“Neither will they say, ‘Behold, here it is’ nor ‘Behold there it is’ for the Kingdom of Elohim is within you.” Luke 17:21
How do we know the Kingdom of Heaven is within us? First let’s understand that Netzari refers to both Mashiyach, and to His followers who bear His fruit. The BIG difference between Netzari Faith and Greco-Roman (Catholic religion) Christianity, is that religious people bear “religious fruit,” and righteous people bear “righteous fruit.” Man’s religions whether Jewish, Christian, Messianic, Hebrew Roots (pick a flavor) etc., are keyed to religious identities (religions), “about” the Kingdom of Heaven, and not so much keyed to manifesting Kingdom of Heaven spirituality.
We know that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us as we experience the Spirit of YHWH empowering us, helping us refrain from carnal desires. The biggest trap of religion, is that religious people reach a very easily attainable theological plateau of doing religious traditions all while, “always learning, and can never come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7) Many are “learning” religious perspectives but not entering INTO the Kingdom of Heaven. How can we tell the difference?
When anyone continues to walk in spiritual pride, anger, resentment, bitterness, spiritual and financial poverty, year after year, this means they have not experienced the Set Apart Spirit of YHWH. Ruach HaKodesh literally translates as “Spirit Set Apart,” this is translated exactly from Hebrew to Aramaic in Apostolic Writings. Religions however, invent their own perspectives of what is “holy.” There are religious traditions about “holy conduct” or “holy conversation” or “holy tithing” which steers adherents in the direction that pleases their leaders.
Ruach HaKodesh in the context of Scripture is far different than religious definitions. What Scripture says is “HOLY” or “Set Apart”, can never become “UN-holy!” Just so that we can grasp this concept, take a moment and simply speak this verse audibly and out loud. What Scripture says is “HOLY” or “Set Apart”, can never become “UN-holy.”
This means that each one of us has a big decision to make. Will we continue to follow a rabbi, pastor, or priest who teachers their interpretations of Scripture, or do we observe and believe in the literal application of Scripture? Do we really trust the Word of YHWH? When Jewish rabbis teach that Y’shua (Jesus) is a false Messiah are we to believe such foolishness? Scripture is FULL of evidence that Messiah MUST first come and suffer. Ancient Jewish writings tell of dilemma between a suffering and a conquering Messiah, many concluded that there must be two “messiahs,” however when Messiah came he was very unpopular with the religious leaders for upbraiding their false religion.
When Christian priests and pastors teach that the Torah (the Instructions) of YHWH is NO LONGER HOLY, that we don’t need Torah written upon our hearts, are we going to come under such false religious authority? No, because no man can serve two masters. Rather we ask our Heavenly Father to do HIS Work in us, and write His Instructions on our hearts according to the Covenant Promise, “I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their Elohim (God), and they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33). It’s very obvious then that most Christians don’t belong to Elohim. The vast majority of “New Testament Christian” pastors manifest baseless hatred towards Torah written upon their hearts. Most “New Testament Christians” falsely teach that Torah was given only to “the Jews” but if that’s the case then only Jews will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Very sad.
When a person enters into the Kingdom of Heaven, they see Scripture from a very different perspective. Think about this verse and if you love the Word then speak it out loud, “I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their Elohim (God), and they will be my people.” This New Covenant verse needs to be in our spirits and minds. Take your time, pray, ask Abba if He wants to write His Torah upon your heart right now.
So many people complain about the hypocrisy in “Judaism” and Christianity. In the Jewish world wealthy religious Jews sit on billions of dollars while 30% of young and elderly Israelis can barely afford a meal every day or two. These are religious Jews who claim to follow “Ha Shem.” No way, Judaism is a big religious Jewish lie that does not reflect Torah. One of the biggest “Jewish” charities for starving Jews is funded by Christians, whose Jewish founder is putting millions of dollars into his own pocket. That’s not Torah, but so many religious Jews claim to respect and live according to Scripture. No way.
Many Christians are addicted to their religion about Jesus while being addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking, food, tens of thousands of pastors are addicted to pornography, materialism. Most Christians walk in religious pride believing themselves to be saved, while other Christians aren’t saved. Can we not see that something very wrong with man’s religions? Y’shua (Jesus) said very clearly, “And many false prophets will arise and deceive many. And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:11-12) This is directed to the Church. Many false prophets will arise. Where? In synagogues and in churches! And because of the growth of iniquity, the love of many Jews and Christians has grown very, very cold.
Many live relatively sheltered lives and don’t see religion operating on an international level where it is just a cruel and cutthroat as the mafia. Most Christians have been seduced into creating kingdoms of man, rather than entering into Mashiyach. A drive through most major cities offers scenes of mega-million dollar churches, illustrating how Christians spend 98% of all their tithes and offerings on themselves, not Kingdom of Heaven consciousness.
Scripture says, “I will put my Torah in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their Elohim (God), and they will be my people” however people say no to YHWH and yes to religion.
Notice how the Apostle Paul spoke about Torah, “…as a result, Torah is Set Apart; and the Commandment is Set Apart, and righteous, and good.” (Romans 7:12). The reality is that Torah of Mashiyach increases our love, appreciation and devotion to serve YHWH, and each other in our Human Family. On the other hand, religion and nearly every Christian seminarian has turned Torah into a “theology,” intellectual or cerebral doctrines rather than personal, magnificent, spiritual enlightenment of having Torah written upon our hearts. Religion scorns Torah and pits religious followers against those who are earnestly seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.
We all need empowerment. As a Human Family we are dependent upon our Heavenly Father, our life-giver, the ONE who sustains our lives. Our parents never chose our eye or hair color, our height, our intellectual or spiritual capabilities, these are YHWH given to each of us so that we may fulfill our life calling and purpose.
When religious people manifest anger, spiritual pride, lack of self control, lack of holy thoughts, become excessively overweight, laden with consumer debt etc., these are people who talk about HaShem, YHWH, “the LORD” but refuse to walk in the Truth of YHWH each day. Let’s recognize religion for what it is and never make excuses for it. It’s such a shame that people would trust in a religious social club for their salvation, rather than put their trust in Mashiyach.
When rabbis say religion is good, certainly it’s good for rabbis because that’s their business. The various Judaisms allow rabbis to retain highly esteemed incomes and social status. For many people religion is their only livelihood. Many religious leaders have no way or interests of earning an income outside of being a religious leader, others have plenty of finances but desire a higher social status. The very sad part about all this is that the religious leaders are at the front lines of condemning the Netzari, Kingdom of Heaven Faith, and the imperative of having Torah written upon our hearts.
It’s not an easy road. The road of truth is despised by religious leaders because it exposes the futility of man’s religions. The refusal to confront false religions is evidence of religious entrapment. Let’s be free of the entrapment of false religious guilt. The Big difference is that religious traditions have no capacity to bring people into the Kingdom of Heaven. Learn how your rabbi or pastor is the main force to, “shut up the Kingdom of Heaven before the sons of men.” It’s you rabbi or pastor or religious leaders who “are not entering yourselves, and those who would enter you do not allow to enter.” (Matthew 23:13).
The Kingdom of Heaven is not a religious dream of future reward. Y’shua taught, “Neither will they say, ‘Behold, here it is’ nor ‘Behold there it is’ for the Kingdom of Elohim is within you.” (Luke 17:21). Learn to recognize the Kingdom of Heaven within you, and trust YHWH’s Word and His still small voice in your heart. Above all, take courage to turn away from the traditions of man and be willing to bear the infamy of being “different” from religions of the world.
Baruch Ben Daniel