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Tom Mitchell, Board Member of

Union of Two House Messianic Congregations, Responds

 

1 Timothy 3:2 

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Tom Mitchell is a member of the Board of "The Union of Two House Messianic Congregations," whose president is Marshall Moshe Koniuchowsky. The other board member of the organization is Ed Nydle. 

Note: Since posting the various articles, the name of Union of Two House Messianic Congregations has been changed to : Union Of Nazarene Yisraelite Congregations, as of  October 26, 2003

"Rabbi" Tom Mitchell as he prefers to be called, is a close friend of Marshall Moshe Koniuchowsky, James Trimm, and Bradley Marcus, aka Avi Ben Mordechai, and others mentioned in various articles. For More on Avi ben Mordechai see: Avi ben Mordechai & Millennium 7000

I had mentioned Marshall previously, in the article,  Michael Rood: Dad & Early Church Communications, and stated:

Michael Rood's friend, head of Your Arms to Israel, "Rabbi/Rav/Marshall/ Moshe/Yoseph/ Joseph/ Koniuchowski/ Koniuchowsky" states in his Meet the Rabbi that in, "1987, Moshe completed a Masters in Bible Missions in an extension program through Patriot University, a fully accredited Bible school in Colorado Springs, Colorado."  [yourarmstoisrael.org/misc/yati/?page=meet_the_rabbi]

Steve Levicoff, notes that the accreditation for Patriot University comes from Cecil Johnson's accreditation mill and degree mill and states in chapter twelve:

PATRIOT UNIVERSITY
6915 Palmer Park Boulevard
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915
(719) 597-7512

    "Claiming to be a ministry of Hilltop Baptist Church, the college charges between $15 and $32 per credit and offers degrees through the doctoral level. Their catalog contains no information on the school's faculty or their credentials. Patriot claims accreditation by the American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions (see Chapter 3), an accrediting mill associated with Christian Bible College in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Advertises or has advertised in Pulpit Helps." 9

More on Marshall Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky later...."

"The Union of Two House Messianic Congregations" online biography for Tom Mitchell states he had a "Salvation" experience when 12, but basically rejected all religion in his later teens. He married and had four children with his first wife, divorced and has since remarried and has had two more children. He apparently has worked as a professional journalist for many years, which is rather a surprise to this writer, with his inability to accept and understand factual and documented information presented in the articles about James Trimm and Michael Rood. He is currently a staff writer for the "Leader Times (newspaper) of Kittanning, Pa., part of Tribune Review Publishing, Pittsburgh."

According to his biography, in 1968 Tom, "made an attempt to become more Torah observant by keeping the 7th Day Shabbat. However, he was not well-grounded in Scripture and allowed some "Christian friends'' to discourage him, by telling him that he was becoming a "legalist" and a "Judaiser." "

Tom apparently decided to commit to "full Torah Observance in 1972." It was in 1988 that he divorced his first wife and 1992, when he married his current wife, JoAnne. From the biography, 

"...In 1998 he was made a "Zaken" (Elder) with Tikvat T'Zion Messianic Jewish Synagogue, New Castle, Pa. (Due to developing doctrinal differences, he left that synagogue in 2000, but remains friends with the Rabbi and Rebbitzen).

Tom met Rabbi Ed Nydle via the Internet (through the Your Arms To Israel website about 1998-1999). Shortly afterwards, he began to study the early teachings of Rabbi Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky and although he was essentially a Two-House believer, he came to a better understanding of this message through the ministries of Rabbis Koniuchowsky and Nydle.

At Sukkot in 2000 at Bnai Avraham in Ottumwa Iowa, Tom made a public renunciation of the Babylonian system by taking a Hebrew Name, Mordecai Halevi. Also at that time Tom and JoAnne founded Yahshua Ohr HaOlam (Yahshua Light of the World) Messianic Israelite Synagogue.

...Currently, Rabbi Tom is studying Hebrew to get a deeper grasp if the Heavenly Language...

I am happy to hear that Tom is studying Hebrew, because he had the Shin and Ayin in the wrong order while trying to explain the Hebrew spelling of the Messiah's Name to me. Perhaps Tom has been learning his Hebrew from his friend, "Doctor James Trimm", who also claims to have a "Doctorate in Linguistics." See: James Trimm's Diploma Revisited

The following is correspondence from Tom Mitchell, with my respective responses. It's known in internet etiquette that when someone uses all capitals in a correspondence, not as emphasis for one word or a title or phrase, that the person is shouting at the recipient. Bolding the capitalized shouting, I suppose suggests the recipient is being screamed at, and the person writing is furious, angered, possibly out of control and very possibly hating the other person. 

I do not consider verbal abuse a confidential correspondence.  I have also in the past, posted responses from people I have written about, or their adherents, and that will continue. 

When Tom first contacted me, he signed his first email simply as Tom Mitchell, never identifying who he was. When I responded, showing him listed as a "speaker" and "rabbi" at the Kansas City conference, and showing him I knew who he was, he became offended and from then on, referred to himself as Rabbi Tom Mitchell. 

In his email #3, we see where he had the Shin and Ayin in the wrong order while trying to explain the Hebrew spelling of the Messiah's Name to me, stating

"YAHSHUA MEANS “YAHWEH IS SALVATION.” "WHY DO YOU CONTINUALLY REJECT THE ONE TRUE NAME OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS SON, MESSIAH YAHSHUA? SUCH REJECTION IS STEEPED IN RANK ANTI-SEMITISM." "; "We serve the TRUE Messiah of Scripture, ... YAHSHUA! "; 

"THE HEBREW LETTERS ARE (IF WE READ THEM FROM RIGHT TO LEFT) YOD, HEY, WAU (OR VUV) A’INI AND SHEEN (SEEN) “YESHUA” (ARAMAIC) OR “YEHOSHUA’ OR “YAHOSHUA” " [capitals, bolding as seen]

For full text: Tom Mitchell Email #3

If you go to the Hebrew scriptures or attend a service in a traditional Jewish synagogue on certain Holy Days [Yom Kippur], you will hear Yeshua not YAHshua spoken in the service. Yeshuah means salvation. Also, in scripture, the God of Salvation is known as El Yeshuah. Tom was also wondering what the Name of my God was, as he was denigrating the Name of Jesus and also the use of Lord, a term of deep respect. 

In Strong's Concordance we see from Isaiah 12:2: "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation."
 
El [410] Yeshua [yeshuw`ah {yesh-oo'-aw} 03444] - The
God Of My Salvation [Isaiah 12:2]
 
Behold, God
[0410] ['el]
 
[is] my salvation;
[03444] [yesh-oo'-aw]

 
LORD JEHOVAH

03068. [ yeh-ho-vaw' ] Jehovah...Jehovah, the Lord. 

 

Deuteronomy 10:17 For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward:

For an in-depth discussion from a reader about the various Names, please see: Yahshua, Yehoshua, Y'shua, Yeshua, Iesous, Iesus, or Jesus The Sacred Name or True Name

In my article, Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi the Yahweh/Yehovah issue is mentioned and language expert, Emanuel Tov from Israel, who is fluent in Hebrew and the Masoretic texts. 

It's very noteworthy that Nehemiah Gordon, Michael Rood's Karaite associate, has worked as an assistant to Emanuel Tov at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. [http://jewishhistory.huji.ac.il/] Emanuel Tov is a linguistics expert. Tov has written many books on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the original scrolls of the Old Testament. Both Gordon and Tov reject Jesus Christ. 

Emanuel Tov's credentials are numerous and lengthy,  but one of the most interesting aspects of Mr. Tov's work is his study on the Masoretic Text and the translation of YHVH. [http://jewishhistory.huji.ac.il/Profs/HU/Bible/tov.html] 

Nehemiah Gordon has worked with Tov on the Masoretic Text project. According to postings on a messianic forum, it has been stated that, due to that work, Nehemiah Gordon believes that the Name of God is closer to Yehowah, which is similar to Jehovah in English, and not even close to Yahweh. 

It has been shown that Tom's associate Michael Rood, has also been teaching, in that same article, that you can "call on the name of Yahweh" and be healed, .............etc. 

One might wish to read the excerpt in the article, Taking the Name, Mark & Number Part 1: Taking the Name, from the Testimony of an ex-Psychic, for reference to Yahweh.

Continuing from the 2house online biography about Tom.

The motto of Yahshua Ohr HaOlam is: Leading, Teaching, Serving, and Defending. They believe and teach that in order to effectively lead and teach the brethren, we must be first and foremost, become spiritual servants of the brethren -- not overlords or despots. They believe entreating every individual who comes to them in sincerity and truth with great love and respect, knowing that Yahweh's House is indeed a "...place of prayer for all peoples."

As a new member of the board, Rabbi Tom will be able to serve even more of Yisrael’s returning sheep!"

http://2house.org/page.php?page=mitchell_bio

In the announcement of Tom Mitchell's appointment to the UOTHMC Board, Marshall Moshe Koniuchowsky and Ed Nydle, the other 2 board members, stated of Tom, "His faithfulness and character is beyond dispute, and his dedication, loyalty, and commitment to Yahshua’s work to restore Yisrael's kingdom, has been found to be exemplary in the heart of service and righteoussness." http://www.2house.org/page.php?page=4_29_03_appointment

I suppose character is viewed in many ways. Especially by those we are in agreement with. For More on Two House, Ed Nydle, etc. See the Series: The Spreading Hebrew Roots

Some further excerpts from Tom Mitchell's emails need to be addressed. In the 3 emails, Tom, who does claim to be a Rabbi and spiritual leader, accused me of the following. The term "lashon harah" was used 15 times. 

Lashon Harah, evil tongue, told to get a life, should be ashamed, "attitude of disrespect by referring to our Kansas City conference as a “shin dig.”; "You are a most disrespectful woman", "disrespectful and arrogant"; non-"CREDIBLE" witness; of being a worshiper of  " the TORAH-LESS j-e-s-u-s"; told to get a life and grow up;  to "Repent of your witchcrafts and evil speaking",

"STUDY the Scriptures you claim to read and open your alleged mind to learning ", "accuser of the brethren", "Ha-satan was the accuser of the brethren – so are you – you are in his company and from your words, he is your master," "You and your cohorts,

 "Your vindictive attacks are of a purely personal nature", "you do not and cannot attack any of those mentioned from a doctrinal stance",  "Perhaps he will crush you spiritually so that a true woman can emerge", 

"YOU OF ALL PEOPLE DO NEED TO STUDY LASHON HARAH";  "You PERSECUTE JAMES TRIMM AND OTHERS"; "WORDS AGAINST JAMES TRIMM AND “OTHERS’ ARE VERY HATEFUL" ; 

"YOU BLASPHEME A NAME BY BRINGING IT TO NOTHING.";  "SUCH REJECTION of  the name YAHSHUA IS STEEPED IN RANK ANTI-SEMITISM;"

"YOU ACT LIKE A GIRL INSTEAD OF A WOMAN."; " YOU SHOWED THE DISTRESPECT BY CALLING THE RECENT UOTHMC CONFERENCE A “SHIN DIG.” "; 

"LASHON HARAH CAMPAIGN AGAINST DR. TRIMM; " you CAN’T TAKE THE HEAT, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN"; DEMAND RESPECT BY NOT BEING CALLED “GIRL”; "STOP WASTING YOUR TIME WITH LASHON HARAH"; YOUR OWN WORDS CONDEMN YOU;   

"I VIEW YOU AS A JEZEBELL SET OUT TO DESTROY THE PRIESTS OF YAHWEH "; ..."REPLACE THE WORSHIP OF YAHWEH WITH THE SYNCRISITIC WORSHIP OF “BA’AL’ (THE LORD)."; "

"YOU HAVE REPLACED THE TRUE, TORAH OBSERVANT YAHSUHA WOTH YOUR TORAHLESS j-e-s-u-s. SO NOW WHO IS TAKEN WITH THE SPIRIT OF ANTI-MESSIAH? THE ANSER IS “YOU.”  "  [spelling, bolding, italics and capitals as seen]

For full text: 

Tom Mitchell Emails #1 & #2Tom Mitchell Email #3

Sidenote--I realize that sacred namers have a tough time deciding which is the sacred name, but I don't believe I've seen YAHSUHA used before. In my article, Taking the Name, Mark & Number Part 1: Taking the Name, and also quoted in Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, we see the many variations in this list--which does not hold all of the numerous translations and transliterations deemed acceptable by those in various Hebrew Roots, Messianic or Sacred Name groups. Oddly, Tom Mitchell's YAHSUHA is not listed.

 "Jeshua, Yeshua, Yeshuah, Yehshua, Yehshuah, YESHUA, YESHUAH, YEHSHUA, YEHSHUAH, Yeshouah, Y'shua, Y'shuah, Jeshu, Yeshu, Yehoshua, Yehoshuah, YHVHShua, YHVHShuah, Yhvhshua, Yhwhshua, YHWHShua, YHWHShuah, Yhvhshuah, Yhwhshuah, Yahvehshua, Yahwehshua, Yahvehshuah, Yahwehshuah, Jahshua, Jahshuah, Jashua, Jashuah, Jahoshua, Jahoshuah, Jehoshua, Jehoshuah, Yashua, Yashuah, Yahshua, Yahshuah, YAHSHUA, YAHSHUAH, YASHUA, YASHUAH, Yahushua, Yahushuah, Yahoshua, Yahoshuah, Yaohushua, YAOHUSHUA, Yaohushuah, Iahoshua, Iahoshuah, Iahushua, or Iahushuah?"

Continuing with the list of accusations from Tom Mitchell:

"YOU ARE IN THE BOND OF SATAN, YOU ARE A JEZEBEL AND A FALSE PROPHETESS. YOU NEED TO GROW UP! WHAT KIND OF MINISTRY CONCENTRATES ON CONSTANTLY LAMBASTING INDIVIDUALS? GET OVER IT, GET A LIFE—REALLY. I DO PRAY THAT YOU WILL BE DELIVERED FROM THIS EVIL SPIRIT OF LASHON HARAH AND ALSO FROM YOUR EVIL SPIRIT OF ANTI-NOMIANISM. "  

In my "alleged mind," I think I'm getting the picture that Tom Mitchell doesn't like me, and I really don't get a feeling of "great love and respect" emanating from his statements, as stated in his above biography. No matter. 

Tom Mitchell is right. I have been more than a little irreverent of himself and his kabbalist friends, who have set themselves up as leadership to lead people to destruction. Anyone who has done in-depth research into the kabbalah and it's origins, knows that Jewish historians record it as a vehicle used to bring gnostic doctrine into Judaism, and historically, most rejected it as the occult. Nothing has changed, except perhaps it's acceptance in varied forms in all religions. See: To Embrace Hebrew Roots; Part V... The Kabbalah; Part VI... Kabbalah Initiation ; Part VII... Kabbalah Connections ; Part VIII... Literal Kabbalah: Gematria & Numerology; Part IX... Practical Kabbalah: Talismans & Masters of the Name

Calling the Kansas City "Conference," held July, 2003, with said kabbalists involved, a "shin dig," was not disrespectful. That's what I see a get together like that, as. 

For the "MAKE THIS YEAR'S JULY 4TH SUMMER VACATION", advertisement had listed, meetings, music, dance, hotel-ing it, and a "Young Adult Yisrael Rocks concert." Sounds like a "shin dig" to me. Statements for the, "Third Annual Life Changing;  2003 ONE YISRAEL KNOWING YHWH CONFERENCE KANSAS CITY MISSOURI, included:

"This coming year's conference will be an indescribable event. We have lined up the very cream of the crop of Messianic Nazarene Yisraelite teachers from around the globe. Our Union rabbis and leaders are tested, experienced, caring, and dedicated to your personal growth. They are proven and anointed Israelites with fiery new revelation, who walk without fear of man or compromise..."; "Reintroduction Of Spontaneous Sign Gifts-(Prophecy)." ; "Featuring the best lineup in the Messianic Nazarene 2 house movement."; "Still the world's only completely True Name conference for Yisrael."; "All other substitute non biblical names are banned!!!" [source> Meeting in the Heartland, https://2house.hosting-advantage.com/page.php?page=conference/2003_registration]

And Tom Mitchell was one of the "tested, experienced, and caring speakers." He also suggests that what I write about is lashon hara, or evil tongue. Email #1 "...Do a complete and thorough study of lashon harah, the review your Web site in the light of what you have learned – then I might suggest that you get a life. What you re promoting is NOT in harmony with  Matthew 28:19. You should be ashamed of yourselves!"

If ungodly behavior and wicked or false doctrine is being practiced it should be exposed and reproved--that's Biblical.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

When I research individuals or organizations it is not at all necessary to think that I am saying they are not of God. The issue is--try the spirits, test the fruit, etc...The issue is whether the item evaluated stands the test of Scripture, which is given by God for that purpose. Is the item a snare, in direct disobedience or a deliberate deception? Is the theology grounded in the Word of God or is it man made thinking or worldly, or simply bad judgment? 

Many people become part of or support groups that appear overtly "Christian" or "Biblical" or "Messianic" which is used as a cover to deceive the gullible. They have the "form of godliness" and are somewhat "ministers of righteousness", but deny the true power thereof by a carefully contrived doctrine which assiduously avoids the Scriptures which would expose their works as evil. Many encourage Believers to join and support their organizations through many monetary contributions which makes "merchandise of the saints."

Since many Believers are being pulled into the various organizations and the various agendas described in the articles, it behooves us to be Biblically obedient and to listen to the warnings throughout the New Testament. Specifically: 2 Timothy 3:13-14  "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them"

While Biblically obedient Believers would not wish to be joined with many individuals and groups linked with the many "Christian" ventures, others would suggest the end justifies the means. However, uniting in a spiritual venture with not only non-Believers, that is, those who reject Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, but those who are openly speaking against Him does not stand the test of Scripture. Again, the Scriptures command and ask, 2 Corinthians 6:14-15 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?"

It's not about being "Christian." It's about being Biblically obedient and whether what is being done abides by what God has called us to in Christ. Many claim to be Believers but we are told about 'men crept in unawares",  to make our election sure, to follow after sound doctrine, etc...

Philippians 1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ," 

God said we are not to be unequally yoked, to have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather reprove them; bad company corrupts,  a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Our purpose in serving Christ is to be a light--our face may be the only representative of Christ a person sees. To reprove something is to show the error with the hope that people will see the snare and avoid it or similar...and we cannot compromise and be involved in things that bring dishonor to Christ, and which has a purpose that is not in keeping with Biblical obedience. 

The role we play in interaction with non-Believers is as a representative of Christ, and therefore, everything we do must be evaluated by the Biblical parameter.  I firmly believe there are many Believers in various groups who have been snared into that issue because of not realizing what it is about and who all are involved. There are many caught and wrongly believing that the world can be reconstructed to some godly level. God said things are going to get like in the days of Noah, and worse than even Sodom and Gomorrah--hardly a prescription for a godly nation to arise--which again goes against too many Scriptures.

Those in the "christian arena" can be the same as those in the non-christian arena. That's why I started focusing my research on those issues. The result is found in the almost 300 articles on my website. People are not required to read them. Readers are not required to agree with them. But it's what I have seen, it's what I have tested to Scripture and it's what I believe reveals many snares. That exposure, I sincerely hope, will cause some to start evaluating all to the Word of God. 

Many might suggest that it's wrong to air "Christian" dirty laundry in public. God did it all the time in the Scriptures, always comparing righteousness with unrighteousness, obedience with disobedience. Do people really believe that non-Believers don't see the errors, don't see the hypocrisies, don't see the adultery, the lies....and they need to know that those things are not of God and not what living for Jesus Christ is about. They need to know that Biblically those things are not what we are called to. We are to have our very purposes brought into obedience to Christ. 

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 7 Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

It's occasionally suggested that I am making judgments on people or I draw a pretty narrow line. Do I? Or did Christ when He said the way was narrow and few there be that find it. I don't judge the hearts. God does. But we are required to try the spirits and test the fruit...and that is what this web site is about. As far as how narrow is the path?...as I had been trying to teach a young woman very dear to me, that walking the path of righteousness is not deviating from walking straight ahead. Her conclusion, shared with me one day, was that she realized that a step left or right takes one off the path Christ calls us to.

Proverbs 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Psalm 27:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.

Proverbs 4:14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
...18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Tom Mitchell attacked many of the things I stated. No problem. These things should be discussed. Quoting from Tom Mitchell Email #3--Tom's quotes are in Blue caps.

"Tom, I already tried to explain to you, and I can be patient. This is what I said..."Choose you this day whom YOU will serve...and if it's James Trimm or Marshal Moshe Koniuchowsky, or friends,  WE DO NOT “SERVE’ DR. JAMES TRIMM OR “OTHERS,” WE SERVE ALMIGHTY YAHWEH AND HIS SON, OUR MESSIAH, YAHSHUA I recommend you reevaluate what Scriptures you read...and dump the HRV and ISR..WHY? THESE TRANSLATIONS ARE LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF THE ARCHAIC KJV.and by the way, the zohar is not a companion book to the Bible." You are not getting accurate information Tom. 

Regarding my statement, "I recommend you reevaluate what Scriptures you read...and dump the HRV and ISR."
  
 Tom said: "WHY? THESE TRANSLATIONS ARE LIGHT YEARS
AHEAD OF THE ARCHAIC KJV."
 
 
If Tom had done his homework, he would have realized that the ISR uses the Textus Receptus [NT] and the Masoretic text [OT] as it's base text. Those are the same base texts for the King James Version. 

The Scriptures (ISR), states it's fourfold purpose as being:

To restore the Name of the Almighty to its rightful place in the text;

To be recognizably Messianic in that it affirms the Hebraic roots of the Messianic belief;

To restore the meaning to so many words which have become popular to use, but do not accurately reflect the meaning of the original, e.g., church, glory, holy, sacrifice, soul; 

To be as far as possible a literal translation, wherever possible rendering key words uniformly.

They also state, "... The Old Covenant is based on the Massoretic Hebrew and Aramaic text, according to the 1937 edition of Kittel's Biblia Hebraica. The New Covenant is based on the Textus Receptus, being modified with the use of such other texts as the Nestle-Aland and Shem Tob, as seemed appropriate. ..." http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/Scriptures/SISR.htm

Look...they even took the liberty of inserting Hebrew words into a Greek Text....

Yohanan (John) 1: 1 - 3

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim, and the Word was Elohim. He was in the beginning with Elohim. All came to be through Him, and without Him not even one came to be that came to be." [ISR]

The problem with many in the "roots" movement, is that they long badly for an original Hebrew version of the New Testament. Unfortunately, because they have not been able to produce anything but a corrupted Hebrew copy of the Greek or Latin texts from late 1400's,  they feel the need to try and insert [restore] Hebrew words into the Greek texts.

Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

Being "Torah Observant", Tom Mitchell should have known that to change the Word of God was forbidden. But maybe he and many others are reading a 'different' version. From the KJV:

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. 6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Psalm 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. 7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

2 Peter 3:16 As also in all [his] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as [they do] also the other scriptures, ***unto their own destruction.***
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 
Unfortunately, the ISR inserted their "choice" of sacred names, and then went on to use corrupted Alexandrian texts as well as Shem Tob Matthew, which ends up in a pseudo "corrupt" KJV version.

Here are some ISR examples: 

Colossians 2:9, is a passage which very clearly establishes the Divinity of The Messiah.

The KJV translates the passage as: "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily".

The LITV [literal] translates the passage as: " For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;"

The YLT [literal] translates the passage as: " because in him doth tabernacle all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,"

The ISR "Scriptures" translation of Colossians 2:9, 

"Because in Him dwells all the completeness of the Mightiness bodily."

The ISR claims to have used the Received Greek Text as a base for their NT. They also use the Shem Tob "Matthew" in other passages. In this passage it appears that they may have switched to the Alexandrian text, which is what the Westcott and Hort and base texts are and which most new Bible translations are based on, such as the NIV. See: The Clapham Sect, The Ghost Society & The Word of God; Bible Versions: Topical Comparison Charts; etc.

The ISR's interpretation of 1 Timothy 3:16--

"And, beyond all question, the secret of reverence is great - who was revealed in the flesh, declared right in Spirit, was seen by messengers, was proclaimed among nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in esteem."

"The Scriptures" (ISR), endorsed by James Trimm on various forums,  as a good translation, is also endorsed and used by Mitchell. It's also promoted and sold by Marshall Moshe Koniuchowsky, and Michael Rood and many others. Koniuchowsky and Norman Willis, and others, also sell or have in the past, sold or promoted Trimm's HRV.

It should be clarified that Norman Willis did not directly sell Trimm's HRV. Rather, his use and endorsement of it and James Trimm's writings on his website led him to tell people how and where they could obtain the HRV. On July 14, 2005, James Trimm posted an endorsement of the HRV from Norman Willis. In that endorsement Willis stated, "

"...At long last, I finally received my copy of James Trimm's Hebrew Roots Version of the Scriptures (the HRV). I must say that I am impressed. James Trimm has done his usual scholarly job of leaving a trail of high-quality, trackable notes...

I have not had time to go through the book entirely, but it appears that James Trimm has done a superior job. My only real comment is that I would like it very much if he were to come out with an HRV in a 'parallel edition,' with the English translation on
the left, and the Hebrew/Aramaic Text on the right (with all of the same footnotes and annotations). If he did that, I am certain I would trade up from my Artscroll Tanach.

The HRV appears not only to be a good translation, but it also contains very valuable commentary. It appears to be well worth having, and I am sure I will make good use of mine. James Trimm's scholarship has exceeded my expectations.

I understand that the book is available (and in stock) at
http://www.aleftavjudaica.com/. You can also write to the owner of AlefTavJudaica, Dominick Zangla, at dominick@.... I believe that any serious student or scholar of Scripture will find this
edition well worth having...
[I Received my HRV by Yosef ben Ruach (Norman Willis); From: "James Trimm" <jstrimm@...> Date: Thu Jul 14, 2005  ; Subject: I Received my HRV  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sanj-update/message/717]

In October 2005, I received an email from Norman Willis, stating that because of James Trimm's failure to deliver the HRV to other people, he no longer is associated with or endorses him. He had been giving Trimm the benefit of the doubt despite the many articles and reports discussing Trimm's business practices and beliefs. Norman wanted it known that he never benefited financially from the endorsement of the HRV and did not sell it directly, but rather his purpose in promoting it, "was trying to help foster interest in Hebraic Roots research." Apparently even the kabbalist teachings were not a recognized red flag of warning for many.  Nor is there a distancing by Norman Willis, on the actual Shem Tov Matthew as a source of truth despite the facts concerning it. Willis had been a speaker at Koniuchowsky's conferences, events and his writings were endorsed and promoted by Koniuchowsky. See: Marshall Moshe Yoseph Koniuchowsky As noted in the article, Michael John Rood: Messianic Karaite Rabbi, Norman Willis also promoted Michael Rood's Calendar from his website, and advocated a one time tithe to Rood's associate, Nehemiah Gordon and his Karaite Korner, and tithes to these various leaders as being to the Levite priesthood. He also recounted Michael Rood donning priesthood garments in order to perform a ceremony with Willis. See: Michael Rood: WAY Colleagues, Occult Calendars  & False Prophecies.There is also no mention of his disassociation from these or others he has been working with.  For More information on Norman Willis, see:  The Rev. Michael John Rood The James Trimm & Michael Rood FactorMichael Rood & James Trimm & The WAY

The ISR omits the reference to the Messiah's Deity [Theos/God] from 1 Timothy 3:16. They clearly did not follow the Received Text on a very definitive passage that illustrates the Deity of The Messiah as illustrated in these other translations below using the Received Text.

KJV , 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

LITV [literal] 1 Timothy 3:16 And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in flesh, was justified in Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

YLT [literal] 1 Timothy 3:16 and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!

All three of these translations from the Received text renders the passage as "God [Theos] was manifested [phaneroo] in the flesh" 

The ISR renders it as " who was revealed in the flesh"

Shem Tob's "Matthew", which any textual critic will tell you, is nothing more than a corrupted medieval text, which was a corrupt copy of the Greek or Latin text. It is also used extensively in footnotes in James Trimm's HRV, and never identifies Jesus as the Christ such as is seen in Matthew 1:1, "these are the generations of Jesus..." rather than the KJV's, "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David,..." etc.

Now as far as James Trimm's HRV goes, it recently has been alleged that the HRV is a plagiarism of the Way Interlinear Bible. Thus far, one researcher has provided much supporting evidence to confirm this, with, I'm sure, more evaluations to come from others. The Way translation was authorized by Paul Victor Wierwille, a man who openly denied the Deity of the Messiah, and authored the book "Jesus is not God". The ISR as evidenced above is also very vague when it comes to passages defining the Deity of Jesus. I am starting to see a pattern developing here.

It seems that many in the Hebrew Roots movement are teaching that Jesus was a teacher, a good man, a prophet, a sage like many other sages, but many are not clearly confessing that He is, in fact, God. 

Jeremiah 23:28-32

28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.
29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.


  

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