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Dear Brothers and Sisters in IAUA (ee-ah-oo-ah) our Father,
Greetings on this day of preparation for the weekly Sabbath. I pray this newsletter finds you in good health and happy in the service of IAUA. This is day 2 of month 4 of the Biblical Calendar in the estimated year 6022 Anno Mundi.
On God's Calendar the Biblical month begins on the global day after lunar conjunction. The Biblical year begins with God's New Year's Day (Passover) after the spring equinox (Spring Passover Rule). The Millerite Calendar (Spring New Moon Rule) is a month late in the Gregorian 2018 year. The Calculated Rabbinical Calendar will be two days early in spring and one day early in fall.
A regular, long-time newsletter reader responded to the last blog and copied another person. The response sounds like it was actually addressed to the other person.
What I, as a half-breed Jew (one half should know conversational Hebrew, I guess, and the other half of me should, according to this blog author's apparent understanding, should perhaps not even concern myself with trying to learn it. At least not so that anyone could learn whatever Scripture or other religious material that might be heard if I learned and spoke such a high level of Hebrew. One half of me, in this understanding, is a fake Jew. The other half is an undereducated Jew. Not much hope for me in the author's scenario for "pretentious" Jews. or fake or fake pretentious Jews.
I thought that the apostle, Paul, wrote that "in Christ, there is neither Jew nor Greek," etc. I also recall that Jesus, Himself, was an ethnic and observant Jew who did not give up His Biblical/moral Law Judaism, In fact, He told us to do as the Rabbis/teachers say when they read from Torah/Moses. Did not Paul say that the Jews had "all the advantage because it was them to whom God gave His Oracles?" Did Jesus ever tell anyone that, after His coming crucifixion and ascension, that the annual holy days were to end, and/or be replaced by new ones?
The author of this newsletter/blog does, I believe anyway, follow the weekly Sabbath and the yearly holy day cycle, mentioning the Jewish/Rabbinic rules, etc. Why all the flutter about people, whether or not they are real Jews in the flesh, are trying to learn Christ's true Judeo-Christian religion and faith, as best they can? And do what they can to spread that faith tradition?
I suggest that the author of this blog tune in to Walla Walla University Church and see and hear the sermon archive for March 24, 2018 if he wants to learn the extent to which men have placed themselves above God's holy Law, Time for the Church leadership to begin seeing where things are in this country.
My dear brother. I am always happy to receive a response and reaction from you concerning my blog. However, I was sad to read this one. I was immediately reminded of a Bible verse.
Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
I certainly expected I might provoke reactions but I hoped they would be thoughtful and not wounded. I can understand a wounded reaction after the criticism we have received for our belief in all of God's law. However, I hoped for something better.
Please understand that my reference was to excessive use of Hebrew in general conversations with non-Hebrews, when Hebrew was not the subject of the conversation. I certainly study Hebrew words but I do not attempt to insert them into general conversations.
Please continue to respond and react. However, I hope that you will not feel offended.
Another blog reader wrote:
I understand your position.
You certainly have a lot more knowledge than most in this walk.
There is a fine line between having discernment and being a perfectionist ... that is the reason Hebrew Roots/Messianics can't get along with each other. Everything has to be exactly the way we believe .. even on minute points.
I have friends who do not like Adonai, God, Lord, Jesus ... you name it.
As a result, they are very limited in their options for teachings, music, fellowship, etc.
I'm so glad that Yeshua chose to circulate among people who were doing many things wrong.
If you appreciate isolation, that is your choice. In the end, we are all alone. It's just not my preference while I am living in this world.
I love Joshua Aaron's music and am so glad I don't know enough to be critical of it .. I just love his spirit and the beauty of his voice, lyrics and melodies and it brings me closer to the Father in spirit. I don't sense any pretentiousness in any way. Sorry to hear that your wife can't appreciate it.
Thanks for sharing your opinions.
Confusion abounds... It sounds like you think I was criticizing other people. That could not be further from the truth. I am practicing discernment AND being open, honest, and communicating what I see and understand. There are things that look pretentious to me. Everything I say is obviously my viewpoint and understanding. I am not attempting to force other to see the way I do. I am sharing what things look like to me. I hope that others sense the love in my heart when I am honest with them. I am not trying to isolate myself except that I seek truth. If that isolates me, then I accept that.
Communication is full of difficulties. We do our best. We also try to be understanding. I am sad when an open expression of my feelings (observations, understanding, ...) seems to be criticized. I am also sad when others feel like I am criticizing them. We struggle on. :-) Keep talking to me and communicating what you see and I will keep talking to you. :-)
Thank you for sharing your opinions and observations with me.
My understanding is that your wife was the one who objected to Aaron's music, not you.
And yes, you were being "critical" but that has two different interpretations ... reviewing/analyzing/critiquing or negative/gossip/focusing on differences.
I believe you were analyzing. I don't think you are being intentionally negative. And you are perfectly right in analyzing everything. We are to do that.
My point is that if I am always looking for areas which I don't agree with people, I will end up with very few people.
If I focus more on what we have in common, it helps me.
Yes, I don't want to fellowship with those who are in gross error.
But assigning the label of "pretentious" to someone makes me uncomfortable.
I don't know their motives and fortunately, I don't know Hebrew well enough to even understand why your wife considers Aaron to be pretentious.
All I know is that I may not agree with every little thing, but usually I can find some truth in almost everyone.
So no I am not criticizing you for criticizing ... I am just explaining how I feel and my thoughts .. which is okay, too.
This is why I do not like email.
You and I just have different preferences in that area.
Neither is right or wrong.
I just find that writing only allows communication on one level, totally missing out on intonation and other important communication levels.
To each his own, is what I say.
If your wife doesn't like to listen to Joshua Aaron, that is her choice.
By telling us all about her choice, you open yourself up to hearing about our choices.
It is a two way street ... otherwise I would assign your newsletter to the spam folder.
I see that we understand each other quite well. :-) My tastes in music are very wide and most people are more selective. Nothing wrong with being more selective. God created a wide variety of everything including people.
You are correct that there are two different perspectives of criticism. I don't intentionally look for differences but I don't ignore the fact they are there. Yes, there are some that are serious but others are less serious.
Email is difficult in some ways and by extension all writing brings difficulty to communication. It is very important and useful in other ways. I am a writer. :-) I can review and correct my writing to better communicate my intent. Can't do that with words. I find that things can easily slip out so easily that are not what I intended. I think it works a little better with writing. I don't try to memorize my presentations. I mostly read what I wrote.
God created us first to use verbal communication. I suspect it was primarily because the mental capacity of man was originally much greater than now. Later, God committed His Word to us in writing by Moses and then others. God knew this was best. I suspect He knew our decreasing mental capacity and the corruption that was infiltrating His truth.
These days it seems like so many refuse to read more than they should. I find verbal communication is nice for general things. I found in my line of work that it was better to write things down so that I didn't depend so much on memory, which can fail us.
I have also found learning works better (at least for me) from a book rather than from lecture. Taking notes has many shortcomings. It is easy to reread a book and contemplate its meaning.
Satan manipulates us to achieve confusion and discord. One way he can achieve this is by confusing our communication and understanding.
Do you have great peace?
I pray we may all continue to seek love, peace, and unity in truth preparing for the soon coming of IAUShUO (ee-ah-oo-shoo-oh) Messiah, the Son of God.
Frank T. Clark
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