17″Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
Two points here. First, not one little speck will pass from the law until heaven and earth pass away. This implies that the law of Moses still stands, the covenant made at Sinai has not passed. This also implies, whether we like it or not that not one little speck is to be ‘unobserved’, even today. But, what about the sacrifices? What about the priesthood? What about the center of authority? Who is it, Yeshua or those who sit on the seat of Moses? Where is the seat of Moses? Where can we ‘fully’ observe the law which has not pass one little bit? Why is it that the mantra of the Torah observant gentiles “observe all that you can” proves that not all of the law is even possible to observe today? If Yeshua made it possible to observe properly through faith, and not one little speck has passed from the law, why can’t the law be observed in full?
They have Yeshua teaching that not one little bit has passed but we are not able to observe it as commanded. Not one speck of it has changed but the priesthood, and the land. Why would Yeshua teach full Spirit filled faithfulness to a law of Moses then makes it unable to observe in full by scattering the sheep (Israel) into the four corners of the world to preach the gospel? And if the gospel was to bring all nations into proper observance to Torah commands that have not passed in the least, why did he teach that the worship of God would NOT be where the Torah placed His name (Jerusalem).
Point being, we are told that not one speck of the Torah has passed because heaven and earth still exist, yet not every speck of Torah can be observed because of the condition God made Israel through the coming of Messiah. Scattered and desolate.
19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.
37″O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not!38See, your house is left to you desolate.39For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'”
Conclusion, it is not possible to observe every speck of the law as given to Moses. Why would one base their theology on this? The priesthood has changed, believing Israel is basically still in exile, scattered. We can NOT observe every speck of the law as it was given to us. NOR can a gentile observe the law as it was given. Remember the mantra “to the best of our ability”….. or “each person is at a different place in his ‘observance’ with God”. Seems if not one speck has passed that each person is equally responsible to not let one speck of law go unobserved.
Point two, heaven and earth passing away.
Jesus Foretells Destruction of the Temple
1And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!” 2 And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings?There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”
Signs of the Close of the Age
3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” 5 And Jesus began to say to them,
The Coming of the Son of Man
24″But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light,25and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.26And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.27And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
The Lesson of the Fig Tree
28″From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near.29So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.30Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
The theology of the Hebrew Roots Torah observant is Yeshua came to observe ever speck of Torah applied to him flawlessly and to teach all nations how to do the same through the Spirit given us. That today we are in a rehearsal of the Messianic era where Torah will once again be applied, every speck of it, that applies to us.
But, we see from Yeshua’s own words that in the days after the tribulation “the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give it’s light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken”. THEN they (the nations of the world) will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. He promises the disciples that their generation will not pass away untill all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but YESHUA’s words will last forever. The Torah given Moses will fade away, but the Words of Yeshua will last forever!
16 And when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, declares the LORD, they shall no more say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD.” It shall not come to mind or be remembered or missed; it shall not be made again.
Conclusion, heaven and earth pass away BEFORE the coming of the Messianic era! The generation of the disciples will not pass away until the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give it’s light, and the stars fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven are shaken. THEN we will see the Messiah coming, sending his angels to gather the elect as the heavens and earth are passing away.
Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘This generation’ WILL pass away when heaven and earth pass away. Heaven and earth pass away THEN the coming of Messiah and the gathering of the elect. So, if the elect are gathered after the tribulation, and after the sun, moon, stars and the powers of heaven are shaken and fallen, then the Torah given Moses has passed away along with them. BEFORE the renewing of the heavens and earth.
What is God going to think of those who believe they are preparing to live a life of Mosaic observances as gentiles in the new world? God creates a new heaven and earth and they are preparing to live in the old heaven and earth with its observances that have passed away. Messiah comes and makes all things new, but they refuse to come to him to be renewed.
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