25 February 2010 (Chamashee/Teruah)
A Counterfeit Korban Pesach
Deceptions of the Synagogue of Satan
According to reliable sources in the Israeli Republic, Jews are planning to 're-establish their covenant relationship with God' with animal sacrifices at Pesach (Passover) on 6 April of this year according to the rabbinical calendar. Claims have been made that construction of the Third Temple will commence next month (March). The altar for this temple has already been made and consecrated, construction starting on the 9th of Aviv last year. A newly assembled 'Sanhedrin' is overseeing this operation and is in the process of 'restoring' the Levitical Priesthood. Why are they doing this? According to a short movie on their website, KorbanPesach.org it is for "Jewish unity" and "national (Israeli) identity" - that is, non-Messianic Jewish unity. Along with Brit Milah (circumcision), this new Korban Pesach is to become the second anchor unifying Jews who have rejected the Messiah and justifying the existence of the Israeli Republic.
The True Korban Pesach
The website is rather vague as to why this time has been chosen. The reasons included, in a page called What has Changed That Enables Us to Offer the Korban Pesach Now? are, amongst other things, that the 'Jewish people have begun to reassert their rights to the Temple Mount', 'laser cutting tools are available for constructing an altar without metallic tools', and the Jewish leadership is 'spiritual'.
There are two problems with this scenario, the second being the most significsnt of the two:
- 1. No claim for a revelation from Yahweh to do this has been apparently given - it's a political/religious move to maintain cohesion at a time when Jewish identity in the face of ever more serious threats from extremist Islamic states and groups; and
- 2. The whole Levitical System with its priesthood and animal sacrifices, including the Korban Pesach, and circumcision, was abolished two thousand years in the sacrificial death of the final Cohen Gadol or High Priest, a man who possessed endless life, who was after a higher Priesthood Order (Melchizedek) and who was Himself Elohim (God), Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), upon the Cross of Calvary.
I can understand why non-messianic Jews might be excited about this new event. And though this is sad enough, inasmuch as they are seeking a salvation without the true Messiah, it is even sadder when Zionistic Messianic Israelites and Jews get sucked into such things, as many will and probably already are, because they have their eyes on a counterfeit state and priesthood instead of on the Living Messiah, thinking that prophecy is being fulfilled that will help ussher the return of Yah'shua.
"Therefore, if perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the Torah), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, of necessity there is also a change of the Torah. For He of whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no man has officiated at the altar.
(Hebrews 7:11-17, NKJV)
"For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident if, in the likeness of Melchizedek, there arises another priest who has come, not according to the law of a fleshly commandment, but according to the power of an endless life. For He testifies:
What has the recreation of a Sanhedrin, temple, Levitical Priesthood, animal sacrifices and the like have to do with biblical prophecy and the Gospel of Yah'shua the Messiah? Absolutely nothing at all. The whole exercise is a counterfeit and antichrist. Our eyes are "on the Jerusalem above" (Gal.4:26, NKJV) for the Jerusalem "which now is, and is in bondage with her children" and represents Hagar, not Sarah (Gal.4:25, NKJV).
As an exercise in reconstruction of the past and of the Old Covenant this is certainly an interesting project but as to having any religious or saving value, it has absolutely none at all. It is as useless as circumcision. Yah'shua told us that temple worhip after the Old Covenant was finished for ever and that from now on people would worship "in spirit and truth" (Jn.4:23-24).
Messianics, who have been seduced by Zionism, are being led into serious error in the search for an Israelite state to which they can belong, an Israelite temple with animal sacrifices which they hope to one day participate in (see The Temple of Ezekiel - Ezekiel 40-48), and a Covenant that is over which they want to perpetuate by adding Messiah onto it. As a Messianic myself, I have to say this is a dangerous error and a denial of the atoning blood of Messiah Yah'shua. It is a denial of the Way to Salvation.
I am sure that the organisers of the Korban pesach are hoping that this will lead to a revival in Judaism. I am sure it will amongst the Orthodox Jews and probably make them even more fanatical and extreme. And if a few miraculous signs can accompany the first one this year at their Korban Pesach I can forsee many Messianic Jews abandoning Yah'shua as their Messiah and returning to Judaism. Many have already done so, who were not born again and/or who subscribed to Messianic heresies such as denying that Yah'shua is Elohim (God). Christian Zionists, who view God's people as consisting of two separate streams of 'saved people' - born-again Christians and Jews - will see this as a vindication of their beliefs and hopes. I know of one Messianic Ministry which claims (along with many others, Messianics and Evangelicals alike) that Jews are already saved by birth and do not need the salvation of Yah'shua! Don't be deceived by these lies, for these are the things that the devil delights in.
As Messianic Evangelicals we endeavour to rescue Messianics who have fallen for the lies of the "synagogue of satan" (Rev.2:9) and to remind them of these words of Yah'shua:
"'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens": "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie -- indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you" (Rev.3:7-10, NKJV).
My counsel is that what is happening in the Israel Republic and among unsaved Jews be entirely ignored for it has absolutely no significance to us whatsoever. Keep your eyes on Yah'shua (Jesus), and Yah'shua only, for He alone is the source of all salvation, eternal life and emet (truth). Though salvation was once "of the Jews" (Jn.4:22) those who refused the Messiah were cast off. Today salvation is of anyone proclaiming the true Gospel of Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ):
Salvation today is of Evangelical Messianic Israelites - those who abide in Messiah Yah'shua, irrespective of their tribal origin or whether they are natural or grafted branches (Rom.11) - who obey the New Covenant Torah. Yah'shua is the one and only valid Korban Pesach and all others are counterfeit and antichrist. So do not partake of that which is unkosher, whether in mind, heart or deed! Stay true to your "First Love" (Rev.2:14) and may Yahweh bless you!
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:4-5, NKJV).