Ok I've contacted him and here is his reply I've made him anonymous as I didn't get his permission to make this public.

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My Dear Brother Petros,

Most excellent and deserved of questions! I’ll give it my best and maybe, in the giving, I’ll discover what I really believe. That would be good. 8^)

I’m sure you, of all my brothers, are aware of this statement in Heb 10:

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.



I acknowledge completely one’s total inability to earn favor with the LORD or to pay for one’s sins or help secure a place in a heavenly realm. Not going to happen. This is not about Law-keeping or melding circumcision and faith in Christ.

I was reading the Scriptures one day, minding my own business, sorta-say, and I was suddenly struck with, what seemed to be at the time, all the ramifications of my being grafted into Israel, i.e. Israel has not been replaced by me or my “church”, I am being groomed to be grafted into her, I should know much about this culture that God Himself established, etc.,etc., etc. First stop was the Feasts, I don’t remember why.

At the same time I was, again, feeling the same conflict every time Christmas comes around, getting growly and uncomfortable at the pending “celebrations”, which I had always assumed was due to my shallowness or sin or something. The tap on the shoulder about being grafted into Israel and discovering some things about the Feasts led me to the question: “Why would I skip over the holidays that were established by the LORD Himself, for whatever reason, as important to Him and crucial to a Chosen nation, for some holidays that are arguably only pagan in origin with a thin veneer of some form of Christianity hastily thrown on top? Why wouldn’t I, at the least, honor the LORD’s Feast days first, and then if I have time, money and energy left over, honor the ones being marketed to me by Book Store Christianity using Madison Avenue marketing secrets plied to their uttermost, of which the LORD has nothing to say?

If one is going to consider that the Feasts of the LORD (for example, Pesach or Passover) are a part of the Law, then Heb 10:1 is tantalizing in its scope in that, if “the Law” is a portent (I like portal) of good things to come, and the good things to come have not ALL arrived yet, it is to my advantage to become very personal with them, even participate in them so I will have a framework to view what’s going on, and even, what to expect in the future. The Father has indicated that there are certain things His children should know and He has made them plain, yet hidden, for all the obvious reasons:

And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them. Mar 4:11-12



If Christ is hidden in the Scriptures (the Tanach), He is just as potent and beautiful and powerful and alive there as He is in the New Testament papers, as the prophets declare “He never changes; He is the same yesterday, today and forever.”

But isn’t the Old Covenant explained in the New? Yes, wonderfully and powerfully. But, as you know, God does not have two chapters on the life of His Son. There was no epiphany, new thought, new way of salvation, no new nothing. “WE” call it the New Testament. He accomplished a new covenant/will (testament) in His blood to be sure. But you know as well as I that the only thing new was that the requirement of righteousness was now satisfied FOR men so we had to walk by believing a promise. Holiness is STILL required. REQUIRED! He supplies that too and then we spend the rest of our time finding out just exactly what that is and living up to it, or living it “out” (Phil 2:12). Just as the “Old Testament” shouted on every page. Does that mean the righteousness of men was now all in secret and couldn’t, or needn’t, be seen? No, godly men will walk the same 4,000 years ago, 2,000 years ago and today. Why? Jesus, the standard of righteousness because righteousness simply describes Him, now lives in us. The definition of righteousness has never changed: the keeping of the Law. Jesus did that for me. Therefore, as the Holy Spirit, Who codified the character of God the Son in the Law, works out His very life within me, low and behold, I start looking like I’m keeping the Law. Hallellujah, I probably am, however shakily and scantily and stutteringly I may be at any moment.

So, we want to enter in to the Jewish mindset, or actually the Hebraic mindset because it’s the chosen mindset, the one for the chosen people, for the peculiar people of God. Because I want to see the events past, present and future, with eyes tuned to Biblical culture, which is Hebrew in history. I don’t know if I’m going about it the safest and most potent way, but its certainly having a powerful effect on me.

There are things the servants of the Most High need to know beforehand – Rev 1:1 – NEED to know. The New Testament writers had to go back to the Tanach almost on every page to show the fulfillment of the Promise, the basis for the N.T. commandment, etc. It’s as alive and crawling with truth and wonderful things for those who have eyes to see them as the N.T. is.

Finally, I would say, that since it appears our King Jeshua will be on the throne in Jerusalem for, oh, a thousand years or so, with what looks like services at the Temple (don’t expect to see any lambs being sacrificed) and Feasts being celebrated, not only in His honor, but now in His Presence, that I’m not wasting my time to find out as much about them as I can. In the future, I’d like to avoid the awkward moment when someone says to me “It’s the Feast of Sukot – Prepare!”, and not know what to do.

Given as I am to reasoning myself into Pergatory, I submit my thoughts to your keen eye for purging.

I will enjoy your thoughts about all this.

Thank you, just for wanting to come, even if it raised certain excellent questions. May the LORD refresh you through His wonderful Word and His immutability.

Your Friend,


Peter

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Augustine of Hippo