SHIR HASHIRIM – THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM – PART 1

The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, for I have put water in the desert and rivers in the wilderness, provide drink for My chosen people, this people that I fashioned for Myself that they might declare My praise. Isaiah 43:20-21

Well, it is finally time! I have been researching and compiling information on the Book of Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon/Songs) for a long while now and thus it has reached the point where I can now post chapter one of this astounding and amazing Book!

I will be posting by chapter so expect this to be a VERY long and VERY in-depth study! We will be exploring not only chapter to chapter but also going verse by verse and in some important cases, word by word to explore all that is there! Each Op will have to be extremely long to encapsulate all that is there so please bear with me!

Also, you will notice I will be posting random pictures in each Op of HaShem’s creation because I hope it will inspire you to look out your window and see HaShem in His creation that He has blessed us with! Just remember, every gust of wind, every drop of rain, every grain of dust, every bolt of lightning, every snowflake, etc, is all utterly controlled and placed exactly where He wants them to be! He provides water and food for the animals and if He can do that, then how much more can He take care of us in these vile, wicked and exceedingly evil times we find ourselves living in right now?

In the midst of these wicked times we currently live in, there is great hope because HaShem tells us in Isaiah 2:1-5 concerning the end of days: “The prophecy that Isaiah son of Amoz saw, concerning Judah and Jerusalem – It WILL HAPPEN in the End of Days – The Mountain of the Temple of HaShem will be firmly established (Temple will be rebuilt!) as the head of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and ALL the nations will stream to it. Many peoples (Non-Jews) will go and say ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HaShem, to the Temple of the Elohim of Jacob and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths (meaning the non-Jews will stream to the Temple in Jerusalem to be taught the Torah of HaShem). For from Zion will the Torah come forth, and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem. He will judge among the nations, and will settle the arguments of many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift up sword against nation and they will no longer study warfare. O House of Jacob, come, let us walk by the light of HaShem!” May it be so very soon in our days!

In order to begin our study into this amazing Book, we will need to lay the foundation, which again will take time, but it is very important so we can absorb all that HaShem has in His Word. First and foremost, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as once more they are vital as we proceed in this study:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

Why did HaShem create His people Israel (Comprised of everyone who wishes to serve and honor the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)? Isaiah 43 tells us: “That we might declare the praise of HaShem!” How do we praise HaShem? First we believe what He says, then we strive to put that faith into action and walk in His Torah and in doing so we bring honor and esteem to His Great Name, further, we declare our loyalty, devotion and love for HaShem because He is worthy of it and more importantly He is deserving of it!

Consider what He says in 2 Kings 7:23 which says “And who is like Your people, like Israel, a unique nation on earth, whom Elohim went forth to redeem unto Himself for a people, thus gaining Himself renown, and to perform great works for you (Israel) and wonders for Your Land, driving out nations and their gods from before Your people, whom You have redeemed for Yourself from Egypt.” HaShem loves His people, Israel and has gone to great lengths to redeem Israel! Keep this in mind as we proceed in what will be an extremely long Op!

Shir HaShirim is an extremely important Book in the Tanakh, one that is either ignored or sadly twisted and used to promote terrible abominations. I hope to show you shortly just how important this Book really is!

In Jewish thought, with regards to studying the Tanakh, there are FOUR levels of interpretation:

  • Peshat: Literal interpretation of each scripture
  • Remez: Alluding to other verses, such as cross referencing
  • Derash: Midrash, allegory, we must be VERY careful with this level
  • Sode: Mystical, again we must be VERY careful with this level as well

All four of these levels produces the Hebrew word ‘Pardes’ which means ‘Paradise!’ When we correctly study HaShem’s Word and apply it to our lives and in our hearts and minds, we walk in His paradise! Keep this in mind as we proceed because it will become very important shortly.

An excerpt from the Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim 1.20 Insights section says “Berachos 22a (Talmud Bavli) derives from Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:9-10) that we are commanded to study Torah in precisely the way we received it at Sinai: ‘In dread and awe, with trembling and with fear.’ This is because one who studies Torah drinks directly from the river that flows from Sinai. The words he absorbs were sent out into the world at that moment of the Revelation, and have now arrived at their destination after a journey of centuries. He hears in his mind the Great Voice of Sinai (HaShem), he relives in small measure the Receiving of the Torah, and so he must comport himself with the proper degree of reverence and awe.”

A very important aspect to grasp and take hold of is the proper understanding of ‘Kedusha’ or ‘Holiness’ and what it really means, not the Christian definition but what the Word of HaShem really says about it. The best definition I have read to describe what true Kedusha is, is the following statement “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha (Holiness) are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we must relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!” Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries – Jerusalem Temple Study

The closer one draws to HaShem, the higher the level of Kedusha is required! Consider the following from Tractate Keilim 1.6-9 from the Mishnah when describing Kedusha: “There are TEN sanctities (Levels of Kedusha) – The progression ascends from the Land of Israel to the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem:

  • Eretz Israel (The Land of Israel) is more sanctified than any of the other lands (In the world). And what is its sanctity? That we may bring from it the omer and the first fruits and the two loaves of bread, which we may not bring from any of the other lands.
  • Cities (In the Land) surrounded by a wall are more sanctified than this, for we send the metzoraim out of them, and they may carry a dead body around within them until they decide (To step out). Once out, they may not bring it back. Within the walls is more sanctified than these, for we may eat there kodashim kalim and ma’aser sheni.
  • Har Habayit (Temple Mount) is more sanctified than this, for zavim and zavot, niddot and yoldot may not enter there.
  • The Cheil (Inner Courtyard) is more sanctified than this, for Gentiles and one rendered impure by a corpse, may not enter there.
  • Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women) is more sanctified than this, for a tevul yom may not enter there, but they are not liable to a sin offering for it.
  • Ezrat Yisrael (Court of Israel) is more sanctified than this for one lacking atonement may not enter there, and they are liable to a sin offering for it.
  • Ezrat Kohanim (Court of the Kohanim/Priests) is more sanctified than this, for Israelites may enter there only at a time when they are needed such as laying hands, for slaughtering and for heaving.
  • Between the Ulam (Porch into the Sanctuary) and the Altar is more sanctified than this, for those with a blemish and those with wild hair may not enter there.
  • The Hekhal (Sanctuary) is more sanctified than this, for one may not enter there without washing hands and feet.
  • The Holy of Holies is more sanctified than these, for only the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) may enter there, on Yom Kippur at the time of the service.”

Can you see the progression? The closer one draws to HaShem, the more restrictive the Kedusha requirements become! What does this teach us?

Now does it make a little more sense when HaShem command us in Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:2 “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying ‘Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them ‘You shall be holy (Kadosh), for holy (Kadosh) am I, HaShem, your Elohim.'” How do we set ourselves apart to Him? By walking in His Torah! He further says in Vayikra 20:7 “You shall sanctify (Kadosh) yourselves and you will be holy (Kadosh), for I am HaShem, your Elohim.'”

This is reiterated in 1 Peter 1:13-16 which says “Therefore, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, set your expectations perfectly upon the favor that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah, as OBEDIENT CHILDREN, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance, instead, as the One Who called you is set-apart (Holy/Kadosh) SO YOU ALSO SHOULD BECOME SET-APART (HOLY/KADOSH) IN ALL BEHAVIOR, because it has been written, ‘Be set-apart (Holy/Kadosh), for I am set-apart (Holy/Kadosh)'” quoting Vayikra 19:2. Just a quick observation, if the letter by Peter is advocating and quoting the Torah favorably and calling for the people who believe in Yeshua to obey the Torah, then how can Replacement Theology come along and toss it all out and still claim to be from HaShem? Obviously it can’t and has only succeeded in revealing its demonic, satanic origin once again. I digress. The point is, again we see in the Apostolic Writings where NOTHING has been changed, replaced, rendered obsolete and tossed out. The message from HaShem is still the same….be kadosh and we do that first by faith and then put that faith into action i.e. walk in His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem!

Remember, at Sinai HaShem offered Israel the Torah i.e. the Ketubah in Hebrew, which is the marriage contract which states all the responsibilities of the Groom to take care of His Bride, but also all the responsibilities of the Bride to the Groom. Israel joyously accepted the Ketubah and was betrothed to HaShem as His one and only Bride. The Bride agreed to the terms to be set-apart to her Groom and the Torah is the means to do so! Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Now with this stated as it pertains to being kadosh, HaShem has given us an incredible tool to use to really, truly and deeply understand the concept of kedusha and how to apply it to our lives! This tool is non other than the Temple of HaShem with all the offerings and all the services, even down to how it functions on a daily basis! In fact another name for the Temple of HaShem is ‘House of Kedusha’! Keep this in mind!!

In Ezekiel 43:10-11 HaShem says the following about His Temple: “You Ben Adam! Tell the family of Israel of the Temple and let them be ashamed of their sins, and MEASURE THE DESIGN. And if they are ashamed, the FORM OF THE HOUSE AND ITS DESIGN, ITS EXITS AND ENTRANCES, AND ALL ITS APPEARANCES, ITS LAWS AND DECORATION, AND ALL ITS REGULATIONS MAKE KNOWN TO THEM and write it down before their eyes, that they may remember its form and its decrees and perform them.” This is a command from HaShem to study and learn EVERYTHING about His Temple and why? So we would know how to apply these principles to our own lives because we, our bodies are the Temple of HaShem! We do NOT replace the Temple in Jerusalem, but our bodies being the Temple is NOT a Christian concept, it is very much a Jewish concept in that we are to see the Temple of HaShem and again apply its principles to our own lives! Unfortunately Christendom has twisted this concept up to mean our bodies have now replaced the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem which has now become the habitation for devils and demons and the throne of Satan on earth…its abominable what Christendom has done to the Temple of HaShem, but that is an entirely different topic and not relevant to this Op. One day perhaps I will do an Op discussing just how much damage Christendom has done to the world, but for now the topic is on HaShem and His Temple! May it be so very soon in our days!

In studying and researching HaShem’s Temple, the Word of HaShem from Genesis to Revelation will suddenly explode into life! You will find studying His Temple is THE one and only key to unlock His Word and is the main focus! We find Temple Language all over the Apostolic Writings and especially Paul’s letters and is the focus of the Book of Revelation! When we understand Temple Language we will see Paul was in no way speaking against the Torah of HaShem or advocating Replacement Theology as Christendom teaches! The Temple is the key!

On a side note, there are 613 commandments in the Torah. Out of these 613 commandments, 271 of them pertain specifically to the Temple!

For example, there are 15 steps in the Temple of HaShem which lead up from the Court of the Women to the Court of Israel. These 15 steps are the basis for Psalms 120-134 i.e. the Psalms of Ascent because one is going UP to drawing closer to HaShem…each step corresponds to one Psalm i.e. the first step = Psalms 120 and the last step = Psalms 134! Next time you read these in your Bible’s consider this! Or when we read in the Apostolic Writings how the ‘Cock crowed’. Christendom has taught this was a literal rooster crowing in the morning. In reality, the ‘Cock that crowed’ was an idiom for a specific position in the Temple in which a Kohen, as the Temple Crier, would go to the highest point in the Temple and look for the sunrise to the east. When he saw it he would cry out indicating the beginning of the morning Temple Service and that it was time to offer the morning Tamid lamb! It has absolutely nothing, zilch, nadda to do with a chicken because chickens were not allowed within the walls of Jerusalem and especially not allowed in the Temple because their dung would contaminate everything.

One final example, when the woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Yeshua and was asked to render a ruling on her guilt, He never answered. Why didn’t He answer and give a ruling? Christendom has taught it was because He was showing her mercy and grace. If we understand the Temple and the Sanhedrin, the answer becomes perfectly clear why not, which is because Yeshua didn’t have the authority to render a ruling! The Torah is clear that anyone woman accused of adultery is to be brought before the Sanhedrin to include all the credible witnesses for examination and only they can render a right ruling. If Yeshua had rendered a ruling He would have instantly been disqualified as the Messiah because He would have sinned! See how the narrative changes when we include the Temple into the Apostolic Writings? Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Remember, its the responsibility of the Kohanim (Priests) who officiate the Temple Services to teach Israel to know the differences between the holy and the profane, clean and unclean per Vayikra 10:10-11 and Ezekiel 44:23! A better description of the function of the Kohanim is derived from the Illuminated Shir HaShirim book page 19: “The Kohanim serve as HaShem’s emissaries on earth, conduits for a love that can be given only by HaShem. The love in the blessing is more than a description of the way it should be conveyed by the Kohen, with a heart overflowing with love and sincerity. The blessing itself is the act of love demonstrated by HaShem, as the Kohanim are commanded to bless the children of Israel with the gift of love from their Heavenly Father.”

With this foundation laid, we can now begin to tackle Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs)! As I have previously stated, Shir HaShirim is an utterly astounding Book of the Tanakh! It is a Book of love, the love HaShem has for His one and only eternal Bride i.e. Israel! It will utterly change your life when you read this Book and you see the lengths HaShem has gone to redeem His Bride and how He longs to dwell in the midst of her and how Israel longs to be with her Bridegroom once and for all, no longer separated by sin and our failures! Further, when you see Creation around you, I hope and pray you will see it with a new light of seeing it through the lens of Shir HaShirim and understand, HaShem reveals Himself and His character in the beauty of His Creation! He IS there, we just have to take the blinders off as well as take the time to actually look! I digress!

The Mishnah describes Shir HaShirim as the following: “If all the volumes written in the Tanakh are holy, then Shir HaShirim, this magnificent text that captures the intense relationship between HaShem and His children, is the Holy of Holies. Viewing the crescendo of kedushah, holiness, that was invested in that magnificent area, we can gain a greater appreciate for the gift that HaShem has given us through King Solomon in Shir HaShirim.”

The following is from Hilchot Teshuvah (Repentance) from the Mishnah Torah 10.3 which says “What is the proper degree of love (For HaShem)? That a person should love HaShem with a very great and exceeding love until his soul is bound up in the love of HaShem. Thus, he will always be obsessed with this love as if he is lovesick. A lovesick person’s thoughts are never diverted from the love of that woman. He is always obsessed with her; when he sits down, when he gets up, when he eats and drinks. With an even greater love, the love for HaShem should be implanted in the hearts of those who love Him and are obsessed with Him at all times as we are commanded in Deuteronomy 6:5 ‘Love HaShem with all your heart and with all soul.’ This concept was implied by Solomon in Song of Songs 2:5 when he stated as a metaphor, ‘I am lovesick.’ Indeed, the totality of the Song of Songs is a parable describing this love.”

An excerpt from ‘The Five Megillah’ discussing Shir HaShirim on page three says “All the commentaries agree that Shir HaShirim is NOT to be taken literally; it is an ALLEGORY of HaShem and Israel, their glorious beginning, their estrangement, their longing for each other, their eventual return to their original relationship!” What is an ‘Allegory’? It is a “story, a poem or a picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning.” Keep this in mind as we will now begin to enter into the first chapter of this amazing Book!

LET’S BEGIN!!!

“One is only free if he delves into Torah!” Perkei Avos 6.2

Shir HaShirim 1:1 says “The song that excels all songs dedicated to HaShem, the King Whom peace belongs.” There are a total of TEN SONGS in HaShem’s Word:

  • Adam recited the very first song recorded as Psalms 92 the Shabbat Psalm!
  • Moshe uttered the second song in Shemot (Exodus) 15:1 and on
  • The Children of Israel sung the third in Bamidbar (Numbers) 21:17 and on
  • Moshe sung the fourth in Devarim (Deuternomy) 32:1 and on
  • Yehoshua (Joshua) sung the fifth in Yehoshua (Joshua) 10:12 and on
  • Barak and Deborah sung the sixth in Jude 5:1 and on
  • Hannah sung the seventh in I Samuel 2:1 and on
  • David sung the eighth in II Samuel 22:1 and on
  • Solomon sang the ninth in Isaiah 30:29 and on
  • Solomon sang the tenth in Shir HaShirim

Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes, Proverbs and Shir HaShirim!

  • Ecclesiastes deals with matters of this world
  • Proverbs expounds for the fear of HaShem
  • Shir HaShirim deals with the love of HaShem

Shir HaShirim 1:2 says “Communicate Your innermost wisdom to me again in loving closeness, for Your friendship is dearer than all earthly delights.”

The commentary on this verse explains “Exiled Israel says in her widowhood (Remember HaShem divorced Israel) let Him be intimate with me again and communicate the innermost secrets of His Torah to me directly i.e. mouth to mouth as He did at Sinai when He revealed Himself to us Face to face per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 5:4.”

Per the Torah, in Devarim 24:1-4 “If a man takes a woman and lives with her, and it will be that she will not find favor in his eyes, for he found in her a matter of IMMORALITY/ADULTERY, and he wrote her a bill of divorce and gave it into her hand and send her from his house, and she shall leave his house and go and marry another man and the latter hated her and wrote her a bill of divorce and presented it into her hand and sent her from his house, or the latter man who married her to himself will die, her first husband who divorced her shall NOT AGAIN TAKE HER TO BECOME HIS WIFE, AFTER SHE HAD BEEN DEFILED…” When Israel worshipped the Golden Calf, she committed adultery and then later Israel embraced idolatry, again idolatry in His eyes is adultery!

HaShem says in Jeremiah 3:7-8 “I said, even after she (Israel) had done all these things, ‘Return to Me!’ but she did not return. And her unfaithful sister, Judah, saw what befell her, and I saw that despite the fact that I divorced wayward Israel because of her adultery and gave her a bill of divorce to her, unfaithful Judah, her sister, was not afraid; she too, went and committed adultery.”

This is SO important to understand, because Israel is exiled into the world but she is holding onto the hope that one day HaShem will restore her to Him as His Bride! This folks, explains what Yeshua did!! Remember, per the Torah of HaShem a man who divorced his wife for adultery is prohibited from re-marrying her! So, what does HaShem do to fix this issue? He sends His Agent!!!!!!!

There is a Biblical principle called ‘The Law of Agency’ in which the Principle, will send a representative on their behalf to conduct business or legal affairs IN THEIR NAME! The agent is bound to only say and do what the Principle has empowered them to do. In Tractate Kiddushin 41b from the Talmud Bavli it states “The general principle is enunciated as thus ‘A man’s agent IS AS HIMSELF!'” Then it expounds and says “It is a general principle that the agent who acts outside or beyond the power given to him does not effect anything, in other words his acts are void and neither bind or benefit his principle.” Why is this so important? Because Yeshua (Not the Torah rejecting Jesus of Christendom) came as the AGENT of HaShem and therefore He can only do and say precisely what HaShem, as the Principle, empowered Him to say!! Remember Yeshua Himself says this in John 5:19 “Therefore Yeshua responded and said to them, ‘Truly, I say to you, the Son is able to do NONE AT ALL BY HIMSELF, BUT ONLY THAT WHICH HE SEES THE FATHER DOING, BECAUSE WHATEVER HE DOES, THE SON ALSO LIKEWISE DOES.” Then He says in John 12:49 “Because I spoke NOT FROM MYSELF, BUT THE FATHER WHO SENT ME HAS GIVEN ME A COMMAND WHAT I SHOULD SAY AND WHAT I SHOULD SPEAK.”

So we can see Yeshua only does and says what HaShem has empowered Him to say just as an Agent would do! He further says in John 14:9 “He who has seen Me has seen the Father…” Remember, a man’s agent is like himself?

Now remember HaShem says in Devarim 18:18 “I will raise up a Prophet (Messiah Yeshua) from among their brethren (Israel), like you, and I will PLACE MY WORDS IN HIS MOUTH; He shall speak to them everything that I will command him.” And what is the Word of HaShem? “I have given you a good Torah, do NOT forsake My Torah!” Proverbs 4:2. Also, refer back to the list of verses at the opening discussing the eternal characteristics of HaShem!!

Point is, can the Messiah/Agent of HaShem come speaking and doing what HaShem said not to do? No! That one fails the Devarim 18 test because HaShem has NOT put His Words in His mouth, which is why Christendom’s Replacement Theology Jesus who according to the doctrine teaches the Torah is tossed out, replaced, changed, etc, has just disqualified himself as being the Messiah/Agent of HaShem! This does not in any way invalidate the Apostolic Writings! It invalidates the Replacement Theology INTERPRETATION of the Apostolic Writings! Big difference!

Yeshua, on the other hand, does act and do as the Agent of HaShem, teaching only the Words HaShem has put in His Mouth and as HaShem’s Agent, He gives up His life, dies and releases HaShem from the prohibition of remarrying and when Yeshua is risen from the grave by the Power of HaShem, now HaShem can legally remarry Israel via Yeshua, His Agent!! Does this change the narrative we all grew up on? Remember Yeshua Himself says in Matthew 15:24 “I was sent ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” Let’s move on.

Shir HaShirim 1:3 says “Like the scent of goodly oils is the spreading fame of Your great deeds; Your very Name is ‘Flowing Oil’ therefore have nations loved You.”

Oil is a metaphor for a good reputation. In Ecclesiastes 7:1 it says “A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death than the day of birth.” This verse refers to the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt, when news of HaShem’s miracles for the benefit of Israel spread like the fragrance of fine oil.

‘Your Name is Flowing Oil’ = Your reputation is widely revered like the fragrance of flowing oil.

‘The nations loved You’ = Solomon is referring to the nations as maidens who come to HaShem and convert such as Moshe’s father in law Jethro.

Further, ‘Your oils’ refers to HaShem’s duel gracious manifestations i.e. His Written Torah and His Oral Torah. The Torah was likened to oil to imply that just as oil in its original form as olives is bitter but afterwards it becomes sweet, so the study of Torah is at first bitter and laborious but later it becomes pleasant. Just as oil doesn’t mix with other fluids, so the Torah cannot mix with levity. As one becomes more frivolous, his Torah knowledge deserts him. However, just as oil, when mixed with other liquids always rises to the top, so Torah causes Israel to rise above, be set-apart, above the nations.

Shir HaShirim 1:4 says “Upon perceiving a mere hint that You wished to draw me, we rushed with perfect faith after You into the Wilderness. The King brought me into His cloud pillared chamber; whatever our travail we shall always be glad and rejoice in Your Torah. We recall Your love more than earthly delights, unrestrainedly do they love You.”

Again we see HaShem reaching out to His Bride i.e. Israel and Israel responds here, that even at the mere hint He wishes to draw Israel near to Him, Israel will rush, run with perfect faith after Him. A cross reference to this is very interesting and says in Jeremiah 2:2 “I (HaShem) recall for you (Israel) the kindness of your youth, the love of your nuptials, your following Me into the Wilderness, into an unsown land.” What He is saying is He appreciates Israel’s unquestioning trust in Him at the time of the Exodus from Egypt and His longing for their repentance so that He can show them mercy. The reference to ‘kindness of your youth’ refers to the kind deeds of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the reference to ‘nuptials’ refers to the ‘Giving of the Torah’ at Mount Sinai, which was the marriage of HaShem and His nation!

Notice here Israel rejoices in HaShem’s Torah? Does this sound like an oppressing, burdensome, cruel Torah which is routinely described by Replacement Theology Christendom today? I digress.

Psalms 119:32 says “I will run on the way of Your commandments when You will broaden my understanding.” The commentary on this verse says “The final perfection of creation will be when Israel merits redemption and rises to such noble heights that ALL nations follow its example!” Again what is the purpose of Israel? To be a light to the nations and draw the world to HaShem and His Torah!

Verse four here is described in the commentary as the following: “In the plain sense of the allegory, the estranged wife i.e. Israel is cast into exile, pleads with her Husband to show her a sign of affection and she will run back to Him.” If you think about it logically, here would be the perfect time for HaShem to tell Israel ‘You blew it, I have divorced you, tossed you out and I will marry another i.e. the Church!” But, we see time and again He doesn’t say this, so again I have to point out Replacement Theology Christendom’s doctrine that they have replaced Israel as the Bride, the marriage contract i.e. the Torah is tossed out and replaced by grace, etc, is proven once more to be out of the pit of Hell! I hope you can see the contrast? I digress again.

Shir HaShirim 1:5 says “Though I (Israel) am black with sin, I am comely with virtue, O nations who are destined to ascend to Jerusalem; though sullied as the tents of Kedar, I will be immaculate as the draperies of Shlomo (Solomon).”

The commentary on this verse is very interesting. It says the following from the perspective of Israel speaking to the nations (Non-Jews): “Do not think lightly of me because my ‘Husband’ has left me due to my swarthiness, so declares Israel to the nations. I am blackened in consequence of my own deeds, but I am comely by virtue of the deeds of my forefathers (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). And, even among my own deeds, many are meritorious. Although I sinned regarding the Golden Calf in Exodus 32, in compensation I have the merit of having accepted the Torah.”

The nations of the world are destined to one day during the Day of HaShem i.e. erroneously referred to as the Millennium, come up to Jerusalem to worship HaShem and learn His Torah from the Temple! “All nations are destined to become ‘Daughters of Jerusalem’ at the End of Days. Then, all nations will acknowledge the holiness of Jerusalem and submit to HaShem and learn the Torah from Israel.” Remember what we discussed at the very top of this Op concerning the prophecy in Isaiah 2? Again, this completely destroys Replacement Theology Christendom!

The commentary continues: “Israel addresses the nations of the world: ‘Although I am black as the tents of Kedar which constantly lay exposed to the elements, nevertheless, with a little effort, I can be washed as clean as the curtains of Solomon’. Do not think that HaShem has rejected me utterly! He still loves me because of my merits. And, when I repent to Him, He will atone my sins as it is written in Isaiah 1:18 ‘Though your sins be like scarlet, they shall be white as snow!'”

Another commentary source on this verse says “Israel addresses the nations that malign her, as the disgraced wife who has been expelled by her husband. It is true, she says, in the literal sense, that my complexion has been blackened by the sun, but my body is comely. Allegorically, it is true that the sin of the Golden Calf blackened me, in the spiritual sense, but I also have the virtue that I accepted the Torah, and I remain committed to it.” How many times to do I read online on the various articles and videos posted by Christian pastors mocking and ridiculing Israel that they blew it, HaShem has rejected Israel once and for all and now the ‘Church’ has replaced Israel once and for all? My point is, the nations (Non-Jews) are still to this day maligning and mocking Israel. Its shameful and so utterly wrong with absolutely zero truth to any of the Church claims.

In the Midrash Rabbah Shir HaShirim 50-1 it says “The nations of the world taunt the people of Israel and say, ‘This nation, Israel, exchanged their glory for the likeness of a grass eating ox, quoting Psalms 106:20, so HaShem does not care for them anymore, and He will exchange them for us!'” This is precisely what most of Christendom teaches today! And what is the response in the Midrash? “The people of Israel say to them: ‘Now, if we who worshiped idols only for a short time, have been found guilty before Elohim, you who have always worshiped idols, how much more so will Elohim NOT take you in place of us!'” Christendom is derived from enormous amounts of paganism and idolatry. I recently did a study on the origins of Christendom referencing biblical and historical texts and it is scary how much paganism is in Christendom. The founding fathers of Christendom were huge adherents and practitioners of Greek and Roman paganism and incorporated those ideologies and influences into Christendom almost from the very beginning, going back nearly 2,000 years when Christendom broke away from HaShem and His Torah and created its own version of the Messiah i.e. the Torah hating ‘Jesus Christ’, based upon the Greek god Zeus as well as other Greek and Roman deities. So, if HaShem punished His people for idolatry, then why would He replace Israel for Christendom which is wholly derived from paganism and idolatry? I could go on but will save that topic for another Op someday. Moving on.

With regards to the reference to ‘The Curtain of Solomon’ this is a direct reference to a specific curtain/veil in the Temple, which had embroidered on it the star constellations. This veil had a name, it was called ‘The Heavens!’ This is another area of correction which needs to be addressed. When Christendom teaches the veil that tore when Yeshua died, was the veil that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place and that it signified everyone now has access to the Ark in the Most Holy Place! Further, many teach it signified the end of the Torah and the end of the Temple! Again this is very, very wrong teaching because it simply isn’t true! There were a total of 13 Parochet (Veils) in the Temple, with FOUR in the Sanctuary and TWO that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place. The Parochet (Veil) that tore when Yeshua died was ‘The Heavens’ and it was at the opening of the Sanctuary, the one everyone could see. It is also the same veil that tore once before when King Uzziah went in to burn incense illegally per 2 Chronicles 26. He was instantly struck with leprosy, there was a gigantic earthquake and ‘The Heavens’ tore. We know the Parochet tore because it says the sunlight shine through and exposed Uzziah’s leprosy, which can only mean the Parochet tore!

This earthquake is recorded in HaShem’s word: Amos 1:1 says “The words of Amos, who was one of the herders of Tekoa, who saw visions concerning Israel, in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE EARTHQUAKE.”

Zechariah 15:5 says “And you will flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azal, and you will flee as you fled from THE EARTHQUAKE THAT WAS IN THE DAYS OF UZZIAH, king of Judah.”

Can you see why we MUST learn the Temple of HaShem and all the Temple Services? It puts everything on track and utterly destroys Replacement Theology once and for all, Baruch HaShem!! Moving on.

Shir HaShirim 1:6 says “Do not view me with contempt despite my swarthiness, for it is but the sun which has glared upon me. The alien children of my mother were incensed with me and made me a keeper of the vineyards of idols, but the vineyard of my own true Elohim I did not keep.”

This verse is very interesting, the reference here to the sun is in reference to when Israel picked up idolatry and began to worship the sun! Jeremiah 2:13 says “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the Source of living waters, to dig for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” In other words, they embraced ‘Sun Worship’ i.e. Replacement Theology, tossed out HaShem and adopted the doctrines of Replacement Theology i.e. dug for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water i.e. there is no truth or substance in them, only delusion and death.

Ezekiel 8:16 says “He brought me to the inner courtyard of the Temple of HaShem, and behold, at the entrance of the Sanctuary of HaShem, between the Entrance hall and the Altar, were some twenty five men, WITH THEIR BACKS TO THE SANCTUARY OF HASHEM, with their faces turned eastward; they were bowing eastward to the sun.” This is HUGE! Why? Because per the Temple protocols, it is utterly forbidden for anyone, anywhere in the Temple to turn their backs toward the Sanctuary because that is the Throne of HaShem on earth and you do NOT turn your back on your King, especially the Sovereign of the Universe!

The reference to not guarding my own vineyard is speaking of the Kohanim (Priests) and the Levites and their requirement to guard the Temple of HaShem as is commanded in the Torah per Bamidbar (Numbers) 3 and I Chronicles 23-26 and instead went watched other alien temples (Vineyards).

Idolatry is very dangerous and destructive and the price for doing so is enormous! This is why we have to constantly guard ourselves, which can be extremely difficult in our current culture and society we live in today!

Shir HaShirim 1:7 says “Tell me, You Whom my soul loves: Where will You graze Your flock? Where will You rest them under the fiercest sun of harshest exile? Why shall I be like one veiled in mourning among the flocks of Your fellow shepherds?”

This verse is Israel, allegorized here as sheep, beloved by their shepherd, addresses HaShem as a woman addresses her husband and states to Him the exile is too difficult for her. ‘Where will You graze Your flock?‘ The commentary on this says “Where, by what standard, with what Master Plan, will You pasture Your flock i.e. the Jews among the wolves in whose midst they dwell. Where will You rest them at noon during their long distressing Exile? Noon being a time of distress for cattle because the sun is then most intense and there is no relief from the suffering.”

The commentary then says regarding the word ‘rest’ as used in this verse “It is perhaps possible to homiletically link the word ‘rest’, to the dissemination of Torah. In other words, the question could be asked ‘By what method will You pasture Your flock in Exile? Under such affliction, how do You plan to disseminate Torah i.e. how do You expect Torah to flourish in the high noon of affliction.” So, we can see in this verse, Israel, while in Exile, still desires the Torah of HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Shir HaShirim 1:8 says “If you know not where to graze, o fairest of nations, follow the footsteps of the sheep, your forefathers who traced a straight, unswerving path after My Torah. Then you can graze your tender kids even among the dwellings of foreign shepherds.”

This verse is the beginning of HaShem response to Israel’s question we read in verse seven above! The commentary on this says “If the Assembly of Israel, compared to a beautiful child, desires to wipe out the captivity, and make HaShem’s soul compassionate towards her, let her walk in the ways of the righteous, and let her arrange her supplications by the mouth of the shepherds and leaders of the generation; let her instruct her children, compared to the kids of the goat, to assemble in synagogues and study houses; then, by that merit, they will be sustained in exile, until HaShem sends their King, Messiah, who will lead them gently to their Dwelling Place, the Temple which David and Solomon, the shepherds of Israel, shall build for them.”

What is the point here? HaShem is telling Israel if she wants to know where to graze, nothing has changed, repent and walk in righteousness i.e. walk in the Torah of HaShem. Our safety in this world is to walk in righteousness i.e. walk in His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem! The commentary backs this up when it says “Your tabernacles, o Israel, quoting Numbers 24:5, which the Talmud in Sanhedrin 105b interprets as ‘your synagogues and study houses’ and which, the Midrash notes, protect Israel ‘when the voice of Jacob i.e. Torah study is heard therein.’ He therefore renders thus: ‘If you ask where to graze, then heed My advice and graze your children in the spiritual pastures of the synagogues and study houses, and this will protect you.” Again, let me reiterate, salvation is obtained by faith in HaShem, but that faith is then put into action by studying and walking in the Torah of HaShem, the marriage contract between HaShem and Israel!

Shir HaShirim 1:9 says “To a steed in Pharaoh’s chariot I have likened you, My beloved.”

HaShem here is reminding Israel of how He miraculously delivered and saved Israel from Pharaoh at the Exodus from Egypt! The Midrash on this verse highlights in Hebrew the term ‘My beloved’ is missing the Hebrew letter ‘Vav’ which changes this phrase to ‘My rejoicing’! The Midrash goes on and says “The Holy One, blessed is He, said: ‘Just as I rejoiced to destroy the enemies of Israel.’ And what caused them to be saved? Scripture answers this question by stating in Shemot (Exodus) 14:29 ‘The Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the Sea; the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.’ On their right intimates that they were saved in the merit of the Torah that they were destined to receive from the Right Hand of the Holy One, blessed is He, as it is stated, per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:2 ‘From His Right Hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.’ And on their left, these are an allusion to the tefillin worn on the left arm. Alternatively, on their right, this is an allusion to the recitation of the Shema and on their left this is an allusion to prayer.”

Shir HaShirim 1:10-11 says “Your (Israel’s) cheeks are lovely with rows of gems, your neck with necklaces, My gifts to you from the splitting sea, by inducing Pharaoh to engage in pursuit, to add circlets of gold to your spangles of silver.”

Again here we see HaShem speaking to Israel. The Midrash says “Just as the cheeks were created only for the purpose of speech, so were Moshe and Aaron created only for the purpose of speech i.e. teaching Torah to the people of Israel. Thus they are the cheeks of Israel.”

The commentary on these verses is very interesting because again HaShem is talking about His Torah! “These verses are a reference to Torah: ‘Your cheeks’ refers to men’s power of speech, ‘Just as the cheeks are made only for speech, so was Israel created only for the Torah!’ Homiletically these are interpreted as referring to students who eagerly strain their necks to hear the words of the Torah from their teachers mouth.”

The reference in these verses to ‘Rows of gems, your neck with necklaces’ is a reference to the Torah scholars when they would string together passages from the Torah, the Prophets, the Writings (Tanakh/Old Testament) in their Torah study.

The Midrash further expounds and says “Circlets points to the two Torah’s that Moshe and Aaron taught the people of Israel i.e. the Written Torah and the Oral Torah.” For our proper understanding of Torah we must have both, Written and Oral Torah’s!

The Midrash has an interesting comment regarding the Torah of HaShem: “Fire is indicative of how one must relate to the Torah, as one relates to fire. Torah was given in fire and is compared to fire. One who comes too close to fire will be scorched, and one who stays too far away will remain cold; one must warm himself in its glow. Indeed, one must seek the warmth of fire, but he must always maintain a sense of fear and awe.”

On a side note, when the Torah says HaShem gave His fiery Torah, per the Hebrew wording indicates the following “The Torah that was given to Moshe was written with letters of black fire on a background of white fire. Likewise, the Tablets were chiseled from fire and given amid fire.” What exactly this means, we do not know! It points me however, to the verse in Hebrews 12:29 where it says “Our Elohim is a consuming fire!” Moving on.

Shir HaShirim 1:12 says “While the King was yet at His table, my nard gave forth its fragrance.”

This is now Israel speaking to HaShem. The incident of the Golden Calf is such a disastrous event in Israeli history! The commentary on this verse is very good and says “The allegorical translation follows Rashi who renders ‘my nard gave forth its fragrance’ as a euphemism for evil odor, a distasteful term which Scripture avoided in speaking of Israel. Further, while Moshe was in the heavens to receive the Torah, the wicked ones of that generation, the mixed multitude among them, arose and made the golden calf. They corrupted their actions, and their evil name went forth against them throughout the world, whereas previously their scent went forth in the world as fragrance. Now, however, they were malodorous as nard.”

The Midrash says “While the Supreme King of kings, the Holy One, blessed is He, was at His table in Heaven, the people of Israel gave forth a foul odor and they said of the Golden Calf, ‘This is your god, O Israel’ per Shemot (Exodus) 32:4.”

The commentary says “Nard is an aromatic plant used as perfume. The appears in Scripture only here and one other place where it is is listed with other spices. In the Talmud, Kerisos 6a, it is listed as an ingredient of the compound of incense used in the Temple.”

At this point, HaShem’s Presence was in the Heavens, the Mishkan (Tabernacle) had yet to be built, where His Presence would dwell among His people! What does this teach us? The Mishkan and the Mikdash (Temple) in Jerusalem are in essence Mount Sinai where HaShem’s Presence would come down to communicate and dwell among His people! This is again why He commands us to learn everything about His Temple in Ezekiel 43:10-11 and why we desperately need the Temple to be rebuilt in Jerusalem today!! Keep this in mind!

Shir HaShirim 1:13 says “But my Beloved responded with a bundle of myrrh, the fragrant atonement of erecting a Tabernacle where His Presence would dwell amid the Holy Ark’s staves.”

Here Israel is acknowledging HaShem could have easily tossed Israel aside forever and replaced her with someone else i.e. the Church, for her sin of the Golden Calf, but HaShem doesn’t do that! What does He do? He responds with a bundle of myrrh!!!!!!! Baruch HaShem!!

The commentary on this verse says “The myrrh of this verse compensates for the nard of the previous verse. Nard, as explained above, is a euphemism for the offensive odor of sin; the bundle of myrrh figuratively refers to her expiation i.e. my Beloved has become to me as one who possesses a bag of fragrant myrrh, and offering it to me says ‘Here is a bag that will produce finer fragrance than the one you lost.’ Similarly, HaShem appeared after the incident of the Golden Calf, offering me an opportunity to acquire a new fragrance i.e. contribute to the construction of the Tabernacle! He said, ‘And the act of repentance represented by the contribution of gold for the holy task of building the Tabernacle will expiate the sin of having given gold to make the Calf.'”

Ketoret (Incense) is a critical key component of the Temple and its daily Service to HaShem! It is so critical that the Golden Altar, where the incense is burned each day, is right before the Parochet (Veils) which separate the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place! Further, a Kohen can only offer up and burn the incense one time in their entire life!! This is why when we read in the Apostolic Writings about Zechariah went to offer up the incense when the angel appeared to tell him about having a son is greatly enhanced when we understand the Temple Services and burning the incense!

There are eleven spices which comprise the Ketoret to be offered up in the Temple. Further, it was the responsibility of the Kohen family of Avtinas to prepare and mix the proper compounds together for the Ketoret. Tractate Karetot 6a from the Talmud Bavli gives us the list of spices:

  • Balm
  • Onycha
  • Galbanum
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh
  • Cassia
  • Spikenard
  • Saffron
  • Cinnamon
  • Aromatic Bark
  • Kersannah lye

Remember, none of what goes on in the Temple is manmade or added too by the Rabbis as I have heard so many times over the years by many in the Hebrew Roots circles along with Christendom. HaShem gave Moshe and David both the Tavnit (Blueprints) for its design and for all the Temple Services via His Ruach (Spirit) per Shemot (Exodus) 25 and I Chronicles 28!

Can you thus far see how important the Temple is to the relationship between HaShem and His people? Its vital and enhances why the destruction of the Second Temple by Rome was so devastating and why we can still feel those effects today!

Shir HaShirim 1:14 says “Like a cluster of henna in Ein Gedi vineyards has my Beloved multiplied His forgiveness to me.”

This is an amazing verse because this verse encapsulates HaShem’s mercy, grace and forgiveness of Israel!! Henna is a very fragrant plant. Ein Gedi is a specific location just west of the Dead Sea! Why did HaShem single this place out along with the Henna? The commentary explains: “Ein Gedi, was in the wilderness (I Samuel 24:2) thus it metaphorically alludes to a dwelling place away from other inhabitants, yet because of its abundant growth of Henna, its scent is perceived from afar. So, too, the Divine which, so to speak dwells from afar, yet He is like a cluster of Henna whose scent permeates the world!”

Further, the commentary says “The fragrance of the various spices mentioned in these verses are referring to HaShem’s favors to us, renders the verse thus: ‘The favors You bestowed upon us are so vast that they resemble a cluster of Henna which grows in abundance and which gives off an aroma that can be perceived from afar. So are the wondrous and miraculous deeds You performed for us known to the ends of the earth.'”

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Ein Gedi, Israel!

Shir HaShirim 1:15 says “You are beautiful in your deeds My beloved, and are beloved in your commitment to listen to them; your eyes turn to Me like the dove, ever faithful to its mate.”

This is HaShem speaking to Israel. In Hebrew the reference to ‘Your eyes turn to Me’ is pointing to the Sanhedrin of Israel i.e. the Court HaShem establishes in the Torah and anoints them to render right rulings on how to walk and keep the Commandments of HaShem! HaShem commands in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17 that we are to obey what the Sanhedrin rules upon and to defy them is to defy HaShem Himself for He is the One Who establishes the Sanhedrin in Bamidbar (Numbers) 15-24! This is the basis for why the Oral Torah does have merit and must be studied, especially the Mishnah, which is the recorded right rulings of the Sanhedrin on how to walk in the Torah! Even Yeshua reiterated this when He said ‘The Scribes and the Pharisees sit in the Seat of Moshe, therefore all they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds….’ per Matthew 23:2. In this particular case, Yeshua is telling us to obey the Sanhedrin, but the ones who controlled the Sanhedrin of His day were corrupt and were vehemently against allowing Non-Jews to learn the Torah and enter the covenant, something HaShem never once prohibited.

I have done a few Op’s discussing the history of Yeshua’s time with regards to Shammai and Hillel, the two main Pharisaical schools of thought that showed how Yeshua railed against the Pharisees of Shammai and agreed with the Pharisees of Hillel on their interpretation of the Torah! Paul was a Hillel Pharisee! I digress.

The reference in this verse to the dove is very interesting because the dove is the ONLY bird in creation which when it selects a mate, it remains faithful to the mate for its entire lifespan! In fact doves mourn when their mate dies! This is why HaShem compares Israel to a dove because Israel will remain forever devoted to HaShem! Another nail in the coffin of Replacement Theology Christendom!

Shir HaShirim 1:16 says “You are beautiful, my Beloved indeed pleasant, even our couch is full of vigor.”

The word ‘Couch’ here in this verse is specifically referencing the Temple of HaShem! It is an allegory for intimate closeness. The Temple is an allegory to the intimacy between HaShem and Israel!

No wonder the adversary has worked so hard to separate HaShem’s people from His Temple or how he has corrupted the Temple of HaShem and turned it into something reviled, demonic, the seat of Satan and the future seat of the Anti-Christ as most of Christendom teaches today! Consider the number 13 which is universally recognized as the most cursed number in existence, but in reality, the number 13 is the number associated with the Temple of HaShem! There are:

  • 13 Gates
  • 13 Prostrations before HaShem during the Services
  • 13 Veils
  • 13 Collection Chests, etc

Now consider Friday the 13th is a very cursed day, why? Because 13 is the number of the Temple and Friday begins Shabbat!! See how the Adversary works?

Shir HaShirim 1:17 says “The beams of OUR House are cedar, OUR panels are cypress.”

This is the final verse of chapter one and it speaks about the Temple of HaShem being OUR House because it is here where we meet with our Beloved King!! Baruch HaShem!!

The beams referenced here are an allegory for the Torah sages of each generation. Further, cedars is a reference to the righteous i.e. HaShem’s people who walk in His Torah per Psalms 92:13!

Additionally, Cypress trees are known for bending i.e. being pliable per Hosea 14:9 and Cedar trees are known for being strong per I Kings 6:15.

Finally, this verse alludes to the Temple which will be built in the days of King Messiah i.e. our day and time right now in 2021! It is the days of King Messiah because we eagerly await His arrival! May it be so very soon in our days!

I hope and pray this gigantic study helped in some ways and opened eyes, ears, hearts and minds to the wonders of HaShem and His eternal faithfulness to His one and only people, Israel, comprised of all who wish to serve the Elohim of Israel!

This is the just the opening chapter in this amazing Book! Stand by for chapter 2 for it gets more intense!!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Shir HaShirim Artscroll Tanach Series
  • Talmud Bavli Steinsaltz
  • Kehati Mishnah
  • Mishnah Torah
  • The Illuminated Shir HaShirim by Artscroll

HE SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION

“There is a time when HaShem WILL act – They voided Your Torah.” Psalms 119:126

How do we know we truly are rapidly nearing the end? Just look at the state of the world around us! Everything is collapsing, chaos and debauchery are arising in strength while truth and those who adhere to the truth are shunned, rejected, ridiculed and despised!

The world is being engulfed in chaos not just manmade chaos but natural chaos i.e. weather fluctuations unseen before, earthquakes, droughts, tornadoes, volcanoes, famines and death on every level. Creation itself is groaning under the increasing weight of the sin and rebellion of humanity……just like it did once before i.e. the Days of Noach! Remember, there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9 and He reveals the end out of the beginning per Isaiah 46:10!

People appear to be completely oblivious to seeing the connection between the rising chaos and the rising debauchery being embraced by society! The more the debauchery is embraced and being promoted as normal, the more the earth and creation itself reacts! You would think people would get a clue and recognize this but sadly most just continue to march on as if all is well to their destruction!

With this said, it is my hope to be able to show why all these events are happening and also to prove we are absolutely at the end awaiting the return of our Messiah…may it be so very soon! But before we can jump into this, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem for they are vital, especially now in these wicked and evil times we live in:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says Messiah Yeshua is the GOAL of His Torah, meaning without His Torah, Messiah cannot be known per Romans 10:4
  • He says if we had believed Moshe/Torah, we would have believed Messiah per John 5:46

The chaos we see around us in all its disastrous forms boils down to one simple concept: TRUTH vs LIES! It really is this simple! The biblical definition of the Truth is literally the Torah of HaShem per Psalms 119:142! HaShem Himself is the Truth per Jeremiah 10:10 since the Torah comes from Him, which means to reject HaShem and His Torah is to reject the only truth there is and all that remains is the lie!

What is truth? The Hebrew word for ‘Truth’ is ‘Emet’! We know HaShem is truth and we know His Torah is the only truth there is! Tractate Shabbos 55a from the Talmud Bavli says “The seal of the Holy One, Blessed is He, is Truth!” An excerpt from the book ‘The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet’ on page 216 says “A seal is a guarantee that an agreement is firm and will be carried out. The seal of a flesh and blood king may be nullified, as Haman’s sealed decree was nullified by King Ahasuerus in Esther 8:5. Not so is the seal of HaShem, the Infinite One Whose wisdom encompasses the entire future, and Whose decrees are valid at all times. HaShem may take counsel with His Heavenly Court, but the final decision is His alone and will not change. His seal of Truth is synonymous with a stamp of permanency. Truth is unlike other phenomena in Creation. Referring to the uniqueness of truth, HaShem is the absolute Truth. By definition Truth is eternal; it cannot be nullified nor voided, nor can it be distorted by falsehood. Unlike fire that can be extinguished or water that evaporates, Truth never ceases to exist.”

So, when King David declares in Psalms 119:160 “The very beginning of Your Word (Torah) is Truth”, does this imply HaShem’s Truth can be rendered obsolete, tossed aside and replaced as Replacement Theology teaches today? Keep this in mind!

Consider what HaShem tells us as it pertains to the coming of the Lawless One i.e. the One WITHOUT the Torah otherwise known as the False Messiah: “The coming of the LAWLESS ONE (Without the Torah) is according to the working of Satan, with ALL power and signs and wonders of FALSEHOOD, and with ALL DECEIT of unrighteousness in those perishing, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH (TORAH), IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE SAVED.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10.

First and foremost let stop right here before examining these two verses in depth and remind everyone, Torah does NOT save anyone, it was never designed to do so. Salvation has always, from day one, been about faith/belief in HaShem! First we believe and HaShem considers it righteousness, THEN we learn to walk in righteousness i.e. His Torah as the evidence of our faith and because we love HaShem! I digress.

Notice in these verses in 2 Thessalonians above, HaShem specifies that the coming of the Lawless One or the Torahless One, is a process which has been prepared since HaShem announced His plan for the redemption of mankind! Further, HaShem is reiterating the doctrine of this one is a doctrine teaching Replacement Theology i.e. Without the Torah, which again is why I am convinced this Lawless/Torahless One is none other than the Jesus Christ of Christendom simply because his doctrine is what? Replacement Theology i.e. the Torah has been rendered obsolete, the Feasts of HaShem have been changed to Christmas/Easter/Etc, Shabbat has been changed to Sunday or any ole day of the week except for the Seventh Day and everything HaShem declared in the beginning has now been rendered obsolete and tossed aside replaced by ‘Grace’. Now I have done several Ops over the years discussing this topic in depth so I won’t repeat myself, so if you are interested, feel free to go look them up. The point is, this False Messiah and his Replacement Theology doctrine has been working on the scene in the world for thousands of years!

Next, notice HaShem says this False Messiah acts with all power and signs and wonders and for what purpose? To deceive the masses! Point is, we have to compare all the signs and wonders with the Torah of HaShem to determine if they are legit or another lie being foisted upon the world! Further, He says this False Messiah acts with all deceit of unrighteousness! Again, what is unrighteousness as defined by the Bible? It is acts which are against the Torah of HaShem…righteousness is walking in the Torah and unrighteousness is walking apart from the Torah, going about according to what is right to each person and not HaShem and where does that lead? He says so here in this verse i.e. perishing!

What empowers this False Messiah to get stronger and stronger? “BECAUSE THEY (The People) DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH (TORAH), IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE SAVED.” In other words, the people/humanity reject HaShem and His Torah, then this False Messiah gets stronger and stronger! Are the people of America today rejecting HaShem and His Torah i.e. embracing lawlessness and unrighteousness? Sadly yes very much so thus we see the chaos increasing.

Here is a question to consider: Are the majority of the churches of Christendom today teaching a positive message about the Torah of HaShem? Absolutely not! Most are teaching Replacement Theology and the doctrine of the False Messiah, unknowingly of course and why? Because they did not receive the love of the Truth i.e. the Torah of HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Next HaShem says “And for this reason Elohim SENDS THEM A WORKING OF DELUSION, FOR THEM TO BELIEVE THE FALSEHOOD, IN ORDER THAT ALL SHOULD BE JUDGED WHO DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH (TORAH), BUT HAVE DELIGHTED IN THE UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12.

Yikes! So for the reason of the people rejecting the Truth of HaShem i.e. His Torah, HaShem then sends, or better translated as allows to come upon them a strong delusion for them to believe the lies, in order that all should be judged because they did not believe the Truth (Torah), but delighted in rejecting HaShem and His Torah! In my opinion, HaShem is saying those who have had repeated calls and opportunities by HaShem to come out of the Replacement Theology indoctrination centers and embrace His Torah and those people continuously refuse and reject the calls, then at some point the red line is crossed and HaShem then sends or allows a strong delusion upon them in which they cannot then do anything other than believe the lies to their destruction. People may say that is cruel of HaShem to do so, no it isn’t cruel in the least. HaShem is the Sovereign of the Universe! He has gone to great lengths for each and every person to have the opportunity on multiple occasions to embrace the Truth, some answer the call and others refuse…in each case it is free will!

On a side note, the Hebrew word for ‘Delusion’ is the word ‘Ta’ah’ and it means “The wrong manner of life, led astray, straying about, seducing, corrupting, imposter, to wander, go astray due to outside influence, stagger from being intoxicated, stray without rest.”

What is very interesting is the definition of the delusion is to stray from HaShem without rest as compared too what HaShem promises in Psalms 94 when He says “And whom for Your Torah you teach him, TO GIVE REST TO HIM, FROM THE DAYS OF EVIL.” Again, we see walking in the Torah of HaShem gives rest while walking opposed to HaShem and His Torah brings chaos!

Also I find it very interesting this same word for ‘delusion’ is used in Romans 1:27 which says “And likewise, the men also, having left natural relations with woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men, committing indecency and receiving back the reward which was due for they STRAYING.” My point is, homosexuality and all the filthy behaviors and insanity which goes with it, is at the heart of this delusion and what do we see consuming America today? Remember the Days of Noach and Sodom and Gomorrah? Homosexuality and all the insanity which goes with it consumed them as well and what happened? Well, here we are again just as He said it would and we are witnessing the country collapse! Okay, back on track!

I have heard people say over the years they thought it was cruel for HaShem to have placed the two trees in the Garden of Eden i.e. the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. We have to consider and understand His Word from the Jewish perspective to properly see what He is doing in the Garden. By placing man in the Garden, He tells man he is free to eat from where he wishes, as much as he wishes, only from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil man is to restrain himself from. By HaShem placing that tree in the Garden, it is to be a constant reminder to man of the Sovereignty of HaShem, that man must always submit to HaShem and His rule in order to live and always acknowledge that everything man has is from HaShem and HaShem alone! It is the same concept here in 2 Thessalonians with Him sending a strong delusion to those who repeatedly reject HaShem and His authority.

We read this concept again in Romans 1:28 which says “And even as they did not think it worthwhile to possess the knowledge of HaShem i.e. His Torah, Elohim gave them over to a worthless mind, to do what is improper.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4 reiterates this “For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching (Reject the Torah of HaShem), but according to their OWN desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear (Christendom’s Replacement Theology doctrine), and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the TRUTH (Torah) and be turned aside to myths (Christendom is definitely full of erroneous myths and fables).”

What is the opposite of hearing the Torah of HaShem? It is idolatry! HaShem constantly in His Word says and I am paraphrasing, that idolatry is beyond foolish and a waste of time because idols do nothing for anyone other than lead someone to their ruin and destruction. We read constantly of Israel, at times, embracing idolatry and it always had a disastrous outcome because idolatry is the denial of HaShem as being the Sovereign of the Universe, the ONLY ONE there is for He shares His glory with no one! My point is, to reject HaShem and His Torah is by default the epitome of idolatry.

What is more idolatrous than the doctrine of the False Messiah in which he teaches the Torah is rendered obsolete, the Feasts of HaShem are changed and now Santa and the Easter Rabbit are the focus, Shabbat can be any day any one wishes and to worship Jesus Christ who has replaced HaShem? This is why when this False Messiah arrives on scene I am convinced he is going to say he is either Jesus Christ or he has come in the name of Jesus Christ and the majority of the world will happily run and embrace him because he has already laid the foundation i.e. Replacement Theology.

There is a very interesting quote from the Mishnah from Tractate Sotah 9.15 when describing the world just before Messiah shows up which says “In the footsteps of the Messiah i.e. when the Messiah is about to come, insolence will multiply and honor will disappear, the vine will give its fruit but wine will be expensive, the government will be transformed into heresy, and there will be no admonishing, the Council House will become a house of harlotry. The Galilee will be destroyed, the Gavlan will be devastated. The people of the frontier will make the round of the city begging and will find no mercy. The wisdom of the scribes will become corrupt. The fearers of sin will be despised. THE TRUTH WILL DISAPPEAR. Youths will shame the faces of the old, old men will stand up before children. The son dishonors the father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law, a man’s enemies are the people of his own house (Micah 7:6). The son will not be ashamed from his Father. And on whom can we lean? On our Father Who is in Heaven.” Does this quote from the Mishnah not sound like today?

So, the Torah of HaShem is obsolete? Really? Can you see just how dangerous, offensive, destructive, seducing and absurd Replacement Theology Torah hating doctrine truly is? It tickles the ears and strokes the ego while whispering smooth and pleasant words into the hearts and minds of the people such as ‘Did HaShem really say?’ Or more common in today’s age “Well, Paul said in Galatians the people were foolish for obeying the Law!” Remember, who is it the Adversary is most focused on destroying in the End of Days? “And the Dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, THOSE GUARDING THE COMMAND OF HASHEM (TORAH) AND POSSESSING THE WITNESS OF YESHUA MESSIAH!” Why is he enraged? Because the remnant didn’t fall for the lie of Replacement Theology and he sees the remnant as a major threat to his doctrine!

Consider Revelation 14:12 which says “Here is the endurance of the set apart ones, here are those GUARDING THE COMMANDS OF HASHEM (TORAH) AND THE BELIEF IN YESHUA!”

One more from Revelation 22:14 which says “Blessed are those DOING HIS COMMANDS (TORAH), so that the authority shall be theirs unto the Tree of Life, and to enter through the gates into the city.” Remember the Garden of Eden, HaShem tells Adam and Eve to obey His command and they would have access to everything! Now in the end, does HaShem issue something new? Nope! Its the same command only this time humanity will obey it and we will live forever with HaShem in the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come, Baruch HaShem! Don’t get caught up in the delusion! Stay close to HaShem and take hold of His Torah for it truly is a tree of life to those who take hold of it! Salvation is only by faith, but Torah is how to walk by that faith! Know Torah = Know Messiah Yeshua, No Torah = No Messiah Yeshua! May it be so very soon in our days!!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings Psalms by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sotah of the Kehati Mishnah
  • Tractate Shabbat Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Artscroll

PURITY – THE ASHES OF THE RED HEIFER

“To fulfill Your will, my Elohim, have I desired and Your Torah is in my innards.” Psalms 40:9

Can we agree, the world in which we find ourselves living in today is full of death, immorality, debauchery and rebellion? Further, I would describe the world today as being ravaged by madness and insanity where right is now wrong and wrong is now right, all the hallmarks of Satanism.

In the midst of this madness, HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, the One and ONLY, Who shares His glory with no one, Who is THE Sovereign of all of creation, is still in absolute control and still works all things to our good! Baruch HaShem!

HaShem is not taken by surprise as humanity increases its rebellion against Him as more and more join the ranks of those figuratively flipping Him the middle finger in fury, choosing for themselves what is right. We can see more and more every day the effects this is having on society and the country around us as chaos, debauchery and lawlessness increases literally by the hour, even the earth itself is crying out to HaShem for deliverance from the sin of humanity! How do we know the earth itself is crying out? The earthquakes, the very abnormal weather patterns, the violent storms erupting in places normally not prone to them. The flooding as well as the effect all of this has on the farms, crops and food production which will absolutely ensure famines and food shortages around the globe very shortly. To sum it up succinctly, the world is falling faster and deeper into its embrace of death! Very important to hold onto this because it will become very important shortly!

It is with all this in mind that I wanted to post this Op discussing a topic I have seen being featured as of late in many Christian articles and such regarding the Ashes of the Red Heifer. Sadly Christendom, typically gets this subject woefully twisted up, simply because it has thrown out any relevance of the Temple of HaShem as well as the Torah of HaShem due to its Replacement Theology doctrine and dogma. Now it should be noted here, my primary reason for posting this Op is in preparation for a very lengthy study I have begun and plan on, HaShem willing, which will require posting many Op’s discussing the Book of Shir HaShirim i.e. the Song of Solomon in the near future. In order to do this, we need to first discuss the topic of purity which will require discussing the Parah Adumah (Ashes of the Red Heifer) to include the prophesied arrival of the next Parah Adumah in the End of Days. Baruch HaShem! Keep this in mind as we proceed.

Before we can jump into this very in-depth topic, always remember to following eternal and unchanging characteristics of HaShem and His Torah:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Recently I watched an update from the Temple Institute regarding their progress on raising potentially a Red Heifer to be the next Parah Adumah. Unfortunately, the responses from those in Christendom to the Temple Institute were shall we say less than kind and tactful, but not surprising whatsoever. Comments such as “Don’t the Jews know Jesus ended the need for the Temple or any animal offerings?” or “Don’t these Jews know Jesus fulfilled the Law so there is no need for a red cow?” One of the best ones was “This will all lead to the Temple of the Anti-christ because the Jews reject Jesus!” Now, understand I am not pointing this out to condemn Christendom, I am pointing this out because these comments reveal Christendom does not in any way, shape or form understand the Torah nor the Temple of HaShem, which has led to such a huge separation and disconnect from HaShem, which is very, very sad.

As I have stated many, many times in previous Op’s, if we want to truly understand the Apostolic Writings and the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament), we MUST go to the people who wrote and lived it in service to HaShem i.e. Judaism…there is no other way. Now, I am not advocating conversion or any other nonsense, I am simply saying what Yeshua (Not Jesus) Himself said “Salvation is of the Jews!” per Yochanan (John) 4:22! In other words, if we want to know HaShem and we want to know the Messiah, then we MUST go to Judah and learn because HaShem gave Judah the information. This said, when exploring the topic of the Parah Adumah in this Op, I will be referencing many Jewish resources, again keep this in mind.

HaShem is very, very serious as it pertains to clean and unclean as we see in His Tanakh time and time again. The Hebrew words for ‘Unclean’ is ‘Tamei’ or ‘Tumah’ and they mean “To be RITUALLY unclean/impure.” It does not imply sin per se, but it does mean if someone is tamei/tumah, then they cannot approach HaShem because He is pure and nothing tamei/tumah can enter into His Presence! More specifically, tamei/tumah is defined as “A person or an object coming into contact with a corpse.” Literally, coming into contact with death! Remember, HaShem is ALL about life and death cannot approach Him! This is one of the primary reasons why He gave us His Torah, so we can learn the differences between clean and unclean and between the holy and the profane! He says in Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:8-11 “HaShem spoke to Aharon saying: ‘Wine and intoxicating beverage you shall not drink, you and your sons with you, when you come to the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting), that you not die, this is an ETERNAL DECREE for all your generations. IN ORDER TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE, AND BETWEEN THE CONTAMINATED AND THE PURE, AND TO TEACH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ALL THE DECREES THAT HASHEM HAD SPOKEN TO THEM THROUGH MOSHE.'”

Consider what HaShem says concerning the End of Days and the Third Temple and the restoration of the Kohanim: Ezekiel 44:21-27 says “Let no Kohen drink wine when he enters the inner courtyard. Neither widow nor divorcee may they take themselves for wives, only a virgin from the offspring of the family Israel. But a widow who shall only be widowed, some kohanim may take. They are to instruct My people concerning the differences between holy and profane. Let them inform them of the difference between contaminated and clean. Concerning a grievance, let them stand in judgment, and according to My laws they are to adjudicate it. My teachings and decrees regarding My appointed times they are to protect, and My Sabbaths they are to sanctify. To a human corpse they are not to come to become contaminated, except for father and mother, son and daughter, brother and sister who had never been married to a man they may become contaminated. After his cleansing, let them count seven days for him. Now on the day of his entry into the Sanctuary, to the inner courtyard, to minister in the Sanctuary, let him bring his sin offering. The words of my Master HaShem, Elohim.”

Yikes! HaShem just laid out the responsibilities of the Kohanim (Priests) in that they are to TEACH Israel from Moshe i.e. the Torah to distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the contaminated and the pure! How can the Kohanim teach to distinguish what is sacred and profane or contaminated and pure if the Torah has been fulfilled, tossed out and rendered irrelevant as Christendom in its Replacement Theology doctrine teach? Obviously it is an impossibility especially when HaShem says this is unchanging and eternal! I digress!

With this said, we will now explore what HaShem says concerning the Parah Adumah. Pay very close attention to what He says because it will become very relevant towards the end of this Op!

Bamidbar (Numbers) 19:1-10 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe and to Aharon saying, ‘This is the statute of the law, which HaShem has commanded saying ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, and let them take for you a COMPLETELY red cow, WHICH HAS NO BLEMISH on it, and upon which a YOKE HAS NOT COME. You shall give it to Elazar the Kohen; he shall take it out to the OUTSIDE OF THE CAMP and he shall slaughter it in his presence. Elazar the Kohen shall take some of its blood with his forefinger, and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) SEVEN TIMES. And he shall burn the cow before his eyes, its hide, and its flesh, and its blood, with its dung, shall he burn. The Kohen shall take CEDARWOOD, HYSSOP, and CRIMSON THREAD, and he shall throw them into the burning of the cow. The Kohen shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in water; and afterward he may enter the camp; and the Kohen shall remain contaminated until the evening. The one who burns it shall immerse his clothing in water and immerse himself in water; and he shall remain contaminated until the evening. A pure man shall gather the ash of the cow and place it OUTSIDE the camp in a pure place. For the assembly of Israel it shall remain as a safekeeping, for water of sprinkling; it is a chatat (Sin Offering). The one who gathers the ash of the cow shall immerse his clothing and remain contaminated until evening. It shall be for the Children of Israel and for the proselyte (Gentile believers) who dwells among them as an ETERNAL DECREE.'”

Very important facts I highlighted in these verses to hold onto for future reference! Now we will find out the purpose of these ashes!

Vayikra 19:11-22 says “Whoever touches the corpse of any human being shall be contaminated for SEVEN DAYS. He shall purify himself with it on the THIRD DAY and on the SEVENTH DAY, then he will become pure; but if he will not purify himself on the THIRD DAY and on the SEVENTH DAY, he will not become pure. Whoever touches the dead body of a human being who will have died, and will not have purified himself, if he shall have contaminated the Mishkan (Tabernacle – later the Temple) of HaShem, that person shall be cut off from Israel; because the water of sprinkling has not been thrown upon him, he shall remain contaminated; his contamination is still upon him. This is the teaching regarding a man who would die in a tent: Anything that enters the tent and anything that is in the tent shall be contaminated for seven days. Any open vessel that has no cover fastened to it is contaminated. Anyone who touches on the open field one slain by the sword, or a corpse, or a person’s bone, or a grave, shall be contaminated for seven days. They shall take for the contaminated person some of the ashes of the burning of the purification animal, and he shall put upon SPRING WATER in a vessel. A pure man shall take HYSSOP and dip it in the water, and SPRINKLE upon the tent, upon all the vessels, upon the people who were there, and upon the one who touched the bone, or the slain one, or the corpse, or the grave. The pure person shall SPRINKLE upon the contaminated person on the THIRD DAY and on the SEVENTH DAY and shall purify him on the SEVENTH DAY; then he shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in water and become purified in the evening. But a man who becomes contaminated and does not purify himself, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the congregation, if he shall have contaminated the Sanctuary of HaShem; because the water of sprinkling has not been thrown upon him, he is contaminated. This shall be for them an ETERNAL DECREE. And the one who sprinkles the water of sprinkling shall immerse his clothing, and one who touches the water of sprinkling shall be contaminated until evening. Anything that the contaminated one may touch shall become contaminated, and the person who touches him shall become contaminated until the evening.'”

It is very interesting HaShem has designated a SEVEN day purification process in which the THIRD and the SEVENTH days are when the contaminated person is sprinkled and on the SEVENTH day the purification process is complete….hmmmmmm is there a prophetic picture HaShem is teaching us? I wonder? Keep this in mind!

Mitzvah #397 from the Book of the Mitzvot is ‘The Obligation of Parah Adumah (Red Heifer)’ which says “This mitzvah deals with corpse impurity and the purification process which the Torah prescribes for a person or utensil which has contracted corpse impurity.”

What is very interesting is how HaShem has still to this day cloaked from human understanding the complete picture and reason as to why this mitzvot is needed! Even King Solomon himself, the wisest human being ever to live, could not figure out the underlying purpose of this mitzvot! The Book of the Mitzvot says “King Solomon grasped with his vast wisdom the underlying purposes of all the mitzvot of the Torah, except for the underlying purpose of this one i.e. Parah Adumah, about which he said in Ecclesiastes 7:23 ‘I thought I could become wise, but it is beyond me!'” Point is, this is one in which we will finally understand when Messiah Yeshua shows up and He will reveal it to us, Baruch HaShem! May it be so very soon in our days!

Now with all this said, let’s quickly explore the astounding strict requirements of the Parah Adumah to see it is truly only HaShem Who provides these at the appointed times! Man cannot in any way shape or form manipulate or fashion a Parah Adumah whenever he wishes….it is solely up to HaShem Himself to decide when the time is right!

Pay very close attention to the requirements stated with regards to the Parah Adumah because as I stated previously, when we reach the end of the Op and ties things together, I think you will be amazed!

REQUIREMENTS OF THE PARAH ADUMAH

The Parah Adumah is required to be purchased with funds from the Temple Treasury because it is considered to be a communal offering for all of Israel and not an individual offering.

We know the Parah Adumah must not have any blemish on it and be at a minimum three years old but no older than four, because a cow younger than three is considered to be a calf and HaShem is clear this must be a cow per Bamidbar 19. Now here is where it gets really strict: The following is from the Mishneh Torah Hilchot Parah Adumah 1.2 which states “The Torah’s description of this heifer as ‘perfect’ means ‘perfectly red’, not perfect in stature. Even if it is dwarfsize, it is acceptable, as is the law regarding other sacrifices. If it had TWO WHITE HAIRS or TWO BLACK HAIRS growing from one follicle or from two cavities and they are lying on top of each other, it is unacceptable!” per Bamidbar 19 when HaShem commands the cow must be completely red!

Tractate Parah 2.5 from the Mishnah says “If it had two black or white hairs within a single pore, it is unfit….Even if one (Hair) is in its head and one in its tail, it is unfit.” Can you see how utterly impossible it is for man to manipulate this and just by the hair requirements alone prove it can only be HaShem Who provides the Parah Adumah!!

Per Bamidbar 19, HaShem commands the cow must never have had a yoke placed upon it. What exactly does this mean? Tractate Hilchot Parah Adumah 1.7 from the Mishnah Torah says “If one tied a yoke upon it, it is disqualified even if one did not plow with it. If one rode upon it, leaned upon it, hung on to its tail, crossed a river using it for support while swimming, folded its lead rope on top of it, placed his garment on it, placed a covering of sacks on it, it is disqualified.”

Per Bamidbar 19, if the cow passes inspection and is ready to be slaughtered, it could be slaughtered by any kohen as is intimated when HaShem said it is Elazar who will slaughter it, as at the time Elazar was alive, Aharon was alive as well, therefore we know then any ordinary kohen could perform this ceremony. What is interesting about this, is that once the kohen was selected to be the one to burn the Parah Adumah, for seven days he is isolated from his home in a chamber in the northeast corner building of the Temple complex, just like the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) is on Yom Kippur per Tractate Hilchot Parah Adumah 2.1. Again we see the number seven come up associated with the Parah Adumah!

Per Tractate Hilchot Parah Adumah 2.4 “On every one of the seven days of his isolation, water with the ashes of the red heifer (Previous Parah Adumah) should be sprinkled upon him lest he unknowingly have contracted corpse impurity due to contact with a corpse with the exception of the fourth day of his isolation. That day does not require sprinkling. The rationale is that it is impossible for it to be the third day of his impurity or the seventh day of his impurity.”

Per Tractate Hilchot Parah Adumah 2.5 says “He would be isolated on Wednesday (The fourth day of the week) so that the fourth day of his isolation would fall on Shabbat, for the sprinkling of the ashes of the Parah Adumah does not supersede the Shabbat prohibitions and the fourth day does not require the sprinkling of the ashes.” Can you see the level of detail they needed to pay attention too here?

When the seven days of isolation were completed, the kohen would immerse in the mikvah and don his four priestly garments (The Kohen HaGadol would wear eight garments but only the Kohen HaGadol). Now understand, per Bamidbar 19, the Parah Adumah was required to be taken OUTSIDE the camp! This is extremely important, because in the time of the Temple in Jerusalem, to be taken outside the camp, meant to be taken outside the walls of the city, and in this case, north of the Temple, which would be the Mount of Olives!

In order to walk the Parah Adumah to the slaughter site on the Mount of Olives, they had to build a ramp or a bridge from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives to prevent anyone from contracting corpse impurity while walking to the site. Per Hilchot Parah Adumah 3.1, it says “A ramp was built from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives. Below it were arches upon arches i.e. and arch on two arches, so that there would be empty space under it, lest there be a grave in the depths of the earth. Similarly, the place where the heifer was burnt and the place of immersion on the Mount of Olives had the space under them hollowed, lest there be a grave in the depths of the earth. The Parah Adumah, the one who would burn it, and all those who assist in its burning go from the Temple Mount to the Mount of Olives on this ramp.”

See the ramp/bridge with the arches?

All of this for purity purposes in our relationship with HaShem! Remember this is all ETERNAL…nothing has been done away with, fulfilled or tossed out as Replacement Theology Christendom teaches…if there was a Temple in Jerusalem today, we would all have to deal with corpse impurity as I can assure you, we all, today, are 100% contaminated, but sadly because there is no Temple and no ashes of the Parah Adumah, we cannot deal with it! Moving forward.

Per Hilchot Parah Adumah 3.2 it says “There was wood arranged there (On the Mizbe’ach/Altar) on the Mount of Olives – Cedar, oak, pine and smooth fig wood. The arrangement was like a tower. The heifer would be tied with a rope of love grass (Not susceptible to corpse impurity) and it (The heifer) would be brought onto the arrangement with its head to the south and its face to the west (Facing the Holy of Holies/The Throne of HaShem on the earth). He (The kohen) would slaughter the heifer with his right hand and receive its blood in his left hand. With his right finger, he would sprinkle from the blood in his left palm SEVEN TIMES toward the Holy of Holies. He would dip his finger in the blood for every sprinkling. The remainder of the blood on his finger was disqualified for sprinkling. Therefore, after every sprinkling, he would clean his finger on the body of the heifer.”

“Afterwards (After completing the sprinkling) he takes a branch of a cedar tree and hyssop that is at least a handbreadth long, and wool dyed crimson weighing five selaim (96 grams). He asks the people standing there: ‘Is this a piece of cedar?’ ‘Is this a piece of cedar?’ ‘Is this a piece of cedar?’ ‘Is this hyssop?’ ‘Is this hyssop?’ ‘Is this hyssop?’ ‘Is this a crimson thread?’ ‘Is this a crimson thread’ ‘Is this a crimson thread?’ asking each question three times. They answer: ‘Yes!’ ‘Yes!’ ‘Yes!’, three times for each set of questions.”

“Why is all this necessary? Because there are seven species of cedar, four species of hyssop, and several options to produce red dye. The hyssop mentioned in the Torah is the type of hyssop eaten by homeowners and used as a condiment in certain dishes. The hyssop, cedar, and wool dyed crimson are all absolute requirements, without one of which, the others are not acceptable. The kohen should bind the hyssop together with the cedar branch with the crimson thread and then throw them into the belly of the heifer, as Bamidbar 19 states ‘He shall cast them into the midst of the conflagration of the heifer.”

Hilchot Parah Adumah 3.3 says “When the process of burning it has been completed, its remnants and all of the pieces of wood in its arrangement that were burnt with it are beaten with clubs and everything is raked out with rakes. Anything, whether from the flesh or from the wood, that has been blackened and is possible to be crushed and reduced to ashes, should be crushed and reduced to ashes. If something has no trace of ash on it, it is left. Any piece of bone that remains from the heifer’s bones that was not burnt should be crushed regardless.”

Hilchot Parah Adumah 3.4 says “Non of its ashes are brought into the Temple Courtyard for storage, as Bamidbar 19:9 states ‘And he shall place it outside the camp.’ The ashes were divided into THREE portions:

  • One was placed in the Cheil (Surrounding area immediately inside the Soreg i.e. the latticework barrier fence which surrounded the Inner Courtyards of the Temple forming a protective rampart)
  • One was placed on the Mount of Olives
  • One was divided among the 24 priestly guardposts in which the Kohanim and Leviim would stand guard/watch over the Temple”

“Indeed, in the Cheil, they would put away for safekeeping a portion of the ashes from every Parah Adumah that was burnt. NINE Parah Adumah were offered from the time that they were commanded to fulfill this mitzvah until the time when the Temple was destroyed a second time. The first was brought by Moshe our teacher. The second was brought by Ezra. Seven others were offered until the destruction of the Second Temple. And the TENTH will be brought by the KING MASHIACH; may He speedily be revealed!”

So, we see there have been a total of nine Parah Adumah throughout biblical history and this next one will be the tenth and the last one and it will be King Mashiach Who will offer and prepare it! Baruch HaShem, may it be so very soon in our days!

With all this said thus far, this makes Acts 21 a little bit more understandable when we read about Paul meeting with the council in Jerusalem some 30 years AFTER Yeshua had come and gone, and Paul had taken a Nazarite Vow in Acts 18. The council informs Paul there are four other Torah observant Jewish believers in Yeshua who also had taken a Nazarite Vow and were ready to complete them. As Paul had been accused of teaching against the Torah and teaching against the Temple, the council tells Paul to take the four men, pay for their expenses i.e. offerings, and in Acts 21:24 they said “Take them and BE CLEANSED with them, and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all shall know that what they have been informed about is not so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.”

What is interesting is the council telling Paul to be cleansed is a reference to the seven day purification process of the Ashes of the Parah Adumah where he will be sprinkled with the ashes on the third and seventh days! We read in Acts 21:27 “And when the seven days were almost ended…..” What seven days? The seven day purification process of the Ashes of the Parah Adumah! Again, another example of why we MUST know the Tanakh before we can even begin to understand the Apostolic Writings! I digress.

Now as I prepare to wrap this Op up, I want to quickly show how what we read about the Parah Adumah is very closely associated with Yeshua. Consider the following:

  • The cow is required to be at least three years old and we know Yeshua began His task when He turned 30
  • The cow is required to be unblemished and we know Yeshua kept the Torah perfectly
  • The cow was required to be purchased with funds from the Temple Treasury and we know Yeshua was purchased with 30 pieces of silver from the Temple Treasury (Zechariah 11:12-13 – Matthew 26:14-15)
  • The cow was required to be taken outside the walls of Jerusalem to be slaughtered on the Mount of Olives and we know Yeshua was taken outside the walls of Jerusalem, likely to the Mount of Olives, and slaughtered

It is no coincidence there are these similarities between Yeshua and the Parah Adumah…nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! All of the Torah speaks of Yeshua for even Yeshua Himself said in John 5:46 “If you had believed Moshe (Torah), you would have believed Me for Moshe speaks of Me!” More proof to toss out Torah is to toss out Yeshua as we cannot have one without the other!

Finally, consider this prophetic text HaShem speaks and you will see how it connects to the topic of this Op: Ezekiel 36:22-32 says “Therefore say to the family of Israel – ‘Thus says my Master HaShem/Elohim – Not for your sake do I act, family of Israel, but for My holy Name which you have desecrated among the nations to which you came; so I will sanctify My great Name which is desecrated among the nations, which you have desecrated among them. Then the nations shall know that I am HaShem, the words of my Master HaShem/Elohim – when I become sanctified through you in their sight; and I shall take you from the nations and gather you in from all the countries and I shall bring you to your land; and I SHALL SPRINKLE PURE WATER UPON YOU, THAT YOU BE CLEANSED. FROM ALL YOUR CONTAMINATION AND FROM ALL YOUR FILTH I WILL CLEANSE YOU; and I shall give you a new heart and a new spirit I will put within you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh; and My Spirit I will put within you, and I will cause that you will go by My decrees and guard My Torot and perform them; and you will dwell in the land which I gave your fathers; and you will be to Me a people, and I shall be your Elohim; and I shall save you from all your contaminations, and I shall summon the grain and increase it, and I shall not place famine upon you; and I shall increase the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field so that you no longer accept the shame of hunger among the nations. Then you will remember your evil ways and your doings which were not good, and you shall loathe yourselves in your own sight because of your sins and your abominations. Not for your sake do I act, the words of my Master HaShem/Elohim – let it be known to you. Be ashamed and embarrassed because of your ways, family of Israel.”

We have the hope of HaShem acting on our behalf, not because of who we are but solely because of Who He is and His Great Name! In the midst of this wicked, vile and evil world we live in today, now more than ever we need to understand contamination and purity as HaShem defines them so we do not stray into adopting them into our lives. Now more than ever we need to grab onto His Torah as it is His Torah which He gave us to teach us to know the differences between the holy and the profane and the contaminated and the pure. It truly is a matter of life and death!

Much to consider!!!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Twelve Prophets Zechariah by Artscroll
  • Tractate Parah of the Kehati Mishnah
  • Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Yechezkel (Ezekiel) Artscroll Tanach Series

THE DAILY OFFERING AND THE FALSE MESSIAH

We are going to start this Op off with a bang right from the beginning, so be prepared…:) Routinely I have read from many Christian websites over the years that the Temple of HaShem along with all the animal korbonot (Offerings) were ended by Christendom’s Jesus. Further, I have read where the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is literally been rendered to be a place of blasphemy and deception now, again because of Christendom’s Jesus.

Consider the following comparison: What I find very interesting is Christendom’s Jesus, per the doctrine, ended the korbonot along with the Temple, and then we read about in the End where this False Messiah comes onto the world stage and per the prophecies of this guy, what does he do? He is prophesied to enter into the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, declare himself to be HaShem and will end the daily korbonot! Imagine the uproar of fanatical support this guy will get from Replacement Theology Christendom when he does this? So, how is this guy any different from Christendom’s Jesus? They both teach lawlessness i.e. the Torah has ended/been replaced by the law of grace, they both teach change i.e. the Feasts of HaShem are now replaced by Christmas/Easter/Etc, Shabbat is changed to Sunday, etc; they both point to themselves and declare they are HaShem in the flesh and they both seek to accomplish the same goals i.e. end the need for the Temple and end the korbonot. They both are operating from the same playbook so to speak.

With this said I thought it might be prudent to examine more closely what korbonot specifically the False Messiah is targeting in stopping per the prophesies and perhaps get a better understanding of why he is doing so. This will require an in-depth examination into the specific korbonot so be prepared.

Consider the prophesy HaShem gives about the rebuilding of His Temple in Jerusalem per Malachi 3 which says “Who can bear the day of His coming and who can survive when He appears? For He will be like the smelter’s fire and like the launderers soap. He will sit smelting and purifying silver; He will purify the Children of Levi and refine them like gold and like silver, and they WILL be for HaShem presenters of korbonot in righteousness. Then the korbonot of Judah and Jerusalem WILL BE PLEASING to HaShem as in the days of old and in previous years. I will draw near to you for the judgment, and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers; against the adulterers; against those who swear falsely; against those who extort the wage of the worker; the widow and the orphan; and against those who wrong the stranger and do not fear Me, says HaShem, Master of Legions.” Interesting! So, we see the animal and grain korbonot resume with Levi officiating the Temple Services as of old and HaShem is pleased with it!! Further, HaShem says in Malachi 3:6 “For I HaShem, have NOT CHANGED; and you, the sons of Jacob, you have NOT perished.” Again, tosses out Replacement Theology and its Jesus once more! I digress.

But, as always, before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal, unchanging characteristics of HaShem:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

These verses in 2 Thessalonians above, aptly describe what we see in society today, in my opinion! Truth has gone out the wayside and been tossed out. Further, many in Replacement Theology have been presented with truth but have rejected it in favor of the deceptions and lies Replacement Theology presents. What is again interesting are these verses in 2 Thessalonians use one overriding word to describe this coming False Messiah and that is being ‘Lawless’ who comes ‘with all the power of Satan performing signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness.’ This guy’s message is completely antithetical to the Torah of HaShem! He teaches a doctrine the Torah is now tossed out, replaced and no longer valid while performing all signs and wonders of unrighteousness i.e. without the Torah. But the disturbing part is how the people flock to this guy because they ‘did not receive the love of the truth.’ We have to ask then ‘What is the truth per the biblical definition?’ The Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142 and many other places in His Word! Keep this in mind as we progress.

With all this said, let’s quickly determine what type of korbonot exactly is being prophesied to be stopped by this False Messiah figure. We read in Daniel 12:11, discussing this False Messiah, it says “And from the time the DAILY SACRIFICE was removed and the mute abomination was emplaced…” Okay, now we are getting somewhere. The daily sacrifice, had a specific name and category of korbonot, it is called the ‘Tamid Korbonot’ or the ‘Daily Korbonot’ and it is an Olah Korbonot i.e. a Burnt Offering.

Before we can proceed, we need to very quickly explore what the meaning of the word ‘Korbon/Korbonot’ is. ‘Korbon/Korbonot’ in Hebrew means ‘To draw near, to come close’. So, to bring a korbonot to HaShem, means we are drawing near to Him. Further definition says, ‘the truest offering is when the owner brings himself as the offering. The owner of the animal or grain offering, sets himself apart to HaShem to make himself subservient to the teachings of His Torah. The animal or grain offering is secondary in that it is an indication of what the owner feels and what the owner is striving for!’

What should be stressed is NOT all the korbonot are for atonement and sin and any korbonot that is for atonement and sin can ONLY be applied for UNINTENTIONAL sin! There is no korbonot for intentional sin…these types of sins, HaShem deals with on Yom Kippur by His Own decision, which is why on Yom Kippur during the Temple Service the Kohanim (Priests) would tie a scarlet thread to the Temple building in view of everyone and if/when it turned white, it meant HaShem had forgiven their intentional sins, but I digress.

So, we see per the prophesy in Daniel the specific korbonot being stopped by the False Messiah is the Daily Tamid korbonot. We then need to explore what is required for the Daily Tamid.

Everything is important when we are dealing with the Temple of HaShem and I mean everything! Locations, directions, how many times of this or that is done, who is authorized and who isn’t, from where something is brought, the liturgy spoken, where something is placed or sprinkled, etc! It is all very, very important and cannot be ignored. This is why HaShem commands us in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to study His House i.e. His Temple in Jerusalem to include the korbonot, the avodah (Temple Services), the tavnit (Blueprints), the gates and doors, etc…it is not a suggestion, it is a command from Him and why? Because when we study His House, we learn about Him and we learn what kedusha (Holiness) really is!

In order to continue, we need to quickly explore what was done at the morning time when the daily services were to begin. First, it must be understood, the duties of the Kohanim were selected each day by lottery, not like the lottery to win the PowerBall, but the official would gather the qualifying Kohanim around himself and HaShem would give him a number in his mind. The official would then have the Kohanim hold up one or two fingers, no more, and then he would count from a starting location until he reached the number HaShem gave him and that is how the Kohanim were selected, by HaShem, to perform that days services.

After this was done, the official would “Announce, go and check if the proper time to slaughter the morning Tamid has arrived! If it had, the Kohen who saw this would answer, ‘The entire eastern horizon has lit up!’ The official would then ask him further, ‘Has the light reached the city of Hebron?’ And the Kohen would answer him, ‘Yes'” as per Rambam, Hilchot Temidin U’Mussafin 1:2. Why would they wait until the sun has lit up Hebron? Because that is where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their wives are buried and it symbolizes the resurrection which is said to begin with HaShem resurrecting Abraham, Isaac and Jacob first.

This said, in Vayikra (Leviticus) 1:10-13 says “And if one’s offering is from the flock (Sheep, goats), from the sheep or from the goats, for an Olah (Burnt) korbonot: he shall offer an unblemished male. He shall slaughter it at the NORTHERN SIDE OF THE MIZBE’ACH (Altar) before HaShem; and the sons of Aaron, the Kohanim, shall throw its blood on the Mizbe’ach, all around. He shall cut it into pieces, its head, and its fat. The Kohen shall arrange them on the wood that is on the fire that is on the Mizbe’ach. He shall wash the innards and the feet in water; the Kohen shall bring it all and cause it to go up in smoke on the Mizbe’ach, it is an Olah korbonot, a fire offering, A SATISFYING AROMA TO HASHEM.

Jerusalem Temple Painting by Alex Levin

So, we see the Tamid Olah Korbonot MUST be a male and it MUST be slaughtered north of the Mizbe’ach. Why? Because HaShem decreed the most holy korbonot can ONLY be slaughtered north of the Mizbe’ach due to their kedusha (Holiness). Very, very, very important to remember this! Further, as a Olah Korbonot, the meat is wholly burnt on the Mizbe’ach, the owner nor does any Kohanim eat of it…all of it goes up in smoke to HaShem as a satisfying aroma! Additionally, an Olah Korbonot is NOT for sin, again it is solely to be a satisfying aroma to HaShem! Finally, the Olah Korbonot is a COMMUNAL korbonot and NOT an individual, meaning, this Tamid korbonot belongs to ALL of Israel to HaShem and can only be brought as a communal korbonot!

In the Book of the Mitzvot #401, it explains why the daily Tamid is offered twice a day: “Since the nature of a person is such that he must prepare food for himself at least twice daily, evening and morning, he is commanded to set his focus and his routine to likewise be engaged in the service of his Creator no less than twice daily, by offering the Tamid once in the morning and once toward the evening, so that the service the servant does for himself should not exceed the service that he performs for his Master. And what is the purpose of all this? Why indeed is it important that man consistently engage in the service of his Creator? In order to constantly awaken his intellect and his emotions to remember his Creator, for through this he will improve his actions and will merit to receive blessing from Him. HaShem has specifically instructed us in this regard, for He desires kindness per Micah 7:18 i.e. it is His will to bestow kindness upon His creations.”

Are you beginning to see why the False Messiah would want to stop these korbonot? Let’s continue!

Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:1-8 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Command the Children of Israel and say to them: My offering, My food for My fires, My satisfying aroma, shall you be scrupulous to offer to Me in its appointed time. And you shall say to them: This is the fire offering that you are to offer to HaShem: male lambs in their first year, unblemished, TWO A DAY, as a continual Olah offering. The one lamb shall you make in the morning and the second lamb shall you make in the afternoon, with a tenth-ephah of fine flour as a minchah (Bread) offering, mixed with a quarter hin of crushed oil. It is a continual Olah offering that was done at MT SINAI, FOR A SATISFYING AROMA, a fire offering to HaShem. And its libation is a quarter hin for the one lamb, to be poured on the holy Mizbe’ach, an intoxicating libation for HaShem. The second lamb you shall make in the afternoon; like the minchah offering of the morning and like its libation shall you make, a fire offering for A SATISFYING AROMA TO HASHEM.” Can you see thus far the Tamid Korbonot is solely for HaShem offered up by ALL of Israel? Keep this in mind!

Where did Israel get the Tamid lambs from? Every year each Israelite male was required to donate one half shekel. This half shekel was used to purchase the Tamid lambs each year as well as other communal korbonot.

These Tamid lambs were inspected for any disqualifying blemishes for FOUR DAYS before they could be offered up. Tractate Arachin 13b in the Talmud Bavli says “No fewer than SIX lambs that have been inspected in the Chamber of Lambs for FOUR DAYS prior to the time of their slaughter. The reserve of six lambs ensured that each lamb would be available for inspection for three days prior to the day of its sacrifice, for a total of four.” Now the Chamber of the Lambs was a room in the NORTHWEST corner building of the Temple complex. This building is called ‘Beit HaMokeid’, but that is a hole separate Op in itself.

Tractate Tamid from the Mishnah says in 3.3 “He (The official overseeing the daily Tamid) said to them (The Kohanim): Go out and bring a lamb from the Chamber of the Lambs. And the Chamber of the Lambs was in the north-western corner. And four chambers were there: One was the Chamber of the Lambs, and one was the Chamber of the Tokens, and one was the Chamber of Beit HaMokeid, and one was the chamber where they would make the Lechem HaPanim (Showbread placed on the Table in the Holy Place each Shabbat).”

In order to perform the Tamid service, the Kohanim had to go get the vessels prepared. Tamid 3.4 says “They (The Kohanim) went into the Chamber of Vessels and took out from there 93 vessels of silver and vessels of gold. They gave the tamid (The lamb to be slaughtered) a drink (Of water) from a golden cup. Event though it had been inspected from the evening, they inspected it by the light of the torches.” Why 93 vessels? Because the Name of HaShem appears 93 times in the prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi!

Tractate Tamid 3.5 says “The one who won the Tamid (Lottery) would pull it and walk to Beit HaMitbechayim (The Slaughter area) and the ones who won the limbs would walk after him. Beit HaMitbechayim was on the NORTH side of the altar, and on it were eight dwarf columns, and squares of cedar on top of them, and hooks of iron were fixed on them, and three sets were there for each one, for on them they would hang and skin the Tamid, on the marble tables that were between the columns.” What you must remember is the kosher slaughter process of these animals is performed in such an exact fashion that there is zero fear or pain felt by the animal being slaughtered! HaShem is not a monster! These animals being slaughtered are walking to the slaughter area and are completing their purpose in life in the service of HaShem! There is no cruelty going on as goes on in today’s slaughter houses in which animals are brutally tortured and are slaughtered in horrific, terrifying and excruciating painful ways.

“When the Kohanim had brought the lamb to Beit HaMitbechayim, which was to the NORTH of the Mizbe’ach, they would secure the lamb there, in the area of the rings (Rings which protruded from the floor, were semicircles that were hinged on one side. They would be opened and closed over the neck of the offering. There were 24 rings in the Slaughter Area). They would NOT bind the lambs forelegs or feet at all, it was the practice of idolaters to do that to their offerings, therefore it was avoided in the Temple of HaShem) rather, the Kohanim would hold its foreleg and feet with their hands at the time of shechitah (Kosher slaughter). And this is how they held it: Its front faced SOUTH, and its face was turned WEST towards the Heichal (Sanctuary), as it is written: He shall slaughter it before HaShem'” as per Rambam, Hilchot Temidin U’Mussafin 1:10.

“The morning Tamid was slaughtered in the northwestern corner of the Slaughter Area of the Temple Courtyard, at the SECOND iron ring, so that it would be done opposite the rays of the sun. This is in keeping with the verse from Bamidbar 28:3 ‘Two each day, a continual Olah offering.’ The term ‘Two each day’ literally, two to the day, teaches that the slaughter should be done opposite the day, that is, opposite the sun’s rays. The one who would perform the shechitah (Kosher slaughter) stood to the EAST of the offering, near the neck of the Tamid, with his face toward the WEST (Facing the Heichal because no one could ever turn their back towards the Heichal i.e. HaShem’s throne on earth). The one who was to receive the blood would stand to the WEST of the animal; his back was to the NORTH, and he was facing SOUTHWARD, so that he would not have his back toward the Heichal” as per Yoma 62b from the Talmud Bavli and Rambam, Hilchot Temidin U’Mussafin 1:11

Can you see the amount of attention to detail there must be done while in the Temple of HaShem? This is why I get so dumbfounded when I read various Christian organizations boastfully proclaiming they can enter into HaShem Most Holy Place, figuratively speaking, anytime they wish because of their Jesus. If there were a Temple in Jerusalem today and they attempted to do this, how large would the piles of bodies be where these people attempted to barge in and then were instantly killed because of the Presence of HaShem? HaShem is to be loved and cherished, but He is also to be feared and respected! I digress.

“The Kohen who was to perform the shechitah (Kosher slaughter) held a valid knife (Inspected for any nicks that would invalidate the shechitah) of the klei shareis (Sacred vessel). The Kohen would would receive the blood of the Tamid held a mizrak (A special bowl used to receive the blood), with which to receive the blood” as per Rambam Hilchot Maaseh HaKorbanot 4:7.

“The Kohen who receives the blood must hold the mizrak specifically in his RIGHT HAND, and NOT his left, for it is written regarding the bull offering of ‘The Anointed Kohen’ per Vayikra 4:5: The anointed Kohen shall take from the blood of the bull,’ etc. This refers to receiving the blood, and then the next verse continues: The Kohen shall dip his finger into the blood. Now, the word ‘Finger’ in the second verse refers to the finger of the right hand per Tractate Zevachim 24a from the Talmud Bavli. This teaches that receiving the blood may also be done only with the right hand. The Kohen must also take care that there is nothing between his hand and the vessel. This is also derived from the verse in Vayikra 4:5: The anointed Kohen shall take the blood from the bull; the verse teaches us that the taking must be done directly with the hand of the Kohen” as per Zevachim 24a, Rambam Hilchot Bi’as HaMikdash 5:17-18.

“Just before the Kohen receives the blood, the Kohen recites the blessing on the mitzvah of kabbalah: Blessed are You, HaShem, Our Elohim, Master of the universe, Who consecrated us with His mitzvos and commanded us regarding the mitzvah to receive the blood” as per Vayikra 1:5.

“When the Kohen receives the blood and goes to bring it close to the Mizbe’ach for zerikah (Throwing on the Mizbe’ach), he would first approach the NORTHEASTERN corner of the Mizbe’ach, for the initial application of the blood of an Olah must be adjacent to the Mizbe’ach’s base, as is stated in Vayikra 4:7: and all the blood of the bull he shall pour onto the base of the Mizbe’ach of the Olah. And this is how the zerikah was done:

“The Kohen performing the zerikah (Throwing of the blood) stands on the floor of the Courtyard, at the NORTHEASTERN corner of the Mizbe’ach. He would recite the Berachah: Blessed are you HaShem, Our Elohim, Master of the universe, Who sanctified us with His mitzvos and commanded us regarding the mitzvah of zerikah. He would throw the blood in the mizrak from a distance against the corner, creating a diagonal streak extending in both directions against the corner, creating a diagonal streak extending in both directions, as it says in Vayikra 1:5: And they shall throw. He would do so with the intention that the blood would spread from the force of his throw to the two sides of the corner, to the EAST, as well as to the NORTH, beneath the red line that was at the midpoint of the Mizbe’ach’s height. He would then walk with the mizrak, circling around the Mizbe’ach to his right, counterclockwise, until he would reach the SOUTHWESTERN corner of the Mizbe’ach. There, he would once again throw the blood from the mizrak against the corner beneath the red line and the blood would spread to either side of the corner, this way and that. The zerikah was done in this manner to fulfill that which the Torah says: and they shall throw the blood on the Mizbe’ach all around” as per Rambam Hilchot Maaseh HaKorbanos 5:6

I could go on and on describing this ceremony, but the point I am attempting to drive home is, is it any wonder the False Messiah would want to stop the Tamid korbonot Temple Service? Look at all the detail required just for this one service performed twice a day, offered to HaShem solely as a satisfying aroma to HaShem? If he were to allow this service to continue, he would in effect be acknowledging HaShem is higher than he is and he, per the prophesies, just sat down in the Temple and declared himself to be HaShem and then he stops the daily Tamid and then erects his image, which I am convinced will be the Crucifix of Jesus on the cross, but that is another Op in itself.

On a quick side note, why is it so important for us to know in these prophesies that the False Messiah will sit in the Temple? Because, in the Temple, no one is allowed to sit except for one person…the King of Israel who is of the line of King David! So, for the False Messiah to sit in the Temple is his way of usurping the kingship and making his claim that he is HaShem in the flesh. I digress.

In summary, the twice daily Tamid, again a communal korbonot from ALL of Israel to HaShem as a satisfying aroma, which in truth is an acknowledgement of HaShem and His authority. It is in effect submission of Israel to HaShem twice a day, again and in my opinion, the main reason the False Messiah would want to stop these specific korbonot. He wants all the glory, honor and praise directed to himself.

Be a lover of HaShem’s truth i.e. His Torah, and He promises we will not fall into the delusion and believe the lie of the Man of Lawlessness and his deceiving message that the Torah has been done away with, the Temple is blasphemy and the habitation of Satan; HaShem’s Feasts and Shabbat are changed and now everyone is under grace, not law.

There is a ton of info I have thrown into this Op, but I just wanted to give you a small glimpse as to just how gigantic and detailed the topic of the Temple of HaShem truly is and how awesome He is which in turn reveals precisely why Replacement Theology Christendom is NOT from Him!

So much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll
  • Tractate Arachin from the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Tractate Zevachim from the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Tractate Tamid from the Kehati Mishnah
  • Rambam/Mishnah Torah
  • Avodas HaKorbanos by Artscroll

THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN – JUST WHO IS YESHUA RAILING AGAINST?

“A righteous person brings success to the house of the evildoer, which corrupts the wicked toward evil.” Proverbs 21:12

The recent Israeli – Hamas war in Gaza has accomplished more than just another round of fighting, but it has released an explosion of anti-Semitism around the world and here in the United States unlike we have seen in recent decades. The level of anti-Semitism, especially here in America is truly astounding and very concerning. We have the majority of the entire Democrat party and even some Republicans in Washington DC now unabashedly proclaiming they are against Israel and are pro Hamas/Palestinians…that should send shivers down people’s spines! When we see the pro-Palestinian rally’s along with the violent attacks against Jews and synagogues taking place across the country, we should be very, very worried.

Unfortunately the truth of the matter is this is a spiritual matter that is rising like the era of the 1930’s in Germany and what is one of the main reasons people are so quick to embrace this debauchery? Replacement Theology is the answer! A few twisted up verses referenced from the Apostolic Writings is what has and continues to fuel this depravity. This is precisely why I am speak out so loudly in my Op’s against Replacement Theology in all of its vicious, vile and wicked forms in which it raises up its putrid, ugly head. How many people over the centuries have been slaughtered, butchered, locked up, brutally tortured and destroyed all in the name of Replacement Theology? Remember, HaShem tells us in Ecclesiastes 1:9 there is nothing new under the sun and that which has been is what will be again! Point is, history repeats itself over and over and here we go today once again, with the world turning against Israel and the Jews in favor of the enemies of Israel.

With this said, thus far, in this Op I plan on addressing the basis for this anti-Semitic Replacement Theology doctrine and show once again the vast chasm of differences between the Jesus of Replacement Theology Christendom and the Yeshua as revealed in the Scripture of HaShem…I am fully aware I will by no means win over any friends with this Op, but oh well…it’s gotta be said.

But, before we dive into this Op, always remember the following UNCHANGING AND ETERNAL characteristics of HaShem:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Where do we find the term ‘Synagogue of Satan’? There are two instances in the Apostolic Writings in which both are found in the Book of Revelation:

  • Revelation 2:8-9 which says “And to the messenger of the assembly in Smurna write, ‘This says the First and the Last, Who became dead, and came to life: I know your works, and pressure, and poverty and yet you are rich and the blasphemy of those who say they are Yehudim and are not, but are a congregation of Satan.'”
  • Revelation 3:7-9 which says “And to the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write, ‘He Who is set apart, He Who is true, He Who has the key of David, He Who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, I know your works, see, I have set before you an open door, and no one is able to shut it, that you have little power, yet have guarded My Word, and have not denied My Name. See, I am giving up those of the congregation of Satan, who say they are Yehudim and are not, but lie. See, I am making them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.'”

Unfortunately, Replacement Theology has over the centuries taken these references from the Apostolic Writings and applied them to ALL Israel and ALL the Jews as if HaShem was condemning EVERY single one and thus it has grown and spread into this abominable doctrine justifying violence against Jews and Israel today.

How many times have I read in just the last few weeks from Christian forums where people are telling Israel, ‘G-d hates you because you killed Christ!’ Or there have been others from various US Christian organizations telling Israel today , ‘You are getting what you deserve with the wars because you all are Christ deniers and Christ killers!’‘ How about all the conspiracy theories running amok for centuries that the Jews control the world and manipulate the nations to perform their bidding, setting up nations against nations to fight their wars while raking in the piles of cash. It all stems from this Replacement Theology crap doctrine!

There is a lesser known insidious version that is raising up its ugly head recently in which it is being taught that the Jews forgot where the Temple once stood in Jerusalem and the Christians are going to come and inform the Jews where the Temple really stood which was down in the City of David, because the Christians are smarter and better informed on issues concerning biblical and historical facts than the Jews are…no joke! Thankfully this stupidity can be easily refuted just by the archeological evidence alone, but that is a whole other Op in itself.

So, the question must be asked, is there any truth to what Yeshua said in accusing the Jews of being the Synagogue of Satan? In order to answer this question, we have to delve into the history at the time of Yeshua and common expressions and idioms used.

First and foremost, Yeshua was Torah observant and He adhered to the Halakha i.e. the Oral Torah as I will prove shortly. He taught nothing new but the Torah and He pointed to HaShem as the focus of worship, not to Himself. Further, we need to understand the relationship between HaShem and Yeshua in that Yeshua is NOT HaShem in the flesh, but is the AGENT of HaShem. This again is where we need to understand the ‘Law of Agency’, which I have posted many times in my Op’s which is summed up in that a ‘Man’s agent is as himself…’ In other words, when a principle appoints someone to act as their agent, that agent is seen as being the principle. Therefore when we read where Yeshua says ‘When you see Me, you have seen the Father…’ per John 14:9, He is saying, ‘I am the Agent of HaShem and I only do what HaShem has directed Me to say, teach, act, do, etc.’ This right here is one of the main points that differentiates Jesus from Yeshua, which we will discuss later.

Next, we need to understand the religious and political climate of Yeshua’s time in that historically there were two main sects of Pharisees in power which opposed one another i.e. the Beit Shammai and Beit Hillel. Their differences stemmed over how to deal with all the non-Jews who were beginning to flock to HaShem and join themselves with Israel and adopt the Torah into their lives. Beit Shammai was vehemently anti-non-Jew and sought to keep them out. Beit Hillel was very favorable and wanted to bring as many as possible in seeing that was the mandate HaShem had given to Israel i.e. be a light to the nations (Non-Jews)/bring the Torah to them so they too can walk and serve HaShem.

Consider what HaShem says about Israel in Isaiah 49:6: “It was insufficient that you be a servant for Me only to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the ruins of Israel; I will make you A LIGHT FOR THE NATIONS, SO THAT MY SALVATION MAY EXTEND TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. THIS is the mandate of Israel…to bring the Torah of HaShem to the world so ALL will know Him and enter into His covenant and accept His offer of salvation! Notice He says nothing about Israel blowing it and now being replaced by a new entity called ‘The Church?’ He does say He will restore Israel and it will be Israel who is to be the light to the nations! I digress.

Back on topic with regards to Shammai and Hillel. Shammai had risen in stature and power to assume the position of the Nasi i.e. the Head of the Sanhedrin i.e. the Court which issues rulings on how to walk in the Commandments of the Torah. These rulings are contained the Mishnah which is the foundation for the Oral Torah and expounded upon in both versions of the Talmud i.e. Babylonian (Bavli) Talmud and the Jerusalem Talmud as well as the Tosefta. Yes, I am very well aware of all the angst and disgust there is out there for the Talmud. Honestly I don’t get it, I have been studying the Talmud for years now and find it to be absolutely vital in learning the Torah of HaShem. Mostly what I see in it are the written conversations between various rabbis discussing rulings of the Sanhedrin and how to apply it to ones life. Do I completely understand it, absolutely not, but I know enough to know it is vital and has been so very, very helpful, especially when understanding the Apostolic Writings and I am so grateful to HaShem for leading me to it.

When Shammai gained his power, Hillel became the deputy Nasi, meaning he had to submit to Shammai. Shammai then passed what are known in the Talmud as ‘The 18 Edicts of Shammai’. These edicts were designed to separate Jews from Non-Jews as Shammai was vehemently anti-Non-Jew. It is these 18 edicts which forms the basis for what we read about in the Apostolic Writings concerning Peter and his vision of the sheet or the middle wall of separation Paul talks about. It was HaShem telling Peter and Paul these 18 edicts of Shammai are NOT of Him and He is telling them both to disregard them. Even the Talmud Bavli in tractate Shabbat 17a says when these 18 edicts were issued “And that day was as difficult for Israel as the day the Golden Calf was made.” These 18 edicts were a disaster for Israel and is the main cause for the disputes between Yeshua and the Pharisees. Point is, Yeshua was railing against the SHAMMAI PHARISEES and not all the Pharisees as Christendom teaches, for He Himself was a Pharisee of Beit Hillel just as Paul was a Pharisee of Beit Hillel. This doesn’t mean Hillel was perfect…by no means, and it doesn’t mean Yeshua didn’t take issue with some of his rulings either, but for the most part Yeshua sided with Hillel. It is said that ‘The School of Shammai binds and the School of Hillel loosens’.

What is interesting is the Jerusalem Talmud tractate Berekhot 1:4 says a ‘Voice from Heaven’ called down to the Sanhedrin and annulled the rulings of Beit Shammai, thus today for the most part Rabbinic Judaism follows Beit Hillel. Why is this interesting? Because again Yeshua aligned Himself with Beit Hillel. Paul was trained by Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel as well as being not only a Pharisee in Beit Hillel but also at one point a member of the Sanhedrin. Point is, if we want to better understand the Apostolic Writings, then I would recommend reading the Oral Torah and the rulings of Hillel…trust me it will cause the Apostolic Writings to erupt into life like someone turned the light switch on. I digress.

Artwork by Alex Levin.

So, do we see anywhere where Yeshua’s teachings line up with what is recorded in the Mishnah and the Talmud proving He walked according to the Halakah i.e. the Oral Torah? Yes we do! We will quickly explore the following few examples as there are many more that could be added:

  • Yeshua partook of the four cups of wine at Pesach (Passover) as we read in Luke 22:17/20 and Mark 14:25. These four cups are not expressly mentioned in the Torah but are recorded in detail in Tractate Pesachim 10:7 from the Mishnah which says when discussing the Pesach Seder meal “They mixed for him the third cup, he recites the blessing over his food. The fourth (Cup), he completes over it the Hallel (Psalms 113-118) and he says over it the blessing of the song. Between these cups, if one wishes to drink (Wine), he may drink, between the third and fourth cups he may not drink.”
  • When Yeshua tackled the subject of circumcision overriding the Shabbat as recorded in John 7:22-23, this topic is not discussed in the Torah but is mentioned in the Mishnah Tractate Shabbat 18:3 which says “All the needs of circumcision may be performed on Shabbat”.
  • This one is very interesting in that when Yeshua used His spit to cure the blind man in Mark 8:23, this act of healing is not discussed in the Torah but when we read Tractate Bava Batra 126b from the Talmud Bavli we see that spit was commonly used to cure eye trouble, which says “There was a certain man who came before Rabbi Hanina and said to him, ‘I know that this man is a firstborn. Rabbi Hanina said to him: ‘From where do you know? He said to Rabbi Hanina: Because when people would come before his father to obtain a cure for their ailing eyes, he would say to them: Go to my son, as he is a firstborn and his saliva heals this ailment.'”
  • When Yeshua said ‘Where two or three are gathered in My Name there am I in the midst of them’ per Matt 18:20, Tractate Avot 3:3 from the Mishnah says “If two sit together and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests in their midst” per Malachi 3:16 which says “Then those who fear HaShem spoke to one another, and HaShem listened and heard, and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for those who fear HaShem and those who give thought to His Name.”
  • When Yeshua taught on visiting the sick per Matt 25:44, this is not discussed in the Torah but is found in Tractate Shabbat 127a in the Talmud Bavli which says “There are six matters a person enjoys the profits of in this world, and nevertheless the principal exists in the World to Come, and they are: Hospitality toward guests, and VISITING THE SICK, and consideration during prayer, and rising early to the study hall, and one who raises his sons to engage in Torah study, and one who judges another favorably, giving him the benefit of the doubt”.
  • When the incident of picking grain occurred and Yeshua said that the Shabbat was made for man and not man for the Shabbat per Mark 2:27, we read in Tractate Shabbat 128a in the Talmud Bavli “Bundles which can be taken up with one hand may be handled on the Shabbat and he may break it with his hand and eat thereof.”
  • Yeshua taught that life overrules Shabbat and this is found in Tractate Yoma 85b in the Talmud Bavli which says “Saving a life overrides Shabbat.” “Saving one’s whole body, which is entirely involved in mitzvot, overrides Shabbat.”
  • When Yeshua taught in Matt 6:33 ‘To seek first the Kingdom of Elohim, and His righteousness, then all these things will be added unto you’ He was referring to a ruling from Beit Hillel in Avot 2:4 which says “Make His will your own will, so that He may fulfill your will as thought it were His will. Set aside your will because of His will, so that He may set aside the will of others before your will.”
  • When Yeshua said in Luke 16:16 that ‘The Torah and the Prophets were until John; since then the Good News of the Kingdom of HaShem has been proclaimed’, He may have been paraphrasing Tractate Sanhedrin 97a from the Talmud Bavli which says “Six thousand years is the duration of the world, and it is in ruins for one thousand years. Two thousand of the six thousand years are characterized by chaos; two thousand years are characterized by Torah, from there era of the Patriarchs until the end of the mishnaic period; and two thousand years are the period of the coming of the Messiah.”

So what is the point for highlighting all of this thus far? It is pointing out that Yeshua was VERY obedient to the Torah, both Written and the Oral Torah and His teachings in the Apostolic Writings line up with both, further separating this Jesus figure of Replacement Theology and the True Messiah of HaShem Who cannot come teaching anything else but the Torah!

Therefore, the question must be asked, ‘Just who exactly is Yeshua railing against when He refers to the Synagogue of Satan?’ Tractate Yevamot 16a from the Talmud Bavli tells us which says “According to whose statement (Shammai or Hillel) is the halakha? The halakha is in accordance with Beit Hillel. They said to him: ‘But didn’t they say in your name that the halakha is in accordance with the opinion of Beit Shammai?’ He said to them: ‘Did you hear that Dosa ben Harkinas issued this ruling or did you hear that it was stated by ben Harkinas? They said to him: ‘On your life, Rabbi, we heard simply ben Harkinas. He said to them: If so, it is no wonder, as I have a younger brother WHO IS THE FIRSTBORN OF THE SATAN, i.e. he is extremely sharp and brazen as a demon. And his name is Yonatan, and HE IS AMONG THE DISCIPLES OF SHAMMAI...” Point is, it was very common in the time of Yeshua and after to refer to the Pharisees of Beit Shammai as the firstborn of Satan or the Synagogue of Satan because of their vehement hatred of the non-Jews! THIS IS WHO YESHUA IS RAILING AGAINST IN THE APOSTOLIC WRITINGS i.e. the Pharisees of Beit Shammai!!

So, in summary, it is the doctrine of Replacement Theology and its vile anti-Semitic leanings that has twisted up the words of the Apostolic Writings to turn their Jesus against Israel, rejecting the Torah and replacing everything HaShem gave in the beginning while claiming Christendom has now replaced Israel as HaShem’s chosen! And then Christendom wonders why Torah observant Jews want nothing to do with Christendom or its Jew hating Jesus?

If Christendom would just allow itself to actually study biblical history, they would very quickly find the doctrine of Christendom is wholly wrong and has embraced the doctrine of the False Messiah HaShem warns us about time and again in His Word i.e. the Man of Lawlessness (Without the Torah). Sadly, most of Replacement Theology Christendom has no interest in the truth of biblical history, however, HaShem IS most assuredly calling individual people out of Replacement Theology Christendom and leading them to the His Truth more and more! Baruch HaShem!

This is what is fueling all the rising anti-Semitism we see today and unfortunately it is only going to get worse until HaShem says enough is enough and He deals with it once and for all. May it be so very soon in our days!!

Hopefully this quick Op will cause some to consider and research for themselves. I could go on and on in this Op but for the sake of time will end it here. Stay close to HaShem in these very difficult times and hold tightly to His Torah, which is a tree of life to those who take hold of it and the only truth there is in these very wicked and deceitful days where truth is almost non-existent.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Jesus the Pharisee by Harvey Falk
  • Tractates Yoma, Sanhedrin, Shabbat, Yevamot, Bava Batra from the Talmud Bavli Steinsaltz edition
  • Tractate Shabbat, Pesachim from the Mishnah Kehati edition
  • Perkei Avos, Ethics of Our Fathers

SHAVUOT – THE BETROTHAL TO THE BRIDE

“There is abundant peace for the lovers of Your Torah, and there is no stumbling block for them.” Psalms 119:165

As I put this Op together, it is 13 May 2021, just a few days before the great Feast of Shavuot arrives…Baruch HaShem! Now more than ever, with all that is going on around us in the world, it seems like we need to truly understand His Feasts and what they represent because the major prophetic events we read about in His Word all occur on or around His annual Feasts! The term we hear used in His Word i.e. ‘The Early and Late Rains’ is a Hebrew idiom referring to HaShem’s annual Feasts…the Spring Feasts i.e. Pesach, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Shavuot and then the Late Rains i.e. Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. Keep this in mind as we progress in this Op.

On a side note, I know I bash Replacement Theology constantly in my Op’s, again it is NOT directed at the people, it is solely directed at the doctrine that has been regurgitated through the centuries, unfortunately leading so many to their ruin. Baruch HaShem, He is ending this reign of deception and leading people out of the captivity to Replacement Theology just as He promised He would do in the very End of Days! So while I will frequently highlight the differences between Replacement Theology and the Word of HaShem in this Op, it is not a slap at the people. It is meant solely to hopefully get some to stop, think, analyze, reason and search out His Word for themselves and with the help of HaShem, break off that veil over their hearts and eyes so they too can see how awesome and how wonderful He and His Torah truly are.

So, with this all said, the Feast of Shavuot (erroneously referred to as Pentecost), is a VERY, VERY important Feast, one of the three pilgrimage Feasts in which all the men of Israel are required to appear before HaShem in His Temple and bring korbonot (Offerings). This Feast is so important I will go ahead and give you a little hint as to what this Feast and what this Op will entail…..this Feast is what sets apart the Bride!! No Shavuot….no Bride!!! Again, keep this in mind!

Now we can jump into this, but before we do, always remember the following because they never, ever change:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Remember Yeshua is the AGENT of HaShem…please read the article from the Jerusalem Encyclopedia defining the ‘Law of Agency’. Here is an excerpt: “The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby  legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluaḥ or sheliaḥ (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (sheliḥut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself (Ḳid. 41b).” – http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of

Before we examine the depths of Shavuot, we need to first lay the foundation for the Feast. Shavuot is on the sixth day of the Biblical month of Sivan i.e. the Third month of the year beginning with Nissan. This Feast is considered to be a continuation of Pesach (Passover). It is the 50th day after Pesach in which we have been Counting the Omer between Pesach and Shavuot.

On a side note, those who object to using the names for the Biblical months, there is biblical precedent for the names of the months as we see in the book of Esther 8:9 specifically refers to the month of ‘Sivan’ in Scripture, however, I am NOT looking to engage in arguments over the calendar issue…that is between HaShem and yourselves.

What is very interesting concerning the month of Sivan, i.e. the Third Month, is that it is in the Third Month HaShem brings Israel to Sinai and presents His marriage proposal i.e. His Torah. An excerpt from the book ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, it says “Just as marriage can survive only if there is peace and love, so too the Torah, the instrument of betrothal between HaShem and Israel, could only be received when these conditions prevailed. The Torah is referred to as ‘Morashah’ (A Heritage) per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:4 which says ‘The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the Congregation of Ya’akov.’ This word ‘Morashah’ is better understood as ‘Me’orasah’ meaning ‘Betrothed.'” We will discuss this much deeper coming up shortly in the Op.

Shavuot has several names in His Word:

  • Feast of Reaping per Shemot (Exodus) 28:16
  • Feast of Shavuot per Shemot 34:22
  • Feast of Bikkurim (Firstfruits) per Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:26

The Feast of Shavuot is a Korbon Feast meaning HaShem requires animal and grain offerings be brought into His Temple. These korbonot are listed in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:17 which tells us two minchah (Bread) offerings along with what is called an ‘External Chatat (Sin)’ korbonot of a young male goat. It is called an ‘External’ korbonot because it designates where the blood will be sprinkled, in this case on the external Mizbe’ach (Altar). Further this korbonot is also referred to as a ‘Communal’ obligatory korbonot in that this goat is offered up as a Chatat for ALL of Israel.

Additionally, per Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:26-27, two bulls, one ram and seven lambs are offered up as Olah (Burnt) korbonot, which means no one eats the meat as the meat is completely burned on the Mizbe’ach as a sweet aroma to HaShem.

Then, per Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:19 there are two male sheep offered up as a Shelamim (Peace) korbonot. It should also be noted all of these korbonot are considered to be ‘Communal’ and obligatory meaning they all are on behalf the entire people of Israel! This should be causing you to ask yourself some questions as it pertains to what we all were taught in Replacement Theology, which I will address shortly.

The biblical reference for Shavuot is found beginning in Shemot (Exodus) 19:1, which says “In the third month (Sivan) from the Exodus of the Children of Israel from the land of Egypt, on this day, they arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai. They journeyed from Rephidim and arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai and encamped in the Wilderness; and Israel encamped there, opposite the mountain.

Moshe ascended to Elohim, and HaShem called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘So shall you say to the House of Ya’akov (Jacob) and relate to the Children of Israel. You have seen what I did to Egypt, and that I have borne you on the wings of eagles and brought you to Me. And now, if you hearken well to Me and observe My covenant, you shall be to Me the most beloved treasure of all peoples, for Mine is the entire world. You shall be to Me a kingdom of ministers and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the Children of Israel.

Moshe came and summoned the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that HaShem had commanded him. The entire people responded together and said, ‘Everything that HaShem has spoken we shall do!’ Moshe brought back the words of the people to HaShem.”

Very interesting! So we see Israel arrived in the Wilderness of Sinai on the first day of Sivan and it was then HaShem made the proposal to Israel on the 2nd day of Sivan! “IF you hearken well to Me and observe My covenant, THEN you shall be to me the most beloved treasure of all the peoples, for Mine is the entire world.”

Consider this from an excerpt from the Book of Our Heritage which says “The verse from Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) 2:2 states: ‘Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is My beloved among the sons.’ Just as the apple tree gives fruit fifty days after blossoming, so too did Israel receive the Torah fifty days after their departure from Egypt!”

I have to stop here and address this point…I hear constantly from the adherents of Replacement Theology that anyone striving to keep the Torah is attempting to earn their salvation and thus are derived from the Kingdom of Satan for teaching lies and deceit. Well, these verses here once more prove them wrong…how do we know? Because the picture HaShem has shown is FIRST He ‘saved’ or ‘redeemed’ Israel from the bondage of Egypt due to no merit of their own and THEN He brings Israel to Sinai and we will see shortly it is AFTER He redeemed Israel that He gives His Torah and says and I will paraphrase “Now that I have redeemed you, here is My Torah to know how to live as My people!” Point is, FIRST comes salvation/redemption THEN comes the Torah to be set apart to HaShem as His Own by faith i.e. live it out, practice, study, learn and apply it all of which are the biblical definition of faith in HaShem! Remember ‘Faith WITHOUT works i.e. Torah is dead’ per Ya’akov (James) chapter 2 in the Apostolic Writings! Okay, back on point.

So, we can see HaShem offered His proposal to Israel here on the 2nd day of Sivan, in which Israel responds with “Everything that HaShem has spoken we shall do!” Meaning Israel accepted His proposal!! Moshe then brings the response to HaShem on the 3rd day of Sivan. Baruch HaShem!

It should be noted that it is recorded HaShem did offer the Torah first to the Gentile nations, but they all refused Him. Israel is the only nation who accepted His proposal…which accounts as to why the world hates Israel so much since then to include today. This concept is derived from Devarim (Deuteronomy) 33:2 which states “He said: HaShem came from Sinai, having shone forth to them from Seir, having appeared from Mount Paran, and then approached with some of the holy myriads, from His right hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.” The commentary on this verse from the Talmud Bavli Tractate Avodah Zarah 2b says “With regard to the Revelation at Mount Sinai, our verse says, ‘HaShem came from Sinai, having shone forth to them from Seir, having appeared from Mount Paran.’ Seir is the homeland of the descendants of Eisav (Esau), and the descendants of Yishmael live on Mount Paran. This teaches that BEFORE HaShem gave the Torah to Israel at Mount Sinai, He offered it to the other nations of the world, and they all rejected His offer.”

Okay, moving on. So, now that Israel has accepted His proposal, He then tells Moshe in Shemot 19:9-15 “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Behold! I come to you in the thickness of the cloud, so that the people will hear as I speak to you, and they will also believe in you forever.’ Moshe related the words of the people to HaShem (On the 3rd day of Sivan). HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Go to the people and sanctify (Kedusha/Kadosh/Set apart) them today and tomorrow and they shall wash their clothing. Let them be prepared for the third day, for on the third day HaShem shall descend in the sight of the entire people on Mount Sinai (6th day of Sivan). You shall set boundaries for the people roundabout saying, ‘Beware of ascending the mountain or touching its edge; whoever touches the mountain shall surely die. A hand shall not touch it, for he shall surely be stoned or surely thrown down; whether animal or person he shall not live; upon an extended blast of the shofar, they may ascend the mountain.’ Moshe descended from the mountain to the people. He sanctified the people and they washed their clothing. He said to the people, ‘Be prepared after a three day period; do not draw near a woman.’”

These verse are just astounding!! Remember HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning!! Here HaShem keeps reiterating ‘On the THIRD DAY!’ What is so significant about the THIRD DAY? Because HaShem established the pattern from the third day of creation that something or someone is revealed! On the third day dry land appeared during the week of creation! So, here on the THIRD DAY, HaShem will come down to Sinai and reveal Himself to Israel!

Consider that to HaShem a thousand years is but a day per Psalms 90:4 and 2 Kepha (Peter) 3:8, which again adds a prophetic element to this account and here is why: Hosea 6:1-2 says “Come, let us return to HaShem for He has mangled and He shall heal us; He has smitten and He shall bandage us. He will heal us AFTER TWO DAYS (Two thousand years of exile after the second Temple destruction); on the THIRD DAY He will raise us up and we will live before Him.” Remember HaShem has given mankind 7,000 years and then the World to Come. The first six days i.e. six thousand years mankind makes a mess out of things. Then on the Shabbat i.e. the Seventh Day or the last thousand years, Yeshua will rule and reign and we will rest in Him. So, how long has it been since Israel was scattered into the world after the destruction of the Temple by Rome? Approximately two days i.e. two thousand years! On the third day after the exile began, He will raise us up i.e. the resurrection of the righteous and the Gathering to HaShem on that Rosh Hashanah which begins on His calendar the seventh day i.e. the Day of HaShem! The point I am striving to drive home is that HaShem is completely consistent and unchanging…Yeshua changed NOTHING despite what Replacement Theology teaches!

We also see how HaShem gives Israel three days to purify themselves i.e. sanctify themselves….remember sanctification has nothing to do with salvation/redemption, it is all about being set apart to Him for service unto Him. Is it a coincidence then that when a person is being purified from corpse impurity during the SEVEN day purification process that the ashes the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) are sprinkled on the person on the THIRD and SEVENTH days and then are clean before HaShem? Point is, pattern…consistency…He never changes! Moving on.

Then we see from these verses in Shemot HaShem establishes boundaries because of the kedusha issue. When one draws closer to HaShem, the level of kedusha increases…such as we see in the Temple. For example, Gentiles can only go so far in the Temple, they cannot cross the Soreg (Lattice worked wall). If they do, there is a death penalty. Israelite women can go only as far as the Ezrat Nashim (Court of the Women), if they violate this, there is a death penalty. Israelite men can only go to the Court of the Israelite’s. The Kohanim (Priests) can only go so far and then finally the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) can only enter the Most Holy Place one time a year on Yom Kippur. If he violates this, then he will die by the Hand of Heaven in that year. Further, no one is allowed to turn their back towards the Most Holy Place anywhere in the Temple…to do so is a death penalty. No one is allowed to enter the Temple with their heads uncovered…again it is a death penalty…why? Kedusha!! Point is, HaShem is kadosh, and He commands we as His people are to be kadosh like Him.

With this all said, to be His people means we MUST have boundaries in our lives and MUST be kadosh…which is best defined by my teacher who defined kedusha as: “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha (Holiness) are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we must relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!” Can we be His people when we toss His Torah out and declare it null and void as Replacement Theology teaches? Nope! It is utterly impossible! This is why Replacement Theology doctrine is so tremendously dangerous as it is leading people to their utter ruin and they, in most cases, have no idea they are running headlong into a speeding freight train, figuratively speaking. I digress…moving on.

So, then on the THIRD DAY what happens? Per Shemot 19:16-24 says “On the THIRD DAY when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning and a heavy cloud on the mountain, and the sound of the shofar was very powerful, and the entire people that was in the camp shuddered. Moshe (Remember Moshe is a picture of Messiah Yeshua!) brought the people forth from the camp toward Elohim, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was smoking because HaShem had descended upon it in the fire; its smoke ascended like the smoke of the furnace, and the entire mountain shuddered exceedingly. The sound of the shofar grew continually much stronger; Moshe would speak and Elohim would respond to him with a voice.

HaShem descended upon Mount Sinai to the top of the mountain; HaShem summoned Moshe to the top of the mountain, and Moshe ascended. HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Descend, warn the people, lest they break through to HaShem to see, and a multitude of them will fall. Even the Kohanim who approach HaShem should be prepared, lest HaShem burst forth against them.’ Moshe said to HaShem, ‘The people cannot ascend Mount Sinai, for You have warned us, saying, ‘Bound the mountain and sanctify it.’ HaShem said to him, ‘Go, descend. Then you shall ascend, and Aharon with you, but the Kohanim, and the people, they shall not break through to ascend to HaShem, lest He burst forth against them.’ Moshe descended to the people and said it to them.”

Again, HaShem is reinforcing the concept of kedusha! This is why it makes my blood boil every time I hear Replacement Theology go on and on about how ‘The veil is torn in two, now all of us have access to the Most Holy Place and go in whenever we want…’ No, no, no!!! Very, very, very wrong concept….think of how many people Replacement Theology would send to their deaths if the Temple were standing in Jerusalem today and people just waltzed in and tried to enter the Heichal (Sanctuary)? There would be many corpses laying around the place! Again can you see just how deadly Replacement Theology truly is?

So, now HaShem has descended onto the mountain and He then says in Shemot 20:1-14 says “Elohim spoke all these statements, saying: ‘I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who has taken you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery. There shall not be to you the gods of others in My presence. You shall not make yourself a carved image nor any likeness of that which is in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth. You shall not prostrate yourself to them and you shall not worship them, for I am HaShem, your Elohim, a jealous Elohim, Who visits the sin of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations, for My enemies; but Who shows kindness for thousands of generations to those who love Me and observe My commandments (What did Yeshua, the Agent of HaShem, reiterate? ‘If you love Me, keep My commandments!’ Means again NOTHING changed!) You shall not take the Name of HaShem, your Elohim, in vain, for HaShem will not absolve anyone who takes His Name in vain.

Remember the Shabbat day to sanctify it. Six days shall you work and do all your labor; but the seventh day is Shabbat to HaShem, your Elohim; you shall not do any work, you, your son, your daughter; your slave, your maidservant, your animal, and your convert within your gates, for in six days HaShem made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, HaShem blessed the Shabbat day and sanctified it (So what gives Replacement Theology the authority to declare HaShem’s Shabbat day now null and void and any ole day can be Shabbat? The answer is, they CANNOT change what HaShem has decreed to be sanctified! Another reason why He will destroy Replacement Theology in the End!).

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days will be lengthened upon the land that HaShem, your Elohim gives you. You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness against your fellow. You shall not covet your fellow’s house. You shall not covet your fellow’s wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, nor anything that belongs to your fellow.”

So, again we HaShem is giving the terms of the proposal to Israel i.e. He is giving Israel the Torah! In other words, HaShem, Who is the prospective Groom proposes to Israel i.e. the prospective Bride. She accepts His proposal and then He presents to her on the 6th day of Sivan what is called the ‘Ketubah’ i.e. the marriage contract, which stipulates everything the Groom will do and is responsible for taking care of His Bride and the responsibilities the Bride has to the Groom! Folks, understand, the Torah of HaShem IS the Ketubah which means Israel IS the Bride and it is on Shavuot, the 6th day of Sivan, He gave His Ketubah!

Does this change your perception of the Torah now? Can the so called ‘Church’ of Replacement Theology be the bride? Not a chance in Hades! Why? Because the Church has tossed out the Torah declaring it ‘Bondage, dung, human feces, deception, shackles of death, destruction, etc!’ I am not exaggerating either…many, many people in Replacement Theology really do believe this and claim Paul said these things in his letters, which is utter garbage and blasphemy! So can there be a bride when the marriage contract has been tossed out? Or to put it another way, how can there be a wedding when the bride refuses to show up and has married someone else i.e. Replacement Theology/Torah Abolishing ‘Jesus’ whose entire doctrine is the Torah is tossed out? I digress.

THE JEWISH WEDDING PROCESS

I am going to quickly discuss the Jewish wedding process because it relates to us today.

The Groom is required to “Pay the Bride Price” for the prospective bride. This MUST be something of value such as property, money or other forms of wealth. In this case, HaShem gave His Torah, something of immeasurable value for the Bride!

It is interesting to note that on Shavuot in the synagogues, a Ketubah is read and the date 6th of Sivan in the year 2448 (The number of years from Creation) is the date of the Betrothal between HaShem and Israel! Further, it is acknowledged that the Torah is the Bride Price that was paid for her!

There are TWO phases to a Jewish wedding:

  • Erusin = The Betrothal Phase – The husband and wife are technically married, but they do not live under the same roof together, they do not partake of marriage sexual relations, but if either party wants to end the relationship, or if either party violates the terms of the Ketubah, they will need to obtain a divorce document called a ‘Get’. Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 3:8 says “And I saw that despite the fact that I (HaShem) divorced wayward Israel because of her adultery (Idolatry) and gave her a bill of divorce to her, unfaithful Judah, her sister, was not afraid; she too went and committed adultery.” So, HaShem DID divorce Israel………..BUT, there is hope! Since it is forbidden in His Torah for a man to remarry his divorced wife who married another man per Devarim 24:4, HaShem legally cannot remarry Israel….or can He? Again, this is where understanding the role of Yeshua comes into play as the Agent of HaShem. Yeshua comes on the scene, and what does He do? He dies, thus releasing HaShem from the prohibition of Devarim 24:4. HaShem then resurrects Yeshua, the Ketubah is restored and renewed, and now HaShem can resume being in the Erusin stage of the marriage betrothal process! Does this change your perception of Yeshua’s role? If the Ketubah had been done away with as Replacement Theology teaches, then there is NO Marriage whatsoever! So who is Replacement Theology’s Jesus married too? No one! There are no terms i.e. no Ketubah!
  • Nissuin = Full Marriage – This will happen on the Rosh HaShanah HaShem has designated when Yeshua will be crowned King and then the Wedding Ceremony takes place. Remember Yeshua is the Agent of HaShem, and as HaShem’s Agent, will be the One to literally marry Israel. Just before the Nissuin ceremony the Groom must agree to the terms of the Ketubah in the presence of two witnesses, whereupon these two witnesses sign the Ketubah. Is it possible then that Moshe and Elijah i.e. Torah and the Prophets, present at Yeshua’s transfiguration in Matthew 17 are the two witnesses?

The Nissuin ceremony takes seven days in which the couple spends those seven days secluded. Again we see the picture emerging of the seven years where the new couple is secluded in the Heavenly Temple during the seven years of the Birth Pangs here on earth, erroneously called ‘The Tribulation’ period. It is here Yeshua begins His reign as King and then at the end of the seven days, He and the Bride emerge, and on that Yom Kippur, He and His Bride return to the earth where He marches into Jerusalem, defeats and destroys the False Messiah and His Replacement Theology doctrine. Then on that Sukkot, five days later, the greatest celebration ever experienced by humanity takes place for those seven days as all of HaShem’s enemies are wiped out.

Now with this said, consider what HaShem says in Hosea 2:18-25 which says “And it shall be on that day (An idiom to mean the Day of HaShem in the End), declares HaShem, you (Israel) will call Me, ‘my husband’ and you will no longer call Me, ‘My Master.’ And I will remove the names of the Baal idols from her mouth and they will no longer be remembered by their name. And I will seal for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky and the creeping things of the ground; and the bow, the sword, and war I will eradicate from the land, and I will lay them down in safety. And I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME FOREVER, AND  I WILL BETROTH YOU TO ME WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH JUSTICE, BENEVOLENCE AND MERCY. AND I WILL BETROTH TO ME WITH FAITH, AND YOU WILL KNOW HASHEM. And it will be on that day, I will answer, declares HaShem; I will answer the heavens and they shall answer the earth. And the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel (Specific location in Israel where crops are grown). And I shall sow her to Me in the land, and I will have mercy upon the unpitied one, and I will say to those who are not My nation, ‘You are My nation’ and he shall say, ‘You are my Elohim.’” Whelp, this just destroyed Replacement Theology once and for all!

Consider what He says in Song of Songs 3:11 which says “Go forth and gaze, O daughters distinguished by loyalty to Elohim, upon the King Shlomo adorned with the crown His nation made, on that day, His Torah was given and He BECAME ONE WITH ISRAEL, and on the day His heart was gladdened by His Tabernacle’s consecration.”

Also consider the interesting verses in Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 23:5-6 which says speaking of Messiah Yeshua “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will establish a righteous sprout from David; a king will reign and prosper and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. THIS IS THE NAME PEOPLE WILL CALL HIM – ‘HASHEM IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

Now read this in contrast Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 33:15-16 which says “In those days, at that time, I will cause a sprout of righteousness to sprout forth for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in security; AND THIS IS WHAT PEOPLE WILL CALL JERUSALEM – HASHEM IS OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”

What is so special about these verses? These verses show there was a wedding that took place and now both Messiah and His Bride i.e. Israel are called “HaShem is our righteousness!” Again I have to ask, can there be any truth to Replacement Theology and its doctrine the Ketubah/Torah have been tossed aside and replaced? Again not a chance in Hades!!

So, with all this said, Shavuot IS the date we celebrate as entering into the Erusin phase of the marriage between HaShem and Israel! The giving of the Torah is the Ketubah of this marriage and thus each Shavuot we acknowledge we re-dedicate ourselves to the Ketubah i.e. the Torah of HaShem.

Now consider, Yeshua dies on Pesach, is in the grave and HaShem resurrects Him on First Fruits. He is seen for the next 40 days and then what does He tell His Talmidim to do in preparation for Shavuot as is recorded in Acts 1:4? It is recorded “And meeting with them (His Talmidim), He commanded them NOT to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father which you have heard from Me.” So, Yeshua is telling them to stay in Jerusalem, go up to the Temple on Shavuot as required by the Torah, which remember requires animal korbonot to include Chatat (Sin) korbonot, and then wait for the Ruach i.e. the Promise of the Father. Why is this significant? Because this is Shavuot, the re-dedication to the Ketubah, which Yeshua just restored, renewed, and HaShem, like before, He gives His Ruach to His people to strengthen them to rebel and become a Lawless bunch? No, of course not, but His Ruach will help us KEEP His Torah i.e. the Ketubah and remain faithful to Him, leading us into all righteousness.

If Yeshua had ended everything to include the animal korbonot, then here would have been the perfect time to tell His Talmidim NOT to stay in Jerusalem and to go to another place…but instead, He tells them to keep the Torah! Again, nothing changed!

I hope and pray you can see the importance of Shavuot and why we WANT to keep this appointment with HaShem!! We WANT to rededicate ourselves to His Ketubah as His people and His Bride! If we truly love Him, then we will want to walk according to how He said to live…remember first comes salvation/redemption THEN the Ketubah/Torah as the means to express our faith, love, devotion and loyalty unto Him….not perfectly as that is unfortunately not possible, but striving for that. All I can say is, ‘May it be SO VERY, VERY soon in our days!!!’

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Song of Songs by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Shemot of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Vayikra of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Bamidbar of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Devarim of The Chumash with the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov

WHAT WAS THE RED LINE IN SODOM AND GOMORRAH?

“This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word preserved me. Willful sinners taunted me exceedingly, but I did not swerve from Your Torah. I remembered Your judgments of old, HaShem, and I was comforted.” Psalms 119:50-52

If you could go back in time to your younger self and tell yourself of the state of the country and the world in 2021, would you believe any of it or think it was just some bad Hollywood movie script that never made it into the theaters?

There is no doubt in my mind that America and the world is under the judgment of HaShem, however, I firmly believe the real show hasn’t yet begun as it pertains to the level of judgment set to come. This has, therefore, spurred my curiosity and as such I want to know what that red line was which brought about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. What was the defining point in which HaShem said there was no more opportunity for repentance and that line was crossed in which He had to act in order to preserve His creation?

Why is this important in light of today you may ask? Because prophetically, there is no question in my mind, that America in the End of Days, is the prophesied Babylon in the Word of HaShem! As such, Babylon is compared to Sodom and Gomorrah, therefore, it is very appropriate we find out what that red line was because there is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning!

One of my favorite verses is from Amos 3:7 which says “Surely My Master HaShem/Elohim will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.” This means He will do nothing unless He has already revealed it to His prophets. This is another reason why I get so disgusted with Replacement Theology because it teaches to toss everything left of Matthew i.e. all the prophecies HaShem has given regarding the End of Days. Now, the adherents to Replacement Theology have nothing to tell them what is coming and rely solely on gimmicks and a bag of tricks spewed forth from the pulpits. I digress.

Consider the following commentary on this verse from Amos which says “Form our verse we see why HaShem reveals His ways to the prophets. The reason is so that they can interpret historical events to their contemporaries, making history a teacher of the people. Abraham was not primarily a prophet to his own time, although he did proclaim the greatness of HaShem. His primary function was to teach The Way of HaShem, to the future descendants of Israel. In order that he might derive the appropriate lessons from the destruction of Sodom, HaShem revealed what He intended to do.”

This is why it is so important we study His Word…ALL of it, because He reveals the end from the beginning…its all there if we can take the time to search out His Word! This all said, this Op will focus on searching out what was that red line in Sodom and Gomorrah, because the standard for that red line is still very much applicable today, therefore what sealed Sodom’s fate then is the same red line which will seal Babylon’s (America’s) fate today.

But before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem because He never changes:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Genesis 18:20-21 says “So HaShem said, ‘Because the outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah has become great, and because their sin has been very grave, I will descend and see. If they act in accordance with its outcry, then destruction! And if not, I will know.'” So we see here in these two verses, the outcry reached HaShem and He was required to act. It has almost the same connotation of the Exodus in the cries of Israel reached HaShem and He was required to act to save Israel. In both instances the cries released HaShem to act! Perhaps this is significant in America today! Keep this in mind!

HaShem compares the End of Days Babylon (America) to Sodom and Gomorrah in Jeremiah 50:39-40 “Therefore, the martens will inhabit it together with the cats, and owls will dwell there and it will never again be settled, and it will not be inhabited for generation after generation, like HaShem’s overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah and its neighbors, the Word of HaShem, where no man shall live and no human shall sojourn.”

Isaiah 13:19-22 says And Babylon, the beauty of the kingdoms, the glory of the pride of the Chaldees, shall be like HaShem’s overthrowing of Sodom and Gomorrah. It shall not be settled forever, and it shall not be occupied from generation to generation, and no Arab shall pitch his tent there, neither shall shepherds rest their flocks there. And martens shall dwell there, and their houses shall be filled with ferrets, and ostriches shall dwell there, and satyres shall dance there. And cats shall dwell in his palaces, and serpents in the temples of pleasure, and her time is soon coming, and her days shall not be extended.”

In order to know if we are close to this point or not, we need to examine what was the outcry in Genesis 18:20? Was it the outcry of rebellion against HaShem or was it the outcry of the oppressed begging for liberation? Or was it both?

Tractate Sanhedrin 109a from the Talmud Bavli describes the people of Sodom:

“The Sages taught: The people of Sodom became haughty and sinned due only to the excessive goodness that the Holy One, Blessed be He, bestowed upon them. And what is written concerning them, indicating that goodness? “As for the earth, out of it comes bread, and underneath it is turned up as it were by fire. Its stones are the place of sapphires, and it has dust of gold. That path no bird of prey knows, neither has the falcon’s eye seen it. The proud beasts have not trodden it, nor has the lion passed thereby” ( Job 28:5–8). The reference is to the city of Sodom, which was later overturned, as it is stated thereafter: “He puts forth His hand upon the flinty rock; He overturns the mountains by the roots” ( Job 28:9).”

It further states: “It was taught in a baraita (Teaching outside of the Mishnah): “Wicked” is referring to sins they committed with their money; “and sinners” is referring to sins they committed with their bodies. Wicked” is referring to sins they committed with their money, as it is written: “And your eye is wicked against your poor brother and you give him nothing” (Deuteronomy 15:9). “And sinners” is referring to sins they committed with their bodies, as it is written with regard to Joseph and the wife of Potiphar: “And sin against God” (Genesis 39:9). “Before the Lord”; this is referring to blessing, a euphemism for cursing, God. “Exceedingly [meod ]” is referring to bloodshed, as it is stated: “Moreover Manasseh shed very [meod ] much blood” (II Kings 21:16).”

More information here says: “The people of Sodom said: Since we live in a land from which bread comes and has the dust of gold, we have everything that we need. Why do we need travelers, as they come only to divest us of our property? Come, let us cause the proper treatment of travelers to be forgotten from our land, as it is stated: “He breaks open a watercourse in a place far from inhabitants, forgotten by pedestrians, they are dried up, they have moved away from men” ( Job 28:4).”

So we can see the people were very well blessed with everything they could ever want and because of this blessing they became prideful, arrogant, haughty and ended up telling HaShem, figuratively, to get out. Further, they adopted every form of sexual immorality and depravity one can fathom. Keep this in mind!

Tractate Sanhedrin 109b has some in-depth information concerning the immorality and corruption of the justice system in Sodom:

“There were four judges in Sodom and they were named for their actions: Shakrai, meaning liar, and Shakrurai, habitual liar, Zayfai, forger, and Matzlei Dina, perverter of justice. These were the judgments that they rendered: In a case of one who strikes the wife of another and causes her to miscarry, they would say to the woman’s husband: Give the woman to the one who struck her, so that she will be impregnated for you again. In a case of one who severed the ear of another’s donkey, they would say to the owner of the donkey: Give the donkey to the one who caused the damage, until the ear grows back. In a case of one who wounds another, they would say to the injured party: Give the one who wounded you a fee, as he let your blood.” So, we see their justice system was woefully corrupt and did NOT mete out real justice but issued rulings of nothing but injustice!

Sanhedrin 109b further reveals: “There was a young woman who would take bread out to the poor people in a pitcher so the people of Sodom would not see it. The matter was revealed, and they smeared her with honey and positioned her on the wall of the city, and the hornets came and consumed her. And that is the meaning of that which is written: “And the Lord said: Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great [rabba]” (Genesis 18:20). And Rav Yehuda says that Rav says: Rabba is an allusion to the matter of the young woman [riva] who was killed for her act of kindness. It is due to that sin that the fate of the people of Sodom was sealed.”

HaShem tells us in Ezekiel 16:49-50 which says “Behold, this was the iniquity of Sodom your sister: Pride, abundance of bread, and careless ease were hers and her daughters and she did not strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they became haughty and did abomination before Me, and I removed them when I saw.”

Does this sound familiar at all in America today? I digress.

Rambam in the Mishnah Torah states something interesting in Hilchot Teshuvah (Repentance) chapter 3.2 which says “If a person’s sins exceeds his merits, he will immediately die because of his wickedness as Jeremiah 30:14 states ‘I have smitten you for the multitude of your transgressions.’ Similarly, a country whose sins are great will immediately be obliterated, as implied by Genesis 18:20 (See verse above). With regard to the entire world as well, were its inhabitants sins to be greater than their merits, they would immediately be destroyed as Genesis 6:5 relates ‘And Elohim saw the evil of man was great and Elohim said I will destroy man…’ This reckoning is not calculated only on the basis of the number of merits and sins, but also takes into account their magnitude. There are some merits, which outweigh many sins, as imply by I Kings 14:13 which says ‘Because in him, there was found a good quality.’ In contrast, a sin may outweigh many merits, as Ecclesiastes 9:18 says ‘One sin may obscure much good.’ The weighing of sins and merits is carried out according to the wisdom of the Knowing Elohim. He knows how to measure merits against sins.”

With all this said, the question must be asked if we as a nation have reached that same red line as in Sodom and Gomorrah? In my opinion, and I stress this is just my opinion, I believe we as a society are right on the cusp, a hairsbreadth away from crossing that line.

We have a corrupt justice system now, one set of laws for the elites and another set for the common person. Just look at our governmental leadership! Our society has now fully embraced the sexual immorality and debauchery which consumed Sodom and Gomorrah! We as a people have been richly blessed by HaShem, a land full of just about anything one could ever want, but now as a society we have told HaShem to get out. The elites are power mad and will do literally anything to obtain more power and control. Entertainment is the national past time and now every form of entertainment, even down to just simple commercials is full of the homosexual and transgender agenda’s. We now have an open transgender doctor serving as the deputy Secretary of Health over the entire United States! Violence has consumed the country and now the child sex trafficking rings are finally being exposed. I could go on and on and on. Point is, and again it is my opinion, that America has reached the level of depravity of Sodom and Gomorrah!

Is there any good news to this? Yes there is! Because just like HaShem did with Noah and his family and with Lot and his family, He promises to remove His people out BEFORE the judgment and the destruction fall because as we read in Revelation 18:10 which says “Standing at a distance for fear of her (Babylon’s/America’s) torture, saying, ‘Woe! Woe, the great city Babylon, the mighty city, because your judgment has come IN ONE HOUR!’ This reflects what Jeremiah 51:8 says SUDDENLY, Babylon has fallen and has been broken; wail over her, take balm for her pain, perhaps she may be healed.”

This is just a short Op and one in which I wanted to explore what the red line as compared to what we are seeing today around us. All I can say is we need to stay close to HaShem, learn to live by His Torah as the way to walk in the midst of all this insanity and depravity and keep looking up for our redemption must be drawing very, very near! May it be so very soon in our days!

Much to consider!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Book of Job Artscroll Tanach Series by Artscroll
  • The Book of Ezekiel by Judaica Press
  • The Book of Jeremiah by Judaica Press
  • The Book of Isaiah by Judaica Press
  • The Book of Job by Judaica Press
  • Mishnah Torah by Rambam
  • Tractate Sanhedrin from the Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF COUNTING THE OMER – IT HAS TO DO WITH THE BRIDE

“Do not forsake the Torah, and it will protect you; love it, and it will safeguard you.” Proverbs 4:6

Well, now that we have come through Pesach and the Pesach Seder, we now begin the process of the daily ‘Counting of the Omer’ as we head towards the next Feast of HaShem in fifty days i.e. Shavuot, Baruch HaShem!

At this time in Biblical history, Israel has been liberated from Egypt and are now in the Wilderness. HaShem has a very specific plan in play and since He is unchanging, reveals the end from the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun, means, this plan still applies to each of us today and I will explain!

I have no doubt there are many out there who may be asking what the significance of Counting of the Omer really is and how to apply it to our own lives. These are very good questions, which I plan on sharing what HaShem has shown me in relation to these questions.

But as always, before we jump deeper into this topic, never forget the following eternal characteristics of HaShem:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Before we can tackle the Counting of the Omer questions, we first have to understand what is going on with the omer in the first place. HaShem commands in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:9-14 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: When you shall enter the Land that I give you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring an omer from your first harvest to the Kohen (High Priest). He shall wave the omer before HaShem to gain favor for you; on the morrow of the rest day the Kohen shall wave it. On the day you wave the omer; you shall perform the service of an unblemished lamb in its first year as an Olah (Burnt) korbonot (Offering) to HaShem. Its minchah (Bread) korbonot shall be two tenth-ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, a fire korbonot to HaShem, a satisfying aroma; and its libation shall be wine, a quarter hin. You shall not eat bread or roasted kernels or plumb kernels until this very day, until you bring the korbonot of your Elohim; it is an eternal decree for your generations in all your dwelling places.'”

This is where we have to be learning about the functions of the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem as these offerings are brought by each person as an acknowledgment of HaShem’s goodness, sustenance and provisions for that year. Notice also HaShem commands this is an ETERNAL DECREE. The only reason we are not doing this in full today is because sadly we are not in the Land of Israel and there is no Temple standing in Jerusalem…may it be so very soon in our days!

With this said, let’s quickly address the Counting of the Omer. HaShem commands us in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:15-16 the following: “You shall count for yourselves, from the morrow of the rest day, from the day when you bring the omer of the waving, seven weeks, they shall be complete. Until the morrow of the seventh week you shall count, fifty days.” HaShem is commanding us to begin counting the omer the day after Pesach i.e. the rest day, since Pesach itself is a Shabbat.

Counting of the Omer is done today via prayers in which we acknowledge before HaShem. The most basic explanation of Counting of the Omer I can give is we are counting down each day towards Shavuot, such as “Today is day three of Counting of the Omer towards Shavuot” and so on.

At this point, this is where we can begin to address the question concerning the significance of Counting of the Omer. Mitzvah #306 from the Book of the Mitzvot says “The underlying purpose of the mitzvah (Counting of the Omer), according to the basic understanding is its focus on the anticipation of the day of our receiving the Torah i.e. HaShem taking us to Mt Sinai on Shavuot. For the sole purpose of Israel is its adherence to the Torah, and in fact, it is for the sake of the Torah that the heavens and earth, and Israel, were all created, as it is written in Jeremiah 33:26 ‘If not for My covenant of day and night, I would not have established the statutes of heaven and earth.’ The covenant of day and night refers to the Torah, which must be studied day and night as per the verse in Joshua 1:8 ‘You shall contemplate it (Torah) day and night.’ This is the purpose and the reason for which the Jewish people were redeemed and went out of Egypt, namely so as to receive the Torah on Mount Sinai and fulfill it; as HaShem said to Moshe at the Burning Bush on Mount Sinai, when He sent him to redeem the Jewish people per Exodus 3:12 ‘And this is your sign that I have sent you. When you take the people out of Egypt, you will serve Elohim on this mountain.'”

We must remember what the Torah is! It is not just a bunch of do’s and don’t’s, it is THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT between HaShem and His bride, Whom He calls ‘Israel!’ So, we are counting the omer in anticipation of the marriage contract!

Over the years I have heard Replacement Theology teach that G-d is married to Israel and ‘Jesus’ is married to the Church. This is utterly absurd and in no way accurate. There is only ONE bride i.e. Israel comprised of everyone who wishes to serve HaShem! There is only One Bridegroom i.e. HaShem, Whom He deals with Israel via His Agent i.e. Yeshua (Not Jesus). Remember the Law of Agency from the previous Op? I digress.

Artwork by Alex Levin.

The commentary from Or HaChaim when discussing Vayikra 23:15-16 is very interesting and descriptive. It says “You shall count for yourselves seven weeks, etc. That which it says for yourselves is because in our verse, HaShem is instructing the Jewish people to count seven weeks from Pesach until Shavuot for the following reason: For the sages explain that the Jewish people had to wait seven weeks from the Exodus until the giving of the Torah because they had been steeped in the impurity of Egypt for so many years, and HaShem wished to join together with this nation in marriage, so to speak, through the giving of the Torah. He therefore dealt with the people according to the law that applies to a niddah (A woman impure due to her cycle), who is required to count seven clean days before being permitted to her husband per Vayikra 15:25-30. In the same manner, HaShem commanded the Jewish people to count seven weeks after they had left Egypt and were no longer subject to the impurity of Egypt, and then, after this interval, they would be worthy of being brought like a bride to the Chuppah, and join together with HaShem at Mount Sinai by receiving the Torah. And although, there with regard to a niddah, the Torah requires only seven days, and here the people waited seven weeks, that is because of the intense level of impurity that the Jewish people endured in Egypt, which is greater than that of the niddah; and also because the impurity was not only in one individual, but in the nation of Israel as a whole.”

Very interesting! So the counting of the omer is a purification process in preparation for going to Mount Sinai and receiving the Torah i.e. the Marriage Contract! Keep this in mind going forward!

The Or HaChaim commentary continues “You shall count for yourselves, the Torah alluded to a spiritual benefit resulting from the fulfillment of this mitzvah. This is in accordance with what the sages say in Tractate Shabbos 105b (Talmud Bavli), that the souls of the people, the Children of Israel, are, in one aspect, like the Luchos (Tablets the Commandments were enscribed upon). And by means of the diseases of the soul and abominable impurity into which a person sinks when he sins, these luchos become soiled and their brightness is dimmed. Now, our sages, say that the Luchos were made of sanpirinon, a luminous stone. Sanpirinon is translated as ‘Sapphire’. Therefore, our verse says, ‘You shall count for yourselves’, which, aside from the literal meaning, means you shall cleanse your souls of impurity and thereby cause yourselves to shine once more like a luchos of sapphire.”

There is so much here we could discuss more in-depth such as the comparison to sapphire! But it should be pointed out that our being made clean is a combination of our striving to stay away from sin and impurities, something none of us are perfect at, but ultimately it is by faith in HaShem that renders us righteous in His eyes because of His Agent, Yeshua. Point is, we do have to work to cleanse ourselves of impurity, as we will see shortly from the Apostolic Writings!

Consider the following from the Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) Midrash Rabbah when discussing the significance of a sapphire: “If you say that sapphire is soft, come and see that you are mistaken, for there was once an incident that happened with a certain person who brought a sapphire to Rome to sell it. The purchaser said to him: ‘I will buy it on condition that you consent to test it and prove its genuineness. He tested it by trying to break off a small piece from it. He placed it on an anvil and started to beat on it with a hammer. The result was the anvil split and the hammer became flattened, but the sapphire was in its place, an was not lacking a single piece.” So, we can see sapphire is a very strong element…keep this in mind!

The commentary continues and says “The Choshen (Breastplate) worn by the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) had four rows of three stones, each of which was engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes per Exodus 28:17-21. The middle stone in the second row was a sapphire. It was thus the fifth stone on the Choshen, and it bore the name of the fifth tribe i.e. Issachar. Issachar was renowned as the Tribe of Torah, devoted exclusively to Torah study and instruction. The Roman conquerors (Remember Rome is always a picture of Esau/Replacement Theology Christianity) sought to crush the Torah and its observance, decreeing that Israel should not study Torah, nor perform circumcision, nor observe the Shabbat. Surely those were not the only terrible decrees of the Romans against Israel and its Torah, symbolized by the sapphire of Issachar. Offered for sale, scattered through the vast empire, the sapphire of Israel was placed between the Roman hammer and the Roman anvil, which with brutal force sought to crush the precious stone in between. But the anvil was split and the hammer dulled and the sapphire remained unchanged. And in the millennia since, many hammers and many anvils have sought to crush the sapphire, but to no avail. ‘Master of the Universe, if not for Your Torah that You gave us, the nations would have long ago destroyed us.’ The pages of world history are filled with the scattered remains of blunted hammers and fragmented anvils, and the sapphire remains unchained!”

The point for all of this, it is HaShem Who has chosen to preserve His Bride i.e. Israel, in this very long and very difficult exile! Now more than ever it is very difficult to strive to walk in His Torah in a country and a world consumed with utter depravity, debauchery, vile wickedness and abominable violence and cruelty! Therefore, for His Name’s sake, He must rescue out His Own so that we can keep His Torah as His Bride, uninfluenced by the depravity and impurities consuming us. Thus, counting of the omer, is not just some obscure, unimportant commandment by HaShem, it is the purification process we are to engage in as we grow closer to receiving His Torah on His Feast of Shavuot!

Now does the following verses in Revelation 19 make more sense: Verses 7-8 says “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the MARRIAGE OF THE LAMB HAS COME, AND HIS WIFE PREPARED HERSELF. And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousness of the set-apart ones.” Remember the marriage is on Shavuot!! The bride has prepared herself i.e. purified herself…a connection to Counting of the Omer? Shining bright and clean a connection to the understanding of comparing Torah and Israel to a sapphire? This is why in order to correctly understand the Apostolic Writings we MUST know the Torah, the Writings, the Prophets i.e. the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament), for without the Tanakh as the foundation for the Apostolic Writings, all we have is Replacement Theology, which will lead a person to their ruin.

So, with all this said, I encourage you to look further into this time of counting of the omer for there is much to learn and apply to our lives! HaShem is teaching us so much as of late, for those with ears to hear and eyes to see, that is. May He continue to open our ears, eyes, mind and spirits to the wonders which are contained in His Torah as we continue to count the omer towards Shavuot…Baruch HaShem!

Much to consider.

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Proverbs by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll
  • The Midrash Shir HaShirim Rabbah by Artscroll
  • Or HaChaim by Artscroll
  • Tractate Hagiga Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Pesachim Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

TASTE AND SEE THAT HASHEM IS GOOD!

“Eat honey, My child, for it is good, and drippings of the honeycomb are sweet upon your palate. So is knowledge of wisdom for your soul, if you have found it, for it has a lasting outcome, and your hope will not be cut off. (Honey/wisdom = Torah).” Proverbs 24:13-14

As I prepare this Op, it is 26 March 2021, Erav Shabbat i.e. the Sixth Day of the week/Friday and the day before Pesach (Passover) begins, Baruch HaShem! Now I know there are those who are on a different calendar and thus have a differing opinion on how when the Feasts of HaShem commence, that is their opinion and their prerogative, not my issue. I know which calendar I adhere to and why I do so and do not plan on debating that with anyone. This said, I hope and pray this Op will be an enlightening Op discussing the significance of Pesach and why certain things are done on this Feast.

The theme of Pesach is the account of HaShem taking us from bondage to freedom! The account is retold of being under Egyptian slavery to Him ultimately taking us to Mt Sinai and presenting us with His marriage contract i.e. His Torah/Freedom on Shavuot! He uses His Agent i.e. Moshe to bring about this deliverance and lead His people into the Wilderness to safety. It is also a picture of our bondage to sin i.e. Egypt and His work to deliver us from that bondage via His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua (Not Jesus). So we can see Pesach is both literal and prophetic in nature as it discusses history but also the future Final Redemption. Further He paints a picture in that Moshe is a type/picture of the Agent of HaShem i.e. His Messiah!

Remember what we discussed many times before with regards to the Agent of HaShem and the Law of Agency from the Jewish Encyclopedia which says – “The Law of Agency deals with the status of a person (known as the agent) acting by direction of another (the principal), and thereby legally binding the principal in his connection with a third person. The person who binds a principal in this manner is his agent, known in Jewish law as sheluaḥ or sheliaḥ (one that is sent): the relation of the former to the latter is known as agency (sheliḥut). The general principle is enunciated thus: A man’s agent is like himself (Ḳid. 41b).”

Point is, when Yeshua says “When you see Me, you have seen the Father” per John 14:9, Yeshua doesn’t mean this literally, as He is NOT HaShem in the flesh, but He is expressing He is the Agent of HaShem! Very important to remember this! I digress.

Now more than ever, in my opinion, the theme of Pesach is so much more meaningful for us in light of all the chaos going on around us in the country and the world! More and more every day America falls deeper into oppression and tyranny. The ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave’ is erased more and more literally by the stroke of a pen by our leadership. This isn’t a Democrat vs Republican issue, this is a judgment issue by HaShem for our collective rejection and willful rebellion of Him and His Torah!

Pesach is about hope, liberty, life and ultimately redemption! HaShem has given us so many countless ways to help us understand this whether it is through nature around us, the animals, the pleasant colors, the pleasant smells, the varieties of foods and ultimately our taste buds! What is more intimate to each of us than our taste buds? Who doesn’t like sweets? We experience so much in just a taste! Either it will be pleasant and good or it will be bad and we spit it out, either way it does have a direct effect on our mood, outlook on life, etc.

So, it is very interesting He chooses to use ‘taste and see HaShem is good’ and likens His Torah to sweet honey and honeycomb! Further, it is interesting He has chosen for us to experience the account of bondage to freedom through taste i.e. the elements of the Pesach Seder along with the Pesach meal! ‘Taste and see HaShem is good’ has a new dimension to it!

We will discuss this further, but before we begin, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

The following excerpt from a book entitled ‘The Haggadah’ by Rabbi Elias, published by Artscroll, when discussing the significance of Pesach says “There is, thus, a duality about Pesach – The liberation from Egypt and the redemption to come; occurring at the two extremes of our history, they are inextricably linked at this moment in our lives. At the Burning Bush Moshe was told by G-d, ‘I will be He Who I shall be’ quoting Shemot/Exodus 3:14. Our Sages explain this as an assurance that ‘I will be with them in this time of suffering as I will be with them when they are in bondage to other powers.’ In the same vein, the Prophet Micah assures the Jewish people that ‘Just as in the days of your going out from Egypt, I will show wonders’ quoting Shemot/Exodus 7:15. This, it has been suggested, does not tell us that the future redemption will merely be an aftermath of our deliverance from Egypt; rather, that the Exodus MUST be viewed as the PRELUDE to the MESSIANIC REDEMPTION.”

WOW…in other words, per all the prophecies and promises made by HaShem over the centuries, the Exodus from Egypt is the picture of how He will rescue out His Own in the time of the End! Baruch HaShem! Remember, He says He reveals the END from the beginning!!! No wonder the Adversary has worked so hard to convince people the Beginning has been ‘fulfilled’ and tossed aside, replaced by the Apostolic Writings! As long as he can keep people away from the Beginning, then there is no chance of understanding how the End will unfold and will rely on fables of men and idolatry laden themes such as Easter rabbits and painted eggs! I digress.

This is precisely why His Torah is so vitally important and why we all must study, learn and apply His Torah to our own lives. Does Torah save us? As I have said a billion times over the years, NO! Torah does not save anyone, it was never meant too! First we believe i.e. faith in HaShem, THEN we strive to learn and apply His Torah to our lives as the expression and evidence of faith in HaShem. This is why the rejection and disgust for HaShem and His Torah by society, people, Replacement Theology, etc, is so devastating on the world because it is by default embracing immorality, debauchery, wickedness and is the fullest expression of rebellion and idolatry. It is akin to flipping a giant middle finger to HaShem!

It is interesting because around this time of year i.e. Pesach, a typical reading is read from the Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Fathers), specifically 6.1 and 6.2. Chapter 6.1 says “He who occupies himself with Torah for its own sake, merits many things; moreover, he is deserving of the whole world i.e. He is called: Friend, beloved of HaShem, a lover of HaShem, a lover of mankind, one who gladdens HaShem, one who gladdens mankind; and it clothes him in humility and reverence, and trains him to be righteous and pious, upright and faithful. It keeps him far from sin, and draws him near to virtue. From him men enjoy good counsel and sound knowledge, understanding and fortitude, as it is written in Proverbs 8:14 ‘Counsel is mine, and sound knowledge; I am understanding and power is mine.’ It gives him sovereignty and dominion and discernment in judgment. The mysteries of the Torah are revealed to him; he is made like an ever increasing spring, and like a river that never fails. He becomes modest and forbearing, and forgiving of insults. It magnifies and elevates him above all things.”

Now this is an even more interesting chapter from the Perkei Avot which says in 6.2 the following: “Every day a heavenly voice goes forth from Mount Horev (Another name for Mt Sinai) proclaiming and saying ‘Woe to mankind for their disdain of the Torah!’ For he who does not occupy himself with the Torah is called ‘rebuked’ as it is written in Proverbs 11:22 ‘As a golden ring in the snout of a swine, so is a fair woman without discretion.’ And it says in Exodus 32:16 ‘And the tablets were the work of HaShem, and the writing was the writing of HaShem, graven upon the tablets.’ Read not ‘graven’ but ‘freedom‘ for no man is free but he who occupies himself with the study of Torah, and he who devotes himself regularly to the study of Torah shall be exalted, as it is written in Numbers 21:19 ‘And from Mattanah to Nahaliel and from Nahaliel to Bamot'”

Now to better understand what that last sentence means, the commentary says “And from Mattanah (Means ‘Gift of the Torah’) to Nahaliel (Means ‘Divine heritage’) and from Nahaliel to Bamot (Means ‘High places’). The opening words of this verse ‘And from the wilderness to Mattanah’, our Sages expounded thus in Tractate Eruvin 54a from the Talmud Bavli ‘If a man renders himself as the wilderness upon which everyone treads, his learning is retained by him, and the Torah is given to him as a gift; once it is given to him as a gift, his heritage is HaShem as it is written ‘And from Mattanah to Nahaliel…’ And once his heritage is HaShem, he rises to greatness i.e. Bamot/high places, as it is written ‘And from Nahaliel to Bamot.”

HaShem offers His Torah to everyone, sadly very few reach out and take hold of it. Many reject it simply because Replacement Theology has taught and conditioned them too. Point is, HaShem likens His Torah to honey and honeycomb, thus just take a little morsel of His Torah as a taste and you will instantly see that He IS good and you will find yourself wanting more and more and more! Baruch HaShem!

Consider what Tractate Eruvin 54a from the Talmud Bavli says “The Gemara cites instructions issued by Shmuel that are similar to those of Berurya. Shmuel said to Rav Yehuda: Keen scholar [shinnana], open your mouth and read from the Torah, open your mouth and study the Talmud, in order that your studies should endure in you and that you should live a long life, as it is stated: “For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22). Do not read: “To those who find them [lemotzeihem],” but rather “to those who express them [lemotzi’eihem],” with their mouth.”

It goes on and says: “Having expounded the verse “For they are life to those who find them” as referring to the Torah, the Gemara cites another teaching related to this verse that praises the Torah. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: One who is walking along the way without a companion and is afraid should engage in Torah study, as it is stated with regard to the words of Torah: “For they shall be a graceful wreath [livyat ĥen] for your head, and chains about your neck” (Proverbs 1:9). The word livyat is understood here as a reference to levaya, accompaniment, so that the verse is interpreted to mean that Torah is a graceful accompaniment to one who is traveling.”

“One who feels pain in his head should engage in Torah study, as it is stated: “For they shall be a graceful wreath for your head.” One who feels pain in his throat should engage in Torah study, as it is stated: “And chains about your neck.” One who feels pain in his intestines should engage in Torah study, as it is stated: “It shall be health to your navel” (Proverbs 3:8). One who feels pain in his bones should engage in Torah study, as it is stated: “And marrow to your bones” (Proverbs 3:8). One who feels pain in his entire body should engage in Torah study, as it is stated: “And health to all their flesh” (Proverbs 4:22).”

“Rav Yehuda, son of Rabbi Ĥiyya, said: Come and see that the attribute of flesh and blood is unlike the attribute of the Holy One, Blessed be He. The attribute of flesh and blood is that when a person gives a drug to his fellow, it is good for this part of his body and it is harmful to that other part of his body. But the attribute of the Holy One, Blessed be He, is not so; He gave the Torah to the Jewish people, and it is a drug of life for one’s entire body, as it is stated: “And health to all their flesh.”

“The Gemara continues with praise for Torah study and knowledge. Rav Ami said: What is the meaning of that which is written: “For it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; let them be firmly attached together to your lips” (Proverbs 22:18)? When are words of Torah pleasant? When you keep them within you and know them. And when will you keep them within you? When they will be attached together to your lips, i.e., when you articulate them audibly and expound them.”

What is the point of this thus far? TO TASTE AND SEE HASHEM IS GOOD!!!

How does this tie in with Pesach? Because HaShem commands us in His Torah to remember the Exodus! Exodus 13:3-10 says “Moshe said to the people, ‘Remember this day on which you departed from Egypt, from the house of bondage, for with a strong hand HaShem removed you from here, and therefore chametz (Leavening) may not be eaten. Today you are leaving, in the month of springtime (Nissan). And it shall come to pass when HaShem shall bring you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivvite, and the Jebusite, which He swore to your forefathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall perform this service in this month. For a seven day period shall you eat matzos, and on the seventh day there shall be a festival to HaShem. Matzos shall be eaten throughout the seven day period; no chametz may be seen in your possession, nor may leaven be seen in your possession in all your borders. And you shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of this that HaShem acted on my behalf when I left Egypt.’ And it shall be for you a sign on your arm and a reminder between your eyes, so that HaShem’s Torah may be in your mouth, for with a strong hand HaShem removed you from Egypt. You shall observe this decree at its designated time from day to day.”

So, one of the main purposes for HaShem bringing us out of Egypt is “SO THAT HASHEM’S TORAH MAY BE IN YOUR MOUTH!” Can you see now more clearly the absolute absurdity of Replacement Theology and its Torah hating doctrine that says the Torah is bondage, death, destruction and done away with? You cannot separate the Torah from HaShem’s people!! Living apart from HaShem and His Torah is the bondage, destruction and ultimately death, not His Torah!!

Mitzvah #21 from the Book of the Mitzvos is ‘The Obligation to Recount the Exodus From Egypt.’ What is the underlying purpose of this commandment? “To remember the miracles of the Exodus from Egypt and because the story of the Exodus is A GREAT FOUNDATION AND A STRONG PILLAR OF OUR TORAH, AND OUR FAITH. It is imperative that the story of the Exodus be remembered because it serves for us as a definitive sign and proof of the Creation of the world, and that there is a G-d Who is the Original Being that preceded it all, Who is interested in the events of this world, and Who is all powerful; and that He brought into existence all things in creation, into the state in which they now exist, and that it is in His power to miraculously change them into any other state that He desires at any time, as He did in Egypt, when He altered the natural order of the universe for our sake and He performed for us unprecedented, great, and powerful wonders.”

With all this said, how do we remember to recount the Exodus on Pesach? We have a Seder meaning ‘order’ as the Seder is an ordered and structured event. The Seder is designed in such a fashion to mark every stage of the evening, as we are led from the experience of bondage to the joy of freedom. “In following this pattern, we are actually preparing the design of the coming redemption for, as we have seen, each Pesach repeats the experience of the first one and foreshadows each succeeding one until the final, climactic redemption.”

There are a total of 15 elements that make up the structure of the Seder, which include four cups of wine:

  • Kaddesh/Recite the Kiddush over the festival and the first cup of wine is drunk
  • U’rechatz/Wash hands in preparation
  • Karpas/Eating of karpas i.e. the vegetable dipped in salt water to arouse children’s curiosity
  • Yachatz/Break the middle Matzah, the smaller half serving as the Bread of Poverty
  • Maggid/Haggadah is recited and draws attention to the Bread of Poverty. The children ask questions in which the father replies – we were enslaved, and HaShem freed us, and therefore we should recount the story at length. Shows how every type of child is to be instructed at the Seder; explains when this special duty applies; shows the deeper roots of the exile, and the Exodus as the way to spiritual redemption; the Midrash presents the details of the Pesach story to its triumphant end; explains the concrete Mitzvos ordained for the Seder; emphasizes that in celebrating the Seder, we must see ourselves as having gone out from Egypt and therefore we praise HaShem for His kindness, ending with a blessing over the Haggadah. The second cup of wine is drunk.
  • Rachtzah/Wash hands
  • Motzi/Customary blessing over the Matzah
  • Matzah/And special blessing over Matzos from which we then eat
  • Maror/Special blessing is said over the Maror and it is eaten after we dip it into Charoses
  • Korech/Combination of Matzah and Maror is eaten and then…
  • Shulchan Orech/Eat the festive meal, ending with…
  • Tzafun/Eating of the Afikoman
  • Barech/Birchas HaMazon, the blessing after the meal, the third cup of wine is drunk
  • Hallel/Psalms of praise and declarations of our faith in HaShem are recited, the fourth cup of wine is drunk
  • Nirtzah/The Seder is completed with our prayers that our service be accepted by HaShem, and Mashiach come speedily!

These are the steps of the Seder and believe me, it looks long and tedious, but each part tells a specific piece of the story, culminating with the liberation, deliverance and redemption and why we call out to HaShem today, praying He hears our prayers and responds to deliver and liberate His people so that we can keep His Torah in our mouths and walk in service unto Him without any oppression or resistance from an utterly rotten and wicked world!

Again, I hope you can see it is ALL about Messiah and His Torah!! Remember, Yeshua (Not Jesus) IS the Agent/Word of HaShem. He is the walking, talking Torah, so to say Torah has been tossed out and replaced, means Yeshua has been tossed out and replaced, which Replacement Theology has unfortunately been very successful in doing and has replaced Yeshua with Torah rejecting Jesus!

As I have stated in the past and I will end this Op here with this one final thought:

  • Know Torah = Know Messiah Yeshua
  • No Torah = No Messiah Yeshua

Truly taste and see that HaShem truly is indeed good!!

Much to consider!

Have a blessed Shabbat and Chag Pesach Sameach!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Haggadah by Rabbi Joseph Elias published by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll
  • Tractate Eruvin Koren Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Proverbs by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition The Chumash Shemot by Artscroll
  • Tractate Perkei Avos Mishnah by Kehati

THE FOUR PROHIBITIONS OF ACTS – SOMETHING NEW OR ALREADY KNOWN?

“One who pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.” Proverbs 21:21

My goodness, it has been a long while since I posted an Op! Too much happening in life as of late which has prevented me from putting an Op together but Baruch HaShem, He is seeing my family and I through it all!

I have read several articles coming out of Israel as of late discussing the preparations for Pesach, which is coming up very shortly, as well as the serious efforts at beginning to discuss the rebuilding of the Temple, Baruch HaShem! This of course has once more raise the ire of many in Replacement Theology and the mocking and scoffing against HaShem and His House has commenced once more. Why do I cite this? Because many in Replacement Theology typically run for a few select verses in the Book of Acts to seemingly prove there is a great separation between the Torah of HaShem and what those who are not of Israeli descent are required to do in their religious performance. This typically fuels the mocking and scoffing against HaShem, His Torah and His Temple. How wrong they are!

It is this topic I plan on discussing in this Op in order to show once again there is nothing new under the sun and that what HaShem discussed in the beginning is still very much applicable today. But before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as they are even more relevant for us today than ever before:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142
  • He says His Torah is a tree of life and eternal per Proverbs 3:18-19 and Psalm 119:160
  • He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
  • He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm 119:45 and James 1:25
  • He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
  • He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
  • He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
  • He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
  • He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
  • He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
  • He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
  • He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
  • He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
  • He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
  • He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
  • He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
  • He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
  • He says His Torah is the way of faith per Psalms 119:29-30
  • He says His Torah makes us wiser than our enemies per Psalms 119:98
  • He says His Torah is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path per Psalms 119:105
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found life per Proverbs 8:35
  • He says one who finds His Torah has found favor from HaShem per Proverbs 8:35

Typically, those in Replacement Theology who reject HaShem and His Torah, run to the Book of Acts and cite four prohibitions listed as a proof text the Torah has been nullified and rendered irrelevant. Is there any truth to this? Let’s quickly examine this further to discover if this is the proper context of what is being spoken of.

First off, however, we will read in the Book of Acts about this counsel in Jerusalem. Who is comprising this counsel? It is comprised of every author who contributed to the Apostolic Writings to include all of the Talmidim (Apostles) of Yeshua (Not Jesus)! They were all Torah observant, continued going up to the Temple to bring their korbonot to include Chatat (Sin) korbonot. They were all continuing to keep the Feasts of HaShem as well as meet up in the synagogues on Shabbat to learn Moshe (Torah) and they all continued to eat kosher! They all walked in and lived a life fully dedicated to HaShem and His Torah! Sadly, this has been so watered down and scrubbed over the centuries in the various Replacement Theology translations to the point now the members of this counsel were either rebellious or deeply confused for NOT giving up the Torah. I digress.

Acts 15:19-21 says “Therefore I (Ya’akov/James) judge that we should not trouble those from among the nations (Non-Jews) who are turning to Elohim, but that we write to them to abstain from:

  • The defilements of idols
  • From whoring
  • From what is strangled
  • From blood

For from ancient generations Moshe (Torah) has, in every city, those proclaiming him, being read in the congregations every Shabbat.”

What is the context of these verses? If we read earlier in Acts 15 we see there were some folks from Judah who were teaching that the Non-Jews coming to serve HaShem, had to first become circumcised and keep the Torah BEFORE they could be allowed into the covenant. This is something HaShem never once commanded! Even Kepha (Peter) rose up and confronted these folks and said in Acts 15:7-10 “Men, brothers, you know that a good while ago Elohim chose among us, that by my mouth the nations (Non-Jews) should ear the word of the Good News and believe. And Elohim, Who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Set-apart Spirit, as also to us, and made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by belief. Now then, why do you try Elohim by putting a yoke on the neck of the taught ones which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?”

So, is the Torah of HaShem the yoke that neither our fathers nor anyone else were able to bear? Emphatically no! The unbearable yoke was teaching the Non-Jews they had to keep the Torah in its fullness BEFORE they could be allowed into the covenant! Remember, how is a person grafted into the covenant? Is it by doing the Torah or is it by faith/belief? Genesis 15:6 is clear, “Abraham BELIEVED and it was accounted to him as righteousness…” Does this somehow render Torah irrelevant? Not a chance! First Abraham believed HaShem i.e. faith, THEN he put that faith into action by walking in the Torah of HaShem as the expression of his faith, not perfectly as that is not possible for us right now. Perhaps it is better said that walking in the Torah of HaShem is an expression of our love, devotion and loyalty unto HaShem! Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Acts 21 we again read about this counsel in Jerusalem in which they tell Shaul (Paul) in verse 25 “But concerning the nations (Non-Jews) who believe, we have written and decided that they should keep themselves from:

  • What is offered to idols
  • From blood
  • From what is strangled
  • From whoring”

So, again, we see this counsel put these four prohibitions on the Non-Jews who are coming to HaShem. Are these four prohibitions the only requirements and the rest of the Torah can be ignored? What is their reasoning behind this? Let’s examine these four prohibitions more closely to see if we can answer these questions.

Further, they stated as we read in Acts 15 that the Non-Jews are to embrace these four prohibitions AND THEN they are expected to go to the synagogues each Shabbat to hear Moshe taught i.e. to learn the Torah! Very important to remember this!

The Greek words associated with these four prohibitions gives us some clues:

  • Eidolothuton – An image sacrifice, idolatrous offering, thing that is offered in sacrifice to idols.
  • Haima – Refers to the seat of life, shed blood, to be shed by violence, slay, murder.
  • Pniktos – An animal choked to death (Pagans of that time choked an animal to death and then ate it along with its blood).
  • Porneia – Illicit sexual intercourse, adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, sex with animals, sex with relatives, worship of idols (Idol worship typically involved deviant sexual practices).

Very interesting. So these four prohibitions for the Non-Jews coming to believe in HaShem are to refrain from idolatry, murder, to only eat kosher and to abstain from any form of sexual deviancy while they are going each week to the synagogues to learn Moshe i.e. the Torah! How much of the Torah do these four prohibitions involve already? Why these specific four prohibitions?

Let’s jump back to Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 33:23-26 which says “The Word of HaShem came to me, saying: ‘Ben Adam! The inhabitants of these ruins upon the ground of Israel speak, saying, ‘Abraham was alone, yet he inherited the land, but we are many, to us the land is given as an inheritance.’ Therefore say to them: ‘Thus says my Master HaShem/Elohim: ‘You eat over the blood, and raise your eyes to your idols and shed blood and yet you inherit the land? You stood upon your sword; you committed abominations; each of you has defiled his neighbors wife, yet you inherit the land?'” What is the significance of these verses? They list out the exact same four prohibitions which Israel violated and as a result HaShem expelled them from the land of Israel!!

  • You eat over the blood – Eat strangled animals i.e. eat non kosher
  • Raise your eyes to your idols – Idol worship
  • Shed blood – Murder
  • You has defiled his neighbors wife – Whoring

HaShem then tells Israel in Yechezkel 33:27-29 says “Thus shall you say to them: ‘Thus says my Master HaShem/Elohim: ‘As I live! Surely those that are in the ruins shall fall by the sword; those that are on the face of the field, to the wild beasts I have presented him their food; and those that are in the strongholds and the caves, by the plague they shall die; and I shall make the land a desolate waste, and her prideful power shall cease, and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate without a passerby. Then they shall know that I am HaShem when I make the land a desolate waste because of all the abominations which they committed.'” Very strong warning from HaShem! Keep this in mind!

Now consider what HaShem says in Vayikra (Leviticus) 18:24-30 which says “Do not become contaminated through any of these; for through all of these the nations that I expel before you became contaminated. The Land became contaminated and I recalled its iniquity upon it; and the Land disgorged its inhabitants. But you shall safeguard My decrees and My judgments, and not commit any of these abominations, THE NATIVE OR THE PROSELYTE (NON-JEWS) WHO LIVE AMONG YOU. For the inhabitants of the Land who are before you committed all these abominations, and the Land became contaminated. Let not the Land disgorge you for having contaminated it, as it disgorged the nation that was before you. For if anyone commits any of these abominations, the people doing so will be cut off from their people.'” What are the abominations HaShem is discussing here?

  • Vayikra 17:10-16 – Prohibition against eating blood i.e. only eat kosher
  • Vayikra 18:6-23 – Forbidden relationships
  • Vayikra 18:21 – Prohibition of idolatry
  • Shemot 20:13 – Prohibition to murder

Very interesting the Counsel in Jerusalem chose these four prohibitions to impose on the incoming Non-Jews because here in Vayikra 18, HaShem very clearly says they apply equally to both the Native and the Non-Jews who live in the Land! And why? Because, the Land of Israel has a level of holiness (Kedusha) associated with it and it will not tolerate contamination and thus the nations who live in the Land, when they have reached the pinnacle of contamination, then HaShem expels them and another nation moves in. This applies to everyone in the world, which is why it was so monumental in 1948 when Israel was re-established as a nation followed by 1967 when all of Jerusalem was captured and under the control of Israel.

HaShem commands in Vayikra 18:30 which says “You shall safeguard My charge not to do any of the abominable traditions that were done before you and not contaminate yourselves through them; I am HaShem, your Elohim.”

So what is the point for all this? The Counsel in Jerusalem obviously knew the ramifications for not walking in the Torah and therefore imposed these four prohibitions on the incoming Non-Jews as they begin their journey to learn and walk in the Torah, in order to prevent being disgorged from the Land. They knew the Torah is for ALL of mankind hence Shemot (Exodus) 12:49 “There is ONE Torah for both the Native and the Proselyte (Non-Jew)…” Point is, this abominable doctrine that says the Torah is done away with, replaced by grace, and now the epitome of bondage, death and destruction, as Replacement Theology teaches, is again exposed for being what it is…a tool of the Adversary in his attempt to keep the Land of Israel from being inhabited by HaShem’s people, comprised of both the Native and the Proselytes (Non-Jews)…one people Whom He calls…ISRAEL! I digress.

Consider what the following says from Tractate Shabbos 33a from the Talmud Bavli:

Due to the sin of bloodshed (Murder), the Holy Temple is destroyed, and the Divine Presence leaves Israel, as it says: So you shall not pollute the land wherein you are; for blood, it pollutes the land; and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. And you shall not defile the land which you inhabit, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell in the midst of the children of Israel” (Numbers 35:33–34). However, if you defile the land, you will not inhabit it, and I will not dwell in it.

Due to the sin of prohibited sexual relations, and idol worship, and failure to let the land lie fallow during the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years, exile comes to the world and they exile the Jewish people from their land, and others come and settle in their place. As it is stated with regard to illicit sexual relations: “For all these abominations have the men of the land done, that were before you, and the land is defiled; that the land expel not you also, when you defile it, as it expelled the nation that was before you” (Leviticus 18:27–28). And it is written: “And the land was defiled, therefore I did visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land expelled her inhabitants” (Leviticus 18:25). And it is written: “That the land expel not you also, when you defile it, as it expelled the nation that was before you.”

And with regard to idol worship it is written: “And I will cast your carcasses upon the carcasses of your idols” (Leviticus 26:30). And it is written: “And I will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors” (Leviticus 26:31). “And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you; and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste” (Leviticus 26:33).

In my opinion, this shows why the world is currently in the psychotic mess it is in today as the world is fully embracing the debauchery, filth, wickedness and everything HaShem said NOT to do. Sadly, Replacement Theology, whether they know it or not, tacitly encourages this behavior because of their vehement anti-Torah doctrine which teaches and encourages lawlessness i.e. without the Torah. As the lawlessness (Without the Torah) increases, so to does the violence, immorality, debauchery and every other form of wickedness. No wonder the Adversary is so enraged with those who have the testimony of Yeshua (Not Jesus) AND keep the Torah per Revelation 12:17!

In summary, this Op is my feeble attempt to once more show the Torah hating doctrine of Replacement Theology is exposed for the fraud it is and HaShem is completely consistent from beginning to end, sending a Messiah Who is completely obedient and submissive to HaShem, changing nothing! Now more than ever in this utterly wicked and abominable world we need HaShem’s consistency!

All I can keep saying is, ‘May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!’

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • Yechezkel by Artscroll Tanach Series
  • Mishlei (Proverbs) by Artscroll
  • Tractate Shabbos by Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli