i.e. The Posterity Of Israel (Jacob), Son of Isaac, Son of Abraham
I would like to make some very important, much-needed and heartfelt facts known to all of you who are genetic Israel, i.e. the posterity of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whether you be in the Land of Israel which the Lord God gave you, or have not yet made Aliyah and remain in other nations across the world.
Over the years, many tragic things have befallen Israel (all 12 tribes), such as the destruction of the Northern Kingdom of Ephraim-Israel when Assyria exiled the northern kingdom in 722 b.c and later, when king Nebuchadnezzer of Babylon did this to the southern kingdom of Judah in 586 b.c., thereby taking some of the people captive while many others were killed.
Although Israel and its capital city of Jerusalem with the Temple laid in ruin for a number of decades, it was restored after 70 years from the Babylonian exile as had been predicted by the prophet Jeremiah. Unfortunately, the nation and its people had many more disasters yet to befall them in the years that lay ahead.
The One True Living God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, told his servants the prophets, such as Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, and others, what would befall Israel due to their various and repetitive sins of rebellion against the Lord. The destruction of Judaism’s central and most necessary element for all its sacrificial requirements, i.e. the Temple in Jerusalem, was the one event in history that has since that time and even indefinitely, ceased the ability for atonement to be made for sins by means of animal blood (calves, sheep, goats, bulls, etc.).
Remember however, that the Lord’s judgments are just and righteous and are never unwarranted or unjust, and even in the midst of them, the Lord has mercy upon His people. Had he not had mercy upon His people Israel, there would be no Israel today.
I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast
afflicted me….Psalm 119:75
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true
and righteous altogether. Psalm 19:9
With that said, I would like to make some Biblical facts clear with the hope that those who have eyes to see will see, and that those who have ears to hear will hear, and will recognize the Truth that is G-d’s Holy Word.
If the people of Israel are to commune with HaShem and find forgiveness of their sins, how could they possibly accomplish this today when there is NO TEMPLE at which to make the required sacrificial offerings as commanded in the Torah? Additionally, there is no priesthood in operation today to offer such sacrifices.
Therefore, if the Levitical priesthood must make the required sacrificial offerings for the people and there is no Levitical priesthood in operation today nor a temple for these priests to perform their Biblical duties (mitzvot), where does this (spiritually) leave the people of Israel?
Do the Israelites simply continue living in an unforgiven state of sin with no hope of atonement all-the-while being separated from HaShem or is there something else in the scriptures that provide a specific and detailed answer to this problem which most (but not all) of the children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, have not yet come to discover or understand?
It is a fact that since 70 A.D., the sacrificial requirements laid out in the Torah for the atonement of sins are no longer possible, but it should also be understood that neither would they be able to accomplish the goal for which they would be offered even if a new Temple was somehow established on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, which is explained below.
It is my hope and belief that all who are reading this, whether Jew or Gentile, recognize the fact that Almighty God is omniscient (all-knowing) and therefore, understand that He knew from the beginning what was to befall the nation and people of Israel and He also knew that the sacrificial system which He Himself had ordained through Moses as a means of reconciliation between the people and Himself, would come to an abrupt end in 70 A.D..
Would the Creator who made all things and fashioned Israel with His very own hand suddenly leave them without a means of atonement and therefore trapped in a state of unforgiveness?
Would the clearly mandated requirement of a blood sacrifice cease?
Would other man-instituted means of atonement such as tefilah (prayer), t’shuvah (repentance), and tzedekah (charitable deeds) substitute for the biblically mandated sacrificial blood of lambs, goats, and bulls that HaShem ordained be offered ONLY by the Levitical priests?
The answer is very simply…NO.
However, a remedy for this most undesired situation is actually revealed in the scriptures!
The Blood and the Water:
Today, Torah observant (as much as can be observed) Hebrews understand the significance of their ancestors bathing in a mikvah filled with living water followed by a sacrificial offering. In some cases (depending upon the type of sacrifice) the blood of their offering had to be splashed on the sides of the altar, some put upon the four horns of the altar, some had to be sprinkled seven times before the veil of the sanctuary, and sometimes it even had to be sprinkled upon the people!
The blood and the water are the two key elements in the sacrificial offerings where purification and forgiveness of sins were concerned, unlike the grain offering and drink offering which necessitated no blood requirement. (See red heifer sacrificial requirements in Numbers 19).
NOTE: A person who had sinned against the Lord was no longer living in a state of holiness before HaShem.
At the very least, they were in a state of commonality, but perhaps worse, they were in a state of uncleanness. Living water (mayim chayim) was the necessary element prescribed by the Lord as the means of cleansing the person prior to offering the sacrifice required to regain their state of holiness. (For those afflicted with leprosy (See Leviticus 14), only the Lord in His sovereign grace could remove their divine affliction. If that was so, a priest was then needed to verify that the leprosy was no longer present, and only then could the person be eligible to receive the Levitical cleansing requirements with the mayim chayim (living water) and subsequently, the blood atonement from the purification (Hata’at) offering, often called in the English bible, the sin offering.
It was the living water (mayim chayim) that cleansed but it is the blood that makes holy. These two elements of blood and water were uncompromisingly needed for cleansing, purification, and restoration to a state of holiness. Apart from these, there would be no atonement nor restoration with the Lord!
Note the following scriptures from the Word of the Lord:
Lev. 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul….
Exo 24:8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Lev 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Lev 14:2 This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought unto the priest:
Lev 14:3 And the priest shall go forth out of the camp; and the priest shall look, and, behold, if the plague of leprosy be healed in the leper;
Lev 14:4 Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean, and cedar wood, and scarlet, and hyssop:
Lev 14:5 And the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water:
Lev 14:6 As for the living bird, he shall take it, and the cedar wood, and the scarlet, and the hyssop, and shall dip them and the living bird in the blood of the bird that was killed over the running water:
Lev 14:7 And he shall sprinkle upon him that is to be cleansed from the leprosy seven times, and shall pronounce him clean, and shall let the living bird loose into the open field.
Num 19:2 This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:
Num 19:3 And ye shall give her unto Eleazar the priest, that he may bring her forth without the camp, and one shall slay her before his face:
Num 19:4 And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:
Num 19:5 And one shall burn the heifer in his sight; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, with her dung, shall he burn:
Num 19:6 And the priest shall take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and cast it into the midst of the burning of the heifer.
Num 19:11 He that toucheth the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.
Num 19:12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day, and on the seventh day he shall be clean: but if he purify not himself the third day, then the seventh day he shall not be clean.
Num 19:13 Whosoever toucheth the dead body of any man that is dead, and purifieth not himself, defileth the tabernacle of the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from Israel: because the water of separation was not sprinkled upon him, he shall be unclean; his uncleanness is yet upon him.
Num 19:17 And for an unclean person they shall take of the ashes of the burnt heifer of purification for sin, and running water shall be put thereto in a vessel:
Num 19:18 And a clean person shall take hyssop, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it upon the tent, and upon all the vessels, and upon the persons that were there, and upon him that touched a bone, or one slain, or one dead, or a grave:
Num 19:19 And the clean person shall sprinkle upon the unclean on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day he shall purify himself, and wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and shall be clean at even.
Num 19:20 But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.
Now note some very key passages regarding this in the B’rit Hadashah:
Joh 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Joh 7:39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Joh 19:31 The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
Joh 19:32 Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
Joh 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
Joh 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
Joh 19:35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
1Jn 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Col 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
Now I would like for you to take a very careful look at the following most exclusionary statement made by YAHushua…..
Joh 14:6 ……I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
How could YAHushua (Jesus) make such an exclusive claim which thereby eliminates any other possible means of accessing the Father? With that one statement, He has shut out all other religious leaders, icons, gurus, and the like, from having any valuable source or method of atonement for man’s sins and subsequently, for a relationship with the Creator.
YAHushua knew what His mission was on earth and He knew that the Father’s requirement for a blood sacrifice and the necessary cleansing needed to atone for man’s sins once and for all could only come through Himself, the sinless Son of the Living God!
A Prophetic Look Back:
Recall that The Lord asked Avraham (Abraham) to take his son Isaac to Mount Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering to the Lord. Abraham proceeded to do this and took him up to the place that would much later in history prove to be the Temple Mount. But when Abraham was taking his son up to the mount, Isaac couldn’t help but say to his father,
“behold, the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”. Abraham told his son, “My son, YHVH will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering…”…(Gen. 22:8)
God was prophetically showing through Abraham’s very words that at some point in the distant future, God Himself would provide Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for mankind, through the incarnation and subsequent death and resurrection of His Beloved Son, the Maschiach, just as prophesied by Isaiah……
1Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
2For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
7He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
8He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.
9And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
11He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
The Crux of the Matter:
Israel’s very own prophets such as Moses, King David, Micah, Zechariah, and Isaiah, prophesied of the Maschiach and in very great detail. He is described as being both a “Suffering Servant” and a “Reigning King”, hence the terms Ben Yosef and Ben David. However, one should understand by the meanings of these two terms, that the Maschiach cannot be both at the same time. This has caused some to incorrectly suppose that there are actually two Messiahs and not just one.
I submit to you however, that both of these titles apply to one and the same individual. The problem is solved when one understands that these attributes are indicative of the fact that He (the Messiah) will make two earthly appearances, the first one with His being the Suffering Servant to offer Himself as the atoning sacrifice for sins and the second one when He will return in power and great glory to reign over the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Everything that I have just described to you unmistakably and undeniably describes the Son of the Living God, YAHushua (JESUS).
He has fulfilled nearly all of the Messianic prophecies, with exception of the prophecies concerning His return, i.e. as Ben David, as that prophecy remains future from this point in history.
In closing, I want to say that my reason for writing this letter is because I, as a Christian, truly care about Israel. The Lord God loves you and has promised that a faithful remnant would be saved…
Isa 10:21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
Eze 6:8 Yet will I leave a remnant, that ye may have some that shall escape the sword among the nations, when ye shall be scattered through the countries.
Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
It is my hope and my prayer that those of you who are reading a part of that remnant who will see that Messiah has come 2,000 years ago, and will indeed come again as prophesied, and that you may, in faith of Him, endure unto the coming of the LORD, as I know that for the most part, any child of Abraham that recognizes Jesus (YAHushua) as Messiah is severely ostracized.
Be that as it may, scripture tells us to rejoice for being counted worthy to bear shame for His Name.
Act 5:40b ….and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
Act 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
The God of your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, loves you and He has not left you trapped in a perpetual state of sin and uncleanness with no means of escape or atonement. He has given one eternal remedy and atonement for sins…..
His beloved and only begotten Son…the Lamb of God, YAHushua HaMashiach (JESUS, the CHRIST).
Just prior to His crucifixion, YAHushua (Jesus) gave the following prayer to His Father in Heaven, which all of His listeners heard loud and clear. It minutely details just who He is and the reason for His coming.
Please read very carefully:
1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.
5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.
7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.
8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.
9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
In closing, I recount the following scriptures from the Word of God to all Israel…
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him
return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he
will abundantly pardon…..Isaiah 55:6-7
I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die….John 11:25b-26a
He That Has Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear