But know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the poweBut know this: That in the latter days hard times will come: and men will be lovers of themselves and lovers of money, boasters, proud, revilers, unyielding towards their own people, deniers of grace, wicked, unloving, addicted to irreconcilable malicious gossips, ferocious, haters of the good, treacherous, rash, inflated, attached to pleasure more than to the love of Elohim, having a form of respect for Elohim but wide from the power of Elohim. Them who are such, repel from you.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
A Case of Ephraimitish Christianese
I was asked for my take on Joseph F. Dumond’s sighted moon teachings, it was around the time I began receiving unsolicited spam and moon jibberish emails from Mr. Dumond. So I had a peak at his website to see what he was up to. What I found was low levels of Torah consciousness (very low), which is common among most mainstream Hebrew-ified Christianese folk who think in Greek and Latin, but claim cutting edge “Hebraic”, truisms… for example Mr. Dumond states:
“I had heard how many had jumped from pagan Christianity into Judaism. After all the Jews kept Torah right? It has been many years of study, but the answer is no, the Jews do not keep Torah. They may in fact keep it a little more than the Catholics.”
Well that’s pretty foolish for Mr. Dumond to say “Jews do not keep Torah… a little more than the Catholics” only someone who defines Torah through Christian eyes would make such a brutish comment. Mr. Dumond doesn’t have many Torah observant Jewish friends obviously, perhaps he’s been to shul or mikveh… or doesn’t wear tzit tziyot himself, etc.. Mr. Dumond thinks like the World Wide Church of God from whence he cometh.
Here’s an unedited statement (spelling mistakes and all) off the same page of his site:
“But NO WHERE, let me repeat this, NO WHERE IN THE TORAH HAVE I FOUND THE COMMANDEMENT TO LGIHT CANDLES FOR SHABBAT! I have in fact found that it was and is a pagan practice used to give honour to Nimrod the enlightener or the imposter. Brethren you are free to light candles on Shabbat as you so choose. But each time you light the candles and make the prayer and close your eyes and wave the smoke, I hope you will also recite the following verses. Mt 15:9 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
That’s very “big” of Mr. Dumond to let the “brethren” know they are free to light candles right after he teaches that candle lighting is paganism!!! Other Sacred Name and Ephraimite leaders also resent traditional Erev Shabbat services in Jewish homes but then… wait for this… it’s become fashionable for Ephraimites to light one candle for Judah and one for Ephraim. Ouchville!!! But what Mr. Dumond doesn’t get is that Jews don’t use Shabbat candles to navel gaze their Jewish identities, the Ephraimites just don’t get that.
Our Jewish sages (notice “our” because wise old humanitarians belong to all of us) saw the glow of light from Shabbos candles as representing the pillar of fire in the desert and protection and peace. The glow on Shabbos represents peace for Jews, when there is peace in the home the home glows with contentment and happiness. Ephraimites (identity Christians) poo poo lighting candles but some flick on TVs for “enlightenment,” pop in DVD’s and watch Hollywood’s pagan renditions of Moshe, Daveed, Avraham and even Gee-Zus on Shabbat. Nary a “believer” hasn’t viewed a screening of Mel Gibson’s passion of Christ that employed a cast of perverts and pagans who acted out the “very real looking” whacking of Jesus by the Jews, but that’s powerful Christian propaganda that tells it just like they imagine it. And while I’m on that rant let me add, wisdom is wisdom, regardless where it comes from, take the good stuff and spit out the bones. All of us live on the giants of men who have gone before us, the wise understand this, the foolish just complain out not having the intellects or insights that many sages had. Rant over.
Then Mr. Dumond goes right ahead to butt kiss the British monarchy, as the World Wide Church of Gawd were known to do:
“Adam to the Queen of England: Genealogy of British Monarchy through Scottish/Irish Royalty and the Kings of Ancient Israel Lineage of English Monarchy”
Christians who view the authority of the Queen of England coming from the line of David (there’s also that stone of scone lore) are generally first to see all the “blessings” the UK and America have been given from Gawd, proving their Gawd given colonial right to rule. Mr. Dumond and other Brit-Am colonialists like him suffer with what is known as “Napoleon syndrome”, these are little people who desperately need to believe they are a thumb-body, not trailer park trash. No Mr. Dumond. If you’ve been converted, born again, if you’ve passed from death to life in Mashiyach, if you’ve put off the carnal man and put on Mashiyach… then, you are royalty in the eyes of YHWH and His Mashiyach. In other words, no need to butt kiss some oligarchy or royalty to make people feel better about themselves. That’s now how we embrace Mashiyach Sir.
Mr. Dumond, think of it like this. You’re sitting on a grassy slope on Mt. Olives next to Mashiyach and he’s teaching you deep things of the Malchut Elohim… then a limousine pulls up and it’s Prince Charles. So Mr. Dumond, you feel your pulse rising, sweated forehead, heart throbbing and there and behold the Prince of the Monharchy doth maketh eye contact with you. You run flailing arms through the olive trees and all the Mashiyach sees is your back and the dust off yer sandalim?
See Mr. Dumond, that’s the picture you give a guy like myself who couldn’t give a rat’s arse about your freaking British bloody Monharchy. My King is King of Kings, even haMashiyach and His people are those guys with those long noses and payot and black hats and funky socks and shoes and all the rest of the “Jews” whether Askenaz or Sephardi or Yemenite that you think your bloodline British Israelitish theology has displaced in your wild-eyed dreams. Dreamer… nothing but a dreamer…
Oops, I see Mr. Dumond also has links to the self loving British Christian identity folks… and other links that will take you back into the World Wide Church of Gawd founded by Herbie W. Armstrong. A Christian guru of hierarchical Christian Saturday keeping proportion, who had some of the most backwards and dysfunctional Christian leadership that every existed on the face of the planet. I know because I was there to pick up the pieces after many of them bit the dirt.
There are a LOT of Worldly Wide Church of God folk would love it if all Semites could be wiped off the face of the earth. They view themselves as Kings and Queens of Israel because of what Gee-Zus (and Herbie) did for them, he pumped that British Israel garbage down their throats for years. The WWCG folk see Torah through Christianese eyeballs, for most of them Torah is a theology, a doctrine, a book of do’s and don’ts, the WWCG folk pick and choose Torah based on their male dominated egocentric religious hierarchy. It appears as Mr. Dumond has simply branched himself off with a Sacred Name identity while clutching onto the roots of his WWCG identity.
With all due respect, I’ve met some very beautiful brethren who’ve left the WWCG long before it crashed and burned, but, one must indeed come out from among them to get healed from the Christianese Mother Harlotry that they used to love so dearly. Herbert W. was a dominant leader, a father figure who conditioned men as puppets (hirelings) those who gyrated to the WWCG persona have a strong spirit of WWHD (What Would Herbert Do). Herb W and many other “Saturday and Feast keepers” were unfortunately prone to see Torah as a theology so then when the mother ship sunk the hirelings cannibalized the people and divided and spoiled the sheep. It was a very sad scenario indeed, but one that folks like Mr. Dumond would have done well to learn from, and not play the same religious and political games as Herbie. But the fact is that once a person has been so thoroughly conditioned by church politics it’s a miracle of miracles to get clear of it.
Oh my goodness gracious… now it appears as we’ve found yet another Sacred Name hypocrite listening to Paul Wilbur CDs cuz, Mr. Dumond then says…
“When I got home I had two CD’s by Paul Wilbur waiting for me. I play them as I go to work and as I drive home, which is an hour driving time. I play them loud and I sing them loud, in order to give praise to my Father Yahweh. If I could dance as I drive I would dance with my whole soul and being as well.”
Last time I heard Paul he was singing about Gee-Zuz, Lawd and Gawd and throwing a lot of “Jewish shtuff” in there… but Mr. Dumond likes boppin to Paul Wilb’s tunes? Really. Mr. Dumond must have koshered the Jewish music he listens to, but those images of Paul Wilbur’s wife lighting them erev Shabbat candles must be perplexing to say the least. Well maybe Mr. Dumond only uses the name of Yahweh on his website because it’s cutting edge stuff now, hey, even the Catholics have banned speaking the Name of YHWH so you gotta figure that the “Sacred Namers” are making it into the mainstream now! Which I’m not arguing with by the way. But it sure is funny that you rant on the candles and then praise Paul Wilb… the quintessential Messianic Jewish crooner slash Messianic Jewish party animal… accent on CANDLE LIGHTING JEW.
Moving along… Mr. Dumond also features the United Church of Gawd on his website which is another International US/Britain Christian identity organization. Identity groups thrive because there is little or no ministry of the Spirit that leads people into a born-again conversion experience into Mashiyach. All that these identity groups have to offer is a religious label, a denominational label and a social club of others to hang out with.
Mr. Dumond also links to “Grace to You”… John MacArthurs Christian rhetoric of Gawd’s Christo-Pagan systematic theology that will surely have you trash talking Torah in no time, and you may even pick up a few religious “friends” (demons) if you visit that site and learn how to assert a religious theology as your identity in Mashiyach. No Mr. Dumond, the alternative to religion is what is called Faith, not in a man or a ministry but in Mashiyach who through the Ruach haKodesh writes Torah upon our hearts. Therefore, having Torah written upon our hearts means that we see the Kingdom of Heaven growing within our hearts, we don’t post a “statement of Faith” on our wall, we become a “statement of Faith” on the inside, from our lifestyles and testimony. I really, really wish people like Mr. Dumond would get that.
Ok that’s my shpiel and rant about sighted moon. Rather than go follow Mr. Dumond around in little circles, how about returning to the Ancient Paths of Mashiyach? Why not warn the fallen Church to get out of Babylon, rather than sit on the fence and play theologian with Brit-Am identity shtick and trash talk Jews and then chase tail in circles.
In reality both Christianese speakers and the Pharisees have made Torah into “the traditions of men” and many believers have not studied the Torah Mashiyach to see that Torah is not a theology but a lifestyle, a charter for life. In other words we don’t mix religion (Christianese or Jewish fables) with the Word of YHWH. For Mr. Dumond to say that Jews don’t keep Torah, or that they keep Torah just a bit more than Catholics, tells me that he thinks Torah is a theology. That’s a nasty stupid thing to say, sorry Mr. Dumond you can do better Sir.
No, I personally don’t light candles every erev Shabbat, neither do I encourage others to light or not to light. One brother suggested we should all have menorahs and light oil filled lights on Shabbat but where does it say in Scripture we should all light Menorahs to usher in Shabbat? Where does it say that some people like blueberry cheesecake, others like strawberry and some like mocha flavor? Candles are a source of light that many find natural and beautiful and meaningful rather than flicking a light switch, so does it matter who invented the candle, or if it was and is used by pagans? Pagans also use toilet paper, drive cars and have refrigerators, maybe some gadgets in Mr. Dumonds house were also invented by pagans, let’s get those outta there. Well, we all know that lots of stuff in Mr. Dumonds house was also invented by JEWS… OY… things get so complicated when you’re a religious bigot…
The Hebrew letters Yud Hey Vav Hey are engraved on the stone walls of many a Catholic churche and in witches covens and in other places of evil repute, so maybe it’s time that “believers” like Mr. Dumond stop playing religious games already. It’s easy to paste the Name of Yahweh over a website, but it’s a shame to wed the Name of YHWH with the old dead prideful anti-Torah theology-based Christian religions that pits theology against theology and tradition against tradition.
The High Calling of Mashiyach is to walk by Faith and not by by sight, our identity is not in this world or in nationalistic identities as Brits or Americans or Jews or Ephraimites or “believers” but that Mashiyach the Hope of Glory has written Torah upon our hearts and YHWH has made us His segulah (peculiar) people.
What to do? maybe this would be a good place to start… http://www.mashiyach.com/netzari.htm
May Master YHWH give Mr. Dumond a whole new fresh inspiration of Mashiyach and the Malchut Elohim that is non-religious and non-identity based. Baruch haShem YHWH!!!
Baruch Ben Daniel
P.S. well I probably wouldn’t have posted anything about the sighted moon site had I not received a bunch of unsolicited email… but maybe it was meant to be… Romans 12:14