Behold, I Will Send Elijah the Prophet Before the Coming of the Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord…
The modern Christian has likely been taught that the law has been done away, but is that what the Old and New Testament scriptures actually say?
Did the first century church actually stop keeping the Written Law of Moses? Or did they follow Jesus’s instruction regarding the Written Law and His criticism of the Pharisees’ Rabbinical Oral Law?
In our zeal to accept the gift of grace have we in our haste thrown out the biblically mandated Written Law that Jesus said would never pass away?
Matthew 5:18, 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.
Can Christianity exist without God’s law? Can grace exist without God’s law? What need for grace…if there is no law?
A Restoration of TRUTH HAS Begun…
The Elijah Calling: The Hidden & Revealed Messiah
By Ken Mentell
Chapter 1: CO-EXISTENCE OR NON-EXISTENCE
Christianity is becoming irrelevant…culturally, socially, and morally. The modern liberal will tell you to “be nice”, “be loving”, “be accepting”, “tone it down”, or you just are not Christian. Many believers have bought this psychological ploy hook line and sinker. If you choose any other path than coexistence you will likely be chastised into non-existence…even by other Christians.
It is now culturally acceptable for liberals to chastise and berate Christians for their beliefs and when they choose to respond they are told to be nice, be quiet, and don’t challenge those who believe differently. As if this was the Godly and scriptural criteria for being Christian. Many believers today have forgotten that the apostles laid down their lives in sacrifice to tell people who disagreed with them about the Gospel! Not only that, they travelled thousands of miles into foreign territories, ruled by foreign powers to challenge the status quo about their beliefs.
The modern Christian needs to be challenged. Be quiet and fit in? Is this what the Bible tells you? The modern Christian who likely has rarely cracked their bible will likely say… “yes…it’s the way to be a good person and show the love of Christ.” Shockingly the Apostle Paul, the Apostle of Grace, has a different answer.
2 Corinthians, 6:17, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
Paul is indicating very clearly to New Testament believers that there is something to “come out” from and something “unclean” to depart from. How does this jive with the modern Christian teaching that all things are clean, and all things are lawful?
What does the Christian believer do in their pursuit of holiness and truth? What are they to use for their moral and spiritual guide? The liberal of today will tell you that the measure for truth is “acceptance”, but the Holy Bible has a much deeper code for holiness. God reached down into the affairs of man on more than once occasion…in fact on many occasions but only twice in history to date has He done so with miracles that shook nations and empires with the visible manifestation of His presence.
The Bible tells us that on both occasions Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah) was present. The first time God manifested His glory to an entire nation called out of Egypt for the expressed goal of giving them His sanctified Law. He did it with awesome power, miraculous wonders, and fear inducing sound. The second time He did it with compassionate wonder, healing power, and resurrection life.
Both times was for the purpose of expressing His never-ending grace and law. Both times to manifest His image and His name and to cast down false idols, images, and names. All of these terms can be synonymous for how God operates in manifesting His presence as the true God, true Image, and true name (person) vs. a false idol, broken image, or a name (person) that will not receive eternal life.
1 Samuel 24:21, Swear now therefore unto me by the Lord, that thou wilt not cut off my seed after me, and that thou wilt not destroy my name out of my father’s house.
Just as every person comes under judgment, this judgment is personified by an evaluation of their seed, their name, and whether they will continue to exist (manifest) or come under judgment and be “cut off” from their “house”. Just as every person manifests a name, so does God.
“Like other Hebrew proper names, the name of God is more than a mere distinguishing title. It represents the Hebrew conception of the divine nature or character and of the relation of God to His people. It represents the Deity as He is known to His worshipers, and stands for all those attributes which He bears in relation to them and which are revealed to them through His activity on their behalf. A new manifestation of His interest or care may give rise to a new name. So, also, an old name may acquire new content and significance through new and varied experience of these sacred relations.
It can readily be understood, therefore, how the divine name is often spoken of as equivalent to the divine presence or power or glory. In Ex. xxiii. 20-23 it is promised that Yhwh’s angel will lead and give victory to His people, who must yield reverent obedience, for, the Lord says, “my name is in him.” (Jewish Encyclopedia)
The Written Law of Moses is heavily focused on holiness and acceptable behavior before God. All of the ten commandments associate those approved behaviors vs. unapproved behaviors with proper worship of God vs. worshiping idols and fallen images.
When the Law was first given to Moses, God wrote it with His own hand with the expressed instruction that nothing should be added to it or taken away from it. This was called the Written Law of Moses. Over the centuries the Pharisees and Rabbinical teachers handed down their own Oral Traditions called the Oral Law. In time these Oral Traditions started to be treated the same as the Written Law and actually ended up becoming a burden and in some cases violated the Written Law.
The modern Christian has likely been taught that the law has been done away, but is that what the Old and New Testament scriptures actually say?
Did the first century church actually stop keeping the Written Law of Moses? Or did they follow Yeshua’s instruction regarding the Written Law and His criticism of the Pharisees’ Rabbinical Oral Law? In our zeal to accept the gift of grace have we in our haste thrown out the biblically mandated Written Law that Yeshua said would never pass away?
Matthew 5:18, 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.
Can Christianity exist without God’s law? Can grace exist without God’s law? What need for grace…if there is no law? Is the measure of truth for the Christian love without conditions? Love without holiness? What was the measure of truth and what did the Apostles and first century Christians use to determine holiness vs. coexistence? Can the modern Christian dismiss this issue as unimportant and irrelevant? Let’s check what the scriptures say…and then decide.
Believers need to remember this fundamental point of those who tell them to Co-exist. They in reality are being told to hide the manifestation of the seed of the Kingdom of God. They can believe what they want and worship as they desire, but that must not interfere with the social order. Freedom of religion has disappeared in the name of “freedom of worship”. Their beliefs are forced to be hidden in the name of Co-existence and their beliefs hidden into non-existence.
Those who fail to do so will be labeled, unloving, radical, judgmental, arrogant, and critical of others. Knowing this what does the Bible tell the believer to do? We cannot escape the fundamental truth of the scriptures that there was once a nation that expressed saving faith in the blood of the lamb, was delivered from a people who told them to coexist and become their slaves. Once God delivered these people of faith, he didn’t tell them to just fit in and make those nations around them feel good.
He drew them out and manifested His name, His presence, His image, and His countenance, for the sole purpose of giving them His law, not so they could coexist, but so that they could be a light to the nations. The believer of today has the same burden as the believer 4,000 years ago, be saved by faith in the Lord and receive His law and manifest it. How will Christians respond? Will they accept the mandate of the state to worship only in your heart, while restrained from manifesting those beliefs in outward action? Or will they do what the Bible tells them to do and write the Law of God in the inward parts and manifest it in their outward actions (Jeremiah 31:33)?
The apostle James gives us a clear answer. “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (James 2:18)
CHAPTER 2: EVIDENCE FOR TRUTH
John 1: 17, For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus. (KJV throughout)
What do the scriptures actually say about the Christian’s need to keep the Written Law of Moses (the Torah)? How does this grace and truth relate to the Law of Moses, if at all?
The Prophet Malachi gives a dire warning to the final generation before the return of the Messiah and that warning is centered on the need to return to scriptural truth. Yeshua (Hebrew for “Jesus” which will be used for the entirety of the book) and the Apostles reinforced this warning that the generations leading up to His return would be confused by darkness and strong delusion.
Why use the name Yeshua instead of Jesus? The meaning of His name is significant to the purpose of His coming and the nature of His being. Understanding the original nature of both will bring clarity to the believer’s understanding of the veracity of the scriptures and will give you the tools to defend your faith.
So let’s establish the connection between Jesus (Yeshua) and YHWH and how that relates to God’s manifest presence from a scripturally provable standpoint. We will use the spelling of YHWH without vowels as the Hebrew written language does not use vowels. We would rather not devolve into debates over the proper pronunciation of the name. Suffice it to say that translations of the Bible using the word “LORD” is actually replacing the actual proper name of “YHWH”. It is important to understand that YHWH is associated with God “manifesting” and was revealed to Israel and Moses while God manifested His presence to the world in the process of delivering Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land. He literally was rescuing Israel through “manifestation” and glory.
Yeshua (ישוע, with vowel pointing יֵשׁוּעַ–yēšūă‘ in Hebrew) was a common alternative form of the name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (“Yehoshuah”–Joshua) in later books of the Hebrew Bible and among Jews of the Second Temple period. The name corresponds to the Greek spelling Iesous, from which, through the Latin Iesus, comes the English spelling Jesus. … Yeshua in Hebrew is verbal derivative from “to rescue”, “to deliver”.  Its usage among the Jews of the Second Temple Period, the Biblical Aramaic/Hebrew name יֵשׁוּעַ Yeshua was common: the Hebrew Bible mentions several individuals with this name–while also using their full name Joshua. (Wikipedia)
How did so many faithful followers of Yeshua become so entrenched in unscriptural beliefs, ideas, and paradigms that no longer bear the hallmark of Godly truth? Yeshua clarifies that all who seek to worship God should do so in “truth”.
John 4: 24, God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
He further clarifies that this is the sanctification process that every Christian must go through.
John 17: 17, Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Yeshua clarified that He came into the world to achieve the fundamental goal of bearing witness to the truth.
John 18: 37, Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Yeshua answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. (All KJV usage of “Jesus” will be translated to His Hebrew name, Yeshua, throughout)
So Yeshua is making it very clear that a Christian is defined by seeking out and conforming themselves to truth. Those who do not refine the truth and knowingly hold on to deception and untruth are in danger of the judgment.
2 Thessalonians 2: 10, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
As Christians how can we gauge if something is true or not? We are given the answer in the New Testament.
2 Timothy 2: 15, Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
What is this “word of truth”? We know what it is not. It is not unscriptural stories that do not hold the patterns, images, and fractals of natural God designed truth.
2 Timothy 4: 4, And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
What is a fractal?
A fractal is a never-ending pattern. Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. They are created by repeating a simple process over and over in an ongoing feedback loop. Driven by recursion, fractals are images of dynamic systems – the pictures of Chaos. Geometrically, they exist in between our familiar dimensions. Fractal patterns are extremely familiar, since nature is full of fractals. For instance: trees, rivers, coastlines, mountains, clouds, seashells, hurricanes, etc. Abstract fractals – such as the Mandelbrot Set – can be generated by a computer calculating a simple equation over and over. (Fractalfoundation.org)
Just as God’s primary goal in creating all things in Genesis 1 was to bring forth a creation in His image, pattern, and fractal, so also all of nature, math, and biblical patterns follow this same principal of self-replicating and self-similar patterns called fractals. The patterns you observe in nature, science, and math, you will see replicated in reproduction and in the scriptures. You can verify the accuracy of your beliefs by examining your scriptural paradigms against the fractals you observe in nature.
When we turn from the God inspired scriptural patterns, images, and fractals to terminology and definitions that are not scripturally accurate in type or meaning, the truth is then lost and corrupted by the terms, definitions, and ideas that go along with those incorrect images. This has been the history and methodology of the Church for nearly 2,000 years. Yeshua prophesied that this would occur and before His return would need to be corrected. So where do we find the images, patterns, and fractals that hold God inspired meaning?
2 Timothy 3: 15, And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Yeshua. 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The book of Timothy was written by Paul. At the time of its writing the only “scripture” that would have been recognized was the Written Torah and the Tanach (Torah (Teaching), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) otherwise known as the Old Testament). There is the Written Torah that was revealed to Moses at Mount Sinai, or the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy) and the rabbis teach that there is also an Oral Law called the Oral Torah (oral tradition, the Tradition of the Elders, or the Tradition of Men). This Oral Law was claimed by the rabbis to have been given privately to Moses and was supposedly handed down orally from rabbi to rabbi.
Paul is endorsing that all New Testament believers use the Old Testament scriptures to validate accurate church doctrine, spiritual correction, and on how a Christian believer should conduct him/herself. He goes so far as to encourage faithful and diligent seekers of truth to check any supposed writing from the Apostles against the truth of the Old Testament to validate its truthfulness. We see two synagogues contrasted in the book of Acts by how they validated concepts that they were unfamiliar with.
Acts 17: 1, Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: 2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures, 3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Yeshua, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. 4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few. 5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; 7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Yeshua. 8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. 9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go. 10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. 12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few. 13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
Paul testifies to two separate synagogues about how the scriptures in the Old Testament validated that Yeshua needed to die and rise again in His role as the Messiah. Those who were nobler took the time to search out the “scriptures”, which we have already identified as the Tanach (Torah (Teaching), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) otherwise known as the Old Testament), to prove if Paul’s allegations were true or false. Those who were not noble, identified with a “baser sort”, did not search out the scriptures to determine the veracity of Paul’s allegations about Yeshua.
The writings of Paul and the Apostles have clearly identified that any Christian doctrine or teaching must be consistent with the Old Testament scriptures or it is not “…profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. . . ” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Since the Apostles used this methodology, so must the modern church. The only way to restore accurate scriptural imagery, patterns, and fractals is to use the scriptural terminology and contextual meaning provided from the scriptures themselves, without our own man–made terminology and definitions. Once we follow this methodology we will see more and more mysteries plainly and simply revealed, and many of the modern churches delusions scripturally cast down. Much like the parable of the talents, those who are “faithful” will gather more talents.
Matthew 25: 14, For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his Lord’s money. 19 After a long time the Lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His Lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His Lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His Lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Now on the surface this parable of the talents makes the Messiah look like a very harsh man and certainly not generous. He is expecting the servant to work. It would also appear to be capricious to hand over the unprofitable servant’s talent to the one who gained 10 talents. Why not give them to the one who gained two talents? Wouldn’t this be more generous to give a talent to one who had less than the others?
Let’s think about the parable of the talents in another way. Every place you see the word “talent”, replace it with the word “truth”. Once you do this you get to the root of what our purpose is here on earth and how it is God’s natural order to give more truth to the one who seeks out and finds the most truth. Take note of how the “unprofitable servant” is associated with being cast into “outer darkness”.
John 3: 18, He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
Those who are unprofitable are associated with darkness and rejection of light. By association this is the rejection of the Messiah for He is identified by light and truth!
- John 18: 2, Then spake Yeshua again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
- John 14: 6, Yeshua saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
So where can we find the revealing of His light and truth? The same place the Apostles went to validate accurate apostolic teaching, the Written Torah and the Tanach (Torah (Teaching), Nevi’im (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings) otherwise known as the Old Testament). Who was the giver of these inspirational teachings?
1 Corinthians 10: 1, Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
The Apostle Paul clarifies that it was the Messiah Yeshua who was leading Israel through the wilderness and manifesting the presence of God through His giving of the Law of Moses, the spiritual meat, which Paul is referring to.
John 14: 15, If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Yeshua answered and said unto him, If a man 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. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
The writer of Hebrews takes the time to chastise followers of Yeshua that they are not more mature, failing to advance into the more meaningful things (meat) of Christ and instead still being consumed by simple things (milk).
Hebrews 5: 11, Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
We see that their ability to hear is associated with what they are capable of eating. He is clear in saying that by now they should have moved from milk to meat. From Paul’s early comments we can see that this “meat” is associated with the “spiritual meat” of 1 Corinthians 10:3 that was provided by Christ to Israel in the Wilderness, the Law of Moses.
If “law versus grace” is true then we need to understand why the Pre–incarnate Christ is feeding Israel the “Law of Moses”. As we progress you will see that these associations are not accidental and tell us much more than what we might glean from a casual review of the scriptures. We need to be focused, searching, and having a state of mind of “open ears” as opposed to ears that “are dull of hearing”. (Matthew 11:15)
In order to restore accurate doctrinal paradigms, imagery, meaning, patterns, and fractals we need to use the same source the Apostles did. We will be able to validate the truth of these concepts by following the scriptural patterns. These same patterns repeat themselves over and over again in the scriptures, in nature, and in the lives of those recorded in the scriptures. We will be able to check our math, just the same as if you were literally checking your arithmetic by working the equation backwards. If the pattern and the fractal does not hold up when checked from every angle, then it is likely not a scripturally supported belief and needs to be removed.
Knowing that we must depend upon scriptural context we will use extensive and copious amounts of scriptures to establish the scriptural patterns. If you are not prepared for an intensive analysis of scriptural review, you likely will not have the attention span to discover the mysteries that are hidden only for certain people. It requires the diligence of the believer to move from milk to meat.
Matthew 13: 10, And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
Did you see how Matthew 13 reinforced the conclusion that we drew about the parable of the talents from Matthew 25? Yeshua uses the same phraseology linking the parable of the talents to His explanation of who the mysteries of the Kingdom are given to and why He insisted on talking in parables.
Matthew 25: 28, Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Now compare it to Yeshua’s explanation of why He spoke in parables from Matthew 13.
Matthew 13: 12, For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Notice how they use the same phraseology and are almost word for word the same? Are you beginning to understand that there are no careless scriptures and that there is willful intention and patterns in what is written? So when you match up the parable of the talents with Yeshua’s explanation of why He speaks in parables you can clearly see that a “talent” is a “hidden truth”!
After having read Frank Turek and Norman Geisler’s book, “I Don’t Have Enough faith to Be an Atheist”, I decided to contact their ministry to see if they would be willing to apply their logical methodology for tackling Atheism/Evolution to the issue of “Grace versus Law”.
I highly recommend their book and their methodology. Evidently they are more interested in scriptural truth than maintaining un–scriptural beliefs. At the very least that would be our hope.
In their book they tackle several pivotal questions that Christians need to think about when they assess the scriptural accuracy of their beliefs.
- What is truth?
- So what? Who cares about truth?
- How is truth known?
- The opposite of truth is false.
- Can you afford to be agnostic (not–knowing)?
- Should Christians be logical?
- The either–or proposition.
- The both–and logic.
- Truth versus Tolerance
The authors sum it up best on page 54 of their book, “Finally, in order to find truth, one must be ready to give up those subjective preferences in favor of objective facts. And facts are best discovered through logic, evidence, and science.”
We are faced with the hard question, “Does it matter what Christians believe?” Many Christians will say, “We are saved by grace, it does not matter what you believe”. The fundamental question is, “Is that statement scripturally true? Or must we be tolerant? ”
Turek and Geisler comment on this religious Pluralism on page 46, “Tolerance now means that you’re supposed to accept every belief as true!” The authors go on to explain that the Christian faith does not teach Christians to endorse this viewpoint, but to pursue truth.
We are confronted with the pivotal question, “Do the teachings of Yeshua have more authority than our own beliefs about what we think the Apostle Paul is teaching?”
As Turek and Geisler list on pages 37 and 38, we will examine our modern Christian beliefs versus the truths evident in the scriptures. We need to remember the following from “I Do not Have Enough faith to Be an Atheist”:
- “Truth is discovered, not invented.”
- “Truth is unchanging even though our beliefs about truth change.”
- “Beliefs cannot change a fact, no matter how sincerely they are held.”
- “Truth is not affected by the attitude of the one professing it.”
- “All truths are absolute truths.”
The issue is really simple. If you are a Christian you are only interested in the truth, and not any single opinion that conflicts with the truth. If you find that you are not interested in scriptural truth, can you still claim to be a Christian?
2 Thessalonians 2: 10, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
Let us examine what the scriptures say related to what Yeshua, the Apostles, and the first Century believers said and did in regard to grace and Law (Law of Moses). It would appear, as Christians, we cannot afford to be agnostic about grace and Law. Let us logically examine the factual testimony and historical record of the first century believers and determine what they believed about this topic and if they actually implemented those beliefs in their actions. Of course this means we must check our beliefs for the facts.
This book began with an exchange of truth with some of Turek and Geisler’s representatives on their book, “I Don’t Have Enough faith to Be an Atheist”. I wanted to determine if they could use their same apologetics skills on a couple of un–scriptural points they brought up in their book. The challenge was to see if they could consistently apply their evidence analysis methodology for evaluating truth on a topic that they might not find as appealing as Atheism/Evolution versus Creationism. Despite disagreeing on this topic I highly respect their methodology and their intention of turning people to God.
Can you handle documented historical fact and the Scriptural Truth?
Frank Turek and Norman Geisler,
I wanted to thank you for your book, “I Don’t Have Enough faith to Be an Atheist”. I enjoyed the logical arguments and your methodology for examining Atheism and Christianity. I’ve bought several copies for friends and family. However, I have found some factual and logical errors in your later chapters that pre–suppose what the early church observed. Some of those statements clearly contradict the scriptures. I’d love to examine these with you using your logic formula and see if you are as open to using this tool on your own assumptions about grace and law that contradict the Old and New Testament scriptures.
In summary, I found the following errors in “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”:
- That the Apostles abandoned being Jewish. Page 234
- That first century believers in Yeshua abandoned the 7th day Sabbath and began observing it on the first day of the week. Page 234, 290–291, 319
- That the Law of Moses is no longer binding. Page 234, 291
- That the Apostles and the Church abandoned strict Monotheism. Page 291
- The animal sacrifice system is replaced. Page 290
- That the Apostles abandoned circumcision. Page 234
- And stopped observing the priestly system. Page 234
My question to you is simple. Can you handle the truth? What do the scriptures actually document? You might be surprised. Christians (Jews & Gentiles) were being taught by Paul and the Apostles every 7th day Sabbath in the synagogue.
Acts 13: 42, And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
Notice they did not ask to be taught the very next Sunday. The word Sabbath or Shabbat is a technical term for the 7th day Sabbath, not the first day of the week. And because Christians were observing the 7th day Sabbath, they took collections for Paul and those in Jerusalem on the first day of the week. Why on the first day of the week? This collection was considered work and was not appropriate conduct for the 7th day Sabbath rest.
1 Corinthians 16: 2, Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
Paul wanted all the collecting to have been completed before he arrived and done on an appropriate day for labor, the first day of the week, and not on the 7th day Sabbath. Let’s also not miss the fact that new Christian converts were instructed to learn the Law of Moses. Where? In the synagogue.
Acts 13: 14, But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. 16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.
The Torah of Moses was not abandoned by followers of Yeshua. They went to the synagogues every Sabbath to learn the Written Torah of Moses and this is where Paul, the Apostles, and Yeshua went to teach the people. The Apostles even commanded that new converts start with a few simple Torah commands and then go to the synagogue and learn the rest of the things they ought to do. This happened every 7th day of the week after Yeshua’s resurrection.
Acts 15: 20, But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day. 22 Then pleased it the Apostles and elders with the whole church, to send chosen men of their own company to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas; namely, Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas, chief men among the brethren:
So if this is factually the case, what was it that Yeshua, Paul and the Apostles were arguing against? Which Law? Was it the same Written Law of Moses (the Written Torah) that Yeshua said would remain until the heavens and earth pass away? Or was it the Oral Torah (The Oral Law or Traditions of the rabbis)? (Matthew 5: 17–18, Matthew 15: 1–3, Romans 3: 31)
It is clear that Yeshua, Paul, and the Apostles taught people to keep the Written Torah of Moses and that they need not observe all the extra traditions of the rabbis, the Oral Torah. Yeshua elaborates on what He has a problem with and He makes it clear His problem is not with the Written Law of Moses, the Torah.
Matthew 15: 3, But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
Yeshua states very clearly that His problem is with the Oral Tradition or Oral Law of the rabbis that causes people to violate the Written Law of Moses. Logically Yeshua is making it very plain that He wants His followers to not violate the Written Law of Moses, and any tradition that causes a believer to violate the Written Law of Moses is not worthy to be followed or observed.
The Pharisees try and turn the argument by mislabeling their own traditions as “the Law” that people should be observing. Yeshua corrects their mis-understanding.
Matthew 15: 1, Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying, 2 Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread. 3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Yeshua brings great clarity to the issue: the Pharisees are attempting to teach their own traditions (Oral Torah) as being doctrines of the Written Torah of Moses, when in reality they are only their own man–made traditions, which cause people to violate the actual doctrines of the Written Torah of Moses.
Logically, Yeshua has maintained the sanctity of the Law of Moses, and clarified the act of subversion by the Pharisees who replaced the Written Law of Moses with their own man–made traditions which cause people to violate the Law that Yeshua expects them to observe and keep. He further quotes Isaiah 29:13 indicating that such efforts are full of vanity and cause separation between man and God. This is no small indictment!
This presents a logic problem for those who maintain that Yeshua is fulfilling the Law so that He could then turn around and do away with the Law upon His death and resurrection. To suggest that God, manifest in the flesh, is intentionally chastising Pharisees for violating the Law of Moses via their own Oral Torah, only to shortly thereafter do away with the Written Law of Moses because He fulfilled it for us, boggles the logical mind.
Not only does this “logic” contradict the facts of scripture, it brings into question the integrity of the Son of God. Instead of trying to defend such a proposition, let us instead defend the scriptural facts. We can then evaluate which paradigm becomes a unified and scripturally accurate paradigm and which is lacking in scriptural merit. Malachi prophesies that right before the day of the Lord, we had one charge to fulfill.
Malachi 4: 1, For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts. 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
Can it be any clearer? Why would God promise to send Elijah, right before the day of the Lord, with the commission to get His people to “remember the Law of Moses”, if it was the same law that was abandoned? Let’s use some of that logic here. Perhaps, if the facts are consistent, it is our paradigm that is wrong. So if we wish to gloss over these facts, let’s ask one more question. If the sacrificial system had been abandoned by first century followers of Yeshua, why did Paul, after being saved by Yeshua, go to the temple to offer a sacrifice?
Acts 21: 26, Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.
Furthermore there were many Levitical Priests that served in the temple even after the death and resurrection of Yeshua.
Acts 6:7, And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
This would pose a logical contradiction for those who say that the Levitical Priesthood, duties, and Law were abolished after the resurrection of Yeshua. It would appear that we need to examine this further later in the book.
THE ONENESS OF GOD IN THE NEW TESTAMENT:
Now let’s tackle one more scriptural fact. The Old and the New Testament did not abandon strict monotheism. Christian believers maintained the same beliefs about that oneness of God that the Torah and the Shema teach.
Deuteronomy 6: 4, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:
Deuteronomy 6:4 is known as the Shema. It is the cornerstone doctrine of the Jewish faith. We see the same affirmation made by Yeshua and the Apostles!
- Mark 12: 29, And Yeshua answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Yeshua saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
- Romans 3: 30, Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
- 1 Corinthians 8: 4, As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
- 1 Corinthians 8: 6, But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Yeshua, by whom are all things, and we by him.
- Galatians 3: 20, Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
- Ephesians 4: 6, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
- 1 Timothy 2: 5, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Yeshua;
- James 2: 19, Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
The New Testament repeatedly affirms a strict singularity of one God, not a modified version of monotheism. That being the case, the facts are clear, so perhaps once again it is our paradigm that is the problem.
I John 4: 12, No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
But we have seen Yeshua. It would appear on the surface that the scriptures are contradicting themselves. Perhaps there are other scriptures that will elaborate on the nature of the Messiah.
2 Corinthians 2: 9, For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
So within Yeshua is God. Perhaps we have been asking the wrong questions about the oneness of God.
2 Corinthians 4: 4, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
Yeshua is the image of God. Paul is using very specific terminology here.
Colossians 1: 14, In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Yeshua, who is visible, is the manifestation of the invisible God. We will see how this relates to the manifestation of the name of God later on in this book.
John 10: 30, I and my Father are one.
So factually we are left with one conclusion, that there is only one God and Yeshua is the manifestation of His presence, literally the Image of God. John also states very clear that Yeshua is the Word and God.
John 1: 1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, ) full of grace and truth.
Is John here describing a trinity, duality or a singularity? The problem many Christians run into when trying to conceive of the oneness of God and the Deity of the Messiah is that we are using the wrong paradigm. Let’s try and adjust the paradigm by asking some simple questions.
Matthew 28: 19, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
A cursory reading of this verse leaves many believers with the idea that there are three names that believers are baptized into. What does it really say? There is one name that believers are baptized into. It does not say “names”, it says singular, “name”. This singular name is the same for Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is not presenting a trinity, but as Yeshua has already indicated, a singular unity, hence one name; “I and my Father are one.” If Yeshua is standing and talking with you, who would you say you are talking to, the Son or the Father?
John 8: 25, Then said they unto him, Who art thou? And Yeshua saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. 26 I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. 27 They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. 28 Then said Yeshua unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 29 And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
Instead of counting containers let’s think about the issue as it relates to consciousness. Based upon the factual information of John 8: 25–29, if Yeshua is standing and talking with you, who would you say you are talking to, the Son or the Father?
Yeshua’s own testimony is that you are talking to the Father, not to a separate consciousness. How do we know this? Yeshua says, “I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him” and “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things”. Yeshua only mediates what the Father says and does, and He communicates nothing that is not from the Father. So Yeshua’s testimony that He and the Father are one is true (John 10: 30 and 17: 11)!
God is one, not two or three. So when you examine John 1, try not to think of God and the Word as you would with containers, but think of God and the Word as water.
John 1: 1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Keep in mind how Yeshua is depicted in Luke 4:1 as “…being full of the Holy Spirit”. The scriptures are replete with examples of how God’s spirit is “poured” out like water.
- 1 Samuel 1:15, And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.
- Proverbs 1:23, Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
- Ezekiel 39:29, Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord God.
- Joel 2:28, And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
- Joel 2:29, And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
- Acts 2:17, And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
- Acts 2:18, And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
If you take a pitcher of water and pour it into a glass, is the water still water? Yes. Is the water in the glass one with the water in the pitcher? They are one in nature only manifest in two containers now. Are they separated? Only via the containers, in all other respects they are one. The water in the glass was with the water in the pitcher in the beginning, the water in the glass was the water in the pitcher in the beginning. The water in the pitcher is now manifest in the glass for all men to see.
Scripturally God is one just as the water is one. Yeshua himself confesses that he neither speaks nor does anything that the Father does not do. So in regard to consciousness, if you are speaking with Yeshua and He is standing in front of you, you are talking with the Father, not a separate consciousness. “I do nothing of myself” (John 8:28).
THE TEACHING OF THE OLD TESTAMENT AFFIRMS THE TRUTH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT:
If all scripture is indeed God inspired and the Christian believer cannot reconcile his/her beliefs to the entirety of scripture (old and new) then clearly it is not the scriptures that are in error, it is the believer’s paradigm that does not account for the validity of all scripture that is actually in error.
2 Timothy 3: 16, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The New Testament affirms the same as the Old, that “The Lord our God is one Lord” (Deuteronomy 6: 4). So if all these statements are scripturally and factually accurate (inspired by God), perhaps our paradigm is wrong and the Law of Moses is not done away, but this same Written Law of Moses is merely under a new administration of grace and mercy.
In fact you will see this fractal of condemnation and death versus grace and abundant mercy presented at both givings of the Law of Moses in the book of Exodus. What is present in both accounts? “The same words”, i.e. the same Written Law. Exodus 20 highlights the giving of the Law of Moses under the administration of Death (the flesh), and Exodus 34 shows the second giving of the Law of Moses under grace and abundant mercy (the spirit and resurrection life). This second writing of the Law of Moses happens with the presentation of the manifest Name of the Lord (YHWH). So instead of having an Old and New Testament, in reality you have The Torah of Sin and Death and the Torah of Resurrection Life presented as a pattern and a fractal. Paul reinforces this knowledge.
Romans 8: 2, For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Yeshua hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
We have already proven that the scriptures say that the rabbinical traditions (the Oral Torah) were burdensome and were not required for Christians to obey. But what about the Written Torah, the Law of Moses? Are we no longer under the Law of Moses? Notice the Law of Moses is not abandoned for no law, it is abandoned for a new administration of the Torah (the Law of Moses). Is this statement scripturally true?
2 Corinthians 3: 6, Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away: 8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
Notice the “ministration” is associated with what is engraved in stones. This is a direct reference to the Written Law of Moses. So the glory of the prior administration relates to the Law of Moses and logically the new administration should also be associated with the law and the covenant as the administrations are presented in direct contrast to one another. We are not seeing imagery of the Law being done away, where first it is there and then it is removed. We are seeing imagery of the same Law being presented with an old and a new administration of the same “stones” and what is “engraved” upon them.
Paul contrasts these ministrations: Flesh versus sprit, death versus resurrection life, condemnation versus grace and mercy. So if the Law of Moses is done away, why do the Apostles keep telling us it is the Law of Moses that identifies sin?
1 John 3: 4, Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law (Anomia): for sin is the transgression of the law (Anomia).
The New Testament writers still use the Written Law of Moses to identify what sin is. They are not using Roman law, or a self–interpreted moral law. How do we know this? They identify the source of the Law they are using to identify sin.
2 Timothy 3: 16, All scripture (Torah, Writings, & Prophets) is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
How do we know that he is referring to the Written Torah, Writings, and Prophets?
Acts 17: 11, These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Logically the new potential believers were checking the apostolic writings against the God inspired Torah, Writings, and the Prophets. They would not be checking Paul’s letters against his other letters as this would provide no objectivity for a measure of truth. They needed to validate his teachings against an independent and reliable source. The apostolic writings did not have mass distribution at this point in church history, so they would not be evaluating new apostolic writings against other apostolic writings.
So if the Apostles are still using the Law of Moses, the Written Torah, to validate proper conduct and accurate teaching, what should that tell us about what Christianity should be doing today? Modern teachers say that the Law is written on our hearts now, but not then.
Hebrews 8: 6, But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 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 Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. 13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
What does it say is “new”? It is a new administration (mediation), with the principal change being that the same laws are put upon our hearts instead of being written on stone tablets. Why? It was not on our hearts before and caused sin to abound.
The hallmark of this new administration is grace, abundant mercy and life. The old covenant had hallmarks of sin, death, and condemnation. Does Hebrews say, “I will make different laws and put them on your hearts”? No. It says it is the same, “my law” (Hebrews 8:10). We see this clearly illustrated in Exodus 34 and the second giving of the Torah under this new administration of grace and mercy. Take careful note of which laws are now written on our hearts.
Exodus 34: 1, And the Lord said unto Moses, Hew thee two tablets of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tablets the words that were in the first tablets, which thou brakest… 4 And he hewed two tablets of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tablets of stone.
5 And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of the Lord. 6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
Did you catch that? This is the same imagery of “writing the Law of God on our hearts” that is used to validate the New Testament by the modern church. The external law is now written internally. But notice it says, “the words that were in the first tablets”, these are the same commandments, not different words. Not better commandments. This dual giving of the Law of Moses is presenting the fractal of death and resurrection, flesh and spirit, condemnation and mercy, and two administrations. It shows the progression from the Law of Sin and Death to the law of resurrection life. Both stone tablets from Exodus 20 and Exodus 34 have the same words and the same commandments written upon them. For the follower of Yeshua, there is no escaping this crucial imagery and terminology of those same words.
So if this is the same imagery that the Christian church uses to justify the validity of the “new” covenant, then why are they not fulfilling the complete pattern of the imagery presented? “The same words” or the same commandments? After all what changed was the administration and the location of those “same words”, not the actual words themselves. Do we then get to pick and choose which “words” to obey? Can I ask a question? Are you keeping the 4th commandment?
Exodus 20: 8, Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.
After all the 7th day Sabbath is a part of the “same words” that were re–written on the second set of tablets, which the Christian church presents as the same laws and imagery that the believer should have written on their hearts. Can you really fulfill something in your heart and not manifest it in your flesh? The study of the patterns, images, and fractals that we will bring out of the scriptures will leave you with an inescapable conclusion. Because of the scriptures consistent patterns, thematic connections, and repeating imagery you will be faced with an obvious and necessary choice!
LEAVE MY PARADIGM ALONE…
Let’s call this a starting point. I cannot begin to tell you the meaning of all the Law of Moses, you could not absorb it all in one sitting. Maybe this is why the Apostles instruct new believers in Acts 15 to start with just a few things while they go to the synagogue on the actual 7th day Sabbath to learn the Written Law of Moses.
The Apostles are incredibly clear that there should be absolutely no difference between how any believers observe the truth that the Messiah gave to the redeemed. They were all to observe in the exact same way. Gentiles and Jews in the first century were worshiping God by doing the very same things. To maintain that Jews were keeping the Torah and worshiping Christ, while Gentiles were not keeping the Torah and worshiping Christ, is contradicted by the facts of scripture.
Acts 15: 9, And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Where the Apostles say to not bother the Gentiles, they are referencing the Oral Torah of the rabbis, that Yeshua said was an unreasonable burden and did not need to be observed.
- Acts 15: 10, Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
- Acts 15: 19, Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God:
How do we know the Apostles are referring only to the Rabbinical Oral Torah (Traditions of men)? Let’s check the issue out thematically. What does Yeshua say?
Matthew 23: 2, Saying the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Both the Apostles and Yeshua describe the Rabbinical Oral Torah as a “burden” that is “borne” that causes “trouble”. The Pharisees were saying that new believers must both be circumcised and keep the Torah of Moses before having fellowship with other believers. They were requiring that believers follow the Written Torah and their Rabbinical Oral Torah which would have required circumcision before fellowshipping with other proselytes while learning the Written Law of Moses.
Pharisee, “The Pharisee (“separatist”) party emerged largely out of the group of scribes and sages. Their name comes from the Hebrew and Aramaic parush or parushi, which means “one who is separated.” It may refer to their separation from Gentiles, sources of ritual impurity or from irreligious Jews.  The Pharisees, among other Jewish sects, were active from the middle of the second century B. C. E. until the destruction of the Temple in 70 C. E.” (Wikipedia)
Yeshua and the Apostles clarified that the Rabbinical Oral Torah were extra burdens that were not required of believers in Yeshua. The Apostles in Acts 15 are talking about the Oral Torah not being required, not the Written Torah, as the Apostles address this issue in Acts 15:21, saying new believers should learn the Written Torah (the Law of Moses) every 7th day Sabbath in the Synagogue with other believers in Yeshua. We will delve into this more later. For added clarity, the Apostles go on to give some basic requirements for new believers while they learn the Written Torah of Moses in the Synagogue.
Acts 15: 19, Wherefore my sentence is, that we trouble not them, which from among the Gentiles are turned to God: 20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. 21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every Sabbath day.
So, you have a factual and logical choice. Will you shut up your ears because I have shocked your paradigm? You may say, “You did not finish the quote from Hebrews 8: 13, “In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.”
Most of Christianity will tell you it is the Law that was passing away. But factually and scripturally that is not accurate. So what is passing away? The flesh, the administration of condemnation, the Torah of Sin and Death. The Law is not passing away, the flesh is.
1 Corinthians 15: 50, Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
That being the case, what then shall we do?
Romans 6: 15, What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
The modern church has presupposed the argument is “Grace versus Law”. You will not find that anywhere in the scriptures. The scripturally accurate argument is, “which administration of the Law of Moses are you under? “Condemnation or grace”?
Romans 3: 31, Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
Does this mean we are not to observe the Law of Moses? No, it means we are not under the administration of sin and death, condemnation, and the flesh. We are under the administration of grace, mercy and those “same words”.
The Law of Moses (death) is resurrected to the Law of Christ (resurrection life). So instead of falsely presupposing Old and New Testament, the accurate scriptural presentation is Torah of Sin and Death and Torah of Resurrection Life. You could also call it Old Covenant and Resurrected Covenant. The Law of Moses, the Messiah, and the redeemed all fulfill the same fractal of death and resurrection.
- Hebrews 8: 13, In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
- 2 Corinthians 5: 17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Notice both the redeemed believer and the law (covenant) have the same associations of “old” and “new” and “passing/vanish away”. So to contend that the law (covenant) words are done away is to also say that the consciousness of the resurrected believer is also done away. So what is the benefit of being resurrected if you are not “still you” in consciousness and memory?
Just as the believer is presented as the “old” and “new” man before death and after resurrection, so also is the covenant and the Law of Moses. It is both “old” and “new”. It fulfills the same fractal of death and resurrection as the Messiah and the believer. But just as the believer is the same “person” that is subject to corruption and then incorruption, so also is the Law of Moses.
It is the same “words” or covenant, with a new administration. To say it is no longer the same “covenant” because it is new, is to say that the same “person” is no longer the same person because he/she is “new” in resurrection life. We see evidence of this in the prophecies that discuss the time after Yeshua’s second coming.
Zechariah 14: 16, And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
“Old” Testament Holy Days will be observed by “everyone”, not just Israel, after the return of Yeshua.
Maybe it is time to fix our paradigm and heed the end-time warning of Malachi that before the day of the Lord…God will send Elijah with a message for believers to “remember ye the law of Moses my servant” (Malachi 4:1-5). Shockingly Yeshua reinforced this truth by telling His disciples, “…Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. (Matthew 17:11)
Malachi 4: 1, For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall…4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
Chaper 3 Will Be Released 3/24/17