Where did the term “Netzarim” originate?
Netzer is a prophetic word that YHWH spoke to His prophets. It refers to a sprout or shoot of new growth at its earliest appearance. Isaiah 11:1 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Netzer (sprout) shall grow out of his roots:” This sprout (pronounced “neytzer”) was mistranslated as “the Branch”. The word Tsemach (Branch) is a more commonly used Hebrew term for the coming forth of Mashiyach, but Netzer is the base word used for the Netzarim or “Nazarenes”. Apostle Paul being a ringleader of the Netzarim (Acts 24:5).
When Isaiah wrote of the “Netzer”, in Isaiah 11:1 the city of Nazareth didn’t exist, yet a common mis-understanding arose that Yeshua Mashiyach was a “Nazarene” because He came from the city of Nazareth. The “Netzer” speaks of the attributes of Mashiyach, not about where he lived. It is futile to intellectually believe that Y’shua is the Mashiyach, but not understand WHO He is according to YHWH and Torah, OR, what is required of those who follow Him. The Seven Attributes listed in Isaiah 11:2-4 are Attributes which emanate through the lives of each soul who walks in Yeshua Mashiyach.
And the Spirit of YHWH shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and of the Fear of YHWH; And shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of YHWH: and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears: But with Righteousness shall he Judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:2-4 (click here for more)
There is confusion regarding the prophetic name “Netzer”, it is derived from the Hebrew “Natzar” (naw-tsar) which means to keep, preserve, to watch, watchman, so some refer to themselves as the “Natzarim”. A very familiar verse uses this word as in; “Natzar (keeping) mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin” Shemot/Exodus 34:7.
To further complicate things derogatory terms were coined like “Natsarim” or “Natzarim” (naw-tzarim), “Notsarim” or “Notzarim” (no-tsrim) by the Pharisees to show condescending attitude towards the followers of Y’shua Mashiyach.
“Natsarim” is derived from the word “Natsah”; “The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make your land desolate; and your cities shall be laid Natsah (waste), without an inhabitant” Jeremiah 4:7. Another verse is; “Now have I brought it to pass, that you should lay waste defended cities into Natsah (ruinous) heaps. Isaiah 37:26
The ancient Pharisees and some modern Orthodox like to wish evil things upon Yeshua and His followers, so they come up with derogatory names and slurs against Yeshua and His followers as a feeble way to try to put curses on us. “Notzarim” comes from the root word “no-tsaw” as in Leviticus 1:16
“And he shall pluck away his crop with his “Notsah” (feathers)“. Another verse is; “And say, Thus says YHWH Elohim; A great eagle with great wings, long winged, full of Notsah (feathers), which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:” Ezekiel 17:3
Some American folk have been led to believe by the Daatim (religious Jews) that they should call themselves “Notsrim or Natsrim”, but as well all know those little petty religious games don’t amount to anything anyway. See also “Netzer” in Isaiah 60:21; Daniel 11:7.
What is Netzarim Judaism?
The teachings and lifestyle that Y’shua HaMashiyach* demonstrated is known as Netzarim Judaism. In its purest form Netzarim Judaism is the state of having Yeshua Mashiyach live inside of us. Netzarim Judaism is about being and living according to the Spiritual Man. It is also within the ministry (serving) others in the work of the Ruach HaKodesh (Spirit Set Apart). Anyone can become Netzarim, each of us individually respond to being called to follow the leading of the Set Apart Spirit. Netzarim Judaism is the journey and process of the Ruach HaKodesh writing Torah on our hearts and revealing the character of Yeshua inside of our souls. We experience Mashiyach through not only studying Torah (or Bible studies alone) but by living and walking according to Torah being birthed inside of us. It is our prerogative to work, to put an effort forth, to pray, study, worship the King of Kings and walk in the Joy of YHWH. Being a Netzarim, “a little sprout” is to co-labour with Yeshua. We don’t sit idly by and ask for things of our King, rather we listen to his instructions and we serve Him and one another.
If we deny the Ruach HaKodesh the opportunity to write Torah upon our hearts,
then we deny the “Spirit of Mashiyach”
from changing us into the “Image of Elohim”.
Netzarim Judaism is not a religion that is based on a cerebral “theology”. There are no lists of doctrines or do’s and dont’s that make us “acceptable to the beloved”. There are only Righteous Principles of Faith and living that are observe as a Way of Being. Mashiyach said if we DO His Mitzvoth (Commandments) we will know His “Doctrine” is true. In other words we are called to deny ourselves, and take up a progressively higher calling every day and every week. Yeshua instructs us to fulfill the weightier matters of Judgment, Faith and Mercy, this is the Nature of Yeshua Mashiyach.
Netzarim Judaism is a continuum of the covenants given by YHWH from Adam to Yeshua Mashiyach. Mashiyach is the Memra (Word) of YHWH that lives inside of us. As spiritual beings we know that there are righteous actions that bring us joy and peace and deep gratitude for life, and there are other anti-Torah actions that bring division, loneliness and despair. Truth and righteous spirituality brings life, religion and carnal living and attitudes brings death.
It wasn’t only the Jewish followers of Y’shua that were mocked, Greek followers of Y’shua Mashiyach were originally labeled as “Krist’yana” by their Greek detractors (Acts 11:26). When the first Greeks began to enter into the Kingdom through Y’shua’s ministry they were also Torah Observant (Acts 15:20,21) along with Netzarim Yehudim (Jews). The terms Netzarim and Christian are both legitimate Biblical terms, however first generation Jewish Talmidim of Yeshua were not originally referred to as “Christians”. As noted earlier, Apostle Paul was charged with being a “ringleader of the sect of the Netzarim” (Nazarenes) Acts 24:5. Mashiyach Y’shua and the Shlichim (Sent Ones or Apostles) received Torah in their Spirits, both in a literal living application and because as Apostle Paul taught in Romans 7:14, the Torah is Spiritual. The Pharisees and other sects of Judaism and Christianity only see Torah as a theology, a list of do’s and dont’s, rather than a divine spiritual connection between YHWH and His people, through His Mashiyach.
Do I have to be Jewish to be Netzarim?
Not all all, most Netzarim today do not have Jewish lineage, however, soul who is transformed into being a “New Creation” becomes joined with YHWH and His people as an Israelite;
“…It is a Qalal (light thing) that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation unto the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
The prophets indicate that Mashiyach would take a specific interest in all “Gentiles” and draw them to the Father. Both Torah and Mashiyach have always been available for everyone from YHWH’s perspective, however religion has taken a different path than what the Word of YHWH teaches us. Traditions of men and false religions have other ideas, Y’shua made that very clear when he taught; “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for you neither go in yourselves, neither suffer you them that are entering to go in” Matthew 23:13.
Since Y’shua spoke this nothing has changed, the rabbis of today are doing the exact same thing, they are not entering into the Kingdom themselves and they prevent others from entering.
The Rabbis also prohibit those of the non-Jewish world from entering into an experience with Mashiyach according to Torah. For example, non-Jewish souls who want to experience Shabbat are told that it is for Jews only. Rabbinical Judaism has blocked Christians from being equals in Torah, but today many Christians are learning that Y’shua is the Derek (Way), Emet (Truth) and Chayee (Life) who is the Word of YHWH made flesh. He is the Living and Spiritual Torah and so rather that doing away with the Torah (Law) he magnified Torah inside of us so that by Grace through Faith we could turn away from sin and delight in His Torah.
It is important to note that the “ger toshav” (mistranslated “stranger” in the KJV) is mentioned extensively and included with Israel throughout all of Torah. The “sojourner” is to observe Torah along with Israel, including the weekly Shabbat, the Moedim (Feast Days) and all Laws of Justice, Judgment, Faith and Mercy. The “mixed multitude” which came out of Egypt along with Israel were present when YHWH spoke the Torah to Moshe. All heard and understood it, all said they would do it, not just those born through the line of Ya’akov (Israel). The Torah is a covenant between YHWH and all mankind, the Mashiyach came to establish the Torah in our hearts. None who follow Mashiyach are “second class” in the Kingdom of Elohim. There is no Jew or Greek, man or woman on the basis of equality of the Kingdom. In other words we are to follow Mashiyach and the Word of YHWH, rather than pick a religion like Judaism or Christianity that offers religious ideas about him.
The “Noachide Laws” are an evil invention of false Rabbinical religion that is applied to non-Jews. It is an evil perpetuated on humanity that attempts to set factions within and outside of the Body of Mashiyach. Abrahamic laws were given before “the Jews” existed. Abraham himself was not “Jewish” by name, yet he and ALL his household entered into covenant with YHWH, they converted to Yahwehism which of course is revealed in the Netzarim “Judaism” of Y’shua Mashiyach. The Noachide laws invented by the Pharisees turns non-Jews into second class citizens, which is impossible in the Kingdom of Heaven. There are no second class individuals, ALL souls are equal in value and importance to YHWH, which is demonstrated in Isaiah. In reality, we read in Scripture, “But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses of old time has in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day” Acts 15:20-21.
Please note that things strangled and from blood are Levitical Torah laws that apply to all Christians everywhere. This is Torah. Also note that many people stop at verse 20 and don’t recognize that the Holy Spirit instructed James that “Moses of old time” is being preached! This is extremely important and very consistent with the Torah being Spiritual, not the dead letter of the Pharisees and religious traditions, but the NEW Letter of the Spirit. The True Torah is Mashiyach in us by Grace that allows us to stop sinning. Stop sinning means to STOP breaking Torah. For much more information about this please consult “How much Torah do Christians already keep” in the appendix of the Aramaic English New Testament by Andrew Gabriel Roth. www.hebrewnewtestament.com
“Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to Yahweh, to serve Him, and to love the name of Yahweh, to be his servants, every one that keeps the sabbath from polluting it, and takes hold of my covenant; Even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. Yahweh Elohim which gathers the outcasts of Israel says, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him.” Isaiah 56:5-8
Yeshua referred to this verse when he said,
“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd” John 10:16. Obviously we know that Y’shua came for the lost Tribes of Israel, but at the very end of his ministry he taught; “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15.
Yeshua did not regard the religious ruling class of his day, and we have plenty of evidence that neither would he regard a lot of what is going on in Christianity today because he taught;
“…you made the commandment of Elohim of none effect by your tradition. You hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying, “This people draws close unto me with their mouth, and honours me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” Matthew 15:5-6.
It’s not only the Pharisees who make void the “Commandment of Elohim” by their traditions, the modern Church is doing the very same thing by displacing the Word of YHWH, His Shabbats and His Feast Days with their own traditions of the Greek Church founders like Constantine in places like Rome and Alexandria Egypt.
Yeshua said, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees”, this is not referring only to “Orthodox” but Conservative, Reform and Christian denominations and all other “ism’s” and ideologies that makes a religious icon out of their “traditions” and makes void the Torah. We are instructed to come out from among them and be separate. When anyone comes to know Y’shua as the Torah Mashiyach, many adopt the label of “Netzari” or “Netzarim” to make a distinction of Observance of Torah and their walk in the Faith of Yeshua. When Boaz performed the Levirate requirement with Ruth (Ruth 4:5), Ruth converted to Netzarim Judaism. All who receive salvation on this earth will do so through the atonement of Mashiyach, there is no religion of men that can provide an atonement.
What are some of the fundamental characteristics of Netzarim talmidim (disciples)?
The most notable peculiarities within Netzarim Judaism has to do with ministry of the Ruach HaKodesh, Torah Observance and the Headship of Mashiyach’s authority. Netzarim recognize the Power and Discernment of the Ruach HaKodesh for the daily direction of our walk in Him. We regard the authority of the Word of YHWH (Torah) and the halakha (way to walk) of Yeshua as supreme authority for all Judgment and Justice. Netzarim apply Torah as taught through the literal and spiritual Song of Moshe (Torah) and the Song of the Lamb (Yeshua). It might seem obvious to many that Christians are accepting the Headship of Yeshua as in His Government, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Entering into Mashiyach’s Headship means to surrender to YHWH;
“And he knew them previously: and he sealed them with the likeness of the image of his Son; that He might be the first-born of many brothers” Romans 8:29.
Regrettably, most Christians force “Jesus” to conform to their lifestyles and choice of religion. Following Y’shua as Mashiyach is a whole different lifestyle choice than mainstream Churchianity would have us believe. There are plenty examples of Netzarim halakha that make specific distinctions, (see halakha).
What is Torah?
A definition of Torah is found in 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Torah means “instruction in righteousness“. Observance does not mean to “look at”, the Hebrew “shamar” is first used in Genesis 2:15 “And YHWH Elohim took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” We keep His instruction in righteousness, when we observe Torah. “All scripture” as mentioned here in 2 Timothy refers to the Tanak which is; Torah (First 5 books of Moses), Neviim (Prophets) and Ketuvim (Writings).
“Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and the sojourner that is within your gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear YHWH Elohim, and observe to do all the words of this Torah:”
What is the Tanak?
“And He said unto them, these are the words which I spoke with you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in: the law of Moses (TORAH), and in the prophets (NEVIIM), and in the psalms (KETUVIM), concerning me.” Luke 24:44
The letters in TaNaK stand for Torah-Neviim-Ketuvim. Christians call the Tanak “the Old Testament”, this was a description invented by Marcion who was a Christian heretic. Marcion coined the words “Old” and “New Testament”. Although Marcion was branded a heretic by Christians of his day, his heresies proliferated the Christian world and play a major part in modern Christian theology. Marcion taught that the God of the “Old Testament” was a cruel, harsh God of Judgment, but the God of the “New Testament” as a loving, kind and merciful God. Obviously most Christians have been greatly influenced by this very evil teaching, otherwise they would never be so hasty to speak evil things against the Torah, or those who Observe Torah.
How do Netzarim talmidim (disciples) of Y’shua observe Torah?
Mashiyach is the Living Word of YHWH. It is Mashiyach who gave Torah and halacha to Moshe, not only for the descendants of Israel but for all souls. Mashiyach also gave over 900 halachic directives to His talmidim which are recorded in the Ketuvim Netzarim. He gave the authority through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) where two or three are gathered in His authority He provides wisdom and direction to do righteousness. Not all tradition of the Pharisees or Christianity is unacceptable to Mashiyach, much of what is unacceptable is stated within the Ketuvim Netzarim, any annulments of Torah by tradition is a falsehood.
Did Mashiyach Y’shua “Fulfill the Torah”?
Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.”
What does it mean to fulfill the Torah? It means to teach and interpret Torah correctly. Early Christianity was heavily influenced by Marcion who taught that the Disciples of Yeshua never understood who He was. Marcion taught that Yeshua never came as a Jewish Messiah, but as an enlightened being. Marcion invented the terms Old and New Testaments and in so doing was able to establish the Tanak as being done away with. Marcion was ex-communicated as a heretic but his teaching remains to this day.
Isaiah 42:21 “YHWH is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will GADAL (magnify) the Torah, and make it honourable.”
HaMashiyach enlarged or made great the Torah, the Pharisees and most Christians reduce the Torah to irrelevance by their tradition… tradition.
Because Y’shua Himself Observed Torah, does not give license to violate it!
All who follow Mashiyach will not violate Torah or willfully break His Commandments. We respect the posted signs along the road of life. Y’SHUA SAID,“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets”, Y’shua did not do away with the Prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah any more than Torah. It would be IMPOSSIBLE for Yeshua to claim Ha’Mishchah (the anointing) of HaMashiyach as a Torah breaker. Mashiyach is THE LAWGIVER, which means we are the ones who are to receive and uphold His Judgment, Faith and Mercy.
Are Netzarim Jews “Legalists”?
Legalism is the act of trusting in one’s own religion for salvation. No one religion has the monopoly on legalism, anyone who trusts in their religion is a legalist. Click here to find out more about legalism. Torah requires we deny our flesh and take up new life in Mashiyach. Those who are quick to point fingers and call others legalists are more than likely those with the real issues. Anti-Messiah is clearly described in Scripture as being anti-Torah, therefore those who put religion above Torah are in very dangerous water. One telltale determination from legalists is a passage from Isaiah 64 that “all of our righteousness is as filthy rags” click here to find out about righteousness.
Who is Israel?
Israel today refers to those who have overcome the world. In other words if a Christian person works for a major national company that is known to be anti-moral, supports sodomy agendas, mocks righteous precepts and conduct and yet the Christian employee takes a paycheck from this sort of regime, they could not honestly consider themselves as the Israel of Elohim. It is impossible to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season and also suffer for righteousness sake, you either do one or the other…you cannot be partakers of the Master’s table and the table of demons. Israel is called to be and is a Kedoshim (Set Apart People) therefore a very clear distinction is made about who Israel is, and who Israel isn’t.
Israel means “Prince with El” from the same Hebrew root word as Sarah. As a nation Israel is called to uphold Torah which is YHWH’s instructions in righteousness, therefore because Israel was and is called to be accountable to YHWH, it is a disciplinary tool to the nations. However if we look at what the so called “Spiritual Israelites” or Christian nations we see a very, very sad commentary to what YHWH and His Mashiyach have set forth as being a servant nation to other nations. For example under the authority of a so called Christian umbrella, many European and American foreign policies over the centuries have proven to be of self interest, rather than equality. American and European Christians fly jet fighters and drive war machines for the benefit of their political, economic and religious oligarchies that have and are devastating many countries by keeping them subservient. So called Christian nations are notorious for setting up puppet leaders and businessmen within their victim nations that rape their own nations resources while “the Great Christian nations” reap the benefits off the backs of the poor.
Most Christians have demonstrated a “we win – you lose” mindset that appears to be at the heart of most Christian nations foreign policy that strives to establish and maintain dominance over others, the “rich nations” offer “peanuts” and a few crusts of bread to the nations whom they pillage, but make tremendous public relations campaigns about their philanthropy. The Israel of Elohim however, is about Righteousness, Justice, Peace, Faith and Mercy, therefore the Israel of Elohim is a people within a people, there is no nation on earth that exemplifies Israel, and certainly not the Jewish state which has one of the most corrupt governments on earth that blocks freedom of speech, freedom of human rights of their own Jewish people and protection of person and property. Recently the Jewish State has embarked on a full scale campaign to violate the Word of YHWH and the Covenant that YHWH gave to Avraham and to all succeeding generations of Jews and Israelites. Therefore while it is extremely important that all governments uphold Justice, it is also important that the Israel of Elohim does not compromise the values of the Kingdom of Elohim by supporting wicked government regimes that tyrannize the weak.
What is Halacha?
Halacha means the way to go, or how to walk in newness of Life in Mashiyach and Torah. Y’shua taught halacha in ways that are opposite what the Pharisees taught, and opposite of modern Christianity. Here are a few examples:
John 5:7-16 “The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me. Y’shua said unto him, Rise, take up your bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and this was on the Shabbat. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the Shabbat: it is not lawful for you to carry your bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, “Take up your bed, and walk”. Then they asked him, What man is that which said to you, Take up your bed, and walk? And he that was healed didn’t know who healed him: for Y’shua had conveyed himself away into the multitude of people. Afterward Y’shua found him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto you. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Y’shua, which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Y’shua, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Shabbat.”
Clearly, Yeshua had different halacha than the Pharisees, it would have been nothing for Y’shua to instruct the man to leave his bed where it was, and return to get it after Shabbat, but He didn’t. Why not? There are many lessons to learn here, one being that YHWH’s halacha extends both mercy and instruction to people, the basis of Shabbat observance is to grow in and learn of Mashiyach by taking the appointed time to rest in Him.
The Mashiyach demonstrated His authority to establish halacha:
John 5:17-27 “But Y’shua answered them, My Father works, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Shabbat, but said also that Elohim (G-d) was his Father, making himself equal with Elohim (G-d). Then answered Y’shua and said unto them, Truly, truly, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father do: for whatever things He does, the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all things that He Himself does: and He will shew him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises up the dead, and quickens them; even so the Son quickens who he will. For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honours not the Son honours not the Father which has sent him. Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Truly, truly, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of Elohim (G-d): and they that hear shall live. For as the Father has life in himself; so has He given to the Son to have life in himself; And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.”
Yeshua is accountable to His Father and as a Servant He emulated Torah, He is the Living Torah. The point of having the man take up his bed and walk was to establish a greater principle, “the shabbat was made for man, not man for the shabbat“ (Mark 2:27) Y’shua taught the Kingdom and will of His Father and through enormous compassion demonstrated power to heal the sick whether, physical, mental or spiritual. Y’shua did not set new halachic principles as much as He restored the halacha as YHWH intended from the very beginning. Is it inappropriate to work and to carry a bed on the Shabbat? Yes most certainly, but all flesh can now witness that Mashiyach provided halacha for Shabbat which is full of grace and mercy, Yeshua elevated mankind and brought us from under a religious yoke of tradition and false humility.
The man needed physical healing and to have Salvation,
the Shabbat is a day for healing and to have Yeshua.
A second example of Y’shua’s halacha.
Matthew 6:1-4 “Take heed that you do not your tsedaka (alms) before men, to be seen of them: otherwise you have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when you do tsedaka, do not sound a trumpet before yourself, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Truly I say unto you, They have their reward. But when you do tsedaka, let not your left hand know what your right hand does: That your tsedaka may be in secret: and your Father which sees in secret himself will reward you openly.”
It is quite common in many Jewish circles for benefactors to advertise their supporter, with plaques, awards, dinners and all from of public recognition… you know the story, right? Y’shua said DON’T DO IT! We we give we are directed to give in the Name of YHWH as His Good Will, not our own. The giver MUST give as if YHWH Himself is the one giving, the recipient must also give credit to YHWH for receiving from their benefactors. This is very important point as it pertains to the Kingdom of Elohim, YHWH is the One who is giving, health, life, witty inventions etc. YHWH desires that His people recognize this and reflect His character to others. We are made in the image of Elohim, the more we reflect Him the greater universal victories there are for His Kingdom. When benefactors take the credit for giving, they are robbing themselves from eternal blessings. Money is often more highly coveted in the material world than all else, however education and experience in the Kingdom of Elohim is much more prized by Mashiyach. It is the Ruach HaKodesh that writes the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom upon the heart but it takes a benefactor to give time as their contribution, not money. Contrary to the old adage, time is NOT money, time of course is invaluable, if you don’t think so just ask anybody who is dead.
A third example of Y’shua’s halacha.
Matthew 6:5-8 “And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Truly I say unto you, They have their reward. But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly. But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Don’t be like them: for your Father knows what things you have need of, before ye ask him.”
Yeshua’s halacha tells us that YHWH knows all the religious games people play every day. He knows how the weak flesh can put on a show at the Kotel, Beit Knesset, local Church, home meeting, or what have you, especially when there are needs or appeals to be made in front of others. People tell lies on the inside and the outside every day, Mashiyach is telling us save our breath and see ourselves for who we really are, like YHWH sees us, and pray from a contrite heart.
Do Netzarim talmidim (disciples) read from the New Testament Bible?
Contrary to popular opinion the early “New Testament” Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts were not entirely lost. The Ketuvim Netzarim (writings of the Netzarim) are available today translated from an assortment of texts. There are many extreme differences between the Christian translations of the Greek “New Testament” Bible and original Hebrew-Aramaic. Significant differences are also corroborated by discoveries in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Netzarim prefer to study Hebrew and Aramaic texts because of continuity and harmony between all those who speak in the Name of YHWH. It is important also to note that the “New Testament” is an erroneous and misleading term coined by Marcion (who was a Christian heretic), it is neither a “New” testament or the “New” Covenant. Marcion coined the term “New Testament” in an effort to start a “new” religion, by marrying paganism with the teachings of the Mashiyach.
The writings of the Netzarim (followers of Yeshua) speak of how to enter into the Kingdom of Elohim and how to accept and walk in “The Covenant” YHWH made with all who would accept Him as the One True Elohim. The Ketuvim Netzarim provides halacha (direction for application of Torah), history, and testimony about Yeshua and His Talmidim. Yeshua HaMashiyach Ben David is a progressive revelation, the best and worst of His “TESTAMENT” is yet to come. Unfortunately, many who read the “New Testament” are not aware that all who follow Mashiyach are required to enter into the “Covenant”, which includes the Ten Commandments, (seventh day Shabbat) and according to ACTS 15:29 “abstain from meats offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication.” all Gentiles were given these 4 preliminary Levitical directives by YHWH as the Holy Spirit spoke to Ya’akov HaTsaddiq, however most who read the “New Testament” also reject this directive because of tradition… tradition.
Do Netzarim talmidim (disciples) believe in the same Messiah as the Christians?
The Name of Mashiyach in Hebrew is shown in the Tanak as Yehoshua*, He is the authentic and true “Branch” according to YHWH’s Prophets. We must examine who “Jesus” is according to Christians and who Yeshua is according to The Word. There does happens to be however another “branch” figure who was an ancient Sumerian deity called Tammuz (read more). A large amount of Christian tradition is derived directly from the worship of Tammuz. Jesus personifies the image of Tammuz who was born on December 25th, had green trees are erected in his name and people give gifts to each other when celebrating the Tammuz festival.
Most Christians know there are “two Messiahs” and “two gospels”, unfortunately many Christians would rather choose Tammuz worship rather than Mashiyach Y’shua. Obviously there is teaching about Jesus which is based on the True Mashiyach, however when truth is mixed with paganism the whole body becomes pagan. Torah gives many examples how a person can become defiled, let’s say a person is very righteous in everything except they steal, lie, cheat, commit idolatry, and violate Shabbat? The righteousness in a person cannot make the unrighteousness clean, nor can Yeshua’s blood unless a person repents and stops sinning.
Netzarim disciples do not follow the customs of the heathen. At one time most of ancient Israel was seduced by Tammuz worship (Ezekiel 8:14) today over 2000 Christian denominations all declare Jesus to be the head of their Churches, but they have been taught a Greek and a pagan Jesus who annulled the Torah, which is the Word of YHWH. Very few have had the opportunity to meet Mashiyach within His own Hebrew based Torah identity. There were no “Church Fathers” who met Yeshua neither did they meet with any Netzarim followers of Yeshua. The founders of Christianity based their religion on hearsay, Greek, Gentile, hear-say that was far from being rooted in the Original Faith that Y’shua and the Shlichim taught.
Yeshua “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the torture stake.” Philippians 2:7- We must ask ourselves not only if we have found the One True Mashiyach, but whether we have also taken on the form of a servant, humbled ourselves and have become obedient unto death? If we have become servants of Mashiyach we will live as He lived, we will observe Torah and count it a Joy to suffer for righteousness sake. When those around us speak evil of Torah and those who uphold Torah, our Joy in Mashiyach and in His Word will not be diminished, rather we have entered into the sufferings of Mashiyach. Judgment, Faith and Mercy are the hallmarks of Yeshua.
Why do Netzarim talmidim (disciples) use Hebrew Names instead of Jesus and LORD?
Hebrew names convey principles of revelation, prophecy, instruction, salvation, headship, authority etc. Names are extremely important to relate with and identify the revelation of the Kingdom of Elohim. We must follow and understand what YHWH has revealed, LORD is not a name, it is a title which is be applied to many other Lords. The Name of YHWH is very important, to remove His Name from our tongues is to inadvertently praise the traditions of men read more.
*Y’shua HaMashiyach is a prophetic Hebrew Name and Title ordained by YHWH to reveal Mashiyach. Y’shua means “Yahweh is Salvation”, Yahweh Himself brings Salvation through Mashiyach. HaMashiyach translates as “the anointed”, this anointing refers to the Neshama or “Spirit” and mandate of Yeshua. “Yeshua answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that does not love me does not keep not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” John 14:23-24.
The Spirit of Mashiyach is what has always directed mankind into the “Kingdom of Elohim”. “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Mashiyach which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Mashiyach, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the Way of Truth unto you with the Ruach HaKodesh sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.” 1 Peter 1:10-12
The recension of the Name Yeshua into the Greek name “Iesous” or English “Jesus” has resulted in several critical losses of understanding of who Mashiyach is. The name “Jesus” was a hybrid name coined by Greeks to personify the deity of Yeshua. The polytheistic Greek culture gave “Jesus” a place among their existing gods, but not to the exclusion of their other gods. The name Je-sous is a hybrid to Zeus who was the “king of the gods”. Once “Jesus” had been personified as the singular deity, the polytheistic Greek culture could not accept Christianity and rejected those who followed Jesus to the exclusion of all other gods. Christian thinkers found a loophole early in the Second Century when Tertullian coined the term “Trinity” and invented the “one God in three persons” ideology. By coining the name “Jesus” and teaching the “trinity”, Christians were able to re-establish their place inside the Hellenized world.
The observance of the Sun-day, Easter (Ishtar), and Christmas (Saturnalia) festivals took on Christian meanings and interpretation. By the middle of the third Century, the Emperor of Rome pronounced Christianity as the state religion, by this time it had long lost its original Hebrew roots, Names, terms and definitions. One “Church Father” named Jerome considered Netzarim Jews as those who “do not cease to observe the old law”, Jerome was not able to distinguish between the Netzarim faith and Rabbinical Judaism. Early Christians founders chose to make a clean cut from Netzarim Jews in order to function and be accepted at local pagan community levels, not much has changed since then. A Netzarim lifestyle means to abandon Hellenized religions and turn to the Way of Mashiyach, Yeshua made no compromises neither should we.
*Yehoshua, Yeshua or Y’shua are variations of names that mean “YHWH is Salvation”.
“And Ezra blessed YHWH, the great Elohim. And all the people answered, Amen ve Amen, lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped YHWH with their faces to the ground. Also Yeshua…” To discover some very important aspects of Mashiyach Yeshua one can look into the many places where the word “salvation” is mentioned in the Tanak. We can discover that Yeshua IS the right hand of YHWH and He IS Eloheinu as well as many more important revelations about Him throughout the Tanak. One discovers that to accept Yeshua as Mashiyach means to draw a line between Torah and Tradition, not necessarily a popular thing to do when around religious people. The name Yahshua was invented by Sacred Name people in America in the mid 1900′s. Yah is a short form of Yahweh (as in HalleluYAH) Sacred Name Believers opt for this spelling to recognize that Yeshua came in the Name of YHWH.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that are Torahless.” Matthew 7:23
“In that day shall the Tsemach (Branch) of YHWH be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel.” Isaiah 4:2