Whose ‘Law’ is it anyway?

February 6th, 2012

A year ago I wrote in this column about the “middle” plagues visited by YHVH on Mitzraim (Egypt) in the time of Moses.  I tend to refer to them as the “Transition Plagues”, because unlike the first three plagues, where the “magicians of Pharaoh” were at least partly able to mimic the malady (as if adding a few more frogs to the infestation was somehow a helpful demonstration of their power!) — by the time the lice or gnats were brought upon them, those men were forced to admit that “this is the finger of God”.  (Exodus 8:19)  The transition, then, is between plagues or judgments which men may be able to imitate, and thus deny the will or existence of YHVH, and those they cannot.  In other words, for a while, stiff-necked men are still able to claim that they are NOT suffering the curse brought on by their own rebellion to the Word of YHVH.

I speculated then that, if we are in fact entering the Biblical “End Times”, and “the pattern of the original Exodus repeats…then other judgments against the false ‘mighty ones’ of the current worldly systems of the modern versions of Babylon and Mitzraim will follow.  For example, as was already evident some time ago, the breakdown of our fiat paper system of dishonest weights and measures continues.  And in spite of literally trillions of dollars of bailouts and machinations (plagues of dollars are even easier to add to, evidently, than frogs), the world financial system is less stable today than ever.  Even the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) recently admitted that what the modern money magicians persist in still calling a “recession” has not YET entered the long-promised recovery — and evidently won’t, any time soon.  And the related Euro plague has expanded as well, with the initial infection of the PIIGS nations having spread beyond Greece and Portugal lately to downgrades of sovereign bonds in nations like Hungary and France.

It is likely that additional plagues are still to come, and are even somewhat predictable.  Famines and wars generally follow currency breakdowns and bank holidays.  But of arguably even greater concern is the condition predicted by our Savior in Matthew chapter 24.  What those who translated most English versions of the Bible refer to as “lawlessness” or “iniquity”, however, I contend should be rendered more appropriately as “torah-less-ness”, or rebellion against His Word…which is, of course, what those words really mean:

“And because torah-less-ness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
    (MatitYahu/Matthew 24:12)

Admittedly, this condition even sounds more like a PREDECESSOR to the judgments to follow than an actual plague in itself.  But the daily news certainly confirms the diagnosis.  It is the implications of that prediction which are so important now, however, as we seek to “know the season”, and understand what is still to come…and WHY.

Most “Christians” have been brought up in a “Church” which teaches an insidious lie:
“the Law has been done away with.”

Can we be at all surprised, then, when entire nations make that same claim?

After all, He is no longer even permitted to be acknowledged in many Statehouses, legislatures, schools, or courtrooms!

If the “OLD” Testament — the very Foundation upon which the rest of Scripture rests — could have “passed away”, then why would ANYONE believe that something as ephemeral as any Constitution could ever endure?  Can we doubt that when gullible people governed by evil men announce that the “Supreme Law of the Land”  — whatever that means! — has been done away with, they are just repeating the same lie?

And that those who teach such lies are ultimately “without excuse”?

Just take a look at the ‘fruit’ of such perfidy:

The Transportation “Security” Administration now routinely ignores even the pretense of “probable cause” for its routine illegal searches and seizures.  The concept of a “search warrant” is now nothing but a quaint reminder of a time when sworn “officers of the law” actually knew what the Bill of Rights said.  Last month, overwhelming majorities of both a treasonous “Amerikan” House and Senate passed the “NDAA”, which now allows for people ANYWHERE — including, but not limited to “US citizens” — to be detained without charge, trial, or even evidence.  Not even the pretense of “due process” remains.  And only this month, an attempt to allow shutdown of websites based on allegations of “piracy” resulted in a massive online protest.  Only after the offending bills were supposedly sent “back to the drawing board” did the revelation emerge that the administration had ALREADY signed an “executive agreement” masquerading as a treaty called “ACTA”!  Thus, not even the pretense of “free speech” under the First Amendment may soon remain.

And the life savings of literally tens of millions of people is soon to be stolen – both directly and through insidious inflation.  Other forms of “lawlessness” will inevitably follow.  The iron fist of a police state will follow, as intended.

In the final plague before the “death of the first-born”, the Almighty brought “darkness” (or “chosef” in the Hebrew) upon Egypt; darkness which was so spiritually and physically intense that it “may even be felt”  (Exodus 10:21).  Interestingly, this is the same word that was “upon the face of the deep” in the second verse in Scripture, and which was “divided” from the light immediately thereafter by Elohim.

And — just as He had done in all of the plagues following that transition — YHVH “put a difference” between His people and those of the land of Mitzraim, and “all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.”  And our true King is now quickening the process of separation — wheat from chaff, sheep from goats, light from darkness, and His people from the paganism — and lawlessness! — of the world.

Pharaoh’s magicians got it; some probably left, and became part of the ‘mixed multitude’ which was brought out of the land of Mitzraim and were later “grafted in” to Israel.  Those who did not (Exodus 10:1) had their hearts hardened right along with Pharaoh.  Those who – regardless of their background – humbled themselves before YHVH and were obedient to His directions were saved.

What is coming is likely to be ugly, and then violent.  But it is the prince of THIS world who claims that ‘the ends justify the means,’ and not our Master.  We STILL have a “choice of Law,” a choice of Whom we serve!  Even as those who are of this world descend into lawlessness, those who “come out of her“, and serve YHVH alone must remember that His ‘torah’ guides our actions!   As Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego understood,  “our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.”

Even though perhaps the plagues to come have only just begun, I will suggest that this difference between “light” and “darkness” is crucial.  As we seek to understand the counsel of Revelation 18:4, “And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues,”  we must begin to make that separation ourselves.  “For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”  (II Cor. 6:14)  Through whatever plagues may yet come, and whatever deception may be attempted by the Adversary, our instruction remains clear:
“If you love Me, keep My commands.”

“Come out of her” Q & A Show

January 19th, 2012

Question:  “So what exactly can we do to begin bringing ourselves out of babylon? What can I do NOW? Apart from growing and catching my own food and rain-water.



Take a listen:

Come out of her, My people Show link – 19 January, 2012

MP3 file for 19 January CooH Show

Latest Torah-oriented podcasts

January 16th, 2012


The weekly teachings from the “Talking Torah” Room on Paltalk, featuring both Jeff Gilbert and Mark Call, are up on “Way To Zion”:

MP3 link





January 12th, 2012

The story which begins the Book of the Exodus, and then the life of Moses, is about a people who have fallen into bondage.  And arguably, they didn’t even know how it happened.

The Book of Genesis ends not too long after the father and brothers of Yahuseph (Joseph) have come into the land of Mitzraim (or current Egypt).  There remained not quite five years left until the famine through which they were saved would have ended, so – a question presents itself:  Why didn’t they LEAVE?

Why STAY, and let their children, and their children after them, fall into bondage?

Our own Founding Fathers, through the words of Thomas Jefferson, give a pretty good answer…and it has never changed too much throughout most of history:

“Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

Slavery, in other words, is often easier than genuine “change.”



The latest installment of the “Come out of her, My people” Show addresses this issue in some detail, as well as something I call the “Chicken Little Syndrome”:

 Come out of her Show player link

Come out of her, My people – January 12, 2012   MP3 file

Dangerous deceptions: Santa Claus, and ‘domestic terrorists’

December 25th, 2011

Now that the Masters of the Universe in DC have declared, Bill of Rights no longer a factor, that ANYONE they declare to be a terrorist can be “disappeared” — without recourse, without evidence, without warrant, counsel, appeal, or any pretense at what was once called “due process” — an interesting irony exists.

NORAD is telling children that radar is “tracking Santa”.  The “First Lady” [sic] participated in the lie as well…telling gullible youngsters about where “Santa Clause” is now, and what “He” is doing.

Has anybody else noticed that the same people who are telling children pagan LIES are now claiming the right to kill and torture their parents – or YOU – with even less evidence?


Hebrew Nation Radio

December 9th, 2011

There is both bad news and good news from Hebrew Nation Radio lately.  The bad news is that there have been some podcast issues over the past week or so.

The good news is that the primary reason for the interruption is a bandwidth problem.  The number of podcast listeners and subscribers has grown so rapidly that the required bandwidth to support all those who follow the show exceeded what the existing setup could supply.  We’re still working on a long-term solution (more bandwidth, and higher server capacity — which of course takes more money) but have an ‘interim solution’ in place already.

The daily news shows, and weekly shows (like “Come out of her, My people”, and Drive Time Friday with Jeff) are again being posted.

I have updated the links on the “Audio:  Radio Shows” page to work with the new setup.


And, as always, listeners can go directly to:


In the Name of…

December 6th, 2011


How many times have we heard expressions in various Christian churches about the claim to do any number of things “in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ”?  Do we really understand what that phrase means? Yahushua made it clear that He came “in the Name of” His Father, YHVH, and frequently said things like, “the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.” (Yahuchanon/John 10:25)

Even more dramatically, what may well be the most blunt warning in Scripture hinges on an understanding of that concept.  Yahushua reminded people that it was DOING the will of YHVH that mattered, rather than simply claiming His Name, and then added,  “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness! ‘ ” [disregard His Torah]    (Matt. 7:21-23)

Is it possible to claim to “come in His name”, and yet not know what that means?  Is it possible that there might be more to it than knowing how to pronounce the ‘tetragrammaton’ —  YHVH — or recognizing that His earthly mother never actually called the Savior “Jesus”?

To understand the meaning of the phrase, we must understand the Biblical Hebrew culture.  And perhaps the best example of the concept is found in the story of the search for a bride for Yitzak ( or Isaac) in Bereshiet/Genesis chapter 24.

The story of the servant of Abraham who is sent to bring home a bride for his son is the longest personal narrative in the entire Torah.  The level of detail, in contrast to most other stories, is striking…and there must be a reason.  And yet, in spite of that level of detail, the servant himself is never once identified by name.**   It seems that the fact that he WAS such a ‘good and faithful servant’, who did what his master sent him to do, is the thing that really matters.

Abraham asked his servant to swear that he would contract with and bring home a suitable bride from his own kin; that he would faithfully execute the task he was charged with fulfilling.  He then sent his servant out on a large caravan of camels, laden with goods which would serve both as gifts for the bride and her family, and surety to demonstrate that he did, in fact, have the authority to contract on behalf of his master; that he really did, “come in his name”:
“…for all his master’s goods were in his hand.”   (Bereshiet/Genesis 24:10)

His master’s wealth, and his son’s future, was literally placed in the servant’s hands.  He was entrusted with a tremendous amount of responsibility, and empowered to first find, and then contract “in his name” for one of the most fundamental of all human relationships.  To put the matter in terms familiar to a modern lawyer, Abraham’s servant was given his “power of attorney”.  And such a servant, if he acts lawfully, must exercise what is called “due diligence”.

And Scripture shows that ‘the man’ did in fact do his duty faithfully, and was miraculously blessed by YHVH in the process!

Abraham’s man WAS a  “good and faithful servant” precisely BECAUSE he performed the task he was assigned in the same way he knew that his master would have.  Each of the true prophets of Yah faithfully spoke the Words that He commanded them, because they did so “in His Name”, and by His Authority.  Yahushua came in His Father’s Name, and did exactly what He came to do — even to the point of saying, “nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”  (Luke 22:42)

Our Savior says, “if you love Me, keep My commands.”  (Yahuchanon/John 14:15)   And His “parable of the talents” makes the point that we must learn to be faithful using what He has given us, to DO what He asks of us.  It is not enough to “claim” His Name, if we don’t follow His instruction (torah)!  If we claim to act on His behalf, it must be in accord with His will, and by keeping His commandments.

There can be no greater reward for any of us that to someday hear the glorious words, “well done, good and faithful servant!”


** While other references in Scripture suggest strongly that the name of the servant in the story is probably Eliezer, he is always called “Abrahams’ servant”, or simply “the man” during this narrative.  That, too, seems to be an important aspect of the lesson:  it was what he DID that mattered.

Insidious Creeping Paganism

November 4th, 2011

Most people who have begun to understand what Revelation 18:4 means — where we are admonished to “come out of her, My people“, so that we do not participate in the sins of a corrupt “Babylonian” system or suffer from her coming plagues — recognize that a return to keeping Sabbath and His “appointed times” is one of the first steps.  Separating ourselves from obvious abominations like Halloween and the pagan trappings of Xmas (Jer. 10, etc) soon become similarly part of the process, even if that is not necessarily easy at first.

But there is another element of the Babylonian ‘mindset’ that is equally pervasive, and arguably equally destructive — even if it may appear to be harder to understand.  This is no doubt because it is also deeply rooted not only in pagan goddess worship, but protected by the mantle of “political correctness”.  It is the modern fallacy that men and women must somehow be made “equal” — even though His instructions for us clearly have countless distinctions — and that marriage has now “changed” so that it no longer follows the patriarchal model of Scripture.

In fact, the PC-mindset is often so deeply ingrained that even a word like ‘patriarchy’ seems to inspire many to anger, and makes it difficult for some seekers of His Truth even to be willing to read further.  But that is the point of this article!  And while neither the domineering autocrat or the “sole breadwinner” (see Proverbs 31!) who “brings home the bacon” are patriarchal models particularly supported by Scripture, these seem to be the typical pictures invoked by those who rebel against what is actually Written.  Television, in other words, often does not paint a realistic picture of what YHVH describes a marriage should be.

Whether this particular Big Lie is called ‘egalitarianism’, or even ‘radical feminism’, it is rooted in the hubris of the Whore of Babylon who will not repent of her idolatry (Rev. 18:5-7).  It is about why the ten tribes of Israel were sent into exile for idolatry (spiritual adultery).  It is about the worship of a ‘goddess’ who will not submit to the Authority of the Creator of the Universe, and instead says “I will see no sorrow.”  It is about Authority, and rebellion, and — eventually — repentance (tshuvah) and submission.   And it is a demonic doctrine which attempts to undermine the most important concepts in Scripture – from covering and Covenant to Redemption.

But the fact is that men and women are different, and have different functions in His plan for us.  “Male and female He created them” is a succinct statement of the fact that our Creator made us that way — for His own very good reasons.   And His instruction (torah) for us spells out different responsibilities and commandments for men and women as a result.  The Hebrew word “tamim” (complete, but unfortunately often rendered as “perfect”)  has a different connotation in His Word than most English-speakers recognize.  A better way to understand the word might be “fit for the PURPOSE for WHICH HE MADE US”.   We are different:  not “equal”, and certainly not better, or worse, or any such twisting of His intent.   Properly understood, that is a clear blessing*.

While entire good books** could be (and have been) written on the topic, a short article like this one can serve primarily as an introduction, and an admonition to be like the Bereans, and “search out the Truth for yourself“.  And, as is so often the case, the place to begin is “In the Beginning“, or Bereshiet (Genesis).

The essential elements of the story which concern authority and responsibility follow in chapter two.  They may be summarized, admittedly too briefly, as follows:

HaAdam (literally, ‘the man’) was first formed.  (“Temporal authority”)
Adam was tasked to give names to all the animals.  (“Naming authority”).  Later, Adam gave Chava (‘Eve’) her name as well.

(In the process, no “etzer kenegdo“, or suitable “helper” was found for him.  While in hindsight we might now consider the point obvious, it is clear that YHVH had His reasons for the activity!)

Chava (Eve) was created FOR ‘the man’ (HaAdam).
Chava was created FROM the man.
YHVH brought Chava TO the man.

Adam was given the commandment NOT to eat of the “Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil” before the creation of his wife (“isha”).  Scripture is silent about whether she “added to” the single simple commandment (by including the “neither shall you touch it” clause) or her husband did.  But, either way, it helped give the serpent (“nacash”) more than enough room to twist the truth with the famous “Two First Lies” in history.

Perhaps the most important clue in the story is contained in Gen. 3:7, however.  Read it carefully!  Chava ate first; whether it was seconds, minutes, or hours, later that her covering failed is also not part of the detail we are given.  But what IS clear is that ONLY when he finally ate, were the “eyes of BOTH of them opened“!

And — arguably the most important point of all — it is Adam who was held responsible by YHVH.  (See Rom. 5:12, I Tim. 2:13-14, etc, and note that the principle is outlined in Numbers 30:15 as well.)  This in fact MUST be the case, and it is the reason why the understanding of authority and literally the reason for the ENTIRE REST OF THE BOOK follows as a direct result!

Tom Shipley’s book*** summarizes the importance of the understanding this way:

“If Adam was not the lawful authority over Eve before the fall, then Adam’s sin could not logically be imputed to Eve or his other descendants.  If Adam’s authority over Eve is denied, then the imputation of Adam’s sin to his other descendants is denied as well.”

And then what would be the point of the sacrifice of our Messiah?

The whole story of the remainder of Scripture is about reconciliation with Him via His provision for us!

Shipley concludes, ” If the doctrine of Adam’s headship over Eve is denied, then we are left logically without a Gospel!”

The insidious doctrine of egalitarianism, with its denial of Scriptural authority and headship, goes far beyond even the carnage we see in so many “semi-Biblical” marriages today, which have a form of Torah-obedience, but ‘deny the power thereof’.  There is a blessing for obedience to our Creator, and much to be gained from continued study of His Word.  But, much like Halloween, some pagan doctrines and practices which might seem innocent enough are literally attacks on the most fundamental principle of His torah.

Do not be fooled!  Since we know (Isaiah 46:8, etc) that YHVH literally declared the end from the Beginning,  those who look forward to the eventual “Wedding Feast of the Lamb” as prospective brides must understand how the pieces fit together, and under Whose Authority they desire to be.


“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love YHVH, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Romans 8:28

**  Such as Man and Woman in Biblical Law, by Thomas Shipley
    ISBN Number: 978-0-557-52900-1

***  Ibid., p. 5

Sukkot is here!

October 12th, 2011

My apologies for the paucity of posts over the last few weeks…the time of the Fall Feasts is not only my favorite time of the year, but among the busiest!

Today’s discussion on the “Torah Teachers Round Table”, about Sukkot, may help to provide some insight into what has been, and WILL be, going on, however:


TTRT for 12  October, 2011 – Sukkot

Hebrew Nation Radio – TTRT page with audio player

The Biggest Lie in Xtianity

October 11th, 2011

Most people who have ever been to a sun-day church have unfortunately heard something like this taught, at one time or another:

“NO ONE can possibly EVER keep the Law” (so don’t even try)!  After all, “it’s TOO hard!”  And then there’s the ever-popular, “Jesus did away with the Law” anyway…when he “nailed it to the cross”.  The trouble is that every single one of those statements is a lie, even though they may be popular with a people who don’t care for the fact that He “changes NOT,” and is the same “yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

In other words, perhaps the very biggest Big Lie of what should probably be called “Xtianity” — in order to distinguish such religion from that taught in Scripture — is that the very Savior called the “Word Made Flesh” somehow did away with His own Written Word!

And while that is easy to prove, just from the witnesses of His own Disciples in the apostolic Writings, His Words make far more sense in CONTEXT, since the whole point of Scripture is to establish the “Rock”, the Foundation upon which everything else must rest.  For example,  after an introduction in which Yahushua explains what it means that He “comes in My Father’s Name”, He chastens those who claim to believe in the Scripture revealed through Moses, but really do not.  Yahuchanon (John) 5:46-47 then says “if you had believed Moses, you would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me.”   His next statement, however, truly reveals the fallacy of the Big Lie above:
“But if you do not believe his writings, how shall you believe my words?

Over and over again, the Savior talks about the importance of a firm foundation, building on His Rock as opposed to shifting sand.

When it comes to a single section of Scripture which encapsulates the rebuttal to the Big Lie, my own personal favorite is almost certainly Deuteronomy chapter 30.  In speaking to the children of Israel shortly before his own death, Moses clearly knew* what would happen to them, and how they would turn to “other gods”, to idolatry, and ultimately be exiled from the land and scattered.  As such, he laid out for them not only a clear warning, but a clear choice.  And in one eloquent, and perhaps even sarcastic, exposition, Moses demolishes every aspect of the bogus claim that following the Torah of YHVH is “too hard” for us.**

Debarim (Deuteronomy) 30:10-14
“For this commandment which I command you today [is] not [too] mysterious for you, nor [is] it far off.
It [is] not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’
Nor [is] it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ “

That pretty well sums it up.  No… (A) it’s NOT too hard for you, and (B) you don’t have any excuse for claiming otherwise!

“But the word [is] very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may do it.

Over and over again, Scripture says that the essence of what it means to “love Him” is to follow His teachings and obey Him, with “all our heart”, and “all our soul”.  Remember, too, that the Hebrew word for “hear” (shema) is an ACTIVE word…it really means “hear and OBEY!”  Do!

And there is another equally compelling understanding about what has been “done away with”, and what, most certainly, has NOT!  That can be found in the TWO witnesses called in verse 19:

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live…
…that you may love YHVH your Elohim, that you may obey His voice…”

What is interesting about those two witnesses in particular is that — unlike EVERY single other living person who heard those Words that day — they are STILL here for us now!  Each of us can look around and see them.  And they are the SAME two witnesses that your Savior invoked in His “sermon on the mount”, quoted in Matt. 5:17-19:

“Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.  I did NOT come to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or one tittle will by any means pass from the Torah until ALL is fulfilled. ”

Yahushua Himself confirms that He did NOT come to “do away with” his own instruction (“torah”) and references the same two witnesses that Moses did to emphasize the point!

And finally, as we now enter into the period of the Fall Feasts, it is important to remember one more thing that these same verses help make so very clear.  Not only do “heaven and earth” still witness to the Truth that He ‘changes not’, and that we are to keep and obey “His statutes, His judgments, and His commandments” — but that “all” is certainly NOT yet fulfilled that He has promised!

While those who do not know Him may indeed find that their hearts fail for fear, other witnesses, like Shaul in I Thess. 5, tell us that we should NOT be “overtaken” by what is coming, because we can walk in His light.  IF we are obedient to Him, and learn to follow His voice, and His instruction.

This same verse, Debarim 30:19, also provides perhaps the most succinct summary outside of John/Yahuchanan 14:15 of the choices we face:
to serve YHVH or ‘the adversary’ – life or death – blessing or cursing:

…I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life…”

It’s an open book test — and He has already given us the answer.  Choose life!


*  Deut. 31:27, etc.

** Do NOT be fooled by the    (sunday – shuffle;   the Constantinian Con)  the fact that salvation is a free gift, and cannot be “earned”, does NOT in the LEAST mean that our Father does not expect those who love Him to be obedient to Him!  After all, given all that He has done for US, what is our “reasonable service”?  And, fer cryin’ out loud — “why do call ye Me, Lord, Lord, and not DO the things which I say?”  (Luke 6:46)