01/11/2014 Sabbath Meeting Transcript

"The Book of Hebrews Teaches Torah Observance, Part 3"

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EliYah's message:

The last two segments that we have had here on the live broadcast have been discussions of the book of Hebrews. The book of Hebrews is often used by those who do not believe we should observe things, such as Sabbath and the Feast Days and the New Moons, things along those lines.

Those who do not believe that we need to observe those things will often site the book of Hebrews, and say, "Well, those were all the old fleshly ordinances just for the Jewish people. And so, we don't do those things anymore. Now Messiah has come. The reality has come. And therefore, we don't need these other things."

So, we examined Hebrews 6-7 in the first segment, Hebrews 8 in the second segment, and now we are going to move forward into Hebrews 9-- at least a part of Hebrews 9 and a part of Hebrews chapter 10.

And the reason why I felt the need to just cover portions of 9 and portions of 10 was to address one central question. And it has to do with the animal sacrifices and when those things come to an end according to the full counsel of Yahweh's Word. And so, we are going to go over that and, hopefully, can address that question fairly thoroughly.

So, we are going to move forward here. And the study topic, once again, is: The Book of Hebrews Teaches Torah Observance, Part 3.

In other words, "Torah" is the Hebrew word translated "Law." It is referring to "the Law" of Yahweh, not "the Talmud," which is different. That is the Jewish additions to Yahweh's Law or Jewish interpretations of Yahweh's Law.

And so, we are going to dig in here to the book of Hebrews and chapter 9. We discussed last segment the importance of understanding the New Covenant. If you missed Segment 1 and Segment 2, you are probably going to have a lot of questions when I go over Segment 3.

Hopefully, you will have time, if you haven't already, to go back and look at Segments 1 and 2. But either way, we are going to move forward here.

And we are going to start where we left off there in Hebrews chapter 8 and verse 13. It says:

 Hebrews 8:13 - In that He says, "A new [covenant]," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

And we looked into the Lexicons, and we found out this word "obsolete" is obsolete. In other words, the word "obsolete" is not a correct translation. This word "obsolete" means "old." So, that is the meaning of the word.

So, He made the first old. I am just going to scratch that (obsolete) out. Now what is becoming old and growing ancient is ready to vanish away. And this word ("growing old") is a different word.

But we got into this last week and, actually, this word "obsolete" is from the same word we get "paleo" and "Paleo Hebrew" (Ancient Hebrew). And so, the Old Covenant is growing old. It is ready to vanish away simply by the fact that we have a New Covenant. It is established on better promises. It will supersede.

But we still need the Old Covenant there to point people to Messiah and point people to the New Covenant. And without the Law, in the Old Covenant context, we are not going to understand the need for a New Covenant at all. Otherwise, we would not have any sin that would be pointed out to us that would ultimately point us to the New Covenant promises.

If you are confused by everything I just said, please watch the last segment.

 Hebrews 9:1 - Then indeed, even the first [covenant] had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary.

2 - For a tabernacle was prepared: the first [part], in which [was] the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary;

This is talking about the tabernacle that was built in the wilderness and the way that Yahweh commanded the pattern to be and the covenant, and so on, that was in the context of that pattern.

 Hebrews 9:3 - and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All,

Also called "Holy of Holies."

 Hebrews 9:4 - which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which [were] the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;

Those are the things that were inside the ark.

 Hebrews 9:5 - and above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail.

 Hebrews 9:6 - Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services.

7 - But into the second part the high priest [went] alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and [for] the people's sins [committed] in ignorance;

8 - the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

So, this point right here, "that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest"-- it means they did not yet know exactly about this way into the Holy of Holies, the Holiest Place of All, the Holy Place that would cause us to draw near to Elohim.

They saw the high priest could go there. They were forbidden from going.

 Hebrews 9:9 - It [was] symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience --

10 - [concerned] only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

Here we go. Now, traditional Christian understandings would suggest that the time of reformation spoken of here is speaking of the time when Messiah came and died for our sins two thousand years ago. We are going to examine this claim in light of the full counsel of Yahweh's Word.

I believe very strongly, it is important for us when we look at a passage of Scripture that we make sure that we are learned in the other portions of Scripture, because, like Peter said (2 Peter 3:16), we read Paul's letters and some things are hard to understand.

And if we are unlearned and unstable, we could find ourselves twisting them and not understanding them properly. So, we want to be learned. We want to understand the former writings before we just jump to conclusions when we try to interpret these words here in Hebrews 9:9-10.

It is symbolic for the present time. At the present time gifts and sacrifices are offered. But it is symbolic for the fact that it cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience. In other words, the sacrifices and the gifts that are offered on the alter, in this time when Hebrews was written, did not perfect anyone.

They had to do with foods and drinks, various washings and fleshly ordinances imposed until when? Until this time of reformation, whenever that is. When is that? Well, rather than zeroing in on one passage and trying to make this case for the time of reformation based on how we view this scripture, I want to look at the full counsel.

We see here the way into the Holy of Holies was not yet made manifest, not clearly revealed, yet. They did not know yet the way into the Holy of Holies while the first tabernacle was still standing. But Yahweh's ultimate goal is reconciliation between Him and sinful man. He does not want to continue the present arrangement forever.

The day is going to come when sin and death will be defeated. And it is the Messiah that He will use to accomplish the victory.

The tabernacle was patterned after the heavenly temple made without hands, the heavenly tabernacle. The gifts and sacrifices were established to provide a symbol for the present time. It was symbolic for the present time. So, this is a symbol of what we see having happened with Messiah. It is.

The word translated "symbolic" here is the same word translated "parable" when it talks about Messiah's parables. But the way into the Holiest of All was not yet revealed in former times. But now at this present time the way into the Holiest of All IS revealed.

Now, the animal sacrifices cannot make a person perfect. They never did. They never did resolve the "sin problem." If it did, we would no longer need them. In other words, if an animal sacrifice were given that it could take away all sin, they would have ceased to been offered. They would no longer need any more sacrifice.

Yahushua's sacrifice DOES cause us, ultimately, to be in a condition in which the sin is completely resolved-- thorough cleansing, conscience in everything.

So, in order for sin and death to be resolved, the lesson in the parable of the offerings is that another person needs to bear that sin. Another entity, another being, has to die as a result of the sin that has been committed.

That was the parable, the symbol, the object lesson that Yahweh has given us. And if Yahweh had never implemented this temple and sacrificial system in the Torah, the Messiah would have come to die for everyone's sins and they would not have understood it-- "Okay, so this fellow died, and...? What does that mean for me?"

But He provided these parables, these symbols, these things to demonstrate the way into the Holy of Holies, and that is through Messiah, the Melchizedek priest, who sits at the right hand of Yahweh according to Psalm 110.

So, the book of Hebrews here is shedding light on what exactly the tabernacle and the priests and the sacrifices were there to teach us. It says here that they were symbolic. But what is this time of reformation? When is this time of reformation?

The Greek word translated for "Reformation": 1357 diorthosis {dee-or'-tho-sis} Meaning: 1) in a physical sense, a making straight, restoring to its natural and normal condition something which in some way protrudes or has got out of line, as broken or misshapen limbs 2) of acts and institutions, reformation.

Origin: from a compound of 1223 and a derivative of 3717, meaning to straighten thoroughly; TDNT - 5:450,727; n f. Usage: AV - reformation 1; 1.

So, this word is only used once, but if you look up the roots here, the word does in fact have to do with making something straight. Now, let me ask you this question: Has the world been straightened out, yet? I mean, just read the news. You will know. I mean, you will know the answer.

Just hear the stories of abused children, of nations warring against nations, of sin and disease and death. I mean, look at your own life. Even as a believer in Messiah, there is still sin that has to be kicked out.

We are in a process of sanctification. We have not been completely cleansed and set free from all the things that the flesh is trying to do. We are trying to get these things out. We are trying to root these things out.

We still have areas in which we are seeking to overcome. There are still things in which we do not even realize that we are doing that is offensive to the Father. Because of our own ignorance, there is grace.

But you know, Yahweh does not want us to be in this condition forever. He does not want sin and death in the world. And so, we have not been straightened out, yet. I mean, I have weaknesses I want to strengthen, crooked things I want to straighten out, a grave I have to conquer through Messiah living in me.

It is through Messiah all these things will be overtaken, straightened and conquered. But we are still waiting on this to be fully accomplished, aren't we? We are still waiting.

And so, we have not yet entered this time of when everything is straightened. We cannot identify this as something that has already taken place when there is still sin and death in the world. We cannot identify this as having taken place when we have areas even in our own life that we need to straighten out.

And so, the foods, the drinks, the washings and other ordinances that are related to the flesh are still imposed. They are still here. Now, traditional theology, traditional Christianity, would suggest that all ordinances pertaining to the flesh are now abolished.

"Oh, all those old fleshly ordinances," they say, "that is the 'Old Law'. See, we are in the spiritual now. We don't have to concern ourselves with things we put in our mouths, various washings and other ordinances pertaining to the flesh. In other words, those are fleshly things and we are now walking in the Spirit.

"We now only focus on the things which speak of spiritual matters. All ordinances dealing with food, with drink, with washing and with flesh-- these things are no more. Now we have a new walk in Messiah. Everything is spiritual." Have you ever heard that before?

But there is a serious, serious contradiction here. I mean, have you ever heard the saying, "Sometimes we can't see the forest because the trees are in the way"? When a person partakes of the body and blood of Messiah, symbolized in the unleavened bread, the wafer, the fruit of the vine-- isn't this an ordinance dealing with food and drink? Yeah.

And what about when a person goes into the water and they get immersed in water? Is this not an act of washing through baptism, of washing of the flesh? And some will say, "Oh, well, these are the symbols back here in the Old Testament."

These are still symbols. We are taking emblems here -- the fruit of the vine, the unleavened bread wafer, the going down in the water. We still have parables that we are using to manifest the works of the Messiah.

You see, if we've sharpened our ax a little too much to hack away at the ordinances pertaining to food and drink and washings upon the basis that those kinds of commands are abolished because they pertain to the flesh, that same ax is ultimately going to have to cut these fleshly ordinances that traditional Christianity has held so dear for 2000 years.

And so, these things are parables or symbols which represent the awesome acts of Yahushua. The death and resurrection are memorialized in these fleshly ordinances-- ordinances that pertain to the flesh. And do you know something? His death is symbolized with animal sacrifices just as much.

It is just a different parable representing the blood atonement of Messiah. There is not really any difference. They are all pointing to this awesome act of Messiah bearing the sins of the world.

And the Messiah Yahushua, upon whom was laid the iniquity of us all, through whom we live, He is pictured in all of these things. And so, brothers, sisters, these things-- even the animal sacrifices that often accompanied them-- they were not abolished when Messiah came and died for our sins. They were not.

And I know this may sound bizarre to the average person, but I have to accept all of Scripture. I cannot teach anything other than what the full counsel of the Word of Yahweh says. And so, to prove I am not making this up here and that what I am saying is fully supported in the full counsel of Yahweh's Word, let's take a look.

And we are going to start with the example of Paul himself.

 Acts 21:26 - Then Paul took the men, and the next day, having been purified with them, entered the temple to announce the expiration of the days of purification, at which time an offering should be made for each one of them.

"Then Paul took the men (there are four men), and the next day purifying himself (How did he do that? How did he purify 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."

An offering? An animal sacrifice is offered for every one of them? All four of the men? Yes.

So, let's start first of all with Paul's own example. How did he purify himself? How was this done? What is going on here?

When Paul recalls this event later, in Acts 24:17:

 Acts 24:17 - "Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,

18 - "in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.

So, he came to bring offerings and he was purified. What is he talking about? Paul was there with four other brothers who had taken a Nazarite vow. And the offerings mentioned here are related to that because, contextually here, in Acts 21:18-20, it says:

 Acts 21:18 - On the following [day] Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.

19 - When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which Elohim had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.

20 - And when they heard [it], they glorified YAHWEH. And they said to him, "You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law;

And so, he goes on to say:

 Acts 21:21 - "but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise [their] children nor to walk according to the customs.

22 - "What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come.

 Acts 21:23 - "Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow.

24 - "Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave [their] heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but [that] you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law.

These are fleshly ordinances, imposed until the time of reformation.

Now, why didn't he just go keep a Sabbath day, or go do this or go do that? He picked out these commandments dealing with the Nazarite vow. Now, Paul himself, in Acts 18:18, had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because he had taken this-- a Nazarite vow.

 Acts 18:18 - So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila [were] with him. He had [his] hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow.

That is what you do when you take a Nazarite vow. You cut your hair off. So, he is going with them, and James is telling Paul, here, to prove he is Torah observant, he is observing Yahweh's Law-- "And so, go do this. Go offer offerings. Go do sacrifices."

And this is the law of the Nazarite:

 Numbers 6:13 - `Now this [is] the law of the Nazirite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.

14 - `And he shall present his offering to YAHWEH: one male lamb in its first year without blemish as a burnt offering, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish as a sin offering, one ram without blemish as a peace offering,

And so, in order for Paul to have performed this service and gotten the necessary purification steps completed, he would have had to have made these offerings. The entire reason Paul was there was to prove to his false accusers he was a keeper of Yahweh's Law. And it was James who suggested he do it.

Now, some act as if it was some kind of problem here-- "You know, Paul, all these Jewish believers are zealous for the Law, and, you know, I am kind of afraid to tell them right now that the Law has been abolished.

"So, why don't you go and pretend like you are a Law keeper in order to trick these zealous brothers into thinking you really did not teach the Law is abolished?"

Come on! Do you really think James was saying, "You know, we have this problem here, fellows, with all these Jewish believers coming to Messiah, and we are afraid to tell them about this Law, you know. It has been abolished. I heard through the grapevine you are actually teaching that. So, I have this idea. Let's deceive them.

"Let's get them thinking that you really do think we should keep the Law. And then they will be tricked into thinking you really didn't say that we can forsake Moshe. Never mind what will happen to the poor souls when they find out that we tricked them. We will slowly help them see it is okay to forsake the Law of Moshe"?

That is not righteous character. I do not believe Paul, especially James and the other disciples, were lying and pretending in order to present a false image about themselves and about the truth of the good news of Yahushua. That is exactly what many traditional Christians today would suggest, that the Galatians were subscribing to these very things.

But what about another alternate explanation-- that they, Paul and James, were Torah observant believers in Yahushua and we should seek to be and, just as today, many people were claiming that Paul taught we could forsake Moshe and not circumcise and not do these other things, but James' purpose was to prove Paul himself kept Torah.

The accusations that he taught against Torah, to quote James, "are nothing," and the fact even Paul himself "walks orderly and keeps the Law." And so, in order to prove that, he suggested Paul go to the temple with four other men and be purified.

That would include animal sacrifices, one of which was a sin offering, shaving of heads, doing necessary steps in order for one who has ended his Nazarite vow to be appropriately purified.

And so, someone I know out there is saying, "Ahhhh, how could Paul do that? I mean, didn't Paul teach sacrifices were done away with?" No, he did not teach that they have already been done away with.

And I know there are some-- even amongst those of us who have this belief we should observe the Law, the Torah of Yahweh-- there are some among us who believe that he did teach that. And I understand that. I, at one time, believed that as well when I first came into this walk. So, I began to study more and found out it cannot be true.

It is a rather simplistic way of looking at Paul's letters. Oh, whenever Paul talks negatively about the Law, or at least on the surface it appears to be, we will just say, "That is talking about the Law part. That is the animal sacrifices." And whenever he talks positively about the Law, that is talking about everything except the animal sacrifices.

But the book of Hebrews never teaches this. And I encourage you, please, bear with me here. I understand why you have that belief fully, but the only place you can really find that teaching is in the ideas of how a verse should be interpreted, not the actual verse itself.

It certainly was never predicted in the Prophets that as soon as Messiah came the animal sacrifices would come to an end. It never said that. And that is why Paul felt free to do that.

In Jeremiah 33:16, it says:

 Jeremiah 33:16 - In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this [is the name] by which she will be called: YAHWEH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.'

17 - "For thus says YAHWEH: `David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;

18 - `nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.'"

And so, every bit as sure as the fact that the Messiah, the Son of David, will be King, the Levites, the sons of Aaron, will offer burnt offerings and sacrifices. They are inseparately connected here. And so, the fact is the Levites will continue to offer those things.

Yahweh's covenant with Levi and with the Aaronites is every bit as solid as Yahweh's covenant with David. And I know this seems unbelievable to some of you, but the day is going to come when the Levitical priesthood will function again.

 Isaiah 66:21 - "And I will also take some of them for priests [and] Levites," says YAHWEH.

Talking about a future time.

 Isaiah 66:22 - "For as the new heavens and the new earth Which I will make shall remain before Me," says YAHWEH, "So shall your descendants and your name remain.

So, their name and their descendants will remain as long as the new heavens and the new earth remain.

 Isaiah 66:23 - And it shall come to pass [That] from one New Moon to another, And from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me," says YAHWEH.

24 - "And they shall go forth and look Upon the corpses of the men Who have transgressed against Me. For their worm does not die, And their fire is not quenched. They shall be an abhorrence to all flesh."

And so, the priests and Levites and the sons of Israel are going to remain. All flesh will keep New Moon Days, Sabbath Days.

You know, I often get accused of putting undue emphasis on the Sabbath and the New Moons, but this is the emphasis that Scripture places for the future. It will be an emphasis. And if I, myself, am going to preach the Kingdom of Yahweh, then I am going to put its necessary emphasis just as the scriptures themselves do.

And so, these things will come up in our conversations. And I really believe He chose to mention these things specifically-- Feast Days, New Moons-- just because He knew someday people were going to try to teach that these things were abolished.

But those who are like the Bereans can look into these kinds of scriptures to see if these things are actually so. And they will see clearly the truth that in the future the New Moon Days and the Sabbath Days are going to be observed. And so, it is impossible for these claims about Paul to be true, that these things have been abolished now.

And in fact, even the animal sacrifices are going to resume when the Messiah comes on the earth and Yahweh's will on the earth is finally done, just as it is in heaven.

And perhaps nowhere is that more clear than in the latter chapters of Ezekiel. In Ezekiel chapter 46 and verse 20, it says:

 Ezekiel 46:20 - And he said to me, "This [is] the place where the priests shall boil the trespass offering and the sin offering, [and] where they shall bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring [them] out into the outer court to sanctify the people."

This is talking about the kitchens that had been created in this new temple, this millennial temple.

 Ezekiel 46:21 - Then he brought me out into the outer court and caused me to pass by the four corners of the court; and in fact, in every corner of the court [there was another] court.

And in these courts there were these kitchens.

 Ezekiel 46:22 - In the four corners of the court [were] enclosed courts, forty [cubits] long and thirty wide; all four corners [were] the same size.

These kitchens are where the future trespass offerings and sin offerings will be cooked. This is a future time. These verses have never been fulfilled. They have never come to pass.

And we continue in Ezekiel 46:

 Ezekiel 46:23 - [There was] a row [of building stones] all around in them, all around the four of them; and cooking hearths were made under the rows of stones all around.

24 - And he said to me, "These [are] the kitchens where the ministers of the temple shall boil the sacrifices of the people."

Ezekiel 47, as we continue here:

 Ezekiel 47:1 - Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar.

This has never happened. This is a vision of the future in the book of Ezekiel.

 Ezekiel 47:2 - He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side.

3 - And when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water [came up to my] ankles.

4 - Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water [came up to my] knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water [came up to my] waist.

 Ezekiel 47:5 - Again he measured one thousand, [and it was] a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed.

This is coming from underneath the temple of Yahweh.

 Ezekiel 47:6 - He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen [this]?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river.

7 - When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, [were] very many trees on one side and the other.

8 - Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. [When it] reaches the sea, [its] waters are healed.

 Ezekiel 47:9 - "And it shall be [that] every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.

10 - "It shall be [that] fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be [places] for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.

11 - "But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt.

And so, this river is flowing out of this temple, and at this temple there are kitchens where animal sacrifices will be cooked and boiled. This is speaking of a future time. It has never happened. Trespass offerings being cooked there.

And out of this temple is going to flow this water, and this water is going to flow down to what is now known as the Dead Sea, which nothing lives there. It is all salt. It is like 20-some percent salt. It is so full of salt you can float in it. You can't drown in it. It is going to take you right back to the top. I floated in it a few years ago.

And people are going to be fishing from there as a result of this healing water flowing out of the temple causing the waters to be healed. This is a future time. This has never happened. It speaks of a beautiful time in the future where water is flowing from the temple healing the Dead Sea and also trespass offerings are boiled.

This same thing is mentioned in Zechariah 14 and verse 16.

I'm sorry, I didn't read verse 12. It says:

 Ezekiel 47:12 - "Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all [kinds of] trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine."

So, we are still awaiting the fulfillment of these things. And we are still awaiting for the fulfillment of a time when the sacrifices will resume. So, I cannot say when Messiah came that ended the sacrifices because I have these other scriptures that would greatly challenge that thought. And this is not the only one.

 Zechariah 14:16 - And it shall come to pass [that] everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, YAHWEH of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

If the Feast Days are fulfilled, why are people keeping them? This is a New Covenant time period.

 Zechariah 14:17 - And it shall be [that] whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, YAHWEH of hosts, on them there will be no rain.

It will be possible for people to sin.

 Zechariah 14:18 - If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they [shall have] no [rain]; they shall receive the plague with which YAHWEH strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

 Zechariah 14:19 - This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 - In that day "HOLINESS TO YAHWEH" shall be [engraved] on the bells of the horses. The pots in YAHWEH'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.

21 - Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to Yahweh of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of Yahweh of hosts.

This is not spiritually speaking here. You are cooking sacrifices in those four corners of the temple grounds in which there are kitchens that the Levites are cooking these offerings in.

And it says, "In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite in the house of Yahweh of hosts," referring to the merchants. And so, no more of this mixture of filthy lucre with the things of Yahweh.

And so, the Feasts are being kept, sacrifices are being performed, and as we shared in last week's study, this is clearly a time period in which Yahweh has made a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

And yet, in that new covenant time period, sacrifices are present, Feast Days are present, New Moon Days are being observed, Sabbath is being observed. And so, we cannot say that the New Covenant does away with those things if we look at the full counsel of Yahweh's Word, rather than just zeroing in on the letters of Paul.

You see, by volume, the letters of Paul are only five percent of the Bible-- by volume of words, not by volume of books. By volume of words, Paul's letters (I am not sure if Hebrews would be included in that) is only five percent of Scripture.

There is a whole other ninety-five percent that we need to learn before we can even understand what Paul is saying (2 Peter 3:15-16).

So, let's look at these ninety-five percent.

 Ezekiel 37:21 - "Then say to them, `Thus says the Master YAHWEH: "Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;

22 - "and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

 Ezekiel 37:23 - "They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their Elohim.

24 - "David My servant [shall be] king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

Feast Days... Sabbaths... so on and so forth.

 Ezekiel 37:25 - "Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children's children, forever; and My servant David [shall be] their prince forever.

26 - "Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.

This is the New Covenant.

 Ezekiel 37:27 - "My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.

These are Old Testament prophecies that we have to see as one day finding fulfillment. They will. And with that fulfillment, this new covenant is being made-- the sacrifices, the Feast Days, the Sabbaths are all included.

I believe, probably, I can't say it for sure, but probably Yahweh included these things just so the Bereans could find out how to understand Paul's letters. "Okay, well, these things can't be done away with the Messiah because, look-- here they are!"

So, yes, the Gentiles one day will find out Yahweh loves the people of Israel.

 Ezekiel 37:28 - "The nations also will know that I, YAHWEH, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."'"

A lot of people think that He has cast them away, He doesn't want anything to do with them now, because they rejected Messiah. But when He requires everyone to come up and keep the Feast in Jerusalem? They are going to find out the New Covenant did not do away with those things after all.

When He commands them to come up and worship before Him on the Sabbaths and the New Moons, you know, why wait until then? Why don't we just accept that truth right now?

Why don't we just look at the book of Hebrews and compare it to the full counsel of Yahweh's Word and interpret it in the light of that full counsel right now rather than letting traditional Christian theology dictate and influence our understandings? How about the Holy Scriptures dictate our understandings?

You see, we can only have this understanding that things are done away with if we just read the book of Hebrews and ignore all the other scriptures. But these are all New Covenant things-- Feast Days, Sabbaths, sacrifices.

And so, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Isaiah, these kinds of books paint a very different picture of what the New Covenant is like than what you might hear in traditional theology.

The people on the earth who are alive and living in the flesh will be offering animal sacrifices. Who are those people? Is that us? Are we going to be offering animal sacrifices to Yahweh when Messiah returns and sets up His reign? Who are these people on the earth? Let's read.

 Zechariah 14:1 - Behold, the day of YAHWEH is coming, And your spoil will be divided in your midst.

2 - For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem; The city shall be taken, The houses rifled, And the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, But the remnant of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

That is Armageddon.

 Zechariah 14:3 - Then YAHWEH will go forth And fight against those nations, As He fights in the day of battle.

4 - And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, Which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, From east to west, [Making] a very large valley; Half of the mountain shall move toward the north And half of it toward the south.

When I was over there I did not see that. It is still there. This is Zechariah 14, the same chapter that talked about the animal sacrifices returning.

 Zechariah 14:5 - Then you shall flee [through] My mountain valley, For the mountain valley shall reach to Azal. Yes, you shall flee As you fled from the earthquake In the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Thus YAHWEH my Elohim will come, [And] all the saints with You .

 Zechariah 14:6 - It shall come to pass in that day [That] there will be no light; The lights will diminish.

7 - It shall be one day Which is known to YAHWEH -- Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen [That] it will be light.

8 - And in that day it shall be [That] living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, Half of them toward the eastern sea And half of them toward the western sea; In both summer and winter it shall occur.

The eastern sea is the Dead Sea and the western sea is the Mediterranean, also called the Great Sea.

 Zechariah 14:9 - And YAHWEH shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be -- "YAHWEH [is] one," And His name one.

No more "HaShem," "Adonai," "LORD," "GOD," whatever. And they will be living under this New Covenant, right? And we skip down to verse 16.

 Zechariah 14:16 - And it shall come to pass [that] everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, YAHWEH of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

The goal then would be to be among those who are left, right? We want to be left behind if we are amongst this group of people. Now, contextually here, who are these people? These are people who came against Jerusalem. He is going to humble them. Probably anti-Semitism is going to reach its peak and they just wanted to destroy the Jewish people.

But Yahweh is going to fight for them and make those who fought against them to worship before Him in Jerusalem. Some of them will be destroyed. Some of them will be left behind.

Now, those people who are left behind would be among those whom we are going to rule over.

According to 1 Corinthians 15:22, it says:

 1Corinthians 15:22 - For as in Adam all die, even so in Messiah all shall be made alive.

23 - But each one in his own order: Messiah the firstfruits, afterward those [who are] Messiah's at His coming.

We will be resurrected. Revelation 20 verse 6, says:

 Revelation 20:6 - Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

We are going to reign and we are going to rule with Messiah as resurrected beings. Revelation 5:9 says:

 Revelation 5:9 - And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10 - And have made us kings and priests to our Elohim; And we shall reign on the earth."

Melchizedeks. We will rule. WE, who are Messiah's, will rule and reign over those who are left from the nations that came up against Jerusalem. These are all part of New Covenant promises.

Our sins, our lawless deeds, will be forgotten because of the Messiah's offering for us. We will be proclaiming to the world the need for everyone to come to Yahushua Messiah and to live their lives according to the way that manifests Messiah, which includes Feast Days and Sabbath.

They are not going to be stopping their sacrifices, though. Even though they recognize the Messiah Himself is ruling from Jerusalem, the sacrifices will continue.

How about the Sabbath and New Moons? Are they going to cease because Messiah became the sacrifice? No.

Will the Feast of Tabernacles cease to be observed because Yahushua Messiah came and died for the sins? No. Any Gentiles who think that they can skip out on the Feast keeping are going to be judged. There will be no rain on them.

So, it is an error to teach a doctrine which will certainly not be taught by Messiah Himself when the will of our Father is done on the earth just as it is in heaven-- finally!

And so, with these things in mind, we cannot look at anything in the book of Hebrews and conclude Messiah has abolished all those things now.

So, let's look back again at Hebrews 9. It says:

 Hebrews 9:7 - But into the second part the high priest [went] alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and [for] the people's sins [committed] in ignorance;

8 - the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

9 - It [was] symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience --

 Hebrews 9:10 - [concerned] only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.

This time of "straightening."

 Hebrews 9:11 - But Messiah came [as] High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation.

12 - Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

Now, this phrase, "good things to come," some translations say "that have come," but there are manuscripts (like P12 and P13) dating back to the third century which do read "to come." This means future, things that are yet to come in the future. And we read about these good things to come in Zechariah, Ezekiel, and so on.

But we have this Messiah as a surety that these New Covenant promises will meet their fulfillment in the future. But many of them have yet to be accomplished.

And he goes on to say:

 Hebrews 9:13 - For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

14 - how much more shall the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim?

See, the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer and sprinkling the unclean, all these things are for purification of the flesh. And as long as there is flesh on the earth, there will be ordinances which pertain to it. Does that make sense?

As long as there are men on the earth who are in the flesh now and there will be men on the earth in the future who will be in the flesh and blood, in this one-thousand reign of Messiah, they have the capability of dying. They have the capability of sinning.

As long as there are men who are here in the flesh, there will be ordinances which pertain to the flesh. And so, that is why Paul was able to go to the temple and make the offerings. He was still in the flesh. And so, he needed the purification.

Now, Messiah is able to purify the conscience from its dead works. The animal sacrifices could not do that. Do we see the difference? He is able to purify the conscience from all of its dead works. The animal sacrifices are incapable of doing that.

The animal sacrifices cannot make a person's conscience perfected. And so, the blood of bulls and calves, He did not bring that to the Holy Place in the heavenlies. He brought His own blood. He became a High Priest of the greater and more perfect tabernacle.

So, let's move on. I need to skip down to chapter 10 of Hebrews. We are going to get back into Hebrews 9 next segment. But down in chapter 10, it says:

 Hebrews 10:1 - For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, [and] not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect.

"The Law, having a shadow of the good things to come," means a shadow of what is yet coming in the future.

They (the sacrifices) do not perfect anybody. If the animal sacrifices were capable of perfecting a person, then it says:

 Hebrews 10:2 - For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins.

3 - But in those [sacrifices there is] a reminder of sins every year.

4 - For [it is] not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.

They cannot take anyone's sin away. They cannot eliminate sin. See, the blood of bulls and goats and calves do not fully address the problem of sin. They never did! They were a parable or a symbol of the One who would.

And as long as there is sin in the world, as long as there is fleshly man in the world, they are going to stand as a witness for man, to seek that sacrifice that will perfect them, that will fully address the sin problem-- the death problem. The wages of sin is death.

 Hebrews 10:5 - Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.

6 - In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin You had no pleasure.

7 - Then I said, `Behold, I have come -- In the volume of the book it is written of Me -- To do Your will, O Elohim.'"

 Hebrews 10:8 - Previously saying, "Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and [offerings] for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure [in them]" (which are offered according to the law),

Two things being talked about here. Sacrifice and offering-- that is the previous thing. And the latter thing-- "In the volume of Your book it is written of Me-- to do Your will, O Elohim." Two things being spoken of here.

 Hebrews 10:9 - then He said, "Behold, I have come to do Your will, O Elohim." He takes away the first that He may establish the second.

He takes away the first thing. That is the sacrifices. That He may establish the second thing. And that is one doing the will of our Father in heaven.

 Hebrews 10:10 - By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Yahushua Messiah once [for all].

By that will, by what Messiah did. His obedience to the will of Yahweh.

 Hebrews 10:11 - And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.

And so, the priest offering the animal sacrifices does not fully address the sin issue. The Messiah's sacrifice does address it once for all. When Messiah returns, the corruptible will put on incorruptible and we will sin no more.

The animal sacrifices did not eliminate that problem because people still commit sin. But when Messiah returns and the body puts on incorruption, at that time our sin will be eliminated.

And that is why the Messiah's offering eliminates sin, addresses the problem with death granting us eternal life. Whereas, the sin offerings, the animal sacrifices, they do not do that. They never take away sins. They only help to resolve what you do when sin happens.

And so, Yahushua came to do the will of Elohim, and He did it. He came to do the will of Elohim. He was righteous. And because He was righteous, He became the fulfillment of what those things were meant to be, which was a picture of Him doing those works-- sinless beings being sacrificed and dying for the sins of the people.

Yahushua became that, which was parabolized in the sacrifices. See, the offering and sacrifices of animals do not take away sin because even after animal sacrifices were made, people were still sinning. But when Messiah came and did the will of Elohim? His righteousness does take away sin. His sacrifice puts an end to sin forever.

But wait a minute. There is still sin on the earth right now, isn't there? So, did His sacrifice do away with all sin? Not yet. It has not happened. Messiah's offering two-thousand years ago did not put an end to the people sinning.

Did it take away the sin in your life? Do you ever sin? There are still sinners on the earth.

Even when Messiah comes there will still be sinners on the earth. It says:

 Zechariah 14:18 - If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they [shall have] no [rain]; they shall receive the plague with which YAHWEH strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

And so, they are going to be punished. He will give them no rain because they refuse to keep the Feast Days. And so, the nations will have the free will to sin, but that sin will be judged and punished-- unlike today. Lots of people not keeping the Feast of Tabernacles. So, there is no punishment. But when Yahushua comes there will be.

Do you want to be rulers in that Kingdom? I highly suggest you start following the rules, because one day you are going to be punishing those who don't. So, there will be people on the earth who are still capable of sinning.

And so, the Messiah's offering will not have accomplished its full goal yet for them, which is to defeat every enemy-- including sin, including death. And ultimately, Yahushua's sacrifice will have been the means through which the sins of men will have been removed, but He is waiting.

He is waiting until every enemy is completely defeated.

 Hebrews 10:12 - But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of Elohim,

13 - from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool.

14 - For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.

So, His blood, the Messiah's offering, has not fully accomplished everything He needs to accomplish. Yahweh does not want Messiah's offering just to be a sacrifice for our personal sins. He wants Messiah's offering to be a sacrifice through which others besides us also receive cleansing, and ultimately take away all sin on the earth.

 Hebrews 10:15 - But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before,

16 - "This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says YAHWEH: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,"

That is why they are keeping the Feast Days.

 Hebrews 10:17 - [then He adds], "Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more."

18 - Now where there is remission of these, [there is] no longer an offering for sin.

When you have full remission of all sin-- sin that you have committed today, sin that you committed yesterday, and sin that you will commit before you die-- and you are resurrected and you are a new creation in Messiah, incorruptible, then there will no longer be an offering at that point. Yahushua's offering settled the whole problem.

And so, what the book of Hebrews is teaching is this: The blood of bulls and goats do not take away sin. They do not take away the fact that people sin on the earth. The Messiah's offering DOES take away sin.

How did Messiah's offering take away sin? By causing our corruptible bodies to be putting on incorruptible, which was Him. He is our incorruptible body. Now, once the Messiah's offering DOES take away the sins of man, there will no longer be sacrificial offerings made.

Now, may I ask you? Has Messiah taken away all your sin, yet? Have you sinned last week? last month? When Messiah died for you, did you ever sin after that? Obviously, we all have. And so, Messiah's offering has not taken away our sin. You are still living in corruptible flesh.

We don't claim that. We live and think and breathe and try to act in such a way that we, by faith, accept it is no longer we who live, it is Messiah who lives in us. But it is ultimately going to be cumulated and fulfilled when your body is resurrected and that corruption puts on incorruption and your body, which is mortal, puts on the immortality.

After that, there won't be any sacrifices of any kind for you. You won't need them. We won't have any sin. We will have access to the throne room. We will have been straightened out. The time of reformation will have occurred for us. And we will fully experience the reformation, the straightening out within, because corruption has put on incorruption.

 1Corinthians 15:50 - Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of Elohim; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.

And so, when flesh and blood go away, so do the fleshly ordinances.

 1Corinthians 15:51 - Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed --

52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

53 - For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality.

And so, the ordinances dealing with the flesh will not apply to us anymore. They WILL apply to those who are on the earth in the flesh. So, we will not need animal sacrifices. The people who are still in the flesh will still be offering them.

And so, we will be incorruptible. We will be immortal. We are not now at that place of incorruption and immortality, yet. We claim that New Covenant because of the surety of Messiah. But when Messiah returns, THAT is when we become utterly incorruptible-- when we will no longer be flesh and blood.

But for those who are on the earth, there will be. And so, animal sacrifices will not have ended for them.

So, when is this time of reformation? When every soul will have put on immortality and every soul will no longer sin and death is defeated. That is when things are finally straightened out.

For you and me, at the resurrection. For those who are on the earth whom Messiah chooses to allow to live, the sinners who need to be straightened out yet? The animal sacrifices will not come to an end until Messiah comes and finishes His one-thousand year reign.

 Revelation 20:1 - Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 - He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is [the] Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

3 - and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

 Revelation 20:4 - And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then [I saw] the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yahushua and for the word of Elohim, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received [his] mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years.

So, we are cleaving to the Word of Elohim AND the witness of Messiah, keeping the commandments of Yahweh and the faith of Messiah. Therefore, we cannot take this mark.

 Revelation 20:5 - But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This [is] the first resurrection.

So, after the thousand years, they will live again.

 Revelation 20:6 - Blessed and holy [is] he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohim and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

That is those who are Messiah's.

 Revelation 20:7 - Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison

8 - and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number [is] as the sand of the sea.

And so, all these people who have lived under the righteous rule of Messiah will have an opportunity to choose to turn away from it and follow the Messiah's enemy.

I don't know if perhaps the dead that did not live again perhaps will be among them during this post one-thousand year reign. Maybe those from among the nations, maybe babies who did not know any better or people who never heard of Messiah. I don't know. I am just speculating.

 Revelation 20:9 - They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from Elohim out of heaven and devoured them.

10 - The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet [are]. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

11 - Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

 Revelation 20:12 - And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before Elohim, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

13 - The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

 Revelation 20:14 - Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

See, here? Death is defeated. Hades being the grave.

 Revelation 20:15 - And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

 Revelation 21:1 - Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2 - Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

New Yerushalayim.

 Revelation 21:3 - And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of Elohim [is] with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Elohim Himself will be with them [and be] their Elohim.

4 - "And Elohim will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Brothers and sisters, THIS is the time when the crooked things will finally be straightened! No more death. No more sadness. No more crying. No more pain. No more fight. No more evil.

Evil will be judged. And then, no more flesh and blood. We will be all incorruptible. And there will be no animal sacrifices because there will be no more flesh, and there will be no more sin, and there will be no more death. And therefore, animals will not need to die. Does that make sense?

 Revelation 21:23 - The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of Elohim illuminated it. The Lamb [is] its light.

24 - And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.

There will still be leaders on the earth, but they will all be incorruptible righteous men.

And the city had no need of the sun or the moon, because the glory of Elohim lights it up. And so, at that time, with the new heavens and a new earth, the ordinances with the day and night as we know it will cease.

And so, the burnt offerings, which is an offering made after the death of an animal, will be no more. And so, when Yahweh says (Jeremiah 33:20-21), "If you can break My covenant with the day and night," then the Levites, David, and so on, can possibly be withdrawn. So, there will be no more burnt offerings.

And so, to me, that is the only understanding that will possibly bring reconciliation between all the scriptures on this subject. And Messiah, who came for the purposes of bringing reconciliation between us and Yahweh, is ultimately going to be delivering up the Kingdom to the Father.

 1Corinthians 15:24 - Then [comes] the end, when He delivers the kingdom to Elohim the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

Of the enemy.

 1Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.

And that will not happen until after the thousand years is over and death is thrown into the lake of fire.

 1Corinthians 15:26 - The last enemy [that] will be destroyed [is] death.

That is the final enemy. The last enemy. And at that time, it says:

 1Corinthians 15:27 - For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under [Him," it is] evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.

"He" being the Father... has put all things under Messiah's feet. "But when He says 'all things are put under Him (Messiah),' it is evident that He (the Father) who put all things under Him (Messiah) is excepted." In other words, Messiah is not going to be the head of the Father.

 1Corinthians 15:28 - Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that Elohim may be all in all.

"When all things are made subject to Him (Messiah or the Father), then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him (the Father) who put all things under Him (Messiah), that Elohim may be all in all."

And so, He must reign until all enemies are under His feet. And at that time, He doesn't have any more enemies to destroy. After having defeated and destroyed death, after having eliminated sin, He will deliver up the Kingdom to the Father, and He is ultimately going to say THEN, "It is finally finished!"

Everything that the Father has called Him to do on this earth will have been finished. We are awaiting those fulfillments. Death is still here. The flesh is still here. Sin is still here. Carnal man is still here. But the day will come:

 Revelation 22:3 - And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of Elohim and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.

The throne of Elohim and of the Lamb shall be in it, in the city.

 Revelation 22:4 - They shall see His face, and His name [shall be] on their foreheads.

And may that day come quickly, in Yahushua's name. But until then, there is a HUGE task at hand-- a world to save, a people in need of healing, a people in need of salvation, an enemy that needs to be defeated and fought against.

And so, if I were to summarize the full counsel of Yahweh's Word regarding the animal sacrifices, I would do so with the following points:

But we also see the full work of Messiah is not complete until they have put on incorruption and sin ceases. And so, that is why animal sacrifices continue in the one-thousand year reign.

And THAT, my brothers and sister, is what we are seeing when we look at the full counsel of Yahweh's Word. And this is what the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation teach, and it is a completely unified and consistent message from beginning to end.

And that explains why Paul the Apostle had no problem entering the temple to make sacrificial sin offerings for himself and even paying the expenses of the four men who were with him to do the same. And James encouraging him to do it to prove he was a Torah observant man!

But it is all about timing. There is nothing beautiful about the goriness of an animal sacrifice or even the ugliness of Yahushua's painful sacrifice for man. The Messiah's offering was only beautiful in the sense that it was an expression of His love for us. The end result is eternal life for us, is incorruption for us.

And so, my brothers and sister, we wait. We wait. We wait until Yahushua has put every enemy under His feet. And we participate. We lead this world to salvation through making disciples of all nations and teaching them to observe the commandments of Yahweh. And by this, we are participants in defeating every enemy.

And when the last enemy, death, has been destroyed, the death of animals through sacrifices will end with it. And may Yahweh bring that to pass soon. We all look forward to reigning with Him and gaining victory over all these things.

And so, as we partner with Him in these areas, as we lead this nation to Torah observance (which ultimately is everyone's future), as we lead them to the more beautiful things-- to the ways of love, to the ways of holiness-- let's praise Yahweh, because praise from the upright is beautiful.

And let's witness what is beautiful and participate in what is beautiful. The power of His grace towards a repentful soul is beautiful. And He will make all things beautiful in His time... in HIS time.

May Yahweh fill us with His grace and power in our lives as we seek to do these things. And as we do those things, may Yahweh bless you, and may He have mercy on us all.

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