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I've met hundreds of "shepherd Pastors" and Rabbis over the course of my life. When we speak of "Shepherd Pastors" we are referring to Pastors who invest time to help people develop intimate relationships with G-d and help them press into and live for the deeper things of "the Faith". You can imagine how influential and important a Pastor or Rabbi's role really is, the Pastor or Rabbi is seen by many to hold authority and keys for the Kingdom of Elohim (G-d). Each week Pastors affirm "the Faith" and help people "enter in", but they can also be a very big hindrance and detriment to those trying to find their way into the Kingdom of Elohim in Mashiyach.
In early 2000 I was extended an invitation to sell my health health products at an ASI Conference (Adventist Laymen Services and Industries is part of the Seventh Day Adventist Church). But because of the USA Customs protecting their markets from Canadian companies, I was not permitted to represent my products in the USA, I was booked at the conference and had a booth lined up, but US Customs wouldn't let my products into the USA, so I realized YHWH had other plans for me. I spent the time meeting people and talking about the Malchut Elohim. What REALLY shocked me was how many times I struck up conversations with SDA Pastors to discover they had some much different ideas about the Malchut Elohim (Kingdom of Elohim) than their church, but they had relegated their thoughts to the back burner because their church didn't approve of what they thought to be Truth. Several Adventist Pastors went so far as to say their church itself had become "the beast", the church in their opinion was "in bed with Catholicism" and both teaching and doing some very dark political things. My question of course was WHY stick with it then? Why go down with the ship? Why not take a flying leap outta there? But not ONE of these Pastors would consider leaving their church if that is what it meant for them to be free to teach the Malchut Elohim (Kingdom of Elohim). Many Pastors realize that the Malchut Elohim is something quite different than their religion or church. Many Pastors I've met over the years have also had tears in their eyes as we spoke about foundational things regarding the Malchut Elohim and the Kedoshim (Holy People), many Pastors clearly have either long forgotten the call to be Shepherds or perhaps they took on the job as a career choice to get praise from men.
During the 80's-90's when "Vineyard" Christian movement from California was first being introduced in Canada, I was invited in the early days to meet with a group of these Pastors who were heading up the movement in BC Canada, we discussed the Malchut Elohim and the Covenants, the Hebrew and Aramaic origins of Scripture etc. Two of the Pastors agreed that several aspects of the Malchut Elohim (Kingdom of Elohim) was something quite a bit different than what they were doing, they were quick to mention that the "body is not ready" to move in the direction of the Malchut Elohim and that it was "just not time" for this to happen. I've heard a lot of Christian Pastors tell me that "it's not time" to teach about the Malchut Elohim, the Unity of the Scriptures and the walk of the Ger Tsedec (Righteous Sojourner) they say it's not time, but what they really mean is that they are not willing to sacrifice their lives for Truth. Not now, and probably not ever.
I was invited to attend a Bill Gothard Pastors conference in the late 80's and was seated with a group of 9 Pastors each person had to tell a bit about themselves and their ministry, when it was my turn I mentioned about being Netzari Yehudi and that I was simply living to raise up Talmidim (disciples) unto Yeshua and the Kingdom (Malchut) of Elohim (G-d). A couple Pastors thought it was a novel idea, but most seemed to think it was far too complicated, a lot of Pastors reply with something like, "the gospel is simple", or you're "making the gospel too complicated". To this I would reply no not at all, it's not complicated truth isn't complicated unless you're teaching and doing something that isn't of truth then it gets "complicated." But just because it is unfamiliar or different that what you know doesn't mean it's complicated, in fact I often teach Torah to 5, 6 and 7 year olds and they understand it perfectly well. Don't lie, don't steal, don't cheat, remember the Shabbat, honor your parents, don't disrespect the Name of YHWH, and don't make up other gods or religions to replace the Word of YHWH, just read it, believe it and do it.
But it makes me wonder what it will be like for these Pastors when Mashiyach returns and these Pastors are required to give an answer for why they refused to teach about the Malchut Elohim? It's one thing that many Pastors can't see the difference between their religion and the Kingdom, but it's quite another when Pastors know the truth, but don't do it and teach it. The Shepherd Pastors in the churches today are not at all unlike those false leaders whom the prophets wrote about in the Tanak.
Many people who are confident in their spiritual lives might not really understand how influential a Pastor or Rabbi is within his community. Many times when I was a youth pastor people would inquire of me about their salvation and about the Malchut Elohim, and most of the time when I asked them to check out what I was saying with their Scriptures, I knew they never did, they just trusted that what I was saying was truth. Many souls are extremely impressionable and vulnerable to their Pastor or Rabbi, and religious leaders eat this up and I've met a lot of men where this trust and popularity really went to their heads. Some even like to play gods, some say and do things that are outrageous and pure evil, but they know that even when they're found out in grievous sins that a good portion of their flock will have to forgive them.
People are vulnerable because they don't take the time necessary to grow in the Word of YHWH, become Mighty in Scriptures and nurture Discernment of the Ruach HaKodesh. People become vulnerable when drastic things happen to them or their loved ones and when they become fearful or emotional, it is at these times when people are most abused by opportunist Pastors or Churches. Consider for a moment how some Churches offer pardons and receive money to pray dead relatives out of hell or purgatory, this is very wicked and pathetic, but in reality the situation is far, far more severe than this. Many Pastors live by compromise each day because of what their Church requires of them, many Pastors even have a bit of Torah (Instructions in Righteousness) being written upon the heart. I know this from engaging many Pastors in conversations about the Malchut Elohim, but most of them are fearful of bringing Torah to their congregation. Some Pastors and Evangelists have become extremely popular teaching things like the Feasts, the Shabbat and other Torah principles but only as concepts, ideas, not that anyone should do Torah, but just talk about it in front of thousands of peoples and TV cameras.
You would think that Pastors ought to be the ones making the greatest sacrifices to live and teach the truth, but the fact of the matter is that many Pastors choose compromise because the people want compromise, they would rather be popular and accepted by those who cut their paychecks, which of course is "the church". No, it's not that they will be judged equally along with the rest of the rebellious contingent while continuing their chain of lies, rather these will have a special place in hell because the judgment upon them will be FAR MORE substantial. It's quite simple, it's not complicated at all.
YHWH inspired Isaiah to write, "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant. The righteous perish, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness. But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore. Against whom do ye sport yourselves? against whom make ye a wide mouth, and draw out the tongue? are ye not children of transgression, a seed of falsehood, Enflaming yourselves with idols under every green tree..." (Isaiah 56:10 - 57:5)
YHWH spoke through Jeremiah saying, "Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel. And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape. A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for YHWH has spoiled their pasture. And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of YHWH. He has forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger." (Jeremiah 25:34-37)
It was Pastors who coined and use the term "the weeping prophet", Jeremiah who wrote, "The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:31)
YHWH gave Ezekiel the Word "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus says YHWH Elohim unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. Therefore, ye shepherds , hear the Word of YHWH; As I live, says YHWH Elohim, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; Therefore, O ye shepherds , hear the word of YHWH; Thus says YHWH Elohim; Behold, I am against the shepherds ; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them. For thus says YHWH Elohim; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day." (Ezekiel 32:4-12)
YHWH spoke through Malachi saying, "And now, O you priests, this commandment is for you. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto My Name, says YHWH of Hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yes, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it." (Malachi 2:1-3)
Maybe you've witnessed a different king of dung all over your Pastors face when you speak to him (or her) about Torah Consciousness and Righteousness? The first thing the false shepherds want to do with you is debate and find loopholes, they use cunningly devised religious arguments to excuse themselves from living and teaching the righteousness of YHWH and His Mashiyach Yeshua. I've heard Pastors use the excuse that their church is so worldly and their board of directors so carnal and materialistic that they are in a hopeless situation, but the Pastor stays on the payola because he obviously has no love of the truth himself. The Pastor himself is unwilling to make any sacrifice for the Malchut Elohim or the precious Blood which he uses to milk a living off the flock so he capitalized on crowd psychology. Just preach a sermon that the people want to hear and nobodies going to get hurt.
Maybe you detect a hint of resentment in my writing? No, no it's much more than just resentment, it's a matter of betrayal because I've personally experienced this kind of abuse and shameful responses from "Pastors." Yeshua's name is routinely betrayed by Pastors who absolutely refuse to bear the infamy of truth. Yeshua's blood is betrayed by Pastors who preach the blood but refuse to live according to the Righteousness that Yeshua's blood has accomplished in His people. The blood of Yeshua is being taught as the antidote for sin, rather than for the Power to overcome and live without SIN!
One time I was interested in courting a beautiful Christian girl who had a Pastor for her "spiritual covering", she was the only Christian in her home and so she asked her pastor to take the role of her father (who was a spiritual deadbeat). When her Pastor found out I was Jewish and was living according to Torah, observing Shabbat etc, he immediately told her that I was a "Judaiser" and a "legalist," he cast doubt as to whether I was "saved" and warned her about my dangerous "teaching" and convinced her to immediately go against me. When she told me the bad news, I immediately asked for an opportunity to meet with the Pastor over lunch and explain myself, in hopes that we could reconcile some things. But I soon discovered he was brutally ignorant of the Scripture and wanted only to prove himself right and and me wrong. He had a far away look when I asked him if he saw any difference between Torah and what the Pharisees were teaching, he didn't think there was any difference and couldn't provide any examples. When I provided half a dozen examples he looked at me and said, "I don't see how any of this matters." Well if it doesn't matter to you then what can I more say? His choosing to be an ignoramus and point his legalist finger at me only proved that his religious "Vineyard" spirit was his idol.
My Jewish grandmother had a Pastor who convinced her that all Christians believed that the "Jews killed Jesus", and that Jesus taught a Torahless gospel. My grandmother used to say, "how could my Pastor be wrong", she put her trust in a man, rather than in YHWH. What a shame, but it's a bigger shame that Pastors lead people to put trust in themselves and their false teachings rather than help souls to nurture a personal relationship with Mashiyach Y'shua. False Pastors routinely scorn the prophets and make mockery of the Name of YHWH, Yeshua and His Torah, that is what false pastors are supposed to do, that is why they are "false," rather than valiant men of the Torah Mashiyach.
The true Shepherds of Israel will live and teach the truth that Yeshua came to TAKE AWAY SIN, this is a foundational teaching of the Malchut Elohim.
To be "born again" in the Malchut Elohim means to have Torah written upon our hearts, we do not transgress Torah because the Work of Yeshua brings GRACE to take away our sins. We don't continue in sin and teach a bunch of relativism and tolerance of sin, we root sin out of our lives, and we press into the "Mind of Mashiyach".
HE WAS MANIFEST TO TAKE AWAY OUR SINS
The spiritual man is nurtured when we choose to live for Yeshua, we choose to press into the true Faith and resist the influence of lower demonic worldly inclinations to sin against YHWH and His Torah. The carnal man is put into submission, but the false Pastors want to play religious games, the Pastor and people "rise up to play". The false gospel is based on doctrines which teach toleration for sin and of course all that is based on evil doctrines that make void the Torah.
Yes He was manifest to take away our sins, because through Him we are called to be a Kedoshim (Set-Apart People) unto YHWH. Yeshua is not a loophole so we can be "Justified in sin", and many Pastors speak out of both sides of their mouths, they are ashamed to bear the infamy of Truth. And yet many more Pastors and Christians say that it is TOO HARD to observe Torah. It's TOO hard to observe Shabbat and the Feasts. But it's easy to put up Christmas trees, decorate them, put presents under them, make allegiance with ancient false religions, paint Ishtar eggs, but WAY TOO DIFFICULT to live like Y'shua lived.
Over the years I've been asked to teach in churches and synagogues, yes I found some Pastors/Rabbis learning to live for Truth but in many cases there are souls in their congregations who are much more advanced Spiritually and by basic foundational Torah principles than their leaders. I've met many men who don't feel a calling, don't feel qualified or authorized to lead others, they are humble and very respectful of truth and often are far more insightful in the things of Mashiyach and Torah than their spiritual leaders but the hierarchy and society in general does not respect a man unless he is "bona fide" according to culture, credentials and tradition.
Religion is a very big and ugly business, it's not unlike any other corporate entity that exploits people to make a great name or cash for the hierarchy. The papacy has devised many evils to steer peoples souls away from Truth, never mind the guilt money they steal from their uninformed religious adherents.
Most church Pastors today are as the women
"who eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness..."
In other words they are merely male whores, who prostitute themselves to false religion.
DO NOT make the mistake of waiting for your Pastor or Rabbi to get a vision for the Malchut Elohim... hell will most likely freeze over before this happens, the Pastor wants you to stay under his false religious authority.
Life is way too short to wait for your Pastor to repent of his (or her) anti-Torah posturing, this is an extremely serious matter.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he says, Awake thou that sleeps, and arise from the dead, and Mashiyach shall give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Master is."
The House of Faith knows Y'shua to be the Living Word of YHWH come in the flesh, His Torah is Truth. Mashiyach gave Torah to Moshe Torah and Torah is Truth yesterday, today and forever because Torah is the Word of YHWH. Torah is not a story book in the front of the Bible, it is the foundation of the Malchut Elohim. The false Pastors like to play "sugar daddy" and spew cheap grace all over their churches, it keeps the people coming back because the weak and carnal flesh can never be satisfied, and the Pastor can never have enough "cash flow" to finance his own material aspirations.
People often say, "We always felt there was more to the Kingdom than the church had to offer." Yes there's not only much "more", there's "LIFE", and "Life Abundantly"! Don't feel guilty when you pull out of your churches and don't let your pride keep you on the membership role, saving face with your peers is likely causing you to lose face with Mashiyach Y'shua. No man can serve two masters.
Aren't you tired of hearing all the excuses? Why isn't there equality in the churches, sharing of and equalization of wealth and blessings? Why are the church communities the same as worldly communities except for different things that you talk about, but even the church folk have a VERY difficult time to NOT talk about the Hollywood movies, or the latest gossip on their TV? Why aren't church people living like a Set Apart people? It's because Church shepherds are ashamed of righteousness, just like the Jews in ancient Greek times who had reverse circumcision so they could play in Greek games, they were ashamed of their circumcision. Being a Jew was a nasty thing when your professors were teaching Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as the trinity of all wisdom. In thousands of years nothing has changed you either be like everyone else or you stand up for what belongs to YHWH and His Mashiyach and you DO Torah, open your heart so the Ruach haKodesh can write Torah upon your heart. And don't look back from whence you've come or you could become frozen between life and death.
Yeshua IS TORAH,
He is the Completeness of TORAH
TORAH IS YESHUA
Torah that is written on the hearts is Y'shua being manifest!
YHWH be with you!
Baruch Ben Daniel
ps TORAH means "instruction in righteousness", it was an evil heretic merchantman named Marcion who coined the word "Old Testament" and "New Testament." When Polycarp (a disciple of John) met Marcion for the first time he called him "the Firstborn of the Devil", so why are you still calling the Word of YHWH "old"? It is old, dead religion to say such perversity! Torah has the word "or" in it, "or" means "light" in Hebrew. Torah is LIGHT, it ILLUMINATES YHWH AND HIS MASHIYACH, but religion and man's anti-Torah tradition is darkness. Mashiyach brought LIGHT to the Gentiles. The Gentiles were meeting on Shabbat, in synagogues and where ONE with Jews, but Marcion built the first all Gentile church. Jews weren't allowed because Marcion despised Jewish followers of Mashiyach. One day the world will certainly discover YHWH means what HE says:
"And the temple of Elohim in heaven was opened;
and the ark of His Covenant was seen in his temple:
and there were flashes of lightning and thunders, and voices and an earthquake,
and great hail." (Revelation 11:19) (Aramaic/English Interlinear)
Future judgment is already established; the Ark of His Covenant (Aron HaBrit) contains the Ten Commandments (Atzeret HaDibrot) which will be called upon to judge all souls, regardless of their religious persuasion. Those who have spoken evil or lived against Torah will give account to YHWH and His Mashiyach; the Word of YHWH warns, “You shall not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shall you speak in a cause to turn aside after a multitude to twist justice…” Sh’mot/Exodus 23:2
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