Chapter 2


 The Word of God is HisEternal Law

         
         Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful
         to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
  Joshua 1:8

 

 Contents


1.  Parts of the Law That Apply Today
2.  
God's Commandments vs. Rome's
     Commandments

3.  
The Meaning of "Torah"
4.  
The Sabbath - Q&A Sabbath Discussion 
5.  
God's Dietary Law
6.  
Videos - Christians Who Accepted the Torah
7.  God's "Core Law"

Torah Testimony From Former Christian Pastor



     The Way of God is to Keep His "Law" theTorah


Confusion lies as to which of God's Laws are those we keep?  Are they the 10 written in stone? Are they all 613 of the "Mosaic Law"?  Are they the Catholic/Christian Commandments?

After years of confusion of attempting to reconcile the diametrically opposed personalities and character of the iron-fisted Old Testament God and that of the compassionate Messiah, I came to one key realization:  The Messiah of the book of Revelation IS NO DIFFERENT from the Old Testament God.  They BOTH command us to keep THEIR COMMANDMENTS which are one and the same:


            "For I AM the LORD, I CHANGE NOT; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."  Malachi 3:6

Are the Commandments limited to the "10 Commandments"?  No. 

In Deuteronomy 6:1-–3 we read of laws, commands, commandments, decrees, and statutes: “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the LORD your God commanded me to teach you” (HCSB, verse 1, emphasis added). Other translations use words like decrees or laws. All these are part of God’s Law, with some slight distinctions.

A look at the various Hebrew words used helps highlight some of the differences:

“Commandments” in verses 1 and 2 (mitzvah): This is the general Hebrew term for “commandment” and usually refers to the comprehensive list of laws or body of laws given by the Lord in the Books of Moses. This is also the Hebrew term often used when the Lord spoke directly in the Old Testament.

“Statutes” (choq): According to Vine’s Expository Dictionary, this word means “statute, prescription, rule, law, regulation” and can refer to laws of nature (Job 28:26Jeremiah 5:2231:35–36) or what is allocated, rationed, or apportioned to someone (Genesis 47:22Exodus 29:28).

“Rules” (mishpat): A judicial verdict or formal decree. In the Law of Moses, some of the legal types of rules would fall under this category.

“Statutes/Commands” in verse 2 (chuqqah): Chuqqah has a more specific meaning than choq, according to Vine’s dictionary. It refers to a particular law related to a festival or ritual, such as Passover (Exodus 12:14), the Days of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:17), or the Feast of Tabernacles (Leviticus 23:41).

All four of these Hebrew words are used throughout the writings of Moses to refer to commands from God to be obeyed by God’s people. Distinctions are sometimes made regarding one word from the other, yet the overall principle is one of obedience to all that the Lord commands, whether it’s a general command, a prescribed law, a legal verdict, or a religious festival or ritual.


Most everyone who reads the NT overlooks the profound admiration, love and veneration the Messiah has for His Father that would make any dad proud. Matthew 21-23 makes this very clear - in so many words He is saying He won't waste His time with those who ignored His Father's Laws (Torah) come Judgment Day. 

The New Covenant ("New Testament") is about REPENTANCE OF SIN.  In other words, we were given OPPORTUNITY in our lifetime to reconsider our sinning ways to stop doing them - in effect, we were given time to redeem ourselves thru choice.  In the Old Testament, no such opportunity for redemption was given - death came swiftly and brutally for the disobedient children of Israel and particularly its enemies.  That is precisely what awaits those on Judgment Day when there are no longer "second chances".

The story of the adulterous woman in John 8:4 is a microcosm of the Old Covenant, New Covenant and Revelation because EVERYONE would be subject to immediate death - However - everyone, including the adulterous woman - MUST REPENT AND SIN NO MORE.  Obviously, if she returned to her adulterous ways, she will not have mercy on the Day of Judgment from the Messiah who gave her - and all of us - the OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING and REDEEM OURSELVES BEFORE HIM.


God the Father was and is merciful - He sent His Son to give everyone OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT AND FORSAKE THEIR SINNING WAYS - in other words, REDEMPTION thru REPENTANCE instead of automatic death as was the case in the Old Testament.  The Messiah's ministry and ultimate price of torture and death was FOR THOSE THAT BELIEVE He was the Messenger spoken of by the prophets and do His Will which is to KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND TESTIFY HE IS THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 

Make no mistake - the Messiah WILL NOT HAVE MERCY on those who forsook Him and His gift of OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT OF OUR SINNING WAYS, forgiveness of others and keeping God's Law come Judgment Day - He Himself has made this VERY CLEAR in Matthew 7:21-23 and from the wrath He will unleash during the Apocalypse. The consequence is still ETERNAL DEATH as His Father ordered and warned in the Old Testament.


The Parts of  the Law / Commands / Torah That Apply Today

1. God's Ten Commandments (Exodus 20 and 34 - which included several "forever" commandments).

2. The Seventh Day Sabbath (Exodus 31:13; Exodus 31:16-17; Leviticus 23:3). God told us that the Sabbath would forever be a sign between Him and the children of Israel (which includes every believer, grafted-in or otherwise!) In the end times (which we are in now) the seventh day Sabbath will distinguish TRUE believers from the "lukewarm" - especially when the Antichrist starts putting pressure on people to conform to his rules:

Exodus 31: 13 "Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: 'Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you."

Exodus 31: 16 "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.'"

See "Keep the True Sabbath" Chapter here

3. The Biblical Feasts are outlined in Leviticus 23 which states after each feast: "it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations."

4. Keeping Kosher. Yes, eating "clean" foods was a "forever" commandment. You can search the Bible through, but you will never see that command negated. Kosher Law always was, and still is, YHWH's Law. He never said pork, shellfish, etc. were food! People called it food in rebellion against God. The NT passages (which Christians like to use as proof that appear to suggest we can eat whatever we want) deal with animals God gave us to eat and whether they are ceremonially clean and can be eaten at that time. Even in Peter's vision (Acts 11), Peter would never have eaten the kosher animals that had been in contact with treife (non-kosher) animals. Peter's vision was to show that the kosher animals were no longer considered unclean because they were among the treife. This was illustrating that the Gentiles were now to be accepted! The rest of the passage in Acts 11 shows that this is the correct interpretation and what the vision was all about....

For a complete outline, See Deuteronomy 14:1-21 and Leviticus 11. Also see Pastor Larry Lasiter's article, Food in the Bible.

5. Wearing tzit-zit, the "tassels" on the four corners of our garments. Today, we don't have "four-cornered" garments, but we can loop them through our belt loops or wear speak shirts (Google tzit-tzit for more info). Please see our articles on tzit-tzits and tallits.

Numbers 15: 37 ADONAI said to Moshe, 38 "Speak to the people of Isra'el (this includes women!), instructing them to make, through all their generations, tzitziyot on the corners of their garments, and to put with the tzitzit on each corner a blue thread. 39 It is to be a tzitzit for you to look at and thereby remember all of ADONAI's mitzvot and obey them, so that you won't go around wherever your own heart and eyes lead you to prostitute yourselves; 40 but it will help you remember and obey all my mitzvot and be holy for your God. 41 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt in order to be your God. I am ADONAI your God."

6. Circumsicion. Abrahim, as part of his covenant with God, was commanded to circumcise his foreskin. "This is My covenant which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: Every male child among you shall be circumcised; and you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskins, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between Me and you. He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations, he who is born in your house or bought with money from any foreigner who is not your descendant. He who is born in your house and he who is bought with your money must be circumcised, and My covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant" (Genesis 17:10-14).

Centuries later, God revealed what circumcision represented. "But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt- then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land" (Leviticus 26:40-42). Hence, uncircumcision represented stubborn sinfulness. Circumcision was done on the outward flesh, but it represented the acceptance of the covenant in the mind, including the willingness to obey the laws within the covenant. When God told Israel, "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer" (Deuteronomy 10:16), it meant that they were remove their stubborn sinful thoughts from their minds. In other words, they were to purge sin from their lives and become obedient to the laws of God. "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live" (Deuteronomy 30:6).



God's Dietary Law


I absolutely use to love to eat all types of pork products, shrimp cocktails, lobster and frog legs and still crave them at times - but I accepted God's word on the matter and though it was not easy, I stopped eating them completely.  If I could, so can you.  Go Kosher- it's for your own good.


SOME COMMON UNCLEAN ANIMALS

Swine

Mice

Bat

Seagull

Clam

Seal

Dog

Raccoon

Buzzard

Crane

Crab

Whale

Cat

Squirrel

Crow

Owl

Lobster

Marlin

Rabbit

Horse

Hawk

Stork

Oyster

Shark

Possum

Armadillo

Ostrich

Flamingo

Shrimp

Sturgeon

Bear

Beaver

Pelican

Parrot

Catfish

Snake

Camel

Badger

Kite

Crawfish

Turtle

Frog

SOME COMMON CLEAN ANIMALS

Antelope

Goat

Chicken

Quail

Bass

Flounder

Buffalo

Moose

Dove

Turkey

Crappie

Snapper

Cattle

Sheep

Duck

Pheasant

Salmon

Trout

Deer

Lamb

Goose

Pigeon

Sardine

Tuna

Ox

Elk

Guinea

Grouse

Bream

Pike

Caribou

Gazelle

Partridge

Sparrow

Locust

Crickets



A World Health Organization (WHO) group declared on Monday (10/26/2015) that processed meat, such as hot dogs and bacon, causes cancer and red meat may as well.
http://time.com/4086858/who-meat-cancer/?xid=homepage

Pork Problems: Consumer Reports Finds Dangerous Bacteria in Pork
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyXwJKms9yY


         God's Commandments        Christianity's Commandments

God's Ten Commandments

Catholic/Christian Ten Commandments

1st

I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1st

I am the LORD thy God. Thou shalt have no strange gods before Me.

2nd

Exodus 20:4-6 You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my Commandments.


Deleted. See also idolatry in the Catholic Church


(There is idolatry in the Papal system so the second Commandment has been deleted or sometimes it has been absorbed into the first. All remaining Commandments are therefore shifted along one count.)

3rd

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God In vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

2nd

Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.

4th

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

3rd

Remember to keep holy the Sabbath day.

(The Sabbath is the fourth Commandment by normal count. The day to be kept is no longer mentioned since they changed the
Sabbath to Sunday.)

(Note that God had more to say about the fourth Commandment than all others and with good reason. It is very important.)

5th

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

4th

Honour thy father and thy mother.

6th

Thou shalt not kill.

5th

Thou shalt not kill.

7th

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

6th

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8th

Thou shalt not steal.

7th

Thou shalt not steal.

9th

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

8th

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

10th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

9th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife.

(The Tenth Commandment is split into two to get back to Ten Commandments.)



10th

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's goods.


          Prophetic Biblical Feast Days

As you will discover in the bottom section of the page, is the Creator Father's Blueprint of Messiah's prophesied arrival thru His Holy Feast Days given to Mosheh during the Exodus for the blood and spiritual children of Israel to keep.  The Spring Feast Days prophesied His earthly arrival and the Fall Feast Days announce His second coming of the Tribulation and reign in the Kingdom of Heaven.  Once you understand this, you will deeply appreciate their significance and profound meaning and keep them and be done with keeping commercial and pagan 'holidays' such as Easter and Christmas that no true follower of the Word of God would ever keep.


Discover how the great Feast Days of God the Father were and are for the physical and spiritual house of Israel that foreshadowed the arrival of the Messiah in the Spring Feasts AND His second coming in the Fall Feasts. Not surprisingly the Hebrew word Moed - appointed time, rehearsal for the 1st and 2nd coming of the Messiah.

Contents

1. Introduction
2. Meaning
3. Prophetic Fulfillment
4. Videos
5. Calendar
6. The 7 Feast Days 

The Feasts of the LORD are for all - not just for the Children of Israel according to His very own words in Leviticus).

So what will one get out of a deeper understanding of the Feasts of the LORD?

* Revelation of the 1st and 2nd coming of our Lord and Savior.

* A Deeper insight and understanding to comprehending other Scriptures throughout the New and Old Testament.

* Once you understand the Feasts of the LORD in a deeper way, and with a prophetic understanding, you will see that the 
   entirety of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, you realize it is all about Immanuel HaMaschiach.


  Prophecy - How the Messiah Fulfills the 7 Biblical Feast Days

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The Lord's 7 Feast Days and Their Significance              The Father's 7 Feast Days (Moedim)
 

 
                                      Holy Day Calendar

Holy Day*

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Passover

Apr 18

Apr 6

Mar 25

Apr 14

Apr 3

Apr 22

Apr 10

Unleavened Bread

Apr 19-25

Apr 7-13

Mar 26-Apr 1

Apr 15-21

Apr 4-10

Apr 23-29

Apr 11-17

Pentecost

Jun 12

May 27

May 19

Jun 8

May 24

Jun 12

Jun 4

Trumpets

Sep 29

Sep 17

Sep 5

Sep 25

Sep 14

Oct 3

Sep 21

Atonement

Oct 8

Sep 26

Sep 14

Oct 4

Sep 23

Oct 12

Sep 30

Feast of Tabernacles   

Oct 13-19

Oct 1-7

Sep 19-25

Oct 9-15

Sep 28-Oct 4

Oct 17-23

Oct 5-11

Last Great Day

Oct 20

Oct 8

Sep 26

Oct 16

Oct 5

Oct 24

Oct 12

Holy Day*

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024

Passover

Mar 30

Apr 19

Apr 8

Mar 27

Apr 15

Apr 5

Apr 22

Unleavened Bread

Mar 31-Apr 6

Apr 20-26

Apr 9-15

Mar 28-Apr 3

Apr 16-22

Apr 6-12

Apr 23-29

Pentecost

May 20

Jun 9

May 31

May 16

Jun 5

May 28

Jun 16

Trumpets

Sep 10

Sep 30

Sep 19

Sep 7

Sep 26

Sep 16

Oct 3

Atonement

Sep 19

Oct 9

Sep 28

Sep 16

Oct 5

Sep 25

Oct 12

Feast of Tabernacles

Sep 24-30

Oct 14-20

Oct 3-9

Sep 21-27

Oct 10-16

Sep 30-Oct 6

Oct 17-23

Last Great Day

Oct 1

Oct 21

Oct 10

Sep 28

Oct 17

Oct 7

Oct 24

* All Holy Days start the Evening Before at Sunset. Click on any of the above Holy Days to learn more.


The following is the prophetic significance of each of the Seven Feasts of
 the children of Israel: 


1.  Passover (Pesach)  Leviticus 23:5 – Pointed to the Messiah as our Passover lamb (1 Corinthians 5:7) whose blood would be shed for our sins. Jesus was crucified on the day of preparation for the Passover at the same hour that the lambs were being slaughtered for the Passover meal that evening.

Editor's Note: The Destroyer did not enter the homes of the children of Israel in Exodus 12:23-27 consider the following when asked what the rite of the Passover lamb blood meant: 

26"And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?' 27you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes."

From this we gather that those who were sons of Israel were spared - for being sons of Israel who kept the Torah of the Father... now, since the Passover of Exodus is a rehearsal of the coming of the Messiah...

1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous2and He Himself is the propitiation (appeaser, conciliator) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. 3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments4The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. 7Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. 1 John 2:1-7

What do we gather from the above? Just as the children of Israel kept the commandments (Torah) of the Father to have death (the Destroyer) pass over their homes, so too must the SPIRITUAL children of Israel of today must keep the commandments (Torah) to have death pass over them.  

Editor's Note: The Messiah is the fulfillment of the Passover Lamb the Hebrews celebrated... yet at no time was Passover Feast ever recognized as "the taking away of sins" atonement festival - this came during Yom Kippur - the Feast of Atonement. Yet a goat was used as the representative of "taking away the sins of the world" - not a Lamb. You will find a further explanation of it below. The point is that our sins - death - is "passed over us" for keeping the commandments - the "old commandments" from the beginning as stated by John.


2.  Unleavened Bread (Chag ha Motzah)  Leviticus 23:6 – Pointed to the Messiah's sinless life (as leaven is a picture of sin in the Bible), making Him the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Jesus' body was in the grave during the first days of this feast, like a kernel of wheat planted and waiting to burst forth as the bread of life.

In the Old Testament, the Days of Unleavened Bread were understood to be a memorial of what occurred after the Passover night, when all the Egyptian firstborn died.

The next morning the Israelites packed their belongings and traveled to a nearby gathering place, ready for departure. That evening, they left Egypt by night. "It is a night of solemn observance to the LORD for bringing them out of the land of Egypt" (Exodus:12:42).

Before that evening, one last thing occurred: "And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they had brought out of Egypt; for it was not leavened, because they were driven out of Egypt and could not wait, nor had they prepared provisions for themselves" (verse 39).

This feast of the Lord is clearly spelled out in Leviticus:23:6: "And on the fifteenth day of the same month [as Passover] is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread."

What does this feast have to do with Christ? What does it teach us about Him?

Unleavened bread—bread made without leaven—is mentioned in the Bible as something pure and unpolluted. All the grain sacrifices to be burned were to be made without leaven. "No grain offering which you bring to the LORD shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey in any offering to the LORD made by fire" (Leviticus:2:11).

We see, then, that the spiritual meaning of the Days of Unleavened Bread was revealed. Its deeper significance wasn't ultimately found in what had occurred in the Old Testament, but in Jesus Christ, the sinless one, who purged our sins and gave us a chance to be spiritually "unleavened" before God. As the apostle Jude noted, Jesus "is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 24).


3.  First Fruits (Yom ha Bikkurim)  Leviticus 23:10 – Pointed to the Messiah's resurrection as the first fruits of the righteous. Jesus was resurrected on this very day. 

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come into the land which I give unto you, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest unto the priest:  And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted for you: on the morrow after the sabbath (Sunday) the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD. And the meat offering thereof [shall be] two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by fire unto the LORD [for] a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof [shall be] of wine, the fourth [part] of an hin.

TRUE SIGNIFICANCE: THE FEAST OF THE FIRST FRUITS occurs on the second day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Firstfruits speaks of the Lord's triumphant "RESURRECTION"; death simply could not hold her foe. On the third day, Jesus rose victoriously from the grave. Jesus also types the resurrection of the GRAIN in the field. Jesus was the first corn of grain of God’s wheat that had been raised from the dead. He was the FIRST FRUITS of them that slept after Adam.  

JOHN 12:24-“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

Although a number of people mentioned in the Bible were resurrected from the dead (including Jairus' daughter and Lazarus), they simply died again in due season. However, Jesus was the first to be resurrected from death and the grave, never to die again. He alone is the "Firstfruits".

4.  Weeks or Pentecost (Shavu'ot) Leviticus 23:16 – Occurred fifty days after the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and pointed to the great harvest of souls and the gift of the Holy Spirit for both Jew and Gentile, who would be brought into the kingdom of God during the Church Age (see Acts 2). The Church was actually established on this day when God poured out His Holy Spirit and 3,000 Jews responded to Peter's great sermon and his first proclamation of the gospel.

In the Old Testament, the Feast of Pentecost is called the Feast of Weeks (Exodus:34:22). This is because Leviticus:23:15-16 mentions counting seven weeks (or Sabbaths) or "fifty days" from the day the wave sheaf was offered during the Days of Unleavened Bread. Thus the feast acquired the name of "fiftieth," which is what Pentecost means in the Greek language of the New Testament.

In the New Testament, 50 days after Christ had been resurrected, the first Christians were celebrating Pentecost, one of the feasts of the Lord. And, as recorded in Acts 2, what a day that was! On it they received the Holy Spirit from God. Suddenly the Old Testament Feast of Weeks had taken on a new meaning for them. The shadow of this feast had now become a reality! Pentecost would become the Church's anniversary of the receiving of God's Spirit.

Jesus Christ revealed the significance of this feast by sending the Holy Spirit to His brethren in the faith. He had told them, "Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high" (Luke:24:49; compare John:16:7).

God's Spirit plays a crucial role in the life of Christians today as it did then. When a person receives God's Spirit upon repentance and baptism, that Spirit begins a process of spiritual transformation in the person's life, a transformation the Bible calls conversion.

Thus we see that Jesus is at the center of the Feast of Pentecost as well. Yet the ultimate fulfillment will only be realized after He returns to earth to establish God's Kingdom, when all will have access to God's Spirit. So this feast should still be kept as a memorial and a shadow until its purpose is completely accomplished.


5.  Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) Leviticus 23:24 – The first of the fall feasts. The trumpeting of the appearance of the Messiah in the heavens as He comes for His bride, the Church with the blowing of a loud trumpet. 

It is "a holy convocation commemorated with trumpet blasts" (Leviticus:23:24, NRSV). God said when the trumpets were blown, "you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies" (Numbers:10:9).

Is the Feast of Trumpets also a shadow of Jesus Christ and His role in things to come?

In the New Testament, the symbolism of the trumpet is mentioned by Yashaya: 

"Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other"  Matthew:24:30-31.


6.  Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)  Leviticus 23:27 – Points to the day that the Beast, False Prophet, and Satan are made responsible for our sins and cast away to the lake of fire.

Perhaps the most unusual of the biblical feasts is the Day of Atonement. In Old Testament times, it included an elaborate ritual described in Leviticus 16. The high priest was to present two male goats, the first of which was sacrificed for the nation's sins (verse 15). Then, after the sins of the nation were symbolically placed on the other goat, it was expelled into the desert to a life of wandering (verses 21-22).

The second goat, over which the sins of the Israelites were confessed, represented the instigator of those sins—none other than Satan the devil.

At Christ's second coming, He will instruct a powerful angel to bind Satan and cast him into a place of restraint for 1,000 years, exiling him from mankind just as the live goat was exiled from the Israelite camp on the Day of Atonement. "Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years" (Revelation:20:1-2).

      The Son of God is Not the Azazel Goat of Yom Kippur Atonement

Questions to consider in analyzing the Feast of Atonement:
* Does the Son of God die or sacrificed twice in the NT?  
NO
* Is the Son of God slain and burned? 
NO
* Is the Son of God ever compared or identified to a Bull ?  NO
* Is the Son of God ever compared or identified to a Goat?  NO

Armed with the above facts, let's proceed...

Most if not all “pastors” and “rabbis” claim the Son of God to be the Azazel goat and/or offered as a Sin Offering to the Lord AND was atoned with sins and cast away.  Just the opposite. In fact, w
ho or what is likened to a goat? Baphomet – Satan - the Goat of Mendes.

ATONEMENT  Definition:

satisfaction, reparation, or expiation given for an injury or wrong

Word Origin and History for atonement

1510s, "condition of being at one (with others)," from atone + -ment.


Notice how the true meaning of ATONEMENT means REPARATION (that’s what expiation means): Here’s the definition of Reparation:

1. the making of amends for wrong or injury done:

reparation for an injustice.

2. Usually, reparations. compensation in money, material, labor, etc.,payable by a defeated country to another country or to an individualfor loss suffered during or as a result of war.

3. restoration to good condition.

4. repair1(def 7).


The Son of God never caused injury, suffering or loss to anyone that He must make good for.  The cause of injury, suffering or loss to mankind was and is brought about by the Beast, the False Prophet and the Dragon/Satan/Devil.

With this in mind, let’s look at the following:

Note: The NT Book of Revelation Mirrors the OT Exodus Feast Days in Sequence & Significance

PASSOVER:  EXODUS
Meant that those who believe in the God (Elohim) of Abraham, were spared from death. The blood of the Lamb served to have the Destroyer pass without harm – yet killed their captors in Egypt for NOT believing in the God of Abraham. Lamb NOT offered as a “Sin Offering” in this event.

PASSOVER:  30 AD
Meant that those who believe that IMMANUEL (“God with us”) was/is the Son of God (ELOHIM) and was sacrificed as the Passover Lamb will be spared from ETERNAL death - the blood of the Lamb serves to save those who believe in His commandments

Feast of Tabernacles follows: 7 days and 8th last great day.

YOM KIPPUR: EXODUS
Aaron is Anointed High Priest
2 GOATS at doorway (don’t enter Holy Place (i.e. Heaven):  1 as a Sin Offering to the “LORD” and 2nd Cast Away alive to Azazel (rough area).  Scapegoat reconciled (atoned – at one) with sin.
1 RAM: Burnt Offering
1 BULL: for the High Priest (Aaron) as Sin Offering for him and household (blood sprinkled on mercy seat – east side)
1 GOAT: same procedure as BULL – this is for the people
Hides of BULL and GOAT thrown into the fire.  (BEAST & FALSE PROPHET) Lev. 16:27-28

YOM KIPPUR: REVELATION
1 BULL (BEAST that HARLOT RIDES) is slain – Cast into Lake of Fire.
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Symbol of BEAST is a BULL (Euro symbol) - note woman riding the Beast (Rev. 17:3, Rev. 17:7)

     
There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and 
    ten horns.  Rev. 17:3


    But the angel said to me, “Why do you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast with seven 
    heads and ten horns that carries her.   
Rev. 17:7

                                                 

2 GOATS – Neither is “unblemished” - no similarity whatsoever to an unblemished Lamb.
1 GOAT is FALSE PROPHET:  Slain, burned, destroyed into Lake of Fire(Rev: 18:8) and 2nd GOAT is DEVIL/DRAGON/SATAN:  Cast Away to Lake of Fire with sins for deceiving saints – is let “live” to return after 1000 years.  Rev. 20:1-3, 10. This is the “AZAZEL SCAPEGOAT”. See Enoch 10:4-6, 10

New Heaven with Mansions follows: 7th and 8th Milennia


7.  Tabernacles or Booths (Sukkoth)  Leviticus 23:34 – The mansions in the kingdom of heaven that the Son of God has readied for His saints and fulfill the promise that He will once again “tabernacle” with His people when He returns to reign over all the world (Micah 4:1-7).

Scriptures: LEVITICUS 23:33-34

“ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month [shall be] the feast of tabernacles [for] seven days unto the LORD.”

The seventh and final Feast of the Lord is the Feast of Tabernacles. It occurs five days after the Day of Atonement on the fifteenth of Tishri (October).

TRUE SIGNIFICANCE: TABERNACLES speaks of the Day when the Son of God will tabernacle Himself literally among men, wipe away every tear, and bring in the "Golden Age" which men have dreamed of since time immemorial – the "MILLENNIAL KINGDOM". It is a thousand years of peace on earth, where Christ and His Bride will rule and reign.

Scriptures on the scene at the millennium: ISAIAH 2:2-4: 

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, [that] the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

 



God's Law is a Way of Life


Keeping God's Law becomes a way of life soon afterwards when you know and accept it as being the very instruction the Father commanded to be followed forever and His son both fulfilled and taught His disciples to keep.  You will need to sacrifice some things you've grown accustomed to and enjoyed - but you must not lose focus on the ultimate goal - sainthood in the kingdom of heaven.

The Word of God the Father are His commandments which have been mistranslated to simply meaning "Law" which is found in every bible today when in fact it means instruction/teaching: (Torah (/ˈtɔːrə/; Hebrew: תּוֹרָה, "Instruction", "Teaching" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torah for living in this world and for eternal life in the kingdom of heaven. Scripture tells us the Word was made flesh. That flesh was the Messiah. The Torah therefore is the Nazarene made flesh and explains how he confounded the sages at the age of 12 by His complete and thorough understanding of it.


You may well be keeping most of the Law to your life already - so no need to feel overwhelmed by keeping it. It comes down to ridding yourself of venerating objects such as crosses, statutes, rosaries and keeping the  7th day Sabbath which is from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.  That means you must give up pagan holidays such as Easter, Christmas, and Lent among other such pagan Christian holidays. Not easy and some relationships may be strained but remember, God before family and friends. If they truly love you, they will accept your faith. If they don't, so be it - you will know in your heart, mind and soul your are following the way thru the small and narrow gate to the Eternal Father and Son that few find.

Read this thoroughly - it makes up 1/2 of the requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven.  The material below is an overview of it's key elements.  I have found that I sin far less and do more good for others since keeping the Father's Law than when I followed Christian doctrines.


“Do not think that I come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. For assuredly, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 5:18

Can it be more clear than that?  So who are you to believe - the Son of God or a heretic and fraud named Paul who came to destroy the Law? Who gave him that right - the Father or the Messiah?  The simple fact is neither one did.


The Law of God 
is the covenant for ALL the children of Israel - both the spiritual and the physical 12 tribes descended from Yisrael the son of Abrahim which involves following a way of life embodied in a set of religious obligations and civil laws (halakha).  Unfortunately the word Hebrew and Israelite has been replaced with "Jewish" which is patently false since it conveys an inclusivity of the Law for Jews and likewise, an exclusivity to all "non-Jews".  Nothing could be further from the truth:

   "Ye shall have one manner of law, as well for the stranger, as for one of your own country: for I am the LORD your      
     God."
  
Leviticus 24:22

As much as you must see for yourself how all the scriptures coming from the Father, the Messiah, the Prophets and the true, legitimate Apostles confirm keeping God's Law which is still in effect, likewise you need to read the "Lawless Paul" page to prove beyond any doubt the heresy of this self-proclaimed apostle whose false doctrines led to the creation of Christianity and all its illegitimate offspring - the very Beast of Revelation that curses and violates the Word of God.



The Real Meaning of Torah

 

T

he word Torah is a frequently used and misused Hebrew word. In our English Bibles, it is commonly translated “law.” This is sometimes appropriate, often misleading.

The word
Torah in Hebrew usage has a range of meanings. As with all words, usage and context determine 
meaning in any given instance. It is bad methodology to assign the meaning of “law” to the word torah, and then to say that is what it means in every instance of usage. The definition given for torah in Strong’s Concordance is fundamentally in error. It is also misleading and can be used to support an erroneous theology about Biblical law. Strong’s (No. 8451) gives the following definition for torah: “a precept or statute, espec. The Decalogue or the Pentateuch – law.”

            Torah does not mean “precept,” “statute,” or “law.” Nor does it primarily refer to the Decalogue. It can, in some contexts, refer to the Pentateuch (the five books of Moses).

            An authoritative definition of torah is provided in A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Brown, Driver, Briggs), on page 435d: “direction, instruction, law.” Note that the primary definitions are “direction” and “instruction.” There are instances where the word can mean “law” but it is the context and usage that determines which meaning is intended.

            The word torah is a noun derived from the verb yara meaning to “throw” or “shoot” (BDB, p. 434d). For example, when Pharoah’s armies were “cast” into the sea, the word used is yara. If in ancient times, one asked for directions, the person given them might “cast” or “throw” his hand in a given direction and say, “It’s that way.” We cast or throw stones in a given direction. We point a finger to provide instruction. We shoot an arrow at a target. Thus the verb yara came to mean to “lead” “guide” (BDB, p. 434d). It can also mean, teach.” It is the word used for casting lots (Joshua 18:6). Another relevant meaning is to “point out” or “show” (ibid., p. 435).

            In Genesis 46:28 we read, “And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen…” Hebrew translations say, “to point out the way.” The verb used here is yara. In Proverbs 6:13 of the KJV we see the term “teaches with his fingers.” Again the verb is yara. In Isaiah 9:14, yara is translated “teaching.”

            BDB also points out that the word is used “specially of the authoritative direction given by priests on matters of ceremonial observance…they teach thy judgments to Jacob, and thy direction to Israel…” (Deut. 33:10). The word “teach” is yara.

            So we see that the verb yara is the root from which the noun torah is derived. To “instruct” or “teach” is the verb. The “instruction” or “teaching” is the noun.

            Notice now the discussion of the meaning of torah from an authoritative Jewish source (Back to the Sources edited by Barry Holtz):

            “Torah for the Jewish tradition is a multifaceted term. On one level it refers to the first five books of the Bible, the content of the scroll found in any synagogue. In another more expanded sense, Torah is the Hebrew Bible as a whole. But Torah stands for more than one text or one book. Torah is revelation, the entire revelation and the entire activity of Jewish study throughout the generations. When the rabbinic sages speak of the Written Torah and the “Oral Torah” (the Oral Torah being the commentaries and holy texts of later generations) as both being given at Mount Sinai, they mean to suggest that all Jewish study is Torah and all Torah has the value of revelation” (Holtz, p. 12).

What Torah Does Not Mean

Holtz takes pains to clarify what the word Torah does not mean. He writes, “The title ‘Law’ however, is of Greek, not Hebrew, origin and derives from the word nomos, ‘law.’ This is familiar from the name of the fifth book of Torah, Devarim in Hebrew. This Hebrew name means ‘words’ and is taken from the first words of the book: ‘These are the words that Moses spoke to the Israelites across the Jordan…’ But in the Greek translation of the Bible adopted by the Christian Church, the book was entitled Deutero-nomoswhich describes its contents as a review of the law, a second law” (Holtz. p. 84).

            The Greek nomos is not an exact equivalent of the Hebrew torah. Holtz explains what torah does not mean: “The Hebrew word torah does not strictly mean ‘law.’ The fact that it does not is crucial to its role in Judaism. Hebrew does employ words for a ‘statute,’ a ‘ruling,’ and, of course, a mitzvah, a ‘commandment.’ But the word torah itself means ‘instruction’ or ‘teaching.’” (Holtz p. 84).

            Note that Holtz considers it “critical to Judaism” that the word torah be correctly defined and used.

A Second Witness

Ariel and D’vorah Berkowitz, both of whom are Messianic Jews, write in their book Torah Rediscovered: “First and foremost, the Torah is God’s teaching. This is the primary meaning of the Hebrew word TorahMoreover, the root for ‘Torah’ can be traced to the Hebrew word meaning ‘to shoot an arrow,’ or ‘to hit the mark.’ Thus, the word ‘Torah’ means literally, ‘teaching,’ whether it is the wise man instructing his son, or God instructing Israel.’ Hence, we can say that ‘Torah’ is God’s teaching, hitting the mark of man’s needs, including his need to know who God is and what His righteousness looks like.

            “Torah is a document in which God has revealed Himself to mankind and taught us about Himself and His righteousness. In the Torah, one can learn all the theological concepts which are expanded upon throughout the rest of the Bible, such as sin, sacrifice, salvation, sanctification – and Messiah, the One who accomplishes it all” (Torah Rediscovered, pp. 7-8).

A Third Witness

Torah, explains Rabbi Morris Kertzer in What is a Jew? (pp. 108-109): “…is our way of life…All the vastness and variety of Jewish tradition…More narrowly, the Torah is the most revered and sacred object of Jewish ritual – the beautiful hand-written scroll of the Five Books of Moses…which is housed in the Ark of the Synagogue.”

            So the word Torah can be defined broadly or narrowly, but it does not strictly mean “law” and should not be so translated or used. The correct translation in most instances would be “instruction,” “teaching” or “direction.” The Greek word nomos is not an exact equivalent of torah. Torah does not mean “law” in the sense of English Common Law.

            Arthur Hertzberg explains that, “…the concept of ‘Torah,’ in its full national significance, cannot be rendered adequately in any other tongue. Its content and connotations embrace more than ‘religion’ or ‘creed’ alone, or ‘ethics’ or ‘commandments’ or ‘learning’ alone, and it is not even just a combination of all these, but something far transcending all of them. It is a mystic, almost cosmic, conception” (Judaism, p. 85).

            Neither Greek nor English have an adequate word for translating the concept behind the Hebrew torah. Nomos (law) is certainly inadequate to the task. Yet, in the New Covenant writings, or even in the earlier Septuagint translation, when nomos is used for the Hebrew word torah it can be misleading. This is especially true in the teachings of Jesus and later Paul. Much bad theology about Mosaic “Law” has been formulated on the basis is a misunderstanding of the concept of Torah.

            To work with the concept torah we must first gain an adequate understanding of what it meant and means to the Hebrew mind. That meaning goes far beyond the idea of law or commandments. It is the sum total of all of the instruction and inspired discussion of God and his self-revelation from the beginning of time to the present. It is a grand concept – perhaps grander than can be conceived by the average Christian mind.
                                                                                                                                                                                         --Brian Knowles

Source:  http://www.godward.org/archives/bs%20notes/bible%20study%20notes%20no%20two%20torah.htm

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