We all have a free choice of what we want to believe. But the truth is still the truth, even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it.
Similarly, Just because we cannot see something does not mean that it is not there.
Often we read a segment in a book that brings to our memory something from another book or story we have come across in the past, which creates an association between different stories and characters. This is very true of the Scriptures – one passage triggers associations with another. The Father has designed it that way, but you need to read it and study it for that to happen. We need to pay attention to the parallels that the Set Apart Spirit challenges us with, because they were put there on purpose - to guide us and teach us.
Some writers and speakers can say almost anything about the Scriptures and appear so convincing that people will believe them. What they teach is close to the truth, but it is not close enough to be the truth. It is close enough to hide the truth that in conjunction with pressure to conform and poor teaching create a veil over peoples ability to understand. Once someone has believed in something that is not quite the truth, it is very difficult to dislodge that misinformation from their minds and belief. This is how cults operate.
The danger is, that everything you may read, see or hear is referred to subconsciously in your decision making from the point you became aware of it. You are not aware that you using subconsciously using experience and knowledge, it just happens automatically. From the time that you accept a though into your mind, then going forward, everything is filtered by that misinformation and this is why within the Scriptures we are told to be set-apart from this world.
Unfortunately, we live in a time when most people are content to get their knowledge of the Scriptures secondhand, through either dramatic presentations,or staged, screens and novels. But the problem with secondhand knowledge of the Scriptures is that the person gaining the knowledge, gains only the understanding and interpretation of the person giving it. This may not necessarily be the truth and may be instilling in your mind doctrines that are only partly true. For instance why do we have so many different denominations all with different interpretations of the same Scriptures?
Does anyone really think that the apostate get rich quick commercial businesses thinly disguised as pagan/christian denominations really are what the Scriptures are leading us to? Consider the words of the Messiah when talking to the pharisees in Matthew 23:13
Matthew 23:13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you eat up widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. Because of this you shall receive greater judgment. 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go about the land and the sea to win one convert, and when he is won, you make him a son of Gehenna twofold more than yourselves
Denominations flourish with their own particular and unique version of the truth. All denominations are in one form or another a form of a cult exerting pressure on members to conform. Many are vast businesses seeking your financial support to earn money. Remember the Messiah driving commerce out of the temple and stating that this is meant to be a place of worship but you have turned it into a den of thieves (Matthew 21:13). Now no one is against paying for time to help, but, the huge financial corporations that many denominations represent are a far cry from the messages that the Messiah gave in the New Testament. If you do not follow that denominations belief, if you are not bound by their rituals, and if you do not contribute financially, or you question the teaching, you will be cast out in case you encourage others to also seek the truth.
Scathing enough? I think not, we are talking about the opportunity for people to receive Salvation and being deliberated led away from the Fathers Salvation Plan. But seeking the truth is what we all should be doing, is it not? Why would a denomination cast someone out that is seeking the truth? Why is it a mortal sin in denominations to seek the Hebrew name of the Father and the Son when the Scriptures tell us to call on those names, why is it an issue to honour the ten commandments in full, Sunday observance instead of the Sabbath is placing idol worship above the Authority of the Father set out in the Scriptures (Exodus 20:8 to 11). And why not honour the Scriptural Feasts. After all the Feast of Sukkoth is still to be honoured after the Messiahs second coming, so why would you be taught that it is only in the past? Have a look at Zechariah 14:16 and ask your teacher/minister/pastor what it means, but make sure you read it thoroughly first. You will be told that those things I mentioned above is contrary to the Scriptures, you should then question why it is in the Scriptures and why the Messiah and his disciples kept them. Paul kept the Feasts, have a look at Acts 18:21, and I would sooner follow Pauls teaching than someone today telling me their interpretation of what Pauls words were. You should question why you belong to a denomination that is hiding the truth from you.
Acts 18:21 but took leave of them, saying, “I have to keep this coming festival in Jerusalem by all means, but I shall come back to you, Elohim desiring so.” And he sailed from Ephesus.
The only reason can be to retain the integrity of the group. This is so that members will not see or understand the true Way, but merely follow what they are told to do and believe and be sufficiently removed form the truth in the Scriptures that they do not realise that they are following a counterfeit. This is mind control, and the sad truth is that when you are in it, you do not know that you are being subject to that kind of control. We all need to be reborn spiritually to cleanse the power of that mind control, have a read of the page "Rebirth of the mind". We all need to take a first step in faith.
The messages given in many denominations is disinformation at best, and at worst is the establishment of a counterfeit religion that sounds believable. It is in reality, just a thinly disguised pagan religion. The Scriptures set out that there is a spiritual war going on. The battle is over your soul. Consequently you need to be certain that the information in your minds, and the belief that you have, is aligned to the Fathers will that is set out in the Scriptures.
Charles Spurgeon once said - If your creed and Scripture do not agree, cut your creed to pieces, but make it agree with this book. If there be anything in the church to which you belong which is contrary to the inspired Word, leave that church. That very church which the world likes best is sure to be that which Yahuah abhors. The last sentence says it all, you need to be very aware of what your denomination believes in, what you yourself believe in, and what the Scriptures say.
But it is not just false or poor teaching that is the problem, it is also inaccurate Bible translations, YouTube videos, books, that place a "spin" on the Fathers salvation plan creating "special" interpretations where competing denominations consider they have the true message and are the only ones that will receive salvation. Consider how many denominations there are, it is now possible for people to go shopping to choose the denomination and doctrine that best suits their lifestyle. This is not the message of the Father or the Messiah. The book of Revelations speaks loudly against such practices and beliefs in the letters to the seven churches and just how off track some of them in reality are.
You need to invest in good accurate translations of the Scriptures, read the Scriptures yourself, and question all that you hear. Many people accept the views and opinions of so-called experts who are often quite biased in their belief and perspective. This is the worst outcome imaginable, trusting your salvation to someone else's view without question, when you could read, study and pray yourself.
Many people accept without question what they have heard, read or were taught throughout their lives about Scriptures, the Messiah, and His teachings. Many people vigorously defend their denominations doctrine while feeling no need to examine proof of why they believe what they do, or to consider how they came to such beliefs. It is unfortunate that human nature tends to follow the crowd and what is popular, not what may in reality be true. The truth is often not popular, the easy path is.
Virtually every one of the massive number of denominations (churches) have readily adopted some form of mis-translation to support their doctrine. They accept, inaccurate teaching, pagan traditions and magic, blending these into their worship. Look up symbols of witchcraft, paganism and false deity worship and then note what is contained in many churches, their rituals, and doctrine.
Few people are aware, or even care, that the doctrine they believe in has been taken almost entirely from paganism, false customs, witchcraft and human reasoning, not from the Scriptures.
The real Messiah of the Scriptures has been left out of teaching and many translations. He is unknown to people whose belief is contaminated by a cloud of deceit, confusion, lies and commonly accepted falsehoods. What better way is there to remove the salvation power of the Scriptures and hide the Messiah from peoples view than to use a thinly disguised counterfeit, that is close to the truth, but is not the truth.
The most difficult thing for any person is to admit being wrong, particularly when it means going against the popular belief. Unlearning false knowledge and learning true knowledge in its place is not easy. It can be a painful, shattering experience. My plea to everyone is to diligently search the scriptures like the Berean Greeks Paul mentions in Acts 17:11
Acts 17:11 Now these were more noble than those in Thessalonike, who received the word with great eagerness, and searched the Scriptures daily, if these words were so.
The Old Testament points to the first and second coming of the Messiah, and neither the New Testament or the Old Testament books can be read in isolation. The Old Testament talks about the physical path under the Old Covenant, while the New Testament talks about the spiritual path we must follow under the renewed covenant.
Take for instance the common teaching from many denominations and preachers that the Old Testament Feasts were removed with the first coming of the Messiah. It is hard to reconcile that common interpretation with the Old Testament when the Feast of Booths (Sukkot) is specifically mentioned as existing after the second coming of the Messiah. If it exists after the second coming, how could the first coming have removed it?
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall be that all who are left from all the nations which came up against Jerusalem, shall go up from year to year to bow themselves to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. 17 And it shall be, that if anyone of the clans of the earth does not come up to Jerusalem to bow himself to the Sovereign, Yahuah of hosts, on them there is to be no rain.
To fully understand the Scriptures, we do need to add, ignore or delete passages. For example, many denominations will delete reference to the above verses from Zechariah, or will assign another meaning to it - but you must admit, it is clear as it is. Have a read of the page on Scriptural Feasts. So if Scriptural Feasts no longer apply, why is one of these specifically mentioned as continuing after the second coming of the Messiah?
To understand the Scriptures, we need to understand the language and meaning of phrases that were in use at the time, and not change the interpretation to what we now understand, such as associations with words, phrases and behavior. We must not bend the meaning to fit a particular denominations choice of interpretation.
Words are vessels of meaning as were names given in Hebrew. Every prophecy about the Messiah in the Old Testament was fulfilled literally and so will the words of Zechariah 14:16. The Messiahs birth, ministry, death, and resurrection all occurred exactly as the Old Testament predicted, that is, the prophecies were real, accurate and literal.
Literal interpretation of the Scriptures gives each word the meaning it would commonly have in everyday usage at the time the writing was carried out. We can make allowances for symbols, figures of speech etc. Even symbols and figurative sayings have literal meanings behind them. So, for example, when the Scriptures uses the term “a thousand years” in Revelation 20, the term is literally a period of 1,000 years and there is no compelling reason to interpret it otherwise.
However, many translations and doctrines will argue that is not the case and will develop their own translations based on the use of words and phrases that apply now, or on non-literal interpretations, instead of what the meaning of the words were at the time the Scriptures were written. Words change meaning over time, for instance I may say that a car looks "hot" which to me means desirable, but my children would say not it is at the right temperature, but it does look "cool".
If a literal interpretation using the language, meaning and phrasing is not used in studying the Scriptures, there is no objective standard by which to understand the Scriptures, and like many doctrines, readers will stray from the true meaning. Each doctrine interprets Scripture to suit their own particular belief. I find it amazing just how many doctrines interpret Scripture and come up with different, and often conflicting meaning. I am also amazed how members of denominations think they are the only ones correct and that all other doctrines are incorrect. Each interpretation basically says “what this passage says to me” instead of “what the Scripture actually says”. Eventually, in studying the Scriptures, you will reach a section of Scripture that contradicts false doctrine, but unless you are studying the Scriptures yourself, you will not be able to see the linkages. That is, you miss the truth and become confused, sidetracked. misled or discouraged. As you settle into what feels comfortable you lose your way on the narrow path set for us, deserting your salvation. Remember the letter to the church in Laodecia in Revelation 3:15 where the Laodecians were obviously too busy to earning money to spend time devoted to prayer and study, but they were maintaining just an appearance of righteousness. They key is verse 18.
Revelation 3:15 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot. 16 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. 17 “Because you say, ‘Rich I am, and I am made rich, and need none at all,’ and do not know that you are wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 18 “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see
Many churches and teachers are modern version of the pharisees that the Messiah contended with, and will guide you into a state of Laodecia. They will tell you to interpret Scriptures a certain way, they will tell you to take on faith their doctrine, when you should take on faith the Scriptures. They will tell you that you do not need to remember the Father and his salvation covenant or his commandments. If you do not obey the pharisees, just as in the time of the Messiah, you will be cast out of that denomination.
But this is just another means of mind control that forces you to comply with certain beliefs as being cast out carries social shame. When you read the Scriptures and the Set Apart Spirit opens your eyes, the pharisees will tell you that you are following false doctrine and to just follow their rules. The Messiah was very clear in his teaching in the Gospel and his debates with the pharisees - don't be fooled by their lies.
Many people are so trapped in those lies that they cannot, and do not desire to see the truth, their mind is closed to anything outside of what a particular denominations belief is. If you are a member of such a denomination, try telling the leaders or other members that you are seeking the truth using original Hebrew and Greek documents and accurate translations. You will find yourself either disciplined or outside of that denomination very quickly. It takes strength and resolve, and the leadership of the Set Apart Spirit to stand in the Name of the Father, and it is a lonely path. Remember the Messiahs words in Matthew 7:13
Matthew 7:13 “Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. 14 “Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. 15 “But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves.
So who is right? Take your choice, either shop for a doctrine that suits how you think you should live and comfortable for you, or turn to the Father now through the Messiah. Objectively study the Scriptures, don't make the mistakes that many members of denominations make and burn with the zeal of the Set Apart Spirit. Seek the truth in the Scriptures and allow the Set Apart Spirit to teach you.
John 14.24 “He who does not love Me does not guard My Words. And the Word which you hear is not Mine but of the Father Who sent Me. 25 “These Words I have spoken to you while still with you. 26 “But the Helper, the Set-apart Spirit, whom the Father shall send in My Name, He shall teach you all, and remind you of all that I said to you.
We believe, as do a number of other believers, that the Scriptures are truth, and should be read and understood as they were written. The Scriptures apply as much to our lives now under a spiritual covenant, as it applied to the Hebrews under a physical covenant.