Are We Karaites...?
...because we keep the annual Feasts by the observational, Torah-based calendar?
Some seem to think that the answer is yes, and that under what they call a "new vision for unity", disfellowshipping everyone who doesn't hold to their views concerning the calendar is in order. Some also seem to think that the calendar given in the literal PASHAT of the Torah is "Karaite Kraziness", as they call it, and label their own teachings as "prophetic calls", and those who disagree with them as "anti-Semetic", "arrogant", "ignorant" and "paramount to rejecting the faith" for rejecting what they call the "traditions of the fathers", which is a euphemism for the Talmud. Believe it or not, all of these claims, in various forms, have appeared in our email inbox in the course of the last several months. Last week we addressed the subject of the Lawgiver, and so this week we will respond to the accusation that because we are keeping the Moedim (or Feast days) a month earlier than rabbinical Judaism this year, that we are "Karaites". Are these accusations true, or are those directing them, in fact, false prophets, stealthily leading people away from the PASHAT (plain-literal) teachings of YAHSHUA and towards rabbinical Judaism instead? What does the Torah say regarding the calendar?
The lunation (or month/moonth), in turn, begins with the new or renewed moon.
Now what about a "first-day Shavuoth" (or Pentecost), which some have went so far as to label a form of "sun-worship"? Is this true, or are they profaning the things which YHWH has commanded and set-apart?
By the same line of unfounded reasoning which claims that following YHWH's clear-cut commands in these passages constitutes "sun-worship", one must also conclude that following YHWH's clear-cut commands in Shemoth/Exodus 20:8-11 is "worship of saturn/satan"!!! Will we follow the plain-literal PASHAT of these passages or adhere to the rabbinical and "lunar sabbath" interpretwistations instead?
Sadly, however, some Messianic teachers have went so far as to claim that "receiving their (the Karaites) instruction (actually referring to our observance of the Torah-based calendar) is paramount to denying the faith".
So are we Karaites because, like them, we keep the observational, Torah-based calendar? Or are we Jewish because, like them, we keep the seventh day Shabbat? Or better yet, are we Christians because, like them, we also uphold the deity of the Messiah???
We at JoyInTheWorld.info have major concerns regarding the ever closer association of certain key-Messianic teachers with the Karaites. And while we in no way doubt these Messianic brothers sincerity, at the same time we see the Karaites long-term goal -- including Nehemia Gordon and his book, "The Hebrew Yeshua Vs. The Greek Jesus" -- undoubtedly being to lead people to denial of Yahshua's divinity, and from there to denial of his Messiahship. WE SIMPLY CANNOT LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HEBREW YAHSHUA FROM ONE WHO DENIES THAT HE IS THE MESSIAH, even if they do have some insights into some of his teachings. Just as we have concerns with Messianics flocking to the Karaites, however, the ever closer association of certain key-Messianic and Two-house teachers with the traditional Jewish rabbis and the Talmud is equally disturbing, for the fact remains that if the non-believing rabbis were truly YHWH's ordained Torah authorities, then we would have to do EVERYTHING they say, including the ban on the pronunciation of the Name, the myriads of halachic restrictions for Shabbat, the implementation of seperate kitchens for milk and meat, the wearing of side-locks, naming of months after pagan Babylonian deities, etc. and, of course, ultimately the rejection of YAHSHUA as Messiah. To claim that the rabbis are YHWH's appointed lawgivers, and then repeatedly disobey everything they say except the calendar, is hopelessly inconsistent.
We cannot, however, repudiate Judaism's preservation of the written Torah, even as we cannot repudiate the calendar system in observance among the Karaites, when, in all respects, it is much truer to the PASHAT interpretation of the Torah which YAHWEH gave.
But as for the majority:
May the RUACH HAKODESH be poured out upon you this Shavuoth (Pentecost), and fill you with the Spirit of MASHIYACH, and the message of ABBA YAHWEH's truth, as He has promised.
Blessings and Shabbat shalom,
Bro. MattithYah Coover
Post Office Box 7
Shippensburg, PA 17257 USA