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Monday, September 1, 2008

Truth Does Not Change


"The entirety of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures forever." Psalm 119:160

The entirety of God's word is truth. The Bible holds the exclusive control of truth. The funny thing about truth - it does not change. If we reject that, even by accident or misunderstanding we cannot understand what the Psalmist is saying when he writes "Your righteous judgments endures forever." The key to understanding truth is to understand God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and He never changes His mind. He teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer.

In my last post "Messiah's Bible" we clarified what Bible Messiah read and taught from. If you have not read that, I'd like to encourage you to consider it.
"For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
Truth does not change! God does not change. Sounds simple right, but when we believe this truth it allows us to understand God's word for what it is - unchanging. We then understand that all of it applies to us.

Many Scripture verses teach this truth:

"By Myself I have sworn; Truth has gone from My mouth, a word that will not be revoked: Every knee will bow to Me, every tongue will swear allegiance." Isaiah 45:23

“He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a man, that he should change his mind.” 1 Samuel 15:29

“I the Lord do not change.” Malachi 3:6

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

“In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” Psalm 102:25-27

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
In my Scripture studies I have learned that God gave us His "eternal" unchanging instruction manual on how we are to walk out a life of faith, separated to demonstrate our love to our Creator and God.

Yet many of us simply refuse to 1) read, 2) study and 3) follow the teaching and instruction of God in His BOOK OF LIFE.

His holy Word was given to be a simple guide to lead us. After all it is Jesus (Yeshua) that taught from Deuteronomy 30:11-14 when He said:
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30
After all how hard is it to rest once every 7th day and honor the Sabbath? And how hard can it be to honor The Lord's 7 appointed Feast Days each year?


Many, perhaps in innocence follow the teaching of others and ignore God's word as if it were an old law book to be kept on a bookshelf or coffee table as a decoration of faith.


Others open it but only to follow along listening to the precepts, doctrines and religions of men with sermons that say God changed His mind and moved His Sabbath Day of rest from the last day of the week to the first. The same men teach that God changed His Passover Days to Good Friday and Easter Sunday and that he "did away" with the rest of His appointed Holy Days. They even say God changed His mind about what meats He made as food for us to eat and which ones were not designed by the Creator for food. But did He?

When we listen to the howl of the wolf in sheep's clothing we are bound to stumble through our lives without knowing what God has to say directly to us and we often end up just relying on mere men to guide us and teach us a tradition, doctrine or theology that God changes His mind and that God provides dispensation and replacement not restoration and adoption.

Perhaps we think we are too busy or that we have better things to do with our time than studying the Words of our Creator God, so we listen to the traditions of others once a week or so for 30 minutes, but that might just be a certain recipe for disaster! Perhaps it is why we receive no answer to our prayers:
He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination. Proverbs 28:9
In order to follow God's ancient path, walk His walk and talk His talk, we must remove all the "leavened" teaching from our lives. We must remove "religious" tradition and theology which are not based on God's plain voice in Scripture. We must "wipe the hard drive" sort of, erase the memory stick and let go of the traditions of men, and their doctrines. We must "turn back" - indeed "repent" and return to God's truth and be "doers" of His word. Yeshua (Jesus) said:
"You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God." Mark 12:24
We must search and study the Scripture to know them and the restorative power of our Creator God. After all, that is what being a child of God is all about.

It is "Messiah" that can bring us "out of" the bondage of sin and it penalty "death" by His ultimate "grace" that is shown by His death and His resurrection as the Lamb of God. It is likewise "Messiah-in-us" who by His comforting Spirit provides the required day-by-day 'grace' to allow Him to live in us in love demonstrated by obedience to His word.

I have something VERY important for you to consider... we are "under the law" and "under grace". But that doesn’t mean God's instruction for living has gone away. Unless we live for Him by faith - we will always be "under the law" and that law folks is the first rule of God, the death sentence given to Adam & Eve for willful disobedience to the Creator's instruction and teaching. If one thinks they are not under the law then what... do you think you are above the law?

Think of grace and law in a practicable way... have you ever driven your past the speed limit and not realized it until you saw the flashing police lights in your rear view mirror? How about this... have you ever been pulled over and not given a ticket? Well, the fact that the police officer gave you some grace does not mean that the officer did away with the law. The law was not done away with, but grace was given for the trespass of the law.

The law of death and separation from God is "the law" hung on the cross. It is from the law of the death sentence that our Savior can redeem us. The divorce decree was annulled on the cross.

He finished what began in the garden.

The penalty given in the beginning near the tree of life for deliberately and willfully opposing God’s teaching and instruction. This is the law and rule of Eden that only He can annul, one that can be "finished", but only by mercy and grace from 'The One' that declared it.

That is why God gave us the instruction in the Torah of the adulterous wife. It is the parable teaching that says the woman found guilty of adultery may not marry another man while her first husband he is still alive. The dilemma is raised in Jeremiah 5:7. Yeshua gives us the promised solution, the appointed "visit":
"Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith YHVH: and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" Jeremiah 5:9
The prophecy of Messiah's visit as the son of God is amazing and powerful, beyond belief. He came so that the harlot lost sheep can be re-married as "the bride of Messiah"! He had to die by His own unchanging word given to both Adam and Moses. He promised to finish that penalty in the beginning by crushing the head, the authority of the deceiver, an authority over the world given to him by Adam which is physical death.

God is life. His word, His Torah is the "book of life" He teaches us to live by. You can be saved by grace and the mercy of God at the cross, but Torah is about fellowship and relationship with God. It is how we can demonstrate our love for our Creator and what He has done for our redemption. This life principle is one of the reasons we can read these words:
Malachi 3:6 For I YHVH do not change, therefore you, O sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Messiah brings eternal life through His resurrection. The law hung on the cross is not the Torah (the life teaching) constitution of God's Kingdom. The Torah has always been with us, "in the beginning was the word" just as grace HAS always been with us. Grace and law (Torah) fit together just as a body and spirit fit together. They are both from the One living, unchanging and loving eternal God. His instruction is supposed to be lived our in our heart not on a stone! That is the message and promise of the new (re-newed) covenant. See for yourself:
"But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith (YHVH) the LORD, I will put my law [Torah] in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people." Jeremiah 31:33
Faith allows Messiah to walk with us in obedience to His life teaching. So we must examine ourselves daily, examine our traditions and our understanding to see whether we are walking "in His Faith," or practicing the doctrines of men.

Bottom line, we must choose because God always give us the choice. For example, do we persist in keeping non-Biblical holidays instead of Messiah's appointed holy days, His set-apart Feasts or do we choose to continue to believe the precepts and the traditions of men.

Are we believers of man's vain words or God's voice?
This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with [their] lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching [for] doctrines the commandments of men. Matthew 15:8-9

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, [as] the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Mark 7:8-9
If you watch a lot of TV, take the time to figure out how much time a year you spend doing that versus studying His in His word or praying. Who's in first place? God or American Idol?

I love studying the Word of God. I pray that you will too and that is why you are here at this website today.

We have arrived at the promised and appointed time when God's people are turning away from the traditions of man and returning to the intimacy of God's holy instruction. The teaching and instruction that is found in His Word.

Jesus, the one whose Hebrew name is Yeshua is calling as with promised spirit of Elijah, there is a restoration that is happening everywhere. People dispersed around the globe are hearing the call of His voice and turning back to observing His instructions, the ones many, including me have ignored in the past as my only focus was on the gospel message of salvation. I was missing the mark on many things. Funny but that is the Hebrew meaning of sin, "missing the mark". We can see that when we break the language barrier!

Salvation is a mighty gift, but there is more. God wants us to live His Kingdom way, His righteous way. His "Spirit Filled" walk includes the teaching and instruction found in His Torah. His path includes His instruction which was recorded by Moses and it includes some basics that set us apart. These include honoring the observance of His Sabbath, His diet plan and His appointed, set-apart Feast days. This repentance and return to His covenant teaching is described in chapters 9 through 14 of Zechariah and in the brief words found in Malachi 4 that speak to the end days before the coming of The Lord. So let's look at Malachi's admonishment:
"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, [with] the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Malachi 4:4-6
A short time ago I felt the call of repentance and came to the urgent realization that I needed to "do" the word of God, not just read it.

Soon God's words began to make sense and I realized its truth NEVER changes. I had grown up looking at the Bible from a point of view that led me to seek the interpretations, theologies, philosophies, and traditions of others rather than from His word. I felt that there was something missing in my life. Perhaps you have felt this too in your own "life" as well. If you compartmentalize areas your life into a "spiritual" life you too may have the same feeling I had experienced for many years. A a sense that there had to be something more, much more to how I should live, more to worship. My walk reminded me of those "get rich" TV ads that tell you if you buy their book or tape you will obtain some new insight into something new, but the reality is, it never happens, it never lasts. I knew that I was missing something in my relationship with God. I also knew that I was not DOING my part.

Then something very obvious dawned on me. I realized that virtually all of the Bible was recorded by Hebrew men in the Hebrew language. It didn't take long before I realized I needed to study the Scriptures from a Hebraic lens. I even began to look at Paul's letters from his Hebraic world view and it was not long before I discovered his teaching's, like Yeshua's were based 100% in the Torah and in the writings of the ancient Hebrew prophets of Israel. My confusion and perhaps yours to comes from the fact that most English Bibles have been translated from Hebrew into Greek, then from Greek into Latin and in some cases into English. With each translation, the original meaning of the Hebrew words are somehow lost, so we have been innocently ignorant in many ways regarding the truth in God's word.

With God's "Hebrew" mindset, I found that I needed to look deeper into some of the sermons and teachings I'd heard for years. With this post, I simply want to encourage you to open up the Word of God, commit yourself to study and obeying the God of Israel in spirit and in truth and to make a personal spirit-provoked decision to actually read and study the entire Bible for yourself. Just ask God to show you the way and He will lead.

Messiah came to give us pure living water, that is the refreshing Spirit of His word. His message is that we should to refresh our minds and learn from the original themes and word meanings that God gives us in His unchanging word. I have discovered that His voice comes alive and I have also learned to engage in critical thinking, discussion and sharing with others that have a better understanding of His Word. I also found that a typical "western" mindset sometimes skews the meaning and translation of the many Hebrew themes and phrases of Scripture. I know many others have found this to be true as well in these exciting times.

Once I began to learn to search out the root meanings of the Hebrew words of Scripture, my conceptual framework changed dramatically. I believe yours will too! I also discovered that the Bible was never designed as an old and new testament. If you have a page separating the so called "old" and "new" testaments in your Bible, consider tearing it out at least conceptually. The Bible is not a book of the old and new but rather it is the fully integrated, unchanging whole word and message of God for all mankind. I have also learned that the Hebrew verses of Scripture are written in a wonderfully poetic and thematic pattern so that the stories, parables and prophecies can be understood with several levels of understanding and fulfillment. In this way, the words and stories ebb and flow from a historical perspective into the prophetic and they all teach of Messiah in some amazing way.

I have realized too that the old saying "what goes around comes around" is a great explanation of the dimensions of the unchanging Hebraic patterns found throughout Scripture.
"I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; and God has done it, that men should fear before him." Ecclesiastes 3:14
Once, I finally realized that the depth and dimension of the word of God must be gained by studying it from its root of Hebraic perspective I came to understand what Zephaniah meant when he recorded God's own promise:
"For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent." Zephaniah 3:9
The truth is, we certainly cannot understand the New Testament without its foundation. So if your are stuck in the last quarter of His word like I was, read the Scriptures our Master studied, after all the "New" Testament wasn't even written when He walked and taught from the Scriptures. Think about that! You might want to read my blog about this titled Messiah's Bible.

"God's Word is absolute. He keeps His Word through eternity.
For I [am] the LORD, I change not..." Malachi 3:6
"Jesus", the man that was actually called Yeshua (whose name means "salvation) read and taught from the Scriptures that are written in the Hebrew tongue. I confess that I like many, grew up mistakenly thinking that Jesus somehow started a new "religion" which was no longer "under" the law. I also confess that I believed that God changed His mind and that the "church" authorized a new Sabbath day for rest and worship called Sunday.

I also believed that the disciple Peter was given an inspired vision that changed God's instruction to not eat certain foods. The problem was, I did not continue on to study what Peter really said about his dream vision. It wasn't about food at all but about people. Acts 10 tells us that Peter saw "all manner of four footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air". You know things like rats, pigs and snakes. Funny thing is we still call people by these names... "he's a rat, a snake in the grass, a real pig". What God was teaching Peter is that all men are created in His image, God is the sole judge of mankind, not us.

I also grew up ignorant of God's appointed days.

These feast days are first outlined in Leviticus and they are not intended for the Jewish people alone. They are called "The Lord's feasts" throughout the Bible. This means they are for all people. They are meant to be observed by everyone because they are prophetic and serve as signs of great events in Messiah's life and purpose. Today they serve as reminders of the events of the past and they foreshadow the future.

Many people are asleep at the wheel like I was when it comes to the great significance of God's appointed days. Each of His Sabbaths must be rediscovered by every believer including the weekly Sabbath established by the time line of creation itself and the seven appointed feasts which outline God's eternal plan of salvation, redemption and restoration.

The spring feasts were the appointed days for Messiah's first coming, the fall feasts are the appointed days of His Second Coming.

During the summer of 2000, when I learned that my view of God's Sabbaths were skewed by my own "western" "Greek" mindset I came to understand why Jeremiah prophesied about this "Gentile" dilemma:

"O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit." Jeremiah 16:19

Think about this, the Messiah, the anointed one was born into the tribe of Judah and from the lineage of David, the one many know as Jesus, the one whose Hebrew name is Yeshua:
· Was circumcised on His 8th day
· Ate only "clean" foods as defined within the Torah
· Healed others and wore the blue fringed "tallit" prayer shawl
· Lived His entire life fully observant to every jot and tittle of Torah
· Attended and taught in the synagogues of the land Israel
· Read His Word: the Torah of Moses, the Prophets and the Writings
· Honored Sabbath and all the appointed "Feast Days of The Lord"
In fact, an amazing evidence of Messiah Yeshua's unchanging stature and His observance of every aspect of Scripture and Torah is shown by a look at the instruction of the tassel as a remembrance.

Let's look at Numbers 15:37-41:
"The Lord said to Moses, "Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner. "And it shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord , to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to whore after. "So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and be holy to your God. "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God: I am the Lord your God.""
Just look in Matthew and you too will see that Yeshua was observant of this command:
"And behold, a woman who had suffered from a discharge of blood for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe [tassel] of his garment, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well." Matthew 9:20-22
Mark 5:25-34 tells the same story. In fact, Mark goes on the tell us that many others were healed in the same manner:
"And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole." Mark 6:56
This was a prophecy fulfilled by Messiah that was given to Malachi:
"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings," Malachi 4:2
According to Jewish sages and tradition, this Sun of Righteousness referred to in Malachi's prophecy was understood to be The Messiah, the light of the world who would have the power to heal whom ever touched the tzit-tzit (wings) of his garment. The Hebrew word "wing" here is "kanaph". It means corner of garment... the very place Numbers 15 tells us the tzitzit is to be worn.

Did you know that the fringes of the "Tassel", the tzit-tzit are tied with 10, 5, 6 and 5 windings representing the Hebrew letters YHVH - Yod-Hey-Vav-Hey, the Hebrew spelling of the name of the God of Israel? In the Hebrew alphabet, each letter represent a number. Yod=10, Hey=5, Vav=6. Revelation shows us the fulfillment of this tradition of tying the tassel to represent His name: "On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords." Revelation 19:16

Many have misunderstood this to mean a banner or perhaps even a tattoo, but now with "Hebrew eyes", perhaps you can now see that truth does not change. The tzitzit described in the Torah of Numbers is even found in Revelation.

The Bible remains a beautifully woven tapestry and much like the tassels and garments of the High Priest Yeshua, it combines all aspects of the Messiah's life and ministry. Like the gold stands interwoven within the priestly garments, the words of Scripture weave an ongoing theme about Him.

In totality, the Scriptures address all the prophesied aspects of the events of Messiah's life and His purpose. Truly understanding the identity of the Messiah can only come from an understanding and acceptance of all of the Scriptures He read and taught from. These Hebraic Scriptures that begin with the words of Moses all concern Him. It is in these "jots and tittles" that wisdom must be sought out by you on your personal "road to Emmaus".
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:18-19
"If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. John 5:39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me." John 5:46

"And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:44-46
"Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me." Psalms 40:7
When you consider the deep meaning of this you will realize that Yeshua:
· Is also the one known as the Angel, the messenger (word) of The LORD.
· He appeared as the one who is like God - Michael.
· He appeared in the fire of Abraham's sacrifice, the bush before Moses, atop the mountain before Israel and among them as the pillar of fire by night and the cloud by day.
· He spoke the unchanging words to Moses and to each and every prophets.
If you really want to understand what God has to say to you, what He says about His eternal plan and His plan for you, there is only one thing to do, you must study His Word, all of it through the language lens and Hebraic thought in which The Scriptures are written. Do your own homework. Study the Scriptures of the Bible and separate yourself from the the traditions of men. Consider these words Yeshua spoke to three great witnesses, the prophets we call Isaiah, Hosea and Zechariah:
"Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because [they have] no knowledge: and their honorable men [are] famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst." Isaiah 5:13 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children." Hosea 4:6 “… In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all [the] languages of the nations, [the ten men] even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.” Zechariah 8:23
Yeshua (Jesus), the Anointed One, the Messiah [Yeshua HaMashiach] is the human expression of the invisible Creator, He is "The" one God and King of the universe. He is indeed God, yet lived as a man so that sin could be covered. He called Himself the Son of man and He came to earth born of a virgin and lived a fully Torah observant, sinless life. Yet He suffered as the humble Messiah ben Joseph and He died to redeem mankind from sin and its penalty, death with His blood which is life. He lives because He arose bodily in resurrection from the dead three days later and ascended 40 days later into the dimension and realm we call heaven. As the writer of Proverbs and John recorded for us:
"No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man." John 3:13 "Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His son's name, surely you know!" Proverbs 30:4
Yes, it is Yeshua, the Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Holy One of Israel!!

At the critical moment when His earthly life was at stake, the high priest put the question to Him directly: "Are You the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?"

"I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven."

The high priest Caiaphas that served from 18AD-37AD, the son in law of Ananias whom he succeeded in his appointed role, then tore his clothes.
"Why do we need any more witnesses?" he asked. "You have heard the blasphemy." Mark 14:61-64
So amazing was His teaching about God that He equated a person's attitude to Himself with the person's attitude toward God. Thus, to know Him was to know God (John 8:19; 14:7). To see Him was to see God (12:45; 14:9). To believe in Him was to believe in God (12:44; 14:1). To receive Him was to receive God (Mark 9:37). To hate Him was to hate God (John 15:23). And to honor Him is to honor God.

At a future time, the good news, the gospel is... that He will return to the earth as its reigning King, Messiah ben David and He will restore His people to the Kingdom relationship that He established in Eden at creation, for He declares the end form the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).

Indeed, God's salvation is by grace, the free gift of God apart from good deeds and works; His salvation is through personal faith in [Yeshua-Jesus] Yeshua HaMashiach. All who follow His path of living are sanctified by the Holy Spirit through His word in us, His Torah. When we realize He alone is God and that He saves us through His mercy and grace we become a part of His spiritual family and people Israel, the children of God. Your mind and heart, your life will be changed if you will just follow Him and God will write His teaching and instruction (His Torah) for living upon your heart as you study and do His word.

A renewed understanding is needed to grasp that God's teachings and instruction are truly established for ever for all believers. He does not change. Once you walk in his ways, it will dawn on you as to why the ten commandments were literally "written in stone", not once but twice. Because you love Him, open your Bible, research the Hebrew meanings and themes of His words and do them. They are summed up in His instruction to first love God and to also love your fellow man. Believe what you read, observe it, do and you will be "set apart" demonstrating your love and worship of God in the manner He prescribes. Take hold of His healing prayer shawl and demonstrate your love with your deeds of observing His commandments. Open your heart to daily prayer and offer praise to God and look for something that you can do for others. Look for someone with any need and help them and you will fulfill the Torah of His word. This is what Jeremiah as talking about when he wrote these words:
"Here is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.”" Jeremiah 6:16
"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24
Be an over comer!

Believe God, repent and return to His ancient paths and hear His word so that you can believe and DO according to all His word - the eternal fountain of living water and bread of life. Believe it or not, according to Messiah, this IS HOW you pass from death into life:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24
"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it." 2John 1:6
Take another look at Leviticus and Deuteronomy. God's Torah, His instruction is divided into three parts. Which apply to you? The instructions given to all His people, the instructions given to the Levites or the instructions given to the High Priest.

In the same way, the Tabernacle had three parts, the "court", the "holy" and the "holy of holies". It also had three metals being bronze, silver and gold whose value and precious nature increases. The altar and the basin were made of bronze, the stakes and hooks that held the tabernacle together where made of silver and the the ark in the holy of holies held the two stone tablets of the ten commandments and was made of gold.
How set apart and close to God do you want to be? Go for the gold! Like Paul said: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:1-2
Do your part. Get involved in His restoration, return to God's instruction and teaching - His "Torah" then disciple another to do the same.

The Greek word “kai” καί is translated as: “and” in Revelation 14:12 ...
But did they (the translators) perhaps just miss something in the meaning of this word? It also means “indeed”...
“Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, [indeed] the faith of Yeshua.”
I would like to recommend a book for your consideration in your restoration: Should Christians Be Torah Observant?.

If you want to learn about the historical, scriptural faith of believing Israel and the manner that our Messiah and His disciples worshiped before the integration of leaning to not keep God's covenant and refusal to live by and honor his Torah through the mixture of idol worship including its continued impact in religion today, I can suggest a couple of books to you, but keep in mind that with God, knowledge becomes responsibility: Come Out of Her My People, and Too Long in the Sun.

Indeed we are to walk like Yeshua walked. It is the narrow path. Jump on now!

Shalom.

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