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I am writing this book, blog, letter, whatever you would like to call it, because of my Passion for Yahshua(jesus) and His Torah(Commandments). This book is for anyone who is willing to truly seek Yahshua and really wants to understand the deep blessing and knowledge of His Torah and what the Truth of the Gospel is. Everything I show and tell you is coming directly from Scripture itself. And always remember to let Scripture interperet Scripture.
I feel the time is at hand where Yahweh is revealing things to us that where long ago lost to us because of the sins of our fathers and the sins we commited ourselves. This is a time of Resteration, and my heart is zealous to tell people about who their Messiah is and about His Torah. In this we will be looking at a few out of many things. The overview of who Messiah is, What is the Gospel, is the Torah(commandments) done away with? Who is the House of Israel accourding to Scripture? and what is the renewed covenant. I am not what people would consider a "professional" because I dont have a "collage degree" but I do not believe I need one to share the Gospel, I beleive what Yahshua said when He said preach the Gospel to every nation, and that He has made us who serve Him a nation of Kings and priests(Revelation 5:10) And I know enough to share, so I do not need a man-made authority to say I know enough.
Have you ever wondered WHY Yahshua says in John 5:46-47 "For had ye believed Moses ye would have beleived me, for he WROTE ABOUT ME. But if YE BELEIVE NOT his writings, HOW SHALL YE BELEIVE MY WORDS?"
Or how about John 14:21 "He that has my commandments(Torah) and KEEPS them, loves me."
First of all, what is Torah? It is the Hebrew word for "Law" in the Strongs #8451-Towrah. The Hebrew for Commandments is the Strongs number#4687-Mitsvah(Law, ordinance, precept.) The word Commandments and Law we can see are linked together, as in Scripture.
Why is the Hebrew/Aramaic language so important? Because It is the Language of our God-Yahweh/Yashua. It is the language The Scriptures and the Gospel of Matthew was written in. Not to say that the Greek is not important, it is, but we need to know the language and culture of our Savior in order to understand what He is trying to say. We need to look at it through "Hebrew eyes"
CHAPTER 1 ARE BELEIVERS PART OF THE HOUSE OF JACOB(ISRAEL)?
Consider this verse in Ezekiel 36:20-28 where it says " 20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
21But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
22Therefore say unto the house of Israel, thus saith the Lord God; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
23And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24For I will take you from among the heathen, and GATHER you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
26A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.(When He came in the flesh, He wrote his commands on our hearts)
27And I will put my spirit within you, and CAUSE YOU TO WALK IN MY STATUES, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God."
So your probobly thinking, "what does this verse have to do with me?"
Now it may be suprising to hear, but the book of James its actually adressed to the TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL. As it says in James 1:1 " James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the TWELVE TRIBES which are scattered abroad, greeting."
Jacob had TWELVE sons, whom formed the TWELVE TRIBES of ISRAEL. As we see in Genisis, when Jacob wrestled with Yahweh, He changed his name to Israel. So Jacob's decendents are called the House of Israel or Israelites. Now what does it say in Galatians 3:29 " And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's SEED(not seedS), and heirs according to the promise."
Who is Abraham's seed? where did they come from?
Abraham's son, Issac, bore Jacob(Israel), they are considered our forefathers by Scripture. Now, If Jacob's decendents(also being Abraham's decendents) are called Israel, then doesn't that mean We as believers are called Israel? They were called "ISRAELITES/HEBREWS BEfORE THEY EVEN ENTERED INTO THE LAND! Exodus 13:37.
Look at Exodus 12:38 says "AND A MIXED MULTITUDE went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, very much cattle." Ok, so if a "Mixed multitude" went up out of the Land of Eygpt with the Israelites(Decendents of Abraham) Does that mean only "Jews" are part of the House of Israel?
Look at Exodus 12:48-49 "And when a STRANGER shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the Passover to Yahweh, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and KEEP IT; and HE SHALL BE AS ONE BORN IN THE LAND: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49ONE Torah(law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the STRANGER that sojourneth among you."
GALATIANS 3:16 " Now to Abraham and his SEED were the promises made. He saith not, And to SEEDS, as of many; but as of ONE, And to thy seed, which is Christ."
So we see Abraham has only ONE seed. Look at Ephesians 2:12 " At that time ye where without Messiah, BEING ALIENS TO THE COMMON WEALTH OF ISRAEL, and Strangers from the covenents of the Promise having no hope without Yahweh in the world."
Notice He said COMMON WEALTH OF...WHO? ISRAEL! NOT the Gentiles.
The word Gentiles in the Hebrew Strongs Concordence is #1471-Gowy- meaning "Heathen, Pagan, foriegn nation." Before we have Messiah(Christ) we WHERE gentiles. But NOT ANYMORE.
Hebrews 8:8 says "For finding fault with them, he says, Behold, the days come says Yahweh when I will make a New covenent WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND THE HOUSE OF JUDAH."
He is refering to Jeremiah 31:31 "Behold the day come, says Yahweh, that I will make a NEW COVENENT with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH."
Notice he NEVER SAYS Gentiles. So If the Renewed covenent was made With the House of Israel and Judah, and not the Gentiles, doesn't that mean that those who beleive in Yahshua are part of the House of Jacob(Israel)?
Romans 11 Talks about the Ingrafting of beleivers in Messiah into the Tree of Messiah.
Romans 11:11-24 "I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.
20Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.
24For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
This chapter is making a Reference to Jeremiah 11:16 where it says " The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken. " So the branches where broken off, why? Because We disobeyed His commandments.
Now Look at this verse in 1 Corinthians10:1-4, Shaul(Paul) is telling us that ALL of our Fathers where at Mount Sinai. Now some are probobly saying "wait what?" Yes, they were, take a look: 1 Corninthians 10:1-4
1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that ALL OUR fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
We see at the end of that verse, that Yahshua(jesus) Himself was in the Wilderness and Mount Sinai WITH the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. And that If Paul says "ALL OUR FATHERS" doesnt that mean we are their...DECENDENTS? and that would make us ISRAELITES. Remember Exodus 12:48-49 says that the Strangers once [email protected](A picture of Spiritual Cir$!!$sision) became as one who was born the physical decendent.
Now why would Yahweh says this in Deuteronomy 29:12-15
12That thou shouldest enter into covenant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day:
13That he may establish thee to day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
14NEITHER WITH YOU ONLY do I make this covenant and this oath;
15But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and ALSO with him that is NOT HERE WITH US THIS DAY."
Wait a minute, who is this "and with he who is not here" thing about? Well it means the Future people, the future BELEIVERS IN MESSIAH. Yahweh made His Marriage Covenent at Mount Sinai with the House of Israel NEAR AND FAR.
Exodus 13:8 says "And you shall show your son IN THAT DAY, saying this is done because of that which YAHWEH DID UNTO ME when I CAME FORTH OUT OF EYGPT." So Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4 is KEEPING that Commandment, and telling us to do the same.
Exodus 19:3 says "And Moses went up unto Elohim(God) and Yahweh called unto him out of THE MOUNTIAN saying ,Thus shall you say to the HOUSE OF JACOB and tell the Children of ISRAEL."
So the people at Mount Sinai, INCLUDING the MIXED MULTITUDE in Exodus 12:38 is called the House of Jacob.
Numbers 15:15-16 says "ONE ORDINANCE shall be both for YOU OF THE CONGREGATION and also for the STRANGER THAT SOJOURNS with you, an ORDINANCE FOR EVER in you generations. as you are so shall the STRANGER before Yahweh. ONE LAW and ONE MANNER shall be for YOU AND FOR THE STRANGER THAT SOJOURNS WITH YOU."
This is ALL a picture of when Yahshua(jesus) brings us into His Covenent and we repent and recieve Him, we become Abraham's seed, his decendents, we become grafted into the House of Jacob.
CHAPTER 2 THE "CHURCH" WAS BORN AT MOUNT SINAI
Now many Beleivers In Messiah will say "wait a minute! the church was born in the book of Acts."
Actually no, they were in fact born at Mount Sinai, and We can prove that By Scripture alone.
Acts 7:36-38 "36 He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, AND IN THE WILDERNESSS FOR FORTY YEARS.
37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
38This is he, that was in the CHURCH in THE WILDERNESS with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sinai, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
The word used Church used in that verse if the Greek #1577-Ekklesia-A gathering, ASSEMBLY OF ISRAELITES, ASSEMBLY. Ekklesia is where we get the word ECCLESIASTES. The Hebrew word for that verse is Kaw-hawl(Qahal/kahal) #6951, the same word used in Genesis 35:10-11-
Now to be honest, the word "church" is NOWHERE in the original language of the New testament. The word in Greek is CONGREGATION.
10And God said unto him, THY NAME IS JACOB: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but ISRAEL shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.
11And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a COMPANY(#6951) of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; "
So as we have seen in this chapter and no offense to any one, I am just showing Biblical facts, when Yahshua comes back to rule and riegn, we will not be called "Christians, baptist, messianics, catholics,etc" We WILL BE CALLED ISRAEL.
CHAPTER 3 WHAT IS THE RENEWED COVENANT?
Many Beleivers say that the "New covenant" earased the old one. But actually they are the SAME covenant. Let's look at Jeremiah 31:31 "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:
32Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:
33But this shall be the ovenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law(Torah) in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
34And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.
So we see this that YAHWEH does NOT plan to destroy His Torah, but to WRITE IT ON OUR HEARTS AND MINDS-This came about when Yahshua died and was ressurected and when we repent and recieve Him and follow Him. Now verse 34 has not yet been fulfilled, because obviously we still need teachers, but when Messiah COMES BACK, He will perfect His commandments in us and we will need no teacher.
7For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
8Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.
9And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers."
The word New is the Hebrew word Cha'dash-#2318- "RENEW, REPAIR, MAKE ANEW." So in order to repair something, that means it must have been in the past fixed. When Yahshua came and deid and was ressurected that what he did, he Renewed the Covenant, Not threw it away.
The purpose of renewing the Covenant is to write His Torah on our MINDS AND HEARTS and give us HEARTS OF FLESH and not stony hearts, as the following verses below show;
Hebrew 10:16 "This is the COVENANT that I will make with them after those days, saith Yahweh, I will put MY TORAH INTO THEIR HEARTS AND IN THEIR MINDS WILL I WRITE THEM."
That is a referance to Jeremiah 31:31-33 "Behold, the days come saith Yahweh, that I WILL MAKE A NEW(RENEWED) COVENANT WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND WITH THE HOUSE OF JUDAH. Not according to the Covanant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of Eygpt; though I was a husband unto them saith Yahweh. But this shall be the covanant I will make with the House of ISRAEL after those days saith Yahweh, I WILL PUT MY TORAH IN THEIR INWAR PARTS, AND WRITE IT IN THEIR HEARTS, AND I WILL BE THEIR YAHWEH, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE."
Ezekiel 36:26 "A NEW HEART also will I give you, and a NEW SPIRIT will I put within you and I will TAKE AWAY THE STONY HEART out of your flesh and I will give you A HEART OF FLESH."
Notice that Yahweh does not mention making a covenant with the Gentiles; It is with the HOUSE OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH. So if the covenant is for only those people, then dont you think that means that We who beleive in Messiah are the house of Jacob?(Christians and Jews) As Ephesians 2 tells us
" 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of ISRAEL, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world."
Remeber what Yahweh says in Numbers 15; ONE people and ONE Torah.
Accourding to Yahweh/Yahshua this is NO denomination, no religion, but ONE people called ISRAEL. That should be our "title" since very many like to label themselves a different religion or denomination.
Mount Sinai is the first time the Marriage covenant was made.
Exodus 19: 5-6 " 5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel."
So if we obey He said He would make us what? a Kingdom of Priests.
Now look at 1 Peter 1:1 "Peter, an apostle of Yahshua the Messiah, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners in the DISPERSION in Pontus, Galatia, Apodosis, Asia, and Bauhinia."
So we see that Peter was talking to who? The ones living as foreigners in the Dispersion, the Dispersed of Israel.
Now in 1Peter 2:5 He says "You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, TO BE A HOLY PRIESTHOOD. To offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Elohim(God) through Yashua the Messiah."
1Peter2:9 says "But you are a CHOSEN RACE, A ROYAL PFRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, a people of Elohim's own possession that you may proclaim the excellence of Him who called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light:Who in the time past where no people, but now are Elohim's people, who had not obtained mercy but now have otained mercy." Peter is making a referance to the Book of Hosea and Exodus 19.
Revelation 1:5-6 " 5And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
6And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
So do you see how All of Scripture is connected? It does not go against itself. As Yahshua said A kingdom divided against itself shall not stand. Scripture is all wooven in together.
CHAPTER 4 IS TORAH(THE COMMANDMENTS) DONE AWAY WITH? WHAT ARE THE COMMANDMENTS?
17Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Now this is going to be fun, this is a subject that many do not like to talk about. But if we really are a part of the Houe of Jacob(if we really beleive in Yahshua as our savior) We need to know what to do when He says in John 14:15 "If you love me, keep my commandments"
Now remember, the Torah does not SAVE us. But once we accept Yeshua, He says if we love Him, to KEEP His commandments. If he is YHWH, then what are His commandments? Well the ones He gave to Moses, Adam, eve, Abraham, Noah, Paul, Peter, and all of us, that he gave in the Torah. The word Torah actually means "teaching and instructions."
What commandments? Well lets take this journey into Scripture and see.
Now many people, sadly, have said to me "We dont have to keep the commandments, we're saved through faith by grace." Ok let me ask you this then; Does that mean it is ok for you to go out and Murder? to steal? to kill?
Again Look at what Yahshua(Jesus) says in John 5:46-47
46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.
47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
WHAT DOES JAMES 2:20 SAY? " But Wilt thou know, O vain man, that FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD?"
Lets repeat that again- James 2:26 "For as the body without the spirit is dead, so FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD also."
So....HOW ON EARTH, can you say "I'm saved by grace through faith I dont NEED the Commandments." I am so sorry but that is absurd.
Now look at What Yahshua says about the Torah(Law) in Luke 24:44, Matthew 5:17-20, and John 5:46-47; Thee verses Matthew5 and Luke 24 both use the Greek word Pleroo-#4137-meaning Fill, supply, realise, establish, fully preach. Now that same word is used in Romans 15:19 when Paul says "I have FULLY PREACHED the gospel of Christ." Look it up for yourself.
Now many people say "oh well fulfill means to bring an end to." WRONG. If this is the SAME WORD being used in Romans 15:19, then does that mean Paul "brought to an end" the Gospel of Messiah? NO! He hadn't even finished preaching in that region. Therefore when It is used in Matthew 5:17 and Luke 24:44 it is not saying to end, it is saying to establish! fully preach, bring forth to uphold. More proof that the Torah(commandments), ALL OF IT, is NOT BY ANY MEANS done away with.
Remember what Shaul(Paul) says in Romans 3:31 "Do we make void the Law(Torah) through faith? Yahweh forbid! yea, we ESTABLISH the Torah."
It says about Yahshua in Luke24:44 "And He(Yahshua) said unto them, "These are the words which I spake unto you while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the TORAH of Mosheh(moses) and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms CONCERNING ME."
So Yahshua is saying that Moses wrote about Him. The very essance of the commands are about the Messiah.
Many people say that grace came along in the new testament(though ALL of Scripture is one book new and old) but actually Yahweh's grace has been around since Genisis. Genesis 6:8 says "But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of Yahweh." Here are other verses about grace:
Genesis 32:5; Gen 33:8; Gen 33:10; Gen 33:15; Exodus 33:12; Exodus 34:17; Numbers32:5; Jdg 6:17; Ruth 2:2, and the list goes on and on.
Grace through faith has been around since the begining. Just as Displayed when Yahweh protected the Children of Eygpt by Celebrating the Passover(a Perfect picture of Messiah)
I have been told "Well Abraham was before the commandments and he was justified by faith."
Oh really? Well what does Yahweh says about Abraham in Genisis 26:5?
5 "And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed, BECAUSE ABRAHAM OBEYED MY VOICE AND KEPT MY CHARGE, MY COMMANDMENTS, MY STATUES, AND MY LAWS."
So ABRAHAM KEPT TORAH. And had faith, so he had Faith and obeyed the Torah and BECAUSE OF THAT Yahweh blesses us, Abraham's seed. How come so many people say he didn't? Why do so many say the Law was after Abraham? The Torah is the attributes of Yahweh/Yahshua. Yah spoke it, and Abraham obeyed. It may not have been yet written down, but it has ALWAYS BEEN THERE.
Now what does the Bible tell us Sin is? 1 John 3:4 says it plainly "Whoever commiteth Sin transgresseth also the TORAH, for SIN IS THE TRANSGRESSION OF THE TORAH(COMMANDMENTS/LAW) "
So if the Bible says Sin is transgressing the Law(Torah) then WHY ON EARTH do so many Beleivers still keep sinning by saying "we do not have to keep the law" ?
Now I have news for you; And you will not like this, but it's Biblical. The law(Torah) is NOT JUST TEN Commandments; Yahweh STARTED to tell the People the Commandments, but when He got to TEN, THEY GOT AFRAID, as it says in Exodus 20:18-19
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.(They interupted Yahweh giving the Commandments(Torah)
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die."
Now when Moses went up there, Please read it for yourself, Yahweh CONTINUED to give the Commandments, He NEVER was going to just give Ten.
Amoung ALL of the Commandments are the VERY PROPHETIC OF MESSIAH Feast days(Leviticus 23) of YAHWEH(not of men) Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavout(Pentecost), Trumpets, Atonment, and Tabernacles. There are OVER 600 Commandments in all of 'Scripture, mostly in the First five books, which Yahshua taught and lived out ALL the commandments.
Notice, if you have Read the chapter, WHO those Feasts are to. Are they "Feasts to the Jews?" NO! TO YAHWEH(THE LORD!) Dont you think He wants us to celebrate His Feastt days? US, HIS PEOPLE? Those in Messiah?
Why is it though, that out of ALL the Commands Yahweh gave us, Most people(no offense to any) like to "pick and choose" which Commands to keep? Is it not for ALL OF US? As the Renewed Testament says?
1 Corinthians 5: 7-8 says "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump as ye are UNLEAVEND. For even Messiah, OUR PASSOVER LAMB is Sacrificed for us. 8 Therefore LET US KEEP THE FEAST, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the UNLEAVENED BREAD of Sincerity."
So wait, PAUL is telling us to Celebrate the Passover and Unleavend bread Feasts? Now many people think Paul is a Torah basher, WHICH IS 100% COMPLETELY FALSE. Paul LOVES the Torah, what he HATES is the MAN-MADE TRADITIONS of the Pharisees that tried to Ruin and twist Yahweh's Commandments. When Paul says "Works of the "Law" He is talking about what the Rabbi's call "the ORAL law" which is a doctrine of THEIR commandments(NOT YAHWEH'S) For Paul was a Pharisee at one point! He knows the Torah back and forth and He also knows the "Oral law"(traditions) back and forth. And when He says the "works of the law are bondage" He is saying the MANY TRADITIONS OF THE RABBI'S AND PHARISEES are bondage. The book of Galatians is all about how Torah does not save us, only Yeshua does, however Paul NEVER says the Torah is done away with!
And answer me this quick question, if Yeshua said all food were unclean, then why would Peter in Acts chapter 10 say "I will not eat that Master, for I have never eaten anything unclean"? We'll get to Acts 10 a bit later on.
Let me ask you this, why would Paul curse Yahweh's commandments then go in Romans 7:12 and say
12 "Wherefore the Torah(law) IS HOLY AND THE COMMANDMENT HOLY AND JUST AND GOOD." ?
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THAT?
Now, many think the Torah is "legalism" or "bondage" Ok, if you think that, then you must think to keep Sabbath is bondage, you must think to Not Murder is bondage, and being Heterosexual is bondage, you must think that not lying is bondage. Its NOT bondage. Yahweh's Torah is a blessing and I love it dearly for how He has used it to change my life and show me who Yahshua(jesus) our Messiah really is. Its beautiful and perfect. They are to Celebrate Him and His instructions for our lives and To remind us of His love.
Yahshua is the only one to cleanse us and save us, but as He said to obey His commands and faith without works is dead, and in Matthew 5, that if we do not keep His commands will be least in the Kingdom, your serving Him by obeying His commands, helps you. Faith and Obediance go HAND IN HAND. You CANNOT have ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER. You cannot say "I accept Messiah, but I'm going to go and kill people, cheat, steal, not keep kosher, and not follow the commands."
We cannot keep sinning once we are saved! we need to walk in obediance. Remember 1 John 3:4 "sin is transgression of the law"
You see, Torah WITHOUT faith, DOES NOT SAVE US. But, Torah WITH faith, upholds our faith. As it says in
8 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9Not of works, lest any man should boast."
After we are saved, then we establish the law(Torah) , as Paul tells us in Romans 3:28-31:
28"Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we ESTABLISH THE LAW."
Wow! I didn't write it! Paul did! How can you deny what Yahshua, Paul, and so many others have said? That word establish is the Greek word -histemi-#2476- to UPHOLD, STAND FIRM, DOES NOT WAIVER.
Luke 24:44- "And Yeshua said to them These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all have to be FULFILLED(PLEERO) that were written in the Torah of Mosheh and the prophets and the Psalms concerning me."
More proof that the Torah(law) is NOT done away with.
Many SAY the Disciples, early Church(which actually started at Mount Sinai) and even Yahshua himself, did not keep the Feasts, did not keep Sabbath, did not keep basically the Commandments. But I earge you to really Read the Renewed Covenent. Because from what I see they have. They Taught OTHERS TO DO THE SAME.
Colossians 2:16 says "Let no man therefore judge you in Meat or in drink or in RESPECT OF A HOLY DAY(FEAST DAY) or of the NEW MOON(the start of the month) or of the Sabbath. Which ARE A SHADOW OF THINGS TO COME, but the body of Messiah."
So in this we read that the Torah is of things to come. So will we be Celebrating the Feasts, Eating Kosher, keeping Sabbath, Respecting our Parents, etc, When Yahshua comes back to Reign on the Earth? YES! Look at Zecheriah 14 where it is talking about THE LAST DAY, In reference to the Last days, the Thousand year reign of Messiah.
Zecheriah 14:16-18 "And it SHALL COME TO PASS that everyone that is LEFT OF ALL THE NATIONS(EVERYONE) which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the KING, YAHWEH OF HOSTS, and to KEEP THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES. And it shall be whosoever will not come of the FAMILIES OF THE EARTH unto JERUSALEM to worship The King, Yahweh of hosts, EVEN UPON THEM SHALL BE NO RAIN."
So we see this is going to happen in the Future.
The Disciples celebrated Pentecost, and guess what? Pentecost is Shavuot!(Feast of Weeks) It is a Feast day of Yahweh., Leviticus 23/Acts 2.
The Greek Word for Pentecost is #4005-Pentekoste- It is the Fiftieth day of Feast of Weeks, which starts from First Fruits . Look it up for yourself, it is proof they kept the Commandments. Go to a strongs Lexicon, search in the Greek for the verse in Acts 2, click the number for the word Pentecost #4005 and It will tell you it is the Fiftieth Day of the Feast of Weeks.
Now there is a Misunderstanding, A BIG Misunderstanding about what Happens in Acts 10. Now many people say that Yahweh told Peter that now he could eat ANY FOOD and none was unclean. Thats 100% FALSE, because WE MUST LET SCRIPTURE INTERPURET SCRIPTURE. Now please Read the Chapter for yourself, the whole thing, but you will see that when he gets to verse 28 PETER EXPLAINS THE VISION AND ITS MEANING:
28 : "And he said unto them, "Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep Company, or Come unto one of another nation; BUT YAHWEH SHEWED ME THAT I SHOULD NOT CALL ANY MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN."
Any MAN; NOT food. Peter knew what the vision meant and it was not talking of food. For there are Commandments that YAHWEH/YAHSHUA gave us that do tell us what food is unclean to Him and what is not.
And let me ask you something; Does Yahshua have a split personality? Now we know that HE HIMSELF IS YAHWEH, and that HE HIMSELF WAS AT MOUNT SINAI WHEN THE TORAH WAS GIVEN, IN FACT HE GAVE IT, and if HEBREWS 13:8 says "Yahshua Ha'Moshiac is the same yesterday, today and forever." Then WHY ON EARTH would he BREAK HIS OWN RULES?
Many people think Yahshua and Yahweh are two different people and that Yahshua came saying "oh my Father says you can't eat that, but I say its ok." THAT IS ABSURD! Don't you know they are ALWAYS IN AGREEMENT?
Yahshua, as we all know(i hope we all know) Celebrated the Feasts, Kept Kosher, Respected His parents, etc. HE WAS WITHOUT SIN.
Another criticle issue is what version of Scripture you are using. I highly reccoment the King james Version because It is close to the Original texts. Let me demenstrate on one very important misconception
Romans 14:14- Alot of people will read this in the NIV or a New age version and it will say "No food is unclean" and many are led astray by that, But in the Greek it says "NO ONE, NOTHING" The Greek Strongs concordence for that word in that passage is #3762-OUDEIS-pronoun- meaning no one, nothing.
So in the context of the languages they were written in it reads differently.
Another Misinterptretation is Acts 12:4, and I URGE YOU PLEASE LOOK IT UP. The word "easter" in this verse, actually got switched and is not supposed to be there. PASSOVER is the word that is supposed to be there. Go to that chapter and the strongs number is #3957-Pascha-PASSOVER. And it is of Aramaic origin. The hebrew number is #6453-PASSOVER-Pecach.
So many people think "oh Paul celebrated easter!" NO HE DIDN'T. That was PASSOVER. No offense, but why would Paul, a follower of Messiah, celebrate a pagan holiday of worshiping the fertility godess easter? And please I urge you, do the research for yourself, easter is pagan and half the population on this earth knows that. Please do the research for yourself, If you want to continue to keep, thats up to you, but it is not ordained by Yahshua; Neither is Christmas, Read Jeremiah 10, it talks about the christmas tree. I reccomend doing studies on all holidays(including hanukah) that are not part of the 7 Feasts of Yahweh. To me if it is part of the 7 Feast days, I do not celebrate it, as Yahshua did.
Many people say "the apostles didn't celebrate sabbath" YES THEY DID
Here are more Sabbath verses:
Acts 13:27; Acts 13:44l Acts 16:13;Acts18:4; Colossians 2:16; Mark 3:2; Mark 6:2; Luke 4:31; Luke 6; Luke 14:1; John 5:16; and dozens more.
Something that saddens me is that I have heard SO MANY times "well the apostles didnt keep Sabbath, or the Feast days, so we dont have to." Ok, may I propose something? The Disiples DID keep the Sabbath and Feasts and commands but besides the fact, are we not called to follow YAHSHUA'S EXAMPLE? NOT the Disciples? But that's another issue for another time.
One of the Beautiful things is how ALL of Scripture compliment each other; One instance is when Yahshua says in Mark 12:31 "Love your neighbor as yourself." It is the Same thing exact thing He saiad in Deuteronomy 19:17-18 "love your neighbor as yourself."
And here is something to think about that Emer A Josephson once pointed out, if some say "it's not in the Renewed testament so its done away with." Well "Thou shalt not take the name of thy God in vain." is not in the Renewed Testament, does that mean we can curse Yahweh?
Now please keep in mind, that it is VERY important walk in love in the commandments, and not walk in the stricness of it all. For an example; We do not stone people for braking the sabbath, because we are following His example of mercy and His Ruach Kodesh(Holy spirit) You see, back in Moses day, many many people followed the commands with a malicious heart, they felt they had to or else, but Yahweh has ALWAYS had mercy on those who do His commands with a LOVING HEART. The many that were punished were punished because of the malice and leaven in their hearts. But those who sinned, yet loved Yahweh and repented(David, Job, Abraham,etc) all were seen as RIGHTOUS in Yahweh's site. Because they loved Him and walked in the Holy spirit of the commands. We are not perfect, but we try our best. Another example, back in those days, if a woman or man had an unclean discharge, they would stay isolated for eight days outside the camp. What is different today? Well the same principle, but now a days we have soap to cleanse us, when back then they did not, which is WHY Yahweh told them to stay isolated, so they would not infect the other people. Now a days, if we did not bathe ourselves, we would have to do the same thing to protect others, be isolated. It does not take away from His commands, but it shows the depth and WHY He tells us to do what He tells us.
Always follow Yahshua's example, live as He did, not as others do, even if they are considered a saint, high or holy. There is only ONE whom we are to follow; He kept the Feast days, kosher, Sabbath, and ALL the other commandments and encourages us to do the same.
So, there you go, there is so much more I want to share, but this is the basics. In my concluding in this book, blog, whatever, I will just ask you once again to please have an open mind about everything I have showed you, do not hate it, do not try to reject it and debunk it like I tried to when I first heard of it and came into this, but now I'm madly in love with it. It's not a burden. Compare the Scriptures for youself, I really hope this has been very thought provoking for you and that you'll ask Yahweh if this is all true or not, and in the end all truth will be revealed when Yahshua returns.
http://thebiblemisunderstood.blogspot.com/ ALL BELEIVERS IN YESHUA(JEWS AND NON JEWS) ARE ISRAEL; Romans 11; Ephesians 2:12; Galatians 3:29, Jeremiah 31:31-33; Jeremiah 11
Do you not realize that the "word" of God that is referded to by Yeshua and the Apostles is the Torah. There was no other word to them because the new testament was not considered Scripture then. Also, 1 JOhn 3:4 says that Sin is transgression of the Torah. If there is no Torah, then there is no Sin. And also, Hebrews 8:8 says not that God found fault with the Torah, but that he fond fault with "THEM" the people(sinners). plus even Paul encourages us not to walk in sin(Torahlessness) as he says countless times, such as in Romans 7:22-25"I myself truyly serve the Torah of Elohim." in Acts 21 Paul takes a Vow to show that He never spoke against the Torah. Matthew 5 Yeshua says He did not come to distroy the torah but to fulfill(pleroo-establish, uphold) the same word is used in Romans 15 when paul says he has "fully(pleero) preached the gospel of Messiah. that deos not mean Paul did away with the Gospel. Also, If there is no Torah, then there is no standered, then there is no Sin, and we dont need a Savior. The book of Hebrews is about Yeshua being the High Priest, If He is our High preist, then the Torah is still in Affect. Paul's entire message, is that the Torah does not SAVE(which is the issue in Acts 15) but Faith in Yeshua SAVES; but how do we show that faith? By keeping Yeshua(God's) Torah. Simple. The whole Bible message is exactly the Same.
[email protected] 1:14 Addresses staying away from the Fables of MEN, not God. What does 1 John 3:22 say? "And whatever we ask we recieve from HIm, BECAUSE we GAURD HIS COMMANDMENTS(TORAH) and do what is pleasing in His sight." 1 John2:3-4 says "And by this we know we know HIm, if we KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. The one who says 'I know Him' and does not gaurd His commands, is a LAIR, and the Truth(Psalms119:142) is not in Him."
Look at verse 7, John says "Beloved, I write you NO FRESH COMMAND, but an old command which you have had from the BEGINING. The old command is the WORD which you heard from the begining." What was their definition of the Beginning? was it Matthew? John? No...It was the Torah. Genesis is the beginning. Isaiah 48:3 tells us that Yeshua(jesus/god) declares the End FROM THE BEGINNING. Solomon himself, who God called the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun(Ecclesiates 1:9) Hosea 4:6 says "my people perish because of lack of Knowledge." Well, we usually stop there. But what does the same verse say? keep reading "BECAUSE they FORGOT MY TORAH." Now if John 1:1-14 tells us the the Word(Torah) was with God and is God, and that it became flesh, then doesn't that mean that if we do away with Torah, we are cutting Yeshua(jesus) in half? we're doing away with him, because He is the Torah.
The word iniquity, in the Greek and hebrew means "without mosaic law." you can look in the Concordance. BUT. I encourage people to let the Bible interperet the Bible. The Torah is the new testament dictionary. And I understand that we have sadly grown up being told that the "torah is done away with, that is for the jews." what have you. But, we really need to ask ourselves "is this correct? what does Scripture say? The word Jew is never mentioned in the Torah, it is not mentioned until 1 kings. There where 12 tribes, Abraham's decendants, that came up out of Eygpt, and Exodus 12 says "a MIXED MULTITUDE" came up with them. Meaning not just the physical decendants. Exodus 12:48-49 also says that there is ONE Torah for both the stranger and the native born. Jeremiah 31:31 tells us what Hebrews 8 tells us- That the new covenant will be made with the house of Israel and Judah and that the Torah would be written on the heart, the way it was supposed to be written, not on stone. David had the Torah on His heart, it was always meant to be something to love, not rebuke. Paul does a great job in telling us what the Torah does; It Blesses if you keep it, curses if you break it, and shows us what sin and rightousness is. It does not SAVE, but it blesses and it is our way of showing Yeshua(jesus/god) we love him. It is never mentioned as bondage in Scripture; the only thing that Scripture says is bondage is Man-made doctrine. The context of "under the law" is that those who depend on the law for SALVATION. We are no longer under DEATH if we break the Torah. But does that mean the Torah should not be followed? No! Paul says in Romans 3:31 "Do we then nullify the Torah(commandments Yeshua gave to us in Gen-Deaut) through the beleif? LET IT NOT BE! ON the contrary, we ESTABLISH the Torah."