IS ALL MEAT MEET TO EAT?

Putting a Difference Between the Clean and the Unclean
Fourth Edition

by Craig Wm. Peters

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Each subsequent edition introduces new additions, explanations, and improvements as we have been led to make them. And, of course, there will have also been minor corrections made throughout the manuscript in each case.

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Dedication
This manuscript is gratefully dedicated to: Mr. and Mrs. Placido Roquiz, Sr. and Family Placido Roquiz, Jr., M.D. and Family Eliseo Roquiz, M.D. and Family Your love, hospitality, and friendship have provided many great blessings from above … You have shared your lives and have borne my burdens … You have become my family and a blessed part of my life forever … And your lovingkindness shall always be remembered before the throne of the Most High. Much gratitude is offered to hwhy El Shaddai for your love and zeal and for your worldwide service to so many followers of the Messiah. Thanks be to hwhy for all you have done to further His eternal purposes by proclaiming His great Name and by making His marvelous ways known among all nations.
Psalm 67, 98:1-3, Isaiah 49:6, 52:6-10, Malachi 1:11, Acts 13:47

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With Much Love and Gratitude …
To my precious wife, Cecilia, along with many other believers whose prayers, counsel, and encouragement gave the supply of the Spirit which made such an immense and immeasurable contribution to this book. It is a great blessing to be able to say over your lives, “hwhy is with them that uphold my soul!”
Psalm 54:4

May hwhy water you abundantly even as you have watered others.
Proverbs 11:25, Luke 6:38

Thanks be to hwhy for your love, prayers, service, and friendship which provided such a valuable contribution in the time of greatest need. With special thanks to Charles and Charlotte Friedrich – a very blessed editing team chosen by hwhy to provide such excellent support and unparalleled assistance in their numerous reviews of the manuscript. The Spirit has blessed and multiplied your many prayers and your continual counsel in support of this effort. And hwhy has greatly blessed my life by your wisdom from above.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREFACE……………………………………………………………………………………………… 6 INTRODUCTION ……………………………………………………………………………………… 11 Conventions ……………………………………………………………………………………… 13 Name Transliteration Chart …………………………………………………………………… 15 IS ALL MEAT MEET TO EAT? ……………………………………………………………………… 17 CHAPTER 1: Murder and Blood ………………………………………………………………… 18 CHAPTER 2: Details From Leviticus …………………………………………………………… 24 CHAPTER 3: The Offerings of hwhy Made by Fire …………………………………………… 29 CHAPTER 4: Ladies! Want to Have a Samson? ……………………………………………… 34 CHAPTER 5: Strong Words! Ever Retracted? ………………………………………………… 36 CHAPTER 6: Baalzebub: the Lord of the Fly ………………………………………………… 38 CHAPTER 7: Gnaturally Good? ………………………………………………………………… 42 CHAPTER 8: Wasting Food? …………………………………………………………………… 45 CHAPTER 9: Did They Eat “Anything?” ……………………………………………………… 46 CHAPTER 10: The Apostle Kepha’s Vision ……………………………………………………… 48 CHAPTER 11: The Jerusalem Council …………………………………………………………… 51 CHAPTER 12: The Strong in Faith vs. the Weak ……………………………………………… 55 CHAPTER 13: The Good News in the Torah … the Torah in the Good News! …………… 62 CHAPTER 14: Can Prayer Set Apart What Scripture Does Not? …………………………… 66 CHAPTER 15: A Heart Strengthened by Favor ………………………………………………… 68 CHAPTER 16: The End From the Beginning …………………………………………………… 70 CHAPTER 17: Forbidden Food …………………………………………………………………… 76 CHAPTER 18: Where There is No Vision ………………………………………………………… 77 APPENDIX …………………………………………………………………………………………… 82 PART 1: Law vs. Grace …………………………………………………………………………… 84 PART 2: Romans 14 Revisited …………………………………………………………………… 94 PART 3: Additional Thoughts on Gluttony ……………………………………………………… 98 PART 4: Doth Not Even Nature Itself Teach You? …………………………………………… 101 PART 5: True Revival: the Restoration of All Things ………………………………………… 102 PART 6: The Sermon on the Mount and the Book of James (Ya’acob) ……………………… 111 PART 7: The Feasts of hwhy ……………………………………………………………………… 116 REFERENCE HELPS ………………………………………………………………………………… 155 Alternative Health Information …………………………………………………………………… 155 Profound Scripture Translations ………………………………………………………………… 156 Significant Books …………………………………………………………………………………… 156 A Listing of Informative Website Articles and Other References …………………………… 157 Other Works by the Author ……………………………………………………………………… 157 IS ALL MEAT MEET TO EAT? ……………………………………………… (back cover book review)

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PREFACE
This manuscript was borne out of many years of prayer and meditation. It is the product of Torah meditations by which the mind is renewed and transformed according to the eternal word and Spirit of hwhy. When instructing the Roman believers not to be conformed to this world, but rather, to be transformed by the renewing of their minds, the apostle Shaul was making reference to the principle set forth in Psalm One. And from all evidence, he was referring to those very words of David with which so many are wellversed: How blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the lawless ones, and in the way of sinners does not stand, and in the seat of scoffers does not sit. Psalm 1:1 Regarding this very same principle of nonconformity, Shaul wrote: “And be not conformed to this world”… Romans 12:2 Continually turning from the lawlessness of this world (Iyob/Job 1:1,8) provides one the daily opportunity to become a “living sacrifice.” And as David wrote in the Spirit, it is very clear one who walks in such a manner is consciously choosing not to be conformed to the world’s way of thinking and living: we are not to heed the advice of those who would counsel us with lawless opposition to the Torah; we are not to imitate the lifestyle of sinners who live in disregard of hwhy; and we should not keep company with proud scoffers whose conduct is shamelessly lewd and lawless, 1Corinthians 15:33 (NASB). Yet the psalm continues: But in the Torah of hwhy is his delight, and in His Torah he meditates by day and night. Psalm 1:2 In precise accordance with the thoughts of Psalm One, Shaul’s words then show both the goal and the result of nonconformity to this world for the purpose of seeking hwhy by continual meditation in the Torah: … “but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 Even as David spoke of the one who meditates upon the Law by day and night, Shaul was/is also instructing believers to be transformed by the renewing of their minds through Torah meditations! For it is only as one meditates on the Torah that the mind is transformed by the Spirit into the nature and character of the Author Him6 self. The apostle had stated earlier in the same letter his delight was in the Torah of hwhy, Romans 7:22, Psalm 1:2. Consequently, he taught that delight to other believers being assured the Scriptures would make them “wise unto salvation” (2Timothy 3:15) as the word of hwhy continually renewed their minds by the transforming power of the Spirit. All of these thoughts bear on our present topic as the wisdom of the Torah regarding clean and unclean flesh is much more urgent and far more relevant than some readers will initially realize. And those who persevere will soon see our subject deserves the full attention it has been given. For although it may not be immediately apparent to some, the implications of the issue have profound reverberations which are immediate, long-term, and even eternal. References to clean and unclean animal flesh are first seen in the Torah and they extend all the way to the prophecies of Revelation! So while it is easy to come by a superficial interpretation of Scripture which comfortably fits the currently prevailing, erroneous viewpoint, true wisdom and understanding are treasures which, if not sought, cannot be found.1 The secret counsel of hwhy and the truths of His word can never be fully understood or appropriated by the casual passer-by, Psalm 25:14, 63:1,2. And to complicate matters, there are a number of Scriptures which initially appear to be contradictory over the matter. This leads us to the following question: “What shall be the basis of our method for resolving the contradictions which so many have introduced via false doctrines based on unfounded, man-made premises?” The present manuscript is intended to explain the Scriptures which seem contradictory by showing the Word of hwhy is one. The Scriptures are found to be absolutely consistent over the truth of clean and unclean animal flesh. We will obtain clarity and will see many false notions quickly fade in light of the Messiah’s teachings regarding this subject; for both before and after
Proverbs 8:1-17, 1Chronicles 28:8, 2 Chronicles 12:14, 31:21, Ezra 7:10, 8:22, Psalm 63:1,2, 105:4, 119:2,155, Hoshea (Hosea) 10:12, Amos 5:4, Mattithyahu (Matthew) 6:33, 7:7,8, Yochanan (John) 5:30, Colossians 3:1
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His death and resurrection, eswhy Himself taught there was a clear difference between the clean and the unclean! All dear readers should know from the outset the author regards any who are trusting in the shed blood of eswhy the Messiah for their salvation as fellow believers in the faith. Irrespective of one’s denomination or church affiliation, the most important thing is placing our faith in the One who “through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to Elohim.” Hebrews 9:14 The intention of this book is to more fully educate all believers in very significant matters of faith which are being largely rejected by the current leadership of Christendom; like the leadership in the days of the Messiah, many of these men are largely unteachable, John 9:34, 1Corinthians 8:2. Yet regardless of one’s denomination, each person is individually responsible for seeking hwhy and walking in His ways. If we look to man for salvation, we may easily be led astray. Many will soon see evidence that even well-meaning, but misled pastors and church leaders typically do not possess enough humility to see and agree with the truth of the Word. Authentic, fasting-derived humility is greatly lacking among the people of the Most High; and such humility is something which must be cultivated over time: More than anything else, it is the lack of fastingderived humility which hinders our vision into the spiritual things revealed in the Scriptures. The author also believes it is possible to oppose a person’s belief system – which, based on the Scriptures, can be clearly proven erroneous – without in any way opposing, hating or even disliking the person holding such tenets. Some of my relatives and even some of my very best friends are Catholic. I love them all dearly. And they are all loved dearly even though I do not concur with certain aspects of their faith. People, like sheep, often blindly follow those who went before them, and most will readily accept the belief system of their church or family without questioning the origins or fully understanding the history of many, long-established, yet false, man-made creeds. We encourage all to read, to fast, to pray, and to study. It is interesting to note the most miraculous healing I have ever witnessed came upon a close friend (now also a relative) whose entire family is Catholic. 7

He had a massive stroke and the doctor informed the family he only had a 50-50 chance of living. Were he to live, Tony was never supposed to walk again. But after being prayed for with fasting and tears on the first night following his tragedy, he was healed and began an immediate turn around showing remarkable recovery the very next morning. And throughout that next morning one piece of good news after another was received from the ICU nurses’ station. Having seen his wife’s hysteria the previous day and having witnessed her sorrow turned to joy was absolutely overwhelming. The entire morning I sat in the ICU waiting room with head bowed in gratitude, quietly crying tears of unspeakable joy. Heaven touched earth on that historymaking day. When praying for this man did I care that he and his wife were Catholic? Not at all; their religion was the farthest thing from my mind; they were (and are) close friends; I loved them, and that is all that mattered. So readers should not interpret the writer’s dissent over the prevailing falsehood in our day as a personal attack of any kind; nor should the need to expose religious fallacies be misconstrued as hatred or dislike for any group, especially since just the opposite is the case: serving others by helping them to better understand the word of hwhy may be one of the highest forms of love a person can express. The author feels everyone can potentially understand the Scriptures since eswhy says the major requirement for entering the Kingdom is to humble ourselves and become like little children, Matthew 18:1-4. We must all be openminded and teachable, yet without being naïve. One of the many ironies in the spiritual realm is that, as deeply profound as the Scriptures are, it takes childlike simplicity to grasp the clear truths which are set before us on the written page. Mark 10:14,15 Children are teachable; they are malleable; and we must all remain as workable clay in the hands of the Potter if we desire to fulfill His heavenly-ordained purposes for our lives. Isaiah 64:8, Jeremiah 18:6 In summary, those who interpret the author’s dissent over their beliefs as a personal attack are simply failing to approach the matter with the necessary, childlike perspective. The above paragraphs are offered to preface the following and to adequately temper what must now necessarily be conveyed: while striving to feed all the sheep of eswhy (regardless of

their affiliations and denominational ties), it is also the author’s responsibility to “contend for the faith” by reproving and exposing the false teachings which have been sown in our midst by the hand of an Enemy, Matthew 13:27,28, Jude 1:3,4. Regardless of who perpetuates those false teachings, lawlessness must be opposed. Regardless of which branches of Christianity advocate error (or which denominations within one or more of those branches err), if teaching stands in opposition to the Scriptures, it must be cast aside as a thing of naught. For many teachers today cite “grace” as a reason for relaxing the immutable Law of hwhy and allowing for sin and defilement. Yet the favor (commonly translated, “grace”) of our Sovereign eswhy was never intended to give us a license to disobey His Torah and to, thereby, deny Him, Titus 1:16, Jude 1:4, 1Yochanan 3:4, 2Yochanan 1:9. Because false teaching over the matter in question is destroying the flock (Yechezkel 34:1-8, Hoshea 4:6), the zeal of hwhy El Shaddai burns to restore the truth along with the life and health of His people, Yechezkel 34:15,16. His jealousy has been stirred over His land and His inheritance, Yoel/Joel 2:18, Ephesians 1:18. Hence, it is necessary to set forth the scriptural facts of the matter in question without apology and, yet, without passing judgment upon any – including many dear souls who would have already accepted the truth had it been presented to them according to the word of hwhy. The author is not against the individual members of any religious persuasion, although he certainly disagrees with many Christian doctrines which have their origins in paganism and falsehood and which are perpetuated by the commandment-nullifying traditions of men, Mark 7:9. We will visit and identify some of those traditions and we will prove why they were never intended to be elements of True Worship. The particular branch of a religious leader is quite irrelevant to the author. Whether leaders are Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or even Muslim, those who unwittingly or willfully lead others astray must be openly opposed. For many of today’s religious leaders advocate lawlessness via their man-made teachings – teachings which are taught and perpetuated contrary to the Word of hwhy. As we learn to value the word of hwhy above the word of man, opposition to false teaching is kept in its proper balance; this opposition is derived from love for hwhy and not from 8

hatred of man. Further, all readers must realize eswhy the Messiah is the splendor of His people, Yisrael. Luke 2:32 He is the Epitome of a true Yisraelite – a Light to lighten the Gentiles that they might turn from the lawlessness of paganism and walk in the light of the Torah! Luke 2:32, Ephesians 4:17, Zecharyah 8:23, Yeshayahu 2:1-5, 42:1,4, Yochanan 12:35,36, 1Yochanan 1:7 Every year at this time millions of people worldwide sing the famous song, “The First Noel;” and in this song they aptly testify of the Messiah with these words: “… born is the King of Israel.” The saying is true. eswhy the Messiah is, indeed, the King of Yisrael, Yochanan 1:49, Mattithyahu 25:31-40. And not only so, He is the Ultimate, Eternal King of Yisrael, Psalm 24:7-10, Yeshayahu 6:1-5, Yochanan 12:37-41. And no king of Yisrael would ever teach His subjects to walk in violation of the Law of the Nation! Deuteronomy 17:18-20 eswhy was very clear when making His point: what we do and what we do not do with the Torah will determine the greatness of our reward and position in the eternal Kingdom of hwhy, Mattithyahu 5:17-20. Since only the Lawgiver can be the Ultimate Judge of each person, it is the author’s pleasure to leave those issues with Him, Yeshayahu 33:22, Ya’acob/James 4:11,12. However, without making ourselves the jury or the judge, we can employ His word to delineate between: right and wrong … righteousness and sin … good and evil … uprightness and perversity … law and lawlessness. Since His eternal word will judge each one in that Day, we must seek to be in agreement with the clear teachings of the Messiah, Yochanan 12:48, Romans 2:16. As incredible as the statement may presently seem to many of our readers, all Scripture from Genesis to Revelation supports the view set forth in this document! The millions who sing of the Messiah’s Kingship over Yisrael each Christmas season have, as of yet, to realize the true, profound, and far-reaching implications of their song! Should one mistakenly look to his or her own denomination for answers, there will be an immediate derailment from the tracks of truth. For the answer does not lie in seminary degrees or in denominational dogmas; only the Spirit of the Almighty can imbue the proper understanding of His word, Iyob/Job 32:7,8. And hwhy is pleased to impart such understanding to all who whole-

heartedly seek Him, Proverbs 28:5, Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 29:13. But too many today are trusting in the interpretations and teachings of pastors who have been schooled in their particular denomination’s seminaries and doctrines. Yet most of those well-meaning leaders have rejected the word of hwhy given in His Law (Yirmeyahu 8:9, 2Timothy 4:3); hence, they unwittingly abuse the unmerited favor displayed by our Savior. Jude 1:4 Consequently, the zeal of hwhy now burns over His inheritance as He seeks to restore His house and His people. Through the burning zeal of hwhy, this manuscript is set forth as clear evidence His Kingdom is founded upon His eternal Law, the Torah. And herein we exalt the King of Yisrael, ewsy-hwhy the Messiah! If proof can be offered which shows men of true faith have always recognized a clear distinction between clean and unclean flesh, perhaps the Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Fundamentalist, and even the Jewish masses will be awakened to realize there are actually a number of things regarding True Worship to which they have simply been oblivious; there are neglected, forgotten truths in Scripture which were never fully restored during the partially effective, Protestant Reformation. We speak of eternal truths which the apostasy could not forever hide (Mattithyahu 16:18) and from which all mankind can and will deeply benefit – physically, emotionally and spiritually. Religion can be a conscious salve which tricks its adherents into oblivion and complacency; such is the case today where so many have come to an initial faith in the Messiah and yet fail to fully repent of lawlessness. Multitudes further fail to see the need to “press on” and to seek Him with all their hearts, Hoshea 6:3, Mattithyahu 6:33, Philippians 3:7-15, 2Peter 1:5-10. Faith in the Messiah was never intended to breed the complacency which led the prophet Amos to declare in the Spirit over the sleeping, morally corrupt nation of Yisrael: Woe to them that are ease in Tziyon. Amos 6:1, Yechezkel 16:49 It is a sad day when so many who strive to emulate the Messiah yet fail to follow His example in regard to something as simple, as sound, and as significant as diet, 1Yochanan 2:6, 2Corinthians 7:1. For the eating of unclean flesh is traceable to the idolatry and paganism of the false worship and immorality which transpired on the high places of old. Every aspect of this harmful, apostate worship was an affront to the 9

will and ways of hwhy. Those deeds of falsehood which were exalted within Baal worship perpetuated paganism in Yisrael of old! These lawless practices were spawned by heathen nations who were far from hwhy and their evils presented numerous temptations which caused many to turn aside from the commonwealth of Yisrael, Psalm 101:3, 125:4,5. A number of kings were indicted for their failure to remove these sites of false worship and, so, end the detestable, lawless deeds on the high places of Yisrael. 1Kings 13:33,34, 15:14, 22:43, 2Kings 12:3, 14:4, 15:4, 35, 17:9. This author stands in opposition to any lofty thing exalted against the knowledge of hwhy (2 Corinthians 10:4,5), including the partaking of unclean animal flesh which the Creator has so clearly forbidden throughout His word. We will surely see He has done this for our own health and well-being. May the very Spirit of hwhy cast down any high places which yet remain in the hearts and worship centers of His people. For the food eaten by Yisrael on the high places of old was often unclean and abominable;2 the deeds on the high places were lewd, immoral, and murderous;3 and the deities worshipped on the high places were false and demonic.4 Leviticus 20:1-27 connects the eating of unclean flesh with rampant sexual immorality and unclean, demonic activities of every sort. Simply put, the eating of unclean flesh and blood fuels false worship. Evangelical leaders and preachers calling for revival today should take note: True revival cannot come until the high places are removed from among the people of the Most High. For the hearts of the people are not fully prepared to seek hwhy as long as any of the high places remain. 2Chronicles 20:31-33, 12:14 Widespread though it is, the Evangelical talk of revival will only be talk until the high places of false worship are removed. Many today are making what is commonly called “a decision for Christ,” yet this is typically and erroneously done without full repentance from lawlessness, Yirmeyahu 6:27-30, 23:22, Luke 13:3,5, 16:31. Since there are attempts at false, lawless revival
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Yeshayahu/Isaiah 65:2-7, 66:17 Hoshea 4:12-14, 2Kings 17:17, Yirmeyahu 32:35 Leviticus 26:30, Deuteronomy 12:2,3, 2Kings 17:7-17

prophesied in Scripture, we will briefly look at the elements of True Revival in the APPENDIX. Many who visit the United States from other countries report a strong sense of demonic oppression throughout the land. This oppression and bondage have demoralized the nation which is now disintegrating on every level: judicially, legislatively, socially (including family-related issues), financially, and spiritually. Such demonic dominance has occurred due to the results of eating blood and unclean flesh along with the curse of nakedness and its sister in crime: immodesty of dress, Genesis 9:22-25, Revelation 3:17,18; 16:15. Not only are these evils widespread, they continue to be greatly proliferated throughout the population as our society crumbles more and more under the unbearable weight of sexual immorality of every kind on every front. A few thoughts are in order regarding the history of the present book’s development. This manuscript was written mentally as the truth of the concepts it contains was revealed in the Spirit over a period of many years; that all began around 1983 after the author had been given to realize the tares of lawlessness sown in our midst had been scattered by the hand of the Adversary; as the word testifies, “An Enemy has done this.” Mattithyahu 13:24-28, 2Thessalonians 2:7 But the writing was begun in earnest after I heard a medical doctor speaking on TBN’s “Praise the Lord” broadcast in the late spring of 2002. This man was Dr. Enriquez of the Rapha Health Institute.5 He and his wife were guests on the air that evening, and they rightly testified concerning the truth of clean and unclean animal flesh. Referring to Shaul’s opening words in Romans 12, Dr. Enriquez shared we must transform our minds to line up with the word of the Most High. Twenty years ago the majority of Evangelicals would have never endured such sound teaching from the Torah, 2 Timothy 4:3,4. But the Spirit of hwhy is now being poured out upon all flesh, (Yoel/Joel 2:28,29, Acts 2:17,18); as one contemporary song for revival indicates, these are the days of Moses, the servant of hwhy, and righteousness is being restored, (see Malachi 4:4-6). So as Dr. and Mrs. Enriquez spoke, the zeal of the Spirit was stirred in my heart and hwhy said in His still, small voice: “Now is the
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time.” Hence, after many years of waiting, it was time to bring forth the fruit seen in this present work. Consequently, if there is benefit and edification in the following pages, thanks can only be given to eswhy the Messiah; for it is He who has herein multiplied the few fish and loaves offered to hwhy via prayer and meditation across the years. For when, at long last, the current document began to emerge, His provision in the Spirit was far beyond anything ever asked or expected, Ephesians 3:20. And over the past twelve months of writing, many small gems of truth were provided which augmented the original arguments. For this great blessing much thanksgiving is offered to hwhy, the Father, and eswhy, His Son, the Living Word. For it is the Messiah who ever breaks to His people the written word in multiplied abundance, Yeshayahu 55:10,11, Yochanan 6:9-14, 2Corinthians 9:10. May the risen Savior, the Bread of Heaven, be revealed and exalted through the bread which He has broken to His people by the written word provided in this manuscript, Luke 24:35. And while there is wisdom in brevity, the length of this discourse has been deemed necessary for peeling away the many layers of false, prevailing notions surrounding the numerous, relevant Scripture texts which bear on the topic. It is my fervent prayer all dear readers will be edified, blessed, and spurred to greater love for their Creator – who has lovingly revealed through His Word what is the best for His children’s health and well-being. Our obedience is promised to bring abundant blessings – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. May the truth of this work sound forth abroad and bless many to join with the psalmist, who said this when writing of hwhy and His eternal Torah: “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:89,105 May His great Name be magnified who continues to lead us towards the increasing light of the noonday sun. Proverbs 4:18
C.P. 12/24/2002 Northridge, California

Dr. Enriquez’s website is: www. raphahealth.com

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INTRODUCTION
This work proclaims the Good News of the Kingdom to all nations: “hwhy reigns!” 1Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 29:10, 96:10, 97:1, Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 52:7, Nachum (Nahum) 1:15 The eternal, sovereign Kingship of hwhy El Shaddai, and all the implications thereof, comprise the full embodiment of His nature, character and love to all people, of all tribes, of all tongues, and of all nations. One way which hwhy has shown His great love is in the giving of the Torah to Yisrael, His firstborn, Exodus 4:22,23. Much like the oldest brother of any family, the nation of Yisrael was originally intended to be an example for all other nations of the earth to follow. Yisrael was intended to exemplify the abundant life which flows from the blessings of grace-derived obedience to the Torah of hwhy,6 so that all nations would learn His ways and themselves be blessed in every way by walking in the ancient paths of the eternal Law.7 Those who submit to His reign in their lives are those who submit to His Law – the revelation of His will, His ways, and His righteousness. Psalm 40:8, 103:7, Yeshayahu 51:7 Walking in the ancient paths is the key for finding true rest, joy and peace, Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 6:16, Mattithyahu/ Matthew 11:28-30. These are the ancient ways which hwhy established from eternity (Psalm 119:89,) and confirmed in eswhy the Messiah, Yeshayahu/Isaiah 42:21, Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:17-20. Those who refuse to submit to the Law of His Kingdom effectively say of eswhy, “We would not that this man should reign over us.” Luke 19:12-14 This book’s title – Is All Meat Meet to Eat? – uses the old, English word, “meet” (meaning “fit” or “suitable”), to catch the attention of dear readers and to emphasize from the outset: all meat is not meet to eat.8 Anyone who desires to let the word of hwhy stand as their only guide in every matter of life and conduct will do well to
Romans 2:13, 3:31, 6:1,14,15, 8:4,7-9, Titus 2:11,12 Genesis 17:4-6,16, 15:5, 18:17,18, 22:16-18, Deuteronomy 4:5-8, Zechariah 2:10,11, 8:20-23, Luke 2:32, Ephesians 4:17, Revelation 7:9,10 8 For other places where the King James Version uses the word, “meet,” see: Genesis 2:18,20, Yirmeyahu 27:5, Yechezkel 15:4,5, Mattithyahu 15:26, Luke 15:32
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ponder the many points herein presented. The author believes the scriptural evidence which readers are given to prove the truth of this issue is immediately rather weighty; then, as we progress to the end of our discourse, its sum total mounts to a level which makes the viewpoint quite irrefutable. May His Spirit of favor and supplication be poured out upon all who are led to these pages. Zecharyah 12:10 This document was written especially, though not exclusively, for those who already believe in the Messiah of Yisrael: eswhy of Nazareth, the King of kings. From this presentation, it should become rather clear that no believer in eswhy the Messiah was ever intended to partake of unclean animal flesh or abominable creeping, crawling things. And the more fully we embrace and obey His word, the more fully we shall “know Him and the power of His resurrection.” Philippians 3:10 We are rewarded according to our faith which must be based solely on the word of hwhy, Romans 10:17. Thus, the degree to which a person fully embraces the written and Living Word will also determine the degree to which that one can progress in a faith which is well-pleasing to the Most High, Hebrews 11:6. If we are wise to heed His Law and to do it, we are promised great blessings in new-found liberty, Psalm 119:45, Yochanan 8:31,32, James 1:25. Yet if we scoff at His word, it is we ourselves who shall suffer, Proverbs 9:12. The hospitals and doctors’ offices of the world (and especially those in the U.S.A.) are filled with people who do not know why they are unhealthy, sick, or dying. In many cases, the medical doctors themselves are baffled as to the cause of sickness (and so the cure also remains quite a distance beyond their reach or their ability). This book reveals no small portion of the cause of ill health among Americans. At the same time, it is not intended to pass the ultimate judgment upon anyone who has died or who is dying in sickness and disease. Even the prophet Elisha remained faithful to the end as he died on his sickbed and prophesied to the very last, 2 Kings 13:14-21. (And later contact with Elisha’s dead body even resulted in someone being raised from the dead!) The reality spoken by Solomon, “Time and chance happeneth to all men,” (Ecclesiastes 9:11), certainly applies to 11

areas of health and well-being as there are so many man-made chemicals and toxins in our day; almost everyone is exposed to these pollutants on some level at all times. Foods that are health-depleting and even deadly are accepted and eaten as the norm nationwide.9 The situation is grave, indeed. Thus, an even greater need is before us to partake of the purest of foods. Death is an ongoing tragedy which causes prolonged sorrow and emotional pain to those who lose a special loved one; every person is so unique and so valuable; no one can ever be replaced; death is an enemy, 1 Corinthians 15:26. So let us not speak lightly of or condemn those who have suffered or who are suffering sickness unto death; only hwhy knows all things and we do best to leave judgment with Him. The main effort for each person in this life should be in
Citing just three examples among so many: 1.) In ignorance, multitudes eat baking powder which is not aluminum-free and so subject themselves to the possibility of Alzheimer’s and other ailments caused by ingesting heavy metals. 2.) Refined products such as white flour, white rice, white sugar, and other highly processed sugars absolutely drain the body’s vitality. These starch and glucose disasters become thieves and rapists upon entering the digestive system as they force the body itself to provide necessary nutrients for the assimilation processes. To digest and metabolize these globs of glucose, calcium, iron, magnesium and other trace minerals are stolen from the body’s vital reserves (teeth, bones and organ tissues). As a result, the body is daily weakened and slowly loses its inherent health and vitality. Yet these “foods” are eaten as the norm nationwide. The author recently spoke with a woman whose relative attends a private school in California which is designed to assist students with ailments like ADD and ADHD. The boarding school runs its own dietary program and only allows students to eat sugary “treats” once a week. Nearly all their students have left off taking medication for attention deficit disorders! Our modern-day plagues are self-imposed through spiritual and dietary ignorance, Hoshea 4:6. 3.) Municipal water across the nation is both chlorinated and fluoridated. These already-toxic elements further weaken the body by lowering the immune system as they displace iodine from the thyroid gland due to their atomic weights! In addition to these abominations, there may be as many as four different compounds of aluminum (which many believe to be linked to Alzheimer’s disease) added to water for improving its “appearance.” More than one source informs us the Nazis fluoridated the water as part of their initial scheme to numb the minds of the people and to take over the nation of Germany. It would seem a similar thing is occurring in the USA. It may well be the communists shall take over the United States without firing a shot!
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expending effort towards working out his or her own, individual salvation. Philippians 2:12 Some may wrongly regard this to be a selfish pursuit, but seeking after one’s Creator is far from selfish; it is, rather, the purpose for which we were created! Besides, unless we are seeking hwhy and are in the process of entering His Kingdom, we cannot truly help others to do likewise, 1Timothy 4:16. With the above as a preface, it can now be said this manuscript is offered because thousands of believers pray and are not healed; they die and leave behind precious loved ones – who are often sorrowing over a death which, in the writer’s view, need not necessarily have been. They may even think they are suffering according to the will of hwhy, yet it is believed many shall hear the words of the prophet Hoshea spoken over their lives in the resurrection and finally realize their ignorance in this life was not bliss, but demise: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the Law of thy Elohim, I will also forget thy children. Hoshea 4:6 If we forget the Law10 – which was given in love for our own health and well-being – whose fault is it if sickness and debilitation begin to consume us? Proverbs 9:11,12 The above text from the prophet Hoshea also mentions children; and when parents forget the Law of hwhy, they pass on genetic weaknesses to their children along with a lifestyle (including diet) which often results in disaster. Parents! We appeal to those of you who may just now be considering (or reconsidering!) the truth of the Scriptures over clean and unclean animal flesh: your children need you to make the right decisions! Sin seeks every opportunity to rule over and enslave us in its cords of bondage (Genesis 4:7, Proverbs 5:22,23): physically through sickness (Psalm 107:17-20, Psalm 41:4-8), emotionally through improper thought patterns (Psalm 10:4, Proverbs 4:19, 5:22,23, Ephesians 2:3), and spiritually through false worship and bodily lusts not in alignment with the Creator’s word (Deuteronomy 17:7, 1Kings 11:3,4, 2Kings 17:29, Gala10

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tians 4:8). Note: not all sickness is the result of sin (Yochanan 9:1-3), but many maladies (and most likely, the majority) are caused thereby since sin eventuates in death and since, beyond accidents and murder, sickness is, unquestionably, the usual step between life and premature death, Psalm 55:23, Yechezkel 18:4,20, Romans 6:23, 1 Corinthians 11:29,30. Again, while thousands appear to die due to self-inflicted ills, we leave the ultimate judgment for each person and for every situation with the Most High. This manuscript is offered to help those who still live and who still have “ears to hear.” For those willing to submit to the word of hwhy, there may still be time for healing and restoration. It is believed many of our readers will accept the simple truth of the matter as they have the opportunity to consider the far-reaching and clear evidence given to all through the word of hwhy. It is this evidence over which we have labored extensively to present to all those who are sincerely seeking truth of hwhy over this matter, Psalm 22:26, 69:32, 105:4. What most fail to realize is hwhy means business; His word is immutable and transgressing it (even in ignorance) does not place the lawless in an enviable position. Simply put, the Creator knows what is best for His creation. We would expect unbelievers to reject the Law of hwhy as the carnal mind refuses to submit to the Torah, Romans 8:7. This is because the carnal mind regards the commandments of hwhy to be cords and fetters of bondage, Psalm 2:1-3. But that so many believers are casting aside His commandments in the name of following the Messiah and living “under grace” is a tragic irony, indeed. Jude 1:4 hwhy loves His people and wants only the best blessings for each one of us. And eating the flesh of unclean, abominable animals does not allow Him to either put or, ultimately, keep us on the list of those who can be blessed the most fully. Unless the Bible contradicts itself (and it doesn’t!), no Scripture from Genesis to Revelation will be found which justifies the eating of toxic, parasitic, blood-laden, unclean animal flesh. No believer in the Messiah was ever intended to partake of foods which defile the flesh (i.e., the body) and pollute the Dwelling Place of His Spirit: Having, therefore, these promises beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of the 13

flesh and spirit, perfecting purity in the fear of Elohim. 2Corinthians 7:1 May all readers join our study with prayer and openness to receive words of life and renewal from the written and Living word. May the word of hwhy restore and purify each soul. Conventions Below is a list of words commonly used in Bible translations along with the corresponding Hebrew word, English meaning, or English transliteration which this manuscript incorporates – sometimes for clarity and understanding, but oftentimes due to the pagan origins or inherent falsehood in the common word or phrase. Part of the opposition to many common words is that, at least in some cases, they defiantly take away from the eternal word of hwhy, Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32. In other cases, the common word or phrase finds it origin in and gives honor to the name of a pagan deity, Exodus 23:13. Because lawlessness has slowly crept into the True Faith over the centuries, it now often stands disguised as unchallenged, inviolable truth being tenaciously defended by the majority as established fact even though it is covered with the filth and mire of apostasy. The times prophesied by the apostle Shaul are upon us, 2Timothy 4:3. Those who bear with the word of exhortation which this manuscript offers will realize many of today’s prevalent doctrines are nothing more than elaborate, expensive homes built in vain with substandard, temporal materials on the sands of lawlessness, Psalm 127:1, Mattithyahu 7:21-27, 1Corinthians 3:12. Our listings are given in the following format: Common Word: Hebrew word, English meaning and/or transliteration used in this manuscript. The LORD: hwhy, the Eternal Name of the Creator which our Messiah teaches we must honor above all, Mattithyahu 6:9-10,33, Zechariah 14:6. As for the importance of the Name of hwhy, we have His sure promise through the prophet Micah: “The man of wisdom shall see Your Name.” Micah 6:9 The Name of hwhy is always given in Hebrew leaving issues regarding its proper pronunciation

with the reader. It is this Name above all names which has been lost in Scripture translations due to ignorant and/or superstitious translators. For the majority of those modern, erroneous translations failed to transliterate proper names and, thus, they have also failed to give honor to His memorial Name – the Name (singular!) which hwhy commanded to all generations, Exodus 3:14,15, Revelation 14:1, 15:4, 22:4. For some of the available, Scripture translations which seek to honor the Name of hwhy, readers may refer to the APPENDIX subsection, “Profound Scripture Translations.” (page 152) Jesus Christ: eswhy the Messiah (in Hebrew, “eswhy,” means “hwhy is Salvation,” Psalm 118:14, Yeshayahu 12:2, Mattithyahu 1:21). God: Elohim … the Hebrew word typically translated “God” and which contains what some scholars term, “the plural of majesty,” thus showing power which is extremely great, (cf. Ephesians 3:20). The short form of “Elohim” is “El” and this word appears in many names common even today: Ari-El, Dani-El, Gabri-El, Jo-El, Micha-El, Nathani-El, Samu-El, etc. The Holy Spirit: Ruach haQodesh, the Pure Spirit, the Set Apart Spirit. Egypt: Mitsrayim, the Hebrew word for “Egypt.” (see Genesis 10:6,13 where this word is more accurately rendered “Mizraim” in the KJV; in Genesis 50:11, “Abel-Mizraim” meant “mourning of the Egyptians.”). Glory: Splendor

The Law (of hwhy): The Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy); the Law; the teaching; the word of hwhy. Mercy: Kindness, lovingkindness (cf. 1Corinthians 16:14 and Psalm 136). The Old Testament: “The Scriptures,” or “the Law and the Prophets,” or “the word of hwhy.” Mattithyahu 21:42, 22:29, Luke 24:27, Yochanan 10:34-36, Acts 17:2,11, Romans 1:2, 15:4, 1Corinthians 15:4, 2Timothy 3:16-18. The New Testament: The Messianic writings, the Scriptures, 2Kepha/Peter 3:15,16. Bible: The Scriptures (Genesis – Revelation)

Gospel: Good News or Glad Tidings of the Kingdom. Gospel (one of the Four Books): The Evangel … of Matthew/Mattithyahu, Mark, Luke, and John/Yochanan. Saints: Chasidim, set apart ones

Sabbath: Shabbat (the actual Hebrew word for the Seventh Day); both terms are used throughout the manuscript. Additional Notes • As can be seen from the numerous citations given above regarding the commonplace phrase, “The Old Testament,” the distinction which we make today between the “Old Testament” and the “New Testament” is simply not a distinction which was made by eswhy the Messiah or by any of His apostles; they regarded the Torah to be yet binding and authoritative. The Law and the Prophets were held forth as inspired, current, valid, beneficial, and authoritative for teaching and doctrine long after the Messiah rose from the grave and ascended into Heaven, 2Timothy 3:16,17, Acts 24:14, Romans 3:31, 1Yochanan 5:3-5. • In the original Scriptures, the numbers referring to chapters and verses were not seen, excepting the Psalms (which were inspired by their number/sequence and sometimes by verse) and a few others (such as the first three chapters of Lamentations which are acrostic). While the author uses the standard “chapter and verse” for Scripture references, it is important to point out 14

Holy, sanctified: Qodesh, Qadosh, set apart, separate, pure, purity, purified, specially designated. Israel: Yisrael Israeli: Yisraeli, Yisraelite Jew: Yehudi (derived from the Hebrew word for the tribe of Judah, “Yehudah”). Jews: Yahudim (the plural form of “Yehudi;” derived from the Hebrew word for the tribe of Judah, “Yehudah”). Judah: Yehudah (Hebrew word for the tribe of Judah)

these chapter and verse breaks may cause a disconnect in the mind of readers; this may potentially lead to a disconnect from the context. But removal from the context can easily lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations. In this matter, all who study Scripture must beware. For example, there were no “chapters” in the numerous letters which the apostle Shaul wrote to the various congregations in the Messiah; each one was an entire letter written to a group of believers. We will now move on to our name transliteration chart. Name Transliteration Chart Below are the Hebrew names/places used in this book. In each case, the “Common Name” will
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be the name used in many, modern translations of Scripture and the one with which most readers will already be familiar. The best rendering of Hebrew names and places is provided through an effort in accuracy known as “transliteration” wherein the sounds from one language are carried across to another. Initially, this may be a nuisance to those unfamiliar with the original names; but those who study the topic will realize names have the greatest importance in the spiritual realm and in the courts of Heaven. Thus, those who are wise will take the opportunity to learn anew, Proverbs 1:5, 9:9, 16:23. It is intended that the chart provides a complete listing of the proper names which have been transliterated throughout the book:

Common Name – Hebrew Name Aaron ……………………… Aharon Babylon …………………… Babel Egypt ……………………… Mitsrayim Elijah……………………… Eliyah Eve ………………………… Chavvah Ezekiel……………………... Yechezkel Haggai……………………… Chaggai Hezekiah ……………………Chezkiyahu Hophni …………………… Chophni Hosea……………………… Hoshea Isaiah……………………… Yeshayahu Isaac ……………………… Yitschak Jacob …………………… Ya’acob James …………………… Ya’acob Jeremiah …………………… Yirmeyahu Jerusalem ………………… Yerushalayim Job………………………… Iyob Joel ………………………… Yoel John (the apostle) ………… Yochanan John (the Immerser) ……… Yochanan Josedech…………………… Yeho-tsadak Joseph……………………… Yoseph Judah ……………………… Yehudah, the actual, Hebrew word for the tribe of Judah. Jude ……………………… Yehudah Mary……………………… Miriam Matthew…………………… Mattithyahu Manasseh………………… Menashsheh Melchizedek……………… Melchi-tsedek Moses ……………………… Mosheh Nahum…………………… Nachum Noah……………………… Noach Nehemiah ………………… Nechemyah Paul (the apostle) ………… Shaul Peter (the apostle) ………… Kepha, or Phineas …………………… Phinechas Samson …………………… Shimshon Samuel …………………… Shemuel Shadrach, ………………… Chananyah, Meshach, and…………… Mishael, and Abednego ……………… Azaryah Uriah……………………… Uryah Zechariah………………… Zecharyah Zephaniah ………………… Tsephanyah Zion……………………… Tziyon
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We must add a few additional thoughts on the Name of hwhy. Multitudes of Christians the world over can sit in absolute awe while listening to the contemporary, Christian song, “El Shaddai.” And rightly so, as it is certainly one of the most awe-inspiring, moving songs ever written in our days. Yet why do so many of those who highly regard that song take offense when encountering the Great Name of hwhy which precedes the title, “El Shaddai?” Revelation 4:8, 11:17, 15:3, 16:7, 21:22 The title, “El Shaddai,” though important, is merely a title, and no title can ever reveal as much as the eternal Name of hwhy. Where, then, is the consistency in finding such beauty in the inspiring song, “El Shaddai,” and then spurning the true, original Name of very One of Whom it is written? And where is the consistency in persecuting fellow believers who follow the resurrected Messiah and who also advocate honoring the great Name of hwhy? Yeshayahu 66:5 The Christian world needs to wake up and rid itself of such inconsistencies. Our Messiah teaches His followers to honor the Father’s Name in our praying and in our lives. “God,” “LORD,” and “Adonai” are merely titles; and those titles are not the Name which hwhy and His Messiah command us to honor, Exodus 20:7, Mattithyahu 6:9-10. The widely known and frequently used word, “Hallelu-Yah” (commonly rendered as “Hallelujah”), is an exclamation of praise which means “Praise you Yah,” where “Yah” is a condensed form of the entire Qadosh Name of hwhy. Had the translators down through history been accurate, the word “Yah” should be seen throughout the Scriptures in many places – one of which is seen in Psalm 68: Sing unto Elohim, sing praises to His Name: extol Him that rides upon the heavens by His Name YAH, and rejoice before Him. Psalm 68:4 Our manuscript shall reveal a great and telling connection between the Name of hwhy and His Ruach haQodesh, His Pure, Set Apart, LifeGiving Spirit! Proverbs 4:18, Malachi 4:2, Acts 5:32 Those who want more of His Spirit must also be willing to give honor to His Great Name! In our journey through this book, we will see the Name of hwhy and His Spirit are completely inseparable! And failing to honor brethren who 16

honor hwhy and who proclaim His awesome, memorial Name will not help one to number among those of whom the psalmist wrote: “He honoreth them that fear hwhy”… Psalm 15:4, Exodus 3:14,15, Malachi 3:16. One additional convention regarding the Name of hwhy is seen in this text: the compound Name, ewsy-hwhy (read from right to left in Hebrew). This compound Name for the Messiah is seen in some key places in the Aramaic-Peshitta text. The equivalent of hwhy appears together with ewsy (“Yeshua,” the Hebrew word meaning “salvation”). This is rendered in the Aramaic as, “MarYah Yeshua.” A study will show “MarYah” was used in place of the Tetragrammaton, “hwhy,” whenever a text was taken from the Law or the Prophets and quoted in the New Covenant writings. Thus, “MarYah Yeshua,” would be accurately rendered as “hwhy Yeshua.” This is most profound as it relates, scripturally, to at least three things: to “the Shema,” to the Name for immersion, and to what the apostle Shaul/Paul termed “the good confession.” From all evidence, the compounded Name, ewsy-hwhy, is a reference to eswhy in His exalted position at the right hand of hwhy in the Heavens. For further information, please refer to the article in the APPENDIX entitled, “The Good Confession: The Shema in the Face of Messianic Splendor.” (page 154) Scripture quotations are from following: 1. The 1611, King James Version. 2. The Scriptures, published by the INSTITUTE FOR SCRIPTURE RESEARCH (PTY) LTD, South Africa. 3. Literal translations by the author per the Masoretic, Hebrew Text. 4. The Companion Bible marginal notes. 5. The 1901, American Standard Version Acronyms for references made to Scripture texts are as follows: KJV ASV NASB ISRV (King James Version) (American Standard Version) (New American Standard Bible) (INSTITUTE FOR SCRIPTURE RESEARCH VERSION – “The Scriptures”)

IS ALL MEAT MEET TO EAT?
Putting a Difference Between the Clean and the Unclean
Her priests have done violence to My Torah and they profane My set apart words. They have not distinguished between the set apart and profane, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean. And they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned in their midst.
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CHAPTER 1
Murder and Blood
… “but flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, you shall not eat.”
Genesis 9:4

When seen and understood in its complete context, no Scripture from Genesis to Revelation ever concedes the eating of unclean animal flesh is an acceptable practice. Otherwise, we are basing our faith on a Book which outrageously contradicts itself. And every dedicated believer who seeks first the Kingdom of hwhy and His righteousness will agree: Scripture does not contradict Scripture. Yochanan 10:35, Psalm 119:128 In feeding themselves, the majority of ministers in our day have failed to feed the sheep and to guard them from the many physical and spiritual defilements of unclean animal flesh, Yechezkel 34:1,2, 2Corinthians 7:1. As a result, multitudes are dropping like flies from the results of consuming toxic dainties (contrast Daniel 1:8). Unclean flesh was forbidden by a loving, all-wise Creator who would have us to remain separate from anything which could cause us harm before our time. We begin our journey by considering one of the classic examples wherein most Evangelical preachers cite Scripture out of context to excuse the eating of unclean, abominable flesh; this is often done in well-meaning, but unwitting, ignorance. The Scripture in question is seen early in the first book of the Torah as hwhy directs us for the very first time about specifics surrounding what can and cannot be eaten (and why!). This primal text is seen very early in the ancient scrolls of Genesis: 1 And Elohim blessed Noach, and his sons and said to them, “Bear fruit and increase, and fill the earth. 2 And the fear of you and the dread of you is on every beast of the earth, and every bird of the heavens, on all that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea – into your hand they have been given. 3 Every moving creature that lives is food for you. I have given you all as I gave the green plants. 4 But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat. 18

5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man. 6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of Elohim made He man. 7 And you, be you fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” Genesis 9:1-7 Since so many mistakenly interpret the above words to mean humans are permitted to eat anything they desire, let us investigate further. The context of this Scripture deals with the following (the leading numbers below correspond with the verse numbers above): 1, 2 ... Man’s dominion and the fear of him is put into every creature of the earth. 3 ... Man is allowed to eat all that moves with one exception … (now seen in vs. 4). 4 ... Any flesh which still contains or retains its life-blood may not be eaten (making this the first definition of any unclean animal whose composition is partly flesh and blood). 5, 6 ... Capital punishment (death) for every beast who kills a man and for every man who murders another man. 7 ... The promise of fruitfulness is bestowed in context upon those who have this word (i.e., the word of hwhy in vss. 1-6) and keep it. In the context of the above seven verses, we work from the middle verse (4) outward to all the other concepts connected with this central, pivotal text. Verse 4 places a stipulation, a limiting factor, over all that cannot be eaten. If read in context, hwhy is not giving us wholesale, unchecked permission to eat anything that moves. The flesh of all things was permitted (vs. 3) excepting the flesh of animals which either contained or retained their blood:

But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall you not eat. Genesis 9:4 “But,” may be the biggest, three-letter word in the English language, yet somehow, it has been and is being overlooked by multitudes who hold forth the Scriptures as their only guide in matters of life and conduct. Since Scripture cannot contradict Scripture, the text of Genesis 9:4 must necessarily stand forth as one of the very first definitions of an animal whose flesh is unclean: it retains its blood! This is not to say an unclean animal would fail to bleed or die when mortally wounded, but rather, there is a principle involved which causes it to hold onto a significant portion of its blood. And this toxic blood is inextricable from the creature making it impossible to eat the flesh of the animal without partaking of the blood as well; a portion of the blood remains hopelessly lodged in the tissues. Genesis 9:4 shows the inextricable aspect of the blood is a significant part of what makes an animal unclean. And this provides us with an immediate object lesson in the spiritual realm: the very thing which makes an unclean animal unclean, is the very same thing which makes any member of our own, fallen race unclean: fear of death, or holding onto one’s lifeblood! That this is the case with the unconverted is readily seen in the epistle to the Hebrews: Forasmuch, then, as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the Devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Hebrews 2:14, 15 eswhy took on flesh and blood and suffered death through the loss of His blood to deliver us from the fear of death. He delivered us from the fear of losing our own blood. For it was and is the fear of death which keeps humans in bondage to sin. eswhy warned His followers it would be necessary for them to take up their execution stake, look death in the face, and be willing to pay the ultimate price for walking as He walked: Then said eswhy unto His taught ones, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his stake, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it. 19

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own being? or what shall a man give in exchange for his being? Mattithyahu 16:24-26, ISRV The Lamb of hwhy gave up His own blood through death on the tree showing that, in contrast to animals which are unclean, animals which have been set forth as clean for offering to hwhy do give up their lifeblood! Leviticus 14:10, 12-13, Yochanan 1:29,36 eswhy laid down His life and taught anyone who follows Him must be prepared, even willing, to likewise die if that ever becomes a necessary part of keeping His commandments without compromise. And in the face of a mad, heathen, and carnally-minded system under the apostasy-promoting control of Satan’s “mystery of lawlessness” (2Thessalo-nians 2:7), the possibility of such a death is an evergrowing reality worldwide. Unclean animals and unclean humans, then, are much the same: they refuse to lay down their lives; they will not give up their blood in the face of death; they tenaciously hold onto their lifeblood. And, figuratively speaking, the carnal and unconverted will not die to their sinful wishes and desires (1Corinthians 15:31) by doing the will of the Creator over and above their own will; hence, they are unclean and unfit/unable to offer themselves to hwhy as a “living sacrifice,” Romans 12:1. From all evidence, based on the Torah injunction of Genesis 9, the Hebrews and Yisraelites from ancient times understood the commandment against eating blood11 included not only improperly slaughtered, clean animals,12 but unclean animals, too, regardless of the mode of preparation. The flesh of improperly slaughtered, clean animals contains blood, while the flesh of unclean animals retains blood. More discussion over this is seen further below when the concept is revisited. But continuing in Genesis 9, let us not fail to see murder, or shedding blood, is mentioned in context with eating blood. For the life principle and characteristics of an animal are transferred through the blood. This includes the fear of man which all beasts of the earth possess, Genesis 9:2. When a person partakes of this blood, that
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Leviticus 3:17, 7:25-27, 17:10-14, 19:26 1Shemuel 14:32-35

spirit of fear in the animal is transferred to the person along with the life principle which works in that particular beast/creature. And possessing a beastly, animal nature before the Most High is not a commendable thing, Psalm 49:12,20, 2Kepha 2:11-15, Yehudah/Jude 1:10-13. And who knows how many other toxins are consumed in the process of eating unclean flesh and its inherent blood? The spirit of fear brings a snare and comes in many forms: the fear of man (Proverbs 29:25; contrast Psalm 118:6), the fear of obedience (Matthew 25:25-30, Revelation 21:8; contrast 1Timothy 1:5), the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14,15), and cowardice in general, Psalms 53:5, Proverbs 22:13, 26:13. The kingdom of Satan is well-pleased to distribute these crippling, bondage-inducing fears far and wide. Hence, the consumption of toxic, animal blood via unclean flesh plays right into the hands of the Adversary. And what of the commonly known phenomenon which has been termed “panic attacks” by today’s mainstream medical profession? Will scientific studies show this disorder – which remains unexplained although it affects so many in our day – is caused by consuming animal blood via unclean flesh or via improperly slaughtered, clean flesh? Very possibly so. If doctors and medical professionals would begin basing their practice and research on how patients and society in general stand in relation to sound, scriptural injunctions, their strides in the field of medicine would, no doubt, be phenomenal. Psalm 111:2 Besides the unavoidable and forbidden blood which is imparted with the flesh of unclean animals, these creatures also have additional toxins and parasites resultant from their particular diets and/or from their particular function in a fallen creation, Romans 8:20-22. Once in the victim, the parasites rob nutrients and give off toxic waste which pollutes the human body and precipitates disease upon disease. Further, the spirit in unclean animals is particularly associated with false worship and demonic activity throughout Scripture. Based on this scriptural link, the author believes demonic possession is especially tied to the consumption of unclean, abominable flesh and, ultimately, to the blood of those animals. This connection will be seen and proven time and time again throughout our discourse. 20

But first, consider the testimony of Scripture and history. Why have so many kings gone absolutely, stark-raving mad? Why have they possessed such a pernicious, overwhelming, uncontrollable, demonic spirit of anger and destruction? Gluttonous eaters of unclean animal flesh are defiled in body and, subsequently, polluted in mind. Those toxins will wreak havoc in the body and will invariably reach the brain affecting it adversely in many ways. Daniel had refused to defile himself with Nebuchadnezzar’s dainties, Daniel 1:8, Proverbs 23:1-3. And, my, how greatly did the king’s, “rich-man” food defile! The prophet’s later testimonies provide abundant evidence to show us how very much the king’s food affected him and altered his character, Romans 1:23. Consider the mad rage of king Nebuchadnezzar: on more than one occasion his reaction to offenders was one of outrage in emotion and murder in deed. We consider his actions below: i.) When they were unable to recount for him a dream and provide its interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar angrily and recklessly decreed all the wise men of Babylon should be slain, Daniel 2:9-12. ii.) When defied by Chananyah, Mishael and Azaryah, the king was so outraged his countenance changed (demonic possession); he was so consumed with unbridled anger and a spirit of murder that a command of such ridiculous and insane proportions was given in which his own men were killed in the process of attempting to incinerate the three, faithful Hebrews, Daniel 3:19. iii.) Nebuchadnezzar’s mind would later succumb to total insanity after which it would take seven years of eating grass to purify the king’s system and to restore his sanity, Daniel 4:23-32. Other kings, too, throughout history have possessed a spirit of insane rage, murder, violence and perversion which was fed by their lust for unclean, defiling, animal flesh and the blood unavoidably eaten therein. History shows the emperors of Rome were crazed and murderous, perhaps Nero being the most “famous” in this category. Other rulers were also possessed with demons of murder and perversion; Hitler and Mussolini especially stand out in this regard. And in Hitler’s case, it is both sad and interesting to

note the irony: one who ate swine had such unbridled, cruel, and demonic hatred for the Yahudim of Europe who would not eat the detestable flesh of pigs.13 3. In our own day, we are beginning to reach a pinnacle of rage and madness which is evidently fueled by the intake of unclean animal flesh and the unavoidable transference of the spirit of fear and murder via the blood of those creatures. Murder associated with eating blood was the very thing of which we were warned in the Genesis text seen above. Shooting rampages, road rage incidents and other murders of indescribable degree (including those deeply insane and twisted homicides tied to the rape of young children and elderly women) are prime examples of just how blinded fallen man can be when succumbing to the insane, demonic spirit of fear, anger and murder spawned by eating the toxic, blood-tarnished flesh of unclean animals. A personal testimony can also be provided on this matter. At one point in my life, I was blessed to live within ear-shot of a barnyard inhabited by a small number of pigs. On several occasions – especially during the night and seemingly without warning – a pig would become startled and dash out of the barn running around the outside enclosure on a squealing spree of seemingly senseless madness and uncontrollable fear. It is this wild, insane spirit of fear and madness which gets transferred through the blood of such unclean animals; and it is this spirit which partakers of unclean animal flesh openly invite and to which they may easily succumb at the hands of demons. All of this makes us more keenly aware of the relationship between “The Ten Words” (commonly known as “The Ten Commandments,” Exodus 20:1-17) and the rest of the Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. As we learn more and more of His Torah, we grow in our understanding that
For more information on Hilter’s diet of swine see: http://www.micahbooks.com/readingroom/Hitlerveg.html . Additional defilement of the dictator’s mind seems to have come through the mind-altering sorcery of various drugs; see the Greek words “pharmakeia,” “pharmakeus” and “pharmakos” which were translated “sorceries” and “sorcerers” in Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 21:8, and 22:15; the Greek rightly reveals pharmacy-related “medicines” to be the poisons of sorcery.
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“The Ten Words” are an overview, an encapsulation, a main-points-outline of the entire Five Books of Mosheh. The revelation that unclean animals do not give up all of their life blood (and that the consumption of such blood is directly linked with the spirit of fear, anger and murder), immediately connects the eating of unclean flesh/blood with the Sixth Commandment: “You shall do no murder.” Exodus 20:13 And we have already seen Genesis 9 clearly reveals murder in the context of these things: dominion, fear, eating blood/unclean animals, and capital punishment. Hence, the Sixth Commandment concerning murder is not only linked to the word of hwhy in Genesis 9, but it is also tied to the Levitical injunctions regarding fat and blood (including the fat and blood of clean animals): It shall be a statute forever throughout your dwellings that you shall eat neither fat or blood. Leviticus 3:17 And what of all the lessons from history which seem to be largely ignored, glossed over and quickly forgotten as things of naught? People who eat shrimp, clams, and oysters have fallen prey to severe sickness and even death from various toxicities which occur in these unclean, forbidden “delicacies.” These foods are part of our “civilized” culture: they are highly esteemed by man, yet they are held in abomination by hwhy. Luke 16:15 As the First Edition of this book nears completion,14 we are just now receiving indications the deadly SARS virus has likely been linked to human consumption of the civat cat in China. Cats number among those animals which hwhy stated to be unclean and detestable thousands of years ago. Unclean creatures are forbidden by the Torah because our Creator knows they are defiling to the flesh; because the majority of these animals are the predators, scavengers, and “cleanup crew” of the earth, they are filled with parasites, toxins, and latent diseases which the human body is unable or ill-fit to fight. They are not a health-giving source of food!15 Whatever nutrients unclean
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flesh might provide, those nutrients do not outweigh the defiling toxins which are also “part of the package.” A few years back, someone ignorant of the Law of hwhy came up with the illspawned idea armadillos would make good meat for human consumption. After people began eating the detestable, forbidden flesh of these animals, many of them contracted leprosy, Luke 6:39. And many others have fallen prey to a host of diseases from eating ever-toxic, trichinaeladen pork. So the word of hwhy in Genesis 9 is not granting mankind wholesale, across-theboard permission to eat any creature that moves, even if the smell is aromatic or the taste is delectable. As we have seen, there is a “but,” a stipulation, a limiting factor which surrounds permission to eat … “every moving creature:” Every moving creature that lives is food for you. I have given you all as I gave the green plants. But do not eat flesh with its life, its blood. Genesis 9:3,4 Unclean animals retain their life-blood and refuse to let go, so that those who partake of their flesh also consume and assimilate the scavenger spirit (the life-principle) of murder, fear, uncleanness, and hatred which is borne in that blood, Galatians 5:19-21. Additional things in the physical realm also pollute the partaker such as parasites and other unseen or unknown toxins which are prevalent in unclean animal flesh due to the physical or emotional constitution of these creatures. Depending on one’s acquired or instill retains living parasites even when cooked at 1000° F. Although pursued, this article was never located; but recently, a parasitologist confirmed the trichina larvae in pork do, indeed, have a thermal barrier to protect them from extreme heat; the hotter the heat (it is claimed), the thicker the protective coating becomes. This cocoon-like, thermal barrier “knows” when the conditions are favorable to allow the larvae to exit; hence, it will open after the parasite has entered into the digestive system of the host; afterwards, the parasitic, toxic evil is unleashed. Trichina larvae are those associated with trichinosis and they are common in pork. The forbidden animals of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are the scavengers, predators, and garbage collectors of the earth; as such they contain many toxins and parasites. A loving, all-wise Creator has warned us not to partake of such animals for our own health and well-being! For further information on a host of common diseases related to eating pork and parasites, see the “REFERENCE HELPS” in the APPENDIX and locate the subsection entitled, “A Listing of Informative Website Articles and Other References.”

herited, genetic weaknesses, these toxins have numerous sites at which to attack the body and wreak havoc, sickness and death. If scientists are still discovering the good, beneficial nutrients within foods intended and created to be eaten (Psalm 111:2) would anyone suppose it is possible to even begin to detect, enumerate, and categorize the multitude of pernicious effects caused from eating animals which our Creator has, in His great love and wisdom, forbidden? Without our Heavenly Father’s wisdom, our own understanding is absolutely abysmal, Proverbs 3:5-8. Instead of living our own way, it is far easier to simply believe hwhy – Who possesses infinite knowledge, love and wisdom – and to take Him at His word! As eswhy our Messiah said, “Blessed are they that hear the word of hwhy and keep it.” Luke 11:28 For many years Evangelicals have, by-andlarge, recoiled at the thought of giving any credence to the present-day authority of the Torah; sadly, it has been somewhat of a pick-andchoose, spiritual smorgasbord. For instance, nearly all ministries today preach tithing – a doctrine which originates in, emanates from, and is established only by the authority of the Law and the Prophets. The Law of hwhy establishes and upholds the practice of tithing! Romans 3:31 Yet many of the same ministries which preach tithing and rejoice in its benefits, reject the weightier aspects of the very same eternal, immutable Law which prescribes the practice of giving one-tenth! Yeshayahu 8:20, 40:7,8 Even the most liberal churches which ordain homosexuals hold to the precept of tithing! It is rather convenient to cite the Torah when soliciting tithe money, but how can anyone claim the right to do so when rejecting so many other parts of the Law which are of far greater importance? Mattithyahu 23:23 Nay, not only are the weightier aspects of the Torah rejected, it is commonly (yet erroneously) taught they have been done away with altogether! The law was, “Nailed to the cross,” it is claimed! But how can it be the weightier aspects have been thus abolished, while the less weighty aspects – such as tithing – remain binding?! This is much more than a glaring contradiction! Those who preach the Law was abolished, still uphold those parts of the Torah which bring monetary gain! But the Pure Spirit of hwhy is now being poured out upon all 22

flesh, and many believers are awakening to the righteousness and truth of the eternal word. Yeshayahu 51:7, Psalm 37:31, 40:8, Yochanan 17:17 A fine book was recently published entitled, What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, by Rex Russell, M.D. Not only is Mr. Russell a medical doctor, but he is also an Evangelical Christian who correctly upholds the Torah’s authority on the matter of clean and unclean meats. On pages 150-152 of the book, the author gives scientific evidence which supports the word of hwhy regarding animals clean and unclean. Readers will do well to acquire and appropriate the excellent information this book provides. Even beyond the issue of eating meat, the book is a treasure house of information for those who desire to begin a healthier, scriptural diet. Many followers of eswhy have long-believed the inspired word over the matter of clean and unclean flesh; these dear believers have acted in faith upon the Creator’s living oracles and have even suffered persecution at the hands of scoffing Evangelicals; to now see such scientific evidence coming forth over the matter of clean and unclean, animal flesh fulfills the words of the Messiah in the case of such faithful brethren: “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Yochanan 20:29 How blessed it is to have the word of hwhy and to act upon it without having (or needing!) scientific evidence! However, this is now another case among so many others which all stand as proof true science is not contrary to Scripture.16 Finally, the writer has heard various reports surrounding those who go to Jewish rabbis for information about what to eat and what to refrain from eating. Evidently, even many of these teachers fail to understand Genesis 9 and so, like the majority of Christendom, take that Scripture out of context as well. These rabbis actually claim the text in question is granting Gentiles permission to eat anything they desire. Thus, they lead astray those seeking their counsel.
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This is a tragic irony: the very men who should be teaching the Torah to Gentiles (Genesis 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, Yeshayahu 2:1-4, Zecharyah 8:23, Romans 3:1,2, Ephesians 4:17) are, of all things, teaching against the very Scriptures which they themselves claim to believe! In doing so, they take away from and diminish the word of hwhy, Deuteronomy 4:2. The text of Genesis 9 is often cited as “authority” for the establishment of what are called by some, “The Noahide Laws.” These laws are purported to be different from the laws given to Yisrael. The contradiction here? Genesis is itself part of the Law, the Torah, given to Yisrael. And we will later see the apostles – under the inspiration of the Spirit of hwhy – actually taught Gentile converts directly from the book of Leviticus! The Torah, then, was quite far from being abolished or “in abeyance” as so many erroneously claim. Under the direction of the Spirit pf promise, the apostles cited even Leviticus for their apostolic teaching and authority! Those apostolic teachings were partly in regards to certain eating practices set forth by hwhy in the Levitical text surrounding the priesthood! We will eventually consider the apostles’ teachings set forth in the Jerusalem Council, but for now, let us first look at the foundational truths regarding clean and unclean animal flesh as seen in the priestly book of Leviticus. 1Kepha 2:9
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Nor is a true interpretation of Scripture contrary to any legitimate, scientific fact. Problems only arise in this regard when attempts are made to corroborate false interpretations of Scripture with valid, scientific facts, or when fallacious “scientific” claims are seen to be at odds with actual, Scripture truth.

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CHAPTER 2 Details From Leviticus
And you shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be with Levi, says hwhy of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared Me, and he feared Me and stood in awe of My Name. The Law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the Law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of hwhy of hosts. Malachi 2:4-7 Our English name for the book of Leviticus was derived from the name of the tribe raised up by hwhy to form the priesthood in Yisrael: the tribe of Levi. Mosheh and Aharon were Levites, Exodus 2:1-10. As messengers of hwhy they – along with numerous other Levites throughout the centuries17 – turned many from iniquity as they ministered before Him and stood in awe of His Name. Yirmeyahu 23:22, cf. Numbers 16:23-35. The word of hwhy through Malachi reaches from the days of the prophet to the first appearing of the Messiah hundreds of years later; but the command and warning of hwhy to “remember the Torah of My servant Mosheh” also extends down to our age – the age which shall see the coming of the Messiah to reign as “King of kings,” Malachi 4:4-6. The prophet Malachi emphasizes even the end-time inhabitants of the earth (and especially believers) will receive strong exhortations to remember the Law of Mosheh lest hwhy come and smite the earth with a curse. These are the warnings which precede His coming and these are the warnings prophesied to be heralded through the messengers of Revelation (see Revelation 14:6-12). Below is the Malachi prophecy which mentions one coming in the spirit and power of Eliyah to turn the hearts of the people to hwhy: Behold, I will send My messenger,18 and he shall prepare the way before Me. Malachi 3:1
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Remember you the Law of Mosheh My servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Yisrael, with the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Eliyah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful Day of hwhy. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. Malachi 4:4-6 Based on our opening text, we see Malachi had already spoken of the covenant hwhy made with the tribe of Levi; it was a covenant of “life and peace”19 in which His servants were to walk in faith before Him,20 to honor His Name,21 and to uphold the Law of His Kingdom.22 But of whom was Malachi now prophesying? Who would “prepare the way” for the coming of the Messiah? Who would turn the hearts of the fa9:21,22, 10:1-19, Hebrews 1:7,13,14 The gematria value for “malak” in Hebrew is 91: ← ← 91 = ( 20 ) ‫מלאך = מ ) 04 ( + ל ) 03 ( + א ) 1 ( + ך‬ Not coincidentally, Psalm 91 speaks of the heavenly messengers! Psalm 91:11,12 Further, the Hebrew word, “ephod” (as in the white, linen ephod), also has a number value of 91: ← ← 91 = ( 4 ) ‫אפוד = א ) 1 ( + פ ) 08 ( + ו ) 6 ( + ד‬ And throughout the word of hwhy, we see heavenly messengers dressed in the white, linen ephod! See Yechezkel 9:1-11, 10:1-7, Daniel 10:5, 12:6,7, Mattithyahu 28:2-8, Mark 16:5-8, Yochanan 20:11-13, Acts 1:10,11, Revelation 15:6, 19:14 Further study will show both earthly and heavenly messengers were clothed (and shall yet be clothed!) in the white, linen ephod! 19 Malachi 2:5, Romans 8:6 20 Genesis 17:1, 1Shemuel 2:30, Malachi 2:6, Hebrews 4:13 21 Malachi 2:6, Matt. 6:9, Romans 1:5, 2:23,24, 10:13 22 Genesis 26:4,5, Malachi 2:6,7, Matt. 6:9,10, Acts 24:14, Romans 2:23,24, 3:31, 8:4,7, 1Yochanan 5:3

From all evidence, the prophets Yirmeyahu and Yechezkel were also Levites. See Yirmeyahu 1:1 and Yechezkel 1:3. 18 The Hebrew word, “Malach” (or “Malak”), means “messenger.” This is the word which most translations render, “angel.” The meaning of the prophet’s name, “Malachi,” is, “My messenger!” And the prophet Malachi (as well as all of the other prophets) were the earthly messengers of hwhy. Malachi 2:7, 3:1, 4:4-6 We are also shown the work of heavenly messengers throughout the word of hwhy. Psalm 103:20,21, 104:4, Daniel 8:15-19,

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thers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers? Another Levite! And what does the name of that Levite wind up being? His name was “Yochanan,” Yochanan, the Immerser – the one known, historically, as “John the Baptist.” We know Yochanan was a Levite because his father was the priest, Zecharyah, of the tribe of Levi, Luke 1:5. In the spirit of his predecessors – Mosheh, Aharon, and many other priests – Yochanan the Immerser would also “turn many away from iniquity.” Malachi 2:6, Luke 1:17 His ministry did prepare the way of hwhy the first time, Yeshayahu 40:3, Mattithyahu 3:3, Mark 1:3, Luke 3:4. But eswhy also indicated that while Yochanan came in the spirit of Eliyah, there would be yet another Eliyah to come, Mattithyahu 17:10-12. We see many times throughout Scripture spiritual history repeating itself. Once again, it appears another Eliyah will fulfill the Malachi prophecy as it relates to preparing the way for the “great and dreadful Day of hwhy” in which His burning wrath shall be sent forth upon the lawless. Malachi 4:5 23 So the Torah is still seen as having great importance in the endtime context of the Day of hwhy. The Malachi prophecy warns the people of hwhy to remember the Torah in that awesome, yet future time. This shows us “law vs. lawlessness” is still an issue of great relevance in our day; we are warned and exhorted to remember the Torah in the time of the end because hwhy knew false prophets would rise up in the earth working lawless deceptions to turn the people of the Most High away from His commandments! Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 24:11,24 And the wrath of hwhy we see stirred in the Revelation is a vengeance which burns against those who have opposed His Mes23

siah (and His people) by casting aside His Torah as though it were cords and fetters of bondage, Psalm 2:1-3. When the heathen have cast off all restraint, the Set Apart, Dwelling Place will be opened in heaven wherein is seen the ark of His Covenant. In that ark, resides His Torah by which He will execute judgment upon the inhabitants of the earth who have nullified His commandments by walking in lawlessness. Warning! The awesome power, lightning and thunder seen and heard when hwhy thundered from Mount Sinai in giving the Ten Commandments was a solemn, prophetic warning against all those who would dare to transgress and to spurn that Law thereafter! The wrath of hwhy seen in the Apocalypse was revealed from heaven as a warning against all the lawlessness of false worship. The vengeance revealed therein is in precise accordance with the thundering of hwhy from Mount Sinai. Exodus 20:118, 1Shemuel 2:10, 7:9-13, Psalm 18:6-14, 50:3, 97:2-5, Yeshayahu 30:27-33, Mattithyahu 24:27, Revelation 4:5, 8:1-5, 10:1-7, 16:17-21 When His Law is made void by the proud and brazen, the loving patience of hwhy is soon depleted and without delay He will arise with the fiercest anger and blasting fury – thundering from the heavens to reestablish and to reconfirm those great Oracles and to punish those who have so foolishly nullified them (Psalm 119:126); His lightning shall go forth (Mattithyahu 24:27) burning up His adversaries with great terror and vengeance (2Thessalonins 2:7); just as He thundered from Mount Sinai, so hwhy will once more thunder from the heavens and judge the ends of the earth, Hebrews 12:25-29. It is believed these judgments will result in cataclysmic upheavals of such great and heretofore unseen magnitude that most cannot comprehend or even imagine the complete destruction. hwhy will destroy every sinful kingdom off the face of the earth, Amos 9:8. Let all the earth be warned … and tremble. All of this is to say we should not allow ourselves to be led into thinking the Torah was abolished; obedience to hwhy via His commandments is revealed to be of importance all the way to the very end of man’s present history! We will shortly see clear evidence the Torah was relevant to all first century believers whether Yehudi (Jew) or Gentile. And just as was prophesied, its relevance will soon be known worldwide even 25

This becomes yet more evident as we compare the ministry of Eliyah, the prophet, with the end-time ministry of the two witnesses: a. Fasting and prayer: 1Kings 19:8, Revelation 11:3 (indicated by “sackcloth and ashes.”). b. Signs and wonders, 1Kings 17:8-24, 2Kings 2:8, Acts 2:19-21, Revelation 11:6. c. Zealous to vindicate the Name of hwhy over the name of Baal/Lord, 1Kings 18:17-37, Revelation 14:1,11, 15:2,4. d. Bringing drought for 3½ years: 1Kings 17:1, Ya’acob/ James 5:17, Revelation 11:3,6. e. Enemies consumed with fire, 2Kings 1:1-12, Revelation 11:5. f. Caught up into heaven, 2Kings 2:11, Revelation 11:11,12.

among those who will have to “learn the hard way.” So if Genesis 9 is giving mankind unbridled permission to eat anything that moves (as we have seen, it does not!), then we have numerous, immediate contradictions with other Scriptures seen earlier in Genesis;24 further, by such claims we immediately introduce contradictions with numerous other Scriptures throughout the entire word of hwhy! Since the Fall of man, the Scriptures which indicate the distinction between clean and unclean animal flesh have not changed. And we will even see numerous citations from the Messianic writings which show unclean animals were still unclean long after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of eswhy the Messiah! But for now, we pause to note the following: if Genesis 9 is giving mankind unbridled permission to eat the flesh of any creature, then we have immediate contradictions with other parts of the Torah itself – namely, Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. The following texts were all taken from Leviticus. Regarding the land animals: 1 And hwhy spoke unto Mosheh and to Aharon, saying unto them, speak unto the children of Yisrael, saying, 2 These are the beasts which you shall eat among all the beasts that are on the earth. 3 Whatsoever parteth the hoof, and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud, among the beasts, that shall you eat. 4 Nevertheless these shall you not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the hoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 5 And the rabbit, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 6 And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you. 7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. 8 Of their flesh shall you not eat, and their carcass shall you not touch; they are unclean to you. Leviticus 11:1-8 Regarding the sea and water creatures: 9 These shall you eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall you eat. 10 And all that have not fins and scales in
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the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: 11 they shall be even an abomination unto you; you shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall have their carcasses in abomination. 12 Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 11:9-12 Regarding the birds: 13 And these are they which you shall have in abomination among the fowls; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray, 14 and the vulture, and the kite after his kind; 15 every raven after his kind; 16 and the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind, 17 and the little owl, and the cormorant, and the great owl, 18 and the white owl, and the pelican, and the gier eagle, 19 and the stork, the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. 20 All fowls that creep, going upon all four, shall be an abomination unto you. 21 Yet these may you eat of every flying creeping thing that goeth upon all four, which have legs above their feet, to leap withal upon the earth; 22 even these of them you may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. 23 But all other flying creeping things, which have four feet, shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 11:13-23 Regarding other creeping land animals: 29 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, 30 and the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole ... 41 And every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth shall be an abomination; it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatsoever goeth upon the belly, and whatsoever goeth upon all four, or whatsoever hath more feet among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, them you shall not eat; for they are an abomination. 43 you shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps, neither shall you make yourselves unclean with them, that you should be defiled thereby. 44 For I am hwhy your Elohim: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and you shall be set apart; for I am set apart: neither shall you defile yourselves with any man26

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ner of creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. Leviticus 11:29,30, 41-44 And the summary: 45 For I am hwhy that brings you up out of the land of Mitsrayim, to be your Elohim: you shall therefore be set apart, for I am set apart. 46 This is the law of the beasts, and of the fowl, and of every living creature that moveth in the waters, and of every creature that creepeth upon the earth: 47 to make a difference between the unclean and the clean, and between the beast that may be eaten and the beast that may not be eaten. Leviticus 11:45-47 This Levitical list shows us what meats the word of Elohim sets apart (translated “sanctifies”) as food to be received with prayer and gratitude, 1Timothy 4:3-5. To be sure, there are a multitude of lessons which can be learned from this; for one, the animals listed as unclean are generally scavengers – the garbage collectors of the earth; as such, they are usually laden with parasites and other toxins. All of these things make hwhy refer to them as “abominable.” People can also be “scavengers” in their consumption of “garbage” which intoxicates the mind both emotionally and spiritually with harmful pollutants. And, in turn, those who are unclean excrete additional toxins by which the minds of others are polluted and defiled, Proverbs 6:16-19, 17:4, Mattithyahu 15:18-20, Hebrews 12:15. According to Scripture, the predatory spirit seen in drug dealers, womanizers, gluttons, gossipers, slanderers, pornography producers, sodomites and whoremongers (along with many other similar lifestyles), is a spirit which causes a person to be like unclean, detestable animals. Advocates of those carnal lifestyles which violate the Torah (Galatians 5:19-21) possess this predatory and parasitic spirit; as a result, they ever attempt to involve others in their small, transient world of iniquity, Proverbs 1:10-15, 4:14-17. These lawless deeds make a person both unclean and abominable, Proverbs 3:32, 11:20, 15:8,9,26, 16:5, Yirmeyahu 6:27-30. Yet hwhy also warned the partaking of unclean animal flesh makes one abominable: You shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and you shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any man27

ner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. Leviticus 20:25, 11:43-44 Notice the above text reveals the eating of unclean flesh makes one abominable. And in the prophecies of Revelation, eswhy warns us the abominable will not enter the New Yerushalayim (Jerusalem): But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Revelation 21:8,27 hwhy warned Yisrael not to make their souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground; all those creatures He has separated from His people as unclean! And eswhy later warned in the Revelation that those who were abominable would be punished in the lake of fire. Clearly, all of the deeds which keep one out of the Pure City are violations of the Torah! In his letter to the Galatians, Shaul makes it clear there is no law against the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22,23). Yet just before stating this, he provided the contrasting “works of the flesh.” Galatians 5:19-21 The implication of the apostle’s words is quite clear and absolutely unavoidable: while there is no law against the fruit of the Spirit, there is most certainly a Law against “the deeds of the flesh,” and that Law is the Law of hwhy! And among the many deeds of the flesh we must include an aspect of gluttony not widely taught, an aspect which goes far beyond excess and gorging: eating foods in any way which our Creator has forbidden.25 For those who wish to study further regarding clean and unclean animals, instructions similar to those seen in Leviticus are also seen in Deuteronomy 14:1-21.

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Any who desire to number among the “royal priesthood” of hwhy shall be disqualified and rejected as abominable should they reject His priestly word in the book of Leviticus and partake of unclean animal flesh or of other creatures which the Scriptures have clearly forbidden.

Exodus 19:5,6, Hoshea 4:6, 1Kepha 2:5,9, Revelation 5:10, 20:6 hwhy requires His messengers to be pure before they can be vessels of the Spirit fit for service in His Kingdom. 2Timothy 2:21
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And the remnant of the meat offering shall be to Aharon and his sons. It is a thing most set apart of the offerings of hwhy made by fire. They shall be set apart unto their Elohim, and not profane the Name of their Elohim: for the offerings of hwhy made by fire, and the bread of their Elohim they do offer: therefore they shall be set apart. Leviticus 2:3, 21:6 The offerings of hwhy made by fire were quite special in His eyes; they represented something very important in His eternal Kingdom purposes. So much so that hwhy chose the house of Aharon – a certain family within the tribe of Levi – to oversee those offerings as a testimony of His heavenly ways. And on the few occasions wherein those offerings were profaned or challenged, a judgment both quick and signal came forth from the presence of hwhy. Leviticus 10:13, Numbers 16:1-50 But these things are not widely recognized, acknowledged or sought out in our day (Psalm 111:2) as teachings widespread and erroneous have established the fallacy which claims the Law was abolished at the death of eswhy. This blind tenant of faith has no Scriptural proof and it is spawning ever-growing ignorance of the nature and character of hwhy. (It is also an insidious leaven which has successfully spawned lawlessness throughout the American society; as a result, this country is quickly disintegrating; left unchecked, such moral decay will be the complete undoing of the United States.) The entire word of hwhy was given for our instruction (Romans 15:4, 2Timothy 3:16, 17), and should we ignore certain portions of it, we ourselves shall suffer, Proverbs 9:12, Hoshea 4:6. The offerings of hwhy teach us many things about life and death, and in our ignorance of the offerings, we fail miserably in our understanding of both; sometimes one wonders over which of the two we fall the shortest in our meager knowledge of things spiritual, Proverbs 30:2-4. But there are truths which can be clearly gleaned if we seek Him with all our hearts, Yirmeyahu 29:13. The fact is, in the plan of hwhy, death is the very thing which forever fixes the rules and stipulations which are established in advance of a covenant’s being ratified. The following speaks of this in regard to the death of the Messiah: And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Covenant, that by means of death, for the re29 demption of the transgressions that were under the first Covenant, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a covenant is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a covenant is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Hebrews 9:15-17 The death of eswhy, then, sealed the New Covenant so that none of the moral Law – which He lived and taught while walking the earth and renewing His covenant with Yisrael – could ever change after that very instant! The death of the Messiah sealed and established the New Covenant with absolute immutability! Hebrew 6:1318 This is just the opposite of the notions commonly taught in our day; that is, the majority today teach the death of eswhy abolished all of His teachings on the Law! But instead of changing or doing away with any of His Father’s Law “on the cross,” the Messiah’s death more firmly established the commandments of the Torah which eswhy magnified and exalted in His life and teachings! Yochanan 15:10, Psalm 105:8, 111:5. Just as was prophesied, the life, ministry and teachings of eswhy the Messiah magnified the Law and made it honorable:

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He will magnify the Torah, and make it honorable. Yeshayahu 42:21, Mattithyahu 5:17-20

It was necessary for eswhy to set forth the Torah as honorable and to set it forth in its proper light as the commandment-nullifying traditions of the scribes and Pharisees had brought dishonor to the Law and to the Name of hwhy. Mark 7:9-13, Romans 2:23,24 The record shows (and will continue to show) eswhy fulfilled the Yeshayahu (42:21) prophecy in all of His teachings! Nailed to the tree was man’s carnal nature, his enmity – his hatred against hwhy, against the Law of hwhy (Romans 8:1-4,7), and against his fellow man, Ephesians 2:14-17. And along with that carnal-

ity went man-made, worldly traditions and ordinances which twist and nullify the original, immutable, commandments of hwhy into something never intended by the Originator! Yes, even those well-meaning, but ignorant, Jewish traditions which fall under the guise of “religious” are to be rejected when they openly contradict the eternal commandments of hwhy!26 So much can be learned (and shall be forever learned!) from the eternal Torah, Psalm 119:89, Ephesians 2:7. And this is certainly the case with the ancient offerings recorded and mentioned throughout the Law and the Prophets. There were meal/grain offerings, wave offerings, heave offerings, drink offerings, and a host of animal offerings (sin offerings, peace offerings, and burnt offerings). Since we are considering the topic of those meats which are set apart as acceptable for human consumption, it is the animal offerings to which we will turn our attention presently. When offerings were made of old to hwhy, the one presenting the animal gift had to bring something which was without blemish. Exodus 12:5, 29:1, Leviticus 1:3,10, 3:1,6, 4:3, 5:15,18, 6:6; cf. Hebrews 9:14 All of those offerings had to be taken from animals which hwhy regarded as clean. Everything had to be the best; it had to be valuable, 2Samuel 24:24; cf. 1Kepha 1:18,19. While whole, burnt offerings were not eaten, they still had to be clean since they represented total submission and surrender to the Most High; true worshippers cannot claim total submission to hwhy unless the blood of eswhy has fully cleansed them. The burnt offerings spoke of giving hwhy everything we have and everything we are; we must be willing to give our best to Him, completely and without reserve, Psalm 40:6-8, Mark 12:23. But in the case of a peace offering, the person presenting the animal also partook of its flesh; they were blessed in return with a meal from the gift given to hwhy, Leviticus 7:11-18, 17:1-7, 19:5-8. So in giving only the best to hwhy, the one drawing near to His presence also received only the very best for themselves! These things are prophetic of so many other blessings which hwhy ever brings upon His people who give Him their best in this present life; they shall certainly receive only the very best in return! Mark 10:28-30, Luke 18:28-30, Romans
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8:38,39, 1Corinthians 2:9 But in regard to live tributes, unclean animals were not even in the offing! They were not acceptable to hwhy for any gift of any kind at any time! (As we have seen, even clean animals with a blemish were not acceptable! However, those could be eaten in one’s dwelling just as one would partake of a clean deer or antelope, 15:19-23) But any unblemished meat offering in Yisrael had to be presented before hwhy and the priest! Leviticus 17:1-14 This was a specially mandated, Levitical injunction to prevent Yisraelites from worshipping/serving demons by eating blood! And this text likely forms the foundation for the modern-day, rabbi overseer particular to the kosher meat industry: And hwhy spoke to Mosheh, saying, speak unto Aharon, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Yisrael, and say unto them; This is the thing which hwhy hath commanded, saying, what man soever there be of the house of Yisrael, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp or that killeth it out of the camp, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto hwhy before the tabernacle of hwhy; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people: to the end that the children of Yisrael may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto hwhy, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto hwhy. And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of hwhy at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savor unto hwhy. And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto demons, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations. And you shall say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Yisrael, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice, and bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto hwhy; even that man shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever man there be of the house of Yisrael, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set My face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh 30

See Mattithyahu 12:1,2, 15:2,3,6,9, Mark 7:3,5,7-9,13, Galatians 1:14, Colossians 2:8,14,15,20-23.

is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Therefore I said unto the children of Yisrael, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. And whatsoever man there be of the children of Yisrael, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Yisrael, you shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off. Leviticus 17:1-14 Because it was so important to eat properly prepared animal flesh, the groundwork for eating meat was made to be a very part of the True Worship of the Elohim of Yisrael. This is not legalism as some may falsely challenge, it is simply exercising spiritual, common sense and giving our heavenly Father the credit for having infinitely more wisdom and knowledge in these matters than ourselves! And this leads us to some very important points surrounding our Creator’s standards for food preparation and, specifically, meat: 1. The meat offering had to be good enough for hwhy! a.) The animal had to be clean, Genesis 8:20, 15:7-9, Yeshayahu 66:3. b.) But not only was the animal required to be clean, it also had to be one which was without defect (Exodus 12:5, 29:1, Leviticus 1:3,10, 3:1,6, 4:3,23,28,32, 5:15,18, 6:6, 9:2,3). Being “without blemish” would surely include requiring an animal which was healthy and robust; a sick animal was understandably offensive to hwhy, Malachi 1:8,13,14. Offerings were to be valuable and were to be taken from among the very best. But in today’s meat industry, the bottom line is the dollar; this being the case, the standards set for the health of animals brought to slaughter are terribly low when compared to the Heavenly. If we could see all the sickness and death transferred to the human race through violation of the meat preparation standards set forth in the Torah, 31

maybe a lot fewer people in religious circles would accuse the Almighty Creator of being a legalist. In earnest love, hwhy is simply guarding our health and well-being by granting us the allwise ordinances of the Torah which emanate with life, restoration, and vitality, Deuteronomy 7:6-13, Psalm 19:7 The meat industry, in general, allows for animals raised on hormones and antibiotics. A number have reported the health of animals slaughtered is, at times, substandard. Many years ago the author was a meat cutter for a popular, national restaurant chain; the number of blood clots seen in the beef before being cut was, even then, inordinate and disgusting.27 Over the years since then, hormones have been introduced and popularized as a means of increasing the weight of animals (thereby increasing the “bottom line” for its producers, 1Timothy 6:10). In the author’s opinion, any animal raised on unnatural foods, chemicals and antibiotics is of substandard quality for human consumption as such an animal would not be acceptable for offering to hwhy. Others have reported sick and even cancerous animals are allowed to be slaughtered for “meat.” And a few comments regarding the kosher meat industry are also in order. While one would expect kosher meat to be different in regard to many of these concerns, reports are that the standards of this specialized industry are not much better; yet the price of kosher meat is considerably higher per pound in many cases! So individuals and families looking to obtain clean, properly prepared meat from healthy, responsibly raised animals may have to do some research. And the answer may be in raising animals oneself (or in having firsthand knowledge of someone who does). 2. A second point on the standards set by hwhy: there was not only concern for the fitness of the
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animal, but those preparing the food also needed to be clean. The one preparing the food, the priest, had to be sanitary by the standards of hwhy, Exodus 29:1,4, 30:17-21. How much disease has been spread by disregard for these loving standards? Disease upon disease has been transmitted from one human to another by rejecting the heavenly standard for meat and food preparation. Those who have fallen victim to sickness and disease at the careless, unsanitary hands of others would surely esteem the Law of hwhy as best for everyone. Walking in ignorance of the Heavenly food preparation standards only brings destruction, Hoshea 4:6. Should those diseased be given the opportunity to do it all over again, they would surely do so to avoid living a lifetime with contracted illnesses. 3. If followed, the above requirements result in spiritual principles overshadowing the physical act of eating meat; and the Spirit of hwhy knows that apart from those spiritual concerns, eating animal flesh can quickly and easily become a sinful, gluttonous act in the physical realm. Merely the thought of eating meat has been shown to stir up such unrighteous cravings among multitudes! Exodus 16:3,8,12, Numbers 11:4,5,10,13,18-20,31-34, 1Shemuel 14:32-33) While man-made traditions are of no value against fleshly indulgence (Colossians 2:20-23), the commandments of hwhy are of great worth in this regard and they protect us on every front against the Enemy (Psalm 119:97-98); if we exercise humility while holding fast the written word, we will also be holding fast the Living Word, Colossians 2:19, Yochanan 15:7. The result is that our souls shall be increasingly restored with a right mind and a proper attitude towards all things! Through continual meditation upon His word, we begin to see things from the heavenly perspective even as our Heavenly Father sees them. We will be delivered from meat-driven gluttony – which is subtle, crafty, yet brazen idolatry fed by a lack of reverence and gratitude towards the Creator and Provider of such bounty and life-giving sustenance, Psalm 69:22, Daniel 5:1-6,22-23, 1Timothy 4:4,5, Hebrews 12:28,29. At certain times, Yisrael was overwhelmed with these cravings, and in their lust, they became filled with strife against one another (Ya’acob 4:1); we read the wrath of hwhy broke forth upon the nation more than once because of their lustful craving for animal flesh. 32

Exodus 16:3,8,12, Numbers 11:4,5,10,13,1820,31-34 Gratefully partaking of meat prepared according to the standards of hwhy is one thing, but being ruled by cravings for meat is quite another! 1Corinthians 6:12,13 Overshadowing meals with emphasis in the spiritual realm is a strong guard against a most grave danger: eating and forgetting the Most High, Deuteronomy 6:10-12, 8:10-14, 31:20, 32:13-15, Nechemyah 9:25,26, Proverbs 30:9, Hoshea 13:6, Philippians 4:12,13. 4. The offerings also taught there was a clear difference between various parts of an animal. Some have claimed the commandments against eating fat and blood are tied only to sacrifices and are, therefore, not binding in our day. Blood was forbidden and the eating thereof was (and is) accounted by hwhy as sin, 1Samuel 14:32,33. (We will shortly see the same commandment applied to Gentile converts in the first century!) And not only does the fat of an animal store toxins, it also contains miles of minute capillaries from which the blood cannot be extricated! This is likely another reason (a scientific reason, shall we say?) the command not to eat the fat or the blood is given in the same breath, Leviticus 3:17. Further, this writer recently had occasion to observe a kosher turkey; it appeared to him those parts of the flesh which were in the neighborhood of fat or fatty tissue were also still rather red with blood. There is a clear link between the fat and the blood. Further, there is a clear distinction in Scripture between the flesh of an animal and its other inner parts – including fat, liver, kidneys, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. There was a clear distinction made between the flesh of an animal and its inward parts, Leviticus 4:11,12. Bones, brains, guts, fat and even cartilage are not flesh. The only part of a clean animal we are ever permitted to eat is the flesh extricated of blood, Genesis 9:3,4. Hence, those who would justify eating other parts of an animal in addition to the flesh are, very likely, adding to the word of hwhy, Deuteronomy 4:23.
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The Law – as it related to offerings and rituals – was “added because of transgressions” (Yirmeyahu 7:21-24, Galatians 3:15-21), but this should not be taken to mean the precepts of the Torah which refer to sacrifices are meaningless beyond their purpose at that time; nor should we

treat such ordinances lightly in this present era, Romans 7:14. The ways of hwhy are simply past finding out and we will be forever learning from His infinite word revealed in the Torah, Romans 11:33. The offerings are used to teach us many things and to call us to seek His higher paths – paths which extend far beyond the scope of our own, finite, mortal, spiritually impoverished frame, Yeshayahu 55:8,9. Time and again we hear the prophets exhorting us to learn from His word concerning the offerings and to seek hwhy on planes greater and higher. One such word from hwhy is given through the prophet Hoshea: For I delight in kindness and not sacrifice, and in the knowledge of Elohim more than burnt offerings. Hoshea 6:6 Scriptures like the one above have become so cliché in our day that the majority of believers fail to ponder their richest and most obvious implication: if hwhy desires something from His people which is far beyond the offerings – yet He went to such great lengths to detail those many sacrifices – what great riches of wisdom and truth must be hidden in His word concerning them?! Dare we count them a strange thing? Hoshea 8:12, 2Kings 17:15,16 At the outset of this chapter we mentioned the importance of “the offerings of hwhy made by fire.” What do we believe the offerings of hwhy made by fire ultimately represent? What do we believe is represented by the fire? Evidence indicates the fire by which offerings were made represents the burning, righteous zeal of the eternal Spirit of hwhy. So for any believer to make an offering using “strange fire” does “despite unto the Spirit of favor.” Leviticus 10:1-3, Hebrews 10:29 The consequences of offering strange fire in our day are the same as those suffered by Nadab and Abihu; even as the consuming fire came forth from hwhy and slew them, so He who changes not will do likewise to those believers who offer strange fire presently, Hebrews 10:30,31, 12:28,29. The false zeal expressed in using “strange fire” – or self-exalting zeal in a self-exalting religious display – robs splendor from hwhy and dishonors His

Name/Spirit.28 So many have twisted True Worship and have made it into a platform for selfexaltation, national exaltation, and/or denominational promotion. This false zeal takes many forms as the carnal turn their freedom in the Messiah into a self-serving opportunity for the flesh. Galatians 5:13 Through fasting and prayer, true believers must continually humble themselves so as to retain this sobering realization: apart from eswhy and the burning zeal which His Spirit gives, we can do nothing, Yochanan 15:5,6, 1Corinthians 15:10. We have now seen the fire of zeal which only burns pure and bright through the Spirit of hwhy. But what is the offering? What is the offering made by fire? For we cannot provide for our own atonement by any means, Micah 6:6,7. The Ultimate Offering made by Fire is the life and death of eswhy the Messiah: in life, He burned with loving zeal to do His Father’s will (Psalm 40:8, Yochanan 4:34, 6:38, 15:10); in death, He burned with loving zeal as the Perfect Offering for the sins of the whole world. His death on the tree was truly “an Offering made by Fire” – the Fire of the eternal Spirit: How much more shall the blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to hwhy, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim? Hebrews 9:14 The Fire of the eternal Spirit burned in the heart of eswhy the Messiah in life; this made Him a “living sacrifice.” Romans 12:1,2, Yochanan 17:19 That very same zeal burned in His death, and even in His most agonizing moments, we see His offering to hwhy was “made by fire” – the Fire of the eternal Spirit and the commensurate zeal of hwhy which ever burns in His servants to accomplish His sovereign, unstoppable, eternal will, Yeshayahu 9:7, 37:32, 53:10-12. Now more than ever we, too, should respond with gratitude and serve hwhy with the same reverence and awe which burned in our Example … in His life and in His death. Romans 14:8, 2Corinthians 5:14,15, Hebrews 12:28
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Ladies! Want to Have a Samson?
And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not. And the messenger of ‫ יהוה‬appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, you art barren, and bearest not: but you shall conceive, and bear a son. Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing: for, lo, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto Elohim from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Yisrael out of the hand of the Philistines. Judges 13:2-5 The heavenly messenger warned the mother of Shimshon (Samson) to partake of no unclean meat29 while her child was in the womb. The messenger later appeared once more – this time to both parents – and provided them with the same warning. Judges 13:8-21 Exactly why there was a need for a warning to be given to Manoah and his wife concerning the eating of unclean animals is not initially clear. Had eating such things been the cause of this woman’s past barrenness? Perhaps at that time in Yisrael’s history, the Law was more and more forgotten30 and the temptation to eat abominations grew greater and greater as those on every side ate thus increasingly, Psalm 12:8. Yisrael was under the dominance of the Philistines and it is possible the ways of that heathen nation were corrupting the people of the Most High. Perhaps eating unclean meat had become commonplace as the nation of Yisrael bought into the “differentstrokes-for-different-folks” philosophy which takes over any society as the “mystery of lawlessness” paralyzes the moral integrity of the masses; then follows the total downfall of the nation as the Scriptures are forgotten, ignored and, ultimately, outright rejected. There is evidence at least some of these things were the case in Yisrael at that time; instead of obedience to the Torah being the Law of the land, it was written of Yisrael in that sad era: Every man did that which was right in his own eyes. Judges 13:1, 17:6, 21:25, Proverbs 14:12 But in His warning to the mother of Shimshon, is the Spirit also warning us in that “still, small voice” regarding birth defects? 1Kings 19:11,12 There is certainly a delicate balance in the human body and there is a great need for only the best and the purest of foods at any time, but especially while pregnant. Some may scoff and say this was merely a command given to parents who were to bear and raise a Nazarite child. Yet the Law of hwhy regarding clean and unclean had been long-since commanded to all Yisrael; it applied to the entire nation, not just the Nazarites. Shimshon was being set apart for a special purpose and hwhy saw to it that his life was special from the outset. That birth defects also result from drinking alcohol while pregnant is already a scientifically established and unchallenged premise; and alcohol (rendered as “strong drink” in the text) is included in the above list of forbidden foods given to Manoah and wife concerning their son-to-be, Shimshon. Since this manuscript offers conclusive proof unclean animals are not fit for food, it leads us to another question: what effects do the blood, toxins and parasites in unclean creatures have on a child developing in the womb? One curse for disobedience to the Torah rests upon children of parents who walk in lawlessness, Deuteronomy 28:15,18. Given they strive to end birth defects, the March-of-Dimes Foundation would do well to magnify the word of hwhy and assist in their own campaign for healthy babies by warning of the Creator’s word against the consumption of unclean animal flesh! And what about grapes? Fresh grape peelings contain yeast spores, so we at lest present the possibility that abstaining from fresh grape products may also be beneficial while pregnant. Further, grapes easily ferment in the stomach if eaten with the wrong food combi34

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nations. Along with unclean flesh and alcohol, fermentation related to grapes may be problematic for a pregnant woman and her developing baby. It may be the Spirit is showing us what things are the best to avoid for any pregnant woman and this author feels the list warrants further study and close investigation as it applies to any expectant mother. And now that we are on another sensitive topic, our thoughts should once more be qualified: we must be very careful to never minimize or trivialize the pain of those who are suffering family tragedy – in this case, from bearing a child deformed in mind or body. The curse of the law warns against the harmful effects of disobedience upon the children of those who are walking in violation of the Torah, Deuteronomy 28:15,18. The best way to stop the suffering is to stop what may well be the major cause of the deformities. Those who are pregnant should give honor to hwhy for the immense wisdom in His word and avoid those foods which were shunned by the mother of Shimshon. Without a doubt, the first two on the list – unclean flesh and strong drink – should be avoided. But are there other reasons for birth defects in our day?

This writer very much believes exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants has caused and is causing a multitude of birth defects. But apart from these widespread, environmental poisons, violation of the Torah is believed to be the major cause of the deeply grievous reality of birth defects. Once more, it is not for any man to say or to judge in regard to such serious tragedy. Who can determine whether such tragedy was caused by disobedience or by unwitting exposure to one or more of a multitude of rampant, nearly unavoidable, harmful toxins and pollutants?31 At the same time, the writer would fail the reader and all of his brethren by not bringing forth an aspect of prenatal care and deformities which is revealed in the word of hwhy spoken to the parents of Shimshon, Acts 20:26,27. hwhy will have the ultimate say over all things in the Day of Judgment, and apart from uncontestable revelation in the Spirit, we will do well to wait for His final assessment in such weighty matters.
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DDT – a pesticide related to birth defects – was banned from use many years ago in the United States; however, it yet remains in the soil, water, and ecosystem of the nation. Further, many additional chemicals and toxins have been developed by our “advanced” technology and these pollutants easily find their way into our foods, air, and water.

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CHAPTER 5
Strong Words! Ever Retracted?
They were stoned, they were sawn in two … of them the world was not worthy; they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. Hebrews 11:37,38 Christians across the globe exult in the writings of the prophet Isaiah (hereafter, “Yeshayahu”). For many people, Yeshayahu has become their favorite book of prophecy. Citations are surely made hundreds of times daily (the world over!) from the prophesies of this servant of hwhy who – according to the best records we can obtain – was sawn in half for his uncompromising stance in favor of the immutable, eternal Law! Yeshayahu taught the nation of Yisrael that true light came from the eternal Torah of hwhy, Yeshayahu 2:5, 8:20, 40:8.32 In many places, we read of the prophet Yeshayahu correcting Yisrael for their violations of the Torah as he admonishes them to hear his reproof and to turn back to hwhy from lawlessness. 2Timothy 3:16,17 Of the Law’s permanence and immutability, the prophet made a most profound statement which remains quite popular and which is cited quite frequently in numerous, contemporary, religious circles: The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our Elohim shall stand for ever. Yeshayahu 40:8 Multitudes today quote this text, but sadly, they fail to apply it to the Torah as did the prophet Yeshayahu when he originally proclaimed this word to Yisrael. This utterance of hwhy El Shaddai through the prophet is speaking of the Torah. For it is the Torah, the Five Books of Mosheh, which shall stand forever! Which leads us to a probing question: “Would Yeshayahu be a welcomed guest in Evangelical congregations today were he to appear on the scene teaching the Law of hwhy is still valid, binding and authoritative?” Many today would simply dismiss
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him as a “legalist” and quickly spurn his teachings by claiming he had a “Jezebel spirit.” Not understanding Law and grace,33 others would falsely call him a “Judaizer.” Exodus 20:16 And if he was in our midst today, who would possibly want to have Yeshayahu sawn in two as did his contemporaries? Perhaps it would be the leaders from among the meat and pork industry! Or, perhaps it would be some of today’s religious leaders who hwhy rebukes through this great prophet for their holier-than-thou attitude. For this attitude of twisted, self-exalting piety is seen today amongst so many religious church-goers; and it is especially prevalent among the Evangelical, Pentecostal and Fundamentalist communities. It was this very attitude of selfrighteousness which pervaded the hearts of those who participated in the false, Baal worship on the high places of old as they reveled in eating swine and other unclean animals in the days of Yeshayahu! This is what hwhy spoke through Yeshayahu in response to those deeds of false, demon worship which are ever associated with the gluttony displayed in eating unclean animal flesh/blood: I have spread out My hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts; a people that provoketh Me to anger continually to My face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; which say, “Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou.” These are a smoke in My nostrils, a fire that burneth all the day. Behold, it is written before Me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom; your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith hwhy, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed Me upon the hills:

In agreement with the Law and the Prophets, our Messiah and His apostles taught the same: light is synonymous with the Law of hwhy. As such, when the Messiah came into the world He was the Word of hwhy, the Law, the Living Torah in the flesh; thus, He was the “Light of the world.” Genesis 1:1-4, Yochanan 1:1-5, 8:12, 9:5, 12:46 See also Mattithyahu 5:14-16, 6:22,23/7:23 (darkness = iniquity/lawlessness), Yochanan 12:35,36, Romans 2:17-19, Ephesians 4:17,18, 5:13,14.

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therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom. Yeshayahu 65:2-7 So hwhy regards the eating of unclean flesh as blasphemy. And then, just one chapter later, from the very last words recorded by the prophet, we see a contrast between True Worship and that which is false. And connected with this false worship, once again, we see the eating of swine’s flesh and other abominations forbidden by the word of hwhy; and, once more, we see the spirit of anger/murder is quite related to and connected with eating unclean animals (parenthetical comments inserted inside brackets [ ] throughout verses 3 and 4 are mine):
3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man [spirit of murder]; he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck [unclean animal]; he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood [unclean animal’s blood]; he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol [false worship/idolatry]. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. 4 I also will choose their delusions [demonic, lying spirits, Romans 1:21,24,26,28, 2Thessalonians 2:10,11] and will bring their fears upon them [the spirit of fear seen in the Genesis 9 warning as being connected with eating unclean flesh/blood]; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not … 15 For, behold, hwhy will come with fire, and with His chariots like a whirlwind, to render His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames of fire. 16 For by fire and by His sword will hwhy plead with all flesh: and the slain of hwhy shall be many. 17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst,34 eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith hwhy. 18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see My splendor ... 22 For as the New Heavens and the New Earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith hwhy, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one
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Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith hwhy. 24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcasses of the men that have transgressed against Me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh. Yeshayahu 66:3-4, 15-18, 22-24

Committing sin behind a tree in the midst of the garden, at least sounds like an intentional and blatant reenactment of the sin in Eden, Genesis 3:2-6. It is interesting to note both cases related to eating and the latter case involved eating unclean animal flesh.

These were strong words on the part of hwhy as He spoke through the prophet Yeshayahu! Were they ever retracted? Yeshayahu had earlier prophesied the coming Messiah would magnify the Law and make it honorable, 42:21. Evidence will soon be provided which shows this was, indeed, the case. All of the Savior’s teachings upheld the truth of the Torah from the very start of His ministry (Mattithyahu 5:19-20) all the way to the very end, Yochanan 17:17. And everything taught by eswhy fully agrees with Yeshayahu’s stance against eating unclean animal flesh! Nothing can be found in all of Scripture to prove the words of Yeshayahu were ever retracted! The testimony of all the prophets always was and always will be in accordance with the immutable commandments of the Torah, Yeshayahu 8:20, Deuteronomy 13:1-4. It is only through the light which our Messiah shines upon the Torah that we ourselves may walk in the light of hwhy, Yeshayahu 2:5, 60:1-3, Yochanan 8:12, 9:5, 12:46, 2Corinthians 3:3,7,8,14, Ephesians 5:13,14. But presently, the nations of the earth rage more and more against the Law of hwhy as they become drunk with madness and exult in the idolatry of false worship which involves eating the detestable flesh of unclean animals, Psalm 2:1-3, 46:6, Yirmeyahu 50:38. This is the false worship which Yeshayahu sternly rebuked even as we have seen in his above-cited prophecies. Yeshayahu also warned hwhy will respond to this rage against His Torah with anger of His own: He will come forth to judge the world with fearsome wrath, Psalm 119:126. “The Lion of the tribe of Yehudah (Judah)” will come forth with burning vengeance and unleash His fury upon the lawless and unrepentant, Yeshayahu 2:10-21, 30:27-28, 66:15,16, Revelation 5:10-6:17, 11:18. Let us worship hwhy in reverence and awe and be abundantly thankful at all times for His love and for His example which shines the light of His Spirit upon all who seek Him.
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CHAPTER 6
Baalzebub: the Lord of the Fly
But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out demons, but by Baalzebub, the prince of the demons. And eswhy knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand? And if I by Baalzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of Elohim, then the kingdom of Elohim is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against Ruach haQodesh (the Set Apart Spirit) shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against Ruach haQodesh, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this age, neither in the age to come. Mattithyahu 12:24-32 The prince of demons was called “Baalzebub,” which means, “Lord (Baal) of the fly (zebub).” And this demon of false worship is said to be the chief spirit among all demons. The name “Baal-zebub” ties this unclean spirit to the unclean creature, the fly. Flies live in the realm of the unclean as they eat dung and lay their eggs in rotting garbage. From the above account, we see eswhy was railed by the Pharisees for supposedly having the spirit of Baalzebub, the Prince of Demons,35 (see also Mark 3:22). Animals with unclean flesh comprise one category of forbidden, abominable food; yet flies fall into their own category of forbidden food as revealed by the word of hwhy in Leviticus. This latter class of creatures has the capacity to fly as well as to move on all fours. Every such creature is counted as an abomination by our all-wise, loving Creator who desires us to be healthy and joyous. Hence, hwhy regards them as detestable – completely unfit and unacceptable for human consumption. Leviticus 11:23, Deuteronomy 14:19 We should not fail to consider the great contrast provided to us in the scene which is set by our opening Scripture. It is a contrast between the Purest of the pure and the foulest of the foul. In pondering these things, we will not only realize how insulting the incident was to the Spirit of hwhy, we will also receive valuable instruction
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The KJV erroneously translates the word “demons” as “devils.” “Devil” applies only to Satan – “the Adversary” and “the Dragon” – who is to be bound in the abyss for the Millennial Reign, Revelation 12:14-17, 20:1-3.

over matters which even many believers still fail to understand. Scripture reveals there is a profound connection between the Name of hwhy and His Ruach haQodesh (His Pure, Set Apart Spirit). The priestly blessing put the Name of hwhy upon all Yisrael (Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 67, Psalm 115:9-15); yet putting the Name of hwhy upon them imparted to them His very Spirit thereby bringing many blessings via His continual Presence. How can we know this to be the case? It is elsewhere seen the people of the Most High are sealed with His Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 And based on other evidence, we believe this seal to be in the forehead (Yechezkel 9:4, Revelation 7:3). Further study will show that this seal is a spiritual emblem which stands in absolute contrast to “the mark of the beast.” The former is a mark of love, allegiance and obedience to the Kingdom of Light while the latter is a mark of disobedience and allegiance to the kingdom of darkness – the kingdom which stands in opposition to the Torah of hwhy.36 In this sealing – which occurs by the Spirit of hwhy – His very Name and character are imparted. For we later see this “seal of the Living Elohim” results in “His Name in their foreheads.” Revelation 14:1, 22:4 So Pentecostals and any others who really want the power of the Spirit should begin at “square one” by honoring the Father’s Name just as our Messiah teaches, Mattithyahu 6:9, Micah 6:9. It is through the priestly blessing referenced above that the Name of hwhy is called upon, or put upon, His people.
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The Name of hwhy being called upon or placed upon the people via this blessing is the actual meaning and translation of the famous text which is so frequently cited in Pentecostal circles: If My people, upon whom My Name is called,37 shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2Chronicles 7:14 So the Name of hwhy and His Spirit are not only synonymous, they are quite inseparable. And the Name-Spirit connection is further confirmed through the incident of strife which was instigated by the Pharisees and which was cited in our opening text. Mattithyahu 12:24-32 Scripture reveals when these men blasphemed the Spirit of hwhy they were also grossly violating the Third Commandment as they dishonored His Name. They equated Ruach haQodesh, the Pure Spirit of hwhy, with the unclean, demon spirit who is called the “Lord of the fly.” The lesson all should learn from this is that we must be quite slow in attributing something we do not understand, spiritually, to the working of Satan. Many believers today are dangerously close to doing the same as they call good, “evil” in regard to numerous issues relating to True Worship.38 We
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note eswhy warned their sin would not be forgiven in the age of His first appearing nor in the age that was to come. But does this not all sound rather familiar? Where else do we read in Scripture of sin which results in one not being forgiven? Where else does hwhy issue the very same warning by stating one’s guilt will not be taken away and that punishment is certain? hwhy Himself warns there will not be forgiveness for those who take His Name in vain: You shall not take the Name of hwhy thy Elohim in vain; for hwhy will not hold him guiltless that taketh His Name in vain. Exodus 20:7 There is no forgiveness for those who blaspheme the Spirit; there is no forgiveness for those who take His Name in vain; there is “no more sacrifice for sins” for those who “do despite unto the Spirit of favor.” 1Shemuel 3:14, Hoshea 8:139:1, Hebrews 10:26,27,29 All of this shows us the Name of hwhy and His Spirit are virtually one and the same: an impartation of the Name imparts the Spirit; an impartation of the Spirit seals one in, or imparts, the Name. When we stand for the honor due His Name, the Spirit of power is with us mightily. 1Shemuel 17:45 Yet those who despise and profane His Qodesh Name equally scorn His Spirit and they will soon know His wrath and vengeance, Malachi 1:6, 2:1-3, Revelation 16:9. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the Living Elohim. Hebrews 10:30,31 Finally, the order and content of the first four of the Ten Commandments are further confirmation of this Name-Spirit connection: I. The First Commandment speaks of the Father. Exodus 20:2-3 For hwhy, the Father, is over all: Have we not all one Father? hath not one Elohim created us? Malachi 2:10 But to us there is but one Elohim, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Sovereign, eswhy the Messiah, by whom are all things, and we by Him. 1 Corinthians 8:6
this same persuasion so readily reject truths with many times more scriptural backing and emphasis (such as the Name of hwhy, the difference between clean and unclean flesh, and the truth regarding the Sabbath and Feasts of hwhy).

This is a reference to the priestly blessing which calls/puts the Name of hwhy upon His people, Numbers 6:22-27. The mistranslation, “Who are called by My Name,” is a common mistake made by those scholars who fail to connect this phrase with the Aaronic blessing seen in Numbers 6:22-27. 38 For instance, some teach speaking in tongues is “of the Devil” while the apostle Shaul clearly teaches, …“and forbid not to speak with tongues.” 1Corinthians 14:39 (Speaking in tongues, however, had to occur per his previous stipulations; those directives are seen in 1Corinthians 12:28-14:38). And in another contemporary case, there are now many who are attributing the working of the Spirit of hwhy to an unclean spirit by claiming believers who teach obedience to His commandments have the spirit of Jezebel – that murderous, domineering harlot who was the wife of Ahab. Calling the good, “evil,” is one thing against which the prophets warn, Yeshayahu 5:20. The apostle Yochanan taught obedience to the commandments of the Torah, Yochanan 14:15,21, 15:10, 1Yochanan 5:3, Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14. Do we dare suppose he also had the spirit of Jezebel? It is somewhat amazing, though, that an entire denomination (Pentecostal) so strongly emphasizes one doctrine (tongues) – a doctrine mentioned so few times in the Word – while members of

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II. The Second Commandment speaks of the Son. Exodus 20:4-6 Although this commandment relates negatively to images of false worship, its positive and prophetic implications infer there is also a True Image standing in contrast to those which are false. And, indeed, eswhy the Messiah is called by the apostle, “the Image of the invisible Elohim” (Colossians 1:15, Hebrews 1:3, Yochanan 14:7,9) for every son is the image of his father. As the True Image of hwhy, eswhy stands in contrast to the images of false worship forbidden by the Second Commandment. While we are not to bow down to worship before false images of anything found in the heavens above, the earth beneath, or the waters under the earth, the day is coming when every knee shall bow before the One who is the True Image of hwhy. Comparing the Second Commandment (especially Exodus 20:4) with the following words of Shaul to the Philippians (especially vs. 10), we see striking similarities which are far more than coincidence: 9 Wherefore hwhy also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: 10 that at the Name of eswhy every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 and that every tongue should confess that eswhy the Messiah is hwhy, to the splendor of Elohim the Father. Philippians 2:9-11, Yeshayahu 45:23 The Second Commandment forbids the worship of any image representing any creatures in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. Yet in Shaul’s reference to the Second Commandment, he indicates the day is coming when all things in heaven above, and in the earth beneath, and in the waters under the earth will bow before the True Image of hwhy, the One and only hwhy-Yeshua haMashiach. He is the One who died and was raised again and He is the One upon whom was bestowed “the Name above all names” – the very Name of hwhy. III. The Third Commandment speaks of the Spirit. Exodus 20:7 For only through the Spirit can we have both the Father and the Son: Who is a liar but he that denieth that eswhy is the Messiah? He is the Anti-Messiah, that denies the Father and the Son. Whosoever denies the 40

Son, the same hath not the Father: he that acknowledges the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning. If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 1Yochanan 2:24 The abode which the Father and Son make in us is a residence of the indwelling Spirit:

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love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our abode with him. Yochanan 14:23

In whom you also are being built together for a habitation of Elohim through the Spirit. Ephesians 2:22 And once more, this confirms the Name-Spirit connection as it is only through faith in His Name that we may receive the Spirit power to become His sons: He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of Elohim, even to them that believe on His Name. Yochanan 1:11,12 Those who honor the Name of hwhy have His Spirit working within them. For it is by the Spirit that hwhy is One; it is by the Spirit that we are one with Him having been sealed in His Name; and it is only by His Name/Spirit that we are able to walk in the love which brings true unity with our brethren. Yochanan 17:11,21,23, 26 IV. The Fourth Commandment speaks of Rest. Exodus 20:8-12 For those who have the Father and Son also have His Spirit; they have great rest and peace in Him as only the Spirit can give: As a beast goes down into the valley, the Spirit of hwhy made him to rest: so did You lead Your people, to make Yourself a Name majestic. Yeshayahu/Isaiah 63:14 Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Yochanan 14:27

The Spirit produces the fruit of righteousness which, in turn, leads to peace; and only in finding such peace can we truly be at rest. Yeshayahu 48:18, 54:13, Mark 9:50, Romans 14:17, Galatians 5:22, Ya’acob/James 3:18. In summary, the first Four of the Ten Commandments reveal the Father, the Son, the Spirit, and Rest; only when both the Father and the Son make their dwelling in us by the Spirit can we be inspired and empowered to walk in loving obedience; and only then can we have true rest and peace.39 This, we believe, further supports the very real, profoundly instructive, and spiritually powerful connection between the Name of hwhy and His Spirit: the Name and the Spirit converge upon and within the Third Commandment. And this connection – which now stands so clearly
While we have viewed what might be called the ultimate, spiritual meaning of each of the First Four Commandments, it should be emphasized none of these truths do away with the importance of either the physical or the emotional aspects of these weighty Torah ordinances which compose no small portion of the Decalogue. The literal, physical, Seventh Day, Shabbat/rest is of immense importance if we desire to be set apart by hwhy and to enter His greater rest, spiritually, Exodus 31:12,13, Revelation 14:13. Emotional rest is equally as important: we can be at rest, physically, while our minds are at war, emotionally. Psalm 55:21 And when a person’s emotional state is one of turmoil, we question just how wholesome or how complete any physical rest they obtain might be. Yeshayahu 48:18, 22, 57:20,21 Once more, meditation upon hwhy and His Torah is the answer, Psalm 119:165, Yeshayahu 26:3. It is meditation upon the Torah which keeps our minds from being blown about as chaff before the wind, Psalm 1:1-4, Ephesians 4:14. Concerning the Second Commandment: while we must honor and bow before the True Image of hwhy in the spiritual realm, we must also reject the worship of statues and other graven images in the physical realm, Leviticus 26:1, Daniel 3:1-18. And yet, does the Second Commandment speak only of physical images? Certainly not. Many remain in bondage for a lifetime to images of another form: mental or emotional images which are allowed to be graven in the mind effectively set up statues of lust and improper thoughts which are, oftentimes, permanent. Many bow down before such graven images throughout their entire lives (Ephesians 2:1-3); many are never able to destroy such unclean, mental or emotional icons of false worship. The Law of hwhy operates in all three realms: physical, emotional and spiritual. Those who fail to cultivate obedience in any of these three realms will fall short of receiving the blessings which hwhy has for His people; and those who ignore or reject any of these three realms are simply not wise, Proverbs 9:12.
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CHAPTER 7
Gnaturally Good?
“You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!” – eswhy the Messiah, Mattithyahu 23:24 How many Christians today realize their Savior and Messiah openly taught there was a clear difference between the clean and the unclean? eswhy clearly taught against eating unclean, detestable creatures. He was faithful to keep and to teach those things which the priests of old failed to impart to Yisrael. At one point in time, their lack of diligence in leading Yisrael aright made the following, sad indictment from hwhy through Yechezkel necessary: Her priests have done violence to My Torah and they profane My set apart words. They have not distinguished between the set apart and profane, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean. And they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned in their midst. Yechezkel 22:26 eswhy the Messiah, however, never failed in this regard! He did put a difference between the unclean and the clean! Very early in His ministry, eswhy warned His followers not to allow the truth of the word to be devalued and profaned by those who would not reverence something of such great worth: Do not give what is set-apart to the dogs, nor throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. Mattithyahu 7:6, ISRV eswhy used the well-established uncleanness of dogs and swine to impress upon His followers there were degenerate men who were so reprobate and/or proud they should not be presented with the truth of the word. With this, the Law and the Prophets agree, Proverbs 9:8, 23:9, Hoshea 4:4,17, 2Timothy 3:5.41 Unclean creatures
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were also used by the Messiah to convey additional spiritual truths. In later ministry work, eswhy referred to the hypocritical inconsistencies on the part of the scribes and Pharisees by exclaiming, “You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!” Mattithyahu 23:24 How unthinkable for anyone within the commonwealth of Yisrael to eat any portion of a camel, let alone the entire thing! Yet, by analogy, that is how blind these teachers of the Law had become in an effort to perpetuate their religion above the word of hwhy, Yeshayahu 56:1012. eswhy continues the analogy by stating these leaders avoided “eating” the outward “gnats,” but, inwardly, they were gorged with extortion/dishonesty and were quite gluttonous in feeding the lusts of their flesh: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Mattithyahu 23:25 We note eating the entire, unclean camel (in vs. 24) corresponds with being “full of extortion and excess” – things which indicate all-out greed, a lack of self-control, and gluttony. These men were using their position of power to cover their lust and to take advantage of others. And as so many often do in religious issues, the Pharisees
reproved from the Word of hwhy. Prayer was no longer to be made on their behalf since they had closed their ears to hearing the word of hwhy; they were beyond words and were ripe for punishment. Hoshea 4:17, Mattithyahu 15:14 The connection between prayer and teaching clearly reveals prayer is always the main work and the all-important prerequisite if we truly want to help and serve others through the ministry of the Word, 1Shemuel 12:23, Acts 6:2-4. Prayer filled with love and compassion must precede “speaking the truth in love.” Ephesians 4:15 The epistles of the apostle Shaul also reveal this as he was seen to be laboring in prayer over all those to whom he wrote; this fact becomes quite clear as one studies the commencement of nearly every letter credited to this servant of hwhy.

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Kingdom to Yisrael, Acts 1:6,7. What did their inquiry mean? At the time the apostles’ question was posed, Yisrael was under the iron-rod rule of the Romans. But at that great time in history yet to come (and to which the apostles referred), Yisrael will be restored to its international supremacy and world dominance; this restoration will take place and remain unchallenged for a full 1000 years! And it is prophesied of that Great Era the Law will go forth from Tziyon and be incumbent upon all inhabitants of the earth! Psalm 102:13-16, Yeshayahu 2:1-4, Micah 4:1-3, Zecharyah 14:16-19 Having learned more of the coming Kingdom, the apostles eagerly awaited the time when Yisrael would be restored according to those great, theretofore unfulfilled prophecies. They knew the iron-rod rule enforcing the Torah would someday be given over permanently to the people of the Most High; at that time, His Torah-based judgments will crush the disobedient nations into submission! Psalm 2:79, Daniel 7:18, 22, 27, Revelation 2:26, 27, 19:15 So these first followers of eswhy were not aware of any law having been abolished. And they very much looked forward to the coming Kingdom reign of the Messiah – the King and the Lawgiver! The King of Yisrael would someday be enforcing His Kingship over all the world! Mattithyahu 27:42, Mark 15:32, Yochanan 1:49, 12:13 They rightly understood their Messiah and King would restore worldwide dominance to their nation as so clearly prophesied! Yeshayahu 2:1-4, Acts 1:6 And we would be amiss should we fail to note these apostles and followers of eswhy still kept the Feasts of the Kingdom even after His ascension! And rightly so! For when the lawless spirit of the Anti-Messiah is cut off from the earth, all mankind will keep these prophetic Feasts – the Feasts which proclaim the Good News of the eternal plan of salvation: Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth Good Tidings, that publisheth peace! O Yehudah (Judah), keep thy solemn Feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked one shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off. Nachum 1:15, Yeshayahu 66:22,23, Zecharyah 14:16-19 When hwhy makes the grave of the Anti-Messiah (Nachum 1:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:8), the earth will be filled with truth, righteousness, peace, joy, and abundance! Psalm 85:9-13, Yeshayahu 43

The apostle Shaul magnified the Law in the same manner when instructing Gentiles to keep a foundational, physical aspect of the Feast of Passover (purging their houses from the old leaven, Exodus 12:15,19, 13:7), while he further magnified the spiritual goal which this law was intended to teach: removing the leavening of malice and wickedness, 1Corinthians 5:7,8.

35:10, 51:11, 61:7, Amos 9:13. Further, the Nachum prophecy43 shows the Feasts of hwhy are a very part of the Good News of the coming Kingdom! They were a part of the True Good News preached by the apostles in the first century and they are still valid and binding today! These truths add more meaning to the prayer, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in heaven and upon the earth.” Mattithyahu 6:10 The Feasts reveal the Heavenly will and salvation plans of hwhy! The outpouring of the Spirit on the Feast of Weeks (“Chag Shavuoth;” translated, “Pentecost”) showed that particular Feast was still quite recognized in Heaven. And so, this great Feast Day was one on which the will of hwhy in heaven could be done on earth in a special way at a special time among those who were obedient in observing it, Mattithyahu 6:10, Acts 2:1-4, Leviticus 23:15-21, Deuteronomy 16:10,16 (see also Acts 20:16 and 1 Corinthians 16:8 which show this Feast was still kept and honored by the apostle Shaul as well!)

The words of our Savior carry eternal weight and significance. He clearly teaches the dog, the swine, the camel, the gnat, and consequently, all other unclean creatures are still abominations; as such, they remain unfit for human consumption. So if any would maintain unclean animal flesh and detestable creatures are gnaturally good, they will be opposing the One who never changes, Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8. They will also be opposing themselves and will suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually from the intake of the toxic, parasite-laden flesh of unclean animals. eswhy taught both the gnat and the camel were unclean as they fell into the realm of detestable creatures which the word of hwhy does not set apart, or designate, as food fit for our consumption! 1Timothy 4:1,2. In the physical realm, then, let us eat neither the gnat nor the camel. And in the spiritual realm, let us “examine ourselves”44 to see if we are straining out a “gnat” while swallowing a “camel.” In doing so, our Messiah who suffered and died will be greatly exalted and richly satisfied, Colossians 1:18, Yeshayahu 53:11.
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CHAPTER 8
Wasting Food?
“When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets filled with broken pieces did you pick up?” They said to Him, “Twelve.” “And when I broke the seven for the four thousand, how many large baskets filled with broken pieces did you pick up?” And they said, “Seven.” Mark 8:19,20 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He was come out of the ship, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. Mark 5:1-5 Is it any coincidence eswhy encountered the Gadarene demoniac in a region which grew detestable swine for food and economy? Throughout Scripture, we have seen a connection which is most telling: the link between eating unclean animal flesh and the uncleanness of demonic possession and demonic influence. Here is one who was possessed by so many demons they called themselves “Legion” saying, “… for we are many.” Mark 5:9 Yet as powerful as they were over the sons of men (Mark 5:1-4), these many demons bowed in fear before eswhy, the Messiah of Yisrael and the Son of the Most High Elohim. Mark 5:6,7, Ya’acob 2:19 The Savior of all was a Prophet filled with the Spirit of the Living Mighty One; He was “mighty in deed and word before Elohim and all the people,” Luke 24:19, Acts 10:38. Is it not telling the demons requested leave of the man to go into the swine? which, by the way, numbered some 2000! Once eswhy gave them permission to enter those swine, the pigs went into self-destruct mode; they ran madly down a steep incline and drowned in the sea: And all the demons besought Him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And immediately eswhy gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand) and were choked in the sea. Mark 5:12,13 Through this incident, the Spirit warns us all: there is a direct connection between eating unclean flesh (and the blood inherent therein) and demonic possession/bondage. And as we see from the feeding of the multitudes in our opening text, eswhy was not One to allow good food to be wasted! When the multitudes were fed, His followers picked up all of the left over, truly edible food. Mattithyahu 14:20, 15:37, Mark 8:1820 So the herd’s destruction down the hill and into the sea was quite a commentary against at least one aspect of the local economy of the Gerasenes: the raising and marketing of swine for food. eswhy would allow no one else to be possessed by demons from eating the flesh of their unclean pigs! The Messiah thus destroyed the works of the Devil, 2Corinthians 10:3-5, 1Yochanan 3:8. But like the prophet Yeshayahu, if He were here today, our Savior would not be a very popular Figure with the pork industry. From the beginning, we have been warned about unclean flesh and blood and their connection with demons of false worship who spread unclean thoughts of fear, murder and destruction, Genesis 9:1-7, Leviticus 17:4-14. And through this real-life account, we have a specific incident in which the foul spirits of demons and demonic bondage are associated with the madness, the rage, and the destructive tendencies of unclean animals. While this most telling connection speaks volumes over the issue, there are other Scriptures, yet forthcoming, which clearly sound forth the very same warning.
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CHAPTER 9
Did They Eat “Anything?”
After these things the Master appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come. Therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray you therefore the Sovereign of the harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever house you enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city you enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you … Luke 10:1-8 Some maintain eswhy actually gave His disciples permission to eat unclean animals when sending out “the seventy” to preach the Good News of the Kingdom. We have already seen eswhy clearly taught against eating unclean animal flesh. Was He now contradicting His own teachings with the phrase, …“eat such things as are set before you?” We can be sure He would not teach against His Father’s Torah (Mattithyahu 5:17-20) for had He done so, eswhy would have been, by definition, a false prophet! Deuteronomy 13:1-4 Nor would the Messiah contradict the testimony of the prophet Yeshayahu, who warned of severe punishment from hwhy upon those who participated in the idolatry of eating the abominations of unclean flesh! However, the Messianic writings do provide evidence there was a widespread issue in those days over the possibility that even clean meat had been offered to idols. And this appears to have been a widespread concern both during and after the time in which eswhy walked upon the earth. Notice how the very words of eswhy, …“eat such things as are set before you,”… are later echoed by the apostle Shaul in the clear context of food offered to idols: 25 Whatsoever is sold in the marketplace, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: 26 For the earth is for hwhy, and the fullness thereof. 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and you be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. 28 But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and for con46 science sake: for the earth is for hwhy, and the fullness thereof. 1Corinthians 10:25-28 Permission to eat whatever was set before them was granted to believers in light of the possibility something on the table had been offered to idols; but such permission was not a concession given to allow for the eating of unclean, detestable flesh! Time and time again the people of hwhy are called upon to refuse conformity with the lawlessness of this present world! Yirmeyahu 10:1-3, Romans 12:1,2 Part of this nonconformity certainly involves our remaining separate from every defilement of flesh and spirit, 2Corinthians 7:1. Unclean animals defile the flesh of those who eat such abominable things. When sending out the seventy, the author asserts it was concern over things sacrificed to idols which eswhy was addressing – not the eating of clean or unclean flesh. Otherwise, eswhy contradicts His own stance on the Father’s Law which He flawlessly kept and freely taught. For eswhy had already openly declared the immutability and permanence of the Torah; so much so that not even “the least” of any commandment would ever be diminished, Mattithyahu 5:17-20; this includes the Torah commands which forbid eating unclean animal flesh. While participating in a false worship service of idolatry was forbidden by the moral codes of the Torah, eating a small portion of clean meat which was possibly offered to idols apart from one’s knowledge was quite another matter. We have to give Scriptures credit for consistency over doctrinal issues. Not only have we been given severe, prophetic warnings against eating detestable flesh in the writings of the prophet Yeshayahu, the apostle

Kepha (Peter) testified he had never eaten anything common or unclean! This apostle had been a companion of eswhy the Messiah for some three years; he was then taught of the Messiah over the space of forty days after His resurrection! Acts 1:3 Even so, some ten years after the Messiah had ascended into Heaven and Kepha had received the power of the Spirit while keeping the Feast of Shavuoth (i.e., Pentecost), the apostle could still say he had never eaten anything common or unclean!45 It is to Kepha’s testimony and to that very incident which we now turn.
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CHAPTER 10
The Apostle Kepha’s Vision
“Not so, Sovereign; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” – The Apostle Kepha/Peter, Acts 10:14 We now relive an account which many today cite out of context as “proof” it is okay to eat any kind of meat one desires. In this incident – which occurred over ten years after the Messiah’s death, burial, resurrection and ascension – we see the apostle, Shimon Kepha (Simon Peter), refusing to eat unclean creatures: On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Kepha went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour. And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, and saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth, wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, “Rise, Kepha; kill, and eat.” But Kepha said, “Not so, Sovereign; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.” And the voice spake unto him again the second time, “What Elohim hath cleansed, you should not consider common.” This was done three times; and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Kepha doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Shimon’s house, and stood before the gate, and called, and asked whether Shimon, which was surnamed Kepha, was lodged there. While Kepha thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, “Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.” Acts 10:6-20 Ten years after the Messiah had ascended into Heaven and Kepha had received the power of the Spirit while keeping the Feast of Shavuoth (i.e., Pentecost), this apostle could still say he had never eaten anything common or unclean! Through this vision, then, did the apostle Kepha and all subsequent believers really get permis48 sion to eat any and all unclean animals? First of all, it is nowhere recorded Kepha interpreted the vision in such a way; he never applied the vision to eating actual, unclean animals in the physical realm as so many do who purport to believe his apostolic authority! After receiving the vision, it is written the apostle “doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean.” For he knew no vision of true prophecy could ever be given which was against the long-established, word of hwhy, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Yeshayahu 8:20. Quoting the prophet Yeshayahu, Kepha himself even wrote of the eternal immutability of the Torah and the Prophets: For all flesh is as grass, and all the splendor of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of hwhy endures for ever. And this is the word which by the Good News is preached unto you. 1Kepha 1:24,25, Yeshayahu 40:7,8 hwhy never intended for Kepha to eat unclean meat any more than He intended for the prophet Yechezkel to eat food which was cooked over human dung, see Yechezkel 4:12-15! So while Shimon Kepha was doubting in himself the vision’s meaning, hwhy spoke to him and the meaning of the revelation began to materialize: While Kepha thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Acts 10:19,20 By erroneously, actively, and zealously teaching something which this account does not mean, many are missing what great prophecy was now being fulfilled in this signal encounter of a Gentile with a Yehudi (Jew)! We first note in the vision a vessel like “a great sheet knit at the four corners” was “let down to the earth.” It is of major significance the sheet was knit at the four corners! For the Yahudim (from the tribe of Yehudah) were entrusted with the Law, Genesis

49:10, Psalm 60:7, Romans 3:1,2. Even though all Yisrael was appointed to be an example to the pagan nations around them, the Yahudim were especially designated to represent the Nation and to guard the Torah. All Yisraelites had been commanded to wear tassels (Hebrew, “tzi-tzit”) which were knit into the four corners of their garments. Numbers 15:37-41 In the literal Hebrew, the phrase “four corners” actually meant, “four wings;” this is the same Hebrew word used for the wings of a bird; and this is the same word used in the Ninety-first Psalm which speaks of being covered under the shadow of His wings, Psalm 91:1-4. These tassels on the four wings were to contain a cord of blue representing the commandments of the Torah. Blue represented the color of the heavens above where the commandments of hwhy are forever settled, Psalm 119:89. Thus, when we bow in prayer while wearing the tassels, heaven touches earth, Mattithyahu 6:9,10. By remembering the written word, believers of every generation are ultimately commanded to set their minds on things above where the Messiah – the Living Word – sits at the right hand of hwhy in the Heavens above. Numbers 15:37-40, Yeshayahu 26:2, 55:9, Colossians 3:1,2; contrast Philippians 3:19, Yeshayahu 56:11, and Micah 3:11. When the Messiah came, a very special and specific prophecy was fulfilled in regard to the garment worn by the Yahudim as well as by all faithful Yisraelites. As we progress, bear in mind the tassels were knit in the four “wings” of the garment and the cord of blue represented the word of hwhy. When the woman with an issue of blood touched the tzi-tzit (or tassels) of the Messiah’s garment, she was made whole, Luke 8:4348. But centuries before, the prophetic word of hwhy had been given through Malachi that the sun of righteousness would rise with healing in His wings, Malachi 4:2. And this is the very thing which was seen in the healing incident with the woman! eswhy possessed healing in the very wings of His garment; this provides us with yet another fulfilled prophecy and yet another proof He was the Living Word and the Messiah of hwhy! He was the “Cord of Blue!” He was the “Tzi-tzit” in the flesh! He was the Word of hwhy who had come down from above and, wherever He went, Heaven touched earth! Yochanan 3:13, 6:38,51,58. 49

In light of all these things, we can better understand the prophecy which foretold the Gentiles would one day seek understanding of the Torah at the mouth of a Yehudi; figuratively speaking, this would occur by the Gentiles taking hold of the tassels on the four wings of a Yehudi’s garment: Thus saith hwhy of hosts: In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Yehudi, saying, “We will go with you: for we have heard that Elohim is with you.” Zecharyah 8:23 This is precisely what was now occurring as Cornelius sent his men to seek the apostle Kepha! Kepha saw a great sheet knit at the four corners (having tzi-tzit!) filled with unclean animals – representing the unclean nations, or Gentiles. But by taking hold of the Living and written word – in fearing hwhy and keeping His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13, Acts 10:35) – these Gentiles would now be cleansed. Gentiles were now coming to the Yahudim for the word of hwhy! They had heard from a heavenly messenger that Elohim was with the apostle Kepha, Acts 10:3-6,22. And this was the case in a most powerful way as Shimon Kepha had walked with eswhy – the One called “Immanuel” – meaning, “Elohim with us.” Mattithyahu 1:23 And Elohim remained with the first century believers in many powerful ways by His Spirit after the ascension of eswhy. Cornelius, the Gentile, was specifically led to the apostle Kepha by the very Spirit of hwhy! This Gentile was directed to take hold of the skirt of one who was a Yehudi. Zecharyah 8:23 And through his vision, Kepha gradually began to see and realize the Gentiles would now enter the commonwealth of Yisrael, Ephesians 2:11-13, 19-21. The vision of Kepha revealed the Gentiles would be looking to the Yahudim and the way of salvation (i.e., the Messiah!) which was provided from on high through their tribe, Yochanan 4:22. The apostle Shaul did not rebuke Kepha at a later time for persuading the Gentiles to live as Yahudim; he only reproved Kepha for his hypocrisy while doing so, Galatians 2:11-14. For Shaul was, himself, a living fulfillment of the Zecharyah prophecy as

he, too, taught Gentile converts to begin living in the Messiah as true Yahudim: This I say therefore, and testify in hwhy, that you henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind … Ephesians 4:17 Shaul taught the Gentiles – at Ephesus and in every other place – of the written and Living Word; they were to no longer walk in darkness as the Gentiles; rather, they were directed to walk in the light of the Torah as the Yahudim, Romans 2:28,29. And, ultimately, they were to walk as the Premier Yehudi, eswhy the Messiah, Luke 2:28-32, Ephesians 4:17-20, 1Yochanan 2:6. So this was an exciting time in the ministry of Kepha and in the courts of Heaven! The way of salvation through the prophesied Messiah was now opening to the Gentiles! They were now taking hold of the tzi-tzit of One who was a Yehudi – eswhy ha Mashiach, the One of whom the Zecharyah prophecy ultimately speaks! Luke 10:16 So once he arrived at the house of Cornelius, the gentile, and once he heard of the man’s faith in the Elohim of Yisrael, Kepha would say this as he referred back to the vision: 28 And he said unto them, “You know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Yahudi to keep company, or come unto one of another nation;46 but Elohim hath shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean” ... 34 Then Kepha opened his mouth, and said, “Of a truth I perceive that Elohim is no respecter of persons: 35 but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.” Acts 10:28,34-35

The vision, then, was given to confirm hwhy had opened a way for the Gentiles to receive salvation through the Good News of eswhy, Acts 15:7-9. It was the fulfillment of an amazing prophecy given hundreds of years before by the prophet Zecharyah which predicted Gentiles would turn to eswhy and begin learning the ways of hwhy revealed in the Torah; and it was the beginning of a long process which was to span the next 2000 years leading up to the present time of which it is written: All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto hwhy; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. Psalm 22:27 But it was never recorded any of the apostles or other early believers in eswhy began to swine and dine based on Kepha’s vision or its implications. They rightly understood the vision to be allegorical as applying to those Gentiles who were turning to hwhy with sincere hearts and who were taking hold of His covenant (Yeshayahu 56:4). As they took hold of the tassels of the Ultimate Yehudi, those of “every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation” found salvation in the exalted Messiah enthroned on high, Yeshayahu 56:6-8, Revelation 5:9, 7:9.
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While Kepha says this was not lawful, about whose law was he speaking? Other Scriptures show many such “laws” were simply not upheld by the Torah. That tradition of extreme separation from other nations is one among many which eswhy Himself apparently did not recognize, Yochanan 4:9. While upholding “lawful” Jewish traditions, the unconverted Shaul had become a murderer, Galatians 1:14, Acts 7:59-8:3, 9:1,2. So behavior can be referred to as “unlawful” when it is in opposition to Jewish tradition and not, in fact, be a violation of the Torah, Mattithyahu 12:1-8; conversely, something can be called “lawful” – according to Jewish traditions put forth by carnal men – while sinfully negating the immutable commandments of the eternal Torah of hwhy, Mark 7:1-13. It is critical that we discern the difference between these two!

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CHAPTER 11
The Jerusalem Council
…“we [will] write unto [the Gentiles], that they abstain from … [eating] blood.” – Ya’acob/James, Acts 15:20 Suppose a man named Shawn, a minister of the Good News, enters a local steakhouse and sees a group of pastors who are all eating rare meat which is still oozing with blood. Since they should know the truth of the Word over this matter, Shawn appeals to the group not to defile themselves by eating blood. And at the end of his initial appeal, he says, “The Spirit does not want the people of the Most High to be defiled with blood.” In response, one of the preachers says, “C’mon Shawn, we’re not under the Law. We’re under grace! Get off that Old Testament kick!” Then someone else from the group jeers, “You’re a legalist, Shawn! You have the spirit of Jezebel!” Finally, a third man scoffs, “If you don’t like blood, go down the road and eat at Goldberg’s Deli … it’s kosher!” The whole crew roars with laughter and goes back to their “meal” as Shawn walks out saddened for his brothers, yet rejoicing he had been accounted worthy to suffer reproach for the Name. But how close has that group of men just come to blaspheming the Spirit hwhy? For they have just attributed the foul, unclean, lawless spirit of Jezebel, to the Pure, Law-Imparting Spirit of hwhy El Shaddai. Mark 3:28-30, Yeshayahu 33:22, Ya’acob 4:11,12 Was Shawn really offbase in his concern? Was he trying to put his brethren “under the Law?” Was he “cut off from the Messiah” for trying to be “justified by the Law?” And did he really have the legalistic “spirit of Jezebel” as so many of late might judge him to possess? The answer to all of these questions is a simple, profound, and resounding, “No.” To see why we can know the Spirit was with Shawn, let’s turn back the clock nearly 2000 years to the Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) council which convened as recorded in Acts 15. Many will be surprised to see apostolic men of true faith were teaching the first-century, Gentile converts to keep the Torah commandments taken right out of the book of Leviticus! Let us establish the background: at the time in question (around 49 A.D. … almost 20 years after the Messiah’s ascension to heaven), there was a debate about what to do with Gentiles who were 51 turning to faith in the Elohim of Yisrael through the preaching of the Good News; these converts had heard the message of various apostles and had come to a saving faith in eswhy, the resurrected Messiah: And certain men which came down from Yehudah taught the brethren, and said, “Except you be circumcised after the manner of Mosheh, you cannot be saved.” When therefore Shaul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Shaul and Barnabas, and certain other of them, should go up to Yerushalayim unto the apostles and elders about this question. And being brought on their way by the assembly, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren. And when they were come to Yerushalayim, they were received of the assembly, and of the apostles and elders, and they declared all things that Elohim had done with them. But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying that it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the Law of Mosheh. And the apostles and elders came together to consider this matter. Acts 15:1-6 Notice there were men who still wanted circumcision to be the rite of entry into a salvation covenant with hwhy, vss. 1,6. There was a great deal of discussion about the matter (see vs. 7) and then Kepha spoke (vss. 7-11), followed by Barnabas and Shaul (vs. 12). Finally, all was summarized by Ya‘acob (or James; vss. 13-21). The counsel of hwhy prevailed as His Spirit led these apostles and elders in a unanimous decision, Psalm 33:11. The clear context of this record shows the council rendered a verdict by the very Spirit of hwhy; that verdict was unanimous and without dissension (15:22,23,25), and in it these men concluded all of the following under the direction of the Spirit: I. The conversion of the Gentiles had been clearly prophesied through the Law and the

Prophets; this obviously could not occur without human interaction! But some Yahudim (including Kepha) had to be reeducated according to the Word because of the contemporary traditions of separation which eswhy Himself did not recognize, Yochanan 4:9. For the prophets indicated that not only would the Gentiles be converted to the ways of the Torah through the Messiah (Zechariah 8:23, Ephesians 4:17), but that even the very Name of hwhy was to be called upon these former pagans after they believed: And after they had held their peace, Ya’acob (James) answered, saying, “Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Shimon hath declared how Elohim at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His Name. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after hwhy, and all the Gentiles, upon whom My Name is called,’ saith hwhy, who doeth all these things.” Acts 15:13-17 We have already considered (in Chapter 6) some of what it meant to have the Name of hwhy called upon or put upon a believer. We visit this idea once more, noting this impartation of the Name occurred through the priestly blessing, Numbers 6:24-27. This was the blessing by which the Name of hwhy47 was literally uttered, thereby imparting the Spirit of the Most High unto the recipients, Revelation 14:1, 22:4. As mentioned before, even the popular text from Chronicles – used so often in contemporary Pentecostal circles – was erroneously translated and should actually read, “If My people, upon whom My Name is called,” … 2Chronicles 7:14.) Also, many additional texts show hwhy always intended for Gentiles to come to Him through Yisrael.48 Even eswhy said salvation was of the
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Yahudim just as we considered in the previous chapter, Yochanan 4:23. In those statements to the woman at the well, eswhy clearly taught the need for Gentiles to enter the covenant by acknowledging both the Law as well as the Lawgiver and Messiah, Genesis 49:10, Psalm 108:8, Yeshayahu 33:22, Mattithyahu 5:17-20, 19:16,17, Ya’acob 4:12. II. The council also agreed the light of the Torah should be applied to the Gentiles over the most critical, relevant, and pressing spiritual needs which were currently facing those particular Gentile converts. So the Gentile converts in question were subsequently instructed in the Spirit by the apostles of the council. And there was unanimous agreement among the apostles as they authoritatively cited teachings taken directly from the Torah! (We will see the apostle Shaul did the same. His teachings were founded upon the timeless authority of the Torah. And we will shortly see he clearly taught the following: anything which was contrary to the Torah was also contrary to the Good News!) The discourse of Ya’acob (James) given above now continues: Known unto Elohim are all His works from the beginning of the world. Wherefore, my sentence is that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to Elohim: but that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. Acts 15:18-20 So while no apostle compelled converts to be circumcised for salvation,49 we would be willingly blind to ignore the facts of what these men did advocate for the Gentiles and from where their mandates originated: A. Abstaining from the pollution of idols, Leviticus 18:21, 20:1-9,27. B. Abstaining from fornication, Leviticus 18:130, 20:10-23.

The Name of hwhy was imparted by this blessing. The commonly used, substitute titles – such as “LORD” or “Adonai” – simply fall short of the original, intended blessing. The Name above all names places an anointing and a blessing which is also above all others. The people of hwhy are meant to bless others in the Name of hwhy. 48 See Yeshayahu 56:8 and Yochanan 10:16 in addition to the numerous texts already cited in this document which show all nations were to be blessed through Abraham’s descendents.

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C. Abstaining from things strangled, Leviticus 22:8, Yechezkel 4:14. Things strangled do not bleed to death and are much like things which die of themselves from sickness or old age; the Torah forbids eating anything which “dies of itself.” However, in the case of strangulation, the animals have been inhumanely treated and have been far more traumatized before death; thus, in those cases, the flesh of such animals contains even more toxins in the blood. Strangled animals have died a cruel death; they retain their blood and have failed to be humanely offered as prescribed in the Torah: by pouring out that blood upon the ground, Deuteronomy 12:15,16, 15:21-23. D. Abstaining from blood, Leviticus 3:17, 7:26, 27, 17:11-14, 20:25,26. Although it is a repulsive practice, in many pagan cultures, blood is drunk like water. The command to avoid eating blood also included not eating unclean animals when we understand Genesis 9 shows inextricable blood is a significant part of what makes many detestable creatures unclean. If this statement is unclear, please refer back to Chapter 1, Murder and Blood. It is sad and amazing to see the abhorrent practices to which mankind will degenerate apart from the word of hwhy. Eating blood is a detestable deed inspired by demons who enslave, pervert, and destroy the human race. A loving Heavenly Father directs us to remove ourselves far from such things so that we do not follow after vanity and become vain. 2Kings 17:15, Yirmeyahu 2:5 Was the Law, then, really abolished? Here we have the very apostles of eswhy teaching Gentile converts in the Spirit right out of the priestly book of Leviticus! 1Kepha 2:9 Based on the Torah injunctions of Leviticus, the apostles were inspired by the very Spirit of hwhy to warn early Gentile converts not to eat blood and not to eat animals improperly slaughtered (i.e., strangled) so as to retain their blood. Evangelicals so widely claim the Torah is no longer valid or obligatory, but how can the Law have been abolished when the apostles of the Messiah were teaching Gentile converts directly from its Spiritbreathed pages? 2Timothy 3:16,17 This brings us back to the incident at the restaurant. Just why did Shawn’s visit to the eatery result in such a reaction from men who, like the first apostles, are supposed to be shepherds of the people of 53

hwhy? In feeding themselves, those hypothetical men (who, in reality, may not be quite so hypothetical) were failing to feed the sheep of hwhy, Yechezkel 34:2-6. All of the things which the men of the Yerushalayim council taught the Gentiles were laws taken directly from the Levitical book of the Torah! And this teaching was ultimately credited by those men to the very Spirit of hwhy! Acts 15:28 The very Spirit of hwhy was teaching Gentiles from the Book of Leviticus! Yet such would not have been the case if the Law had been abolished! And recall who was present at this special convening: the apostles Shaul, Kepha, Ya’acob, and Barnabas (and, very likely, the apostle Yochanan) along with a group of unnamed elders. And we must point out that some theologians will surely philosophize and spiritualize the incident as they argue this decision was rendered by nothing more than a “young, fledgling assembly groping for an answer and finding its way over an awkward issue.”50 But we emphasize the record states the very Spirit of the Most High was leading and teaching His people just as the Messiah had promised them: For it seemed good to Ruach haQodesh, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things. Acts 15:28, Yochanan 14:16, 17,26, 16:13 These men were not groping for answers; they were authoritatively instructing Gentiles that they “no longer walk” as other Gentiles who are in darkness because they do not have the light of the Torah, Ephesians 4:17. The things addressed at that critical time were those issues of greatest spiritual need at that juncture in the lives of those particular Gentile converts. Their former life in paganism had them steeped in a number of physically, emotionally and spiritually harmful lifestyle habits from which they needed to come out and be separate, 2Corinthians 6:14 – 7:1, Revelation 18:4. In the next point, we will now see precisely why nothing more than those “necessary things” were enjoined upon those particular Gentiles at that time.
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bled. Luke 14:11 Any congregation which desires to be authentic and pleasing to the Most High (and which seeks to be authoritative and apostolic) will be falling short of their goal should they forsake or shun the immutable Sabbath Day of hwhy El Shaddai. For extensive proof this is the case, see Part 7 of the APPENDIX: “The Feasts of hwhy.” How did Christianity get so derailed? How is it that the pagan “Day of the Sun” (i.e., “Sunday,” Yechezkel 8:16) is venerated above the Scriptural, eternal Sabbath Day of hwhy El Shaddai? Yeshayahu 66:22,23 How is it that we have so many churches today whose leaders and members remain oblivious to the clear, strong evidence regarding the continuation of the Law of hwhy among all the apostles and the Gentile converts of the first century? How was this apostasy sown into the True Faith? This present manuscript offers much evidence that the spirit of a lawless, Anti-Messianic Enemy has done this. Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 13:27,28, 1Thessalonians 2:7-9, 1Yochanan 4:3, Revelation 13:13, 14. Readers now have clear evidence the first apostles taught the Torah to Gentile converts (Ephesians 4:17); and many citations in Acts 15 regarding those specific teachings are direct references to the book of Leviticus! May the hearts of parents reading this work be turned to your children who need you to make the right decisions for them over these essential issues! Remember the Law of Mosheh, the servant of hwhy, Malachi 4:4-6; for observing the Torah by faith in the Messiah is a most blessed journey of peace and rest, Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu 11:28-30, Romans 3:31, 1Yochanan 5:1-5. While an abundance of clear evidence has now been provided to establish the thesis of this manuscript, there yet remain key pieces of substantial significance which shall finish the puzzle and set it forth before the world with amazing clarity and with somber warning.
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CHAPTER 12
The Strong in Faith vs. the Weak
“But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” – The Apostle Shaul, Romans 15:1 The fourteenth chapter of Romans deals with the topic, “Meat versus Vegetables,” along with one other eating-related issue: optional days of fasting. Presently, we will only discuss the “meat versus vegetables” issue.51 From all evidence, some Gentile converts in first-century Rome came from a background of paganism similar to the present-day religion of Zen Buddhism. Strict adherents of this religion hold to a diet of complete vegetarianism and want nothing to do with any animal flesh of any kind whatsoever. The following citation was obtained from a public domain work entitled, “Manual of Zen Buddhism” – written by an authoritative professor: “ … Learning is not of much avail in the study of Buddhism as is proved by the case of Amanda, who being enticed by the magical charm of a courtesan was about to commit one of the gravest offences. In the practice of Samadhi the control of mind is most needed, which is Sila (moral precept). Sila consists in doing away with the sexual impulse, the impulse to kill living beings, the impulse to take things not belonging to oneself, and the desire to eat meat. When these impulses are kept successfully under restraint, one can really practise meditation from which Prajna grows; and it is Prajna that leads one to the Essence when the perfect interfusion of all the six Vijnanas is experienced.”52 Please notice from the above quote, “Sila consists in doing away with … the desire to eat meat.” We cite this text
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only to show there are those who adhere to certain religious precepts regarding meat which are unrecognized by the Scriptures! In such cases, eating meat is not an issue of scripturally clean versus scripturally unclean; these particular Buddhists believe any and all animal flesh is unclean and unacceptable for food! This vegetarian practice is widespread today among New Age people who will not eat any meat and yet who readily engage in false worship and carnal lifestyles on many other fronts. Another aspect of the Buddhist repulsion to meat lies in their tenant of reincarnation: according to this mode of thought, many pagans believe they cannot kill an animal to eat it since (who knows?) it might be a relative who came back into the world as a cow, for instance. The context of Romans 14 clearly shows it was this aspect of vegetarian-based paganism (i.e., eating no meat of any kind) which the apostle Shaul addressed as he exhorted the believers in Rome: 1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not, judge him that eateth: for Elohim hath received him. Romans 14:1-3 We must note the clear context: Shaul is contrasting one who is weak in the faith (and who, thus, eats only herbs/vegetables) with one who is strong in the faith (and who, thus, believes “all things” may be eaten; that is to say, such a person believes both meat and vegetables are acceptable for food). But, in the context of this very letter, Shaul had earlier written one’s faith is to be based only on the word of hwhy: “So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of Elohim.” Romans 10:17 Hence, in the context of Romans, even the phrase, “all things,” (Romans 14:2) does not mean, “all animal flesh.” For that would allow for eating the unclean and would contradict 55

Source: Manual of Zen Buddhism, Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, D.Lit., Professor of Buddhist Philosophy in the Otani University, Kyoto, 1935. Web location: http://members.aol.com/taote50/manual_introduction.htm This quote was located in point 16. under the section, “V: THE RYOGONKYO, OR SURANGAMA SUTRA[1].” Point V. is found in point III. of the main outline: “III. THE SUTRAS.”

many other Scriptures – including the Torah. The phrase “all things” refers to all foods which can be eaten in Scripture-based faith. If we are to keep the words of the apostle in context, “all things” means both clean meat and herbs! But why can certain meats be eaten in faith? Because the word of hwhy has clearly set apart certain meats as acceptable food for human consumption! Leviticus 11, Deuteronomy 14 Thus, those who possessed faith in that word were not under a pagan delusion concerning the acceptability of eating certain kinds of animal flesh. But some of the new converts from paganism had yet to learn the Torah and to be taught of the Spirit that certain kinds of animal flesh were completely acceptable as food! This faith would eventually come, however, as the word of hwhy was heard by these Gentiles each week; for there are clear indication they heard the word through Mosheh read every Sabbath in the synagogues and meeting places, Acts 15:19-21, Luke 4:16, 17, 1Timothy 4:13. So for an undetermined amount of time, these Buddhist-type converts in Rome would be “weak in faith” and would continue to regard any meat of any kind as unclean, Romans 14:14. Thus, the apostle warned those who were strong in faith (i.e., those who knew the clear word of hwhy over the matter of clean meat) not to despise the weak vegetarians who were yet ignorant of His Torah precepts. At the same time, he also warned those vegetarian converts not to judge others who were eating meat in faith which was based on the very word of hwhy over the matter, Romans 14:3, 10:17. It is essential for all who believe the Scriptures to be clear on the issues behind the writings of Shaul in this chapter, 2Kepha 3:15,16.
Before proceeding to related thoughts derived from an account in the Evangel of Mark, something should be said about the implications of man’s original diet and the modern-day methods of meat production. This study seeks to present a balanced, Scriptural view in regards to those who eat meat regularly as well as those who are vegetarian. Since this chapter is considering those who are vegetarian based on pagan fallacies, it is important to consider some additional points on the “meat versus vegetables” issue. Eating meat and vegetarianism are generally regarded as total opposites. The APPENDIX will cover a few important issues in regards to the excessive, gluttonous intake of animal flesh which is so widespread today even among believers who heed hwhy by putting a difference between the clean and the unclean. But presently, something should be said in defense of many dear brethren in our day who are believers in the entire word of hwhy (from Genesis to Revelation) and who are vegetarian (or predominantly

vegetarian) for many valid reasons beyond pagan philosophies. It is important to understand the issue at Rome regarding “meat versus vegetables” was entirely different than the one we face today wherein men and women of true faith desire to return to the original diet given to mankind in the garden of Eden before the Fall. Many of these brethren feel the diet first given to man in the garden of Eden is, by far, the best. Many of these believers further avoid meat because of toxins inherent in the flesh from foul breeding, raising, and slaughtering methods. Or, as in the case with fish, flesh is avoided because of the inherent toxins due to man’s inventions (Proverbs 6:18, Ecclesiastes 7:29, Romans 1:30) and the inevitable, industrial pollutants which are the by-products of such devices. The many activities surrounding man’s devices and man’s greed are quickly destroying the earth. For instance, excessive amounts of mercury and other toxins are widespread in fish which should otherwise be a source of clean, 53 wholesome nutrition! The author largely agrees with those who advocate the “Genesis diet” seen in the garden of Eden, excepting that our Heavenly Father would have us to eat meat at least once a year as a memorial of the Passover deliverance of Yisrael from Mitsrayim and the redemption of the first-born, see Exodus 12:14-20,41,42, and Exodus chapter 13. When the garden of Eden was no longer man’s dwelling, Paradise was lost: the physical constitution of man changed and so did his diet. Paradise was lost and is not yet fully regained; thus, strict, total vegetarianism cannot be fully argued for in light of the Torah until Paradise is restored. Revelation 2:7 At the same time, the quantity of meat eaten by most of those who rightly recognize a difference between the clean and the unclean is still far in excess of the amount which is needful to the human body. Hence, we will later discuss the benefits of restoration which are shown to come from a predominantly vegetarian regimen of raw foods! But

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Around 5/1/2003 the author saw a National Geographic video entitled, “The Great White Bear,” which documented facts about the polar bears on Svalbard, an archipelago which is Europe’s northernmost territory. At the time of the video’s production, those polar bears had the highest level of PCB’s found anywhere on earth. Why was this the case? The bears had eaten the seals – which had eaten the fish – which had eaten the shrimp-like krill – which had eaten the plankton containing very high levels of PCB’s. These man-made toxins had traveled northward through the Atlantic waters which were fed pollutants from the shores of industrialized nations. Until that time the author had occasionally opted to eat clean fish from the cold, northern waters near the Artic, reasoning these frigid zones were free from pollutants that far north. The case of Svalbard shows my deduction to have been rather erroneous. (The video also reported that PCB’s had also fallen from the sky and, so, further contributed to the build up of aquatic pollution.)

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Yisrael of old yearly observed Passover looking backward upon and memorializing the deliverance from Mitsrayim/Egypt. Exodus 12:24-27 Yet their annual observance of this Feast pointed forward to the coming of the Messiah, the Lamb of hwhy who was to take away the sins of the world. Yeshayahu 53:7,8, Yochanan 1:29 New Covenant believers are further commanded to observe the Feast as we look backward upon and commemorate His offering for sins, 1Corinthians 5:7,8, 11:23-26. We are presently blessed to commemorate two things: not only the deliverance of Yisrael from Mitsrayim, but our deliverance from sin’s bondage as well, Hebrews 2:14,15. Remembering and memorializing the deeds of hwhy at Passover builds and strengthens us with faith and love, but failing to properly remember His works leads to weakness and vulnerability, Psalm 78:9-12, 1Corinthians 11:2330. We can only benefit as we memorialize these great and mighty deeds of hwhy each year at Passover. At the same time, through observing this Feast, we look forward, prophetically, to an even greater Passover celebration in the coming Kingdom. All the Feasts of hwhy remain prophetic shadows of those greater things yet to come in His magnificent Kingdom, Colossians 2:16,17, Yeshayahu 66:22,23 And, indeed, the word of hwhy is prophetic – revealing that which is and that which was and that which is to come, Revelation 1:8. Perhaps nowhere is the prophetic aspect of the word of hwhy more clearly seen than in regard to the Passover observance. Abraham’s prophetic vision of his descendants’ bondage in and deliverance from Mitsrayim – along with his offering to hwhy – occurred on the very evening and night of Passover. Genesis 15:1-21 Exactly 430 years later to the very day, Yisrael came out of Mitsrayim; the nation’s deliverance from affliction and bondage was provided on the anniversary of the very day in which the exodus had been prophesied, Exodus 12:17,41,51, Galatians 3:16-17. As mentioned above, the Passover lamb foretold of the Messiah and the redemption of the First-Born, Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:15,18, Hebrews 12:23. We now observe this Feast looking backward on His death while looking forward to His return and to the remarkable fulfillment of Passover once again, 1Corinthians 11:23-26. In looking forward, Messianic believers are to concern themselves, not only with “the old leaven” (with re57

moving leaven from one’s house and one’s bread for seven days, Exodus 12:15, 13:6,7), but believers are to be especially concerned with the leaven of “malice and wickedness.” 1Corinthians 5:7,8 As we progress in the faith, Passover is fulfilled each year taking on a newer and fuller meaning; it is becoming more and more commemorative as the ages unfold! Yeshayahu 9:7, Ephesians 2:7 And one of Passover’s future fulfillments is mentioned by the Messiah on two different occasions – both of which bring forth an additional revelation of the great, prophetic importance surrounding this Feast: the cleansing, consecration and inauguration of the priesthood. Recall that Mosheh cleansed and set apart the Levitical priesthood as they were exalted to serve in their office. Not only were they were washed by him with water (Exodus 29:4), but Mosheh prepared many unleavened foods for the first day of the seven-day consecration (29:1-3). And during this seven-day period, the priests were to remain in the very presence of hwhy, see Exodus 29:35, 37,44. Like the Passover, the things eaten in the first night were to be burnt with fire if anything was left over until the morning of the next day (Exodus 29:34, 12:10). Then we have the Passover supper at the death of eswhy; we recall something very unusual occurred at this time. Not only did eswhy gird Himself with a towel and wash the feet of His followers (Yochanan 13:4,5), the Messiah had an unusual verbal exchange with Kepha. Initially, Kepha was unwilling to allow eswhy to wash his feet, Yochanan 13:6. In reply to Kepha’s objections, eswhy said two things of great importance to the apostle: “What I do, you knowest not now; but you shall know hereafter,” and, “If I wash thee not, you have no part with Me.” Yochanan 13:6-8 What did Kepha come to know and understand about this special occasion? eswhy had stated if He did not wash Kepha, the apostle would have no part with Him. In what was Kepha to have a part with eswhy? The priesthood … the priesthood of Melchi-tsedek … the power of an endless life! Hebrews 7:15-17 They were to become partakers with eswhy of the heavenly calling to the Melchi-tsedek priesthood (Hebrews 3:1,14); this is “the high calling of hwhy in Messiah eswhy.” 1Corinthians 9:23-27, Philippians 3:13,14 And we see that Kepha would, indeed, later come to understand this very

thing as he would eventually write to his brethren: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a set apart nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” 1Kepha 2:9 And yet, there is more. The Messiah promised the Feast of Passover would once again be fulfilled in the Kingdom, Luke 22:16. And His other mention of this special, forthcoming fulfillment of Passover is strikingly similar to the foot washing occasion at the last supper in which He girded Himself to minister to the apostles: “Blessed are those servants, whom the Sovereign when He cometh shall find watching: Amein, I say unto you, that He shall gird Himself, and make them to sit down to eat, and will come forth and serve them.” Luke 12:37, Yeshayahu 65:13,14 This fulfillment of the Passover in the Kingdom will be an occasion of great, eternal significance – one which was foreshadowed by Mosheh washing, consecrating and serving the Levites and one which was foreshadowed by eswhy girding Himself and washing, consecrating and serving His apostles at the “last supper!” However, this future Passover consecration may well be one in which priests from both orders – the Levitical and the Melchi-tsedek – are ministered to by eswhy as He consecrates them for the priesthood, Yeshayahu 61:6, Malachi 3:1-4! We have, then, great indications the Torah of hwhy is not only still quite relevant, but it remains both prophetic and eternal! Psalm 119:89,96 The Law of hwhy reveals that which is, and that which was, and that which is to come, Revelation 1:8; and the Feast of Passover reveals this prophetic aspect of the Torah in such a marvelous way. Walking with eswhy in the light of the Torah gives one the prophetic power to look backward on those things which have been and forward to those new things which are yet to come in His Kingdom. We are given a special word from the Sovereign eswhy regarding the profound, prophetic power inherent in the Torah – the word of hwhy which reaches into eternity:

eign. Then said He unto them, Therefore, every scribe which is instructed in the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old. Mattithyahu 13:51,52 We note from the above Scripture eswhy calls His followers scribes, a term which applies to those who teach and record the precepts of the Torah. The old, former things of the prophetic Torah are still the hallmarks of True Worship which eswhy proclaims His followers shall continue doing and teaching. 1Yochanan 2:7, Genesis 1:1 For the prophetic Torah contains truths which announce, in advance, the new things which hwhy has declared shall yet spring forth in all the earth! Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Yeshayahu 42:9 Only by abiding in the Savior and walking after His commandments can one possess this living, prophetic “testimony of eswhy.” Deuteronomy 13:4, Yochanan 16:13-15, 2Yochanan 1:6, Revelation 12:17, 19:10 Of the increase of His Government there shall be no end! Yeshayahu 9:7 Hence, the Torah continues to declare many things regarding the future times when that Government shall be more fully established and seen by all. The awesome word of hwhy El Shaddai is a prophetic testimony of His power, foreknowledge, and sovereignty! We now turn our thoughts once more to a few more considerations in regard to vegetarianism. Some alternative medical specialists also point out the following: in addition to vitamin B12 deficiency – which can lead to pernicious anemia – certain structural deficiencies can also develop in strict vegetarians. So while the garden diet before man’s Fall was certainly the best, the reality is: man has fallen and the restoration process yet continues; the restoration is still incomplete. Yet it is very important to emphasize: nowhere does this writer venture to place all vegetarians together into one category. We will later see much evidence that a largely vegetarian diet for restoration (based on the Torah itself!) can be part of a remarkable healing process. Further, the issue regarding meat versus vegetables is much more 58

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complex in our day than it was 2000 years ago; Satan’s mystery of lawlessness (2Thessalonians 2:7) has nearly reached its pinnacle of power as mankind has been wrongly influenced to pervert and pollute every part of the original creation. From food processing and biogenetic engineering, to harmful medical protocols and pharmaceutical sorcery, the nations are weakened and the creation is destroyed, Yeshayahu 24:5,6, Yirmeyahu 12:4, Hoshea 4:3, Revelation 11:18. Attending an alternative medicine clinic nearly two years ago, I observed a vegetarian M.D., who was a believer in his seventies. He ran circles around all of us! Up and around at 5:00 a.m. or so, this great servant worked until 10:00 or 11:00 p.m. at night. All of this man’s family (i.e., brothers and sisters) were meat eaters and they had all died due to cancer; he remains healthy, robust and energetic and attributes his vitality to a strictly vegetarian diet. (He does take supplements to overcome certain vitamin deficiencies as well as the body’s decline of certain things [like HCl in the stomach] due to old age). Dr. Norman Walker lived to be quite old while remaining in nearly perfect health; he held to a vegetarian diet with strong emphasis on doit-yourself juicing. Dr. Walker died a natural death when laying down for his regular, afternoon nap at the age of 111. However, in all fairness to those who advocate eating meat from time to time, Abraham was not a complete vegetarian and yet that great man of faith lived to be 175 years of age, Genesis 18:2-8, 25:7,8.54 Abraham’s extended life, the author believes, was due to “the reverence/awe of hwhy” which prolongs one’s days. Proverbs 10:27 This reverence can only be cultivated by much prayer and fasting – two powerful aspects of True Worship and rest which the prophet Yeshayahu especially (though not exclusively) connects with the Sabbath Day, Yeshayahu 58. Beyond eating a meal with meat a few times a year (and certainly at least once a year at Passover), we can only support those who exercise valid reasons for avoiding meat which have nothing to do with pagan issues. In contrast to those weak, formerly pagan coverts of Rome – who ate no flesh at all for reasons based in falsehood – brethren today who do not eat meat due to toxins, carcinogens and
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things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables. 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not Your disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? 6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Yeshayahu prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 7 Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For laying aside the commandment of Elohim you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things you do. 9 And He said unto them, Full well you reject the commandment of Elohim, that you may keep your own tradition. 10 For Mosheh said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death: 11 But you say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever you mightest be profited by me; he shall be free. 12 And you suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother, 13 making the word of Elohim of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered: and many such like things do ye. 14 And when He had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man. 16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. 17 And when He was entered into the house from the people, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 And He saith unto them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? 20 And He said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 all these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Mark 7:1-23

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tions – even within the very teachings of the Messiah Himself! But remember, the strict Zen Buddhist, for instance, regards any meat of any kind as unclean and unfit for human consumption, Romans 14:14. If the translations which are rendered to mean, “eswhy declared all flesh clean,” are to be accepted as accurate, the author asserts Mark was addressing the same issue as Shaul in Romans 14: (clean) meat [designated as fit for food by the word of hwhy] versus vegetables. Since some of the former pagans of Rome held that all animal flesh was unfit for food, they regarded all meat as “unclean” – not from a scriptural basis, but rather, from teachings based on man’s uninspired thoughts and opinions. More importantly, the Messiah taught the real issue for concern over uncleanness dealt not with washing the hands, but with washing the heart! The above words of eswhy concerning the traditions of the Yahudim had nothing to do with eating clean versus eating unclean animal flesh! We know this because eswhy, the Pharisees, and the scribes were all in 100% agreement on that point! None of those men ate unclean flesh! In this debate, neither eswhy nor His challengers were relaxing the authority of the immutable Torah over clean and unclean meat! Mattithyahu 5:17-20, 19:15-19, 23:1-3. The context shows the issue was washed and “unwashed” hands, see Mark 7:3. eswhy was simply rebuking the “overkill” attitude in the hand-washing policy of these men who exalted their tradition and their legalistic extensions of the Torah over and above the very commandments of hwhy! These traditions were nothing more than the “precepts and ordinances of men:” “Touch not!” … “Taste not! … “Handle not! Colossians 2:21,22 It was those legalistic extensions of the Torah, those man-made, showy traditions (Colossians 2:23) – not the eternal commandments of hwhy – which nullified the Law and which eswhy was rebuking. Mattithyahu 15:1-20, Galatians 1:14. The clear context of this account in Mark shows nothing less and nothing more. If (and we emphasize if ) the comment was intended for former pagans who still desired to retain their vegetarian lifestyle, it would be far better translated as a parenthetical remark and rendered, …“(thus, He declared all clean meat as acceptable for food.)” But we can be certain of this: the Messiah’s statement was never meant to be an across-theboard endorsement for eating any creature for-

bidden by the Torah, the Foundation of truth. Advocating the eating of unclean flesh would be a flagrant violation of the Torah and it would rightly be regarded as the teaching of a false prophet, Deuteronomy 13:1-4.56 The other possibility for the text in question is this: It was not a parenthetical addition by Mark to the Romans (for the benefit of those who had converted from a Buddhist-type religion) and eswhy was simply saying something which amounts to this: Anything which enters the body goes out with the feces/waste and is purged by the body (compare Mark 7:19 with Mattithyahu 15:17). We have shown why there is a valid reason to believe Mark felt it was necessary to address a pagan-based issue, surrounding the

avoidance of eating meat, which was apparently prevalent in Rome; to have been able to do this through the very teachings of eswhy Himself would have made a lasting impression upon those converts who had never personally walked with the Savior. This author sees that as the strongest argument behind the parenthetical words of Mark: …(“thus, He declared all foods clean.”) But in light of either possibility, to cite this text as “support” for eating unclean meat is an egregious wresting of Scripture and creates a number of glaring contradictions from Genesis all the way to Revelation!
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There is nothing more tragic than an unconverted Yehudi/Jew who comes to believe in eswhy as the Messiah and who is subsequently led astray by the pervasive, false, and lawless teachings of Evangelical Christianity. Such a person grew up observing the Torah to the best of their religion’s ability; yet upon placing his or her faith in the Messiah of Yisrael, that one is subsequently led astray from the Torah via false, Christian arguments which are commonly and erroneously set forth in opposition to the Law of hwhy! Such was never meant to be the case! Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 5:17-20 Nay, it is the opposite which should be occurring! It is the Gentile heathen who – upon coming to believe in the Messiah of Yisrael – are rightly expected to turn from the lawlessness of paganism as they learn to walk in the eternal edicts of the Torah! Ephesians 4:17, Yochanan 4:22 Our manuscript will prove time and time again that Gentiles who turned to Elohim began learning to walk in the Law of hwhy through the light of the Messiah which He shines upon the Torah. Yeshayahu 56:6-8, Luke 2:32, 2Corinthians 3:14-18 The Law of hwhy is the moral standard for all New Covenant believers. Mattithyahu 5:17-20, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 1Yochanan 5:1-5

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CHAPTER 13
The Good News in the Torah … the Torah in the Good News!
And the Scripture, foreseeing that Elohim would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Good News unto Abraham, saying, “In you shall all nations be blessed.” Galatians 3:8 Too many religious circles exude the same, proud air seen amongst many members of rich, exclusive country clubs – clubs which have became so popular across the American continent over the last century. And just like these worldly organizations,57 many churches advocate this very same “Exclusive Club Syndrome” (or should we call it “the Exclusive Club Sindrome?”). hwhy never intended His word and ways to start an “exclusive-salvation-club” religion; His intention is to fill the entire earth with His splendor and to save all the ends of the earth; and He will most certainly accomplish that very thing.58 So the spirit of exclusivism is really nothing more than the idolatrous, golden calf dressed up to look and feel religious. This attitude is otherwise known as the “boastful pride of life.” 1Yochanan 2:16 Far too many people want to have: the best car, the biggest house, the most prestigious job, the most fame, “the best” team, the most exalted nationality/race, and on and on. Consequently, this same attitude is often seen in ministers59 as such an air can be a real draw to secure many religious patrons – who are naturally motivated by the desire to be a part of “the best” church. Such followers will readily give of their many tithes and offerings in exchange for being part of “the best, the true, and the one and only!”60 But hwhy – in His unstoppable, eternal plans to save all mankind – chooses the lowly to fulfill the intents of His
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heart, and He chose Abraham and his descendants to spearhead the small, initial phase of the eventual, complete, and large-scale “restoration of all things.” Acts 3:21 hwhy preached the Good News to and through Abraham, as seen above in our opening text; He later preached the Good News to Yisrael, Hebrews 4:2; and He also preached the Good News through Yisrael to many nations, Deuteronomy 4:6. Contrary to the popular teaching which vilifies the Mighty One of the “Old Testament,” the salvation of hwhy has always been open to repentant Gentiles.61 Yeshayahu 56:6 He who changes not has always shown favor to those who fear Him, and He has worked to draw many Gentiles into the commonwealth of Yisrael even before the coming of the Messiah! But how many today realize and acknowledge the clear teachings of the apostle Shaul – who stated the Torah and the Good News are in complete, 100% agreement? (We will momentarily view that teaching which is seen in one of his letters to Timothy.) Most Evangelicals today teach nearly the opposite! Most today teach the Good News has abolished the Law.62 Is it not amazing how preconceived notions can be so
We cite a number of engrafted Gentiles who became part of the commonwealth of Yisrael along with their descendants: Asenath, the wife of Yoseph (Genesis 41:45); Zipporah, the wife of Mosheh (Exodus 2:16,21); Caleb, the son of Jephunah the Kennizite [Genesis 15:18,19, Yehoshua 14:6; this faithful man was given an inheritance in the tribe of Yehudah (Numbers 13:6, 34:19) according to the word of hwhy in Yehoshua 14:6-14 and Yechezkel 47:22,23]; Rahab, the harlot (Yehoshua 2:1,3, 6:17,23,25 Ruth 4:18-22, Mattithyahu 1:4,5); Ruth, the Moabite (Ruth 1:16, 4:5,10,13-22); and Uryah, the Hittite (Genesis 15:18,20, 2Shemuel 11:1-27). Many others are alluded to in Yeshayahu 56:6,7. Compare also Yeshayahu 56:8 with Yochanan 10:16. 62 eswhy, Shaul, and all the other apostles taught the Law (the Torah) was not abolished through faith by any means, but rather, it is to be fulfilled, kept, and upheld by anyone who possesses True Faith.
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1. Current (false) experience believed to be true. This point can be a part of the intrigue and deception which religious leaders spawn (even unwittingly) as they supposedly have some set of spiritual gifts while walking in the anti-Torah lawlessness against which eswhy warns. The bad fruit of lawlessness is that which brings judgment when standing before the Messiah, Mattithyahu 7:15-23. [The word in Mattithyahu 7:23 which the KJV translates as “iniquity,” is much better rendered as, “lawlessness” – meaning the practice of violating the Torah.] And the Scriptures determine true and false prophets based on obedience to hwhy via the commandments of the Torah, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 7:15! The Messianic Scriptures alone indicate true “doers of the word” are also “doer[s] of the Law,” Mattithyahu 7:24-27, 19:16-19, Yochanan 15:7,10, Romans 2:13, James 1:22, 4:11, Acts 24:14, 1Yochanan 2:4-6, 5:2,3, Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14. (See the ISRV and KJV in regard to the Revelation texts just cited.) 2. Contemporary examples (usually ministers) who themselves advocate some form of falsehood or lawless apostasy. Such teachers even present the lawless errors in a sincere, often palatable, fashion. Yet they often use arguments which have absolutely no Scripture to support the espoused tradition. 3. Wrongly exalted (practically worshipped) predecessors of a given persuasion or denomination who themselves advocated some form of falsehood or lawless apostasy. 4. Incredulity that so many religious people could be so wrong. However, this should not surprise or derail any who believe the words of the Savior, Mattithyahu 7:13,14. The issue is not answered by clinging with incredulity to the question, “How can so many people be so wrong?” Rather, the reality which every individual must face is found in the question: “What is incumbent upon me, personally, as I prepare to stand before the Creator and Lawgiver?” How can we best help those around us: by being willing to learn, to change, and to stand up for the truth, or by “playing ostrich” and simply ignoring the problem? 5. Unwitting ignorance of Scripture and a failure to know the true power of the Most High. Mark

12:24 This prophetic power is only given to prophets who uphold the Torah, Proverbs 29:18, Yochanan 9:29-31, Acts 6:5,8, 10:38, Luke 24:19, 2Timothy 3:5. The above points impress upon us the need to become like little children (Mattithyahu 18:3,4) – to be teachable and to approach the word of hwhy with reverence and awe at all times, Proverbs 28:14. We have now laid the necessary groundwork for introducing the intent of this chapter: to bring forth a case in point regarding the deception which presently surrounds the general, Christian attitude towards the Law of hwhy. Writing to Timothy, the apostle Shaul clearly states the Law of hwhy is in absolute accordance with the Good News; but not only so, he also declares the Law is actually part and parcel of the Good News of the Kingdom! Every kingdom has a king and every kingdom has laws; the Torah of hwhy is the Law of His Kingdom, Deuteronomy 33:2, Yeshayahu 2:1-45, 33:22, Ya’acob 4:12. Yet why have so many failed to see this is the simple, clear, uncontestable context of the following Scripture? Hear the words of this great apostle as he declares the Torah, the Law of hwhy, is an essential part of the Good News: But we know that the Law is good, if a man use it lawfully; knowing this, that the Law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the irreverent and for sinners, for impure and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind (i.e., homosexuals), for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the splendor-emanating Good News of the blessed Elohim, which was committed to my trust. 1Timothy 1:8-11 Here the apostle has just clearly stated the Law of hwhy is an integral part of the Good News of the Kingdom! And he writes any violations of the Torah are “contrary to [the] sound doctrine (teaching)” of the Good News! The apostle clearly stated anyone who breaks the Law of hwhy is also disobeying the Good News! 2Thessalonians 1:8, 1Kepha 4:17 The precise context of Shaul’s words show the Law is in ac64

cordance with the Good News! They go together! Psalm 85:10-12 Hence, when ancient Yisrael rebelled and violated the Law, they grieved the Set Apart Spirit of hwhy (Yeshayahu 63:10) … something which New Covenant believers are exhorted not to do! Ephesians 4:30 And the apostle Kepha agrees: the eternal Law of hwhy was the very word by which the Good News was preached to first century believers: For all flesh is as grass, and all the splendor of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: but the word of hwhy endures for ever. And this is the word which by the Good News is preached unto you.
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Through the Torah, the Good News of the Kingdom was preached by Mosheh to ancient Yisrael as hwhy made His Law and Kingship known through the priesthood, Hebrews 4:2, 1Shemuel 10:17-19, 12:12, Malachi 2:4-7. The Law and the Good News go together, yet so many today teach just the opposite! Why? Because of blindness induced by preconceived notions and because of false assumptions based on the current, spiritual status quo (albeit gravely erroneous and grossly substandard since the Torah has been largely cast aside). False, preconceived notions rule, hinder, and blind the minds of multitudes because of those things which we have considered above. Most who study the Scriptures often see only that for which they are looking (or that for which they have already been schooled to see), while remaining oblivious to what would otherwise be obvious. But ever ascending prayers that His Kingdom will come shall surely prevail, Mattithyahu 6:10. The light of the Torah will shine forth to enable many dear brethren to see the eternal Law of the eternal Kingdom and be blessed beyond measure in His ways of rest, joy and peace. Walking in the ancient, eternal, immutable paths of His Law will provide us with abundance of peace, rest, joy and fulfillment, Yeshayahu 28:12, 30:15, Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu 11:28-30. Because the word of hwhy is forever settled in the heavens (Psalm 119:89), Mosheh could call heaven and earth to witness against Yisrael concerning their giving heed to the Torah:

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19, 4:26, 31:28 eswhy the Messiah said likewise as He, like Mosheh (Deuteronomy 18:15-19), indicated the Torah defined the “narrow way that leads to life:” For 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 ... Mattithyahu 5:18, Luke 21:33 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mattithyahu 7:13,14 This latter warning comes between the Messiah’s exhortation to His followers that they be doers of the Torah and the Prophets (7:12) and His exhortation they were not to give heed to false prophets – who historically turned the people of the Most High away from the commandments of hwhy (7:15-23, Revelation 3:11). In speaking of “the narrow way,” eswhy was clearly teaching the path of life defined by the Torah (5:17-20);

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I know that whatever Elohim does is forever. There is no adding to it, and there is no taking from it. Elohim does it that men should fear before Him ... The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our Elohim stands forever … Forever, hwhy, Your word is settled in the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:14, Yeshayahu 40:8, Psalm 119:89 Many who are sincerely trying to follow eswhy the Messiah perpetuate error by teaching the writings of Shaul to Timothy give New Covenant disciples permission to eat anything they desire as long as prayer is offered over the meal. The following Scripture is mistakenly taken out of context to establish this inconsistent and ephemeral view: Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which Elohim hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of Elohim is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving: for it is set apart by the word of Elohim and prayer. 1Timothy 4:1-5 If the context of all Scripture is held forth, this text is in no way giving mankind wholesale permission to eat any and every kind of animal flesh. Please notice this passage also places marriage in the same context and gives it the same treatment and the same deference as eating certain meats. So we begin with the topic of marriage. Suppose we have two homosexuals or two lesbians who wish to “marry” and who would feign cite the above Scripture as “support” for their argument in favor of a “sanctified” marriage. “As long as we pray, our union is sanctified by the Creator,” they blasphemously insist. And then they further protest, “‘Every creature of Elohim is good,’ so there can be nothing wrong with marrying a person of the same gender.” No true follower of eswhy the Messiah would ever agree this perverted point of view could in any way be used to establish such a “marriage” as righteous, proper, or honorable since the Law of hwhy clearly forbids homosexu66 ality.64 Yet the context of Shaul’s instruction to Timothy shows the very same thing is true of certain kinds of animal flesh: the word of hwhy does not set apart certain types of flesh as food! In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, hwhy warns through His word certain animal flesh is set apart as acceptable for food while certain other kinds of animal flesh is absolutely forbidden. And praying over those creatures which have been stated to be unclean does not change His long-established word regarding their abominable state! Both homosexuality and unclean animal flesh are termed to be things forbidden and abhorred by the Most High. hwhy says both are abominations! And no amount of prayer can change His stance over those issues! Ecclesiastes 3:14, Malachi 3:6 Prayer cannot set apart what Scripture does not! Prayer cannot set apart a homosexual “marriage” and prayer cannot set apart unclean, animal flesh; both are abominations. However, the word of hwhy does clearly set apart specific types of animal flesh as acceptable for food; we have read of those animals from citations in the Torah; and it is those animals which are acceptable when properly prepared and received with gratitude in prayer. So the text in consideration actually proves “nothing is to be rejected” provided it is: 1. Given/designated as qualified food, having already been set apart by the word of hwhy. 2. Received/accepted with thanksgiving in prayer by the word of man. Shaul taught certain meats are for those who “believe and know the truth!” 1Timothy 4:4 This clearly means the foundational truth of the Torah

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Be not carried about with diverse and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with favor, not with meats – which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Hebrews 13:9 The above text provides another Scripture so often cited to “prove” what we eat no longer matters since we are “under grace.” To be sure, we are “under favor” through faith in eswhy the Messiah. Romans 6:14 But this favor does not give us license to “continue in sin,” to continue transgressing the Torah. Romans 6:1-2,6-7, 1215, 1Yochanan 3:4 Our opening text mentions “diverse and strange doctrines” and these are defined as anything not in accordance with the Good News/Torah of hwhy. Yeshayahu 8:20 The apostle Yochanan stated all true teachings within the Good News must be in keeping with “the doctrine of Messiah,” 2Yochanan 9. According to the Savior’s own words, “the doctrine of Messiah” consists of the commandments of the Torah, Mattithyahu 5:17-20, Yochanan 15:10. And in the context of the Hebrew epistle we see the same thing: unacceptable doctrines are those which violate “the doctrine of Messiah” – the foundational, first principles of faith as established in the Five Books of Mosheh, the Torah, see Hebrews 5:12, 6:1, Yeshayahu 8:20, Luke 16:29-31, 1Timothy 1:8-11. Make no mistake, the statement made in the epistle to the Hebrews (and cited above in our opening text) is a true saying: our hearts should be strengthened by the favor which the Spirit of hwhy gives (Ya’acob 4:6-10) and by the obedience which follows from having received such favor. For the favor which helps us to do His will is the ultimate, heart-strengthening “food,” spiritually speaking. In seeking to obtain this favor we are promised, “Ask and you shall receive (mercy), seek and you shall find (favor),” (compare Mattithyahu 7:7 with Hebrews 4:16). As we grow spiritually, we grow in the amount of favor which we are blessed to seek and find in His presence. By seeking the will of hwhy through continual prayer before His throne, we learn to acquire an increasingly greater amounts of heavenly favor. 2Kepha 3:18, Hebrews 4:16 (Obtaining special favor from hwhy can be likened to the father who gives the new-car keys to a son who acts respon68 sibly while making the irresponsible son continue taking the bus. Those who obey receive a greater portion and anointing of the Spirit, Acts 5:32, Ya’acob 4:6-10.) The above, opening text of Hebrews 13:19 is summarily saying this: to seek spiritual strength based on a physical diet is a contradiction in terms. However, attempting to draw upon the text in question as justification for eating anything one wants is simply another inexcusable twisting of Scripture! For the word of hwhy clearly distinguishes between clean and unclean flesh. The text of this epistle is simply rebuking a preoccupation with meat as a thing that would strengthen one spiritually. The writer to the Hebrews was rightly directing the hearts of the brethren to be like their Messiah – whose strength of heart and whose “food” was derived from a desire to be imbued with the favor of hwhy (Yochanan 1:14-17) and to, thereby, do the will of His Father: My food is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work. Yochanan 4:32-34, Romans 5:17, Titus 2:11,12 Putting a difference between the clean and unclean is only one facet of the many aspects of True Worship seen in the infinite Torah of hwhy, Psalm 119:96, 139:17,18, 145:3, 147:5, Romans 11:33. And while delineating between clean and unclean is important, we must not let the eating of meat (or anything else in the physical realm) become a preoccupation as that would constitute idolatry. 1Corinthians 7:29-31 We are not to be commended as having done anything great simply because we obey the word of hwhy over clean and unclean animal flesh, Luke 17:10. However, those who so walk are truly blessed by such obedience since they will avoid ingesting many harmful things which could possibly bring physical and spiritual destruction. 1Corinthians 3:16,17, 2Corinthians 7:1 Obtaining the necessary balance over every issue is just what Shaul meant when instructing Timothy to “rightly [divide] the word of truth,” 2Timothy 2:15,

Yochanan 17:17. In doing so, Shaul was simply echoing the words of eswhy the Messiah, who taught we should give the most attention to “the weightier matters of the Torah” while not neglecting the less weighty. Mattithyahu 23:23 As he addressed the Hebrews, the writer of our opening text was doing likewise. This great wisdom is simply teaching us there is food of far greater importance and value than that which is physical. This great wisdom holds forth the supremacy of the food of greatest importance, the spiritual food which truly strengthens our hearts

to stand against evil and to do the Father’s will. Yochanan 4:31,32, Iyob 23:12, Deuteronomy 8:3 Such a comparison is not lessening the importance of eating clean flesh, if and when flesh foods are eaten. However, it is, once more, the great, Messianic wisdom which magnifies the Torah and which sets our minds on things above where the Messiah – the Living Word – is seated at the Right Hand of hwhy. Psalm 119:89, Colossians 3:1-3 (contrast: Philippians 3:18-19)
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The End From the Beginning
Remember the former things of old: for I am Elohim, and there is none else. I am Elohim, and there is none like Me: declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.” Yeshayahu 46:9,10 Genesis … the Book of Beginnings … the foundation of True Faith … the fountainhead of all valid prophecy and authentic, spiritual wisdom from hwhy on high. Ya’acob 3:17. Revelation … the Book of the End … the fulfillment and consummation of prophecy and the final word on “the obedience of faith”66 which the Messiah both lived and taught … His manifold warning from Heaven. In ways which are beyond belief, hwhy truly did declare the end from the beginning. And, amazingly, nearly every prophecy uttered and nearly every topic mentioned in Genesis finds its ultimate fulfillment and/or final mention in Revelation, the Book of the End. The apocalyptic visions given to the apostle Yochanan are also known as “The revelation of eswhy the Messiah” (Revelation 1:1), for He is therein revealed as the Sovereign, unconquerable King (Proverbs 21:31), the indomitable “Lion of the tribe of Yehudah” (Proverbs 30:29,30, Revelation 5:5) who comes forth from Heaven in great splendor and in uncontestable victory. Further, in giving this vision, eswhy was fulfilling His promise to make known to His followers what was to come as He revealed through Yochanan those things which would be in the future of faithful believers, Yochanan 16:13, Revelation 1:1, 4:1. Listed below are a few of the Genesis-Revelation connections which show how the plan of salvation – established and proclaimed from the beginning – is ultimately fulfilled in the days of the end: • The tree of life in the garden of Eden (Genesis 2:19, 3:22, 24) is seen once more in the New Yerushalayim, the City which shall be the heart of the eternal Kingdom, Revelation 2:7, 22:2,14,19.
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• The lights of the sun and moon, seen on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-16), are mentioned once more; but now they are seen as paled in comparison to the greater splendor of the Light of the world, Revelation 21:23. • Further, from the very beginning, the signs which were prophesied to be seen in the sun, the moon, and the stars (Genesis 1:14), are the very signs given to announce the end of mankind’s Torah-rejecting, predominantly secular history, Luke 21:25, Revelation 6:12, 8:10-12, 9:1. Those signs – prophesied from the very beginning and seen all the way to the very end – stand as some of the greatest proofs of the Creator’s sovereignty, foreknowledge and power: the upheavals caused by the shaking and collisions of planets and stars in their foreordained, created orbits would come to pass at the proper time for executing His wrath upon the wicked at the end of mankind’s history of blatant rebellion and lawlessness. Yeshayahu 13:13, Joel 3:16, Haggai 2:6,7,22, Mark 13:24,25, Luke 21:25,26, Hebrews 12:26-29, Revelation 6:12-17 When lawlessness has reached its permitted peak, the Most High will intervene with judgments already set in place; the heavens will shake and burning fire will rain upon the adversaries of hwhy just as in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the days of Noach, water came upon the earth bringing destruction from above and below (Genesis 7:11); in the Day of hwhy, His wrath will bring fire upon the earth from above and below; these burning judgments are seen in the Revelation as well as in the Law and the Prophets, Deuteronomy 4:23,24, Psalm 11:6, 18:6-15, 50:3-6, 97:16, Yeshayahu 30:27,28, 33:14-16, 66:15-17, Habakkuk 3:3-6, Yoel 2:30, Zecharyah 14:12, Malachi 4:1-3, 2Thessalonians 2:8, Hebrews 12:28,29, Revelation 1:14; 8:5,7,8,10; 9:17,18; 14:9,10,18; 16:8,9; 20:9,10,14,15. • The covenant rainbow established after the flood (Genesis 9:13-16) still remains in the pres70

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ence of hwhy to the very end, Revelation 4:3, 10:1. This is evidence hwhy is ever mindful of His Covenant (cf. Numbers 25:10-13, Psalm 111:5, Malachi 2:4,5, Yirmeyahu 33:17-22). • The 12 tribes of Yisrael receive (Genesis 15:18, 49:1-28, Deuteronomy 32:8), loose, and forever regain their inheritance in the Land, Daniel 7:18,22, 27, Revelation 7:1-8, 21:10-12. The promise of hwhy will not fail. • The promise to make the seed of Abraham as innumerable as the stars of heaven and the sand of the seashore was given via vision, Genesis 15:1-6; this revealed the blessing which was commanded so that all nations could receive salvation in the patriarch’s Seed, the Messiah. Genesis 12:1-3, 18:17,18, 22:15-18 The ultimate fulfillment of this promise was also revealed via a heavenly vision given to the apostle Yochanan – who sees “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues” standing before the throne, and before the Lamb. Revelation 7:9,10 There is simply no place for national, racial or spiritual pride in the Kingdom of hwhy. For a true knowledge of the Torah will yield humility of heart as we learn of the need to serve others so as to fulfill the greater, higher plan of hwhy to bring salvation to all of His creation, Deuteronomy 17:18-20, Proverbs 15:33, Yeshayahu 19:19-25, Romans 5:17-19, 11:32,33, 1Corinthians 15:22, Ephesians 1:9,10. • The judgment upon the serpent was pronounced early on in man’s often lamentable history, (Genesis 3:14,15); and that prophesied punishment is revealed in advance being seen in full and forever at the time of the end, Revelation 20:1-3,7-10. We will not elaborate further on these numerous, connected prophecies. Our point is well established. However, we do now turn our attention to the mention of a most significant subject seen in both Genesis and Revelation: clean and unclean animals! “Genesis” (or “Be-rey-sheet” in Hebrew) is the ultimate, foundational book of Scripture; and this book clearly shows hwhy putting a difference between clean and unclean animals, Genesis 7:2,8,9; 8:20; 9:4. Now before considering the unclean animals mentioned in the prophecies of Revelation, we need to remember this Final Book has solemnly warned all 71

mankind not to take away or subtract from its words lest our part be taken away from the book of life: For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, Elohim shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, Elohim shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the pure City, and from the things which are written in this book. Revelation 22:18,19 Yet to our surprise and dismay, we realize the popular, but erroneous, teaching which claims all animal flesh was “cleansed at the cross” is actually a deeply tragic twisting of Scripture amounting to nothing less than a direct subtraction from the prophecies of Revelation! Those who teach all animal flesh was made clean by the sacrifice of eswhy the Messiah are placing themselves in a doctrinal quagmire of monumental proportions! How do we know this? Because many decades (perhaps some 35 years!) after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of the Savior, eswhy revealed from Heaven (Hebrews 12:25) in this vision to the apostle that unclean birds were still unclean: And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, “Babel (Babylon) the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of demons, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Revelation 18:2 This Revelation prophecy stated and taught there were still birds which fell into the category of unclean and detestable long after the death, resurrection and ascension of the Messiah! But from where did such an idea come? This truth came from none other than the book of Genesis! Like Shaul (Romans 3:31), the apostle Yochanan established the continuing authority of the Torah and called it, “The old commandment” … “the word which you had from the beginning!” 1Yochanan 2:7, Genesis 1:1. It is the Torah – the eternal word of hwhy – which established clean and unclean animal flesh! So we see the precepts of hwhy regarding clean and unclean animal flesh were still binding and authoritative long after the death of eswhy at Calvary! All Scripture (including the Torah!) is profitable for

teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness! 2Timothy 3:16, Yeshayahu 51:7 So if all animal flesh was “made clean at the cross” (as is so widely, but erroneously, claimed in Evangelical circles), how could a prophecy be seen and recorded in Revelation (many years after the death of the Messiah) in which a proclamation was made indicating certain birds were unclean and would still be unclean in the distant future?! Obviously, all animal flesh was not “cleansed at the cross;” Kepha’s vision (seen in Acts 10) did not do away with the Torah injunctions regarding clean and unclean animal flesh; and the Law that eswhy magnified in His life and teachings (Yeshayahu 42:21, Mattithyahu 5:17-20) is still true and binding today! Acts 24:14, Romans 2:13, 3:31 So those who claim all animal flesh is now clean are actually placing themselves in opposition to the awesome and vengeful prophecies of Revelation, Revelation 22:18,19. Such a stance does not leave one on solid ground of any sort. For proponents of that doctrine have been fooled into building with wood, hay and stubble on a foundation composed of the sands of lawlessness, Mattithyahu 7:26,27, 1Corinthians 3:12. Consequently, multitudes of the sheep are lead astray by erring, unprincipled men (2Kepha 3:17, NASB) who unwittingly oppose the eternal, immutable Word of hwhy. May any of our readers who have subscribed to such error up to this point in their lives be blessed to find favor before the throne of hwhy and to turn to Him with all their hearts. Acts 3:26, Hebrews 4:16 And, once again, we find mention of foul, unclean spirits and demons connected with unclean animals! In this case, the detestable creatures are unclean birds, Revelation 18:2. Demons and the unclean frog are also connected earlier in the prophecies of Revelation: And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of demons, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great Day of El Shaddai. Revelation 16:13,14 Regardless of what one believes about the time in which the prophecies of Revelation were first given (i.e., 68 A.D., or even some other date), 72

and regardless of what one believes about the fulfillment of those prophecies, at their inception, those predictions spoke of a future time when Babel/Babylon would be destroyed and would be subsequently inhabited by every unclean and hateful bird! While Bozrah is connected in the ancient annals with Esau (or Edom, Genesis 25:30, 36:1,8,19), there is a city today in southern Iraq by that very name! Is this merely coincidence? Are many Iraqis descendants of Edom? And Babel, together with Assyria,67 will be judged for its murderous spirit of hatred and revenge bent on the destruction of Yisrael. The kingdoms of Edom and Assyria seem especially allied in this purpose as prophesied in the Eighty-third Psalm (which mentions both Assyria and Edom as two of the ten in this ten-toed, anti-Yisrael alliance, Psalm 83:6-8, Daniel 2:3444). Assyria and Edom are also mentioned as adversaries of hwhy and Yisrael in numerous other places throughout the word of hwhy. And so, their judgment appears to be one and the same: total annihilation followed by continual desolation. After being destroyed, Babel/Edom shall be the haunt of the cormorant, the bittern, the owl, the raven, and the vulture68 – all birds which are listed as unclean in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14! In precise accordance with the prophets of old, it is this very judgment of extreme desolation to which the Revelation 18:2 prediction refers while further revealing unclean birds remained unclean long after the death of the Messiah.69 So the Revelation prophecy was but a reiteration of numerous prophecies which had been long-since given to the prophets of old! And long after all animal flesh was supposedly “made clean at the cross,” Babel was prophesied to yet become a hold of every unclean and hateful bird! So we emphasize and emphatically warn every man: all animal flesh was not made clean at the Messiah’s death. That which was declared from the beginning as a Law of hwhy,

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holds true all the way until the very end! Yeshayahu 46:10, Ecclesiastes 3:14. In the purposes of hwhy, there are both clean and unclean animals and attention to the Scriptures on this matter is most instructive.70 We see the Revelation prophecy mentioning these birds as being both unclean and hateful. And, indeed, possessing a hateful spirit is something which also makes a person unclean before hwhy, Mattithyahu 15:18-20. To teach anything else takes away from the word of hwhy in the Law and the Prophets (Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32, Proverbs 30:5,6); it takes away from the Law-upholding teachings of eswhy the Messiah (Mattithyahu 5:17-20, 19:16,17, 23:1-3,23, Yochanan 14:15, 21); it takes away from the apostles’ teachings which continued to establish the Law regarding this matter (Acts 15:20,29, 24:14, Romans 2:13, 3:31); and it takes away from the very prophecies of Revelation (16:13,14, 18:2, 22:18,19). Before leaving thoughts from Revelation, we should add the following: the connection between the eating of blood and demon worship is an evil against which the Scriptures so clearly warn, Leviticus 17:1-12; and these deeds of lawlessness will bring punishment via the terrible plagues which are to be poured out upon the disobedient in the Day of hwhy. Of this, we are warned in an earlier segment of the Revelation prophecy: And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, still did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons. Revelation 9:20 Demon worship nullifies the Law of hwhy, and His wrath will fall upon those who participate in such uncleanness, Psalm 119:126. So we need to be fully aware of those deeds which are included in the category of “demon worship.” Do we not suppose there is more than an element of truth to the unclean and perverted, demonic activities so widely accepted today in the aura that surrounds the blood-sucking vampires of the famed and pagan observance known as “Halloween?” Does the whole thing not reek with the foul and unclean stench of demon worship? And in the bull
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fights of Madrid, the passions of the crowd are greatly aroused by the bleeding, dying animal as the masses revel in the “sport” of such cruelty, Proverbs 12:10. In football games and boxing matches, many of the fans cheer with madness when one opponent injures another and blood comes forth; after which time, the spirit of hatred and rivalry grows markedly and the crowd wants more while the opponent(s) want revenge. But what more is there? When the crowd “smells blood,” as the saying goes, demons obviously incite an insane desire in the majority to see the victim further hurt and, ultimately, even killed. So this desire for “more” is nothing less than the spirit of hatred and murder. All of these things are modern-day counterparts to that insane, riotous, and murderous spirit which was driven by the blood-loving demons who inspired the gladiator fights of the ancient Roman coliseum. So the wrath of hwhy seen in the prophesies of Revelation extends far, far beyond the punishment which shall fall upon those who openly worship demons and spirits of falsehood in the overt activities ever associated with Satanic worship: tarot cards, Ouija boards, secret societies, séances, horoscopes, sorcery, and witchcraft. While His wrath will surely find its way upon those who openly worship Satan in these ways, punishment will also fall justly upon those whose penchant for blood rolls out the welcome mat for unclean, demonic spirits; whether that desire is expressed in a physical appetite for blood,71 in an emotional appetite for blood,72 or even in a spiritual appetite for blood,73 hwhy will punish all disobedience and all uncleanness, Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7. hwhy hates death and the shedding of human blood, while the spirit of murder and lawlessness revels in and promotes such evils. [hwhy loves life and places great value on every human being! In His love and patience, He does not even desire the death of the wicked. We know this because even when it is finally time to arise for executing judgment upon the lawless, hwhy takes absolutely no pleasure in their death and destruction. Yechezkel 18:23,32, 33:11 His wrath occurs only when it is realized He is simply left with no other
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choice.] And blood which was shed in obedience to the Law of hwhy was required to be dealt with in very specific ways: 1. It usually had to be poured out upon the ground in its entirety, Deuteronomy 15:23. And we especially note the Hebrew for blood, “dam,” is cognate with the Hebrew word for man, “Adam,” and with the Hebrew word for ground, “adamah.” 2. Blood was never to be eaten, Genesis 9:4, Leviticus 3:17, 1Shemuel 14:32,33. Never was the actual, literal blood of any creature designated for human consumption! The reason demons feed on blood contrary to this command is beyond the scope of the author. However, that demons do, in fact, revel in bloodshed – along with all of its related activities of revenge, cruelty, uncleanness, murder and fornication – is simply indisputable. The very first direct mention of demons74 in all of Scripture is seen in connection with the eating of blood, Leviticus 17:1-14. And regarding fornication and bloodshed, recall the word of hwhy forbids sexual union between husband and wife during the woman’s period of monthly blood flow and uncleanness, Leviticus 18:19, Yechezkel 18:6. Those who violate this commandment defile the marriage bed and are guilty of fornication even within a lawful marital union, Hebrews 13:4. Further, how many millions of incidents of fornication have led to the murder/abortion of the unwanted (i.e., hated!) child? This is proof that the spirit of fornication (which the world falsely calls “love”) is simply a spirit of hatred and murder in a disguise of illicit, sexual dainties. 2Shemuel 13:1, 11-15, Proverbs 9:13-18. hwhy allowed and sometimes requires the shedding of blood. Bloodshed was foreseen to become a necessary part of His plan to redeem mankind (Leviticus 17:11,12, Hebrews 9:19-22, Revelation 13:8); but even when blood is shed for His purposes, it is never a thing of naught to be taken lightly or treated flippantly, Psalm 116:15, Hebrews 10:29, 1Kepha 1:18-19. Regarding the various animal offerings, we have seen the reverent regulations of worship sur74

rounding the bloodshed of those animals were precepts to be heeded diligently. Of those who overcome and who remain untouched by the burning plagues of the Revelation it is, thus, written of their abhorrence for the shedding of innocent blood: The sinners in Tziyon are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Yeshayahu 33:14-16 In this chapter, we have seen what was true and moral in the beginning is still true and moral all the way to the very end. From Genesis to Revelation, the word of hwhy stands as one: the Scriptures put a difference between the clean and the unclean from the Beginning all the way to the very End! It is just as the psalmist witnessed: The head of Your word is true: and to eternity is every judgment of Your righteousness. Psalm 119:160 The Torah is here called “the head” of the entire word of hwhy. And not only is the number five widely recognized as the number related to “favor,”75 it is also the number of books which compose the “head” of the Word of hwhy. This head, figuratively speaking, is the Five Books of Mosheh. A matter of great and wonderful significance is revealed in this regard: not only is favor particularly associated with the head of those who are blessed to be doers of the Word,76 but eswhy is the Embodiment of the Torah. And coming into the world as the Living Word made flesh, He was made to be the “Head,” or Sovereign, Mattithyahu 12:8. His life was “full of favor” (Yochanan 1:1,14, Psalm 45:2). And having overcome all things, He is now exalted to be
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the “Head of the Assembly” and the “Head over all things,” Mattithyahu 28:18, Acts 10:36, Ephesians 1:22, 4:15, 5:23, Colossians 1:18, 2:10,19. Should we be surprised with such a telling connection? And if the Messiah was the Word of hwhy in the flesh, how can the Law have been abolished? eswhy the Messiah kept His Father’s commandments and invites all who would follow Him to do likewise, Yochanan 15:10, 1Yochanan 2:3-6. Those who truly receive of His favor/grace do not walk in lawlessness, but grow in “the obedience of the faith.” Romans 1:5, 2:13, 3:31, 5:17,21, 6:14,17,18,22, 8:3-7, 16:26 But those who somehow think and teach the favor/grace of hwhy relaxes His Law, are those who condone lawlessness; and they are doing “despite unto the Spirit of favor.” Hebrews

10:29, Jude 1:4 This is the lawless spirit of the Anti-Messiah (compare 1Yochanan 4:2,3 with Romans 8:3,4) and we should not submit to such a spirit under any conditions if we aspire to overcome and to inherit the Kingdom. When hwhy speaks His word, it stands forever, Psalm 105:8, Ecclesiastes 3:14. We do far better to believe and obey than to heed modern-day preaching which takes away from the eternal word of hwhy in the Torah and which takes away from the prophecies of eswhy in Revelation. For if we heed such man-made teachings, eswhy warns our crown will be taken away. Deuteronomy 4:2, 12:32, 13:1-4, Revelation 3:10,11, 22:18,19.
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CHAPTER 17
Forbidden Food
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Genesis 3:6 Of all histories, spiritual history repeats itself, Ecclesiastes 1:9, 3:15. Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, yet they partook all the same. Genesis 2:17, 3:17 And throughout history (even in ancient Yisrael), the table (representing the things which are there eaten) has quietly loomed as “a snare and a trap” to disobedient gluttons, Exodus 16:3,7-9,12, Numbers 11:4-34, Psalm 69:22-24, 78:26-31. The trap and the snare remain being one of the Adversary’s most effective and preeminent tools, Genesis 4:7. (The “table,” or food, was not only the first temptation brought against Chavvah/Eve, it was the first temptation leveled against the Messiah, Mattithyahu 4:2-4.) And in our apostate society, multitudes have fallen prey to overeating for generations; consequently, sodomites are now emerging with pride from the fields of gluttony, Yechezkel 16:49, Proverbs 30:9, Deuteronomy 8:10-14,19-20; 32:15-22. All things remaining the same, wrath and demise shall soon follow for the entire nation, Amos 9:8. In the meantime, the question arises for those who would endeavor to do the will of hwhy in the face of the widespread degeneration and apostasy which seemingly prevail: “What will each one do in relation to the eternal word of the Creator over issues of food, eating versus not eating, and gluttony?” For regardless of how some may still try to justify their position and rationalize away the truth of the Scriptures, we are dealing with a very simple issue: the choice between a diet based on man’s carnal, uninspired and deadly desires (Proverbs 14:12), or a diet in accordance with the Creator’s simple, loving, inspired, righteous, and life-giving word, 2Timothy 3:16,17. It is the very same issue seen at man’s Fall: will we eat food of our own choosing or will we eat food which is in accordance with His spoken word and eternal will? As it was in the beginning, it is 76 still the case until this very day: a gluttonous desire for food which has been clearly forbidden by the Almighty’s word still remains a prominent issue – among those who claim they would not have partaken of the fruit set before Adam and Chavvah as well as among those who attempt to make the Scriptures their standard for living. The simple word of hwhy forbids it, but man, nevertheless, partakes thereof, Genesis 2:16,17, 3:6. What applied to the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden now applies to unclean animal flesh (and blood), yet mankind still fails the test by eating the very thing which the word of hwhy has simply and clearly banned! Will you fall prey to the same tool of the Devil which has undermined the lives and well-being of millions? While teachers who preach against the Torah continue to prosper in many circles, it will not be so long hence. Many will begin to realize their spiritual fathers have inherited naught but lies (Yirmeyahu 16:19); they will no longer allow themselves and their children to suffer the effects of eating detestable flesh as they turn back to the Creator and look to Him alone for salvation from the ends of the earth, Yeshayahu 45:22, Psalm 22:27. The anti-Law, AntiMessiah spirit of the Adversary will be cut off from the earth, Nachum 1:14,15, 2Thessalonians 2:7-8. The wrath of hwhy of hosts and His zeal will perform His word and will establish His truth worldwide. Malachi 1:11 The Torah will go forth from Yerushalayim and will be incumbent upon all the inhabitants of the earth, Psalm 22:27, 102:15, 16, 138:4,5; Yeshayahu 2:1-4, 66:22-24, Zechariah 14:16-19, Revelation 15:4. May readers be blessed to do the will of His Kingdom before the time in which it becomes mandatory by iron-rod Rule, Mattithyahu 6:9,10. May the Name of hwhy and His Messiah be exalted with all the preeminence unto the ages of the ages! Yeshayahu 2:11,17, Colossians 1:18
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Where There is No Vision
Where there is no vision the people are unrestrained, but blessed is he that keeps the Torah. Proverbs 29:18 In the closing chapter, it is needful to emphasize what is seen throughout the entire testimony of Scripture: true, valid, prophetic vision is directly connected with a heart given to loving observance of the Law of hwhy.77 As our opening proverb states, true prophetic vision was and is the result of cultivating loving, faithful obedience towards the One worthy of all our praise and devotion. This loving obedience is expressed by those who keep His Torah because they delight in the commandments of hwhy.78 And those who keep His commandments are promised to have opened to them in the heavens a door of vision and prophecy.79 When we ask, seek and knock while abiding in His commandments (1Yochanan 3:22-24, 2Yochanan 9), a door of vision and prophecy is opened unto us in the heavens through which is revealed more of hwhy and more of His eternal will, Yochanan 14:21. This is what it means to love hwhy (Exodus 20:6), to seek Him, and to find Him, Song of Shelomo 3:1,2, Yirmeyahu 29:13. Our opening text from Proverbs ultimately speaks of the lawabiding, prophetic testimony which was seen in the Messiah. For He, above all others, kept the Torah of hwhy. And so the Spirit of prophecy was ever with Him. The heavenly messenger
Loving obedience does not abolish the Torah in any way! Romans 2:13, 3:31, Ya’acob 4:11,12. However, obedience to the commandments of hwhy from a heart of love does stand in stark contrast to self-exalting legalism and salvation by works, Mattithyahu 22:37-40, 23:23, Luke 11:42. Failure to heed the fact the Messiah teaches obedience to the Torah (Deuteronomy 18:15-19) and failure to discern the contrast He provides us between loving obedience and legalism, are major contributors to today’s erroneous teachings which attempt to abolish and disregard the Law. Failing to heed the Torah as taught by eswhy does not leave one on solid ground when standing before hwhy. Deuteronomy 18:15-19 The lawless route will result in the loss of many crowns, Revelation 3:11, 1Corinthians 3:15, 9:25. 78 See Psalm 1:1,2, 40:8, 119:77, 99-104, Yochanan 15:10, Romans 7:22 79 Compare Mattithyahu 7:7,8 with Revelation 1:1,2,19; 3:7,8; 4:1; see also Amos 3:7, Yochanan 14:21
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spoke the following of this prophetic testimony when conferring with the apostle Yochanan: “The testimony of eswhy is the Spirit of prophecy.” Mattithyahu 5:17-20, Revelation 12:17, 12:14, 19:10. In Mattithyahu 5:1-13, eswhy revealed the law-abiding Spirit behind this Spirit of prophecy when summarizing that list of character traits with these words: … “so they persecuted the prophets which were before you.” Mattithyahu 5:12 All of the prophets bore testimony to the eternal truth and validity of the Torah; such was the very litmus test prescribed for proof of the prophet’s authenticity! Deuteronomy 13:1-4 Every true prophet teaches in accordance with the eternal Torah, Yeshayahu 8:20, 40:8, Mattithyahu 19:16,17, Acts 24:14. As our opening Scripture from Proverbs promises, the blessed Spirit of vision and prophecy abides with those who keep the Torah of hwhy. Rightly so, since it is the very Law of hwhy which reveals that which is (now), and that which was (in the past), and that which is to come (in the future)! Revelation 1:8 As we have already seen, it was through His Torah that hwhy declared “the end from the beginning.” Yeshayahu 46:10 So why do multitudes in our day erroneously claim the Torah was abolished? None of the prophets and apostles ever practiced eating unclean animal flesh. Consider many of the great men of faith: Noach (Genesis 7:2,8, 8:20), Mosheh (Leviticus 11), Iyob (Iyob 23:12), Yehoshua (Yehoshua 1:8), Shimshon (Judges 13:4,7,14), Eliyah, Elisha, David (Psalm 37:31, 40:8), Yeshayahu (65:2-6, 66:16,17), Yirmeyahu (15:16,17), Yechezkel (4:14), Daniel (1:8), Kepha (Acts 10:14, 11:8), Shaul (Acts 24:14, Romans 2:13, 3:31) and preeminently, eswhy the Messiah (Mattithyahu 5:17-20, 23:24); none of these men partook of abominable flesh; and they were set apart as clean vessels fit for the great, eternal purpose of hwhy: proclaiming His excellencies to all generations. Psalm 89:1, Exodus 3:14,15, Yochanan 17:6,26, 77

2Timothy 2:21 And the true, authentic Spirit of prophecy can be seen at work in each one’s testimony. The prophet Daniel stands forth as an example of the favor and prophetic vision which are given to those keeping the Torah. In his determination and obedience to keep the commandments, Daniel was blessed physically (he was fatter in flesh, Daniel 1:8-15), mentally (he excelled in knowledge and understanding, 1:1720) and spiritually (he was given understanding in visions and dreams, 1:17). True Worshippers keep His commands because of their love for Him (Exodus 20:6, 1Yochanan 5:3) and because they are seeking to know more fully the One whose will and ways are eternal: Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, that seek Him with the whole heart. Psalm 119:2, 63:1,2 In contrast, lawless, anti-Messianic, anti-Torah opposition towards hwhy (Psalm 2:2,3) is inspired by unclean, demonic spirits of false worship who spawn deeds of anger, murder, fornication and the like; these spirits are seen throughout Scripture in association with eating blood and unclean animal flesh: 1. The spirit of fear and murder connected with eating blood/unclean creatures, Genesis 9:1-7. Shaul shows the spirit of fear is contrary to the Spirit of power, love and self-control. 2Timothy 1:7 Hence, fear breeds a heart filled with weakness, hatred/murder, and lack of sound, moral restraint. 2. False, demonic worship and eating blood, Leviticus 3:17, 7:25-27, 17:1-14. Rampant sexual immorality is rebuked by the Torah which exposes the connection between gross lewdness and the consumption of unclean flesh; both appear in the same context: Leviticus 20:1-27. 3. Demonic sacrifices, eating swine, eating dogs, and false holiness as seen today among many of the religious community, Yeshayahu 65:2-5. “Dogs” was typically a term used to describe Gentiles who exhibited unbridled lust as they lived in unclean ignorance of the Law of hwhy, Psalm 22:16, Mattithyahu 7:6, Mark 7:27, Ephesians 4:19, Revelation 22:15. 4. Idolatry/false worship and eating the unclean flesh of the swine and the mouse, Yeshayahu 66:3. 78

5. Flies and the Prince of Demons, Mattithyahu 12:24-27. 6. Gnats and camels together with hypocrisy, extortion and excess/gluttony. Mattithyahu 23:24. 7. Demonic possession and swine, Mark 5:13. 8. Idolatry and fornication appear together with eating blood/unclean animals and with eating improperly slaughtered, inhumanely strangled animals. Acts 15:20,29. 9. Demons are likened to unclean frogs; and those spirits incite anger, war/murder, Revelation 16:13,14. 10. Demons and foul spirits are associated with every unclean and hateful bird long after the ascension of eswhy into Heaven, Revelation 18:2. Finally, this manuscript further proves the words of the Messiah indicating the Law would not pass away mean precisely that: Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For 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. Whosoever 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. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. Mattithyahu 5:17-20 Many falsely claim the word, “fulfilled” – which eswhy used in the above citation – actually means, “abolished.” This false reasoning, with no basis in truth, proceeds somewhat as follows: “Because eswhy fulfilled the Law, we are no longer under any moral obligation to keep the commandments.” But the context here readily reveals such statements are a twisting of the Scriptures. The word of hwhy never intimates anything close to this illogical, law-rejecting deduction. To believe such falsehood (which we have seen is contrary to every teaching from Genesis to Revelation) is to take a vain leap of blind faith across an impassable chasm looming high above the pit of destruction. Does “ful-

filled” mean “abolished?” On the contrary, the context of the Messiah’s teaching here clearly shows when eswhy said “fulfilled,” He meant “established.”80 For eswhy subsequently indicated, in context, those who keep and teach the commandments of the Torah will be called the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Keeping and teaching are, clearly, the opposite of abolishing, Ezra 7:9,10. As prophesied, eswhy the Messiah magnified the Law and made it honorable by using the Torah to show sin to be “exceedingly sinful.” Yeshayahu 42:21, Mattithyahu 5:27,28, Romans 7:13 He taught that the Father’s commandments in the Torah became His and that His commandments should become ours, Yochanan 15:10, 14:23,24. Further, those who would keep and teach the commandments of Torah are here contrasted by eswhy with those who break the commandments and who teach others to do the same. The Messiah and Sovereign solemnly warns any who opt for this wide and easy road they will have no reward and no greatness in the Kingdom of Heaven, Mattithyahu 5:19. In this manuscript, we have seen the word of hwhy from Genesis to Revelation establishes the unchanging truth of clean and unclean animal flesh. Multitudes today cite the text that, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16 But the phrase, “all Scripture,” used here by Shaul includes the Torah … the Five Books of Mosheh … Genesis through Deuteronomy! Acts 24:14 The Law and the Prophets stand forever! So said Yeshayahu the prophet and so echoed the apostle Kepha: The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our Elohim stands forever. Yeshayahu 40:7,8, 1Kepha 1:24,25 The word to which both Yeshayahu and the apostle Kepha were referring was the very Torah of hwhy. The irony? Scores of Christians cite this quippy verse from Yeshayahu while openly rejecting the Torah which they unwittingly proclaim will stand forever! In the case of clean and unclean animal flesh, we have demonstrated the
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Another popular text so frequently cited among the Evangelical community is seen in the 119th Psalm: Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105 Yet the “word” to which this psalm refers is the Torah! When writing to first century believers the apostle Yochanan referred to the Torah as, … “the word which you heard from ‘The beginning.’” Genesis 1:1, Yochanan 1:1, 1Yochanan 1:1, 2:7, 24, 3:8,11,12 The 150 Psalms were all meditations on the Torah; and under inspiration these great songs were divided into Five Books so as to correspond with each of the Five Books of the Torah (see the Companion Bible notes and appendices). So unless we are hearkening to the word of hwhy over the issue of clean and unclean animal flesh, we cannot truly say with the psalmist, “Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” All who study Scripture and who believe in eswhy the Messiah should be sobered by the realization which our manuscript establishes: there is a lawful, Messianic interpretation for every Scripture and, in many cases, there is a lawless, anti-Messianic interpretation for those very same texts. Many today are buying into the lawless view and so fall prey to the devices of Satan’s “mystery of lawlessness” at some level, 2 Thessalonians 2:7. And the children of these well-meaning, but misguided souls have become tragic victims of “the pollution of idols” as they suffer numerous maladies and afflictions from eating unclean flesh, Hoshea 4:6, Acts 15:20. The fires of idolatry through which today’s youth are passing to destruction (Leviticus 18:21, Deuteronomy 12:31, 18:10) have kindled the zeal of hwhy of hosts and He will no longer stand idly by as the carnage continues. For false worship maims and destroys the next generation of precious little ones over whom the Most High has much concern as they are defiled in innocence, Malachi 2:15, 4:4-6, Mattithyahu 18:1-14. Had they been given the truth, many of these little ones would have surely believed. Evangelicals have adopted many unfounded traditions which are based in the false worship of paganism; these blind tenants of faith have absolutely no basis in the Scriptures and never came into the mind of hwhy, Yirmeyahu 32:35. 80

The apostle Shaul warned there would come a time in which teaching from the Torah would not be endured as many turned from the truth of the eternal word, 2Timothy 4:3,4. This was to be (and now is) the time spoken of in the Prophets wherein we have a famine for the hearing of the word of hwhy, Amos 8:11. “The mystery of lawlessness”81 is Satan’s all-time masterpiece of deception. Those “who receive not the love of the truth” for the eternal word of hwhy are being spellbound and hopelessly drawn into the deadly vortex of the Adversary’s whirlpool of iniquity and destruction. As our manuscript has provided so much clear evidence regarding clean and unclean meat, perhaps many readers will be sobered enough to realize the following: contemporary Christianity – whether Catholicism or the many branches of Protestantism – advocates much tradition, falsehood and, in some cases, even outright lawlessness; yet these things were never intended or taught by eswhy the Messiah of Yisrael. For the Messiah – the King of Yisrael – never abolished any Torah commandment. However, in 321 A.D., the emperor Constantine introduced the pagan Sun-day (a continuing relic of sun worship) thereby further corrupting the Messianic faith which eswhy and His apostles had established. Yechezkel 8:15-17, Deuteronomy 4:19, 2Kings 17:16, 23:5, Yirmeyahu 10:1,2. And until now, the doctrine of Sunday worship – an historically documented and brazen act of pagan usurpation of the True Sabbath – is blindly and ignorantly defended by most Evangelicals as inviolable truth. Had the Protestant Reformation truly returned the hearts of the people to the word of hwhy (Yirmeyahu 23:22), multitudes would have rejected the apostate precept of pagan-spawned, Catholic-perpetuated Sundaykeeping. In this regard, the Catholic Church actually boasts of having dispensed with the Fourth Commandment of the Decalogue!82 But the Messiah and King of Yisrael – the Author of True, Messianic Faith – will have no part of any pagan, man-made precept which nullifies His Father’s commandments, Luke 2:32, Ephesians 4:17, Mark 7:8,9,13, Colossians 2:20-22. eswhy
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was/is the Living Word and so He also remains the Living Sabbath (Yochanan 1:1). eswhy magnified the Torah and held it forth once more as honorable by exemplifying how the Sabbath Day was to be observed in the face of contemporary traditions by which the twisted traditions of the Pharisees had made the Day a burden! Thus, the Savior upheld the immutability of the eternal Sabbath by performing many healing miracles which validated and established the continued importance of this great Day of rest! eswhy, the Living Word, magnified the law of the Sabbath! Yeshayahu 42:21 No prophet or teacher can claim Heavenly authority should he or she affect to change the unchanging, moral precepts of the Law of Mosheh and the Testimony of the Prophets, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Yeshayahu 8:20, Mattithyahu 5:17-20. None of the Torah has been abolished: the commandments concerning clean and unclean animal flesh, the Sabbath Day, the Feasts, and all those precepts which forbid idolatry, sorcery, homosexuality, witchcraft, and murder (along with many others), are all laws of ‫יהוה‬ which stand against the works of the flesh, Galatians 5:19-23. A closer study will reveal that violation of any of the first four of the “Ten Words” constitutes idolatry – something which is forbidden throughout the Messianic Scriptures.83 While there is no law against the fruit of the Spirit, the apostle Shaul clearly taught there is a law against the works of the flesh; in context, he clearly implies that Law is the very Torah of hwhy! Galatians 5:19-23 May all dear readers be spurred on to additional study and to greater blessings by walking in the eternal paths of peace and rest revealed in the entirety of Scripture, Yeshayahu 28:12, 30:15, Yirmeyahu 6:16. In all love, and with continual prayer, the author submits this present work for the edification of his many brethren worldwide. May readers join with us in praying for “the restoration of all things,” even as it is written: “All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to hwhy.” Psalm 22:27, 86:9, Acts 3:21, Zechariah 10:5-12, Revelation 15:4

22 You shall therefore keep all My statutes, and all My judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spew you not out. 23 And you shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. 24 But I have said unto you, You shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am hwhy your Elohim, which have separated you from other people. 25 You shall therefore put a difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and you shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean. 26 And you shall be set apart unto Me: for I hwhy am set apart, and have severed you from other people, that you should be Mine. Leviticus 20:22-26, Mattithyahu 5:48, 1Kepha 1:14-16 May each reader receive with gratitude “the word of His favor, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are set apart.” Acts 20:32 The word of hwhy is that which comes from a loving, Heavenly Father for the blessings and protection of His dearly beloved children. His blessed, memorial Name – great and qodesh above all things – is exalted l’olam va’ed … to the Messianic Age and beyond! Exodus 3:14,15, 2Shemuel 7:26, Psalm 135:13, Hoshea 12:5, Revelation 22:4-5 Administering the Good News of the Kingdom of hwhy: eswhy the Messiah, the King of Yisrael and the King of all kings, Craig Wm. Peters Northridge, California 7/25/2004
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APPENDIX
The seven supplementary sections which now follow (Part 1 – Part 7) have usually been referenced in the main portion of the book. And even if not, this information was deemed important for helping to answer questions which those who are seeking hwhy will inevitably ask. Those readers who have stayed with us to this point have likely begun to realize the worship of hwhy involves far more than that which is being taught in the mainstream, Protestant and Evangelical churches. Satan’s “mystery of lawlessness” (2Thessalonians 2:7) has left millions spellbound as they spiritually stagger to the grave. Yet we expect a just and loving Creator will make many attempts to reach those who unwittingly err from His word. A special appeal has been made available to you through the clear and extensive information which this book provides; dear readers are asked to prayerfully consider whether this may be some small part of a Greater Effort to lead you closer to the Most High and to the eternal paths of peace and rest which He has revealed to us through His Law. Yeshayahu 8:20, 28:12, 30:15, 63:14, Mattithyahu 11:20-30 To understand the wisdom of His word, we must approach our study of Scripture earnestly and prayerfully; and we must realize it is easy to twist the truth: if any Scripture interpretation does not harmonize with other Scripture, we do well to seek a different interpretation – the true interpretation! Only then can we understand the concepts seen in the text above as well as in this present APPENDIX. While rather simple, the truth of hwhy and His word seems to so easily escape those who approach the Scriptures with a bias based in unfounded, denominational dogma. A lawful interpretation of the Scriptures may, at first, produce seeming contradictions from which most are not willing to mentally extricate themselves. Consequently, their only recourse is to reject the foundational principles of the Torah and, as a result, to fall into (or to continue in) error. 2Kepha 3:16,17 Yet it is urgent readers realize a lawless interpretation of the Scriptures introduces far more immediate contradictions than the few seeming contradictions raised by the lawful approach! The irony, though, is that certain Scriptures which are commonly thought 82 to abolish the Law are actually some of the very ones which prove the Torah was still valid and authoritative for all first century followers of eswhy the Messiah of Nazareth. We have already seen a number of texts in the main portion of the book which show Gentile converts were taught from the Torah; these are reviewed below along with a few others which have been added to the list: • Gentiles were taught from the Torah against fornication: Leviticus 18:1-30, Acts 15:20,29, 1Corinthians 5:1,2, 6:18, Galatians 5:19-21. • Gentiles were taught from the Torah against homosexuality, a specific type of fornication: Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1Corinthians 6:9, 1Timothy 1:10. • Gentiles were taught from the Torah against sorcery and witchcraft: Exodus 22:18, Leviticus 20:27, Deuteronomy 18:10-12, Malachi 3:5, Galatians 5:19-21, Revelation 21:8, 22:15. In Part 7, we will actually read of Shaul teaching the Gentiles against the observance of pagan holidays which have historically been the hallmarks of idolatry and its associates in paganism: sorcery, astrology, and witchcraft. Yet this age-old warning against the paganism of observing times (as in astrological prognostications based on the Zodiac and constellations) was nothing new; for it had long since been given by hwhy Himself through the prophet Mosheh: You shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall you use enchantment, nor observe times. Leviticus 19:26 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto hwhy: and because of these abominations hwhy your Elohim is driving them out from before you. You shall be perfect with hwhy your Elohim. For these nations, which you shall possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for

you, hwhy your Elohim has not allowed you to do so. Deuteronomy 18:10-14 We will see the apostle Shaul sternly warning the Galatians against the very same things as he somberly warns them observing times in this astrological, pagan manner will keep them from inheriting the Kingdom. • Gentiles were taught from the Torah against idolatry: Exodus 20:3, 1Kings 9:6-7, 1Corinthians 10:14, Galatians 5:19-21, Acts 15:20, 21:25, 1Corinthians 6:9, 10:7, 2Corinthians 6:16-17, Colossians 3:5, 1Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 21:8, 22:15. • Gentiles were taught to eat in accordance with the Levitical laws of the Torah: they were to eat no blood (nothing unclean) and nothing strangled, Leviticus 3:17, Acts 15:20,29. • Gentiles were taught to no longer walk as Gentiles, but to walk as the Yahudim in the commandments of the Torah: Zecharyah 8:23, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 1Corinthians 7:19, Ephesians 4:17-20, Galatians 2:14. • Gentile converts were taught to keep the Sabbath and, consequently, they heard Mosheh preached every week on the Seventh Day: Ye-

shayahu 56:6,7, Acts 13:42-44, 15:19-21, 17:2-4, 18:4. If the Torah had been abolished, evidently no one told any of the apostles this was the case! They still upheld all moral aspects of the Law and they taught the Gentiles to do likewise! Acts 24:14, Romans 2:13, 3:31, Ephesians 4:17-19 We will see the Gentiles kept other aspects of the moral Law even beyond the things cited in the above introductions. However, such things are not commonly known, taught, or accepted. In the discussions that follow, we will further show and prove the arguments against the Torah of hwhy are without basis in truth. Our goal in the following sections is to help readers disentangle themselves from those texts which only appear to create contradictions. The first century believers taught with authority based on the eternal edicts of the Torah. And why did they defend their faith so vigorously? They had been privileged to walk with the Living Word – the One who had died for their sins. An attack on the Torah was also an anti-Messianic attack on eswhy their Savior. For the Messiah was the Living Torah! He was (and remains!) the very Word of hwhy in the flesh. Yochanan 1:1-3,14, Revelation 19:11-13
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PART 1 Law vs. Grace
To the Torah and to the Testimony! If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. – The Prophet Yeshayahu, 8:20 While this section is provided in the APPENit may be better placed in the INTRODUCTION as we can never understand the perpetual authority of the Torah without understanding the basic workings of law and grace. “Law vs. Grace” is one of the main hurdles with which most modern-day believers unsuccessfully contend while remaining oblivious to the obedience which our Heavenly Father expects and requires of His children. (Please note: hereafter, the word, “grace,” shall be rendered, “favor”). Since “lawlessness” is the precise term which eswhy uses to describe those who seemingly did many mighty things in His Name – yet failed to do the Father’s will and to bear good fruit according to His standards (Mattithyahu 7:16-23) – we must look more closely at today’s teaching in regard to “favor.” The teaching commonly put forth in Evangelical circles is that the favor we are given by the sacrifice of eswhy not only relaxes the Law, but in many cases, it is claimed the Law has been dispensed with and may be disregarded altogether. Yet it is absolutely impossible for Fundamentalists and Evangelicals to reconcile the numerous Scripture contradictions which their doctrines against the Torah introduce! And it is ironic most of their number claim the word of hwhy does not contradict itself while they themselves introduce a multitude of glaring inconsistencies via their false notions and presuppositions in relation to the Torah. We will see many of these notions have no scriptural backing and are merely the traditions and doctrines of men which, as eswhy warned, nullify the commandments of hwhy and make worship an exercise in vanity, Mark 7:6-13. Many doctrines in Evangelical Christianity are the mere theories and traditions of men who seek to perpetuate their “ministry” or to help their denomination dominate (or at least thrive in) the religious world. Yet the inability of Evangelicals to explain the simple dynamic which works between the Law of hwhy and the Favor of hwhy is a serious deficit which leaves them outright rejecting even many of the so-called “New Testament” texts; there are
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many such texts which they have largely rejected, especially those in which the Messiah and His apostles teach “the keeping of the commandments of hwhy,” Mattithyahu 19:16,17, 1Corinthians 7:19, 1Yochanan 5:3. Given this popular, prevailing viewpoint has so many rejecting the Torah as they cast the word of hwhy behind their backs (Psalm 50:16,17), we know something is definitely amiss with the current, spiritual status quo across the landscape of Evangelical Christianity. There are a number of things in Scripture which never made it into the Protestant Reformation. This current discourse will assist many who would otherwise do the will of hwhy as revealed in His Law (Psalm 40:8, Romans 2:18) if they could better understand and reconcile the Scriptures which bear on both Law and favor. We will see law and favor are not in contradiction, but in harmony. Simple Scripture cannot be refuted; the Law of hwhy defines sin, even as the apostle Shaul wrote: Therefore by the deeds of the Torah there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for through the Torah comes the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20,21 Notice the Law, the Torah, defines or points out sin. In this same vein, Shaul later wrote he would not have known sin except the Torah had said, “You shall not covet.” Romans 7:7, Exodus 20:17 So if one breaks any of the commandments, sin occurs. Further, the apostle Yochanan completely concurred with the apostle Shaul in this matter; he wrote the very same thing, although worded in a slightly different fashion: “Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the Torah: for sin is the transgression of the Torah.” 1Yochanan 3:4 From these Scriptures, we can deduce only one of two things: either the Law is abolished and sin is now nonexistent, or anyone who transgresses the Torah has committed sin. Since nu84

merous other texts show sin is still a stark, everpresent reality, we can only draw one conclusion: any transgression of the Law is still sin and every sin transgresses the Torah in some way. As such, the Law can never justify the sinner. The intent of the Torah is to point out sin; its only power is to convict men of sin! As such, the Law, standing alone, could never justify just one single sinner even if given an eternity to do so! The Law has no power to justify the sinner. One has rightly said the Law is like a spiritual mirror: it simply shows us the sin. We use a mirror to see a smudge of dirt on our face, but no one would feign proceed to wash their face with the mirror in an attempt to remove the dirty blot! That is not the purpose of the mirror! So it is with the Law: the Law does not cleanse; the Law cannot cleanse. Only the sacrifice of eswhy the Messiah and His shed blood can cleanse from sin! Yochanan 1:29,36, Mattithyahu 26:28 But if we have been justified by the blood of the Messiah’s sacrifice, the apostle Shaul makes it clear we – being recipients of favor – are no longer free to continue in sin! And knowing the definition of sin, we also know this means we are no longer free to continue transgressing the Law! 1Yochanan 3:4 We absolutely concur with the apostle Shaul: if we have been justified through the blood of the Messiah, we are no longer free to continue breaking the Law of hwhy! Romans 6:1,2,12,14,15 It is somewhat like a man who gets pulled over for speeding: he has broken the law. But suppose the police officer extends his favor and chooses not to fine or to imprison. The once-guilty man gratefully drives off and his gratitude makes him determined to never speed again. His is a response of gratitude and obedience upon having received favor from the policeman. But what a slap in the face should the same man get back into his car, punch the gas pedal, and willfully speed away from the law officer leaving him in a cloud of dust and smoke. Speeding away in open defiance of the traffic regulations would be an insulting display of ingratitude and a brazen disregard for the law; such a lawbreaker would be worthy of the worst penalty, Hebrews 10:26,27, Yochanan 5:13,14. Accordingly, those who have received the favor and the Spirit of hwhy delight in His Law, Psalm 1:1,2, 40:8, Romans 7:22. They can be and are

subject to the Law of hwhy84 and they are even called by Shaul (and Ya’acob), “doers of the Law.” Romans 2:13, 8:4, Ya’acob 1:22-25, 4:11 They have received favor upon favor, Yochanan 1:16. And this favor does not teach us it is okay to transgress the Law of hwhy, rather, it teaches us to deny worldly lusts and to overcome fleshly desires which are contrary to His commandments: For the favor of Elohim that bringeth salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying irreverence and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and reverently in this present world. Titus 2:11,12, Revelation 2:7,11,17, 26, 3:5,12,21, 21:7 But those who lack the Spirit of hwhy cannot be subject to His Law. Romans 8:7 Their hearts have not been united to fear His Name and to walk in His truth.85 Psalm 86:11 And evidence indicates these are also the believers who presently fail to understand the true meaning of favor. We are warned about teachers who will mislead others by attempting to turn the favor of hwhy into license to disobey His Law (Jude 1:4), and this is what we see happening today on many Christian fronts in the name of “favor.” All of this brings us to the question: “So what does hwhy expect from those who desire to follow His Son?” The same thing He has always expected (Micah 6:8); only now more favor and truth have been brought to light by the Good News, thereby making obedience to the high standard both possible and expected because of His indwelling Spirit. 2Corinthians 4:4, 2Timothy 1:10 hwhy expects a committed believer in the Messiah to spend a lifetime making spiritual progress and daily becoming more and more like their Example. 2Kepha 1:5-11, 3:18, 1Yochanan 2:6 We progress “from faith to faith” … from “trust to trust” … “from strength to strength.” Romans 1:17, Jeremiah 17:7, Psalm 84:7 hwhy knows the process does not happen overnight, but He wants us to seek Him and to grow continually. Psalm 105:4, 1Kepha 2:2 As
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the Spirit waters us (Hebrews 6:7), we grow in favor and knowledge while trusting His promises to take care of the details. Favor and Law are not opposites as so many today teach. However, favor and Law might correctly be seen as opposite sides of the same coin: the coin of obedience. We must next consider contemporary abuse of the word “fulfilled.” There are a number of false interpretations regarding this word. Some erroneously believe the word “fulfilled” means “abolished.” While it is written eswhy fulfilled all things written of Him by Mosheh and all those things written of Him in the Psalms and the Prophets (Luke 24:44), the “all things” He is said to have fulfilled were contextually related to His suffering and resurrection – proofs He was the Messiah of hwhy, Luke 24:25-27,46. He was without sin and so could not be held in death’s grip, Acts 2:24-31. How can the word, “fulfilled,” possibly mean eswhy abolished the very Law He kept and taught? For there are still many prophecies in Mosheh, in the Psalms, and in the Prophets which have as of yet to be fulfilled by Him … such as when He returns (Psalm 102:16) with vengeance (Psalm 18:6-15) as “the Lion of the tribe of Yehudah” (Revelation 5:5) making “wars to cease unto the end of the earth.” Psalm 46:6-10, Yeshayahu 2:4 He will mete out punishment bringing peace and justice by His worldwide rule over all the earth; He will be the King of kings. The first time eswhy came as a Lamb and so He stopped at a certain point when reading from the prophet Yeshayahu that special Sabbath day. He stopped before reading of “the Day of hwhy” – “the Day of vengeance of our Elohim” which will occur when He comes back to rule as the conquering Lion (cf. Luke 4:18,19 and Yeshayahu 61:1,2). It was not yet that Day of awesome wrath. The first appearing of eswhy was to fulfill His mission as “the Lamb;” at that time, it was still a “day of salvation.” 2Corinthians 6:2 But the Day of wrath now approaches and there are many prophecies of the Lion’s coming which are yet unfulfilled (some of the many were just cited above from Psalms 18, 46, 102 and Isaiah 61:2). With flaming vengeance, He will descend to destroy the wicked and to establish the Kingdom of hwhy upon the earth. In the days of Noach, water came upon the earth bringing destruction from above and below (Genesis 7:11), but in the Day of hwhy, His 86

wrath will bring fire upon the earth from above and below. And it is this flaming vengeance which we see in the book of Revelation as well as in many of the Psalms and the Prophets, including Mosheh.86 We should consider the occasion upon which eswhy Himself used the word “fulfilled” in connection with the Torah. Based on a weak interpretation of His use of this word, many Christians say things like, “The law is fulfilled,” or, “The law is now written in our hearts in the New Covenant,” … summarily meaning (in their minds) they no longer have any moral obligation to keep the Torah. So they think. But numerous prophecies regarding the New Covenant indicate the Law would, indeed, be written on our hearts by the Spirit and that, as a result of this impartation, the people of hwhy would keep those very statutes which Yisrael of old faithlessly failed to observe: “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. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments, and do them.” Yechezkel 36:26,27, 2Corinthians 3:3 This text indicates the result of being truly Spirit-filled is keeping the commandments of hwhy! And the above prophecy is shown to have its fulfillment in those who are made new by saving faith in the Messiah: Therefore, if any man be in the Messiah, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2Corinthians 5:17 If one is given a new heart, then such a person also becomes a “new creation” and should certainly have a desire to keep the statutes and judgments of hwhy! 2Timothy 3:12 Nothing less can be deduced from the clear Scriptures seen
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These yet unfulfilled judgments are seen throughout the word of hwhy: Deuteronomy 4:23,24, Psalm 11:6, 18:615, 50:3-6, 97:1-6, Yeshayahu 30:27,28, 33:14-16, 66:1517, Habakkuk 3:3-6, Yoel 2:30, Zecharyah 14:12, Malachi 4:1-3, 2Thessalonians 2:8, Hebrews 12:28,29, Revelation 1:14; 8:5,7,8,10; 9:17,18; 14:9,10,18; 16:8,9; 20:9,10,14,15.

above as given through the prophet Yechezkel! So why is there such a multitude in our day purporting to be Spirit-filled while they yet reject the Torah? Disobedience to the Law of hwhy always has and always will grieve His Spirit. Genesis 6:5,6, Yeshayahu 63:10, Ephesians 4:30,31 And there is yet another prophecy concerning the New Covenant which clearly speaks of the commandment-keeping obedience imparted by the powerful, indwelling Spirit of hwhy. This prophecy came through the prophet Yirmeyahu: For finding fault with them, He saith, “Behold, the days come, saith hwhy, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Yisrael and with the house of Yehudah: not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim; because they continued not in My covenant, and I regarded them not, saith hwhy. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Yisrael after those days, saith hwhy; I will put My Laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them an Elohim, and they shall be to Me a people.” Hebrews 8:8-10 (11-12), Yirmeyahu 31:31-34 This prophesied purpose for the New Covenant is in accordance with the words of the Messiah who taught “The Shema” was and is the greatest commandment of the entire Torah. The Shema states we should continually hear hwhy above all others and that we should love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, Mark 12:30, Deuteronomy 6:4,5. Accordingly, the apostle Shaul called the Law of hwhy, “the Law of my mind!” Romans 7:23,25, Acts 24:14 And as we saw in the INTRODUCTION, Shaul indicated later in his epistle to the Romans we are to be transformed by a mind renewed daily through the Torah by meditation in the Spirit, cf. Romans 12:1,2, Psalm 1:1,2. This gives further evidence as to how hwhy fulfills His promises to write the Torah on our hearts and to make it the Law of our mind! As we meditate in the Torah by day and night the Spirit of hwhy will use Scripture to renew and transform our minds. Further, our Messiah teaches us to keep the weightier aspects of the Torah but, even so, He says we should not leave undone the less weighty, Mattithyahu 23:23, Luke 11:42. eswhy, our Example, teaches 87

us to keep the Torah. And all have been warned in the prophecies of Mosheh concerning the Messiah that we better listen to the Savior’s teachings at His first appearing, Deuteronomy 18:15-19. Obedience involves a lifelong journey as we seek hwhy (Psalm 119:2), learn of His ways, and progress spiritually, 2Kepha 1:5-11. And progress here does not determine our salvation, but the level of our reward; of this, David wrote, “… and in keeping of them there is great reward,” Psalm 19:7-11 [The context will show the phrase, “keeping of them” means: keeping His Torah, testimony, statutes, commandments, fear, and judgments. Such obedience is the outworking, the eventual, end result of having the “faith of Abraham” (Genesis 26:4,5, Romans 4:12,16, Galatians 3:7,9); it is the result of “hearing by/with faith.” Deuteronomy 6:4,5, Romans 9:30-32, Galatians 3:2,5, Hebrews 4:2.]. The Messiah is not “the end of the Law for righteousness,” He is “the goal of the Law for righteousness” to all those who believe. Romans 10:4 The Greek word “telos” (translated “end”) actually means, “goal, aim, outcome.” Shaul was writing to indicate the Torah points us to eswhy for righteousness. Some versions properly translate the word “telos” as “goal” in another Scripture where Shaul writes of the very same truth: Now the goal of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned. 1Timothy 1:5 Notice Shaul writes about “the commandment.” “Commandment” is given in the singular, meaning, “the Shema” – the “greatest commandment” in all of the Torah. Deuteronomy 6:4,5, Mark 12:28-30 eswhy the Messiah taught His followers the Shema, and the apostle Shaul taught likewise as he directed his brethren in the True Faith! The above Scripture provides us with Shaul’s commentary on what the Messiah taught to be the greatest, most important of all the commandments in the Torah! Shaul states “the goal” of the Shema commandment is love87 and, thus, it encompasses all of the Torah!88 And as we review the Shema, we clearly see the goal of that commandment is, indeed, love!

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Hear89 Yisrael, hwhy our Elohim, hwhy is one/first. And you shall love hwhy your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your vehemence. Deuteronomy 6:4,5 Further, note how the words of Shaul correspond precisely with the Shema: “But the goal of the commandment is love … (And you shall love hwhy your Elohim …) …out of a pure heart, (… with all your heart,) … a good conscience, (… with all your soul,) … … and faith unfeigned.” (…and with all your vehemence.)90 We give the two Scriptures once more without separation and supply phrases from the Shema parenthetically: But the goal of the commandment is love (And you shall love hwhy your Elohim) out of a pure heart (with all your heart), a good conscience, (and with all your soul), and faith unfeigned (and with all your vehemence.) 1Timothy 1:5, Deuteronomy 6:4,5 Since eswhy taught the Shema to be the greatest of all the Torah commandments, it is gratifying to realize the apostle Shaul also gave direct instruction over this first and foremost Commandment. And we must realize whenever eswhy and His apostles exhorted believers to walk in love, they were referring, first of all, to the Shema91 and, secondly, to loving one’s neighbor as one’s

self.92 If we “hear with faith” as did Abraham, we will be keeping “the Shema.” And in hearing by faith,93 we – like Abraham – will also be found keeping the commandments, statutes, and laws of hwhy, Genesis 26:5 Without love for hwhy, one cannot hear with the ears of faith. Yet hearing with faith clearly results in a person keeping the commandments, Romans 2:13, 8:7. Thus, does the Shema encompass all of the Torah. If one truly keeps the Greatest Command of the Torah (i.e., “the Shema”) in Spirit and in truth, that person will also be found keeping the “least commandment” of the Torah as well.94 Mattithyahu 5:18, 19, 23:23 This statement is in accordance with many other Scriptures which all show keeping the commandments of hwhy is synonymous with love, Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 7:9, 11:22, Yochanan 14:15, 23, 15:10, 1Yochanan 5:2,3, 2Yochanan 1:6, Yehudah 1:21. Every time our Messiah said, “He who hath ears to hear, let him hear,” He was referring to “the Shema” – to loving hwhy and keeping His word above all. eswhy uttered the exhortation that His followers have “ears to hear” on several occasions. Mattithyahu 11:15, Mark 4:8,9, Luke 14:35, Revelation 2:7,11,17,29, 3:6,13,22 Concerning the word “fulfilled,” simply noting the context of the Messiah’s words will allow no one to escape its clear meaning; for eswhy shows the exact meaning of “fulfilled” in context and without parable: Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the Prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For 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. Whosoever 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. Mattithyahu 5:17-19

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Notice eswhy says He came to fulfill or to complete the Torah and indicated what “fulfilled” meant by showing just who will be the greatest in the Kingdom: those who both do (keep) and teach the commandments of the Torah! Since those who keep and teach the Torah shall be the greatest in the Kingdom, “fulfilled,” does not and cannot mean “abolished” – as Evangelical persuasions have led so many to believe. The above words of eswhy (taken from what is commonly called the “Sermon on the Mount”) show the test of greatness in the Judgment will be how far one has progressed in “the obedience of faith.” Romans 1:5, 2:13, 3:31, 16:26 Our Savior warns the words of the Torah (in the light of eswhy) will be the standard of measurement used by Him on that Day. Mattithyahu 5:20, 7:2123,26,27 Our society fails to know the meaning of true love. Numerous Scriptures show love for our Creator is displayed by keeping the commandments of His Torah, Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 5:10, 7:9, 11:1,13,22, 19:9; Yehoshua 22:5, Nechemyah 1:5; Yochanan 14:15,21, 15:10. True love for our neighbor is also conveyed by keeping the commandments of the Torah, Romans 13:8-10, 1Yochanan 5:2, 2Yochanan 1:6. Love – or keeping His commandments – works together with faith! On this point, all of the apostles wrote in clear agreement. This is readily seen as we compare the following three texts: Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of hwhy. 1Corinthians 7:19 For in eswhy the Messiah neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Galatians 5:6 For in Messiah eswhy neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Galatians 6:15 As we compare the above texts we see the following: “A new creation” = “Faith working through love” = “Keeping the commandments of hwhy.” When a person becomes a new creation in the Messiah, then faith is working in one’s heart through love; as a result that believer will begin keeping the commandments of hwhy. Those who 89

are new creations in eswhy the Messiah (Yechezkel 36:26,27, 2Corinthians 5:17) have a faith which operates by and through the Spirit that only knows commandment-keeping love, Romans 5:5, 1Thessalonians 5:8, 1Yochanan 5:1-3. This is in total agreement with the abovecited prophecies which proclaimed in advance the New Covenant would make the believer a new creation – possessing a new heart and a new spirit via the Spirit of hwhy! Any person transformed in this manner will be keeping the commandments of hwhy, Yechezkel 36:26,27, Yirmeyahu 31:31-34. So faith works through love: keeping His commandments is our statement of faith that hwhy exists and that we know He will reward both good and evil, Hebrews 11:6. We exhibit love for Him by doing His word because we are showing what hwhy says carries more weight and importance with us, personally, above and beyond what anyone else does, thinks, says, or feels. But as we keep His commandments, we begin to understand and to display the great wisdom underlying His word (Deuteronomy 4:23, Psalm 111:10, 119:97-100); as a result, our faith grows even stronger. This, in turn, gives us the capacity to love hwhy even more, Psalm 119:32. Hence, love feeds faith and, as one’s faith grows, the capacity to love increases also. It is by this process, together with meditation on the Torah, that the Spirit of hwhy writes His Law on our hearts and minds. In love, we obey from the heart (Romans 6:17, Ephesians 6:6) and, eventually (if not immediately), we come to understand more fully with our minds, Proverbs 4:18. It is a process which occurs time and time again throughout our earthly sojourn, but only doers of the Law of liberty can be blessed to progress spiritually in this manner, Ya’acob 1:22-25. Armchair theologians can talk about prophecy, parallels, shadows, types, and antitypes, but only doers of the Word who walk in the light of the Torah can be blessed to see the fullest revelations from the Scriptures. A full, comprehensive, and life-changing understanding can only be derived from active obedience to the commandments of hwhy, Yochanan 12:36, Psalm 36:9, Psalm 111:10, 119:98-100. The apostle Yochanan wrote in agreement with eswhy as he indicated love and true faith work together through keeping the commandments; the result is one of overcoming the world and its irreverent deeds of carnal lawlessness. True love is shown

by keeping the commandments of hwhy; and once again, we are taught by an apostle the faith needed to do this works through commandmentkeeping love: For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is begotten of Elohim overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that eswhy is the Son of hwhy? 1Yochanan 5:3-5 We see those who believe eswhy is the Messiah will also begin keeping the Torah commandments which He kept. By faith, such believers begin learning to walk just as He walked, 1Yochanan 2:3,4,6, Colossians 2:6,7. Yochanan would later write more of this faith which works through love; in the Revelation prophecies he again mentions the faith of those with commandment-keeping love: And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of Elohim, and have the testimony of eswhy the Messiah. Revelation 12:17 Here is the patience of the set apart ones: here are they that keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of eswhy. Revelation 14:1295 Without a substantive case, Evangelicals will argue these Revelation texts refer to Yahudim who are to be converted during the tribulation! But this yields an immediate contradiction in their very own teachings! For Evangelicals frequently cite the words of Shaul that in the Messiah eswhy there is neither Yehudi nor Greek! Galatians 3:28, Colossians 3:11 With these two texts we absolutely concur! But since there is no difference between Yehudi or Greek, the above Scriptures from Revelation must, then, stand as further proof commandment-keeping obedience
eswhy the Messiah taught likewise as He prepared to go away; recall His words of comfort which enjoined both love and faith upon His followers: “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in Elohim (i.e. keep His commandments!), believe also in Me” (i.e., keep My testimony of faith!). Yochanan 14:1 It was through the Messiah that all of the apostles learned “faith [works] through love!” Hence, many were later persecuted for keeping the word of ‫ יהוה‬as they kept His commandments while holding the testimony of ‫ .יהושע‬Revelation 1:9, 2Timothy 3:12
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this present life. Greatness in His Kingdom is something hwhy encourages us to seek (Mattithyahu 6:33, Romans 2:6,7,10) because His presence will be greatly magnified in our lives now (as well as in the resurrection) and because He also knows how deeply it will hurt if we incur loss within the indescribable grandeur of His eternal Kingdom, 1Corinthians 3:14,15. There is yet a further aspect to loving hwhy and keeping His commandments. eswhy reveals a higher calling as He teaches those who really love Him to feed His sheep, Yochanan 21:15-17, Acts 20:28, 1Kepha 5:1-3. There is probably nothing which “feeds” people more than someone who walks with hwhy in integrity and uprightness as they keep the commandments and grow in the favor and knowledge of eswhy. But how can one who walks in this manner feed people? The food of which we speak may be physical … it may be emotional … it may be spiritual, Proverbs 10:21, Iyob 31:16-18, Daniel 12:3, Malachi 2:6,7, 1Timothy 4:16. But regardless of the realm, food – or life-giving sustenance of any sort – can only be imparted with lasting benefits through the fruit of the Spirit! Galatians 5:22,23, 1Corinthians 13:3 (contrast Proverbs 23:7) In context, we note the fruit of the Spirit is contrasted with the deeds of the flesh, with sowing to carnal, selfish desires. The fruit of the Spirit is being produced in those who have the Spirit of eswhy; and He is the One who said, “For even the Son of man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 As the Spirit of hwhy produces fruit in our lives, we use it to serve and to magnify Him by serving others in many ways and at many levels. Galatians 5:24, 6:7-10, Yochanan 15:8-1196 There are great blessings to be had when walking with a believer who continually draws near to hwhy. From times of prayer and communing with hwhy, such believers bring forth with them the very presence of the Most High, Exodus 33:14, 34:28,29, Acts 6:15. In this way, a committed believer teaches others about hwhy by feeding their souls with much more than a superficial knowledge of Scripture. As the true proverb states, “The tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18 We find we are fed –
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healed, edified and restored – by the Presence of hwhy which is to be found with such brethren. Such believers convey the very Presence of hwhy with them wherever they go; and it is only this Presence which can change the lives and the hearts of others! Righteousness begets righteousness because every fruit contains a seed which bears more fruit after its own kind! Genesis 1:11,12 And herein the Scriptures reveal far more than just a physical principle which works with fruit such as apples, pears, plums and grapes! This Torah truth ultimately applies to the fruit of the Spirit since the seed principle works in the spiritual realm as well! Romans 7:14 Not only is fruit beautiful and attractive, it also feeds and nourishes; people were not drawn to eswhy because of His physical appearance (Yeshayahu 53:2), but because of the fruit of the Spirit which “grew” within Him; He was the Ultimate Tree of Righteousness, Yeshayahu 61:3. The fruit of the Spirit contains seeds which bring forth more fruit after their own kind. It is this fruit which brings true change and true restoration to the lives of others! As those seeds are planted through love and service, they produce additional trees which, in turn, bear more fruit after the same kind. One of the greatest goals a believer can have is to become a true shepherd among those family and brethren he or she is given to serve. Our love for eswhy is expressed in its ultimate form through keeping His commandments; if we love Him thus, we are also walking with Him in the service and humility which motivate us to feed and care for the sheep of hwhy. Mattithyahu 11:29, Philippians 2:3, Yechezkel 34:1-4 Scripture upon Scripture indicates we must keep the commandments of hwhy.97 This writer simply cannot join the Evangelical masses who wish to “spiritualize” so many Messianic texts out of existence. Scripture is clear we must keep His commandments. Yet the word of hwhy is also clear we can only keep His commandments by the love and faith which His Spirit alone can imbue; our righteousness is of, or from, hwhy (Psalm 24:2-5, Yeshayahu 54:17, 61:10) as it could never be of ourselves! Yeshayahu 64:6, Romans 5:17, Philippians 3:9. If we have truly received salvation by favor through faith (Ephe97

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sians 2:8,9), works will surely follow, Ephesians 2:10. If and/or when those works do not follow, the Spirit of favor is highly insulted and the believer runs a great risk of failing to enter His rest and to inherit the Kingdom, Yeshayahu 63:10, 1Corinthians 6:9,10, Galatians 5:19-21, Hebrews 6:4-8, 10:26-29, Yehudah 1:4. But only hwhy knows each heart and only He knows when such a point has been reached. And He is the One who will have the final say in all matters of judgment. Anyone with common sense, spiritually, is more than content to leave those issues with hwhy. A certain brother once wisely noted in reference to Philippians 2:12, “Too many people are busy working out other people’s salvation instead of working out their own.” So while we have entitled Part 1, “Law vs. Grace,” it should more properly read, Law “vs.” Favor, as the two do not stand in opposition but, rather, in harmony. It always has been and always will be the favor of hwhy which leads a believer in the Mighty One of Yisrael to walk before Him in uprightness, Genesis 6:8, Titus 2:11,12. eswhy teaches us to ask that we might receive kindness and to seek that we might find favor to help in time of need, cf. Mattithyahu 7:7,8, Hebrews 4:16. It is through such continual prayer that we grow in the amount of favor which we are able to obtain before His throne, 2Kepha 3:18. In the days of eswhy, there were many who rejected Him as the Messiah, but who taught keeping of the Torah; in our day, there are many who believe He was/is the Messiah, but who yet reject keeping His commandments. However, when Law and favor are properly understood, we learn hwhy merges both into one and instructs His people that true, full faith in the resurrected Messiah will lead them to keep and uphold the commandments of the Torah. Why would hwhy spend thousands of years raising up prophets to teach Yisrael to keep His commandments98 – punishing them severely whenever they long forsook those edicts99 – only to later change His mind (as is supposed) and teach His people in the Renewed Covenant it is okay to transgress and to spurn the Torah? What sort of demented deity do most Christians make their
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“The Law without the Spirit is legalism; the Spirit without the Law is disobedience.” Favor and truth were revealed beyond measure in the life and example of eswhy the Messiah. Such abundant favor and truth now enable New Covenant believers to burn with love and zeal as His favor dwells within by Ruach haQodesh (the Pure Spirit), Yochanan 10:10. This favor makes an obedience which goes far beyond the letter of the Torah106 not only possible, but expected:

And of His fullness have all we received, and favor upon favor. For the Torah was given by Mosheh, favor and truth came by eswhy the Messiah. Yochanan 1:16,17 eswhy died for our transgressions of the Torah – not so that we could continue sinning, but so that we could be empowered to go and sin no more.107
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PART 2
Romans 14 Revisited
For not the hearers of the Torah are just before Elohim, but the doers of the Torah shall be justified. The Apostle Shaul, Romans 2:13 We must revisit Romans 14 to inquire about one other greatly misunderstood passage which is widely abused in our days. In this text, Shaul wrote the following: One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Romans 14:5 The majority of Evangelicals in our day claim this text gives every believer a “multiple choice” option for which day they may esteem for rest and worship. We will show that to accept such a theory is also to, once again, introduce glaring contradictions throughout the Scriptures. If this text gives Messianic believers an option in regard to the Sabbath Day, then we are once more basing our faith upon a Book which contradicts itself outrageously. Why would the apostle Shaul clearly teach only doers of the Torah shall be justified before hwhy, and then later tell believers (in the very same letter!) they no longer had any obligation to keep the Law of the Sabbath Day – a rather weighty precept of that very same Torah?108 Yet even as we consider the opening text, this is the contradictory view to which the majority hold in our day and time. We have an abundant witness through Acts that the apostle Shaul kept and taught the major ordinances surrounding the Sabbath109 and the Feast
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Days of hwhy. eswhy clearly indicated this would be the case with His followers, Mattithyahu 5:19. In Yisrael of old, a man was subjected to capital punishment for picking up sticks to kindle a fire on the Sabbath. Numbers 15:3236 Later, Yisrael suffered great wrath from hwhy for rejecting the Sabbath ordinance.110 Seventy years of captivity followed as part of that punishment.111 When the Messiah came, there was nothing in His teachings which abolished or evened lessened the Shabbat command in any way! On the contrary, He magnified the Law in relation to the Sabbath by doing many marvelous acts of healing on the Seventh Day. He is our Example and we are directed to walk as He walked!112 We assert this includes Sabbath observance as well.113 So would Shaul later write in this letter to the Romans that Sabbath observance is optional? Would Shaul keep the Shabbat and teach its observance and then contradict himself by writing to the Romans the “Sabbath vs. Sunday” issue could be resolved via multiple choice per any given worshipper’s own preference? Absolutely not. Yet this pick-and-choose, optional obedience is the line of reasoning by which so many introduce lawless contradictions into the debate. Consequently, multitudes now stand in error regarding Romans 14 due to this pervasive spirit of lawlessness which rejects the authority of the Torah and the Prophets. Yet the Messiah and all

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of His apostles114 taught from the Torah and the Prophets and cited the Law as their only authority for teaching.115 Verily, for unless one speaks according to the Law and the Testimony, he is accounted by Scripture to be a false prophet who possess no light, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Yeshayahu 8:20.116 We cannot properly understand the teachings of the Messiah or the writings of the apostles apart from the Torah and the Prophets. This all becomes so very clear as we consider the other issue in Romans 14 to which reference was briefly made in Chapter 12: optional fast days.
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The first evidence we have which proves it is optional fast days 117 to which Shaul was referring, is a comparison between Romans 14:5,6 and a Scripture in the prophet Zecharyah. First, the text from Romans: 5 One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regards the day, regards it unto hwhy; and he that regards not the day, to hwhy he doth not regard it. He that eats, eats to hwhy, for he gives Elohim thanks; and he that eats not, to hwhy he eats not, and gives Elohim thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. Romans 14:5-7 Notice the above teaching equates fasting – “he that eats not” – with regarding a day unto hwhy. It was through fasting that one “regarded” the day. If one was not fasting, that person ate and did not regard the fast day; such a one was not regarding the (fast) day unto hwhy; that person was, instead, eating unto hwhy. Not only is the same thing seen in the prophet Zecharyah, it is seen in the very same context and with the very same wording – fasting unto hwhy in contrast with eating unto hwhy: 4 Then came the word of hwhy of hosts unto me, saying, 5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did you at all fast unto Me, even to Me? 6 And when you did eat, and when you did drink, did you not eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? Zecharyah 7:4-6 When it came to fasting unto hwhy and eating unto hwhy, Yisrael of old was rebuked for failing on both counts! Because their hearts were not right (Psalm 95:10,11), they failed to “fast unto hwhy.” For the same reason, they failed to “eat unto hwhy.” Shaul is clearly exhorting the brethren at Rome (14:5,6) to avoid failing in the same manner! Hence, he wrote thusly of Yisrael’s past failures just a few sentences later: For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we – through patience and comfort of the Scriptures – might have hope. Romans 15:4
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Shaul was expressing that examples from Scripture should teach us. Whether positive or negative, these accounts from the Scriptures should give us comfort and patient endurance to continually wait upon hwhy, Psalm 27:14, 130:5, Proverbs 20:22, Yeshayahu 8:17, 40:31. If one rereads Romans 14:5-7, it becomes evident Shaul was exhorting these believers that, whether they fasted or whether they ate, they should do so “unto hwhy” and not unto themselves! But there are also other things which provide supporting evidence Shaul was giving a discourse in Romans 14 on a proper approach to matters of fasting and eating. The very context of the chapter shows those who ‘regarded the day’ were fasting, while those who did not regard the day were eating! One regarding the day was fasting and, of course, took no food. One who “[regarded] not the day,” was not fasting and, of course, was eating and giving Elohim thanks! Acts 2:46, 1Timothy 4:4,5 This gives the following contrasts: 1. Esteeming one day (i.e., a fast day) above another contrasted with esteeming everyday alike (i.e., not fasting), Romans 14:5 2. Regarding the day (i.e., fasting unto hwhy) contrasted with eating unto hwhy (i.e., not fasting), Romans 14:6. Further, other terminology used here in Shaul’s fasting-related discourse is used elsewhere by eswhy Himself in a context which also included the matter of fasting: 9 And He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the Set Apart Dwelling Place to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, Elohim, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess ... Luke 18:9-12. Instead of the phrase “despised others” (seen above at the end of verse 9 and taken from the KJV), the American Standard Version uses the phrase, “set all others at nought:”

9 And He spoke also this parable unto certain who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and set all others at nought” … And it is this very phrase which Shaul used in the context of Romans 14 when referring to issues of fasting, eating and service to hwhy: But thou, why do you judge thy brother? or you again, why dost you set at nought your brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Elohim. Romans 14:10 The issue addressed here by Shaul is the same as that addressed by eswhy the Messiah: 1. Self-reliance in one’s own righteousness (which leads to judging others in an improper fashion). 2. This attitude leads to something which the Messiah terms “[setting] … others at nought.” Such an attitude reeks with contempt originating in and spawned by religious superiority. The irony? hwhy has no place for pride in His presence or in His Kingdom, Psalm 119:21, Proverbs 6:16,17, 15:25, 16:5, Yeshayahu 2:12, Malachi 4:1, Revelation 21:27. And a further irony? The main, spiritual intent of fasting is to humble oneself! 2Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 35:13, Mattithyahu 18:4, Ya’acob 4:6,10 So true fasting and proud, self-exaltation are quite the opposites! They are absolutely antithetical! Thus, turning the act of fasting into a means of self-exaltation was putting a deeply wretched twist on what is easily one of the most profound and most powerful acts of True Worship! How many have rejected the idea of fasting altogether because of the twisted self-righteousness and self-exaltation seen in this hypothetical Pharisee? However, this example of carnal pride – exhibited by one with a spirit of religious superiority – was not given to abolish fasting by any means.118 Our Savior was not abolishing the act of fasting; He was, however,
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making an important point about maintaining the proper attitude of heart before the Most High. And just like his Messiah, Shaul was doing the very same thing in Romans 14! The last point offered as proof we are dealing with the subject of “eating vs. fasting” in Romans 14, is made in regard to the phrase which appears in the very context of Shaul’s discourse: For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself. Romans 14:7 Living to oneself was not a good thing and with that phrase Shaul was referring to eating food apart from giving thanks to hwhy; dying to oneself was also not a good thing and with that phrase Shaul was referring to fasting apart from giving thanks to hwhy! Whether one fasts or eats, it must done unto hwhy and not unto oneself. When one lived unto hwhy, that person ate unto hwhy by giving Him thanks; to do otherwise would be living to oneself and not living unto hwhy. When one fasted unto hwhy, that person did not eat and likewise gave thanks in the fast; to do otherwise would be dying to oneself and not dying unto hwhy as Shaul teaches we must do. Once more, this phraseology ties in quite solidly with the self-righteous, ungrateful Pharisee who lived for himself and who died for himself. This is clearly seen in the Scriptures for eswhy taught when this man prayed, he “prayed thus with himself,” Luke 18:11. His prayers and spiritual service were not “unto hwhy” but unto himself! This was the same sin which most of Yisrael committed in the seventy year captivity in Babel by not eating unto hwhy and by not fasting unto hwhy. Zecharyah 7:4-6 They, like the Pharisee, ate for themselves and fasted for themselves instead of doing all things unto hwhy for His splendor. Romans 14:7,8, 1Corinthians 10:31 They drew near with their lips, but it was an insincere, self-deceptive, self-serving show as their hearts were far from hwhy. Yeshayahu 29:13, 48:1, Yechezkel 33:31,32, Mattithyahu 15:7-9 In summary, we can precisely say what Romans 14 is as well as what Romans 14 is not! It is certainly a warning by the apostle regarding how to help those weak in the faith and how to avoid exalting oneself and setting others at naught. But it is not a text which grants believ97

ers wholesale permission to eat any kind of animal flesh which they so choose (14:1-3); and it is not a text which lets man decide which days are holy (set apart) for worship and which days are not. (14:4-14) Multitudes have fallen into the trap of taking the apostle’s words to mean we can choose between worshipping or not worshipping on a certain day based merely on personal preferences. However, the worship which hwhy desires has never been based on pick-andchoose, personal preferences. Deuteronomy 12:8, Yochanan 4:24, 17:17 Only the Most High can provide the blessing to anoint and to set apart people, days, and things. It is by His Word, His Name, His Spirit – the light of His Presence and Splendor – that something is set apart. Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 29:43,44, Luke 9:28,29,32,35, 2Kepha 1:17 eswhy, who changes not,119 is the Sovereign of All, and so He is still the Sovereign of the Sabbath Day – the Day which He kept and taught while doing ministry work upon the earth. Acts 10:36, Mattithyahu 12:8 It is this very Day which was kept by all the prophets of old as well as by all the prophets and apostles of the Lamb; it is this very Day which is still observed the world over by multitudes who “keep the commandments hwhy and the testimony of eswhy;” and it is this very Day which shall be kept forever in the eternal Kingdom when sin and death are no more, Yeshayahu 66:22-24. Truly observing the Sabbath is not bondage; it is life, and rest, and joy, and peace, Yirmeyahu 6:16. The Shabbat is simply another profound aspect of the all-encompassing love and wisdom by which hwhy is using His rest to restore man’s fallen soul back to its original state, Psalm 19:7, Yeshayahu 30:15, Exodus 31:12,13. May all believers everywhere find this rest in the changeless One who declared Himself to be “the Sovereign of the Sabbath.” Yeshayahu 63:14, Psalm 23:2,3, Mattithyahu 11:28-12:8.
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Additional Thoughts on Gluttony
… And David says, “Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompense unto them.” Romans 11:9 When it comes to eating meat, most people live in a realm of extremes. Meat eaters typically consume anything they desire – either in ignorance or in wanton disregard of Scripture and common sense. While this manuscript was offered to prove there yet remains a difference between clean and unclean animal flesh, it was not written to condone the usual, gluttonous, and sometimes reckless approach to eating meat which is seen even among believers who would never eat pork or other abominations. hwhy never intended anyone to live for extensive periods of time on “three square meals a day” wherein meat is the center of attraction at each setting! Even the priests of ancient Yisrael had their “courses” (Luke 1:5,8,9), or schedules: there were certain times they were functioning in the priest’s office (and eating portions of the meat offerings), but there were also times they were away from this function and office. Further, animal offerings occurred only twice per day, not thrice, Numbers 28:1-4. The house of Aharon ate of the meat offering, but we should never suppose they typically did so in a gluttonous fashion,120 Leviticus 6:14-18. For we are warned gluttonous eaters of flesh will come to ruin, poverty, and destruction – likely due to a marked decline in health and vitality: Be not among winebibbers; among gluttonous eaters of flesh: for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags. Proverbs 23:20,21 … Whose end is destruction, whose deity is their belly, and whose exultation is in their shame,121 who mind earthly things. Philippians 3:19
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When one overeats many things occur – one of which is termed “autointoxication” by some health experts. Autointoxication occurs when food is eaten in excess and – instead of digesting – it subsequently ferments and decays in the stomach. Instead of sending digested, life-giving nutrients to the body, this process distributes rotting toxins throughout the body. These poisons lead to a multitude of health disorders depending on many factors – including an individual’s genetic constituency. Over time, gluttony and its effects lead to death by destruction as seen from the Scriptures written by the apostle Shaul. Galatians 6:7,8, Philippians 3:19 Most people – including believers – eat far too much food. In America today, it is common for people to laugh and jest about leaving the Thanksgiving table so stuffed they are about to bust. Instead of making light of such deeds they should, rather, be hanging their heads in shame. When reading of the thousands of Yisraelites who fell in the wilderness eating quail (Numbers 11:31-34), the widespread plague of death initially appears to have fallen indiscriminately. But we must remember and be assured: the Judge of all the earth always judges in righteousness. Genesis 18:25 A particular psalm fills us in, retrospectively, on some of the details of said plague which were not recorded in the Torah account: 27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowl like the sand of the sea: 28 And He let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. 29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for He gave them their own desire; 30 they were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, 31 the wrath of Elohim came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Yisrael. Psalm 78:27-31 We get a glimpse into the justice of the Most High as Scripture reveals those slain were the overweight gluttons and the lusty, young men. Gluttony is one of the youthful lusts from which we are instructed to flee! 2Timothy 2:22 And 98

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we can be sure even those Yisraelites who were slain had been given adequate opportunities to repent and turn back to hwhy, Yechezkel 18:31, 33:11, Romans 2:4, 2Kepha 3:9. hwhy is not at all unjust or indiscriminant as so many in our day falsely allege. Due to the subject matter of this manuscript, discussing various aspects of gluttony seemed especially important. For many brethren have been lulled into a complacent slumber and a false sense of security once they supposed themselves to be partaking of a diet in closer accordance with the will of hwhy (a diet which includes eating only clean animal flesh as set apart by the word of hwhy). Most will think, “All is well,” not realizing gluttony goes far beyond merely eating the proper foods. Just because we are permitted to eat beef does not mean we can load a 16-ounce steak onto our plate whenever we choose! Nor does it mean we can simply run out and buy such products at the hands of unbelievers who have no caution and no concern for the methods of raising and slaughtering the animal!122 This world exerts little concern for raising and producing animals according to the heavenly standards! Deuteronomy 18:9, Yirmeyahu 10:1,2, Romans 12:1,2 Sick animals raised inhumanely on an improper, deficient diet – bolstered to the market place by hormones and antibiotics – are a sacrilege even before they are presented as “food” for humans. Sin ever looks for an entrance to maim, sicken and paralyze the unwitting. Multitudes yet fall prey to the crouching lion of gluttony at many times and on many fronts, Genesis 4:7, Psalm 69:22,23, Romans 11:9,10. In the days of the apostles, clean animal flesh might have been offered to idols, but it was otherwise raised in a normal fashion. The apostasy is so far-reaching in our days that the text “Eat whatever is set before you,” may no longer even apply over clean meat since cattle and chickens are fed hormones, antibiotics and
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fierce anger of hwhy come upon you; before the Day of the anger of hwhy come upon you. Seek hwhy, all you meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be you shall be hid in the Day of the anger of hwhy. Tsephanyah 2:1-3 May those who long for revival and for His Kingdom heed the call to die unto hwhy through fasting and prayer and to continually draw near to His great, awesome, and light-filled Presence, Psalm 36:6, 104:1,2, Yeshayahu 60:1.
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Does Not Even Nature Itself Teach You?
But ask now the beasts, and they shall teach you; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell you: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fish of the sea shall declare unto you. Who does not know among all these that the hand of hwhy has done this? In Whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. – The Prophet Iyob, 12:7-10 – While we have seen the consumption of unclean animal flesh/blood connected with demonic possession and uncleanness throughout Scripture, at other times these detestable creatures are mentioned in a favorable light as possessing some quality or ability by which an analogy is drawn and by which spiritual instruction is conveyed. Although these analogies are instructive, they do not contradict the word of hwhy which still forbids us to eat those unclean creatures. Nature displays the awesome power and wisdom of the Creator in a multitude of instructive ways. For example, regarding the length of hair for men and women, the apostle Shaul indicated even “nature itself” teaches us of certain things, 1Corinthians 11:14,15. Those who continually draw near to hwhy will surely learn many lessons from the multitudes of creatures which hwhy has made for His great purposes, Proverbs 16:4, Revelation 4:11, 1Corinthians 2:15. Some of these lessons may be positive while others are negative; nevertheless, they are all instructive. And His greatest purpose of all seems to be teaching fallen man on every front with a view to restoring his soul, Yeshayahu 54:13. hwhy has many ways of speaking; He only requires that we have ears and hearts which are prepared to hear, Deuteronomy 6:4,5, Ecclesiastes 5:1, Yeshayahu 50:4-7, Malachi 2:2, Luke 8:18, 16:31. For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see, the creation of hwhy shows forth His creative power and heavenly nature in a multitude of remarkable ways, Romans 1:20. While the creatures of this creation are not to be worshipped, they certainly testify of a Creator who is exceedingly greater in power and majesty. Below are some of the references to creatures which are unclean, but which, nevertheless, teach valuable lessons or display some instructive, spiritual analogies: • Leviathan, Iyob 41:1-10 • The Lion, Proverbs 30:29,30, Revelation 5:5 • The Serpent, Proverbs 30:19, Mattithyahu 10:16 • The Worm, Iyob 25:6, Psalm 22:6, Yeshayahu 41:14 • The Ant, Proverbs 6:6-11, 30:24,25 (plus a number of other creatures! see vss. 26-31) • The Eagle, Deuteronomy 32:11,12, Iyob 39:2730, Psalm 103:5, Proverbs 30:18,19, Yeshayahu 40:30,31 • The Dog. Perhaps the most instructive lesson which can be gleaned from unclean creatures is the one we are given in regard to the dog. Negatively, male dogs are notorious for their unclean and unbridled urges to mate, but on the positive side, we have many heart-warming stories of their loyalty to human masters (and humans in general). It is this die-for-you-dog-loyalty which the engrafted, Gentile dog, Caleb, possessed and which made him stand above nearly all Yisrael in his faith. Numbers 32:1,12 He was ready to take the promised land in disregard of the giants who dwelled there at that time in history! Numbers 13:30-33 Caleb’s name in Hebrew means “dog,” and as seen in Chapter 13 (footnote 58 on page 61), he was evidently an engrafted Gentile of the second generation as his father was Jephunneh, the Kenizzite – a member of one of the Canaanite nations which hwhy told Abraham his descendants would drive out of the promised land, Genesis 15:18-21, Yehoshua 14:6. Because of his faithfulness, Caleb – “the [son] of a stranger” (Yeshayahu 56:6,7) – was grafted into the Commonwealth of Yisrael and was given an inheritance within one of the 12 tribes (the tribe of Yehudah) according to the word of hwhy, Deuteronomy 1:35,36, Yehoshua 14:6-14, Yechezkel 47:22,23.
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The Restoration of All Things And of you they shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, “The repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.” Yeshayahu 58:13 Many well-meaning ministries and individuals seek to fulfill the above Scripture. The desire to restore the truth of Scripture and to see the ways of hwhy prevail in all the earth is an admirable one. To seek to do and to teach His commandments is surely among the highest of callings. Ezra 7:9,10 However, we would be amiss to ascribe the above Scripture to anyone except eswhy the Messiah Himself. Believers must give the preeminence to eswhy in all things. Colossians 1:18 This would surely include giving Him the preeminence as the only One who can fulfill the above, opening Scripture; it is eswhy who magnified the Torah, and it is He who shall bring restoration of “the ancient paths” to all the earth. Yirmeyahu 6:16, Yeshayahu 42:21 eswhy is the very Foundation of all true, lasting change in the eternal Kingdom of hwhy. 1Corinthians 3:10-15 He is the Splendor of His people Yisrael, and He is the Light to lighten the Gentiles (Luke 2:30-32); it is because of eswhy, because of His unblemished life, because of His sacrifice, and because of His ministry now that “all the ends of the earth will remember and turn to hwhy,” Psalm 22:27. However, the degree to which any person allows His Spirit to dwell within will determine the degree to which that person can be a servant of the Messiah and have a part with Him in this “restoration of all things.” Acts 3:21 He is repairing the breach and He is restoring the ancient paths of the eternal Torah to His people and to all the earth! By His ministry all things shall be restored and eswhy will see, in full, the travail of His soul and be satisfied! Yeshayahu 53:11 His suffering unto death will have been worth it all. When the apostle Kepha spoke of revival and restoration, we find he revealed the source of all available information concerning the prophesied revival and reawakening. Let us consider these words of Kepha spoken in Yerushalayim to a multitude of Yisraelites: Repent you therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of hwhy; and He shall send eswhy the Messiah, which before was preached unto you: whom the heavens must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which Elohim hath spoken by the mouth of all His qodesh prophets since the world began. Acts 3:19-21 Notice all the prophets spoke of this great revival which Kepha termed, “the restoration of all things!” And notice it was hwhy Himself speaking through them! Hence, it must be the teachings of all the prophets (in what is erroneously termed the “Old Testament”) from which we shall obtain information about True Revival! Yet all the prophets bore testimony to the enduring validity of the Torah! Thus, this section will uphold the Torah (Romans 3:31) as we cover a number of prophesies given by hwhy through His prophets in regard to True Revival. We will see how very related this Great Restoration is to the worship established within the Torah – the Five Books of Mosheh. For throughout the Law and the Prophets, we find mention of this Great Restoration along with the worship which the Torah reveals must and will accompany a true return to the Elohim of Yisrael. We are further assured True Revival will certainly follow such repentance! While a false revival – characterized by anti-Torah lawlessness123 – is prophesied via the
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“Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.” Daniel Ferres, ed., Manual of Christian Doctrine (1916), pg. 67. “Question: How prove you that the Church hath power to command feasts and holy days? Answer: By the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of, and therefore they fondly contradict themselves, by keeping Sunday strictly, and breaking most other feasts commanded by the same Church.” Peter R. Kraemer, Catholic Church Extension Society (1975), Chicago, Illinois. “Regarding the change from the observance of the Jewish Sabbath to the Christian Sunday, I wish to draw your attention to the facts: 1) That Protestants, who accept the Bible as the only rule of faith and religion, should by all means go back to the observance of the Sabbath. The fact that they do not, but on the contrary observe the Sunday, stultifies them in the eyes of every thinking man. 2) We Catholics do not accept the Bible as the only rule of faith. Besides the Bible we have the living Church, the authority of the Church, as a rule to guide us. We say, this Church, instituted by Christ to teach and guide man through life, has the right to change the ceremonial laws of the Old Testament and hence, we accept her change of the Sabbath to Sunday. We frankly say, yes, the Church made this change, made this law, as she made many other laws, for instance, the Friday abstinence, the unmarried priesthood, the laws concerning mixed marriages, the regulation of Catholic marriages and a thousand other laws. It is always somewhat laughable, to see the Protestant churches, in pulpit and legislation, demand the observance of Sunday, of which there is nothing in their Bible.” T. Enright, C.S.S.R., in a lecture at Hartford, Kansas, Feb. 18, 1884.

“I have repeatedly offered $1,000 to anyone who can prove to me from the Bible alone that I am bound to keep Sunday holy. There is no such law in the Bible. It is a law of the holy Catholic Church alone. The Bible says, ‘Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.’ The Catholic Church says: ‘No. By my divine power I abolish the Sabbath day and command you to keep holy the first day of the week.’ And lo! The entire civilized world bows down in a reverent obedience to the command of the holy Catholic Church.” Augsburg Confession of Faith art. 28; written by Melanchthon, approved by Martin Luther, 1530; as published in “The Book of Concord of the Evangelical Lutheran Church,” Henry Jacobs, ed. (1911), pg. 63 They [Roman Catholics] refer to the Sabbath Day, as having been changed into the Lord's Day, contrary to the Decalogue, as it seems. Neither is there any example whereof they make more than concerning the changing of the Sabbath Day. Great, say they, is the power of the Church, since it has dispensed with one of the Ten Commandments!” For more quotations in this regard see:
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• Abolishing Idolatry: idolatry takes many forms today only it is more subtle in our “advanced,” “educated,” “cultured” society. While few today would bow down in worship before statues of men, Greek gods, or animals … multitudes in our day idolize automobiles. Owners (and would-be owners!) in every corner of the globe worship these vehicles which are merely the works of man’s hands! Notice the following car names and companies/divisions which have fit the pattern across the last century: Ford (man), Studebaker (man), Mercury (a Greek god), Mustang (horse), Cobra, Viper, Ram, Bobcat, Sunbird, Firebird, Lynx, Rabbit, Eagle, Jaguar, Impala, Skylark, … Romans 1:22,23,25. How many others can you name? Multitudes have worshipped these things which are but the works of man’s hands. Idolatry takes many other forms: if anything other than hwhy rules our hearts and minds, we are idolizing that person, that possession, or that thing, 1Corinthians 6:12, Colossians 3:5. • Restoration of the Name, Exodus 3:14,15, Psalm 23:3, Micah 6:9, Yochanan 17:6,11,12,26, Revelation 14:1, 22:4. Ascribing the proper honor and greatness to the Name of hwhy is the first principle in restoring His Kingdom, Zecharyah 14:9, Mattithyahu 6:9,10. Magnifying the Name of hwhy is a key aspect of humility which is still missing in most worship settings today: if we are not giving honor to His Name, we are, in some fashion, still taking honor unto ourselves, Psalm 115:1,2. People can dress it up any way they wish, but hwhy calls it pride, Psalm 119:21, Proverbs 16:5. (And pride amongst those who call upon the Name is even less excusable, Malachi 1:6, 2:1,2, Revelation 3:1.) • Restoration of the Hebrew Tongue, Tsephanyah 3:9. At the formation of the United States, Hebrew was nearly adopted as our national language. In seeking hwhy, the founding fathers had drawn far closer to Him than most (if not all) of our leaders today; they had surely discovered the spiritual efficacy of the Hebrew language and likely made the text from the prophet, Tsephanyah, part of their argument in favor of such a move. Those men studied the Scriptures and so they were also very likely cognizant of the numerous times which hwhy declared Himself to be “the Elohim of the Hebrews!” Exodus 3:18, 5:3, 7:16, 9:1,13, 10:3 Who, in their right

mind, would not want hwhy to be their Elohim?! Learning the Hebrew language – the language of Heaven (Acts 26:13-15) – is simply another profound aspect of drawing closer to hwhy. While learning Hebrew is certainly not a requirement for salvation, it is clearly a part of what must and will occur in the True Revival which the Spirit of hwhy inspires! • Restoration of Torah-based Worship and Living. Restoration of the Torah shall fill the earth with the knowledge of the splendor of hwhy, Numbers 14:21, Psalm 72:19, Habakkuk 2:14, Yeshayahu 2:1-4, Micah 4:1-4, Malachi 4:4-6. The world has never seen anything like it, but it will soon occur! What a blessing to have the opportunity to begin a lifestyle which shall only continue when the Kingdom of hwhy is established on earth! When the lawless perish, “the ancient paths” of the Torah128 shall be the “Law of the land” worldwide. Psalm 1:6, 37:28,29,34, 38, 39, 125:1, 1Yochanan 2:17, Yeshayahu 2:14, 66:22,23 • Restoration of the Sabbath, Exodus 20:8-11, Yeshayahu 58:1,2,13, Yirmeyahu 17:21-26, Mattithyahu 12:8, 24:20. Since the Sabbath was given to memorialize the creation of hwhy (Exodus 20:8-11), keeping the Day set apart as such a memorial is one of the main ways hwhy has chosen for us to worship Him as the Creator. It is this aspect of Sabbath observance which nearly all of Christianity is missing and which the heavenly messenger enjoins upon the entire world in advance of great, heavenly judgments from the hand of hwhy, Revelation 14:7. Keeping Shabbat is an essential part of worshipping hwhy as the Creator. Much more is seen on the Sabbath Day in Part 7, The Feasts of hwhy. • Restoration of Marriage and the Family – the Center and Core of the Decalogue, Exodus 20:812. The Fourth Commandment dealing with the Sabbath appertains to all that is within one’s gates (i.e., one’s household). True Sabbath observance is intended by hwhy to provide one, uninterrupted “family day” every week. Should all families so rest and worship together in this manner, the moral fabric of the society would be untearable! The Fifth Commandment appertains to the relationship between parents and children:
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children must honor the parents, but the parents must also be honorable by fulfilling the commands of hwhy to teach the righteousness of the Torah to their children! Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 4:9,10, 6:6-9, Proverbs 3:1-8, 7:1-3, 31:1, Yeshayahu 51:7, Malachi 4:6. • Restoration of the Feasts of hwhy, Nachum 1:15, Ezra 6:21,22, 2Chronicles 34:24 - 35:18. Revival is seen and recorded in direct connection with the Feasts of hwhy: 5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Yisrael, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover unto hwhy Elohim of Yisrael at Yerushalayim: since they had not done it for a long time, as it is written. 6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Yisrael and Yehudah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, You children of Yisrael, turn again unto hwhy Elohim of Abraham, Yitschak, and Yisrael, and He will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 And be not you like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against hwhy Elohim of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as you see. 8 Now be you not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto hwhy, and enter into His Set Apart Place, which He hath set apart for ever: and serve hwhy your Elohim, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if you turn again unto hwhy, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for hwhy your Elohim is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you, if you return unto Him. 10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephrayim and Menashsheh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 11 Nevertheless, some of Asher and Menashsheh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Yerushalayim. 12 Also in Yehudah the hand of Elohim was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of hwhy. 2Chronicles 30:5-12

revival!); and this obedience is an essential part of serving hwhy, verse 8. Not only so, we see keeping Feasts is also an indispensable element of true humility (vs. 11) – of not being stiffnecked. (vss. 7,8) If given the truth, many believers would keep the Feasts, but the majority have been long-schooled in numerous, false teachings and fallacies surrounding these great, prophetic observances! In Part 7, The Feasts of hwhy, we will see many more details relevant to the Feasts. That section serves to clarify many issues and many questions surrounding the observance of the Feasts of hwhy. • Restoration of Fasting, Prayer, and Repentance, Yeshayahu 58, Tsephanyah 2:1-3, Yoel 1:8-2:18, Mattithyahu 6:16-18, 9:14,15. Apart from fasting-derived humility, a true understanding of the Scriptures and unity amongst believers are simply two, unattainable goals. But from where does the writer glean the phrase: “fastingderived humility?” It is written in numerous places that fasting humbles, or afflicts, the soul. Leviticus 16:29,31, Psalm 35:13, 69:10, Yeshayahu 58:3, Ya’acob 4:9,10. Further, the prophet Yirmeyahu spoke of a man bearing the yoke in his youth – all in a context which was clearly in regard to fasting and prayer; when stating this, the prophet also incorporated a number of other terms and phrases which are associated with the practice of fasting: “wait,” “seek,” “expect,” “quietly wait,” “silence,” putting one’s mouth in the dust, and “reproach.” Lamentations 3:25-30 Yet eswhy our Messiah exhorts us to take upon ourselves – through prayer and fasting – this very same yoke that we might become like Him: “meek and lowly in heart.” Mattithyahu 11:2830 Fasting-derived humility will result in the most spiritual power and progress in the life of the believer because it causes the favor of hwhy to abound abundantly. Ya’acob 4:6 The Adversary of our souls suffers the greatest defeats through fasting and prayer: while Satan cannot enter the realm of humility, the Spirit and ways of the Most High are found flourishing in this realm of brokenness, meekness and affliction. Yeshayahu 57:15, 63:9, 66:1,2 • Restoration of Yisrael, Acts 1:6,7, Psalm 10:16, 102:13-16, Yeshayahu 1:24-28. hwhy has clearly promised in His word that His covenant with the physical seed of Yisrael will never end; His lovingkindness over the line of Ya’acob’s

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physical descendants will never cease, Yirmeyahu 31:35-37, 33:19-26, Romans 11:12, 25, 26. These “sure kindnesses” were confirmed once more in David, Yeshayahu 55:3,4, Yirmeyahu 33:19-26, 2Chronicles 13:5. And before His death, eswhy declared He would not return from the Heavens until a revival occurred among the Yahudim who had rejected Him. It is prophesied in this spiritual awakening that they will magnify Him as the Messiah and declared of Him in advance of His coming: “Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of hwhy!” Psalm 118:26, Mattithyahu 23:39 Yisrael, the firstborn, will be restored; for “the gifts and calling of hwhy are without repentance.” Romans 11:26-29 And when “the fullness” and restoration of Yisrael comes, Shaul makes it clear there will be immense blessings for all other nations worldwide, Romans 11:12. These are the great physical and spiritual blessings of the Millennium. The prophecies of Ya’acob and Mosheh over Yisrael were for “the latter days”129 and we shall see the ultimate fulfillment of their words as Yisrael is restored to its worldwide preeminence, Romans 11:26-29. hwhy has made it clear He will once more shine His lovingkindness on the physical descendants of Abraham unto spiritual redemption and salvation. With multitudes ignorant of this great, prophesied truth, the KKK130 spirit of Hitler’s anti-Semitism is on the rise even among those who purport to follow the Messiah and who claim to believe His word. We must be clear on this issue as dire world events may spark even greater distrust and overwhelming hatred of Jewish (Yahudim) political and financial leaders. For even if we merely suppose for but a moment every action of every Jewish leader to be wrong, manipulative and twisted, that still does not give anyone a valid reason to vilify the entire race, much less execute and destroy them! hwhy will deal with all evil leaders in this present world regardless of their race or religion. He will mete out punishment with flaming vengeance upon all those who oppose the Good News; so we had better be careful not to exalt ourselves as the jury or the judge over any unbelieving Yisraelites! Any who truly believe Scripture should not be deceived: a great
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revival among the Yahudim and the nation of Yisrael is occurring; and this great awakening will continue to grow as the Yahudim learn more of their Messiah and proclaim of eswhy in advance of His descent: “Blessed is He who cometh in the Name of hwhy.” Psalm 118:26, Mattithyahu 23:39 [[Sorry folks, using the title “Adonai” to replace an entire word of the Torah will not fulfill the Psalm 118 prophecy! eswhy said not the least part of the Torah would fail until all was accomplished and He is simply not coming in the Name of Adonai. Actually, “Adonai” is not even a name, it is merely a title. eswhy will return in the Name of hwhy when His people begin calling upon that memorial Name as did their forefather Abraham!131 Thus, deleting an entire word from the Torah (especially when that word is the very Name of the Most High!) is an exercise in disobedience which cannot be blessed. hwhy wants His people to bless others in His Name,132 to call upon His Name,133 and to bless His Name.134 On this point, the majority of contemporary Yahudim have yet to dispense with one of their man-made doctrines by which they can only claim it is taboo to utter the Name of hwhy. In addition to those references cited just above, a multitude of other Scripture texts show scores of men and women speaking and calling upon the Qadosh Name of hwhy.]] In summary, the lovingkindness of hwhy has been promised to continue upon the physical seed of Abraham to all generations. Given this promise, all believers should do their level best to uphold the tribe of Yehudah (i.e., the Jews of the tribe of Judah) as well as all descendants of Ya’acob within the other 11 tribes! The command to, “Pray for the peace of Yerushalayim,” is not an option. Psalm 122:6 This ends our thoughts on abolition and restoration as they relate to the revival of True Worship. The Protestant Reformation failed on many points to fully restore the truth of the Scriptures and “the obedience of the faith.” Romans 1:5, 16:26, 1Kepha 4:17 It appears the reformation leadership was rather lacking, spiritually speakGenesis 21:33, 22:14, Yoel 2:32, Romans 10:13 Numbers 6:22-27, Ruth 2:4, Romans 12:14 133 Genesis 4:26, 12:8, 13:4, 21:33, 26:25, 1Kings 18:24, Psalm 105:1, 116:12,13,17, Yoel 2:32, Zecharyah 13:9, Acts 2:21, Romans 10:13 134 Psalm 96:2, 100:4, 103:1, 145:1,2
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ing. We have clear evidence Martin Luther himself was anti-Semitic! In his own annals, Luther advocated burning synagogues135 and made himself an enemy of the Yahudim. These actions are in no way commendable and can never be justified in light of any Scripture. True believers should only love and pray for the Yahudim and for all other Yisraelites, Romans 10:1, Psalm 122:6, Genesis 12:3. The word of hwhy which
See “The Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia” at http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther for proof this was the case. The following is a quote from that very website (seen on 4/23/2003): “Martin Luther and Judaism Luther initially preached tolerance towards the Jewish people, convinced that the reason they had never converted to Christianity was that they were discriminated against. However, after his overtures to Jews failed to convince Jewish people to adopt Christianity, he began preaching that the Jews were inherently evil, and that they should be destroyed. Luther called the Jewish people “venomous beasts, vipers, disgusting scum, canders, devils incarnate. Their private houses must be destroyed and devastated, they could be lodged in stables. Let the magistrates burn their synagogues and let whatever escapes be covered with sand and mud. Let them force to work, and if this avails nothing, we will be compelled to expel them like dogs in order not to expose ourselves to incurring divine wrath and eternal damnation from the Jews and their lies.” (Source: Martin Luther, Tischreden (Table Talk) ) In recent years the Lutheran Church has apologized for, and officially renounced, Luther's antisemitism, which they conceded was one of the reasons that the Holocaust was possible in a largely Lutheran nation. In 1994, the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America publicly rejected the parts of Luther's writings that advocated government action against practitioners of Judaism. (end of webpage quote)
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He has spoken over restoration shall not fail: all things, including Yisrael, shall be restored, Acts 1:6. The only question which remains to be answered is: “Shall we, as individuals, partake in the fulfillment of this Great Restoration?” “The crux and core of revival,” as one brother put it, is seen in the words and attitude of the apostle Shaul: “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah eswhy.” Philippians 3:13,14 Put quite simply: no one has “arrived;” no one can “rest on their laurels;” no one can be slack. True faith results in action and so there is no room for the complacency bred by the nominal teachings of our many, society-placating, religious leaders, Amos 6:1. Our Messiah compels us to actively seek and to actively progress in the faith as He warns wicked, fearful and slothful servants shall not inherit the Kingdom, Mattithyahu 25:24-30, Hebrews 6:8,12, Revelation 21:8. Throughout the word we are instructed to seek hwhy. “Seek” implies there is always something more to find; and if fully understood, this need to search implies spiritual poverty (Proverbs 30:2,3, Mattithyahu 5:3) in relation to those things for which we are commanded to seek. The things seen in the following list are all very much related in ways which are both obvious as well as hidden. We are commanded/taught by hwhy to seek the following:

• His face, Psalm 27:8, 105:4, 2Chronicles 7:14 • His Name/Spirit, Deuteronomy 12:5, 1Chronicles 22:19, Psalm 9:10, 83:16, Yochanan 17:26 • His Kingdom, Mattithyahu 6:33, Colossians 3:1-3 • His righteousness, Mattithyahu 6:33, YeshaFailing to understand “Law vs. Grace” and “Faith vs. yahu 54:17, Hoshea 10:12, Tsephanyah 2:3 Works,” Martin Luther wanted to expunge the Book of • His ways and leading, Ezra 8:21,22, Yeshayahu James (Ya’acob) from the Scriptures! Yet if one reads the 55:6-9, Yechezkel 18:25,29, Hoshea 14:9 discourse of eswhy in Mattithyahu 5-7 (“The Sermon on • His ancient paths revealed in the Torah/Law, the Mount”) and if one diligently compares it with the Yirmeyahu 6:16, Yeshayahu 8:20, 28:12, 30:15, Book of Ya’acob, it will be readily seen the latter is a remarkable reiteration of nearly every subject and every con- Mattithyahu 11:28-30, Ezra 7:9,10, 1Chronicles cept discussed in the former! Luther failed to understand 28:8,9, 2Chronicles 14:4, 31:20,21, Psalm 119:2, what “faith working through love” really meant. Had he Malachi 2:7, 2Yochanan 1:6 stopped long enough to listen, the Messiah would have • His favor, Genesis 6:8, Proverbs 29:26, Matsurely asked him, “Is it not for this cause that you err, that tithyahu 7:7,8/Hebrews 4:16, 2Kepha 3:18 you know not the Scriptures, nor the power of Elohim?” • The knowledge of hwhy and His word, Psalm Mark 12:24 For more thoughts on Luther’s blindness, see 119:66, Proverbs 1:4,7, 22,29; 2:3,5,6,10; 8:10; the next APPENDIX section which is entitled, “The Sermon 10:14; 15:14, Yirmeyahu 9:23-24, 2Kepha 3:18 on the Mount and the Book of James (Ya’acob).” 109

• His understanding, 1Kings 3:9,11,12, 4:29, Psalm 111:10, 119:34,73,104,125,144,169; Proverbs 2:3,6; 4:1,5,7; 16:16, Colossians 1:9 • His wisdom, 2Chronicles 1:10-12, Iyob 28:28, Proverbs 2:1,2,6,7; 4:5,7, Ya’acob 1:5, 3:13,17 • His meekness, Tsephanyah 2:3, Numbers 12:3, Psalm 10:17, 76:8,9, 147:6, 149:4, Mattithyahu 5:5 • His gifts of the Spirit, Mattithyahu 7:7-11, Luke 11:9-13, 1Corinthians 12:28-31, 14:1 • His great reward, Psalm 19:11, Hebrews 10:35, 11:6,10,24-26; this great reward is, ultimately, hwhy Himself (Genesis 15:1, Psalm 17:15, Iyob 19:25-27, 1Yochanan 3:2,3) as hwhy commands us to seek Him, Yirmeyahu 29:13, 1Chronicles 22:19, 2Chronicles 11:16, 12:14, 14:4, 15:12, Ezra 6:21, Amos 5:4. • Splendor, Honor and Immortality (synonymous with/part of the reward, Romans 2:6,7,10,11) • A crown, 1 Corinthians 9:25, Ya’acob 1:12, 1Kepha 5:4, Revelation 2:10, 3:11 (also synonymous with/part of the reward) • The good of Yerushalayim and the restoration/exaltation of the nation of Yisrael, Psalm 122:6-9, 137:5,6, Amos 9:14,15, Romans 10:1 True Revival begins as one is humbled before hwhy. As we seek His word, the Spirit calls us to put aside man-made traditions136 which nullify the commandments of hwhy. One simply cannot subscribe to beliefs which contradict the Scriptures just because one’s denomination argues, “This is the way it has always been.” Revival involves the humility of heart which knows no person on this side of eternity has arrived at their final, spiritual destination; everyone has a great deal yet to learn; our understanding is miniscule, at best; and if we are truly poor in spirit, the need

there is much to do and much progress to be made as we strive to seek Him with the whole heart. Trusting in hwhy for salvation from one’s sins is just the beginning of an eternal saga; those who press on from this initial, critical turning point – and who truly seek and find Him in this present life – shall be the greatest in the resurrection for they will have both kept and taught even the “least” of His Torah Commandments, Mattithyahu 5:19. May the Spirit of hwhy raise up many sons and daughters whose zeal burns to magnify the Torah as did their Messiah, Yeshayahu 42:21. For it is only by abiding in Him that a person can be used of eswhy in repairing the breach and restoring the eternal paths of the Torah in which all shall someday dwell! The counsel of hwhy shall prevail and the plans of His heart will be established from generation to generation, Psalm 33:11, Yeshayahu 46:10. Our Messiah is repairing the breach and restoring to all the earth the eternal paths of hwhy in which all who dwell shall find the peace, the rest, and the joy which bring true, wholesome, and lasting fulfillment! May the Spirit of hwhy kindle a burning desire within all of His people to ask for these ancient paths137 and to begin walking in them just as it is written: Thus says hwhy, Stand in the ways, and see, and ask for the ancient paths (saying): “Where is the good way?” and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls. Yirmeyahu 6:16, 2Yochanan 1:6
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PART 6
The Sermon on the Mount and the Book of James (Ya’acob)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of Elohim ... and the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by them that make peace. Mattithyahu 5:9, Ya’acob 3:18 As indicated above (footnote 127, page 106), Martin Luther failed to see the truth of Scripture over “Law vs. Grace.” He was not a peacemaker with the Yahudim of Europe and he advocated expunging the book of James (hereafter, “Ya’acob”) from the cannon of Scripture. To show the folly of such a course, we need only diligently compare the teachings of our Messiah in what is commonly called, “The Sermon on the Mount,”138 with nearly every line of Ya’acob’s letter “to the twelve tribes scattered abroad.” Ya’acob 1:1 It becomes readily apparent the words of the Messiah in this great sermon were held in highest esteem by the apostle Ya’acob. This particular Ya’acob was not the brother of Yochanan (who was early killed by the sword, Acts 12:1,2); however, he is believed by many to have been one of the twelve apostles.139 If this is the case, he was known as “Ya’acob the son of Alphaeus.” Mattithyahu 10:3 With as little commentary as possible, the similarities between the letter of Ya’acob and the teachings of eswhy the Messiah in the Sermon on the Mount are deThis “Sermon on the Mount” is seen in Mattithyahu chapters 5-7. Incidentally, at this time in His ministry, ‫ יהושע‬precisely fulfilled the Yeshayahu prophecy, see Yeshayahu 52:7. As He spoke this message “on the mount:” eswhy was announcing peace (Mattithyahu 5:9, 21-24, 3848) and proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom. How beautiful on the mountains were the feet of the One without sin as He proclaimed salvation through the Good News of peace! Romans 1:16, Yeshayahu 52:7 There is evidently somewhat of a debate about the exact identity of the James (Ya’acob) who authored the epistle which now bears his name. Dr. Bullinger stood by the viewpoint claiming this particular Ya’acob was the brother of eswhy (see the Companion Bible, page 1847), while others share the view he was one of “the twelve.” We felt it needful to present both views. In either case, the epistle of Ya’acob (which is now equally regarded as a book) is a marvelous work which portrays “the testimony of eswhy” (Revelation 12:17) and which has far more evidence to support its inspiration than any other apostolic letter!
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23. The end of Abraham’s life of faith and works left this epitaph and endorsement from the Most High: …“Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge: My commandments, My statutes, and My laws. Genesis 26:4,5 Abraham heard with faith and subsequently obeyed; he now stands approved and numbers among “the doers of the Law.” Mattithyahu 8:11 And it is those who are of the faith of Abraham who are heirs according to the promise, Galatians 3:7,9. Chapter 3 3:1 … Regarding teachers, Matt. 5:17-20. 3:1-12 … Bridling the tongue (see 1:26 above). 3:9,10 … Blessing and cursing (Matt. 5:44,45) – another issue which surrounds bridling the tongue. 3:13 … Defining the wise man, Matt. 7:24,25. 3:13 … The meekness of wisdom. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matt. 5:5 3:13 … Good conduct and deeds are the true show of wisdom (deeds are of primary importance above words, Ya’acob 2:14). Deeds done in the meekness of wisdom are the “good fruit,” Matt. 7:17,18. Many Christians seem to place more importance on teaching than on their lives; this is not a wise thing as it repeats the error of the lawyers in the days of eswhy. Matt. 23:1-3, Ya’acob 3:1 We should place more emphasis on being “doers of the word” (Ya’acob 1:22, 4:11) and, in this, be more than content to know we are serving hwhy, Psalm 119:165, 1Timothy 6:6. If we are walking with hwhy in this manner, the Spirit will subsequently open many opportunities to speak His word. The spiritual person seeks to prevail through prayer and the Presence of hwhy (1Shemuel 30:6, Psalm 60:11,12, 2Corinthians 10:3-5), not through rash words from a carnal tongue given to uncontrolled strife, Psalm 12:3,4. Matt. 5:22. 3:13 … “Good works,” Matt. 5:13-16. 3:14-16 … Bitter envy and strife yields every evil work; this is the “bad fruit.” Matt. 7:15-20 “You shall know them by their fruits,” Matt. 7:16. The tongue reveals the inner ravening of wolves, Matt. 5:22, Luke 6:43-45. 3:15-17 … False prophets which bear bad fruit (Matt.5:19, 7:15-23), contrasted with … 112

3:17 … True prophets which bear good fruit as they display “the wisdom from above,” (Matt. 7:11, Ya’acob 1:17); this wisdom is epitomized by the character qualities seen in the “Beatitudes” (Matt. 5:3-12), and eswhy summarizes these qualities by saying, …“so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matt. 5:12 True prophets both keep and teach the commandments of hwhy, Matt. 5:19; false prophets break the Torah commandments and teach others to follow suit, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Matt. 5:19. 3:17 … “The wisdom from above is first pure:” “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Matt. 5:8 … “Then peaceable:” …“blessed are the peacemakers,” Matt. 5:9 … “Gentle, easy to be entreated:” … “blessed are the meek,” Matt. 5:5 … “Full of compassion:” … “blessed are the compassionate,” Matt. 5:7, 6:12. … “and good fruits” … “Every good tree brings forth good fruit.” Matt. 7:17,18 … “without partiality,” … unwavering, unambiguous; not double-minded! See Ya’acob 1:8 above. …“and without hypocrisy.” Matt. 6:2,5,16 Shaul defines being without hypocrisy as abhorring that which is evil and clinging to what is good, Romans 12:9. eswhy likewise spoke of abhorring evil, Matt. 5:27-30 His words – often misunderstood and misinterpreted – provide a Hebraism for “death” as He instructs that “by the Spirit” we “put to death the deeds of the body” and live, cf. Romans 8:13. 3:18 … The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace; those who bridle their tongues are peacemakers who love righteousness, (contrast Proverbs 17:19). Unlike the carnal, they do not seek to prevail with their tongues, Psalm 12:2-4. Thus, the connection between those “who hunger and thirst after righteousness” (Matt. 5:6) and those who are “peacemakers,” Matt. 5:9, Hebrews 12:14. Chapter 4 4:1 … Lust in bodily members, Matt. 5:28-30. 4:2,3 … You ask not and receive not; contrast Matt. 7:7,8.

4:1-5 … Anger/murder and adultery, Matt. 5:2132. 4:1-5 … Quarrels and strife, Matt. 5:21-26. 4:6 … Favor to the humble, Matt. 6:4,6,17-18. “Your Name be set apart,” is a prayer of the humble, Matt. 6:9. Those who want splendor for the Name of hwhy are contrasted with those who covet for themselves the “splendor of men,” Matt. 6:1,2,5,16, Psalm 115:1,2. The humble ascribe absolutely all greatness to the Name of hwhy: “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the splendor forever.” Matt. 6:13 It is telling that so many today come in their own name (Yochanan 5:43), yet these same ministries refuse to give splendor and honor to the Name of hwhy. Psalm 115:1,2 4:7 … “Submit yourselves, therefore, to Elohim.” In the Sermon on the Mount, eswhy taught powerful prayers of total submission: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done.” Matt. 6:10 Also, “For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the splendor forever.” Matt. 6:13 The submitted heart rests quietly in prayer before the Presence of hwhy while waiting for the salvation which He will work in the earth. Exodus 14:1321, Psalm 46:10, 131:2, Yeshayahu 30:15 … On resisting the Devil: overcoming evil begins with submission to the will of hwhy. Praying for deliverance from evil is surely a part of this submission: … “and bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matt. 6:13 But much more than this is necessary for any who would overcome evil: being a vessel of compassion is absolutely necessary, Matt. 5:7. We must be compassionate towards and forgiving of those who have sinned against us … “And forgive our debts as we have forgiven our debtors,” Matt. 6:12, 5:7, Ephesians 4:26, 27 The context surrounding this prayer shows us the Messiah teaches it is impossible to overcome the power of evil unless one is both forgiven and forgiving! Matt. 6:12-15 Only “vessels of compassion” (Romans 9:23) can resist the Devil and walk in the victory which eswhy came to bring us. 4:8 … Draw nigh to Elohim, and He will draw nigh to you. Matt. 6:6-18

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4:9,10 … Be afflicted, and mourn and weep: … “blessed are those who mourn”… Matt. 5:4. 4:9,10 … Humble yourselves in the sight of hwhy. We see eswhy also emphasized doing deeds in the sight of hwhy and not in the sight of men, Matt. 6:1-4,5-6,16-18. Most today have the order totally reversed! Everything is supposedly done for one’s “testimony” thereby making the religious ever-conscious of doing things to be seen of men, Matt. 6:2,5,16. However, we should do all things before our Creator (in His sight!) out of love for Him. Malachi 2:7, Micah 6:8, Genesis 17:1, 24:40, 48:15 It is from such a life that an authentic testimony will automatically follow. Matt. 5:14-16 eswhy was a prophet mighty in deed and word … before Elohim and before all the people. Luke 24:19 The order here cannot be changed should anyone desire to be a true prophet: mighty deeds precede mighty words; further, such deeds must first be before Elohim in advance of them occurring before all the people! Shaul wrote the weapons of our warfare are mighty before Elohim! 2Corinthians 10:4,5 Those who do things to be seen of men, to receive splendor of others, will never be equipped with such spiritual might. As a youth, David was mighty before Elohim as he killed the lion and the bear on the hillsides of Yehudah; this was in advance of his being mighty before all the people as he slew Goliath before the armies of Yisrael and Philistia. 1Shemuel 17:32-37 4:11 … Speak not evil of one another, Matt. 5:22; bridling the tongue (1:26 above). 4:12 … One Lawgiver, Matt. 5:17,18, 7:21. … On being a doer of the Law (Matt. 5:19,20, 7:12, 21, 24, 25) vs. a judge (who is not a doer of the Law! Matt. 7:1-5, 21-23, 26,27). 4:13-17 … “Tomorrow,” Matt. 6:25-34. 4:13 … “Come now, you that say” … “the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire,” Psalm 10:3, Ya’acob 4:16. Once again, we see the need for bridling the tongue. Chapter 5 5:1-3 … Moth, rust and riches, Matt. 6:19-21. 5:3 … Laying up treasure on earth, Matt. 6:1921. 5:6 … “The just doth not resist you.” Matt. 5:39

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To summarize, the evidence of the inspiration and validity of the letter of Ya’acob is far weightier than the evidence we have for any other apostolic letter! The multitude of similarities seen above between the teachings of eswhy and the teachings of Ya’acob are, to this writer, among the most stunning and instructive in all of Scripture. It is as though the very signature of the Messiah rests on this great letter written by Ya’acob. In the book of Ya’acob, we certainly have more direct connections to the words of the Messiah than with any other epistle – including those letters of greater length. This is amazing since we hear so little of the author, Ya’acob, throughout the days he walked with eswhy (as recorded in the Four Evangels). Indications are this great apostle was content to hear and do the words of the Messiah (Ya’acob 1:22, 3:13) and that he did not seek the honor or recognition of men. Nor did it seem he was in a hurry to teach, Ya’acob 3:1. Had this Ya’acob ever exalted himself in any of those debates as to who was the greatest (Luke 9:46, 22:24), it is quite likely the Savior’s rebuke had a deep and lasting effect on this man, Proverbs 17:10. In any case, the above notes stand as weighty evidence for the permaProfessor George Howard renders “Swear not at all” as … “not to swear in vain:” “But I say to you not to swear in vain in any matter, neither by heaven because it is the throne of” [Elohim]. Mattithyahu 5:34 This is probably the most accurate rendering when we compare other Scriptures from the Torah. The above quote is from the book: “Hebrew Gospel of Matthew,” by George Howard. 1995, Mercer University Press.
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nent endorsement of the inspiration of his epistle. In light of these facts, those who argue to the contrary (as did Martin Luther) reveal their abysmal understanding of the truth of the issues surrounding “Law and Favor” and “Faith and Works.” In his blind anti-Semitism, Martin Luther was also blinded spiritually. Many today follow his course and are equally as blinded. There is no place in the Kingdom of hwhy for the spirit which would destroy the Yahudim of the tribe of Yehudah or which would murder and persecute Yisraelites from any of the other 11 tribes for that matter! The 83rd Psalm rebukes the evil intentions of any who would destroy the people of hwhy, Psalm 83:3,4. Such was the spirit of the Anti-Messiah seen in Hitler; such is the spirit which yet abides in the KKK, in the Aryan Nations, and in all other white supremacist, Neo-Nazi groups. Such is the spirit in most Moslem nations which exalt themselves with

jealous, destructive hatred over the firstborn son of hwhy, the nation of Yisrael, Exodus 4:22,23. Be warned and be assured, hwhy will bless those who bless His people and curse those who curse them, Genesis 12:3, Psalm 83:9-18. No true believer in the Messiah will hate the people hwhy Himself has chosen. And no one who hates the people of Yisrael and who advocates burning synagogues can ever deserve the title of “Reformer.” As our opening Scriptures reveal, the Messiah taught His followers to be peacemakers, Romans 5:1, 8:6, Colossians 3:15, Hebrews 12:14. Only peacemakers can bear the Good News of peace (Yeshayahu 52:7, Mattithyahu 5:9, Ephesians 6:15, Ya’acob 3:18), and only peacemakers can be ambassadors of reform for the everlasting Kingdom of hwhy. Yeshayahu 9:7, Daniel 7:18,22,27, Ephesians 2:7
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… To whom He said, “This is the rest; give rest to the weary,” and, “This is the refreshing”… Yeshayahu 28:12, ISRV For as the New Heavens and the New Earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith hwhy, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, says hwhy. Yeshayahu 66:22,23 The Feasts of hwhy contain numerous commanded Sabbaths by which the Spirit causes His people to rest.141 In contrast, there is no rest and no peace for those who forsake the eternal paths of the Most High.142 Hence, we were led to realize it would be incongruous not to include in this book a section which establishes the continued importance of the great, prophetic days of rest and refreshing we have been given through the Feasts of hwhy.143 And we must consider additional, erroneous teachings by which Evangelicals introduce contradictions into the Scriptures which, it is believed, were never contradictory in their original, inspired language. Since we have indicated restoration of the Feasts of hwhy to be an essential element of True Revival, it is only fair to provide abundant scriptural evidence those Feasts are still valid and binding today (that is, they were never abolished by the Messiah or His apostles). In this endeavor, it will be quite necessary to explain at least two Scripture texts which are commonly twisted by the Evangelical community to teach otherwise. And not only is this error promulgated among Evangelicals, but even Messianic congregations which
Yeshayahu 28:12, 30:15, 54:13, 57:2, 63:14 Yeshayahu 48:22, 57:20,21, Psalm 38:3, Proverbs 29:9, Revelation 14:11 143 This section also corresponds to the Scripture which provides the main theme for our entire book. Yechezkel 22:26 This is the text in which hwhy not only rebuked the priests for failing to put a difference between the clean and the unclean, but He also states they have hidden their eyes from His Sabbaths (which includes Feasts). Both rebukes are still applicable in our day as we look across the landscape of the Messianic Faith: the immutable, perpetual statutes which hwhy commanded to a thousand generations are considered by most to be optional at best. However, these observances remain a requirement – a blessed requirement, to be sure, but a requirement nevertheless.
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generally acknowledge the Torah fall prey to this error. But are the Feasts of hwhy really abolished? Were they preached by the first century apostles as outdated observances which had become optional within the New Covenant? Are the Feasts of hwhy just relics of the past which – having fulfilled numerous, prophetic types – can now simply be discarded as obsolete? Evidence from Genesis to Revelation shows the Feasts of hwhy have always been and shall always be recognized throughout the ages. When hwhy created the sun, the moon, and the stars, He declared those luminaries were designated in their courses “for times and for seasons, and for days and years.” Genesis 1:14 The Hebrew word for “seasons” is “moedim” (pro. “mo-a-deem”) and that very same word is later used in reference to the Feasts of hwhy, Leviticus 23:2,4,37,44; Psalm 104:19. So we have a reference to the Feasts in the very first chapter of Genesis! The Feasts of hwhy were established from the beginning as a very part of the creation! And being connected with signs, days, and years, these “seasons,” or appointed times, are quite significant in regard to the prophetic timetable of hwhy. The Feasts reveal His eternal plans and purposes! So not only is Feast-keeping one requirement for worshipping hwhy as the Creator (Revelation 14:6), such obedience places us more fully within the center of His will for all of the creation! But once more, just as with clean and unclean animal flesh, false teachings have entered in because of what the apostle Kepha called, “the error of men without principles.” 2Kepha 3:17 When men do not hold fast the Head (Colossians 1:18, 2:19), they leave behind the Torah as well as the One who was the Torah made flesh, eswhy the Messiah, Yochanan 1:1. Some, of late, have left behind the Messiah thinking to keep the Torah without Him; but that is not only an impossibil-

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9 For it is written in the Law of Mosheh, You shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treads out the grain. Does Elohim take care for oxen? 10 Or does He say this altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he who plows should plow in expectation; and that he who threshes in expectation should be partaker of his expectation. 1Corinthians 9:9,10

Shaul is showing here that “the Law is spiritual,” Romans 7:14. The need to provide food for an ox in the process of threshing grain leads to an even greater truth regarding the needs of those who are preaching the Good News. However, would hwhy want anyone to read these words, and even begin to think or to deduce it was okay The head of Your word is true: and to eternity is to muzzle a threshing ox? to deprive a working animal of food? Hardly. That would be sheer every judgment of Your righteousness. cruelty. Yet a superficial interpretation of Psalm 119:160 Shaul’s words could yield such a perverted deThe Torah is here called “the head” of the entire duction. However, the true proverb states the word of hwhy. The word which many translarighteous has compassion over the life of his tions render in this text as, “sum,” is the Hebrew beast, Proverbs 12:10. And since hwhy is rightword, “rosh,” which means, “head.” Quite simeous above all others, we know He expects us to ply, without a head, there is no body. Throw out treat animals with compassion. Yet the general the Torah, the head, and the rest of Scripture dies logic most Evangelicals follow regarding the Toor becomes grossly perverted. Kepha was warn- rah would be to zero in on the phrase, “Or saith ing the brethren (2Kepha 3:17) unless we know, He it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no believe, and obey the “first principles of the oradoubt, this is written.” Subsequently, they cles of Elohim” (i.e., the Torah, Hebrews 5:12, would illogically conclude they are relieved of 6:1), we cannot properly understand the Prophets obligation in regards to caring for their animals or the Messianic writings and we cannot truly should they choose not to do so. (Actually, it is believe in the manner which is well-pleasing to quite doubtful any one from the Evangelical hwhy, Luke 16:31. When the letter of Hebrews community would ever conclude such a twisted states, “leaving the principles of the doctrine of thing; yet this is the same, warped logic many of Messiah, let us go on unto perfection,” (Hebrews their number apply over several, major principles 6:1), it does not mean “forgetting and rejecting seen in the Torah!) And so, these writings of those first principles,” but rather, it means, Shaul in regard to the Law provide an example “build on those principles unto spiritual perfecwherein particular subjects are relative – protion/completion.” At the same time (and it is this gressing in the Torah from the physical realm to against which the Hebrew epistle cautions), we the spiritual. Relative to the oxen, hwhy has far, must not make the mistake of using those princi- far greater concern for His servants who are ples to forever remain in the physical realm seeking to serve Him in preaching the Good when the spiritual Law (Romans 7:14) was News of the Kingdom. But this does not in any given to restore our souls – not just physically, way mean we can disregard the original intent of but mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There the command as given through Mosheh over the are other Scriptures which show hwhy desires to physical needs of the beast which we commonly use His Law – which initially gives us wisdom know as the “ox!” If one’s occupation is farmand understanding in the physical realm – to lead ing and an oxen is used to thresh grain (as it was us to further wisdom in the spiritual realm. We in olden days), feeding that working animal is recount what the apostle Shaul wrote the followstill quite necessary! The Torah uses the reality ing about depriving a working animal of proven- of such physical truths – which obviously remain der: binding as long as we live in this physical realm 117

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This tendency – to merely dwell on the physical aspect of a given law – was the reason the author of the epistle would later write about those who were preoccupied with meat in the physical realm and who were not profited spiritually, Hebrews 13:9. (Recall Hebrews 13:9 was discussed and clarified in Chapter 15, “A Heart Strengthened by Favor.”) In Hebrews 13:9, the parallel drawn between “meat” and “favor” shows what truly sustains and strengthens our hearts, spiritually, is the favor of hwhy. Eating clean flesh is commendable, even necessary if and when flesh is taken. But avoiding abominable flesh (and eating only that which the word/Torah of hwhy sets apart, 1Timothy 4:4,5, Leviticus 11) is merely the start of an even greater saga in the spiritual realm. We must leave behind “the first principles of the oracles of Elohim” and “go on unto perfection,” Hebrews 6:1, Philippians 3:13,14. As we seek hwhy through His Torah (Psalm 119:2), He has intended we ask, seek and knock (Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu 7:7) that we might learn, “What do the physical principles of clean and unclean apply to in the spiritual realm? What do those physical laws teach us spiritually?” And so must we learn to do with every physical principle in the Torah; the spiritual never does away with the physical; but neither should any physical law receive undue attention in disregard of the spiritual! The latter error (i.e., letting physical prinIt is realized the above introduction fails to be ciples outweigh moral laws in the spiritual adequate in assisting those who are only just realm) was the case with the religious leaders in now beginning to see through Satan’s “mystery the Messiah’s day, while the former error (i.e., of lawlessness” as a result of this work, Deuterclaiming spiritual principles abolish moral laws onomy 13:1-4, 2Thessalonians 2:7-9, 1Yochanan as they apply in the physical realm) drives the 4:1,3. These truths are often slow to register in prevailing winds of false doctrine among relithe minds of those who have been otherwise gious leaders in our day. Using Torah principles schooled. The prevailing, Evangelical falsehood to forever dwell in the physical realm was the downfall of the lawyers with whom eswhy con144 tended. They were rebuked by the Messiah for For example, while false worship, idolatry, and worldliness constitute spiritual adultery – what hwhy terms their “works of the law” (in the physical realm) by which no flesh is justified. Remaining only in whoredom after other deities (Yirmeyahu 3:1-8, 13:25-27, the physical realm, these leaders failed to see the 31:32, Ya’acob 4:3,4) – this does not mean the Seventh Commandment concerning adultery has been abolished! weightier, spiritual aspects of the Torah by Exodus 20:14 It is still clearly immoral and adulterous to which the Spirit would correct, refine, and mold violate the marriage covenant with sexual infidelity by them into the very image of hwhy, Yechezkel thought, word, or deed. Hebrews 13:4 118

36:26,27, 2Corinthians 3:3,6,8-9,14-18. They failed to execute “the weightier aspects” of the Torah which eswhy lived and taught and by which believers display true faith and love towards their Creator. Luke 11:42, Mattithyahu 23:23 In numerous places, we learn keeping the commandments of hwhy exhibits this love, Genesis 26:4,5, Exodus 20:6, Yochanan 14:6, 14:15, 1Yochanan 5:3. It is only those who have such love that are regarded by hwhy as “doers of the Law” and it is only those who will ultimately be justified: …“for not the hearers of the Torah are just before Elohim, but the doers of the Torah shall be justified,” Romans 2:13, Romans 5:5, Ya’acob 1:22-25, 4:11. True love will never do away with the moral principles of the Torah in the physical realm.144 Those who embark on a route which ignores or disregards a commandment of hwhy are no wiser than those who ignore the laws of gravity and momentum! However, true love for hwhy will lead one to seek far beyond the physical law to ascertain the spiritual intent of hwhy in having given certain instructions. Failing to deal with the spiritual issues of the Torah, the scribes and Pharisees yet retained hatred, anger, and murder in their hearts and so they plotted to destroy the Savior and Messiah of Yisrael. Mark 3:6, 11:18 In his anger, Mosheh broke the tablets of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 31:18, 32:16,19, 34:1), while in their anger, these leaders broke the body of the Messiah, the One who was the very Law of hwhy in the flesh. Yochanan 1:14, Luke 22:19, 1Corinthians 11:24, Mattithyahu 27:51 <=> Mark 15:38 <=> Hebrews 10:19,20

is hard to shake until one can see through this error of lawlessness (Mattithyahu 7:21-23), this carnal rage against the righteous lifestyle established by the Torah decrees of hwhy. Psalm 2:13, Romans 8:7, Revelation 11:18. We will shortly face off with the few Scriptures which Evangelicals commonly twist and remove from their context to “disprove” the Feasts. But first, we will consider a few preliminary thoughts surrounding these great Feast Days. One thought relates to the very special “retreat aspect” of Feasts as hwhy uses His appointed times to lead His sheep beside the quiet waters of rest and refreshing. Psalm 23:1-3 A second section shows how the Feasts are actually included within the Decalogue, or the Ten Commandments. Thirdly, we will provide an extensive discourse which offers an overview of each the Feasts of hwhy in an attempt to show how they outline His great, prophetic plan of salvation.

And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest. Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. [Selah] I would haveen my escape from the windy storm and tempest. Psalm 55:6-8 We can be assured this innate desire to “get away” is not just the imagination! It is the Spirit of hwhy calling us away to be with Him during special times He has designated for much needed rest, joy and rejuvenation. The Feasts are those times when this call to rest is sounded forth by hwhy as His Spirit says to each one of us, “Come away, My beloved!” Song of Shelomo 2:10-13 But, alas, many yet lack the ears to hear these calls – calls which may only be uttered by that still, small voice (1Kings 19:11,12) – a Voice which is often inaudible above the noise of manmade doctrines and the covetous pulls of this present, evil world. Proverbs 1:24,25, Yeshayahu 55:6,7, 65:12, 66:4, Yirmeyahu 7:13 The Feasts of hwhy are special occasions which He has given for restoring our souls as His Spirit leads us “beside the waters of quietness.” Psalm 23:2,3 The Feasts of hwhy are intended to answer that inner yearning to “get away” which is within each one of us. Having time apart is a very real physical, emotional, and spiritual need within each believer. And it is the very Spirit of hwhy which puts within us this deep, abiding yearning to respond to His call, to come out from the world, and to be separate unto Him! Revelation 18:4, Ezra 6:21,22 The Feasts were given by hwhy to lead us in His wholesome ways of peace, rest, and renewal. Speaking through Yirmeyahu, the prophet, hwhy called His eternal ways of rest and restoration, “the ancient paths.” Yirmeyahu 6:16 Many Feasts contain special Sabbath days which serve to deepen the rest and renewal obtained when we gather with other brethren to offer thanksgiving to the Name of hwhy and to meditate upon His Torah.

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Retreats of Rejoicing, Rest, and Refreshment There is something in every believer which desires to “get away” … to break away to a quiet place of complete rest, joy, and peace. Many believers over the years (including the author) have been greatly blessed whenever attending what most of the Evangelical world refers to as a “retreat.” I still remember my first retreat in college so many years ago: it seemed so right! Everything about that time was so invigorating and wholesome: … separation from the distractions of the world for times of authentic love, joy and fellowship with dear friends and fellow believers … quiet times of Scripture study … peaceful walks in the beauty of creation for times of communing with hwhy and companions. Yet that time was so painfully short! One weekend was just not long enough! What is it within each one of us which so longs for these times of extended rest and spiritual renewal?

Most, if not all, believers in the Messiah have Down through the ages, all seekers and worship- already sensed the things discussed just above. pers of hwhy have felt the need for special times And while these inner longings to “break away” of separation from the world to obtain muchare felt by many, the fulfillment of this spiritual needed peace, rest, and spiritual rejuvenation. yearning can only be fully and properly anOf his personal desire to “get away,” David swered through keeping the Feasts of hwhy in wrote the following lines to which most every Spirit and in truth. The call of the Spirit to, dedicated believer can relate: “Come away,” can only be fulfilled through the True Worship revealed to us in keeping the prophetic Feasts of the Torah. Through the Feasts, 119

the Spirit of hwhy extends His offer for rest and rejuvenation to all those who will hear His voice: … To whom He said, “This is the rest; give rest to the weary,” and, “This is the refreshing”… Yeshayahu 28:12, ISRV May all people everywhere hear His voice and respond to this loving offer for rest provided for us at the appointed times – the times of rest which hwhy has foreordained for us from the foundation of the world, Genesis 1:14, Psalm 136:7-9. Let none be like the Yisraelites of old who hardened their hearts when they were offered this great rest. Their disregard for the Feasts and for walking in “the ancient paths” made it necessary for hwhy to speak this lamentable word over their refusal to accept His invitation: “But they would not hear.” Yeshayahu 28:12

32:35, Romans 1:30 So where does hwhy further delineate those things which define and clarify the word “serve?” And what things are we instructed to do that such service might be rendered unto Him? We continually bow down before hwhy and cleave to Him in prayer as the preeminent means of serving Him and cleaving to Him (Deuteronomy 4:4, 10:20, 11:22, 13:4, Daniel 6:1-10,16,20, Ephesians 3:14). While prayer is not the only thing we are to do to serve hwhy, all other service must emanate from and through earnest prayer before His throne, Genesis 6:8, Hebrews 4:16. The progressive revelation given through the Torah indicates one of the main ways we serve hwhy beyond prayer is through Feast-keeping. When speaking to Pharaoh, hwhy demanded he let Yisrael go that they might keep a Feast to Him in the wilderness: And afterward Mosheh and Aharon went in, and told Pharaoh, “Thus saith hwhy Elohim of Yisrael, ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a Feast unto Me in the wilderness.’” Exodus 5:1 But we later see words which indicate Yisrael was called to keep this Feast to the end they might serve hwhy. No less than six times does hwhy declare His people are to be let go that they might serve Him by keeping a Feast in the wilderness! And you shall say unto him, hwhy Elohim of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto you would not hear. Exodus 7:16 … And hwhy spoke unto Mosheh, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith hwhy, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Exodus 8:1 … And hwhy said unto Mosheh, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith hwhy, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Exodus 8:20 Then hwhy said unto Mosheh, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith hwhy Elohim of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Exodus 9:1 And hwhy said unto Mosheh, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith hwhy Elohim of the Hebrews, Let My people go, that they may serve Me. Exodus 9:13 … And Mosheh and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith hwhy Elohim of the Hebrews, How long will you refuse to humble thyself before Me? let

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Where are They Seen in the Decalogue? The Feasts of hwhy define the means by which we serve the Most High. So where in the Ten Commandments do we find mention of serving hwhy and keeping His Feasts? We see it is in the Second Commandment that we find reference to this special service: 4 You shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 You shall not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, hwhy thy Elohim, am a jealous Elohim, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; 6 and showing lovingkindness unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments. Exodus 20:4-6 While true believers are not to serve graven images and false deities, they are certainly constrained to serve the Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. Scripture shows Feastkeeping is seen in this Second Commandment being included as an integral element of the word “serve.” This commandment states we are not to bow down before or to serve graven images implying, of course, we are either serving hwhy or we are serving something forbidden – some falsehood derived by demons or man and not part of the mind of hwhy. Yirmeyahu 19:5,

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My people go, that they may serve Me. Exodus 10:3 And that such service was rendered to hwhy through keeping a Feast was once more indicated through Mosheh at the end of this series of Scriptures: And Mosheh said, “We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a Feast unto hwhy.” Exodus 10:9 Ruach ha Qodesh reveals we serve hwhy by congregating before Him at the Feasts – the appointed times for offering worship and gratitude to the Creator. Feast-keeping is His definition of rendering service to Him! It is hwhy whose word indicates we serve Him by keeping His Feasts! King Chezkiyahu indicated likewise when writing a proclamation that all Yisrael should come up to Yerushalayim to keep the Feast of the Passover. The king’s words give clear indication it is through keeping the Feasts that Yisrael was to serve hwhy: 1 And Chezkiyahu sent to all Yisrael and Yehudah, and wrote letters also to Ephrayim and Manashsheh, that they should come to the house of hwhy at Yerushalayim, to keep the Passover unto hwhy Elohim of Yisrael. 2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Yerushalayim, to keep the Passover in the second month. 3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Yerushalayim. 4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. 5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Yisrael, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover unto hwhy Elohim of Israel at Yerushalayim: since they had not done it for a long time, as it is written. 6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Yisrael and Yehudah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, “You children of Yisrael, turn again unto hwhy Elohim of Abraham, Yitschak, and Yisrael, and He will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 7 And be not you like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against hwhy Elohim of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as you see.

8 Now be you not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto hwhy, and enter into His sanctuary, which He hath sanctified for ever: and serve hwhy your Elohim, that the fierceness of His wrath may turn away from you. 9 For if you turn again unto hwhy, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for hwhy, your Elohim is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you, if you return unto Him.” 2Chronicles 30:1-9 Chezkiyahu was clear on the matter: keeping the Feast was rendering service to hwhy (vs. 8) while failing to do so would not bode well for the entire nation of Yisrael; the wrath of hwhy would not relent if His people failed to turn in humility and serve Him through Feast-keeping; they were to serve Him by rendering joyful gratitude and by expressing the abundant thanksgiving of which He is so worthy. At each Feast, we are to rejoice before Him over the abundance of all things which He has so lovingly granted unto us, Deuteronomy 16:10-17. Failure to serve hwhy in this way is accounted by Him as insulting ingratitude which He solemnly warns shall lead to bondage: Because you served not hwhy thy Elohim with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore shall you serve your enemies which hwhy shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and He shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until He has destroyed you. Deuteronomy 28:47,48, Romans 1:21-28 We will see this was the case with ancient Yisrael; their failure to keep the Sabbaths and Feasts led to terrible judgment and harsh bondage; and we are exhorted not to err in the Torah as did Yisrael of old, Romans 15:4, 1Corinthians 10:111. Failure to serve hwhy by gathering at Feasts to offer gratitude was regarded by Him as a serious offense. The ingratitude behind violation of Sabbaths and Feasts was the very thing which led to Yisrael being severely punished and carried away into captivity, Leviticus 26:33-35,43, 2Chronicles 30:7,8, 36:21, Nechemyah 13:16-18, Yirmeyahu 17:19-27. The apostles kept and taught even the least of the commandments; and as we have seen from the above Scriptures, those

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edicts regarding the Feasts of hwhy were far from the least. Mattithyahu 5:19 We will shortly see evidence which shows even the Gentile converts in the New Covenant were taught to serve hwhy by keeping His Feasts! We now provide a brief discussion of each Feast seen in Leviticus 23 along with some of the prophetic types they foreshadowed in advance of the Messiah’s first coming. And equally as significant, the Feasts of hwhy yet foreshadow events of the coming, eternal Kingdom – the time in which “the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Sovereign and of His Messiah.” Revelation 11:15 Since the Feasts of hwhy foreshadow these yet approaching events, we believe this provides further evidence they are in no way abolished. The Feasts of hwhy are, clearly, the Feasts of His Kingdom! Nachum 1:15, Yeshayahu 52:7, 66:22,23, Mattithyahu 4:23, 9:35, Mark 1:14,15, Romans 10:15, Ephesians 6:15 We begin with the preeminent Feast Day of hwhy, the Sabbath; and it will soon become clear how this Feast (along with all the others) proclaims the Good News of the eternal Kingdom! • The Sabbath/Shabbat, Leviticus 23:1-3, Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 31:12-17, Mark 2:28/Acts 10:36 The Sabbath is set forth first in Leviticus 23 as it is the preeminent Feast Day of hwhy. The Shabbat was given as the memorial of creation, Genesis 2:2,3, Exodus 20:11. And the first week of creation was prophetic of the 6000-year timetable hwhy had determined for mankind. Because one day is as 1000 years and 1000 years is as one day (2Kepha 3:8), the first week of creation foretold of seven, 1000-year “days” in which the plan of hwhy was to unfold. Since the six days (6000 years) from the creation have nearly expired, the Seventh Day, the 1000-year Sabbath, is nearly upon us. This 1000-year Day is marked by the return of the Messiah and it will be a Sabbath rest of unbroken joy and prosperity for the people of hwhy; this day is declared to be the Millennial Reign in Revelation (20:4,6). During this time, His Kingdom will be established on the earth and the words of eswhy will then be fulfilled: the meek shall truly and literally inherit the earth and reign therein over cities, Mattithyahu 5:5, Luke 19:15-19. The Law of

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hwhy will go forth from Tziyon and be mandatory upon all nations of the earth! Yerushalayim shall be the capital of the world and the Law of hwhy shall be the Constitution of His worldwide Government! Yeshayahu 2:1-4, Micah 4:1-4 So we see hwhy truly did declare the end from the beginning (Yeshayahu 46:10) as the literal, seven-day week was prophetic of seven, greater, 1000-year days – the Sabbath being the last of the seven and a marvelous Day of rest and rejoicing! This long-anticipated Millennium will be a time of great peace, prosperity and abundance the world over, Yeshayahu 9:6,7, Amos 9:13. At the end of the 1000 years, Satan is loosed from the abyss and comes forth “to deceive the nations that are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog.” Revelation 20:1-3,78 Then, as prophesied in the 118th Psalm, fire will come down from heaven in the Name of hwhy and consume all those nations, burning them to ashes: All nations compassed me about: but in the Name of hwhy will I destroy them. They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: but in the Name of hwhy I will destroy them. They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the Name of hwhy I will destroy them. Psalm 118:10-12, Revelation 20:9 The Sabbath is also prophetic of the time period which shall see the establishment of the New Heavens and the New Earth and the complete rest and victory which hwhy and His children will have in that Kingdom. One thing which we must ponder when studying the Sabbath is the very nature of its existence: the Sabbath is the only day which was created; of this, the psalmist wrote: This is the day which hwhy hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

And we are taught the same by the Messiah, who said, …“the Sabbath was made for man.” Mark 2:27 As such, no other day and no other time can replace the Sabbath. No other day was created. Not only did eswhy teach the Sabbath Day was to be kept, but He also taught it speaks of the total, daily rest we can find in Him, spiritually, as we learn to walk as He walked: in the ancient paths of the Torah, Mattithyahu 11:2830, Yirmeyahu 6:16, 1Yochanan 2:6. The Messiah performed many acts of healing on the Sab122

bath as He upheld the Fourth Commandment and the perpetual authority of the Torah in regard to the Seventh Day, Luke 6:6-11, 13:10-17, Yochanan 5:9, 7:23. He magnified the Law of Sabbath by these many acts which recognized the Day’s preeminence as well as its permanence! Yeshayahu 42:21 Most today fail to see eswhy contended not with the Sabbath Law as originally given, but with the Jewish traditions regarding Sabbath. We must not fail to see His numerous healings offended Jewish tradition, but these marvelous acts were in no way violations of the Fourth Commandment which He kept and taught flawlessly! Exodus 20:11,12, Mattithyahu 5:17-20 Further, prophesying of a time long after His ascension, eswhy taught Sabbath observance to all of His followers across the centuries: But pray you that your flight not be in the winter, neither on the Sabbath Day. Mattithyahu 24:20 Speaking in the Spirit, eswhy was now applying “favor and truth” (Yochanan 1:17) to put a new, additional aspect on “[remembering] the Sabbath Day to keep it set apart.” Exodus 20:8 His followers were taught to “remember the Sabbath” by praying their lives would be so ordered from above the need to flee on that Day would never arise. If the Sabbath had been “abolished” (as so many falsely claim today), the above words of the Messiah would be completely senseless; for He was speaking of the time after His death, burial, resurrection and ascension! The authority of the Torah was never challenged by eswhy. In His ministry to magnify the Law, He only upheld and more firmly established His Father’s commandments. Mattithyahu 5:17-20, 19:16-19, Yochanan 15:10 The Sabbath is a Day of solemn rest, meaning we must be careful to guard its intended purpose: providing us total physical and emotional rest along with spiritual renewal!145 The Sabbath was made for man! On this day, hwhy intends for us to rejoice in His creation, in His creative power, in the works of His hands. Psalm 92 is

entitled, “A Song, a Psalm for the Sabbath,” 146 and the words of that canticle indicate we are to use the Sabbath time to do a number of things – one of which is to be glad and to exult in the creation of hwhy: For You, hwhy, have made me glad through Your work: I will triumph in the works of Your hands. hwhy, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. Psalm 92:4,5 If properly kept, then, Sabbath observance is intended to teach us of the great, creative power of hwhy. When writing of this remarkable phenomenon, in an early segment of his epistle to the Romans, Shaul is seen to have been in complete agreement with the Ninety-second Psalm: 19 Because that which may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; for hwhy hath showed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Almighty nature; so that they are without excuse. 21 Because that, when they knew hwhy, they magnified Him not as Elohim, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 and changed the splendor of the incorruptible Elohim into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Romans 1:19-23 The apostasy to which Shaul referred in this text was in regard to those who knew hwhy, but who exalted Him not as Elohim; this refers to the Yisraelites who fell away from hwhy as they forsook the Sabbath! (compare Psalm 106:19-22, Yirmeyahu 2:11-13, 17:19-27, and Romans 1:23) Rejecting the Sabbath, they soon failed to see the invisible things of His power and deity which hwhy wants us to learn of and memorialize as we rejoice on that Day in the works of His hands. We know this to be the case because of the testimony of the prophets regarding the apostasy of Yisrael in their falling completely away from hwhy after forsaking the Sabbath. Upon rejecting the Sabbath, they were soon seen worshipping the works of their own hands (just as in America today, 2Kings 22:16, 17, Yirmeyahu 1:16,
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25:6,7,14). The implication is unavoidable (and Scripture as well as history shows the following to be true): A people or nation will either worship hwhy as the Creator on His Sabbath Day by triumphing in the works of His hands (Psalm 92:4,5) or darkness and apostasy will eventually prevail and they will decline into false worship – including venerating the works of their own hands. This may occur within a short while or even take a few hundred years as in the case of America – which is now in serious, rapid, and, perhaps, irreparable decline having historically rejected the true Sabbath in favor of the pagan Sunday. The record shows Yisrael of old forsook the Sabbath ordinance and they were soon punished with desolation and bondage, (compare 2Chronicles 34:25 with Yirmeyahu 17:19-27; see also, Nechemyah 13:15-18). And long before the promised retribution and wrath of hwhy came upon Yisrael for desecrating the Sabbath, even in their initial disobedience regarding the Seventh Day (Yeshayahu 58:1,2,13), the darkness of apostasy and decline was already setting in upon them! Genesis 4:7, Yochanan 12:35,36 Thus, is explained the prophet’s call expressing their need to fast and pray and to seek for the light and healing of hwhy, Yeshayahu 58:8,10. All of this is seen in the prophecy of Yeshayahu as he rebuked the nation for forsaking the Sabbath ordinance (58:1-2,13) and showed they were already in need of the healing and light of hwhy (see Yeshayahu chapter 58). Regardless of the person, forsaking the Sabbath will result in one’s heart being darkened! Romans 1:22, Yeshayahu 58:8, 10 Sabbath observance is the means by which we offer worship and gratitude before hwhy as the Creator; it is the time period He has specially designated for memorializing His creation and His creative power, Revelation 14:7. The ingratitude displayed by not properly keeping the Sabbath Day eventuates in bondage of the worst kind, Romans 1:21-32. The Sabbath is an appointed time set apart by hwhy and no other day can replace the one which He Himself has designated! Every time one misses the Sabbath, that one has also lost a weekly opportunity to touch eternity which can never be regained. Every Sabbath the splendor of hwhy will shine the light of His presence through the Spirit upon each person in a special way even as it is written,

“Arise, shine; for your light is come, and the splendor of hwhy is risen upon you.” Yeshayahu 60:1 With the above as a preface, the following will now be more readily apparent. Over those not observing the Sabbath in Spirit and in truth, eswhy must say: “Is it not for this cause that you err, that you know not the Scriptures, nor the power of Elohim?” Mark 12:24 Sabbath observance – filled with worship characterized by the humility of gratitude – is essential to the long-term existence and spiritual prosperity of any family, people, society or nation. King David wrote the following of those who fail to worship hwhy as the Creator (Revelation 14:7) by regarding His creative works in the appointed time each Sabbath Day: Because they regard not the works of hwhy, nor the operation of His hands, He shall throw them down, and not build them up. Psalm 28:5, 92:4,5 hwhy has set a weekly appointment to place a special anointing of His presence and blessings within the Shabbat. Genesis 2:2,3 The Sabbath stands as a sanctuary in time and space and those who enter therein are blessed to meet with hwhy in a very special way. We cannot opt to reschedule an appointment designated by Him, an appointment of His making, and suppose we will find the same, powerful anointing in any other day. Ecclesiastes 3:14 The Sabbath also looks forward to and prophesies of eternity in the Kingdom. This is precisely the thing taught by the apostle Shaul: the Sabbath and other Torah precepts are shadows of what is still forthcoming in the great plans of hwhy. Colossians 2:16-17147 hwhy tells us His people will once more rejoice in that

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which He creates – the New Heavens and the New Earth: For behold, I create New Heavens and a New Earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for behold, I create Yerushalayim a rejoicing, and her people a joy. Yeshayahu 65:17-18 Rejoicing now in the works of His hands every Sabbath Day is only a shadow of an even greater time of rest, worship, peace and prosperity which shall be experienced in the ages of eternity following the Messianic Age of the 1000-year Reign of eswhy! And the prophecies of Yeshayahu indicate the weekly Sabbath – which is prophetic of that Great Era – will still be in effect when the Government of hwhy takes over the government of man! For as the New Heavens and the New Earth, which I will make, shall remain before Me, saith hwhy, so shall your seed and your name remain. And it shall come to pass, that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith hwhy. Yeshayahu 66:22,23 So the Sabbath is prophetic of the rest we have in hwhy – both now and in the future. The Sabbath being prophetic of the coming Kingdom, it is incongruous for us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done” (Mattithyahu 6:10), if we are not presently keeping the Seventh Day with prophetic expectation! The Sabbath stands as a continual, prophetic shadow of the coming Kingdom for which we pray! Thus, does the Adversary hate and oppose it. And again, the weekly Sabbath is itself an integral part of that coming Kingdom as seen in the above-cited prophecy of Yeshayahu (66:22,23). We should further realize the great, Sabbath rest which hwhy weekly provides is literal and physical; but this physical rest is meant to teach us of other forms of rest which are equally as important: rest which is mental and emotional as well as rest which is spiritual and eternal, Yeshayahu 26:3, 28:12, 30:15, Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu 11:28-30, Mark 2:273:5, Acts 13:14,27,42,44, 16:13, 17:2-4, 18:4, Revelation 14:13. His rest being commanded and observed before man’s fall, His rest being key to the present-day restoration of mankind

from that fall (Psalm 19:7, 23:2,3), and His rest being prophetic of the 1000-year Millennial Reign (and the subsequent, eternal Kingdom of hwhy after all mankind is restored from that fall), Sabbath observance literally touches eternity! The ways of hwhy are ways of rest, peace and restoration and the Sabbath Day was given to teach us the reality of these things in a tangible, experiential, and inexplicably wonderful way. hwhy blessed the Sabbath Day with His word and He set it apart with His Spirit/Name/ Presence. Hence, those who observe the Day receive special blessings in and from His word along with special blessings from His Spirit and Presence. Those who set apart the Sabbath are themselves set apart by hwhy to the end they might know, understand and fulfill His eternal Kingdom purposes! And hwhy spoke unto Mosheh, saying, Speak you also unto the children of Yisrael, saying, Verily My Sabbaths you shall keep: for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am hwhy that doth set you apart. Exodus 31:12-13 As New Covenant believers seek to receive the “inheritance among all them which are set apart” (Acts 20:32), the above Scripture stands as a powerful promise (2Kepha 1:3,4) to be fully set apart by hwhy! It is a blessed promise and a much needed certainty in eswhy the Messiah that Sabbath keeping strongly contributes to becoming a partaker of the very nature of the Most High! 2Corinthians 1:20, 2Kepha 1:4,5 Our opening text for Part 5 dealt with True Revival and the One who was and is the Repairer of the breach and the Restorer of the paths in which to dwell. That text is given just below and, in context, this is a promise of restoration and revival which was given to the people of hwhy in direct connection with Sabbath observance! In that promise, Yeshayahu is speaking of the many blessings which come in and through the lives of those who set apart the Seventh Day: 12 And of you shall they build the old waste places: you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 If you turn away thy foot from the Shabbat, from doing thy pleasure on My set apart Day; and call the Shabbat a delight, the

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set apart of hwhy, honourable; and shall honour Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shall you delight thyself in hwhy; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Ya’acob your father: for the mouth of hwhy hath spoken it. Yeshayahu 58:12-14 As He opposed the sanctimonious, man-made precepts of the Pharisees in regard to the Seventh Day, eswhy the Messiah repaired this breach and restored the paths of Sabbath rest in which the people of hwhy are intended to dwell in every generation.148 He exemplified Sabbath observance and stands as our Example in setting this Day apart. 1Yochanan 2:6 Throughout history, those who have kept the Sabbath have also known and walked in the greatest measure of light from His word as the Messiah and High Priest of Yisrael shines the countenance and favor of hwhy upon them. Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 36:9, 43:3, 44:3, 89:15, 97:11, 2Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:14 This is in keeping with the special Sabbath light – which was spoken of by the prophet Yeshayahu (2:5, 58:8-11,[12,13], 60:1) – imparted by the Spirit from the shining splendor of hwhy. When this light shines upon us, we are given “the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17) by which He sets us apart (Exodus 31:12,13, Acts 20:32) and by which He leads us in His eternal paths of peace and rest. Yirmeyahu 6:16, Mattithyahu 11:28-30 Though many blessings obtained on the Shabbat are eternal, there are still many great blessings to be inherited from Sabbath obser148 For more information on how the Catholic Church worked to nullify the Fourth Commandment and how the Papacy has attempted to abolish the Sabbath Day, see the Bible Sabbath Association website at:

vance even in this present life; these blessings are granted as we walk with hwhy in the light of His word each Sabbath Day. 1Timothy 4:8 • The Feast of Passover, the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread, Leviticus 23:5-8 The Passover lamb of hwhy related to the redemption of Yisrael’s firstborn and the nation’s deliverance from Mitsrayim; yet the Passover lamb was ultimately prophetic of eswhy the Messiah, the Lamb without blemish (Exodus 12:5, 1Kepha 1:19) … “the Lamb of hwhy that takes away the sins of the world” (Yochanan 1:29,36). eswhy was that Lamb as He was slain at Passover, Mattithyahu 26:2. Just as the Passover lamb delivered every firstborn in Yisrael from the destroyer, so the shed blood of the Messiah, the Passover Lamb, delivers His people from the wrath of hwhy and the penalty of the second death, Exodus 12:13, Romans 6:23, 1Thessalonians 1:10. Passover commences the seven days of Unleavened Bread (Yechezkel 45:21, Luke 22:1) – a time which commemorates the difficulties of Yisrael’s bondage in Mistrayim with the “bread of affliction,” Deuteronomy 16:3. During the seven days of Passover we eat this bread of affliction and commemorate Yisrael’s deliverance from bondage in Mitsrayim as well as our deliverance from bondage to sin. Throughout life, our difficulties and afflictions are intended by hwhy to “wake us up” to seek Him more diligently, Psalm 119:67, Hoshea 5:15, 2Corinthians 12:710. Sometimes hwhy must get our attention if we are not actively fulfilling “the Shema” by possessing ears which continually hear. Yeshayahu 50:4 At other times, some may be called to suffer affliction, persecution, and even death to become more refined, spiritually. Daniel 11:33-35 In any case, it is as the psalmist wrote: “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn Your statutes.” Psalm 119:71 Passover speaks of any time in which we cry to hwhy for deliverance from affliction (Exodus 3:7,8, 4:31, 6:5) and He hears our prayers, Psalm 34:19, 120:1. Remembering afflictions (and the deliverance of hwhy from those afflictions) will contribute to humility, gratitude, faith and love. When we pass through any affliction while seeking hwhy, we will emerge on the other side experiencing greater spiritual strength and freedom

http://www.biblestudy. org/basicart/confsund.html The gates of hell have not prevailed and will not prevail against the eternal truth of the Torah (Yeshayahu 8:20, 40:8); nor have they prevailed against the assembly of believers who seek the Living and written word of hwhy: Sabbath observance remains a reality among multitudes of believers worldwide and it will soon be reinstated as the only weekly day of rest and worship! Psalm 22:27, Yeshayahu 66:22-23 The truth of the word will prevail over all falsehood and the earth will be “filled with the knowledge of the splendor of hwhy as the waters cover the seas!” Habakkuk 2:14

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in His service, 1Kepha 5:10,11. We will have obtained enlargement of heart (Psalm 119:32) along with more power and wisdom to serve others. As related in footnote 41 (page 42), the putting out of “the old leaven” and the eating of unleavened bread, signifies putting away the unrighteousness (Exodus 12:19, 13:7) of “malice and wickedness” and taking in “the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth” through the Messiah. 1Corinthians 5:7,8 So the principles surrounding Passover can quite often be applied to a large part of what we must do throughout our lives to overcome – to prevail spiritually by pleading the blood of eswhy for deliverance as we pass through various trials and afflictions. Observing the Feast of Passover teaches, reminds, confirms, and establishes all these things and much, much more. As we obey eswhy by proclaiming His death at the time of Passover (1Corithians 11:23,26), we also progress in His infinite, unsearchable ways.149 • Shavuoth (The Feast of Weeks, commonly called “Pentecost”), Leviticus 23:15-22, Deuteronomy 16:10, Acts 2:1, 20:16. In Hebrew, the word for “week” is “shavua,” while “shavuoth” is the plural of that word meaning, “weeks.” The Feast of Shavuoth, or the Feast of Weeks, celebrates the seven weeks leading up to and culminating in the 50th day of the wheat harvest. It is a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving. Many New Covenant believers are aware the Spirit was poured out upon the first century followers of eswhy about ten days after His ascension. This occurred on the Day of Shavuoth – commonly known as Pentecost. We especially note Shavuoth is one of the three pilgrim Feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16, 2 Chronicles 8:13) the disciples were still keeping (still observing!) even after eswhy had been raised from the dead and He had further instructed them concerning the Kingdom at various times across the space of

forty days! They had no knowledge of Shavuoth having ever been abolished! This refutes the erroneous, Evangelical view claiming the Feasts are just “Old Testament” observances. Today’s majority claim the Feasts were abolished and are no longer binding. Yet we see the moral laws of the Torah continued even after eswhy was raised from the dead. The Law was still valid and authoritative even after He had appeared to the disciples showing “Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of Elohim.” Acts 1:3 It is significant the New Covenant promise of the Spirit (Acts 1:4) was poured forth on a Day which is commonly thought to be strictly an “Old Testament” observance. hwhy gives His Spirit to those who obey Him (Acts 5:32); and these faithful believers were obeying hwhy when the Spirit was poured out upon them; they were obeying hwhy by still observing His Feast as the Torah commands; but they were now also keeping the testimony of eswhy regarding the Torah, Revelation 12:17. It is these upon whom the Spirit was poured out that Day. hwhy does not change and He will do likewise in our days. The Spirit being poured out on the Feast of Shavuoth was a clear indication by hwhy His Torah commandments were still valid, authoritative, and inspired; the ordinances of the Torah were still “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, [and] for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16, Acts 24:14 The Torah ordinances of hwhy remain equally valid, authoritative, binding, and inspired to this very day.

Those traveling with Shaul continued to observe the Feast of Shavuoth over the years recorded in the Acts of the Apostles. If the Feasts had been abolished, do we suppose this apostle to the Gentiles would have still been keeping Shavuoth? Hardly. Just the opposite of believing the Feasts were abolished, Shaul stated he believed “all things which are written in the Law 149 The discourse which was given on page 57 (starting in and in the Prophets.” Acts 24:14 By faith in the column 1, paragraph 2 and extending to the first, new Messiah, the apostle to the Gentiles upheld the paragraph on page 59) gives much additional light on the prophetic nature of this great Feast. Even now, Passover is Law through his example and teachings, Romans prophetic of greater things to come in that time when 2:13, 3:31. We see he endeavored to be in eswhy establishes the Kingdom of hwhy on earth. In the Yerushalayim before Pentecost/Shavuoth and future fulfillment of Passover (Luke 12:37, 13:28-29, that Luke not only made special note of this 22:15-16,29-30), many servants of hwhy shall greatly re(Acts 20:16), but Shaul openly and publicly joice. Yeshayahu 65:13-14 It will be a time of great stated this when speaking to the Ephesians: “I peace, abundance and rejoicing never before seen or exmust by all means keep this Feast that cometh in perienced in this earth! Yeshayahu 35:10, 51:11 127

Yerushalayim.” Acts 18:21 If that Feast had been abolished, such a burden might have been honorable, but hardly noteworthy. This apostle held forth his example as that which constituted being an “imitator of the Messiah,” and he enjoined such obedience on the Corinthian believers! 1Corinthians 11:1-2 Shaul later determined to remain at Ephesus until Pentecost and he eventually celebrated the Feast with the believers there; he wrote to this effect when corresponding with the assembly at Corinth. 1Corinthians 16:8 He had earlier instructed the Gentile Corinthians to keep the Feast of Passover (1Corinthians 5:7,8), and was now indicating he would keep another of the three Feasts (Shavuoth) with the Ephesians. None of these cases would represent either the words or the actions of one who believed the Feasts were abolished! Continuing with Shavuoth … the Feast of Weeks is a celebration of the wheat harvest. The count to Shavuoth begins with cutting the first fruits of wheat150 and ends with the harvest’s culmination on the day of Shavuoth. The seven week harvest which followed cutting the wavesheaf of first fruits (and which leads up to the 50th day of Shavuoth), speaks of the believers who would become first fruits in the Messiah, Ya’acob 1:18, Revelation 14:4. Further, this Feast involves something which specifically signifies the exaltation of eswhy the Messiah to the right hand of hwhy. Recall Elisha was promised a double portion of the Spirit of Eliyah if he saw the prophet taken up from before him, 2Kings 2:9,10. eswhy effectively promised such a double portion of His Spirit to the apostles: Surely, surely, I say unto you, He that believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
This first cutting occurred during the days of Unleavened Bread “on the morrow after the Sabbath” and signified the resurrection and ascension of eswhy to be presented before hwhy as the Wavesheaf, Leviticus 23:10,11, Psalm 2:7-9, Daniel 7:13,14, Mattithyahu 28:18. eswhy did not permit Miriam to touch Him as He said to her, “I have not yet ascended to the Father.” Yochanan 20:16,17 But later (after being accepted as the Wavesheaf and descending from Heaven), He bid Thomas put his finger in His hands and side, Yochanan 20:24-27. “Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His Name, and what is His Son’s Name, if you can tell? Proverbs 30:4, Ephesians 4:9,10
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greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father. Yochanan 14:12 Notice His promise was thus because He had said, “I go unto My Father.” And the return of eswhy to the Father occurred when He was taken up into Heaven, Acts 1:11, 1Timothy 3:16. This all related to the giving of His Spirit. Of this, the Messiah said: Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. Yochanan 16:7, Psalm 7:7 The apostles did see eswhy ascend into heaven (Acts 1:8-11) and they did receive on Shavuoth, the day of first fruits (Exodus 23:16, Numbers 28:26), “the first fruits of the Spirit.” Romans 8:23 The priests are commanded to bring forth on this day two identical loaves (Leviticus 23:15-17) – a “double portion” of bread. These loaves are to be leavened, or lifted up. In the case of man, leavening speaks of sin, but in the case of hwhy, leavening speaks of the sovereignty, power, exaltation, and greatness He has over all things through His Spirit, Mattithyahu 13:33, Colossians 1:18, Psalm 139:7-12. These two loaves evidently represent “the first fruits of the Spirit” in and among His people. eswhy promised when the Spirit comes to dwell within that it would be a “double portion” – that both He and His Father would abide within us! Yochanan 14:23 Remember, the first fruit loaves of Shavuoth were identical! (Leviticus 23:17) And eswhy said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father also! Yochanan 14:710 Thus, the Spirit teaches us through Shavuoth to offer back to hwhy all that He has given us. First and foremost in such an offering should be our gratitude for and acknowledgement of His Spirit of favor; for it is only by Ruach haQodesh, the Pure Spirit hwhy, that we can offer lives of valuable service to Him. 1Corinthians 15:10, Galatians 2:20, Colossians 1:29 A offering made by fire was commanded on the day of Shavuoth,151 and when the Spirit was poured out “there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire and it sat upon each one of
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them.” Acts 2:2-4 By the fire of the Spirit, the apostles magnified hwhy speaking of the wonderful works of Elohim. Acts 2:11 hwhy was greatly exalted! hwhy chose the Feast Day of Shavuoth to pour out the promised, double portion of His Spirit upon the first century believers. And it was on this day and at that time the apostle Kepha powerfully testified of the Messiah’s exaltation to the “right hand of the Father.” Acts 2:33-36 hwhy was greatly exalted in victory! He had exalted His Son and poured forth the gift of the Spirit among His people. It is this great exaltation of which eswhy and all the prophets 152 spoke: The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of hwhy does valiantly. The right hand of hwhy is exalted: the right hand of hwhy does valiantly. Psalm 118:14-16 And it was this great exaltation and victory whose fulfillment was commenced on this powerful, history-making day in the Kingdom of hwhy. The exaltation of eswhy to the Right Hand of hwhy and His imminent victory over all things (Ephesians 1:19-22) now brings us the unshakable promises of His confirmed oath (Hebrews 6:17-20) and, with it, the surety of our ultimate victory regardless of even the worst circumstances, Romans 8:37-39, 2Corinthians 5:7. • Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets, Leviticus 23:23,24. Yom Teruah is the first day of the Seventh month in the calendar of hwhy. On this Day, a memorial of blowing trumpets was commanded. In the purposes of hwhy, trumpet blasts were used for many things: to sound forth calls to assemble, calls to sacrifice, calls to break camp, calls to repentance, calls to battle, and calls to warn of approaching judgment, Numbers 10:110, 31:6, Yehoshua 6:1-20, Judges 7:7,8,15-22, Yeshayahu 58:1, Joel 2:1,15 (see 1-32 for fuller context). Trumpets also announced the very Presence of hwhy (in the ark) and they were used in times of worship, 1Chronicles 16:6, Revelation 11:19. The trumpets of Revelation signify many, if not all, of these things as they announce the coming judgments of hwhy which comprise

His mounting battle (and victory) over the kings of the earth and over all those who still refuse the call to repentance so as to believe in the Good News and keep His commandments, 2Thessalonians 1:8, Revelation 14:7, Ecclesiastes 12:13. The trumpets of Revelation sound forth one judgment upon another “in the day of battle and war” (Iyob 38:22,23) as hwhy arises in judgment to “save all the humble of the earth.” Psalm 76:7-9 The 119th Psalm perfectly describes what is seen in the prophecies of Revelation concerning the Day of hwhy; in the Day of His fierce wrath and vengeance, He will arise with great retribution against those who have nullified His Law: It is time for hwhy to act, for they have made void Your Torah. Psalm 119:126 The patience of hwhy is very great, but it does have a determined limit. When, at long last, the sins of the world have been allowed to continue to their foreseen boundary, the wrath of hwhy will be stirred beyond measure and He will go forth to end this age of man’s lawless rule over the earth. The sounding of trumpets in the Revelation warn of His judgments – judgments that come because of His very Presence! It was these trumpet blasts that caused ancient Yisrael to greatly fear when the Presence of hwhy was made known in the giving of the Ten Words, Exodus 20:18-20. For at His Presence, the mountains smoke (Exodus 19:18, Psalm 104:32, 144:5, Yeshayahu 64:1,2); at His Presence, the seas roar (Psalm 98:7-9, Luke 21:25); and at His Presence, the earth shakes! Yeshayahu 2:10-22, Revelation 6:12-17 At the very last trumpet, within this awesome time period of judgment, eswhy will come forth with great splendor and flaming vengeance putting an end to the rampant, immoral outrage against the Torah decrees of hwhy. 1Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 10:7, 11:15-19

These are some of the things which Yom Teruah teaches the people of hwhy. For the trumpets of Yom Teruah signify a call to repentance (Yeshayahu 58:1) and a call to prepare for the Presence of hwhy as His people ready themselves for Yom Kippur, the Day of Covering (commonly called, “the Day of Atonement”). 152 Yochanan 6:62, 17:5, Psalm 7:7, 110:1,5, Exodus 15:6, The Yom Kippur judgment follows nine days after Yom Teruah. As the trumpets of Yom Yeshayahu 6:1-10, 41:10, Yochanan 12:37-41 Teruah warn of coming judgment on Yom Kip129

pur, the trumpets of Revelation will warn all inhabitants of the earth hwhy is beginning to act in judgment upon them. Psalm 119:126, Revelation 14:6,7 All will know His Presence is nigh as the mountains smoke, the seas roar, and the earth quakes. Mark 13:29, Revelation 6:12-17 In the Day of hwhy, the trumpets provide a final opportunity to repent, to turn to the Almighty, to call upon His Qodesh Name (Yoel 2:32, Romans 10:13), and to be saved from every evil even if one lives in the remotest regions of the earth, Yeshayahu 45:22. • Yom Kippur, the Day of Covering (or the Day of Atonement), Leviticus 16:29-31, 23:26-32. On Yom Kippur, all Yisrael afflicted, or humbled, their souls with fasting and prayer. Psalm 35:13, 69:10 On this great Day, the high priest made atonement for Yisrael as the nation waited for him to come forth from the Presence of hwhy with the assurance their sins had been covered, Leviticus 16:17. As eswhy, our High Priest, intercedes for us before hwhy (Hebrews 2:17), like Yisrael of old we also await His coming forth from the Presence of hwhy. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 Hence, we are presently living in what could be thought of as an extended, prophetic “Day of Atonement.” These are evil days and perilous times;153 and we must continually seek for the kindness and favor of hwhy through eswhy, our High Priest. Hebrews 4:14-16 And during this current segment of history following His ascension, eswhy asserted His disciples would “fast often.” Mattithyahu 9:14-15, 2Corinthians 6:5, 11:27 Fasting was (and is) a characteristic act of True Worship on the Day of Covering; it was a characteristic act of True Worship in the days of the apostles following the ascension of eswhy; and it currently remains a characteristic act in the lives of all those who seek the Almighty while our High Priest yet ministers before the Face of hwhy in heaven. The literal meaning of “Yom Kippur” is, “The Day of Covering.” And the events of this day relate, in part, to the covering/veil which is removed from our eyes so as to see the Messiah revealed from Scripture whenever the Torah is read. We are told this veil is removed from one’s eyes when that one turns to hwhy through faith in the Messiah and His blood covers that
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person’s sins. Psalm 32:1, Romans 4:7, 2Corinthians 3:12-18 Understanding in the Spirit is granted to the seeking heart as one begins to draw near to hwhy through eswhy the Messiah, Ephesians 1:18. Since eswhy is now “a High Priest forever after the order of Melchitsedek” (Hebrews 5:5,6, 6:17-20, 7:17,21), there are a number of parallels which can be seen between the current ministry of the High Priest, eswhy, and the ministry of the former high priest of Yisrael on Yom Kippur: 1. The high priest made atonement for the people, Leviticus 16:30, Hebrews 8:1-13. 2. He appeared before hwhy for the house of Aharon (the priesthood), for all Yisrael, and for all those engrafted Gentiles who feared hwhy, Leviticus 16:17, 29, Psalm 115:9-15, 118:1-5, Romans 5:10,11, Hebrews 9:11-24, 1Yochanan 2:1,2. 3. The ministry of the high priest was intended to reveal the Name of hwhy to His people and to put the blessing of this Name upon all Yisrael, Exodus 28:36-38, 39:30,31, Yochanan 17:6,1112,26, Hebrews 2:11-12; Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 115:9-15, Revelation 14:1, 22:4. If one studies the Scriptures just given, it will be seen that this is the current ministry and service which eswhy renders on behalf of His brethren who have believed on His Name. 4. No one else could enter the tabernacle until the high priest finished with the Atonement, Leviticus 16:17, Psalm 76:7, Revelation 15:8. The Judgment seen on Yom Kippur meant salvation for the people of hwhy, but destruction to the workers of iniquity. This principle is seen throughout history but especially at the time just before the descent of eswhy to save His people and to reign as King of kings, Psalm 125, Proverbs 10:29, Hoshea 14:9, Philippians 1:28, 1Kepha 4:17,18, Revelation 11:18.

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awakening among formerly unbelieving Yisrael. Before the High Priest comes forth from the Presence of hwhy in heaven, there is to be a revival among the descendants of Abraham and they will be seen exalting the Name of hwhy as they look for salvation through their coming Messiah. Of this, the Messiah said: 37 Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim, you who kill the prophets, and stone those who are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, You shall not see Me henceforth, till you shall say, “Blessed is He that comes in the Name of hwhy.” Mattithyahu 23:37-39, Psalm 118:26 It should be further explained that it appears apostate Yahudim – just like all other unbelievers – will be judged and slain at this time while hwhy saves those Yahudim who are looking to Him for salvation through His Name, Yoel 2:32, Romans 10:13, Mattithyahu 23:39. While there will be an awakening, there will also be those who claim to be of Yisrael though they yet remain in unbelief and apostasy, Revelation 2:9, 3:9. While not dogmatic, the author believes the “all Yisrael” to be saved are those descendants of Abraham who hwhy allows to remain until His appearing because they are true, authentic Yisraelites through faith in the Messiah!154 It is these He has chosen, and it is these He will save!155 eswhy will not come forth from the Presence of ‫ יהוה‬to end this current Day of Atonement (which the Torah mandates must be for “all Yisrael”!) until all Yisrael acknowledges He is the Messiah and the High Priest who comes forth (for them!) in the Name of hwhy! Romans 11:25According to the word of hwhy, True Yisraelites are those who are pure in heart without respect to nationality! Psalm 73:1, Yochanan 1:47, Romans 2:28,29, 9:6-8, Acts 10:34,35, 15:6-9, Mattithyahu 5:8. 155 We should further note: some Yisraelites will die even if they are faithful (Daniel 11:32-35, 12:9,10, Revelation 2:10) while some will be preserved through many perils, Zecharyah 13:8,9. And one final thought in this vein: if we are faithful unto death, then we are preserved – preserved for His eternal Kingdom! Luke 21:12-19 Loss of physical life – if we are in the Sovereign – is not a defeat, but absolute victory. Romans 8:35-39
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27 Thus, the restoration of true, Messianic Faith to the house of Yisrael is an important and prophesied revival which must occur before eswhy, the High Priest, will come forth from the Presence of hwhy to reign as King over all the earth! Hence, the Day of Atonement/Covering even sheds additional light on the return of the Messiah! Yom Kippur was for all Yisrael! Thus, this extended, prophetic Day of Covering in which we are now living cannot end until all Yisrael turns back to hwhy! So as we have seen and will continue to see, the Law of hwhy reveals that which is, and that which was, and that which is yet to come! All of the above points make it strikingly clear we are presently living in a prophetic, extended Day of Atonement. There are other things we have not mentioned in regard to the Day of Atonement/Covering (and, of course, there are abundantly more things which we simply do not yet know 1Corinthians 13:9). As the ways of hwhy are infinite and unsearchable, there are surely many other things which can be learned from the Day of Covering. As we seek hwhy by keeping His testimonies (Psalm 119:2), these things will be revealed to us in the Messiah both now and in the ages to come, Ephesians 2:7. But the ultimate lesson which hwhy would presently teach us from the Day of Covering may well concern fasting-derived humility and affliction. In the Psalms, David wrote by the Spirit: For You will save the afflicted people; but will bring down high looks. Psalms 18:27 It is an unbreakable promise and an absolute surety that hwhy will save an afflicted people; He will save a people whose hearts are prepared. Luke 1:17 Fasting humbles the soul and, thus, “prepares the heart” to see the salvation of Elohim. Psalm 50:23 In this regard, dear readers who would like to inquire further should study the following Scriptures: And Shemuel spoke unto all the house of Yisrael, saying, If you do return unto hwhy with all your hearts, then put away the strange deities and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto hwhy, and serve Him only: and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

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1Shemuel 7:3, 2Chronicles 12:14, 20:33, Psalm 78:8,37, Yoel 2:12,13156. Fasting “humbles the soul” and, as such, circumcises the heart. This is readily seen as we contrast the proud, disobedient, uncircumcised heart with the submissive heart – humbled and obedient before hwhy.157 The lesson of fasting-derived humility provided through the Day of Atonement is absolutely essential. For only through fastingderived humility can we break up the fallow ground and cultivate the soil of the heart so the words and deeds of hwhy can take the deepest root as the rain of His Spirit falls upon us.158 Long after the ascension of eswhy, the apostle Shaul yet fasted before the High Priest, eswhy, on Yom Kippur, Acts 27:9. Perhaps more than anything else, fasting and prayer make the True Worshipper a “living sacrifice” – cleansed in heart and hands159 and ready for “every good work.”160 Since it is a certainty hwhy will save an afflicted people, one of the ultimate lessons for us from Yom Kippur is the revelation that through fasting-derived humility and the character produced through affliction, we can “make [our] calling and election sure.”161 • The Feast of Succoth (The Feast of Tabernacles), Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-43. One of the very first events recorded to take place during the Feast of Tabernacles was the landing of the ark on the mountains of Ararat; although not called “Succoth” at that time, the occasion was, nevertheless, “the seventeenth day of the seventh month.” Genesis 8:4 Since the Feast of Tabernacles extends from the fifteenth through the twenty-second day of the seventh month, the ark landed on the third day of what would later be known as “Chag Succoth” – which is Hebrew for the Feast (Chag) of Tabernacles (Succoth). And it is significant the ark –
For additional thoughts and for numerous other Scriptures on preparing the heart through fasting readers may wish to study two, extensive articles of fasting and prayer: Humble Yourselves in the Sight of hwhy, and The ThreeDay Fast . These may be downloaded at the following website: http://yahuyahweh.org/iah 157 Leviticus 26:40-42, Deuteronomy 10:16, 30:6, Yirmeyahu 4:3,4 158 Hoshea 10:12, Hebrews 6:7,8 159 Psalm 24:3,4, Ya’acob 4:8-10 160 2Timothy 2:21, Ephesians 2:10 161 2Kepha 1:4-11, Psalm 18:27
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itself a temporary dwelling – “tabernacled” once more upon the earth during that time period. Later, during the Feast of Tabernacles in the days of King Shelomo, the House of hwhy was dedicated as the earthly tabernacle for His Name, 1Kings 8:1-66, 2Chronicles 5:3. Being an earthly tabernacle, this House was temporary even as history shows. And on this particular occasion we have one of the few recorded incidents wherein hwhy responded to a man’s prayer by sending fire from heaven to consume the offering, 2Chronicles 6:40-7:3. This was a time of great renewal and it occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles! 2Chronicles 7:3-16 Another great revival took place as the Feast of Tabernacles was restored during the days of Ezra and Nechemyah. In the book bearing the latter’s name, it is recorded Yisrael had not kept the Feast with such zeal (so as to dwell in booths) since the days of Yeshua, son of Nun! (see Nechemyah 8:1-18) Regarding the Messiah’s first appearance, many people (including the author) believe eswhy was born during the fall somewhere around the Feast of Tabernacles;162 and the Greek of Yochanan 1:14 is properly rendered: “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us.” He had become Immanu-El, “Elohim with us.” In his appendices to “The Companion Bible,” Dr. Bullinger asserts the Messiah was born on the first day of Succoth and dedicated to hwhy through circumcision on the eighth day, the Last Day, the Great Day of the Feast. Perhaps more evidence shall be revealed in the future which substantiates this plausible viewpoint. The Hebrew word, “succoth,” is a plural word meaning, “booths.” And Yisrael was required to dwell in booths yearly during Chag Succoth so they would remember their times of sojourning in the wilderness after coming out of Mitsrayim: And you shall take on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before hwhy your Elohim seven days. And you shall keep it a Feast unto hwhy seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in
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booths seven days; all that are born Yisraelites shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the children of Yisrael to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim: I am hwhy your Elohim. Leviticus 23:40-43 Notice the booths were temporary being made of leaves and branches. The lessons learned through the Feast of Tabernacles are intended to remind us of our transient, quickly passing life in this temporary, earthly sojourn.163 The saga of each believer’s life is much like that of the children of Yisrael in the wilderness wanderings; as each one walks before hwhy, the question remains whether or not that one will “be faithful unto death” and enter into the promised inheritance of eternal life with great reward or with tragic loss.164 The Hebrew number value for the word, “Sinai,” is 130; not coincidentally, the 130th Psalm reveals the “wilderness” of life through which each one must pass as hwhy redeems us from all our iniquities. To be fruitful, spiritually, we must maintain a healthy detachment from the things of this world; we must remember those things which surround us are largely temporary, 1Corinthians 7:29-31. And we must strive for complete, total separation from the most transient thing of all, the lusts of the world.165 By keeping the Feast of Tabernacles we are involved in physical lessons regarding temporal things, and since “the Law is spiritual” (Romans 7:12,14), these lessons are provided to raise our awareness over the allimportant spiritual principles of which they testify. Yisrael was to dwell in booths to commemorate their forefathers being made to dwell in booths when hwhy brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim. We once more cite a portion of that text previously seen: You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Yisraelites born shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the children of Yisrael to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Mitsrayim: I am hwhy your Elohim.

Notice the Law of hwhy requires us to do something (in this case, dwell in booths) before a blessing can be received, Ya’acob 1:22-25. We see it is important to commemorate the past deeds of hwhy,166 but it is also necessary to see the new, spiritual lessons which the Law teaches us regarding our present sojourn through life. When called forth out of sin’s bondage, New Covenant believers begin seeing His eternal Kingdom and soon realize how fleeting are those worldly things which surround us. Upon placing our faith in the Savior and Messiah, we are made to realize the transient nature of life.167 Like all the Feasts of hwhy, the Feast of Tabernacles will be kept in the 1000-year Millennial Reign when eswhy the Messiah exercises His sovereignty over all the earth. hwhy even prophesies of disobedient nations who will refuse to come up to Yerushalayim to the Feast of Tabernacles during that 1000-year Era of great peace and abundance. Because of their sin in refusing to come up to Yerushalayim, it has already been prophesied those nations will suffer drought: And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Yerushalayim shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, hwhy of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Yerushalayim to worship the King, hwhy of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. And if the family of Mistrayim go not up, and come not, upon them shall be the plague, wherewith hwhy will smite the nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. This shall be the punishment of Mistrayim, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zecharyah 14:16-19 We know this is the Millennial Reign since there is yet sin in the earth and since Zecharyah had written just a few lines prior to this: And hwhy shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall hwhy be one, and His Name one. Zecharyah 14:9 This great Era – ushered in by the end-time wrath of hwhy – will be the prophesied time of
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His iron-rod rule wherein eswhy shall crush all disobedient nations into submission with swift and just punishment.168 This is the Messianic Age! When the judgments of hwhy are in the earth, the nations will learn the righteous decrees of His eternal Law, Yeshayahu 26:9, 51:7. So the Feasts of hwhy reveal the prophetic timetable of the One who knows and declares “the end from the beginning.” Yeshayahu 46:10 Like all of the Torah, the Feasts of hwhy declare that which is (now), and that which was (in the past), and that which is to come (in the future). Ecclesiastes 1:9, Revelation 1:8 Many significant events have occurred during the Feasts and many more are prophesied to yet occur in the future. As a closing thought in this regard, we consider the prophet Haggai (“Chaggai” in Hebrew, where the “Ch” represents the letter “chet” and is pronounced somewhat like the “ch” in “loch”). The name of Chaggai means, “My Feast,” or “My Festival.” While the word of prophecy comes to Chaggai on a number of occasions, Scripture indicates one of those oracles was given during Chag Succoth. This, we believe, is of great significance. It was the twentyfirst day of the seventh month, the seventh day of the Feast of Tabernacles. And this particular prophecy of Chaggai is significantly connected to the end time wrath of hwhy and the awesome, dreadful shaking of all those things which can be shaken: In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of hwhy by the prophet Chaggai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Yehudah, and to Yehoshua the son of Yaho-tsedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first splendor? and how do you see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith hwhy; and be strong, O Yehoshua, son of Yahotsedech, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land, saith hwhy, and work: for I am with you, saith hwhy of hosts: according to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Mitsrayim, so My Spirit remaineth among you: fear you not. For thus saith hwhy of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will
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shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with splendor, saith hwhy of hosts. The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine, saith hwhy of hosts. The splendor of this latter house shall be greater than that of the former, saith hwhy of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith hwhy of hosts. Chaggai 2:1-9 This significant, end-time prophecy was given to Chaggai during Chag Succoth and the oracle contains mention of all things which can be shaken. Hebrews 12:26,27 In citing this prophecy, the writer to the Hebrews indicates this is a reference to the Day of hwhy, the time of His wrath upon the lawless and disobedient. It is significant this prophecy was first given within the Feast of Tabernacles. Remember, an important part of the Feast of Tabernacles is its emphasis on the theme of temporary dwellings! Will hwhy stir His end-time wrath and mightily shake the heavens, the earth, the sea, and the dry land during the Feast of Tabernacles – during the time in which the prophecy originally came forth? Chaggai 2:6 Will He use this opportunity to teach the world’s inhabitants everything which they assumed to be permanent was far more temporary and transient than they ever imagined? Psalm 1:6, 49:11, 1Yochanan 2:17 During the Time of Wrath, those worldly possessions and riches – which multitudes presently treasure in an idolatrous fashion – will quickly become things of naught, thus confirming their artificial, temporary value, Yeshayahu 2:20,21. As we dwell in temporary booths during the Feast of Tabernacles, we profess the faith which looks for a Kingdom that cannot be shaken and for a City whose Architect and Builder is hwhy. Hebrews 11:10, 12:28
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The Feast of Tabernacles ultimately foreshadows that time in which the tabernacle/dwelling of hwhy will be with men: And I saw a New Heaven and a New Earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.169 And I,
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Yochanan, saw the set apart City, New Yerushalayim, coming down from Elohim out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of hwhy is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and hwhy Himself shall be with them, and be their Elohim. And hwhy shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 22:1-5 We will now turn our attention to the day which seems to especially anticipate this time in which the tabernacle of hwhy shall be with men: the “Last Great Day,” “the eighth day” of the Feast of Tabernacles. • The Eighth Day (of Chag Succoth), Leviticus 23:35,36, Yochanan 7:37-40 The eighth day of Chag Succoth was a commanded Sabbath of rest which closed out the Feast. On this day, Yisrael was no longer required to dwell in booths; they were to come forth from their temporary dwellings, Leviticus 23:42,43. This is often called the “Last Great Day” within Feast-keeping circles, but it is never given that title in the Scriptures; the phrase was derived from a combination of adjectives used by the apostle Yochanan to describe the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles: In the last day, that great Day of the Feast, eswhy stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ Yochanan 7:37,38 So while the title, “Last Great Day,” is never given to the Eighth day anywhere in the Law and the Prophets, “last” and “great” are certainly both the adjectives used by Yochanan to describe this Sabbath of rest. The Day was, indeed, “great” being a Sabbath Day of rest which closed out the seven days of dwelling in booths. During the seven days of Tabernacles, Yisrael was and
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is commanded to dwell in booths – temporary dwellings. But on the Eighth Day, Yisrael was no longer required to remain in those temporary dwellings. And a time is coming when we will no longer dwell these temporary, physical bodies; of this, the Eighth Day is prophetic. It is prophetic of a time when the temporary shall end and “this mortal shall have put on immortality,” 1Corinthians 15:53,54. It is just as eswhy said of the second birth and as Shaul confirmed with these words, “Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of hwhy.” Yochanan 3:3-8, 1Corinthians 15:50 Our present dwelling in these earthly vessels of flesh and blood will be replaced with eternal dwellings of flesh and Spirit. And the chasidim of hwhy will no more dwell in transient, man-made housing in the temporal realm; they will have a City which abides forever, a City “whose Maker and Architect is hwhy.” Hebrews 11:10 Our Messiah showed this Day was still prophetic of a fardistant time in the future when He stood up and sounded forth a telling proclamation on this final, great Day of Succoth: In the last day, that great Day of the Feast, eswhy stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, ‘Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.’ 39 But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for Ruach ha’Qodesh was not yet given; because that eswhy was not yet magnified. Yochanan 7:37-39, Yeshayahu 55:1 This Scripture applies now to all those believers who continually place their trust in the Messiah, but it remains prophetic of one of the most magnificent days in all of history: the day when eswhy shall stand and extend the water of the Spirit of life to all mankind; it is the day when He shall extend kindness unto all; for the apostle Shaul testified that through the Law, hwhy had shut up all men under sin and unbelief that He might extend kindness and compassion to all: For Elohim hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of Elohim! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! Romans 3:9, 11:32,33, Galatians 3:22

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It is at this time that “every knee shall bow” before eswhy and every tongue shall swear allegiance. Yeshayahu 45:23, Romans 14:11, Philippians 2:10,11 Then will be fulfilled the great teaching of Shaul concerning the absolute power and sovereignty of hwhy in giving eswhy to die for the sins of the whole world (1Yochanan 1:10): For as in Adam shall all die, even so, in eswhy the Messiah shall all be made alive! 1Corinthians 15:22 The effects of Adam’s sin will be cancelled in every life and the kindness of hwhy will grant life and restoration to His entire creation. Then will be the ultimate fulfillment of those words given by Yeshayahu the prophet and Yochanan the Immerser: All flesh shall see the salvation of Elohim! Luke 3:6, Yeshayahu 40:5, 49:6, 52:10 This will be a time of exceedingly great joy, reunion and restoration in all the earth! All the wrongs will have been made right by His righteousness; all the injustices will have been rectified by His justice; all those who have suffered even the greatest tragedy and loss in this life will know the fullest restoration which only hwhy can bring by His power to “subdue all things unto Himself” (Philippians 3:21); and all those who have sinned against Him will be shown favor and kindness. The lovingkindness and goodness of hwhy will have prevailed over all evil (Romans 12:15) and the original plan of hwhy will stand forever after He has restored all things! His purposes and His counsel shall stand forever; they will not have been thwarted by the terrible history of earth’s sin and rebellion. hwhy will be all in all! 1Corinthians 15:28 The Eighth Day, or the Great Day of Chag Succoth assures us hwhy will have the final say as the Ultimate Judge in and over every matter. In eswhy the Messiah, the eternal power and greatness of hwhy will completely override and outweigh even the worst things which have ever occurred in this 6000year, temporary realm of wilderness testing, Proverbs 21:30.
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Our overview of each Feast being ended, we must now turn our attention to showing how important Feast observance was among the first century congregation of Messianic Yahudim and Gentile converts – all of whom believed in the Messiah and kept the Feasts; for they were taught to walk even as eswhy walked. 1Yochanan 2:6 From the Scriptures cited above, we have seen many significant, heavenlyordained events have occurred during the Feasts of hwhy. Scripture shows many more such events are yet to occur within these grand, prophetic days of rest and worship. But since there are multitudes presently dismissing the current validity of Torah and Feast observance, it is needful to consider and expound those relatively few Scriptures which Evangelicals seem incapable of properly explaining apart from abolishing the yet-binding authority of the Torah. It is alltoo-common to “spiritualize” the commandments of hwhy so as to relax or negate their current relevance. Men have done this by misapplying terms like “fulfilled” and “dispensation” to nearly every aspect of the immutable Torah. Those words have been abused and misused to justify breaking the commandments of hwhy and teaching others to do likewise; yet such a course does not leave one in an enviable position, Mattithyahu 5:19. How can anyone teach, in good conscience, the Feasts of hwhy are abolished when the apostle Shaul taught the Gentiles of Corinth to keep the Feast of Passover (that is, the seven days of Unleavened Bread)? Would Shaul teach some Gentiles to keep the Feasts while teaching others those very same Feasts were abolished? Hardly. So we will also consider those few texts which many claim provide them with scriptural proof the Feasts of hwhy were abolished. Let us commence, however, with Shaul’s command to the Corinthian Gentiles to “keep the Feast” of Passover: Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as you are unleavened. For even the Messiah our Passover is sacrificed for us. 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 and truth. 1Corinthians 5:7,8

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When directing them to keep the Feast without the “old leaven” Shaul was clearly in the physical realm as he exhorted the Corinthians to purge out that literal, physical leavening for seven days even as the Torah directs, Exodus 12:19, 13:7. He then proceeded to exhort them to purge the spiritual leaven of which that physical leaven spoke: “the leaven of malice and wickedness.” We have all seen how malice spreads in the workplace from one person to another when someone has a hateful vendetta against another. The same can occur among believers. And we have also seen how lawlessness in one person will spread out to influence various forms of lawlessness in those who interact with the one walking in disobedience and rebellion. I have personally witnessed unbelievers who liked getting drunk trying to influence others to join them in their misery. Just as leaven leavens an entire lump, so sinful deeds in one person can permeate an entire social setting and defile many others (Hebrews 12:15); hence, such lawless iniquity is regarded by hwhy as leaven which must not be part of the believer’s life and which must not be tolerated in an assembly as it will surely spread among and throughout the brethren. It is for this precise reason that excommunication in an assembly should be employed over certain sins (1Corinthians 5:9-13); the sinner must be brought to repentance without being allowed to defile others and spread the leaven of lawless rebellion which is symptomatic of a proud, exalted spirit. Proverbs 6:16-19 The Feast of Passover teaches leaven must not be allowed in any of our earthly dwelling places: neither within the home (Psalm 101:2-7) nor within our houses of worship.170 But how would contemporary Christians react if the apostle Shaul were to write to them with a directive to keep both the physical as well as the spiritual aspects of the Feast of Unleavened Bread? Why, most would call this great apostle a legalist and a Judaizer! This, once more, shows the gross contradictions which Evangelicals so quickly introduce via their lawless doctrines against the Torah: if a text cannot be relaxed through dispensationalism, it is simply spiritualized away as a nice, “Old Testament,”

type or shadow.171 As long as the word of hwhy puts forth “optional” obedience, all is well; but should any Scripture text be taught so as to require obedience,172 those advocating such a blessed route automatically become “legalists.” By today’s faulty definition, the apostle Shaul would also be a legalist!173 And worse, should we use this erroneous definition on the Messiah, even He would be a legalist since eswhy teaches His followers time and time again to keep the Torah!174 Teaching the Law and its commandments, then, does not make one a legalist! Mattithyahu 5:17-20 Legalism occurs when the heart is not acting out of love175 so that Torah requirements of lesser importance overshadow Torah requirements of greater importance.176 Yet even in teaching the weightier aspects of the Torah, eswhy never relaxed or abolished those aspects which were less weighty. Legalism occurs when our worship becomes an idolatrous show of self-exaltation before men177 as contrasted with True Worship in which one walks humbly before hwhy exalting Him alone.178 Further, legalists lack the love of the Messiah and can be seen to have an improper attitude toward life and toward others. This attitude comes out through false witness, gossip, slander, harboring personal philosophies without scriptural basis, and every other form of lawlessness. The prophet Micah spoke of Torah observance as it relates both to hwhy and to our fellow man: He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does hwhy require of you, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your Elohim? Micah 6:8 All too often, men use religion to exalt themselves over their fellow man instead of walking in humble service and gratitude before the Almighty, Genesis 17:1. Religion simply becomes another way by which carnal man fulfills his desire to rule over others. In actuality, if one is seeking hwhy with the whole heart, the Torah cannot be read without resulting in humility!
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• Yom Kippur, “the Fast” (of Atonement), Acts 27:9. If readers have continued to this point in our book, we believe they will now better understand when we write the following: those who reject the Torah are actually casting the word of hwhy behind them, Psalm 50:16,17. Sincere believers do this unwittingly and in ignorance and this is especially the case with multitudes of Evangelicals who have only heard untrue, negative teachings against the Law of hwhy from the days of their youth. Do not unbelievers reject the word of hwhy well enough by themselves? Let’s not give them any help! hwhy knows our hearts and we expect a loving and just Creator will show lovingkindness to all who act have acted “ignorantly in unbelief.” 1Timothy 1:13 Many have been misled by parents or religious leaders who were themselves in error although we know they almost always meant well and lovingly wanted what they thought to be the best for their children or for their congregation. However, for those who harden themselves against the word after hearing the truth of an issue, hwhy will send the error of a deluding influence which, we are warned, falls upon those who receive not “the love of the truth.” Referring to the Torah of hwhy, eswhy prayed, “Your word is truth.” Yochanan 17:17 The “truth” of which eswhy spoke is the only “word” which Yisrael had: the Law and the Prophets – the Five Books of Mosheh and the words of testimony concerning that Law as given by hwhy through the Prophets. Yeshayahu 8:20 This is the very Law which the Messiah and all of His apostles (including Shaul, Acts 24:14) fully upheld and actively taught. But many wrongly malign the apostle Shaul’s stance over the Law as they themselves are not grounded in the unchanging principles of the Torah. Hence, we will consider his epistles and, specifically, two texts which pertain to True and false worship, respectively. We will see these texts provide a contrast between the Feasts of True Worship ordained by hwhy and the worldly, pagan festivals by which Satan has counterfeited the will and the ways of the Most High.
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The word of hwhy is very clear: Gentile converts kept the Shabbat as well as all of the other Feasts!182 Although not widely recognized, the Feasts of hwhy were and are an integral part of the Good News of the Kingdom!183 While Colossians 2:16,17 is commonly used to “prove” the Sabbath and Feasts are abolished in the Messiah, the text (and context!) actually proves just the opposite! Colossians 2 actually proves Gentiles converts actively kept the Torah observances which most people today consider to have been abolished! However, the context shows there were unconverted Yahudim in Colossae who judged these New Covenant converts regarding how they observed the Torah commands mentioned in that particular Scripture – which we now cite just below; the laws in question are related to eating, drinking, Sabbaths, Feasts and New Moons: Let no man, therefore, judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a Feast, or of the New Moon, or of the Sabbath (which are a shadow of things to come), but the body is the Messiah’s.184 Colossians 2:16,17 We note, first of all, the Colossians were instructed not to subject themselves to the judgment of man, but the body is the Messiah’s! He is the Head, the Sovereign, and He leads His people regarding how these things are to be kept! Colossians 1:18, 2:19. If the Torah observances regarding New Moons and Sabbath were not incumbent upon the Colossians, if they were not supposed to be actively observing the ordinances surrounding the things mentioned, then being judged by men over these things would not have even been an issue! But those Gentiles (ColosYeshayahu 56:6, Acts 13:42,44; 15:19-21, 18:4 Nachum 1:15, Yeshayahu 52:7, Hebrews 4:2,4-6, 1Kepha 1:10-12 184 In the KJV translation of Colossians 2:17, the word “is” appears in italics – an indication the text should not read, “but the body is of Messiah.” Italics in the KJV indicate a word is not derived from the ancient manuscript used to obtain the translation. In some cases, italicized words help to give a true, clearer rendering of a Scripture’s meaning. At other times, the italicized word (or words) can absolutely twist the truth of a text as originally inspired by hwhy.
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sians 1:27) had heard the Good News from Epaphras (Colossians 1:5-8) and the Scriptures indicate that message included the Feasts of hwhy, Nachum 1:15. Having heard the true Good News (as opposed to the false gospels which eswhy warned would be advocating lawlessness, Mattithyahu 5:19, 7:16-23), these former pagans were now keeping the Torah in the light and splendor of the Messiah, 2Corinthians 3:15-18. And it is precisely because they were adhering to the commandments of hwhy (1Corinthians 7:19) that they were also being judged by men regarding the manner in which they were keeping the New Moon, the Feasts, the Sabbath, and the other Torah-related injunctions! How would you have felt as a Yehudi (Jew) in Colossae if your next-door, pagan neighbor all of the sudden seemed to share your religion? He was no longer sponsoring pig-roasts or eating blood (Acts 15:20,29); he was no longer going to gatherings of pagan revelry and … wow! … he’s even keeping Shabbat and coming to the synagogue! (Acts 13:14,42-44) But not only so, he is observing the New Moon along with Passover and the other Feasts! 1Corinthians 5:7,8 Perhaps the Yahudim witnessing all these things were elated (remember: the Yahudim were a major minority!). But the Yahudim in question were also overly didactic (as one might expect) and they evidently set themselves in a position of instruction over these Messianic believers in an attempt to impose their man-made, commandment-nullifying traditions upon them! Colossians 2:8,22, Mark 7:9-13 The Jews’ tendency to set themselves in authority over others is rebuked elsewhere on more than one occasion, Mattithyahu 23:1,2, Romans 2:17-20. And since Gentiles who heard the Good News would be observing Sabbath and meeting with the Yahudim of Colossae on the Seventh Day (Acts 13:42,44, 15:19-21, 18:4), this is the scenario which set the stage for Shaul writing the second chapter of Colossians. It is most likely these converts were being wrongly castigated by local synagogue leaders as they came to believe in the Messiah and, subsequently, began keeping the Torah precepts Shaul mentioned in 2:16,17. Thus, the apostle had to advise these formerly pagan Gentiles not to allow any man to judge their methods; they were now part of the body of the Messiah; they were under His Headship, Colossians 2:18,19. The Gentile converts were not

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to subject themselves to the Messiah-denying Yahudim and to their man-made traditions – the “precepts and doctrines of men” (Colossians 2:20-22) – which so often nullified the actual, original Torah commandments of hwhy! Further, the entire wording of Colossians chapter two precisely fits the religion of the Jews (Yahudim) and their man-made doctrines which, in many ways, opposed the very Law they professed to uphold! Galatians 1:14 The second chapter of Colossians reveals Shaul was contrasting the tradition-filled religion of the Yahudim with true faith in hwhy and His Messiah: • He rebukes the “traditions of men:” Colossians 2:8,22, Galatians 1:14, Mattithyahu 15:2, Mark 7:3. • He says they are circumcised in flesh, but not in heart, contrast Colossians 2:11 and Romans 2:28,29; see also Mark 3:1-5, Acts 7:51, Romans 2:25. • He warns against man judging the disciples of eswhy: Colossians 2:16,21,22, Mattithyahu 12:2,7. • He rebukes the Jews’ worship of angels which is also rebuked elsewhere: Colossians 2:18, Acts 7:53, Hebrews 1:1-14. • The Yahudim reject the Headship/Sovereignty of the Messiah: Colossians 2:19, Mattithyahu 12:8, Mark 2:28, Yochanan 1:11. • He exposes the man-made ordinances and stipulations of the Yahudim, “Touch not, taste not, handle not:” Colossians 2:21, Mattithyahu 12:2, 15:2, Mark 7:3. • The Yahudim have “ordinances” which are the “commandments and doctrines of men” yet which nullify the original commandments of the Torah: Colossians 2:8,20-22, Mattithyahu 15:39, Mark 7:6-13. • They make a show of wisdom in will worship, humility, and neglecting the body: Colossians 2:23, Mattithyahu 6:1,2,5,16; 23:5,25,27,28; Luke 18:11,12.185
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progress by accepting true doctrine. And there are still Yahudim in our day who are seen exalting their national heritage and lineage over and above the word of hwhy and His Messiah. Unless eswhy is given “the preeminence in all things,” attempts at ministry will yield results which are less than the best and laborers therein will suffer loss from work which shall not abide, 1Corinthians 3:11-15. Unless eswhy is given the preeminence in all things, we are building in vain on something other than the one and only Foundation laid by hwhy through the Messiah. Psalm 127:1, 1Corinthians 3:11

Making a show of religion for self-exaltation (or in national pride) not only perfectly describes many of the hypocritical leaders of Judaism in the days of the Messiah, it also reveals much of what is seen today among so many who fail to give preeminence to eswhy in their ministry work (Colossians 1:19): showboating televangelists … money-making, empire-building ministers … inspirational, singing icons (or groups) making lucrative, record-selling profits, … and denominations which perpetuate themselves over and above admitting error so as to spiritually

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Note the Pharisees were judging the disciples for their methods of Sabbath observance! Even though they were under the Messiah’s sovereignty, the disciples were wrongly accused of sinning. When they censured the disciples for picking grain on the Sabbath, the Pharisees were, in reality, reproaching eswhy! They were blaming Him for the actions of the disciples and were accusing Him of teaching what they erroneously imagined to be falsehood; in reproaching the disciples, they were actually directing their ultimate reproach towards eswhy, (see Romans 15:3). To summarize, Colossians 2:16,17 proves afListen again to their accusation: “Your disciples ter the Gentile converts of Colossae heard the do that which it is not lawful to do on the SabGood News of the Kingdom through Epaphras, bath.” Do you hear the, “Touch not, taste not, they subsequently began keeping the Torah ordihandle not!” which their traditions ever promulnances regarding food, drink, the Feasts, the gated? Colossians 2:21 Hence, Shaul warned the New Moon, and the Sabbath. As a significant Colossians not to subject themselves to manpart of the True Worship of hwhy, the New Moon made traditions surrounding their Torah obediand Sabbath were commonplace in the Law and ence to hwhy. eswhy the Messiah, the Head of the Prophets; it was and is the very same with the the Assembly of believers, was still “Sovereign True Worship in the New Covenant; these perof the Sabbath” (Mattithyahu 12:8, Mark 2:28), petual observances are foreshadows of greater and He was still Sovereign over all other things things yet to come in the Kingdom of hwhy. as well! Acts 10:36 eswhy asserted His followHence, the New Moon and Sabbath are not abolers were without guilt in picking grain on the ished and are clearly seen to be part of the True Sabbath to meet a legitimate, human need. We Worship in the New Heavens and the New Earth, note these men were not in the field to reap grain Yeshayahu 66:22,23! So it was that through the and to collect sheaf upon sheaf commercially! preaching of the Good News the early Gentile They were not in the grain fields to begin a fullconverts learned of the Torah obedience required scale, harvesting operation and to make money! by hwhy through faith in eswhy the Messiah. They were simply eating a meal! That was and Romans 16:25,26, 1Timothy 1:8-11, 1Kepha is no violation of the Fourth Commandment any 1:23-25 But because there were Yahudim in Comore than going out and picking fresh fruit from lossae who wrongly judged these believers based a tree to eat it on the spot for a delicious, Sabon the man-made traditions of Judaism, Shaul bath Day meal! But do we ever read of the had to instruct them to remain under the MesPharisees judging heathen and rebuking them in siah’s Headship (as part of His body) and not to regard to the Sabbath? Certainly not. The heasubject themselves to the indictments of unconthen were not supposed to be keeping the Sabverted men. These Yahudim may have meant bath. Hence, the Pharisees had no regard for well, but in rejecting the Messiah and in clinging what the heathen did or did not do on the Sabto their Torah-nullifying traditions, they simply bath. But because the disciples were supposed to had no ability to see and to understand the combe observing the Seventh Day, the Pharisees felt mandments of the Torah in the light and splendor a compulsion to “correct” what they believed to of eswhy the Messiah, 2Corinthians 3:14,15. be was a violation of the Law. Judging on the Such is the case to this very day as Yahudim the part of the Pharisees was an issue here for the world over reject their Messiah and cling to simple reason the Sabbath was being fully upman-made traditions which nullify the very Toheld and weekly observed by all those menrah they profess to believe and to uphold. tioned in the account: eswhy the Messiah, His disciples, and the Pharisees. But just like the 141

Gentile converts at Colossae, the disciples were under the Headship of eswhy (Colossians 2:19); He was Sovereign of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8), not the Pharisees. They were mere men! They had no place to judge those under the Headship of the One who is the Sovereign “Head over all things!” The issue of judging seen here with the disciples and seen later at Colossae was one and the same! And both accounts provide yet more evidence all first century believers – whether Yehudi or Gentile – kept the Sabbath and Feasts of hwhy! For in doing so, they were judged for their methods by tradition-touting, Messiahrejecting, commandment-nullifying Yahudim!

We now proceed to examine the pagan contrast to True Worship seen in a second, wellknown text by which many Evangelicals err. It is another Scripture which many use to support the claim against keeping Feasts and to “prove” the Law has been abolished. Failing to note the clear context, many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists fall short of realizing Galatians 4:8-11 refers to the pagan observances of former Gentiles before they had been converted to the one, True Faith; the clear context shows Shaul was addressing things the Galatians did in their previous lives as unbelievers – before they “knew Elohim:” 8 Howbeit then, when you knew not Elohim, you did service unto them which by nature are not deities. 9 But now, after that you have known Elohim, or rather are known of Elohim, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days, and months, and seasons, and years. 11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Galatians 4:811 In this rebuke, Shaul is referring to the heathen observances of these former Gentiles who had been converted to Messianic faith from paganism and who were now part of the commonwealth of Yisrael, Ephesians 2:11-13. He was writing to them about their former days in paganism when they “knew not Elohim.” (Galatians 4:8) Shaul indicates they did service to idols of falsehood: they worshipped things which, by nature, were not even deities. According to the context, their observance of “days, and months, and seasons, and years” was something which occurred in the time period before their conversion! These were pagan rites of false worship still observed by heathen peoples today! Shaul was rebuking the Galatians’ carnal tendency to shrink back, to forsake hwhy, and spiritually speaking, to “go back to Egypt.” Exodus 16:3, Numbers 20:4,5 Hebrews 10:38,39 The days, months, seasons, and years to which Shaul referred dealt with the satanic, idolatrous, witchcraft and sorcery so prevalent in pagan observances established by demons from antiquity. 1Timothy 4:1-4 And those pagan

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observances have been perpetuated the world over down through history to these last days. We will verify this claim by the context of this letter to the Galatians and we will corroborate it with documented, historical facts. Many Christians will already be familiar with the demonic nature of Halloween; in the case of that holiday, its connection to witchcraft, sorcery, and demon worship are readily seen by anyone having ears to hear. Yousands of Evangelicals rightly reject this satanic event, yet multitudes in Christendom still blindly embrace the observance as “harmless” though its roots are easily traceable to the witchcraft forbidden by the Torah. But further study also reveals the pagan origins of Valentine's Day, Easter, and even Christmas/Saturnalia – an observance which is masked as the Savior’s birthday, but which originated in paganism connected to the winter solstice. This “rebirth of the sun” has been celebrated by pagans from antiquity as the winter days once more begin to get longer and the slow approach to spring begins. December 25th was not the Messiah’s birthday, nor are we directed, in any case, to celebrate it! Later in history, these pagan observances – which composed the foundation of Babylonian mystery religion – were absorbed by the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages and “christened,” shall we say, to appear religious.186 These counterfeit festivals are a major issue to hwhy since they are traditions of men which nullify His commandments surrounding the Feasts! Mark 7:7-9 And He has sternly warned us not to worship Him after the manner in which the heathen worship their false deities, Deuteronomy 12:2-4, 29-31, 18:9-14, 20:17,18, Yirmeyahu 10:2-5, Romans 12:1,2. The rebuke of Shaul in Galatians 4:8-11 also refers to and includes the satanic observance of astrology and its twisted use187 of the Zodiac cyFor more information on the false worship associated with modern holidays – which were made popular by paganism-pawning pontiffs – see Alexander Hislop’s, “The Two Babylons,” and “Fossilized Customs,” by Lew White. Ordering information appears in the APPENDIX under “Significant Books.” 187 Of course, a twisted counterfeit implies there was an original purpose in the Zodiac (the Hebrew term for the Zodiac was properly transliterated by the KJV as, “Mazzaroth” in Iyob 38:32). Satan, of course, seeks to conceal this great, original intent as he opposes the plans by which the Most High is to receive much worship and splendor!
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cle. The Zodiac is called “Mazzaroth” in Hebrew and those twelve signs were originally ordained by hwhy as part of the heavens (Iyob 38:32); as such, they certainly reveal a portion of His splendor (Psalm 19:1) and His prophetic plan of salvation. The Mazzaroth are clearly connected to the signs, seasons, days, and years of hwhy. Genesis 1:14-16 However, the astrological deductions made by Zodiac prognosticators often stand in lewd, lawless, immoral, and idolatrous disregard of the Creator of heaven and earth. Pagan holidays and astrology – which are based on lawless, demon-inspired deductions from the Zodiac – together comprise Satan’s age-old counterfeit of the times set by hwhy from “the beginning.” Astrology is a new age religion with an age-old, satanic flair and across the centuries it has given pagans various reasons to observe “days, and months, and seasons, and years.” Galatians 4:10 Astrology was also rebuked by the Torah, and its numerous facets were strictly forbidden. This age-old warning against the paganism of observing times (as in astrological prognostications based on the Zodiac) was given by hwhy Himself: You shall not eat any thing with the blood: neither shall you use enchantment, nor observe times. Leviticus 19:26 10 There shall not be found among you any one that makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that uses divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto hwhy: and because of these abominations hwhy your Elohim is driving them out from before you. 13 You shall be perfect with hwhy your Elohim. 14 For these nations, which you shall possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto di-

viners: but as for you, hwhy your Elohim has not allowed you to do so. Deuteronomy 18:10-14188 Shaul’s stern warning to the Galatians was against observing times in this astrological, pagan manner. His words simply had nothing to do with the Feasts of hwhy. His rebuke was regarding things which the Galatians had done as pagans before their conversion. The apostle’s rebuke to the Galatians was rather akin to the numerous warnings from hwhy against the idolatries of pagan astrology and the observance of times. The Galatians’ desire to return to those pagan holidays and astrological observances – things which they observed before their conversion and things which were contrary to the Torah – was the very thing which led Shaul to warn them that practicing such idolatry and witchcraft would keep them from entering the Kingdom of hwhy! This is the clear, contextual warning seen just a few lines later within the very same epistle; and Shaul further addresses the lusts of the flesh which such false worship feeds: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of Elohim. Galatians 5:19-21 The Galatians’ desire to return to those pagan practices in which they engaged before their conversion, before they “knew Elohim” (Galatians 4:8,9), led Shaul to warn them that involvement with the demonic idolatry and sorcery/witchcraft surrounding those heathen customs would keep them from inheriting the Kingdom of hwhy! This explains why the apostle indicated he feared for the Galatians in their returning to paganism to observe “days, and months, and seasons, and years!” Were they to turn back to the false, pagan worship in which they engaged before their conversion, they would not inherit the Kingdom. They would become apostate and would be rejected in their
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demon worship which involved the idolatry, sorcery, and witchcraft associated with astrology and the like, Amos 5:25,26, Acts 7:42,43. By turning to walk contrary to the Law of hwhy, the Galatians would be rejecting the “doctrine of Messiah” (2Yochanan 1:5,6,9, Yochanan 15:10) – the True Worship and the true love revealed in keeping the commandments of the Torah. 1Yochanan 5:2-3 At that point, the Galatians would become apostate and Shaul’s labor over them would have been in vain, Galatians 4:11. Shaul was rebuking the pagan observances perpetuated by Satan’s lawless, astrological imitation of the appointed times established by hwhy and proclaimed through His Feasts! It is a sad irony his apostolic rebuke against pagan practices has been twisted so as to result in multitudes still rejecting the truth of the Word regarding Feasts and still opting for the holidays of false, heathen worship which feed the flesh in opposition to the Spirit and Torah of hwhy! Yeshayahu 63:10 Ancient and modern-day astrology, along with holidays having their roots in paganism, were and are the very things against which the apostle Shaul was warning in Galatians 4:8-11! His rebuke had absolutely nothing to do with the Feasts of hwhy for Shaul clearly taught other Gentiles to keep those Feasts! Shaul was rebuking the counterfeit observances set up by Satan in opposition to the originally ordained, deeply profound, and prophetically inspired Feasts of hwhy El Shaddai. 2Timothy 3:16,17, Leviticus 23:1,2 Evangelicals – who have largely rejected the Torah – derive lawless interpretations from Scriptures such as Galatians 4:8-11 and Colossians 2:16,17. These Scriptures are then paired together in ignorance (as though they support the same, fallacious argument) and erroneously cited by the mainstream Christian as “proof” to support the stance against the Feasts and the Law of hwhy. It is easy to see how – by misunderstanding the context – Evangelicals would easily and erroneously attempt to correlate the writings of Colossians 2 and Galatians 4 as “evidence” the Feasts and the Law of hwhy were abolished. But as we have seen, both texts in question actually uphold the Torah as immutable (Romans 2:13, 3:31, 8:4) by proving its authority was still binding – even upon first century, Gentile converts.
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A Few, Additional Thoughts on the Continuation of Feasts within the New Covenant We believe the above discourse has thoroughly answered some of the strongest objections to observing Feasts. Considering the above thoughts from Colossians 2 and Galatians 4, it is sad and ironic to note the “strongest” objections against keeping the Feasts are absolutely unfounded from a scriptural standpoint. And when properly understood in context, neither text proves in any way the Feasts were abolished!189 Yet most Evangelicals readily accept those longestablished, superficial arguments without further thought. And those few who do concede the Feasts shall be kept in the Kingdom conclude (without basis): “That will be then, this is now.” Yeshayahu 66:22,23, Nachum 1:15, Zecharyah 14:16-19 Although some of the strongest objections to observing Feasts have been addressed, there yet remain a few more arguments which have been so long accepted, they now stand as seemingly permanent fixtures in the minds of many who would otherwise do the will of hwhy if it were but revealed unto them. If given a chance, we believe there are many followers of eswhy who would not continue life apart from these great, prophetic Feasts. To serve such as are yet seeking the truth of the matter we note these Evangelical arguments have become entrenched through unwitting opposition to the truth of the Word over the matter of Feastkeeping. Believing there are many faithful brethren who would keep the Feasts if they could get past certain hurdles, or mental blocks, we will now address those objections and study why they do not hold up under the light of Scripture. hwhy has commanded His Name to be His memorial to all generations. Exodus 3:14,15 He has likewise commanded His Feasts to be perpetual statutes which are to be observed in all generations. These seasons, or appointed times (pronounced “mo-e-deem” in Hebrew), are tied to the very creation of the sun, moon and stars:

Colossians 2:16,17 actually proves the Feasts are still valid and binding under the New Covenant, while Galatians 4:8-11 proves the Torah injunctions against astrology are like all its other injunctions – immutable!

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And Elohim said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons,190 and for days, and years” Genesis 1:14 While the earth remains, hwhy promises these seasons will remain also; these seasons are especially connected to the times of harvest: While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22 The seasons/moedim of hwhy are perpetual based solely on their connection with the creation, but we are later told hwhy created these Appointed Times as part of His plan to cause men to seek Him! 26 And (He) has made from one blood every nation of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; 27 that they should seek the Sovereign, if at least they would reach out for Him, and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us: 28 For in Him we live, and move, and have our being … Acts 17:26-28 The above Scripture reveals the appointed times/seasons were made by hwhy to cause us to seek after Him! And so it is: at the change of every season, our heart cries out in a special way for the Living Creator, Psalm 42:1,2, 63:1, 65:1,2, 84:1-7, Yochanan 7:37. Every time the seasons change, the Spirit is calling to us, teaching us, and drawing us to the Almighty: the renewal of life each spring imparts a joyous expectation and speaks to us of the Creator’s power of renewal and resurrection; the summer heat calls us to sweat and labor while we continually find rest under the shadow of His wings; the fall season and its harvest are accompanied with fading flowers and dying leaves; the fields are becoming empty; this teaches us about the transient nature of all things; we thereby sense the futility/vanity of life in this world apart from hwhy; since the grass withers and the flower fades, the Spirit calls us to look to the Eternal One and His word which endures forever;191 and the long death caused by the winter cold is a continual
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reminder of our need for the Lifegiver – the One who states He is “the resurrection and the life” (Yochanan 11:25); this, of course, returns us once again to the spring and the need for/anticipation of the resurrection. There is something within every one of us which cries out for the Presence and knowledge of hwhy. In His unfathomable love, hwhy has created the sun, moon, and stars “for signs and for seasons, and for days and years” to the end that we might seek Him and find Him, Psalm 136:5-9, 104:19 But what is it within us which causes this yearning? The apostle Yochanan wrote it is the Light of Life, the Light of eswhy the Messiah – who is “the light which lighteth every man coming into the world.” Yochanan 1:1-4, 9 hwhy put within every person the knowledge of what He is through the creation. Because that which may be known of Elohim is manifest in them; for Elohim has shown it unto them. Romans 1:19 This is why the psalmist could write the following of True Revival: All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto hwhy: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before Thee. Psalm 22:27 We cannot remember something unless it is something which we once knew and then forgot! The deity of this current age has worked through the lusts of the flesh so as to cause most of mankind to forget their Creator.192 Those thus blinded can no longer sense the inner witness of light which was placed within each one of us. (And many do sense it, but for various reasons beyond the scope of this writer, they misinterpret this light to mean they must have existed in another time or place. Thus, at some point in the distant past, was born the idea known as “reincarnation.”) Through keeping Feasts, we grow closer to what hwhy desires for His people and we become more strongly connected to the inner light which He has placed within us! Yochanan 12:35,36 And yet, as we have already seen above, there is much more to learn of these seasonal changes as we draw near to the Most High; Scriptures reveal the changing seasons – and their connection to harvesting of crops – relate to
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other harvests of an altogether different sort: the salvation-harvest of tribes, tongues, people, and nations which eswhy will reap for the Kingdom of hwhy. The seasons/moedim/appointments/Feasts of hwhy are also perpetual based on His word to Yisrael – a people near to Him193 and a people who were commissioned to know and to reveal His mind and heart to all other nations.194 hwhy instructed Yisrael His Feasts were to be a part of His Kingdom reign among them to all generations: And this day195 shall be unto you for a memorial; and you shall keep it a Feast to hwhy throughout your generations; you shall keep it a Feast by an ordinance for ever. Exodus 12:14 Of the wave sheaf Offering during the Days of Unleavened Bread hwhy said: And you shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that you have brought an offering unto your Elohim: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:14 Of the rest and refreshing to be had on Shavuoth/Pentecost, hwhy said: And you shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be a qodesh convocation unto you: you shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout your generations. Leviticus 23:21 Regarding the fast of Yom Kippur/the Day of Covering hwhy said: 27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement: it shall be a qodesh convocation unto you; and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto hwhy. 28 And you shall do no work in that same day: for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before hwhy your Elohim. 29 For whatsoever soul it is that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it is that doeth any work
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in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 You shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. Leviticus 23:27-31 And of the Feast of Tabernacles, we are instructed: And you shall keep it a Feast unto hwhy seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. Leviticus 23:41 Because the Feasts were commended to all generations in Yisrael, this means that all those who receive salvation as they come into the commonwealth of Yisrael will also be keeping the Feasts! Yeshayahu 56:3-8/Yochanan 10:16, Yochanan 4:22, Romans 2:28,29, Ephesians 2:11-13,19-20, 4:17 Contemporary brethren who do not understand the nature of salvation through Yisrael also do not yet see the great blessings and prophetic purposes of the Feasts. By receiving salvation in the Messiah, we are grafted into the Olive Tree of Yisrael. Romans 11:7-21 If they could perceive these things, many dear believers would soon realize they have absolutely no Scripture upon which to base the claim the Feasts of hwhy are a thing of the past. To say Feasts are no longer binding and necessary is to put forth a statement which has a serious lack of scriptural support. A bit of open, honest study in the word of hwhy will readily show this stance has absolutely no scriptural support. The traditions of men can only provide deficient, crumbling pillars for upholding such arguments. And this writer sees that those who altogether reject the Feast ordinances, may themselves be rejected as first fruits. This is not to say or even infer such brethren will fail to eventually enter the Kingdom of hwhy. However, if we break even the least of His commandments and so teach others, eswhy warns us to prepare for a humiliating and long-term demotion in His Father’s Kingdom, Mattithyahu 5:19. Even eswhy the Messiah had no right to change His Father’s Law, Deuteronomy 13:1-4. He said so Himself. Mattithyahu 5:17-20 eswhy had no right to do away with the Passover meal196 which memorialized deliverance from Mitsrayim; nor did He have any right
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to do away with any other statute which hwhy commanded throughout every generation of Yisrael! As a matter of fact, eswhy remains our Example in all things – including keeping the Feasts of hwhy! Mattithyahu 26:17, Yochanan 5:1-9, 7:1-18, 37-46 Those who abide in Him must walk even as He walked. 1Yochanan 2:4-6 To punctuate this discourse we say once more: the Messiah had no right to abolish any of the perpetual Feasts which hwhy commanded to 1000 generations! 8 He hath remembered His covenant for ever, the word which He commanded to a thousand generations. 9 Which covenant He made with Abraham, and His oath unto Yitschak;10 and confirmed the same unto Ya’acob for a Law, and to Yisrael for an everlasting covenant. Psalm 105:8-10 At 50 years per generation (a low estimate), simple math will show we are but a mere 120 or so generations from the creation! The word of hwhy cited above from Psalm 105 states His covenant with Abraham was confirmed with the entire nation of Yisrael in the fourth generation; that covenant extends to 1000 generations (50,000 years plus)! We do far better to seek understanding of the Torah in light of the Messiah’s example197 than to avoid and argue against what would otherwise bring us great spiritual benefit. Romans 7:14 What, Where, When and How? Some feel that sacrificing animals is inseparably linked to Feast-keeping. A few believers enquire in this regard honestly while many others seem to use the issue of animal offerings as a reason to quickly dismiss personal obligation in regard to observing the Feasts of hwhy. Once the matter of Feast-keeping is dismissed, many seem to give no further thought to their importance and go merrily on their way while missing out on the immense blessings of simple obedience. For those who object that we cannot keep Feasts because of their connection with animal offerings, we respond by indicating we do not necessarily have to do sacrifices to keep Feasts since the word of hwhy clearly says, “To obey is better than sacrifice.” 1Shemuel 15:22 The one exception is Passover where hwhy simply tells us to eat
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a meal once a year which consists of a lamb or a goat along with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Exodus 12:8 This meal is a yearly commemoration of Yisrael’s deliverance from bondage in Mitsrayim. Exodus 12:23-27 [[We also see eswhy and His followers partook of this Passover meal198 – a memorial to which the Messiah added an additional remembrance: the bread and cup memorializing His death. 1Corinthians 11:23-26]] hwhy provides us with a few, simple directions surrounding the preparation of this yearly memorial of Yisrael’s deliverance from Mitsrayim. Nothing in all of Scripture ever says the Passover meal involved a sin offering. However, the lamb or goat eaten at Passover did foreshadow the coming of eswhy, the True Passover Lamb. Yochanan 1:29,36, 1Corinthians 5:7,8 The bread and cup at the Passover meal now also commemorate His death; and we partake of these while anticipating its greater fulfillment – which eswhy teaches will occur during Passover when He comes in His Kingdom! Luke 22:15,16 If eswhy commands us to keep Passover while proclaiming His death and looking forward to its future fulfillment, how can this Feast have ever been abolished? While animal offerings have been a large part of what is used by many to justify not keeping the Feasts of hwhy, a closer look reveals that Feast observance cannot be opposed based on the animal offerings. If anything, the increased number of animal offerings – historically presented to hwhy during the Feasts days – should only serve to heighten in our minds the importance of our Creator’s Festivals! But since many maintain that Feasts can no longer be kept because animal offerings were presented to hwhy during those special times, we will assume such reasoning is correct and see where it takes us. 1. Where does this logic takes us when applied to the daily, animal sacrifices? Some animal offerings were required daily under the Levitical priesthood. If we now apply the logic of those who will not observe Feasts due to their connection with such animal offerings, we must also conclude those same people are no longer able to worship hwhy daily since there were daily animal offerings presented to the Most High in the days of old. Numbers 28:1-8 If we are to apply this
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faulty logic to its fullest extent, we can no longer offer hwhy worship from day to day since such day to day, animal sacrifices were presented by Yisrael of old. All true believers will agree such a conclusion is not only faulty, but even outright absurd. This shows us there must be some flaw in anti-Feast arguments based on their connection with animal sacrifices. No true believer would argue our daily worship of hwhy should cease for any reason – including the severe threat of death, Daniel 3:1-23, 6:1-13. Even in captivity when facing the possibility of death, Daniel continued to offer prayers at the time of the morning and evening sacrifice and at one other time as well.199 Daniel 9:21, Psalm 5:3, 141:2, 1Kings 18:36-39 2. Animal offerings were required weekly on the Sabbath under the Levitical priesthood. Numbers 28:9,10 Should we stop observing Sabbath since we are not presenting these weekly, animal offerings? No Sabbath-keeper would ever present such an argument. In an attempt to skirt this issue, some have said that since the Seventh Day falls within the Decalogue (in the Fourth Commandment), the Sabbath Day is completely detached (so they think) from the animal offerings and, hence, it remains perpetual.200 The general claim is the Sabbath Day can be extricated from the animal offerings201 while the Feasts cannot.
Likely at midday (Psalm 55:17), but possibly at midnight, Psalm 119:62. 200 Animal offerings on Shabbat under the Levitical priesthood prophesied of even greater, spiritual sacrifices to be offered to hwhy under the Melchi-tsedek priesthood. Psalm 69:30-32, Hoshea 14:12, Hebrews 13:15 So the Sabbath is never completely detached from the offerings! We are instructed to seek hwhy through His Torah, Psalm 119:2. To do so, we must not cast aside His words as a thing of naught (Psalm 50:16,17, Hoshea 8:12), but rather, we must number among those who are “rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15 Animal offerings were intended to teach us the reality of spiritual offerings – offerings which are much weightier and far greater than the physical ones. Psalm 40:6-10 But animal offerings were never intended to make us forget the Sabbaths and Feasts of hwhy which He ordained from the foundation of the world! Yechezkel 22:26 As said above, the increased number of animal offerings commanded on those days should only serve to impress upon our minds the great importance which hwhy Himself has placed upon His Feast days! 201 As though there were a need to do so! Why not seek hwhy for what He would teach us through the meaning and intent of those animal offerings? Hoshea 8:12
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However, such reasoning is, once more, rather faulty. This man-made argument does not hold water in abolishing the Feasts since all of the other Feasts of hwhy are commanded within the Ten Commandments as well! As previously seen, Feast observance is one of the means by which hwhy defines our service to Him. Yisrael was to be released from bondage that they might go forth and keep a Feast to Him in the wilderness! Exodus 5:1 Yet later, hwhy says no less than six times that His people are to be let go that they might serve Him. Exodus 7:16, 8:1, 8:20, 9:1, 9:13, 10:3 The Second Commandment indicates we are to serve hwhy above idols, Exodus 20:4-6. Hence, the word of hwhy shows keeping Feasts is clearly a part of this “reasonable service” (Exodus 13:5-8, 2Chronicles 7:19, 30:1-9, Romans 12:1,2). Feasts are special times – times set apart by hwhy for rejoicing and thanksgiving. The Feasts are times wherein we are to come before hwhy and serve Him with gladness, Deuteronomy 16:14,15, Psalm 100:1-4. Failure to serve hwhy in this way is accounted by Him as ingratitude which He warns will lead to bondage: Because you served not hwhy your Elohim with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies which hwhy shall send against you: in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things; and He shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until He has destroyed you. Deuteronomy 28:47,48, Romans 1:21-28 Yisrael’s failure to keep Feasts at the times appointed was also a failure to render the spiritual offerings of true praise and gratitude rightly required and rightly expected by hwhy. He is surely worthy of all the praise and gratitude we can render. Numerous Scriptures indicate failure to properly offer202 Feast-time gratitude203 was the ultimate cause of Yisrael’s captivity. Leviticus 26:34,43, 2Chronicles 30:1-9, 36:14-21, Yirmeyahu 17:21-27, Ezra 5:12, Nechemyah 13:15-18 So we conclude that Feasts are clearly part of the commanded service mentioned within
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the Ten Commandments, and those arguments which correctly apply in favor of retaining Sabbath observance, apply likewise to retaining and observing all of the Feasts of hwhy. 3. Animal offerings were required daily, weekly (each Shabbat), and within the other Festivals as well.204 We do not stop living day-to-day nor do we stop keeping Shabbat due to animal offerings which were presented therein under the Levitical priesthood of old. Equally so, we do not stop keeping Feasts because of the related animal offerings which were presented by the Levites during those Appointed Times! Although animal offerings occurred within all of the Feasts, the Festivals of hwhy are no more done away with than worshipping daily or keeping the Shabbat. With a change in the priesthood, a change in the Law comes also (Hebrews 7:12); and there was clearly a change in the priesthood with eswhy. When the high priest adjured eswhy by an oath to declare whether He was the Messiah, the Savior affirmed in the positive, Mattithyahu 26:63,64. In response, the high priest angrily rent his garments and accused eswhy of blasphemy, 26:65. Yet this action by the high priest was a glaring violation of the Torah as it related to the garments of this man’s office:
And he that is the high priest among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and that is consecrated to put on the garments, shall not uncover his head, nor rend his clothes. Leviticus 21:10

conduct such offerings in the New Heavens and the New Earth.205 However, regardless of the future purpose and implementation of those animal offerings, the offering of eswhy stands as the Supreme and Preeminent Sin Offering to the Messianic Age. Hebrews 10:14 Above all else, hwhy wants our hearts … and coming before Him to rejoice and to give thanks, we can give Him our offerings of praise – not only daily and weekly, but also annually at each of the special Feasts established by Him. Offerings of praise can be rendered apart from animal offerings. Hoshea 14:2 In the Torah, hwhy has always taught the supremacy of spiritual offerings over animal offerings; offerings which flow from a heart filled with love and gratitude are His greatest desire: Sacrifice and offering You have not desired; my ears You have opened: burnt offering and sin offering You have not required. Then I said, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do Your will, O my Elohim: yes, Your Torah is within my heart. I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O hwhy, You know. I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation: I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth from the great congregation. Psalm 40:6-10 Another psalm also shows the preeminence of praise offerings over and above animal offerings: I will praise the Name of Elohim with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please hwhy better than an ox or bull that has horns and hoofs. The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek Elohim. Psalm 69:30-32 Those who wish to use animal offerings as their “out” for not observing Feasts are simply failing to apply the above Scriptures so as to “rightly divide the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15 Our praise offerings are declared by the Law and Prophets to be far weightier than animal offerings. In this present era, hwhy is well-pleased with Feast-keeping wherein offerings of praise
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are continually given in abundance. Levitical animal offerings can only be offered by Levites; however, offerings of praise are possible from every contrite heart, in every place, in every generation, and in every age. Where are Feasts to be Kept? Some claim Feasts can only be kept in Yerushalayim. Yet the record in Acts shows Shaul kept Feasts both in Yerushalayim and in other locations as well. eswhy also spoke of a time when worship would be decentralized: 21 eswhy said unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when you shall neither in this mountain (i.e., Mount Gerizim), nor yet at Yerushalayim, worship the Father. 22 You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Yahudim. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. Yochanan 4:21-23 Shaul would later observe the Feast of Passover and Unleavened Bread with Luke and the believers in Philippi. Acts 20:6 Feasts are to be kept wherever hwhy chooses to place His Name (Deuteronomy 12:4-7), and in the New Covenant He places His Name throughout the earth wherever two or three are gathered to exalt Him. Mattithyahu 18:20, 1Corinthians 14:23-25, 29, Malachi 1:11

How are We to Keep the Feasts? As seen above, keeping a Feast is much like attending a retreat. It is a time of rest, thanksgivt s r q u p e o n m l k y j x z w h d g b a ing, and worship! If there is no mystery in attending a retreat, there should be even less perHaving established the continuation of the plexity in keeping the Feasts of hwhy. Torah and the Feasts in the New Covenant, we 2Corinthians 11:3 The Scriptures show that conclude Part 7 with thoughts revealing a proFeasts are restful times for separation from the found truth concerning those Feasts. This truth, world, times for worship, times for fellowship, like so many others, can never be gleaned apart and times for communing with hwhy. However, from holding to the foundational principles of no retreat can ever replace the appointed Feasts the eternal Torah. Specifically, the Feasts of which the Almighty has given us for walking in hwhy were intended to provide a wholesome, ediHis ancient paths of peace, rest and renewal. Yefying and dignified platform for implementing shayahu 28:12, 30:15, Yirmeyahu 6:16 Howthe true, heavenly, social security program of ever, let us clearly state the following: we would hwhy. The tithes and freewill offerings were desbe amiss to belittle any individual or any group ignated to be brought up to Yerushalayim by seeking rejuvenation through retreats which fall outside the appointed Feast Days. The Spirit has Yisraelites during each of the three pilgrim called this writer away for a number of such per206 sonal retreats – from which he has derived much Or even of the Spirit’s leading! 150

benefit and many unspeakable, spiritual blessings. However, we will not be wise should we attend retreats of our own making206 and yet fail to attend the retreat appointments which hwhy has already provided and commanded through His Feasts. All who seek hwhy must learn to prefer His ways above their own. Yeshayahu 55:8,9, Mattithyahu 6:33 It is only we who shall suffer by failing to attend the Feast appointments ordained by our Creator! Proverbs 9:12 Feasts are special appointments set by hwhy Himself for meeting with His people. The previous information on the “retreat aspect” of Feasts (seen on page 117) should prove helpful to many believers who have already heard the voice of the Spirit calling them away for times of rest and renewal! Of course, there are Torah injunctions regarding Feast observance which we should seek, study, rejoice in, and do (Ezra 7:9,10, Ya’acob 1:22-25); but none of those lesser aspects of the Torah override the simplest, weightiest, and greatest purposes of the Feast Days: separation from the world to worship hwhy with much thanksgiving, as we rest, rejoice and provide for the poor of His people. If dear readers can ponder “the why and the how” of Feast-keeping, perhaps the Festivals will become palatable to more brethren sooner than later. The Feasts of the Kingdom are clearly part of the Good News and they will be kept throughout the ages! Nachum 1:15, Yeshayahu 66:22,23 In keeping the Feasts of hwhy, we will obtain abundantly more light from His Word (Psalm 97:11, Psalm 111:10) and more of His Kingdom principles will work in and around our lives.

Feasts (Deuteronomy 16:16, 2 Chronicles 8:13); these tithes were to be shared with “the Levite, the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger:” 17 You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your corn, or of your wine, or of your oil, or the firstlings of your herds or of your flock, nor any of your vows which you vow, nor your freewill offerings, or heave offering of your hand. 18 But you must eat them before hwhy your Elohim in the place which hwhy your Elohim shall choose, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your man-servant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates: and you shall rejoice before hwhy your Elohim in all that you put your hands unto. 19 Take heed to yourself that you forsake not the Levite as long as you live upon the earth. Deuteronomy 12:17-19 9 Seven weeks shall you number unto you; begin to number the seven weeks from such time as you begin to put the sickle to the grain. 10 And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks unto hwhy your Elohim with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give unto hwhy your Elohim, according as hwhy your Elohim hath blessed you: 11 And you shall rejoice before hwhy your Elohim, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite that is within your gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which hwhy your Elohim has chosen to place His Name there. Deuteronomy 16:9-11

your Elohim which He has given you. Deuteronomy 16:13-17 Then there is also the “tithe of the increase” – a tithe taken from what we might call “profits.” We notice the tithe of the increase was to be brought up in the third year, partly because of the seven-year, land Sabbath cycle: contributing every three years would have all Yisrael bringing this tithe of the increase in the third and sixth years of the land Sabbath cycle. We note the sixth year would have been especially critical for the extra provisions which the Levites and the poor would need to carry them through the seventh year in which no tilling and harvesting of the land would occur! This land Sabbath resulted in more than a year with no tithe offerings from the grain crops which were produced through tilling the soil; thus, there would be no additional provision of grain for the Levite, widow and orphan for over one year! In addition to what might be termed “the regular tithe” (seen above), this tithe of the increase would bring extra sustenance to those who would otherwise suffer deprivation: 22 You shall truly tithe all the increase of thy seed, that the field brings forth year by year. 23 And you shall eat before hwhy your Elohim, in the place which He shall choose to place His Name there: the tithe of your corn, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks; that you may learn to revere hwhy your Elohim always. 24 And if the way is too long for you, so that you are not able to carry it; or if the place is too far from you, which hwhy your Elohim shall choose to set His Name there, when hwhy your Elohim hath blessed thee, 25 then shall you turn it into money, and bind up the money in your hand, and shall go unto the place which hwhy your Elohim shall choose: 26 And you shall bestow that money for whatsoever your soul desires, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever your soul desires: and you shall eat there before hwhy your Elohim, and you shall rejoice, you, and your household, 27 and the Levite that is within your gates; you shall not forsake him; for he has no part nor inheritance with you. 28 At the end of three years you shall bring forth all the tithe of your increase the same year, and shall lay it up within your gates. 29 And the Levite, (because he has no part nor inheritance with you)

13 You shall observe the Feast of Tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in your corn and your wine:14 And you shall rejoice in thy Feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your manservant, and your maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within your gates. 15 Seven days shall you keep a solemn Feast unto hwhy your Elohim in the place which hwhy shall choose: because hwhy your Elohim shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice. 16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before hwhy your Elohim in the place which He shall choose; in the Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in the Feast of Weeks, and in the Feast of Tabernacles: and they shall not appear before hwhy empty: 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of hwhy 151

and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within your gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that hwhy your Elohim may bless you in all the work of your hand which you do. Deuteronomy 14:22-29 Some have erroneously called this tithe at the end of three years, “the third tithe.” But “third tithe” is a contradiction in terms! A “third tithe” according to this interpretation would have believers giving thirty percent instead of ten! The tithe of the increase saw to it that “riches and wealth” (Psalm 112:2) were in the house of Yisraelites so those needy who came from abroad could be fed, shown hospitality (vss. 28,29 above) and be sustained with necessary provisions. Failure to do these things would result in oppression of the poor and the rebuke of hwhy would come upon the land. There is yet another text which illuminates this tithe of the increase: 12 When you have made an end of tithing all the tithes of your increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled;13 Then you shall say before hwhy your Elohim, I have brought away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me: I have not transgressed Your commandments, neither have I forgotten them: 14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of hwhy my Elohim, and have done according to all that You have commanded me. 15 Look down from Your set apart habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Yisrael, and the land which You have given us, as You swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey. Deuteronomy 26:12-15 It is telling to note Shaul taught the Torah command of tithing of one’s increase to the Gentile Corinthians! We see this as we compare the apostle’s instructions with that of hwhy through Mosheh:

Upon the first of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as Elohim hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 1 Corinthians 16:2 Notice Shaul was not talking here about a public worship collection! This was not a collection taken up during a Sunday worship service as so many Evangelicals falsely teach! These believers were instructed to store this offering at home according to the increase or profit afforded them from hwhy above! This was (and is!) the tithe of the increase commanded in the Torah! This tithe was to be laid up within one’s gates: … you shall bring forth all the tithe of thine increase the same year, and shall lay it up within thy gates. Deuteronomy 14:28 This explains why Shaul was instructing these brethren to lay up their increase at home according to the Torah (Acts 24:14): … let every one of you lay by him in store, as Elohim hath prospered him. And if Shaul taught the tithe of the increase, we can be sure he also taught the weightier aspects of the Torah to these Gentile converts! Mattithyahu 23:23 The Feasts of hwhy, then, were times to share the abundance of the land in the form of tithes and offerings; these gifts were presented before the face of hwhy and shared, not only with those of the priesthood, but also with the poor and the needy – the widow, the fatherless, and the stranger. When the tribes of Yisrael appeared before hwhy, they were to bring the first fruits (the choicest or the very best of the land), the tithes of the land, and the tithes of the increase of their seed (every third year). They were never to see His face empty-handed, Deuteronomy 16:16, 17. Just as crucial, the Feasts of hwhy were special times set apart for Yisrael to be separate from the filthiness of the nations so they might serve the Most High in offering up True Worship and thanksgiving to hwhy. Feast-keeping through separation from the world is an essential part of this service to hwhy, Exodus 5:1, 7:16, 8:1,20, 9:1,13, 10:3, 9. This was not only shown by hwhy through Mosheh in His commands to let Yisrael go from Mitsrayim, but it was also seen in the days of Ezra and Nechemyah after Yisrael had returned from Babylonian captivity: And the children of Yisrael, which were come again out of captivity – and all such as had sepa152

rated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek hwhy Elohim of Yisrael – did eat, and kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy: for hwhy had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria unto them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of Elohim, the Elohim of Yisrael. Ezra 6:21,22 So we have in the Feasts a time of separation from the world for serving hwhy together with a time of rejoicing and thanksgiving as one shares the tithe of the land so as to provide for the widow and fatherless. Thus, in the context of being a doer of the Torah,207 Ya’acob was clearly writing of Feast observance when he stated: Pure religion and undefiled before Elohim and the Father is this: to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Ya’acob 1:27 This describes exactly what occurred through the Feasts of hwhy: Yisrael separated themselves from the filthiness of the heathen (i.e., a retreat!) to worship hwhy and brought provisions for the widow and orphans in their distress. Though hwhy is high, yet He regards the lowly, Psalm 138:6. And Feasts were occasions upon which He was especially exalted by the house of Yisrael while, at the same time, the poor and lowly were regarded, remembered, and given their necessary provisions. Evidently, hwhy feels it is anticlimactic for Him to be greatly exalted in worship when there are yet those among His people in need. Widowhood, orphanage, poverty, and sojourning in a strange land are four of the deepest, abiding afflictions anyone can know or endure. hwhy feels the afflictions and heartache caused by the difficulties surrounding those who suffer through such circumstances,208 yet He also feels their joy when they are shown kindness, Proverbs 14:21, 31, Daniel 4:27. And so, hwhy saw to it that all Yisrael rejoiced at His Feasts.209 At those times in which He is greatly exalted, hwhy especially thinks to remember the lowly! Though He dwells in the high and separate place,
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He also chooses to dwell with the poor, afflicted, and humble. Yeshayahu 57:15 Hence, when we read of those who oppressed the widow and fatherless, we realize those persons had an “evil eye” and were likely not generous at Feasts, Deuteronomy 15:9, Luke 11:34. Failing to give the tithe of grain and produce not only robbed hwhy (Malachi 3:8-10), it also robbed those whose only means of sustenance was largely received during the harvests surrounding Feast observance. This may well be part of what was behind the pride displayed by those who scoffed in their refusal to go up to Yerushalayim to keep the Feast of the Passover in the days of King Chezkiyahu (Hezekiah, 2Chronicles 30:6-10); not only were they selfish toward their Creator, but they were closing their hearts toward their fellow man as well, 1Yochanan 4:20. hwhy shows us through the Feasts that part of being grateful for what He has given must be expressed through giving to others who are in need. There is nothing more wholesome than gathering with believers to rejoice and give thanks to hwhy at the special times He has set apart for so doing; these are times He has specially designated for displaying gratitude towards Him. Failing to give hwhy thanks “for the abundance of all things” at those times He has especially set apart for that very purpose is regarded by Him as ingratitude; it was this very ingratitude which led Yisrael to forsake hwhy and which led to that nations bondage. Deuteronomy 28:47,48 We assert these same things will also lead to spiritual bondage of many sorts. Romans 1:21-28. So even something as simple as true thanksgiving is lacking among the people of hwhy due to our failure to keep His appointed Feasts. While we are commanded to give thanks in all things at all times (1Thessalonians 5:20), it is still not our place to forgo these special, Feast-time appointments which are designated by hwhy for His people to come before Him with rejoicing and gratitude. Hence, apart from keeping the Feasts of hwhy, ingratitude towards the Creator and oppression of the poor will further prevent True Revival.
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See Ya’acob 1:22-25, 2:8, 4:11. Even as He feels all our afflictions, Yeshayahu 63:9. 209 Like hwhy, Iyob felt great honor in bringing joy to the widow, Iyob 29:11-13.

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Conclusion So ends all of our discourse in favor of the eternal Torah – the word which, if followed, will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Psalm 119:105, 2Timothy 3:15 May hwhy bless all readers who have persevered to this point and who have gleaned more from His word to guard and to do. May He bless all who trust in the shed blood of the Messiah to more fully become “doers of the word,” or as more than one apostle wrote, “doers of the Law.” Romans 2:13, Ya’acob 4:11 To enter the Kingdom of hwhy, we must remain childlike and teachable. Mattithyahu 18:3,4 Such an attitude is important as there are surely infinitely more treasures in the word of hwhy than we can even begin to know on this side of eternity. However, the Spirit can and will teach us a great deal, even now, if we are simply willing to learn.

Should any of our readers be inclined to peaceably share additional understanding on the topics seen in this text, please contact the author at the address provided. Still, it must always be our realization that— even when each of us have done our utmost to reveal His word and His ways, and to magnify His great and Qodesh Name—we must yet agree with the prophet, Iyob, and speak these words of reverent awe over the infinite, unsearchable ways of hwhy El Elyon, He who is the Most High and the Sovereign over all His creation:

“Lo, these are but the outskirts of His ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of Him.” Iyob 26:14, ASV
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Alternative Health Information While there are many medical practices and ministries which are helpful, the following have proven to be among the most effective and hardest hitting while maintaining a very positive, service-oriented approach (there are certainly others doing an outstanding job, but these references are given to boost those with little or no previous information or contacts): • Dr. Joel Robbins, D.C. Health & Wellness Clinic, Inc. 6711 S. Yale, Suite 106 Tulsa, OK. 74136 Phone: 918.488.0444 Fax: 918.488.0470 Shelby, NC 28151 Phone: 704.481.1700, Fax: 704.481.0345 Hallelujah Acres has been effective in helping thousands normalize weight and conquer other serious health problems – many of which are more related to diet and improper lifestyle than most people are aware. They publish a number of fine books along with an informative newsletter (which can be obtained electronically). They also have a number of supporting health products which many use to great benefit! Website: http://www.hacres.com • The Center for Advanced Medicine 4403 Manchester Ave., Suite 107 Encinitas, California 92024 Phone: 760. 632.9042 Fax: 760.632.0574 CAM is helping people worldwide. Patrons now travel to Encinitas from every corner of the world to receive successful treatment and lasting health. The center combines a host of qualified medical practitioners who opt for diet supplements and other products as they attack the root cause of chronic, degenerative diseases: toxins, molds and parasites. Unlike the mainstream medical establishment – which largely treats the symptoms without providing a lasting cure – CAM deals with the body’s overload of molds, toxins, and parasites thereby bringing restoration and enduring health. Website: http://www.ctradvmed.com • Health Science Health Science distributes products and literature made available by the Paul Bragg family. Among his many works, Dr. Bragg has written a fine book which emphasizes the practical aspects of fasting entitled, “The Miracle of Fasting.” Also highly recommended is his book on preparing homemade sauerkraut (presently outof-print). The author’s website (given a few pages below) now contains a number of recipes along with directions for making raw, fermented sauerkraut and kimchi. Website: http://www.bragg.com
[Note: Please do not confuse the Bragg family’s company name, “Health Science,” with the religion known as “Christian Science.”]

Website: http://www.wellnessclinics.com/index.htm

Their website is still under construction and indicates enquirers call toll-free for product information/catalog: 1.800.653.5444. I personally recommend ordering Dr. Joel’s twocassette series, “Health Through Nutrition.” It provides an excellent overview of critical, dietrelated issues. Dr. Robbins is helping thousands through his tapes, writings and seminars! • Lorraine Day, M.D. Dr. Day is a medical doctor of outstanding credentials who was cured of breast cancer through making fresh, homemade juices. She has produced some instructive videotapes on juicing and diet: “Cancer Doesn’t Scare Me Anymore” and “You Can’t Improve on God,” plus much additional information with supporting products. A thorough study of Dr. Day’s website is rather revealing as it exposes the pharmaceutical coverup regarding cancer and many other diseases. I can only commend this remarkable woman for the faith to stand against the physical cancer which first attacked her body and the verbal cancer which is now attacking her reputation! Dr. Day’s response to the AARP was very enjoyable to read and her website is highly educational over numerous medical and health-related issues! Website: http://www.drday.com • Hallelujah Acres 900 South Post Road P.O. Box 2388

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Profound Scripture Translations I. The Companion Bible – edited by Dr. E.W. Bullinger – is probably one of the best study Bibles available today. It contains many outstanding marginal notes as well as numerous appendices. As one reads this work it also becomes clear Mr. Bullinger’s zeal burned to defend the inspiration of the Scriptures against the allegations of infidels in his day. On numerous points, he was blessed to do so in a rather stunning fashion. This work contains far too many things of profound significance to even begin to relay them in this brief review; those who do not own this book should prayerfully investigate acquiring it. For obtaining The Companion Bible, contact: Kregel Publications P.O. Box 2607 Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2607 616.451.4775 Fax: 616.451.9330 Website: http://www.gospelcom.net/kregel II. Scripture Translations Honoring the Name. Contact the below addresses for Scripture translations which seek to restore and honor the true Name of hwhy, Micah 6:9, Mattithyahu 6:9. Over the centuries, misguided scribes, scholars, and translators have neglected the memorial Name through long-standing ignorance and tradition. But the word of hwhy stands and He has commanded His memorial Name to all generations! Exodus 3:14,15 May He abundantly bless the believers of these organizations who fulfill His word by memorializing His Name in this generation as well those generations yet to come! • The Institute for Scripture Research Website: http://www.isr-messianic.org/ • The Assembly of Yahweh; Website: P.O. Box 102 Holt, MI 48842
http://www.assemblyofyahweh.com/BibleOrderForm.htm

mal cost from: Christian Book Distributors, P.O. Box 7000, Peabody, MA, 01961-7000, USA. Call: 1-800-247-4784 or visit the CBD website: http://www.christianbook.com • Folk Medicine, by D.C. Jarvis, M.D. Although published in 1959, this fine, inexpensive book is still available in paperback through most bookstores (by special order) as well as through Amazon.com. Dr. Jarvis addresses infertility and other bodily imbalances due to the lack of certain foods as well as the intake of acid-forming foods. • The Grape Cure, by Johanna Brandt, may be ordered through the Ehret Literature Publishing Company. This book was written as a testimony of the power of an all-grape diet (including the seeds) for destroying cancer. Website:
http://www.arnoldehret.org/healthclub/books.htm

• The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop. This work shows the pagan origins of some modern holidays along with other false worship perpetuated first by the papacy. The Protestant world has also succumbed to such things having blindly inherited/adapted/copied from Catholicism. Websites: The Two Babylons is available through amazon.com as well as many other places on the Internet. A site offering downloadable files by chapter and section is: http://www.biblebelievers. com/babylon/ The book is also likely to be available through most bookstores by special order. Note: The inclusion of any of the books (above) or website articles (below) is not a total endorsement of all that any of these authors may write or believe. For instance, while it was given Mr. Hislop to see through many of the pagan practices of his day, he yet failed to see through and oppose the paganism of SundaySunrise worship (Yechezkel 8:15-18) – which the Emperor Constantine “Christianized” in 321 C.E and which the Catholic Church uses to boast of its continuing authority over the Protestant world!

Significant Books • What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, by Rex Russell, M.D. For a vast array of information on a healthier, scripturally sound diet! This book is a great start for anyone studying the subject, and the text may be obtained at a mini156

A Listing of Informative Website Articles and Other References 1. “Eating Pork Can Be Hazardous To Your Health;” http://www.geocities.com/porkfatal 2. “Anyone For A Plate of Worms?”
http://www.youth-web.org/bibleStudy/study03.htm

3. “PORK – Or the Dangers of Eating Pork Exposed.”
http://www.giveshare.org/Health/porkeatdanger.html

4. “A Parasite Mystery.” Available in the Saturday Evening Post, July/August 1982 edition. For reprints of the article, it may be necessary to request the entire edition: Circulation Department The Saturday Evening Post 1100 Waterway Boulevard Indianapolis, IN 46202 317.634.1100 ext. 335 Please note: issues published between Summer 1971-April 1978 (large format issues) are available at $10.00; smaller format issues published between May/June 1978 to the present are available at $5.00 each. 5. “Pork,” by Sayyed Saeed Akhtar Rizvi; http://www.al-emaan.org/pork.htm Last of all, an article on pork with some solid, literary points as well as scientific references; presented in a Q&A format. Please note: this work was written by a Moslem, but still contains some solid, scientific information, especially on the numerous diseases and parasites related to pork.210 However, Mr. Rizvi wrongly discredits
Let us recall the prophecy which stated Ishmael (and, so, his descendants) would be like a wild donkey: His hand would be against every man and every man’s hand was to be against him, Genesis 16:12 (see the NASB or the original Hebrew as the KJV fails to accurately translate a critical word at this location only; the KJV erroneously translates the word here as, “wild man;” yet in all other 9 locations the KJV renders Strong’s #6501 as, “wild donkey.”). A study of the details here yields a true, prophetic warning regarding those of the Muslim faith. Their prophesied disposition is certainly the case today with many of the descendants of Ishmael: The hand of the Moslems are against every man while they are opposed by
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Shaul by claiming the apostle’s teachings diminish the authority of the Torah. While our book has proven the apostle Shaul fully upheld the authority of the Torah as binding and relevant, the author of “Pork” is unlearned in this regard. Hence, readers of Sayyed’s otherwise informative work will see he – being ignorant of the immediate context and of other Scriptures – fails to properly understand and convey the truth of Romans 14. No true, prophetic, Messianic, apostolic teaching will ever abolish the Torah or relax its immutability, Deuteronomy 13:1-4, Mattithyahu 5:17-20, Romans 2:13, 3:31, 1Yochanan 5:3-5.
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Other Works by the Author In addition to this book, many other articles may be downloaded without cost from the Independent Assembly of Hebrews website: http://www.yahuyahweh.org/iah

every other society worldwide except their own. And these people certainly dwell in the presence of their Yisraeli brethren: the Moslems are seen in nearly every country – including Yisrael/Palestine. But a point of additional, prophetic interest now comes to mind as we recall a dumb donkey rebuked the false prophet, Balaam, for his disobedience to hwhy and for teaching Balak to use Moabite women to cause the men of Yisrael to commit fornication. Numbers 22:22-34, 2Kepha 2:14-16, Revelation 2:14 So it is today as Moslems (“wild donkeys”) rebuke the false teachings of the Christian world over an issue so simple and so obvious as clean and unclean animal flesh! Hence, the above Moslem author and others like him are fulfilling the word of hwhy in unwitting ignorance: although they are generally misled and deceived by Mohammed and by a religion which advocates murder of its opponents (1Yochanan 3:15), they still possess the insight to speak the truth over the issue of clean and unclean animal flesh! So, once again, spiritual history repeats itself as an otherwise mute (Old English of the KJV renders this “dumb”) donkey speaks correctly to rebuke false teaching, Ecclesiastes 1:9. And rejecting the Messiah along with significant portions of His Torah, Muslims are largely unable to speak the truth of Scripture over most spiritual issues.

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This book was written for many different people. If you want to learn more about your Creator, His word, and the love He has for all people, this book was written for you. If you are a student of the Torah or of other Scriptures, this book was written for you. If you are troubled by the many contradictions introduced into the Bible through the man-made doctrines of Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, and Fundamentalist Christianity, this book was written for you. If you are Jewish or Muslim and have always wondered why most Christians turn their Messiah into a false prophet through erroneous claims He abolished the Torah (Deuteronomy 13:1-4), this book was written for you. If you want to learn more about a healthy, truly scriptural diet, this book was written for you. If you are a believer who longs for revival, this book was written for you! Or if you have always hungered and thirsted through the years for something far more than anything found up to this point in your life, this book was written for you! If you have been led to these pages, we believe it was through the Providence and Sovereignty of the Almighty. When writing of the Torah – the Five Books of Moses – the prophet Isaiah proclaimed, “The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of our Elohim shall stand forever.” Isaiah 40:8 And many centuries earlier Moses stated the Law of hwhy was commanded to 1000 generations! Yet in our day we are only some 120 generations from the present creation around 6000 years ago! So why do multitudes the world over attempt to understand and interpret the Bible without referring to the Torah – the Five Books which are the foundation of all Scripture and the fountainhead of all true, prophetic wisdom? The Scriptures provide answers to our many questions. Yet these simple, but profound answers continue to escape those who unwittingly cast away and attempt to destroy the Foundation provided us in the eternal word of the Torah. We will see it is only through restoring the sure Foundation – which eswhy the Messiah embodies in His very flesh – that we can fully address the following questions: • Has the law regarding clean and unclean animal flesh really been abolished? • Is there a relationship between eating unclean animal flesh, demonic possession, and murder? • Would the Messiah really teach us to do something which He Himself would not do? • Is it okay to eat anything we desire as long as we have prayed sincerely over the food? • How is eating unclean flesh related to the forbidden Baal worship on the high places of old? • Are there New Testament Scriptures which show certain animals were still unclean and detestable, many decades after the Messiah’s death, burial, resurrection, and ascension? • Where do the Scriptures record True Revival? And what things does Scripture show to be requirements for bringing about such revival and restoration? And maybe the most puzzling of all: Why are the valid, essential elements of revival, as revealed in the Scriptures, such a contrast to the meager, man-made attempts for reform seen today? Join us on an amazing journey through the Word of hwhy as we see history unfold from our Creator’s perspective. From Genesis to Revelation, we will learn there are many misconceptions and many misunderstandings still prevalent among believers in the resurrected Messiah. If the main thesis of this book is correct, then there are still many vital aspects of the True Faith which were never fully restored in the partially effective, Protestant Reformation! This book provides much more than proof of those things which make for a healthy diet. These pages clearly reveal how to follow the Savior more fully (1John 2:6), how to become an integral part of what the apostle Peter called, “the restoration of all things” (Acts 3:21), and how to seek the greatness which hwhy desires for you in His eternal Kingdom.

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