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Who is our High Kohen/Priest?

 

 09/21/02 (15th day of the 7th month)

Updated article 02/13/6989 [5767] 3rd day of the week (05/01/07)

These thoughts have been in my mind lately and it is concerning the high priest. The connection to this in my mind did not begin to be made until recently, due to one of the email groups I am a member of. My coming to the understanding of this in my mind at first was totally by accident, but I now see that through Yahveh’s Ruach we are truly lead into all truth (John 16:13).

It all began when we were discussing the law (instruction, torah). There are some who continue to teach that we must keep the physical requirements of the Law of Moses to be saved (I am not talking about the law that defines sin in Exodus 20). This is the same problem Saul (Paul) had in his day with the Galatian Ekklesia/Congregation. Some Yahudee/"Jews" were coming in teaching the Galatians’ that they had to be circumcised in the flesh and keep the physical requirements of the Law of Moses (Acts 15), which would also include the law of clean and unclean meat. But Saul went even farther to say, they or we would not only be obligated to keep those two laws but the whole law (Galatians 5:3), which would include the law of sacrifice and ceremonial law (Galatians 3:24) and the law that was added (“yoke” Acts 15:10; Galatians 3:19) because of transgression. There are only two conclusions to those who insist that we must continue to keep the physical requirements of the Law of Moses:

1)       Those that continue to teach this are “accursed” (“anathema”: from Strong’s Greek Concordance #331), banned from proclaiming the good news (gospel) message (Galatians 1:8-9).

2)       Those that continue to believe that the physical requirements of the Law of Moses must be kept will be blinded or deceived into accepting another high priest in place of Yahshua as our ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST!

Before I continue I believe I need to say this. I don’t claim to be a prophet,  in my mind the only prophets were those in the Old and New Testament Scriptures. The only two modern day prophets will be the two witnesses. I don’t claim to have all understand. I am not above correction. I cannot help to understand what has been given to me to recognize. It is these things that have been weighing on my mind for a long time. It has not been until around January of 2001 that the urgency of what was given for me to understand had to be spoken and published. I had to get it out; I had no peace unless I did. Yahveh through Yahshua is my wisdom, HE is my understanding it is only because of HIM any person can understand the truth. ALL HALAL GOES TO YAHVEH THROUGH HIS BEN YAHSHUA!!

Here is a small portion of what I wrote on Daniel chapter 9:

Daniel: 9:25: Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

"Prophecy has dual fulfillments; there is the first type, then the final fulfillment. There is a physical and a Ruach. The physical represents the children of Yisrael and the Gentile nations. The Ruach represents Yahveh’s Ekklesia (composed of the children of Yisrael and Gentile people, which is the Body of Mashiyach) and Satan (Composed of unbelieving children of Yisrael and Gentile people).  I believe as time draws closer to the return of our Savior these times become literal.

Sixty-nine weeks add up to 483 days. This prophecy here may be very relevant to what is now happening in the Middle East.  Right now the House of Yahudah has not gain complete control of the temple Mount. This “prince” spoken of in this prophecy is not speaking about Yahshua; this is speaking about someone else. I believe we should be listening in the News for this command to rebuild Yerusalem.

*(see note in part III) When the commandment is given to rebuild Yerusalem seven weeks (49 days) will past and “an anointed” one will be revealed. +This  “anointed” one may be a Prime Minister, President, or some type of leader out of Europe. I say this because of Daniel 9:26 (I don’t believe this “anointed one” is someone the "Jews" appoint, I could be wrong). These 49 days could be a clue to what season it will take place in. The Feast of First Fruits comes 49 days counting from when the wave sheaf is waved, you count from the weekly 7th day Sabbath after the wave sheaf seven Sabbaths (Lev. 23:10-22). This adds up to 49 days on the 50th day the Feast of First Fruits is kept. This “anointed one” may be revealed at Feast of First Fruits. This is another reason why it is important to keep Yahveh’s Sabbaths. His Sabbaths are actual clues to end time fulfillments."

This is from the article:  35) Daniel Chapter 9 and how it relates to our time Part 1 

End quote.

If you will notice at the time I wrote this I was not sure of who this “anointed one” would be. I was not even sure at the time if the Yahudee would appoint this “anointed one”. But now Yahveh has caused the dot’s to be connected in my mind. I’m sure most of you who read this already understood this, but I am “thick” some times, if not most of the time, so please excuse my slowness in understanding. This “anointed one” can be no other person than the high priest that those who don’t believe in Yahshua will appoint. It is clear to me now that those in the House of Yahudah who are in control and in charge will appoint another high priest because they have rejected Yahshua our Savior as their eternal High Priest. It saddens me to say this and even have this understanding but it is the truth. Saul knew this in his day and I really did not begin to understand until I had a co-worker who reads the scriptures point me to Acts chapter 23. But before we go there let’s remember who the high priest was at the time our Savior Yahshua walked on the earth in flesh was:

Matthew: 26:57: And they that had laid hold on Yahshua led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled.

Now understand and let it sink into your mind; after Yahshua death, resurrection and ascension to Yahveh’s throne there should have been no more physical flesh and blood high priest appointed. The high priest that was alive at the time of Yahshua’s sacrifice, his authority ended. Why? Because Yahshua after His death the veil of the temple was torn in two revealing to us that we now have access to the “most kodesh place” through the blood of Yahshua (Hebrews 4:15-16):

Matthew: 27:50: Yahshua, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ruach.

Matthew: 27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;

From the 2001 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia:

Joseph Caiaphas:

Son-in-law of the Jewish high priest Annas, Joseph Caiaphas succeeded him in ¥ 18 and held the position until he was deposed by the Roman procurator Vitellius in ¥ 37. He was probably the high priest who presided at the trial of Jesus, although some evidence indicates that that was Annas. According to the Gospels (Matt. 26:3, 57; John 18:13ff.), Caiaphas was a member of the Sanhedrin and implacably opposed to Jesus and his followers, persecuting them in any way he could. Specifically he engineered the speedy trial and execution of Jesus, saying that it was "expedient that one man should die for the people" (John 11:50).

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From Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

 Topics: Cai'aphas

Text:  the Jewish high priest (A.D. 27-36) at the beginning of our Lord's public ministry, in the reign of Tiberius (Luke 3:2), and also at the time of his condemnation and crucifixion (Matt. 26:3,57; John 11:49; 18:13, 14). He held this office during the whole of Pilate's administration.

His wife was the daughter of Annas, who had formerly been high priest, and was probably the vicar or deputy (Heb. sagan) of Caiaphas. He was of the sect of the Sadducees (Acts 5:17), and was a member of the council when he gave his opinion that Jesus should be put to death "for the people, and that the whole nation perish not" (John 11:50). In these words he unconsciously uttered a prophecy. "Like Saul, he was a prophet in spite of himself." Caiaphas had no power to inflict the punishment of death, and therefore Jesus was sent to Pilate, the Roman governor, that he might duly pronounce the sentence against him (Matt. 27:2; John 18:28). At a later period his hostility to the gospel is still manifest (Acts 4:6). (See ANNAS.)

From the 2001 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia:

Annas:

A wealthy Sadducee, Annas was installed as high priest by the Roman governor of Syria, Quirinius, in ¥ 6 and deposed by Valerius Gratus in ¥ 15. Annas continued to exert power through five of his sons and his son-in-law Joseph Caiaphas, who were also high priests. According to references in Luke 3:2 and John 18:13-24, Annas presided over the informal hearing after Jesus was arrested, before he was sent to Caiaphas. Annas is blamed for violating the canons of Jewish law to press for the trial and death of Jesus. He is named in Acts 4:6 as one of the priests at the trial of Peter and John. The name also appears as Ananus.

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From Easton’s Bible Dictionary:

(3.) The high priest before whom Paul was brought in the procuratorship of Felix (Acts 23:2, 5, 24). He was so enraged at Paul's noble declaration, "I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day," that he commanded one of his attendants to smite him on the mouth. Smarting under this unprovoked insult, Paul quickly replied, "God shall smite thee, thou whited wall." Being reminded that Ananias was the high priest, to whose office all respect was to be paid, he answered, "I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest" (Acts 23:5).

This expression has occasioned some difficulty, as it is scarcely probable that Paul should have been ignorant of so public a fact.

The expression may mean 

 (a) that Paul had at the moment overlooked the honour due to the high priest;

 (b), as others think, that Paul spoke ironically, as if he had said, "The high priest breaking the law! God's high priest a tyrant and a lawbreaker! I see a man in white robes, and have heard his voice, but surely it cannot, it ought not to be, the voice of the high priest." (See Dr. Lindsay on Acts, in loco.)

(c) Others think that from defect of sight Paul could not observe that the speaker was the high priest. In all this, however, it may be explained, Paul, with all his excellency, comes short of the example of his divine Master, who, when he was reviled, reviled not again.

Now let’s turn to Acts chapter 23:

Acts: 23:1: And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before YaHVeH until this day.

Acts: 23:2: And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Acts: 23:3: Then said Paul unto him, YaHVeH shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

Acts: 23:4: And they that stood by said, Revilest thou Elohim high priest?

Acts: 23:5: Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

Think about it.  Saul was an educated Pharisee. He was aware of their teachings and politics. Saul knew whom this man Ananias was, and Saul knew Ananias was not the high priest. Why? Because there can be no other high priest but Yahshua! There are two fold deceptions going on in this earth in these “last days”:

1)       The “Mother of Harlots” and this man that claims he stands as the “Vicar of Christ” (Rev. 13:11; 17:5).

2)       The House of Yahudah who will again appoint a high priest to perform temple services (Rev. 6:1-2).

I believe now the whole point of the book of Hebrews was to clarify this to the early Ekklesia and now it is for our continued admonishing. The title "high priest" is mentioned 18 times in this epistle. The authorship of the epistle of Hebrews is not clear. Some say it could have been Apollo’s or Saul also called Paul. I myself believe it was Saul.

Recently one of the priests of the “Mother of Harlots” stated that the Jews (House of Yahudah) do not need the good news message of Yahshua as their Savior proclaimed to them because they are under a different covenant. This political correct arrangement puts them in a good position to stay in close communication with the House of Yahudah. Even though this statement by one of the priest of the “Mother of Harlots” is not the truth it will help to cause all prophecy to be fulfilled.

Read this statement from this web site:

http://www.str.org/free/commentaries/theology/rc_hindr.htm

Roman Catholicism Hinders the Gospel

Gregory Koukl

“…I first started doing public advocacy of Christianity on a secular program called "Religion on the Line" on the ABC affiliate here in Los Angeles (two hours on religious topics with a rabbi, a priest, a minister, and a host). I was stunned when the first time a Protestant called in to share Christ with the rabbi he was opposed not by the rabbi, but rather by the Roman Catholic priest ("Rabbi, I'll handle this one.")

The Jews have their own covenant, the priest argued. They have their own way to God which does not require belief in Jesus. That isn't just true for the Jews, but also for every other religion. God can be found through all religions. The blood of Christ--which is necessary to forgive sins (this is the only sense in which Christ is the only way)--is not just for Christians, but is applied to anyone who sincerely and obediently pursues his own religion. He is forgiven through Jesus. Put simply, the good Buddhist is saved by the blood of Christ. This is called inclusivism…”

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