Not too long ago, my wife and I began talking about how we could grow closer to God. There were several small group programs and other events offered by our home church that seemed to be the direction we were being pushed to go. But something did not feel right. My wife explained how she always felt like the Old Testament and the things taught in the Torah were ignored largely by the church. At the same time, she didn’t think it was right to follow Jewish customs either. As the man of the house, I was sort of lost as well. I wasn’t quite sure how to solve this little dilemma we were in.
About two months ago, I was in Branson for the Prophecy Summit 2012. During that trip, I was able to hang out quite a bit with author and researcher Rob Skiba. In our discussions, I brought up some of the things my wife and I were talking about at home. He recommended a teaching by a gentlemen named Jim Staley called Identity Crisis. After jotting it down on my notes, I went ahead and began to watch the video in my hotel room that night. All I can say is WOW! This was the information I was looking for. This is the kind of thing that I believe is very much needed in our institutionalized church system. The video is long, but I had to repost it. Here it is below:
Please watch it. Just as a short very poor synopsis of the video, essentially, Jim goes over the reality that WE are Israel! In other words, the northern kingdom that was scattered has NOT returned to the promised land. Staley shows how throughout the Bible, the entire narrative, especially in the New Testament is talking about how we are going to be brought back! This is NOT talking about blood lines or anything like that. It’s more akin to the fact that we are grafted into the tribe of Ephraim. I will leave the rest of the details to the video. It has changed my view of how we ought to live out our faith.
Becoming Torah Observant
Because of this new found information, I began to really think about what it meant to follow Yeshua. I had always felt in my last 6 years of following Yeshua that something wasn’t right about the way culture did things. This is not a knock on the church per se because I honestly don’t think most people who call themselves “Christians” have any idea about this sort of information. So after some prayer and some discussion with my wife, we as a family decided to drop all the pagan holidays. That means no more Christmas, and no more Easter. At least in the traditional cultural sense. Instead, we as a family have decided to observe the feasts as taught in the Torah.
Now I am sure if you’re reading this and you are new to this information you are yelling, “LEGALISM!” But I assure you it is not. Without getting into all the details, I wanted to mention a few points of contention. First, there are verses in the Torah that tell us that we are to observe certain feasts forever! Consider Exodus 12:17.
“And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever.” ~Exodus 12:17~
Notice that it says, “forever.” Unless God is lying here, I believe Him when He says, “forever”! This has nothing to do with salvation. But rather it has to do with doing things that are pleasing to God. If God told us to observe this day forever, I believe Him. In fact, the feast of Unleavened Bread has special significance in all of Scripture including the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua, as well as all of the prophecies concerning the end times and of His return! It’s all beautifully and intricately connected and I recommend EVERYONE, if you are a follower of Yeshua, to watch the video and begin to ask yourself what it means to be a follower of Yeshua.
I personally believe that if there is going to be a revival of the body of Christ, it is going to be under the revival of remembering who we are in Yeshua. For too long we have allowed the paganistic rituals and traditions shape the way we celebrate the Lord. It is time we go back to the Word of God and do what HE has asked us to do to honor Him!
I have not been doing as much blog posts due to the huge amounts of time I have been spending on Canary Cry Radio. In fact, in a few months, I am planning to retire this website as a blog alone. Since the release of my first film Age of Deceit: Fallen Angels and the New World Order I have felt very strongly called to focus on this type of work for the Kingdom. The hope is that I will be able to do this type of work full time to provide for my family. I am currently still working as a tech for what I call a “baby mega church” in southern California. And while the work is great, I am getting more and more disenchanted with the direction the church is going. And while I will still provide my services to the church during the “holiday” season, this year will be unique because myself and my family will be observing the feasts.
The other reason for retiring this site as a blog alone is to establish it as the production company that delivers my documentaries. With my partner in crime for Canary Cry Radio, Basil, being fully on board to help out with film making along with the podcast, I believe it is time to really step out in faith and produce a sequel to AGE OF DECEIT that will be equally powerful and glorifying to God. Please pray for me and my family as well as those who are still watching the films and listening to the podcast who are yet to have a personal relationship with our Lord Yeshua.