“About the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle. He said to them, ‘Why do you stand here all day idle?’ “They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’” (Matthew 20:6-7, WEBME)
These “idle” men could have thrown their hands in the air and called it a day- after all, there was just one hour left to work! While the story does not say if they were rejected or if employers simply missed them, at day’s end, they still had a mindset to labor! They did not give up; they did call it quits; they refused to even sit. They stood- throughout rejection, throughout the “heat of the day”- throughout the disappointment.
This blog is dedicated to the men and women who are called to teach, preach, and perform great exploits for the One True God, but have been rejected or missed in the “marketplace” of Christendom. These are those who question mainstream doctrines. These are those who refuse to accept apparent contradictions in the Scriptures. These are those who cannot bear appeals to tradition and popularity in lieu of biblical truth. These men and women stand for God in the eleventh and last hour of what is called “Today”, who know, deep within themselves, that Almighty God will make a final pass and surely hire them to fulfill their calls as men and women of God. In the tenth hour they had nowhere else to go; in the eleventh hour they will no longer be “idle”.
I hope this blog will be a place of fellowship for such laborers- to share our hesitations, interpretations, and points of view while we wait on the LORD. This is a safe place to ask big questions, share revelation, and investigate the mysteries of the Scriptures.
My non-conclusive “What I Believe” is:
I believe in the One True God, who is called YHVH, “Yahweh”, the LORD, Adonai, etc. I prefer to call Him YHVH but as long as people believe in Him that’s good enough for me!
I believe YHVH created our heaven and earth (at least that which we see) in six literal earth days and nights. I believe He created all life including mankind which He made in His image.
I believe we were created by God to be overcomers, which is the type of kingdom God wants for Himself in the age to come. Therefore, sin and death were inevitable obstacles that had to happen, destined to be overcome by all mankind by the choices he makes.
I believe that the Torah (aka Law, Law of Moses, Mosaic Law) given at Mount Horev (Sinai) is the Word of God for all of time and show who God is and who He is not. The laws contained therein were designed to set man free, and His commandments are not burdensome. I also believe that mankind was always declared righteous by God’s favor and faith. Salavation was NEVER earned by works and that was not the purpose of Torah.
I believe that the Law and the Prophets spoke of a new covenant fulfilled in a Messiah who was to come, fulfilled through the life and death of Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. He taught and demonstrated the Torah as it was always supposed to be- opposed to the teachings of religious leaders of His visitation. Yeshua is YHVH, which is why he carries the title of “Son of God”. I believe in His virgin birth, and his sinless life as He was the only Man to keep all of God’s Torah. I believe in His death and resurrection which is foretold in the Scriptures, and in the new covenant of redemption in His name- also foretold in the Scriptures.
I believe in the divine presence of the Father on earth through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit); therefore, I believe in the power of God to perform signs, wonders, and miracles yesterday, today, and forever.
I believe that immersions (baptisms) are a sign of humility and were designed to be both initial and repeatable life events as life is a continual washing of the soul. I believe neither immersion of water or the Ruach haKodesh was designed to be just a one-time event.
I believe in Messiah Yeshua’s future return to take His rightful place as the King of Yis’rael (Israel), ruling unto the ends of the earth with those who have trusted in Him. At the complete end of time he will judge some to eternal life, and some to complete destruction. I do not believe in eternal suffering for those who do not enter into life; I believe they will be utterly destroyed and forgotten.
Formatting and Other FYIs
This is not an evangelical blog; it’s a teaching blog. It’s dedicated to frustrated but established believers in Messiah Yeshua- Jew and Gentile- trying to find their voice which the world needs to hear. Truly, Christendom has many doctrines and teachings that are the “first to be hired” hustling and bustling in seminaries, congregations, and internet posts. This blog zeros in on the “idle” corner of the “marketplace”; where the views that are possibly true are stalled, going nowhere beyond those who are standing there. In other words, you probably won’t find a “We’re saved by grace!” here but you might find a post such as “What is grace?”
I predict this blog will offend both believers and skeptics of Messiah Yeshua, but better to be challenged by another human being “Today” before we are judged by the Almighty “Tomorrow”.
The blog will run like a commentary on Beresheeth (Genesis) to Gilyana (Revelation), indexed by tags.
I prefer to post using the World English Bible-Messianic Edition (WEBME) translation due to its lack of copyright, but I do not prefer one translation over another.
It’s important at all times to keep things civil. At the end of the day my ultimate goal is to labor with the rest of our brothers and sisters who call on Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). Profanity, vulgarity, advertisements, and spam will not be tolerated. Alternative viewpoints are always welcome in the form of comments and I will consider guest posts.