Monday, October 29, 2007

Mangdiddles is a hit in Brussels!


I am not sure why, because most people don't leave feedback, but our traffic has went through the roof here at Mangdiddles. I have seen about a 70% increase in visitors in the last week, mostly from Brussels; Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest to be exact.
If anyone can explain what is causing it, please let me know - in the meantime, keep coming back, we like having you around.



Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, Sunday, the Apostles and the Church Fathers.

I was talking to a good friend of mine, Jim Denman, tonight about the Festivals of God, and there are a few things I'd like to write about.

It is interesting that when a person or family decides that they want to do the Festivals (Passover, Tabernacles, Trumpets, etc.) they almost instantly come under fire from other Christians. People in the world generally don't have a problem with it, but our Christian brothers and sisters seem to be irritated by our doing them.

I can remember being very irritated by the thought of "keeping the Law". In fact, I was very verbal about my irritation - I was so angry that I set out to prove this nonsense wrong through the scriptures. In my quest, I found that Jesus kept all of them; in fact, He made it a point to keep them all - even Hanukkah! Yes, you read it right, even Hanukkah.

"John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication (i.e., Hanukkah), and it was winter."

So why all of the fuss from Christians about other Christians keeping the Festivals?
I can only tell you why it bothered me so much, and that is because I knew that if we were supposed to be doing these things, then my entire life was going to have to change - my whole life; all the way down to my eating habits, and when I mow my lawn.

Yes, even when I mow my lawn. I used to do that on Saturday, but now we rest.

This leads me back to Jim. He made a point that really hit home with me. He said, "How could it ever be wrong to do anything that Jesus did?"
It makes perfect sense to me.

One more thing; about the Sabbath - lets say that the apostles, or the "church fathers"
did change the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday. Who are they to change the day that God called "My Sabbath (Exd 31:13, Lev 19:3, Lev 19:30, Lev 26:2, Isa 56:4, Eze 20:12, Eze 20:13, and many more)"? Better yet, how can the Torah be "never changing; not one jot or tittle shall pass, etc. if the apostles and church fathers can just go in there and swap days around? What value would Sunday have over the day that God ordained to be His Sabbath? Did He rest from creating the creation on Sunday? No. No matter what any man says, the day that He instituted for our rest is the same day that He Himself rested on. Saturday.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Shabbat Candles...

I am in the field today, so Shabbat Shalom, I'll be back Saturday night or Sunday morning.



Thursday, October 25, 2007

Watch.

I hope Koenig doesn't mind me doing this, but this is his whole front page at www.watch.org.
If you have never been to his sight, or heard him speak, Bill Koenig is a Christian and a White House correspondent with a very good grip on current events. Add his sight to your favorites, and start checking it out today. There aren't too many people in this country that are as informed as he.

Coincidence? ..I think not.

WorldWatchDaily

This Weeks Torah Reading -
Genesis 18: 1-22:24 - Sodom and Gomorrah

Christian News

President George W. Bush and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
tours the devastation in Rancho Bernardo in San Diego County
Thursday, October 25, 2007. AP Photo.

Christian News

President Bush escorts Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as they walk through the
remains of a home that was damaged by the California wildfires,
Thursday, October 25, 2007, in San Diego, CA. AP Photo

Christian News

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the co-sponsor of the bill that gave Dalai Lama a
Congressional Gold Medal, attends Dalai Lama's Capitol Hill
ceremony, Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Getty photo

Christian News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, and President Bush greet
the Dalai Lama in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Wednesday, October 17, 2007,
as he arrives for the Congressional Gold Medal ceremony in his honor.

Christian News

Rice calls for peace in Bethlehem, Wednesday, October 17, 2007.
She leaves Jerusalem on Thursday, October 18, 2007, after saying it is time for
a Palestinian state and having pressured Israel to divide Jerusalem.

Christian News

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday, October 12, 2007, signs into
law SB777 a bill outlawing terms perceived as negative to 'gays' in schools

Christian News

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders paused as he explained his change
of heart on the issue of same-sex marriage during an emotional news conference
Thursday, September 20, 2007. Sanders was joined by his wife, Rana Sampson.


Chuck Norris Facts, Google and Worldnetdaily.com

Google Chuck Norris (case sensitive), and here's what you will see:


Ever wonder what Chuck Norris is up to? Check out his article on Worldnetdaily.com here.
And speaking of Chuck Norris, here's some new facts from Chucknorrisfacts.com...

1. Guns don't kill people, Chuck Norris kills people.
2. There is no chin underneath Chuck Norris' beard, only another fist.
3. The chief export of Chuck Norris is pain.
4. Chuck Norris doesn't read books, he stares them down until they give him the information he wants.
5. Chuck Norris is currently suing NBC for using the trademarked names of his left and right legs; Law and Order.
6. Chuck Norris is so fast that he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
7. Chuck Norris' hand alone beats a Royal Flush.
8. Chuck Norris doesn't get "frost bite", Chuck Norris bites frost.
9. Chuck Norris is the reason Waldo is hiding.
10. Chuck Norris can slam a revolving door.

Good news from Gaza

Proportional reaction- I love it.

from Arutz Sheva 7 news
A committee headed by Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai has recommended that electricity supplied by Israel be cut off to northern Gaza during certain evening and nighttime hours. The city of Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza, and environs, comprise the area from which most of the Kassam rockets are fired. The committee also recommends cutting down Israel's supply of fuel and goods to Gaza.


From what I understand, Israel is going to shut down more power every time a rocket is fired. Being as the "Palestinians" are a "people" without any reserve, they will be completely in the dark soon. Of course, they will blame Israel for the lack of energy, and the media will shake their finger at the coldness of the Israeli oppressors, but we know the truth:
no rockets, no power shut down.

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In other news, the US just gave Abbas 410 million dollars. For what you might ask? My guess would be appeasement.
President Bush is starting to make me a little nervous. He says that he supports Israel, yet scratches their enemies back every day.


Monday, October 22, 2007

Olmert, Abbas, Jerusalem & a Petition

Words can not describe how wrong the idea of dividing Jerusalem is. Especoially with a bunch of anti-semitic thugs like those of the fabled "Palestinian State".
Watch this video, then sign the petition here.

The Patriot Post Blog

I have been getting the newsletter from the Patriot Post for a few years now, and I had no idea that they had a blog... until now.


Mexican flag hung above American? I don't think so.

This is one of the best videos I have seen yet.
This veteran makes an awesome point: If they want to come over here and fight, they can. Until that happens though, nobody flies another countries flag above the American flag. As a veteran myself, I agree whole heartedly.


Notice that the business owner has no reply - he probably didn't put much thought into what he was doing. To him, he was just showing Mexican pride; to a veteran, he was not only showing disrespect for America, he was saying that Mexico has conquered the US.
No country has the right to fly in the position of honor above the American flag on American soil - not after the amount of life we have given up in order to attain it.

UPDATE:

Here's an interview with the guy who cut it down.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Shabbat Shalom, 'yall.

I have a feeling that I won't be able to post again today, so Shabbat Shalom to all of you (the audience is growing!). I have a good friend and fellow patriot that is back from basic training because of a death in the family, so I want to ask that you pray for his family.

Just a quick update on the news; Rush's smear letter is bringing in over 2 million dollars for a Marine charity, and has had over a million views. Ironically, Harry Reid is trying to take credit for the good deed, but we all know that it was his foul motives that got it started - not his big heart.
China is mad at us for coddling the Dali Lama (I'm pretty upset about that myself), and we are mad at Israel for visiting Russia.
South Korea wants us to just get along with North Korea, which sounds like they have forgotten why there is a North and South Korea to begin with.
Hillary is getting even more money from the Communist Chinese, this time it is "busboys".
And there was a fuel tanker hijacked in Baltimore this morning.

...and Pakistan is a bloody mess.


I will leave you today with this beautiful picture of a Sabbath table. It is not ours, so I hope they don't mind my posting the photo. To see it in its original context, go here.




1963 Ford Falcon still for sale or trade

As of today, June 1 2008, this is still for sale - I had a deal that fell through, and it is sitting in my garage still. email me at" romans833@yahoo.com if you would like to make a deal.

Yes, I still have my Falcon for sale - I am asking $3500 for it, but will bend. To tell you the truth, I would like to trade for an old (late 30's to early 50's) truck; something with fat fenders.

The Falcon has some bubbles in the paint around the fenders, and is starting to rust a little around the edges, so I don't want to drive it this winter. It would be good if I could get a truck before the first snow fall, and somebody could have this in the garage before winter hits.
It has about 5,000 miles on a rebuilt 170 straight 6, and the tranny is a 2-speed Ford-o-matic. The tranny slips a bit, but a friend told me that it just needs the "bands tightened". I've never tightened the bands in a transmission, and I don't intend to learn on this car.


The motor is very clean, but there is an oil leak on the pan gasket that needs replaced.


All of the glass is good.


The back seat is in excellent condition, but the front seat cushion has some tears in it, and could use a seat cover, or replaced.

Leave a comment with your email if you want more info, pictures, or want to come and see it.
I drive it to work every day (10 miles one way), and to Lafayette, IN when I need to, and it has never failed me.
It has a new battery, starter solenoid, shocks, tires, and much, much more.

UPDATE: The car has spent the winter in the garage in the background of the top picture, and I start is every 2 or 3 weeks.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Case in point - All because they hate President Bush

I guess that last post was more timely than I thought. The few good men are not going to come from the Democratic Left Wing lunatics in the government. Listen to this Democratic rant. Remember, as you are watching this vile, hate-mongering representation of an American
Keep in mind that you and I pay his salary.


Where are you going to get that money? Are you going to tell us lies like you're telling us today? Is that how you're going to fund the war? You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."


A few good men .

Our country needs a few good leaders - leaders who are capable of stating the truth, standing up for what is right, and staying there when the "immoral majority" gives them slack.

Remember the words of Samuel Adams: "It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

I hate war - I have been in one, and it is not fun (Desert Storm was a cake-walk compared to what our troops are going through right now), but it should never escape the mind of Americans that it is sometimes necessary. It doesn't matter what has happened in the past. The fact is that we are there, and we need to be in full support of our government for the sake of freedom; ours and the Iraqi's, because if the enemy is not defeated there, we will be fighting them with the help of our own children in our own back yards. We have too much at risk to be bickering and pandering in hopes of winning a seat in the "Big Boy chair".
When did politics take precedence over the security of our nation? My personal opinion is that it began during Carter's term, but that is beside the point - we, as a whole need to look at the big picture.
The political arena makes me sick when I look at the poor motives displayed by the opponents of our nations president. It doesn't matter if you love him or hate him, his position demands respect; he is th ePresident of the United States of America for crying out loud. Yet even in time of war, politics are driving every major decision taking place in the House and Senate, from condemning Turkey's actions a hundred years ago, to visiting the leaders of enemy nations. It is despicable.
We have let down the very people who are fighting over there if we do not stand up and take hold of victory - think about it.

...stepping down off of soapbox.



A Christian Halloween? Think again.

A word of caution to all of those Christians who are going to "do" Halloween this year:
It is wrong, and God doesn't like it.

These may be harsh sounding words, but God's Word tells us this very thing, in no uncertain terms.
Check out 1 Thessalonian 5:22 - Abstain from all appearance of evil.
That's pretty cut and dry, being as Halloween is centered around the "appearance of evil".
We are to "not be like the Pagans"! We are supposed to be a holy (set apart) people, and yet on my way home from work every day, I see at least two churches that are holding their own Halloween parties.
Personally, I don't think that we should have an alternative party either, like a "Fall Festival", or a "Hallelujah-Party" (our church used to do these things at one time). One reason for my being against this is the fact that it teaches our kids that we do the things the world does, as long as we call it something different.
There are scores of scriptures in the bible that warn us of doing the things that the godless do. With Halloween, it is really a no-brainer, considering it is based and rooted in evil. If we call it a hallelujah party, and it is rooted in evil, it is still evil. I can look at pictures of naked women in a church setting and call it "recreational photography", but in the end, it is still pornography.

Abe Lincoln used to ask people a riddle-like question that went like this; "If we call a dog's tail a leg, how many legs does the dog have?" The majority of the people answered "5", to which Abe replied, "Not true. No matter what we call a dog's tail, it remains a tail. The dog has four legs."

The moral of course is that it doesn't matter what we call an evil practice, it is still evil.

Not convinced that it is an evil holiday? Keep reading.

by: Mike Wasdin

Halloween is a celebration of hallowed souls on All Saints Day, which is on November 1st, hence the term “Halloween.” Halloween is short for “the eve before All Hallows’ Day,” referring to saints who were “hallowed” spirits. Trying to extinguish the lingering Pagan influence in Europe , the Christian church decided All Saints’ Day should fall on November 1st to make it correspond with the traditional Celtic Pagan Festival of the Harvest.

Some people showed more interest in honoring their dead ancestors than in honoring dead saints. To try to curb this un-Christian tradition, the Church instituted another holiday known as All Souls’ Day, held on November 2nd. Christians were encouraged to pray for souls in purgatory on All Souls’ Day. Prior to that, Pagans celebrated Samhain (celebration of the New Year’s Day for the Pagan Celts). Since the year was divided into only two seasons, Samhain celebrated the end of summer.



Russia is "Putin" on the Democratic talking points

Is that John Edwards? Hillary? Obama?
No, silly! That is Russia's self proclaimed ruler, calling for a deadline for troop removal in Iraq.

........................
Yahoo News

...Putin told the United States to set a date for withdrawing all troops from Iraq and said it was "absolutely unacceptable to keep the occupation force in place...for eternity.

He warned Washington against striking Iran, whose nuclear programme has been the subject of United Nations sanctions.

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Oh, the shame. The Democratic Party has effectively aligned itself with the Islamic Terrorist, The Persian (Iranian) Terrorists, and the Russian government. At what point will their base call them out on this?




Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Brought to you by the Religion of Peace.

Daffodils...

lilacs...

fluffy clouds...

purring kittens...

...and this guy.



All cuddly, lovable images of "peace", don't you think?

The Love is waxing cold in Phoenix.


Man, talk about seeing scriptural prophecy coming to life right before your eyes.
These reprobates actually stole the groceries of a dying man. What's that? Why didn't anybody stop to help him? Someone did - and his bag got stolen too.

Breitbart.com

MESA, Ariz., Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The sight of an old man being hit by a truck in Arizona touched off a feeding frenzy among witnesses who allegedly stole the dying victim's groceries.

Not only were the man's groceries taken, but the only person who tried to help him also had his own bags taken.

Mesa police told KPHO-TV in nearby Phoenix that the scavengers could face theft charges if they are eventually tracked down.

The elderly victim was waiting for a bus Tuesday night when a pickup truck swerved off the road and plowed into the stop. The man was sent flying as were his bags of groceries.

As the truck sped off with a white plastic bag flapping on its grill, witnesses began grabbing whatever scattered food they could get their hands on. Boro Mitrovich, who was himself nearly struck, said he ran to help the man and had his bag disappear as well.

"One minute it was on the ground, the next minute it was gone," Mitrovich told KPHO.

Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Democratic Nancy Pelosi Turkey War - Iraq Invasion soon.

Turkey is getting ready to invade Iraq, and they just passed a resolution that enables them to go to war with the Kurds. Evidently they aren't joking about it either, because they have about 60,000 troops on the boarded, ready to enter.

Not to worry though, they are our allies. Well... were our allies, until the Democrats decided to start condemning them for genocide that happened a hundred years ago. Now, I don't want to make light of what they did a hundred years ago, but do you think it is coincidental that as soon as a few good reports on our campaign Iraq hit the news, the Democrats decide to attack the country that is the biggest staging point for our military? Nancy Pelosi needs to stop hating America for just a few minutes - just long enough to realize that she is a traitor, and is harming American troops.

Have the Democrats thought about condemning the Soviets, or Communist China for the attrocities they have engaged in throughout history? What makes Turkey's actions (100 years ago) stand out? The answer is this: the Democrats know that they have a chance to turn our allies against us, which will effectively hurt our war effort. If our effort in this war is defeated, then they can continue to oppose our victory - if we are winning, they have to admit that they were wrong... and they would rather see our troops die in Iraq and Afghanistan than to admit something like that.

And no, I haven't altered that picture.



Putin and Ahmadinejad, BFF



I am not sure of the significance of Putin's sign, but any way you slice it, these are two evil dudes.
Personally, I think that their union paves the way for the Russian invasion of Israel. Think about it; we are too strung out to get into another conflict, and Israel won't let Iran get the bomb...
Putin has made it clear that they will help Iran if they are attacked - if Israel attacks Iran, Russia has no choice but to retaliate against Israel.

Its a good thing we know how it all ends. Of course, I could just be a complete paranoid weirdo too. Either way, it is getting interesting.

Monday, October 15, 2007

The Pope has left the building.

Mo, you may not want to get caught reading this one.

OK, so lets get this straight; during a ceremony in Poland marking the second anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death, somebody took a photo of the bonfire, and saw John Paul II "with his right hand raised in blessing".

Never mind the fact that this is totally not scriptural, and focus on the state of the late John Paul the 2nd.

Hmmmm...



He's on fire, and he's still hunched over, so he definitely hasn't gotten a glorified body yet...and surely he's hot being in the midst of a bonfire and all...

One has to wonder what the residing Pope has to say about this, being as the Catholic church believes that he is the one and only mouthpiece of God. I mean, as the Vicariouso (substitution) of Christ, he must be a little irritated by the visit. This raises all sorts of questions, doesn't it? Do they both have the divine authority over the souls of mankind, even if one of them is in a bonfire, waving at people from the grave? Why isn't Paul the 2nd with in the presence of Christ like the bible says he should be?
If I were to find a picture of John Paul II emblazoned in the uppermost layer of burnt cheese on my lasagna, could I sell it on eBay for thousands of dollars... or would it be blasphemous?

I can joke like this because I already know the truth. See, I have obtained digitally enhanced copies of this photo, and after much analysis, I have come to realize that its not JP II after all. Here's the close-up:
Thank you, thank you very much.

Lekarev Report has it.

To My American Subscribers

If you are disturbed by the issues reported above, specifically the renewal of dialogue with Syria whom President Bush named as one of the three countries in the 'axis of evil' after September 11, then I urge you to email the White House and your Senator and Congressman expressing your feelings.

To email the President, write to president@whitehouse.gov

For your specific Senator and Congressman, go to www.congress.gov to look up their names and you will find their emails there.

Stay Tuned

There are some changes coming down the pike at Mangdiddles.
Please stay tuned, and leave feedback.

I have been getting a lot of hits from people looking for information on Messianic topics of study, so I will be posting more tidbits as I get them. If there is a specific topic that you would like to read more about, let me know by way of a comment,and I will do my best to get some info posted on it.



In the meantime, keep checking back, as things change rapidly around here.


Sunday, October 14, 2007

Sea of Galilee in the morning

Here's a shot of the Sea of Galilee to get you started this morning.
(taken from the Jerusalem Post online)



Mangdiddles again!

We are officially just Mangdiddles.com again... at least for the next 5 years. mangdiddles.blogspot.com will still work, and if you know my name, you can type it in as one word with a dot com, and that will take you here too (www.firstlast.com).

Eventually, I will transfer all of this to my own server, but that may take a while...

Now I can relax a little.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Shabbat Shalom... you too Ann.

In case I don't get to post again, Shabbat Shalom, and have a good Rosh Chodesh celebration!

Messianic radio statin info & update

I posted recently about Messianic radio stations, and gave a link to a station that had some decent teaching on it. As I kept listening to it, I noticed that some of it was a little flaky, and the thing repeats itself after a couple hours.

I have an alternative - try Beth Tikkun Ministries by clicking here.Download any one of those teachings, and you will get good Hebrew Roots / Torah teaching from Grant Luton. He is a joy to listen to.
There is also Torah Resource with Tim Hegg's free audio downloads of the Matthew commentary.

Here's a list of Messianic Podcasts. Please note that I do not recommend every one of these downloads - in fact, there are a few that I know I don't care for. If you want to know which ones and why, leave a comment and I will email you.

Not so amazing, Ann.

This is a perfect example of what I was talking about earlier.
Ann Coulter has brought the argument that I was making into the national spotlight.
It goes like this:

Ann invited Donny Deutsch, the host of the CNBC show, “The Big Idea,” to “come to church with me.”

Deutsch, who is Jewish, clearly could not believe what he was hearing, and reworded his question to the outspoken columnist: We should just throw Judaism away and we should all be Christians?

Coulter’s response: “Yeah.

Deutsch attempted during the interview to pin down what appeared to be Coulter’s clearly anti-Semitic stance. She didn’t budge. “We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say….

His response: “Wow, you didn’t really say that, did you?”

Coulter’s answer: “Yes. That is what Christianity is. We believe in the Old Testament, but ours is more like Federal Express. [While] You [Jews] have to obey laws...

Notice the disgust in Deutsch's reply? In essence, Ann is telling him to turn his back on the very heritage and tradition given (for the most part) to the Jews by Moses - "throw Judaism away". What she is missing is the fact that the Jesus she serves was and is a Jewish rabbi.
"We believe in the Old Testament, but ours is like Federal Express. You have to obey laws..."

And Christians don't? I understand fully what she is trying to say, but do you see the problem with it? Why are Christians so upset about the removal of the Ten Commandments then?
This goes back to the church's teaching of the "Moral, Ceremonial and Sacrificial Laws" doctrine. Coincidently, this doctrine is nowhere to be found in either the Old or New Testaments.
We, as Christians, know that we are not to steel, murder or rape, yet when it comes to "remember the Sabbath and keep it holy", we say, "that was given to the Jews"... its number four out of a list of ten! Had God read more bible commentaries, He wouldn't have tucked the Sabbath in with those "moral" laws I suppose.

Belief in Yeshua does complete the Jew, but never at the expense of his heritage. On the contrary; Yeshua's grace enables the Jew to walk in the teachings of Torah, being justified by faith in Messiah - not in the works of the Law. We are justified by faith in the atoning work of Christ, which enables us to fulfill the righteous requirements of the Law, knowing that the penalty of sin and death has been paid for us by Him.




Thursday, October 11, 2007

Peter, lend me your ear!


Wow.
This gives new meaning to the term "Young Frankenstein".
I can't figure out which is creepier; the fact that this guy has an ear on his arm, or the fact that he looks just like Peter Boil... but with an ear on his arm.


Performance art indeed.

Martin Luthor said that...

Aaaah, our friend and "Church Father" Martin Luther...
It is not hard to see why church steered clear of all things Jewish when you start digging into the sayings of our Church Fathers.

I came across a paper I had written a while back on Martin Luther, and wanted to share a couple of paragraphs from his book called "On the Jews and Their Lies".

You might be shocked.

Martin Luther – 1543
On The Jews and Their Lies
What then shall we Christians do with this damned, rejected race of Jews? Since they live among us and we know about their lying and blasphemy and cursing, we can not tolerate them if we do not wish to share in their lies, curses, and blasphemy. In this way we cannot quench the inextinguishable fire of divine rage nor convert the Jews. We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity. Perhaps we may save a few from the fire and flames [of hell]. We must not seek vengeance. They are surely being punished a thousand times more than we might wish them. Let me give you my honest advice.
First, their synagogues should be set on fire, and whatever does not burn up should be covered or spread over with dirt so that no one may ever be able to see a cinder or stone of it. And this ought to be done for the honor of God and of Christianity in order that God may see that we are Christians, and that we have not wittingly tolerated or approved of such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of His Son and His Christians.
Secondly, their homes should likewise be broken down and destroyed. For they perpetrate the same things there that they do in their synagogues. For this reason they ought to be put under one roof or in a stable, like gypsies, in order that they may realize that they are not masters in our land, as they boast, but miserable captives, as they complain of incessantly before God with bitter wailing.
Thirdly, they should be deprived of their prayer-books and Talmuds in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught.
Fourthly, their rabbis must be forbidden under threat of death to teach any more...
Fifthly, passport and traveling privileges should be absolutely forbidden to the Jews. For they have no business in the rural districts since they are not nobles, nor officials, nor merchants, nor the like. Let them stay at home...If you princes and nobles do not close the road legally to such exploiters, then some troop ought to ride against them, for they will learn from this pamphlet what the Jews are and how to handle them and that they ought not to be protected. You ought not, you cannot protect them, unless in the eyes of God you want to share all their abomination...

I would like to add that their prayer books are mostly made up of scripture, and the Talmud is a compilation of rabbinical commentary on the "Old Testament".



Messianic Stuff... just for the record.

Jesus (Yeshua) the Prophet...

From Deuteronomy 13 New king James Version (click here to go there online)

Deut 1 - "If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods'--which you have not known--'and let us serve them,' 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.

Mang - The “evil in their midst” is the prophet that leads them away from walking in “the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk”. If Jesus’ (Yeshua's) work on the cross means that we no longer have to walk in God’s commandments, then he is a false prophet and worthy of death. Coincidently, this is why Jews don't adhere to the Jesus that the church offers them; they can not, because that Jesus says that they don't have to observe Torah any longer, thus making him a false prophet according to the very Torah that He fulfilled.

A King in Israel must…

Deuteronomy 17:14 "When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, 'I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,' 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, 'You shall not return that way again.' 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

18 "Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.

Mang - Notice that He and his children are to do the Law and Statutes. All of the festivals, including the 613 commandments, and the dietary laws fall into that category. In fact, every law that is mentioned in the entire Old Testament falls into this category, because Jesus said that the Book in its entirety speaks of Him – the Law (Torah) and the Prophets (making up the Tanach, or "Old Testament").

Also notice that he is to write the Law in the book of the priests. Personally, I believe (because of Jeremiah 31:31) that He will also be writing those commandments somewhere else from that throne. Jeremiah 31:31 says that He will write them in our hearts as well.

We know that He will reign from David’s throne, and we know that He has not, nor ever will break Torah – on the contrary, he will write it in our hearts, and He and we will do as the Father commanded forever.

I don’t want to poke the issue with a stick, but with Christmas coming up, I wanted to throw this in…

Christmas:

Exodus 32 (click here to see it online)

2 And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me." 3 So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. 4 And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf.

Then they said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!"

5 So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, "Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord." 6 Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

7 And the Lord said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. 8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it, and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!'" 9 And the Lord said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! 10 Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.

Mang - Aaron proclaimed a feast of the Lord that didn’t exist, and he intended to worship God with the pagan idol that he had made. The issue was not that they were worshiping the calf, but rather worshiping the Lord with the image of a calf, and then making up their own day in which to do it. God gets very angry, and threatens to wipe them out.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Lekarev Report: Noach

The more I read from this organization, the more I like them. Here, in its entirity, is this weeks Torah portion from the Lekarev Report, titled "Noach":
(special thanks to Tim Terry for showing their newsletter to me)


Noach

Beresheit/Genesis 6:9 - 11:32 Isaiah 66:1-24

The story of Noah and the flood is one of the best known biblical accounts and some could think that given its familiarity, what new insight could we possibly gain?

Id' like to share one with you that will probably be a new thought.

For in seven days' time I will make it rain upon the earth, forty days and forty nights, and I will blot out from the earth all existence that I created." Gen. 7:4

Noah had been building the Ark for 100 years and during that time had repeatedly appealed to his fellowmen to repent of their sin, warning that Hashem had promised to send massive judgment upon the earth in the form of a flood because of the corruption and wickedness of His creation.

When we come to the verse quoted here, the Ark is complete and Noah is about to enter the ark with his family and with the animals. At this point, Hashem says He will yet wait another seven days before commanding the rain to fall and the fountains of the deep to burst forth.

After 100 years, why wait another seven days??? Have you ever wondered?

The key to the answer is found in an earlier verse.

Hashem saw how great was man's wickedness on earth, and how every plan devised by his mind was nothing but evil all the time. And Hashem regretted that He had made man on earth, and His heart was grieved. Gen. 6:5-6

Hashem's heart was grieved when He witnessed the evil and corruption which had overtaken the family of man which He had created in His image and likeness. For 100 years He had given them opportunity to repent through Noah's outreach to their perverse minds and hearts. Wasn't that more than enough patience? Why at this juncture does He declare a seven day delay? I believe there are two reasons:

1) His overwhelming love and mercy towards mankind looks for every avenue to draw His creatures to repentance, even after 100 years of waiting! Maybe, just maybe, given another 7 days they will repent???

2) In Judaism we have a custom when a loved one dies. For seven days, we "sit shiva" which means for the first seven days after the death of a family member, we mourn over the loss in a concentrated fashion, remembering the good times, receiving comfort from visiting friends who come to pay their respects, etc.

By specifically calling for a SEVEN day delay, our Sages teach that Hashem Himself "sat shiva" and mourned over the deaths of all those whom He was about to destroy - His own creation. He was grieved. One translation says He was 'heart-broken' over man's corruption. Before inflicting judgment, the King of the Universe, Creator of all, grieved over what man's evil was drawing upon itself. Hashem 'sat shiva'.

Can we begin to fathom the depths of such Love?

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Ron Paul and the Paulestinians

I am going to coin a term here: Paulestinians.
Why Paulestinians? Because like the Palestinians, Paulestinians (followers of Ron Paul) have an ideology based on so much falsehood and myth that they have become delusional. Over at Littlegreenfootballs, Charles can't even include Ron Paul in his polls because they spike the results like a bunch of weirdos. What sort of person would want their guy to win by this sort of tactic? Paulestinians remind me of the morons that send spam emails in an attempt to get you to buy their product, or the mortgage advertisements on CNN that have the creepy dancing alien in the pink bikini - who in their right mind would side themselves with such people?

Speaking of aliens, I clicked on a link that lead me to believe it was a sight about electromagnetic propulsion (I needed it for school), and instead, I was taken to a UFO conspiracy site that went on about abductions and such. Lo and behold, on the left sidebar was a "Ron Paul 2008" image, along with a whole slew of flash advertisements for Ron Paul merchandise.

Maybe Ron Paul is responsible for those creepy alien adds...


At any rate, like the Palestinians, the Paulestinians don't really have a home either. Nor will they ever be capable of running a legitimate state, because they are not a legitimate people. Paulestinians and Palestinians both are to caught up in what they know is a falsehood, and they are so blinded by it that they can not conduct themselves like rational human beings.
Oddly enough, I've never seen a word written by Ron Paul; never heard the guy speak, so I can't really give an opinion on him politically.
If he is anything like his "followers", I've already had enough... although I'm sure he's still better than Hillary, but that's beside the point.

The truth in Israel


I am going to keep praying that Binyamin Netanyahu gets elected in Israel. They can't keep on scratching the enemie's back, only to get missiles dropped on innocent people in return. He tends to be the only voice of reason when it comes to people in leadership across the world - including Condoleezza Rice and George Bush.
Benyamin realizes that we need to kill the bad guys.



(from Arutz Sheva 7 News)
"What are you doing in this government?" he asked. "Do you really agree to let Hamas rule neighborhoods in Jerusalem?" Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to give the Palestinian Authority a state in Judea, Samaria, Gaza and much of Jerusalem is a danger to Israel, he said, "and you are not preventing the danger by sitting in the government. To the contrary - you are giving it legitimacy and allowing it to happen."

..."We want to make peace only with a true partner," Netanyahu said. Later on in his remarks, he added, "There is only one problem, Abu Mazen is not [Egyptian President Anwar] Sadat, he is only a partner for talking." At this stage, according to Netanyahu, it is the PA's turn to prove its good intentions, especially after Israel has done so much for the sake of peace.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Naturally 7 can feel it.


Ladies and Gentlemen, straight from a subway in Paris...
Naturally 7.


Who has more authority?

I went over Romans chapters two and three with my kids this morning. It has been a while since I've read it myself, so I think I got more out of it than they did.

Paul really brings home the message in chapter three that (Rom 3:20) "...by the deeds of the Law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin."
This tends to be the source of a lot of misunderstanding between the Messianic (Hebrew Roots / Torah) community, and the mainstream church. The church wants to say that because we are not justified by the Law, the Law is no longer valid in our lives. The Messianic believers recognize this, and we obey Torah not for justification, but out of obedience. We are not justified by the Law; to this we all agree. Paul says that the Law "is the knowledge of sin". Knowing that we are not justified by the Law does not make the Law void though - Paul just said that it shows us what sin is! We are to become like Yeshua, who was without sin right? Of course; Christ's likeness is the goal. None of us are without sin.
Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Paul said that justification comes through faith in what Christ did on the cross, without the deeds of the Law (Romans 3:28).
I am repeating myself because I think that we tend to miss the distinction between the two.

Paul asks in Romans 3:31: Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

See that? God forbid; we establish the Law. Does the Law justify us? Not at all. Are our sins forgiven because we obey Torah? Nope; on the contrary, as Paul said, that same Law points out our sin.
Knowing that it points out our sin, yet does not justify us, are we exempt from doing the Law? Paul said "God forbid... yea, we establish the Law".

As a father, if I want to establish a rule in my house, how successful will I be at it if I disregard the same rule in front of my family? Establishing a thing takes action. A business is not established by ignoring it, but rather by actively working at it. In the same way, a law is not established unless law abiding citizens obey it.
We establish the Law. Do we obey it because it saves us, and gives us special standing with the Lord? Hardly. Is it because we are forgiven of our sins by obeying Torah? Not at all.

We do these things because the Law points out sin - and we are not called to be sinners. A basic goal of the Christian is to become like the Messiah. We are saved by faith in His atoning work on the cross - nothing more, nothing less... but because we know that we Christ was without sin, and our goal is to be like Him, and His Word explicitly tells us that the Law tells us what sin is, then logic would tell us that we should be obeying that Law.
Again, not because we are justified by it, or because we are given special accolades for doing it, but because as a disciple of Christ, we want to be just like Him.

What you will find when you start looking into this "perfect Law of Liberty" is that when you begin to actively establish / obey it, you will find things that are thought to be given only to the Jewish people, and rightfully so, because our Master is a Jewish Rabbi.

I would encourage any believer in Christ to look into the Law that Christ obeyed - the same Law that He was required to obey down to the smallest "jot and tittle", but be careful! When you start looking at that Law, you are going to find quickly that it does indeed point out our sin!
I caution you because biblical definition doesn't exactly match up to the definition that the church gives.

...which one has more authority in your life?