5 March 2006
First off let me give a slight introduction. I am a 50 year old Christian. Although I've been exposed to Christianity most of my life I did not really take it very seriously until the past 3 years. I am not highly knowledgeable about scripture and I read a lot of different sources on scripture to try to gain understanding. I found your writings to be quite interesting and illuminating. Logically what you have written makes a lot of sense.
It is not my goal to refute or rebuke you, but I would sincerely like to ask a couple questions. My goal is knowing truth and since God is the creator and founder of all there is only one place to turn for truth and that is the creator of truth. I can't make truth I can only search for it and try to separate it from untruth. I cannot say I 100% agree with what you have written. Not because I believe it to be untrue, but because I need more time and research to accept it as truth. All that you say is based on scripture and your interpretation of it. I do believe scripture is the only written works we can turn to for truth, not out of faith, but because I see enough proof through the fulfilled prophecy of scripture that I can't discount it,
I think scripture has proven itself. There are a lot of religions and people writing there beliefs out there and most who are devout in there religious beliefs harbor a strong sincerity that what they believe is true. So one must be cautious in what they hold to as believing to be truth to the point of faith, I must be very careful if I am to believe anything others write, even if it is based on scripture.
The questions I currently am wondering about regarding your article Law 102 are from the two scriptures I list below. What is your interpretation of Eph 2:15 when it states Having abolished and the reference to even the law of commandments in ordinances. Also how do you interpret Col 2:16-17
Thank You for putting your writings on line I believe you are one of the most sincere followers of Jesus I have ever come in contact with
And I sincerely appreciate the paternity to correspond with you.
Looking forward to our corresponding. As you might imagine, you're not the first one to question me about those verses. Over the years I've written answers to questions of Scripture, especially concerning the place of the Law in the life of the believer. I'm going to send you two things I have on it. I'm looking forward to seeing how you understand it. The comments on Eph. 2:15-16 will follow, as will my comments on Col 2:16-17.
by Avram Yehoshua
The proper translation of Eph. 2:15 should be:
'...by abolishing in his flesh the law of Commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself...'
This was taken from the New King James version of the Bible. It is backed up by the King James version and also by the Greek. Here is the KJV:
Eph. 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
And here is the New American Standard Bible:
Eph. 2:15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace,
There is a vast theological difference between all the Law being nullified, and what the KJV, the NKJV, the NASB and the Greek speak of. Is it the Law being nullified, or is it some of the laws contained in ordinances? The KJV, etc. tell us it's some laws contained in ordinances.
Some translations speak of the whole Law of Moses being nullified.
The proper translation states that it’s only those Commandments (or Ordinances), that created the hostility between the Jew and the Gentile, that are abolished in His Flesh. What Commandments could they be?
As you may know, the Jew was not to marry or deal with the Gentile because all the Gentiles worshipped pagan gods and goddess'. It was God’s way of protecting His people from idolatry. This is why Yahveh states in His Torah, His holy Law, His holy Instruction for Israel (as Torah means), that Israel was not to marry the Gentiles:
Deut. 7:3-6: "Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons. For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of Yahveh will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you. But thus you shall do to them: you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire. For you are a holy people to Yahveh your God. Yahveh your God has chosen you to be a people for His own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.
Scriptures such as this confined the Jews to isolate themselves from the pagans around them, as best they could. Peter's vision, has nothing to do with God abolishing the dietary laws, but as Peter himself states;
Acts 10:28: ‘And he said to them, 'You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.’
And then we see that God has shown Peter that in Messiah, the Commandments that kept him from the Gentiles, have now been set aside (by the death of Yeshua so that the Jewish and the Gentile believer could become one new Man in Him):
Acts 10:34-35: ‘Opening his mouth, Peter said: ‘I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.’
But this has nothing to do with the abolition of the Law of Moses. Check it out, most commentaries will tell you Cornelius was the first Gentile to be brought into Yeshua's Kingdom. He was the first Gentile coming to belief in the Jewish Messiah, ten years after the Resurrection.
In Christ, those Commandments are set aside. But we too cannot marry a pagan or one who doesn't love Christ anymore than the ancient Jews could marry the heathen. The Commandments not to marry outside the Flock still remain. They are for our protection, blessing and knowledge of Who our God is. But in Messiah we can mingle and fellowship and marry.
We must be very careful when we come to translations of the New Testament that have to do with the Law as many, not all, but many, have a theological position against that Law and will shade their translations to reflect that.
Here is something I wrote on the Greek New Testament's Eph. 2:14-15. The translation that follows is from the Greek Interlinear:
‘For He is our Peace, the One having made the two, one, and the middle wall of the partition having broken down, the hostility, in the flesh of Him, (15), the Law of the Commandments in ordinances having annulled, that He might create’.
So now, Paul, is saying that the ordinances of God, in the Law, that God Himself put there to separate and keep pure the Jewish nation from idolatry (for all the Gentiles worshipped idols and would be a snare to them), was not cast aside in Messiah Yeshua. He was breaking the hostility (which can be seen as mutual hatred of one group for the other and also, the carnal nature of both), so that they could be one new Man. The big point here is that it's not the Law per se, but only certain ordinances that would have prohibited the creation of the body of Christ for fellowship. Unfortunately, some English translations have the Law being the thing that was annulled. Not so. Some English translations make this plain but most don't seem to catch the nuance. Here are some additional Scriptures on God’s separation of Israel from the pagans:
Ex. 23:33 “They shall not live in your land, lest they make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”
Ex. 34:12 “Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, lest it become a snare in your midst.
And of course it’s exactly a covenant that the Jew would be making with the Gentile through Messiah.
“Do not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, for that would turn away your children from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. But this is how you must deal with them: break down their altars, smash their pillars, hew down their sacred poles, and burn their idols with fire. For you are a people holy to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on earth to be his people, his treasured possession.’
‘It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you—for you were the fewest of all peoples. It was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath that he swore to your ancestors, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, and who repays in their own person those who reject him. He does not delay but repays in their own person those who reject him. Therefore, observe diligently the commandment—the statutes, and the ordinances—that I am commanding you today.” (Deut. 7:3-11, NRSV)
Josh. 23:11 "So take diligent heed to yourselves to love Yahveh your God. For if you ever go back and cling to the rest of these nations, these which remain among you, and intermarry with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, know with certainty that Yahveh your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which Yahveh your God has given you.
To associate with a Gentile meant contamination. But God showed Peter and Paul, that in Messiah, they were to reach out to the Gentile.
With belief in Messiah and the entry into His Kingdom via the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Gentile is both cleansed from sin and now, a part of Israel (Eph. 2:12-13). In v. 15 it speaks of the ordinances of Torah that were abolished. These ordinances are the ones that specifically kept the Jew from associating with the Gentile. IN MESSIAH, these ordinances are no longer valid as the Gentile is now part of Israel. The Law hasn't changed though as we see Paul cautiously warning some Gentile believers in Corinth:
'Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers! For what fellowship has righteousness with Lawlessness?! And what communion has Light with darkness?! And what accord agreement has Messiah with Beliel?! Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?!' (2nd Cor. 6:14-15)
Yes, the Torah or Law or Instruction of God or the Teaching of God still remains and is in effect for whom it effects. But a new class of Gentile has come on the scene, which, because of their new creation, is not effected by the laws of Torah that restrict fellowship to Israel, and Israel only. Of course, this effects the Jewish believer so that there can be true fellowship between the two groups. In this sense, those ordinances have been abolished, but they are still there for the outsider (i.e. the Jew or Gentile who doesn't believe in Messiah yet).
by Avram Yehoshua
Please notice that no mention of Sunday is made, but of the Sabbath, and note well the future tense of the sentence:
Col. 2:16-17: ‘Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.’ (KJV)
Paul is telling the Colossian believers that they shouldn’t let anyone judge (condemn) them, as to HOW they kept the Sabbath, holy day, new moon, etc. Paul never says that they shouldn’t keep the Sabbath or holy days, etc. (Note also that some translations use, ‘mere shadow’ but ‘mere’ is not in any Greek manuscript.
It seems that in the congregation, some had come from former New Age backgrounds with seeing 'angels' etc. that Paul speaks of in the next verse (v. 18).
It seems that these people were judging or condemning ‘their brethren’ who kept Sabbath, but didn't keep it their way (it seems that fasting on that day was observed by them and if one didn't fast, then they lost their salvation; v. 23).
And as for meat (KJV talk for food), this is where the New Agers would say which was OK and which not. We see something similar in Rom. 14 where meat eaters were condemned by the veggies eaters because the veggie eaters said the meat was contaminated, having been blessed and or offered to the pagan gods. (All meat was given the pagan ‘seal of approval’ and this is what is going on in Rom. 14, not that the meat eaters were eating unclean meat, as no mention is made of which meats to eat by the veggie eaters, cause all meat was seen by them to be defiled. Paul doesn’t think as the veggie eaters did though.)
And in all of Colossians, Paul never once brings up the Greek word for Law. And he would never use, 'the elementary principles of this world' as a metaphor for the Law (v. 8), where he couples it with the ‘traditions of men.’
The Sabbath and holy days are said by Paul to be shadows of things to come; to come; not past, but to come.They are shadows or pictures for us, of what awaits us in the New Jerusalem, or Who our God is and what He has done, etc. They are not the thing itself, just as the celebration of July Fourth is not the beginning of the Revolutionary War for the United States, but they can give us some understanding, as any shadow or picture might. Yes, the reality is Messiah, etc., but we don't see him now. We do see the holy days and Sabbath though, things he 'left behind' for Israel to better understand Him.
In the Greek and the English, the future tense; of things to come, is plainly seen. If these Sabbaths had been done away with, Paul couldn't speak like this. Paul isn’t doing away with these shadows, he’s telling us that we can both learn from them, and not to let anyone take our salvation away from us, by judging us in how we walk them out.
Hope they've made some sense to you, Gary,
8 March 2006
May YAHVEH's blessings continue to enrich you and strengthen you. My name is David and I reside in Charlotte, N.C. There is a calling on my life to teach the true and pure word of YAHVEH from a Hebraic perspective. I've read 90-95% of the material on your web site. Nothing I've read before has made the scriptures come alive as your discourse on many subjects.
I am currently a member of a predominantly African-American non-denominational ministry, and a lot of what goes on as ministry and teaching seems to revolve around prosperity. Don't get me wrong, I too would like to be prosperous but not at the expense of forfeiting a closer relationship with my LORD and SAVIOR.
I've been a part of this particular ministry about four (4) years and felt frustrated and sometimes confused. A lot of what was being taught and preached just was very incoherent. There was also a feeling of incompleteness to the whole process. I got the feeling it was praise the Lord " wink, wink". At times it seems to me that scripture is taken at face value with out ever trying to peel back the layers and find the essence of what the writer, prophet, Messiah, etc. was trying to convey.
I guess the Ruach haKodesh has instilled in me an unquenchable thirst and hunger for the truth and what makes spiritual sense. I accessed your web site 10 days ago and have been on it every free moment studying and praying.
This calling on my life to teach the word of YAHVEH has been with me for quite a while now. Perhaps 5-7 years but I was never able to find the right or what felt right in my spirit situation. Everything I've read so far makes sense to me spiritually and it all connects with me personally to the core of my being. Basically I'm sending this email to officially start the ordination process, and be able to teach the holy scriptures from a Hebraic Perspective. I believe it would be beneficial for all to get back to the very basics of our faith and cut all the unnecessary "junk" out of the today's "church."
As I've studied your texts I can feel the RUACH haKODESH move to open my eyes and understanding of the scriptures. I had never seen or heard scripture so thoroughly examined and the single minded search for the answer that makes spiritual sense.
Is it common or normal to become emotional with the study of the word? I ask this because there are times that I study one of your papers and it almost moves me to tears. Understand that I am a western male where crying is not an accepted reality for a man. I hope I will be able to converse with you again as the road I'm traveling at the moment doesn't have a lot of sojourners.
Yours in YESHUA
Charlotte, North Carolina
10 March 2006
I am a gentile believer in Yeshua and I strongly believe that the Torah has not been done away with!!! Your article "Law 102" was soooooo insightful. When you wrote that our sin, and not Torah, was on that cross, I literally stopped reading the article and immediately called my friend who is also a believer!! This is truly one of the best "Law" articles I have read. It is easy to read and more importantly, easy to understand. This article was the first article that really made sense and "spoke" to my spirit. I know in my spirit that the Law was not done away with and I was just speaking with my friend b/c I didn't know what to say to people that believe that it was. Now, I will study scripture first and foremost, of course, but I will also be able to use some of what your article said to make my case.
28 March 2006
I have been putting on tefillin everyday for the last 15 years or so, and as soon as I read your paper on the subject, it made perfect sense to me. I decided that I would not put them on anymore and packed them away. I still recite the " Shma" every morning though, as I believe the importance of it. Just as Yeshua said in Mark 12:28-30, the most important commandment of all.
May the Lord bless you and your family.
yours in Yeshua,
Lawrence and Ruth W.
First off, G-d Bless you, and thank you for your wonderful writings. “Law 102” literally changed my life. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your writings.
Over the last few years, I’ve been learning about the Hebrew roots of my faith and about the paganism I’ve accepted as “truth.” I longed to know Jesus at a deeper level, but nothing really led me to deeper levels until I started knowing Him as “Yeshua.” I have either talked to or read from several different people, both Jew and non-Jew, as G-d has lead me on this quest to find “His Truth” and root out the falsehoods in my life.
I grew up “Christian”, went to church every Sunday, made friends and had a social life through church, celebrated the events of life at church (weddings, etc.). Along the way, I actually became a believer in Yeshua, and I have no doubt of His call to rid my life of the paganism I took for granted.
One of my biggest problems is I do not have a corresponding congregation to attend that practices a more pure “Messianic” faith. (I’ve read “Goodbye Messianic Judaism” and have considered that as I write this.)
My question is– how do I walk with Him through Torah, putting away my former pagan practices, if I don’t have a corresponding community of local believers living through Torah as well? A lot of the joy in Torah is celebrating it with fellow believers (for example, celebrating the feasts). To a certain degree, the walk is difficult because there is no one locally to meet with as a congregation. Add to this that my wife is fairly hard-core Baptist and does not care that much of current Christianity is based on paganism and false practices (currently she doesn’t care – I am praying about this). Nor is she (currently) willing to celebrate the Feasts, follow “the Law” (it has been crucified with Christ, she tells me), and doesn’t want our children involved in this. Don’t get me wrong – she is a great woman, and I believe G-d will reveal to her what He has revealed to me and thousands like me. And when He does, and she believes, I am convinced she will be one of the strongest believers that I know. But sadly, that is not the case right now.
I have no question as to what G-d would have me do. I just don’t know the road map to follow. If you could offer some advice, it would be greatly appreciated.
Again, thank you for all that you have done through your writings.
and in a follow up email, Jason wrote:
Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my email and give me some sound, Yeshua-inspired advice. I had read the Sean Sellers story prior to emailing you. I found it particularly interesting because I remember his story from when I used to work with the county sheriff’s department in supplying their training materials, including materials on how to combat the satanic ritual stuff from a law enforcement perspective. You are right – if a believer can celebrate in a jail cell on death row, I certainly can celebrate.
Thanks also for all the great teaching you have on your web site. Law 102, like I said in my earlier email, literally changed my life. And I appreciate your personal story (“Avram’s story”) – thank you so much for sharing it, both the good and the painful. You have many other writings that either inspired me (“Yeshua: God the Son”) or served as a strong warning (“Jesus – the Fish god?”).
I’ve been doing the Bible reading as recommended on your site. It is a great way to go through the Bible, as opposed to the other ways I’ve read in the past. This format has helped my prayer life along greatly, too.
Again, thanks so much. G-d has used you and your work greatly in my life, and I hope you realize what joy and spiritual growth your teaching brings.
Dear Pr. Avram,
I’ve been enlightened by your lectures about Jesus and his teachings. I’ve started obeying the Sabbath and study all of God’s instructions.
I’m 23 years old medical student in Sao Paulo, Brazil. It was no mere politeness when I complimented your articles, they really changed my life. I know that’s not only because you are a good preacher, but because what you communicate is the plain meaning of the Word of God.
1 April 2006
Avram & Ruti,
Dear Brother and Sister,
What a challenge your training course is!!!!! It is really a challenge to change directions and understanding. I am growing more and more in the Torah and in your writings.
I really appreciate your writings. You use short paragraphs and say very clearly what you mean.
It is amazing to see how fast the Sabbath's come. Here it is Friday. I wish that I had a people to worship with. I am alone at this time, but I do as little as I can physically. I spend the Sabbath in prayer and study.
Praying for YOU and Israel
4 April 2006
Dear Fellow Believer,
In my search for Escape from Christendom by Robert Burnell, I came across your edited version (wonderful). I have been a Christian since 1980. In the last several years, my husband and I have gone from church to church looking for undefiled truth without all of man's stuff. Our search has forced us to a deeper walk in the Lord. God has also given us a big heart for the Jewish people and a heart to draw insight from the roots of the Jewishness of true Christianity (not churchianity). There are few in my area who have this heart as of yet so it's been a lonely walk. Your version of this powerful short story has really impacted me. I just want to thank you. I pray the blessing of the Lord upon you.
19 April 2006
I can see why ORU didn't understand YOU !!! 99.9% would say that you are wrong! I believe you are right!!!!
I started reading "Set My People Free" WOW!!!! That is strong meat!!! I feel that it is right!!! The real power will come when Yahweh's people walk in the Torah and the Ruach HaKodesh!!!
1. Why are there so many names for God the Father and Yeshua the Messiah! The Jews seem to be afraid of Yahweh's name and the Gentile Church doesn't know His name!!!
2. Are the Jews and and the Christians living in spiritual fornication. I really don't want to follow anyone but Yahweh and His Son!!! I am beginning to see why the Church is so CRAZY and mixed up doing everything, but what Yahweh has called them to do and be!
3. It is a BIG challenge to change your thinking after 46 years. I've lived on the wrong track!!!
Thank You!!! for your good writings!!!!!! You are quite convincing!!!!!
4. Pray for me that I can find some Messianic Family near by where I live!!
26 April 2006
Just wanted to say thank you for putting this out on the web.
I have been researching Sabbath (I am an evangelical gentile) seeking to find the truth. It has been about a month now and I have seen snippets of truth here and there but none put together so clearly as you have.
Yes, I am trying to keep Sabbath and I found you on the net by typing in "Nazarene worship 60 AD". You were I think on page 4
9 May 2006
My concern over the word "God" is that so many people use it and it seems to be an abstract term to so many. Just like the word "church" has so many ideas around it. As I listen to them speak I do not get the sense that they are talking about Yahweh.
I was at Oral Robert's hospital in late 1979 and early 1980. They had dealt with a spirit who called himself "jesus" but it was not Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
The churches that I am around do not teach the Biblical Names. Yahweh and Yahshua or Yeshua - Jesus. It appears that Yeshua knows his name in other languages, because the name Jesus works in dealing with the demonic realm. We need to be absolutely clear who God is.... I started reading a bible with the sacred names restored. The scriptures took on a new understanding to me. I enjoy praying using Yahweh and Yahshua too!!!
I just finished reading your studies on the Passover!!! You have a gift at writing. It is simple, clear and direct to the point. Your Seminary training worked its purpose in you. I need to go back and read it again!!!! One time through isn't enough!!! Thank You for your ANOINTED WORD and Interpretation. I've read other writings from MESSIANIC BROTHERS and they do not have the anointing that you have dear Brother.
All the years that I studied wrap around what you are saying!!!! I am so grateful to get the Hebraic Understanding from your writings.
My cheated feeling is not as strong as it used to be!!!!! I want my Hebraic Heritage developed in me. I wish that I would have seen the difference between the Gentile Biblical mentality and the Hebraic Understanding many years ago. I've had a longing, but it didn't seem to fulfill itself until NOW!!!!!
20 May 2006
This is a most excellent and brilliantly clear expose of the true nature of the Son of God, thank you and thank God for the enlightenment.
I have shared some of your teachings around and received great reviews and almost complete agreement.
We still need time to digest some things but we seem to be all headed toward discipleship to you Avram and possible ordination. Right now I know of two other men besides myself that feel this way and I have a hunch that the more we share and teach your most excellent and clear Holy Spirit filled teachings the more disciples you will have. I say this Brother Avram not to edify you but glorify God who it is so abundantly clear to others and me is in you.
2 July 2006
Greeting Brother Avram in the name of the Lord Yeshua,
I really enjoy your messages and the word the Lord is having you propagate. I look forward to the teaching the Holy Spirit has given to you. I’m glad to see the truth being preached.
I’ve so longed to see truth preached and the simplicity of the gospel, and the true meaning of the gospel spread once again as our brothers preached after Adoni Yeshua HaMashiach made his ascension into Heaven. After these last years I now understand why the Lord has kept me from going to these apostate seminary schools that have doctrines of man and of demons.
Thank you for searching the truth. You have done a tremendous amount of work. I feel your labor will save me years of trial and error and sweat and toil. Thank you for being a faithful servant and I look forward to reading and learning more from the teaching the Holy Spirit has given to you.
Your set-apart brother in the Lord Yeshua,
27 June 2006:
I have just finished reading Law 102 and have to say Amen! This is the most concentrated and exhaustive scriptural truth I have ever read and I have read a lot. I have been shown much the same things in the past and most recently too. I read about ordination and felt that it is something for me. I feel led to be a teacher of righteousness, teaching the truth in love by the power of the Holy Spirit! This document was definitely inspired by the Holy Spirit. I love how you have crucified your flesh in that this work seems written by the Holy Spirit. Not to flatter you but to confirm to you that I see and understand much of what God has shown you.
On the issue of kipa you are right and not so much because of your extraordinarily exhaustive teaching on the kipa but because before I read this I had wondered why I had felt it ok to wear a hat but that I should cover up my kipa with a hat when in public. I had felt that wearing a kipa in public was sort of like wearing your religion on your sleeves which I hate.
I have read your teaching on Tefillin and must concur with your findings since I have never felt inspired to put the set I have on. I also see and have felt that today rabbinic Judaism has become a menace to Jews. Is it possible that when Judah went into Babylonian captivity for her harlotry that she came back to the land after 70 years bringing some idolatrous habits with her just like all Israel did after coming out of Egypt? I have been enlightened and set free from bondage to dead works and I have the Holy Spirit and you to thank for it praise God!
May I find favor in your sight and be ever your obedient servant through Messiah Yeshua.
9 Sept. 2006
Avram! I hope all is well with you and Ruti. I am constantly praying for you two and your work. And I am still learning from your web site, which is the most incredible and in-depth collection of information I have ever had the pleasure to read. Things are getting better for me here and God willing they will continue to do so. I, of course, being Yakov, the World's Most Constant Question Asker, was wondering if you would answer for me a quick question..
I had my wisdom teeth removed a little bit ago and my family wanted to get me a gift to help me recuperate, and so I jumped at the opportunity and asked for The Two Babylons, and WOW what an amazing book! It is amazing how much there is to learn in that book.
I have a nice feeling that sometime in the not so distant future I will be seeing you in person, Avram. Things are opening up for me and I would very much like to come see you when I get the chance. So we will see what The Lord has in store for me. Again, I hope all is well with you, and I pray for the ongoing success of your magnificent work.
27 Dec 2006
I recently discovered your web site, and what a refreshing thing it is! I have spent many hours reading everything I can find, and downloading articles for reference. What I especially like is the extent to which you are clearly walking in the Spirit, and revealing what the Lord says. This is so different to those Torah communities that frown upon personal revelations, and are stuffy and without life. Thank you!
I have a Gentile background, and after some years in a Pentecostal church, became very dissatisfied. I then spent a year outside the system, during which the Lord called me to start keeping Shabbat. This began a steady period of growth, during which He dismantled all the false teaching I'd received, and transformed my attitude to the Law. I've now given up unclean foods, am looking forward to the Feasts, and wondering how to avoid clothes made of mixed threads (!) Having linked up with a church earlier this year, the challenge now is to convey all this to my congregation, without sparking a mutiny!
Over the last few months, I have been straining to find the right words to express my dismay at the church's terrible treatment of the Jews, when she should really have been a friend to them. Then I found "Law 102", and the passage around page 4 that expresses my feelings exactly. The reason for writing is to ask permission to quote what you said, in an article I am writing. The aim of the article is to wake up the church to the need to get serious about the Law and obedience, before the time of trouble begins. It lines up with much of what you say, and I will send you a copy within a few days.
The passage I want to quote, with a few changes to improve the wording, is below (you may want to consider the revised wording for Law 102):
As Avram Yehoshua writes: "If the Church had not buried the Law of Yahveh in their perverse theology, over the last 1900 years it would have revealed to the Jewish people a Messiah who observed the Sabbath Day as holy, kept all the feast days, did not eat pork, etc. The church would have been a living witness to the fact that the Messiah of Israel came as Yeshua; and that He and especially Paul did not ‘do away’ with Moses as the Church erroneously teaches.
If the Church had understood that it was part of Israel, it would have befriended the Jewish people. Instead, it murdered these members of its own family, because they hadn't yet come to believe in Yeshua. This has not been a godly witness to the Jewish people for the last 1900 years. More Jews have been murdered in the name of Jesus than all other names combined. Evil has triumphed in the Church toward the Jewish people in this, and in the Church presenting a Jesus to the Jewish people that is both anti-Semitic and anti-Law." (Reference to your article at the end)
Many thanks Avram, and God bless you in all that you are doing!