Part Three - Fulfillment
by haRold Smith
a citizen of the Commonwealth
"Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.' Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, 'Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?' Yeshua answered him, 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word, and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. AND THE WORD THAT YOU HEAR IS NOT MINE BUT THE FATHER'S WHO SENT ME. These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the helper, ruach hakodesh, whom the Father will send in My Name, will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you'." John 14:21-26
"This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by YHVH, so as to make the promise void. For if the inheritance comes by the law, it no longer comes by promise; but YHVH gave it to Abraham by a promise." Galatians 3:17
"The friendship, the secret counsel of the Father, is for those who fear Him and He makes known to them His covenant." Psalm 25:14
Since 325 AD at the Council in Nicaea, Christendom has been led to believe (as a result of various agendas of men) that "the Jews had their chance and blew it" and, as a result, the God of Israel wiped His Hands clean of all that had gone before, changed direction and, contrary to everything He has ever proclaimed about Himself, instituted a "new" covenant (click on highlighted words to view content) that did not require a behavioral assessment to come into His Presence. In the course of a few hundred years from the Resurrection, He went from being a consuming fire to a kindly, grandfatherly figure that mostly winks at the antics of His children, giving them pretty much whatever they want because He loves them so much. And, now, because the Son has center stage, the Father also stays pretty much in the background - the way you would expect an elderly, grandfatherly figure to be. Consequently, what has been considered "the Old Covenant" has now been replaced by this "new" one with the "old" now put out to pasture alongside "the law" and all that messy, legalistic "stuff" that caused the Jews to incur His Wrath to begin with that we don't have to abide by any more. There is only one problem with that line of thought - it is not scriptural.
The Truth is - there is but One Covenant. Like a diamond and the Character of YHVH, we find there are several facets to this Covenant; but, there is only One Covenant and it has to do with YHVH Himself, His Plan and His Purpose toward mankind - to bring Life out of death and to make that Life accessible to every one who would come to Him with a humble and contrite spirit (Isaiah 57:15). YHVH's Covenant began the moment Adam & Eve chose to not remain in the provision of the the Present Presence due to their disobedience to His Word and discovered their nakedness (Genesis 3:6-11). Immediately, scripture says, the Father "clothed" them. YHVH's actions following their disobedience reveal a restoration of His original intention of purpose - a family bearing His Image to the rest of the world. This Hebrew combination of labash (to clothe) and kethoneth (garments) also appears in Leviticus 8:7 and Leviticus 8:13 describing YHVH's instructions regarding the garments Aaron and his sons are to wear - those whom YHVH sets apart (the definition of "holy") as priests. In immediately clothing Adam and Eve, He restored them both as the first Hebrew priests. YHVH's purpose in Adam and Eve establishing a Nation of Priests was not set aside by their disobedience. It was through their disobedience that YHVH's pre-determined purpose was restored in them when He re-girded their loins with His Truth (Ephesians 6:14). YHVH then established His covenant with Noah in Genesis 9:9. and gave the rainbow as a sign of the Covenant by which He would be reminded to never again use the waters to destroy all flesh (Genesis 9:12-15). The Covenant was ratified before Abraham when YHVH swore with Himself so that the covenant could never be broken by man's failure to remain faithful. The circumcision He commanded of Abraham was not the covenant but, rather, a sign of the Covenant (Genesis 17:11, Romans 4:11). When the children of Israel were brought out of bondage from Egypt, it was because YHVH was reminded of a particular facet of His covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 2:24). In this portion of the covenant, the blood smeared on the doorposts of their dwelling was a sign of the Covenant by which Israel was redeemed - not by anything they had done to earn it, but by His Grace (Exodus 2:24). The covenant was refreshed before YHVH's People at Mount Sinai with the instruction to remember the Sabbath, a sign of the Covenant which, by their behavior in heeding, would signify their sanctification in Him (Exodus 31:12-18). This covenant of Light was reaffirmed through the kingship of David, a sign of the Covenant that through His seed would come the fulfillment of the promise of the covenant where Life would be brought out of death (1Kings 11:34-36). This Covenant was culminated in Yeshua by which the virgin birth was given as a sign of the Covenant of its fulfillment (Isaiah 7:14). The indwelling of the Spirit of YHVH falling on this Day of Shavuot is a sign of the restored Covenant fulfilling the Promise of the Father He determined in the beginning (1Corinthians 14:22, Isaiah 28:11). The covenant was necessary because what we give ourselves to is what we serve and we are taught from YHVH in Torah that what we serve is what we worship (Deuteronomy 11:16 and upheld by Yeshua in Luke 4:8). Sin is determining what is good without YHVH's sign - that equates to self-righteousness. The Covenant was necessary to restore to the Family of YHVH that place of echad (Hebrew for being "one") with the Present Presence that was lost through the worship of self-determination. - the same determination that distanced Adam and Eve from the union of echad - the presumption that something was lacking in YHVH's provision and, therefore, should be made up for by our own effort. The result was emptiness, a leanness to the soul, as opposed to the abundance that comes from being in the Presence of LIFE (Psalm 106:13-15).
In Israel, the Feast of Shavu'ot is celebrated every year (what is called Pentecost in Christianity). It is no accident, coincidence or happenstance that it was on this very day approximately 1500 years earlier, the Ten Commandments, the definition of the Essence of the Nature and Character of YHVH was given to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai - written in stone and accompanied by fire (see Pesach to Pentecost for a detailed explanation). This is the day recorded in Acts 2:1-4 when the Covenant YHVH swore by Himself was fulfilled (Genesis 22:16-17, Hebrews 6:13-15), for it was on this day that the same words originally given in stone and accompanied with fire were now able to be written on the hearts of those who would embrace Him for Who He Says He Is - BUT THEY ARE STILL THE SAME WORDS WITH THE SAME ACCOMPANIMENT OF FIRE. Only this time, it was just the manner of delivery that had changed. This particular Shavuot spoken of in Acts was the epochal event in the annals of mankind. What made it epochal was that on this day the God of Creation, who had previously made His abode in the heavenlies, changed His Residency to abide, make His dwelling place in the hearts of men. Heaven is YHVH's Throne and when Yah-Ho-Veh (which means the Present Presence) moved His Throne, heaven moved with Him (Isaiah 66:1, Matthew 5:34-35), The Essence of His Nature and Character as expressed in Exodus 34:1-7 was now etched on the beings of men willing to fashion and conform their lives after Him, thus fulfilling His Promise to restore what had originally been purposed in the Garden of Eden - a people who would present this Light of His Being by their behavior to the world (Jeremiah 31:31-34).
And a ruler asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" Yeshua said to him, "Why do you call me good?
No one is good except YHVH alone.
You know the commandments:|
'Do not commit adultery, Do not murder, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness,
Honor your father and mother'. " Luke 18:18-20
One has to wonder about this exchange between Yeshua and a ruler who addresses Him as "good teacher" and then asks him what he must do to inherit eternal life. Yeshua does not answer his question immediately but first questions the ruler about his calling Him "good" and qualifying His question by stating that only YHVH is good. Only then does He go on to address the ruler’s question. There is something suspicious here, something missing in the translation (and its underlying Greek) which was there implicitly in the original Hebrew exchange. It seems like it would be a good (!) thing for someone to address Yeshua as a good teacher. Yet, Yeshua questions the ruler about calling him "good" (which is not exactly the same as calling him a good teacher) and says that only YHVH is good. That Yeshua was a good teacher is unquestionable and far as a general understanding of the meaning of goodness, He was definitely a good person. YHVH is good also. But, there is something else going on in this exchange as Yeshua then goes on to quote the commandments found in Exodus 20:1-17. The English word "God" in this verse is translated from the Greek word theos whose definition is "a god or goddess, a general name given to deities". But, since the Greeks worshipped multiple deities, we see this cultural influence overwriting the translation of the Hebrew name, elohim (also translated as "God" in Psalm 45:6) which also means, "gods in the ordinary sense; but also rulers, judges, divine ones". By restating the words from the Tanakh (OT) that define YHVH's Holiness, from the Hebrew perspective these words were originally written in, Yeshua is saying there is only one Who is Holy - YHVH.
It was this epoctual event the 120 saints gathered to wait upon for 10 days in the Upper Room following Yeshua's instruction (Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5). It occurred on the Feast of Shavu'ot (Pentecost) after the 50 days of the counting of the Omer beginning on the Day of Unleavened Bread after Pesach (Passover) when Yeshua was presented before the Father as the offering of the First Fruit, thus satisfying all the requirements of the Feasts. After which, He appeared to the eleven and as many as 500 believers - visibly living among them for the next 40 days before going to the Father (Acts 1:3, 1Corinthians 15:5-8). There are only two places where scripture says Spirit breathed on men. The first is in Genesis with Adam and the second was with the disciples immediately after Yeshua was resurrected, saying while breathing on them, "receive the Spirit of YHVH". It was the actual Spirit of YHVH (Who Is Holy) that was imparted to those eleven as a pre-cursor to what happened on Shavu'ot. This is that same Breath of Life Yeshua said He would send us, because He went to the Father - thus fulfilling the Covenant of YHVH as He said He was sent to do (Luke 4:43, John 14:26, John 15:26). His Resurrection opened the portal through which would come the means to infuse us with the Power which, by the embrace of His Life, we are afforded the opportunity to enter into echad (Hebrew for "one") with the Present Presence in the same manner as did our elder brother, Yeshua (John 1:12, Acts 1:8). Scripture tells us the baptism into the Spirit of YHVH was the singular evidentiary event that would now be accessible to those of YHVH's Family who would embrace Yeshua as His Promised Messiah (not the world - Acts 10:44-47, Acts 19:1-7). Scripture also tells us this Truth is something we must ask for and seek after to receive (Luke 11:13) and, having asked, believe that He has given it (Hebrews 11:6, Mark 11:24, Luke 11:9-13).
Today, there are two factions within the Kingdom of Israel, the family of YHVH - those who keep the Covenant of YHVH and receive Yeshua as the Hebrew Messiah to Israel, thereby becoming members of His Body as the Bridegroom; and those who keep the Covenant of YHVH but have not yet recognized Yeshua as the Messiah even while, at the same time, believing in and looking for the appearance of that promised Messiah. These latter are the betrothed of YHVH - the Bride. When Yeshua is revealed to them as that Messiah, those who accept Him will become echad with Him as He is with the Father - as those of His Body have already become. The New Jerusalem is a depiction of the culmination of that marriage between these two factions. The Good News of the Gospel is, through the fulfillment of the covenant the Father began with Adam and completed in Yeshua, that through the shed blood of Yeshua, the Kingdom of YHVH has been restored in the earth right now, today, as it was originally in the Garden, giving you and I the opportunity to become partakers of the Divine Nature by having the fullness of Spirit dwell within us. We can be echad with YHVH, the Creator of the universe, just as Yeshua is.
Part One, A History
Part Two, What's New?
Part Three, Fulfillment
Part Four, the Flaming Sword
|"But when the fullness of time came, YHVH sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under Torah, in order that He might ransom those under Torah, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are (His) children, YHVH has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" Galatians 4:4-6|
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