Saturday, November 30, 2013

THE DIVORCE (GET)

Yeshua as a representative of the Father and gave His life at calvary in order to re-establish the original marriage covenant Moses explained at Mt. Sinai when all the children of Israel vowed to be the bride of Yah forever. They broke their marriage vows by becoming spiritual adulterers when they went back to worshipping other gods. Keep in mind throughout this teaching that Israel/Israelite is biblically defined as “those who are overcome by Yahveh, the Holy One of Israel). If you believe in and follow the Living Word of El Shadai (the Mighty God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), you are Israel.
We see exactly what they did as a people, a nation, written in the Book of Hosea.  It was so bad that Yah had Hosea the prophet, marry a whore specifically to shame the Believers who had turned back to their pagan prostitution. Now let’s have a look at some verses that explain what they did.
Hosea. 1:2 “When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the LORD.”
Hosea. 2:2-8 “Contend with your mother, contend,
For she is not my wife, and I am not her husband;
And let her put away her harlotry from her face,
And her adultery from between her breasts, 
3 Lest I strip her naked
And expose her as on the day when she was born.
I will also make her like a wilderness,
Make her like desert land,
And slay her with thirst. 
4 “Also, I will have no compassion on her children,
Because they are children of harlotry. 
5 “For their mother has played the harlot;
She who conceived them has acted shamefully.
For she said, I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my coil and my drink.’ 
6 “Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns,
And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths. 
7 “And she will pursue her lovers, but she will not overtake them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband,
For it was better for me then than now!’ 
8    “For she does not know that it was I who gave her the grain, the new wine, and the oil, And lavished on her silver and gold, Which they used for Baal.”
Hosea. 2:11 “I will also put an end to all her gaiety, Her feasts, her new moons, her sabbaths, And all her festal assemblies.”
Hosea. 2:19 “And I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion,”
Hosea. 4:12 “My people consult their wooden idol, and their diviner’s wand informs them; For a spirit of harlotry has led them astray, And they have played the harlot, departing from their God.”
Hosea. 8:1 “Put the trumpet to your lips! Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the LORD, Because they have transgressed My covenant, And rebelled against My law.”
Hosea. 14:1 “Return, O Israel, to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.”
Hosea. 14:9 “Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.”
Hosea. 3:1-5 “ Then the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes.” 2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. 3 Then I said to her, “You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a 1man; so I will also be toward you.” 4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols.  5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the LORD their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the LORD and to His goodness in the last days.
They committed harlotry. Yeshua had to die in order to re-establish Himself as the Groom of Israel because the torah stated that once a woman (the bride/Israel) commits adultery with another man and he divorces her, she cannot return again to her first husband. The Israelites vowed to be the bride of Elohim forever at the foot of Mt. Sinai and they received the blessings of the marriage. It didn’t take long however for them to prostitute themselves with the ways and things of the goyim (gentiles) of the nations. They quickly went back into the ways of the world. They returned to their pagan worship. For that reason Yah have to give them a “get” (divorce) papers. He divorced them before they even went into the Promised land. He helped them and He got them everything He promised them, but only because He cannot break a promise He has made to His people. He did it because His name YHVH was involved. He was the God of those people and He had to figure out a way to help His bride come back under His wing. That is why He sent His Son Yeshua to represent Him in regard to the marriage and die for them so they could be once again set free. This is the kind of love our Abba has for His people even though many still spit in His face on a regular basis. That is real love. 
Deut. 24:1 “Suppose a man marries a woman and consummates the marriage but later finds her displeasing, because he has found her offensive in some respect. He writes her a divorce document, gives it to her and sends her away from his house.  2 She leaves his house, goes and becomes another man’s wife;  3 but the second husband dislikes her and writes her a get, gives it to her and sends her away from his house; or the second husband whom she married dies.  4 In such a case her first husband, who sent her away, may not take her again as his wife, because she is now defiled. It would be detestable to ADONAI, and you are not to bring about sin in the land ADONAI your God is giving you as your inheritance.” Here we see that a man cannot take his wife back if he divorces her and she re-marries. 
Matt. 5:31-32 “It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a get.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of fornication, makes her an adulteress; and that anyone who marries a divorcee commits adultery.” 
Matt. 19:7 “They said to him, “Then why did Moshe give the commandment that a man should hand his wife a get and divorce her?” 8 He answered, “Moshe allowed you to divorce your wives because your hearts are so hardened. But this is not how it was at the beginning. 9 Now what I say to you is that whoever divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery!” 
The only way an adulteress could be considered clean again is if her ex-husband died, as stated in Rom. 7:1-6. Then she was considered acceptable and once again clean.
Paul put it all together for them: Rom. 7:1-6 "Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives? For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he is living; but if her husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. So then, if while her husband is living she is joined to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is not an adulteress though she is joined to another man.
Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.” In verse four Sha'ul is taking about the dead Israelite gentiles married to Him who was raised from the dead". Paul made it clear in the first verse that he was only talking to those who knew the torah and were obedient to it. The bridegroom died for His bride so they could come back into covenant with Him and become His clean bride. He had a bride, it was split in two, the two houses of Israel. He divorced them because of their spiritual adultery and scattered them into all the nations. He told them to be a light to the nations, but they never did. They became the same as the goyim.

YAH DIVORCES ISRAEL

Jer. 3:1 "God [a]says, “If a husband divorces his wife And she goes from him And belongs to another man, Will he still return to her? Will not that land be completely [b]polluted? But you are a harlot with many lovers; Yet you turn to Me,” declares the Lord."
The certificate of divorce: Jer. 3:8 " And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also."

THE TWELVE TRIBES SCATTERED

Yeshua had a bride, twelve tribes split into two groups, two houses. Ten of them scattered to the north and two of them remained. In order for Yah to take His bride again He had to have Yeshua the groom die at Calvary as per the established law in His torah. 
Yah told them to scatter among the nations but they didn't. He had to force them to do what they were told. That was the mystery of the renewed testament. They had to be set free from the law of adultery and all they had to do was follow Yeshua. Not just those from the twelve tribes can be saved, but all who have the torah. Exod. 12:49 "The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you."
The two houses of Israel were divided but will come back together as one. Eph. 2:14-16 "For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the [l]barrier of the dividing wall,15 by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might [n]make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, 16 and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the stake, by it having put to death the enmity.” This is talking about the one new man (Israel).
 Eph. 2:17-23 “AND HE CAME AND PREACHED PEACE TO YOU WHO WERE FAR AWAY, AND PEACE TO THOSE WHO WERE NEAR;  18 for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Yeshua Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord,  22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.  The once far off have been brought near. In verse 19 we see the two houses returned together.
Hosea. 1:11 “And the sons of Judah and the sons of Israel will be gathered together, And they will appoint for themselves one leader, And they will go up from the land, For great will be the day of Jezreel.”
Rom. 11:25-27 "25 For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” 27 “This is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” The "all Israel" here is referring to the return of the lost ten of twelve tribes of the two houses of Israel. The natural and grafted in olive trees. This is in reference to the northern kingdom, dispersed throughout the land for many many years (Isa. 59:18-20).
Who did Yeshua come for? John 10:16 "I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd." He is talking about the lost sheep of the scattered northern tribes. The "other sheep" is referring to the house of Judah.
John 11:51-52  Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yeshua was going to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad."
Matt. 15:24 " But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

NOTE
The Galatians were also part of the scattered northern tribes of Israel. 
1Pet. 1:1-2 "Peter, an apostle of Yeshua Hamashiach,To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Yeshua and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.”
The parable of the prodigals son is an example of two divided coming back together as one (echad). It is another example of a type, a thematic connection, to the division of Yah’s scattered sheep seen multiple times elsewhere in scripture.

PROPHETIC

In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve were together, one house. He then took Eve out of Adam. This was prophetic of Israel being divided into two houses, but if they would come back together and join as one flesh, they would be one (echad) again. One people, nation, under Yah, indivisible, with liberties and justice for all. Adam and Eve were divided yet came together as echad (in unity).

SUMMARY

What is the mystery? (Jer. 3:1)
The divorce was the mystery. Yeshua came back after His death to save them, to give them one more opportunity to be the light among the nations. They were then set free from the consequences of the law of adultery, and brought back home. That was the mystery solved in the renewed Testament. 
When Paul spoke to the Ephesians he told them he had this great news. The news was that Yeshua died for them so they were no longer subject to that law of adultery. They could come back under the covenant of Mt. Sinai. All they had to do was repent and follow the Word in faith. They came by the thousands. 
The "marriage supper of the lamb" will be the "remarriage supper of the lamb" when He returns for all His Israel covenant keepers.
If you have come to know Yeshua and follow His Word, you have crossed over from death to life, you are in a sense, a Hebrew. This goes back to the beginning, one law for all who come into the covenant with Him. Exod. 12:49 “The same law shall apply to the native as to the stranger who sojourns among you.” This example in Exodus was the first grafting in spoken of in the bible.

The whole idea of us accepting the marriage covenant given out at Mt. Sinai is proven when we obey that covenant. Talk is cheap, if we love Him we will obey His Word from our circumcised heart (John 14:15). This kind of love cannot exist for Him if we become part of the pagan adulterous world or its pagan religious system. We are only born again if we are His bride and in faith hold to the things written and pointed to in our Instruction Book of Life, our Torah. Many may claim to be His bride but by their deeds they prove that they worship another deity. You are either with Yahveh or against Him. It’s that simple.

Jots and Tittles

JOTS AND TITTLES

Jots and tittles are ancient scribal marks that brought emphasis to particular letters or words in the original Hebrew scrolls of the bible. When you see a jot or tittle it means there is something significant hidden in the message. These marks were well understood by the Hebrew people of ancient days, but it seems they have been mostly forgotten or misunderstood in recent years. In order for us to grasp the hidden meanings (words between the lines), we need to understand what they represented. We must think like the Hebrew scribe who wrote the jots and tittles in order to see the letter or word come alive in scripture.
There are a total of twenty two jots and tittles in the torah. It is not coincidence that there are exactly twenty two letters in the Hebrew alphabet.

JOTS

Jots (dots appearing above the letters), appear only in four places in scripture. They are as follows:
1 Gen. 33:4 the word “kiss” has the dots (four) above it. This is about Esua and Jacob and the conflict involved there. Esau was the first born but he didn’t get the blessing. 
2 Gen. 37:12 “fathers/Jacobs flock” (two jots) above it in the original Hebrew says “alef tav flock”. Alef tav is referring to Yeshua as in: “Yeshua’s flock”. This is the first verse of redemption in scripture. The story of Joseph being sent out to check on the welfare of his brothers and the flock. This was a type pointing to Yah sending out His son to check on the welfare of His children and their flock.
3 The next is in Numb. 3:39 “Aaron” (five jots) above it. This is the story of the firstborn of Aaron. This is about the covering of the firstborn of Egypt. Yah said instead of accepting the firstborn of Israel, I will accept the firstborn of the tribe of Levi. They were accepted as a substitute for the first born. Aaron was a first born. 
4 Deut. 29:29 “to our sons forever”, has many jots above it. This message is for the last generation. Those that will be in the Kingdom. They are part of the last generation who will not see death before they go into the Kingdom. They are the decedents of Jacob.
For example, when Yeshua said not one jot or tittle shall disappear (Matt. 5:17-19), He meant that there is a message in everything in the Hebrew words of scripture, even in the minor things thought of as jot and tittles. There is a connection between these four uses if we look closely. The message is about the great struggle that we are all part of over the ages. The story of the first born. Yeshua was the first born of the new man, first fruit. Then we see the counting of the first born. Then we see the last generation that will see the Kingdom of Yah without ever dying. This is the story of the beginning to the end. An abbreviated version of the entire torah story from start to finish. Being able to understand this story is essential for helping us understand how Yah’s redemption and the Messiah works, all the way to restoration and entrance into the Kingdom. This theme keeps repeating itself throughout our bible and the prophets work off this basic understanding of the jots and tittles story. Even Paul when he speaks in Romans is referring to this idea when he says after the time of the Gentiles are brought in, all of Israel will be saved. 

TITTLES

Tittles may be described as enlarged, inverted, made small, elongated, Hebrew letters or spaces between the letters. These occurrences put a specific emphasis on that letter or word to show there is a hidden message included. The scribes knew the message and therefor passed it down to all those who read Paleo type Hebrew.
Tittles are divided into three classes.
1)  Enlarged letters. Enlarged letters appear bolded and seem to emphasize the meaning of the letter.
2)  Small letters. Small letters have the exact opposite effect of de-emphasizing the meaning of the letter. The first example is found in Gen. 2:4 where the letter “hey” is made small in the word for “created”. The letter hey means “behold the moment that door is opened showing glory”. Some torah teachers say that it was the second day of creation that Satan and his angels fell and diminished the glory in heaven.
3)  Stigmatized letters. Stigmatized letters are very specific variations of how the actual letter is written. One of the most powerful examples is the inverted “nuns” in Numbers 10:35-36 and immediately following verse 36. The letter “nun” is written backwards just before verse 35 and immediately following verse 36. The letter nun means “the quickening of life”. But by drawing it backwards (inverted) some teachers say it refers to the resurrection from the dead. Verses 35 and 36 seem to speak to that theme.
Jots and tittles can also be used for music direction, how the scriptures are to be sung and played. They also show how the conductors move their hands and direct the singers and orchestra.
Examples of tittles can be found in the following scriptures:
The enlarged “Bet” in Gen. 1:1.
The small “Hey” in Gen. 2:4.
The small “Kaf” in Gen. 23:2.
The small “Koof” in Gen. 27:46.
The enlarged “Nun” in Exod. 34:7.
The enlarged “Resh” in Exod. 34:14.
The small “Aleph” in Lev. 1:1.
The small “Mem” in Lev. 6:9.
The elongated “Vav” in Lev. 11:42.
The inverted “Nuns” in Numb. 10:35-36.
The enlarged “Yod” in Numb. 14:18.
The gap in Numb. 26:1.
The enlarged “Nun” (sofit) in Numb. 27:5.
The gap in Deut. 2:8.
The enlarged “Ayin” in Deut. 6:4. (Shema)
The enlarged “Dalet” in Deut. 6:4, (Shema).
The enlarged “Lamed” in Deut. 29:28.
The enlarged “Hey” in Deut. 32:6.

There are no jots or tittles in the Renewed Testament scriptures because there are no original Hebrew scrolls left available to the public. I believe the original scrolls have been lost somewhere, destroyed on purpose by the Roman Catholic church, or simply hidden somewhere in the many miles of tunnels under the Vatican so no one can ever use them for public domain. Either way, they are not available, so we are stuck with the incorrect translations of Renewed testament we have available to the common person. That is why we can only find jots and tittles in the Tenakh.

Red Heifer Sacrifice


THE RED HEIFER SACRIFICE AND THE YESHUA CONNECTION

RED HEIFER

         In this teaching I will show how the Red Heifer sacrifice spoken of in the Book of Numbers is a prophetic picture of Yeshua. As we go through the idea we will see the thematic connections and symbolic similarities between the red heifer sacrifice and the returning of Yeshua in the last days.
We might ask ourselves why the red heifer sacrifice is even necessary? It is because of the spiritual death of human beings that there must be a red heifer sacrifice. In the days of old the sacrifice was for the death of the sins of the people Israel. It was almost always associated with the building or rebuilding of the Temple. Yeshua came as the red heifer sacrifice to raise human's from the death, sin (lawlessness) gives us. 
There are said to have been only seven red heifer sacrifices in the history of the world.

TEMPLE LOCATION

I think it would be appropriate to explain about the temples and synagogues of old. Temples and synagogues of Yahveh in Israel were always built just below the top of hills. The occult pagan temples were always built at the very top of hills. The Dome on the rock for example is built on the highest place on the Temple Mount. Many believe the Dome was built over the original Temple but this is just not the case. The original Temple was built somewhere between the existing Dome and synagogue on the temple mount. 
In the Book of Nehemiah (Neh. 3:1-32) we see details of Nehemiah's Temple and the ten gates around it. We see Nehemiahs' description of the ten gates starting and ending with the Sheep gate. He explains them counter clockwise. The Hebrew word for the "inspection gate" is Mipgad, strongs #4662. It comes from #6485 meaning: to count, spot, census, a number, or a designated spot. The importance of the inspection gate will be explained as we proceed.

THE SACRIFICE

In regard to the Red Heifer sacrifice we need to look very closely at one of the ten gates around the old city. The gate we are concerned with is called the “Mipgad Gate”, or “Inspection Gate”. Always keep this “inspection” idea in mind when reading about the red heifer sacrifice.
We read about the Red Heifer sacrifice in the Book of Numbers. Numb. 19:1-11 "Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed. 3 You shall give it to Eleazar the priest, and it shall be brought outside the camp and be slaughtered in his presence. Next Eleazar the priest shall take some of its blood with his finger and sprinkle some of its blood toward the front of the tent of meeting seven times. 5 Then the heifer shall be burned in his sight; its hide and its flesh and its blood, with its refuse, shall be burned. 6 The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer. The priest shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening. The one who burns it shall also wash his clothes in water and bathe his body in water, and shall be unclean until evening. Now a man who is clean shall gather up the ashes of the heifer and deposit them outside the camp in a clean place, and the congregation of the sons of Israel shall keep it as water to remove impurity; it is purification from sin. 10 The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening; and it shall be a perpetual statute to the sons of Israel and to the alien who sojourns among them. 
The priest would take the heifer, and while facing it directly towards the temple, would slit its throat with his right hand, collecting blood in a basin with his left hand. Then with his right hand he would dip the tip of his finger into the blood and sprinkle it seven times towards the doors of the temple. Then they would burn the animal until there was nothing left but ashes. The ashes were then beaten. Then they would scoop up the ashes and put them in a clean (clay box type vessel) in a clean place. After three days they would take the ashes, mix them with water and sprinkle them on and over the people. After doing this on the seventh day, the nation was deemed as clean. This ceremony should remind us of Yom Kippur and atonement. 

THE INSPECTION (MIPGAD) GATE 



        This sacrifice was done outside the camp, north east of the Temple. The priest would lead the red heifer through the inspection gate where it was inspected by all. They would then take the heifer from the temple area, lead it outside the city gate to the Mount of Olives, where it would be sacrificed. Lev. 1:11 "He shall slay it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord, and Aaron’s sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood around on the altar." 
When the priest was at the Mt. of Olives, he would take the red heifer and face it west towards the temple before it was sacrificed. At the same time the temple doors would be opened so that the heifer would be looking directly through the inspection gate, and the temple doors, directly into the Holy of Holies. 
From the Inspection gate north to where some sacrifices were made outside the camp, was a special road with a three teared bridge connecting the Temple to the sacrificial altar on the Mount of olives. This stone trail went right through the Kidron Valley. This paved road made it possible for anyone on it to avoid stepping over the graves and tombs of the rich. Stepping over a dead mans grave made one unclean. 
These sacrifices outside the temple are being discussed in scripture as seen in Ezek. 43:18-21 "And He said to me, “Son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘These are the statutes for the altar on the day it is built, to offer burnt offerings on it and to sprinkle blood on it. 19 You shall give to the Levitical priests who are from the offspring of Zadok, who draw near to Me to minister to Me,’ declares the Lord God, ‘a young bull for a sin offering. 20 You shall take some of its blood and put it on its four horns and on the four corners of the ledge and on the border round about; thus you shall cleanse it and make atonement for it. 21 You shall also take the bull for the sin offering, and it shall be burned in the appointed place of the house, outside the sanctuary." The Hebrew word used for "appointed" here is non other than "Mipgad". We see in another verse where the Hebrew word for "numbered" is used in regard to the inspection gate being the place where men were counted as they passed through the gate. This was how they took "census". Numbered, inspected, census, and special place or spot (mipgad) were referring to the inspection gate. In Exodus we see an example of census, numbering, counting, in reference to the mipgad gate. Number is "paquad" in Hebrew. It is the foundational word for mipgad. Exod. 38:25-26 "The silver of those of the congregation who were numbered was 100 talents and 1,775 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary; 26 a beka a head (that is, half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary), for each one who passed over to those who were numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for 603,550 men. In verse twenty six we see the Hebrew word for men being used here, as"golgolet". Golgolet means, a skull, head or poll. You can already see the connection here between a man, a skull and a poll in connection with inspection.

GOLGOLET..GOLGOTHA

The inspection gate was directly across from where Yeshua died at Calvary. It is commonly called "golgotha". Golgatha may look like a hill in the shape of a skull but I think that is mostly because photographers have managed to make it look that way with their photographs. It is called golgotha because it was the gate where the census was done. Many misinformed individuals have made people think that Yeshua died in a place that looked like a skull. This is simply an error. The skull part is in regard to the inspection gate and has nothing to do with a hill that supposedly looks like a skull. On the night in which Yeshua was betrayed He had to go through the Mipgad gate. He fell to the ground right in front of the inspection gate where Simon Peter carried the stake for Him all the way to the spot where He was crucified on the Mt. of Olives. Many people witnessed His death because it was along the main road. Yeshua was crucified on the main road to the Mt. of Olives east of the temple. He died looking westward at the place where census took place, through the temple doors and directly into the holy of Holies, after He was thoroughly inspected.

CEDAR WOOD, HYSSOP AND SCARLET

When they sacrificed the red heifer outside the camp, they would burn it up in its entirety. During the ceremony the priest would take cedar wood wrapped with hyssop and scarlet thread and burn it with the sacrifice. Numb. 19:6 "6 The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer."

PROPHETICALLY SPEAKING

When we look at this simple idea prophetically, we see Yeshua as cyclical, the beginning and end. He came through the sheep gate originally as the lamb of Yah and when He returns He will come back through the East gate. Then He will inspect all His people coming through the Inspection Gate in-between the East and Sheep gate. Matt. 25:31-32 “But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats; 33 and He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left. Before Yeshua comes back through the sheep gate something must prophetically happen at the inspection gate. The last gate before the return of Yeshua is the inspection gate, and it is symbolic of Yeshua separating His sheep from the goats. 
We can look back at the Exodus when the original Israelites in the wilderness were not allowed to cross over the Jordan River because of their constant disobedience of Yah's law. Prior to crossing over everyone was inspected, and it was found that only the next generation were allowed to cross over (become Hebrews) and go into the Promised Land. Prophetically speaking, when Yeshua returns He will inspect all of His people and only those of us who have followed Him will go into the promised land we know as Heaven. 
2Cor. 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
Hebr. 9:13-14 "For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"

THE MYSTERY

Why did they not use a white heifer?
We know sin is connected with the color red, so why not white? This is a paradox. 
Why was it that the very sacrifice that made the nation clean from sin, made those participating in the sacrifice unclean? 
Numb. 19:7 “The priest shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterward come into the camp, but the priest shall be unclean until evening.” To this day Orthodox Jews believe that this mystery is the greatest mystery in scripture. They believe it was the only thing Solomon was unable to figure out.
The heifer, representing sin, was burned outside the camp, why was this? Sin was to be kept outside the camp. Everyone touching that red heifer became unclean. 

PROPHETIC CONNECTIONS

The red heifer was examined by the High Priest before it was sacrificed.
Yeshua was examined by the High Priest Caiaphas before He was sacrificed.
Yeshua remained in the grave for three days and then He appeared in a white robe, sinless. This happened because He had been mikvayed into the word of Yah and made whole. He had fulfilled every part of the torah in regard to the sacrifices and every prophesy had become true. He was washed in the water of life, which was the living Word. Hebr. 9:13-14 "For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? When Yeshua returns He is going to do the same thing. He will cleanse the people of "dead works". 
The priest would lead the red heifer outside the city gate to the Mount of Olives to be sacrificed. 
Yeshua was lead outside the same city gate to the exact same location to be sacrificed.
The ashes of the red heifer were kept in a clean place for three days before they were made clean. These ashes were used to take away the sins of the world.
Yeshua, like the ashes of the heifer in their clay box, was buried in a clean place, the tomb prepared for Joseph of Arimathea. 
The red heifer had to be purchased with money from the temple treasury. 
Yeshua was likewise betrayed, purchased with 30 shekels of silver from the temple treasury.
The red heifer had to be unblemished, just like Yeshua (without sin), born of a virgin.
Yeshua came to us on earth during the third day (millennium) and He is returning to make us clean on the seventh day (seventh millennium). He will take us into the new millennium, the eight day of creation which is our new beginning in Heaven. 
No priestly qualifications were required to burn the red heifer. 
The Roman's had no priest qualified to crucify Yeshua.

NUGGETS

The priest had to sprinkle the blood seven times towards the temple, one for each day of the week and one symbolically for each millennium of creation. 
The curtain in front of the Holy of Holies was to be open when the heifer was sacrificed so the priest could see directly into the holy place.
It was not till after the ashes of the red heifer were combined with living water after three days that life was brought forward. Only after this living water mixture was sprinkled on the people were their sins removed.
Being baptized with living water is symbolic of the dead heifer ashes combined with the living water of torah (Yeshua). We are baptized from death to life when we are immersed. After that, on the third and seventh day we are declared clean.
Yeshua was hung on a cedar tree and given sour wine (gall..hyssop), forced to wear a crimson robe which represented the sins of the world.
Crimson thread is made from the wool of a sheep, dipped in red dye.
When Yeshua stated that He was the way, the narrow gate, He was making reference to the red heifer going through the narrow inspection gate. Matt. 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. 14 “For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” “No one gets through to the Father except they come through Me” This again is in reference to the red heifer going through the gate to the Mount of Olives where it was sacrificed. You must go through and be inspected at the narrow gate, then you can enter into the temple and further on into the Holy of Holies to be in the presence of Yah. In order to go through that gate you must also go through the "valley of death" without fearing evil, represented by the Kidron Valley to Mt. Olive. Zech. 14:4-5 "4 In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him! Zech. 14:16-17 "Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. 17 And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them."
You must pass the white washed tombs of the rich dead (Pharisees) who look clean on the outside but are full of evil on the inside, before you can enter through the inspection gate.
Yeshua not only came as the red heifer sacrifice, but also as the lamb of God sacrifice. 
Yeshua was born in a sukkah (manger) in the same way that the red heifer may have been born. He was born in a sukkah where goats are often born and raised to be later used as the atonement sacrifice for the sins of the world, for Yom Kippur. 
When Yeshua died everyones eyes were on Him, then a thirty ton rock above the veil in the Holy of holies fell to the ground catching everyones attention in the city. Then He faced the Holy of Holies just like the red heifer did when it was sacrificed. 
When Yah saw His Son's face it was covered with blood, (sin), so He could not look at Him, He had to turn away from sin. Then in the book of Matthew we see Yeshua pointing the people to Psalm 22 so they would understand who it was they were crusifying. Matt. 27:46 "About the ninth hour Yeshua cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Now look at Psa. 22:1 "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? Far from my deliverance are the words of my groaning.”
The three elements of earth are fire, water and air. The baptism of fire is in reference to the red heifer sacrifice. The red heifer sacrifice was symbolic of Yeshua. Fire, water, and air are the three elements required to be born again. The fire, ashes and water of the red heifer sacrifice are essential to our life as believers. Water is representative of the living water, or torah. The air is representative of the breath or life of the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit).
Even today the Orthodox Jews know and believe that the next red heifer will mean that Yeshua is about to return.
Many believe Yeshua doesn't come back until the third temple is desecrated by the anti-messiah. The temple can't be started until a red heifer sacrifice occurs. Right now (the summer of 2013), there are several red heifers alive in Israel, about three years old. They appear to qualify as acceptable sacrifices if a sacrifice was required.

SUMMARY


As we can see, understanding the red heifer sacrifice opens our eyes to the fulfilled prophesies of Yeshua that pointed to Him at Calvary and again in the end of days. The thematic connections are very interesting and prove once again that there are nuggets hidden in scriptures throughout our Good Book if we just take the time to have a close look. Whenever you hold up that diamond to the light, (Yah’s Living Word), you will see new and incredible biblical connections that never seem to cease. It seems there is no end to the shine of the light of that diamond known as the light of the world, Yeshua.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

THRESHOLD COVENANT


THRESHOLD COVENANT


In the following teaching I will briefly explain what the Threshold Covenant is and why it is important for us to understand it. Hopefully by understanding its significance we will see what it means to us in the sense of obedience in our relationship with the Holy One of Israel. It will give us a better understanding of what the term "under the blood" really means. Understanding this covenant will help us see great thematic connections to various scriptures, especially those regarding the Feast of Passover. With this insight we will receive greater revelation of why the Word of Yah is called the Living Word. When we grasp the little intricacies hidden in-between the lines of our Hebrew bible, it is like seeing a diamond from a different angle and the skek'hinah (glory) is most beautiful.

In ancient times it was common practice to use a door threshold to make a covenant between two people or families. The people would take an animal and cut it in half. They would place the two halves on either side of the doorway with the blood flowing across the threshold. The threshold (bottom front step area) of the home, would actually have a little groove all the way across and a small basin area on one side were the blood of a sacrifice could be poured. The blood of a sacrifice was normally poured in the basin and it drained across the door threshold.

By crossing over this threshold the guest would understand that he was in agreement with whatever the covenant with that family was. They were in agreement with each other. The home owner was essentially creating a covenant with his guest.

The two individuals, or groups, would state whatever their covenantal agreement was to each other and then both walk through the threshold, completing the action. Then they would speak out loud that if they broke the covenant they would be like the two halves of the sacrifice, dead, broken, and torn apart because of their actions. "May we be like the animals we just killed" if we break this covenant.

It was also common practice for those who were not in agreement with the covenantal practices of others, to trample down the sacrifice on the threshold of the door of the home.

When someone invited another person into their home, they would sometimes make and display a sacrifice at the threshold of their home in order to designate the god or goddess their tribe was in covenant with. These pagans worshipped their gods in the entranceway of their homes. So, if for example you were invited over for a meal, they may sacrifice an animal to a specific pagan deity on the threshold of the door, so the blood of the animal ran across the threshold of the door. Upon entering (crossing over) the door threshold one would be acknowledging their god and be in agreement with the covenant of this belief. In this manner the home owners thought that their god would protect them and the one entering. They would sacrifice according to the priority they gave your company. It could be a small sacrifice or a very expensive sacrifice.

THE THRESHOLD

We see in Genesis an example of the threshold covenant as it appears in scripture. Lot had two visitors come to talk to him. He invited them into his home and the moment they stepped across the threshold of his home they were under the protection of Lot. 

Gen. 19:2-3 "And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said however, “No, but we shall spend the night in the square.” Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate."

Gen. 19:8 "Now behold, I have two daughters who have not [d]had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them [e]whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the [f]shelter of my roof.”

That is why the scriptures say that Lot was so concerned about protecting these two men (angels) that he offered up his two daughters to the mob so his covenant would not be broken. A man's word, covenant, in those days, was a very serious thing. These men were in agreement with Lot when they entered his home so the oneness was on Lot to protect them at all costs. This threshold covenant was so binding that Lot offered a very shocking alternative to satisfy the evil people outside his home.

PASSOVER CONNECTION
What happened at Passover, as far as the blood on the threshold was concerned, was nothing new to people at that time. It was a common practice. 

Now let's have a look at the Passover connection. We may get a better understanding of the Passover threshold covenant the people made with Yah at that time. Exod. 12:7-13 "Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel [l]of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread [m]and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails. 10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover. 12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [n]live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you [o]to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Yah promised His people that the Death angel would cross over the homes of His people who were in agreement (covenant) with Him. As it says in Exod. 12:23 "For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you." If the household was not protected by the father, the first born of man and beast would die. The blood around the doorway was a threshold covenant Yahveh used for His people. When the Death angel went over the homes he would say; "this house is in agreement," "this house is not". This was an agreement between Yah and His people who would OBEY Him. People today claim to love Him, but as per His agreement (Torah), they do not keep His commandments (John 14:15). Those who do not obey are simply NOT covered by the blood of the threshold agreement Yeshua represented as the sacrificed "lamb of God". 

THEMATIC CONNECTIONS
Let's have a look at some of the thematic connections in our Good Book regarding blood, sacrifices, and covenants. 

Remember when Yah made a covenant with Abraham. Gen. 15:17-18 " It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying,“To your [t]descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates" With that in mind it is easy to understand the context of what was spoken in Zech. 12:2-3  “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup [b]that causes reeling (trembling) to all the peoples around; and when the siege is against Jerusalem, it will also be against Judah. It will come about in that day that I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it will be severely [c]injured. And all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it."  Jerusalem was made a threshold of trembling. Jerusalem was designated as Yah's anointed place where Yeshua would reign and where Yah would place His name. Jerusalem is the threshold of His house. Those who would dare to cross over it with bad intentions in their heart show that they despise His covenant. They would become as the cut up pieces of the animals sacrificed for the covenant.

If Jerusalem was the center of Yah's covenant then who's blood was shed at the threshold of His home, Jerusalem?  Yeshua was sent as the Lamb Of Yah, who's blood was shed over the threshold of Jerusalem so that we could be renewed in His covenant and become His people again. Yeshua was sent because we have all transgressed, trampled on His law.

Now let's look at the book of Samuel where we see the Philistines carry the ark of the covenant into the temple of Dagon. Do you remember what happened next? Let's have a look. 1Sam. 5:1-5 "Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; [a]only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day." 

Why does it say even to this day the priests of Dagon will not ever enter into Dagon's house?
It says this because even the priest's of Dagon acknowledge that that place is now holy ground for the Holy One of Israel. That place dedicated to Dagon was overcome by Yah's glory and He reclaimed it.  He demonstrated that He alone was the Almighty of the Universe and that He alone has the right to anything in it. In the following examples you can see that priests were commonly identified as threshold covenant door keepers. 

2Kgs. 22:4 "Go up to Hilkiah the high priest that he may [a]count the money brought in to the house of the Lord which the doorkeepers have gathered from the people."

Jer. 35:4 " and I brought them into the house of the Lord, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan the son of Igdaliah, the man of God, which was near the chamber of the officials, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the doorkeeper"

2Kgs. 12:9 "But Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid and put it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of the Lord; and the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money which was brought into the house of the Lord"

WORSE THAN A CURSE
The way a person in those days would show that he was not at all in agreement with someones covenant offering was by trampling and stomping on the sacrifice at the doorway. This practice was considered even worse than cursing at ones neighbor in those days. Now with that in mind, prayerfully consider the following verses. Hebr. 10:26-29 " For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses" 29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? Isn't it interesting how the language of the covenant was used in these verses? Then we see the outcome of those who break covenant as stated in Hebr. 10:30 "For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people."31 It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God" The reality of what is spoken here is that some day Yah is coming back and He is going to clean house. He is personally going to deal with those who trampled on His covenants. He is going to dish out His vengeance. 

THE DAY OF THE LORD
How does "the Day Of The Lord" fit in? When we keep in mind the context of what is said in the following Hebrews passage, it all makes sense. Hebr. 10:25 "not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near" The day spoken of here is "The Day Of The Lord". This is the judgement that will take place for believers at the beginning of the thousand year reign we know as the millenial reign. This is the one day of the Lord. Unbelievers will be judged after the thousand year period. After the thousand year reign is over, Yeshua hands His reign back over to the Father. This is the end of the seven days of man on earth as we know it. In order to appreciate this, we must keep in mind what is spoken of in scripture.

 What is spoken of in Hebrews chapter three to four is our thousand year sabbath rest. It is the rest that we are waiting to enter into after our judgement. Keep in mind that Yeshua said He was Lord of the Sabbath. The weekly sabbath is a prophetic foreshadow of the last thousand years, the Day of the Lord that we are still waiting to enter. The promise remains of us being able to enter into His rest. 
Hebr. 4:1-3 "Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it" For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word [a]they heard did not profit them, because [b]it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world." He goes on to explain it further in Hebr. 4:4-10. We will be rewarded for our labor. 

All of this is mentioned so that we can remember what the Israelites did to Yah's covenant in the wilderness. They trampled all over His covenant and they did not enter into His rest. They continued to willfully sin just as spoken of in Hebrews chapter ten. They received the same gospel as us but did not walk it out in their faith. Hebr. 4:10-13" For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." There are many reasons why we should never trample on the blood of the covenant once we know the truth. The key is to know this truth and depend on Yah's promises made in His Living Word, sharper than a two edged sword. Life is in the blood.

TODAY'S TRADITION
Now you can see where the wedding tradition of a groom carrying his bride over the threshold of their home comes from. It simply meant that the bride and groom were in a covenant relationship with each other. They were in agreement with each other about the things in their lives.

SUMMARY
How does all of this relate to today's world? Well, once we understand the origin of this custom we realize that when you invite someone over to your house, for supper for example, you are in reality forming a temporary covenant. Those you have invited over, for whatever reason, are agreeing with the God you are in covenant with. When they come through the door and passover the threshold they are symbolically in agreement with you.

Almost everyone recognizes the biblical idea of the threshold once it has been explained. We are all familiar with door ways and the idea of what happened at Passover. Those who were in agreement with Yahveh had the blood of their sacrifice to Him protect their homes and their firstborn. Those who never painted the blood over the threshold of the home were simply saying that the God of Israel was not welcome in their home. In doing so, they invited the death of the firstborn into their homes. Those who were not obedient to what Yah said, were spiritual rebels. Their lack of obedience was essentially a message of disobedience and defiance, or rebellion towards the Holy one of Israel. 
We see this exact same attitude in the so-called Sunday worshipping Christian church today. Their lack of obedience, following the word of Yah, is rebellion. Spiritual rebellion as such is witchcraft. Those christians say they are obedient but by their lack of obedience they clearly proclaim they are not children of the Most High God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They do this because they don't understand covenant life. They have no idea what being in covenant with Yahveh is. Being obedient means being blessed by Yah. Being disobedient means experiencing the curses and wrath of Yah. It's everyone choice to make. Do we want to be blessed or cursed?

Do we come to the threshold and not step through, or do we gladly step over the blood of the lamb and enter into the blood covering of His love? Col. 1:20 "and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His stake; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in [ac]heaven." Our doorway to the Father is through Yeshua His Son and the blood of that lamb on the threshold of our home. 

Do you make decisions in a covenantal way? Are we basing our decisions on a material need or in a spiritual sense? Do we take the bible literally or just figuratively? Do we, like the pagans, run after things of the world, or are we running after things of Yah? WE know the things of the world can be enticing, but we must be strong enough to turn from Satan's lustful desires? Satan has a way of slowly rocking us to sleep when we constantly fall for the desires of the world around us. The world offers us a covenant of water. The world offers us a covenant that means nothing whatsoever. Yah offers us a covenant of blood and love. Coming under the protection of His blood means everything. It gives us not only peace in Yah, but the perfect peace of Yah. Are you washed in the blood? Have you stepped through the blood of the lamb? 

One more thought. Could the mezuzah be considered representative of the threshold covenant? It can indeed be the outside sign of our belief on the front of our homes.
Many people say the word BIBLE means Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, but this is not true. The BIBLE is our Binding Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

Jerry Hennig