With love from your Torah Observant Brothers and Sisters
My dearest brothers and sisters in Christ,
A mass exodus from man-made religions has been happening over the last few years, specifically since the fulfillment of the Revelation 12 prophecy in 2017, but much more frequently over the last few months, even weeks. Unfortunately, many of these once avid believers were subsequently led astray by various new age deceptions or have abandoned their faith all together. However, an ever-growing number of us took a different route- we all have a very similar testimony, in fact. More and more things that we were being taught at church started to contradict Scripture, and our pastors and religions avoided answering any questions that challenged their doctrines like the plague. Everyone online started constantly bickering over different doctrines and clashing over theologies. We all claim to serve the same God and love Jesus, but that’s hard to believe based on our actions.
So, those of us who started noticing these issues started seeking out wisdom and truth. We hungered and thirsted for it, going to our Father in earnest prayer asking for His Holy Spirit to be our teacher. We asked that the blinders be torn off, and we received. (Matthew 7:8) False teachings and inherited generations old lies became like flashing neon signs.
“Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, worthless things in which there is no profit." -Jeremiah 16:19
A new, clearer understanding of the Word came upon us like HD vision. The Holy Spirit began to convict us to return to keeping the law, or Torah, which we had once been taught had been abolished. A collective revelation of the true meaning and context behind the letters of Paul also took place, understanding what Peter warned us of in 2 Peter 3:16. We recognized “The Way” Paul speaks of in Acts 24:14 to be following the teachings of the whole Bible, being that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, and then we are sanctified through our repentance, or turning away from our fleshly ways and good works. As James 2:17 tells us, faith without works is dead. We are not promoting a works-based salvation, as is the common misconception. Works without faith is just as dead as faith without works. (James 2:18) We must have both. (For more information on understanding the history and concepts in the gospel and letters of Paul, I highly recommend checking out this teaching, also available here in a book for $5.)
We are constantly called Judaizers, heretics, false teachers, mocked, and persecuted by our brothers and sisters for speaking of the joy we have found in turning back to Torah, and the fulfillment spiritually that it has brought us. Were not the apostles and early followers of Christ called these things as well? Remember, it was the Jews and the Romans who conspired to have our Messiah crucified. One taught works-based salvation, an didn’t accept Jesus as the Messiah. The other eventually accepted Jesus as the Messiah but threw out the law, and literally despised the Israelites, God’s chosen people. Jesus preached the law, better yet the spirit behind the law, and his disciples were martyred for sharing his gospel. Paul also taught and followed the law and was often persecuted by both the Romans and Jews (Colossians). These early believers were followers of “The Way”, also known as the “Natsarim”. Today you will most often see us called “Torah Observant Christians”, or Messianic Jews”, but we are the same followers of Jesus that existed in Acts before the Westernization of the church largely made by the Emperor Constantine. The amount of ridicule we are facing by our own community is a direct parallel to that which the apostles faced.
"But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets" -Acts 24:14
Now brothers and sisters, I understand how hard it can be to even start to question what you’ve always known, and I assure you, this road hasn’t been easy for any of us. Turn your attention to the truth instead of allowing emotions to rule. Have we become your enemy for speaking the truth? (Galatians 4:16) I ask that you think about these things:
-Why would we try to share any of this information so passionately, losing family, friends, changing our entire lifestyles, and facing constant ridicule, if not coming from a place of genuine love and concern? What do we gain from spending our time trying to share the wisdom we have found only to be met with constant stonewalls and mockery?
-What are the historical and biblical roots of your current religious practices, beliefs, and traditions? If there is anything that we have learned over the last year, it’s that the world is a lot more complicated than it looks on the surface, along with everything in it. Everything coming to light as of late should show us just how deeply rooted and intricate the enemy’s plan really is.
"For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness." -2 Corinthians 11:13-15
-Have these times not been prophesied for thousands of years? Has the enemy not known these times were imminent and had plenty of time to plan and execute a generations and generations old strategy? Don’t you think he’s had time to infiltrate all the right places to cause deceit? (Free masonry, Illuminati families, corrupt “church” leaders and popes, etc.)
"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions" -2 Timothy 4:3
-Have you personally taken any of these concepts up in prayer? What if you’ve been being misled? Wouldn’t you want to know, so you can make sure that you’re right? Or are you more devoted to defending doctrines of man and religious traditions?
"but test everything; hold fast what is good." -1 Thessalonians 5:21
Open up your Bible and let the Holy Spirit be your teacher. It’s all that you need. Get off of TikTok and Youtube for a few weeks and stop letting your beliefs be influenced by the world.
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you." -John 14:26
Now friends, if you decide after doing this that you don’t agree or you just believe us to be totally wrong, that is okay. What is not okay is the current behavior of mocking, bearing false testimony, gossip, or other attacks against each other. Are we not commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves? Why does this seem to stop short of our Torah Observant brothers and sisters, or anyone else with a different understanding? I will also kindly remind you all that a false teacher is not someone whose interpretation of the Word is something that you don’t agree with or that goes against your religion or pastor’s teachings. Deuteronomy 13 defines a false teacher. If we cannot converse and learn together with love, joy, peacefully and with patience, kindness, goodness and gentleness, always using self control (Galatians 5:22), then we are better off not speaking. (Proverbs 10:31) Every single one of us will forever be a student, learning and growing at different paces until this Earth passes away.
My main purpose in writing this is to plead with all believers and followers of Jesus Christ, Yeshua Hamashiach, that we would all set Godly examples and show dignity and respect for one another, regardless of where we are in our individual walks, lest we not be a stumbling block for others, or perish for our arrogance or lack of knowledge and wisdom. The world is watching us, and the enemy is laughing at us. This behavior has to stop.
"We put no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything." -2 Corinthians 6:3-10
Shalom, Peace to All.
May YHWH our God and our Father bless you and keep you all.
A Sister in Christ