God's One & Only True "Religion":
Visit www.NazarenesoftheWay.com for full explanation
The True Keepers of the Law and Testimony as the Heavenly Father and Messiah Commanded to Enter Heaven
the Hebrew Israelites of the Old Testament, the Nazarenes of the Way of the New Testament & Messianic Jews
1. The Most High's One True Faith
2. "Christians" Forged into Existence
3. You Might Be in a Cult If...
4. Watchmen (Nazarenes) Background
5. Watchman (Nazarene) Scriptures
NONE OF THE ABOVE
None of the above were founded by the Messiah, none are named in the Bible, and are all false man-made cults.
The word "religion" does NOT exist in the Bible - this term is man-made. The term "Torah" ("Law") in fact means teaching, instruction. There are only 3 groups who follow God Elohim's Torah and Testimony :
1. The Hebrew Israelites of the Old Testament founded by Elohim
2. The Nazarenes of the Way of the New Testament founded by The Nazarene
3. Messianic (Jews)
The Most High's One True Faith: The Watchmen (Nazarenes) of the Way
They fulfill the following no other religion can claim:
a. The Nazarenes were named after the Nazarene
b. They followed "The Way" which makes it the only named faith ("religion") in the Bible
c. They kept the Law & Testimony (The Nazarene Code) that the Messiah commanded -
precisely the 2 conditions required to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The word "religion" is not found in the Bible - however given the term by which we understand religion to be a specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects, we then find only ONE such sect in the Bible and it is "the Way" whose followers were Watchmen ("Nazarenes"). After being taught by the Watchman (Nazarene) Messiah “the Way”, Apostles then instructed new converts to keep “The Way” which was to follow the Law (Torah) Commandments of the Father and give Testimony that the Watchman (Nazarene) who was nailed to a stake and resurrected was and is the Son of God (the Nazarene Code).
Keep God's Law & Messiah's Testimony
Christianity Islam Judaism
Does Not Keep the Law Does Not Keep the Law Most Keep the Talmud - Not Torah
Does Not Know or Love Messiah* Denies Messiah is Son of God Denies Messiah is Son of God
*See 1 John 2:3-5 & John 14:21
All other doctrines, faiths and religions will be denied the Kingdom of God who do not keep the Law & the Testimony
"Christians" are not found in the ORIGINAL Bibles as you will
discover (here) and thus is as "unBiblical" as are ALL other
man-made religions. Unfortunately, most people will ignore the obvious Biblical and historical evidence and stick to their man-made cults that are doomed for destruction.
Incredibly, in a world filled with literally tens of thousands of religions who claim the Bible to be their source of faith, only a remnant few follow the ONLY religious sect the Bible identifies: The Way of the Nazarenes which was founded by the Nazarene Messiah. This faith is NOT to be confused with the modern practices of the "The Church of the Nazarene" which is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nor the "Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene)" originating in the Swiss Nazarene Baptist movement NOR The Way International.
The true Way of the
Nazarenes is non-organizational, not incorporated, non-profit and has no
rabbi, preacher, pastor or priest as its “leader” rather all are brethren. Donations are welcome but not obligatory, no books, dvd's, etc. are sold. Tithing is prohibited since this ended with the destruction of the Temple and the end of the Levitical priesthood to only whom tithes (which were agricultural in nature) were given. Quite simply, the Word of God is NOT for financial gain.
Modern-day semblance of "Nazarenes of the Way" do not go by the actual biblical name but rather as "Jewish Christians" and "Messianic Jews". They, however, are not true Nazarenes of the Way either in that they identify their religious leaders as "rabbis" which is prohibited by the Nazarene Messiah (Matthew 23:8), celebrate Hanukkah which is NOT among the 7 Feasts of the Father, refer to Elohim God by the false pagan names of "Yah" or "Yahweh", and use symbols as the unbiblical 9 branch Menorah and 666 hexagram "Star of David" which in reality is the Luciferian "Star of Molech" (see 666 Marks of the Beast here). None the less, there is an increasing number of followers who are keeping Law & Testimony not seen since the days of the Nazarene Messiah.
So where are the true Watchmen (Nazarenes) of the Way? It is within you as is the Kingdom of Heaven:
"I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My Laws.
You will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; so you will be My people, and I will be your God."
"Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17:21
Do not be concerned if you do not find other Nazarenes of the Way assemblies in your hometown nor stray from your journey to the Kingdom of Heaven - persevere to find yourself before the Father and Lamb of God.
The Way of Righteousness
As it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 2 Peter 2:15
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. 2 Peter 2:21
And many shall follow their shameful ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Peter 2:2
James, the half-brother of the Messiah preached to keep BOTH works and faith - the Nazarene Code - without exception:
|... Knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. ... Knowing|
this, that the trying of your faith works patience. ...
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|... But someone will say, "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith|
without works, and I will show you faith from my works. ...
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|... Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works;|
and by works faith was made perfect? ...
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|... For just as the body without the spirit is dead,|
so also faith without works is dead. ...
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|... What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? ...|
What good is it, my brothers, if a man says he has faith, but has no works? ...
//biblehub.com/james/2-14.htm - 18k
|... But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is|
useless? ... Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? ...
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|... Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. ... Even|
so faith, if it has not works, is dead, being alone. ...
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|... You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. ... You see|
that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. ...
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2. John, the Apostle and Revelator of the Messiah preached to keep BOTH works and faith - the Nazarene Code - to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven:
|... I know thy works, and thy faith, and thy charity, and thy ministry, and thy|
patience, and thy last works which are more than the former. ...
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Scriptures of The Way
"...and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem." Acts 9:2
“This I did also in Jerusalem, and I cast many Saints into prison by the authority I received from the Chief Priests, and as they were being killed by them, I took part with those who condemned them.” Acts 26:10
24Now a Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by birth, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the Scriptures. 25This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he was speaking and teaching accurately the things concerning Jesus, being acquainted only with the baptism of John; 26and he began to speak out boldly in the synagogue. But when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. Acts 18:24-26
The Way of God
"All the people, even the tax collectors, when they heard Jesus' words, acknowledged that God's way was right, because they had been baptized by John". Luke 7:29
"Some of them were hardened and were disputing and reviling the Way of God before the assembly of the Gentiles; then Paulus left and he separated the disciples from them and was speaking every day with them in the school of a man whose name was Turanos." Acts 19:9
"But there was a great commotion at that time about the Way of God." Acts 19:23
"And I persecuted the followers of the Way, hounding some to death, arresting both men and women and throwing them in prison." Acts 22:4
"But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;" Acts 24:14
"Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. "When Lysias the commander comes," he said, "I will decide your case." Acts 24:22
“This I did also in Jerusalem, and I cast many Saints into prison by the authority I received from the Chief Priests, and as they were being killed by them, I took part with those who condemned them.” Acts 26:10
Therefore, the Natsraya (Nazarenes) are the Keepers of the Way (the Sect) - those which Keep the Commandments (the Torah) of the Father and Testimony of the Messiah. These are the true Saints who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
100% Biblically Original in Scripture, Practice and Founded by the Messiah the Nazarene
(Can you say the same about your religion?)
Messiah's One True Faith, Followers and Saints
כמרים של הדרך
Nazóraios tes Hodou (Greek) - Natsraya haDerek (Aramaic) - the Nazarenes of the Way (English)
Notzrim (Talmudic Hebrew) - Nasrani (Arabic)
Rewritten history has robbed the Nazarenes of the Way of their true glory and recognition by calling them "Early Christians". Nazarenes could not possibly be Christians for the simple fact that they kept the Torah - the very commandments ("Law") of the Creator Father while Christians reject the Torah completely. It was the Nazarenes of the Way who were sacrificed to the lions in the Coloseum - not Christians (see here, here, here and here) and were the millions who were beheaded and slaughtered by the Christian Roman Catholic Church during the Inquisition for not accepting the heretical papacy.
Nazarenes of the Way are not be be confused with the Christianized "Church of the Nazarene", "The Way" or "The Way International" cults. True Nazarenes of the Way to this day keep the Torah of the heavenly Father and Testimony of the Messiah as THE Nazarene Himself taught His Apostles - the first Nazarene disciples almost 2000 years ago and are identified as the Saints in the New Testament and Book of Revelation - the true remnant of Israel mentioned in the scriptures. For more visit WatchmenoftheWay.com.
The followers of the Messiah were called "Nazarenes" - Why? Were they ALL from Nazareth? Of course not. The Messiah is documented in the bible to have been to over 20 locations (see here) and arguably far more in India (see here) where He acquired many disciples and followers. Even Paul was claimed to be the ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes (Acts 24:5) though he was from Tarsus (Acts 21:39). So why then call them ALL Nazarenes? This is why knowledge of linguistics of the Hebrew language is so important and understanding the Hebrew root word "Natsar" applied to the Aramaic name of "Natsraya" comes from (see Linguistics). Natsraya ("Nazarenes") meant Watchmen (i.e., guardians, keepers, watchers) of "the Way" meaning they kept the Torah and Testimony of the Messiah - "The Nazarene Code" - the very 2 criteria required to become God's saints in the Kingdom of Heaven identified in the Revelation of the Messiah (See Home Page). Once you know the truth it not only ties in perfectly, it makes perfect sense. It also proves that Christianity is a false religion because though it may give testimony to the Messiah (and sometimes not even that (see here) but it rejects the Torah completely which has dire consequences - rejection by the Messiah Himself on Judgment Day (Matthew 7:21-23). Don't confuse Christianized "Nazarenes" and "the Way" religions with the practice of the original Nazarenes of the Way.
Natsraya is the transliteration of the original Aramaic name of "Nazarenes" which comes from Natsar meaning Guard, Keep, Watch [H5341].
נצריא from the root word נצר (Ar. nätsär, Hb. nëtsër) n-ts-r from the key letter צ tsade. There is no "Z" in the Hebrew or Aramaic language, therefore "TS" is the most appropriate sound for the letter "Tsade" thus giving the more phonetically appropriate "Natsraya". Natsraya is a plural term1
to describe an inclusive group of Natsari people. A single male is
called a Natsari, and a single female a Natsrati. A group of
Natsari women are called Natsrayn. A group of Natsari men are
Natsraya is the transliteration of the original Aramaic name of "Nazarenes" which comes from Natsar meaning Guard, Keep, Watch [H5341]. There is no "Z" in the Hebrew or Aramaic language, therefore "TS" is the most appropriate sound for the letter "Tsade" thus giving the more phonetically appropriate "Natsraya".
נצריא from the root word נצר (Ar. nätsär, Hb. nëtsër) n-ts-r from the key letter צ tsade.
Natsraya is a plural term1 to describe an inclusive group of Natsari people. A single male is called a Natsari, and a single female a Natsrati. A group of Natsari women are called Natsrayn. A group of Natsari men are called Natsraya.
The Way ( "Derek" - Hebrew: http://biblehub.com/hebrew/1870.htm )
Prophesied in the Old Testament
"And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it." Isaiah 35:8
2. "Christians" Forged into Existence
did not evolve until AFTER the Pharisee Sha’ul (“Paul”) began his
heretical ministry and their name was later created and inserted into the bible as we know it today. The fact is that the
name "Christians" was NOT to be found in the earliest known New
Testament bibles. See full story at: www.NazarenesoftheWay.com in the chapter "Forged Christianity"
"Christians" Not Found in the Earliest New Testaments
Most assume that the name and religion of Christians originated in New Testament times. That Christians are recorded as having thrived in the first century as recorded by certain historians, thus the references to "first-century Christians". However, there is no historical or scriptural trace of Christians or Christianity either in the New Testament or the first century, in name or religion. The evidence shows that Christians arose no earlier than the second century as an anti-Jewish movement that broke away from the Natsraya (Nazarenes).
The Manuscript EvidenceBoth the New Testament and secular histories had their texts altered to create the impression that Christians / Christianity had a legitimate beginning. In Christian bible translations, Christian appears in three places; Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1 Peter 4:16. The oldest known Greek manuscript of the New Testament is the Sinaiticus, the second oldest is the Vaticanus. Neither of these texts contain the Greek term Christian. However, copies made after these replace the original Greek term XPHCTIAN (CHRESTIAN) with XPICTIAN (CHRISTIAN).
The earliest extant Greek New Testament to explicitly contain the name "Christian" is the Codex Alexandrinus dated ca. 450 c.e. This is just far too late for "Christian" to begin appearing in manuscripts if it were the original term given to followers of the Nazarene Messiah. The appearance of "Christian" in the Greek text is clearly an anachronism which has been paraded as supporting evidence for the Christian name and faith, both of which are counterfeit. In fact, some lineages of Greek manuscripts (Minuscule 81) were still faithfully copying Chrestian up until 1044 c.e. If you think they mean one and the same thing, they don't (See here and here).
Chrestian vs. Christian
has no apparent relation to the word Christian
although they coincidently appear
and sound similar, so much so that during the second century there was some confusion
between the terms. Chrestian comes from the Greek chrestos having the
manners or morals, pleasant, better, useful, beneficial, kind, gracious. Christos on the other hand means to be anointed. These are scans from 'The New
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible'.
Although the Greek in the manuscripts appears in upper case, the
concordance displays these terms in lower case, but the similarities in
appearance can still be observed.
literal translation of Christians
is "anointed men" or
"anointlings". This is far removed from the general meaning of Chrestians which is
"good men". Christians are fond of saying that Christian
means "follower of Christ", as perhaps it
should. That is a platitudinal definition, and it may be the literal
one as found in Strong's Concordance, but it isn't the
one practiced by Christians. In practical terms, a Christian is one who
practices Christianity, just as a Jew practices Judaism, and a Hindu,
It's an inconvenient truth for billions around the world - but the truth nonetheless. What does this tell us? Many things. First and foremost - people worldwide have been lied to and deceived for centuries. Christians as a name did not appear for some 400 to possibly 1000 years after what we've been led to believe reading the bibles we have today. Therefore most, if not all, references made to "Christians" of the early church were in fact meant for the "Nazarenes".
Another obvious fact is that Adventists, Baptists, Catholics, Christians, Episcopalians, Jehovah Witnesses, Pentecostals, Protestants, Methodists, Mormons, etc., in essence ALL Christian religions are nowhere to be found in original scripture. None. It's a FACT no matter how your pastor, priest, reverend or whatever they call themselves try to spin it. You simply won't find any scripture whatsoever where the Messiah or any of His apostles or disciples named by any of the above fabricated names. They are ALL man-made and created by Gentiles of whom the Messiah warns:
"These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles,
and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:" Matthew 10:5
Simple test - look up your "faith" or "religion" in Wikipedia - is the founder God the Father, the Messiah or some man?
If there is an image/photo of some western gentile, it's obviously man-made, counterfeit and undoubtedly setup with an organizational structure that practices nonbiblical doctrines. This should not offend you but rather, make you realize you are not practicing the faith the Son of God taught His disciples. Quite simply, if it's not found in the Original Bible - it's counterfeit, fabricated and man-made. It's amazing how many individuals claim to "live by the Word of God" and it's the last thing they do - instead choosing to follow some man-made religion and keep their pagan, nonbiblical doctrines. STICK TO THE WORD OF THE FATHER AND MESSIAH IN ORIGINAL SCRIPTURE FOR ANSWERS AND FAITH YOU SHOULD FOLLOW - IT'S THE "BIG SECRET" THAT VERY FEW FIGURE OUT OR WILLING TO ACCEPT.
The One True Faith & Sect of the Messiah
Having established that "Christians" are not found in the two earliest known Greek NT bibles, we are left with one sect that is clearly identified in scripture - and they followed the DIRECT instruction of the Messiah the Natsari ("Nazarene") to enter the kingdom of heaven - they were in fact the "Nazarenes" - more correctly, Natsraya who followed "The Way" which is translated as "Doctrine" in English in the the "Aramaic Bible in Plain English" and in Greek, Hodos. The Nazarene Code is in fact, "The Way-Doctrine-Hodos which means keeping the Law of the Creator Father (Law) and giving Testimony of THE Messiah-Natsari-Son of God Himself. I am very proud to say I am a Natsari who follows The Way/Doctrine/Hodos when asked the faith I keep. The original Natsraya faith has absolutely NO association, connection or relationship with "The Way International" nor the Christianized "Nazarenes".
Nazarenes are THE Saints of the Bible
This fact implies that the name "Christians" was insidiously inserted some 400 years - possibly almost 1000 years AFTER the final chapter - the Revelation of Jesus Christ - was written in order to give them credibility and historical legitimacy. So the saints COULD NOT have been Christians. The saints were the ORIGINAL Nazarenes who were called Natsraya - the transliterated Aramaic name for "Nazarene(s)" (see Linguistics) which are NOT to be confused with the modern-day Christianized "Nazarene movement" that DO NOT keep the Torah. Natsraya means God's Watchmen who keep, guard the Torah and Testimony of the Messiah. As you will discover, IT COULD ONLY BE THE NATSRAYA - AND NOT CHRISTIANS from the 1st century whose formation began in Northern Palestine.
The implication behind this is that not a single one of the canonized or recognized "saints" of Roman Catholicism is a true Saint that practiced Lawlessness (non Torah) violating the Word of God as claimed by the Messiah Himself.
Besides the OT prophets and keepers of the Father's Torah (the original 12 tribes of Yisrael who had not yet known the Messiah, it will ONLY BE those whose faith is identical or similar to the ORIGINAL Natsraya who will become Saints in the kingdom of heaven. If you do not believe this read further for the conclusive evidence that will prove this beyond any doubt.
The Messiah WAS NOT the founder of Christianity - It was the Pharisee and Lawless-preaching Sha'ul (Paul). The Son of God founded the Natsraya movement whose premise is based on 2 key elements: Keep the Law (Torah) and the Testimony of the Messiah. No other faith or religion keeps the instruction of the Messiah.
The term "Nazarene" hereinafter refers solely to the original and modern day Natsraya who keep the Torah of the Father and Testimony of the Messiah.
Taught Directly by the Messiah
Natsraya ("Nazarenes") practiced their faith precisely as the Messiah commanded His 12 Apostles to teach: They keep the law (Torah) and have faith in Him as Son of the living God.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20-21
From the words of the Apostle John:
19"We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life." 1 John 5:19
That understanding as He commanded is to Keep the Law of the Father AND Testimony that the Messiah is the Son of God for Eternal Life. This is what distinguished them from those that only kept the Torah.
Natsraya are a faith - not a religion (which is not to be found in the bible). Natsraya are not to be confused with the Christianized, organized, hierarchal Nazarenes of today that believe you are saved by faith alone. All Natsraya are equal brethren - There is no hierarchy, no organization and no priest that one should call "father" (pope is papa meaning father), master, pastor, reverend or rabbi:
8"But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9"Do not call anyone on earth your
father (i.e., papa=pope); for One is your Father, He who is in heaven". Matthew 23:8-9
ONLY the Messiah is our Teacher-Rabbi and ONLY our Creator in heaven is to be called Father. I never knew of this scripture or having been told about it growing up, so I was unwittingly calling priests "Father Michael", "Padre Luis", etc. not too many years back. No more. Recently I sent an email to a "rabbi" of a Messianic congregation in Latin America regarding the nature of the "Godhead" and had addressed him as "hermano" meaning brother. He replied pointing out I should address him as "rabbi". I responded and respectfully corrected him by providing the above scripture - he never replied afterwards.
I know of no congregation or assembly who honors this scripture from the Messiah and is without hierarchical organization so I refuse to attend them and submit to their heresies and teaching false doctrines and false gospels. I'm perfectly fine chatting with like-minded individuals on a one-to-one basis because I know the Messiah is in our presence:
"For where two or three are assembled in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20
Nazarenes are NOT "early Christians"
Natsraya ("Nazarenes") were no more “early Christians” then they were “Messianic Jews”. Put quite simply, Christians DO NOT keep the Torah and Jews DO NOT have faith in the divinity of the Messiah which makes the term, "Jewish Christians" ridiculous at best. Calling Nazarenes “early Christians” implies that they were diamonds in the rough – not having practiced Christianity quite right yet. This label is insulting if not blasphemous when you realize Nazarenes were taught DIRECTLY by the Messiah and His Apostles. The latest moniker for those who keep the Torah and have faith in Jesus are now labeled “Messianic Jews” which are those that most closely follow the faith of the Natsraya. However, many insist on calling God "Yah", "Yahweh" (YHWH) or Jehovah which is a grave error. See the page God's Name to see why. Furthermore, the label "Messianics" is mislabeled. Christians, Jews and Muslims are each messianic in nature – each still awaiting the arrival of their messiah. So this label is both misleading and redundant to say the least. I see no need in creating so many different labels for those who practice the faith of keeping the Torah and testimony of the Messiah when they are already named in the bible as Nazarenes – more appropriately, Natsraya (its original transliterated Aramaic name – see “Linguistics”) plain and simple. There is a stubborn reluctance to call people, places or things by their original, transliterated name and instead entirely new names which loses the richness of their original meaning which is oftentimes twisted to praise a false entity. Recall once again what was mentioned in the Forward section of those who carry the name of the Father and the Son on their Forehead (see God's Name).
The Son of God NEVER told His 12 Apostles or disciples to NOT keep the Torah – in fact, He insisted it. ALL the true Apostles taught the Torah to the new converts other than those who already were keeping it (see here for the proof). The ONLY writer in the bible to teach otherwise was Paul though he kept the Sabbath - the perfect example of the hypocrite Pharisees whom the Messiah knew so well (See the overwhelming evidence proving this fact in Lawless Paul) – it was his anti-Torah “gospel” that would ultimately create Christianity as he made his way to Rome. "Messianics" today who continue to defend Paul fail to see the obvious - if he upheld the Torah - which he called a curse - the entire "Christian world" would be keeping it - but they do not. In fact, they abhor it and claim its "Jewish" when in fact, it was handed down to ALL the tribes of Israel - not just one. It will become conclusively obvious that the Father nor the Messiah had a change of mind when it came to the contrary doctrines Sha'ul (Paul) taught to Gentiles as he made his way to Rome.
3. You Might Be in a Cult If...
- If you keep and follow doctrines and practices other than the Most High's Torah ("Law") - you're in a cult.
- If you do not believe that the Nazarene Messiah was and is the Son of God the Most High - you're in a cult.
- If a Gentile is identified as its "founder" - you're in a cult.
- If your religion's authority leader figure claims to be or is called an Apostle or Prophet(ess) - you're in a cult.
- If your religion celebrates Christmas, Easter or other pagan holidays other than the 7 Biblical Feasts - you're in a cult.
Below are 2 articles providing the origins and background of the Natsraya ("Nazarene") faith which are God's Branches (see Linguistics) and afterwards scriptural references to "Nazarene", "Nazarenes" and "Nazareth" are provided to illustrate their frequency - a total of 53 - in the New Testament. Upon reading scripture, you will note that Yashaya never refers to Himself as a Jew nor do His followers - He is frequently refered to as the Natsari and His followers as Natsraya - Nazarenes in Aramaic. If you notice as you read the New Testament, note how they always refer to Jews as a very separate sect apart from themselves.
Origin of the Natzraya
The Natzraya are a 2000 year old sect of Judaism who take their name from that of their founding rabbi, Yeshua Natzraya (ca. 1 b.c.e. - 33 c.e.), whom they believe is the anointed spiritual deliverer of Israel - the Messiah.Yeshua grew up near the north-west shore of the Sea of Galilee, which is alternately called the Genasaret, Kinneret or the Sea of Tiberias. His village was called Natzrat and was located between the plain of Ginosar and Tel Kinrot.
around the north-west side of the lake was also called Gen
Nasaret, Ginosar, and Kineret alternately. These all refer to the same
place located between Magdala to the south, Keper Nahum
(Capernaum) to the east, and Hana (Cana) to the west. However
the village and synagogue of Natzrat no longer exist. The historical site of
Yeshua's home remains overlooked by
scholars, archaeologists, and tourists alike.
The modern city of Nazareth (pop. 64,500), which lies further west, is not the original home of Yeshua Natzraya and did not exist in his time. That settlement was created in the 4th century after Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, arbitrarily declared a scarcely inhabited hill to be Nazareth. A city was then built around the ancient cemetery of the nearby village of Yaffa. Today, as then, the city is a major tourist attraction and destination for Christian pilgrims.
Surnames were often based upon the name of one's village. If you were from Magdala, your were one of the Magdalaya. If from Keper Nahum, you were one of the Nahumaya. Now if you were from Natzrat, you were one of the Natzraya."And he settled in a town called Natzrat so that something the prophets said might be fulfilled,
that he would be called Natzraya." - Matay (Mathew) 2:23
The designation Natzraya became the namesake of His followers regardless of their origin or residence. This term has been translated into English as Nazarenes, in Arabic as Nasara, in Hebrew as Notzrim, and in Greek as Nadzorayon. In different places and dialects the name Natzraya still survives in various forms even after much religious persecution and assimilation over the centuries.
The greater prophetic significance of the name and purpose is not commonly realized. It represents the restoration of the nation of Israel on a spiritual and moral basis. At a time when the nation was more concerned with their immediate temporal and political salvation from the Roman occupation, Yeshua came to address their need for salvation from themselves. He was leading them into the freedom of a kingdom that was within and between them. His way of eliminating their enemies was to love and convert them. Only once this was achieved could a real and stable kingdom exist.
Concerning the name Gen Nasaret, Gen is most often translated as garden or orchard, and natzar means shoot. Today as in the ancient past, the plain of Ginosar is renowned for the fruit of it's orchards and gardens. The concepts of pruning and grafting were well known to it's inhabitants. The largest and oldest olive trees were harvested for wood used in boat making and other carpentry.
Israel is compared to the life cycle of the olive tree by the prophets.
"Then יהוה said to me, A conspiracy has been discovered among the people of Yahuda and the residents of Aerishalem. They have turned back to the heinous crimes of their forefathers who refused to listen to my words, rather they have gone after other gods to serve them. The House of Aeisrayl and the House of Yahuda have both broken my covenant which I made with their forefathers. [...] יהוה called your name the Green Olive Tree, lovely with good fruit. But now with a violent noise He has broken your branches and set them on fire." - Ærämya (Jeremiah) - 11:9-10,16
The Olive tree is well known for it's incredible ability to send up new shoots, even when the tree has been reduced to a mere stump. This gives the Olive tree a kind of immortality not enjoyed by other species.
"And a stem shall come up out of the stump of Yeshay, and a shoot [Heb. netzer] shall grow out of his roots [...] and in that day there shall be a root of Yeshay, which shall stand as an ensign for the people; the nations will look to it, and his resting place shall be wonderful." - Æshåya (Isaiah) 11:1,10
Yeshua chose twelve men symbolic of the twelve tribes of Israel who were broken off the old tree. The old tree and it's stump represent the old covenant God made with Israel, but through Yeshua, the tree, and thus the covenant, is renewed. It is not a new tree, and thus the covenant literally, but the old being renewed. These twelve new branches would bear much fruit. Because not all of the old branches could be re-attached, branches were cut from uncultured and wild olive trees (non-Jews) and grafted onto the renewed tree to fill it out, so that it would bear an abundance of fruit. These scions are not the natural descendants of Israel but from other nationalities and ethnic groups.
"Again I ask: Have they [the branches of Israel] stumbled that they should fall beyond recovery? By no means! But through their fall, they should be become jealous that salvation has come to the nations. Now if their fall means blessings for the nations, consider what great blessing will result from their reinstatement! But now I am speaking to you who are from the nations, as an emissary to serve the nations, that increase my ministry. If by any means I can cause those of my people to become jealous and save some of them. For if their rejection is reconciliation for the world, what will their acceptance be except life from the dead? Now if the first portion of dough is special then the whole lump is also special, and if the root is special so are the branches. Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot have been grafted in among the others and have become a partaker of the root and the richness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. if you do then consider this: You do not support the root, but rather the root supports you! You might reply: But the branches were broken off because of unfaithfulness, yet you have been established by faith. So do not be arrogant fools, but rather, be respectful. For if the Almighty did not spare the natural branches, He certainly will not spare you. Therefore behold the kindness and the harshness of the Almighty. Upon them that fell harshness, but toward you kindness but only if you continue in the same kindness otherwise you too will be broken off. And if they do not want to remain in their defective faith the Almighty is able to graft them back in as partakers. For if you were cut off from the naturally barbaric olive tree and contrary to what is natural you were grafted into the cultivated olive tree, how much more easily will the natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree?" - Romans 11:11-24
Although commonly referred to as a "sect of Judaism", in light of their true significance, the Natzraya do not consider "sect" to be an appropriate description. They believe that they are the only legitimate Israel with a covenant in good standing. Other sects of Judaism which have broken the covenant are considered to be those branches which were broken off, and therefore are not part of the living tree.
They do not
believe, as most Jewish sects, that ordinary repentance
alone is good enough to restore one's relationship with the Almighty,
noting the fact that some sins can only be purged by blood, and by
that, death. That blood and death being realized in the spending of
Yeshua the innocent to redeem the guilty. By this they understand that
only what then is spiritually born again in character can be considered
innocent and free of corruption, just like the new shoot coming up from
Who are The Natzraya?
The Natzraya are a 2000 year old sect of Judaism who take their name from that of their founding rabbi, Yeshua Natzraya (ca. 1 b.c.e. - 33 c.e.), whom they believe is the anointed spiritual deliverer of Israel - the Messiah.
Although commonly referred to as a "sect of Judaism", in
light of their true significance, the Natzraya do not consider "sect"
to be an appropriate description. They believe that they are the only
legitimate Israel with a covenant in good standing. Other sects of
Judaism which have broken the covenant are considered to be those
branches which were broken off, and therefore are not part of the
The surname of Yeshua the Mashiha, and of his followers is best represented in English by Natzraya, however over time and through various dialects and languages the name has also been variable written as; Natzaraya, Ntsaraya, Natsraya, Nazarenes, Nazareans, Natsarenes, Nasoreans, Nazoreans, Natzarenes, Notzari, Notzarim, Notzri, Notzrim, Natzari, Natzarim, Natsari, Natsarim, Nadzorean, Nasara, Nasrani, Natzar, Netzer, Netzerim, Netzrim, Netzari, Netzarim, Nitzrim, Natsrim, Netseri, Nadzsorayn, Natzaray, etc. In the Talmud we are referred to as Notzrim and in the Quran as Nasar
נצריא from the root word נצר (Ar. nätzär, Hb. nëtzër) n-tz-r from the key letter צ tzade.
Natzraya is a plural term to describe an inclusive group of Natzari people. A single male is called a Natzar or Natzari, and a single female a Natzrati. A group of exclusive Natzari women are called Natzrayn. An exclusive group of Natzari men are called Natzraya.
Although the name Natzraya may seem foreign to many, it is the surname of Yeshua the Mashiha, and it occurs at least 21 times in the New Testament. However it appears only once or twice in most Christian versions of the New Testament. This is why when Christians are asked, the majority can not recall their saviour's surname, the name of his sect, nor correctly identify his religion.
Christian translators have expunged the name Natzraya
wherever possible by altering or replacing it with neutered terms like
"Nazareth" or "Galilee" that do not legitimize the sect of the same
name. This could be due to the fact that the Natzraya were counted as a
heretical cult by early Christian theologians such as Ignatius and
Epiphanius who rejected the name Natzraya and their beliefs. Epiphanius
treats the people and the name with comtempt when he appears to create
a pun comparing the Natzraya to crickets (also called natzraya) that
should be "squashed".
Another meaning of natzar is to keep, guard, observe, etc. When this meaning is used sometimes the spelling is slightly altered to natar to distinguish the two. In this form, the name also occurs a little more covertly in other places such as Revelation 1:3 where those who keep or guard the words of the prophecy are referred to in the Aramaic text "Natrayan" whom the letter is apparently addressed to.
You may be surprised of how frequently the word Nazarene(s) appears in the Bible. If you read it with eyes wide open, you will see that they clearly distinguished themselves from Jews - they simply didn't consider themselves to be one and the same sect. Read the NT and you will discover how Yashaya and His disciples had to run and escape from their clutches.
Nazarenes NEVER called themselves nor were they called Christians - they simply were not this sect that abandoned the Torah because of the Lawless teaching of the Pharisee Sha'ul (Paul). As a matter of historical fact, the two earliest bibles, DO NOT contain the name "Christians" as noted in the Home Page.
If you have read Linguistics, you will have realized that a Nazarene in its original meaning, Natsraya, was a BRANCH who was a KEEPER (likewise a Guardian or Watchman) of the Torah. It had nothing to do with citizenship to Nazareth. This is easily proven by the fact that Nazareth was a tiny hamlet, and most of the followers, including the Pharisee Paul, were NOT from Nazareth - yet they were all called Nazarenes (Acts 24:5). Why? They kept The Nazarene Code - they followed the Way of Yashaya and kept the Torah (Acts 24:14). Here's the link to every bible interpretation: http://biblehub.com/acts/24-14.htm (Note the "GOD'S WORD Translation" version)
1. "Nazarene" in scripture
2. "Nazarenes" in scripture
3. "Nazareth" in scripture
There are 19 references to (the) Nazarene (Natsari) in the Bible:
1. Mark 16:6 "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus ...
"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. ...
When she saw Peter warming himself, she looked closely at him. "You also were with that Nazarene, Jesus," she said. ...
and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene ...
... saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? ... saying, Eh! what have we to do with thee, Jesus, Nazarene? ...
... When he heard that it was Jesus the Nazarene, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me ...
... "Jesus the Nazarene," they replied. ... Their answer was, Jesus the Nazarene. ...
... Once more he asked them, "Who are you looking for?" And again they replied, "Jesus the Nazarene ... And they said, Jesus the Nazarene. ...
... It was written, "JESUS THE NAZARENE, THE KING OF THE JEWS." ... ...
... "'Who are you, lord?' I asked. "And the voice replied, 'I am Jesus the Nazarene, the one you are persecuting ...
... "People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well know. ...
... And He said to them, "What things?" And they said to Him, "The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God ...
... Ah! what have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Nazarene? art thou come to destroy us? ... saying, Eh! what have we to do with thee, Jesus, Nazarene? ...
... world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect ..... ...
... In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!" ... ...
... Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified ...
... And when he had gone out into the doorway, another saw him and says to those who were there, This man was with Jesus the Nazarene. ...
... They told him that Jesus the Nazarene was going by. ... "Jesus the Nazarene is passing by," they told him. ...
... for we have heard him say that this Nazarene, Jesus, will destroy this place and alter the customs which Moses handed down to us ...
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There is 1 reference to Nazarenes (Natsraya) in the Bible:
1. Acts 24:5 "We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring ... ... He is a ringleader of the cult known as the Nazarenes. .... ...
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There are 33 references to Nazareth (Nasrat) in the Bible:
1. John 1:46 "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael ...
..... Nazareth! Can ... "Nazareth!" exclaimed Nathanael. "Can ...
and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled ... So the family went and lived in a town called Nazareth. This fulfilled what ...
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. ... Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. ...
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. ...
At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. ...
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, .... ...
The crowds answered, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee." ... ...
Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali ...
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. ...
how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil ...
"I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. ...
For we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and change the customs Moses handed down to us ...
They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by." ... ...
"Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? ...
then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that ...
"What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? ... "Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? ...
Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. ...
"'Who are you, Lord?' I asked. "'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,' he replied. ...
"Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a ... "Men of Israel, listen to what I say: Jesus from Nazareth was a man whom God brought to your attention. ...
"What things?" he asked. "About Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. ... "The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth," they said. ...
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me ...
"Jesus of Nazareth," they replied. ... They answered him, "Jesus from Nazareth." Jesus told them, "I am he." Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with the crowd. ...
Again he asked them, "Who is it you want?" And they said, "Jesus of Nazareth." ... ...
found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about
in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of ...
When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. ...
... In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." ... ...
Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, "This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth ...
... but the angel said, "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn't here! ... You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. ...
... and noticed Peter warming himself at the fire. She looked at him closely and said, "You were one of those with Jesus of Nazareth ...
... Jesus left that part of the country and returned with his disciples to Nazareth, his hometown. ...
... God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and because God was with him, he went around doing good and healing everyone who was ...
... He returned to Nazareth, his hometown. When he ...
... After the celebration was over, they started home to Nazareth, but Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents didn't miss him ...
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