Understanding the Kingdom of Yah – Reclaiming the Kingdom from the gods of Religion – 08.07.22

Shalom, friends! This past week, we were blessed to meet locally with a few believers in our area, and we wanted to share a bit of what we were discussing with you. I turned my original notes into more of a transcript of the discussion that was had in person. It’s not word for word but does encompass the points that were discussed as they pertained to the topic. We did hit a few rabbit trails in the facilitated discussion and also answered questions that people had. But that’s what makes for an interesting time! We hope anyone local will join us next week and look forward to seeing as many as can make it. For those who can’t, we will try to share notes here each time we have them available.

Yeshua’s Roots – Understanding the Kingdom of Yah – Reclaiming the Kingdom from the gods of Religion – 08.07.22

With this teaching, I hope to give the reader a new paradigm. We’ve all been sold a bill of false goods. Most of us, when we came into understanding Torah, left a religious denomination behind. Unfortunately, I’m afraid we still have the remnants of a religious lens shaping the way we approach the Torah. We are going to break through that lens today though and we are not going to look back. Because once you see the truth, you can’t unsee it. Let’s begin…

What is needed for communication to take place?

  • Communication is simply the act of transferring information from one place, person, or group to another.
  • Every communication involves (at least) one sender, a message, and a recipient. This may sound simple, but communication is actually a very complex subject.
  • Both the sender and the receiver MUST have the same definition for the terms being used in order to effectively communicate.

Let’s look at the definition of religion

Definition of Religion:

  1. A personal set or institutionalized system of religious attitudes, beliefs, and practices
  2. Religion is a set of organized beliefs, practices, and systems that most often relate to the belief and worship of a controlling force, such as a personal god or another supernatural being.

I want you to key in on the word “personal” in the definition. We have countless religious denominations. Many have similarities but they are different for different reasons stemming from how they interpret scripture or other religious books and philosophies.

According to a prominent Bible study tool, the dictionary entry for religion has this to say:

“The word (religion) is [] an abstract term adaptable to a great variety of referents. Neither the Hebrew nor the Aramaic languages of the Old Testament have a word with a corresponding semantic field [of religion].”

There is no word for religion in your Old Testament. There is no word for religion in the Torah. It doesn’t exist.

What is a religion? It’s a “personal” set of beliefs and practices. It’s up to the individual. So if it’s up to the individual to interpret, is there a clear right and wrong? Not according to religion.

Back to the Bible resource tool:

“Every word in these writings (Old Testament) is in one way or another focused on the Creator-creature relationship. Every line revolves around that thematic center of gravity: how the Creator relates to his creation, especially humanity, and how humanity does and/or ought to relate to the Creator. In fact, every line of Scripture seeks to evoke from the reader the right ways of relating to the Creator. In that sense, “religion” is pervasively the theme of Scripture.”

Are you seeing the twisted lie of the enemy? Let’s look closely. Remember, Eve ate from the tree of the mixing of good and evil. It’s this mixing that YHVH hates. Why? Because unless it is 100% in accordance with the King, it is rebellion.

The claim being made is that since Scripture is seeking to evoke from the reader “right ways” of relating to the creator it can be said that every line of Scripture is religious.

Think through your life experiences with religion and religious institutions. Denominations impose their interpretation onto Scripture and teach it as truth. When anyone goes through seminary they aren’t taught how to read their Bible and interpret it through the Bible itself. They may claim this, but the reality is these institutions, these schools are set up to teach their specific doctrine associated with that denomination, because religion is personal. If you don’t align with their doctrine though, they can kick you out because you’re a danger to their version of the truth. And that’s what happened to many of you when you tried to share Torah, isn’t it?

“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in.” Matthew‬ ‭23:13‬

Why does Yeshua make this statement to the religious leaders of the day? We’ll get to that in a bit.

What is a Kingdom?

kingdom
kĭng′dəm
noun

  1. A political or territorial unit ruled by a sovereign.
  2. The eternal spiritual sovereignty of Yah or Yeshua.
  3. The realm of this sovereignty.

Definition of kingdom

  1. a politically organized community or major territorial unit having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen
  2. often capitalized
    1. the eternal kingship of Yah
    2. the realm in which Yah’s will is fulfilled
    3. a realm or region in which something is dominant

We all follow something. We all believe in something. What you need to understand about the difference between a religion and a kingdom is that a religion is personal and unique to you. BUT A KINGDOM IS A POLITICALLY ORGANIZED COMMUNITY having a monarchical form of government headed by a king or queen.

The Kingdom of Yah is a government. Not a religion.

In order to be a Kingdom you need to have certain things. You must have a King, you must have a territory with ownership. You cannot be a king of nothing. You need an army to defend that territory. You need a Constitution or law, how will your government function? And you need people or subjects.

It’s no mistake when Yeshua was born. It wasn’t by accident. Remember what was said about communication. In order for the receiver to understand the sender’s message, you have to have the same definition of the terms being used. The Roman Empire was structured and operated in such a way that it above all other kingdoms was chosen to be in power during the time of Yeshua. Why? Because the terms it used to define things were the closest to the way the Kingdom of Yah defines things.

Yeshua was born in Israel while it was under the occupation, authority, and influence of the Roman Empire. So if we want to understand the Kingdom of Yah, we need to understand how the Romans used certain words. What it would mean to them. Once we know that, we will be better equipped to understand what the Kingdom of Yah is like and what it means for us today.

Let’s relook at some basic religious terms and see how they have been used by kingdoms:

“Gospel” is the English translation of the Greek word “euangelion” which means “news that brings great joy.”

When we hear this word today, our minds immediately tend to associate it with spirituality in general, or Christianity in particular, but originally, this word was political in nature.

In the Greco-Roman world, from the time of Alexander the Great and on into the Roman Empire, this word was used to refer to history-making, world-shaping reports of political, military, or societal victories.

Example:

The setting for the first marathon ever run was a battle in 490 B.C. when Greece was invaded by Persia. Despite all odds, Greece managed to defeat Persia, and after the battle, Greece sent heralds to take the euangelion (proclamation of good news) out into every town and village in the country, to tell the people what had happened, and declare to them that they were free! Those heralds were “evangelists”.

There are many other examples.

This inscription is found on a government building dating from 6 B.C. which gives us insight into how the writers of the New Testament understood the “gospel” concerning Caesar Augustus:

“The most divine Caesar . . . we should consider equal to the Beginning of all things . . . for when everything was falling (into disorder) and tending toward dissolution, he restored it once more and gave the whole world a new aura; Caesar . . . the common good Fortune of all . . . The beginning of life and vitality . . . All the cities unanimously adopt the birthday of the divine Caesar as the new beginning of the year . . . Whereas the Providence which has regulated our whole existence . . . has brought our life to the climax of perfection in giving to us (the emperor) Augustus . . .who being sent to us and our descendents as Savior, has put an end to war and has set all things in order; and (whereas,) having become (god) manifest /PHANEIS/, Caesar has fulfilled all the hopes of earlier times.”

The “gospel” of Caesar Augustus was what we call today the Pax Romana, the age of peace in the Roman Empire.

It was this time, into which Yeshua was born.

The Roman Empire practiced Emperor worship. They deified their ruler.

Caesar Augustus in this inscription is declared to be: divine, savior, and the beginning of the good news for all people on Earth.

When we understand the term “gospel” (euangelion), and how it was used in the Greco-Roman world, we can begin to better understand the specific way in which the gospels of Yeshua were written.

I don’t know if you realize this but many passages in Scripture are written as a polemic. Their authors take material from the cultures of their day and repurpose it with YHVH in the place of the other cultures’ gods. They do this to send the message that the culture has something right, but they put the wrong king on the throne. The true King is YHVH. You can see this in Genesis and Ezekiel as well as the Psalms as a few examples.

The gospels were written with this same style so as to present Yeshua as the true divine King, who had come to bring true salvation to the whole world. They were written as a direct challenge to the so-called “gospel” of Rome and its peace which was enforced through brutality, and which did not provide any actual salvation for the people.

The gospel is a message of a victory that has taken place, from which we benefit. We receive salvation, freedom, and peace as a result of it. (Source)

Now in order to fully appreciate the message of a victory from which we benefit, from which we receive salvation, freedom and peace we need to go back in the story. If you want to understand the Kingdom of Yah, you have to know how it’s been organized. We get those details in Scripture. But we were taught to look at them through religious eyes so we missed a lot of key details.

In Genesis, we see that Yah gave Adam DOMINION over the created world. Adam was a King. He had responsibilities associated with being a King. Adam and Eve fell from dominion. They rebelled. In Genesis 6 you read about more rebellion when angels mated with human women, and again in Genesis 11 at the Tower of Babel.

I want to draw our attention to the Tower of Babel and to do that we are going to look at Deuteronomy. Dr. Michael Heiser is the pioneer of what’s called the Deuteronomy 32 worldview. It has a ton of merits, and it’s all backed up by scholarly work. I’ve gleaned a lot from his work, and that’s part of what sets the backdrop for understanding the Kingdom.

Deuteronomy 32:7-9 “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you. When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, when he divided mankind, he fixed the borders of the peoples according to the number of the sons of God. But the Lord’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted heritage.” Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:7-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

This passage is describing the time around the Tower of Babel. Now, most Bible versions will say that the borders of the peoples were fixed according to the number of the sons of Israel. But let’s think through this chronologically. The nations were created from one nation at the Tower of Babel. Israel was not a nation yet. Abram hasn’t been called out yet. The Dead Sea scrolls record this passage of scripture with the term sons of Yah. The same phrase used in Genesis 6:4 and Job 1:6 and Job 38:7, we are talking about divine beings, not mere men.

The people built the tower as a direct rebellion against YHVH. They didn’t want to serve Him as King anymore. They wanted to serve other gods.

The spiritual realm is bigger than most people realize. It is very structured because it is organized as a Kingdom. There are different kinds of divine beings. Humanity is a catch-all term for people, but each has a unique name, occupation, and talents, and they are from different countries. The spiritual realm is no different.

Elohim is a catch-all term to classify spiritual beings. But not all spiritual beings are the same, there are different kinds, with different names, with different jobs. And in a Kingdom, they have different ranks, and different authority. Sons of Yah are very high-ranking spiritual beings. They are direct creations of Yah because he created them He is their father so they are called His sons.

Genesis 6 and Enoch 6 inform us that there was a group of Watchers, spiritual beings whose job it was to watch over mankind. In the process of doing their job, they decided they didn’t want to serve the King anymore. They wanted something that the King did not give them. They wanted offspring. These spiritual beings were punished.

For reasons that aren’t covered in specific details within Scripture, YHVH makes a decision within His divine counsel and the King’s decision stands. Maybe the sons of Yah were created for this specific purpose. Maybe they had the best of intentions, maybe they didn’t. Maybe they thought they could do a better job ruling over mankind and used the Tower of Babel incident as their justification for a chance to prove it. We can speculate, but we need to move on.

So, similar to how the tribes of Israel cast lots for different portions of land, allotments are given to the sons of Yah. They are given borders fixed by YHVH and a people to rule over. But YHVH’s portion is the land of Israel. His heritage was Jacob.

At Babel, YHVH divorced himself from all the people. He created the nations as punishment for rebellion. They were cast out of His Kingdom. He called out one man, Abram, and promised him, by covenant, that through his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed.

Let’s stay focused on Kingdom.

Isaiah 9:6-7 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.” Isaiah‬ ‭9:6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

The government will be upon Yeshua’s shoulders. Not a religion. Not any denomination of religion, a government. A Kingdom. It’s his birthright.

It’s hard for Americans to understand Kingdom because it’s a foreign concept to us. We live in a Constitutional Republic. A Democratic Republic. In theory, we can vote a President into office, and we can vote them out if we don’t like them. The same with the Legislative branch. We vote them in and vote them out. But in a Kingdom, you don’t get a vote. A King is the King by blood. He is sovereign. You can’t vote him out and you can’t vote him in. You are either serving him according to the law that He made or you are walking in rebellion.

Dr. Michael Heiser also covers Psalm 82. This is a divine counsel scene. We are given insight into YHVH’s decree against the sons of Yah who rule over the nations. It is most commonly understood that the Elohim being talked about in this psalm are human judges. But let’s look at it in the proper context. Where is Yah’s throne room? It’s in Heaven.

Psalm 82 “God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭82:1-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬

We know from Job that the sons of Yah are called to give an account. They owe the King of Kings a report. These rulers did a terrible job. As a result, the King pronounces judgment, and it is not kind. It is severe. I’m sure that these spiritual beings thought the same thing the rebel Watchers thought. That they’d be judged but because YHVH is merciful, because of their high positions, they’d get off with a slap on the wrist. But YHVH is a righteous judge. Because of their poor management abilities, because they perverted justice they are sentenced to death. They are under judgment. However, that final judgment may or may not have already been carried out.

The demon-possessed man asked Yeshua if He had come to torment them before the appointed time. They know they are under judgment. But they have an appointed time for it. The sentence was already given, but to be carried out at a later point in time.

What is the Psalmist’s cry at the end of the passage? “Arise, oh God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!” Yeshua WILL inherit ALL the nations. He’s not inheriting a religion or a denomination. He’s inheriting people. He wants the nations back. He has to restore them though, they cannot just come back on their own. Someone needs to create a path for them, but that path has to be created according to the ways of the Kingdom.

Isaiah 42:1, 6-7 “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” Isaiah‬ ‭42:1, 6-7‬ ‭

The people of the nations are blinded. We were blinded. They sit as political prisoners in dark spiritual prisons. They can roam the whole physical earth, and yet still, they walk in darkness spiritually. Not knowing what makes them stumble. They need the Light.

And where can they find that light? Where do we find that light to lift the darkness from our eyes and break the spiritual chains holding us captive?

We need a proclamation of victory, freedom, and peace. We need the Gospel of Yeshua Hamachiach!

“From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

YHVH’s people don’t need religion because religion can’t save you. We need to be in a relationship with the King according to the Kingdom government…we need the King’s mercy and grace if we want to walk in victory, freedom, and peace.

Shalom!

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