As our nation celebrates the 4th of July, the day we declared our independence from England. Our nation floats farther away from YHWH every day! Our nation is no longer free even though most people do not see that. They equate material prosperity with freedom. Simply put we are enslaved by technology and materialism. Not only has our nation been enslaved willingly by the love of money and comfort. We have a government that has been using the US constitution as toilet paper for decades! Now it is worse than ever! Just take a look at all the scandals in the current administration for proof of that. Our nation has lost it’s connection to our freedom loving, hard working, and morality embracing roots by following after their own lust, desires, comfort, and protection. Sadly the churches have traveled even farther in that direction of being enslaved to sin, instead of set free in Yeshua!
I mentioned in my last blog titled “Anti-Semitism and the Workers of Lawlessness” that catholics and protestants do not know the difference between tradition and mitzvah. Often proclaiming what is commanded (mitzvah) is just traditions done away with. Not one single command or mitzvah was done away with. Mitzvah means command and/or connection! Most of what the catholic and protestant churches have always preached was never mitzvah but traditions. The tradition of sunday worship, the tradition of taking the “lord’s supper”, the festivals of christmas and easter, the wearing of special robes or outfits for priest, pastors or the choir, the idea of dressing up in suits and fancy dresses, the order and styles of worship is all tradition. Most of those traditions are older than christianity and originated from pagan traditions. Pagans who were anti-semitic and would not embrace a hebrew messiah or lifestyle because of their hate.
Keeping the torah and gospels is mitzvah for all true believers. The torah is not optional and anyone who preaches otherwise will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, assuming they even get there. Read Matthew 5:17-19 to understand why I’m saying that.
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
17 “Don’t think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete. 18 Yes indeed! I tell you that until heaven and earth pass away, not so much as a yud or a stroke will pass from the Torah — not until everything that must happen has happened. 19 So whoever disobeys the least of these mitzvot and teaches others to do so will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever obeys them and so teaches will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Matthew 5:18 makes it clear that not until the end of time when the earth is destroyed will we be free from the 613 commands of the torah. It goes on to say in that passage that whoever disobeys the least of these commands or mitzvot (same as mitzvah) and teaches others to do so as well will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. If that is true with a person who disobeys one command and teaches others to do so. How much more dangerous to ones soul is it to throw out the torah all together and preach it was made null and void?
Mitzvah is far more than commands and rules for us to live by. Mitzvah is a connection. It is how we connect with YHVH our Elohim (God). YHVH is telling us how to connect with him. He is giving us a vehicle, keys, gas, a owners manual, drivers ed, and a road map telling us how to reach him. If we fail to do what he says and follow his commands, we cannot connect with him. Yeshua understood the importance of the torah and reassured us that he did not come to make the torah null and void but to complete it. He came to build the perfect priesthood in heaven; by living a human life and becoming the sacrifice for our sins and conquering the grave. Many places in the new testament and the torah (the law) is reenforced to jews and gentiles to let us know we still have to follow the torah. The only thing gentile believers do not have to partake in is circumcision because that is the covenant of Abraham, for the house of Abraham. As gentiles are not a part of the house of Abraham and are just grafted into the house of Israel they do not need to be circumcised of the flesh. The rest of the torah applies to them, even the dietary laws. If you are born to a jewish family then you still must be circumcised at 8 days old.
There are many scriptures that confirm this throughout the new testament. Acts 15:28-29 speaks of four requirements. Do not eat meat sacrificed to idols! That could only be done if one was partaking in pagan festivals like that of Ishtar (modern day easter) and Yule (modern day christmas) and many other festivals that could be listed. It was warning gentile believers not to celebrate such holidays and that by doing so you are not honoring YHVH your Elohim and the messiah Yeshua, but pagan gods and devils. Then it goes on and urges gentile believers to keep the dietary laws. We know this by the terms “from blood” and “from things strangled”. It is against the dietary laws to eat blood or animals that was strangled. So if you like a little pink in that steak, you are violating the dietary laws that was commanded in both the old and new testament. Then it finishes with warning people to keep away from “fornication”. Fornication in the bible is far more than just sexual immorality. It is fornicating with anything that takes away worship from YHVH. Failure to keep the sabbath is similar to fornication in that you give the sabbath day to YHVH and nobody or nothing else. Just like a wife is only to give her body to her husband. Sabbath keeping is still in effect. We know this from Hebrews 4:9-11.
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 So there remains a Shabbat-keeping for God’s people. 10 For the one who has entered God’s rest has also rested from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Therefore, let us do our best to enter that rest; so that no one will fall short because of the same kind of disobedience.
I know people who would dispute that passage in Acts 15 claiming it only listed 4 things for believers to be saved and that did not include the whole dietary laws. However if that passage meant that only 4 things were literally to be observed to be saved, you would have to throw out most of the ten commandments and all sorts of sins would be acceptable. That is simply not the case. If you take that Acts 15 passage to literally mean only 4 things are required to live a christian lifestyle, you end up with a “do as thou will” style Aleister Crowly theology. It would be more like “do as thou will as long as you are not eating food scarified to idols, or eating meat with blood in it, or eating meat that had been strangled, or having impure sexual relations”. If you took that passage literally to mean 4 things you could go around robbing people, disrespecting your parents, blaspheming, cursing people, beating people up, etc. without any real spiritual consequences.
I know many would dispute what I claim about the dietary laws still being in effect by using Peter’s vision in Acts 10. However that vision was never meant to lift the dietary laws but telling Peter that it was okay to go to the gentiles. Peter understood that YHVH would not tell him to violate the torah. That is why he pondered so long and hard about what the vision meant. After the vision was over he continued to ponder the meaning until the servant of Cornelius arrived, to bring Peter to Cornelius a god-fearing gentile. The holy spirit gave Peter the understanding of what the vision meant when the Servant of Cornelius arrived. Peter finally gives the interpretation of the vision in Acts 10:27-28. Here is an exact quote:
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
27 As he talked with him, Kefa went inside and found many people gathered. 28 He said to them, “You are well aware that for a man who is a Jew to have close association with someone who belongs to another people, or to come and visit him, is something that just isn’t done. But God has shown me not to call any person common or unclean; 29 so when I was summoned, I came without raising any questions. Tell me, then, why did you send for me?”
The scriptures make themselves clear that Peter’s vision never meant the dietary laws were lifted. Jewish tradition would not allow jews to socialize with gentiles. Jews considered gentiles to be unclean and beast like. I know many of you anti-semitic protestants and catholics will accuse this of being a lie of the jews. Much like Martin Luther’s book “The Jews and Their Lies”. However look it up in a King James Version, it will say in Acts 10:28 that the vision meant to “call no man unclean”. The KJV claims it was unlawful for jews to associate in such a way with gentiles. That is simply not the case. Yeshua never broke the laws of Moses. Yeshua ate with gentiles breaking those traditions. It was shown to Peter not just through example but also through the vision the truth of socializing with gentiles was revealed.
The term unlawful is another way of saying “violating the torah”. The torah only forbid jews to intermarry with gentiles. Jews are commanded to love the gentiles and to not wrong them in speech or business. However it was tradition that they would not associate with them in such a close way. The gentiles who translated the KJV were just ignorant of that fact and called it unlawful. Even when it was not unlawful, it was a tradition. So if you read Acts and let scripture interpret scripture you will realize from Acts 10 that Peter’s vision did not lift the dietary laws and Acts 15 states that gentile believers must follow the dietary laws too.
I wish to simply point out that tradition and mitzvah are not the same thing. We are still to follow the torah minus adult circumcision for converts. We are to cast away pagan traditions and embrace the true way of holiness. We should keep the hebrew festivals such as passover. Instead of keeping the festival of passover like we are commanded to do: The churches celebrate the festival of Ishtar and partake in their tradition of the Lord’s supper. When Yeshua said “do this in remembrance of me”, he was not talking about the modern day “Lord’s Supper” tradition. He was speaking of keeping the feast of unleavened bread a.k.a. “Passover”.
We connect to YHVH and Yeshua by keeping the commands. We connect by doing mitzvot! It is more than just rules and regulations. It is the way YHVH gave us to connect with him. Following Yeshua and believing in him is the final mitzvah that completed the torah! Until Yeshua the torah was incomplete. Now it is complete and we have a kadosh life to live in order to get to heaven one day. Just like how our relationships are built with others slowly over time; so is our relationship with our creator and savior. We have things to do in those relationships and if we break trust or break boundaries it damages our relationship. Overtime those violations will cause that relationship to crumble. If there is no forgiveness the relationship ends. If one person does not care to rebuild and repair that connection then the relationship will end, no matter how much forgiveness there is to be had. Yeshua forgives our sins but we have to work extra hard and live a clean life in order to maintain that relationship. If someone casts the torah out by preaching it was made null and void, then that person is not truly living the correct lifestyle. That person is ignoring the way we are able connect to YHVH and Yeshua! That will cause that person’s relationship with our creator to end by their will, if that person doesn’t repent and do mitzvot. Much like how if a man forgives his wife for cheating on him, she has to walk a very fine line the rest of her life. Not just to rebuild the trust but to make sure an infidelity never happens again if she truly wants to keep her husband. If she doesn’t walk that line even if the husband forgives her that relationship will have to end.
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