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 power of Elohim.
Them who are such, repel from you.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
It is a mockery to the Father YHWH when people speak evil of His servants who He has raised up, yet many Messianic Jews believe Yeshua’s Talmidim, including Paul were all Hellenists. It’s popular among Messianic Jews to teach that the Ketuvim Netzarim or the “Brit Chadasha” (New Testament) was originally thought and written in Greek, rather than in the lashon kaodesh (language Set Apart) Hebrew or it’s Aramaic sister language. Some Jewish leaders are extremely adamant about this, some are even quick to harass and mock those who hold to a Hebrew and Aramaic primacy. One of the many reasons Netzarim Jews hold to Hebrew and Aramaic primacy is because it is slanderous to imagine and speak evil of righteous Jews and then indict them for being Hellenized, when there is NO indication of this in their writings.
Righteous Jews respect all the Fathers of our Faith. The Torah and the Jewish culture from which Yehudim (Jews) were birthed was given by YHWH to set His people apart and to bless all nations with His Word and His Mashiyach. YHWH provides Jews with an identity in Himself and in His Word and a righteous Jew is confident in his Jewish identity without having to condescend to others. A righteous Jew walks in Yeshua as Mashiyach and has the Torah of YHWH written upon his heart. Only false religion offers one without the other, Y’shua cannot replace Torah, Mashiyach is Torah made flesh. A righteous Jew considers himself blessed of YHWH to be able to live as a Jew. A righteous Jew doesn’t require popularity among Gentiles or Hellenized Jews to validate his Jewish identity.
Plato, Socrates and Aristotle were poets of paganism, but Peter, James and John were lover’s or Righteousness and Truth, disciples who learned to master the meaning of Life in Yeshua Mashiyach and YHWH’s Kingdom. Zeus, Tammuz (Christmas) and Ishtar (Easter) have made their place in the hearts of many Messianic Jews and Christians under the guise of “religious tolerance”. BUT, YESHUA (the Living Torah) HANUKKAH (dedication against Hellenism and paganism), and PESACH (Deliverance from every form of Egypt) are taboo to practice and a burden to the carnal flesh of many “believers”. Many Messianic Jews surrender to paganism as a lifestyle, advocating the “sanctification” of relativism and paganism rather than suffer the consequences and infamy of returning to Torah and Messiah Consciousness that rids itself of religious bigotry and puffed up identities, whether Jewish or otherwise.
Anyone who has travelled around a bit and invested time in Western Messianic Jewish congregations quickly discovers that the Messianic movement employs all the same Christian buzz words found at your local evangelical churches. Buzz words like “legalism”, Judaizer”, “Justification” and “under Grace”, “free from the law” etc. The majority of Messianic leaders follow the traditional pattern of hierarchical Babylon where the “rabbi” has veto authority, no beit din, no accountability to Apostolic or Prophetic leaders.
Rabbinical Judaism has been doing a long and involved dance with the demons of Hellenism and Relativism and Humanism, as has Christianity, but why are “Messianic Jews” so insistent on following the pagan models? It appears as “the idea of America” is their true lifeblood rather than the Kingdom of Elohim. Many Messianic leaders become very offended by those who aim to restore the Name of YHWH, Torah, and Yeshua’s halakha to the Body of Mashiyach. For the small minority in Yeshua who subscribe to Torah Observance, the challenge is to live out our Faith of Yeshua as His talmidim and be free of Hellenism, but in doing so there are many leaders in the Messianic movement who take time to condemn and speak evil of others in the House of Faith who are doing their best to return to the Faith Once Delivered.
Hellenism tries to tell Messianics and Christians that they need only intellectualize Torah, adopt a “theology” about Torah, and that is satisfactory to “fulfilling” the Torah.
The Christian church founder who coined the words
“Old” and “New” Testament was himself convinced
that the original Jewish disciples of Yeshua didn’t
understand the “real teachings” of Yeshua.
Marcion the heretic pagan Christian is still speaking to Christian and Messianic leaders. According to Marcion, Yeshua did not come as the “Jewish Messiah”, but as an ascended master. Today when each Christian and Messianic Jew echoes the words “Old” and “New Testament” they have knowingly or otherwise bought into the theological lies of relativism that Marcion planted into Western culture. People actually believe that knowledge of Yeshua/Jesus itself makes atonement, that Yeshua did not live for and establish Torah as the LIVING WORD of Yahweh, but that He made way for a different gospel.
Christian theologians know that if Y’shua were to have broken Torah that he would not have qualified to be the Messiah. The Catholics have figured this out too, but then, the spin goes that yes Y’shua kept Torah but after he resurrected he loosed Torah (did away with it) and taught his followers that it was ok to break the Seventh Day Shabbat, ok to eat pork and unclean foods, ok to call on the name of Zeus and on goes the paganism that Christian theologians have welcomed into the Churches and Messianic rabbis have welcomed into their congregations.
Hellenism worships youth and vitality, and would have nothing to do with “the ancient paths of YHWH”. The Hellenic Olympic Games date back to the times of the Maccabees and of course are very popular today, but ancient Jewish culture is considered by Hellenism to be antiquated, unenlightened, old and passe’. So it is that Christianity and “Messianic Judaism” have taken hold of the New Colossus of Hellenism and have used Yeshua and Jesus to sanctify Hellenism according to the teachings of the Hellenized Greek church “fathers”. What a travesty and what a shame.
Most of the Jewish Bible Scholars in America today are foisting their “Messianic vision” along within an American Dream that brings with it all the materialistic and hierarchical (corporate America) structure that they’ve borrowed from their former churches. There are very few original Netzarim or Torah based values that are visible within Messianic congregations and Messianic leadership will not afford to judge Hellenism as paganism because of their alliances with Hellenism. Most Messianic congregations in Israel are largely funded by American and European Christian organizations who determine their theologies and ministerial directives. When a Messianic Jewish organization in Israel determines to bring Torah consciousness to their congregation the very soon become a target of gossip and are marginalized by the leaders of other congregations. Recently one of the “Messianic” leaders in Israel went on a hateful rampage against “Torah observance” within the body and cursed the rest of the community threatening to do everything he could to “drive them into the sea.”
There is little or no recourse when Messianic leaders become spiteful and hateful towards Torah observant believers. Messianics and Christian organizations don’t have a Beit Din, as did the early early followers of Y’shua, most don’t even know what a Beit Din is, or what it’s function is. Most are Torah illiterate. Hellenism leads people to believe that man is sufficient in himself, the measure of all things. This is clearly the reason leaders refuse to walk humbly and be accountable to YHWH and Torah, and get along with other men as equals, because they are not required to do so. There is no Beit Din or accountability required among Messianic leaders, if you don’t like their leadership the only option is to leave the congregation and find another one.
The Messianic movement generally holds services on Saturday, much like Christians hold services on Sunday. In ancient times Jews didn’t go to restaurants on Shabbat, or make any form of business, it was unthinkable to buy or sell anything on Shabbat. It was also customary for Christians not to work on Sundays or buy and sell but in these latter days the Messianic Jewish Sabbath and the Christian Sunday have taken on a relativistic, materialistic persona. The Messianic Jewish movement has conformed itself to modern Christian Sunday church values except traditionally meeting on Saturday.
Each Saturday Messianic Rabbis and many of their congregants go through the ritual of putting on kippahs for services and remove them as they leave their churches and synagogues, many head directly to favourite restaurants after their services. Messianic Jews feel that Yeshua/Jesus freed them from Torah and the legalism of abstaining from buying and selling, and going to restaurants on Shabbat, or eating swine. I’ve attended Messianic meetings throughout North America and Israel, that’s the way it is in most Messianic congregations. Yeshua, YHWH and Torah have been turned into the images of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle, whose philosophy judges MAN as the measure of all things.
Messianic Rabbis hold the same roles in society as their Hellenized counterparts in the Churches, rather than being called a pastor or priest they simply adopt the title of rabbi. Messianic rabbis teach self-development and “successful” or prosperous materialistic living according to the Hellenized pagan models that are taught in seminaries and by motivational speakers. Let’s be honest, living in a Hellenized and pagan world, and reading from a Hellenized and pagan English or Greek Bible, makes it very easy to reduce Yeshua and His Talmidim to Hellenists. But even within the modern age bible perversions there is evidence that indicates Y’shua came to write Torah (instructions in righteousness) upon our hearts and bring us out of worldly living and into His Kingdom.
“You shall not wrest judgment; you shall not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, and inherit the land which YHWH your Elohim gives thee.”
Some Messianic Jewish congregations even have Torah Scrolls and they sing and dance with them before putting them back in the beautiful coffins they’ve made. Most Messianics are not the least bit prepared to suffer the slightest inconvenience for Yeshua and His Torah whether in Israel, USA or anywhere else where Babylon is esteemed very highly. It is unthinkable for most to stop buying and selling on Shabbat and living a life of distinction and honor as YHWH has commanded.
Those who religiously pop on a kippahs for their Saturday services are some of the most adamant advocates of Paul being a Greek Scholar who trashed Torah and upheld a two class system for Jews and Greeks.
It’s a shame and a lie that Messianic Jewish
Musicians or worship leaders call themselves “Levites”
and have people buying and selling their wares on Shabbat!
THESE THINGS SHOULD NOT EVEN BE HEARD OF IN YESHUA MASHIYACH!!!
Who then is Yeshua Mashiyach as being taught by Messianics? Yeshua is simply an icon of “thought” or “religion” for most Messianic Jewish leaders. His Word holds no true authority. The underlying authority of the Messianic Jewish movement are the Greek founders of the church who defined Y’shua and Paul according to Hellenism and paganism.
The Messianic Jewish world today has neglected to understand that Y’shua came to lead His people into the Kingdom, His Kingdom rather than into a religion about the Kingdom. The difference is that to be conformed into the Image of Elohim, means to walk as Y’shua walked and have Torah written upon the heart, whereas modern religions about Y’shua only require memberships in religious institutions who offer salvation through a religion (interpretation) of Mashiyach.
It is sad how Messianics and the Churches make light of what Yeshua accomplished for us, it’s a shame for Jews to renounce Torah principles in favour of Hellenism. There is no evidence in Scripture that Rav Shaul, Kefa, Ya’akov, Yochanan or any of the other shlichim (Apostles) were Hellenized.
“A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is Mine Honor? And if I be a Master, where is My Fear? Says YHWH of Tzva’ot unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And you say, Wherein have we despised thy name?”
Baruch Ben Daniel