The Scales Removed
- Shalom Chaverim,
At no other time since the first century, has so much enlightenment
been upon us as we have obtained in just the last few years.
Scripture tells us in many prophecies that in the last days Elohim
will be removing the scales from people's eyes so that they will see
truths they could not see before. You and I have been called at this
time to prepare the way for this onslaught of truth seekers who are
abandoning Churchianity and even Rabbinic Judaism for the truth of
Torah and a Messiah who is the living Torah. Now more than ever,
people seem hungry for truth.
I recall when I was eighteen years old back in 1984, when I first left
Rabbinic Judaism and became a believer in Yeshua as the Messiah. I
was an armature anti-missionary back then, debating with my Christian
friends, arguing that "Jesus" could not have been the Messiah. I had
all the arguments down pat. Then one day Wendy asked me to go to an
evening church youth meeting with her. I agreed, largely because I
wanted to go out with her. So there I was, wearing my tzitzit and my
kippah with my JPS Tanak in hand. I did not know anyone else there.
After the meeting Wendy was off socializing with other friends, and I
was sitting there bored. Despite my anti-missionary arguments, I had
curiosity about Yeshua, so I prayed, "If Yeshua is really your son,
prove it to me." For the first time in my life a bat kol (voice from
Heaven) spoke to me and said "John 1:34". I did not have a "New
Testament" so I borrowed one off the pew and looked up John 1:34 "And
I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God.". This revelation
changed my life. I would have questioned it forever if the voice had
answered my question with a direct answer, but instead it was a
Scripture verse that I had to look up, that was an answer to my exact
question. I knew for sure that Yeshua was Messiah and I found myself
thrust into spiritual warfare that very first night, so I had to
mature as a believer in Messiah fast. I immediately began studying
the Messianic prophecies all over again, only now the scales were off
of my eyes, and now I understood them. Of course Yeshua was the
Messiah, why could I not see it before?
I began to read and study the so-called "New Testament" and to my
surprise it had nothing to do with the things I associated with
"Christianity". It had nothing to do with steeples, nuns, monks,
Santa Clause etc. It was a Jewish book.
In the months that followed I studied everything I could to help me
understand this book as a Jewish book. I learned that the original
followers of Yeshua were an ancient sect of Jews called "Nazarenes".
I found several references to these "Nazarenes" in the writings of the
so-called "Church Fathers". I realized that I was a Nazarene Jew. I
knew my people did not write religious literature in the first century
in Greek, so I sought out, and found, the original Hebrew and Aramaic
text of the "New Testament". I found that the books know as the
"Apocrypha" are Jewish, not Catholic. I began publishing these truths
and found they were resonating with many others, and a resurgence of
Nazarene Judaism was born.
This teaching has always been in the Scriptures waiting to be
discovered. We are living in a truly exciting age. Elohim is going
to reward us with even more wisdom, knowledge and understanding
concerning his plan for us as believers, as well as for the people of
this world. We have been called not only to understand who we are
(Nazarenes), where we are going, but we are also chosen to realize the
responsibilities that Elohim has placed on us. We are His people and
YHWH wishes all of us to have a partnership in bring both Torah and
Messiah to the world. We at the INJS are doing our part (and I
believe Elohim is pleased with our effortsyours and mine). Let us
keep up the good work, and Elohim, I truly believe will reward us
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