Gospels Decoded-Prophetic Pictures of End Time Events (Pt 5)

This is the fifth in a series of videos containing the subject matter of Nathan Lawrence’s upcoming new book entitled, “The Gospels Decoded—Prophetic Pictures of End Time Events”. In this book, we will discover who we are as a people and what the future holds for us as we look at Yeshua’s ministry and teachings through the lens of the third level of biblical interpretation. You have never heard anything like this before. This is not hyperbole. I invite you to check it out for yourself.

 

The Truth—Reformation 2.0

I, Nathan Lawrence, have read and helped to edit the following book and have advised my good friend and brother in the faith, Luke Abaffy, while he was writing it. By his own admission, Luke has relied heavily on my teachings in the writing of his book.

But, more importantly, as I was reading and editing Luke’s book, it became clear to me that YHVH has given him much fresh revelation and new insights, which I have found to be unique, refreshing and inspiring in our attempt to understand and then to present a Torah-based view of the Scriptures to those around us. Honestly, in my more than 50 years of studying the Torah and attempting to living a Torah-compliant lifestyle, I have not come across another apologetic that addresses Christianity’s anti-Torah views as well as this book does. Luke’s book is compelling and spiritually energizing. Thus, I am convinced that Luke is a Spirit-led instrument in the hands of the Almighty YHVH Elohim to bring the Truth of Torah in light of Christianity’s apathy toward it to a whole new level and a new generation of believers. I have never said this about another book on this subject.

Therefore, please purchase his book, read it and assimilate the concepts found therein and then share it with others who are looking to help bring the lost sheep of Israel back to the Truth of the Bible.

This promotion is totally unsolicited by anyone, and Nathan Lawrence and Hoshana Rabbah Biblical Resources gains no financial or other benefit from it other than knowing that this book will help to advance the kingdom of Elohim for the glory of Yeshua our Messiah. —Nathan Lawrence


Presenting the new E book and paperback book by Luke Abaffy (creator of The Way Documentary) entitled The Truth-Reformation 2.0. This new books is…

A lighthearted, hard-hitting apologetics book from the creators of THE WAY documentary. Inside you’ll find:

  • The biblical case for keeping (even more of) God’s law
  • 25 contradictions in popular theology solved
  • Illustrations that visually contrast true and false doctrines
  • Clear language you can use to articulate your beliefs

Read THE TRUTH on your digital devices! You’ll receive an email with a choice of ebook file formats to download once your order is processed & completed. Learn more about THE TRUTH in the description below.

For 2,000 years, Christians taught that trying to keep the laws of the Old Testament is at worst, a blasphemous attempt to earn one’s salvation and at best, a misguided pursuit meant for Jewish people alone. Thanks to our fortunate involvement in the New Covenant, we don’t need to concern ourselves with now-symbolic food laws or the shadow-picture feasts of Leviticus 23 … or do we?.What if those laws are essential to the New Covenant and tied to the very purpose of life? What if they reveal more of Jesus’s example for us to follow? And what if the law of God is a perfect reflection of who He is, allowing us to know Him in a deeper way than ever before?
The Truth: Reformation 2.0
 is an apologetics resource that reveals harmful contradictions in popular Christian theology. 

Description

Inside you’ll find:

  • The biblical case for keeping (even more of) God’s law
  • Practical insights into what laws can be kept today and why
  • 25 contradictions in popular theology solved
  • Venn Diagrams and illustrations that visually contrast true and false doctrines
  • Clear language and a simple framework you can use to articulate your beliefs

The Truth: Reformation 2.0 provides clear, easy-to-remember answers to questions and objections like:

  • But didn’t Jesus fulfill the law so we don’t have to?
  • Why are you trying to be Jewish?
  • You’re misdirecting your energy, focusing on minutiae from the Old Testament instead of just loving people!
  • But doesn’t God love us unconditionally … no matter what we do?
  • But didn’t Jesus break the Sabbath?
  • Have you read Galatians?!
  • Aren’t we only responsible to keep the laws that are repeated in the New Testament?
  • But didn’t Jesus declare all foods clean?
  • You think it’s a good idea to stone your children!?
  • But God can sanctify something that used to be pagan to bring Himself glory!
  • But God’s law changes all the time!
  • Isn’t the point of the New Covenant that we don’t need to keep the law anymore?!
  • Didn’t Jesus give us new, more spiritual commands instead of the old stuff from the law of Moses?
  • Aren’t we, as the church, still Gentiles?
  • Shouldn’t I just decide for myself and be “fully convinced in my own mind?”

To order the E book or paperback book, click the link below:

 

What Are the Biblical Standards for Spiritual Leaders?

The Bible explicitly and implicitly delineates certain standards that must be met before one can assume leadership roles over the people of YHVH. Israelites should know what the Word of Elohim demands of leaders, and should expect leaders to meet those biblical standards. If they don’t, Israel should reject such individuals.

These standards must apply to leaders over and within congregations. Many individuals who are in ministry are not associated with a congregation, so it may be questioned whether these standards should apply to them as well. It seems self-evident that the same biblical standards that apply to leaders within a congregational context should also apply to itinerate minsters, while not connected to or holding leadership in a local congregation, yet they minister to local congregations, and therefore, are perceived to be leaders and elders within greater Israel by those they teach. Therefore, we take the approach that these ministry standards apply to all leaders within the spiritual body of Yeshua whether they are connected to a local body or not. The body of Yeshua is a interconnected, and all must be playing by the same rules, and be held to the same standards. 

We draw, furthermore, from the whole counsel of YHVH’s Word (i.e., Genesis to Revelation) guidelines for leadership qualifications. YHVH’s standards of righteousness for his leaders has not changed over the ages, for he has not changed. His character is inviolate and immutable, and what he requires of those whom he has appointed as servants over his people has not changed and is based on his character, which defines his standards of righteousness.

Prevalent Non-biblical Standards for Leadership

Within the Christian church and, as an offshoot of that, within the Messianic or Hebrew Roots Movements, there are many non-biblical standards that, in the eyes of many people, qualify a person for leadership roles within the body of Yeshua. These “qualification,” in fact, may or may not meet YHVH’s standards of leadership. Some of these “qualification” include:

  • Self-appointment resulting in the formation of a “successful” ministry. 
  • The use of ecclesiastical titles, the earning of academic degrees. 
  • Popularity among men. 
  • Oratory and public presentation skills.
  • Professional-looking packaging of persons, ministries, websites and materials to merchandize. 
  • The size of one’s following, mailing list, ministry, or all the material trappings associated with the ministry.
  • Length of time in the ministry.
  • Acceptance among peers and within the church.
  • Financial or material success.
  • The number of books published, the number electronic media one has been on. 

The Bible nowhere indicates that any of these criteria necessarily qualify one to be in a leadership role. In fact, the biblical record clearly shows that usually the more popular (among men) and successful (by worldly standards) religious leaders were, in fact, more unpopular with YHVH. Yeshua, for example, when addressing the religious leaders of his day, emphatically stated that that which is highly esteemed (uplifted, eminent, exalted, influential or honorable) of men is an abomination (or a foul thing, detestable or idolatrous) in the sight of Elohim (Luke 16:15). Why is this? Because YHVH looks at the heart of man, not on the outward appearance of things (1 Sam 16:7; Isa 29:13; Matt 15:8). YHVH sees the true content of a man’s character, which is often hidden under the false facade of appearance.

Biblical Standards of Leadership

What are some of the more obvious biblical standards that must be applied to all spiritual leaders? Those leaders who reject any of these criteria, we reject them as not meeting the biblical standards of leadership. The following is a list of criteria that one must meet in order to meet the qualifications of biblical leadership. 

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