When a person dies, we start thinking about life after death. It is extremely tragic when a child dies before the parent. If you had children, what would your aspirations be for your child? To be rich, to be successful, to have education, to be kind, to be generous? The Bible tells us that God is our Father. It is important for us to know the desires of our Father for us. In Leviticus 19:1-2, the Lord told Moses to speak to all the people, to be holy. That is what God aspires for us, more than anything. He wants us to know, more than anything, that He is holy.
The greatest command is to love your God and love your neighbor. To be holy is to love each other. The angels say he is holy, holy, holy. He is separate. When God entered the earth through the Tabernacle, the earth was polluted. God jumped into the muck. God is saying that I am putting you there, but you are not to be of it. Rather, to be holy and obedient. To be holy not just in one area, but every area. Has this changed? No.
Ephesians says that before the foundations of the world, He determined for us to be holy; without spot or wrinkle or blemish; to be a glorious and holy church unto Him. The End-Times Church preach this verse, but they want to do away with what holiness is. If we do not have the Truth or “Torah,” then we start determining what is right in our own eyes. There are many cults in the world that separate themselves. Holiness means separation. So, without the “Torah,” who determines what is holy; if everyone has their definition of “holiness;” and if it is not God who determines it? How do we determine what is separate or holy to God? In the Torah! So, if we throw out the Torah, we throw out how God determines holiness.
So, what are God’s aspirations for us? To be holy. Not necessarily to be a good person or to be generous; although those things are good and biblical. Just because someone is good or generous, it doesn’t mean being holy. You have to question its source. If you’re going to drink water, do you want to drink at the bottom of the river with all the toxic stuff and garbage; or at the origin, where the water is pure? Torah is likened to the water. Where there are a lot of people downstream, it is polluted. At the source of the river, it is pure. When you look at what is being taught, you find that man is totally polluting the Bible. It is no longer the Bible, but it is entirely something different nowadays.
When the branches are not grafted in, it says the branches die. When Jesus grafted the branches, He didn’t throw them on the ground. He grafted them onto the tree. So, it’s not like a whole new tree was created 2,000 years ago, but we go back 6,000 years ago. So, we have to go back to the old-fashioned values, at its source, where it is the purest. Not the new-fashioned ways of Western church values and teaching materials, which have been jumbled up and muddied up. You wouldn’t even call it the Bible anymore. It’s more like the cults. We would be holy, but it wouldn’t be God’s standard of holiness. It would be the many different cults’ definition of holiness.
Well, the way we achieve holiness is by doing what God tells us to do. Doesn’t that make sense? It is not only, not doing what we are not allowed to do. But moreover, restraining from what we are allowed to do. Three chocolate cakes are good, but it’s not good to eat them all at once. Our spirits must have control over our flesh. A little bit of water and fire under control is good, but if they get out of control, you have disaster. So, when we look at our life, we have to not look at it as good or bad, but they can both kill you. Water is good and fire is good, but they have to be under control by the Spirit. Is a brick good? It can be used to build a house of worship, or it can be used to make a gas chamber. So, it comes down to what our motivations are.
We are different from the animals. We don’t just devour food, but we give thanks to God for the food to nourish us so that we can do good works. Good deeds don’t save us, but we are saved to do good deeds. God commanded a Temple to be built, so that His holiness can come down to the mucky world, to be set apart. Holy is not the opposite of evil. Holy’s opposite is common. We are to be set apart from the world as God’s people. It doesn’t make everyone else evil, but it just makes them normal or common. The Temple is among unholy, unclean, sinful men. So it gets polluted. The goat sacrifice is to be sprinkled in front of the mercy seat to make atonement. The atonement doesn’t mean cleansing the sin, but covering it. The Tabernacle is not sinful, but it gets polluted by the presence of mankind. The Jewish word means to cover. A child who plays in the mud is not bad. He is just dirty.
God told Israel to set the Sabbaths apart and keep it holy. God sanctified it and they were to keep it separate and sanctify it through obedience. God has said that He has set apart Jerusalem to be holy. Today, it is not holy. Because God has set it apart, Satan’s forces are trying to divide it up to keep it unholy. God said when He returns, He expects it to be set apart. People do not get the bigger picture or understand that concept. If you make it into a one-world city, it would just be common, not holy. Joel 3:16-17 says we are in the valley of decision (U.S. included); and Zion is Jerusalem (God’s dwelling); and when He returns He will get rid of the wrong concept. It says when God returns to Jerusalem it will be holy. You have to see that holiness and Truth go together.
Isaiah 51:3-5 says that God’s Truth or Torah will go out of Him; and Truth will be a light to the nations; and that Jesus is on the way. The Bible says that you do not light a candle and cover it to hide it. The Truth or Torah is a light that is supposed to go out from Israel to draw all of the nations to it. In Proverbs 6:23, the Truth or Torah is the light and an instruction unto life. So, do we bring strange fire and we determine the light, or does God determine the light? God wants to bring His light to the nations, so we have to make sure that we bring His light, not our light.
Isaiah 8:20 says that if they do not speak according to the Truth or Torah, they have no light. If we want to have God’s fire and light, it has to be in accordance with God’s Torah and to the testimony of Jesus. Lamentations 2:9 says that the light is gone when there is no more Truth or Torah. The light of the righteous will shine, and lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. If the five foolish virgins don’t have the Torah, they do not have the light in their lamps.
In John 17:14-19, Jesus says set them apart with the Truth, and that God’s Word is the Truth or Torah. As you remember, set them apart means to be holy. Holiness, and Truth or Torah, go together. It says that they have been sanctified by the Torah or Truth. That is how they are made holy, by the Truth or Torah.
The Tabernacle had to be cleansed every year, because it got polluted by the people. Jesus came from holiness to the middle of this muck, and became polluted for us by being around us and being touched by the people around Him. Some Christians say you become holy by separating yourself in a monastery and becoming a monk. No, the way to become holy is to be in the middle of the mucky world, and being cleaned by the Messiah. There is a restoration in the Last Days of His Truth or Torah, in order to present His Bride holy to Himself, as Ephesians says. He is coming back soon. Psalms 119:142 says Torah is the Truth, and He sanctifies us through the Truth.
Matthew 5:18 says that the Truth doesn’t change. Jesus said that until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Truth or Torah until everything is accomplished. So, how do we remain holy or separate? By keeping the Truth. The Commandments don’t make us righteous though. This is important to realize: the separation. However, it does make us holy. In Number 15:40, it says by doing the Commandments or Truth, it makes us holy. Doing what God tells us to do is what makes us separate from the world. However, keeping the Commandments doesn’t make us righteous, at all. A lot of people can do what the Torah says; but what we can accomplish for God doesn’t make us righteous.
1 Peter 2:11-12 says your good works is not to glorify you, but to glorify God on the day He visits you. He wants us to show our love to one another. In Hebrews 10:1-4, Paul is speaking to the Hebrews that the sacrifices do not make them righteous. If it made them righteous, they would have just done it once, and they wouldn’t repeat year after year. Leviticus 16:30 says that the sacrifice will cleanse you from your sins. A lot of people read this as the same, but they are not the same. There is a huge difference here. It sounds contradictory. If animal sacrifices were sufficient, then the Messiah didn’t have to come. You could look righteous outwardly, but be unrighteous inwardly. It just purified their flesh so that they can enter the Temple, but it never purified their sins in heaven. Jesus is the one that purifies you spiritually. One has to do with the flesh, and the other has to do with the spirit.
Every Commandment is to show Christ, and how we are supposed to relate to Him. It is like seeing God in action. When you see someone doing what God says, you are seeing God in action: someone living by the Truth or Torah. That is why teaching the pure Truth or Torah is important. When we know and live the Truth and Torah and Word, we live Christ. Leviticus 19:18 says not to bear a grudge or seek revenge against one of your people, but to love your neighbor as yourself. This is one of the greatest commandments. God is defining here the Torah and holiness in how we interact with our fellow man. God is compassionate, so we need to be compassionate. It is through our charity and compassion that we reflect a nation that is called by God. People will see our actions and see God’s holiness.
In Leviticus 19:9-10, it tells us to leave some of the leftovers from the harvest for the poor and stranger. God’s saying don’t be greedy, but be holy like Him. This is not one of the Ten Commandments, but it is still the Torah or Truth. We do not blot out or delete or alter the Bible according to our righteousness or modern values. The Truth and Torah remains. You don’t want to do away with what God is trying to display through His principles. A legalist would say I don’t have to leave anything for the poor or stranger, because I don’t have a vineyard. That is legalism. But the Torah pursuant will say to himself, “I don’t have a vineyard, but I’m going to follow the Torah and be compassionate to the poor and stranger, whenever I can. Am I saved by following the principle? No. But am I going to throw out that principle? No.
In Matthew 15:27-28, the Lord takes care of the stranger. Leviticus 19:11 says not to steal, or deal falsely, or lie to one another. Isaiah 53:9 says that Jesus had not done any violence, or had no deceit in his mouth. All these Torah principles, the Messiah exemplified. Leviticus 19:13 says, if you hire someone, then you need to pay them on pay day. Deuteronomy 24:14-15 says that if you are an employer, you need to be fair to your employees. It’s not one of the commandments, but it is the Torah. It is ridiculous to teach just one part of the Bible, and throw out other parts using cultural, historical and semantic excuses. If your boss said to you, “It’s not part of the commandments, so I don’t need to pay you,” how would you feel? So, you see how ridiculous it is to throw out the Truth and Torah, in the End-Times Church.
Leviticus 19:35-36 says not to use dishonest standards when measuring, but use honest scales and weights. The question is: do we have unjust set of measures for ourselves, and a separate set of measures for other people. How often do we have mercy when we mess up; but when others mess up, we don’t give them any slack. Matthew 7:2 says that with the judgment that you use, you will be measured by that. Psalm 1:1-3 says that those who do not walk in the counsel of the wicked humanists; or stand in the way of sinners; or sits in the seat of mockers; are blessed. But his delight is in the Torah or Truth of the LORD; and he meditates on His Torah or Truth day and night.
If you want to be like a tree planted by the living water, and understand His Word and His Truth, you need to meditate day and night in His Torah; and have your delight in the Torah. If you delight in the Torah, and meditate on it day and night; then you will be like a tree by the river. Often we read only half of the verse, and not the other half. Ezekiel 22:7-12 talks about the people mistreating and oppressing others, and how they despised the holy things. How they slandered, dishonored and violated the Lord’s Torah or Truth. He says that they had forgotten Him and His Torah. They weren’t doing what the Lord had said. They had forgotten His Torah or Word, and were doing what seemed right in their own eyes. Verses 13-16 says that since they have left their holiness and become common, and just like the people around them; He is going to destroy the impurity. Verse 30 says that God was looking for someone who would stand in the gap to intercede and speak the Truth. But He found none. So, Jerusalem was destroyed. Twice, God found no one to stand in the gap, and He destroyed and dispersed them twice in history. It is incredible God didn’t find one person. And again, history is repeating itself. We need to intercede on behalf of Jerusalem, so that it will not be divided. We need to be holy as He is holy. We need to return to His Torah or Truth. We want to glorify His name, so that the world will know that we are holy. He wants to place His name upon us.
Dear Church and Jerusalem. If you only knew the vastness of our Lord Jesus Christ’s love for you. If you only understood His heart. If you will only return to Him. He will wipe away your tears, clothes you with righteousness, and restore the years the locusts have eaten away. If you will return to His Torah and Truth, and take joy in His Precepts, and meditate on them day and night. He will bless you, empower you, and embrace you in His arms. Will you not hear His voice; will you not know His thoughts for you? He longs to present His Bride and His Jewish Nation unto Him, pure and holy, sanctified and purified. The King says, “Come,” to His Bride: “I am waiting.”