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The Precious Blood

In this brief article, I want to touch on this inexhaustible subject of the Blood of our Savior, what makes it so precious and why it has a power as infinite as the One who shed it. I will also show some ELS (Equadistant-letter-sequences) on the blood as found in the Torah…

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The Torah before Noah – A Refutation of Noachide Theology

A series of questions that appear to refute the claim that the Noachide laws were the only Torah given to mankind before Mt. Sinai by listing the scriptural and Jewish references to the Torah as existing before the Flood, let alone Mt. Sinai.

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The End-Time Distraction

Worrying about the future, living in fear of what might happen takes our focus away from the present…and, in extreme cases, can actually cause us to violate one of the basic precepts of Torah: Being a light to the world.

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Orthodox Conversion: A Biblical Perspective

There are several Rabbis in the Messianic movement who have high levels of smichah, but they are scattered and isolated. I believe that we need to be uniting these leaders so that they can form a Beit Din to oversee the conversion process within a believing community, so that those who are seeking conversion out of proper motives can do it without denying their faith.

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Messanic Apologetics 101

The foundational premise of all Messianic Jewish apologetics is this: one must reduce every argument to a Torah argument alone. This is based on the understanding that the Prophets and Writers could not add to or subtract from the Torah which is the Word that G-d commanded to Israel, and neither can we do so. Thus, the first question in any apologetic discussion should be “where is this (argument) found in the Torah?”

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Who Was Paul and What Did He Preach?

Rabbi Shaul, otherwise known as Paul the Apostle, was a Pharisee, even as a believer in Messiah and a teacher to the nations. He taught what was considered in his day to be “Judaism” and thus the Torah and the Prophets and Writings were the central foundation to all his teachings. It is from this foundation that he taught and taught others to follow. This is a scripture-only reference list of who Paul said he was, and what he said he preached.

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Judaic Classics Online

A list of classic Judaic literature and reference materials available fully online for free in Hebrew and English. Materials include the Tanach, classic Jewish Commentaries (Rashi, Ramban, Rambam), Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi and various commentaries, Kabbalah literature, all Midrash Halacha, all Midrash Aggadah, major Halachic Works, and many classic works of Jewish Ethics and Philosophy.

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The Documented History of Torah Observant Believers

A timeline of Messianic Sabbath Keepers from 0 CE to 2000 CE compiled by H. J. Ledbetter.

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Why Must All Teaching Be Tested By Torah?

We are to limit our understanding about the Messiah and what he taught, to the boundaries of HaDavar – the Word that HaShem commanded (mitzvah), that is, the Tablets, the Torah, and the Mitzvah. Anything else in addition, or subtraction of that, and thus of the Messiah, is according to Hashem equatable to those who engaged in fornication in the incident of Baal Peor.

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Understanding Matt 21:19, and Mark 11:14 (A Cursed Fig Tree)

Understanding Yeshua cursing the fig tree requires one to read about Adam and Eve and the fig leaves they covered themselves with, and to understand how the Jewish idiom of “studying under the fig tree” means to study about the Messiah. To study about the Messiah and not obey him, is the reason the Messiah cursed the fruitless, leaf-only fig tree – even though it was out of season.

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