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At breakfast my Dad asked me, "what do Christians mean when they talk about the sanctuary? Do they mean the tabernacle, or the temple or the Holy of Holies or what?" The first thing that came to my mind was remembering a pastor shouting at some children, "No running in the sanctuary!" I remember thinking to myself, why doesn't the pastor tell the church the real truth about "the sanctuary". Maybe then the women who attend his church will put on some clothes, and not dress like prostitutes? Maybe those who speak from the pulpit will learn to tell the truth, and not speak evil against Torah and Mashiyach. Maybe the pastor and his congregation will remember the sanctuary in the Scripture? Maybe the pastor will remember the Eser haDibrot (Ten Words) or Ten Commandments that teaches us not to have other gods before YHWH, or speak the names of other gods, or not have idols and images in their churches. Maybe the pastor will have enough courage to think ahead, to when the real estate the church sits on is worth more than his building, and the wrecking crew smashes his church, and puts up some apartments, office buildings or a theme park?
Many churches have pictures of Jesus up on the wall behind the pulpit, or big crosses to remember that Jesus had his guts ripped out of him. It's certainly wonderfully good to know, that you don't have to call yourself a Christian to follow the Mashiyach! The Holy "Sanctuary" of most Christians is a house of torahlessness, gossip and slander against Y'shua and Rav Shaul. The sanctuary for most Christians is nothing more than a big building project for their hero pastor. Like the false prophet in California who built himself a big glass palace for a "sanctuary" to stroke his flesh, there isn't anything "holy" about that, is there?
Well Dad, I said, "it depends on which Christian you ask". Most of the pastors have made such a mockery of the truth of the Sanctuary that it would be impossible to even speak with them regarding the eternal holiness of YHWH and the Holy of Holies YHWH ordained for man to enter. Only a liar could teach that sin happy church people are "the sanctuary", that each lawbreaking Christian is the sanctuary in whom dwells the Holy Spirit, what a bunch of lies. Where are these Christian people who live as a Kedoshim (Holy People) in which the Ruach haKodesh (holy spirit) dwells? In which country do they live? Where do these live by Yeshua and His Righteousness? and not bring unclean things into their lives, their homes and their churches? The church people are a mockery to righteousness, and a shame to humanity, they often have no different morals than the rest of the world, except they attend church and stroke their egos with their man made gospels. They get the "feel good" message about being saved in their sins, and it puffs them up against the unsaved who they've relegated to burning hell. What a conspiracy, Christians are so naive to think that just mouthing a bit of Bible every now and again will get them saved, while others go to hell, because they didn't get their doctrine straight, or are "called" like they are! Maybe the others didn't say thank you Jesus three times or more... and really mean it?
If we don't sigh and cry against the abominations in the churches, we're fit for the same punishment as the rebellious torahless Christians who stroke their own egos with the cheap grace Jesus gospel. But you can't blame church people, the lies have been coming from the pulpit before the counsel of Nicea in 325, even within the first Century during Mashiyach's time, the wolves were making headway to bring humanism, relativism, Hellenism and paganism into the church. Just ask Marcion.
Can you imagine the Pastor shouting the truth! "NO RUNNING IN THE SOCIAL CLUB!!" NO, that wouldn't sound holy would it! The pastor has to appear credible according to his tradition as a holy man, so he uses a "holy" term.
But here is the beauty about truth,
it's a fact that the modern church sanctuary is indeed "holy".
Yes the modern church sanctuary is the holy place, pick any church sanctuary of any church, Catholic, Protestant you name it. In the most truthful sense, "Holy" comes from the word "Heile". One doesn't have to search far to discover that "Holi" was the name of a Hindu spring festival given to worship Krishna, the spring sun god. A woman called Holi attempted to poison the baby Krishna. If you look at older Greek sources you will also discover that
"heile" means a ray from the sun,
then there are those famous halos above the various "Christian" saints. The halo was first attributed to Circe (from where the work church comes from) a greek goddess, which was blended in with the Christian "saints" of the Christo-Pagan church. Christianity and sun worship are one big happy family! Early Churches were built facing the EAST, towards the SUN, and no, it wasn't so they would have lower heating bills!. The architecture was originally of the culture of sun worship. Therefore the "holy sanctuary" in the Christian Church is quite the opposite of what Mashiyach lived and died for.
Synagogues are designed to face the Temple in Jerusalem, towards the House of YHWH, (House of Prayer), but early Christians had other, more contemporary architectural ideas. Jews were and are thought to be the "Christ Killers", so Christo-Paganism turned their back on Jerusalem and headed toward the sun. Mashiyach stated it very clearly,
"as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be when the son of Man returns."
The fact of the matter is that Christian Pastors have NO Fear of YHWH, they've been trained according to a pagan hierarchy to fear man, and climb the christo-political ladder. The Seminary gave them "credentials" and "better doctrine" than other denominations, so with the backing of some "reformer" or institution, who needs the real Mashiyach? As long as people keep coming back every Sunday or Sabbath, the Pastor feels he must be doing something, right?
Christians who actually read their Bibles and are honest, already know that the Church is on the other side of a great gulf. It's nearly impossible to bridge the gulf between the Kingdom of Elohim and false religious traditions, because the church is so deeply entrenched into a pagan value system, culture and government that breaks Torah.
The consequences of trying to share the Kingdom of Elohim with a Pastor, or basic Torah principles will very likely get you gossiped right out of the church. Besides, most Pastors already know everything, most don't what to be different, or to raise a higher standard, because they believe people will leave their churches and they will endure unbearable hardship. I've watched many pastors in tears as the Ruach haKodesh was convicting them of sin, but they had no guts to do anything about it, they roll over and play dead and continue teaching against Torah. One of the most famous sayings of Pastors is, "it's not for today", or "yes, I would love to enjoy Shabbat", or yes "the Feasts are awesome", but they put up their Tammuz trees, and paint their Ishtar eggs, because people will leave their churches if they are not given old time Christian religion. Gutless pastors are the vast majority, they are hirelings who lead an apostate fallen religious system that plagues the earth. And what's even more deceitful is that they proselytize for more converts so they can make them twice the sons of hell as themselves!
Why would anyone want to put their trust in any other than Yeshua Mashiyach? What a foolish game to play when people look to their Rabbi or Pastor or Guru, as a hero of truth. YHWH warned us through John to "come out of her my people" and he wasn't talking about the bingo halls. It is very clear about the Testimony of Yeshua, "Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie."
The Church Pastors are waging full time war against the Commandments of YHWH, some are more subtle than others. I just read a Messianic Jewish pastor's writings, that he borrowed right from the pit of hell. He boasts that his congregation is "not under the law of sin and death", which he teaches to be the "old law" of the "old Testament". It was very disturbing to think that this man not only credits Paul with the authority to do away with Torah, never mind even suggesting Paul would do such a thing! Even a child can understand what "the law of sin and death" is if they read this in the context, but the guys behind the pulpits don't want to know the truth, they are the blind leaders of the blind Yeshua spoke of.
There is therefore now no condemnation
to them which are in Mashiyach Yeshua,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Mashiyach Yeshua
has made me free from the law of sin and death.
The law of sin and death is clearly referring to the law of the sinful flesh and the resultant death this brings. The Torah (instruction in righteousness) is LIGHT and LIFE, which is to be written upon the heart. Torah is not after the flesh unless one lives Torah by the flesh, and follows the tradition of the Rabbis or the Pastors, rather than letting the Ruach haKodesh write Torah upon the heart! We are called to live Torah by the Ruach haKodesh, not the weak flesh. The weak flesh is what breaks the Word of YHWH, and violates the Kadosh (Set Apart) Covenant. Obviously very few pastors know this simple truth. The Torah is given after the Spirit, as Jeremiah states;
The Torah (instruction in righteousness) is to be written upon our hearts, this is clearly the "New Covenant" where we have the Righteousness of Mashiyach infused into our souls, and we live as He lived and instructed. But no that is not what the church people want, they want sun worship and a hero to yak at them from the pulpit on Saturday or Sunday mornings and give them a warm fuzzy "you're forgiven in your sin" and a "bless you, bless you" before they go home.
When I read about The Tree of Life in the book of Revelation, I cannot help but believe this is the same Tree of Life from the Garden of Eden before man sinned! This Tree of Life has been preserved by YHWH for those who choose HIM, it is the Eternal Kingdom of Elohim. Adam and Eve could not fully realize the consequences of sin, until they sinned. Adam and Eve must have felt a desolation and loneliness being apart from YHWH that you and I can hardly imagine, they went from an intimate relationship with YHWH to being very ashamed. In Revelation 11:19 when I read of the Ark of the Covenant being opened and judgment begins, I often think of those who defy the Commandments and teach others to do the same. They are embarrassed by YHWH's Name, they make up other gods by their theology, they take YHWH's Name in vain, they break Shabbat, they dishonor fathers and mothers, kill innocent people because their government and pastor told them it's ok, and they have multiple husbands and wives because their pastors condone it, and yet they believe they are "under Grace" to do these things! It's false and evil religion that abounds in the Churches today, because Pastors have no guts, they are a shameless lot of materialists who have no Fear of YHWH and Love for Mashiyach. Religion is big business, and it's a big game that's coming to an end.
Many religious people today don't even have any shame for their sins, they are brazen, hotheaded and "saved" and when anyone mentions "Torah" or standards of righteousness, they point fingers at you and like lepers cry out, "unclean, unclean" against those who uphold Torah. A friend of mine likes to ask Christians if he will go to hell for keeping Torah, and believe it or not many Christians will gladly put us in hell for keeping Torah! They see us a legalists and Judaisers.
Why would anyone gamble with their salvation and put their trust in a man? Why? Is life so cheap? Is our destiny so cheap that we would listen to those who only want to make a good living from tickling ears? Think about what the Sanctuary really is and how set apart and special it is in the eyes of YHWH and His Mashiyach. Think about the covering of Mercy over the Ark that YHWH has provided for His people. Think about the wonderful atonement Yeshua made so that we could become a Kedoshim (Holy People) of Priests and Kings unto Him. We all need His help, we need the help of our brothers and sisters who care and who live Set Apart lives unto Him. We are not islands to ourselves, we are one people together, but let's not for one second degrade that which is truly set apart and sanctified by the Righteousness of Mashiyach. If pastors had the love of the truth, they would bear the consequences of raising the standard that Y'shua taught us. The would joyously teach Torah and bring people into the Kingdom, not into their churches, and there is a very big difference between the two. Many pastors have willfully brought about the church embedded Gentile culture, rather than empower men and women and their youth to go out and take down the enemy, they make them dependant upon "their church" and "their pastor". Many times I've seen young spirit filled men and women who were utterly crushed by the hierarchy in the church, because they were headed for the Kingdom, and this of course is totally not acceptable according to most church theology.
We don't lower standards so people feel comfortable and content to live in their sin day after day, this is what these religious shmucks have done. NO, we establish the Word of YHWH and His Torah as truth and we preach the FEAR OF YHWH into the body of Mashiyach so that people have a choice to make. Sure, we'll loose a few shnores out the back door and they'll gossip like hell against us for preaching the truth, but where are they going to go when they are ready to get really serious with YHWH and His Word? At least they will know there are people who care for Truth and don't mind bearing the infamy of truth because of what Yeshua has done for us.
The word SANCTUARY is only used 4 times in the writings of the Netzarim, it is used 128 times in the Tenach. This should tell you very well that the SANCTUARY MUST be defined and understood in the context of the Tenach, not according to the book of Hebrews where it is mentioned 4 times. Another thing to note is the English translators bias when they write, "Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary". Hebrews 9:1 It wasn't a "worldly" sanctuary, it was an "earthly" sanctuary and there is difference between these two terms. The "earthly" sanctuary was made after the pattern of the "heavenly" sanctuary which is the image of Mashiyach. Mashiyach existed before the foundations of the world began, the earthly sanctuary is a physical representation of Mashiyach who is altogether righteous and could never be old or passe, only false religion would teach this, in an effort to abolish YHWH's Covenant to His people. The "earth" shows a picture of mankind, from dust to dust, it tells of us a co-labouring with Mashiyach and walking with him as directed by Heaven.
Remember also the Ten Commandment were located in the Kadosh Kedoshim (Holy of Holies or what some Christians call "the Sanctuary") which reveals "the Mind of Mashiyach". Remember that the incense was just outside the door which represents the Avodah (work or labour) of our hearts in prayer, just as the heart of Mashiyach ministers to His Father on our behalf. Yeshua is our High Priest and Mediator, without Him we have no advocate to the Father, He is our High Levitical Priest and Melchisedec Priest. The Levitical priesthood that YHWH ordained established Praise and Worship and the indwelling of the Ruach haKodesh, these are all components of entering into the Holy place. But the point of this was to have a sanctuary within us, for the Spirit of YHWH to dwell, and therefore we abide in His Word, we observe Torah and we speak the Truth in Love so that the Ruach haKodesh will find a home in us!
Whether you want to believe it or not, the Church is the most dangerous place for someone seeking the Kingdom of YHWH. Yes we need fellowship and peers, yes we need social interaction, yes we need to have feasts, fun, parties, celebration, singing, dancing, worship, study unto YHWH and His Mashiyach, and every good and Set Apart thing for ourselves and our families. But we need to be joined with a Kedoshim (Set Apart People), not be in a building with a group of people who resent Torah, who gossip about "Judaisers" and "Legalists", when they don't have a clue what they're talking about. Those who are having Torah written upon their hearts are FULL of Grace, this is what Grace is, it is the POWER of YHWH to stop and turn from your sins to YHWH.
Nobody is going to give their weak flesh credit for living a Set Apart life unto YHWH and His Mashiyach, but most Christians think sin is a light thing, they marry, divorce, re-marry, divorce, remarry, lie, cheat and bear all manner of materialistic "Hollywood" values which is an abomination unto YHWH and His people. The name Christian has been abused into a materialistic egotistical license to ask God for all sorts of material crapitalism in His Name, and flaunt the Torahless flesh. Lawlessness is iniquity. Breaking YHWH's Law is one thing, but for pastors to encourage others to do it, this is quite another, which is why it is very clear that YHWH has sent them a strong delusion to believe in the lies, because they never loved or sanctified the truth!
Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins!
Amen ve Amen!
Baruch ben Daniel
"The Torah which a man learns in this world is but vanity compared to the Torah of Messiah."
Midrash Qohelet 11:8
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