Is Tithing For Today? Part 2

On April 23, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

The Great Tithing Hoax & The Malachi Prophecy

I marvel that more people are not totally embarrassed by the way the world of Christianity take money from the poor and peddles the Word of Elohim (Alahim) like merchandise for financial gain. It is an international disgrace. I will not hold back my words, so get ready for some startling revelations.

WHAT WE WILL LEARN

What is the real message of Malachi’s prophecy?

Did Paul or Sha'ul finance his ministry through the tithing system?

Why did Yahusha NOT pay tithes on the money he received?

Will you or anyone be "cursed with a curse" for not tithing?

SCRIPTURES KNOW NOTHING OF "ANYONE RECEIVING TITHING OTHER THAN THE LEVITES"

Yahusha followers did not pay tithe to him from farm products or herds; neither did His followers pay Him ten percent of their salaries from other sources of income. "The Christian tithing" is an oxymoron—it is a contradiction of words. NO, it is more: it is, in fact, a Christian hoax! "Christian tithing" is about as Scriptural as "Christian burnt offerings," "Christian stonings," or "Christian synagogues." The leaders of Christianity have bamboozled millions of unsuspecting followers into believing that "Christian tithing" is a Scriptural command from Elohim (Alahim) Himself, and can easily be found and supported in the pages of Divine Scripture. Oh really?

Of the 613 laws (supposedly) contained in the first five books of the Scriptures, why is it that aside from the ten commandments, "tithing" is virtually the only other law that the modern Church tries to retain? They retain it in name only, however, since there is nothing similar between "law of tithing" and "Christian tithing" except the aspect of ten percent. Christian tithing is an extra-biblical concept and doctrine—aside from the ten percent it has nothing in common with the tithing law of Moses.

Not only is Christian tithing taught to be needful, it is taught as if it were a divine, binding LAW. But there is no such thing as a "Christian tithing law" in the Old Testament or New Testament. It is a heresy, used by the Church, independent cults, and charlatans of every description, as a club to beat and threaten their followers into surrendering ten percent of their salaries in obedience to this phantom law. All are forewarned that failure to pay this 10% Church tax will cause them to be "cursed with a CURSE!" There is indeed "a curse," but it is not Elohim (Alahim) who pronounces it.

TITHING IN THE ASSEMBLY OF THE APOSTLES

We have Scriptural proof that no such law or custom as Christian tithing was taught or practiced in the Assembly by the early apostles. Their epistles are totally devoid of any such tithing custom or law (10% of your income "Money"). Although the temple and priesthood in Jerusalem remained until 70 AD, not even Jewish converts were taught to give their tithes to the Apostles rather than to the temple priests.

Notice this telling bit of history from the Encyclopedia Britannica, "Tithes in Christianity—The earliest authentic example of anything like a law of the State enforcing payment appears to occur in the capitularies [ecclesiasticals] of Charlemagne at the end of the 8th or beginning of the 9th century. Tithes were by that enactment to be applied to the maintenance of the bishop, clergy, the poor, and the fabric of the church. In the course of time the principle of payment of tithes was extended FAR BEYOND its original intention. Thus they became transferable to laymen and saleable like ordinary property, in spite of the injunctions of the third Lateran Council; and they became payable OUT OF SOURCES OF INCOME [not just farming and herding, but other trades and occupations and salaries paid in the form of money] NOT ORIGINALLY TITHABLE." (1963, volume 22, page 253, ‘TITHES’).

The Catholic Church knows its own history. Here is how tithing got back into the Church/Assembly after being absent for nearly five centuries:

"As the Church expanded and various institutions arose, it became necessary to make laws which would insure the proper and permanent support of the clergy. The payment of tithes was adopted from the Old Law... The earliest positive legislation on the subject seems to be contained in the letter of the bishops assembled at Tours in 567 and the [canons] of the Council of Macon in 585."—The Catholic Encyclopedia.

They "extended" their base of tithe collecting to eventually include all forms of income. All Christian scholars know that although money was in wide use in ancient Israel, it was never a titheable commodity. But modern Christian pastors don’t want tithes of goats or oil or corn—they want money—cold hard cash. Elohim (Alahiym) has a word to the "shepherds of the sheep," and it is the very same message that He had for the Levites in the book of Malachi. And it is this:

"My people have been lost sheep [Why? How did they get that way?] their SHEPHERDS have caused them to go astray" (Jeremiah 50:6).

Was Israel consciously aware of the fact that they were being led astray by their spiritual leaders? Not most, and neither is the world of Christianity today aware that they are being lead astray by their spiritual leaders.

THE MYSTERY OF MALACHI REVEALED

It is the book of Malachi that today’s clergy uses as their main authority for promulgating the doctrine of "Christian tithing." Christian tithing means that everyone must give 10% of their gross income (which is in the form of MONEY, 99%+ of the time), or they will be "cursed with a curse." It will be well worth your time to read the real meaning of Malachi’s prophecy.

Mostly one will hear only three verses of Malachi quoted by those attempting to create a doctrine of Christian tithing from this prophecy.

Here are the "cursing" verses:

"Will a man rob Elohim (Alahiym)? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed Me, even this whole nation" (Malachi 3:8-9).

Here is the "blessing" verse:

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat [bread or food] in Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, says YAH of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it" (Malachi 3:10).

Their interpretation of these proof texts are as follows: Rob Elohim (Alahiym) of His ten percent of your salary and be CURSED, or pay Elohim (Alahiym) ten percent of your salary and be BLESSED.

Before we go any further, just who is cursing whom in this Malachi prophecy? Does Elohim (Alahiym), indeed, say, "You are CURSED with a curse" (Malachi 3:9)? This definitely sounds as if it is Elohim (Alahiym) Who is doing the cursing, doesn’t it? But say, did you notice that the word "are" in this verse is in italics? That means that the word was supplied by the translators and was not in the original manuscripts. Remove it, and the verse says: "You cursed…" rather than "You are cursed…"

Is it Elohim (Alahiym), or Israel, who is doing the cursing in this verse?

The Sopherim (Jewish Scribes) understood this verse to say that it was Israel "cursing Elohim (Alahiym)" rather than "Elohim (Alahiym) cursing Israel." I have a few translations that make this correction:

"With the curse YOU are cursing [me], and me YOU are robbing—the nation in its entirety."

And:

"With a curse you curse Me, and Me you are defrauding—the nation, all of it" (Mal. 3:9, Concordant Version of The Old Testament).

We must always keep in mind that when the Scripture says "tithes" it means products from the land—as grains and cattle. But when the Priests of Christianity say "tithes," it always means money. Because the clergy prefers to be paid in money, it therefore, became necessary to change the use of the word "tithes" to now include money. And if "money" can now be shown to be a tithable commodity, guess what?

Abracadabra, hocus-pocus, open sesame—every believer, of every occupation in the whole world (not just the farmers as in the Law of Moses), now is required to pay ten percent of his income to the Church. They increased their base of productivity a hundred fold.

What then is the 21st Century application of this Malachi Prophecy? Are we now to tithe money? Let’s read Malachi 3:10 very carefully:

WHAT were they robbing Elohim (Alahiym) of? "tithes AND offerings." Tithes of what? Products from the land—grains and cattle.

WHERE were they to bring the tithes? To the "storehouse" [Hebrew: ‘garner’-- a granary for grain].

WHY did Elohim (Alahiym) want these tithes of the land brought to the "storehouse" (the granary)? "That there may be meat [bread] in Mine house [Elohim (Alahiym)’s house, Not the granary]." If there is no spiritual application of these statements and we rather take them literally, there appears to be a contradiction here. Why should the people bring the tithes to the "storehouse" (a granary for storing grain) when what Elohim (Alahiym) wanted was "bread in His house," (the tabernacle/Temple, and not the "storehouse")? The only food in Elohim (Alahiym)’s house—the tabernacle, was a dozen loaves of bread. And that bread was for the Priests only, not for the tribe of Levi. Since there were only twelve loaves of bread in the Tabernacle or Temple of Elohim (Alahiym), are we to believe that the whole nation of Israel did not bring enough grain to the storehouse to make even twelve loaves of bread?

Elohim (Alahiym) does not contradict Himself, there needs to be something other than a need for enough grain from the whole nation of Israel to make twelve loaves of bread! Just what does Elohim (Alahiym) mean, "that there may be meat [bread] in Mine house?" Is Elohim (Alahiym) really reprimanding Christians of the 21st Century through Malachi’s prophecy to bring our checkbooks to church, "that there may be money in Mine house?" Yet this is the teaching of the Church regarding Malachi’s message. What is the Truth?

Does Elohim (Alahiym) ask Israel to bring all the tithes and offerings into the storehouse, or treasury, or granary, so that there will be "tithes and offerings in Mine house?" No. Elohim (Alahiym) says so, "that there may be meat in Mine house?" We know that they did not bring the tithes and offerings into the holy place of the tabernacle. Only bread was kept in the holy place. The "bread" in the holy place was a type of something future, just as everything that happened to Israel and all of their offerings and ceremonies were a type of something future (1 Corinthians 10:11). He must indeed be spiritual blind who cannot see that the "bread" in the holy place foreshadows "The True Bread of Life—Yahusha The Messiah."

If Elohim (Alahiym) wanted more money in His house, why did Yahusha do what He did in the House of Elohim (Alahiym)?

"And Yahusha went into the temple of Elohim (Alahiym), and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the MONEY changers… and said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:12-13).

THE Christian INTERPRETATION OF BRINGING IN THE TITHE

The Christian interpretation of Malachi 3:10 is this: "Bring ye all the tithe MONEY and extra offerings of money to the church bank, that there may be money in the Church." Granted, they might not say it that crudely, but that is what they teach. Ask virtually any pastor of any church, "How do I, starting today, actually obey this prophecy of Malachi to stop "robbing Elohim (Alahiym) of His tithes and offerings?" and he will tell you to write out a check in the name of his church, for 10% of your salary (plus an offering), and that check will then be deposited into the church bank account.

Then ask these same pastors what kind of blessings you will receive for obeying this procedure, and they will probably tell you stories where people received huge amounts of material goods and even huge amounts of more money. This is their interpretation of Elohim (Alahiym) "opening the windows of heaven and pouring out a blessing." And there are ministers by the tens of thousands at this very moment preparing more stories on how blessed one will become in every imaginable physical, earthly, and material things for giving them (they would say, giving Elohim (Alahiym)) your money.

Is this really how Elohim (Alahiym) wants us of the 21st Century to apply Malachi’s prophecy to our lives?

This prophecy has absolutely nothing to do with tithing money to the Church.

Does Elohim (Alahiym) suggest somewhere in this prophecy that there isn’t enough "money in His house?" Is Yahusha The Messiah coming back to this earth to judge these "priests" because the "people" failed to bring enough money to the storehouse so that there would be money in Alahiym's (Elohim) house? Is it a lack of money that concerns Elohim (Alahiym) in this prophecy? No, it is both the people and the priests who have corrupted themselves according to this prophecy. But like always, Alahiym (Elohim) holds the priests to a much higher standard and therefore they receive the greater condemnation. There are two groups of judgments in this prophecy:

[1] "Behold I will send My Messenger… But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall PURIFY the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto YAH an offering in righteousness" (Malachi 3:1-3).

[2] "And I will come near to you to judgment [not just the priests, but many of the people as well]; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not Me, says YAH of hosts" (Malachi 3:5).

It is amazing how the clergy make most people think that the only thing of value in the book of Malachi are these three verses on "robbing Elohim (Alahiym)" and "receiving a blessing." There are four whole chapters in this book, and maybe it should behoove us to see what the rest of this book has to say. Here are just a few more things contained in Malachi:

"You offer polluted bread upon My altar… if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil…" (Malachi 1:7-8).

"And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you… I will curse your blessings… Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your face…" (Malachi 2:1-3).

"But you have departed out of the way… ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi… therefore I have also made you contemptible and base before all the people…" (Malachi 2:8-9).

"Behold, I will send my Messenger… But who may abide the day of His coming… He is like a refiner’s fire [like the lake of fire] …And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi… that they may offer unto YAH an offering in righteousness" (Malachi 3:13—See Isaiah 6:29).

"Then they that feared YAH spoke often one to another: and YAH hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for them… And they shall be mine, says YAH of hosts, in that day when I made up my jewels; and I will spare them… Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves Elohim (Alahiym) and him that serves Him not [‘Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world?’ 1 Corinthians 6:2)]" (Malachi 3:16-18).

"And He shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse" (Malachi 4:6)

MALACHI AND THE BREAD OF LIFE

Malachi contains a prophecy and information "for OUR admonition upon whom the ends of the world are come" (I Corinthians 10:11). There is no tabernacle/temple administered by the priests of Levi today, nor has there been for two thousand years. Malachi is not speaking to Christians about tithing money to the church. The literal physical circumstances in the Church in Malachi’s day is but a type, a shadow, of a spiritual reality for our day and for all those called since the Resurrection of Yahusha The Messiah. It was from the tithes that the Priests of Levi selected the "sacrifices." There lies the problem for ancient Israel and the problem for the Church today.

Let me explain the problem with Israel and her priests in a nutshell:

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "I have LOVED you…"
Israel asks: "wherein have you loved us?" (Malachi 1:2).

Elohim (Alahiym) said: "If then I be a Father, where is mine honour? My fear? O priests, that despise My name." The priests ask: "Wherein have we despised Thy name? (Malachi 1:6).

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "Ye offer polluted bread upon Mine alter…"
The priests ask: "Wherein have we polluted Thee?" (Malachi 1:7).

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? ,..the sick and the lame… is it not evil?" (Malachi 1:8).

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "I have no pleasure in you… NEITHER WILL I ACCEPT AN OFFERING AT YOUR HAND" (Malachi 1:10).

Let’s stop here a minute and consider what we have read. The Priests despise Elohim (Alahiym)’s name, and their sacrifices are blind, sick and lame. And so Elohim (Alahiym) says He will not even accept their offering. So really, the people were tithing. But the quality of their tithes (from which they selected the sacrifices) was of an unacceptable quality. But was it this poor quality of sacrifices that really angered Elohim (Alahiym)? Not really. The sick and lame sacrifices were but a symptom of a much larger problem. Elohim (Alahiym) used their polluted sacrifices only as a physical, visual illustration to show them their sins and polluted hearts. For much of the remainder of this book, Elohim (Alahiym) unfolds to them their many sins and weaknesses.

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "Ye are gone away from Mine ordinance, and have not kept them. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you…" (Malachi 3:7).

The priests ask: "Wherein shall we return?" (Malachi 3:7).

Elohim (Alahiym) says: "In tithes and offering" (Malachi 3:8).

Elohim (Alahiym) uses "tithes and offerings" to illustrate their attitude of mind and heart behind their giving. Tithes and offerings were all that Elohim (Alahiym) asked of the people to give Him. Everything else they could keep for themselves. But how much did they love Elohim (Alahiym)? How much did they appreciate Elohim (Alahiym) and all His goodness to them? What was their attitude of heart and mind toward Elohim (Alahiym)? Their "tithes and offerings" say it all: "You offer POLLUTED BREAD UPON MINE ALTAR" (Malachi 1:7).

All that was included in their "tithes and offerings"—firstfruits, tithes of the land, tithes of the herds, and altar offerings of every sort, were to Elohim (Alahiym): "polluted bread upon Mine altar." They gave offerings (they WERE TITHING,) but they were totally unacceptable. "…NEITHER will I accept an offering at your hand" (Malachi 1:10).

THE ENDTIME ASSEMBLY AS PETER SAW IT

Peter describes the church in the latter days:

"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [secretly] shall bring in damnable [destructive, fatal, disastrous, ruinous] heresies, even denying YAH that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And MANY shall follow their pernicious [lascivious, licentious, wanton] ways; by reason of whom the way of the truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness [greed, lust] shall they with feigned words MAKE MERCHANDISE OF YOU" (2 Peter 2:1-3). Other renderings:

"Motivated by greed, they will exploit you with their counterfeit arguments" (Berkely Version).

"…in their lust they will exploit you with cunning arguments" (Moffatt Translation).

"In their greed for MONEY they will trade on your fears with fabrications"`(The New English Scriptures).

PHYSICAL TYPES FORESHADOW SPIRITUAL REALITIES

Everything that happened in the Old Testament was a TYPE of future, spiritual things.

"Now ALL these things happened unto THEM for examples: and they were written for OUR admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (I Corinthians 10:11).

And Malachi is no different. The people of Israel tithed sick, lame, and diseased animals to Levi. The Priests took those evil beasts and offered them as sacrifices to Elohim (Alahiym). The reason that the people and the priests offered sick (polluted) sacrifices is because they themselves were sick and polluted with sins. Isaiah describes them well:

"Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken YAH, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? Ye will revolt more and more, THE WHOLE HEAD IS SICK and the whole heart is faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head THERE IS NO SOUNDNESS IN IT…" (Isaiah 1:4-5).

Much of what the clergy disseminates from the pulpit as "wholesome spiritual food," Elohim (Alahiym) calls "polluted bread." And just WHY do they offered polluted bread? Because:

"O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of the ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, the MOUTH SPEAKS" (Matthew 12:34).

There it is! There is the message of Malachi! That is why Israel brought sick and blind sacrifices and that is why the priests did not correct them, but went ahead and offered them to Elohim (Alahiym). Both the people and the priests were polluted in their hearts, and it is of the abundance of the heart that determines men’s actions.

Today’s "polluted bread" is served up in such doctrines as ten per cent of the follower’s salaries in the form of a church tax called tithing. And the threat of eternal torture in fire if one does not follow the dictates of a specific denomination or religious teaching that is deemed necessary to avoid this eternal hellhole of terrorism.

And the priests of Christianity would have us believe that Elohim's (Alahiym) message through Malachi is a quest for MORE MONEY! Unbelievable!

THE LESSON OF MALACHI FOR THE FOLLOWERS OF THE MESSIAH

Obedience to the Law, the Sacrifices and the many Ordinances was to bring physical prosperity, safety from enemies, healthy children, and a long life in the land, followed by DEATH. Malachi brings us from obedience to physical laws in the land, all the way down to the return of Messiah in fiery judgment upon mankind. Elohim (Alahiym) never really did want animal sacrifices, but the sacrifices of a "broken and contrite heart and spirit."

Elohim (Alahiym) tells us through Malachi that we should bring all our tithes (spiritual tithes and offerings) to Him and He will bless us with a blessing that cannot be contained.

The physical tithes that were brought to the storehouse from which portions were sacrificed to Alahiym (Elohim), brought temporary, physical blessings on Earth. For all those who will bring all their spiritual tithes and offering to Elohim (Alahiym)’s house, Elohim (Alahiym) promises One permanent, SPIRITUAL Blessing from heaven. Yahusha The Messiah is that One and only True Bread of never-ending life.

SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES

"For the law of the SPIRIT of LIFE in The Messiah Yahusha has made me FREE FROM THE LAW OF SIN AND DEATH" (Romans 8:2).

In The LAW sin assuredly was a "dispensation of death and condemnation" (2 Corinthians 3:4-11). Here are but a few more sacrifices of the spirit which are always acceptable in Elohim's (Alahiym) presence:

"…therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of JOY…" (Psalm 26:6).

"Offer the sacrifices of RIGHTEOUSNESS, and put your trust in YAH" (Psalm 4:5).

"And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of THANKSGIVING, and declare His works with REJOICING" (Psalm 107:22).

O what a clever piece of legislation the Church enacted when they changed a law regarding the tithing of farm products for the Levites only to a law that takes ten per cent of EVERYTHING FROM EVERYBODY.

LOVE NOT THE WORLD NEITHER THE THINGS IN THE WORLD

Instead of following the Apostle Paul’s example of humility and service, all too many priests of The Christianity have become the very personification of materialistic capitalism.

content with a good quality $200 watch, now they need a $2000 Rolex. Once happy with $300 suits, now they need $3000 suits. Once content with a brand new $30,000 car every year, now they need an $80,000 top-of-the-line luxury car. Once happy with a beautiful and roomy $150,000 home, now they need a $1,500,000 mansion on the hill. Once happy that the $500,000 mortgage on their church building got paid, now they need a $5,000,000 cathedral with gold-gilded everything. Once happy to fly first class everywhere they traveled, now they need their own private $10,000,000 executive jet. Just look at how many men of the cloth are building their own kingdoms on earth. And it seems like the next generation coming behind them have even greater appetites.

Granted, there are tens of thousands who do not believe it possible to aspire to such dizzying heights of materialism and are content to have sizably smaller kingdoms, but it is still the same foul spirit of lust, power, and worldly materialism at work in many of their lives. Teaching Elohim's (Alahiym) people that it is Elohim's (Alahiym) law that they must tithe ten percent of their salaries to the Church or Elohim (Alahiym) will curse them is not only unscriptural, it is a SIN!

Have you ever heard one of these prosperity ministers give a powerful sermon on I John 2:15:

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

MONEY AND THE BELIEVER

There is not one example of anyone tithing MONEY to anyone in the entirety of the Scriptures! The only reference to "money" with regards to tithing has absolutely nothing to do with paying tithes ON money. It is found in Deuteronomy 14:24-26, which we shall now read in its entirety:

"And if the way be too long for thee [to the place where Elohim (Alahiym) placed His name to be worshipped, especially during the fall feast harvest of tabernacles] so that you are not able to carry it [the tithe of their farm produce] or if the place be too far from you, which YAH your Elohim (Alahiym) shall choose to set His name there, when YAH your Elohim (Alahiym) has blessed you: Then shall you turn it [the tithe of their farm produce] into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which YAH your Elohim (Alahiym) shall choose: And you shall bestow that money [to the preachers? to the church? NO…] …for whatsoever thy soul lusts after [Heb: ‘for whatsoever your heart desires’], for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires: and you shall eat there before YAH your Elohim (Alahiym), and you shall rejoice, you, and your household."

Farm products could be sold and turned into money when long travel was necessary. But at the destination where Elohim (Alahiym) placed His name, the money was spent on food for the Levite, stranger, fatherless, poor, etc. It was not presented to the Levites as a monetary gift.

Here is an easy to understand Scripture explaining what the purpose of the tithe was:

"And the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with you), and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall EAT [food from the land] and be satisfied; that YAH your Elohim (Alahiym) may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do" (Deuteronomy 14:29).

The Church would prefer you NOT know the following:

The tradesmen who made the baskets for harvesting, did not tithe.

The cobblers, who made the shoes for the servants of the field, did not tithe.

The carpenters, who made the wagons used for harvesting the fields, did not tithe.

The potters, who made the jugs for carrying water to the servants in the fields, did not tithe.

The women, who made the garments for the field-workers, did not tithe.

And certainly, the servants who worked in the fields for wages, did not tithe.

Here are the simple facts regarding the Biblical teaching of tithing:

ONLY PRODUCTS OF THE LAND WERE TITHED

ONLY LEVITES COULD RECEIVE THE TITHES

TITHING WAS PART OF THE LAW

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Notice this remarkable story of the only time tax came up in the ministry of Yahusha. Most Christians will never hear an explanation of these verses as long as they live! These verses are highly incriminating to those who teach the tithing of money to the Church:

"And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Does not your master pay tribute"

He says, Yes. What do you think, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute [taxes]? Of their own children [sons] or of strangers?

Peter said unto Him, of strangers. Yahusha said unto him, THEN ARE THE CHILDREN FREE.

Notwithstanding, LEST WE SHOULD OFFEND THEM, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened his mouth, thou shall find a piece of money that take and give unto them for Me and thee" (Matthew 17:24-27).

What an amazing story! What a telling teaching truth from Scriptures we have here! No wonder most Christians have never heard this Scripture explained in Church. No tithe was paid on the new found money or monetary increase.

Yahusha did not take the commandment to "bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse" and spiritually twist it into "bring ye all the money into the pastor’s or church bank account."

Furthermore, where did Yahusha get the money (the very small amount of money) to pay this tax so as to not offend them? From His own pocket? From the treasury held by Judas? From Peter’s house? No. He had Elohim (Alahiym) provide for it in a fish from the sea. Yahusha did not even begin to pay this tax from His own money. And say, did you notice that Yahusha paid for Himself and Peter only? He did not even pay for the other eleven.

Do you suppose we are sinning if we follow His steps by not tithing? Should we follow His steps, or commandments of the clergymen?

"Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey Elohim (Alahiym) rather than men" (Acts 5:29).

"For even hereunto were ye called: because The Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that we should follow His steps" (I Peter 2:21).

GIVING IS VOLUNTARY

The New Testament teachings on giving are unpretentiously simplistic involving the heart:

"…freely ye have received, freely give"(Matthew 10:8).

"Give to him that asks you, and from him that would borrow of you turn not thou away" (Matthew 5:42).

"The churches in Macedonia and Achaia, you see, have thought it a good thing to make a contribution towards the poor believers in Jerusalem. They have decided to do this, and indeed they owe it to them. For if the gentiles have had a share in the Jews’ spiritual good things it is only fair that they should look after the Jews as far as the good things of this world are concerned" (Romans 15:26-27, J. B. Phillips Translation).

"Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over…" (Luke 6:38).

"I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of Yahusha, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).

"But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity [Gk: ‘compulsion’ as in a commanded law]: for Elohim (Alahiym) loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:6-7).

Follow these admonitions on giving and you will be blessed of Elohim (Alahiym).

There is one more very important Scripture that should go in this group and that is I Timothy 5:8,

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own household (to include the assembly), he has denied the faith, and worse than an infidel."

"HOW ARE WE TO PAY THE CHURCH BILLS IF THE PEOPLE DON’T TITHE?"

I get asked that question regularly. I tell them all the same thing: "Pay your church bills the same way I pay my living expenses—with a check." Here’s the thing: You don’t need to lie and deceive and pervert the word of Elohim (Alahiym) in order to pay church expenses.

Why doesn’t your pastor just ask the people to contribute toward paying the church expenses? I can tell you why. A few do, but most don’t. And why is that? It is because those who teach false doctrines to exact money illegally from their congregation don’t have faith to trust their people to contribute voluntarily out of love.

Most pastors see two options:

Teach that people will be cursed if they don’t tithe ten percent of their annual salaries,

Trust Elohim (Alahiym) in faith to provide the money from voluntary gifts given from the heart. If, in reality, trusting would bring in more money than pronouncing curses, no one would ever hear a sermon on tithing again, anywhere on earth.

They will do whatever brings in the most money. And it is a proven fact; unscriptural threats of curses for no tithing, and blessings for tithing brings in more money than trusting the people, in faith, to supply the needs of the Church.

GIVING VERSUS TITHING

Do any of these Scripture references quoted above regarding voluntary giving, have anything to do with "tithing?" Absolutely not. Notice what the definition of Christian tithing is:

"tithe (tith) n. 1a. A tenth part of one’s annual income contributed voluntarily or due as a tax, esp. for the support of the clergy or church." (The American Heritage College Dictionary, p. 1444).

Tithing was commanded by the LAW but there is no Levitical Priesthood serving the Temple of YAH today.

Giving is voluntary from the HEART.

THE APOSTLE PAUL VERSUS Christian TITHING

Can anyone imagine what Paul would have said had someone come up to him and offered him $100 saying: "Here Paul, here is my payment according to the tithing law with regards to my thousand-dollar paycheck." I don’t know what his exact words would be, but I have studied the writings of Paul, and I can tell you what he would have said in principle:

"Sir, MONEY is not a tithable commodity. Furthermore, tithes can be paid to the Levitic priests only, and I am not a Levite, I am from the Tribe of Benjamin.

Now then, give that same $100 to any number of priests of Christianity, and one might receive this retort: "Well, if this $100 is your tithe, where is your offering? Don’t you know that the tithe is commanded and demanded by law? You have only given me what is commanded by law of you to give. You have not really given me anything until you give me money in excess of your tithes"

HOW THE APOSTLE PAUL FINANCED HIS INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY

Worldliness in the Assemblies today is not looked upon as shameful, but rather as being vogue or in style. Power, wealth, and notoriety are not things to be repented of, but are rather to be lusted after and pursued with great vigor. Young aspiring ministers are not thought to be vain or ambitious when seeking worldliness, but are rather thought of as being enthusiastic for the work of YAH. Let’s see how Paul did things.

"For yourselves know how you ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you: Neither did we eat any man’s bread for naught; but work with labor and travail NIGHT AND DAY, that we might not be chargeable to any man. Not because we have not power, but to MAKE OURSELVES AN EXAMPLE UNTO YOU TO FOLLOW US" (2 Thessalonians. 3:7-9).

But how many truly follow Paul’s example? You be the judge.

"For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for LABOURING NIGHT AND DAY, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the Gospel of Elohim (Alahiym)" (1 Thessalonians 2:9).

Imagine that: Paul could not only walk and chew gum at the same time, but he could work "night and day" and "preach the Gospel of Elohim (Alahiym)" at the same time! Just maybe there is a lesson in there somewhere. Paul travels to Corinth:

"And because he was of the same craft [trade], he abode with them, and wrought [worked]: for by their occupation they were tentmakers" (Acts 18:3).

"I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye [all of you] yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have showed you all things how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and remember the words of YAH Yahusha, how He said, It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:33-31).

Don’t kid yourself, there’s a whole army of men and women in so-called ministry out there coveting your gold and your silver. Many television ministries are little more than highly sophisticated Hollywood-produced, tithe-collecting infomercials. They make me ill watching them.

One final example of how Paul ministered and financed his ministry:

"For I think that Elohim (Alahiym) has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

We are fools for The Messiah’s sake, but ye are wise in The Messiah; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised.

Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place;

And labor, working with our own hands; being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

For though ye have ten thousand instructors in The Messiah, yet have ye not many fathers: for in The Messiah Yahusha I have begotten you through the gospel.

Therefore I beseech you, BE YE FOLLOWERS OF ME" (1 Corinthians 4:9-16)!

Cheerfully giving from the heart is a virtue. However, fraudulently fleecing the flock by taking ten percent of your follower's paychecks under fear of breaking the law of tithing is a sin!

It is far past time that we offer a little comfort to the millions of people in our nation and around the world who are under the constant burden of supporting ministers and televangelists who live lifestyles so materialistic and worldly that even most millionaires would be envious. I’m not trying to be humorous about these characters; I’m dead serious.

Well, I certainly don’t begrudge any minister an honest living. However, I do believe that when many of these modern televangelists (and others) feel the need to have everything they own gold gilded, just maybe their greed and vanity starts to destroy their effectiveness as dispensers of Elohim's (Alahiym) Truths.

There is no need for people to feel guilty over any religious doctrine. It is time we rid ourselves of guilty consciences. Hopefully your guilt over tithing or non-tithing will be gone forever!

It is with sincere desire that all who have been chafing (burden) under the unscriptural burden of Christian tithing will feel free at last to follow their heart in giving to whomever they desire as Elohim (Alahiym) prospers them. John 8:32 tells us that Truth is Freedom:

"And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you FREE."

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Is Tithing For Today? Part 1

On April 23, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

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The Fraudulent Fleecing of the Flock

"Will a man ROB Elohim?" How many untold tens of thousands of men will give account one day for teaching this verse in Malachi 3:8 totally out of context for their own sordid gain. I couldn’t count the times I have heard self-appointed ministers of the gospel berate their congregations and listeners for "robbing Elohim" in tithes and offerings. This verse in Malachi certainly means what it says. Someone was defrauding Elohim of tithes and offerings, but wait until you find out who it is that Elohim blames for this act.

On any given Saturday or Sunday morning there will be numerous teachers and/or preachers who will be bellowing out over the air waves that people are being "cursed with a curse" because they have failed to pay Elohim ten percent of their paychecks. And should such a gullible listener decide to repent and give Elohim ten percent of his salary, just how would he do that? Just keep reading. These men of the cloth who often have unquenchable worldly desires of the flesh, will be sure to give you an address where you can send them (or, ah, rather Elohim) your tithe. And do they have a right to quote these Scriptures in this manner? No they do not, and furthermore they themselves know better.

SOME SHOCKING TRUTHS ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN TITHING DOCTRINE

1. Abraham never tithed on his own personal property or livestock.

2. Jacob wouldn’t tithe until Elohim blessed him first.

3. Only Levite priests could collect tithes, and there are no Levite priests today.

4. Only food products from the land were tithable.

5. Money was never a tithable commodity.

6. Tithing in the Church first appears centuries after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.

We will now go through references on tithe, tithes, and tithing:

Genesis 14:20, "And blessed be the most high Elohim, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him [Melchizedek king of Salem, the priest of the most high Elohim, Verse 18] TITHES of all [all the goods of war, Verse 16]."

We read again of this same event in the book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 7:1-10, "For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of Elohim Most High, who meets with Abraham returning from the combat with the kings and blesses him, to whom Abraham parts a TITHE also, from all...

Now, behold how eminent this one is to whom the patriarch Abraham gives a TITHE also of the best of the booty. And, indeed, those of the sons of Levi who obtain the priestly office have a direction to take TITHES from the people according to the law... And here, indeed, dying men are obtaining TITHES... And so, to say, through Abraham, Levi also, who is obtaining the TITHES, has been TITHED, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek meets with him."

There are a number of things we can learn concerning tithing from this section of Scriptures. In this, the first mention of tithing in the Scriptures, Abram gives to Melchizedek (a priest of Elohim who was also the king of the city of Salem) a tithe of the best of the booty taken in war. Notice that this was not wheat, corn, wine, oil, or cattle from Abram’s personal possessions, but rather booty taken from conquered nations.

There is nothing stated here that would cause us to conclude that Abram (later changed to Abraham) ever tithed on a regular basis on his own person possessions. Although Abraham gave Melchizedek a tithe of the booty of war, he told the king of Sodom that he would take none of it for himself.

In this same account recorded in the seventh chapter of Hebrews, we learn that the priests of Levi, from the family of Aaron (although far inferior to the priestly order of Melchizedek) also receive tithes from the people according to the law. This tells us little more about the actual tithes other than they received tithes.

Christian scholars claim that Abraham’s tithing of the spoils of war predated the Law of Moses, and therefore even if the Law of Moses is done away with, tithing is still binding on Christians because Abraham predated the Law of Moses. Is this true?

Genesis 26:5
Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.

Christendom teaches that this Scripture is the first proof from the Word of Elohim that Christians are to tithe ten percent of their salaries to the church. But what have we really learned from these Scriptures?:

Abraham went to war on behalf of Sodom (SODOM, mind you), to rescue his nephew, Lot. He then gave 10% of these spoils of war to Melchizedek, and allowed Sodom to keep 90%, while he himself kept NOTHING!

Now then, is there a Scholar alive anywhere on earth that can explain to us how this one single unparalleled and never-again-to-be-duplicated event is Scriptural proof that Christians and some Hebrews should give 10% of their annual salaries (not the spoils of war, but their money, their salaries), not once, but year after year after year, not to Melchizedek, but to Clergymen who claim to be ministers of The Kingdom? If anyone can see a similarity here, I will show him the similarity between an elephant and a fruit fly.

Next we will observe a Scripture that you will probably never hear a sermon on. No tithe-preaching clergyman would use the example of how Jacob tithed. Remember, Jacob is the grandson of Abraham, the father of the faithful, whom Elohim also blessed tremendously. Not only did Elohim approve of Jacob’s tithing proposal, but, He made it the foundational principle upon which all future tithing would be based. Here it is.

Genesis 28:20-22, "And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, IF Elohim will be with me, and [if Elohim] will keep me in this way that I go, and [if Elohim] will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; THEN shall YAH be my Elohim: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be Elohim’s house: and of all that thou shall GIVE ME I will surely give the TENTH to you."

Wow! This one Scripture pretty much contradicts 99% of all sermons I have ever heard on the subject of tithing! This is the very first Scripture in the Bible that gives an account of someone giving a tenth or tithe of his personal possessions back to Elohim. But, oh how different it is from the teachings of most Christian Churches.

First Jacob truly recognizes Elohim as Elohim. He then begins to proposition Elohim. He states that "IF" Elohim will do this and "IF’ Elohim will do the other things, "THEN" Jacob says, "shall YAH be my Elohim." Jacob concludes his proposition to Elohim, should Elohim meet all of his requirements, by saying that of all the things that Elohim will first give to Jacob, Jacob will give Elohim back a tenth. Now don’t laugh. Elohim honored Jacob’s proposition, and furthermore, Elohim continued to honor this same principle of tithing all through Israel’s history. As Paul or Sha'ul said, "Now what have you which you did not obtain?" (I Corinthians 4:7) All that we possess comes from Elohim.

And so, once more, we learn that Israel was not to tithe on what they did not first possess, unlike those today who teach that it is required to tithe on that which one does not already possess.

Elohim is not partial and Elohim is not a hypocrite. This example of Jacob proves that Elohim doesn’t expect a tithe until He blessed the tithe payer first. Everyone should put down this paper, call his minister, and tell him you want to hear a sermon Sunday or Saturday morning on how Jacob paid tithes to Elohim. Now hold your breath.

Let’s ask ourselves a reasonable question: Just how did Jacob actually give a tithe to Elohim? Did he personally hand it to Elohim? No, no one has ever even seen Elohim. Did Jacob tithe to an angel? No, angels do not need and can’t use tithes. Did Jacob send his tithe to Heaven by Celestial Express? No. Did he take it to the local church? No, there was no local church. Did he take it to the Temple? No, there was no temple. Did he give it directly to one of the Levitic priests? No, there were no Levites as yet. Well how then did Jacob tithe to Elohim? Was it even possible? Yes, there were actually two different ways that Jacob could tithe to Elohim:

"And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your TITHES, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before YAH your Elohim, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, YE and YOUR HOUSEHOLDS, wherein YAH thy Elohim hath blessed thee" (Deuteronomy 12:6-7).

"And even though there were no Levites in Jacob’s day, nonetheless, there were "...the STRANGER, and the FATHERLESS, and the WIDOW, which are within thy gates, shall come, and SHALL EAT AND BE SATISFIED; that YAH thy Elohim may bless thee in all the work of thin hand which thou doest" (Deuteronomy 14:29).

That’s how Elohim acknowledged a tithe from Jacob: By partaking of a portion himself and his family in communion and thanksgiving to Elohim, and by sharing his fortune with those who were unfortunate, poor, strangers, etc.

Leviticus 27:30-33, "And all the TITHE of the LAND, whether of the SEED of the land, or of the FRUIT, of the tree, is YAH’s: it is holy unto YAH. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the TITHE of the HERD, or of the FLOCK, even of whatsoever passes under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto YAH. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it..."

We learn a great deal about tithing in this section of Scripture:

The tithe comes from the "land," not the air or the sea. Fishermen were not required to tithe fish. It was the "seed" or agricultural products from the fields that was holy or set apart to Elohim and tithable. Products from "trees" were to be tithed. This not only included the fruit, but oils, etc.

Of "herds or flocks" it was the "tenth" that passed under the rod that was holy and dedicated to Elohim. Here is exposed another lie of modern clergymen. It was not the first tenth, but rather the tenth tenth that belonged to Elohim, contrary to every minister I have ever heard, who insists that the first tenth always belongs to Elohim. Unscriptural. Untrue. Read THE BOOK!--it’s the tenth one of a herd that belongs to Elohim.

Another interesting point is this. If a herdsman had but nine cattle, he didn’t tithe his cattle at all! Also notice that Elohim did not even require the best of the cattle, just the tenth one to pass under the rod even if it was the runtiest of them all. Remember, we are talking about tithing and not sacrificing (animals for sacrifice always had to be without blemish.)

Did you notice that this summary at the very end of the book of Leviticus does not mention the tithing of money? Interesting. But just maybe we will find the tithing of money in some other Scripture?

Numbers 18:24-28, "But the TITHES of the children of Israel, which they offer as an heave offering unto YAH, I have given to the Levites to inherit: therefore I have said unto them, Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.

And YAH spoke unto Moses, saying, Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the TITHES which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for YAH, even a TENTH part of the TITHE. And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing floor, and as the fullness of the winepress. Thus ye also shall offer an heave offering unto YAH of all your TITHES, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and ye shall give thereof YAH’s heave offering to Aaron the priest."

According to the above Scriptures, could just anyone claim to be a representative of Elohim and therefore have Israel pay tithes to him? Let’s read it again, "But the TITHES of the children of Israel ... I have given to the Levites to inherit." Now in order to be a priest, one not only had to be of the tribe of Levi, but he also had to be of the family of Aaron. In fact, if one could not trace his genealogy back to the family of Aaron, he could not be a priest of Elohim. This is the whole point of Hebrews seven. Yahusha The Messiah is a priest for the eons of the rank of Melchizedek because Melchizedek predated the law which stated that only sons of Aaron could be priests. Therefore Melchizedek’s genealogy is not given in the Scriptures, and Messiah, who according to the flesh is of the line of Judah, can and will be Elohim’s High Priest in the Kingdom of Elohim.

A warning to all charlatans and would-be tithe extractors and collectors: There is NO temple of Elohim being officiated in Jerusalem today. There is NO Levitic priesthood to officiate at such a temple. There is NO NEED for such a temple or priesthood at this time. Only Levites could collect tithes at the temple. Therefore, EVERYONE collecting tithes today is a charlatan and a fake. If one cannot historically trace back his genealogy generation by generation with no lapses to the family of Aaron, he IS NOT and CANNOT be a priest authorized of Elohim at this time to collect tithes for the temple services and sacrifices.

Yet today we have tithe collecting preachers and elders collecting tithe monies by the millions and millions of dollars annually. Yet by year's end I heard them begging for more multiple millions of dollars to get them out of all the financial debt they had accumulated during the year.

Yahusha said the temple would be utterly destroyed

"And, coming out, Yahusha sent from the sanctuary. And His disciples approached to exhibit to Him the buildings of the sanctuary. Yet He, answering, said to them, 'Are you not observing all these? Verily, I am saying to you, Under no circumstances may a stone here be left on a stone, which shall not be DEMOLISHED." (Matthew. 24:1-2).

Elohim does not dwell in temples made with hands,

"The Elohim Who makes the world and all that is in it, He, YAH inherent of heaven and earth, is NOT dwelling in temples made by hands..." (Acts 17:24).

The true believers are now Elohim’s temple,

"For YOU ARE THE TEMPLE OF THE LIVING Elohim, according as Elohim said, that I will be making My home and will be walking in them, and I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people" (2 Corinthians 6:16).

See also, (I Corinthians 3:15 and I Corinthians 1:19).

All theologians know that when the temple ceased, the priesthood officiating at the temple CEASED!

Deuteronomy 12:6, 7, 11, 12, 17, 18, "And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your TITHES, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flock.

And there, ye shall eat before YAH your Elohim, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein YAH thy Elohim hath blessed thee.

Then there shall be a place which YAH your Elohim shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your TITHES, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto YAH.

And ye shall rejoice before YAH your Elohim, YE, and your SONS and your DAUGHTERS, and your MENSERVANTS, and your MAIDSERVANTS, and the LEVITE that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

You may not eat within thy gates the TITHE of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of the flocks, nor any of thy vows which thou vow, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of your hand: But YOU MUST EAT THEM before YAH thy Elohim in the place which YAH thy Elohim shall choose..."

Let us learn. Who was to partake of all these tithes and good things of the herd and of the land and of the trees? Everyone (yes, the Levite was also included) was to rejoice before YAH. Did anyone see "money" in the list of things they were to bring before YAH to rejoice? Was it just the ministers (the Levites) who were the recipients of these tithes and offerings, or was not everyone to partake of these things? Rejoicing and eating one’s own tithe before YAH, was a very personal and reverent act of worship and communion with Elohim. Not unlike prayer. Others may share and profit from our prayers, but we offer them to Elohim, not to men.

The following verses deal with a practice initiated by Elohim Himself to accommodate those traveling long distances to the Festival Site where they were to eat and rejoice before YAH to learn to fear Him. They could sell their tithes of the land for MONEY, and carry that amount of money rather than the bulky and heavy tithes themselves, to the Festival Site. There they were to purchase whatever their hearts desired and to share it with the Levites and the less fortunate.

Deuteronomy 14:22-29, "Thou shall truly TITHE all the INCREASE of thy SEED, that the field brings forth year by year."

"And you shall eat before YAH your Elohim, in the place which He shall choose to place His name there, the TITHE of thy CORN, of thy WINE, and of your OIL, and the FIRSTLINGS OF THY HERDS and of thy FLOCKS: that thou may learn to fear YAH thy Elohim always.

And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which YAH thy Elohim shall choose to set His name there, when YAH thy Elohim hath blessed thee:

Then shall thou turn it into MONEY, and bind up the MONEY in your hand, and shall go unto the place which YAH thy Elohim shall choose:

And thou shall BESTOW THAT MONEY FOR WHATSOEVER YOUR SOUL LUSTETH AFTER, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for WHATSOEVER YOUR SOUL DESIRES: and YOU shall eat there before YAH thy Elohim, and THOU shall rejoice, THOU, AND THINE HOUSEHOLD.

And the Levite that is within thy gates, thou shall not forsake him; for he has no part, nor inheritance with thee.

At the end of three years thou shall bring forth all the TITHE of thine INCREASE the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates:

And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the STRANGER, and the FATHERLESS, and the WIDOW, which are within thy gates, shall come, and SHALL EAT AND BE SATISFIED; that YAH thy Elohim may bless thee in all the work of your hand which thou doest."

This third year of tithing is mentioned again:

Deuteronomy 26:12, "When thou hast made an end of TITHING all the TITHES of your INCREASE the third year, which is the year of TITHING, and has given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy gates, and be filled."

Again we notice that Israel never tithed from their poverty, but on their INCREASE. Contrary to all the deceiving "CROOKS" in the world, Elohim never intended for people to tithe on what they didn’t have, but only on the increase of what Elohim gave them.

Paul or Sha'ul did teach to the Gentiles togive freely from what they had, not from what they didn’t have:

"I want to suggest that you finish what you started to do a year ago, for you were not only the first to propose this idea, but the first to begin doing something about it. Having started the ball rolling so enthusiastically, you should carry this project through to completion just as gladly, GIVING WHATEVER YOU CAN OUT OF WHATEVER YOU HAVE. Let your enthusiastic idea at the start be equaled by your realistic action now. If you are really EAGER TO GIVE, then it isn't important HOW MUCH YOU HAVE TO GIVE. Elohim wants you to give WHAT YOU HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU HAVEN'T" (2 Corinthians 8:10-12, The Living Bible).

"For we are not as the MAJORITY, who are PEDDLING THE WORD of Elohim..." (2 Corinthians 2:17, Concordant Version).

The word translated here "peddling" in the Concordant New Testament comes from the word "kapeleuo" which the spirit of Elohim inspired to be used in the original Greek text of this verse of Scripture.

Here is the meaning of the Greek word "kapeleuo" translated "peddler." "To sell at retail, with the insinuation of improper profit, either by overcharging or adulterating" (Greek-English Keyword Concordance, page 220).

And notice please that it is not just a few who "peddle" the Word of Elohim, but Paul or Sha'ul says, "...the MAJORITY..." are peddling the word of Elohim! Contrast this insincere merchandising of the word of Elohim with Sha'ul’s motive:

"For we ARE NOT as the majority, who are peddling the word of Elohim, but as OF SINCERITY, but as OF Elohim, in the sight of Elohim IN THE MESSIAH, are we speaking."

Just a few chapters later Paul or Sha'ul informs us that one day we all will stand before the judgment seat of THE MESSIAH and give an account of our lives, (2 Corinthians 5:10).

This next section in Chronicles tells us the same things we have already learned concerning what products were to be tithed.

2 Chronicles 31:5, 6, 12, "And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel brought in ABUNDANCE the firstfruits of CORN, WINE, and OIL, and HONEY, and of all the INCREASE of the field; and the TITHE of all things brought they in abundantly.

And concerning the children of Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the cities of Judah, they also brought in the TITHE of OXEN and SHEEP, and the TITHE of holy things which were consecrated unto YAH their Elohim, and laid them by heaps.

And brought in the offerings and the TITHES ..."

This next section of Scriptures deals with a special tithe and offering given to priests and Levites set up by Hezekiah after cleaning house in the cities of Judah by destroying the idols and altars to pagan Elohims.

Nehemiah 10:37-38, "And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our Elohim and the TITHES of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the TITHES in all the cities of our tillage.

And the priest the son of Aaron shall be the Levites, when the Levites take TITHES: and the Levites shall bring up the TITHE of the TITHES unto the house of our Elohim, to the chambers into the treasure house (storehouse)."

Again, no mention of money, only agricultural products of the fields, and only the Levites and priests could have access to these tithes and offerings in the house of Elohim.

Nehemiah 12:44, "And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures (Storehouse), for the offerings, for the fruitfruits, and for the TITHES, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited."

Nothing new in this verse that, we have not already discussed.

Nehemiah 13:5, 12 "And he had prepared for him a great chamber (storehouse), where aforetime they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense, and the vessels, and the TITHES of the corn, the new wine, and the oil, which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers, and the porters; and the offerings of the priests."

"Then brought all Judah the TITHE of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries."

Same story: ONLY agricultural products, and ONLY to the Levites and priests.

Amos 4:4, "Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your TITHES after three years."

Malachi 3:8-10, "Will a man rob Elohim? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings…"

This Malachi Prophecy is covered in much greater detail in Part II, and so I will give just one more Scripture to help us understand how the priests of Malachi’s prophecy may have been living so as to bring upon them the condemnation of Elohim’s judgments:

"And the priest’s custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the PRIEST’S servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in the hand;

And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the flesh hook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

Also before they burnt the fat, the priest’s servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the PRIEST; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw.

And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desires; then he would answer him, Nay, but thou shall give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force.

Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before YAH: for MEN ABHORRED the offering of YAH." (I Samuel 2:13:17).

Don’t these verses sound as if they came right out of the book of Malachi?

Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42 are discussed in greater detail in Part II.

The Apostle Paul or Sha'ul said:

"Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of NECESSITY: for Elohim LOVETH A CHEERFUL GIVER." (2 Corinthians. 9:7).

I would not give another penny to televangelists who peddle the word of Elohim like some cheap merchandise for money. And the amount of money they extort from the public is colossal. What in the world do they do with all that money?

Never have SO MANY… accomplished SO LITTLE … with SO MUCH!

The real Ministers of The Word have not flown first class to cushy hotels in exotic lands to teach the natives while dressed in their $3000 suits! The real ministers of The Word were often down in the trenches with few if any luxuries. And there are still to be found such dedicated dispensers of Elohim’s Word. These are the ones that are in need of financial support, for sure. These are those who truly are "worthy of their hire".

HELP THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY

Give to the fatherless, the orphans, the strangers, the widows, the poor, and the needy, the homeless, and the beggar on the street, as Elohim gives to you. Give to reputable charities if you have extra. Give to your family members and relatives in need—don’t humiliate them by making them ask you first. Give to a neighbor in financial distress. Even when tipping someone, let it be a reflection of the One that you are representing in your walk. Our Elohim is a generous Elohim—may you become generous also. Develop a "love for giving." Paul or Sha'ul tells us in Acts 20:35 to:

Remember the words of YAH Yahusha , how He said, "IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE."

Is Tithing For Today? Part 2

Disclaimer: Excerpts of this article is taken from L. Ray Smith and Bible-truth.com. Kingdom-Info is not affiliated with nor do we support all of the teachings of L. Ray Smith and Bible-truth.com. This article is used to present a teaching on a specific topic; "Tithing". The names have been change to reflect the beliefs of Kingdominfo.net

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Is “YAH” An Egyptian Moon God?

On April 16, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

When we explain anything we must start in what is known as the Scriptures first, then proceed to outside sources.

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If you search the Internet, you will find that some are saying that the name "YAH" and YHWH represents the Egyptian's Moon God.

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Is this true? Can this be proven NOT TO BE TRUE from The Scriptures?

Who used the name YAH first ... The Hebrews or The Egyptians? Did the Hebrews borrow the name YAH from the Egyptians?

Exodus 5:1-2
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith YHWH Aluhiym of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness. And Pharaoh said, Who is YHWH, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not YHWH, neither will I let Israel go.

Now, let us look at The Book of Jasher as it relates to Exodus 5:2. The Book of Jasher is a book that is mentioned in Scripture but this book does not appear in Scripture. See Joshua 10:13 & 2 Samuel 1:18 .

Jasher 79:43
And when the king saw this thing, he ordered the book of records that related to the kings of Egypt, to be brought, and they brought the book of records, the chronicles of the kings of Egypt, in which all the idols of Egypt were inscribed, for they thought of finding therein the name of YHUH, but they found it not.

Therefore, we cannot say that the Egyptians knew the name YAH before the Hebrews. Obviously the Egyptians borrowed the name YAH from the Hebrews. YAH became the Egyptian's Moon God later.

YAH is the shorten form of YHWH both carrying the same meaning "Existing One".

YHUH

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Luke & Mark Were Not of The 12

On April 11, 2013, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Matthew 10:2-4

These were the names of the Apostles: There was Simon, whom he surnamed, Peter. There were James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; he surnamed them, Boanerges, which is, the “sons of thunder.” There were also Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite.

Yahusha did not call the Apostles, “Simon” or “John.” Rather, he referred to them by their Hebrew or Aramaic names, as follows:

Simon was Shimon/Shimun. James was Yakov/Ya'akab (that is, Jacob). John was Yochanan/Yahuchanan. Bartholomew was Bar-Talmai (son of Ptolemy). Matthew was Mattityahu, meaning, “gift from God.” Thomas was Tau’ma, an Aramaic name. Thaddaeus was a variant of Theudas, which was a Grecian version of Judas or Yahudah.

Andrew and Philip are clearly Greek names—Andreas and Filippos; there are no Hebrew equivalents. Andrew and Philip were Grecian-Jews/Yahudim. Yahusha was a Yahudi/Jew who said “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 15:24. It would be hard to imagine preaching to Jews/Yahudim while having Gentile Apostles. Judas Iscariot was Yahudah. Contrary to popular belief, Mark & Luke were not a part of the 12.

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