Torah Observers Want to Know: Will Christians Enter the Kingdom?

Book of ExodusThe answer is in the Book of Exodus:

Y’shua is our Passover Lamb – His Blood on the doorposts of our hearts saves us from being condemned to death by our sin. We have been “passed over.”   However, there is more to the story…. 

Christians generally acknowledge that the events of Exodus foreshadow and foretell of the work of Y’shua, our Passover Lamb. That being so, it behooves every Christian to take a very careful look at the events of Exodus in comparison to our walk as believers. The following chart is only a very brief overview of the comparison and we encourage everyone to do a more in-depth study on their own.

Important:  This chart is only for modern-day believers who have read their Bibles (Any American who has access to the internet and calls himself/herself a Christian should certainly have read the Bible, front to back!  It is the Christian’s primary tool!)  I make this caveat, because many, many Christians in centuries past had no personal access to the scriptures.  Many could not read, while others could not afford to own a Bible.  This left them dependent on their teachers and their teachers’ doctrines.  Such believers fit into the category that Paul mentions:

Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law [i.e., have not been taught the specifics of Torah], do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have The LawThey show that the requirements of the law [Torah] are written on their hearts  (Rom 2:14-15a(Please see my article, Does Paul Really Teach that Torah has Passed Away?)

Such people are judged according to their heart’s desire to be conformed to YHVH’s Nature.

Those of us who DO have access to the Torah scriptures, on the other hand, Paul says, will be answerable for our deeds as they compare to the scriptures.  (Rom 2:5-6 and Rom 2:12)

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds:  Rom 2:5-6

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.  Rom 2:12-13

The Exodus

The Christian Walk

Moses was sent to deliver the people. Y’shua was sent to deliver the people.
The people believed and obeyed: each household killed a lamb and painted its blood over the doorposts of their home. When believers acknowledge Y’shua’s redeeming death and resurrection, they ‘paint His Blood on the doorposts of their hearts.’
The Angel of Death passed over the obedient Israelites’ homes: they escaped the condemnation of death, were welcomed into the Family of God (citizenship in His Kingdom).  They were set free from bondage in Egypt (a biblical type of sin) and immediately began their journey to the Promised Land, led by the Shekinah of YHVH made visible as a cloud by day and a column of fire by night. Faithful and obedient believers are released from sin’s condemnation of death, are received into the Family, receiving citizenship in the kingdom (Eph 2:19), and immediately begin their journey to the Kingdom led by the Power of the Holy Spirit.
YHVH presented His Torah to the people (through Moses) – they all agreed to be His obedient people, but most went back on their word and even threatened to kill Moses, Caleb and Joshua.  Their descendants consistently killed the prophets who called them back to obedience. YHVH restored His scriptural Torah [1] to the people (through Y’shua) – many repented and returned to pure Torah, while others clung to their man-made traditions and killed Y’shua. Today, the institutional church teaches that Torah has been ‘done away with’ and rejects those who follow YHVH’s Torah.   Y’shua, who was killed by the religious establishment of His day, said: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. (John 15:20)
All the Israelites in the wilderness (with the exception of Moses, Caleb and Joshua) were in effect guilty of disobeying YHVH’s commands (His Torah): Some taught that it was acceptable to disobey YHVH’s command.  Others actually created an idol and worshipped it and participated in idolatrous celebration.   Most used their old pagan customs in worship of YHVH (contrary to His instructions) while the rest did nothing about it. All traditional Christians are in effect guilty of disobeying YHVH’s commands (His Torah): The institutional church promotes pagan practices and holy days ‘consecrated’ to God (contrary to His instructions) and believers blindly participate because that is what they have been taught. Many sense that ‘something is wrong’ but do nothing about it.
The Israelites had ALL been saved from death and bondage and had ALL been welcomed into God’s family, but their journey was not yet over. YHVH was testing their faith, so that they would know whether or not they truly loved Him.  Those who actively disobeyed and led others into disobedience were killed, while those who just stood by were forbidden to enter the Promised Land. All of these people experienced many of YHVH’s blessings and miracles in their lives, including manna, water from the rock, shoes and clothes not wearing out, etc., but they would never enter His rest. Regenerated Christians have ALL been set free from bondage to sin and the flesh and have been welcomed into God’s family, but our journey is not yet over. YHVH is testing our faith, too. We must learn to stop obeying our flesh and learn to be submitted to YHVH. Y’shua taught us: “…but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments [Grk ἐντολή (entolē)].”  (Matt 19:17) [2]  Modern believers experience many of the blessings of YHVH and even witness and participate in miracles, just like the Israelites in the wilderness, but Y’shua told us: Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!.” [5] (Matt 7:21-23)  

Paul reminds us that our final victory is dependent on our own choices: But I keep under [discipline] my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1Cor 9:27) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed [in the way that Y’shua was obedient] …, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil 2:12) For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Rom 8:13) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God [Torah], neither indeed can be. (Rom 8:6-7)

According to Y’shua’s own words, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (Matt 7:21)  The Father’s will has been clearly expressed many times in His Word and has been confirmed by Y’shua: His will is that His people will obey His Torah. Ex: Deut 13:4.  If Y’shua taught us to leave Torah, then according to scripture, He deserved to die! (Deut 13:1-5)

The same YHVH who said “I am YHVH, I change not(Mal 3:6)

also said

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.  (Prov 28:9)

What do you think?   Will folks who reject YHVH’s law (and refuse to even consider following it) be welcome in His kingdom?

Only Y’shua, the judge of all men, can make the determination as to whether or not a particular individual will be welcome in His Kingdom.  However He has made it clear as to what criteria He will use when making His judgment – love demonstrated by obedience.

We should keep in mind what both the Tanakh (Old Testament) and the apostles taught: YHVH judges by the heart.  Many in history had no access to the scriptures, had no specific knowledge of Torah, and were taught false doctrines, but they genuinely sought to the best of their knowledge and ability to serve and honor YHVH, and to live by what they understood to be His ways.  He has promised to have compassion on them!

Others have had access to the scriptures, have read them, and have rejected YHVH’s Torah as a burden (He intended it to be a blessing), choosing instead to believe that somehow the unchanging God has changed and His standards for human behavior have changed.  YHVH calls this rebellion.

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.  Because thou hast rejected the word of YHVH, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  1 Sam 15:23

Still others have, in the past, accepted as valid the traditions they were been taught, but now have begun to genuinely seek His Truth – it is such as these to whom He is re-presenting His Torah, so that they can reconsider and repent.  These must remember that His Truth must be sought with all one’s heart, mind and strength, and that those who would have His Truth must be ready to pay any price to obtain it.  His Truth is truly a pearl beyond price!

For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them 2 Peter 2:21

© John and Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, 2014.  Permission to use and/or duplicate original material on The Lamb’s Servant Blog is granted, provided that full and clear credit is given to John and Sue Wyatt and The Lamb’s Servant Blog, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

[1]   Whenever we use the term “Torah”, we are referring to YHVH’s instructions found in the first five books of Scripture (a total of 613 commands).  By Y’shua’s day, the ‘Oral Torah’ (traditions of men, known today as the Talmud) was beginning to become established in Hebrew life. The Pharisees considered themselves the voice-pieces of God Himself, so they demanded that people obey their instructions.  Y’shua spent a great deal of His ministry warning the people against the ‘commands’ insisted upon by the scribes and Pharisees, telling them rather to be governed by the scriptures alone. For more detail, please see our articles, What Does it Mean to be Righteous?, Y’shua Taught us to Walk in Torah (not yet published but available upon request); Does Paul Really Teach that Torah has Passed Away?, etc.

[2] Note: The Greek word ἐντολή (entolē), translated here as ‘commandments’, is Strong’s G1785, which is the same word used in Heb 7:5, Matt 15:6, Mark 7:8, 9, etc, all of which refer not to the Ten Commandments, but to the mitzvot (specific regulations) found in Torah.

[3] See footnote 1

[4] See footnote 1

[5] Note: the Greek word translated as ‘lawlessness’ is ‘ἀνομία’ (anomia) meaning having contempt for and violating (the Mosaic) Law. (Strong’s G458)   The word is derived from the Greek wordanomos’, meaning destitute of (the Mosaic) Law. (Strong’s G459) The Greek word ‘nomos’ (law) is used consistently in the Septuagint and in the apostolic writings to refer to Torah. Thus, Matt 7:23 could legitimately be translated …depart from me, you who practice Torahlessness.’


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