandment in another highly predictable way….  Notice,

Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath ([a]for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

John gives an interesting detail in this verse.  Besides the weekly Sabbaths, there are some Sabbaths that are Continue reading “Breaking the Sabbath… another way…”

Correcting Our Paradigm

The correct priority of Scripture is sequential.  We should start at the beginning.  Paul tells us that a later covenant cannot Gs NTscontradict an earlier covenant.  Neither can a later scripture contradict an earlier one.  If there were such a contradiction, it would mean that one of the scriptures was wrong (in which case it isn’t Holy scripture) or that God had changed His mind (in which case He is inconsistent and fallible).  The correct priority of Scripture starts with the Torah.

D. Thomas Lancaster, Restoration, Pg. 52

Christendom’s opinion is precisely opposite the above quote from Lancaster.  I can’t tell you how many times it has been expressed or implied that ‘we can’t understand the Old Testament without the New.’  In fact, the very structure of seminary courses, the pattern of preaching habits and the plethora of theological books reveal that Christendom spends roughly 85% of their time in the last 1/3 of the Bible with little or no understanding of the first 2/3rds apart from a few prooftexts.

Yeshua on the other hand, spoke nothing of Himself, but continually pointed to the Tanak Continue reading “Correcting Our Paradigm”