Good afternoon all! I will often visit the website Hebrew for Christians because I find much of the material to be unique. The author of the blog, John Parsons, has spent a lot of time learning Hebrew and reading a lot of rabbinic teaching on the Old Testament. He doesn’t reject the New Testament or claim that the Church must follow the Mosaic Law. He has come to the conclusion that the Gospels and Epistles are rooted in the Hebrew Scriptures and can only be accurately interpreted in that light. I strongly believe that many Christians botch the interpretation of the Gospels because of their ignorance of the Old Testament.
Today Mr. Parsons had a post that I enjoyed but I don’t know how to link to it (the formatting on his web site is different from what I am used to) so I am going to copy it to here. This is copyrighted stuff and if John finds this post and wants me to take it down I will.
One last thing, I agree with him that the end times appear near but I am reluctant to say that I am confidant that they are close. I won’t even approximately date set the rapture. Please enjoy!
End Times Ministry…
12.17.09 (Kislev 30, 5770) I am convinced that we are at the threshold of the prophesied “End of Days,” chaverim. Time is short for us all… If you can tolerate reading the world’s “news,” you understand that cataclysmic, global change is being quite literally forced upon us. Social engineering, political propaganda, disinformation campaigns, psychological warfare, economic deconstruction, junk science, etc., are routinely used by those in power (the “princes of this age”) to further their hidden agendas. We see this perhaps most clearly in the realm of economics and political control today. Many “educated” people today are functionally powerless to resist the deception foisted upon them, however, since they’ve been inculcated by public indoctrination centers (i.e., public schools) to implicitly accept a “dialectical” approach to truth (see the Devil’s Logic). Critical thinking, basic logical inference, testing and questioning truth claims, and so on, are generally not taught in today’s schools (much less are they promoted in the mass media). Indeed, most of today’s “leading intellectuals” believe that truth — including moral truth — is malleable and changing. The binary view of a truth claim (true/false) has been replaced with a trinary formula and “fuzzy logic.” What matters today is the pragmatic concern of “what works,” and therefore we have become a culture that is enchanted by technology (i.e., power) more than by righteousness and honor.
This approach to truth is found in the halls of Christendom as well… Those of us who understand the vital importance of the Jewish roots of the Christian faith are routinely dismayed to learn that the gatekeepers of “Christianity” are unwilling to engage in serious dialog about Christian tradition and theology in light of the Jewishness of Jesus and his followers. Tragically it seems that many of today’s church leaders are more interested in preserving the status quo than earnestly seeking the truth. They forget the words of the Master who said, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth (ἀλήθεια). Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice” (John 18:37). At heart such church leaders are technological pragmatists who blindly follow a recipe of ministry that “works” — even if it’s based on traditions that have more in common with pagan Greek theology than the teachings of the Jewish Messiah. Because of this, many of us have sadly chosen to “opt out” of the traditional church world altogether…. (For more on this, see “Is Christianity Anti-Jewish?“)
On the other hand, many so-called “Messianic” organizations are entirely confused about the relationship between Torah and Covenant. They forget that the new covenant really is new. They forget that “when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the Torah as well” (Heb. 7:12). Many of these “Torah-Observant” groups confound Christians into believing that they need to “observe the law” and contradict the message of the Scriptures with the opinions and assumed authority of the “rabbis” and traditions of Judaism. (For more on this, see the Role of Torah articles.)
Ultimately we are living in the midst of a great spiritual war — the war for truth. This has been the battle from the beginning. The very first recorded words of Satan (נָחָשׁ) questioned God’s truth: “Did God really say…?” (Gen. 3:1). Ultimately there will be two types of people: those who love the truth and those who love the lie. Metaphorically, either you will prove to be a child of light or a child of darkness…. Followers of Yeshua are told to “walk as children of light” / ὡς τέκνα φωτὸς περιπατεῖτε (Eph. 5:8).
This ministry is different than many others because it is somewhat “lonely.” We’re not at home among mainline Christian churches nor among Torah-observant Messianic groups. We attempt to walk a “fine line” by balancing positions and embracing paradox when necessary. And we are comfortable with questioning, engaging in earnest dialog, considering non-linear ways of understanding the Hebrew Scriptures, and plainly confessing that we simply don’t know everything. Nonetheless, we maintain that the Gospel message simply cannot be understood out of context — that is, apart from its Jewish origin — and therefore the study and appreciation of the Jewish Scriptures is foundational for understanding the truth of the message of Yeshua (Luke 24:27). Therefore we study the Torah and take its message seriously. Moreover, we accept Yeshua as none other than YHVH “come in the flesh” and affirm that the salvation of God comes entirely from His love and grace — not by our own merits or righteousness (Titus 3:5-6). As such, we attempt to provide solid Biblical truth and wisdom as a real alternative to the apostasy and confusion promoted by innumerable other groups disseminating their religious doctrines today.
So please keep us in your prayers. This ministry is perhaps the smallest of all ministries in the world, with a staff of just one person (though my patient and loving wife deserves great praise for her support of my labors here). If you believe the message and purpose of this ministry is important, please prayerfully consider supporting this work. Thank you and shalom.