Yahusha picked simple men or men with thick skin to be on his team of disciples. He did not personally pick educated men or Pharisees or Sadducees. His first pick were two fisherman. You do not have to have a degree in Theology for the Spirit of Truth to teach you. You do not have an IQ of 228 to understand the scriptures. All you need is the heart to learn and to pray as Solomon did asking for wisdom and discernment. Teachers, Preachers, Pastors and Ministers many times add to scripture with learned commentary or they go along with what they know is wrong to keep the pews filled. Tradition is a powerful tool of the devil.
When I began this quest to learn the bible I looked into getting my degree in Theology. The First eye opener was how expensive. I originally wanted to be in a classroom setting so there would be debate, so scheduling with little kids would have been tough too. I nixed that idea, and I’m so glad I did because my teacher is far better and will not be influenced by the untruth that has been woven into mainstream.
During this journey for truth, I was warned that I am not learned enough, nor have I been a believer long enough to discern on my own. I was told I needed someone with a Doctorate in divinity to guide me. I have believed in Messiah my entire life, but the “born again” process really began about 8 years ago when my Dad and I forgave each other. All you really need is the Spirit to guide you as you read the bible. If you have the passion, desire and determination, the Spirit of truth will teach you. It is good to get with a group of heartfelt believers who read and study like you do- so you can sharpen swords and discuss deeper meanings.
When I read the below scripture, I knew the Spirit was confirming what I already knew…that the Spirit was fully capable of teaching me and having a scholar on hand was not necessary. We should never let others discourage us or let people judge our personal relationship with the Father/Son or His ability to work in our lives. In Jesus’s own words he comforted me, letting me know that it was the simple people like me who were willing to learn that would be given answers and unfiltered truth.
Matthew 11: 25: 24 25 At that time Jesus declared, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to babes. 26Yes, Father, for this was well-pleasing in Your sight.
So from the scripture above it’s those with child-like spirits not just those “wise or learned” that will get it. So I started on my quest to not just read the entire bible but to: highlight, take notes and look up what I didn’t understand. But more than that, I prayed for wisdom, discernment and understanding. I am not what you consider really smart, but He has given me a gift of taking scripture and teaching in a way that others can understand and apply to real life.
I was never a good reader. But I am determined and consistent in my daily reading. I’m not afraid to cry out when I don’t get it. I have on many occasions found myself in tears on understanding or not understanding. That seems intense I know…but my love for YHWH and Yahusha are intense.
I’m on my 3rd time all the way thru, each time I read a different version, searching for the cleanest or closest version. ISR is my current version, I like it because instead of debating on real names of creator and son…the names are written in Hebrew not using titles like god or lord- which is so confusing. There are vast differences in the different versions, frankly scary on how much can be lost from Hebrew to Greek to English. That is why praying is key for clarification. It’s crazy that so much was changed in translations, and to think we are not to change one dot either.
What I soon realized is that much of what I was taught from the pulpit is not quite right or was top of the trees topics. The churches have avoided certain things, have sugar coated and have flat out failed to teach me a lot, including key things in the Old Testament.
Frankly, many of the churches go along with the masses and have succeeded at killing a lot of the original Jewish worship, festivals and doctrines. There are many institutions that sell the idea that the church has replaced Israel and that old testament instructions have been nullified or as they say fulfilled by Yahusha.
History will show you that they purposely wanted to take the Jewishness out of belief in Jesus and to disassociate themselves with the Jewish people. Originally, the new converts met at synagogues along side Jews still waiting on the Messiah. The new believers Jews and gentiles, took traditional Sabbaths, studied the Torah, and participated in all the commanded Feasts & Festivals. Meeting in synagogues was natural and many Jews started believing that the Anointed one from the line of David from the Tribe of Judah had already come, Jesus. Believers and non-believers had more in common in those days than they had uncommon because they practiced all the traditional feasts and Sabbaths.
For Centuries, pagan mixed believers demonize the chosen people. People do not realize that the Creator purposely closed the eyes and ears of some of the Israelites so that the gentiles could be grafted into the original tree. Gentiles are grafted into benefiting from the promises given with the covenants-promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
The promise is only available to gentiles, when we make Jesus, the Jewish King, The promised Everlasting Messiah, our Lord. When we ( gentiles) accept Jesus the Messiah to Israel, when we Obey Him, when we believe Him, we come into His Kingdom. When you live in a Kingdom, you must obey the rules of that Kingdom to stay and you are adopted into that family.
So when we bow down, follow, obey and accept the Jewish Messiah, then we are grafted into and get the benefits of the promises YHWH made to Abraham. If some of the Jewish people had not had eyes blinded to truth, then Gentiles could not and would not have been part of that promise given to the chosen people. When you think of it that way, you look at even non-believing Jews today in a totally different way….with love. Remember Jesus’s words, “Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep–the people of Israel.” The gospel was given first to the Jew and then to the gentile.
Do not forget what Paul told us. Romans 11: 25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. Read 11-31 to understand the importance of us not boasting, as we are grafted into the tree.
As I read about the festivals and commanded feasts I realized that it’s not just the Israelites but for the sojourner with them. But also if you see yourself now as being part of Jesus’s Kingdom, then you will take part in all these celebrations too. I was wondering why do so many modern day churches disregard all the feasts, festivals, Sabbaths, and laws-instructions? This didn’t make sense to me. And why do we do holidays that are not even mentioned at all in any part of the bible? Even more, it baffled me to see facebook picture after facebook picture of known atheists in front of Christmas trees and with Easter Baskets.
Daniel tells us why…
In Daniel 7: 25, he tells us that a leader will rule this world that…
” ( He) speaks words against the Most High, and it wears out the set-apart ones ( believers) of the Most High, and he intends to change the appointed times and law, they are given into its hand for a time and times a half a time.”
So Satan set out to destroy the holy festivals Yahweh and he set out to completely destroy the law or instructions. He has always sought to destroy or contradict the Father. He is the master deceiver with an art at packaging sin to either to appear okay or good. Think about how he made the fruit look pleasing and desirable to Eve. He didn’t try to make her eat ugly spoiled fruit. He packaged it to look good. He’s certainly made his mark on the body of believers and done an outstanding job at weaving in lies and getting us off YHWH’s path.
One church service, I brought in my bible and read along with a pastor. I began to wrestle with the word in the back of the building. I felt like I was having a Jacob wrestling with God moment. What I was getting from the scripture was not what the Pastor was saying or translating. In fact , I felt like that he was completely skipping over the main points. So I prayed out to the Father to reveal His truth…Was the Pastor right? Or was I right? Soon after praying, I got 100% confirmation that what I was hearing in my spirit was truth. The Pastor was avoiding talking about a true Sabbath.
The Pastor on purpose avoided this can of worms. He would have a lot of explaining if he told everyone that Sunday is actually known as the “The Venerable Day of the Sun.” In fact, he would have a hard time keeping the 2000 seats filled. Ouch…too big of a risk!
When Constantine pressed his pagan hordes into the Christian church they were observing the day of the sun for their adoration of the sun god. In order to make it more convenient to convert them to a new religion of what we call Christianity, he changed day of worship to Sunday, instead of the Sabbath which had been observed by Jesus and His disciples.
Why is it Pastors don’t encourage festivals like Festival of Tabernacles or Sukkot? After all, when Yeshua returns we will all be celebrating it. Plus, the New Testament showed us that while on earth Jesus participated in all the commanded feasts and festivals. Don’t we want to imitate Jesus? Doesn’t he show us the way? See scripture below that shows that we will all go to celebrate feast of tabernacles, modern day called Sukkot.
Zechariah 14:16King James Version (KJV)
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Is it just me or does it make more sense for us to celebrate festivals like Sukkot rather than celebrating manmade holidays with roots in paganism? How come the big churches aren’t doing a big camp out the week of Sukkot, it would be fun, prepare us for Jesus return and obedient to the word.
How many people sitting in that church will never question any sermon or look up what the Pastor teaches. Well, I couldn’t move on. I was consumed with the fact that I had been spoon fed untruths, half truths or purposely not given information so that the pews would be full. People would freak out if the Pastor said…Hey look guys Paul is telling us Sabbath is a specific day.
Look, worshipping everyday is perfectly okay. There is nothing wrong with worshipping everyday or going to church everyday. But what we are talking about is the Sabbath, a complete day of rest.
A typical Sunday church day looks much different than what YHWH describes as a true Sabbath: resting, not working, not causing others to work, not doing your own pleasures..
My old Sunday church day constituted of : Church, Lunch out at a Restaurant, grocery shopping and home late. We were worn out and caused many people to work that day. Our Sunday church day was far from being a day of rest nor did it obey the instructions laid out in scripture. It was okay to do all that because Sunday is considered a work day because it’s the 1st day of week. But my Sunday church did not and could not be defined as a true Sabbath day by definition of the scriptures. See two scriptures below. ( many more if you decide to research).
Exodus 35: Moses gathered all the Israelite community together and said to them, “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to do. 2 You are to work for six days, but the seventh day will be a holy day, a Sabbath of rest to honor the Lord. Anyone who works on that day must be put to death. 3 On the Sabbath day you must not light a fire in any of your houses.”
Isaiah 58:13 ESV
“If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly…”
My friend who is a school teacher heard recently about the truth about Easter from another friend. She learned that Easter was a pagan rooted holiday for fertility goddesses like Ishtar, Astarte . The traditions of dyed eggs are derived from child sacrifices and bunnies linked to fertility. My friend was bold and asked her Baptist church why they knowingly do Easter egg hunts when they know it would be considered an abomination to the Father? The answer was simple, ” to get more people to come to their church.” Are you kidding me? I was so proud that she was so bold to ask.
I believe the Father opens eyes and ears in stages. I know that getting all this information at once can be overwhelming. I have felt like for the past 3 years, I’ve been on a spiritual download- a fast one. At times the truth he has given me has been a lot to digest. A lot of changes have been necessary for me to be obedient. I am still working on refining. But I praise because He is given me what I ask for…Real TRUTH. I’m honored that He is revealing Himself to little old me.
I encourage you to let the Spirit of Truth lead you. Make it your quest to not just read the scriptures but to study. If you haven’t read the entire bible- do it. The Word is your daily bread. Personally, I really began to learn when I read start to finish rather than randomly skipping around which I did daily for years.
But remember, if you are doing this to accomplish something to say that you read it all…then you might not learn that much. You must have the right heart when you start. Otherwise, you will not see the deeper meaning of the stories and parables. I’ve seen people read the bible but only read at face value…not the deeper meaning. You want this to be a life altering spiritual awakening…where you begin to see things from Yeshua’s eyes and heart. The bible has changed me forever and I know that with prayer and petition…it will change you.