Before I give you the Message that the Twelve Prophets speak as a whole I want to share with you what it has done for me. I am happier then I've ever been in my life for two reasons. First I'm in Messiah and my sins are gone, not covered over but gone! The second reason is I'm free in G-d to do all that He asked of Israel by His Spirit because of Messiah Yeshua, and that is the most freeing thing I have ever known. I do all the things by His Spirit, always allowing Love to be the goal I run after. Now with that said, Let us start with a prayer to the Almighty for His Wisdom on this subject.
"Father, we come to You to find out Your Truth. We want not mans, nor mine, only Yours will do. Please dear Father let Thy Holy Spirit guide us into all Truth, Amen."
The Shemology of the Twelve Prophets
If the Shemology of the Twelve Prophets does speak this message, and I believe it does, then what do we do with this information? Can we do the things of G-d and do them because they please G-d (Isaiah 56:4) and the L-rd Yeshua Messiah without feeling the condemnation of being "under the Law"?
What does it really mean to be under the Law? My understanding is that we are no longer under the "Curse of the Law," but that all the Blessings still stand, and if they did not we would be Lawless! Saul i.e. Paul is always talking about not being Lawless, this means: "one who does not do Torah." Let us look at some New Covenant Scriptures to see if we are without the Torah i.e. Law!
1 Corinthians 11:1-2
1 Be you all followers of me, even as I also am of Messiah.
2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances,
(Jewish established Law) as I communicate them to you. (Adah Guzman Interpretation - AGI)
The word "ordinances" is Strong's #3862, paradosis, par-ad'-os-is; from Greek root #3860; transmission, i.e. (concr.) a precept; specifically, accurately, unequivocally, the Jewish traditionary Law: --ordinance, tradition.
Let me give you one more New Covenant Scripture as a witness.
2 Thessalonians 3:5-6
5 And the L-rd direct your hearts into the love of G-d, and into the patient
waiting for Messiah.
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our L-rd Yeshua Messiah,
that you all remove yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly,
and not after the tradition (Jewish established Law) which he received of us. --AGI
Again this is the word that was in the above Scripture translated: "ordinances" which is #3862, paradosis, par-ad'-os-is; from Greek root 3860; a precept; specifically, accurately, unequivocally, the Jewish traditionary Law: --ordinance, tradition.
So are we without Law, i.e. Torah, and Lawless in the eyes of the Jews and G-d? Let us look at this with open eyes and open hearts to find out what is truth.
To do the Law i.e. "G-d's instruction," is to be a doer of the Word as Yacov, i.e. James, the half brother of Yeshua tells us to be.
22 But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your
23 For if any be a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself (not Messiah), and goeth his way, and
straightway forgets what nature of man he was. --AGI
I think the problem is not the Law, i.e."G-d's instruction," but with who is teaching it to us. First let me say Moses is not our teacher, Moses is dead! Yeshua is our Teacher, and He is not dead but alive and at the Fathers right hand in Heaven.
The Holy Spirit brings to us all that Messiah Yeshua taught to His followers from the Covenants. Yeshua taught all of the Covenants of Moses, including the Sabbath, i.e. Rest. He told Israel that "He" was their Rest - Sabbath, and that Sabbath was made for mankind. He, being the L-rd of the Sabbath is the Goal of the Torah, and He was mankind's Rest because He would take upon Himself the curse of the Torah. Moses laid down the curses, and Yeshua laid the curses dead!
I am now free to do G-d's commands without any dread of paying a price if I brake one, because Yeshua Messiah laid the curses low.
We are told in I John 1:6-8:
"If we say that we have fellowship with G-d, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth But if we walk in the Light, as Messiah is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Yeshua Messiah His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
You see, "G-d's instruction" is not dead, we just have a new Rabbi, i.e. Teacher and His Name is greater than that of Moses. I'm not Lawless (without G-d's instruction), and you should not be either. I am under the Torah of Messiah and the Torah of the Spirit and free to do all that Israel did with no fear of a curse on me if I don't do it to the letter.
Gal 6:2, tells us to, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Torah of Messiah."
Romans 8:1-5, tells us that,
"In G-d now there is no condemnation to them which are in Messiah Yeshua. For the Torah of the Spirit of life in
Messiah Yeshua has made me free from the Torah of trespasses and destruction. For what the Torah of Sinai
could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, G-d sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for trespasses, condemned misdeeds in the flesh: That the righteousness of the Torah (G-d's instruction), might
be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind
the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit." -- AGI
We are bound to the Torah (G-d's instruction) for all of its precept, ordinances, principles, doctrines. Its rule is good! And faith does not lay low or make void the Torah (G-d's instruction), as Paul tells us in the book of Romans.
31 Do we then make invalid the Torah, G-d's instruction through Faith?
G-d forbid: No, not at all, we establish the Torah, G-d's instruction. --AGI
What we really do by doing Torah (G-d's instruction) is verify, prove, and demonstrate that G-d is good and His Word is True! As I do what is good from Torah (G-d's instruction) I substantiate that which Yeshua gave to us in the New Covenant: validating, and attesting to all that Messiah Yeshua was, is, and will ever be! Remember, we are not bound to the Torah (G-d's instruction) and its penalty of Death given by the Torah (G-d's instruction). That was abolished, eradicated, canceled, and annulled to all who believe on the finished work of Cross.
So with that said now let us go on to see what the Twelve Prophets can teach us from the Word.
Hosea--- Salvation, to save, Yahveh is Salvation, one who saves
This is the Bank we will be working with to find our messages. These names are the most common meanings found for the Twelve Prophets. These are just some of the Scriptures, there are many more. See what you can come up with. Each one paints a vivid PICTURE OF MESSIAH. As Salvation, He is our Burden Bearer, our Consolation, and the Vine we Embrace. He is our Sabbath Rest, He is Hope, our Life, our Treasure, and our All in All. Bless G-d Forever and ever.
Now let us make the application:
"Salvation, Yahveh is G-d. The Burden Bearer, the Servant of Yahveh, A Dove; the Righteous, Who is like Yahveh the Compassionate. Ardently Embrace the Hidden of Yah in My Feasts, for G-d has Remembered the Messenger of Yahweh." ( Italic Emphasis Mine)
In Leviticus chapter 23 you will find the Feasts of the L-rd, these are not the feasts of the Jews, but Feasts of the L-rd, "Himself." Each one teaches about the whole plan of G-d, His first coming and His second coming. In the Jewish writings we read this :
"He who disdains a Feast may be compared to the one who commits idolatry." -- Pesahim 118
A Mayim Hayim Study On "The Twelve"
The Chronological Order
Obadiah--- Worshiper of Yahweh
Now let us make the application :
of Yahveh, Yahveh is G-d, a Dove; the Righteous
Burden Bearer, your Salvation, Who is like Yahveh the Comforter.
Yahveh Hides One Whom Embraces My Feasts. Remember My Messenger."
What we have here is a Promise to the Worshipers, the Servants of G-d. G-d will hide those who embrace His Feasts, and Remember His Messenger, His Messiah, see Zephaniah 2:3. The Celebration of the Feasts of the L-RD'S are a beautiful album of Pictures of His whole plan for mankind. He gave them to Israel to do, but He also gives them to all who would be grafted in to the commonwealth of Israel like Caleb and Ruth. Are you grafted in? Read what the New Covenant tells us about the Gentiles:
"Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; That at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the Covenants of Promise, having no hope, and without G-d in the world: But now in Messiah Yeshua you who sometimes were far off are made close by the Blood of Messiah."
Ephesians 2:11-13 -- Adah Guzman Interpretation
Now we know that, G-d looks on the heart, but he also said we are to do what is right and good. Is it right to do Easter? Or should we who are grafted in be doing the Passover? For myself, I find more pleasure in doing the Passover then I ever had in doing Easter. The richness of this holiday is part of the "Much More" rabbi Paul speaks of in Romans chapter 11:24. Easter cannot hold a candle to it.
What do you see in Easter that is of our L-rds death and resurrection, a bunny or an egg? Do the pictures of Easter speak of Messiah Yeshua's broken body? Do they show you His entombment and how on the third day He is elevated, raised?
If we can not see Messiah Yeshua in the bunny or the egg, then why does His Body celebrate, commemorate and keep hallow a dead tradition? I believe I know the answer. The answer is simple, the traditions of men (the so called "church fathers") make G-d's Word null and void.
I believe it is time to tear down the High Places they have set up. Let us get back to the Living Word of G-d. As some would say it, "lets get back to the Bible!" As for me and my house we will serve the L-RD. What ever you do, do all for the glory of G-d your Father. Please pray about what you have just studied, if you feel condemnation remember its not from G-d. The Holy Spirit can bring conviction to you without you feeling condemnation. Whatever you do about it, I know that if you allow G-d to lead you, you will feel good about it.
Love in Messiah,
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"Low I Come In The Volume Of The Book -
The Message of the Twelve Prophets"
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