JUST HOW JEWISH IS YESHUA?

“Make me understand, so that I may cherish Your Torah, and I will keep it with all my heart.” Psalms 119:34

Let’s start this Op right off with an important question: ‘If Messiah Yeshua showed up today, where would He spend Shabbat? In a church? In a Messianic synagogue? In an Orthodox synagogue?’ When we reach the end of this Op we will re-visit this question and see if we can reach an answer based upon the evidence presented.

As I put this Op together it is 11 December 2020, the sixth day of the week, Preparation Day for the Shabbat coming tonight, Baruch HaShem! I was involved in a meeting last night and came across past notes of mine which caused me to re-visit a topic I had started to investigate in 2019, mainly asking the question ‘Just how Jewish is Yeshua?’ It always astounds me the lengths that Replacement Theology will go to present a Messiah who is completely separated from anything ‘Jewish’ per se or present a Messiah who may have been ‘Jewish’ but his living that way was solely to free his followers from having too do the same. It is complete absurdity and I hope and pray that by the end of this Op you will see for yourself just how Jewish Yeshua is!

I will tell you up front we will be using references from the Tanakh (Old Testament), the Apostolic Writings, the Mishnah, the Talmud Bavli and the Mishneh Torah by Rambam among others.

I believe now more than ever that in the midst of all the insanity, confusion and chaos going around us in this world, it is vitally important that we are able to recognize the real Messiah of HaShem via His Word and not be seduced by the tickle feather words of Replacement Theology. This may seem like a harsh statement, but I truly believe we are at the very End, which means we must be constantly on guard and resolved to carry on and press forward in the face of fierce opposition and tribulation.

Keep this in mind as we proceed with this Op, but as always, never forget the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem as they are vital to understanding Who He is, what He will do and Who is the real Messiah:

  • 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

As we begin to delve into this, just for a quick review, we must always remember why 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).”

How does this fit into our discussion here in this Op? It fits because it is a reminder of Who is and who the Messiah cannot be in light of the Word of HaShem! Yeshua is the embodiment of the Word of HaShem and as such can only teach the Torah of HaShem! Any message devoid of the Torah and Yeshua has been disqualified as being the Messiah!

Okay, so now that we have that established, we are going to focus on two areas spoken of in the Apostolic Writings, areas which I have not seen many focus on before. The first one we will examine in detail is what we know as being ‘The L-rd’s Prayer’! If you were raised in a Christian upbringing as I am sure most reading this Op were, we should know this by heart. However, how many would be surprised to find out this was NOT a brand new prayer Yeshua introduced for us, but He was pointing to a very, very important Jewish prayer found in the Siddur (Prayer book) and prayed before, during and after Yeshua had come and gone?

Consider what Yeshua says in Matthew 6:5-8 says “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the congregations and on the corners of the streets, to be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father Who is in the secret place. And your Father Who sees in secret shall reward you openly. And when praying, do not keep on babbling like the non-Jews. For they think that they shall be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”

Before moving forward, who are the hypocrites Yeshua is targeting here? Most in Replacement Theology would say the hypocrites are the Pharisees and leave it at that, however, that is not the whole story. I would refer to you a previous Op I did discussing the two main groups of Pharisees at the time of Yeshua i.e. Shammai and Hillel and that it was the Pharisees of Shammai He predominately railed against: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/02/29/the-seat-of-moshe-who-exactly-was-yeshua-criticizing/.

The hypocrites He is speaking of here must be the Shammai Pharisees. It is also interesting to see how Yeshua is saying to go and pray in secret to HaShem but not to be like the non-Jews who babble on. What does this imply then? Pray like the Jews pray!

Continuing on.

Matthew 6:9-15 says “This, then, is the way you should pray: ‘Our Father Who is in the heavens, let Your Name be set-apart, let Your reign come, let Your desire be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into trial, but deliver us from the wicked one, become Yours is the reign and the power and the esteem, forever. Amen.’ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father shall also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither shall your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Now we were taught in Replacement Theology that this prayer was something brand new, never before heard before and was given to release from the bondage of Jewish prayer practices. However, this is NOT true whatsoever as we will shortly see.

The most important prayer in the synagogue is called ‘The Amidah’ or ‘Shemonei Esrei’ or ‘Standing’ prayer. It is comprised of 19 sections. I will paste it below:

“Blessed are You, L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, G‑d of Abraham, G‑d of Isaac and G‑d of Jacob, the great, mighty and awesome G‑d, exalted G‑d, who bestows bountiful kindness, who creates all things, who remembers the piety of the Patriarchs, and who, in love, brings a redeemer to their children’s children, for the sake of His Name.

O King, (You are) a helper, a savior and a shield. Blessed are You L-rd, Shield of Abraham. You are mighty forever, my L-rd; You resurrect the dead; You are powerful to save.

He sustains the living with loving kindness, resurrects the dead with great mercy, supports the falling, heals the sick, releases the bound, and fulfills His trust to those who sleep in the dust. Who is like You, mighty One! And who can be compared to You, King, who brings death and restores life, and causes deliverance to spring forth! You are trustworthy to revive the dead. Blessed are You L-rd, who revives the dead.

You are holy and Your Name is holy, and holy beings praise You daily for all eternity. Blessed are You L-rd, the holy G‑d. 

You graciously bestow knowledge upon man and teach mortals understanding. Graciously bestow upon us from You, wisdom, understanding and knowledge. Blessed are You L-rd, who graciously bestows knowledge.

Cause us to return, our Father, to Your Torah; draw us near, our King, to Your service; and bring us back to You in whole-hearted repentance. Blessed are You L-rd, who desires penitence.

Pardon us, our Father, for we have sinned; forgive us, our King, for we have transgressed; for You are a good and forgiving G‑d. Blessed are You L-rd, gracious One who pardons abundantly.

O behold our affliction and wage our battle; redeem us speedily for the sake of Your Name, for You G‑d are the mighty redeemer. Blessed are You L-rd, Redeemer of Israel.

Heal us, O L-rd, and we will be healed; help us and we will be saved; for You are our praise. Grant complete cure and healing to all our wounds; for You, Almighty King, are a faithful and merciful healer. Blessed are You L-rd, who heals the sick of His people Israel.

Bless for us, L-rd our G‑d, this year and all the varieties of its produce for good; and bestow (During the summer season say:) blessing (During the winter season say: dew and rain for blessing) upon the face of the earth. Satisfy us from Your bounty and bless our year like other good years, for blessing; for You are a generous G‑d who bestows goodness and blesses the years. Blessed are You L-rd, who blesses the years.

Sound the great shofar for our freedom; raise a banner to gather our exiles, and bring us together from the four corners of the earth into our land. Blessed are You L-rd, who gathers the dispersed of His people Israel.

Restore our judges as in former times, and our counsellors as of yore; remove from us sorrow and sighing, and reign over us, You alone, O L-rd, with kindness and compassion, with righteousness and justice. Blessed are You L-rd, King who loves righteousness and justice. 

Let there be no hope for informers, and may all the heretics and all the wicked instantly perish; may all the enemies of Your people be speedily extirpated; and may You swiftly uproot, break, crush and subdue the reign of wickedness speedily in our days. Blessed are You L-rd, who crushes enemies and subdues the wicked.

May Your mercies be aroused, L-rd our G‑d, upon the righteous, upon the pious, upon the elders of Your people, the House of Israel, upon the remnant of their sages, upon the righteous proselytes and upon us. Grant ample reward to all who truly trust in Your Name, and place our lot among them; may we never be disgraced, for we have put our trust in You. Blessed are You L-rd, the support and security of the righteous.

Return in mercy to Jerusalem Your city and dwell therein as You have promised; speedily establish therein the throne of David Your servant, and rebuild it, soon in our days, as an everlasting edifice. Blessed are You L-rd, who rebuilds Jerusalem. Speedily cause the scion of David Your servant to flourish, and increase his power by Your salvation, for we hope for Your salvation all day. Blessed are You L-rd, who causes the power of salvation to flourish.

Hear our voice, L-rd our G‑d; merciful Father, have compassion upon us and accept our prayers in mercy and favor, for You are G‑d who hears prayers and supplications; do not turn us away empty-handed from You, our King, for You hear the prayer of everyone. Blessed are You L-rd, who hears prayer.

Look with favor, L-rd our G‑d, on Your people Israel and pay heed to their prayer; restore the service to Your Sanctuary and accept with love and favor Israel’s fire-offerings and prayer; and may the service of Your people Israel always find favor.

May our eyes behold Your return to Zion in mercy. Blessed are You L-rd, who restores His Divine Presence to Zion.

We thankfully acknowledge that You are the L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers forever. You are the strength of our life, the shield of our salvation in every generation. We will give thanks to You and recount Your praise, evening, morning and noon, for our lives which are committed into Your hand, for our souls which are entrusted to You, for Your miracles which are with us daily, and for Your continual wonders and beneficences. You are the Beneficent One, for Your mercies never cease; the Merciful One, for Your kindnesses never end; for we always place our hope in You. And for all these, may Your Name, our King, be continually blessed, exalted and extolled forever and all time.

Bestow peace, goodness and blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and mercy, upon us and upon all Your people Israel. Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your countenance. For by the light of Your countenance You gave us, L-rd our G‑d, the Torah of life and loving-kindness, righteousness, blessing, mercy, life and peace. May it be favorable in Your eyes to bless Your people Israel, at all times and at every moment, with Your peace.

Blessed are You L-rd, who blesses His people Israel with peace. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, L-rd, my Strength and my Redeemer.

My G‑d, guard my tongue from evil and my lips from speaking deceitfully. Let my soul be silent to those who curse me; let my soul be as dust to all. Open my heart to Your Torah, and let my soul eagerly pursue Your commandments. As for all those who plot evil against me, hasten to annul their counsel and frustrate their design. Let them be as chaff before the wind; let the angel of the L-rd thrust them away. That Your beloved ones may be delivered, help with Your right hand and answer me. Do it for the sake of Your Name; do it for the sake of Your right hand; do it for the sake of Your Torah; do it for the sake of Your holiness. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, L-rd, my Strength and my Redeemer.

He who makes peace in His heavens, may He make peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

May it be Your will, L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, that the Bet Hamikdash (Temple) be speedily rebuilt in our days, and grant us our portion in Your Torah.”

The Amidah is what Yeshua was referencing! It is NOTHING new! He taught as a rabbi typically taught meaning when addressing a group of talmidim (Students) who already know by memory something in Scripture, then instead of repeating all of it, the rabbi would condense it and let the talmidim fill in the blanks in their minds. For example if I just said ‘The L-rd is my Shepherd….’ and then stop, most would know immediately what I was referring too and could fill in the rest by memory, in this case Psalms 23. Yeshua is teaching as a rabbi taught and still teach today!

Yeshua had condensed the entire Amidah down to those few verses in Matthew, but He was telling His talmidim to pray the entire Amidah and to do it the way the rabbis teach to do it! And further, as this prayer is the most important prayer in the synagogue, does this seem like to you Yeshua is preparing to sever His ties with His Jewish upbringing? No, just the opposite! You can’t get more Jewish than this!

I would encourage you to get a Siddur for yourself and read the prayers that are in there! I guarantee you, they are not just some random statements put together by some guy sitting around a campfire one day, but they are based upon Scripture! In many cases they are just a compilation of biblical verses! Something to keep in mind.

So we addressed how Yeshua commands us to pray like the Jews pray meaning learn the Siddur i.e. the Prayer Book! Now let’s look at something not spoken by Yeshua Himself, but He clearly adhered to the restrictions as well as His talmidim did; and what am I speaking of? A Shabbat’s day’s journey!

Acts 1:12 says “Then they (The Talmidim of Yeshua who just witnessed Him ascending into Heaven) went back to Yerushalayim from the Mount of Olives, which is near Yerushalayim, a Shabbat’s day’s journey.” I cite this because again, if Yeshua came to sever ties with anything Jewish, the Torah, the Feasts, the Temple, etc, then He has a very bad way of communicating that information to His talmidim, because what He teaches and does is completely in line with the Torah and the Oral Torah as we will shortly see.

Before we go further, let’s quickly review what the Oral Torah is as this topic alone can cause enormous angst. The Oral Torah is nothing more than the commentary of the Torah. It is comprised of the Mishnah, which are the recorded right rulings of the Sanhedrin i.e. the court system HaShem establishes. The two versions of the Talmud i.e Babylonian/Jerusalem, are the commentary of the Mishnah! They are written discussions and questions the rabbis have concerning how to walk in the Torah.

For the record, HaShem commands us that whatever the Sanhedrin rules upon, we are required by HaShem to do what they have ruled upon. Refusal to do so is considered to be sin by HaShem! This is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-20 and 17:8-13! This means the Mishnah/Talmud ARE indeed endorsed and supported by HaShem despite what many in Replacement Theology teach. If the Sanhedrin makes a wrong ruling, then HaShem as the Great King, will deal with them and fix it. Think of it like a military hierarchy…the officer is appointed and granted the authority to render rulings per the US President and Constitution. If that officer renders an illegal order, can we still disobey that order or are there provisions in place to address that potential illegal order and it is the senior levels which ultimately deal with the issue? Same concept here…HaShem establishes the courts, appoints the judges and if they make a wrong ruling, He as the Great King fixes the issue. We as the servants of HaShem are not allowed to rebel against what He has established! We see Yeshua Himself obey this even during the events which led to His execution! I digress.

So we see here in Acts 1, the Talmidim of Yeshua just witnessed Him ascend to heaven from the Mount of Olives. Then the verse tells us they returned to Jerusalem, a Shabbat’s day’s journey! How far is a Shabbat’s day’s journey? If Yeshua did away with everything in the Torah and the Oral Torah, then why are His Talmidim still adhering to it? Why is the writer of Acts highlighting this if it is all done away with? Shouldn’t this verse have read something akin too ‘They walked a distance beyond a Shabbat’s day’s journey now that the Torah has been nullified.’?

We need to research and find out if the Shabbat’s days journey restriction is indeed from HaShem as well as determining how far is this journey.

In the Book of the Mitzvah (Commandments), #24 out of 613, is ‘The prohibition to go beyond the techum (Boundaries) on the Shabbat.’ What is this based upon? Shemot (Exodus) 16:29 says “See that HaShem has given you the Shabbat; that is why He gives you on the sixth day a two day portion of bread. Let every man remain in his place; let no man leave his place on the seventh day.”

Tractate Eiruvin 51a from the Talmud Bavli states the distance which constitutes the techum (Boundary) is 2,000 cubits or approximately 3,750 feet. This distance is determined based upon the meaning of the words in Shemot 16:29. Further, HaShem establishes the techum (Boundary) of a City of Refuge in Bamidbar (Numbers) 35:4. Point is, this restriction in distance is not based upon someone who just thought it up one day, as many in Replacement Theology would accuse, but it is based upon the Torah of HaShem and explained in the Oral Torah.

So again I have to ask, if Yeshua ended it all, then why are His talmidim still adhering to not just the Written Torah but the Oral Torah as well? Wouldn’t this have been the perfect time to start spreading the message the Torah is now tossed onto the dung pile of history? I digress.

Many may be asking what is the underlying purpose of such a prohibition by HaShem? The Book of the Mitzvah says “The underlying purpose of this mitzvah is that we should remember and always be aware that the universe is a creation of HaShem and not something that has always existed. This is actually the purpose of ALL the commandments pertaining to the Shabbat, as is explicitly written in Shemot (Exodus) 20:11 regarding the commandment to refrain from forbidden activity on the Shabbat, for in six days HaShem made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day. Therefore, in order for us to remember this matter, it is appropriate for us to rest on the Shabbat, not merely by refraining from work, but also by remaining in one location; that is to say, that we should not walk a great distance from our residence, but should walk only in a leisurely and pleasurable manner, as befitting one who is at rest.” So again we see our focus is to be on HaShem and HaShem alone!

Now we have to remember the calendar in all of this! Yeshua died on Pesach (Passover), was buried over Unleavened Bread and HaShem brought Him out of the grave on Firstfruits. Yeshua then walked with His talmidim for 40 days and then ascended from the Mount of Olives, but He commands His talmidim to remain in Jerusalem ten more days…why? Because in ten days was the Feast of Shavuot (Erroneously called Pentecost), which is one of the three Pilgrimage Feasts (Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot) in which all of Israel is to come before HaShem in the Temple in Jerusalem. Why is this important? Because it is ten days after Yeshua ascended, on Shavuot, His talmidim are in the Temple courtyard participating in the communal korbonot (Offerings) and performing their prayers that the Ruach of HaShem fell upon them as we read in Acts 2!

Did this event occur to usher in a completely brand new Torahless entity, devoid of the Temple, free of the Feasts, free from having to eat kosher, free of anything Jewish, etc as Replacement Theology teaches? No, its an utter impossibility! For further information, refer to a previous Op I did a long while ago discussing this further: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/02/15/hashems-kingdom-is-orderly-the-kingdom-of-darkness-is-chaos/

With this said then, just how Jewish is Yeshua? He walks in the Torah of HaShem, he adheres to what the Sanhedrin has ruled concerning how to walk in the Torah, He goes up to the Temple which means He has to be purified which means He must be bringing korbonot (Offerings) to HaShem. He keeps Shabbat, He teaches as a Jewish rabbi does. He is praying the prayers from the Siddur and since His talmidim were adhering to the restrictions, must mean Yeshua did so as well as it pertains to a Shabbat’s day’s journey! So knowing this, just where would Yeshua spend Shabbat if He showed up today? My opinion is He would spend Shabbat in an Orthodox synagogue! Why is this important? Because when the False Messiah rises to the global stage will he be proclaiming the Torah, the Feasts of HaShem, etc? Nope, just the opposite, he will be proclaiming people are free from the Torah and the Feasts of HaShem. Remember he is described as ‘The Man of Lawlessness’ in 2 Thessalonians 2, and that word ‘Lawlessness’ in Greek is ‘Anomia/Anomos’ which means ‘WITHOUT THE TORAH OF HASHEM!’

With the darkness of the world encroaching and consuming the planet, now more than ever we have to be drawing closer to HaShem in order to recognize the subtle lies and not be consumed and overwhelmed.

I will close here. Hopefully this will spark more curiosity into the Jewishness of Yeshua and what we read in the Apostolic Writings, because remember, HaShem is unchanging, He reveals the end from the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun, therefore how can He send a Messiah who changes what is unchangeable, and utter new things when there is nothing new under the sun? Keep this in mind!

Chanukah Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition the Chumash Exodus by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll
  • The Book of the Mitzvot by Artscroll
  • Tractate Eiruvin Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

LIGHT BANISHES DARKNESS – CHANUKAH

“For a commandment is a lamp and the Torah is light, and reproving discipline is the way of life.” Proverbs 6:23

As I put this Op together it is 9 December 2020 (I started putting this Op together yesterday), the day before Chanukah begins, the Festival of Lights or otherwise known as as the Feast of Dedication. How much more significant is this years Chanukah in relation to the darkness which consumes the world around us, more than ever before? We have unprecedented economic problems, a raging pandemic, a wholly divided country due to the corruption and fraud of the election, lockdowns, unprecedented restrictions placed upon the American people coupled with this year we are having to endure the sudden, unexpected deaths of our loved ones. And in the midst of all of this, the outlook for the next few weeks and months is not good!

Hope doesn’t seem to be in very abundant supply right now! The squeezing and pressures of the world around each of us is growing more intense by the day, yet we have to remember HaShem, the Elohim of Israel, told us the End of Days, just before The Day of HaShem which begins with the seven years of the Birth Pains of Messiah, would be VERY tough and literally unbearable, BUT when we BEGIN to see these things come to pass, to look up and rejoice because our redemption draws near! May it be so very, very soon in our days!!

This all said, tomorrow night, 10 December 2020, will begin the first night of Chanukah, Baruch HaShem! So in a world which is being ever consumed by darkness, HaShem will shine forth during this time of Chanukah (Means ‘Consecration’)!

This Op is not going to be a history of Chanukah, rather to help understand the significance of Chanukah in the midst of living in unprecedented darkness. The closer we choose to walk with HaShem, the more His Light will shine through us, Baruch HaShem! But it also means the more the adversary will target us! I will wholeheartedly admit things are very tough right now and my walk with HaShem has been rattled not just over things that have recently happened but also what could happen in the very near future should HaShem not intervene in time. It is a time of testing unlike anytime before, therefore we need encouragement but we also need resolve in that we have to dig deep down inside ourselves and decide, regardless of what it looks like around us, that we will not bow to the gods of this world, even if it costs me my life! I will bow only to One, HaShem, Master of Legions, Creator of all things, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel!

Before we jump into this, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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

Since we know HaShem is unchanging and reveals the end out of the beginning, means if we want to know how the end will unfold, then we must go to the beginning! This said, as we enter into Chanukah here very shortly, it should be noted that Chanukah centers around the Temple of HaShem and therefore we must ask what does the Temple of HaShem primarily teach us? It is all about Kedusha (Holiness)! How do we as a unclean, sinful people approach a Holy Elohim and how do we live out our lives dedicated to being kadosh (Holy) in service to our Great King? His Temple teaches us these concepts, which is precisely why the adversary has worked so hard to convince people the Temple is the epitome of blasphemy, dung and has been tossed aside per the doctrine and theology of Replacement Theology!

What is the purpose of the Temple? Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:10-11 says “In order to distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the contaminated and the pure, and to teach the Children of Israel all the decrees that HaShem had spoken to them through Moshe.” The mandate HaShem placed upon the Levites and the Kohanim (Priests) is to teach Israel to know the difference between the kadosh (Holy) and the profane! Then Israel, as the chosen of HaShem, are to bring this to the world and draw the world to HaShem!

In Ezekiel 22, HaShem gives the reason why Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed by Babylon and Israel was taken into captivity. He says in verse 26 He says “Her kohanim have robbed My Torah and desecrated My sanctities. Between holy and profane THEY MADE NO DISTINCTION, and between contaminated and purified they did not make known. From My Shabbats they hid their eyes and I became profaned among them.” Does this not describe not only the time and society we live in today, but also aptly describes Replacement Theology? Replacement Theology, per its doctrine has robbed the people of the Torah of HaShem, desecrates not only HaShem’s Name but His sanctities; makes zero distinction between holy and profane by claiming it was all done away with. Then Replacement Theology hides its collective eyes from His Shabbat by again claiming it was all done away with and what happens is HaShem ends up becoming profaned, mocked and ridiculed! Very sad situation! I digress.

But, after what He says in Ezekiel 22, HaShem then issues a prophecy of hope in the End of Days and the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem in Ezekiel 44:21-24 says “Let no kohen drink wine when he enters the inner courtyard. Neither widow nor divorcee may they take themselves for wives, only a virgin from the offspring of the family of Israel. THEY ARE TO INSTRUCT MY PEOPLE CONCERNING THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HOLY AND PROFANE. Let them inform them of the difference between contaminated and clean. Concerning a grievance, let them stand in judgment, and according to My laws are they to be adjudicated. My teachings and decrees regarding My appointed times they are to protect, and My Shabbats they are to sanctify.” Clearly these Kohanim serving in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem are to fully embrace and teach the Torah of HaShem and by HaShem’s commandment and support and also shows they were NOT done away with, tossed aside or relegated as dung, further exposing and destroying Replacement Theology!

It is NOT my intention to focus on Replacement Theology in this Op, just simply pointing out how much has been lost and stolen because of Replacement Theology. The true message of this Op as it pertains to Chanukah is to focus these next eight days on examining our own lives in our service to HaShem and to purify ourselves as vessels used for service in His Temple must be purified.

For those who hold onto the thought that Chanukah should NOT be acknowledged because it was added by the rabbis and not something from HaShem, the message of Chanukah IS in the Word of HaShem and can be found in the Book of Haggai!

After 70 years of exile into Babylon, Israel allowed to return home. In Haggai chapter 1, it says “In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the Word of HaShem came through Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Yehoshua son of Yehozadak, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), saying: ‘Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions, saying: This nation has said, ‘The time has not yet come!’ But I say ‘It is time for the Temple of HaShem to be rebuilt!'” Interesting, just like today, Israel says it isn’t yet time to begin to rebuild the Temple and HaShem says just the opposite and says it is in fact time to rebuild the Temple!

HaShem further says in Haggai 1 “And the Word of HaShem came by the hand of Haggai the prophet saying: ‘Is this a time for you yourselves to sit in your houses with paneled roof, while this House (Temple of HaShem) is in ruins? So now, thus said, HaShem, Master of Legions: Set your heart to consider your ways! (Teshuvah/Repentance – Examine your lives) You have sown much but bring in little; eating without being satisfied, drinking without quenching thirst, dressing yet no one is warmed; and whoever earns money earns it for a purse with a hole. Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: Set your heart to your ways (Teshuvah/Repentance – Examine your lives)! Go up to the mountain and bring wood and build the Temple; I will be pleased with it and I will be honored, said HaShem.” This sums up Chanukah!!

How did the people respond? “And so Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Yehoshua son of Yehozadak, the Kohen Gadol, and the entire remnant of the people listened to the voice of HaShem their Elohim and to the words of Haggai the prophet, according to what HaShem their Elohim had sent him to prophesy, and the people feared before HaShem. And Haggai, the agent of HaShem, in the agency of HaShem, spoke to the people, saying, ‘I am with you, the Word of HaShem.'” So the people heard the Voice of HaShem which means they repented and returned to Him!

“HaShem aroused the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judea, and the spirit of Yehoshua the son of Yehozadak, the Kohen Gadol, and the spirit of the entire remnant of the people, and they came and did work on the Temple of HaShem, Master of Legions, their Elohim, on the 24th day of the month, in the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius.” Chanukah falls on the evening of the 24th day of the month of Kislev, however, here they began cutting stones and sawing trees on this day in the sixth month, but the actual construction of the Temple began three months later i.e. the Month of Kislev! Keep this in mind!

It should be noted they began to cut stones and saw trees for the rebuilding the Temple on the 24th day of the sixth month, which would be the month of Elul. This after HaShem calls for Israel to consider their ways i.e. Teshuvah/repent, which is significant because the month of Elul is known as the ‘Month of Reconciliation’. HaShem is always willing to hear someone who repents, but in the month of Elul, He is especially willing to hear. Elul then goes into the month of Tishrei in which the Feasts of Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot take place. Then the month of Cheshvan, which is the month the First Temple was completed. It is a month known for bitterness for there are no Feasts in this month. Then the month of Kislev, which is the month of Chanukah!!

Per an excerpt from The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Kitov, he states “When the Jews who returned from the Babylonian exile began to rebuild the Beit Ha-Mikdash (Temple of HaShem), their work was interrupted for twenty two years because of enemy intrigue and opposition. When the work was finally resumed, the foundation for the second Beit Ha-Mikdash was laid on the 24th of Kislev (First night of Chanukah).”

There is an allusion to Chanukah in the Torah which when counting from the word ‘Bereshis’ (Genesis), the first word in the Torah, the twenty fifth word is ‘Or’ which means ‘Light’ an allusion to the light of Chanukah when is lit on the twenty fifth day of Kislev.

How many days does Chanukah last? Eight days! Is this a coincidence? How many days of offerings does it take to consecrate the rebuilt Temple for use in service to HaShem? You guessed it, eight days! Remember, Chanukah i.e. Consecration, is all about purification, dedication to service to HaShem!

What is the significance of the number eight in HaShem’s Word? Per the book ‘Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers’ the number eight relates to everything that is above nature, rise above the limitations of the physical realm. It represents eternity! More importantly it represents ‘The 8th Era’ otherwise known as ‘Mashiach’. The excerpt from this book says “The miraculous oil of Chanukah is a harbinger of the anointing oil used to inaugurate the coming of the Messianic Era. This process can be traced to King David, who was the 8th of Yishai’s sons. The very name of the King, Messiah, refers to the anointing of the Davidic dynasty with oil. The oil used in the Menorah is related to the Messianic King who will illuminate the world with his light.” So, we can see again Chanukah points not only to the Torah of HaShem, but to His King Messiah i.e. Yeshua (Not the Jesus of Replacement Theology who rejects and teaches a doctrine against the Torah of HaShem). It is interesting that the harp used in the Bible has seven strings, but the harp that will be used in the Messianic Era will have eight strings as alluded too in Psalms 12:1!

Temple Painting by Alex Levin

Another excerpt from The Book of Our Heritage says “The eighth day of Chanukah parallels the festival of Shemini Atzeres, which follows the seven days of the festival of Sukkot. Just as Shemini Atzeres contains the essence of all the festivals that precede it, the atonement aspect of the Days of Awe and the joyous aspect of Sukkot, so too does the last day of Chanukah contain all of the aspects of happiness, salvation, praise, and thanksgiving of the previous days.”

Just very briefly I want to quickly include that Yeshua Himself kept Chanukah per what we read in John chapter 10! I would encourage you to check it out for yourselves. I digress.

Serving HaShem can be summed up by ‘It is the constant battle between purity and impurity!’ It is the war between Yehudah vs Greece/Rome, light vs darkness, Torah vs paganism, etc. As such it can get overwhelming at times due to the oppression and opposition of the adversary against HaShem and His people, but HaShem led me to a few verses to remind of one very important fact we need to remember:

2 Chronicles 32:7-9 says “‘Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid and do not be dismayed in the face of the king of Assyria and in the face of the entire multitude that is with him, for we have more with us than he has with him. With him is human might, BUT WITH US IS HASHEM, OUR ELOHIM, TO HELP US AND TO FIGHT OUR WARS!’ The people were reassured by the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah.” Very important we all, myself included remember this! As long as we constantly examine ourselves, strive for purity in our service to HaShem, strive to walk in His Torah, then He will be our shield, our high-tower, our place of refuge, provision and security!

Some may ask why He allows adversity and tribulations in our lives, well, the simple answer is simply because He is the Boss…He knows what’s best for each of us. Another explanation is from Hosea 5:15 which says “I will go, I will return to My place until they will acknowledge their guilt and seek My Face; IN THEIR DISTRESS THEY WILL SEEK ME.” Its in distress and troubled times that we will seek His Face!

So, in summary, this Chanukah especially in light of all that is going on around us today, is a time of great darkness and trouble, what better time to draw near to HaShem, light the Menorah and see the light banish the darkness as we strive to examine ourselves and purify our service to HaShem!

May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days that our Messiah Yeshua gathers HaShem’s Own and takes us to that place of protection He has already prepared for the seven years of the Birth Pains! It may be sooner than we realize! Let’s examine ourselves and purify our walk with Him. Have a blessed Chanukah.

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Milstein Edition The Twelve Prophets – Hosea by Artscroll
  • The Writings I-II Chronicles by Artscroll
  • Mishlei by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov
  • The Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers by Artscroll

THE FOOTSTEPS OF MESSIAH – NEEDED ENCOURAGEMENT IN A WORLD OF MADNESS

“He turned upon them their own violence, and with their own evil He will cut them off, HaShem, our Elohim, will cut them off.” Psalms 94:23

As the world spins into deeper madness around us by the minute it seems, HaShem put it on me that I need to post something of encouragement, because, trust me folks, we haven’t seen anything yet with regards to how bad things are going to get and we are going to need His Word to fall back upon to get us through these appointed times! Why do I say these are appointed times? Because I firmly believe we are on the cusp of the Birth Pains of Messiah!

Consider the following excerpt from the Mishnah, Tractate 9:15 which says concerning the ancient Sages understanding of the state of the world just before Messiah shows up: “When the Temple was destroyed, the haverim (Torah Sages) and noblemen were shamed and covered their heads, and men of deeds were enfeebled, and men of arm and men of the tongue prevailed (Violent and slanderous people), and nobody examines and nobody intercedes, and nobody inquires. Upon whom can we rely? Upon our Father in Heaven. Rabbi Eliezer the Great says, ‘Since the day the Temple was destroyed, the Torah scholars became like school teachers, the the school teachers like common people, and the common people grew ever more feeble, and no one intercedes; upon whom can we rely? Upon our Father in Heaven. WITH THE FOOTSTEPS OF MESSIAH (An idiom to mean just before the end and the arrival of Messiah) insolence will increase and expensiveness will soar, the vine will yield its fruit but the wine will be costly; and the government will turn to heresy and there will be no rebuke; the House of Meeting will serve immorality (Places of worship will harbor prostitution, due to there being no Torah study i.e. Christendom!) and Galilee will be destroyed and Gavlan will be desolate; and the frontier people will wander about from city to city and not be pitied and the wisdom of the scholars will degenerate, and those who fear sin will be despised, AND TRUTH WILL BE ABSENT. Young men will humble elders, elders will rise before youngsters (Authority will be in the hands of impudent youngsters): ‘A son will revile his father, a daughter will rise against her mother, a daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies will be the members of his household’ quoting Micah 7:6. The face of the generation (The generation of the end) will be like the face of a hound (an idiom to mean ferocity and impudence, brazenness, shameless), a son will not be ashamed before his father (All sense of propriety, morals and decency will disappear), so upon whom must we rely? Upon our Father in Heaven, that He might redeem us soon and send us our righteous Messiah!'”

Does this not describe our current culture we live in today? Is truth not only condemned, shunned and ridiculed but also buried in favor of the agendas and lies? How fast can someone be triggered into furious anger over the most trivial issues? The rule of law means nothing now! Right is wrong and wrong is now right, the hallmark of Satanism.

I bring all of this up because we all are awaiting the coming of Messiah, and may it be SO very soon in our days! However, there is a ton of events which must come to pass before He can arrive and that is the part which can be demoralizing if we let it and we cannot let that happen! This Op, therefore, will focus on the state of the world AFTER Messiah has come back, sort of an attempt to give a glimpse of what we are striving towards. Part of the tools used to help soldiers on the battlefield keep going forward, to not get discouraged and give up, is to always keep your eye on the goal, never take your eye off what you are fighting for, much easier said than done!

But before we jump into this, always remember, now more than ever before, 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

This Op will focus on the prophecy of the Messianic Times as recorded in Yeshayah/Isaiah chapter 2! We will go verse by verse and explore significant events being discussed.

Yeshayah 2:1-2 says “The prophecy that Isaiah son of Amoz saw, concerning Judah and Jerusalem: It WILL happen in the end of days: The mountain of the Temple of HaShem will be firmly established as the head of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills, and all the nations will stream to it.” Here is more absolute proof the physical/literal Temple in Jerusalem WILL be rebuilt and by HaShem’s command, endorsement and support despite all that Replacement Theology Christendom teaches on the topic! All the korbonot/offerings WILL resume. Further, the Temple of HaShem, described here as a mountain, will be firmly established, meaning the whole world will recognize the authority of HaShem and His Temple as being His Throne here on earth! ALL the nations of the world WILL come to the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem to bring korbonot/offerings.

These two verses here prove the Temple of HaShem in the End of Days was NOT done away with nor will be built solely to be the domain of the False Messiah and it certainly is not something HaShem rejects or has rendered to be demonic or the domain of Satan as Replacement Theology Christendom commonly teaches!

Yeshayah 2:3 says “Many peoples will go and say, ‘Come, let us go up to the Mountain of HaShem, to the Temple of the Elohim of Ya’akov (Jacob), and He will teach us of His ways and we will walk in His paths.’ For from Zion will the Torah come forth, and the Word of HaShem from Jerusalem.” The world will come to the Temple to learn!!! So again, we see the Temple of HaShem is a teaching tool to teach us the concept of kedushah (Holiness)! This is precisely why Paul likened the followers of Yeshua as being the Temple! It is NOT a literal statement, he is pointing to the Temple of HaShem, recognizing it is a teaching tool to teach us HOW to walk and serve HaShem! Unfortunately Replacement Theology Christendom has completely twisted up this concept and turned it into a replacement concept!

Notice also how the people, Gentiles included, come to the Temple of HaShem to learn how to walk in His ways and they will walk in His paths? This all points to the Torah of HaShem! Again destroys the argument that the Torah is meant ONLY for the Jews! Torah is for ALL of humanity, the basis for Yeshua’s command in the Apostolic Writings to go into all the world and be a light to the nations i.e. bring the Torah to the world so all may know HaShem, walk in His ways and be blessed!

The ‘Word of HaShem’ is an idiom to mean the Messiah of HaShem! This means Yeshua will be teaching the Torah from the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem!

Yeshayah 2:4 says “He (Messiah Yeshua) will judge among the nations, and will settle the arguments of many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation will not lift sword against nation and they will no longer study warfare.” Warfare will end under the leadership of Messiah!

Yeshayah 2:5 says “O House of Ya’akov (Jacob): Come, let us walk by the light of HaShem!” What is the ‘Light of HaShem?’ It is the Torah!! Come, let us walk by the Torah of HaShem! Consider what the commentary of this one verse says “In the previous verses, Isaiah has expounded on the glorious future when all the nations will flock to the service of HaShem. It will not come about through the efforts of the Jews who will leave their land to proselytize. Instead, Israel will be in Eretz Yisrael (The Land), and the Beit HaMikdash (The Temple) and its people will be at the zenith of holiness and service to HaShem. The people will achieve maximum attainable knowledge of HaShem and the Torah and their spiritual light will be so powerful that the nations will be drawn to it.”

The commentary goes on which asks the question, “According to the Talmud, Israel was exiled in order to gather sparks of holiness and bring non-Jews to the Torah. What would have happened to these sparks and potential converts if Israel had not sinned and been exiled? The answer is that if Israel had not fallen from its pedestal of holiness, they would have been like spiritual magnets, drawing seekers of holiness to the Land.” Again, the Torah is NOT just for Israel! Torah is for ALL of humanity which is precisely why I loathe Replacement Theology so much, because through its insidious doctrine, it is robbing people of having the blessings HaShem has in store for those who do strive to walk according to His Torah!

Yeshayah 2:6 says “For You have abandoned Your people, the House of Ya’akov, because they were filled with sorceries of the East and divinations, like the Philistines; and they content themselves with the children of foreigners.” This verse is explaining why HaShem exiled Israel, because of trading the Torah of HaShem for the sorceries and divinations of the Gentiles. To ‘content themselves with the children of foreigners’ is a metaphor for the modern, fashionable ides of the Gentiles. Israel traded the wisdom of HaShem and His Torah for modern heathen philosophies (Replacement Theology Christendom is a perfect example!).

Yeshayah 2:7 says “Its land became full of silver and gold, with no end to its treasuries; its land became full of horses, with no end to its chariots.” This verse summarizes that it was because Israel enjoyed great prosperity that they left the ways of the Torah which led them into idolatry. Do we not see this today in America?

Yeshayah 2:8 says “Then its land became full of false gods; each one of them bows to his own handiwork, to what his fingers have made.” Idolatry consumed the people! Another perfect picture of America today, especially this time of year i.e. November 2020, as America and Replacement Theology prepare for Christmas.

Yeshayah 2:9 says “Humankind will have bowed and man will have humbled himself; yet, You will not forgive them.” This is in reference to the time right after the Birth Pains when the armies of the world will launch one final assault against Jerusalem in an attempt to defeat Messiah Yeshua. Once they realize it is futile and they have put their hopes and trust in their false gods, gold and silver, etc, they will surrender. HaShem will exact retribution from all the nations for all the spiritual and physical havoc they wreaked upon Israel!

Yeshayah 2:10 says “Enter the rock and be hidden in the ground, because of the fear of HaShem, and from the glory of His greatness.” The nations of the world will so greatly fear HaShem they will say they should hide in the rocks in the ground to escape His judgment.

Yeshayah 2:11 says “Humankind’s haughty eyes will be brought low and men’s arrogance will be humbled; and HaShem alone will be exalted on that day.” On the Day of Judgment, all the world will finally recognize and know HaShem alone is Ruler of His Creation! The highlighted and underlined phrase in this verse is again pointing to a very specific day in the End i.e. the Day of HaShem, which will begin on a Rosh HaShannah and last 1,000 years in which the first seven years are the Birth Pains!

Yeshayah 2:12-16 says “For HaShem, Master of Legions, has a day for retribution against every proud and arrogant person and against every exalted person and he will be brought low; and against all the lofty and exalted cedars of Lebanon and against all the oaks of Bashan; and against all the lofty mountains and against all the exalted hills; and against every tall tower and against every fortified wall; and against all the ships of Tarshish and against all the splendid places.” His ‘Day of Retribution’ is the same as the Day of HaShem! Can you imagine all the corruption in the governments of the world will be exposed and destroyed. All the haughty, arrogant and wicked people and the false religious systems will be exposed and destroyed. There will be no place for these people to hide nor can they bribe HaShem to spare them!!

Can you imagine folks like Hillary Clinton and the like standing before Yeshua at that time and attempting to threaten Him into complying with her demands? Its no wonder we read about about Messiah Yeshua covered in blood stained garments in Yeshayah 63:1-6 as says He comes out from Edom (Esau/Rome/Replacement Theology Christendom) having destroyed them for their ruthless destruction of the Second Temple and subsequent bitter and merciless persecution of Israel throughout the current exile. I digress.

Yeshayah 2:17 says “He donned righteousness like armor and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He donned garments of vengeance as His attire and clothed Himself in zealousness like a coat.” Is it a coincidence this verse is recited on Rosh HaShanah? It is because the Day of Judgment/The Day of HaShem/The Day of Retribution will begin on a Rosh HaShanah and clearly HaShem is beyond angry!! The armor represents HaShem’s righteous salvation of Israel and His zealous revenge against His enemies. Each piece of armor represents some form of Divine manifestation at the time of the Final Redemption!

Yeshayah 2:18 says “Just like His earlier retributions, so shall He reciprocate wrath to His enemies, retribution to His adversaries; He will pay retribution to the islands.” Just as He meted out retribution to Pharaoh, Sennacherib and others of their ilk, so will He mete out retribution to the oppressor nations when He returns to Israel from its final exile!! This is one of the very important reasons why we must study and learn His Torah, because He reveals the end out of the beginning combined with the fact He is unchanging! What happened before WILL happen again! No wonder the Adversary has worked so hard to convince people to toss the Torah onto the dung pile of history and spit on the Temple as being replaced by the Replacement Theology Jesus, because doing so will separate people from HaShem!!!

Yeshayah 2:19 says “From the west people will fear the Name of HaShem, and from the east, rising of the sun, His glory; for travail will come like a river, the spirit of HaShem will gnaw at them.” The point of this verse is to show that HaShem WILL destroy our enemies once and for all, never to be heard from ever again throughout the rest of eternity! Baruch HaShem!! Tractate Sanhedrin 98a from the Talmud Bavli says very succinctly “If you saw a generation whose troubles inundate it like a river, await the coming of the Messiah!”

Yeshayah 2:20 says “A Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those of Ya’akov who repent from willful sin, the Word of HaShem.” Those who repent i.e. return to HaShem and His Torah and forsake their willful sins will also be welcomed and enjoy the Final Redemption!

Yeshayah 2:21-22 says “And as for Me, this is My covenant with them, said HaShem, My spirit which is upon you and My words that I have placed in your mouth will not be withdrawn from your mouth nor from the mouth of your offspring nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring, said HaShem, from this moment and forever.” HaShem is telling everyone that He WILL keep His covenant with Israel no matter how bitter the tribulations of exile and oppression! Again another nail in the coffin of Replacement Theology Christendom which teaches the covenant has been tossed out and replaced by a brand new covenant devoid of the Torah! I digress.

Additionally, HaShem is saying that even though Israel in the throes of exile may seem to be unworthy of redemption, but there is a Divine pledge that He WILL redeem Israel, not because of who we are, but solely because of Who He is and for His Great Name’s sake! This means again that His Torah is eternal!!

Finally, He is saying that this prophecy here in Yeshayah foretells that in the time of the Final Redemption all of Israel will not only repent, but the entire nation will reach such a high spiritual level that there will no longer be a desire to sin. When people recognize the truth with absolute clarity, sin will be inconceivable!!

I hope and pray you are encouraged by this!! It is very dark in the world today and it appears the corrupt, the wicked and the ruthless are ascending and succeeding, but HaShem promises He does this and allows them to fully come to fruition in order to then wipe them out of existence for all eternity!!

Keep your eyes on the goal i.e. the Final Redemption and the coming of Messiah Yeshua! And hold onto the promises of HaShem for it is the only way we will make it through the current times we live in!! May it be so very soon in our days!!!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Yeshayah by Artscroll
  • Steinsaltz Koren Talmud Bavli Tractate Sanhedrin

THE SUN RISES AND THE SUN SETS

Sunrise on the Lake Photograph by Darren White

“Length of days is at its (Torah) right; at its left, wealth and honor.” Proverbs 3:16

It has been almost an entire month since my last Op was posted. I apologize for the long delay, there has been a ton going on in the lives of my family and I, culminating with the passing of a dear family member and their subsequent burial last week. Now its time to get back up and keep going forward!

This election madness is truly historic in nature! For the record I side on the side of Pres Trump and the emerging evidence this entire election was stolen, not that Pres Trump’s/Republicans hands are entirely clean…both sides hands are dirty. It remains to be seen how HaShem will sort this out and what side He allows to assume power. Problem is American society is very, very far away from HaShem and the idolatry, debauchery and corruption is at unprecedented levels, therefore HaShem just may allow Biden to take power as judgment!

It is interesting however that this weeks Torah Portion is Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23:1-25:18 and the Haftarah is 1 Kings 1:31! We know NOTHING is a coincidence with HaShem! This said, this Op will focus on the Haftarah as it discusses the attempted coup of David and the Israeli government! Gee, there is nothing like this going on today is there?

Keep this in mind as we proceed, but before we get started always remember the following 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
  • He says His of His Torah that length of days are at its right, at its left, wealth and honor per Proverbs 3:16
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The main player, per se, spoken of in 1 Kings 1 is Adoniyah (Adonijah). Just for some background Adoniyah is NOT spoken of well in His Word! His name in Hebrew means ‘My Master is HaShem’ and he certainly ran the other direction on this as you will shortly see! He was the fourth son of David per 2 Samuel 3:4 and a Torah scholar but got caught up in the trappings of the world. So, now let’s delve into this weeks Haftarah i.e. 1 Kings 1 and see if there are any similarities to what we are witnessing in today’s news with regards to the election.

1 Kings 1:1-4 says “King David was old, advanced in years. They covered him with garments, but he did not become warm. His servants said to him, ‘Let there be sought for my master the king a young virgin, who will stand before the king and be his attendant; she will lie in your bosom and it will be warm for my master the king.’ They sought a beautiful girl throughout the boundary of Israel, and they found Abishag the Shunammite and brought her to the king. The girl was exceedingly beautiful, and she became the king’s attendant and she served him, but the king was not intimate with her.”

So, we see King David was old and bed ridden, unable to stay warm. Clearly he was in poor health! His attendants attempted to keep him warm by bringing in a beautiful woman.

1 Kings 1:5 says “Adoniyah son of Haggith EXALTED HIMSELF saying ‘I SHALL REIGN!’ He provided himself with chariot and riders, and fifty men to run before him.” We see Adoniyah decided for himself to usurp the reign of his father, David, and exalted himself, declared himself the king and sent fifty men to run before him, declaring his ascendancy to the kingship! Does this sound familiar? The media going before Biden declaring him the new President of the US when they have ZERO authority to do so? Then we see Biden exalt himself on stage and publicly declare himself the successor to Trump, when nothing has been officially certified by any US state as required by the US Constitution!

What was the reason Adoniyah suddenly made this move?

1 Kings 1:6-8 says “All his days his father had never saddened him by saying, ‘Why have you done this?’ Moreover, he was very handsome and his mother bore him after Absolom. He discussed his intentions with Yoab son of Zeruiah and Abiathar the Kohen (High Priest), and they assisted, following after Adoniyah. But Zadok the Kohen (High Priest), Benaiah son of Yehoiada, Nathan the prophet, Shimei, Rei, and David’s mighty men were NOT with Adoniyah.”

The commentary on these verses says “All his days his father had never saddened him. This is the first reason for Adoniyah’s self aggrandizement. Because his father had never reprimanded him for anything, he believed that David loved him more than any of his brothers and would not protest his public declaration that he would be the next king. Ultimately, however, David’s tolerance led to Adoniyah’s downfall. This verse teaches ‘He who refrains from disciplining his child ultimately leads him to his death.'”

How can we connect these verses and commentary to Biden? Has he ever been charged with any crime despite the evidence especially as of late with the laptop and his knowing about his son Hunter and the alleged drug use, extortion, child sex trafficking, child pornography, potential treason for colluding with America’s enemies? Nope, nothing has ever happened and as of late the laptop story has completely disappeared. Point is, the man obviously feels invincible and untouchable!

I Kings 1:9-10 says “Adoniyah slaughtered sheep, cattle and fatted bull at the Zoheleth Stone which is near En-rogel, and he invited all his brothers, the sons of the king, and all the men of Judah, the king’s servants. But Nathan the prophet, Benaiah, the mighty men, and his brother Solomon he did not invite.”

The commentary says “To celebrate and gather support for his assumption of the throne, Adoniyah tendered a lavish feast to most of his fellow princes and the leaders of his tribe of Judah. Regarding the Zoheleth Stone refers to snakes. Thus the verse means to suggest that whoever opposes the Davidic dynasty deserves to be bitten by a snake. Adoniayah did NOT invite the dignitaries he knew would oppose him.” How much has the media and Biden’s supporters been celebrating as of late over his ‘victory’, boasting of his garnering the most votes of any US presidential candidate in US history? How loudly has the press been mocking and calling for Pres Trump to just concede the election and vacate the White House now? Further, how many in the media and leaders supporting Biden are now calling for supporters of Trump and veterans to be rounded up and exterminated as they are a threat to Biden?

What happens next?

I Kings 1:11-14 says “Nathan spoke to Bath-sheba, Solomon’s mother, saying, ‘Have you not heard that Adoniyah son of Haggith has become king? but our master David does not know. So now go, I will give you counsel now, so that you may save your soul and the soul of your son Solomon. Go and come to King David and say to him, ‘Have you not, my master the king, sworn to your maidservant saying, ‘Your son Solomon will reign after me and he will sit on my throne? Why has Adoniyah become king?’ While you are still speaking there with the king, I will come in after you and supplement your words.” Nathan was certain David didn’t know of this coup attempt otherwise David would have stomped the guts out of those who were plotting this! Further, Nathan knew it was HaShem Who had chosen and designated Solomon to become king after David died, therefore he knew Adoniyah would not allow Solomon to live in peace if this coup was successful which is why he tells Bath-sheba to secure herself and Solomon.

Are there things going on behind the scenes with regards to corruption and actions taken by Biden and his supporters? The evidence is becoming more and more credible by the day that yes this is exactly what has and is happening!

I Kings 1:15-16 says “So Bath-sheba came to the king, into the chamber, the king was very old, and Abishag the Shunammite was serving the king. Bath-sheba bowed and prostrated herself to the king, and the king said, ‘What concerns you?'” Because Bath-sheba came before David and prostrated herself before him, he knew she had something very important to present before him. She, technically as the queen, was not required to prostrate herself before David.

I Kings 1:17-21 says “She said to him, ‘My master, you swore to your maidservant by HaShem, your Elohim, ‘only Solomon your son will reign after me, and he will sit on my throne.’ But now, behold, Adoniyah has become king and now, my master the king, you did not know! He has slaughtered ox, fatted bull, and sheep in abundance, and has invited all the kings sons, as well as Abiathar the Kohen and Yoab, the commander of the army; but he has not invited your servant Solomon. And you, my master the king, the eyes of all Israel are upon you, to tell them who will sit on the throne of my master the king after him. For it will happen that when my master the king lies with his forefathers, I and my son Solomon will be deemed sinners.'”

The commentary on these verses says “By informing David explicitly of the highlights of Adoniyah’s guest list, she proved that the feast was NOT an innocent party, but was intended to celebrate his ascension to the throne. She assured David this was NOT an insurrection, which he would be unable to put down due to his health, rather, all eyes of Israel were upon him, to tell them who will sit on the throne and the nation would follow his wish. He just had to make it known to the nation. She ended her plea by telling David if Adoniyah is successful both her and Solomon would be killed as being threats to Adoniyah’s reign.” Notice how Adoniyah quickly sought out the support of Abiathar, the Kohen HaGadol at that time and Yoab the commander of the army? These two positions are where the power lies within the government! Now, notice how quickly Biden is clamoring to get his transition team into place focusing on the Dept of Defense?

I Kings 1:22-27 says “Behold she was still speaking with the king, when Nathan the prophet arrived. They told the king, saying, ‘Nathan the prophet is here.’ He came before the king and prostrated himself to the king with his face to the ground. Nathan said, ‘My master the king, have you said, ‘Adoniyah will reign after me and he will sit on my throne?’ For he has gone down today and slaughtered ox, fatted bull, and sheep in abundance, and he has invited all the kings sons, the generals of the army and Abiathar the Kohen; and behold, they are eating and drinking before him, and they have said, ‘Long live King Adoniyah!’ But me, I, your servant, Zadok the Kohen, Benaiah son of Yehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite. Can it be that this matter has come from my master the king, and you have not informed your servant who will sit on the throne of my master the king after him?'” Adoniyah wasted no time in buying off his supporters who all quickly proclaimed him king! Gee, see anything similar today with Biden and his team clearly rewarding the media in their declarations which are akin to ‘Long live President Biden!’ across the airwaves?

I Kings 1:28-31 says “Then King David answered and said, ‘Summon Bath-sheba to me.’ She came before the king and stood before the king. The king swore and said, ‘As HaShem lives, Who has redeemed my life from every trouble, I swear that as I have sworn to you by HaShem, the Elohim of Israel, saying ‘Solomon your son will reign after me and he will sit on my throne in my place,’ so shall I fulfill it this very day. Bath-sheba bowed down to the ground and prostrated herself to the king, and she said, ‘May my master King David live forever!” So, now David is going to take measures to nip this attempted coup in the bud!

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I Kings 1:32-35 says “King David then said, ‘Summon Zadok the Kohen, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah son of Yehoiada to me’; and they came before the king. The king said to them, ‘Take with you your master’s servants and mount my son Solomon upon my mule and take him down to Gihon (City of David). There Zadok the Kohen and Nathan the prophet shall anoint him as king over Israel; sound the shofar and proclaim, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then come back up after him, and let him come and sit upon my throne, and he shall reign in my place, for it is he whom I have commanded to become ruler over Israel and Judah.” Before Adoniyah can do much more damage, David, at the direction of HaShem, circumvents him!

I Kings 1:36-40 says “Benaiah son of Yehoiada then answered the king, saying ‘Amen! And so may HaShem, Elohim of my master the king, say! Just as HaShem was with my master the king, so may He be with Solomon, and may He make his throne even greater than the throne of my master King David! So Zadok the Kohen and Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Yehoiada and the archers and slingers went down and mounted Solomon upon King David’s mule, and led him to Gihon. Zadok the Kohen had taken the horn of oil from the Tent (Tabernacle), and he anointed Solomon; they sounded the shofar, and all the people proclaimed ‘Long live King Solomon!’ All the people then ascended after him, and the people were playing flutes and rejoicing with great joy; the ground virtually burst from their noise.”

The commentary on these verses says “The public anointment of Solomon was greeted with joy and celebration by the people, exactly as David had expected. He knew the nation had not deserted him and that they would rally behind Solomon as soon as they saw that their revered king had made his choice known and that it had been ratified by the prophet, the Kohen HaGadol, and Benaiah and his followers. Exultantly the people cried out, ‘Long live King Solomon’ pointedly, they did not say merely ‘the king’ they mentioned Solomon by name, as if to make it clear they did NOT recognize Adoniyah’s claim.” How many people are today crying out that Trump is the President and NOT Biden! As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 14 Nov 2020 and there is a gigantic rally gathering in Washington DC to proclaim Trump is the President and NOT Biden!

So what was the reaction of Adoniyah?

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I Kings 1:41-42 says “Adoniyah and the guests who were with him heard this (The celebration and shofar blowing) just when they had finished eating. Yoab (Commander of the Army) heard the sound of the shofar and said, ‘Why is the sound of the city so turbulent?’ He was still speaking when Yonathan son of Abiathar the Kohen came. Adoniyah said, ‘Come, for you are a man of accomplishment and you will bring good tidings!'” The sound of the celebration and the shofar must have shocked Adoniyah and his gang! So then Adoniyah allows Yonathan to approach him thinking he is going to be giving him good news!

I Kings 1:43-48 says “Yonathan answered and said to Adoniyah, ‘To the contrary, our master King David has made Solomon King! The king sent with him Zadok the Kohen, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Yehoiada, and the archers and slingers, and they mounted him upon the king’s mule. Zadok the Kohen and Nathan the prophet anointed him as king at the Gihon. They ascended from their rejoicing, and the city became turbulent; that is the noise that you heard. Furthermore, Solomon has sat upon the royal throne, and the king’s servants have come to bless our master King David, saying, ‘May Elohim grant Solomon a reputation even better than your own reputation, and may He make his throne even greater than your throne,’ and the king prostrated himself on his bed. Furthermore, the king said thus, ‘Blessed is HaShem, Elohim of Israel, Who has granted today someone who sits upon my throne and my eyes can see it.'” Imagine how this news must have completely terrified Adoniyah! It must have taken the wind out of his sails per se!

I Kings 1:49-51 says “All of Adoniyah’s guests were alarmed and arose; each man went on his way. Adoniyah was afraid of Solomon, so he arose and went and took hold of the horns of the Altar. Solomon was told, saying, ‘Behold, Adoniyah is afraid of King Solomon, and behold, he has taken hold of the horns of the Altar, saying, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me this very day that he will not execute his servant by the sword!'”

The commentary on these verses says “The protection of the Altar. Obviously Adoniyah thought that his best place of refuge was the Altar. This was based upon Exodus 21:4 which says ‘If a man shall act intentionally against his fellow to kill him with guile, from My Altar shall you take him to die.’ The implication is that the Altar provides refuge to anyone except a premeditated murderer who has been found guilty and sentenced to the death penalty. Thus, Adoniyah had a halachic basis for grasping the Altar and refusing to leave until Solomon guaranteed his safety. Adoniyah’s calculation was moral, rather than legal. If someone was afraid that his life was in danger, he would hold on to the horns of the Altar, so that the one who was threatening his life would be influenced by love of Elohim to forgive the transgression. Thus it became customary for a man who sought forgiveness to hold onto the Altar. By saying King Solomon and referring to himself as his servant, Adoniyah in effect, accepted Solomon’s sovereignty, and no doubt thought that this obeisance would influence the future king to spare him. Adoniyah asked for an oath, which Solomon would not give him.”

I Kings 1:52-53 says “Solomon said, ‘If he will be a loyal man, not a single hair of his will fall to the ground, but if any evil will be found in him, he shall die.’ King Solomon sent messengers and they took him down from the Altar. He came and prostrated himself before King Solomon, and Solomon said to him, ‘You may go to your home.'” In effect Solomon put Adoniyah on probation so long as he was loyal to Solomon! But was this the end of Adoniyah’s coup attempt? Nope!

I Kings 2:13-18 says “Adoniyah son of Haggith came to Bath-sheba, Solomon’s mother. She asked, ‘Do you come in peace?’ He replied, ‘I come in peace.’ He said, ‘I have something to say to you.’ She said, ‘Speak.’ He said, ‘You know that the kingship was mine, and that all of Israel looked to me to reign, but the kingship was diverted from me and became my brother’s, for it was his from HaShem. Now, I have one request to make of you; do not turn me away.’ She said to him ‘Speak.’ He said, ‘Please speak to King Solomon, for he will not turn you away, that he give me Abishag the Shunnamite as a wife.’ Bath-sheba said, ‘Very well. I shall speak to the king on your behalf.'” Now it may seem perfectly innocent for him to request Bath-sheba go before Solomon on his behalf to request Abishag as his wife, however, Adoniyah was plotting something, and clearly he was still bitter the kingship was in his words ‘diverted/taken’ from him. We will see here next what is going on.

I Kings 2:19-21 says “Bath-sheba came to King Solomon to speak to him concerning Adoniyah. The king rose to greet her and prostrated himself to her. He then sat upon his throne and placed a chair the king’s mother, and she sat to his right. She said, ‘I have one small request that I ask of you; do not turn me away.’ The king said to her ‘Ask, my mother, for I shall not turn you away.’ She said, ‘Let Abishag the Shunnamite be given to your brother Adoniyah for a wife.'” We can see the the way she phrased the question, she suspected Solomon will be offended by this!

I Kings 2:22-25 says “King Solomon answered, saying to his mother, ‘Why do you request Abishag the Shunnamite for Adoniyah? Request for him the kingship, for he is my older brother, for him, for Abiathar the Kohen, and for Yoab son of Zeruiah!’ King Solomon then swore by HaShem, saying ‘So should HaShem do to me and so should He do further…for Adoniyah has spoken of this matter at the cost of his life. And now, as HaShem lives, Who has established me and set me upon the throne of my father David, and Who has made a dynasty for me as He had spoken, I swear that today Adoniyah shall be put to death.’ So King Solomon dispatched Benaiah son of Yehoiada and he struck him, killing him.'”

The commentary on these verses explains why Adoniyah was killed. It says “King Solomon understood what his mother did not, that Adoniyah wanted to marry David’s companion only to help lay the ground for another attempt at usurping the throne. Solomon continued his analysis of Adoniyah’s strategy. After marrying Abishag, he would assert his own credentials, since he is my older brother, and would assert that he was next in line to succeed David. As for his allies, he would claim the High Priesthood for Abiathar, who served that capacity prior to Zadok, and commander of the army for Yoab, who had previously served in that position. The king said because he knew that Abiathar and Yoab were behind Adoniyah’s new renewed attempt at usurping the throne. Although Solomon had told Adoniyah that he would not be harmed, that was only on the condition of good behavior and loyalty to the king designated by HaShem and David. Now, however, Adoniyah had shown himself to be a traitor.” Adoniyah just wouldn’t give it up! In my opinion, just like what we see with the past four years with the Democrat party, just couldn’t give up the attempts to usurp the Presidency! And what happened in the end to Adoniyah and his supporters? They destroyed themselves!

The point for this Op is highlighting it is no coincidence we are reading about this conspiracy and coup attempt against David to displace the rightful leader of the nation at this time when the evidence is piling up there is an attempt underway to displace the rightful leader over America!

Now, for the record I am in NO WAY predicting how this election will end up! That is completely in the Hands of our Sovereign King, HaShem, Master of Legions, Who causes the sun to rise and and the sun to set per se i.e. only He establishes world leaders to arise and fall at His will and in His perfect design! He is THE Boss!

In my opinion, if Biden is successful and takes the Presidency, the destruction of America will come swiftly because of the utter debauchery, rebellion and betrayal of Israel which will follow soon after. Should Trump retain the Presidency, I believe the destruction of America will also come simply because of the rage of the enemies of America will have been ignited more so than ever before. But there is great hope in either scenario because HaShem has shown in His Word that before that judgment can fall, He MUST remove and ensure the safety of His people PRIOR to the judgment falling i.e. Noah and the Ark and the angels who come to escort Lot and his family out of Sodom!

This is why it is so important to pay attention to each week’s Torah portion because HaShem IS communicating something to each of us that is relevant to the events taking place around us! If we want to know how to survive in these times, HaShem has given us that information! We, myself included, have to be willing to hear what He is saying!

There is SO much happening today and I think we all can agree that the year 2020 is beyond history making! What will 2021 have in store? Only HaShem knows! Hopefully, HaShem willing, THE Gathering will occur, the Coronation of the King and the Wedding of Messiah take place! May it be SO very soon in our days!

Something to consider.

Shabbat Shalom!

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‘IN THE BEGINNING’…THE MASTERY OF HASHEM

“Remember the Word to Your servant, by which You gave me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your Word preserved me.” Psalms 119:49-50

Well here we are! As I write this Op it is 17 Oct 2020 and it is the first Shabbat in this new Torah reading cycle! The Torah portion for this new cycle is ‘Bereishis’ which begins in Genesis 1 and discusses HaShem, Sovereign of all Creation, fashioning His universe exactly as He has determined it to be!

In my opinion, in light of the days we currently live in, with all the chaos, madness, insanity, corruption, wickedness, violence and uncertainty we are surrounded with each day, it is now more vital than ever before we know exactly Who HaShem is and His Word and in doing so we will see and be reminded of His amazing and undeserving mercy, compassion, kindness, love and His unending desire to have that relationship with each and every one of us! When one really examines this, it will blow your mind that the Sovereign of the Universe, Who created everything desires to have an intimate and personal relationship with each of us!

Everything He created works to fulfill His Kingly decree and purpose! The sun gives its light to light the earth, but also to cause the plants to grow and warm the earth. If the sun was just a little closer the earth would burn, a little farther away and the earth would freeze…HaShem placed it exactly where He knows it needs to be. The laws of gravity are in place to keep everything in the universe where they were decreed to be by the King. The air we breathe with every breath we take that fills our lungs gives us life and every beat of our hearts to keep us alive are all ordained by HaShem…He has numbered each breath, each heartbeat and each day of our lives for in His books each day of our lives are recorded and determined according to His plan! I could go on and on, the point is HaShem, Sovereign and King is Master of ALL His Creation!

We look up into the night sky and see the stars, the moon, the planets and everything in the heavens and wonder at the Majesty and Mastery of HaShem for He tells us each object in the Heavens has a name and serves a distinct purpose! We look at the grandeur of the earth, the plants, the oceans, the lakes, the rivers, the mountains, the animals, the countless varieties of foods, the colors of the flowers, the rain, snow, clouds, etc….ALL of which He controls and has ordained! NOTHING IS OUT OF HIS CONTROL!

This will be the focus of this Op is to examine this one seemingly insignificant Hebrew word ‘Bereishis’ and see how unbelievably in depth it is and what HaShem is revealing for it will absolutely astound you and I pray will stir your curiosity to want to explore the depths of HaShem’s Torah deeper, which will encourage and strengthen each of us to be able to endure these difficult and uncertain times we live in!

The previous Op I did discussing Proverbs 8 from the perspective of the Torah itself speaking, works with this Op as well, so I encourage you to read that Op in connection with this Op!

But before we begin, always remember and never forget the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem, Sovereign, King and Master over ALL His Creation:

  • 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

“Bereishis bara Elohim et hashamyim vayet ha’aretz” this is Genesis 1:1 in Hebrew! I could do many Op’s on this one verse alone because of how much HaShem has embedded and revealed in this one seeming insignificant verse, but I must stay on topic! I will allow this one rabbi trail per se….did you know Messiah is revealed in this one verse from the VERY beginning? Yes He is….the simple word ‘Et’ is in Hebrew comprised of two Hebrew letters i.e. the Aleph and the Tav…..Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so we have the first and last right in the middle of this verse! Remember Yeshua Himself said He is “The beginning and the end” in Revelation 22:13!

Further, the word ‘Et’ is the center of this verse and there are seven words in this verse which comprise a seven branch Menorah with ‘Et’ being the ‘Servant Branch’ in which all the branches light their candles from! Remember Yeshua said “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but possess the light of life.” per John 8:12

Consider the below picture of a seven branch Menorah which has all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet listed in order on it, three letters per branch with four on the Servant Branch i.e. the center branch. I apologize the picture is so small, I couldn’t locate a larger one nor could I enlarge it. Those four Hebrew letters spell two Hebrew words i.e. ‘Yechelim’ which means “He will make them whole!” and ‘Malchi’ which means “My King!”

Can you see how much we have learned already? And we haven’t even started the topic of this Op yet!

The word we are going to focus on from Genesis 1:1 is the word ‘Bereishis’ which in English means “In the beginning.” I will be heavily referencing the Chumash, the Talmud Bavli and the Midrash Rabbah Bereishis for further insight to see what did the Torah Sages of old to include the time of Yeshua understand.

The commentary from the Chumash discussing Genesis 1:1 says “Ten things were created on the first day of Creation: The heavens, earth, tohu and bohu i.e. the complete, shocking emptiness that existed before anything else was created, light, darkness, wind, water, and the length of a day and of a night, so that each cycle lasts 24 hours. We know that heaven and earth were created on the first day, because it says ‘In the beginning, Elohim created heaven and earth.'”

Tractate Chagigah 12a from the Talmud Bavli says “All of these are derived from the Torah: Heaven and earth, as it is written ‘In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth per Genesis 1:1’. Tohu and bohu, as it is written ‘And the earth was unformed and void (Tohu vavohu) per Genesis 1:2.’ Light and darkness; darkness as it is written ‘And the darkness was upon the face of the deep per Genesis 1:2.’ Light, as it is written ‘And Elohim said, Let there be light per Genesis 1:3.’ Wind and water, as it is written ‘And the wind of HaShem hovered over the face of the waters per Genesis 1:2.’ The length of a day and the length of night, as it is written ‘And there was evening and there was morning, one day per Genesis 1:5.'”

This tractate tackles an interesting question which asks “And was light created on the first day? But isn’t it written ‘And Elohim set them in the firmament of the heaven per Genesis 1:17’, and it is also written ‘And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day per Genesis 1:19’, indicating that light was created on the fourth day.” So what light did HaShem create then?

This tractate answers the question: “This should be understood in accordance with Rabbi Elazar, as Rabbi Elazar said: ‘The light that the Holy One, Blessed be He, created on the first day was not that of the sun but a different kind of light, through which man could observe from one of the world to the other. But when the Holy One, Blessed be He, looked upon the generation of the Flood and the generation of the Diaspora (World exile we currently live in) and saw that their ways were corrupt and that they might misuse this light for evil, He arose and concealed it from them, as it is stated “And from the wicked their light is withheld per Job 38:15.”

“And for whom did HaShem conceal it (Light)? For the righteous people in the future, as it is stated ‘And Elohim saw the light, that it was good per Genesis 1:4, and good is referring to none other than the righteous, as it is stated ‘Say of the righteous that it shall be good for them, for they shall eat the fruit of their actions per Isaiah 3:10.'”

Now does Revelation 22:5 make more sense when HaShem says “And night shall be no more, and they shall have no need of a lamp or the light of the sun, because HaShem Elohim shall give them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.” Point is, in the end HaShem will restore the way He originally intended for everything to be because He reveals the end out of the beginning…He reveals the end out of Bereishis!

Again as I have pointed out in past Op’s, can you see then why the adversary works so hard to separate the people of HaShem from the Torah i.e. the Bereishis? This is the main reason why I so utterly loathe and despise Replace Theology Christendom because of how much is being lost and how many people are being led into bondage and destruction! I digress!

The opening paragraph of the commentary by Ohr HaChaim (The light of life) discussing this word ‘Bereishis’ says “When I began delving into the Torah’s opening verse, it was as if the Heavens opened up and I saw visions of HaShem, the Creator of the ends of the earth. I perceived that this verse’s brief description of Creation includes esoteric, hidden matters. I pondered what I am permitted to ponder with regard to the opening words of the Holy One, and I was struck by the word with which the Torah begins to cast it light, that is, its first word. The Torah begins by saying, ‘Bereishis’ which is unusual, for the implication of the word ‘Bereishis’ is ‘In the beginning of…’ such that it is connected to something that is supposed to follow it, as you might say ‘Reishis davar’ which means ‘The beginning of something.’ Here, though, the word ‘Bereishis’ i.e. ‘In the beginning of’ is missing a subject that ought to follow it; the verse does not say in the beginning of what. It goes without saying that this is no oversight, for who knows how to express himself as perfectly as our HaShem; why, all speech emanates from Him! How could He have begun His Torah with a word that is missing a subject?”

He goes on to say “In truth, the intent of the verse is as follows. Before I present my explanation, though, I want to spotlight a certain facet of our understanding of the greatness of the Creator. How great are His deeds! For the Master, blessed is He, can utter speech in a way that is unfathomable to the beings He created, as the Sages, of blessed memory, said, in explaining the verse, HaShem spoke all these statements, which introduces the Ten Commandments, and this is a quote of their words: ‘HaShem spoke His words in a way that the human mouth is not capable of speaking. That is, the Torah’s statement that HaShem spoke all these statements means that He said all Ten Commandments in one utterance, and no utterance preceded another.'”

“With this introduction in place, we can proceed to the elucidation of our verse (Genesis 1:1). It is this: The Master, exalted be His Name, all that He created in the world, which includes the four basic elements that are the building blocks of all matter, as well as everything that is in existence, as well as heaven and earth, in short, everything, but everything, was created by HaShem in one Utterance!'”

Can you see how unfathomable HaShem is? He created His world for us to live, enjoy and serve Him and ultimately have that intimate relationship with Him, but He also reserves and conceals parts of Himself and His Torah, reserved only for the righteous to learn, experience and enjoy in the World to Come…Baruch HaShem!

The Midrash Rabbah Bereshis is very interesting when it discusses this word ‘Bereishis’. It quotes and points to Proverbs 8. It says “The Torah describes its relationship with HaShem before the advent of Creation: ‘I was then His ‘amon’, I was then His delight day after day, etc per Proverbs 8:30.’ The word ‘Amon’ can be interpreted as related to ‘Omein’ which means ‘A nurse’, so that the Torah is saying, ‘I was then His nursling’; ‘amon’ can be interpreted as ‘covered’ (Lamentations 4:5); ‘amon’ can be interpreted as ‘hidden’ (Esther 2:7). It is the Torah that is likened to a nurse who raises the children of a king, meaning that it raises the one who studies it by guiding him in the right path.”

The Midrash goes on and says “The Torah is instructive like a nurse (Numbers 11:12) who raises and guides the child, it is covered, and it is hidden. Describing the Tablets given to Moshe at Sinai, the Midrash says the following: ‘The Tablets were six handbreadths long. Two handbreadths were in HaShem’s hand, as it were; two handbreadths were in Moshe’s hand; and two handbreadths separated between one hand and the other. This imagery signifies that the Torah consists of three parts: The revealed, the covered, and the hidden.”

“The revealed part contains the text and teachings that Moshe conveyed to Israel at Mount Sinai, primarily in connection to the 613 mitzvos (Commandments) that we are obliged to study and fulfill. We may not know why HaShem gave us these mitzvos or what purpose they serve, but we are still nonetheless bound to observe them in deference to His expressed will.”

“The covered portion of the Torah includes the reasons for all the mitzvos, the secrets behind them, the effects they have on the mitzvah observer and on the world at large. These aspects of HaShem’s wisdom have not been revealed in a public way, but when a person shows his commitment to performing the mitzvos for the sake of Heaven, HaShem enlightens him with insight into this restricted area of Torah knowledge.”

“The hidden portion of the Torah is not at all accessible to us in this world. Picturesquely described by the Sages as wine preserved in its grapes since the six days of Creation, it will be brought out and served i.e. revealed and taught, to the righteous in the Future, when mankind is restored to the purity it enjoyed before Adam’s sin. Of this future generation the prophet states per Isaiah 64:3 ‘No eye has seen…that which HaShem will do for those who hope to Him.'”

“Hence, the Midrash before us has three names for the Torah. Nurse is the part that imparts practical guidance on how to conduct our lives as servants of HaShem. Covered is the part that is not immediately discernible, but that awaits discovery by those worthy of it. And hidden is the part that will remain unknown to all until the World to Come, when HaShem will pour His Spirit upon us and open our eyes to His infinite wisdom.”

The point for these excerpts from the Midrash is again to point out that it is through the Torah that HaShem created everything! The Midrash later says “The Torah states, ‘Bereishis Elohim created the heavens and the earth. The word ‘Reishis’ is a reference to nothing other than the Torah, as it it states in the Torah’s own words, ‘HaShem made me as the beginning (Reishis) of His way per Proverbs 8:22’. Hence our verse means ‘With reishis (Using the Torah as His tool), Elohim created the heavens and the earth.'”

Why is this so important to understand? Because He reveals the end out of the beginning (Reishis i.e. the Torah)! Again as I have stated time and again, no wonder the adversary works so hard to convince people to stay away from the Torah! And no wonder why the adversary convinced the people to embrace a figure head who teaches against the Torah as something that has been done away with or rendered obsolete and replaced!

The Midrash goes on to say “It is not only the life of the individual that depends upon Torah. Rather, Torah is the source of life for ALL Creation. HaShem looked into the Torah and created the world. It follows that all life is a product of Torah. The Rabbis teach that had Israel not accepted the Torah, the world could not have continued, but would have returned to the desolation and emptiness that reigned prior to Creation, for without Torah, nothing can exist!” Gee is this another reason why the adversary wants people to reject the Torah because then Creation would theoretically collapse upon itself and everything be destroyed? Is this another explanation as to why the world is so dark, destructive, wicked, evil, violent and why the weather and other parts of Creation are reacting violently? My opinion is this is precisely why the world is in the mess its in today is because of the rejection of His Torah! Can you see the importance of His Torah in our lives?

HaShem, Elohim, Sovereign of the Universe is truly Master of His Creation! He reveals Himself in everything of His Creation if we would take the time to see Him! He is in absolute control over all things and nothing is just because! Everything serves a purpose according to His will, decrees and design! Baruch HaShem!

So in closing, as we begin this next Torah reading cycle, embrace His Torah with excitement and joy for the Master of all Creation has granted to us the great gift of His Torah! He could have left us wallowing where we were in the systems of religion, being fed lies and deception, all the while waltzing head first into destruction without a clue of what we were embracing. Instead, He in His infinite mercy, compassion, forgiveness and kindness has chosen to grant us His Torah to know, learn, study and apply to our lives and walk in service unto our Great King! Further, we will know exactly who the real Messiah of HaShem is and not embrace the False Messiah!

Further, next time you get a chance in this fast and unrelenting world, stop for just a second and look at creation around you, the night sky, the clouds, the trees, the mountains, the animals, the plants, everything and know you are looking at HaShem and His Torah in action; but more importantly know the One Who created all around you is calling out to you for He desires you come home to Him! Messiah Yeshua restored the broken covenant but the message is the same, Torah is the vehicle to have that intimate relationship with HaShem…Baruch HaShem!

There is much to look forward too in studying His Torah and to know there is an entire aspect of His Torah He has reserved only for the righteous in the World to Come that, HaShem willing, we will spend eternity learning and living out in service to Him! How awesome is HaShem!

“All you nations, join hands! Call out to HaShem with a cry of joy. For HaShem is Most High, awesome, a Great King over all of the earth!” Psalms 47:2-3

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Milstein Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Tractate Chagigah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Tractate Berakhot Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz
  • Kleinman Edition Midrash Rabbah Bereshis by Artscroll
  • Or HaChaim Bereshis by Artscroll
  • Tehillim (Psalms) by Artscroll

“WHEN HE PREPARED THE HEAVENS, I WAS THERE!”

“Thus said HaShem: ‘If the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth plumbed below, so too would I reject the entire seed of Israel because of everything they did, the Word of HaShem.'” Jeremiah 31:36

This will just be a quick Op. As I prepare this Op, it is 12 Oct 2020 and we are beginning a brand new annual Torah reading cycle, Baruch HaShem! The world is in chaos, being consumed by a pandemic, violence, confusion and America is being torn apart because of relentless enemies within. It is a very dark and very difficult time for each of us as no one who is a servant of HaShem and striving to walk in His Torah are having an easy and fun time.

This said, I thought it might be a benefit for some if we review what HaShem says about His Torah now that we are beginning a new reading cycle in the midst of a world gone mad. I pray it will encourage and strengthen people and their resolve to not let go of HaShem even when times get very tough and unimaginably difficult.

This Op will focus on a very unique chapter in the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) which is written in such a fashion that it is the Torah itself that is speaking in the first person. What chapter am I referring too? Chapter 8 of the Book of Proverbs! But before we delve into this, always remember the following 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

For some background on the Book of Proverbs, it was written by Solomon and in chapter 8, Solomon “Turns to the benefits enjoyed by those who recognize the importance of the Torah. The Hebrew word ‘Chochma’ which means ‘Wisdom’ is the speaker. Throughout Proverbs, ‘Wisdom’ is synonymous with Torah. Verses 4-36 speak in the first person, as Torah describes some of its many virtues and benefits, and its pivotal role in Creation.” Very important to keep this in mind as we proceed.

Proverbs 8:1 says “Surely wisdom (Torah) will call out, and understanding will raise her voice.” So, HaShem’s Torah calls out to who? To EVERYONE on the planet i.e. mankind to come and learn!!

Proverbs 8:2-4 says “Atop the heights along the way, at the place where pathways diverge, she (Torah) stands. Near the gateways of the city, at the approach to its entrances, she cries out: ‘To you, O men, do I call, and my voice is to the sons of man.'” The commentary says “The Torah proclaims its message so that it can be heard from afar, as if it were standing on a high hill and on major highways. This is a metaphor for the public study halls and indicate the Torah speaks to people wherever they may be found in life!” This means that every single person will be at some point in their lives presented with the Torah and they will have to choose whom to serve, themselves or HaShem! We all have to make this choice!

Tractate Avodah Zarah 19a from the Talmud Bavli says with regards to the above verses:

A person must always study Torah and only then analyze and delve into it – לְעוֹלָם יִלְמַד אָדָם תּוֹרָה וְאַחַר כָּךְ יֶהְגֶּה : Rashi explains that one should first learn the basic text and its meaning from his teacher, and only afterward analyze and study it in greater depth, since if he does not do this he might not find a teacher available for this first, indispensable stage. Others explain that without a broad base of knowledge, one cannot offer a profound or well-founded reasoning.” What does this imply? That learning the Torah is NOT an easy task BUT with the help of HaShem and His Ruach (Spirit) we CAN do so and the rewards are beyond comprehension and are eternal!

Proverbs 8:5 says “Simpletons, understand shrewdness; fools, understand in your heart.”

The commentary on these verse above describe the two types of human beings: Simpletons – “Lack the shrewdness to avoid being seduced by their Evil inclination; therefore they are exhorted to understand shrewdness so that they will be able to see through its wiles. Fools – Knows the wisdom of the Torah, but fails to apply it to their actions because their heart gives in to their Evil inclination; they deny wisdom because it stand in their way. Wisdom (Torah) tells the fools to ‘Let your heart control your desires so that you will be receptive to wisdom. Anyone who tries to fulfill his duties as a spouse, relative, citizen, or decent human being, without arming his mind with wisdom (Torah), will ultimately fail.'”

Proverbs 8:6-9 says “Listen, for I will speak noble thoughts; the opinion of my lips will be fair words. For my palate will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips. All the words of my mouth are said with righteousness; they contain no twisting or perversion. They are all correct to one who understands, and upright to those who find knowledge.”

The commentary on the above verses says “King Solomon teaches how to value the words of Torah. Its every letter is perfect; nothing in it is extraneous, redundant, or irrelevant. The exact phraseology and order of each statement is vital to its understanding; even a change in the spelling of a word may imply a vital halachic (How to walk in the Torah) determination. If someone fails to see the significance of the Torah’s words, it is due to his lack of understanding and not to any deficiency in the Torah. That its truth and righteousness are beyond question becomes more and more self evident the deeper one delves into it.” I can, from personal experience, attest that this is absolutely true! The deeper I go in studying the Torah, I am always astounded because it constantly reveals HaShem is absolute and is in absolute control over all things. Further, when applied to the Apostolic Writings, it completely and utterly exposes Jesus of Replacement Theology as a fraud and the very False Messiah, the Man of Lawlessness, HaShem warns us about while more importantly revealing Yeshua as being the Messiah of HaShem for He taught nothing but the Torah! I digress!

Proverbs 8:10-11 says “Accept my discipline and not silver, for knowledge is choicer than fine gold, for wisdom (Torah) is better than pearls, and all desires cannot compare to it.” I know this personally from experience! Torah is absolutely better than anything this world can offer or compare to it! Further, as the ancient Torah scholars have taught, silver, gold and pearls can all be acquired and then stolen by others, but Torah knowledge cannot be stolen and is far more valuable than what this world offers.

In verses 12-21 Solomon now will discuss how Torah is the truest success!!

Proverbs 8:12-21 says “I am wisdom; I dwell in shrewdness; I provide knowledge of designs. Fear of HaShem is hatred of evil. I hate pride and haughtiness, the way of evil, and a duplicitous mouth. With me there is counsel and wisdom; I am understanding; with me is strength. Through me, kings will reign, and rulers will decree righteousness; through me officials will rule, and nobles, all who judge righteously. I love those who love me, and those who search for me shall find me. Wealth and honor are with me, great fortune and righteousness. My fruits are better than fine gold, even choice gold, and my produce is choicer than silver. I will walk in the path of righteousness, amid the pathways of justice. I have what to bequeath to those who love me, and I shall fill their storehouses.”

The commentary on these verses says: “Wisdom of the Torah gives its students shrewdness i.e. the needed wisdom to deal with ALL areas of life and with the Evil Inclination that we have to contend with all the time. Homiletically, a person should use shrewdness to outwit their Evil Inclination.”

Walking with HaShem means we will strive to learn and apply His Torah to our daily lives, something much easier said than done! Further, Torah is the means to develop that intimate relationship with HaShem! Additionally, if we say we are going to imitate Yeshua, then Torah is the ONLY way to do that for He lived out and taught the Torah!

Proverbs 8:22-23 says “HaShem made me at the beginning of His way, before His deeds of yore. I have reigned since the distant past: from the beginning, from before there was the earth.” These two verses are absolute proof that HaShem used the Torah the create everything in existence!

Proverbs 8:24-31 says “When there were no depths, I was formed; when there were no springs rich with water, before mountains were settled, before hills, I was formed; when He had not yet made the earth and its environs or the first dust of the inhabited world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when He etched out the globe upon the face of the depths; when He strengthened the heavens above; when He fortified the wellsprings of the depths; when He set for the sea its limit, so that the waters would not transgress His word; when He forged the foundations of the earth; I was then His nursling, I was then His delight every day, playing before Him at all times, playing in the inhabited areas of His earth, my delights are with mankind.”

The commentary on these verses highlight the various stages of His Creation that were preceded by the Torah i.e. the sources of water, the mountains, land, the heavens and the earth and the division of earth into land and seas. Point is, HaShem used His Torah to create everything!! Do you really think then HaShem would have sent a Messiah to now render Torah obsolete and toss it aside? It is utterly absurd and an absolute impossibility!

“His Torah is a Tree of Life to those who take hold of it!”

Proverbs 8:32-36 says “And now, children, listen to me; praiseworthy aret hose who heed my ways. Harken unto discipline and grow wise and do not reject wisdom (Torah). Praiseworthy is the person who listens to me, to hasten to my doors every day, to guard the doorposts of my entrances. For one who finds me has found life and he has elicited favor from HaShem. But one who sins against me despoils his soul; all who hate me love death.” Can you again see the connection between life and the Torah? His Torah is a tree of life to those who take hold of it (Proverbs 3:18)!

On a side note, can you see why the adversary has worked so hard over the centuries to convince humanity that the Torah is something to be shunned, rejected, tossed aside or replaced? If he can get us to toss out the Torah of HaShem, then we just tossed aside the only truth there is, the only way to have a relationship with HaShem and the only means through which to identify the real Messiah vs the False Messiah! Consider that Replacement Theology ‘Jesus’ hides and conceals himself behind this theology that the Torah is now tossed aside, which is why he becomes so enraged when HaShem wakes up His people and brings them out of Replacement Theology and begin to embrace the Torah! Remember, who exactly is the adversary enraged by per Revelation 12:17? Those who have the testimony of Yeshua as Messiah AND who keep the Torah of HaShem! Why is he so enraged by this? Because he is fully exposed and his lies no longer have any effect! Keep this in mind when you are learning the Torah and the adversary attacks your life in order to try and discourage and prevent you from going any further with HaShem and His Torah!

Remember, Yeshua Himself commands us to keep the Torah via Matthew 23:1-3 which says “Then Yeshua spoke to the crowds and to His taught ones saying, ‘The Scribes and the Pharisees (Shammai Pharisees were in power at that time, Shammai was very hostile towards non-Jews learning the Torah as opposed to the Hillel Pharisees who were very welcoming towards non-Jews learning the Torah. Yeshua’s rantings against the Pharisees were directed at the Shammai Pharisees) sit on the seat of Moshe. Therefore, whatever they say to you to guard, guard and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do'” (In other words they were hypocrites and didn’t do what they taught themselves. Further, it reveals Yeshua respected the position and authority they had per the Torah. For further info, refer to the following Op I did a while back discussing this) – https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/02/29/the-seat-of-moshe-who-exactly-was-yeshua-criticizing/

I will close with this quick thought from a book I have entitled “My Father My King” by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin on page 146 which says “Hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, saying to you: ‘I am always with you. I am with you when you realize I am with you, and I am with you when you forget. I am with you when all is going well, and when all seems to be going wrong. I am with you during your moments of joy, and during your moments of sadness and grief. I am with you when you are wide awake, and when you are asleep. I was with you from the moment you came into this world, and I will remain with you until your last breath. I am always with you, and want you to always be with Me.”

Rabbi Pliskin goes on further: “HaShem your guardian, HaShem is your shelter at your right hand (Psalms 121:5). In Hebrew the word translated here as ‘Shelter’ is ‘Tzilcho’ which means ‘Your shadow.’ Just as your shadow is always with you, so is your Creator. Whenever you notice your shadow, you have a reminder of this verse.”

Keep all of what we have discussed in this Op in mind when beginning this new Torah reading cycle as I hope it will enhance what we are learning and can better apply these principles to our lives in service to HaShem so that we may honor and esteem His Great Name because He is deserving of it! Baruch HaShem!

I am hopeful this Op will be helpful for some in these very stressful and difficult times we live in. All I can say is may it be so very soon in our days!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings – Proverbs by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • Jewish Secrets Hidden in the New Testament by Rabbi Avraham Feld
  • My Father My King by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin

SUKKOT – THE SHELTER OF FAITH!

“The Elohim! His Way is perfect; the promise of HaShem is pure. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him!” 2 Samuel 22:31

Can we all agree that the year 2020 has been a year unlike any other in recent history? This year has been an extremely difficult year for many, many people: The sudden deaths of loved ones, receiving devastating health news, economic difficulties, watching a country rip itself to literal shreds, catastrophic weather events, etc. This year has been one hit after another hit in rapid succession it seems and there appears to be no reprieve anytime soon!

HaShem knows and has known all along this is how it will be in the End just before the Birth Pains commence because, remember, He reveals the End from the Beginning (Isaiah 46:10)! He is in so much control over all of His creation, He is able to to reveal the End from the Beginning and turn catastrophic events into something good and to our benefit because nothing is impossible for Him!

With this said, it is no wonder then that HaShem, in my opinion, wants us to, now more than ever, better understand the significance of not just His Feasts, but specifically Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and just what it all truly represents especially in light of 2020! In my opinion, what we are witnessing take place in the year 2020 is just the precursor and pre-game show per se, before the real events commence; which means we are going to have to draw closer to HaShem unlike anytime in our lives before if we are going to not only survive what is coming but also to be a witness for others that HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, is the One and Only true living Elohim, Who shares His glory with no one and the focus of servitude and worship of Israel and all those who wish to serve HaShem!

It is my intent that this Op not focus on the horrible events that have occurred to people, but to be a reminder that HaShem has NOT abandoned us! But that He Himself, in His abundant mercy, compassion, kindness and forgiveness, is wholly able to not only shelter us, but to provide for us and yes, even weep and grieve with us when these catastrophic events do take place. This is best exemplified in His commanded Feast of Sukkot! Keep this in mind as we progress and never forget the following eternal and 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

What is the main theme of Sukkot? Is it to dwell in a sukkah? Is it to commemorate the Wilderness experience when HaShem miraculously delivered our forefathers out of Egyptian bondage by His Great Power and mercy? Would you be surprised the main theme of Sukkot is the command to REJOICE in HaShem and to celebrate our most greatest possession He has granted to us i.e. His Torah! Seven days of rejoicing in HaShem and acknowledging all we have is from Him and Him alone! Seven days of rejoicing in HaShem and acknowledging only He is our literal place of refuge, shelter, protection, provision, redemption and salvation! Imagine, seven days of celebrating the goodness of HaShem, especially in light of 2020! Baruch HaShem!!

Sukkot is the climax of the three Pilgrimage Feasts of HaShem i.e. Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, in which all are to present themselves before HaShem, the Great King, in the Temple in Jerusalem as well as bring korbonot (Offerings) and gifts to the Great King!

On Pesach HaShem redeemed His people and on Shavuot He informed His founding nation Israel the purpose of our freedom, to make the entire nation a ‘Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation’ per Exodus 19:6! On Sukkot, per the Sukkot Machzor, it states the message of Sukkot is as follows: “In the wilderness HaShem enveloped and sheltered Israel in His Clouds of Glory. The clouds were a sign that Israel had risen to the spiritual level that made it worthy of HaShem’s all enveloping protection.” This is where the importance of the Sukkah is derived from in that in the Wilderness, HaShem Himself, sheltered Israel and shielded the people from every form of danger in existence. This is why when we build our Sukkah’s each year, at least in my experience, there is a very real, tangible, Presence in the Sukkah which does give you the sense of protection and shelter! I cannot explain or describe it other than I would recommend people who have not erected a Sukkah before, do so at this time and you will see for yourself and be instantly hooked and will from this point on look forward to Sukkot each year! HaShem wants us to literally experience Him and we certainly can do so on His Feasts along with all the outstanding food He commands we prepare and enjoy, but it is here on Sukkot where we are literally in His Presence in the Sukkah, shielded from the world outside…what could be more important to each of us today especially in light of 2020? The Sukkah is the embodiment of our fullest faith and trust in HaShem that only He provides greater protection than “Battlements and armies. We have experienced the days of joy that stem from awareness that only HaShem cares for us and provides us our sustenance. Such feelings and experiences produce love for HaShem. And in the long run, love and joy accomplish far more than fear. So we move immediately to channel this love and joy into a celebration of the Torah, a celebration which is simultaneously a covenant between ourselves and HaShem to remain loyal to Him and His teachings.”

It is here at Sukkot we are commanded by HaShem in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23:33-34 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying: ‘Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month (Month of Tishrei) is the Festival of Sukkot, a seven day period for HaShem. On the first day is a holy convocation, you shall not do any laborious work. For a seven day period you shall offer a fire offering (Olah/Burnt Offering) to HaShem; on the eighth (Eighth day of the Feast) there shall be a holy convocation as an assembly, you shall not do any laborious work.'” So the first day of Sukkot is a Shabbat as is the eighth day of the Feast is a Shabbat. In the days in between, we are to rejoice, celebrate and experience HaShem and His Presence! What King do you know of in history that actually commands His people to rejoice, experience and celebrate His mercy, kindness and goodness?

This is why when we read in His Word where various scriptures discuss ‘The Feast’ or ‘The Festival’ it is a Hebrew idiom pointing to Sukkot, THE Great Feast of celebration and rejoicing which has very strong prophetic implications connected to the return of Yeshua to Jerusalem at the end of the seven year Birth Pains on that Yom Kippur and will march into Jerusalem and defeat the False Messiah and all of his followers once and for all. Then He will gather all of Israel to Jeruslaem and we will embark on the the greatest celebration in human history five days later on that Sukkot!

On a side note, this is precisely why the doctrine of Replacement Theology and its Torah hating theology is so infuriating to me because it accuses HaShem of being a liar and a cruel despotic monster Who has deceived Israel into accepting His Torah and then in turn creates a brand new group completely devoid of the Torah and then claims this new group is exactly what He wanted from the very beginning…..its not only very confusing but it is the height of blasphemy and idolatry. I digress.

Per Bamidbar (Numbers) 29:12-34, seventy bulls were offered as Olah (Burnt) Korbonot on Sukkot in the Temple. These korbonot were to protect the seventy nations of the world from suffering, to seek atonement for them and to seek peace for all peoples. These seventy bulls were offered in a diminishing fashion i.e. thirteen bulls offered on the first day, twelve the second day, and so on until there were only seven bulls offered on Hoshana Rabbah i.e. the last day of Sukkot.

On the Eighth Day of the Feast of Sukkot is ‘Simchat Torah’, it is the completion of the Torah reading cycle for that year. In other words a day of celebration and rejoicing over the Torah of HaShem! Why is His Torah something to rejoice and celebrate when we have Replacement Theology constantly going on about how the Torah is the epitome of bondage, death, destruction and enslavement? The following excerpt from the Book ‘Simchat Torah – Its Significance, Laws and Prayers’ it says “The deeper significance of Rabbi Hillel’s famous teaching that the primary commandment of the Torah is ‘Love your fellow as yourself, the rest is commentary; now go and study!’ per Tractate Shabbat 32a from the Talmud Bavli. Hillel meant to say that the Torah and its commandments are the means to bring Jews together as one, and when there is the proper kind of unity among Jews, then the Torah can achieve its purpose of bringing about unity between Israel and HaShem. So it was that the Torah could be given at Sinai only when Israel had banished strife from itself and gathered at Sinai which is based upon the verse ‘Like one person with one heart’ in Shemot (Exodus) 19:2.”

This is another reason why Yeshua MUST come in the likeness of Moshe 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 reasons.

The following is from the article ‘The Law of Agency’ from the Jewish Encylopedia 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).”

How does this fit into our discussion here in this Op? It fits because it is a reminder of Who is and who the Messiah cannot be in light of the Word of HaShem! Yeshua is the embodiment of the Word of HaShem and as such can only teach the Torah of HaShem! Any message devoid of the Torah and Yeshua has been disqualified as being the Messiah! I digress.

I could keep going on and on with this Op, but for the sake of time, I will sum it up here in that Sukkot is the time we are to rejoice and celebrate HaShem and His Torah! Especially in light of all the terrible news and experiences people are enduring this very troubled year, now more than ever we need to be reminded and encouraged to draw near to HaShem for He is good, He is kind, He is compassionate and His mercies endure forever. Further, when we are suffering, I truly believe HaShem is right there right next to us suffering with each of us! And think about it, right now our Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) is preparing to officiate the Sukkot Temple Services in the Heavenly Domain i.e. Yeshua, so while we are unable to fully experience Sukkot via the Temple in Jerusalem, our Messiah and Kohen HaGadol in the order of Melchizedek Yeshua, will be officiating on our behalf before HaShem! Baruch HaShem!

With this said, let me quickly input that during the morning daily Tamid (Burnt) korbonot during the days of the Sukkot Feast in the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is the Water Libation Ceremony where the Kohanim go down to the Shiloch Pools, fresh water spring in the City of David and draw water to bring up to the Altar and offer the water before HaShem. They sounded a ‘Tekiah, Teruah and Tekiah’ Shofar blasts as the Kohanim reached the Water Gate. Isaiah 12:3 says “And with joy, shall you draw water!” which is in reference to this ceremony. There is a very well known saying in the Mishnah Tractate Sukkah 5.1 discussing the Water Libation Ceremony in which it says “Whoever had not seen the rejoicing of the Bet Ha-Sho’eva (Rejoicing of the House of Drawing) had never seen rejoicing in his life.”

Why is this important? Because there is a famous event recorded in the Book of John chapter 7 verses 37-39 in which Yeshua is in the Temple and He suddenly and loudly calls out to the people “And on the last day, the great day of the Festival, Yeshua stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink. As the Scripture said, ‘Out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water. And this He said concerning the Ruach (Spirit), which those believing in Him were about to receive, for the Set-apart Spirit was not yet given, because Yeshua was not yet esteemed.” Can you see the significance of what Yeshua is saying here? He is likening Himself to the water of HaShem i.e. another famous idiom describing His Torah! Another reason why we need to know everything about HaShem’s Feasts because those same idioms are used in the Apostolic Writings!!

Consider the prophecy in Zechariah 14:16 about Sukkot which says “It shall be that all who are left over from all the nations (At the end of the seven year Birth Pains and destruction wrought by the False Messiah), who had invaded Jerusalem will come up every year to worship the King HaShem, Master of Legions, and to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. And it shall be that whichever of the families of the land does not go up to Jerusalem to bow down before the King, HaShem, Master of Legions, there will be no rain upon them.” Very interesting, so after Yeshua returns, destroys the False Messiah, then all those nations which remain who invaded Jerusalem, as part of their formal surrender deal, MUST agree to come up to Jerusalem each Sukkot to bow before HaShem the Great King. Those who refuse, He will withhold the rain and they will go into drought until they do surrender. Interesting connection between the rain and the water ceremony on Sukkot, not a coincidence!

So again in summary, now more than ever before, we need to understand, study and learn all there is about Sukkot because these principles He is teaching us are what will strengthen, encourage and fill us with the fortitude, courage and drive to press forward in this very difficult year. Remember He says His Torah is a tree of life to those who take hold of it!! He either really means it or was just making a statement for effect. Each of us will have to decide how to apply this to our own lives.

Be encouraged and enjoy HaShem this Sukkot and dwell in His Presence in His ‘Shelter of Faith!’ Even if you have crushing health problems and or received crushing health news recently, HaShem is not defeated by any of this! We have much to fear from this cruel world, but Baruch HaShem, He is far above this world and nothing is impossible with Him! May our Final Redemption be so VERY soon in our days!

I will close with this reminder from Psalms 9:10 “HaShem will be a tower of strength for the oppressed, a tower of strength in times of distress.” Draw near to Him today!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scriptures Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Rubin Edition The Prophets by Artscroll
  • Tehillim by Artscroll
  • The Schottenstein Edition Sukkot Machzor by Artscroll
  • The Kehati Mishnah Tractate Sukkot

HE DONNED RIGHTEOUSNESS LIKE ARMOR – THE DAY OF JUDGMENT

“O lovers of HaShem, despise evil! He guards the lives of His devout ones, from the might of the wicked He rescues them.” Psalms 97:10

The world is in turmoil! Fires are raging across entire states, simultaneous hurricanes striking, mass flooding, a pandemic, widespread civil unrest, national division, pretty much everything we have seen in Hollywood movies and television shows, which are now a reality! Very difficult times we currently live in!

As I put this Op together we are just a few hours away from the beginning of Rosh HaShanah i.e. the Day of Judgment when the Books are opened before HaShem and all humanity comes before Him to be judged and our fate determined for another year! It is a somber time to know we are being examined by HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, Sovereign of the Universe, Master of the Legions of Heaven! I have previously discussed Rosh HaShanah in the previous Op so I won’t do so here (Here is the link if anyone is interested: https://torahandtempleinvestigations.com/2020/08/29/tribulation-begets-salvation-part-2/)

Walking in the Ways of HaShem i.e. His Torah is NOT easy! It is full of pressures, troubles, attacks on all levels and is just plain difficult to say the least! The world despises HaShem and certainly despises His Torah and as such a follower of HaShem i.e. Israel, is NOT popular nor well received! I know, an understatement!

HaShem makes several references to how He knows very well how tough this walk with Him will be for each of us! To use the analogy of an escalator going down, the world is all going down and we, followers of HaShem and His Torah, must walk up that escalator against the flow of the world. This is what we will be discussing in this Op along with how HaShem reacts to a world gone mad with sin and rebellion i.e. the Day of Judgment!

But before we can jump into this, always remember the following characteristics of HaShem and His Torah:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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

A theme has emerged from our Torah portion studies which caused me to examine on a deeper level i.e. the command by HaShem for us “To be strong and courageous… per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 31:6-7, which says “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, do not be afraid and do not be broken before them, for HaShem, your Elohim, IT IS HE WHO GOES BEFORE YOU, He will NOT release you nor will He forsake you. Moshe summoned Yehoshua (Joshua) and said to him before the eyes of all Israel, ‘BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS, for you shall come with this people to the Land that HaShem swore to their forefathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit it.'”

In light of Rosh HaShanah, the following verses sum it up well what each of us faces today in this utterly wicked world: “That is why He says, ‘Wake up, you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Messiah shall shine on you.’ See that you walk exactly, not as unwise, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are wicked quoting Ephesians 5:14-16. These verses are directly connected to Rosh HaShanah as they not only reference waking up i.e. resurrection from the dead, but to walk exactly i.e. walk in the Torah of HaShem and be wise not reject the Torah of HaShem and walk as the unwise going on our own way which leads to our own destruction. May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days simply for the sake of the innocent who are being destroyed, exploited, trafficked and every other terrible thing happening to them by the wicked! I digress.

It takes courage to walk with HaShem! Especially in the world we live in today! In my delving deeper into this theme of Rosh HaShanah and being strong and courageous, it has led to me to explore some very interesting and surprising topics and I will explain. Before we go into this, remember, whatever is in the Apostolic Writings, MUST be found in the Tanakh (Old Testament) otherwise we have a major problem because there is nothing new under the sun nor anything new in the Apostolic Writings, its all one long, consistent narrative from Genesis through Revelation!

This all said, consider the following: “For the rest, my brothers, BE STRONG IN THE MASTER AND IN THE MIGHTINESS OF HIS STRENGTH. Put on the complete armor of Elohim, for you have power to stand against the schemes of the Adversary. Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against the world rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual matters of wickedness in the heavenlies. Because of this, take up the complete armor of Elohim, so that you have power to withstand in the wicked day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, then, having girded your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace; above all, having taken up the shield of faith with which you shall have power to quench all the burning arrows of the wicked one. Take also the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Ruach, which is the Word of HaShem.” Ephesians 6:10-17

I wanted to examine each component of the Armor of Elohim as listed here in Ephesians 6 as, in my opinion, they connect with the command by HaShem for each of us to be strong and courageous as we strive to walk out His Torah in this utterly depraved and wicked world. In the process of examining this information, it led me to Isaiah 59:17 which says “He (HaShem) donned righteousness like armor and a helmet of salvation on His head; and He donned garments of vengeance as His attire and clothed Himself in zealousness like a cloke.” These are the same elements of the armor described in Ephesians 6!

Now what really astounded me was in the commentary on Isaiah 59:17 where it says “He donned righteousness like armor…and clothed Himself in zealousness like a coat. This is the source for the line recited before the Kedushah of the ROSH HASHANAH MORNING SERVICE i.e. His raiment of righteousness, His cloak is zealousness. The various forms of armor mentioned in the verse represent HaShem’s righteous salvation of Israel and zealous revenge against their enemies. Each of these pieces of armor signify some form of Divine manifestation at the time of the Final Redemption, but we will not know precisely what they are until that time comes, speedily in our days!”

WOW…so the armor HaShem puts on is directly connected to the Day of Judgment i.e. Rosh HaShannah when He judges the enemies of Israel i.e. the World! Baruch HaShem! May it be so very soon in our days!

This is supported in Isaiah 26:19-21 among many, many other verses, which says “May Your dead come to life, may my corpse arise (Resurrection). Awake and shout for joy, you who dwell in the dust! For Your dew is like the dew that revives the vegetation. May You topple the lifeless wicked to the ground! Go, My people, enter your chambers and close your door behind you (Seven years in the Heavenly Temple for the Wedding of the Messiah and the Coronation of the King); hide for a brief moment until the wrath has passed. For behold, HASHEM IS GOING FORTH FROM HIS PLACE, to bring punishment for the sin of the inhabitant of the land upon him; and the land will reveal its blood, and no longer cover over its slain.” This event happens on a Rosh HaShanah i.e. the Day of Judgment!

Consider what some of the Shacharit (Morning Service) of the Rosh HaShanah prayers says. These are found in the Rosh HaShanah Machzor which contain the entire Rosh HaShanah prayer service. There is a machzorim for each Feast of HaShem. The intent for me to post some of these is to see the theme emerging i.e. The King being acknowledged i.e. Coronation of the King as well as HaShem going forth to stomp the living guts out of our enemies! These prayers are ALL derived from Scripture for those who would challenge the validity and authenticity of the Machzor.

The following are from the prayers from the First Day of Rosh HaShanah. I will put the Scriptural references where they are derived from in parenthesis:

Day One: “O King Who is girded with strength, great is Your Name in strength (Ps 65:7, Jer 10:6); Yours is the arm with strength. O King, Who garments of vengeance will don on the Day of Vengeance (Ps 89:14, Is 59:17); to His enemies He will repay to their bosom. O King Who grandeur dons, Who the seas dries up and the arrogance of the mighty suppresses (Deut 32:43, Ps 79:12, Ps 93:1). O King Who with ten garments has girded Himself for the sake of the holy ones of Israel. O Elohim Who is revered in the assemblage of holy ones O Holy One! O King Who dwells amid light, Who dons as if it were a garment of light our judgment may He bring forth like a light (Ps 89:8, Dan 2:22, Ps 104:2). O King, Who girded Himself with strength to give the Torah His right hand will be strengthened in vengeance, and let man feel strong enough to resist. O King Who dons righteousness and is sanctified with righteousness Yours, Elohim, is the righteousness (Ps 93:1, 89:14, 9:20, Is 59:17, 5:16, Dan 9:7). O King this One Who is majestic in His garment, with a helmet of salvation on His head O Elohim Who sits on His throne of holiness. O King bloodied garments when He tramples the traitors, He will cut down the arrogance of the nobles (Is 63:1, 59:17, Ps 47:9, 76:13).

O King Whose cloak is like snow at its whitest, He is pure and with pureness will whiten those who purify their deeds so as to triumph in judgment. O King Who is garbed in vengeance; He acts with great zeal and is greatly exalted; like a man of war He arouses His vengeance (Is 59:17, I Kgs 19:10, Ex 15:1, Is 42:13). O King from all the ends of the world they will bow down to the One Who is King over all the world, for He is coming to judge the world. O King on the day when He will arise to judge, every creature before Him will tremble; exalted and uplifted, He dwells forever (Ps 22:28, Zech 14:9, I Chr 16:33, Zeph 3:8, Is 57:15). O King Who rules the universe with His strength quake do mountains at His majesty and like rams skip at His rebuke. O King Who is awesome to the kings of the world, tremble intensely does the world; (Ps 66:7, 46:4, 114:4, 76:13, Ezek 30:16, Ps 97:4) before Him Who is enthroned upon the Cherubim quake does the world. O King to bear His fearfulness who can gather strength? But He sustains everything with strength; He Who gives to the weary strength (Ps 99:1, II Chron 2:5, Is 40:29).

O King when He persists in judgment on the Day of Judgment, He is judging the arrogant with harsh justice. O King Who penetrates the secret of those who devise deviously to conceal their schemes in the depths; He bares and reveals the hidden deviousness (Is 3:13, 29:15, Job 12:22). O King command from every direction that the powerful ones of arrogant spirit be surrounded by the torrent of the winds of Your anger (Prov 27:4). O King gather the kings of the earth. When He remembers the prophecy of Edom, He will also deal with the host of Edom’s messengers above (Is 21:11, 24:21). O King Who is exalted and lofty in judgment, Mighty is the King Who loves justice the foundation of His throne is righteousness and justice. O King Who judges in righteousness, before Him goes righteousness to advocate on behalf of those who pursue righteousness (Prov 99:4, 97:2, Ps 7:12, 85:14, Is 51:1).

O King Who is almighty in dominion, His throne is suspended on high; and His kingdom over all does reign. O King Who subjugated the world through His gaze; He makes tremble the very foundation with His gaze; over everything scans His gaze (Ps 103:19, 104:32). O King Who investigates every deed, everything that is done in the worlds below and above. O King, the Elohim Who is eternal, proclaim Him King, O nation of eternity; HaShem shall reign forever; the Holy One! (Is 40:28, 44:7, Ex 15:18).”

WOW…this should really open up our eyes to what Rosh HaShanah is truly ALL about…HaShem IS the King and as King all of His creation is acknowledging Him and declaring Him King as well as Him going forth to bring judgment to the wicked. This is why it will be on a Rosh HaShanah Messiah Yeshua (Not Replacement Theology Jesus) will be crowned King and the Wedding will take place while the seven years of the Birth Pangs are going on in the world! This is also why the resurrection of the righteous and the living righteous MUST be gathered up on Rosh HaShanah so we can attend the Coronation of the King and the Wedding!

So what is the point for all of this thus far? HaShem commands we are to be strong and courageous, don the armor of HaShem, walk in His Ways i.e. His Torah, submit ourselves to Him as our King all done out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. Sadly, we cannot do this perfectly right now, but we rely upon His mercy and compassion when we do fall. Baruch HaShem!

Now more than ever in the midst of all the utter wickedness, rebellion and debauchery our society is being consumed with, we need to draw ever closer to HaShem! Only He is our Source of Protection, Sanity, Provision, Shield, High-tower and Redemption! May His Great Name be honored and esteemed!

With the Books that are now open and the next TEN DAYS, known as the ‘Yamim Nora’im’ or The Days of Awe, as we head towards Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) when HaShem’s judgments are sealed, we trust HaShem that our salvation and hope of the Final Redemption is secure because of Messiah Yeshua. May it be so VERY soon in our days! Baruch HaShem!

Something to consider!

Shana Tova and Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Schottenstein Edition Machzor for Rosh HaShanah by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition Devarim Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll

TRIBULATION BEGETS SALVATION – PART 2

‘Joseph’s Coat Climbing Rose’

“The wilderness and the wasteland will rejoice over them; the desert will be glad and blossom like a rose.” Isaiah 35:1

How many have looked at a garden of roses and were amazed not just by the colors but also the fragrances that come from them? I am an avid gardener and one of my favorite plants to grow are roses simply because they are very hardy, easy to grow and when grown together produce a lot of color in an environment devoid of color.

Why am I citing roses in this Op? Because once again, HaShem is using His creation to teach us something important which we can experience via our eyes, our noses and our senses which He has blessed us with. Consider what HaShem says about roses in Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) chapter 2:1-2: “I am but a rose of Sharon, even an ever fresh rose of the valleys. Like a rose maintaining its beauty among the thorns, so is My faithful beloved among the nations.” The point I am attempting to make is that HaShem is likening His people Israel to a rose! This is will be very important as we delve into part two of this study concerning Jeremiah chapter 31!

What I find to be very interesting is how Jeremiah chapter 31 connects to Rosh HaShanah! We will explore more deeply into Rosh HaShanah to help us better understand Jeremiah 31! Keep this in mind as we progress. But as always, remember the following eternal characteristics of HaShem as they are vital to this study:

  • HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
  • His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
  • He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
  • He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
  • He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • He says His Torah is 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 introduction to Jeremiah 31 is very interesting! It says “This moving prophecy, which includes a dialogue between HaShem and Israel, continues with visions of the ultimate redemption and, among other things, expresses the depth of Israel’s relationship with HaShem. HaShem speaks of His everlasting love for Israel and they express their anguish at the long and bitter exile, and their hope that He will speedily redeem them. HaShem responds that although the exile is long, He has NOT forgotten us and WILL redeem us when the time comes. The prophecy depicts the joy of the Messianic era, the chain of events which it will commence, and the reasons Israel will FINALLY be redeemed.”

“We read the first nineteen verses of this chapter as the Haftarah (Selected readings from the Prophets on Shabbat, the Feasts and Fasting days) on the second day of Rosh HaShanah.” It is very significant the first nineteen verses of Jeremiah 31 are connected with Rosh HaShanah and we will find out why here shortly, but before we can explore this, we need to quickly cover what is the significance of Rosh HaShanah and what is happening on this Moedim (Feast) of HaShem!

Further, verses 1-21 refers to the ultimate redemption of the Ten Tribes i.e. The Kingdom of Israel; verses 22-24 refer to the ultimate redemption of the Kingdom of Judah; verses 26-30 refer to the reunification of the two kingdoms under the Messiah! Baruch HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!!

On the Civil Calendar, Rosh HaShanah is on Tishrei 1, the first day of the first month of HaShem which we read from Genesis 1 through Exodus 11. It begins the Yamim Nora’im or the Ten Days of Awe (Judgment), which are the ten days in between Rosh HaShanah and Tishrei 10 which is Yom Kippur, the most solemn day of the year! This is followed up by Tishrei 15 which is the most joyous Moedim (Feast) of HaShem i.e. Sukkot!

Rosh HaShanah is when “The books are opened!”

The following excerpt is from the book ‘Rosh HaShanah – Its Significance, Laws, and Prayers’ by Artscroll, which says “G-d’s sovereignty is the PRIMARY theme of Rosh HaShanah and the Ten Days of Judgment in inaugurates. The service of the day is filled with references to G-d as King and with prayers that His mastery be acknowledged by all human beings. The shofar service of the Mussaf Amidah begins with ten Scriptural verses speaking of G-d’s Kingship and as the Talmud teaches, we recite these verses so that we should proclaim Him as our King. It would seem that the title ‘King’ carries with it a dimension beyond that expressed even by the Name ‘HaShem’, with all the infinite power and perfection that it implies.” It is very interesting that this Moedim is about declaring HaShem King over His Creation i.e. He is crowned King! Hint…hint…hint! Keep this in mind!

“With trumpets and the sound of a shofar make joyous acclamation before the King, the Master!” Psalms 98:6. Per Tractate Rosh HaShanah 3.3 from the Mishnah it states “The shofar of Rosh HaShanah is of a wild goat, straight, and its mouthpiece is coated with gold…”

On Rosh HaShanah three books are opened before HaShem: The Book of the Wholly Righteous, the Book of the Wholly Wicked and the Book of the Intermediate. Tractate Rosh HaShanah 16b from the Talmud Bavli explains it: “Three books are opened on Rosh HaShana before the Holy One, Blessed be He – One of wholly wicked people, and one of wholly righteous people, and one of middling people whose good and bad deeds are equally balanced (Bulk of humanity is here). Wholly righteous people are immediately written and sealed for life; wholly wicked people are immediately written and sealed for death; and the middling people are left with their judgment suspended from RoShanah until Yom Kippur, their fate remaining undecided.” The bulk of humanity is in the intermediate, meaning they haven’t fully decided if they will respond to the call of HaShem to repent and enter into His covenant. Those who have chosen to serve HaShem and acknowledge Yeshua as Messiah are written in the Book of Life, forever sealed. Those who have knowingly and willfully rejected HaShem and embrace a life of wickedness are written in the Book of the Wicked and are forever sealed to the Second Death.

I know there are many out there who would claim this has all been added by the Rabbis and is complete nonsense. Consider that this concept of these three books is derived from Scriptures i.e. Shemot (Exodus) 32:32 which says “And if not, blot me, I pray You, out of Your book, which You have written.” The commentary on this verse says “‘Blot me, I pray You’ is the Book of the wholly wicked people, who are blotted out from the world. ‘Out of Your book’, this is the book of wholly righteous people, which are special and attributed to HaShem Himself. ‘Which You have written’, this is the book of the middling people.” Psalms 69:29 says “May they (The wicked) be erased from the Book of Life, and let them not be inscribed with the righteous.” The point is, these two among many Scriptures makes reference to these books, so no the Rabbis did NOT add this!

The following excerpt from the book “Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come” by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries says “The Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon states that the Hebrew word ‘Teruah’ is an ‘Awakening Blast’. The theme of awakening is often associated with Rosh HaShanah. Many times this refers to mankind’s hearing the blast of the shofar and repenting of their sins before Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, arrives.” The awakening blast is much more than just a call to repentance, as we will see shortly!

From Hilchot Teshuvah by Rambam and the Mishneh Torah says “Awaken you sleepers from your sleep, and you slumberers, arise from your slumber, examine your deeds, repent and remember your Creator. Those of you who forget the truth in the vanities of the times and dwell all year in vanity and emptiness, look into your souls, improve your ways and actions, let each of you forsake his evil path and his thoughts which are not good.”

Joseph Good goes on from his book and says “Rav (Rabbi) Shaul in his letter to the Ephesians expressed this same message. More than likely, this and the following quote were drawn from an ancient Temple prayer for Rosh HaShanah: ‘Wherefore he saith, awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Messiah shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the L-rd is.’ Ephesians 5:14-17.”

“In addition to calling to repent with the blast of the shofar, the awakening was also associated with the coming of The Messiah: ‘Awake, awake, put on strength, O Arm of the L-rd; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?”

“According to Rav Se’adiah Gaon, there are ten symbolic meanings for the sounding of the shofar:

  • The day marks Creation’s beginning; thereon G-d created the world and became its Sovereign. And at the beginning of a reign, it is customary to sound the trumpets before the newly crowned king, and to proclaim his ascent to sovereignty throughout the realm. Similarly do we accept the Creator’s sovereignty upon ourselves.
  • Rosh HaShanah is the first of the Ten Days of Repentance, ‘asseret yemei teshuvah’ and shofar is sounded thereon to proclaim and to warn: Whoever wishes to repent, let him repent; if not, let him have remorse later. And this is the way of kings; first they forewarn the people through decrees, and whoever transgresses has no complaint.
  • To remind us of the stand at Mt. Sinai, of which it was said, ‘And the sound of the shofar was exceedingly strong’. So that we might accept upon ourselves what our fathers accepted when they said, ‘We will do and we will hear (Understand and accept).’ Shemot (Exodus) 19:8, 16-25.
  • To remind us of the words of the Nevi’im (Prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc) which were compared to the sounding of a shofar: ‘And whoever hears the sound of the shofar i.e. the call of the Prophets, and takes no warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be upon his own head; whereas, if he had taken warning he would have saved his soul.’ Ezekiel 33:1-7.
  • To remind us of the destruction of Beit HaMikdash (The Temple in Jerusalem) and the trumpet blasting of the enemy attack. When we hear the shofar’s sound, we are to pray to G-d for the rebuilding of the Sanctuary.
  • To remind us, through the sounding of a ram’s horn of the binding of Itzchak (Isaac), who offered his life to G-d, and of the ram slaughtered in his place. Likewise, we are to offer our lives for the sanctification of His Name, so that our remembrance may ascend before Him for the good.
  • When we hear the sound of the shofar, we are to feel fear and trembling, and are to humble ourselves before the Creator. For this is the effect of the shofar, that it arouses fright and trembling, as it is written: ‘If a shofar is sounded in the city, shall the people not tremble?’ Amos 3.
  • To recall in fear the forthcoming great Day of Judgment, as it is said: ‘Near is the great day of the L-rd, near and exceedingly soon is the day of shofar and shouting.’ Zephaniah 1.
  • To recall our faith in the future INGATHERING of Israel’s dispersed, and to awaken our yearning for it. As it is said: ‘And it shall be on that day a great shofar, Shofar HaGadol, will be sounded, and those who have perished in the land of Assyria and those who were dispersed in the land of Egypt will come…’ Isaiah 27.
  • To recall our faith in the FUTURE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. As it is said, ‘All you inhabitants of the world, and you who dwell in the earth; when an ensign is lifted on the mountains you shall see, and when the shofar is sounded you shall hear.’ Isaiah 18.

Very interesting! Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment, but also the day of the resurrection of the dead!

Joe goes on “Another name for the Festival (Rosh HaShanah) is Yom HaZikkaron, the Day of Remembrance. Yom HaZikkron is both a Biblical and Talmudic term for Rosh HaShanah. In the Bible it is found in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23: ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial (zikkaron) of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”

“In the Talmud, as well as the liturgy for Rosh HaShanah, the term of remembrance plays a prominent part. The Creation created by G-d, as well as His relationship with His people is brought into focus. During the Rosh HaShanah service, a portion is known as ‘Zikhronot’ (Remembrances) – it is a portion of the Mussaf (Additional) afternoon service held on Sabbath and Holy Days of the New Year’s Day which deals with Divine Remembrance. Several books are opened by G-d on Rosh HaShanah. One of these is known as the Book of Remembrance. ‘Then they that feared the L-rd spake often one to another; and the L-rd hearkened, and heard it, and a Book of Remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the L-rd, and that thought upon His Name.’ Malachi 3:16”

“This Book of Remembrance, Sefer HaZikkaron, certainly ties in with an event that follows the Natzal (Catching away of the believers). Along with the coronation (Of Yeshua as King) and the marriage there is also a rewarding of the believers. Rav Shaul (Paul) referred to this in the following passages:

‘But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set naught thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Messiah. Romans 14:10.

‘For we are laborers together with G-d: ye are G-d’s husbandry, ye are G-d’s building. According to the grace of G-d which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Yeshua HaMashiach. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.’ 1 Corinthians 3:9-15.”

Can you see, Rosh HaShanah is a VERY significant day, a day of Judgment followed by these Ten Days of Repentance and then on Yom Kippur, everyone’s fates are sealed by their names being inscribed in one of these three books! It is also the Feast in which the Gathering will occur, the resurrection of the righteous dead will occur and the destruction of Babylon (America), but that is for another Op.

Now it makes much more sense when we read in Revelation 19:11-12 which says “And I saw the heaven opened (Rosh HaShanah), and there was a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Trustworthy and True, and in righteousness He judges and fights. And His eyes were as a flame of fire and on His head were many crowns, having a Name that has been written, which no one had perceived except Himself, and having been dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is called: The Word of HaShem.”

How do we rectify the concept that since Yeshua is NOT HaShem, then how can He be likened to HaShem? Remember, the concept of Agency? I would recommend you reading this article from the Jewish Encyclopedia discussing ‘The Law of Agency’ as it will help explain my position: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/894-agency-law-of

Now with all this said, we can now delve into Jeremiah 31!

Jeremiah 31, this is also the chapter which discusses and explains the ‘Renewed/New Covenant!’ We will see just exactly when, how and to whom this applies too! Stand by!

Jeremiah 31:1 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘You (Israel) found favor in My eyes in the Wilderness, the nation that survived the sword, as I led Israel to its place of tranquility.'” Not only does this verse reference the 40 years in the Wilderness after the Exodus from Egypt, but also alludes to the long and painful ordeal of the exile we are currently in. The place of our tranquility is the Land of Israel, with a fully functioning Temple with the Divine Presence of HaShem inhabiting it and all of our enemies have been defeated once and for all!

For those who claim that grace/favor never existed in the time of the Tanakh (Erroneously called the Old Testament) period and only arrived after Messiah died then they would have to explain why then HaShem showed Israel grace/favor while in the Wilderness after the Exodus? I digress.

Jeremiah 31:2 says (Israel interjects) “From the distant past HaShem appeared to me.’ (HaShem continues) “And I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore I have extended kindness to you.” The commentary says “My love for you is not a thing of the past. It is everlasting. This is why I appeared to you on Mount Sinai and gave you My Torah, a gift of eternal kindness, which symbolizes our never ending relationship.” Those in Replacement Theology who again erroneously claim Messiah claim to free us from the “bondage of the Torah”, clearly do NOT know HaShem’s Word!!

Jeremiah 31:3 says “I shall yet rebuild you and you shall be rebuilt, O Maiden of Israel; you will yet adorn yourself with drums and go forth in the dance of merrymakers.” The commentary on this verse says “Although I have left you in exile all these years, I have NOT forgotten you and I shall yet rebuild you. O Maiden of Israel refers to the the Ten Tribes which is compared to an untainted woman who is beloved to her husband. You will witness such great miracles that you will celebrate with dance and song to musical accompaniment, like the woman who sang with Miriam the prophetess after the Splitting of the Sea (The Exodus) as referenced in Exodus 15:20.)” See again, HaShem is revealing the end out of the beginning in that He is referencing the Exodus from Egypt…if He saved Israel once before He WILL do it again! Further, He will do so many miracles in the Final Redemption of Israel, that Israel will dance and sing unto HaShem in love, gratitude and loyalty and will forevermore remain loyal and faithful to HaShem, never again to walk away from Him!! Baruch HaShem! May it be SO very soon in our days!

Jeremiah 31:4 says “You will yet plant vineyards in the mountains of Samaria; the planters will plant and redeem.” The commentary says “Grapes grown on mountaintops result in especially good wines due to their constant exposure to the sun. Formerly, the Jews had been afraid to venture out to their vineyards or to plant new ones because of the lurking enemies who had invaded their land. When the Jews abandoned their vineyards, the Cutheans planted vines in the hills of Samaria. Now HaShem promises that Israel will yet plant without fear and reap the fruits of their labor. Samaria was the seat of the Kingdom of Israel and this prophecy foretells their return.”

Jeremiah 31:5 says “For there will be a day when watchmen will call out on Mount Ephraim, ‘Arise, let us ascend to Zion, to HaShem our Elohim.'” The commentary says “The watchmen are the prophets who anticipate the ultimate redemption and will urge the nation to ascend to Zion (Jerusalem) to serve HaShem.” Zion is another name for Jerusalem and the Temple on the Temple Mount! This again proves there WILL be a rebuilt Temple and NO it is NOT for the False Messiah as Christendom likes to teach!

Jeremiah 31:6 says “For thus said HaShem: ‘Sing, O Ya’akov (Jacob), with gladness, exult on the peaks of the nations; announce, laud HaShem, and say, ‘O HaShem, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!'” The commentary on this verse says “This verse describes what will happen when news of the final redemption arrives. In contrast to the low profile that the Jews must maintain in exile, they will sing in the streets and open squares, and exult from the tall buildings and prominent sites of the nations, from which their voices will carry far and wide, proclaiming, ‘O HaShem, you have saved Your people, the remnant of Israel!'” Remember this in connection to Rosh HaShanah!!

Jeremiah 31:7 says “Behold, I will bring them from the land of the North and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be blind and the lame, the pregnant and the birthing woman together; a great congregation will return here.” HaShem will gather ALL of Israel from every corner of the earth and from every nook and cranny of the furthest points on the planet! He will leave NONE behind nor will one be lost because He knows them all by name and knows exactly where each one is!

Jeremiah 31:8 says “With weeping they will come and through supplications I will bring them; I will guide them on streams of water, on a direct path in which they will not stumble; for I have been a father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.” The commentary says “Through prayer and penitence they will be redeemed. These are tears of joy that the returnees will shed upon entering the Land. ‘I will guide them on streams of water’ refers to the Torah, for the world will be filled with knowledge of HaShem like water covering the seabed (Isaiah 11:9). The verse concludes that the returnees will follow the path of Torah, which is direct and straight; as a result, the nation will no longer stumble into sin as their forefathers had. HaShem will teach them like a father to a son. Water is a metaphor for Torah. Just as a person cannot survive without water, so the nation of Israel cannot survive without Torah.”

Jeremiah 31:9-10 says “Hear the Word of HaShem, ‘O nations, relate it in distant islands and say ‘The One Who scattered Israel, He shall gather him in and guard him as a shepherd guards his flock.’ For HaShem will have redeemed Jacob and delivered him from the hand of one mightier than he.'” Can you again see the connection with being Gathered and Rosh HaShanah?

Jeremiah 31:11 says “And they will come and sing joyously on the height of Zion; they will stream to HaShem’s bounty, upon grain, upon wine, upon oil, and upon young sheep and cattle; then their soul shall be like a well watered garden, and they shall not continue to agonize any more.” This is another verse proving the Temple will be rebuilt and the korbonot (Offerings) will resume because of the mention of grain, wine, oil, sheep, cattle, etc…all used in the Temple Services in order to draw near to HaShem!

Jeremiah 31:12 says “Then the maiden shall rejoice with dance, and young men and old men will rejoice together; I shall transform their mourning into joy and I shall comfort them and gladden them from their grief.” Have you noticed how many verses discuss the dancing and rejoicing going on at this time? Can you imagine the joy and rejoicing? To go from our current exile, oppression, suffering, illnesses, disabilities, etc, to being Gathered by HaShem Home and to know never again will we be exiled from Him! What an amazing King we serve! Who else promises to do this for His people? There is no One like HaShem, the Elohim of Israel! Baruch HaShem!

Jeremiah 31:13 says “I shall satisfy the desire of the Kohanim (Priests who serve and officiate the Temple Services) with the fat of korbonot (Offerings), and My people will be sated with My bounty, the Word of HaShem.” Again, another proof text of the Temple being fully rebuilt, the korbonot to fully resume and it is with HaShem’s desire and blessing! That flushing sound is Replacement Theology anti-Temple doctrine being flushed down the sewer once more…:)

Now HaShem switches the narrative a bit from verses 14-19. The commentary says “After depicting the spiritual ecstasy and physical contentment of the Messianic times, HaShem reveals why He redeemed Israel from their exile: Rachel’s weeping, Israel’s repentance, the Torah that they study and HaShem’s deep love for His nation.”

Jeremiah 31:14 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘A voice is heard on high, wailing, bitter weeping, Rachel weeps for her children; she refuses to be consoled for her children, for they are gone.'” The commentary says “The tribe of Benjamin, children of Rachel, was exiled together with Judah; for them, as for the rest of the Kingdom of Judah, Rachel weeps. Judah and Benjamin would return after seventy years to build the Second Temple, but the tribes of her son Joseph i.e. Ephraim and Manasseh, were exiled with the Kingdom of Israel and have not been heard from since. For them and the rest of the Kingdom of Israel Rachel refuses to be consoled, for they are gone.”

Jeremiah 31:15-16 says “Thus said HaShem: ‘Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears; for there is reward for your accomplishment, the Word of HaShem, and they will return from the enemy’s land. There is hope for your future, the Word of HaShem, and your children will return to their border.'” The tribes of Joseph i.e. Ephraim and Manasseh will return to the Land at the time of Messiah, therefore there is still hope!

Jeremiah 31:17-18 says “I have indeed heard Ephraim 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.'” Again can you see the theme of repentance i.e. teshuvah and its connection to Rosh HaShanah?

Jeremiah 31:19 says “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.” The commentary says “Israel agonizes and inspires HaShem’s compassion, like a father who feels compelled to assuage his only child’s distress. He wonders, as it were, why He feels such compassion for wayward Ephraim, whose descendant Jeroboam led the entire Kingdom of Israel into idolatry. HaShem concludes that His love for Israel runs so deep that when Israel is contrite, it overwhelms all else and for this reason He will ultimately redeem them.” This also concludes this section which is connected to Rosh HaShanah! Can you see the the theme of repentance, the Gathering, the resurrection and the final redemption? Much going on here in these verses which further helps us understand Rosh HaShanah and this appointed time….May it be so very soon in our days!

HaShem now changes the narrative once again and from verses 20-33 will discuss remembering the road home. The commentary says “Now that the future of the nation has been clearly established, that they will be redeemed, HaShem encourages them to consider the exile to be temporary and to metaphorically place markers on the road to remember the way home. Alternatively, HaShem imparts the recipe of redemption: Follow the paths of your righteous ancestors, pour out your hearts in prayer, carefully analyze your actions. That will hasten the redemption.”

Jeremiah 31:20-21 says “Make road markers for yourself, set up landmarks for yourself; set the thoughts of your heart upon the road, the route that you are walking. Return, O Maiden of Israel, return to these cities of yours! How long will you slip away, O wayward daughter? For HaShem has created something new in the world, that the woman will court the man.” HaShem is asking how long will it take Israel to repent and return to Him! His statement of the woman courting the man is a metaphor of Israel repenting and will seek out HaShem.

Now this prophecy focuses on the ultimate redemption of the Kingdom of Judah!

Jeremiah 31:22-24 says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions, Elohim of Israel: People will again say this thing in the land of Judah and in its cities, when I return their captivity: ‘May HaShem bless you, O Abode of Righteousness, O Holy Mountain!’ Judah will dwell in it and in its cities together, plowmen and those who travel with the herd. For I have quenched the thirsty soul and have replenished every distraught soul.'” The Abode of Righteousness is another term for the Temple of HaShem on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 31:25 says “Because of this vision, when I woke up after I saw it, my sleep was pleasant to me!” Jeremiah expresses his own thoughts that what HaShem was revealing to him was pleasing and as such he was not overwhelmed with sorrow but was pleased at what the reality in the End for Israel is i.e. to be gathered back home in the Land with HaShem!

“The next prophecy i.e. verses 26-36, deals with the reunification of the two kingdoms i.e. Judah and Israel, upon their return to the Holy Land.”

Jeremiah 31:26-27 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I shall sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah, the seed of man and the seed of animal. And it shall be that just as I was diligent concerning them, to uproot, to smash, to destroy, to annihilate and to bring evil, so will I be diligent concerning them to build and to plant, the Word of HaShem.” Here is another example of how tribulation leads to salvation/redemption in that HaShem is able to take something as terrible as the exile and use it to the good in preparing all of Israel for the future that awaits!

Jeremiah 31:28-29 says “In those days (Idiom to mean in the Day of HaShem) it will no longer be said, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, but the teeth of the sons are set on edge.’ Rather, every man will die for his own sin, and the man who eats the sour grapes, his own teeth will be set on edge.” ‘Sour grapes’ is a euphemism for sin and ‘the teeth of the sons’ are the descendants who are punished. What is He saying here? The commentary explains it “The previous generations sinned and were punished, whereas the generation of redemption will live sin free and not be affected by their ancestors transgressions.”

Now HaShem is going to discuss a topic which Replacement Theology Christendom has completely twisted up and spun into something HaShem never once said…what am I referring to? The Renewed/New Covenant! Most of Christendom has taught the covenant has been completely replaced with a brand new covenant devoid of the Torah where everything HaShem gave is now rendered obsolete and is in fact a sin to even look back towards to what Christendom refers too as the Old Covenant. This is where the justification for replacing the Feasts of HaShem with Christmas/Easter/Valentines Day/Halloween, replacing Shabbat with Sunday, declaring all unclean animals now clean to eat, declaring the Torah to now be tossed aside comes from! You will see this is absolutely, 1000000% not the case and you will see that narrative Christendom teaches is a flat out lie!

Jeremiah 31:30-31 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will seal a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah: Not like the covenant that I sealed with their forefathers on the day I took hold of their hand to take them out of the land of Egypt, for they abrogated My covenant, although I became their Master, the Word of HaShem.” First off, this term ‘Behold, days are coming’ is a reference to the Messianic times, which HAVE NOT COME YET because the House of Judah and the House of Israel are not yet redeemed into the Land! Now, what usually gets Christendom all tripped up is His statement that ‘this covenant is not like the covenant He made with our forefathers’. What did our forefathers do? They abrogated His covenant by rebelling against HaShem! Therefore He is saying this covenant yet to come into being will be unlike the covenant He made with our forefathers because this one no one will rebel against Him….we all will keep His Torah perfectly and will never rebel again!

Jeremiah 31:32 says “For this is the covenant that I shall seal with the House of Israel after those days, the Word of HaShem, I will place My Torah within them and I will write it onto their heart; I will be a Elohim for them and they will be a people for Me.” This verse is usually completely ignored by Christendom and why is that? Because it completely renders their narrative that the so called Old Covenant is now rendered obsolete and replaced! HaShem says He will ‘place His Torah within them and will write it onto their heart’. Does HaShem have more than one Torah? Nope! So, the Torah He is referring too is the only one there is, the one He gave to Moshe on Mount Sinai! Another proof HaShem never changes, reveals the end from the beginning and that His Torah is eternal! Further, He says He seals this covenant with the House of Israel because all of Israel and Judah are regathered into the Land and unified as one nation! Has this happened yet? Nope!

Jeremiah 31:33 says “They will no longer teach, each man his fellow, each man his brother, saying: ‘Know HaShem!’ For all of them will know Me, from their smallest to their greatest, the Word of HaShem, when I will forgive their iniquity and will no longer recall their sin.” Everyone in the world will know HaShem therefore no one will have to try and draw others to learn about HaShem for ALL will know Him! This right here is the biggest proof text this covenant has yet to come into fruition because does everyone in the world today know HaShem? Sadly, we are catastrophically far away from that reality! Christendom has a real problem on its hand because their whole narrative the so called Old Covenant to include the Torah is now rendered obsolete and replaced is clearly proven to be a giant lie! I digress.

Now HaShem gives His promise that Israel, while in exile, are still His people and that will never change!

Jeremiah 31:34-36 says “Thus said HaShem, Who gives the sun as a light by day and the laws of the moon and the stars as a light by night; Who agitates the sea so that its waves roar; HaShem, Master of Legions, is His Name: If these laws could be removed from before Me, the Word of HaShem, so could the seed of Israel cease from being a people before Me forever. Thus said HaShem: If the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth plumbed below, so too would I reject the entire seed of Israel because of everything they did, the Word of HaShem.” Can you see why it is so important for us to pay attention to His creation and nature around us? HaShem is communicating to us His principles and thus they tell us a narrative that He is unchanging and when He makes a declaration, He will NOT rescind that declaration! Perhaps this is why NASA works so hard to try and find the edge of the visible universe….because if the stars, planets, moons, etc, could be measured i.e. determined the distance from end to the other, then Israel could be tossed aside and replaced by Christendom? Many in Christendom per the Replacement Theology doctrine already claim to have replaced Israel as the new people of HaShem…….well these verses clearly show that is impossible because the heavens are immeasurable!

HaShem ends this prophecy in here with the promise to rebuild Jerusalem!

Jeremiah 31:37-39 says “Behold, days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when the City will be built up unto HaShem, from the Tower of Hananel until the Corner Gate. The measuring line will once again be stretched out over Gareb Hill and around To Goah. And all the valley of the corpses and the place of the ashes and all the fields up to the Kidron Valley until the corner of the Horses Gate to the east will be holy unto HaShem; it will not be abandoned nor destroyed again forever.” This is where we must be familiar with the Temple of HaShem and how it functions because the places He mentions are important such as ‘The valley of the corpses’ which is the valley where Sennacherib’s army was stricken per 2 Kings 19:35, this also happens to be the same valley where prophetically He refers to it as ‘The Valley of Jehoshaphat’ which is where the nations of the world will be gathered and judged by Messiah per Joel 4:2-12. Further, ‘The place of the ashes’ which is where the ashes of the korbonot burnt on the Mizbe’ach (Altar) are removed and taken too.

Are you overwhelmed with information yet? I know there is a ton of information here, but I would encourage you to re-read this as many times as possible as well as look up the passages for yourself.

Time is very quickly coming to a close…perhaps much closer than we realize! I do feel a great sense of urgency to get this Op done and published so perhaps that is an indicator? I know of others who also feel a great sense of urgency in getting HaShem’s information out and as soon as possible because only HaShem knows if this upcoming Rosh HaShanah is THE ONE!! I pray it is!! Baruch HaShem!

Remember the Feasts of HaShem are basically appointments He has set and we are to take the time to make the appointment with Him!

I will close this Op out with the following excerpt from Tractate Rosh HaShanah 34b from the Talmud Bavli which says “What is the reason that all the blasts and blessings are indispensable on Rosh HaShanah? The Holy One, Blessed be He, said: Recite before Me on Rosh HaShanah Kingship, Remembrances, and Shofarot. Kingship, so that you will crown Me as King over you; Remembrances, so that your remembrances will rise before Me for good. And with what? With the shofar!”

Basically it comes down to: “Choose you this day whom you will serve!”

Much to consider…….Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures
  • The Writings the Psalms by Artscroll
  • Rosh HaShanah Its Significance, Laws, And Prayers by Artscroll
  • Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come by Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll
  • Tractate Rosh HaShanah Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz

ROSH CHODESH – ELUL: RETURN TO HASHEM!

“Seek HaShem when He can be found; call upon Him when He is near.” Yeshayah (Isaiah) 55:6

In the midst of all the madness going on around us, the days continue to open and close as HaShem has decreed them, bringing us one day closer to that appointed time. We know we are getting closer and closer by the day because of the global interest that is growing for the rebuilding of the Third Temple in Jerusalem! This week alone I have read three articles discussing not only the potential Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) candidates in Israel, but also how the ancient species of grapes have been revived in Israel for use in the Temple along with the plan for people to blow the shofar on the Mount of Olives on Rosh Chodesh (The New Moon) to demand that construction on the Third Temple begins!! Very exciting!!!

This said, I am prompted to put this Op together discussing Rosh Chodesh and the biblical month of Elul and its significance since Elul begins the count towards the Fall Feasts of HaShem i.e. Rosh HaShanah on 1 Tishrei, Yom Kippur on 10 Tishrei and Sukkot on 15 Tishrei!

What I am going to include is some information on just how serious HaShem is about Rosh Chodesh using the examples of the various korbonot (Offerings) which are required to be offered on Rosh Chodesh! This is after all a blog channel which discusses not just the Torah but also the Temple! Since we are getting closer and closer to the Temple becoming a reality, perhaps its time we really begin to focus on the Temple and for the record NO, the Third Temple is NOT solely for the False Messiah to defile as Replacement Theology Christendom constantly blathers on about in its ignorance of HaShem, Eschatology, Messiah, Torah and His Temple! I digress.

But before we can begin to dive into this important topic, always remember the following unchanging characteristics of HaShem as they are crucial to this Op:

  • 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 Calendars of HaShem are vital we learn and adopt into our lives because it is the calendars of the Kingdom of HaShem. Now I know in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic world, of which I am not a part of either, there are many different calendars as well as many opinions which unfortunately tend to end with many disagreements and arguments. This being said, the biblical months we find in His Word are as follows:

  1. Tishrei
  2. Cheshvan
  3. Kislev
  4. Tevet
  5. Shevat
  6. Adar
  7. Nissan
  8. Iyar
  9. Sivan
  10. Tammuz
  11. Av
  12. Elul

How do we understand His calendars? Well there are two main calendar systems HaShem uses in His Word i.e. the Civil Calendar and the Religious Calendar. The Civil Calendar begins with the month of Tishrei and it remains like this from Genesis 1 through Exodus 11. Then HaShem modifies the calendar and in Exodus 12 the month of Nissan becomes the first month since it is the month the Exodus from Egypt occurs and it remains this way through Revelation 22.

The Mishnah for Rosh HaShanah says “There are FOUR New Year days (In the calendar of HaShem): On the first of Nissan is the new year for the reckoning of the reigns of Jewish Kings and for establishing the order of the annual Feasts (Moedim). On the first of Elul is the new year for the bikkurim (Tithe) of animals. The first of Tishrei is the new year for reckoning the years, for the Sabbatical years and for the Jubilee years, for the planting of trees and for the vegetables. On the first of Shevat is the new year for the tree.”

Then it goes on to further state “At FOUR junctures of the year the world is judged: On Pesach (Passover) for the grain (HaShem will at this time determine if the harvest will be meager or plentiful); on Shavuot for the fruit of the tree (HaShem will at this time determine if the harvest of the fruit will be meager or plentiful); on Rosh HaShanah all who walk the earth pass before Him like young sheep (At this time everyone’s names are sealed in either the Book of Life or the Book of Death or remain in the Book of the Intermediary as they still haven’t made their choice on who to serve), and on the Festival i.e. Sukkot when they are judged for the water (HaShem will determine how much rain the world will receive for that year).” Keep this all in mind.

It should be noted that the current fixed calendar we are on right now during the Exile is very much endorsed and supported by HaShem! I cite this because unfortunately the topic of the calendar can cause a lot of arguments among various groups. Tractate Beitza 4b in the Talmud Bavli states the fixed calendar was established by the Sanhedrin under Hillel the Second, specifically for the Diaspora since they knew with Israel being exiled across the world there was no way to keep using the calendar as it was then. With this being a ruling of the Sanhedrin then means HaShem supports this ruling per Devarim 17:8-13.

The following excerpt is from the book ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, page 1037 which says “Since Elul is the last month of the year and immediately precedes Rosh HaShanah – The Day of Judgment for all the world’s inhabitants, it was established as a time for repentance.” So, even the configuration of the months, HaShem makes a way for people to make teshuvah (Repentance) before the appointed time of judgment! My point is, another example of His mercy and compassion for He desires that none perish! He gives another month focuses solely on teshuvah to give everyone every opportunity to get right with Him!

The month of Elul is the most opportune time for teshuvah of the year! HaShem is ALWAYS willing to hear our prayers of teshuvah at any time of the year, but the month of Elul, He is especially willing to hear and act upon our prayers of teshuvah!

Devarim (Deuteronomy) 30:8-10 are very much connected to the theme of Elul which says “You shall return (Teshuvah) and listen to the voice of HaShem, and perform all His commandments that I command you today. HaShem will make you abundant in all your handiwork, in the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your animals, and the fruit of your land, for good, when HaShem will return to rejoice over you for good, as He rejoiced over your forefathers, when you listen to the voice of HaShem, your Elohim, to observe His commandments and His decrees, that are written in this Book of the Torah, when you shall return to HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and all your soul.” The point is, making teshuvah (Repentance) i.e. returning to HaShem means to grab hold of His Torah and begin to learn and walk out His Word as the evidence of salvation, not to obtain or maintain salvation!

An excerpt from ‘The Book of Our Heritage’ on page 1039 it says regarding the sounding of the shofar “Beginning with the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul until the eve of Rosh HaShanah, four sounds, tekiah, shevarim, teruah and tekiah (Types of shofar blasts) are blown from the shofar daily at the end of the Shacharis (Morning) service (Prayers). This sounding of the shofar is not a Torah requirement, but originates in Jewish custom. When Moshe ascended Mount Sinai on Rosh Chodesh Elul to receive the second tablets of the Torah, the shofar was sounded in the encampment of Israel so that all would know that Moshe had ascended on high and they would take care not to err and once again be guilty of idolatry. It thus became customary to sound the shofar on Rosh Chodesh Elul so that the nation of Israel would recall the ascent of Moshe, which was only possible because Israel had repented of the sin of the golden calf and had been granted forgiveness. Recalling these events is thus intended to stir us toward repentance.”

“The shofar is sounded during the entire month to warn the people of the approach of the Day of Judgment (Rosh HaShanah) and thereby arouse them to repent. It is in the nature of the shofar sounds to arouse trepidation in men’s hearts as the verse in Amos 3:6 states: ‘If a shofar is sounded in the city, will the people not tremble?’ The very sounding of the shofar announces to the people: ‘Awaken, you sleepers from your sleep, you slumberers from your slumber, search your actions and return in penitence!'”

From the second day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the month, Psalms 27 is recited at the end of the Shacharis (Morning) prayers which says : “By David. HaShem is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? HaShem is my life’s strength, whom shall I dread? When evildoers approach me to devour my flesh, my tormentors and my foes against me, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army would besiege me, my heart would not fear; though war would arise against me, in this I trust. One thing I asked of HaShem, that shall I seek: Would that I dwell in the House of HaShem (Temple) all the days of my life, to behold the sweetness of HaShem and to contemplate in His Sanctuary. Indeed, He will hide me in His Shelter on the day of evil (The Day of HaShem); He will conceal me in the concealment of His Tent; He will life me upon a rock. Now my head is raised above my enemies around me, and I will slaughter offerings in His Tent accompanied by joyous song; I will sing and chant praise to HaShem. HaShem, hear my voice when I call, be gracious toward me and answer me. In Your behalf, my heart has said, ‘Seek My Presence.’ Your Presence, HaShem, do I seek. Conceal not Your Presence from me, repel not Your servant in anger. You have been my Helper, abandon me not, forsake me not, O Elohim of my salvation. Though my father and mother have forsaken me, HaShem will GATHER me in. Teach me Your way, HaShem, and lead me on the path of integrity, because of my watchful foes. Deliver me not to the wishes of my tormentors, for there have arisen against me false witnesses who breathe out violence. Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of HaShem in the land of life! Hope to HaShem, strengthen yourself and He will give you courage, and hope to HaShem.” Is it a coincidence this Psalm is recited every day during the month of Elul just prior to the appointed Rosh HaShanah when The Gathering will take place? Nothing is a coincidence with HaShem!

Now let’s do a quick cursory look at what happens in the Temple on Rosh Chodesh!

HaShem commands in Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:11 that on each Rosh Chodesh that two bulls, one ram, seven lambs and one male goat be offered up in addition to the daily Tamid (lamb for an Olah/Burnt korbonot every morning and afternoon). These are offered up as Communal Olah/Burnt korbonot (Not for atonement but for a sweet aroma to HaShem), with the exception of the one male goat, which is offered up as a Communal Chatat/Sin korbonot to atone for the entering the Temple or eating sanctified food inside the Temple while in a state of unclean purity and not knowing it per Bamidbar 28:15. Remember there is no korbonot for INTENTIONAL sin! The Chatat/Sin and Asham/Guilt Korbonot are the only korbonot that deal with UNINTENTIONAL sin! HaShem deals with INTENTIONAL sin on Yom Kippur!

These two types of korbonot i.e. Olah and Chatat, are considered to be ‘Korbon Kodshai Kodashim’ or ‘Most Holy Offerings’ and thus per the Torah, they are required to be specifically slaughtered in the Beit HaMitbechayim (The Slaughter Area) NORTH of the Mizbe’ach (Altar)! The point is, the level of kedusha or sanctification of the type of korbonot will determine where in the Temple they must be slaughtered and prepared! Further, the Olah korbonot must be completely burned on the Mizbe’ach. The Chatat on the other hand must be eaten by either the owner or the kohen who slaughtered it in the prescribed amount of time and in the specific location required in the Temple! The Temple and everything going on inside it is ALL about KEDUSHA (HOLINESS) and is the tool HaShem uses to teach us what it means to be kadosh/holy unto Him, thus the reason for His command in Ezekiel 43:10 to learn and study EVERYTHING and every service in His Temple! I digress.

Remember, the purpose of the animal and grain korbonot are to do what the meaning of the word ‘korbonot’ means i.e. ‘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.

How many times do we hear from those in Christendom that the one they claim is Messiah ended ALL the animal and grain offerings once and for all? They clearly do not understand the Temple or the korbonot and how they function because we can see from many examples in the Apostolic Writings the animal and grain korbonot NEVER ended and only ended when the Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD. We see per Ezekiel 40-48 when the Temple is rebuilt, the animal and grain korbonot fully resume and with HaShem’s endorsement and per His commandment!! So when the Mizbe’ach is re-dedicated to HaShem on the Temple Mount and the daily Tamid korbonot resume, it is NOT a blasphemy against HaShem as many in Christendom teach, but is commanded by HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!

Have you ever considered how many Kohanim (Priests) are required to slaughter and prepare one animal korbonot for offering on the Mizbe’ach (Altar)? There is a set number for each one per Tractate Yoma from the Mishnah:

  • A minimum of nine kohanim for one lamb
  • Eleven kohanim for one ram
  • Twenty-four kohanim for one bull

So, this means on each Rosh Chodesh/Moedim (Feast) there will need to be 48 Kohanim for the two bulls, 11 Kohanim for the ram and a minimum of 63 Kohanim for the lambs plus another nine Kohanim for the goat as a Chatat/Sin korbonot.

In addition to the animal korbonot, Minchah (Meal/Bread) korbonot are required to be offered up:

  • 1/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per sheep/goat
  • 2/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per ram
  • 3/10th Ephah of fine wheat flour per bull

Additionally, Wine Libations are also required to be offered up per animal korbont:

  • 1/2 Hin of wine for each bull
  • 1/3 Hin of wine for each ram
  • 1/4 Hin of wine for each lamb/goat

Once the animal designated as an Olah (Burnt) korbonot is slaughtered, the blood is received in a sanctified vessel and taken to the Mizbe’ach (Altar) and is applied a total of two times, once on the lower half of the North-East corner of the Mizbe’ach and once on the lower half of the South-West corner of the Mizbe’ach. It is applied in such a manner that there are two applications, but in reality the blood is applied four times i.e. it splashes on all four corners! Now I know there are many out there who would shrug all this off as being “Just ridiculous traditions added by the rabbis!” However, people have to remember all of these Temple Services were given by HaShem via His Ruach (Holy Spirit) per Shemot (Exodus) 25 and I Chronicles 28 when He gave the tavnit (Blueprints) to both Moshe and David! Its important to remember to pay attention to the details of these Temple Services as they pertain to each korbonot!

The male goat designated as the Chatat (Sin) korbonot is slaughtered in the Beit HaMitbechayim (Slaughter Area) north of the Mizbe’ach and its blood is collected and taken to the Mizbe’ach where is it applied four times, once on each corner horn of the Mizbe’ach. The meat is cooked and then it is eaten by the Kohen who slaughtered it.

Some may think I am on a ramble as it pertains to discussing these korbonot for Rosh Chodesh, but it is my hope that some may read this and be inspired to want to know more and see just how serious HaShem still is about His appointed times!

This topic of the Temple is absolutely mind boggling as too how much information there is required to learn to fully understand how it functions. Studying it for multiple lifetimes would still only scratch the surface! But if we want to truly know HaShem and recognize the real Messiah as presented in the Apostolic Writings, then the Temple is ONLY way to do it. Further, I should add, the Temple is the key that unlocks the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation because the Scriptures are centered around the Temple and all the Temple Services! Without it, all there is error which leads to anti-Semitic Replacement Theology doctrine and culminates with a false version of the Messiah. I digress.

In summary, the month of Elul is ALL about teshuvah i.e. repentance or returning to HaShem and His Torah! It is NOT a coincidence that He has established this month just before Rosh HaShanah when the Books are opened in Heaven and the Ten Days of Awe begin between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur! It is a time when He is even more open to hearing our prayers of teshuvah and will act even faster to help us learn and walk in His Torah!

Time is so very short and He desires that NONE perish but that all come into covenant with Him! Consider all this as we proceed through this month and approach Rosh HaShanah! May it be so very soon in our days!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Writings – Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets – Isaiah by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Shemot by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Bamidbar by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Talmud – Devarim by Artscroll
  • Tractate Beitza Talmud Bavli by Steinsaltz