Adonai your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst—from your brothers. To him you must listen. … I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. Now whoever does not listen to My words that this prophet speaks in My Name, I Myself will call him to account. — Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (TLV) —
For if you were believing Moses, you would believe Me—because he wrote about Me. But since you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words? — John 5:46-47 (TLV) —
I want to share with you something rather profound: You have not accepted Yeshua as your Messiah if you are not compelled to obey Torah, and you are not obeying Torah if you have not accepted Yeshua as your Messiah.
The reality today is that there are two religious sects that are almost right, but each missing a key element that would make them the truth. These are traditional modern Judaism and traditional modern Christianity. In Judaism the Torah is the central focus of the faith. Observant Jews would not even contemplate violating the precious commandments of Yah from The Torah. In fact, they believe—and I would contend are absolutely right—that keeping Torah is the very definition of serving God. Despite their love for Torah, however, the Orthodox Jew rejects the notion that Yeshua, the prophet like Moses, is the promised Messiah. In contrast, Christianity accepts Yeshua as the Messiah, but rejects the idea that Torah is to continue being followed in its concept of the “new covenant”.
But again, you cannot have one without the other. Biblically speaking, it is impossible to have the real Yeshua without simultaneously following Torah. As well, you cannot properly keep Torah without following Yeshua because it is actually commanded in Torah that we listen to the prophet that is like Moses, which is Yeshua.
Because Orthodox Judaism rejects Yeshua as Messiah and Modern Christianity rejects Torah as being mandated for the Believer today both of these religions must be classified as almost right false religions. Other religions—such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, or Zoroastrianism—do not have either Torah or Yeshua and are thus absolutely false religions, but because Judaism and Christianity possesses one but not the other they are almost right but at the same time still false religions.
What is interesting is that the proper term used by most people to describe biblical faith is: Judeo-Christian. This term, if we take it literally, describes a faith that is both Jewish, embracing Torah, and simultaneously Christian, embracing Yeshua as Messiah.
The Bible tells us: “How narrow is the gate and difficult the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:14). Isn’t it interesting that the overwhelming majority of people today who believe they are following The Bible in reality are not? Let’s take a closer look at each of the two major false religions of biblical belief and where they err.
Hear, O Israel
Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words, which I am commanding you today, are to be on your heart. You are to teach them diligently to your children, and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign on your hand, they are to be as frontlets between your eyes, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. — Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (TLV) —
Shema Israel, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad. It is the central prayer of the Jewish people today, The Shema. It is the driving force of pretty much all of Jewish religious practice. Jews today base some of their most sacred traditions, such as the placement of a mezuzah on the doorpost of their home and the use of teffilin in prayer, on the commandments in The Shema to write the words of Torah on the doorposts of their home and to wear them on their hand and as frontlets between their eyes.
Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with these traditions as they are simply ways that people have come up with to outwardly express the inward desire to keep the commandments of Yah from His Torah. But take the tradition of the mezuzah, for example. It is a beautiful tradition and many of these articles of worship are very ornate in design. But if we got right down to it, one could paint their doorposts white and use a black ink pen to write the words of Torah on them, which would certainly fulfill the commandment every bit as much as the use of the mezuzah. It would just look a little more ridiculous—much like an old car I saw years ago that someone had painted in a flat white paint and using black paint in contrast had written Bible verses all over it. No, I am not making that up. At least the person was radical about their faith! Something very few today can say.
But the passage in Deuteronomy 4 is not the only “shema” recorded in Torah. The word is used many times in Torah and in the totality of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible, what many call “the Old Testament”) it is used 1,160 times, but there is one place in particular where it is used and could rightfully be called The Other Shema. We’ve already looked at the passage from where it is taken, but let’s look at it again by inserting the word “shema”, which means to “hear, listen, obey”.
Adonai your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst—from your brothers. To him you must SHEMA. … I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will speak to them all that I command him. Now whoever does not SHEMA to My words that this prophet speaks in My Name, I Myself will call him to account. — Deuteronomy 18:15, 18-19 (TLV) —
The central prayer of Israel, the most important thing to those who would identify as an Israelite or as religiously Jewish, is The Shema. Yet here we see that the concept of Shema does not include just the statements and commandments of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, but also includes following that Prophet like Moses. In other words, if you are not following Yeshua then you are not following The Shema—the call to hear, listen, obey—and are therefore not following Torah. This is the source of all lawlessness in Judaism, the Bible-based religion that claims to be all about following God’s Law, today.
Hear, Listen, Obey, Follow
Repent, therefore, and return—so your sins might be blotted out, so times of relief might come from the presence of Adonai and He might send Yeshua, the Messiah appointed for you. Heaven must receive Him, until the time of the restoration of all the things that God spoke about long ago through the mouth of His holy prophets. Moses said, ‘Adonai your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among your brothers. Hear and obey Him in all that He shall say to you. And it shall be that every soul that will not listen to that Prophet shall be completely cut off from the people.’
— Acts 3:19-23 (TLV) —
Acts 7:37 also validates Yeshua as being the Prophet like Moses spoken of in The Torah, of whom we are told to shema—hear, listen to, and obey. But this is not where the story ends. Let’s take a look at a couple of passages from the Apostolic Writings (what many call the “New Testament”).
Follow my example, just as I follow the example of Christ. — 1 Corinthians 11:1 (ERV) —
The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God is truly made perfect. We know that we are in Him by this—whoever claims to abide in Him must walk just as He walked. — 1 John 2:4-6 (TLV) —
These statements are built on the shema to hear, listen to, and obey the Prophet like Moses—Yeshua our Messiah. So we can add follow to that and we now have the full statement to hear, listen to, obey and follow Yeshua as a Torah commandment.
This may come as a shock to some people, but Yeshua was a fully Torah-observant Jewish Rabbi, not a lawless Christian pastor. There’s really nothing “Christian” at all in The Bible, Christianity as a religion didn’t actually begin to develop until roughly three-hundred years later when the New Roman Religion was initiated, the foundations for Roman Catholicism, and modern Christianity as most outside of Catholicism practice it today was created only a little over five-hundred years ago. Christianity, like it or not, is not the religion of The Bible.
This isn’t to say that Christians as individuals are necessarily of a wrong spirit or intent personally. As individuals, most Christians genuinely want to follow the truth of The Bible. The problem is not the intent of their heart. The problem is that they are trapped in a deception that has been masquerading as the truth for nearly two-thousand years now.
The true Messiah of Scripture kept the biblical Sabbath according to a biblical day, which would coincide with what we call sunset Friday to sunset Saturday in modern society. Yeshua celebrated the biblical feast days—Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, Tabernacles, Hanukkah, and Purim. Yeshua maintained a biblical diet according to the Torah food laws. Yeshua, despite living in a community under Roman rule, did not celebrate the Roman pagan festivals like the Saturnalia that is the origin or today’s Christmas. If He were alive in the flesh today He would not celebrate modern pagan festivals popular in Christianity like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween. Yeshua did not tattoo His body, wear wool and linen together, or break any commandment given in The Torah—including and especially those that Christians almost unanimously have long rejected and will twist and manipulate every Scripture they can to try justifying it.
Notice that I mentioned Hanukkah and Purim with the Feasts kept by Yeshua. These are not listed in Torah, so some argue that they are not "commanded celebrations", but the fact that Yeshua celebrated them places them under the banner of "hear, listen to, obey, and follow the example of the Prophet like Moses". This makes celebrating these Feasts a part of Torah-keeping just as much as the seven mentioned by name in The Torah. It's not adding to Torah because following "the prophet like Moses" is a commandment in The Torah. Think also of eating Torah-approved clean meats. We see from the testimony of The Gospels that Yeshua certainly ate fish and as He celebrated The Passover He surely partook of the lamb prepared with bitter herbs. As I explain in my article Faith And God's Food Laws, eating Torah-approved meats from clean animals is just as much a part of Torah-keeping as is not eating Torah-prohibited unclean meats. You can't wholly follow the example of Yeshua, the prophet like Moses, if you do not follow wholly His Torah-based diet. Plant-based "vegan" or "vegetarian" diets have become very popular in many Christian, Messianic, Hebrew Roots, and other Torah-positive groups, but these diets are not fully Torah-compliant and they do not fully follow Yeshua and His Torah-based example of how to live.
We are commanded, in The Torah, to hear, listen to, obey, and follow Yeshua. It’s a Shema. He is the Prophet like Moses. We are told by the Apostles to follow His example and that we must walk as He walked. So why do so few in modern Christian religion come even remotely close to doing what He did? If we are commanded to follow His example, to walk as He walked, why do the majority of Christians today not do any of the things I just mentioned that He did? Why don’t they follow the biblical food laws? Why don’t they keep the biblical Sabbath? Why don’t they celebrate the Spring and Fall Feasts, Hanukkah, or Purim? Why do they celebrate Satanic pagan festivals invented or “Christianized” by the pagan New Roman Religion (Roman Catholicism) like Christmas, Easter, and Halloween? Why do the majority of those who claim to be “Christians” today think it odd to impose upon them such Torah commandments as Leviticus 19:19 to not wear wool and linen together or Leviticus 19:28 to not tattoo the body? Well, that brings us to the next part of this message.
Christianity’s “Other Jesus”
You seem so gullible: you believe whatever anyone tells you even if he is preaching about another Jesus than the one we preach, or a different spirit than the Holy Spirit you received, or shows you a different way to be saved. You swallow it all. — 2 Corinthians 11:4 (TLB) —
This may very well be one of the most ignored warnings in all of The Bible, at least by Christians. There is such a thing as “another Jesus”—in fact, I would say today that there are many, many counterfeits of Yeshua in modern religion. The racists of modern religion have their “White Jesus”, “Black Jesus”, “Hispanic Jesus”, and so on. The hyper-grace heretics have their “nice, happy Jesus”—he would never flip over tables, chase people with a whip, or call people things like “brood of vipers” or “whitewashed tombs“. The false religion of “Modern Christianity” has created a great number of “Jesus” counterfeits.
One need only look across the landscape of Christianity and the “Jesus” that is presented and it would be very apparent that the “Jesus” of today’s Christianity is not the Yeshua of The Bible. Christianity’s “Jesus” was opposed to The Torah, even having come to abolish The Torah. Christianity’s “Jesus” went to the cross not to save us from our sin, which is defined in 1 John 3:4 as the breaking of The Torah, but to “free us from the bondage of having to follow that old cursed Torah“.
But who was it that from the very beginning initiated a mission to lead humanity to rejecting The Father’s commandments? The answer is found in Genesis 3, where it was the serpent that first led humanity to question the command—Did God really say not to…?—and then reject the command and then break the command. Think about what Yeshua said: The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). That’s the same pattern we see play out in Eden. Questioning the commandments is where they are stolen from us, rejecting them is where they are killed, and breaking them is where they are destroyed.
Yeshua very clearly said “I did not come to abolish The Torah”. So if He didn’t, who did? Easy—Satan.
Revelation 12:9 tells us that the ancient serpent from Eden was none other than Satan. The very thief who came to steal, kill and destroy—to convince humanity to question Torah, reject Torah, and break Torah.
Let me level with you for a moment. The “Jesus” of Christianity is Satan. Christianity as practiced by the masses today—2.4 billion people, one-third of the world’s total population professing to be Christians—is a Satanic religion and Satan’s greatest achievement toward deceiving the whole world (again, Revelation 12:9). If you are reading this and you are a Christian, my advice to you is simple and comes directly from The Bible, 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Come out from among them, be separate, and do not touch what is unclean.” Christianity is unclean, it requires you to dissect The Bible and throw out what you don’t want to follow, creating Scripture-twisting excuses to justify it. Just take the food laws as an example, the apex of what The Bible refers to as unclean. There is not a single passage anywhere in The Bible that overturns them, but Christianity has its list of passages it thinks does. Let’s look at them.
• Matthew 15 and Mark 7 is about whether or not it is OK to eat bread without washing your hands first, and that not a regular washing but a ceremonial tradition of the elders.
• Acts 10 is about the good news of Yeshua being for all humanity, the Jew and the Gentile. Further, the language shows clearly that the dream wasn’t even telling Peter to eat a biblically unclean animal, and even at that IT WAS A DREAM.
• Colossians 2:16-17 is about new converts who were being persecuted for keeping the biblical Feasts, Sabbath, and food laws, having abandoned the feasts, sabbaths, and dietary practices of their pagan culture.
• Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 8, and 1 Corinthians 10 are about how to handle biblically clean meats sold at local markets that may have been offered to idols or foreign gods prior to being sold.
• 1 Timothy 4:1-5 is about certain heretics who were teaching against marriage and against eating foods approved by The Torah—essentially connected to the same issue that was being addressed in Romans 14, 1 Corinthians 8, and 1 Corinthians 10.
• None of these passages in context have anything at all to do with the Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 food laws, but Christians will twist and manipulate them and eisegetically read into them a message that simply does not exist in order to justify in their own minds that it’s somehow now acceptable to eat pork, shellfish, sharks, eels, catfish, rays, rabbits, squirrels, or anything else they want to justify eating.
• Further, Revelation 18:2, set in the still-to-come prophetic future, refers to unclean beasts and birds. They are still unclean in that setting, in the future even to this present day.
God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14:33). In The Torah there are commandments given that are clear. In the case of the food laws they clearly tell us what we can eat and what God says not to eat. It's the same with so many other things like The Sabbath, the Feast Days, the prohibition against tattooing your body, the commandment not to appropriate paganism into our faith (like Christians have done with Christmas and Easter), being told not to wear wool and linen together, and so much more. All of these things are made clear in The Torah. The confusion comes in when people take passages like those above, none of which have anything to do with the Torah food laws from Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, and eisegetically try to create meaning and force it into the text. Since commandments like the food laws are made clear, and God is not the author of confusion, there would need to be a clear overturning of them if they are overturned. No such passage exists anywhere in The Bible.
Most Christians have embraced Christianity because they believe The Bible is the truth, Yeshua (or “Jesus”) is The Messiah, and so on. But what they are following is a clever counterfeit of the true faith. Through the first century and at least long into the second century the followers of Yeshua were a Jewish sect called The Nazarenes. We know from records that this sect was still in practice at least into the fifth century and identified as “not really Jewish” because they followed Yeshua and “not really Christian” because they followed The Torah. They referred to themselves as “The Way”, they were fully Torah-observant, there was no such a thing as Christmas and Easter (or that totally demonic Halloween festival for that matter) among them, they kept The Sabbath, celebrated the Feasts of Scripture, and followed the example of their fully Torah-observant Hebrew Messiah, Yeshua. To put it as plain as I can, Christianity is a false religion to be rejected. Shocking as it may seem, you can follow The Bible without following Christianity, and I would even dare to say that if you follow Christianity you almost certainly are not following The Bible—at least not completely. One Christian pastor I know used to say a partial truth is a whole lie. Well, Christianity is a partial truth. It rejects The Torah, sometimes in part and other times in whole. It is not the way, the truth, and the life. And with that, I will move to my next point.
Yeshua Said, “I Am…”
As mentioned, the primary error in Christian thought is that we can have Yeshua as our Messiah (or, the way most Christians say it, “Jesus as our Savior”) while rejecting Torah as being something abolished. Of course, as we have seen already, this can’t be true because following Yeshua as Messiah is a commandment of Torah, so if Torah is abolished then we lose the biblical mandate to follow Yeshua as our Messiah. This leaves only one alternative—following “another Jesus”.
In John 14:6 Yeshua is recorded as saying: I am the way, the truth, and the life! No one comes to the Father except through Me. Most Christians are very familiar with this passage as it is nearly as popular in Christianity as John 3:16. What most Christians don’t realize is that this phrase—the way, the truth, and the life—was a phrase that had become synonymous with the Torah when Yeshua declared Himself as such. Take a look at these passages from the Hebrew Bible, called The Tanakh (what Christians wrongly refer to as the “Old Testament”):
Blessed are those whose WAY is blameless, who walk in the Torah of Adonai. — Psalm 119:1 (TLV, emphasis added) —
Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is TRUTH. — Psalm 119:142 (TLV, emphasis added) —
See my affliction and rescue me, for I do not forget Your Torah. Defend my cause and redeem me. Restore my LIFE through Your word. — Psalm 1119:153-154 (TLV, emphasis added) —
These are all references that apply to Torah as the way, the truth, and the life. This is a very important point in considering that Yeshua and Torah are one. Another passage where Yeshua describes Himself in a unique way is in John 8:12, where He says: I am the light of the world. The one who follows Me will no longer walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Now take a look at this passage from The Tanakh:
For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah a LIGHT, and corrective discipline the way of life… — Proverbs 6:23 (TLV, emphasis added) —
Fascinating! We have Yeshua describing Himself as the way, the truth, and the life, and we have Torah described as the same in The Hebrew Bible. Then we have Yeshua say that He is the light of the world, and we have Torah described again in The Hebrew Bible as a light. We have Torah telling us—commanding us—to listen [SHEMA] to the Prophet like Moses and we find that the Prophet like Moses is Yeshua who describes Himself in terms that are used to describe The Torah. Let’s look at a couple more things that Yeshua said He is and compare with what Torah says:
“Amen, amen I tell you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat and not die. I am the living bread, which came down from heaven. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” — John 6:47-52 (TLV) —
He afflicted you and let you hunger, then He fed you manna—which neither you nor your fathers had known—in order to make you understand that man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of Adonai. — Deuteronomy 8:3 (TLV) —
Yeshua said that He is the bread of life and Torah says that natural bread is not sufficient, that we need something more. Having already established a basis to say that Yeshua and Torah are intertwined, we can easily conclude that His being the bread of life correlates with living by every word that comes from the mouth of God. Let’s do one more:
So Yeshua said again, “Amen, amen I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All those who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate! If anyone comes in through Me, he will be saved. He will come and go and find pasture. — John 10:7-9 (TLV) —
…and write them [the mitzvoth of Torah] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. — Deuteronomy 6:9 (TLV) —
Some translations use “door” instead of “gate” in John 10. Either way, Yeshua describes Himself as the gate/door and we have a commandment in Torah to write the words of Torah on the doorposts of our house and on our gates. This is a clear picture of how Torah must be a part of our view of Yeshua. A door or gate without the Torah applied to it opens to the wrong path. Again, 2 Corinthians 11:4 warns about counterfeits of Yeshua, yet a majority of Christians today are approaching a door void of Torah. They have the wrong Messiah! Now let’s take a look at something else:
In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory, the glory of the one and only from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:1, 14 (TLV) —
What was considered to be “The Word” during the time period when these thoughts were penned? Clearly, since what Christians call the “New Testament” today was not even written yet, much less compiled together into a single volume, it would be The Tanakh. While we could say that what John referred to here is the entire Hebrew Bible, I personally believe it is much more specific—John was saying that in the beginning was Torah, and Torah was with God, and Torah was God, and Torah became flesh—Yeshua—and tabernacled among us.
I have heard people try to argue that it is bad interpretation to write Torah into “The Word” in John 1:1, 14 because the word used here is the Greek logos, which refers to written words, as opposed to the Greek word nomos that refers to laws. But this seems to be people looking too hard at things from a natural-mind perspective and not looking at it in The Spirit. I have already established from multiple other passages that Yeshua referred to Himself with terms that were established as describing Torah. So it is not a stretch at all to say that “The Word” referred to by John at the beginning of his Gospel is, indeed, a reference spiritually speaking to The Torah.
Yeshua And Torah Are One
Yeshua and Torah are equals; they are one and the same. You cannot have one without the other. You cannot minimize one and elevate the other. That’s a mistake I see often in Messianic Jewish and Hebrew Roots Movement ministries. Either they put all their emphasis on Torah—seemingly thinking they have to accommodate for the lack of Torah in Christian churches—and little on Yeshua and The Gospel, or they say that Torah is good and we’re supposed to keep it but the real focus is Yeshua and He is superior to Torah.
No! This is all in error. They are equal, and if you elevate one and minimize the other you’re still deviating from the narrow path leading to life. Maybe not as far as Orthodox Judaism and Modern Christianity do, but you are still not on the path that leads to life. One commandment in Torah prohibits unbalanced scales. This is dealing with con artists, of course, but when you think about it if you elevate Torah or Yeshua as one greater than the other you have an imbalance. There are five books of The Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and there are five books of The Gospel (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts). The Torah tells us to follow Yeshua, and Yeshua tells us to follow The Torah. You can’t have one without the other and you can’t say one is “more important than” or “greater than” the other without being in error.
It is impossible to receive the Messiah described in The Bible—Yeshua—without also believing everything written in the Torah. I have, at times, made mention of one of the less popular commandments in Torah to people, such as following the food laws or keeping The Sabbath, only to be told something like: Well, I don’t believe that part of The Bible. Well then you don’t believe in Yeshua. According to His own statement in John 5 if you don’t believe the writings of Moses—Torah—you don’t believe in Him. And if you don’t believe in Yeshua, you are not even in covenant with Him. In John 14:15 he said: “If you love Me, keep the commandments.” Not following The Torah is a declaration that you hate Yeshua. It doesn’t matter if it’s eating unclean things, not keeping The Sabbath, not celebrating the biblical Feasts, tattooing your body, celebrating popular but pagan holidays like Christmas and Easter or anything else. When you break the commandments, any of them, even just one, you are openly declaring hatred for the biblical Yeshua.
Look back at where this message began. I opened with two passages. One says that we are to listen to “the prophet like Moses”, which of course is Yeshua. But Yeshua said, which I have not emphasized up to this point, that we must listen to Moses. This is a clear indication that we are supposed to follow The Torah.
We are commanded in the Torah to listen to and follow Yeshua who in turn said we are to believe and obey The Torah. No matter what Christianity or Judaism tries to do, neither of them can get around this. God divinely set this up so that a Judaism that embraces Torah but rejects Yeshua and a Christianity that accepts some obscure version of “Jesus” but rejects Torah would both be false religions with that narrow path Yeshua spoke of being right in the middle of these two false religions—broad paths leading to destruction with many walking along them—both claiming to be built on The Bible and both that are not wholly aligned with the whole counsel of Scripture.
When you reject even one part of Torah you are rejecting Yeshua. If you reject the food laws and deem it acceptable for “Christians” to eat pork, shellfish, or other unclean things then you have also rejected Yeshua. When you reject the biblical Sabbath or make Sabbath a concept where you can take a 24-hour rest period any day of the week that works for you, you have rejected Yeshua. When you ignore Deuteronomy 12 and celebrate unholy “holidays” born out of paganism like Christmas and Easter, you have rejected Yeshua. When you do not celebrate the Feasts that have been given to you by Yah your Elohim, you have rejected Yeshua. When you ignore sound doctrine and tattoo your body, you have rejected Yeshua.
This is no different than labeling anything from Torah that mainstream Christianity still deems a sin to be a rejection of Yeshua. I doubt many would argue that it would be a rejection of Yeshua should a so-called “Christian” go out and commit murder or adultery. But for some reason when you bring in some of these other commandments, things that Christians somehow conclude are abolished, you become some type of legalist, Judaizer, or crazy fanatic extremist for actually teaching people to obey The Bible. The late revivalist Leonard Ravenhill may have said it best: When there’s something in The Bible that churches don’t like they call it “legalism”.
It’s interesting how Christians speak against sexual immorality, murder (including abortion), lying, stealing, and the like by saying we must “be holy, as God is holy” but if you bring up the food laws, The Sabbath, the Feasts, the prohibition against tattoos, and the like they take Paul out of context and say “we’re not under the law“. The irony of this is that the phrase “be holy, as God is holy” is from Leviticus 11:44, 19:2, and 20:26. In two of those references it is directly associated with keeping the food laws and in chapter 19 it is linked to Sabbath-keeping, not tattooing your body, and not wearing wool and linen together—among other things. On top of that, the “not under the law” phrase is used two places: Romans 6:14 and Galatians 5:18. In Romans it is preceded by the phrase “sin shall not be master over you“. Sin is breaking The Torah (1 John 3:4), so not being under the law applies to those who first are not Torah-breakers. In Galatians it is preceded by “if you are led by The Spirit“. Ezekiel 36:27 tells us that being filled with The Spirit causes us to obey The Torah. So not being under the law applies to those who obey The Torah. Think of it like this: Are people pulled over and issued a speeding ticket, under the law, when they obey the posted speed limit or when they break it? The person not under the law is the person who obeys the law.
The Torah, the shema of Deuteronomy 18:15-19, is what authorizes Yeshua to be The Messiah. Without Torah saying that we are to hear, listen to, obey, and follow Yeshua as the prophet like Moses He would not be able to be The Messiah because without that passage His words and actions would be no different than any other prophet or apostle. It is because Torah makes His words and His example equal with The Torah in authority that He can be The Messiah. If we abolish The Torah, as Christianity claims has been done, there is nothing left to authorize Yeshua to be The Messiah and what we are left with is the lawless "other Jesus" of Christianity. And that "other Jesus" is Satan, the leader of lawlessness that convinces people they do not have to obey the commandments of The God of The Bible.
Do you remember that passage in Isaiah 14:13-14 where the one that fell from heaven is quoted as saying: "I will ascend to heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will sit upon the mount of meeting, in the uttermost parts of the north. I will ascend above the high places of the clouds—I will make myself like Elyon"? That has always been the devil's motive, to exalt himself above God. He tried it in heaven, and got cast down. He tried to do it through humanity, through Adam, in Eden. And when that failed at Calvary he now tries to do it through being a counterfeit Messiah. He has created the world's biggest religion, Christianity, and has billions of people following a faith built on the words he first uttered in Genesis 3:1, "Did God really mean it when He said...?" Lawless Christianity, the religion that rejects The Torah, is Satan's greatest achievement. It too will fail. The question is, will you go with it when it does?
I have been called crazy, extremist, fanatical, and many other things for actually believing that those who believe The Bible is true should obey The Bible. Do you know who the true crazy fanatic extremists are? They are the people who challenge the commandments of God or say they don’t believe those commandments apply today. The moment you deem a commandment of God obsolete is the moment you gamble with the curse in this life associated with rejecting The Father’s Torah (see Deuteronomy 28, for example) and potentially with your eternal destination. Let me help you out, NOBODY is going to be cast into a lake of fire for obeying what The Bible says. The people who are cast into hell are those who did not follow what God commanded in The Bible.
Yeshua said the statement preceding being cast into hell would be: Depart from Me, I never knew you, worker of LAWLESSNESS. That word lawlessness literally refers to people who reject The Torah, not those who actually do what The Bible says. And THAT is crazy fanatic extremism, taking the chance of suffering a curse in this life and an eternity tormented in hell in the next simply because you came to some conclusion that you don’t have to follow that commandment—whatever your "that commandment" happens to be.
Am I saying as a dogmatic point of doctrine that eating pork or getting tattoos or not keeping The Sabbath will send anyone to hell? No, of course not. Despite Scripture that can support such a notion, it is not my place to say who will go to hell and for what—I do not have the authority to determine that. All I can tell you is that rejection of Yeshua is a sure way to be sent there, and that, as I feel I have clearly established, a rejection of Torah—whether in whole or in part—is a rejection of Yeshua.
Let’s consider something for a moment. Having established the relationship between The Son of God and The Torah of God, I do not think it would be out of line to take the word “Torah” and momentarily replace the name “Yeshua” in a couple of passages used in Christian soteriology for understanding sake. I am not suggesting that we make changes as a rule, nor am I suggesting we establish these changes as a point of doctrine. I simply want you to see that there is a lot more to the salvation process than the modern Christian belief where you are no different than the devils described in James 2:19. The modern Christian idea of belief in God is equated to what demons believe. So, consider these passages where I have replaced “Yeshua” with “Torah” for a deeper understanding of what we are actually accepting when we choose Him as our Messiah:
Peter said to them, “Repent, and let each of you be immersed in the name of Torah for the removal of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach ha-Kodesh.” — Acts 2:38 (TLV) —
For “Everyone who calls upon the name of Torah shall be saved.” — Romans 10:13 (TLV) —
I intentionally left “name of” in these passages so you would understand I am not trying to cross a line here. I feel I have established a line of thought that supports the “name of” Torah clearly to be Yeshua. He is The Living Torah, His name is the name of Torah. We should think of Torah in the same terms we think of Holy Spirit. Many people today have begun to shun saying “the Holy Spirit” because they recognize Holy Spirit as a person. If we have a solid basis, as I have shown, that Yeshua and Torah are one (just as He and The Father are one, and Torah is The Father’s Words), then it is not out of line at all to think of Torah as a personage of God. And once you do that, it becomes that much more difficult for religion to tell you that Torah is obsolete because you are then saying that God is obsolete. After all, Torah is the Word of God and the specific commandments listed in Torah are the only part of The Bible that are shown to be spoken directly by God Himself to a man and written by His own hand, unlike other statements attributed to God but spoken through the mouth of a Prophet of God.
Following Torah is following Yeshua. Rejecting Torah, in whole or in part, is rejecting Yeshua. These are points that are solidified in our opening passages from Deuteronomy 18 and John 5. So many times Yeshua described Himself in terms that were also used to describe Torah. Coming to this realization is the only thing that will set you free from Bible-based religion, whether that religion is in the form of Yeshua-rejecting Judaism or Torah-rejecting Christianity. I pray that many will be set free as a result of this message.