Alternative media and the truth movement lately is looking more and more like a cesspit of lies, hate, and discontent than like minded individuals working together to find truth and expose lies. It’s a little astonishing because a large percentage of the truth movement are professing Christians. What gives?
It has become evident that there are those in a position of influence that are using their platform to deceive and advance their own agenda. Now I realize that I am standing on a platform myself and could be accused of the very same thing. Let me say that I gain nothing from saying what I am about say, except for maybe an epic tongue lashing from some who will read this. I get no money, perks, special treatment…nothing from this. My soul purpose is to share the truth and expose the lies and in some cases the liars.
Let me begin with a LITTLE statement of faith: I believe in the Bible and never use it without a concordance handy. Every version contains a few translation errors. I believe Jesus Christ is the son of the Most High God come in the flesh to be a sacrifice for our redemption from sin and the law. I believe we should always be led by the Holy Spirit over the voice of a man or religious doctrine.
Over the last year or so RevelationNow has covered some of the lying tactics used by alternative media personalities like Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann to elicit fear in their audiences for the purpose of selling dooms day preparation merchandise and precious metals.
For example they warn their audience that an economic collapse is eminent, their currency will then be worthless and precious metals are the only way to avert personal financial disaster. Steve Quayle conveniently sells precious metals and is happy to help you avert this imminent financial crisis.
This is not a new tactic and most people can spot a con like this in a New York minute. The problem is that these men come in the name of the Most High and entice the audience, which is often Christian, with scripture and\or the looming threat of unfulfilled apocalyptic prophecy being fulfilled NOW. For whatever reason most of the audience take these men at their word and because they profess to be Christian brothers they must be legitimate.
Well they aren’t legitimate, they are con men and spiritual abusers. Unfortunately, the truth movement has seen quite an infiltration of these sort of deceivers. The one that seems to be picking up the most steam at the moment is the Hebrew Roots Movement and its offshoots.
Hebrew Roots is religious doctrine that teaches once an individual is born again, they should start practicing parts of the Levitical law in order to demonstrate your love for the Most High and to keep ones salvation. Seems innocuous enough, but this teaching in not scriptural and is warned against in the New Testament. We will get into the nuts and bolts of this in a moment.
There are couple individuals in particular, Rob Skiba and his cohort in crime Doug Hamp, who are leaders in this movement that are especially concerning. Rob Skiba’s tactics are similar to Hagmann & Quayle’s. You see many of the people who have stumbled upon Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann did so on their search for truth and greater understanding of end times eschatology. Often this involves the study of giants or Nephilim alluded to in Genesis 6.
Interestingly, both Steve Quayle & Rob Skiba have published books and extensive web content on the subject of Nephilim. They both are very well researched on the topic, and they sound very smart and trustworthy since they both appear to be such diligent scholars on the matter.
This facade draws the audience in to find out more about these men and their beliefs. The topic of Nephilim is, after all, a Biblical topic and someone who knows so much about such an obscure topic as Nephilim should inherently know a great deal about other Biblical topics. This is where things take a pretty sharp southward turn. These gentlemen specialize in fringe topics that do little or nothing to encourage an individuals faith and spiritual development. Topics such as Nephilim, flat earth, economic collapse and societal breakdown serve to distract away from growing in relationship with Christ.
These guys are like a clown brigade distracting you away from Christ knocking on the door of your heart, to their circus shenanigans. I am all for being informed and awake, but what are we awakening to?
Once the audience has been distracted and drawn in by the Christian-ease spoken by these types and their appearance of scholarship, they assume that everything else these men say and believe must naturally be true and then jump on the bandwagon. They ride along without ever questioning the direction or the soundness of the wagon. The devotee’s desire for truth has been exploited. These men are cult leaders and use fringe topics like Nephilim, the New World Order, and the Flat Earth Theory to lure unsuspecting truth seekers.
Once on their websites, you tube channels, Facebook pages, etc. the truth seekers are drawn in by the plethora of information available. With so much information who needs to do their own research? These predators have already done it for you. They are preying on the weak and banking on the idea that you will be so busy with the information they have available that you won’t take the time or even imagine the need to look into these men’s background and doctrine.
Rob Skiba’s band wagon has most recently begun drifting through the uncharted territory of the flat earth theory. It’s astounding how this theory has taken the truth movement by storm. The flat earth theory is a psy-op pure and simple. None-the-less it is sucking in truth seekers left and right. His followers have stuck with him and defend him and his theories and doctrines passionately no matter how ridiculous the claims. He is taking advantage of those who look to him for truth.
I am aware that some RevelationNow readers are Rob Skiba followers and adhere to his Torah keeping doctrines, so please hear me out. I mean you no disrespect, and I understand your journey may have been a little different that what I’ve described. Please know that I bring this information to you in love and with a desire to reveal the truth.
Scripture speaks very plainly about the Levitical law and what it’s purpose is\was. Those who teach any doctrine that requires a believer to keep the Levitical law or the Torah either after salvation or to obtain salvation have wrongly interpreted scripture and have not rightly divided the word of truth. These are false teachings just like the prosperity gospel or the greasy grace gospel or any other variety of the gospel you would like to plug in here.
Scripture teaches that Christ came to fulfill the law. Christ himself said that the greatest commandments are to love God and love others.
Mark 12:28-31 (ESV)
The Great Commandment
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Matthew 22:35-40 (ESV)
35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
The Apostle Paul also echoed these sentiments:
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
As well as the Apostle John:
John 14:15 (ESV)
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
1 John 3:22-23 (ESV)
22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment,that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
These verses are often contorted to mean the commandments being referenced are the Levitical law, but 1 John 3:23 plainly states which laws are being referenced. The fact is that a great many scriptures have either been ignored or twisted to make these Hebrew Roots doctrines appear to have some semblance of truth.
Let’s take a look at what the Apostle Paul has to say about these doctrines and the Judaizers of his time who infiltrated the gentile churches.
Paul’s response to these infiltrators was very stern and leaves no question in the mind of the reader regarding the issue of circumcision and justification by law versus justification by grace through faith:
Galatians 5:1-12 (ESV)
Christ Has Set Us Free
5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified[a] by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness.6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
11 But if I, brothers,[b] still preach[c] circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
The greek word for emasculate in verse 12 is apokoptō, which means to amputate; reflexively (by irony) to mutilate (the privy parts):- cut off.
The Apostle Paul was so irritated with these Law promoters that he wished they would cut off their own male genitals. These are some pretty strong words and should leave no one wondering how he felt about the Levitical law being forced on gentile believers.
The Hebrew Roots advancers teach that our salvation is obtained by grace through faith but after salvation we should follow certain aspects of the law to show our love for the Most High. They will also contend this is not a salvation issue, but in the next breathe say if you don’t practice the law, then Christ will say to you at judgement, “depart from me, I never knew you.” For those who are new believers or unstudied in scripture, these could be very persuasive words. Albeit untrue. These are doctrines of men, some even contend doctrines of demons.
On numerous occasions I have witnessed Torah keeping believers accusing other believers of licentious attitudes concerning sin. Christ delineated the behavior of the righteous in the sermon on the mount which actually takes the law one step further. The law says an eye for an eye, Christ said turn the other cheek. The law said thou shalt not commit adultery, Christ said that even looking at a women with lust in your heart is adultery. The law said thou shalt not steal and if you do the penalty to pay is pretty high. Christ said if someone sues you for your cloak, give him your shirt too. So on and so forth. So, abiding by the law of love is a much taller order than adhering to the law. The law of love does not equal licentious living the way many Torah keepers would like you to believe.
Obeying the law of love requires that you deny yourself for the interest of others. The Levitical law hints at this, but it is more of a justice system than anything else.
Another argument used by the Hebrew Roots adherents is that Christ obeyed the Levitical law during his life on earth and so should we. Christ said that he came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17). I’m not sure how Christ would fulfill the law if he didn’t live by it. That is just silly, he wouldn’t be able to gain many Jewish followers either if he didn’t live by the law. Christ summed up the law though in the two great commandments mentioned above.
Scripture does indicate that it was\is permissible for the Jewish believers to continue in there Levitical traditions although it is not required. For Jews it is a matter of culture. Likewise, gentiles do not keep the Levitical law as matter of culture. In the first century church gentiles knew nothing of the Levitical law until the infiltrators introduced it and required them to be circumcised. Can you imaging being a gentile in those times and being told it is required to get circumcised to keep your salvation. Lots of fellas would have chosen hell at that point. Some of this just comes down to common sense.
Acts 15:1-29 (ESV)
The Jerusalem Council
15 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. 3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria,describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.[a] 4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. 5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”
6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, 9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith. 10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? 11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
12 And all the assembly fell silent, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the Gentiles. 13 After they finished speaking, James replied, “Brothers, listen to me.14 Simeon has related how God first visited the Gentiles, to take from them a people for his name. 15 And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written,
16 “‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant[b] of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by my name, says the Lord, who makes these things 18 known from of old.’
19 Therefore my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the Gentiles who turn to God, 20 but should write to them to abstain from the things polluted by idols, and from sexual immorality, and from what has been strangled, and from blood.
The Apostle Peter and Paul in their dealings with this matter referred to keeping the law as a yoke of bondage or slavery. Both Apostles also explained that salvation is by grace through faith. The only “laws” given to the gentiles are listed in verse 20 above. This should not be interpreted as a license to sin but rather freedom in Christ to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling (Phillipians 2:12). Christ;s work on the cross was to free us from the bondage of sin and the law. Why on earth would we want to enslave ourselves to it again. In my opinion the Hebrews roots doctrines and any other form of legalism makes light of the blood of Christ and Crucifies him anew. We need to accept his gift of grace by faith and let it transform our hearts unto good works.
Keeping the Torah requires one to focus on works of the flesh. If we are focused on works of the flesh how can we effectively focus on Christ? Essentially, this is a form of idolatry. The Most High is concerned more with us drawing near to him with our hearts, then our actions. This is why he called the Pharisees white washed tombs and said, “you honor me with your lips, but your heart is far from me” (Matthew 15:8).
A believer’s transformation should begin from the inside. And our focus should be putting on the mind of Christ and walking according the spirit. When our energy is devoted to spiritual mindedness and living according to the spirit and the law of love, the natural result is good deeds. When we attempt this change from the outside through works of the flesh and the law, corruption and self righteousness are the result. The Pharisees are an excellent example of this. Christ was not pleased with the Pharisees, and they were ultimately responsible for his crucifixion.
Matthew 23:27-28 (ESV)
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Many of the Torah Keepers are a prime example of a corrupted heart as the result of a works based mentality. In nearly every conversation with one of these individuals I’ve left feeling mistreated and beaten up. They behave this way to anyone who doesn’t see eye-to-eye with them. There is no love, only vitriol.
Chief among those who mistreat among the Torah keepers is non other than Rob Skiba himself. He does not tolerate the opinion of anyone who diagrees with him. I have witnessed him verberally attack his opposition numerous times in regard to Torah keeping and the flat earth theory. His follwers often join in on the verbal tongue lashing and leave the opposition fairly battered and bruise. This sort of behavior is commonly known as cyber bullying. It is a method of intimidation typically employed by bullies. It is reprehensible and not the mark of a believer. This does not apply to every Torah Keeper, as I know a few who are as sweet and kind as could be. However, a great many of them produce poison fruit full of venom. This is contrary to the way Christ taught us to behave and is a result of being law minded instead of Christ minded.
I have personally interacted with Rob Skiba briefly on Facebook. It was only brief because he would not answer why he was teaching false doctine, he just blocked me. This behavior speaks volumes about intent.
On a side note this is also one the hallmarks of Steve Quayle. Anyone who questions him in any way gets verbally lambasted. Certainly we all make mistakes, but this is a pattern of behavior for these gentlemen.
Galatians 5:16-23 (ESV)
Keep in Step with the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Romans 8:6-8 (ESV)
6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. 7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
In closing, seeking truth is a very commendable thing to do. We live in a time when truth has been exchanged for a lie. Very few have any idea the level of deception we have been inundated with. Those that come to this realization often desire to seek the truth.
Unfortunately, they are met with a barrage of disinformation on their search. They may encounter elements of the truth but are often mixed with lies. This is where being led by the Holy Spirit is of the utmost importance. Understanding scripture and being able to sort truth from lies against scripture is necessary.
No one has the corner on the truth market, and none of the truth movement personalities have any information that you can’t find on your own with a little willingness to seek the truth, think for yourself, employ some common sense, and above all be led by the Holy Spirit.
If you are currently following these doctrines, I hope that you will prayerfully consider what has been presented here and let the Holy Spirit guide you to truth. If you are considering following these doctrines, I hope that you will ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and do your homework before making a decision.
I am exposing this false teaching because I love you and want you to experience the freedom that we have in Christ and not be enslaved to the yoke of bondage that the law can be. The father loves you and wants your heart more than anything else. Please prayerfully consider these words. Peace be with you.
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