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Just a Shot in the Arm?

Here is a link to a video by Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. In her discussion with a woman from California, Dr. Tenpenny explains what has been done with this ‘vaccine’ to make it so dangerous to the human body. She explains the bio-chemistry of the vaccine and how it works against the human body’s immune system leading toward auto-immune diseases that will kill.

I have two sons. One son is a computer programmer, the other is a chiropractor who has studied human biology, physiology, bio-chemistry AND nutrition (all courses no longer taken by modern allopathic doctors). In other words, allopathic doctors don’t even have the background to understand what is being put into the human body and how it works. They have no idea how this shot works so they cannot intelligently advise you. They only know and understand pharmacology – how to drug or medicate a symptom. They only know they get paid by the pharmaceutical company to inject you.

In Revelation there are several times the word ‘sorcery’ is used: Revelation 9:21, 18:23, 22:8 and 22:15. In each of these verses, the Greek word is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ More specifically, pharmakeia is used in Revelation 9:21 as to ‘poison’ and includes hallucinations. Pharmakeus is the noun and from where pharmacist comes and means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are nothing but ‘drugs’ given by pharmacists to ‘poison’ the human body. This type of ‘sorcery’ is always used in connection with ‘idolatry.’

Several weeks ago I listened to a conversation between my two sons. The computer programmer said that when they program a string of code, they can embed anything in that code including a virus that is programmed to start sometime in the future. He is concerned that within 5 years, there will be an ad telling people who were injured that they should call this number for help!

He asked his brother if the same thing can happen in a string of protein code in a vaccine. My doctor son said ‘absolutely’ and no one knows exactly what could be programmed into the protein code of this vaccine. His biggest concern was the mRNA – or memory RNA – that could possibly turn against the human body and create all sorts of auto-immune diseases. Imagine my ‘surprise,’ when Dr. Tenpenny not only says the same thing, but explains exactly how it will occur. She also says one of the vaccine manufacturers has used ingredients not ever used in a vaccine before (she can’t even pronounce it) and one has not even disclosed everything in their vaccine.

Before you take this ‘sting’ of the scorpion referred to in Revelation chapter 9, the one that comes from the Abyss, the one administered by military force, know what you are injecting into your body. The Creator gave us an immune system and the ‘lawless one’ is trying to destroy it in order to change our RNA, DNA, and our being made in the ‘image’ of Elohim.

“I praise You, for I am awesomely, wonderfully made! Wonderful are Your works— and my soul knows that very well” (Psalm 139:14).

©2021 Tentstake Ministries

Revelation Chapter 21 – The Restoration and Renewal

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there.”

““For, look! I create new heavens and a new earth; past things will not be remembered, they will no more come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17).

This chapter begins with the revelation of a ‘new heaven and a new earth.’ First, the Hebrew word for ‘new’ in this verse and in Isaiah is chadash and means ‘to renew.’ The Greek word is kainos and means ‘fresh’ like in a ‘fresh start.’ Accordingly, the old heaven and earth will pass away and receive a renewed, fresh start.

In Matthew 5:17-18 Yeshua says that nothing from the Torah will pass away until there is a ‘new heaven and new earth.’ This is the point when Elohim’s Torah will not longer be used or needed as ‘teachings and instructions’ for life. At this time, the greatest and least in the Kingdom will have already been determined by who taught the least of the commandments and who taught the greatest. Those who taught the removal of commandments will suffer a great loss, the Kingdom. At this time, King Messiah will have had his reign from the ‘old’ Jersualem for 1000 years with his royal priesthood serving alongside of the Levitical priesthood. It was not at the cross when the Torah and all of its statuetes and ordinances was removed, but at the restoration of the heavens and the earth to what they were ‘in the beginning.’

This is also the reasoning behind Hebrews 8:13 in its correct context. Nowhere does the one who wrote Hebrews suggest that the ‘old’ was ‘done away with,’ but says it is in the process of aging until it vanishes altogether. Hebrews was written well after after Yeshua’s death and resurrection so it could not be referring to Yeshua’s removal of Torah or any of the ‘eternal’ covenants. It is only at the time of the ‘new heaven and earth’ that the ordinances involving the Temple service, the Levitical priesthood, and the sacrificial offerings are no longer necessary. Why? Because, according to later verses, there will no longer be a Temple.

“By using the term, “new,” he has made the first covenant “old”; and something being made old, something in the process of aging, is on its way to vanishing altogether.”

According to the prophet Isaiah, there are specifically several ‘old testament’ prophecies of Elohim that will remain into the ‘new heaven and earth.’ The descendants of Isra’el will continue along with their names. The Rosh Chodesh or New Moon celebration and the Shabbat will also continue with everyone living worshiping together in the presence of Adonai.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says Adonai, “so will your descendants and your name continue. Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says Adonai” (Isaiah 66:22-23).

The writer of Hebrews 4 is very clear about the Sabbath ‘day’ still remaining. This is ultimately the prophetic vision of the eternal Shabbat of Revelation 21 being restored, but is also a serious reminder that entering seventh-day Sabbath in its earthly context is entering a piece of that eternity here and now. With the several councils redefining Biblical obedience away from its intended purpose and the catholic church changing the day from Saturday to Sunday, the understanding of the Shabbat ‘rest’ has been lost on the church. It is only by faith that we enter that rest, faith in the eternal promises of Elohim.

“Therefore, let us be terrified of the possibility that, even though the promise of entering his rest remains, any one of you might be judged to have fallen short of it; for Good News has also been proclaimed to us, just as it was to them. But the message they heard didn’t do them any good, because those who heard it did not combine it with trust. For it is we who have trusted who enter the rest” (Hebrews 4:1-3).

“Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.”

The modern-day Jerusalem will also pass away along with all of its Biblical history from the days of the Jebusites when David bought the threshing floor to Yeshua walking its stone streets. The New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven. Those who have been taught that ‘we’ will go up into heaven, the opposite is presented in Revelation. Heaven and the New Jerusalem, the dwelling place of I AM will come down to us.

Isra’el has always been the Bride of I AM, the Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. Through Yeshua, Elohim renewed the marriage covenant with Isra’el and those of the nations that join with her. In the ‘new heavens and new earth,’ Jerusalem will be presented like a bride dressed for her husband.

“For your husband is your Maker, Adonai-Tzva’ot is his name. The Holy One of Isra’el is your Redeemer. He will be called the God of all the earth. For Adonai has called you back ….” (Isaiah 54:5-6).

I heard a loud voice from the throne say, ‘See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.‘”

A loud voice from the throne says that with the coming of the New Jerusalem, the Divine Presence of I AM is with mankind and He will live with them. They will be His people and God-with-them or Immanu’el will be their God.

This is another restoration from the Garden of Eden. It was in the garden that Yahweh walked with Adam and Eve in the evening breeze. His Ruach or breath embraced them. His Light enveloped them. Had they not been deceived by the serpent and sinned by eating a forbidden fruit, that intimate relationship between the ‘Husband’ and ‘Bride’ would have continued as an eternal Sabbath.

When the Israelites traveled in through the wilderness, they were promised that Yahweh would tabernacle with them. Through the Torah, the wedding vows, a marriage covenant was established. Yahweh’s Divine Presence dwelled with His Bride and appeared in a cloud of glory over the literal Tabernacle. Yet, even with this Tabernacle, there was a promise of something even greater in the future – the restoration of the original relationship between the Creator and His creation in the garden.

The prophet Ezekiel confirms the promise given to Isra’el through Moshe that ultimately comes to pass in the ‘new heaven and new earth.’ King Solomon also says that this ‘hope,’ this ‘vision’ of a ‘new heaven and new earth,’ the olam or world to come, has been planted in the hearts of mankind.

“I will put my tabernacle among you, and I will not reject you, but I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people” (Leviticus 26:11-12).

“My home will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people” (Ezekiel 37:27).

“He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts …” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

“Then the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look! I am making everything new!'”

Th One sitting on the throne is the visible image of the Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, the I AM – King Yeshua. He has been sitting on the throne in the heavenly realm since he began to rule and reign. He continues to remain on His throne stating that now He is making everything new. Everything.

Once again, the word ‘new’ is chadash and means ‘renew.’ As the One who was with the Creator ‘in the beginning,’ the WORD that became flesh, He is speaking everything into ‘newness.’ With a ‘new heaven and new earth,’ it will need ‘new’ people to inhabit this ‘new world.’

When we were born again into the Kingdom of God, we became new creations in Messiah. We still remained in a fallen ‘mortal’ state, a flesh body that had to die because of sin. At the first resurrection, those who put their faith in Yeshua received their glorified bodies, whether living or resurrected from the dead. All of these ‘new creations’ – both Jew and non-Jew – finally receive their promised inheritance of eternal redemption in the ‘new heaven and new earth’ as ‘One New Man.’ For just like the spiritual Torah needed spiritual men and women to understand its purpose, the ‘new heavens and new earth,’ require ‘new creations in Messiah.’

“Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation — the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

“For neither being circumcised nor being uncircumcised matters; what matters is being a new creation” (Galatians 6:15).

“We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free” (Romans 8:22-23).

“Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!’” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son.”

The words being spoken from the throne are called ‘true’ and ‘trustworthy.’ The Hebrew word for ‘true’ is emet and means ‘firm, lasting, and reliable.’ It is an attribute of Elohim. The Hebrew word for ‘trustworthy’ is batach and means ‘to have confidence and feel secure.’ Because these words are spoken from the throne, they are established and proven through Yeshua.

Yeshua looks at Yochanan and says, “It is done!” In Hebrew the word is asah and means ‘accomplished.’ When Yeshua died on the cross, he said, “It is finished.” His words have been misinterpreted to mean that he ended the Torah and all of the commandments of God given to mankind and Isra’el. What those words actually meant is that he fulfilled and completed the prophetic purpose and vision of the Pesach, the renewal of the marriage covenant between Elohim and Isra’el. It is not until Revelation 21 that Yeshua says that everything prophesied about him in all of the prophetic ‘appointed times’ has been accomplished and has come to an end with a new beginning and an eternal Shabbat.

In Revelation 1:8, as in this verse, Yeshua doesn’t call himself the ‘A and the Z,’ the first and last letters of the Latin alphabet because he didn’t speak Latin or Old English; he also didn’t call himself the ‘Alpha and Omega’ because he didn’t speak Greek. He calls himself the ‘Alef and the Tav‘ the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Though the idea of being the ‘first and the last’ letters of any alphabet may not seem important regarding language, it does when put in its Hebrew context.

Found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures are the two letters alef and tav – את – without any particular ‘meaning’ or ‘purpose.’ Some consider it a type of modifier, but its appearance within verses has no specific purpose. It is at the beginning and end of Revelation that Yeshua clarifies the purpose and meaning of those two letters – HE is the Alef and Tav, the beginning and the end. He was with Elohim in the beginning as the spoken Word; he is at the end sitting on the throne as the King of all Creation.

Hebrew Letter Pictures

These two letters also have significance in the Hebrew Letter Pictures giving more insight into who Yeshua is claiming to be.

א Alef is a letter picture of an ‘ox’ and means ‘strong or first.’

ת Tav is a letter picture of ‘crossed sticks’ and means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

The word picture for alef tav is: first, strong sign of the covenant.

Yeshua is the first and strongest sign of the covenant found throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. He is in the beginning, in the middle, in the end. To remove those letters, to change those letters is to change his essence, his appearance, and his identity within the Hebrew Scriptures.

“But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”

“Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities [Thyatira]. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death'” (Revelation 2:11).

There are two deaths written about in Revelation. The first death is physical; the second death is spiritual and eternal. Though we all face a first death in this world, the second death is at the end of time. Those who do not have eternal life will be thrown into a lake burning with fire and sulfur to experience eternal death.

Fire and sulfur were used to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah though the word theion for ‘sulfur’ was translated ‘brimstone.’ Because of angelic and possibly a Nephilim presence in Sodom and Gomorrah, fire and sulfur had to be used to destroy the cities because angels can only be destroyed by fire. Thus, Satan and all of his cohorts will end up in this fire as well as those who have followed him.

Fire is hot. Fire burns. Fire gives off light that is not the light of the Lamb of God. Sulfur burns with a blue color and smells like rotten eggs. When it is on fire, it is nearly impossible to extinguish. As sulfur burns it produces sulfur dioxide which becomes sulfurous acid when it comes in contact with water – ‘the lake.’

According to this website: “Breathing sulfuric acid mists can result in tooth erosion and respiratory tract irritation. Drinking concentrated sulfuric acid can burn your mouth and throat, and it can erode a hole in your stomach; it has also resulted in death. If you touch sulfuric acid, it will burn your skin.” Sulfuric acid is deadly. It is not a place where the Spirit of Life resides nor can it.

This is the place Yeshua refers to when he speaks about the ‘where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ It is the place of eternal torment. ‘Weeping and gnashing’ of teeth suggests that these people heard the Truth, even knew the Truth, but chose rebellion over obedience, lawlessness over Torah, and receive the consequences of their sin. According to Yeshua, there are those who will be ‘removed from his Kingdom’ because of their rebellion.

“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out” (Luke 13:28).

“The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and they will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:41-42).

Those not allowed to enter the ‘new heavens and new earth’ are cowards, untrustworthy, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, involved in the occult with drugs, idol worshipers and liars. The activities on this list break Torah commands from murder to sexually immoral inclusive of fornication, adultery, and homosexuality, to idolatry and faithlessness (not living out of faith).

There are those who are involved in the occult with drugs. In some translations the word ‘sorcery’ is used. The Greek word for ‘sorcery’ is pharmakeia and means ‘the use of medicine, drugs or spells.’ More specifically, pharmakeia means ‘to poison’ and includes hallucinations from drugs. The noun Pharmakeus is known as pharmacist and means ‘poisoner.’ Pharmaceuticals are nothing more than ‘drugs’ given by pharmacists to ‘poison’ the human body. In the present time, the vaccine being given for the Kung Flu is causing hallucinations in some people. ‘Sorcery’ is always used in connection with ‘idolatry’ or placing someone or something higher than the God of Isra’el .Those who practice these things are called the occult and will end up in the lake of burning fire and sulfur.

According to dictionary.com, a coward is a “person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain; a timid or easily intimidated person.” This means a coward does not take a stand for or against anything. Recently I had a little discussion with someone about bowing before another man or even a king. This person said she would bow at anything in order to save her children. I told her that I wouldn’t bow even for that because I would want my children to see me stand for for what I believe whether I die or not.

Yeshua is looking for disciples who do not cower in the midst of challenge. Yeshua is looking for followers who will stand for Truth when the LIE is disseminated worldwide. He is looking for a Bride who will not spot or soil her gown, who will keep oil in her lamp, and ‘be holy as He is holy’ when the world calls evil good and good evil.

“But whoever disowns me before others I will disown before my Father in heaven” (Matthew 10:33).

“Vile” means unpleasant, immoral, and unacceptable. Vile includes those activities that are morally wrong, offensive as to be thoroughly disgusting or obscene. One definition I found included ‘vile humor’ which is something I detest from pastors who are preaching in the church. When I think of vile, I consider movies that have gone from being light-hearted and teaching strong moral lessons to become vile and showing disgusting and obscene behaviors on the big screen. Activities that were once meant for the bedroom or the privacy of one’s home have become living room or public entertainment.

Simply, a liar doesn’t tell the truth. Habitual liars have one type of personal character, but what about those who lie to spiritually deceive the masses? What about pastors and leaders who should know the Truth, but choose to teach ‘the Lie’ in order to remain in a leadership positions? Pastors and leaders who don’t want to lose their flock or their income? The Greek word in this verse is pseudes and means ‘to be intentionally deceptive.’ A derivative of pseudes is pseudo which means ‘false, pretend or unreal, a sham.’ It is not those of the world who will be deceived; they are deceived already. It is those who claim to know the Truth, but have embraced ‘the Lie.’

What is ‘the Lie?’ I believe ‘the Lie’ began in the Garden with the serpent, the devil, telling Eve ‘she could be like God.’ She was deceived by ‘the Lie,’ and Adam sinned because they believed ‘the Lie.’ ‘The Lie’ included being deceived by what she saw – a fruit that was pleasing to the eye and would make one wise.

‘The Lie’ is grounded in being faithless to the Word of God and what He actually says. ‘The Lie’ includes every rationalization of a command of God into something not relevant for today whether it is deemed ‘old testament,’ ‘new testament’ or just ‘done away with.’ ‘The Lie’ twists the Word of Elohim into something that appears to have wisdom, but actually ends in death.

The only way to combat ‘the Lie’ is to live out the Truth according to what the Word says; not what we have been taught or how we interpret it for ourselves. While the Spirit guides us into all Truth, ‘the Liar’ is subtle in his deception. He has even thwarted the first century message of salvation coming from the Jews, their Scriptures, and their Messiah to a religious system based in the Vatican, the Pope and anti-semitism. And, that is the biggest ‘Lie’ since the Garden and the promised Seed.

“This is why God is causing them to go astray [believe the delusion], so that they will believe the Lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:11).

“One of the seven angels having the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues approached me and said, “Come! I will show you the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb.”

One of the messengers who held one the seven bowls of the seven last plagues approached Yochanan and told him to ‘come’ and he would show him the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb. In Revelation 19, the marriage of the Lamb took place. Those who were invited to the wedding feast received great blessing. Those who became the Bride of Yeshua were adorned with ‘fine linen bright and clean’ to show forth her righteous deeds. Now, in her glory, the Wife of the Lamb, the ‘Queen’ married to the King of Kings is revealed.

“He carried me off in the Spirit to the top of a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God. It had the Sh’khinah of God, so that its brilliance was like that of a priceless jewel, like a crystal-clear diamond. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates; at the gates were twelve angels; and inscribed on the gates were the names of the twelve tribes of Isra’el.”

Yochanan was taken to the top of a great, high mountain by the Spirit of Elohim. Again, the holy city comes down out of heaven. The Divine Presence of Elohim was the brilliance of a priceless jewel – a crystal-clear diamond.

King Solomon writes in Proverbs 31 about the Eshet Chayil, the Woman of Valor who is a spiritual representation of the Bride of Messiah: “Who can find a capable wife? Her value is far beyond that of pearls.” The Hebrew word for ‘pearls’ is peninim that means ‘coral’ or ‘pearl.’ One of the wives of Elkanah is named Penninah while the other, who becomes Samuel’s mother, is Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-2).

Yeshua also talks about the ‘pearl of great price’ with reference to its value in Kingdom of God. Some interpret Yeshua’s statement about the buying a field and buying the pearl as a reference to Isra’el (the field) and the nations as the pearl.

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant on the lookout for fine pearls. On finding one very valuable pearl he went away, sold everything he owned and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).

A diamond is created by the element carbon hundreds of miles deep within the earth’s mantle and is formed through the heat of the earth and the pressure of its gravity. A crystal-clear diamond allows light to pass through it.

The New Jerusalem has a wall with 12 gates with 12 angels at each gate. There is no suggestion that the angels are guarding the gates, but perhaps they are the ones to determine who enters the city and who doesn’t.

Over each gate is inscribed the names of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Gad, Asher, Dan, Naphtali, Zebulun, Issachar, Joseph and Benjamin. This is evidence of the promise given earlier that th names of Isra’el would be eternal. In order to enter the New Jerusalem, each redeemed person must pass through a gate with the name of a Tribe Isra’el.

“There were three gates to the east, three gates to the north, three gates to the south and three gates to the west. The wall of the city was built on twelve foundation-stones, and on these were the twelve names of the twelve emissaries of the Lamb.”

Each side of the wall has three gates. These gates are also mentioned by the prophet Ezekiel. Notice the size of each side is just under 1 1/2 miles!

“‘These are the city exits; they are to be named after the tribes of Isra’el, three gates on each of the four sides; the four sides each measure just under one-and-a-half [miles]: on the north, gates named after Re’uven, Y’hudah and Levi; on the east, gates named after Yosef, Binyamin and Dan; on the south, gates named after Shim‘on, Yissakhar and Z’vulun; and on the west, gates named after Gad, Asher and Naftali” (Ezekiel 48:30-34).

The wall of the city had 12 foundation stones or one huge stone makes up one foundaiton. On each foundation stone is written the name of one of the 12 disciples of Yeshua. This concurs with the vision given to the Ephesians regarding the building of the holy temple that is a spiritual dwelling for Elohim. As the centuries have come and gone, much of the foundation taught by the apostles and prophets has been lost or distorted. In the ‘new heaven and new earth,’ this foundation will be re-established and understood with precious stones.

“So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family. You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself. In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord. Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling-place for God!” (Ephesians 2:19-20).

The angel speaking with me had a gold measuring-rod with which to measure the city, its gates and its wall. The city is laid out in a square, its length equal to its width. With his rod he measured the city at 1,500 miles, with length, width and height the same. He measured its wall at 216 feet by human standards of measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of diamond and the city of pure gold resembling pure glass.”

Though the Temple design given to Ezekiel resembles the eternal city, the dimensions of the New Jerusalem are much larger than the Millennial Temple. The eternal city is a cube measuring 1,500 miles width, length and depth. To give an idea, 1500 miles is the distance between Phoenix, Arizona and Richmond, Virginia. This magnificent city is the city in which Abraham put his faith.

“For he was looking forward to the city with permanent foundations, of which the architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10).

The walls measure 216 feet. This is 71.5 yards or not quite the length of a football field. This is the WIDTH of a wall made of clear diamond and pure gold that resemble pure glass. Both of these elements symbolize having gone through trial by pressure and fire and being completely purified. From my book Open My Eyes: Wonders of Torah, pg. 195 is the following description for purifying gold.

“The process of hammering gold into an extremely thin, unbroken sheet is called ‘goldbeating.’ Egyptian craftsmen recognized the extraordinary durability and malleability of gold and became the first goldbeaters. They pounded gold using a round stone to create the thinnest gold leaf possible.

“Most goldbeaters used 23 karat gold.  They put the gold in a pot and melted it in a furnace.  When liquified, the gold is poured into a mold and cast into a bar.  The gold bar is rolled in a mill until it is 1/1000 of an inch thick. After being rolled, the thin ribbon of gold is cut into one-inch squares as preparation for beating.

“The first step of beating is called the Cutch which uses a fabric to interleave the gold as it was being beaten. Originally, the Cutch was made of 150 skins of ox intestine, but parchment or mylar are used today to handle the hours of repeated hammer blows needed to beat the gold.

“The gold is beaten on a large heavy block of marble or granite.  Beating of the Cutch takes about one hour using a fifteen pound hammer.  The goldbeater follows a pattern and sets up a rhythm of about seventy strokes per minute.  The Cutch packet is rotated and turned to ensure the gold inside expands evenly in all directions to about 4 inches square.  The gold is taken out of the Cutch and each piece is cut into four smaller pieces with a knife and put in a packet called a Shoder which has 1,500 skins.  The Shoder is beaten for about three hours until the gold expands into a five inch square.

“The gold is taken out of the Shoder and placed on a leather-covered surface.  The gold is so thin that the cutter can simply blow on it to flatten it out.  Using a wagon, made out of wood, the gold is quickly cut into four pieces and placed in a packet called a Mold for the final beating.  The Mold, coated with gypsum powder to prevent the gold from sticking to the skins, contains 1,500 pieces of gold.  The Mold is beaten with an eight-pound hammer for three to four hours until it is a circle about six inches in diameter.  The finished leaf forms an unbroken sheet of gold with a thickness of 1/250,000 of an inch.”

“The foundations of the city wall were decorated with all kinds of precious stones — the first foundation stone was diamond [Jasper], the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh turquoise [Jacinth] and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, with each gate made of a single pearl.”

These foundational stones bring to mind the high priest’s breastplate made of precious stones with the names of the Tribes of Isra’el engraved on each stone. The foundation stones hav the names of Kefa, Andrew, Ya’akov, Yochanan, Phillip, Bartholomew, Levi, Tomas, Ya’akov, Thaddeus, Simon, Y’hudah. There are numerous ideas as to how the names will appear on the stones, but the layers of the various colors of precious stones will appear as a rainbow of color.

Each entrance gate is made of one large pearl. Pearls come from an ‘unclean’ mollusk – an oyster. As each redeemed person goes through a gate honoring one of the Tribes of Isra’el, each pearl gate is a reminder that no man is considered ‘unclean’ by Elohim. The eternal Kingdom, the New Jerusalem, will be inhabited by those redeemed from nations and from Isra’el.

Pearls, considered having great value, are compared to wisdom throughout the Scriptures. This suggests that those who enter the eternal Kingdom lived wisely. They were the ‘wise virgins’ who had oil in their lamps, became the Bride of Messiah, and eventually the Wife of the Eternal King.

“For indeed, the price of wisdom is above that of pearls” (Job 28:18).

“For wisdom is better than pearls; nothing you want can compare with her” (Proverbs 8:11).

“A person may have gold and a wealth of pearls, but lips informed by knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15).

““Don’t give to dogs what is holy, and don’t throw your pearls [wisdom] to the pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, then turn and attack you” (Matthew 7:6).

“The city’s main street was pure gold, transparent as glass. The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

The main street of the New Jerusalem is made of pure, gold that is transparent as glass. In the Aramaic, those words are translated to ‘pure gold as the brightness of light.’ Rather than being ‘transparent,’ the street reflects the brightness of the Light in the city. According to the following verses, the Divine Presence of Elohim gives the city its Light and the Lamb is its lamp. With this understanding, Psalm 119:105 takes on a different nuance: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” becomes “Yeshua is a lamp to my feet and His Divine Presence is a light to my path.” This will be eternal life in the New Jerusalem.

“I saw no Temple in the city, for Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb.”

There is no need for a Temple in the New Jerusalem because the ‘old earth’ with it’s ‘old’ ways has passed away. Without a Temple, there is no longer a need for Temple service, sacrifices, or even a priesthood. There is no need for Torah as the ‘teachings and instructions’ have passsed away. The Temple is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. It is His presence enveloping the city that is the Temple where the Bride of the Lamb and the Lamb reside.

“The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there, and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure may enter it, nor anyone who does shameful things or lies; the only ones who may enter are those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

Whenever I have looked for a physical rendition of the New Jerusalem, it appears as a cube floating in space. Though that may be how it is, it doesn’t describe how kings of ‘the earth’ will bring their splendor into it. In other words, as the New Jerusalem descends, it descends onto a ‘new heaven and new earth.’ It is on this ‘new earth’ that kings will once again rule and live and have kingdoms. They will bring tribute to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The gates of the New Jerusalem will never close because there won’t be day or night.

There will still be impure people, those who do shameful things, those who lie. They must remain outside the gates of the New Jerusalem and only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will enter this eternal holy city where the time still progresses with the New Moon and the Shabbat.

Chapter 22 – The Return of Messiah

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Parashah 30: K’doshim (Holy People)

Parashah 30: Leviticus 19:1-20:27

(In a regular year, read with Parashah 29;  in a leap year read separately.)

“Adonai said to Moshe, ‘Speak to the entire community of Isra’el; tell them, “You people are to be holy because I, Adonai your God, am holy”’” (Leviticus 19:3).

The title of this parashah is K’doshim or  ‘holy people.’  In Hebrew, the word for ‘holy’ is kadosh.  More familiar Greek terminology would be ‘sanctified’ and ‘saints.’ Both the Hebrew and Greek words mean ‘set apart’ or ‘consecrated’ to Elohim. This parashah begins with ‘I AM’ telling His people to ‘be holy because He is holy.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Holy or kadosh – קדש – koof, dalet, shin

what is behind the pathway consumes

– what is behind the door, the Shekinah

This parashah is a menagerie of commands, many of which add details to the Ten Commandments.  The ordinances give more specifics to the Levitical priesthood, the shadow Yeshua’s royal priesthood.   It is through the commandments and ordinances that we become holy people or saints, set apart and consecrated to Yahweh.  For the reason of becoming sanctified or holy, the Torah should never be considered a burden, but a delight (1 John 3:4).   

“I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word…. Also your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors…. I will delight myself in your mitzvot, which I have loved” (Psalm 119:16,24,47)

Two Greatest Commandments

“Observe my regulations” (Leviticus 19:19).

The Ten Commandments are ‘numbered’ with the Hebrew letters alef through yod.  This section will be divided into the ‘big ten’ separated under the headings “Love God” and “Love Your Neighbor.” The ordinances from the parashah will be listed under each of the commandments.  By doing this, it will be easier to see what Yeshua meant when he said, “All the Torah and the prophets hang on these two commands” (Matthew 22:40).

Love Adonai Your God

“He [Yeshua] answered, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your understanding; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

אAlef

Ordinance: “Offer it [a peace offering] in a way that will make you accepted” suggests there is a way that an offering isn’t accepted (verses 5-7).  The peace offering included a sacrifice that brought fellowship between the person and Yahweh.  It was a free-will offering given from the heart.  An example of a peace offering is when Hannah dedicates Samuel to Elohim (1 Samuel 1:21-28).

ב  Bet 

Ordinance: “Do not turn to idols, and do not cast metal gods for yourselves; I am Adonai your God”(Leviticus 19:4).

When we turn and bow down to an idol physically or give spiritual consent to another god, we commit spiritual adultery and turn from loving Elohim with all our hearts. Casting a metal (or ceramic) god is not acceptable to Elohim.

Ordinance: “Do not eat anything with blood. Do not practice divination or fortune telling” (Leviticus 19:26). 

These two ordinances about divination and fortune telling occur together because both of their practices involve drinking blood. 

Ordinance: “Do not turn to spirit-mediums or sorcerers; don’t seek them out, to be defiled by them; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 19: 31).

Yahweh reminds His people not to consult mediums or sorcerers.  Spirit-mediums invoke spirits from the dead or demons.  In the account of the medium (witch) of Endor, the medium called forth Samuel’s spirit from the grave at King Saul’s request.  Her actions cost King Saul his royal throne (1 Samuel 28).

In Greek, pharmakia is the word for ‘sorcery’ and from where we get the word ‘pharmacy.’  Sorcerers used drugs to take people into an altered state of mind.  Today, the modern sorcerer is a pharmacist who sells ‘legal drugs.’  These drugs change our body’s chemical imbalances to even worse imbalances.   More people who take legalized anti-depressants kill themselves than people who do not.  Some drugs, like marijuana, that were once illegal, but have become legal, are causing mental health problems for those that use it.   The increase in sorcery is a sign of the end times and last days.

Ordinance: “The person who turns to spirit-mediums and sorcerers to go fornicating after them – I will set myself against him and cut him off from his people. Therefore consecrate yourselves–you people must be holy, Because I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 20:6-7).

This ordinance adds fornicating with mediums and sorcerers.  Fornicating with mediums and sorcerers is the sin of spiritual adultery.  The consequence is being cut off from the people.  We are to be ‘holy as Yahweh is holy.’

Ordinance: “A man or woman who is a spirit-medium or sorcerer must be put to death; they are to stone them to death; their blood will be on them” (Leviticus 20:27). 

According to Elohim, every matter must be established by two or three witnesses not just at the whim of someone who deems another guilty (Deuteronomy 19:15).  This is what happened at the Salem witch trials.  Though trying to follow Torah regulations, false accusations ultimately led to the deaths of innocent people.   Spirit-mediums and sorcerers were to be put to death, but could not be  done arbitrarily and without proper witness.    

Ordinance: “Don’t cut gashes in your flesh when someone dies or tattoo yourselves; I am Adonai” (Leviticus 19:28).

This verse is often disputed because of the modern fixation with tattooing.  There are cultures that gash their flesh as a ritual when someone dies. This ordinance refers to ‘cutting’ which has also become a phenomenon with young people who are hurting inside and desire to make the pain physical. Tattoos fall under the same category as ‘cutting’ because it involves cutting the skin or flesh and contaminating the blood.  Remember Elohim says the life of a creature or person is in its blood.

For those who rationalize getting tattoos, it is important to remember that Yeshua never sinned.  This means that he never broke any of his Father’s commandments, including this one.  He would never have had a tattoo nor would have encouraged tattoos or he would have sinned.   Body art deeply grieves Elohim because of the disrespect it has for the human body, a temple of Elohim, but even more grievous is tattooing His Word or His Name on human flesh.   

When I have asked people about their tattoos, they invariably talk about the memory of someone who died.  Such a memorial is strictly forbidden by Elohim in this commandment.  As with so many of Elohim’s commands, choices are not based on the plumb line of His Word, but on the cultural practices surrounding us.  ‘I AM’ commanded His people not to imitate the actions of the nations and, if we are truly His people,  we will be set apart from the world and its ways.  If we love the things of the world, love for Elohim is not in us (1 John 2:15).

Ordinance:“Do not debase your daughter by making her a prostitute, so that the land will not fall into prostitution and become full of shame”

(Leviticus 19:29).  Temple prostitution was a ‘way of the nations.’  There are still religions today, like Hinduism, where young girls are prostitutes at Hindu temples.  Amy Carmichael was a missionary to India who tried to save young girls from this type of defilement.  Selling daughters into prostitution (along with human trafficking) shames the land whether it’s Isra’el, America, China or South America.  Elohim created young women as the glory of man and He desires them to be protected, not to be used for their bodies.

Ordinance: “If someone from the people of Isra’el or one of the foreigners living in Isra’el sacrifices one of his children to Molekh, he must be put to death: the people of the land are to stone him to death” (Leviticus 20:2). 

Sacrificing a child to Molech defiles Yahweh’s sanctuary and profanes His name.  This ordinance can also be found under gimel.  The consequence for child sacrifice is death.

Ordinance: “Don’t round your hair at the temples or mar the edges of your beard” (Leviticus 19:27). 

From this ordinance comes the tradition of payots or ‘side-curls’ worn by Hasidic Jewish men.  When the Israelites entered the Promised Land, they were warned many times not to do the things the nations they conquered did.  This is another example of idolatry and worship of another god.  They had already seen how the Egyptians cut their hair to honor the sun-god Ra with a round spot shaved off or keeping the sides so short there was the appearance of a halo around their head.  Numerous commentaries say a similar practice was done by Arabs and other worshippers of the Greek god Dionysus.

ג  Gimel

Ordinance: “Do not swear by my name falsely, which would be profaning the name of your God; I am Adonai” (Leviticus 19:12). 

When I was growing up, I was taught this command meant not saying, “Oh my God” or “Jesus Christ.”  Though these phrases appear to be profaning name of Elohim, it isn’t the reason for the command.  “Taking His name in vain” means do not claim to be a child of Elohim or follower of Yeshua and live contrary to His commandments.  This is vanity and profanes His name among those with whom you interact.

ד  Dalet

Ordinance: “You are to keep my Shabbats; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 19:3).

This refers to the seventh-day Sabbath specifically as well as the other ‘appointed times’ given by Elohim.

“Keep my Sabbaths, and revere my sanctuary; I am Adonai” (Leviticus 19:30). 

Reverence for Elohim’s sanctuary is a command.  One church I used to attend met in a gymnasium.  As soon as the service was over, the chairs were removed and basketballs came out.  I tried to explain to several different leaders how that was not reverencing the sanctuary, but they just did not understand.  To them it was a basketball court where they worshipped, not a ‘set apart’ place or sanctuary.

Love Your Neighbor

“He answered, ‘You are to… [love] your neighbor as yourself’”

(Luke 10:27).

ה  Hey

Ordinance: “Everyone of you is to revere his father and mother …” (Leviticus 19:3).

Ordinance: “A person who curses his father or mother must be put to death, having cursed his father or mother, his blood is on him” (Leviticus 20:9). 

This verse is often quoted to prove that Elohim is a madman or His laws are foolish because no one stones their son or daughter for cursing their parents.  This command was not done arbitrarily.  Through the ruling body, set up by Moshe, innocence or guilt was determined by two or three witnesses.

Ordinance: “Stand up in the presence of a person with gray hair, show respect for the old; you are to fear your God; I am Adonai”(Leviticus 19:32). 

This ordinance has long been forgotten in western society along with a man relinquishing his seat to a woman on a train or bus.  Eldership was held in high regard within the Israelite community because the ‘aged’ held the wisdom of life.  Today many ‘elders’ in the church are young men with virtually no life experience and true elders are pushed to the ‘back of the bus’ because their wisdom is considered irrelevant in the modern world.  This particular command adds ‘you are to fear your Elohim’.  Like the widow and the fatherless, Elohim has special regard for the elder, the one who has walked with Him a long time.  To stand in their presence is to stand in the fear of Yahweh who has given the elder long life.

ז  Zayin

Ordinance: ”If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife …” (Leviticus 20:10-21).

This whole section in Leviticus describes the multitude of sexual sins including incest, fornication, homosexuality, and beastiality.  The sins are described as disgraceful, perversion, abomination, and depravity.  Each incident has a consequence of blood or death, even death by fire.  Sexual immorality is not tolerated by Yahweh among His people. 

ח Chet

Ordinance:“Do not steal from … (Leviticus 19:11).

Ordinance: “Do not oppress or rob your neighbor; specifically, you are not to keep back the wages of a hired worker all night until morning” (Leviticus 19:13).  

ט  Tet

Ordinance:  “[Do not] defraud or lie to each other” (Leviticus 19:11).

Ordinance: “Do not go around spreading slander among your people, but also don’t stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake; I am Adonai (Leviticus 19:16).

Slander is speaking lies about an individual to other people.  It is one of the most grievous sins that my husband and I have experienced at the hands of those we considered family in Messiah.  From personal experience, I would have liked for those who listened to the slanderous remarks ‘not to have stood idly by,’ but  to have stood up for us rather than allow the slander to affect even more people.  Consequently, the slander separated many close friends as a ‘perverse person’ does (Proverbs 16:28).

As Yourself

“He answered … ‘[love]your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27).

Ordinance: “Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native-born among you — you are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 19:34).

Ordinance: “When you harvest the ripe crops produced in your land, don’t harvest all the way to the corners of your field, and don’t gather the ears of grain left by the harvesters. Likewise, don’t gather the grapes left on the vine or fallen on the ground after the harvest; leave them for the poor and the foreigner; I am Adonai your God” (verses 9-10).  The gleanings of the field along with grapes missed on the vine or fallen to the ground were food for the poor and foreigner.

Ordinance: “If a foreigner stays with you in your land, do not do him wrong.  Rather, treat the foreigner staying with you like the native-born among you – you are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.  I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34).

Those who were not Israelite by birth were to be treated as equals when they lived in Land.  In Isra’el, there are Arab Israelis who follow the Muslim religion.  As Israelis, they are treated equally with the same privileges and freedoms as citizens. They have  voting rights, serve in the Knesset (government), work as doctors, lawyers and bankers. They are not allowed, however, to serve in the military as they are foreigners.

There is spiritual equality within Elohim’s Kingdom and He desires that equality to be evidenced in the Land He gave to His people in how they treat foreigners. Those who are not DNA Jewish and join the commonwealth of Isra’el through faith in Messiah are foreigners. 

Ordinance: “Do not speak a curse against a deaf person or place an obstacle in the way of a blind person; rather, fear your God; I am Adonai” (Leviticus 19:14).

On the surface this ordinance seems obvious.   Who would curse a deaf person or put an obstacle in the way of a blind person?  Is it not the same thing when we judge someone who does not have ‘ears to hear’ or ‘eyes to see” the Truth of Elohim’s word?   Do we not put an obstacle in their way of learning Torah when we respond without mercy and compassion for their deafness or blindness?  Yeshua healed on the Sabbath not only as a testimony to his authority, but also because he didn’t want the blind and deaf to stumble when it came to seeing and hearing his voice.

When John (the Immerser) questioned whether or not Yeshua was the promised one, Yeshua replied,

“Go back and report to Yochanan what you hear and see:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me’” (Matthew 11:4-6).

Ordinance: “Do not be unjust in judging – show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty, but with justice judge your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:15).

Elohim commands us to judge our neighbor rightly as there is a ‘just’ way of judging and an ‘unjust’ way.  When we judge someone based life condition, like poverty, we misjudge it as a consequence to their heart condition.  When honoring  a rich man unjustly, we follow the assumption that because he is rich, his heart is right before Elohim.  When it comes to  justice, we are to judge all men equally.  When it comes to the heart , only Yahweh knows its condition and how we judge another’s heart will come back upon us (Matthew 7:1-3)

When Samuel was called to anoint one of Jesse’s sons to be king of Isra’el, he thought that each son he met should be the one chosen by Elohim because of their outward appearance.   However, it was Jesse’s youngest son, David, a shepherd boy, who Elohim chose because He knew David’s heart.  He was a teachable man who would always seek the will of Elohim (1 Samuel 16:7).

“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do’” (Acts 13:22).

Those who willfully choose to disobey Elohim with their life choices, quote this verse quoted out of context, expecting Yahweh to ‘look at their heart.’  In truth, this verse should create ‘fear of the Elohim’ because He does look at the motive in our heart. 

“The heart is more deceitful than anything else and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) 

Proverbs 23:7 says that we are what we think in our hearts.  Thus, what comes out in our lives, obedience or disobedience, love or hate, slander or kind words, begins in our heart. 

Ordinance: “Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly, so that you won’t carry sin because of him” (Leviticus 19:17).

To rebuke means to “express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.”  This is one of the most difficult commands to obey because of spiritual and personal pride for both the rebuker and the rebukee.   I can recall two times in my life when I felt the need to rebuke someone for their behavior.   Once it was a child and her reception of the rebuke was  complete repentance and humility.  I was actually amazed at the maturity of this seven-year-old girl.   It was a testimony to her parents for how they were training her as well as her heart before the Lord.  Today, she’s in her twenties and must be an amazing young woman with a teachable and humble heart.

Another time I rebuked an adult and lost the friendship.   I do not believe I was wrong in the rebuke,  but it was not received with the intended motive and destroyed a relationship causing incredible grief in my life.   According to this command, if we don’t rebuke a neighbor for a sin, we will eventually hate them and carry that sin and theirs within us.  To achieve wholeness, sin has to be acknowledged as sin by both individuals or it will divide. 

Ordinance: “Don’t take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people, rather love your neighbor as yourself;I am Adonai” (Leviticus 19:17). 

It is up to Elohim to avenge us when we are wronged.  About 18 years ago,  a pastor called me a heretic for covering my head and, for reasons only known to him, told me to never enter his church again.  He had judged me wrongly both in heart and in Scriptural practice.   I had no recourse except to allow Elohim’s vengeance.  Several months after the incident,  Elohim told me to go stand outside the man’s church building and read Elijah’s prayer from 1 Kings.  I went to the church building, stood outside and read the prayer aloud.   Six months later, I was informed that this man was no longer pastor of the church and had left ‘in a hurry.’  Eighteen years after the incident, I was invited to that church by a different pastor.   As I walked up the steps and into the door with my husband, I knew Yahweh had avenged the wrong that had been done to me.  Not only was I going into that building, my husband and I had been invited to lead a Pesach seder.

Ordinance: “Don’t be dishonest when measuring length, weight or capacity.  Rather, use an honest balance-scale, honest weights, an honest bushel dry-measure and an honest gallon liquid-measure; I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt” (Leviticus 19:35-36).

A friend who lived in Isra’el said there were always dishonest scales especially at the street markets.  Elohim desires honesty when dealing with others especially when it comes to weighing out matters.  He knows that a dishonest scale means a dishonest heart.

“If you say, “But we knew nothing about this, ”does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?” (Proverbs 24:12)

Ordinance: “Don’t let your livestock mate with those of another kind, don’t sow your field with two different kinds of grain, and don’t wear a garment of cloth made with two different kinds of threads” (Leviticus 19:19).

These three regulations seem unrelated, but they are not.  On the surface, mating a cow with a sheep is just not done.  Nor is mating a goat with a ram.  When a horse and donkey mate, their offspring is sterile.  It cannot reproduce.  It cannot be fruitful and multiply.

Living in a farming community with fields everywhere, I have yet to see anyone plant corn and wheat together.  They are always in separate fields.  However there are mixed grains called hybrids.   Some are a genetically modified organism that our bodies cannot digest and accept as food.  A hybrid grain does not reproduce like a natural grain.  Once upon a time, you could take an apple from a tree and use its seeds to make another tree.  Hybrids and their seeds are sterile; they cannot be fruitful and multiply.

Garments made with two different kinds of thread would result in wool from a sheep and linen from a plant being sewn together which is generally not done.  Nor do we sew cotton from a plant and silk from a worm together.  Yet, we do mix natural fibers like wool and cotton with manmade fibers like polyester and rayon.   Mixing natural threads creates an impure garment.  Mixing what Elohim has created with something manmade destroys the purity of His creation.  The priesthood was to wear fine linen as does the Bride of Messiah.  Mixing fine linen with cotton, wool, or silk changes the purity of the linen.  It takes on the aspects of the other fabrics, no longer being a pure fabric.

When you enter the land and plant various kinds of fruit trees, you are to regard its fruit as forbidden – for three years it will be forbidden to you and not eaten.  In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for praising Adonai.  But in the fifth year you may eat its fruit, so that it will produce even more for you you; I am Adonai your God” (Leviticus 19:23).

“Observe all my regulations and rulings and do them; I am Adonai(Leviticus 19:37).

“Observe my regulations and obey them; I am Adonai, who sets you apart to be holy” (Leviticus 20:8).

Yeshua, the Word of Holiness

“Set them apart for holiness by means of the truth — your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Yeshua prays to his Father to set apart his talmidim for holiness as well as those who would put their faith in him through their testimony.  The way Yeshua states to become ‘holy’ or ‘sanctified’ is through the Truth or the Word of Elohim.  Holiness is not imputed at the new birth, but comes through the process of learning the commandments and then putting them into practice.  With each step of obedience, a person becomes more set apart, sanctified and holy.  Yeshua further asks his Father that everyone be united so that the world will believe his Father sent him to save the world.  It is only when we are in unity through the truth of Elohim that the ‘one new man’ will appear and the world will be convicted of sin and righteousness. 

“With the Messiah, in whom there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one” (Galatians 3:27-28).

“For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility….  His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility” (Ephesians 2:14-16).

In the gospels of Matthew and Mark, Yeshua quotes the prophet Isaiah in reference to manmade traditions versus loving Elohim with all our hearts:

“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.  Their worship of me is useless, because they teach manmade rules as if they were doctrines” (Isaiah 29:13).

Haftarah (Readings of the Prophets)

Amos 9:7-15

Ezekiel 20:2-20

B’rit Chadashah (New Testament Readings)

Romans 13:8-10

Galatians 5:13-26

1 Timothy 5:18

James 2:1-9

1 Peter 1:13-21

Midrash K’doshim: I AM Adonai

“I am Adonai” appears at least 18 times in this parashah.  Discuss why this phrase occurs with nearly every ordinance.

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