Under Law

Under Law?

Think carefully about the doctrine of Christianity, as opposed to “The Way”. If Messiah “abolished the law on the cross”, as many people claim, then the new covenant could never have been established and Messiah’s own words were unfulfilled (Matt 5:17-20). How can people put their hope in a saviour whose words have apparently failed? How will that affect our trust if what The Messiah has said cannot fully be trusted?

The new covenant is Yah’s laws written in our hearts – Jer 31/Heb 8 makes this clear. Don’t think Yah found fault with his law, no, scripture says he found fault with the people. Furthermore, it wouldn’t be possible to write what had already been abolished in our hearts. Christians, logically, really must believe that the new covenant will never be established. Maybe I’m over-thinking it, but the way I see it, the doctrines of Christianity are entirely confused. The Apostle Peter (Kefa) said this:

2 Peter 3:15–16 (CJB): And think of our Lord’s patience as deliverance, just as our dear brother Sha’ul (Paul) also wrote you, following the wisdom God gave him. Indeed, he speaks about these things in all his letters. They contain some things that are hard to understand, things which the uninstructed and unstable distort, to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.

Lawfulness and obedience to Yah’s commands doesn’t lead to destruction or death (Rev 12:17 & 14:12), but rather it is sin that leads to death (Rom 6:23).

However, we aren’t “under law” as Paul/Sha’ul puts it, because being “under law” means you don’t have the law written in your heart and/or neither have you accepted the Messiah. One who is under law is obeying the law under their own effort, and not because it has been written in their heart by Messiah. This effort to obey that which is external to us not only applies to Yah’s laws, but also the man made traditions which also form another branch of “legalism”. Yah never made traditions so he will not write them in our hearts.

Consider that Paul’s use of the phrase “the just shall live by faith” (Gal 3:11) is a reference to Habakkuk 2:4 – which talks about the Babylonians/Chaldeans. Revelation prophecies the fall of Babylon, and Habakkuk 1:11 describes one of the The Babylonian’s chief characteristics thus – “they become guilty, because they make their strength their god”. The mark of the Babylonian is a people whose own power to keep the law, and/or laws given from their own power is what they declare makes them righteous.

Really Paul/Sha’ul says it so eloquently in Romans 8 we must be renewed by the Spirit of Messiah, not of our own works but of His in us. When something is written in our hearts we do it by nature (Rom 2:14/15). We don’t need laws to tell us to open our eyes to see, laws to remind us to breathe, etc, we do these things by nature – and so it is with the law for those who have been renewed by Yahshua Hamashiach. This is why scripture states “his commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3) and Messiah said “my yolk is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery: Verdict

I’m pleased at the Ahmaud Arbery verdict. He can’t be brought back, but at least those who murdered him should serve time. I am overwhelmed with admiration for Ahmaud mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, who vowed to fight for justice and have several court cases pending separate to this one that has been ruled on. I also felt that the judge, Timothy Walmsley’s, comments were timeless – “In assuming the worst in others, we show our worst character”. This verdict gives me hope that their are people who understand and can work toward justice in America, still yet this countries true maturity can only be realised if murders based on race can be eliminated, and this requires a change in the heart, mind, and attitude of many people.

Photo courtesy Chris Christian

examining ear of barley crop in field

Looking for green ears of barley in Abib (Aviv)

This is an article that questions how Messianic and other Torah followers calculate the beginning of each year. Yes Passover is definitely in Abib, and I agree with Deuteronomy 16, but I have questions. When does scripture show that we have to look for “green ears of barley” in order to begin the count of days for the first month? What happens if there is a drought like in Lamentations and Jeremiah? I’m not looking for secondary or anecdotal evidence about the meaning of words (2 Tim 2:14) but for direct evidence from scripture.

My thinking was that if we celebrated Passover on 8th April 2020 and on 27th March 2021, then we have had a year with only 353 days. But, the Jewish/Hebrew year appears to be 364 days, that is 12 months of 30 days (360) plus 4 season marker days totals at 364. The following scriptures refer to the day/year prophecy principle:

25 And he shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High; and he shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand until A TIME AND TIMES AND A HALF TIME. Daniel 7:25

7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by him that lives forever that it shall be for A TIME, TIMES, AND A HALF; and when they have made an end of breaking in pieces the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished. Daniel 12:7

2 And the court which is outside the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it has been given to the nations: and the holy city shall they tread under foot FORTY-TWO MONTHS. Revelation 11:2

3 And I will give to my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy A THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS, clothed in sackcloth. Revelation 11:3

6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared of Elohim, that there they may nourish her A THOUSAND TWO-HUNDRED AND SIXTY DAYS. Revelation 12:6

14 And there were given to the woman the two wings of the great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for A TIME, AND TIMES, AND HALF A TIME, from the face of the serpent. Revelation 12:14

5 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and there was given to him authority to continue FORTY-TWO MONTHS. Revelation 13:5

All scriptures taken from The Sacred Scriptures, Bethel Edition. EMPHASIS MINE.

30 x 1 = 30 days or 1 MONTH.
30 x 12 = 360 days or one TIME.
30 x 42 = 1260 days, or A TIME, TIMES, AND A HALF TIME.

From my research I am dating the book of Daniel as being written in 6th Century before Hamashiach (~500 BC). The book of Revelation was written around 95AD. That means we have evidence in scripture that for 600 years the Israelites held a 360 day “Time” equivalent to our year.

How then in 2021 do we arrive at having two Passovers WITHIN the span of 360 days? Yahweh’s laws do not change, and as we KNOW the prophecies are true, our current system for calculating dates should be the same as scripture, otherwise we stand the risk of calculating the dates of the feasts incorrectly.

“the exactness of the year is accomplished through its separate three hundred and sixty-four stations.” – Enoch 75:2 – Charles, R. H. (Ed.). (1913). Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Vol. 2, p. 241). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

“36 For there will be those who will assuredly make observations of the moon—how (it) disturbs the seasons and comes in from year to year ten days too soon. 37 For this reason the years will come upon them when they will disturb (the order), and make an abominable (day) the day of testimony, and an unclean day a feast day, and they will confound all the days, the holy with the unclean, and the unclean day with the holy; for they will go wrong as to the months and sabbaths and feasts and jubilees.” – Jubilees 6:36/37 – Charles, R. H. (Ed.). (1913). Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament (Vol. 2, p. 23). Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Not all folks accept the Pseudepigrapha as scripture, but note, it was the Roman Catholic Church that did not include it in their “Canon” of scripture. Yes, that very same organisation, of which scripture states their king (or power) will try to change the times and laws, has omitted from its canon the only scriptures that tell us how to calculate times in Yahweh’s way! Following on from this every “Christian” and Messianic denomination seems to have accepted the same. When are we going to kick these limitations imposed on us by The Roman Catholic Church into touch, and put them away finally!!!??? Those who have understanding, let them understand.

I’m not trying to subvert belief here, I am genuinely questioning if what we do is correct.

Covid-19 vaccine vial with syringe

Covid and Human Rights

People’s real human rights are being trampled by imaginary, made up human rights. You have the right to refuse medical treatment, but you don’t have the right to be treated by someone in the NHS who is vaccinated.

People who are vaccinated are not prevented from catching or spreading disease.

How many vaccines do you know of that require 3 doses in one year. Think back through history and consider it?

The world is one big science laboratory right now, and it isn’t funny.

Priti Patel

Patel bullying. With such a judgement, why are there no consequences?

I was surprised to hear that the trade unions case against Priti Patel’s case at the high court was lost. It seems like the judge has had to jump through hoops not to find her guilty and condemn the actions of PM Boris Johnson as biased. Is the judiciary in fear of exercising the correct level of judgement against politicians?

This is another in a long string of abuses of power, and one wonders, when our own citizens are being mistreated on our own shores, what will be the outcome for people who are not British born, both here, and on shores far away? I think Boris Johnson lacks empathy and integrity, the exact characteristics needed to make him a British despot unleashing a reign of terror on those both at home and abroad, under the banner of reviving the British Empire.

Full story: BBC

Cobalt Mining

Some time ago, we had a moral conflict about “Conflict Diamonds” Sadly, it seems whenever we enjoy luxuries and “progress” in one form or another, there is always someone else paying the price. We’ve been sold in glowing terms, the “green revolution” which will save the planet from the excesses of fossil fuels, and while that is great marketing, it is far from reality.

In places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, people work long shifts in very unsafe conditions to mine dangerous minerals like Cobalt (which itself causes cancer), that are key to our “green revolution” as these minerals help to make batteries and other essential components.

People die doing this work and it is often the only type of work they can do, they are virtually forced into it, and even children play their part and are dying too. These mining activities affect the wider community, and even the mining dust affects children who live nearby the mines.

You would think that the companies that take the Cobalt from these miners would pay them a decent wage, so that perhaps they could invest in decent infrastructure to make mining safe, not only for those that mine, but for the wider community. But no, Glencore who claim their “responsibly [is to] source the commodities that advance everyday life”, pays very little for this material before it is processed and sold for a whole lot more. Middle men who act as brokers often make the situation worse by using rigged scales and undervaluing what has been mined.

So before the developed world starts to congratulate itself for it’s green revolution, we should make sure that our progress is not yet again on the backs of those who are already suffering from environmental damage and disadvantage as a result of our last revolution (the industrial), have been kicked in the teeth by developed nations not paying attention to the self evident effects of climate change, and are having yet another burden placed on them, which will further deepen their suffering and the inequity that exists between them and us.

See more on this: https://www.thewrap.com/apple-microsoft-child-labor-cobalt-accused/