Did Yeshua/Jesus do away with the Torah (Law)? Or, did He say and teach that this Torah should be internalized, known both literally and spiritually? Were their good Pharisees? Are their good Pharisees today? Yes! There were then and are now; good Pharisees!
The gospel of John is one of my favorite books in the bible. Of course, "John" is a favorite of many and is probably the most recommended bible book for folks who have never read their bible, but wish to start.
A richness and depth of spirit leaps from the pages of this gospel. It's a book which should be read with sincere reflection for it's words can be traced directly through the Holy Spirit to Torah to Yehovah/Yeshua Himself. (don't they all?)
... just simply read the intro and you'll see what I mean - notice the color highlights, more on this later:
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through Him [Yeshua], and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He [John] came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He [John] was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
He [Yeshua] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He [Yeshua] came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
So much can be said at this point, but for the sake of brevity I'll forgo a dissertation! : ) However, let's start at the "beginning". The Hebrew word for "upon beginning" is pronounced B'eresheet. We might say "Genesis". "In the beginning was the Word, ..." John, through the influence of Yehovah', is telling us that the Word of God was present always, even upon the beginning of all things - as we humans can understand it.
"and the Word was God ..." Yehovah' IS God and His Word IS and speaks of God! What "Word" existed when John and the other Apostles wrote the B'rit Hadashah, the "New" Testament? Only one Word existed for them to make reference to - TORAH and the Prophets! Yehovah' IS Torah! Yehovah' IS the beginning and end to all things. The Alpha and Omega - the Aleph and the Tav. (Rev. Ch. 1, 21, 22)
"He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God. ... , All things came into being through Him [Yeshua], ...
and the life was the Light of men. , ...
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,"
Yeshua (Jesus) was there in the beginning with God, He was the "Light", He was the Creator, He became flesh and dwelt among us - to save us, to be our sacrifice for sins. Jesus IS the living, breathing, walking Torah! A human representation of Abba just for us here on earth. Yeshua IS Yehovah' ! Do you begin to understand when some Christians say we don't have to follow Torah they are really saying we don't have to follow Yehovah' - Yeshua? And if you deny Torah you are denying Jesus and YWVH (Yehovah')?
Now, let's look at B'eresheet (Genesis):
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Gen 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
... Gen 1:14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth"; and it was so.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He madethe stars also.
God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
Gen 1:19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Did you notice what happens here? In Genesis 1:3 God creates light. This is on day 1 folks! Then, later, on day 4 He creates light again, to rule the day, night, and "space" (the stars).
Many have argued this first light is Yeshua/Jesus! Without getting into argument over Jesus being "created", let's consider again what John has stated.
Yeshua was there from the beginning and participated in the creation. This dual nature of God is nothing new and is written about by the sages of old and in the Talmud. We know also that God can be seen as triune; Father, Son, Holy Spirit. This also is referenced throughout Torah. It makes for a long and enjoyable study and many references can be found online (a study of "3"s and "2"s in the Tanakh).
Some people have argued with me and said that this "Light" does exist in the world anymore. These two ladies in the video would disagree with that - and so would I!
Folks I cannot stress enough how important it is to learn the truth concerning Israel and it's place in prophetic events. Those who attack Israel attack Yehovah' Himself. Those who still believe in the incorrect doctrine of Replacement Theology (the Church replacing Israel) need to wake up and actually read their Bibles and stop listening to man. When you attack Israel you attack the Church! We, the Church and the recombined Israel (Northern and Southern Kingdoms), are the Olive Tree!
Do not side with evil!
Please educate yourself on this issue. Here is a very good resource. Also, please enjoy this video from Prager University. The U.N. is not a friend of this world!
Another Vid: about the Myth of a Palestinian People
I'll bet most of you didn't know it was a New Year? No, I don't mean 2013, I mean Yehovah's New Year. This means it's getting close to the Feasts of Passover (Pesach), Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot), First Fruits (Reishit Katzir/Yom HaBikkurim), and 50 plus days down the road; Pentecost (Shavuot).
Did you also know that it all started yesterday, on March 13th? But forget the pagan calendar, Leviticus 23, verse 4 states:
Lev 23:4 'These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. Lev 23:5 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover. Lev 23:6 'Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
The word "convocation" in Hebrew is, "ma'qra". It means "rehearsal", so these feasts are Holy Rehearsals to be kept forever. And yes, I believe Christians should be keeping (celebrating) the LORD's Feasts instead of the pagan ones.
(Note: "Keeping" the Feasts is a legal term meaning we are doing everything as listed concerning the Feasts: slaughtering animals, placing blood on our door posts, etc. Obviously, we are not doing that nor should we. We are simply celebrating the Feasts)
The remaining Feasts are presented as Leviticus Ch. 23 continues. The problem becomes, when does the New Year start?
Exo 12:1Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, Exo 12:2"This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.
... and Psa 104:19He made the moon for the seasons; The sun knows the place of its setting.
The word "seasons" means "Mo'adim" or "appointed times", the same word in Lev. 23:4.
Volumes have been written about God's calendar, which one to use, do you follow the Rabbinic calendar, etc, but that is not the object of this entry. A great study on this is presented here.
To make a long study short here's how I know the New Year has started. In Israel Nehemiah Gordon and others have observed the first sliver of the New Moon. This must be observed after the barley crop has been seen to be aviv, that is, almost ready to be harvested. This is how we know the first of the year is here. The date was declared as Wed. March 13th, 2013. So, last night at sundown, the biblical New Year started. This means it's the first day of the New Year, even though it's not the first day of the week. In other words, the Sabbath is still on Saturday, the 7th day of the week.
The point here is OBEDIENCE to YEHOVAH'! Even though biblical exactness of day is strived for, the real lesson is that we observe His Feasts - NOT SOME PAGAN CALENDAR or PAGAN CELEBRATION!
What follows is an abbreviated synopsis of why this is important to Christians and not just Jewish folk:
Lev 23:4 'These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. Lev 23:5'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover.
… when it happened first
Exo 12:13 'The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. Exo 12:14 'Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.
… when it happened again … there was a "sign"
Mat 12:38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You." Mat 12:39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet; Mat 12:40 for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. … Last Supper on Tuesday night (Wednesday, biblically), arrested later that night, persecuted and crucified during Wednesday, body taken down and placed in the tomb around sundown because Passover (a High Sabbath) was coming on Thursday - in the earth Thursday, Friday, Saturday (He rested on the weekly Sabbath even in death, as well as Passover) - arose around sundown Saturday night - empty tomb discovered early Sunday morning.
… read Matthew Ch. 27, read Mark Ch. 15, read Luke Ch. 23, read John Ch. 19
John 19:31 Then the Jews, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. John 19:32 So the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the first man and of the other who was crucified with Him; John 19:33 but coming to Jesus, when they saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. John 19:35 And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you also may believe. John 19:36 For these things came to pass to fulfill the Scripture, "NOT A BONE OF HIM SHALL BE BROKEN." John 19:37 And again another Scripture says, "THEY SHALL LOOK ON HIM WHOM THEY PIERCED."
… so, Happy Passover and, Happy New Year! - it’s now the first month of God’s year - Month One!
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Lev 23:6'Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. (Note: Leaven [yeast] represents Sin)
1Co 5:6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough? 1Co 5:7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. 1Co 5:8 Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. (Leaven can also be Man’s teaching)
Mat 16:6 And Jesus said to them, "Watch out and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees." . . . Mat 16:12 Then they understood that He did not say to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees. . . . Mat 15:9'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'" (We have such teachings still today - it's called Churchianity!)
The Feast of First Fruits
Lev 23:9 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Lev 23:10 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When you enter the land which I am going to give to you and reap its harvest, then you shall bring in the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. Lev 23:11 'He shall wave the sheaf before the LORD for you to be accepted; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall wave it. Lev 23:12 'Now on the day when you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a male lamb one year old without defect for a burnt offering to the LORD. (the Lamb is Yeshua [Jesus])
1Co 15:20 But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 1Co 15:21 For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 1Co 15:23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming . . .
The Feast of Shavuot (Pentecost)
Lev 23:16 'You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. Lev 23:17 'You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of anephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD. Lev 23:18 'Along with the bread you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect . . .
(7 unblemished Male Lambs - hmmm, 7 days of the week, rest on the 7th day, 7 Feasts, 7 thousand years?)
Act 2:1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. Act 2:2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Act 2:3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them.
(“Pente” (penta) means fifty)
I hope you very much consider celebrating the Feasts. After all, Yehovah commands it and Yeshua says to do it. It is man who says don't do it!
There are 7 Feasts of the LORD during the year,
4 in the Spring:
Unleavened Bread (Chag HaMatzot)
First fruits (Reishit Katzir - Yom HaBikkurim)
3 in the Fall:
Trumpets (Yom Teruah)
Atonements (Yom Kippurim)
Remember, these Feasts are commanded by God and also by Jesus. To say they are strictly Jewish is to be wrong. They are for ALL men and will be celebrated forever. The Old Testament is the New Testamentconcealed, the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. The 4 Spring Feasts were “revealed” by Yeshua already.
The 3 Fall Feasts will be “revealed” at His Second Coming!
Does the Bible gives us clues as to it's divine origin? Is Scripture the very Word of God? Does Yeshua appear in the Old Testament (Torah-Tanakh)? What kind of world do we really live in? Is our reality like the world in the Matrix movies? Is there existence outside of our own?
Believe it or not the Bible answers these questions. And it answered them long before science ever tried!