I begin this paper with a story of a very nice Jewish lady we had the privilege of meeting in Atlanta, GA. She had been a holocaust survivor. In her book that was written by her son; Hiding in the Spotlight by Greg Dawson, this dear lady shares her experience how she was allowed to escape out of a town where the Germans had killed every Jew except for 3 who had gotten out. She ended up being taken in with a family and assumed a new name for years. Being musically talented at the piano she found herself playing in a hall onstage in front of some of Hitler’s officers. I recommend the book, it is an amazing story.
As with this lady who was hidden in plain sight of her enemy so too is the truth of the One True G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.
The world has many spiritual governments trying to take captive and shush the voice G-d with their false religions, teachers, and messiahs as did the Nazi regime did in WW2 Germany.
But despite it all there hidden in plain sight, on stage for the world to see, is the one the regime tried to destroy; but it survives to tell its story and to bring to light the truth.
There is one religion that in the disguise of love that are really spiritual terrorist. They confront the unknowing with questions that are set up to lead to a desired result and that is to come to their god out of fear and remain trapped there. Once in the trap they are fed a slow poison that is mixed in with messages of love so that they do not know that they are bound to the regime.
Because it is a true case of the blind leading the blind they all fall into a pit together.
They lead the world into believing they have the only answer and they mix their message with a little truth, but as one rabbi puts it, 99% of the truth is still a 100% a lie.
On stage in front of them all is the Jew – the observant, Torah Jew; playing an instrument for all to see and hear; hidden in plain sight.
The regime wants you to believe that there is no way back to G-d except through the sacrifice of His son. But is this what G-d, who says that He does not change, really say?
For the sake of this article I will not list every passage in detail because if I did it would become a book.
There are many passages in the Hebrew Scriptures that declare that G-d does not require a sacrifice to return to Him, here are a few.
Hosea 6:6 “For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of G-d rather than burnt-offerings.”
1Samual 15:22 “Samuel said, “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.”
Isaiah 1:11 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me? says G-d; I am full of the burnt-offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he-goats.”
So now let me ask a few questions.
If it is apparent here that G-d does not delight nor desire sacrifices or their BLOOD, then why would He turn around and send a son to be sacrificed and require his blood for forgiveness?
If this it is not sacrifices that G-d wants then what does He want?
2Chronicals 7:14 “if My people, upon whom My name is called, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Hosea 14:2, 3 “Return, O Israel, unto the LORD thy G-d; for you have stumbled in your iniquity. Take with you words, and return unto G-d; say unto Him: ‘Forgive all iniquity, and accept that which is good; so will we render for bullocks the offering of our lips.”
Genesis 4:6, 7 “And G-d said to Cain, “Why are you annoyed, and why has your countenance fallen? Surly, if you improve yourself, you will be forgiven
As we can see from these few examples that G-d wants us to pray and change our ways. These two things G-d Himself says will bring about forgiveness without any sacrifice or blood. There is one more set of passages that needs to be looked at and that is the whole chapter 18 of Ezekiel, but we are going to look at just a few verses within the chapter.
Ezekiel 18:21-23, 27 “But if the wicked turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all My statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his transgressions that he hath committed shall be remembered against him; for his righteousness that he hath done he shall live. Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the L-rd GOD; and not rather that he should return from his ways, and live? 27 Again, when the wicked man turns away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.”
Verse 27 here even in the English and Hebrew tells us plainly that by doing what is lawful and right (which is another whole teaching) will save your soul.
Again we have here many passages from the original Hebrew Scriptures telling us what we need to do to come back to G-d without sacrifice and blood .
Again If G-d does not change and He spends so much time telling you what He wants then why would he change and demand you except upon yourself the sacrifice of his son and his blood to be able to return to G-d?
It does not make sense and it shows the rouse of the regime going around knocking on doors and spreading their lies.
So why did G-d tell Israel to bring sacrifices to begin with? There is a secret that is hidden in plain sight.
Let’s look at a parable that will open our eyes to what is hidden.
A man is doing things that make his wife angry; she asks him to stop. But in a short while he finds himself doing again what makes his wife angry, he knows his wife likes flowers and brings her a perfect bouquet to appease her. But in turn, the gift angers her and she rejects the gift.
What happened? He brought her a gift to appease but he did not change his ways. If he had asked her to forgive him and then he had spent his effort on changing his ways that angered her and then brought the gift as an admittance that he had done wrong and that he had changed his ways then the gift would have been accepted.
This is true with G-d – the sacrifice was not brought to get forgiveness, it was a display of one who had remorse over his actions and the gift was given as a show that one had changed his ways.
In the regime’s books one of their leaders twist this next passage to say something it does not. The original passage proves the point we have seen.
Isaiah 59:20 “And a redeemer will come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, says G-d.”
G-d is sending a redeemer to Jacob/Israel that have already turned from transgression – this redeemer that is coming has nothing to do with the sins of Israel but to redeem them from the nations back to their land.
For those who are non-Jewish how can you return to the G-d of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob?
Right here in plain sight, we are told that without having to go through no one, you can call upon G-d, call on Him in truth – and that truth is not found in the regime’s new books that were added but upon the original Torah given by G-d Himself.
Once you have confessed your wrong doings to G-d and set yourself on a path to change your life for the better He will forgive you and then you can bring Him gifts showing your sincerity of the change of heart and ways.
It’s all in plain sight for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Terry W. Hayes
This teaching was inspired by a lecture given by Rabbi Skobac