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One day, a friend asked me if I knew God’s name. I was taken back by his question. My answer was the same one that I’m sure many have given in the past, “His name is God, but He has many names.” Boy was I wrong. My friend told me that God had an actual name but that it was removed from the bible almost 7,000 times. “Why would someone do that,” I asked. That’s where my story starts. With a name!
I grew up in church my entire life. Mostly spirit filled non-denominational churches. I always felt like something was off though. Like what church turned into is not what God intended it to be. I was your typical luke-warm Christian, going through the motions each week so I could say I did my part because I went to church for a few hours on Sunday Mornings. I didn’t really study my bible. In fact, I had never even read my bible in its entirety. I got all I needed from listening to my preacher, and I had no reason to distrust what he was preaching week after week. Then when I heard about the name Yahweh, my life changed forever.
If the name of the God, I had placed my faith in and believed in was hidden from me and millions of others…what else might be hidden too? I started to read my bible, but not just one translation. I would read several different versions as well as interlinear bibles so I could see the original Hebrew and Greek text. I wasn’t just reading. I was studying, and I found that there are a lot of translation errors in the English versions of our bibles. I even found out that some bibles would ADD text to the original scriptures (anything in Italics in a KJV is added and not part of the original text).
Once I started testing many of the things I had been taught against what the Word actually said, I was appalled at the amount of Christian doctrine that was preached as the Word of God, but was in fact, the traditions of men. At this point, I prayed and asked YHWH to remove the scales from my eyes and show me His Word in Spirit and Truth. He answered my prayer and over the next several months He opened my eyes to so much truth that I eventually had to ask Him to give me a break. I went from celebrating Christmas and Easter, Sunday worship, and eating whatever my heart desired to attending a Sabbath-keeping congregation, wearing tzitzit, eating Biblically clean, and researching how to keep YHWH’s feast days in a matter of months. I honestly believe that there is no way I could have received the amount of information and truth that I did without the Holy Spirit.
I’m still a Torah Baby though, and I always will be, at least until Y’shua comes back to teach us the right way to observe Torah. When you think of it that way, we are all still Torah Babies, some of us just more knowledgeable babies than others.
I don’t want Torah Babies to be about me though. I want it to focus on YHWH and his Word (Y’shua). However, I am dedicated to seeking, teaching and living out the truth of the Word. My purpose is to seek and bring the truth to my family first, then to you, to unlearn false doctrines and traditions of men, and to live and practice the Word as YHWH originally intended. I do this by continuously examining the Scriptures (from a Hebraic first-century context and perspective). I firmly believe in testing all doctrine to His Word and only holding on to what is good. Any belief that fails such a test, regardless of that particular doctrine’s origin or even its popularity, is rejected. I search the scriptures daily; in the same way Paul commended the Bereans in determining what was true. Through the leading and teaching of the Holy Spirit, I want to bring 100% pure truth to my family and all other Torah Babies, teaching them to obey everything He commanded. I recognize that this is not always easily done, and I welcome friendly and truth seeking engagement from fellow believers in His perfect Word as I also believe iron sharpens iron.
With that being said, the resources on this website are not solely our personal beliefs. We have a close network of Torah observant friends who keep us and what we put on TorahBabies.com accountable. All of the content on this website is also in line with what more advanced Torah teachers are teaching. As I mentioned before…I don’t want this to be about me or Jeremy. No one has all the answers and the person that claims to have them is a liar. The moment we stop studying and learning because we think we have it all figured out is the exact moment the enemy has us right where he wants us. As we all learn and grow spiritually, YHWH opens our eyes to truths that might have been previously hidden from us. Because of this fact, the resources on Torah Babies are subject to change in order to stay in line with a deeper understanding of His Word as we learn and grow.
This is a journey that will not end until we enter into the Kingdom, even during the Millennial Reign we will still be Torah Babies, learning from Y’shua himself. How awesome is that?
If you find anything on this website that you do not agree with, please contact us on Facebook or by using the contact form on the Contact Us page and we will be more than happy to discuss it with you.
More About Jeremy
I’m from a small town in north Louisiana where almost everyone knows everyone. I was raised in a church atmosphere where I was surrounded by many Christian friends and family members. My family was always active in church and the community, which meant I was too. I mostly attended Methodist and Baptist churches. I never really saw much difference in the churches I attended with the exception of the people being different. The Methodist and Baptist church practically shared a parking lot and always seemed to fellowship together.
I started feeling that tug around the age of 13 after coming back from a youth conference. I went and met with our pastor at the time and was baptized the following week. I felt the need to act right and tell everyone what I was feeling but that didn’t seem to last long as I started back running around with my friends. Within a few weeks or maybe months I was back where I started, but I was able to say I was saved because of walking the aisle and getting baptized. I figured that I had time and if I asked God to forgive me before laying down at night, “please forgive me of all my sins,” even if it was the same sins over and over, that I was good with Him. After all, I had put two and two together from the previous years in Sunday school, youth studies, and church services to back up everything I believed.
Over the next several years, through a failed marriage and divorce, sin became more and more an everyday part of my life. God was nowhere near my number one priority. I no longer felt any guilt for my sin, even though I was in church every Sunday to get my weekly fill of God.
During this time my Uncle was called into ministry and he grew closer and closer to YHWH. He started seeing the truths in the scriptures and his life started to change. I was attending the church he was pastoring, so I witnessed this firsthand. He began to distance himself from the manmade holidays, certain foods, and his style of preaching became even more passionate and meaningful. All the while, I continued to harden my heart to the things he said because I wasn’t ready to give up those things and this was not the way I was taught to see these things. I was living a life of sin but most in the church would have never known. I became good at pretending or “playing church.” I also became really good at twisting scriptures to fit my wants and needs.
One day, while sitting in church with my girlfriend at the time, who is now my wonderful wife, the sermon preached felt as if it singled us two out. After the service we began to discuss the things on our mind and realized the wrongs we were living. YHWH spoke to me as clear as could be that day through the sermon. He allowed my eyes to be open, He reached out for me, and this time I answered and begged for forgiveness. The problem was, I didn’t know where to start. I started in a way similar to Acts 15.
Acts 15:19-21 Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. For Moses has had throughout many generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath.”
I began praying, and through His help, started removing the biggest sins in my life first. I was still not convinced that I had been led astray my entire church life, so I began trying to prove that these things such as Christmas and Easter were OK and that these “Old Testament” things were no longer for us today. The next few weeks were filled with tears and terror. For the first time in my life I started reading and understanding my bible and I was amazed. The most amazing part was that up until this point I had a hard time understanding what I was reading. The Bible became a book that I couldn’t put down and things were jumping out at me like never before. Most scared me to death!
I began going to a Sabbath Torah study every week and as I read and studied I began to do the best I could to apply them to my everyday life. I started my Torah study on the Torah Portion from numbers 15:37-41. This is where YHWH instructed us to put tassels with blue thread on the corners of our garments to serve as a way to remember to keep YHWH’s Torah or instructions. This has become as my wedding ring for Him and a way to keep me in check and faithful through each step. It wasn’t long after that when I began losing traditions, eating different, and understanding that love for His children is the reason He gave us these instructions to begin with. I now consider myself sold out for Him instead of the world.
I believe that the Bible in its entirety is for each of us today and that not the smallest letter or stoke has passed from His Torah. There are things in His Torah that I cannot do because I’m not a Levite, a woman, in the land, or they are pertaining to the temple, but I do believe in practicing the things I can do and applying them to my everyday life. Not so that I can work my way to or into heaven but because being obedient to YHWH is the least I can do after all He has done for me. I love YHWH and want each person to feel the desire to draw or become closer to Him. Through study and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m still learning and drawing closer to Him each day. My desire and hope is that I can be a faithful servant used for Him and by Him to further His kingdom!
More About Jon
My upbringing and family are a bit interesting, at least I think so. My grandfather was raised Catholic, but became a Baptist and eventually a Baptist minister. My mom, a Baptist, married my dad who is in the Assembly of God Church (AoG). My dad was also in the Air Force, so we moved frequently, and my parents decided that every time we moved we could switch denominations, alternating between Baptist and Assembly of God. This was an unusual arrangement to say the least and the reason why I say my upbringing was interesting.
At the age of seven, I gave my life to Christ at a “Jesus 78” gathering in Florida. Our next stop landed us in Texas where the alternating denominations deal fell on AoG. While there, I attended the Royal Rangers, the AoG version of the Boy Scouts, where I won Sectional Buckaroo of the Year! I memorized a lot of scripture to earn that title. Our next move was to England where we attended a Baptist church. This church was the first time I witnessed a worship service that included the operation of spiritual gifts. The worship team would do a couple of songs, then the entire congregation would fall silent until someone started singing a song and everyone would join in with them. Then someone else would start off a song, or there would be a prophetic word with interpretation.
In Sunday School, my memorization of scripture paid off, as I always knew the answers. One day, one of the teachers looked at me and said, “Jon, you know the answer here,” pointing to my head, “but not here,” pointing to my heart. I was taken back and surprised by her comments because I thought I knew it in my heart. As the years passed by, I entered a dark place. I was consumed with anger, hate, and rage. When I watched TV, I would root for the bad guys. It was so bad, and I got into a physical fight with my dad where blows were exchanged. He won, but he didn’t hurt me, he only restrained me until I calmed down.
Our next move was to Germany, and it was a very hard time for me. My brother was in and out of the hospital with respiratory issues, bombs were found on the base in the school on more than one occasion, and I was molested for two years by a Christian recording artist that I had befriended. Years later I got the opportunity to confront this person. My goal was to seek restoration and the person did apologize for what they had done.
Despite all of this, it was in Germany that I really started reading my Bible and after our next move to Tucson, AZ I rededicated my life to Christ. I even lead a friend to Christ and lead a Bible Study at school that year. It was here in Tucson that I first experienced spiritual warfare when a witch in my high school tried to hex me. Later, in college, I was surrounded by Wiccans, Warlocks, and Satanist but I managed to keep my faith and never passed up a chance to witness to people. Many years later I lost my job due to disabilities and found myself living in a home I could no longer afford. My wife feared we would become homeless, but my faith that God would provide was strong. We eventually got into an apartment, but then was faced with having to have an immediate surgery or risk becoming paralyzed. I was in so much pain I could not stand up for twenty minutes to cook dinner. I had the surgery in 2014, and it helped, but I still struggle with my disability today, and if I’m not careful I can easily overdo it and have to spend a couple of days in bed.
My journey into Torah is as interesting as the rest of my story. It all started when I was watching a program on TV that mentioned Paleo-Hebrew. My curiosity was so peaked that I paused the show to Google it. It didn’t take me long to confirm that Paleo-Hebrew was real, but I wanted to know what came before that. The answer was Proto-Hebrew, and soon after that, I found myself on Jeff Benner’s website, Ancient-Hebrew.org. I started out just studying the language, history, and culture but as I was searching, I would see things about Hebrew Roots here and there. Most of what I saw about the HR was negative, so I decided to avoid it. When I came to the word Torah on Jeff’s site it was like a light in my head switched on. I was still leery of the HR stuff, but I understood that Jesus was and is the living Torah and that Torah had not been done away with. It is still very much for us today. Eventually, I got into the HR stuff, and early on I was a Torah Terrorist, jumping into fights on Facebook or starting them myself. If someone didn’t agree with me, they were deceived.
Over time I met some great people like Tyler Dawn Rosenquist, Matthew Vander Els, Rico Cortes, Ryan White, Dinah Dye, Christy Anderson, and others who have all had a profound impact on me. They helped me learn how to actually research and not just rely on a Google search. Because of them I learned some good teaching, good habits, and started letting go of the erroneous teachings found in the HR movement.
More About Christine
Growing up in the Assemblies of God denomination, I remember praying the sinner’s prayer as a young child and later recommitting my life to the Lord as a teenager. Attending Sunday School, Sunday Worship, and Wednesday Youth Group was the norm, but not much happened at home during the “off” days. My parents did their best teaching me how to be good Christian. They encouraged me to show love to others and keep Christ the center of my life.
I did not have the typical rebellious experience as a teenager. I always wanted my actions to be pleasing to God and my family. I was more than willing to walk against the crowd when necessary. I actively worked to start a Bible club in my high school despite opposition. I attended a youth conference instead of attending my senior prom, for example. I had a heart which was eager to hear the voice of God. Spending time in the Word and prayer occurred more frequently during these years of my life. God soon answered one of those prayers, he provided me with a husband who shared the same fervor for doing the will of God.
Married in 2002, my husband, Nathan, and I attended a full gospel church. We welcomed a daughter, Chloe, within a few years. Feeling the urge to move on from the church due to a feeling that something was missing, we began to search for another congregation to put down roots. We found ourselves visiting non-denominational congregations, became involved in the church planting efforts of a Baptist church for a short period of time, and eventually became regular attendees of an Assemblies of God church. Soon after, we welcomed the birth of our son, Elijah.
Prior to our son’s arrival, my husband who had been praying for God to lead him in truth, got an urge to contact a former college roommate regarding his Messianic faith. My husband recalled an experience he had attending a Sabbath fellowship and the deep level of teaching that occurred there during his freshman year of college. He wanted to explore this further and desired recommendations for resources. We made plans to visit his friend’s synagogue to experience Tabernacles and Passover which prompted us to begin a study in our home on the Sabbath. This first attempt at a home fellowship was short lived. My husband and I were not on the same page, and both of us were unaware of where this was leading and had a ton of questions that needed answered. Comfort was found in the Sunday church and its teachings. It was familiar, yet still felt lacking. We left the Assemblies of God church in 2011 and found ourselves active members at a Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, but not for long.
In the meantime, personal and physical struggles put a lot of stress on our marriage early on. My spiritual and mental health was deeply affected for many years. The extent of my time with God primarily amounted to my involvement and attendance at the church. Little or no spiritual growth occurred for quite some time. My heart longed to be close to God, but I felt stuck.
My husband began diligently studying the Hebrew roots of our faith. At first he was acquiring knowledge, but felt the leading of the Holy Spirit to begin walking out what he was learning. It sounded interesting when he shared with me, but I didn’t view it as applicable knowing what I had been taught in the church all these years. During this same time, a few of us were studying the topic of discipleship in a cell group. I clearly remember verbally agreeing that I wanted to be a true disciple of Messiah, no matter the cost. My husband invited me to attend a conference in the fall of 2013. All I can say is, something that weekend clicked and God put us on the same page!
Together with our children, we began to embark on the journey of studying the whole Scriptures, auditing what we had been taught in the Christian church to what is written. For the first time, we were understanding what real discipleship was and beginning to walk as our Messiah walked, observing Sabbaths, feasts, eating clean, and much more. The Scriptures became real and personal, and our faith in Y’shua our Messiah made stronger. The more we began to walk in obedience to the commandments, the more we began to witness the Lord restore some of the broken pieces in our lives, including our marriage as well as my emotional health.
There is not a day that goes by that we are not grateful for the gift of eyes to see and ears to hear. We left the Christian & Missionary Alliance church the summer of 2014, and stepped out in the leading of the Holy Spirit and began a home fellowship, desiring to serve our Great King and teach others the Way of His Kingdom. Our hunger to learn and do has grown exponentially. The funny thing is, the more we learn and understand, the more we realize we don’t know, and probably won’t until Messiah returns and teaches us the fullness of His ways. Until then, we are all but babies in this journey.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to be part of the Torah Babies Ministry. My desire is that Torah Babies Kids be a community where you find the encouragement and the resources you need as parents to walk this walk with your children. I pray that you will develop relationships with other families on this same journey and be a support to each other. I pray that you will find that you have a place to turn and ask questions, as well as share your thoughts. I desire that we all grow more and more in the image of our Great King and become the Kingdom of children He delights in, those that are not ashamed of the testimony of Y’shua and His Torah.
Blessed be His Glorious Kingdom, Forever and Ever! Shalom!
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