Monday, November 05, 2018

Does the New Testament Mention and Support Torah? Is it for Christians?

Why yes! Of course it does, and is; in at least 218 supportive mentions! Read for yourself!  You be the judge, not your denomination or your Pastor/Priest.

The following is taken from a New2Torah link from September 10, 2016; http://www.new2torah.com/2011/04/torah-is-dead-not-according-to-208-new-testament-verses/

Thank you Zack!  Compiled with great love by Mike.  And thanks to Donna, my wife of 38 years, for finding this for me!

First, a nice prelude from the TANAHK.  Btw, "TANAHK" is an acronym of the first Hebrew letter of each of the Masoretic Text's three traditional subdivisions: Torah ("Teaching", also known as the Five Books of Moses), Nevi'im ("Prophets") and Ketuvim ("Writings")—hence TaNaKh. :

1.) Is.2 [The Torah will be taught in the Millennial Kingdom]
2.) Is.8:20 [Those who are against the Torah have no light in them]
3.) Is.42:4 [The coastlands will wait for YHWH’s Torah]
4.) Is.42:21 [YHWH will exalt the Torah and make it honorable]
5.) Is.51:7 [The Torah mentioned to be on people’s hearts before Jer.31:33]
6.) Jer.31:33 [The Torah will be on our hearts during the Millennial Kingdom]
7.) Micah 4:2 [Nations will come to learn the Torah in the Millennial Kingdom]
8.) Zech.14:16-19 [The Feast of Tabernacles will be kept in the Millennial Kingdom (Lev.23)]
9.) Lam 2:9 [Jeremiah lamented that the Torah is no more. Why lament if it will be done away with?]
10.) Psalm 119 [David exalted the Torah]

… now, the N.T.,

The 4 Gospels :

Matthew:

11.) Matt.4:4-10 [Yeshua used the Torah to rebuke the adversary (Deut 8:3; 6:16; 6:13)]
12.) Matt.5:17-19 [Those who teach against Torah will be least in the Kingdom of Heaven]
13.) Matt.7:12 [The Golden Rule (Midrash on Torah)]
14.) Matt.9:20 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
15.) Matt.11:13 [Yeshua used the Torah & the Prophets to prove John the Baptist valid]
16.) Matt.12:5 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
17.) Matt.14:36 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
18.) Matt.22:36-40 [Yeshua taught the greatest commandments from the Torah USING the Torah]
19.) Matt.23:23 [Yeshua emphasized the weightier matters of the Torah USING the Torah]


Mark:

20.) Mark 3:4 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
21.) Mark 6:18 [John the Baptist used Torah to rebuke Herod (Lev.20:21)]
22.) Mark 6:56 [Yeshua wore Tzitziot (Num.15:38)]
23.) Mark 10:5-12 [Yeshua taught on divorce using the creation account]


Luke:

24.) Luke 2:21 [Yeshua circumcised on the eighth day (Lev.12:2-3)]
25.) Luke 2:22-39 [Yeshua was presented before YHWH as the first born (Ex.34:19)]
26.) Luke 2:24 [An offering was made for Yeshua being the first born (Lev.12:6)]
27.) Luke 4:16 [Yeshua’s custom was to attend Synagogue on the Sabbath day not Sunday]
28.) Luke 6:3-9 [Yeshua is Master of the Sabbath]
29.) Luke 10:26-28 [Yeshua encouraged Torah observance by elevating the weightier commandments]
30.) Luke 10:30-37 [Yeshua gave a parable of the good Samaritan/love your neighbor]
31.) Luke 14:5 [Yeshua preserved life on the Sabbath]
32.) Luke 16:16 [Yeshua used Torah and the Prophets to prove John the Baptist is valid]
33.) Luke 16:17 [It is easier for heaven & earth to pass away than for Torah to do so]
34.) Luke 24:44 [Suffering Servant Prophecy fulfilled]


John:

35.) John 1:17 [Through the Torah, Messiah’s Grace was manifested] *
36.) John 1:45 [Phillip used the Torah & the Prophets to convince Nathaniel about Yeshua being Messiah]
37.) John 5:8 [Yeshua healed a lame man on the Sabbath]
38.) John 7:19 [Yeshua used the Torah to defend Himself]
39.) John 7:22-23 [Yeshua interpreted the Sabbath]
40.) John 7:24 [Yeshua taught to judge righteously (Lev.19:15)]
41.) John 7:49 [Yeshua said those who do not know Torah are accursed]
42.) John 7:51 [Nicodemus used the Torah to prove Yeshua innocent]
43.) John 8:5-12 [Yeshua won the challenge concerning the woman in “adultery” (Lev.20:10)]

… then,

Acts:

44.) Acts 2 [The disciples celebrated Shavuot (Pentecost)]
45.) Acts 6:13 [False witnesses accused the disciples of teaching against the Torah]
46.) Acts 13:14 [Paul went to Synagogue on Sabbath]
47.) Acts 13:15 [Paul attended Synagogue on Sabbath]
48.) Acts 13:39 [Paul taught the Torah and the Prophets in Synagogue]
49.) Acts 13:42 [Gentiles wanted to hear more about Torah and Messiah next Sabbath]
50.) Acts 13:44 [Almost the whole city came the next Sabbath and wanted to learn]
51.) Acts 13:46 [Paul and Barnabas decided to teach Torah/Prophets to the Gentiles (Is.49:6)]
52.) Acts 13:48 [Gentiles were filled with gladness because they get to learn about Yeshua & Torah]
53.) Acts 13:49 [Torah and the Prophets were spread throughout all the region of Antioch]
54.) Acts 15:21 [Moses was taught in all the cities in Synagogues on the Sabbath Day]
55.) Acts 15:28-29
[New gentile converts were to keep the kosher laws of Torah before learning the rest of it]
[Foods offered to idols/eating blood/eating things strangled/sexual immorality]
[(Ex.20:3/Lev.7:26;17:12; 22:8/Deut.14:21)]
56.) Acts 16:13 [Prayer was customarily made on the Sabbath Day]
57.) Acts 17:2-4 [Paul taught Yeshua and Torah for THREE Sabbaths not three Sundays!]
58.) Acts 18:4 [Paul persuaded Jews and Greeks about Yeshua EVERY Sabbath!]
59.) Acts 18:13 [False witness accused Paul of teaching against Torah]
60.) Acts 18:18 [Paul takes a Nazirite vow and shaves his head (Num.6)]
61.) Acts 20:6 [Paul sails to Philippi AFTER Unleavened Bread. Why mention this if it’s done away with?] 62.) Acts 20:7-12 [Paul kept the Sabbath and taught for Havdallah until midnight]
63.) Acts 20:16 [Paul wanted to arrive in time at Jerusalem to keep Shavuot (Ex.34:22/Lev.23:15-22)]
64.) Acts 21:20 [New converts were ZEALOUS for the Torah!]
65.) Acts 21:24 [Paul showed that he keeps the Torah]
66.) Acts 21:28 [More false accusations saying that Paul taught against the Torah]
67.) Acts 22:12 [Paul used the Torah to say Ananias was a devout man]
68.) Acts 23:3 [Paul used the Torah to defend his position]
69.) Acts 23:4 [Paul quoted the Torah (Ex.22:28)]
70.) Acts 24:14 [Paul believed all things in the Torah and the Prophets]
71.) Acts 28:23 [Paul taught people the Torah and the Prophets]


Romans:

72.) Rom.2:13 [Those who do the Torah and not just hear it are considered justified]
73.) Rom.3:31 [Faith does not make void Torah]
74.) Rom.6:15 [Grace is not permission to sin]
75.) Rom.7:2 [Paul taught the laws of marriage & divorce (Deut.24)]
76.) Rom.7:7 [The Torah is not sin]
77.) Rom.7:12 [The Torah is holy, just, and good]
78.) Rom.7:26 [The Torah is good]
79.) Rom.7:22 [Paul delighted in the Torah of YHWH]
80.) Rom.13:18 [Love fulfills the Torah]
81.) Rom.13:10 [Love fulfills the Torah]


1 Corinthians:

82.) 1Cor.1:18 [Paul quoted Isaiah 29:14 for his doctrine]
83.) 1Cor.1:31 [Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:24]
84.) 1Cor.2:9 [Paul quoted Isaiah 64:4]
85.) 1Cor.2:16 [Paul quoted Isaiah 40:13]
86.) 1Cor.3:19 [Paul quoted Job 5:13]
87.) 1Cor.3:20 [Paul quoted Psalm 94:11]
88.) 1Cor.5:1 [Paul used Torah to rebuke sin (Lev.20:11)
89.) 1Cor.5:6-8 [Paul encouraged believers to keep Passover (Lev.23)]
90.) 1Cor.5:9-11 [Paul taught to not be yoked with the sexually immoral (Lev.20)]
91.) 1Cor.5:12-13 [Paul quoted Deut.17:7; 19:19; 22:21; 24:7]
92.) 1Cor.6:9-10 [Paul listed immoral actions defined by Torah (Lev.20)]
93.) 1Cor.6:16 [Paul quotes Gen.2:24]
94.) 1Cor.7:10-11 [Paul taught on marriage and divorce (Deut.24)]
95.) 1Cor.7:19 [Paul taught that keeping the Torah is more important than IMMEDIATE circumcision]*
96.) 1Cor.7:39 [Paul taught the laws of marriage and re-marriage]
97.) 1Cor.9:9-12 [Paul did a midrash on Deut.25:4]
98.) 1Cor.9:21 [Paul kept YHWH’s Torah when ministering to those who didn’t have the Torah]
99.) 1Cor.10:1-22 [Paul did a midrash on Ex.32:6]
100.) 1Cor.10:26 [Paul quoted Psalm 24:1]
101.) 1Cor.14:21 [Paul quoted Isaiah 28:11-12]
102.) 1Cor.15:27 [Paul quoted Psalm 8:6]
103.) 1Cor.15:32 [Paul quoted Isaiah 22:13]
104.) 1Cor.15:45 [Paul quoted Gen.2:7]
105.) 1Cor.15:54 [Paul quoted Isaiah 25:8]
106.) 1Cor.15:55 [Paul quoted Hosea 13:14]


2 Corinthians:

107.) 2Cor.3:12-17 [Paul did a midrash on the veil of Moses (Ex.34:33-35)]
108.) 2Cor.4:13 [Paul quoted Psalm 116:10]
109.) 2Cor.6:2 [Paul quoted Isaiah 49:8]
110.) 2Cor.6:16 [Paul quoted Lev.26:12/Jeremiah 32:38/Ezekiel 37:27]
111.) 2Cor.6:17 [Paul quoted Isaiah 52:11/Ezekiel 20:34; 41]
112.) 2Cor.6:18 [Paul quoted 2 Samuel 7:14]
113.) 2Cor.8:15 [Paul quoted Ex.16:18]
114.) 2Cor.9:9 [Paul quoted Psalm 112:9]
115.) 2Cor.10:17 [Paul quoted Jeremiah 9:24]
116.) 2Cor.13:1 [Paul quotes Deut.19:15]


Galatians:

117.) Gal.3:6 [Paul quoted Gen.15:6]
118.) Gal.3:8 [Paul quoted Gen.12:3; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14]
119.) Gal.3:10 [Paul quoted Deut.27:26]
120.) Gal.3:11 [Paul quoted Habakkuk 2:4]
121.) Gal 3:12 [Paul quoted Lev.18:5]
122.) Gal.3:13 [Paul quoted Deut 11:26-28; 27:15-26]
123.) Gal.3:16 [Paul quoted Gen.12:7; 13:15; 24:7]
124.) Gal.4:27 [Paul quoted Isaiah 54:1]
125.) Gal.4:30 [Paul quoted Gen.21:10]
126.) Gal.5:14 [Paul quoted Lev.19:18]


Ephesians:

127.) Eph.4:8 [Paul quoted Psalm 68:18]
128.) Eph.4:25 [Paul quoted Zechariah 8:16]
129.) Eph.4:26 [Paul quoted Psalm 4:4]
130.) Eph.5:31 [Paul quoted Gen.2:24]
131.) Eph.6:2 [Paul quoted Deut.5:16]


Philippians:

132.) Philipp.2:17 [Paul related himself to a drink offering (Lev.23:13)]


1 Thessalonians:

133.) 1Thess.4:2 [Paul taught to walk in the Commandments of YHWH]
134.) 1Thess.4:3 [Paul taught to avoid sexual immorality (Lev.20)]
135.) 1Thess.5:1-11 [Paul taught that those who don’t know the Feast Days are in darkness/blind]


2 Thessalonians:

136.) 2Thess.1:8 [Paul quoted Isaiah 24:23]


1 Timothy:

137.) 1Tim.1:8 [Paul taught that the Torah is good if one uses it right]
138.) 1Tim.5:18 [Paul quoted Deut.25:4]
139.) 1Tim.5:19 [Paul taught the concept of two witnesses (Deut.19:15)]


2 Timothy:

140.) 2Tim.3:15 [Paul said Timothy had known the “Holy Scriptures” (Torah/Prophets) since his youth]
141.) 2Tim.3:16 [Paul referred to the Torah/Prophets when he said “Scripture, Doctrine, Instruction”]
142.) 2Tim.4:6 [Paul related himself as a drink offering (Lev.23:13)]


Titus:

143.) Titus 2:9 [Paul taught obedience to the Torah concerning bondservants & masters (Deut.15:12-18)]
144.) Titus 2:14 [Paul taught that Yeshua died so we will have zeal for good works (Torah)]


Hebrews:

145.) Heb.1:5 [quoted Ps.2:7/2Sam.7:14]
146.) Heb.1:6 [quoted Deut.32:43/Psalm 97:7]
147.) Heb.1:7 [quoted Ps.104:4]
148.) Heb.1:9 [quoted Ps.45:6-7]
149.) Heb.1:12 [quoted Ps.102:25-27]
150.) Heb.1:13 [quoted Ps.110:1]
151.) Heb.2:8 [quoted Ps.8:4-6]
152.) Heb.2:12 [quoted Ps.22:22]
153.) Heb.2:13 [quoted 2Sam.22:3/Isaiah 8:17-18]
154.) Heb.3:11 [quoted Ps. 5:7-11]
155.) Heb.3:15 [quoted Ps.95:7-8]
156.) Heb.4:3 [quoted Ps.95:11]
157.) Heb.4:4 [quoted Gen.2:2]
158.) Heb.4:5 [quoted Ps.95:11]
159.) Heb.4:7 [quoted Ps.95:7-8]
160.) Heb.5:5 [quoted Ps.2:7]
161.) Heb.5:6 [quoted Ps.110:4]
162.) Heb.6:14 [quoted Gen.22:17]
163.) Heb.7:17 [quoted Ps.110:4]
164.) Heb.7:21 [quoted Ps.110:4]
165.) Heb.8:5 [quoted Ex.25:40]
166.) Heb.8:12 [quoted Jer.31:31-34]
167.) Heb.9:20 [quoted Ex. 24:8]
168.) Heb.10:7 [quoted Ps.40:6-8]
169.) Heb.10:16 [quoted Jer.31:33]
170.) Heb.10:17 [quoted Jer.31:34]
171.) Heb.10:30 [quoted Deut.32:35-36]
172.) Heb.10:37 [quoted Hab.2:3-4]
173.) Heb.11:5 [quoted Gen.5:24]
174.) Heb.11:18 [quoted Gen.21:2]
175.) Heb.12:6 [quoted Prov.3:11-12]
176.) Heb.12:20 [quoted Ex.19:12-13]
177.) Heb.12:21 [quoted Deut.9:19]
178.) Heb.12:26 [quoted Hag.2:6]
179.) Heb.13:5 [quoted Deut.31:6-8/Josh.1:5]
180.) Heb.13:6 [quoted Ps.118:6]


James:

181.) Jam.1:22-24 [James taught to be a doer of the Word]
182.) Jam.1:25 [The Torah is liberating]
183.) Jam.2:8 [James quoted Lev.19:18]
184.) Jam.2:11 [James quoted Ex.20:13-14/Deut.5:17-18]
185.) Jam.2:23 [James quoted Gen.15:6]
186.) Jam.3:2-12 [James did a midrash on the evil tongue (Lev.14)]
187.) Jam.4:6 [James quoted Prov.3:34]
188.) Jam.4:12 [James said YHWH is our Lawgiver. Why need a Lawgiver if the Law is done away with?]


1 Peter:

189.) 1Pet.1:16 [Peter quoted Lev.11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7]
190.) 1Pet.1:25 [Peter quoted Isaiah.40:6-8]
191.) 1Pet.2:6 [Peter quoted Isaiah 28:16]
192.) 1Pet.2:7 [Peter quoted Ps.118:22]
193.) 1Pet.2:8 [Peter quoted Isaiah 8:14]
194.) 1Pet.2:22 [Peter quoted Isaiah 53:9]
195.) 1Pet.3:12 [Peter quoted Ps.34:12-16
196.) 1Pet.3:14 [Peter quoted Isaiah 8:12]
197.) 1Pet.4:8 [Peter quoted Prov.10:12]
198.) 1Pet.4:11 [Peter taught to speak as the Oracles of YHWH (Heb.5:12; Acts 7:38; Rom.3:2)]
199.) 1Pet.4:18 [Peter quoted Prov.11:31]
200.) 1Pet.5:5 [Peter quoted Prov.3:34]


2 Peter:

201.) 2Pet.2:22 [Peter quoted Prov.26:11]


1 John:

202.) 1Jo.2:3-5 [We are YHWH’s children if we keep His commandments]
203.) 1Jo.2:6 [We are to walk as Yeshua Messiah walked (Torah)]
204.) 1Jo.3:4 [Sin is violating the Torah]
205.) 1Jo.3:22 [We are to do YHWH’s commandments and do things that are pleasing to Him]
206.) 1Jo.3:23 [To believe in Yeshua as Messiah is a Torah based faith]
207.) 1Jo.3:24 [Those who keep YHWH’s commandments abide in Him, and He in them]
208.) 1Jo.5:2 [We are YHWH’s children if we keep His commandments]
209.) 1Jo.53 [It is the love of YHWH to keep His commandments and they aren’t a burden]

2 John:

210.) 2Jo.1:6 [It is love to walk in His commandments]
211.) 2Jo.1:9 [Violators of Torah do not abide in the teaching of Yeshua which is to follow Torah]
[Those who abide in the teaching of Messiah has both YHWH and Yeshua]
212.) 2Jo.1:10 [John said to have nothing to do with those who teach against the teaching of Messiah]


Jude:

213.) Jude 1:12 [“love feasts” were the Feast Days (Lev.23)]

Revelation (the 5th Gospel):

214.) Rev.1:6 [The Torah comes forth from Yeshua’s mouth]
215.) Rev.12:17 [The adversary is enraged mainly with those who keep Torah & believe in Yeshua]
216.) Rev.14:12 [Those who endure are they that keep the Torah and believe in Yeshua]
217.) Rev.19:15 [Yeshua judges and strikes the nations with the Torah (Word of YHWH/His Sword)]
218.) Rev.22:14


In the end, it makes me wonder exactly what folks are learning in Seminary.  The answer is simple, actually.  THEY ARE LEARNING MAN'S TRADITION - NOT THE WORD !


The Observer

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Life After Death - Part 10

Continuing with the study ...

A Sabbath breaker is executed: (no appreciable differences with the other translation/versions)

(ESV)

Num 15:32  While the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day.
Num 15:33  And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation.
Num 15:34  They put him in custody, because it had not been made clear what should be done to him.
Num 15:35  And the LORD said to Moses, "The man shall be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp."
Num 15:36  And all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him to death with stones, as the LORD commanded Moses.

[Note: Many people misunderstand this passage.  The simple act of gathering sticks is not necessarily the issue here.  Have you ever made a primitive fire?  A primitive fire involves lots of hard work and effort, sometimes 2 or 3 hours worth.  Today, the orthodox Rabbis make it a rule not to even turn on your stove or switch on a light.  This rule is man-made, of course, and silly.  In my house my wife cooks on Friday so we may eat leftovers for Shabbat, and yes, we do heat them up! And no, we don't work on a primitive fire to heat our food!  We simply flip a switch on a stove or a microwave oven.]

... btw, no mention of an afterlife here.

Korah's Rebellion: (no appreciable differences with the other translation/versions)

(ESV)

Num 16:1  Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men.
Num 16:2  And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men.
Num 16:3  They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! For all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"
Num 16:4  When Moses heard it, he fell on his face,
Num 16:5  and he said to Korah and all his company, "In the morning the LORD will show who is his, and who is holy, and will bring him near to him. The one whom he chooses he will bring near to him.
Num 16:6  Do this: take censers, Korah and all his company;
Num 16:7  put fire in them and put incense on them before the LORD tomorrow, and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the holy one. You have gone too far, sons of Levi!"
Num 16:8  And Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:
Num 16:9  is it too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the LORD and to stand before the congregation to minister to them,
Num 16:10  and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also?
Num 16:11  Therefore it is against the LORD that you and all your company have gathered together. What is Aaron that you grumble against him?"
Num 16:12  And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, "We will not come up.
Num 16:13  Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also make yourself a prince over us?
Num 16:14  Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up."
Num 16:15  And Moses was very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed one of them."
Num 16:16  And Moses said to Korah, "Be present, you and all your company, before the LORD, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow.
Num 16:17  And let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring before the LORD his censer, 250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer."
Num 16:18  So every man took his censer and put fire in them and laid incense on them and stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.
Num 16:19  Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
Num 16:20  And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
Num 16:21  "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
Num 16:22  And they fell on their faces and said, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?"
Num 16:23  And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 16:24  "Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram."
Num 16:25  Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
Num 16:26  And he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins."
Num 16:27  So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones.
Num 16:28  And Moses said, "Hereby you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord.
Num 16:29  If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me.
Num 16:30  But if the LORD creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the LORD."
Num 16:31  And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart.
Num 16:32  And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.
Num 16:33  So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
Num 16:34  And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up!"
Num 16:35  And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.
Num 16:36  Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 16:37  "Tell Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the censers out of the blaze. Then scatter the fire far and wide, for they have become holy.
Num 16:38  As for the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they offered them before the LORD, and they became holy. Thus they shall be a sign to the people of Israel."
Num 16:39  So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar,
Num 16:40  to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the LORD said to him through Moses.
Num 16:41  But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "You have killed the people of the LORD."
Num 16:42  And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
Num 16:43  And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,
Num 16:44  and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 16:45  "Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." And they fell on their faces.
Num 16:46  And Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun."
Num 16:47  So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
Num 16:48  And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.
Num 16:49  Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah.
Num 16:50  And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.

[Note: The word "Sheol" is defined as "the grave"; "the pit", as in under the earth; "hell", as in the place for the dead, not as in an afterlife existence of tortuous burning.  "Hades" is used in one translation, but still means buried in the ground.  The usage is made clear by the context.  The context here is of burying the people as in an earthquake.

Those who disagree will say, no, and that all of these people went to a burning Hades/Hell.  Please realize what these folks are saying.  They are saying that the women and children of Korah's Rebellion and all those killed by the plague (including the children) are BURNING IN HELL - RIGHT NOW!  Please notice the verse says, "all" of them!  They are saying that Yehovah/Yeshua is causing these women and children to suffer everlasting torment because of guilt by association.

No, the "innocent" that were caught up in this event will be resurrected (at the proper time) and given a wonderful eternal life as Scripture states.  Also, the rest of Scripture does not support a vengeful "GOD" as some people assume.  Adding to the narrative of Korah's Rebellion is adding something to Scripture which is not there.  This is going against Torah! (see Deut. 4, Deut. 12, Rev. 22)]

... I hope everyone is having a wonderful Shabbat and are looking forward to the Fall Feasts coming up shortly!

The Observer

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Life After Death - Part 9

Continuing with the study ...

BTW, it is a good idea to go through these passages and read for yourselves what it says. Church folk especially don't understand the context and meaning behind the instructions written in the Torah.  They think it's simply something that does not apply to them anymore, or has been completely done away with.

Some things don't apply because their is no longer an Aaronic Priesthood, or Tabernacle (and/or Temple), or because we don't live in a Theocratic system.  However, there are many personal instructions that still apply to us today!

Also, please keep in mind; the Temple, the Theocratic System, and the Aaronic Priesthood will all return at the beginning of the Millennium.  And this will be worldwide!

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In Exodus 32 about 3,000 people were killed after siding with the golden calf instead of with Yehovah; bad mistake!  No mention is made of an afterlife.

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The Death of Nadab and Abihu:

In Leviticus two sons of Aaron made an unauthorized "sacrifice" to Yehovah and were killed.  No mention of an afterlife.

(ESV)

Lev 10:1  Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, which he had not commanded them.
Lev 10:2  And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

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Punishment for Blasphemy:

In Leviticus a man blasphemed Yehovah's name, that is, cursed His name with speech.  He was stoned to death.  No mention of an afterlife.

(ESV)

Lev 24:10  Now an Israelite woman's son, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the people of Israel. And the Israelite woman's son and a man of Israel fought in the camp,
Lev 24:11  and the Israelite woman's son blasphemed the Name, and cursed. Then they brought him to Moses. His mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.
Lev 24:12  And they put him in custody, till the will of the LORD should be clear to them.
Lev 24:13  Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Lev 24:14  "Bring out of the camp the one who cursed, and let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him.
Lev 24:15  And speak to the people of Israel, saying, Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.
Lev 24:16  Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall stone him. The sojourner as well as the native, when he blasphemes the Name, shall be put to death.

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Did Samuel's "Ghost" Speak With Saul?

Hi Folks!  In continuing with my study on the afterlife, as found in the Scriptures, I came across this nice video from Lex Meyer of  UNLEARN THE LIES.

Lex gives a wonderful explanation of the Witch of Endor occurrence in the book of Samuel.

Hint: It's not a ghost!  : )



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