Beware of Modern Day Labans and Balaams Who Promise Much and Deliver Little

Laban and Balaam. It is quite possible that the false prophet Balaam, who heard from YHVH and had a sense of righteousness, though was still steeped in paganism, was a descendant of Laban. Both Laban and Balaam were from Aram (part of greater Babylon) and only 280 years separated them. One of the Aramaic Targums (Targum Jonathan) equates Balaam with Laban, while other scholars view Balaam as Laban’s grandson. Both were involved in a mixed-religious system—some truth and some error, some good and some evil. This is the nature of religious Babylon (meaning “mixture” or “confusion”). A mixture of what? Of good and evil. Remember the tree by that name in the Garden of Eden? Who was the one who enticed man to indulge in that fruit in rebellion to YHVH’s commands?

Even today, Satan the serpent is at the helm of spiritual Babylon trying to lure people into his system of good and evil. Like the tree of knowledge, the religious Babylon of today, out of which YHVH is calling his people (Rev 18:4), is just that—a mixture of truth and pagan lies. How else, for example, do we account for the name of the Christian festival called Easter or Ishtar named after the Babylonian sex goddess of fertility? Or how else do we account for the Christmas tree phallus symbol that also originated from Babylonian sex worship? Or how about the Easter egg (an ancient Babylonian fertility or sex symbol) or the egg on the Jewish Passover Seder plate? All these are symbols of pagan sex worship.

As YHVH called Jacob away from Babylon back to Beth-el (the House of El), and as YHVH turned Jacob’s heart back to the ways of his fathers, is not the same YHVH likewise now calling his people to come out of religious Babylon (Rev 18:4), to separate themselves from that which is unclean or not kosher (2 Cor 6:17)?

Yes, YHVH is pleading for the modern descendants of Jacob (redeemed Israelites or the Israel of Elohim, Gal 6:16) to not succumb to the lying forked-tongued Labans and Balaams of today who always over-promise and underdeliver—who would through deceptive lies pull Elohim’s back into their religious systems that are a mixture of truth and error. Elohim is urging his people to remember the good, ancient and blessed paths of the Torah of Moses his servant and to listen to the spirit of Elijah as the children’s hearts re turned back to the Hebraic fathers of their faith (Jer 6:16, 19; Mal 4:4–6).B


2 thoughts on “Beware of Modern Day Labans and Balaams Who Promise Much and Deliver Little

  1. Natan, where do you draw your comments about the egg on the passover seder plate from? The explanation below for having the egg comes from a Jewish site. Not sure if it’s written by Orthodox or Messianic Jews but it makes sense why the egg is used. Thanks for your response

    Free from Paganism

    Many of the ancient Egyptians held religious beliefs that prevented them from consuming meat, fish or eggs. On the night that we celebrate being taken out of Egyptian bondage, we make sure to have both meat and eggs on the Seder plate, showing that we are not bound by their pagan beliefs.

    • The truth of the egg on the seder plate is self-evident.

      First, the egg on the plate is a non-biblical symbol, but clearly a pagan one. Second, the Jewish sages have no good reason for it being there. They say it represents the roasted lamb, but that’s the reason the shank bone is on the plate. The shank bone is a biblical as a representative symbol of the lamb, but the egg isn’t. It’s really that simple.

      So where did the egg come from? Babylon, I presume, when the Jews were there. It’s kind of like the inclusion of the egg for Christians in their Easter celebration. Where on earth did that come from? It’s certainly not biblical. That leaves only one other sources. Again, it’s self-evident.

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