THE CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM AND FAMILY

Thus said HaShem: ‘Let not the wise man glorify himself with his wisdom, and let not the strong man glorify himself with his strength, let no the rich man glorify himself with his wealth. For only with this may one glorify himself – contemplating and knowing Me, for I am HaShem Who does kindness, justice and righteousness in the land, for in these is My desire, the Word of HaShem.'” Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 9:22-23

As I put this Op together, it is Shabbat, 4 April 2020, just a few days before the great first of the annual Feasts of HaShem i.e. Pesach is celebrated, which begins the evening of 8 April 2020! How much more significant will the Feast mean to each us who celebrates it this year considering the current state of the world and America? Is it a coincidence a plague is striking the earth and decimating America at this time just as HaShem sent the plagues to strike Egypt at this same time? Is it a coincidence many of of us are under ‘Shelter-in-Place’ orders in our homes just as our forefathers were ordered to shelter in place in their homes while in Egypt at this same time? There are many similarities currently ongoing around us which for those who are paying attention will see happened to our forefathers at exactly this same time! Again I ask, is it a coincidence?

This all said, this Op will be focusing on the elements of the Pesach Seder, which for those who do not know, the Seder is where we read through the Haggadah on the night of Pesach in order to fulfill the mitzvot HaShem commanded in that we retell and remember how He liberated and rescued Israel from the enslavement and oppression of Egypt! I want to explore WHY we use the elements we use and what they represent!

We are commanded by HaShem, when observing Pesach to always retell the story as if it were you and I that He delivered from Egypt. Why is this? Because He is unchanging, there is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning which means we must understand the deliverance from Egypt in the First Redemption is a picture of how He will do so in the Final Redemption, may it be VERY soon in our days!

I know there are many in the Hebrew Roots, Messianic circles (Of which I am not a member of either), have lots of objections to the Pesach Seder of which many claim we shouldn’t do it because it is all ‘Rabbinic’ in nature and added too by the Rabbis. Or other objections are made claiming Yeshua is no where in the Pesach Seder and therefore only a Messianic Haggadah should be used where Yeshua has been forcibly added in. I address these objections up front because they are completely wrong! The Orthodox Pesach Seder IS the correct one and has NOT been changed since the Sanhedrin made their rulings before they were disbanded in the second century AFTER Yeshua and the destruction of the Second Temple. Remember the Sanhedrin has the authority granted to them by HaShem Himself therefore to defy the Sanhedrin is to defy HaShem. I digress.

This all said, I am hoping you will be astounded at how much Yeshua IS all over the Pesach Seder and Haggadah as we delve into this. Also be advised this will probably be a VERY long Op. This cannot be avoided as I want to contain the topic in one single Op as we are this close to Pesach itself. So now let’s jump into this but as I state in every Op, always remember the following:

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

We will be focusing on the Pesach Seder Plate and the six elements which are placed upon it and the reasons for them. Again, as I stated above I am hoping you will be astounded!!

Before we discuss these elements, let’s do a quick review of the Pesach Seder itself and pay attention to the numbers as they are very important in themselves which I will explain.

The Seder Plate (Pictured above) has SIX elements (Which we will explore and examine each one shortly):

  • Maror – Bitter Herbs
  • Chazeret – Bitter Herbs eaten a second time
  • Charoset – Mixture of grated apples, nuts, cinnamon, spices and red wine
  • Z’roa – Roasted Bone
  • Beitzah – Roasted Egg
  • Karpas – Celery

We need to quickly explore the number 6 as well as the 6th letter of the Hebrew alephbet. The number 6 has significance as it points to:

  • The six days of creation
  • The six tractates which comprise the Mishnah (Oral Torah)
  • The six directions of the physical world

The sixth letter of the Hebrew alephbet is the letter ‘Vav’ which is “The symbol of completion, redemption and transformation.”

Then there are the THREE pieces of Matzah (Unleavened Bread) which are placed atop the other, separated by a cloth or a napkin which are then eaten at three different times during the seder, by itself, with Maror and as the Afikomen (Which we will discuss later). Let’s quickly look at the number three and the third letter of the Hebrew alephbet:

The number three has many meanings attached to it in HaShem’s Word:

  • The three Patriarchs i.e. Avraham, Yitzakh and Ya’ackov
  • The three Pilgrimage Festivals of HaShem in which every person is required to bring offerings and present themselves before HaShem in the Temple in Jerusalem i.e. Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.
  • Three consecutive days in His Word usually lead to an event of profound significance i.e. ‘On the Third Day….’ Then dry land was revealed during creation. On the Third Day Esther donned royalty to go before the king to plead for the salvation of Israel from Haman. On the Third Day Yeshua arose from the grave. (Keep this in mind when we examine the Matzah!)

The third letter of the Hebrew alephbet is ‘Gimel’ which is “The symbol of kindness and culmination.”

There are FOUR cups of wine poured during the Seder (Which we will explore later). Let’s quickly look at the number four and the fourth letter of the Hebrew alephbet:

The number four has a ton of meanings to it:

  • The four cups of the Seder
  • The four encampments of the entire Camp of Israel with HaShem at the center
  • The four birth mothers of Israel
  • The four rivers of Eden
  • The four corners of the world
  • The four major empires who would subjugate Israel while in exile i.e. Babylon, Media/Persia, Greece and Rome (Christianity).
  • The four levels of interpretation of the Torah i.e. Plain meaning, Allusion, Exposition and Esoteric

The fourth letter of the Hebrew alephbet is ‘Dalet’ which is “The symbol of dimensions and concern, an open doorway, being kind to the needy.”

There are 15 steps in the Pesach Seder. Let’s quickly look at the number 15 and the 15th letter of the Hebrew alephbet:

The number 15 is very significant as it represents:

  • The 15 Songs of Ascent i.e. Psalms 120-134
  • The 15 steps in the Temple when one ascends towards HaShem corresponding to the Songs of Ascent
  • The 15 steps in the Pesach Seder
  • The making of Israel i.e. the overlapping of the Patriarchs lifespan was over 15 years
  • The moon is the brightest on the 15th day of the month
  • The 15 steps man takes to either rise or to fall
  • Climbing these steps represents an upward ascent towards HaShem

The 15th letter of the Hebrew alephbet is the letter ‘Samech’ which is “The symbol of support, protection and memory.”

Have I already overwhelmed you with information? Keep all this in mind because NOTHING is just because or just a coincidence!

Now we will delve into each of the six elements of the Seder Plate!

We will first start off with the three pieces of matza bread. I will be referencing an outstanding series of books I recommend people get titled “The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and the Days of Significance” by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov. I will be quoting from book two of this series.

From page 600 “The three matzos that are placed on the Seder plate are referred to as ‘Kohen (Priest), Levi and Yisrael’ as means of distinguishing them from each other. The top matzah is referred to as ‘Kohen’ because the Kohen takes precedence in all matters. The middle matzah i.e. ‘Levi’ is broken into two at the beginning of the Seder. The smaller piece is left on the plate and is later eaten along with the Kohen matzah in fulfillment of the mitzvah of mitzah; the larger piece is put away for use as the Afikomen; and the Yisrael matzah (Bottom piece) is used for korech (One of the 15 steps of the Seder), so that every one of the matzos is used for the performance of a mitzvah.”

“Why then on this night do we require three? Matzah is known as the ‘Bread of poverty.’ A poor man, fearful lest he will have no more, guards his bread carefully. He does not eat it all at once but divides it, laying aside for the morrow. Therefore we prepare three, and divide one of them i.e. the middle one. When we say the ha-Motzi, we hold all three matzos, thus including the two whole ones; when we say the second blessing, we put down the lowest one and hold only the top one and a section of the middle one.”

“Some see the three matzos as an allusion to the three measures of flour that Avraham asked Sarah to bake when he was visited by the three angels. The verse itself alludes to the connection, for the Torah, Bereshis (Genesis) 18:6, quotes Avraham as telling Sarah to ‘Be quick’ which parallels the haste in which Israel left Egypt and ‘Knead three measures of flour and make cakes’ i.e. matzos. According to our tradition, this dialogue took place on Erev Pesach (Evening of Pesach).”

Page 602 says “Matzah itself alludes to both bondage and redemption. The essence of matzah is the fact that it was made in great haste, that it did not have the opportunity to rise. Before Israel’s redemption, the people were under the rule of harsh taskmasters who made them toil incessantly. Even at night they were given no time to rest from their work. Before sunrise their oppressors would already be urging them to begin work, even before the bread they had prepared had a chance to rise. They baked bread in haste and ate it in haste.”

“When the power of their oppressors was broken and the Egyptians sent them out in haste, again they had no time to wait for their bread to rise, for the King of all kings revealed Himself to them and redeemed them (Shemot/Exodus 12:39). They baked their bread in haste to leave, and ate in haste for the road beckoned to them.”

“This is the character of the nation (Israel) and its greatness. They do not seek respite but rather, strive to fulfill their mission. When they are humbled they do not despair, for they understand that their redemption cannot be far away. On the contrary, they accept their bondage with love, for they know that it brings them closer to their salvation. They eat bread as slaves but taste the taste of freedom.”

“When Israel left Egypt, they did not merely remove the yoke of servitude. They took off the yoke of enslavement to mortal man and replaced it with the yoke of servitude to Heaven. They became servants of HaShem instead of servants of Pharaoh. There is no higher form of freedom than this.”

WOW…can you see Yeshua in the the matzah? Remember Yeshua died on the afternoon just as the Pesach offerings were being slaughtered in the Temple. He had been beaten and now pierced just as matzah has stripes and piercings and as such our freedom from the curse of sin was secured. Now the covenant between HaShem and Israel could be restored and renewed…NOT replaced as Replacement Theology teaches.

Let’s keep going!

Now let’s explore the Maror and Charoset:

The Maror i.e. the Bitter Herbs, is usually a piece of lettuce which is to symbolize the bitterness of our servitude to Pharaoh per Shemot 1:14. The lettuce is to remind us of our slavery in Egypt, at first it is sweet an then becomes bitter, just as our servitude was at first sweet an then later became bitter.

The Hebrew word ‘Chasah’, the word for ‘Lettuce’ connotes taking pity, reminding us HaShem took pity on us when we were slaves.

The Charoset is sweet tasting, comprised of ground apples, nuts, spices, cinnamon and red wine. It symbolizes the mortar used by Israel in making bricks for Pharaoh. It also, per page 603 of Rabbi Kitov’s book symbolizes “The apple trees under which the women of Israel gave birth, concealing their pain so they would not be detected by the Egyptians (Remember the edict put out by Pharaoh to slaughter the babies). The verse in Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs) 8.5 states ‘Under the apple tree I stirred you, there your mother was in travail with you, there she who bore you was in travail.’ Why did they choose to give birth under an apple tree? As a result of their subjugation and servitude, the men had lost hope of being redeemed. They separated from their wives, for they saw no profit in bringing children into a life of poverty and slavery. but the women, who shared their servitude, encouraged their husbands. When the time came for them to give birth, they would go out into the fields. They concealed their pains and gave birth under the apple trees, choosing it because the apple tree FIRST produces fruit and only THEN produces protective leaves. They thus declared that they would do likewise; FIRST giving birth to their fruit (Children) and THEN the Guardian (HaShem) would come and protect and redeem their offspring.”

The Maror is then dipped in the Charoset symbolizing we also experience and taste the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of redemption! “The Sages ordained the maror be dipped into charoset so as to counteract the harmful substance in the maror (horse radish).”

“We noted earlier that the various elements of the Seder reflect dishonor and praise, slavery and redemption. The Maror and Charoset do the same, for they are a mixture of bitter and sweet. We temper the bitterness of the maror by dipping it into the sweet charoset, just as our forefathers tempered the bitterness of their servitude by thinking of the redemption. The charoset itself recalls the clay and the straw with which our forefathers made bricks during their slavery.”

“Red wine is added to the charoset as a symbol of the blood of circumcision, of the Pesach offering, and the children who were slaughtered by Pharaoh. It also serves to remind us that not all we consider bitter is lacking sweetness and not all that we consider sweet lacks bitterness. Subjugation does not equal slavery and freedom does not equal redemption. If one relies on Pharaoh and the defilement that he and Egypt represent, then even sweetness becomes bitter and even freedom becomes servitude. But if one turns to HaShem, then bitterness becomes sweetness and subjugation is transformed into freedom.”

“We were slaves for as long as we relied on Pharaoh. But when HaShem took us out, then we were really redeemed. Had HaShem not taken us from Egypt, then even if Pharaoh had ultimately given us our freedom or if we had escaped on our own, we and our children still would be subjugated to him. True freedom and redemption are ours ONLY because HaShem redeemed us and took us as His people.”

Again just WOW! See how HaShem is using all of our senses to teach us His principles of slavery and freedom, enslavement and redemption? And to think Yeshua celebrated the Pesach Seder as well!!

Let’s keep going!

Now let’s explore the Karpas:

The word ‘Karpas’ literally means ‘Celery’ however any type of non bitter vegetable can be used. Many use parsley. Per page 606, “On the simplest level, the basis for eating karpas is to arouse the curiosity of the children.”

From ‘The Family Haggadah’ by Artscroll, it says regarding karpas: “The vegetable used for Karpas is of lowly origin, from beneath the earth. Yet, it develops into an integral part of a sacred feast. So the lowly slave nation grew to become the Chosen People. And so must each, regardless of background strive ever greater for spiritual heights.”

During the Seder, the karpas is dipped in salt water. The salt water represents the tears of our forefathers in enslavement. Further on page 606, Rabbi Kitov says “There are a number of other allusions and mystical associations connected with eating karpas. Eating maror is discomforting and karpas alleviates this. We therefore eat karpas first, as a symbol of the fact HaShem creates the remedy before the illness. Thus He had already prepared Israel’s redemption before He sent them down to Egypt.”

WOW…Another great reminder HaShem is using via all of our senses that He is in absolute control over all things and He creates the remedy BEFORE the illness. That He prepares the redemption BEFORE the enslavement! What a great reminder especially in light of today’s world we live in!!

Let’s keep going.

Now we will explore Korech:

Per page 607 from Rabbi Kitov “After eating maror, the leader of the Seder takes the third (bottom) matzah and makes a sandwich i.e. korech, of matzah and maror. A sandwich like this is portioned out to each person at the table. Before eating the sandwich, we recite the phrase indicating that we are eating korech as a commemoration of the fact that in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple in Jerusalem), according to the opinion of Hillel, it was customary to eat the meat of the Pesach sacrifice in a sandwich of matzah and maror, to fulfill the Torah’s command that the meat of the sacrifice be eaten together with matzah and maror.”

So here we see again another example of why we need to understand how the Temple functions, how the korbonot are offered and what happens on the Feasts of HaShem, just as HaShem commands us in Ezekiel 43:10-11! I digress.

Let’s keep going, we are almost there.

Now let’s examine Z’roa and Beitzah:

Z’roa = The roasted bone and the Beitzah = The roasted egg.

Now again as I stated above, I know there are many in the Hebrew Roots/Messianic circles who reject the Seder because of the Beitzah. Many claim it was added by the rabbis and derived from Babylon. Others claim it is akin to the pagan Easter eggs. Both claims are just completely wrong and I will explain.

From page 607 from Rabbi Kitov, “When the Beit HaMikdash stood, a table would be prepared after Kiddush with maror, an additional vegetable, matzah, charoset, and the meat of the Pesach sacrifice. Additionally, the meat from the chagigah, the Festival offering brought on the fourteenth of Nisan, was also placed on the table.”

Remember the Pesach sacrifice is a lamb. The Festival sacrifice i.e. the Chagigah brought on the 14th of Nisan was a goat. VERY important to remember this!

“This (The Chagigah) had been slaughtered earlier to eat at the evening meal, for the meat of the Pesach sacrifice was to be eaten ONLY when the people were already satisfied.”

With this said, therefore the Z’roa/Roasted Bone represents the Pesach korbonot i.e. the lamb and the Beitzah/Roasted Egg represents the Festival korbonot i.e. the goat. Since there is no Temple standing in Jerusalem today, we are therefore prohibited by the Torah from offering either a lamb or a goat on Pesach, therefore to dispel any false claims, the Z’roa and the Beitzah are used!

The Talmud Yerushalmi (Jerusalem Talmud) notes the egg and the roasted bone serve to symbolize HaShem’s desire to redeem us ‘With an outstretched arm.’ The bone represents the Arm of HaShem and the egg symbolizes HaShem’s desire i.e the Hebrew word ‘Beya’ which is similar to the word ‘Desire,’

Interesting to note, another name for the Messiah of HaShem is ‘HaShem’s Outstretched Arm’…and here the outstretched arm represented by a roasted bone i.e. the Lamb! Just a coincidence? Not a chance!

From page 608, “An additional reason for using an egg as a symbol of the Festival offering: Just as an egg has no mouth, so too do we declare that our detractors should have no mouth to malign us by saying that since HaShem has not redeemed us until now, this proves He will no longer do so. Throughout the generations, the nations have plotted and planned to destroy us, claiming that we are not better than they and therefore have no right to expect to be redeemed. The egg of the Seder table symbolically silences them, for every year and in every place, Israel, though subjugated, sings HaShem’s praises for the redemption that He brought them. Every one sits at his table like a king and declares, ‘Our enemies have disappeared and we remain alive.'”

So you can see there is nothing pagan about the egg on the Seder plate. Easter yes is absolute paganism, idolatry and utter rebellion and the painted eggs along with an egg laying rabbit is straight out of the pit of hell itself and has zero connection to the Pesach Seder.

Okay, we are just about finished..stay with me.

Now we will discuss the Afikoman:

From page 611, “When the meal is finished and before we recite the Grace After Meals, the Afikoman is taken from the place where it was hidden at the beginning of the recital of the Haggadah and we eat a piece while reclining on our left sides (Symbolizing royalty on this one night). The hiding of the matzah at the beginning of the Seder is not intended to reserve this particular matzah for use as the Afikoman, but only to arouse curiosity of the children so that they ask questions. In the answers to these questions, the story of the Exodus is told.”

“The Afikoman as noted, commemorates the eating of the Pesach sacrifice which was eaten when the people were satisfied i.e. after they had finished eating the meat of the Festival offering. The reason they waited until they were sated was to make sure that in their hunger they did not break the bones of the Pesach sacrifice, a practice the Torah forbids, so as to eat all of the meat.”

WOW…can you again see Yeshua in this? The Pesach korbonot is only eaten after everyone is full from the Goat that was prepared earlier in order to ensure no bone of the Pesach korbonot was broken…..remember the prophecy that when Yeshua was hung on the stake, no bone of His would be broken!! Here is another commemoration of that event!

Why is the Afikoman hidden? From page 613 “In the order of the Seder as it appears in the ceremonial symbols, the Afikoman is referred to by the word ‘Tzafun’ or ‘Hidden’ because it has been hidden away, from the beginning of the meal until the time for eating it. Some people hide it in a pillow or cushion. We read in Minhagei Yeshurun that we hide it in cushions to symbolically guard it, in fulfillment of the verse in Shemot 12:17 which says ‘And you shall guard the matzos.'”

Can you again see Yeshua in this in that right now He is hidden, concealed in the Heavenly Temple and at the appointed time, when it is time to be revealed, the marriage, His coronation as King and we sit at the meal to eat?

The entire Seder points to HaShem and His promises to act on our behalf and redeem us all at the appointed time! It also reveals Yeshua and therefore there is no need to add Him in there as many have erroneously done.

One more element of the Seder I want to quickly discuss and then we will be done:

During the Seder there are four questions which are to be asked representing four sons or the four types of people in the world:

  • The Wicked Son – Asks “Of what purpose is this work to you?” Meaning the wicked son is an idolater who questions the validity of the Torah and doesn’t believe the Torah has any value whatsoever i.e. Replacement Theology.
  • The Wise Son – Asks “What are the testimonies, decrees, and ordinances which HaShem, our Elohim, has commanded you?”
  • The Simple Son – Asks “What is this?”
  • The Son Who is Unable to Ask – The subject must be initiated for him

From page 620, “The Torah begins with the Wicked Son. He may be wicked but he is still a son. When the Torah refers to the obligation of educating our children, the mitzvah of Haggadah, all sons are included. When we sit together at the Seder and tell the story of the Exodus, our house is tranquil. The power of the narrative is so great that all sons, wicked and wise, simple and unaware of what to ask, are transformed and together will join with their father singing praise to HaShem.”

What is the point for this? There is hope for those who continuously reject and refuse HaShem and His Torah if there is someone petitioning HaShem for them! HaShem will deal with that person and He will bring them home at the appointed time. It may take terrible situations to finally get their attention, but in the end HaShem will get them home.

So with all this said, can you see the message of redemption, salvation, gratitude and praise to our Great and Merciful King, HaShem, Master of the Legions of Heaven, is at the center of the Pesach Seder! Can you see why we MUST participate and learn the Seder for ourselves because of the great hope there is in being reminded of the First Exodus and how it relates to the hope of the Final Exodus?

We are living in extremely difficult times and sad to say it is only going to get more difficult from here on out. It is NOT a coincidence these world events are currently unfolding during the month of Nissan, the month of redemption, the month of Pesach and the month of the Seder where we retell the story of our redemption! He is unchanging and He reveals the end from the beginning which means soon, may it be so very, very soon, He will send His Right Arm, His Moshiach, to redeem us once again and for the final time!!

I hope and pray this has helped and will enhance your understanding of the Pesach Seder. I know HaShem has taught me a lot in the last few days studying this out and I am so very grateful to Him and what He is revealing!

I will end this Op here with the following statement from Yeshua: “When we BEGIN to see these things come to pass, look up, life up your heads for your redemption draws near!” Luke 21:28.

Much to consider.

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Jewish Wisdom in the Numbers by Artscroll
  • The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet by Artscroll
  • The Family Haggadah by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance by Eliyahu Kitov

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE?

“Sanctify yourselves and be kadosh (Holy), for I am HaShem, your Elohim.” Vayikra (Leviticus) 20:7

Well, here we are…we made it to another Shabbat, Baruch HaShem! The news just seems to get better and better (Sarcasm!). Economic hardships, grocery shortages, lock-downs, shelter in place orders combined with the daily tally of all those new cases of infected and deaths. Truly we are living in unprecedented times!

As a result of these unprecedented events, I am reading many articles from various websites from people rejoicing because in their opinion these events are showing that the False Messiah is soon to appear and Israel will rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem while the bulk of Christendom is ‘zapped out of their shoes to walk the streets of gold and live in the mansions of Heaven’ (Actual quote by someone); while Israel on earth will endure the wrath of HaShem and endure yet another holocaust because of their continued embracing of ‘The Law’ and rejection of Jesus as being HaShem in the flesh…(Honestly makes me see purple when I hear this anti-Semitic garbage). I apologize, not looking to come out right away in this Op slamming anyone. Moving on.

It is interesting people are discussing this topic in light of the new biblical month we just entered i.e. Nissan, coupled with the new book of the Torah we are beginning in our annual Torah portions i.e. Vayikra (Leviticus) and I will explain. But first as always, remember the following as they are key to hold onto when reading His Word:

– 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 eternal per Proverbs 3:19 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 Ps 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

Now you all may be wondering why I keep posting pictures of nature lately in my Ops? In my opinion they are a great reminder of Whom we serve, especially in light of all that is going on around us!! This is the same Elohim Who fashioned all of His Creation and placed each and every galaxy, star, planet, moon, tree, rock, speck of dust, including you and I and yes even microbial cells all in their respective places in order to function and serve HaShem! It helps, again in my opinion, in not being overwhelmed by the fear, panic and stress of the times if we can always keep HaShem in focus and His absolute ability to keep, guard, provide and shelter His people as long as we stay close to Him! Just look at the picture above of that galaxy and see all the stars, the gas clouds, etc and understand HaShem not only placed every object there, but it says in His Word He names each and every one! Not only that, but each star in this picture serves a specific function and purpose in His Creation!! Nothing is just because! Keep this all in mind as we proceed.

In the last Op I discussed the significance of the biblical month of Nissan and covered a little of the meaning of this month and its ties to the redemption of Israel. I want to continue to examine this a bit more and tie it in to the title of this Op, so please bear with me.

The following excerpt is from the book ‘The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance’ by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, published by Feldheim Publisher, on page 473 discussing the sign for the month of Nissan which is the lamb “Which serves to remind us the lamb which each household would bring for the Pesach (Passover) sacrifice. However, even before Israel was commanded to take a lamb for the sacrifice in Nisan, the nations of the world, and especially the Egyptians, used the lamb as the symbol for this month. The Hebrew word ‘Ashtarot’ connoting the offspring of sheep and the increase of the flock, resembles the word for ‘Wealth’ i.e. ‘Osher’, for the former brings its owner great wealth. The month of Nisan, the beginning of spring, symbolizes the wealth and bounty of the entire year; hence, the appropriate sign associated with Nisan is Aries the ram.”

“The Egyptians, whose chief concerns were developing wealth and strength, transformed the ram into a god which they worshiped. But Israel, whose chief concern is serving HaShem, was commanded to take this god of the Egyptians and slaughter it and offer it in the very month when it was in its ascendancy. This was a declaration of Israel’s recognition that there is no wealth or strength except that which stems from HaShem. The astrological sign of this month, for both the Egyptians and Israel, is the ram. For Israel it is a sign of subservience to HaShem, whereas for Egypt it is an idol.”

What I find interesting is the connection with the Egyptian/Canaanite/Mesopotamiam god ‘Ashteroth’ which has other names such as ‘Ishtar’ which on a side note is where the name ‘Easter’ comes from. The point is the connection to the pursuit of wealth and strength and trusting in a false deity to acquire this wealth and power. Is it then a coincidence all these economic problems are consuming the United States and the world during this time of the year i.e. the month of Nissan? If the national pursuit of the United States is wealth and strength, the hallmarks of worshiping Ashteroth, is it then just a coincidence HaShem is either allowing or sending these problems which is having a devastating effect on our national and personal wealth and strength? In other words, is HaShem perhaps using this outbreak to remind people as to where wealth and strength ultimately and truly come from in the first place? Something to ponder at least. I digress.

With all this said, I was recently asked the question ‘What is the purpose of the Temple of HaShem?’ Its a good question! Does HaShem really require the blood of goats, sheep, lambs, pigeons, etc to assuage His anger? The answer is emphatically NO! He doesn’t! Only the pagan gods and their temples require blood to assuage their anger which is why I cringe when I hear those on TV talking about being ‘Washed in the blood of Jesus’. Only the pagan gods required their followers to, and here is the key word ‘immerse’ or ‘wash’ themselves in the blood of animals and sometimes other people, HaShem absolutely does NOT command any of that. Nowhere in His Word will you find where people went to the Temple of HaShem to immerse or wash themselves in blood. So why then does HaShem command a Temple be built? The answer lies in His Word which we will further explore here shortly, and I think you will be amazed!

As we have studied in past Op’s we know HaShem is kadosh (Holy) and He commands each of us as being grafted into Israel, to be kadosh as He is kadosh per Vayikra 19:2/20:7/20:26/21:8 and 1 Kepha (Peter) 1:16. What does that term ‘Kadosh’ look like and how do we apply that concept to our lives as His people? The answer lies within the function and purpose of His Temple in Jerusalem!

When HaShem directed Moshe to build Him a Mishkan (Tabernacle) per Shemot (Exodus) 25:8 so He may dwell among His people, He established His Kohanim (Priests) who would officiate the Temple avodot (Services) and lead the people in worshiping HaShem! The main reason He established His Kohanim is stated in Vayikra 10:9-11 which says “HaShem spoke to Aaron saying: ‘Do not drink intoxicating wine, you and your sons with you, when you come to the Tent of Meeting, that you not die, this is an eternal decree for your generations. In order to DISTINGUISH BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE, AND BETWEEN CONTAMINATED AND THE PURE, AND TO TEACH THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL ALL THE DECREES THAT HASHEM HAD SPOKEN TO THEM THROUGH MOSHE.'” So the purpose of the Temple is to teach Israel (You and I) to know the differences between the sacred and the profane, and between what is contaminated and pure.

Consider there are a total of 613 Mitvot (Commandments) which comprise the Torah, out of those 613, 271 of them pertain directly to the Temple of HaShem! The Temple is the fullest expression of the Torah of HaShem in action and teaches us the protocols of the Great King! Does it make more sense now as to why HaShem command in Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 43:10-11 as well as Revelation 11:1 for each of us, you and I, to study and learn EVERY single aspect of His Temple to include gates, layout, the avodot (Services), etc? When we do, and I can personally attest to this from experience, you become much, much more aware of kedushah (Holiness) and what it looks like and as such it motivates me to make changes in my life as to what I watch, listen too, certainly not to eat anything unclean such as pork, shellfish, etc!

On a side note, I have had countless people confront me concerning the whole notion of not eating pork and other unclean animals and I asked them the following two questions: “If HaShem doesn’t care about what we eat, then why did He toss Adam and Eve out of the Garden when they ate what He said was not good for food? Or why does He state in Isaiah 66:17 that in the End of Days He will destroy all those who eat pork and other unclean animals?” Usually there is no reply other than “Jesus did away with it all so none of that applies. It only applies to the Jews who refuse to give up the Law and reject Jesus.” No need to get into a debate over it, just do as Yeshua said, ‘Shake the dust off your feet and walk away.’ I digress.

It brings into proper context what Paul said in I Corinthians 3:16 when he stated ‘We are the Temple…’ Unfortunately Christendom has taken this verse light years out of context and fashioned a whole other level of Replacement Theology garbage doctrine. This concept of us being the Temple is not something brand new that Paul was stating. It was and still is today a very well known Jewish understanding that doesn’t mean we literally replace the need for a Temple as Replacement Theology garbage doctrine teaches, but that we are to look to the Temple as being a teaching tool and apply what HaShem has given to us into our lives and live them out in service to Him…in other words, pattern our lives after the functions of the Temple!

But Replacement Theology teaches the Temple is now tossed aside, along with the Torah, the Feasts of HaShem which have somehow now been changed to Christmas/Easter, Shabbat can be either Sunday or any other day of the week we choose, just not Saturday’s and there are no longer any restrictions to eating…just go eat whatever sounds good. So then can we learn what it means to be kadosh (Holy) from Replacement Theology? Not a chance! Consider the following verses from Yechezkel (Ezekiel) and see what I mean!

In the End of Days, when HaShem establishes the Third Temple in Jerusalem, and on a side note, NO, the Third Temple is NOT solely for the False Messiah…another garbage doctrine of Replacement Theology! HaShem will restore the Kohanim and why? He says in Yechezkel 44:23 “They shall instruct My people concerning the difference between holy and ordinary, and they shall inform them of the difference between contaminated and clean.” Interesting! So again we see HaShem has, contrary to Replacement Theology, NOT tossed His Torah, His Temple, His Feasts, His Shabbat or His Commandments concerning clean and unclean aside after all!! He truly is unchanging!

Now in contrast, consider what He says in Yechezkel 22:23-28 says “The Word of HaShem came to me saying, ‘Son of Man, say to her: You are a land that has not been cleansed, that has not been rained upon on the day of fury. There is a conspiracy of her (Notice He says ‘Her’ and not ‘My’) prophets in her midst, like a roaring lion that tears its prey; they have devoured souls, they have taken away Jerusalem’s treasure and worth, they have increased her widows in her midst. Her (Again notice He says ‘Her’ and not ‘My’) priests ROBBED MY TORAH AND DESECRATED MY SANCTITIES; THEY DID NOT DISTINGUISH BETWEEN HOLY AND PROFANE, AND THEY DID NOT MAKE KNOWN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTAMINATED AND PURIFIED; THEY HID THEIR EYES FROM MY SHABBATS, AND I BECAME PROFANED AMONG THEM. Her officers within her are like wolves who tear prey, to shed blood, to destroy souls, for the sake of UNJUST GAIN. And her prophets smeared plaster for them, for they see WORTHLESS VISIONS AND THEY DIVINE FALSEHOOD FOR THEM. They say, ‘Thus said the Master HaShem/Elohim,’ when HaShem did NOT speak.” WOW!! Does this not apply perfectly to Replacement Theology Christendom today? Robbing people of HaShem’s Torah, desecrating His Feasts, His Shabbat, refusing to teach the differences between contaminated and purified. Consumed with obtaining more wealth and fame i.e. ‘Send in your money and get your blessing’ nonsense. Telling their congregations about fake visions and giving so called words from HaShem, when HaShem never once gave them! What does this tell us? Those who teach Replacement Theology have an enormous accountability before HaShem and they WILL answer for their teaching lies when His wrath is poured out upon them for destroying so many people and leading so many to their ruin.

Why does Yeshua talk about in the End Him telling people ‘Depart from Me, for I never knew you, you workers of Lawlessness (Without the Torah)?’ In my opinion, Replacement Theology is the answer to that question!

This is precisely why I abhor and detest Replacement Theology so much! It is stealing and robbing so many blessings from HaShem from these people and leading so many to absolute destruction because there is no true foundation to rest upon, especially during these very difficult times we are living in. But HaShem does say in Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) 16:19-21 says: “HaShem, my Strength, my Stronghold, and my Refuge on the day of distress! To You nations (Gentiles) will come from the ends of the earth and say ‘It was all falsehood that our ancestors inherited, futility that has no purpose. Can a man make gods for himself? They are NOT gods! Therefore, behold, I inform them at this time, I shall let them know of My hand and My strength; and they shall know that My Name is HaShem!”

Or how about this verse concerning the End of Days: Zechariah 8:23 says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: In those days (The End of Days) it WILL happen that ten gentiles, of all the different languages of the nations, will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the tallit of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you!'”

The point for my referencing these verses is that in the End of Days people will and they are today waking up, hearing the call of HaShem and realizing everything they have been taught in the systems of religion to include Christendom, is utterly worthless, futile doctrine that has done nothing for them, except lie to them year after year! This is exactly what happened to me! HaShem woke me up to the futility of Christendom and He in His great and abundant mercy and compassion delivered me out of the clutches of that system of lies. And I say Baruch HaShem He is doing so more and more each and every day!

So you may be wondering why I seem to be clobbering Christendom so much in this Op? Unfortunately it is necessary when trying to convey the importance of the Temple of HaShem and how much we learn and in doing so we learn what the purpose of the Temple is, but ultimately what our purpose is in this life!

I will close with this thought: The next time you ask yourself or someone asks you what the purpose is, tell them what HaShem said in Ecclesiastes 12:13 “The sum of the matter, when all has been considered: Fear HaShem and keep His commandments, for that is man’s whole duty.”

Stay tuned for future Op’s where I will be focusing on the attributes and descriptions of the Temple of HaShem and how it functions and hope you all will be able to see just how amazing and astounding it is and see all that HaShem is teaching us through His Temple! If we want to truly know HaShem and know His Messiah, the real Messiah, only the Temple and His Torah reveal Who He is!

Much to consider.

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Stone Edition Tanach by Artscroll
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets Jeremiah, Ezekiel by Artscroll
  • The Book of Our Heritage by Rabbi Kitov published by Feldheim Publishers

THE TIMES AND THE SEASONS

“The Torah of his Elohim is in his heart; his footsteps do not falter.” Psalms 37:31

This Op will be a pretty in-depth one. Normally I like to keep my Op’s as short as possible but yet still convey what I believe HaShem is leading me to say. In this Op, however, we are going to dip our toes into the deep end of the pool, per se. Why is this so? Because I can sense the absolute urgency from HaShem that events are happening in the world around us and its time we all, myself included, truly decide to whom we will serve.

While the world spins around us like a category five hurricane in its chaos, confusion and the up’s and down’s, I can see it on the faces of those I pass by at the grocery store their worry, doubt, concern, confusion, etc. The question on most everyone’s mind is ‘What will tomorrow bring?’ Yet the earth and all of HaShem’s creation keep’s on spinning day to day according to what He has ordained by His Word!

This all said, I thought it prudent to address this issue of ‘Times and Seasons’ and examine this among other related topics to hopefully show the depth of what HaShem has given to us to learn and be strengthened as we await the end of the exile and for the arrival of His Agent i.e. Moshiach Yeshua! As I stated in the opening, be prepared because this one will be pretty in-depth.

But before we jump into this, always consider the following unchanging truths 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 eternal per Proverbs 3:19 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 Ps 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

Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:1-2 the following “Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons, you do not need to be written to. For you yourselves know very well that the Day of HaShem comes as a thief in the night.”

These two verses are very well known within the Christian world. I have heard countless pastors teach on these verses over the years and they reach the usual Christian Replacement Theology conclusions, which I will not repeat here. But, in my opinion, what we need to do is to examine these verses from the Jewish perspective and see just how much the narrative will change when we do so!

Remember Paul was an Orthodox Torah observant Jew who acknowledge Yeshua as being the Messiah of HaShem! I won’t cover it here as I have done so many other times, but we can prove with 100% accuracy per Paul’s own letters the man never stopped keeping and walking in the Torah or the Halakah (Oral Torah) his entire life! Therefore if we want to understand his letters, then we need to understand the world from which he lived in, which is vastly different from Replacement Theology Christendom! After all Yeshua Himself reiterated that ‘Salvation is of the Jews’ per John 4:22, meaning only Orthodox Jews have the correct understanding and teaching of the Torah which HaShem gave! I digress.

So what do the words ‘Times’ and ‘Seasons’ mean from the Jewish perspective? Well, we will need to bring these words back to their Hebrew meaning, as I am one who believes without any doubt the Apostolic Writings were originally written in Hebrew. I also am one who believes there is way too much emphasis on the Greek language, but that is another Op in itself some day.

The word ‘Times’ is the Hebrew word ‘Moedim’ which means “A fixed time or season, specifically a festival, an APPOINTMENT.” In other words, this word is pointing directly at the annual Feasts of HaShem as He states in Vayikra (Leviticus) 23 i.e. Pesach (Passover), Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Shavuot (Erroneously called Pentecost), Rosh HaShanah (Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). These annual Feasts of HaShem are in fact the ‘annual appointments‘ in which we as His people will keep these appointments in order to meet with our Great King! He also says these Feasts are all eternal and will never pass away nor can they be changed! Now if there was a Temple in Jerusalem today, we would be required to show up on three of these Feasts i.e. Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot in order to bring our korbonot (Offerings) before HaShem!

The word ‘Seasons’ is the Hebrew word ‘Zemanim’ which means “Time set aside for a special occasion, specific times of the day, designate for a purpose.” An example would be the monthly Rosh Chodesh acknowledgement i.e. the New Moon which HaShem commands us to remember each month.

So with this said, consider Paul was talking to the Thessalonian believers in Yeshua, they were obviously Torah observant, kept the Feasts of HaShem i.e. the Moedim, to include other set apart times such as Rosh Chodesh (New Moon) i.e. the Zemanim and then he tells them because they know and keep these, there is no need for him to teach them about prophetic events! Point is, another proof text that Paul himself never stopped keeping Torah while being a believer in Yeshua, but also the fact keeping and knowing the Moedim and Zemanim of HaShem is what reveals how the prophetic events in the End of Days will unfold!! Can you see already how much is being lost when Replacement Theology teaches its all done away with?

On a side note, this is why when in the Tanakh (Old Testament), specifically Daniel 7:25, when describing the False Messiah, HaShem identifies this man for he will be the one who will change the times and the seasons. Now which religious figure head, according to the doctrine, teaches the Torah of HaShem along with all the Feasts of HaShem have been done away with and replaced? Which figure head teaches the Feasts of HaShem are now replaced by Christmas and Easter and Shabbat is now replaced either by Sunday or can be any day of the week we choose? There is only one figure head who has taught this i.e. the Replacement Theology Jesus Christ. I digress as this Op is not about the False Messiah. Moving on.

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 switches 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 Hm 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).” Can you see we are going into the deep end of the pool per se? I hope you are still with me because we have yet to get into the main topic of this Op yet.

This all said, now we can jump into the main points of this Op which is to discuss Rosh Chodesh Nissan i.e. the New Moon of the biblical month of Nissan which begins as I write this, tonight, sundown on 25 March 2020. In order to fully grasp the significance of this month, we need to explore what the month of Nissan is all about! Get ready to be astounded and hopefully inspired!!

From the book ‘The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months, the Months, the Tribes, and the Names of HaShem’ by Zvi Ryzman says regarding the month of Nissan “The name combination for the month of Nissan comes from the verse ‘The heavens will be glad and the earth will rejoice’ quoting Tehillim (Psalms) 96:11.”

Now I will be referencing book #2 from a book series titled “The Book of Our Heritage, the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance” by Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov. In this excerpt on page 472-473 Rabbi Kitov says “The month of Nisan has three names: HaChodesh Ha-Rishon (The first of months); Chodesh Ha-Aviv (The month of Aviv); and Nisan. The Torah refers to Nisan as the first month since the redemption from Egypt it is always counted that way. It is also referred to the month of spring, for it is then that new life and vegetation are given to the world.”

“The name Nisan is of Babylonian origin, and it came into use after the Babylonian exile. The word Nisan also connotes spring, for (Shir HaShirim -Song of Solomon 2:12) says ‘The buds have appeared in the land.’ The later Sages interpreted the word aviv as an acronym: Aviv can be separated into ‘Av’, meaning ‘Father or head’, and the (Hebrew) letters Yud and Beit have a numerical value of twelve, corresponding to the twelve months, that is to say, the head of all the months of the year.”

Going back a few pages, on page 466 Rabbi Kitov says “Israel, who is considered the terumah (Gift) of the Holy One, blessed is He, was in a ritually impure land (Egypt). HaShem therefore said: ‘How can I redeem them? To leave them there is impossible! I shall therefore descend and save them.’ And when He brought them out, He called Aharon and figuratively purified Himself, as the verse in Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:33 states: ‘And he shall atone for the place of holiness.'”

“‘This month shall be for you.’ This phrase can be understood in these ways: ‘For you – your very own; for you – for your redemption; for you – it has been given over to you.'”

Rabbi Kitov goes on, on page 467 “One who experiences redemption has emerged from darkness into light. One who has never suffered the oppression of bondage, will not appreciate redemption. The very essence of redemption is the freedom which has its source in the bondage itself. Had Israel not been enslaved, they would never have experienced true freedom. Once they were enslaved, that enslavement gave rise to their redemption. From the midst of that darkness and from nowhere else, light burst forth. Our Sages taught: Israel said to HaShem, ‘Master of the Universe, when will You redeem us?’ HaShem answered: ‘When you descend to the lowest level, at that moment I shall redeem you.'”

It is interesting with regards to HaShem calculation of time and when He determines certain events must come about. Rabbi Kitov explains “The Rabbis explained the verse in Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon) 2:8 in terms of HaShem’s calculation of time: ‘The voice of my beloved, behold, He is coming; He skips over the mountains….’ Rabbi Yehoshua explained: ‘The voice of my beloved’ this refers to Moshe. When he told Israel they would be redeemed that month (Nissan), they said to him, ‘Moshe, our teacher, how can we be redeemed? Did the Holy One, blessed is He, not say to Avraham, ‘And they shall be afflicted for four hundred years?’ We have been here (In Egypt) for only two hundred and ten!’ He responded: ‘Since HaShem desires that you be redeemed, He pays no heed to YOUR CALCULATIONS. Rather, He ‘skips over the mountains’. He skips over the fixed time, the calculations, and the leap years, and in this month (Nissan) you shall be redeemed.”

Can you see the month of Nissan is ALL about redemption? Nissan is ALL about being a constant reminder of the redemption of Israel from Egyptian oppression and enslavement!! Why are we to remember this event? Because HaShem reveals the end from the beginning and how He redeemed Israel in the beginning is how He will do so in the end!! Obviously not with the exact same people involved such as Moshe but certainly with Yeshua (Who is in the likeness of Moshe, otherwise Yeshua cannot be Messiah!) per what we read in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:1 which says “A prophet from your midst, from your brethren, like me (Moshe), shall HaShem, your Elohim, establish for you, to him shall you hearken”.

An excerpt from the book ‘The Hebrew Months in the Shemoneh Esrei’ by Zvi Ryzman, quotes Rabbi Yehoshua who says “The world was created in Nissan; the Patriarchs were born in Nissan; the nation of Israel was redeemed in Nissan; and in the future, they will be redeemed in Nissan.”

So the question was asked, if the world was created in Nissan, why do we celebrate the New Year on the first of Tishrei i.e. Rosh HaShanah? The answer is found in ‘The Wisdom in the Hebrew Months, the Months, the Tribes, and the Names of HaShem’ by Zvi Ryzman which says “There are two ways that HaShem regulates the world i.e. the Law of Nature and Divine Providence. The natural system operates according to the rules of the physical Creation, while Providence operates according to the Torah and Israel’s fulfillment of its commandments. We fulfill the Torah through body and soul. The soul involves the use of thought and intelligence, for, indeed, there are mitzvos (Commandments) that are fulfilled not through physical acts, but through intelligent faith and intent. Israel marks the new year not in Nissan, when the physical act of creation took place, but in Tishrei, to make it clear that the key to existence is HaShem’s Providence. And that is why HaShem established Rosh HaShanah, the Day of Judgment, in Tishrei…” Are you still with me? Have I bored you to death yet? One more little bit and then I will wrap this up.

Now with regards to actually acknowledging Rosh Chodesh each month, it is a commandment in the Torah! Bamidbar (Numbers) 28:11-15 says “On your New Moons (Rosh Chodesh), you shall bring an Olah Korbonot (Burnt Offering) to HaShem: Two young bulls, one ram, seven male lambs in their first year, unblemished. And three tenth ephah of fine flour for a meal offering mixed with oil, for each bull; and two tenth ephah of fine flour mixed with oil, for the one ram; and a tenth ephah of fine flour for a meal offering, mixed with oil for each lamb, an Olah Korbonot, a satisfying aroma, a fire offering to HaShem. And their libations a half hin for each bull, a third hin for the ram, a quarter hin for each lamb, of wine. This is the Olah Korbonot for each month in its own month for the months of the year. And one male of the goats for a Chatat (Sin) Korbonot to HaShem. In addition to the continual (Tamid) Olah Korbonot shall it be made and its libation.”

So yes, it is a commandment that we do acknowledge the beginning of each month! Now obviously there is no Temple in Jerusalem nor do we live in the Land, therefore sadly, we cannot keep this commandment in its entirety as HaShem directs us!!! But there is hope because in Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 46 which discusses the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem in the End of Days, in verse three it says “The people of the land shall prostrate themselves before HaShem at the entrance of that gate on the Sabbaths and on the New Moons (Rosh Chodesh).” This means when the Temple is rebuilt, ALL of the Torah is fully reinstated along with ALL the korbonot (Offerings)!! Baruch HaShem! May it be so very soon in our days!

So why am I posting this Op you may be asking? Because as I stated earlier in this Op, the calendars are VERY important to HaShem as they set the Moedim and Zemanim for His Kingdom and if we are members of His Kingdom, then we MUST learn everything we can here and now!! It goes hand in hand with what HaShem commands in Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 43:10-11 regarding His command that we are to study and learn every single millimeter of His Temple to include the gates, the courtyards, the avodah (Temple Services), everything! Why? Because it teaches us about HaShem, it teaches us about what is true kedushah (Holiness), and it teaches us the protocols of the King!

Let me ask you this hypothetical question: If Yeshua showed up right now, today and you were in His presence, would you know the proper protocol for just being in His presence? Would you know how to address Him if He talked to you? Would you know how to react when He left the room? The Temple will teach us those protocols!!

Here is another hypothetical question to ponder: If Yeshua showed up right now, today, where would He spend Shabbat? In a Christian church on Sunday? In a Messianic/Hebrew Roots congregation on Saturday or in an Orthodox Jewish synagogue on Saturday? In my opinion, per what we read in the Apostolic Writings in its proper context, He would spend Shabbat eating a meal on Friday night sitting around the table with other Torah observant people, lighting candles and then going to the Orthodox synagogue for the Torah readings on Saturday morning.

I know this is hard hitting but like I said in the beginning, I can feel the urgency and the message to all of us, myself included, is HaShem saying, now its time to get very serious and fully make up our minds as to whom we will serve. If HaShem is the true Elohim, then serve Him. If the Replacement Theology Jesus Christ is the one, then serve him, but we have to make up our minds for time is VERY, VERY short, perhaps far shorter than we even realize.

I will end this Op with this statement I read from someone else a few days ago which caught my eye as I would agree with it, ‘Messiah Yeshua is an Orthodox Jew. He was not a Christian (in the Replacement Theology sense) and He did not come to start a new religion.’ Very powerful statement in my opinion, which I hope will stir the interest and desire for HaShem and His Ways!

So let’s start off with acknowledging Rosh Chodesh Nissan tonight, the month of Redemption and see what HaShem may be telling us! May it be very soon in our days!!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Stone Edition Chumash published by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Book of Our Heritage the Jewish Year and its Days of Significance by Eliyahu Kitov published by Feldheim Publishers
  • The Hebrew Months in the Shemoneh Esrei by Zvi Ryzman published by Artscroll

‘CHAZAK! CHAZAK! VENISCHAZEIK!’

“Gracious is HaShem and righteous, our Elohim is merciful. HaShem protects the simple; I was brought low, but He saved me.” Psalms 116:5-6. The commentary on these verses says the following: “HaShem protects those whose faith is simple and innocent, who do not weave elaborate schemes and plots to protect themselves. Elohim protects the intelligent man who does not use his mind to assure his personal security but trusts in HaShem. Elohim also watches over the feeble minded, simpletons who lack the mental ability to protect themselves.”

WOW folks, what a week!! I thought last week was history making…sheesh!!! Who would have believed we would have ever been witness and directly affected in America with mandatory shut downs of entire states and cities? To be witness to the American economy collapsing or the mobilizing of the national guard and active duty armed forces to respond to a pandemic inside the borders of America? Truly these are history making times we are living in but they are NOT hopeless!

Are these stressful and troubled times? Absolutely yes! Are there enormous concerns with such things such as how to obtain enough food, prescription meds, etc? Absolutely yes! This said, this Op is going to be as much for me as it is for everyone else! Now more than ever we need to be reminded just Who exactly we serve and what He promises in times like these!!

Before we jump into this, as I always state, never forget the following:

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

You may be confused by the title of this Op ‘Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik!’. I assure you I will explain what it means and how it applies to you and I today! I will give you a hint….its Hebrew! I am hoping and praying when we reach that point you will be astounded and see how relevant it is to today’s current world.

One thing HaShem has reminded me this past week while watching all these historical events unfold is yes, while it is nerve wracking and very ominous, with nothing but uncertainty on the horizon, He has told us many times how to react to such events in His Word! When I read them, I was able to see exactly what He was saying and it completely removed the stress. It is these verses I wish to explore with the hope and prayer you can gain comfort in HaShem as well!!

As we end this weeks Torah portion i.e. Vayak’hel/Pekudei which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 35:1-40:38 and it is the final Torah portion for this biblical month of Adar and it is also the final Torah portion from the Book of Shemot! When we reach the end of a book from the Torah and finish reading the Torah portion, we recite the phrase: ‘Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik!’ which translates into English “Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!” Keep this in mind as we proceed!

With this said thus far, let’s examine the verses which HaShem led me too!

Yeshayah (Isaiah) 35:3-4 says “Strengthen weak hands and give support to failing knees. Say to those of impatient heart, ‘Be strong; do not fear: Behold, your Elohim will come with revenge, with Divine retribution; He will come and save you!’ The commentary on this verse says “As the exile becomes longer and longer, and as the suffering increases, the leaders of each generation should strengthen those whose faith has become weakened, and tell them to be strong, for HaShem will avenge their suffering and redeem them!”

Have we been enduring the exile for a very long time? Oh yes we have…even when we were still in the systems of religion i.e. Christendom, we never knew we were suffering in the exile! And now in the infinite mercy and compassion of HaShem, He is using His creation around us to show us just how truly unfathomable, vast, eternal and incomprehensible He is, which means He is truly completely in control over all things…nothing escapes His gaze or slips out of His hands! Baruch HaShem!!

This is why I am posting the pictures in this Op that I am! Just stop and look at those pictures, look at the stars, the mountains, the colors, the snow, the water, the formations of the terrain, etc, because it all points to the mastery of HaShem over His creation! He placed every single star, every single rock, every single tree exactly where He wanted it because it serves a function! It serves Him! Remember His Word talks about even the rocks cry out to HaShem! The stars in the heavens sing unto Him! All of His creation serves a purpose! Which again translates into can He take care of His Own during a crisis the likes of which the country and the world is enduring right now as I write this Op? Absolutely yes He can and His creation reminds us He can and He will take care of us as long as we stay close to and trust Him! I digress.

Psalms 33:6-7 says “By the Word of HaShem the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts. For He assembles the waters of the sea like a mound, He places deep waters in vaults.”

Consider Yeshayah (Isaiah) 44:24-28 which says “Thus said HaShem, your Redeemer and the One Who formed you from the womb: I am HaShem, Who has made everything; Who spread out the heavens by Myself, and firmed the earth of My own accord; Who abrogates the omens of the stargazers and makes fools of the astrologers; Who makes wise men retreat and makes their knowledge foolish; Who confirms the words of His servant, and fulfills the counsel of His messengers; Who says of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be settled,’ and of the cities of Judah, ‘They shall be built up, and I will rebuild its ruins’; Who says to the depths, ‘Dry up’ and ‘I shall dry out your rivers’; Who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd, He will fulfill all My desires,’ to say of Jerusalem, ‘It shall be built,’ and of the Temple, ‘It shall be established.'”

Haggai 2:4 says “So now, be strong, O Zerubbabel, the Word of HaShem, and be strong, Yehoshua (Joshua) son of Jehozadak, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), and be strong, the entire people of the land, the Word of HaShem, and do, for I am with you, the Word of HaShem, Master of Legions.”

Psalms 27:14 says “Hope to HaShem, strengthen yourself and He will give you courage, and hope to HaShem!” The commentary on this verse says “If you make every effort to strengthen yourself in HaShem’s service, He will reciprocate by instilling courage in your heart so that your enemies will not weaken your resolve.”

Psalms 31:25 says Be strong, and let your hearts take courage, all who wait longingly for HaShem.” The commentary says “David concludes (Chapter 31) by saying the example his many salvation’s should serve as an inspiration to others. Thus, even if one is subjected to suffering and his longing for relief lasts very long, he should never give up hope.”

II Chronicles 32:7-8 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.”

Daniel 10:19 says “He said, ‘Fear not, greatly beloved man. Peace to you! Grow stronger and stronger!’ As he spoke to me I strengthened myself, and I said, ‘Speak, my master, for you have strengthened me.'”

Can you see the theme HaShem is showing? We are to be strong and courageous BECAUSE HaShem is with us!! Now you may ask, ‘How do I be strong and courageous in the face of what is going on all around me in the country and the world?’ Consider what HaShem told Yehoshua (Joshua) after Moshe died and HaShem put him in charge of leading Israel:

Yehoshua (Joshua) 1:1-9 says “And it was after the death of Moshe, servant of HaShem, that HaShem said to Joshua son of Nun, Moshe’s attendant, saying, ‘Moshe My servant has died. Now, arise! Cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the Land which I give to them, to the Children of Israel. Every place upon which the sole of your feet will march I will have given to you, as I have spoken to Moshe. From the desert and this Lebanon to the great river, the Euphrates River, all the land of the Hittites to the Mediterranean Sea westward will be your boundary. No man will challenge you all the days of your life. As I was with Moshe so will I be with you; I will not let you part from Me nor will I abandon you. Strengthen yourself and persevere because you will cause this people to inherit the Land which I have sworn to their fathers to give to them. O that you will strengthen yourself and persevere very much in order to observe, to do, according to all of the Torah that Moshe My servant has commanded you. Do not deviate from him to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you may go. This Book of the Torah is not to leave your mouth. You should contemplate it day and night in order to observe, to do, all that is written in it. For then you will make your ways successful, and then you will become understanding. In truth I commanded you, ‘Strengthen yourself and persevere.’ Do not fear and do not lose resolve because HaShem, your Elohim, is with you wherever you may go.”

Once more we see the crux of the matter is us doing, guarding and keeping His Torah as being the ONLY way to strengthen ourselves, persevering and having the level of courage required to move forward even in the midst of this terrible pandemic we are enduring! Remember He reveals the end from the beginning and when we read the beginning how He saved Israel, we can be reassured He will do so again!

On a side note this is precisely why I so utterly abhor and despise Replacement Theology Christendom and its Torah rejecting and Torah hating doctrine because it strips away the only way to survive in the face of these terrible troubles! That abominable doctrine tosses overboard the only hope there is! As a reminder, Torah has nothing to do with obtaining salvation, but it has everything to do with surviving and succeeding in this life, here and now! I digress.

If you ever feel overwhelmed and ask yourself ‘Where is HaShem and how can He be letting this happen?’ Consider the conversation HaShem had with Job in Job 38:4-40 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell, if you know understanding! Who set its dimensions? If you know, or who stretched a surveyor’s line over it? Into what are its bases sunken, or who laid its cornerstone? When the morning stars sang in unison and all the heavenly beings shouted, as He dammed in the sea with bolted doors as its flow emerged from the womb, when I put a cloud on it as its garment and a thick cloud as its swaddling, and I constrained it with My limits, and I emplaced a bar and bolted doors, and said, ‘Until here shall you go, and no further; and only here shall your waves flaunt their majesty!?'”

“Did you ever in your life command the morning, or teach the dawn its place, to grasp the edges of the earth and shake the wicked from it; as it changes itself, as a seal does to clay, as people come into being like the earth’s garment, as light is withheld from the wicked, and their raised arm is broken?”

“Have you penetrated the hidden depths of the sea, or gone to plumb the deep? Were the gates of death revealed to you? Have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? Have you contemplated up the wide expanses of the world? Tell, if you know it all! What is the path where the light dwells? And darkness, where is its place, that you may take it to its boundary, that you may understand the paths of its home? Did you know when you would be born, and how many are the number of your days? Have you come upon the storehouses of snow, or seen the storehouses of hail, which I have kept for times of travail, for a day of battle and war?”

“Which is the way where light is dispersed, which the eastern sun spreads upon the land? Who fashioned a channel for the torrent, or a path for thunder clouds, that it may rain upon a land without man, and in a wilderness in which there is no person, to sate desolation and wasteland, to make vegetation sprout forth? Does rain have a father? Who begot the dewdrops? From whose belly did the ice come forth? Who gave birth to the frost of heaven? Like a submerged stone, the waters are concealed, the very depths are imprisoned.”

“Did you tie up the bond of Pleiades, or unbind the cords of Orion? Did you ever take out the constellations in their times or lead Ursa together with her children? Do you know the laws of heaven; did you place its rule upon the land?”

“Did you raise your voice to the clouds, so that a multitude of water should drench you? Did you dispatch lightning bolts, so that they would go forth, and then say to you, ‘Here we are!’? Do you know who placed wisdom in the innards? Or who imbued the heart with understanding?”

“Who, with wisdom, makes the heavens glisten, and Who pours from the flagons of heaven, when dirt flows with the poured out rain, and clumps are stuck together? Will you trap prey for a lion, or fill the need of lion whelps, when they hunch over their lairs, lie low in their den in wait? Who prepares nourishment for the raven, when its young ones call out to Elohim, helpless without food?”

He continues into chapter 39, but I hope you can see the gist of what He is pointing out to Job? HaShem, Master of Legions, is the Only One Who is in absolute and complete control over ALL of His creation and He does use His creation to bring judgment and wage war on a rebellious and wicked world, but at the same time He is fully able to shelter, provide and protect His Own!

Our job is to as He commanded Yehoshua (Joshua), be strong, be courageous and persevere in the midst of trouble and we certainly do live in troubling times!! Remember He says His Torah is a tree of life to those who reach out and take hold of it! Further Yeshua Himself confirmed in Yochanan (John) 4:22 that salvation is of the Yehudim (Jews), which means Judaism’s understanding of Torah IS the right and only way!

Take hold of His Torah today and start reading and learning it for yourself! He doesn’t expect perfection and He is always merciful when we fail! The more we study and start to apply His Torah to our own life, the more we grow closer to Him and the scales which have covered the eyes and heart will begin to come off…I know from personal experience!

With all this said, now more than ever in light of our current country and world may it be very soon in our days! I will end this op with: ‘Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik!’ ‘Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!’

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Writings Daniel by Artscroll
  • The Writings II Chronicles by Artscroll
  • The Writings Job by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition The Chumash Shemot with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research

HOPE IN THE MIDST OF MADNESS

“Thus said the Elohim, HaShem, Who creates the heavens and stretches them forth; Who forms the earth and its produce, Who gives a soul to the people upon it, and a spirit to those who walk in it: I am HaShem; I have called you with righteousness; I will strengthen your hand; I will protect you; I will set you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the nations; to open blind eyes; to remove a prisoner from confinement, dwellers in darkness from a dungeon. I am HaShem, that is My Name; I shall not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven idols. Behold, the early prophecies have come about; now I relate new ones; before they sprout I shall let you hear them.” Yeshayah (Isaiah) 42:1-9

WOW folks…what a wild and tumultuous week it has been! A pandemic declared, US and global markets crashing, entire countries being literally locked down, societies restricted to their homes, panic swelling among the masses amid consuming chaos, confusion and madness as the world, to include America, seeks to grapple with and defeat this virus i.e. Coronaviru or COVID-19.

Now I know there are those out there who would dismiss this entire subject as being overblown and nothing more than just a case of the seasonal flu, but the facts remain, the governments of the world are reacting to this and whole countries are being locked down! Point is, contrived or not, the reality is the same, unprecedented actions are being taken, especially in the United States.

Is this global pandemic and the subsequent governmental reactions the work of the adversary, may his name be blotted out forever, or is this event the judgment of HaShem upon a wicked, vile, rebellious, idolatrous, violent and murderous world?

In my opinion, and I stress this is just my opinion, this event is judgment from HaShem and also simultaneously a very strong contraction of that very pregnant prophetic woman HaShem uses as an analogy in His Word, who is about to begin her seven years of very hard labor i.e. the Birth Pains of Meshiach!

Do we know when exactly this woman goes into full blown labor? Yes we do…it will be on a Rosh HaShannah and it will begin with the sudden and complete destruction of Babylon i.e. America in a surprise military and nuclear attack by Russia and her allies, per Jeremiah 50-51. This COVID-19 event has done and is doing very grave damage to the military readiness of the United States i.e. our defenses and our enemies know it! So again, in my opinion, this event is setting the stage for the Jeremiah 50-51 event to occur, perhaps on the Rosh HaShannah of 2020!

Does this imply we all are to give into our fears and embrace the panic because there is no hope left? Not a chance! Is it easy to not give into the fear when looking around and seeing the empty grocery stores, the people running to stock up on supplies, the fighting between people over packages of toilet paper? Honestly, no it isn’t easy, because there are many concerns such as prescription meds to refill or eating only certain foods as required by various medical issues, or how long will law and order remain until the people give into the panic and begin rampaging through neighborhoods and stealing from people and engaging in gunfights in the streets? Point is there is much to be concerned about today!

But in the midst of all this, there IS hope! HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel has NOT abandoned nor forsaken His people, Whom He calls Israel, whether in the Land or scattered across the world! Since He reveals the end out of the beginning and does nothing without revealing it to His prophets coupled with there is nothing new under the sun, then we do have examples in His Word to refer back too! This is what we will quickly explore, but before we do so, always remember the following:

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

Is it a coincidence this COVID-19 outbreak is happening right now, today? In my opinion, no it isn’t!! Why? Because in just a few short weeks, less than a month, we will be celebrating Pesach (Passover), the commanded Feast of HaShem where He delivered enslaved Israel from an oppressive and brutal Egyptian regime led by Pharaoh and his army! How did HaShem deliver Israel? He waged war upon Egypt via elements of His creation beginning with blood i.e. turning all the water into blood, killing off all the water life and making it impossible for people to drink water per Shemot (Exodus 7).

Then HaShem struck Egypt with frogs…enormous amounts of frogs which got into everything! Some commentaries say per the Hebrew translations this included frogs even getting inside people themselves! Pharaoh begged for relief and HaShem granted it to him and all the frogs died leaving the entire country to reek of rotting frogs per Shemot 7:26.

The elements HaShem used in total were: Lice, wild beasts, epidemics, boils, hail, locusts, tangible darkness and finally the death of the first born, per Shemot 8-11. It is interesting to note it is on the fourth plague of the wild beasts that HaShem tells Pharaoh the following per Shemot 8:18-19 “And on that day I shall set apart the land of Goshen (Where most of Israel lived in Egypt) upon which My people stands, that there shall be no swarm there; so that you will know that I am HaShem in the midst of the land. I shall make a distinction between My people and your people, tomorrow this sign will come about.”

Interesting, so HaShem did set His people apart and from this point forward, they were not affected by these plagues HaShem used to wage war on Egypt! Why? Because Israel was in covenant with HaShem on the merit of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the covenant He swore to them! Point is, even if Israel forgets the covenant, HaShem never does!! So this distinction was as much a sign to Israel as it was to Egypt that HaShem truly was going to rescue and deliver them!! Baruch HaShem!!

Is this concept something we can apply to His people, Whom He calls Israel today? In my opinion, yes and why do I think so? Because He is unchanging, He reveals the end out of the beginning, He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets and there is nothing new under the sun! Either these are just advertising tag lines or He really means what He says!!

Consider what He says in Yeshayah (Isaiah) 55:1-5 which says “Ho, everyone who is thirsty, go to the water; even one with no money, go, buy and eat; go and buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you weigh out money without getting bread and exert your efforts for that which does not satisfy? Listen well to Me and you will eat well, and your soul will delight in rich food. Incline your ear and come to Me; listen, and your soul will be rejuvenated; I will make an eternal covenant with you, the enduring kindnesses of David. behold, I have appointed him as a witness over the regimes, a prince and a commander to the regimes. Behold, you will summon a nation you had not known, and a nation that had not known you will run to you, for the sake of HaShem, your Elohim, for the Holy One of Israel, Who has glorified you.”

What is HaShem talking about here about drinking water and eating, buying without money, etc? He is telling His people how utterly satisfied and satiated we will be when we stop our own pursuits and study, learn and apply His Torah to our own lives!! Remember He says His Torah is a tree of life to those who reach out and take hold of it!! Am I implying Torah in itself will save us during this event with COVID-19? No I am not! But I am applying what He says in that if we do keep our eyes on Him, reading His Torah and seeing how many times He saved Israel in the past, knowing He reveals the end from the beginning and is unchanging thus will give us the confidence and increase our faith that He will NOT abandon us today as long as we stay close to Him!!

Consider Psalms 135:1-21 which says “Praise Elohim! Praise the Name of HaShem! Give praise, you servants of HaShem! You who stand in the House of HaShem, in the courtyards of the House of our Elohim. Praise Elohim! For HaShem is good. Sing to His Name, for It is pleasant. For HaShem selected Jacob for His own, Israel as His treasure. For I know HaShem is greater, and our Master, than all gods.

Whatever HaShem wished, He did, in heaven and on earth; in the seas and all the depths. He raises clouds from the end of the earth, He made lightning bolts for the rain, He brings forth wind from His treasuries. It was He who smote the first born of Egypt, from man to beast. He sent signs and wonders into your midst, O Egypt, upon Pharaoh and upon all of his servants. It was He who smote many nations, and slew mighty kings. Sichon, King of the Emorites, Og, King of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan. And presented their land as a heritage, a heritage for Israel, His nation.

HaShem is Your Name forever, HaShem is Your memorial throughout the generations. For HaShem will judge the nations, and relent concerning His servants.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, human handiwork. They have mouths, but they speak not; they have eyes, but they see not; they have ears, but they heed not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. Like them shall their makers become, everyone who trusts in them.

O House of Israel, bless HaShem. O House of Aaron, bless HaShem. O House of Levi, bless HaShem, O you who fear HaShem, bless HaShem. Blessed is HaShem from Zion, He Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise Elohim!”

He saved Israel many times before and will do so again until the final Redemption occurs when His Agent i.e. Messiah Yeshua shows up, defeats HaShem’s enemies and rescues Israel once and for all and brings us all home into the Land! This event with COVID-19, while nerve wracking and tumultuous, it is just one more very severe contraction of that very pregnant woman and Yeshua Himself told us that when we BEGIN to see these things, look up, lift up your heads, for our redemption draws near! Well, we certainly have begun to see world changing events come pass in the last few decades: The First Gulf War, the 9-11 attacks, the Second Gulf War, just to name a few and now COVID-19!

Remember there are consequences for sin against HaShem and the world to include America cannot slaughter our unborn in the name of convenience, embrace the detestable homosexual lifestyle and behavior, coupled with countless church’s figuratively flipping HaShem the middle finger, spewing Replacement Theology and rejecting Him and His Torah, and then not expect there will be consequences. All of us will reap what we sow but there is also great hope in our Great and Compassionate King!

This all said, I encourage you to study Pesach (Passover) and the plagues HaShem used to wage war on Egypt to bring about the subsequent redemption of Israel from Egyptian bondage and keep them in focus as we continue to have to endure whatever may come as a result of COVID-19.

Stay strong, keep looking upwards to HaShem and reach out to take hold of His Torah, for it truly is a tree of life to those who take hold of it!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Tehillim Psalms Artscoll Tanach Series
  • The Milstein Edition The Prophets Isaiah by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition the Chumash Shemot with the Teachings of the Talmud by Artscroll

THE SEAT OF MOSHE – WHO EXACTLY WAS YESHUA CRITICIZING?

“My eyes pine for Your salvation, and for Your promised righteousness. Treat Your servant according to Your kindness, and teach me Your statutes.” Psalms 119:123-124

This past week has been an exceptionally difficult one…my having another round of health issues coupled with watching a world being consumed by the Coronavirus and the subsequent economic fallout. Truly, in my opinion, we are witnesses events which Yeshua Himself warned would come to be just before the Day of HaShem arrives.

One event which did occur and went largely unnoticed, is the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem filed an official request with the Israeli government to establish the stone Mizbeach (Altar) on top of the Temple Mount and to sacrifice a lamb on it during Pesach (Passover) 2020. If approved, this would be the very first time this has occurred since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD by Rome. The mere fact they are submitting an official, formal request, is an indicator in itself of how close we are to the Day of HaShem because initially and I stress initially all that is needed for a rebuilt functioning Temple is the placement of the Mizbeach on the Temple Mount. Then the daily Tamid (Daily morning and evening lambs as Korbon Olah i.e. Burnt Offerings) can resume. This means they must have a kosher Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) selected and who qualifies but also must mean they have the Parah Adumah (Red Heifer) in order to sanctify and purify not only the Mizbeach, but the Kohanim and Leviim. Again, we must be much closer than even we realize!

Sadly, as you can imagine, the cries of blasphemy, insults and condemnation by those who have been fully immersed in Replacement Theology i.e. Christendom, are deafening once more. Further, their ignorance of what is the truth and what they have been taught with regards to what we read in the Apostolic Writings is astounding.

Now, understand I do not make these statements from a place of haughtiness or pride, but as one whom HaShem has, for whatever reason which only He knows, has shown me the evidence and the truth as it pertains to His Temple. As He has shown me time and time again, learning everything we can about His Temple is the KEY to everything in His Word!!! No wonder He commands us in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to study and learn everything, the blueprint, the services, the doors, gates, the procedures, etc, of His House because He knew all along His House is not only His Throne on earth, but an unfathomable teaching tool right in our faces for each of us to strive to emulate. Paul’s statements that we are the Temple, was not some ethereal, spiritual concept designed to replace the need for a literal, physical Temple in Jerusalem, but was a very well known and understood Jewish concept of his day and before. Unfortunately Replacement Theology has done enormous damage in its zeal to separate from anything Jewish and toss HaShem, Yeshua, His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat and His Temple overboard into the sea of oblivion. I digress.

This all said, I want to examine a statement Yeshua Himself made which unfortunately has been twisted up to mean something completely opposite of what He meant and in examining this statement, we will see Yeshua aligned Himself very much with a specific sect of the Pharisees and would be shaking His head in frustration over what is being taught today in the Replacement Theology indoctrination centers.

But before we get into this, always remember the following as they are vital to properly understanding what HaShem, Yeshua and Paul all said:

  • 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 weeks Torah portion is ‘Terumah’ which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 25:1-27:19. It is here the most important command HaShem gave is listed i.e. 25:8-9 which says “They shall make a Mikdash (Sanctuary) for Me, so that I may dwell among them, like everything that I show you (Moshe), the form (Tavnit/Blueprint) of the Mishkan and the form (Tavnit/Blueprint) of all its vessels, and so shall you do.” This command in its last statement i.e. ‘And so shall you do’ is very, very serious because it basically means ‘And just so shall you do exactly as I tell you and you have no authority to add too, take away or change anything I show you!’

Additionally, these verses are in the ‘Continuing Tense’ as indicated by the Hebrew letter ‘Vav’ which means this command to build HaShem a Temple applies to every single generation alive in human history which means this command applies to you and I today! His Temple was NOT rendered obsolete, not replaced, not tossed aside as being irrelevant nor has the people somehow become His Temple! Point is, NOTHING has changed despite what Replacement Theology teaches! Keep all this in mind as we proceed.

Yeshua makes a very interesting statement as recorded for us in Matthew 23:2-3 which says “The Scribes and the 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.”

Replacement Theology has twisted up this verse to mean Yeshua was somehow condemning keeping the Torah of HaShem. Other groups teach Yeshua was saying to keep the Torah but to disregard the Halakah i.e. the Oral Torah (Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash, etc) and has led to centuries of Antisemitism and rejection of Israel and Judah. Is this what Yeshua was saying or was He saying something that all of His followers fully understood and accepted without hesitation? Remember Acts 21 tells us there were a great many Yehudim who were all believers in Yeshua as being the promised Mashiach AND they were all zealous for the Torah! Point is, Yeshua didn’t change anything! I digress yet again.

In order to fully understand what Yeshua meant in Matthew 23, we need to understand the history of the time period He lived in and for that we will reference a book entitled “Jesus the Pharisee: A New Look at the Jewishness of Jesus” by Rabbi Harvey Falk. Now I should reiterate I do not agree with everything the author says, but a lot of what he does say is very good. Further it should be noted Rabbi Falk is NOT a believer in Yeshua.

In the time of Yeshua there were two dominate sects of the Pharisees i.e. The School of Shammai and the School of Hillel. Both were opposed to one another and they both centered around the status of non-Jews and their place within the Kingdom of HaShem and relation to the Torah of HaShem. Understanding what each school taught will tell us Who Yeshua supported via His statements as we will shortly see.

The School of Hillel was very supportive of bringing non-Jews into the Covenant and teaching them the Torah and believed when a non-Jew converted and adopted the Torah of HaShem, they became literally grafted in and a full member of Israel.

The School of Shammai on the other hand was extremely hostile towards non-Jews and taught a doctrine which was to separate Jews from non-Jews i.e. the 18 Edicts of Shammai which prevented and prohibited literally any interaction between Jews and non-Jews. Remember the vision of Peter’s Sheet? This vision was HaShem dismantling the 18 Edicts of Shammai! Shammai taught a non-Jew had no place in the Kingdom of HaShem and therefore wouldn’t even talk to or answer questions from non-Jews about the Torah.

On page #80 of ‘Jesus the Pharisee’ Rabbi Falk says in regards to who was Yeshua condemning when He condemned the Pharisees “We may be fairly certain that Yeshua was referring to Shammai and his school. It must be realized that the Pharisees during the first century C.E. were dominated by the schools of Shammai and Hillel. Shammai died in 30 C.E., about the same time Yeshua was crucified; Hillel died about 10 C.E., and this might have caused some weakening of his school’s influence. Since Shammai was reluctant to accept converts to Judaism per Shabbat 31A in the Talmud Bavli, he also denied salvation to Gentiles even if they observed the Noachide Commandments, one can attempt to rationalize Yeshua’s charge of hypocrisy. It would certainly be difficult to square Shammai’s view with the Torah’s emphasis on fairness and just reward to all men. It should be recalled the Talmud itself recommended that one adopt Hillel’s attitude towards converts, and not Shammai’s per what we read in Shabbat 30B.”

Very interesting…so even the Talmud Bavli (Babylonian) says Shammai was wrong and Hillel was right in his interactions with and bringing the Torah to the non-Jews! This is the message Yeshua brought i.e. the Good News or the Gospel i.e. bring the Light to the Nations with the Light being Torah to the Nations/non-Jewish world so they can come into the Kingdom of HaShem!

Rabbi Falk continues on page #81 when he says “According to this interpretation, we would have to assume that Shammai and his school constituted the majority of the Pharisees at the time Yeshua made his remark (Matt 23). The popular perception that the halakha (How to walk in the Torah i.e. Mishnah/Talmud/Midrash) is always decided in accordance with Bet Hillel (School/House of Hillel) is only true from the time of Bat Kol (Heavenly Voice) was heard in Yavneh declaring the halakha in their favor (After 70 C.E. or later). It seems quite clear fro the discussion of the Talmud (Yevamot 14A) that during the century prior to that the majority status shifted from one school to the other. In one case, the Mishnah (Shabbat 13B) tells of an instance when the school of Shammai gained ascendancy and passed eighteen rules in one day.”

So we have historical proof from the Mishnah and Talmud both that Shammai became the dominate sect and in one day passed 18 edicts prohibiting Jews from interacting with non-Jews! This right here is the crux of the Apostolic Writings! Without this foundation being laid, no wonder Replacement Theology has been able to burrow in and come up with all sorts of Antisemitic/Jew bashing doctrine we see today!

“It would seem in general that the Founder of Christianity’s well known criticism of the Pharisees (Math 23) is directed specifically against the school of Shammai, who evidently constituted a majority at the time and not the school of Hillel. He begins by bidding his listeners to do all the Pharisees command, since they have taken Moshe’s seat. Yeshua shows his allegience here to rabbinic Judaism! Then he brands them as hypocrites and accuses them of placing heavy loads on men’s shoulders. This appears to be an obvious reference to Bet Shammai, who almost always adopted the more stringent view and passed difficult measures. He then accuses the Pharisees of liking to be called Rabbi, and reminds his listeners that he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. This might well be a reference to the fact that the humble members of Bet Hillel always quoted the opinion of Bet Shammai before their own in the House of Study per Eruvin 13B in the Talmud Bavli.”

So, does this not greatly challenge the doctrine of Replacement Theology that Yeshua was NOT against the Pharisees just because, but He was opposing a specific sect and the reason was because that sect was not including non-Jews i.e. bringing Torah to the world!

“His next scathing remark appears in line with the early part of this footnote: ‘For you lock the doors of the Kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces…for you compass sea and land to make one proselyte…’ The later quote would refer to Shammai’s reluctance to accept converts to Judaism, while ‘locking the doors’ he meant Bet Shammai’s view denying salvation to those Gentiles who observed the Noachide Commandments. This leads into his charge of letting the weightier matters of the Torah go i.e. justice and mercy…it has been pointed out by the kabbalists that the school of Hillel represented mercy. We might recall here the Talmud’s statement (Shabbat 17A) that the day Bet Shammai gained complete control and passed the eighteen measures was as troublesome for Israel as the day the Golden Calf was built.”

Folks, can you again see the issue is not if Yeshua is Mashiach or not, the issue is the concept of bringing the Torah to the non-Jews! Even the Oral Torah/Mishnah/Talmud all agree Shammai and his disdain for non-Jews was a disaster for Israel and something HaShem never once supported nor commanded! So why are we tossing out His Oral Torah today?

Consider what Rabbi Falk says on page #118 “We might first refer to Yeshua’s rebuke to the Pharisees (John 8:44): ‘You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires.’ This is echoed elsewhere, as for example (Revelation 2:9; 3:9), ‘The synagogue of Satan.’ This has led to much Antisemitism, as well as Church decrees against Jews. No one seems to have noticed that the first century C.E. Sage Dosa ben Harkinas, criticizing his brother Jonathan for having ruled in accordance with Bet Shammai in an important case concerning levirate marriage, calls him ‘the first born of Satan’ per (Yevamot 16A Talmud Bavli). In other words, the rabbis of the first century C.E. were accustomed to refer to the Pharisees of Bet Shammai as descendants of, or followers of, the devil.”

WOW…so again Yeshua’s criticism of the Pharisees is levied directly at a very specific sect and doctrine and not all Pharisees as Replacement Theology has taught for all these centuries! This would mean Yeshua’s statements and doctrine lines up with what Hillel taught and we can see by His statements He did indeed support Hillel! Remember, Paul himself said he studied at the feet of Gamaliel, the grandson of Hillel!

Rabbi Falk further says on page #122 “One further observation. One of the first debates between Bet Shammai and Bet Hillel concerned the so called ‘eighteen measures’ (Shabbat 13B Talmud Bavli), which Bet Shammai sought to introduce as a means of creating further separation between Jews and Gentiles. Bet Hillel opposed these measures, and the Jerusalem Talmud records (Shabbat 1:4) that during the course of the debate, an unspecified number of Bet Hillel’s members were murdered by Bet Shammai.” When Yeshua levies the charge against the Pharisees that they killed the prophets, it is this event at this debate over the eighteen measures He is referring too. Now it should be noted, there is no evidence to suggest Bet Shammai literally murdered Bet Hillel, but it is indicated they heavily supported and did not do anything to stop the murders from taking place. Again, all of this violence because they were arguing over whether Yeshua was Mashiach? Nope…the issue was over non-Jews entering into the Kingdom and joining Israel, keeping the Torah, the Feasts, Shabbat, bringing korbonot to the Temple, i.e. converting to Judaism and becoming a full fledged member of Israel!

Rabbi Falk then says on page #126 “Shortly prior to the attack on the Pharisees (What we just read above), we read in the Christian Bible how some Pharisees got together to disconcert Yeshua (Matt 22). We seem to recognize them as the same disciples of Bet Shammai who grouped together against Hillel at the Temple (Betsah 20A), as well as against one of his disciples. There is no record anywhere of a member of Bet Hillel acting in such fashion. We should also point out here that, contrary to many Christians thinking, the Talmudic literature DOES NOT CONTAIN CRITICISMS OF YESHUA.”” This is very important everyone understand! The Talmud does NOT talk about Yeshua despite what so many have been led to erroneously believe in Replacement Theology!

Rabbi Falk concludes on page #127 “Unfortunately, many people and especially those possessing an antisemitic frame of mind have had a field day with Yeshua’s attack on the Pharisees. One can only guess at how many pogroms and persecutions were instigated against Jews because of this misinterpretation. Such actions have not only caused terrible harm to innocent men, women and children, but also maligned the memory of the Founder of Christianity amongst his own people.”

I hope you can see once again that only when we integrate HaShem’s Torah (Written and Oral) do the Apostolic Writings fit into the proper understanding and perspective!! I encourage everyone, who still may have strong biases against the Oral Torah, to ask HaShem to help you get past that indoctrination and see there is an entire world to explore just waiting at your fingertips if you let HaShem lead you. I know from my own personal experience the second I began to integrate the Oral Torah into my walk with HaShem, it was like someone turned ALL the lights on or to use another analogy like someone painted a two dimensional black and white picture suddenly with vivid colors and became a three dimensional picture with stunning details. Suddenly Paul’s letters begin to make sense.

Now, for the record before someone accuses that I am saying everyone needs to run down and go formally convert to Judaism, no that is NOT what I am saying. I am saying HaShem has given us all the tools we need to learn and unlearn what we were taught in the Replacement Theology indoctrination centers i.e. Churches. All we need to do is embrace what He has given and take it one step at a time.

This is just a short Op for this Shabbat as I am still getting back up on my feet little by little. I pray this Op has caused some curiosity in some who will go out and seek further what HaShem has for us. Now more than ever with a world collapsing all around us, we need stability and a firm foundation to live on and HaShem and His Torah certainly qualify! May it be so very soon in our days!!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • Tehillim the Book of Psalms by Artscroll
  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • ‘Jesus the Pharisee’ by Rabbi Harvey Falk

HASHEM’S KINGDOM IS ORDERLY, THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS IS CHAOS

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

There was a news story which was published this week from Jerusalem of how the Sanhedrin is now ready and approved for using the trees they planted five years ago for service in the rebuilt Temple. Further, the chief of the IDF in Jerusalem declared we are now in the era of the Third Temple (https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/144915/sanhedrin-gets-authorization-to-use-their-trees-for-third-temple/) (https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/145117/israels-defense-minister-we-are-now-in-era-of-third-temple/). As you can imagine these subjects have stirred up the ire of Christendom resulting in horrendous comments being made of how the Temple is blasphemy and hatred against HaShem and how Israel is being allowed to pursue the Temple in their zeal to rebel against HaShem. Or other comments discussing how the rebuilt Temple is solely for the domain of evil and the throne of the False Messiah. Like I said, just terrible things being levied and spoken.

This said, I must warn you all up front, this Op is going to be going all over the place and hard hitting as I attempt to counter the hatred for HaShem, His Torah and His Temple that Replacement Theology Christendom teaches via its chaotic, dark and untruthful doctrine, so be ready and prepared.

On a side note, let me state up front, when I speak against Christendom, I am targeting the doctrine, NOT the people! This abominable Replacement Theology doctrine is the issue and has been around for a VERY long time! HaShem knew all along it was going to flourish, BUT, Baruch HaShem, He is slowly dismantling this doctrine and calling His people out of its evil, wicked and destructive clutches.

Shaul warned in 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8 “For the secret/mystery of lawlessness (Without the Torah of HaShem) is already at work, only until he who now restrains comes out of the midst. And then the lawless (Without the Torah of HaShem) one shall be revealed (i.e. Replacement Theology Jesus Christ) whom the Master shall consume with the Spirit of His mouth and bring to naught with the manifestation of His coming.” So this doctrine was already starting to take hold during his day!

There can be no doubt HaShem has revealed who the False Messiah is and always has been and the keys that unlocked this revelation are the very keys Christendom has thrown out i.e. His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat and His Temple….Gee I wonder why? Again, please, please, please understand I am NOT speaking against the people!

Keep all of this in mind as we proceed but as always, never forget the following:

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

This weeks Torah portion is ‘Yitro’ which is found in Shemot 18:1-20:23. Yitro is Moshe’s father in law who comes to Moshe in the camp of Israel and advises Moshe to appoint righteous people to assist him in judging and rendering decisions to not only resolve disputes but also to teach people the Ways of HaShem. Point is, again this is reinforcing their is strict order in HaShem’s Kingdom and everyone has their particular role to play in His Kingdom. When we step outside of those boundaries, then what happens? Chaos ensues and everyone does what is good in their own eyes which leads to destruction and death!

This is perfectly exemplified in His Temple in Jerusalem! Remember He commands you and I today, via Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 43:10-11 “You Son of Man! Tell the House of Israel about the Temple, and let them be ashamed of their sins and measure the Temple’s design. And if they are ashamed of all that they have done, then make known to them the form (Tavnit – Blueprint), all its laws, all its designs and all its teachings, and write all this down before their eyes, so that they may remember its form (Tavnit) and its decrees and DO THEM.” It is interesting that He commands us to tell people about His Temple and only IF they are ashamed of their sins, THEN make known to them the Tavnit. How many times do people hear about His Temple and their reactions are either, yawn and shake their head or huff and puff in vitriolic fury? How many hear about His Temple and then examine themselves and see the sin in their lives and strive to do what we learn from His Temple? Baruch HaShem more and more are coming around and desiring to learn more about His Temple, for the right reasons! This tells me HaShem is VERY, VERY close to wrapping things up! May it be very soon in our days! I digress.

We need to quickly lay the foundation here of why the Temple in Jerusalem is so important to HaShem and why it MUST be rebuilt.

Let me start with a question, “What was the very first command received by Moshe when he ascended the Mountain (Sinai) for forty days and nights?” The answer is found in Shemot (Exodus) 25:8-9 which says “They shall make a Mikdash (Sanctuary) for Me, so that I may dwell among them, like everything that I show you, the form (Tavnit – Blueprints) of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the form (Tavnit) of all its vessels; and SO SHALL YOU DO.” These two verses right here destroy Replacement Theology Christendom once and for all, and I will explain.

Moshe is called by HaShem up to the top of Sinai to meet with HaShem for forty days and nights. HaShem commands Moshe to tell Israel to build Him a Mikdash so He may dwell among Israel. Further it is HaShem Who shows Moshe the entirety of the blueprints of the vessels, to include ALL of the ceremonies, embroidery, composition of the structures, everything! Then HaShem says ‘And so shall you do’ which means ‘And just exactly as I have shown you, do it and you may NOT deviate not even half a fingers breath in anything!’ Then when we look at this phrase in its original Hebrew, the verb tense is the letter ‘Vav’ which means this command is ETERNAL, meaning its a continuous command and applies to EVERY generation, which includes you and I today! This means you and I are commanded to build Him a Mikdash where He has chosen to place His Name and where is that place?

Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 17:12 says “Like the Throne of Glory, primevally exalted, is the place of our Mikdash (Sanctuary).” This verse means the Temple Mount in Jerusalem! Further, Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 43:4-7 says “And the Glory of HaShem then entered the Temple by way of the gate that faced east. Then a wind lifted me up and brought me into the inner courtyard and behold, the Glory of HaShem filled the Temple. I heard Him addressing Himself to me from the Temple; a man was standing near me. He said to me, ‘Son of Man, this is the place of My Throne, this is the place of My footstool, where I will dwell amid the Children of Israel forever. The House of Israel will no longer defile My holy Name, they and their kings, with their promiscuity, and with their corpses of their kings, and with their high places.” Again, HaShem says His Throne on earth is the Temple in Jerusalem will be so for all eternity!

We have quickly explored the command to build the First Temple above. Where in His Word is the command to build the Second Temple when Israel returned to Israel from Babylonian captivity? It is found in Haggai 1:1-8 which 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, the governor of Judah, and to Yehoshua son of Jehozadak, the Kohen Gadol (High Priest), saying: ‘Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions, saying: This people has said, ‘The time has not yet come!’ But I say, ‘It is the time for the Temple of HaShem to be rebuilt!’ And the Word of HaShem came through Haggai the prophet saying: ‘Is this a time for you yourselves to sit in your paneled houses while this House (Temple) is in ruins? So now, thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: Set your heart to consider your ways! 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 consider your ways! Ascend the mountain and bring wood and build the Temple; I will be pleased with it and I will be honored, said HaShem.”

It is an interesting side note that the sixth month is the month of Elul, the month of repentance! Further, the first day of Elul is the same day Moshe went up to the top of Sinai and received the second set of tablets after the first were shattered at the sin of the Golden Calf!!

With this, now where is the command from HaShem to build the Third Temple? It is found in Zechariah 6:12-15 which says “So said HaShem, Master of Legions, saying: ‘Behold, there is a man, his name is Zemach (Branch – another name for Mashiach Yeshua), and he will flourish in his place; he will build the Mikdash (Sanctuary) of HaShem. He will build the Sanctuary of HaShem; he will bear majesty and he will sit and rule upon his throne. The Kohen will be upon his own throne and there will be a disposition of peace between the two of them. The crowns will be a remembrance for Helem, for Tobijah, for Jedaiah and for Hen son of Zechaniah in the Sanctuary of HaShem.’ People will come from far away and build the Sanctuary of HaShem and then you will know that HaShem, Master of Legions, has sent me to you. This will happen if you will truly listen to the Voice of HaShem your Elohim.'” You read anything in here where the Third Temple is the domain of evil and solely so the False Messiah can inhabit and defile it? Nope, not one mention of the False Messiah here! Further, it should be noted that as exemplified in the building of the Second Temple, all that was INITIALLY needed was the Mizbe’ach (Altar) of stone in order to have a functioning Temple while the rest of the structure was built later. Point is, the Mizbe’ach is ready today, in the year 2020, to be placed on the Temple Mount, while the rest of the structure is built later. Prophetically, Yeshua will show up and He will complete the construction of the Third Temple in accordance with what we read in Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 40-48 and it will still be known as the Third Temple!

Okay, so now we will begin with the first and most common doctrinal objection to the idea of a rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem i.e. “The Temple veil was torn in two and therefore now we all have complete and unrestricted access to the Most Holy Place, once and for all. Christ was the final sacrifice for sin therefore there is no need for a rebuilt Temple!

How many times have you and I heard these objections? Its basically the doctrinal foundation of Replacement Theology and the height of antisemitism. Is there any truth to these objections? The answer is emphatically NO! There is zero truth in this and we will explore this.

The first question we should ask is “How many veils were in the Temple and a follow up question is what veil specifically was torn?” There were a total of 13 veils in the Temple complex with four in the Sanctuary itself and TWO that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place! So which veil tore?

The veil that was affixed to the outer door of the Sanctuary was called ‘The Heavens’ as it had embroidered on it star constellations. It is THIS veil that tore during the earthquake when Yeshua died! How many would be shocked to find out this same exact veil tore once before in His Word during a great earthquake?

King Uzziah, Israeli king, a very successful king, suddenly decided one day he would go down into the Temple and offer the Ketoret (Incense) from the Golden Altar in the Holy Place, which is offered each day. Uzziah was NOT a Kohen, therefore he was forbidden from entering the Holy Place and he was certainly forbidden from offering the Ketoret which is reserved ONLY for the Kohanim per the Torah of HaShem!

II Chronicles 26:16-21 says “But as he (Uzziah) became strong, his heart became haughty to the point of destructiveness, and he betrayed HaShem his Elohim, he entered the Sanctuary of HaShem to burn incense upon the Incense Altar. Azariah the Kohen went after him, along with 80 strong Kohanim of HaShem. They stood next to King Uzziah and said to him, ‘It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to HaShem, but it is for the Kohanim, the descendants of Aaron, who are consecrated, to burn incense. Leave the Temple, for you have been treacherous, and this will not bring you honor from HaShem, Elohim!’ Uzziah became enraged, and he already had a censer in his hand for burning incense. As he was becoming enraged with the Kohanim, a leprous growth appeared on his forehead in the presence of the Kohanim in the Temple of HaShem, near the Incense Altar. Azariah, the chief Kohen, and all the other Kohanim turned to him, and behold he was leprous on his forehead! So they rushed him away from there; he, too hastened to leave, for HaShem had afflicted him. King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in his leprosy in a place of asylum (The cemetery), for he was banished from the Temple of HaShem. His son Jotham took charge of the royal house and judged the people of the land.” Can you see HaShem’s House i.e. His Temple is a House of complete order? Any deviation from what He has established results in judgment and death and Uzziah shows this perfectly! Uzziah lived another 25 years with leprosy, banished from Jerusalem as well as the Temple and lived in a cemetery because leprosy is akin to a dead corpse.

The great earthquake is recorded for us in Amos 1:1 which says “The words of Amos, who was one of the herders of Tekoa, who saw visions concerning Israel, in the days of Uzziah king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.”

Zechariah 14:5 also talks about the earthquake, which says “And you will flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azal, and you will flee as you fled from the earthquake that was in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah.” The commentaries all reference how this earthquake tremendously shook the Temple and the veil and roof were tore and sunlight shown down upon Uzziah revealing his leprosy on his forehead! That veil can ONLY be ‘The Heavens!’

Point for all of this is to highlight this veil that Christendom talks about is NOT the ones that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place, which means access to the Most Holy Place is still very much restricted to us today!! Nothing has changed!!

Now to answer the second part of the objections listed above, “Christ was the final sin sacrifice, therefore there is no need for a rebuilt Temple.” If this was true, then why do we read in the Apostolic Writings how Paul brought Chatat (SIN) offerings to the Temple some 30 years AFTER Yeshua had come and gone? Again, this is where we MUST understand His Torah and His Temple, because we read in Acts 18 how Paul took a vow. What vow did he take? He took a Nazarite Vow and when we read in Bamidbar (Numbers 6), what is required when he has completed his Nazarite Vow? Again per Bamidbar 6:13-15 it says “This shall be the law of the Nazarite: On the day his abstinence is completed, he shall bring himself to the entrance of the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting – The Temple). He shall bring his offering to HaShem: One unblemished sheep in its first year as an Olah (Burnt) Offering, one unblemished female sheep in its first year as a Chatat (Sin) Offering, and one unblemished ram as a Shelamim (Peace) Offering; a basket of unleavened loaves; loaves of fine flour mixed with oil and unleavened wafers smeared with oil; and their meal offerings and their libations.”

Did Paul do this? Yup! Acts 21:23-24 says “So do this, what we say to you (The council in Jerusalem speaking to Paul): We have four men who have taken a vow (Nazarite). Take them and be cleansed with them, and pay their expenses (Cost of the korbonot/offerings) so that they shave their heads (Required in Bamidbar 6). And ALL shall know that what they have been informed about you is not so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah.” So if Yeshua did away and nailed the Torah and the Temple to the cross, then why are there so many Jews who are zealous for the Torah, bringing offerings to the Temple, taking Nazarite Vows and continuing to bring Chatat (Sin) offerings to the Temple some 30 years AFTER Yeshua had come and gone? Its because Yeshua changed NOTHING!

Why is it we read in Yechezkel (Ezekiel) where the Prince (The Nasi/Kohen HaGadol/High Priest/King Mashiach) will offer up a Chatat (Sin) offering on behalf of himself and Israel in the rebuilt Temple? It is recorded in Yechezkel 45:17 which says “Upon the prince shall be the responsibility for the Olah (Burnt) Offerings, the meal offerings and the libation, on the festivals, on the New Moons, and on the Shabbats, on all the appointed times of the House of Israel; he shall prepare the Chatat (Sin) offering, the meal offering, the Olah offering, and the Shelamim (Peace) offering to atone on behalf of the House of Israel.” Further, Yechezkel 45:22 says “On that day (Day of HaShem) the prince shall bring a bull Chatat (Sin) offering for himself and for the entire people of the land.”

It is interesting to note that just about every commentator going back hundreds years and further all agree, the Nasi/Prince here in Yechezkel can be none other than King Mashiach who is officiating both offices of King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in the order of Melchizedek! So again I ask the question, if the Temple of HaShem and the korbonot (Offerings) are now rendered to be the height of blasphemy and the domain of evil and the throne of the future False Messiah, then how do you explain Yechezkel chapters 40-48 where HaShem restores everything to include the animal korbonot?

Believe me, this subject of the Temple is GIGANTIC and would take many lifetimes to learn even a fraction of it all, but one thing is absolute about His Temple: It is the House of Kedusha (Holiness) and by studying and learning about how His House functions, we learn what it means to be Kadosh (Holy!) It is an utter impossibility to do so apart from His Temple!

Consider that out of the 613 Commandments which comprise the Torah of HaShem, 271 of them pertain directly to the Temple of HaShem!! Now does it make more sense why we need to study His Temple as He commands in Yechezkel 43:10-11? Trust me the Apostolic Writings will explode into life and accuracy when we do so!! Paul’s letters will finally make sense as they will fit properly and completely in line with His Torah, not opposed to it as Christendom’s doctrine teaches!

As I said before, His House (Temple) is ordered, it has boundaries, it functions exactly as He has determined and none of us have any right to change one thing He set up! The notion the ceremonies in the Temple were all added by the Rabbis, as Christendom claims, is again nonsense and has zero truth to it! Read the Mishnah and the Talmud and you will see the rabbis were fully aware of this and knew NOT to add too or take away from what HaShem has established! As my teacher said in his book ‘Measure the Pattern’ “The Temple through this tavnit (architecture, floorplans, ceremonies, concepts of holy and profane, clean and unclean, and all ordinances associated with the above), becomes the translator of HaShem’s Torah.” Christendom is missing out on so much and has either unknowingly or unwittingly, in most cases, tossed aside the keys of HaShem and have adopted a doctrine of darkness, chaos, destruction and death. May it be VERY soon in our days He delivers and rescues out His Own from these futile, worthless doctrines and brings them into His Kingdom which is orderly, structured, is functional and produces life.

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom

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  • The Scriptures for the Institute for Scripture Research
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  • Measure the Patter Volume I by Joseph Good, HaTikvah Ministries (Used with permission)

THE SONGS OF HOPE IN A WORLD GONE INSANE

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

Have you ever felt like your back was up against the wall and there was no way to escape? Have the pressures of daily living ever grown so intense you literally looked up to Heaven and asked HaShem ‘What are You doing?’ Have the bills ever piled up so high you just shake your head because there is literally no way to pay them all off? Of course, we all have felt all of these at some point in our lives, but in the midst of feeling these pressures, have you ever witnessed HaShem suddenly deliver you from them in ways you hadn’t even considered?

There is a lot to be concerned about in our daily lives today! There is so much more for the younger generations to have to contend with than when my parents or I were that young. Today the forces of evil are galloping across the globe snatching up whomever they can get their grubby hands on and then attempt to corrupt those they have enslaved.

Truly, we are an enslaved people who are under the crushing, oppressive thumb of Pharaoh (Evil, debauchery, deception and filthiness beyond compare) which is embodied in those who support and promote this wicked agenda. Its a very real and very deadly war we are fighting whether we want too or not! If we are going to be followers of HaShem and walk out His Torah in our daily lives while confessing our acknowledgement of Yeshua as being the Agent and Mashiach of HaShem, congratulations you have just enlisted in the Army of HaShem whether you wanted too or not, as there is going to be a very bright target painted on our backs and as such intense opposition by the adversary, may his name be blotted out forever!

This is what we will be discussing in this Op as it directly ties in with this weeks Torah portion i.e. Beshalach which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16! But before we can delve into this subject, always remember the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 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 Ps 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 made lightning bolts for the rain; He brings forth winds from His treasuries” Psalms 137:7

“A lightning bolt is sudden and frightening. It packs a lethal charge of electricity and heats the air around it to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit and brightens the darkest night for an instant. The Sages see it as a sign of HaShem’s control of nature, because the fire of lightening combines with the moisture of rain and neither destroys the other. Fearsome and destructive though it can be, lightning announces rain and the wind that brings the clouds where they are needed.” Perek Shirah the Song of the Universe

HaShem is Master over ALL things! When we read in His Word that ‘He rested on the seventh day’ of creation, it doesn’t mean He sat down and took a break, it is a Hebrew idiom to mean He will now rule as King over His entire creation. Likewise on Shabbat we we are commanded to ‘rest’ it doesn’t mean we rule, it means we acknowledge He is King and we rest by submitting ourselves to Him as His servants. My point is, because HaShem is King over His entire creation, He uses everything in His creation to teach us a principle of Who He is! The stars, galaxies, planets, moon, comets, the birds chirping, the wind blowing, lightning strikes, rain drops, snowflakes, water, volcanoes, earthquakes, the flowers that bloom and produce fruit, all the animals….ALL of His creation is constantly, 24/7 teaching us something about Who He is and how we are to relate to Him, IF we will slow down and just listen!

For example, how did HaShem deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage? Was it through technology? Was it an instantaneous deliverance where in one second everyone suddenly found themselves in the Wilderness? Or did HaShem use His creation to showcase just Who is King in ways that no one could ever ignore nor deny that HaShem IS the One and Only?

We have read in the previous two Torah portions how HaShem used His creation in ten strikes or blows against every facet of Egyptian military power, political power, social power and in the just mundane day to day lives of the average Egyptian citizen! No one was immune and everyone felt, observed and experience the Mastery of HaShem over His creation! Israel watched as the One Who had promised to rescue and deliver them showed His power and mastery over His creation and they too were completely convinced HaShem is the One and Only!

Finally, after the ten blows to Egypt were delivered, HaShem tells Israel its time to move out and He leads Israel out by a pillar of fire by night and a cloud by day. Pharaoh’s heart is strengthened by HaShem, meaning HaShem caused Pharaoh to pursue Israel in order to not only utterly finish off Egypt, but also to destroy Pharaoh once and for all i.e. Pharaoh’s judgment by HaShem for his continual refusal to repent. Should be a scary thought to all of us who are constantly being given opportunity after opportunity to repent by HaShem, but each time reject that opportunity because those opportunities are not eternal…eventually there is a red line that is crossed and then HaShem closes that door permanently and there is no chance and no hope after that point. There are several great examples of this in His Word beginning with the Flood when the people mocked and scoffed while Noah built the Ark…finally the door literally shut and the judgment fell…no matter how hard the people begged for mercy or banged on that door, that door did NOT open and they were all doomed. The same is at the end where He tells us it is HaShem Who sends a strong delusion per 2 Thessalonians 2:11 to the people who have rejected every opportunity to repent and live out His Torah and they are now doomed to believe the lie and be subject to the judgments which are coming. I digress.

HaShem leads Israel to the banks of the Red Sea and to everyone it appears absolutely hopeless as they have the sea in front of them and Pharaoh and his mighty army behind them. Then HaShem tells Moshe in Shemot 14:21-22 “Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and HaShem moved the sea with a strong east wind all the night, and He turned the sea to damp land and the water split. The Children of Israel came within the sea on dry land; and the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.” Israel moved out on dry land with the walls of water on either side of them. Pharaoh had zero idea it was a trap for him and his mighty army as they pursued onto the dry land.

HaShem then tells Moshe in Shemot 14:26-29 “Stretch out your hand over the sea, and the water will go back upon Egypt, upon its chariots and upon its horsemen.’ Moshe stretched out his hand over the sea, and toward morning the water went back to its power as the Egyptians were fleeing toward it; and HaShem churned Egypt in the midst of the sea. The water came back and covered the chariots and the horsemen of the entire army of Pharaoh, who were coming behind them in the sea, there remained not a one of them. The Children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea; the water was a wall for them, on their right and on their left.”

HaShem completely destroyed Egypt on that day and saved Israel from annihilation! “Israel saw the great hand that HaShem inflicted upon Egypt; and the people revered HaShem, and they had faith in HaShem and in Moshe, His servant” Shemot 14:31. Let me again reiterate, He reveals the end from the beginning, and Moshe is a picture of Mashiach Yeshua. If Yeshua doesn’t teach and do the same things as what HaShem had Moshe teach and do then Yeshua is NOT Mashiach! On a side note this is precisely why Replacement Theology’s Torah abolishing Jesus Christ is NOT and cannot ever be the Mashiach because he doesn’t teach nor do what HaShem led Moshe to teach and do per Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:15 and Acts 3:22. I digress.

So what is Israel’s response to their deliverance? This is where we get into the main points of this Op! Now please pay very close attention to the words used because again they tell us of Who is HaShem in relationship to each of us! Further, it is VERY prophetic in nature because He never changes!! Shemot 15:1 says “Then Moshe and the Children of Israel chose to sing this song to HaShem.” The Song is called ‘The Song by the Sea’ and it is found in Shemot 15:1-21 which says “I shall sing to HaShem for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea. The might and vengeance of Elohim was salvation for me. This is my Elohim an I will build Him a Sanctuary; the Elohim of my father and I will exalt Him.”

“HaShem is Master of war, His Name is HaShem. Pharaoh’s chariots and army He threw in the sea, and the pick of his officers were mired in the Sea of Reeds (Another name for the Red Sea). Deep waters covered them; they descended in the depths like stone. Your right hand, HaShem, is glorified with strength; Your right hand, HaShem, smashes the enemy. In Your abundant grandeur You shatter Your opponents; You send forth Your wrath, it consumes them like straw.”

“At a blast from Your nostrils the waters were heaped up; straight as a wall stood the running water; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea. The enemy declared, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide plunder; I will satisfy my lust with them. I will unsheathe my sword, my hand will impoverish them.’

“You blew with Your wind, the sea enshrouded them; the mighty sank like lead in the water. Who is like You among the heavenly powers, HaShem! Who is like You, mighty in holiness, too awesome for praise, Doer of wonders! You stretched out Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. With Your kindness You guided this people that You redeemed; You led with Your might to Your holy abode.”

“Peoples heard, they were agitated; terror gripped the dwellers of Philistia. Then the chieftains of Edom were confounded, trembling gripped the powers of Moab, all the dwellers of Canaan dissolved. May fear and terror befall them, at the greatness of Your arm may they be still as stone; until Your people passes through, HaShem, until this people You have acquired passes through.”

“You will bring them and implant them on the mount of Your heritage, the foundation of Your dwelling place that You (The Temple in Jerusalem, the place of His Throne on earth), HaShem, have made, the Sanctuary, my Master, that Your hands established. HaShem shall reign for all eternity! When Pharaoh’s cavalry came with his chariots and horsemen into the sea and HaShem turned back the waters of the sea upon them, the Children of Israel walked on the dry land amid the sea.”

“Miriam the prophetess, sister of Aharon, took the tambourine in her hand and all the women went forth after with tambourines and with dances. Miriam spoke up to them, ‘Sing to HaShem for He is exalted above the arrogant, having hurled horse with its rider into the sea.'”

Can you imagine how this must have sounded to have been there to witness this? Keep all of this in mind as we proceed!

Now consider what we read in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-43 which is known as ‘The Song of Moshe’ which says the following “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak; and may the earth hear the words of my mouth. May my teaching drop like the rain (Torah), may my utterance flow like the dew (Torah is likened to water/rain/dew which gives life); like storm winds upon vegetation and like raindrops upon blades of grass. When I call out the Name of HaShem, ascribe greatness to our Elohim. The Rock! Perfect is His work, for all His paths are justice; a Elohim of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He. Corruption is not His, the blemish is His children’s, a perverse and twisted generation.”

“Is it to HaShem that you do this, O vile and unwise people? Is He not your Father, your Master? Has He not created you and firmed you? Remember the days of yore, understand the years of generation after generation. Ask your father and he will relate it to you, your elders and they will tell you. When the Supreme One gave the nations their inheritance, when He separated the children of man, He set the borders of the peoples according to the number of the Children of Israel. For HaShem’s portion is His people; Yaakov is the measure of His inheritance. He discovered him in a desert land, in desolation, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He granted him discernment, He preserved him like the pupil of His eye. He was like an eagle arousing its nest, hovering over its young, spreading its wings and taking them, carrying them on its pinions. HaShem alone guided them, and no other power was with them.”

“He would make him ride on the heights of the land and have him eat the ripe fruits of my fields; He would suckle him with honey from a stone, and oil from a flinty rock; butter of cattle and milk of sheep with fat of lambs, rams born in Bashan and he goats, with wheat as fat as kidneys; and you would drink the blood of a grape like delicious wine. Yeshurun became fat and kicked. You became fat, you became thick, you became corpulent and it deserted Elohim its Maker, and was contemptuous of the Rock of its salvation.”

“They would provoke His jealousy with strangers; they would anger Him with abominations. They would slaughter to demons without power, gods whom they knew not, newcomers recently arrived, whom your ancestors did not dread. You ignored the Rock Who gave birth to you, and forgot Elohim Who brought you forth. HaShem will see and be provoked by the anger of His sons and daughters, and He will say, ‘I shall hide My Face from them and see what their end will be, for they are a generation of reversals, children in whom there is no loyalty. They provoked Me with a non god, with a vile nation shall I anger them. For fire will have been kindled in My nostrils and blazed to the lowest depths.”

“It shall consume the earth and its produce, and set ablaze what is founded on mountains. I shall accumulate evils against them, My arrows shall I use up against them; bloating of famine, battles of flaming demons, cutting down by the noontime demon, and the teeth of beasts shall I dispatch against them, with the venom of those who creep on the earth. On the outside, the sword shall bereave, while indoors there will be dread, even a young man, even a virgin, a suckling with the gray haired man. I had said, ‘I will scatter them, I will cause their memory to cease from man’ were it not that the anger of the enemy was pent up, lest his tormentors misinterpret; lest they say, ‘Our hand was raised in triumph, and it was not HaShem Who accomplished all this!’ For they are a nation bereft of counsel, and there is no discernment in them.”

“Were they wise they would comprehend this, they would discern it from their end. For how could one pursue a thousand, and two cause a myriad to flee, it not that their Rock had sold them out, and HaShem had delivered them? For not like our Rock is their rock, yet our enemies judge us! For their vineyard is from the vineyard of Sodom, and from the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of gall, so clusters of bitterness were given them. Serpents venom is their wine, the poison of cruel vipers. Is it not hidden with Me, sealed in My treasuries?”

“Mine is vengeance and retribution at the time their foot will falter, for the day of their catastrophe is near, and future events are rushing at them. When HaShem will have judged His people, He shall relent regarding His servants, when He sees that enemy power progresses, and none is saved or assisted. He will say, ‘Where is their god, the rock in whom they sought refuge?’ The fat of whose offerings they would eat, they would drink wine of their libations? Let them stand and help you! Let them be a shelter for you! See, now, that I, I am He and no god is with Me. I put to death and I bring to life, for I shall raise My hand to heaven sand say, ‘As I live forever, if I sharpen My flashing sword and My hand grasps judgment, I shall return vengeance upon My enemies and upon those that hate Me shall I bring retribution. I shall intoxicate My arrows with blood and My sword shall devour flesh, because of the blood of corpse and captive, because of the earliest depredations of the enemy. O nations, sing the praises of His people, for He will avenge the blood of His servants; He will bring retribution upon His foes, and His earth will atone for His people.”

There is a ton in the Song of Moshe alone which could generate ten Op’s in themselves! What should be noted is the Song of Moshe lays out the entire history of HaShem’s people, Israel, comprised of everyone who has chosen to serve HaShem regardless of DNA, throughout the history of the world! He lays out the entire pathway Israel will walk from beginning to end, from birth, falling, being scattered, being redeemed, being regathered and finally being fully restored in the end!

Why are these two songs important and relevant? Because they once more teach us of Who He is and how we are to serve Him, but more than that, they teach us of the end! Are you aware that the Song of Moshe is sung in the very end by His people? It is recorded in Revelation 15:1-4 which says “And I saw another great sign in the heaven, great and marvelous, seven messengers having the seven last plagues, for the wrath of Elohim was ended in them. And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim. And they sing THE SONG OF MOSHE the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying, ‘Great and marvelous are Your works, HaShem, El Shaddai! Righteous and true are Your ways, O Sovereign of the set apart ones! Who shall not fear You, O HaShem, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousness have been made manifest.'”

It is very interesting to see the parallels between the Exodus, Pharaoh, and the people of Israel standing on the Red Sea, etc and the events of the False Messiah, his image, his mark, the number of his name and the people of HaShem who rejected all of these things standing next to a sea of glass. No doubt Pharaoh is another picture of the End of Days and the False Messiah who considered himself to be god on earth.

Can you see the attributes of HaShem in these two songs? He is our Great King and He will take care of us, lead us, provide for us, rescue us, deliver us, heal us and protect us, BUT we each have a responsibility to do our part which is to strive to choose worship only Him! To strive to guard and keep His Torah in our lives every day, now more than ever with all the filth and debauchery consuming the world. To walk in His Ways and to honor and esteem His Great Name out of love, devotion and loyalty for He truly is worthy and deserving of it!

Remember HaShem commands us in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to learn everything and He literally means everything about His Temple in Jerusalem and how it functions! Why would He do this? Because He knows the end from the beginning and knows we all will be faced with great opposition and temptation, especially in the End of Days. His Temple in Jerusalem is a great teaching tool to help us understand Who He is, how He functions and just what kedushah (Holiness) is and what it looks like! If you recall from the beginning of this Op, HaShem uses EVERYTHING in His creation to teach us about Who He is and how He functions? His Temple in Jerusalem is the pinnacle of that teaching! No wonder the adversary works so hard to keep it away from HaShem’s people or convinces the masses in Replacement Theology the Temple is the height of blasphemy and the domain of the False Messiah. I digress.

On a final note, my teacher Joseph Good of HaTikvah Ministries, said the following in his book, ‘Measure the Pattern’ on page #2: “Several years ago a leading rabbi in the movement to rebuild Temple asked the audience ‘Why do we have to know all of this information, why is all of this detail necessary?’ The answer is simple. There was, is and always will be a plan by HaShem. We are NOT allowed to change that plan. We must remain faithful to the tavnit (Blueprints) by HaShem. The Temple is not just a collection of buildings and ceremonies but rather a return to a world where HaShem is revealed at the highest levels. Man was created by HaShem and placed within a perfect environment, Gan Eden (The Garden of Eden). Man was also created with a kedushah (Sanctification/Holiness) as man was created in the image of HaShem and HaShem is kadosh (Holy). When man transgressed he was driven from Gan Eden and lost his kedushah. In Hebrew the term for the Temple is Beit HaMikdash (House of Kedushah). The Temple, through this tavnit (Architecture, floorplan, ceremonies, concepts of holy and profane, clean and unclean and all ordinances associated with the above), becomes the translator of HaShem’s Torah. ‘Let them measure accurately,’ ‘All of its forms,’ ‘All of its ceremonies’ and ‘All of its laws.'”

So just as HaShem’s plan from the beginning was to deliver Israel and bring them into the Land and then Israel would build Him His House on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, so too is His plan for us today! Nothing changes! May it be so very soon in our days!!

In closing, I encourage everyone to read these songs for yourselves and see what HaShem is saying to you! If His people are still singing The Song of Moshe in the very end, then clearly His Torah and His Temple were NOT done away with nor replaced, but are still very valid for us today! Just as the walls of water in the Red Sea protected Israel, so too is His Torah in our lives as we are pursued by the debauchery, filthiness, insanity and evil in this world today! He never changes…we are the ones who change! May it be for the better each and every day!

Shabbat Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud
  • Measure the Pattern Vol 1 by Joseph Good – Used with permission

YOM HAQAHAL = THE DAY OF THE ASSEMBLY!

“Behold, the days are coming, the Word of HaShem, when I will fulfill the favorable matter that I spoke concerning the House of Israel and the House of Judah. In those days, at that time, I will cause a sprout of righteousness to sprout forth for David, and he will administer justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in security; and this is what people will call Jerusalem: ‘HaShem is Our Righteous One.’ For thus said HaShem: ‘There shall not be cut off from David a man who sits on the throne of the House of Israel. And for the Kohanim, the Levites, there will never be cut off a man from before Me who offers burnt offerings and burns meal offerings and performs feast offerings all the days.'” Jeremiah 33:14-18

In my opinion, I believe most people would agree today that the world as we know it, is falling apart all around us. The pressures of life are consuming us day by day and there never seems like there is enough time in a day to get done what must be done. The demands of life are growing more intense by the day and those we are employed by are piling the work on more and more as each day progresses. Health issues are progressing and intensifying and from a pure fleshly perspective, it does appear, to the naked eye, that all hope is lost, but is that truly the case?

As I write this Op, it is 25 January 2020, Shabbat and the Torah portion for today is ‘Va’era’ which is found in Shemot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35. It is the Torah portion where HaShem responds to the cries of enslaved and oppressed Israel, under the crushing hand of Pharaoh in Egypt.

HaShem then utters to Moshe the most hopeful words anyone could ever hope to hear when He says in Shemot 6:5-6 “Moreover, I have heard the groan of the Children of Israel whom Egypt enslaves and I have remembered the covenant. Therefore, say to the Children of Israel: ‘I am HaShem, and I shall take you out from under the burdens of Egypt; I shall rescue you from their service; I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.'” Can you imagine the exhilaration in hearing those words that very soon everyone will be set free and loosed from the bonds of oppression? Imagine hearing those same words today?

People today would say “but no one is under bondage and oppression like what is described in Exodus!” I strongly disagree. Oppression has many flavors per se! Entertainment, electronic gadgets, social justice causes, etc, all lead to oppression and bondage as we see here in America today. To add insult to injury, many people today are so oppressed spiritually they are unable to see the bondage they are being crushed under or worse yet, the indoctrination centers of Replacement Theology, i.e. the Churches, have convinced them the crushing oppression is actually what HaShem gave us so we could live in freedom i.e. His Torah!

So the questions must be asked, ‘What HaShem had designed from the beginning to be His people, is it encapsulated in what we see today as being a part of the Replacement Theology indoctrination centers or is it something much more? Did He reveal His plan much earlier than what is commonly taught?’ When we answer these questions, I am prayerfully hoping people will do what I did and slap their hand to their head and say ‘Duh! HaShem made it so simple, it was always in front of me this whole time!’

But before we can begin to tackle these questions, always remember the following because they are vital in our walk with 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 eternal per Proverbs 3:19 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 Ps 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

In order to answer these questions I posed above, I will have to make statements and comments which may offend some. Please understand it is NOT my intention to offend anyone. It is my intention to make these statements and comments in order to hopefully cause some to stop, examine for themselves and reflect. Now for the record, let me state it again, I do NOT believe that everyone who is in the indoctrination centers of Replacement Theology is lost or outside of the Kingdom of HaShem, simply because I do not have that authority to declare it so. Only HaShem knows where everyone’s hearts are truly at. This all said, let’s begin.

It has been commonly taught over the centuries that the ‘Church’ began on Pentecost with the falling of the Holy Spirit as is read in Acts 2 in the Apostolic Writings. This entity called the ‘Church’ somehow replaced Israel, separated itself from anything “Jewish”, tossed out the Torah, changed the Feasts of HaShem to Christmas/Easter, changed His Shabbat to any day of the week and declared all unclean foods now clean to eat. Then at the same time claim the ‘Church’ is the embodiment of people HaShem always desired and now will condemn Israel and save the ‘Church.’ This pretty much sums the doctrine of Replacement Theology, but is there any truth to this doctrine? Let’s research this a bit further and find out.

Yeshua makes some interesting comments in Matthew 16:13-20 which says “Now when Yeshua came into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His talmidim (Students/Apostles) ones, saying, ‘Who do men say the Son of Adam is?’ And they said, ‘Some say Yochanan (John) the Immerser, and others Eliyahu (Elijah), and others Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) or one of the prophets.’ He said to them, ‘And you, who do you say I am?’ And Shim’on Kepha (Peter) answering, said, ‘You are the Mashiach, the Son of the living Elohim.’ And Yeshua answering, said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Shim’on Bar-Yonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in the heavens. And I also say to you that you are Kepha, and on this rock I shall build My assembly, and the gates of She’ol shall not overcome it. And I shall give you the keys of the reign of the heavens, and whatever you bind on earth shall be having been bound in the heavens, and whatever you loosen on earth shall be having loosened in the heavens.’ Then He warned His talmidim that they should say to no one that He is Yeshua the Mashiach.”

Now for many centuries, Replacement Theology has used these verses as the basis for the establishment of the ‘Church’ as being something separated from Israel and devoid of anything HaShem had established from the beginning. On a side note: What is interesting is even Yeshua acknowledges this revelation of His mission is only by HaShem. Why is this interesting? Because it proves once more Yeshua is NOT HaShem in the flesh….again it challenges the doctrine of Replacement Theology. I digress.

If we jump to Acts 2, we read about the Feast of Shavuot (Erroneously called Pentecost) when the talmidim of Yeshua were all in one place in Jerusalem after He had ascended from the Mt of Olives. It is here read about the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) of HaShem that fell upon them all and empowered them. Again, these verses are used by Replacement Theology to teach the ‘Church’ was established on this day and it is completely separate from Israel, devoid of anything HaShem had established from the beginning. Is this true?

Consider this event in Acts 2 occurred on the Feast of Shavuot? Why is this interesting? Because if Yeshua’s mission was to free Israel from the Torah as Replacement Theology teaches, then shouldn’t this event have occurred on a non Feast day in order to establish the foundation of breaking away from the Torah?

Consider Acts 6:7 which says “And the Word of Elohim spread, and the number of talmidim increased greatly in Jerusalem and a great many of the Kohanim (Priests) and Leviim (Levites) were obedient to the belief.” So here we have a great many Jews in Jerusalem to include the Kohanim and Levites who officiate the Temple Services, all acknowledge Yeshua as being the Messiah and yet they all continue to perform their duties in the Temple to include offering up Chatat (Sin) Offerings! Point is, clearly there is no conflict between Yeshua and the Temple, Torah, Feasts, Shabbat, Offerings, etc. In fact it is just the opposite in that clearly you cannot have a belief in Yeshua without the Torah of HaShem!

Consider another verse from Acts, specifically Acts 21:20 which says “And when they heard it, they praised the Master (Yeshua). And they said to him (Shaul), ‘You see, brother, how many thousands of Yehudim there are who have believed, and all are zealous for the Torah.'” Again, we see the believers in Yeshua are all Jews who did NOT give up the Torah, Temple, Feasts, Shabbat, Offerings, etc!

Now consider what Yeshua said in Yochanan (John) 4:22 which says “You worship what you do not know. We worship what we know, because the salvation is of the Yehudim.” What was He saying? He was telling the woman He was talking too that the Yehudim (Jewish) definition of what salvation/deliverance is, is the only correct definition. Meaning to try and define salvation from a non-Torah perspective is wholly incorrect and will lead to what we see today with Replacement Theology and all of its various doctrines and ideas of what salvation is and how to obtain it.

How about what Yeshua said in Matthew 23:3 which says “Therefore, whatever they (The Scribes and the Pharisees) say to you to guard, guard and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do.” Yeshua is acknowledging the HaShem given authority of the Sanhedrin and that we are required to do what they rule on. Further, to defy the Sanhedrin is to defy HaShem Himself! The caveat He makes as it pertains to the Scribes and Pharisees of His time, is they spoke and taught correctly, but they did not live it out thus His constant hypocrite charge against them! He condemned them because they were not living out the Torah in their own lives! They were teaching the Torah and ruling correctly, but again, their hypocrisy was their undoing just as it is for any of us today!

So what is the point I am trying to drive home? That the assembly of HaShem is NOT what we see within the indoctrination centers of Replacement Theology, but is a Ruach empowered, Torah observant, Feast keeping, Shabbat keeping, Kosher eating, entity that has NOT tossed aside what HaShem has established from the beginning, but has embraced everything He established! Exactly as Yeshua taught and lived Himself!

Who is the Adversary enraged with in Revelation 12:17? “And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to fight with the remnant of her seed, THOSE GUARDING THE TORAH OF HASHEM AND POSSESSING THE WITNESS OF YESHUA MESSIAH.” Does the Adversary concern himself too much with the indoctrination centers of Replacement Theology today? Not too much, he just has to make sure the lying, signs and wonders are still prevalent and active.

So now the question which must be tackled is: ‘Did HaShem reveal what His assembly would be?’ The answer is YES!

Now let’s explore Devarim (Deuteronomy) 18:15-16 which says “A prophet from your midst, from your brethren, like me (Moshe), shall HaShem, your Elohim, establish for you, to him shall you hearken. According to all that you asked of HaShem, your Elohim, in Chorev (Another name for Sinai) ON THE DAY OF THE ASSEMBLY, saying, ‘I can no longer hear the voice of HaShem, my Elohim, and this great fire I can no longer see, so that I shall not die.'”

These are very powerful verses in Devarim simply because they are prophetic in nature in that these are speaking of Mashiach, Whom HaShem will raise up out of Israel, Who will teach what Moshe taught i.e. the Torah. Further, we read that it was at the event of HaShem giving the Torah at Sinai, HaShem labeled it as being ‘The Day of the Assembly’ or in Hebrew ‘Yom HaQahal!’ In other words, it is here at Sinai where HaShem establishes His Assembly and NOT in Jerusalem on Pentecost! Why is this so important to understand? Because when we refer back to Matthew 16 and Yeshua states He will build His assembly, that word in Hebrew is ‘Qahal’, the exact same word used here in Devarim! Point is, the Assembly of HaShem is ISRAEL! It is Torah observant. It is keeping His Feasts. It is keeping His Shabbat. It is to use the phrase, very Jewish in nature! It does NOT embrace Replacement Theology, but just the opposite in that it opposes Replacement Theology and the one Replacement Theology fashioned for itself i.e. Jesus Christ. Remember, I have laid it all out in previous Op’s how Yeshua and the Jesus of Replacement Theology are two different persons, represent two opposing systems. Yeshua represents the Torah, the Feasts, His Shabbat, etc and points to HaShem. Replacement Theology Jesus points to himself, claims to be HaShem, separates from Israel and replaces everything HaShem gave from the beginning. He is the embodiment what HaShem describes as being the False Messiah He warns us about.

So with this all said, we can see, hopefully a little bit clearer, what HaShem desired from the beginning? We need clarity, now more than ever, with all the deception, lies, falsehoods and debauchery consuming the world today. Plus, more importantly, it draws us a little bit closer in our relationship with HaShem and helps us understand the function of Messiah Yeshua vs falling for the lies of the False Messiah.

This is just another short Op and hopefully we can see HaShem truly is unchanging and reveals the end from the beginning. With the world falling apart around us more and more each day, I believe it to be very soon the Greater Exodus will occur and HaShem will rescue all of His people scattered into all the World and bring us all back home into the Land. May it be VERY soon in our days!

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom.

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Chumash with the Teachings of the Talmud Devarim by Artscroll
  • The Milstein Edition of the Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll

WHO IS THE AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE – THE SHEMA PRAYER

“Blessed is the man who trusts in HaShem, then HaShem will be his security. He will be like a tree planted near water, which spreads out its roots along a brook and does not see when heat comes, whose foliage is ever fresh; it will not worry in a year of drought and will not stop producing fruit.” Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 17:7-8

In a world which is constantly competing for our attention via entertainment, pleasures of the flesh, diversions and the emergencies and catastrophes of life, now more than ever, in my opinion, it is vitally important we each know exactly to whom our loyalties lie and to whom is the authority in our lives! Do we seek after our own pleasures and after our own desires of the heart, or do we desire more than futility without purpose?

In the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem there were the Shacharit (Morning) Services and the Minchah (Afternoon) Services, in which a lamb was slaughtered and offered up as Olah (Burnt) Korbonot (Offering) to HaShem. Part of these services involved the people who would declare to whom they would submit and remain loyal i.e. HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel! This continued after the Temple was destroyed by Rome in 70 AD in the form of the Shacharit and Minchah liturgical prayers we read in the Siddur. These prayers take the place of the Temple Services while we await the rebuilding of the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem.

I am always so disappointed when I read on various blogs people who reject the Siddur claiming the prayers are all “Added by the Rabbis and are not in the Torah, thus they must be rejected and regarded as nothing more than trash.” How much it must grieve the heart of HaShem when He hears these sentiments as well? How much is being lost when people are rejecting the very tools HaShem gave us to learn the deeper meanings of His Word?

The purpose of this Op is not to bash anyone, but to focus and highlight on the astounding intricacies and vital importance of what we know to be called ‘The Shema’ Prayer. Not to mention to experience interacting with HaShem and doing what our forefathers did when drawing near to Him. Keep all of this in mind as we proceed, but before we jump into the heart of this Op, always remember the following:

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

“Milky Way Galaxy Over Mt. St. Helens in Washington State! I am posting these pictures to highlight the grandeur and vastness of HaShem and what He has created for us to enjoy and wonder at!”

For those who would question the validity of the liturgical prayers recorded in the Siddur, I would direct them to I Chronicles 28:11-13 which says “David then gave to his son Solomon the tavnit (Blueprints) for the Hall and its structures, storage rooms, upper chambers and inner rooms, and for the Chamber of the Ark-Cover, and the tavnit (Blueprints) for all that he had with him by Divine Inspiration, for the courtyards of the Temple of HaShem, and for all the chambers all around, for the storage rooms of the Temple of Elohim, and for the treasuries of the consecrated items, as well as the tavnit (Blueprints) for the divisions of the Kohanim and the Levites, and for all the WORK OF THE SERVICES of the Temple of HaShem, and for all the vessels for the service of the Temple of HaShem.” What does this mean? It means everything done in the Temple to include the Temple Services, the prayers compiled and recited, the Siddur, etc, is ALL given by the Ruach (Spirit) of HaShem to David and who gave it to Solomon to use as the tavnit (Blueprints) for the construction and performance of the Temple! Means nothing was changed, added too or taken away because there is zero authority to do so! I digress.

The Hebrew word ‘Shema’ is best translated as ‘Hear and then Do!‘ It is not an intellectual hearing where one hears something and believes it in their minds but does nothing else. It is the type of hearing as exemplified by Abraham in that he heard the Words of HaShem and then he did them, he put them into practice i.e. the definition of ‘Faith’.

Consider the purpose of the Shema is to declare that only HaShem, the Elohim the Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, is One and only He is my King! There is no other and I will not bow to any other!

There are a total of 245 Hebrew words which comprise the Shema, but if we are alone, we add the following three words at the beginning “Elohim, trustworthy King”, which makes it 248 Hebrew words, one word for each human organ in the human body! It is meant to reinforce that the purpose for our physical existence is to obey the precepts of His Torah and exalt His Great Name in the universe!

The Shema consists of three paragraphs which are all derived from the Torah of HaShem and begins with “Hear, O Israel: HaShem is our Elohim, HaShem, the One and Only”:

  • Paragraph One – Derived from Devarim (Deuteronomy) 6:5-6 which says “You shall love HaShem, your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your resources. Let these matters that I command you today be upon your heart. Teach them thoroughly to your children and speak of them while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise. Bind them as a sign upon your arm and let them be tefillin between your eyes. And write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.” This paragraph we are commanded to put on phylacteries (Tefillin) as a sign upon our arm and our eyes (Always fixed upon HaShem), affix mezuzah’s on the doors of our homes (Proclaiming His Name over our homes).
  • Paragraph Two – Derived from Devarim 11:13-21 which says “And it will come to pass that if you continually hearken to My commandments that I command you today, to love HaShem, then I will provide rain for your land in its proper time, the early and late rains, that you may gather in your grain, your wine, and your oil. I will provide grass in your field for your cattle and you will eat and be satisfied. Beware lest your heart be seduced and you turn astray and serve gods of others and bow to them. Then the wrath of HaShem will blaze against you. He will restrain the heaven so there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its produce. And you will will swiftly be banished from the goodly land which HaShem gives you. Place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul; bind them for a sign upon your arm and let them be tefillin between your eyes. Teach them to your children, to discuss them, while you sit in your home, while you walk on the way, when you retire and when you arise. And write them on the doorposts of your house and upon your gates. In order to prolong your days and the days of your children upon the ground that HaShem has sworn to your ancestors to give them, like the days of the heaven on the earth.” Again He re-states the command to put on tefillin as a sign between our arm and our eyes i.e. to always be fixed upon HaShem in our daily lives.
  • Paragraph Three – Derived from Bamidbar (Numbers) 15:37-41 which says “And HaShem said to Moshe saying: ‘Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them that they are to make themselves tzitzis on the corners of their garments, throughout their generations. And they are to place upon the tzitzis of each corner a thread of techeilet (Blue String). And it shall constitute tzitzis for you, that you may see it and remember all the commandments of HaShem and perform them; and not explore after your heart and after your eyes after which you stray. So that you may remember and perform all My commandments; and be holy to your Elohim. I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who has removed you from the land of Egypt to be a Elohim to you. I am HaShem your Elohim, it is true.'” Here in this paragraph HaShem commands the wearing of tzitzit (Fringes) on the four corners of our garments so that when we see them we will not explore after our own hearts and eyes and end up straying from HaShem, but to remember to perform His Torah!

The Shema then recites four paragraphs declaring Who HaShem is:

  • “And certain, established and enduring, fair, and faithful, beloved and cherished, delightful and pleasant, awesome and powerful, correct and accepted, good and beautiful is this affirmation to us forever and ever. True, the Elohim of the universe is our King; the Rock of Jacob is the Shield of our salvation. From generation to generation He endures and His Name endures and His throne is well established; His sovereignty and faithfulness endure forever. His words are living and enduring, faithful and delightful forever and to all eternity; for our forefathers and for us, for our children and for our generations, and for all the generations of Your servant Israel’s offspring.”
  • “Upon the earlier and upon later generations, this affirmation is good and enduring forever. True and faithful, it is an unbreachable decree. It is true that You are HaShem, our Elohim and the Elohim of our forefathers, our King and the King of our forefathers, our Redeemer, the Redeemer of our forefathers; our Molder, the Rock of our salvation; our Liberator and our Rescuer, this has ever been Your Name. There is no Elohim but You.”
  • “The Helper of our forefathers are You alone, forever, Shield and Savior for their children after them in every generation.  At the zenith of the universe is Your dwelling, and Your justice and Your righteousness extend to the ends of the earth.  Praiseworthy is the person who obeys Your commandments and takes to his heart Your teaching and Your word.  True, You are the Master for Your people and a mighty King to take up their grievances.  True, You are the First and You are the Last, and other than You we have no King, Redeemer, or Savior.  From Egypt You redeemed us, HaShem, our Elohim, and from the house of slavery You liberated us.  All their firstborn You slew, but Your firstborn You redeemed; the Sea of Reeds You split; the wanton sinners You drowned; the dear ones You brought across; and the water covered their foes, not one of them was left.  For this, the beloved praised and exalted Elohim; the dear ones offered hymns, songs, praises, blessings, and thanksgivings to the King, the living and enduring Elohim, exalted and uplifted, great and awesome, Who humbles the haughty and lifts the lowly; withdraws the captive, liberates the humble, and helps the poor; Who responds to His people upon their outcry to Him.”
  • “Praises to the Supreme Elohim, the blessed One Who is blessed.  Moshe and the children of Israel exclaimed a song to You with great joy and they all said:  ‘Who is like You among the heavenly powers, HaShem!  Who is like You, mighty in holiness, too awesome for praise, doing wonders.’  With a new song the redeemed ones praised Your Name at the seashore, all of them in unison gave thanks, acknowledged Your sovereignty and said: ‘HaShem shall reign for all eternity’  Rock of Israel, arise to the aid of Israel and liberate, as You pledged, Judah and Israel.  Our Redeemer, HaShem, Master of Legions, is His Name, the Holy One of Israel.  Blessed are You, HaShem, Who redeemed Israel.”

The Shema expresses very well how HaShem is Our King! Imagine how your life will change when you adopt declaring this every morning before beginning your day? Imagine how life will change when you adopt this before going to bed at night? Point is, it will help keep HaShem at the forefront of our lives as we walk through each day and before we retire at night to bed! I know from personal experience!!

Now some may ask ‘Did Yeshua ever mention the Shema?’ The answer is an emphatic YES! Mark 12:28-32 says “And one of the scribes coming near, hearing them reasoning together, knowing that He had answered them well, asked Him, ‘Which is the first command of all?’ And Yeshua answered him, ‘The first of all the commands is, ‘Shema, O Israel, HaShem our Elohim, HaShem is One (Quoting Devarim 6:4).’ ‘And you shall love HaShem your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength (Quoting Devarim 6:5).’ This is the first command. And the second is like it, is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as your self (Quoting Vayikra/Leviticus 19:18).’ There is no other command greater than these.'”

So yes, Yeshua did in fact quote, support and reinforce the Shema! This would include the tefillin, mezuzahs and tzitzit, which again would show by default Yeshua Himself wore tefillin and tzitzit! This again separates Yeshua from the one Replacement Theology props up and displays for the world to see for per the doctrine we see that one tosses Torah to include the Shema outside, declares it all having been done away with and per all the paintings we see, wears Roman senatorial garments, with a red sash, long flowing locks of hair, blue eyes, etc. Nothing like the Yeshua of the Word of HaShem. I digress.

This is just a short Op to quickly discuss The Shema. There is much for all of us to consider and I encourage everyone to check this out for themselves.

Have a blessed week.

Shabbat Shalom.

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Artscroll Siddur
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Writings I-II Chronicles by Artscroll
  • The Writings Jeremiah by Artscroll