Will YHVH allow us to be deceived?
Every person alive is subject to deception. Y’shua said even the very elect would be deceived (Matt 24:24). This was also Y’shua’s very first warning when He was asked about the end of the age. He said: “see to it that no one deceives you” (Matt 24:3-5). We have written a few previous posts about deception and will continue to do, because of the importance and relevance of this topic. In this study, we want to look at how certain practices can make it possible for us to be deceived. These practices can be summarized as mixed worship. This will include any practices and traditions contrary to the Word.
What about the mezuzah?
In our study on the use of tefillin we came to the conclusion that it is not possible to defend either side of the argument. In the same scriptures we also see the reference to the writing of the words on the doorpost. This leads to the next question – should we interpret this part literally?
How should we pray?
We have discussed the basic of way we should pray and what prayer can achieve in our lives. Now we will focus a bit more on the act of praying. We will investigate what the Scriptures say about things like attitude, frequency and posture. Hopefully, this will provide us with an even more holistic view of prayer.
Traditions – good or bad?
It is Friday; the sun is almost setting and a family gathers in their home all dressed up and ready to start their Sabbath celebration. The aroma of the prepared dinner is mouth-watering and the children giggle in anticipation. Mother and Father are getting the last things arranged. Everybody finds their places at the beautifully set table, while mother gets the challah and candles ready. The candles are lit by her while she prays the traditional blessing. The Shabbat has begunâ€¦â€¦ I have used this traditional Sabbath setting as an example, as it is such a familiar scene, but how are we to view traditions as believers in Y’Shua? Is it good to follow traditions? Some Torah observant followers of Y’Shua condemn all traditions, whether it be Jewish, Christian or something in between. Is this the approach we are to follow? I want to show you both sides of the scale. Traditions are not to be viewed as evil or deceptive in general, although like with so many other things, we are to follow a wise and balanced approach.
The first part of the end-times – Deception
In the last couple of weeks and months we have seen some more end-time prophecies and conspiracy theories doing the rounds and leading a lot of believers astray. When we are thinking about these end time topics, were are in good company. The disciples of our Master were also discussing the topic, but they had the advantage of asking Him the question directly. They asked Him how we will know that the end of age has come. Lots of us can easily quote His words on earthquakes and rumours of wars, but most miss the first part of His instruction. This article will do a more detailed study on this first part of the answer that most believers seem to miss. – Take heed that no one leads you astray!