TESHUVAH – RETURN AND MAKE OURSELVES READY FOR WE DO NOT KNOW WHEN THE MASTER WILL ARRIVE!

“Elohim is for us refuge and strength, a very accessible help in distress, so we shall not be afraid at earth’s transformation, and at mountains collapse in the heart of the sea.” Psalms 46:1-3

In the midst of a world which has gone utterly mad and has embraced every form of rebellion and wickedness imaginable, Baruch HaShem! He has made a way for us to make teshuvah (Repentance) and to return to Him! The Hebrew word ‘Teshuvah’ means just that…to return to HaShem and His Torah i.e. the biblical definition of repentance.

One of the functions of the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem other than to facilitate approaching and drawing near to HaShem, is to teach us very important lessons and concepts with which we are to apply to our every day lives as it pertains to kedusha (Holiness). HaShem commissioned the Kohanim (Priests) who officiated the daily Temple Services to teach Israel (HaShem’s people comprised of everyone who has chosen to follow Him) the difference between the kadosh (Holy) and the profane! Vayikra (Leviticus) 10:8-11 says “HaShem spoke to Aaron saying: ‘Do not drink intoxicating wine, you and your sons with you, when you come to the Tent of Meeting, that you not die, this is an eternal decree for your generations. In order to distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the contaminated and the pure, and to teach the Children of Israel all the decrees that HaShem had spoken to them through Moshe.'”

Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 44:23 says “They (Kohanim/Priests) are to instruct My people concerning the differences between holy and profane and ordinary. Let them inform them of the difference between contaminated and clean.” The best definition of what kedusha is, is encapsulated in the following statement from my teacher Joseph Good who explained it by the following: “The time, space and objects that are limited to us through the agency of kedusha (Holiness) are signs that as HaShem’s covenantal partners, we must relinquish some control in every sphere of our existence and reserve those elements for His service!” 

This means that yes we are to know what He considers to be kadosh (Holy) and what will contaminate us both physically and ritually and yes this includes knowing what foods are clean and what are not. We have to remember that when approaching HaShem the closer one draws to Him, the higher the level of kedusha is required!

Tractate Keilim from the Mishnah explains this very well when it says in 1:6 “There are TEN levels of holiness: #10 – Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel) is holier than all other lands. And what constitutes its holiness? That we bring from it the omer (Grain from the new crop may not be eaten until the omer has been brought to the Altar in the Temple on the second day of Pesach per Lev 2:14-16), bikkurim (Offering of the first new fruits to ripen as the Torah commands the first ripe produce of the seven species for which Eretz Yisrael is famed must be brought to the Temple and given to the Kohanim per Deut 26:1-15), and the two loaves (On Shavuot a special offering was brought in the Temple. These were made of flour from the year’s new crop of wheat per Lev 23:16-17).”

“#9 – Walled cities are holier than Eretz Yisrael, in that metzoraim (One who has contracted leprosy) are sent out of them, and a corpse may be carried about within these cities until they desire, but once it is taken out, it may not be brought back.”

“#8 – Within the walls is holier than walled cities in that we may eat kodashim kalim (Offerings of lesser holiness) and maaser sheni (Second tithes per Deut 12:6) there.”

“#7 – The Temple Mount is holier than within walled cities in that zavim, zavos, niddos and women who have given birth (These are all issues concerning the shedding of blood) are not permitted to enter there.” They are forbidden from entering the Temple Mount again because of the level of kedusha required, however, they can enter after they have completed the purification process HaShem states in His Torah to include bringing the appropriate animal and grain offerings, immersing in a mikveh, etc.

“#6 – The Cheil (An area directly adjacent to the Temple and its courtyards. It extended outward ten amos from the Temple walls and was surrounded by the Soreg i.e. a wooden latticework fence ten handbreadths high), in that non-Jews and people contaminated with corpse impurity are not permitted to enter there.”

“#5 – The Women’s Courtyard is holier than the Cheil in that a tevul yom (Someone who has gone through the purification process required by HaShem but must wait until sundown for it to be complete) is not permitted to enter there, but they are not obligated to bring a chatat (Sin) offering for entering it.”

“#4 – The Israelite’s Courtyard is holier than the Women’s Courtyard in that a mechussar kippurim (Someone who has undergone the purification process but has yet to bring the required animal korbonot), is not permitted to enter there, and they are obligated to bring a chatat (Sin) offering for entering it.”

“#3 – The Kohanim’s Courtyard is holier than the Israelite’s Courtyard in that Israelites are not permitted to enter there except when they are needed, for leaning, for slaughtering and for waving.”

“#2 – Between the Ulam and the Altar is holier than the Kohanim’s Courtyard in that Kohanim with blemishes or untrimmed hair may not enter there.”

“#1 – The Heichal (Holy Place where the Showbread sits and the Golden Altar of Incense sits before the Perochat i.e. one of the four veils) is holier than between the Ulam and the Altar in that one whose hands and feet are unwashed may not enter there. Those with blemishes or whose who have drunk wine or with unwashed hands and feet may not enter.”

“Most Holy Place is holier than all of them in that NO one may enter there except the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) on Yom Kippur at the time of the service.”

With these ten areas describing the concept of kedusha as in being set apart for use and service unto HaShem, grows ever greater the closer one approaches the Most Holy Place! How many times do we read where Yeshua barged into the Most Holy Place in the Temple? Not one time!! How many times do we see where Yeshua went into areas of the Temple He was not allowed too? Not one time! Point is even He knew He had zero authority to do so and respected what HaShem had established!

With this said, let me reiterate Moshe = Torah is the means with which to serve HaShem and the Temple of HaShem in Jerusalem is the fullest display of His Torah in action! Drawing near to HaShem i.e. bringing korbonot (Offerings) is the means to make restitution to HaShem when failing Him as well as to thank Him for His abundant mercy, compassion, grace and forgiveness when it is so completely undeserved!

Keep this all mind as we proceed 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

The concept of making oneself ready is an interesting study in itself, but we see this concept on display in the Temple of HaShem and I will explain.

From Tractate Tamid in the Mishnah it says in 1.3 “Whoever wanted to pick up from the altar got up early and immersed himself BEFORE the official arrived. And at what time did the official come? Not all occasions were the same; sometimes he came at cock’s crow, or thereabouts, earlier or later. The official came and knocked for them, and they opened for him. He said to them: ‘Whoever has immersed himself should come and draw lots.’ They drew lots; whoever won, won.”

What does this all mean? One of the most sought after duties the Kohanim wanted each day in the Temple was the picking up of the ashes from the previous days offerings from the Altar for they represented the forgiven sins and mercies of HaShem! So each day, the Kohanim who wanted to potential be selected by HaShem to perform those duties would get up extra early and prepare themselves by going to the mikveh for the ritual immersion and to put on their garments to make themselves ready because they did not know when the official would arrive…hint…hint…hint.

What is the reference to the Cock’s Crow above because Yeshua also refers to the Cock’s Crow when addressing Kepha (Peter) when denying Yeshua three times? Despite what Christendom has taught with regards to a literal chicken crowing, the ‘Cock’s Crow’ was an idiom to mean the ‘Gevini’ or ‘The man/announcer who called out just before dawn ‘Rise up Kohanim for the avodah (Service)!'” This person would stand at the highest point in the Temple and cry out!

Tractate Shekalim 5:1 describes the Gevini further “Givini was responsible for announcing each morning: ‘Kohanim arise to your service and levi’im to your stands and Israel to your place!’ and on hearing his voice they would arise and come, each to his own task.”

So again, these Kohanim sleeping at night in Beit HaMoked, if they wanted to make themselves ready, had to get up early, immerse in the mikveh, put on their garments and then eagerly await the arrival of the official who would open the door. Sometimes the official showed up before the Givini cried out and other times the official would come after, the Kohanim just didn’t know and had to be ready nonetheless. Can you see the concept I believe HaShem is trying to drive home for each of us?

Each of us has to decide to make ourselves ready or not and that will require each of us to study, learn, apply what we are learning to our lives and then actually do what He is teaching us and in doing so we will learn the differences between the holy and the profane and learn to separate ourselves from the things that contaminate us in this life. How much more important is this concept today in the current world we live in with all the utter depravity that is consuming our society? If we are going to survive what’s coming, this is the only way we will be able to do so.

Now, let me clarify…am I saying we need to literally get up, go immerse and await the Givini to cry out? No, as that is not possible as there is no Temple in Jerusalem today…I am simply applying the concepts and seeing what HaShem is trying to teach us from them.

One final thought – There is a very interesting prophecy HaShem gives in Zechariah 8:23 in which He says “Thus said HaShem, Master of Legions: In those days (The very end of days) it will happen that ten men of all the different languages of the nations (Non-Jews) will take hold, they will take hold of the corner of the garments (Tallit) of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that HaShem is with you!'” How many times is this happening today? How many people has HaShem called who are leaving the systems of religion and running to Jewish rabbis and saying “Teach us, for now we know HaShem is with you and He was not in the systems of religion we came from!” It is happening more and more each and every day! It is literal prophecy coming to pass right before our very eyes! Baruch HaShem!

Much to consider in these troubled and very dark times we live in, but Yeshua did tell us that when we BEGIN to see these things come to pass, then to look up, lift up our heads and rejoice, for our redemption is at hand! May it be so VERY, VERY soon in our days!

Shalom

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • Tractate Yoma Kehati Mishnah
  • Tractate Keilim Artscroll Mishnah
  • Tractate Shekalim Kehati Mishnah
  • The Stone Chumash by Artscroll
  • The Twelve Prophets Vol II by Artscroll

RECOGNIZING THE LIES OF THE FALSE MESSIAH!

“I hate falsehood and I abhor it, but Your Torah I love. Seven times a day I praise You for Your righteous judgments. There is abundant peace for the lovers of Your Torah, and there is no stumbling block for them.” Psalms 119:163-165

There is so much debauchery and deception in our world today that it is almost overwhelming! As I have stated many times before, right is now wrong and wrong is now right. Light is becoming dark and dark is growing even darker all under the weight of humanities collective sin, debauchery, rebellion and selfish perversions. Things twenty years ago which would have seem unthinkable are now openly celebrated and embraced while those who reject them are labeled as bigots and intolerant and many shout that they should be shunned from society as a whole.

What is the reason for this descent into darkness and madness? I have heard many say it is the sign the False Messiah is about to appear, and while I would somewhat agree with that statement, there is much more to the False Messiah and his doctrine that has been largely ignored over the centuries, going back to before the time of Yeshua.

The key issues to hold onto when examining what HaShem’s Word says regarding the False Messiah is the following four scriptural facts about HaShem: He never changes, He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets, there is nothing new under the sun and He reveals the end out of the beginning. Examining these four facts WILL instantly expose the doctrine of the False Messiah which is permeating and consuming the world today!

We must remember when reading the Apostolic Writings that there is absolutely nothing new in these writings!! This means EVERYTHING in the Apostolic Writings MUST be supported in the Tanakh (Old Testament) or it is not accurate! Why is this so important? Because at the time of Yeshua and the time of Shaul’s (Paul’s) letters, there was no Apostolic Writings…everything was Judaism centered and focused on the Tanakh and especially the Torah. Further, the Apostolic Writings were not written to English speaking Americans! They were written to Torah keeping, Temple observing, Judaism centered Israel! It is vitally important to remember this as we proceed!

Before we can jump into this subject, always remember the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

Hollywood and authors have produced enormous amounts of movies and books discussing this person we know to be the False Messiah. Christendom refers to him as being the ‘Anti-Christ.’ Many of these products show this person to be heavily connected to the number ‘666’ and thus many times showcase a person who is outright evil, with a ‘666’ tattooed to his forehead. In reality, the False Messiah is NOT out in the open like this for if he was even the drunk guy at the bar would know to stay away from such a figure.

The False Messiah and his characteristics in biblical references is shown throughout His Word from beginning to end through countless figures, such as Pharaoh of Egypt, Esau, King Herod, Antiochus Epiphanies, etc. But, the best reference is found in 2 Thessalonians 2 when Shaul (Paul) teaches the following about this man: “Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness is to be revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is worshiped, so that he sits as Elohim in the Dwelling Place of Elohim (Temple of HaShem), showing himself he is Elohim.”

There is SO much to explore in these verses above from 2 Thessalonians 2! We will quickly go over the highlights as we have much to discuss. The falling away Shaul references has always been interpreted to mean the ‘Rapture’ Christendom teaches, however, this is incorrect. The falling away here is the falling away of the people from the Torah of HaShem and embracing and the mixing of paganism and idolatry into the service of HaShem! Point is, this event has occurred a VERY long time ago and we see the effects of it today in modern Christendom and sects of Judaism. So its the falling away which reveals the False Messiah AKA the Man of Lawlessness. So has this man been revealed? Yes he has for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. I digress.

This term Shaul uses i.e. ‘Lawlessness’ is not referencing running stop lights and shoplifting at the mall type of lawlessness, but a much more destructive and sinister form of lawlessness which is encapsulated in the word itself: ‘Lawlessness’ i.e. Anomia in Greek which means ‘Without the Torah of HaShem!’ Interesting so the False Messiah is all about a doctrine devoid of the Torah! Hmmmm…

Further, Shaul says that this person exalts himself to being equal to HaShem and then sits as HaShem in the Dwelling Place of HaShem and declares himself to be HaShem. Is there a figure head which humanity has acknowledged, accepted and embraced as being equal to HaShem or HaShem in the flesh? Yes there is, which we will address shortly. I digress.

I have a very good book titled ‘The Messiah Texts’ by Raphael Patai and its an outstanding book as the author has compiled all the references from ancient Judaism concerning how they interpreted Scripture and how they understood the aspects of the Messiah and the False Messiah. Remember its how Judaism understood and interpreted the concepts of the Messiah that matters, not what we today in America think.

In this book, the author speaks of ancient texts of Judaism which reference a character named ‘Armilus’. It is this Armilus that is understood to be another name for the end of days False Messiah but that this character has been around for a very long time teaching a doctrine of lawlessness. In the Midrash it speaks of this Armilus and how this Armilus will slay Messiah ben Yosef (Messiah Son of Joseph i.e. the Suffering Messiah) and then later it is Messiah ben David (Messiah son of David i.e. The Conquering and Reigning for eternity King) who will ultimately slay Armilus and save Israel from him.

For the record, the Midrash is not to be interpreted literally…the Midrash is conveying concepts and is teaching us through pictures. This said, the Midrash references this person and says “Satan will descend and go to Rome to the stone statue (These texts speak of a stone statue of a young woman which is erected in Rome) and have connections with it in the manner of the sexual act, and the stone will become pregnant and give birth to Armilus…” The point is, ancient Judaism understood the end of days False Messiah i.e. Armilus will come out of Edom/Esau or otherwise known as Rome/Christendom. Remember the False Messiah is to arise on the world stage from Europe as he seeks to restore the Roman empire.

Its interesting because Shaul tells us the “Mystery of lawlessness is already at work” in his day and time in 2 Thessalonians 2:7! Again supports the fact there is nothing new under the sun!

What needs to be reinforced is this figure i.e. Armilus/False Messiah, will teach the Word of HaShem, but he will insert concepts and remove edicts which means he is ALL about CHANGE! He changes what HaShem has established from the beginning!

Daniel 7:25 is very clear in describing this person: “And he (Armilus/False Messiah) will speak words against the Supreme One, and he will exhaust the high holy ones, and he will plan to CHANGE the seasons and the Torah….” The word for ‘Seasons’ here is the Hebrew word ‘Moedim’ which means the annual Feasts of HaShem! Further, he changes the Torah of HaShem i.e. teaches a doctrine the Torah is no longer relevant, is obsolete for the true believer. He speaks words against HaShem such as words meant to entice people to adopt idolatry, not like bowing down to an idol of Buddha, but doing exactly what happened with the Golden Calf incident just after Israel was rescued from Egyptian bondage……..they took what they learned in pagan Egypt i.e. the image of cow and attributed it to representing HaShem, which is something HaShem absolutely forbids. It cost Israel dearly for this event!

Armilus/False Messiah’s doctrine can be summed up with one word…”CHANGE!” He changes what HaShem has established from the beginning as I said above. How many times have I heard Christian pastors say “The Law had its time and place and now because of Jesus we are free from the bondage of the Law, all we have to do now is just believe!” Or some have said “The Law was something the Father never wanted! It was given to teach Israel they needed a Redeemer, sadly they chose the Law over the Redeemer, so no G-d has established the Church to replace Israel as His chosen people.” Is there any truth to any of these two statements? None whatsoever!

HaShem established in Devarim (Deuteronomy 13) what I like to call the “Deuteronomy 13 Test!” Here He says “If there should stand up in your midst a prophet or a dreamer of a dream, and he will produce to you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes about, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us follow gods of others that you did not know and we shall worship them!’ Do not hearken to the words of that prophet or to that dreamer of a dream, for HaShem, your Elohim, is testing you to know whether you love HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul. HaShem, your Elohim, shall you follow and Him shall you fear; His commandments shall you observe and to His voice shall you hearken; Him shall you serve and to Him shall you cleave. And that prophet and that dreamer of a dream shall be put to death, for he had spoken perversion against HaShem, your Elohim, Who takes you out of the land of Egypt, and Who redeems you from the house of slavery, to make you stray from the path on which HaShem, your Elohim, has commanded you to go; and you shall destroy the evil from your midst.”

Very interesting! So if someone shows up and says they have a message from HaShem and then performs some sort of sign or a wonder and their message is one which is devoid of HaShem or His Torah, then it is a message of deception and idolatry! I can think of several people I have observed and listened too on television over the years who claimed to be either be prophets of HaShem or claim to have been given a word from HaShem and now, when comparing their messages to Devarim 13, they are fully and completely exposed as being frauds and not to be listened too!

So with all this established thus far, how do we know what is or isn’t from HaShem? In a nut shell, the Torah is the key! HaShem says His Torah is the ONLY truth there is per Psalms 119:142, therefore, if the message doesn’t fit within the Torah of HaShem, THEN the message and the messenger is exposed as being false. When you read in the Word of HaShem this word ‘Truth’ insert the word ‘Torah’ in its place because that is how serious HaShem is about this topic!

Yehoshua (Joshua) 24:14-15 says “And now, fear HaShem and serve Him with perfection and truth (Torah); remove the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the river and in Egypt, and serve HaShem. If it is evil in your eyes to serve HaShem, choose this day whom you will serve, the gods your forefathers served, who were across the Jordan or the gods of the Emorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my household, we will serve HaShem!”

Consider what Yochanan (John) says in 3:21 “But the one DOING the Truth (Torah) comes to the light, so that his works are clearly seen, that they have been wrought in Elohim.”

Here is the crux of what happens to people who willfully, knowingly reject the Torah of HaShem in relation to the doctrine of Armilus/False Messiah which is referenced in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 which says “The coming of the Lawless one (Armilus/False Messiah/The One Without the Torah of HaShem) is according to the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with all deceit of unrighteousness in those perishing, because THEY DID NOT RECEIVE THE LOVE OF THE TRUTH (TORAH), IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE SAVED. And for this reason HaShem sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood, in order that all should be judged who did not believe the truth (Torah), but have delighted in the unrighteousness.”

WOW! So HaShem gives each and every person the opportunity to know the truth, but those who willfully and knowingly reject it He then sends them a working of delusion so they will fall to the lies of Armilus! This is chillingly serious!

Consider what Yeshua Himself says about the End of Days at His return: Yeshua tells us in Mattithyahu (Matthew) 7:21-23 says “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master’ shall enter into the reign (Kingdom) of the heavens, but he who is DOING THE DESIRE of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day (Reference to very end), ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!'”

These are VERY strong words spoken by Yeshua for they clearly show several things which destroys the doctrine of Armilus/False Messiah: Yeshua is subservient to HaShem and is NOT HaShem nor equal to HaShem! He shows in order to enter into the Kingdom of HaShem one must be DOING the will of the Father and what is the will of HaShem? Ecclesiastes 12:13 says “The sum of the matter, when all has been considered: Fear HaShem and keep His commandments, for that is man’s whole duty.”

Then He clearly shows there will be those who have sought Him and did many miracles and wonders in His Name and yet Yeshua declares not only He doesn’t know them but they are to depart from Him! So what has happened? These people whom He rejects have embraced the doctrine of Armilus/False Messiah! Did they know they did so? They will at that moment recognize they chose wrongly because HaShem gives every single person the opportunity in His great mercy and compassion and because of His perfect justice “They have a form of godliness but deny the power (Deny the Torah)” per 2 Timothy 3:5.

In conclusion am I saying it is the Torah which saves and redeems us? Emphatically NO! It is HaShem Who is our Redeemer and Savior, Who sent His Agent, His Mighty Right Arm, Yeshua, to redeem and save Israel out of His love and compassion. Then He gives us His Torah to know Him, to have that relationship with Him, to serve Him out of love devotion and loyalty and to walk in His ways pleasing unto Him. Point is, without the Torah, there is no way to know Him which is precisely why Armilus/False Messiah teaches a Lawless doctrine, in order to separate people from HaShem!

With all the Op’s I have posted on my channel thus far, can you begin to see there are gigantic and vast differences between the Yeshua of Scriptures and the ‘Jesus Christ’ that Replacement Theology presents? Yeshua points to HaShem while Replacement Theology Jesus points to himself. Yeshua teaches the way to love and serve HaShem is through the Torah. Replacement Theology Jesus teaches against the Torah. Yeshua will come and will build Ezekiel’s Temple and offer up sacrifices to HaShem. Replacement Theology Jesus teaches against the Temple of HaShem, calling it an abomination. Yeshua is from Israel while Replacement Theology Jesus is from Rome, on and on the differences could be listed out. So, per the Word of HaShem, which one is the False Messiah who changes what HaShem established that He warns us about? I will let you decide the answer to that question.

Much to consider.

Shalom.

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures by the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Tanakh by Artscroll
  • Joshua Artscroll Tanakh Series
  • Daniel Artscroll Tanakh Series
  • The Stone Edition Chumash by Artscroll

THE TEMPLE, THE TORAH AND WORMWOOD IN REVELATION!

“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.'” Jeremiah 16:19

In the End of Days, the times we currently live in, in my opinion, we are seeing a phenomenon occur among people who have a heart for following HaShem. This phenomenon is people are waking up, realizing the doctrines they have inherited from their ancestors were nothing, futility that has no purpose and as such, people are running to HaShem, His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat, etc, realizing anything outside of HaShem are nothing but lies! Replacement Theology would be very well defined this way per Jeremiah 16:19!

It is when we obey HaShem’s command as He stated it in Ezekiel 43, to study every aspect of His Temple and every piece of the Temple Services, that we will finally be able to see what He has been communicating throughout His entire Word, from Genesis to Revelation! We will be able to see Him for Who He truly is. We will be able to see the Agent He sent on our behalf i.e. Messiah Yeshua for Who He truly is, what He did on our behalf and by default we will be able to recognize the subtle, smooth, enticing, deceptive words and doctrines of the False Messiah currently operating in the world today disguised as an angel of light!

One of these services which was performed in the Temple, per the Torah, is what is known as the ‘Sotah Test.’ It is the test which is performed by the Sanhedrin to determine if a married woman is guilty of adultery against her husband. If she is guilty, then she will die as a result of this test. If she is innocent, then she will live, but in either case, this test is performed before HaShem and it is He Who renders the judgment. Why is this important in this Op? Because, idolatry, is akin to adultery in the eyes of HaShem and the judgment of ‘Wormwood’ (Means ‘Bitterness’ in Hebrew) in Revelation 8, is in my opinion, HaShem administering the Sotah Test on a global scale…those who are innocent, live and those who are guilty will die…I am getting way ahead of myself here, but this is what I would like to discuss in this Op and see where HaShem leads in this discussion.

This Op will be extra long as we have a ton of information to address in order to tie everything together and answer the questions which will emerge as we progress…please be patient.

But before we can begin, always remember the following:

– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36

We read about a very important event from the Apostolic Writings, specifically in John chapter 8. In this event, Yeshua was sitting down inside the Temple of HaShem on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and is teaching Torah after earlier having gone to the Mount of Olives. Suddenly, a group of scribes and Pharisees bring to Him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. Now this is where we have to stop and do some in-depth studying to find out the significance of several key points mentioned in John 8, such as Yeshua sitting in the Temple; the significance of the woman caught in the act of adultery being brought to Yeshua and what is the punishment required, per the Torah of HaShem, for the act of adultery? Answering these and subsequent questions will reveal so much more to this account than what is normally taught.

Bamidbar (Numbers) chapter 5 specifically discusses the circumstances involving a married woman having been caught in the act of adultery and how to legally treat her to ensure justice is carried out as well as how to preserve her honor and dignity if she is found innocent.

Remember, this section discussing an adulteress wife, also applies to the Bride of Messiah i.e. Israel when HaShem compares idolatrous Israel to an unfaithful wife! Point is, it has both literal and prophetic implications in which we need to pay very close attention too because HaShem is still addressing this issue in Revelation 8! Remember He reveals the end OUT of the beginning! I digress!

Bamidbar (Numbers) 5:11-15 says “HaShem spoke to Moshe, saying, ‘Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: Any man whose wife shall go astray and commit treachery against him; and a man could have lain with her carnally, but was hidden from the eyes of her husband, and she became secluded and could have been defiled, but there was no witness against her and she had not been forced; and a spirit of jealousy had passed over him and he had warned his wife, and she had become defiled, or a spirit of jealousy had passed over him and he had warned his wife and she had not become defiled. The man shall bring his wife to the Kohen (High Priest) and he shall bring her offering for her, a tenth ephah of barley flour; he shall not pour oil over it and shall not put frankincense upon it, for it is a meal offering of jealousies, a meal offering of remembrance, a reminder of iniquity.'”

Very interesting…so in these verses HaShem lays the foundation for how to handle an event in which a married woman goes astray from her husband and the potential for her to have had sexual relations with another man was there, but there are no witnesses against her and she had not been raped. Further, the husband must have warned his wife not to be secluded with a specific man and the warning must have been given in front of at least two witnesses. If the husband becomes jealous of his wife, then the only way to resolve the issue is to bring her before HaShem in the Temple and to meet with the Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) at a specific location in the Temple i.e. the Nicanor Gate which leads from the Court of the Women to the Court of the Israelite’s. It is here the husband will bring a meal offering on her behalf as the Kohen will then have her partake of a specific set of steps laid out by HaShem in the Torah to determine her guilt or innocence.

This is where we have to know and understand not only the Torah, but also the Mishnah/Talmud because they discuss in-depth the justice system of the Kingdom of HaShem and how He has set things up, which is something we need to very quickly discuss.

There are three levels of courts in the Kingdom of HaShem: The Lower Court comprised of three judges. The Lesser Court comprised of 23 judges and then the Sanhedrin Gedolah (Great Court) comprised of 71 judges, which is akin to the US Supreme Court. The Sanhedrin Gedolah is located in Beit Avtinas, otherwise known as the Chamber of Hewn Stewn, in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Kohen HaGadol (High Priest) is the head of the Sanhedrin Gedolah and it is only the Sanhedrin Gedolah which can hear cases which incur the death penalty, such as a murder case or an adultery case. Their primary function is to keep Israel united and render right rulings on how to walk out and perform the Commandments of HaShem! The Mishnah for example, is the recorded right rulings of the Sanhedrin on how to walk in the Commandments of HaShem!

The Courts are only authorized, per HaShem, to meet and hear cases during the day, they are not allowed to meet and hear cases at night. Convictions are only made upon two or more credible witnesses! Judges must sit and hear, they cannot stand. These are very important to remember as we will connect the dots shortly. I digress.

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

With this established, we can now examine the references from the Torah concerning the Sotah Test itself and what is required:

Bamidbar (Numbers) 5:16-18 says “The Kohen shall bring her near and have her stand before HaShem. The Kohen shall take sacred water (From the Laver) in an earthenware vessel, and the Kohen shall take from the earth that is on the floor of the Tabernacle and put it in the water. The Kohen shall have the woman stand before HaShem and uncover the women’s head, and upon her palms he shall put the meal offering of remembrance, it is a meal offering of jealousies, and in the hand of the Kohen shall the bitter waters (Wormwood) that cause cause.”

An excerpt from Tractate Sotah 1.4 in the Mishnah says “They bring her up to the High Court (Great Sanhedrin) in Jerusalem where they instill fear in her in the manner in which they instill fear in witnesses to capital cases.” In other words, they reinforce the seriousness of the issue and try to get her to confess her sin.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 5:19-20 says “The Kohen shall adjure her and say to the woman, ‘If a man has not lain with you, and you have not strayed in defilement with someone other than your husband, then be proven innocent by these bitter (Wormwood) waters that cause curse. But if you have strayed with someone other than your husband, and if you have become defiled, and a man other than your husband has lain with you!'”

Bamidbar 5:21-22 says “The Kohen shall adjure the woman with the oath of the curse, and the Kohen shall say to the woman, ‘May HaShem render you as a curse and as an oath amid your people, when HaShem causes your thigh to collapse and your stomach to distend. These waters that cause curse shall enter your innards to cause stomach to distend and thigh to collapse!’ And the woman shall respond, ‘Amen, Amen.'”

Bamidbar 5:23-24 says “The Kohen shall inscribe these curses on a scroll and erase it (Scrape the letters) into the bitter (Wormwood) waters. When he shall cause the woman to drink the bitter (Wormwood) waters that cause curse, then the waters that cause curse shall come into her for bitterness.”

It is very interesting thus far because Tractate Sotah in the Mishnah explains this further in 1.1 which says: “One who warned his wife, Rabbi Eliezer says, he must warn her in the presence of two witnesses…Rabbi Yehoshua says he (The husband) must warn her in the presence of two witnesses, and he can give her to drink the bitter waters only on the testimony of two witnesses.”

Did HaShem establish two witnesses against Israel in His Torah? Yes He did! Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4:26 says “I appoint heaven and earth this day to bear witness against you that you will surely perish quickly from the Land to which you are crossing the Jordan to possess; you shall not have lengthy days upon it, for you will be destroyed.” This verse is in response to Israel committing idolatry/adultery and the consequences of what will happen in the future with Israel being exiled from the Land.

Did HaShem specifically warn Israel concerning idolatry/adultery? Yes He did! Devarim (Deuteronomy) 30:15-20 says “See, I have placed before you today the life and the good, and the death and the evil, that which I command you today, to love HaShem, your Elohim, to walk in His ways, to observe His commandments, His decrees, and His ordinances, then you will live and you will multiply, and HaShem, your Elohim, will bless you in the Land to which you come, to possess it. BUT if your heart will stray and you will NOT listen, and you are led astray, and you prostrate yourself to the gods of others serve them, I tell you today that you will surely be lost; you will not lengthen your days upon the Land that you cross the Jordan to come there, to possess it. I call heaven and earth today to bear witness against you: I have placed life and death before you, blessing and curse; and you shall choose life, so that you will live, you and your offspring, to love HaShem, your Elohim, to listen to His voice and cleave to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days, to dwell upon the Land that HaShem swore to your forefathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Can you see how astounding this is thus far? Now consider once more how HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning? Do you recall The Golden Calf incident as it is recorded in Shemot (Exodus) 32? To summarize the incident, Israel has just been delivered from Egyptian bondage and has met with HaShem at Mt. Sinai where Israel agreed to the terms of the covenant i.e. His Torah or otherwise understood as being the ‘Ketubah’ or the Marriage Contract. At this point, Israel has entered into the covenant with HaShem. Moshe, a picture of the Redeemer, is up on Mt. Sinai meeting with HaShem. He ends up being longer on the mountain than Israel expected and what happens? Israel ends up worshiping the image of a beast i.e. the Golden Calf! Hint…hint…hint!!! What then happens when Moshe comes down from the mountain and observes this catastrophe? Moshe commands the golden calf be ground up into dust and sprinkled into their water source and everyone was required to drink it…those who were guilty died i.e. 3,000 died! Those who were innocent lived! Can you see the prophetic picture here? Moving forward.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 5:25-28 says “The Kohen shall take the meal offering of jealousies from the hand of the woman; he shall wave the meal offering before HaShem, and he shall bring it near to the Altar. The Kohen shall scoop up from the meal offering its remembrance and cause it to go up in smoke on the Altar; after which he shall cause the woman to drink the water. He shall cause her to drink the water, and it shall be that if she had become defiled and had committed treachery against her husband, the waters that cause curse shall come into her for bitterness, and her stomach shall be distended and her thigh shall collapse, and the woman shall become a curse amid her people. But if the woman had not become defiled, and she is pure, then she shall be proven innocent and she shall bear seed.”

In other words, the woman will drink the bitter waters and HaShem will then judge her and if she is guilty, then she will die. If she is innocent, then she will live and He will bless her with children. On a quick side note, it is known per the Apostolic Writings, that Miriam, the mother of Yeshua, went to Zechariah in the Temple after she was discovered to be pregnant. There are documents in existence today which show she went to Zechariah to specifically take this Sotah Test in order to prove to Yosef and the community she was innocent…notice after her visit to Zechariah, there is zero issue made of how she became pregnant? I digress.

So with all of this said, does it now make sense Yeshua refused to render a decision concerning the woman caught in the act of adultery in John chapter 8? Replacement Theology teaches the fact Yeshua refused to render a decision was proof He was ushering in a new way of doing things and slowly proving the Torah was soon to be rendered obsolete….utter nonsense!! Yeshua refused to render a decision because He had ZERO authority to render that decision and He knew the men who brought her to Him were setting Him up! If He had rendered a decision, He would have just nullified Himself as being Messiah for having committed the grave sin of encroachment i.e. assuming authority not given by HaShem!! This is precisely why He challenges the men and they drop their stones and flee because they of course knew they were required to bring her to the Great Sanhedrin along with at least two witnesses! This is also precisely why Yeshua tells the woman He didn’t condemn her….even though she was caught in the act and she was guilty. He tells her to go and sin no more, but He was in no way condoning her behavior…He simply didn’t have the authority of the Great Sanhedrin! Does this change the way we should view Messiah Yeshua in contrast to what Replacement Theology teaches? Absolutely YES! Can Yeshua change anything HaShem has established i.e. His Torah, His Shabbat, His Feasts, what He declared to be clean to eat, etc? No, He cannot change one thing! Only the False Messiah is all about change and it is he who teaches a doctrine of lawlessness (Without the Torah), changes the Feasts, changes Shabbat, declares unclean to be clean, etc.

Another example is at Yeshua’s trial! Per the Torah of HaShem only the Great Sanhedrin can hear the witnesses of capital cases i.e. death penalty cases and it can only convene during daylight in the Chamber of Hewn Stone i.e. Beit Avtinas in the Temple on the Temple Mount. We know per John 18 after Yeshua was arrested they took Him to the house of Qayapha, the Kohen HaGadol, which means it was at night and it was NOT in the place the Torah requires…this right here renders His trial null and void and not a legal trial, which is why, in my opinion, Yeshua said nothing in His defense. Only HaShem would vindicate Him and He did…three days later when HaShem brought Yeshua out of the grave! I digress.

I know it may seem I am bouncing all over the place in this Op, but there is a ton to try and encapsulate and tie in with Wormwood in Revelation 8! Please bear with me.

So with all this said, lets now examine Revelation 8:10-11 and see what it says: “And the third messenger sounded (Blowing a shofar), and a great star fell from the heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water, and the name of the star is called ‘Wormwood’. And a third of the waters became wormwood (Bitter), and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter.”

It is very interesting to note this is a star from heaven considering HaShem established heaven and earth as witnesses! Further, this judgment is specifically targeting the waters and turns a third of the waters bitter i.e. Wormwood. Then we see many people will die because of the waters having been made bitter i.e. these people will die because they were found guilty by HaShem of idolatry/adultery!

How can we know what constitutes idolatry/adultery? HaShem has been very clear about this from the beginning…His Torah is the Ketubah (Marriage Contract/Covenant). He then warns us in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 13:2-6 says the following: “If there should stand up in your midst a prophet or a dreamer of a dream, and he will produce to you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes about, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us follow gods of others that you did not know and we shall worship them!’ Do not hearken to the words of that prophet or to that dreamer of a dream, for HaShem, your Elohim, is testing you to know whether you love HaShem, your Elohim, with all your heart and with all your soul. HaShem, your Elohim, shall you follow and Him shall you fear; His commandments shall you observe and to His voice shall you hearken; Him shall you serve and to Him shall you cleave. And that prophet and that dreamer of a dream shall be put to death; for he had spoken perversion against HaShem, your Elohim, Who takes you out of the land of Egypt, and Who redeems you from the house of slavery, to make you stray from the path on which HaShem, your Elohim, has commanded you to go; and you shall destroy the evil from your midst.”

What does this warning in Devarim 13 teach us? Anyone coming along, even if there are signs and wonders, teaching a Replacement Theology doctrine that the Torah is now done away with, rendered obsolete, irrelevant or that the Shabbat has changed or the Feasts have changed or to follow and worship other gods not HaShem, that person or doctrine is to be utterly and completely rejected!

Remember Yeshua always points to HaShem! Yeshua does NOT replace HaShem, nor is Yeshua equal to HaShem. He is the Right Hand of HaShem, the Agent of HaShem and sits at the right hand of HaShem. Replacement Theology teaches a doctrine which either replaces HaShem or supersedes HaShem, something completely wrong and would be considered to be idolatry/adultery!

Since HaShem is unchanging, then it makes perfect sense He is still administering the Sotah Test in Revelation! We change, He doesn’t and therefore we must conform to His ways and not the other way around. It is very serious and something we all must constantly be examining our selves for. Learning His Torah and His Temple as He commands, is the only way to walk and serve Him in the midst of living in a world which grows in darkness, insanity and debauchery more each and every day! Can we do it perfectly? Sadly no, not yet, but Baruch HaShem He knows that and His mercies are fresh and anew every morning and we have a Kohen HaGadol currently serving on our behalf in the Heavenly Temple interceding on our behalf before our Great King, HaShem!!

This, my opinion, is further evidence of why we need to study the Torah and the Temple because the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation references the Torah and the Temple all throughout. Rejecting His Torah and His Temple is what has allowed Replacement Theology to flourish and become as entrenched as it is, but Baruch HaShem, He already knew this and is now dismantling the lies we all have inherited as He reveals them to be completely useless and futile!

Be encouraged! Events are developing quickly in the world and HaShem is opening our hearts and minds to the wonders which He has in His Torah! May it be very soon in our days!

Shalom and much to consider!

SOURCE MATERIALS

  • The Stone Edition Chumash
  • The Stone Edition Tanach
  • Tractate Sotah from the Mishnah
  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research

LECH LECHA – WAR OF THE KINGS

“Then they cried out to HaShem in their distress; from their woes He saved them.” Psalms 107:13

This weeks Torah portion ‘Lech Lecha’ which is found in B’reisheet (Genesis) 12:1-17-27 is a VERY important portion because in it HaShem sets up the foundation for establishment of His people Israel! Why is this so very important? Because HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning, and as such if we want to know what will happen in the end, we MUST go the beginning because there is nothing new under the sun!

This Torah portion has it all…it has everything from watching Avram move to fighting a brutal and long war followed by the sealing of the covenant between the Great King (HaShem) and Avraham which is still very much in effect today!

This Op is meant to be an overview of Lech Lecha in which we will discuss very important and prophetic events. We will be referencing the Chumash, the Mishnah, the Talmud and the Midrash once more and then compare them to what we read in the Apostolic Writings!!

But before we jump into this, always remember the following for they always apply:

– 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

The Hebrew words ‘Lech Lecha’ translate and are encapsulated in the first verse of B’reisheet chapter 12 which says “HaShem said to Avram, ‘Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.'”

This is very important because in my opinion HaShem is teaching us an important fact about our relationship with Him in that we have to literally at times change our locations in order to grow in our relationship with Him. In my case, I had to move from one part of the United States to another and only in doing so did He use it to open my eyes to the wonders of His Torah. Is it easy? Not a chance!! Is it worth it? Absolutely! I digress.

We see with Avram, he was not a parent and then HaShem tells him to change locations and when Avram does so, He blesses him and promises ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ Avram then builds a altar to HaShem and invokes the Name of HaShem by Name.

A severe famine in the land occurred and Avram descended to Egypt to find food. Interesting because we see in the future where Israel ultimately descends into Egypt to find food during a great famine i.e. the time when Yosef was sold into captivity and ultimately became the second in command of Egypt! Then further in the future we see Yeshua descend into the Egypt when Herod was seeking to kill Him as a child. Point is, HaShem has an established pattern!

Eventually Avram went back to the land along with Lot. Because they both had abundant livestock, they then part ways, Avram remained in the land while Lot settled in Sodom and Gomorrah. This obviously sets up the events later on when Sodom and Gomorrah and the five cities of the plain are later destroyed by HaShem.

After they parted ways, HaShem then repeats His promise to Avram: ‘Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are: Northward, southward, eastward and westward. For all the land that you see, to you will I give it, and to your descendants forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring, too, can be counted. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth! For to you will I give it. Can HaShem rescind a decree once He renders it? Not a chance!! Therefore this promise is absolutely 100% valid for us today in 2019! The Land of Israel IS our homeland! Why? Because HaShem promised it would be to Avram and his descendants which includes everyone who chooses to serve HaShem and walk according to His Torah! Point is, this is why we must pay very close attention to what the world wants to do with the Land of Israel such as always trying to divide up the Land, etc! It should seriously raise your blood pressure when we see governments attempt to divide up the Land in the name of ‘Peace!’ It is going directly against HaShem!

With this established now we go to B’reisheet chapter 14 which discusses the heart of this Op i.e. ‘The War of the Kings.’ So now we will discuss these kings which were involved in this war because in doing so we WILL see something very prophetic!

The names of the kings are as follows:

  • Amrafel – King of Shinar
  • Aryoch – King of Ellasar
  • Kedorlaomer – King of Elam
  • Tidal – King of Goiim

These four kings made war on the following kings:

  • Bera – King of Sodom
  • Birsha – King of Gomorrah
  • Shinav – King of Admah
  • Shemever – King of Tzevoiim
  • Bela – King of Tzoar

These five kings listed above are all from the Cities of the Plain i.e. the cities HaShem later destroyed due to their wicked sin, which we briefly discussed in the previous Op.

Verse three says “All these (Five kings listed above) joined at the Valley of Siddim, now the Salt Sea (Dead Sea today in 2019).” Then chapter 14 tells us “Twelve years they served Kedorlaomer and they rebelled thirteen years.” So these five kings, listed above, served Kedorlaomer but then they rebelled against him for thirteen years.

What happened during this time frame? Per chapter 14 it tells us in verse 10 “The Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen (Asphalt) wells. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell into them while the rest fled to a mountain.” Then the remaining three kings per verse 11 “Seized all the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and they departed.” Remember what we discussed in the previous Op about Sodom and Gomorrah and their wealth?

Then in verse 12 it lists the reason why Avram joins the war: “And they captured Lot and his possessions, Avram’s nephew, and they left; for he was residing in Sodom.” Apparently, according to the Talmud, “Kedorlaomer went to war mainly to capture Avram. However, he made a mistake and took Lot instead, since Lot looked very much like Avram.”

Avram is then informed of the capture of Lot and then he per verse 14 “And Avram heard that his kinsman was taken captive, he armed his disciples who had been born in his house, 318, and he pursued them as far as Dan. And he and his servants deployed against them at night and struck them; he pursued them as far as Chovah which is to the north of Damascus. He brought back all the possessions; he also brought back his kinsman, Lot, with his possessions, as well as the women and the people.” There is SO much which could be pulled out of this event!!

So Lot is taken captive and taken out of the Land. Avram then rallies 318 of his men, pursues the enemies, destroys them and saves Lot and brings Lot back into the Land! Gee, does this in any way sound prophetic such as Israel is taken captive, exiled into the world and then one day HaShem promises His Agent i.e. Moshiach, will show up to destroy Israel’s enemies once and for all and then bring ALL of Israel back to dwell in the Land!! Notice also the number 318 in that 3 + 1 + 8 = 12 as in the twelve tribes of Israel!!

Then Avram returns from defeating the four kings and meets Malkitzedek, the King of Salem (Jerusalem)! Malkitzedek was a Kohen unto HaShem and also the King of Salem…HINT HINT HINT!! Yeshua is described being both King and Kohen (High Priest) in the order of Malkitzedek in Psalms 110:4 which says “HaShem has sworn and will not relent: ‘You shall be a Kohen forever, in accord with Malchizedek’s word'” Malchizedek is actually two Hebrew words ‘Malchi’ and ‘Zedek’ which mean “King of Righteousness!” Hebrews 5:10 says “Having been designated by Elohim a Kohen Gadol (High Priest) according to the order of Malchizedek.”

So we see Malchizedek is both King and Kohen Gadol, just as Yeshua will eventually be crowned both King and Kohen Gadol and rule from Jerusalem just like Malchizedek ruled!! See how everything is contained in the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun?

HaShem then establishes the covenant with Avram!! He tells Avram to look up into the sky and count the stars if he is able, so shall his offspring be! Verse 6 of chapter 15 says “And he trusted in HaShem, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” This verse here in underlined encapsulates our entire walk with HaShem!!! Avram trusted in HaShem and in return HaShem counted his trust/belief/faith as righteousness! Did HaShem tell Avram to first keep the Torah perfectly and then He will reckon it to him as righteousness? How many times have I been accused by many in Christendom today of teaching a works based salvation!!!! This verse, among many, proves this is NOT the case!! First He saves us, THEN we strive to walk out our faith/trust in HaShem by keeping His Torah!! Not vice versa!!

HaShem then instructs Avram “Take to Me three heifers, three goats, three rams, a turtledove and a young dove.” Avram then slaughters them, cuts them up in the center and placed each piece opposite its counterpart, the birds, however, he did not cut up. Then a deep sleep fell upon Avram; and per verse 12 says “Behold, a dread! Great darkness fell upon him.”

Then in verse 13 HaShem said to Avram “Know with certainty that your offspring shall be aliens in a land not their own, and they will serve them, and they will oppress them, four hundred years. But the nation that they will serve, I shall judge, and afterward they will leave with great wealth.” HaShem is referring too the upcoming Egyptian exile and the following Exodus after 400 years in which HaShem destroys Egypt and Israel is led by Moshe!! Which is again a picture of the future Exodus in which Moshiach will deliver all of Israel from the hand of the oppressors and lead all of Israel back into the Land in the very end!! This speaks directly of the defeat of the False Messiah ruling the world during the Seven Year Birth Pangs in the very end of days!!!!

HaShem then ratifies the covenant with Avram in verses 17-19 which says “So it happened: The sun set, and it was very dark. Behold there was a smoky furnace and a torch of fire which passed between the pieces. On that day HaShem made a covenant with Avram, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt (The Nile) to the great river, the Euphrates River: The Keinites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Yevusites.'”

The Jerusalem Talmud tractate Kiddushin 1:8 says regarding the above verses “HaShem promises Avram that he will inherit the lands of ten nations. Throughout history, however, Eretz Yisrael consisted only of the territory of seven of these nations: The Chittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Yevusites. The lands of the remaining three nations, the Keinites, Kenizzites and Kadmonites will be given to Israel when Moshiach comes.”

With this all said thus far, I will ask the question again, can HaShem withdraw a covenant He makes? Not a chance!! So how come Christendom has taught these covenants were all fulfilled and tossed aside and now everything is replaced by a brand new, never before seen covenant which has zero to do with HaShem, His Land, His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat and His people? Sorry, I digress again as it is a rhetorical question as we know it is utterly impossible!

So finally we will address the last point which discusses these four kings mentioned above:

  • Amrafel – King of Shinar
  • Aryoch – King of Ellasar
  • Kedorlaomer – King of Elam
  • Tidal – King of Goiim

Who are these guys and what can we derive from them on a prophetic level? The Midrash addresses these four kings: “This man (Amrafel) was called by three names – 1: Cush because he was definitely a Cushite. 2: Nimrod because he initiated rebellion in the world i.e. initiated the idea of intentionally rebelling against HaShem. 3: Amrafel because his sayings were dark because he stated decrees and thereby darkened the world. He convinced the world to rebel against HaShem and enacted decrees to accomplish the same which brought great darkness to the world i.e. the Tower of Babel.” Remember it was Nimrod who cast Avram down into a fiery furnace!! Amrafel is a picture of Babylon.

Aryoch the king of Ellasar the Midrash says “The coins called Issars are named for Ellasar, where they were first minted.” An Issar was a Middle Eastern coin used during the Talmudic period. Point is Ellasar is a picture of Greece.

Chedorlaomer the king of Elam is a picture of Persia-Media

Tidal king of Goiim is a picture of what is called ‘The Evil Kingdom’ which dictates its tyranny from all the nations of the world i.e. Rome!

The Point is, these four kings represent the four kingdoms Israel will have to contend with and be subjugated too throughout our history until the final deliverance and victory by Moshiach Yeshua in the very end!! Babylon, Greece, Persia and Rome (Christendom). WOW! This lines up with the prophecies recorded in Daniel 7!!

Per the prophecies of Daniel 7, he sees four different immense beasts arise from the sea i.e. an idiom to mean from the world:

  • The first like a lion with eagles wings – Babylon
  • The second like a bear – Greece
  • The third like a leopard with four birds wings on its back – Persia
  • The fourth was exceedingly terrifying, the worst empire of them all as this beast was awesome, strong with immense iron teeth. It was different then the first three and it had ten horns – Rome (Christendom: Why do I cite Christendom with Rome? Because Replacement Theology Christendom which has flourished for nearly two thousand years, crushing Israel, forcing mass exiles, pogroms and ultimately the Holocaust in Germany, all derived from Rome. It is the worst empire in that its power, reach and effectiveness was and is gigantic! We today are still under Roman exile in 2019!)

Notice we see Avram and his 318 men defeated and destroyed these four kings, which as I said above, is a great picture of how eventually Moshiach Yeshua will one day destroy these kings in the End of Days on that appointed day!! May it be so very soon in our days!!!

I hope you all can see how much is contained in these Torah portions and how relevant they are to our day and time today? HaShem has embedded so much yet for us to search out and discover!!! But it MUST be done according to His Ways!! SOOOOO much yet for us to learn!!

Much to consider!

Shabbat Shalom!

SOURCE MATERIALS:

  • The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
  • The Stone Edition Chumash
  • Tractate Kiddushin from the Talmud Yerushalmi
  • The Kleinman Edition of The Midrash B’reisheet
  • The Book of Daniel

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)