”Korach Part II”

This is the second part of our discussion on the Torah portion ‘’Korach’’ and as promised we going to look at a very interesting subject and that is the argument of whether atonement comes about via ‘’words of repentance’’ or via ‘’Sacrifice,’’ and how the Scripture text around this subject actually confirms and validates the ‘’Sacrifice’’ of Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua as being the key to all atonement.

This is going to be a very interesting discussion for those who have had their faith in the atoning sacrifice of Machiach Yeshua shaken via the many anti-missionary voices one meets on this journey of Teshuva (Return) to the Elohim (God) of Abraham, Isaac and Yacob.

Now I must make a disclaimer and make my position clear, I desire to be a part of The House of Abraham, Isaac and Yacob known as the Torah obedient nation Yisrael. I desire to serve and worship my forefathers Elohim (God) who identifies Himself in Scripture as YHVH (YaHoVaH), in Emet (Truth) and Ruach (Spirit) this is ALL that matters to me. My Faith in YHVH (The LORD) is not based on Yeshua being Machiach (Messiah) or not but rather my faith is based purely on YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Words and Covenant just as He Commanded us via Moshe (Moses) in The Torah (Gen-Deut).

Which means if YHVH (The LORD) shows me, tomorrow, via His Word that Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua is not His Machiach (Messiah), but instead a false messiah, I will reject Him immediately, may YHVH (The LORD) uphold my words by the Power of His Word.

Why do I say this?

The subject of HaMachiach (The Messiah) is a very hidden and secret concept, so much so that the entire Tanakh (OT) to my knowledge never once out rightly mentions the concept or title of ‘’HaMachiach’’ (The Messiah). Every man who was-is anointed with HaKodesh (The Holy) Shemen (Oil) is a ‘’Machiach’’ (Messiah), so there have been many Machiach’s (Messiah’s) throughout Yisrael’s history, and never once did YHVH (The LORD) Command us to believe in HaMachiach (The Messiah) in order to be saved! What it is that YHVH (The LORD) Commanded us repeated over and over again in Tanakh (OT) is ‘’Shema‘’ (Hear-Obey) Torah (Gen-Deut) and you will LIVE disobey Torah and you will DIE!

Sin is the only thing that can separate mankind from YHVH (The LORD) and sin’s (((((ONLY))) definition is, Transgression of YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Words aka Torah, and nothing else. Now does this mean that HaMachiach (The Messiah) plays no role in our Salvation?

NO!

He plays a major role, as I believe He is the very Torah, I believe just as John did that Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua is ‘’The Living Torah.’’

‘’In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim (God), and the Word was Elohim (God).’’ Joh 1:1 (ESV)

It is on the ‘’Sacrifice’’ of Machiach (Messiah), both His Body and Blood, that ALL atonement and therefore reconciliation with YHVH (The LORD) rests. Just as Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua said

‘’Yeshua said to him, “I am The Way, and The Truth, and The Life. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.’’ Joh 14:6 (ESV)

However for us as mankind this function of Machiach (Messiah) is not spoken of openly in the Biblical text we have to be able to read between the lines to see it. However between ‘’The Father’’ and ‘’The Son’’ in The Heavens this agreement or function of HaMachiach (The Messiah) I believe is the foundation of EVERYTHING.

Please read what a share with you today carefully, don’t believe anything I share, please research it and test it via Scripture and if it fails the tests please disregard it and share your findings with me so that my family and I may also have the opportunity walk in Truth, and if it stands the tests then please share it with all who you believe need to see this information.

There is an amazing text that says.

‘’So then FAITH cometh by HEARING, and HEARING by THE WORD of Elohim (God).’’ Rom 10:17 (KJV)

This is such a powerful text and I believe YHVH (The LORD) just opened my eyes to its fuller meaning right now, this is what I believe I was shown.

The Greek word translated into the English ‘’faith’’ is the Greek word ‘’akoē’’ Strong’s Concordance number G189. Like I have said before when we want to understand any Greek New Testament word in the proper Hebrew or Tanakh (OT) context we must look at how this word is used in the Septuagint LXX (Ancient Greek translation of the OT).

When we do this we find that ‘’akoe’’ is used to translate only two Hebrew words

H8085 shama – Hear-Listen-Obey. H8104 shamar – to Keep, Guard, Observe.

Therefore we understand that TRUE FAITH only comes about by Hearing-Listening-Obeying-Keeping-Guarding-Observing what is WRITTEN in THE WORD of Elohim (God)!

What does this mean?

Firstly ONLY a Torah obedient person actually has what Scripture defines as FAITH.

Secondly if we cannot point to Text within Scripture (The Word) of Elohim (God) to verify our belief or faith then we do not have TRUE belief or faith at all, but rather simply an unprovable concept or idea. This is a very dangerous position to be standing in especially when the ‘’Salvation’’ you and your loved ones is a stake.

If we are true believers in Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua we must then be able to prove our faith in Him just as all His disciples including Shaul (Paul) did in the 1st Century which was via Tanakh (OT) text.

Now if like me, you do not yet match the standards set out by Scripture with regards to having true FAITH, the beautiful thing is, all are welcome by YHVH (the LORD) and we are all still alive and therefore are able to choose today to strive for the FAITH that was once delivered to the saints. We will make the decision to include or exclude ourselves from The Faith.

Ok with all this information in mind let’s get into this very intriguing topic, what ‘’Secret-Hidden Knowledge’’ does Tanakh have to share regarding Machiach (Messiah)?

First and foremost everything is about Covenant and without Covenant there is nothing. Without Covenant there is no ‘’Relationship’’ between YHVH (The LORD) and Yisrael, in fact without Covenant there is no relationship between YHVH (The LORD) and all of mankind.

It is only via keeping or breaking of a Covenant that Judgment and therefore reward or punishment can come about, Scripture makes it clear that ALL mankind will be judged therefore ALL mankind is in Covenant with YHVH (The LORD).

But before we look at the little known or quoted text that proves this fact, our first point of discussion should be the word Covenant itself, as the very word gives us very powerful witness about the function of HaMachiach (The Messiah).

The Hebrew word for Covenant is the Hebrew ‘’Berı̂yth’’ Strong’s Concordance number H1285 and this is its amazing meaning.

Strong’s definition: – ‘’Berı̂yth’’ – From H1262 (IN THE SENSE OF CUTTING (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

Very interesting, the word ‘’Beriyth’’ Covenant actually holds a sense and meaning of ‘’cutting’’ of flesh a cutting that obviously will produce blood.

This is the Ancient Hebrew Lexicons definition: – Covenant: A COVENANT IS INSTITUTED THROUGH A SACRIFICE of a choice, fatted, animal which is CUT into two and the parties of the covenant pass through the pieces. If one party fails to meet the agreements of the covenant then the other may do the same to them. (see Genesis 15:10,17 and Jeremiah 34:18-20) [freq. 284] |kjv: covenant, league, confederacy, confederate| {str: 1285}

Abraham our father entered into Covenant with YHVH (The LORD) in this way.

‘’But he said, “O Adoni (Lord) YHVH (GOD), how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9 He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he brought him all these, CUT THEM IN HALF, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half…..When the sun had gone down and it was dark, BEHOLD, A SMOKING FIRE POT AND A FLAMING TORCH PASSED BETWEEN THESE PIECES. 18 On that day YHVH (the LORD) MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAM, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,’’ Gen 15:8-18 (ESV)

Israel made Covenant with YHVH (The LORD) in the same way.

‘’And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen to YHVH (the LORD). 6 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. 7 Then he took THE BOOK OF THE COVENANT (Torah) and read it in the hearing of the people. And they said, “All that YHVH (the LORD) has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” 8 AND MOSES TOOK THE BLOOD AND THREW IT ON THE PEOPLE AND SAID, “BEHOLD THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT that YHVH (the LORD) HAS MADE WITH YOU IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALL THESE WORDS.’’ Exo 24:6-8 (ESV)

The Psalmist Asaph gives us this confirming witness

‘’He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge His people: 5 “GATHER TO ME MY FAITHFUL ONES, WHO MADE A COVENANT WITH ME BY SACRIFICE!” 6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for Elohim (God) himself is judge! Selah’’ Ps 50:4-6 (ESV)

Notice Covenant and Judgment going hand in hand.

The ‘’Faithful Ones’’ is translated from the Hebrew ‘’Châsı̂yd’’ Strong’s Concordance H2623 and This is its definition: – From H2616; properly kind, that is, (religiously) pious (a saint): – godly (man), good, holy (one), merciful, saint, [un-] godly. The root word of ‘’Chasiyd’’ means to bow, which is an act of submission and obedience. This group of people ‘’The Faithful-Saints aka Obedient Yisrael’’ entered into Covenant with YHVH (The LORD) via Sacrifice.

“Therefore, thus says YHVH (the LORD): You have not obeyed me by proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother and to his neighbor; behold, I proclaim to you liberty to the sword, to pestilence, and to famine, declares YHVH (the LORD). I will make you a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. 18 And the men who transgressed my covenant and did not keep the terms of the covenant that they made before me, I WILL MAKE THEM LIKE THE CALF THAT THEY CUT IN TWO AND PASSED BETWEEN ITS PARTS– 19 the officials of Judah, the officials of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf.’’ Jer 34:17-19 (ESV)

Notice Judgement for breaking the Covenant.

Another Tanakh witness of YHVH (The LORD) making Covenant with Yisrael via ‘’Sacrifice,’’ with all these witnesses and with the very definition of the Hebrew ‘’Beriyth’’ meaning ‘’to cut’’ we have more than enough foundation to look at this truly awesome and little known text in the book of Hosea.

‘’BUT LIKE ADAM THEY (YISRAEL) TRANSGRESSED THE COVENANT; there they dealt faithlessly with me.’’ Hosea 6:7 (ESV)

Some translations say ‘’men’’ however the Hebrew word used in this text is ‘’Adam’’ Strong’s Concordance H120 which means both Adam and Mankind, this fits perfectly with all of mankind being judged for breaking YHVH (The LORD’s) Covenant in the end days and it also fits perfectly with Adam being judged to death for breaking Covenant with YHVH (The LORD) by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. If this is correct, and I believe it is, then in order for Adam to have a Covenant in The Garden of Eden BEFORE he sinned, Something/Someone had to be CUT to give Blood/Life in order to initiate that Covenant.

Who was that? I believe the writer of The Book of Revelations gives us the answer.

‘’And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life OF THE LAMB SLAIN FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD.’’ Rev 13:8 (KJV)

Note the book and the slain Lamb a mirror of Exo 24 Covenant making process which also included sacrifice and a Book.

Now the interesting thing is the Greek word translated here as ‘’World’’ is the Greek word ‘’Kosmos’’ G2889 and more correctly this word means

Thayer Definition: 1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, ORDER, government 2) ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts’, as the ornament of the heavens. 1Pe_3:3 3) the world, THE UNIVERSE

HaMachiach (The Messiah) is The One who’s Blood and Body started the Covenant Relationship between YHVH (the LORD) and the entire ORDER aka UNIVERSE aka Creation! I once heard a teaching that the two ‘’Tamid’’ – daily sacrifices represented The Blood and Body of Machiach at Creation (The Evening) and the Blood and body 2000 years ago (The Morning- Joy cometh in the morning) of which the joy of Machiach’s (Messiah’s) 1000 year reign will soon follow.

To emphasis the fact that our Jewish brothers understand and believe very similar concepts as what I have just shared with you I will share a quick Kabbalistic teaching. Before you react negatively we must understand that many of the Teachings in the New Testament are in fact Kabbalistic thought. For example the different levels of The heavens and Gematria (numerology) 666 etc. In fact if you have ever had a traditional Shabbat meal with Bread, Wine and Candles you have taken part and practiced a Kabbalistic ritual. Now I am not saying all Kabbalah is good but neither is all kabbalah bad, just as not all who claim Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua as their Master are Good and neither are all bad, what makes us understand what is good or bad is if a person, practice or tradition transgress written Torah (Gen-Deut).

With that in mind, when we look at one of the Kabbalistic teachings regarding The Tree of Life which is made up of twelve aspects of The Echad (One) Elohim (God) named YHVH (The LORD), our Jewish brothers tell us that the lowest aspect of The Tree of Life is ‘’Malchut’’ which represents the physical Creation and that the Spiritual aspect that interacts with the physical is the second lowest aspect called ‘’Yesod.’’ Now here comes the amazing part! Our Jewish brothers will continue to inform us that ‘’Yesod” represents the penis and not only that, it represents HaMachiach (the Messiah)!

HaleluYah!

Why does this excite me so?

Well what does Torah tell us must happen to every Israelite penis?

It must receive ‘’Beriyth Milah’’ aka Circumcision! Every Israelite penis must Bleed and have flesh cut off and if Machiach (Messiah) represents ‘’Yesod’’ the penis, then guess what Machiach (Messiah) must have His Flesh Cut and BLEED!

Machiach (Messiah) is the ultimate Israelite/Adam and just as Torah records each Israelite man having two circumcisions one external and physically seen and another internal (of the heart) and unseen, so too Machiach (Messiah) had to be CUT and Bleed unseen at the foundation of the world and a second time for all to physically see 2000 years ago.

For the sake of Time and length we will complete this discussion in a third part to this series in which we will finally discuss the ‘’Secret or Unnoticed’’ text from Torah portion Korach along with other very interesting Tanakh texts that support the idea of The Sacrifice of Machiach (Messiah) being the foundation of all atonement.

Shalom.

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