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Leviticus 16:1-18:30; Ezekiel 22; Ephesians 5
This is Parasha Acharei Mot for 2022, and we will also be touching on the Parasha for the Feast of Sukkot.
We have a lot of studies on the Nazarene Israel website and also on the YouTube channel. But if you have only been to the YouTube channel and you have not visited us on the Nazarene Israel website, do yourself a favor, there are a lot of resources there regarding the Feast of Sukkot.
So, Shabbat Shalom and also Sukkot Shalom! And Acharei Mot means, ‘after the death’ and this is referring to the death of Aharon’s two sons when they got drunk and brought strange fire before Yahweh. Apparently even priests do the wrong thing sometimes.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 10:1
1 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aharon, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before Yahweh, which He had not commanded them.
So, at this point, if we are thinking about what we are learning overall in our Parasha series, then those of us in Ephraim who truly love Yeshua and want to give him more than just lip service, for those of us who want to do what it takes to please Him in truth, we ought to be asking ourselves some very basic questions.
If what Yahweh wants is for us to hear and then obey His voice; to listen for Him, to have a relationship with Him and then He wants us to keep all of His written commandments and statutes (because that is what His voice said before), then why do we in Ephraim, who claim Yeshua’s Spirit, not make hearing and obeying His voice our number one priority in life?
I mean, if that is what He says He wants then why do we not want that? If we have His Spirit and if we want to be found pleasing to Him in the day He returns, do we not want that also? Because our status as the bride depends on that.
Marqaus (Mark) 12:30
30 And you shall love Yahweh your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
And if we expect our children to take us seriously then why does it always seem to take death or punishment before we in Ephraim are willing to take Yahweh seriously and do what He says?
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 1:19-20
19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land;
20 But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of Yahweh has spoken.
Do we not know that our forefathers took the wedding vow for us many generations ago on Mount Sinai and our forefathers swore for us that we would be faithful until death would do us part (effectively)?
Shemote (Exodus) 19:8
8 Then all the people answered together and said, “All that Yahweh has spoken we will do.” So Moses brought back the words of the people to Yahweh.
So, do we not know that in Scripture, an adulterous and disobedient fiancée is worthy of death? And that as a King going back to His Father’s house, that Yeshua cannot take an impure bride who has failed to purify herself? Can we do the math?
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 20:10
10 ‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 21:27
27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
This is such a difficult subject, you talk with people again, and again, and again, and still it is only a few who really want the truth.
So, as we see in Scripture, there are times when there is pain, and death, and suffering, and then all of a sudden our forefathers begin to take Elohim seriously.
And then we have the majority of our brethren in the Messianic movement who are not really doing anything. They are not even making an attempt to do what Scripture says to do.
So, brothers, sisters, why does it always seem to take pain and death for us and Ephraim to take Yahweh seriously? And how many times do we have to go through this drill? That is the real question.
I mean, do we know from the Revelation study that Tribulation and Armageddon both come before the wedding feast with Yeshua? And do we not know that those of us who are not faithful to Yeshua because we have not purified ourselves by keeping the whole of the Covenant, the marital Contract that we are worthy unto death? That is all we merit, is death.
Tehillim (Psalms) 92:9
9 For behold, Your enemies, O Yahweh, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.
We are asking Him for His favor. What have we done to deserve His favor? He has done everything for us, what have we done for Him?
Romim (Romans) 11:36
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amein.
So, do we not know that Yahweh sends His messengers out in the days of the harvest to gather up the tares and to burn them? And if we know that and we know the fires of the tribulation are coming, then can we afford not to produce good fruit?
Yochanan (John) 15:6
6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
Well, regarding the Torah portion which is Vayiqra (or Leviticus) chapters 16 through 18, we see that Yom Kippur (or the Day of Atonement) which is the wedding feast is on the tenth day of the seventh month, is very special day. It is the most important day of the year. What bride wants to miss her wedding?
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 23:27
27 “Also the tenth day of this seventh month shall be the Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation for you; you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to Yahweh.
Well, first the priest makes atonement for himself, his house and for the people. And chapter 16 in verse 17 says that no man could enter the Tabernacle of Meeting until that atonement had been completed.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 16:17
17 There shall be no man in the tabernacle of meeting when he goes in to make atonement in the Set-apart Place, until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel.
What we need to understand is that these rules were given to us to protect us from death of the kind that Aharon’s two sons experienced when even they did not take Elohim seriously.
So, what does it take to get through to us? What does it take to get through, even to the Levites, that Yahweh is a Set-apart Elohim? We cannot come into His presence without the commanded covering.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 11:44
44 For I am the Yahweh your Elohim. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be set-apart; for I am Set-apart. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
In human terms it is like, “Oh! Hey! Let us just go busting into King David’s court! Let us just see what happens.” So, if we would not go busting into King David’s court, are we going to go busting into Yahweh’s court without an invitation and the appropriate covering?
Brothers, sisters, we cannot enter Yahweh Elohim’s presence as we are. He loves us as we are, but He does not want us to stay that way.
2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap.
So, do we understand that our fleshly nature is truly sinful and that we are unable to enter Elohim’s presence without being either spiritually transformed or atoned for (or both)?
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 64:6
6 But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
Qorintim Bet (2 Corinthians) 6:17-18
17 Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says Yahweh. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.”
18 “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says Yahweh Almighty.”
A lot of people are trying to hide their flaws, but the thing is, honeymoons are up close and personal and there is not going to be any secrets and we are not going to hide anything from Him in that day (if you will). All of our secrets are going to be laid bare (so to speak) and we are going to be seen for what we truly are, not for what we would like to see ourselves as, in our own eyes, but how He sees us (which is a different thing).
Qorintim Aleph (1 Corinthians) 14:25
25 And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship Elohim and report that Elohim is truly among you.
And the truth is, if we are not doing everything Yeshua told us to do, that our forefathers contracted for at Mount Sinai, that we would hear His voice, be diligent to do it, and obey everything that was written, if we do not do that, brothers and sisters, He is going to consider us unfit and unclean. And He is not going to take an unfit and unclean bride back to His Father’s house. He is just not going to do it. That is, the point of the exercise is to weed out the ones that do not want to do all that He says.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 21:8
8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
And when we study the Revelation timeline, we see that Armageddon comes before the wedding feast. Do you know what I am saying?
Okay, so the purging comes before the pleasure (so to speak) and it is only the five wise virgins who go into the wedding feast. It is the five wise virgins who were preparing. So, are we preparing both inside and out, but mostly on the inside? We will talk about that later.
Well, there are all sorts of different analogies for the wisdom of the Spirit. For example, in Matthew (or Mattityahu) chapter 22 verse 11, Yeshua said that we cannot enter the wedding without the correct garment.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 22:11
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.
He is saying, if we do not have the correct garment, we are going to be cast into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. And basically, that is because we chose to snooze on our golden opportunity to give our lives, lock stock and barrel, to Yeshua.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 22:13
13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Service to Yeshua, that is something we put on like a garment. We are not born with it; it does not come built in. We do not get it automatically after the immersion. No, rather, it is something we get when we are born again, there is another way we have to grow in Him our whole lives.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 16:25
25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
And this is something we have to put on like the full armor of Elohim, like the garment of praise. And while we have to have our waist girded with the truth (we have to stand for the truth), we have to put on the breastplate of righteousness, or the breastplate of keeping Yeshua’s Torah (in context). And we have to fit our feet with the Good News of Yeshua’s kingdom. Meaning, wherever we walk, we need to be spreading the Good News of Yeshua’s kingdom.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 6:13-15
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of Elohim, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
So, brothers, sisters, as long as we are putting on all those garments, why not put on the wedding garment as well?
But someone will ask, “What is the wedding garment?” Then someone of course will say, “Oh! I know, it is the second century style tallit that brother Judah wears today that was created after the Roman exile!” They could not go to land anymore, they had to adapt their clothing so it could fit into any environment worldwide. “So, be sure to wear your second century style tallit!” Hello? Is Ephraim-body home?
The second century style tallit did not exist yet in the first century, okay? Yeshua would not have known what it was.
So, what Yahweh is talking about is the Spirit that we put on like a garment, that is dedicated to abiding in His Son, until faithfully as a chaste bride, death parts us (so, which with Yeshua in our renewed life will not be ever but we have to show that loyalty and that allegiance to Him now). That is what the whole thing is about.
Are we showing allegiance; are we showing loyalty to Him? Are we willing to be true to Him until death does us part?
So, the question becomes then: Are we abiding in Yeshua and are we seeking to do His will 24/7? Are we remaining in connection with the vine?
Qolossim (Colossians) 1:10
10 that you may walk worthy of Yahweh, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Elohim;
Yochanan (John) 15:4
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
And do we realize that those who do not have the right garment of giving themselves to Yeshua 100 percent eagerly, they do not have the wedding garment? So, what happens to them? They are cast into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. So, whatever we do, we do not want to let ourselves go there.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 22:13
13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
So, should we not ask ourselves – yes, I do not want to say the wrong thing, but – if Yeshua cannot take a sinful bride, then should not we learn from Scripture why we got cast out of the Garden of Eden? It is good Sukkot discussion. And how do we make sure that we are not doing that now? That is what real fellowship is about.
What most people call friend fellowship is just simple friendship. Fellowship is where we talk about how we can fulfill His will together. And while we are talking about things, do we not need to know why we also got cast out of the land of Israel later so we can make sure we are not doing those things right now? Because we are our forefathers seed.
Hoshea (Hosea) 1:2
2 When Yahweh began to speak by Hoshea, Yahweh said to Hosea: “Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from Yahweh.”
Well, if we look in our Haftara prophetic portion in Yechezkel (or Ezekiel) chapter 22 Yahweh seems to say that, really, not very much has changed since we left Egypt. Yahweh chose our forefathers to leave slavery in Egypt; He sprung us from jail (so to speak) and then He wanted us to enter His marriage training program for ex-slave girls.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:26
26 Her priests have violated My Torah and profaned My set-apart things; they have not distinguished between the set-apart and un-set-apart, nor have they made known the difference between the unclean and the clean; and they have hidden their eyes from My Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.
And what our forefathers promised us to do is that we would shema, we would hear His voice and be diligent to do everything that He says and obey all His written commandments and statutes as well like good helpmeets, okay?
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 5:27
27 You go near and hear all that Yahweh our Elohim may say, and tell us all that Yahweh our Elohim says to you, and we will hear and do it.’
Brothers, husbands, do we men know how to demand that our wives be perfect help meets for us? But do we want to do the same thing for Yeshua? Do we want us and our families to be good helpers, good helpmeets for Yeshua?
Well, if we cannot hear Yahweh’s voice, then basically what we need to do is we need to listen and take direction from someone who can hear Yahweh’s voice who is also 100 percent submitted to Yeshua’s Spirit. I am talking all the time. And submitted to the rest of the brethren in the true body.
Romim (Romans) 8:14
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of Elohim, these are sons of Elohim.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:21
21 submitting to one another in the fear of Elohim.
And it is not a joke, and we should not treat it like a joke. There are a lot of people playing silly games with their eternal salvation.
Philipim (Philippians) 2:12
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
But the simple fact is, each moment that we are not submitted to Yeshua’s Spirit 100 percent, then in those moments that we are not submitted, we are effectively cut off from Yeshua; we are cut off from the vine and we are cut off from His true body.
We can pretend the way the Messianics pretend. We can say, “Oh! We can share messages on Facebook with all their tracking and geo-logging that plays right into the New World Order.”
Well, it says, those who are disconnected from Yeshua, those who unplug from Yeshua, those who do not bother to make the effort to stay connected with Yeshua 100 percent of the time – all we have to do is stop making the effort and we become disconnected from Yeshua – and then what happens? Then we are gathered into bundles and we are burned in the fires of the Tribulation and Armageddon, okay? We do not want that, okay?
Mattityahu (Matthew) 13:30
30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”
If we do not want that then how many times does Yeshua have to tell us that we are going to be cut off? What does cutoff mean? It means we are going to die; it means we are not going to survive the Tribulation process; we are not going to survive the return from the dispersion. What helps us to survive the dispersion? Well, the assembly of Philadelphia, truly loving our neighbor. But that is number two, what is number one? We have to truly shema His voice, we have to be diligent to listen for His voice and to do everything that He tells us to do and keep all of His written commandments, and statutes, and judgments.
Shemote (Exodus) 15:26
26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of Yahweh your Elohim and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am Yahweh [Rapha] who heals you.”
Well, Vayiqra (or Leviticus) 18 and verse 3 He warned us not to do as the Canaanites, or the Egyptians, the Mitsrites; He warned us not to do as the Canaanites and the Egyptians do. But if we look, did not our forefathers end up completely like them?
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:3
3 According to the doings of the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances.
Oh! And what about us? Let us take a look with the way Yahweh looks at things. I mean, are we truly doing all like we are supposed to be doing? Our ancestors broke their vows, they played the harlot. Well, so Yahweh cast our forefathers out of the land of Israel. And in this case, in this particular passage, Yahweh refers to both Houses (both Ephraim and Judah), but in the greater overall passage – it is greater than this chapter – but the point is that today we are all scattered and dispersed out among the nations; that is where we are, that is our punishment.
So, now we are surrounded by the exact same abominations that we were supposed to clean out of our homeland. But we did not, so these got them kicked out of our homeland in the first place. So, now we are in the dispersion, surrounded by these abominations.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:15
15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you.
The End Times are coming down. And brother Judah in the land, he is still practicing the exact same abominations that got us kicked out of the land in the first place.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 17:1
1 “The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron; with the point of a diamond it is engraved on the tablet of their heart, and on the horns of your altars,
So, I remember back when I was in Jerusalem from 2003 to 2005, I remember just being shocked when I saw a discotheque open with music blaring in Jerusalem on Yom Kippur. They have all sorts of pride parades (and these kinds of things). Tel Aviv was a number one LGBTQ+ destination at one point I think; I am sure it still is. I mean, these are the times that we are living in, brothers. So, every week we post the news updates to the Revelation News page on the Nazarene Israel website.
There was a lot of fear back originally when we started this, and so we are trying to help people understand where we are on the Revelation timeline so we can know what to expect. And in the decade or more that we have been tracking the news, it lines up with the Revelation timeline perfectly.
And you can read about that in our study on Revelation and The End Times or Revelation Simplified. But the Revelation News shows us where we are on the Revelation timeline week to week. So, everything we see in the news is basically, what we can line up by the prophecy by which one of the horses it is. And Yahweh says He is going to bring punishment upon the disobedient sons, both of Judah and of Ephraim, if we do not turn back. Do we believe Him?
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 18:30
30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways,” says Yahweh Elohim. “Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin.
Now, the Rabbinical version of the Haftara prophetic portion here is about the same thing as usual. As you notice, “Oh! Oh! Look there is a reference to wrongful relationships in the Torah! Oh! Oh! and look there is a reference to the same kind of wrongful relationships in the prophets! Good! Great! We are so excited for this insight!” But can you tell us what Ezekiel means? Can you tell us what Ezekiel is talking about? Can you tell the significance to the house of Judah and Jerusalem today?
And the answer is no, because the Rabbinical order was effectively established in Babylon. So, the rabbinical order is effectively part of Babylon because it is not the original Levitical Order; they are not following the Torah alone and they do not want you to follow what the Torah says alone because they are part of Babylon. So, they want us all to do what they say to do. They want us all to interpret Torah the way they say to interpret the Torah.
Marqaus (Mark) 7:13
13 making the word of Elohim of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
But here we have a clear conflict. Here we have Yahweh telling Judah and Jerusalem (in the greater context He is talking to both houses), He is talking to Judah in Jerusalem, telling him what is going to happen if they do not turn back.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:19
19 Therefore thus says Yahweh Elohim: ‘Because you have all become dross, therefore behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem.
And if you are living in the land, and I know we have certain Rabbis who track us, I sure hope you hear this because what people are doing in Judah and Jerusalem is they are choosing to follow the Rabbis instead of choosing to follow Yahweh and that is not going to cut it in these End Times. And although this passage is addressed to Judah and Jerusalem, again the greater overall context is both houses. And even so, Yahweh likes us to use equal weights and measures.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 19:36
36 You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am Yahweh your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
So, if Judah is going to get punished for doing the wrong thing, then are the Ephraimites not going to get punished for doing the same kinds of abominations and sins?
Starting in verse six, Yahweh gives us a whole list of things that are going to get us kicked out of the land; it is punished and expelled.
First up is idols. Idolatry is just putting anything in between us and Him, anything at all. It can be your spouse, it can be your house, it can be your job, it can be your car, it could be your dog, your cat; anything you are putting in between you and Yahweh, that is an idol.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:3
3 Then say, ‘Thus says Yahweh Elohim: “The city sheds blood in her own midst, that her time may come; and she makes idols within herself to defile herself.
There should be nothing to come between us. He does not like that. Especially not from His supposedly dedicated bride. He is jealous of our attentions. So, we need to be sure to give our attention only to Him.
Shemote (Exodus) 20:3
3 “You shall have no other elohim before Me.
Shemote (Exodus) 34:14
14 (for you shall worship no other elohim, for Yahweh, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous Elohim).”
So, do we have pictures of Jesus, or statues of Miriam, or do we wear golden crosses around our neck, even though we saw in Ezekiel chapter 8 that the cross is the symbol of the sun god Tammuz?
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 8:14
14 So He brought me to the door of the north gate of Yahweh’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.
Brothers, what are we watching on television? Is it praise and worship? Maybe some Hebrew lessons? Maybe some documentary about Israel’s history? Or are we watching sports things that do not build the kingdom; things that do not help Yeshua get the kingdom He deserves, that He died for, that we should be working for Him?
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:11
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Well, does anyone in our nation mistreat an orphan, a widow, or a poor person? And do we perhaps put our own prosperity and ease ahead of building Yeshua’s kingdom, any idolatry going on there?
And it is only about, was it, 0.06 percent of all believers who even give a first tithe (let alone a second or third). So, if they do not put their money where their mouth is, then I guess the next question would have to be: Where is their faith? Because Yeshua says that where your heart is that is effectively where you spend your treasure.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 6:21
21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So, brothers and sisters, where are we spending our treasure? Are we spending it on Elohim? Are we spending it on ourselves?
More things that will get us cut off… Do any Ephraimites in any countries eat blood, like blood sausage? Whether German, or Colombian, or Portuguese, or any other country?
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 12:23
23 Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat.
Or do we perhaps have even false prophets among us; people who say, “Oh! Yahweh said this to me: I am supposed to give a gift to this person for mother’s day”? Or someone says, “I am supposed to honor some pagan holiday.” Does anyone know anyone like that? Or perhaps have we ever done something like that; spoken where Yahweh did not speak?
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 23:16
16 Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; they speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of Yahweh.
Speaking of false prophets, are there perhaps Ephraimites who are taking their pastor’s word over Scripture? Or anyone listening to the Pope rather than listening to Yahweh’s word?
Well, perhaps do we have any Jewish brethren here listening who would prefer to listen to their Rabbi or the Talmud rather than the Torah? These are the kinds of things Yahweh is trying to tell us.
If we do not put Him and His word first in our lives like we say we love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and then we do not put Him first in our lives? If we do not put Him first in our lives, we are not going to be able to distinguish between the clean and the unclean.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 44:23
23 “And they shall teach My people the difference between the set-apart and the un-set-apart, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
Now, in Vayiqra chapter 18 we are told that we are not allowed to have incest going on anywhere in our borders.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:7
7 The nakedness of your father or the nakedness of your mother you shall not uncover. She is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness.
Also, no one – this is Ephraim and Judah, it does not matter, Yahweh’s people – no one is allowed to be laying with women who are on their monthly cleansing or on their monthly blood flow; nowhere in our borders.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:19
19 ‘Also you shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness as long as she is in her customary impurity.
Now, can we imagine the kind of brotherhood that needs to exist in order to make sure this kind of thing does not happen when we come back to the land of Israel?
Another big no-go, no one can offer their children to Molech. And that does not matter whether you are offering them literally to Molech through the fire, or whether it is through abortions, or even human trafficking. Terrible things happen in the end in human trafficking.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:21
21 And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your Elohim: I am Yahweh.
We are also not allowed anywhere in our borders, men with men. The Babylonian government says this is great. Yahweh says no, not allowed.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:22
22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.
Now, to be clear, the way the New World Order was described to me by an attorney who studies these kind of things, he said that basically the New World Order is going to be like a great big club. So, you are allowed to have your church, or your synagogue, or your mosque, or whatever you do, you are allowed your coven (or whatever you do), but it is opt in only.
So, if someone comes and knocks on your door then you can share the Word with them (and this kind of a thing). That is the direction they say we are headed, at least before the ultimate shutdown where it is only the One World Religion that is allowed (we talk about that in our studies on Revelation and The End Times and also in Revelation Simplified on YouTube).
So, there will be a lot of things that show the pace is definitely heating up. But a lot of things Yahweh says are not allowed.
Now, if someone wants to make the choice, but they do not want to obey Yahweh’s Torah, that is okay, but do not call yourself a Nazarene. Or, I do not want to say it is okay, but we cannot stop you. The point is, do not call yourself a sect of the Nazarenes, because by definition we believe everything that is written in the Torah and in the Prophets as the apostle Shaul says in the book of Acts.
Timotheus Bet (2 Timothy) 3:16
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of Elohim, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
So, when Yahweh says something is not allowed, you can do that, but you cannot be a Nazarene. And do something that Scripture said, this is an opt-in club for people who love Scripture and want to obey Scripture cover to cover with the understanding of the Spirit and want to do everything Yeshua says to do; that is what our club is about under the New World Order.
The New World Order says people can be with animals. The Sabbatean Frankist government and the Amalek media is trying to tell us, “No, that is okay. That is the way to go. We got to teach those children this in those public schools.” Yahweh says it is not allowed.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 18:23
23 Nor shall you mate with any animal, to defile yourself with it. Nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it. It is perversion.
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But Yahweh tells us again, and again, and again, that if we as His bridal nation, if we will do according to His voice and do the things He says, we will be His treasured, prized possession among all the peoples of the earth.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 26:18
18 Also today Yahweh has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments,
But if He is going to bring us into the land of the Canaanites and then we are going to disobey – He is going to bring us out of Egypt and into the land of the Canaanites and then we are going to do the exact same things as we He wanted us to leave behind in Egypt before the immersion in the Red sea?
And if we do the things that got the Canaanites vomited out of the land, then why would He not vomit us out of His land?
Verse 14, Yahweh says He would cast us out of His land, and He did it. Here we are today, we are in the dispersion because He did it. Do we understand that we do not get to go home unless we start doing what He said?
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:14-15
14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands remain strong, in the days when I shall deal with you? I, Yahweh, have spoken, and will do it.
15 I will scatter you among the nations, disperse you throughout the countries, and remove your filthiness completely from you.
This is my concern; I think the masses of Ephraim do not get the fact that we do not get to go back home to the land. If we are still doing the same things that got us kicked out of the land.
I mean think about it. You do something wrong, you get kicked out of the house, you say, “Dad, can I come back home?” He is like, “Are you going to change? Have you changed already? Have you made up your mind? You are going to obey My rules; you are going to obey My Torah? You are going to obey My laws, you are going to keep my statutes and judgments?”
“When I talk to you, are you going to listen to what I tell you to do, not just check, check, check, check? Oh! Cleaned my room. Oh! Took out the garbage. But are you going to love Me? Are you going to try and help out around the house? Are you going to be part of the family? You want to marry My Son, but you do not want to be part of the family?”
There are some people, some in Ephraim, they think He is going to be more lenient with us today because we allegedly have Yeshua’s Spirit. Okay, but if we allegedly have Yeshua’s Spirit and we are not completely quenching it, then how come we are not doing the same things as what Yeshua’s Spirit would be doing if Yeshua were here?
Thesaloniqim Aleph (1 Thessalonians) 5:19
19 Do not quench the Spirit.
Because Yeshua’s Spirit is here, it is supposed to be here, it is supposed to be dwelling in each one of us. We are supposed to be giving our lives over completely to Him and His Spirit. That is part of being His bridal nation. And then organizing and performing the deeds that He has for us to do, that is part of the Covenant; as part of the bridal Contract.
Yochanan (John) 14:17
17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
How many do have in Ephraim who think we get to skip that part of the bridal Contract because it is not easy; it is more than just resting and reading on the Sabbath?
Well, I get very concerned for people, because as we show in the Revelation studies, the wedding does not come until after the judgment at trumpet 7.
So, first we the heavenly court, it is seated and the judgment takes place upon the harlot Babylon at trumpet seven. And then that is when the cup judgments are poured out. And Yeshua only comes for His bride after the judgment is passed at trumpet 7. And the cup judgments are then poured out.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 16:1
1 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go and pour out the bowls of the wrath of Elohim on the earth.”
And remember Yeshua might get delayed in His coming, if that tells us how bad things are going to get. But the purging has to have time to work; we have got to be cleaned.
Well, only then, after all the purging, after all the cleaning, then comes Armageddon and the wedding feast. And if we read Scripture for what it says, brothers and sisters, the destruction is going to be so bad that only a tiny remnant of Ephraim and Judah are going to be left alive.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 10:20
20 And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on Yahweh, the Set-apart One of Israel, in truth.
So, if we think about what it means that it will be as it was in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. Everything is written there in Matthew 24.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:37
37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Let us ask ourselves, are we going to be the wise virgin brides who took time to prepare all summer long, who were diligent; they had oil, they had wicks when the bridegroom came and He was delayed. Or we are going to be the foolish virgin brides who were unprepared; took the summer easy; took the summer off. Oh! We expect the bridegroom to wait on us while we get more wicks and oil?
Mattityahu (Matthew) 25:8
8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
He is not going to wait. We have got to be ready for Him when He comes. Whenever that is, no one knows how long we have left. Any one of us could die tonight.
Well, back in Parasha Mishpatim, Yahweh told our ancestors that He would melt them like silver and tin in fire, purified like gold and silver in the fire. That He would do that basically for all the same abominations that our ancestors committed, that we in our societies and our nations are still committing today.
So, Yahweh said our ancestors had become like dross, okay? Dross is the slag it is the impurities that you take away when you smelt metal and you apply all the heat to melt it. And then what you do is, the impurities rise to the surface and you scrape those away. That is the dross, that is the slag; that is what you take out of the metal to make it pure. Yahweh is saying that, we as His people have become so bad, we have become the filth that He wants to take away for us to become refined.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 22:18
18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin, iron, and lead, in the midst of a furnace; they have become dross from silver.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 1:18
18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” says Yahweh, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
So, He sent us to clean up the land of Canaan, but we ended up just walking just like the Canaanites with a little bit of mix from the Egyptians. I mean, forgive me, but just look at the land of Israel today. Can Yahweh be pleased? Look at the Ephraimite nations today; look where we have gotten to. Can Yahweh be pleased with that?
Well, brothers, if we know we are wrong and we repent, then how can we be renewed? We need to make changes. What should we do instead? So, for questions like this that deal with renewal, let us turn to the Renewed Covenant (or the Brit Chadasha). And this week, Ephesim (or Ephesians) chapter 5 hits things from another angle. If we want to be Yeshua’s bride, then verses 1 and 2 tell us we need to walk in the love of Yeshua Messiah; imitating Elohim. So, do we do that?
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:1-2
1 Therefore be imitators of Elohim as dear children.
2 And walk in love, as Messiah also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to Elohim for a sweet-smelling aroma.
If we try to love everyone we meet, we may have a word of discipline, but do we love them and not just those who love us?
It is like Yeshua says in the beatitudes. Verse 3 tells us to put off fornication; got to be married if you are living together. Put off all uncleanness and all covetousness.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:3
3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
Well, verse 4 tells us to put off filth, foolish talking, and course jesting. This is like Yeshua tells us that we will be judged according to every idle word.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:4
4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
So, basically the net upshot is we should only speak the words He gives us to speak, especially if we are seeking the prophetic gift. We write about that in the Nazarene Scripture Studies series.
A prophet is one who hears Elohim’s voice and then speaks according to it. And we are all supposed to be earnestly desiring the gift of prophecy. So, if that is an office or gift we want to develop, we should learn to hear His voice and then to speak only the words He gives us to speak; that is the role of a prophet.
And verse 4 tells us to give thanks in everything. And give thanks for everything, that is such a key. There is no way to take joy in trials, or maybe there is, but I do not know of a way to take joy in trials without giving thanks for everything; it is such a key. It takes everything to the next level when we learn to give thanks for everything and in everything because of what we learn and how we are becoming refined.
Verse 5 tells us that you must not be a fornicator (you have got to be married). No to unclean persons, no to covetous men, and no to idolaters.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:5
5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Messiah and Elohim.
We know what an idolater is, that is someone who puts something of the world ahead of their relationship with Elohim. No one who puts anything in front of their relationship with Elohim has any inheritance in the kingdom of Yeshua and Elohim because it is not total dedication and commitment to Him. And Elohim’s wrath will come upon the sons of disobedience who claim Yeshua’s blood, but who did not sign up for Yeshua’s bridal training program because that is just hypocrisy.
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:6
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of Elohim comes upon the sons of disobedience.
How can we say that we love and serve Him when we do not do what He says? It is like Yeshua says, “Why do you call yourselves My disciples when you do not do what I say?”
Luqa (Luke) 6:46
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Master, Master,’ and not do the things which I say?
Well, what we would suggest is that anyone who wants to be taken as one of Yeshua’s wise virgin brides should go ahead and read this whole chapter and basically ask Yahweh to show you, ask Him to show us what we need to know. What we do not want to do, we do not want to read Scripture as if we are getting it right already.
It is like the parable of the Pharisee with the tax collector; Pharisee, which is humbling himself, and we are like, “Well, I already get it. I already rest on the Sabbath. I already rest on the Feasts. I am already keeping Torah. I took work off for Sukkot, at least for the High Days. I am getting it right already. Look how righteous I am.”
Okay, that is not the question we should be asking ourselves. The question we should be asking ourselves is, our forefather was an Aramean, we went down into slavery in Egypt and we were slave girls for 430 years and we learned all sorts of wrong things in Egypt. Now we have got to get cleaned up. And there are all sorts of wrong things going on in the land of Canaan and we have got to stay away from those things, okay? And we are supposed to form a brotherhood that can make sure none of these abominations take place within any of the countries where we dwell and that is a function of the brotherhood; getting things right is a function of obeying everything Yeshua says to do.
Yochanan (John) 15:10
10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
So, the question we ought to be asking ourselves is: Where are we getting things wrong? How can we improve? That is what we need to be asking ourselves while we are reading Scripture. How can we be found faithful in His sight? These are questions for fellowship.
Tehillim (Psalms) 19:12-13
12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.
Again, fellowship is not friendship. A lot of people, they have friendship and fellowship. What they do is they have friendship on Shabbat, they call it fellowship, but it is not really fellowship. Fellowship is when we are asking ourselves, “Yahweh, how can we do better? Yahweh, we know we are sinful. Yahweh, we know we do not measure up. Yahweh, we know we have got to be renewed and transformed.” Even the apostle Paul did not consider that he had arrived.
So, how can we become more pleasing to Him? How can we become that Proverbs 31 bride who pledges herself to Him for life; for better for worse, in sickness and in health? How can we renew and redouble our love for Him? How can we renew or double our dedication for Him? We are talking about renewal; these are questions for the Renewed Covenant.
So, if you are Jewish and you are listening – we know we have some Jewish listeners – have you read the Renewed Covenant for yourself or have you just listened to what the Rabbis have to say about it?
And do you understand that the Renewed Covenant is an intensely Jewish book? Because the Christians do not understand it as an intensely Jewish book, it does not mean it is not an intensely Jewish book, because our Messiah is Jewish.
Yochanan (John) 4:22
22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
So, maybe, someone will say, “Well, I would read it, but I do not like to pay. So, well, if you are Jewish you do not have to pay. If you are Jewish, look up the society for distributing Hebrew Scriptures and just ask for a free copy and they will send you a free Tanakh and a free parallel Brit Chadasha in both Hebrew and I believe your language of choice among the languages they have to offer. And their books have the Hebrew on the right-hand side, the position of honor, and the language, like English, on the left-hand side. It is a very good resource.
If you are an Ephraimite, you must pay. Do not worry about it. It is a good resource, but if you are Jewish, it is free. Look up the society for distributing Hebrew Scriptures out of England.
And this year, Acharei Mot lines up with Sukkot. And again, Acharei Mot means after the death referring to the death of Aharon’s two sons back in Parasha Shemini. And it shows us that even priests have to obey the rules, or they also will die.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 10:1-2
1 Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aharon, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before Yahweh, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from Yahweh and devoured them, and they died before Yahweh.
And that is something to think about if you are teaching, or if you are calling yourself a minister, or if you have a Saturday Night Live TV program, we also need to obey the rules or we also will suffer an even greater punishment (something to think about).
Ya’akov (James) 3:1
1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.
So, if we think about it, it is only after the deaths that take place during the Tribulation and the cup judgments, that we are eventually going to arrive at Armageddon. And it is going to be continuous downward spiral from here.
And as we show in our study on Revelation and The End Times and in Revelation Simplified on YouTube, Armageddon is the wedding feast. Surprise! So, it has got some funny jokes. So, the bride’s dress does not have any spots or wrinkles, but she arrives wearing combat boots.
So, there are a lot of things we could say, but as we celebrate the fact, the amazing fact that Yahweh chose us, let us remember what the big picture is, okay?
We are entering the wedding week, that is what Sukkot symbolizes. So, we have made it, but let us remember the Tribulation and Armageddon come first.
In Shemote (or Exodus) chapter 34, starting in verse 10, Yahweh tells us that, if we want to be His Son’s bride, meaning if we want to survive the Tribulation, if we want to survive to see the wedding feast (which again that is what Sukkot symbolizes), once again, we need to listen for His voice and do all that He says to do, diligently. That we need to keep all the written commandments and statutes as well.
Shemote (Exodus) 34:10
10 And He said: “Behold, I make a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation; and all the people among whom you are shall see the work of Yahweh. For it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.
So, to do this, do we not need to pray for hearing in the Spirit?
Yochanan (John) 3:34
34 For He whom Elohim has sent speaks the words of Elohim, for ELohim does not give the Spirit by measure.
There is a lot of people out there, they love Yahweh, they love Elohim, but they do not hear in the Spirit, okay?
Well, let us be like the widow with the unjust judge, okay? Let us ask and seek and knock until He gives us this good gift of His Spirit (or His Son’s Spirit) and the ability to hear in the Spirit. And if we should earnestly desire the prophetic gift then, we should desire the ability to speak according to what we hear in the Spirit as well. That is gifts any one of us can ask for if Yahweh chooses to give the gift. Then, it is up to us to learn how to develop it.
Luqa (Luke) 18:6-8
6 Then the Master said, “Hear what the unjust judge said.
7 And shall Elohim not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?
8 I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
Verse 20, if we love Yahweh, like we all say we do, then why do we not tithe?
Ephesim (Ephesians) 5:20
20 Give thanks always for all things to Elohim the Father in the name of our Master Yeshua Messiah.
Brothers, sisters, why do we come up to Yahweh’s Feasts empty-handed so that there is nothing to help the priesthood further Yeshua’s kingdom when Yahweh specifically says not to do that?
Shemote (Exodus) 34:20
20 The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed.
Or do we think that Yahweh does not see the fact that we are not tithing and offering? It does not matter what I think, what does Yahweh think? That is the question.
We need to be asking ourselves: Do we think that Yahweh maybe does not know? Or we think maybe Yahweh does not care that we are not doing what He said to do? You think Yahweh does not care that we claim to have His Son’s Spirit and still we are not obeying everything that His Son died for?
Well, finally, as we explain in the Revelation study, Yecheskel (or Ezekiel) chapters 38 and 39 speak of two wars of Gog and Magog. One takes place before the Millennium, the other takes place at the end of the Millennium. Only to keep the secret sealed up until the times of the end. First we have the second war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapter 38, then we have the first war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel chapter 39.
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 38:16
16 You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am set-apart in you, O Gog, before their eyes.”
Yehezqel (Ezekiel) 39:4-5
4 You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says Yahweh Elohim.
So, the first war of Gog and Magog, as we explained in the book, is also called Armageddon. And Armageddon is the wedding feast. We cover that in some detail in Revelation and The End Times and Revelation Simplified on YouTube; we all need to know what is in that study, so we will understand what is taking place in the timeline as events progress, so that we do not become deceived. We need to all know and understand that study.
But now notice in both chapters, both Ezekiel chapter 38 and Ezekiel chapter 39, there is a huge fiery judgment and a huge fiery refinement before Elohim finally arrives and saves the day. It is these refinements that are what is going to determine who among us will survive and go on to the wedding feast.
So, the concept is, we are supposed to be refining ourselves. If we refine ourselves then He does not have to; if we refine ourselves then He does not need to punish us to give us that incentive to refine ourselves.
And of course we know from Scripture that most of Ephraim and Judah (and in fact most people), they are not going to be refined, they are going to go on to death. There is a huge, huge purge coming before the wedding feast, okay?
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) 1:7
7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Yeshua Messiah,
So, the point is, we all love Sukkot and Sukkot is a wonderful time of getting together with friendship and fellowship, let us use the fellowship time for true fellowship. Let us use the fellowship time around the campfire to figure out what does He want from us, how can we please Him, how can we serve Him together.
Most people, they get involved in an assembly when their children need to get married, then they have to find spouses for their children. Yes, Yeshua wants us involved even when there is nothing in it for us (so to speak). Even when there is only something in it for our Husband. He wants us involved.
So, Sukkot, again, symbolizes the wedding feast and that is when we are going to begin our new life together with Yeshua as His queen.
But we have got to remember, okay, to make it to the wedding feast, first comes the greatest refinement ever and the cleansing of the land and distress among all the nations and judgment upon the land of Babylon. If you can imagine World War 4 and World War 5, that is what it is going to look like when the judgment comes upon the land and judgment comes upon Babylon.
Hitgalut (Revelation) 18:2
2 And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!
Now, even after all that, when Yeshua comes, only five of the virgins have taken the time to prepare and get ready, only five of the virgins prepared spiritually for what was coming. That is to say, only five of the virgins dedicated themselves to their Husband, Yeshua and preparing for their new life with their Husband, Yeshua in His Father’s house.
Mattityahu (Matthew) 25:10
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
No matter what happens, we are, for better for worse, whether in sickness or in health, they are pledging that they will be loyal, we will be loyal to Yeshua. If we want to be ready for Yeshua we need to begin by preparing now.
So, will we do the things we know we need to do? Will we make that wonderful choice to choose life and choose obedience? The two go hand in hand.
Will we do the things it takes in order for Him to be pleased with us?
Brothers and sisters, it is up to each one of us to decide. But him who has ears, let him hear.