Priority of Authority
It is written about Me in the volume of the Book I delight to do Your will, O My Elohim. Yes, Your Torah [Teaching] is within My heart. Psa. 40:7b-8
Born to Reveal the Father
In the natural and spiritual realms, submission to authority is fundamental to advancement. No one modeled submission to authority more than Yeshua’s submission to His Father. During His earthly ministry, He stated I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will but the will of Him who sent Me, Jn. 6:38. When teaching Kingdom principles, He emphasized the Law/Torah Teachings are eternal, and that He did not come to abolish the Torah but to fulfill (plerosai) it. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines plerosai as “to cause God’s will (as made known in the Torah) to be obeyed as it should be.” Yeshua lived the Torah. In His High Priestly prayer that closed His ministry, He testified to His life of submission, I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do, Jn. 17:4.
Greek Replaced Hebrew—Antinomianism Replaced Torah
Everything that I command you, you shall be careful to do. You shall not add to it or take from it. Deut. 4:2; 12:32
The Gentile influx began at Pentecost/Shavuot with Jewish Apostles overseeing the Notzrim followers of the Rabbi of Nazareth, Acts 2:42. After the death of the Jewish Apostles in the latter part of the first century, Gentile converts assumed leadership over the Ekklesia. (Note: The word church does not appear in the Greek.) They viewed the destruction of the Temple and persecution of the Jews as signs that Adonai was finished with His Chosen people. They moved the centers of worship from Jerusalem to Alexandria, Rome, and Antioch. Through anti-Semitic lens, they turned from our Father’s Hebraic teachings and ways. Jewish names were stripped from the Biblical Text and replaced with Greek: Yeshua became Jesus, Messiah became Christ, and Notzrim became Christians.
The Early Gentile Leaders loved Jesus/Yeshua, even giving their lives for Him under Roman persecution, yet they left Yeshua’s first love, the Torah, Rev. 2:4. With the void of Jewish leadership, the evil one seized the opportunity to spawn his deceptive plot through the new Gentile leaders. Christianity was birthed out of anti-Semitism and antinomianism. Anti-Torah teaching that began at Ephesus (Rev. 2) took root and spread rapidly on a global scale. The results are seen in Yeshua’s exhortations to the seven Epistles of Revelation 2-3. Century-by-century the antinomian deception produced spiritual scales on the eyes of Early Gentile Fathers and Christendom at large to this day. Through Christianity, Satan visualized his dream, the annihilation of the Jewish people. Two witnesses testify to Christianity’s culpability in the heinous crimes of the Inquisitions, Crusades and virulent anti-Semitic writings that led to the Holocaust/Shoah (Catastrophe). The Jewish people and the historical record are the two witnesses on earth that await the verdict of righteous judgment from the courts of Heaven.
Establishing Supremacy of Authority—Voice and Text
Authority of Voice—Eternal One
Adonai, Highest Voice of Authority— Scripture and all creation establish that the highest voice of authority is Adonai’s, our Father in Heaven. All things originate with Him Who has supremacy over all things. The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as King forever. Ps. 29:10
Yeshua, Second Voice of Authority—Scripture reveals Yeshua has been given all authority in heaven and on earth, Matt. 28:18. He is the Embodiment of the Word of the Father. I speak just as the Father taught Me. Jn. 8:28
Prophets, Third Voice of Authority—The Words of the Prophets are recorded in the Nevi’im, the second section of Tanakh (OT). The Prophets spoke as the Holy Spirit overshadowed them. 2 Peter 1:21
Apostles, Fourth Voice of Authority—The Apostle Paul instructed in Eph.2:20 that the Prophets and Apostles are the foundation of the Temple that is being built with Yeshua as the Chief Cornerstone. All subsequent doctrines must align.
Authority of Text—TaNaKh
Torah, Highest Text of Authority— At Mt. Sinai the Eternal One spoke mouth to mouth to Moses, giving him the Torah, the first five books of Scripture. His finger engraved the Ten Commandments on Tablets of Stone. Through the centuries Jewish scribes and professional copiers diligently watched over the Biblical Text.
Nevi’im, Second Text of Authority—The Prophets/Nevi’im are second in Textual authority. The Nevi’im is the second section in the TaNaKh/OT/Jewish Scriptures.
Kethuvim, Third Text of Authority—The Psalms, Proverbs, and other writings of the Tanakh/OT are the next Textual authority and the third portion of the Jewish Scriptures. 2 Tim 3:16
Brit Hadashah/New Testament— The Apostles never knew their letters would be canonized. Since they were Torah-observant, they would have insisted the NT should stand on the foundation of the Tanakh for proper alignment and exegesis. Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8
Christian Error—Reversing Supremacy of Authority
Authority of Voice—In Christian thought and practice, the Apostle Paul’s writings often take precedence over the Torah/Tanakh, our Father and Yeshua’s Words. Scholars attribute the initial error to the Early Gentile Fathers’ teachings, fostered to our present time through Christian seminaries and unquestioned traditions.
Authority of Text—A primary error occurs when the New Testament is made to stand alone without placing it on the proper foundation—the Tanakh (OT). Christian and Jewish scholars, Rev. William Morford, Dr. David Friedman, Andrew Roth, and Avi Ben Mordechai are a few who are addressing Christianity’s misplaced textual authority. They stress the NT has been placed above the Tanakh, thereby changing our Father’s order of revelation. This has created confusion and misguided exegesis, resulting in erroneous application of Scriptures—likened to placing a high school graduate as head of a university’s School of Law.