It has been brought to my attention by a few people that Olivet Journal’s position on studying the Weekly Torah Portions is not clear. So, I have decided to make a brief statement on the topic. I thank those who reminded me to address this important issue.
This is going to be the official position of Olivet Journal on the practice of Weekly Torah Portions, Parashot, which is also called, קריאת התורה, K’riat HaTorah.
Note: “parashah” פָּרָשָׁה means “portion,” and its plural form is “parashot.”
The bottom-line first:
We must avoid following any of the kabbalistic traditions of Judaism, including the Weekly Torah Portion study. It is the Talmudic Midrashic commentaries that they teach with parashah every week.
They do not teach any of the truth, prophecies, and the message of our Father to His people, which we must know “in the Bible,” but instead, they teach Talmudic oral traditions and commentaries by the sages and Tannaim, or whatever they (men) have thought the Scripture means.
Here are my experience and general thoughts on the Weekly Torah Portion study.
Initially, before I came to learn the extent of the deception by the kabbalistic Messianic Jewish and Hebraic Roots Movement, and their absolutely malicious intent to deceive Christians, I had a link to a Torah Portion schedule Website posted on the side bar. The site offered only with scriptures without teaching, and teaching was to be purchased. I had studied “a little bit” and “on and off” along with the parashah as a part of my Biblical Hebrew study, and it is true that I benefited from it in terms of learning biblical Hebrew. And, following the schedule was a good motivator.
But, I was not interested in any of the commentaries by any book or teacher, and just studied Hebrew. Whatever the teaching was, it sounded so off the canonical context of the Bible to me anyway, and prophetically did not make sense. But, as I was still not completely out of the deception, probably not thinking much of it, thought having the link up would encourage people to study the Scripture. Although I was sure Messianic Movement was false, it is true that I was not very clear about what Hebrew Roots Movement was all about, assuming that some of the advocates for that movements were simply mistaken but with a good intent. But, I was wrong … very wrong.
Nevertheless, I pulled it down as soon as I learned that some people are religiously following it, and that all the Messianic and Hebrew Roots “false” ministries were pushing it. Anything “religious” is not good at all, and naturally, anything that false ministries want us to do should be avoided.
And, it was after that, however; I started learning more and more about the worldwide “aggressive” Judaization (kabbalization) of Christianity toward the New World Order that has been going on in a massive scale. No kidding!
I was glad that I had removed the link, then repented of my casual attitude, and heightened my awareness that we had to be absolutely alert and vigilant about not being deceived in all aspects of our daily study and walk as the Bride of the Messiah. In other words, the Father “sobered” me up.
The Messiah is not coming back for a Judaized Bride …. of course not.
We are supposed to be “spotless.”
…. but, I admit, I was not quite sure what to say about Parashah practice for a while. I was busy with other research and writing … true. But, I also needed to firm up my own understanding of why we must avoid this ritual. Some people may say that this is a scriptural study and is a good thing to do … may be … if it is a true biblical study pursuing the “Truth” of the Scripture. Others may say, we can learn “something” from it …. really?
After researching “Kabbalah” and its relation to Judaism, and writing about it, I am now very clear that we must stay away from anything to do with Jewish traditions. They are all about Kabbalah. I will elaborate on that in a minute, but if you have not read my recent article, “What is Kabbalah?” .. please, I urge you to read it. You will understand where I am coming from much more clearly.
OK, next, I will discuss some of the important reasons why we must stay away from following the Judaic Weekly Torah Portions.
First, if false ministries are doing it, Olivet Journal will not recommend it. Period.
As I say this in every article I write:
Please know that they are “intentionally” trying to deceive you, and Judaizing (kabbalizing) you.
This decision is also based on the following scripture:
Galatians 5:9 NKJV
(9) A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
If you think your biblical understanding is firm and strong, and unshakable by the kabbalistic Talmudic teaching of the Oral Torah, therefore you insist that it is fine to study Parashah, and if you are so well versed in understanding of the Bible, then, why do you need to study Midrash? … which are basically non-biblical hear-says.
What do you think you can learn by that? You can learn things that are “NOT” in the Bible … for sure. And, worse, you can learn “lies” that replace the truth. If it is what you want, the choice is yours. But, please, do not force it on others.
Please note that I am offering my understanding and recommendations for those who want to learn the biblical truth and not be deceived. These things I recommend here are not “law” or “rules” which I am asking anyone to follow, but are conclusions naturally derive from the facts, which I am also presenting here, and in all other articles.
Let us be “real” here … The people who are trying to deceive us (note, I am not talking about all the Jewish people) are not playing or joking around, folks. Please be aware of that. They have been raised and trained by the Jewish values and mentality that are based on Talmud and Kabbalah. They are the “brood of vipers” Yeshua spoke of. They have been taught to deceive, and use people, by any way necessary to achieve their goals, which is to bring the whole world to under their control. They believe that their people deserve it. Because, they do not think non-Jews as worthy of being considered equal to the Jews. Talmud calls the Gentiles (goyim) “cattle” and treat as “slave” who are not even worthy of living on the earth*. That is their mentality. Innocent, naïve, and “harmless as doves” Christians cannot stand their cunning and shrewd ways. That is why Yeshua told us to be wise as serpents (Matt 10:16) — Some times, it means to “stay away” from the harmful leaven to be wise.
(* It is of course disputed by the Jews saying that these claims are anti-Semitic and taken out of context. I am providing just one article with quotes from Talmud, but there are many if you google search it. And, after learning what the Zionists have been doing to the world for hundreds of years, and what Israel is doing to her neighbors for decades, I must admit .. I believe that they take what talmud teaches seriously.)
Here is how the deception typically happens …
*They “appear” to love Yeshua, so your guard is down. Then, they “appear” to know the Word, so you are impressed. They also tell you that your understanding of the Bible is wrong, contaminating your mind with lots of doubts. Next, they tell you that you are of Hebrew descent and must know your Hebrew Roots. They brag on all kinds of “Hebraic” things they say they know, which are actually “Judaic” traditions and the Hebrew heritage that has been usurped by Judaism. Now, you are even more impressed, talking about new moons, calling the New Testament, “Brit HaDashah,” and removing all the leavens in the house before Pesach (Passover), learning the Jewish traditions for the feasts, etc. They tell you that Jewish calendar is the “real biblical” calendar. On top of it, they say that they are the House of Judah, that they “own” Israel, so be nice to them and Israel unconditionally … or you are anti-Semitic. Finally, they start teaching you some enticing esoteric kabbalistic knowledge, such as gematria (numerology), what really happened to David and Bathsheba “behind the scenes,” and what the large Hebrew letters and small ones in the Scripture mean … etc.
Now, you are completely Judaized, and a Christian Zionist, proudly wearing tzitzit and tallit, and decorate your living room with shofar, menorah, and may be with an Israeli flag, feeling that you are superior to those who observe Easter and Christmas, not knowing that Judaism also worship the same pagan origin gods called by aliases (For more, please read “What is Kabbalah?”)
….. This is how leaven works.
You are introduced to a little bit of lie at a time mixed with truth, but it will replace the truth bit by bit, until you do not see the truth anymore, believing that the lies are the truth. Your belief system and knowledge have been subverted and usurped.
*For those who have not read my other articles, here is the truth version of the previous paragraph:
No, Messianic Jews and Hebrew Roots teachers and advocates do not believe in the same Messiah we believe in. No, they do not “know” the spiritual truth of the Bible, but what they know is some superficial literal meanings of the Scripture that are twisted according to their convenience. If your understanding of the Bible is wrong, it is highly likely that it was taught by the same group of people who took over the Church long time ago, and of course, the Messianic version is also wrong. Yes, we are of Hebrew descent, but they are not. And, all the so-called “Hebraic traditions” are JUDAIC, meaning, they are Judaism traditions that have taken over the Hebraic culture. Jewish calendar has a Babylonian pagan god’s name “Tammuz,” and is still “Jewish,” NOT biblical. They are not Semite (meaning, sons of Shem) either. They are sons of Cain, sons of Japheth, and sons of Tagarmah, and of Khazar decent. Therefore, they are not of the House of Judah either. The current State of Israel is a secular, nationalistic and Zionistic existence, which is run by a bunch of kabbalists, and absolutely NOT the biblical “Nation of Israel.” Therefore, if you support the current State of Israel, you are a Zionist by definition. The biblical “Nation of Israel” will be resurrected upon the Second Coming of our Messiah after the Great Tribulation (Please read the article, or watch the video, on Revelation Timeline). And, what the Messianic and Hebraic Roots teachers really teach at the end are simply kabbalistic philosophy and traditions, which derive from the ancient satanic occult religion. But, they do not need to make you a full-blown kabbalist, but they only need to indoctrinate you a bit, so that you become blind to the truth. And, finally, their teaching invariably support the heresy which insists that the Jews are the House of Judah and that they are biblically entitled to the current land of Israel, also that the Arabs are their arch enemies who need to be eliminated.
If I were you, I would not even touch a spec of this leaven.
As I briefly touched on in the introduction, “Torah” in the term, ”Weekly Torah Portions,” is not really the True Written Torah as we know as the Five Books of Moses, but; it is the “Oral Torah,” or mainly and typically “Midrash” (oral commentaries of Torah) and “Mishnah” (records of oral debates by Tannaim) that are taught along with the schedule.
Here is a brief Wiki versions of the definition of the terms (Italics and emphases added by Olivet Journal):
Midrash: In Judaism, the Midrash (Hebrew: מדרש; plural midrashim) is the body of homiletic stories told by Jewish rabbinic sages to explain passages in the Tanakh. Midrash is a method of interpreting biblical stories that goes beyond simple distillation of religious, legal, or moral teachings. It fills in gaps left in the biblical narrative regarding events and personalities that are only hinted at. (Basically, they made them up to fill the gap.)
Mishnah: The Mishnah or Mishna (Hebrew: מִשְׁנָה, “repetition”), from the verb shanah שנה, or “to study and review”, also “secondary;” is the first major written redaction of the Jewish oral traditions known as the “Oral Torah”. It is also the first major work of Rabbinic literature. … The Mishnah reflects debates between 1st century BCE and 2nd century CE by the group of rabbinic sages known as the Tannaim. The Mishnah teaches the oral traditions by example, presenting actual cases being brought to judgment, usually along with the debate on the matter and the judgment that was given by a wise and notable rabbi based on the halacha, mitzvot, and spirit of the teaching (“Torah”) that guided his sentencing.
And, there is another book of Talmud, in which “Mishnah” is analyzed … called,
Gemara: The Gemara (also transliterated Gemora, Gemarah or, less commonly, Gimarah; from Aramaic גמרא gamar; literally, “[to] study” or “learning by tradition”) is the component of the Talmud comprising rabbinical analysis of and commentary on the Mishnah. After the Mishnah was published by Judah HaNasi (c. 200 CE), the work was studied exhaustively by generation after generation of rabbis in Babylonia and the Land of Israel. Their discussions were written down in a series of books that became the Gemara, which when combined with the Mishnah constituted the Talmud.
The point is that they are ALL oral traditions, rabbis’ opinions and debates, and analyses of the above. And, all these, according to them, were not written by Moses, but passed down through the seventy elders of Israel from the time of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. …. there is very little relation to what Moses wrote, but they say, they fill the “gap” between the lines … really? (On the “seventy elders of Israel,” please quickly refer to this short section, “Oral Transmission of Secrets and traditions,” of the article, “What is Kabbala?”)
And, they do not seem to mind watering down and modifying their traditional teaching and Christianize it a bit for palatability, I have observed. But, according to my experience, what they teach in many false ministries is basically gnostic, Judaic, and kabbalistic things that usually give me headaches. They may sound good on the surface, but have nothing to do with the important truth of the Bible. Sages and Tannaim were basically Jewish philosophers and professional debaters, and not biblical scholars at all. The starting point may be a verse in the Scripture, but discussion goes astray and ends up with kabbalistic philosophy.
Well …, this is my impression and observation. So, many people may disagree. Apologetics is not my way of presenting the truth, anyway. But, here is the hard fact:
It is a firm and established truth, in my articles and in many others, including Jewish sources, that Judaism traditions are based on Talmud, which are mostly based on the “Oral Torah” and kabbalistic teachings. And, here is how the Chabad-Lubavitch, the most kabbalistic sect of Judaism, defines it: “Oral Torah.”
Then, Hello …!? … Why would a faithful disciple of Yeshua our true Messiah want to have anything to do with it?
The truth is,
Oral Torah is not the Word of God.
Yeshua is called “the Word” in John 1.
(1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:1 Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος
λόγος <G3056> ‘logos’ means the “Word of God” and not the words of rabbis.
Also, Yeshua said the “written” Torah spoke of Him and testified that He was the Messiah.
(44) Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
All things concerning Him is WRITTEN in the Laws of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms, and NOT ORALY TRANSMITTED.
Read the WRITTEN Bible our father has given us, and do not contaminate what you learn with any of the vain and futile words of man, especially, by those who practice Kabbalah.
If you want to read it in Hebrew, do it with lexicons and grammar books, and never do it in the way of Judaism.
Just to make sure I mention this ….
This practice of following the Torah portions weekly is a Jewish (Kabbalah) traditions, and a ritual. It means, Judaization … Period.
Mark 7:7, 13
(7) And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ … (13) “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
If you mimic “such things” they do, vain meaningless repetitions following the commandments of men, the Jewish traditions, including following the Weekly Torah Portion ritual, you are Judaized.
So, if they taught, debated, and analyzed the true Word of God for hundreds of years, I ask you, then why do they not have the revelation of Yeshua as the Messiah? Why did they manipulat the Romans to crucify Him to begin with, missing the hundreds of prophecies that speak of the Messiah? … then, why would you want to learn from those who do not have any idea who our true Messiah is?
And, no matter how much the Messianic Jewish folks and Hebraic Rooters say they love Yeshua and He is their Messiah, if they are studying these false teachings and pushing them on others, they are not disciples of Yeshua. They are simply false teachers! and Judaizers!
And, if you closely listen to what they say about “God,” they often, but subtly, deny the Son, and teach an evasive and multi-identity god or goddess, using the biblical terms and names for them, as I showed in “What is Kabbalah?” article. It is just like the identity theft.
I am pleading with you to be clean of any leaven of Judaization, because if you are Judaized, and especially, if you force this false teaching on others, the Bible is clear that you will share the fate of the false teachers and prophets.
2 Peter 2:1-4, 12-13, 19
(1) But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. (2) And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. (3) By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. (4) For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; …
(12) But these, like natural brute beasts made to be caught and destroyed, speak evil of the things they do not understand, and will utterly perish in their own corruption, (13) and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you, …
(19) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
Be spotless, and stay out of bondage!
Hope this brief discussion has helped you see more truth about the deception of Judaization.
“Be ye wise as serpents.” (Matt 10:16)