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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen
OLD ISRAEL’S NATIONAL, OLD TESTAMENT LAW OR THE FIRST COVENANT, WAS THEIR WAY TO GOD
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This study, as all my other work, has no dogmatic connections. God commanded us “not to believe every spirit,” [supernatural manifestation and teaching,] but to “test all things” to know whether it is of God, and to “abstain from every form of evil,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 1:1-4.) Thus, I have dedicated my whole life to Jesus to study, as far as possible, all church doctrine in the truth of “all Scripture” and real church history.
It always saddens me to say this, but there is hardly any truly Scriptural church doctrine. Clergy added to, omitted and misinterpreted Scripture; took verses and passages entirely out of context, and blended the two very different covenants (Testaments) of the Bible to justify their countless false teachings. This is why I always reject all twisted church doctrine. All the many denominations or divisions of their spiritual mother, Roman Catholic Christianity, (which were all disseminated by masonic/Catholic Jesuit and other Orders before, and since the Protestant Reformation began,) manipulate the truth of Scripture to justify their unbiblical church systems, hierarchies, and teachings.
Physical Israel is not “the nation and country of God throughout the whole Bible.” Paul explained in 1 Cor. 10:1-22, “[Although the Israelites had not only the physical, Old Testament covenant but also all the spiritual knowledge of how to serve God,] God was not well pleased with most of them… Now [the way in which God dealt with their immorality and everything else that concerned them, v. 6,] became our examples, [not to ‘return to Hebrew roots, but] to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted, and do not become idolaters as were some of them… and were destroyed by the destroyer. [V. 11,] Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come…”
Messianic Judaism teaches Jesus blood-bought believers to ‘return’ to their so-called ‘Hebrew roots,’ revere the physical land of Israel and the Jewish nation, adhere to Jewish ritual, ceremonial law, national feasts - and insist that believers call Jesus by Hebrew names as if He doesn’t understand other languages. However, when confronted with the truth that the Two Testaments or Covenants of the Bible differ vastly from each other, they call it “replacement theology” or “supersessionism.”
Messianic Judaism’s clever use of ‘replacement theology’ masks the difference between the two Testaments of the Bible to keep Jesus’ believers in bondage to their Zionist church system. To find the truth about anything, the Bible especially, one needs to interpret ‘truth’ in the context of ‘all truth.’ God teaches in Ps. 119:160, “The entirety of [My] Word is truth…”
The Two very different Testaments or Covenants of the Bible
The Old Testament was God’s National Covenant with the physical Hebrew nation in the land of Israel. The New Testament is God’s International Covenant with all personally believing Hebrews as well as all personally believing Gentiles, or non-Hebrew people, (Jn. 3:16-17; 1:11-13; 3:3-5.)
The Old Testament, National Covenant of Hebraic Law was written in stone.
The New Testament, International Covenant of Grace was written in Jesus’ own blood, on the ‘hearts and minds’ of all those who personally believe in, accept and follow Him, (Heb. 8:10.)
To ensure the protection of its law-abiding citizens, every country’s code of conduct or national law has to dictate the appropriate punishment for a specific crime. No one can stand accused in a court of law, simply apologise and go free, because that would lead to national and worldwide anarchy. The offender will only go free once the verdict and it’s punishment are fully rendered.
Hence, the Old Testament Hebrews, God’s corporal or physical nation on earth, had to keep the entire Old Testament Law. They were governed by the physical law of the land and punished by the law. The law could not be bent or broken, neither did mercy exist under the Old Testament law.
This was God’s Old Covenant for His physical nation; ruled by the outward, physical law. Keeping the law was the salvation, redemption and blessing of the Old Hebrews. Disobeying the law brought the entire curse of the law upon them, as described in Deuteronomy Chapter 28.
God did not prescribe the Law to bring Old Israel into bondage or to make them His passive slaves. God designed the Old Testament covenant to give the nation of Old Israel a physical kingdom here on earth, as well as a spiritual escape from their sinful, fallen, cursed position on this earth.
Both physically and spiritually, the Old Testament Covenant only foreshadowed that which was to come during the New Testament Covenant of grace in Jesus Christ, (Deut. 28; Gal. 2:21; 3:10-14; Rom. 2:13; 3:21-26.)
Actually, the Law showed the Old Israelites what the nature of sin really consists of, so that they could recognise sin in all its various forms to avoid it, (Rom. 7:7.)
Old Israel was originally a Theocracy here on earth, Governed by the Law
God was both the national and spiritual King of Old Israel and the human priesthood of the physical temple functioned as both their priests and parliamentarians.
The law or Old Testament covenant in its entirety governed both their religious and civil lives. To cater for the priesthood’s dual duties as priests and parliamentarians, God actually gave His physical nation the Law as a Two-fold Set of Regulations, which consisted of 1) the Ceremonial or Ritual Temple Law and 2) the inward Moral Law ‘of the heart’ or human spirit, (1 Ths. 5:23; Heb. 8:10.)
1. The outward Ceremonial Law pertained to the Old Testament temple and all its external structures, forms, norms and religious ceremonies or rituals. The ceremonial law commanded Old Israel to adhere to a physical altar in a physical temple with physical sacrifices.
Ž The law of tithing was to keep the Old Testament temple with its physical Levitical priesthood, the national feasts, to supply the needs of disadvantaged Hebrews, (their security or welfare fund,) and so on. The ‘tithes’ (plural) were Old Israel’s national, compulsory, government and temple taxes, not a system of “giving freely as the Holy Spirit leds” them.
2. God incorporated the Moral Law from Exodus 20 onwards. This is the everlasting, inward Royal Law of Love and all it’s precepts that pertain to the inner man; the human heart or human spirit. It consists of all the different precepts that guide our love for (or our works and behaviour towards) God, our fellow man and ourselves, (1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Jn. 4:7-12; 3:15-18.)
It is very important to distinguish between these two different parts of the Dual Law
· The rituals and ceremonies of the outward, Ceremonial or Ritual Law could change nothing of Old Israel or anyone else’s fallen, cursed state; their spiritually dead position without God. Yet the aim of these complex rituals was to make sin-infested Old Israel acceptable so that they could draw near to God in worship and in prayer. The temple ‘housed’ His presence in the holy of holies, separated by a curtain from the holy place and the rest of the temple.
· The hierarchical old Levitical priesthood functioned as mediators or ‘go-betweens,’ first connecting themselves and then the Israelites to God by implementing the ceremonial temple law. Here, they brought the prescribed blood and other sacrifices in the physical temple, which had to cover the sins, bondage and cursedness of Old Israel. Although the blood of animals could not atone for their lostness, these sacrifices, as signs of Jesus’ full atonement that was to come, made thanksgiving, prayer and worship possible for the Old Hebrew nation.
Jesus Fully Fulfilled the Dual Law to Establish His Everlasting New Covenant
The sacrifices and rituals of the Ceremonial law only had spiritual power because they were symbols, pointing forward in time to the New Testament fulfilment of all the requirements of the Dual Law, (both the ceremonial law and the moral law,) in the place of all humanity, (Jn. 3:16; Gal. 2:20-21.) There, on Golgotha and during His life on earth, Jesus, living, ministering, suffering, and dying under the Old Covenant that pertained to the Old Hebrew nation and the Law, fulfilled the Dual Law — the Ceremonial law as well as all the many precepts of the Moral Law.
This is why Jesus did not annul the Ceremonial precepts of the Law during His lifetime. He became a human being, (the sacrificial “Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the whole world,” Jn. 1:29,) to, born as a Hebrew, fulfil the entire Hebraic law, (the Ceremonial and Moral Law,) in the place of His physical nation Old Israel, as well as in the place of all the other Gentile or non-Hebrew nations in the world, (Jn. 1:1-13; Mt. 5:17-48.)
Hence, when Jesus died on the cross, He made obsolete all the physical purification requirements or rituals of the national Old Hebraic Covenant that related only to Israel as a nation, and established an entirely New, Spiritual, International Covenant for believing Hebrews, as well as for all His believers from the Gentile nations, (Jn. 3:16; Rev. 7:9.)
Heb. 9:15-28 explained, “[If the blood of Old Testament sacrifices [made the Old Israelites] holy [because they were mere symbols of Jesus’ New Testament atonement,] how much more shall the blood of Christ, Who, through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your consciences from dead [religious outward works such as temple worship, ceremonies, and rituals,] to serve the Living God? For this reason He is the [only] Mediator of the New Covenant, by means of [His] death [and resurrection,] for the redemption of the transgressions [done] under the first (Old Testament) covenant… [unto] eternal life, (Heb. 8:13.)
Heb. 8:7-10, “For if the first [old] covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. Finding fault with [the Old Hebrew nation,] God says, ‘Behold, the days are coming, [when God became a man on earth, ] when I will make a New Covenant with... Israel and... with Judah, [the latter represents all the other nations of the earth, Rev. 7:9.] Not according to the [first] covenant I made with [national Israel…] Because [Israel] did not continue in My covenant I disregarded them,’ says the Lord. This is the [new] covenant I will make with [international, personally believing, spiritual] Israel… I will put My laws in their minds and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall [all] be My [New Covenant] people…”
Heb. 10:5-9, “[Christ fulfilled God’s Will to establish His New Testament Covenant.] Therefore, when he came into the world, He said, ‘[Old Covenant physical] sacrifice and offering You did not desire. But a [human] body You have prepared for Me [to become a mere man.] In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin [under the national Old Covenant, excluding all other nations,] You had no pleasure. Then I [Jesus] said, ‘Behold, I have come in the volume of the book, [the Old Testament Hebraic law and prophets, where] it is written of Me, to do Your will, O God.’”
How did Jesus’ Fulfilment of the Dual Law impact Hebrews and Gentiles (all non-Hebrews?)
· The Old Testament Covenant: Jesus fully annulled, (not “replaced” because Biblical truth is not ‘replacement theology’ or ‘supersessionism,’) His old, national, physical covenant (which only pertained to the Hebrew nation during the Old Testament dispensation,) to establish an entirely New, global, personal, spiritual Covenant, which now pertains to every person, (individual believing Hebrews included,) who sincerely and personally believe and follow Jesus, (Jn. 3:15; 14:6; Heb. 8:7-13; Chapters 7-9, and the rest of the New Testament, interpret in context.)
· The Old Testament physical nation: Annihilation of the Old Testament Covenant also wiped out Jesus’ covenant with the Hebrews as His physical nation, (Heb. 8:13.) He then established His Eternal New Covenant with His spiritual nation of sincere believers from all the nations of the earth. Rev. 5:9; 7:9, “...By Your blood You purchased… a great multitude which no one could number of all the nations [believing Hebrews included...] (Heb. 8:13; Rev. 1:7; 1 Pet. 1:4-5; 2:9-10.)
· The Old Testament ‘holy land:’ Annihilation of the Old Testament Covenant also destroyed God’s covenant concerning the physical country of Israel, (God’s ‘physical Old Testament kingdom.’) He established an entirely New, Everlasting, Spiritual Kingdom through His death and resurrection. In Jn. 18:36 Jesus said to Pontius Pilate, “My [New Covenant] Kingdom is not of this world. [It has no such origin or source.] If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight that I do not be delivered to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.” Thus, Jesus’ Spiritual Kingdom cannot be changed into a “kingdom-now here on earth” relating to any physical country. His Kingdom does not refer to the land of Israel or to any other country on earth. Jesus’ Spiritual Kingdom is international, indissolvable, and eternal. Here on earth, it is seated in the blood-cleansed, personally born again ‘hearts’ or human spirits (1 Ths. 5:23) of all Jesus’ sincere disciples, and it reaches right into heaven where His everlasting throne, mighty angels, and all the blood-cleansed human spirits of deceased believers are, (Jn. 18:36; 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 3:16: 6:16-20; Rev. 7:14.)
· The Old Testament Hebraic temple: Jesus completely abandoned the entire religious structure and the physical old temple of the Old Testament covenant forever more. Mt. 24:1-2, “Then Jesus went out and departed from the [Old Hebraic] temple and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. But Jesus said to them, ‘...Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.’” In 70 A.D., the entire old temple was destroyed, just as He had prophesied. So, the piece of ‘temple wall’ where Jews now wail cannot be part of the old temple, because Jesus said “not one stone shall te left standing…” In Jn. 2:15-20, “…[Where Jesus stated, ‘Destroy this temple and in three days [at My resurrection from the dead, I will build a new temple… ‘] He was speaking of the temple of His body.” When Jesus died and rose from the dead He established another, completely New Covenant, Spiritual temple inside all His true believers from all the nations - believing Hebrews included. He fulfilled this when the Spirit came at Pentecost to fully indwell every true believer “until the end of this world,” (Acts 1:8; 2:1-4, 17-21; Mt. 28:19-20.)
· The Old Testament outward, ceremonial law: Fulfilling the entire Dual Law of the Old Testament Covenant as the sinless, spotless Lamb of God, “Who takes away the sin of the whole [believing] world,” (Jn. 1:29,) Jesus forever annulled the entire ritual, or sacramental part of the law and all its precepts - all outward or physical temple worship and upkeep; sacrifices and sacraments, (Gal. 2:21; Jn. 4:21-24.) The New Testament Covenant necessitated an eternal, once-off Sacrifice: Jesus Christ the Most Holy Lamb of God Himself. There can never be another atonement; ‘more of’ an atonement, or any addition, (least of all, any of the fully fulfilled physical precepts of the Ceremonial law,) to Jesus’ completed atonement on Golgotha in the place of all believing humanity, (Jn. 3:16-17.) As He is King and High Priest of His Everlasting Spiritual Kingdom, He will never have any need for ceremonies, physical sacrifices, or rituals of any kind. The Only Law that governs His Kingdom is the Moral Law of Love, through all its Moral precepts. Jesus declared in Jn. 13:34-35, “A New Commandment [law] I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you… By this all will know that you are my disciples…”
· The Old Testament Levitical priesthood: Jesus utterly dissolved the physical temple hierarchy of parliamentary priests to establish His spiritual, personally believing priesthood, bought with His blood ‘from every tribe, and tongue, and nation.’ Jesus Himself, according to the Order of Melchizedek, forever took the place of the Levitical high priest of the old temple and inaugurated an entirely new and different Melchizedekian priesthood, where every sincere believer is a spiritual king and priest in His Kingdom, (Rev. 1:6; 1 Pt. 2:5,9-10.)
There is only One Way to come to the Father in heaven: Every person on earth must, through personal faith in and acceptance of Jesus, (the New Testament/Covenant Christ,) be spiritually born again from darkness into His “marvelous light,” (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)
Furthermore, there is only One Way to remain in Jesus: All His born again disciples must, through obedience to the truth of His New Testament/Covenant Word, follow Him as totally sold-out followers of The Light, (Jn. 14:6; 8:12.) Jesus fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies concerning Him as God, (Col. 2:9,) Spiritual King, (Jn. 18:36,) eternal Savior, Redeemer, and Blessor, (Jn. 14:6; Gal. 3:10-14.) All He will ever ask from us is we ourselves: our human spirits, souls or minds (thoughts,) bodies, and lives. Everything that pertain to us and our lives already belong to Him, as He is our Creator and God. All we can ever bring Him that really glorifies all His suffering in our place, is ourselves, (Gal. 2:20-21.)