tion, re-inventing previously Pagan observances (mixing the clean with the unclean, and darkness with light). If the blind lead the blind, BOTH will fall into a pit. If you are asking men who are blind to show you the way, what will be the end of it? Please just start by circling every occurrence in Acts where the word "Sabbath" occurs, and you will begin to see the Truth, and it will set you free. How "evil" would it have been if we had simply inherited the "tradition" of obeying the 4th Commandment as it is written? Even "Pentecost", called "Shabuoth", is one of the commanded festivals in Lev. 23, and commemorates the giving of the Torah at Sinai. The Nazarenes had the Torah written on their hearts, fulfilling the prophesied "New Covenant" described in Jer. 31:33, Ez. 36:26,27, Heb. 10:16. Satan has led away and deceived the whole world, and we have inherited the echoes of his sun-worship pattern, and not our Father's pattern. We are labeled "Judaizers" for obeying the Commandments, and rejecting human traditions.
Some of us are even now feeling the "chiseling" and refining of our hearts as we are being "hewn" by the Spirit of Yahushua. We are being ripped away from the common bedrock of tradition, and are encountering persecution. The "darkness" will not approach the "Light" for fear of exposure, and the enemies of the Torah flee from those who are likely to follow the example of Yahushua, by saying "IT IS WRITTEN . . . " If I may, I'd like to point out that it is really not the remnant which you have been seeking; you are the called-out remnant! We are the "Living Stones", and the Temple of hYhy. Where ever two or more of us are gathered, He is in our midst—no building can ever be as set-apart as ourselves.
When I stopped searching for the "place", the "people", and the "organization", I turned to Him ~ and begged for the Truth. I found Him, and now work for Him. He is Wisdom, and by Wisdom all things were created! Daniel 11:33-35 describes the struggle with the Great Prostitute, but Daniel 12:10 is being fulfilled today. The Hebrew word for "wisdom" is CHOCHMAH. In Him resides all the depths of knowledge, and He will equip us for every work we are to accomplish while in our flesh. The Keys to the Kingdom of YHWH have been given to us, and in our obedience to His Torah, we show our love for Him. With the wisdom of Torah, we can "bind & loose" (forbid & permit), so others can be guided by Truth. There will be many times your steadfastness will be tested, but remember to keep your eyes on Him, not the "winds" of human logic and tradition. Some will pull on you to believe diverse things regarding when an appointed day begins, or certain "rules" regarding Shabbaths, and Kabalistic
"leavening" (puffed up knowledge), but remember all you need is written down in the inspired Word, which is useful for all teaching, rebuking, and correcting in righteousness. Practicing what it says will strengthen you like exercise strengthens muscles, and deeper understanding comes from observing the appointed times (Shabbath, Pesach, Shabuoth, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot). The adversary HATES the Covenant, and attacks Yahushua's bride. His servants you should avoid, because we have been warned to not cast our pearls before swine, or they will attack us! In all things, be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you treat others as you would have them treat you, you will achieve desirable results. One thing I've learned is, that when you are "debating" with someone who seeks to "prove" that staying where they are is the right thing to do, and they argue over the Name or Shabbaths, THEY ARE AT A CRITICAL POINT, and their "passion" reveals the struggle within them ~ they really WANT to be shown the Truth! Be patient and loving, and ask them if they love the Commandments . . . this will give them a perspective, and all the Scripture stored in their hearts will convict them of sin. This is the beginning! They must be convicted of their sinfulness - but all their lives they have been "programmed" to believe their sins are "covered", and never started in the right place. They started off out-of-step. Their sins are only "covered" when they "repent", and turn from sin! Yahushua enables them in their spirit to agree with the Torah, and they will pass from their mind-of-the-flesh into our realm, the mind-of-the-Spirit. They will never be able to go back, thinking that the Commandments are "done away". The Torah is Spiritual, and the mind-of-the-flesh cannot obey. Be patient with everyone who wants to learn the evidence and foundation of your faith. They are where we all were once; and as it happened for us, they can be used to carry the true message to many others.
No one is hopeless, if they are praying for the Truth. When it is shown that human traditions have become "religion", and partial truths have been mixed with lies and doctrines of demons, a rebellion will occur like no other has before, all over the Earth ~ and then Yahushua will return to rule over us. We are part of the restoration, the re-building of the Temple of YHWH made without hands. This is the "Temple" that will come from the skies ~ it will be us. You have found the true Nazarenes. We are hated without a cause, like Yahushua; and we are in a war of Truth against lies, Light against Darkness. q THE STAR OF DAVID
Many will indicate that this symbol was used by Pagans, but there is an origin to it that is overlooked. It isn't a "religious" symbol, yet is a Scriptural fulfillment. (The symbol of the Torah, Ya-hushua, is the menorah — a representation of the Tree of Life).
Yesha Yahu (Isaiah) 11:10-13 describes a "banner", which is a flag. "Ephraim", one of the 10 "lost" families of Israel, is mentioned, along with Yahudah, and Adonai YHWH is said to reach out His hand A SECOND TIME to reclaim the remnant of His people who were "lost", dispersed over the Earth. On this "banner" is the "root of Yesse", and this word "root" means descendant, and this is none other than Dawid! It's a king's SEAL, the literal name of Dawid.
The "star" is really Dawid's NAME, written in two palaeo-Hebrew letters, as a dalet and another dalet -- the beginning and ending of Dawid's name. It stands as a banner, the flag of Israel, and is the symbol for ALL Israel, including the lost 10 families. Over time, Satanists began to use it, but only with a circle around it, since in conjuring up demons they believe they must stand in a circle of protection when doing so. (It's really nonsense, since candles and circles with symbols in them cannot protect anyone from demons). Many Christian teachers are actively promoting the notion that this "star" is demonic, and even elude to Acts 7:43, but they are mistaken. The "shrine of Molech and the star of your god Rephan" is the symbol used by Islam today, which is a moon and star, symbolizing child sacrifice to Molech. The moon symbol represents Semiramis / Diana / Artemis / Asherah / Ishtar / Easter; and the star is Tammuz, her child.
Some will try to convince you that it is an evil talisman, able to be inhabited by demons. Try to educate them, but at all costs avoid being offensive. 1 Pet. 3:8-12 is a text that should guide us in love, and applies to many areas. But, if you have made up your mind already, try to accept those who don't agree with you on every point. There are so many things addressed in this book, it's most likely there will be differences of opinion — we don't all have the same knowledge; but we should be of the same MIND. PAUL AND CIRCUMCISION One of Paul's biggest challenges came from those Nazarenes who insisted on circumcising Gentiles. Those who reject or misunderstand Paul sometimes force ritual circumcision on new converts. When Nazarenes discuss these kinds of issues, I like to bear in mind that while there is an ideal and goal in all of YHWH's wonderful teachings, our LOVE has to remain the foremost goal.
Achieving absolute perfection halachally speaking, and not having love, we are doomed. Our love is the real test, and by the measure we judge, we will be judged -- if I am even 25% correct, it will be a miracle! The thief who died next to Yahushua certainly didn't have every detail of understanding we all strive for. But, specifically, circumcision is an eternal covenant. It is a covenant of land inheritance, but not eternal life. Our immersion (in the Name of Yahushua Who we covenant with) has become our circumcision, as Paul states it very clearly: "In Him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men, but with the circumcision done by Mashiach, having been buried with Him in (baptism) and raised with Him through your faith in the power of YHWH Who raised Him from the dead." Col. 2:11,12. Immersion represents our "circumcision" by the Sword of the Spirit, the Torah. The whole issue of the "council" recorded at Acts 15 regarding "Gentiles" turning to YHWH involved the controversy of fleshly circumcision, and the decision reached remains unclear even to many Nazare-nes today. Those who believe and are immersed will be saved -- Yahushua didn't include fleshly circumcision here, but can a Gentile become a "Yahudi" without a fleshly circumcision? Is the "sign" (oth) of the Eternal Covenant circumcision, or the Sabbath? The "sword" of the Spirit actually circumcises our hearts, so we can walk in the Spirit, obeying the Torah willingly, as an obedient bride. Eph. 2:11 onward discusses how a Gentile's citizenship in Israel is accomplished by Yahushua's blood, and the dividing wall is abolished between believing Gentiles and the "circumcised". Romans 3:28,29 states: "A man is NOT a Yahudi (Jew) if he is only one OUTWARDLY (circumcision), nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a man is a Yahudi if he is one INWARDLY; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a man's praise is not from men, but from Elohim." Romans 3:30 states that YHWH "will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith." But, Romans 4 goes into answering your question better than I or anyone ever could. I know this is and always has been an issue of controversy among Nazarenes, but I am not contentious over it -- but accept all who love Yahushua, and seek to follow Him, trusting in His salvation. This faith makes us children of Abraham, who was justified even before he was circumcised. All believers who have been circumcised by the sword of the Spirit in their hearts are children of
YHWH. I don't wish to be rebuked like Peter was, who would not sit with "Gentile" Nazarenes.
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