Leaving the room

If we imagine the prodigal’s pigsty as a stinking crowded room, then we can start to analyse the people in it (and those who have left the building)

The broad majority of the people are ‘happy’ as pigs in manure, to them it is normality and they grub around looking for treasure, and trying to stop others from trying to find treasure in their space.

Clusered around the door are those who ‘see’ the light but are too afraid to take the steps out into that light, for it entails personal responsibility, it entails a walk with Yah along His pathways; a trust and reliance that the Way of Yah leads to salvation.

In the dark stinky places at the back are those who manipulate, those angels of darkness many of whom pretend to be angels of light, their job is to stop the hords escaping – they need to keep those who ‘see’ the light imprisoned within the sty, scared to make the commitment required to leave the pigsty and take to the Way.

For those who read the Word and are brave enough, they can leave he pigsty and enter into a covenant with Yah, that by following His Way, we can arrive at the Father’s gates.

But that covenant is not to be found in religion, it is found by lifting our hearts such that His Torah can be written upon them – Torah is a signpost that means that we can follow the Way….

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

Blessed are the pure in heart. Why?

Because it is they who have “Torah written upon their hearts”

Only then can the secret of Yahovah be revealed and their soul become Torah’s (Christ’s) abode.

This is a one-to-one relationship, not a group relationship, Yah ‘sees’ us only to the extent of what is written upon our hearts, he does not see a Jew or a Protestant or a Catholic, He sees an individual, me, the I, and He sees either a surface upon which he can write, or a heart of stone, already written upon by somebody or something else.

If we “lift up our hearts” He can write upon them, if we harden them, then the ‘ink’ cannot penetrate.

We cannot have a group relationship with Yah, one does not achieve salvation by attending a shoul  or a church, one achieves salvation by allowing Yah to write His laws upon our hearts so we instinctively obey, trust and rely on His Will, not our own.

“For we like sheep have gone astray, we’ve turned everyone to his own way”

Yes we try to do it our way, Adam’s way, the wrong way, we do this in ignorance because we don’t understand what caused Adam to separate from Yah.   Because we listen to men, and do the works of men, then only the words of men are written upon our hearts, Adam got there first and carved his initials in our flesh. 

There is One Way, and it is the Way of Torah, Yah does not change, we either do things His Way or we perish.

Good and Evil Revisited

The factor that separated Adam from his Creator was knowledge, and to be specific it was knowledge of good and evil.

Gen 3:22 – Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil;  ……

We gloss over the idea of good and evil on the assumption that there is only one definition of good and one definition of evil, but this is wrong.

We cannot claim John 3 v 16 if we do not understand Genesis 3 v 5

Gen 3:5 – “For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.”

The dire consequence of Adam acquiring his own knowledge of good and evil was separation from Yah.   If we grasp John 3 v 16 without understanding Genesis 3 v 5 then we are clutching at straws; for we will continue to thrust our godship, our knowledge of good and evil, our opinion, in Yah’s face in perpetual violation of the first of the Ten Commandments.

If we continue to define our own (Adam’s) opinion of good and evil as the way of our lives then we have no relationship with Yah and no trust and reliance in Him.  John 3 v 16 cannot then work for us because we do not fulfil its condition of belief.

There is no “I did it my way” before Yah, we do it Yah’s Way or our life has no value.

Yah’s Way is the Way of Torah made flesh and dwelling amongst us, nothing else is acceptable. It is only this Way that leads to Salvation.

We must therefore dump our own knowledge of good and evil in all humility and diligently seek Yah’s Way, and we do this by opening our bibles or Tanachs to find out what Yah has to say to us, personally.   When we come before Yah at the seat of Judgement, our favourite Rabbi, priest, vicar or pastor will not be there to speak for us, we alone will be held accountable for our actions, and we will be judged against what is written in the Book and what is written upon our hearts if there is anything there.

Yah’s Knowledge of Good and Evil has layers, the first layer is realizing that Yah’s Knowledge of Good and Evil is different to my own knowledge as inherited from Adam and further gained from the experiences of life in Adam’s creation.   For example, Yah’s Knowledge tells me that the Sabbath is the seventh day (Saturday) whereas Adam’s knowledge tells me that it is Saturday, which one do I keep? the world’s convenient Sunday or Yah’s Saturday.

Likewise if we believe that our righteousness is defined by a religious uniform and a funny hat or headscarf and ritual attendance at a holy building, , then we are engulfed in Adam and not in Yah.

The second layer is having the humility to accept that “In the beginning Yah Created” not Adam (or me-myself), we are born into and live in Adam’s world and we are taught the values of Adam’s world, and as such we hold Adam’s knowledge of good and evil as true in our lives.   Having realized that Yah’s Knowledge is different to Adam’s knowledge (my knowledge) we must have the humility to accept Yah’s Knowledge as superior.   They are both knowledge as such, but one is the product of the Creator and Truth, the other is the inferior knowledge (opinion) of the created.

One is Truth, the other is the phantasy of our own godship in antithesis to Yah’s Creation.

The third layer of Good and Evil is to understand that Yah’s prime means of communication with us is the “Torah written upon our hearts” – if we have a heart of (Adam’s) stone then we can have no communication with Yah.    We read the scripture to gain basic Knowledge, and as we read and act upon the scriptures for ourselves, so only then are our hearts softened and one-to-one Communication with Yah starts.

But if we are proud, and cling to our (Adam’s) knowledge then we continue to be separated from Yah no matter how holy we appear to our fellow men…..

The Pathway to Yah

There is a very distinct and simple pathway that leads to a personal relationship with Yah and re-entry into His creation.

It first involves a belief that “In the beginning Yah CREATED”, He created all things, look out the window, see those trees, how do they grow, we plant the tiny seeds which seem inert, and they sprout into life, can science replicate and replace this?

No, ‘science’ cannot even begin to explain how a 1000yr old seed can sprout when the conditions permit. How can an inanimate object like a seed make the decision to germinate.

That in the beginning Yah created is also the beginning of TRUTH.   Creation is Truth, and if we seek truth, we need to look to His Creation.   The theory of evolution does not offer any clues to Creation, it only outlines a possibility of a progression from an already existing (created) unicellular lifeform to higher things, on the way it makes an assumption that there is a ‘beneficial’ mutation that adds the ‘information’ necessary for evolution to take place.

Mutations so far found involve a loss of information, but if beneficial mutations exist, where would this new data come from to enable such a beneficial mutation?   The math of this process deals with staggeringly high numbers in terms of both probabilities and the sheer number of mutations and their associated data events required for the most simple of mutation.

So we end up with ‘panspermia’ and its ilk that tell us that ‘in the beginning aliens created’ is Yah an alien?  He is certainly not a human son of Adam.

So Yah created an entity which we call Creation, Adam, the first man was part of that entity, but he was thrown out because he became a god ‘knowing good from evil’ and was therefore in competition with Yah – “you will have no other gods before me (in my face)”

So Adam built his own creation by the sweat of his own labours, and this is the world we are born into.

Adam’s creation is based upon man’s knowledge of good and evil. And each of us has this ability to decide what is right and what is wrong for ourselves, and to live our lives according to our own opinions of how we can manipulate ‘right and wrong’ to our own advantage.

In the beginning Yah created an absolute right and wrong (Knowledge of Good and Evil) which Adam discarded (the woman accepted and confessed that she had violated it).   This right and wrong became Yah’s Torah and defined the entry criteria back into Yah’s Creation.

To start to seek Yah’s TRUTH is to start a journey back to Yah’s Creation, it is to leave behing the Adamic pigsty and to take to the path that we call the Way, Paul tells us that he was a “follower of the Way” and to step out of Adam’s realm, we must deny our knowledge of good and evil and adopt Yah’s Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Yah is not a democrat, there is no room in His Creation for our opinion of what is and is not ‘good’.

But men always try to trick other men into paying for ‘salvation’ by selling them a fake torah, we call this ‘religion’ where men, for a price, will take responsibility for our ‘walk with god’, these are the blind leading the blind.   Men dress up in funny uniforms and pretend to have a direct connection to god(s).

You, dear reader are solely responsible for your own salvation, please do not think that others can do the work for you, your salvation is as unique as are your fingerprints and your DNA, and cannot be delegated to a rabbi, priest, vicar or pastor.

Yah has a key with which you can re-enter His creation, but it is a key that only you can use, and you have to earn it by leaving Adam’s pigsty and following the Way such that when you reach the Father’s gates, your unique key is there waiting for you to unlock the gates.

Enslaved?

At this time of year, here in Israel, we have the feasts of Unleavened Bread which celebrate the end of the Hebrew enslavement to the Egyptians.

In the supermarkets it is impossible to buy many products that the Rabbis consider not suitable for purchase by the Israeli people during Pesache, but what right have they to dictate such things?

Scripture prohibits chametz (yeast) during the week long feast, this is ostensibly because the ‘bread’ for the escape was flat (unleavened) bread because there was no time to wait for the yeast to cause the dough to rise.

Instead of allowing the people to make their own decisions according to their own relationship with Yah, the Rabbis dictate and enforce the rules as they see fit, and the supermarkets comply, so rice is included for, although it contains no yeast, it ‘swells’ and must be considered pseudo-chametz.   Same with products made with self-raising flour, the bicarb raising agent is also banned during the week.

They also have a special ‘kosher for pesache’ food tax so that they profit financially from the whole affair, it pays for their ‘first class’ lifestyle.

Yuhushua warns us to beware of the leaven of the pharisees – this is very appropriate as religious leaders of all persuasions make arbitrary (and profitable) decisions on behalf of their congregations.

Yeast is symbolic of man’s tendency to inflate the word of Yah; to create ‘traditions’ and then make them compulsory as defining the ‘authority’ of popes, vicars, archbishops and rabbis (elevated ones)  all these positions are unscriptural and have no authority from Yah, and yet they enslave most of us by their ability to dictate the terms of our ‘relationship’ with Yah.

All scripture points to an individual relationship with Yah as the only way to enter the narrow gate and walk the Way of righteousness.   The prodigal’s pigsty was filled with those slavers who dictated how we should live our lives; modern day Egyptian slavemasters.

So we each need a personal Exodus to escape the tangle of religious bondage, if it is not in the Tanach (old testament) it is not from Yah; there is nothing ‘new’ in the new testament see the words of Solomon (Eccles.).  For there is no difference in Hebrew between ‘new’ and ‘renewed’ and we should regard it as a ‘renewed testament’, an amplification of the covenants of the old testament.

The new testament is valuable, but it should always be used in conjunction with Old Testament scripture as Paul tells us, and at the time of Paul’s writing, scripture was only Tanach.

In this modern day, most of us are enslaved by those set over us, does your Pastor (shepherd?) guide you or does he/she dictate to you?  Does he say, there is Yah over there, go, make friends with him, or does he say do it my way, make friends with me, pay me, and I will lead you to ‘salvation’.

If we have not, of our own volition, left the pigsty, and walked the Way to the Father’s house as a servant, we cannot sucessfully come to the Father’s gates and sonship.

When we stand before Yah, there will be no pastor, vicar, priest or rabbi there to hold our hands and speak for us.   Have we left our enslavement and become good and faithful servants, or did we allow others to define our relationship with Yah via rituals, traditions and the hot air of chametz.

The Perdition of Religion

There is a certain amount of tension between the two major religions of the bible, but, we are told, that in Yehushua, there is neither Greek nor Jew, Bond of Free, Male or Female, and to this we may add, Black or White.

The differences between groups are the obsession of religions in defiance of Yah and every time we exclude fellow believers we are throwing our religion(s) in Yah’s face.

We are right to seek to procreate within the norms of the family as it is the optimum way of obeying Yah’s directive to “go forth and multiply” children and mothers need a family for support and protection, fathers and unmarried grown children need a family in order to have a place to come home to.

A relationship with Yah is not about singing hymns or wearing funny hats, Yah has defined a ‘Way’ and it we like sheep have gone astray and turned every one to his own way then we are going to be caught napping.   Throughout the scriptures we find a major light and a minor (reflected), our job is to reflect the light of Yah not to create our own light.   We are easily lead astray by those in authority who bask in their own luminescence, people who set themselves up as ‘elevated ones’ demanding that we obey their interpretations, directives and whims.

These are the same people as those who rejected Yah at Mount Horeb.   Moses had to write the scrolls of law to try and give the people guidance, all the while understanding that it was Torah written upon the heart that truly reflected the light of Yah.

Keeping the Law can be a mechanical thing, and here the danger is that we add or take away from it, Jews tend to add to it through tradition and interpretation, Christians tend to cherry pick and thus discard important bits (especially seventh day sabbath but never the tithe).

The Mosaic Law is designed to give us a picture of how to escape from bondage and take the Way to the father’s gates.   It is there to prepare us to leave Egypt and follow the way to the promised land, but this time the journey is a solo journey, we must follow the pillars of light and cloud written upon our hearts.

When Adam fell, he chose to follow his own way, but the Way of Yah was still there in his heart, suppressed by His desire for his own godship (knowledge of good and evil).

When we cast off Adam’s godship and leave Adam’s world we can then humble ourselves and consider ourselves as servants of Yah rather than as rulers in authority over men, It may be that Yah chooses us as with Barnabus and Paul in Antioch – a process that took many years.

When we follow a Rabbi, priest or pastor we do exactly that, we are not following the Way of Yah, but following the way of Adam.   When we come to our judgement before Yah, we will need to understand the truths of Yah, His Way, His Truth, His Life, our Rabbi/priest/pastor will not be with us, he/she will be trying to explain away how and why she has lead you the perdition of religion, instead of teaching you where to find Truth…..

Creation and Debar

The first words in the Gospel of John provide a striking revelation of what a relationship with Yah is all about:

In the beginning – harping back to Genesis 1, if you believe that in the beginning Darwin created then the Gospel of John is not for you.

Was the Word – the Greek word Logos translates into the Hebrew debar which describes a spoken commandment (see LXX);   Torah is a signpost which points to the debar that is Creation, the spoken words of Yah made concrete and physical.   This is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

All Things – Creation itself is a product of these words as spoken by Yah in the beginning.

Without – Nothing exists except that Yah spoke these words, the spoken word (debar) of Yah is reality, if there is no debar, there is no Creation of Yah.   If there is no debar in your life then as far as Yah is concerned you don’t exist.

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us – It is here that Christians tend to depart from Yah’s intention, by elevating ‘Jesus’ to equal ‘godship’ as part of a trinity, a pantheon, they miss the implication of this.   The ‘debar’ preceded the ‘Jesus’, the debar, the spoken word of Yah, the Creation as such, became ‘Jesus’.

Yahushua (Jesus) is ‘Torah made flesh’ he did not create a new religion (Constantine did that), he was a renewal of an old covenant; Abraham kept debar, as emphasized by Paul in the epistle of Hebrews.   The elders of the children of Israel broke covenant at Horeb, which resulted in a Mosaic rewrite we call ‘Torah’.     Abraham had ‘Torah’ written upon his heart, but the elders rejected this close relationship with Yah and the personal responsibility implied in it and insisted that Moses take full responsibility, the result was the Mosaic Torah which encapsulated this relationship in a shell of ritual.   Torah was not ‘evil’ but it was not the optimal relationship achieved by the few, the prophets, who dared take on the personal responsibility of the Abrahamic relationship.

Yahushua, as debar made flesh, was a game changer, His task was to renew the Abrahamic covenant making the Mosaic covenant fall away (“when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part will fall away”)

So at Pentecost (Shavuot) we see the ‘flames’ of ‘power’ pass from the temple to the individuals; Horeb has finally triumphed and the Way of God (the debar) has become open and available to all mankind.

There is only one God, Yahushua is the Word of God made flesh, the Holy Spirit is the Word of God written upon our hearts.   But is very easy to hide and obfuscate this in the miasma of the religions of men.

Trusting and Relying

The Greek word ‘pisteo’ is said to mean belief, but does the English word ‘belief’ really translate the intent of pisteo?

Young’s rather translates it as “to trust and rely on”

To trust and rely on is a much stronger form, and it is perhaps the most difficult of all the doctrines put forth in our relationship with Yah.

To many Christians, all that they have to do is ‘believe’ and all things are added unto them, this is incomplete, for to have all things added we must seek first the Kingdom of Yah; that place where Yah rules….

To trust and rely on Yah, we must stop doing the things of Adam and wait for Yah to provide the resources we need to proceed along His way.

When we leave the pigsty to follow the Way back to the Father’s house, we are still covered in the slime of Adam’s pigs.  We tend to think Adam rather than Yah, we still trust and rely on Adam’s ways not Yah’s ways, we still believe that god helps those who help themselves.

As the slime dries out, it falls off, assisted by Yah’s servants who meet us from afar.   If we can be humble and listen and learn from these servants we will progress, but if we stick close to Adam we will make little progress.   Adam says we are sons of Yah if we ‘believe’ but the servants tell us that we too must be servants, like themselves, and trust and rely on the Master.

If we cannot convert Adamic ‘belief’ into trust and reliance on Yah, we will not reach the end of the Way and enter the Father’s gates.   In the garden of the Father’s palace, all conforms to the will and righteousness of the Father, it is his domain.   We cannot bring Adam in with us.

Rooftops and Rowboats

In the last 2 years fear has been used as a weapon against us.

Yah tells us that we should “fear not” because He is in control not the politicians or the technocrats.   But because we tend to live according to Adam’s world and not according to Yah’s Creation, we easily get bogged down in tradition and ritual.

This planet is a spiritual place which ‘thinks’ it is physical, people, including believers, think that “god helps those who help themselves”, I keep hearing the saga of the man stranded on a rooftop waiting for God to rescue him from a flood.    People who tell this story understand very little, either about Yah or about Those called by His ‘name’ (description).

There is a point to everything Yah says and does, and the guy on the roof being ‘super spiritual’ is not a practical picture.   Yah does things which are impossible, the guy on the roof wants Yah to do the mundane and at his behest, but the story itself is a mockery of a real working spiritual relationship with Yah, the man of God would part the waters a’ la Moses and walk to safety with dry feet.

We have to learn not to judge Yah by the standards of Adam’s creation, but to be humble before Yah and be prepared to do things his way, Yah does not need our ‘help’ but is very happy to have us serve.   His ways our not our ways, and we must be prepared to step aside and be the servant and not the master.    Then when we can be trusted to do things His way, then he can call us to sonship, to be his representative with His spiritual authority.

Understanding Salvation

It took me many years to even begin to understand the old testament Tanach idea of salvation, an idea obscured in translation from the Hebrew and Greek.

Salvation, the state of being saved, is a fundamental idea from the times of the patriarchs, and to even approach it we must understand what happened in the Garden of Eden.

Put simply, Adam lost his salvation, his eternal life with Yah.  Adam’s denial of wrong doing; accusing Yah and the woman of his own sin and culpability thereof (the woman confessed her culpability and thus retained salvation even though still subject to physical death).

Adam was no longer acceptable to reside with Yah, he no longer considered himself a ‘servant’ but considered himself a ‘god’ knowing good and bad from his own opinion and godship and no longer subject to Yah’s Good and Yah’s Bad.   He, Adam, was in rebellion, Yah’s Way was no longer his way, and he was thrown out of Eden; he no longer had ‘salvation’, the right to spend rternal life with Yah.

We are born into Adam’s world; the world outside of Eden and its tree of (eternal) life with Yah, so we need to seek our salvation anew.

Salvation crops up throughout the scriptures, it is a constant theme and is by no means restricted to the new Testament and is by no means dependant on or exclusive to being ‘born again’ in the Christian sense.

Psalm 119 v 41 relates Salvation to keeping Torah – doing what Yah says as opposed to what men say.

‘Salvation’ is Yah’s repair mechanism of Adam’s condemnation of all his descendants, without exceptions, for death came into the world through Adam and his arrogance.

Mankind was made of dust and the breath (spirit) of Yah, but the spirit of Yah ceased to function in Adam because he chose his own godship over service to Yah.   This act disqualifies all of us born of Adam from domicile with Yah, Yah and our own ‘godship’ cannot co-exist in the same space.   However if we choose to do things Yah’s Way, the Way of Torah, instead of Adam’s way, the way of sin and death, then the gates of Eden are once more open to us and we can dwell in the house of Yah forever…..

Yahushua (Jesus) was the Way (Torah) made flesh and dwelling amongst us…

Paul was a ‘follower of the Way’ the Way of Yah rather than the way of Adam.