A SHABBAT PRAYER

Hallelu Yah! He who sits enthroned in the heavens is our Rock and our Salvation. Adon (Master) we choose life this Shabbat as we seek you and your way in the Word of your Torah! Let us go to the Mikvah in the eye of the mind as we seek your righteousness, so that we may arise with hands raised high in praise and thankfulness that we are now cleansed in the Mayim Chayim (Living Water) and are, ‘Born Again’. Abide with those who are in far away places this night, and comfort them with your Ruach. Heal those who have called upon your all-powerful name, HaShem YHWH (B’H) for deliverance from pain, sorrow, and loneliness and renew them with wings as Eagles. You are the Light that sustains us this Shabbat and for all time. We offer our praises to you in our speech, thought, and song as we rest from our work, so that we may be refreshed and elevated with you in the Shabbat of The New Y’rushalayim. Actively searching, and seeking your Shalom that passes all understanding, we ask that you Prepare us Abba, for your soon return. Cause us to love one another, as you Sar Shalom (Prince of Peace), love each of us! Glory, Praise, and Honor be to HaMelech Malchei HaMlachim (The King who is above all kings)! Shouting “Hallelu Yah!” we fall before you, arms outstretched, face and palms to the ground, and then you lift us to stand before your Eternal Majesty, and finally, finally, we gaze upon your beautiful face as your Host sings a new song of victory and deliverance!

Sing Hallelu Yah!
Worship The King!
Shabbat Shalom!
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Q & A: BIBLICALLY CLEAN, OR KOSHER?

QUESTION:

I am better educated now on clean and unclean meats, now…I was told that only portions of a cow could be eaten. What parts are clean and does that apply to other animals?

ANSWER:

Shalom. It is good that you have chosen to study and learn concerning the Biblical dietary laws; which are a key part of becoming Holy, even as He is Holy (Lv. 11:44-47).

However, I believe you may be confusing what is called the Orthodox Rabbinical Laws of Kashrut (Kosher), with the simple Biblical Laws of Clean and Unclean. Not that there is anything wrong with applying some of the requirements of kosher living to your diet, if for no other reason than your personal health.

Just remember that in Orthodox Rabbinical Judaism, the laws of Kashrut are man-made additions too, and outside those of the written Torah. Being ‘Kosher’ according to Rabbinical Law is a complete lifestyle that goes far beyond the requirements of ‘clean’ and ‘unclean’ foods as listed there.

In the interest of not wanting to ‘through the baby out with the bathwater,’ we believe that there are certain requirements of eating Kosher that should be applied to the diet of the individual believer, simply for the reasons of eating as healthy as possible to maintain ‘the body temple’. Yes, you can go vegetarian or vegan. There is Biblical evidence to suggest Daniel and his companions were vegetarians, but there is still no evidence of a requirement by Elohim for His children to do so.

Eating Kosher can be a relatively simple thing. We do so in our home by ensuring that all processed foods have received the ‘stamp’ or ‘seal’ of one of the many Koshering Authorities existing today, such as the ‘Orthodox Union’. They are one of the largest and oldest of these organizations, and their seal is identified simply by the letter ‘O’ with the letter ‘U’ contained inside. But as I say, there are many such authorities, and Believers would be well served by ensuring that your processed foods have received the seal of any one of them.

As a matter of fact, you might be surprised at the amount and types of foods you already have in your home that are approved as being ‘Kosher’! Finding fresh meat considered Kosher can be a bit more challenging, all depending on where you live. Making sure that your food is Kosher, will add another, stricter set of guidelines applied to those already issued by the USDA.

Considering the level of genetic engineering being applied to livestock and most all foods today (thus increasing production and profitability), adding another, stricter level of inspection and acceptance beyond meeting the minimal Biblical standards of ‘Clean/Unclean’, becomes a necessity for the city-dwelling health conscious believer, unable to produce their own food.

‘Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire, its head with its legs and its inward parts‘ Ex 12:9 TS2009

As to what parts of a ‘clean’ animal are acceptable to eat; consider the first Pesach meal in which ALL of the animal was to be consumed. Surely that Mitzvah (Commandment) would not have been given to Moshe for all Yisra’el to follow if it had not been acceptable to Elohim. Our modern social mores and the Western/Greco/Romanish culture we live in today dictate certain sensibilities to us that would cause us concern, if not outright disgust, at eating certain parts of any living thing, even though the animal may be called ‘clean.’ However, that of itself does not make any particular part of the animal ‘unclean’.

There are many good books out there that will explain the process and benefits of a Kosher diet, even going into the types of packaging allowed to keep Kosher foods, well, Kosher. Many different types of packaging are in use today, with some using the enzymes of unclean animals in their manufacturing. This fact alone would cause what would be considered a Biblically clean food, through contact with it, to be ‘unclean.’ One such book simply titled “Is It Kosher?”, can be found at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Kosher-Encyclopedia-Food-Facts-Fallacies/dp/1583306161/ref=dp_ob_title_bk, as well as at other booksellers.

The thing for us as Natsarene to remember is that the laws of Clean and Unclean foods as stated by Torah, are the standard by which we are to follow. Going a step further and ensuring that these foods have been processed, prepared, and packaged under the guidelines of Orthodox Rabbinical Authorities, gives us the added assurance that our clean foods remain as free from contamination by man as possible.

 

P.S. The picture at the top of this article is of my sister, and her bottle fed ‘bummer’ lamb on our ranch in Western Oregon (circa 1966).

CLEAN, UNCLEAN, OR, AM I BEING GOOSED?

Recently, I’ve seen the same questions concerning the dietary laws of clean and unclean as outlined in Wayyiqra (Lv) 11:1-47; Debarim (Dt) 14:3-21; and others. That question concerns the waterfowl, duck or geese. It seems that the Torah does not specifically list them one way or the other, even though the swan is clearly named as being unclean, yet Rabbinical Judaism has no problem listing them with other clean fowl. So why then shouldn’t I include duck or goose in my diet? Well, if you accept the Takanot and Maasim of the Rabbi’s cart blanch as taught within the Talmud, then this will be a non-issue for you; as they have already determined that their teaching takes precedence over Torah Shebikhtav (The Written Torah).

However if we would Just follow along with the pattern of clean and unclean as seen in our Biblical references, the answer to our question becomes obvious regardless of the animal being specifically named or not. 

Notice what makes individual animals unclean, and you will see it is the regular diet of the beast. Most all are scavengers and will eat just about anything and everything dead, (partially or fully), or putrid, and what would typically be considered as the waste of other living creatures. If you are familiar with the normal diet of these waterfowl, common sense would then dictate that duck or goose would fall into that category as they are typically bottom feeders as other unclean waterfowl that are listed.

Now inevitably the question will come up, “what if I raised the animals myself while ensuring that their diet consisted of only ‘clean’ foods, i.e.; fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables?” Well my friend, if that’s what makes an animal Biblically clean, we should be able to apply the same logic to all animals originally listed as ‘unclean’ as long as we make sure they have a clean diet before being eaten by us. That would make the pig, the camel, catfish, shellfish, etc., including all birds of prey; acceptable as ‘clean’ for our consumption and we could do away with that part of Torah!

Whoa, just a minute! I didn’t mean to get that ridicules but I do want you to understand where that type of reasoning comes from and where it goes to.

“There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death”    Mishle (Proverbs) 14:12 TS2009

However, this makes no difference to those who are determined to call black and white gray; so that they can do what they want to do.

Why the debate over such things when the Torah is very clear over what makes an animal unclean, and the reason for our not partaking of it? If you think there is the slightest possibility that Elohim does not want you to consume a bottom feeder, why pursue the question any further? Surely it is not in the interest of walking in Holiness with YHWH (B’H), is it?

So don’t be ‘ducked’ or ‘goosed’! Use the mind YHWH has blessed you with and do not fight against the meaning of His Torah, or spend your time looking for loopholes in it. There are none!

THE SPRING FEASTS

SEFIRAT HaOMER

COUNTING THE OMER TO SHAVUOT

PART 1

 Wayyiqra (Lv) 23: 9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. [Deut 26:2]; 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as an ascending offering to יהוה, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Deut 16:9; [Acts 2:1]; 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. 17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. [Neh 10:37]; 18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. 19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. 20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. 21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’            (TS2009)

WHEN DOES THE COUNT BEGIN?

INTRODUCTION:

Following along in our ongoing study of the Mo’edim (appointed times) of יהוה (B’H), we come to another somewhat controversial date that is described in the Torah as “the day after the Sabbath”, and that is the day that the first fruits of the barley harvest are presented as a ‘wave’ offering in the Temple at Y’rushalayim which in turn begins the count of the omer to Shavuot.
The controversy that began in ancient Yisra’el, and continues to this day is wrapped up into the following question; “do we begin the count to Shavuot on the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat during the week of Unleavened Bread, or do we begin the day after the first day of Unleavened Bread (U.B.), which is of itself a ‘no work’ Shabbat, on whatever day of the week it falls on? This question and it’s surrounding debate was a hot issue during the first century C.E. between the Tzaddukim (Sadducees) and the P’rushim (Pharisees), and by extension, to the “…the sect of the Natsarenes.” (Acts 24:5).
We will use the Biblical and historical record, along with the example left for us through the life and death of Y’shua, to make our determination as to when the Natsarene observed the wave sheaf.

THE TIMING OF THE WAVE SHEAF AS UNDERSTOOD BY THE TZADDUKIM

The Sadducees, who controlled the Temple but did not accept the ‘Mosaic Oral Law’ or the teaching of the ‘resurrection’, interpreted this phrase to mean ‘the day after the regular weekly Sabbath’ during Chag HaMotzi. In other words, the annual wave offering (the beginning of the count of the Omer), was made on the first day of the week (Sunday) following the weekly Shabbat during the Feast of U.B. Thus it did not matter to them on which day Pesach fell, the wave sheaf would always be on a Sunday. That’s why they were so sad, you see! This teaching as adopted by the pagan church, played right into their scenario of a counterfeit ‘sun’ day resurrection.
If we were to chose to follow the pattern set by the Tzedukim, this year (2019) would place the Wave Sheaf on April 28, ALMOST A WEEK AFTER THE FIRST DAY OF U.B.! In their misguided attempt to keep the day of the wave sheaf as always being the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat, instead of the day after the Shabbat of the 1st day U.B.; their count of the Omer, and the resultant day of Shavuot, will never be correct. That would rob the prophetic significance of Y’shuas resurrection on Abib 16 (April 23, 2009), and remove one very important piece of His identification. How can we prove Y’shuas authentic claim by using the Mo’edim, if we move the Appointed Time so that it does not coincide with the event?  The Wave Sheaf would then always be the day after the weekly 7th day Shabbat and may or may not be the day of His Resurrection!. So much for following the path of the Sadducees!

THE TIMING OF THE WAVE SHEAF AS UNDERSTOOD BY THE P’RUSHIM

If there is any particular group or sect of Judaism that deserves criticism for adding to or taking from HaTorah, it is the P’rushim! Changing times and laws has been synonymous with them since the earliest of days, and the days of Pesach and 1st-day U.B. are a good example of this. However, the day of the Wave Sheaf offering was always understood and taught by them to be the day after the Sabbath of the first day of Unleavened Bread.
Remember that Rabbi Sha’ul was a ‘P’rush of P’rushim’, taught the resurrection, and was labeled a ‘ringleader’ of the sect of the Natsarene. Contrary to what is taught throughout Christianity today, accepting Y’shua as Mashiyach had no effect upon His observance of Torah and the traditions of his fathers, as they conformed to the life and teachings of Y’shua (2 Thes. 2:15;3:6). This, of course, is contrary to what is taught throughout Christianity today. It follows then that just as the P’rushim followed the day after the Shabbat of 1st day U.B. with the Wave Sheaf, so the Natsarene of the first century c.e., and consequently the modern-day restoration of that faith would also do in our time and understanding of Torah.

THE BIBLICAL PATTERN AS ESTABLISHED FOR THE WAVE OFFERING, AND ITS’ FULFILMENT BY Y’SHUA

Was the chronology and pattern set by the Mo’edim of יהוה (B’H’), established through chance or happenstance? Of course, the answer to that question is a resounding ‘no’! Every letter, word, number, ‘jot and tittle’ of Scripture carries with it the mind, person, and plan of our Creator and Redeemer. They present the perfect explanation of our current condition and the exact plan of our rescue from it. When any of this is tampered with by imperfect man, it becomes a lie, a misrepresentation, an inaccuracy, a conflict, a deception, a stumbling block. The pattern of events as spoken of in our introductory text from Vayikra (Lv.) 23,9-14, is a pattern that would be used in conjunction with other Torah texts to prove out exactly, and without error, who the Anointed One of Yisra’el was, is, and will be. It is a pattern that will be seen over again throughout the Mo’edim of יהוה (B’H’).
From ancient times, the Sages of Judaism have repeatedly testified that the Mashiyach of Yisra’el must live a life of perfect obedience in fulfillment of HaTorah, the ‘pattern’ and ‘proof’ for all things. And, as any unbiased student of scripture with an inquiring mind will clearly see, this requirement was, is, and is being met by Y’shua who is Emmanu’el, El who is with us.
So looking at the pattern of the Holy Days immediately surrounding Pesach as described in Lv. 23 we see Chag HaPesach (The Feast of Passover) on Abib 14, followed by the first day of Chag HaMatzot (The Feast of Unleavened Bread, a Shabbat) on Abib 15, followed immediately by First Fruits, and on Abib 16, the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering (whatever days of the week they would fall on would make absolutely no difference). There were no additional days provided for anyone or for any other reason within the pattern set by these three Torah witnesses. Change this pattern in any way, and Y’shua looses His claim to the title “HaMashiyach”!
On the eternal heavenly clock of Elohim, the three- day cycle of Pesach, 1st Day Chag HaMotzi, followed immediately by the 3rd day of the Wave Sheaf would be maintained, and fulfilled exactly by Y’shua (the sign of Yonah), as another sign of His true identity. That He would resurrect as our wave sheaf offering, being the first of the harvest to come, was a lesson sadly lost on those who followed the teachings of the Sadducees (who by the way, did not believe in, or teach the resurrection). Does this mean that Y’shua really did resurrect on a 1st day (Sunday)? It certainly did in the year 30 C.E., exactly 40 years to the day that the Temple would be destroyed by the Roman Army.  

 DO WE AS NATSARENE CELEBRATE THE RESURRECTION?

  But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, and has become the first-fruit of those having fallen asleep. 1Cor 15:20 TS2009 P.P. Col 1:18; 1Pet 1:3; Rev 1:5;
We are not given the mitzvah (commandment) to observe the Wave Sheaf as resurrection day, but yes, while observing this day as commanded we recognize its Messianic fulfillment by YHWH Y’shuati (B’H).  His ‘unspeakable gift’ to all those who had, and would repent and return to our Father while living by the laws of His House, was realized as He fulfilled the promise of the Wave Sheaf.
We celebrate it’s fulfillment through His victory over she’ol and the penalty of sin, by celebrating THE FIRST OF THE SPRING HARVEST, as the day our Messiah presented Himself as the firstfruits of those who would follow. The day of our celebration will always immediately follow Abib 15; the Shabbat of Unleavened Bread, meaning that it might land on the first day of the week, or any other day for that matter, but it will always be on Abib 16, the day of the Wave Sheaf Offering AND the day of His Resurrection!

Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q. Are there Old Testament Scriptures that mention salvation for the Gentiles?
A. Yes! Several times within the Torah (first five Books), Goyim or Goy (strangers, foreigners, anyone who is not a Yisra’elite is considered a ‘Gentile’) are extended the same promises, and blessings that are given to Yisra’el if they wish to come into the Camp of Yisra’el (as opposed to ‘the church’). However, this requires that they live under the same laws and requirements placed upon all Yisra’el. This will be the downfall of all those who teach replacement theology, i.e.; the church has replaced Yisra’el. Most who follow that false theory and teaching, are deluded into thinking that all they have to do is ‘profess’ a certain name to be saved, then live just about any way the human mind thinks is right (Pro 14:12). The Ruach (spirit) calls to the hearts and minds of believers today, to leave Babylon (spiritual confusion and man-made false teaching) and return to the ancient paths that we have strayed from so long ago. Our Creators council for each of us is to “choose life” (Dt 30:19), and return to follow his teaching and instruction as found in His Torah.
References:
Ex 12:49; Lev 24:22; Num 15:16, 29
Sha’ul

COUNTING THE OMER

הדרך

THE PATH

A COMMENTARY on CURRENT SPIRITUAL THOUGHT FROM THE ANCIENT SECT OF JUDAISM CALLED ‘HaNATSARENE’
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A NATSARENE YAHUDIM CHAVURAH

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HA MO’EDIM

The Appointed Times Of YHWH, (B’H), and their prophetic understanding as seen through His Mikra Kadosh (Holy Rehearsals), or ‘Chagim’ (Feasts).

THE SPRING FEASTS AND THE SEASON OF PESACH

SEFIRAT HA OMER, COUNTING THE OMER 

Wayyiqra (Lev.) 23:

 9 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 10 “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and you shall say to them, ‘When you come into the land which I give you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the first-fruits of your harvest to the priest. [Deut 26:2]; 11 ‘And he shall wave the sheaf before יהוה, for your acceptance. On the morrow after the Sabbath the priest waves it. 12 ‘And on that day when you wave the sheaf, you shall prepare a male lamb a year old, a perfect one, as an ascending offering to יהוה, 13 and its grain offering: two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to יהוה, a sweet fragrance, and its drink offering: one-fourth of a hin of wine. 14 ‘And you do not eat bread or roasted grain or fresh grain until the same day that you have brought an offering to your Elohim – a law forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 15 ‘And from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, you shall count for yourselves: seven completed Sabbaths. Deut 16:9; [Acts 2:1]; 16 ‘Until the morrow after the seventh Sabbath you count fifty days, then you shall bring a new grain offering to יהוה. 17 ‘Bring from your dwellings for a wave offering two loaves of bread, of two-tenths of an ĕphah of fine flour they are, baked with leaven, first-fruits to יהוה. [Neh 10:37]; 18 ‘And besides the bread, you shall bring seven lambs a year old, perfect ones, and one young bull and two rams. They are an ascending offering to יהוה, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet fragrance to יהוה. 19 ‘And you shall offer one male goat as a sin offering, and two male lambs a year old, as a slaughter of peace offerings. 20 ‘And the priest shall wave them, besides the bread of the first-fruits, as a wave offering before יהוה, besides the two lambs. They are set-apart to יהוה for the priest. 21 ‘And on this same day you shall proclaim a set-apart gathering for yourselves, you do no servile work on it – a law forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. 22 ‘And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely reap the corners of your field when you reap, and do not gather any gleaning from your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the stranger. I am יהוה your Elohim.’    TS2009

A few thought questions for you (please feel free to send your questions and/or comments to us anytime!)

  1. Why should we actively participate in the count of the days, beginning on the day of the WAVE SHEAF and extending out to the final day of SHAVUOT itself?
  2. How do the numbers and their multiples of 7, 10, 49, and 50 factor into this, and why?
  3. What is the Hebraic significance of these numbers and their multiples?
  4. Is there another significant period of time outlined in Torah that incorporates the same sequence of the numbers 7, 10, 49, and 50 and/or their multiples? If so, do you believe it’s just by chance, or is it intentional? If so why?

Sha’ul

LOOK NO WHERE ELSE! WE HAVE THE ABSOLUTELY AND TOTALLY 100% CORRECT PRONUNCIATION OF THE SACRED NAME יהוה (b’H)!

There is one thing that the Messianic community has in common, and that is that everyone seems to know the correct pronunciation of the Sacred Name, יהוה (b’H)! However, a problem exists in that each group or individual within that community, has a different understanding of that pronunciation. This makes it absolutely ridiculous for one to promote their understanding over another without alienating many, or causing strife, confusion, and dissension within the community, which are not the ways of יהוה (b’H).

We have our understanding, but it may not agree with yours. Yes there is only one correct way to pronounce the Sacred Name, should we therefore make it our mission to correct and save others from their supposed ignorance, when each one thinks their way is the only correct way? Are we absolutely sure that our transliteration of  and pronunciation of יהוה (b’H), is correct???

Friends, when Mashiyach returns we will all know everything correctly, we will all be on the same ‘sheet of music’! Let us spend our short life-span here learning to accept our differences in this matter while pursuing the search for the deep, hidden truths of Torah and how to apply them to our ‘walk’. Our task is to love ‘The Living Water’, while being obedient to His Commandments.

Be blessed as we seek out His ways, and the manner in which we live out His Torah!

Sha’ul