The Kingdom

 

 

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The Kingdom

Rav Sha'ul

 

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Study Aids or “Keys” to understanding The Kingdom of YHVH
by Rav Sha'ul

 

Now that we know the covenants in The Bible whereby YHVH introduces The Kingdom of YHVH we can begin studying them to learn what that kingdom is.  But before we can do that, we must know “how” to studies these vital covenants between YHVH and man.

Let me define a few terms at this point:

 

Progressive Revelation / Progressive Disclosure

This is the process of progressively (little by little) revealing more and more over the duration of time.  YHVH employs this concept and with each covenant YHVH reveals more and more about His kingdom.  Every aspect of The Kingdom of YHVH is progressively revealed over time through the covenants He established with man.  We will approach the covenants in The Bible from the standpoint that each and every one is still valid.  We will examine each covenant to discern the aspects of The Kingdom of YHVH that are revealed in them.  We will carry each covenant over into the next covenant as each one builds on the previous one.

 

Physical to spiritual parallels

Isaiah 48

3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them (to my prophets) and I made them known (through physical shadows); then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass (Spiritually).

Colossians 2:17

These are a (physical) shadows of the things that were to come; the (Spiritual) reality, however, is found in The Yahushaic Covenant.

The use of the physical world that surrounds us to teach us concepts in the spiritual realm is called physical to spiritual parallels.  YHVH establishes physical examples that correlate to Spirit Truths and uses those physical examples to help us understand His spiritual kingdom.  YHVH establishes physical rehearsals (such as keeping The Sabbath and Passover) to help us understand spiritual meaning.  These physical shadows help define His kingdom, the purpose of His Messiah,  and His Plan of Salvation.  We will examine the physical requirements of each covenant to understand the Spiritual Truths they are intended to teach us concerning The Kingdom of YHVH.  Paul understood the concept of physical to spiritual parallels and their importance to understanding The Spiritual Kingdom of YHVH.

1 Corinthians 13

12 For now we (physically) see only a reflection (of spiritual reality) as (if we were looking) in a mirror; (but when resurrected) then we shall see (clearly) face to face (the spiritual realm directly). Now I know in part (through physical to spiritual parallels); then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Hebrews 5:12

Spiritual Immaturity

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers (of the Torah and Prophets, there was no such thing as the New Testament when he wrote this), you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of YHVH (that is The Torah); and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness (Righteousness is Keeping The Law so “word of righteousness” is The Torah), for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age (mature sons with minds set on Spiritual Law written on their hearts), that is, those who by reason of use (keeping the Feasts/Torah/Sabbaths) have their (spiritual) senses exercised (trained through physical to spiritual parallels) to discern both good and evil (which is defined by The Law of Yahuah, good is obedience to His Commands, evil is breaking them).

 

Transposition

Transposition is the transfer of position from one state to another without changing the meaning and intent.  One of the terms I use most in this book is Transposition.  I use this term because it is the word chosen by the Apostle Paul to describe the “change” that occurred in both the physical Law and Priesthoods.  Paul used the Greek word “metathesis” in Hebrews 7:12 when explaining how The Law and the Priesthood of Levi in The Mosaic Covenant “changed” in The Yahushaic Covenant.  I will cover this in detail in this book. 

Metathesis means “transposition” or “transfer of position”.  Transposition is the “key” to understanding The Yahushaic Covenant.

Today the word transposition is used in music and the musical application beautifully and very accurately illustrates the point.  “Transposition” in music is the shifting of a melody, a harmonic progression or an entire musical piece to another key, while maintaining the same tone structure

This is exactly what happened with The Law and the Priesthood from The Mosaic Covenant to The Yahushaic Covenant and in fact all of YHVH’s commandments and ordinances.  They were first given orally, then transposed to “written in stone”, and ultimately transposed to “written in our hearts” while maintaining their structure and validity.  They went through a transfer of position (transposition) from oral to written to spirit.  

Nothing established by YHVH has ever been “abolished” other than the decrees found within The Law for violating His commands.  Even those decrees were not “abolished” they were covered by the blood of the Passover Lamb for those who believe and keep Passover as commanded.  They are still active for those who do not believe and who do not keep Passover and will condemn anyone not covered by the blood of The Passover Lamb; they have not been “abolished”.  So actually, nothing YHVH has ever done has been “abolished” by anyone or anything.  No one has that authority.
 

Example of Physical to spiritual parallels and Transposition

It would probably help if I quickly show a very solid example of the “Keys” to understanding scripture being actively employed.  Let’s look at the Apostle Paul as he employs progressive revelation, physical to spiritual parallels and transposition. 

We see these “keys” employed by Paul as he makes the point clearly in the book of Hebrews that the Levitical Priesthood was a physical teaching tool to help us understand the role of Melchezidek.  Paul explains that both The Law and the Priesthood of Levi were transposed to serve Yahusha as High Priest.  Paul says there was a “change” in The Law.  Unfortunately our English translations are not very accurate and translated the word “change” poorly.  Paul used the Greek word “metatheses” when describing what happened to The Law.

Below is the proper translation of the word “metathesis” that was translated "change" that occurred in The Law in Hebrews 7:12. The word translated "change in the Law" in Hebrews 7:12 is Greek word #3331 in Strong's.  If you look this word up, the proper translation and meaning of this word is NOT change as in abolished as taught by Christianity but rather it is "transferred to Heaven"... transposition.

3331

metaqesiV
metathesis
met-ath'-es-is

from metatiqhmi - metatithemi 3346; transposition, i.e. transferal (to heaven), disestablishment (of a law from physical to spiritual):--change to, removing, translation.

Paul is speaking of physical to spiritual parallels as he illustrates that the Levitical Priesthood was given to help us understand physically what Yahusha would do spiritually as High Priest before YHWH (physical to spiritual parallels). And given the final High Priest has come and taken His position as Melchizedek... the human priesthood of Levi was TRANSFERRED over to Melchizedek and so was The Law by which the priesthood has authority to make sacrifices and offerings!  Neither of them was abolished but rather underwent a transfer of position from physical to spiritual.

Below is how Hebrews 7:12 should have been translated:

Hebrews 7:12

"for when there is a transfer of the priestly office (of Levi to Melchizedek), out of necessity there is ALSO A TRANSFER of the LAW of the priesthood (by which the Priesthood has authority)"

In other words, Paul is explaining that The Law that defines the priesthood and sacrifices had to be transferred with Yahusha “out of necessity”.  Yahusha would have no authority as High Priest without The Law that defines the High Priesthood.  The Law was not abolished, it was transposed.

Now Yahusha is the Spiritual High Priest and has all the duties and authority provided him by The Law of YHWH concerning sacrifices and atonement. Both the High Priesthood and The Law were "transferred to heaven" or transposed spiritually from the physical realm to the spiritual realm as The Kingdom of YHVH had arrived in the 7th Covenant.

This is just one example of how to employ the “keys”.  Paul was demonstrating that YHVH had progressively revealed the role Yahusha would play as High Priest by first giving us the Levitical Priesthood in The Mosaic Covenant.  And by studying the physical sacrifices and atonement required of the Levitical Priesthood we could come to a better understanding of the Spiritual Sacrifices and Atonement made by Melchizedek before The Altar of YHVH in the spirit.  Then after progressively disclosing the role of Melchizedek and teaching us Spiritual Truths of the role of Melchizedek using the physical priesthood of Levi… The Law which gives the priesthood authority and the priesthood itself was TRANSPOSED to The Spiritual Kingdom of YHVH. 

Paul clearly understood how to study scripture!  That is what we are going to do in this book.

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