THE FIERY TORAH – THE BLUEPRINT OF LIFE

“If HaShem will not build the house, its builders labor on it vainly; if HaShem will not guard the city, the watchman was vigilant in vain.” Psalms 127:1

At the time of the posting of this Op we just finished the annual Torah reading cycle and have begun the new annual cycle for the biblical year 5780. This is how HaShem operates in His Kingdom i.e. cycles. With each new cycle of reading from His Torah, even though we have read through each portion time and again, we always learn something brand new we never saw before! Why? Because HaShem is infinite, endless and His Word will never pass away!

One aspect of the annual Torah reading cycle that is constantly reinforced is that HaShem is The King, He is echad (Hebrew word for ‘One’) which means there is no other. He shares His glory with no one! His mercies are fresh and anew every morning, yet we are to fear Him and not take Him for granted or treat Him casually. He promises He acts on our behalf, not because of who we are but solely because of Who He is! It boils down to it is His Way or no way, plain and simple. Life or death in which He leaves the choice up to each of us to decide our fate. While He calls out to everyone, not everyone answers His call.

This Op will discuss another aspect of His Torah some may have not considered before which will be based upon His Word. But before we can jump into this, 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

At the end of the Torah reading cycle, we read the final Torah portion: Vezot Ha’Bracha which is found in Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12. In Deuteronomy 33:2 HaShem makes a VERY interesting statement. He says “HaShem came from Sinai, having shone forth to them from Seir, having appeared from Mount Paran (Reference to HaShem having offered the Torah to the nations first but they rejected it), and then approached with some of the holy myriads, from His right hand He presented the fiery Torah to them.

The commentary from the Chumash is very interesting which says “‘From His right hand’ denotes the Torah was communicated directly by HaShem, not by any of the myriad of angels accompanying Him.” Meaning He Personally gave His Torah to Moshe! Shows the importance of His Torah!

Isaiah 62:8 says “HaShem has sworn by His right hand and by the arm of His strength.” The term ‘His right hand’ refers to His Torah. In His Word an oath is made while holding a sacred object. HaShem, as it were, swore holding both Torah and Tefillin (Leather straps wrapped around the right arm) as the term ‘the arm of His strength’ references Tefillin. This means HaShem not only keeps His Torah but also wears Tefillin.

How many references to HaShem’s right hand do we read about in His Word, from Genesis to Revelation? These references to His right hand or right arm are VERY, VERY important to key up on! For example here are a few interesting references; remember the term ‘Right hand’ refers to His Torah! Keep this in mind:

Psalms 16:10 says “You will reveal to me the path to life, the fullness of joys in Your Presence. There is delight at Your right hand for eternity.”

Psalms 18:35 says “You have given me Your shield of salvation, and Your right hand has sustained me.”

Psalms 20:7 says “Now I know that HaShem has made His anointed one victorious, He will answer him from His sacred heaven, with the omnipotent victories of His right arm.”

Psalms 48:10 says “Like Your Name, O Elohim, so is Your praise, to the ends of the earth. Righteousness fills Your right hand.”

Psalms 63:8 says “My soul cleaves after You; to me, Your right arm lent support.”

Psalms 78:54 says “And He brought them to His sacred boundary, to this mountain which His right hand acquired.”

Psalms 98:1 says “His Own right hand and His holy arm have helped Him.”

Psalms 108:6-7 says “Be exalted above heaven, O Elohim, and above all the earth, Your glory. So that Your beloved ones may be given rest, let Your right hand save and respond to me.”

Psalms 118:15-16 says “The sound of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous, ‘HaShem’s right hand does valiantly. HaShem’s right hand hand is raised triumphantly; HaShem’s right hand does valiantly!'”

Psalms 138:7 says “Though I walk amid distress, You will revive me. To counter the wrath of my enemies You extend Your hand, and Your right hand will save me.”

Psalms 139:10 says “There, too, Your hand would guide me, and Your right hand shall grasp me.”

Isaiah 41:10 says “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your Elohim; I have strengthened you, even helped you, and even sustained you with My righteous right hand.”

Are you detecting a theme with these references to His right hand? Are you detecting there is more to His right hand than His Torah? Are you detecting His right hand is also a reference to His Messiah?

Romans 8:34 says “Who is he who is condemning? It is Messiah who died, and furthermore is also raised up, who is also at the right hand of Elohim, who also makes intercession for us.”

Ephesians 1:19-20 says “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who are believing, according to the working of His mighty strength, which He wrought in the Messiah when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenlies.”

What is the point of all of this thus far? Torah and Messiah go hand in hand!! If we want to know, understand and walk with HaShem it MUST be through His Torah. Further, if we want to know His Messiah, Yeshua, again it MUST be through HaShem’s Torah! On a side note, when Christendom teaches the Replacement Theology doctrine the Torah is now fulfilled/obsolete/irrelevant, this is precisely why Judaism rejects Christendom’s Jesus, because it is impossible to separate HaShem’s Messiah from the Torah. This is precisely why I have rejected Christendom’s Replacement Theology Jesus. I digress.

Consider all of what has been said in light of beginning a new Torah reading cycle. This new cycle begins today with ‘B’reisheet’ Genesis 1:1-6:8, which discusses HaShem’s creating everything over six days. These six days of creation are so very important because it paints so many pictures of how HaShem has set things up such as mankind will have a span of 6,000 years to live on earth. Remember a thousand years is as a day to HaShem per Psalms 90:4. Consider the following:

  • The time before Abraham began to call out in the Name of HaShem = 2,000 years of darkness/void.
  • When Abraham began to teach mankind about HaShem, the One and only Elohim, this is considered the beginning of Torah dissemination = 2,000 years.
  • The last two days are called ‘The years of the Messiah’ because people are learning about the Messiah and He can show up to redeem His people = 2,000 years. How long has it been since Yeshua showed up and left? Nearly 2,000 years!
  • We are currently in the biblical year 5780 or 5,780 years from creation. However, this is not an accurate count. The Talmud tells us we are not accounting for nearly 300 years of events, thus the real calendar year is either right at or just about 6,000 years!! Thus the reason we are witnessing the world going into absolute chaos, darkness, rebellion, etc, because we truly are at the very end! Do we know the day or the hour? Not a chance!

Just as an example of why it is so exciting to study His Torah, when we begin this cycle with Genesis 1:1 we see in Hebrew the first seven words which comprise verse 1 which in Hebrew says “B’reisheet Bara Elohim et Ha’Shamyim Vayet HaAretz” or in English “In the beginning created HaShem the heavens and the earth.” We won’t see it in English, but in Hebrew, we see these seven words creates a seven branch Menorah with the Hebrew word ‘Et’ at the center i.e. which in Hebrew is spelled with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet ‘Aleph’ and the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet ‘Tav’. This word ‘Et’ isn’t translated. To make a long story short, it is recognized to be a picture of the Torah/Messiah which being at the center of the Menorah means all the other lamps get their light from the center branch i.e. Torah/Messiah!

There are countless pictures like this in this one Torah portion alone! It is virtually endless and no one has found them all!! Again the point is, Yeshua is ALL over the Torah and the Torah reveals Yeshua! Without the Torah, the real Messiah cannot be seen! Is it any wonder then why the adversary has worked so hard to convince the masses to toss the Torah aside and why on the flip side he becomes so enraged when people embrace the Torah?

I will end this here as I could go on and on and on, but hopefully I have stirred the appetite a little to go and check this all out for yourselves? Can you see the fiery Torah HaShem gave is absolutely the blueprint of life? There is SO much to learn and SO much to be astounded by in a very good way.

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash
  • Tehillim (Psalms)
  • Isaiah
  • Tractate Rosh HaShanah from the Talmud Bavli

THE NAZARITE VOW OF PAUL – ANOTHER PROOF TEXT THE TORAH NEVER ENDED!

“Praises to the one whom You choose to draw near to dwell in Your courts; may we be sated with the goodness of Your House (Temple), the holiest part of Your Sanctuary.” Psalms 65:5

As of the time of the posting of this op, we are within just a few days from the end of this year’s Torah reading cycle which means we prepare to begin the new annual Torah reading cycle.  As such I thought it important to once more post Scriptural proof text nothing changed, nothing ended and everything HaShem gave in the beginning is still very much for each of us today.  Granted there is a lot which we are not able to do simply because we do not live in the Land of Israel nor is there is a Temple standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but this does not negate there are countless principles to learn and can be applied to each of our lives as we strive to grow closer to HaShem and understand His Messiah Yeshua.

Unfortunately, in my experience, the subject of HaShem’s Temple along with all of the Temple Services, the Korbonot (Offerings), the Levites and Kohanim, the Tavnit (Blueprints) of the Temple, etc, tends to stir the anger of many within the systems of religion to include Christendom.  It is not that these are bad people, it is the traditions they have been taught over the years are clashing with the truth of HaShem which has been hidden from our eyes all these years.  But, Baruch HaShem, He promised centuries ago that it would be like this and in the very end He would open our eyes and ears to what has always been there.  He promises in Jeremiah 16:19-21 “HaShem, my Strength, my Stronghold, and my Refuge on the day of distress!  To You nations 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 for 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!”   In the very end HaShem will cause the nations to see all their religions, gods, traditions, etc, were all inherited futile lies which are completely useless and had absolutely zero benefit to them.  Then they will see HaShem is the ONLY true Elohim and run to Him!  This is happening today with so many running out of the futile lies of the systems of religion to include Christendom and are running to HaShem, embracing His Ways, His Feasts, His Shabbats and His Torah!

It is true that many who have come out of these systems of religion, to include Christendom, have brought with them the baggage they learned from the Replacement Theology doctrines and dogma they were taught. I know speaking from personal experience that it is a long process to get free from all the futile idolatrous baggage acquired over all those years, but Baruch HaShem He is long suffering and knows where each of us are as He works this all out in our lives, as we walk away from the idolatrous, futile Replacement Theology of Christendom into the freedom and liberty of His Torah and truth.

The one absolute 100% proof text as recorded in the Apostolic Writings I wish to cite showing once and for all the Torah was NOT done away with nor was Paul ever teaching against the Torah to include the Oral Torah, is recorded in Acts 21 with regards to his being ready to complete a Nazarite Vow! When we study this out in detail, there will not be any valid arguments to support the Torah abolishing doctrine and dogma of Replacement Theology we all were taught!

The topic of the Nazarite Vow will be the focus of this Op and by the end of it, I hope and pray you will see not only is the Torah is still valid but also see the absolute need for the Oral Torah as well.  Remember Yeshua did not end nor did He change anything as He has been accused of!  Instead He restored and renewed!  Keep this in mind as we proceed!

Let’s begin.

But first, just to quickly recap:

– 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

Acts 18:18 says “And Sha’ul (Paul) having stayed several days more, having taken leave of the brothers, was sailing for Suria, and Priscilla and Aquilas were with him, HAVING SHAVED HIS HAIR at Kenhrea, FOR HE HAD TAKEN A VOW.”

So the question that must be asked is ‘What vow did he take as the Apostolic Writings do not explain?’ This is the first indicator the writers of the Apostolic Writings expect we as the readers know His Torah inside and out for having known HaShem and His Torah we would have read this and immediately known exactly what vow and what is entailed in this vow, but again I digress.

We see Paul shaved his hair and took a Nazarite Vow in Acts 18:18. Where in the Torah of HaShem does He discuss what is required of a Nazarite Vow? Bamidbar (Numbers) 6:1-8 discusses the Nazarite Vow in depth and also states what is to be abstained during the period of the vow: 1 – abstention from any grape products of any kind. 2 – cannot shave the head until the completion of the vow and 3 – may not become tamei (Ritually unclean) due to corpse impurity during the duration of the vow. These abstentions are meant to bring the person closer to HaShem and elevate their level of kedusha (Holiness/Being set apart to HaShem).

There are questions that need to be asked that the Written Torah does not address such as:What is the minimum time period of a Nazarite Vow? What constitutes grape products that must be abstained from? Where do we go to find the answers to these two simple questions? We have to go to the Oral Torah, specifically Tractate Nazir in the Mishnah and Tractate Nazir in the Talmud Bavli to get the answers!!

Per Tractate Nazir in the Talmud Bavli the minimum duration of the Nazarite Vow is 30 days and with regards to what constitutes grape products to be abstained from, this includes anything containing wine, leaves of grape vines, grape seeds or grape skins.

FOR THE RECORD THIS IMAGE IS NOT ENTIRELY CORRECT BUT IT GIVES A FAIRLY GOOD PICTURE OF THE LAYOUT OF THE TEMPLE

The next question to ask is at the end of the duration of the 30 days, what is required to complete the Nazarite Vow? Per Bamidbar 6:13-21: The one who is ready to complete vow must bring to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting a sheep in its first year as an Olah (Burnt) offering, a ram as a Shelamim (Peace) offering and a female lamb in its first year as a Chatat (Sin) offering. Additionally, they must bring ten Challot (Fine flour mixed with oil loaves) Minchah/bread offerings, 10 R’Kikim (Unleavened wafers smeared with oil) as well as a wine libation to be poured out onto the Altar. Then the Nazarite will shave his head and take his hair and put it on the fire that is under the Shelamim and burn it.

The Kohen (Priest) will then take the cooked foreleg of the Shelamim and one Challot (Fine flour mixed with oil loaf) and one R’ikikim (Unleavened wafer), and place them on the palms of the Nazarite after he has shaved his hair. The Kohen will perform Tenufah (Waving) them as a wave service before HaShem. Afterward the Nazarite is freed from the abstentions of the vow and may drink wine!

More questions to ask that is not specifically discussed in the Written Torah: How are the korbonot slaughtered? Where in relation to the Outer Altar are the animal korbonot slaughtered? What parts of the animals are prepared and placed on the Altar? How are the Minchah (Bread) offerings prepared? Who eats what parts of these korbonot? Where may they be eaten in relation to the Temple and for what specific amount of time are they allowed to eat them? How are the Nazarite and the items in his palms waved before HaShem? Can you see how already we have shown the need for the Oral Torah?

– How are the korbonot slaughtered? Tractate Zevachim in the Mishnah and Talmud Bavli discusses this question in great detail.

– Where in relation to the Outer Altar are the animal korbonot slaughtered? The animal korbonot are divided into two categories: Korban Kodshai Kodashim (Most holy offerings) and Korban Kodashim Kalim (Lesser Holy Offerings). The Lesser Holy Offerings may be slaughtered anywhere within the Azarah in the courtyard of the Temple. The Most Holy Offerings may ONLY be slaughtered immediately north of the Outer Altar. There are four steps for the slaughtering of the korbonot. They are: Shechitah/Slaughter in accordance with the Torah. Keibalah/Receiving of the blood into a sanctified vessel and can ONLY be done by a Kohen. Holachah/Carrying of the blood to the Altar and Zerikah/Throwing of the blood onto the Altar.

– The emurim (Sacrificial Parts) of the korbonot are removed, salted and placed upon the Outer Altar and are eaten either by the Kohen or by the owner of the korbonot and their guests with the exception of the Olah/Burnt Offering where the meat is wholly burnt and consumed by the fire.

– The emurim of the Shelamim (Peace Offering) that belong to the Kohen i.e. the breast and the right hind thigh may be eaten only by the Kohen. The remainder of the cooked meat belongs to the owner and may be eaten within the walls of Jerusalem and by his guests for up to two days after the slaughter. Additionally, one Challot and one Ri’kikim of the Minchah (Bread) offerings belong to the Kohen and the remaining 18 belong to the owner to be eaten.

– How is the Tenufah (Waving service) performed? The Kohen waves the Nazarite along with the items in his palms in all four directions and then up and down before HaShem. This is briefly discussed in Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:15 and expounded upon in Tractate Menachot 5:6 in the Mishnah.

See how much detail we need to learn to fully understand what is involved with something as simple as a Nazarite Vow and how much we really do not know or understand the Apostolic Writings? No wonder HaShem commands us in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to learn everything about His Temple to include the korbonot and the Temple Services! It is the key to understanding everything from Genesis to Revelation! I digress.

Finally, in addition to bringing the three animal and twenty Minchah korbonot, the Nazarite must go to the Temple to shave his hair and cook the meat of his Shelamim (Peace Offering). So where in the Temple does he go? He goes to the Lishkat HaNezirim or the Chamber of the Nazarite which is a chamber in the SE corner of the Court of the Women. It is in here that the meat belonging to the owner of the Shelamim korbonot is cooked along with his cut hair is burnt in the fire!

So with all this in mind, now we go to Acts 21:17-26 which says “And when we (Paul) had arrived in Yerushalayim, the brothers received us gladly. And on the following day, Paul went in with us to Yaakov (James) and all the elders came. And having greeted them, he was relating one by one what Elohim had done among the Gentiles through his service. And when they heard it, they praised the Master. And they said to him (Paul), ‘You see, brother, how many tens of thousands of Yehudim there are who have believed AND all are ardent for the Torah, but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Yehudim who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moshe (Torah), saying not to circumcise the children nor to walk according to the practices (Oral Torah). What then is it? They shall certainly hear that you have come. So do this, what we say to you: We have four men who have taken a vow (Nazarite Vow). Take them and be cleansed with them (Sprinkled with the Ashes of the Red Heifer), and pay their expenses so that they shave their heads. And all will know that what they have been informed about you is NOT so, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Torah. But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should keep themselves from what is offered to idols, and blood and what is strangled (Meaning they can only eat kosher) and whoring.’ Then Paul took the men on the next day, and having been cleansed with them, went into the Temple to announce the completion of the days of separation, until the offering should be presented for each of them.”

A few points to highlight in these verses in Acts 21 above: Consider that about 95% of all the writers of the Apostolic Writings are present here in this meeting with Paul and what are they discussing? How there are tens of thousands of Yehudim who are all believers in Yeshua as the Messiah AND are all ardent and zealous for the Torah! So if the Torah is now tossed aside, they clearly did NOT get that message!

Second, the fact Paul does not object to taking these four other men with him up to the Temple to complete their Nazarite Vows proves 100% Paul is NOT anti-Torah or anti-Oral Torah! This act not only elevates his kedushah closer to HaShem but also silences his accusers that he is teaching against the Torah and the Oral Torah!! So the question which must be asked is why is Christendom always siding with Paul’s accusers in teaching Paul taught a message against the Torah, the Feasts, the Shabbat, etc? Who is lying Paul or Christendom? Each of us will have to decide that for ourselves.

Additionally, we see that Paul is paying for the expenses for all five of them! That is a total of 15 animals (Three animal korbonot per person) as well as 100 Minchah korbonot (Twenty per person)! This is VERY expensive!! Then consider that this is some thirty years AFTER Yeshua had come and gone and yet Paul has zero objections to bringing a Chatat (Sin) offering. Uh oh, this can only mean Yeshua never ended the korbonot nor did He end the Chatat (Sin) offerings! Can you see how our theology has to change and how it is through learning everything about His Temple, just as He commands us to, reveals what the truth is and exposes the false doctrines?

Further, we see the elders here have decided the Gentile believers must abstain from the four prohibitions which are: what is offered to idols, and blood and what is strangled (Meaning they can ONLY eat kosher) and whoring. Unfortunately today many believe this is ONLY what Gentile believers must do and then toss out the rest of the Torah. What is certain is the elders are NOT limiting Gentile believers to these four prohibitions, but are in fact telling them they must immediately abstain from these four prohibitions as they BEGIN to learn the Torah in the synagogues every Shabbat. Additionally, until that Gentile believer formally converts and for the males to become physically circumcised, they are prohibited from going up to the Temple as there is a death penalty if they do. This further proves the believers in Yeshua were all Torah observant and walked according to the Halakah i.e. the Oral Torah!

It is so sad the way Paul has been depicted today as being against HaShem, His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat and just about everything HaShem established from the beginning when in reality the man was zealous for the Torah in every way possible! In fact Paul at one point says he IS a Pharisee, not that he used to be a Pharisee, but was still a Pharisee per Philippians 3 in which he says he was “circumcised on the eighth day, of the race of Yisra’el, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, according to the Torah a Pharisee.” Point is, he did NOT give up his identity nor his status as a Pharisee in order to follow Yeshua! This of course clashes with many in Christendom today, which again is very sad because they are missing out on SO much! I digress.

Can we take a Nazarite Vow today? Sadly, no we cannot, simply because there is no Temple in Jerusalem to bring our required korbonot, in addition there is no way to be purified from any corpse impurity which we all surely are contaminated with today whether we know it or not. Does this negate the need to study and learn everything about His Temple as He commands in Ezekiel 43:10-11? Not a chance!

So why are we collectively clinging to the Replacement Theology doctrine and dogma that teaches the Torah is something which has been rendered nullified, obsolete and something to be shunned when just from this one topic of the Nazarite Vow shows absolutely the opposite? Paul did tell the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 11:1 to “Imitate him as he imitates Messiah Yeshua.” If Paul remained a Pharisee, zealous for the Torah of HaShem while acknowledging Yeshua as the Messiah, then what options do we have today in our walks with HaShem?

For the record I am NOT saying we need to go out and convert to Judaism…that is NOT what I am saying. What I am saying is that if these resources that Judah has fought and literally died to preserve over the centuries per the mandate of HaShem, and were all supported by and used by Yeshua, as well as the writers of the Apostolic Writings, then why are we tossing them aside today? Again the question has to be asked, “Who is teaching futile lies inherited by our fathers, Paul or Christendom?”

This is precisely why I firmly believe HaShem is restoring everything because very soon, the Mizbe’ach (Altar) will be placed and operating once more on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and we all will have to know the protocols for approaching our Great King and the Oral Torah in conjunction with the Written Torah is the only way to do that.

So now that we prepare to begin a new Torah reading cycle, I hope any doubts the Torah doesn’t apply to us is proven once more to be false and that in fact the Torah does indeed apply to each of us!! Freedom from the bondage to the lies of inherited futility is beyond description!

This all said, we eagerly await the time when HaShem allows for the rebuilding of the Mizbe’ach on the Temple Mount and the restoration of the korbonot so we can draw near to our Great King! May it be very, very soon in our days!!

Much to consider!

SOURCE MATERIALS

– The Stone Edition Tanach by Artscroll
– The Writings Psalms by Artscroll
– The Schottenstein Edition Talmud Bavli Tractate Nazir by Artscroll
– The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
– Measure the Pattern by Joseph Good

OVERTURNING THE MONEY CHANGERS – RESTORING THE HOUSE OF HASHEM

“To show favor to an evildoer is not good; it turns astray the judgment of a righteous person.” Proverbs 18:5

What is one of the events that we read in the Apostolic Writings that unfortunately has been used by the systems of religion to support the doctrine and theology that the Temple was something corrupt and something that HaShem never wanted? This event I am referring to is found in Matthew 21:12-13 which says “And Yeshua went into the Set Apart Place (The Temple complex) of Elohim and drove out all those buying and selling in the Set Apart Place, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, ‘It has been written, My House shall be called a House of prayer.’ (Quoting Isaiah 56:7) but you have made it a den of robbers.’ (Quoting Jeremiah 7:11)”

This is another example of why it is so imperative that we obey HaShem’s command in Ezekiel 43:10-11 to learn everything about His House, the gates, the offerings, the Temple Services, the priesthood, etc, because when we do so, when reading this account of the money changers, we will see Yeshua was all about restoring the honor of HaShem’s Name and of His House, NOT the way many in Christendom teaches it via the Replacement Theology doctrine which shows the Temple ‘seemingly’ was all wrong and soon to be destroyed because HaShem never wanted it. This is what we will explore in this Op.

But first, just to quickly recap:

– 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

Shemot (Exodus) 30:12-16 HaShem establishes the Half Shekel Tax: “When you take a census of the Children of Israel according to their numbers, every man shall give HaShem an ATONEMENT for his soul when counting them, so that there will not be a plague among them when counting them. This shall they give, everyone who passes through the census, a half shekel of the sacred shekel, the shekel is twenty geras, half a shekel as a portion to HaShem. Everyone who passes through the census, from twenty years of age and up, shall give the portion of HaShem. The wealthy shall not increase and the destitute shall not decrease from half a shekel, to give the portion of HaShem, to ATONE for your souls.”

Very interesting, so, we can see the Half Shekel Temple Tax is established legally by HaShem Himself and is NOT some concept the rabbis just came up with out of thin air as I have heard some in Christendom claim over the years. Further, we see the Half Shekel Temple Tax applies to all of Israel and HaShem is equal in that everyone regardless of wealth or lack thereof will pay the same half shekel.

Another aspect of this tax which must be understood is that at the time of this event we read about in the Apostolic Writings, Israel is scattered around the world and as such they live under the various governments along with its specific currencies, which all bear the image of their leaders or their gods and as such they are forbidden from being used in the Temple per the Torah i.e. idolatry. Additionally, the Half Shekel Temple Tax went into the Temple Treasury to be used for the upkeep, repairs, replacement of damaged utensils and for paying for korbonot (offerings).

One aspect of the money changers to keep in mind, which are required year-round, are in order to exchange the foreign currencies for Shekels so it can be used in the Temple in compliance with the Torah of HaShem. Further, because the people came from different countries and many did not know the value of their currency with respect to the local money used in the Temple, they would need the services of a money changer.

Per Tractate Shekalim from the Mishnah: “On the first day of the biblical month of Adar, which is the twelfth month on the religious calendar, it is proclaimed about the payment of the shekalim and about kilayim (Mixtures in the crops per Deuteronomy 22:9). On the 15th day of Adar, Megillah (Esther) is read in the walled cities throughout Israel and they commence to repair the roads, the town squares, the mikvahs and they attend to all of the public needs as well as mark with lime the graves and inspect the fields for kilayim (Mixtures of crops which is forbidden in the Torah) per Deuteronomy 19:3. They do this because the following month is the First month of the year i.e. Nissan, the month of Pesach (Passover) when millions of people will be travelling from all over the world to come to Jerusalem and the Temple as required by the Torah of HaShem.”

Additionally, “on the 15th of Adar money changers would sit in the provinces of Israel to collect the Half Shekel Temple Tax. On the 25th of Adar, they sat in the Temple until the 1st of Nissan, the date when all half shekalim were due in the Temple treasury. From the time they sat in the Temple they would commence to seize collateral. From whom did they seize collateral? From the Leviim and Yisraelim, proselytes and freed slaves, but not from women, slaves, nor minors.”

There is an interesting side note about the Temple – There were 13 collection chests in the Temple in which were inscribed respectively: “New Shekalim (For this year), Old Shekalim (For the previous years), Nests (Turtledoves), Young Pigeon Burnt Offerings, Wood (For the fires on the Altar), Frankincense, Gold for the Utensils and the remaining six chests were used for various donative offerings.” What is very interesting is 13 is THE number associated with the Temple: There are 13 different bread offerings, 13 different gates, etc – gee, then is it any wonder the adversary has taught the number 13 is cursed and the most cursed day on the calendar is Friday the 13th i.e. Shabbat. I digress.

It was the duty of the money changers to demand softly that the half shekel be paid; but they were not allowed or empowered to coerce anyone into paying for it was a matter between HaShem and that person. If that person did not pay, then HaShem would deal with them directly, at His appointed time. Keep all of this in mind as we continue.

With all of this established, let’s now address the event we discussed in the very beginning of this Op. Was Yeshua angry the money changers were operating in Jerusalem and in the Temple as many who teach Christendom’s Replacement Theology doctrine claim? Or was He angry because there was a measure of corruption at play behind the scenes and as such it was bringing shame to both HaShem, His Great Name and His House? I suggest Yeshua was angry because of the corruption of what we discussed above with regards to the money changers responsibilities!

Now, did the money changers themselves have the authority to raise or lower the values of the currencies and increase the cost of taxes? No, they did not! There was one who had all the authority for just about everything concerning the Temple, the Temple Services, the Temple operation, etc and that was the Kohen HaGadol i.e. the High Priest! Remember the Kohen HaGadol not only represents all of Israel before HaShem, but he also represents HaShem to all of Israel! This is precisely why Yeshua said “If you see Me, you see the Father!” He wasn’t claiming to be HaShem as Christendom erroneously teaches it, He was expressing a very well known fact about the Kohen HaGadol and further reinforces why the Kohen HaGadol MUST be very careful and always mindful of his actions simply because of Who he is representing! Something we all must take to heart in our own lives today! Very important this fact is kept in mind as we proceed!

In order to grasp what is really going on with this event of Yeshua and the money changers we must not fall into the same trap Christendom fell into and not regurgitate the narrative built around it attempting to support an anti-Temple/anti-Torah Replacement Theology doctrinal position, therefore we have to understand the political climate of Yeshua’s day and time in that what power was ruling and what was going on with regards to the position of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) at the time of Yeshua.

In order to answer this, we need to understand the composition of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priests) during and after the time of Yeshua. These guys were VERY corrupt, bought and paid Rome for their position as the Kohen HaGadol. They were all Sadducees which meant they did not believe in the validity of the Oral Torah nor in the World to Come i.e. resurrection which meant they were all about get your money, wealth and prosperity now in this life while you can (Sound familiar?). They conducted themselves like a mafia family and their family members were subsequently put into the position of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest). The Oral Torah discusses these corrupted Kohen: Annas Ben Seth who had five sons: Eleazar Ben Ananus, Joseph Ben Caiphas (Son in law to Annas Ben Seth who had married his daughter and the one who oversaw the illegal trail of Yeshua), Johathathan Ben Ananus, Theophilus Ben Ananus (Theophilus is mentioned by name in the Apostolic Writings i.e. Acts 1), Mattias Ben Ananus and Ananus Ben Ananus.

It should be noted that just because these guys were corrupt, the people to include Yeshua Himself respected their rulings because of the position. The Torah commands we are to obey the rulings of the Kohen HaGadol without fail and if that Kohen renders a wrong ruling, then HaShem deals with them. Think of it like a military hierarchy, obey the Commanding General, but if that CG renders a wrong ruling then, theoretically, the US Congress and the US President will deal with that CG and fix their wrong rulings. This is precisely why Yeshua remained silent during His illegal trial, because the whole trial was illegal and violated the Torah of HaShem, therefore what was there to say? I digress.

Even Tractate Pesachim 57a from the Talmud Bavli discusses Annas Ben Seth and his five sons VERY despairingly saying “The corruption of the Temple was such that the Kohanim Gedolim (High Priesthood) secured all the positions of power for their relatives, who in turn used their power to oppress the people.” It further says “They were guilty of high handed oppression and were notorious for counseling evil against their countryman and were gossipmongers.” Does it make sense now why HaShem had to let His Temple be destroyed by Rome in 70 AD? His Name and His House had been so dishonored, shamed and profaned, there was literally no other option. Very sadly the dishonor, shame and profaned status of His Great Name is still to this day being taught within Christendom and its Replacement Theology doctrine.

Can you imagine being alive then and in Israel and these corrupt Kohen HaGedolim are the ones to make intercession for you and all of Israel before HaShem? Think about it, these guys are the ones going into the Most Holy Place on Yom Kippur to make atonement for you and all of Israel when in fact they had zero interest in actually serving HaShem, but instead were all about themselves, getting rich, obtaining power and securing their prosperity as a result of oppressing you! Then Israel calls out to HaShem asking Him for justice and righteousness be done due to being oppressed by these clowns and what does HaShem do? He sends His Agent, His Representative, His Mighty Right Arm i.e. Messiah Yeshua to the scene!

On a side note, it is interesting, there is some speculation that the parable of the ‘Rich Man and Lazarus’ per Luke 16:19-31 is a direct reference to these five corrupt High Priests who were Sadducees and did not believe in the validity of the Oral Torah nor in resurrection. I encourage you to read it with this in mind as it fits very well! Keep this in mind.

These corrupt High Priests who were in control of the money changers and the shops in the Royal Stoa on the Temple Mount outside of the Temple where the people bought the sacrifices and exchanged their money, they charged enormous prices in order to not only get rich but to be able to pay off their debts to Rome. Point is, again it was all about making money. These guys had zero interest in actually representing Israel before HaShem in the Temple. It was all about getting rich….Gee, sound familiar to a specific religious system today who has its leaders on television manipulating, going through the motions, getting rich off of oppressing the people? See, Ecclesiastes 1:9 is true, there is nothing new under the sun. What does this also mean? It means like before HaShem WILL soon act and wipe out the corruption once and for all!! May it be VERY soon in our days!

Now with this said thus far, does this mean the position of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) was corrupt and something HaShem did not want as is commonly taught? Not a chance! It was HaShem Himself Who established the position of the Kohen HaGadol per Shemot (Exodus) 28:1!! What HaShem decrees to be cannot be rescinded nor done away with for He is unchanging, and His Word is firmly established! Think of it in this case, you have an Israeli family who lives in Syria. They have saved up $100.00 all year long to come to the Temple on Pesach (Passover) and it is their intention to use that one hundred dollars to purchase the best lamb they can buy in offering to HaShem in gratitude, thankfulness and honor to His Great Name. They travel the long, dangerous journey and come to Jerusalem. They go to the money changers to exchange their Syrian currency and the money changers give them the devastating news. Their Syrian currency has been devalued and now is only worth $25.00 which means they can only buy the most basic, barely kosher lamb to offer to HaShem, because the Kohen HaGadol has pocketed the other $75.00 in his personal bank account. How discouraging would this be to you if it was you who had planned and prepared all year long for this time and now you can barely afford the most basic offering? Would that not make HaShem look like a tyrant, a bully and certainly oppressive?

Now, consider how HaShem must feel about it in that these corrupt clowns who are representing Him, have zero concern for Him, for His Torah, for His Temple, for His people, for His Temple Services, for His offerings and are only using Him to get rich? His fury and judgment would be fully justified!

Does this imply that the rest of the Levites and Kohanim serving in the Temple are equally corrupt? Not a chance! In fact Acts 6:7 says “And the Word of Elohim spread, and the number of the taught ones increased greatly in Jerusalem, and a GREAT MANY OF THE KOHANIM AND LEVITES WERE OBEDIENT TO THE FAITH.”  What does this mean? It means a great many of the Kohanim and Levites were believers in Yeshua as the Messiah! This single-handily destroys Christendom’s Replacement Theology doctrine! Consider this for a second: This means, these Kohanim and Levites who are officiating the slaughter of the offerings, performing the Temple Services, etc, all acknowledge Yeshua as the Messiah and are still operating in the Temple! Clearly the message that the Messiah came to end the Torah and the Temple Services/offerings was never taught! I digress!

So Yeshua then shows up to these money changers and confronts them per Matthew 21:12-13 which says “And Yeshua went into the Set Apart Place (The Temple complex) of Elohim and drove out all those buying and selling in the Set Apart Place, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, ‘It has been written, My House shall be called a House of prayer.’ (Quoting Isaiah 56:7) but you have made it a den of robbers.’ (Quoting Jeremiah 7:11)”  His issue is NOT with the commerce going on, but with the price gouging, the robbing and the oppression that is going on!!!

It is interesting Yeshua references Jeremiah 7:11 which states “Has this Temple, upon which My Name is proclaimed, become a cave of criminals in your eyes? Moreover, behold, I have seen it, the Word of HaShem.”  The commentary on this verse is equally interesting which says “How much more aggravated is the depth of their guilt if, after disobeying HaShem and committing the worst crimes, they have the audacity to escape and hide in His Palace. If a sinner is not ashamed to enter the Temple, he displays his lack of reverence for the Temple and what it represents.”

Does this not prove then that Yeshua did NOT come to do away with the Torah nor the Temple, nor end the offerings, but rather came to RESTORE and RENEW the covenant, RESTORE and RENEW the honor, dignity and majesty of the Name of HaShem which had been so thoroughly maligned by corruption and oppression? The same has and is happening today, sadly much of it within the doctrines of Christendom and its Replacement Theology! I know I keep hammering this but it is just a sad fact! For the record, my hammering is NOT against the people within Christendom, but against the doctrine of Christendom! Moving on.

Is it any wonder then that in the waning years of the Temple Services before its destruction by Rome in 70 AD, that HaShem stopped accepting the Yom Kippur offerings as we see with the fact the scarlet thread stopped turning white or the light of the Menorah kept going out on its own or the doors to the Temple kept opening on their own, etc? These things didn’t happen because Yeshua ended it all, they happened because of the corruption of the Kohen HaGadol!! Again, imagine this guy representing you, bringing the Yom Kippur offering to HaShem when he has zero interest in doing so, all he cares about is getting rich……..no wonder HaShem stopped accepting the offering!!

Now on the flip side, imagine now how incredible it is in that today, as I write this, we have a Kohen HaGadol in the order of Melchizedek, Who is right now officiating the Temple Services in the Heavenly Temple on our behalf before HaShem i.e. Yeshua (Not Christendom’s Torah abolishing Jesus – Very important to make that distinction). When He returns and sets up the Kingdom of HaShem He will act as both King and Kohen HaGadol and will rule from the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, officiate the Temple Service, the animal offerings will fully resume and all the world will learn the Torah of HaShem! Baruch HaShem, may it be VERY soon!

I hope and pray this Op will stir people to stop and think about what we are really reading in the Apostolic Writings and not simply relying on some Replacement Theology doctrine teaching person to make the interpretation for us? Further, I hope and pray this Op is stirring people’s interest into learning about HaShem and His magnificent House and all that is involved in it? Yeshua did NOT come to nullify, remove, replace but to restore and renew and as such what we read in the Apostolic Writings is nothing new, but just a continuation from the beginning. There is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning! Further, HaShem says He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets, therefore I have to ask the question: ‘Where did He prophecy the Messiah would come to end the offerings, the Torah or the Temple?’ He never did utter such prophecies, not one time, which can only mean one thing: It will all be restored at the appointed time and there isn’t a force in this universe that can thwart or stop Him! Baruch HaShem! May it be VERY soon in our days!!

Much to consider!

SOURCE MATERIALS

– The Milstein Edition of the Later Prophets Jeremiah by Artscroll
– The Mishnah Tractate Shekalim by Artscroll
– The Schottenstein Edition of Tractate Shekalim Talmud Bavli by Artscroll
– The Schottenstein Edition of Tractate Pesachim Talmud Bavli by Artscroll
– The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
– The Writings Proverbs by Artscroll
– Measure the Pattern by Joseph Good

A SET APART PEOPLE FOR HASHEM

“Now, O Israel, listen to the decrees and to the ordinances that I teach you to perform, so that you may live, and you will come and possess the Land that HaShem, the Elohim of your forefathers, gives you. You shall safeguard and perform them, for it is your wisdom and discernment in the eyes of the peoples, who shall hear all these decrees and who shall say, ‘Surely a wise and discerning people is this great nation!'” Deuteronomy 4:1,6

As I finish preparing this Op, it is Shabbat, 21 Sept 2019 and the Torah portion for today is Ki Tavo which is found in Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8/Isaiah 60:1-22. This Torah portion is all about Israel, HaShem’s people, being set apart unto Him and the means to do that is through His Torah! I would recommend reading this Torah portion before reading this Op as they do go hand in hand.

I think we all can agree the world as it is today, is in complete chaos and corruption while being consumed in misery, debauchery, war and just about every horrific thing imaginable. The only comfort we can take in this, is that HaShem knew all along it would get like this and as such He made a way for us to survive in the midst of this madness.

HaShem has His people whom He calls ‘Yisrael’. A people set apart to Him to live as He has decreed His nation to live. What nation on earth doesn’t have its own constitution, its own government, its own military, its own court system, its own customs, its own traditions, its own calendar, its own holidays, its own laws of obtaining citizenship, etc? His people whom He calls Yisrael is no different, which is why in His Word, He declares what days are kadosh (Holy/set apart), what is to be done on those days, what those days represent and what is to be celebrated and or remembered!

In His Word, His Torah is the Constitution of His nation Yisrael which includes the Holidays He set apart along with His weekly Shabbat and everything needed for a nation to thrive on earth! This does not in any way diminish that HaShem is the Great King over all of His creation nor the truth that at some point His Agent, i.e. Messiah will be crowned King over Yisrael and will bring peace to the entire world…Baruch HaShem! May it be very soon in our days!

On a side note, it should be cited that HaShem says there is ONE Torah for both the native and the proselyte per Exodus 12:49, which means the Torah applies to EVERY person who has chosen to follow HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel regardless of DNA!

This is what will be addressed in this Op as we quickly approach Rosh HaShanah at the end of this month (29-30 Sept 2019). For the record I know and understand there are MANY versions of the biblical calendar floating about in cyberspace and it is NOT my intention to challenge any of them, so when I reference the biblical calendar in this Op, it is from the perspective of what I currently know and if people disagree with it, that is just fine, no issues. I just choose not to engage in arguments over the topic. I digress.

I should add, this Op will be extra long in order to capture all the relevant information I want to include, so please bear with me on this. Also I will be heavily referencing various tractates from the Mishnah, Talmud Bavli and the Mishnah Torah i.e. the Oral Torah.

Before we can get started, as I always state in my Op’s, never forget the following facts concerning 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

Before we can discuss the significance of Rosh HaShanah, we must first address the calendar that HaShem uses in His Word. Again let me state I understand there are many ideas and thoughts concerning the calendar, which I choose to avoid the arguments and conflict. Point is if you disagree with me on this topic, that is okay.

The months on the calendar HaShem established in His Word are the following:

  • Tishrei
  • Cheshvan
  • Kislev
  • Teves
  • Shevat
  • Adar
  • Nissan
  • Iyar
  • Sivan
  • Tammuz
  • Av
  • Elul

The names of the month also can cause controversy as many reject the names because they derive from the Babylonian exile, but there is a reason this was done which was to always remind Israel of the reason for the Babylonian exile and to not make the same mistakes which caused that exile again. The Tanakh (Old Testament) does in fact call some of these months by name such as in 1 Kings 6:37 when it mentions the month of ‘Ziv’ which is the Hebrew word for ‘Iyar’ mentioned above. Further in 1 Kings 6:38, when King Solomon finished building the first Temple, the verse says ‘In the month of Bul.’ Bul is the Hebrew name for the month of Cheshvan listed above. So there is a precedent for calling the months by name. Again, this is another topic in which I will avoid the arguments. I digress.

Just as here in America there are multiple heads of years in each calendar year such as the fiscal year, the school year, the tax year, the new year, etc, so it is the same in HaShem’s Word. As a rule of thumb, if we want to know what calendar to get on when reading His Word, we start on the Civil Calendar which begins with the month of Tishrei from Genesis 1 through Exodus 11. Then HaShem modifies things a bit and we transition to the Religious Calendar which begins with the month of Nissan from Exodus 12 through Revelation 22. Keep this in mind as it will be VERY important!

An example is reading in Genesis 6 about the Flood of Noah in verse 11 it says “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth; and the windows of the heavens were opened.” The 17th day of the 2nd month on the Civil Calendar would be the 17th day of Cheshvan. In 1 Kings 6:38 the verse says “In the eleventh year (Solomon’s reign as king), in the month of Bul, which is the eighth month, the Temple was completed according to all its particulars and all its specifications; he built it over seven years.” Remember we have to switch to the Religious Calendar which begins in Nissan, so eight months from Nissan is the month of Cheshvan! So Solomon completed the First Temple in the same month the Flood occurred! Is there a connection? Yes there is but that is an entirely different Op so we will save that for later. Point is, see how we have to analyze and pay very close attention to the dates because HaShem IS communicating something to us, we just have to use what He gave us to understand what it is He is saying!! Moving on.

The annual Feasts of HaShem and what they are celebrating are divided up into two portions i.e. the Spring Feasts and the Fall Feasts. The Spring Feasts are:

  • Pesach (Passover) – The festival of Pesach (Which includes Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits) is also known as ‘Chag HaMatzos’ or literally the Festival of Matzos. Pesach celebrates the central event of Israeli history, the redemption of Israel from Egypt. Yeshua died on Pesach and arose from the grave on Firstfruits. This feast is in the month of Nissan.
  • Unleavened Bread – See above
  • Firstfruits – See above
  • Shavuot (Pentecost) – We count 50 days after Pesach. This Feast commemorates the day HaShem brought Israel to Mt. Sinai and He descended, offered His Torah to Israel who accepted it. It is the time where we re-dedicate our lives to HaShem and His Torah as His people. This Feast is in the month of Sivan. This is the Feast where we read in the Apostolic Writings where the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) was poured out on the Kahal (Assembly) of Israel.

The Fall Feasts are as follows:

  • Season of Teshuvah – (Repentance) On Elul 1 we begin 40 days of Teshuvah i.e. Repentance/Returning to HaShem and His Torah. During these days we are to examine ourselves and restore relationships between us and HaShem and others in preparation for the Day of Judgment. We read Psalm 27 twice each day until Shemini Atzeret on the 22nd day of Tishrei after Sukkot also known as ‘The Eighth Day’ and we blow the shofar daily so we can hear the sound of the shofar and get our hearts ready. It is during this season HaShem is especially close and His mercies and forgiveness are especially available as He desires for people to repent/return to Him. See Zephaniah 2:1-3 and Matthew 5:23-24.
  • Rosh HaShanah – It is the Head of the year, the anniversary of creation, the Feast in which the books in Heaven are opened where HaShem judges each of us to determine if we will live or if we will die in the coming year i.e. the Day of Judgment. It is the time prophesied for the shofar/trumpet blast causing the resurrection of the righteous, the coronation of the King, the Gathering and the time of the wedding, the beginning of the Messianic Kingdom!!! It is the annual rehearsal for the time that begins The Day of HaShem i.e. the last one thousand years in which the first seven are known as Jacob’s Trouble here on earth.
  • Yamim Nora’im – The Awesome Days: These are the ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
  • Yom Kippur – Ten days after Rosh HaShanah is The Day of Atonement where HaShem judges and forgives Israel’s willful/malicious sin. It is the most solemn day of the year.
  • Sukkot – Five days after Yom Kippur is the Feast of Tabernacles when Israel resides in booths/succah’s for seven days. It is the THE Feast because it is a time of great rejoicing. It is THE Feast where it is rehearsed each year the event when the Messiah will march into Jerusalem seven years after the Gathering on Rosh HaShanah and not only defeat the ruling and reigning False Messiah but will also destroy Israel’s enemies once and for all! It will be a time of great rejoicing!
  • Chanukah (Yes Chanukah is a Feast of HaShem!) – Chanukah is the time of re-dedication of the Temple after it had been defiled by Antiochus Ephiphanes. It is referenced in Haggai chapter 2 when it discusses the “24th day of the ninth month”….Chanukah falls on the 24th day of the month of Kislev, which is nine months after the beginning of the religious calendar i.e. Nissan!

The term we have heard many times especially in Christendom i.e. The Former Rain and The Latter Rain (Joel 2:23) are pointing to the Feasts of HaShem: The Fall Feasts = The Former Rain. The Spring Feasts = The Latter Rain. I digress.

With this foundation laid, lets now discuss Rosh HaShanah and its significance.

Tractate Rosh HaShanah 1:1 from the Mishnah says “There are FOUR new year days: On the first of Nissan is the new year for reckoning the reigns of Jewish kings (Meaning when a king of Israel took the throne, his reign began on 1 Nissan) and for establishing the order of the holidays (HaShem’s annual Feasts are set from 1 Nissan.) On the first of Elul is the new year for the tithe of animals. The first of Tishrei is the new year for reckoning the years for the Sabbatical years, 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.”

Tractate Rosh HaShanah 1:2 from the Mishnah says “At four junctures of the year the world is judged: On Pesach (Passover) for the grain (Per Lev 23:10); on Shavuot (Pentecost) for the fruit of the tree (Per Lev 23:17); on Rosh HaShanah all who walk the earth pass before HaShem like young sheep, as it is said: Who fashions all their hearts together, Who understands all their deeds (Psalms 33:15); and on the Festival (Sukkot/Feast of Tabernacles) they are judged for the water (Per Deut 16:16).”

From the Talmud Bavli tractate Rosh HaShanah 16b says “R. Kruspedai said in the name of R. Johanan: Three books are opened in heaven on Rosh HaShanah: One for the thoroughly wicked, one for the thoroughly righteous, and one for the intermediate. The thoroughly righteous are forthwith inscribed definitively in the Book of Life; the thoroughly wicked are forthwith inscribed definitively in the Book of Death; and doom of the intermediate (The majority of humanity is in this category in which they haven’t made a decision one way or another to serve HaShem or to reject Him) is suspended from Rosh HaShanah till the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); if they deserve well, they are inscribed in the Book of Life; if they do not deserve life, they are inscribed in the Book of Death.”

The following is an excerpt from a book I HIGHLY recommend people get a hold of: ‘Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come’ by Joseph Good. His book can be ordered from Amazon. Joseph states on page 105 “The first category is that of the wholly righteous. In this category are all those who by faith in haMashiach have received the righteousness of Elohim. They are known as the Tzaddikim or Saints. If you are a believer in Yeshua, then you belong to this group. Believers who are alive at the end of the 6,000 years, the beginning of the seventh day or the Messianic Kingdom, will be gathered (2 Thess 2:1) to G-d and totally removed from the cleansing period in the theater on earth (Zephaniah 1:18-2:3).”

“Another example of the righteous being hidden from the wrath of G-d is found in Psalm 27, which is read daily during the season of Teshuvah: ‘For in the time of trouble (Jacob’s Trouble) He shall hide me in His pavilion: In the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me upon a rock.'”

Per Joe Good on page 107 of his book I referenced above he says “As the shofar sounds (Rosh HaShanah) inaugurating the Last Day, not only the living Tzaddikim but also those who have died believing in the Messiah will be gathered to Him per Isaiah 26:19-21 as well as 1 Thess 4:13-5:3.”

Isaiah 26:19-21 says “May Your dead come to life, may my corpse arise. Awake and shout for joy, you who dwell in the dust! For Your dew is like the dew that revives vegetation. May You topple lifeless wicked to the ground! Go, my people, enter your chambers and close your door behind you; hide for a brief moment until the wrath has passed. For behold, HaShem is going forth from His place, to bring punishment for sin of the inhabitant of the land upon him; and the land will reveal its blood, and no longer cover over its slain.”

1 Thess 4:13-5:3 says “Now, brothers, we do not wish to be ignorant concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you be sad as others who have no expectation. For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, so also Elohim shall bring with Him those who sleep in Yeshua. For this we say to you by the word of the Master, that we, the living who are left over at the coming of the Master shall in no way go before those who are asleep. Because the Master Himself shall come down from heaven with a shout (Rosh HaShanah), with the voice of a chief messenger, and with the trumpet of HaShem, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first. Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air and so shall we always be with the Master. So, then, encourage one another with these words. 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. For when they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape.”

The intermediate people will be given until Yom Kippur to repent and then HaShem seals their fates:

Joel 2:1-2 says “Sound a shofar in Zion and trumpet (Rosh HaShanah) upon My holy mountain; let all the inhabitants of the land tremble. For the Day of HaShem has come; it is near, a day of darkness and pitch darkness, a day of cloud and fog, like the dawn, spread over the mountains, a people numerous and mighty; its lie has never been and after it there shall never again be its like, until the years of generation upon generation.”

Isaiah 34:1-4,8 says “Come close, O nations, to hear, and regimes be attentive; let the earth and its fullness hear, the world and all its offspring. For HaShem has a fury against all the nations and a wrath against all their legions; He has destroyed them, He has delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain will be thrown aside and their corpses will bring up stench; the mountains will melt from their blood. All the host of the heavens will dissolve and the heavens will be rolled up like a scroll; all their host will shrivel as a leaf of a grapevine shrivels and like a shriveled leaf of a fig tree. For it is a day of vengeance for HaShem; a year of retribution for the grievance of Zion.”

Revelation 6:14-17 says “And the heavens departed like a scroll being rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the sovereigns of the earth, and the great ones, and the rich ones, and the commanders, and the mighty, and every slave and every free one, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us (Quoting Hoshea 10:8)’ from the face of Him sitting on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the Great Day of His Wrath has come and who is able to stand?”

It is amazing how much the Apostolic Writings speak about this topic…it is all over the place if we know what we are to look for. For example let’s look at 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 which says “And this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood is unable to inherit the reign of Elohim, neither does corruption inherit incorruption. See, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, AT THE LAST TRUMPET (Rosh HaShanah). For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised inccoruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible has to put on incorruption, and this mortal to put on immortality. And when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall come to be the word that has been written, ‘Death is swallowed up in overcoming (Quoting Isaiah 25:8)’. ‘O Death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your overcoming? (Quoting Hoshea 13:14)’ And the sting of death is the sin, and the power of the sin is the Torah. But thanks to Elohim Who gives us the overcoming through our Master Yeshua Mashiach.”

An interesting side note I wanted to include from Joe’s book on page 121-122, he discusses the topic of the tradition within Judaism concerning the origin of the Shofars. “From where, specifically, does the phrase Last Trump come? In Judaism, there are three recognized and distinct shofarim or ram’s horn trumpets. They are the First Trumpet, the Last Trumpet, and Shofar haGadol. These shofarim should not be confused with the two silver trumpets in Numbers 10 however. According to Jewish tradition, the First Trump and the Last Trump relate to the two horns of a particular ram, the ram caught in the thicket on Mount Moriah when Abraham was ready to slay Isaac and offer him up as a burnt offering per Genesis 22:13. This ram became the substitute for Isaac, even as Yeshua haMashiach became the substitute for us and provided life for us by His death. In Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, a rabbinic work, the ram’s left horn i.e. the First Trump, was blown on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19:13) and its right horn i.e. the Last Trump, will be blown to herald the coming of Messiah.”

It should be noted that the Shofar HaGadol is blown at the conclusion of Yom Kippur, which is teaching of the ingathering of the exiles at The Messiah’s literal second coming. There is a difference between the Last Trump of Rosh HaShanah, where the dead are resurrected and the believers are caught away and that of the Shofar HaGadol of Yom Kippur where those who have become believers DURING the Birth-pangs are gathered from the four corners of the earth. I digress.

Now for the record, am I stating this coming Rosh HaShanah is THE one spoken about in prophecy? Not a chance!! I have no idea, I am simply pointing out how we can be looking and seeking HaShem as we approach this time and strive to get ourselves ready because we do not know. It could be this Rosh HaShanah…honestly I very much pray and cry out to HaShem that it is, but ultimately it is up to HaShem!

Mostly I am hoping this Op incites interest and hope in HaShem, His Feasts Days which are so very important and in which many of these prophetic events will occur on these Feasts Days! No wonder the Adversary has worked so hard to convince the people the Feasts have been done away with, replaced and tossed aside! He knows his demise and the final redemption of Israel is contained in these Feasts and the last thing he wants is for us to not only remember that but to rehearse it each year!

So to quickly recap the prophetic connection to the Fall Feasts – Rosh HaShanah the Feast of Judgment/Resurrection/The Wedding/Coronation of King Mashiach. Then seven years later after the Birth-pangs of Messiah on earth have completed, on that Yom Kippur, Yeshua returns to the earth and sets His feet on the Mount of Olives and marches into Jerusalem and fights the False Messiah and his armies, defeating and delivering Israel. Then five days later on that Sukkot we celebrate the greatest celebration of victory, joy and rejoicing never before observed on earth before as we go into the last 993 years of the final day (Remember a day is as a thousand years!). Yeshua will set up the Kingdom and rule from the rebuilt and re-dedicated Temple in Jerusalem and all the world will be living and following the Torah of HaShem as He prepares the world for the time when HaShem Himself will come down at the end of the one thousand years i.e. the end of the day, and we then enter into the Olam Haba (The World to Come/Eternity!).

There is much to consider here in this Op as I have thrown a ton of information in this and this is still just the tip of the iceberg per se. There is SO much for us all yet to learn as we slowly break away from understanding His Word from the pagan, Hellenistic ways we were all taught in church. Baruch HaShem He is patient and long suffering! Baruch HaShem He has called us out of the paganism and the Hellenism of Christendom and is bringing us home! Baruch HaShem He is stripping off all the gentile/Hellenistic clothing which were put on Yeshua which transitioned Him into the Torah abolishing, Hellenistic ‘Jesus Christ’ and is revealing Who He really is, a Torah observant, Feast/Shabbat keeping, tallit/tzitzit wearing, Pharisaical rabbi, Who brought animal and grain offerings to the Temple and always pointing to HaShem!

In learning these things, King David encapsulated it best: “I will safeguard Your Torah constantly, forever and ever. Then I will walk in broad pathways, for I sought Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies before kings and not be ashamed. I will be preoccupied with Your commandments, which I love!” Psalms 119:44-47

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Chumash
  • The Tanakh
  • The Apostolic Writings
  • The Talmud Bavli
  • The Mishnah
  • Rosh HaShanah and the Messianic Kingdom to Come by Joseph Good of Hatikvah Ministries/Jerusalem Temple Study

THE COMMAND TO BUILD THE TEMPLE

“Had Your Torah not been my preoccupation, I would have perished in my suffering. I will never forget Your precepts, for through them You have preserved me. I am Yours, save me! For I have sought Your precepts. The wicked hoped to destroy me, but I contemplate Your testimonies.” Psalms 119:92-95

How many times have we been told the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is null and void, something to be shunned, rejected and spit on and will one day be rebuilt solely so the False Messiah can inhabit it in the End of Days?

Or how many times have we been told that we are now the Temple, therefore any support for or attempts at rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem is the fullest expression of blasphemy and rejected of HaShem? How utterly wrong those sentiments are and further proof the Replacement Theology they are derived from!

Always remember the following characteristics and attributes of HaShem as He has revealed them in His Word as they are critical to understanding Who He is and recognizing the real Messiah and not fall for the subtle, sly, seducing doctrines of the False Messiah:

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

Why is the Temple so important to HaShem? Why is it so critical to His plans? The Temple is so critical to Him because it has always been His desire from the beginning to dwell among His people and His Temple is the only way to facilitate that dwelling!

How do we know this? Because HaShem commands it in Shemot (Exodus) 25:8-9 when He commands the building of the Mishkan/Mikdash (Tabernacle/Temple): “They shall make a Sanctuary for Me, SO THAT I MAY DWELL AMONG THEM, like everything I show you, the form (Tavnit = Blueprint) of the Mishkan and the form of all its vessels; AND SO SHALL YOU DO.”

It should be noted the phrase ‘And so shall you do’ in Hebrew has the Hebrew letter ‘Vav’ in it, which changes the tense of the phrase from applying only to that generation, to applying to EVERY generation in history, to include you and I today! It is a continuing tense command! Remember HaShem never changes! I digress.

Its very interesting here in these verses we discussed in Shemot 25, as HaShem brings Moshe up to Mount Sinai and the very first command He gives him is to build Him a Mishkan/Mikdash so that He may dwell among us. Then He tells Moshe that He will give him the tavnit (Blueprint) and just so shall he make it or in other words build it exactly according to the tavnit, do not add too or take away from it! Moshe obeys and the Mishkan is erected and is mobile for hundreds and hundreds of years. Then Israel is settled into the Land and then Jerusalem is established.

Because HaShem is unchanging and reveals the end out of the beginning, He then, many years later, tells King David, that David will build for Him a Mikdash on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. HaShem reveals in Ezekiel 43:4-7 that Mount Morah is the place of His Throne and the place for the Soles of His Feet and always has been from the very beginning!

Jeremiah 17:12 says “Like the Throne of Glory, primevally exalted, is the place of our Sanctuary.” In other words, the place of the Temple in Jerusalem is the location of His Throne on earth. Likewise, He says in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 12:4-5 “You shall not do this to HaShem your Elohim. Rather, only at the place that HaShem, Your Elohim, will choose among all your tribes to place His Name there, shall you seek out His Presence and come there.” In other words, we can only bring our korbonot (Offerings) to the place where His Name is and where is that place? The Temple Mount in Jerusalem in a fully functioning Temple! Offering up korbonot outside of that place is breaking Torah i.e. sin and thus is the reason why we do not do so today! I digress.

King David received the tavnit (Blueprints) for the Mikdash in Jerusalem as is recorded in I Chronicles 28:10-21, however, HaShem prohibits David from actually constructing the House because he has shed human blood, therefore it falls to his son Solomon who builds the Mikdash precisely as HaShem desired per the tavnit He gave to his father, David in I Chronicles.

This Mikdash is later destroyed by Babylon after Israel fell away from HaShem. 70 years later, Israel is released and allowed to return. Where in His Word is the command given to rebuild the Second Mikdash? It is found in Haggai 1:1-15 which starts off with “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 Zerubabel son of Shealtiel, the governor of Judah, and to Joshua 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 Mikdash of HaShem to be rebuilt!'”

So which tavnit (Blueprint) was used to rebuild the Mikdash in Jerusalem? The only one there was at that time, the one HaShem gave to David per I Chronicles 28! It is interesting to note that the first thing they rebuilt was the Mizbe’ach (Altar) and it was considered to be fully functioning Mikdash at that point, while they continued to build the rest of the Mikdash! Keep this in mind!

We know what happens many years later when Rome invades and later destroys the Mikdash where it lies in ruins even today as I write this Op. Over two thousand years have passed without a functioning Mizbe’ach or Mikdash. Sadly many false doctrines coming out of Christendom have arisen citing the destruction of the Mikdash by Rome as proof HaShem wanted rid of the Mikdash and the services to include the korbonot…nothing could be further from the truth!

I have heard many people say over the years that there is no command to rebuild the Mikdash found in the Tanakh (Scriptures), but that would again be a false statement! The command by HaShem to rebuild the Mikdash in our day and time is found in Zechariah 6:9-15. Verse 12 says “You shall speak to him, saying, ‘So said HaShem, Master of Legions, saying: Behold, there is a man, his name is Zemach (Branch = A Name for the Messiah), and he will flourish in his place; HE WILL BUILD THE SANCTUARY OF HASHEM.'”

What this means is the Mizbe’ach (Altar) WILL be built, placed, dedicated, sanctified and fully operational, just like with the 2nd Mikdash, while the rest of the Mikdash is built around it. Then the Zemach (Mashiach Yeshua) will show up and will oversee the construction of the rest of the Mikdash according to the tavnit we read about in Ezekiel 40-48, it will still be called the Third Mikdash!

Zechariah 6:13 says “He (Messiah Yeshua) will build the Sanctuary of HaShem; he will bear majesty and he will sit and rule upon his throne. The Kohen (High Priest) will be upon his own throne and there will be a disposition of peace between the two of them.” Meaning Yeshua will be both King and Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) in the order of Melchizedek.

Zechariah 6:15 says “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.” People will come from all over the world to help build! Doesn’t sound like something HaShem shuns, rejects, finds to be blasphemous or something that will only be used to serve the False Messiah does it?

Rabbi Ariel who heads up the Temple Institute in Jerusalem said when he was a paratrooper with the IDF in the 1967 Six Day War, when Israel captured all of Jerusalem to include the Temple Mount, that he knew HaShem was telling him the rebuilding of the 3rd Mikdash began that day in 1967! Point is, the efforts to rebuild have been slow, but they are progressing steadily. We have a Sanhedrin now, Baruch HaShem! Levites and Kohanim are being trained. The vessels to be used in the Temple Services (Avodot) are made and ready for use. The efforts to obtain a Torah acceptable Parah Adumah (Red Heifer for sanctification and purification) are well on their way. We are getting closer literally by the day. Now with PM Netanyahu expected to select an Israeli politician who is pro building the Mikdash into a senior position within the Knesset, along with the expectation of the political party who is pro building the Mikdash taking several positions within the Knesset for the very first time, is also an indicator we are getting much closer!

With all this said, no wonder HaShem commands in Ezekiel 43:10-11 we all are to learn every single facet, entrance, service, korbonot, etc about His House! Knowing His House means we will know Him! Likewise, no wonder the world and the systems of religion hate the topic of HaShem’s House being rebuilt in Jerusalem! They know the second the Mizbe’ach is placed, the jig is up and their doctrines become fully exposed. May it be so VERY soon in our days!

Much to consider!

Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Tanakh
  • Zechariah
  • Haggai
  • I Chronicles
  • Exodus
  • Deuteronomy
  • Jeremiah
  • Psalms

‘IT TAKES COURAGE TO WALK WITH HASHEM!’

“My life is always at risk, but I did not forget Your Torah. The wicked laid a snare for me, but I did not stray from Your precepts. Your testimonies are my eternal heritage, for they are the joy of my heart.” Psalms 119:109-111

This world we currently live in falls deeper and deeper into darkness, corruption and chaos each and every day! The debauchery and perversions seem to grow stronger by the day while the righteousness of HaShem is shunned, rejected and spit on. Because of this, it is an absolute fact, walking with HaShem and striving to live according to His Ways i.e. His Torah, takes enormous courage to do so! It is akin to walking upstream, walking up a down escalator, walking into hurricane force winds! Baruch HaShem He already knew it would be like this and has made many promises and provisions for our success. We will discuss this further in this Op, but before we do, always remember the following for it is vital we do so because it will reinforce our understanding of our Great King, HaShem, Master of Legions, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is 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 i.e. Shoftim (Judges) which is found in Devarim (Deut)16:18-21:9 discusses HaShem command to establish a court system in which these judges will be anointed by HaShem Himself and they will teach Israel how to walk in the Torah i.e. the Oral Torah (Mishnah, both versions of the Talmud, Tosefta, Mishnah Torah, etc). Connected to this Torah portion is the Haftarah which is found in Isaiah 51:12-52:12. Here in Isaiah HaShem is speaking to Israel and promising what He will do in the very end and His promised redemption and deliverance from our enemies and oppressors!

Isaiah 51:12-16 says “I, only I, am He Who comforts you; who are you that you should be afraid of mortal men and of men who will be made as grass? You have forgotten HaShem, your Maker, Who spread out the heavens and set the foundations of the earth, and you are terrified continually, all day long, because of the oppressor’s fury when he prepares to destroy, but where is the oppressor’s fury? The wanderer will soon be released,and will not die in the pit, nor will his bread be lacking. I am HaShem, your Elohim, Who roars at the sea and its waves rage, Whose Name is HaShem, Master of Legions. And I have placed My words in your mouth, and with the shade of My hand have I covered you, to implant the heavens and to set a foundation for the earth and to say unto Zion, ‘You are My people!'”

Despite our rebellion and sin against HaShem, He promises to restore, redeem, renew and deliver us from our foes and our oppressors fury! He will use His creation to do so such as storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, floods, waves of the sea, etc, as it will show the world HaShem DOES indeed exist and He alone is in absolute control! It also shows His people He is in fact keeping His Word and doing what He promised He would do!

Isaiah 51:17-20 says “Awaken yourself! Awaken yourself! Arise, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of HaShem the cup of His fury. You have drunk from and drained the sediments of the cup of bewilderment. Among all the children she has borne there is no one to guide her; among all the children she has reared there is no one to hold her hand. There are two calamities, the hunger and the sword. With whom can I comfort you? Your children have fainted, they lie at the head of all streets like a wild bull trapped in a net; they are full of HaShem’s fury, with your Elohim’s rebuke.” The punishment and judgment decreed upon Israel for our collective rebellion has been fully meted out and now at the end of days the established decree of His judgment is completed.

Isaiah 51:21-23 says “Therefore, here this now, O afflicted one, drunk, but not from wine. Thus said your Master, HaShem and your Elohim, Who will fight for His people: Behold, I have removed the cup of bewilderment from your hand; and the sediments of the cup of My fury you shall no longer drink any more. But I will put it into the hand of your tormentors, who have said to your soul, ‘Prostrate yourself so that we may pass over you,’ for whom you have made your body like the ground and like a street for passerby.” Baruch HaShem! He WILL fight for His people and He will put that cup of judgment and of His fury into the hands of His enemies!! May it be VERY soon!

Isaiah 52:1-3 says “Awaken, awaken! Don your strength, O Zion; don your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city, for uncircumcised and defiled people will no longer enter you. Shake the dust from yourself; arise and sit, O Jerusalem; undo the straps of your neck, O captive daughter of Zion. For thus said HaShem: For naught were you sold, and not for money will you be redeemed.” Is this happening today in our time? Is Jerusalem waking up and the archaeologists shaking the dust off of the city revealing Jerusalem and its history? Is Jerusalem remembering who she is and to Whom she truly belongs too?

Isaiah 52:4-6 says “For thus said my Master, HaShem/Elohim: As for Egypt, My people went down originally to sojourn there. But Assyria oppressed them without justification; so now, why should I remain here? The word of HaShem, where My people was taken for naught? Their rulers glorify themselves, the word of HaShem, and constantly, all day long, My Name is blasphemed. Therefore, My people shall know My Name, therefore, on that day (The Day of HaShem in the very end), they will know that it is I Who speaks. Here I am!” The oppressors of Israel and enemies of HaShem are full of pride, arrogance, self righteousness and they mock, scoff and blaspheme the Name of HaShem! This is not limited to mis pronouncing His Name, but more importantly blaspheming His Great Name would include spitting on His Torah, His Shabbat, His Feasts, His Temple, etc. It is a direct challenge to His authority and in the end of days He WILL answer the challenge! Yikes, I would not want to be on the receiving end of His answer! I digress!

Isaiah 52:7-10 says “How pleasant are the footsteps of the herald upon the mountains announcing shalom, heralding good tidings, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, ‘Your Elohim has reigned!’ The voice of your lookouts, they raise their voice, they sing glad song in unison; with their own eyes they will see that HaShem returns to Zion. Burst out, sing glad song in unison, O ruins of Jerusalem, for HaShem will have comforted His people; He will have redeemed Jerusalem. HaShem has bared His holy arm (Messiah) before the eyes of all the nations; all ends of the earth will see the salvation of our Elohim!” What a great promise from our Merciful King!! He WILL comfort and redeem His people and Jerusalem will once more be what He has always declared it to be…the place of His Throne on the whole earth!

Isaiah 52:11-12 says “Turn away! Turn away! Depart from there! (Leave the lands of the dispersion/exile) It is defiled; do not touch it! Depart from inside it! Cleanse yourselves, O bearers of HaShem’s armor. You will not leave in haste, nor will you go in flight; for HaShem will go before you, and the Elohim of Israel will be your rear guard.” What a magnificent King we truly serve! He WILL come to rescue us at the appointed time and He will not only lead, but will fight on the battlefield as well as be our rear guard as He brings us all home into the Land at the appointed time! May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!

With these promises in Isaiah, it is a great motivator to strive to stay close to HaShem and not give into the discouragement and oppression of the filthy, vile world we live in in which the severe storms of life blow away at each of us!

HaShem’s command in Joshua comes into clearer view now when He says in 1:7-9 says “O that you will strengthen yourself and persevere very much in order to observe, to do, according to all of the Torah of Moshe My servant has commanded you. Do not deviate from him to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you 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 HaShem’s Torah is to be at the center of our lives! To contemplate it day and night and not to deviate from it to the right or to the left and it is not to leave our mouth, meaning we are to discuss it constantly with our families and neighbors, those who will listen. THEN we will succeed in life…BUT it will NOT be easy because the world hates HaShem and certainly hates His Torah, thus we MUST be strong and courageous, but always remember HaShem is with us…He hasn’t abandoned us to the wishes of our tormentors (Psalms 27).

The time we are currently, as I post this Op i.e. 7 September 2019, we are in the Days of Teshuvah (Repentance) as we approach Rosh HaShanah….the day of the Awakening Blast (Of the shofar)…the day when the righteous dead are resurrected and HaShem gathers His people off the earth to attend the Coronation of the King in the Heavenly Temple. May it be this Rosh HaShanah the Awakening Blast is blown!

I hope and pray this Op was somewhat encouraging!! I know I need the encouragement as well as life is getting to be VERY tough with all the various issues that seemingly never end and only increase by the day! Baruch HaShem He hasn’t forgotten us and He WILL rescue and redeem us at the appointed time! May it be VERY soon in our days!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Tehillim (Psalms)
  • Yeshayah (Isaiah)
  • Yehoshua (Joshua)

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My goal is to update every morning or as warranted with significant events, so check back often if you are interested. For the record, it is my opinion, world events and especially events that center around Israel, Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, etc, are all indicators and events to pay attention too. HaShem said we would not know the day nor the hour, but He still gives clues and indicators for us to pay attention too. Further, I firmly believe HaShem is laying out the evidence of corruption and sin, as in a court case, for why, when that day arrives, Babylon (America) will be destroyed per Jeremiah 50-51 which then will set up for the rise of the False Messiah and the seven years of the Birth Pains. ***NOTE: All news links are derived from the Public Domain.

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‘FOR YOUR BENEFIT’ – WHY TO KEEP THE TORAH

“Oh how I love Your Torah!!!!! All day long it is my conversation.” Psalms 119:97

Humanity will serve someone…either it will be HaShem the Elohim of Israel, or it will be someone else even if it is ourselves…it is just the way it is. Look at the state of America and the world today? The faster we, collectively as a society, embracing every sort of debauchery possible, while running faster and faster from HaShem and His Torah, the more quickly the country is collapsing into tyranny and oppression, disguised as ‘Peace, Safety, Security and Prosperity.’

So why should we strive to keep the Torah of HaShem? Christendom would say Torah is the bondage that one they say is Messiah delivered humanity from and thus Torah should be shunned and rejected, however, this sentiment forms the basis for the Replacement Theology Christendom is built upon.

We will be discussing this concept of why we should strive to keep the Torah but first, 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

In today’s Torah portion i.e. ‘Eikev’ which is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25. In this portion HaShem says beginning in Devarim 10:12-13 “And now, Israel, what does HaShem, your Elohim, ask of you but to fear HaShem, your Elohim, to go in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul, to keep the commandments of HaShem and His statutes, which I command you today, FOR YOUR BENEFIT.”

What does HaShem mean when He says following His Torah will be for our benefit? Rashi’s commentary on these scriptures says “The phrase ‘To keep the Commandments for your benefit’ do not mean that man should set his own benefit as the goal in observing the Commandment, for the Mishnah says ‘Do not be like slaves who serve the master with intent to receive a portion.’ Rather, our verse stresses HaShem’s mercy in His reaction to Israel’s sinfulness. All He asks of them is that they observe Commandments for their own benefit.”

Some might challenge that HaShem is only speaking to Israel and thus if one is not ethnically of Israel then none of this applies. How wrong they would be! For HaShem says in Shemot (Exodus) 12:49 “One Torah shall there be for the native and the proselyte who lives among you.” Remember it is the mandate of Israel to teach the Torah to the nations of the world! This was the commission of HaShem and Yeshua reiterated this with His commission to bring the Good News to the whole world! Point is Torah is for EVERYONE regardless of DNA!

HaShem then says in Devarim 11:8-9 “So you shall keep all the Commandment that I command you today, so that you will be strong, and you will come and take possession of the Land (Israel) to which you are crossing to take possession of it, and so that you will prolong your days on the Land that HaShem swore to your forefathers to give them and to their offspring, a Land flowing with milk and honey.”

HaShem is connecting entering the Land of Israel and living in peace and security in the Land to keeping His Torah! This is why Israel was exiled in the first place was due to NOT keeping the Torah, so realistically, if per the doctrine of Replacement Theology, Christendom’s Messiah came to render the Torah null and void, then shouldn’t that mean Israel should be living in safety and security in the Land today since there is no Torah to abide by? I digress.

HaShem continues in verses 10-12 says “For the Land to which you come, to take possession of it, it is NOT like the land of Egypt from where you left, where you would plant your seed and water it by your foot like a vegetable garden. But the Land to which you cross over there to take possession of it is a Land of mountains and valleys; by the rain of the heavens it drinks water; a Land that HaShem, your Elohim, seeks out; the eyes of HaShem, your Elohim, are ALWAYS upon it, from the beginning of the year to year’s end.” Are the eyes always upon the other lands of the world? Nope! The Land of Israel is His which is why the Adversary and the world work overtime to constantly seek to prevent Israel from dwelling upon it!

Now we get to the crux of the Torah portion. Devarim 11:13-15 says “And it will be that if listening, you will listen to My Commandments that I command you today, to LOVE HaShem, your Elohim, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, THEN I shall provide the rain of your Land in its time, the early rain and the late rain; and you shall bring in your grain, your wine, and your oil. I shall provide grass in your field for your animal and you will eat and you will be satisfied.”

So we see here HaShem is connecting the concept of keeping His Torah to loving Him! If we love Him we will keep His Torah!! Who else said that? “If you love Me, keep My Commandments” spoken by Yeshua in Yochanan (John) 14:15! Point is, first HaShem redeems and saves us, THEN we learn to guard, keep and walk in His Ways i.e. His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him! Many in Christendom try and accuse me of teaching a works based salvation but that is NOT what is happening here! We keep Torah because we love HaShem! Pure and simple!

Further on in this Torah portion HaShem then says in Devarim 11:22-23 “For if observing you will observe all of this Commandment that I command you, to PERFORM it, to LOVE HaShem, your Elohim, to go in ALL His ways and to cleave to Him, HaShem will drive out all of these nations from before you, and you will drive out nations greater and mightier than you.” Is it not a great benefit to serve HaShem out of love, devotion and loyalty and in turn He will destroy our enemies? I should stress that walking in His Torah should NOT be done with the intent of receiving blessings. Again it should be done solely out of love, devotion and loyalty to HaShem! Remember as a human being we all WILL end up serving someone, it is in our nature, therefore I say to choose to serve HaShem, Master of Legions, the Elohim of Israel! For He is a kind, beneficent, redeeming, saving, protecting, providing, loving, mighty, righteous, unchanging Great King Who promises He acts on our behalf not because of who we are, but solely because of Who He is and for His Great Name!

Now on the flip side, what happens when Torah is rejected, spit on and or shunned as being nothing more than oppressive bondage? HaShem says in Devarim 11:16-17 says “Beware for yourselves, lest your heart be seduced and you will turn astray and you will serve other gods and prostrate yourselves to them. Then the wrath of HaShem will blaze against you; He will restrain the heavens and there will be no rain, and the ground will not yield its produce; and you will perish quickly from the good Land that HaShem gives you.” And then people wonder why especially in America today our country is spiraling into division, corruption, debauchery, violence, oppression and tyranny? It is cause and effect!

If we are to survive and maintain our composure in this vile, wicked, dark, rotten, misery ridden world, serving HaShem and walking in His Torah is the ONLY way we will survive in it! Remember the False Messiah is referred to as the ‘Man of Lawlessness!’ This word ‘Lawlessness’ means ‘Without the Torah of Moshe’ meaning he is ALL about teaching a doctrine that is devoid of the Torah and leads people away from the Torah. Gee, who out there has been teaching a doctrine the Torah is oppressive bondage and that humanity has been freed from it? I can think of one who has and is doing so……Replacement Theology Jesus Christ fits the bill!

Torah is life and it is the ONLY way we will grow closer and develop a relationship with our Great King. Torah is also the ONLY way to know who is the REAL Messiah and by default know who is the FALSE Messiah!

Time is VERY, VERY short! Much shorter than I think any of us realize! The earth is literally reacting to all of the wickedness and lawlessness through earthquakes, volcanoes, severe and violent weather, etc. It is literally cracking and groaning under the pressure of the lawlessness and debauchery! With this said, we each must ask ourselves the following: Do we want to hear HaShem say “Well done good and faithful servant” or “Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness (Without the Torah)” on that day we stand before Him and give an account of our lives? He leaves the choice up to each of us! Just remember Torah is a great blessing, a great gift and something to be treasured! Choose wisely!

Shabbat Shalom!

TO REDEEM US FROM LAWLESSNESS

“Redeem me from human exploitation, and I will observe Your precepts (Torah). Let Your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your Statutes. My eyes shed streams of water, because they did not keep Your Torah.” Psalms 119:134-136

As of late the world is collapsing into absolute chaos, anarchy, debauchery, rebellion and embracing all manner of evil, while at the same time the main religious systems are striving for unifying under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ’ such as we saw with several sects of Christendom signing a pact with moderate Islam in Indonesia a while ago. The purpose of this pact is to unify and bring peace to the world under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ.’

Or a while ago at a speed way track in Texas, 90,000 Christian teens attended an event aimed at again unity and proclaiming the name of ‘Jesus Christ’.

Now am I attacking Christendom as I have so often been accused of doing so? No, I am not attacking Christendom, my point for this is look at the state of the country and the world in relation to these major attempts at unifying under the banner of ‘Jesus Christ?’ Are things getting better or are the disasters accelerating from one to the next? Are people unifying or is the division growing by the day?

Sadly the unity Christendom and other religious systems so desperately seeks is not happening and will certainly not happen with the endorsement and blessing of HaShem. In reality, the opposite is occurring….the rise of the kingdom of the False Messiah is slowly being unfurled onto the world scene, but I digress.

With this all said, once again, we need to examine the Scriptural evidence that the Messiah of HaShem is very pro-Torah and teaches only what HaShem has taught, which leads into the following questions:

Did Messiah Yeshua (Not Jesus) redeem HaShem’s people for the purpose of freeing us from HaShem and His Torah which by default would be a message of lawlessness? Or did Messiah Yeshua redeem HaShem’s people for the purpose of keeping His Torah?

Let’s explore this further.

But first, just to quickly recap:

– 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 know from HaShem’s Word that He is unchanging, He reveals the end out of the beginning and He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per the references above. As such, can He change His mind? Yes He can change His mind, but then He would loose all credibility and His Word would mean nothing! Point is, if He declares something to be eternal, then He cannot ever rescind nor replace this declaration!

For example, when HaShem says in His Word in Ecclesiastes 12:13 “The sum of the matter, when all has been considered, fear HaShem and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”

What is He telling us here? This topic is discussed in Tractate Shabbos 30b in the Talmud Bavli in detail and says “The entire world was created ONLY for the sake of this person i.e. the person who fears HaShem and keeps His commandments. The person who fears HaShem and keeps His commandments is equal in importance to the entire world.”

We know HaShem’s purpose from the beginning was that mankind live in the Garden in complete shalom and obey His Torah, which is a tree of life to those who take hold of it per Proverbs 3 and since He reveals the end out of the beginning, means He will restore all things to what they were in the beginning before the fall!!

With this said, is it possible He could send a Messiah i.e. His Agent, His Representative, to redeem humanity and then teach a doctrine that the Torah is now ‘fulfilled, obsolete, useless and tossed aside?’ Not a chance! In fact, the Apostolic Writings confirms this many times but for the sake of time and space, lets look at Titus 2!

Titus 2:11-14 says “For the saving Gift of Elohim has appeared to all men, instructing us to renounce wickedness and worldly lusts, and to live sensibly, righteously, and reverently in the present age, looking for the blessed expectation and esteemed appearance of the great Elohim and our Savior Yeshua (Not jesus) Messiah, who gave Himself for us, to REDEEM US FROM ALL LAWLESSNESS and to cleanse for Himself a people, His own possession, ARDENT FOR GOOD WORKS.”

On a side note, this word ‘Lawlessness’ is the Greek word ‘Anomia’ which means ‘Without the Torah of Moshe, violating the Torah, breaking the Torah.’

Very interesting!! So Yeshua Messiah redeemed HaShem’s people FROM all lawlessness i.e. breaking the Torah of Moshe and then says He did so to cleanse for Himself a people ardent for good works! What are the good works He is referring to? The only good works there are which are contained in the Torah of Moshe!

So is it then possible for Yeshua to come teaching a message that the Torah is now tossed aside and by default teaches a message of ‘Anomia’ i.e. lawlessness? Would that not be contrary to what HaShem taught from the beginning? Would that not make HaShem and Yeshua both to be psychotic?

It is interesting to note once more that the False Messiah is described in Daniel 11 and 2 Thess as being a ‘Man of lawlessness’ which again this word ‘Lawlessness’ is ‘Anomia’ i.e. without the Torah of Moshe.

Paul himself warns about the ‘Mystery of lawlessness (Anomia/Without the Torah of Moshe) is already at work’ per 2 Thess 2. If Paul is anti-Torah i.e. embraces lawlessness, then when is he warning everyone about the mystery of lawlessness that is already at work? This would make him psychotic as well.

The point for all of this is the fact that HaShem says His Torah is good, perfect, restores the soul, is a tree of life and is the only truth there is, among many other positive descriptions. Then He sends His Messiah to redeem mankind from all lawlessness and cleanse us in order to be ardent for good works i.e. keeping His Torah out of love, devotion and loyalty unto Him. ***It should be noted, keeping Torah is NOT about obtaining or maintaining salvation, but keeping Torah is the result of true salvation i.e. being led by the Spirit of HaShem. Not perfectly as that is not possible….yet, but one day it will be, may it be soon in our days!

Consider what Acts 21:20 says in light of this which says “And when they (The council in Jerusalem who received Paul) heard it (What HaShem had been doing among the gentiles converting) they praised the Master. And they said to him (Paul), ‘You see brother, how many thousands of Yehudim who have believed and all are ARDENT for the Torah.'”

So again we can see there is absolutely zero conflict between Yeshua and the Torah! In fact, Torah is a requirement in order to have a relationship with Yeshua in order to know how to live unto HaShem and how to live like Yeshua lived!

Is it now more sobering when we read what Yeshua says in Matthew 7 that for those who willfully and knowingly rejected His Torah He will tell them in the End ‘Depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness (Anomia/Without the Torah of Moshe) for I never knew you?’ Does this not once more imply and prove that Yeshua teaches only what HaShem taught and that Torah is the only way to live unto HaShem as His people? Point is, once more, nothing has changed and by default exposes Torah abolishing ‘Jesus Christ’ as being the very False Messiah HaShem, Yeshua and Paul all warn about! No wonder ‘Jesus Christ’ is so angry with people who are striving keep the Torah of HaShem and have the testimony of Yeshua Messiah!

Keep this all in mind the more we hear and read about the various sects of Christendom and the other religious systems seeking and teaching a message of tolerance and unity all under the banner of Jesus Christ. The mystery of lawlessness is truly at work today!

Much to consider.

SOURCE MATERIALS:

-The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
-Tractate Shabbos from the Talmud Bavli by Artscroll

HOLINESS – KEDUSHA: WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TOLD IS NOT THE WHOLE STORY!

“Billy Graham wasn’t just a great preacher, he was a very holy man!” How many times have I heard this in the media as of late when describing the character attributes of Billy Graham? Is it true that a person can be classified as being ‘holy?’ Or is this another area in which the doctrinal foundation of Christendom has been wrong once more and as a result our current grasp of the full meaning of this word is lacking?

Let’s explore this further.

Leviticus 11:45 says “For I the L-RD am He who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your G-d: you shall be holy, for I am holy.”

In order to explore and reach a definitive conclusion as to the full meaning of what it means to be holy, we need to go back to the beginning for it is in the beginning that HaShem, the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel, reveals the end per Isaiah 46:10.

Further, we need to take this word ‘Holy’ back to its Hebrew meaning as Hebrew is a very concrete, solid, language unlike English which is very abstract.

First and foremost however, we need to understand that in the beginning, at the creation of Adam and then Eve, both were like HaShem and had a full and complete understanding of holiness. Unfortunately, at the fall, both Adam and Eve were stripped of their kedusha i.e. knowing they were naked. Further, even the concept of kedusha and what it all entails was lost and thus HaShem has been working to teach us ever since.

‘Kodesh/Kedusha/Kadosh’ are all Hebrew derivatives of ‘Holy/Holiness’ in English. At its root, it means to be “Set aside” or “Differentiated.”

Kedusha – Set aside or designated as well for the service of HaShem by FORMAL and LEGAL restrictions and limitations. Where are these formal and legal restrictions recorded? In the Torah and subsequently in the Mishnah as the duly appointed Sanhedrin (Court of HaShem) made their right rulings in the authority of HaShem Who gave them the mandate to do so.

On a much deeper level, it means “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we MUST relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service.”

With this all said, let’s explore this further!

HaShem tells us above in Leviticus 11:45 and several more times throughout His Word that He IS ‘kadosh’ meaning He is THE definition of being set aside or differentiated. Is HaShem of this world or is He set apart from this world?

So if He commands Israel to be kadosh i.e. set apart or differentiated from the world, as He is kadosh, then we need to ask three follow up questions: What does this mean, what does this entail and what does this look like in action and our lives?

HaShem is unchanging, His Word is firmly established, He reveals the end out of the beginning and He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets. This all said, the very first time ‘Kadosh/Kedusha’ is used in His Word is very revealing and begins to lay the foundation for establishing the meaning of this word: Bereshit 2:3 says “And HaShem blessed the seventh day and declared it holy (vay-kadaish), because on it HaShem ceased from all the work of creation that He had done.”

Very interesting!! So the very first time He introduces kedusha/kadosh is in connection to His Shabbat! Oh but I thought His Shabbat was now ‘Fulfilled’ and changed to any ole day of the week or Sunday? Does this not imply how serious He is concerning His Shabbat? I digress.

Further, He says in Shemot (Exodus) 20:8 “Remember (Act upon, do it) the Shabbat and keep (Guard) it holy (Kadosh).”

What is significant about His Shabbat that sets this day apart from the other days of the week? It is the one day in which HaShem declares we are to NOT do our own desires on it i.e. work, etc. It is the one day of the week in which the beginning of Shabbat begins with the lighting of candles which sets this time apart. At the end, we pray the Havdalah which ends this set apart time and we resume the mundane.

What does Kedusa/Kadosh look like in a person?

First, it must be stressed that in the entirety of HaShem’s Word, not one time is a person ever declared to be ‘Holy/Kadosh!’ The Patriarchs, the Matriarchs, even Yeshua Himself is never called ‘Holy/Kadosh!’

On the flip side, HaShem declares the entirety of Israel as His people to be ‘Holy/Kadosh!’

Shemot (Exodus) 19:6 says “But you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy (Kadosh) nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the Children of Israel.”

Shemot (Exodus) 22:30 “You shall be a holy (Kodesh) people to Me: You must not eat flesh torn by beasts in the field; you shall cast it to the dogs.”

So while no individual person is called ‘Holy/Kadosh’, the entirety of the nation of Israel, as HaShem defines Israel, is called ‘Holy/Kadosh.’ Further, in each case He calls Israel ‘Holy/Kadosh’ it is ALWAYS in conjunction with His commandment to guard and keep His Torah!

So just as a cursory review thus far: Holiness/Kedusha, is being set apart, differentiated with Shabbat being the initial example. Further, we see the entire nation of Israel is declared to be Holy/Kadosh.

Is Israel holy/kadosh in itself OR is Israel holy/kadosh only when we are guarding and keeping His Torah as the terms of the covenant He made with us at Mount Sinai in Shemot (Exodus) 19? I submit that while the nation of Israel has a level of kedusha, it is through guarding and keeping His Torah that sets us apart and differentiates between HaShem and the world. In other words, Torah is the means to live out kedusha!! So if we are rejecting His Torah, declaring Torah now ‘fulfilled’ and obsolete, can we then be a set apart people unto Him? I submit it is impossible as we will then by default look and act like the world!

Now let’s dig a bit deeper into the meaning of ‘Holiness/Kedusha!’

The following is a list of the Ten Levels of Kedusha that is listed in the Mishnah (Oral Torah) showing the progression of kedusha, beginning with number 10 to number 1:

-10: The Land of Israel has a level of Kedusha because from the Land we bring to the Temple the omer (Barley offering), bikkurim (First fruits) and the Two Loaves.

– 9: Walled cities have a higher Kedusha than the Land. Any person declared to be a metzora, zav or has corpse impurity must be sent out of the city.

– 8: Within the Walls of Jerusalem has a higher Kedusha than walled cities. Within the walls of Jerusalem the Kodashim Kalim (Offerings of lesser Kedusha) and Maaser Sheni (Tithes) can only be eaten. They cannot be taken outside of the cities walls.

– 7: The Temple Mount has a higher Kedusha than inside the walls of Jerusalem. Anyone who is declared a zavim, zavos, niddos or women who have just given birth are not permitted to enter.

– 6: The Cheil has a higher Kedusha than the Temple Mount. The Cheil is an area directly adjacent to the Temple and the courtyards. It extends outwards ten amos from the Temple and was surrounded by the Soreg (Wooden latticework) fence which was ten hand breadths high. No Gentile or anyone with a corpse impurity are permitted to enter.

– 5: The Court of the Women has a higher Kedusha than the Cheil. A Tevul Yom (Someone who was unclean, has gone through the mikveh but must wait until sundown before being declared clean again) is not permitted to enter.

– 4: The Court of the Israelites has a higher Kedusha than the Court of the Women. A ‘Mechussar Kippurim’ (One who lacks atonement) is not permitted to enter and they are obligated to bring a Chatas (Sin) offering before entering.

– 3: The Court of the Kohanim (Priests) has a higher Kedusha than the Court of the Israelites. Israelites are NOT permitted to enter only the Kohanim.

– 2: Between the Ulam and the Altar has a higher Kedusha than the Court of the Kohanim. The Ulam is the antechamber of the Heichal (Sanctuary). Any Kohanim who has any blemishes or untrimmed hair is not permitted to enter. Included here is the Heichal (Sanctuary) which has a higher Kedusha in that any Kohanim whose hands and feet are unwashed are not permitted to enter.

– 1: The Most Holy Place has the highest Kedusha of all. No Kohanim is permitted to enter with the exception of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) who will do so four times while performing the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Temple Service.

Can you see the progression here? The closer one draws towards HaShem and His Presence, the more restrictive the requirements of kedusha are!

With this said, now let’s discuss the Temple:

The Beit HaMikdash (The House of Kedusha) i.e. the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is the EPITOME of kedusha in action! His Temple is one giant teaching tool that He is using to teach us what kedusha really is!

Ezekiel 43:10-12 says “You, son of man, describe this House to the House of Isra’el, so that they will be ashamed of their crimes. And let them measure accurately. If they become ashamed of all they have done, show them the elevation and plan of the House, its exits and entrances, all its details and decorations, and all its specifications, its design and its Torah. Sketch it for them to see, so that they can observe the entire design with its specifications, and carry them out. This is Torah for the House: the whole surrounding area on the mountaintop will be especially holy (Kadosh). This is Torah for the House.”

What many may not know is the above is a commandment by HaShem to His people that we must learn EVERYTHING, inside and out, the patterns, the blueprint, the priesthood, the garments, the offerings, the services, the locations, the functions of each of the buildings, the items used in the Temple, the Feasts, the Shabbat, the Rosh Kodesh (New Moon), etc, and why? To learn kedusha!!!

Is it possible to walk out and live kedusha in our lives if we adhere to the doctrine that the Torah has been fulfilled and rendered irrelevant, the Feasts have been changed, Shabbat has been changed or rendered irrelevant and eating unclean is not only authorized but encouraged? We can see it is in fact impossible to do so!

Further, when we are LIKENED to the Temple, many attempt to teach that our bodies are literally the Temple now and thus have replaced the need for a physical Temple in Jerusalem; how can this be when those who adhere to this doctrine, which in essence teaches all kedusha has been rendered irrelevant and tossed aside, can be the Temple without any kedusha? Its impossible!

Who has HaShem designated to teach kedusha? Per Ezekiel 44:23 “They (Kohanim) shall declare to My people what is sacred (Kodesh) and what is profane, and inform them what is clean and what is unclean.”

So is every person who claims to serve the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Elohim of Israel now a Kohen/Priest? Not a chance!! Think about this for a minute!

With this all said thus far, now we need to ask, ‘What item, space of time or who has a level of kedusha?’

The items in the Beit HaMikdash (House of Kedusha/Temple) all have a level of kedusha depending on their functions and where they are to be utilized in service to HaShem! They may NOT EVER be used for the mundane!

For example, the priestly garments of the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) may only be worn on certain days, at specific times, in specific locations and for specific purposes and may NEVER be worn outside of the Temple!

The Feasts of HaShem have a kedusha in that they are set apart by time just as the weekly Shabbat has a kedusha and is set apart by time.

Levites and Kohanim are set apart by genealogy and are restricted as to whom they may marry nor may they incur corpse impurity.

Tithes, First Fruits, Korbonot (Animal/Grain Offerings which may be eaten only by certain people, in proscribed locations and for limited periods of time).

So we can see, being set apart to and for the service of HaShem by FORMAL and LEGAL restrictions IS the definition of kedusha/holiness!

I will ask again, what is the means to be set apart and serve HaShem? His Torah, ALL of His Torah! Again, if we toss Torah aside, change His calendar, change His Feasts, change His Shabbat, make declarations reserved only for the Sanhedrin, the Priests, etc, have we now not just committed the grave sin of encroachment? ***For the record when I mention the Sanhedrin, I am referring to the one that was established at Sinai and was disbanded around 358 common Era in the city of Tiberias, Israel. Their right rulings and judgments are recorded in the Mishnah and the Talmud. I will be posting an Op soon discussing the Sanhedrin and its composition and also prove by the Torah and the Mishnah that Yeshua’s trial was illegal!

Do we have the authority to make such declarations when they have been legally and formally established by the Sanhedrin and recorded in the Mishnah? No we do not, so who are we defying when and if we do so? We are defying HaShem Himself and breaking His Torah i.e. sinning!

Now I know many will say “I don’t have to listen to the Sanhedrin, they are just men and their decisions are nothing but traditions of men and thus we can toss them aside.”

HaShem says otherwise: Deuteronomy 17:9-11 says “You (HaShem speaking to Israel) shall come to the Kohanim, the Levites, and to the judge (Comprise the Sanhedrin) who will be in those days; you shall inquire and they will tell you the word of judgment (In other words when a question arises on how to keep the Commandments, we are to bring the question before the Sanhedrin who will then deliberate and make a ruling in the authority HaShem has given them!) YOU SHALL DO ACCORDING TO THE WORD THAT THEY WILL TELL YOU, FROM THAT PLACE THAT HASHEM WILL CHOOSE, AND YOU SHALL BE CAREFUL TO DO ACCORDING TO EVERYTHING THAT THEY WILL TEACH YOU. According to the teaching that they will teach you and according to the judgment that they will say to you, SHALL YOU DO; you shall not deviate from the word that they will tell you, right or left.” Yikes! This is a major game changer!

So we can see it is HaShem Himself Who has established His court system to make rulings concerning the Torah. Who are we to tell Him He is wrong!

Let’s get back on track here.

With this all said, when we compare ‘Jesus Christ’ as taught by the doctrine of Christendom, does ‘Jesus Christ’ teach ANY message of kedusha per the doctrine? Not a chance! ‘Jesus Christ’, per the doctrine, teaches every single kedusha has been ‘fulfilled’ therefore it is all obsolete. This means there is NOTHING to set apart from the world which means the doctrine of ‘Jesus Christ’ is of the world and not of HaShem!

Yeshua on the other hand, does teach kedusha and to live our lives in the service of HaShem! He does teach we are to be set apart unto HaShem and have nothing to do with the world!

We can again see that His Torah truly is the only truth there is per Psalms 119:142 and anything that falls short of Torah is a lie! Any message that teaches Torah is now fulfilled is a lie. Any doctrine that teaches everyone is free from any limitations, restrictions or kedusha, is a lie!

Let’s ponder this subject during this Shabbat and realize Shabbat has a kedusha i.e. set apart by time. It is His day He has graciously granted to us! Let’s enter into His Shabbat and let Him rest (A Hebrew idiom to mean let Him rule over His Kingdom). We are His people and partners with Him in covenant. We need to really understand this and begin learning now what this truly means for who knows, very soon the Altar and the Temple will be re-dedicated in Jerusalem and then the ball game changes…Baruch HaShem!!

Much to consider!