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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Setting Dates and Leavened Bread

Have you ever read a verse and thought HOW DID WE MISS THIS???"

Consider Luke 21.
How could
we have overlooked this signs-of-the-end-time warning?
    -as many others did likewise including the men on the radio, internet, and book writers?

Luke 21:8 J.B. Phillips New Testament
“Be careful that you are not deceived,” he replied.
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ Never follow men like that...... "

.....Luke 21:8  (NIV)
He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and  ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them.

Luke 21:8 American Standard Version (ASV)
And he said, Take heed that ye be not led astray: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am he; and, The time is at hand: go ye not after them. 

And in the Numeric ASV: and He said see you be not led astray, for many shall come in my name saying "I am He"; and "the season is near", GO NOT AFTER THEM.

Christ-confessing ministers saying the time is at hand, the season is near, ARE right now,  leading many astray.

The FIRST warning Jesus gave regarding the end times was the SIGN that many would lead astray, ---> and that it would be those saying "the TIME is at hand".
“There will be many coming in my name, saying ‘I am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

- NO predicted earthquakes hit, and the ones that came were missed.

- NO special "anointing of the manchild" came in September or October.

- NO Comet Elenin disasters or even becoming visible

- NO appearing of Planet X

- NO, the New Madrid did not split open and isolate an ark-shaped refuge in which the "anointed" people
 could take the abandoned property of fleeing residents..

- NO, the 11-11-11 Hoover Dam terrorist destruction missed (via a YouTube prophet)

- and even the Great Pumpkin did not arrive for Halloween as Linus, the cartoon series character in "Peanuts' hoped for every year ....

But a pattern of failed dates, dreams, and disasters are exactly what we are told would be an end-time sign!

Did He really mean it and does it apply to the date-setting prophecy teacher?

“There will be many coming in my name, sayingI am he’ and ‘The time is very near now.’ ---> Never follow men like that......

If they predict dates, confirmed by dreams or whatever they are leading us astray, no disciple in the New Testament dangled dates and disasters as a lure for followers.

Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, ---> It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

We need to repent of the lust to know and/or have special end-time knowledge...
We too can fall into a "working of error", a strong delusion....  because no man is exempt from deception.

The truth here is Jesus does not want us following date-setting people no matter how much Christ they confess and teach.

The second truth is He does not want our minds and spirits POLLUTED by fear. Beware of constant mind-control and manipulation by pointing us toward their particular vision or philosophy, by those seeking a following. Fear using carrot-and-stick dates that constantly move forward is a tactic that keeps people following the "doom-date" setters.

Call him apostle, pastor, watchman, or rabbi and we lean on and follow his revelation, there is idolatry and our mind will be veiled. -especially when God told us ahead of time,  "they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"

The Lord, by His grace, has granted us repentance and deliverance from the error that had us bound. The hidden "leaven" in our manna of the Word.
We can now rest in His promises concerning end time events:

Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge
No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rapture When: Resolved by Resurrection

by rory moore

A Rapture When? Let's make it a Simple Truth  II
Did the Apostle Paul write of a POST or PRE -tribulation "gathering" (aka "rapture") ?? 
Let's consider...
1. as he wrote in 1 Thess 4:16-18  .... the dead in Christ are raised FIRST.

And so we have the KEY QUESTION: WHEN are the dead raised? 
We will use the key to prove the "rapture" for "our gathering", and including those "who are alive and remain" living, and the preceding mention of the dead in Christ who rise FIRST. 

Because we find in 1Cor 15:51-52 for us to see the Resurrection:
 "Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will ALL be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the ***LAST*** TRUMPET; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed."

So we note "ALL" are "changed" on the same day.

When the dead in Christ are "raised", it is the "resurrection".
Jesus taught on the resurrection four times in John 6 when He
said  He will raise ALL who have believed on Him on the last day. (John 6:39,40,44,54). 

Those who are "raised" < i.e. "changed" > are raised on the same day.
There is only ONE (first) resurrection of the saints in Christ..
 Jesus is gathering His elect, His people, after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31).  There is not a separate gathering for one group of Jews after a "raptured" church, because John SAW martyred saints from all tribes tongues, and nations that "came out of great tribulation".

Rev. 7: 
I saw, and behold, a great multitude, which no man could number, from every nation and of all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, arrayed in white robes, and palms in their hands;
10 and they cry with a great voice, saying, Salvation unto our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, 
These that are arrayed in the white robes, who are they, and from where came they? 
14 And I said to him, My lord, you know. And he said to me, 
These are they that come out of the great tribulation, and they washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  (note: NOT Jews only)

The last trumpet sounds on the last day, and Jesus said that was after the tribulation (Matt 24:29-31). Jesus and Paul agree on the timing and it is not pre-tribulation, but "AFTER the tribulation".

When you see the correct order and time of the resurrection, when "we shall be changed", the when and who fall right into place and the "pre-trib" explanations and reasonings, are all answered. 

The "first resurrection" is specific in Revelation 20:4-6.
Who is in the "first resurrection" after the tribulation?

Here is the simple truth:

Rev. 20:4   And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
 === > and I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus
and for the word of God, and such as worshiped not the beast, neither his image, and received not the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand;
and they lived, and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  
5 …….. This is the first resurrection.
....  The rest of the dead lived not until the thousand years should be finished.

6)   Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection
over these the second death hath no power; but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The first resurrection  of  “them that are fallen asleep” that is near simultaneous with the "harpazo" of 1Thess. 4 and 1Cor. 15  is in Rev 20 and includes the martyred tribulation saints!

That's right, there is only ONE "first resurrection" of those "in Christ" and it includes them that refuse the mark during the tribulation. All are "raptured" together in the "first resurrection.

Therefore there simply cannot be a "pre- or mid trib rapture" because all living and dead in Christ are gathered  at the same time, "in a moment, and in the twinkling of an eye..".

And that is the simple truth.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

An accurate Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham 1965

An Accurate End-Time Warning
Prophecy by Stanley Frodsham 1965  

Great darkness is coming upon the countries that have heard My gospel but no longer walk in it. My wrath shall be manifested against all ungodliness. It shall come with great intensity. My judgments are literal, and not a thing to be lightly passed over. Before I visit the nations in judgment, I will begin at My house.
When I do cause My wrath to come upon the cities of the world, My people shall be separate. I desire a people without spot or wrinkle, and such shall be preserved by Me in the time of My wrath coming upon all iniquity and unrighteousness.

I am going to prepare you for the coming days by a hard path that will cause you to cry out continually unto Me. For when the going is easy, men do not seek Me, but rejoice in a temporary blessing. And when that blessing is removed, they so often turn this way and that way, but do not come to Me. I am showing you these things that you may seek Me continually and with great diligence. As you seek Me, I will open up truths to you that you have not seen before, truths that will enable you to stand in the last days.

Coming Glory and Deceiving Spirits

When I visit My people in mighty revival power it is to prepare them for the darkness ahead. With the glory shall come great darkness, for the glory is to prepare My people for the darkness. I will enable My people to go through because of the visitation of My Spirit. Take heed to yourselves lest ye be puffed up and think that you have arrived. 
Listen to the messengers, but do not hold man's persons in admiration. For many whom I shall anoint mightily with signs and miracles shall become lifted up and shall fall by the wayside. I do not do this willingly; I have made provision that they might stand.

I call many into this ministry and equip them, but remember that many shall fall. They shall be like bright lights, and the people shall delight in them. But they shall be taken over by deceiving spirits, and shall lead many of My people astray.

Hearken diligently concerning these things, for in the last days shall come seducing spirits 1Timothy 4:1) that shall turn many of My anointed ones away.
Many shall fall through divers lusts and because of sin abounding.
But if you will seek Me diligently I will put My Spirit within you (Ezekiel 36:27).
When one shall turn to the right hand or to the left hand, you shall not turn with them, but keep your eyes wholly on the Lord.  (seek His  Word, His Spirit, His Presence)
The coming days are the most dangerous, difficult and dark, but there shall be a mighty outpouring of My Spirit upon many cities; and many shall be destroyed.
My people must be diligently warned concerning the days that are ahead. Many shall turn after seducing spirits; many are already seducing My people. It is those who do righteousness that are righteous.
Many cover sins by great theological words, but I warn you of seducing spirits who instruct My people in an evil way.

Many shall come with seducing spirits and hold out lustful enticements.
You will find that after I have visited My people again, the way shall become more and more narrow, and fewer shall walk therein.
But, be not deceived, the ways of righteousness are My ways. For though Satan come as an angel of light (II Corinthians 11:13-15), hearken not to him; for those who perform miracles and speak not righteousness are not of Me.
I warn you with great intensity that I am going to judge My house and have a church without spot or wrinkle when I come.

I desire to open your eyes and give you spiritual understanding that you may not be deceived, but may walk in uprightness of heart before Me, loving righteousness and hating every evil way.
Look unto Me, and l, will make you to perceive with the eyes of the Spirit the things that lurk in darkness, that are not visible to the human eye.
Let Me lead you in this way that you may perceive the powers of darkness and battle against them. It is not a battle against flesh and blood, for if you battle in that way, you accomplish nothing.
But if you let Me take over and battle against the powers of darkness, then they are defeated; and then liberation is brought to My people.

The Way of Deceivers

I  warn you to search the Scriptures diligently concerning these last days, for the things that are written shall indeed be made manifest.
There shall come deceivers among My people in increasing number, who shall speak forth the truth and shall gain the favor of the people, for the people shall examine the Scriptures and say, "What these men say is true." Then when they have gained the hearts of the people, then and then only shall they bring out these wrong doctrines.
Therefore, I say that you should not give your hearts to men, nor hold people's persons in admiration. For by these very persons shall Satan enter into My people.

Watch for seducers 1Timothy 3:13).
Do you think a seducer will brandish a new heresy and flaunt it before the people? He will speak the words of righteousness and truth and will appear as a minister of light, declaring the Word.
The people's hearts shall be won; they will bring out their doctrines, and the people shall be deceived.

The people shall say, "Did he not speak thus and thus? And did we not examine it from the Word? Therefore he is a minister of righteousness. That he has now spoken we do not see in the Word, but it must be right, for the other things he spoke were true."

Be not deceived, for the deceiver will first work to gain the hearts of many and then shall bring forth his insidious doctrines.
You cannot discern those who are of Me and those who are not of Me when they start to preach.
But seek Me constantly, and then when these doctrines are brought out, you shall have a witness in your heart that these are not of Me. Fear not, for I have warned you.
Many will be deceived, but if you walk in holiness and uprightness before the Lord, your eyes shall be opened, and the Lord will protect you. If you will constantly look unto the Lord, you will know when the doctrine changes, and you will not be brought into it.
If your heart is right, I will keep you, and if you will look constantly to Me, I will uphold you.

The minister of righteousness shall be on this wise: his life shall agree with the Word, and his lips shall give forth that which is wholly true, and it will be no mixture.
When the mixture appears, then you will know he is not a minister of righteousness.
The deceivers speak first the truth and then error to cover their own sins, which they love. Therefore, I exhort and command you to study the Scriptures relative to seducing spirits, for this is one of the great dangers of these last days.

I desire you to be firmly established in My Word, and not in the personalities of men, that you will not be moved as so many shall be moved. I would keep you in the paths of righteousness. Take heed to yourselves, and follow not the seducing spirits that are already manifesting themselves.
Diligently inquire of Me when you hear something that you have not seen in the Word, and do not hold people's persons in admiration, for it is by this very method that Satan will hold many of My people.

The Way of Triumph

I  have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly, that you may triumph where I triumphed. On the cross I triumphed over all the powers of Satan, and I have called you to walk the same path. It is when your life is on the cross that you shall know the victory that I have experienced. As you are on the cross and seated in Me, then you shall know the power of the resurrection.

When I come in My glory, the principalities and powers in the heavenly places shall be broken. Fret not, for I have given you power whereby you may tread down the powers of darkness and come forth victoriously. It was on the cross that I triumphed over all the powers of the enemy. My life shall flow through you as you enter into these precious truths. Look unto Me, and appropriate My life. As your eyes and desires are toward Me, and you know what it is to be crucified with Me, then you shall live, and your anointing shall increase.

It was not in My life that I walked upon the earth, but it was in My life when I was upon the cross that I openly spoiled principalities and powers (Colossians 2:15). I am showing you truth that shall cause you to overcome, to have power over the wicked one-truth that will liberate you and those around you. You shall know also the fellowship of My sufferings. There is no other way whereby you may partake of this heavenly glory and reign with Me. "If we suffer, we shall reign with Him" (II Timothy 2:12 KJV).

I desire to make these truths real within you. As you keep them before you, you will liberate many who are in bondage. You will have revelations of those in darkness and will have the keys to liberate the captives.
Many seek to liberate, but they have not the keys. Upon the cross continually you will know the power of My resurrection that you may also partake of My glory.

As you are willing to walk with Me and rejoice in your sufferings, you shall partake of My glory. Look unto Me, for ye have need of power to overcome the wicked one and the bondage in other lives.

If you will indeed judge yourself, you shall not be judged 1Corinthians 11:31).
As you seek My face and desire to be cleansed by Me in all truth and sincerity of heart, I will judge you in the secret place, and the things that are in the secret place of your heart shall not be made manifest to others. I will do it in the secret place, and no man shall know it, and the shame that shall be seen on many faces shall not be seen on your face. Therefore, in love and mercy I am instructing you, and, therefore, have I said that if a man judge himself, he shall not be judged. It is not My good pleasure that the shame of My people be seen by all. How can I judge the world if I judge not first My own house? Hearken unto these things I am telling you. If you will not hearken to Me, your shame shall be evident to all.

God's Part and Our Part

I would have you consider My life on earth-the anointing upon Me was great. Yet the temptations were great on every side, in one form and then in another, offering Me first the glory of the kingdoms of the earth, and then reviling and persecuting Me. There will be great glory given to My people, and yet the temptations shall be intensified from every side. Think not that with the glory there shall be no temptations or persecutions.
The glory to My church shall be great, and so shall the temptations from the enemy to turn My people from My paths. I am warning you that when the glory shall be manifested, the temptations shall be great, until very few that start shall finish.

First, there shall be offered them great worldly possessions, and then great revilings and unbelief.

Consider your Lord, that as He walked, so it shall be for you. There shall be need of great intensity of purpose.
At times, everyone shall rise up against you, simply to turn you from the course that I would put you on. It is written of Me that I set My face as a flint to go the direction My Father had prescribed for Me Isaiah 50:7). If you will finish the course the Lord has laid down for you, you will have to set your face as a flint with great determination-you must walk in the course laid down for you.
Many of your loved ones and those who follow with you shall persuade you and try to turn you from the course. With many words that seem right in the natural will they speak to you. Did not Christ rebuke Peter, who would turn Him from the course God had prescribed? (Matthew 16:22, 23)

Understand these two things and meditate upon them solemnly: the persecution and the darkness shall be as great as the glory, in order to try to turn the elect and the anointed ones from the path the Lord has laid down for them.
Many shall start, but few shall be able to finish because of the greatness of grace that shall be needed to be able to endure unto the end.
The temptation and persecution of your Lord was continuous. He was tempted by Satan in many forms throughout His entire life, and even on the cross when the ungodly cried out, "If thou be the Christ, come down from the cross."
Think not that there shall be a time of no persecution, for it shall be from the time of your anointing unto the end-difficulties and great persecution to the end. The Lord must prepare you to be an overcomer in all things, that you may be able to finish the course.
The persecution shall increase, even as the anointing shall increase.

In paths of judgment and righteousness shall the Lord God lead His people and bring them into that place which He has chosen for them. For the Lord has chosen a place for His people, a place of righteousness and holiness where He shall encamp round about them, and all who will be led of the Lord shall be brought into this holy place, for the Lord delights to dwell in His people and to manifest Himself through His people. The holiness of the Lord shall be manifested through his people. Let the Lord lead you in difficult places. He led His people of old through the place where no man dwelt, where no man had passed through- in a place of great danger, and in the shadow of death. The Lord will indeed lead His people through such places, and yet He will bring them out into a place of great glory. Understand that the way toward the glory is fraught with great danger, and many shall fall to the right or to the left; many shall camp on lesser ground, but the Lord has a place of holiness, and no unclean things shall dwell among His people.

Put your trust in Him, and He will bring you into a place of holiness. He desires to bring His people into great glory, the like of which has never been seen: what the Lord will do for those who put their trust in Him.
It is a place of darkness and great danger that separates His people into the place He would have them walk in. He will protect them from the voices that would turn them from His path.
He will bring them through the dark places, and through the treacherous paths, out into the light of His glory. He will rejoice greatly over His beloved, and cause you to be filled with joy unspeakable. He seeks to lead His people into a new place of grace and glory where He will indeed encamp among them. Put your trust in Him, and He will surely bring you into this new place.

Fear not the days to come, but fear this only: that you shall walk in a manner pleasing to the Lord.
In this time I am ordering and setting up My church, and it shall indeed be pure, without spot or wrinkle. I will do a work in My beloved that has not been seen since the foundation of the world. I have shown you these things that you may seek the Lord diligently with all your heart, and that you may be a preserver of His people.

Run not to this one nor to that one,
for the Lord has so ordained that salvation is in Him, and in Him alone.
You shall not turn to this shepherd, or to that one; for there shall be a great scattering upon the earth.

Therefore, look unto Him, for He will indeed make these things clear to you.
You shall not look here nor there, for wells that once had water shall be no more. But, as you diligently seek Him, He shall increase your strength and your faith that He may be able to prepare you for this time that is coming.

The truths that I have revealed to you must become a part of you, not just an experience
, but a part of your very nature.
Is it not written that I demand truth in the inward parts? It is the truth of the Lord expressed in your very being that shall hold you. Many shall experience the truth, but the truth must become a part of you-your very life.
As men and women look upon you, they will hear not only the voice, but see the expression of the truth. Many shall be overcome because they are not constant in My ways, and because they have not permitted the truths to become part of them. I am showing you these truths that you may be prepared and having done all, to stand.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

You Who Desire the Law

Gal 4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law....
by rory moore

Here now is a test for those who are prophets and/or spiritual from 1 Cor 14:37:
"If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." -written to the saints at Corinth by Paul, a Jewish apostle.

Does it come as a surprise that Jesus continued speaking through the apostles?
The scriptures did not cease with the Old Testament, but many people think we should observe many of the laws, statutes, and ordinances God gave to Israel as they went into the promised land.
**ALL** of the words of God are His Law, and that there are commands in the New Testament that are to be observed and there are commands and ordinances in the Old we are free from.

Heb 7:18 For there is a disannulling of a foregoing commandment because of its weakness and unprofitableness..
Is it correct to say that the former law and commands from God would be changed or over-written by God at a later time?

Acts 1:2 (ASV) until the day in which he was received up, after that (day),
he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.

Do you see the progression of the delivery of the New Testament?
Jesus prayed for you and me to believe on Him through the words given by His apostles:
John 17:20 Neither for these only do I pray, but for them also that believe on me through their word
Jesus continued speaking by the Holy Ghost through the apostles in giving his commands to the church

Paul said was speaking God's commands when he wrote the church letters in 1 Cor 14:37 and in 2 Thes 3:4. Peter affirmed this in 2 Pet 3:2 & 16, as did Jude in verse 17 of his letter.

2 Pet 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:
1 Cor 14:37 If any man thinks himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him take knowledge of the things which I write to you, that they are the commandment of the Lord.
Jude :17 But .. remember ye the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 
2 Thes 3:4) And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. (NLT) .
Acts 15 the Christ’s followers wrestled with matters of the law.
After prayer and much debate, they decreed:28) it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things:29) that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication;
from which if you keep yourselves, it shall be well with you
  • Are Christians to keep the ordinances, laws, and commandments of the Old Testament?
  • Is it righteous to keep the feasts of the Lord, the Sabbath, and what of the Ten Commandments?
  • Should Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians do all?
  • Did Peter, Paul, or Jesus instruct any church to keep the OT laws?
  • If so, what verses SPECIFICALLY say so?
  • Is there a specific verse telling Christians or churches to keep the sabbath law?
What follows is a long list of Holy Spirit directed New Testament scriptures that speak directly to the Christians relationship to the Old Covenant laws and commands.

Print out this list of verses and next time you hear a prophet or "Torah keeper" tell you we must do certain practices to please God, remember what was written in "the faith once delivered" that God gave us.



Gal 3:10-11 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Gal 5:18 But if you be led of the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Rom 10: 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
Col 3:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances? (referring to the law)
Col 2:14 <upon Christ's death>   Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances [contained in the Law] that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it [the Law] out of the way, nailing it [the Law] to his cross;

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; in order to make in himself of the two (people groups)  one new man, so making peace;
Heb 7:18 For there is VERILY (indeed-truly)  A DISANNULLING OF THE COMMANDMENT going before the weakness and unprofitableness thereof, (
19) for the law MADE NOTHING PERFECT, but the bringing in OF a BETTER HOPE, by which we draw nigh unto God.

Heb 9: 9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
10) Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink [from the Law], or in respect of an holyday [from the Law], or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days [from the Law]:
17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

Luke 1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
(It is clear the shadow is a reference to the law. When Christ, our encompassing light is come, "I am the LIGHT of the world", the shadow must go away.)

Col 2:17 [speaking of the days and feasts of the law] Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
 (These verses interpret the scripture in Luke about the shadow and the Light)

Col 2: 20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (referring to the Old Testament laws)  after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23) Which things have an appearance of wisdom in will-worship
I like the Complete Jewish Bible rendering of Colossians 2:20
They do indeed have the outward appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed religious observances, false humility and asceticism; but they have no value at all in restraining people from indulging their old nature.

Acts 21:20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, you see, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:  
21)  And they are informed of you, that you teach all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
22)  How shall we deal with this? because the multitude will assemble and they will hear that you are here.
23)  therefore do this, we say to you as we have four men which have a vow on them;
24) Them take, and purify yourself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that you also walk orderly, and keep the law.
25) but As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing [the OT laws], save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

NOTE a couple of important points here about Acts 21:
Prior to 70 AD Israel still existed as a nation, and a central temple, God’s “house”.
 The final destruction prophesied by Jesus was not yet fulfilled. And under the law, animal sacrifice was still practiced, the Levitical and High Priest offices still functioned,  but only as an outward observance (in the eyes of God).  Jesus was the final sacrifice and Jesus is our One and only High Priest, as it is written.
Desolation had been pronounced upon the harlot house of the Jews by Jesus.
Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
(This does not mean Jewish people cannot be saved. 
The NT church began as a 100% Jewish ekklesia and gentiles added later.
 Salvation is given to "both Jew and Greek" and both Jews and gentiles are one in Christ.)

Regarding the early church debate over the works of the law, in Acts 15, the apostle JAMES told the church leadership in Jerusalem:
22) Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church, to choose men out of their company, and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas called Barsabbas, and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
23) and they wrote to them, The apostles and the elders, brethren, to the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia, greeting:
24) For as we have heard that certain who went out from us have troubled you with words, subverting your souls; to whom we gave no commandment;
25) it seemed good unto us, having come to one accord, to choose out men and send them unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
26) men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
27) We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who themselves also shall tell you the same things by word of mouth.
28) For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary:
29) that ye abstain from things sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which if ye keep yourselves, it shall be well with you. Fare ye well.

But those who would "trouble", "burden" and "subvert" your souls might say,
"Paul meant for you to keep the letter of the law, keep the sabbath and the feasts, circumcision, ordinances, and/or the tithe."

BUT the law HAS been changed:
Heb 7:12  For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.
Heb 7:22  By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
Heb 8:6  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry,
by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.
8) For finding fault with them, the LORD, Behold, the days come, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9) Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt [the law]; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord.

10) For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord;
 I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11) And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more
13) In that he says, A new covenant, he has made the first old [the law]. Now that which is decaying and waxing old [the law] is ready to vanish away.

Did we hear correctly?

"In that He says,  A new covenant,  he has made the first old.
 Now that which decays and becomes old is ready to vanish away."

-HOW did it decay and vanish away? Simple. After Christ the decay began as no more blood sacrifices could remove sin. The Jewish Levite priest's sacrifices were no longer necessary, and when the Lord sent the Romans to obliterate the ancient Jewish nation, the whole Levite priest system vanished with the destruction of the nation and the temple itself.

Rom 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ ,
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
4) That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
Gal 2:15 We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles,
16) Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ,
and not by the works of the law
:  for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (the same phrase Peter used in Acts 15:10 referring to the law and Gentile Christians)
Gal 2:21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Gal 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh?
Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and poor elements, so that you desire again to be in bondage? ("weak and beggarly" means unable to save and lacking in power.)

Gal 5:1 "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage."

Gal 5:3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised (i.e. one who tithes, keeps the sabbath and  the feasts, is circumcised, sacrifices animals, or keeps other points of the law) that he is a debtor to do the whole law.

Gal 5:9 A little leaven (from the law) leavens (pollutes) the whole lump (body).

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse:
 for it is written (IN THE LAW!),
  Cursed is every one that continues not in all which are written in the book of the law to do them. 
And a little law (tithe/sabbath/etc.) leavens, vails, makes Christ no effect, brings one under the curse, etc....

Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (in the law), which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way,  nailing it to his cross;
16) Let no man therefore judge (to condemn) you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days [as given in the law]:
17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
(When Christ, the LIGHT comes, the shadow goes away.)

Gal 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
5) For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6) For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. (Observing the law avails nothing, it is faith which justifies. Faith in Christ makes you complete and righteous, not the outward keeping of the law).

2 Cor. 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones (the law), was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8) How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9) For if the ministration of condemnation be glory (the law) , much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

Phil 3:6  Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
7) But what were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
8) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,
 that I may win Christ
9) And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
 but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith

10) For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect (no glory by the works of the law) , by reason of the glory that excels (the glory that is of faith).

11) For if that which is done away (the law) was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious.
12) Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:

13) And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished: (the law)
14) But their minds were blinded: for until this day remains the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; (law) which vail is done away in Christ.
 (By observing an OT law we veil the face of Christ)

Phil. 3:5 (Paul was) Circumcised on the eighth day (according to the law),
 of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; 
as touching the lawa Pharisee

1Tim. 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers...
?? The law was made for who??

You see, for those who will be righteous in Christ, trying to keep a covenant that was done away makes Christ "of none effect".

And when we look at the sum of what scripture says about the OT law, we find words: "abolished", "disannulled", "done away", "counted loss", "Christ the end of the law", "that which decays", "vanish away", "blotting out the ordinances...", "to whom we gave no such command", "dead to the law through the body of Christ", "canceled" ....

The new covenant is for a spiritual people of God, not a letter people. "They that are led of the Spirit are the sons of God", not them that are led of the letter. "The letter killeth but the Spirit maketh alive."
We are righteous by faith in the scriptures and obedience to the terms of the New Covenant unto obedience.
To follow Christ is to learn of the Covenant He gave us as given through His holy apostles.

No one is to add to it or diminish ought from it under severe penalty. see our article
 "Only One Covenant" to learn more about what is given in our "better covenant".
(Some believe the Jews still have a relationship with God via the Old Testament and are saved by the Old Covenant)

On the authority of the testimony of Paul who preached the same Gospel to BOTH Jews and gentiles:
   to the elders of the church at Ephesus he said:
Acts 20:19 Serving the LORD with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

20) And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, (and he never once telling them they had to observe the law, keep sabbaths, tithing, feasts, circumcision, etc.) but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

21) Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (without putting either group back under the law)

There is ONE faith, and it is the same gospel to the same body made up of both Jews and gentiles.
Eph. 4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Jude :3 Earnestly contend for THE faith ONCE delivered to the saints
Peter bore witness that Paul's writing to the churches was also scripture in 2 Peter 3:15,16. Luke, James, Peter, the church in Jerusalem all bore witness to Paul’s ministry, and verified his word to the church. Bible Numerics also prove that what we have is the true and accurate Word of God and that as scripture says "not one jot or tittle shall pass away till all be fulfilled". God is able to preserve His Word on earth and in heaven.

1 Corinthians 14:37
If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.

They will try to persuade you with crafty wrestling of scripture, if you are in doubt, please re-read these with PRAYER.