07/19/2014 Sabbath Meeting Transcript


"Disobeying Torah is the NT Definition of Sin, Part 2"


EliYah's message: 

I look forward to sharing this study portion, Part 2. Last week we began a two-part study dealing with the way that the New Testament Scriptures define sin... and I am saying NEW Testament Scriptures define sin.

The points made in last week's study are basically the main reasons why I am certain that believers in Messiah should observe the Law of Yahweh. And to the best of my understanding, there is no way around it, and it is inarguable.

And I am going to continue building on the points made in the former segment, so if you missed the previous segment, I would highly recommend, please, do go back and watch or listen to that study portion last week. Otherwise, maybe some of the points I bring up here in Part 2 may not be very strong or convincing or may not make a lot of sense.

So if you missed Part 1, please, go back and watch Part 1, and then watch Part 2.

Anyway, we are going to move forward here into Part 2, and the name of the study is called: Disobeying Torah is the New Testament Definition of SIN, Part 2.

Now this word "Torah," in case you are unfamiliar with this word, has nothing to do with traditions. It has nothing to do with what the Jews have done with their rabbis, or whatever.

The word "Torah" is the Hebrew word commonly translated "Law." So disobeying Yahweh's Law, His Torah, is the New Testament definition of sin. There is no way around it. And we are going to show you that.

First of all, there is a Greek word, and it is "anomia." The very definition of this word in a Strong's Lexicon would be: "illegality, i.e. violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness."

"Lawlessness" defined: Strong's: 458 anomia {an-om-ee'-ah} from 459; illegality, i.e. violation of law or (genitive case) wickedness:--iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.

It is translated this rather benign word, "iniquity," in the King James Version, or "unrighteousness." One time, in 1 John 3:4, it is translated "transgression of the law." But I like this.

And, also, the Thayer's Lexicon has "the condition of without law... because ignorant of it... because of violating it... contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness."

Thayer's: 458 anomia {an-om-ee'-ah} Meaning: 1) the condition of without law 1a) because ignorant of it 1b) because of violating it 2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness.

It looks like this is the unifying definition here in these two Lexicons: violation of law. That is what this word "anomia" actually means according to these Lexicons. And we are going to find the different verses where "anomia" is located and what the context of it is. Some of it is quite shocking.

And so, since the word "law" is from the Hebrew word "Torah," which typically refers to the first five books of the Bible-- Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, but by extension the rest of the Bible, as well-- "violation of Torah" is how we are going to define this word.

We also see that 458 is from 459. Thayer's Lexicon: 459 means "anomos" {an'-om-os}. It means (and it is specific): 1) destitute of (the Mosaic) law 1a) of the Gentiles 2) departing from the law, a violator of the law (a violator of the Torah), lawless, wicked.

Origin: from 1 (as a negative particle) and 3551; TDNT - 4:1086,646; adj Usage: AV - without law 4, transgressor 2, wicked 2, lawless 1 unlawful 1; 10.

And 459 in the Strong's Lexicon says: 459. anomos an'-om-os from 1 (as a negative particle) and 3551; lawless, i.e. (negatively) not subject to (the Jewish) law; (by implication, a Gentile), or (positively) wicked:-- without law, lawless, transgressor, unlawful, wicked.

"Not subject to (the Jewish) law." That is the meaning of the word. So we clarify what law we are talking about. We are not talking about some New Testament law invented by Messiah. We are talking about the "Jewish law," the "Mosaic law."

This word [3551, "NOMOS" (right here) IS TRANSLATED "LAW" 197 TIMES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT... TRANSLATED FROM THE HEBREW "TORAH" NUMEROUS TIMES IN THE SEPTUAGINT], which is a Greek translation of the Old Testament that was completed some 300 years before the Messiah came.

And so, it is very clear as to the meaning of this word. There is no question, no doubt. The Lexicons are one in defining what this word means. It means "violation of the Torah," as given through Moshe, commonly called the "Jewish law." And so, there is no question what the word means.

Now let's find some verses where we would find what this word is, and what the context of where this word would be found is, to give us more information as to how Yahweh feels about "anomos" or "anomia."

We are going to look and start with Matthew 7:13, as we did last week.

 Matthew 7:13 - "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide [is] the gate and broad [is] the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

14 - "Because narrow [is] the gate and difficult [is] the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

There are few... FEW... there are FEW who even find it. You have to find it. That means you have to be looking for it. You have to be seeking it. And there are many who go by this broad gate-- BROADWAY. We know Broadway, don't we? Broad is the way that leads to destruction. The narrow way is a little harder to find.

And He warns us...

 Matthew 7:15 - "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.

These verses we went over in detail last segment.

 Matthew 7:16 - "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?

17 - "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.

The fruits. They are looking for good fruit. That is what you are looking for. But how do you know what is good, and how do you know what is bad? He is going to clarify it for us.

 Matthew 7:18 - "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor [can] a bad tree bear good fruit.

19 - "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

That is going the broad way, taking Broadway to the Kingdom. It will not work.

 Matthew 7:20 - "Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

Is their fruit good? or is it bad?

Yahushua says:

 Matthew 7:21 - "Not everyone who says to Me, `Master, Master,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

So you must call Him "Master," but you must also do the will of the Father as well.

 Matthew 7:22 - "Many will say to Me in that day, `Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'

Many... that is those on the broad path, led astray by false prophets.

 Matthew 7:23 - "And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

And the Greek word is #458: "anomia," violation of Torah.

Those who practice "violation of Torah," He says, "I never knew you. You are not doing the will of my Father in heaven. You call me 'Master.' You believe you are saved. But you are not doing the will of my Father in heaven."

So I would translate this: "You who practice violation of Torah, I never knew you. I never knew you." It is sad. It is a sad condition. A very sad condition.

Violation of Torah (#458 "anomia"). Violation of Yahweh's Law. That is whom He will condemn. Serious, serious news, here.

Now this Greek word "anomia," we can find it in Romans 4, verse 7:

 Romans 4:7 - "Blessed [are those] whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;

8 - Blessed [is the] man to whom YAHWEH shall not impute sin."

This is a quotation from an Old Testament verse in the book of Psalms, a Psalm of David:

 Psalms 32:1 - <<[A Psalm] of David. A Contemplation.>> Blessed [is he whose] transgression [is] forgiven, [Whose] sin [is] covered.

2 - Blessed [is] the man to whom YAHWEH does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit [there is] no deceit.

It means we are calling Him "Master," and we really mean it. Yes, He is our Master. We want to do the things He says.

And so, we look up this word "transgression" in the Hebrew, and we find this word, "pasha," which means "to rebel," "to transgress," "to revolt."

BDB Hebrew Lexicon for "transgressors": 06586 pasha' {paw-shah'} Meaning: 1) to rebel, transgress, revolt 1a) (Qal) 1a1) to rebel, revolt 1a2) to transgress 1b) (Niphal) to be rebelled against Origin: a primitive root [identical with 06585 through the idea of expansion]; TWOT - 1846; v.

Usage: AV - transgress 17, transgressor 9, rebelled 6, revolt 6, offended 1, transgression 1, trespassed 1; 41.

It essentially means an unwillingness to heed the will of our Father in heaven, but in a way that is rebellious, not in a way that is necessarily just through ignorance or did not know better, or whatever, but through a rebellious attitude.

And it is for that reason I do not condemn everyone who is going to church on Sunday and ignoring the Sabbath day, and these things. It has to be out of rebellion, not out of just did not know any better or wanted to know better. There was no deceit happening in their mind. They just did not know better.

And so, we see here the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament (TWOT) says: "Predominantly pesha' is rebellion against Elohim's law and covenant and thus the term is a collective which denotes the sum of misdeeds and a fractured relationship." ("I never knew you.")

I want to acknowledge here, first of all, this rebellion has to be intentional for Him to say, "I never knew you."

If you did not know about something He asked you to do, if you made a mistake and you thought He meant Sabbath keeping was the first day of the week, or you thought He meant "this" or you thought He meant "that," and it was genuine, and you really did not know...

You were trying to find truth, but you just had not come across the truth, yet... I do not condemn you, and neither does Messiah. It is not out of rebellion. It is out of you just didn't know better.

In the same way I would not condemn my own child because he did something that was wrong and yet he did not know it was wrong. Yahweh, as a Father, pities His children. Yahweh pities those who fear Him.

And so, I do not believe our relationship with Yahweh is based upon us being perfectly obedient to every little thing He has ever said, whether we know it or not. It is based on our attitude of: Are we submitted to His will or are we rebellious to His will?

And so, it is not just violation of Torah. It is a rebellious violation of Torah. You know you should do, but you choose not. That is what we are talking about here.

So, I do not condemn those in historical Christianity. I do not condemn those who were in former generations and have not come across what I am sharing with you today. I do not condemn everybody. I share what I have learned based on studying Scripture.

In the same way, the reformers discovered that the word "baptism" meant "full immersion," not just "sprinkle with water." They discovered the meaning of that Greek word was full complete immersion/submersion in water-- not just a sprinkle of a few drops of water on your head.

They discovered that and they were willing to be obedient. And most baptisms today are not sprinkles. They are full immersion.

I am sharing with you, "Hey, let's go further in our reform." Look here, this word "anomos" means "violation of Torah." In fact, the very definition of sin is violation or transgression of the Law.

And so, the New Kings James has "torahlessness," or "lawlessness," as the definition. The Greek word is "anomia" here.

1 John 3:4 (NKJV) - Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

"Transgresseth also the law" and "transgression of the law" is how the King James translated "anomia."

1 John 3:4 (KJV) - Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

So what is "transgression of the Law"? It is violation of Torah. That is what it means. And this one time they decided to be faithful to the text. And I am thankful that they were.

And so, the conclusion here is that: Everywhere you see this word "sin" in the Bible, it means "violation of the Torah." That is what it means.

And so, if we look into the Torah and we see something that it tells us to do and we are able to do it, there is nothing stopping us (we can rest on the seventh day of the week-- we can do what it says, in this instance), and we refuse, that is sin. That is what it is.

"He who knows to do good, and does it not, it is sin unto him." And the Law is GOOD-- according to the book of Romans. It is that we are carnal. Paul said, "I know the Law is good, but we are carnal."

Yahushua came to deliver us from that carnality and bring us to obedience and sanctification through His blood and through us following His example to where we are no longer slaves of having to transgress Yahweh's Law.

 Romans 6:17 - But Elohim be thanked that [though] you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.

You were slaves of what? Transgression of Yahweh's Law.

 Romans 6:18 - And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Having been set free from transgression of Yahweh Law, you became slaves of righteousness-- the very opposite of sin. So whenever you see "righteousness," you can look at that and say, "Well, that is obedience to Torah."

 Romans 6:19 - I speak in human [terms] because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members [as] slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness [leading] to [more] lawlessness, so now present your members [as] slaves [of] righteousness for holiness.

This Greek word in here ("lawlessness") is none other than "anomia"-- violation of Torah. That is what it means. So let's put that word in there properly.

Romans 6:19 - I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of violation of Torah leading to more violation of Torah, so now present your members as slaves of [what?] righteousness [or submission to Torah] for holiness.

The very definition of "sin" is "violation of the Law (the Mosaic Law)," according to what we read in the Lexicons. And it is true. Everything lines up perfectly.

And he goes on to say, in another place:

 2Corinthians 6:14 - Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

What is righteousness? Obedience to Torah. And it just so happens "lawlessness" in this verse is "anomia." Let us put that in there: "For what fellowship has righteousness with violation of Torah? And what communion has light with darkness?"

Those who are walking in righteousness are the ones who are walking in light. Those who are walking in darkness are walking in violation of Torah, as opposed to obedience to Torah. Those who walk in light walk in obedience to Torah. Those who walk in darkness walk in violation of Torah.

 2Corinthians 6:15 - And what accord has Messiah with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

Messiah is the light of the world, and we are called to be the light of the world through Him.

This word "Belial" means "son of unprofitableness" in the Hebrew.

A believer will walk in light. A believer will walk in righteousness. That is obedience to Torah. An unbeliever walks in violation of Torah and darkness and the way of the enemy, who is unprofitable, rather than as Messiah walked.

And for that reason, the Scripture says:

 Isaiah 8:20 - To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.

What word? The Law and the testimony. "Light" takes us back to what? This word (light) right here (in 2 Corinthians 6:14). Righteousness: obedience to Torah. Darkness: disobedience to Torah.

The entire Scripture from Genesis to Revelation speaks one consistent message from beginning to end. There is not this Old Testament versus a New Testament, one in each corner, and they are duking it out to see who wins... and Grace wins... and Messiah wins.

It is all speaking one message in terms of defining what sin actually is. And so, righteousness can only mean one thing: obedience to Torah. Unrighteousness: disobedience to Torah. It is as simple as that, hidden there in plain sight.

 Titus 2:11 - For the grace of Elohim that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

12 - teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

Grace should teach us what? To disobey? or to obey? It teaches us to obey.

 Titus 2:13 - looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great Elohim and Savior Yahushua Messiah,

14 - who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself [His] own special people, zealous for good works.

"Lawless deed"-- those two words come from "anomia." And so, let's put the correct translation in there: "[He came] to redeem us from every violation of Torah and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works."

 Titus 2:15 - Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you.

Wow! Speak, exhort, rebuke what? He came to redeem you from violating Torah and purify you. And grace should teach you to live righteously. That is obedience to Torah.

It makes sense. I mean, it all lines up so beautifully. There is no lack of unity in the Word.

 Hebrews 1:8 - But to the Son [He says]: "Your throne, O Elohim, [is] forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness [is] the scepter of Your Kingdom.

A scepter of obedience to Torah.

 Hebrews 1:9 - You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore Elohim, Your Elohim, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions."

"You have loved [obedience to Torah] and hated [what?]" Lawlessness. What does this word "lawlessness" mean? One again, it is "anomia." "You have loved righteousness and hated violation of Torah."

Talking about Messiah there. He hated violation of Torah when He walked the earth. And He still hates it. And He will hate it in the future, too.

 1Timothy 1:8 - But we know that the law [is] good if one uses it lawfully,

Remember what I said earlier? If we are going to walk in goodness, to him that knows to do good, and does it not, it is sin unto him? If we are going to walk in goodness, we have to keep Torah.

"We know that the Law is good if one uses it lawfully." That means according to the Torah, according to the way it was intended to be observed.

 1Timothy 1:9 - knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for [the] lawless and insubordinate, for [the] ungodly and for sinners, for [the] unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,

The word "lawless" there is "anomia."

We are going to put the correct translation in there: "The Law is not made for a righteous person. [That is one who keeps Torah.] It is made for the violators of Torah and insubordinate, for the unrighteous and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers..."

 1Timothy 1:10 - for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,

No matter what it is, if there is anything that is contrary to sound doctrine, the Law will correct you. I didn't write the mail here. Paul said so.

So if we are in any way in violation of Torah, the Torah is there, if we use it rightly, to correct you and to put you onto the correct doctrine, and to the correct understanding, the correct teaching. And this is all according to what?

 1Timothy 1:11 - according to the glorious gospel of the blessed Elohim which was committed to my trust.

He said so. His gospel included going back to Torah to correct you if you have any lack of proper doctrine. And yet, today, if you try to correct someone's viewpoint and you quote the Old Testament, you quote the Law, they are going to say, "Oh, that is just the Old Testament."

That is not what Paul says. He says it is there to correct you if you are walking anything contrary to sound doctrine. And these doctrines he is talking about have to do with obedience issues. Sodomites are forbidden in Torah. Kidnappers are forbidden... fornicators... murderers. These are all violations of Torah... being unholy... It is for sinners.

So if you are walking in Torah, you do not need Torah to correct you. The Torah is simply there to correct you if you have lost your way and you are doing something that is forbidden by Yahweh. Everything lines up beautifully. Every instance we have looked at.

This is an interesting verse-- 1 Corinthians 9:19-22. It says:

 1Corinthians 9:19 - For though I am free from all [men], I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;

20 - and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those [who are] under the law, as under the law, that I might win those [who are] under the law;

21 - to those [who are] without law, as without law (not being without law toward Elohim, but under law toward Messiah), that I might win those [who are] without law;

 1Corinthians 9:22 - to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some.

Now is he really saying, "Well, you know, to the weak, I am just going to become weak"? "I am going to go get drunk because that guy is drunk. So I am going to be weak in faith as that guy is weak in faith. I am going to pray and not believe what I pray for because that man over there doesn't have faith."

No, he is not saying he intentionally sins or does something wrong. What he is doing here is he is putting himself in their place and speaking to them in a manner in which they would receive it.

The way he talked to his fellow countrymen, the Jewish people, when he spoke to them in the Hebrew tongue (after he was being accused) was very different than the way he spoke to the unbelievers on Mars Hill. That is what he is saying here.

And just to prove that, let's put the correct translations in here. First of all, "without law," "without law," "under law," "without law" (1 Cor. 9:21). What is all this? These are the Greek words-- "to those who are 'anomos' (that is different than 'anomia'), as 'anomos.' "

He says: "to those who are 'anomos,' as 'anomos' (not being 'anomos' toward Elohim, but 'ENOMOS' toward Messiah), that I might win those who are 'anomos.' " That is what he says here.

So we translate this correctly: "to those who are destitute of (Mosaic) law, as destitute of (Mosaic) law (not being destitute of (Mosaic) law toward Elohim, but 'ENOMOS' toward Messiah...)" What is this "ENOMOS"? This is a new one.

He says: "to those who are 'anomos,' as 'anomos' (not being 'anomos' toward Elohim, but 'ENOMOS' toward Messiah), that I might win those who are destitute of (Mosaic) law." That is the Thayer's definition. The Strong's definition was "in violation of the (Jewish) law."

Now what does "enomos" mean? "Enomos" means "bound to the law." In one place it is even translated "lawful," according to the Thayer's Lexicon.

Thayer's: 1772 ennomos {en'-nom-os} Meaning: 1) bound to the law 2) bound by the law, lawful 3) lawful, regular Origin: from 1722 and 3551; TDNT - 4:1087,646; adj Usage: AV - lawful 1, under law 1; 2.

The Strong's Lexicon has, basically, "legal." You are not illegal. Now you are legal. Instead of "illegality" it is "legality." And so, "subject to the law."

Strong's: 1772 ennomos {en'-nom-os} from 1722 and 3551; (subjectively) legal, or (objectively) subject to:-- lawful, under law.

And this word "nomos" is the Greek word translated "law" 197 times in the New Testament.

So let's go back and not look at the bias sometimes found in translations and just put in what the actual meanings of the words are.

1 Corinthians 9:21 - "to those who are destitute of (Mosaic) law, as destitute of (Mosaic) law..." In other words, they do not have the Law (the Mosaic Law). And so, he puts himself in their place, BUT he clarifies. He says: "... not being destitute of (Mosaic) law toward Elohim..." Oh, no way! But, in fact, he is "LAWFUL toward Messiah."

So he is not saying he transgresses the Law of Yahweh. He is lawful in the way he is toward Messiah, that he might "win those who are destitute of (Mosaic) law." He puts himself in their place. He has empathy. He has understanding. He tries to speak to them in such a way that they will comprehend.

You know, he looked around and he saw the monument there "to the unknown god," and he spoke to the people-- "Well, the 'unknown god,' that is the One I am going to proclaim to you." He tried to put himself in their position and speak to them in that manner.

But notice he himself declared he is lawful. Oh, no, he is obedient to the Law! And he would not be destitute of Mosaic law toward Elohim. He is simply putting himself in their place as we should when we are speaking to people. Try to put yourself in their position.

So even though Paul was not under the Law, because we are not under the Law, it says we are not destitute of Mosaic Law. Just as we are not supposed to be weak. Even though he was not under the Law, and we are not under the Law, he was still lawful in his attitudes.

What does it mean to be "under the Law"? What does that mean? It simply means that if you were under the Law, you would not be under grace. In other words, you would be required to keep that Law perfectly, from the time you were born until the time you die, in order for you to be saved. That is what it means.

If you are under grace, it means even though you have violated that Law, you are still going to be forgiven and be given salvation and righteousness will still be accounted to you.

And this is all clarified. This is not something I have made up for myself. But what we see here is that even though Paul was not under the Law, he did not act like he was above the Law, either. In fact, he was lawful in his obedience toward the Father.

And for this reason, he said:

 Romans 6:15 - What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!

This word "sin"-- what did we say "sin" meant? Violation of law. Violation of Torah. "Should we violate Torah because we are not under Torah but under grace? Certainly not!" The King James Version has "Elohim forbid!"

 Romans 6:16 - Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness?

"Sin" is "violation of law." "Obedience" is "submission to law."

He is clear. Just because you are not under the Law does not mean you are above the Law and you can live how you want. Just because you are forgiven for those times that you have violated Torah does not mean you can willfully or rebelliously violate Torah any old day and any old time.

He says, again:

 Romans 6:1 - What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

"Shall we continue in [what?] sin [violation of law] so that grace may abound?"

 Romans 6:2 - Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

You died to all violation of Law. How can you now live in violation of Law? It is not possible. And if we understand this right here, so many things in Paul's letters begin to make sense.

When we understand that, okay, we should still be subject to the Law of Yahweh even though we are under grace. Our obedience does not save us, but if we refuse and rebelliously walk in violation of Torah, we are not repentant. And the goodness of Elohim is supposed to lead us to repentance.

So being under the Law simply means that we are not held to keeping it perfectly in order for us to make it to the Kingdom, to be saved. The Law is not our source of righteousness. Yahushua is our source of righteousness.

No law keeping we do could ever atone for the times that we failed to keep it. We cannot save ourselves. The Law cannot save us. The Law cannot die for us. It simply informs us as to what sin is and what sin is not. If it no longer did that, then it would not accuse you of being guilty and you would not need a Savior.

But we need a Savior, Yahushua, the only man who ever lived and kept the Law to perfection and never failed once. And if we take that understanding into Paul's letters, everything that was so confusing before makes wonderful sense-- wonderful, beautiful sense. And all the supposed "anti-law" verses will be understood correctly.

It is simply telling us that the Law does not save us, but the definition of sin is breaking the Law, so don't go off breaking the Law on purpose so that grace may abound.

But, you see, there is a great deception out there today. It started in Paul's day. Remember when Peter said, "His writings are hard to understand sometimes and there are people who twist them to their own destruction"?

It is the violators of the Torah that will be lost and condemned according to Yahushua. He says: "I never knew you." So it couldn't be me, who believes in keeping Torah. It would be those who say, "Well, I don't have to. I don't want to."

So the great deception is that we are free now to disobey Yahweh's Law since it does not save us anyway. Well, believers in Yahushua are not supposed to be living in sin or living in willful disobedience to Yahweh's Law.

And so, you might say that what I am sharing with you today is, maybe, for some of you, "earth-shattering" information, and you might wonder, "Why would Yahweh allow this to be hidden from so many people?" Well, I am going to show you that the very deception that allowed this to be hidden was actually predicted by Paul himself. No joke.

The very deception that causes people to think that Paul is saying we do not have to keep Yahweh's Law, that very deception was predicted by Paul.

Now I want to clarify something before I move on. Again, I do not mean that all of the Christians down through the centuries are all going to hell because they are not walking in obedience to Torah. I am not saying that. It must be rebellious and willful-- intentional. That is what the word means: rebellious, intentional, willful disobedience to Torah.

Yet, at the same time, it is still a narrow path that few find (according to Yahushua's words in Matthew 7), not a broad path that many travel. And so, whether it is willful or whether it is rebellious has a lot to do with how we respond to Yahweh's Word when it is presented to us, right?

How do we respond? What is going on in this heart of ours? What is going on in our minds? What I am about to show you might shock you. What I am about to show you might surprise you. But to the best of my knowledge, what I am about to share with you is irrefutable, inarguable-- if I may be so bold.

And here is where Paul predicts the very thing that we see being the fruit today in most of Christianity. He says:

 2Thessalonians 2:1 - Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Master Yahushua Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

2 - not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Messiah had come.

3 - Let no one deceive you by any means; for [that Day will not come] unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

The word "perdition" means "destruction."

Two things have to happen before the day the Messiah comes. First of all, there must be a falling away. And second of all, there must be a man of sin that is revealed-- this son of perdition, son of destruction.

Did you know that in some Greek manuscripts, the older ones, Nestle Aland has "anomia" right here? The man of "Torah violation" is revealed, the son of perdition-- this son of destruction.

Now remember this word "perdition" (destruction). Actually, in the Greek, the same exact word, "perdition," is found in Matthew 7:13, where He said: "Enter by the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction." That same word translated "perdition" here (2 Thess. 2:3). The same exact word.

The son of perdition, the son of destruction, will be someone who is walking on a path to destruction-- a man of sin, a man of Torah violation. We know sin is the violation of Torah. We read that earlier.

So how can we have a son of destruction or a man of sin revealed to us? We will know them by their fruits, right? That is how you know. You know them by their fruits. Are they in violation of Torah or are they being subject to Torah? That is how you know. That is how it will be revealed to you.

The fruit is sin. The fruit is violation of Torah. Though they do many miracles, though they cast out demons, though they do this, Messiah did not know them. The will of our Father in Heaven is that we do not violate Torah. That is contrary to what the son of perdition will teach.

And those who already know we should not violate Torah will not be deceived by this coming son of perdition, this man of sin. They will look in the Torah, know that this man is telling the world to do something that is in violation to the will of our Father in heaven, and we will not be deceived by him.

He says: "Let no one deceive you by any means." He is letting them know.

 2Thessalonians 2:4 - who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is worshiped, so that he sits as Elohim in the temple of Elohim, showing himself that he is Elohim.

This is what this son of perdition is going to do.

 2Thessalonians 2:5 - Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

6 - And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time.

Obviously, the man of sin is the anti-Messiah, who is representing Satan. It says he will sit as Elohim in the temple of Elohim. And we know this must come to pass before Messiah returns. And so, the temple would need to be rebuilt before Messiah returns. His appearance will result in many falling away as a result of this deception.

Now the Jewish people who do not believe Messiah has come yet will be tested by this man just as we will be. They are looking for a Savior, and in their desperation maybe some Jews will believe this man is the Messiah rather than Yahushua.

But how ironic and sad it would be if some Jews would reject Messiah Yahushua on the basis that Christianity claims He did away with Torah (in reality He did not), but then turn around and accept this anti-Messiah who is going to teach others to violate Torah. Their own criteria and judgment will be tested.

They will be tested. Everyone on the earth will be tested by this son of destruction, the one who is on the broad path and taking people with him-- a false prophet, a man who violates Torah.

Now I have heard some say, "Well, since our body is the temple of Elohim, it could be this was referring to the devil dwelling in believers."

Well, should the devil be dwelling in believers? Would a person be a believer if Satan was possessing him? We wouldn't be the temple of Elohim anymore. I mean, it should be Elohim who is within us, not Satan.

But if you believe Satan can dwell in a believer, well, the objection I would have here is Paul is telling them that the Messiah will not return until we see these things happening, right?

In other words, Paul is describing the activities being done by the son of perdition sometime in the future, and if we believe that the enemy can dwell in believers, can we really believe the enemy did not dwell in any humans or any believers during the time Paul wrote the letter here?

I think there are plenty of examples of men trying to draw away disciples after themselves and doing wrong things in the first century. It doesn't seem like some event that would only be a futuristic event that they would be waiting to see.

It wouldn't be some strange event that occurs in the future instead of something that is regularly being accomplished. And in light of the fact that this is not going to happen until these things are revealed, and all this, I think this is still future. Let's put it that way.

He says: "Now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time." What is restraining and what is it that needs to be revealed? Take a look:

 2Thessalonians 2:7 - For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains [will do so] until He is taken out of the way.

"For the mystery [that is something hidden, right?] of lawlessness [that is the Greek word "anomia"] is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way."

 2Thessalonians 2:8 - And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.

"Lawless" is the Greek word "anomos."

 2Thessalonians 2:9 - The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

Remember back in Matthew 7-- "Well, didn't we do all these wonderful works? Didn't we do all these things?"

Two separate words here actually. First one, "Torah violation." 2 Thessalonians 2:7 - "For the mystery of Torah violation (anomia) is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way."

"And then the lawless (anomos)..." What does that word mean? "Destitute of (Mosaic) law." 2 Thessalonians 2:8 - "And then the one destitute of (Mosaic) law will be revealed, whom the Master will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming."

So when we put the correct meanings of these words into the text, a very interesting thing is being taught here. See, the mystery of Torah violation was already at work when Paul wrote his letter to the Thessalonians. But why is it called a mystery?

A mystery is something that is hidden, right? It is something that is unknown to most people, something that is hidden from the eyes of the masses (those on the broad way), but revealed to a few (those on the narrow way).

This in and of itself sounds like a contrast between those on the broad path who are deceived and those on the narrow path who are not deceived. So perhaps both paths are marked eternal life this way. And those who take confidence in numbers go along with the rest of the crowd.

But then there are a few who are not deceived. They have uncovered the secret, the mystery, that was hidden to the masses. This mystery of Torah violation had been revealed to them, and they realized that they should not be violating Yahweh's Law, but rather embracing its precepts and truly walking just as Yahushua walked.

Yahushua kept every precept in the Torah. They know on Judgment Day all those powers, signs and lying wonders and miracles will not mean a thing. They won't take confidence in them at all. Yahushua can still say, "I never knew you, you who commit 'anomia,' (Torah violation)."

They know they must focus on imitating Messiah's example, following the Lamb wherever He goes, patterning their lives after Messiah and His Torah observant ways. And they are not deceived by Satan or his agents who lead people to violate Torah.

Those who are destitute of (Mosaic) law will follow the son of perdition and his example. Those who are Torah observant will follow Yahushua and His example. Doesn't it make sense?

Now, please, understand me. Again, I am not condemning those going to church on the day called Sunday and unaware that the New Testament Scripture even compels us to observe Yahweh's Torah. Like Yahushua said, "If you were blind, you would have no sin..." (John 9:41a).

And so, if someone does not realize, they are walking after the ways of the son of perdition. They are walking after the ways of the anti-Messiah, because they are not observing Torah like Messiah did. They are following another person's example.

If someone does not realize they are walking in disobedience to certain commandments, I do not condemn them. What is really necessary for salvation are two things: repentance and belief in Messiah. Two things. Repentance from what? From what you understand is wrong.

And so, whom is Scripture condemning here? Who is actually on the broad path? Who is the one being deceived by false prophets into violating Yahweh's Torah and are on the path to destruction? Who are all these masses?

Who are the followers of miracles who are among the many who will say, "Oh, Master, Master," but do not do the will of the Father in heaven to whom Yahushua says, "Depart from Me, you that work violation of Torah"? Who are they?

Continue reading Thessalonians and you will find out who they are.

 2Thessalonians 2:10 - and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

"Unrighteous" is "Torah violation," right? The deception is deceiving you into thinking it is okay for you to be unrighteous.

They did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Okay, here we go. Salvational. Flashing lights, here, folks. Pay attention. Salvational stuff here happening. You have to have love of the truth in order to be saved.

If you do not have love for the truth, you simply do not have love for Messiah, who is the way, the truth and the life. You have to love truth, that you might be saved. Otherwise, you will be deceived.

 2Thessalonians 2:11 - And for this reason Elohim will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,

Singular-- "THE lie"!

 2Thessalonians 2:12 - that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We are going to take a microscope and scan these verses very intensively. This is important stuff. This is salvational stuff here-- 2 Thessalonians 2, verses 10-12.

The ones whom Scripture condemns are the ones who are on the broad path that many go on, the ones who are on the path to destruction who are simply not having a love for the truth. They just really do not care if it is true or not true.

If they had a love for the truth, they would be saved. But since they do not have this love of the truth, they are given what? A strong delusion. They are deluded. And they believe a lie instead-- THE lie.

I want to squeeze everything I can out of these verses because they are very important.

First of all, this is unrighteous deception. The reason why it is unrighteous deception is because the mystery of Torah violation is at work here. We read that in the previous verse, mystery of Torah violation-- mystery, deception, hidden things. Sneaky stuff done by the subtle enemy.

It is a deception that leads people to violate His Torah, His Word. This deception is believed by those who perish, the ones who are on the broad path that many are on, yet leads to destruction.

And the entire reason why they were deceived by this unrighteous deception that leads to destruction is because they did not receive the love of the truth. They have to receive it from Yahweh. Yahweh has to give it to them, and they have to receive it. Will they receive it? Yahweh offers it. Will they receive it?

Love for truth is something that must be given to you. It can only be given to you by Yahweh. Someone may suggest, "Oh, somehow this violates a person's free will."

Some people do not have a love of the truth from Yahweh, but notice the reason why it is not given to them. It is because they have pleasure in unrighteousness rather than believe in truth. Wow!

They have this pleasure for unrighteousness tied up in that. Their inner desire for violation of Yahweh's Law is the reason why they are not given this love of the truth. They do not really want the total truth if it is uncomfortable.

They just want pleasure even if it has to do with something that is shown to be unrighteous. Willful, rebellious violation of Torah. And that all comes down to the inner thoughts of the heart that I cannot read-- only Yahweh can read.

When truth is presented, does one look at the benefits of unrighteousness and choose that instead? For instance, let us suppose I am talking to someone about a biblical topic of some kind. I don't care what it is. Let us say, for instance, the Sabbath day.

If I share with them about the Sabbath day and we should not violate the Torah, we should not violate the Sabbath day, it is in the Ten Commandments, and never, ever have I seen a scripture to be referring to the first day of the week-- even the New Testament, when it says the Sabbath day, it is always the seventh day of the week...

They agree with me-- "Yeah, it is the seventh day. Yup. Saturday, yup. That is Sabbath." I have had many say this to me. What do they do from there? Do they think, "Well, this guy is probably right. In fact, it is obvious he is, but all my friends are Sunday keepers. My family will look at me as if I was the oddball.

"I will lose my job, probably, because it requires me to work on Saturday. My pension? I will lose my pension, my respect among my peers, my position in my present church. They really like me there."

In other words, "I want the pleasure. I want to enjoy the acceptance and praise of men. I want to enjoy the status I have in the community. I like the money I make at my present job. I don't want to lose my house." In short, they do not want to lose out on all that pleasure.

Their pleasure is not to do the will of our Father in heaven, but their pleasure is unrighteousness instead. And besides, everybody else is on this other thing. How could all those people be deceived?

See, they crossed the line. They begin looking for excuses to whitewash their wrong choice. I look at what Yahushua said about the broad path and wonder how could anyone with a huge crowd of people be on the right path. He said few find the narrow path.

So they decide to continue believing what they have always believed rather than believing truth. They reject it. And for that reason they lose a real love for the truth and instead are given strong delusion that they should believe the lie. "THE lie." Not "lies." "THE lie."

Now why does it say "the lie" as if it is only one? I mean, there are lots of ways in which someone could fall into this condition. Is there a specific lie that Paul is speaking of here? It looks that way to me. It is singular.

Well, we see that it is a deception given by false teachers inspired by Satan, the devil. If we were to point to one lie that would summarize all lies, what would it be? Is there any one lie that could basically summarize all lies and deceptions that are out there that leads to destruction?

Yes, you have to go back to Genesis chapter 3.

 Genesis 3:1 - Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which YAHWEH Elohim had made. And he said to the woman, "Has Elohim indeed said, `You shall not eat of every tree of the garden'?"

2 - And the woman said to the serpent, "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;

3 - "but of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, `You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

At this time, in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve are only given one torah (one commandment, one law). So, so simple. But even then, the cunning and deceiving serpent first did what? He attacked the validity of Yahweh's Law that He had given them: "Has Elohim indeed said?"

And at first, Eve did pretty well. She drew the sword of Yahweh's Word like Yahushua drew the sword of Yahweh's Word when He was being tempted by the devil. And Yahushua met each of Satan's attempts to derail Him by quoting Torah, by quoting Yahweh's Word.

And Eve did this, also. She quoted the Torah she knew: "We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, Elohim has said, 'You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'"

Now some people say, "Well, she added 'do not touch it.'" But we do not know if Yahweh may have said at some point "do not touch it." He may have. We do not have any clear proof of that. So I think she was doing pretty well right now. She hadn't done anything wrong, yet. She would not have been convicted as a sinner, yet.

So she is doing the right thing and she gives the consequence-- "lest you die." There is the sentence, the sentencing guidelines of the Torah He gave: DEATH!

So she is doing pretty well until something came that I would call "the lie."

 Genesis 3:4 - Then the serpent said to the woman, "You will not surely die.

This is the first lie we see in the Scriptures-- the very first one.

 Genesis 3:5 - "For Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim, knowing good and evil."

So Eve heard Satan's lie and she heard the devil's suggested motive for Yahweh being a liar instead of him. In other words, he is suggesting to her that Yahweh is the one telling a lie and he is the one telling her the truth.

The lie was that there will be no consequence for her violation of Torah. The lie was she could FREELY disobey Torah and not face death or damnation. The lie was that her disobedience would instead result in freedom and somehow she would be even more like Elohim in the process.

Boy, these elements all sound so familiar to me. She was faced with a choice whether she was going to have pleasure in unrighteousness or not.

 Genesis 3:6 - So when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, that it [was] pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make [one] wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

Pleasure. The minute she decided to look at the tree, saw that it would give her pleasure, yield to that pleasure for unrighteousness, she chose to believe the lie. She was given a delusion and did not have that love of the truth.

You see, deceiving men into sinning is the exact same thing over and over and over and over the enemy has done since the garden of Eden: "Hath Elohim said? You will not die."

"You will not surely die. In fact, you will still be like Messiah even though you do not live like Him. You will still be like Him. You do not have to follow Messiah's example of Torah observance. He will still accept you." Same exact thing. No different.

"You will still make it to heaven. Hey, you know what? Your righteousness doesn't count for anything. Live how you want. You are not saved by it anyway, right? You are not under the Law. You are under grace." I have heard all these things.

It is the voice of the son of perdition. It is the mystery of Torahlessness. It is the mystery of violation of Torah. I have heard all these things.

"Hath Elohim said you shall keep the Sabbath?" "Hath Elohim said you shall keep 'this Law' or 'that Law'?" "Hasn't that been fulfilled now?" "You see, you will not die if you transgress." Same old lie. It is "THE lie" couched in a multitude of different ways.

For that reason, we have to have a love for truth, and today I have shown you a truth that, in my mind, is totally irrefutable. The very definition of sin in what is called the New Testament is indeed violation of Yahweh's Torah (His Law). Do you see this?

Do you see this? If you see this, what will you do? Will you love the truth? Yahweh is restraining things to some extent right now, but when the anti-Messiah is revealed, the inhabitants of the earth will be tested in preparation of Yahushua's return. And we will have to have this love of the truth to be saved.

What did Yahushua say is truth? What did He say was truth?

He is talking about His disciples. He is praying to His Father. He says:

 John 17:16 - "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.

17 - "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

His Word is His Law. His Law is His Word. We are sanctified by it. We live in sanctification when we walk according to it.

 Psalms 119:142 - Your righteousness [is] an everlasting righteousness, And Your law [is] truth.

"Your Torah is truth." Yahushua was just quoting the Psalms here-- Psalm 119.

Remember, when Yahushua said that Yahweh's Word is truth, the New Testament did not even exist yet. Was there a New Testament when Yahushua said, "Your Word is truth"? The only thing that was there was the Old Testament.

But the whole Word is truth. New Testament. Old Testament. I don't care what date you put it on. I don't care what date it is written. I don't care what date you stamp on it. The year it was written does not matter. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Whether it is new, old, ancient-- it is all truth. It is all consistent. It is all to be heeded. And Satan wants to change Yahweh's Word. He wants to change Yahweh's name, His Festivals, His Holidays, give you Satan's holidays instead, his sabbath-- give you an alternative sabbath instead.

He wants to give you something different-- different names, different holy days, a different sabbath, different elohim. Son of perdition. But Yahweh, El Shaddai, is not a chameleon. He does not change.

Yahushua is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the Living Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the One who kept the Word perfectly without fault. He did not break a single commandment in the Law of Yahweh. He is the same.

He wants to live in you and do in you what He did on earth. And if you say you know Him, and you do not keep His commandments, what did He call you? A liar, one who follows lies. The truth is not in you.

 1John 2:4 - He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

If you do not keep His commandments, and you think you know Him, you have missed it.

 1John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of Elohim is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

Because when we keep His Word, we are walking in love. I shared that last segment. "By this we know that we are in Him." By that we know. Are you keeping the Word or not?

 1John 2:6 - He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

If there is ever any question, "Should I keep the Sabbath?" ask yourself, "What did Messiah do?" Walk just as He walked. If there is ever a question, "Should you keep the Feast Days?" what did Messiah do? Walk just as He walked.

Let us not be deluded. This strong delusion from Yahweh-- we do not want that!

Watch out for the miracle workers. You know, in order for a Catholic person to become a saint, to "achieve sainthood" after their death, there must be a proven, bona fide miracle that took place as a result of praying to the dead saint. No kidding. That is the process of sainthood.

They must show: "Here is the X-ray of the cancer (before they pray to the dead saint)." "Here is the X-ray of the cancer being gone after (with no medical intervention)." They have to literally prove a miracle happened.

Miracles do not mean anything in terms of whether or not we have salvation. They might be part of the strong delusion, lying wonders. If the delusion is from Yahweh, they are going to be deceived. So I pray that we are not deceived.

I am not looking down from a high perch saying, "Oh, come up where I sit." Maybe there is something, Yahweh forbid, that I don't know I did not express a love for the truth on. I hope it is not. I hope that my love for the truth has been consistent.

Yahweh, give us the truth, we pray. Help us to walk in the truth so that we might know more truth.

Will we walk worthy of that calling? Will we love the truth or will we have pleasure in unrighteousness and believe lies, being deceived by the unrighteousness and the warring things in our members seeking to draw us to pleasure? We should hate sin. We should abhor it completely.

Now if you haven't had a new conviction in a while and you are getting kind of spiritually stale, the heart is kind of growing cold and you've put your armor down for a time, and you are failing to grow, kind of getting caught up more and more in the ways of this world, and pursuits thereof, than in the ways of Yahweh...

Maybe there is something we have to repent of. We still have hope. We do.

 Titus 2:11 - For the grace of Elohim that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

As we shared earlier.

 Titus 2:12 - teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

13 - looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great Elohim and Savior Yahushua Messiah,

14 - who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself [His] own special people, zealous for good works.

He has redeemed us from every violation of Torah. The key is, what is our attitude?

We are called to repentance, meaning, turn away from what we know is wrong. If you know something is wrong, turn away from it. It is not worth it.

I am not just talking about Sabbath and Festivals and things. I am talking anything. If you know it is wrong, turn away from it. We do not want to be among those who thought they were in Messiah only to have Him say, "Depart from Me."

Do you know He was quoting Scripture when He said that-- "Depart from Me, you who work iniquity"?

 Psalms 119:165 - Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.

If you love the Law, you will love truth, and you will not stumble. Yahushua was actually quoting Psalm 119:115:

 Psalms 119:115 - Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my Elohim!

These people come in, come into his kingdom, not having yielded themselves to His commandments. Probably lead him and others to unrighteousness. We do not want any part of that. We do not know who they are.

 Psalms 6:8 - Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For YAHWEH has heard the voice of my weeping.

These are those who are persecuted as a result of their obedience just like Messiah was persecuted for His obedience.

It is the commandment breakers Yahushua sends to destroy. Sends them to the lake of fire, right? Does He ever say, "Depart from Me, you who keep My word. How dare you keep My Father's commandments"? He never says that. And yet, people are so concerned that we are "legalists."

Well, based on what I have read so far, brothers, it is far more concerning that we would be illegalists. Legalism, yes, there is a danger there. You depart from grace, from trusting in Messiah. But legalism is not loving obedience.

Legalism is a doctrine of adding to the Word something Yahweh never intended or trying to be saved by your own merit, by your own atonement, rather than Yahushua's atonement. And there is a whole other teaching on that. We cannot go to the right or to the left. We must walk that narrow path.

But adding to Yahweh's Word is something the Scribes and Pharisees did, and actually, traditional Christianity has done with its unbiblical holidays, its changes to the Sabbath, changing the Father's and Son's name. All kinds of things they have done down through the annals of history.

Will we be humble about it? Yes, if you are a Gentile: "I messed up. My fathers messed up."

 Jeremiah 16:19 - O YAHWEH, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, "Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable [things]."

20 - Will a man make gods for himself, Which [are] not gods?

21 - "Therefore behold, I will this once cause them to know, I will cause them to know My hand and My might; And they shall know that My name [is] YAHWEH.

Whoa! It is time to humble ourselves, admit we have inherited lies, vanity, things which there is no profit-- worthless things.

Gentiles have molded Yahweh into an image of their own making. They have not allowed Him to define Himself, and we have not accepted His love language. Don't we all have love languages? His love language is Torah. Love Him as He says love is. Love Him as He desires to be loved.

But the church fathers did not want that "Jewish stuff." Gentiles did not want a Jewish Messiah. They hated the Jews. Gentiles wanted a Messiah that fits a western Gentile Greco-Roman mindset. And so, they molded Him into an image that He was not, making "gods" for themselves, yet again. They lied.

But if we will acknowledge, as the scriptures here tells us, that we have inherited lies, and be humble (we have inherited "the lie" that sums up all lies, vanity-- vain traditions of men that lead to vain worship that does not profit), if we are among those who humble themselves, He will cause you to know His hand and His power.

And He will cause you to know His name is Yahweh. Almost everybody I know that uses Yahweh's name also keeps Torah. I do not think that is a coincidence. Before the final days of the end times, Yahweh is revealing to gentile Christianity some of the lies they have inherited.

Those who trust in church fathers will refuse to believe the truth. Those who make their church fathers "elohim" unto themselves-- "gods" for themselves, when they are not "gods" at all-- will refuse this message today. They cannot fathom that all those church fathers were wrong.

But those who are willing to consider that maybe our fathers have inherited lies: Those church fathers, they were just men that were subject to error like anybody else, and many of the church fathers were anti-Semitic men who may have carried that into their interpretation of Paul's letters, wanting nothing to do with Jewish things, Jewish stuff.

And therefore, they were blinded to the possibility that Messiah really did not do away with the Torah. And so, their bitterness blinded their eyes.

Some of the church fathers may have known enough to be saved. I am not saying they did not. Some of the church fathers may have simply been blinded to the fact that the very definition of sin is violation of Torah. And Yahweh can have mercy on them. I do not judge.

Maybe they never had that moment in time where they had to make a choice between rebelliousness or obedience, but I cannot tell you how many pastors and seminary trained men I have met and seen and heard that made idols out of these church fathers.

They are so, so impressed with historical Christianity. That becomes their identity rather than Messiah, and they cannot see how those men could possibly have been in error.

I say cast away your idols. Let the simple and plain truth of Scripture guide our ways. Forget about your aunts, your uncles, your cousins, your parents, your friends, your pastors, your teachers, and others who might reject this message. Do not let them become your idol and place them before Elohim. Let Yahweh's Word be your guide.

It is not suggesting that your walk with Messiah up to this point has not been valid. I am not invalidating your walk with Messiah. Even if you have not considered sin is the transgression of the Law, I have no doubt He loves you. He saved you. He bought you. He redeemed you from all kinds of iniquity. I am not doubting that.

I am just saying, continue your walk with Messiah into a more excellent way-- more truth, more light-- into this light that you may remain on that narrow path rather than rejecting the message and possibly diverting onto a broad path where many there be that go therein.

Do not reject this message on the basis I am condemning you because I am not. I am saying it is high time we stop letting modern Christianity define our Savior and let the Word of Yahweh define who He is and who He has called us to be.

Do not walk in the "Baptist" image or the "Pentecostal" image or the "Lutheran" image. Walk in the image of Yahweh, Messiah Yahushua our Master.

And it is high time we learn this way of righteousness that He walked in, the way He has given it, that we might be worthy to stand before the Son of Man, who will not say to us, "Depart from Me, you illigalists, you violators of the Law," but instead:

 Luke 12:32 - "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

The little flock. The few that find it. The few who hear the truth and walk in it. The few that refuse to have pleasure in unrighteousness. The few that are willing to set aside the praise of men and walk in truth. The few who are willing to receive that praise that comes from Yahweh will receive it. Let us seek that path continually.

Then we will continue. We will continue that path of walking on it. It is not well traveled. It is not a wide, well-worn path. You may feel lonely at times, and you feel like you have to go single file, nobody is with you.

There are brothers behind you. There are brothers ahead of you. You are not alone.

Let us seek that Kingdom-- THE Kingdom. It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. In other words, it is almost like He is saying, "Do you want the Kingdom? I will give it to you."

What is the Kingdom?

 Micah 4:1 - Now it shall come to pass in the latter days [That] the mountain of YAHWEH'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it.

2 - Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YAHWEH, To the house of the Elohim of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of YAHWEH from Jerusalem.

What are His ways? What are His paths? For out of Tzion shall what? Torah will go forth and the Word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.

Everywhere you see "Torah" and "Word"-- they are one and the same. No difference.

 Micah 4:3 - He shall judge between many peoples, And rebuke strong nations afar off; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more .

Beautiful! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. And the Law of Yahweh is all a big part of it. All you have to do is read the New Covenant. The New Covenant says the Law is in our heart. Well, if it is in our heart, you will not sin against Him. You will not transgress the Law against Him.

Yahushua said it is His good pleasure to give you this Kingdom where the Law will go forth. The Kingdom will consist of learning and keeping Yahweh's Law. The Kingdom will consist of Sabbath keeping.

 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.

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.

This has never happened. We are waiting on it to fulfill itself. This is the Kingdom that Yahushua says, "Oh, it is Yahweh's pleasure to give you this."

 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.

HalleluYah! I say to you, my brothers and sisters, my fellow Christians, my friends-- the Kingdom of Yahweh is at hand!

And if we are expressing to Yahweh that we want His Kingdom in our lives-- you know, by keeping Feast Days, keeping Sabbath, following the Calendar, New Moons-- we are basically saying, "Hey, we want Your Kingdom! Let it happen!"

Yahushua says, "Do not be afraid. It is Yahweh's good pleasure to give you that Kingdom you are looking for. It is Yahweh's good pleasure to give you that Kingdom you are seeking."

Let us learn the ways of His Kingdom now. How about that? Let us walk in those paths now. Let us seek to inherit that joy of eternal life that awaits His servants, forsaking the traditions and lies handed down, and walking in a path of joy.

If you have never kept a Festival, you do not know what you are missing, especially if you gather with Yahweh's people.

Let us abide in the vine, walking in truth, walking in Messiah's example. You are going to have to die to yourself. You may have to die for it. You may have to perish because people do not want and like what you are about. Once you start following Torah, you are a marked man, but we can do it. Together we can do it. Let's do it!

Let us walk in Messiah's footsteps, keeping the Torah like He did to the best of our ability. If we fail and we mess up, if we fall down-- the main thing is, do not lay there. Don't make excuses. Confess your sin, forsake it, and keep on walking. You are His child if you continue to do that.

I want to be where He is. How about you? There is no pathway to life but to trust in Messiah's sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin accompanied by a willingness to turn away from it. And what I am sharing with you today is: There are a whole lot more things that are sin than you may have realized before. I encourage you, seek it out.

Yes, there are objections to the study today. I have addressed a lot of these-- Colossians, Ephesians, Galatians...

But I think you will find as you study those books out, as you read these things, as you discover these things, you will find out it is still one consistent message: The New Testament definition of sin is indeed violation of Torah. Inarguable.

May Yahweh give us wisdom. May Yahweh give us strength. And as we seek these things out, may Yahweh bless you, and may He have mercy on us all.

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