I cried out to the Father, the Most High God, "Just Give Me The Truth!"
A SPECIAL WORD FOR NON-JEWISH BELIEVERS AND THE COMMANDMENTS OF G-D FROM PASTOR CRAIG
Hello, pardon me just interrupting your life but I stumbled across Biblical information that has the opportunity to change the course of your life if you will let it. In my pursuit of holiness and love for G-d I was drawn into an in-depth study of G-d's Word over 15 years ago. In doing so I stumbled into a gold mine of Biblical truths long overlooked by the Body of Christ. Following Seminary, I Pastored in Dallas, Tx, for many years and have ministered the restoration of the Hebrew Roots of Christian faith for over 15 years. Because of the vast information and facts that I uncovered in such a study, long overlooked or neglected by most religious institutions, fellow pastors, or churches, or Seminaries, I could no longer continue in the charade of a "pastor" when I knew most of what I was teaching to be in error. Such is the power of tradition and legend upon the minds of the unlearned. I thank G-d for the Biblical skills and techniques I learned while in Seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas; I only wish more of those who graduate from there used such skills in their study of the Bible. But few I know of come to such a knowledge or illumination of such facts of which I speak without many years of dedicated study. Few pay the price. It is much easier to "flow with the program" of a church than to continue to dig out hidden truths in the original language of the Bible, let alone branch out from there in allied and associated studies.
If you will take the time to read and study the materials provided I am sure that you will, as I did, come to a very different position concerning your religious belief system than you possibly now hold. If you would like we at Bet Emet Ministries will be glad to help you continue your studies into the "faith once given to the saints." After covering the materials presented in this website, along with the others provided by this ministry, it will become sadfully evident that today's contemporary Christian does not continue in the faith of Jesus as practiced in the first century. In fact the stark reality of the paganism masqueraded as "righteousness" today will turn your stomach as well as break your heart. It is a far cry from what G-d intended and what Yeshua both taught, believed, and practiced. But such facts of which I speak most do not hold in their possession as of yet. But that will quickly change based upon your dedication and diligent study of the materials presented.
I would be glad to place you on our list where our informative articles exposing such religious falsehoods along with hidden truths could be sent to you if you would like. I must tell you up front that we at Bet Emet Ministries are different from other Jewish or Hebrew Roots "Restoration" Ministries in that it seems our research has gone far more in-depth to the issues at hand than others and we provide a more in-depth analysis of the text of the Septuagint, the Masoretic text, the New Testament, as well as the Old Testament; both linguistically, culturally, historically, politically, and archeologically than others. Because of such in-depth research we have been able to bring to light more information than most are giving that deal with serious omissions in Christianity's contemporary religious belief system that influences negatively one's life-styles as Gentile believers. For your information such omissions are called by both the Old Testament and the New Testament "sin". As a Pastor this is my cry; to help you avert unconscious sin because of religious error or poor teaching by your spiritual peers. Our true and pure worship of G-d demands it!
Very few have studied to this depth to see this information and these hidden messages which lie beneath the English language of our Bibles in the New Testament. Again, we say "Shalom" and hope to help you, if you are interested, to help you genuinely lay away treasure in the World to Come to a greater degree by showing you a life of greater obedience that is more pleasing to the Almighty than what you have been shown previously up to this point in your life
I would like to begin such revelations for you as we begin to consider in summary fashion the Commandments of G-d and their relationship for Gentile believers, both in the first century as well as today.
For a moment, take yourself back to the first century and pretend you are
sitting on the hillside hearing the words of Yeshua. There is no Catholicism.
There is no Protestantism. There is no belief system called Christianity and
Yeshua spoke these words:
John 14:15: "If you LOVE Me, KEEP my COMMANDMENTS"
Answer for yourself: Would there be ANY doubt concerning what Yeshua was talking about?
Since there is no Catholicism
and Protestantism, the "we are not under the law" doctrine does not exist in the
minds of the people who heard Yeshua speak these words.
EVERYBODY would understand that Yeshua was talking about keeping the
commandments in the Torah.
In Matthew 5:19, Yeshua said these words:
"Whosoever shall BREAK one of these LEAST commandments and shall TEACH men so, he shall be called LEAST IN THE KINGDOM of heaven: but whosoever shall DO and TEACH them, the same shall be called GREAT IN THE KINGDOM"
Once again, the commandments that Yeshua would be referring is the Torah.
In Matthew 5:17, Yeshua said prior to these words in Matthew 5:19 to:
THINK NOT that I have come to destroy (do away with / wrongly interpret) the Torah but to fulfill (rightly interpret / follow / keep / teach and do) the Torah.
Answer for yourself: For sure, we are obligated to keep the MORAL commandments in the Torah such as not killing, stealing, lying, cheating, gossiping, committing fornication, etc., but what about other areas in the commandments?
Answer for yourself: What did the first century non-Jewish believers keep? Are they to be paralleled to us today? I surely think so.
For starters the non-Jewish believers of the earliest church kept the sabbath, the festivals and dietary laws. This was part of their worship!
However, we must also understand that modern day Rabbinic Judaism DID NOT
EXIST in the days of Yeshua. Modern day Rabbinic Judaism resulted when Judaism
was restructured following the destruction of the Temple at Yavneh. Some people
believe that there were as many as 24 DIFFERENT sects of Judaism during the days
of Yeshua. Of these sects, the only sect that continued to exist up to the
present day was the Pharisees. From the Pharisees came the Rabbis and Rabbinic
Judaism known as Orthodox Judaism today.
Therefore, calling modern day Rabbinic Orthodox Judaism and the decrees of the Rabbis as being the same as keeping the Biblical laws and commandments would not be an accurate statement.
G-d has given MANY Rabbis GREAT Wisdom and insight regarding Biblical truth and the Rabbis have PRESERVED many teachings and truths that we are a GREAT BLESSING for us to understand when we are researching and trying to study our Hebraic/Jewish Roots but modern day Orthodox Judaism is based upon the decree's and teachings of the Rabbi's over the years. The distinction must be made!
It is not my intention to teach thoroughly on this topic at this time, but let me state in summary fashion that non-Jewish believers were given Laws and Commandments to keep both as a response to their love for G-d as well as their respective Covenant responsibilities before G-d; regardless of what Paul or the New Testament says in various places.
You will soon some to see that there are many problems with the New Testament; but first things first. These "obeyed" commandments constituted the real relationship between man and G-d. Such was love as seen through obedience; and the degree of one's obedience to the respective commandments in one's respective covenant before G-d determined his true relationship with G-d. In the beginning non-Jewish believers were given 7 Laws...called the Laws of Noah. They really contain 66 subsets of commandments imposed upon the non-Jews by G-d. However, the Bible is a progressive revelation. We find that Isaiah the Prophet expands for the non-Jew G-d's will that non-Jewish believers "choose" to go beyond their minimum covenant responsibilities and "choose" other commandments which can be obeyed which had earlier been given to the Jewish people as Israel. Such was one may among many whereby the two peoples, the Jews and non-Jews could become one and unify, beside the fact that is revealed to G-d one's love for Him as expressed in obedience which is always greater than any sacrifice.
The context for this is Isaiah 56:
Isa 56:1-8 1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. 2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him. (KJV)
I want to draw your attention to several things. The references to "son of the stranger...who had joined himself to the LORD" and "eunuchs that keep my sabbath, and choose those things that please me, and take hold of my covenant", as well as "Also the sons of the stranger, that joint themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant" are references to the NON-JEWISH believers who goes beyond the minimum of the 7 Laws of Noah (really 66 commandments).
Answer for yourself: How do we know this for sure? Easy; for one thing the "sabbath" was never a command for the non-Jew in the Laws of Noah. Thus, the picture for us is plain; going beyond minimum obedience "pleases G-d." Right now, let me tell you that if that is not what you want or desire, then Bet Emet Ministries is not for you! In following articles in this website, as well as the others, such a motive will compel us to reveal ruthlessly sin as exposed in many Christian doctrines of the church which has been "cherished" far too long when their origin can be clearly seen upon examination to be in paganism and Sun-Worship; outright blasphemy before G-d!
Here we have the explicit desire of HaShem that non-Jewish believers go beyond the minimum to take a "larger" hold of G-d's covenant and keep these sabbaths. This concept is repeated in the Old Testament as we find non-Jews keeping the festivals and sabbath along with the Jews. As if that is not enough the New Testament is full of examples whereby non-Jews attended the synagogue with the Jews and kept Sabbath and Festivals with them. In fact Acts 15 has the the reference to James referring to non-Jewish believers attending the synagogue on Sabbaths where Moses is read. The context is the continual instruction of the non-Jew in the Torah long after Jesus' death whereby the non-Jewish believer can learn of the other mitzvoth and commandments and then be able to intelligently "choose" those things above his minimum in his covenant which pleases G-d. The Torah was to be taught to and kept by the non-Jew both before and after the time of Yeshua.
Answer for yourself: So why does the Apostle Paul tell us that "Christ is the end of the Law"?
Answer for yourself: So, in spite of the
Pauline problem what is required of non-Jews regarding the commandments as G-d,
who changes not, has said?
Answer for yourself: Are non-Jews required to
wear a Tallith? NO! But we can choose those things (commandments) which Please
Him (Isa 56) and acquire a higher obedience to other commandments.
Answer for yourself: Are non-Jews required to
wear a Kippah? NO! But we can choose those things (commandments) which Please
Him (Isa 56) and help further the Kingdom of G-d though heightened obedience to
Answer for yourself: Are non-Jews required to
wear a beard? NO! But we can choose those things (commandments) which Please Him
(Isa 56) and fulfill personally other commandments which require little effort;
only our desire to please G-d must be exercised.
Answer for yourself: What about the dietary laws? But we can choose those things (commandments) which Please Him (Isa 56) and help bring unity between the Olive Branches. I think you get the picture by now. But these things seem foolish if we believe, as others say, that the Law has passed away. You must study to understand the truth in this matter as well as the corruption of the religious documents that so many trust for truth having never studied it out for themselves.
Answer for yourself: So are non-Jews required to keep the dietary laws like Orthodox Jews? NO! But we can choose those things (commandments) which Please Him (Isa 56).
Answer for yourself: Besides, how can we, non-Jewish believers in G-d, ever expect to have communion and fellowship with the Jewish people if we don't eat kosher or at least maintain the distinction between clean and unclean in our foods?
Not every Jew in Israel in the first century believed that Jesus was the
Messiah; but many early believers did believe that Yeshua was "the Messiah"; it
goes without saying that they were ENTIRELY Jewish. However, when non-Jews
starting coming into the faith, there was a GREAT controversy regarding the role
of the non-Jew in a Jewish faith.
Although Peter was a disciple of Yeshua, even AFTER the death of Yeshua,
according to the account in the New Testament, Peter still believed that he
would become ritually unclean if he allowed a Gentile into his house. This is
the issue in Acts 10. In Acts 10, G-d gave a vision to Cornelius, a non-Jew, to
visit Peter who was Jewish. As Cornelius went, G-d gave Peter a vision of all
manner of fowls beasts. This happened three times. Many in Christianity have
ended the story there and taught that we are now free to eat anything we want as
G-d said in Acts 10:15: "And the voice spake unto him again the second time,
What G-d hath cleansed, that call not thou common".
This is where Christianity ends the story. But if we continue reading the
rest of Acts 10 it says in Acts 10:17: "Now while Peter doubted in himself what
this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from
Cornelius had made inquiry for Simon's house, and stood before the gate".
In Acts 10:23: "Then called he them in and lodged them ..."
Peter got MUCH rebuke for letting a non-Jew into his house.
In Acts 11:2-3: "And when Peter was come up to Jerusalem, they that were
of the circumcision contended with him. Saying, Thou wentest in to men
uncircumcised and did EAT WITH THEM"
So, the non-Jew became quite a controversy. Finally, there had to be a
meeting and a ruling decided. This happens in Acts 15.
It was a current Jewish belief that in
order for the non-Jew to receive righteousness from G-d that the
non-Jew needed to be "converted into
Judaism" and keep the Torah as the Jews kept the Torah. (all 613 Laws).
This is our background for Acts 15.
WHETHER the non-Jew would keep the Torah was NOT an issue.
What was the issue was HOW the non-Jew would keep the
Torah. and HOW much of it! The same issue confronts the
believer in Jesus today as well.
However, G-d began to pour out the Ruach HaKodesh / Holy Spirit upon the
Gentiles as He did to the Jews in Acts 2 and this caught the attention and
influenced the doctrine of the Apostles.
In Acts 10:44-45, Peter tells this story: "While Peter yet spake these
words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the
CIRCUMCISION which BELIEVED were ASTONISHED (those Jews that believed that
Yeshua was Messiah) as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles
also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost"
Therefore, Peter says in Acts 11:17-18 "Forasmuch then as G-d gave them
the gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ: what was I,
that I could withstand G-d? When they heard these things, they held their peace
and glorified G-d, saying, Then hath G-d also to the Gentiles granted repentance
This brings us to Acts 15 where the issue is debated and decided. Those
whom G-d didn't change their doctrine in a miraculous way like He did to Peter
held onto the traditional teachings of Judaism in that day regarding the
Gentile. (full conversion and adherence to all the 613 Laws "to be saved.").
This caused a GREAT dispute. In Acts 15:1-2 it is written:
"And certain men which came down from Judea taught the brethren and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, you cannot be saved. When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this question".
In Acts 15:7-10, Peter gave His testimony of what G-d had
done and what He had seen (that G-d had anointed Cornelius, a Gentile believer
in G-d, with the Holy Spirit...even before Peter had preached "Jesus" to him).
In Acts 15:8-10 it is written: "And G-d, which knoweth the hearts, bare them
witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; And put no
difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. Now therefore
why tempt ye G-d, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither
our fathers nor we were able to bear?"
This scripture is commonly quoted as a decision to the question in Acts 15 giving reasoning that the "yoke upon the neck of the disciples" was the Torah and it was being advocated in this passage that the Gentiles were not responsible to keep the Torah. But, if we continue reading, we can see that this was not so.
In Acts 15:20,
the MINIMUM requirements are given to the non-Jews (Gentile believers like you
and me) to observe.
THEN, this statement is made which is VERY important in the very next verse in Acts 15:21: "For Moses of old time hath in EVERY CITY them that PREACH HIM, being read in the SYNAGOGUE every SABBATH DAY"
In other words the ruling was this: DO NOT require the non-Jew to keep the ENTIRE Torah like the Jews were doing. But, because the non-Jew was attending synagogue services on the SABBATH with the Jews in the synagogue, give them MINIMUM requirements to be accepted in the people of G-d and in fellowship with the people of G-d as they are TAUGHT the Torah by being in the SYNAGOGUE EVERY SABBATH (for Moses hath in every city them that preach him ...), there...with the Jews in the Synagogue...they will learn, study and understand how to be more and more Torah observant as they acquire Mitzvoth and take upon themselves more of the Torah as a life-style.
Answer for yourself: Is the above passage indicative of your experience in your Christian Church?
Answer for yourself: Are you fellowshippping with Jewish people, are you meeting on the Sabbath, is the Old Testament being taught, are the Commandments and the Law being taught as applying today? Then if not, then your experience is an anomaly and not according to the pattern of the earliest church and followers of Yeshua.
By continuing to read the book of Acts, you will discover that in VARIOUS
cities that Jews and Gentiles were worshipping on the SABBATH day in the
Acts 13:14-15, 42: "But when they departed from
Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia and went into the SYNAGOGUE on the
SABBATH day and sat down. And after reading of the TORAH and the PROPHETS ...
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 14:1 "And it came to pass in Iconium, they went
both together into the SYNAGOGUE of the Jews and so spake that a GREAT MULTITUDE
BOTH of the JEWS and also the GREEKS believed"
Acts 17:1-2, 4: "... they came to Thessalonica,
where there was a SYNAGOGUE of the JEWS, And Paul as his MANNER was (HE DID IT
REGULARLY) went in unto them, and THREE SABBATHS DAYS reasoned with them out of
the scriptures ... and some of them believed and consorted with Paul and Silas
and the devout GREEKS a GREAT MULTITUDE ..."
Acts 17:10, 12 "... Paul and Silas ... went into the
SYNAGOGUE of the Jews ... therefore many of them BELIEVED ... which were GREEKS
Acts 18:1, 4: "After these things, Paul departed
from Athens and came to Corinth ... and he reasoned in the SYNAGOGUE every
SABBATH and persuaded the JEWS and the GREEKS ... "
Therefore, we are seeing that in many GREEK towns (for Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him being read in the synagogue every sabbath day ... Acts 15:21) that the Jews and GENTILES were worshipping TOGETHER in the SYNAGOGUE on the SABBATH day and learning from the TORAH and the Prophets. So, this should make it more clear that the issue wasn't IF the non-Jews should keep the Torah but WHAT and HOW MUCH of the Torah should they keep.
Acts 15:20 states the MINIMUM requirements.
Answer for yourself: How can we DO this
correctly unless we UNDERSTAND WHAT we are doing and WHY we are doing it?
In Zechariah 14:16, G-d will require the nations to keep the Feast of
Tabernacles during the 1,000 year Messianic Age. In Isaiah 66:22-23, G-d will
require ALL FLESH to keep the sabbath and new moon during the time of the NEW
HEAVENS and the NEW EARTH.
Isaiah 66:22-23: "For as the new heavens and the new earth which I will
make ... saith the Lord ... and it shall come to pass that from one NEW MOON to
another and from ONE SABBATH to another shall ALL FLESH come to worship before
me, saith the Lord"
Therefore, we are seeing the
non-Jew keeping the sabbath, new moon and festivals for all eternity. Therefore,
G-d HAS NOT done away with the Torah, the Festivals, the Sabbath for the non-Jew
or the Gentile believer; regardless again of what Paul writes or has written in
his name, or what might be written in the New Testament.
We keep the SPIRIT of the Torah because it gives life and we WANT to LOVE
G-d by keeping the commandments. For the non-Jew this is purposing to eat
healthy, keep the sabbath and the festivals.
Answer for yourself: Do we keep the Torah for
Because as a Christian you LOVE G-d and Yeshua and want to keep His
commandments (John 14:15) and by keeping, teaching and doing the commandments
you will be GREAT in the Kingdom (Matthew 5:19).
Most of my life I lived a life of disobedience toward G-d and never knew
it; but went to church. I had simply been taught wrong or not at all. Too much
preaching and so little teaching kills. Because I DID NOT know my Hebraic/Jewish
Roots I allowed myself to be led astray; even worse, later in life led others
astray thinking what I was "preaching" was correct. Now, sixteen years on the
other side of naiveness and ignorance, I know the difference and want to atone
for my sins of ignorance by setting the record straight for others. So, I began
this ministry and publish many articles that teach the truths that are dug from
deep study of the Word of G-d. This is my supreme gift to HaShem and to you in
hopes you recover truth long hidden from you whereby you might make repentance
in your life before G-d in areas where the church has failed to teach correctly
or deceived you. The problem began way back in the second and third centuries;
the one's to blame are long gone. But ignorance and deception yet abound. By
G-d's grace and illumination we can dispel a lot of it together. The question
for you to answer is if you love G-d enough to look into these matters.
Bet Emet Ministries
Craig M. Lyons M.Div.
Garland, Texas 75040