Writings of Paul

The Apostle Paul wrote many letters that we call today Epistles. These Epistles were sent to believers of Christ in specific cities. Today these letters are regarded by many as holy scriptures inspired by the Holy Spirit. As they should since the Apostle Peter wrote that they were scripture however many are unaware how to prove that it is the word of God. Although the letters of Paul might be quoted often the teachings of Paul are not reflected in today’s so called believer. This is why we refer back to what Peter warned us about concerning the letters of Paul.

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Question about Lighting the Sabbath Candles

scribe unto the prisoners of hope:

Recently a very good question was asked about the tradition of lighting candles for the Sabbath, whether it is scriptural or comes from paganism. To answer this question there are few things we must first learn. The first thing is not to follow any Jewish traditions since modern Judaism does not follow the scriptures. What they rely on for the “law” comes from three sources the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash; which consist of oral traditions. Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.” They might claim that Torah (meaning law in Modern Hebrew) from the five books of Moses is their source but this is untrue since a comparison of the laws and their tradition show a vast difference.

Moreover “Jewish” people could not teach how to keep the laws since the promise of the Holy Spirit that provides the ability of prophesying (teaching) are to the true descendants of Israel that believe in the Messiah. Joel 2:27 “And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.” Verse 28: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” Verse 29: “And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.”

1st Corinthians 12:3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.” This means that they do not have the Holy Spirit of God since they do not believe in the Messiah. Note this also applies to non-messianic or so called Torah only Israelites. John 14:26 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Many verses in the Bible explain that the Holy Spirit is a gift from the Heavenly Father given to Israel, after they repent and show they believe in his Son through obedience. See, Acts 5:30-32 and Ephesians 4:7-13.

Now that we have established this fact, the tradition of lighting Sabbath candles does not come from the scriptures. It is a rabbinical mandated law, in other words “commandments of men”. The Jewish tradition consists of lighting 2 candles by a woman no later than 18 minutes before sundown. A prayer is said specifically for the lighting of the candles that is not found in the scriptures.

In studying the scriptures we learn about the seven branched candlestick which is called in Modern Hebrew “Menorah”. This candlestick comes from the pattern that the Heavenly Father gave Moses therefore it is lawful. Revelations 1:13 “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man,…” It was made to light the Tabernacle and it did not use candles hence the Jewish tradition did not comes from the laws. Exodus 35:14 “The candlestick also for the light, and his furniture, and his lamps, with the oil for the light,”

When it comes to the commandments of the most High they are plain and easy to find. Leviticus 24:2 Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamps to burn continually.” The commandment to the children of Israel was not to light candlesticks but that they should provide olive oil to keep the lamps always on. Leviticus 24:3Without the vail of the testimony, in the tabernacle of the congregation, shall Aaron order it from the evening unto the morning before the LORD continually: it shall be a statute for ever in your generations.” The person to light the lamps (seven branched Menorah) was the High Priest in the tabernacle of the congregation. This commandment was forever that EVERY DAY in the morning and evening the lamps were continually lit in the tabernacle. Leviticus 24:4 “He shall order the lamps upon the pure candlestick before the LORD continually.” By reading this law we could clearly see that the tradition of lighting the candlestick on the Sabbath is a Jewish fable. Even our forefathers that had to light the holy candlestick were not told such things.

As the scriptures already established we should not be following this tradition. Keeping in mind that candles have been in the past and present used for idolatry. Baruch 6:19 “They light them [false gods] candles, yea, more than for themselves, whereof they cannot see one.” At this point there is no need to seek some documented record that it comes from the worship of other gods. All we need is to be reminded that these who blaspheme in saying they are Jews are indeed the Synagogue of Satan. See, Revelations 2:9. Before I leave you with this message we must be exact with the understanding of the most High and expound that candles are not wicked to use for lighting. Psalms 18:28 “For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.” See also, Matthew 5:15-16. The use of candles becomes wicked when it used to pray to an idol, for making wishes on a birthday cake, etc.. Check out http://12tribes.net/SOS.pdf Shalam!

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Blotted?

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Scribe wishing all the Israelites scattered a blessed Sabbath:

Recently we receive a good question from a brother in South Africa concerning whether we still have to keep the Sabbath or any of the laws. While searching the scriptures he found Colossians 2:14 and Ephesians 2:15. Instead of relying on his own interpretation of what those two hard versions meant he wants a scriptural explanation. To assist our brother and help others that might come across those scriptures we did an audio recording. Besides this we want to give you an excerpt with a short explanation that comes from an old report found at http://12tribes.net/blotted.pdf

 

Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” What are the handwriting of ordinances the Lord Jesus Christ blotted out?

 

Hebrews 9:9 “Which was a figure 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;” Verse 10: “Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ORDINANCES, imposed on them UNTIL THE TIME OF REFORMATION.”

 

The ordinances that were blotted out because they were imposed upon the children of Israel until the time of reformation (Christ) were the offering of both gifts and sacrifices. This was a figure/symbol for our forefather at that time of the coming of Christ. Why does Colossians say it was against us and contrary to us?

 

Because as it was stated in Hebrews 9:9 “….could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscienceand again in Hebrews 10:4 “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” First and foremost because it didn’t lead us into a way of salvation and righteousness instead it brought a curse upon us because it could not take away our sins.

 

Deuteronomy 27:26 “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.”

In the book of Ephesians we are given another reason by Paul of why these ordinances were against us. Ephesians 2:11 “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;” Verse 12 “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

 

Paul reminds the Gentiles that in the past when they had no knowledge of their heritage as an Israelite they were strangers and alien from the commonwealth and covenants given to Israel (read Hosea 1:10). He also states that in the past the Circumcision which are the Jews called the Gentiles the Uncircumcision.

 

Ephesians 2:13 “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” But now by the blood of Christ they (Gentiles) which were far off are received. Ephesians 2:14 “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” Christ made peace in both groups (Jews and Gentiles) by breaking down the middle wall of partition that was between them and made them one. Ephesians 2:15 “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;” Verse 16: “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:” The middle wall of partition that was between them was the law of commandments contained in ordinances. The same laws, commandments and ordinances spoken of above (sacrifice, Levitical Priesthood) had our people divided; the Jews were calling the Gentiles uncircumcised and unclean. For more examples of this read Acts 10:1-2, 25-28 and Acts 11:1-4, 18. Therefore we have a clear understanding why these ordinances were contrary to us and against us.

 

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Vol 9, issue 3

Shalam (Peace) Brothers and Sisters:

The scriptures teach us that one of the doctrines that separate true teachers from false prophets is the dietary laws. Ezekiel 44:23 “And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.” Therefore we have no excuse to continue to listen to false prophets/teachers. Moreover the scriptures teach us not to be ignorant of any matter whether small or great. Some might think they know the dietary laws, but from experience there is always more to learn and to improve. Leviticus 5:2 “Or if a soul touch any unclean thing, whether it be a carcase of an unclean beast, or a carcase of unclean cattle, or the carcase of unclean creeping things, and if it be hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty.”  Do not be ignorant, read so that you will be free from being guilty. You will be surprised of how much there is to learn.

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Fellowship: The Rams

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scribe to those that are true to their heritage:

Tomorrow night begins the Sabbath celebration called “Day of Simon”. It is named after a righteous leader that established the worship of the most High in a time period when everyone wanted to be Greek. 2nd Maccabees 4:15 “Not setting by the honours of their fathers, but liking the glory of the Grecians best of all.” We invite you to come and celebrate it with us and learn about this holy day on our live broadcast (http://radio.12t.co May 20th at 9pm). Attached to this message is an audio lesson that you could download on to your computer, phone, tablet, etc… It goes into how our people are influenced today by the world to wickedness similar to the Greek time period.

 

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Sabbath Class about Mother’s Day

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scribe to those that say they love their mother:

This pass Sabbath while studying the law, the topic came up of not learning the ways of the other nations. The Spirit led us to go over a class about Mother’s Day which is looked upon as a great day to show the woman that raised you appreciation. Unfortunately the day is not about your mother but the worshipping of a goddess. Mother’s day shows the gross lack of love towards mom. By the keeping of the commandment as the Heavenly Father instructed you will truly give your mother a great gift. Proverbs 23:24 “The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.” Verse 25: “Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.” Moreover the keeping of the commandment brings a great blessing to the obedient son/daughter.

 

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Meaning of Repentance

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5/4/2014

scribe to those that are sincerely seeking New Jerusalem:

We have uploaded a Podcast (audio lesson) to commemorate the completion of the first week towards the feast of first fruits. The Spirit of the Heavenly Father reveals in his word that the doctrine of repentance is a must have make it to the kingdom. Unfortunately most of us do not know what the word repentance means. Since we are unaware of its definition must of us have never taken the time to repent or build a strong foundation in this truth. Proverbs 10:25 “As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.”

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Follow Not a Multitude

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April 21, 2014

Shalam to all those that follow the Messiah (Christ):

This class is called “Follow Not a Multitude”. Plenty of times our people make decisions to follow because of the size of a “camp”. Instead of doing what the most High commanded. Deuteronomy 16:20 “That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” This lesson covers the scriptures that highlight a law the most High gave us instructing us not to go with the crowd. Remember during Passover night when our King was captured by the wicked, many of our people chanted “Crucify him, Crucify him” without knowing what was happening. Let us not repeat the same mistake as them in rejecting our King.

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Passover is Unleavened Bread!

April 14, 2014

Shalam to those with sincere questions:

Recently we received a very common question which we would like to share the answer with our people.

The question:

“leviticus23:5 in the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the lord’s Passover.

Leviticus 23:6 and on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread. Seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Brothers, these are two different days signifying two different events.  14 and 15 are not the same. Please help me to understand why you say that they are the same day?”

The answer:

Luke 22:1 “Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover.” 

 

Ezekiel 45:21 “In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.”

 

Exodus 12:17 And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.” Verse 8 “In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.” Verse 19: “Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.”

 

Mark 14:1 “After two days was the feast of the Passover, and of unleavened bread…”  Verse 12: “And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the Passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the Passover?”

 

All throughout the scriptures it shows that the Passover and the feast of unleavened bread are the same exact day.  It is the celebration of the same event; being brought forth out of Egypt.  In fact the Passover meal consist of herbs, roasted lamb, and UNLEAVENED BREAD.  Exodus 12:8 “And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.”  As we made haste to leave from Egypt the children of Israel did not have time to let their breads rise (become leavened). See, Exodus 12:39. In reading the chapter Exodus chapter 12 we could clearly read when Passover and Unleavened Bread was established.  There is no scripture that show them as separate days.  But most of our people get confused in one verse in the Bible, Leviticus 23:5-6 because they do not understand how to calculate days.  14th at EVEN/EVENING is the same as 15th day.   As an example let’s look at another holy day of the most High.

 

Leviticus 23:27 “Also on THE TENTH DAY of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” Verse 32: “It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the NINTH DAY of the month at EVEN, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.”  Just like 9th at EVEN/EVENING is the same as the 10th Day.  So is 14th at EVEN the end of the 14th day and the beginning of the 15th day.  What the most High is trying to show Israel in the book of Leviticus is that the feast must beginning in the evening (night).  This is when a day begins as it was in the creation.  Therefore with the feast of unleavened bread he was not making them separate days since he already told us in Exodus 12:18 that the day is kept from 14th at EVEN until the 21st day at EVEN.    I hope this opens up your understanding on how to keep the Passover holy, since it is a grievous sin to have leaven in that day.  Shalam!

 

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Unleavened Bread

April 13th 2014 at sundown

Blessed feast of Unleavened Bread/Passover:

Many have stumbled in believing that the Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover are two separate days. Mark 14:12 “And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, his disciples said unto him, Where wilt thou that we go and prepare that thou mayest eat the passover?”

Due to the fact the Passover is the same as the feast of Unleavened Bread we thought it would be a good idea to provide a few recipes.

Traditional Unleavened Bread – 2 Pounds (Large)

Ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, olive oil, kosher or sea salt

  1. Water – 1 ½ Cups (or as needed)
  2. Olive Oil – 4 Tablespoons (or as needed)
  3. Sea Salt or Kosher – 1 ½ teaspoons (or as needed)
  4. Whole Wheat flour – 4 Cups

Place ingredients in the order listed in the bread pan.  Mix all ingredients and put it to bake at 300 degrees usually for 15 – 30 minutes; or until is thoroughly cooked.  Check consistency with a knife.

 

Traditional Unleavened Bread – 1 Pounds (Small)

Ingredients: whole wheat flour, water, olive oil, kosher or sea salt

  1. Water – 1 Cup
  2. Olive Oil – 2 Tablespoons (or as needed)
  3. Sea Salt or Kosher – ¾ teaspoons (or as needed)
  4. Whole Wheat flour – 2 Cups

Place ingredients in the order listed in the bread pan.  Mix all ingredients and put it to bake at 300 degrees usually for 15 – 30 minutes; or until is thoroughly cooked.  Check consistency with a knife.

 

The traditional unleavened bread comes from the scriptures.  Leviticus 2:4 “And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.”  The Salt is mentioned later when he said Leviticus 2:13 “And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.”

 

1 Esdras 1:19 “So the children of Israel which were present held the passover at that time, and the feast of sweet bread seven days.”  Although the feast of Unleavened bread is called the feast of sweet bread we are not allowed to bake unleavened bread with honey or anything that would make it leavened (baking soda, eggs, etc..).  Leviticus 2:11 “No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire.”

Now that you have the base ingredients of making unleavened you could become creative with it.  You could make it sweet with sugar, fruit, fruit juice, or fruit preserves.  Or you could make herbal bread, by adding dried rosemary.  We pray this help you observe the feast with Joy!

 

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Audio: Passover 2014

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April 9, 2014

To the Faithful Israelites:
The most High said in Exodus 12:3 “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:” Although the 10th day ended.  We did as the most High commanded in the congregation and taught a lesson on how to observe the Passover holy.  We recorded the class to listen click on the download link:  Passover Laws 2014

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Prepare for Passover

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April 8, 2014

Shalam (Peace) Brothers and Sisters:

Tonight began the 10th day of the month Abib.  One of the lessons the Heavenly Father shows us in Exodus 12:3 is not to leave things to the last minute.  Exodus 12:3 “Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:” He commanded the children of Israel to prepare in advance for the Passover on 10th day.  Preparation is a key thing in the scriptures.  “If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;” Job 11:13.  Make ready and keep the feast holy as it is commanded.  If you do you will receive the blessings promised to you.

 

To make you aware of some of the blessings we have provided you a download link of the live raw class that we had to celebrate Abib.  To hear it go to the following link:  Abib

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