Jacob Prasch & Moriel Revisited
January 10, 2003
When I first researched
Jacob Prasch in 1999, it was because I was sent his pamphlets
and a few of his teaching tapes. He became one of many
researched in the series "To
Embrace Hebrew Roots". Jacob's responses over the
last few years have been volatile and hate-filled, with name
calling and a refusal to answer specific questions when
queried by myself or by others, who chose to share that
information with me. His last statement to me, when given an
opportunity to answer specific questions concerning his
teachings, was to tell me to "go back to my sea of
slime." It's consistent with the character of this
man many choose to honor as a leader, pastor and teacher.
God's Word has been a consistent reminder of what we should
expect from leadership at the very least.
- Titus 1:7 For a bishop
must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled,
not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given
to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober,
just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught,
that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and
to convince the gainsayers.
10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and
deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
- 2 Timothy 2:24 And the
servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto
all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves;
if God peradventure will give them repentance to the
acknowledging of the truth;
26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare
of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
- James 3:17 But the wisdom
that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle,
and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
The result of the initial
Hebrew Roots articles was for Moriel, Jacob's organization to
be thrown into upheaval, some people fired, removal of links
and recommendations to ministries such as Peter Michas and
Kabbalist Avi ben Mordechai's brother, Uri Marcus. The
organization was revamped, the websites redone and some of the
problems dealt with on the surface. One can see a partial
record of events and Prasch's gnostic teachings in such
articles as : Kabbalah
Connections and Literal
Kabbalah. For More on Avi ben Mordechai see: Avi
ben Mordechai & Millennium 7000
Recently, about mid-2002, it
was brought to my attention that Jacob Prasch was again
writing against a few points in my articles, which he claims
no one reads. Normally I don't revisit people or websites
whose teachings and character have shown they are not of God.
We are simply to mark and avoid those who are deceived and
preach a gospel contrary to Biblical truth.
- Romans 16:17 "Now I
beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned;
and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our
Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words
and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple."
I will refute one issue of a
personal nature that Mr. Prasch, along with some of his
friends, has consistently manufactured since 1999.
The only reason I do so is because it was brought to my
attention that some who might not read my website in it's
entirety, might think the information to be true. My purpose
is not to defend myself, my Lord is my shield. Rather I wish
merely to point out some factual information and update my
existing information on Jacob Prasch and Moriel. That is, Mr.
Prasch's initial response to the Hebrew Roots articles was to
invent the idea that "Victoria Dillen of a Ruckmanite
When Mr. Prasch first
published this "story" in 1999, I had to ask a few
people what a Ruckmanite was. It was explained to me that
there was a man named Peter Ruckman who promotes the King
James Version Only teaching. Prior to that I had no knowledge
of the man.
In order to belong to a cult
and follow a cult leader one would have to have knowledge of
and interaction with that person, and one would certainly have
to embrace his teachings. To date, that is January, 10, 2003,
I have never investigated, corresponded with, sought out a
website or address for, or read material by Peter Ruckman. I
don't know the man nor have I felt inclined to analyze him or
his teachings. If I feel that God would have me do an article
on Ruckman, it would be posted in the Research section of my
The charge of me being a
Ruckmanite cult member is false, and quite frankly a
ridiculous conclusion by even the most undiscerning. Holding
to the KJV as the Bible version to be used came about by my
own research and comparison
of verses of various Bible versions while investigating
the Hebrew Roots and Sacred Name movements.
Prior to that, I had no
knowledge there was even a dispute over versions. Call me
naive, but I suspect I knew about as much as the average
Evangelical about the issues. But research, verse comparison
and reviewing historical data on such people as Westcott
and Hort and their determination to destroy Christianity
from the inside out made me evaluate the issue. With
Westcott and Hort's translations forming the basis of all new
versions the result brought us to the conclusion that the KJV
was the English Version we should use as it was based on the
Textus Receptus and Byzantine manuscripts. Reason and common
sense tells us not to use occultist translators for providing
When someone deliberately
manufactures a lie, the Bible tells us the following:
- Proverbs 14:5 A faithful
witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter
lies...7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou
perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom
of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of
fools is deceit.
- Proverbs 10:16 The labour
of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked
to sin. 17 He is in the way of life that keepeth
instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth. 18 He
that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a
slander, is a fool.
Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for
ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
20 Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but
to the counsellors of peace is joy.
22 Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that
deal truly are his delight.
- Proverbs 13:5 A righteous
man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and
cometh to shame.
- Proverbs 26:28 A lying
tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a
flattering mouth worketh ruin.
- Colossians 3:9 Lie not
one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man
with his deeds;
There are three other issues
I will address. Jacob Prasch consistently upheld who he was,
that his teaching and associations were sound and that I for
one was of the devil for evaluating and questioning his
beliefs and associations. He refused to answer direct
inquiries about his associations and his belonging to such
groups as the ecumenical Full Gospel Fellowship of
Churches and the pentecostal movement.
According to Jacob, he and
Moriel were and are above reproach despite the proven
hypocrisy, gnostic doctrine and being in one of the most
ecumenical denominations in the world, the Assemblies of God.
See the start of the article "Christian
Occult Symbols" His statements against the
ecumenical movement and proven hypocrisy are well documented
in the Jacob Prasch articles.
That is why it is noteworthy
that Jacob, in typical Prasch style, has renounced the
Assemblies of God, modern pentecostal movement, the
charismatic movement and Full Gospel Fellowship and so on.
Well, one should say, he's sort of renounced them, while
upholding his buddies involved in those groups as sound
teachers. According to Jacob, the groups or movements were all
good but strayed from Biblical truth. Further, Jacob states in
the article MORIEL,
JACOB PRASCH, AND PENTECOSTALISM:
"Jacob Prasch and
Moriel have allowed their affiliation with The Full Gospel
Fellowship of Churches to expire. The term 'Full Gospel'
itself implies an acceptance that tongues is proof of a Holy
Spirit filled life, which neither Jacob Prasch or Moriel
believe. Indeed, much of what is called 'tongues' today is
not even real and some of it is blasphemous.
Jacob Prasch and Moriel
dismiss Azusa Street as having gone into severe doctrinal
movement likewise fell into the pit of emotionally charged
mysticism transported on the back of experiential theology
and Gnostic hermeneutics from its inception that has
resulted in everything from the New Age practices of the
Vineyard Movement masquerading as Christianity, to
charismatic Catholics praying in tongues to Mary.Such
obvious deception and the carnality it engenders are plainly
not of God...
For these reasons, neither
Jacob Prasch nor Moriel wish to be identified with modern
Pentecostalism.While we continue to believe and practice
Gifts of The Spirit as taught in scripture, this derives
directly from The New Testament teachings on the gifts and
owes nothing whatsoever to Azusa Street or to the
Charismatic Movement and we repudiate any identification
with Pentecostal denominations or the Azusa St. heritage...
But as believers in Gifts
of The Spirit (including charismatic gifts) our prime
concern is to distance ourselves from those who in
perverting the scriptures, counterfeit these gifts and to be
visibly separate from those prostitute churches who today
discredit the gospel and demonically deceive the elect with
their cultic apostasy, and worship of mammon, to say nothing
of their almost unbelievable capacity for unmitigated
Jacob Prasch and his
family are no longer members of an Assemblies of God
This is in no way to
suggest that either Jacob Prasch or Moriel are anti
Pentecostal in the biblical understanding of that term, nor
are we against Pentecostals. We shall continue to sanction
the ministries of conservative independent Pentecostals
which have remained biblical such as David Wilkerson, Jim
Simbola, Werner Schulz, Rocco Giovanzzini, The Alliance of
Biblical Pentecostals, Bill Randles, David Jones & Jacky
Boyde, Siam Bhayro, Jim Mc Geekie, Augustus Topi, Chuck
Smith, David Brown, Philip Powell, Fred Howell, Roger Winter
Smith, Dr. Ray Gannon, Dr. Wave Nunnley, John Phillips, Dr.
Oral Steinkamp, Dr. Roger Oakland, Barry Smith, Chuck
Aeron Morgan, Clifford
Reese, Hadley Palmer and multiple other moderate
Pentecostals and Charismatics who have kept loyal to The
Lord on the basis of His Word - even where there may be
certain minor points of disagreement. With these we share a
common pneumatology inclusive of a genuinely scriptural view
of charismata, and a moderately dispensational
premillenialsm. While we are honoured to stand in Alliance
with Biblical Pentecostals, and with non-Pentecostals alike
who are Christ centred and biblically grounded, we can
only reject popular Pentecostalism and we remain wholly and
solidly disassociated from these awful Pentecostal
2002 MORIEL Ministries
One might suggest that this
is a step forward but, in essence, Jacob still believes the
same as he did, he's just not taking public membership with
the ecumenical groups he's always been part of. His
charismatic and pentecostal theology and giftings are the
rights ones, and all the others who practice them in those
movements are wrong. Except for the leadership he commends in
those "awful denominations."
This is a common thinking,
especially when it comes to the tongues issue. More than one
says their tongues are the right ones, it's the other people
that have false ones. Further, his renouncing the groups and
saying how false they are and then upholding the above list of
leadership involved in them as sound, is no different than the
teaching we've explored in-depth in the Jacob Prasch articles.
If you say you are against
something or it's not of God, and then promote those in that
issue as good and sound, you are at the very least insincere
and on the other side, double minded.
James 1:A double minded man
is unstable in all his ways.
Hypocrisy and false doctrine
were the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadduccees warned against
- Matthew 16:6 Then Jesus
said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the
Pharisees and of the Sadducees....
11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not
to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the
leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?
12 Then understood they how that he bade them not beware
of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the
Pharisees and of the Sadducees.
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered
together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that
they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his
disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the
Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
- Please read Throw
Out the Baby, Spit Out the Bones & Throw the Water On
Sound Doctrine for further treatment of this
It should be noted that the
Moriel website has also undergone another revamping. I
addressed the prior symbolism Moriel used in the article Christian
Occult Symbols. The site was originally covered in
hexagrams and the actual Moriel logo was described in that
Prasch has as the Moriel Logo, the hexagram of two
interlaced triangles. This is also found on many other
sites such as Calvary Chapel Jerusalem and on the Brochure
for Messiah’99. Jacob should very well know that the
hexagram is evil—today and yesterday. By his own testimony
he “…believed that
the occult had to be investigated scientifically….called
“New Age” philosophies that I had been interested in —
Nostradamus, or the Tibetan Book of the Dead, or the
Bhagavad-Gita, and so on… I had many occult experiences,
including coming in contact with the demonic. I had the
power to tell a total stranger, someone I had just met for
the first time, what zodiac sign they had been born under. I
used to go to a witch to have my tarot cards read. (Her
husband and I did drug deals.)… I had an out of body
LOGO ~ http://www.moriel.org/
logo sported the wicked occult symbol of the interlaced
hexagram, a nine candle menorah and an open book. The nine
candle menorah and hexagram are not for those who love Jesus
Christ. To understand the full occult significance of the
symbols, please read the articles Christian
Occult Symbols, Hexagrams
and Doves and The
Legend of Hanukkah
Logo is now back to a seven candle menorah, sitting on an open
book, which is on top of a hexagram. A second symbol is also
used throughout the site, as part of the header. The second
symbol, saved as a "christian symbol" is the seven
candle menorah, above a double hexagram, to which a fish
symbol is hanging. The idea is that this is a Christian
symbol. However, only the seven candle menorah and a Bible,
which we don't really know is what Moriel uses, can be
classified as Christian. Jacob Prasch uses Talmudic and
Kabbalistic writings for many of his doctrines.
The fish symbol
is not found anywhere in the Bible as a Christian symbol nor
do we know for sure whether it was ever used by early
Christians or whether that idea is merely an urban legend.
Historical documentation suggests it was Catholic tradition
and that dolphins were often actually depicted, and in fact
are found on sacramental objects up to the fourth century.
What we do know
is that the sign of the fish was the symbol of Dagon, which is
discussed in Judges 16:23, 1 Samuel 5:2-7, and
1 Chronicles 1:10.
and Philistine god supposedly had the face and hands and a
portion of his body resemble that of a fish, and the image is
found on various coins. Strong's Hebrew Concordance states:
1712. Dagown, daw-gohn'; from H1709; the fish-god; Dagon, a
Philistine deity: --Dagon.
It's time to
take the time and prove all things, and see if they are of
In his website article "Ecumenical Friends?"
>http://ww2.moriel.org:8004/notice/ecumenicalFriends.htm Prasch refutes that
a few people discussed in our corresponding Ecumenical
Friends articles are indeed ecumenical. I say only
this--every part of my articles are documented fact. They are
proven based on historical fact or current fact. Saying it's
not so is like saying Jacob was not part of the ecumenical
groups he's now separating from, and yet denied all this time
that he was part of anything ecumenical.
Further, it's taken Jacob
over three years to come up with an actual Bible based
response concerning the following:
- The term 'goyim' is
found multiple times in the bible and is merely the
Hebrew word for "nations" , usually translated
as 'Gentiles' and 'ethnon' in the Greek New Testament
and in the Septuagint. Far from being a derogatory term
as Dillen charges, Israel is called a 'goy' in Isaiah
65. Whether Dillen disapproves of the biblical
terminology, Jews, or both is not clear. What is clear
is that as usual she demonstrates a fundamental
ignorance of the matters on which she misrepresents
herself as having an expertise. In her article, Dillen
also disapproves of the bible's use of the term Midrash
according to the Hebrew Masoretic text of 2 Chron. 13:22
(' Now the rest of the acts of Abijah , his ways and
sayings, are written in the "midrash" of the
prophet Iddo')- verse 23 in the original Hebrew.
Goyim or "gowy" in
the proper Hebrew, defined Biblically also includes the term
heathen, troop of animals or a flight of locusts. The term
goyim is proven to be a derogatory term as well, as is shown
in the articles. It's that simple. I stand by the Word of God.
Those who use goyim as a slur do not.
Biblical parables are not wrong. When one reads the Scripture
Jacob used above, it means a little bit different than he
implies. 2 Chronicles 13:22 "And the rest of the
acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in
the story of the prophet Iddo.." Recording an event or
writing the story of what took place is not wrong and the term
midrash is used in it's correct Biblical intent.
Midrash according to Strong's Hebrew Concordance means : from
1875; properly, an investigation, i.e. (by implication) a
treatise or elaborate compilation:--story. The passage
referred to was a compilation of events, a biography of
Abijah's life, if you will. His story.
However, what Jacob Prasch
espouses for midrash is kabbalistic and talmudic and gnostic
doctrine, which are meant to detract from Biblical doctrine
and change sound Biblical doctrine. That's a huge difference.
Quoting from my Hebrew Roots
Kabbalah written in 1999:
"....The Kabbalah in
English verifies that the Kabbalists reinterpreted large
portions of the Old Testament midrashically in order to
inject Judaism with gnosticism:
stemming from the same period as the Talmud, but more
concerned with supplying context and elaboration of the
Biblical text. Much legendary material is archived here.
Midrashim exist on the Torah, the books of Ruth, Lamentations,
Ecclesiastes, Esther, Song of Songs (together referred to
as the five Megillot), and Psalms. Usually all but the
last are grouped together as Midrash Rabbah, and a
multivolume translation from the Soncino Press is
Mr. Jacob Prasch of Moriel
recommends the classical Jewish works mentioned above,
Midrash Rabba and Lamentations Rabba, as the preferred
resources for the study of Scripture:
prophecy as a cyclical pattern of historical
recapitulation (prophecies having multiple fulfillment),
with an ultimate fulfillment associated with the eschaton,
which is the final focal point of the redemptive process.
A classical work of Midrash in Judaism is
the Midrash Rabba on Genesis (Berashith).
Another is Lamentations Rabba.
" The clearest set
of guidelines in Midrash are the Seven Midroth attributed
to Rabbi Hillel, the founder of the Pharisaic School of
Hillel, where Rabbi Shaul (St. Paul) was educated as a
rabbi by Rabbi Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel.
Midrash makes heavy
use of allegory and typology to illustrate and illuminate
doctrine, but never as a basis for doctrine. It sees
multiple meanings in Bible texts found in strata, but this
is very different in certain fundamental respects from the
gnostic and Alexandrian uses of figurative interpretation
associated with Philo and Origen, reflecting more of
Hebraic, rather than Helenistic philosophical world-view
and view of theology. 4.
Hillel was one of the
sages referred to in Part 7 of this series, whose teachings
contributed deeply to the Talmud, Mishnah and other works.
It is common knowledge that the Talmud holds over 300
differences of opinion between Hillel and Shammai, another
famous Talmudic sage. In every dispute over their
interpretations and teachings, Hillel invariably prevailed.
The apostle Paul was a
Pharisee, who before his conversion, persecuted Christians
according to the instructions of the Pharisees. After his
conversion, he was inspired by God to write extensively
about the change in his beliefs and their incompatibility
with the Pharisee's teachings that had caused their
rejection of Jesus Christ. Peter also addressed the issue of
fables or allegory in his epistles.
2 Peter 1:16
"For we have not
followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but
were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
For an indepth treatment
of a Scriptural view of allegory or Fables, see the article
"Have Nothing to Do With Fables and Old Wives
"The Kabbalah and
Jewish Mysticism" identifies the doctrine of creation
and the throne of God, as the two primary subjects of
ancient mystical thought which were consistently interpreted
midrashically by the sages.
contains vague hints of a mystical school of thought that
was taught only to the most advanced students and was not
committed to writing. There are several references in
ancient sources to ma'aseh bereshit (the work of creation)
and ma'aseh merkavah (the work of the chariot (of
Ezikiel's vision), the two primary subjects of mystical
thought at the time." 5.
Gershom Scholem explains
Kabbalistic interpretation of the written Torah as
theosophy. The use of allegory to interpret Scripture on a
consistant basis, was considered dangerous.
exegesis discovers behind the literal meaning of the Bible
or of the Talmudic interpretations of the Bible was
something very different. What the Kabbalists looked for
in the Bible was not primarily philosophical ideas, but a
symbolic description of the hidden process of divine life,
as it unfolds in the manifestations and emanations of the sefiroth.
Their primary interest in the Bible may be termed
theosophical. As for allegory proper, we find very
different attitudes among the Kabbalists. So outstanding
an authority as Nahmanides deliberately avoided the
allegorical interpretations of the philosophers in his
commentary on the Torah. He was well aware of the
danger that might accrue to the observance of Jewish
ritual from a pure spiritualization of the Torah such as a
consistent application of allegorical method would apply.
He expressly warned against this danger in a passage in
his commentary on Deuteronomy 29:29…" 6.
Jacob Prasch states that
Midrash follows various forms of Hebraic interpretation of
the Scriptures and can therefore only be understood by a
student of Judaism or theology:
" Midrash follows
certain formats. One is the Mashal/Nimshal format seen in
Proverbs or the parables, where physical things are
representative of things spiritual. Figurative midrashic
exposition in the New Testament is viewed, for instance,
in Jude's epistle or Galatians 4:24-34. It is Midrash
which accounts for the manner in which the New Testament
handles the Old Testament…Another format is the
parashiyot; sections opening with a petihah in which a
base verse is followed by commentary.
"In addition to
exegetical midrash, there are homiletic midrashim,
arranged in topically argued pisaqaot. These frequently
follow a yelammedenu rabbenu format used by Jesus in the
gospels. Both of these kinds of midrashim are haggadic.
There are also wide bodies of midrashic literature which
are halakik, but these are of less importance to New
Unless someone has
been educated in Judaism, Hebrew, or theology, it is
easier to demonstrate midrash than to explain it. " 7.
According to Gershom
Scholem, the use of allegory or Midrash by the sages was a
mystical interpretation leading to higher levels of esoteric
thought such as theosophy.
"…But not all the
Kabbalists were so reserved toward allegory. Many regarded
it as a legitimate instrument. The author of the Zohar,
though interested primarily in a mystical and symbolic
description of the Godhead, did not refrain from
interpreting certain Bible passages allegorically. Thus
the Book of Jonah and also the story of the Patriarchs in
Genesis become allegorical accounts of the human
soul--though this does not prevent the author from giving
a purely mystical (and more far-reaching) interpretation
of these same stories of the Patriarchs. Once the
esoteric interpretation of Scripture had assumed two
different aspects --the one allegorical, the other
mystical---the way lead open to the doctrine of the four
levels of meaning. While for example, Joseph ibn Aqnin,
contemporary of Maimonides, speaks, throughout his
commentary on the Song of Songs, of three such levels of
interpretation--literal, Aggadic, and philosophico-allegorical--the
Kabbalists added a fourth, that of theosphical mystery in
the sense defined above. This level the Zohar terms
raza de-mehemanutha--understanding according to the
'mystery of faith.' " 8.
Jacob Prasch states we
need a demonstration of Midrash unless we have been trained
in Judaism, Hebrew or theology. In other words, lay people
cannot understand Midrash or Biblical truth, without the
help of teachers such as himself. 9.
We have seen that Jacob
Prasch recommends the Midrash Rabbah which the Kabbalah in
English states, includes the Midrash on the Book of Ruth.
Midrash on the Book of Ruth is used repeatedly throughout
Kabbalistic thought and it contains the earliest
representations of the four mystical levels of
interpretation of the Bible. Referring to the Zohar Hadash,
Scholem demonstrates this Midrash:
reference to the four levels is to be found in the Midrash
ha-Ne'elam to the Book of Ruth, one of the earliest
works of the author of the Zohar. In it he writes:' The
words of the Torah are likened to a nut. How is this to be
understood? Just as a nut has an outer shell and a kernel,
each word of the Torah contains outward fact (ma'aseh),
midrash, haggadah, and mystery (sod), each of which is
deeper in meaning than the preceding.' This passage is
remarkable in several ways…Haggadah seems to refer to
some allegorical or tropic form of interpretation, while
by midrash is meant the hermeneutic method by which the
halakhists, or legalists, of the Talmud derived their
definitions from Biblical text. The comparison of the
Torah with a nut is not new in Jewish literature. It was
already employed by the German and French Hasidism of the
early thirteenth century, especially in connection with
the merkabah…" 10.
Certainly, as demonstrated
by Jewish scholars and sages, Midrash or allegory would
damage beliefs and understanding of the written Bible. The
allegory of the sages was intended to change the traditional
thinking. Mr. Prasch acknowledges that changing the meaning
of Scripture is wrong.
Whenever you have a
change in world-view, you're going to have a change in
theology… Redefining the gospel instead of re-explaining
what the Bible means, redefinition changes what the Bible
means. That is wrong…. " 11.
Mr. Prasch defines
theosophy, which clearly applies to the sages he upholds,
but then applies his definition to Greek and not Jewish
reinterpreting the Bible, not using the Jewish method of
midrash, but using Greek methods."
allegory. Midrash uses typology and allegory-symbols-
in order to illustrate and illumine doctrine.
first started to creep into the Church through people who
were influenced by Philo. His teachings progressively
entered into Roman Catholicism, … Instead of
recontextualising, they were redefining Scripture. They
were reading a Jewish book as if it were a Greek book.
That was a mistake…. " 12.
However, Gershom Scholem
and many other Hebrew scholars are clear that the Midrash
and other oral teachings are derived through theosophical
interpretations. Mr. Prasch disregards information that is
common knowledge of the mysticism of the sages and their
influence and understanding of Jewish Midrash. Gershom
Scholem states that the mystic interpretations of the Jewish
sages were paralleled in the works of Philo and were only
developed through esoteric practices.
philosophers identified the inner meaning of the Torah
with philosophical allegory. And indeed many of their
explanations smack strongly of Philo… But allegory
in this sense was by no means the cornerstone of the
Kabbalistic exegesis, which was strictly symbolic."
The Midrash or allegory
and typology of the sages was the gnosticism Mr. Prasch
wishes to only apply to the Church, Greek thinking and
Catholicism. He points out that Midrash uses typology and
allegory--"symbols", which he has stated is not a
part of Jewish thought, but rather a method of Gnostics.
"In the Gnostic
world of Greek thinking, the opposite happens. Gnostics
claim to have received a subjective, mystical insight
-called a gnosis-into the symbols. They then reinterpret
the plain meaning of the text in light of the gnosis. For
Gnostics, symbolism is the basis for their doctrine,
contrary to the ancient Jewish methods." 14.
Jacob Prasch of Moriel
also states that Christians today are bound by the thinking
of the Reformers, and that we must shed any hindrances to
exegesis we have assimilated from their teachings, and
embrace the much more accurate Jewish thought, found not
only in the Midrash, but in the Talmud.
"The problem with
the Reformers is that they only went so far. They made
rules governing the application of their
grammatical-historical system in order to refute medieval
Roman Catholicism, and many of those rules are still
taught in theological seminaries today. One such rule is
this: There are many applications of a Scripture but only
one interpretation. That is total rubbish! The Talmud
tells us there are multiple interpretations. Who
did Jesus agree with? The Reformers? Or the other
rabbis? …" 15.
Although Jacob would have
us believe that Jesus agreed with the rabbis, it is a matter
of Scriptural fact that Jesus spoke often against the Rabbis
who were referred to at that time as the Pharisees.
In his scathing rebuke to
the Rabbis and Pharisees, Jesus warned his disciples not to
follow their pernicious and hypocritical ways Matthew 23:6-8
" And love the
uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the
synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called
of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one
is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are
Jacob's reference to the
allegorical interpretation of Jonah, conveniently omits the
introductory verses which are Matthew 12:38-39:
"Then certain of
the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we
would see a sign from thee.
But he answered and said
unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after
a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the
sign of the prophet Jonas:"
After responding to the
Pharisees and the scribes of Jerusalem, Jesus again rebuked
them for their teachings in, Matthew 15:7-9:
well did E-sai-as prophesy of you, saying, This people
draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with
their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain
they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the
commandments of men."
The comparison to the Old
Testament teaching that Jesus referred to on this issue, is
found in, Isaiah 29:13-14:
"Wherefore the Lord
said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their
mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed
their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is
taught by the precept of men. Therefore, behold, I will
proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a
marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise
men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent
men shall be hid."
We can see that the
ancient sages either (1) understood the danger of Midrash
and avoided it; (2) totally embraced its use for
disseminating their esoteric beliefs; (3) rejected the New
Testament and Jesus Christ; or (4) used Kabbalist
definitions and applications as well as the Babylonian
Talmud to reinterpret the Word of God. To which of these
groups of sages are we to turn? And since there are no
Jewish Midrash teachings of the New Testament in any of the
oral or written works of the sages of old, whose ancient
wisdom is Mr. Prasch promoting for interpreting the New
"Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own
Do we need the teaching or
methods of men who reject Jesus Christ?
Does Scripture state that
we need men to tell us what a passage means, or that its
meaning is really something entirely different than what is
in the written words of the New and Old Testament?
1 John 2:26-27
"These things have
I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. But
the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in
you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the
same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth,
and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall
abide in him."
Do scholarly authorities
agree with Jacob Prasch's teaching that although the
Gnostics read their subjective, mystical insight into
symbols, this is not true of ancient Jewish methods of
Jacob Prash compares
Midrash, which we know was derived through esoteric means,
to an equation that must be solved by the wisdom of the
"Midrash is like a
quadratic equation or a very complex second order
differential equation, a thirteen or fourteen step
equation. Some people take the first step of
grammatical-historical exegesis and think the equation is
solved. There is nothing wrong with what they do, but
there is plenty wrong with what they don't do. The
equation is not solved. There is nothing wrong with
grammatical-historical exegesis. It is a necessary first
step, it is a necessary preliminary, and it is okay for
reading the Epistles. But that is all.
It takes the wisdom of
the ancients to really understand these things-Let him
that hath understanding count the number of the beast...
(Revelation 13:18)-not the wisdom of the 16th century, but
the wisdom of the first century." 28
S. L. McGregor Mathers,
who in 1888 co-founded with William Wynn Westcott the
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, provides an understanding
of the very complex application of Gematria and its various
equations, modes and forms.
a metathesis of the Greek work grammateia. It is based
on the relative numerical values of words…Words of
similar numerical values are considered to be explanatory
of each other, and this theory is also extended to
phrases. Thus the letter shin, Sh, is 300, and is
equivalent to the number obtained by adding up the
numerical values of the letters of the words RVCh ALHIM,
Ruach Elohim, the spirit of the Elohim; and it is
therefore a symbol of the spirit of the Elohim…."
"… Notariqon is
derived from the Latin word notarius, a short-hand
writer. Of Notariqon there are two forms. In
the first every letter of a word is taken for the
initial or abbreviation of another word, so that from the
letters of a word a sentence may be formed. Thus every
letter of the word BRAShITh, Berashith, the first word in
Genesis, is made the initial of a word, and we obtain from
it BRAShITh RAH ALHIM ShIQBLV IShRAL ThVRH, Berashith Rahi
Elohim Sheyequebelo Israel Torah: "In the beginning
the Elohim saw that Israel would accept the law."
term Berashith in the second paragraph, refers to the
Genesis Rabbah promoted by Jacob Prasch as a classical work
of Judaism. "A classical work of Midrash in
Judaism is the Midrash Rabba on Genesis (Berashith)."
"The second form
of Notariqon is that exact reverse of the first. By
this the initials or finals, or both or the medials, of a
sentence, are taken to form a word or words. Thus the
Qabalah is called ChKMh NSThRH, Chokhmah Nesthorah,
"the secret wisdom;" and if we take the initials
of these two words Ch and N, we form by the second kind of
Notariqon the word ChN, Chen, "grace."
Similarly, from the initials and finals of the words MI
IOLH LNV HShMIMH, Mi Iaulah Leno Ha-Shamayimah, "Who
shall go up for us to heaven?" (Deut. xxx. 12), are
formed MILH, Milah "circumcision," and IHVH, the
Tetragrammaton, implying that God hath ordained
circumcision as the way to heaven. " 29.
By applying the various
forms of Kabbalistic gematria and numerology to the Bible,
entirely heretical meanings can be promoted as also is
demonstrated with the process of Temura or permutation of
I highly recommend reading
the whole article as well as the Hebrew Roots series. It will
explain the difference between Biblical truth and gnostic
thinking. I would also make this observation. When a person or
group is exposed for who or what they are, it is common
practice to reinvent the group or person, change and resurface
as something which on the surface might be different. It's
simply the way of deception. Change can be good if it shows
maturity or growth, but somehow, I doubt that is the purpose
of the changes within Moriel. If it were, there would not be
double-mindedness and hypocrisy.
Titus 2:7 "In
all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in
doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
Tit 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he
that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no
evil thing to say of you."
- Titus 4:3 "For the
time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine;
but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves
teachers, having itching ears;"
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