11th Response to Legalism

11th Response to Legalism

 

We begin again with the common understanding of what legalism is, doing works of the Torah, or law, to gain salvation, as defined by the bone of contention around the First Church Council: Acts 15:1, 15 (NKJV) “And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” . . . 15But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, “It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.””

 

Zechariah 14:16-21 (NKJV) “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. 17And it shall be that whichever of the families of the earth do not come up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Yahweh of hosts, on them there will be no rain. 18If the family of Egypt will not come up and enter in, they shall have no rain; they shall receive the plague with which Yahweh strikes the nations who do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 19This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all the nations that do not come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. 20In that day “HOLINESS TO YAHWEH” shall be engraved on the bells of the horses. The pots in Yahweh’s house [Temple] shall be like the bowls before the altar. 21Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holiness to Yahweh of hosts. Everyone who sacrifices shall come and take them and cook in them. In that day there shall no longer be a Canaanite [pagan] in the house [Temple] of Yahweh of hosts.”

 

I have yet to meet one Replacement Theology proponent who can answer the above passage of Scripture. Read all of Zechariah 14. This passage is post cross of Messiah. This passage is post Great Tribulation. This passage is post Yahshua Advent 2.0. This passage describes conditions on earth DURING the Millennial Reign of Yahshua on earth. If the whole Torah was nailed to Yahshua’s cross, why will Yahweh punish whole families and nations who fail to go up to Jerusalem from year to year to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles? The Feast of Tabernacles is so Old Covenant! Could it be that we will be celebrating the Feast of Tabernacles annually during the entire Millennial Reign of Messiah, simply because Yahweh is then tabernacling with mankind on earth?

 

Wow, this passage seems to be in direct contradiction to Paul’s teaching in Galatians 4. Let’s look one more time at Galatians 4:1-11 (NKJV) “Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world [not elements of Judaism]. 4But when the fullness of the time had come, Yahweh sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law [Torah], 5to redeem those who were under the law [Torah], that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, Yahweh has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of Yahweh through Messiah. 8But then, indeed, when you did not know Yahweh, you served those which by nature are not gods [not mighty ones, but are idols]. 9But now after you have known Yahweh, or rather are known by Yahweh, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements [of the world, which is idolatry], to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

 

Replacement Theology proponents would have you believe that in verse 10 Paul is talking about days = Sabbaths and Holy Days of Yahweh, months = New Moon Festivals, seasons = Yahweh’s Moedim, or Seven Holy Feasts, and years = Sabbatical Years or Jubilees. But in the context, you can see that Paul is talking about the Gentiles coming out of idolatry, the beggarly elements of the world (not Judaism), and then desiring to go back into such idolatry! That sounds just like the Israelites, when they came out of Egypt, built the golden calf, and immediately fell back into the idolatry of Egypt. Apparently, Paul is talking about pagan days, months, seasons, and years, on which to worship idols, not Yahweh’s Holy Days and Feasts. So, Paul is not in contradiction to Zechariah!

 

Read the rest of Galatians 4, Paul does say that wanting to live under the Torah is bondage, because you had to keep the whole law to get saved! We adopted sons of Yahweh are not under the Torah to gain salvation, we are sons of promise, sons of the New Jerusalem, which is above, the mother of us all. So, once the New Jerusalem comes down to earth, will we then still observe the Feast of Tabernacles? Yahshua said the Torah could pass away AFTER heaven and earth pass away, Matthew 5:18 (NKJV) “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law [Torah] till all is fulfilled.” But will it pass away? Revelation 21:1-3, 10 (NKJV) “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem [remember, this is our mother of all freedom!!], coming down out of heaven from Yahweh, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. Yahweh Himself will be with them and be their Mighty One. . . . 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from Yahweh,” So, here’s the New Jerusalem, and Yahweh in His tabernacle on earth, AFTER the 1,000 years millennium. Revelation 21:27 (NKJV) “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” So, if the Torah is gone, how do you know what defiles, or causes an abomination, or what is a lie?

 

Revelation 22:3 (NKJV) “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” Whoa, what did John just write? Oh yeah, no more curse in the New Jerusalem, what we’ve been saying all along!! That’s right, the curse from the Torah was nailed to Yahshua’s cross, just like Paul taught!! Amazing how all the Scriptures tie together! Don’t you just love Yahweh’s plan of redemption? I do. Revelation 22:4 (NKJV) “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” Whose family are you grafted/adopted into? It does make a difference, for all eternity.

 

Revelation 22:12-14 (NKJV) “”And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work [works of righteousness done AFTER you’re saved]. 13I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” 14Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” Replacement Theologians, you can twist the Scriptures any way you desire, to your own destruction, but from the beginning of the Book, to its very end, one theme is the same, obey Yahweh’s commandments. Why did the Holy Spirit have John write this if the Torah is done away with, or nailed to Yahshua’s cross? Obedience to Yahweh proves our rights in His Kingdom, our right to the tree of life, and our right to enter into the New Jerusalem. Throw out verse 14 and His commandments if you want to, at your own peril, but please leave us Torah observing believers alone. Revelation 22:18-19 (NKJV) “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, Yahweh will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy [like 22:14], Yahweh shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” See you at the gates! But on which side of the gates will you be found? Revelation 22:15 (NKJV) “But outside are dogs and [drug] sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie [workers of iniquity, Torahlessness].” So, if you throw away the Torah, how will you know on which side of the gates you’ll be found? Praise Yahweh for the blood of Yahshua!

 

I just don’t know how Yahweh could have said it any plainer than in Revelation 22:3 and 14. It’s not rocket science, it’s a way of life. Yahweh’s plan of redemption for mankind will be filled full. Drink up! We’ll close with the words of James 2:17-20 (NKJV) “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19You believe that there is one Yahweh. You do well. Even the demons believe–and tremble! 20But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” Choose life.

 

See you all at the gates,

 

Gene Benjamin II

February 23, 2013 CE

 

 

 

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  • Fletch  On March 9, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Complimentary scriptures showing that we WILL still be keeping Torah during the 1000 year reign.

    Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

    Isaiah 2:1-4 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
    Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
    Isa 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
    Isa 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

    Isaiah 66:15-24
    Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
    Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
    Isa 66:17 They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
    Isa 66:18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
    Isa 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
    Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
    Isa 66:21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
    Isa 66:22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
    Isa 66:23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
    Isa 66:24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.

    The problem is that when you are trying to understand a Hebrew book from a Greco/Roman point of view, and assuming the law/torah/instructions have been done away with, it doesn’t give you a true understanding of the scriptures.

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