Why are so many believers making assumptions based on emotion and lack of biblical understanding? We are not all gifted bible expositors, but we should never ever condemn denounce anyone because you have a preference over person A against person B. Or if we are unsure about a biblical position. How many of you consult with your pastors or elders before you make such inflammatory and often stupid and offensive comments. There are so many out there calling themselves Christians, who just want to attack and bring down, anyone who gives you biblical advice contrary to what you want to hear. All because you can hide under someone else doctrine or agenda. Like rats in a sewer they attack anything they perceive not to be a rat. However frequently in their haste and fervour that state of blind excitement they attack their family.
This is what so many are doing. Attacking others in an attempt to defend doctrinal error because they either don't understand, or the suggestion sounds good to them. All because the individual is the renowned, well respected, lovely Mr NiceGuy. The man who has the apparent credentials, the history, the following. You see the reality is by refuting error from wherever it comes, also means refuting your agreement with that error, and that will never d. That cannot be allowed.
People will defend an obvious false position, because their pride and arrogant insecurity backs them into a corner, rather than the Lord and the truth of his scripture. So many then defend the man behind the error by attacking the so-called protagonist in an attempt to preserve their own position, which most likely was taught from the one they so blindly defend.
This is even when shown the relevant teaching and comments are proven false or in obvious error. This is supported in many case examples of biblical history and related scholarly and scripturally accepted historical teaching. Those words still resonate DONT TOUCH MY ANNOINTED, throw the first stone, who are you to judge, all the well-trodden roads of misquoted and distorted scripture.
This brings us to Amir Tsarfati, and his claim that Jesus and the Arch angel Michael are one and the same.
Amir has made this claim on video which has now resurfaced. Until this time, he has said nothing about that teaching, nor his position re Michael. Add to this his long association with Steve Berger. The bible declared necromancer. A man who has not been without out tragedy in his life, and for that we can all reach out and want to support and love. However, he does not hide the fact him and his wife teach regarding talking/praying to the dead. There are videos and many publications. A 4000 strong church who support this teaching and many published articles denouncing his teaching as being of the devil.
Leviticus 19:31 - Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I [am] the LORD your God.
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Isaiah 8:19 - And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
2 Kings 21:6 - And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the LORD, to provoke [him] to anger.
Leviticus 20:6 - And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
Leviticus 20:27 - A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood [shall be] upon them.
Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Deuteronomy 18:10 - There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
And of course, this is reinforced in the NT also
1 Timothy 4:1 - Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Corinthians 11:14 - And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
2 John 1:9-11 - Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (Read More...)
Revelation 22:15 - For without [are] dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
Even Kings have fallen foul of this grievous satanic deception.
1 Samuel 28:8 And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me [him] up, whom I shall name unto thee.
9 And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?
10 And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, [As] the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.
11 Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
There are so many other scriptures that emphasise GODS position regarding evil spirits, fortune tellers, witches and necromancers etc... He never says don't believe them. They are real, very real, He says don't allow them room in your life, don't tolerate anyone who accepts or permits them to carry out their activity.
I have travelled to many places that still practice these dark crafts, in opposition to the word of God. In Africa the witch Dr and voodoo advocates have an incredible control over the population. In eastern Europe, fortune tellers of all types even have dedicated TV channels. In the UK in places like Marlbourgh and Dorset, you will find the remains of covens that have sacrificed animals and held rituals to the dead etc on military land when the military training season has ended. Tv channels openly promote ghost hunting and it goes on.
Every major town in the UK will have a spiritualist church, active and vibrant, following a format not unlike a church service you would attend.
This is real folks, it’s not a minority activity. In London 4 doors down from my old office there is a Wiccan shop, openly selling all the paraphernalia you will ever need to be a black witch or a white witch. A warlock or a wizard, a maker of potions or communicator for the dead. It’s always busy.
So, no excuses if a well-established globally recognised Christian leader calls a necromancer his friend and shares many platforms and TV time with. The bible and therefore God are very clear we should not associate with anyone who teaches a false Christ.
Or participates in sorcery of any kind. They should be warned twice, then we are to walk away.
Amir knows what Steve Berger teaches, the whole world does, but he has never challenged him about it.
Titus 3:10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning
1 Corinthians 5:11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler--not even to eat with such a one.
Romans 16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.
1 Timothy 5:20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.
These are a sample of many verses that warn against it, and the obligation to warn others against them. So many people are basing their response on Mathew 18:15-17
Dealing with a Sinning Brother (KJV)
15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.
16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector"
One of the many problems of the various bible translations is the variation on the accuracy of scripture, the omissions are often worse than the additions. The essential wording of this text, is brother/sister sinning against you.
Its personal, and does not concern anyone else. However, the Alexandrian texts mainly leave this out NIV NASB etc leave out the words against you, and make a generalised sin against the church. As much as this is a generalised modern teaching of the verse, it is still wrong. So, when you say Jacob should speak to him in private, he cannot because the scriptures I quoted above compel him to declare the error publicly. No less than the means Amir used to publish his video, is this not common sense and practical. If as so many allege that he is accusing Amir, or David Nathan or whoever! you must first understand the difference in rebuke and accusation. To accuse, is to not listen to excuse or mitigation. Its sole purpose is to bring before judgement and potentially punishment. When we rebuke, we do so with the intention of warning the hearer, and the person committing the error, of the danger, hoping it will be stopped and all concerned will be safer and wiser as a result. Quiz, your child plays with matches near an open can of petrol, do you do?
- Nothing, he will figure it out for himself, or someone else will do it some other time.
- Rebuke him and say put down the matches, move away its dangerous and stupid and explain why?
- Accuse him of being a reckless arsonist who will kill someone someday.
That's the difference so many just want to ignore the situation, it will go away itself. Or perhaps they simply don't care enough to deal with it. It’s not my problem, even when GOD says it is. The other view is often, it’s not for me to judge, we just need to love him. When we rebuke using James 5-19 We do a good thing, it’s a directive from GOD, because GOD is love and wants no one to perish.
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The difference between accusing and Rebuking is a lot broader than many realise. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God[a]may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
If it was a personal issue, then of course he would speak to Amir man to man, and if that failed then declare it to the church.
So, before you or anyone else condemn Jacob for correctly using scripture, remember you will then be directly challenging GOD himself.
He is the authority, the author and the law maker. I understand how you and many others want to support Amir he is a nice guy and a brother. However, he is not a bible teacher. This is not his calling.
This is not to ridicule or demean his standing as an evangelist and witness of this gifting, the Lord has blessed him. However, we must follow our calling.
Enthusiasm and wanting to fill a need are admiral traits, but unless GOD calls you, you are not blessed, authorised or equipped to do it. Ultimately you will do more harm than good. One of the reasons many attack Jacob Prasch, John Haller myself and a few others, is simply that, we are only a few, when we should be many. Your pastor should be the first voice you hear, the fact you listen to so many teachers on you tube etc, is this not a sign of a potential failure of your pastor. The world is in a mess, and a large part of the blame must lie with the church and so-called Christian leaders. Many of who turn out to be not Christian at all, and as the bible confirms are hirelings, serving themselves and lining their pockets. This does not describe Amir, that is clear and obvious. The main problem is there are too many in ministry with conflicting doctrine and praxis. Somebody needs to stand up and tell many of them to get out of the ministry, as it’s not their calling.
Whether they are a Christian brother or not. That person is you, it’s me, we are the church, who are we going to blame when the Lord says, you know this was wrong and said and did nothing.
Aiding and abetting, facilitating and ignoring are all terrible indictments on the church.
“Aiding is assisting, supporting, or helping another to commit”. Do you support a ministry that you know is in serious error, because you like some of what they do or say? While ignoring the bits you know are against scripture.? That could be in prayer, donations, Facebook posts, attending meetings they are running.
“Abetting is encouraging, inciting, or inducing another to commit” Do you encourage others to buy their books, and videos, attend their meetings, support them when they are challenged regarding their error?
Or are you an Accessory? Someone who does any of the above things in support of a principle, either pre or post act. Did you hide something that would incriminate someone? did you change or edit something to make it less obvious? Did you defend them in an effort to portray them as innocent? And so it goes on to eventually it becomes a conspiracy. People like Graham Baldwin, John Rogers, Trinna Gisborne and the person who does not even have the courage to stand up and declare who he is Tbckwaii. What a coward and deliberately divisive person he or she is. This has always been the case with such people, either at Speakers Corner, Times Square or the internet. They simply thrive on an audience. The subject does not mater, they just love the adulation and applause for their mockery and so-called whit. We have got to get back to the bible, back to the future as it were. The so-called internet experts are leading so many to their destruction. they will all have to answer to GOD.
So, this brings us back to the recent issue, is Jesus, was Jesus ever an angel? Simple answer NO!
Satan is, and like all angels he is a created being. The teachings of various cults exploit this to teach that he and Jesus are brothers one good one bad. This denies the Lords deity and all he did on the cross.
We must however accept because the bible is again very clear, the Lord was not a created being, he is GOD eternal.
2 Tim 1:9 Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in from all eternity
John 17:5 "Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
So, when we see in Genesis that God walked with Adam in the garden, we must understand this was not the holy Spirit, nor was it the father.
The Spirit is by definition not physical, and the father likewise has no form that we can discern.
In addition, no one can see GOD and live, that's no human being. The word walk here (HALAK) means to move to take steps to proceed etc. So clearly it was a person, that can only be Jesus. This was the first Christophany, a pre-incarnate appearance of Christ not a Theophany as in Moses and the burning bush, or a pillar of cloud. Amir seems to confuse this point. That's a minor issue I mention to show the importance of being made in Gods image and likeness, as a triune being.
The only apparition or appearance of GOD is GOD himself either as his Son Jesus in Human form, or himself as the father in another manifest form. There is never any confusion is GOD a burning fire, an angel, a wrestling companion, a man with a sword.
Context is King to the identity of the angel of the LORD.
The angel of the LORD, in some circumstances was Jesus Christ coming in a temporary body. But this does not mean we can say Michael or any other angel is Jesus.
On these occasions the term angel emphasises the word -"one sent".
Matthew 10:40 "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.
John 5:37 "And the Father who sent Me, He has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time nor seen His form.
God the Son was sent by God the Father. Therefore the word "angel" in that context would be referring to the office of the One sent –a messenger. In the same way, we recognise he was and is the high Priest in the order of Melchizedek. We do not assume he was just a priest, even the very high priest. Nor would I hope anyone thinks he is is he a sheep or a lamb. Hebrews 1 says it best (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him
Did God anoint an angel as the head of all things, or his son? Is an angel the glorious express image of GOD? Does an angel have ultimate power and authority/ did an angel die on the cross for our sins? NO NO NO NO.
Jesus Christ is the one whom the Father has sent. His name is Immanuel not Michael.
If it’s an angelic host who is called the angel of the LORD, then the emphasis is the nature of the being - one of the heavenly host, a created spirit-being. There is only one son only one Jesus, there are many many angels.
Title and emphasis are so important, Jesus Christ before his resurrection, Christ Jesus after, the title is prominent and qualifies the person, not the other way around. Queen Elizabeth not Elizabeth the Queen.
Amir stated very clearly with no editing or embellishment, (quote) "I BELIEVE THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL IS JESUS HIM SELF" (endquote).
If he just said Jesus appeared on some occasions appeared as an angel he would have been Ok by most believers. However, his statement was emphatic, Michael is Jesus.
This was then removed, not because it was wrong, but as Amir says, people were confused. His response regarding Matthew Henry and Spurgeon is a diversion, it is an attempt to divert from what he stated and cloud the issue, by making it appear he is saying what they said. So, if he is wrong then Henry and Spurgeon are wrong. So, it’s someone else fault.
To then attribute it to a simple mistake and then return to Henry and Spurgeon as a reason for his mistake is disingenuous.
He then states he does not suggest that Michael is Jesus, when the video very clearly says he is.
Then he moves away from the issue to play the I am only human card and focus on an alternative simple mistake regarding his assistant.
This was in response to the question, why did Amir say this and why did he remove the video?
He continues to say he copied and pasted what the J W claim re Michael and Jesus. He then clumsily says he did not qualify the article by confirming he does not believe it, so it appeared that by posting it he confirmed this was in accordance with his belief, when in actual fact he says he sent it to show why he removed it. If your pa had received questions regarding something you said, would not give a personal answer. It must have occurred to him how significant the issue was.
Would you expect a person of his standing to casually copy and paste a piece of text re: the JWs without qualification or explanation?
This whole episode simply shows 2 things, he treated the whole situation as unimportant either through ignorance, or lack of concern. There is no alternative.
If ignorance, then stand down, and go back to the day job.
If lack of concern for the recipients and the message itself, then repent and retract it. Call on GOD to direct your actions and any further participation in this ministry. I don't know which it was, but he does.
It was so very important to qualify his response so that those who listen to him understand his position without any confusion or grey areas. Sadly, it only exacerbates the situation, and now has his assistant scratching her head, not knowing what her boos believes.
Even she now thinks the allegations are true and he supports the JW point of view. is this not incredible, is this not blunder after blunder, is this not the hasty response of someone who either does not care, or does not understand.
You can be the judge. His reply comes across as self-preservation, not a clarification and retraction. I am sorry… I made a mistake.
Any bible teacher worth his salt would go to the scripture and explain what the bible says, and establish his position, if in error repent of it, then establish and confirm the correct teaching and move on.
Amir does not do this he just bumbles on looking for sympathy.
Boy does he get it, I received so many posts condemning Jacob and his so-called followers, and offering support and cups of tea and hugs for Amir, the poor unfortunate recipient of Moriel's attempted take-over bid for his ministry, so they can claim his you tube audience.
This is insane, yet so many believe it, and divert from the issue and yet again use it to attack the messenger and not the message.
I know people like some teachers on a personal level more than others, that is actually ok. What we must never do is to put that attraction above the word of GOD, and ignore what is so patiently obvious, and there for all to see and read.
There has been an accelerated decline in scriptural discernment over the last 12 months and the pace is gathering and spreading across many established doctrines. This is a glaring sign of the times, no less than the Apostasy itself.
If you cannot or will not see the preference for personality over substance and scripture then you are on a speed march to the wrong destination. Amir’s next admission for me is the most concerning
"I totally made her think that's my explanation to what I said and not why I removed it"
He says this while holding his hand up in admission to his mistake.
If he can convince his personal assistant of his contrary point of view against accepted teaching, what hope is there then for those who do not know him so well.
She readily accepted it, as have so many who have posted replies. This should be sounding alarm bells, sirens should be blasting, other bible teachers should be publishing warnings about this position by Amir, but tell me how many have you seen.
The majority run for cover, or hide under the duvet, they don't want to face the difficulty of losing popularity and position.
This is just like the situation with David Nathan, people letting their emotions and personal agenda dictate their response and stance for the truth.
This is Brexit, this is Trump, Farage, abortion, LGBTQRTUKLZ and whatever new prefix is added this month.
Amir is obviously disappointed; his mannerisms and expression are so clearly seen when he says." I removed it a year ago I thought this was all over"
A full year to tell people he got it wrong, a full year to affirm his position, a full year to issue a follow up video perhaps. No! not even a Facebook post, a tweet and comment on his blog or website, absolutely nothing.
In other word he thought he got away with it. You don't need to watch any more of the video from this point on, the evidence and character of the man is clearly seen.
Amazingly it actually gets worse, like his previous attributing his misunderstanding to Spurgeon and Henry he then "claims some people decided to find that video"
Is this some king of biblical conspiracy? It’s all their fault.
If they did not go looking I would have got clean away with it.
This is what he is saying, this is a tragedy that has become a mockery of all right-thinking brethren, hoping they won’t see through the sleight of hand and tongue.
If only Christians did not search for the truth. If only Acts 17-11 was re written in a new modern version of scripture.
Why are some Christians more gullible more accommodating and tolerant than others? why do some not just love and move on?
why oh why oh why!
He goes on to play the victim and tries to teach Matthew 18.
He bizarrely says if some one’s sins against you or wrongs you, you really need to talk to him privately. If that's what the scripture says Amir, then why are you making this video?
Why are quoting scripture out of its context and purpose?
As mentioned already this is not personal, its doctrinal.
Sadly, your whole video is personal, its everyone else, You thought it was dead and buried. This is gross hypocrisy.
I will leave you with this further comment.
His deliberate attempt to blame everyone one else, to shift the blame, put the emphasis on trouble makers.
"those people who dig up the unedited video and tell the world”
He says they claim Amir says Jesus is Michael, therefore Amir is a JW and false prophet an Antichrist and so on, this is Machiavellian and hyperbolic and demeans his good standing.
Actually, Jacob or no one else that i have seen or read says he is a Antichrist. Nor have they attacked him personally.
Amir himself is the one who convinced his assistant and followers, he agreed with the JW position. Compounding the problem by not establishing the facts or truth with his PA, and ignoring the things he said, because he thought the edit would never appear again, and everyone was none the wiser. This is deception, and destroys any confidence in any future response.
How sad it is that he attempts to defend himself by continuing to blame others.
It’s the lack of accountability that now damages his credibility.
Not what others have said, not what others think, not what others believe.
It is what Amir has said.