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Hebrew Roots Movement, Pt. 1

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

This is not a ‘heresy hunting’ blog, everything we post here about other doctrines it’s because has affected us personally (or our love ones), or are answers to questions made by others. 3 brothers & sisters in the Lord in a period of 1 week sent or asked for information regarding this movement.

I just hope and pray this information here may be of help to you. I also want to ask readers for your prayers, for God to help everyone affected by these doctrines of the Hebrew Root Movement (HRM).

Also it is important to clarify that this group HRM differs in doctrine from many Messianic Jews and some of their leaders have shown publicly their concerns about HRM. See ‘One Law Two Sticks

Jewish believer Stephen Katz expresses his concerns when he says, “Much of the Jewish Roots Movement is actually based on later Jewish/rabbinic tradition. More importantly, the question of whether Gentiles need to add Jewish lifestyle and return to Jewish roots was settled by the Jerusalem Council described in Acts 15. The remarkable news of the Gospel is that, in Y’shua, Jews and Gentiles have direct access to God” (“The Jewish Roots Movement: Flowers and Thorns,” March 1, 2001).

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Hebrew Roots Movement, Pt. 2 – The Law

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

We will always find the disciples of Jesus in the New Testament preaching the “cross of Christ” and not ‘Torah (law) keeping’. Only 4 recommendations found in Acts 15 , plus the 3 commandments from Jesus about love is all that is required to Christians, but we are not without law, we now have the Law of Christ. Gal.6:2 & the doctrine (teachings) of Christ, we are in a New Covenant. The law of Christ, then, is to love God with all of our being, to love our neighbors as we love ourselves and He added a new commandment to His followers to love one another as HE loved us.

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Hebrew Roots, Pt. 3 – Sabbath

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

We don’t put down Christians because they want to observe the sabbath (seventh day of the week) or want to eat kosher, we can understand that if they have a Jewish background. But unfortunately most of the Hebrew Root Movement (HRM), 7th Day Adventist, Church of God, etc. do condemn us evangelical Christians as pagans or unsaved for not imitating them.

All these groups argue that Sunday worship was invented by the Roman Catholic Church, that Sunday is ‘sun’-day to worship the sun god, the mark of the beast, etc. But if Sunday is the day of the sun, then Saturday is the day of Saturn, and Monday the Moon day, etc. etc. If you find the doctrines of HRM are similar with the Church of God & 7th Day Adventists and the sacred name or Holy Spirit as a force same as Jehovah’s Witnesses, its not a coincidence, all these religious groups originated from the same source, William Miller’s (Millerites) doctrines, more here ‘One Law Two Sticks‘.

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Hebrew Roots, Pt. 4, Sabbath & Sacred Name

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

HRM completely twist Colossians 2:16 in order to proof their doctrine. If we are confused about a text or Bible verse, we should read 20 verses before and 20 verses after in order to read in context (20/20). If we are still confused, then we read the chapter before and the chapter after. In a video of a popular HRM ministry interpreting Col. 2:16 they jump back to verse 8 alone to explain vs.16, skipping the real context, unfortunately some people will accept it without checking. But there is not any proof that Gnostics were pressing Christians not to keep the Mosaic law, as HRM teaches.

Gnostics mainly attacked the Divinity of Jesus Christ & they still do today. Many founders of gnostic schools were identified as Jewish Christians by early Church Fathers. Gnostics of today that are involved in Judaism & Kabbalah still keep the Sabbath & the dietary laws, feast, etc, this is not against their teachings & it never was. Some scholars, including some Jewish scholars have postulated that there was originally a Jewish gnosticism, which influenced the early origins of gnosticism & that it was known by ‘Talmudic’ Rabbis. Also the Jewish Encyclopedia states: “There is no doubt that a Jewish gnosticism existed before a Christian or a Judeo-Christian gnosticism

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Hebrew Roots, Pt.5 – Two House or Ephraimite Doctrine

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

The ‘Two House’ interpretation is a very popular doctrine in the Hebrew Root Movement (HR) that believes in the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel, but like several of their doctrines it was made popular in America by the founder of ‘Worldwide Church of God‘ (WCG) Herbert Armstrong who vigorously promoted it.  He believed this teaching was the key to interpret bible prophecy correctly & was the ‘central plank’ of his theology. Check some of WCG doctrines.

Whosoever transgresseth (G3845 = depart) and abideth (G3306 = remain, stay, continue) not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”  2 John 1:9-11

 Hebrew Roots main doctrines are:

1/ Christians need to go back to their Hebrew Roots. And in order to understand Scriptures we need to have a Hebrew mind set. (WCG)

2/  The New Testament have errors of translation & it was originally written in Hebrew or Aramaic not Greek. HR are the only ones with the right interpretation. (This may seem light, but it is not. It is an attack on the reliability of the Word of God).

3/ Our accepted canon of Scripture is corrupted some books don’t belong. e,g Books of Hebrews, etc. They have their own new bible translations. & some teachers (e.g. James Scott Trimm) accept Apocryphal books as inspired scriptures.

4/ Jesus didn’t come to establish a new religion, nor to abolish the law or the Old Covenant. (WCG)

5/ Some HR teachers not all, deny the Deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, etc. (WCG )

6/ We are saved by faith but still need to obey the law of God, not only 10 commandments but the 613 commandments, sabbath, feasts & dietary laws. (WCG)

7/ Jesus came only for the lost ‘house of Israel’, the Ephraimites, the 10 Lost Tribes- “Two House” doctrine.  (WCG).  Also check Two House, Ephraimites, Lost Tribes

8/ Subtle (sometimes out right) denied of the Trinity or the person of the Holy Spirit. (WCG) see Christianity Today

9/ Many but not all HR groups consider mandatory the ‘Sacred Name’. (WCG).    

10/ Many use Jewish garments,  like tallits,  the fringes or tzitzi, which according to The Kabbalah Handbook pg.369, are ritually knotted using gematria (kabbalistic numerology). See more  Attractive Deception, Pt.8

If you noticed that the Church of God, the Seventh Day Adventist & the Jehovah’s Witnesses have several doctrines in common it is not just coincidence, all of the 3 groups sprung out of the teachings of Calvinist Baptist preacher William Miller.  His predictions that Christ would return between March 1843-1844 failed, & he died 1849, the disillusioned Millerites split into : The Seventh-Day Adventists . In 1858 some Adventist that didn’t agree with Hellen White separated and became the ‘Church of God Seventh Day’, officially in 1863. And also some Adventist became part of the movement of Calvinist Charles Rusell in 1870 (later Jehovah Witnesses).

The Worldwide Church of God (WCG) was founded in 1934 by Herbert W. Amstrong. It started as a church radio service after the ‘Church of God Seventh Day’ (were he was an ordained minister) split in 1933.  During the 1950s and 1960s it expanded and the radio program was broadcast in England, Australia, the Philippines, Latin America, and Africa. Armstrong was influenced by the works of John H. Allen (1847-1930) a co-founder of Church of God (Holiness).

Their belief about the 10 Lost Tribes has its roots in the reinterpretations of several biblical texts by the Talmud & the Kabbalah.  Before Armstrong & Allen the Ten Lost Tribes theme was found among some Talmudic rabbis (e.g. kabbalist rabbi Moses ben Issac Edrehi & his book “A Book of Miracles‘ published in London in 1834).

‘The interest of the fate of the Ten Lost Tribe received a new impetus from a number of developments, among them the growth of the kabbalah and the Jewish mysticism after the 16th century, including various messianic movements of them that of Shabbetai Zvi  (1626-1676) having the strongest impact.      . . .

Moses ben Issac Edrehi (1774-1842) a Moroccan-born rabbi and kabbalist who lived for many years in Amsterdam and London and eventually immigrated to the land of Israel is the author of two works dealing with the quest for the Ten Lost Tribes’.  – The Myth of the Ten Lost Tribes

Note: Sabbatai Tzvi was a kabbalist rabbi who claimed to be the Jewish messiah.

Herbert Armstrong claimed to be an apostle, & a prophet who possessed the key to unlock & understand biblical prophecy, one of these prophecies was that the world would end in 1975.  According to Armstrong’s doctrine, ‘the true Gentile believer is to consider himself physically descended from Israel. Not just grafted into the olive tree by faith. Not just the seed of Abraham by faith in the Messiah. But, rather, they are the actual, physical descendants of Israel. And if Israel, then they must live as Israel – by the Torah

Herbert W. Armstrong stated (same as Mormon founder Joseph Smith who was also a Freemason & kabbalist):   “When the ten northern tribes of Israel were removed from the land of Israel in 722 BC, they did not get lost but migrated as a nation north and west and settled in what is today Germany, the Scandina­vian countries and England.  When England be­gan to colonize North America, these descendants of the ten tribes of Israel also populated North America, as the white Anglo-Saxon race.  Since God is only going to save the White race from hell, these white people are the only true people of God. “. He was a very well known leader of the white supremacistIdentity movement‘. He was also a Freemason 33o degree. High degree Masons are gnostics & kabbalists because that’s their core doctrine.

He didn’t believe in the Trinity or person of the Holy Spirit, not the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and  emphasized in observing  the Sabbath, the feasts, and the dietary laws. Armstrong rejected traditional holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and the celebration of birthdays, stating that all of these were of pagan origin. They had strict dress codes & discouraged the use of medicine and doctors, they were expected to place faith in God for healing. Armstrong believed that the New Covenant was still in the future.

His son Garner was the voice and face of their tv program  ‘The World Tomorrow’, but doctrinal disagreements with his father and reports of gambling & adultery led to his suspension  in 1972. His sister Dorothy confessed to her brother that their father had molested her for 10 years of her childhood. Later Herbert Armstrong confessed to incest.

When Armstrong died in 1986  his successor Joseph W. Tkach made some major doctrinal changes. They were known as “Ephraimites,”  or also known as Two House” movement. After Tkach Sr. died in 1995 his son took over & more splits and doctrinal changes occurred.

As the worldwide Church of God was melting down in the late 1990’s many Church of God members jumped ship to join the Hebrew Roots/Messianic movement. . . Quite a few COG members joined up with the ‘Passion for Truth’ group. Armstrongism1.

Note: Passion for Truth is the ministry of HR Jim Staley

One of the early Hebrew Roots teachers with clear connections to the Worldwide Church of God is: Dean Wheelock, Dean & his wife Susan publish the magazine Hebrew Roots® since 1995. Dean Wheelock became a Worldwide Church of God member in 1968, attended Ambassador College founded by Armstrong, and later attended the Church of God International from 1979-1984.   Another early HR teacher who was a WCG member is William F. Dankenbring that has a Torah observance ministry at the time of this writing.

– ‘Two House’ followers believe that the House of Judah  are the Jews and the House of Israel or Ephraimites  are some Christians = the ten lost tribes (them) & will come together (back to their land of Israel) as the one bride of Christ, so Jesus can come.

This is a misinterpretation of the Scriptures, e.g. Gen. 48:19 were Jacob blesses his 2 grandsons born in Egypt, Manasseh & Ephraim ,  ‘but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations‘. Which they interpret the word nations as gentiles. Also we find in the book of Ezekiel 37:21 were he prophesied that Israel (Ephraim) will be regathered from among the nations back to their land. But it wouldn’t make sense if the nations (goyin) are to be understood as Ephraim. The idea that ‘goy’ always means gentiles is wrong, Israel was called ‘goy kadosh’ a holy nation. Today Jews use this blessing ‘May God make you as Ephraim & Manasseh’ (Gen.48:20) and it represents to them all the Jewish people born in the exile.

Israel (Ephraim) became the Northern kingdom that was taken captive by the Assyrians  around 722 BC and got dispersed (Jeremiah 7:15-16, 23-26) some of them intermarried the Assyrians & are known as the Samaritans. But somehow according to the Two House teachers this 10 lost tribes later became Christianized & are the lost tribes in disguise.

Christians don’t deny there was a division in Israel after Solomon’s death, the Scriptures clearly speaks of the houses of Judah & Israel. But we don’t agree with their interpretation that the Northern Kingdom (Israel) would become ‘gentile believers’.  The New Testament don’t mention Ephraim except a city & there is no tribe for Ephraim in Revelation 7 (even some say is the same as Joseph). Many Christians agree that Ephraim was made greater but the blessings were conditional on their obedience to God & they fall into idolatry (Judges 1:29, Hosea 4:17, 13:1, Isaiah 28:1-3, etc) & their remnant already joined Judah (2 Chro.15:9, 11:3 &16, Ezra 6:16, 21, etc).

Most Christians including Messianic Jews believe there are not lost tribes but that all tribes were scattered abroad (James 1:1 & Acts 2:5) & the regathering of all the tribes started when Israel became a nation in 1948. And only when the times of the gentiles is fulfilled Luke 21:24, Romans 11:25 (the church is gone with Jesus) then God will deal with them again, Romans 11, but first they will accept their false Messiah or Antichrist (1 John 2:18, John 5:43, 2 Tess.2:1-10, etc) who eventually will persecute & exterminate many of them (Daniel 7:1–27, Zechariah 13:6-8, etc). then the Lord Jesus will reveal Himself to them & what is left of Israel will be save.

Two House proponents also take the parable of the ‘Prodigal Son’ as a prophecy for their two house doctrine, were Judah (Jews) is represented by the oldest brother & Ephraim (Israel, 10 lost tribes, Christian gentiles) as the younger who did some time with the harlots & ate with the pigs among the gentiles.

So according to this Judah (Jews) never departed from the father’s house (although the Southern Kingdom -Judah, was taken captive by the Babylonians nearly 140 years after the Northern kingdom Israel), also apparently  they didn’t sin, it’s ok they rejected & killed the Messiah!  In other words Judaism with their rebellion, idolatry and  their unbiblical doctrinal sources (Talmud, Kabbalah etc) have always being in God’s presence; but Ephraim, or us Christians are spiritually lost & dead & we don’t have an inheritance anymore (according to the parable) & only when we go back to Jewish land we’ll be in the presence of our father? Wow!! what a lie!  Where is Jesus sacrifice left in all these nonsense?  Do they realize this would mean that Jews that rejected Jesus our Lord are saved & we Christians that accepted Him are spiritual dead & lost until we reunite with the Jews in their land?

Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing . . .And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid (goat), that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. Luke 15:11-32

When Jesus said to the ‘Samaritan’ woman at the well, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of (G1537= Origin, from, OUT OF) the Jews (G1523= of Judea, Jewish nation).” John 4:22,  ( Acts 2:14. ).   Meaning HIM, Jesus Christ.

In both Old & New Testament Israel & Jews are used interchangeably (Ezra 8:35, 10:25, Neh 12:47, 4tc).  The apostle Paul calls himself both in Romans 11:1, Acts 21:39. We also see James 1:1 who wrote to the 12 tribes scattered & not to the 10 tribes or Ephraim. The proponents of Two House doctrine skip the passage when God gathers the elect from the 4 corners of the earth Matt.24, disregard that God starts dealing with Israel after the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled  & skip the rapture of the church, in other words Christians go through the period of judgment with the world. (Most Hebrew Root teachers are part of the ‘Two House Movement’ but most Messianic Jews groups reject it).

Some ‘Two House’ teachers are promoting people to move out of America (Babylon) to Israel, the second exodus.

Many in the Two House movement are seeking to make aliyah to Israel under false pretenses – purchasing conversions, or converting to Judaism falsely, by avoiding recantation of Jesus. These people are desperate to get to Israel and claim their part of the land, having persuaded themselves that they are “Ephraimites”. Another part of this is the second exodus, headed by Monte Judah out of Norman, OK, who believes he is Moses and will lead these “Ephraimites” to Israel when The Almighty directs him. There is an indication that many have sold their homes and left their jobs to join him in OK, believing in this Exodus and that they are in fact part of the lost tribes of Israel. SeekGod.ca

Hebrew Root teachers proponents of the ‘Two House’  doctrine are:

Brad Scott (Ex-Lutheran now rejects the Trinity & Divinity of Jesus).   Monte Judah (Rejects the Trinity, states God has many manifestations, Jesus is one of them, his teachings are full of Kabbalah doctrine).   Rob Skiba, (Rejects the Holy Spirit as a person).   119 Ministries, (Endorse Carmen Welker, Andrew Roth & other kabbalists, the leadership of founders Jon Sherman & Steve Moutria are several men in this list, included Jim Staley but they hide that fact now).   Jim Staley (who is now on jail, used to teach openly Talmud & Kabbalah).   Rico Cortez (promotes Kabbalist teachers e,g Rabbi Ariel Cohen Alloro etc).   Rabbi Avi Ben Mordechai (aka Bradley M. Marcus, denies the Deity of Christ and His virgin birth).  kabbalist  James Scott Trimm (aka Rabbi Yosef, author of a new bible HRV, full of Kabbalist doctrine).  Mark Biltz (Kabbalist); Eddie Chumney (Kabbalist)Andrew Gabriel Roth (translator of a different New Testament (AENT), he doesn’t believe in the trinity or virgin birth of Jesus, he’s also a kabbalist, in one of his books (Ruach Qadim) he says kabbalah is in the NT & calls Paul ‘the mystic’).  Rabbi Ralph Messer (Crowned Eddi Long  after the bishop’s many scandals); and many others.

Kabbalah is very occultic & full of doctrines of demons, we don’t recommend it to anybody. But I think it needs to be made clear that the Church’s contamination with kabbalah is not just a ‘Church of God’ or “Hebrew Root” issue, but many other teachers like Bill Johnson (NAR), Benny Hinn (WoF), etc. are doing the same, & have been introducing kabbalah & gnosticism into the church for many years. One common denominator I noticed is ‘Freemasonry’ (which is derived from Kabbalah).

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:6-10

“For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. Rom. 11:16

We Christians follow our Lord & King Jesus Christ and His doctrine, nor Judaism nor Israel, we are rooted & built up in Him & His words, He is Holy.

 

Related Articles:

The Doctrine of Christ

Grafting – Is Israel the Olive Tree?

The Holy Spirit is a Person

Herbert Armstrong Exposed

119 Ministries: Attracting Armstrongites Who Require the Law

A Little Identity Crisis – British Israelism

The Myth of The Lost Ten Tribes – By Museum of The Jewish People

* Attractive Deception,  by Pastor Joseph Herrin

How can we recognize a cult? Check Exposing Cults

 

Hebrew Roots, Pt. 6, Extra-biblical Sources of Judaism

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Hebrew Roots

Hebrew Roots & some other groups are copying many doctrines from Judaism because they say it is the root of Christianity. However they don’t seem to realize that Judaism of today is not the religion of the Israelites of the Old Testament, but a modified religion full of tradition of men & extra-biblical sources. We love Jewish people & pray for them, but we shouldn’t look into Judaism to learn how to become  better Christians, we just need to look at the inspired Word of God and not men doctrines or their traditions.

One of the main sources for Judaism is the oral Torah or Talmud (Instruction) which is regarded as a higher authority than the written (biblical) Torah by many Jews. They say God gave it to Moses in Mt. Sinai. It existed in the time of Jesus as oral tradition (or traditions of the elders) – Matt.15:1-3.  After the destruction of the temple some rabbis decided to put the oral tradition in writing (around 200 A.D).

The main part of this oral law is called Mishna (study by repetition), which explains by topics how the 613 commandments are to be carried on. It is divided in six parts, each containing 7-12 tractates, 63 in total, which are divided into chapters & verses. At least 120 rabbis contributed to the Mishna for a period of 130 years. Some rabbis added commentaries, mystical studies of God called the Gemara (study) written in Aramaic, both Mishna & Gemara together make the Talmud. This book blasphemes our Lord Jesus Christ. Also it is a matter of great concern that the Talmud allows lying, oath-breaking, indirect murder & ‘marital’ sex between adults and children as young as 3 years old. See more here  & Talmud , but when people try to make others aware of these verifiable facts, then often they are accused of being anti-semitic.

The Sabbath rituals like lighting of candles, reciting the prayers & blessings, & their weekly Torah readings, are not found in the Word of God but in the Talmud & Zohar (Kabbalah).

Another of their sources is the Midrash (to search) a set of writings closely associated with the Talmud. It was written by many of the same men who contributed to the Talmud. But the Midrash is organized differently than the Talmud and  follows the layout of the Bible five books of Moses. More here.

Other important source is the Zohar (splendor) which is the foundational work of Jewish mystical philosophy known as Kabbalah (received tradition). It is written in Aramaic  in the form of a collection of allegories and legends that can be interpreted and perceived differently. Some believe the Zohar was written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai (Rashbi), who lived in the 2nd and 3rd centuries & it was hidden until the 11-12th century. Others believe it was written in the 11th century by others. Kabbalah doctrine appeared first in Southern France in the 12th century and spreaded to north regions of Spain in the 13th century.

After Jews were forced to leave Spain in 1492 many turned to the Zohar for hope, looking for the coming of the Messiah, leading the way to the acceptance of several false Christs (messiahs), e.g. The Chabad Lubavitch movement (which practice Lurianic Kabbalah) the largest & most influential Jewish organization in the world, which  most of them have as their messiah Rabbi Menachem Schneerson (1902-1994). They promote the conversion of non Jews to ‘Hasidic (piestist) Gentiles‘ that follow the Talmudic ‘Noahide Laws‘. They already established a Supreme  Sanhedrin or court system to enforce these laws & construct a temple. Many await the resurrection of Rabbi Schneerson their messiah to be crowned as king. Here you find what they say about our Lord Jesus, but it is gentle compared with the Talmudic verses they omitted- http://www.noahide.com/yeshu.htm – We pray for their salvation.

Rabbi Scheneerson was honored by many U.S presidents. George W. Bush hosted a delegation of Rabbis from this movement to mark the 100th birthday of the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson as the national “Education & Sharing Day“).  Our new elected president is even more involved since his daughter & husband belong to the Chabad movement: 12, 3

The Zohar (Kabbalah) teaches that the real Torah is not any book or writing, but it is the teaching itself. For this reason most Jews call ‘Torah’ the Talmud, the Midrash, the Zohar, etc.   Kabbalah  is considered by many the soul of Judaism. All Rabbis need to study Kabbalah or Zohar in order to receive their credentials, a rabbi is not a Christian teacher nor an Old Testament expert like many may think, a rabbi must be a Jew dedicated to following the 613 commandments of the law, numbered & explained according to Talmud. Rabbis follow the Talmud, Midrash and Kabbalah interpretations, not biblical Torah. Christian shouldn’t follow any Rabbi nor call himself to be one.

Kabbalah (qabalah in Hebrew) is a philosophy and theosophy originated in Judaism, that developed among Jews in Babylonia, it’s an esoteric Jewish doctrines, an occultic system used not only in contemporary Judaism, but also by Masons, Theosophists, Luciferians and other occultic groups. Another name for Kabbalah is “Torat ha-Sod.” which means: “the teaching of the secret.” Other books of Kabbalah are, Bahir (Illumination), Raziel Ha-Malakh (Raziel the Angel), Etz Hayim (Tree of Life), etc. They also use apocryphal  books e.g. 1/ ‘Book of Jasher‘ (Mormons & Gnostics also use this book) there are 3 versions : One is a literary forgery  published in late18th century, this version have been reprinted & circulated by the Rosicrucian Order (Masons). 2/ The kabbalistic Book of Enoch given by revelation to Rabbi Ishmael around 100-130 AD, etc.  There are different versions of The Book of Enoch, like the Book of Jasher none of them are reliable,  3/ Books of Jubilee, etc. Please beware of any teacher that use them. (Rob Skiba, L.A. Marzulli, Chuck Missler, etc)

Kabbalah denies creation as a direct act of God (Gen.1) and teaches creation was a product of 10 (or 11) emanations or attributes (sephirot) that descended from God that at the end this emanations descended through various levels & took the personal form of angels, considering God and His creation to be one, this is a pantheistic idea. But the Word of God says God created all from nothing (Gen.1:1) and God is separate from His creation (Isaiah 55:8-9) & He made Himself accessible to the world through Jesus Christ (John 3:16, etc).

Kabbalah denies the Deity of Jesus Christ and the necessity of faith in Him as the only way of salvation. It teaches reincarnation, astral projection, necromancy, astrology, numerology, cooperation with demons, etc. and no need for a Redeemer, it teaches that the blood atonement of Messiah is unnecessary for salvation, it contradicts both Old and New Testament teachings.

By the seventeenth century, the songs, prayers and rituals of the Kabbalists has thoroughly infused the religious and cultural life of the Jewish people, and they remain important part of the liturgy to this day. . . So we find today that the Jewish people sing songs, recite prayers, and engage in rituals -both in synagogues services and at homes- that have their origins in Kabbalah, and yet many, if not most, worshipers are unaware they are engaging in Kabbalistic practices.   ‘The Kabbalah Handbook’, pg.2

Kabbalah resembles very closely to some beliefs held by the Greek Gnostics in that both groups believed that only a select few (elite) were given deeper understanding or knowledge (Gnosis). They like to call its teachings ‘Ancient Wisdom‘ which they symbolize as an old tree or ‘Tree of Life” with a sequence of roots or revelations that represent the underworld. (They also have the Kabbalistict ‘Tree of life’ with 10 spheres or sephirot, which has connections with the Tarot). The Tree of Life is associated with different philosophies & religions, everyone giving their own mystic interpretation, but in Kabbalah the tree has roots & some times serpents or a dragon over them. Most Wiccans use the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. It is Kabbalistic Mysticism that is uniting all religions in one.

(We pray God’s protection on the viewers while we expose this occultic system, we pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to reveal God’s truth and give us discerment, to be able to distinguish the Holy from the profane, the clean from the unclean, so we can be a people separated for God –2  Cor. 15-18, we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ the son of the living God).

Tree of life from Kabbalistic sources:

Tree of Life with longevity blessing - Kabbalah Judaic Art

Tree of Life – Kabbalah Judaic Art

Logo of a Kabbalah’s web site

Tree of Life with phrase ‘ As above so below ‘ used in occultic circles

Some of the Christian Ministries that use the same Tree of Life:

The Oak Initiative of Knight of Malta pastor Rick Joyner

The Oak Initiative founded by Knight of Malta & pastor Rick Joyner

Interfaith pastor Rick Warren

Interfaith pastor Rick Warren

“Seed’ a Sci Fiction series by Rob Skiba (‘Two House  doctrine’  teacher) who recommends ‘The Schack‘.

Christian Music group Casting Crowns

Christian Music group Casting Crowns

Around the 12th century a Catholic mystic monk Ramon Llull  used kabbalah (Cabala in Latin) as a tool of conversion for Jews and from there was born what some call ‘Christian kabbalah’ (Witchcraft mixed with Christianity) which reinterpreted Kabbalistic doctrine to a Christian perspective, linking Jesus Christ, His atonement, and His resurrection to the Ten Sefirot, etc. Among the first promoters of this kind of Cabala was Pico della Mirandola a Catholic nobleman and philosopher, whose work was further developed by a Jesuit priest named Athanasius Kircher around the 17th century.  Ignatius Loyola founded the order of the Jesuits in 1534 with Alfonso Salmeron and Diego Lainez, they were all Marrano Jews. Loyola was a crypto-Jew who was outwardly a mystic Catholic priest, and practiced Kabbalah.

The main book authors & teachers of Kabbalah since 19th century are:  Satanist Eliphas Levi, MacGregor Mathers translator of first Kabbalah into English, also founder of Golden Dawn Society and mentor of satanist Aleister Crowley, Luciferian & medium Hellen P. Blavatsky, Arthur E. Waite a Freemason and co-creator of Tarot cards, Arthur Green, also prominent a kabbalist and Chabad Lubavitch movement follower Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh,  the director of Chabad.org rabbi Tzvi Freeman, & many more.

Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh,

Yitzchak Ginsburgh said:  “If a Jew needs a kidney, is it allowed, in order to save his life, to take the kidney from a Goy (non-Jew), passing by, even if he is not guilty of anything?  In my opinion, Torah allows it. The life of a Jew is priceless. But we know that the biblical Torah doesn’t allows this, he is talking about the oral Torah of Talmud.  This Rabbi is the Kabbalah tutor for  more than 20 years of the Hebrew Root teacher Rabbi Ariel Cohen Alloro also a Hasidic Jew or Chabad Lubavitcher, who promotes interfaith unity .

Some HR & Messianic teachers are saying there is a part of Kabbalah that is good and not occultic, that we can study it, but this isn’t true. Besides everything a Christian needs to be thoroughly equipped is all written in the inspired Word of God:

All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Tim. 3:16-17

Most people know about the red cord bracelets & talismans associated with kabbalah, but here you will find some hand-signs made by kabbalists, so you can be aware and recognize them. Secrets ways of speaking with hands & feet is something old.

A naughty person, a wicked man, walketh with a froward mouth. He winketh with his eyes, he speaketh with his feet,
he teacheth (H3344– cast, shoot, signals, give instructions) with his fingers; frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord. Prov.6 :12-14

I found next hand gesture at various web sites that teach Kabbala. Before Leroy Nimoy (a Jew) -Dr Spock, made it popular, he says that sign is the same gesture given in Jewish Synagogues when Rabbis & elders bring out the Holy of Holies. The Vulcan Hand Gesture was a secret ancient Jewish Kabbalistic Symbol used to invoke kabbalah magic.

From an old Jewish Sinagogue, Note the hands

From an old Jewish Sinagogue, Note the hands

I cropped a Tarot card 'The Devil', see the hand. Tarot was created by kabbalist Arthur Waite.

I cropped a Tarot card “The Devil”.  See the hand. Tarot was created by kabbalist Arthur Waite.

That hand gesture is being used by many Hebrew Roots teachers. Some call it the ‘Aaronic blessing’, (an interpretation of Numbers 6:24-26 according to Talmud, mixed with the hand sign from Kabbalah). But we are in a New Covenant! There are no more Levitic priesthood, we have a perfect and new High Priest from the tribe of Judah, of the order of Melchisedech, which is forever our Lord & King, Jesus Christ the son of the living God who leaves forever, Hallelujah! -Hebrews 7:11-28, 8:1 .

I used to like a couple  of HR teachers before knowing more deeply about their doctrine, nobody is exempt of error, thanks God for His grace! but we all can learn from each others errors.

Our purpose here  is not to  attack their character or question their salvation, we are questioning only their doctrine in light of the Scriptures, because it contradicts the Word of God. There is a big difference between exposing errorEphesians 5:11 vs. making false accusations or killing peoples character. These teachers are affecting thousands of brothers and sisters in Christ with their wrong doctrines. We don’t believe in ‘Once saved always saved‘ but we believe Christians can fall from graceGalatians 5:4. that’s the reason we see the need to warn of danger, it’s done out of love for them. Most of the people following these teachers are loving Christians unaware of what is behind.

HRM teacher Mark Biltz, author of the 'Blood Moons' book. Many of his disciples have opened more recent HRM ministries

Hebrew Roots teacher Mark Biltz, author of the ‘Blood Moons’ book.

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Mark Biltz, of ‘El Shaddai Ministries, to see the Kabbalistic menaing of El Shaddai go here

HR Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. Who says is a Levi priest. Author of book “Harbinger”.

Hebrew Root Teacher Kirt Schneider

Most Hebrew Roots teachers use resources that are only found in Apocryphal books like Enoch, Jasher or other books: Talmud, Zohar, etc, taking these unbiblical writings and giving them credit & using them as complement to enhance biblical teachings. Some of these teachers are: Jonathan Cahn , 1 (2Caution! Pray before watching, heretical Kabbalistic teachings & lies by both Cahn & B.Phillips), interfaith kabbalist Billy Phillips, Eddie Chumney, Jim Staley, Mark Biltz, James Scott Trimm, Roy Blizzard, Bill Cloud, Andrew Gabriel Roth (1) (Author of the Aramaic English New Testament ), Jose Bernal, Zen Garcia & Rob Skiba (Main proponent of ‘Flat earth’ in Christian circles). Skiba a graduate of Hollywood Film Institute & actor (who doesn’t believe in the person of the Holy Spirit) credits his flat earth enlightenment to Mark Sargent, who teaches sun, moon & stars are just projections & earth was created by aliens).

There is no difference if the earth is flat or round, it’s not important for the gospel of salvation or for getting closer to God, but sadly this is creating confusion & division among many Christians. The spherical earth was accepted thousands of years before Copernicus  (16th century) or Nasa (20th century). “The ancients were well aware the world was a sphere. Pythagoras (6th century Before Christ) is generally credited with having first suggested a round Earth. (Parmenides in the 5th-century stated that the Earth is spherical)Aristotle (4th century B.C.) agreed and supported the theory with observations such as that the southern constellations rise higher in the sky when a person travels south. He also noted that during a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow is round. Eratosthenes (3rd century B.C. , head librarian at the Library of Alexandria) built on their ideas and calculated the circumference of the Earth with remarkable accuracy at about 252,000 stadia.” Check  here. Also see Eratosthenes.

Historian  Jeffrey Burton Russell wrote  “It must first be reiterated that with extraordinary few exceptions no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the earth was flat”. During the early Church period, the spherical view continued to be held, the idea that Christians once widely believed in a flat earth for theological reasons is a myth. There were very few exceptions (1) & were ignored by the church. It’s interesting to note that early Christian writer Basil of Caesarea, (c. 330-379) mentioned the spherical shape of the earth as an accepted fact. If the earth was really flat then why Jesus didn’t corrected them?

Book 'Zetetic Astronomy : EARTH NOT A GLOBE' written by Freemason Samuel Robotham (aka Parallax).

Book ‘Zetetic Astronomy : Earth Not a Globe’ by Freemason Sir Samuel Birley Rowbotham (aka Parallax).

 

Genesis Book by Flat Earth Proponent & Two House doctrine Rob Skiba

Genesis, book by (Flat Earth & Two House doctrine proponent) Rob Skiba

 

 

Sargent, Skiba & other proponents of flat earth accuse Copernicus but mainly  a ‘Masonic’ NASA (created in 1958) for the ‘lie’ that earth is a ‘globe’. But the acceptance of a spherical earth is known since the 3rd century Before Christ, (1), well before NASA was created. What none of them will tell you is that the firsts & main proponents of flat earth theory were all Masons & Kabbalists.    See image  used by many flat earth advocates, it’s  known as an Alchemical & Hermetic emblem, used to illustrate Masonic Initiation. It first appeared at work of astronomer, medium & spiritist Flammarion.  Also if we check the logo of the United Nations (created in 1945)  it has 33 sections, they used a flat earth map, because it’s part of their esoteric doctrine.  And check flat earth on this book cover ‘The Secret Teachings of All Ages: An Encyclopedic Outline of Masonic, Hermetic, Qabbalistic & Rosacrucian philosophy’, (1928) by Mainly P. Hall a 33o degree Mason & teacher of the occult. Illustrations made by J Augustus Knapp, who also designed a Tarot deck in collaboration with Hall.

The World Tree of Norse mythology. w/ flat earth, taught at esoteric circles, notice kabbalistic Ouroboros (serpent biting it’s tail) book by occultist Mainly P. Hall

First & main flat earth proponents:

1/ Freemason ‘Sir’ Samuel Robotham (1816-84) author of book ‘Zetetic Astronomy: Earth Not a Globe‘, who was a follower of the utopian socialist & Freemason  Robert Owens  (Many of Owens principles were derived from the writings of  (anti-trinitarian) Jewish, Jesuit & Freemason A. Weishaupt founder of the Order of the Illuminati (1). Owens was also an spiritualist who claimed to have had mediumistic contact with the spirits of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and others). Robotham helped organize a socialist ‘Owenite‘ commune in Indiana (but after allegations of sexual misconduct took the pseudonym ‘Parallax’). The Owenites wanted to convert America into an anti-Christian communist society.  Later he founded the Zetetic Society, that according to writings of Freemason Dr A. Prescott, confirms some Masons ‘formed themselves into debating clubs, known as Zetetic societies‘.

2/ After his death, Lady Elizabeth Blount aka ‘Zeteo’ (1850-1935) a member of the social elite of England founded ‘Universal Zetetic Society’ in 1893. She was invested as a Fellow, Society of Antiquaries (F.S.A) & as a Fellow, Royal Society of Literature (F.R.S.L), both societies’ leadership & majority of members were Freemasons. She was also known for her book ‘The origins and nature of sex ‘ that included accounts of hermaphroditism and Adam’s bisexuality (theory found in the Talmud, Midrash & Kabbalah).

3/ In the United States Robotham work was continued by mystic, spiritualist & hypnotist  William Carpenter (1830-96) & by Freemason John Alexander Dowie (1847-1907) who claimed to be Elijah, founder of Christian Catholic Apostolic Church, considered a cult, later in 1898 an elder of his church Wilbur Glenn Voliva succeeded Dowie (do to an scandal), continued with leadership & the flat earth doctrine.

4/ A later proponent was a member of the ‘Universal Zetetic Society’, evolutionist & Freemason Samuel Shenton (1903-1971) who renamed it Flat Earth Society in 1957 when became its leader.  He was succeeded by Charles K. Johnson (who renamed it ‘International Flat Earth Society’) until 2001 when he died.

5/ A well known proponent today is new Ager, yoga teacher & cross dresser   Eric Dubai (proclaimed father of the Modern Flat Earth Movement- see video). Other proponents are Calvinist Edward Hendrie, & Hebrew Roots teacher Zen Garcia who teaches kabbalah e.g. pineal gland awakening (or 3rd eye). In his book ‘The Serpent Seed‘ he teaches Cain is son of Lucifer & Eve. (Serpent Seed heresy). Zen is promoted by Rob Skiba author of ‘Babylonian Rising’.  “Babylon Rising” and Canon in Crisis.  Any Christian teacher like Skiba who is fascinated with Star Wars (full of Masonic & Kabbalistic teachings), promotes the Shack, is fan of George Lucas, etc. should raise many red flags. Hollywood ( & TV) have been programming people for many years into their kabbalistic doctrines,  including their ideas on flat earth & aliens, if they can make you believe in flat earth they will make you believe in anything. Be Aware!

To me there is no doubt of the occultic roots of the ‘Flat Earth Movement’ & the Hebrew Roots Movement, Christians shouldn’t be part of any of these.

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