Saul was a Pharisee and persecuted the early Torah observant believers in YAHUSHUA the Jewish King.
Note: It was the Pharisees who, because of their added instructions to the Torah, considered YAHUSHUA a false Messiah and pushed for His crucifixion. It was these added instructions of the Pharisees to YaHuWaH 's written Torah which blinded the spiritual eyes of the Pharisees to the reality of the perfect human Torah, the Messiah, who stood before them for examination. The Pharisees had been spiritually blinded by disobeying a specific instruction in the Torah Deuteronomy 4:2 'not to add to, or dimminish from', the word of YaHuWaH .
Saul was unsuccessful in his zealous persecution of the Torah observant believers. As a result these early Jewish Messianic believers continued to increase in numbers.
Saul then said that he had had a 'vision' and called himself Paul the Apostle. But he preached not for, but against, the social laws and against the social system of the Torah. He preached against material independence, against social security, against freedom from oppression and exploitation. Most people don't realize that what Paul preached against are the freedoms and outstanding qualities inherent in the written Torah that was given by YaHuWaH.
The Messiah said "if the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed." YAHUSHUA the Messiah is identified in John 1:1 as the Word, the living Torah of YaHuWaH . The main thrust of Messiah's teaching was to embed the Torah into the believer's heart.
Paul's teachings turn people away from the Torah, directly contradicting the instructions of both YaHuWaH the Father and YAHUSHUA the Son. These two witnesses, the Father (Deut. 13:1-5) and the Son (Matt. 19:17, John 5:43, Rev. 2:14, Rev. 2:20, Rev. 22:14), declare Paul to be a false prophet.
Paul preached the political ideology of an oppressive establishment which exploited the populace unhindered. His teachings require believers in Messiah to obey oppressive ungodly governments who themselves want to be 'god' in place of YaHuWaH .
The fruit of Paul's teachings: One government has removed bible reading and prayer from schools and replaced those virtues with instruction in homosexual perversion. The christians of this nation follow Paul's teachings and humbly and silently submit to what appears to be an oppressive dictatorship. The death of this society will be the fruit of Paul's teachings.
"By their fruits you shall know them", YAHUSHUA Messiah.
The fact is that Paul has been elevated to god status in place of the real God in the hearts of most Christians. Repent!
Genesis 49:27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
The newly born again sheep, born of YAHUSHUA the Word (Torah) of YaHuWaH , are devoured (separated from YaHuWaH their Father) by believing certain cunning words of Paul the Benjamite Pharisee, a wolf disguised as a sheep.
Similarities Between Israel's King Saul and Paul
King Saul of the tribe of Benjamin was Israel's first king. If King Saul had continued in obedience to the commands of YaHuWaH , the future kings of Israel may have issued from the lineage of Benjamin instead of national leadership being transferred to David and the lineage of the tribe of Judah. But King Saul was rejected from being King over Israel because of his disobedience to the comamnds of of YaHuWaH .
Paul (Saul) of the tribe of Benjamin is considered christianity's great Apostle. But because of his teaching of disobedience to the commands of YaHuWaH , he and his followers may be least in the Kingdom of YaHuWaH .
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Positions of leadership in the Kingdom of YaHuWaH will be given to those who trust in YAHUSHUA (Jesus) and actually do, right now in this life, the commandments of YaHuWaH .
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity (strong's 458, "anomia", a condition of being without law).
The will of the Father is that we do His commandments, and His commandments are actually not hard to follow. Note: His commandments are definitely not the plethora of binding commandments and traditions of modern day Orthodox Judaism.
Matthew 11:28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Part of the light burden mentioned by YAHUSHUA above is the keeping of the Father's commandments. The Pharisees of His day had laden the people with a multitude of man made traditions and commandments that had side tracked them from following the Father's commandments. This sinful practice continues today in Judaism through traditions and teachings that oppose the written Torah of YaHuWaH .
Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Dear friend, if you have never actually investigated the Father's instructions (Torah, first five books of the bible), I encourage you to do so. Your eternal rewards are dependent on your present actions.
In ancient Hebrew culture the father chose the bride for his son. I don't think a potential bride would be chosen if she continued to blatantly ignore the desires and expectations of the father of the groom. He would probably look for another person who would respect what he had to say.
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