Paul made claims that he was the apostle to the gentiles. The Messiah supposedly appeared to him in the desert and appointed him as an apostle to the gentiles, yet we read (Acts 15:7) that God made the choice that by Peter and the rest of the apostles should the gentiles hear the word of the gospel and believe. This is also confirmed in the Great Commission where Yashua instructed them to spread the word and teach all nations. It wasn’t a solo mission given to Saul of Tarsus as he would have you believe.

Acts 9:13-15
13Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
14And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
15But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

Romans 11:13
13For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:

Acts 15:7
7And when there had been much disputing, Peter rose up, and said unto them, Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made choice among us, that the Gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe.

Matthew 28:18-20
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Are we to believe that Yashua commissioned the eleven and wasn’t able to foresee they weren’t fully capable of spreading his word to the Gentiles, that he had to return back to earth and pick another to complete the task? When he ascended into heaven two men in white apparel appeared to the disciples and told them that Yashua would return the same way they saw him go into heaven.

Acts 1:10-11
10And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Yashua warns believers beforehand NOT to believe anyone that tells you he has returned to earth before his glorious second coming with his angels. Yashua specifically warns believers not to trust those who tell you the Christ appears in the desert, nor believe anyone that tells you Christ is in the secret chambers. Interestingly enough, these warnings fit Paul’s claims exactly. First, he claims the Messiah appeared to him in the desert on the Damascus road to appoint him an apostle. Secondly, he makes mention of the numerous occasions he received direct revelations from Yashua, once even recounting how the Lord physically stood by him (Acts 23:11) giving him encouragement. And lastly, Paul himself declared that he worked signs and wonders to the Gentiles (Acts 14:3, 15:12; 2 Corinthians 12:12). Is this quite possibly a reference to Paul? He seems to be the only one that fits the description.

Matthew 24:23-27
23Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
25Behold, I have told you before.
26Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:30
30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Acts 23:11
11And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

Remember, Yashua said that if was necessary that he leave otherwise the Comforter (Holy Spirit) would not come to the disciples. Right after Yashua ascended into heaven, and right after the eleven chose Matthias to replace Judas, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit. What Yashua prophesied came to pass that once he departed the disciples were imparted with the Holy Spirit to guide them. Yashua made it crystal clear that the Holy Spirit would be the one helping them remember his teachings and will be the one to guide them in all truth, not Paul. Paul claimed to have direct revelations from a Yashua who never really left to heaven, a Yashua who felt it necessary to be there in person to watch over the ministry which he entrusted into someone else other than the ones he appointed while on earth.

John 16:7
7Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

John 14:26
26But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Are we to come to the conclusion that Yashua changed his mind and decided to stay for a while? It’s time to forget about all the good things Paul pats himself on the back for, and listen to what the Master said. Jerry Kirk put it best when he commented, “How many times does the CHRIST have to tell you that HE is going to the FATHER and you are not going to see him until all of Israel offers a blessing?” (Matthew 23:39)

Matthew 23:39
39For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Paul went, as a self-appointed apostle, to the Gentiles because the Gentiles weren’t aware of the heresies he was spreading. To them all that was required was belief, faith and an open confession that Jesus is Lord, and they would be granted easy entrance into eternal bliss. He could deceive the believers into following his easy-going gospel by teaching them that they didn’t need to obey the commandments of the Torah. The Jewish believers weren’t as gullible and had heard about his heretical teachings and brought word to James, the leader of the Jerusalem council. James was informed of the accusations against Paul, but thought these accusations were unfounded and gave him the benefit of the doubt (Acts 21:18-24). He then advised Paul to perform a Nazirite vow, according to the customs of the Torah, to prove that there was no truth in the rumors.

Acts 21:18-24
18And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
19And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
20And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:
21And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest 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.
22What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
23Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
24Them take, and purify thyself 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 thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

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