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Law of Moses and the Millennium
By Asher Intrater and Dan Juster
In reading through the Torah, we cannot help but notice that there are several social institutions described that never seem to achieve their fullness in Israel’s history. For example:
If all these elements are in the Scriptures (and "Scripture cannot be broken" – John 10:35), mustn't there be a time when they will come into their fullness? Some dismiss all these passages as simply "old" covenant, that are done away with by the "new;" but, we believe that through Yeshua, we will see “fullness of all things” –including everything in the Torah and Prophets, in heaven and on earth (Acts 3:21; Eph. 1:10).
With this in mind, we can read the Torah in a “prophetic” way, with a future fulfillment yet to come (Matthew 5:17-18). End times' prophecies are filled with references to Torah elements: Isaiah 2 describes the millennial kingdom in which "the Torah will go forth from Zion" (verse 3); Isaiah chapters 60 to 66 speak of a renewal of Zion and resettlement of the land; Isaiah 66 makes reference to food laws (verse 17), Levites (verse 21), new moons and Sabbaths (verse 23).
The last 9 chapters of Ezekiel are perhaps the most challenging. A new Temple is built, described in utmost detail (chapters 40 to 41), that is then filled with the glory of God (chapter 43), with a new priesthood and sacrificial system (chapter 44), including all the feast celebrations (45), led by the Messianic King (46), in a renewal of nature and agriculture (47), and resettlement of the land according to the tribes of Israel (48). What are we going to do with all these chapters?
The end of the book of Joel describes a restoration of Zion both spiritually and economically after the events of the end times. Micah speaks of the former kingdom being reestablished (Micah 4:8). Zechariah 14 describes as well a restoration of feasts and Temple worship after the Second Coming of Messiah. From these quite numerous scriptures, it seems that there will be a renewal and observance of the Torah during the Millennial Kingdom, which will be consistent with New Covenant priorities and emphases, as taught by Yeshua and the Apostles.
God's kingdom has order. The entire Bible, including the Torah, defines that divine order. ("Torah" means not only "law" but "instruction.") The ultimate goal of the Gospel of the Kingdom, fulfilled in the Millennium, is to establish God's order on the earth for Israel and the nations. Let us pray for wisdom to understand the right integration of gospel, law and kingdom in these end times.
Redeeming Your Imagination
By Don Finto
"To him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us, to him be glory!" - Ephesians 3:20-21. Sometimes we so energetically steer away from godless imagination that we tend to shut down imagination altogether. Don't shut it down; redeem it!
Imagine godly encounters, godly relationships, godly actions, godly success and prosperity, a godly future! Then move prayerfully in that direction. Use godly imagination when reading the Word and when praying!
Darkness is not driven out with a whip or a scourge, but by bringing light into dark places; likewise, godless imagination is not driven out by a whip or a scourge, but by redeeming our thoughts.
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