Messiah in the Torah- Parsha Mishpatim

Torah Parsha Mishpatim Ex. 21:1-24:8
Haftorah: Jer. 34:8-22; 33:25-26

I began my life’s work of restoring the ancient sect of Nazarene Judaism over 30 years ago. For those who do not know, the original Jewish followers of Yeshua, were a sect of Judaism known as the “Nazarenes” (as in Acts 24:5). which were mentioned and described by many of the ancient so-called “Church Fathers”.

As many of you may also know, several months ago, I also began an effort to restore that ancient Jewish philosophy of Hebraic Stoicism, which has likewise been lost since ancient times (since the early 2nd Century CE). As part of that effort I began writing a weekly Torah study, based on how the ancient Hebraic Stoics saw the Stoic philosophy in the Torah. That has been a very rewarding process, giving me the opportunity to how these ancient Hebraic Stoics saw their teachings in the Torah itself. If you are interested in reviewing that material, you can find it at the Hebraic Stoicism website.

That process has led me to attempt an experiment, with doing the same thing with the restoration of Nazarene Judaism, writing a weekly Torah study expressing how the ancient Nazarenes might have understood the Torah, and seen Nazarene Judaism and the Messiah in the Torah. In fact my research for this coming week’s Hebraic Stoicism Torah parsha, inspired me to experiment with a Nazarene Judaism weekly Parsha. In this coming week’s parsha, Philo of Alexandria identifies the Angel sent before the Assembly of Israel, of which YHWH says “my name is in him.” (Ex. 23:20-23) as the Logos or “Word”. You can read that blog Being Guided by the Logos here. This inspired me to write a blog about how this same passage was understood by certain Rabbinic authorities, an understanding that surely would have resonated with the ancient Nazarenes. In this weeks parsha we read:

[20] Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.
[21] Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.
[22] But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.
[23] For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
(Exodus 23:20-23 KJV)

The Talmud has an interesting comment about this phrase “for my name is in him”. The Talmud records a debate between the Rabbis and the Minim in which we read:

R. Nahman said: He who is as skilled in refuting the Minim
as is R. Idith, let him do so; but not otherwise. Once a Min
said to R. Idith: It is written, And unto Moses He said,
Come up to the Lord (Ex. 24:1). But surely it should have
stated, Come up unto me! It was Metatron, he replied,
whose name is similar to that of his Master, for it is written,
For my name is in him (Ex. 23:21). But if so, [he retorted,]
we should worship him! The same passage, however,
— replied R. Idith says: Be not rebellious against him,

i.e., exchange Me not for him. But if so, why is it stated:
He will not pardon your transgression? He answered:
By our troth we would not accept him even as a messenger,
for it is written, And he said unto him, If Thy [personal]
presence go not etc. (Ex. 33:15).
(b.Sanhedrin 38b)

Interestingly the Kaarite author Kirkisani had a different reading in his copy of this Talmud passage. His copy had Rabbi Idith saying “This is Metatron, who is the Lesser YHWH”.

Who were the “minim” being spoken of in this section of Talmud. Many scholars identify them with the ancient Nazarenes based on a statement by the so-called Church Father Jerome in a letter he wrote to Augustine:

“The matter in debate, therefore, or I should rather say your opinion regarding it, is summed up in this: that since the preaching of the gospel of Christ, the believing Jews do well in observing the precepts of the law, i.e. in offering sacrifices as Paul did, in circumcising their children, as Paul did in the case of Timothy, and keeping the Jewish Sabbath, as all the Jews have been accustomed to do. If this be true, we fall into the heresy… [of those who] though believing in Christ, were anathematized by the fathers for this one error, that they mixed up the ceremonies of the law with the gospel of Christ, and professed their faith in that which was new, without letting go what was old. …In our own day there exists a sect among the Jews throughout all the synagogues of the East, which is called the sect of the Minæans, and is even now condemned by the Pharisees. The adherents to this sect are known commonly as Nazarenes; they believe in Christ the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary; and they say that He who suffered under Pontius Pilate and rose again, is the same as the one in whom we believe. But while they desire to be both Jews and Christians, they are neither the one nor the other. I therefore beseech you, who think that you are called upon to heal my slight wound, which is no more, so to speak, than a prick or scratch from a needle, to devote your skill in the healing art to this grievous wound, which has been opened by a spear driven home with the impetus of a javelin. For there is surely no proportion between the culpability of him who exhibits the various opinions held by the fathers in a commentary on Scripture, and the guilt of him who reintroduces within the Church a most pestilential heresy. If, however, there is for us no alternative but to receive the Jews into the Church, along with the usages prescribed by their law; if, in short, it shall be declared lawful for them to continue in the Churches of Christ what they have been accustomed to practice in the synagogues of Satan, I will tell you my opinion of the matter: they will not become Christians, but they will make us Jews.
(Jerome; Letter 75)

“Minæans” was apparently Latinized from Hebrew MINIM (singular is MIN) a word which in modern Hebrew means “apostates” but was originally an acronym for a Hebrew phrase meaning “Believers in Yeshua the Nazarene”.

Returning to our Torah Parsha, Rashi writes of the phrase “since my name is in him” (Ex. 23:21):

for My Name is within him: [This clause] is connected to the beginning of the verse: Beware of him because My Name is associated with him. Our Sages, however, said: This is [the angel] Metatron, whose name is like the name of his Master (Sanh. 38b). The numerical value of מֵטַטְרוֹן [314] equals that of שַׁדַּי [314]. -[From Tikunei Zohar 66b]

Nachmanides writes of the phrase “I am sending the angel before you” (Ex. 23:20):

…But the True interpretation of the angel whom they are promised here is that he is the “redeeming angel” of Gen. 48:16, who has God’s name “in him” (v. 21)- “For in Yah the LORD you have an everlasting Rock” (Is. 26:4). It was this angel that told Jacob, “I am the God of Beth-el” (Gen. 31:13), for it is the way of the King to swell in His House. though the text calls him an angel because the world is managed entirely under the particular divine aspect that he embodies. Our Sages call him Metatron, the one who shows the way, as I have already explained in my comment to 12:12.

And in his comment to Exodus 12:12 he writes, “…“Metatron” means “one who shows the way,” as in Sifrei, where the finger of God is the metatron that points Moses toward the land of Israel…. “

And Rabbi Bechai wrote in his commentary to this passage:

This Angel is not one of those (created) intelligences, which can sin, of whom it is said (Job 4:18), ‘His Angels He charged with folly,’ and this folly (appeared) when they assumed to themselves the power, that they were destroying Sodom (Gen 19:13) (lit., in the case of Sodom, when they said, ‘We are destroying’). But this Angel is one of the Inherent Ones” (according to the opinion of Tanchum – a high authority).

“For He will not pardon your transgressions.” Because He belongs to that class of Beings which cannot sin, yea, He is Metatron, the Prince of His (God’s) countenance, and therefore it is said: “to keep thee in the way.” The Chaldee Paraphrase translates keeping (משמרת) with guard (מטרת), so that Metatron (מטטרון) signifies a guard (or watchman) which (office) expresses His attribute of justice; thus He says, “before thy face”; as the expression occurs (Hab 3:5), “Before His face went the pestilence, and burning coals (burning death) went forth at His feet.”

And He says, Mine ANGEL; by which He would say, Mine ANGEL, who is my beloved One, through whom I am made known in the world, and concerning whom it is written (Exo 33:14), “My presence (lit., face or express image) shall go with thee.”

When Moses begged of God, saying (v 13), “Show me now Thy way,” he besought from Him something (a revelation of one of His attributes) by which he might know Him, and He replied: “My presence shall go”; (this presence or countenance, an express image) is He of whom it is written, (Isa 63:9), “The Angel of His countenance saved them,” namely, the Angel who is God’s countenance; therefore He said (Exo 23:22), “I will be an adversary to thine adversaries through Him,” and He adds (v 23), “And I will cut them off”; because on account of His attribute of justice are His enemies cut off.

With reference to His being called Angel, you will know that He is not one of those created intelligences, because the world is governed by Him, for He is the very entity of justice.

It is said: “Beware of Him” (lit., beware from before His countenance), for, on account of the justice of God, man ought to watch himself that he be not punished for his sins; thus He mentions with reference to Him (this Angel) “Watching” and “countenance.”* “Obey His voice.” There is a warning that they should not vex the INHERENT ONES in the Godhead, therefore there is immediately added: “Provoke Him not,” which words our Rabbis of blessed memory have explained: “Do not provoke Me in Him,” but let him bear in mind that all are One, and all are the only One God, without being divided.

“For He will not pardon your transgressions.” Although this Angel has power to forgive sins, and the power of pardon is delivered into His hand, yet He will not pardon your sins, if you provoke Him; because whoever provokes Him, provokes my name, that is, provokes God in Him. When David, of blessed memory, said, Psalm 130:4: “But there is forgiveness with thee,” our Rabbis of blessed memory were of opinion, that such power to forgive sin is not delivered to any of the created intelligences.

* The meaning is: Watch thyself not to fall into sin, because this Angel is the express image of God’s countenance; God’s attributes are revealed in Him.

The Zohar identifies Metatron as the Middle Pillar of the Godhead:

The Middle Pillar [of the Godhead] is Metatron,
Who has accomplished peace above,
according to the glorious state there.
(Zohar 3:227)

And according to the Zohar the Middle Pillar of the Godhead is the “Son of Yah”:

Better is a neighbor that is near, than a brother far off.
This neighbor is the Middle Pillar in the Godhead,
which is the Son of Yah.
(Zohar 2:115)

The Zohar also says of the Son of YHWH:

The Holy One, blessed be He, has a son, whose glory (tifret)
shines from one end of the world to another. He is a great
and mighty tree, whose head reaches heaven, and whose roots
are set in the holy ground, and his name is “Mispar” and his
place is in the uppermost heaven… as it is written, “The heavens
declare (me-SaPRim) the glory (tifret) of God” (Ps. 19:1).
Were it not for this “Mispar” there would be neither hosts
nor offspring in any of the worlds.
(Zohar 2:105a)

This Zohar passage is intended to recall a passage from the Bahir:

Why are they called Sephirot?
Because it is written (Ps. 19:2),
“The heavens declare (me-SaPRim) the glory of God.”
(Bahir 125)

The Zohar also says concerning the Son of Yah:

“We may also translate “he who withholds blessings
from the Son” (Prov. 11:26), whom the Father and Mother
have CROWNED and blessed with many blessings,
and concerning whom they commanded, “Kiss the SON
lest he be angry” (Ps. 2:12), since he is invested
with judgment (GEVURAH) and with mercy (CHESED)”
(Zohar 3:191b)

According to Philo of Alexandria, this Angel was a manifestation of the Word (Logos):

For God, like a shepherd and a king, governs (as if they were a flock of sheep) the earth, and the water, and the air, and the fire, and all the plants, and living creatures that are in them, whether mortal or divine; and he regulates the nature of the heaven, and the periodical revolutions of the sun and moon, and the variations and harmonious movements of the other stars, ruling them according to law and justice; appointing, as their immediate superintendent, his own right reason (Logos), his first-born son, who is to receive the charge of this sacred company, as the lieutenant of the great king; for it is said somewhere, “Behold, I am he! I will send my messenger before thy face, who shall keep thee in the Road.”(Ex 23:20.) (52) Let therefore all the world, the greatest and most perfect flock of the living God, say “The Lord is my shepherd, and he shall cause me to lack nothing,” (Ps. 23:1) (53) and let every separate individual say the same thing; not with the voice which proceeds from his tongue and his mouth, extending only through a scanty portion of the air, but with the wide spreading voice of the mind, which reaches to the very extremities of this universe; for it is impossible that there should be a deficiency of anything that is necessary, where God presides, who is in the habit of bestowing good things in all fulness and completeness in all living beings.
(On Husbandry 51b-55)

(174) for until a man is made perfect he uses divine reason (Logos) as the guide of his path, for that is the sacred oracle of scripture: “Behold, I send my angel before thy face that he may keep thee in the road, so as to lead thee into the land which I have prepared for thee. Attend thou to him, and listen to him; do not disobey him; for he will not pardon your transgressions, for my name is in Him.” (Ex 23:20-21.) (175) But when he has arrived at the height of perfect knowledge, then, running forward vigorously, he keeps up with the speed of him who was previously leading him in his way; for in this way they will both become attendants of God who is the guide of all things; no one of those who hold erroneous opinions accompanying them any longer, and even Lot himself, who turned on one side the soul, which might have been upright and inflexible, removing and living at a distance.
(Migration of Abraham 174-175)

So we have ancient Jewish traditions, that the “angel” that guided the Assembly of Israel in the wilderness, was in fact, the Son of Yah and the Word!

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Moses and the Armor of Elohim

Moses and the Armor of Elohim
By
James Scott Trimm


During the days of preparing to receive the gift of Torah at Mount Sinai Moshe wrote what is now the oldest part of our Bibles (unless one includes the Book of Enoch) the 90th and 91st Psalms. A tradition recorded in the Midrash Rabba says of this Psalm “it was composed by Moshe at the time when he ascended Mount Sinai because he was afraid of the harmful spirits.” (Num. R. xii, 3)

The Jerusalem Talmud indicates that Psalm 91 was traditionally used to give relief to those stricken by evil spirits:

In Jerusalem they used to recite “The Song of the Evil Spirits”
on the Sabbath for the relief of a stricken person. Which is it?
Psalm 91.
(b.Shab. 8b)

The Sefer Shimmush Tehillim (Book of the Use of the Psalms) says of Psalm 91:

After speaking this Psalm and the preceding one (Psalm 90),
over a person tormented by an evil spirit, or one afflicted by
an incurable disease, in the name of El Shadai, then pray
humbly, “Let it be your set-apart will, Oh my Elohim, to
take from son of the evil spirit by which
he is tormented, for the sake of your great, mighty and set-apart
name El Shaddai. May you presently send him health and let
him be perfectly restored. Hear his prayer as you once did
that of your servant Moshe when he prayed this Psalm. Let
this prayer penetrate to You as once did the set-apart incense
arose to you on high. Amen! Seleh!”

This was probably one of the Psalms David would sing in order to exorcise demons from King Saul:


Now the spirit of YHWH had departed from Sha’ul, and an evil spirit from YHWH terrified him.
And Sha’ul’s servants said unto him: ‘Behold now, an evil spirit from Elohim terrifies you.
Let our master now command your servants, that are before you, to seek out a man who is a skilful player on the harp; and it shall be, when the evil spirit from Elohim comes upon you, that he shall play with his hand, and you shall be well.’
And Sha’ul said unto his servants: ‘Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me.’
Then answered one of the young men, and said: ‘Behold, I have seen a son of Yishai the Beit-Lechemite, that is skilful in playing, and a mighty man of valour, and a man of war, and prudent in affairs, and a comely person, and YHWH is with him.’
Wherefore Sha’ul sent messengers unto Yishai, and said: ‘Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.’
And Yishai took an ass laden with bread, and a bottle of wine, and a kid, and sent them by David his son unto Sha’ul.
And David came to Sha’ul, and stood before him; and he loved him greatly; and he became his armour-bearer.
And Sha’ul sent to Yishai, saying: ‘Let David, I pray you, stand before me; for he has found favour in my sight.’
And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from Elohim was upon Sha’ul, that David took the harp, and played with his hand; so Sha’ul found relief, and it was well with him, and the evil spirit departed from him.
(1Sam. 16:14-23 HRV)

And it came to pass on the morrow, that an evil spirit from Elohim came mightily upon Sha’ul, and he raved in the midst of the house; and David played with his hand, as he did day by day; and Sha’ul had his spear in his hand.
And Sha’ul cast the spear; for he said: ‘I will smite David even to the wall.’ And David stepped aside out of his presence twice.
(1Sam. 18:10-11 HRV)

And an evil spirit from YHWH was upon Sha’ul, as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand; and David was playing with his hand.
And Sha’ul sought to smite David even to the wall with the spear; but he slipped away out of Sha’ul’s presence, and he smote the spear into the wall; and David fled, and escaped that night.
(1Sam. 19:9-10 HRV)

Let us now examine the Psalm itself as we prepare ourselves for spiritual warfare:

1 O you that dwell in the covert of Elyon, and abide in the shadow of Shaddai:

According to Rashi, this refers to the covering of the wings mentioned in verse four. Shaddai means literally “breasted one” and is a reference to the feminine aspect of Yahweh, the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). The word for “wing” in the Hebrew is KANAF which also means “corner” and is used to refer to the four corners of the Tallit where the tzitzit are placed. The Tallit represents the Ruach HaKodesh covering us with her wings.

Yeshua said “when you pray, enter into your chamber, and shut the door…” This passage refers to the Jewish practice of using one’s tallit (prayer shawl) to create a private chamber over ones head in which to pray with some privacy even in a public location. According to the Book of Jasher, Enoch often concealed himself in his “chamber” (same word in the Hebew) and his soul was “wrapped up” in the instruction of YHWH (Jasher 3:2, 5)

2 I will say of YHWH, who is my refuge and my fortress; my Elohim, in whom I trust,
3 That He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome
pestilence.

Clearly Paul refers to this verse when he writes:

10 Henceforth, my brothers, be strong in our Adon, and in the might of His power:
11 And put on all the armor of Eloah, so that you may be able to stand against the
strategies of Akel Kartza,
12 Because your struggle is not with flesh and blood, but with principalities, and with authorities, and with the possessors of this dark world, and with the evil spirits that are under heaven.
(Eph. 6:10-12 HRV)

The Psalm continues:

4 He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you take refuge; His truth is a shield and armor.

This is the earliest mention of the shield and armor of Elohim, which Paul elaborates as follows:

13 Because of this, put on all the armor of Eloah, that you may be able to meet the
evil one, and being prepared in everything, you may stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, and gird up your loins with Truth, and put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 And bind on your feet the preparation of the Good News of shalom.
16 And with these, take to you the shield of Trust: by which you will have power to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And put on the helmet of salvation, and take hold of the sword of the Spirit,
which is the Word of Eloah.
18 And with all prayers, and with all petitions, pray at all times in the Spirit: and in prayer, be watchful in every season while praying continually and making supplication on behalf of all the Set-Apart-Ones;
(Eph. 6:13-18 HRV)

The Psalm continues:

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day:

Rashi says that “the arrow that flies by day” refers to “the demon that flies like an arrow.” Paul recalls this phrase when he says:

And with these, take to you the shield of Trust: by which you will have power to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
(Eph. 6:16 HRV)

Psalm 91 continues:

6 Of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday.

According to Rashi “Pestilence” and “Destruction” in this verse are actually the proper names of two demons.

7 A thousand may fall at Your side, and ten thousand at Your right hand; it shall not come near you.

Rashi says that the word for “fall” here actually means in this context “camp”. We have 11,000 demons camping around us, but which the wings of the Ruach HaKodesh shelter us from. In Hebraic thought, the left side represents our Severity while the right side represents our Mercy. HaSatan only assigns 1,000 demons to our left side because it is most vulnerable.

8 Only with your eyes shall you behold and see, the recompense of the wicked.
9 For You, O YHWH, are my refuge! Elyon, you have made your habitation.
10 There shall no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11 For He will give His angels charge over you–to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you upon their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and asp; the young lion and the serpent shall you
trample under feet.
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known, My Name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him, and bring him to honor.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and make Him to behold My salvation.

One of the battles in this war in heaven between Mikha’el (Michael) and HaSatan is related to us in Y’hudah (Jude):

Yet Mikha’el the chief angel, in contending with ‘Akel Kartza, when he disputed about the body of Moshe, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, YHWH rebuke you!
(Jude 1:9 HRV)

Notice that Mikha’el defeats HaSatan with the words “YHWH rebuke you”. In Zech. 3:2 YHWH himself invokes this same phrase (in a longer form) to rebuke HaSatan and defend the High Priest Yahushua (Joshua) from an attack of accusation by HaSatan.

There is power in the spoken word. There is power in the very letters themselves. When angels and shedim do battle, they battle with words. We are told that Yeshua cast out shedim by “his word” (Mt. 8:16). Yeshua’s talmidim exercised authority over the Shedim using the name of Yeshua (Luke. 10:17)

One who makes use of such names is called a “Ba’al Shem Tov” (Master of the/a Good Name). This concept appears throughout the NT in which miracles, healings and exorcisms are performed in the name of “Yeshua

The most important Name of power is the Sacred Name of YHWH known as the tetragramaton (four letter name):

The name of YHWH is a strong tower: the righteous runs into it, and is set up on high.
(Prov. 18:10 HRV)

From now on, I am not in the world, but these are in the world and I come to you, set-apart Father. Keep them in your name that you gave me
(John 17:11 HRV)

Through You do we push down our adversaries; through Your name do we tread them under that rise up against us.
(Ps. 44:6 (44:2) HRV)

O Elohim, save me by Your name, and right me by Your might.
(Ps. 54:3 (54:2) HRV)

There is none like unto You, O YHWH; You are great, and Your name is great in might.
(Jer. 10:6 HRV)

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The last two years have been a real trial for us, and the last two months especially so. As you all probably know, our lives have never been the same since my wife returned home from a nearly two month hospitalization and septic shock in 2018.

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The rent must clear our account tonight and we are still $975 which me must raise by the end of the day today!

The last two years have been a real trial for us, and the last two months especially so. As you all probably know, our lives have never been the same since my wife returned home from a nearly two month hospitalization and septic shock in 2018.

We need your help to continue the ongoing work, bringing the message of Messiah to the Jewish people, and bringing the message of Torah to the world. We need your help with the ongoing work of Scripture Restoration, as restore the original Hebrew of the “New Testament” books, a project which will bless all mankind, especially the Jewish people of Israel.

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As I have said to you many times, I look on this work as a co-operative one with me, and all of you combining our resources together in order to get the job done of helping to teach this great truth to all in the world who will listen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, you are the ones who make it all possible by your contributions and your prayers for our work. I truly appreciate your help in every way.

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Are You Naked? The Full Armor of Elohim

Are You Naked? The Full Armor of Elohim
By
James Scott Trimm


We read in the Book of Revelation:

Because you have said that you are rich, and, I have grown rich,(Hosea 12:9) and I am not in need of anything. And you do not know that you are weak and miserable, and poor and naked.
(Rev. 3:17)

Behold, He comes like a thief. Blessed [is] he who watches and keeps his
garments: lest he should walk naked, and they should see his shame.
(Rev. 16:15)

What does the Book of Revelation mean by “naked”? The answer is to be found in the Torah. In Genesis 2:25 we read that the newly created man and woman in the garden were “both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” But after the fall we read of the guilt pair:

7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves garments.
8 And they heard the voice of YHWH Elohim, walking in the garden toward the cool of the day. And the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of YHWH Elohim, among the trees of the garden.
9 And YHWH Elohim called unto the man, and said unto him: Where are you?
10 And he said, I heard Your voice in the garden. And I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.
11 And He said: Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree whereof I commanded you that you should not eat?
(Gen. 3:7-11)

What does it mean “they knew they were naked”? Did they not know they were naked before the fall? The Zohar sheds some light on this event:

…when Adam sinned, Elohim took from him the armour of the bright and holy letters with which he had been encompassed, and then he and his wife were afraid, perceiving that they had been stripped; so it says AND THEY KNEW THAT THEY WERE NAKED. At first they had been invested with those glorious crowns which gave them protection and exemption from death. When they sinned, they were stripped of them, and then they knew that death was calling them, that they had been deprived of their exemption, and that they had brought death on themselves and on all the world.’
(Zohar 1:53a)

Before they were naked but not ashamed because they were clothed with the Armour of Elohim. But after the fall they knew that they were naked because they had been stripped of this armour. Later this armor was restored to mankind with the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, but it was lost again when the people of Israel sinned:

1 And YHWH spoke unto Moshe: Depart; go up hence. You and the people that you
have brought up out of the land of Egypt–unto the land of which I swore unto Avraham,
to Yitz’chak, and to Ya’akov, saying: Unto your seed will I give it.
2 And I will send an angel before you: and I will drive out the Kena’anite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the P’rizzite, the Hivite, and the Y’vusite;
3 Unto a land flowing with milk and honey. For I will not go up in the midst of you, for you are a stiff-necked people, lest I consume you in the way.
4 And when the people heard these evil tidings, they mourned, and no man did put on him his ornaments.
5 And YHWH said unto Moshe: Say unto the children of Yisra’el, You are a stiff-necked people; if I go up into the midst of you for one moment, I shall consume you. Therefore now, put off your ornaments from you, that I may know what to do unto you.
6 And the children of Yisra’el stripped themselves of their ornaments, from mount
Horev onward.
(Ex. 33:1-6 HRV)

The Talmud explains of these verses as follows:

R. Simla lectured: When the Israelites gave precedence to ‘we will do’ over ‘we will hearken,’(Ex. 24:7) six hundred thousand ministering angels came and set two crowns upon each man of Israel, one as a reward corresponding to ‘we will do,’ and the other as a reward for ‘we will hearken’. But as soon as Israel sinned, one million two hundred thousand destroying angels descended and removed them, as it is said, And the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments from mount Horeb.(In Ex. 33:6) R. Hama son of R. Hanina said: At Horeb they put them on and at Horeb they put them off. At Horeb they put them on, as we have stated. At Horeb they put them off, for it is written, And [the children of Israel] stripped themselves, etc. R. Johanan observed: And Moses was privileged and received them all, for in proximity thereto it is stated, And Moses took the tent. (Ex. 33:7) Resh Lakish said: [Yet] the Holy One, blessed be He, will return them to us in the future, for it is said, and the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come with singingunto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;(IS. 35:10) the joy from of old shall be upon their heads.
(b.Shab. 88a)

The Zohar elaborates on these crowns saying:

R. Hiya said: ‘The world was in a state of poverty and misery from the time Adam transgressed the command of the Almighty until Noah came and offered up a sacrifice, when its prosperity returned.’ R. Jose said: ‘The world was not properly settled, nor was the earth purged from the defilement of the serpent, until Israel stood before Mount Sinai, where they laid fast hold of the Tree of Life, and so established the world firmly. Had not Israel backslided and sinned before the Holy One, blessed be He, they would never have died, since the scum of the serpent had been purged out ofthem. But as soon as they sinned, the first tablets of the Torah were broken-those tablets which spelt complete freedom, freedom from the serpent who is the “end of all flesh”. When the Levites rose up to slay the guilty, the evil serpent went in front of them, but he had no power over Israel, because they were girt with a certain armour which protected them against his attacks. When, however, Elohim said to Moses, “Therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee” (Ex. 33:5), this was the signal that they were placed in the power of the serpent (this is indicated by the form vayithnaselu, which shows that they were stripped by the hand of another). The ornaments referred to are those which they received at Mount Horeb at the time when the Torah was given to Israel.’
(Zohar 1:63b)

But after they sinned, they were not able to look even on the face of the deputy (Moses). How was this? Because ‘the children of Israel were deprived of their ornament from Mount Sinai’, to wit, of the armour with which they were girt on Mount Sinai in order that the evil serpent should not have power over them.
(Zohar 1:52b)

This armour is the “Armour of Light” of which Paul writes:

12 Henceforth, the night is passed, and the day is near: thus, let us lay aside from us the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 And let us walk in a manner as in the day: not in reveling, nor in drunkenness, nor in a defiled bed, nor in envy and in strife.
14 But put on our Adon Yeshua, the Messiah, and have no care for the covetousness of your flesh. (Rom. 13:12-14 HRV)10 Henceforth, my brothers, be strong in our Adonand in the might of his power,
11 and put on all the armor of Eloah, so that you may be able tostand against the strategies of ‘Akel Kartza,
12 because your struggle is not with flesh and blood,but with principalities and with authoritiesand with the possessors of this dark worldand with the evil spirits that are under heaven.
13 Because of this, put on all the armor of Eloah that you maybe able to meet the evil one, and being prepared in everything,you may stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, and gird up your loins with truthand put on the breastplate of righteousness
15 And bind on your feet the preparation of the good newsof shalom.
16 And with these, take to you the shield of faith,by which you will have power to quench all the fiery dartsof the wicked.
17 And put on the helmet of salvation and take hold of thesword of the spirit, which is the word of Eloah.
18 And with all prayers, and with all petitions,pray at all times in the spirit, and in prayer,be watchful in every season while prayingcontinually and making supplication on behalf of allthe set-apart-ones,
(Eph. 6:10-18 HRV)

And the crowns are those of which we read in the Ketuvim Netzarim (the writings of the Nazarenes):

Blessed is the man that endures temptation:
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which YHWH has promised to them that love him.
(Ya’akov (James) 1:2)

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,
which YHWH, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day:
and not to me only, but to all them that love his appearing.
(2Tim. 4:8)

…I will give you a crown of life…
(Rev. 2:10)

…hold fast what you have, that no man take your crown.
(Rev. 3:11)

If you do not have these crowns then you do not wear the Armour of Elohim, and if you do not wear the armour, you are spiritually “naked”.

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Demonic “Sirens”: The Spirit of Jezebel

Demonic “Sirens”: The Spirit of Jezebel
By
James Scott Trimm


In the Book of Enoch we read:

“And the women also of the angels who went astray shall become sirens.”
(1Enoch 19:2).

Although the Ethiopic text has “salamaweyan” (“peaceful”) which is widely regarded as a corruption with the original reading being that found in the Greek εις σειρηνας “into sirens.”  This is certainly a passage which we would like to see in the Aramaic, much less the lost original Hebrew, but unfortunately the Aramaic for this passage has not survived.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were beautiful yet dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.  So why would the Book of Enoch refer to “sirens”.  Why would an ancient Hebrew text refer to figures of Greek mythology and what was the original Hebrew word(s) behind the word “sirens”?


“Sirens” in the LXX

In the Greek Septuagint the Greek word σειρηνας (sirens) does in fact appear several times where the Hebrew has the phrase בת יענה.  There is debate as to what this phrase means, some arguing that it refers to a female owl and others a female ostrich.  The word  יענה always appear with the prefix בת (literally “daughter of”).

But wildcats shall lie there, and their houses shall be full of ferrets:
and ostriches shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there.
And the wild beasts of the islands shall cry in their desolate houses,
and dragons in their pleasant palaces:
and her time is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.
(Isaiah 13:21-22)

Therefore the wildcats with the jackals shall dwell there, and the ostriches shall dwell therein. And it shall be no more inhabited forever, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.
(Jeremiah 50:39 (27:39)

For this will I wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like
the jackals, and a mourning like the ostriches.
(Micah 1:8)

The context is that of female beings who cry and wail.


Peshitta Tanak and Targum

In two of these examples from the Septuagint (Is. 13:21) and Jeremiah 30:39 the Hebrew phrase בת יענה is translated בנת נעמא in the Aramaic Peshitta Tanak.  The Targum Jonathan for Isaiah 13:21 has בנת נעמיין in the Aramaic.

Lamsa renders this phrase in the Peshitta as “ostriches” however it is literally “daughters of Naamah.”  The Aramaic of the Targum could mean “daughters of loveliness” but could also be a plural form derived from Naamah.  Namaah was the sister of Tubal Cain, as we read in the Torah:

And Zillah, she also bare Tubal-cain, an instructer of every artificer in brass and iron: and the sister of Tubal-cain was Naamah.
(Gen. 4:22)


Naamah in the Zohar

According to the Zohar Naamah seduced the fallen angels led by Shemikhazah and Azzazel (Uzza and Azael as they are called throughout the Zohar).  She is the mother of demons and lives to this day having her abode among the waves of the great sea.  She is said to seduce men and make sport with them:

These two chiefs were named ’Afrira and Kastimon. They, moreover, bear the likeness of holy angels, having six wings. One of them had the face of an ox and the other that of an eagle. But when they became united they assumed the image of a man. In time of darkness they change into the form of a two-headed serpent, and crawl like a serpent, and swoop into the abyss, and bathe in the great sea. When they reach the abode of Uzza and Azael they stir them up and rouse them. These then leap into the “dark mountains”, thinking that their day of judgement has come before the Holy One, blessed be His Name. The two chiefs then swim about in the great sea, and when night comes they fly off to Na’amah, the mother of the demons (shedim), by whom the first saints were seduced; but when they think to approach her she leaps away six thousand parasangs, and assumes all shapes and forms in the midst of the sons of men, so that the sons of men may be led astray after her.
(Zohar 1:9b)

She [Naamah] by her beauty led astray the “sons of God”, Uzza and Azael, and she bore them children, and so from her went forth evil spirits and demons into the world. She wanders about at night time, vexing the sons of men and causing them to defile themselves. Wherever these spirits find people sleeping alone in a house, they hover over them, lay hold of them and cleave to them, inspire desire in them and beget from them.
(Zohar 1:19b)

AND THE SISTER OF TUBAL CAIN WAS NAAMAH. R. Hiya said: ‘Why does the Scripture particularly mention Naamah? The reason is that she was the great seducer not only of men, but also of spirits and demons.’ R. Isaac said: ‘The “sons of God” mentioned in the Scripture (Gen. 6:4), who were Uzza and Azael, were seduced by her.’ R. Simeon said: ‘She was the mother of the demons, being of the side of Cain, and it is she who in company with Lilith brings epilepsy on children.’ Said R. Abba to him: ‘Did you not say before that her function is to seduce men? ‘ He replied: ‘That is so; she disports herself with men, and sometimes bears spirits from them. And she still exists to seduce men.’ Said R. Abba to him: ‘But do these demons not die like human beings? How then comes she to exist to the present day? ‘ He replied: ‘It is so. Lilith and Naamah and Iggereth, the daughter of Mahlath, who originated from their side, will all continue to exist until the Holy One, blessed be He, sweeps away the unclean spirit, as it is written, “I will cause the unclean spirit to pass out of the land” (Zech. 13:2).’ Said R. Simeon: ‘Alas for the blindness of the sons of men, all unaware as they are how full the earth is of strange and invisible beings and hidden dangers, which could they but see, they would marvel how they themselves can exist on the earth. This Naamah was the mother of the demons, and from her originate all those evil spirits which mix with men and arouse in them concupiscence, which leads them to defilement. It is because such a hap comes from the side of the unclean spirit that it entails the need of purification by ablution, as our colleagues have explained.’
Zohar 1:55a)

One male came into the world from the side of the spirit of the side of Cain, and they called him Tubal Cain. A female came with him who was called Naamah, from whom issued other spirits and demons; these hover in the air and tell things to those others below. This Tubal Cain produced weapons of war, and this Naamah clung to her own side, and she still exists, having her abode among the waves of the great sea. She goes forth and makes sport with men and conceives from them through their lustful dreams. From that lust she becomes pregnant and brings forth further species in the world. The sons whom she bears from human beings show themselves to the females of mankind, who become pregnant from them and bring forth spirits, and they all go to the ancient Lilith, who brings them up. She goes out into the world and seeks her little ones, and when she sees little children she cleaves to them in order to kill them and to insinuate herself into their spirits. There are, however, three holy spirits which fly in front of her and take that spirit from her and set it before the Holy One, blessed be He, and there they seare taught before Him. Thus they guard that child and she cannot hurt him. But if a man is not holy, and draws upon himself a spirit from the unclean side, she comes and makes sport with that child, and if she kills him she enters into his spirit and never leaves it. You may say: What about those others whom she has killed, although the three angels  confronted her and took from her their spirits? Since they were not on the side of uncleanness, why had she power to kill them? This happens when a man does not sanctify himself, but yet does not purposely try to defile himself nor actually do so. In such cases she has power over the body but not the spirit. Sometimes it happens that Naamah goes forth to have intercourse with men and a man is linked with her in lust, and then suddenly wakes and clasps his wife though his mind is still full of the lust of his dream. In that case the son so born is of the side of Naamah, and when Lilith goes forth she sees him and knows what has happened, and brings him up like the other children of Naamah, and he is often with her, and she does not kill him. This is the man who receives a blemish on every New Moon.
(Zohar 3:76b-77a)


Conclusion

Thus the term σειρηνας (siren) in the Greek of 1Enoch 19:2 points us to an underlying Aramaic of בנת נעמא and the tradition recorded in the Zohar that Naamah seduced the fallen angels, is a mother of demons and was a chief among their wives, lives to this day, abides among the waves of the great sea and seduces men.  Once again the Zohar demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of the Book of Enoch and becomes an invaluable tool to understanding the Book of Enoch.  (If the Zohar were a product of the middle ages as many skeptics claim, it could not express knowledge of the Book of Enoch which was lost by the middle ages).

The Bat Ya’anah are a special class of female demons whose chief function is to seduce men to their spiritual destruction.   This is the spirit of Jezebel of which we read in the Scriptures:

“Ahav ben Omri did more evil in the eyes of Yahweh than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam ben Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethba’al king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Ba’al and worship him. He set up an altar for Ba’al in the temple of Ba’al that he built in Samaria.” (1 Kings 16:30-32)
18 And to the messenger that is in the assembly that is in Thyatira, write, Thus says the Son of Eloah, He who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like the brass of Lebanon:
19 I know your works, and your love, and your trust, and your service, and your patience, and your latter works are greater than the former [ones],
20 But I have much against you: because you allowed your wife, Jezebel–she who says concerning her nefesh, that she is a prophetess, and teaches and deceives My servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat sacrifices of idols.
21 And I gave her a time for repentance, and she does not desire to repent from her
sexual immorality.
22 Behold, I [will] cast her into the coffin, and those who commit adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her sons with death, and all the assemblies [will] know that I am searching the reins, and the heart: and I will give to every one of you, according to your works.
(Rev. 2:18-23 HRV)

I have seen this spirit of Jezebeel destroy leaders in these last days.

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War in Heaven and What it Means For You

War in Heaven and What it Means For You
By
James Scott Trimm

In my past blogs I have written about the increased demonic activity in these last days as evidenced by the propagation of abortion, gay marriage and movies romanticizing the fallen angels.

Revelation tells us that in the last days there will be a major war in heaven between Micka’el and his angels, and HaSatan and his angels:

And there was war in heaven and Mikha’el and his angels
    were fighting with the dragon, and the dragon and his angels
    fought.
    (Rev. 12:7 – HRV)

HaSatan will lose this heavenly war and be cast down to the earth:

    8 And they did not prevail and no place was found for
    them in heaven.
    9 And the great dragon was cast out, that head serpent who
    is called ‘Akel Kartza and HaSatan,
    who deceived the whole earth.
    And he was cast out upon the earth and his angels were cast
    out with him.
    10 And I heard a great voice from heaven saying,
    Behold, there is deliverance and power and the kingdom
    of our Eloah, for the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
    who accused them night and day before our Eloah.
    (Rev. 12:8-10 – HRV)

But the next verse reveals to us that Torah Observant believers in Messiah will actually bring about Michael’s victory:

    11 And they overcame by the blood of the lamb
    and through the word of his testimony;
    and they did not love their own nefeshot,
    even unto death.
    (Rev. 12:11 – HRV)

We know this must refer to the Torah Observant believers, because they bring the victory about because “they did not love their own nefeshot (souls), even onto death”. This cannot refer to angels.

How is it that Torah Observant believers in Messiah will impact this war? A clue is found in the Book of Daniel. In this book we read of a battle between Michael and the “Prince of the Kingdom of Paras (Persia)”:

    Then said he unto me: ` Fear not, Daniel;
    for the first day that you did set your heart to understand,
    and to humble yourself before your Elohim,
    your words were heard; and I am come because
    of your words. But the prince of the Kingdom of Paras
    withstood me one and twenty days; but, behold, Mikha’el,
    one of the chief princes, came to help
    me; and I was left over there beside the kings of Paras.
    (Dan. 10:12-13)

Daniel impacted this battle with intercessory prayer and fasting here on earth:

    In those days I Daniel was mourning three whole weeks.
    I ate no pleasant bread,
    neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth,
    neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks
    were fulfilled.”
    (Dan. 10:2-3)

Another battle in this war in heaven is recorded in the book of Y’hudah (Jude) as follows:

Yet Mikha’el the chief angel, in contending with ‘Akel Kartza, when he disputed about the body of Moshe, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, YHWH rebuke you!
(Jude 1:9 HRV)

As we will discuss later in this book, this is a war of words and Michael overcomes HaSatan by saying “YHWH rebuke you”.  Yet another battle in the war is recorded in Zechariah where we again see the phrase “YHWH rebuke you” hurled at HaSatan:

And YHWH said unto HaSatan: ‘YHWH rebuke you, O HaSatan, yes, YHWH that has chosen Yerushalayim rebuke you; is not this man a brand plucked out of the fire?’
(Zech. 3:2 HRV)

Now lets look at this exchange in context:

And he showed me Yahushua the cohen gadol standing before the angel of YHWH, and HaSatan standing at his right hand to accuse him.
And YHWH said unto HaSatan: ‘YHWH rebuke you, O HaSatan, yes, YHWH that has chosen Yerushalayim rebuke you; is not this man a brand plucked out of the fire?’
Now Yahushua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying: ‘Take the filthy garments from off him.’ And unto him he said: ‘Behold, I cause your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with robes.’
And I said: ‘Let them set a fair mitre upon his head.’ So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments; and the angel of YHWH stood by
(Zech. 3:1-5 HRV)

Note that HaSatan is standing before the throne to accuse the High Priest Yahushua just as in the war in heaven he is standing before the throne making accusation (Rev. 12:10).  How is Yahushua defended from this attack of accusation in this war of words? He is given a clean garment in exchange for his filthy one.  Why is he given this garment?  The answer can be found in another passage:

Then Yahunatan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul.
And Yahunatan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his apparel, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle.
(1Sam. 18:3-4 HRV)

Now a covenant was the strongest relationship two individuals could enter into.  When you entered into a covenant with someone you became members of each other’s houses and joint heirs with one another, sharing in each others inheritance rights.  David legitimately became the King of Israel because he had a covenant with the son of the king, making him his joint heir.  When the king and the son of the king died in a single day, David inherited the throne.  This is a picture of our salvation as joint heirs with Yeshua .  When the so of the king died, we had an inheritance.  And having a covenant relationship with Elohim allows us to exchange garments with Him.  For this reason Zechariah prevailed in HaSatan’s attack of accusation, through his entitlement to wear YHWH’s garment instead of his own filthy one.  It is for this reason that we are able to wear Elohim’s armor and fight in the fight in the war in heaven.  Now Paul tells us more specifically that putting on the full armor of Elohim allows us to participate in the heavenly “struggle” with HaSatan through intercessory prayer:

10 Henceforth, my brothers, be strong in our Adon
    and in the might of his power,
    11 and put on all the armor of Eloah, so that you may be able to
    stand against the strategies of ‘Akel Kartza,
    12 because your struggle is not with flesh and blood,
    but with principalities and with authorities
    and with the possessors of this dark world
    and with the evil spirits that are under heaven.
    13 Because of this, put on all the armor of Eloah that you may
    be able to meet the evil one, and being prepared in everything,
    you may stand firm.
    14 Stand therefore, and gird up your loins with truth
    and put on the breastplate of righteousness
    15 And bind on your feet the preparation of the good news
    of shalom.
    16 And with these, take to you the shield of faith,
    by which you will have power to quench all the fiery darts
    of the wicked.
    17 And put on the helmet of salvation and take hold of the
    sword of the spirit, which is the word of Eloah.
    18 And with all prayers, and with all petitions,
    pray at all times in the spirit, and in prayer,
    be watchful in every season while praying
    continually and making supplication on behalf of all
    the set-apart-ones,
    (Eph. 6:10-18 HRV)

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Was Yeshua Crucified for Using the Name of YHWH?

Was Yeshua Crucified for Using the Name of YHWH?
By
James Scott Trimm


Psalm 22 is known as the “Crucifixion Psalm” because of its detailed description of the crucifixion of Yeshua.  In Matt. 27:46 = Mk. 15:34 Yeshua recites Ps. 22:2(1) from the gallows. Matt. 27:39 alludes to Ps. 22:8(7) about on lookers shaking their heads at him. In Matt. 27:43 the people use the same phase as those in Ps. 22:9(8) (see also Luke 23:35) Luke 23:34 and John 19:24 (as well as the Hebrew text of Matt. 27:35) allude to Ps. 22:19(18) about the casting of lots to divide his clothes, and Hebrews 2:12 also quotes Ps. 22:23(22) as a reference to Yeshua as the Messiah.

Perhaps the most amazingly prophetic verse of Psalm 22 is:

For dogs have encompassed me;
a company of evildoers have enclosed me:
they have pierced my hands and my feet.
(Ps. 22:17 (16))

Another interesting verse in this Psalm is 23(22)

“I will declare Your Name unto my brothers; in the midst of the assembly will
I praise You.”
(Ps. 22:23(22))

This was also fulfilled by Yeshua as we read in Yochanan:

I have made known Your Name, to the men whom You gave Me from the world: they
were yours, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
(Jn. 17:6 HRV)

And I have made known to them Your Name, and will make known: so that the love
with which You loved Me, might be in them and I might be in them.
(Jn. 17:26 HRV)

Some very interesting information appears in Matthew’s account of Yeshua’s trial:

59 Now the Chief Cohenim and the whole council, sought false witness against Yeshua, to deliver Him up to death.
60 But they found none, though there came forward many false witnesses. But at the last there came two false witnesses, and said,
61 He said, I can pull down the Temple of El, and before three days I can build it.
62 Then the Chief Cohen arose, and said to Him, Answer you nothing at all, concerning these things which they witness against You?
63 But Yeshua answered nothing, but was silent. Then the Chief Cohen said to Him, I
adjure you, by the Living Elohim, that you tell us whether You are Messiah, the Son of Elohim.
64 And Yeshua answered and said to him: You have said. Therefore I say to you,
hereafter you will see, the Son of Man, that sits here on the right hand of the Power of Elohim (Ps. 110:1), coming in the clouds of heaven (Dan. 7:13).
65 Then the Chief Cohen tore his garments, saying, He has blasphemed. What further
need have we of witnesses? Behold, you have heard now that He has blasphemed.
(Matthew 26:59-65 HRV)

Note the phrase “Temple of El” in verse 61. This phrase never appears in the Tanak which generally has “Temple of YHWH”. Also in verse 64 “The Power” is a common euphemism for YHWH which should appear based on the fact that this verse combines Ps. 110:1 with Dan. 7:13 where YHWH does appear in Ps. 110:1. Could Yeshua have been being accused of blasphemy for having used the phrase “Temple of YHWH” could he have aggravated and confirmed the charge by citing the Ps. 110:1/Dan. 7:13 phrase with the name YHWH pronounced?  The Mishnah sheds a great deal of light on the events of this trial. The Mishnah states:

He who blasphemes is liable only when he will have  fully pronounced the Divine Name. Said R. Joshua ben Qorha, “on every day of the trial they examine the witnesses with a substitute name… once the trial is over, they would not put him to death with the euphemism, but they put everyone out and ask the most important of the witnesses, saying to him, “Say, what exactly did you hear?” And he says what he heard. And the judges stand on their feet and tear their clothing…
(m.Sanhedrin 7:5)


Now from this passage of the Mishnah we learn many things about Yeshua’s trial. It was normal for the witness to use a euphemism in his testimony of what Yeshua said. We also know that a charge of blasphemy required that the “offender” had “fully pronounced the Divine Name.” It is therefore clear that Yeshua had been pronouncing the name of YWHH. Normally at the end of the trial the room would have been emptied and the witness asked to repeat the “blasphemy” without the euphemism. However in this case Yeshua surprised eveyone. He wanted his statement heard by all so he repeated one of his “blasphemous” statements right there in the beit din. We know that he used the actual name and not “the Power” here because it was called “blasphemy” and would not have been unless Yeshua had “fully pronounced the Divine Name.” That Yeshua also spoke the name of YHWH as part of his “blasphemy” was clear from the phrase ” the Chief Cohen tore his garments ” which agrees exactly with the halachah of the Mishnah “And the judges stand on their feet and tear their clothing…”

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Donations in December were very, very low. This is common each year with holiday spending taking a bite out of people’s pocket books. Unfortunately, our expenses have not decreased during the holiday season.

The last two years have been a real trial for us, and the last two months especially so. As you all probably know, our lives have never been the same since my wife returned home from a nearly two month hospitalization and septic shock in 2018.

We need your help to continue the ongoing work, bringing the message of Messiah to the Jewish people, and bringing the message of Torah to the world. We need your help with the ongoing work of Scripture Restoration, as restore the original Hebrew of the “New Testament” books, a project which will bless all mankind, especially the Jewish people of Israel.

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Come out of Her My People

Come out of Her My People
By
James Scott Trimm

We read in the Book of Revelation of a last days call to come out of Babylon:

[2] And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
[3] For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
[4] And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
[5] For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
(Rev. 18:2-5 KJV)

This passage is repeating a call to come out of Babylon which appears several times in the Tanak:

Go you forth of Babylon, flee you from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare you, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say you, YHWH has redeemed his servant Jacob.
(Is. 48:20)

Depart you, depart you, go you out from there, touch no unclean thing; go you out of the midst of her; be you clean, that bear the vessels of YHWH.
(Is. 52:11)

Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
(Jer. 50:8)

Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of YHWH’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
(Jer. 51:6)

My people, go you out of the midst of her, and deliver you every man his soul from the fierce anger of YHWH.
(Jer. 51:45)

[6] Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, says YHWH: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, says YHWH.
[7] Deliver yourself, O Zion, that dwells with the daughter of Babylon.
(Zech. 2:6-7)

We can see from these verses that this call to come out from Babylon has some meaning beyond the return from the Babylonian Captivity under Ezra and Nehemiah, which had already occurred by the time of Zechariah.

In Revelation, Babylon is pictured as a great whore, riding a scarlet beast:

[1] And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
[2] With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
[3] So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
[4] And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
[5] And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
(Rev. 17:1-5 KJV)

It is actually Paul who reveals to us, just who this great whore is. He writes:

[14] Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
[15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
[16] And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
[17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
[18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
(2Cor. 6:14-18 KJV)

In the Greek text of 2Corinthians 6:14 the word which the KJV renders “unrighteousness” is actually ἀνομίᾳ (anomia) (Strong’s Greek number 458) which combines the Greek prefix “a” meaning “there is not” or “without” with the Greek word for Torah: νόμος (nomos). So that this word literally means “without Torah” or “Torahlessness”.

So if being in Babylon is being in Torahlessness, then being out of Babylon is being in the Torah.

Much has been written to demonstrate that the customs and practices of Torahless Christendom, are the same as the customs and practices of the ancient Babylonian religion. Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter have their roots in Babylon, as do such Christian symbols as steeples, crosses, doves and fish.

Lets look again at Rev. 18:4:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
(Rev. 18:4 KJV)

This term “my people” is also very important. This refers back to a prophecy in Hosea:

[2] The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.
[3] So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived, and bare him a son.
[4] And the LORD said unto him, Call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
[5] And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel.
[6] And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God said unto him, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
[7] But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the LORD their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.
[8] Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.
[9] Then said God, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.
[10] Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.
[11] Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. (Hosea 1:1-11 KJV)

[23] And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God. (Hosea 2:23 KJV)

In these verses the “children of Israel” (1:10) and the “children of Judah” (1:11) are treated as separate entities. The House of Israel (Ephraim) is told that Elohim will call them “not my people” (1:9-10) until a future day when He shall call them “my people” again (2:23). This day of which Hosea was speaking, was the time of the call to Ephraim to come out of Babylon (Torahlessness), in which he calls “my people” to come out of Babylon.

This brings us to a prophecy in the Book of Baruch:

[30] For I knew that they would not hear me, because it is a stiffnecked people: but in the land of their captivities they shall remember themselves.
[31] And shall know that I am the Lord their God: for I will give them an heart, and ears to hear:
[32] And they shall praise me in the land of their captivity, and think upon my name,
[33] And return from their stiff neck, and from their wicked deeds: for they shall remember the way of their fathers, which sinned before the Lord.
[34] And I will bring them again into the land which I promised with an oath unto their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and they shall be lords of it: and I will increase them, and they shall not be diminished.
[35] And I will make an everlasting covenant with them to be their God, and they shall be my people: and I will no more drive my people of Israel out of the land that I have given them.
(Baruch 2:30-35 KJV)

Finally let us look again at the passages of Jeremiah about the call to come out of Babylon (Jer. 50:8; 51:6, 45) which encompasses Jeremiah 50-51. Here we read:

[6] Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
[7] Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
[8] Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so she may be healed.
[9] We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reacheth unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
(Jer. 51:6-9 KJV)

Here we read of a prophetic warning of those who hear the call to come out of Babylon but instead choose to stay in Babylon and heal (reform) Babylon. Elohim’s response is to effectively say, “I didn’t tell you to try to heal Babylon, I told you to GET OUT OF HER!”

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The last two years have been a real trial for us, and the last two months especially so. As you all probably know, our lives have never been the same since my wife returned home from a nearly two month hospitalization and septic shock in 2018.

We need your help to continue the ongoing work, bringing the message of Messiah to the Jewish people, and bringing the message of Torah to the world. We need your help with the ongoing work of Scripture Restoration, as restore the original Hebrew of the “New Testament” books, a project which will bless all mankind, especially the Jewish people of Israel.

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As I have said to you many times, I look on this work as a co-operative one with me, and all of you combining our resources together in order to get the job done of helping to teach this great truth to all in the world who will listen. Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your continued support, you are the ones who make it all possible by your contributions and your prayers for our work. I truly appreciate your help in every way.

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