Intro to Messy Judaism 103

NoTe:  This is a four-part series I wrote for a lady I met at a garage sale, who wanted to know more about why I left Christianity and became a Messianic Jew.  I tried to keep it easy to understand, but there’s quite a bit to it… hence four parts.  Some friends asked me to share it here, so here it is.

Back Again!  I’m trying to keep this in small(ish) chunks, because it is a LOT.  But there’s a lot to cover, too!

When we left off, Yeshua’s disciples went out to take the Messiah-improved Judaism to the world.  Problem was, the world already had its own gods, and didn’t like being told Messiah is the only way.  It was the time of the Romans, and they hated the Messianics so much, that they lit them on fire and used them as street lamps.  Messianics lived in the catacombs (caves) in fear… they didn’t want to be kindling or lion food.  After a few decades of that, Constantine came to rule Rome, and he had a deal for the Yeshua-lovers:  We stop lighting you on fire if you accept our pagan practices into your beliefs.  HUGE no-no for the believers: scripture says “Be ye not unequally yolked with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinth. 6:14).

But the Messianic Jews were whupped, and gave in.  The Roman Sun-god, Mithras, had his feast day December 25th, and the Romans loved that and their other celebrations, so the Jews dropped the Biblical feasts for the pagan ones.  Just the mission-minded Messsianic Jews, mind you.   The Orthodox ones back home that never accepted Yeshua and kept to themselves still kept Torah.  But this new generation of Yeshua followers became ‘Catholic’, which means ‘the world’.  They figured Hanukkah was close enough… it could mix with Mithras and instead of it being the Sun God’s birthday, it’d become the Son-of-God’s birthday.  Now officially ‘Jesus’, because Rome didn’t like Judaism, and Jesus wasn’t a Jewish name.  So that’s what was encouraged.

Easter is the feast day of Ishtar, who was a Babylonian queen, married to Nimrod.  Remember him?  He built the Tower of Babel.  Eastern legend says that when he died, he became a god, and Ishtar had a son via immaculate conception (human mom, god for the dad).  Sound familiar?  The son was killed by a wild boar, which is why christians eat ham on Easter.  Ishtar mourned him 40 days – that’s where Lent is from.  And she declared herself fertility goddess; bunnies, eggs, and chicks are symbols to honor her.  And this abomination is the mess christianity holds up before Yehovah.  No wonder He spews it from His mouth (Rev 3:16)

But after all, Pesach/Passover comes around about the same time as Easter, right?  But the council in Rome made an edict… never will Easter and Passover land on the same day.  They didn’t want their gods’ days to be tainted with Judaism.  And to this day, Easter will never be on the same day as Passover.  But the Messianics figured, ‘As long as we’re once again able to be about the Great Commission…!’  And that was the end of the Messianics… and the start of Christianity.  And I grew up in that, thinking that it was right, that it was the Truth.

Worse, the Romans (Julius Caesar, specifically) went to Babylon and moved the ancient pagan religion to Rome, just before Constantine made the deal.  Caesar took the role of Babylonian high priest (he liked power, and wanted to be Pontifus Maximus).  It was later given to the Pope, after the collapse of the Roman Empire.  So ‘Mystery Babylon’ (Rev. 17:5) that the Bible is so set against is actually Roman/Babylonian mixed in with Judaism to make Christianity!

Revelation is a tough book to understand, but chapters 2 and 3 are ‘letters’ to churches.  What you may not know is that those churches are actually a timeline from Messiah to the end times:

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Now it’s not all terrible news.  People within Christianity serve a huge purpose.  You see, Israel (Orthodox Judaism) doesn’t have/do missions.  They believe Yehovah chose them, and the rest of the nations are simply not a part of that.  Now if a Gentile wanted to serve God and keep Torah, they could join the Jewish community/nation, and become of Yehovah’s people.  But the Jews weren’t/aren’t gonna go out there and bring Gentiles in.  So they don’t do the missionaries thing.  It’s Christianity that fulfilled God’s will of bringing the Torah and scriptures to the world.  Just like it’s Judaism that fulfilled God’s will of keeping unadulterated Truth alive throughout the generations.  It’s all a part of the big plan!

And Christianity may be Satan’s mix of pagan and Truth, but it’s so close, that the Spirit easily can bring Christians that one baby step closer, returning them to Truth and the Jewish roots.  It’s a movement that’s growing and faster and bigger, every day.  He certainly did it with me!

By the way, Messianic Judaism is NOT Jews for Jesus.  ‘Jews for Jesus’ are Jews that convert from Judaism to Christianity.  Messianic Judaism is neither of those.  It’s something entirely different… and exactly on the mark.

And NOW we can talk about Torah Observance, feasts, and more fun and interesting things.

Next Time!

For easy access, here are the series links:
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  1. Becky

     /  November 16, 2015

    Most respectfully, I am not certain your information is entirely correct, specifically in regards to the reason ham is eaten at Easter time. Ham being eaten at Easter is because that is when the smoking/curing of hams was complete. People were simply putting their freshest, best meat on the holiday table. In some locales it may have been the only meat available during that particular season.

    Thank you for the time you have taken to explain the reason for your decision to become a Messianic Jew. It is very informative, and I have enjoyed reading it all very much. I am a Christian who loves Yeshua, celebrates the feasts, and believes that everything in the Bible is true. Blessings to you in the name of Yeshua!

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