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

THE PATH OF DELIVERANCE

“The Name of HaShem is a tower of strength; with it a righteous person will run and be strong” Proverbs 18:10

What a wild ride 2020 was and 2021 is shaping up to be! Would you all agree that the past 12 months especially, have been truly extraordinary and unprecedented? The COVID pandemic, the political strife and division, financial losses, stresses beyond measure, deaths of family members and friends, and this is just the minor stuff going on! Say nothing about all the demonic schemes and plans being implemented to utterly change the United States into an oppressed society controlled by government rule. The shackles of imprisonment are truly falling on America and they are falling very, very quickly.

Is it a coincidence then that as I write this Op it is Shabbat, 30 January 2021 and the Torah portion for today is ‘Beshalach’ which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16 which discusses the account of HaShem waging war on behalf of Israel against Egypt and parting the Sea, allowing all of Israel to walk in dry land to the other side and then He brought the sea back down upon Pharaoh and his military forces and wiped them all out once and for all, saving Israel! There is SO much contained in this one Torah portion, it is astounding! Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! Everything is perfectly timed and placed exactly where He wants it to serve the purpose He has ordained to serve and NOTHING will thwart that! Baruch HaShem!

Consider us today in America, which is quickly being locked down under various pretexts and excuses along with law abiding citizens who happen to think on the Conservative side of the isle now being labeled potential ‘Domestic Terrorists/National Security Threats’. Those who are striving to walk in the Torah of HaShem and believe His Word, are doubly marked as being threats to society, again not a coincidence!

Would you be surprised that what is happening in America today is nothing new and has happened before? When we read the account of how Israel while in Egypt, originally a place of safety, suddenly turned into oppression and slavery by the rise of a Pharaoh who had zero regard for how Joseph had saved not only Israel but all of Egypt during the great famine. This same Pharaoh arose and suddenly declared all of Israel a national security threat, enslaved them and crushed their independence, thus Israel cried out to HaShem for help and deliverance, which He heard their cries. We know what happened next, in a quick summary, HaShem waged war on Pharaoh and the rest of Egypt, and Israel was led out with Moshe leading i.e. delivered! Why is this important? Remember HaShem commands each us to recall and retell this story of the Exodus every year! Why? Because He reveals the end out of the beginning, there is nothing new under the sun and as such how He delivered His people out the first time is how He will do so again, only on a much larger scale! Additionally, Pharaoh is a very good picture of the False Messiah, who will very, very soon rise to power on a global scale upon the sudden and complete destruction of Babylon (America) by a surprise nuclear attack by Russia and her allies (read Jeremiah 50-51 for more context).

My intention with this Op is to discuss the account of the Exodus and find the hope that is in it which we can apply to our current time and day in Babylon (America) as our new Pharaoh (President) has arisen and is locking the citizens down, having zero regard for what came before; again nothing new under the sun! But before we jump into that, always remember the unchanging characteristics of HaShem as they are even more important today than 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

“Moshe said to the people, ‘Do NOT fear! Stand fast and see the salvation of HaShem that He will perform for you today; for as you have seen Egypt today, you shall not see them ever again! HaShem shall make war for you, and you shall remain silent.'” Shemot (Exodus) 13:14-15

It is amazing to me to watch how quickly tyranny is arising in this country. It seems each day we as a nation fall deeper and deeper into that black hole of tyranny while a despot and his backers grow more powerful. I have heard many people ask the question ‘Why does HaShem allow this?’ ‘The wicked rise up while the righteous are crushed.’

In order to answer, we need to see how HaShem reacted to the cries of Israel under Egyptian oppression. To quickly summarize, He directs Moshe to go speak to Pharaoh, which he does and requests Pharaoh let Israel go. Pharaoh reacts harshly and increases the required work load on the enslaved Israelites which causes Israel to look at Moshe and say “What have you done! You have put a sword in Pharaoh’s hand and now we must work harder!” Even Moshe goes to HaShem and asks Him and I will paraphrase “What have You done! Now things are worse than ever!” HaShem replies and I will paraphrase “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh and Egypt and then you shall know I am HaShem!” Point is, HaShem, in an act of mercy and compassion, sped up the flourishing of the wicked in order to then rescue Israel! Keep this in mind in our day and time as well for remember He is unchanging and there is nothing new under the sun! I digress.

So why does HaShem allow the wicked to sprout and flourish? He does tell us why and is it again just a coincidence the answer is found in the Shabbat Psalm i.e. Psalms 92? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem! He says in Psalms 92:6-8 which says “How great are Your deeds, HaShem, exceedingly profound are Your thoughts. A boor cannot know, nor can a fool understand this. WHEN THE WICKED BLOOM LIKE GRASS AND ALL THE INIQUITIOUS BLOSSOM, IT IS TO DESTROY THEM TILL ETERNITY.”” The commentary on this verse is very interesting. It says “The enemies of HaShem are raised up to meet their downfall! The Holy One, Blessed is He, elevates the wicked for their own detriment. This may be likened to the vile galley slave who viciously cursed the king’s beloved son. The king reasoned, ‘If I kill him, people will not take notice of it and they will learn nothing from it, for of what consequence is the life of a lowly galley slave?’ Therefore, the king first promoted the slave to the rank of captain, then he elevated him to the post of governor general. Only then, after giving him prominence and renown, did the king execute the rogue for his crime. Point is, every success which the wicked enjoy brings them one step closer to their eternal doom.” So, we can see HaShem allows the wicked to flourish only to destroy them in such a fashion that all will know HaShem is the One and only King! Further, once the wicked are destroyed, their destruction is eternal, there is zero hope for them.

On the flip side, what does HaShem say about the righteous? Psalms 92:13-16 says “A righteous man will flourish like a date palm, like a cedar in the Lebanon he will grow tall. Planted in the House of HaShem, in the courtyards of our Elohim they will flourish. They will still be fruitful in old age, full of sap and freshness they will be. To declare that HaShem is just, My Rock in Whom there is no wrong!”

Why does HaShem use a Date Palm Tree as an example of a righteous person? The commentary on these verses explains why which says “The palm grows very straight, without bending, just as the righteous man remains upright and honest. The wood of the palm is free of knots, just as the righteous man is free of flaws. The palm’s shady leaves and fronds are far off the ground, at the very top of the tree. Similarly, the reward promised the righteous is not immediate, but reserved for the distant future of the World to Come. Every part of the palm is useful, its fruits are eaten, its leaves and fronds are used in thatching, and its wood is used for construction. Similarly, each righteous person fulfills a special purpose.”

Further, HaShem uses the example of a cedar in the Lebanon: “Cedar symbolizes virtue and righteousness. Furthermore, the unique properties of the cedar compensates for any deficiencies in the palm tree. The wood of a palm is unsuitable for furniture and utensils, whereas the wood of the cedar is excellent for these purposes. When a palm tree is cut down, its trunk dries in the ground. When the cedar is felled, however, its roots and stump remain alive, and a new cedar shoot will sprout in its place. Similarly, righteousness is indestructible; if a righteous man is harmed, he will only grow stronger. If he is cut down, another righteous man will rise to take his place.”

“Moshe died on the Shabbat, and David died on the Shabbat. Moshe wrote the five books of the Torah, and David wrote the five books of the Psalms to strengthen the Jew’s faith in Torah. Both Moshe and David excelled in their recognition that HaShem’s judgment is completely righteous and fair. Thus both could declare with full confidence that there is no wrong in Him!” Further, we must understand HaShem executes His judgment typically by using the elements of His creation to do so!

So, you are probably asking how Psalms 92 fits into the Torah portion ‘Beshalach’ and the path of deliverance? We see in this Torah portion after HaShem brought Israel out of Egypt, He brought them to the Sea, seemingly trapping them into one place, an inescapable position from which to be easily defeated. Egypt pursues not realizing they are riding head fast into HaShem’s trap! HaShem then tells Moshe to “Stretch out his hand over the sea and HaShem then moved the sea with a strong east wind all the night, and He turned the sea to damp land and the water split. The Children of Israel came within the sea on dry land; and the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.” Then Egypt, in their arrogance, pursues after them, “Every horse of Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen, into the midst of the sea. It happened at the morning watch that HaShem looked down at the camp of Egypt with a pillar of fire and cloud, and He confounded the camp of Egypt. He removed the wheels of their chariots and caused them to drive with difficulty. Egypt said, ‘I shall flee before Israel, for HaShem is waging war for them against Egypt! I love that verse….“For HaShem is waging war for them against Egypt!” Imagine HaShem waging war for you and I? Baruch HaShem!

Then HaShem commands Moshe “Stretch out your hand over the sea, and the water will go back upon Egypt, upon its chariots and upon its horsemen. Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and toward morning the water went back to its power as the Egyptians were fleeing toward it; and HaShem churned Egypt in the midst of the sea. The water came back and covered the chariots and the horsemen of the entire army of Pharaoh, who were coming behind them in the sea, there remained not a one of them. The Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea; the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.”

Now this next part of the Exodus account is extremely important because it immediately has a prophetic connection to it. HaShem says in Shemot (Exodus) 14:30-31 ON THAT DAY, HaShem saved Israel from the hand of Egypt, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel the great hand that HaShem had inflicted upon Egypt; and the people revered HaShem, and they had faith in HaShem and in Moshe, His servant.” Whenever read read in His Word the phrase ‘On that day’ or ‘In that day’ it always points to ‘The Day of HaShem’ i.e. the Millennium in which the first seven years are the Birth Pains, what Christendom erroneously calls ‘The Tribulation’. Why is that important here for us today? Because, again HaShem reveals the end from the beginning and in the End of Days the major players are: Babylon (USA), Egypt (Europe) and Gog and Magog (Russia and her allies). Since Pharaoh is a picture of the False Messiah and arises out of Egypt, then in the end the False Messiah will arise out of Egypt i.e. Europe and ultimately HaShem WILL save Israel from the hand of Egypt as well as destroy Gog and Magog and Israel from that point on for all eternity will have faith in HaShem and His Messiah Yeshua (Not Jesus) Who comes in the likeness of Moshe i.e. teaching the Torah per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:15-19!

What is the point for all this thus far? The more we see the rise of wickedness and oppression, the faster HaShem WILL act on our behalf for just as it was with Israel in Egypt, when He sped up the oppression, it just meant His mercy was in play so He could rescue His people!! IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN!! WE HAVE TO TRUST HE IS TRUE TO HIS WORD! Then when He does suddenly rescue us, then we can sing the same song Israel sang as recorded in Shemot 15:1-19 which says “Then Moshe and Children of Israel chose to sing this song to HaShem, and they said the following:

I shall sing to HaShem for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea. The might and vengeance of Elohim was salvation for me. This is my Elohim and I will build Him a Sanctuary; the Elohim of my father and I will exalt Him. HaShem is MASTER OF WAR, His Name is HaShem. Pharaoh’s chariots and army He threw into the sea, and the pick of his officers were mired in the Sea of Reeds. Deep waters covered them; they descended in the depths like stone. Your right hand, HaShem is glorified with strength; Your right hand, HaShem smashes the enemy. In Your abundant grandeur You shatter Your opponents; You send forth Your wrath, it consumes them like straw. At a blast of Your nostrils the waters were heaped up; straight as a wall stood the running water, the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

The enemy declared, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide plunder; I will satisfy my lust with them. I will unsheathe my sword, my hand will impoverish them.’ You blew with Your wind, the sea enshrouded them; the mighty sank like lead in the water; Who is like You among the heavenly powers, HaShem! Who is like You, mighty in holiness, too awesome for praise, Doer of wonders! You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. With Your kindness You guided this people that You redeemed; You led with Your might to Your holy abode. Peoples heard, they were agitated, terror gripped the dwells of Philistia. Then the chieftains of Edom were confounded, trembling gripped the powers of Moab, all the dwellers of Canaan dissolved. May fear and terror befall them, at the greatness of Your arm may they be still as stone; until Your people passes through, HaShem, until this people You have acquired passes through. You will bring them and implant them on the mount of Your heritage, the foundation of Your dwelling place that You, HaShem, have made, the Sanctuary, my Master, that Your hands established. HaShem shall reign for all eternity! When Pharaoh’s cavalry came with his chariots and horsemen into the sea and HaShem turned back the waters of the sea upon them, the Children of Israel walked on the dry land amid the sea.”

I know it is much easier said than done, I struggle with it all the time as well, but HaShem is unchanging, He reveals the end out of the beginning and thus if He rescued His people once before in the beginning, then He WILL do so again in the end! How that is, when that will be, I have absolutely no idea, however, I can look at all that is going on around us and know it is getting very, very, very close, in my opinion, much closer than I think we realize! With this said, don’t lose hope and don’t lose resolve…HaShem will send His Mighty Right Arm i.e. Messiah Yeshua to rescue His Own…He IS coming!

I will close with this excerpt from Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) 2:8-9 says “The Voice of my Beloved! Behold it came suddenly to redeem me, as if leaping over mountains, skipping over hills. In His swiftness to redeem me, my Beloved is like a gazelle or a young hart. I thought I would be forever alone, but behold! He was standing behind our wall, observing through the windows, peering through the lattices.” Point is, He hasn’t abandoned us! If we first believe Him i.e. faith, this is what secures our salvation, then we strive to walk with Him and His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to Him, to ever improve our relationship with Him, because we are His people! He IS coming!

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) by Artscroll

‘THE FAILURE TO ENFORCE JUSTICE PRODUCES ROBBERY’

“Behold, days are coming, the Word of the Master HaShem Elohim, when I will send famine into the land; not a famine for bread nor a thirst for water, but to hear the Words of HaShem.” Amos 8:11

As I put this Op together it is 21 January 2021, the day after America installed a new President into office i.e. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. There is much turmoil and controversy surrounding this event as there is enormous amounts of legitimate evidence the 2020 Presidential election was illegitimate and the term I have seen in various news sites is that the election was robbed/stolen, keep this in mind as it will be very relevant to this Op.

It is sad I even have to say this, but I am very well aware it is now very dangerous to utter such statements online and can result in being banned and erased from social media, land of the free? Truth is now a very dangerous topic to publicly discuss!

How is it possible in America today someone could be installed to the highest office in the land illegitimately and no one prevented this usurpation from taking place? The laws appear to be impotent while the judges look the other way. Those responsible to preserve the integrity of our justice, election and financial systems appear to have just smiled and looked the other way. Again, truth is now a very dangerous topic to publicly discuss!

This said, all of this has led me to examine further what Yeshua warned us with regards to the End of Days and how the world would look to those of us alive to witness and experience it. This is what we are going to examine in this Op as I believe it is more relevant now than ever.

But as always, never forget, especially now, the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem!! It is vital we never let go of Him as He is the ONLY way we are going to get through all this as well as what is coming:

  • 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

Yeshua warned us in Luke 17:26-30 the following: “And as it came to be in the days of Noah, so also shall it be in the days of the Son of Adam. They were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were given in marriage, UNTIL the day that Noah went into the Ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. And likewise, as it came to be in the days of Lot. They were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building, but on the day Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all. It shall be the same in the day the Son of Adam is revealed.”

Yeshua is pointing back to Noah and Lot and the state of the world and society as a reference point for us today. This means we MUST go back and examine what was the world and society like during the times of Noah and Lot because how it was then is how it will be in the end….Remember nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end from the beginning!

So, we will go back and quickly look at these two examples and see if there are any similarities to what we see today around us? We will begin with Noah.

HaShem says in Bereishit (Genesis) 6:13 “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with robbery through them; and behold, I shall destroy them from the earth.” HaShem here says the earth was filled with robbery, therefore He would destroy humanity from the earth. Was robbery the main reason for His decree or is there much, much more too this we are not understanding in the English translations? I can assure you, the Hebrew is MUCH more descriptive and is MUCH more revealing!

The Hebrew word used here for the English word ‘Robbery’ is ‘Chamas’ (Khamas) and in Hebrew it means the following:

  • A violent shaking
  • Violence
  • Cruelty
  • Injustice
  • COMMIT EVIL INCREMENTALLY
  • LAW EVADING EVIL
  • Extortion

Very interesting!! So while we see this word ‘Robbery’ and think of thievery, in reality, it is so much more. Committing evil incrementally is a very powerful and important description to hold onto as we will examine this deeply here shortly. Law evading evil is another one to hold onto!

The Midrash Rabbah Bereishit (Genesis) examines this verse from Genesis 6:13 and gives us some very important insight as to the definition of this word ‘Chamas’. It says: “Robbery, says our Midrash, acts as a rod against the wicked. How does this occur? Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch offers an insightful explanation.

First he defines the term ‘Chamas’, translated here as ‘robbery’. The truth is that chamas is NOT JUST ANY ROBBERY; as the Midrash states, chamas refers SPECIFICALLY to robbery or other wrongs THAT ARE TOO PETTY TO BE REMEDIED THROUGH LEGAL PROCEEDINGS, but if committed repeatedly can gradually bring the victim to ruin. In a linguistic and conceptual sense, chamas is related to chometz i.e. vinegar. Like chamas, the fermentation process does not cause wine to sour all at once, but slowly, gradually, turns it into vinegar.

Where did all this chamas come from? How did this insidious practice develop and spread? The Torah itself describes the process. To begin with, there was a corruption of morals, a proliferation of sins that no one imagined would have any effect on civil society. People thought that even if the young are dissolute and marriage has lost its sanctity, trade and commerce can still flourish and business relationships can proceed honestly.

But they were wrong. Once the world is corrupt before G-d, manmade laws and institutions will be to no avail; all aspects of society will break down and go to ruin. Not through ‘Gezel’ (Outright robbery), which society can fend off through penal codes and prison terms, but through chamas, evil done with devious cunning. Against such evil there can be no protection unless people develop a conscience that will hold them accountable to G-d for their actions. This conscience is the inner core of humanity, and it is fatally undermined by immorality.

We have before us, then, the progression of evil. It begins with immorality, what the above verse terms as ‘Corruption’. Immoral behavior impairs man’s conscience; the lack of conscience promotes chamas; the uncontrolled chamas tears apart the social fabric; and a society is ruined. So inexorable is this process that G-d declared before the Flood ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with chamas.’ In effect, G-d is saying, ‘The world’s end is already before Me; if I do not intervene, it will all go completely to ruin by itself.’

Thus when Ezekiel said that chamas acts a rod against the wicked (Ezekiel 7:11 which says “Injustice has arisen into a rod of wickedness; not from them, nor from their multitudes nor from their children. For there is not one who seeks among them.”), he meant that the conscience free practice of chamas destroys the perpetrators’ own society and brings them down as well.

Having explained the first phrase of the Ezekiel verse, Rabbi Hirsch goes on to interpret the remainder of the verse in the same vein, albeit in a way that diverges from our Midrash.

Not from them – the inevitable calamity does not come from the natural state of men; not from their multitudes – it does not come from overcrowding; and it does not come from social relationships. Neither does the misery lie in them i.e. in men as such. Rather, the calamity springs from chamas. Because of chamas, human society becomes chometz, it turns sour and decays.”

Very interesting, so we see the society of the time of Noah had slowly, gradually adopted all sorts of seemingly innocuous immorality, sins and wickedness, thinking they were unaffected, but in reality, this chamas slowly soured the society to the point their conscience was rendered completely irrelevant and useless until it led to their absolute destruction. Does this not describe America today? We have embraced so much immorality, corruption, homosexuality, transgenderism, etc, now our collective conscience is rendered completely irrelevant to the point our judges look the other way from blatant crimes and as a result a wholly corrupted man can be installed to the highest position in the land! And to think it all began by taking small, incremental steps towards embracing various forms of immorality, chipping away little by little the family, morality and righteousness until now, today, speaking the truth is literally deemed offensive and a threat to society!

It is interesting, in Tractate Sanhedrin 108a in the Talmud Bavli, it says when describing the generation of the Flood: “The generation of the flood became haughty and sinned due only to the excessive goodness that the Holy One, Blessed be He, bestowed upon them.” They were blessed with abundant food, water, pleasures, and they took it all for granted, forgot Who gave it too them, and their pride and arrogance took over. Gee, sound familiar to today?

Further, Sanhedrin 108a says “Come and see how great the power of robbery, for the generation of the Flood transgressed everything, but the decree against them for those sins was not sealed until they stretched forth their hands in robbery. The Midrash therefore concludes by stating that although their fate was sealed due to the sin of robbery, the sin that warranted their destruction was that of promiscuity. That the sin warranting their destruction was that of promiscuity is derived from which it states in the Genesis 6:12 ‘For all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth’ is a reference to promiscuity, followed immediately by G-d’s declaration ‘The end of flesh has come before Me.'”

This word ‘Corrupt’ in Hebrew means:

  • To destroy
  • Degenerate irreversibly
  • Social deterioration
  • Corrupt in morals
  • Perversion
  • Go to ruin

Additionally, the Midrash states “The members of the generation of the Flood were not blotted out from the world UNTIL they wrote marriage documents for males marrying other males and animals. This is derived from Genesis 6:2 ‘And they took for themselves wives from whomever they chose.’ The term which is indicative of marriage, refers not only to the wives but also to the males and animals included in the words ‘from whomever they chose’. This practice sealed their fate, as not only did they engage in such acts privately, they shamelessly publicized their abominable lifestyles. WHEREVER ONE FINDS PROMISCUITY, A CALAMITY OF MASS DESTRUCTION IS VISITED UPON THE WORLD THAT KILLS GOOD AND BAD ALIKE. Only when this practice gained currency was it impossible for G-d’s goals for the world to be realized through mankind as then constituted. Sinners who guiltily yield to temptation can be reformed. But those who perversely cast sin as a virtue will NEVER be set right.” And all of this started with just a little acceptance of immorality and chamas encroached upon the society leading it too its ruin!

Good grief, how many times are we all inundated with homosexuality and transgenderism on a daily basis? Our new national leader is appointing the first openly transgender male playing dress up as a female to the cabinet of the President as the Assistant Health Secretary! These abominable, filthy, vile, wicked lifestyles are now openly, shamelessly celebrated, praised and exalted while those of us who are revolted by and reject this filth as being an affront to HaShem are ridiculed, declared to be a bigot, a racist and if possible exiled from society. My point is, this alone is proof Jeremiah 50-51 is NOT far off from striking America as the Days of Noah are no doubt here today!

Now let’s look into Lot!

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 which has come before Me, then destruction! And if not, I will know.”

Again, when we go to the Hebrew translation, this account explodes into detail. The commentary on these verses says “Our verse says that the outcry of Sodom has become great. Since the Torah is not written with vowels, the word can also be read ‘Young woman’. There was a young woman in Sodom who would secretly hide bread in her pitcher and bring it out to the poor. Her actions were eventually discovered by the wicked Sodomites. To punish her, they smeared her with honey and placed her atop of the city wall. Attracted by the honey covering her, bees came and ate her i.e. stung her to death. The ultimate outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah was a result of the crime against the young woman.”

Genesis 13:13 says “And the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the L-rd exceedingly.” Tractate Sanhedrin 109a from the Talmud Bavli explains “The word ‘Wicked’ is referring to sins they committed with their bodies; ‘And sinners’ is referring to sins they committed with their money.” Not only were they exceedingly wicked sexually embracing immorality, homosexuality, etc, but they also were incredibly greedy with their money and refused to help the poor!

Tractate Sanhedrin 109a further explains “The people of Sodom set their sights on property owners. They would take one and place him alongside an inclined, flimsy wall that was about to fall, and push it upon him to kill him, and then they would come and take his property.” Point is, they were so filled with greed and lust for possessions they would find ways to kill, yet make it look like it was an accident, and then seize the property they desired in the first place.

The basis for the girl being smothered with honey is that she dared to help the poor and the Sodomites killed her in that cruel, brutal fashion and her outcry reached to HaShem! It was this incident that sealed their fate! Further, Sodom had very wicked and perverted justices!

Tractate Sanhedrin 109b from the Talmud Bavli says “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 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 dame, 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.'”

Point is, Sodom was not just abundantly immoral and filled with homosexuality, but they were also wholly corrupt with greed, arrogance and their justice system was rotten, favoring the criminals depending on what your status was in society i.e. part of the elite or not. Gee, do we see anything like this today?

So the question some may ask is ‘If HaShem knows everything, then why would He go down to see Sodom for Himself, and if it is according to the outcry then destruction…?’ Even in this, HaShem is showing mercy in that His going down to Sodom is an idiom to mean He is giving them one last chance to make teshuvah (Repent). If they rejected that final opportunity to repent i.e. return to HaShem, then destruction would fall! Clearly, the Sodomites refused to repent, therefore HaShem sent the two angels to Lot in order to get them out of the city before the destruction would come!

Why is this important for us today? Because, it again proves HaShem WILL rescue out His Own BEFORE His destruction falls! He saved Noah and his family on the Ark while the world was wiped out and He sent two angels to rescue Lot and his family before the fire from heaven fell and wiped out Sodom.

Is it possible then, that HaShem establishing President Trump, was His way of giving America a four year opportunity to make teshuvah (Repent)? Is it then also possible that opportunity wasn’t taken by society and therefore the corruption and ‘chamas’ prevailed and now we have Biden sitting in the highest position in the land which will absolutely lead to Jeremiah 50-51? Again, just asking the question.

It is my opinion that we are very much living in the Days of Noah and the Days of Lot in America today! This means our redemption must be VERY near!

Consider what the following says from Tractate Sanhedrin 99b which says “One who has the word of G-d placed in his mouth through Torah study has established heaven and earth. Rabbi Yoĥanan says: One who engages in Torah study also protects the entire world, as it is stated: “And I have covered you in the shadow of My hand.” And Levi says: He also advances the coming of the redemption, as it is stated: “And say to Zion, you are My people.” Why did I include this? Because I believe it is an indicator for how the End must play out in that 2 Thess 2:7 talks about how the restrainer must be removed prior to the revealing of the False Messiah to the world stage. In my opinion, that restrainer is the people of HaShem who are engaging in Torah study and living out Torah in service to HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty, not out of religious rote!

This said, because of the ever increasing wickedness of man, HaShem sends a famine for hearing the Word of HaShem i.e. His Torah. Darkness increases and the hearts of men grow cold followed by ever increasing judgments. Since HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning, He must rescue out His Own prior to Jeremiah 50-51 falling on Babylon i.e. America which then propels the False Messiah to the world stage out of Europe. We are reminded in 2 Peter 2:5 and 2:7 how HaShem saved Noah and his family along with Lot and his family! HaShem is unchanging!

I read one comment from an ancient rabbi who told his students to always be ready and plan on repenting before HaShem the day before they die. His students asked him how that is possible since no one knows what day we will die. The rabbi smiled and said ‘That’s the point, always be in a state of repentance before HaShem because we don’t know!’

We are absolutely living in very perilous and treacherous times, especially now that this man of corruption has assumed the highest position in the land. Now more than ever we all must make teshuvah (Repent) before HaShem and commit ourselves to studying, learning and living out His Torah in this world for His Torah is not only the truth there is, but it is a tree of life to those who take hold of it. In doing so, we will know who the real Messiah is and not fall for the counterfeit!

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

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition The Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Artscroll Tanakh Series Ezekiel
  • The Midrash Rabbah Bereishit by Artscroll

‘I LAID A SNARE FOR YOU AND YOU WERE TRAPPED IN IT’

“For He looks to the very ends of the earth, sees everything that is under the heavens. So that He can assign heft to the winds, precisely measure the waters. Can make the rain follow set paths, specify lanes for the thunder’s roar among the clouds. Then did He contemplate it and inscribe it, readied it and explored it. And told man, ‘See the fear of Elohim is wisdom, steering away from evil – understanding.'” Job 28:24-28

We currently live in VERY tumultuous times with everything unfolding concerning a seemingly unending pandemic, the resulting collapsing society, destabilizing government, overrun borders, debauchery running amok and promoted as being normal followed by endless and increasing terrorism and war. Good grief, just look at all the debauchery alerts I keep posting in my news updates? It just gets worse and worse! Just about every television commercial promoting pharmaceuticals is now portrayed by homosexual couples! There is no more shame and hiding it while it is being crammed down our throats, figuratively speaking!

There can be no doubt now that sadly America in 2021 fits the perfect description of the end of days biblical Babylon, which we have discussed many times before. This is something I do NOT take any pleasure in whatsoever! HaShem established America upon biblical principles BUT it was predicated upon the people being able to maintain a moral and just society and hold onto this precious gift of freedom. Sadly, the people have been corrupted from within and now that precious gift of freedom has been and is being quickly eroded and replaced by chaos, tyranny and destruction. “A lady asked Dr. Benjamin Franklin ‘Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor IF you can keep it.’” Sadly, we, collectively, did not keep it!

Now the people, instead of repenting to HaShem and seeking His Face, have put their trust, hopes and faith in a single man (Trump or Biden, depending on who you support) to lead us and HaShem warns us we are NOT to put our faith and trust in a man! Only HaShem can be trusted!!

For the record, let me state I am NOT anti-Trump, nor am I a rah-rah MAGA hat wearing pro-Trump supporter for that matter. I simply recognize that per law, he is, as I prepare this Op, the duly elected President of the United States by the votes of the people and I acknowledge and accept his position and authority as such. However, I also recognize kings and presidents are established by HaShem Himself and for His plans and purposes!

This all said, the more this nation’s society collectively embraces the debauchery and corruption, the more turmoil we are going to have. Further, the more we as a nation export our debauchery around the world, the more the anger of HaShem is fueled and the faster that cup of wrath fills up. As such we are going to discuss in this Op something HaShem showed me a while ago concerning my questions as to why we are witnessing the mess we are witnessing today. Pay very close attention to the verbiage because it denotes just how HaShem feels about Babylon in the End of Days! 

Understand this will be a VERY, VERY long Op as there is SO much to cover and even then it is just the tip of the iceberg per se for the amount of information HaShem given to us!

Is America the Babylon HaShem refers too as it relates to biblical prophecy?  Yes, absolutely America is!  How do we know?  Babylon, in the Bible was an empire in and of itself.  It had global domination and its power wasn’t just military, but also financial.  The entire known world flocked to Babylon not only for safety and security, but also for money, for entertainment, etc.  The known world adopted the abominations of Babylon.  Its military power was so strong, no other power could take it by force.  Babylonians put their faith in their defenses i.e. a giant wall.  Its society was comprised of people from all over the world.  It was also a very young power in comparison to other global powers meaning it hadn’t been in existence for very long.  All of which aptly describes America today. 

For the record, when we read the prophecies of the End of Days in the Bible, we read primarily of three world powers i.e. Babylon, Egypt and Assyria.  Today these powers can be directly associated with:

  • Babylon = The United States of America + Allies
  • Egypt = Europe + Allies
  • Assyria = Russia/Gog and Magog + Allies such as Iran, China/N Korea

But before we jump into this, always remember the following eternal, unchanging characteristics of HaShem for in all the chaos He IS our ONLY place of refuge, safety, security, provision, defense and health:

  • 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 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 is from Jeremiah 50 which is discussing the fate of Babylon in the End of Days i.e. our day and time.

Jeremiah 50:1 says “The word that HaShem spoke concerning Babylonia, concerning the land of the Chaldeans, through the hand of Jeremiah the prophet:”

Jeremiah 50:2-3 says “Proclaim it among the nations, announce it and hoist up a banner; make it heard, do not hold back. Say, ‘Babylonia is captured! Bel is ashamed, Merodach is devastated (Babylonian deities); her idols are ashamed, her gods are devastated; for a nation from the North has attacked it.’ They will lay their land waste and there will be no inhabitant in it; from man to beast, they have all wandered and gone off.”

Since we know nothing is new under the sun and HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning, historically it was Persia and Medea who swooped down from the north to conquer Babylon. This is VERY interesting because today we are on the cusp of war with Iran/Persia. Now, can Iran invade and destroy the US? Not by themselves and this is key to understand…Persia has allies i.e. Russia and China and they most certainly can destroy the US in a single attack if provoked enough. Further, add the fact it is HaShem Who is stirring them up and that means there are zero defenses in play! Can you see how serious this is folks? Moving on.

Jeremiah 50:4-7 says “In those days (An idiom to mean in the End of Days) and at that time (The appointed time of HaShem), the word of HaShem, the Children of Israel will come, they together with the Children of Judah; they will walk along crying, they will seek out HaShem, their Elohim. They will ask about Zion; their faces will be turned toward it; and they will say, ‘Come, be joined to HaShem, with an eternal covenant, never to be forgotten.’ My people were like lost sheep; their shepherds caused them to go astray, aimless in the mountains. They went from mountain to hilltop, they forgot their pasture. All who found them devoured them, and their enemies said, ‘We feel no guilt; because they sinned against HaShem, the Abode of righteousness, the Hope of their forefathers, HaShem.'”

In the midst of the proclaimed destruction of Babylon i.e. America, by HaShem, He consoles Israel who are in Babylon. It should be noted the rabbis of old all recognized and understood that America is to be the last bastion for exiled Israel before all of Israel returns home into the Land under the leadership of Messiah!

Jeremiah 50:8-12 says “Now wander forth from amid Babylonia, and leave the land of the Chaldeans; be like male goats in front of the flock. For behold, I am arousing and raising up against Babylonia an assembly of great nations from the land of the North and they will array themselves for battle against her; from there they will be captured. His arrows are like a deadly warrior, they will not return empty handed. The Chaldeans will become plunder; all its plunderers will be sated, the Word of HaShem. Because you are glad, because you exult, you tramplers of My heritage; because you fatten yourselves like a calf in the grass and neigh like mighty steeds; your mother is very shamed; the one who bore you is embarrassed; behold, the final outcome of the nations is as a wilderness, a wasteland, and a desert.”

Very interesting for it is HaShem Who arouses and raises up the great nations which in my opinion will be a coalition of nations involving Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba and all their allies in a sudden, catastrophic strike against Babylon (America) in which their arrows (Missiles) will strike and get through any defense systems.

Why does HaShem do this? Because of the joy and exultation over replacing His heritage i.e. Replacement Theology Christendom rejoicing over how the systems Replacement Theology ‘Jesus’ has tossed aside HaShem, His Torah, His Shabbat, His Feasts and His Temple. Added with the lust for money and possessions. The reference to the ‘mother is very shamed’ is an idiom to mean those who were proud of Babylon’s military power and ability to rapidly defeat enemies, is now suddenly shamed and embarrassed over how quickly Babylon’s military power is defeated and destroyed.

Finally, HaShem again states Babylon will be so utterly destroyed, wasted and defeated, the land literally becomes a wilderness, a wasteland and a desert. In my opinion this will be a result of not only the nuclear, biological and chemical weapons which will be used, but also the results of massive earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Jeremiah 50:13-16 says “Out of the rage of HaShem it will not be inhabited, and all of it will be desolate; whoever passes Babylonia will be astonished and whistle over all its afflictions. Array yourselves for battle against Babylonia all around, all you who draw the bow; shoot at her, do not spare arrows; for she has sinned to HaShem. Shout the battle cry against her, she puts her hand out for help all around. The foundations of her wall have fallen, her walls were cast down. Because it is the vengeance of HaShem; be avenged against her! Do to her as she did! Eliminate the sower from Babylonia, as well as the bearer of a sickle at harvest time; from before the oppressor’s sword, every man will turn toward his people and every man will flee to his country.”

WOW…notice the wording? HaShem says “Out of the rage of HaShem…” This is not just a minor irritation or a slight anger…this is His rage! Its from His rage that Babylon will be so utterly wiped out those who pass by Babylon will be astonished! Again, in my opinion, the destruction of Babylon (America) in one hour, is what propels the False Messiah to emerge from Europe and come on to the world scene.

The reference to the walls of Babylon is very interesting for the walls were Babylon’s number one defense and made them literally impregnable against their enemies just like America’s military power is our number one defense which renders us literally impregnable. On a side note, is it just a coincidence that Pres. Trump is currently building a giant wall on our southern border? Another similarity with ancient Babylon!

Jeremiah 50:17-20 says “Israel is like scattered sheep, lions dispersed them; the first one, the king of Assyria, devoured him, and this last one, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, chewed up the bones. Therefore, thus said HaShem, Master of Legions, Elohim of Israel: ‘Behold, I will punish the king of Babylonia and his land, just as I punished the king of Assyria. And I will return Israel to its abode, and he will graze in the Carmel and in the Bashan; and in Mount Ephraim and in the Gilead his soul will satiated. In those days (End of Days) and at that time (The appointed time of HaShem), the Word of HaShem, the iniquity of Israel will be sought but it will not be there, and the transgressions of Judah, but they will not be found; for I will forgive those whom I will leave over.”

Again, intermixed with all the statements of destruction of Babylon, HaShem talks about the hope Israel has and how He will protect and restore His people!! Baruch HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!

Jeremiah 50:21-27 says “Attack the rebellious land and the inhabitants of Pekod (Another name for Babylonia); destroy and demolish them, the Word of HaShem, and do according to all that I command you! There is a sound of war in the land and a great disaster. How has the hammer for the whole world been snapped and broken? How has Babylonia become desolate among the nations? I LAID A SNARE FOR YOU AND YOU WERE TRAPPED IN IT, O BABYLONIA, AND YOU WERE UNAWARE. You have been found and even seized, FOR YOU PROVOKED HASHEM. HaShem has opened up His arsenal and has taken out the weapons of His wrath, for it is a task for my Master, HaShem/Elohim, Master of Legions, in the land of the Chaldeans. Come to her from the side, open up her storehouses, trample her like piles of grain and decimate her; leave her no remnant. Destroy all her bulls, let them go down to the slaughter, woe to them for their day is coming, the time of their reckoning.”

What is more rebellious than a doctrine that says the Torah is now tossed aside, go do what you want, just be led by the ‘spirit?’ It is what leads to all the debauchery, homosexuality and corruption that is flourishing! Because of this rebellion, HaShem opens up His arsenal which includes storms, earthquakes, volcanoes, economic collapse, terrorism, war, pandemics, etc. Notice also, it is HaShem that leads Babylon (America) into His trap!!!! This means Babylon has no clue it is walking head strong into its own destruction and why? Because Babylon (America) has provoked HaShem! How has He been provoked? Again, all the chest thumping in defiance against Him teaching His Torah is dung and tossed aside along with all embracing of the debauchery!  Our national leaders boasting in accepting and tolerating the debauchery and filth which is a direct middle finger in the Face of HaShem!

This current round in tensions rising with Iran, in my opinion, coupled with the unveiling of the so called ‘peace plan’ in Israel and the Palestinians, is the very trap HaShem speaks about here! Notice also, He talks about the sound of war in the land and a great disaster? Does this intimate mass civil unrest along with natural disasters? I believe it does!

Jeremiah 50:28-32 says “There is a sound of fleeing people and fugitives from the land of Babylonia to relate in Zion the revenge of HaShem, our Elohim, the revenge of His Sanctuary. Mobilize against Babylonia, you marksmen, all who draw the bow, encamp against her all around; let her not have any survivor. Repay her according to her actions; do unto her according to all that she has done, for she has acted wickedly toward HaShem, toward the Holy One of Israel. Therefore, her young men will fall in her streets, and all her men of war will fall silent on that day, the Word of HaShem. Behold, I am against you, O wicked one, the Word of my Master, HaShem/Elohim, Master of Legions, for your day has arrived, the time for Me to punish you. The wicked one will stumble and fall, and there will be no one to lift it up. And I will set fire to its cities, and it will consume all its surroundings.”

Interesting….so there will be an attempt for people to flee from the land but HaShem will not allow them to get out! Can people get out today?  Nope…and why not?  The COVID Pandemic prevents people from traveling and crossing borders! Further, He mobilizes the great nations to unleash their military power on Babylon (America) and to destroy everything and not let any person left alive!  This obviously hasn’t happened yet, however, when our enemies see the civil unrest and how fractured our government and society are, they are licking their lips, per se, for the opportunity to strike!

The statement He makes about the young men falling in the streets and all her men of war falling silent, clearly indicates this attack is so sudden and swift, the US military has no time to react and is just obliterated in mere moments!! Remember, HaShem is acting out of rage, not anger, and thus there is zero help for Babylon (America) at this time. Very sobering!

Jeremiah 50:33-36 says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: The Children of Israel and the Children of Judah are oppressed together; all their captors hold them fast and refuse to let them free. Their mighty Redeemer, HaShem, Master of Legions is His Name, will certainly take up their grievance, in order to calm the land and cause trembling for the inhabitants of Babylonia. A sword against the Chaldeans, the Word of HaShem, and against the inhabitants of Babylonia and against its officers and against its wise men! As word against the sorcerers; let them be shown to be fools! A sword against its mighty men; let them be devastated!”

Once again HaShem offers Israel consolation and promises of protection for Israel while He personally deals with Babylon. He further talks about a sword (War, conflict, division, confusion) against Babylon’s religious leaders, political leadership and military leaders which causes them to make stupid and foolish decisions!

Jeremiah 50:37-40 says “A sword against its horses and chariots and against all the foreigners in its midst; let them be like women! A sword against its treasuries; let them be sacked! A dry heat against its waters; let them evaporate! For it is a land of graven idols, and they are mad over dread idols. 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.”

Again, HaShem talks about the sword destroying the horses and chariots i.e. military power and how the military will be as helpless as women in battle against a furious adversary. Not to mention this may be more literal in how many in uniform today want to have transgenders in the ranks? Your male soldiers literally becoming women!  Its revolting and beyond offensive!

The statement that the land is full of graven idols and as a result the animals will inhabit the land never again to be settled by humans….must be the result of earthquakes, volcanoes, nuclear, biological and chemical weapons usage, just like He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah!

Jeremiah 50:41-43 says “Behold, a people is coming from the North; a great nation and many kings will arouse themselves from the ends of the earth. They will be holding bow and spear; they are cruel and will show no mercy; their voice will roar like the sea, and they will ride upon horses. Armed, like a man going to war, against you, O daughter of Babylonia. The king of Babylonia heard of their renown and his hands weakened; consternation seizes him, and pains like a woman in childbirth.”

Very interesting…so hear again HaShem shows us this great nation from the North is a coalition of nations from around the world coming together to launch a surprise attack on America. Further, the king of Babylonia i.e the President of the US, must somehow see this coalition forming and is powerless to stop it.  Or, now it makes more sense in that is it possible this new king of Babylonia i.e. the President of the United States, who is being sworn into power on 20 January 2021, is so compromised and is such in league with Assyria, he willfully and knowingly looks the other way and intentionally lets Assyria attack?  Now it makes a little more sense!

Jeremiah 50:44-46 says “Behold, the enemy will ascend like a lion from the heights of the Jordan to a secure pasture land, for I shall bring the enemy SUDDENLY and I shall make him overrun them, and I shall charge the designated enemy to deal with them. For who is like Me? Who can challenge Me? And who is the shepherd who can stand before Me? Therefore, hear the counsel of HaShem that HE has devised against Babylonia, and His thoughts that He has conceived against the land of the Chaldeans: The enemy will indeed drag them off, the youngest of the flock; he will indeed destroy their abode. The earth quakes from the sound of Babylonia’s being seized, and the outcry is heard among the nations.”

The crux of this prophecy is this attack upon Babylon (America) is SUDDEN like a lion who pounces from a concealed location upon its prey. The coalition of nations will suddenly overrun America’s defenses and destroy the US military and all the cities of America will burn because of the rage of HaShem. The earth will quake from the power of this attack, along with the volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc that all strike in one hour. Perhaps it is this earthquake that causes the earth’s axis to shift and the days to shorten as is referenced in the Book of Revelation?

Now let’s continue with Jeremiah 51 as HaShem’s fury is explained further.

Jeremiah 51:1-6 says “Thus said HaShem:  Behold, I am stirring up a spirit of destruction against Babylonia and against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai.  I shall send foreigners to Babylonia, who will scatter her and empty her land; for they will descend upon her from all around on the day of evil.  To the archer who draws his bow and to the one who goes forth boldly in his armor I say: ‘Do not have compassion upon her young men; destroy all her legions!’  The slain will fall in the land of the Chaldeans, and the pierced in her streets.  For Israel is not widowed, nor is Judah, from his G-d, HaShem, Master of Legions; for the Chaldean land is full of guilt toward the Holy One of Israel.  Flee from the midst of Babylonia; everyone save his soul; do not be annihilated for their sin.  For it is a time of vengeance for HaShem; He is paying Babylonia her due.” 

So again, we can see it is HaShem Himself Who is bringing this destruction to Babylon for He stirs up a spirit of destruction against the inhabitants of Leb-kamai.  Who are the inhabitants of Leb-kamai?  The Hebrew word ‘Leb-kamai’ is very descriptive of the state of the people for it means “Whose hearts brim with thoughts of rebellion against HaShem.”  Does the society in America today brim with thoughts of rebellion against HaShem?  Look at the state of everything?  Debauchery, homosexuality, immorality, cruelty, greed, arrogance, selfishness, murder, lies, theft, abortion, etc.  I would say that qualifies as rebellion against HaShem!

The people He sends to destroy Babylon are those who have zero affinity for the people of Babylon and therefore will not have any compassion whatsoever and will wholesale slaughter everyone.  However, in the midst of all this, HaShem reminds Israel, who are still in Babylon the He has NOT abandoned Israel.  His pattern in the past is to always secure and get His people to safety BEFORE the judgment falls.  For example, Noach and his family were secured on the Ark BEFORE the deluge struck and He sent angels to Sodom to secure and escort out of the city Lot and his family BEFORE the destruction fell.  Since He never changes and reveals the end out of the beginning, then must be a picture for us today!  There IS still hope in HaShem!

Jeremiah 51:7-14 says “Babylonia was a gold cup in the hands of HaShem; it made the whole earth drunk, the nations drank her wine; this is why the nations have lost their senses.  Babylonia has suddenly fallen.  She is broken; wail for her.  Bring healing ointment for her wounds; perhaps she can be healed.  ‘We tried to heal Babylonia, but she cannot be healed.  So, leave her alone, and each of us will return to his own country.’  For the judgment against her rises to the skies and reaches even the clouds.  HaShem has brought forth our victory.  Come, let us proclaim in Zion the work of HaShem our Elohim!”  Sharpen the arrows! Fill the quivers!  HaShem roused the spirit of the kings of the Medes, because He plans to destroy Babylonia.  This is the vengeance of HaShem vengeance over His temple.  Raise a standard against the walls of Babylonia!  Strengthen the guard! Post the sentries!  Prepare ambushes! For HaShem has both planned and accomplished what He promised to do to those living in Babylonia.  You who live near plenty of water, so rich in treasure your end has come, your time for being cut off!  HaShem, Master of Legions has sworn by Himself, ‘I will fill you with men as numerous as grasshoppers; they will raise over you a shout of triumph.’” 

It is very interesting that HaShem describes Babylon as a gold cup in His Hands.  It intimates that HaShem used this gold cup i.e. Babylon to intoxicate all the land with the wine of His fury because Babylon is a global superpower and therefore Babylon either rewarded its allies or punished its enemies…either case ALL drank the wine from its cup, some beneficially and others disastrously.  Babylon is a very wealthy nation and has a global economic and military presence around the globe!  The point is, Babylon i.e. America, was and is HaShem’s agent in the world through which He would mete out justice.  But according to this prophecy, Babylon will suddenly fall and become broken and the so called ‘Invincible’ empire will be defeated by Persia (Iran) and her allies (Assyria)!  Further, HaShem warns that He will fill the land with foreign military forces as numerous as grasshoppers as they shout in triumph!  Does this mean the new King of Babylon i.e. the President of the US will invite in foreign military forces to restore order in the event the civil unrest becomes too much to handle?  Remember, it is my opinion this new King of Babylon who is to take power next week i.e. 20 Jan 2021, has zero loyalty too or affinity for the US, but has already and will in an instant sell out the land for profit or power…again just my opinion!

Jeremiah 51:15-19 says “He made the earth by His power, established the world by His wisdom spread out the sky by His understanding.  When He thunders, the waters in heaven roar, He raises clouds from the ends of the earth, He makes the lightning flash in the rain and brings the wind out from His storehouses.  At this, everyone is proved stupid, ignorant, every goldsmith put to shame by his idol!  The figures he casts are a fraud, there is no breath in them, they are nothings, ridiculous objects; when the day for their punishment comes, they will perish.  Ya‘akov’s portion is not like these, for He is the one Who formed all things, including the tribe He claims as His heritage.  HaShem, Master of Legions is His Name.” 

These verses here are intended to remind us again of just Who we are dealing with i.e. HaShem, Master of the Legions of Heaven, Who is in absolute control over all things and Who directs where the wind gusts blow, or where a rain drop falls, etc.  Point is, it is utterly futile for humanity to think we are in any way superior to HaShem!  When He acts, everyone will know exactly Who HaShem is and realize all the worshipped idolatry and images are utterly stupid and worthless!

Jeremiah 51:20-24 says “Babylonia you are My war club and weapon of war, with you I shatter nations; with you I destroy kingdoms; with you I shatter horses and their riders; with you I shatter chariots and their drivers; with you I shatter husbands and wives; with you I shatter old and young; with you I shatter young men and virgins, with you I shatter shepherds and their flocks; with you I shatter farmers and their teams; with you I shatter governors and deputies.  But I will repay Babylonia and all living in the land of the Kasdim for all the evil they did in Tziyon, before your eyes, the Word of HaShem.”

Here HaShem reveals that Babylon i.e. America, has been His war club, a weapon of war, He has used in the world to shatter nations.  America entered and helped win WW1, WW2 and utterly changed the dynamics and politics of the world.  It also was instrumental in the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 along with many other wars over the decades.  But, unfortunately in the midst of all this, America has not been a good friend to Israel and in many cases has betrayed Israel and has forced Israel to do things, such as land for peace swaps with Israel’s enemies which has resulted in Israelis being murdered or displaced.  HaShem warns He WILL repay Babylon for its treachery with Israel!  What is disturbing is this new King of Babylon being sworn into power shortly, despite his words, his actions show he is vehemently anti-Israel. 

Jeremiah 51:25-32 says “I am against you, destructive mountain, destroying all the earth,” says HaShem.  ‘I will stretch out my hand against you, to send you tumbling down from the crags and make you a burned-out mountain.  No one will make cornerstones or foundation-stones from you again; but you will be desolate forever,’ says HaShem.  ‘Raise up a banner in the land, blow the shofar among the nations.  Prepare the nations for war against her.  Summon kingdoms against her, Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz.  Appoint an officer against her; bring up horses like bristling grasshoppers.  Prepare the nations against her, the kings of the Medes, his governors and deputies, and all the land he controls.  The earth quakes and writhes, as HaShem’s designs against Babylonia are fulfilled, to make the land of Babylonia a ruin, with no one living there.  Babylonia’s warriors have given up fighting; they remain in their fortresses; their courage has failed; they are now like women.  Her homes are on fire, her gate-bars broken.  One runner runs to meet another, messenger to meet messenger, to report to the king of Babylonia
that every part of his city is taken, the fords have been occupied, and the swamp thickets set on fire, while the warriors are seized with panic.”

As we read in Jeremiah 50, this isn’t some nation that is coming up against Babylon i.e. America, but this is HaShem Himself!!!  It is He Who calls for the enemies of Babylon to assemble and to deploy against Babylon!  The names He gives as some of those kingdoms He summons i.e. Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz, are places such as Iraq i.e. Ararat, Minni are deeply associated with the former Soviet Republics of Armenia, Estonia, i.e. allies of Assyria.  Ashkenaz is very likely for Eastern European block countries formerly under Soviet rule i.e. Assyrian rule.  I could be wrong on this however.  Point is, however, it is an international coalition HaShem assembles that moves to destroy Babylon i.e. America!  The attack is so sudden and so fierce the American military is either caught off guard and never leave their military installations, or the King of Babylon, has ordered the military to remain in place, not to resist, in an act to complete his treachery.  Again, just my speculation.  Further, in the commentaries on these verses, it indicates this judgment will occur very similarly to how Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed i.e. Fire, such as nuclear weapons detonations and volcanic eruptions. 

Jeremiah 51:33 says “For here is what HaShem, Master of Legions, the Elohim of Israel, says: ‘The daughter of Babylonia is like a threshing-floor at treading-time.  Just a little while longer, and the time for harvesting her will come.’”  This verse indicates that Babylon i.e. America is so rich and wealthy that soon it will be as empty as a threshing floor at the time of harvest.  It further indicates it is a sudden catastrophe that strikes! 

Jeremiah 51:34-35 says “Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylonia, has devoured me (Jerusalem), crushed me.  He left me like an empty pot.  Like a monster, he swallowed me whole.  With my delicacies he stuffed his belly; then he rinsed me out.  But one who lives in Zion will say, ‘May my torn flesh be avenged on Babylonia’; and Jerusalem will say, ‘May my blood be avenged on the Chaldeans.’”  Again, we read of the treachery of Babylon against Israel and Jerusalem!  Will this new King of Babylon who takes power shortly backstab Israel and move the US Embassy out of Jerusalem and then divide up the city in the name of peace?  Only HaShem knows!

Jeremiah 51:36-44 says “Therefore here is what HaShem says: ‘I will plead your cause.  I will take vengeance for you.  I will dry up her river and make her water sources dry.  Babylonia will become a heap of ruins, a place for jackals to live, an object of horror and hissing, with no one living there.  Together they roar like young lions, growl like lion cubs.  When they are hot with desire, I will prepare them a drink.  I will make them so drunk they will have convulsions, sleep forever and never wake up,’ says HaShem.  ‘I will drag them down like lambs to be slaughtered, like rams and male goats.’  Sheshach has been captured, the pride of the whole earth seized!  Babylonia has become an object of horror throughout the nations!  The sea has flooded Babylonia, overwhelmed her with its raging waves.  Her cities have become desolate, parched, arid land, a land where no one lives; nobody even passes through.  I will punish Bel in Babylonia and make him disgorge what he swallowed.  The nations will no longer flow to him.  Babylonia’s wall will fall.’”

In these verses HaShem states His answer to Israel regarding their suffering as the hands of Babylonia!  It is HaShem Himself Who comes to Israel defense and will take vengeance!  Again, we see it is HaShem Who removes the effectiveness of the military power of Babylon i.e. America, which makes it possible for Assyria and her allies to strike!  Remember, military victory of any kind is a gift from HaShem!

It is interesting HaShem references the Babylonian god names ‘Bel’ here because the commentary states this god was the main deity Babylon worshipped.  Why is this important?  Because the King of Babylon took this figure i.e. Bel and then he placed the Name of HaShem on it and declared it to be the god of Babylon.  How is this different from what Replacement Theology has done with its Torah abolishing ‘Jesus’ and then declared this ‘Jesus’ to be HaShem in the flesh?  If there is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning then what was is what will be again, maybe with new names but the functions will be the same!  I digress.

Jeremiah 51:45-46 says “Get out of her, My people!  Each one, save yourself from HaShem’s furious anger!  Don’t be fainthearted, don’t be afraid of the rumors spreading abroad in the land.  One year one rumor comes, the next year another one, rumors of violence in the land and rulers fighting rulers.”  I know for a fact that for the last year many Orthodox Rabbis in Israel and in the US are frantically telling Jews to GET OUT of America as fast as possible because HaShem has told them, America’s destruction is imminent!  Unfortunately, not many have the means to get out simply because of the COVID lockdowns and financial inability. 

Jeremiah 51:47-50 says “Therefore, listen! The days are coming when I will pass judgment on Babylonia’s idols.  Her whole land will be put to shame, as all her slain fall on home soil. Then heaven and earth and all that is in them will sing for joy over Babylonia; for the plunderers from the north are coming to her,’ says HaShem.  Just as Babylonia caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylonia will fall the slain of all the land.  You who escaped the sword, go! Don’t stand still!  Remember HaShem from afar, let Jerusalem come into your minds.’”  What are some of the main idols in Babylon i.e. America today?  Greed, money, entertainment, lust, immorality, etc.  HaShem WILL pass judgment and expose these idols for they are, worthless, destructive pieces of nothing.  Notice how HaShem says the Heavens will rejoice over the sudden destruction of Babylon i.e. America?  Why?  Because the we have exported our idolatry, immorality, lust, perversions, debaucheries, abortion, entertainment, etc, across the whole world!

Jeremiah 51:51 says “The reproaches we have heard have put us to shame, disgrace covers our faces; because foreigners have entered the sanctuaries of HaShem’s House.”  Here Israel responds that indeed it things about Jerusalem but is humiliated the way Babylon has disgraced HaShem’s ways and His Temple.  I point back to Replacement Theology which declares HaShem’s ways i.e. His Torah to be a disgrace and His Temple is the epitome of blasphemy and the seat of Satan himself! 

Jeremiah 51:52-57 says “Therefore,” says HaShem, ‘The days are coming when I will pass judgment on her idols, and the wounded will groan throughout her land.  Even if Babylonia scales the heavens or reinforces her lofty stronghold, plunderers will come to her from Me,’ says HaShem.  An agonized cry is heard from Babylonia!  Great destruction in the land of the Kasdim!  For HaShem is plundering Babylonia and silencing her noisy din their waves roar like the raging ocean, their clamor sounds and resounds.  Yes, the plunderer has fallen upon her, fallen on Babylonia.  Her warriors are captured, their bows are broken.  For HaShem is a Elohim of retribution; He will surely repay.  ‘I will intoxicate her leaders and sages, her governors, deputies and warriors.  They will sleep forever and never wake up,’ says the King, Whose Name is HaShem, Master of Legions.”

The fury of HaShem is beyond description!  He will pass judgment on the idolatry of Babylon i.e. America and the groaning throughout the land will be loud!  Further, He says that even if Babylon had the military capability to scale the heavens and reinforce their defenses, these attackers are coming from Him, therefore, there is zero chance at a successful defense!  The destruction will be total, swift and will leave nothing left alive of human, animal or plant.  HaShem will break the military power of Babylon and further He will dull the wisdom of the government, military and economic leaders and blunt the effectiveness of the military as if they are intoxicated and as a result they all will die!  Very sobering! 

Jeremiah 51:58 says “Thus says HaShem, Master of Legions: ‘The wide walls of Babylonia will be razed to the ground, her lofty gates will be set on fire.  The peoples are toiling for nothing, the nation’s labor goes up in flames, and everyone is exhausted.’”  The defenses are rendered ineffective, the military is shattered and broken, the government has collapsed and whomever are left, resisting, have zero success.  Like that statement from the Borg in Star Trek the Next Generation “Resistance is futile!”  So, it is here as well, for HaShem has removed any chance of success. 

Jeremiah 51-59-64 says “This is the order which Jeremiah the prophet gave to S’rayah the son of Neriyah, the son of Machseyah, when he went to Babylonia with Zedekiah, the king of Judah in the fourth year of his reign. S’rayah was quartermaster.  Jeremiah had written on a separate scroll all the above words describing the disaster that was to befall Babylonia.  Jeremiah said to S’rayah, ‘See to it that when you arrive in Babylonia you read all these words aloud. Then say, ‘HaShem, you have promised to destroy this place, that no one will live here, neither human nor animal, but that it will be desolate forever.’  When you finish reading this scroll, tie a rock to it, throw it into the middle of the Euphrates,and say, ‘Like this, Babylonia will sink, never to rise again, because of the disaster I am bringing on her; and they will grow weary.’” 

What is astounding is this prophecy is clear that once this destruction falls upon Babylon in the End of Days i.e. America, the destruction will be so complete and devastating, the land will NEVER be inhabited again, for eternity!!  Again, we see the fury of HaShem!!

Now, does this help better explain what we read in Revelation chapters 17-18 which discusses the fall of Babylon in one literal hour!  The fall of Babylon will occur in one literal hour and the people around the world will watch in horror.  Some will literally die in terror as they grasp to try to find something to hold onto!  In my opinion, it is this sudden destruction of Babylon i.e. America by Assyria and its allies which will propel the False Messiah onto the world stage and rise out of Europe and Europe tries to find a way to defend against Assyria.  Afterall, if Assyria could destroy Babylon in one hour, then can Europe defend itself any better?  Thus, they run to the one guy who will claim to have an answer to defend against Assyria.  Thus the seven years of the Birth Pains of Messiah will commence!

In all of this, I hope you can see that we can only put our trust in HaShem and HaShem alone!! Do NOT look to some man in office to be your source of salvation for he WILL fail you!! HaShem, He is our Rock and He is our place of refuge…for only He is in absolute control of all things.

There is great hope in HaShem despite these terrible prophecies, but for the sake of the innocent and the children who are being exploited, slaughtered, conditioned and destroyed by the homosexual perverts and the abortionists, may HaShem act VERY, VERY, VERY soon!!

As our Master Yeshua said when we begin to see these things, then look up, for our redemption draws near! May it be so very soon in our days!! Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Milstein Edition Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research

WHO IS YOUR REFUGE?

“The Name of HaShem is a tower of strength; with it a righteous person will run and be strong.” Proverbs 18:10

As I put this very short Op together, it is 13 January 2021, the country is in turmoil, society is deeply divided, tyranny is falling on the land all in conjunction with a continuing pandemic which is now striking very close to home with my family members now testing positive. In short, life is VERY, VERY intense, and as such, felt HaShem urging me to post this short Op as a reminder to all of us, myself included, that in the midst of all the chaos around us, each of us must choose to whom we will serve! For me and my house we WILL serve HaShem!

One aspect of all that is happening in the world around us today with all the turmoil and division is people are looking upwards and towards prophecy more than usual, seeking something which might indicate how all this plays out. Problem is, getting a hold of legitimate and accurate prophetic information and not just some flowery vat of information which offers nothing but fluff and thin air.

We are on the cusp of entering into the biblical month of Shevat. This month is very interesting and I find it is not a coincidence all the chaos going on is happening now at this time as nothing is a coincidence with HaShem. The month of Shevat is the month in which Moshe began to deliver his final address to Israel i.e. the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy). His concluding verse in Devarim 33:29 is very apt for us today: “Fortunate are you, Israel. Who is like unto you, a nation who is saved by Elohim, the Shield Who assists you, the sword of your pride. Your enemies shall dwindle away before you and you shall tread upon their high places.” How much more does this verse apply to each of us today as we watch America collapse into tyranny around us? Keep this in mind as we proceed.

Always remember the following eternal, unchanging characteristics of HaShem for in all the chaos He IS our ONLY place of refuge, safety, security, provision, defense and health:

  • 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 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 opening verse to this Op at the top from Proverbs is a very important verse. The commentary on this verse says “A person in need of refuge seeks shelter in an impregnable tower. The greatest tower, King Solomon teaches, is trust in HaShem! No material barrier can provide complete protection from an enemy, but a person who places himself completely in HaShem’s hands has nothing to fear. Just as good planning must go into the construction of a tower, so must a person consciously choose HaShem as his support. Just as a tower is the place to go to in times of danger, so must HaShem be a person’s source of security during the most trying situations.” HaShem is our ONLY place of refuge!

With regards to my opening statement about seeking out prophecy during these chaotic times, there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this, however, we just need to be sure of the source materials of whom we are listening too. In the bible, a prophet was in Hebrew called a ‘Navi’! The purpose of prophecy is singular in nature i.e. true prophecy keeps Israel on the path of Torah! This is why when we read in Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:29 Moshe says “Oh that ALL of HaShem’s people were prophets!” Point is, Torah and prophecy go hand in hand! Therefore if someone claims to be a prophet of HaShem and their message points people AWAY from His Torah, then there is a very serious problem! This is where the Devarim (Deuteronomy) 13:3-5 test comes into play i.e. if they do not speak according to the Torah, then they are false and are not to be listened too!

It was through Moshe that HaShem gave the Torah to Israel and Moshe is also known to be a prophet as well. All the subsequent prophets HaShem sent to Israel, gave messages intending on keeping Israel on the path of Torah i.e. what Moshe taught. This is why Yeshua’s statement in John 5:46 is so vital where He says “If you had believed Moshe (Torah), you would have believed Me!” Further, HaShem tells us in Devarim 18:15-19 that the Messiah would come in the likeness of Moshe i.e. teaching the same message of the Torah!

Point is, now more than ever, when listening or reading statements from those who claim to be prophets of Elohim, examine their words very carefully and make sure they line up with what HaShem gave in the beginning, because He doesn’t change and there is nothing new under the sun! Now is NOT the time to embrace false teaching and be led astray. Now is the time we each draw closer to HaShem. The opportunity for each of us to get to study the Torah may quickly be coming to close, but it also does mean we each must commit ourselves more than ever to living out His Torah in the chaos around us! Yes, it will be very tough to do so and yes there are prices to be paid for doing so, but nothing worthwhile is free! Its time we each have to put our money where our mouth is….will we stand for HaShem or will we compromise and fall under the pressure?

There is a lot going on around each of us today and I can assure you it is only going to grow in intensity by the day. With that said, who will you declare today is your place of refuge in the midst of the lies, corruption, violence and oppression? For me and my house, I will serve HaShem!!! May it be so very soon in our days!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Book of Our Heritage by Eliyahu Kitov
  • Mishlei (Proverbs) by Artscroll

MESSIAH BEN YOSEF = THE SUFFERING SERVANT AND FIRST-FRUITS

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“Do not remove from my mouth the word of utmost truth (Torah), because I hoped for Your judgment. I will safeguard Your Torah constantly, forever and ever. Then I will walk in broad pathways (Freedom), for I sought Your precepts.” Psalms 119:43-45

What did Messiah Yeshua truly come to do on His first coming as prophesied in the Tanakh (Old Testament)? If HaShem truly reveals the end out of the beginning and does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets first coupled with the fact there is nothing new under the sun, then there MUST be some indicators HaShem has left for us to find in His Tanakh! The answer is, yes He has done so, over and over and over again. Keep this in mind as we proceed in this Op.

There is much confusion today concerning the mission of the Messiah of HaShem. Many have and continue to teach that Messiah came solely to be the final Chatat (Sin) offering in order to free humanity from the Torah, to challenge and destroy the Temple Services, to end the korbonot (Offerings), to ‘fulfill’ Shabbat along with the annual Feasts of HaShem and then replace it all with a brand new, never before heard of covenant devoid of everything of what I mentioned here above.

Others have and continue to teach that before the advent of Messiah, the world was devoid of love and was bound under the dark, crushing oppression of the Law (Torah) and that through the fulfillment of the Law, Law was once and for all tossed aside and love finally came flooding into the world. Now the only requirement is for everyone to love each other. Is there any truth to any of this? Right up front, the answer is an emphatic NO!

In a recent Torah portion i.e. ‘Vayeshev’ which is found in Bereshit (Genesis) 37:1-40:23, this portion discusses Ya’akov settling down and the narrative for what will later become Messiah Ben Yosef (Messiah Son of Joseph) and I will briefly explain.

I should first note, with regards to the concept of Messiah in ancient Judaism, there two concepts i.e. Messiah Ben Yosef or otherwise known to be Messiah the Son of Yosef or Messiah the Suffering Servant. Then there is Messiah Ben David or Messiah Son of David, the Conquering and Ruling King. Yeshua first came as Messiah Ben Yosef, now we await HaShem sending Him as Messiah Ben David! Keep this all in mind as it is very important to this Op.

Yosef, the son of Ya’akov, favored by his father, grew up and experienced two prophetic dreams in which he saw himself being established as a ruler and leader. He then tells his dreams to his eleven brothers who end up hating and despising him for it. They initially conspire to kill him, but instead sell him to Ishmaelite traders who take Yosef to Egypt and sell him to Potiphar, the servant of Pharaoh. Yosef suffers greatly by this betrayal of his brothers, but HaShem is watching over him and Yosef NEVER forgets who he is nor does he forget to Whom he serves i.e. HaShem! Ultimately, Yosef is falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife, is thrown into prison and while in prison he interprets the dreams of two other prisoners which reaches the ears of Pharaoh. Then in the following Torah portion ‘Mikeitz’, Pharaoh has a troubling dream but no one could interpret it. Yosef is brought before him and is able to interpret it by the revealing of HaShem. The dream from HaShem warns of a coming famine which will be long and very severe. Pharaoh then declares Yosef to be the Viceroy over ALL of Egypt i.e. second in command and Yosef, by the hand of HaShem, mission is to prepare Egypt for this famine and he ends up saving all of Egypt along with Israel when Israel descends into Egypt during the time of this great famine. It is at this point that Yosef’s brothers approach him, not knowing who they are talking too. Yosef indeed knows who they are, he has not forgotten them. Yosef then reveals himself to them and they are all reunited and restored! All of which is a picture of Yeshua, second in command under HaShem, saving all of Israel along with the world, then He will one day rule over ALL of the world from Jerusalem, leading the world in service to HaShem! Baruch HaShem! May it be very soon in our days!

The following is an excerpt from the book, ‘The Messiah Texts’ by Raphael Patai. This book encapsulates what ancient Judaism understood and prepared for with regards to the concept of the Messiah of HaShem. For the record, it is not to be taken literally, but to understand the concepts and the pictures being painted by the author as he references the texts of ancient Judaism. As I have said before, it is an astounding book and helps to understand what the people of Israel during the time of Yeshua actually thought as it is vastly different from what Christendom teaches. I digress.

On page 104-105 of this book, it states “The Messiah himself, on the other hand, must spend his entire life, from the moment of his creation until the time of his advent many centuries or millennia later, in a state of constant and acute suffering. Despised and afflicted with unhealing wounds, he sits in the gates of Great Rome (Figuratively) and winds and unwinds his bandages of his festering sores; as a Midrash expresses it, ‘Pains have adopted him.’ According to one of the most moving and at the same time psychologically most meaningful, of all Messiah legends, Elohim, when He created the Messiah, gave him the choice whether or not to accept the sufferings for the sins of Israel. And the Messiah answered: ‘I accept it with joy, so that not a single soul of Israel should perish.’ In the later Zoharic formulation of this legend, the Messiah himself summons all the diseases, pains and sufferings of Israel to come upon him, in order thus to ease the anguish of Israel to which otherwise would be unbearable. In all this the Messiah becomes heir to the Suffering Servant of Elohim, who, figures prominently in the prophecies of Deutero-Isaiah, and who suffers undeservedly for the sins of others.”

So we can see ancient Judaism understood the concept of a Suffering Servant of HaShem Who would come twice…once to redeem Israel and the second to conquer, gather all of Israel from around the world, defeat the enemies of Israel once and for all and rule from Jerusalem for a thousand years from where the Torah will go out to the entire world, preparing the world for the World to Come.

You may be asking how, per the title, First-fruits plays into this? Glad you asked! We will discuss this shortly, but before we jump into this topic, always remember and consider the following:

  • 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 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
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‘Bikkurim’, the Hebrew word for ‘Firstfruits’ which is derived from the Hebrew word ‘Bechor’ are the Firstfruits of agriculture, kosher animals and firstborn human sons, which are all marked, set apart for HaShem, then are brought to the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem, redeemed and given to the Kohanim (Priests) and Levi’im (Levites). The Kohanim and Levi’im then offer them up on the Altar to HaShem and eat them within the walls of Jerusalem because they have a kedusha (Holiness) level attached to them. I will explain in much more detail as we proceed because HaShem is very much teaching us a concept and it will also explain what we are reading the Apostolic Writings!

Per Tractate Bechoros in the Talmud Bavli in the general introduction it states the following: “When Elohim redeemed the Children of Israel from Egypt and destroyed all the firstsborns of Egypt, from humans to livestock, in the last of the ten plagues, He forever sanctified the firstborns of Israel by sparing them per Bamidbar (Numbers) 3:13 (‘For every firstborn is Mine: On the day I struck down every firstborn in the land of Egypt I sanctified every firstborn in Israel for Myself, from man to beast; they shall be Mine, I am HaShem.’) The laws defining this sanctification were then given to Moshe to teach the people per Shemot (Exodus) 13:2, 12-16.”

Lets examine Shemot 13:2 which says “Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first issue of every womb among the Children of Israel, of man and beast, is Mine.”

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Now lets look at Shemot 13:12-16 which says “Then you shall set apart every first issue of the womb to HaShem, and every first issue that is dropped by livestock that belong to you, the males are HaShem’s. Every first issue donkey you shall redeem with a lamb or kid; if you do not redeem it, you shall axe the back of its neck. And you shall redeem every human firstborn among your sons. And it shall be when your son will ask you at some future time, ‘What is this?’ You shall say to him, ‘With a strong hand HaShem removed us from Egypt from the house of bondage. And it happened when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to send us out, that HaShem killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of man to the firstborn of beast. Therefore I offer to HaShem all male first issue of the womb, and I shall redeem all the firstborn of my sons. And it shall be a sign upon your arm, and an ornament between your eyes, for with a strong hand HaShem removed us from Egypt.'”

Very interesting verses!! Can you see the connection to the Exodus and deliverance from Egypt with the Firstfruits? If HaShem reveals the end from the beginning then what does this mean for us, here and now today at the end? Let’s keep exploring.

HaShem commands in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-5 says “It will be when you enter the Land that HaShem, your Elohim, gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it, and dwell in it, that you shall take the first of every fruit of the ground that you bring in from your Land that HaShem, your Elohim, gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that HaShem, your Elohim, will choose to make His Name rest there. You shall come to whoever will be the Kohen in those days, and you shall say to him, ‘I declare today to HaShem, your Elohim, that I have come to the Land that HaShem swore to our forefathers to give us.’ The Kohen shall take the basket from your hand, and lay it before the Altar of HaShem, your Elohim.”

Okay, so we now see HaShem is setting up the principles of His Kingdom via His Torah with the setting apart not just the firstborn sons and kosher animals, but also the agriculture of the field from the Land of Israel!

Then HaShem says in verses 5-10 “Then you shall call out and say before HaShem, your Elohim, ‘An Aramean tried to destroy my forefather (Laban who tried to deceive Ya’akov). He descended to Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, strong and numerous. The Egyptians mistreated us and afflicted us, and placed hard work upon us. Then we cried out to HaShem, the Elohim of our forefathers, and HaShem heard our voice and saw our affliction, our travail, and our oppression. HaShem took us out of Egypt with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, with great awesomeness, and with signs and with wonders. He brought us to this place, and He gave us this Land, a Land flowing with milk and honey. And now, behold! I have brought the first fruit of the ground that You have given me, O HaShem!’ And you shall lay it before HaShem, your Elohim, and you shall prostrate yourself before HaShem, your Elohim.”

Can you again see the connection to bringing the Bikkurim to the Temple and the Exodus from Egyptian bondage? I will say it for the umpteenth time….If He reveals the end from the beginning, then what does this mean today at the end?

Why do we bring our Bikkurim to the Temple? Devarim 26:11 says “You shall rejoice with all the goodness that HaShem, your Elohim, has given you and your household, you and the Levite and the proselyte who is in your midst.” So we do this to rejoice in what HaShem has blessed us with!!

So what Bikkurim are considered acceptable for bringing to the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem? Remember the Bikkurim have to be free of blemishes, no defects and must literally be the best of the crop is what is set apart to HaShem. This said, is any ole produce acceptable, whatever we decide? Actually, HaShem tells us what is acceptable and there are seven species of agriculture that are acceptable per Devarim 8:8:

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  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Grape
  • Fig
  • Pomegranate
  • Oil Olives
  • Date Honey

Of the animals, only the kosher animals are acceptable i.e.:

  • Cows
  • Sheep
  • Goats

When where the Bikkurim brought to the Temple of HaShem? They began bringing them on Shavuot (Erroneously known as Pentecost) per Shemot (Exodus) 23:16 in what is also known as ‘The Feast of Harvest’ as well as the ‘Feast of In-gathering’ which is another name for the Feast of Sukkot. They could continue to bring their Bikkurim through Chanukah which is very significant in itself which we will discuss shortly!

How did they bring the Bikkurim to the Temple of HaShem?

Tractate Bikkurim in the Mishnah is very clear that the time for bringing the Bikkurim into Jerusalem was a GIGANTIC celebration and rejoicing! One commentator said that a person has not observed true rejoicing and celebrating in their lives until they witness the Bikkurim celebration at Shavuot!!!

Chapter 3.2 from Tractate Bikkurim in the Mishnah says “How do we bring the bikkurim up to the Beit HaMikdash (Temple)? All the people of the cities in the maamad (Delegation of Israelis officials which correspond to one of the 24 weekly shifts of the Kohanim serving in the Temple) gather in the city of the maamad. They stay overnight in the town square and they would not enter the houses. And in the morning, the appointee would say ‘Let us rise and ascend to Zion, to the House of HaShem our Elohim’ quoting Jeremiah 31:5.”

Chapter 3.3 says “The near ones bring fresh figs and grapes, while the far ones bring dried figs and raisins. And the ox walks ahead of them, and his horns are overlaid with gold, and a wreath of olive branches is on his head. The flute plays before them, until they reach close to Jerusalem. When they reach close to Jerusalem, they sent messengers ahead of them, and they adorned their bikkurim. The princes, the leaders, and the treasurers go out to greet them according to the honor of those entering they would go out to greet them. And all the craftsmen of Jerusalem stand up before them and inquire into their welfare: ‘Our brethren, the people of such and such a place, have you arrived in peace?'”

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Chapter 3.4 says “The flute plays ahead of them until they reach the Temple Mount. When they reach the Temple Mount, even King Agrippas takes the basket on his shoulder and enters, until he reaches the Temple Courtyard. When he reaches the Courtyard, the Levi’im break out in song: ‘I will exalt You, O HaShem, for You have uplifted me and You have not let my enemies rejoice over me. HaShem, my Elohim, I cried out to You and You healed me. HaShem, You have raised up my soul from the Lower World, You have preserved me lest I descend into the Pit. Sing to HaShem, His devoted ones, and give thanks to His holy Name. For His anger endures but a moment; life results from his pleasure; in the evening one lies down weeping, but with dawn, a cry of joy! I had said in my serenity, ‘I would never falter.’ But HaShem, it was Your good will alone that supported my greatness with might. You but conceal Your face, I would be terrified. To You, HaShem I would call and to my Master I would appeal. What gain is there in my death, in my descent to the Pit? Will the dust acknowledge You? Will it tell of Your Truth (Torah)? Hear, HaShem, and favor me HaShem, be my helper! You have changed for me my lament into dancing, You undid my sackcloth and girded me with joy. So that my soul might sing to You and not be stilled, HaShem, my Elohim, forever will I thank You.'” Quoting Psalms 30.

It should be noted that each day of the week there is a daily Psalm which was and is recited. During the time of bringing in the Bikkurim they sing Psalms 30, which is listed above, but also during Chanukah, the daily Psalm which is read during the eight days is also Psalms 30! Coincidence? Not a chance!

Chapter 3.5 says “The young birds which were on the baskets were Olah (Burnt) Offerings, and that which was in their hands, they gave to the Kohanim.”

Chapter 3.6 says “While the basket is still on his shoulders, he reads from ‘I have declared today to HaShem your Elohim’ (The declaration we discussed above from Devarim 26) until he finishes the whole section. When he reaches ‘An Aramean planned to destroy my father’ he lowers the basket from his shoulder and holds it from its rim, and a Kohen places his hand under it and waves it before HaShem. And he reads from ‘An Aramean planned to destroy my father’ until he finishes the whole section. And he places it on the side of the Altar, and he bows and he leaves.”

Can you see there is a set protocol for how and when to bring the Bikkurim to HaShem in His Temple in Jerusalem? As I have said before, the Torah is the constitution per se for the system of government in the Kingdom of HaShem and at some point, hopefully very soon, the entire world will be living under the Torah with Yeshua leading from the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem! I digress…got ahead of myself a bit.

Now remember, HaShem is teaching us a concept here with the Bikkurim such as kedusha (Holiness), being set apart to Him, don’t be like the world, etc, for He commands we as His people are to be kadosh (Holy) as He is kadosh per Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:2/20:7/20:26/26:8 and I Kepha (Peter) 1:16, etc.

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So how does all of this tie in with Yeshua? First we must remember that in the end, Yeshua will be both King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in the order of Melchizedek and will serve in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem per Ezekiel chapters 40-48! Very important to remember this because Yeshua is NOT a Levite, so how can He be Kohen HaGadol if that is reserved only for Levi? The answer is below!

Tractate Bechoros in the Talmud Bavli says “The unique esteem in which firstborns were held is evident not only from the fact that their destruction was the final blow that shattered Egyptian resistance to the emancipation of the Israelites. Long before this, from the times of Adam, it had been the practice to assign the performance of the avodah (Sacrificial Service) to the firstborns per Bereshit (Genesis) 25:31. This remained the practice of the Jews until the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was erected in the Wilderness. At that time, the firstborns were superseded in the avodah by the Kohanim and Levi’im, the only group that had not participated in the sin of the Golden Calf.”

WOW…do see how significant this is in relation to Yeshua? Yeshua is constantly prophesied to be the King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in the order of Melchizedek. Yeshua is NOT a Levite therefore He technically cannot serve as Kohen HaGadol in the earthly Temple because that is only reserved for Levi, because Levi didn’t bow to the Golden Calf incident! If the Priesthood was originally relegated to the firstborn sons, beginning from Adam on down, and Yeshua is called the Last Adam (I Corinthians 15:45), and Adam functioned as both King and Kohen unto HaShem in the first Temple i.e. the Garden of Eden, then this is why Yeshua can be both King and Kohen unto HaShem in the end because He reveals the end from the beginning! Yeshua isn’t setting up some new Kohanim order, He is simply performing the avodah as the Firstborn of HaShem as originally intended by HaShem!! In other words Yeshua is RESTORING what was lost, NOT ushering in something brand new as Christendom in its Replacement Theology claims! Nothing changes, nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning!! Very exciting to understand this, Baruch HaShem!

Now it makes MUCH more sense when we read in the Apostolic Writings in I Corinthians 15:20-23 which says “But now Messiah has been raised from the dead, and has become the FIRST FRUITS of those having fallen asleep. For since death is through a man (Adam), resurrection of the dead is also through a Man (Yeshua – The Last Adam). For as all die in Adam, so also all shall be made alive in Messiah. And each in his own order: Messiah the FIRST FRUITS, THEN those who are of Messiah at His coming.”

Very interesting because Yeshua suffered as Messiah Ben Yosef i.e. the Suffering Messiah on behalf of Israel in order to redeem and restore Israel and as the First Fruits is raised up by HaShem on the Feast of First Fruits, three days after His death on Pesach, no coincidence by the way, He is the first of humanity to be raised from the grave into eternal life, serving HaShem for eternity free from the sin nature we all are born with!

Further evidence is found in Yochanan (John) 20:15 says “Yeshua said to her (Miryam), ‘Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek?’ Thinking He was the gardener, she said to Him, ‘Master, if You have carried Him away, say to me where You put Him, and I shall take Him away.'” Why is this significant? Because Miryam thought she was talking to the gardener. Why did she think this? Because Yeshua was wearing His all white, Priestly garments, which are worn when approaching the Most Holy Place. How do we know this?

Yochanan (John) 20:17 says “Yeshua said to her, ‘Do not hold onto Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father. But go to My brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My Elohim and your Elohim.'” When the Kohen HaGadol is set apart for approaching HaShem in the Most Holy Place, he is separated out and cannot be contaminated by anything, even a human touch could contaminate him and prevent his approaching HaShem! Here Yeshua tells Miryam NOT to touch Him for just this very reason while He is wearing His all white Priestly garments!! He is the FIRST FRUITS as confirmed in Colossians 1:15 which says “Who (Yeshua) is the likeness of the invisible Elohim, the FIRST BORN of all creation.”

Now consider Revelation 14:1-4 which says “And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000, having His Father’s Name written upon their foreheads. And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a renewed song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders. And no one was able to learn the song except the 144,000 who were redeemed from the earth. They are those who are not defiled with women, for they are maiden. They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. They were redeemed from among men, being the FIRST FRUITS to Elohim and to the Lamb.” Now does this make a little more sense when we read this? And how are they the First Fruits of HaShem?

Ya’akov (James) 1:18 tells us “Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of Truth (Torah), for us to be a kind of FIRST FRUITS of His creatures.” Point is, once more, He tells us the only way to be set apart to Him as His people is by doing the Torah! Remember this is NOT talking about salvation…this is talking about walking in service to HaShem in our daily lives. Yeshua walked out the Torah perfectly and we are to emulate Him as He currently serves HaShem in the Heavenly Temple on our behalf as our Kohen HaGadol in the order of Melchizedek!

Its ALL about being the FIRST FRUITS i.e. kadosh unto HaShem!! This is why we need the Temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt soon in our days…may it be VERY VERY soon!!

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tractate Bikkurim from the Mishnah
  • Tractate Bikkurim from the Talmud Bavli
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tehillim – The Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Messiah Texts by Raphael Patai

DID YESHUA BRING ANIMAL OFFERINGS TO THE TEMPLE?

“Gather together the people, the men, the women, and the small children, and your stranger (Non-Jewish believers) who is in your cities, so that they will hear and so they will learn, and they shall fear HaShem, your Elohim, and be careful to perform all the words of this Torah.” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 31:12

Did Yeshua personally bring animal and grain korbonot (Offerings) up and offer them to HaShem in the Temple? I know this question and its subsequent research and answer could ignite a firestorm, even though that is NOT my intention, however, I believe it is a very good question which needs to be asked, researched and answered!

Unfortunately Replacement Theology has done enormous amounts of damage to the Apostolic Writings and especially to tainting and corrupting just Who is the Messiah of HaShem! It is has presented an image of a Messiah who does not in any way, shape or form, fit in with the Prophecies and Scriptural references HaShem gave in His Tanakh. This must be addressed and must be corrected, especially in these unprecedented times we currently live in!

We will address this question in this Op, but keep in mind, the Apostolic Writings ARE in fact very Jewish writings, utilizing Jewish customs, references and idioms and carry on what was written in the Tanakh. It is Replacement Theology, going back hundreds and hundreds of years, which has taken the Apostolic Writings, and twisted them into what we see today, a compilation of letters which seemingly endorses separating from the Torah of HaShem, changing what HaShem established in the beginning, establishing new Feasts and presenting a figure head which when compared to the Torah of HaShem, appears to be teaching a message of rebellion and insurrection against HaShem and His Kingdom. The point I am attempting to make right off the bat per se, is DO NOT LISTEN to what Replacement Theology teaches about the Apostolic Writings! Replacement Theology is NOT in any way the expert interpreters of the letters! When 95% of the entire Bible is disregarded and ignored, how can Replacement Theology be qualified to render any definitive interpretation of the Apostolic Writings?

No, this Op is not a bash fest on Replacement Theology, I have to lay the foundation before we can proceed and explain why Replacement Theology is not qualified to be a credible source. Keep this in mind as we progress in this Op, but as always, never forget 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 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 opening verse at the top of this Op from Devarim 31:12 is very interesting because HaShem is clearly saying the Torah is for EVERYONE and it is the vehicle through which we can have a relationship with our Great King! Torah doesn’t save or redeem, Torah is the natural result of true faith in HaShem! First Abraham believed and then he began his journey in striving to walk in the Torah of HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty. I point this out because I do not want anyone to come away from any of my Ops thinking I am teaching a Torah based salvation, which is impossible, none of us can keep His Torah perfectly. I will reiterate, first we believe in HaShem, THEN we begin our Torah journey and learning the Torah each Shabbat. I digress.

In order to answer the question of whether Yeshua personally offered up animal korbonot to HaShem in the Temple, we need to first lay the foundation of what HaShem commanded in His Torah with regards to the korbonot.

Always remember the following from my previous Op’s because it is vital to our discussion concerning Yeshua: Yeshua MUST come in the likeness of Moshe (Deuteronomy 18:15-19) because it was Moshe, who was HaShem’s Agent i.e His Sheliach/Sent One, who brought the Torah to Israel. Remember as we have discussed in previous Op’s, an agent is likened to the one who sent him in the first place, therefore when read the words of Yeshua where He says “When you see Me, you have seen the Father” per John 14:9, now it makes much more sense in that Yeshua is re-affirming He is the AGENT of HaShem i.e. the Sheliach of HaShem and NOT literally HaShem in the flesh as that is just not possible for many, many Scriptural reasons.

The following is from the article ‘The Law of Agency’ from the Jewish Encyclopedia and it states: “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).” I digress.

Additionally, consider what Replacement Theology has taught over the centuries that Yeshua and Yosef were carpenters in the literal sense of working with wood is very likely not accurate. The word ‘Carpenter’ in Greek, as is used in the Apostolic Writings, is ‘Tekton’ which can mean a literal carpenter but also a ‘Builder’. This is VERY interesting because in Hebrew a builder is not just someone who constructs objects and buildings, etc, but per Tractate Shabbos 114a from the Talmud Bavli it says “Who are the Builders? The Builders are Torah scholars who are engaged in building the world all of their days.” Now wouldn’t this make much more sense for the Messiah of HaShem to be a Torah scholar especially if He is to come in the likeness of Moshe i.e. teach the Torah? Keep this in mind!

The Hebrew word ‘Korban’ means ‘To be close to someone. To draw near to HaShem’. 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 the 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.

Per Vayikra (Leviticus) chapter 1 there are only three species of animals which are acceptable for korbonot i.e:

  • Cattle – Bull and Male/Female calf
  • Sheep – Male/Female lambs and Rams
  • Goats – Male/Female goats and male/female kids
  • Turtledoves and young pigeons are the one acceptable species of birds.

Minchah (Flour/Bread) korbonot are primarily made from wheat however on two occasions they are made from barley i.e. the Sotah Test (For a woman suspected and accused of adultery) per Bamidbar (Numbers) 5:15 and Vayikra (Leviticus) 2:15.

Wine korbonot are brought from unsweetened grapes.

There are eight categories of korbonot which may be brought:

  • Chatat (Sin)
  • Olah (Burnt)
  • Asham (Guilt/Trespass)
  • Shelamim (Peace)
  • Todah (Thanksgiving)
  • Bechor (Firstfruits)
  • Maaser (Tithes)
  • Pesach (Passover)

Of these eight korbonot they are divided up into two types of sanctity which will determine where in the Temple they are slaughtered:

  • Kodashim Kalim – Minor sanctity korbonot which means they can be slaughtered anywhere in the Azarah (Courtyard)
  • Kodashei Kodashim – Major sanctity korbonot which means they can only be slaughtered in a specific location i.e. north of the Mizbe’ach in the Beit HaMitbechayim (Slaughter House).

There are TWO Altar’s in the Temple of HaShem:

  • Inner Altar (Golden Altar) – Where the Daily Incense is burned and sits in the Holy Place just in front of the Parochet (Veil), which is one of FOUR Parochet in the Holy Place. There are TWO Parochet which separate the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place, one Parochet upstairs in the Sanctuary building itself and one Parochet at the front entrance.
  • Outer Altar – This is where the fires burned continuously and where the korbonot are burned.

It is the application of the blood to the Mizbe’ach (Altar) which atones, not the burning of the fats or meat. The application of the blood is what fulfills the obligation of the owner of the korbonot.

Depending on where the blood was to be applied would determine if the korbonot was an: Internal or External Korbonot i.e. the blood applied either to the Inner Altar or the Outer Altar. Additionally, the korbonot were either an Individual or a Communal korbonot, offered up by one individual or offered up on behalf of all Israel.

What is the purpose for the korbonot? They are not just for obtaining forgiveness or redemption, but are for the purpose of communing with HaShem, drawing near to Him. To give thanks, gratitude, cleansing from ritual impurity (Not a sin BTW). It should be noted there is no korbonot which can be offered to atone for malicious or deliberate sins! Those can only be dealt with by HaShem on Yom Kippur! But, it should also be noted the korbonot are a picture of the Messiah!

There are two types of actions the owner of the korbonot will do depending on what type of korbonot they are bringing to HaShem. One is ‘Semichah’ or ‘Leaning’ in which the owner places their hands on the animals head and leans down with all their strength and recites their confession stating the sin for which the offering is intended to atone for. It can only be performed for personal animal korbonot, not on bird or minchah korbonot. The other is ‘Vidui’ which the owner recites or confesses words of praise to HaShem. This applies only to Shelamim or Todah korbonot.

The four steps of the animal korbonot are:

  • Shechitah/Slaughter
  • Keibalah/Receiving of the blood in a sanctified vessel
  • Holachah/Carrying of the blood to the Mizbe’ach (Altar)
  • Zerikah/Throwing of the blood onto the Mizbe’ach

The ‘Emurim’ are the sacrificial parts or the remainder of the korbonot which are salted and is to be eaten by the kohen (Priest) or by the owner of the korbonot or the owner and their guests in the required timeframe.

This all said, we need to explore what HaShem commanded in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:16-17 which says “THREE times a year ALL your males should appear before HaShem, your Elohim, in the place that He will choose (His Temple in Jerusalem): On the Festival of Matzos (Pesach/Passover), the Festival of Shavuos (Erroneously called Pentecost), and the Festival of Sukkot (Erroneously called Tabernacles); and he shall NOT appear before HaShem empty handed, everyone according to what he can give, according to the blessing that HaShem, your Elohim, has given to you.”

There a total of seven Feasts of HaShem per year, but these listed above are the three Pilgrimage Feasts! It should be noted the Festival of Matzos and Sukkot both last for seven days while the Festival of Shavuos lasts for only one day. This is important, so keep it in mind.

What is interesting to note is in the verses above from Devarim 16, the phrase ‘Shall not appear empty handed’ when translated into Hebrew actually points to a specific type of Olah (Burnt) korbonot which is called an ‘Olah R’iyah’.

The commentary on this from the Chumash says “Our pasuk (Verse) commands every adult Jewish male to appear in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) on the three Regalim (Pilgrimage Festivals): Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot and to bring an ‘Olah Re’iyah’, an olah (Burnt korbonot) of ‘Appearance’.”

Mitzvot #489 and 490 discuss this from the Book of the Mitzvot: Mitzvah 489 – “The obligation to appear in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) on the Festivals” plus Mitzvah 490 – “The prohibition to make the Festival pilgrimage without bringing an offering.” These give an answer to the one underlying question of this command from HaShem, which is why? What is the purpose? The purpose is “So that all the Jewish people should see and should take heart, through the act of bringing an offering, which arouses the heart, that all of them, from their youngest to their oldest, are the lot of HaShem and His heritage, a holy and chosen nation, which preserves His legacy, most treasured of all the nations under the Heavens, chosen to observe HaShem’s statutes and to uphold His decree. They are therefore brought to the Temple of HaShem three times each year, and by appearing there, it is as though they are declaring figuratively: ‘Behold, we are servants of the Almighty, entering and coming beneath the shade of His roof and into His domain, forever affirmed in love and fear of Him; no stranger may come along with us, for we alone are the members of His household.'”

Again we can see the whole point of this, is all about the heart. Not because of some religious rote, but out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem, Master of Legions! He doesn’t want people to strive to keep His Torah because there is a figurative gun to their heads, He wants people to strive to keep His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty to Him…..remember as we discussed earlier, first faith then the Torah! I digress.

Per the Mishnah Torah by Rambam Hilchot Chagigah 2.3 it says “Whenever a child can hold his father’s hand and ascend from Jerusalem to the Temple Mount, his father is obligated to have him ascend and appear before HaShem to train him in the observance of the mitzvot, as implied by the phrase: ‘All your males shall appear’ (Devarim 16:16).” Tractate Chagigah 4a from the Talmud Bavli states the same with regards to when a child would accompany his father.

So thus far we can see Yeshua as a child would have had to go with Yosef up to the Temple at a minimm on these Regalim and participate in the offering of an Olah R’iyah! But, we need to address if He would have done this as an adult, during the time of His as a Rabbi. Hang on, we are getting there.

Let’s now quickly examine what all is involved with bringing an Olah R’iyah to the Temple!

Per the book ‘Avodas HaKorbanos’ by Artscroll, on page 449 it begins to list in detail the procedures of bringing an Olah R’iyah to the Temple. It begins with “On the first day of each festival (Regalim/Pilgrimage), when it falls on a weekday (If the first day fell on a Shabbat then this offering would be brought the following day), at the time that a Jewish male comes to appear before HaShem to fulfill the mitzvah to be seen before HaShem, he must bring with him an animal (Male lamb or goat in its first year).”

“He (The one bringing the korbonot) would give over the animal to the official appointed to inspect it for any blemish before designating it as an Olah (It is prohibited from verbally consecrating a blemished animal as an korbonot to HaShem). After it was inspected and deemed fit, the owner would lead the offering to the entrance of the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting) (This is a specific place located in the Temple which is located at the Nikanor Gate which is in the Court of the Women and leads to the Court of Israel. See the picture to the right).”

It was here that the owner would verbally consecrate the animal as an Olah R’iyah to HaShem. “He would then bring it (the animal) into the Courtyard, to the norther side (Of the Outer Altar because the Torah deems an Olah R’iyah as an Kodshei Kodashim or a Most Holy Korbonot). He woud position it there in the north with its face to the west, with the owner, who was to perform the rite of semichah (Leaning), standing to the east of the animal, facing west. He would place both of his hands between the animal’s horns and lean with all his strength upon the head of the Olah; and in the place that they would perform the leaning, they would carry out the slaughter.” It should be noted again that an Olah korbonot is NOT for sin i.e. atonement. In this instance of an Olah R’iyah it is brought simply because HaShem commanded it and none of the meat is eaten, all of it is burned on the Outer Altar!

Okay, so the animal is slaughtered according to how HaShem commands in the Torah in order to ensure the slaughter is painless without any fear to the animal. “The Kohen who was to receive the blood would stand opposite the Kohen who was to perform the slaughter, on a diagonal, his face toward the southwest, and his back toward the northeast. He would receive all of the lifeblood to fulfill the mitzvah of receiving the blood. He would recite a blessing over the blood (Blessed are You, HaShem, our Elohim, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aharon and commanded us regarding receiving the blood of the Olah.)”

The Kohen who received the blood would then walk, “Holding the mizrak (Sanctified container) containing the blood, toward the northeastern corner of the Mizbe’ach (Altar) of the Olah, in order to fulfill the mitzvah of bringing the blood to the Mizbe’ach i.e. Holachah. He would recite the blessing upon the mitzvah of holachah (‘Blessed are You, HaShem, our Elohim, King of the universe, Who has sanctified us with the sanctity of Aharon and commanded us regarding the bringing of the blood of the Olah’).”

“And when the Kohen reached the northeastern corner of the Mizbe’ach, he would stand on the Courtyard floor in front of the corner, and throw the blood in the mizrak, from a distance, against the corner, beneath the red line (Red line marked the middle of the Mizbe’ach and the blood of all animal Olah korbonot would be applied beneath it). He would aim his throw intending that the blood would spread onto the two sides of the corner, to the east as well as to the north. He would then circle the Mizbe’ach, walking to his right until he came to the southwestern corner, where he would throw the blood in the same manner, to fulfill which is written per Vayikra (Leviticus) 1:11 ‘and the sons of Aharon, the Kohanim, shall throw its blood on the Mizbe’ach all around.’ Any remaining blood was then poured onto the base of the Mizbe’ach of the Olah.”

The animal is then dismembered and the emurim (Sacrificial parts) are salted and the Kohen takes them and puts them on the fire on the Mizbe’ach to be completely burned as a pleasing aroma to HaShem.

Some may think the level of detail required in these korbonot is ridiculous or added by the mind of man, but the reality is, it is HaShem Himself Who gave the procedures for every action and korbonot in the Temple…man had nothing to do with it! We see this in Shemot (Exodus) 25 when HaShem gave Moshe the ‘Tavnit’ or Blueprints for the Mishkan (Tabernacle) to include all the details. He did so again with David in I Chronicles 28 by His Ruach (Holy Spirit) with regards to the blueprints for the Temple to include all the detailed procedures!

Thus far we see per the Torah Yeshua was required, as a male, to appear at a minimum of three times a year on the Regalim and bring His Olah R’iyah before HaShem. But in addition to His Olah R’iyah there is the Torah command for a Chagigah Shelamim korbonot!

Per the Avodas HaKorbonos book on page 461 it says “There is an additional obligation incumbent upon every Jewish male, when he comes to appear before HaShem in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple) on the Regalim, to bring a chagigah korbonot, brought as a Shelamim (Peace) korbonot, as it is written in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:41 ‘You shall celebrate it as a festival for HaShem, a seven day period.'”

So in addition to an Olah R’iyah korbonot, a Shelamim korbonot is also required! Per Vayikra (Leviticus) 3:1 it says “If his offering is a feast Peace (Shelamim) offering, if he offers it from the cattle whether male or female, unblemished shall he offer it before HaShem. He shall lean his hand upon the head of his offering and slaughter it at the entrance to the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting/Nikanor Gate in the Temple).” HaShem says the same thing in verses 6-11 with regards to a sheep being offered up and verses 12-16 with regards to a goat being offered up. In verse 17 He says “An ETERNAL DECREE for your generations in all your dwelling places; you may not consume any fat or any blood.”

The procedures for the Chagigah Shelamim are the virtually the same as the Olah R’iyah to include how the blood was applied to the Outer Altar beneath the red line. The one difference is after the emurim (Sacrificial parts) were salted and put on the fire to be burned, the chest section and the thigh of the Chagigah Shelamim are given to the Kohanim of that day’s service. Vayikra (Leviticus) 7:34 says “For the chest of the waving and the thigh of the raising up have I taken from the Children of Israel from their slaughtered shelamim offerings; and I have given them to Aharon the Kohen and his sons as an eternal stipend from the Children of Israel.”

Can you see these Olah and Shelamim korbonot are commanded by HaShem in His Torah, therefore, Yeshua, by default, MUST have obeyed and brought these animals to the Temple as korbonot at a minimum on the Regalim otherwise He would have broken the Torah and been immediately disqualified as being the Messiah! Remember He is the AGENT of HaShem and is NOT HaShem in the flesh! The point is He wasn’t offering korbonot to Himself!

Consider did anyone ever confront Yeshua about NOT bringing the required korbonot to the Temple on the Regalim? At His illegal trial, did anyone accuse Him of not bringing the required korbonot? Nope, no one ever accused Him or challenged Him on this topic, which is another proof He DID so!

Yeshua kept on bringing these korbonot to the Temple on the Regalim up until His death and resurrection! What gets the blood to boiling in fury with many in Replacement Theology is the idea the animal korbonot will resume when He returns and assumes both the position of King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in Yechezkel (Ezekiel’s) Temple! This time He will be offering them up as the Kohen HaGadol in the order of Melchizedek! Point is, His death and resurrection ended nothing nor was the Temple rendered to be something blasphemous and rejected by HaShem as is commonly taught. I will quickly prove it to you!

Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 45:22 says “The Prince shall make on that day, for Himself and for the entire population a bull for a Chatat (Sin) korbonot.” The question is, who is this Prince? The commentary is clear this Prince is the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) and is the Messiah! Can we prove this Prince is Messiah? Yes we can! Yechezkel 37:23-25 says speaking of the future “And they will no longer be contaminated with their idols and their abhorrent things and with all their sins; and I shall save them from all their habitations in which they sinned, and I shall purify them, and they shall be a nation for Me, and I will be Elohim for them, with My servant David King over them, and a single shepherd will be for all of them. In my ordinance they will go and My decrees they will guard, and perform them, and they shall dwell on the land which I gave to My servant Jacob within which your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell upon it, they, their children and their children’s children forever, and MY SERVANT DAVID WILL BE PRINCE FOR THEM, FOREVER.”

Very interesting so we have King Messiah Yeshua Who is serving as not only King but also as Kohen HaGadol in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem and He is offering up Chatat (Sin) korbonot as well as the daily Tamid (Burnt) korbonot, Festival korbonot, Minchah (Bread) korbonot, Nesachim (Wine libations), etc. If you wish to read up on this yourselves, Yechezkel chapters 40-48 discusses in detail the rebuilt Temple that Yeshua will oversee in Jerusalem after the Birth Pains are completed, the False Messiah has been destroyed and all of Israel has been gathered back into the Land of Israel forever and ever! Point is, NOTHING changes! HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning and there truly is nothing new under the sun! This in itself fully exposes Replacement Theology as well as the False Messiah!

I know this Op has thrown a ton of information at everyone, but this is just a tiny, minuscule glimpse at the complexity of the Beit HaMikdash and how astounding HaShem is and all that He is teaching us through His Beit HaMikdash if we will just stop listening to the garbage Replacement Theology pumps out and actually search this out for ourselves! There is SO much to learn it will literally take an eternity and even then it will just be scratching the surface! Always keep in mind the Torah is the Heart of HaShem and His Beit HaMikdash is His Throne on earth! No wonder the adversary has worked so hard to convince the masses both the Torah and the Beit HaMikdash are now relegated to dung and tossed onto the dung pile of history! Further, the Torah and the Beit HaMikdash reveal the real Messiah and expose the False one!

I could keep going on and on with this subject but will end it here and continue it in future Ops. Be encouraged and stay strong….All I can say is may it be so very soon in our days!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • Yechezkel by Artscroll
  • Avodas HaKorbanos by Artscroll
  • Mishnah Torah Hilchot Chagigah by Rambam
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash the Book of Exodus by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash the Book of Leviticus by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition Chumash the Book of Deuteronomy by Artscroll
  • Kunteres Avodas HaKorbonos by Johannesburg Cheder
  • Measure the Pattern Vol 1 by Joe Good HaTikvah Ministries
  • Tractate Chagigah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Chagigah Mishnah by Kehati
  • The Book of the Mitzvos by Artscroll

JUST HOW JEWISH ARE THE APOSTOLIC WRITINGS?

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

The Apostolic Writings….a collection of writings and letters which, according to the audience, will either reveal a Torah abolishing person who claims to be the Messiah or will reveal a Torah observant person who claims to be the Messiah, depending on what lens is used to read and interpret them. Sounds confusing doesn’t it?

There is, unfortunately, so much angst and hostility today by many in Replacement Theology who hold strong and fast to the doctrine the Apostolic Writings reveal a Torah abolishing Messiah. Unfortunately Replacement Theology has adopted enormous amounts of antisemitism into its doctrine based upon the erroneous interpretations of the Apostolic Writings, which we will address at some point. The arguments which can very quickly ensue is very disheartening to the point where I just walk away in most cases as I am not in any way interested nor seeking out confrontations.

In the previous Op, ‘Just how Jewish is Yeshua’ I focused on very briefly showing how Yeshua and His talmidim (Students/Disciples) never once walked away from the Torah nor the right rulings of the Sanhedrin on how to walk in the Torah of HaShem i.e. the Mishnah/Talmud/Etc = The Oral Torah. In this Op it is my intention to focus on showing how the Apostolic Writings can only be properly understood through the lens of the Torah and the Oral Torah and any other interpretation devoid of the Torah will produce erroneous and destructive results that we see over the centuries via Replacement Theology.

I will be using many different resources to include the Tanakh, the Apostolic Writings themselves, to include the Mishnah, the Talmud Bavli as well reference various authors who have written their own books discussing the subject.

As always, before we delve into this large topic, now more than ever, never forget the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem as they are more relevant 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 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

You may be asking why I always include pictures of nature in my Ops? The most basic reason is I want people to look at these and see the Hand of HaShem, our Great King, in His creation and realize this is Who we are striving to serve! The same Elohim Who made all of creation, is the same One Who reaches out to each of us, seeking our attention, love, devotion and loyalty unto Him for only then will we know true peace and have life more abundantly in the Olam Haba i.e. the World to Come! I digress.

Now this Op is not intended to be a giant bash fest, on the contrary, it is to highlight what has been in front of our eyes all along, all these years and Baruch HaShem, He has sovereignly chosen to peel off the blinders we all, myself included, have had on.

In order to proceed, we need to understand what was going on at the time of Yeshua which will form the basis for what we read in the entire Apostolic Writings. The first and foremost issue is Shammai vs Hillel!!!

In the time of Yeshua there were several sects of beliefs and sects within Judaism such as: Sadducees, Boethusians, Essenes, Chassidim, Zealots and the Pharisees with the School of Shammai and the School of Hillel the predominate ones. Hillel was born around 70 Before Common Era (BCE) and died around 10 Common Era (CE). Shammai was born around 50 BCE and died around 30 CE. This is very important to know because it means their teachings were very much the talk of Israel during the time of Yeshua!

Replacement Theology has a VERY bad understanding of what a Pharisee really meant. It does NOT mean someone who is arrogant, prideful, self seeking, etc, it meant a person who was wholly devoted to their walk in the Torah of HaShem! Yeshua was a Pharisee. His talmidim were all Pharisees. Paul was a Pharisee…it just mattered as to which school of thought that person adhered too i.e. Shammai or Hillel. I digress.

Historically Shammai and Hillel opposed one another in their theology, even to the point of actual violence erupting between the two. Shammai thought Hillel was too lenient as it pertains to their interpretation of the Scriptures, and what was the controversy? How did non-Jews i.e. Gentiles fit in to the covenant with HaShem and the Torah? Shammai was VERY hostile towards non-Jews while Hillel was very open to bringing non-Jews into the covenant and learning the Torah. It should be noted that Yeshua agreed with Hillel’s teachings.

A statement which is made in Tractate Shabbos 31a in the Talmud Bavli says when describing the differences between Shammai and Hillel, “Shammai’s impatience sought to drive us (Non-Jews) from the world; Hillel’s patience brought us beneath the wings of the Divine Presence.”

In 30 BCE Hillel became the Nasi, (President) of the Sanhedrin, until his death in 10 CE. Remember what the mandate of the Sanhedrin was/is by HaShem? Devarim (Deuteronomy 16) says and I will paraphrase the authority given by HaShem to the Sanhedrin was for them to render right rulings on HOW TO WALK in the Torah of HaShem! They didn’t concern themselves with civil affairs, their focus was solely the Torah of HaShem and HOW to walk. Their right rulings are recorded for us in the Mishnah and then expounded upon with commentary in the two versions of the Talmud i.e. Talmud Bavli and Talmud Yerushalmi. HaShem then commands that we are required to do what the Sanhedrin rules on and not to deviate to the right or to the left and to defy the Sanhedrin is the defy HaShem Himself because He bestowed the authority upon them. If the Sanhedrin should become corrupt or render a wrong ruling, then it is HaShem Who will intervene and correct the problem. This is another area in which it can erupt into a very explosive topic among people today. I digress.

An excerpt from the book ‘Galatians’ by Steve Salter, he says on page 8 “Around 20 BCE the House of Shammai gained the majority in the Sanhedrin and passed what has come to be called the Eighteen Measures, although these measures were not an official Sanhedrin ruling. These measures or edicts were designed to further separate Jews from non-Jews.” This is the basis for what we read about Peter and his vision of the sheet for it was these 18 measures that prohibited Jews from entering the home of a non-Jew let alone actually eat with a non-Jew. Shammai was so hostile towards non-Jews they believed that a non-Jew could never enter the Kingdom of HaShem! It didn’t matter if the non-Jews converted or were G-d-Fearers, in Shammai’s beliefs, a non-Jew was doomed, something HaShem not one time ever said or teaches in His Torah!

Steve Salter says on page 9 “This topic would continue to divide the faith for many decades after the resurrection of Yeshua. We can see several examples of this in the book of Acts. Some said that one must convert to Judaism, while others said that nothing a Gentile did could gain him eternal life. For the most part, most Jews that believed in Yeshua believed that non-Jews had to convert when they became believers in Yeshua. G-d showed Peter that this was a fallacy in his understanding of the Scriptures. The vision of the sheet from Heaven had nothing to do with kosher or non-kosher foods. The non-kosher foods were a picture of the non-Jew, whom the Jews considered to be unclean. Peter didn’t understand the analogy in the beginning, but he soon realized what G-d was saying. It would be Peter who first explained the vision to his brethren. In explaining the vision, Peter ties it in with the salvation of Cornelius and his family. By this time he clearly understood the vision and its purpose.”

The point that should be made here is nowhere, anywhere in the entirety of the Bible does HaShem ever say that obedience to the Torah is what secures salvation! It is ALWAYS faith i.e. believing what HaShem says that first secures salvation AND THEN striving to walk in the Torah as the EVIDENCE of that faith! Abraham first believed HaShem THEN he walked in the Torah! That is the crux of the entire Word of HaShem! Torah is the vehicle to develop a relationship and know HaShem! Without the Torah there cannot be a relationship with Him and why? Because Torah is the Heart of HaShem, it is Who He is! It is a great gift He has granted to us. Can we walk in His Torah perfectly? Sadly no, we cannot. We do the best we can out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him as His servants.

It must be asked and clarified, are all 613 Commandments in the Torah for every single person? An emphatic NO! Some only apply in the Land of Israel, 271 of them apply to the Temple in Jerusalem, some only to the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) some only to the Levites, some only to women, some only to men, etc. Very important to understand! Moving on.

With this said, when we read in the Apostolic Writings Yeshua engaging the Pharisees, He is always engaging the Pharisees of the School of Shammai! He is NOT engaging ALL the Pharisees because after all He is a Pharisee from the School of Hillel! Keep this in mind!

It is so very sad when I read or hear leaders in Replacement Theology who bash the Jews and mock them for their Torah observance or some even go so far as to refer to them as the ‘Synagogue of Satan’ quoting Revelation 2:9 and 3:9. This has led to countless cases of anti-Semitic attacks on the Jews over the centuries! What Replacement Theology has failed to understand, because they refuse to do the research, is this term ‘Synagogue of Satan’ is actually referring one specific sect of the Pharisees!

On page 118 of the book ‘Jesus the Pharisee’ by Harvey Falk “It was a common practice to refer to those who followed the teachings of Shammai as ‘followers of Satan, vipers, Synagogue of Satan, etc.'” Point is, Yeshua was NOT condemning all of the Jews as some in Replacement Theology teach. Just the opposite, He was pointing to the School of Shammai because of their hostility towards non-Jews! What does this imply then? Yeshua’s goal was to bring the Torah to the non-Jews, just as was mandated by HaShem that Israel was to be a light to nations i.e. live out the Torah as an example and then the non-Jews would be drawn to HaShem and go to Israel to learn how to walk in the Torah!

Steve Salter on page 11 of his book says “Hillel and Shammai had many disciples that studied under them. These disciples in turn grew to become the leading Rabbis of their day. In the New Testament, all of the disciples of Yeshua were of one of the mainline groups with the exception of Judas, who was of the sect of the Sicarii (Sicarii primarily followed Shammai). It is hard to say for certain just which groups all of them followed. Paul, of course, was with the House of Hillel as he sat under Rabban Gamaliel. Gamaliel was the grandson of Hillel and the leader of the Sanhedrin during Paul’s time.

James, the brother of Yeshua, was most likely of the House of Shammai. This hypothesis is based on the fact that James was not a believer in Yeshua until after Yeshua had risen from the dead. A logical and viable explanation would be that they disagreed on halakah (How to walk in the Torah). James would have followed the halakah of Beit Shammai and Yeshua, would, for the most part, agree with the halakah of Beit Hillel. It would have been very difficult for James to follow Yeshua during the days that Yeshua walked the earth since they differed on the way that one was to live their lives (Halakah).”

Does this now, thus far, change your perception and understanding of the Apostolic Writings? We will keep going forward.

Over the years I have read many comments from people how much they despise the ‘customs’ of men as seemingly discussed in the Apostolic Writings. What is being missed is that word in Greek for ‘Custom’ is ‘Ethos’ which when taken to its Hebrew origin means ‘The way one lives his life, the way one is to walk, i.e. Halakah’. Point is, it is a reference to the right rulings of the Sanhedrin for how to walk in the Torah of HaShem!

To further add some confusion, historically there were several different sects of the Jewish faith such as ‘The G-dFearers’ or ‘Devout Ones’. These were not simply ones who feared HaShem, but were instead distinct class of people. This group will be the major problem that the believers have to contend with in the first and second centuries. For clarification a G-dFearer was a non-Jew that lived with the Jewish people, yet remained a non-Jew, but did follow the parts of the Torah that applied to them. They are known as ‘Geirim’ or ‘Strangers’.

Steve Salter says in his book on page 16 “Up until this time the G-dFearer would have departed from all aspects of paganism. He would have kept the Noahide Covenant, Shabbat, all the Feasts, ate Kosher and any of the other commandments in the Torah that applied to him. He was considered Torah observant in every respect if he kept the commandments that applied to him. This was all anyone had to do to claim the title ‘Torah Observant.'” Remember these G-dFearers were non-Jews, so the argument by Replacement Theology that the Torah is only for the Jews is destroyed! Keep this in mind when you read the Apostolic Writings for yourself!

The basis for the Oral Torah i.e. the Halakah, is discussed in the Perkei Avot 1.1 which says “Moses received the Torah from Sinai and passed it on to Joshua. Joshua passed it on to the elders; the elders to the Prophets; the Prophets passed it on to the Men of the Great Assembly. They, the Men of the Great Assembly, made three statements: ‘Be deliberate in judgment; raise up many students; and make a fence around the Torah.'” Now did these folks just one day get up and decide to do this or is there Scriptural support for making a fence around the Torah?

The commentary on Perkei Avot 1.1 says “And make a fence around the Torah – institute decrees and ordinances that will separate a person from sin. As HaShem said in Vayikra (Leviticus) 18:30 ‘And you shall observe My ordinances,’ which was interpreted by our Sages to mean, ‘Make a safeguard for My ordinances.'” The point here is a person can break a fence and it is not considered a sin, but breaking a Torah commandment is sin and will incur judgment from HaShem. The fence is what we read in the right rulings of the Sanhedrin!

When we read in Acts 18 how Paul took a Nazarite Vow and shaved his head, which we have discussed several times before in various Op’s, this is AFTER he had come to believe in Yeshua. Then he goes to Jerusalem, as recorded in Acts 21, meets with the council which are comprised of just about all the writers of the Apostolic Writings, who inform Paul of what he is being accused of i.e. teaching Israel to depart from the Torah and the ‘customs’ i.e. the Halakah, same things Replacement Theology teaches about Paul today. In order to prove these accusations are wrong, they tell Paul there are four other men, believers in Yeshua, who also took a Nazarite Vow, and all of them are ready to complete their Vows, per Bamidbar (Numbers) 6, which means they have to go up to the Temple, immerse, be purified by the ashes of the Red Heifer, bring three animal offerings each i.e. a Burnt, Peace and Sin offerings, Mincha (Bread) offerings and then shave their hair. Point is, if Yeshua ended the Torah and the Temple at His resurrection, as is commonly taught by Replacement Theology, then why is Paul still walking in the Halakah and bringing animal offerings to include sin offerings to the Temple some 30 years AFTER becoming a believer in Yeshua?

Its all through the Apostolic Writings that the Torah is THE only way to live in service to HaShem, NOT to obtain or maintain salvation, but as the evidence of faith in HaShem! Further, if Yeshua walked in the Torah and the Halakah, and then He says we are to imitate Him, how confusing is it then for people to read how Yeshua lived and then be told ‘Don’t do as He did! That is just legalistic bondage designed to destroy you!’ If HaShem is unchanging, reveals the end from the beginning and says there is nothing new under the sun, then can the Apostolic Writings teach a brand new doctrine that is devoid of everything from the beginning? No it is impossible and is the definition of insanity! I digress.

Consider what the Book of James in the Apostolic Writings chapter 2 verse 18 says “But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works (Torah observance).’ Show me your faith without your works and I will show you my faith BY MY WORKS (Torah observance).” As Steve Salter says in his book on page 69 “Faith ALWAYS produces works, it is a spiritual law that cannot be changed or altered. James was not saying that works can save one, he was merely stating that one cannot have faith without the works….”

So with all this said thus far, let’s get to crux of the matter. What did Yeshua Himself in Matthew 5:17-20 regarding the Torah? When reading these verses remember what Replacement Theology teaches in that Yeshua came to toss the Torah out, replace HaShem’s Feasts with Christmas/Easter, change His Shabbat to Sunday and render all animals clean for food. Let’s see if Yeshua would agree with Replacement Theology: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to complete.” We need to define some words in this very important verse.

Per page 72 of Steve Salter’s book: “When Yeshua says ‘I came’ it does NOT refer to Him leaving Heaven and coming to earth. It is an idiom that means ‘My intent’ or ‘My purpose’. The term ‘To destroy the Torah’ was a well known Rabbinic expression that meant that one was giving an incorrect interpretation of a verse or verses of Scripture. When a person disagreed on another’s interpretation he would accuse him of destroying the Torah by his interpretation. In response, the one accused would respond that he was not destroying the Torah, but fulfilling it i.e. rightly interpreting it.”

Has every single prophecy in HaShem’s Word come to pass yet? Nope, not yet, therefore it is an impossibility that Yeshua did away with the Prophets as some in Replacement Theology teach. Further, the word ‘Fulfill’ means “To cause HaShem’s will, as made known in the Torah, to be obeyed as it should be, and HaShem’s promises given through the prophets to receive fulfillment.” In other words, Yeshua showed us how the Torah was meant to be properly understood.

Verse 18 of Matthew 5 says “For truly, I say to you, till the heavens and the earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.” Well, are you and I still here reading this Op? There is your proof the Torah was NOT tossed out! The reference to a ‘Yod’ is the name of the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet and the ‘Tittle’ is a reference to the decorative markings on each of those letters. In other words, there is zero chance that even the smallest letter or decoration on that letter has been tossed out, despite what Replacement Theology teaches.

Verse 19 of Matthew 5 says “Whoever then breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the Kingdom of Heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.” No one in history has ever been able to keep 100% of the Torah, just not possible, therefore we all are called least in the Kingdom of Heaven, however, there is One Who has, Yeshua and He will be called Great in the Kingdom.

Verse 20 of Matthew 5 says “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” Yeshua was in no way disparaging the Scribes and Pharisees here in this verse, it was just the opposite, He was exalting them because the Scribes and the Pharisees were the best Israel had to offer, but even they could not merit in their own efforts entering the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember, first FAITH in HaShem, THEN Torah observance as the expression of that faith!

Its very interesting, for we see in Matthew 5 that Yeshua is flatly declaring the Torah IS still in effect and will always be in effect! Then we read through out the rest of the Apostolic Writings a continuation of the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) message i.e. first faith in HaShem THEN Torah observance. Paul’s own letters bear this own, but who is Paul?

Paul or Shaul in Hebrew, is the most misunderstood person in the Apostolic Writings. Paul was a person of Jewish descent, specifically from the Tribe of Benjamin. He was a Pharisee of Beit Hillel and studied under Rabban Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel. Somehow, Replacement Theology, has adopted the insane doctrine that Paul was an anti-Semitic and anti-Torah zealot, yet Paul himself says we are to imitate him as he imitates Yeshua, per I Corinthians 11:1, so which is it? Was Torah tossed out or not? See how much confusion Replacement Theology has brought with its insane anti-Torah doctrine? So if the understanding of Paul’s letters are incorrect then our understanding of the rest of the Apostolic Writings will be incorrect.

For example, when Paul lists out the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5, his list is an abbreviated version of the list below which is from Perkei Avot 6.6 discussing the 48 ways a person acquires Torah learning:

  1. by audible study,
  2. by distinct pronunciation,
  3. by understanding,
  4. by discernment of the heart,
  5. by awe,
  6. by reverence,
  7. by meekness,
  8. by cheerfulness,
  9. by ministering to the sages,
  10. by attaching oneself to colleagues,
  11. by discussion with disciples,
  12. by sedateness,
  13. by knowledge of the Scripture,
  14. by knowledge of the Mishnah,
  15. by minimizing business,
  16. by minimizing worldly interests,
  17. by minimizing indulgence,
  18. by minimizing sleep,
  19. by minimizing conversation,
  20. by minimizing jesting,
  21. by patience,
  22. by a good heart,
  23. by faith in the sages,
  24. by resignation under affliction,
  25. by knowing one’s place,
  26. by rejoicing in one’s lot,
  27. by setting a limit to one’s words,
  28. by not claiming merit for oneself,
  29. by being one that is beloved,
  30. by loving God,
  31. by loving one’s fellow- men,
  32. by loving the ways of justice,
  33. by loving rectitude,
  34. by loving reproof,
  35. by keeping oneself far from the pursuit of honor,
  36. by not being arrogant in learning,
  37. by not delighting to lay down legal decisions,
  38. by bearing the yoke with one’s fellow student,
  39. by judging him favorably,
  40. by leading him to truth and peace,
  41. by being composed in one’s study,
  42. by questioning and answering,
  43. by hearing and adding to what one hears,
  44. by learning in order to teach,
  45. by learning in order to practice,
  46. by making one’s master wiser,
  47. by fixing attention upon his discourse, and
  48. by reporting a thing in the name of him who said it

Have you been overwhelmed yet by information? This Op is just barely scratching the surface!

Consider this final thought before we close out this Op. In the End of Days, who exactly are the ones the adversary is going after the most? Revelation 12:17 says “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, those GUARDING THE COMMANDMENTS OF ELOHIM AND POSSESSING THE WITNESS OF YESHUA.” So if the Torah is tossed out then why would the adversary be enraged with those who are keeping the Torah, if what Replacement Theology doctrine is correct that the Torah is the epitome of blasphemy, deception, dung and destruction? Shouldn’t the adversary be high fiving these folks and encouraging them to keep the Torah knowing it will destroy them? Again, Replacement Theology is destroyed by the Word of HaShem simply because He never changes, He reveals the end from the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun!

We will continue this theme in future Op’s and explore further in discovering just how Jewish are the Apostolic Writings.

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tractate Shabbos of the Steinsaltz Talmud Bavli
  • Mishlei (Proverbs) by Artscroll
  • Jesus the Pharisee by Harvey Falk
  • Galatians by Steve Salter