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Judgement

The purpose of this study is to examine how will be judged and what determines if we're walking in righteousness or unrighteousness. We will answer the following questions.

  • How will we be judged on Judgment day?
  • How do we define sin?
  • What standard has Elohim set for us to follow?
  • Are we made righteous by a simple profession of faith?
  • Was the law annulled through the Anointed one?
  • Are there examples of the apostles not following the law?
  • What did Yahshua accomplish at his death and resurrection?

Have the works of the law been annulled by the death of the anointed Yahshua?

    yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Yahshua the Anointed, even we believed in the Anointed Yahshua, that we might be justified by faith in the Anointed, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law. (Galatians 2:16 RNEB)

Don't many religous leaders teach that we're not under the law but under grace?

    For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14 RNEB)

Don't many religous leaders teach the works of the law are fulfilled in the anointed one, so all we have to do is have faith in Yahshua, confess our sins and ask for forgiveness?

    that if you will confess with your mouth that Yahshua is Master, and believe in your heart that Elohim raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9 RNEB)
    Where then is the boasting? It is excluded. By what manner of law? Of works? No, but by a law of faith. (Romans 3:27 RNEB)

If we come to the Father in prayer with repentance, what could we have done that requires forgiveness? Have we broken a law, rule or commandment? If we answered yes, which is really the only way we could then our works are still being governed by law.

    Everyone who sins also commits lawlessness. Sin is lawlessness. (1 John 3:4 RNEB)

This was written 57 years after the death and resurrection of Yahshua.

We should ask ourselves, "How will we be Judged on Judgment day?" Will it be by our intentions, perhaps by how good a person we have been, or maybe our love for people? Consider these questions as we continue and read what the scripture says.

Religious leaders have taught that man is no longer bound by the Laws of Elohim, therefore we do not have to keep them, and we will not be judged for not practicing them. We have been told all we have to do is believe in the "Christ" and acknowledge him as our lord and savior, and we will be saved. Think about this, because there's a lot riding on it. Is this really true, will scripture support this belief and practice?

    I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, according to their works. The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and the grave gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. (Revelation 20:12-13 RNEB)

Mans theology does not seem to stand up to the sound doctrine found in scripture. If we want to be potential "heirs of salvation," we must understand the exact expectations of our heavenly Father and make sure that we can voice his expectations scripturally, spiritually and through our walk in this life.

We will find that what has been taught by many religious leaders and teachers is the exact opposite of what scripture teaches, and establish that works in accordance with the laws of Elohim will determine if we will receive eternal life or death.

    For there are also many unruly men, vain talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, whose mouths must be stopped; men who overthrow whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for dishonest gain's sake. One of them, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons." This testimony is true. For this cause, reprove them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess that they know Elohim, BUT BY THEIR WORKS THEY DENY HIM, BEING ABOMINABLE, DISOBEDIENT, AND UNFIT FOR ANY GOOD WORK. (Titus 1:10-16 RNEB)

Shaul was teaching that we cannot profess to know Elohim, then through our works, which are actions, be abominable and disobedient. Disobedience would denote the breaking of a rule, policy, guideline, ordinance, statue, commandment or LAW!

Elohim being righteous has clearly outlined everything he considers abominable and disobedient. Lets look at the scriptures to define some of the things considered abominable and disobedient to see what Shaul was talking about.

Abominations

Idolatry

    The engraved images of their elohims shall you burn with fire: you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it to you, lest you be snared therein; for it is an abomination to YAH your Elohim. You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and become a devoted thing like it: you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing. (Deuteronomy 7:25-26 RNEB)

Homosexuality

    "'You shall not lie with a man, as with a woman. That is detestible. (Leviticus 18:22 RNEB)

Cross Dressing

    A woman shall not wear men's clothing, neither shall a man put on women's clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to YAH your Elohim. (Deuteronomy 22:5 RNEB)

Wicked Business Practices

    A perfect and just weight shall you have; a perfect and just measure shall you have: that your days may be long in the land which YAH your Elohim gives you. (Deuteronomy 25:15 RNEB)

Unclean Diet

    All that don't have fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are an abomination to you, and you detest them. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that is an abomination to you. (Leviticus 11:10-12 RNEB)

Lawlessness

    He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination. (Proverbs 28:9 RNEB)

Seeking Exaltation

    He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but Elohim knows your hearts (mind). For that which is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of Elohim. (Luke 16:15 RNEB)

From these scriptures we can clearly see that righteous works are defined as being obedient to the laws and commandments of Elohim. Therefore, if we are disobedient, then we are unrighteous, those walking lawlessly.

    For the grace of Elohim has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying unobedience and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and reverently in this present age; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great Elohim and Savior, Yahshua the Anointed; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. (Titus 2:11-14 RNEB)

Yahshua redeemed us from lawlessness by cleansing us from past transgressions through the spilling of his blood, just as an animal would have been used in the old testament on each occasion of sin. This only means upon entering the covenant through purification, we are made brand new, this in no way releases us from upholding the law, Elohim's word and instructions on how were expected to live and act. We're expected to be zealous to do good works, which are defined in scripture, not by what man thinks or feels.

    Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice, AND KEEP MY COVENANT, then you shall be my own possession from among all peoples; for all the earth is mine; (Exodus 19:5 RNEB)

We must keep his covenant. If we continue reading Exodus 19 and 20 we find the specifics of the covenant are the commandments! Therefore, to show ourselves as people zealous for good works, we must keep the laws and commandments of Elohim.

    You are the children of YAH your Elohim: you shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. For you are a holy people to YAH your Elohim, and YAH has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. You shall not eat any abominable thing. (Deuteronomy 14:1-3 RNEB)

To be a holy person we must keep the laws and commandments that he has established for us. Whether were reading from the New Testament or the Old Testament, to be classified as righteous and zealous for good works we must follow the commandments, which are the laws of Elohim. The children of Yisrael were to become holy, set-apart people by refraining from the ways of the nations, and by following the ways of holiness which are outlined in the laws of Elohim. Now lets analyze how works are directly characterized by our actions.

    Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them, when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall write them on the door posts of your house, and on your gates; that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which YAH swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth. (Deuteronomy 11:18-21 RNEB)

This says the words shall be in our heart and soul. When Moshe wrote "these words of mine in your heart and in your soul", it simply means that it should be our nature to keep his commandments. They should be a sign on our hand, or simply the sign that we bind on our hand is doing the law, lets look at an analogy to make this clearer.

Does a liar have LIAR written on his forehead? No, however, you consider a person a liar by their actions or works. If a person lies, he has shown his work, which is lying. The sign that he gave us was his action(s), the work that he did was LIE. Notice what Proverbs says about a persons works:

    Even a child makes himself known by his doings, whether his work is pure, and whether it is right. (Proverbs 20:11 RNEB)

The Works Unveiled

It's important we understand that most of the epistles in the new testament were written by Shaul who based all his writings on his knowledge of the law and the prophets. If we don't understand the law we will find it very difficult to understand Shaul's writings, even Peter stated that to the unlearned, Shaul's writings were difficult to understand.

    Regard the patience of our Master as salvation; even as our beloved brother Shaul also, according to the wisdom given to him, wrote to you; as also in all of his letters, speaking in them of these things. In those, there are some things that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unsettled twist, as they also do to the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:15-16 RNEB)

Shaul himself stated that he speaks to those who know the law.

    Or don't you know, brothers (for I speak to men who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives? (Romans 7:1 RNEB)

We can see that it's important to have a solid foundation in the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy (AKA Torah), before we go into new testament epistles for doctrine.

Now lets look at a scripture that is widely used to absolve us from doing good works, the following of the commandments of Elohim.

    yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Yahshua the Anointed, even we believed in the Anointed Yahshua, that we might be justified by faith in the Anointed, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law. But if, while we sought to be justified in the Anointed, we ourselves also were found sinners, is the Anointed a servant of sin? Certainly not! For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker. For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to Elohim. I have been crucified with the Anointed, and it is no longer I that live, but the Anointed living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. I don't make void the grace of Elohim. For if righteousness is through the law, then the Anointed died for nothing!" (Galatians 2:16-21 RNEB)

Is Shaul saying that we no longer have to keep any of the laws (commandments), but just believe in the anointed Yahshua and we will be Justified? First we must understand, that if we had been born in the time of our forefathers, we would have depended on the high priest to offer up an animal sacrifice to atone for our sins. When the Anointed one came, he took away the works of animal sacrifice which were performed by the Levitical priesthood, and now through faith, we ask for forgiveness in the name of the anointed Yahshua our High Priest. Specifically the works of the law we have been freed from are only those associated with animal sacrifice, in this age we approach YAH through Yahshua who is now acting as our high priest and mediator, we do this by faith, rather than by slaughtering an animal and shedding its blood.

    But the Anointed having come as a High Priest of the coming good things, through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation, nor yet through the blood of goats and calves, but through his own blood, entered in once for all into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify to the cleanness of the flesh: how much more will the blood of the Anointed, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to Elohim, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim! (Hebrews 9:11-14 RNEB)

The Dead Works Shaul was referring to are the works of animal sacrifice! The blood of the Anointed one allows us to purge our conscience without performing the dead works of animal sacrifice. We have to ask ourselves, if Shaul was referring only to the laws concerning animal sacrifice, what works are those who desire to walk in righteousness accountable for? The laws Moshe brought down from Mount Sinai, documented then read to the people, which were broken into two parts, the moral laws and the laws of holiness and sanctification. The instructions concerning the laws of animal sacrifice were given by Elohim after the people accepted the ones given on the mountain as a means of redemption if they disobeyed the first. The laws, precepts and statues given to Moshe on Mount Sinai are what we agree to follow when we enter the covenant through the anointed Yahshua.

    yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through the faith of Yahshua the Anointed, even we believed in the Anointed Yahshua, that we might be justified by faith in the Anointed, and not by the works of the law, because no flesh will be justified by the works of the law. But if, while we sought to be justified in the Anointed, we ourselves also were found sinners, is the Anointed a servant of sin? Certainly not! (Galatians 2:16-17 RNEB)

Shaul was saying we are not justified by the works of animal sacrifices, and that we should instead have faith in the anointed Yahshua and receive purification in his name, for it is only through his blood, we are justified.

    But Elohim commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, the Anointed died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from Elohim's wrath through him. (Romans 5:8-9 RNEB)
    For if I build up again those things which I destroyed, I prove myself a law-breaker. For I, through the law, died to the law, that I might live to Elohim. I have been crucified with the Anointed, and it is no longer I that live, but the Anointed living in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of Elohim, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. (Galatians 2:18-20 RNEB)

If Shaul was still practicing animal sacrifice, he would have been taking part in something that had been done away with, making himself a transgressor. It's through baptism (purification) in the name of Yahshua, that we become dead to the law of animal sacrifice.

    For you are all children of Elohim, through faith in the Anointed Yahshua. For as many of you as were purified into the Anointed have put on the Anointed. (Galatians 3:26-27 RNEB)
    I don't make void the grace of Elohim. For if righteousness is through the law, then the Anointed died for nothing!" (Galatians 2:21 RNEB)

Shaul is saying that if righteousness came by the law of animal sacrifice, then the anointed Yahshua died for nothing. This is because his purpose was to replace the sacrificial order and become the sacrificial lamb to atone for all sins once and for all.

    He was oppressed, yet when he was afflicted he didn't open his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before its shearers is mute, so he didn't open his mouth. (Isaiah 53:7 RNEB)
    The next day, he saw Yahshua coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of Elohim, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29 RNEB)

Once again, it's important we understand that the only laws that were done away with were those associated with animal sacrifice. There would be no sin if there was no law, yet I think we can all agree that there are things we can and cannot do which means we can still sin (commit acts of lawlessness or iniquity).

    Now these things having been thus prepared, the priests go in continually into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the services, but into the second the High Priest alone, once in the year, not without blood, which he offers for himself, and for the errors of the people. The Holy Spirit is indicating this, that the way into the Holy Place wasn't yet revealed while the first tabernacle was still standing; which is a symbol of the present age, where gifts and sacrifices are offered that are incapable, concerning the conscience, of making the worshipper perfect; being only (with meats and drinks and various washings) fleshly ordinances, imposed until a time of reformation. (Hebrews 9:6-10 RNEB)

Reformation or the time of "setting things straight" was setting aside the dead works of animal sacrifice performed by the priests, and believing in the anointed one as a covering for our sins. If we take the time to analyze the anointed Yahshua's ministry will see he perfectly replaced the sacrificial system as the "Slain Lamb" and the Levitical system governing the sacrifices by becoming "High Priest and mediator". No where do we see Yahshua becoming a substitute for any of the other ordinances given by Elohim.

    Now I say this. A covenant confirmed beforehand by Elohim in the Anointed, the law, which came four hundred thirty years after, does not annul, so as to make the promise of no effect. For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but Elohim has granted it to Abraham by promise. What then is the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not between one, but Elohim is one. Is the law then against the promises of Elohim? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could make alive, most certainly righteousness would have been of the law. But the Scriptures imprisoned all things under sin, that the promise by faith in Yahshua the Anointed might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, confined for the faith which should afterwards be revealed. So that the law has become our tutor to bring us to the Anointed, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. (Galatians 3:17-25 RNEB)

Pay close attention to verse nineteen.

    What then is the law? IT WAS ADDED BECAUSE OF TRANSGRESSIONS, until the seed should come to whom the promise has been made. It was ordained through angels by the hand of a mediator. (Galatians 3:19 RNEB)

Of the 613 laws, statutes, judgments, commandments and ordinances, we were given to follow, which ones were added for our transgressions? It was the law(s) of ANIMAL SACRIFICE. We can see this in Genesis 9:5, and then more specifically in the book of Leviticus. In the days prior to Yahshua the priests where required to sacrifice daily in order to cover the sins of the people. That's why Galatians 3:19 is referring specifically to the sacrificial law, it is the only law that was added specifically to cover transgressions of the laws pertaining to holiness and morality.

Yahshua was given to justify us from iniquity (lawlessness)

    He shall see of the travail of his soul, [and] shall be satisfied: by the knowledge of himself shall my righteous servant justify many; and he shall bear their iniquities. (Isaiah 53:11 RNEB)

Yahshua was given to bear our iniquities and absolve us from the works pertaining to animal sacrifices. The laws of sanctification and holiness have not been done away with by the Anointed Yahshua!

    Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins, and by him everyone who believes is justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the Torah of Moshe. (Acts 13:38-39 RNEB)

The only "Law of Moshe" that can be paralleled to justifying us from sin is the Sacrificial laws. There's no other law that provided a covering for sin. Under the sacrificial law, a person could sin and offer an animal sacrifice, if a person had the animals, he could sin at will and not be convicted by his conscience. Consequently under the law of animal sacrifice a person could have a sinful nature, leave it unchanged and still believe he is receiving full atonement by killing an animal.

    Behold, YAH's hand is not shortened, that it can't save; neither his ear heavy, that it can't hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your Elohim, and your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with lawlessness; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue mutters wickedness. None sues in righteousness, and none pleads in truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth lawlessness. They hatch adders' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he who eats of their eggs dies; and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper. Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of lawlessness, and the act of violence is in their hands. Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of lawlessness; desolation and destruction are in their paths. (Isaiah 59:1-7 RNEB)

Simply put, during the time of animal sacrifice if you sinned purposely and then offered up a sacrifice to "cover" the sin, the killing of that animal would just be an act of violence because the sinner did not have a sincere heart so Elohim would not accept the offering. In this age the Anointed stands as our mediator and high priest and has redeemed us from the works of animal sacrifice. Under the renewed covenant conviction comes from the conscience of a mind renewed with the word of Elohim which bears witness of the commandments now written in our mind (heart).

The good works associated with following the commandments of YAH have not been done away with. They were provided to us for a guideline of righteousness and holiness.

    But I have this against you, that you left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and DO THE FIRST WORKS; or else I am coming to you swiftly, and will move your menorah out of its place, unless you repent. (Revelation 2:4-5 RNEB)

What are these first works?

    "Rabbi, which is the greatest commandment in the Torah?" Yahshua said to him, "'You shall love YAH your Elohim with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:36-38 RNEB)

The first great commandment is to love YAH with all our heart soul and mind. What does it entail to love YAH?

    Know therefore that YAH your Elohim, he is Elohim, the faithful Elohim, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations, (Deuteronomy 7:9 RNEB)
    Only take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law which Moshe the servant of YAH commanded you, to love YAH your Elohim, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul. (Joshua 22:5 RNEB)

We cannot proclaim to love YAH if we are disobedient to his word and refuse to do the "first works" by following the commandments. Scripture also states that YAH honors the covenant with only those who keep his commandments.

Throughout the scripture we see the Father pleading with his children to love him and hearken to his ways not only for their protection, but also to shine as a light of righteousness to all nations, being an example of holiness and righteousness so mankind would be able to see Elohim in us! This is how he determines who is obedient, loves him, and will prove to be a "set-apart people" for his namesake. Our obedience will one day allow us to rest from our labor.

    I heard the voice from heaven saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors; for their works follow with them." (Revelation 14:13 RNEB)

Summing Up

  1. Works are following the commandments of YAH without compromise.
  2. Works (keeping the laws of YAH), have not been done away with.
  3. The sacrificial ordinances are the only works (laws), that have been done away with.
  4. We will be judged by our works and for our works.

We can now conclude that the scriptures have shown us that not only are works still required, but also that we will be judged by the works that we do, whether good or evil. We must make a choice, choose righteousness which brings the reward of life, or unrighteousness which leads to final death.

    I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and they opened books. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged out of the things which were written in the books, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS. The sea gave up the dead who were in it. Death and grave gave up the dead who were in them. They were judged, each one according to his works. Death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. If anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:12-15 RNEB)

If we choose righteousness, we need to repent, submit and serve, for we have chosen to follow the commandments of Elohim, which include, but are not limited to:

  • Keeping the Sabbath. (Lev 23:3)
  • Keeping the Holy Days. (Lev 23:4-44)
  • Keeping the New Moons. (Num 10:10)
  • Keeping the Dietary Law. (Lev 11:1-47)
  • Refraining from Idolatry. (Exo 20:4, Lev 26:1, Deut 4:15-19)

Elohim's laws are not heavy, in them, we will find liberty and love built on righteousness.

    For this is the love of Elohim, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous. (1 John 5:3 RNEB)

Preachers, Pastors, Teachers, etc have gone to school to learn how to teach mankind how to be disobedient to Elohim by not practicing or keeping the laws of the first five books of the bible called the Torah. Many of today's religious leaders have taught a doctrine of hypocrisy, one that makes no sense when carefully examined. The work that was annulled was the sacrificial law. The work that is our guideline and standard for righteousness and will be used to judge us are the laws governing holiness and morality which are found in the very same books that most religious leaders say we no longer need to follow.

    For the Son of Man will come in the glory of his Father with his angels, and then he will render to everyone according to his deeds. (Matthew 16:27 RNEB)

 

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