Why must we have Paul?
At the beginning of Yeshua's ministry on earth, he chose12 individuals whom he trained and taught for three and a half years to be his official witnesses. (John 15:16) Before he ascended, he commissioned them as his official witnesses to go into all the nations and tell of what they had seen and heard him teach. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Paul never spent a minute with Yeshua during his three and a half year ministry. Therefore, if he was a true apostle, we are forced to believe that Yeshua wasted his time with the twelve. If Yeshua could in an instant, authorize and commission someone like Paul to be his apostle, who would then go on to do more that all the others combined even while they were still alive, we must ask why he even bothered with the twelve in the first place. The telling matter in this is the glaring difference between what Yeshua's mentored apostles believed, and what Paul taught. Before Paul came along, no one had heard of the notion that the Law had been superseded in any way. Yeshua's apostles, and the many thousands of new Messianic believers in Jerusalem who followed them, continued to abide by the entire Law of Moses... including those of burnt offerings. This is well documented in 21st chapter of the book of Acts where James points out to Paul that there were "myriads" of Messianic Jews who were "all zealous for the Law". It was in this scene that James also insisted that Paul quell the rumors that he had been teaching against the Law by providing the burnt offerings for the purification rites of four Nazarites, which included numerous animals. According to the Law (Numbers 6:14-15) James had ordered Paul to provide... "one male lamb in its first year without blemish as a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish as a sin offering, one ram without blemish as a peace offering, a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, and their grain offering with their drink offering" for each of the four Nazarites. By providing these offerings, James believed Paul would be making the statement that he himself continued to stand by the Law of Moses. The fact that James had to deal with Paul this way clearly demonstrates the difference between what Paul had been teaching, and what Yeshua's mentored witnesses continued to believe. We must decide which of the two we are going to believe and follow. Those who spent the three and a half years with Yeshua, or Paul who arrogated authority to himself to teach something different based on a few moments of hearing Yeshua's voice in a blinding experience on the road to Damascus.
The fact that Paul converted and became a Messianic believer in Yeshua proves nothing. The Scriptures are full of examples of those who at one time were in favor with God, and later fell from that favor. Whether it be Balaam, who was likewise converted on a road through a miraculous encounter while on the way to curse God's people and later sinned and was destroyed, or Solomon who fell out of favor with God later in life, or Paul's own name-sake, king Saul, about whom God said He regretted having made king of Israel, no one is immune to falling out of favor with God. If it can happen to these men, why not Paul? Christianity refuses to consider this possibility because it is addicted to Paul's pain-killing doctrines of predestination ...where mankind's greatest pain, guilt, is sedated with the lie that one is not truly responsible for their actions... as well as being attracted to Paul's something-for-nothing doctrine of faith-alone. Paul's is a complete doctrine of irresponsibility and laziness ...and the market for such is endless.
Christians must ask themselves why Yeshua's words as recorded in the Gospels by those who followed him for three and a half years are not good enough. Why must we have Paul? When that question is answered, the problem becomes apparent. It is because one simply cannot get Paul's doctrine out of Yeshua's words. The fact that Christianity cannot do without Paul proves there is a difference between Yeshua's doctrine and his.
From another angle
In the world today there are three great monotheistic
religions... Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Each claim to believe in what Christianity calls "The Old
Testament", yet each religion has more recent writings and revelations that
have taken precedence over these preeminent Scriptures. These new pieces of literature have taken each religion
down the road of serious error. The Jews have the writings of the sages as found
in the Talmud. Christians and Moslems clearly identify Judaism's error in this.
Moslems have the writings of Mohammed in the Koran. Christians and Jews clearly
identify Islam's error here. What Christianity is equally blind to, yet every Jew and Moslem clearly
identifies as its error, are the words of Paul.
It's about Yeshua, his bride, and the kingdom of heaven
In the most recent chapters I have laid the case for Yeshua's Messiahship. With his well documented genealogical credentials of being both the son of David and Levi, there will never come another with credentials that can begin to rival his. Yeshua is Israel's Messiah, and he is soon returning to take possession of what he has earned and the Father has held in trust for him for nearly 2000 years. This certainly is the height of delayed gratification. When we realize Yeshua could have had it all without waiting, and without going through the torment of crucifixion if he had just bowed to Satan when it was offered to him, we are left in absolute awe of his indescribable proven character.
He is indeed worthy... worthy to return
with all the power and glory that his Heavenly Father desires for him...
worthy to dethrone Satan and expel him with his minions... worthy to destroy all
the enemies of God's people Israel... worthy to lift Israel's head from his long
reproach and honor him above all nations... worthy to ascend the throne of
his earthly father David and establish the Kingdom of God on earth... worthy to
build the temple. As a son of Levi, he is worthy to sanctify the temple that
the Presence of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel may return to dwell in the
Most Holy Place, never to leave His people again. He is
worthy to rule this world for a thousand years as King and High Priest of the Most High God, the
anointed, the Messiah of Israel.
He is also worthy to receive the authority from the Father to judge every man. In the early chapters of this book, we saw that there are two books of Life by which men's eternal fate will be determined. The general book of Life, and the more exclusive Lamb's Book of Life. We have seen that from the very beginning of creation it was the Father's intention to bring into existence a worthy bride for His son Yeshua. These are they whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. They alone will have the right to enter the New Jerusalem, the Lamb's wife, and have the right to eat of the tree of life and live in the presence of Yeshua and Almighty God forever.
We have seen that the way to have one's name written in the Lamb's Book of Life is to first prove our character as Law-abiding citizens of the Kingdom. This bride is Yeshua's prize. It has long been Satan's intention to diminish this prize as much as he can. We have seen that Paul has single handedly created a counterfeit Gentile religion. The doctrines of this false apostle Paul, have clearly given men license to ignore the Law of God thus preventing men from having their names written in the Lamb's Book of Life. In this way, Paul has become one of Satan's most effective tools.
It is long overdue that Paul be called to task on what he has done. Those of us who love the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and Yeshua the Messiah must categorically reject the supposed authority of Paul and his doctrines as did the Ephesians whom Yeshua commended for doing so. If we truly love the God of Abraham, we will do as Abraham, and do as Yeshua commanded. God said He blessed Abraham;
"...because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My Laws." Genesis 26:5
The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!"
These have been the words and testimony of Scott
His Majesty Yeshua's loyal servant.
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