By : Eric Turner Faith, Grace, and Torah
I was completely and utterly shocked when I watched a video called “The Hebrew Roots Movement Exposed” that was delivered by Steven Anderson at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Phoenix Arizona. I normally do not do teachings like this where I call a man out by name, but after watching this video, I was compelled to do a line by line on what he teaches and the accusations he makes against an entire Faith of people. I will be the first to admit that there are some fringe Hebrew Roots sects that teach a lot of error in many of the things that Mr. Anderson brings up, but to group an entire Faith and Movement together with fringe groups who we ourselves debate with trying to bring them into a better understanding is quite in err, and the many slanderous remarks and quite frankly lies that Mr. Anderson presents in His teachings need to be addressed. Now, normally, I would go to this man alone first per Matthew 18.
Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.
But in His teaching he said that when he sees an email, or hears someone use the name Yeshua, he automatically deletes the message or has already decided that that person is deceived. So, since he already openly admits that he will not listen to a word that anyone using the Messiah’s Birth given name, I have decided to take it to the next step and provide a second witness to Zach Bauer at New2Torah.com in the matter. I would also like to point out that anyone who answers a matter before he even hears it it becomes a shame and folly to that person.
Pro 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.
In Mr. Anderson’s website, he describes His ministry as a “KJV only Assembly”, so for the sake of delivering this message in the Translation he is comfortable with I will use the KJV and the KJV 1611 for this rebutal. Now he makes many accusations quite boldly about the entire Hebrew Roots Movement and tells everyone to not even listen to anything anyone involved with this movement says. Again, refer to the Proverb already stated, not to mention the New Testament scriptures that Paul gives us.
1Co 14:29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. 30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. 31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. 32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets. 33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
1Th 5:19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
You can view Mr. Anderson’s teaching here.
So, here, instead of not telling people to completely ignore Mr. Anderson, and so that we do not quench the Spirit, and so we ensure that Mr. Anderson is heard, we will do as the scriptures tell us and PROVE ALL THINGS, and also allow Him to make his case, as the scriptures say, let the Prophet speak and let the others judge what is spoken. We at FGT do not believe it wise to ignore any person that claims they have revelation from God, but believe we should test these teachings according to the Word of God. For the sake of Mr. Anderson’s personal comfort and convictions, we will be using the name Jesus as much as possible so that we may meet this man where he is in his understanding so that there be no confusion in the matter. We at FGT have no issues using the name Jesus to comfort those around us we are Ministering to, because the name is not as important as doing what the man taught. Now, with that in mind, Mr. Anderson makes accusations that the Hebrew Roots Movement attacks the name of Jesus and calls it a Pagan name, in which if he were speaking of specific sects, he may be correct, but as stated earlier, these are fringe sects, so what I will do is post what we at FGT teach concerning the name of the Messiah. We believe that meeting a person where they are in understanding is extremely important, as Paul himself writes,
1Co 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (BEING NOT WITHOUT LAW TO GOD, butUNDER THE LAW TO CHRIST,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
To see what we at FGT teach and what many other Hebrew Roots Teachers agree with, look for yourself what we teach concerning the name of the Messiah in “Jesus vs. Yeshua”
Mr. Anderson claims in His video that the name “Yeshua” is not the Messiah’s name, and never was, and that it can be found nowhere in the Bible. This is the first claim of Mr. Anderson we will test. Part of testing this claim will also include testing the claim he makes that Hebrew was a dead language for 1500 years and the modern Hebrew used today was invented in the 1800’s. First, we will test the claim that the name Yeshua cannot be found anywhere in the Bible, and that Jesus is the only name under Heaven in which one can be saved. So, we will use the KJV in its oldest form, which was Translated in the 1600’s to see if this is indeed Truth.
(KJV 1611) 1Ch 24:11 The ninth to Ieshua, the tenth to Shecaniah,
The claim that Mr. Anderson makes is that the name pronounced “Yeshua” cannot be found anywhere in the Bible. He also points out that the name in Greek is spelled “Iesous” and with this I am in total agreement. The issue that makes this man’s claim quite false is that the KJV 1611 Old Testament is translated from the Masoretic scrolls written in Hebrew that were inscribed long before the 1800’s, smashing His idea and claim that the version of Hebrew we have today was invented in the 1800’s by Zionists, and that Hebrew was a dead language until the 1800’s. Notice in the KJV 1611, how the name “Ieshua” is spelled. In Mr. Anderson’s own teaching he describes this I being sounded as a Y sound. There is the name Ieshua right there in our KJV 1611 Bible, and is pronounced as “Yeshua”.
For H3091;HE WILL SAVE; Jeshua, the name of two Israelites, also of a place in Palestine: – Jeshua.
The name “Ieshua” or “Jeshua” or “Yeshua” means “he will save”. Is this the meaning of the name the Messiah was given at birth?
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for HE SHALL SAVE his people from their sins.
So, Mr. Anderson’s claims of the name “Yeshua” being found nowhere in the Bible is an innacurate claim when tested against the very KJV he upholds.
So, exactly how many times can we find the name Yeshua in the Bible?
Total KJV Occurrences: 28
2Ch_31:15, Ezr_2:2, Ezr_2:6, Ezr_2:36, Ezr_2:40, Ezr_3:2, Ezr_3:8-9 (2), Ezr_4:3, Neh_3:18-19 (2), Neh_7:7, Neh_7:11, Neh_7:39, Neh_7:43, Neh_8:7, Neh_8:17, Neh_9:4-5 (2), Neh_10:9, Neh_11:26, Neh_12:1, Neh_12:7-8 (2), Neh_12:10, Neh_12:24, Neh_12:26
Now, with that in mind, go to any Bible concordance, and look up the word “Salvation”. Yep, Yeshua again.
Total KJV Occurrences: 78
Gen_49:18, Exo_14:13, Exo_15:2, Deu_32:15, 1Sa_2:1, 1Sa_14:45, 2Sa_22:51, 1Ch_16:23, 2Ch_20:17, Job_13:16, Psa_3:8, Psa_9:14, Psa_13:5, Psa_14:7, Psa_20:5, Psa_21:1, Psa_21:5, Psa_35:3, Psa_35:9, Psa_53:6, Psa_62:1-2 (2), Psa_62:6, Psa_68:19, Psa_69:29, Psa_70:4, Psa_74:12, Psa_78:22, Psa_88:1, Psa_89:26, Psa_91:16, Psa_106:2-4 (4), Psa_118:13-15 (3), Psa_118:21, Psa_119:123, Psa_119:155, Psa_119:166, Psa_119:174, Psa_140:7, Psa_149:4, Isa_12:2-3 (3), Isa_25:9, Isa_33:1-2 (2), Isa_49:6 (2), Isa_49:8, Isa_51:6, Isa_51:8, Isa_52:7, Isa_52:10, Isa_56:1, Isa_59:11, Isa_60:17-18 (2), Isa_62:1, Jon_2:9, Hab_3:8
Psa_42:11, Psa_43:5, Psa_67:2
2Sa_10:11, Psa_3:2, Psa_42:5
So, the word YESHUA is used 106 times in the KJV Bible, the very same Bible Mr. Anderson is using.I agree that the New Testament was written in Greek, and that the name of the Messiah in the Original Greek texts the name is spelled “Iesous”, but to say that the Messiah was given a Greek name, and that the name “Yeshua” cannot be found anywhere in the Bible is quite false. To further PROVE that the KJV Old Testament was translated from a quite alive and well Hebrew Language long before the 1800’s, you can research for yourself at Biblestudytools.com where it is stated,
“The KJV New Testament was translated from the Textus Receptus. However, the majority of the book of Revelation seems to have been translated from the Latin Vulgate. The KJV Old Testament was translated from the Masoretic Hebrew text, and the Apocrypha was translated from the Greek Septuagint.” http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/
I agree that there are some sects within the Hebrew Roots Movement that attack the name of Jesus and label it Pagan, but Mr. Anderson must understand that this is not the majority of what the Hebrew Roots nor Messianic Jewish Ministries teach. Mr. Anderson claims that anyone speaking the name of Yeshua “splits hell wide open” is a very ignorant statement. This man seems to have a lot of bitterness to His message. I pray that he stops judging an entire Faith of people based on the ignorant actions of a few. I also pray that he would ask someone in the Hebrew Roots Movement what they teach before lumping us all into one large group and labeling the movement as false doctrine, unbiblical, and even demonic. I just proved with no problem whatsoever all His claims are quite false and quite ignorant. Another statement I would like to make is that the Prophets spoke of this movement, restoring the Original Language so that we may all worship God with one consent. After all, it was God who confused the languages, it will be Him who restores them.
Zep 3:8 Therefore wait ye upon me, saith the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them mine indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.
Now that we have indeed established without a shadow of doubt that the KJV Old Testament was translated from a quite alive and well Hebrew text, we will address his claims that the name of God is “The LORD” and is by no means “Yahweh”. First, I will admit we do not know exactly how to pronounce the name, but His name is most certainly NOT “The LORD” and in the very Hebrew texts that the KJV was translated from, we find that the name is spelled “YHVH” in Hebrew, and this has nothing to do with the title “lord”.
Exo 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
In the Original text, the name is
Strong’s KJV Concordance
From H1961; (the) self Existent or eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God: – Jehovah, the Lord. Compare H3050, H3069.
I will be the first to admit that we do not know how to properly pronounce His name, but I also know that the statement and claim that “The LORD” is the name of God is again, quite false and quite ignorant. I will admit I find it very foolish for people to force the name down one’s throat because you end up with ignorant Pastors making these false claims as Mr. Anderson and in the process His name is smeared and spit upon because of ignorance of both sides. Meet a person where they are in understanding, but by no means should one ever disgrace the name of God and say that it is not His revealed name given to Moses for ALL GENERATIONS. It was also prophesied by the Prophets that the name of God would be forgotten and replaced by “The LORD” because False Prophets work deceit and cause the people of God to forget His name.
Jer 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
Since we know without a shadow of a doubt that the KJV was translated from a quite alive and well Hebrew manuscript, let us see what this name “Baal” means.
Strong’s Number H1168
Baal = “lord”
So, here we see the Prophecies being fulfilled in our own times, we see the False Prophet Stevean Anderson causing the people of God to forget God’s name and replacing it with “LORD”. We also see that the translators have no issue with using a Phoenician name for Baal, but have a great issue with using the name of God in their translations. Was it prophesied that the scribes would do such a thing? Was it Prophesied that the scribes would cause the Word of God to become a lie?
Jer 8:8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.
So, so far, we have the accusations and claims of Steven Anderson being quite easily proven lies, we see that everything we in the Hebrew Roots Movement claims is supported by the Word of God and that our claims about bad translations, the name being forgotten due to False Prophets teaching lies, and the name of the Messiah being Yeshua are all quite heavily supported by scripture. Mr. Anderson claims that all we teach is “unbiblical” and that we are not to be heard in any way, shape, or form. The evidence in the scriptures on the other hand support that it is Mr. Anderson’s claims that are quite unbiblical, and he has virtually no support from the scriptures on the topics covered thus far. Let us move on to the next claim he makes.
Mr. Anderson claims that the word “Torah” is not a Biblical term, and that the “Torah” is the first five books of the Bible, Moses’s writings also known as “The Law”. Let us test these claims as well, and see what the scriptures have to say in the issue. The first address I would like to make is the claim that the word “Torah” is not Biblical.
Gen 26:5 BecauseH6118 thatH834 AbrahamH85 obeyedH8085 my voice,H6963 and keptH8104 my charge,H4931 my commandments,H4687 my statutes,H2708 and my laws.H8451
The Word “laws” here in the KJV, which was translated from a quite alive and well Hebrew manuscript, is in the Original text that the KJV is translated from, the word “Torah” and it obviously is not speaking about the first five books of the Bible, Abraham was following this “Torah” and Moses had not yet been born, so, what does the word “Torah” translated as “laws” in the KJV mean???????
תּרה / תּורה
1) law, direction, instruction
1a) instruction, direction (human or divine)
1a1) body of prophetic teaching
1a2) instruction in Messianic age
1a3) body of priestly direction or instruction
1a4) body of legal directives
1b1) law of the burnt offering
1b2) of special law, codes of law
1c) custom, manner
1d) the Deuteronomic or Mosaic Law
The primary definition of the word “Torah” is instructions, and Abraham kept them, so this cannot be solely talking about the Mosaic Law. Now, Judaism has termed the “Torah” to be consisted of the five Books of Moses, but we at FGT believe that every instruction spoken by the mouth of God is “Torah”. The entire Bible, Genesis-Revelation, is “Torah”. So, again, we see that the False Prophet Steven Anderson has no Biblical support for His claims, definitions, or doctrine, in which we will now discuss. Mr. Anderson claims that Christians who choose to observe the Laws of Moses, or the Torah of Moses, have no Biblical support, and that that doctrine has flaws, and that the Laws of Moses have been changed, based on one verse in Hebrews.
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
The first thing I would like to point out is Mr. Anderson claims that His definition of Torah has no Biblical support, but then uses this scripture to say that there was indeed a change in the Torah/Law of Moses. There was a change in the law, and there was a change in the Priesthood, but which Priesthood? The Levitical Priesthood? Not at all, for the Levitical Priesthood was said by God to be FOR EVER.
Jer 33:17 For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; 18 Neither shall the priests the Levites want a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle meat offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. 19 And the word of the LORD came unto Jeremiah, saying, 20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; 21 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. 22 As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: so will I multiply the seed of David my servant, and the Levites that minister unto me. 23 Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 Considerest thou not what this people have spoken, saying, The two families which the LORD hath chosen, he hath even cast them off? thus they have despised my people, that they should be no more a nation before them. 25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth; 26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return, and have mercy on them.
Now, in the context of the Priesthood that indeed was changed in the Book of Hebrews, it is not in any way speaking of the Levitical Priesthood being changed, but that there would no longer be a HIGH PRIEST in the Earthly Tabernacle. Jesus was not of the Levitical Priesthood, but of the Order of Melchzidek, the Heavenly Priesthood.
Heb 7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
Heb 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. 19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. 20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec🙂 22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. 26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself. 28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
This means that there is a change in the HIGH PRIESTHOOD, not the Levitical Priesthood. The Levitical Priesthood will continue on into the Millennium with Jesus as the High Priest, there will never again be a HIGH PRIEST after the Order of Aaron. Was this change Prophesied? Yes it sure was. In Ezekiel 40-48, we have instructions on how the Millennial Temple is to be operating. In this set of instructions, there is no mention of a High Priest in this system, yet there is however instructions of the Levitical Priesthood operating. These Prophecies have not yet been fulfilled in any way, and this Temple has never been built, any theologian, probably including Mr. Anderson will not refute this. The Instructions of the High Priest, however, have by no means changed, the Messiah does everything commanded to the High Priest in the Heavenly Tabernacle, this is how we know where to be, when to be there, when our High Priest offers the offerings on our behalf. The Priesthood was indeed changed, but the instructions of the High Priesthood will never be changed. Mr. Anderson then uses Matthew 5 as an example, agrees that the law is not done away with, agrees that all scripture is profitable for doctrine, correction instructions in righteousness, etc. etc. ,but then says that the laws of Moses are indeed not in effect, Specifically the Sabbaths, Dietary instructions, and the observance of the Feast of Tabernacles. Let us test this from the Word of God.
2Ti 3:16 All scripture(NOT SOME) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
So, in this statement, we must understand that at the time Paul was writing this, the only scripture they had was the Law, Prophets, and the Writings in the Old Testament. Mr. Anderson accuses the Hebrew Roots Movement of saying that the “Torah” or the Books of Moses supercede the New Testament. Now, I will say this, even though I have jeard a few strange doctrines within Hebrew Roots sects, this is not something I have ever heard at all. What most all Hebrew Roots Ministeries teach is that the Old and New Testaments agree wholly, and do not contradict one another in any way, and that both are needed to bring the fullness of the Gospel into effect and become the “one new man” Paul spoke of. Not one Hebrew Roots Ministry I know of teaches that the Torah Supersedes the New Testament, solely because in the writings of Moses, we find that there would be a Prophet like Moses that we were to listen to. This Prophet is the Messiah Jesus Christ.
Deu 18:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. 20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
Mr. Anderson Himself states that both Jesus and Paul state that we are to uphold the law, so my question to Mr. Anderson is why do you then teach that we should not observe the Sabbaths, the Dietary instructions, and Observe the Feast of Tabernacles? Let us test this also to the Word. We will begin with the Feast of Tabernacles. Remember, ALL SCRIPTURE is profitable for doctrine.
Lev 23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day shall be a sabbath. 40 And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. 41 And ye shall keep it a feast unto the LORD seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. 44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the LORD.
We see here that the Feast of Tabernacles is to be observed FOR EVER. The Hebrew word used as FOR EVER is “olam”.
עלם / עולם
1) long duration, antiquity, futurity, for ever, ever, everlasting, evermore, perpetual, old, ancient, world
1a) ancient time, long time (of past)
1b) (of future)
1b1) for ever, always
1b2) continuous existence, perpetual
1b3) everlasting, indefinite or unending future, eternity
Do we have evidence of the Feast of Tabernacles being observed in the future? Yes we sure do. Matter of FACT, it will be observed not by only Israelites, BUT ALL NATIONS during the Millennium, and the Nations that refuse to observe the Feast of Tabernacles will be chastised by receiving no rain.
Zec 14:13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour. 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance. 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague. 16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
So, here again, we find that when tested against the Word of YHVH, that Mr. Anderson’s claims are false, and do not hold up to the weight of the Holy Scriptures. Do we find the Feast of Tabernacles being observed in the New Testament? Yes we sure do.
Joh 7:2 Now the Jews’ feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready. 7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. 8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come. 9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee. 10 But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. 11 Then the Jews sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? 12 And there was much murmuring among the people concerning him: for some said, He is a good man: others said, Nay; but he deceiveth the people. 13 Howbeit no man spake openly of him for fear of the Jews. 14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught. 15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? 16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. 17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. 19 Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me? 20 The people answered and said, Thou hast a devil: who goeth about to kill thee? 21 Jesus answered and said unto them, I have done one work, and ye all marvel. 22 Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man. 23 If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day? 24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment. 25 Then said some of them of Jerusalem, Is not this he, whom they seek to kill? 26 But, lo, he speaketh boldly, and they say nothing unto him. Do the rulers know indeed that this is the very Christ? 27 Howbeit we know this man whence he is: but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. 28 Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. 29 But I know him: for I am from him, and he hath sent me. 30 Then they sought to take him: but no man laid hands on him, because his hour was not yet come. 31 And many of the people believed on him, and said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? 32 The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. 33 Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. 34 Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come. 35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? 36 What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me: and where I am, thither ye cannot come? 37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Here we see Yeshua observing the Feast of Tabernacles and teaching the Israelites in the Temple Courts. He says that he did not bring a new doctrine, but that His doctrine is the doctrine of the one who sent him. The one who sent Him is the Father, and the Father’s doctrine is, was, and always will be His Law/Torah. If Jesus observed the Feast of Tabernacles, and we are to follow in His footsteps, and he is our example, why would we not celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? Another accusation that Mr. Anderson brings is that we who claim to be Torah observant are not observing Torah because we do not sacrifice animals. He says we throw out this portion of the law, so we ourselves do not observe Torah/Law. Let us test this as well. I cannot speak for any other Ministries, but we at FGT believe that the animal sacrifice instructions are quite still in effect, and when the Temple is rebuilt, we will also offer sacrifices just as Paul did long after His conversion in the Temple. First let us address the ignorant accusation that Mr. Anderson says we are breaking the law by not offering animals.
Deu 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest: 14 But in the place which the LORD shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee. 15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart. 16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water. 17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand: 18 But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
Are we breaking or not observing the law by not offering animals? This says we cannot offer animals anywhere except the place where God chooses, in Jerusalem, on His Altar, in His Temple. So, since there is no Altar and no Temple, we are actually obeying the law by not offering animals. This in itself shows very well that the False Prophet Mr. Anderson has no idea what the laws require. Now, on to the next issue. Do we see the Apostles offering Animals after the Resurrection at the Temple? Absolutely.
Act 21:18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law: 21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs. 22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come. 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them; 24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law. 25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing(the Nazarite Vow, Num. 6), save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication. 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
In Numbers 6, we find that the end of the Nazarite Vow, that animals were offered according to the Law. The very reason Paul was instructed by James to do these vows is to show that he himself observed the law, and that the accusations that he is teaching against circumcising the children, and against observances of Moses are all false. We then see in Acts 24, when Paul is again falsely accused, he gives His statement of Faith.
Act 24:13 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: 15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. 16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. 17 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
Many will argue that these “offerings” were bloodless offerings, because the Strong’s definition claims such, but the same word is used to describe the Messiah’s offering of Himself in Hebrews, and this most assuredly was a blood offering. Also, there is no bloodless offering required for Nazarite Vows in Numbers 6, the rite in which Paul and the others were performing on the order of James and the Elders at the Jerusalem Counsel.
From G4374; presentation; concretely an oblation (bloodless) or sacrifice: – offering (up).
As stated, the Strong’s scholars took it upon themselves to add the bloodless rendering to this word, but as we see in Hebrews the same word is used for the offering of the Messiah, in which we knew well was a blood offering.
Heb 10:10 ByG1722 the whichG3739 willG2307 we areG2070 sanctifiedG37 throughG1223 theG3588 offeringG4376 of theG3588 bodyG4983 of JesusG2424 ChristG5547 onceG2178 for all.
Now, to my last point for this first part of this rebuttal…….. Why does the False Prophet Mr. Anderson teach out of one side of His mouth that the laws are not null and void, and yet teaches that we do not need to observe three specific things of the law? Well, he is a False Prophet, but just to make sure, and so that we do not falsely accuse a man, let us go to the word of God and see if this is Truth. Again, the Sabbaths, Dietary laws of clean and unclean foods, and the observances of the Feasts are the things the False Prophet has an issue with. Let us look at the Messiah’s words.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Where did the Messiah Jesus get this saying of wolves in sheep’s clothing from? Who are these “ravening wolves” we are being warned to look out for? What do they teach? We already know that the Messiah did not teach His own doctrine, and that he only spoke the words of the one who sent Him, so we should be able to find out elsewhere in the Bible who these “ravening wolves” and “false prophets” are. The real Prophet tells us who they are as well as the doctrines they teach.
Eze 22:25 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof. 26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.
The real Prophet Ezekiel says these “ravening wolves” do not teach the difference between the clean and the unclean(dietary instructions), they put no difference in the Holy and the profaned(mixing Pagan observances with the worship of God, I.E. Christmas, Easter), and that they hide their eyes from the Sabbaths. This in a nutshell just summed up the False Prophet Mr. Anderson’s entire doctrine. What we have found here after testing the claims of Mr. Anderson’s quite arrogant and ignorant rant, is that almost all of His claims are not Truth, and he has absolutely no business whatsoever teaching anyone the Word of God. He is lacking in his understanding and if he had any integrity whatsoever, he would step down from His position IMMEDIATELY, or, REPENT IMMEDIATELY, lest he suffer the judgments of God for those who preach lies in His name. This will conclude in the first portion to the exposing of the False Prophet Steven Anderson. To learn more about how to discern real False Prophets, watch our teaching “Discerning False Prophets”.