ENTERING THE KINGDOM
Messiah came to the lost house of Israel, Descendants of Jacob, Not a government. So when you study, you have to know history, and how words were used in that time. They had baptism, it was called a mikvah. Born again was a word used for gentiles grafting into the God of Abraham, and His faith in God .
Please note: That Abraham's children, looking for their Redeemer, Got it wrong and even said crucified Him. So as non children of Abraham, We have to search and see if we are getting it wrong also.
Have you ever heard someone say, "John the Baptist lost his faith in prison", when he sent his disciples to ask Messiah, "Are you the one or do we look for another". What the scriptures says is, "are you one, or do we look for the other of a pair". Knowing their history, they believed in 2 Messiahs. One a suffering servant, Messiah son of Joseph, and the conquering King, Messiah son of David.
John knew He was the suffering servant, but did not know if He was the, conquering King, also. So Messiah answered his question with scripture. It is from Isaiah talking about the conquering King.
If you you keep reading, I get into the Mark of the Beast, and the two Beasts.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
To understand the New Testament or New Covenant, You need to understand the Scriptures, or Old Testament and the Old Covenant. The New Testament is explaining, the Old Testament promises about Messiah and the New Covenant.
It's explaining Why we are leaving Law and the Levitical Priesthood, And going back to Melchizedek, (Messiah), and the Words of the Covenant that He renewed.
Israel broke the First Covenant when they built the golden calf, and now went under Law. Because they kept sinning, They were given Atonement to cover their sins. The more they sinned, more atonement was given to cover those sins. Grace super abounded.
Now we have to separate, the rules to follow in the Covenant, from the rules of the Law. NOTE: If we are still under law, then we're still under the Levitical Priesthood, and not under the Melchizedek Priesthood.
And if we are still under law, God would still be accepting the Day of Atonement Offerings! History tells us that God never accepted the offering for 40 years after Messiah's death! Then the Temple was destroyed.
Messiah Y'shua was Elohim of the First Covenant. He was the mediator of the giving of the law to Israel. So His death freed them from the Law. Just like Paul explained, “A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives, but when he dies, she is free to marry another”.
A covenant has 2 parties. It has the words, or agreement. Then it needs blood to ratify it. In the New Covenant, the parties are the same. The words are renewed. And the blood is new. How could you be in a New Covenant and not know the Words of the Covenant?
Mat 7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter The kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.
NOTE: There will be believers who call on His name, but won't enter The Kingdom! Please understand, that in entering The Kingdom, your also entering into the New Covenant, Today, not when He returns.
Heb 12:28 For this reason, receiving an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, by which we may serve God pleasingly, with reverence and awe;
Mat 7:22-23 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' (believers)
"And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.' (or no Covenant or 10 Commandments)
Think of the ten virgins waiting for the groom. It wasn't five virgins and five bad women, They all had a chance to be the bride.
Here are terminologies used 2000 years ago.
The Hebrew word for Messiah is Y'shua, not Jesus. The English word for Y'shua is Salvation.
(NOW WHEN YOU READ THE OLD TESTAMENT, YOU'LL SEE TIMES THE WORD SALVATION IS USED FOR MESSIAH)
Torah means Instruction. Law in New Testament should be Instruction most of the time. So you have to understand, what that Instruction is. The Book of the Law, or The Book of the Covenant.
Church means Congregation. Acts 7:38 Moses was in the Congregation (Church) in the Wilderness.
Easter is Passover.
First day of the week means, one of the Sabbaths or First Sabbath. Day of the week is the same Greek word used for The Sabbath day every were else!
The Covenant is like a engagement contract.
Jer: 31:31-34 "Behold, days are coming," declares YHVH, "when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the Covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My Covenant which they broke, although I was a Husband to them," declares the Yehovah.
"But this is The Covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares Yehovah, "I will put My Instructions (or Covenant) within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know Yehovah,' for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares Yehovah, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Note: It says Yehovah makes a New Covenant with just the House of Israel and House of Judah. Why, because Jacob's children broke The Covenant, and was put under Law.
The other Children of Abraham were never under law, but was in a Covenant.
Note: When Messiah came, if they knew Him, they knew the Father. Plus when He died in their place, the death angel passed over Them. This is why it was Passover He died, not the Day of Atonement!
| Ex 19:5-6 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, and keep my
covenant, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all
the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and
a holy nation..` These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."|
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
The first thing Israelite's need to do is go back to the time of the first coming to understand how Israelite's were living in that time.
Eph 2:1-5 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Messiah (by grace you have been saved),
Saying, “you have been saved", They did not die, Messiah did. Remember when Korah rejected Moses, the earth swallowed up Korah and his family. The same thing should have happened to Israel for rejecting the prophet like Moses.
When Messiah died, there was a great earthquake, and He spent 3 days and nights in the heart of the earth. Korah wanted Moses's Authority, Like the Jewish leader's wanted Y'shua's Authority.
Remember, God was going to kill the whole Nation of Israel and make a Nation out of Moses. Messiah saved the whole Nation of Israel by giving His life on the tree in there place.
The first Passover, the people killed the lamb, and put the blood on the door posts of their homes. There was no repentance, but the death angel still passed over the house's of the Children of Israel. Later, when they heard the Covenant, and said they would keep it, then blood was applied.
Y'shua's passover, They put the blood on the house of Israel, There was no repentance, and the death angel still passed over the Children of Israel. They were Physically saved. Now they have to inter in the New Covenant and apply Messiah's blood to their hearts.
If human blood was needed to ratify a Covenant, It would have been used for the First Covenant, which The Children Israel would still be under if they hadn't broke it by making a Golden Calf and worshiping it and not the Father.
|But God commend his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners (unrepented Israel ), Christ died for us.|
|Much more then, being now justified by his blood, shall we be saved from the wrath [of God] through him.|
|For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, shall we be saved by his life; (Messiah died for unrepented sins, if they would have repented, they would have been forgiven).|
|And it came to pass, on one of the days, as He was teaching the people in the temple, and preaching the gospel, there came upon him the chief priests and the scribes with the elders;|
|and they spake, saying unto Him, Tell us: By what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?|
|And He answered and said unto them, I also will ask you a question; and tell me:|
|The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or from men?|
|And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why did ye not believe him?|
|But if we shall say, From men; all the people will stone us: for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.|
|And they answered, that they knew not whence [it was].|
|And Y'shua said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.|
|And He began to speak unto the people this parable: A man planted a vineyard, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into another country for a long time.|
|And at the season he sent unto the husbandmen a servant, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.|
|And he sent yet another servant: and him also they beat, and handled him shamefully, and sent him away empty.|
|And he sent yet a third: and him also they wounded, and cast him forth.|
|And the lord of the vineyard said, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him.|
|But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned one with another, saying, This is the heir; let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.|
|And they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore will the lord of the vineyard do unto them?|
|He will come and destroy these husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.|
|But he looked upon them, and said, What then is this that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, The same was made the head of the corner?|
|Every one that falls on that stone shall be broken to pieces; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will scatter him as dust.|
|And the scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him in that very hour; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he spake this parable against them.|
Note: The scribes and chief priests knew their Levitical Authority under the law would be over, when the Melchizedek Priest would come and renew the Covenant, Like He made with Abraham.
|Now if there was perfection (meaning to be completed) through the Levitical priesthood
(for under it the people received the law), what further need [was there]
that another (HIGH) Priest should arise after the order of Melchizedek, and not be called after the order of Aaron?|
Also know from history, that after Y'shua died, the Day of Atonement Offering was never accepted by God. Then 40 years later, is when the Temple was destroyed. It was like the 40 years wandering in in the wilderness, for not obeying the First Covenant.
The first thing Muslim's need to do is go back to the faith of their Father Abraham and his son Ishmael.
Yes, Ishmael followed his father's faith in the Covenant. But it was just that, the Messiah was not coming through Ishmael's seed. Ishmael's decedents worshiped the God of Abraham, long before Mohammad, started his religion.
John: 8:39 They answered and said unto him, Our father is Abraham. Y'shua saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
40 But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I heard from God: this Abraham did not do. (Abraham and his children didn't murder innocent people)
The first thing NonPhysical son's of Abraham, need to do is go back to the time of the first coming to understand, where they did not fit in.
Eph: 2:11-12 Therefore remember, that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called "Uncircumcised " by the so-called "Circumcision," which is performed in the flesh by human hands-- remember that you were at that time separate from Messiah, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph: 2:13-22 But now in Messiah Y'shua you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one, and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Messiah Y'shua Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Mat 26:27-28 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
Messiah said Blood of the Covenant, The Blood ratifies the Covenant, or Book of the Covenant, that is God's Word, that doesn't change.
The first Covenant, the blood was thrown on the outside of the people. The second Covenant is on your heart, inside. So drinking what represents the blood of the Covenant, shows it is going inside to our heart.
Heb 9:15 And because of this, of a New Covenant He is mediator, that, death having come, for redemption of the transgressions under the First Covenant, so those called (Israelites) may receive the promise of the age-during inheritance,
1John 1:9 if we may confess our sins, stedfast He is and righteous that He may forgive us the sins, and may cleanse us from every unrighteousness;
Jer: 31:31-34 "Behold, days are coming," declares Yehovah, "when I will make a new Covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which they broke, (making the golden calf) although I was a Husband to them," declares the LORD.
"But this is The Covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares Yehovah, "I will put My Torah (or Instructions) within them, and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. "And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know Yehovah,' for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares Yehovah, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."
Note: ( It says Covenant, not law on their heart )
|Heb 8:10 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days," says Yehovah; "I will put my Torah (Instructions of Covenant) into their mind, I will also write them on their heart. I will be to them a God, And they will be to me a people.|
Ex: 24:6-8 And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and the other half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Then he took the Book of The Covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that Yehovah has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!"
So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, "Behold the blood of the Covenant, which Yehovah has made with you in accordance with all these Words."
(NOTE THIS WAS BEFORE THE LAW WAS GIVEN).
The Book of the Covenant is different than the Blood of the Covenant.
The Book of the Covenant is different than the book of the Levitical Law.
The Book of the Law was not Anointed with blood, so it's not a covenant.
Then Yehovah will single him out for adversity from all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of The Covenant which are written in this book of the law. (Deu 29:21 NAS)
We have to understand how the Jews used the term, being born again back then. When a Jew would have a gentile go through conversion process, (works of the Law), They then would be Baptized.
When they came up out of the water, they would say your born again, you are now a child of Abraham. This is why Nicodemus Being a physical child of Abraham, (not a gentile) asked if he should go back to his mother’s womb.
|Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:|
|the same came unto him by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that thou doest, except God be with him.|
|Y'shua answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God.|
|Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother`s womb, and be born?|
|Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God!|
|That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.|
|Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born anew.|
|The wind bloweth where it will, and thou hearest the voice thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.|
|Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?|
|Y'shua answered and said unto him, Art thou the teacher of Israel, and understandest not these things?|
If you’re Born Again of Abraham, you’re born before the law and Levitical Priesthood. You are now under the New Covenant, with Melchizedek as your High Priest, and The King of The Kingdom of Heaven, Messiah Y'shua. And if you have Messiah you should be following His Covenant.
Gal: 3:29 And if you belong to Messiah, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.
Please Note: Ishmael was the first born according to the flesh, but Isaac was chosen.
Easu was the first born according to the flesh, but he traded his birth right for a bowl of stew, so Jacob was chosen.
Physical first born sons of Abraham traded their birth right to Messiah, for Levitical Law, so the ones born again in Messiah, are the chosen ones. Which are both Physical Children of Abraham, and Gentiles.
1 Peter 2:1-10 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Y'shua Messiah. For this is contained in Scripture: "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed." This precious value, then, is for you who believe. But for those who disbelieve, "The Stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone," and, "A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the Word, and to this doom they were also appointed. But you are a chosen race, A Royal Priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
By saying, "They are disobedient to the Word", It's the Words of the Covenant God spoke to them in the wilderness.
Hebrews 4:1-7 Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the Word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by Faith in those who heard. For we who have believed enter that rest just as He has said,
"As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest," although His works were finished from the foundation of the world For He has thus said somewhere concerning the seventh day, "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; and again in this passage, "They shall not enter My rest." Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience,
He again fixes a certain day, "Today," saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, "Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."
The Sabbath is part of our Covenant, and the sign or mark of our Covenant!!!!
Think of a wedding ring on someone's finger, it's a sign they are married.
Mat: 21:33-45 "Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard and put a wall around it and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey. "And when the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. "And the vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third.
"Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. "But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' "But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and seize his inheritance.' "And they took him, and threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him "Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?"
They said to Him, "He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers, who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons." Y'shua said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures, 'The stone which the builders rejected, This became the chief corner stone; This came about from the Lord, And it is marvelous in our eyes '?
"Therefore I say to you, The Kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it "And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust." And when the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them.
Mat: 7:28-29 The result was that when Y'shua had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.
Luke 19:8-28 And Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much." And Y'shua said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham.
"For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." And while they were listening to these things, He went on to tell a parable, because He was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that The Kingdom of God was going to appear immediately. He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return. "And he called ten of his slaves, and gave them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business with this until I come back.'
"But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We do not want this man to reign over us.' "And it came about that when he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these slaves, to whom he had given the money, be called to him in order that he might know what business they had done. "And the first appeared, saying, 'Master, your mina has made ten minas more.' "And he said to him, 'Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.'
"And the second came, saying, 'Your mina, master, has made five minas.' "And he said to him also, 'And you are to be over five cities.' "And another came, saying, 'Master, behold your mina, which I kept put away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are an exacting man; you take up what you did not lay down, and reap what you did not sow "He said to him, 'By your own words I will judge you, you worthless slave. Did you know that I am an exacting man, taking up what I did not lay down, and reaping what I did not sow?
'Then why did you not put the money in the bank, and having come, I would have collected it with interest? "And he said to the bystanders, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.' "And they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas already.' "I tell you, that to everyone who has shall more be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. "But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence." And after He had said these things, He was going on ahead, ascending to Jerusalem.
Luke 12:31-50 "But seek for His Kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you The Kingdom. "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. "Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight. "And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
"Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them. "Whether he comes in the second watch, or even in the third, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. "And be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken into. "You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect."
And Peter said, "Master, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?" And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
"Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes. "Truly I say to you, that he will put him in charge of all his possessions. "But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk; the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him, and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. "And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, shall receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few.
And from everyone who has been given much shall much be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more. "I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!"But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
Mat: 5:17-20 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law (or Instruction) or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. (note: They knew the difference of Instruction of the Covenant and the Law, (punishment), to force the keeping of the Covenant.)
"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law (Instruction), until all is accomplished. "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these , and so teaches others, shall be called least in The kingdom of Heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in The kingdom of heaven."For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter The Kingdom of Heaven. (Now)
If an earthly dad gives instruction to his child to do his homework, and he doesn't listen, his dad now gives instruction, you can't play on your phone or computer or watch TV and to go to his room for the night.
The next day when his son came home from school, his dad said, "today will you follow my instruction"? What instruction do you think the dad wants the child to do? Go to his room for the night or do his homework?
Is going to his room bad? No, it leads him to do his homework. When he does his homework, he is no longer under, the punishment instruction, go to your room for the night.
Mat: 6:33 "But seek first His Kingdom and His Righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.
Mat: 8:11-12 "And I say to you, that many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in The Kingdom of Heaven; but the Sons of The Kingdom (Jews)shall be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
The Israelite's, sons of The Kingdom, were to be priests to bring the Gospel of The Kingdom to the Gentiles.
Mat:10:5-7 These twelve Y'shua sent out after instructing them, saying, "Do not go in the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter any city of the Samaritans; but rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. ( The ones who should be priests ) "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'
It is time for the Melchizedek Kingdom to be the only Kingdom, and the Levitical Priesthood, and law to fade away.
Mat: 13:10-17 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" And He answered and said to them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of The kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. "For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.
"Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. "And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'You will keep on hearing, but will not understand; And you will keep on seeing, but will not perceive; For the heart of this people has become dull, And with their ears they scarcely hear,
And they have closed their eyes Lest they should see with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart and return, And I should heal them.' "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. "For truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it; and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Mat: 13:41-43 "The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness (No Covenant), and will cast them into the furnace of fire; in that place there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. "Then the Righteous will shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples came to Y'shua, saying, "Who then is greatest in The Kingdom of Heaven?" And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter The kingdom of heaven. (Right now not at the second coming) "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in The kingdom of heaven. "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
Mat: 21:31-32 Y'shua said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax-gatherers and harlots will get into The kingdom of God before you. "For John came to you in The Way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax-gatherers and harlots did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
Mat: 21:43 "Therefore I say to you, The kingdom of God will be taken away from you, and be given to a nation producing the fruit of it.
Mat 23:12-39 "And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, even while for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you shall receive greater condemnation.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel about on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.'
"You fools and blind men; which is more important, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold? "And, 'Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering upon it, he is obligated.' "You blind men, which is more important, the offering or the altar that sanctifies the offering? "Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it. "And he who swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it. "And he who swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law:
(or Covenantjustice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others "You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
"You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. "Even so you too outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,and say, 'If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
"Consequently you bear witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. "Fill up then the measure of the guilt of your fathers, "You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell? "Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,
that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. "Truly I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. "Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! "For I say to you, from now on you shall not see Me until you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the YHVH!'"
Mat: 24:14 "And this Gospel of The kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
This gospel needs to be preached.
Mar: 12:29-34 Y'shua answered, "The foremost is, 'Hear, O Israel! Yehovah our God is one ; and you shall love Yehovah your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' "The second is this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." And the scribe said to Him, "Right, Teacher,
You have truly stated that He is One; and there is no one else besides Him; and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as himself, is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Y'shua saw that he had answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from The kingdom of God."
Mar 15:43 Joseph of Arimathea came, a prominent member of the Council, who himself was waiting for The kingdom of God; and he gathered up courage and went in before Pilate, and asked for the body of Y'shua.
Luke 23:50-52 And behold, a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man (he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for The Kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Y'shua.
Luke 1:30-33 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. "And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Y'shua, (salvation). "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and His kingdom will have no end."
The angel said, you shall Him Salvation, because He will Save His people from their sins.
Luke 4:41-44 And demons also were coming out of many, crying out and saying, "You are the Son of God!" And rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ. And when day came, He departed and went to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. But He said to them, "I must preach The kingdom of God to the other cities also, for I was sent for this purpose." And He kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea.
Luke 8:1 And it came about soon afterwards, that He began going about from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching The Kingdom of God; and the twelve were with Him,
Y'shua preached the The Kingdom!!!!
Matt: 9:2-6 and lo, they were bringing to Him a paralytic, laid upon a bed and Y'shua having seen their faith, said to the paralytic, "Be of good courage, child, thy sins have been forgiven thee."
and lo, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This one doth speak evil. and Y'shua having known their thoughts, said, "Why think ye evil in your hearts? for which is easier? to say, The sins have been forgiven thee; or to say, Rise, and walk? But, that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power upon the earth to forgive sins."
He had to die for UN-repented Sins of the sons of the kingdom, so they wouldn't be cut off as a nation and die for their sins, thus keeping the promise, God made to Abraham. They, in the flesh have been saved. Now by Faith they need to be saved from the second death.
Luke 9:59-62 And He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Permit me first to go and bury my father." But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere The Kingdom of God." And another also said, "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home." But Y'shua said to him, "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for The kingdom of God."
Luke 12:31-32 "But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you. "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you The Kingdom.
Luke 16:16-17 "The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since then the Gospel of The kingdom of God is preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. "But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail.
Luke 17:20-21 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when The kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, The kingdom of God is in your midst."
Luke 22:27-30 "For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves. "And you are those who have stood by Me in My trials; and just as My Father has granted Me a Kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
John 3:1-22 Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews;
this man came to Him by night, and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him." Y'shua answered and said to him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see The kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born, can he?" Y'shua answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into The kingdom of God. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
"Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born again.' "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit." Nicodemus answered and said to Him, "How can these things be?" Y'shua answered and said to him, "Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not understand these things?, "Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak that which we know, and bear witness of that which we have seen; and you do not receive our witness.
"If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how shall you believe if I tell you heavenly things? "And no one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven, even the Son of Man. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. "For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. "But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God." After these things Y'shua and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing.
Mat 2:16 16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its environs, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the magi.
Herod was trying to keep his authority under the Law system.
It was the Leader's of the time who delivered up Y’shua, to keep their authority.
John 18:36 Y'shua answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting, that I might not be delivered up to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm." (or while there is Levitical Priesthood in place).
Act 1:3-7 To these He also presented Himself alive, after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking of the things concerning The Kingdom of God. And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised,
"Which," He said, "you heard of from Me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, "Lord, is it at this time You are restoring The kingdom to Israel?" He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority;
They said restoring The Kingdom, because they knew the book of the law, and Levitical Priesthood, would be done away with, and the Melchizedek Kingdom would return. As Israel wondered in the wilderness for 40 years, they still had the Temple for 40 more years.
Paul used to Persecute the way before his conversion.
Act 22:4-5 4 "And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons,
5 as also the high priest and all the Council of the elders can testify. From them I also received letters to the brethren, and started off for Damascus in order to bring even those who were there to Jerusalem as prisoners to be punished
It was the Jewish Levitical Leaders, who persecuted Paul.
Act 28:16-20 And when we entered Rome, Paul was allowed to stay by himself, with the soldier who was guarding him. And it happened that after three days he called together those who were the leading men of the Jews, and when they had come together, he began saying to them, "Brethren, though I had done nothing against our people, or the customs of our fathers, yet I was delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans. "And when they had examined me, they were willing to release me because there was no ground for putting me to death. "But when the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar; not that I had any accusation against my nation. "For this reason therefore, I requested to see you and to speak with you, for I am wearing this chain for the sake of the hope of Israel."
1Co 15:23-24 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Messiah's at His coming, then comes the end, when He delivers up The Kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.
Rev 1:5-6 and from Y'shua Messiah, the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins 1by His blood, and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father; to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 5:10 "And Thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."
Heb 7:11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the , what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?
So if we still have the Law, we would still have the Levitical Priesthood, and not Melchizedek.
Heb 7:19 (for the Law made nothing perfect), and on the other hand there is a bringing in of a better hope, through which we draw near to God.
So we are to be changing, and not sinning.
Rev 17:15-18 And he said to me, "The waters which you saw where the harlot sits, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues. "And the ten horns which you saw, and the beast, these will hate the harlot and will make her desolate and naked, and will eat her flesh and will burn her up with fire. "For God has put it in their hearts to execute His purpose by having a common purpose, and by giving their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God should be fulfilled. "And the woman whom you saw is the great city, which reigns over the kings of the earth."
This Beast is the Levitical Priesthood. Most Messianic's are willing to give their Melchezdik Kingdom to the Levitical High Priest, and Priesthood.
(This is a Beast that Spiritual, bringing Death to your spirit, not just the your flesh. Just like the serpent said you will not die eating the fruit. Adam and Eve's flesh did not die, but they lost their Spirit life. So now this Beast tells us, we will not die, but have life following the Levitical Law. Remember, Aaron, the first levitcal Priest, made the golden Calf or Beast. )
The First Beast Levitical Preisthood This Preisthood came in by worshiping the Golden Beast.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.
Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.
Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
The Levitical overcame the Covenant Messiah believing Congregation.
The Second Beast Messiah + Levitical Preisthood Messianic Judaism
Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power (Levitical Preisthood and law) of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast (Levitical Preisthood), whose deadly wound (loss of Day of Atonement) was healed (Life of Messiah).
Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire (Signs of having the Spirit) come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life (Messiah) unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.
Rev 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (The Law not the Covenant)
Rev 13:17 And that no one should not might buy or sell (Only those converted to Judaism have the right to keep the Sabbath) , save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.
23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' (Anointed High Priest) or 'There He (Anointed High Priest) is,' do not believe him.
24 "For false Christs (Anointed High Priests) and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.
25 "Behold, I have told you in advance.
26 "If therefore they say to you, 'Behold, He (Anointed High Priest)is in the wilderness,' do not go forth, or, 'Behold, He (Anointed High Priest)is in the inner rooms,' do not believe them.
27 "For just as the lightning comes from the east, and flashes even to the west, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be. (Mat 24:23-27 NAS)
Deu 6:4-9 4 "Hear, O Israel! The Yehovah is our God, Yehovah is one!
5 "And you shall love the Yehovah your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
6 "And these WORDS, (SPEACH, the 10 COMMANDMENTS) which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart;
7 and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.
8 "And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
9 "And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
It is the Covenant that is suppose to be on our hand and forehead. Not the Mark of the Beast, the Law and their Levitical Priesthood.
The hand shows your doing it, and the forehead shows it is on the Mind or heart.
Translated correctly, It says the Beast proclaims, no one should not be buying or selling except the one's with their mark. Note: Judaism says only Jews should be keeping the Sabbath, everyone else should not keep it, because the Sabbath is their's. And they say gentile's should kept the law.
Why are you lost by having the mark of the Beast? Because your binding the law"s cures to your self, and by the works of the law no one will be saved.
10 For as many as are of the works of the Law are under a curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not abide by all things written in the book of the law, to perform them."
11 Now that no one is justified by the Law before God is evident; for, "The righteous man shall live by faith."
12 However, the Law is not of faith; on the contrary, "He who practices them shall live by them."
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us-- for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree "--
14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
(Gal 3:10-14 NAS)
Mat 25:31 But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. And before Him shall be gathered all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Messiah's followers are sheep, and except the death of Messiah for their Atonement.
Levitical followers are goats, and except the goat for their Atonement. You can't have both!!!!!
2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that holdeth it fast; that keepeth the Sabbath from profaning it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.
3 Neither let the foreigner, that hath joined himself to Yehovah, speak, saying, Yehovah will surely separate me from his people; neither let the eunuch (no place to put the Physical sign of the Covenant) say, Behold, I am a dry tree.
4 For thus saith Yehovah of the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and hold fast my covenant:
5 Unto them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial and a name better than of sons and of daughters; I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
6 Also the foreigners that join themselves to Yehovah, to minister unto him, and to love the name of Yehovah, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from profaning it, and holdeth fast my Covenant;
7 even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
8 Yehovah, who gathereth the outcasts of Israel, saith, Yet will I gather [others] to him, besides his own that are gathered.
Note: Gentile's join to the Father through Y'shua, not Judaism. Plus the sign or mark is keeping the Father's Sabbath and Covenant.
Exo 31:16-17 16 'So the sons of Israel shall observe the sabbath, to celebrate the sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant.'
17 "It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Yehovah made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed."
Christian's see the Book of the Law, and throw out the book of The Covenant with also.
Messianics see the the Book of the Covenant is to be Kept, and then think The Book of the Law is also to be kept.
Jews only see the two as one thing, ( the Torah Scroll), and don't see the broken Covenant, when the golden calf was made.
2 Cor 3:14-16
|but their minds were hardened: for until this very day at the reading of the Old Covenant the same veil remaineth, it not being revealed [to them] that it is done away in Christ.|
|But unto this day, whensoever Moses is read, a veil lieth upon their heart.|
|But whensoever it shall turn to the Lord, the veil is taken away.|
In Christ you can see the Covenant like Abraham did before there was a Book of the Law.
We have to separate Covenant from Law. That's the idea of the two mountains. One of Blessing and one of curse's. Cursed is the one who hangs on a tree. Y'shua took away the curse of Law under the first broken Covenant.
John 1:17 17 For the Law was given through Moses; grace (His Death for their sin's) and truth (the Covenant is truth) were realized through Jesus Christ.
Rom 2:20 having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth,
Gal 3:16-19 Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, "And to seeds," as referring to many, but rather to one, "And to your seed," that is, Christ.
17 What I am saying is this: the Law, which came four hundred and thirty years later, does not invalidate a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to nullify the promise.
18 For if the inheritance is based on law, it is no longer based on a promise; but God has granted it to Abraham by means of a promise.
19 Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions (Golden Calf).
Judaism took the sign of the Covenant, and made it a sign of joining Judaism.