Yes, we recognize that it's all about the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!
It's all about the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! It's never been about "religion" or "religiosity" or "theology" or "opinions" of man - yet man has made it all about himself. The religion known as "Judaism" grew straight out of G-d's Torah (Divine Instructions) and it is the ONLY "religion" that is right on track! But there is more to the story....
The reality is, G-d is not just the G-d of the Jews. He is the G-d of all. It was never just about "the Jews". Yes, the Tribe of Judah was chosen to take Torah into the world and safeguard and preserve it (Genesis 49:10, Micah 4:2); but they were never told that He was only there for them! After all, He was the G-d" of Adam and Eve who weren't "Jews"; of Cain and Abel who weren't Jews; and of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who also weren't "Jews". There were no "Jews" until Jacob had a son named Yehudah (and today, "the Jews" has become a blanket term for all Israel); yet ALL believers up until then obeyed G-d!
The thing that many today are overlooking is that there is more to the story: G-d caused Yeshua to be born into the Tribe of Yehudah...a human being with a divine qnoma/nature who ultimately martyred himself, thus putting a halt to the need for the shedding of innocent animals to atone for our sins....When his human body died, his Spirit lived on and reunited with G-d. He was foreshadowed in Isaiah 53 and can be seen in every one of the Mo'edim. G-d's Word doesn't end with the Tanach; yet His people have chosen to allow pride to interfere with "the rest of the story."
(NOTE: Our use of the term "martyr" is intentional because Jewish anti-missionaries (or "counter-missionaries") love to point out that "G-d never required human sacrifice!" Two things here: (1) YHWH actually DID require mere MEN to atone for the sins of others; AND (2) Yeshuawasn't a "human sacrifice" because nobody "sacrificed" him. And as "the Lamb of G-d" (John 1:29) he also was NOT a sacrifice because the Passover lamb was not a "sacrifice"; rather it was a "substitute" allowing the first-born to live.
For instance, check out the November 14, 2014 edition of Haaretz which asks the question: What happened to Jesus' haftarah? The rabbis who instituted weekly readings from the Prophets as part of the Sabbath liturgy excluded all the biblical verses on which Christians based their principles of faith in the New Testament....
We created this page, mainly to tackle the underhanded antics of "counter-missionaries" - Christians who found their way to Torah, then decided to go even further and reject Yeshua, altogether!
Their big "gotcha" is always: "Well, G-d never required human sacrifice, which totally negates your Jesus!" Our response: "Really? Then what about the Torah passages that reveal otherwise?" (For more, please see Debunking the assertion that Torah says mere men cannot atone for the sins of others!)
Exodus 28:36 "You are to make an ornament of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal, 'Set apart for ADONAI.' 37 Fasten it to the turban with a blue cord, on the front of the turban, 38 over Aharon's forehead. Because Aharon bears the guilt for any errors committed by the people of Isra'el in consecrating their holy gifts, this ornament is always to be on his forehead, so that the gifts for ADONAI will be accepted by him.
Leviticus 6:25 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is the law of the sin offering: in the place where the burnt offering is slain the sin offering shall be slain before the LORD; it is most holy. 26'The priest who offers it for sin shall eat it. It shall be eaten in a holy place, in the court of the tent of meeting. 27'Anyone who touches its flesh will become consecrated; and when any of its blood splashes on a garment, in a holy place you shall wash what was splashed on.
Leviticus 10:16 Then Moshe carefully investigated what had happened to the goat of the sin offering and discovered that it had been burned up. He became angry with El'azar and Itamar, the remaining sons of Aharon, and asked, 17 "Why didn't you eat the sin offering in the area of the sanctuary, since it is especially holy? He gave it to you to take away the guilt of the community, to make atonement for them before ADONAI.
We are challenging "them" because:
...Well, mainly because of the endless "hate speech" and sarcastic barbs thrown at believers in Yeshua. Yes, many "religious kooks" and weirdos (people pushing crazy doctrines that resemble nothing in the Bible) and money-grubbers who will do and say whatever it takes to make a buck deserve a verbal tongue lashing; there's no doubt about that. But human beings, in a fallen world, often tend to go overboard and resort to "carnal" and ungodly behavior that is totally unbecoming of Believers.
Just like many Christians turn vicious and start blogs and websites designed to bash "the Jews" or Judaism in general (or those of us who "believe in Yeshua" but also obey Torah), there are many on the opposite side of the penduluum, being just as mean and sarcastic. We're referring to the "counter-missionaries" - Jewish rabbis and their myriad Christian converts/rejecters of Yeshua who have decided that Yeshua and the New Testament are a farce - who end up not only spend ridiculously enormous amounts of time disproving "Jesus," but they are also excruciatingly vicious in their attacks against believers in Messiah Yeshua!
They have set up a huge network of "counter_missionary" websites designed to draw the "lost sheep" back into the fold, and they'll do and say anything to make believers in Yeshua look like monsters who are purposely trying to lead people astray. While the Rabbis on some of these sites are justified in their indignation concerning Christian proseletyzing for the Torah-less "Jesus" who has been turned into God (Jews for Judaism; or Outreach Judaism), there are also many others engaging in deliberate Scripture twisting to suit their purposes, spreading and inciting hatred and basically making fools of themselves, such as this over-the-top Jewish hate monger who resorts to childish personal attacks.
Their tactics include teaching their followers/disciples to spread memes/posters/pictures that are highly offensive and disrespectful. Like Christians who have completely misunderstood and twisted our
Creator's original divine teachings (Torah), Jews and Christian convert "anti-missionaries" have misunderstood and twisted "the rest of the story" (as our articles below reveal).
Every indication (judging from the things they now espouse, usually in a most despicable, evil and vile manner) is that these former Christians are so upset to discover they were either too dense or too lethargic to realize they were being duped by one of the nearly 40,000 different Christian denominations, that they now are displacing their aggression against Messiah himself, and turning completely away from him.
In other words...they don't realize they're still like dumb sheep, following yet more of man's traditions! They THINK they have discovered Truth; but all they have really done is trade one "religion" for another - simply because they can't recognize "the rest of the story!"
The bottom line is, "they" can espouse and teach their opinions as much as they want, but it won't change YHWH's Truth! That is why we at The Refiner's Fire believe our promised Messiah has already come, and here's part of the reason why:
Zechariah 6:12 "...and tell him, 'Yahweh-Tzva'ot says: "There is coming a man whose name is Tzemach [Sprout]. He will sprout up from his place and rebuild the temple of Yahweh. 13 Yes, he will rebuild the temple of Yahweh; and he will take up royal splendor, sitting and ruling from his throne."
That is the connection to Yeshua - the man whose name is "the branch" - the righteous branch (Jeremiah 23:5), who was predicted 500 years before his birth. See also Isaiah 53 where you will see Yeshua was the "arm" of ADONAI!
Since they insist there is "no proof" for Yeshua, we offer the following: (Please also check out our short video clips designed to "talk back" to the rabbis who are out there, actively all over the Internet, "debunking" Yeshua and the entire New Testament!)
And so who exactly are we?
We are Netzarim - those who believe that Yeshua is Mashiyach, foreshadowed throughout the Tanach. Netzari is a continuation of Judaism, which began as a direct result of YHWH's promise for a new Covenant long before the birth of Yeshua (see Jeremiah 31:31-34). Yeshua was, in essence, the first "Netzari/Messianic Jew" whose goals were to provide divine interpretation to Torah, and to martyr himself to become our Redeemer (against which there is no law). He was not G-D, as G-d cannot be born or die; he was YHWH's MESSIAH = His "arm" (Isaiah 53:1) and "the Word" (John 1:1, 14).
Netzarim are followers of Yeshua who live according to Torah and the Ketuvim Netzarim
(writings of the Netzarim). Yeshua Mashiyach made a way for each one to receive the anointing of the Ruach HaKodesh (Set-Apart Spirit) and learn His Word according to the Tanach (Torah - instructions in righteousness; Neviim - prophets; Ketuvim -writings) and Ketuvim Netzarim. We observe Torah as did Yeshua and His Talmidim (disciples). For Netzarim the Good News or Gospel is the entire Bible.
29:13-14: HaShem says: "They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men...the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."
Hosea 3:5 Afterwards, the people of Isra'el will repent and seek ADONAI their G-d and David their king; they will come trembling to ADONAI and his goodness in the acharit-hayamim.
Yeshua did not break the Shabbat according to Torah as the "counter_missionaries" assert; rather, he
restored the observance of Shabbat as YHWH intended, without the burden of
religious tradition. In so doing, the traditions of the Pharisees had been
violated, but certainly not the Torah of Moshe! As an "arm of YHWH" (Isaiah
53:1) Yeshua came to proclaim the Kingdom; not to abolish it (as Christianity
claims)! Both Jews and mainstream Christians have gone overboard to distort our Creator's Truth....
Luke 4: 43 "But he (Yeshua) said, "I must
preach the good news of the Kingdom of G-d to the other towns also, because
that is why I was sent."
And the Apostles upheld Yeshua's words and the Kingdom!
Acts 28: 23 "From morning till evening
the Apostle Paul explained and declared the Kingdom of G-d and tried to
convince people about Yeshua from the Law of Moses and from the
Acts 24: 14. But this indeed I (Paul)
acknowledge, that in that same doctrine of which they speak, I do serve
the Elohim of my fathers, believing all the things written in Torah and
in the prophets.
Yeshua laid it on the line....
Matthew 7: 13. Enter by the straight
door, for wide is the door and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many are they, those that go in it. 14. How narrow the
door and straight the road that leads to life, and few are they, those
that find it. 15. Beware of false prophets that come among you in the
clothing of lambs, but from within are ravenous wolves. 16. But you
will know them by their fruits.
For further information, please check out some YouTube videos to
discover why Orthodox Jew
Rabbi Simcha Pearlmutter believed that Yeshua was and is G-d's divine Messiah:
And since you have read this far, why not read some of our articles below and then decide whether or not you still wish to believe that Yeshua was NOT who He claimed to be?
Introducing some of the Scripture-twisting rabbis and general Torah teachers:
Challenging their arguments:
Challenging the viper pit at "Jews for Judaism":
Some pertinent blog posts:
Please read before sending an e-mail!
- This website presents our core beliefs and principles as drawn from the Bible. Sincere correspondence will be answered; irate and disrespectful emails will be ignored. Please you keep your emails BRIEF and to the point and always provide specific links when referencing our articles.
- Please note we are NOT a "prayer ministry" nor professional counselors. As such, in consideration for using the service of The Refiner's Fire, you hereby RELEASE this ministry from any liability for any decision you might make in your life.
- Please do not send us your manuscripts nor ask for help in writing or publishing your book. Our goal is to help you find your way to YHWH/Yeshua/Torah.
- Be aware that any correspondence that challenges our faith may end up being posted if we feel our exchange might benefit our readers. For those who send us any type of copyrighted work, please note that according to Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (1994) 510 U.S. 569, 17 U.S.C. § 107 and Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp. (9th Cir. 2003) 336 F.3d 811, 820) we have the legal right to publicly challenge copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. This is not an infringement of copyright. (Id. at pp. 576-577.)