Since I posted this message in 2011 it has had massive reads, the movement is still growing fast. Read the book of Galatians, please, you can not keep the law and follow Christ. The letter kills the spirit give life. This movement has tripled in popularity, it has more Gentiles than Jews. Every where I look, read, watch, it seems that this law vrs Grace is back, it is what the Paul faced, it is a trick by the devil to take away the liberty and salvation by the atoning blood of Jesus. If you keep one part of the law, and feasts are part of it, you are bound to follow the whole law. Paul was saying, look you can not keep the law, the OT elect could not.
The new Covenant has abolished the law. It is bondage, legalism, and another Gospel, what did Paul write concerning those following another Gospel, they are double accursed, this is serious. I must re- post this old message and I pray many will understand this error, and many will come out of the bondage it brings. I am not anti Semitic, I do not believe in replacement theology,the Jews will be restored to the promise land, after the tribulation, and it will not be a dot on a map but the whole promise land from the Nile to the Euphrates river, know the OT Prophets, the timing, and you will not be deceived.
I prat this continues to get many, many reads and may it bring freedom and life to you today.
Sacred Name Movement
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This article is about the Adventist movement. See sacred name for the theological term.
The Sacred Name Movement (SNM) is a movement within Adventism in Christianity, propagated by Clarence Orvil Dodd from the 1930s, that claims to seek to conform Christianity to its "Hebrew Roots" in practice, belief and worship. The best known distinction of the SNM is its advocacy of the use of the "sacred name" Yahweh (יַהְוֶה), i.e. the reconstructed proper name of the God of Israel, and the use of the original Hebrew name of Jesus, often transcribed as Yahshua. SNM believers also generally keep many of the Old Testament laws and ceremonies such as the Seventh-day Sabbath, Torah festivals and keeping kosher food laws, but the Assemblies of Yahweh (Bethel Pa) has always criticized the Movement sharply because of their "disorganization and confusion" over doctrine.
Note: in order to see if a doctrine has any truth, one must look to where it came from, who started it and see if it is in the word of God. Note a man had this sacred name theology given by an angel, and Joseph smith like, the Mormons, need I say more also you will see its roots are of the 7th day Adventist and from cult teachings, so before I get any hate mail it is my job to teach and preach the whole counsel of God, I do not care if you like me, I am bound to do what I do, I am not anti-Semitic, the Jew is first and they are the chosen race and holy people that will one day be restored and saved by the blood of Jesus Our Lord, so read all this long article and do your own research before you take any thing I say the wrong way, or misinterpret the historical facts and esp. the roots of this false doctrine invading the web and churches.
As you will read there are many levels to this false doctrine, so all are not guilty and ext-ream, this is just the facts of the doctrine and why we must know what is what, I see so many people into this movement and it grows everyday.
The Sacred Name Movement arose in the early 20th century out of the Adventist movement. C. O. Dodd, a member of the Church of God (Seventh Day), began keeping the Jewish festivals (including Passover) in 1928 and adopted sacred name doctrines in the late 1930s.
The Movement started with the formation of the Assembly of Yahweh in Holt, Michigan, USA in the early 1930s. The leaders of this group claim that a founding member was visited by two angels who explained that The Messiah's Name is properly Yahshua. This
occurred around the time that interest in the subject was keen.
It can be argued that all the above groups are a "Sacred Name group", as they all have ties to the original "Assembly of Yahweh" and have almost identical doctrines. Because there is no formal enrollment to be a "Sacred Name group," the term is loosely defined. Many people include groups that use variations of "Yahweh" and "Yahshua", but teach very different doctrines than the above groups, to be "in the movement"
Sacred Name Pentecostals
Since the 1970s, the Sacred Name Movement has penetrated many among the Pentecostal denomination (especially those with a Oneness Pentecostal background). The House of God, a seventh-day Pentecostal organization started back in 1919 by RAR Johnson, has become inundated with certain sacred name doctrines. An independent Pentecostal body that is exclusively sacred name is Apostolic Houses of Yahweh presided over by Apostle William Greggs.
There are other notable Pentecostal organizations that are adamant about using the sacred names such as Victorious Covenant Community, Straitway and Assemblies of Messiah in the Apostles' Doctrine.
The Sacred Name Movement has few adherents and includes the following groups:
Assembly of Yahweh (Michigan)
Yahweh's Restoration Ministry (Missouri)
Assembly of Yahweh 7th Day (Texas).
Yahweh's Assembly in Messiah (Missouri)
Assemblies of Yahweh (Pennsylvania)
Yahweh's Frystown Assembly (Pennsylvania)
Assemblies of Messiah in the Apostles' Doctrine (Virginia)
Biblical law in Christianity
Sacred Name Bibles
^ Semitic philology reconstructs the Aramaic name of Jesus as Yeshua, Yehoshua or Yahshua (c.f. English "Joshua" Heb 4:8).
^ Melton, J. Gordon (1992), Encyclopedic Handbook of Cults in America, New York: Garland Publishing, p. 83, ISBN 9780815311409, OCLC 246783309
^ Hughey, Sam, A History of the True Church, The Reformed Reader web site, retrieved 2009-01-07, archived by WebCite here.
^ Melton, J. Gordon (1978), The Encyclopedia of American Religions, Wilmington, North Carolina: McGrath Publishing Company, p. 476, ISBN 0787663841, OCLC 4854827
Mark 7:13. Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition (putting the Talmud on an equal basis), which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
Paul (a Jewish believer from the strictive of the Jewish sects) made it clear ... you can't have one and the other, as the new has cancelled out the old:
Heb. 8:13. In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
Gal. 1:6-7. I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Paul clarified it was the Jewish religion he was saved from, that was responsible for this falling away in his day, and was warning the Gentile Galatian Believers not to be entangled with it:
Gal. 1: 13-14 . For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
Read Acts 15: 5-24 and you will see the church made a distinction between the old and the new with this final conclusion:
Acts 15:24. Forasmuch as we have heard, that certain which went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls, saying, Ye must be circumcised, and keep the law: to whom we gave no such commandment:
Although advocates today of the HRM are not making circumcision a major requirement as in the first century, other aspects of the Old Covenant along with Jewish traditions are being imposed on bible believers to embrace as being part of God restoring the true faith in these end times. A major shift in embraced theology has been the acceptance of the Jewish name replacement for Jesus Christ.
Mal. 1:11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense [prayer/worship] shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering [spirit and in truth]: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.
Whose name do we call out to when we want to be saved? In whose name are we sent? In whose name do we pray, preach, teach, and exercise divine authority?
Is it ... Jeshua, Yeshua, Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, YESHUA, YESHUAH, YEHSHUA, YEHSHUAH, Yeshouah, Y'shua, Y'shuah, Jeshu, Yeshu, Yehoshua, Yehoshuah, YHVHShua, YHVHShuah, Yhvhshua, Yhwhshua, YHWHShua, YHWHShuah, Yhvhshuah, Yhwhshuah, Yahvehshua, Yahwehshua, Yahvehshuah, Yahwehshuah, Jahshua, Jahshuah, Jashua, Jashuah, Jahoshua, Jahoshuah, Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Yashua, Yashuah, Yahshua, Yahshuah, YAHSHUA, YAHSHUAH, YASHUA, YASHUAH, Yahushua, Yahushuah, Yahoshua, Yahoshuah, Yaohushua, YAOHUSHUA, Yaohushuah, Iahoshua, Iahoshuah, Iahushua, or Iahushuah??
Matt. 28: 18-19. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost ...
What name have believers been commanded to teach and baptize in? ... The same Person whom all power in heaven and earth was given to ... a Jewish man named JESUS! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, is the name of Jesus which is Christ, God's anointed one who came in the flesh.
Proof? ... Then go to the Book of Acts (where the words of Jesus were being demonstrated by the apostles and early church) and you will see every baptism of the true Way was done in the name of Jesus, as was all the preaching, teaching, deliverances, healings and miracles.
Deut. 28:10. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee
The Cult's pagan connection:
Jer. 23:27: "Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal."
If God's word has been lost (or forgotten) then it can be justified that His Name has been lost (or forgotten) also. And it would take so-called knowledgeable men who could put us right, so the notion goes.
However, because God has given us His Book, with every scripture given by Divine inspiration, we only need to go to His Book to find the Name which is above every other name, the only name by which men can be saved. The cult of Yah have got it wrong because it's roots are not Jewish at all in the scriptural sense, but pagan, and behind the scenes it's Masonic mystics have infiltrated Christendom (as it did with Jewish teachings through the Cabbala) leading people into spiritual captivity.
Following is an excerpt from "Christianity, Masonry not compatible. Definitions of God pose fundamental difference."
Jude 1:4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through this Masonic / Cabbala infiltration Jehovah becomes Yahweh. Jesus becomes Yashua. Hence, God is now G-d being referred to as Yah or Jah which broadens the name and isolates God from Jesus Christ who came in the flesh. This suits the mystics, the secret societies, the covens, along with the ecumenical s (who like rallying names) and trendy new agers; making Christianity both contemporary and acceptable.
This comes from the leader a women of the 7th day Adventist that Sunday is the mark of the beast and is Sunday worship, and not a literal mark or chip, the revised world wide church Of God , started by Armstrong, after this was the only known cult that repented and forsook their apostasy and on Hank Hanagraff, (not a fan of him,) the story broke, the world wide Church of God became truly christian and some still are, but now we have the same apostate doctrine all over the new called the revised world wide church of God teaching the same false 7th day Adventist doctrines as the sacred name theology adheres to. Now, not all in the sacred name theology circles are as radical as others, some have gone to the extremes and many books written to propagate this false doctrine, it s another Gospel,
Paul said let him be accursed that teaches and preaches another gospel other than the one we have taught, even if an angle from heaven declares it (note paraphrased from the Greek) same as Joseph smith and the Mormons , this doctrine was given by an angel, and we know it was the devil who comes as an angel of light and proclaims false doctrine.
Masons commonly refer to their deity as the "Great Architect of the Universe" (G.A.O.T.U.) or the Supreme Being. God is further described as Grand Artificer, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Above, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, or Great Geometer. (The "G" in the Masonic ring can refer to God; it can also refer to geometry.) Masons claim that the actual name for God has been lost. [HJB] (emphasis mine)
Isaiah 43:10: "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."
God's inspired word the AV/KJB presents JEHOVAH as the all great I AM, the stand alone God who saith I AM THAT I AM. In His Book there is no room for any other god/deity where the New testament presents JESUS only as the great I AM:
John 18:6: "As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground."
Confirming and declaring Jesus' invested power and authority as God in the flesh:
2 John 1:7: "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
The Apostle John (a Jewish believer) warned those who deny Jesus is the only Christ and that He came once and for all in the flesh have embraced the spirit of antichrist. Every true Bible believer, in the strictest Masonic view, is therefore hated and despised as a divisive sectarianist. He who believes Jesus alone is classed a bigot and extremist. Other lukewarm believers who are not adamant in this view will largely escape persecution.
Just as these mystery schools of Jewish occultism have infiltrated Judaism so have these secret societies infiltrated western fraternities, softening them up for the new pseudo "sacred" name.
I am not accusing all advocates of the HRM as cabbalists or occultists. Our intention is exposing both the sources of the Root teachings and the promotion of the "sacred" Yah/Jah name cult.
Which God do we serve:
Is it ... YHVH, YHWH, Yahweh, Yah, Yahveh, Yaveh, Yaweh, Jehova, Jehovah, Jahova, Jahovah, Yahova, Yahovah, Jahowa, Jahowah, Yahavah, Jahavah, Yahowe, Yahoweh, Jahaveh, Jahaweh, Jah, Yahaveh, Yahaweh, Jahuweh, Yahuweh, Iahueh, Jahuwah, Yahuwah, Yah, Jah, Yahu, Jahu, Yahvah, Jahvah, Jahve, Jahveh, Yahve, Yahwe???
An open-ended scrambled deity based on esoterical interpretation?
Or the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The God of Israel, David and the prophets. The God of Paul, Peter, James and the church of God. The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ:
1 John 5:20: "... that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life."
Discerning the right Root:
Rom. 11:16-18: "For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee."
One of the main reasons for the HRM to have had so much sway in Christendom has been due to the misconception of Romans chapter eleven. This has been because of a misinterpretation of the olive tree in relation to Abraham's seed, along with a wrong interpretation of the tree's roots.
Abraham is our father according to the faith not the flesh. He is our father according to the promise not circumcision, tithing, sabbath keeping, or any other law observance. The olive tree we are grafted into is not natural Israel of the flesh (the present political / geographical regime) but the spiritual tree.
The Jewish people have been cut off for rejecting their Messiah, and the Gentile believers have been grafted in. However, this is not an excuse for Gentle believers to be cocky as Jews are being grafted in again as they too find Jesus as Messiah. This way we can all enjoy the benefits and nourishment of the tree together, as one new man.
Now for the crunch!! ... The root of the tree is not Jewishness at all, but Jesus:
Rev. 5:5. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda (of the Jews), the Root of David (the line going back to Abraham), hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Rev. 22:16. I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
The false teachings of the HRM say we need to get back to the Jewish root/s to literally understand the N.T. scripture. Not so ...
...if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Heb 9: 9-12. Which was a figure (the Old Covenant) for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation. But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Eph. 2:15. Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain (Jew and Gentile) one new man, so making peace ...
Col. .2:14. Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (the law was our teacher pointing us to Christ), which was contrary to us (to our nature), and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross ...
The Old is dead! It is a white elephant! ... Nor can it be resurrected, reformed, taken out of moth balls, or stitched up:
Mark 2:21. No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.
Why point importance on the old ... our past, our culture, our traditions, when there is so much at stake? A Jewish apostle called Paul saw his Jewish past as loss for Christ ... as dung, that I may win Christ.
When the Old Covenant was brought to an end, it was completely and absolutely once and for all replaced by the New. The New wasn't simply a purification of the Old one. Nor was it a rehash. When scripture says new, it means brand spanking new. Being in Christ means we have a new heart, a new start, a new life, a new hope, as ... all things become new. Even the geography becomes new ... a new house, a new sanctuary, a new city, a new country. This world (with its various races, nations, beliefs, politics and cultures) is not our home ... we're only passing through! Why put importance on the present! Jesus, our root, our rock, is coming back very soon ...
... for those who are rooted and grounded in Him!!
[NOTE: Dr. Segal received his M.A. and Ph.D. in the Talmud Dept. at Hebrew University. He is the
recipient of several scholarships and grants in Talmud and Babylonian Midrash studies, has taught the
Talmud, Mishnah, Midrash and Rabbinics, published books and articles on the Babylonian Talmud, Midrash,
and Haggadah. Dr. Segal is a lecturer on "Jewish Mysticism," "Halakha, Holidays and History", "On
Completing the Babylonian Talmud," "Ecology and the Environment: Halacha and Reality," "Burned, Banned and Best Seller: The Talmud," "Joseph and Osiris," and other subjects. He has participated in a number of
interfaith dialogues. On his site is also found the full explanation of The Ten Sefirot of the Kabbalah.]
The Mishnah is the early Talmud or the forerunner of the Talmud. To the Mishnah the rabbis later added the
Gemara (rabbinical commentaries). Together these comprise the Talmud. Scholars will claim that the Talmud
is partly a collection of oral traditions given by Moses which had not yet been written down in Jesus' time.
However, Christ condemned the traditions of the Mishnah (early Talmud) and the Scribes and Pharisees who
taught it, because their oral traditions contradicted the teachings of Scripture. The dire warning of Jesus Christ regarding the traditions of men which make null and void the Word of God (Mark 7:1-13) seems to be a
reference to the Mishnah, which was later compiled (c. 200 A.D.) by Rabbi Judah ben Simeon, who presided
over Judaism's supreme judiciary and legislative body, the Sanhedrin.
"Mishnah can refer in a general way to the full tradition of the Oral Torah, as formulated by
the Rabbis in the first centuries of the Common Era. These traditions could not be written down,
but had to be transmitted and learned by word of mouth. This restriction was observed quite
scrupulously throughout the eras of the Mishnah and Talmud.
"The Jewish sages whose statements are quoted in the Mishnah are known as Tanna'im*
(singular: 'Tanna'), derived from the Aramaic root related to the Hebrew 'ShNH.' The era in which
the Mishnah was developed is therefore referred to as the 'Tanna'itic' era."
Who are the Tanna'im?
The Jewish sages referred to as Tanna'im are, in fact, the high initiates of Kabbalah. THE
THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY of Mme. H.P. Blavatsky shows the correlation between Tanaim and
"TANAIM (Heb.). Jewish Initiates, very learned Kabbalists in ancient times. The Talmud
contains sundry legends about them and gives the chief names of them."
"KABALIST. From Q B L H, Kabalah, an unwritten or oral tradition. The kabalist is a
student of 'secret science,' one who interprets hidden meaning of the Scriptures with the help of
the symbolical Kabala, and explains the real one by these means. The TANAIM were the first
kabalists among the Jews; they appeared at Jerusalem about the beginning of the third century
before the Christian Era... This secret doctrine is identical with that of the Chaldeans, and
includes at the same time much of the Persian wisdom, or 'magic'." (caps added)
"KABALAH (Heb.) The hidden wisdom of the Hebrew Rabbis of the middle ages derived
from the secret doctrines concerning divine things and cosmogony, which were combined into a
theology after the time of the captivity of the Jews in Babylon. All the works that fall under the
esoteric category are termed Kabbalistic..."
There appears to be disagreement as to when the oral traditions took on a written form. However, Dr. Segal
confirms that the Mishnah was developed and disseminated from a fixed body of teaching that originated in
ancient Babylon (Chaldea):
--this redaction did
not involve writing down the traditions, but merely the determining and organizing of a fixed text
that was subsequently disseminated by memory. It is clear from the internal evidence of the
Talmud that the teachings of the Rabbis continued to be studied orally throughout the Talmudic
era, and this continued to be the practice in the Babylonian academies well into the middle ages...
"Rabbi Judah ben Simeon bore the Hebrew title of 'Nasi,' signifying the position of Patriarch,
the official political representative of the Jewish people. From an internal Jewish perspective, the
Nasi presided over Judaism's supreme judiciary and legislative body, the Sanhedrin. The title had
become a hereditary one, almost without interruption, since the days of the revered Hillel the
Elder in the first century B.C.E."
The Babylonian Talmud is a commentary on the Mishnah composed by Babylonian Jewish sages (Ravs) from
the early third to the sixth century. A Jewish sage who was from Babylonia would have been addressed by the
title, 'Rav,' while one who lived in Israel would have been called 'Rabbi.' One portion of the Talmud dealt with
folklore, especially magical and medical recipes. The following statement, from TORAH TO KABBALAH by
R.C. Musaph-Andriesse, on the primacy of the Babylonian Talmud (T.B.) is representative of Jewish
There are two editions of the Talmud, the Jerusalem Talmud and the Babylonian Talmud.
Of these two, the Babylonian Talmud is authoritative for Orthodox Judaism, which regards it as
divinely inspired... The superiority of the Babylonian Talmud is so great, that when people now
talk about the Talmud, they always mean the Babylonian Talmud. The authority of the Babylonian
Talmud is also greater than that of the Jerusalem Talmud. In cases of doubt the former is
decisive" (pg. 40, New York, Oxford University, Press, 1982).
Quoting Joseph Barclay in SECRET SOCITIES & SUBVERSIVE MOVEMENTS, Nesta Webster has
exposed the virulent anti-Christ teachings of the Talmud:
So also it was the Rabbis who, after hiding from the people the meaning of the sacred
tradition at the moment of its fulfillment, afterwards poisoned that same stream for future
generations. Abominable calumnies on Christ and Christianity are found not only in the Cabala but
in the earlier editions of the Talmud. In these, says Barclay -- "Our Lord and Saviour is 'that's
one', 'such an one', 'a fool', 'the leper,' 'The deceiver of Israel,' etc. Efforts are made to prove that
he is the son of Joseph Pandira before his marriage with Mary. His miracles are attributed to
sorcery, the secret of which He brought in a slit in His flesh out of Egypt. He is said to have been
first stoned and then hanged on the eve of the Passover. His disciples are called heretics and
opprobrious names. They are accused of immoral practices, and the New Testament is called a
sinful book. The references to these subjects manifest the most bitter aversion and hatred"
[Joseph Barclay, The Talmud, pp.38, 39; cf Drach, op. cit I.167] (Omni Publications, 1964, p.18-19).
The Babylonian Talmud now mostly used is the largest volume of hate religion ever wrote and is all mystical, you will find in it's many volumes things like a priest can have sex with a young girl as long as she is 3 years old or younger and its OK and not adultery, also a Goyim (gentile) is lower than an animal and lower than any living thing, so a Jew could rape, kill, rob a goyim gentile and it is not sin, this is all true, you can obtain the whole Babylonian Talmud on line free, just Google it, be warned you will be shocked and it is many volumes, you can do web search to save time on some of the quotes from this work and have your mind blown.
Nesta Webster's SECRET SOCIETIES adds:
"... the Jewish Encyclopedia admits that Jewish legends concerning Jesus are found in the
Talmud and Midrash and in the life of Jesus (Toledot Yeshu) that originated in the Middle Ages. It
is the tendency of all these sources to belittle the person of Jesus by ascribing to Him illegitimate
birth, magic, and a shameful death. " [Jewish Encyclopedia, article on Jesus]
The Midrash and midrashic interpretation tend to devalue the literal, historical interpretation of Scripture in
favor of private, hidden and even mystical interpretations. For example, Rabbi Scheinerman's Magical
Midrash page states:
"Midrash is subversive as it winds its way between and around stern, stark, seemingly stagnant
texts. As Judith Plaskow has stated, 'Jews have traditionally used midrash to broaden or alter the
meaning of texts' (in Davidman/Tenenbaum, 80). Midrash assumes that the black letters of
scripture as well as the white spaces between them are holy; that the explicitly stated as well as
that which can be inferred from the Bible can be manifestations of God's word.
Midrash is a kind of scriptural archaeology, bidding us not to stop at surface appearances but
to dig down deeply into the text to uncover hidden riches..."
Midrashic interpretations permit students of Scripture to explore far beyond the safe boundaries of the sacred
canon. Apostates such as Unity minister, Rev. J. Ronald Jones, are permitted nearly unlimited license using
midrashim to support their false teachings:
"Midrash requires that anything to be venerated in the present must be connected with sacred
moments of Jewish history. It is the accepted way of incorporating timelessness, continuity, and
authority into a sacred narrative. Jesus' life was thus connected to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses,
David, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, '2 Isaiah,' and others. The virgin birth story was made to mirror
earlier stories of Zoroaster and Romulus and Remus; and the ascension story was made to mirror
earlier stories of the Buddha and Osiris...
"How does a text lose its historical focus? The closing of the canon removes a collection of
sacred writings from the temporal process. No subsequent event, world view, conventional wisdom,
or cultural value has the power to change the canon. No new writings can be added. Quite the
opposite, new events must be interpreted with the aid of the canon. The canon stands beyond Time
as a judge of temporal events.
"Both Jewish and liberal Christian communities agree that the Bible as canon still permits
perpetual interpretation. They accept it as normal that there can be an infinite variety of
interpretations all 'inspired' by the text. The goal is to 'search out' the fullness of what was spoken
by God. It is only through a process of dialogue within a community of faith that knowledge of
God's revelation grows and becomes the Word of God for the present generation. Visotzky notes:
'There is no one common reading of Scripture that everyone can agree with--and there never
has been.'6 When a community of faith insists on a single, normative reading that everyone must
'swear to,' it is on the verge of death as a vital community.
"As a methodology, Midrash tends to minimize the authority of the wording of the text. It
places the focus on the reader, and on the personal struggle of the reader to reach an acceptable
moral application of the text. While it is always governed to some degree by the wording of the
text, it allows the reader to project his or her inner struggle into the text. This allows for some very
powerful and moving interpretations which, to the ordinary user of language, can seem to have
very little connection with the text. The great weakness of this method is that it always threatens
to replace the text with an outpouring of personal reflection. At its best it requires the presence of
mystical insight not given to all readers."
Ashkenazic Jews originated in France, Germany, and Eastern Europe.
Sephardic Jews lived in Spain, Portugal, North Africa and the Middle East.
The ENCYCLOPEDIA OF RELIGION describes Ashkenazik Hasidism, which emerged from Germany in the
late 12th C., as a form of Jewish mysticism.
THE NOAHIDE LAWS
Presently, there is a vast movement afoot with many points of entry (Lubavitcher Movement, Nazarene
Movement, Hebraic Roots/Messianic Movement, Latter Rain/Roman Catholic Year of Jubilee) to bring all of
mankind under the Law. These trendy movements to adopt the customs and feasts of the Mosaic Covenant
"The annual calendar of Israel was built around three major festivals: Passover, Pentecost
and Tabernacles... The Year of Jubilee encompassed these three festivals, only raised to a higher
power ...Then, as well as today, Jesus calls us to experience His jubilee... It's time to blow the
ancient trumpet. It's time to be reconciled to our spiritual roots." (pp. 84, 85)
This massive movement also seems to be leading toward the global establishment of the Noahide Laws
(already U.S. law), for which disobedience the penalty is beheading (Rev. 20:4) THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF
JUDIASM lists these seven universal laws and indicates their binding nature on all Gentiles:
"Full-page ads in the New York Times and other newspapers have proclaimed: ‘All
nations of the world: Fulfill the 7 universal Noahide Laws given to you in the Torah of
Moses.’... One additional element of greater severity is that violation of any one of the
seven laws subjects the Noahide to capital punishment by decapitation. (Sanh. 57A)"
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JUDAISM identifies the Babylonian Talmud (T.B.) as the source of "The
Is. 9:16. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
Christians or converted Jews who affect a Jewish demeanor, or compromise Christian doctrine to
appeal to the Jewish mindset are surrendering the precious pearl of Jesus Christ who alone leads
to salvation. The ecumenical approach does not lead Jews to Jesus Christ, but patronizes their
religion of dead works, and results in the Christian's acceptance of religion on Jewish terms.
Barb Aho/ To Embrace Hebrew Roots
I hope you were able to at least grasp one thing from this, the roots of this doctrine, from a false angel, and a 7th day Adventist teaching, the O.T. Clearly says the Lord hears ALL prayers in all languages, so also try and refute this, take your bible, start wit the N.T. And prove me wrong, where in the N.T. Doe we learn of this doctrine? No where, the bible reader must be the number source to weed out false doctrine, it can be found nowhere and indeed a dangerous and as Paul said a different false doctrine, start with reading the epistle of Galatians and than Rom 11 and go from there and you will see the grand deception taking place, may he lord wake you up and teach you his truth and not doctrine of men.