Netzarim, Original followers of Yeshua & His 12
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying: "Come out of her my people; that you may not participate in her sins and may not partake of her plagues. For her sins have reached up to heaven; and Elohim has remembered her iniquities". Revelation 18:4-5 We are told the mark of the beast will be in the hand and/or the forehead. With today's present technology we know that a microscopic computer chip can be placed under the skin. But is this just a rouse to keep us off track from understanding what the actual mark of the beast is? Is scripture talking about a tattoo or a microchip? Or is this a spiritual reference. To understand this we must turn to the Tanakh to discover what the "Mark of YAHWEH" is. The mark in the hand and forehead are simply metaphors in the physical world. In the spiritual world, however, they are a literal mark. The hand represents labor, physical activities, and actions. The forehead represents knowledge, understanding, to serve, an oath, and what we believe. Moshe (Moses), upon the instructions of YAHWEH, lays out the Chag haMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread). Following this We find the first reference of the "Mark of YAHWEH" in Shemot (Exodus) 13:9-10: "And this (Moedim - Appointment - Shabbat of Unleavened Bread) shall serve you as a sign on your hand and as a reminder on your forehead...you shall keep this institution at its set time from year to year." “Then YAHWEH said to Moshe, ‘Say to the Yisraelites, 'You must observe my Sabbatot (Sabbaths). This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am YAHWEH, who makes you kadosh (set apart). Observe the Sabbath, because it is kadosh (set apart) to you. Anyone who desecrates it must be put to death; whoever does any work on that day must be cut off from his people’.” Shemot (Exodus) 31:12-14 After delivering the Mitzwot (Instructions - Commandments) Moshe admonishes Yisrael, "Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day. Impress them upon your children. Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead..." D'varim (Deuteronomy) 6:6-8. Again, in D'varim 11:18 we read, "Therefore impress these my Words upon your very heart: bind them as a sign on your hand and let them serve as a symbol on your forehead, and teach them to your children..." So, we see that there is a clear distinguishing mark of YAHWEH that is in the hand and in the forehead of those who keep his Mitzwot (instructions for righteous living). It is not a tattoo or a microchip but is instead the act of obedience to the Mitzwot of YAHWEH. By keeping His Moedim (set times - appointments) Feasts which are Shabbatot (Sabbaths), in keeping His seventh day Shabbat, and in keeping His Mitzwot (instructions in righteousness) we have in our hand and in our forehead the "Mark of YAHWEH". In contrast let's compare Daniel 7:25 - "He will speak words against the Most High and will harass the Kadosh (set apart) ones of the Most High. He will think of changing times (Moedim) and laws (Mitzwot) and they will be delivered into his power for a time, times, and half a time." So he will change Pesach (Passover) and Chag haMatzot to Easter (Ishtar)...He will change YAHWEH’s Mitzwot (Instructions - Law) from the seventh day Shabbat to the first day of the week and teach that “Jesus nailed Torah (Law) to the cross”. Then we find this reference to a mark in the hand and upon the forehead in Revelation 13:15-16 - "And it was given him to put life into the image of the beast of prey; and to cause that all they who would not worship the image of the beast of prey, should be slain: and to cause that all, great and small, rich and poor, bond and free, should receive a mark on their right hands, or upon their foreheads;" Notice that these verses do not say those who refuse this mark go to heaven. You can refuse the mark of the beast but if you have also refused the Mark Of YAHWEH, you will not enter into the Malchut Elohim (Kingdom of Elohim). Does this mean the beast will not use a tattoo or a microchip? Not at all. He can use all means to counterfeit the “Mark of YAHWEH”, especially with those who are not aware of or do not understand the “Mark of YAHWEH”. If it is not obvious enough let’s clarify that the mark of the beast is the anti-thesis of the “Mark of YAHWEH”. YAHWEH declared the seventh day as a Kadosh (Set Apart) Shabbat - day of rest - a memorial of the creation (yes, we celebrate the creation every Shabbat). But the world religious system (anti-Mashiyach) changed YAHWEH’s Moed Shabbat (appointed Sabbath) to the first day of the week to honor pagan sun worship - “Sun”-day. Christianity has chosen to have “church” on Sun-day which, upon examination, is not a Sabbath at all. Just look at all the Christians running to the restaurants, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, cutting the grass or painting the house after “Church” on Sun-day. The truth is that Christianity has no true Sabbath. Rather than observing and keeping Kadosh YAHWEH’s Moed Pesach (Passover), Christianity has chosen to honor the pagan holy day of Ishtar (Easter). They have even incorporated the very same pagan egg laying rabbits as the fertility symbolism of this pagan holy day. Christianity changed the date of Mashiyach’s birth from the first of Sukkote (Feast of Tabernacles) to the birthday of Tammuz, Sol Invictus and a host of other pagan dieties (see Y’shua vs Jesus on this web site). But, this is not a Moed of YAHWEH. Nowhere in scripture are we instructed to observe the birth of anyone. How are we instructed to remember Mashiyach? Through His death and resurrection, “In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me’." 1 Corinthians 11:25 Make special notice that this is the Brit Chadasha (New Covenant) and not a new Torah - the “New Covenant” does not abolish Torah. The vast majority of Christian denominations do not observe, preach, nor understand the seven Kadosh Moedim Feasts of YAHWEH, all of which point to Mashiyach. This religious world system has totally created their own holy days while pushing aside YAHWEH’s Moedim. It is man trying to dictate to Elohim how and when man will worship the creator as opposed to man observing and honoring how YAHWEH has instructed us to approach Him. This has clearly become the religious system of anti-Mashiyach with a distinct mark in the hand and in the forehead. So please, explain, what is there about Christianity that comes even remotely close to having the “Mark of YAHWEH”? This is a call for Christianity to return to the faith once delivered to the Set Apart believers (Jude 1:3) and to reject the mark of the beast - the worldly man-made religious system that defies the living Elohim. On every page of this web site you have seen who the set-apart believers are - the ones who have the Mark of Elohim. Notice that it is two parts - faith without works is dead as works without faith is dead. "And the dragon was enraged against the woman; and he went to make war upon the remnant of her seed who keep the Commandments (Mitzwot - Instructions) of Elohim and have the testimony of Y'shua." Rev. 12-17 The “Mark of YAHWEH” is consistent with, "Hurt you not the earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our Elohim upon their foreheads." Rev 7:3. Chapter 7 then goes on to describe the 144,000 that are sealed. But this number is a remez (a hint) which Andrew Gabriel Roth notes in footnote 26 on page 690 of the Aramaic English New Testament as: "144,000 refers to a type of people, rather than a numerical sum; 10 = testimony 12 = the Yisrael of Elohim; 10 x 10 x 10 is a three fold testimony representing YAHWEH Eloheinu YAHWEH Echad [YAHWEH our Elohim YAHWEH is one]; 12 x 12 is the Yisrael of Elohim who are spiritually re-born in Mashiyach [Messiah]. These sing the song of Moshe and have the testimony of the Lamb. This can also be understood as "the 144,000's" (plural); a Kedoshim (Set Apart) people. There is a Mishchah (anointing) placed on this faithful remnant, according to Torah (Moshe) and Mashiyach." So, I add my note, literally 10 x 10 x 10 x 12 x 12 (144,000's) is a number like infinity to which only YAHWEH knows the exact answer. Many are probably asking, "But I thought Jesus nailed Torah - the Law - to the cross". Think of how contradictory this false doctrine is compared with the rest of scripture. Consider the scriptures cited above and then compare this with Matthew 5:17-20, "Do not think that I have come to loosen (abolish) Torah or the Prophets, I have not come to loosen but to fulfill. For truly I say to you that until heaven and earth pass away not one yodh or stroke will pass from Torah until everything happens..." Read it in whichever version you choose. Not one yodh, not one stroke will pass from Torah". Can it be any plainer?. I refer you to the "Matthew 5:17-20" page and the "Passover Week" page on this web site for more on this. You will discover that heaven and earth have not yet passed away and that all has not yet been fulfilled. There are three (3) of Yahweh's seven (7) Moedim Feasts that remain to be fulfilled in the future. Taking that into consideration, isn't it time you started relying on the Ruach haKodesh (Set Apart Ancient Spirit - Spirit of Mashiyach) to teach you what you are reading in the scriptures. Yeshua said He gives us the Ruach to lead us into truth and understanding. Why then, do so many of you rely on men to tell you (their ideas and doctrines) what the scriptures say? It is time for you to start questioning what are the traditions of men (just like the religious leaders of Y'shua's day) and what the scriptures actually teach. What we see throughout the scriptures are two distinct patterns. One pattern is the “Mark of YAHWEH”, following YAHWEH’s instructions and transforming into His image. The other is the mark of the beast (man creating its own image of Elohim after man). So the question arises, which mark have you chosen to take in your hand and in your forehead?