The "back" of the Eastern Gate.
"He brought me back by the way (ha-derekh) of the outer gate
of the sanctuary, which looks toward the east; and it was shut....
The prince, he shall sit therein as prince to eat bread before YHWH." Ezek. 44:1,3


(Go ahead, ask us.)


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This page was begun primarily as a way of disseminating the information
in a small booklet which I wrote over 20 years ago titled
~ "Why Christianity?, or WHAT Jewish Roots?" ~
Since then, I have made a few amendments and several additions to the notes in it.
It is intended as information for Christians who are open to scriptural and historical
knowledge that has not been passed down to them because of misinformation, most of which
was originally promulgated by the Catholic Church and had no basis in biblical authority,
but was, rather, from the self-given authority of that institution.

However, our intent should be to follow the Hebraic rather than the Jewish roots of our faith; faith which comes from our spiritual father Abraham, instead of following the Jewish background which is strongly influenced by and dependent on the oral traditions which came to be written down as the Mishnah and Talmud.

We have OVER 100 LINKS, many to information you have probably never heard from your church pulpit or in a Sunday School lesson. Step through a few of these doors and see if they might help you understand something about Scripture that you didn't know before.
Thanks for visiting, and please come back.   Shalom.  JTW



If you're interested in learning the Hebrew language in order to study the Bible without being influenced by diverse translations with their collateral inevitable interpretations, you might find the Hebrew Names 'Plus' Version helpful.
INTRODUCTION
GLOSSARY



Now, before you go any farther, let me admit that I AM A HERETIC !
"WOW!" you say. "Why would he admit that?"

Simple. A heretic, according to The American College Dictionary, 1970, is "a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his church or rejects doctrines prescribed by his church." No problem there. I am not a member of a "church," and the only doctrines I'm interested in are what the Bible says, contrary to most of Christianity, which continues to follow the dictates of the Catholic Church since the 4th century and the Councils of Nicea, such as, but not limited to:
Easter, Christmas, and their abolition of the Almighty's command to keep the Sabbath holy.

As far as non-Catholic churchianity goes, there are the (unbiblical) doctrines of "once saved, always saved," and "the Law was nailed to the cross."  The problem with the first is that we can be "saved" every day in one way or another.  (See The Nature of Law, parts 1 and 2.) For the second, see this.  Just for full measure, if you're seeking the TRUTH, seek it in the "New" Testament and tell me where we are told "You don't have to obey God's Law anymore."  I'll give you 20% of my next 6 months' SS checks if you can find it.

Good hunting.

~ A LITTLE CHURCH HUMOR ~
~ A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO SWITCHING FROM CHRISTIAN TO MESSIANIC TERMS ~
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED
~ WHY IT TAKES CONGRESS SO LONG TO GET ANYTHING DONE ~
This is the only political link on this page, and it is a non-partisan issue.
Click ~ HERE ~ to read how a non-Messianic Jew is enlightening Christians about Jesus!

Here is a list of ~ WORDS ~ linked to articles and other Web sites.


Please keep this in mind when you read something you haven't read or heard before:

MOST MEN ... CAN SELDOM ACCEPT EVEN THE SIMPLEST AND MOST OBVIOUS TRUTH IF IT OBLIGES THEM TO ADMIT THE FALSITY OF CONCLUSIONS WHICH THEY HAVE DELIGHTED IN EXPLAINING TO COLLEAGUES, WHICH THEY HAVE PROUDLY TAUGHT TO OTHERS, AND WHICH THEY HAVE WOVEN, THREAD BY THREAD, INTO THE FABRIC OF THEIR LIVES. --TOLSTOY

    SITE INDEX    
Complete list of this site's articles and links with suggested introductory
articles for learning about the Jewish Roots of Christianity.



SHENIT M'TZADAH LO TIPOL !
MASADA SHALL NOT FALL AGAIN.
LEGALISM? IT'S JEWISH! REASONS THEOLOGICAL ERRORS
IS GOD A LIAR? REVEREND HELL SUNDAY THE SOUL
JESUS - GOD or MAN?
What the Bible says. ----- What the Bible doesn't say.
EDITED 7/12/13


~ HIDDEN IN THE HEBREW ~
~ IN THE BEGINNING ~

What is "the firmament?" Who/what is "God"? What were "evening" and "morning" before the sun was created? How long is a "day"?


WHAT are Christians AFRAID of? (Mainly the TRUTH!)
and OTHER QUESTIONS for EVERY CHRISTIAN.

If we are to pray, baptize, etc., in the name of the Holy Spirit, what is the Holy Spirit's name? ("Holy Spirit" is a title.)

How can "three days and three nights" fit into the period from ~ Friday afternoon to Sunday morning? ~

Do you think as the writers of the Bible thought, or as those TO whom Paul was writing thought?

If Jesus wanted to join your church today, would he have to renounce Judaism?
Would he approve of the idolatry there?

The following have simple biblical answers if you are willing to accept them
more than you accept doctrinal denominational teachings.

Would he be a day early to join in the worship service? What was HIS "custom"?

Would someone please tell me where there is ONE VERSE in the Bible that tells how to "GO TO HEAVEN?"

Where is the " immortal soul" mentioned?

Where did God change? e.g., Where did he say, "Remember the first day of the week to keep it holy?"

Where did God say it was okay to pray to dead people (including "Saints" and Mary, the "mother of God", for help and protection?

Who was Jesus' father? God or the Holy Spirit? (HINT: A person can't have two fathers. Besides that, the son is not equal to the father.)

If the NT God is a god of love and the OT God is a god of wrath, why is it that every occurrence of any form of the English word "damn" (damned, damnable, damnation) in the KJV Bible is in the NT? Maybe there's something wrong with the popular idea of the differences in the OT and the NT?!?!


QUESTION THE ANSWERS!

The Messiah's Name: Yeshua or Yahshua?

~ The biblical method of BAPTISM and the Hebraic concept of RIGHTEOUSNESS. ~

~ The Mishnah, Righteousness, Fasting, Kingdom, Gospel ~

~ Fasting, Judging, Pagan Religious System ~




~ COMMENTS ~ ** LEGALISM? ** REASONS ** THEOLOGICAL ERRORS ** AFRAID? ** IS GOD A LIAR?
BELIEFS VS TRUTH ** REVEREND ** HELL ** SUNDAY ** THE SOUL ** HALLELUJAH ** THE NAME


The JEWISH BEGINNINGS OF CHRISTIANITY ISRAEL TODAY
WHEN WAS THE "FOUNDER" of "CHRISTIANITY" BORN?

PENTECOST
Why was the "church" born on this day?
~ See the VAST LANDS ISRAEL IS ANNEXING from the ARAB WORLD. ~
~ History of the Words "Palestine" and "Palestinians." ~
Commentary on
ISLAM and the PALESTINIAN NATIONAL COVENANT
~ HonestReporting.com ~
~ Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) ~
~ Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) ~
~ I AM A SETTLER ~
~ AN ISRAELI ARAB SPEAKS! ~
(What Really Happened in 1948.)
REASONS TO STUDY HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE UNDERSTANDING BIBLICAL WORDS.
WHY STUDY HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CULTURE"

REASONS to Study the Jewish roots of Christianity.
DO GENTILES NEED HEBREW?
JESUS SPOKE HEBREW -- SAYS WHO?

MORE REASONS to study Hebrew (and Greek)
THE WAY (Two words, two references)
HALLELUJAH!
THE NAME above all others!
Jesus? Yeshua? Y'shua? Yashua? Yahshua? Yahoshua? Just what IS the Name?
The KINGDOM of GOD. Who? What? Where? When?
REVEREND? Is that YOU???
~ CHURCH ~ -- Just what DOES it mean?
GOD'S WAY MESSIANIC JUDAISM
~ EENIE, MEENIE, MINEY, MO ~
IS GOD A LIAR?
LEGALISM? or Why Should We Obey God?
SUNDAY? or GOD'S DAY?
The SOUL is mentioned 4 times in Genesis 1. Can you find it?
HELL? -- Yes! (but not eternal torment)
~ MESSIANIC JUDAISM ~ What is it?
~ A MESSIANIC GENTILE IN A MESSIANIC JEWISH CONGREGATION ~
~ GENTILES IN JEWISH WORSHIP ~
ROOTS -- A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO ISRAEL
HISTORY AND SCIENCE REFERENCE RESOURCES
WHO CRUCIFIED JESUS?

CRUCIFIXION
~ For the GENTILE READER ~
~ For the JEWISH READER ~
HEBREW NAMES VERSION
~ BLUE LETTER BIBLE ~
~ WORLD WIDE STUDY BIBLE ~

~ STRONG'S CONCORDANCE ~
~ JOSEPHUS ~
PALESTINE AS WE KNOW IT IT'S JEWISH
~ Historical Map of the Nation of Palestine ~
~ List of Kings and Presidents of the Nation of Palestine ~
~ Genealogy of the People of Palestine ~


YESHUA
CONSIDER THIS
1. JESUS. . . . . . . . . . . . . WAIT! Let's call him by his given name.
1. YESHUA was ---conceived -----------------on a Jewish Holy Day.
2. YESHUA was ---born --------------------on a "Jewish" Holy Day.
3. YESHUA was ---circumcised -----------on a "Jewish" Holy Day.
4. YESHUA was ---killed ------on 14 Nisan, a "Jewish" Holy Day.
5. YESHUA was ---resurrected -----------on a "Jewish" Holy Day.
6. YESHUA will ---probably return -----on a "Jewish" Holy Day.
7. JUDGMENT DAY will be --------------on a "Jewish" Holy Day.

Wouldn't YOU like to know more about these "Jewish" Holy Days? (Notice the final pronoun in the second verse!)


ON CHRISTIAN-JEWISH RELATIONS and a DEMONSTRATION OF THE POWER OF THE MOST HIGH:

"Thus says YHWH of hosts; In those (last days) [approaching rapidly] it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the goyim (nations), even shall take hold of the
corners of the garment of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that Elohim is with you. -- Zech. 8:23

And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, "If I only touch His garment, I will get well."

These two scriptures show us that there is power in the Word of YHWH. Written into the Torah ("law") of Moses is a command to put an outward sign on our garments which we may look on to remind us of His commandments. King Shlomo (Solomon) reminds us that the Torah is the way of life.

So how is this relevant to non-Jewish believers in Yeshua/Jesus today? Paul told us that being Jewish is not the outward appearance ( Rom. 2:29), but is in the heart. And we are of the "commonwealth (citizenship) of Israel" and no longer goyim (gentiles). WE WERE gentiles but are now brought near by the blood of the Messiah.

How does the Torah apply to us today who were not born Jewish? "The doers of the Law (Torah) shall be justified." I know many will argue with that, but it's what the Bible says. Can you argue with the Author?
"That
God's word damns your ceremonies, it is evident; for the plain and straight commandment of God is, 'Not that thing which appears good in thy eyes, shalt thou do to the Lord thy God, but what the Lord thy God has commanded thee, that do thou: add nothing to it; diminish nothing from it.' [Deut. 4:2] Now unless that ye are able to prove that God has commanded your ceremonies, this his former commandment will damn both you and them." ~John Knox's History of the Reformation in Scotland

Has God commanded us to observe:
The Festival of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:34) -- or -- ~ Christmas ~?
The Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27) -- or -- Lent?
Passover (Lev. 23:5) -- or -- ~ Easter ~?
The seventh day, the Sabbath, as holy (Lev. 23:3) -- or -- the day of the SUN?
(I'll give you a hint: The Catholic Church COMMANDED the second of each choice.)


WHY IS IT* that Christians today claim to follow the "Great Commission" but stop before "to observe whatsoever I have commanded you."? The Greek word in Matt. 28:20 for observe is terein, which Strong (5083) says means, "to guard (from loss or injury), hold fast, keep, serve, watch." Do you hold fast to His commands (i.e., the "LAW") or do you believe that they were done away with?

Paul said, "the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good." (Rom. 7:12)

"For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but
the doers of the law shall be justified."
(Rom. 2:13)
IN PLAIN ENGLISH, THIS SAYS THAT THE DOERS OF THE LAW ARE JUSTIFIED!
Isn't that clear enough???

"He who speaks evil of his brother, and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law, and judges the law: but IF YOU JUDGE THE LAW, YOU ARE NOT A DOER OF THE LAW, BUT A JUDGE." (James 4:11)

"But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues therein and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:25)

YOU MAY WANT TO READ THAT LAST ONE AGAIN. IT COULD VERY WELL AFFECT YOUR LIFE!

I won't argue about it because
I DON'T SAY IT!!    THE BIBLE DOES!!!
If you want to argue about it, get on your knees and argue with the Author!


*This is a rhetorical question, of course, because they have been taught for 1700 years to follow the teachings of those having temporal spiritual authority over them (the earliest of whom were influenced by Greek philosophy and worship of Greek gods) instead of reading the Scripture and letting the Holy Spirit guide their understanding.



~ A LITTLE (MORE) CHURCH HUMOR ~







ARTICLES FROM YAVO DIGEST, 1987-1998

YAVO DIGEST INDEX ~ A-D ~ -- ~ E-I ~ -- ~ J-N ~ -- ~ O-S ~ -- ~ T-W ~


BIBLE STUDY


WOMEN

UNDERSTANDING A HEBREW DOCUMENT

~ EVIDENCE FOR HEBREW
AS THE SPOKEN LANGUAGE IN JUDEA ~

(During the Second Temple Period -- the time of Yeshua)

Some miscellaneous articles from Yavo, Inc.
Comments on the Sermon on the Mount
Various topics from July 1991 - Fasting, Judging, Forgiving, More


SOME PERSONAL VIEWS
WHAT ARE CHRISTIANS AFRAID OF
Legalism
~ On Religion ~
~ Some Different Views ~
A Reason to Observe God's Holy Days
~ What Will the Millennium Be like? ~
Beliefs and Truths About Christianity
~ God in Time ~
Questions for Every Christian--Is God a Liar?
~ Want to Have a Really Good Time? ~
~ Are We Alone? ~(I have not seen or heard of a similar scenario proposed elsewhere.)
~ God Has Undiscovered Miracles ~
~ Biblical 'Misteaks' ~
Is Jesus God?



GUEST ARTICLES
~ Why I Believe in Miracles Today ~
by H.W. Webb, ca. 1955
(Submitted to, but NOT published in, The Baptist Standard
because it was "too long."
Yeah, RIGHT, that's the reason!!)

I highly recommend the
HEBREW NAMES VERSION
of the World English Bible.

If you would like to locate a Messianic congregation near you,
~ HERE ~
are a few organizations that may be of interest.



MESSIANIC LINKS
~ Wildbranch Ministry ~
~ Hebraic Heritage Ministries International ~
~ HaY'Did (The Friend) Learning Center ~
~ Lion and Lamb Ministries ~
~ First Fruits of Zion ~
~ Congregation Melech Yisrael, Ontario ~

OTHER INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE SITES
~ Bridges for Peace ~
~ Navigating the Bible II ~ Online bar/bat mitzvah tutor
Beit HaDerekh does not necessarily endorse all the views expressed on these sites or their links.

A little ~ About Me ~
And a little about some of my ~ ANCESTORS ~ (and some of YOURS.)


BEIT HaDEREKH SITE INDEX


PHOTOS of our trip to Israel with Dr. Blizzard in 1991 with pictures
of some sites you won't find on most touristy pages.

~ YERUSHALAYIM (Jerusalem) ~
~ K'FAR NACHUM (Capernaum) ~
~ CRUSADER FORTRESSES ~
~ MEGIDDO ~
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