For the Abraham Adams blasphemy, please go to the second post!
Hi Dear Abraham,
Greetings from Steven (Avery) Spencer, writing from Dutchess County, NY.
We may not have ever met directly with introduction, although I had made many trips to the fellership in the 1990s to about 2015. In 2016 I had a fascinating discussion with Asi at the cafe, however the promising beginning got shipwrecked by some alternate ministry. We especially focused on the name of God, the tetragram. This has been an area of special study for me, from the times dabbling in the sacred name (so-called) movement c. 1990 till coming out the other side and realizing that the traditional Penetcostal and Reformation and Anabaptist and Authorized Version usage of Jehovah is 100% correct. And I also learned with full conviction that "yahweh" is really nothing more than the Jupiter of Acts 14 and 19, and the enemy of Hebraic and Christian faith through the ages. As this conviction took root, clearly I could no longer seek to be involved in any "yahweh-worship",as the fellership calls it in the internal literature. A critical point was reached at the 2009 Fair when the song "Days of Elijah" was mangled to take out Jehovah and put in the dark-side name. And I won't go into more details on all this, unless you inquire.
Abraham, there are forces at work that are preventing even an honest and sincere inquiry into how Homestead Heritage got mired in yahweh and yahshua, even in water baptism, with the emphasis really increasing around the 1990s. (My times of deep full involvement were late 1976 to c 1985.)
Abraham, this will not go away, and ultimately can not be hidden, and I truly believe is a canker sore on the fellership.
At the very least you need a deep and sincere and honest study. The wonderful Adams family has been run around the merry-go-round by Joel (with some assistance) who became deeply enmeshed as a priest of yahweh, including the false prophecy problems, which actually began in the 1970s, with a personal false prophecy to visitors of a car crash, bent metal, destruction and death. At the time, the failure of the prophecy was bypassed, today it is clear that the core problem was that, even then, the prophecy was given from "Yahweh" (although we did NOT use the name in personal study and prayer and worship, we were 100% Christians for whom the name of the Lord Jesus Christ was central.
And I cannot begin to tell you how important it is for Homestead Heritage, if you are truly seeking to be apostolic and community Christians, to look at this afresh, with new eyes. To be a mentsch, and really seek out more excellently the wonderful truths of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My heartfelt love to Blair and Regina.
And yours in the wonderful and precious name of Jesus!
Dutchess County, NY
(520) 442-3322 (text)
Grace and peace in the wonderful name of Jesus!
Appreciate the ministry so deeply, the dream still lives.
And the wonderful fruits of Blair's vision, given from the Lord Jesus Christ, which we shared back even in the 1970s.
Homesteading, community, crafts, education, discipleship and more, all to be under the headship of the Lord Jesus.
As the very best friend of the fellership, I wrote up a short summary, to make clearer my previous note.
The truth (the hard truth), of the matter, is very simple.
"Yahweh" is not the name of the God of Israel, and it is not how to say the tetragram (יְהֹוָה - JHVH or YHVH).
And, even more significantly, it is not just an incidental error, 'yahweh' is the name is the name of the Jupiter entity that you know from Acts 14 and 19, Antiochus Epiphanes desecrating the temple with swine, the Samaritan dedication of their Temple to the pagan Jupiter, and Hadrian's pagan temple as well.
Jupiter (Iove-pater) == Yahweh father.
This is trivially easy to see from the Hebrew and Latin studies. A Karaite gentleman, humble with a big smile, very solid on the Hebrew of the Old Testament, formerly in Israel and now living in Texas, Nehemia Gordon, has really helped clarify this understanding through wide-ranging searching and studies. Many others have joined in, clarifying what was once a tad muddy. Granted, this was knowledge, understanding and insight that was less available when you started down the path in the 1970s. And even when you increased the 'Yahweh-worship' and brought in 'Yahshua' around 1990, even into the water baptism, all in an increasing elbowing aside and usurpation from the Lord Jesus Christ. (Granted: Jesus never fully denied, just mixing oil and water, pure and impure.)
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
This came to a head when the youngsters sang the blasphemy ditties, "there is no name Jehovah".
They really thought that 'yahweh' was the true revelation, and Jehovah was the counterfeit. God forbid!
Jesus - Jehovah - sweet
yahshua - yahweh - bitter
The album from Spring of Hope may have lots of beautiful music, but to sing 'Yahweh Lives' is an abomination. (I encountered this at the Fair when the singers mangled Days of Elijah, no God but Jehovah. And I ran the aisles, away from the spiritual assault.)
Note, however, that 'Yahweh' always contradicted the very best plumb-line of faith, the Authorized Version. This faux name 'Yahweh' was popularized by liberal, unbelieving Germans in the 1800s, and it is documented that Gesenius even favored 'Yahweh' with special note of how well it connects with Jupiter.
And 'Yahshua' is not a name at all, it is just a mangling made by American know-nothing sacred namers in the 1930s to pair up with their fascination with the dark-side entity 'Yahweh'. Joel led you in good faith down this path starting even a little bit in the 1970s. Although he stumbled because the entity could at times impel false prophecies. And it became difficult to do a review with a tabula rasa. Although there seemed to be small steps around 2005 when my correspondence with Joel began, Homestead really seemed to be at a critical point. My beliefs are clear and strong, I was not shaken in my faith convictions, and thus Joel needed a reason to cut off the dialog, which had at times such warmth and depth. In your literature, compelled to honesty, Joel does acknowledge that you do not really know if these names that you use (more than use, worship) are right. You use them as what you think are best guess. (As an aside, I dabbled in this 'Sacred Name' movement c. 1990-1995, which helped my understanding of the good, the bad and the ugly.)
Today it is time to put aside dangerous dark-side childish foibles -- yahweh and yahshua.
And return fully to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Philippians 2:9 (AV)
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him,
and given him a name which is above every name:
And you should never ask Pastors and Christians to pray in the false name of 'yahweh' rather than the name above all other names, the Lord Jesus Christ. (As happened in Kingston, NY. That was very grievous, but can help us have spiritual insight into the core nature of the problem.)
The fact that Homestead Heritage moved more towards usage of a dozen corruption (Critical Text, Westcott-Hort recension) modern versions, used in a smorgasbord fashion, made this error more possible. Since the pure and true Authorized Version, the majestic King James Bible, only uses JEHOVAH when giving the pronunciation, JEHOVAH and LORD being the most significant renderings.
The Lord Jesus calls on you to seek out the truths of the names:
Jesus and Jehovah vs. any counterfeits, more excellently, and iron sharpeneth!
And my reasonable service, and my accountability to the Lord Jesus is simply to share the truth, in love.
Ephesians 4:15 (AV)
But speaking the truth in love,
may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ:
With warmth and deep appreciation for your ministry.
Steven (Avery) Spencer
Dutchess County, NY
(520) 442-3322 (best for text)