To fully understand this question, we need to ask ourselves: Does Torah save us from eternal
damnation? The answer is a resounding NO! We are saved only through the blood of Messiah Yahshua. However, since Yahshua said
He came not to abolish but to fulfill/establish/confirm the law, it is a clear message that Torah wasn't abolished; but our
SIN was! Let's begin our study by considering two scriptural concepts. They are known as a "Shadow" and a "Type". There is
a major difference between a shadow and a type and we will discuss each one of these in turn:
The sacrificial laws are types. Once Yahshua became the (sacrifice) law - there was no longer a need for the type.
However we now keep the Passover with new emblems or as Yahshua so rightly put it in Mark 14:24: And
He said to them, "This is My blood of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many."
Yahshua has fulfilled the Sacrificial Law and introduced a new way of keeping Elohim's Feasts, for example Passover.
There is no longer a requirement to sacrifice animals, but we keep the Passover with unleavened bread, representing Yahshua's
body - bruised for our iniquities; and the wine representing Yahshua's blood, which was shed for the forgiveness of the sins
of the world - including ours.
A shadow points to the reality, but never does away with it. The set-apart days Yahweh's feasts are shadows of
things to come (see Colossians 2:17). Those feasts are introduced by Yahweh in Leviticus 23 are a shadow of things to come.
It relates to us, Yahweh's plan of salvation for all humankind. We keep those feast days yearly to rehearse Yahweh's plan,
so that we as "first fruits" will be able to teach Yahweh's plan of salvation and other teachings to our siblings during the
millennium rule of the Messiah from Jerusalem.
Yahshua did not come to abolish the law and said so in Matt 5:17-Think not that I am come to destroy the law,
or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall
teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall
be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Now lets look at the First Century Bible Matt 5:17-Don't suppose for a minute that I have come to do away with the
Scriptures— either Elohim's Torah or the Prophets. I'm not here to abolish but to explain them fully
and make their teachings come true. I am going to put it all together in a comprehensive way. Elomim's Torah is more
real and lasting than the stars in the sky and the ground at your feet. Long after stars burn out and earth wears out, Elohim's
Torah will be alive and working.
19 Whoever disobeys even the least commandment in the Torah of
Moses and teaches people not to do what it says, will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he who obeys and teaches
others to obey what the Torah of Moses says, will be called great in the kingdom heaven.
Yahshua is the same yesterday, today and forever, according to Heb.13:8. He did not change His mind after His
impalement. He laid down his life for His people and became a sacrifice for our past Torah-less-ness. That was the only part
of the law that He effectively fulfilled, doing away with the requirement to sacrifice the blood of animals every time we
transgress the law. The law of clean and unclean food given in Leviticus 11 is still in effect. The law prohibiting incest
is still intact. The law of not eating fat or blood is still applicable. All the sexual laws are still in force....
Yahshua is the embodiment of the law; He is the word of Elohim. So why would He want to "do away" with Himself?
Why will the one who gave us the law for our own good, want to destroy it? He created the law of gravity and that is still
in force (see Hebrews 1:3). Paul said that the Torah commandments are just, good and Holy. In his writings we see that the
law is Spiritual and can therefore not be destroyed.
According to the scriptures discussed below Yahshua came to establish a new priesthood.
In Hebrew 8:3 we see: The assigned task of a high priest is to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and it's
no different with the priesthood of Yahshua. In Hebrews 9:22-28 we read: And according to the Law,
one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Therefore
it was necessary for the copies of the things in the heavens to be cleansed with these, but the heavenly things themselves
with better sacrifices than these. For Messiah did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but
into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of Elohim for us; nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the
high priest enters the holy place year by year with the blood not his own. Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often
since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by
the sacrifice of Himself. And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Messiah also,
having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for the salvation without reference to sin,
to those who eagerly await Him.
In Hebrews 10:4-7 we read (a direct quote from Psalm 40:6-8): 'For is impossible for the
blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when He comes into the world He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERINGS THOU
HAST NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY THOU HAST PREPARED FOR ME; IN WHOLE BURNT OFFERINGS AND SACRIFICES FOR SIN THOU HAST TAKEN NO
PLESSURE. Then I said, 'Behold I have come to do Thy will o Elohim.'" Dropping down to verse 9 we read: Then
He said, "Behold, I have come to do Thy will." He takes away the first in order to establish the second. This is
talking about the priesthood. Yahshua has done away with the Levitical Priesthood with its requirement to shed the blood of
animals for the forgiveness of sin, to establish the Melchi-zedek Priesthood.
In Hebrews 7:11-18 we read: "Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood, what
further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Machi-zedek, and not be designated according
to the order of Aaron? For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. For the one
concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiate at the altar. For it is
evident that our Master Yahshua was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.
And this is clear still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Mechi-zedek, who has become such not on the
basis of a law of physical requirements of an indestructible life. For it is witnessed of Him, 'THOU ART A PRIEST FOREVER
ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MECHI-ZEDEK'."
When Yahweh gave the Law to our forefathers through Moses, all He wanted from them was obedience. This we read
In Jeremiah 7:22 as follows: "For I did not speak to your fathers or command them in the day that I
brought them out of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this is what I commanded them saying 'Obey My voice
and I will be your Elohim, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be
well with you.'" A second witness to this in Hosea 6:6 reads as follows: "For I delight
in kindness and not in slaughtering, and in the knowledge of Elohim more than burnt offerings."
Yahweh wants us to know and obey Him rather than bring Him Sacrifices and burnt offerings. In Galatians 3:19 we
read: "Why then the Law? (This is talking about the Sacrificial Law). It was added because of transgressions,
having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed should come to whom the promise had been made."
We know that this seed is Yahshua. When Yahshua became the sacrifice, He introduced the new Priesthood, effectively doing
away with the sacrificial requirements of the Law in respect to sin.
However, from Scriptures it is also clear that even though Yahweh does not require sin offerings any longer, righteous
sacrifices will again be offered in the future, during the millennium and possibly on into eternity. In Psalm 51:16-19 we
read: "For You do not desire slaughtering, or I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering.
The slaughterings of Elohim are a broken spirit, A Heart broken and crushed, O Elohim, These You do not despise. Do good in
Your good pleasure to Tsiyon; Build the walls of Yerusalayim. Then You would delight in slaughterings of righteousness, In
burnt offering and complete burnt offering; Then young bulls would be offered on Your altar." So we are only really
talking here about the sacrificial system, as it applied to sin. Righteous sacrifices will still have its place in the world
Before Yahshua all men were shut up under sin - being indebted to the law. But now that Yahshua came, the promise
by faith in Him is given to those who believe in Him. He has become the Sacrifice required by the law to pay for our indebtedness
for breaking the law. In Collossians 2:14 we read (paraphrased): "having nailed the indebtedness of the law to the cross."
This does not say Yahshua nailed the law to the cross, but he nailed our sins to the cross. Meaning He has redeemed
us from having to die the second death for our own sins. In 1 john 3:4 we read that all sin is lawlessness or in Hebrew
The New Covenant is therefore indeed better than the Old Covenant, with its sacrificial system. The New Covenant
contains all the original laws, except for the fact that Yahshua's blood was sacrificed once for all, and there is no more
need to sacrifice the blood of animals every time we sin. In Revelation we see that if we want to be part of the ones that
will rule with Yahshua during His millennial rule and on into eternity, we are still required to keep the commandments and
to believe in the Testimony of Yahshua. This tells me that if we want to be part of Yahweh's people, we better keep the commandments.
They are not suggestions, so that we may only use them as guidelines. If we want to be in the Kingdom of Elohim, we better
enjoy keeping the commandments, for it isn't burdensome.
The Torah is our manual - It tells us how to live in relationship to Yahweh, to ourselves and toward one
another. It is similar with any new appliance or motor vehicle we buy. It comes with an operating manual. If you want to ensure
that the vehicle or appliance last as long as possible and that, if it breaks the manufacturer will honor the guarantee, it
pays you to read the Manufacturer's manual and to use the appliance or vehicle, accordingly. If the Manufacturer instructs
that you to use only unleaded fuel in the vehicle, I am positive that you will not put Diesel in the fuel tank. In Leviticus
11 our Maker/Manufacturer Yahweh our Elohim tells us what fuel to put in our stomachs. It is for us to decide if we want to
believe our Maker. If we do not believe Him, why call ourselves his disciples.
If we are followers of Messiah Yahshua, then we will believe in Him and believe in what He taught. Yahshua has
never abolished any laws, except for fulfilling the requirements of the sacrificial laws. Even in the very last book of Revelation
(22):13 and 14, Yahshua said: "I am the Alpha (Aleph) and the Omega (Tav), the Beginning and the End,
the First and the Last. Blessed are those doing HIS commands so that the authority shall be theirs unto the tree of life,
and to enter through the gates of the City" - the new Jerusalem. (Verse 14 of Revelation 22 was quoted, as it was
given by Tertulian [CE 208] and by Cyprian [CE 251], two well-known Ante Nicene Fathers). Whoever eats of the tree of life
will have everlasting life. To be able to partake of the tree of life, we will have to wear clean garments, by keeping the
Commandments of Yahweh and believe in the Testimony of Yahshua. The choice is ours.
How do we show Yahweh our Elohim that we love Him? How do children show their parents that they love them? By
obeying their parents' teachings. The problem with Christianity is that they see Torah as strict laws that apply to Jews only.
Torah should simply be seen as the teachings of Yahweh our Elohim.
In 1 John 5:3 we read: "For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep His commandments:
and His commandments are not burdensome." So we see that we show Yahweh we love Him by doing what pleases Him:
His teaching - His Torah. Yes, Israel is Yahweh's chosen people, but in Isaiah 56:6-7 we see (And those from a strange land
who join themselves to Yahweh, to serve Him and to love His name, to be His servants, and keep the Sabbath Day of Rest holy,
and keeps My covenant, 7 even those I will bring to My holy mountain and give them
joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and gifts will be received on My altar. For My house will be called a house
of prayer for all people." )
So, it is clear that the Torah is not for Jewish people only. The "set-apart (feast) days" are not Jewish Holy
Days - they are the set-apart days of Yahweh and not meant only for Jews. Read Leviticus 23 for yourself and you will find
Yahweh said that the Sabbath and the FEAST days are HIS. They, like all the other laws, are not suggestions, they are commanded
assemblies! We are required to keep them all.
Similarly, concerning the law of clean food in Leviticus 11, it is written: "Be Holy for I am Holy" -
it is a COMMAND! If you want to be Holy as Yahweh is Holy, then you will avoid unclean foods. This verse is written in the
book of Peter and this is a direct quote from Leviticus 11, where the clean and unclean meats are discussed. However, again,
the choice is completely ours. Do you want to please Yahweh or not?
Yahweh says (and I paraphrase): "Keep my commandments and live". The commandments are for our own good. In the
book of James (Ya'aqob) we read that we show our faith by our DEEDS. A second witness to this is found in Romans 2:13: "for not the hearers of the Law are just before God, but the DOERS of the Law will be justified."
Let's look at the First Century Bible Romans 2:13
13.Elohim accepts those who obey his Torah, but not those who simply hear it.
The teachings of Yahweh are as applicable today as they were yesterday and will be forever. These same laws will
be applicable during the millennial Kingdom and on into eternity. Yahshua tried to abolish the RABBINICAL teachings of the
day; not God's original teaching and instruction (Torah). If we love God we also love His Commandments and will do whatever
is necessary to please Him.
God never said to stop celebrating His feasts, or stop keeping His seventh-day Sabbath, so why does
the church insist on ignoring this fact? And why do you?