The last post in this series, and finally we going to look at the very intriguing ‘’Secret’’ or more correctly ‘’unnoticed’’ text that gives us a Written Torah witness that is a foundation for the idea that all atonement rests on Sacrifice and by Tanakh (OT) investigation and reading between the lines the ‘’Sacrifice of HaMachiach (The Messiah)’’
Firstly, witness one and two should seal this understanding.
Witness one. ‘’For the life of the flesh is in the blood, AND I HAVE GIVEN IT FOR YOU ON THE ALTAR TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.’’ Lev 17:11(ESV)
That is pretty clear but if our Jewish brothers accept this text at face value they would be giving a massive dose of supporting evidence to those who believe Yeshua to be Machiach (Messiah) and His subsequent atoning death therefore they refute this text as not being completely true and instead quote texts like.
‘’Return, O Israel, to YHVH (the LORD) your Elohim (God), for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. 2 TAKE WITH YOU WORDS AND RETURN TO YHVH (the LORD); say to Him, “Take away all iniquity; accept what is good, and we will pay with bulls the vows of our lips.’’ Hos 14:1-2 (ESV)
Now their argument sounds really good until we see the evidence in Torah portion Korach and other books of Tanakh (OT).
I fully agree with the witness of the prophet Hosea however we need to find a way that makes Hosea and Torah agree, as we cannot have them fighting over doctrine and to be honest Hosea would lose in a doctrine fight with Moshe as Torah is The Master of all Yisraelite religious Text period!
‘’And He said, “Hear my words: if there is a prophet among you, i the lord make myself known to him in a vision; i speak with him in a dream. 7 NOT SO WITH MY SERVANT MOSES. He is faithful in all my house. 8 WITH HIM I SPEAK MOUTH TO MOUTH, CLEARLY, AND NOT IN RIDDLES, AND HE BEHOLDS THE FORM OF THE LORD. WHY THEN WERE YOU NOT AFRAID TO SPEAK AGAINST MY SERVANT MOSES?’’ Num 12:6 (ESV)
This is a very important text directly from the Mouth of YHVH (The LORD)! What Moshe wrote aka Torah (Gen-Deut) is the CLEAREST form of YHVH’s (The LORD’s) WORDS or WILL to mankind BAR NONE!
What Moshe wrote is eternal and can never change!
‘’ You shall not add to the word that I Command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of YHVH (the LORD) your Elohim (God) that I command you.’’ Deut 4:2 (ESV) ‘’Everything that I Command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it.’’ Deut 12:32 (ESV)
Every other prophet is judged as True or False via Moshes writings.
‘’IF A PROPHET OR A DREAMER OF DREAMS ARISES AMONG YOU and gives you a sign or a wonder,2 AND THE SIGN OR WONDER THAT HE TELLS YOU COMES TO PASS, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ 3 YOU SHALL NOT LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THAT PROPHET OR THAT DREAMER OF DREAMS. FOR YHVH (THE LORD) YOUR ELOHIM (GOD) IS TESTING YOU, TO KNOW WHETHER YOU LOVE YHVH (THE LORD) YOUR ELOHIM (GOD) WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL. 4 YOU SHALL WALK AFTER YHVH (THE LORD) YOUR ELOHIM (GOD) AND FEAR HIM AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS AND OBEY HIS VOICE, AND YOU SHALL SERVE HIM AND HOLD FAST TO HIM. 5 BUT THAT PROPHET OR THAT DREAMER OF DREAMS SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH, BECAUSE HE HAS TAUGHT REBELLION AGAINST YHVH (THE LORD) YOUR ELOHIM (GOD), who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, TO MAKE YOU LEAVE THE WAY IN WHICH YHVH (THE LORD) YOUR Elohim (GOD) COMMANDED YOU TO WALK. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.’’ Deut 13:1-5 (ESV)
‘’To the Torah (Gen-Deut) and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.’’ Isa 8:20 (ESV)
Any writer, prophet or person of any other title you can think of, or writing from Tanakh, or New Testament must submit to and be in agreement and alignment with Torah. I cannot stress this enough everything must line up with the unchanging Torah.
With that said are you ready to get into this discussion?
Unfortunately I don’t know how long this post is going to be, but if you are busy truthfully investigating Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua’s legitimacy this is going to be a very interesting discussion for you.
Ok so let’s get into it!
The background is that Korach and his follower’s rebel, and these men try and take positions YHVH (The LORD) has not given them. Now this is one of the worst mistakes anyone can make as YHVH (The LORD) is all about ORDER, if you are a man husband son etc find out what YHVH (The LORD) expects from you and keep the ORDER. If you are a woman, wife, daughter find out what YHVH (The LORD) expects from you and keep the ORDER. Why? Because, so serious is YHVH (The LORD) about ORDER that we have this text.
‘’For Elohim (God) so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.’’ Jon 3:16 (ESV)
What does this very famous text have to do with ORDER? Well when we look at the Greek text we see that the Greek word translated as ‘’world’’ is the Greek ‘’kosmos’’ Strong’s Concordance number G2889 at these are its definitions.
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
Strong’s Concordance Definition: Probably from the base of G2865; ORDERLY ARRANGEMENT, that is, decoration; by implication the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]): – adorning, world.
Wow, well this puts a new light on this text, YHVH (The LORD) so loves ORDER that He sent His Son to die and restore it!
Let that sink in for a second.
It is also very interesting to see how this understanding of ORDER fits perfectly with the witness we find in the opening sentences of The Torah.
‘’THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Ruach (Spirit) of Elohim (God) was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.’’ Gen 1:2-3 (ESV)
In this text witness we find disorder and immediately Torah tells us YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Ruach (Spirit) comes to RESTORE or CREATE ………ORDER how does The Ruach (Spirit) create order? It ushers in the LIGHT!
What can we learn from this?
Firstly and as a side note, when someone comes from a state of ‘’chaos’’ and ‘’darkness’’ aka a former gentile and claims to have YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Ruach (Spirit) what we need to see this Ruach (Spirit) do in their life and teaching is usher in The LIGHT. If they fail to do this we know they have a ruach (spirit) from a different elohim (god) and not YHVH (The LORD). Now this does not give us a clear way of judging and we still left open to ‘’personal interpretation’’ until we look at the true Tanakh (OT) definition of what LIGHT is.
‘’For the Commandment is a Lamp; and the Torah (Gen-Deut) is LIGHT; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:’’ Pro 6:23 (ESV)
Secondly and with regards to our initial topic of discussion as to YHVH’s (The LORD’s) LOVE for ORDER we see YHVH (The LORD) at creation immediately change an environment of chaos to a environment of ORDER by introducing His LIGHT – TORAH – LAW. Sin then entered the environment and reintroduced ‘’chaos’’ and Machiach (Messiah) the LIGHT – LIVING TORAH – THE SON is once again needed to re-establish ORDER. In part two of this series we discussed the concept that Machiach (Messiah) was CUT and shed Blood ‘’twice’’ to establish Covenant between YHVH (The LORD) and the ‘’Kosmos’’ aka All Creation – The Universe. Once at the foundation of ‘’The Kosmos’’ which would be here in Genesis and a second time 2000 years ago when the LIGHT was reintroduced to the chaotic darkened Kosmos.
‘’In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with Elohim (God), and the Word was Elohim (God). 2 He was in the beginning with Elohim (God). 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In Him was Life, and the Life was THE LIGHT of men. 5 THE LIGHT shines in THE DARKNESS, and THE DARKNESS has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from Elohim (God), whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about THE LIGHT, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not THE LIGHT, but came to bear witness about THE LIGHT. 9 THE TRUE LIGHT, which enlightens everyone, WAS COMING INTO THE KOSMOS. 10 He was in the KOSMOS, and the KOSMOS was made through him, yet the KOSMOS did not know Him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.’’ Joh 1:1-11 (ESV)
I do not believe so!
So within Korach’s rebellious movement we see the same evil spirit that comes to cause ‘’chaos’’ and ‘’darkness’’ by disrupting the ORDER set out by THE LIGHT – TORAH – Messiah and we witness YHVH’s (The LORD’s) very angry reaction as He destroys Korach and his democratic buddies in spectacular fashion. The reason I call them democratic is because they their belief was that each Yisraelite is Kodesh (Holy) and therefore equal and can take on any position they like within the Kingdom, sound familiar? This is how our society operates today and this is one of the biggest obstacles to us westerner’s truly becoming part of obedient Yisrael. Yisrael is a theocracy/monarchy with very clear and unchangeable positions of authority, rights and responsibilities throughout the structure of our society. With that said the very next day the rest of the democratic party (Sorry I could not help myself) stood up and again attempted to disrupt the ORDER and came and accused Moshe of killing YHVH’s (The LORD’s) people (korach and his democratic buddies aka rebels). Again we see YHVH (The LORD) react very angrily and He destroys 14 700 democrats, and it is during this judgment and punishment that we see this truly amazing text come to light.
‘’And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, AND MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR THEM: for there is wrath gone out from YHVH (the LORD); the plague is begun. 47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, AND MADE AN ATONEMENT FOR THE PEOPLE.’’ Num 16:46-47 (ESV)
Wow incense can make atonement for Yisrael! This is a truly amazing thing for me to see as I have been researching aromatics in Scripture and their significance in the life of every Yisraelite and here we see atonement being made for Yisrael via presenting a pleasing aroma to YHVH (The LORD) not just any pleasing aroma but they very aroma that He instructed us to make HaleluYah!
YHVH’s (The LORD’s) anger and Judgment of destruction CHANGED or brought to a stop via Yisrael appeasing or satisfying YHVH’s (The LORD’s) sense of smell! HaleluYah! Do we fully appreciate the TRUE value of aromatics in our relationship with the Master and Creator of the Kosmos!? King Shlomo (Solomon) gave us this amazing text.
‘’Oil and perfume make the heart glad,’’ Pro 27:9 (ESV)
Now the interesting thing is in the etymology of the word ‘’Perfume’’ ‘’mid 16th century (originally denoting PLEASANT-SMELLING SMOKE FROM A BURNING SUBSTANCE, especially one used in fumigation): from French parfum (noun), parfumer (verb), from obsolete Italian parfumare, literally ‘TO SMOKE THROUGH’’’ –
The original meaning of the word perfume is Incense! And this is exactly what the Hebrew of this text tells us as the Hebrew word translated as perfume is the Hebrew ‘’Qeṭôreth’’ Strong’s Concordance number H7004 and this is its meaning
Brown Driver Briggs Definition: 1) INCENSE, SMOKE, ODOUR OF (BURNING) SACRIFICE 1a) sweet smoke of sacrifice 1b) incense 1c) perfume
Adam is created in YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Image and therefore we can learn much about our Creator by our own bodies and emotions. Job confirms this idea for us.
‘’And after my skin has been thus destroyed, YET IN MY FLESH I SHALL SEE ELOHIM (God),’’ Job 19:26 (ESV)
Like we discussed earlier do these texts violate Torah or align with it? Yes they align with Torah as Torah has given us witness that YHVH (the LORD) was angry and Incense – perfume was used and His favourite aromatic mix changed His Emotions from fierce anger to that of Mercy and kindness! As beautiful as that sounds as a great selling point for Ancient Biblical Oils business of selling Biblical aromatics it is not all about the aromatics as ‘’the democratic rebels’’ presented aromatics too yet their presentation of Incense to YHVH (The LORD) provoked Him to anger and they were destroyed.
‘’The key’’ lays hidden in the Number’s text.
‘’And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and PUT FIRE ON IT FROM OFF THE ALTAR and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and MAKE ATONEMENT FOR THEM’’ Num 19:46 (ESV)
It’s all about the source of the Fire.
This is not the first time that we see YHVH (The LORD) become angry with an offering made to Him using a wrong source of fire.
‘’Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it and laid incense on it and offered UNAUTHORIZED FIRE before YHVH (the LORD), which He had not Commanded them. 2 And fire came out from before YHVH (the LORD) and consumed them, and they died before YHVH (the LORD).’’ Lev 10:1-2 (ESV)
Notice the Torah does not tell us that the Incense was incorrect but rather it specifically mentions that THE FIRE was UNAUTHORIZED and this is what caused YHVH (The LORD) to become angry and reject Nadab and Abihu’s offering which disrupted YHVH’s (The LORD’s) ORDER of service and the result was their death. In order for Incense to be pleasing before YHVH (The LORD) it must be burnt or its smoke made on the coals that come off of the SACRIFICE ALTAR.
This is the KEY!
Incense is a symbol of prayer.
‘’Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,…’’ Ps 141:2 (ESV)
Yet prayer-Incense (words) cannot be accepted by YHVH (The LORD) and are useless unless, it-they have been made Kodesh (Holy) by the coals off of the SACRIFICE ALTAR!
Why is this important?
Well the coals that make ALL prayer/Incense valid and acceptable to YHVH (The LORD) and therefore allow Hosea 13:2 to perfectly align with and not contradict Torah, must be coals that have come from the SACRIFICE ALTAR and therefore the SACRIFICIAL SERVICE-SYSTEM and have become empowered via YHVH’s (The LORD”S) acceptance of a WORTHY SACRIFICE and that Sacrifice having had its BLOOD spilled at the base of THE ALTAR and its Body burnt via the coals and fire atop the Sacrifice Altar. There is no other way for Incense / Prayer – words to be acceptable to YHVH (The LORD)!
Which brings us back to the Leviticus text.
‘’For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I HAVE GIVEN IT (BLOOD) FOR YOU ON THE ALTAR TO MAKE ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life.’’ Lev 17:11 (ESV)
Notice the relationship between BLOOD-ALTAR-ATONEMENT. Now to further cement the argument we are discussing to my knowledge we ONLY have ONE example of a man actually coming before YHVH (The LORD) and said man being forgiven.
This is a truly amazing text as it gives us evidence of the process by which YHVH (The LORD) extends forgiveness the mankind. If our argument is correct that ALL ATONEMENT comes about just as YHVH (The LORD) told us via Lev 17:11 witness of BLOOD and The ALTAR aka The Sacrificial system then this amazing ONLY witness with either prove or disprove our entire position and therefore belief.
You ready to view this amazing text witness, again the ONLY witness to my knowledge of a man getting forgiveness in the presence of YHVH (The LORD). If what our Jewish brothers tell us that sacrifice and blood have nothing to do with forgiveness and all we need is words of repentance then this Tanakh text recording of this once off event will prove it once and for all!
Here we go!
We going to read from the book of Isaiah and here we have Isaiah come before YHVH (The LORD) in the earthly or Heavenly temple I am not sure regardless what Tanakh records for us is astounding!
‘’In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above Him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is YHVH (the LORD) of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” 4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “WOE IS ME! FOR I AM LOST; FOR I AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, AND I DWELL IN THE MIDST OF A PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS; FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, YHVH (THE LORD) OF HOSTS!” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, HAVING IN HIS HAND A BURNING COAL THAT HE HAD TAKEN WITH TONGS FROM THE ALTAR. 7 AND HE TOUCHED MY MOUTH AND SAID: “BEHOLD, THIS HAS TOUCHED YOUR LIPS; YOUR GUILT IS TAKEN AWAY, AND YOUR SIN ATONED FOR.” Isa 6:1-7 (ESV)
Remember this is the only text we have of a human coming before YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Throne and getting forgiveness what do we learn from this truly amazing text?
The prophet Isaiah does speak words – “WOE IS ME! FOR I AM LOST; FOR I AM A MAN OF UNCLEAN LIPS, AND I DWELL IN THE MIDST OF A PEOPLE OF UNCLEAN LIPS; FOR MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE KING, YHVH (THE LORD) OF HOSTS!”
But what we must focus on is YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Response, does the ALL POWERFUL YHVH simply say ‘’I forgive you Isaiah’’
He could have but this is NOT what He does instead YHVH (The LORD) instructs a Seraphim to take a COAL off of the INCENSE ALTAR a COAL that had to come off of the AUTHORISED FIRE on the SACRIFCE ALATR this coal is used to touch Isaiah’s lips and immediately Isaiah’s GUILT and SIN are ATONED FOR!!!!!!!!!!!
Though the prophet Isaiah came before YHVH (The LORD) with words YHVH (The LORD) used the TEMPLE SACRIFICAL SYSTEM to give Isaiah FORGIVENESS!
Our Jewish brothers have taught us the primary principle of Kabbalah as being, “As above, so below” which means everything on earth is a copy of Image of the Heavenly. We see Torah give support for this idea in Adam being created as an earthly copy of the Heavenly YHVH (The LORD), and so we understand that the Temple STRUCTURE AND ITS SERVICES are not something that originated on earth they too are from Heaven. It is my belief that if Isaiah saw YHVH (The LORD) sitting on His Throne with Seraphim serving Him that this event of forgiveness via coals from the Sacrifice Altar took place in the Heavens and the question then is…..
What or more correctly, Who’s Blood and Body are worthy enough to be acceptable on the Heavenly Temples Sacrifice Altar, A Sacrifice powerful enough atone for all mankind’s sins? 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. 9 If any man have an ear, let him hear’’ Rev 13:8-9 (KJV)
and the book of Hebrews gives us this interesting witness
‘’For Machiach is not entered into the holy places made with hands, WHICH ARE THE FIGURES OF THE TRUE; BUT INTO HEAVEN ITSELF, now to appear in the presence of Elohim (God) for us: 25 Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 26 For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared TO PUT AWAY SIN BY THE SACRIFICE OF HIMSELF.’’ Heb 9:24-26 (KJV)
Indeed it is just as Machiach (Messiah) said
‘’Yeshua saith unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME.’’ Jon 14:6 (KJV)
In the twice daily Temple Incense service (which was a prayer time) Incense was burned on the Incense Altar and the smoke ascended over the curtain separating the Kodesh (The Holy Place) from the Kodesh HaKodeshim (The Most Holy Place) and entered before the ark, the earthly symbol of YHVH’s (The LORD’s) Heavenly Throne. It is only via the coals from the Sacrifice Altar that had interacted with the atoning Blood and Body of the sacrifice as per Lev 17:11, that Incense-prayers can be turned into smoke and thus made Kodesh (Holy) enough and able to ASCEND and cross the physically impenetrable separation between man in this world and his Creator represented by the partition curtain and allow mankind’s prayers acceptable enough for them to actually be able to come before YHVH’s (The LORD’s) THRONE.
Mankind and His Creator linked to each other across the physically impenetrable separation by Incense (Aromatics) and by both their senses of smell, all made possible by the Sacrifice of Machiach (Messiah) Yeshua!
Selah (think deeply about what has been shared)
There is no subject in Torah more discussed than Temple Services, and all Temple service revolves around Sacrifice in which a perfect and blameless one takes Judgement or causes reconciliation between sinful mankind and his Creator. In my humble opinion atonement coming via Temple service aka sacrifice should not even be a issue of contention.