By this time you are already aware of my position on the self-proclaimed, 13th ‘apostle’ Paul. I do need to explain how I arrived at this conclusion.
Many times it is written in the Torah that; this covenant is a covenant ‘forever’. Our Messiah confirms this in Matt. 5:17&18 and tells us what ‘forever’ means; “till heaven and earth disappear”. Messiah also extends this to beyond the land of Yisra’el and also announces what really had been all along but invites the rest of the world to join His fold and become a member of the family of Yisra’el.
When we answer His invitation and accept Him as our Savior, Sovereign, High Priest, Brother and Friend, we enter that same covenant. He taught and upheld the Ten Words of the Torah. The Ten Words (Commandments) are simply a synopsis of the whole of the Torah of Mosheh, He says as much when He said if you keep the Ten Words, you are keeping the Torah.
There were only 2 (two) signs of this Covenant given in the Torah to show our acceptance into Yisra’el, one being, as Abraham and his son and every servant of his, regardless of ‘nationality’, was circumcision, the other is the observance of the true 7th day Sabbath. Sabbath observance is the 4th Commandment of the Torah established ‘forever’ for Yisra’el.
Only Yahweh Himself would have the authority to change these parts or any part of His Covenant (Torah). Our Elohim, in the form of His ‘Word made Flesh’, came and visited His people as prophesied and as He promised He would. His ‘Word’ is, as is ‘The Messiah’; The Spirit of Yahweh. Yahusha, Messiah is Yahweh in the flesh having come through The Spirit of Yahweh and Miryam.
Yahusha stated that ALL authority was His, as being fully human and on earth. If there was to be any changes to the Torah, would He have said; “…not one jot or tittle would change from the Torah or Prophets, till heaven and earth disappear”? Would He then send, as Paul contends as the 13th apostle, to make these changes and declare a different covenant to the gentiles? Doing away with the ‘old law’ and circumcision?
Yahweh, knowing the end from the beginning, wouldn’t He have made these changes while He walked among His people?
For a number of years I had many questions about the doctrines of the ‘church’ and where they came from, as I stated in the Introduction, I did a lot of questioning and I got no answers to my questions. The history of ‘christianity’ is vague and full of ‘inaccuracies’ and it totally depends on whom you ask. What I did find is that 90% of the ‘church doctrines’ come from the writings of Paul. And what I was hearing from the ‘pull-pit’ was totally opposite of what I was reading in the Scriptures. So, I had many questions about the teachings of Paul. The verse which you have already read in this writing a number of times and will read again, and again in this book, was very telling to me, and when the Scriptures were opened to me the questions of Paul were intensified. That verse being;
Mat 5:17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete.
Mat 5:18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.
Mat 5:19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.
Mat 5:20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the reign of the heavens.
For the next few years I was in the camp of the ‘Pauline apologetics’ group, trying to explain away some of the ‘hard words’ he taught, as Kepha so delicately phrased it. But this did not cut through the fog either and I finally spent, off and on, about a year doing a lot of research on this subject. I was not the only one with these concerns and many from every generation of believers since those days have also had these concerns. I have read quotes from presidents of the U.S in the past and many other prominent figures that have stated in many different ways that Paul was a false teacher/prophet/apostle.