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The Pitfalls of the Hebrew Roots Movement

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Please note that my intent in this article is to share what The Almighty Creator has shown me, to help, to inform. I do not mean to hurt or offend any person, that is not my intent. I pray daily that if I am wrong about any thing, please correct me! And The Almighty has heard that prayer many times, correcting me on several issues. But thus far, He has only confirmed the truth about this subject. I encourage each person to seek The Almighty's True Will through much prayer and fasting.

First of all, before anyone assumes anything,
1. I do accept we are saved by Grace and the Blood of The Messiah and not by the laws.
2. I respect the Hebrew roots of Christianity and I observe and Teach The Ten Commandments, The Sabbath & The National Holidays (Holy Days) of The Kingdom. As a person with some Jewish ancestry, I understand the desire of many Christians to get in touch with their Hebrew roots.
With those things said, I hereby write this article for the edification and benefit of the church as directed to me by The Almighty. Our Creator told me to write this article many months ago. It has been a work in progress. Please take the time to read this entire page and then fast and pray.

There are many ministries that have taken the "Hebrew Roots Movement" too far. Their focus has become the Torah, Hebrew Words and the Law. Their focus, their ministry, their words, their writings, their sermons have been redirected off the Gospel of the Kingdom and redirected to a return to old things that are still in effect but takes our eyes off Christ if we dwell on them too much. Most of these groups descended from the old Worldwide Church of God and its descendants. They were already observing the Torah. It's not like they did not already observe the Torah. They already understood the need to obey the Almighty in all the scriptures (except those rituals that were nailed to the cross which were replaced by the Blood of The Messiah). But after the churches split off into hundreds of small groups, there came an uprising of men who felt a need to spread the truth of The Creator's Laws (as should be done). But somewhere along the way, they have lost their focus in what they call themselves, how they identify themselves and what they focus on in their teachings and ministries. They have become Jews who are not Jews (Rev. 2:9 Rev. 3:9). Of course many will say that we first must have a relationship with Christ and their obedience is out of respect and want to obey The Almighty and not out of "necessity" while others say it is out of necessity that they return to the Torah (of which they never left). Then you immediately say, "but we got to teach it to others who have not yet known the Torah". True, we must teach the His Commandments, but we must do so according to The Spirit in which those laws were created. We must reach the world, all nations, all peoples with the truth of all of The Creator's Word. But why alienate yourself and others by identifying yourself with Hebrew words and descriptions? If you are living in modern day English and Spanish speaking America, why are you focusing on Hebrew words as much as you are? Again, there's nothing wrong with teaching people some Hebrew words to better understand what the scriptures are teaching. But the problem occurs when your teachings and ministries look and act more like the Pharisees than the New Testament Church. The problem again occurs when your teachings and ministries are so focused on the Torah, Hebrew roots & "Sacred Names" that Christ, Grace, Mercy, Love and The Holy Spirit are diminished by comparison! And it's also wrong when they present Aramaic and claim it's Hebrew. They claim that yeshua, yahweh, etc are the Hebrew Names of the Creator, yet those are not Hebrew names and are actually very easily proven as Babylonian Aramaic names for Allah! See total, undeniable proof. Click here!

When The Almighty Creator/God vomited the Laodicean Church out of His mouth, the church was lukewarm and the scattered descendants remain lukewarm.

This article will cause even more Law Keepers to spread more hate, gossip and accusations against me than what is already out there. You accuse me of being reclusive, alienating the Hebrew roots and sacred names doctrine people, closing doors to those that could help in the ministry of spreading the gospel. But I say to you that I have never closed a door. You have. You are keeping your doors closed by limiting your ministry to "Torah and Hebrew" seekers. You are the ones that refuse to work with me. I am opening doors to anyone who wants to know Truth whether they even know the word "Torah" or not. I welcome all people who have a true desire to live holy lives for Jesus. I did not write this article to offend anyone. If you want to work with me, I will be glad to work with you. However, people who come to God do not have to convert to Hebrew names and Hebrew dress and Hebrew titles and Hebrew music. The doors to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, are wide open to me and this ministry to teach and reach all nations and tongues including Gentiles. Our Door is Jesus the Christ and not the Torah. Jesus is the way and the only way. Jesus must be our focus. We must put our eyes and ears on Jesus. We must be washed with the Blood of Jesus. The Torah is only one part of the message. An important part but still only a part and not even the main part. The main part is love. The message is love. The message is Jesus. The message is He is coming back soon and soon the kingdoms of this world will become the Kingdom of God. The message is not the law, it includes the law but is not focused on the law nor on the Hebrew language. Focusing on the Hebrew Roots as much as some ministries do, will prevent some from coming to the truth because many people are scared off by "too Jewish" themes and appearances and sounds. The message is to the Gentiles as well as the Hebrew roots people!

You may call me a Greek. You may call me whatever you want to call me. But I know that God is telling me to not limit his message to a Torah Ministry.

It should be a Full-Gospel Ministry! Praise God!

Sorry, but I am not a pleaser of men but rather of God and I will boldly proclaim what He leads me to write, however much it may hurt those that be guilty. God chastens those who He loves. We must all be branching out from our previous understandings and grow in the word and be weaned off physical lawful milk and come to the Spiritual meat of the Word.

Update 12-6-2007:
Since writing this article the Lord has continued to confirm that it was His Will for me to write this article despite the persecution I have received because of it. Your eyes must be on Jesus, when you take your eyes off Jesus to look at your feet, your roots or to the left or right, you lose your focus and begin to sink. That is the pitfall of the Hebrew Roots Movement. Now, if you just want to explore and learn about the Hebrew roots, that's certainly okay as long as it is to help you understand more about Jesus, how to live for him, etc. But you must be careful to not take your eyes off Jesus. Don't go into hours of learning the Hebrew Language or a Jewish dance and start living like you are a Jew unless you plan on moving to Israel. Make sense? I have taken an interest in Hanukkah, the Menorah, tassels, prayer shawl, Purim, etc. These help me in my relationship with Him. But I have not taken it to the extremes of teaching that a Hebrew pronouncing of His Name is more sacred and thus must be used, I have not focused my ministry on just the first 5 books of the Bible, the Torah, I have not called for a return to the Torah, I have not called for a return to a historical national culture. I teach all books of the bible with a New Testament spiritual element, that is that the Messiah has come and He is our High Priest and Shepherd and we should be looking to Him and Him Only by having a full gospel ministry, focusing on all His words, by the way, that would include "I am the Alpha and the Omega" and that He will return soon, and therefore we must be repenting and proclaiming all His Words. We need to be baptizing, we need to be traveling and feeding the poor and helping the homeless and laying hands on the sick and healing the blind, not teaching people things that would cause them to spend hours, days and weeks on changing their language and dance style. Look at the fruits of your own ministry and stop looking at how many people are attending services with me. It's very interesting and telling, that a Torah minister who has made several accusations against me used the same words as a homosexual drug dealer! Sorry if that hurts. It hurts to be bent and molded when you don't want to be bent and molded. We need to become flexible to God's Will and follow His lead. Since I was able to give that Torah minister a small block of bible verses with his name on it, part of the title of the article that offended him, the word "offended" and the answer to his accusation about public rebuke all within the same small block of bible verses, it would seem He would have turned around. But instead he was blind thus far and remains unrepented. I have not written this just to continue my rebuke of him but rather in hope that he will come to see that the bible verses I sent to him from God were truly from God, whereas I cannot understand why He could not see this in the first place, what with his name on it, the name of the article, the word "offended" and the answer to his accusations. It would seem clear cut to me.

Update: 12-6-2007 Evening
As usual, God continues to confirm!
I just received a newsletter with the following words:
"Impassioned preaching is seldom heard nowadays. It certainly is not taught in the seminaries, which the Jesuits promised and did infiltrate. Impassioned preaching is considered to be unsophisticated. Impassioned preaching is considered unnecessary and even thought to be ineffective today, in this pluralistic, advanced, high tech world in which we live. The passionate preacher proclaiming truth boldly and without reservation is now considered an outrageous obstacle to the people of this enlightened age.

Most would be quick to tell the outrageous passionate preacher that he must change the way he preaches because it just looks foolish to the world. May I say that such an attitude toward preaching is proof that we have lost our bearings in the Evangelical and or Messianic Community. Why? Because it is God who has ordained the foolishness of preaching to be the means by which the saving message of the Gospel is to be brought to the world. That is not to say that preaching should be foolish, and certainly not illogical.

What is to be preached is not the contemporary opinions of a deceived and corrupt culture, that is wise in its own eyes. God said that is foolish in Rom 1:22 - Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Many believe that today's culture cannot tolerate the type of preaching that was so effective during the great awakenings and revivals of the past. The vast majority seems to think the preaching of John Wesley and other Holy Spirit empowered preachers of that bygone era would be mocked, ridiculed, and considered to be outrageous and ineffective. They do not seem to realize that those Holy Spirit empowered preachers were ridiculed, mocked, and scorned by the majority, especially by the religious majority of their time. We are to preach The Word. True Gospel preaching will always be foolishness to every culture. Every time one tries to remove the offense, and make preaching proper, suitable, or inoffensive, one quenches the power of the Gospel. It defeats the purpose for which God chose preaching as the means of saving men — so that men's hope might not rest in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Paul was given by God to express it perfectly in 1 Cor 1:18-31 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Our culture of these last days of strong delusion is bound in sin like bands of iron. The idolized popular puppeteer with his entertaining, soothing, comforting and encouraging philosophy and stories has no real power against such bondage to sin. To the preacher who is fearful of losing people, I can only say, better to lose people than to lose God. It really is like the choice between serving God and mammon. One really can not do both. God said it is impossible, and it truly is. When you please God, then you will only be left with God's people, and you will not fit in the church growth movement." End of this quote from the newsletter.

Update 12-6-2007 Later same evening:
Again God continuing to confirm this article and His Will! I just came in from services where the Evangelist said things like "too many isms in the church today", "too many cliques and circles in the church where if you don't belong to their clique, they think you are wrong", "church lost its vision and focus", "it's not the number of people in your congregation but rather that you are where God wants you to be", "too many people getting caught up in position rather than submission", "too many people thinking they don't need fed, they think everything is well with their soul", "lean not on your own understandings and carnal wisdom but rather focus on Jesus", "the church has sores in it coming from the inside out where people are focusing on past kingdoms and current kingdoms, their empires, size of their congregations and not on Jesus" and many other confirmations that our focus in the church has been turned wrong and we need to get our focus back on Jesus!

Update: 5-13-2008:
Let's not be looking to our own branches, figs, fruits, roots and feet. Let's look into the eyes of the Father and Face of Christ and feet of Christ, not our own feet and roots. If you want to look at your roots, look at Christ, the Alpha! The Word of God! God of all the universe! Praise God the Father and Jesus the Christ! Don't do like Peter did. He looked at his feet. He looked down. We are to be looking up at Jesus the Saviour, not down at our roots or our feet. If you want to look at your roots, go all the way back. When you do your family tree, you don't stop at the roots, you go as far back as you can. Let's not stop at our roots to be our focus. Let's go back to the Seed of the Roots, before there were roots. And even the Creator of that seed.
"In the beginning God..." Gen. 1:1
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
2 Cor. 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord."

People are saying "Let's return to our roots" and "Let's return to the Torah". But I say "Let's return to the giver of our roots and the giver of the torah. Let's really return to Christ and let Him be our Focus!"


Update: 8/19/2009:

God has revealed more to me on this subject. I have been in agony whether to share it because I know many will be offended again. However, God says "What I tell you in your ears, shout on the housetops"! I need to share God's Holy Word, not hide it. God's Word is Truth. Someone can be greatly helped if I share it. So here it goes.:::
The word "Pharisee": Strongs: G5330 A Separist: of Hebrew origin cf H6567: Xrp: paw-rash' : Parash: 1. to make distinct, declare, distinguish, separate
a. (Qal) to declare, clarify
b. (Pual) to be distinctly declared
2. (Hiphil) to pierce, sting
3. (Niphal) scatter

KJV Verse Count Old Testament
Leviticus 1 time
Numbers Nehemiah 1 time
Proverbs Ezekiel ______ Total 5
King James Word Usage (Old Test.)- Total: 5
shew 1, scatter 1, declare 1, distinctly 1, sting 1

How did the Pharisees separate themselves? Answer: Wrong focus on the law. Since originally posting this article and this update, God continues to confirm. Please see latest update at bottom of page.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

Jesus Christ is the Chief Cornerstone that holds everything together! The Torah is not what holds everything together. Yes that's right the torah is not the chief doctrine nor message. Jesus is!

Ephesians 3:6-8
6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Did you read the above scriptures in your personal paperback/hardback bible today or just only on this website?
If only online, I encourage you to please open your bible and read these verses both on our website and in your bible. There is power in reading the real bible. Also, did you pray before beginning to read about this specific subject today? If not, I encourage you to take the time now to pray for understanding of truth.

The above 3 verses and many other Holy Scriptures teaches us that the Gospel and Salvation is to all nations and peoples, not just the Hebrews. Let's remember that!

Now let's dig Deeper:

Galatians 1:6-16
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Spiritual Revelation is more important than following the letter of the law of what you have been taught by the Scribes and Pharisees)
13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
14 And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, (this is the separation we should seek, separated from the world by God's Grace, not by the law)
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Galatians 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Galatians 3:2-5
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

Galatians 3:10-14
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Galatians 3:21-29
21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 4:1-11
1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.
9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Isaiah 1:10-17
:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the LORD: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.
12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?
13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.
14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.
15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.
16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Romans 2:17 Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,
:18 And knowest [his] will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;
:19 And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,
:20 An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.
:21 Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
:22 Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?
:23 Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?
:24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
:25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.
:26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
:27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?
:28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither [is that] circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
:29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of God.

Romans 7:6 But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not [in] the oldness of the letter.
:7 What shall we say then? [Is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Romans 9:31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
:32 Wherefore? Because [they sought it] not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

Romans 10:19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you.
:20 But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
:21 But to Israel he saith, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
:17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
:18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
:21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.
:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
:23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree?

Please also read 2 Cor. 3.

Of course these verses are not saying that the law is done away. Paul kept and taught the law as do I. But Paul and the verses in Isaiah are saying that the keeping of the law is not what saves you and your focus is not to be the law. It is also saying that the law is now written in our hearts and we follow the law by The Holy Spirit. We keep the Feast days and Sabbaths not because it is the law but rather because we are a Holy Nation which seeks to celebrate our King and remember the things He has done for us. Our focus is on the Creator Himself and therefore we automatically with our heartfelt love, celebrate and remember these Sabbaths and Feast Days, again, not because of the law but because of our Love. Is that your reason for keeping the appointed times? Or is it because of the law? Are you under bondage? Are you under the law? Unfortunately many are. I say it is time that we mature in our relationship with God and really really worship Him above everything and put Him first in our thinking and focus. Let's have our email addresses as "[email protected]" instead of "[email protected]" Or let's have "[email protected]" instead of "[email protected]". Let our Ministries be "Jesus" instead of "Torah". Let our sermons be "Love Your Neighbor" instead of "Torah this, Torah that...". Can you get my point yet? Jesus is coming soon. Are you walking toward Him right now? Or are you walking backwards toward your roots?

Finally, I am not saying that all Hebrewic Roots groups are guilty in these things. But many are. If you are not guilty in having a wrong focus toward your roots, the torah, the sacred names doctrine, etc. but rather your primary focus truly is on Christ, then this article is not about you, so then you should not take offence if you are not one of the guilty ones.

Update: Aug. 25, 2009, Lazarus and the Rich Man

Recently, God has been teaching me about parables. Then just the other day, God revealed to me a parable concerning the Jewish Pharisees and the Gentiles. This article "Pitfalls of the Hebrew Roots Movement" has come full circle! The parable God has revealed to me is "Lazarus and the Rich Man"! I have never understood this hidden meaning before!
Passage Luke 16:19-31:
19 There was a certain rich man (the Jews), which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus (the Gentiles), which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

This story is not literal but rather symbolic and is a parable with hidden meaning. Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees (vs. 14). Quoting from "The Rich Man & Lazarus" by Dennis Crews of Amazing Facts Library of Sermons #28: Quote: "The Jews had been blessed above measure by a knowledge of God and His plan of salvation for all mankind. They had received the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises Romans 9:4. Only a Jew would pray "Father Abraham as we find the rich man doing later in the story. The Jewish nation was clearly represented by this character. By contrast, Lazarus symbolized all those people in spiritual poverty- the Gentiles- with whom the Israelites were to share their heritage. ..Unfortunately, the Jews had not shared their spiritual wealth with the Gentiles at all. Instead they considered them as "dogs" who would have to be satisfied with the spiritual crumbs falling from their masters' tables. The metaphor was known. Jesus had used it before, testing the faith of the Canaanite woman: "It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to the dogs." She responded accordingly; "truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table" Matt. 15:26, 27. The rich Jews had hoarded the truth and in so doing had corrupted themselves. ....The Jews had enjoyed the good life while on earth, but had done nothing to bless or enrich their neighbors. No further reward was due... Luke 6:24,25. Conversely , the poor in spirit, symbolized by Lazarus, would inherit the Kingdom of Heaven...The "dogs" and sinners so despised by the self-righteous Pharisees, would enter heaven before they would: "Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you" Matthew 21:31. The parable concludes with the rich man begging for his brethren to be warned against his fate. Asking Abraham to send Lazarus on this mission, he alleges that "if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent" Luke 16:30 Abraham replies, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." (Vs. 31). End of Quote from Amazing Facts Booklet.

Rev.2:9 and Rev.3:9 "...of them which say they are Jews, and are not..."

Since receiving this revelation, God has confirmed it! I have not been more sure of anything else in my life! Please take this page into intense prayer and fasting!

Please take the time to take this entire article in prayer and fasting! The intent of this article has not been to harm or separate, but rather to bless & edify in loving correction and instruction so we all will reach the Promised Land. I look forward to meeting you there! God bless you!

What is the Message? Is the Message the law? Guess what! No it isn't!

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1 John 3:11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

Update 5-5-2010

Please read Romans 11:16-24 to see that the Church is a tree with branches. Not all the church is the root. We are told that if the root be holy, so are the branches! We are told not to boast against the branches. Also notice John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Update: 1-19-11
Please read this very important new article: The Law versus the Blood

Update: August 2011: Reader Mail: From a member of the newsletter:

Hello brother Zimmerman,
I wanted to share something with you that I think will be a confirmation to two emails you have sent out recently. The one about all meats being cleansed and the other where you exposed Torah teachers and how much damage they are causing the body of Christ. I have listened to HR/Messianic teachings off and on (not really getting "into it") but I heard enough to get me to stop eating "non kosher" meats and become afraid of breaking Sabbath, etc. When you sent out these two newsletters, I did not actually know what to think, so I just left it alone. But later, I realized that your letters were seeds of truth that God would use to bring me out of these deceptions. I want to share with you how He pulled me out of it because this movement is far more dangerous than people realize. Over the past 3 years, I was lured into the HR/Messianic movement. At first, it is like a "gateway" drug, just listening to "soft" Hebrew roots teachings like Mark Biltz and Bill Cloud. But later, it's like you need stronger drugs, so then you start dabbling into Monte Judah and Rico Cortez. By this time, spiritual bondage begins to set in because so many seeds have been planted into the heart and mind, that now it's time for an even stronger drug. That's when people begin to move into the more extremes like Michael Rood and Avi Ben Mordechai, etc. By the time a believer has made his way into the more extreme groups, the bondage is full-blown and very difficult to get out of. Fortunately, I never made it to the more extreme teachers, but it was enough to blind me severely. The Lord has recently opened my eyes and brought me correction concerning the doctrines and teachings of the HR/Messianic movement. By His grace, I was able to break from from the very powerful demonic bondage of those false doctrines they teach. After He opened my eyes, it felt like I came out of a very long dream -- I was stunned, and it almost did not seem real. That is how powerful those demonic spirits are. I would also like to add that in the process of the Lord bringing me out of this demonic stronghold, He showed me something that I think every Christian must become aware of: this HR/Messianic movement is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS and EXTREMELY DECEPTIVE. I do not make these statements lightly nor in exaggeration. I will share with you part of the process of how He brought me out of this so you can understand my concern. First, the Lord permitted the adversary (through demonic spirits of various sorts) to torment me, both body and mind. As I sought Him in extended fasting, He showed me various visions to lead me to the truth; two of these visions occurred back-to-back, that is, two nights in a row. These two visions were messages telling me that there was a "breach" in my hedge of protection. The following night, He gave a vision and a verse of scripture. Rather than detailing the vision itself, I'll just share the main message of the vision, which was this: "You have lost your ability to receive forgiveness." As you can tell, this is no light matter! To put it in Paul's terms: "You have fallen from grace." The verse that accompanied this last vision was 2 Corinthians 4:2 --

"But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God."

He then led me to look up the word "craftiness" in the original Greek, which is "Panourgia,"Strong's 3834. The meaning that The Holy Spirit slapped me in the face with was "specious wisdom." I had not heard this word before, so I looked it up, and this is what it means: apparently correct or true, but actually wrong or false.

So the HR/Messianic movement looks true on the surface, but it is fundamentally wrong! It's on the wrong foundation altogether! Our foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is the apostles and the prophets -- not the Torah. I'll expound more on this in a bit.

I share all these things to show the absolute danger and gravity of this movement. I hear Christians always tell the Messianics, "well it's okay for you to believe that, just don't tell me to do it, and we can continue in fellowship." I used to think this was okay, but it is NOT okay. After much prayer and fasting, the Lord put it all together for me and showed me that joining the HR/Messianic movements is spiritual suicide, and so is opening up our minds to their teachings and arguments, even just out of curiosity. Joining them is coming out from under the Blood of Jesus and getting placed back into the status of unbelievers. Why? Because unbelievers get judged by the Law of God. When a person who is a Christian leaves the New Covenant and goes back to the Old, they ALSO get judged by the law they are trying to keep. This is very clearly stated in Paul's letter to the Galatians.

After He showed me this error and explained to me that the Messianic movement is "apparently true but actually false," He led me to read the book of Galatians and Hebrews in order to help me understand the fundamental error of the HR/Messianic movements and correct my thinking. Messianic's believe the Old Covenant and the New Covenant are both simultaneously active; therefore, they want to do both. (they call it a "renewed" covenant, essentially meaning it is the same as the old) They want to do both old testament laws and follow the Lord's teachings in the NT, but they actually don't. They lose focus on Jesus and focus 95% of their attention to the old testament laws. The truth is, according to both Galatians and Hebrews, that the Old and New Covenants are different and separate: you are either under one or the other, but you cannot do both. You cannot walk in the Spirit AND do works of the law.

The HR/Messianic teachings "sound" good and "look" good because it is using a lot of seemingly good arguments to make their points, but this is specious wisdom (duplicate or false wisdom), not at all from the word of God. I believe the brethren who are trapped in this movement are sincere in their devotion to God, but they are in a powerful deception that can cost them their salvation if they continue on that path. It is only by the grace of God and the prayers of saints like you, that these demonic bondages can be broken. It is impossible to confront people in this movement with the pure Word of God for correction because the demonic strongholds are so powerful that they are completely blind. It is an extremely evil end-time deception (of a unique flavor). It is utterly important to protect brethren from listening to these arguments because they plant seeds of doubt that the devil can use later to lure the believer (that is what happened with me).

We must treat people in this movement as "false brethren," as Paul called them in Galatians, simply because they have fallen from grace and are trying to pull other believers down into that same pit, even though they don't realize it. They are being driven and inspired by demonic spirits, even as I was also. Every Christian must become aware of how incredibly dangerous this is. I see more brethren entering the HR/M movement than I see coming out of it. This is heartbreaking!

All we can do is pray for God to help these people break through the strongholds so they can get back under the Blood. There is much more I can write on this issue, as the Lord has now shown me, but I think this information is adequate for the message I am trying to convey to you.

I do not believe all the teachings of the HR/Messianic movement are completely false, like restoring the Sabbath from Sunday to Saturday, and learning the meaning of the feasts; but what started as a desire to learn from the Old Testament was used by the adversary to lure the unsuspecting into severe bondage. I am thankful to my heavenly Father for His grace and mercy in breaking me out of that bondage, and I will be in prayer for these believers whose salvation is in grave danger. I do hope you will remember them in your prayers, as well. Peace and Love in Christ.

Update: 10-15-2012: House of Judah and House of Israel has much gentile blood!
Abraham and Sarah beget Isaac. Abraham was Hebrew (Gen. 14:13)
Isaac married Rebecca who was a Syrian.
Genesis 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Padanaram (land of Syria), the sister to Laban the Syrian.

Isaac and Rebecca beget Jacob. Rebecca was a Syrian. From Syria. Therefore, Jacob/Israel is half Syrian!
Gen. 28:5 And Isaac sent away Jacob: and he went to Padanaram (the land of Syria) unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Then, Jacob (the half hebrew, half syrian) beget children by the Syrian women, Rachael & Leah. Their children would then be 3/4 Syrian!
Gen.29:10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
:16 And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.
:32 And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the Lord hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
:33 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the Lord hath heard I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the Lord: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

Gen. 30:22 And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.
23 And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:
24 And she called his name Joseph; and said, The Lord shall add to me another son.

Genesis 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Jacob was half Syrian. The following were 3/4 Syrian: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah (the Jews!), Joseph (Father of Manasseh/USA & Ephraim/British Commonwealth), and Benjamin.

Deut. 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian (Joseph or Jacob) ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

Bashar Assad, the son of perdition, will probably use this fact to claim ancestry to Israel/Jacob, Thereby ancestry to Jesus Christ and even could try to re-claim Esau's birthright. In fact, there are Muslims that do still bring up the debate of Esau's birthright. Now, God has led me to find an Islamic Website which claims that the Mahdi will claim that he is descended from Jacob and that the Mahdi came to power between 11 September 1999 (Assad's annual birthday) and 29 September 2000 and that he will begin his global activities in Sept. 17, 2012-Sept. 2013. This is major because not only does it confirm that Assad can claim ancestry to Jacob & Jesus but also because of the fact that Assad did take office in Syria on July 17, 2000 which fits perfectly within the stated time frame. This also continues to confirm The December 21, 2012 date for the spiritual empowerment of Assad as the son of perdition. The Islamic website is
Quote from website: "It is quite clear in there that the way of the Mahdi will pass to the ascendancy in 1999, between 11 September 1999 and 29 September 2000, and that he will begin his global activities in 2012-2013." End quote.
Another quote: "and the whole world will gather around the line of Jacob.” Who is the Mahdi descended from? From Jacob." End quote.

Bashar Assad is a Jew!

He is the descendant of a Jewish Dynasty of a man named Suliman al-Wahash (Assad's great grandfather), who arrived in Syria in 1860 or 1870 from Isfahan, Iran.
Ali Suleyman (Assad's grandfather) changed the family name to "Assad" in the 1920s.
The original family name meant "the beast". The new family name means "the lion".
Critics of Bashar Assad over the years have also claimed he had a Jewish lover and that one of his daughters was married to a Jew.
Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducee's come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: 9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Gentile Blood in Jesus, Our Kinsman Redeemer:
Rehab was from Jericho. Ruth from Moab. Ruth 1:22, 2:10
Tamar Matt. 1:3 Canaanite.
Ruth 4:12,18 Perez Matt. 1:3 = Canaanite son of Tamar.

Focus on Hebrew Roots not necessary, and in fact, very dangerous:
There is absolutely nothing good that we can learn from Hebrew/Jewish roots studies/cults that we cannot learn just from fasting, praying and reading the entire bible in sincerely and thirst for Truth. Many times the Jews forsook the Almighty Creator and went after pagan false gods and adopted Babylonian religious traditions and customs such as keeping the days from sunset to sunset, the names of the months, the Babylonian Talmud, the Syrian language and the names of Assyrian gods and the rejection of Christ Jesus, just like the modern Hebrew roots cults. We should not follow them. We don't need to learn from them, except to not do as they did. Follow Jesus the Christ, not Hebrew roots!

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Proof JEsus Did Cleanse All Animal Meats
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The Assyrian Origin of the So Called "Star of David"
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