Saturday, February 6, 2010

"James, Paul, and the Dead Sea Scrolls" by Hanan ben Avraham


James, Paul, and the Dead Sea Scrolls

by Hanan ben Avraham

Hello. For my subject, my aim is to use ancient sources that tell us what we know about James, and Paul, and to analyze what they say, and see what use they may have for the religious minded. Little is me but the arrangement of passages I hope will be clear and relevant, and occasional comments.

Have you heard about James the brother of Jesus?*

About his election to succeed Jesus, and about his death, WE ARE NOT INFORMED BY CANONICAL ACTS. We must go to other sources. Eusebius of Caesarea (260-340 CE), Archbishop under Constantine, tells us in his Ecclesiastical History that James was "the lord's brother, who had been elected by the Apostles to the episcopal throne at Jerusalem," (E.H. 2.23).

Knowing Jesus would soon depart from them, his disciples, according to the non-canonical Gospel of Thomas, asked him who would lead them, "And Jesus said to them, 'In the place you are to go, go to James the Righteous,
for whose sake Heaven and Earth came into existence,'" (Coptic logion 12).

Palestinian Epiphanius, Bishop of Salamis (315-404 CE), had access to works he said were called the Anabathmoi Jacobou (the 'Ascents of James') and the Gospel of the Hebrews (used by ancient Jewish Christians called
Ebionites, or the 'Poor'), both now lost, in which we learn, "once during a drought, he [James] lifted his hands to Heaven and prayed and at once Heaven sent rain...Thus they no longer called him by his name, but his name was, rather, the Righteous One [in Hebrew, the 'Zaddik'].

"[T]o James alone, it was allowed to enter once a year into the Holy of Holies [the innermost sanctum of the Temple], because he was a Nazirite and connected to the priesthood. Hence Mary was related in two ways to
Elizabeth [John the Baptist's mother] and James was a distinguished member of the priesthood, because the two tribes alone were linked to one another, the royal tribe to the priestly," (Panarion 30).

He tells us the 'Ascents of James' was about the discourses James gave from the Temple to the Jerusalem masses, and says that James was "the First to whom the lord entrusted his throne upon earth."

Jerome (342-420 CE), basing his knowledge on Hegesippus, Clement of Alexandria, and the Jewish historian Josephus, also knows this when he says in his Lives of Illustrious Men ch. 2 that "He [James] alone enjoyed the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies, since, indeed, he did not wear woolen, but only linen clothes, and went into the Temple alone and prayed on behalf of the people, so that his knees were reputed to have acquired the callousness of a camel's knees", and that after Jesus died he "was immediately appointed Bishop of Jerusalem by the Apostles."

Palestinian Jewish Christian Hegesippus (100-180 CE), portions of whose five books of early Church history only survive in passages cited by Eusebius, tells us, "There were many James', but this one...the Lord's brother...was Holy from his birth. Everyone from the Lord's time till our own has called him the Righteous", and that "[b]ecause of his unsurpassable Righteousness he was called the Righteous, and Oblias," the latter being a strange word he describes as meaning "Bulwark of the People, and Righteousness," (E.H. 2.23); for Epiphanius, the word means "Wall"; for Eusebius, the "Protection of the People."

The second century Syriac Apostolic Constitutions tell us that James was "the brother of Christ according to the flesh...and one appointed Bishop of Jerusalem by the Lord Himself," (8.35).

In another passage surviving only in Eusebius, Clement of Alexandria (150-215 CE) tells us that the 'gift of knowledge' was imparted by Jesus to "James the Righteous, to John, and to Peter," and that these in turn "delivered it to the rest of the Apostles, and they to the Seventy, of whom Barnabas was one," (E.H. 2.1).

Clement of Rome (30-97 CE), or someone purporting to be him, addresses
his letter in the non-canonical Pseudo-Clementine Homilies of Clement
to "James...the Bishop of Bishops, who rules Jerusalem, the Holy Assembly
of the Hebrews and the Assemblies everywhere," as does Peter similarly
in his Homilies letter.

Even Josephus (37-96 CE), who was not a Christian as we understand it --but who was a contemporary of James-- knows about him, and even insists that James' death was the reason the Jewish people believed Jerusalem fell: "These things [the Uprising and consequent destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans] happened to the Jews in requital for James the Righteous, who was a brother of Jesus known as Christ, for though he was the most Righteous of men, the Jews put him to death." This passage, remarked on also by Origen (185-254 CE), and Jerome, only exists in Eusebius' E.H., Jerome's Commentary on Galatians, and Origen's letter (Contra Celsus 1.47), and, interestingly, IS NO LONGER EXTANT IN ANY MANUSCRIPT WE HAVE OF JOSEPHUS. Commenting on it, Eusebius says, "So remarkable a person must James have been, so universally esteemed for Righteousness, that even the most intelligent of Jews felt this was why his martyrdom was immediately followed by the siege of Jerusalem," (E.H. 2.23). This contradicts Christian belief that the Temple fell because of the prophecy and death of Jesus, as Origen is well aware and at pains to 'correct' in Contra Celsus. This latter also tells us that "the wonderful thing is that, though he [Josephus] did not accept Jesus as Christ, he yet gave testimony that the Righteousness of James was so great...that the people thought they had suffered these things on account of [him]," (Commentary on Matthew; 10.17).

For his part, Jerome, in his Lives, writes "This same Josephus records the tradition that this James was of so great Holiness and reputation among the people that the destruction of Jerusalem was believed to have occurred on account of his death," and in a Commentary that "So Holy was James that the people zealously tried to touch the fringes of his garment," (Commentary on Galatians 1:19); these are the fringes commanded to be worn by observant Jews in Numbers 15:38, "so that, when you see [them], you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and DO THEM."

"For whose sake Heaven and Earth came into existence," "Holy from his birth," "the Righteous One," "Bulwark of the People," Jerusalem falling "on account of his death" ... These are strong words, and not to be lightly dismissed, and are consistent with what ALL SOURCES SAY ABOUT HIM. It is important to point out that our sources are not presenting James
as just the Head of "Christianity", but the POPULAR JEWISH LEADER OF HIS DAY, the Zaddik, par excellence, whose death brought the downfall of Jerusalem, and is in keeping with the notion in Proverbs (10:25) and the Kabbalah (Zohar 1.59b) that "the Zaddik is the Foundation" and "the Pillar that upholds the world." Paul understands this when he speaks in Galatians of going up to Jerusalem and meeting "James, Cephas, and John, those reputed to be Pillars," (Gal. 2:9), and his attitude towards them is very, very helpful in determining who is the parallel character in the Dead Sea Scrolls known as the 'Windbag,' the 'Comedian,' the 'Spouter of Lies,' the 'Man of Scoffing.'

Josephus and Hegesippus -and because of them, Clement of Alexandria, Hippolytus (160-235 CE), Origen, Eusebius, Epiphanius, Jerome -even ancient Christian literature recently found in Nag Hammadi, Egypt (like the lost Gospel of Thomas above) knew of James' death, but not, oddly, Acts. Because Josephus knew of it first hand, it would seem best to use his account.

According to him, when the Roman Governor died in 62 CE -and the new one was still on his way to Judaea- Establishment High Priest Ananus ben Ananus used the occasion to illegally try and execute Jesus' brother James, because of his role as supreme leader of the Jesus Movement:

"[H]e assembled the Sanhedrin [the 'Supreme Court'] of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some of his companions. And when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the Law, he delivered them to be stoned. But those citizens who seemed the most equitable and THE MOST CAREFUL IN THE OBSERVATION OF THE LAW were offended by this," (Antiquities of the Jews 20.1).

Two generations later, a more legendary account is recorded by Hegesippus, but with the note that James "proved a true witness to Jews and Gentiles alike that Jesus is the Christ," (E.H. 2.23).

It is now we must turn to the Pseudo-Clementines for information on James' leadership, which tell us: "The Assembly of the Lord, which was constituted in Jerusalem, was most plentifully multiplied and grew, being governed with the most Righteous ordinances by James," (Recognitions of Clement 1.43).

"Our lord and prophet, who has sent us, declared to us that the Evil One, having disputed with him for forty days, but failing to prevail against him, promised that he would send Apostles from among his subjects to deceive them. Therefore, above all, remember to shun ANY APOSTLE, TEACHER OR PROPHET WHO DOES NOT ACCURATELY COMPARE HIS TEACHING WITH JAMES...the brother of our Lord...and this, even if he comes to you with recommendations," (Homilies of Clement' 11.35).

In the Recognitions of Clement, we also learn of someone named Saul -"one of our enemies"- who, upon entering the Temple with a few other companions while James was reading and interpreting Bible prophecy concerning Jesus, "began to cry out," and "while James the Bishop was refuting him" he "began to drive all into confusion with shouting, and undo what was arranged with much labor." A riot ensues, "in the midst of which, this enemy attacked James and threw him headlong from the top of the [Temple] steps, and, supposing him to be dead, cared not to inflict further violence upon him."

Though James doesn't die here, both his legs were broken, so "our friends lifted him up...and we returned to the House of James, and spent the night there in prayer. Then, before daylight, we went down to Jericho, to the number of five thousand men [see Acts 4:4]."

Then this Saul (like the Saul who became Paul in Acts) "received a commission from Caiaphas, the High Priest...that he should arrest all who believed in Jesus, and should go to Damascus with his letters, and that there also, employing the help of unbelievers, he should make havoc among the faithful, and that he was hastening to Damascus chiefly on this account," (1.70-71).

Acts: "As for Saul, he made havoc of the Church ... and ... breathing out threats and slaughter against the Disciples of the lord, went unto the High Priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this Way, whether they be men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem."

It is on this trip (according to Acts) that Paul first 'sees Jesus,' but the manner in which he 'proved this was the Christ' "confounded the Jews who dwelled in Damascus," and that, after this, "the Jews took council to kill him," watching the gates "night and day to kill him," (8:3-9:23).

This was how Paul came to know the Movement. For, as he says, "I certify to you, brothers, that THE GOSPEL WHICH WAS PREACHED BY ME IS NOT MAN'S GOSPEL, for I DID NOT RECEIVE IT FROM MAN, NOR WAS I TAUGHT IT, BUT IT CAME THROUGH A REVELATION of Jesus Christ.

"For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Assembly of God violently and tried to destroy it ... But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and called me through his Grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me ['Jesus Christ'], in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I DID NOT CONFER WITH FLESH AND BLOOD, NOR DID I GO UP TO THOSE WHO WERE APOSTLES BEFORE ME, but I went away into Arabia; and again I returned to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Peter, and stayed with him fifteen days. But I saw none of the other Apostles except James the lord's brother. Now the things I am writing to you, before God, I do not lie. [Continued below.]

"If you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, do not boast and lie against the Truth. THIS IS NOT THE WISDOM THAT COMES DOWN FROM ABOVE, but earthly, MAN MADE, DEMONIC ... He who speaks against his brother and who judges his brother speaks against the Law and judges the Law. But if you judge the Law, YOU ARE NOT A DOER OF THE LAW, but a judge," (Epistle of James 3:5-4:11).

"I communicated to them the Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those reckoned to be important, lest somehow I should be running or had run in vain.

And because he was advocating 'freedom from the Law' -as opposed to what he terms 'bondage' to it, he declares his follower Titus, "who was with me, being a Greek, WAS NOT COMPELLED TO BE CIRCUMCISED" because of "false brothers secretly brought in to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To them we did not yield subjection even for a moment, so that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you.

"But those who seemed to be important...had nothing to add to me.

"And when James, Cephas, and John, those who seemed to be Pillars, perceived the Grace that was given to me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the heathen, and they unto the circumcision. [i.e., they didn't want him around them.] Only, they asked that we remember the Poor [i.e, the Ebionites], which is what I was most forward to do.

"But when Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, for he stood condemned. For BEFORE CERTAIN MEN CAME FROM JAMES, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But WHEN THEY CAME he drew back and separated himself, fearing THE CIRCUMCISION PARTY. AND WITH THEM THE REST OF THE JEWS acted insincerely, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their DISSIMULATION .... I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel.

"Knowing that a man is NOT JUSTIFIED BY WORKS OF THE LAW, but by faith in Jesus Christ...we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, AND NOT BY WORKS OF THE LAW, FOR BY WORKS OF THE LAW SHALL NO ONE BE JUSTIFIED ... Even Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as Righteousness," (Galatians 1:11-3:6).

His followers are rather "justified by [Jesus'] blood," (Romans 5:9). (In 1 Corithinians 10:16, he bids they DRINK it.)

Whether Paul is right or wrong is not being proposed here, only that THIS IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF THE TEACHING OF JAMES, who advises gentiles --like God does in Genesis 9:4- TO ABSTAIN from blood (Acts 15:29), and also, in his letter, asks, "[D]on't you realize, YOU VAIN MAN, THAT FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS USELESS? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered his son Isaac on the Altar? You see that faith was active along with works, and faith was brought into completion by the works. And the Scripture was fulfilled which says Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as Righteousness.

"WHAT DOES IT PROFIT, MY BROTHERS, IF A MAN SAYS HE HAS FAITH, AND DOESN'T HAVE WORKS? CAN FAITH SAVE HIM? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it doesn't have works, is dead," (James 2:14-23).

"If any man among you seems to be religious, and does not bridle his tongue, but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is vain," (James 1:26).

Paul: "I bear them ['Israel'] record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For THEY, BEING IGNORANT OF GOD'S RIGHTEOUSNESS and going about to establish their own, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God, for CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW," (Romans 9:2-4).

"Christ has redeemed us from THE CURSE OF THE LAW ... [so] that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith," (Galatians 3:13-14).

"For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. Therefore I beseech you, be followers of me," (1 Corinthians 4:15-16).

James: "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD also.

"[T]he tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! And the tongue is a fire. So is the Tongue among our members; it is a world of iniquity, it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the cycle of nature, and is set on the Fire of Hell.

"[T]he Tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly Evil, full of deadly poison .... Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? Let him show out of a good conversation his works, with the meekness of wisdom. But
if you have bitter jealousy and contentiousness in your heart, do not boast and lie against the Truth," (James 2:26-3:14).

"Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? So am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more.

"[T]he truth of Christ is in me, NO MAN SHALL STOP ME OF THIS BOASTING .... The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is blessed for evermore, knows I'm not lying," (2 Corinthians 11:10-31).

"I say the truth in Christ, and do not lie," (Romans 9:1).

"I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not," (1 Timothy 2:7).

"[B]efore God, I do not lie," (Galatians 1:20).

And to justify his preaching of living by faith alone, Paul cites Habakkuk's 'the Righteous shall live by his faith' in Romans 1:17.

In an interpretation of the above Habakkuk (2:4), the Dead Sea Scrolls (found only 50 years ago, in caves near Jericho) tell us its interpretation "concerns all DOERS OF THE LAW in the House of Judah, whom GOD WILL SAVE from the House of Judgment BECAUSE OF THEIR WORKS AND THEIR FAITH in the Teacher of Righteousness," (7:17-8:3).

The 'Teacher of Righteousness,' or 'Righteous Teacher,' leads a Messianic Movement befuddled by "the Spouter of Lies, who leads many astray in order to build his city of vanity ON BLOOD and erect an Assembly upon Lying, for the sake of his glory, tiring out many with a worthless service and instructing them in works of Lying, so that their works will be of Emptiness. And they will be brought to the same Judgements of Fire with
which they insulted and vilified the Elect of God," (Habakkuk Pesher 10:9-13).

Unlike the Spouter of Lies ("who led the simple astray"), the Righteous Teacher "expounded the Law to his Council and to all who freely pledged themselves to join the Elect of God TO KEEP THE LAW in the Council of
the Community, WHO SHALL BE SAVED on the Day of Judgement," (Micah Pesher fragment).

"Those who were unfaithful together with the Liar, [who] did not listen to the word received by the Righteous Teacher from the mouth of God" and "who were silent at the time of the chastisement of the Righteous Teacher and did not aid him against the Liar WHO REJECTED THE LAW in the midst of all their Assembly" were "UNFAITHFUL IN THE NEW COVENANT in that they have NOT BELIEVED IN THE COVENANT OF GOD and have profaned His Holy Name," (Habakkuk Pesher 2:1-2, 5:12, 2:3).

In the Damascus Document (so named because of its references to 'dwelling' in and 'the New Covenant' in 'the land of DAMASCUS'), we learn that God had "visited them, and caused a Root of Planting to grow from Israel
and from Aaron [the royal tribe and the priestly tribe], to inherit His Land and to prosper on the good things of His earth. And they understood their sinfulness and knew that they were guilty men. And they were like blind men and groped for the WAY [the name for early Christianity in Acts] for twenty years. And God considered their WORKS, because they sought Him with a whole heart, and raised up for them a Teacher of Righteousness
to guide them in the Way of His heart. And he made known to the Last Generations what He would do to the Last Generation, to the Congregation of Traitors who were turners-aside from the Way. This is the time about
which it is written, 'Like a straying heifer, thus did Israel stray [Hosea 4:16],' when the Man of Scoffing arose, who poured over Israel the waters of Lying and caused them to wander in a trackless waste with no Way,
bringing low the everlasting heights, ABOLISHING THE PATHWAYS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND REMOVING THE BOUNDARY MARKERS which the First marked out as their inheritance. For which reason He called down on them the curses of His Covenant, for they sought smooth things and preferred illusions, watched for 'loopholes' and chose the easiest way. And they justified the wicked and condemned the Righteous, and they transgressed the Covenant and broke the Law, and they banded together against the life of the RIGHTEOUS ONE, and against all walkers in perfection ... They pursued them with the sword and attempted
to divide the people ... Their works were unclean before Him.

"All among the members of the Covenant who transgressed the boundary of the Law shall be cut off ... However, all those who hold fast to these statutes, coming and going in accordance with the Law ... shall listen to the voice of the Righteous Teacher and not desert the Laws of Righteousness...and they will see His Salvation [Hebrew: Yeshua; English: Jesus], because they took refuge in His Holy Name," (1:5-2:1, 8:48-57).

Like the Jerusalem Assembly led by James, the above community refers to itself as the 'Poor' (Ebionites), interpreting that a passage in Psalm 37 "concerns the congregation of the Poor, who shall possess the
whole world as an inheritance," (Psalm 37 Pesher 3:10, for just one example). And their leader suffers the same death as James, destruction at the hands of "the Wicked Priest, who pursued after the Righteous Teacher to swallow him in his hot anger in his EXILED HOUSE ... He will be paid the reward which he rewarded the Poor," (Habakkuk Pesher 6:4-7:3). The Talmud (a compilation of Jewish legal traditions) tells us that, in the time of Jesus and James, "the Sanhedrin WAS EXILED and took up residence" outside the Temple, (b. Shab. 15a, R.H. 31a-b, and A.Z. 8b).

"'Righteous One, whose word we are all obliged to accept, the people are going astray after Jesus who was crucified. So tell us, what is meant by the Door of Jesus?' And [James] replied as loudly as he could: 'Why
do you question me about the Son of Man? I tell you he is sitting in Heaven at the right hand of the Great Power, and will come on the clouds of Heaven,'" (James, preaching to the Jerusalem masses from the Temple
on Passover, as preserved by Hegesippus (E.H. 2.23).

According to Josephus, the Jews' "chief inducement to go to war was an ambiguous oracle found in their sacred writings, announcing that at that time a man from their country would become the king of the world," (Jewish
War 6.310-15).

This is the ancient 'Star Prophecy' (found in Numbers 24:17-19), and we know Christians applied it to Jesus from Justin Martyr's (100-165 CE) Dialogue 106: "A star shall come out of Jacob, a sceptre shall rise out of Israel. He shall smite the temples of Moab and destroy all the children of Seth...and Israel shall accomplish mighty deeds."

It also occurs THREE TIMES in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and, in the Damascus Document is interpreted to apply to "the Prince of the whole Congregation, and with his standing up [literally 'arising,' in the sense of TO BE
RESURRECTED, like the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:10] he shall utterly destroy all the sons of Seth," (7:19-21).

In the War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness it is interpreted to mean, "By the hand of Your Messiah, who DISCERNED Your testimonies, You have revealed to us the times of the battles of Your hands, so that You may glorify Yourself in front of Your enemies and overthrow the Legions of Worthlessness, the Seven Nations of Vanity, by the hand of the Poor Ones of Your Redemption.

"Because, by the hand of the Poor and those Bent in the Dust will the enemies from all the lands and the Mighty Ones of the Peoples be humbled.

"[T]he Glorious King is with us, together with the Holy Ones, the Mighty Host of Angels are under his command, and the Valiant Warrior is among our Assembly ... They are as clouds, clouds of dew covering the earth, as a shower of rain shedding Judgment on all that grows on earth. Rise up, O Hero!

"Blessed be the God of Israel, who keeps mercy towards His Covenant, and the appointed times of Salvation with the people He has delivered!

"Rise up! Rise up! O God of gods, raise Yourself in might, King of Kings! May all the Sons of Darkness scatter before You! The Light of Your Greatness will shine forth on gods and men," (War of the Sons of Light
against the Sons of Darkness, in columns 11-14).

Josephus also tells us the first thing the Jews did upon taking Jerusalem was to burn down "the Record Office, eager to destroy the money-lenders' bonds, and so make impossible the recovery of debts, in order to secure
the support of an army of debtors and enable the poor to rise with impunity against the rich," (Jewish War 2.425-9).

"Come you Rich, weep, howl over the miseries that are coming on you. Your riches have rotted and your clothes have become moth eaten. Your gold and silver are corroding away, and the same corrosion will be like
a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh like fire. It is a burning fire that you stored up as treasure for the Last Days.

"Look, the hire of the workers who mowed your fields -which you fraudulently held back- cries out, and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord," (James 5:1-8, counseling patience because "the coming
of the Lord has come near").

And what would the Messiah do? According to the Dead Sea Scrolls, he would "heal the sick, resurrect the dead, and to the meek announce glad tidings. He will lead the Holy Ones, He will shepherd them ... And the Law will be pursued," (The Messiah of Heaven and Earth, fragment 1, 2:12-3:1).

Acts 15:23-33 informs us the Apostles wrote letters to the Gentiles in "Antioch and Syria and" Southeastern Turkey, informing them of what they were expected to do as Christians, and, in light of this, it is interesting that pieces of two letters, addressed to someone far away and entitled First and Second Letters on Works Reckoned as Righteousness, or 'MMT,' were found among the Scrolls, which end, "[T]his is the End of Days, when those
in Israel are to return to the Law of God with all their heart, never to turn back again. Meanwhile, the wicked will increase in wickedness .... Remember the kings of Israel, and understand their works. Whoever of them feared the Law was SAVED from sufferings; when they sought the Law, then their sins were forgiven them. Remember David. He was a man of Pious WORKS, and he, also, WAS SAVED from many sufferings and forgiven. And finally, we earlier wrote you [the First letter] about some of the works of the Law which we reckoned for your own good and for that of your people, for we see that you possess discernment and Knowledge of the Law. Consider all these things, and beseech Him to grant you proper council, and to keep you far from evil thoughts and the council of worthlessness. Then you will rejoice at the End Time, when you find some of our words were true. Thus it will be RECKONED TO YOU AS RIGHTEOUSNESS, your having done what is upright and good before Him, for your own good and for that of Israel."

Surviving into the fourth century CE, Ebionites (whose lost Gospel of the Hebrews venerated James) were viewed with disdain by their orthodox Christian contemporaries, and considered HERETICS by Eusebius' time, because, as he puts it, "They regarded [Jesus] as plain and ordinary, a man esteemed as righteous through growth of character and nothing more, the child of a normal union between a man and Mary; and they held that they must observe every detail of the Law -that by faith in Christ alone...they would never win Salvation," (E.H. 3.27).

"For the earth will be filled with the Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord like waters covering the s(ea). The interpretation of the passage is that in their return (to Go)d...(the Spouter) of Lying, and afterwards this Knowledge, like the waters of the sea, will be abundantly revealed to them," (Habakkuk Pesher 10:14-11:1).

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*Contributing authors often use the terms Lord, Jesus, God which Qumran Bet considers to be pagan names or titles

"Paul: Apostle or Heretic?" by Robert Sewell


Paul: Apostle or Heretic?

by Robert Sewell

Do the Teachings of Paul and the Church Agree or Contradict Torah?

Christianity was spread mostly by Paul of Tarsus, the self-proclaimed 13th apostle to the Gentiles. Because the Church adopted Paul's doctrines (and seem to have edited and enhanced them - read The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Bart D. Ehrman, ISBN 0-19-510279-7), when you examine the main beliefs and doctrines of the Christian church, they are the same as found in the epistles of Paul (and those believed by laymen to be written by him).

To prove or disprove the doctrines of one is to prove or disprove the other. What are these doctrines? Can we find a list of core doctrines held by all its denominations? I believe such a list can be found in the book Churches of Today In the Light of Scripture, by L. G. Tomlinson, published by the Gospel Advocate Company, Nashville, TN. I have the 10th edition, published in 1962. Let us compare this list to TN"K to see if there is agreement.

Section I of this book is given the title The Great Salvation, which, in three subsections, attempts to explore and explain the issue of salvation, the Christian's primary concern. First is given the Christian "proof" that the "old" covenant was insufficient for man to obtain salvation. Second is the attempt to show that God has given only one way to gain salvation, that one way being, of course, Jesus. Finally, the Christian's "new and improved" way of obtaining salvation is given.

On the next three pages are the three subsections (headings in large, bold type), followed by Tomlinson's "proofs" (in italics). I have rearranged them and tried to group them according to common themes, headed by smaller, bold type. After each proof is my refutation from TN"K (and logic).


None Saved by the Old Testament Law
First it must be said that many Jews have argued that the intent of the Law was not salvation, that the Law was a set of guidelines for how to live and how to build a just and moral society. Torah, these Jews say, is a way to righteousness, not justification before God's judgment. Personally, I'm not sure there is a difference between being righteous and being justified before God, and I can see much in TN"K that indicates that the Law does lead to righteousness which justifies us before God. These same Jews would, I think, acknowledge that righteousness comes by obedience to Torah, and only those who live righteously will see the world to come.

Sin, before and after Torah
Both the Jew and Gentile were under sin after Jesus had shed his blood, showing that nothing but obedience to the Gospel could save (Rom. 3:9).

After the law had come and gone, all, Jew and Gentile, were still under sin (Galatians 3:22).

Refutation -- The two assertions made by both of these 'proofs' -- that everyone was under sin after Jesus' death and after the law had, according to Paul, been done away with, and that only obedience to the gospel can save -- are unrelated, therefore neither proves nor disproves the other. The fact that Jews and Gentiles are under sin after the crucifixion (were they not also sinners before Jesus? isn't that why Jesus said he came?) has nothing to do with whether or not obedience to the gospel saves. The question of whether or not obedience to the gospel can save will be explored in the third section.

Justification through Torah
No one was justified by the deeds of the law (Romans 3:20).

The works of the law justified no one (Galatians 2:16).

No one is justified by the law in the sight of God (Galatians 3:11, 12).

If there had been a law which could have given life, righteousness should have been by the law and not by the gospel (Galatians 3:21).

Refutation -- The bible begs to differ. A righteous man is, by definition, also justified. The Hebrew word tsadaq is translated both 'righteous' and 'justified.' There are many examples of men who are called righteous by God. Noah was called righteous (Genesis 6:9; Ezekiel 14:14, 20). Abraham was righteous. David was righteous (2 Samuel 22:21). Daniel and Job were called righteous (Ezekiel 14:14, 20; Job 27:6; 29:14). The Christian's own bible says that John the Baptist's parents, Zacharias and Elizabeth, were righteous due to their obedience to Torah (Luke 1:5, 6).

King David wrote that because of his obedience to all of the law, he was perfect with God, and that he was righteous and rewarded accordingly (Psalms 18:20-26). How can this be when we all know David sinned before God? Because God is merciful, and knowing we are imperfect humans, gave us ways to atone for our sin to make us righteous again before Him. David said that God Himself led David to righteousness (Psalms 23:3).

See also Proverbs 12:17, "He that uttereth truth showeth forth righteousness; But a false witness, deceit."

If righteousness came by the law, then Christ died in vain (Galatians 2:21).

Refutation -- So be it. See all the verses above from TN"K which show that righteousness does indeed come by the law.

Torah, Faith and the Promise
The law left all in unbelief because it was not of faith (Romans 11:32).

The law made no one an heir, neither did it offer an eternal inheritance (Galatians 3:18).

"For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect." (Romans 4:14)

The law is not of faith (Galatians 3:12); therefore the law could save no one (Hebrews 11:6).

Refutation -- Paul tries to separate faith and belief from obedience, but these cannot be separated. He who has no faith has no belief, and has no reason to obey God; but what man truly has faith and believes God yet refuses to obey Him? Abraham believed God, and was righteous because of his faith, but his faith resulted in obedience to God, which brought God's blessings (Genesis 22:16-18). Abraham's heirs were blessed because of his obedience to God's commandments, statutes and laws (Genesis 26:3-5). In addition, because of his obedience, all the nations of the earth would bless themselves (verse 18), in effect making them heirs through their own obedience (Isaiah 56). All of TN"K emphasizes that the promise depends not merely on faith, but on heartfelt obedience and action.

While the law was still in force, faith had not yet come (Galatians 3:23).

Refutation -- Then how does Paul explain Abraham's being justified by faith, a fact Paul himself uses in Romans 4? You cannot have it both ways. Either Abraham had faith, which meant faith had come, and was justified as Paul claims in Romans 4:3, 22 (quoting Genesis 15:6), or he didn't, in which case he wasn't justified by faith. Which is it? Is Paul speaking out of both sides of his mouth?

Paul, using the allegory of the bondwoman and the freewoman, told us to cast out the law because the sons of the law could not be heirs with the sons of the Gospel (Galatians 4:21-31).

Refutation -- Paul's allegory does not fit the story of Abraham and his two sons. Hagar and the seed of her son, Ishmael, were not given the law, and were not heirs. That woman of bondage had no law; her seed had no inheritance. But the seed of Sarah, the freewoman, and her son, Isaac, were given the law, and were heirs. And this was the Gospel of Jesus, that the promise - the kingdom of God - was near (Matthew 4:23; 9:35; 24:14; Mark 1:14-15), and only those who repented of their sins (Mark 1:15) and kept the law would see it (Matthew 5:19-20; 19:17; 25:34-36; Mark 10:17-19). Those who are without law are in bondage, while those who hold the law dear are free.

Dead to Torah
We are dead to the law by the body of Christ in order that we may be married to Christ (Romans 7:4).

Refutation -- The whole attempt at logic in the first several verse of Romans 7 fails, if in nothing else, in its twisted, confusing scheme. Paul establishes that the living are commanded to obey the law, and rightly shows that the law prohibiting adultery no longer applies to a woman whose husband has died*. But then he shifts the analogy and writes that we are freed from the law because of our own vicarious death through our husband's (Jesus) death. How he got from point A (our release from the law because of our husband's death) to point B (we died when our husband died) is never explained, and we are left to just take his word for it. In real life, the wife usually does not die vicariously when her husband dies, so she is not released from obeying the rest of the law.

Paul would have made more sense if he had written that we were married to the law, but because Jesus' death ended the law (in his opinion, not God's), then the law was dead and we are then free to marry Jesus. But that isn't what Paul wrote, nor would it be true if he had written that, because the law is eternal; God's statutes and laws are to be kept forever (see the laws regarding the sacrifices, feasts etc. in Leviticus; Psalms 119:151, 152, 160; etc.).

The main reason this symbolism fails is because there is no relationship between Jesus' life or death and our obligation to keep Torah. The woman is no longer bound to the law of marriage after her husband dies, but his death has no bearing on her obligation to obey the rest of the law. Paul's attempt to use symbolism and allegory to convince us that we are no longer obliged to keep Torah just doesn't pass the ring of truth test, and I refuse to take his word on faith, when I have God's word to the contrary.

* That doesn't mean the law is done away with, it just means that this particular law no longer applies to her. This state occurs often, where some laws do not apply to someone. For instance, a man is not bound to the laws governing a woman's menstrual cycle, and women are not bound to the laws governing the shaving of a beard while in mourning. For another example, no one but priests are bound to the laws governing the priesthood, and the laws of sacrifice no longer apply without a purified temple in Jerusalem.

The law is called the "enmity" and Christ slew it, taking it out of the way (Ephesians 2:16).

Refutation -- The law is a blessing; those who strive to keep it are friends of God. It is those who willfully ignore it who are the enemies of God. Messiah will not "slay" Torah, since it is an eternal covenant. In truth, he will bring it to the nations (Isaiah 2:4; Zechariah 8:23; 14:16-19).

Torah is a set of commands for how to live life correctly. In a way, they are analogous to traffic laws, which are a set of commands for how to drive on public streets. If one person drives all his life without breaking a single traffic law, can that slay the laws and justify the rest of us to ignore them? Did this person fulfill the traffic laws for all of us?

Torah: the Law of Sin and Death, or of Life?
The Old Testament law was the "law of sin and death," while the "law of life" is in Christ (Romans 8:2).

Refutation -- The law brings death only to the lawless -- those who refused to obey it -- while obedience to it gives life and blessings.

Deuteronomy 30:19, 20:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before thee life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that thou mayest live, thou and thy seed; to love Yihweh thy God, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is thy life, and the length of thy days; that thou mayest dwell in the land which Yihweh sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; And the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, That one may depart from the snares of death.

The Old Testament law killed, but the New Testament law gives life through Christ (2 Corinthians 3:6).

The Old Testament law "written and graven in stones" was the "ministration of death" (2 Corinthians 3:7, 8).

The Old Testament law was the "ministration of condemnation" (2 Corinthians 3:9).

Refutation -- As was shown above, the main theme of TN"K is that obedience to the law gives life. It is Paul's "New Testament law" -- which teaches that the Torah is dead, and causes one to fall from grace and therefore should be shunned and disobeyed -- that brings death and cursing. I cannot help but hear in Paul's "gospel" the echo of the serpent's words to Eve, telling her the exact opposite of what God told her, "You shall not surely die!"

Revealed, yet Veiled?
The Old Testament Scriptures were "veiled" to all those under the old law (2 Corinthians 3:14).

Refutation -- So, God revealed His instructions to a people who couldn't understand it, or He then made sure they couldn't understand it by placing a veil over it? I'm not buying it. God told the Hebrews it was not hidden from them, and not out of their reach:

Deut. 30:10-11:

10 If thou shalt obey the voice of Yihweh thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if thou turn unto Yihweh thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul.

11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not too hard for thee, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?

14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

And what is implied in Paul's assertion is the ludicrous notion that (a) God wasted His time revealing His scripture to His chosen people, because they couldn't understand it and He was unable to clarify it to them, or He hid the meaning from them while telling them the opposite, and (b) where God's chosen people couldn't understand His revelation, it took the Gentile pagans -- who were not chosen by God -- to interpret the Scriptures through their pagan worldview, the same worldview and practices that God condemns over and over as complete abominations. These pagans interpreted the Hebrew's Messiah as yet one more version of the same divine god-man / son of a god that had been common in various pagan mystery religions (e.g., Osiris, Dionysus, Mithra, and others) for many centuries before Jesus was born.

There was no Holy Spirit under the law to guide unto all truth (Galatians 3:1-5).

Refutation -- YHWH has no body that is separate from His spirit; He is spirit, and He is holy. It was He who gave Torah to the Hebrews, He who sent the prophets to guide them into all truth, therefore the Holy Spirit, i.e., God, did indeed guide all unto the truth and righteousness through the law.

Torah: Blessing or Curse?
All under the Old Testament law were under a curse (Galatians 3:10).

Refutation -- Again, only if they disobeyed. Those who obeyed were under a blessing. (Deuteronomy 7:11-13; 11:26, 27; 30:19, 20; Psalms 24:3-5)

Christ has "redeemed" us from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13).

Refutation -- The only ones who can redeem us from the curse of disobedience is God through His forgiveness, and ourselves through our repentance, prayer and obedience. No human can pay the penalty for sin but the sinner himself (Deut. 24:16; Ezekiel 18:20, 22).

By corollary, no one can keep the law for another person. To say this can happen is like saying that you can keep the traffic laws for me, and that if one person can keep all traffic laws perfectly for many years, then he has fulfilled these laws and therefore the government will repeal all traffic laws, after crucifying the one who kept them perfectly, of course.

The Jew had to be redeemed from the curse of the law to receive the adoption of sons (Galatians 4:1-5).

Refutation -- The Jew could redeem himself and be blessed by the law through that obedience.

Deut 7:11-13:

Thou shalt therefore keep the commandment, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command thee this day, to do them. And it shall come to pass, because ye hearken to these ordinances, and keep and do them, that Yihweh thy God will keep with thee the covenant and the lovingkindness which he sware unto thy fathers: and he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee; he will also bless the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy ground, thy grain and thy new wine and thine oil, the increase of thy cattle and the young of thy flock, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.

Deut 30:16:

In that I command thee this day to love Yihweh thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, that thou mayest live and multiply, and that Yihweh thy God may bless thee in the land whither thou goest in to possess it.

See also Deut. 11:26, 27; 30:19, 20; Psalms 24:3-5.

Purpose of Torah
The law was a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ (Galatians 3:24-26).

Refutation -- And so we are then to abandon the knowledge and rules given by this schoolmaster? I earned a minor in mathematics, and I had a lot of schoolmasters who taught me math. The idea was to bring me to an understanding and appreciation of the physical world. But once I graduated and was out from under their tutelage, how foolish would I be to abandon the rules they taught me that guide me to answer real-life mathematical problems; I do not add 2 + 2 and get 7, or multiply 3 by 1 and get zero. So, even if the law was to bring us to Messiah, how could that mean we should then disobey it?

Also, the thrust of every Messianic prophecy shows clearly that we will not need to be brought to Messiah, nor will we need faith to believe that he is Messiah. He will come to us, and in those days the whole world will know who he is.

The law was but a shadow of good things to come (Hebrews 10:1).

Refutation -- This is correct, but not in the way that the author of Hebrews believed. The shadow was that the law is currently only obeyed by the Hebrew; the good things to come are that the nations will eventually all keep Torah.

The law made nothing perfect (Hebrews 7:19).

Refutation -- King David disagrees with that assertion, in Psalms 19:7, 8.

John the Baptist, the greatest man the law could produce, was less than the least under the Gospel (Matthew 11:11).

Refutation -- Why does Paul think that John the Baptist is the "greatest man the law could produce?"

Who Has a Savior, and When?
It is those who have been baptized into Christ that are in Christ. Those under law were without a Saviour (Galatians 3:27-29).

Refutation -- I don't see where Tomlinson gets this notion from those verses in Galatians. But in case this is a common conception in Christianity, I'll let TN"K speak for itself on this point:

2 Samuel 22:3, "The God who is my rock, in Him I take refuge; my shield, and my horn of salvation, my high tower, and my refuge; my saviour." King David, who was under the law, speaking here.

Psalms 106:21, "They forgot God their saviour, who had done great things in Egypt;" King David, who was under the law, speaking here.

Isaiah 43:3, "For I am the LORD thy God, The Holy One of Israel, thy saviour; I have given Egypt as thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee." God speaking through Isaiah, to Israel, who was under the law.

Isaiah 43:11, "I, even I, am the LORD; and beside Me there is no saviour." Ditto.

Isaiah 45:15, "Verily Thou art a God that hidest Thyself, O God of Israel, the saviour." Ditto.

Isaiah 45:21, "Declare ye, and bring them near, yea, let them take counsel together: Who hath announced this from ancient time, and declared it of old? Have not I the LORD? And there is no God else beside Me, a just God and a saviour; there is none beside Me." Ditto.

Isaiah 49:26, "And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine; and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy saviour, and thy Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob." Ditto.

Isaiah 60:16, "Thou shalt also suck the milk of the nations, and shalt suck the breast of kings; and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy saviour, and I, the Mighty One of Jacob, thy Redeemer." Ditto.

Isaiah 63:8, "For He said: ‘Surely, they are My people, children that will not deal falsely’; so He was their saviour." Ditto.

Jeremiah 14:8, "O Thou hope of Israel, the saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night?"

Hosea 13:4, "Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt; and thou knowest no God but Me, and beside Me there is no saviour." God speaking through Hosea, to Israel, who was under the law.

Bondage of Torah
Only Christ makes us free. The law is a "yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).

Refutation -- Messiah will make us free from the bondage of the tyrannical and wicked, God-hating, heathen nations, but he will bring us and all mankind to live under the Law of God (Isaiah 2:4; Zechariah 8:23; 14:16-19).

Those who return to the law, return to the weak and beggarly elements and desire to return to bondage (Galatians 4:9).

Refutation -- Those who remain without Torah (law) are lawless, "And sin is lawlessness." (1 John 3:4) Torah gives strength and is anything but "beggarly," Psalms 19:7 (19-8) "The law (Torah) of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple." The weak and beggarly cannot "restore the soul." And if righteousness and blessings comes through "bondage" to God and His law, then I choose that bondage over that of lawlessness and the resulting curses.

Justification and Salvation By Torah
Those claiming to be justified by the law are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).

Refutation -- Those claiming to be justified without the law have no salvation. (Matthew 19:17-19)

The hope of righteousness was never by the law (Galatians 5:5, 6).

Refutation -- Paul wrote (verse 5), "For we through the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness." But the prophets beg to differ. And could Paul not make up his mind? If there is no righteousness (i.e., justification) by Law, then why does he say the opposite in Romans 2:13 ("...the doers of the Law will be justified.")?

Paul wished those were impotent who taught salvation by the old law (Galatians 5:12).

Refutation -- Jesus foretold the same for those who teach lawlessness. (Matthew 5:19)

Christ's death did not save the Jew, but only broke down the middle wall of partition (the law) between Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:13-15).

Refutation -- Jesus' death did not, and could not, save anyone, Jew or Gentile.

Because no one can save another's soul by his own death, no "middle wall of partition" was broken down; the Jews are still required to obey God and keep Torah, and the Gentiles are still in their sins.

"Paul or Jesus?" by Ronda Zeoli


Paul or Jesus?

by Ronda Zeoli

In order to understand the lies and deceptions of Christianity, we
must start at the beginning of Christianity. It will come to a
surprise to many, I'm sure, that time and time again one can find
Paul being credited as to the start of Christianity. After all,
over half of the New Testament was written by Paul or his followers.

What is the problem with this? Paul was a self proclaimed Apostle,
never was he appointed by Yahshua like the REAL twelve were. Paul
NEVER even laid eyes on Yahshua.

Paul's new religion had the advantage over other salvation-cults of
being attached to the Hebrew Scriptures, which Paul now
reinterpreted as forecasting the salvation-death of Yahshua. This
gave Pauline Christianity an awesome authority that proved
attractive to Gentiles thirsting for salvation. Paul's new doctrine,
however, met with disapproval from the Jewish-Christians of the
Jerusalem Church, who regarded the substitution of Yahshuas' atoning
death for the observance of the Torah as a lapse into paganism. Paul
was summoned to Jerusalem by the leaders James (Jesus' brother),
Peter, and John to explain his doctrine.

Paul was carefully positioned by Satan to lead the masses astray.
The Most High allowed it as a way to test HIS people. Satan's plan
has worked out rather well for him throughout the years, thanks to
Paul. Notice how churchianity adores him and puts great focus in
his teachings. Although, it remains to be seen who has the last

Again, what is the problem with this? Paul taught a different
gospel than that of Yahshua. Yahshua came to fulfill the laws of
the Torah, and therefore, the Most High. He came to lead the people
back to the Most High God.

Paul was basically the inventor of fast food religion, where it's
okay to spend the week in sin as long as you ask for forgiveness at
the end of the week. Paul didn't teach people how to have a one on
one relationship with the Most High. He didn't teach people about
the Laws of the Torah and their importance, or the importance of
keeping the feasts. In fact, he taught against them instead.

Furthermore, Paul introduced pagan Mithraic beliefs and practices.
The facts on this topic are very revealing and important to be aware
of since it is quite possible that a fake "Jesus" could come back to
lead the masses straight to hell during tribulation.

Paul writes about the fake "Jesus". Will you know the difference
between the real one and the fake?

"All great lies are interwoven with golden threads of truth"

Who was Paul?

Since Paul is so widely credited with starting Christianity, let's
take a moment to examine Paul. Paul, also known as Saul from
Tarsus, the very center of Baal-worship.

Paul proclaimed himself to be an Apostle of the Gentiles, but was
he? Yahshua chose 12 disciples for 12 tribes. He never spoke of a
13th. He did, however, speak of another who would come in his own
name and be accepted over him.

Who has 13 books in the New Testament even though he never set eyes
on the son of the Most High God? Who is so widely accepted and
glorified all throughout Christianity? Most would rather quote Paul
than one of the real Apostles. While the REAL Apostles wrote about
the life of Yahshuah, Paul wrote of his own view point and personal

Yahshua also warned us to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, of
which Paul was one. He warned against and condemned the Pharisees
repeatedly. Pharisee Paul NEVER preached against them.

Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Matthew 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake [it]
to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
Mark 8:15 And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the
of the Pharisees, and [of] the leaven of Herod.


John 5:43 I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if
another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.

What person came in his own name (without witnesses) who received
more coverage in the Bible than Yahshua or his 12 personally and
publicly appointed apostles?

Paul's gospel was altogether different than that of Yahshua's.
Yahshua came to free people from political bondage. He came to
fulfill the laws of the Torah and of the Most High, which protected
the people. He tried to have the laws reinstated and applied

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the
prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I
say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be
accomplished. 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these
least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in
the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he
shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Paul, on the other hand, was in favor of oppression. He preached
not for but against the social laws and against the social system of
the Torah. He preached against material independence, against
social security, against freedom from oppression and exploitation.
Paul was against observance of laws ensuring freedom, independence
and equality.

Paul wanted us to believe that the New Covenant replaced the Old
Covenant. And it was Paul's teachings that were accepted and placed
in dominance after 300 years of persecutions wiped out the early
church. The Torah, Feasts, and Commandments were replaced by the
laws of laziness and lawlessness.

Paul's True Purpose
Why Yahweh Allows Paul

Paul was a tent-maker by trade. A tent-maker makes tents. Tents
are temporary shelters made of the hands of a man. They serve their
purpose but eventually, they wear out and besides, they're only
temporary shelters. Temporary, means temporal, or from here; of the

A tent is fallible, foundationless and can't protect you from the
severe storms that rock the "Babylonian Sea." The sea of Babylon is
so enormous and all incompassing, that all the living creatures
within it, worship the sea beast.

Paul of Tarsus is a huge part of the sea beast. He's one of the
horns that see into the "mysteries" and lead the world astray after
the wrong Elohim. They follow the lie called PAUL since the lie is
so close to the truth, that unless a soul is absolutely determined to
see YAHWEH'S TRUTH, that soul will never see the Kingdom of Heaven.

The tent-maker also makes a veil out of cobwebs to catch flies into
his net to devour. His net is like a black blanket over your heart
and mind so you can't even tell you're not even really living.

The house that Paul built, is that proverbial house of sand that
Yahshua warned against.

Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and
doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his
house upon the sand: 7:27 and the rain descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew, and smote upon that house; and it fell:
and great was the fall thereof.
Paul's house is a house of straw built on sand and when the winds of
truth begin to blow on it, it teeters and totters like a helpless
tent. Eventually, it gets torn apart and blown away. Lies can't
stand up to the truth. Only truth rises.

Nothing happens except Yah has spoken it and therefore, we have to
look to what Yah said, in order to know why things happen like they
do and why people of power and influence get away with oppressing
those of lower social standing. No one can be deceived if their
hearts are pure for Yah. That's the first truth we have to see and
accept. If we can't see, it's because our hearts are not right with
Yah. Unless a person sincerely seeks Him first, with the whole
being, then that same person is still an open target for the enemy
to attack through falsehoods.

Paul says:

Romans 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to

In Romans 14, we saw what Paul's idea of "pleasing your neighbor"
is. Let's look at some "OT" prophesies concerning this 'trend.'

Psalms 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with
flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

Psalms 28:3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of
iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbors, but mischief is in
their hearts.

Proverbs 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbor, and leadeth him
into the way that is not good.

Proverbs 18:17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but
his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbor spreadeth a net for
his feet.

Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye
not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and
every neighbour will walk with slanders.

Jeremiah 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbor, and will
not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and
weary themselves to commit iniquity.

Jeremiah 9:8 Their tongue is as an arrow shot out; it speaketh
deceit: one speaketh peaceably to his neighbors with his mouth, but
in heart he layeth his wait.

Jeremiah 23:27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by
their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their
fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

These are just some, of MANY, MANY prophetic warnings about those
who come speaking peace and LIES to their "neighbor's" to further
their own, vile cause. We cannot 'please our neighbors' in this
world when we speak and LIVE the truth according to Yahweh. In
other words, we can't be politically correct and right with Yahweh
at the same time.

Again, Yahshua said the following:

Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake:
but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate
the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

It's fence sitters who refuse to take a second to actually trust
Yahweh, who end up being DEVOURED by the enemy of their souls. It's
the lukewarm believer that Yahshua spews out of His mouth, because
they leave a rotten taste in it.

The TEST is about being steady in heart, through thick and thin- in
persecutions and in tribulations; steadfast in and for truth. It's
about not wavering in our love and devotion to Yahshua, who came to
show us the way to to and of our Heavenly Father. It's about
cleaving to the Good Shepherd and renouncing the "stranger."

Whoever seeks the RIGHTEOUS PATH with the whole heart, mind and
soul, and in earnest love and devotion to their Creator, will find
shelter from this world in Yahshua. Simple.

That's how it happens that the false branches get shaken off the
true vine, by false teachers and preachers and wolves in sheep's
clothing like Saul/Paul of Tarsus.

Paul is there for a reason- YAH put Paul there and left him there
too, IN OUR BIBLES, all these centuries, because Paul serves YAH'S
purpose: separating the wheat from the chaff.

The tent-maker builds a counterfeit shelter; a shelter that's
temporal, fallible and unable to withstand the power of the Word of
Truth. Watch it fall, because the fall of it is going to be so
great that there's never been anything like it ever. When the house
that Paul built with a veil of lies, falls, few will escape. They
won't know it's falling because they are blinded to the truth.
They'll be devoured in the place they thought was safe because they
didn't know Yahweh nor seek HIS FACE nor HIS Shelter.

Paul is an apostate but the world accepts him because to the world,
he looks like some kind of hero. The world always did and always
will worship men of power and influence, but the truth is, unless we
worship the Father, in Spirit and in Truth, what are worshipping?
It's by His Word that we're cleansed of the lies of the enemy. The
truth exposes them and that's why Paul speaks PAUL'S words, instead
of Yahshua's Word. Paul speaks of himself, like all imposters do
and in doing so, he sways multitudes into the pit; his net that is
never satisfied.

Yahweh said, "Choose LIFE."

By choosing Yahweh, through His Son Yahshua, we have chosen life.
What "god" do we choose if we choose "god" through Saul/Paul of

We choose "The god of fortresses." We choose a tent-maker instead of
the Creator of an eternal, unshakable, incorruptible, righteous and
upright Kingdom. We choose the god of forces- the god of influence,
wealth, power and prestige- the god of lies that seem so close to
the truth, that we believe them, because believing Yahweh, means
true repentance.

If we choose Paul, we choose the way of the wicked, which is
justification by faith only. That's the way of Satan and of Paul of
Tarsus, who denies the TRUTH and the WAY called LIFE and instead,
takes us through the dark, back alley called deception.

That's what a thief does after all. A thief sneaks in through a
crack in the wall and climbs up the building some other way, besides
the Door, which is YAHSHUA and HIS WORDS. When he enters in, he
uses persuasion, big words, enticing language and forked sentences
to draw us away from the simple truth, into his web of deception.

A thief only aims to rob, kill and destroy, but the Good Shepherd
came to give us abundant LIFE in the TRUTH. Through Yahshua, and by
His Words, and by following His footsteps, not the steps of any
other persuasive man, we'll be led to the green pastures of Yahweh
to be restored to Him. The Word cleanses us and the Blood of the
remits us of sin. We need the truth as Yah meant it to be said, not
the deluded version full of leaven and serpent poison, that comes to
us via two thousand years- twenty centuries of Paulinated doctrine.

In the time of the harvest- at the end of the world, the reapers
will devour the prey and the saints will be taken into the
everlasting Kingdom of Yahweh, Most High, Eternal and Righteous,
through the True Vine. Whatever is part of the true vine, will not
be shaken off nor destroyed in the wrath to come. Instead, they
will rejoice in the power of Yah to Save us, through Yahshua, His
only begotten Son.

Paul was allowed to remain in our bibles because that's how the
wheat and the tares are growing up side by side. By PAUL, we are
tested. Yah said He will refine His children, Israel, like gold in
the fiery furnace. Consider this world the fiery furnace and His
kingdom, the green pastures. To get there, we need to drop Paul
like a hot sulpher and cleave to the Only Good Shepherd there is:
Yahshua Ha Mashiach; our shelter from the wrath of Yahweh.

Sun God Day- Sunday worship

Why is it that Christianity holds worship services on Sunday when we
commanded to keep the Sabbath on the seventh day. The seventh day
is Saturday, just look at any calendar!

So, if we aren't worshipping on the true Sabbath the it's not the
Most High God that we are worshipping.

If we go back to the worship of Baal, during the days of Elijah, we
will realize or remember that Baal is the name of the sun god.

In fact, all of the chief deities of Babylon (Nebuchadenezzar,
Nebuzardan, Belshazzar, Belteshazzar, etc) were sun deities, or sun
gods. Their names originating from different of the sun- diety, or
variations thereof. (Bal/Baal, Merodach/Marduk, and Nebo/Nabu)
After Bel, or Baal, became established in Rome, Sun-day worship was
kept in honor of the sun-diety. In Latin, "dies solis", or Sunday,
means "day of the sun" and was proclaimed to be holy. It was the
main pagan day of worship.

Sun worship in the Roman Empire had been part of the religious
worship system of pagan Rome. It was wide spread, but not the
official dominant religion.

The dominant religion in the Roman Empire was the eastern cult of
sun-worship, "Sol Invictus", or Invincible Sun. This came from "Sol
Invictus Mithra" and "Sol Elagabal".

Therefore, Sunday is, in fact, sun god worship and Sun-day is the
day when the sun is worshipped.

"Baal" originates from the ancient Hebrew language and
means "lord'. Therefore, Sun-day, or Baal's day, is the lord's
day. "Lord", as in the lord Satan, god of this world, and who is
worshipped as god by all those that he has deceived.

The True Sabbath

In the Scriptures the seventh day of the week is called the Sabbath.
The word Sabbath is synonymous with rest, repose, restoration,
refreshment, calm, tranquility, freedom, peace, harmony, holiness
and sanctification. It is, therefore, a fitting sign of the
Creator's character and aims.

The divine record of the creation is brief; but it leaves one in no
doubt that the Creator rested on, blessed and sanctified the seventh
day of the week at the creation of the world.

Genesis 2:1 And the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the
host of them. 2:2 And on the seventh day God finished his work which
he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work
which he had made. 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and hallowed
it; because that in it he rested from all his work which God had
created and made.

Many people will be surprised to learn that the true Sabbath day is
not Sunday but Saturday. Sunday is the first day of the week.
Saturday is the seventh and in Scripture is called the Sabbath of
the LORD. In other words Saturday is the true LORD'S's Day.

The Sabbath starts at sunset on Friday evening and ends 24 hours
later at sunset on Saturday evening.

Leviticus 23:32 "From evening unto evening shall you celebrate your
Sabbath." The Sabbath commandment is part of the Ten Commandments,
which were written with the finger of God!

Exodus 24:12 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Come up to me into the
mount, and be there: and I will give thee the tables of stone, and
the law and the commandment, which I have written, that thou mayest
teach them.

Exodus 31:18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of
communing with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the
testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

The 4th Commandment
Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days
shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 20:10 but the seventh day is
a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: 'in it' thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-
servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
20:11 for in six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore Jehovah
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

You may read the Bible from cover to cover and you will not find a
single verse which cancels or amends the Sabbath commandment. That
is a fact. You will, instead, find many texts which call for the
observance of Sabbath, the seventh day of the week, commonly called

Yahweh's Sabbath Day

In view of the above facts, it is a mistake to refer to the Sabbath
as the Jewish Sabbath; or that it is only to be observed by Jews.
The Sabbath is Yahweh's Sabbath; or, as the Scriptures put it: the
Sabbath of the LORD thy God! To be sure it is kept by Israel and the
Jews; but it is not for Israel alone, any more than the Ten
Commandments are for the Jews alone. According to the fourth
commandment, even 'strangers' (Gentiles) are expected to keep the
Sabbath day. If they obey this royal command, Gentiles will also be
greatly blessed. Notice the word 'stranger' in the following texts:

Exodus 20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days
shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; 20:10 but the seventh day is
a sabbath unto Jehovah thy God: 'in it' thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-
servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates

Isaiah 56:6 Also the foreigners that join themselves to Jehovah, to
minister unto him, and to love the name of Jehovah, to be his
servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and
holdeth fast my covenant

Yes, the Sabbath belongs to the LORD and, like all the other nine
commandments; He made it to be remembered and kept holy by all
nations. In obedience to this commandment the seventh day Sabbath
was kept by all the great and holy personalities mentioned in the

By all the Old Testament Prophets of the LORD God of Israel.
By the early Christian Church long after the death and resurrection
of the Savior.
By Yahshua the Messiah
And by Jehovah (YAHWEH) Himself.

Neither is there any evidence in the New Testament to suggest that
the Savior or his Apostles changed the Ten Commandments and
transferred the sanctity of the Sabbath from the seventh to the
first day of the week. Instead, Yahshua kept his Father's
commandments (John 15:10). If he hadn't done so he would have been
classified as 'a sinner.' But we read that Yahshua kept the Sabbath
day as it was meant to be kept, much to the annoyance of the Scribes
and Pharisees who had burdened the day with many petty, man-made
restrictions. Commenting on the eternal nature of his Father's law
Yahshua said these words:

Matthew 5:17 Think not that I came to destroy the law or the
prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. 5:18 For verily I
say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be

Moreover Yahshua advised his followers, who were mostly Jews at that
time, to pray to Yahweh that He might allow them to keep the Sabbath
at the destruction of Jerusalem: which was to take place in AD70,
some 40 years after the resurrection.

But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter,
neither on the Sabbath day. (Matt.24:20)

Pause and consider this text and see how pointless it would have
been for the Savior to have given this advice to his predominantly
Jewish followers if the Sabbath commandment was going to be
abolished at Calvary. The truth is, Yahshua had absolutely no
intention whatsoever of doing away with or changing the Sabbath
commandment. He had an extremely high regard for his Father's law;
which he was instrumental in giving to Israel in the first place.
(James 4:12) In short, the true Sabbath day is still the seventh day
of the week, the day commonly known as Saturday!

Christmas- Birthday of our Savior, or Just another Pagan Holiday?

Mark 7:5 The Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why don't your
disciples walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat
their bread with unwashed hands?"
7:6 He answered them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites,
as it is written,'This people honors me with their lips, but their
heart is far from me. 7:7 But in vain do they worship me, teaching
as doctrines the commandments of men.'
7:8 "For you set aside the commandment of God, and hold tightly to
the tradition of men-the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do
many other such things." 7:9 He said to them, "Full well do you
reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.


Sometimes tradition is acceptable and perhaps even pleasing in the
sight of Yahweh. Sometimes it is not acceptable and is even hated by
Him. The evil of traditions that transgress the commandment of
Yahweh was a key teaching of Yahshua the Messiah:

Matthew 15:1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem
came to Yahshua, saying, 2 "Why do Your disciples transgress the
tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they
eat bread."

Nowhere in the pages of scripture do we find a command to keep the
celebration of Christmas. Nowhere in the pages of scripture do we
find an example of any disciple keeping Christmas. The only time
Christmas is even mentioned in the pages of scripture is to condemn
it (as we will see).

3 He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the
commandment of Elohim because of your tradition? 4 "For Elohim
commanded, saying, `Honor your father and your mother'; and, `He who
curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' 5 "But you say,
`Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might
have received from me is a gift to Elohim" 6 And honour not his
father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the
commandment of Elohim of none effect by your tradition.

This was an example of how the scribes and Pharisees forsook the
commandment of Yahweh in favor of their tradition. As I will share,
Christmas is also transgressing the commandment of Yahweh in favor
of tradition. What does Yahushua think about this?

7 "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 `These
people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with [their]
lips, But their heart is far from Me. 9 And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching [as] doctrines the commandments of men.' "

Christmas is honoring with the lips but it is one of many vain
doctrines and commandments of men. Again, there is not a single
scripture in the bible that tells us that we are to celebrate the
birth nor the resurrection of Yahushua the Messiah. Let alone in a
pagan way!

Many Christians speak against the Catholic traditions of Lent, Ash
Wednesday, etc. but fail to recognize that the same types of pagan
elements exist in the celebration of Christmas and Easter! But how
did these festivals get their start?

Origin of Christmas

The following is a quote from the 2000 Encyclopædia Britannica,
Volume 11 ; page 390.

"During the later periods of Roman history, sun worship gained in
importance and ultimately led to what has been called a 'solar
monotheism.' Nearly all the gods of the period were possessed of
Solar qualities, and both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of
solar deities. The feast of Sol and Victus (open unconquered Sun) on
December 25th was celebrated with great joy, and eventually this
date was taken over by the Christians as Christmas, the birthday of

Notice how it says "both Christ and Mithra acquired the traits of
solar deities"? The Christians were apparently trying to get more
converts so they tried to "paganize" the Messiah to make Him more
attractive to pagans. They even officially brought the feast of the
unconquered sun into their worship in 336 AD. This is the origin of

Christmas means 'mass for Christ'. The name of the holiday is much
newer than the holiday itself. The customs associated with
Christmas, in one form or another, have been celebrated for
literally thousands of years. 'Christmas' is just a new name for an
old holiday.

There is no doubt that the customs that are associated with
Christmas, as well as the idea of a deity being born on December
25th are of pagan origin. One need only look to an encyclopedia or
even many local newspapers in the 12th month of the year to find
this truth. The real issue is whether or not we should walk in these
customs. So what is so bad about it? Is it just for the children?
What should we be teaching our children? Truth or lies?

The truth is that the Messiah was not born on December 25th.
December 25th is the birthday of nearly every pagan god ever
invented! In fact, the pagan customs associated with Christmas are
clearly condemned in the scriptures. Paganism/Idolatry is something
that is against Yahweh. If we know that the roots of Christmas are
of pagan origin, shouldn't the roots of our worship be in the
scriptures, rather than paganism? Yahweh's people should always
seek the truth. Consider these scriptures:

Jeremiah 10:1 Hear the word which Yahweh speaks to you, O house of
Israel. 2 Thus says Yahweh: "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles;
Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are
dismayed at them. 3 For the customs of the peoples are futile; For
one cuts a tree from the forest, The work of the hands of the
workman, with the ax. 4 They decorate it with silver and gold; They
fasten it with nails and hammers So that it will not topple.

First of all, Yahweh is telling us in this verse "Do not learn the
way of the Gentiles" Don't even learn it, let alone practice it and
incorporate it into the worship of Yahweh! Secondly, it says that
the Gentiles were dismayed at the signs of heaven.
History tells us that when the sun began to go further away from the
earth and the days grew shorter in the winter, the sun worshipping
Gentiles were "dismayed", and feared that the sun would not return.
So they held certain festivals just after the time of the Winter
Solstice when it did begin to return. This return of the sun is why
December 25th is the birthday of so many solar deities. One of the
customs the pagans has was to decorate a tree that they had cut down
and fasten it so that would not topple.

Yahweh tells us not to learn the way of the heathen. And here He
even goes so far as describe a custom that is a way of the heathen.
Yet, we see this same custom exist even today which is called the
Christmas tree.

This custom, along with other pagan customs like it are clearly
condemned in this passage. Other customs include Mistletoe, the Yule
log and Santa Claus. If you seek, you will find that these things
are rooted in idolatry also.

Santa Claus

All over the world, Santa Claus is God to the children of the world
(move the n to the end of Santa). Others say 'Father Christmas'.
Parents purposely and deliberately lie to their children and tell
them that they should fear Santa Claus because "he knows if you've
been bad or good". These same parents also lie to their children
about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy. Then they wonder why their
children become liars and don't believe the Messiah is real later on
in life. This is clearly a total abomination to Yahweh.

You don't have to look very far in the word of Yahweh to find out
how much he loathes idolatry and lies. Yahweh is the only true
Mighty One. Our children look to us and believe every word we say.
Do they not deserve the truth? How abominable it is for a believer
to teach their children to fear Santa Claus and in so doing creep an
idol into the conscience of a child!

Lies, lies everything is lies

The very foundation of the Christmas holiday is a lie. The Messiah
was not born December 25th. He did not ask us to celebrate his
birthday. He did not say to set up a tree in our house and decorate
it and our houses with anything. Santa Claus does not exist. He
doesn't have reindeer that fly and he isn't going to come on
December 25th and leave any gifts.

Everything is a lie. Is Yahweh the originator of this holiday? Or is
it the father of lies? Yahshua condemned the leaders of that
generation for teaching lies:

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your
father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh
a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of
It's high time that we forsake these lies and abide in the truth!
Let's forsake this foolish practice of yoking the Messiah (who
said "I am the TRUTH") together with lies, for He has nothing to do
with lies.

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that
they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through
the gates into the city. 5 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and
sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and
practices a lie.

The book of Revelation also predicts that those who hate Yahweh will
be glad when the two witnesses of Yahweh die, for they will make
merry and have a gift exchange:

Revelation 11:9 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and
nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and
shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.10 And those
who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send
gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who
dwell on the earth.

Sound familiar?

Mixed worship condemned in scripture

Now let's take this a step further. Not only is it sinful in the
eyes of Yahweh to practice these traditions, it is also a sin to
take these traditions of pagans and apply them to the worship of

Deuteronomy 12:29 "When Yahweh your Elohim cuts off from before you
the nations which you go to dispossess, and you displace them and
dwell in their land,
(This is Yahweh warning the children of Israel about what NOT to do
when going into the promised land)
30 "take heed to yourself that you are not ensnared to follow them,
after they are destroyed from before you, and that you do not
inquire after their gods, saying, `How did these nations serve their
gods? I also will do likewise.'
Not "Let us serve there elohim (gods)" but "HOW did these nations
serve there elohim"
31 "You shall not worship Yahweh your Elohim in that way; for every
abomination to Yahweh which He hates they have done to their gods;
for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their
gods. 32 "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you
shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Very CLEAR. "Thou shalt not do so unto YAHWEH thy Elohim:" It is
abundantly clear. Do not worship Yahweh in that way, the way of the
heathen! Do not add to His commandments and do not take away from
His commandments. Both Christmas and Easter take pagan festivals and
traditions and apply them to the worship of Yahweh. This is clearly
condemned here. Would it be right to take a Satanic holiday that
Satanists have invented and then incorporate that holiday into the
worship of Yahweh? Surely not. Yet all paganism is Satanism. Satan
is behind all pagan worship. And whatever god the idolaters worship,
they are actually worshipping Satan.

December 25th could not have been the date of "Jesus", or Yashua's
birthday. From scripture we know that Yahshua was born while the
shepherd's were watching over their flocks. The shepherd's would
not have been watching over their flocks by night in December,
during the cold and rainy season.

In fact, it is best supported by scripture that Yashua would have
been born in the fall, sometime in September to October.

However, December 25th did originate with the ancient "birthday" of
the sun-god, Mithra. The Roman festival included gift giving,
feasting, and singing.

Sometime after 336 A.D., Emperor Constantine officially converted
this pagan tradition into what Christians now call Christmas.

The Roman Catholic Church wanted/needed to do something to bring in
the pagans. Apparently Christianity was struggling in popularity
and they needed to gain support among the pagan crowd.

Choosing December 25th, the birthday of the mithra sun-god, and
tagging it "Christ's Mass", they now had their official celebration
of "Jesus' birth.

Some of these common pagan Christmas rituals and their real meanings…


Holly has been used in Christmas tradition for almost sixteen
hundred years. It was also used, long before, in pagan traditions.
In ancient Rome, holly was associated with Saturn, the god of the
harvest. In Druidic and other related pagan traditions, holly leaves
were placed around homes in the winter to provide shelter for

Early Christians, in what later became Great Britain, probably
adopted this tradition in order to avoid persecution, but holly was
eventually reinterpreted with Christian symbolism. Danielle Wagner
tells us that she heard about the Christian symbolism of holly
during a sermon. The pointy edges represent the crown of thorns
that Christ wore during His crucifixion. The red berries represent
Christ's blood which He shed during His torture and death.

In Scandinavia and Germany, holly is called "Christ's thorn."

Christmas Tree

Trees were in ancient times used as pagan religious symbol. In Egypt
that tree was the palm-tree; in Rome it was the fir; the palm-tree
denoting the Pagan Messiah, as Baal-Tamar, the fir referring to him
as Baal-Berith. The mother of Adonis, the Sun-God and great
mediatorial divinity, was mystically said to have been changed into
a tree, and when in that state to have brought forth her divine son.
If the mother was a tree, the son must have been recognized as "Man
of the branch."


In Druid tradition, "the mistletoe was regarded as a divine branch -
a branch that came from heaven, and grew upon a tree that sprang out
of the earth. Thus by the engrafting of the celestial branch into
the earthly tree, heaven and earth, that sin had severed, were
joined together, and thus the mistletoe bough became the token of
Divine reconciliation to man, the kiss being the well-known token of
pardon and reconciliation."

This symbolism is easily appropriated and redefined in a Christian
context, since the Christian story is one of a divine Branch, a
root of Jesse, who died to reconcile heaven and earth, God and man,
and since the early Church greeted one another with "a holy kiss."

Santa Claus
The Santa Claus story arose from legends surrounding the Catholic
patron saint of storm-tossed sailors, Nicholas. These legends in
turn have their roots in still earlier pagan myths, including the
Roman Befana, the Germanic Berchta and Knecht Ruprecht, and the
Scandinavian Odin. Odin was said to have ridden through the sky in
winter with a pack of elves, rewarding men with gifts. St. Nicholas
was renowned for saving three ladies who would have been sold into
slavery, had he not thrown three bags of gold thorough their
window. In countries such as Holland and Germany, Santa Claus was
said to ride through the sky on a horse. Pictures show him wearing a
bishop's robes. He was sometimes accompanied by "Black Peter," an
elf who whipped naughty children.
Traditionally, the feast day of Saint Nicholas was observed on
December 6th and gifts were given. Later, however, German
Protestants encouraged people to instead worship the Christkindl (or
Christ child) on December 25th. The Christ Child (or an angel
resembling him) was said to have visited families on Christmas Eve,
leaving gifts and toys. The term Christkindl evolved into Kriss
Kringle, a popular nickname for Santa Claus.

Gift Giving

The Christians attribute the giving of gifts at Christmas to the
three wise men who brough gold, frankincense and myrrh to the
newborn Jesus. But this tradition was common well before the time of
Jesus, during Saturnalia.

The True Names of the Most High God and His Son

Now, more than ever, it is important that we know the true names of
the Most High and His Son, Yahshua. Christianity has been taught
God and Jesus, but God is a title. For example, my daughters call
me "Mom", but that is not my name. I don't have "Mom" typed on my
drivers' license and I can't sign my checks and pay bills with "Mom".

"God" doesn't even specify what `god' one is referring to. After
all, Satan is going to be coming back as `god'. Pagan cults have
gods for all sorts of things.

It is Yahovah that is the one and only Most High God. It is Yahovah
that created man and everything that we know. It is Yahovah that
also commanded us to use His name.

In the Strong's Dictionary, Yahovah means self-Existent or Eternal.

Jeremiah 33:2 Thus saith Jehovah the doer of it, Jehovah that
formeth it to establish it, Jehovah is his name: 33:3 Call unto me,
and I will answer thee, and I will shew thee great and hidden
things, which thou knowest not.

Isaiah 12:4 And in that day shall ye say, Give ye thanks to Jehovah,
call upon his name, declare his deeds among the peoples, make
mention that his name is exalted.

The original Hebrew name of our Savior was Yahu'Shuah or
Yahshua. 'YAH or YAHU means salvation in Hebrew. That is why we
find it in both the names of the Father and the Son.

Yahshua was later changed to "Je-Zeus Khristos" by the pagan masses
as they converted to what was becoming Christianity. This took
place with great help of leaders, such as Constantine, who was a
Zeus worshipper that was said to have converted to Christianity.

Others claim that it was just the translation, but as this pagan
base unfolds, the true picture is really becoming clearer.

The Big Picture

Do you get it yet? What we have in Christianity is one carefully
orchestrated setup by Satan and his fan club, through pagan
Rome/Roman Catholic church, to deceive the masses. Satan found a
way to get billions of people throughout the ages to think they were
worshipping the Most High God and finding salvation in His Son, when
in fact, he was selling them the complete opposite.

Through Christianity Satan has conditioned everyone for the return
of the fake "Jesus". The one that will come before the true Son of
God, Yahshua. The fake one will come by the name "Jesus", among
other names to cover all the religions. He will most likely come
with the same face that we've always seen in the pictures.

Only, the fake one will return claiming world peace and love.
Yahshua is coming back to destroy all that is left.

In the mean time, thousands upon thousands have been routinely
celebrating pagan holidays, worshipping another god, breaking the
laws of the Most High

Get out of religion folks, and get back to the ONE and ONLY, Most
High God, Yahovah! Start spending one on one time with HIM. Ask
that HE teach you HIMSELF what HIS truths are and to keep you from
Satan's lies and deceptions.