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Yahshua Died On Wednesday And Rose On The Sabbath

Matthew 24:3 And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones came to Him separately, saying, “Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

4 And Yahshua answering, said to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.

5 “For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they shall lead many astray. Have you ever done a study on how many people have claimed to be or who were proclaimed to be THE MESSIAH? Just google MESSIAH CLAIMANTS and you will be surprised at the number. Some of them come pretty close to qualifying too.


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Yahshua Died On Wednesday And Rose On The Sabbath. I have come to understand that the scriptures ACCOUNT FOR EVERY DAY AND HOUR FROM THE THURSDAY BEFORE “GOOD FRIDAY” ALL THE WAY UNTIL SUNDAY THROUGHOUT THE DAY, and that there is a very important reason why KNOWING THIS IS THE CORNERSTONE TO OUR SALVATION.


Matthew 1:22

And all this came to be in order to fill what was spoken by YHWH through the prophet, saying,

23 “See, a maiden shall conceive, and she shall give birth to a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanu’El,” which translated,means, “Âl with us.”

Back to that list of MESSIAH CLAIMANTS, there is ONE THING and ONE THING ONLY THAT MAKES YAHSHUA THE MESSIAH: HE FULFILLED ALL PROPHECY ABOUT HIMSELF.


Matthew 12:38

Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from You.”

39 But He answering, said to them, “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to itexcept the sign of the prophet Yonah.

40 “For as Yonah was three days and three nights in the stomach of the great fish, so shall the Son of Adam be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

If Yahshua failed to fulfill but one of the 365 prophecies about Himself HE WOULD NOT BE THE MESSIAH, so it is imperative that UNDERSTANDING AND TEACHING be correct and accurate in this regard, because IF YAHSHUA DIED ON FRIDAY AND ROSE ON SUNDAY, HE IS NOT THE MESSIAH.


Proverbs 18:20

A man’s stomach is satisfied From the fruit of his mouth; He is satisfied with the increase of his lips.

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those loving it eat its fruit.

As research will demonstrate, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH CLAIMS OF BEING THE MESSIAH, and since we don’t have His name right anyway, it is spiritual possible that believing this false teaching could mean that YOU ARE NOT WORSHIPING THE RIGHT ELOHIM!


Exodus 12:17 And you shall guard the Festival of Unleavened Bread, for on this same day I brought your divisions out of the land of Mitsrayim. And you shall guard this day throughout your generations, an everlasting law.

18 ‘In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening.

There are a couple of ways to determine what days Yahshua died and rose on. Exodus points out that the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD (the day Yahshua died), takes place on the 14th day of Nissi, which is the first month on the Hebrew calendar. We can take historical facts to determine what year this was, do a CALENDAR CONVERSION on our computers and we will discover that THE FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD IN THE YEAR THAT YAHSHUA DIED FELL ON A WEDNESDAY.


Or we can just follow the Word:

John 12:1

Accordingly Yahshua, six days before the Passover, came to BÃyth Anyah, where ElÈazar was, who had died, whom He raised from the dead.

This is the Thursday of the PREVIOUS week before the crucifixion of Yahshua. I know you want to challenge this RIGHT NOW, but just be patient and the scriptures will bear out this truth.


John 12:9

Then a great crowd of the YehuÅim learned that He was there. And they came, not on account of aSWHY only, but also to see ElÈazar, whom He had raised from the dead.

This was very important because IT WAS THE REASON YAHSHUA WAS GREETED IN JERUSALEM AS MESSIAH!


John 12:12

On the next day a great crowd who had come to the festival, when they heard that Yahshua was coming to Yerushalayim,

Now we all know what this day is; IT’S THE ONLY THING THAT TRADITION GETS RIGHT: PALM FRIDAY!


Mark 11:12

And on the next day, when they had come out from BÃyth Anyah, He was hungry.

13 And seeing at a distance a fig tree having leaves, He went to see whether He would find any fruit on it. And when He came to it, He found none but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.

14 And Yahshua, responding, said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” And His taught ones heard it.

15 And they came to Yerushalayim. Yahshua, entering into the Set-apart Place, began to drive out those who bought and sold in the Set-apart Place, and overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those selling doves.

This is still GOOD FRIDAY when all this takes place. And speaking of ALL THIS, AS A SERVANT OF YAHWEH, I CANNOT BEGIN TO TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT IT IS THAT THE EKKLESIA (CHURCH) AND THE BODY OF MESSIAH IN PARTICULAR, PAY ATTENTION TO, STUDY, SEEK AND GET UNDERSTANDING OF ALL THE PARABLES AND TEACHINGS OF YAHSHUA DURING THIS PARTICULAR WEEK, FOR THEREIN LIES THE ANSWERS AS TO WHAT “DOING THE WILL OF THE FATHER” IS (Matthew 7:21). Herein lies the answers as to who will make the rapture, who will not and why!!!


Mark 11:20

And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

It is now Saturday Morning, the WEEKLY Sabbath before the crucifixion of Yahshua.


Mark 11:27

And they come again to Jerusalem: and as he was walking in the temple, there come to him the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders,He enters to temple to teach after having CLEANED the temple of “them that sold and bought in the temple”. This is a very significant ministry. WE HAVE TO GET THE OLD, WORTHLESS, UNGODLY, CARNAL, TRADITIONAL, MISUSED AND SPIRIT KILLING STUFF OUT FIRST, IN ORDER TO GET THE SOUL SAVING STUFF IN. Otherwise THE PEOPLE WILL PERISH.


Matthew 26:1

And it came to be, when Yahshua ended all these words, He said to His taught ones,

2 “You know that after two days the Passover takes place, and the Son of Adam is to be delivered up to be impaled.”

It is SATURDAY when Yahshua says “AFTER TWO DAYS”. That would be AFTER SUNDAY AND MONDAY which would be TUESDAY.


Matthew 26:3

Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas,

4 And consulted that they might take YHahushua by subtilty, and kill [him].

5 But they said, Not on the feast [day], lest there be an uproar among the people.The Scribes and Pharisees knew this too and they knew that WHATEVER WAS GOING TO HAPPEN HAD TO HAPPEN BY 6:00 PM WEDNESDAY.


Matthew 26:17

Now the first [day] of the [feast of] unleavened bread the disciples came to Yahshua, saying unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

It is now TUESDAY. I have done a teaching here on YEN about THE BREAKING OF BREAD AND THE TAKING OF THE BLOOD: COMMUNION. There is a VERY DEEP MINISTRY IN THE SCRIPTURES WHICH DESCRIBES THIS ACT. To understand it IS THE BEGINNING OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT MUST BE, IN ORDER TO TAKE COMMUNION WORTHILY: AND IT AIN’T ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS.

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH IS BEING DECEIVED IN EVERY IMAGINABLE WAY TO KEEP PEOPLE, INDEED THE WORLD IN DARKNESS AND AWAY FROM THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE GLORY OF ELOHIM.

THEY ARE DYING PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SPIRITUALLY BECAUSE OF THE TRADITIONAL TEACHING THAT ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS “EXAMINE YOURSELF, ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND YOU CAN TAKE COMMUNION WORTHILY”! THIS IS NOT TRUE AND IF YOU FOLLOW THE TEACHING AND EXAMINE THE SCRIPTURES CLOSELY IN THE POST

PART ONE: COMMUNION: ASKING FOR FORGIVENESS WON’T MAKE YOU WORTHY! …

you will find the truth that NOT ONLY WILL PUT US IN A POSITION TO TAKE COMMUNION WORTHILY, BUT WILL TAKE US TO THE NEXT STEP TOWARDS BECOMING THE BRIDE OF MESSIAH.


Matthew 26:33

Peter answered and said unto him, Though all [men] shall be offended because of thee, [yet] will I never be offended.

34 Yahshua said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.

36 Then cometh Yahshua with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

It is at least Tuesday 12:00 midnight by now.


Matthew 26:46

Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

47 And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

It is somewhere around Tuesday 3:00 am or later by now. We know this because Yahshua prayed three times and He prayed at least an hour each time.


Matthew 26:73

And after a while came unto [him] they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art [one] of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.

74 Then began he to curse and to swear, [saying], I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.

IT IS NOW 6:00 AM, WEDNESDAY MORNING. Remember this is Hebrew time, not western time which according to scripture is “THE EVENING AND MORNING”!


Matthew 27:1

When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Yahshua to put him to death:

2 And when they had bound him, they led [him] away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.

The sun was starting to rise Wednesday Morning.


Mark 15:25

And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

It is now 9:00 am Wednesday morning.


Matthew 27:45

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.

Yahushua BECAME OUR SIN AT 12:00 NOON and remain as such until 3:00 pm WHEN HE DIED, on Wednesday afternoon.


John 19:31

The Yahudim therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and [that] they might be taken away.

They had to get Yahshua off the tree trunk and other crucifixtion victims off thier crosses and in the ground before or by 6:00 pm because the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED BREAD was about to come upon them for “THE EVENING AND MORNING WERE THE FIRST DAY”.


Matthew 28:1

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first [day] of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

It is still dark, AND NOT SUNDAY MORNING YET. This means that Yahushua has been dead from Wednesday, Thursday and Friday NIGHTS and Thursday, Friday and Saturday. But before Saturday (the weekly sabbath) was complete HE ROSE ON THE SABBATH.


Robert Ariel Greener CCPE,NB.Phc.A.FLTC, Founder & International Director

505 – 453-1559     MESSAGE CENTER                 407 – 431-2694 = office


Truths We Deny—Lies We Believe

In the final chapter of Genesis, Jacob passes away and Joseph and his brothers take his body back to Canaan and bury him in Machpelah (Hebron). For all the turmoil and conflict in Jacob’s life, his last seventeen years were enjoyed with rest and comfort provided by Joseph in the land of Goshen (Egypt). You might recall the story of Joseph and how he was sold into slavery by his own brothers and forced to go to Egypt. While in Egypt he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and was raised up to save Egypt and the surrounding region from a seven-year famine. When the brothers came to Egypt to buy food during the famine, they did not recognize Joseph, so he used that opportunity to deal with them by bringing them to repentance for what they had done to him and his father Jacob. At that moment of repentance, Joseph revealed himself and his brothers, led by Judah, were shocked that this Egyptian ruler was their lost brother Joseph.

Referring to the ancient story, it has always struck me a little strange that Joseph’s brothers, who sold him to traders going to Egypt, truly thought they would never see him again, even if they went to Egypt themselves. The brothers had taken Joseph’s tunic and ripped it, smeared blood on it, and then let Jacob think that Joseph had been attacked and killed by a wild beast. But what is really strange to me is that the brothers seemed to believe the very lie they put on Jacob. They acted as though Joseph was no more as well. This becomes acutely clear when Joseph reveals himself to the brothers amidst their shock.

Where did they really think Joseph was? Answer: Somewhere in Egypt as a slave. When the time came for them to travel to Egypt to buy food did they not think there was any chance that they would see Joseph again? Answer: Apparently not. As a slave his life would have been short. The very possibility did not exist in their thinking.

Stepping back, Joseph’s brothers knew truthfully what happened to Joseph, yet they believed the very lie they told Jacob their father. Why did they believe that lie?

When Joseph revealed himself, he gave a powerful explanation for the entire affair. It was part of God’s plan.

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. And God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt.”


Genesis 45:4-8

Joseph understood the plan, but the brothers didn’t. Consider this: Both Joseph and his brothers knew that God had a plan for them before they did what they did with Joseph. It was revealed to them in Joseph’s dreams, which he had shared as a youth.

There had been two dreams. The first was about sheaves of grain that had been bound at a harvest.

And he [Joseph] said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf. Then his brothers said to him, ‘Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?’” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.


Genesis 37:6-8

The second dream had to do with bowing before Joseph again, this time including his mother and father.

Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” And he related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.


Genesis 37:9-11

Why didn’t the brothers remember the dream? Why didn’t they consider running into Joseph traveling to Egypt? When we review the events of Joseph being sold into Egypt as a slave, then being raised up to be viceroy over the gathering of grain for the famine, we see striking items which match the dreams.

First, Joseph was bound just like the sheaves of grain. Ten of the brothers come to buy grain from Joseph in Egypt bowing before him, just like the dream. Because of the dream requiring eleven to bow before him, Joseph asks about his little brother Benjamin and insists that the brothers bring Benjamin the second time. When they return with Benjamin, the focus of the story shifts to Jacob their father (the second dream of Joseph). Then Judah pleads for the life of Jacob, not Benjamin, and offers himself in place of his brother in Genesis 44:18-34. This is the moment that Joseph reveals himself.

It is clear that the brothers had rejected Joseph’s dreams, even though God was foretelling them what would happen to them. Joseph believed the dreams and came to follow them precisely when confronting his brothers. But even more than rejecting God’s plan, the brothers believed their own lie that Joseph was dead.Let’s attempt to offer a preliminary answer given the information we have in this story alone.It seems from the beginning the brothers rejected God’s message and plan given in the dream even before the lie was told. Their resentment of Joseph as being younger than they and already their father’s favorite so clouded their ability to reason that they dismissed anything God could say or do. Perhaps they expected a confirmation from a second source that was more mature. That resentment also seemed to dismiss Joseph’s life entirely when it came to telling the lie about his demise. They preferred the lie to the truth that he was alive as a slave somewhere in Egypt. Even when they traveled to Egypt years later, they couldn’t imagine seeing Joseph again (even in Egypt). They believed their own lie.

There are striking parallels in the life of Joseph and Messiah Yeshua. It is clear now that the life of Joseph was a Messianic event foretelling the Messiah.

In John’s Gospel, he draws on these parallels between Joseph and Yeshua, pointing out that Yeshua’s rejection by His countrymen was just as the brothers rejected Joseph.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.


John 1:10-11

Joseph was bound, cast into a pit, and sold. Yeshua was bound, valued at 30 pieces of silver, and put in a pit. Joseph came out of the pit and became the ruler of Jacob’s world when it came to buying grain for bread. Yeshua also came out of His pit at the resurrection. The next time we see Him, He will be the ruler of Heaven and Earth.

Many years ago, I had been invited along with other MINISTRY ASSOCIATES to an “interfaith dialogue” session. We were in a seminar with a Jewish Rabbi who prided himself as being an expert on the New Testament. He spoke as I expected, giving all the reasons why he did not believe that Yeshua of Nazareth was the Messiah. But I was completely taken aback by the Rabbi’s admission that he DID believe that Yeshua was resurrected from the grave!

This Rabbi had enough intelligence to admit that there was more than sufficient evidence to conclude that Yeshua had somehow come to life and gotten Himself out of the grave. He said that the confirmation by the Roman guards, the way the stone was moved, and the testimony of others seeing Yeshua alive after the burial convinced him to draw that conclusion. I asked the Rabbi where he then thought Yeshua went. He admitted that he didn’t know but added that He must have eventually died somewhere else at another time. More surprising to me was his attitude. He really didn’t care where Yeshua was.

Like Joseph being sold into slavery in Egypt (never to be seen again), this Rabbi admitted that Yeshua did come out of the grave (was resurrected) but that He would never be seen again. Just like Joseph’s brothers, the world believes Yeshua is gone and will never be seen again. And just like Joseph’s brothers, they know He did not stay in the grave dead, but they don’t seem to care.

Let me take you back to the story of Joseph and his brothers again. There is another aspect to this believing a lie that is presented when Jacob actually dies.

Near his death, Jacob made Joseph swear that he would bury him alongside Abraham and Isaac at Machpelah in Hebron, NOT in Egypt. Joseph and his brothers completed this request. But the burial of their father revealed something else about Joseph’s brothers.

When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “What if Joseph should bear a grudge against us and pay us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!” So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father charged before he died, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph, “Please forgive, I beg you, the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong.”‘ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”


Genesis 50:15-18

Did Jacob ask Joseph to forgive his brothers as the brothers reported to Joseph? There is no evidence whatsoever that Jacob ever made such a request. This supposed statement by the brothers attributed to their father appears to be another lie. Their fear of Joseph seeking retribution after Jacob’s death is a lie the brothers told each other. The real evidence given in Scripture suggests that Joseph forgave his brothers long before. He did so because of God’s favor on his life, understanding God’s intent for all, and his desire to fulfill God’s purpose. But Joseph’s brothers didn’t believe that. They feared Joseph’s heart and intentions. They convinced themselves that once Jacob passed, Joseph would rise up and exact revenge upon them for what they had done. I think this is why Joseph wept when they spoke to him. They did not believe in God’s love for them through the life of Joseph. Listen to Joseph’s answer.

But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? And as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.


Genesis 50:19-21

Joseph’s brothers did not really believe that God loved them in a personal way. God loved them so much that, despite their intentional harm, Joseph was led into captivity to ensure their future safety and well-being. This was part of another prophecy given to their Great-Grand Father Abraham. Did not God say that his descendants would eventually go down into Egypt and being enslaved for several generations before being brought back to the land? Again, the brothers ignored prophecies given to Abraham (God’s plan) choosing to believe lies they contrived themselves.

The same pattern is with us today for the coming of the Messiah. God loves all of us in spite of our being sinners and He has offered up Yeshua, suffering much harm, for our benefit. But the story of the Messiah doesn’t end there. There are still more prophecies describing the end of the ages and the Messiah gathering us from the nations before His return. Do we seriously believe that plan of God or are we short-sighted like Joseph’s brethren bound up in our own fears of life.

Lying is one of the most powerful weapons used against us by our enemy satan. It originates from the first sin in the story of the garden. Look back at the story of the garden. When satan questioned Eve about God’s instructions concerning which trees they could eat from and which they could not, it was Eve who gave the answer.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’” And the woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, lest you die.’” And the serpent said to the woman, “You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”


Genesis 3:1-5

Satan challenged her with what God has said, but it was Eve who upon quoting God added the additional words of not touching the fruit. Let me repeat exactly what God had told them earlier.

but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.


Genesis 2:17

God never said anything about not touching it and then they would die.

Satan exploited her lie knowing that touching would not bring about death. This led to the deception of them eating of the fruit. Eve lied about what God had said, believed her own lie, and satan used her lie to her harm.

You probably have enough life experience to know that we all do this to ourselves. Either we fear something or we are not satisfied by something and find a way to lie about it. We don’t escape those lies; they come around again and we ourselves are tripped up by them. Trusting God for all things in your life and being content with God’s grace is what keeps us from lying to ourselves and others.

Let me take you to another fascinating conversation about lying. It reveals other truths about lying and believing in your own lies. This time it is between Yeshua and a group of “believing” Jews. I say “believing” because this was the lie they were believing.

Yeshua therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You shall become free?”


John 8:31-33

Note that these are Jews who “had believed Him.” Yet, upon hearing these words they began to dispute Yeshua. They didn’t like Yeshua equating truth with freedom. Yeshua’s statement was shining some light on the darkness of their hearts and they did not like it.

They believed that they were not enslaved and had never been enslaved to anyone or anything. In their hearts, Yeshua’s statement seemed to imply that they were somehow enslaved, but Yeshua answered them clarifying the type of enslavement He had spoken of.

Yeshua answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”


John 8:34

Before we go any further, stop and consider what the Jews believed about themselves – that they were not, nor had they ever been, enslaved by anyone or anything. As Abraham’s offspring, is it true that they had never been enslaved to anyone? What happened to the story of Egypt with Joseph? What about Moses and the children of Israel enslaved by Pharaoh and the exodus out of Egypt? Didn’t God prophecy to Abraham that his offspring would be enslaved and be delivered by God? Didn’t God deliver them with the Passover Lamb? How did they forget that story?!? So, it follows that Yeshua adds to His answer to these “believing” Jews…

And the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed. I know that you are Abraham’s offspring; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”


John 8:35-38

At the Passover, the deliverance of the first-born set the stage for the deliverance for all of the children of Israel. It is the great story of Redemption. This is the story of the Lamb of God and the Messiah to come. Now the Messiah is right before them, but can they see and hear Him? Obviously not. Why? Because they had lied to themselves as to who they are and where they came from. They know their history but they have lied to themselves and have chosen to believe that lie. They are detached from truth and history. The moment Yeshua mentions truth, they find themselves at odds due to their own lies. It follows then that Yeshua strikes the difference. They continue to argue ignoring their previous lies.

They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Yeshua said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.”


John 8:39

The works (deeds) of Abraham are well known to all – hospitality. But there is no hospitality being shown to Yeshua by these men and He points this out specifically.

But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. You are doing the deeds of your father [Satan].”


John 8:40-41a

At this point, Yeshua has revealed a truth about lies and lying to yourself. When you lie, you don’t believe God and you are not part of God’s plan as the sons of Abraham. Instead, they are sons of the father of lies – satan. Why is satan the father of lies? Because he lied to himself first and then to God.

Watch what happens now. They protest and appeal to the highest level of God.

They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.”


John 8:41b

I have always considered this to be one of the most ironic moments recorded in the Scriptures. The Son of God is having an argument with men who are claiming to be the sons of God.

If you truly know God and belong to Him, wouldn’t you be able to sense the things of God and those sent by Him for your benefit? It seems to me that you would. But if you find yourself at odds with God’s hand and in conflict with Him, wouldn’t that indicate that there is a serious problem between you and God? Yeshua speaks directly to this point.

Yeshua said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me; for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me. Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word. You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.”


John 8:42-45

Yeshua has taught us some important things about lies and lying. Lies want to be different from the truth; they can’t accept the truth when it is just the truth. Have you ever met someone who won’t take “Yes” for an answer; they have to dispute even that a bit. Lying has its own nature and life to it. One lie begets another lie. If you tell enough of them you eventually begin to believe them. This madness is summed up in the idea that the bigger the lie, the easier it is to believe it.

As believers of God, we should be opposed to anything remotely associated with lies and lying. Parents should be concerned about their children lying to them. Once a child speaks a lie, the child comes out from the covering and protection of the parent and is subject to more harmful elements. Lying doesn’t work in the business world; it brings loss and ruin. Lying cannot be a part of any relationship. Friends stop being friends because of lies. Marriages end the same way. Lying is extremely dangerous to us all. The consequences are devastating. Obviously, lying cannot be any part of our relationship with God.

Now that we understand that lying can have no part of our faith in God, let us consider what is before us. For many years, I have challenged all of us to examine our own belief in Yeshua as the Messiah. Instead of repeating what others have said, or spouting the “party line,” among other believers, I have challenged you to examine the evidence of Yeshua’s claim to the be the Messiah. The Torah says that truth is established by the evidence of two or three. Our faith needs to be based on the truth, not on a lie we have told ourselves to believe.

This is why I teach the Torah each Sabbath as a believer of Yeshua the Messiah. The Torah has the evidence of Yeshua being the Messiah. As with the events of Joseph and his brothers, the Torah tells us what God really said. We get back to the source and root of our faith.

But we now live several millennia from those events. Our faith is in sharp contrast with many people who don’t believe that these ancient events or prophecies are of value today. In point of fact, someone speaking of these things and drawing application to the events of our days is considered by western non-religious society as a religious extremist and a danger to the rest of society. I know for a fact that governments are fearful and suspicious of people who believe in God. They don’t believe that God is good and just; they see Him as a reason for crazy people to do crazy things. So, they would prefer to see God taken out of the public discourse altogether. Too often, secular people have seen people with strong religious view do things that are bizarre and illegal, such as killing abortion doctors and blowing up clinics. But on a larger scale the world watches us deny our own truths and believe in lies we made up.

The biggest example of this is Christianity’s view of the keeping the Torah. They spend as much time denying the Bible as they do claiming that it is inerrant. The world watches believers explain away the commandments and justify themselves. In a word, the world considers Christianity as a whole to be a bunch of “hypocrites.” It is more than preaching morality and then being immoral, it is about believers lying and then believing in their own lies. Sadly, the world is right about this.

Maybe you are reading this and saying I am wrong. Let me show you a couple of obvious items that stand out like beacons. How about this lie?

Christ was born on December 25. No HE wasn’t. Any Bible student can do this study. Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist six months before Mary was with Yeshua. Elizabeth gave birth in the spring; therefore, Yeshua was born in the fall.

Christ is the reason for the season. No HE isn’t. Mithra and the winter equinox are the reasons for the season and any reasonable person knows this.

Only Christians, predominantly American Christians, want their special season and time, and they paint their custom with religious undertones. They have lied to themselves and believe their own lies.

Since we are exposing some dark things to the light of day, how about this one? The Bible explicitly says that setting up a tree in your house, decorating it with gold and silver, is idolatry.

Uh oh. I have impugned their god now. I can prove that they treat it as an idol. One, they bow before it to get the blessings (presents) from underneath it and they are sorely offended when you want nothing to do with their idol. Secular people really don’t care if it is an idol or not. It is Christians, those who believe in Jesus, who get really offended about their Christmas tree.

One of the most powerful examples of denying the truth and then setting up a lie to believe in is how Christians regard the Old Testament vs. the New Testament. They actually teach that the commandments and practices of the old are relegated to history and not done today. They spin this lie with only the moral law is still with us today or those things specifically mentioned in the New Testament.

Let me pose a simple test for this “truth.” Do we believe that we are now permitted to take God’s name in vain today? They answer, “Of course not.” But the problem is the commandment is only found in the Torah and nowhere in the New Testament.

Or consider this example: Yeshua kept the Passover with His disciples when He inaugurated the New Covenant with the cup and bread (what Christians commonly call “communion”). But Christians don’t keep Passover when they keep communion. They say that is “Jewish.” Despite that Yeshua and the disciples, and later the Apostles who wrote the New Testament did keep the Passover, Christians don’t. This is all under the banner of following Christ’s example and holding to the teachers and teaching of the New Testament.

I could go on for many more pages, but I won’t. My point is clear and verifiable. We make the same mistakes that others before us have made. We testify that we are believers but we deny the truth, create lies as substitutes and then believe them.


ROBERT ARIEL GREENER CCPE,NB.Phc.A.FLTC International Director http://vimeo.com/20004014


HAVE YOU MISUNDERSTOOD PAUL’S MESSAGE IN THE BOOK OF GALATIANS? #1

The Book of Galatians is frequently regarded as a pivotal book in Christianity’s rejection of the Law and the Torah for non-Jewish believers today. Christians will tell you that the Book of Galatians describes the believer’s freedom in Yeshua the Messiah, God’s grace in providing atonement, and life under the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Answer for yourself: But is this really the truth that Paul was trying to convey to his audience in the first century or have we today possibly terribly misunderstood the real message of Paul in this letter?

Sadly, the Book of Galatians is also often portrayed as the death knell of Messianic Judaism and of any Jewish observance among believers; both Jews and Christians.

Answer for yourself: What is the real message of the book of Galatians?

Answer for yourself: Is it possible that you have been completely misled in understanding Paul’s point in Galatians because you have failed to understand the unique circumstances that prompted its writing in the first place?

Answer for yourself: Is it possible that when Paul was saying to the Gentile believers of Galatia that “your not under the Law” that he only meant “ONE LAW;” the commandment of circumcision as it was being applied by the Jews toward Gentile believers for their inclusion into the Israel of God and that he never intended the Gentile believers to believe that the commandments of the Sabbath, the Biblical Festivals, Kosher, proper observance of the Tithe, etc., did not any longer apply to them, let alone all non-Jewish believers as we have construed today?

We will have to investigate it closely to be sure, and you will be wonderfully surprised once finishing your study considering what you have heard preached by the majority of Pastors and teachers in the contemporary Christian churches of today.

Answer for yourself: Is the book of Galatians teaching the cessation and abolition of all Jewish observances among Jews as well as Gentile believers in Yeshua?

Some say yes, some say no. Only one group can be correct. We must investigate to be certain we don’t fall into the group that erroneously teaches doctrines opposite of what Yeshua and Paul intended for us to both “know” and “do.”

Answer for yourself: Does the book of Galatians teach the abolition of obedience to ordinances, statutes, and commandments taught both by Moses and Yeshua and intended to be taught likewise to the Gentiles in the Great Commission?

You must be the judge for yourself as you study.

Other than the book of Revelation, the book of Galatians is the most misunderstood book in the whole of the Bible!

Answer for yourself: Does the book of Galatians teach that grace has replaced the need for obedience to God’s Laws that were given to provide examples and patterns for Godly conduct if obeyed?

You must be the judge for yourself as you study.

These are just a few of the difficult questions we will address in the following articles.

NEW LIGHT UPON OLD DARKNESS….WE BENEFIT TODAY LIKE AT NO OTHER TIME IN HISTORY…IF ONLY WE WOULD LOOK

Unfortunately, the “cessation of the Law” perspective has surfaced more regularly since the modern rise of the Messianic Jewish movement which is a movement among today’s Jewish followers of Yeshua as well as Gentile followers which stresses the return to the Hebraic Roots of early Christianity. It is their intent to express themselves and their faith using the Jewish traditions and help establish Messianic synagogues and churches. Bet Emet Ministries and ministries like it are the fruit of Teshuvah (returning to God). The cause for such a return among multitudes of Christians to “THE FAITH ONCE GIVEN TO THE SAINTS” is the many Biblical truths that have come to light and which have been illuminated through in-depth study of the first century faith of Yeshua by those within the Messianic movement. We are indebted to the discovery of the Deal Sea Scrolls for new illumination that makes suspect much of what we inherited as “church tradition”. It is these Biblical truths which have remained hidden for centuries by traditional Christianity, which only now, in our day and time, especially since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Nag Hammadi library are being revealed to all serious seekers of truth. Because of the surfacing of new Biblical truths in our day, as stated above we benefit today by being assured of the correct interpretation of the Book of Galatians (historically, linguistically, culturally) which must be used and presented as the antidote to the errors being preached from the pulpits of our land which mistakenly lead good people away from the righteousness of God and into sin, much of which they are not aware.

The cause for such a return among multitudes of Christians to “the faith once given to the saints” is the many Biblical truths that have come to light and illumination through in-depth study of the faith of the first century…especially since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library of Egypt.

Answer for yourself: We must come to terms with the biggest question facing the Christian in his walk with God; namely, does the Book of Galatians indeed teach that maintaining the Jewish traditions and heritage is wrong for the followers of Yeshua, both Jew and Gentile?

I am totally convinced that once you study you can confidently say “no.”

Answer for yourself: Surprisingly, contrary to what you have been erroneously taught, does the book of Galatians in fact, rightly interpreted, teach that Gentile believers ARE TO OBSERVE JEWISH ordinances such as Sabbath, New Moon, Holy Days and Sabbaths?

LET US BEGIN OUR SERIOUS INVESTIGATION TO ANSWER THE ABOVE QUESTIONS

To your surprise, that is exactly what Paul is telling them as you can quickly see from Galatians chapter 4:8:

8 Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no god.

9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? {turn ye again: or, turn ye back} {elements: or, rudiments}

10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.


Before we begin…some more questions to set the stage….

Answer for yourself: Have you been taught by your church that “those old Jewish rites and ceremonies” have been done away with by the death of Yeshua? Most likely you have.

Answer for yourself: In this book of Galatians, do we find Paul writing before or after the Yeshua’s death to Gentile believers in Galatia, Asia Minor? Definitely after Yeshua’s death.

Answer for yourself: Does Paul tell them that at one time they did not know God, His ways, and were ignorant of His precepts, ordinances, statutes, and commandments; therefore their religious worship was service unto “non-gods?” Yes.

Answer for yourself: Does Paul remind them that they are no longer in ignorance of God or His ways, in fact, does Paul stress the point that “NOW” they have come to the knowledge of the True and Living God? Yes on both counts.

Answer for yourself: Do you see Paul’s emotional consternation at the fact that NOW, these Gentile believers, having since come to know God, His ways, His statutes, and His commandments, were TURNING BACK AGAIN (quote from Gal. 4:9) to those things which they had previously practiced while yet ignorant Gentiles? I hope so.

Answer for yourself: Can you now see that these believing Gentiles who had come to know God’s ways, rites, ordinances, commandments, Sabbaths, Festivals, etc., WERE TURNING BACK AGAIN UNTO those months and pagan days, and holidays which they had previously repented of and ceased to observe and practice since coming to faith and knowledge in the God of Israel? You should be able to see that now.

In other words these formerly pagan believers who observed pagan holy days had repented of such false worship once coming to the knowledge of God and His ways, but were now, falling away from Messianic Judaism and returning to pagan worship which they had before…much of which the Christian Church still observes today in their rejection of Biblical Judaism.

LET US PLAY THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE FOR A MOMENT

Answer for yourself: How can we be sure that those “months, days, and years” are not Jewish Festivals and Sabbaths and that Paul is rebuking Gentile believers for observing?

That’s easy, for pagans did not of their own course celebrate Jewish Holy Days for they had their own pagan holidays which they observed (like Lent, Easter, Sol Invictus as Sunday, Christmas as the Saturnalia, etc.). It would be physically impossible for these Galatian believers to have been practicing paganism and “return again” to paganism. Such an idea does grave injustice to the thoughts of Paul. If one turns again he received a new direction. Most definitely we find here that Gentile believers, having turned from prior pagan days and their perverted worship, were observing Jewish and Biblical days once that they have come to “know God and His ways.” It is from these Biblical days, months, and years from which they were turning since coming to faith and knowledge in the God of Israel and going back to their previous pagan ways; and under the influence of emotionalism and false teaching found themselves returning back to the pagan holidays of their previous religious lives. To such we have Paul’s admonition and rebuke. Thus we find that nowhere does the grace we receive from God absolve us of our responsibility to obey the teachings of the Apostles as we find Paul teaching Gentiles in Galatia.

Answer for yourself: Do you now see that Paul was teaching Gentiles to observe the Jewish Festivals, Holy Days, and Sabbaths, and it was from these Biblical injunctions that they “were turning back away from” to return AGAIN to the pagan life-style from which they had been delivered since coming to God and His ways?You should.Answer for yourself: Is this what is done in your church as well? When was the last time your Pastor let you in the Passover Haggadah, or Shavout, or Sukkoth, or Rosh HaShannah, or taught correctly the Sabbath? Has you church rejected the Biblical Festivals in favor of their own “traditional” church calendar inherited from Rome?

WHY SHOULD WE OBEY…TO BE SAVED OR BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED?

Answer for yourself: Having seen that manifestations of the Law (such as adherence and observance of Festivals and Sabbath-Saturday) were being taught to Gentiles following the cross of Yeshua, then was Paul teaching Gentiles to obey these laws TO BE SAVED or BECAUSE THEY WERE SAVED THEY OWED THEIR OBEDIENCE TO THE ONE WHO SAVED THEM? Obedience is always our loving response to God’s grace is saving us.

Answer for yourself: So then, if Gentiles who had faith in God thorough the ministry of Yeshua after his death were taught by Paul after the cross to observe and keep Holy Days and Jewish Days (which just so happen to be Biblical days), then dear Christian, what right do we have to attend churches which do not teach us these things, but rather substitute Roman and Greek pagan holidays which look religious because 1700 years ago early Catholic church fathers attached Yeshua’s name to them?

We have no right and should repent immediately and learn how to observe those special appointed times with God which He gave us, and no longer observe those church holidays given to us by man. Once you see this the shame should be the greatest motivator for your repentance and return to “The Faith Once Given To The Saints”.

BUT MY CHURCH TOLD ME THAT THE LAW WAS “AGAINST ME”…WHAT IS THE TRUTH?

Knowing that we are saved by grace, such knowledge should not give us a license to sin by not observing the commandments of God. We, as thankful believers should desire to obey the God who gives us the free gift of eternal life and salvation. If, when reading the Bible, and especially Paul, let us never forget that the only part of the Law that was written in ordinances which was against us was the “death penalty” for our breaking of the Laws of God. It is this part of the Law, the judicial part of the Law that revealed our need for salvation, that has served its purpose to motivate us and lead us to God and His salvation. That part of the Law is finished in the life of a believer as the Law has drawn him God and His Torah; for within the Torah is the blue-print for Eternal Life.

However, the instructive and teaching aspect of the Law still remains for non-Jewish believers today (Christians) as it did for the Galatians and Paul. To such Gentiles Paul took the Law (regarding Biblical days, months, and years) and to us he would do the same. It is a shame that Paul could say that he was “not guilty of failing to preach the whole counsel of God” when so many are guilty today. Paul taught the Law as a consequence of “being saved,” thus strengthening our relationship with the God who saves us, and not as a prerequisite to being saved.

So for anyone that teaches or preaches that Gentile believers are NOT to observe the Law because it brings bondage and legalism (ie., the commandments, statutes, and ordinances concerning such things as Festivals, Sabbaths, Holy Days, etc.) have totally misunderstood Paul and his message in Galatians. Such views espoused by many churches conflict with the message of Paul by 180 degrees!

HAS CURRENT CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY CAUSED ME TO VIOLATE THE LAW AND THUS CAUSED ME TO SIN?

Answer for yourself: Does our misunderstanding of the message of Paul cause us to sin by producing in us multitudes of conflicting denominational and non-denominational belief systems and their resulting conducts and behaviors which, more often than not, oppose the real words and message of which God commanded us to both believe and do? It sure does.

to be sure we to be right with God we must interpret His word correctly… we must study from a Jewish viewpoint (REMEMBER YESHUA IS JEWISH AND WE ARE TO HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST …THIS IS A JEWISH MIND)…

Answer for yourself: Have you ever thought that you could go to church and be taught to sin by being told “not to do what God has said,” “by being told what God said passed away”, “by being told that much of the Bible was pertinent only till the death of Yeshua and the death of Yeshua changed everything (I just showed you it didn’t as Paul still was teaching much of the Law to the Gentiles AFTER Yeshua’s death),” and by being told “to do, observe or practice” what God never said; in fact He said “Don’t do it”?

Well you have if you belong to one of the 2,000 different Protestant and Catholic denominations in the world today which reject the Hebrew Roots of the early church.

YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETATION OF THIS MATERIAL IS PARAMOUNT TO YOUR “TRUE” STANDING BEFORE GOD

To help the Christian answer these questions correctly, and to be sure we are right with God, we must interpret His word correctly; we must study from a Jewish viewpoint (REMEMBER JESUS IS JEWISH AND WE ARE TO HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST ON THIS ISSUE WHICH IS A JEWISH MIND). Thus we have presented these series of articles for there is more misunderstanding concerning the Book of Galatians than any other of Paul’s writing. In order for us to correctly understand this material, a brief survey of the context of the book is necessary. An important part of this context includes the Law and its relationship to grace, the Judaism of the Second Temple period, and some of the possible historical circumstances surrounding Galatians.

THE LAW AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO GRACE:

The relationship of “covenant” to the Law is an important foundation for approaching the Law’s relationship to grace. Tremendous similarities exist between the biblical covenant passages of the Law (e.g., Exodus 20ff. and Deuteronomy) and the ancient Hittite treaties appearing in the 13th and l4th centuries B.C. They exhibit a nearly identical structure and sequence of elements. We must examine this structure of covenants if we are to correctly arrive at an understanding of Law that reinforces the concept that the LAW IS GRACE as manifested by God through commandments that reflect our responsibility to the ONE to whom we are in covenant. Let us examine the concept that Law is really grace by examining the structure of Biblical covenants as seen below:

1. Preamble, identifying the initiator of the covenant; Ex. 20:1; Dt. 1:1-5

2. Historical prologue, specifying the previous relationship that existed between the covening parties: Ex. 20:2; Dt. 1:6-3:29;

3. Stipulations, the obligations involved both:

    a. general; Ex. 20:3-17; 22-26; Dt. 4-11; and specifically Ex. 21-23; 25-31; Lev. 1-25; Dt. 12-26

4. Arrangements for:

    a. placing a copy of the treaty in the sanctuary of each party’s gods; Ex. 25:16; Dt. 31:9, 24-26.

    b. regular public readings of the treaty; Dt. 31:10-13.

5. Witnesses, invoked to witness the treaty; Dt. 4:26; 30:19; 31:28; Ex. 24:4; Dt. 31:26.

6. Curses and blessings, based on fulfillment of the stipulations:

    a. blessings; Lev. 26:3-8; Dt 28:1-4.

    b. curses; Lev. 26:14-33; Dt. 28:15-68.

7. Oath of obedience and ratifying ceremony; Ex. 24:1-11; Dt. 27; 29:10, 12.

Treaties such as these were called “suzerainty treaties” whereby the subject entered into an oath of loyalty and trust to a great king OUT OF GRATITUDE FOR BENEFITS ALREADY RECEIVED. Thus, the treaty (COVENANT) served as a declaration of the lordship of the king over his servant people. The PAST GENEROSITY of the king (in our case the king is God) formed the basis for gratitude and future obedience by his subjects (the people of God).

Answer for yourself: Do you love God (the King) because He first loves you? I hope so. That is all we are saying here, and since you do, and since God first loved us, then we have the responsibility to obey our King!

The historical prologue served as an encouragement and reminder of this. This “historical chronicle” and listing of the king’s blessings toward his people was designed to inspire confidence and gratitude in his people and to encourage the people to keep their covenant obligations through obedience.

Answer for yourself: Does the Bible and its many precious promises inspire your obedience to your King and God? I hope so.

Thus we can see why God preserved the Bible, especially the Hebrew Scriptures (the old testament) in order to remind us of His love and protection of His people in times past, thus reinforcing our expectation that he would do the same with us. The result of such thinking on our part is culminated in our desire to obey the covenant stipulations and obligations. Let us never forget that “we love Him for He first loved us!”

As love initiated the relationship between God and man, so it was to permeate the whole of its continuation. Love (in response to God’s goodness as seen in man’s obedience to the King’s commands) and gratitude (for His love and blessings when we were yet sinners) is to infect all of life and thought under the covenant with God.

While grace is the motivation for covenant obedience, love stands as the key to the covenant relationship. The historical prologue shows this quite clearly. It points to the gracious actions of the king prior to the covenant and in initiating it, and specifies this as the foundation of the relationship. The Bible records for us the powerful demonstration of God’s love to Israel as seen in both the Exodus and the Book of Deuteronomy chapter 1:1 through Deuteronomy 8:40. This had been preceded by his love to their ancestors (Dt. 4:37; 7:7-11; 10:15). As love initiated the relationship between God and man, so it was to permeate the whole of its continuation. Love (in response to God’s goodness seen in man’s obedience to the King’s commands) and gratitude (for His love and blessings when we were yet sinners) is to infect all of life and thought under the covenant with God. In fact, Deuteronomy 5-11 (the giving and receiving of the Covenant at Sinai with its stipulations and commandments) can be seen as an emphasis on whole-hearted love to God as we respond to Him in obedience which is the better than any sacrifice, with Deuteronomy 6:4-6 providing its classic expression of love and commitment to God…the Shema. This latter passage calls for exclusive devotion and commitment to God alone, a love expressed through the entire person. It is through this Covenant that we find a total pattern for life given by the Creator of all life, with Deuteronomy 12-25 providing the guidelines for this pattern of living (the many commandments) as we live out our relationship with God through obedience to those things He requires of us His people. These chapters of commandments provide concrete expressions of love and devotion to God and its natural consequence, love for others.

So, love, not law, forms the core of our relationship with God.

The historical pattern of the Near Eastern treaty reinforces this perception. It was not obedience to the Law which resulted in the covenant and a relationship with God. The historical pattern begins with a miraculous deliverance, the Exodus, an example of God’s grace.

Answer for yourself: What came first…obedience on our part or the grace and love of God for His people? Grace and love initiated a covenant by which we are required to respond to this love and grace in obedience.

Following grace and love from God comes the “cutting” of a covenant between God and His people and a relationship is formalized, again at God’s initiative. In essence, then, the covenant legally formalized an already existing relationship rather than actually establishing one.

So…we don’t obey to be “saved”…we obey “because we already have received” salvation…this is of paramount importance in understanding Paul and his writings on the Law…..Paul was not against the Law….in context referring only to the law of circumcision as you will come to see shortly….

It is the commandments that provided the guidelines in maintaining the relationship and indicated what was expected of one in covenant relationship with God.

This is nowhere better seen than in the historical prologue of such treaties. Let us examine such a historical prologue from the Covenant as seen in Ex. 6:6-8:Exod 6:6-8

6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD. (KJV)

Only after all this–the Exodus and the formalizing of the covenant relationship–did the ordinances, commandments, and stipulations follow. It is the commandments that provided the guidelines in maintaining the relationship and indicated what was expected of one in covenant relationship with God.

Answer for yourself: Are we, the people of God, because of God’s love for us, expected to respond to the love of God through obedience to commandments contained in our covenant? Yes.

Answer for yourself: Is it the commandments that provide the guidelines in maintaining the relationship which we have with God through Covenant? Yes.

Answer for yourself: Is our obedience to commandments contained in our covenant expected of us in order to maintain the proper relationship with God? Yes.

Our obedience to God’s commandments contained in our Covenant is expected of us in order to maintain a proper relationship with God.

Answer for yourself: In essence, then, is it correct to view the concept of covenant as a legal formalization of an already existing relationship with God rather than actually establishing one? Yes.

God’s Law should be viewed as a “law code” or a manifestation on God’s part whereby we, as God’s people, may choose and exercise a loving response to the grace of God by obedience to those things that please Him as required by our King.

Answer for yourself: Therefore, should the Torah (Law) be viewed as a law code or a manifestation on God’s part whereby we, as God’s people, may choose and exercise a loving response to the grace of God by obedience to those things required by our King? Without a doubt, the Torah, 613 commandments or Law, as it is negatively called, is nothing more than a gracious opportunity given to us to show our love for God by doing the things He requires of us.

Some of you may not be familiar or remember this, but in fact, the Hebrew word used for the negative term “Law” means “instruction” and “teaching.” Law codes existed in Moses’ time and could have served as a pattern for the biblical texts. The explicit covenant formulation of Exodus and Deuteronomy stands as strong, direct evidence that this is a treaty or covenant, and not a code of law. It is a declaration of God’s kingship and his gracious choice of a people for Himself.

A people related to God the King through Covenant were naturally to live a sovereignly designated order of life as required by the King, for which they received instructions, the Torah, the Law…benefits bestowed, or a relationship entered, logically implies consequent responsibilities on the part of man toward God.

A people related to God the king through covenant were naturally to live a sovereignly designated order of life as required by the king, for which they received instructions, the Torah. The designated order of life was important for good communications and an orderly relationship. When a people entered into such a covenant relationship, they gratefully took on certain obligations, the instructions which served as a guide for the covenant order of life. There is a basic underlying principle here; benefits bestowed, or a relationship entered, logically implies consequent responsibilities on the part of man toward God. In other words, the Torah was not given in answer to the question, “What must I do to enter into a relationship with God (or receive salvation)?” Understanding this, let us never forget that the Torah (Hebrew Scriptures contained in commandments and ordinances) was given ONLY in answer to the question, “Now that I have this wonderful relationship with God, how can I express my gratitude and demonstrate my love to the ONE who loved me in the first place?” If only the Christian Church could understand this concept, their perspective on the Law would be totally revolutionized!

Answer for yourself: Does not the Hebrew word used for the negative term “Law” in all actuality mean “instruction” and “teaching” which is not negative but positive? Yes.

Answer for yourself: As a people related to God our King through “covenant,” are we expected by God to live our lives as ordered by the King? Yes.

When a people entered into such a covenant relationship, they gratefully took on certain obligations; the instructions which served as a guide for the covenant order of life.

Answer for yourself: Does it not stand to reason that if we are required to live a life as ordered by the King that he would give us the required instructions? Yes.

Answer for yourself: Are you coming to better understand that such “required instructions” are contained in the Torah in spite of the “brainwashing” from gross misinterpretation of the Pauline literature by the anti-Semitic Gentile Church over the centuries? I hope so.

The Near Eastern treaty pattern thus bears directly on one’s understanding of the essence of Torah. Essentially, the great king granting the treaty says: “These are all the things I’ve done for you. You didn’t deserve them, but I did them nevertheless. Now, because of your gratitude and love, I expect you to be faithful to me and my government. Here’s how you can be faithful and demonstrate your love and loyalty; these are my guidelines.” So the concept of covenant shows that all of the Torah material must be understood as the grace of God. He established the nation and the covenant relationship by grace, and he graciously provided guidelines for expressing that relationship through love and loyalty.

Consistent with this, there are throughout the Old Testament repeated references to God’s graciousness. The very first words of “the Law” (Ex. 20:2) are a recounting of grace: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, who brought you out of slavery.” As Moses chisels out the two replacement tablets of the commandments, God passes before Moses and proclaims His character, “The Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in love and faithfulness, demonstrating love to thousands and forgiving evil and sin.” (Ex. 34:6-7) The Psalms speak beautifully of God’s love, mercy and compassion, not man’s efforts, as the basis for his forgiving sin (51:1; 25:7; 103:10-13).


Psalm 51:1

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.


Psalm 25:7

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.

Psalm 103:10 (KJS)

He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, [so] great is his mercy toward them that fear him. {as…: Heb. according to the height of the heaven} 12 As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us. 13 Like as a father pitieth [his] children, [so] the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

When Paul wants to provide evidence that righteousness before God is based on a faith response to God’s grace (Rom. 10:6-8), he cites Deuteronomy 30:12-14.

Roma 10:6 (KJS)

But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down [from above]:) 7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, [even] in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;


Deut 30:12 (KJS)

It [is] not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither [is] it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word [is] very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

Answer for yourself: Had you noticed before now that Paul in Romans 10:6 is quoting an Old Testament Scripture and not giving us any NEW information? I don’t think that the majority of Christians were aware that much of what we have heard preached in our churches, much of which we interpreted as new and different from the Old Testament, is in actuality the same message that God has been giving mankind since the beginning!

At other times (Rom. 1:17; 4:3) Paul points to the Old Testament (Hab. 2:4; Gen. 15:6) as teaching that salvation and relationship with God come as a result of faith and not law-keeping alone. The Torah and the Old Testament are full of grace.


Roma 1:17 (KJS)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.


Roma 4:3 (KJS)

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.


Haba 2:4 (KJS)

Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.Gen. 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

If we have faith, we will respond in faith to the Words of God accurately by obeying properly the commandments of God

As you can see for yourself, the Scriptures that you have heard your whole life quoted in the Christian church, that has reinforced the erroneous idea that we are no longer under Law, but under grace come from the Old Testament which teaches we are “under” the Law. Those Scriptures in the New Testament that has led you to mistakenly believe that since Yeshua we are under grace through faith, where as before Yeshua there was no grace, is in reality Old Testament Scriptures which were never used in such a manner by “holy men of old moved by the Holy Spirit”.

Answer for yourself: Can you now see that grace was always given to man, even in the Old Testament? I hope so.

Answer for yourself: Can you now see that imputed righteousness has ALWAYS BEEN GIVEN TO MAN FROM GOD in response to his faith? I hope so.

Answer for yourself: Can you now begin to see for yourself that if we have faith, we will respond in faith to the Words of God accurately by obeying properly the commandments of God?

That means we will follow and observe the picture in the New Testament which teaches us that non-Jewish believers in God through the ministry of Yeshua kept and observed the Law and Commandments of God as they were their Covenant stipulations which determined one’s relationship and standing with God.


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