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 They both teach lawlessness i.e. the Torah has ended/been replaced by the law of grace, they both teach change i.e. the Feasts of HaShem are now replaced by Christmas/Easter/Etc, Shabbat is changed to Sunday, etc; they both point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
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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

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  • 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

THE WAR WITH AMALEK RAGES ON

“Blessed is HaShem, my Rock, Who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for war. My Benefactor, my Fortress, my Stronghold, my own Rescuer, my Shield in Whom I take refuge, Who subjugates my nation to me.” Psalms 144:1-2

Would you agree that conflict, strife, anger, hatred and all sorts of debauchery and perversions are unfortunately thriving in the United States right now? Right is wrong and wrong is right. All things which are moral, upright and good have been trashed and demonized and now all things which had been confined and done in the shadows and in the darkness are now fully engaged in the open with total confidence, celebration, glee, joy and absolutely zero shame. What if I were to tell you this is fully expected and prophesied from the beginning and is the hallmark of Israel’s greatest, most bitter arch-enemy….AMALEK!!

As I put this Op together it is Shabbat, 20 February 2021, but more specifically it is Shabbat Zachor, which is the Shabbat just before Purim, which begins the evening of 25 February 2021 and ends the evening of 26 February 2021. It is here on this Shabbat Zachor where we remember what Amalek did to Israel on their way out of Egyptian captivity to include the prophesied time when HaShem will completely and utterly destroy Amalek and anyone associated with him from memory for the rest of eternity. Further, it is here on Purim where we remember and celebrate HaShem’s deliverance of Israel from the devious and treacherous schemes of Haman, descendant of Amalek, via Esther.

We will be exploring just who is Amalek and what his main characteristics associated with him are and who will embody Amalek in the End of Days. It may shock some so be prepared! But before we jump into this always remember the following eternal and unchanging characteristics of HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel:

  • 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

War is the name of the game per se, whether that is a physical war or a spiritual war, either way, conflict is the way of life for being a servant of HaShem and it is nothing any of us can avoid! It is inevitable that each of us will face this conflict, there is no get out of jail free card and there is no reasoning our way out of it. Walking away from HaShem may spare us some grief, but that is only for a very short, limited amount of time and then the war will resume and we will be in a much worse state having to endure apart from HaShem, which is hopeless. So, just who is waging this war against HaShem and His people and why? Obviously from the title of this Op we know it is Amalek!

Who is Amalek and why is he such an important person in Biblical history? Well, Bereshyt (Genesis) 36:12 tells us Amalek is the grandson of Esau. This in itself is very important because we know Esau, the brother of Jacob, is also a very bitter enemy of Israel who is to this day hell bent on destroying Israel and wiping out every single Israelite from the planet. On a side note, another name for Esau in the Bible is Edom which is prophetically associated with Rome/Replacement Theology Christendom in the End of Days, but I digress.

From the Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities on page 435 when describing Amalek it says “Amalek was raised on Esau’s lap. Esau told Amalek ‘How I toiled to kill Jacob! But he did not fall into my hands. Therefore, set your mind to taking my revenge!” Further, it says “The Holy One, Blessed is He, took an oath by His Throne of Glory not to leave a single descendant of Amalek under heaven and to remove any trace of them so that it should not be said, ‘This tree was Amalek’s, this camel was Amalek’s, this lamb was Amalek’s’ so that the name of Amalek will not be mentioned. Neither the Name nor the Throne is complete until the memory of Amalek is eradicated.” It also states Amalek was a homosexual and promoted that filthy, vile lifestyle.

When we read about Amalek in HaShem’s Word, we quickly see HaShem has a very intense hatred of Amalek and has decreed very intense commandments to Israel to equally hate Amalek. Further, HaShem has issued several prophecies that one day He will utterly wipe off the planet anyone associated with Amalek as well as erase Amalek from memory for all eternity.

Now let me stop here and stress, Amalek is NOT confined to a bloodline per se, but it is more importantly a spirit like we have the Spirit of Esau, we have the Spirit of Amalek which is flourishing today. If someone who is physically from the line of Esau and they have chosen to believe in HaShem and to worship the Elohim of Israel and to walk in His Torah, they are no longer considered to be from Esau, but are an Israelite. Very important to remember this fact as we proceed.

In this next part, we will see why it is so important we read the Torah portions each Shabbat because not only will we become familiar with all the people involved but will see the principles HaShem is teaching to us as we will see here with Amalek!!

In Shemot (Exodus) 17, we see Israel has been delivered from Egyptian bondage, they have been offered and accepted the Torah i.e. the Marriage Contract at Mt. Sinai and are in the Wilderness being led by HaShem. Suddenly, we read where Israel begins to doubt and question HaShem because there was no water to drink for them or their livestock. Israel quickly complained against Moshe and HaShem asking “Why is this that you have brought us up from Egypt to kill me and my children and my livestock through thirst?” It is here HaShem commands Moshe to strike the rock and water flows out. Then suddenly in verse eight we see Amalek strike which says “Amalek came and battled Israel in Rephidim.” Can you see the connection HaShem is teaching?

It is this event here in Shemot 17:8 that Amalek is decreed by HaShem to be at war with him from generation to generation! Why? Let’s keep reading in Shemot 17. Verse nine says “Moshe said to Yehoshua, ‘Choose people for us and go do battle with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of Elohim in my hand.'” So, Moshe tells Joshua (Yehoshua) to choose people to go and fight Amalek. Verse 10 says “Yehoshua did as Moshe said to him, to do battle with Amalek; and Moshe, Aharon, and Chur ascended to the top of the hill.” Verse 11 says “It happened that when Moshe raised his hand Israel was stronger, and when he lowered his hand Amalek was stronger.” The commentary from Tractate Rosh HaShanah 29a from the Talmud Bavli says “When Israel saw Moshe raising his hands, they were reminded to gaze upward and devote their hearts to HaShem. When they did so, HaShel helped them win the war. But when he lowered his hands, Israel did not subjugate their hearts and therefore Amalek gained the upper hand.” The point HaShem is teaching is when we subjugate our hearts in service to Him, we will prevail. When we don’t then we fall! Its that simple!

Shemot 17:12-12 says “Moshe’s hands grew heavy, so they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it, and Aharon and Chur supported his hands, one on this side and one on that side, and he remained with his hands raised in faithful prayer until sunset. Yehoshua weakened Amalek and its people with the sword’s blade.” Tractate Zevachim 116a from the Talmud Bavli says “Yithro, Moshe’s father in law, heard about the war with Amalek and converted.” Why did he convert? Because the war with Amalek showed HaShem’s mastery over the heavens. The Amalekites used astrology to calculate which hours of the day they would be victorious, but HaShem stopped the sun from moving and this threw off all their calculations.

Shemot 17:14-16 says “HaShem said to Moshe, ‘Write this as a remembrance in the Book and recite it in the ears of Yehoshua, that I shall surely erase the memory of Amalek from under the heavens.’ Moshe built an altar and called its name ‘HaShem is My Miracle’; and he said, ‘For my hand is on the throne of Elohim: HaShem maintains a war against Amalek, from generation to generation.'”

So, the point of this thus far is that Amalek, the grandson of Esau, was inspired by the hatred of Esau and went out to wage war on Israel in the Wilderness with the intent of annihilating all of Israel completely. It is from this event HaShem maintains a perpetual war against Amalek from generation to generation, because Amalek’s hatred of Israel only grows more intense year after year. Further, HaShem reveals a very important aspect of this event in that it says this war was fought at Rephidim. The name ‘Rephidim’ is very revealing in itself because it is two Hebrew words: ‘Refi’ which means ‘Weakness’ and ‘Yadayim’ which means ‘Hands’. It is understood the weakness of Israel in their Torah study is what allowed Amalek to strike! What a massive Op one could do right there on how important it is to discipline ourselves to study and walk in His Torah!

HaShem says in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 25:17-19 “Remember what Amalek did to you, on the way, when you were leaving Egypt, that he happened upon you on the way, and he struck those of you who were hindmost, all the weaklings at your rear, when you were faint and exhausted, AND HE (AMALEK) DID NOT FEAR HASHEM. It shall be that when HaShem, your Elohim, gives you rest from all your enemies (When Messiah comes and destroys all of HaShem’s enemies once and for all) all around, in the Land that HaShem, your Elohim, gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven, you shall not forget!” So, we see Amalek does NOT fear HaShem…very important to remember!

Mitzvah #603 from The Book of the Mitzvot says “The obligation to remember what Amalek did to the Jewish people when they were leaving Egypt. We are commanded to remember what the nation of Amalek did to the Jewish people, which is that Amalek took the initiative to attack them at the time when they were leaving Egypt, before any other nation or kingdom raised its hand against them; as it is stated in Bamidbar (Numbers) 24:20 ‘Amalek is the first among nations’ the first to wage war against Israel was Amalek.”

It further says “At the time of the Exodus ALL the nations were afraid of the Jewish people, having heard about the Great Hand that HaShem inflicted upon Egypt on their behalf; but the Amalekites, due to their evil hearts and corrupt nature, paid no attention to all this and attacked the Jewish people, and through this they removed the great fear of the Jewish people from the hearts of the other nations, leading them as well to eventually attack Israel.”

What is the purpose of this mitzvah? “Among the underlying purposes of the mitzvah is that we should take to heart the idea that anyone who causes trouble for the Jewish people is hated by HaShem, blessed is He, and the degree of his evil, and the sinister design of his great injury, will be matched by the severity of his downfall and his ruin. Amalek had a sinister design because it intended to show other nations that they should not be afraid to attack Israel. This design was harmful, because Amalek’s brazen attack is the cause of every subsequent war against us. HaShem, blessed is He, commanded us to erase their memory from the earth and to uproot that memory until it is completely gone.” I should add, uprooting the memory of Amalek will not be fully completed until Messiah comes and does so…may it be VERY soon in our days!

From The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov when describing Amalek says on page 378 “The deep rooted hatred which Amalek has for Israel cannot be compared to the hatred of other anti-Semites. While the animosity of other nations occasionally subsides, Amalek’s hatred is unrelenting and they constantly plan our destruction. Other nations can be bribed or placated; Amalek is unwilling to be placated through any means.”

I like to describe Amalek via an excerpt from the Terminator movie when Reese is warning Sarah about the Terminator only modified for Amalek: “Listen and understand, Amalek is out there! He can’t be reasoned with. He can’t be bargained with. He doesn’t know pity, or remorse or fear and he absolutely will not stop, ever until Israel is destroyed!” I digress.

Rabbi Kitov goes on describing Amalek “Esav saw that he was unable to destroy Ya’akov (Israel) for Psalms 121:4 says ‘The Guardian of Israel does not sleep or slumber.’ He commanded his children to exact his vengeance. Some of them despaired of being able to do so, for they said to themselves ‘We shall never be able to prevail against the one whom the King of the World protects. Our own possessions are sufficient and we have no desire for the legacy of Abraham and Isaac, neither the obligations nor the rewards.’ They drew far away from the path of Abraham and Isaac, choosing lives of ever growing evil. But there was one despicable member of Esav’s family, Amalek, an offspring who was himself from an abominable source (Incest), who approached his grandfather and said ‘I do not fear G-d. I fell no shame because of your deeds or because of my own (He was homosexual). I will accord no honor to the acts of the righteous, I despise them and their actions. Greatness and strength are mine. I shall go forth and wage war against your brother’s sons who have inherited the greatness that belongs to you. I shall fight them openly and in ambush. I will slay those who stray behind, and I shall slaughter their great ones, until I succeed in totally destroying all of them.”

“Amalek was loyal to the legacy of his grandfather, Esav, who had instructed him: ‘Let this tradition be yours. When you see them (Israel) stumble, attack them!'” Can you see how this applies to each of our lives today? Amalek is constantly coming after those who have chosen to serve HaShem and walk in His Torah!

Rabbi Kitov further says “The evil one, Satan, who is seen and unseen, who waits by the crossroads traveled by all who serve HaShem, placing obstacles and interfering with their pure faith, this is the root of Amalek!” This makes me think of Revelation 12:17 which says “And the dragon was enraged with the woman (Israel), and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed (Israel in the wilderness during the Birth Pains), those guarding the Torah of HaShem and possessing the witness of Yeshua (Not the Jesus of Replacement Theology) Messiah.” Amalek is described as being a vile serpent, a dragon if you will!

Now we need to discuss the characteristics of Amalek and see how he is running amok today!

Commentary from the Book of the Mitzvot discussing Amalek sums it up very well. It says “Amalek, in Hebrew, means ‘Twisted or distorted’ because Amalek embodies the distorted worldview that the world exists WITHOUT Divine Providence. As a result, they see no value in conducting themselves ethically if they can act deceitfully without being caught.” In other words, Amalek will do whatever he wants too! He knows HaShem exists, but is not afraid of HaShem, and embodies injustice, corruption, lies, deceit and unjust weights and measures. He hates anything HaShem considers to be righteous. Hmmm…do we see anything like this today in America? How about those running the government, not subject to laws, disregarding the Constitution, passing laws that promote injustice and tyranny and yet a society fully, willfully embracing the debauchery, immorality, perversion, injustice and insanity and yet hates anything that is righteous according to HaShem. And what is his goal? To get HaShem’s people to separate from His Torah and embrace idolatry, murder and engage in prohibited sexual practices…..Amalek is alive, well and thriving in America today! I digress.

Further, Amalek excels in planting the thoughts of doubt in HaShem’s people…‘Did HaShem really say?’ It is these seeds of doubt that if not squashed quickly will grow and we will end up loosening our grip on HaShem and His Torah, and then Amalek pounces and attacks just like at Rephidim! Point is, Amalek is extremely cunning and devious!

Additionally, Tractate Sanhedrin 74a from the Talmud Bavli states Amalek has three grave sins associated with him: Idolatry, Murder and Prohibited Sexual Relations. Do we see any of these in America today? Idolatry is running amok in that the people are either worshipping themselves, other religious systems or have embraced the idolatry of Replacement Theology Christendom, regardless, all of these teach to separate from HaShem and His Torah, which is a staple of Amalek, to get people to remove themselves from HaShem and thus destroy themselves.

Murder is running rampant whether through violence against each other or through abortion or more recently the murder of the elderly and disabled via COVID!

Finally, prohibited sexual relations! Good grief look how fast this debauchery is consuming the country with the abominable, filthy homosexual lifestyle and the insanity of transgenderism and the subsequent pride and arrogance that follows. The decrees from the highest office in the United States making these lifestyles something to embrace, welcome, celebrate and promote is such an offense against HaShem! The recent decree from the President to fly the homosexual rainbow flag at every single US embassy around the world in effect tells the world that America is a homosexual nation and a giant middle finger in the Face of HaShem! This is done knowing HaShem exists, but there is zero fear of Him! Another example of Amalek flourishing in America!

The point for this Op is that Amalek is rising in America very quickly and will culminate ultimately when HaShem destroys America (Babylon) via Jeremiah 50-51 in a sudden nuclear attack as HaShem brings in the enemies of America and without warning wipes Babylon/America off the map. This sudden destruction will give rise to the one who fully embodies the Amalek spirit i.e. the False Messiah, who is very cunning and devious and teaches the Torah is fulfilled and done away with, teaches the Feasts of HaShem are replaced by Christmas and Easter. Who teaches there is no such thing as unclean food anymore. Who teaches Shabbat can be any day of the week that is convenient for us and who teaches he, himself is G-d in the flesh and who has an intense, seething hatred for HaShem, His people Israel, His Torah and His Temple! Who am I referring too you ask? Consider the following picture:

This Purim, we read the Book of Esther and the account of how Haman, a descendant of Amalek, schemed to destroy Israel as well as read the portions from the Torah discussing what Amalek did to Israel. This same spirit has conspired throughout history and most recently with Hitler in the Holocaust, another picture of the False Messiah, who by the way also claimed to be a Christian and a follower of Replacement Theology Jesus Christ.

I will sum this Op with the hatred we feel for the corruption, the debauchery, the murder, the idolatry, the injustice and all the perversion is good and normal because we do belong to HaShem and per His Own Word, He is at war with Amalek and we are commanded to hate Amalek! But, we also have to understand this enemy is very cunning and devious and very oppressive, meaning unless HaShem intervenes very, very, very soon, His people will succumb and begin to assimilate to his schemes. I cite this because in the account of Lot and his family, HaShem had to act to not only save him and his family from the death threats, corruption, homosexuality, etc, but He had to act swiftly to prevent Lot from assimilating into to the culture under the pressures coming against him. Point is, the more empowered Amalek is in America, then perhaps the sooner HaShem will act to rescue out His Own! May it be so very, very, very soon in our days!

So much for all of us to consider in these very dark times!

Enjoy Purim!!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sanhedrin Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Rosh HaShanah Talmud Bavli by Steinsalts
  • The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research

THE BONDSERVANT OF HASHEM

“Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes (Torah)! I am Your servant, grant me understanding, so that I may know Your testimonies (Torah)!” Psalm 119:124-125

In a society in which everyone is clamoring about doing what they want to do in their pursuit of entertainment, wealth, fame, success, etc, the concept of submission is increasingly lost and becoming a foreign concept. When rebellion, debauchery and immorality are embraced in the name of tolerance and compassion, what ends up happening to that society? It ends up lost and falling into bondage and will in its fullness end up destroying itself; cause and effect, no two ways around it, just the way HaShem set things up. Then we wonder why American society is collapsing into bondage more everyday?

This weeks Torah portion, Mishpatim (Shemot 21:1-24:18), is a very long portion as HaShem begins to lay out the terms of the Marriage Contract. What is interesting is He begins with discussing the topic of a Bondservant. This is very important and something not to gloss over because once more we will see HaShem is teaching us something very applicable to each of us today, but also a prophetic picture as well!

We know HaShem is unchanging and reveals the end from the beginning but He also reveals Himself in His established patterns. For example, in the Temple of HaShem, the number 13 is the number associated with His Temple! There were 13 chests to collect the Shekalim each year, 13 tables to complete the preparations for the korbonot, 13 prostrations during the Temple Services and 13 veils in the Temple with four in the Sanctuary alone with two that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. Is it then a coincidence that the adversary has corrupted this number and made it associated with evil, horror, wickedness, etc i.e. Friday the 13th? Why did he chose Friday? Shabbat begins at sundown on a sixth day of the week i.e. Friday! Keep this concept in mind because we will discuss more later.

I will warn you up front, this Op could very likely end up being the longest one yet, simply because there is SO much to discuss! But before we jump into this, never forget the following unchanging, 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

HaShem likens each of us as ‘Lost sheep’ who go astray. David describes it very well when he says the following in Psalms 119:176 says “I have strayed like a lost sheep, seek out Your servant, for I have not forgotten Your commandments.” The commentary on this verse states: “If a sheep is lost for a long time the chances of finding it are very slim, because the shepherd gives up hope and the sheep has FORGOTTEN THE VOICE AND DISTINCTIVE CALLS OF ITS MASTER. Moreover, once the sheep has grown accustomed to its freedom, it shuns human authority. However, in the case of a recently lost sheep, the odds are good that it will be found. The shepherd still has hope of finding it and presses his search, and the sheep still yearns for the security of its master and protection, whose voice and calls it still recognizes. Similarly, David said: ‘HaShem, even if I have gone astray, I am like a lost sheep only recently lost. I have NOT forgotten Your voice nor Your commandments. I yearn to have You as my Master and Protector. Therefore, do not give up on me! Seek me out!” This is interesting because Yeshua Himself says He came ONLY for the lost sheep of the House of Israel per Matthew 15:24! How do we not become a lost sheep? We strive to always recognize and listen to the voice and distinctive calls of our Master, HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel!

Shemot (Exodus) 21:2 says “If you buy a Hebrew servant (Bondservant), he shall work for six years; and in the seventh year he shall go free.” This verse seems very harsh, is HaShem actually endorsing slavery and oppression? There are two reasons for a person to become a Bondservant per the Torah as listed in the Book of the Mitzavot #42 which says “A Jewish man could become an ‘Eved Ivri’ (Hebrew Bondservant) in one of two situations:

  • If one stole and did not have enough money to pay back what he stole, he could, in certain circumstances be sold by the Beit Din (Sanhedrin/Court) as a bondservant, with the proceeds of the sale being used to repay his theft.
  • If one’s financial situation was so desperate that he did not have enough money to buy food and had nothing left to sell, he could sell himself as a bondservant.

Can you see the connection with this concept and our state with our sin? We are in debt because of our sin and are in a position completely unable to pay for our debt i.e. our sin in our own strength and resources. Keep this in mind as we progress!

Consider also the prophetic connection in this verse in Shemot which says “He (the bondservant) shall work for six years and in the seventh year he shall go free!” Is there another pattern here HaShem is revealing? Work six days and on the seventh day rest on the Shabbat? How about humanity works for 6,000 years and on the last thousand years i.e. the seventh day, we rest in Him on His Shabbat? Remember, He says a thousand years is as one day! Further, the Torah commentary strongly cites the bondservant works for six years but at the BEGINNING of the seventh year he is to be set free! Very important prophetically, in my opinion! Again, keep this in mind!

What is the underlying purpose of this Mitzvah? “Among the underlying purpose of this mitzvah is that HaShem desired that His nation, Israel, Whom He chose from among the other peoples of the world, should be a holy nation, replete and crowned with all good and exalted qualities, as the Heavenly blessing will rest upon them. Kindness and mercy are among the finest qualities that a person can attain in the world; therefore He enjoined us through this mitzvah to have mercy upon one who is under our authority, such as the Hebrew bondservant, and to bestow upon him kindness in accordance with the laws written in this Torah passage regarding the servant.” So, in reality the concept of a bondservant is based in compassion, kindness and mercy!

From the Book of the Mitzvot it further states the following “Ramban, in his commentary to the Torah, introduces additional concepts relating to the specific details of this mitzvah, which constitute basic principles of our faith. He explains that showing mercy to a servant and releasing them from bondage serves as a reminder of our enslavement in Egypt and subsequent redemption by HaShem. Additionally, discharging a slave at the beginning of the seventh year, after six years of service, parallels the Shabbat, where we rest on the seventh day after working the previous six. Like the mitzvah of resting on the Shabbat, this mitzvah serves as a testimony that HaShem created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.”

This again reinforces the significance of HaShem’s weekly Shabbat!! Further, it reinforces that the Jesus of Replacement Theology Christendom could not have done away with nor changed Shabbat to Sunday or any ole day of the week that works out of convenience! It is an utter impossibility! I digress!

Artwork by Alex Levin.

Let me deviate here for a little bit as this next part is relevant to this Op. There is a Psalm which is recited/sung for each day of the week when the Temple was standing in Jerusalem. They are the following per Tractate Tamid 7.4 from the Mishnah:

  • Sunday = Ps 24 – This Psalm corresponds to the First Millennium of creation, before the Flood
  • Monday = Ps 48 – This Psalm corresponds to the Second Millennium when HaShem chose Mount Moriah, the place of His Temple in Jerusalem to be His Footstool on earth
  • Tuesday = Ps 82 – This Psalm corresponds to the Third Millennium when HaShem revealed Himself to Israel and gave them His Torah
  • Wednesday = Ps 94 – This Psalm corresponds to the Fourth Millennium when both Temples stood and were destroyed and will elicit HaShem’s vengeance
  • Thursday = Ps 81 – This Psalm corresponds to the Fifth Millennium when there was no sacrificial service, because the Temples were destroyed, but we continued to serve HaShem by singing aloud
  • Friday = Ps 93 – This Psalm corresponds to the Sixth Millennium in which HaShem will re-establish His rule on earth with the coming of His Messiah
  • Shabbat = Ps 92 – This Psalm corresponds to the Seventh Millennium, the future to come, there will be life in the world with the resurrection of the dead!

Consider Psalm 92, the Shabbat Day Psalm, which is sung each Shabbat in the Temple by the Kohanim, which says “A song with musical accompaniment for the Shabbat day. It is good to give thanks to HaShem, and to sing to Your Name, O Most High. To declare in the morning Your kindness and Your faith at night. Upon a ten stringed harp and upon a psaltery, with speech upon a harp. For Your have made me happy, O Master, with Your work; with the work of Your hands I shall exult. How great are Your works, O Master! Your thoughts are very deep. A boorish man does not know; neither does a fool understand this. When the wicked flourish like grass, and all workers of violence blossom, only to be be destroyed to eternity. But You remain on high forever, O Master. For behold Your enemies, O Master, for behold Your enemies will perish; all workers of violence will scatter. But You have raised my horn like that of a wild ox; to soak me with fresh oil. My eye has gazed upon those who stare at me with envy; when evildoers rise up against me, my ears hears them. The righteous one flourishes like the palm; as a cedar in Lebanon he grows. Planted in the House of the Master (His Temple), in the courtyards of our Elohim they will flourish. They will yet grow in old age; fat and fresh will they be. To declare that the Master is upright, my Rock in Whom there is no injustice.” Baruch HaShem! What is very important to remember is Psalm 92 is recited each Shabbat because it deals with the World to Come, which will be entirely Shabbat from that point forward! May it be very soon in our days!

How does this tie into the concept of a Bondservant you ask? There is great hope in being a bondservant of HaShem! He is a good, kind, compassionate Master to work for! He is our Shield, our Protector, our Hightower, our Provider and ultimately He is our Redeemer for He is the One Who sent His Agent i.e. Yeshua to redeem Israel i.e. the Lost Sheep and as such, when we accept His Marriage Proposal and choose to enter the covenant willingly, we in effect, sell ourselves and become His Bondservants!

It is very interesting in that in Shemot 21:5 when discussing what to do if a Bondservant refuses to go into his freedom at the beginning of the seventh year “But if the servant shall say, ‘I love my master; my wife and my children, I shall NOT go free!'” So, we have a bondservant who loves his master because his master has treated him well, who wishes to continue serving his master, how is this handled in the Torah? HaShem says in verse 6 “Then his master shall bring him to the Sanhedrin and shall bring to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall bore through his ear with the awl, and he (the bondservant) shall serve his master forever.”

Why does the master bring the bondservant to the Sanhedrin and bore an awl through his ear to the doorpost? The commentary on this verse says “It is because his ear heard HaShem say at Sinai, ‘For unto Me the Children of Israel are bondservants (Vayikra – Leviticus 25:55)’. This means that Bnei Yisrarel are supposed to be servants of HaShem ONLY, not servants of other servants. When this person decided to continue working as a bondservant, his ear is pierced because he did not observe what his ear heard at Sinai.” The point being made is, we are to be enslaved to HaShem ONLY, no one else! This is not what HaShem desires for His people i.e. enslavement to other men. We are to be bondservants to HaShem only and then we will have true freedom!

Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:55 says “For the Children of Israel are servants (Bondservants) to Me, they are My servants, whom I have taken out of the land of Egypt, I am HaShem, your Elohim!” HaShem is reinforcing, we as His people are NOT to be slaves to any other human, because every human, whether they know it or not, are servants of HaShem and as an Israelite we are to recognize we are enslaved, per se, to HaShem alone!

Further, why does the ear have to be bored through at the doorpost? Per Tractate Kiddushin 22b from the Talmud Bavli it states “When HaShem took Bnei Yisrael out of slavery in Egypt, He told them to place the blood of the Pesach korbonot on the lintel on the top of their doors, and on their doorposts. HaShem passed over their doors and killed only the firstborn Egyptians. The door and the doorposts were witnesses to this miracle of HaShem taking Bnei Yisrael from slavery to freedom. Therefore, this person who does not want to leave slavery has his ear pierced through at the door and doorposts.” HaShem is showing the contrast, blood on the door and doorposts in the Exodus from Egypt to freedom, or blood on the door and doorposts if one wishes to remain in slavery, something HaShem does NOT desire or wish!

HaShem desires we all will willfully come to Him and desire to serve Him out of love, devotion and loyalty, not because of some religious rote or because someone forces us too, but simply because HaShem is good, kind, compassionate and because we desire to bring honor and esteem to His Great Name for He is deserving of it!

Blowing the Shofar – man in a tallith, Jewish prayer shawl is blowing the shofar ram’s horn

In Shemot 24:7-8 it says “He (Moshe) took the Book of the Covenant (Torah) and read it in earshot of the people, and they said, ‘Everything that HaShem has spoken, we will do and we will hear!’ Moshe took the blood and threw (Sprinkled) it upon the people and he said, ‘Behold the blood of the covenant that HaShem sealed with you concerning all these matters.'” Point is, it is here that Israel formally accepts HaShem’s Marriage Proposal and enters willfully into the covenant with HaShem! This is the exact same covenant Yeshua renews and restores as the Agent of HaShem, when He came the first time and was was executed and was resurrected by HaShem on the third day!

Further, to reinforce the point that if we have willfully accepted the terms of the Marriage Proposal HaShem offered to Israel, i.e. the Torah, then regardless of a person’s ethnicity, makes that person a Jew. They are no longer gentiles i.e. idolaters but are Jews. Tractate Yevamot 46b from the Talmud Bavli discusses this that members of the Covenant are “Jews”. I know this could be very inflammatory. Something to ponder on anyways.

It is interesting, to further this point, Tractate Kiddushin 17b from the Talmud Bavli says “By Torah law a gentile inherits the property of his father. By contrast, by Torah law a convert does NOT inherit the property of his gentile father or any other gentile, as once he converts he is considered a new person with no ties to his previous family.” Why is this significant? Because, the definition of a gentile is an idolater, one who worships false gods. Again, if one worships HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel and has entered into the covenant, that person is no longer a gentile but a Jew!

Now consider, as we discussed earlier the patterns HaShem establishes. In Shemot 24:15-18 says “Moshe ascended the mountain (Mount Sinai), and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of HaShem rested upon Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for a SIX DAY period. He called to Moshe on the SEVENTH DAY from the midst of the cloud. The appearance of the glory of HaShem was like a consuming fire on the mountaintop before the eyes of the Children of Israel. Moshe arrived in the midst of the cloud and ascended the mountain; and Moshe was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.” Again we see six days period passes by and on the seventh day, HaShem appears!! Nothing new under the sun!!

Now, thus far, there are those who would declare that I am saying one has to keep the Torah in order to obtain salvation in HaShem. This would be flatly wrong! First one believes in what HaShem has promised and that He is Who He says He is, THEN that person adopts the Torah, striving, learning and applying what they are learning to their own lives as the EVIDENCE of faith in HaShem. We see this time and again in His Word, first with Abraham who first believed, it was accounted to him as righteousness and then he began to walk in the Torah of HaShem. Nothing has changed.

Paul addresses this many times, especially in his letter to the Galatians, who were being hassled by groups of folks that taught non-Jews had to first convert and be Torah observant BEFORE they could enter the covenant. In other words they were teaching people had to keep the Torah in order to merit salvation, which is something HaShem never once says.

Galatians 4:21-31 discusses this topic and Paul, was addressing this issue with the Galatians as a very well learned Pharisee. On a side note, Paul never once stopped being a Pharisee (Acts 23:6), again destroys Replacement Theology’s depiction of the man that he was anti-Torah, nothing could be further from the truth. I digress.

I have a very good book by Steve Salter entitled ‘Galatians: Law and Grace Companions in Redemption. On page 99 of this book, Steve says when discussing Galatians 4:21-31 when Paul compares the two sons of Abraham, one by the bondwoman and the other by a freewoman (Ishmael and Isaac). “Paul begins this argument by stating, again, the reason for the letter, ‘Tell me, you who desire to be under the Torah, do you not hear the Torah?’ The article in the Greek is missing before the word Torah. This implies that the Galatians had not yet completely embraced the idea of observing the Torah for redemption, but were well on their way. If they desired so much to observe the Torah for their redemption, then Paul basically says, ‘here’s some food for thought concerning the Torah, from the Torah itself.'”

“This was a rabbinic tactic, and the flavor here is all rabbinics. Considering that Paul was raised under Gamaliel, and that he was son of a Pharisee, and still a practicing Pharisee himself, it should follow, and be no surprise, that he would use this type of argument to further illustrate his point. For Paul, or any of the writers of the New Testament, to use rabbinics was completely natural for them, and for us to understand what they were saying, we must understand this point and study Scriptures from this perspective or we will ultimately come to the wrong conclusion.”

“Isaac, here will be symbolic of the children of promise, whereas Ishmael, will be symbolic of those who attempt to obtain redemption by their own merit.” Steve goes on and says “All who believe are children of faith, or promise, and those who place their redemption on their performance, or works, are children of deeds, and are opposed to faith. Those who oppose faith alone for redemption always have, and always will, persecute those who believe in the promise of redemption by faith alone. This is NOT an argument for Grave vs Torah, it is an argument for faith vs works. Grace and Torah MUST coexist, they compliment one another. There is no need for grace without Torah.” What is the point Steve is reinforcing? Faith without works (Torah) is dead! Faith MUST have the Torah in order to qualify as faith in the eyes of HaShem! If a person relies on their performance of Torah to merit redemption, they will be sorely disappointed, but if one first believes in HaShem and then adopts the Torah as his statement of faith, then that person will receive the blessings of HaShem. Can we keep Torah perfectly? Sadly, no we cannot, but that does not in any means justify tossing Torah into the dust bin of history, on the contrary, we get up, dust ourselves off when we fail, and keep moving forward in faith!

David says it best in Psalms 119:44-48 “So shall I keep Your Torah continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at LIBERTY, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love. My hands also will lift up to Your commandments, which I love, and I will mediate on Your statutes.”

Now consider what James says in James 1:25 “But he who looks into the perfect Torah of LIBERTY and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the Torah, this one will be blessed in what he does.” Steve Salter says in his book on page 105 “The liberty that Paul was referring to was the same liberty David and James referred to in their writings, and this liberty can only be found in the Torah. It is the liberty to live without the yoke of sin around our necks to drag us down into the pits of hell without hope. The Torah gives liberty, liberty to live our lives with a definite set of rules that tell us what is right and what is wrong.”

This all said, do we want to be a bondservant of HaShem and walk in His Torah which is His definition of true freedom and liberty, or do we want to listen to Replacement Theology Christendom and how it defines bondage to be the very source of our liberty and freedom?

I willfully, happily, eagerly choose to be a bondservant of HaShem and willfully accept the terms of the Covenant, the Marriage Proposal, as the means to walk in service unto Him; knowing my redemption is secured by faith, not by my performance; which is exemplified by His Agent He sent, Messiah Yeshua, Who restored and renewed the broken covenant!

I firmly believe those six days of work are very rapidly coming to a close because at the BEGINNING of the seventh day is when we are to be released into freedom! May it be very soon in our days!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Galatians: Law and Grace Companions in Redemption by Steve Salter
  • Tractate Kiddusin from the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • The Book of Psalms by Judaica Press
  • Tractate Tamid from the Mishnah by Kehati
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash by Artscroll

THE EMPATHY OF HASHEM MEANS THE SUN WILL RISE AGAIN = HOPE

“My child, give your heart to Me, and your eyes will heed My ways.” Proverbs 23:26

Oh my, it seems each week things just get darker and darker. I know that is putting it mildly! In light of this, I asked HaShem if He would have me put together another Op and what that topic would be. He answered my prayer and summed it up in one word ‘Tiqvah’ which is Hebrew for ‘HOPE!’ I hope you will be as astounded as I am when putting this Op together as HaShem reveals a side of Himself I had never really considered and it also further reinforce why we MUST read the Torah portion for each week!

This weeks Torah portion is ‘Yisro’ or ‘Jethro’ in English. It is found in Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23. The Haftarah for this Torah portion is found in Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-7. This is the portion where HaShem, after delivering Israel from Egypt, leads Moshe to the Mountain of HaShem i.e. Mount Sinai and He comes to meet with Moshe and Israel. Further, it is the place where Moshe’s father-in-law, Yisro, meets with him and tells him to set up a court system, something HaShem commands, in order the teach the people how to walk in the commandments of HaShem. It is also the account of HaShem speaking to Israel the terms of the marriage contract in which Israel accepts. To say there is a ton of information in this Torah portion alone is not stating it accurately!

We will be examining this Torah portion in conjunction with the title of this Op and I pray you will see how they go together like a hand in glove! But before we jump into this Op, always remember to 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

“I have indeed heard Ephraim (A name which denotes the whole nation of Israel) moaning, ‘You have chastised me and I have become chastened, like an untrained calf; bring me back to You and I shall return, for You are HaShem, my Elohim. For after my returning, I regretted; and after my being made aware of my sinfulness, I slapped my thigh in anguish. I was ashamed and also humiliated, for I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is Ephraim My favorite son or a delightful child, that whenever I speak of him I remember him more and more? Therefore, My inner self yearns for him; I will surely take pity on him, the Word of HaShem.” Jeremiah 31:17-19

These verses above from Jeremiah encapsulate the hope we have for the future in HaShem! Yes we have sinned, we have rebelled against Him, but He has called us to return to Him and He has made a way for us to return to Him! We yearn for Him because He first yearned for us!! Baruch HaShem!

You may be asking how the title of this Op fits into this? We will slowly get there I assure you…:) In the meantime, let’s quickly look at the Hebrew word ‘Tiqvah’ i.e. ‘Hope’. It can be found in a Strong’s Concordance #8615 which means “Cord, expectation, ground of hope, things hoped for, outcome.” In the Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible it means “Measure, cord, a cord used for measuring a straight line, held back waiting for something, hope.” The Hebrew three letter root of this word is the Strong’s Concordance word #6960 which means “To wait, look for, hope, expect, to wait, eagerly wait for.” The Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew on page 225 says “Gather to act, strive to a particular goal, hoping, yearning, striving.” Keep all this in mind!

It is so vitally important we remember that HaShem is unchanging, His Word is firmly established, He reveals the end from the beginning and He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets, not just for this Op, but in life in general! This is why I rail so hard against Replacement Theology Christendom because its foundation is all about change and everything HaShem gave in the beginning has now been tossed aside and replaced, which is just one giant lie from the adversary! I digress, I don’t need to re-visit what has been discussed many times before.

One important fact which is relevant to this Op is ‘The Law of Agency’, which we have discussed several times before, but just a quick review, the ‘Law of Agency’ from the Jewish Encyclopedia states that a man’s agent is as himself. Point is, in Hebrew, an agent of someone is considered to be the person who sent them. For example, Moshe is an agent of HaShem because HaShem sent Moshe to speak on His behalf to the people. Why is this important? Because it properly explains the role of Yeshua (Not Replacement Theology Jesus), Who is also the Agent of HaShem, Who can only do and speak what HaShem has directed Him to do. This is why Yeshua doesn’t know when the end will come but says only the Father knows. He isn’t HaShem in the flesh, He is the Agent of HaShem, so when He says ‘If you see Me you see the Father…’, it now makes much more sense because again He is the Agent of HaShem. Very important distinction as compared to what Replacement Theology Christendom teaches in that its Jesus is G-d in the flesh, something to remember as we proceed in this Op.

In our Torah portion ‘Yisro’ HaShem gives Israel His marriage proposal in Shemot 19:3-6 which says “Moshe ascended to Elohim, and HaShem called to him called to him from the mountain, saying ‘So shall you say to the House of Yaakov 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 hall speak to the Children of Israel.”

Moshe takes the proposal to the people and everyone in unison responds together “Everything that HaShem has spoken we shall do!” Moshe brings the response back to HaShem. Then HaShem commands Moshe to tell the people to sanctify themselves in preparation for the Third Day per Shemot 19:11 which says “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.”

Now consider HaShem reveals the end from the beginning so is He telling us when He will show up in the end i.e. the Third Day? Consider the seven day week HaShem set up for humanity to live on the earth and consider He says one day is equal to a thousand years per Psalms 90:4, a total of seven thousand years. When these events occur with the Exodus and Moshe (The Agent of HaShem who led Israel out of bondage and oversaw the initial wedding covenant) it is the Third Day from Creation and now today in 2021, we are just about at the ‘Third Day’ i.e. two thousand years/two days after Yeshua (The Agent of HaShem, Who came in the likeness of Moshe per Devarim 18:15-19, restored the marriage covenant and delivered us from eternal bondage). Remember He reveals the end from the beginning and as such how can this be true if per Replacement Theology Christendom the beginning is now tossed aside and replaced as is commonly taught? Its not possible! I digress.

The Torah IS the marriage contract between HaShem and Israel, it is the Ketubah in Hebrew. In contrast, there is no such entity called ‘The Church’ which has a separate standard to live by such as being free from the Torah, again that is just more Replacement Theology nonsense, there is ONLY Klal Israel, the Congregation of Israel, comprised of everyone who wishes to serve and worship HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel. The motivation for striving to walk in His Torah is NOT out of some religious rote, but in fact is out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him, for He is good, He even says so in Shemot 20:6, in that we are to love Him!

Additionally, we know HaShem’s intention is for Israel to be the example to the world and to live out the Torah in order to entice the non-Jewish world to be attracted to HaShem and to come and embrace His Torah, the reason Israel is called ‘The Chosen’. Shabbos 88b from the Talmud Bavli also says this that the Torah is for the people of the earth. HaShem desires none to perish but ALL to come into the covenant!

With all this said, what is the first command HaShem gives during this event? Shemot 20:2-3 says “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.” This is the basis from where we learn idolatry is akin to adultery by HaShem. There is a ton of information to explore in these two verses alone.

Mitzvah #25 from The Book of the Mitzvot discusses this much more in-depth which says “Through the many miracles that He performed at the time of the Exodus, with which He suspended the natural order of the universe at His discretion, HaShem demonstrated that He is the ONE Creator Who continues to control all natural forces. Since the Jews were witnesses to those miracles and, by extension, to His Existence and Omnipotence, HaShem described Himself to them as the One Who had taken them out of Egypt. While this opening verse of the Ten Commandments could be understood as merely identifying the Giver the Torah, the Talmud in Makkos 23b-24a, counts it as a mitzvah to believe in the One Elohim, Who delivered us from bondage in Egypt.” Point is, the basis of any hope is to first believe HaShem exists and is exactly Who He says He is! Without this foundation, hope cannot exist!

Further, the commentary says “I am HaShem conveys that there is One Elohim Who brought everything into existence: The Name ‘Yod – Hey – Vav – Hey’ i.e. the ineffable Name of HaShem represents that He exists eternally and that He brought everything into existence.” Now this is something I implore you remember as we proceed in this because it will blow your mind when we get to that point, hang on!

The commentary from the Milstein Chumash on page 220 referencing Shabbas 105a from the Talmud Bavli says “The first word of the Ten Commandments is ‘Anokhi’ which means ‘I am HaShem’ which He could have used the standard ‘Ani’ which means ‘I am’. HaShem said the word ‘I am HaShem’ so that it could be better understood (In Hebrew) as an acronym in several ways:

  • I Myself wrote the Torah
  • A saying that is pleasant was written and given

The Hebrew letters can be reversed for another meaning:

  • It was given in writing, reliable are its statements

With all this said now let’s get into the heart of this Op. I will be referencing the Exodus commentary from Rabbi David Fohrman discussing this weeks Torah portion ‘Yisro’.

Rabbi Fohrman is explaining the importance and significance of why HaShem made the statements He did when He first met Moshe at the burning bush:

  • I have seen the suffering My people in Egypt
  • I have heard their cries
  • I know their suffering
  • Now, they cry of the Israelites has reached Me
  • I have seen how the Egyptians oppress them

Rabbi Fohrman says “We have a word for this in English, and it is ‘EMPATHY’. To experience what someone else is experiencing as deeply as possible, even if that experience is uncomfortable or painful, is the soul of empathy. And empathy has consequences. It naturally spurs the one who experiences it to reach out and help the victim. Which, in fact, is the very next point HaShem makes in introducing Himself at the burning bush. In short HaShem ‘FEELS’ what the people feel, and THEN ACTS TO SAVE THEM.” Since He reveals the end from the beginning and is unchanging, can we derive hope from this for us today?

Rabbi Fohrman goes on and says “I am Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, your Elohim, Who took you out of Egypt. That special, mysterious Name of HaShem, Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey. What, if anything, does it even mean? I want to suggest a theory to you. That single word, that Name by which HaShem introduces Himself in the Ten Commandments, is shorthand for everything that was in the middle of the burning bush introduction. It is shorthand for ‘The Elohim of empathy and therefore the Elohim of action.’ For as we shall see later, the name Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey is associated with states of being, being in the past, being in the present, and being in the future. It is as if HaShem, with that Name, denotes Himself as the Elohim of Being; the Elohim Who is radically present with you, SO MUCH SO HE CANNOT HELP TO ACT!

“Recall what Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey signifies: ‘The Elohim of radical empathy, the Elohim Who is there with us, potently, in our life, always, even in times of our greatest sorrow. The people had experienced unimaginable horrors in Egypt for many long years. They would not easily believe that Elohim was who Moshe said He was i.e. a Compassionate divine force, full of love, who is there with us, now and always. It is hard for those experiencing immense suffering to believe that the Elohim who had been silent all this time is present with them in their sorrows.”

Why does HaShem tell Moshe at the burning bush He will perform three signs to prove to Israel He is Who He says He is i.e. the water turned to blood, white hand and a staff that turns to a snake?

“HaShem tells Moshe to take some water from the Nile, spill it on the ground and as if by magic, it will turn to blood. Ponder that for a moment. Does it remind you of any phenomenon that takes place later on in the Exodus saga? Water turning into blood, perchance? Of course, it is the first plague, the moment when the entire Nile River turns, harrowingly, into blood. Why do you think, of all things, HaShem would choose to begin His cascade of ten plagues with a river turning into blood? It is because He wanted to show that He understood the truth about what happened to the people, the darkest, most terrible truth.”

“What was the greatest crime the Egyptians perpetrated upon the Israelite population, in all those hundreds of years of slavery, beyond all the brickmaking, beyond all the excruciating labor? Beyond all that, there was one horrific act that was paramount. It was an act so terrible it could hardly even be held in memory without driving the bearer of the memory mad with pain. It was the casting of the little baby boys into the Nile, the drowning of generations of helpless children.” Consider the heinous abortions in America today and now per Pres Biden we are funding abortions worldwide to include using aborted babies for medical and food production! America is nothing but the culture of death now! I digress.

“So HaShem validated what was done to the people. Indeed, the first step in redeeming a traumatized people isn’t really taking them out of Egypt. Before that, there’s work to do, in effect, you have to say ‘I know what was done to you; I get it.’ And so the first plague, foreshadowed in this sign at the burning bush, has one clear message, the Nile will turn to blood. It will do that, not because of magic. It will do that because, that’s the reality! The aggressor will be forced to confront his crime. Egyptians will have to stare with horror and shame at the blood. And the victims will begin to find a measure of solace, ‘We weren’t the crazy ones.’ Everyone and everything around us lied. BUT HASHEM KNOWS THE TRUTH. ‘Yes, this is what happened to you.'”

When we study His Torah, we grow in our relationship with HaShem! His Torah becomes precious to us because His Torah is His heart that He reveals to us!

“HaShem’s first act of care, even before taking us out of Egypt, is that He stood up and told the truth about us. He did so without saying a word. He did it with actions; first, a symbolic act, the sign at the burning bush; then, a real world act that brings the sign to fruition, the first plague, which turned the Nile into blood. At the burning bush, through that sign, Elohim was saying to Israel, ‘I know the truth about what happened to you. I understand the horror.’ HaShem really was Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, the Elohim of Being There With You, after all!”

What can we derive from this understanding of HaShem and His empathy for us? Remember, He acts to save Israel BEFORE He presents them with the Torah i.e. the Marriage Contract!! He acts for His Own sake and for the promises He made to our forefathers! We can derive that we, as His people, when we have accepted His Torah i.e. the Marriage Contract, out of love, devotion and loyalty to Him, can fully hope in Him that He WILL act on our behalf at the appointed time because His empathy for us compels Him to act!

Does this enhance your appreciation for Who HaShem is in these incredibly dark, wicked, evil, corrupt, very difficult days we are living in today? HaShem has so much compassion and empathy for each of us individually and collectively as His ONE people, Israel! And when we as a people failed Him, broke the covenant i.e. the Marriage Contract, committed adultery i.e. idolatry, He had to act not only to punish, but also to redeem, restore and renew which is where Yeshua (Not Replacement Theology Jesus) comes onto the scene. The Agent of HaShem, Who bore our penalty for our sins and in doing so restored the Marriage Contract and redeemed Israel which is scattered into the entire world and has in many cases lost its identity. Therefore HaShem saves the whole world to bring all of Israel back, Jew and Non-Jew fully equal in the eyes of HaShem, serving Him out of love, devotion and loyalty according to the Torah!

Is it a coincidence at the end of the seven year Birth Pains that Yeshua returns to Mount Sinai on that Rosh HaShannah and rescues Israel which is fleeing into the Wilderness from the False Messiah and then marches along the same route Moshe led the people, up to Jerusalem, where He enters the city, confronts and defeats the False Messiah and his forces on that Yom Kippur. Then He leads a giant celebration on the Feast of Sukkot and rededicates the Temple to HaShem on that Hanukah? Nothing is a coincidence and nothing is changed…He is the same, unchanging and reveals the end out of the beginning. Baruch HaShem!

I hope and pray I have captured what HaShem was showing me well enough. There is much hope in Him and knowing His empathy for each of us, is astounding and may His great Name be honored and esteemed! May it be so very, very, very soon in our days!

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

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCES:

  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tractate Sanhedrin of the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Tractate Shabbos of the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Tractate Makkos of the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Exodus by Rabbi David Fohrman by Maggid publishers