WHO are the True Jews?
Going back to Jewish roots?
WHO is a true Jew? – “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Romans 2:28-29
An overemphasis on Jewish feasts and customs, scroll kissing without experiencing the New Testament reality that is only in the Person of Jesus Christ, is useless. Before we get too far here, let’s observe what was noted by Stephen Tobe concerning the Jewish feasts and their place:
“All nations will keep the feasts of tabernacles in the millennium. See Zechariah 14. The Feasts are the feasts of the Lord and are appointed times. Paul kept them after his conversion (though such is not necessary and he was doing such to win Jews to Jesus, not to be righteous). The main thing is to understand them. They are the shadow, but the substance is Christ. They show His plan for man and they will all be fulfilled to the date. Many verses in the book of Revelation point to Yom Kippur. White robe stained with blood. We must have a good understanding of the Jewish feast days to see the idioms used in the Bible which were written by those who had a grasp on the holy days. They are a holy convocation which means they are rehearsals for that which is to come.”
Jesus is the Revelation and intended focal point of all the Jewish feasts. Those mere shadows are infinitely inferior to the Son of God they pointed to and has now manifested. The only value the mere shadows have is that they pointed to JESUS who has already come.
The very first Jew (Abraham) was told by our LORD that HE alone is our “Exceeding great reward!” (Genesis 15:1) Wow that just hit me when I read both of your comments!!! Thank You Jesus! We glory only in Christ and not some mere shadow that pointed to Him before He came. He has already come! John the apostle identifies “the spirit of antichrist” as that evil devil that denies Christ came in the flesh! Beware! (1 John 4:1-6)
“This movement is very dangerous but if you worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth you will know that this movement is from the father of lies, taking the Glory from Jesus Christ He is our rest and peace every moment of the day. His yoke is easy. IT IS FINISHED.” Mitchell Woodhouse
Some have been seduced and brought under the delusion that they will experience more depth if they go the Jewish route. Though it’s not a sin to observe the Jewish feasts, we must remember that Jesus has come – we need not cling to any mere shadow that only served to point to His first coming!!! The kingdom of God is all about the KING – KING Jesus! There’s no depth in the mere shadow but only in the Savior who came to fulfill the mere shadow that only served to point to Him till He came. The shadow was a finite, vastly inferior representation of what/WHO was to come. HE – the Depth Himself – has already come and ratified the NEW Testament life in His own blood (Matthew 26:28). Nothing is deeper or higher than that – than HIM who is the Most High Creator God! Anyone who points you anywhere but to HIM is a wolf and an antichrist whom Paul told us “mind EARTHLY things” and are the very “enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Philippians 3:18-19)
After warning us about “evil workers” who seek to bring us back under the law and ceremonious shadows, Paul, the Jew of all Jews (among mere men) said this of his Jewish background:
“For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;” Philippians 3:3-10
To elevate law instead of Christ is to deny Christ and to steal His glory as the only “Head” of the true Church He is building (Colossians 2:18-19).
After speaking of the non-essential mere shadows of meat, drink, holydays, and sabbath days, the apostle says:
“Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” Colossians 2:23
Here Paul is condemning leaders who lead others in self-imposed commitments and obedience to things that are not commanded or honored by God such as keeping a certain day. In the hearts of those who want to feel like they are personally meriting or earning their own salvation, this produces pride, self-righteousness, and bondage. These have traded the perfection of Christ in for their own futile adherence to things God doesn’t require of them and in doing so, have rejected the only Savior.
Scroll Kissing Scam … Isn’t it Time we “Kiss the Son” Instead of a Mere Scroll?
“The LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 17:6
Jesus says “IFFFF ye love me, keep my commandments,” right? (John 14:15) Obedience is the fruit/produce of loving God. Yet, many who are deceived attempt to elevate outer obedience above love or to over-emphasize the fruit instead of the root – which is to love the LORD with all of our heart, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37-40). 1 Corinthians 13 makes it clear that even if we lay down our lives to the point of giving our bodies to be burned supposedly for Christ and yet have not His love in us, it’s all in vain.
Like the false pharisees of Christ’s day, many today are willing to come to the written law and yet reject the One that law reveals as the only Messiah. They will kiss a scroll they call torah and yet refuse to honor and “kiss the Son” of God who bled once to justify them. – “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:11-12)
Look at what Jesus told the pharisees:
“And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.” John 5:38-40
“False brethren” are willing to kiss a mere scroll but refuse to open their hearts without reserve and come to Christ. Like the counterfeit tares of Christ’s day, these robe-wearing wolves were willing to outwardly embrace the law but refused to open their hearts and believe upon the Messiah who stood in their midst, available to be worshiped. Many judaizers today will kiss a physical scroll in outer observance (in their Messianic gatherings) but refuse to repent and come to and believe upon the Savior. They searched the words but refused to see that those words reveal Christ. They refused to worship Him “in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) It was easier to do that than to open their hearts and repent, laying down their lives at His feet and before His infinite majesty.
“And rend (tear open) your heart (inner affections), and not your garments (outer observance), and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.” Joel 2:13
Many today feign to have an inside line with God because they participate in Jewish ceremonialism and yet, they are rending only their outer garments but not their hearts.
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.” Isaiah 29:13
“He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips (their words and perhaps scroll-kissing), but their heart is far from me.” Mark 7:6
The Hebrew Roots
Kristin Solo writes:
“I believe the Messiah is written right through the Scriptures, an awesome truth which endorses the importance of The Hebrew Roots of Christianity. The Torah, Tanakh and The New Testament constitute the entire revealed Counsel of God to mankind and is essentially concerned with God’s Redemptive Program.
Lest we think the Jews are not important in God’s plan, let’s think again. It was through the Jewish nation, formed by the LORD beginning with the patriarch Abraham God blessed the world and brought His Word into the world. The LORD has blessed all peoples of all nations through His Jewish people – “Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.” (Romans 9:4)
The concern Paul had was the bringing in of New Testament believers under the yoke of law keeping for righteousness… This was and always will be a big problem to the LORD (until we are with Him) …. Galatians is perhaps His most poignant statement of anger against such …. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1) ….
“And the apostles and elders came together for to consider of this matter (the matter of any part of the law being necessary for righteousness, especially for NT, Gentiles who are saved by grace through faith in Christ). 7 And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. 8 And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; 9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith. 10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? 11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” (Acts 15:6-11)
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith (in the only One who kept the Law) without the deeds of the law.” Romans 3:28
Think this fuss about law-keepers is a straw man? Saint, if you haven’t yet, you will surely come into contact with a law-keeper in the days ahead. If you will hear and grasp this ultra important Gospel truth – that we are justified by faith in the One who is our Salvation and Sabbath – these Bible truths will prepare you to elevate Jesus Christ and communicate the faith of the Gospel of His grace, refuting the lies of hell that seek to rob the glory that belongs to Him along who bled, was buried, and raised again for our justification (Romans 4:25; 5:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).
These rabid cultist, fueled by Satan, are aggressive in their propagating of their “doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3) The Bible specifically says to “rebuke them sharply.” (Tit. 1:13) Listen closely to the words of Titus 1:9-15 and see if you think Paul too this judaizing lightly:
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”
The biblical truth is that God does not accept any person (Jew or Gentile) on the basis of Law-keeping but on the basis of saving faith in the One Messiah who bled to reconcile us to God (Ephesian 2).
“And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39
Many today feign to be holier than thou due to their connection with Jewish groups who practice observing the old feasts that merely pointed to the first coming of Christ. BUT has He already come or not???? Are we still under the OLD or are we under the NEW Testament? (Matthew 26:28; Romans 10:4, etc.) Was the blood of Jesus enough? Did His life and blood fulfill all that was written of Him and pay in full for us to be completely whole and justified in the eyes of God? Or, is Jesus Christ a liar and a fraud?
“THE END” – “Christ is THE END of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth.” Romans 10:4 (memorize this verse)
In Acts 15 the apostles gathered to see what God requires for a person to be saved. Their conclusions? No mention of keeping any part of the law or feasts or any sabbath. – “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” Acts 15:11
Those who insist on a certain day as the sabbath are antichrists – they have replaced Christ and His perfect sacrifice with something else and are peddling a false gospel and are “accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)
Hebrews 10 reveals that we are MORE accountable now that Jesus has come and completed redemption. Accountable to know, love, worship, and of course obey His NEW Testament Word, not trying to keep the law, which is the ultimate rejection of Christ.
If your “gospel” includes an emphasis on keeping certain days, your gospel is false, it’s “another gospel,” and you are “accursed” of God and on your way to the lake of fire (Galatians 1:6-9).
No such sabbath instruction is ever given by Christ are any of His apostles and that means that any wolf pushing keeping any certain day is guilty before the Almighty for robbing glory from the One who came and bled to accomplish salvation on that tree (Colossians 2:8-19).
What about Galatians? There is no righteousness in the law, period (Romans 10:4). It’s all in and only in Christ!
NO, I’m not trying to get more Jewish. Nope! The ONE I have been saved by is the Ultimate Jew. You can have your far inferior mere shadow, I want my Savior! Also, the true, born again disciple of Jesus is complete in Jesus Christ alone, you know, the One who perfectly fulfilled what those obsolete, abolished OLD testament shadows merely pointed to? – but He’s now come in the flesh!
On this important subject of the attempted Judaization of New Testament believers, Paul Asbury aptly notes:
“When a woman sews a dress, she uses a pattern, but she doesn’t plan on wearing the pattern. The ceremonial law was just a pattern for the New Testament. I’m afraid a lot of people who are trying to wear Judaism, are going to be found naked, when Jesus comes. – Hebrews 8:5 says: ‘Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.’ I’ve had friends who started in Messianic Judaism, only to forsake Jesus all together in the end. I can see why Paul was so hard against it.”
As a born again, NEW Testament disciple of Jesus, I am not interested in any foolish focus on obsolete feasts which were only a means of depicting the ONE (the Messiah) who was yet to come. If you are still focusing on the mere shadow given to the Jews under the OLD testament, you are living under the old and obsolete covenant which was far inferior to the NEW Testament which Jesus accomplished and which is a far superior and a much “BETTER covenant” and made the old covenant obsolete (Hebrews 8:6). To put to much emphasis on that which only served to be a guide to understand and know the Messiah when He came is antichrist. This is an open denial of Christ – it’s antichrist because it denies that He already came in the flesh (1 John 4:1-3). Now that He HAS already come in the flesh and fulfilled the prophetic pictures and Word about Him, I would be denying Him to go back to mere shadows which only served to point the Jewish people to Him BEFORE He actually came “in the fullness of time.” (Galatians 4:4)
Why do Gentile (non-Jewish) believers somehow think they can be closer to the LORD by seeking to become like and act like and talk like Jews?
Once again, just WHO is a true Jew? – “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: 29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” Romans 2:28-29
WHO is the “Israel of God” now that Christ has come?
“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.” Galatians 6:14-16
“The Israel of God” are all those who glory only in Christ, period!
The shadow is not the problem, but the over emphasis of it sure is. A shadow is like sleeping with a picture of your wife instead of her. In other words, let’s say your wife goes on a long trip and while she’s away you sleep with her picture to feel close to her and then when she returns, you tell her to sleep in another room because the picture of her will do. Selah friend.
*** Beware of the useless, phoney emphasis on Jewish tradition, feasts, and focusing on mere shadows that draw you away from Christ. We have HIM and so the mere shadows are not necessary! Some just don’t get it and they don’t want to! It seems as if a judaizing devil has possessed them in their rebellion. They, like the Pharisees who knew the written Word, refused to come to Christ when He stood in their face! (John 5:39-40; Philippians 3:1-3). This was their damning sin! Read Colossians 1-2 and rejoice in the Person and supremacy of Jesus Christ alone! (John 17:3; Philippians 3:10) Knowing Christ and the Father is the exact reason you were created and exist. Read Galatians and beware of evil workers who prey upon those who are not pressing into and therefore experiencing an abiding relationship with Christ, the Life and are therefore vulnerable to seek some counterfeit like trying to become more Jewish!
The great apostle of Jesus constantly wages war against these judaizing devils. These “EVIL workers” and their Christ-denying message must be met head on with truth. If they don’t repent, they must be identified and marked as false prophets (Romans 16:17-18; Galatians 1:6-9; Titus 1:7-16, etc.).
“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Philippians 3:1-3
What are we warned about in Colossians 2:14-23?????
“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; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head (not emphasizing JESUS), from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.” Colossians 2:14-23
Jesus or Yeshua?
If you have Jesus, you have everything and are not looking for some counterfeit diversion! You need to seek the LORD, being “rooted and built up in” Jesus Christ and refuse to be drawn away to a false gospel which will damn your eternal soul (Colossians 2:6-10).
The name of JESUS not legitimate? Really? I have cast out devils in that mighty name above all names – JESUS CHRIST! There’s power – divine power – in that Holy Name!!!!!
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
If you wish to call Him by the Hebrew rendering – Yeshua – that’s fine but don’t think that or any other Jewish observance makes you holier.
What’s the bottom line? What is satan attempting to do here in moving the emphasis away from Jesus Christ and onto anything else, including old, obsolete, OLD Testament ceremonies that were mere shadows of what was to come and now has already come? The Good News is that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, has already come and accomplished complete, perfect salvation!! Study the book of Hebrews intently.
“ALL Israel Shall be Saved”
“And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:” Romans 11:26
The biblical truth that we who are born again into Jesus Christ are His people, does not mean that the LORD has permanently forsaken natural Israel (Romans 11) The fact that the body of Christ, made one in CHRIST (Ephesians 2 – Jew and Gentile) does not in any way negate the myriad of promises of God to restore natural Israel.
Any person who vainly believes that getting into Jewish practices does anything to make them more acceptable to God, is deceived. Read and get to know Romans, Galatians, Colossians, and Hebrews.
Beware: Paul the apostle of Jesus warred profusely and constantly against the glory-robbing devils who are antichrists that deny that Jesus Christ is THE Messiah who has already come and accomplished perfect salvation and justification with His own sinless, divine, perfect blood!
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“I can’t tell you how frustrated I am with this anti-christ stuff. A few people have tried and tried to convert me to the HR (Hebrews Roots) movement, sending me Staley’s videos, books, etc. Sigh………..Honestly, I feel very sad for those who get led away from the Freedom found in Christ and are led right back into bondage and works of the law, trying to justify themselves before God. Did they not learn anything from Paul’s teachings on the matter? Unfortunately, some of the HR people completely reject Paul, saying he either was mistaken, a false prophet/teacher, or we just are misunderstanding his teachings.” Cindy W. | BEWARE of Jim Staley Passion for Truth
“Great word on the Hebrew Hogwash. I am a Messianic Jew and agree completely. Many subvert the Gospel and many call Paul and his teachings heretical. I am NOT one of them. I observe the feasts as Word Pictures of Prophetic fulfillment and shun those to take scripture and use it to their own devices. Thanks for the article brother.” Steven S.
“I think you hit the nail on the head Bro. They don’t get it, but sadly I suspect many of them just don’t want to get it. Which is quite worrying. How prone people are to idolatry and external traditions.” unknown
“Thanks for sharing Todd. At one point in my life I embraced Judaism, tried to find my inner Jew, lol. It’s part of my genetic make up. Thank God I got out in time. I embrace the Jewishness of Yeshua, that’s about it.” Tania J.
Thank you Todd for this. There are now places in the Born Again community that have synagogues! They dress in Jewish robes, speak Hebrew and say that we must keep the Sabbath and the Feast Days to be saved! The Assemblies of God is allowing this!” Diana Milligan
“Thank you Todd. I have seen this though the years in New York manifesting itself from culture to culture in a multitude of forms, making victims, robbing the truth of God and His Word and putting people into one bondage or another.” Pastor Frank Scavarda
“I am Jewish and love all the traditions. But I have to agree that any groups or denominations that add to or take focus away from Yahshua, are going down the wrong road. We have a new covenant in HIM who saved us. Rejoice!” Marat Nizberg
“When it’s all boiled down … this is just another denomination, a movement (the Jewish emphasis movement). It’s a lie that pulls well-intentioned believers into another rabbit trail trap. IF you are reading ‘The Word’… our Lord and the Disciples tell us in several, several places and in no uncertain terms DO-NOT go BACK to the Law! This movement and it is a movement, diminishes the POWER of the Blood of Christ, what Jesus Christ, did on the cross. The promise was given to the seed of Abraham, as a foreshadow of the freedom in Christ, many centuries before GOD even gave the law to Moses. The born again Christian is commanded to stay away from law/Torah read Galatians etc. so many scriptures…Paul asked ‘Who has bewitched you…’ This is a serious matter that born again Christians need to know we are saved by the blood of Christ and nothing else. It is impossible to fulfill the law that is why the SON OF GOD, THE WORD, THE FATHER’S WORD IN THE FLESH HAD TO COME AND SET US FREE. THE LAW IS A CURSE, THE WORD SAYS AND THE LAW KEEPS US IN BONDAGE BECAUSE WE CANNOT KEEP THE LAW IN OUR FLESH. That is why through the Spirit of Christ we are saved THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH. ‘I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE’ don’t try and get yourself in through another door…this movement goes against the whole new testament in reality. So people stop twisting the scriptures to meet your needs and believe in the Spirit of Truth and only the Spirit of Truth. The enemy has many tangled up in this movement or should I say this lye. PLEASE WAKE UP PEOPLE….” Mitchell Woodhouse
One writer notes:
Salvation is only in Jesus. Torah is about doing the will of God after being saved by Grace.
Knowing Jesus by being born again and then abiding intimately in Christ is what is most important. Even if we give our bodies to be burned and do not know and love Jesus, we are nothing and have wasted our lives (John 15; 1 Cor. 13). Sheer obedience will save no one from hell. Only Jesus can do that! Now, the fruit of truly knowing and remaining in Him will most certainly produce the fruit of good works but those good works or obedience save no one!