Hamas Hate Retoric

In response to an article from the Israel National News, sent to me by the Lekarev Report, I sent this email to President George W. Bush, and urge all others to do the same. The reason a letter is necessary is because President Bush is to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas either today or tomorrow. Here is the request from the Lekarev Report, along with my email. Feel free to copy the email directly and send it for yourself to the Whitehouse.

    From the Lekarev Report:

    Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is scheduled to meet President Bush tomorrow. I am urging every American subscriber to email the White House TODAY about this inflamatory preaching that is being continued live on Palestinian Authority television and demand that President Bush confront Abbas about this issue in their meeting tomorrow. His threats are against the United States as well as Israel and Britain and should not be taken lightly.

    Email the White House at president@whitehouse.gov

    Letter to the President

    Dear Mr. President,

    I know you are about to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. Before your meeting I would like to remind you that although Mr. Abbas represents a large number of voices in the Arab world, his integrity is suspect and your trust in him should be held at arms length. Here is a quote taken from a recent LIVE television broadcast on PALESTINIAN TELEVISION from Hamas cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiras:

    “The day will come when we will rule the United States, the day will come when we will rule Britain, we will rule the whole world [and all will live in peace and comfort under our rule] except the Jews. The Jews will not live in peace and comfort under our rule. Treachery will keep being their nature throughout history. The day will come when the whole world will rid itself of the Jews.”

    Is this the type of peace that Mr. Abbas is bringing to the table? If the “Peace” in his mind is equivalent to what he is allowing Mr. Mudeiras to propagate, this equates to the hostile overthrow of both the United States and Britain, as well as the genocide of the Jews — a second Holocaust. Is this the “Peace” that Mr. Abbas desires?

    I request that in your meeting with Mr. Abbas, that you demand that Mr. Mudeiras be banned from Palestinian Television, and a verbal castigation from Mr. Abbas be broadcast on both Palestinian Television and Radio in order to not only make a public example of Mr. Mudeiras, but to show Mr. Abbas’ allegiance to TRUE Peace in the Middle East.

    Thank you for taking the time to hear my concerns. My the G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob bless you and strengthen your right hand as you work towards a solution for true peace.

    Blessings,
    -Darren Huckey

Torah Reformation

You say you want a revolution? What about a reformation? How about a Torah Reformation?

Some people think that the Protestant Reformation was the greatest thing since sliced bread. But if you could foresee the impact of the Torah Reformation, the Protestant Reformation would look like a drip in an ocean compared to the tidal waves that the Torah Reformation will produce. I dare say that the Torah Reformation will be the catalyst which ushers in the return of King Messiah.

What is the Torah Reformation? Never heard of it? Probably not. Why not? It has been trying to poke it head out of the soil ever since the coming of Messiah. It has recently been sweeping the world for the last three decades, and is building momentum. The reason you haven’t heard of the “Torah Reformation,” is simply because I just coined the phrase. But it doesn’t mean it hasn’t existed. It just means that we’ve been trying to put labels on the birthings of the movement, and have not seen the movement itself. The birth of the Torah Reformation began with Messianic Judaism, which then gave birth to the Hebraic Roots movement, which has now given birth to several other sprouts such as the almost ambiguously labeled Two House movement. There have been several such offshoots which are either contained within these, or have simply become autonomous movements, such as the Sacred Name faction. But each of these are only the infant children of the mature product yet to be seen: the Torah Reformation. How will this reformation be distinct from the literal thousands of reformations within the Body of Messiah within the last two millennium?

Like a lion from his slumber rises the Torah Community of Believers. Like a crouching lioness are those who proclaim the wholeness of the Word of Hashem. Fire is shut up in their bones, and the weapons of carnal warfare will not be a deterrent. Torah and Messiah—the Word of the L-RD and the Word-Made-Flesh—will rise to claim what was stolen. The hearts of the fathers will return to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers. The hearts that have been lead astray by the doctrines of demons will return to Torah and Messiah. The Jewish community will succumb to its revelation, and the Christian Church will fall to its truth. Nation will rise against nation, fathers against sons, and mothers against daughters. The Word of Hashem will divide the soul from the spirit, and cast judgment on those who have lead astray the multitudes.

There is a storm brewing on the horizon, and a cry of war ringing in the distance.

“…and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the word of the L-RD from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:3.

And one will come who will be the forerunner, to prepare the hearts of the people for the return of Messiah. The one will be like a voice screaming, echoing in the emptiness of the wilderness, calling for repentance — a return to the paths of the ancients.

“And he will be His forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn fathers’ hearts to the children, and cause the rebellious to walk in the wisdom of the upright, to make a people perfectly ready for the lord.” Luke 1:17.

Will you be that voice? Will you stand for truth and righteousness? Will you create the spark to help ignite the Torah Reformation?

Vision Quest

Not that many people would be interested, or even notice, but I’m taking the next three days off to head to the “midbar” (wilderness – literally) and seek Hashem. I have too many critical decisions to make regarding the direction of my family to have the noise and the affairs of every day life clutter up my ability to hear from the Father. If you read this, please be in prayer for me during this time. It will be a time of strictly prayer, study and fasting. I completely understand Yeshua’s need for this to be a routine in his life. I wish it were so in mine.

Jerusalem Conference 05

I just heard that there has been a change of speakers at the annual Jerusalem Conference at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies (AIHLS), scheduled for the end of July. One of the speakers had to cancel and Daniel Gruber (author of Rabbi Akiba’s Messiah, The Torah and The New Covenant, etc.) will be speaking in his place.

This is especially of interest to me as I have been studying the implications of his book regarding Rabbi Akiba in conjunction with Avi ben Mordechai’s work on Galatians which uses Gruber’s work as a springboard for his delving into the most disturbing and difficult work of Paul. I’m very interested in seeing what Gruber’s topics are, and if he will address any of the issues presented within his work on Akiba. He may not address these particulars, since this conference is not geared towards a Torah observant audience.

For those who are interested, the Jerusalem Conference is an annual conference hosted by AIHLS. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of these conferences. Although, as previously stated, these conferences are not geared towards a Torah observant audience, they are specifically focused on the Hebraic perspective of Scriptures bringing in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries to illuminate difficult passages of Scripture. This conference (nine or ten years ago) is what challenged me to begin my studies into the Hebraic paradigm of the Scriptures, for which I am very thankful.

This year’s conference will be held July 28-31. The current speaker list includes:

  • Dr. Ron Moseley (Founder & President of AIHLS, author of Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church, etc.)
  • Dr. Brad Young (Author of the ground breaking Jesus: the Jewish Theologian and Paul: the Jewish Theologian, etc.)
  • Dr. Paul L. Maier (author of Josephus: The Essential Works etc.)
  • Daniel Gruber (Author of multiple works, per above. FYI – his information does not yet appear on the Conference website.)

New Writings

I guess my main problem with writing is that I have so many interests, and so many things I’m studying and such that it is very hard for me to stay on track and finish an article without my attentions being distracted onto a new topic or study that seems at least as pressing as the last. I have many writings that are between 50-80% complete, and are just waiting to be “finalized” for presentation and archival.

My latest study has been a combination of Rabbinic authority and tradition, verses the opposite extreme — the authority of the Early Church Fathers and “Christian” tradition — and how they have influenced modern religious movements, specifically Messianic Judaism. I started Daniel Gruber’s book, Rabbi Akibah’s Messiah: The Origins of Rabbinic Authority, over a year ago, but didn’t get very far into it. On my recent vacation I was able to devote more time to reading it, and studying it’s implications.

It is also interesting to note that this directly coincides with Avi ben Mordechai’s commentary on Galatians, released only a few weeks ago. Another interesting turn of events is that a conference I annually attend notified me yesterday that one of the scheduled speakers could not make the event, and Daniel Gruber would be speaking in his stead. I plan on communicating with him via email in the next few days to discuss these topics as well as inquire of his knowledge of Avi. I’ll have a full book review of his Rabbi Akibah’s Messiah as soon as possible on the Book Reviews section of the website.

UPDATE 07_06_07

The reason I have never completed a book review for Daniel Gruber’s Rabbi Akibah’s Messiah is that initially I was blown away by Grubers systematic chopping away at the rabbis with his sleek arguments for the uninitiated in Talmudic texts. However, as I gained understanding of the texts I came to realize that all of his arguments were either a serious misunderstanding of the text, or a malicious attack of lies for a personal agenda. I intend on posting more about this. In the meantime, see my article regarding Aknai’s Oven in which I address Avi ben Mordechai’s foundational argument against the rabbis, a basic premise which he received from Gruber.