NEW REVISED EDITION! (Thinner & Lighter than previous Editions) The Eth CEPHER is a comprehensive restoration of sacred scripture that -Sets forth . The Hebrew word eth (את) means divine and the Hebrew word cepher means Includes all of the 81 books previously canonized as the Bible, plus another 6. Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a.
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Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ i.
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Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God i. Thus we reject man-made religion that makes up a great majority of Judaism and Christianity today.
In the passage I read in the opening of this episode, Colossians 2, Shaul i. Some refer to this issue as Asceticism which is the adoption of man-made practices and protocols as a means of achieving some greater spiritual power or advantage or some greater degree of revelatory understanding apart and above others. As we can see here in verse 16, Paul admonishes the Colossian Assembly to not be put off by those who would pass judgment upon them in how they consumed food and drink, or how they welcomed the renewed moon each month or how they celebrated the weekly Sabbath and the Feast Days.
Those who dared to pass judgment upon the Assembly over such things as the consumption of food, drink; the celebration of the Feasts and observances of the Sabbath and the renewed renewed moon were essentially establishing their own methods of righteousness that they were pompously applying to and demanding of others to follow.
Now this is contrary to how Churchianity reads and understands this passage. Churchianity sees this passage as Shaul putting forth the erroneous doctrine that the Torah has been done away with and furthering the false, hijacked doctrine of grace.
This was the embodiment of Judaism and Kabbalahism. Although some might view such an endeavor as noble and admirable, to Father, asceticism and other man-made religious demands that the establishment loves to place upon the people is not what He has ever instructed us to do. He gave us His instructions and commandments and precepts as well as He sent His Son to model for us how we are to live out those commandments, precepts and instructions.
Nevertheless, the great prophet Isaiah wrote: That, my friends, is a prescription for disaster. The plumb-line, however, is when these individuals insist that others follow their ascetic ways—follow their religiousness—and then condemn those who refuse to follow suit. As I prayerfully put together this episode of Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections, we find ourselves at the 4th-day of the 12th-Biblical Month. The renewed moon was sighted over the land of Israel this past Tuesday evening, signaling the start of the 12th month, also known as the month of Adar.
Looking ahead on the Biblical Calendar, we are at a critical cross-roads in terms of upcoming Feasts and Festivals. Purim of course is not one of the 7-mandated Feasts or moedim of Yahovah, so we are not necessarily compelled to actively observe the day.
However, there are tremendous spiritual applications to be gained from looking at this Hebrew Festival that I will be examining in the next Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections episode. But now is the time for us to start preparing for the Spring Feasts of Yahovah and not wait till the last minute.
It promises to be a great time of fellowship and teaching that hopefully if you are so inclined and led, I would highly encourage you consider attending this event.
Hilary and I will be attending along—Yahovah willing—with a few others from our Sabbath fellowship. I will put the link to this event in the show-notes for your convenience and reference. Allow me to now turn to a rather frustrating issue that you may or may not be able to identify with. This will be the only point of thought and reflection for this episode. This issue has captured my attention this Sabbath and I am compelled to share it with you. I had actually started preparing other content to reflect upon for this episode, but I have been led to table that content for the next sharing opportunity.
The Cepher Bible–A Violation of Torah? Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections 46
Thank you nible advance for your attention and patience with me as I discuss this issue. As with any other episode of Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections, I welcome your comments and feedback. As some of you may know, over the last few year, our community has been elated of sorts, over the production of a bible called the Cepher.
I had heard about this bible late last year when a couple members of our Sabbath fellowship brought this enormous bible to one of our fellowship sessions. I was awestruck by the size of this thing.
bbile When I asked my brother what in the world that thing was, he commented of course that it was the Cepher Bible that restored the sacred names of the Father and Son to the books of the Bible as well as added the apocryphal books to its canon.
The Cepher Bible can boasts about some relatively important things about it its content and make-up that were once not available to nible of our community: For those of you who have been avid bible students for any length of time, you will be familiar with the Deuterocanonical aka the second books and the Apocryphal books aka the secret or hidden books that were originally contained in the King James Bible, the Oxford Bible and other earlier versions of biblee Bible.
And 4the books contained therein were now placed in their proper order—the order they are believed to have been written. Needless to say I had to have this bible and eventually I made connections to secure 2-copies of this bible: I was overly excited to finally ceoher the bibles.
Cepheer thing is so big and voluminous that to get any good use from it you would have to use tabs to mark the start of each book in the bible; otherwise you may spend a great deal of time searching for a blble passage—not to mention that the books are not in the order that we are familiar with in our present day Protestant Bibles.
So soon after receiving the bibles, I spent a great deal of time affixing book tabs to both bibles. Still I was jazzed to have this resource and I began to reference it in my research and preparations for this program and in my daily Torah studies. Apart from its awkwardness as a usable book—that is its size and biboe initially had just two areas of criticism: And 2the Cepher writers and editors used the name Yahuah and Yahusha to denote or refer to the Father and Son respectively.
The problem is that their rationale does not hold true for the entirety of their work—staying true to the best extant manuscripts for their translation, that is.
Nevertheless, running across this throughout the text was a bit annoying, but again, I could live with it. Little did I know that over the last several months, members of our Hebrew Roots community began discovering some interesting things about this Bible that would ultimately lead to cepherr questioning the validity of this Bible for our community.
It is these discoveries and questions about the Cepher Bible that I am thinking and reflecting upon as the primary focus of this episode. I hible have the 2nd Edition of this Bible. Apparently the 1st edition has been out for a number of years, so the Cepher is not a brand new Bible, to say the least. But suffice to say, I have come across at least two areas of concern regarding this Bible that have given me cause for pause and question: But like one individual I recently came across on a YouTube recording said of the Cepher, if the developers and translators working on the Cepher are willing to alter the Philippians passage to say what they want it to say in order that it match their personal religious beliefs or doctrines, what other passages in the Holy Writ have they taken liberty with?
Certainly, given the size of this thing, it may take some time to find the answer to that question. As a disciple and teacher of the Bible, I believe it to have been one of the greatest services to be inclusive of the writings that have shaped the faith of true believers for more than years — without the exclusions of books and proper Names that have been slanted by Councils, self-serving individuals and Societies for hundreds of years…The scholarship and literary inclusion found in the Cepher is, to my knowledge, the best available in one volume to the Disciple today.
I personally recommend the Cepher for study to show oneself approved, properly dividing the Word of Truth. Pastor Emeritus, West Valley Fellowship. Assuming this is the case, how would one then explain the rationale behind altering a passage of scripture such as Philippians 2: The only answer that comes readily to my mind is that the developers and bkble and translators of the Cepher intentionally took liberties with their bigle of this passage—and God only knows what other passages—for purposes of influencing their readers and advancing their own agenda and doctrinal stance.
Is this indeed the case however? The King James Version reads: The New American Standard Version reads: The English Standard Version reads: That is a topic that I have not been led to discuss at this juncture—maybe sometime in the future. The point is the perceived brazen intentional hubris of the editors and writers and translators of the Cepher Bible to translate Philippians 2: Interestingly, the Cepher folks did not alter these support verses, but allowed them to remain consistent with other translations.
In other words, they chose not to tamper with these verses as they did with Philippians. But consider what this same editor says after putting forth these support verses on the Cepher website:. As a Faith community, we already have enough credibility problems with the rest of the world. And quite frankly, I personally believe the Cepher will only add to our already existing woes.
Simply put my friends, the Cepher is problematic and quite conceivably a violation of Torah. Not just because of the divinity issue that they bring up in their blatant support of their intentional translation alteration, which is beside the point. The reason the Cepher is a problem and conceivably a violation of Torah is that the Cepher is adding to and altering that which Father instructed us not to add to His Word, especially adding to His Torah—Deuteronomy 4: I will concede that this commandment pertained primarily to the Torah.
However, when we look at how all the remaining books of the Bible point back to Torah, we can not take for granted the care that must be taken when transmitting the whole of the Bible. This type of behavior can not stand and we in Hebrew Roots, regardless where we individually stand on this issue of the divinity celher our Master, should not; can not; must not support such a publication—we must ceppher out against it and that is what I am doing here today my friends.
This Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections has by no means pleased me to deliver. As Hebrew Rooters, our entire existence rests upon the purity and accuracy of the Holy Scriptures. We have no time for cephher liberal and backstabbing behavior as I believe is being perpetrated through the production of the Cepher Bible.
So please, before you go out and purchase the Cepher Bible, give the content of this Sabbath Thoughts and Reflections some serious prayerful consideration.
Could you please post a clearand readable screenshot of Bbible Unfortunately, the Cepher is in hardbound form and I do not have access to an electronic copy. Holy Father, guard them by your name, the same name which you have given me, that they may be yachad cephee we are. I thank you for your thoughts concerning the Cephet Book.
I too was excited when I recently learned of its publication. However, I feel you have raised an important and profound reason for deciding against its purchase at this time. I thank you for that, and for the old testament prayer you gave at the end of your audio message.
It always gives me peace to hear it spoken. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement John. I want u to always know that the world will never agree with any one that stand for the truth. Honestly i desire a copy of eth cepher, i cannot afford it now becos of the price which is about 75, NGN. We stand in stark opposition to each other in this. I would guess that half of our community believe what you do.
It was purely my views on the heretical attempt of the Cepher folks to manipulate the manuscripts we have of the Bible to reflect their personal beliefs. The Holy Writ has been tempered with enough over the centuries. When will we stop doing that. Each of us will interpret the Scriptures according to our denominational, educational, experiential, worldview bent. Few of us are able to release ourselves and go with the literal interpretation of the Bible, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Cepher folks have chosen to take that opportunity away from her readers.